Wednesday, Dec. 6
Contact with Jill Tarter
The only thing cooler than Jody Foster in Contact is the real-life space scientist her character is based on—Jill Tarter, co-founder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute. Tarter will introduce Hollywood's screening of the philosophical sci-fi film and sign copies of her new memoir after the movie. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org. 7 pm. $9.
Puerto Rican Coffee Takeover
The entire Puerto Rican coffee industry was wiped out by Hurricane Maria. But as part of a six-day benefit for the island, Foxy Coffee is serving up 180 churros, Puerto Rican music and some of the last bags of P.R.-grown coffee you'll likely taste for years. See deets on other PDX Feeds Puerto Rico events at pdxfeedspuertorico.com. Foxy Coffee, 3640 SE Belmont St., foxycoffeeco.com.
Thursday, Dec. 7
The Killers, Franz Ferdinand
It's like 2004 all over again! Return to the halcyon days of the Iraq War, swiftboating and the early aughts "rock revival" with two of the era's most stylish hitmakers. Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., 503-235-8771. 7 pm. Sold out. All ages.
For NW Dance Project's winter show, the prolific contemporary dance company is reviving its ultra-goofy but still technically spectacular Bolero and premiering a new work set to Billie Holiday songs. Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., nwdanceproject.org. 7:30 pm. $34-$58.
Friday, Dec. 8
At Show Show, comedians perform sets alongside animated videos based off their jokes. For the next edition, Show Show is stepping up its already strange and wonderful formula. There'll still be sets by some of the funniest standup comedians in the city, but instead of videos, there'll be VR games based on jokes. PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, facebook.com/showshowlab. 7 pm. Free.
All weekend, OP Wurst will pair its fine sausages and dogs with a rare collection of seven different German-style beers in the same spot—whether altbier, dunkel or the brand-new schwarzbier. OP Wurst, 3384 SE Division St., 503-384-2259, opwurst.com. Through Dec. 10.
Saturday, Dec. 9
While often thought of as one of the key bands of the Great Indie Rock Explosion of 2007, Grizzly Bear's otherworldly mastery of texture, ambiance and harmony places them outside any particular timeframe or genre. This year's Painted Ruins is another headphone masterpiece worth sinking into. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.
Humbug Lager Fest
In a sort of anti-Holiday Ale Fest in St. Johns, Occidental will play host to 16 breweries—including Kloster Andechs, Arch Rock, and Seattle's stunningly good Holy Mountain—serving up lagers and more lagers all weekend. $10 gets you a glass and six 4-ounce samples. Occidental Brewing, 6635 N. Baltimore Ave., 503-719-7102, occidentalbrewing.com. Through Dec. 10.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Nat Turner Project at Intersect Fest
Intersect Fest, the artist-run festival dedicated to POC artists, is back for a third year. This time, it will culminate in an exhibit featuring multimedia artists Tyler J.T. White and Vanessa Barros Andrade. It'll be curated by the Nat Turner Project, which has been creating show after show this year that have all been thoughtful and surprising. Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, 15 NE Hancock St., facebook.com/PDXPOC. 3-7 pm. Festival starts Friday.
Olympia cult favorites Oh, Rose have spent the years since the release of their 2015 dark-pop triumph Seven touring their asses off. With all that mileage under them, the band's mix of throwback '80s pop and vintage punk should sound especially sharp. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 503-239-7639, holocene.org. 8:30 pm. $8. 21+.
Monday, Dec. 11
A World Without "Whom"
You know that one friend you've got on Facebook who keeps writing the single-word comment "*whom" and gets mad about ultimate prepositions? Turns out they're an asshole. BuzzFeed's copy chief Emmy J. Favilla wrote a book arguing for language as flexible and fun, and she'll be here to talk about it. Powell's on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, powells.com. 7:30 pm.
The Disaster Artist
A biopic about the making of The Room, starring James Franco as Tommy Wiseau isn't going to be anything less than interesting. But The Disaster Artist is not only absurdly funny, it's also genuinely empathetic toward Wiseau and his bafflingly bad movie. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., cinema21.com. Various times. $9.25.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Finehouse: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse
Portland has paid homage to English neo-soul's most tragic badass before, but this is something else—a full re-creation of her 2006 classic Back to Black, helmed by a 10-piece all-star band, with Lola Buzzkill powerhouse Justine V. stepping into Winehouse's formidable stilettos. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., startheaterportland.com. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Modern French Pastry
Aside from being one of the city's foremost resources for champagne and sherry, Pix's Cheryl Wakerhauser made her name throwing wild modern twists into French dessert. Her new book of French pastry teaches you how to do the same. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., powells.com. 7:30 pm.