Wednesday May 18
[BEER] Each year, brewers raise funds to keep their water clean. But for the beer geeks, take note: Much-hyped Wolves & People is on the list of brewers serving samples, making this the first Portland fest to host it. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., oregonbrewshedalliance.org. 5:30 pm. $25 for a glass and 10 tastes.
[BAROQUE POP] Are You Serious? is Andrew Bird's attempt to translate what he calls "the brutal pain" of his experiences into song. The versatile performer's album blends classical, jazz, old-timey folk and the saddest whistling ever committed to tape, with contributions from Blake Mills and Fiona Apple. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335. 8 pm. $32.50-$42.50. All ages.
Thursday May 19
Peter Brötzmann Quartet
[DEATH JAZZ] Peter Brötzmann has been pumping out aggressive, fractured free jazz since the late '60s. It's always hard to know exactly what to expect from him, but it's sure to be a challenging, fearless, unsettling set full of Germanic passion. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895. 8 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
Friday May 20
Portland Night Market
[CRAFTY WONDERLAND] Where street markets start to all look the same, the Night Market is a different beast. Samples of top-shelf liquors, pork baos and pizzas go till late, with live bands, glitter-spewing cabaret and artsy vendors inside the old Produce Row warehouse. Craft looks and tastes better after nightfall. Portland Night Market, 100 SE Alder St., pdxnm.com. 4 pm. Free.
Saturday May 21
[COMIC BOOKS] Linework NW is a gigantic gathering of comic-book makers, comic-book publishers and people who resent me for using the term "comic books." Saturday includes Matt Furie and Ping Zhu. Sunday is Rilla Alexander and Rodney Alan Greenblat. Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., lineworknw.com. 1-8 pm. Free.
Sunday May 22
The Skin of Our Teeth
[THEATER] The history of planet Earth is retold as the story of the Astrobus family in this talent-packed reprisal of Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning comedy, Cain is a kid throwing rocks, and Mom herds the pets two by two like a suburbanite Noah. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., artistsrep.org. 2 and 7:30 pm. $48