Friday, Oct. 25
Haunted Pub Crawl
BeerQuest PDXâs latest pub crawl kicks off at Kells, runs through downtown and Old Town, and includes a tour of the Shanghai Tunnels. I took one of those tours years ago, and while the legend and lore they feed you is almost entirely bullshit, the tunnels could still be referred to as âcreepyââespecially since The Big One could hit and youâd be sandwiched under Old Town for the rest of time. Ainât nobody cominâ for ya. Multiple locations. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. Check beerquestpdx.com for details. $25.
$10 Blind Wine Tasting
With a low-cost cover and reasonably priced contenders, this is a wine event for the proletariat. It also takes place at one of the city's oldest wine shops. True story: My buddy stumbled upon some old gems at Woodstock Wine & Deli, including a 10-year-old Jubelale and an Anchor barley wine from the mid-'90s. I'm planning to murder him for both, but you would not believe how long it takes to plan murder. Woodstock Wine & Deli, 4030 SE Woodstock Ave., 777-2208. 6-9 pm. $10. 21+.
[MUSIC] With his band the Pastorsâ Wives, Portlandâs Drew Grow built a reputation for writing idiosyncratic folk-rock with a penchant for coming completely unglued live. Now heâs starting over with a new name and an intense, strippedback new album. Grow is staging a release show consisting of seven sets in 24 hours, all streamed live on YouTube. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Bonobo, Grey Reverend
[CLOUDY ELECTRONICA] Unlike far too many of Simon Greenâs contemporaries, his work under the name Bonobo manages to mesh together the synthetic sounds of downtempo electronics with acoustic instrumentation. That spirit made his 2013 release, The North Borders, one of the yearâs best albums, as he melds a drowsy string section and shuffling drums into the ghostly claps and swells coaxed from his computer. Thatâs also what makes his live shows such a treat. Green tends to bring along a full band, all the better to immerse fans even deeper into his thoughtful compositions. ROBERT HAM. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 9 pm. $22. All ages.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Beer 101 at the Oregon Coast
[BEER] One of Oregonâs best-kept secrets is the Northern Coast in the fall, where the summer crowds have long dissipated and you can typically get by with a sweater if it isnât raining. This event ranges from Astoria to Cannon Beach, and includes stops along the regionâs burgeoning brewing industry. Boo! Multiple locations, 888-306-2326.
[PUNKINS] As the legend I heard as a boy had it: In 1977, a young couple was brutally murdered and strung across the trees of the Park Blocks. At the base of each treeâs north side was a single pumpkin carved with bizarre numerals. The killer was never found. Commemorate the grisly anniversary with a kidsâ costume party, pumpkin carving and other harvest-type events! Portland Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets, 241-0032. 9 am-1 pm. Free.
Maria Minerva, Cherushii, Magic Fades
[ DISCO] Estonian-born singer Maria Minerva makes blurry, lo-fi pop that more pretentious critics than myself have labeled âhypnagogic,â referring to the spate of new artists whose music seems recorded directly from their own hazy memories of pop past. It all sort of sounds like dance music from a nightclub owned, operated and DJed by David Lynch, and Minerva has a more transfixing voice than the many others whoâve saddled up to the turntable mike. MATTHEW SINGER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
Two Cow Garage, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House
[ROADHOUSE ROCK] If we were playing by Timecop rules, wherein the same matter canât occupy the same space, the meeting of Columbus, Ohio, quartet Two Car Garage and Portlandâs own I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House would be disastrous. The bands share almost every fabric possible, from their singersâ voicesâwhich sound like the Goo Goo Dollsâ Johnny Rzeznik weaned on a steady diet of Old Crow and Newportsâto their embrace of rowdy-as-hell country rock that could feasibly leave a trail of burnt-out roadhouses in their wake. Luckily, life isnât a terrible Van Damme movie and these groups can come together to destroy a stage. The world is a better place for that. AP KRYZA. Danteâs, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $8. 21+Oregon Brew Crewâs Fall Classic
[BEER] Homebrewers can enter their brews for awards in up to 28 categories of beer, cider and mead. I had a homebrew the other week that blew me away, which I wouldnât say is a common occurrence. When I asked the brewer what his secret ingredient was, he told me âcardamom and souls.â I laughed because I thought it was a joke, but he just kind of smiled. Portland Brewing Co., 2730 NW 31st Ave., 228-5269. 9 am. Free.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
[THEATER] Theatre Vertigo, which ended up homeless when Southeast Belmontâs Theater! Theatre! closed last spring, begins its first season at the itsy-bitsy Shoebox Theater with a seasonally appropriate show: Jeffrey Hatcherâs adaptation of the spooky tale about a doctor with split personalities. In an intriguing twist, four actors share the role of Hyde. The Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm. $20.
Raise the Roof: Earl Thomas & the Blues Ambassadors, Duffy Bishop, Liv Warfield, Karen Lovely
[BLUES BENEFIT] The benefit, spearheaded by funky San Francisco soul-bluesman Earl Thomas, is in support of the Blues Foundationâs campaign to build a museum to the blues in Memphis, Tenn. Featured performers include Portlandâs own Strangtones and Tony Furtado, along with power-belters Duffy Bishop, Pink Martiniâs China Forbes and Prince collaborator Liv Warfield, the latter of whom will be appearing via satellite. MATTHEW SINGER. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 6 pm. $20 general admission, $50 VIP. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.