WEDNESDAY AUG. 28TRANSPORTATION TRIVIA NIGHT
[WONKY TRIVIA] How many miles of streetcar tracks does Portland have? What about the number of Car2Go vehicles? And just how well do you know your sharrows? Proceeds will benefit the Community Cycling Center. Radio Room, 1101 NE Alberta St., 287-2346. 7:30 pm. $10, cash only.
THURSDAY AUG. 29XPAT STORIES: TALES FROM BEYOND THE COMFORT ZONE
[STORYTELLING] In a town where it can seem that locals are rarer than unicorns, asking foreigners to recount their Portland stories seems curious. But former Portland filmmaker Robin Willis, who now lives in Spain, has corralled a compelling lineup of Portland transplants—from Iraq, Hungary, France and even the exotic Midwest—to tell it straight. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3231. 9 pm. $8.
FRIDAY AUG. 30REO SPEEDWAGON AT THE OREGON STATE FAIR
[FRIED FOOD, SOFT ROCK] You can fight the feeling, but should you? Give in, drive to Salem to hang out with rural Oregonians and eat fried food. Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, 947-3237. 8 pm. $30-$50. All ages. Fair through Monday, Sept. 2; admission $3-$11. oregonstatefair.org.
SATURDAY AUG. 31EOLA-AMITY HILLS WINE TOUR
[WINE] The Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area—a 39,000-acre stretch of wine country surrounded by the Willamette Valley AVA—offers tours of many of its 95 wineries this weekend. 11 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. $25 for an Encompass Guidebook that grants access to free tasting flights at 20 wineries. eolaamityhills.com.
SUNDAY SEPT. 1
[MUSIC] While it’s true that “Cars” is Numan’s only single to hit the Top 10 in the U.S., calling the 55-year-old Englishman a “one-hit wonder” is frustratingly dismissive. He is one of the most consistent artists to emerge from the post-punk era, and his recent albums—including the upcoming Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)—have embraced modern electronic music in smart and thrilling ways. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30pm. $25 advance, $28 day of show. All ages.
TUESDAY SEPT. 3MUSICFESTNW
[MUSIC] Portand’s largest and greatest music festival begins, with sets from 18-year-old New York rap prodigy Joey Bada$$, L.A. power-pop institution Redd Kross and more. musicfestnw.com.