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APPLAUD: JAW, Portland Center Stage’s annual festival of new plays in progress, features readings of works by national writers, including Jordan Harrison and Will Eno (plus our own Marc Acito), performed by some of the city’s best actors, for free. Don’t miss the Theater Fair on Saturday afternoon or the site-specific pieces by Fever Theater, Third Rail, Action/Adventure and tEEth in and around the Armory all weekend. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. Various times July 24-26. Free.
PRE-PARTY: Get a little vino for free-o every Saturday at Zupan’s Markets’ “sip and shop” wine tastings through August. Samples are available between 3 and 6 pm, so time your shopping accordingly. Various locations, zupans.com.
EQUIP: Summer brings out the most fair-weather riders, and those riders need gear. Bike Gallery has got you covered with its Summer Spectacular sale going on now through the end of August. Pick up select bags, water bottles and Trek bike computers at 50 percent off, then protect your savvy investment with 20 percent off select locks. 5329 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-9800, and other locations, bikegallery.com.
EAT FRUGALLY: Cheap isn’t always an appropriate adjective for the Heathman, but its newest menu, dubbed Happy All the Time, makes fine dining affordable starting at 2 pm daily in the hotel’s Marble Bar, Sidewalk Cafe and Tea Court. Crab cakes, mac ’n’ cheese gratin and Oregon berries and chèvre salad are all available in small or large sizes for less than $15. If haute cuisine is not your thing, check out the discounted Bistro Burger, $4.95 from 4 to 6 pm and again from 9 pm to close. The Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway, 790-7752, heathmanportland.com.
ROCK OUT: Kickass Portland power-pop trio the Thermals play a free, all-ages show downtown. Jackpot Records, 203 SW 9th Ave., 222-0990. 6 pm Friday, July 24.