WEDNESDAY SEPT. 11DIARY OF A MADMAN
[THEATER] Fresh off the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NoPerks Theatre presents an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story about a clerk’s fall into insanity. The group, with members hailing from New York City and Switzerland, incorporates original live music to flesh out the haunting tale. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 289-3499. 8 pm. $15.
THURSDAY SEPT. 12SHERI SPEEDE
[CHIMPS] Sure, they may look adorable wearing a three-piece suit and pretending to operate a telephone, but chimpanzees are capable of a wider range of emotions than we give them credit for. Sheri Speede spent 13 years living in Cameroon and will share insights from her experiences and her new book, Kindred Beings: What 73 Chimpanzees Taught Me about Life, Love, and Connection. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 7:30 pm. Free.
[MUSIC] This Australian trio has built a nearly 30-year career of finding the sweet spot between punk’s gob-flecked abandon and the power of heavy riff-rock. The band arrives on our shores in support of a new documentary and reissues of three of its best recordings. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 345-7892. 9 pm. $10. 21+
SATURDAY SEPT. 14CRITICAL MASCARA: A POST-REALNESS DRAG BALL
[DANCE] As part of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, genderfuck drag performer Kaj-Anne Pepper and Magic Mouth frontman Chanticleer Tru attempt to create a successful drag ball. Artists will be invited to compete against each other in the categories of looks, walk and dance. The event will also feature performances and audience challenges, so study up on your queer history. The Works at Con-Way, 2170 NW Raleigh St., 224-7422. 10:30 pm. $8-$10.
SUNDAY SEPT. 15TOMATO TASTING
[FOOD, GARDEN] Fat, juicy heirloom tomatoes cost, what, like $4 each? Taste 50 varieties of new, old and rare ’maters and make plans for next year at Dennis’ 7 Dees’ tomato festival. Dennis’ 7 Dees, 6025 SE Powell Blvd., 777-1421. 10 am-4 pm. Free.
TUESDAY SEPT. 17DEAP VALLY
[MUSIC] This L.A.-based duo bashes out hard rock informed by red lipstick, White Stripes and the blues. Both women are more than able players, adding up to a crowd-pleasing formula already breaking big in England. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. All ages.