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SEE IT: Eric Erlandson will speak at Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. 7:30 pm. Free.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29
AND SO IT GOES
[THEATER] Aaron Posner directs the world premiere of his own play, which weaves together several short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. Posner first staged a straightforward version of the show in the 1980s, but the current production, which features three love stories set in an imaginary American town, promises to be a more fluid exploration of bitterness and love. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Sundays, through Oct. 7.
THURSDAY AUG. 30
[MUSIC] The four-day electronic-music festival kicks off when two of Portlandâs biggest dance actsâGlass Candy and Chromatics, both signed to the influential Italians Do It Better imprintâtake the stage to celebrate the bustling local dance scene and raise money for music programs in local schools. The festival continues, at various venues, through Sunday. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $12. All ages.
FRIDAY AUG. 31
[MUSIC] Brooklyn-based Yeasayerâs vibe is one that blows minds wide open. This monthâs Fragrant World finds the group adding more dance beats and â80s synths to its freak-folky sound to create a monster musical hybrid. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $22 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.
[MOVIES] At 77, William Friedkin has ceased giving any semblance of a fuck. In this nasty slice of cornpone depravity, the director bashes Emile Hirschâs skull in with a can of pie filling; transforms Matthew McConaughey into the skeeviest, scariest sleazebag since Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet; and makes Gina Gershon...well, you donât want to know. Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave., 221-3280. Multiple showtimes.
[FESTIVAL] Portlandâs Romanian Orthodox Christian community invites you to âparty like a Transylvanian,â which includes eating traditional homemade sausages and pastries, drinking Romanian wine and beer and watching folk singing and dancing. St. Maryâs Romanian Orthodox Church, 13505 SE Stark St. 11 am-8 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2. Free.
MONDAY SEPT. 3
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS
[MUSIC] After getting lost in record-label limbo in the â70s and disappearing into relative obscurity, Lee Fields made a comeback with the recent revival of old-school funk and soul. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.