THURSDAY NOV. 14
COMPETITIVE EROTIC FAN FICTION
[COMEDY] The Nerdist-approved event returns to Portland for another delightfully weird and raucous night of comics writing and performing original erotic stories. Audience suggestions are encouraged, so bring your biggest Darcy and Hermione fantasies. Youâll never read Steinbeck the same. The Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont St., 595-0575. 8 pm. $10.
SATURDAY NOV. 16
[MUSIC] While her contemporaries climb all over one another to test the limits of their vocal prowess, this 29-year-old U.K. soul chanteuse has won an increasingly ardent fan base for her commitment to restraint. Devotion, Wareâs atmospheric, alluring and occasionally playful debut, proved her more than capable of belting to the rafters if needed, but such moments appear all the more powerful when surrounded by measured grace. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 9 pm. $17. All ages.
MONDAY NOV. 18
NINE INCH NAILS
[MUSIC] Did anyone actually believe Trent Reznor when he said he was done with Nine Inch Nails? How does one break up a project thatâs basically just yourself, anyway? So donât call this tour a comeback. This yearâs acclaimed Hesitation Marks confirms Reznor as one of rockâs great sound architects, but thatâs been true since the â80s. And his new midlife-crisis physique means that instead of breaking keyboards with mic stands like he used to, he does it with his bare hands. We presume. Moda Center, 1401 N Wheeler Ave., 235-8771. 7:30 pm. $29.50-$75.50. All ages.
TUESDAY NOV. 19
CASCADIA GREAT EARTHQUAKES: RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
[SCIENCE] Portland transplants: Heard of the Cascadia subduction zone? Basically, there are two tectonic plates colliding in the Pacific Ocean, and we might get a giantâlike genuinely cataclysmicâearthquake sometime in our lifetimes. Chris Goldfinger tells us (maybe) how to prepare. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 797-4677. 7 pm. $5 suggested.
[MUSIC] On his latest album, the sublime Dream River, the 47-year-old Austinite unfurls his famously deadpan baritone over music that eschews traditional structure, delicately weaving shimmering guitars and brushed percussion among his glacial drawl. Now with more flute! Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $20. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.