This Saturday is Portland's first Cans Fest, which celebrates a handful of hops iconoclasts who prefer to store their beer in cans, from Missoula's Big Sky Brewing to Central City Brewing in Surrey, British Columbia. They swear it keeps the brews fresher. This Saturday also happens to bring us the First Annual Superhero Pub Crawl, which really doesn't need any explanation beyond the fact that it's the only time you will be mocked for not wearing a cape to a local bar. Two great tastes that taste great together, we say: for proof, see above.
GO: Cans Beer Fest takes place outside the Guild Public House, 1101 E Burnside St., 233-1743, theguildpub.com. Noon-10 pm Saturday, July 9. Free entry. $5 tasting mug. Cash only. All ages. Details here. The Superhero Pub Crawl starts at Paddy's Bar & Grill, 65 SW Yamhill St., 224-5626. Noon, Saturday, July 9. No cover. Info and crawl stops at superheropubcrawl.com. Details here.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
[CLASSICAL] SCHOLA CANTORUM DE VENEZUELA
The crack Caracas choir sings Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst, leading Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer's Magic Songs and works by Latin American composers rarely heard in the U.S. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., 541-346-4363. 7:30 pm. $12-$35.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
[MUSIC] MEL BROWN B3 ORGAN GROUP WITH THARA MEMORY
Those who have seen legendary Portland drummer Mel Brown's weekly performances at Jimmy Mak's know what all the fuss is about—but even the regulars may never have seen Brown's original B3 Organ Group, which reunites tonight to celebrate the club's 15th anniversary. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542. $10. All ages (first set), 21+ (second set).
SATURDAY, JULY 9
[MUSIC] AIR-GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Air guitar is that rare profession where passion and enthusiasm can take you further than talent: One need never to have held an ax to become this sport's next Yngwie Malmsteen, and that's what makes this touring competition such a thrill to witness in person. Dante's, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
[DANCE/FOOD] TEN TINY DANCES
Who knew shopping for organic produce could be so entertaining? The roving performance series in which a handful of dancers must navigate a very small stage comes to the Beaverton Farmers Market. Beaverton Farmers Market, Hall Boulevard, between 3rd and 5th streets, 643-5345. 10 am-1 pm. Free.
[MULTI-BLOCK PARTY] MISSISSIPPI STREET FAIR
The neighborhood fest celebrates its 10th anniversary with beer, barbecue, 30-plus bands and a whopping 30,000 friends and neighbors. North Mississippi Avenue between Fremont and Skidmore streets. 10 am-9 pm. Free. All ages.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
The Grindhouse Film Festival dredges up the 1980 movie with Robert Forster fighting an alligator in the sewers of Chicago. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm. $7.
[MOVIES] THE MINDERS, NIGHT MOVES, KAREN
The Minders, a band that now includes ex-Shaky Hands bassist Mayhaw Hoons, has been working on a new record. Great, as long as frontman Martyn Leaper is penning the band's catchy-as-hell, slightly dark pop tunes. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $7.