SEE IT: Lady Gaga plays the Rose Garden Arena, 1 N Center Court St., No. 150, on Tuesday, Jan. 15. 7:30 pm. $49.50-$175. All ages.
THURSDAY JAN. 10
[COMICS] Bringing comics to life on stage with a microphone and a projector, Comics Underground will be hosting Marvel Comics illustrator Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl), Fantagraphics staffer and Menstruation Station creator Jen Vaughn and web-comics creator Jake Ryan (Modest Medusa, which is about a tiny Medusa who comes out of a toilet). Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave. 8 pm. $3. 21+.
HOVERCRAFT RECORDS SHOWCASE
[MUSIC] The Portland indie-punk label displays its wares, with sets from revived power-poppers the Clorox Girls, swinginâ girl group the Suicide Notes, surf-rock misfits Guantanamo Baywatch and more. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
FRIDAY JAN. 11
[COMEDY] Sketch-comedy virtuosos Shelley McClendon and Michael Fetters, collectively known as the Aces, inaugurate a new comedy series called Slingshot, a collaboration between Bad Reputation Productions and Portland Center Stage. Channeling a brand of comedy thatâs both hammy and smart, McClendon and Fetters were last seen together in the very funny The Lost Boys Live. Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 8 pm. $18-$20.
THE LOST BOY
[THEATER] Child snatchers and circus freaks collide in this world-premiere production of Susan Machâs Oregon Book Award-winning play, based on the true kidnapping of a four-year-old boy in 1874. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm. $25-$50.
BIG ASS BOOMBOX FESTIVAL
[MUSIC] A music festival with an all-ages component, emphasizing Portland talent and free to the public? Sounds like PDX Pop Now! But in the freezing winter months, that annual Stumptown summer spectacular feels eons away. Thankfully, Big Ass Boombox is here to help you gorge on live local music six months early, bringing together such homegrown heavyweights as And And And, Destroy Nate Allen and Animal Eyes, a handful of acts from Seattle, and a literary stage, hosting readings from regional writers and poets. Multiple venues. See bigassboombox.com for a complete schedule. Through Saturday, Jan. 12.
SUNDAY JAN. 13
DOWN & DIRTY: A DARK COMEDY SHOWCASE
[COMEDY] Some local comedians work blue; others tell jokes about Xanax addiction and almost killing themselves. Itâs all funny until a body turns up. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9 pm. $5.