THE NATASHA PLAYS
[THEATER] Boom Arts, which presents some of the more thought-provoking theater programming in town, stages two short plays by 26-year-old Russian playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich. Told from the perspective of two 16-year-old girls on very different rungs of the socioeconomic ladder, the plays illuminate issues of class and gender—and, unsurprisingly, showcase plenty of teenage angst. Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 567-1644. 7:30 pm. Free, donation suggested.
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU CELEBRATION
[WINE] Pairings is hosting music and offering up free Oma chocolate, alongside the launch of the only two super-young Beaujolais Nouveau wines that meet the shop's standards for organic grapes and "conscious" winemaking. We also prefer that winemakers remain conscious, unlike wine drinkers. Pairings Portland Wine Shop, 455 NE 24th Ave., 541-531-7653. 5-9 pm. Free.
[DANCE] The Argentinian/French company sets its newest show, Nuit Blanche, in a nightclub as a tango party comes to an end. With all the slinkiness youâd expect from a tango performance, and dashes of extravagant theatricality, the 60-minute show moves from desire to loneliness to passion. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 245-1600. 7:30 pm. $26-$66.
[GAMES] Pips & Bounce are hosting a Fight Club-themed pingpong fundraiser to send table tennis player Jenny Beck to the Parapan American Games. There will be demos by former Olympian Sean OâNeill, and free food and drink from Rogue Nation and Green Dragon PDX. Fight Club attire encouraged. The Green Door at the Rogue Nation warehouse, 1001 SE 9th Ave. 6-10 pm. $10 adults, $5 children over 7.
[MUSIC] Some shows just seem tailor-made for the Old Churchâs hallowed walls. Nepenthe, the latest album from this ethereal songstress, is something of a spiritual experience in itself, a glowing, gentle record featuring looped waves of Barwickâs sky-walking vocals, glacier-thawing melodies and subtle, ambient tinkering. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031. 8 pm. $13 advance, $16 day of show. All ages.
[COMEDY] Earlier this month, WW turned to scienceâwell, a poll of this cityâs comedy communityâto determine Portlandâs five best standup comics. Read their profiles in this issue and see all five, for free, tonight. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 7 pm. Free. 21+.