WEDNESDAY FEB. 18
[VIRTUAL ART] Using computer algorithms to create faux âbrushstrokes,â artist Jeremy Rotsztain layers myriad ribbons of color, which he distorts through digital tricks that mimic Cartesian grids, parallax errors and false perspective in one of the most intriguing art shows ever mounted in a Portland gallery. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 227-5111, upforgallery.com. Through Feb. 28.
THURSDAY FEB. 19
[HELLâS HOUSE BAND] If seeing Margaret Chardiet live is half as frightening as listening to last yearâs widely hailed industrial death march, Bestial Burden, then people are in for a total nightmare. Pharmakon makes those black-metal dudes burning churches in Norway look like a sewing circle. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
[COMEDY] So yeah, John Mulaneyâs TV show blows. But the SNL writer is still a delightfully entertaining comic whose expertly crafted storiesâabout childhood bullying, Xanax and the bewildering use of âbozoâ in tabloid headlinesâare sharp and spirited. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 7 and 10 pm. Sold out. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
FRIDAY FEB. 20
[ELECTRO-POP] No Reason, San Francisco producer Charlie Yinâs debut EP, evolves from his previous SoundCloud remixes to an allegedly sample-free production showcasing Yinâs mastery of maximal, uplifting pop, and found a niche in the rotation of many big-name DJs. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
SUNDAY FEB. 22
[FRAGILE FOLK] The L.A. singerâs songs are so delicate, melancholy and sparse, it almost feels like an intrusion listening to them. On Your Own Love Again, her new sophomore album, adds layers of harmonizing and lead guitar, but itâs still mostly just her and a nylon-stringed guitar alone in a room. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
MONDAY, FEB. 23
OREGON BEER AWARDS
[BEER] The inaugural Oregon Beer Awards will hand out awards for best new brewery, brewery of the year, and 10 beer styles from lager to âisland of the misfits,â plus WWâs top 10 beers of the year. Taste many of the winning beers, and get an early copy of WWâs Beer Guide. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 5:30 pm. Free. 21+.