WEDNESDAY AUG. 14
YEAH YEAH YEAHS
[MUSIC] After building themselves from a tiny New York spazz-punk trio into bona fide, shed-filling rock stars in the span of a decade, Karen O and co. have earned enough cachet to, on fourth album Mosquito, return to their artier roots, albeit in more mature, atmospheric fashion. The record also features one of the most garish covers of the year, but the bandâs earned that, too. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. 6:30 pm. $38-$43. All ages.
SATURDAY AUG. 17
PDX ADULT SOAPBOX DERBY
[RACING] Now in its 17th year, just one year shy of the age of consent, the Adult Soapbox Derby will send 39 ebulliently home-designed, two-person go-carts screaming down the slopes of Mount Tabor in a road race. Prizes are awarded not only for the race winner, but also for best crash and best helmet, among 14 other categories. Expect to learn whoâs faster: vikings, robots or the drunken Chuck Norris twins. Mount Tabor Park, soapboxracer.com. 10 am-4 pm. 7 am racer check-in. Free.
FILMUSIK: PLANET OF DINOSAURS
[MOVIES] With a crack gang of voice actors and Foley artists, and a live score by jazz quintet Blue Cranes, Filmusik brings to life a low-budget 1977 film about a spaceship that crash-lands on a planet ruled by stop-motion dinosaurs. Itâs like Jurassic Park, just with astronauts onscreen and snuggling couples all around you. Sewallcrest Park, Southeast 32nd Avenue and Market Street, filmusik.com. Dusk. Free.
SUNDAY AUG. 18
DAD WATSONâS FESTIVAL OF AMERICANA
[MUSIC] So Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket ditched the Pacific Northwest on their AmericanaramA Tour, but who needs âem? This festival pays tribute to Stumptownâs old-timey heritage with a laundry list of local folkiesâShook Twins, Pete Krebsâ Portland Playboys, Wayward Vessel and othersâplus corn hole and an on-site straight-razor-shave barber to boot. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 6 pm. $10. All ages.
TUESDAY AUG. 20
SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR WITH DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
[MUSIC] Beneath the aggression and chaos, New Jerseyâs Dillinger Escape Plan is really just a jazz band. A pissed-off jazz band, but still. The antics of singer Greg Puciatoâphysically assaulting crowd members, defecating in bags onstage at musical festivalsâwould certainly make old-school hardcore purists cringe, but a Dillinger show is no place for etiquette. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 2:30 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.