WEDNESDAY MARCH 5RUSSIAN CIRCLES
[MUSIC] While Explosions in the Sky soundtracks fictional high-school football games, Russian Circles rewrites the score for the apocalypse. Memorial, the fifth and most dynamic release from the instrumental metal trio, conveys an unnerving sense of inevitable destruction, and the foolish notion that you can outrun it. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
FRIDAY MARCH 7INDEPENDENT WOMEN
[THEATER] Remember the halcyon days of Destiny’s Child? That trio’s 2000 album, Independent Women Part 1, was the launchpad for this show, which is also inspired by Rosie the Riveter. Expect a mashup of text, song and, presumably, bangin’ dance moves. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St., socialsciencesproductions.com. 8 pm. $15.
SATURDAY MARCH 8METAL MACHINE MUSIC PRESENTED BY MARZENA & KOGUT BUTOH
[DANCE] Thirty-nine years on, critics still don’t know what to make of Lou Reed’s free-noise opus Metal Machine Music. When Portland composer Bob Priest listened to it, he heard the score for a butoh-style dance piece—which really is as legitimate an interpretation as any. Writer Amanda Sledz introduces the piece with a letter to Laurie Anderson, Reed's widow. Three Friends Coffee House, 201 SE 12th Ave., 236-6411. 11 pm. Free.
SUNDAY MARCH 9TACO AND WINE PAIRING
[FOOD] Pairing tacos and wine might seem a trashy Southwestern notion of a fancy date. But here we are: five tacos, six wines. It’s the first of several fast-food wine dates between Pairings Wine shop and eateries in the neighboring Ocean food complex, in this case Uno Mas taqueria. Pairings Portland Wine Shop, 455 NE 24th Ave., 541-531-7653. 5 pm. $30. Reservations required. 21+.
MONDAY MARCH 10PCS IMPROV ALL-STARS
[COMEDY] First-rate actors Gretchen Corbett and Gavin Hoffman tell stories based on audience suggestions, and then four improv artists craft scenes riffing on those tales. It’s all spliced or scrambled together, hopefully to hilarious results. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 8 pm. $5-$10.
TUESDAY MARCH 11MASHA GESSEN
[BOOKS] Having followed rabble-rousing Russian punk band Pussy Riot since their 2012 incarceration, Masha Gessen now offers an account in her new book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.