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POW—Portland's overrun with comedians these days, but reliable showcases are hard to come by. Here's one for that short list: Action Comics is a new monthly showcase that kicks off this week with Kristen Levine, Shane Torres, and Christian Ricketts—three names worth knowing in the local comedy scene. AH
Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton, 9 pm, $5


DON'T SHOOT THE MENZINGER
—Pennsylvanian power-chord punkers the Menzingers will put giddy smiles on an all-ages crowd, so you'll definitely want to be there to shout along with the new Epitaph Records signees. Fun fact: The Menzingers are from Scranton. I hear Dwight Schrute's a big fan. CG
w/Cheap Girls, the Sidekicks, Ninjas with Syringes; Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 7:30 pm, $10-12, all ages