WEDNESDAY MARCH 6HOP IN THE SADDLE
[BIKES, BEER] Authors of Hop in the Saddle, a biking guide to Portland’s craft-brew scene, discuss beer for folks on spokes. They’ll share both bike and brew-centric routes, and hopefully good stories from along the way. REI, 1405 NW Johnson St. 6:30 pm. Free.
THURSDAY MARCH 7IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY)
[THEATER] Before Hysteria winked at Victorian-era gynecological therapy, Sarah Ruhl did it better. Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 239-5919. 7:30 pm.
[COMEDY] The Daily Show correspondent, onetime Jason Schwartzman nemesis and foremost expert on being a foremost expert is a comedy renaissance man. Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 467-7521. 7 pm. $25. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
FRIDAY MARCH 8BIG BEER FEST
[BEER] Strong beers, up to 13 percent alcohol, including a long list of barleywine and stouts from Lucky Lab and other local brewers. Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-3555. Noon Friday-Saturday, March 8-9. $9, $1.50 additional tickets. 21+.
BLACK ’N BLUE
[MUSIC] Portland’s answer to Anvil has yet to experience its triumphant second act, but the hair-metal footnotes did have a song featured in Vision Quest, so, y’know, that’s something. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY MARCH 9TRUTH AND BETRAYAL
[DANCE] Seattle-based Khambatta has a penchant for audience involvement. Before Truth and Betrayal and three other dance pieces, audience members will find a handwritten note suggesting a lens through which to experience the show. Conduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill St., Suite 401, 221-5857. 8 pm. $15.
MODERN HOME TOUR
[ARCHITECTURE] A self-guided romp through upscale homes sure to make you feel like a slum-dweller. Curated by Portland architectural expert Brian Libby, the tour includes a Mount Tabor home of Portlandia notoriety and one of the first residences built to Passir Haus energy-efficiency standards. portland.modernhometours.com. $30 in advance, $40 day of show.
RAW UN-COOKING CLASS
[NOT COOKING] Local raw, organic, gluten-free chef Betty Rawker leads an “un-cooking” class for those eager to make “sunflower ‘not refried’ no-bean dip.” TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. 4-6 pm. $40.