WEDNESDAY FEB. 6SOUNDGARDEN
[MUSIC] Grab that crusty flannel from the bottom of the hamper, grow out your soul patch and re-up on the methadone—grunge is back! Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8 pm. $70.50. All ages.
FRIDAY FEB. 8THE BOX MARKED BLACK
[THEATER] Kunta Kinte as a sock puppet? We’re sold. Damaris Webb presents a solo show about growing up mixed-race in Portland. Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 283-8467. 7:30 pm. $10-$15.
[BOOKS] Short-story master George Saunders has a new collection of work, Tenth of December. The collection touches on themes of war, love, sex and loss. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St.,
228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
WHY AREN’T THERE MORE BLACK PEOPLE IN OREGON?
[HISTORY] That is an excellent question. Walidah Imarisha breaks it down in this interactive presentation. Belmont Library, 1038 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 988-5382. 2 pm. Free.
SUNDAY FEB. 10WORST DAY OF THE YEAR RIDE
[BIKES] Thousands of Portlanders don crazy outfits and bike through inclement weather...but with doughnuts. The 16- and 45-mile rides start and end at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, with beer and bread at the finish. The 16-miler has treats every four miles. 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., worstdayride.com. 9 am. $36.50.
TUESDAY FEB. 12THE MELODIANS
[MUSIC] Although overshadowed by Jimmy Cliff’s contributions, “Rivers of Babylon,” the Jamaican trio’s most well-known track, is one of the standouts from the legendary The Harder They Come soundtrack, and among the most soul-stirring songs in reggae. Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 8 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
[DRINK] Aside from the annual charity auction at St. Francis Church, Portland isn’t much for Mardi Gras traditions beyond vomit-speckled Old Town sidewalks. We suggest you start a classier one: a traditional Hurricane cocktail from the drink-geeks at Hale Pele. Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway, halepele.com. 5 pm. $10 for Hurricane.
IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU
[STORYTELLING] Portland storytellers share cringe-worthy tales sure to make your life look like a Nicholas Sparks novel. This event may make you swear off dating forever. Abstinence anyone? Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 467-7521. $18 advance, $20 at door. 7 pm. 21+.