Stop lamenting the (justifiably) lamentable state of dating in Portland and try laughing at it instead this Thursday at NW Film.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

A Tribute to Erykah Badu
Tonight's tribute to Erykah Badu promises to flood your senses with interpretations of the visionary artist's neo-soul. Local musicians will cover the hits while the House of Aquarius dance troupe (who curated the stacked lineup) performs choreographed routines. Between Chanti Darling's satiny-smooth disco and Blossom's arrestingly lithesome vocals, this show is not to be missed. CIARA DOLAN
w/Akela Jaffi, Marquise Dickerson, & more; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $10

Two Broke(n) Girls
Whatever, LA and NYC. It's Tucson we're really mad at. Two of Portland's funniest stand-ups—Kristine Levine and Veronica Heath—are leaving for Arizona. They both have debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and the dry weather's going to help them; our wet weather will hide our tears when we bid these talented comedians a very sad farewell. COURTNEY FERGUSON
w/Andie Main, Nariko Ott, Barbara Holm, & more; Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 8 pm, $15-23

THURSDAY, APRIL 28

The Benefits of Gusbandry
Watch the entire first season of the locally made and hilarious The Benefits of Gusbandry, directed by Alicia J. Rose and written by Rose and Courtenay Hameister. Exploring the inner lives of a straight gal and her gay bestie, the smash web series explores sex, drugs, and more sex with biting humor and some very funny performances. NED LANNAMANN
NW Film Center at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 8 pm, $9

David Schmader
The top-notch writing of Seattle's David Schmader has shown up plenty in the Mercury—and now he's written Weed: The User's Guide, a smart, funny, must-read guide to all things cannabis. Tonight, Schmader's talking weed at Powell's, where he'll be joined by Mercury Editor Wm. Steven Humphrey, who once did terribly in a dab-smoking contest. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 7:30 pm, FREE

FRIDAY, APRIL 29

Kyle Craft, Máscaras, Animal Eyes
Tonight's show celebrates the release of Portland newcomer Kyle Craft's solo debut, Dolls of Highland, which sounds like Freddie Mercury took LSD and got lost at the Pendleton Round-Up. Craft's similarly elastic croon soars over tipsy, old-timey saloon piano with the reckless abandon of a lonesome desperado howling at the moon. CIARA DOLAN
w/Máscaras, Animal Eyes; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12

Todd Snider
Alt-country singer/songwriter/storyteller and Beaverton native Todd Snider returns to the Aladdin. Tonight, the second of a three-night stand, he'll be playing songs from four mid-career albums including his 2004 album, East Nashville Skyline, with the great "Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight White American Males." DOUG BROWN
w/Rorey Carroll; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $30, all ages

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

Risk! Live
One of the greatest podcasts of our time is Risk!, in which hilarious host Kevin Allison (formerly of The State) inspires his guest storytellers to share true, mortifying, and funny tales they were too scared to tell anywhere else. Tonight's special theme is "Despair"—a juicy topic in which most Portlanders are very well versed. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, 9 pm, $20, all ages (parental guidance suggested)

Jen Kirkman
Comedian Jen Kirkman turned 40, and she still didn't have life figured out, so she wrote a book about it. If that sounds too Sunday funnies-ish, don't fret. Kirkman's a pro, and biting with the jokes. Her book release at the Hollywood will have the Drunk History standout reading from I Know What I'm Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself, but also just being really goddamn hilarious. DIRK VANDERHART
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $20

SUNDAY, MAY 1

Beach Slang, Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, Puppy Breath
If you were to elect a poster boy for heart-on-sleeve rock music, Beach Slang frontman James Alex would be the perfect candidate. Armed with a hefty Epiphone Dot guitar and raspy voice, he expertly blends wide-eyed romantic pop with defiance-fueled punk to tell the cathartic story of a life saved by rock 'n' roll. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
w/Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, Puppy Breath; Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $12-14, all-ages

GothTV, Post Moves, No Aloha
Celebrate May Day with the latest installment of our Ear Candy music series at Mississippi Studios! Tonight features the dreamy, electrified pop-rock of GothTV, plus the sharply wriggling songs of Post Moves and the catchy vintage pop of No Aloha. Three great local bands for free! NED LANNAMANN
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE

MONDAY, MAY 2

Mo Troper, Mr. Bones, Little Star, Alien Boy
Mo Troper wears many hats. He's a frequent Mercury contributor, and his label, Good Cheer Records, has already dropped a pair of absolute gems this year. He also happens to be a power-pop troubadour. And with national outlets like NPR and Vice getting wind, you'll want to be there for tonight's all-ages show for his new album, Beloved, before the rest of the country catches on. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd, 7 pm, $5, all ages

Andi Zeisler
In her new book, We Were Feminists Once, Bitch Media co-founder and pop-culture expert Andi Zeisler uses movies, TV, advertising, fashion, and more to argue that feminism has been "co-opted, watered down, and turned into a gyratory media trend." Always entertaining, hear her talk tonight at Powell's. DOUG BROWN
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

TUESDAY, MAY 3

The Von Trapps
Say it ain't so! After 15 years of entertaining the crap out of audiences, the von Trapps (actual descendants of the famous Trapp Family Singers from The Sound of Music fame), are giving a farewell performance before going off to pursue individual dreams. While we'll surely miss their angel-throated crooning, we wish these talented kids nothing but the best. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 8 pm, $18, all ages

An Evening with Kathleen Turner
God bless Kathleen Turner, and god bless Planned Parenthood. Tonight, the Clinton Street Theater hosts a double feature of two excellent Turner classics: Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married and John Waters' Serial Mom! Even better: Turner will be in attendance for a Q&A between the screenings! Even better than that? The proceeds go to Planned Parenthood! ERIK HENRIKSEN
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7 pm, $30