THURSDAY OCT. 31
WAR OF THE WORLDS
[LIVE RADIO] Seventy-five years ago, Orson Welles freaked out the United States (and even Canada!) by broadcasting a series of news bulletins about a Martian invasion. Listeners panicked, with some even fleeing their homes. None of it, of course, was true, but it made Welles damn famous. To celebrate the anniversary, the talented folks at Willamette Radio Workshop re-create the broadcast, with live voice actors, Foley artists and recorded sound effects. McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., 249-3983. 4:30 and 6 pm. Free.
SATURDAY NOV. 2
PRO-AM BEER FESTIVAL
[BEER] Homebrewers team with a dozen of Portlandâs best breweries to make one-off brews. Twenty-five dollars gets you a 4-ounce pour of each, and ticket sales are limited so that everyone gets to try all 13 beers. Music from Lost Creek Bluegrass Band and, oh, free pretzel necklaces all around. The Con-Way Warehouse, 2170 NW Raleigh St. 2-6 pm. $25. 21+ Tickets atwwbeerproam.eventbrite.com.
[THEATER] Putting parables onstage is an iffy endeavor, but thereâs no denying the impact of a successfully staged allegory. British playwright Dawn Kingâs Foxfinder, making its U.S. premiere at Artists Rep, is just that. A futuristic drama about a totalitarian government that sends an agent to investigate a mysterious fox infestation in the English countryside, itâs what Time Out London called a âfascinating dystopian welter of fear, superstition and nature in revolt.â Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm. $25-$55.
SUNDAY NOV. 3
[MUSIC] 2013 is the year Dan Bejarâthe patron saint of every socially awkward lit professor in the countryâgrew disillusioned with the English language and decided to record an EP of European blues sung entirely in a foreign tongue. The resulting Five Spanish Songs is more pure power pop than anything heâs done since the first two New Pornographer records. Tonight, our god performs sans backing band. Hallelujah! Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
MONDAY NOV. 4
REMEMBERING MULUGETA SERAW
[HISTORY] In 1988, an Ethiopian immigrant was beaten to death by a member of a white supremacist gang on the streets of Southeast Portland, pulling back the veil on an ugly subculture of violent racism in the Rose City. Twenty-five years later, the Oregon Encyclopedia revisits the murder, and discusses its lingering effects. Itâs a painful but necessary history lesson. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. Free.