Wednesday, May 30

Ax Throwing and Comedy Night

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

Oregonians like to combine beer with everything, and ax throwing is the hottest new summer activity. But how does that work with comedy? Come to Oregon City to find out. Feckin Irish Brewing Co., 415 S McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City, 6 pm. Free.

Ultra Vivid Dreaming

Blue Sky's current exhibit brings together two East Coast photographers who take breathtakingly intimate portraits: New York's Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and Philadelphia's Shikeith. Both create richly colored works that make you feel as if you're a part of deeply private moments. Blue Sky, 128 NW 8th Ave., Noon-5 pm. Through June 5. Free.

Thursday, May 31

Primitive Man

Blending black metal and doom is a heavy combination. Using that sound as a foundation for lyrics about political corruption makes it even more intense. For Denver's Primitive Man, it's the basis of their aptly named latest album, Caustic. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

Frankie Simone

(Abby Gordon)
(Abby Gordon)

Portland pop singer Frankie Simone celebrates the release of her debut EP,  Love//Warrior, a set of club bangers full of LGBTQ pride. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 9 pm. $12. 21+. See feature, page 56.

Friday, June 1

Cheers to Belgian Beers

More than 50 Oregon brewers try their hand at brewing a Belgian beer with a single strain of yeast, with a goal for color and IBUs determined by a dart throw back in January. North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 1-9 pm. Through June 2. Admission is free, $20 for a glass and 8 drink tickets, additional tastes are four for $5. 21+.

Damien Jurado

Via Flickr user jon jordan.
Via Flickr user jon jordan.

Seattle singer-songwriter Damien Jurado recently got a career boost thanks to his inclusion on the Wild Wild Country soundtrack. His recently released The Horizon Just Laughed is a picturesque record that's as pretty as it is pensive. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 9 pm. $18. 21+.

Saturday, June 2

Starlight Parade

Check out lit floats, glow-in-the-dark umbrellas and unique hand-built rides as Portland celebrates a centurylong tradition of putting lights on things and marching through the streets. Downtown Portland, 8:30 pm.

Best F(r)iends: Volume One

(courtesy of Wiseau-Films)
(courtesy of Wiseau-Films)

More than a decade after The Room, Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau reunite for Best F(r)iends, a two-part "black comedy" thriller starring Wiseau as the villain. Sestero will attend a one-night-only Portland screening for a Q&A. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 9 pm. $10. 

Sunday, June 3

Festival of Flowers

Every year, landscape pro Walker Macy transforms Portland's living room from a pile of bricks into a floral masterpiece that can damn near be seen from outer space. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., June 1-12.

King Tuff

After releasing his debut in 2008, King Tuff was promptly crowned the Prince of Garage Rock. Apparently, the title became too limiting. On The Other, Tuff trades in his fuzzy slacker sound for something shinier and more mature. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 8:30 pm. $16. 21+.

Monday, June 4


Seattle's Collide-O-Scope is a biweekly curation of wacky videos drawn from educational films, found footage and obscure B-movies. The group brings a night of oddball entertainment to Portland for a special Pride Edition. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 7:30 pm. $9.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Via Flickr user Paul Hudson.
Via Flickr user Paul Hudson.

Australia's King Gizzard has a knack for blending soul into their surfy, energetic garage rock. Pretty much every time they've come to Portland, they've sold out the venue. This time is no different. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 9 pm. Sold out. 21+.

Tuesday, June 5

Hawthorne Farmers Market

Now that it's June, farmers market season is in full swing. Each one has a unique neighborhood touch—and this one being in Hawthorne means the vibe is weirder than most. 1844 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., 4 pm.

Portland's Funniest Person

Every summer, Helium Comedy Club holds a series of elimination-style standup shows to determine the best comic in the city. The marathon contest kicks off this week. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 7 and 10 pm. $10. 21+.