WEDNESDAY AUG. 7
, the debut album of this soft-soul collaboration between Canadian singer Mike Milosh and Danish producer Robin Hannibal, manages the rare feat of being both daringly intimate and alluringly enigmatic. It's sexy, androgynous and one of the year's best records.
THURSDAY AUG. 8
[MUSIC] This four-day collision of musical dread, insanity and pulverization is highlighted by Portland's own kings of punk, Poison Idea, and Dead Conspiracy, perhaps the town's first-ever death-metal band, which reunited last year.
FRIDAY AUG. 9
[GEEKERY] Settle Catan once and for all at this year's annual late-night board-game event. Beer sales support a charity that provides table-top games to youth.
SATURDAY AUG. 10
[ZINES] Celebrating Portland's passionate DIY publishers, the 13th annual Portland Zine Symposium will feature more than 150 exhibitors and dozens of hands-on workshops. Discover zines you never knew existed, and finally get the inspiration you need to finish your own zine,
[FUNKY CLASSICAL] One of Portland's paragons of quirky contemporary pop, Alan Singley, teams up with omnipresent musical force Papi Fimbres to present a 40-minute, "genre-fusing, avant-garde, future-funk symphony."
MONDAY AUG. 12
[THEATER] Every year, a director casts and rehearses a show individually and in secrecy, with actors arriving to the performance in street clothes and only learning each other's identities once the first line is uttered from the house. This year's selection is Thornton Wilder's allegorical