IMAGE: Adam Krueger
When Roger Tofte finished building Enchanted Forest in 1971, he probably never imagined that nearly 40 years later his family amusement park would host a music festival featuring a band that likes to get naked and a Salem outfit called “Lust Wagon.” But this Friday, the theme park—which has always been more scary than whimsical, at least in my book—is the site of the Great Idea, a festival featuring Wampire, Typhoon, Skeletron and a host of other bands from Portland and Salem playing in and around attractions like the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine and Snow White’s Trail. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to ditch work and ride the Ice Mountain Bobsleds, take note: For one day only, Salem’s own creepy Disneyland really is the happiest place in Oregon.
GO: The Great Idea music festival runs noon-8 pm on Friday, Aug. 6, at Enchanted Forest, 8462 Enchanted Way SE in Turner. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 day of the show. Ride tickets available separately. All ages welcome.
WEDNESDAY AUG. 4
[MUSIC] STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS
The Cajun music masters play the zoo. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, 226-1561. 7 pm. $11.
THURSDAY AUG. 5
[STAGE] ANTHROPOLOGY OF IMPROV
Portland improv performer Brad Fortier delivers an academic lecture and some improv to raise funds so he can do the same at a conference in Amsterdam in September. The Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 8 pm. $5.
[DANCE] FIND ME BESIDE YOU
Director/choreographer Jessica Wallenfels, who is a genius, premieres her latest effort: a “rock story ballet” adapted from Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, performed by a live band and a cast of 10 singers. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St., 897-0425. 8 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closes Aug. 14. $20.
[OUTDOOR SCREEN] TOP DOWN: LITTLE DARLINGS
In a 1980 sex comedy impossible to find on DVD, Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol bet on who will lose her virginity first at summer camp. Hotel deLuxe parking garage on the corner of Southwest 15th Avenue and Yamhill Street. 8 pm. $8.
FRIDAY AUG. 6
[ZOMG] TOM LENK
The actor and comedian, best known for his turn as the evil nerd Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has booked the Gerding Theater for one night of comedic storytelling. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 208-5187. 8 pm. $20.
[MUSIC] 9TH WONDER
This producer/DJ/MC has worked with Jay-Z, Sean Price, Erykah Badu, Drake...you name the hip-hop artist, he’s produced or remixed one of their tracks. Did we mention he rules? He rules. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 9 pm. $10 (free before 10 pm). 21+.
SATURDAY AUG. 7
[SPORTS] WOODEN RACQUET INVITATIONAL
Disjecta takes a break from contemporary art to host an old-school, “ultimate ’70s” tennis championship. Short shorts encouraged. Washington Park tennis courts, 650 SW Kingston Ave. 10 am. $25 singles entry fee, $50 doubles. Register at disjecta.org.
SUNDAY AUG. 8
[MUSIC] LEVON HELM BAND
The legendary drummer and vocalist behind the Band’s “The Weight” still rocks bluegrass and soulful ballads. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, 226-1561. 7 pm. $24. All ages.