WEDNESDAY JUNE 19
PANCAKE FILM FESTIVAL
[MOVIES] Since its founding in 2007, this Illinois-based festival has been presenting stacks (geddit?) of short films made by flapjack fanatics. Tonight the fest visits Portland, with complimentary hotcakes for all. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7 pm. $5.
THURSDAY JUNE 20
CLOSER ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
[MUSIC] Portlandâs only multiday electronic music summit pulled off a major coup with Austrian house master John Tejada, who will debut his all-hardware set (read: no MacBook). Multiple venues. $35-$50. 21+. See closerpdx.com for schedule. Through June 23.
[MUSIC] This Montreal-based experimentalist has collaborated with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson and Bon Iver. He breathes life into the avant-garde by blowing into a massive bass saxophone. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
FRIDAY JUNE 21
CIDER SUMMIT PDX
[BOOZE] Cider has exploded in the three years since this festival began. Sample more than 60 ciders from around the world. Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody Ave. 3-8 pm Friday and noon-6 pm Saturday, June 21-22. $30. 21+.
[MUSIC] The heavily hyped Danish pop duo uses lush strings, organic drums and the lightly whipped vocals of singer Coco O to create a rich musical tapestry, full of soft colors and gentle harmonies. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY JUNE 22
EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
[THEATER] The musical adaptation of Sam Raimiâs cult hit returns, with severed limbs, chainsaws, shotguns, a gleefully rapey tree, zombies and a special plastic-lined Splatter Zone, for audience members looking to get sprayed with bloody goop. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7 and 10:30 pm. $19-$34.
OREGON PACIFIC RAILROAD TRAIN RIDE
[CHOO-CHOO] See the city from vantage points few others haveâalong the freight-train railways in Southeast Portland. Oregon Pacific Railroad opens its rails to passengers for the first time this summer with its passenger ride days. Beginning near Oaks Park, the 40-minute ride travels north along the Willamette River, through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to a point near OMSI and back. Oaks Station, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 659-5452, oregonpacificrr.com. Noon-6 pm. $5-$10.