WEDNESDAY FEB. 26
[MUSIC] Ever since Wolf Parade went on âindefinite hiatus,â Spencer Krug has focused his energy as Moonface, releasing meandering organ-plus-drum machine dirges and collaborating with Finnish krautrock bands. But it wasnât until last fallâs Julia With Blue Jeans On that we hit Peak Krug: With only his stark, naked vocals and acoustic piano, the record is at once oddly beautiful and emotionally bare. Who knew he could do something so simple? Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY FEB. 27
SLAM UP TOUR
[COMEDY] Blending slam poetry, music and standup, childhood friends Emily Lowinger and Cali Bulmash achieve a style of live performance that transcends any of its individual parts. This show is about love in all its forms, filtered through a fiercely feminist lens and served up with lots of charm, irreverence and smarts. In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth St., 232-6003. 7 pm. Free.
FRIDAY FEB. 28
[MUSIC] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished to the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasnât quite forgotten: Only a fool would deny the pervasive influence forged by their genre-bending, hip-hop-dappled, food-obsessed art pop. New release Hotel Valentine organizes tropicalia-digitalist flourishes around a concept album devoted to a ghostâs impressions of an afterlife stranded amid upscale lodgings. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY MARCH 1
ONE FLEA SPARE
[THEATER] Samantha Van Der Merwe, artistic director of Shaking the Tree, has proven herself adept at kid-appropriate fare, as well as more adult stuff. Here, she swings decidedly toward the latter, directing a pitch-black comedy by Naomi Wallace that explores politics, class and sex in its story of a plague in 17th-century London. Shaking the Tree Studio, 1407 SE Stark St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm. $18-$22.
TUESDAY MARCH 4
CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE
[DANCE] The Taiwanese companyâthe most acclaimed contemporary dance troupe in Asiaâmakes its Portland debut with Songs of the Wanderers. The work evokes a spiritual pilgrimage, bringing it to life with 3
tons of luminous, golden grains of rice that rain on the dancers. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 274-6560. 7:30 pm. $26-$70.