FRIDAY MARCH 28EMANCIPATOR ENSEMBLE
[MUSIC] Going to an Emancipator concert is like watching an old movie reel of your life’s more poignant moments, in slow-motion, backward, on acid. This time around, the young Portland-based producer introduces a four-piece band, accompanied by extensive visuals sure to activate those introspective sensors. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $18 advance, $22 day of show. All ages.
[BEER] Still bitter after five years, Roscoe’s is serving up 16 rare and specialty IPAs, including Fort George’s Omegatex triple IPA, which sounds more like an evil Transformer than a beer, and will have a similar effect on your liver. Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St., 255-0049. 2 pm-close.
[COMEDY] In his standup, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t stop at oddball observations—he puts in the necessary brain sweat to transform them into nuggets of gut-busting gold. This show, titled Modern Romance, riffs on dating in the time of Twitter and Instagram. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-745-3000. 7 pm. $46.50.
SATURDAY MARCH 29MIDSUMMER
[THEATER] In its decade of existence, Third Rail has never produced a musical. That’s about to change...sort of. Midsummer calls itself “a play with songs,” but, hey, baby steps. It centers on two Edinburgh 30-somethings—he’s a small-time crook and she’s a big-deal lawyer—who spend a rainy weekend together, to raucous results. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 235-1101. 7:30 pm. $20-$27.
SUNDAY MARCH 30THE WAR ON DRUGS
[MUSIC] Lost in the Dream, the latest outstanding release from the Philadelphia classic-rockists, finds singer Adam Granduciel’s voice migrating away from the timbre of his former bandmate, Kurt Vile, toward the realm of ’80s radio-god territory. Close your eyes and, amid the shimmers of chorus-heavy guitars and smoky organs, you’ll hear Don Henley on Ambien. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.
MONDAY MARCH 31VENEREAL GIRLS
[HISTORY] When Margaret Sanger tried to open a birth-control clinic in 1916, she was jailed. When Oregon women tested positive for venereal disease at the same time, they also landed themselves in lockup, even as men went free. Western Oregon University professor Kim Jensen recounts the history of Portland’s Cedar Detention Home. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., 249-3983. 7 pm. Free.