[COMEDY] So maybe Tracy Morgan isn’t a standup comic as much as a somewhat crazy person who possibly thought he was filming a documentary when appearing on 30 Rock, but that just means he’s more naturally hilarious than many of his peers. The last time Morgan was here, he played the Newmark, so this three-night stand at Helium definitely qualifies as “intimate.” Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 and 10:15 pm. $35-$42.
FRIDAY JAN. 17THE END OF SEX
[THEATER] Craig Jessen’s- comedy, presented by Theatre Vertigo, centers on a pharmaceutical scientist who inadvertently concocts a drug that remaps sexual sensation, allowing users to experience pleasure through a cream. It’s a world premiere from Jessen, who grew up in Portland and graduated from Wilson High School in 2001. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm. $20.
SATURDAY JAN. 18(A)MERGING
[DANCE] Lindsey Matheis continues to scout Portland’s brightest dance talent. She takes less control here than in Alchemy last year, just providing a platform for newbies and a few veterans, and the result will likely be rawer and more experimental. Among the performers, Megan McCarthy and Patrick Kilbane remix their classical ballet training into something bizarre, and up-and-comer Kate Rafter presents what she calls “a pop-up dance thingy with a general focus on risk and interactivity.” Northwest Dance Project Studio, 833 N Shaver St., 421-7434. 7:30 pm. $15-$20.
SUNDAY JAN. 19PACIFIC PIE-OFF
[FOOD] Apparently there’s something called National Pie Day. Whether sweet or savory, the Pacific Pie Co. is inviting everyone in Portland to enter their home-cooked pies into competition. No cost for entry—except, you know, the pie. Official judging starts at 1 pm. But, more importantly, judging by amateur lookie-loos—otherwise known as The People—starts at 2 pm. Pacific Pie Co., 1668 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9482, pacificpie.com. 11 am contest, 2 pm tasting. Free.
TUESDAY JAN. 21COLIN MELOY
[MUSIC] Though he’s never issued a proper solo album, between his three-year stint with alt-country band Tarkio, his collection of cover EPs and the six studio albums of literary quirk he’s crafted with the Decemberists, Portland’s nerd hero has a thick catalog of ditties to draw from. Expect deep cuts. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $30. All ages.