Thursday, October 29: PDX Pop Now! Benefit Show
"Britt Daniel of Spoon joins Viva Voce's Kevin and Anita Robinson and IOA (Point Juncture, WA's Amanda Spring) in an off-season benefit for the all-ages, all-local music festival."
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $20-25, all ages
Thursday, October 29: Salon d'Merde
"Catch the new incarnation of Salon d'Merde with music (Death by Doll, the Moonshriners), art (Miss Mona Superhero, Dame Darcy), readings (Monica Drake, Viva Las Vegas), and more."
The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $5
Friday, October 30: Nosferatu vs. Dracula
"Between the crap called Twilight and the crap called True Blood, there aren't a lot of self-respecting vampires around these days. This weekend, respectable bloodsuckers make a comeback: F.W. Murnau's creepy 1922 classic Nosferatu screens tonight, accompanied by a live original score by Mood Area 52; meanwhile, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) balances the ridiculous (Keanu!) with the excellent (Gary Oldman!)."
Friday, October 30: I've Got Confidence
"The ladies at Back Fence PDX are at it again. This time they've produced a comedy show featuring female sketch duo Eastland Academy and auGi's one-man show SuxyNurd. Plus free cupcakes from Saint Cupcake and free vodka from New Deal. Funny bone, gratified. Sweet tooth, satisfied. Insatiable desire for liquor... no comment."
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate, 8 pm, $10-12
Friday, October 30: Church's Hell House + We Got the Meat!
"New performance troupe Church (featuring drag queens of Sissyboy) create a hell house of softcore porn and smeared lipstick, followed by the city's only all-male Go-Go's tribute band."
Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 8 pm, $5-7
Saturday, October 31: A Mercury Halloween!
"To you, Halloween means three things: fun, drunkenness, and candy from strangers. That's why you'll be at the Doug Fir tonight for the Mercury's "Best Little HORROR House in Portland!" Local theater teams (Hand2Mouth, tEEth, Action/Adventure, and more) will perform horrifyingly hilarious skits, along with a pumpkin-smashing contest, a costume (stripping) contest ($500 in prizes!), and musical entertainment from Red Fang and the Bugs."
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Contests & skits at 7 pm, music at 10 pm, $8, FREE with costume!
Saturday, October 31: So Long, Starfucker!
"Starfucker is no more... in name only. Tonight's the final night under their old moniker, and when you wake tomorrow with their bouncy dance pop still ringing in your ears, they'll be known as Pyramid. I'll miss the cussin' of their old name, so I'll be spelling it P*****d. (That just sounds so dirty.)"
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $14, all ages
Sunday, November 1: Broadcast + Atlas Sound
"I can think of no better way to work off my Halloween hangover than to trip out with spacey, spooky British band Broadcast. Let's just wish all the drinking away with their new release, Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age."
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $13-15
Sunday, November 1: The Revival Tour w/Frank Turner
"Few things in this cold and dark world are as inspiring and appealing as the acoustic workingman's punk rock of Frank Turner. The hyperactive Brit takes all the finest moments from icons such as Billy Bragg and Joe Strummer and neatly condenses them down into a hook-heavy dose of inspiring punk anthems."
Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd, 9 pm, $13-15
Monday, November 2: John Cleese "A Final Wave at the World"
"Help this aging British comedian (Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda) pay for his alimony with an evening of poorly remembered anecdotes and gripes about his declining health."
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $67.25
Tuesday, November 3: Uprising
"Fine. If you won't go to the ballet, then the ballet will come to you. For three nights, dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre are slumming it at Mississippi Studios, for a collaborative evening of music and dance with local band Horse Feathers."
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Tue Nov 3-Thurs Nov 5, 8 pm, $15
Tuesday, November 3: Dirty Projectors
"The range of references informing Dirty Projectors is indicated by the fact that they have both covered Black Flag and collaborated with David Byrne."
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 9 pm, $15
Wednesday, November 4: Filmusik: Gamera vs. Guiron
"Filmusik—the crew that adds live music, sound effects, and voiceovers to classic films—is going all-out with their latest production, Filmusik: Gamera vs. Guiron! This 1969 Japanese monster flick—in which the knife-headed Guiron fights the giant turtle Gamera—should prove the perfect flick to accompany the efforts of Filmusik's crew, made up of vets from Live Wire! and the Willamette Radio Workshop."
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Wed Nov 4 & 11, Fri Nov 6 & 13, 7 pm, $8-10
Wednesday, November 4: Livestock
"Watching a chef break down an animal while listening to an author read thoughts on meat may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but if you're brave and curious, Livestock could lead to revelations about your relationship to meat."
International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland, 34 NW 8th, 6 pm, $25, 827-6564 for reservations