Wednesday, October 25
Strip Club Haunted House
DJ Dick Hennessy is bringing Portland's first strip club haunted house back for the third year in a row. This year's theme? A timely Haunted Strip Club Mansion, inspired by Hugh Hefner himself. Spyce Gentleman's Club, 33 NW 2ng Ave., 503-243-4646, stripclubhauntedhouse.com. 9 pm-2:30 am through Oct. 31. $15, 21+.
Dracula with Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet
Composer Philip Glass is a master of movie scores, with a style perfect for raising goosebumps. Glass has gone back and scored the 1931 version of Dracula, which he will perform live tonight with the great Kronos Quartet as the film plays. The Schnitz, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 7:30 pm. $49-$89. All ages.
Thursday, October 26
Portland Fermentation Festival
Portland's annual ode to all things fermented is back with cider, cheese, kombucha, pickles, kimchi, kraut, you name it. Bring your own, learn to make your own, or just drink rare treats like Hawaiian okolehao moonshine. Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave., #200, portlandfermentationfestival.com. 6-9:30 pm. $10 for tastes and classes.
Somewhere between a contemporary dance show and a ritual, Dancenorth Australia's show is full of trance-like thrashing and set to live music by an experimental throat-singing duo from Indonesia. Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., whitebird.org. 8 pm. $25-$34.
Friday, October 27
This whirlwind play follows a survivor of a mass shooting as she attempts to process what she experienced. The seriously intense story is told by just two actors, plus a community choir that looms on the edge of the stage like a Greek chorus. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., thirdrailrep.org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday through Nov. 18. $25-$45.
The ex-Sonic Youth guitarist's solo stuff has never set the world ablaze—his new album, Electric Trim, is reminiscent of late-period R.E.M.—but no matter. Rarely do you get the chance to see someone of his legendary pedigree this close-up. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 503-328-2865, bunksandwiches.com/bunkbar. 9:30 pm. $20. 21+.
Saturday, October 28
Having survived a traumatic past few years, Kesha is no longer bragging about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels. On new album Rainbow, she puts aside her party-monster persona in favor of emotional pop ballads, fuzzed-out rock and country duets, and club jams that are less self-deprecating and more fiercely feminist. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. Sold out. 21+.
Killer Beer Fest
As the finale to Killer Beer Week, Bailey's Taproom throws down a wild mess of best-in-class or rare beers downstairs—and this year the upstairs will have a full takeover from kick-ass Cali spot Pizza Port. Bailey's Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, 503-295-1004, baileystaproom.com. Noon-midnight.
Sunday, October 29
Sincerity Is Gross Anniversary Show
Lasting a year in Portland's comedy scene is something to celebrate. So for their first anniversary, the weekly event is bringing together some of Portland's finest, most of whom host showcases of their own. The Slide Inn, 2348 SE Ankeny St., slideinnpdx.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
Did you know thousands of animé fans pour into Portland for the city's 15-year-running animé convention? It's one of the many ways the Japan-Portland obsession goes both ways. There will be mascots, cosplay contests, lip sync, karaoke, sake tasting, and of course, a ton of food. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., kumoricon.org, $40-55. All ages.
Monday, October 30
"It's Halloween—everyone's entitled to one good scare." Even better: All proceeds go to Call to Safety, a 24/7 crisis line and advocacy group for survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse. Clinton Street Theater, 522 SE Clinton St., cstpdx.com. 7 pm. $5 donation recommended.
Portland Monster Ride
Naked Bike Ride not your steez? Maybe dressing as a monster is. Meet at Holladay Park for a massive, spooky bike ride. Holladay City Park, NE Holladay Street & NE 11th Avenue, portlandsociety.org, 1-4 pm, free. All ages.
Tuesday, October 31
Moz has really stretched his fans' patience in recent years, but then he goes and does the most Morrissey thing possible, like release a single called "Spent the Day in Bed," and all is forgiven. The Schnitz, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8:30 pm. $39.95-$95. All ages. See Top 5, page 29.
Zilla and Zoe
In this Portland-made movie, a young girl tries to turn her older sister's wedding into a literal horror movie. A year after its premiere, the wacky comedy is returning to its hometown for the opening night of Portland Film Festival. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside St., portlandfilmfestival.com. 6:45 pm. $10.