Lots of shows this weekend, if you need a palate cleanser after Hump!.


The Beggar's Opera, co-written by occasional Mercury freelancer Stephen Marc Beaudoin, reworks the 18th-century opera of the same name, shifting the setting and the satirical focus to Portland, circa now. The show runs this weekend at the Someday Lounge, and next weekend at the Woods—more info at operatheateroregon.com.

Hair metal musical Chariots of Rubber is now in its third run, with shows this weekend and next at Theater! Theatre!, Thurs- Sat 10:30 pm, $15-20, buy tickets on the website.

Now that it's raining, I feel fully comfortable recommending the Northwest Classical Theatre Company's production of Henry IV Part II, which opens tonight and runs through Nov 22nd. This company is made for rainy Sunday afternoons, so I'd suggest the 2 pm matinee. That's at the Shoe Box Theater $15-18, nwctc.org

Sunday's a good day for nerds (and battered women). Jonathan Lethem is reading at Powell's at 7:30 pm; and before that, Excalibur Comics (2444 SE Hawthorne) hosts the fourth annual Wonder Woman Day, a benefit for Raphael House of Portland, Bradley Angle, and the Portland Women's Crisis Line. There'll be a silent auction with tons of original art, "costumed superheroes on-site," and a slew of artists and writers signing prints, including Love & Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, and Birds of Prey/Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone. That's from noon-6 pm.