WEDNESDAY DEC. 4
HOLIDAY ALE FEST
[BEER] A quarter past noon, the Grinch paused then put his hand to his ear. And, through the streets of Portland, a sound he did hear. It started in low, then it started to grow. WOOOOOOOO! BEER FESTIVAL! WOOOOO! Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave., holidayale.com. Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 4-8. $30. 21+.
CHURCH OF MISERY
[MUSIC] The Tokyo-based band was a pioneer of the doom- and stoner-metal subgenres in the â90s. Blending the heaviest parts of early Black Sabbath with psychedelic rock, the band blasts intense live shows through a looming wall of the industryâs loudest amps. Most of its songs are about mass murderers, natch. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY DEC. 5
[COMEDY] Comedy Central has proclaimed him the funniest man on Twitter (âDonuts are gay bagelsâ), but Delaney is pretty funny live, too, with plenty of pathos to go with the outlandish bits. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm. $25.
BLUE CRANES, DYLAN RYAN SAND, THE KANDINSKY EFFECT
[MUSIC] Sand, the latest project from adventurous drummer and composer Dylan Ryan and featuring John Zorn sideman Tim Young and Xiu Xiuâs Devin Hoff, is the highlight of a forward-facing jazz bill, bringing together acts that are keeping the genre fresh by embracing contemporary rock and electronica. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
FRIDAY DEC. 6
[THEATER] Third Rail Rep produces provocative and sometimes polarizing plays, but its acting company is one of the cityâs best and deserves a wider audience. That elevates this production of Michael Fraynâs phenomenally funny play from pandering to a wise marketing ploy. Not only should the backstage comedyâabout a regional British production of a terrible sex farceâbe hilarious, but it will hopefully introduce new audiences to Third Rail. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 235-1101. 7:30 pm. $23-$46.
SATURDAY DEC. 7
ANIMATED CHRISTMAS 2
[MOVIES] Because you wonât be able to watch TV this month without thinking âGod, the Christmas shit I used to watch as a kid was so much better than this,â the Hollywood Theatre presents a collection of rare 16 mm and VHS cartoons that will prove your childhood taste was crappier than you remember. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 2:30 pm. $8.