Summertime in Portland is full of planning challenges. On that rare free weekend, do you head to the beach or go out dancing? Or do you combine the two activities into one mega-plan, and hit one of the gazillion outdoor festivals this area has on offer? This weekend it's high time you chose the third option. With no fewer than three excellent outdoor concert options this weekend, though, you're going to need to know what to expect—and what to pack. Here are our recommendations.

What It Is

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Headout Picks

WEDNESDAY AUG. 3

[MUSIC] TARA JANE O'NEIL AND NIKAIDO KAZUMI, TOM GREENWOOD, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER

Local artistic polymath Tara Jane O'Neil and Nikaido Kazumi build spacious, ambient collages of sound and mood that wrap around the legs like gentle tendrils. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm. $6. 21+.


THURSDAY AUG. 4

[MOVIES & MUSIC] FILMUSIK: WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND

The latest vehicle for this series of so-bad-it's-good reboots involving local voice-over artists dubbing the original mozzarella-laden dialogue and an original score performed live. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 10 pm Thursday-Friday, Aug. 4-5. $8-$10. All ages.


FRIDAY AUG. 5

[MOVIES] TABLOID

Errol Morris goes to Fleet Street for his new documentary. Human comedy of the highest order. Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10, 846 SW Park Ave., 221-3280. Multiple showtimes. $10.50.


SATURDAY AUG. 6

[FOOD, BEER] BONES AND BREW

Salute summer with giant plates of barbecue, regional microbrews and "Kobe bleu balls." Buckman Brewery, 909 SE Yamhill St., 517-0660. Noon-9 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday, Aug. 6-7. $3 suggested donation. Info at rogue.com.


SUNDAY AUG. 7

[MUSIC] LOST LANDER, YOURS, WHAT HEARTS

Get an earful of Lost Lander, the brand-spanking-new collaboration between local singer-songwriter Matt Sheehy and former Menomenaut Brent Knopf. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., 236-4536. 9 pm. Free. 21+.


MONDAY AUG. 8

[FOOD] DIM SUM YUM YUM

It's like Chinese dim sum, but with tiny renditions of Pix's greatest dessert hits and new concoctions instead of chicken feet. Pix Pâtisserie, 3402 SE Division St., 232-4407. 8-11 pm. Free entry.


TUESDAY AUG. 9

[MUSIC] LAURA GIBSON
BIRTHDAY BBQ

We are pretty sure there's going to be a cakewalk at this, the birthday celebration of accomplished indie-folk artist and Sellwood resident Laura Gibson, whose forthcoming record is going to knock lots of socks off. The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 8 pm. $10. 21+.