Wednesday, November 1


IMAGE: Courtesy of Melt Booking.
IMAGE: Courtesy of Melt Booking.

Take Me Apart, Kelela's debut album, is exactly what this Tinder-exhausted world needs. With a sound that's at once a tribute to '90s R&B and wholly her own, she explores the messy nature of relationships and the empowerment of being alone. Hawthorne Theatre, 6 SE 39th. Ave., 503-233-7100, 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages. 

Standing Upright
The new weekly standup showcase hosted by Dylan Jenkins and Neeraj Srinivasan kicks off with an epic local lineup. Plus, it will be held at the brand-new Ape Theater, which was co-founded by Benefits of Gusbandry star Brooke Totman. The Ape Theater, 126 NE Alberta St., 7:30 pm. $5.

Thursday, November 2

High-Proof PDX
In High-Proof PDX, local food and drink writer Karen Locke tells the stories and gives the full lowdown on Portland's hometown craft distillers, from groundbreaking Aviation gin to utterly unique-in-America baijiu distiller Vinn, who'll pour out some Chinese-style liquor at the bookstore. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 503-284-1726, 7 pm. Free.

Blazers vs. Lakers
LaVar Ball's pride and joy formally enters what every Blazer fan will tell you is one of the NBA's greatest rivalries. Moda Center, 1 N Center Ct. St., 503-235-8771. 7:30 pm. $24-$276.     

Friday, November 3

Mic Capes & Drae Slapz

What happens when Portland's hardest-spitting MC meets the city's most slap-happy producer? Insert flame emojis here. Sheesh, their collaborative EP, dropped in August, but the heat coming off it has yet to die down. Peter's Room at Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, 8 pm. $10. All ages. 

44th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival: Shorts
On the third day of the festival, NW Film Center will screen 10 shorts by regional filmmakers about everything from spoken-word poems to cats that double as spaceships. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-894-7557, 7:15 pm. $9.

Saturday, November 4

Pray For Snow Release
Rather than just pray for it, at 10 Barrel's winter-ale bottle release the Pearl District brewery will bring the snow in on a god-damned truck, then host a snowboarding rail jam in the middle of the street. It's the literal coolest thing in Portland. 10 Barrel, 1411 NW Flanders St., 503-224-1700, 5-10 pm. Snowboard equipment giveaways at 8 pm.

Ramen and Whisky Festival

(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

There is ramen. There is whisky. There are pairings of ramen and whisky, with Japanese whisky titans and kick-ass ramen makers like Marukin and Han Oak. What could go wrong, except that the tickets run out? North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., Noon-5 pm. Sold out.

Sunday, November 5


(Stephen Jennings)
(Stephen Jennings)

PDX Contemporary Ballet opens their second season with three new pieces, all of which were created in collaboration with local authors. N.E.W. Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., 2:30 pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Water by the Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last

Profile Theater is staging two plays from Quiara Alegría Hudes' trilogy that follows Elliot Ruiz, a 19-year-old Puerto Rican-American veteran. The shows stand on their own, but considering how arrestingly poetic Profile's season has been so far, you'll want to see both. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Water by the Spoonful is at 2 pm, The Happiest Song Plays Last is at 7:30. $20-$36 per show.

Monday, November 6

Ted Leo
After seven years in the wilderness, one of modern punk's best songwriters has re-emerged with The Hanged Man, an album that takes on the current political crisis and his own existential crisis with all the empathy and melody he's acclaimed for. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110, 503-288-3895, 8 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. 21+. 

Lidia Yuknavitch

Amercian writer Lidia Yuknavitch in Paris, France on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo: Andrew Kovalev ( for Les Editions Denoёl
Amercian writer Lidia Yuknavitch in Paris, France on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Photo: Andrew Kovalev ( for Les Editions Denoёl

In her new book The Misfit's Manifesto, consistent Oregon Book Award shoo-in Lidia Yuknavitch examines the peculiar merits and tribulations of the ill-fitting outsider, in a book of essays by turns tragic and romantic. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 503-284-1726, 7 pm. Free.

Tuesday, November 7

International Sherry Week
There are just seven official Sherry educators in the U.S.—and one of them is Cheryl Wakerhauser at Pix/Bar Vivant. She'll be officially teaching a class to 16 lucky people for $16 apiece for Sherry Week—or you can just pop in anytime the next week for kick-ass Valdespino flights. Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, 5:30 pm.

The new movie from Portland-based director Todd Haynes is seriously feel-good. Wonderstruck interlocks heartfelt storylines about two deaf children who run away to New York City. Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave., 844-462-7342. Various showtimes. $9.75-$11.75