WEDNESDAY JUNE 4FLEET WEEK
[SAILORS] Good news: The Americans are back, which means that unlike last year, you don’t have to seduce Canadian sailors with talk of Newfies or Rob Ford or maple trees or whatever those Northern seamen talk about. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Northwest Naito Parkway between the Burnside and Steel bridges. Through Sunday, June 8. Heartbreak is free.
SATURDAY JUNE 7PANCAKE ART
[PANCAKES] Internet-famous Nathan Shields will make weirdly complicated pancakes that look like squid, beetles and Tusken Raiders. And he will teach you how to do the same, but way worse. Slappy Cakes, 4246 SE Belmont St., 477-4805, slappycakes.com. Noon. Free, but you gotta buy your own pancakes.
MICHAEL IAN BLACK
[COMEDY] A former member of generation-defining ’90s sketch-comedy troupe the State, Black has since become a strangely ubiquitous figure in pop culture, popping up as a talking head on VH1, hosting podcasts, hawking sodas and ice cream bars in TV ads, fighting with Marc Maron on Twitter, even writing children’s books. Through it all, he maintains an air of self-deprecating smarminess that’s at once infuriating and hilarious. Hawthorne Theater, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 7 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
GUIDED BY VOICES
[MUSIC] Robert Pollard never wrote a tune he didn’t think was worth the world hearing. His beloved indie-rock band’s initial two-decade run produced approximately 8 zillion songs, and since reuniting the “classic” GBV lineup in 2010, he’s generated six more albums’ worth of material. What’s more astounding than the sheer volume of his output is the quality: He’s batting over .500 for his career, and doing so while mostly being drunk off his ass. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $35. 21+.
SUNDAY JUNE 8M.A.S.S. VII
[MUSIC, ETC.] For the seventh installment of this ongoing series of serene music, art and writing, Benoit Pioulard makes the trip down from Seattle to perform his delicately minimal soundscapes, accompanied by projections from Portland-based visual artist Colin Manning. Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St., 897-7037. 9 pm. Free.
MONDAY JUNE 9PCS IMPROV ALL-STARS
[IMPROV] Inspired by the life of the hatchet-happy Lizzie Borden (who’s also at the center of Portland Center Stage’s current production of Lizzie), four of the city’s top improvisers will ad-lib their own scenes of murder and mania. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 8 pm. $5-$10.