Wednesday, Nov. 22
On her 15th album, Native Invader, the flame-haired, piano-straddling songwriter takes aim at the degradation of the environment with her signature mix of mysticism and indignation. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 8 pm. $39.50-$79.50. All ages.
Drinksgiving in Old Town
It's the biggest bar night of the year. It's Old Town. And 25 bars in sodden Old Town are having a big-ass street party devoted solely to the fact that it's the biggest bar night of the year. What could go wrong—or right—except literally everything? Regrets last forever. Dirty, 35 NW 3rd Ave., and 24 other bars. Bar close is 2:30 am.
Thursday, Nov. 23
This year's Every Country's Sun is being heralded as a brilliant return to form for the Glaswegian post-rock luminaries, with subtle electronics, interstitial ambiance and a few straightforward rockers between those massive guitargasms fans love so much. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. $22. All ages.
This is Portland's greatest Thanksgiving tradition: For the ninth year, Prost will serve an utterly free dinner of nearly 100 pounds of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Donations are encouraged, but only to charity. Beer will be served. Prost, 4237 N Mississippi Ave., 503-954-2674, prostportland.com. 6 pm. Free.
Friday, Nov. 24
Wine in the Valley
This year, as every year, the entire winery crop of the Willamette Valley opens its doors to you, the eager drinkers of wine. Over 150 wineries will offer music, wine discounts and maybe even free samples. Check out willamettewines.com for the specific details. Through Sunday.
There's no glamor in the world of Sacramento rapper Mozzy. His gritty authenticity has earned him a diehard following, and though his career is young, his catalog is already intimidating. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre.com. 8 pm. $18 advance, $23 day of show. All ages.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Portland Cello Project's Tribute to OK Computer
The Portland Cello Project has tackled Radiohead before, but for the 20th anniversary of OK Computer, they're doing it big, with a full band and an expanded orchestral section that should make it sound even more grand. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110. 8 pm. $20. All ages. Also on Nov. 24.
Fête du Macaron
Pix owner Cheryl Wakerhauser has a new book out telling you how to make macarons, but for the lazy, she'll be making an impossible rainbow of 30 different macaron flavors—and if you agree to stomp a cupcake as part of the celebration, you get a macaron for free. Because fuck cupcakes, amiright? Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.com.
Sunday, Nov. 26
The Room with Tommy Wiseau
Holy shit—Tommy Wiseau is going to be in Portland mere days before the release of The Room comedy biopic starring James Franco as Wiseau. There'll be a Q&A with Wiseau after a screening of his baffling "black comedy." Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., cinema21.com. 8 pm. $10.
Girls Gone Mild
A standup showcase might seem like an ambitious way to start your Sunday morning, but Kirsten Kuppenbender's new showcase is worth it. Along with mimosas, there'll be comedy from Kuppenbender, Jason Traeger and the delightful Laura Anne Whitley. Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St., sirentheater.com. Noon. $15.
Monday, Nov. 27
Animals as Leaders
Watching Animals As Leaders hurtle through their technically astounding music is like watching three superstar athletes. Using prog-rock, jazz and complex "djent" metal as springboards, the instrumental trio churn out head-spinning compositions that somehow sound like pop. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047, crystalballroompdx.com. 7 pm. $25. All ages.
Grotto Festival of Christmas Lights
Pretty lights. So pretty. And they look like aminals. The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St, thegrotto.org. 5-9:30 pm nightly through Dec. 30. $6-$11. (children under 3 free.)
Tuesday, Nov. 28
To quote the RZA, "Damn, Bill Murray." The patron saint of hangdog louches is coming to town with cellist Jan Vogler for a night of poetry, prose and apparently a West Side Story medley. Hopefully, he'll crash a house party afterward. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall. 7:30 pm. $50 and up. All ages.
Funniest Five Showcase
The funniest people in Portland, as voted by their peers, are all performing in one showcase. Unfortunately, this year's second place winner, Milan Patel, can't make it, but the good news is last year's winner, Adam Pasi, will host. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., facebook.com/wweek.com. 7 pm. $10.