FILMAugust: Osage County is unabashedly over the top, anchored by Meryl Streep in full-on monster-diva mode. If mean-spirited theatricality bums you out, give this one a pass—but if you can get behind a tawdry, foul-mouthed, knock-down family melodrama, it's awesome. AH
Various Theaters, see Movie Times and our review

LECTURE—Lawrence Wright, the decorated New Yorker writer who took on Scientology in his book Going Clear, will regale Portland with fascinating tales. The bad news is that to secure tickets you may have to purchase a four-event "subscription" at a minimum of $100. If you don't have the scratch, you can always wander into the downtown Scientology center and draw your own conclusions. DVH
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm, $100-244 for a four-show subscription (individual tickets will be announced if available)