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GO: The Big Float is Sunday, July 29. Register between 10 am and noon at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. $5. thebigfloat.com.
WEDNESDAY JULY 25DIRTY PROJECTORS
[MUSIC] Brooklyn-based experimental-rock sextet Dirty Projectors makes some of the most interesting music of our day. The group’s wonderful new LP, Swing Lo Magellan, makes as little a distinction between pop and the avant-garde as possible. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 9 pm. $22. All ages.
THURSDAY JULY 26LA SERA
[MUSIC] Sees the Light, Katy Goodman’s recently released second album, draws from the same well of summery hooks and lo-fi bristle as her other band, the Vivian Girls, but her collection of shimmering broken-up-but-not-broken balladry achieves heartfelt, unaffected depths that the Girls never quite reach. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL
[BEER] The biggest and best of Portland’s many, many beer festivals. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Noon-9 pm July 26-28, noon-7 pm July 29. Free admission. oregonbrewfest.com.
FRIDAY JULY 27GLENDI GREEK FESTIVAL
[OPA!] St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church celebrates its annual Greek festival, featuring music, vendors, raffles and, of course, loads of Greek food. This year’s menu includes gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, pastries, cookies and desserts. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 14485 SW Walker Road, Beaverton. Noon-9 pm July 27-28, noon-7 pm July 29. glendigreekfestival.com.
SUNDAY JULY 29WOLF HOTEL
[MUSIC] Those familiar with the sprawling Oldominion crew know much of its output can be classified into categories of “dark” and “brutally fucking bleak.” Good Bye, the latest from Barfly’s new group Wolf Hotel, is the most recent to come down with a hard case of seasonal affective disorder. It sounds great. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
TUESDAY JULY 31BENFEST 2.0
[BENS] Fact: Portland has a lot of brewers named Ben. They celebrate this oddity with a beer festival called BenFest. Join Ben Engler of Occidental Brewing, Ben Dobler of Widmer Brothers, Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewing, Ben Flerchinger of Lucky Labrador and Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing for beers brewed by men named Ben, and “Ben-inspired” food. The Hop & Vine Bottle Shop, 1914 N Killingsworth St., 954-3322, thehopandvine.com. 5 pm. Free.