WEDNESDAY APRIL 23
[COMEDY] Back in the â90s, Norm MacDonald turned the Saturday Night Live news desk into his own absurdist playground, brilliantly mocking not so much the news as Weekend Update itself. His standup remains clever and profane. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm. $30-$37. 21+.
THURSDAY APRIL 24
SILENT FILMS FROM THE OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
[FILM] In an attempt to combat juvenile delinquency, old-time Portlanders elected a series of boy mayors. One was called down to Hollywood to star in a film. That 1914 movie will be shown with live piano accompaniment. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7 pm. $8.
[MUSIC] Crouched in the crevasse where metal and psych meet, this annual three-day festival is a celebration of music as mind-altering substance. Headliners include krautrock party animals Trans Am, Portland pop-metal heavies Red Fang and veteran Oregon sludge beasts YOB. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8:30 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. Through April 26.
FRIDAY APRIL 25
[MUSIC] Last yearâs Laid Out is a Flying Lotus-style record thatâs mostly instrumental, hazy production backed with clipped, electronic drums. The pending release of an EP, with Chicago R&B crooner Jeremih, is likely to alienate some beat-junkie types, but itâs all in the name of his evolution. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
SATURDAY APRIL 26
[MUSIC] No offense to the noisy, Philly guitar-pop act, which is a perfectly fine Sonic Youth homage, but the recommendation here is less for the music than the locale. Who knows why Sloanâsâthe Boise-Eliot bar with the semi truck sticking out of its sideâis hosting this show, but itâs cool to see an indie buzz band play a dive whose dÃ©cor hasnât changed since the Carter administration. Sloanâs Tavern, 36 N Russell St., 287-2262. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
SUNDAY APRIL 27
EAT MOBILE FESTIVAL
[FOOD] This is the street version of a small-plates menu. Willamette Weekâs annual food-cart festival at OMSI features samples from more than 30 carts included with each ticket. Tickets at omsi.edu. OMSI parking lot, 1945 SE Water Ave, wweek.com. 2:30-6 pm. $30.