WEDNESDAY JULY 17
ASCENDING THE GIANTS
[TALL TREE TALES] Two guys who make a living climbing and measuring gigantic trees show film of themselves climbing and measuring gigantic trees. Theyâre like a two-headed Lorax, but with cameras, ropes and fear of sudden death. Lucky Labrador, 1700 N Killingsworth St., 283-6343, ext. 223, oregonwild.org. 6:30 pm. Free.
[BEER] Belmont Station wraps up a weeklong celebration of sours. Matt Swihart from Double Mountain Brewery pours some popular brews, including Devilâs Kriek (one of WWâs top beers last year). Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St., 232-8538, belmont-station.com. 5 pm. Cash only. 21+.
THURSDAY JULY 18
CHAD CHATS 5: SAVE THE BRAINS
[COMEDY] CHADâthe Center for Humorism and Amusement Dynamicsâregales audiences with more satirical PowerPoint presentations, this time exploring the wonders of the human brain. Mini-lectures range from âHobo Tomâs Guide to Fighting Robots in Your Dreamsâ to âMaking Unicorns Out Of Book Presentationsâ to the aptly chosen, dread-inducing âPowerPoint Presentations: Why They Are Slowly Killing You.â Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., 228-7605. 8:30 pm. $7-$10. 21+.
[MUSIC] As disheartening as it is to see the band that created both hardcore punk and the stringent DIY ideals of indie rock go the way of reunited â80s casino acts and split into two feuding factions, itâs still Black fucking Flag. Plus, this oneâs got founding mastermind Greg Ginn, which means itâs legit. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.
FRIDAY JULY 19
PDX POP NOW!
[MUSIC] The all-ages, all-local, all-free summer tradition turns 10 this year, and to celebrate, organizers have done what they always do: put together a stellar, eclectic lineup of Portland music, including all 10 of WWâs 2013 Best New Band finalists. Eastbank lot at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Through Sunday, July 21. Free. All ages. See pdxpopnow.com for complete schedule.
SATURDAY JULY 20
BACK FENCE PDX
[STORYTELLING] Taking performance storytelling to the not-quite-life-or-death extreme, the eight featured guests of Back Fence PDX will play their own version of Russian roulette. Each storyteller spins the wheel of juicy prompts and then has five minutes to prepare a true story, with the audience picking a winner. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 286-9449. 8 pm. $16-$18. 21+.