My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

MUSIC—The population of Portland is about to double, 'cuz the Polyphonic Spree is coming to town. The multitudes of Spree are touring on their 2013 album Yes, It's True, but I'm sure the choral weirdos will regale you with new. I'd suggest getting there early—with all those horns, strings, and band members, they can pretty much sell out any show just by showing up. CF
w/Sarah Jaffe, Friends and Family; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $18-20

BEER—What's not to like about spending a summer day on the waterfront, picking and choosing from nearly 200 different craft beers from dozens of breweries? Take a taxi or TriMet to the Oregon Brewers Festival today through Sunday and hoist a flagon to what's become an indispensable Portland tradition. DCT
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito & Oak, Wed-Sat noon-9 pm, Sun noon-7 pm, FREE admission, $7 tasting glass, $1 tokens

THURSDAY, JULY 24

COMEDY—Todd Glass is known for his crowd work and stinging, off-the-cuff stand-up—so what happens when he writes something down? His new book, The Todd Glass Situation, describes coming out as a 48-year-old comedian; he's in town both to read at Powell's and to perform stand-up at Helium all weekend long. AH
Reading at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE, all ages; performing at Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8:30 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-29

MOVIE ON A ROOF—Every summer, the NW Film Center screens movies on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe parking garage, and 2014's Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series kicks off tonight with Hitchcock's terrific Notorious, the 1946 spy thriller/romance starring a perfectly paired Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. St. Even will be there too, playing smart, unorthodox folk as the sun goes down. NL
Hotel deLuxe parking garage, SW 15th & Yamhill, 8 pm, $9-11, all ages

FRIDAY, JULY 25

MUSIC—Tonight at the Oregon Zoo, Charles Bradley will scream and stew and love and sing—sing in such a way that maybe he's crying, but it's beautiful and not concerning. The newly venerable soul virtuoso, rediscovered after a hell of an existence, will seem to wring himself out onstage, and in doing so wring elation out of the crowd. Out of you, if you're smart. DVH
w/Pickwick; Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon, 7 pm, $25-45, all ages

MUSIC—What Cup? The year's most important sporting competition, Rigsketball (in which a bunch of bands shoot hoops off a modified tour van), comes to a close with a blowout. Performances from Sons of Huns, the Ghost Ease, And And And, and more shall salute the victors and soothe the slain! MS
Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne, semifinals 5 pm, finals 7 pm, show 8:30 pm, FREE

SATURDAY, JULY 26

STREET FAIR—One of Southeast Portland's favorite haunts is the Division/Clinton neighborhood, who really know how to party! For proof, check out the Division/Clinton Street Fair, which not only boasts a parade, yummy chow, vendors, and a beer garden, but also awesome music provided by Paradise, Eyelids, Blesst Chest, and (woot!) the Builders and the Butchers. WSH
Division/Clinton Street Fair, parade at 10:45 am, Main Stage at SE 28th & Clinton, music from 2-10 pm, FREE, all ages

FASHION—The bigger-than-ever Alley 33 presents some of the city's coolest and most wearable apparel designs under the summer sun. Look for new work from Folly, Indie Ella, Sara Bergman, Quick Study, and so many more, while sippin' on something cool and boozy. MS
SE 33rd alley & Hawthorne, 7 pm, $10, all ages

SUNDAY, JULY 27

RIVER FUN—Grab your life jacket, inner tube or inflatable whale, because it's time for the funnest river event of the summer, the Big Float! Two thousand plus people will gather at the waterfront to float and frolic in the Willamette and then party afterward at Tom McCall Bowl, with live bands (including Ural Thomas and the Pain) playing on a river barge. It's a MUST-DO for all who call themselves true Portlanders. WSH
Tom McCall Bowl, west side of Hawthorne Bridge, registration noon-3 pm, inner tube parade 1 pm, floating 1:15-5 pm, $9, all ages

PARKWAYS—We say it every damn month during the summer and we're going to keep saying it: Sunday Parkways are great. Today, gambol like a fleecy lamb down the car-free streets of Northeast Portland. You could grab an ice cream treat, too, except lambs don't have thumbs. DVH
11 am-4 pm, see portlandoregon.gov/transportation for a full route map, FREE, all ages

MUSIC—Your mom is going to be so excited. How come? Pat Benatar is in town! For a concert! At the Oregon Zoo! And she'll be playing on the same bill as Rick Springfield. (Whom your mom might like even more... hubba-hubba!) The show's expensive. It's also sold out. But you love your mom, right? You'll find a way. DCT
w/Neil Giraldo, William Beckett; Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon, 6:30 pm, $46.50-66.50, all ages

MONDAY, JULY 28

MUSIC—The well-heeled Dig a Pony deserves to have a happy birthday. Three years ago, they really livened up the corner of SE Grand and Morrison with their beautiful bar. Celebrate with 'em, because they're inviting Blouse, Guantanamo Baywatch, and some secret guests to soundtrack the evening, alongside DJs Pretty Ugly and El Dorado. And it's free! What a lovely gesture, you dapper DAP! CF
Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 8 pm, FREE

FILM—There's never been anything quite like Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Filmed over a period of 12 years, it follows one Texan boy as he moves through life's milestones, through family trouble and relationships and heartbreak. The story itself is simple, but there's an emotional snowball effect as the actors age with their characters. By the movie's end, you won't believe how moved and invested you are. AH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Film Times, $7-9

TUESDAY, JULY 29

MUSIC—There's never a bad time to see the Woolen Men, who sling catchy rock tunes like they're fast-food hamburgers: quick, hot, tasty, and consumed with a minimum of fuss. So grab a napkin and dig in, as they're joined by San Fran flower-power psychers Cool Ghouls, and Dogheart, the new band from former members of Pheasant. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $5

FILM—Exceedingly rarely, an ambitious cinematic saga—say, Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, or Michael Apted's Up series—can change the way we think about the world. But perhaps the most poignant film of all is Carl Reiner's 1979 classic The Jerk, following Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin) on a thrilling, heartbreaking passage through this thing we call "life." Navin's journey is our journey, and ours is his. EH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see Film Times, $4

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