Wednesday April 20
[LUMBERJACROBATS] Bearded acrobats, ax-juggling and log-throwing combine in the lumberjack-inspired circus by Canada's Cirque Alfonse. It's an extravagant mix of live music, dance and stunts. "Our percussionist juggles axes with us," says founder Antoine Carabinier Lépine, who's a veteran of Cirque du Soleil and the famous 7 Fingers circus company. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335. 7:30 pm. $26-$72.
Saturday April 23
[DIRTY DANCING] Like a Rubik's Cube of bar acts, three dance companies and three bands mix 'n' match to make nine different performances. Dancers from SubRosa, AUTOMAL and WolfBird take turns performing to Grand Arcbiter's ambient electronic, Tig Bitty's dance pop and Consumer's one-man live lopping—all packed inside a heavy-metal fringe bar in NoPo. High Water Mark Lounge, 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-286-6513. 8:30 pm. $10. 21+.
[DETROIT RAP] On record, 25-year-old MC Deja Trimble comes off bright and sweet. But don't let her charm overshadow her muscle on the microphone, or her Detroit-bred disposition. With confidence and charisma, she's become a necessary voice in hip-hop almost overnight. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $35 general admission, $45 reserved balcony. All ages.
Sunday April 24
Mala Sichuan Pop-Up
[CHINESE] Mala is a pop-up within a pop-up in a ham bar—a monthly restaurant full of spicy Chinese food that last month included a Sichuan chili-pepper rabbit, not to mention twice-cooked pork and cocktails from Hamlet's Ryan Magarian. No reservations, no tickets, no prix fixe. Just show up, order and eat. Hamlet, 232 NW 12th Ave., 503-241-4009, hamletpdx.com. 5-10 pm.
Tuesday April 26
[MAX RIFFAGE] Philadelphia power-punk band Sheer Mag has earned a following off only a few EPs, and it's easy to understand why. Deploying relentlessly catchy, Thin Lizzy-inspired riffs, brothers Kyle and Hart Seely lay a chunky foundation for the soulful hollering of Tina Halladay, who sounds like a hybrid of Etta James and Joan Jett. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.