Wednesday, November 8
In the '90s, outsider hero Daniel Johnston went from passing out crude homemade recordings around his hometown of Austin to an alt-rock cause
celebre. Tonight is the penultimate show of what he says is his final tour, and he'll be backed by one of his many champions—indie heavyweights Built to Spill. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., #110, 503-288-3895, revolutionhall.com. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.
The drummer from seminal '90s rockers Hole left the band in 1998 to pursue a successful career as a heroin addict. In her new book Hit So Hard, Patty Schemel documents her fall and rise, which apparently took 20 serious runs at sobriety. She'll be in conversation with Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323, powells.com. 7:30 pm. Free.
Thursday, November 9
Year of the Rooster
A play about a down-on-his-luck McDonald's employee who gets into cockfighting, this pitch-black comedy shakes you up by humanizing difficult-to-like characters, even when their behavior is downright disturbing. CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, cohoproductions.org. 7:30 pm. Through Nov. 18. $20-$32.
Myq Kaplan has performed in our city so often he's basically an honorary Portlander. But the New York comedian's deadpan, fast-talking standup just keeps getting better. This time, he'll headline a lineup that includes Portland comedians. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 503-328-2865, bunksandwiches.com. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 at the door. 21+.
Friday, November 10
Just in time for the chilliest part of fall, the British band that basically owns the term "autumnal" has returned after a seven-year absence to wrap Portland in the psych-folk equivalent of a wool sweater. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 9 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.
Polaris Dance Theatre opens its season with new choreography set to the music of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince. The contemporary performance isn't so much mourning the recently departed icons as paying riotous tribute to the boundaries their work continues to push. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave., 503-380-5472, polarisdance.org. $25.
Saturday, November 11
Wordstock is the biggest, baddest, most ridiculously great book festival on the West Coast—a mess of over 100 local and big-name authors taking over pretty much every cultural institution downtown, from art museums and churches to the Schnitz. It’s nice. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-227-2583, literary-arts.org. 9 am-6 pm. $15-$18.
Last year's Belgianfest had one of the best damn beer taplists of the year, with unholy piles of Oregon brewers doing their takes on Belgian farmhouses, wilds, sours, barrel beers and krieks. Why should this year's be any different? Bailey's Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, 503-295-1004, baileystaproom.com. Noon-midnight.
Sunday, November 12
Neil Young’s psychedelic comedy about a small-town gas station is made all the more surreal by the fact that it stars the likes of Dennis Hopper, Devo’s Gerald Casale and Young himself. Casale will attend the Portland screening. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-493-1128, hollywoodtheatre.com. 7:30 pm. $15.
Philly quartet Beach Slang are sort of like Foo Fighters minus the distraction of Dave Grohl. Last year's aptly titled A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is full of jumpy, punk-inspired pop, with lyrics that swing through hormonal highs and lows. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre.com. 8 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
Monday, November 13
Featuring a kick-ass soundtrack, aliens, a radioactive car and Harry Dean Stanton as a coke-addled mentor to Emilio Estevez's zoned-out punk kid, Repo Man is one gloriously pointless movie. Proceeds from the screening go to the Portland nonprofit Ride Connection. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 503-238-5588, cstpdx.com. 7 pm. Free, suggested $5 donation.
Given the daily bombardment of bad news these days, singer-rapper Lizzo's anthems of self-love are in high demand. After crushing her set at Project Pabst, the first of her two-night stand at the Wonder sold out quick enough to necessitate a second show. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 503-284-8686, wonderballroom.com. 7:30 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. All ages.
Tuesday, November 13
Shout Out Louds
While often overlooked, Sweden's Shout Out Louds are one of the best indie-pop acts of the last decade. This year's Ease My Mind is probably the most downbeat album of their career, but it still has killer guitars and buoyant arrangements that hark back to their early triumphs. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. 9 pm. $21 advance, $23 day of show. 21+.
Holy shit, Jessica Jones is in town! She apparently has a book out? Like, a suspense novel? About lawyers? Anyway, holy shit: Jessica Jones. Powell's Books in Cedar Hills, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd,, Beaverton, 503-228-4651, powells.com. 7 pm. Purchase of Ritter's book Bonfire required to stand in signing line.