TOPLESS—Few things are better than watching movies outdoors in the summer—something you can do plenty of in Portland (see Movie Times for more info). Tonight, the Northwest Film Center's Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series begins on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe with 1929's silent Hitchcock film Blackmail, featuring live musical accompaniment from Cambridge, Massachusetts' Alloy Orchestra. EH
w/Boy & Bean; Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th, 8 pm, $8

PPN!—It's easy to forget that a free, all-ages concert outside city hall doesn't happen in other cities. Which is too bad, since the annual PDX Pop Now! show on the mayor's doorstep is a wondrous way to spend the afternoon, especially with this year's lineup: Nick Jaina Band, Atole, Kelli Schaefer, and the Andrew Oliver Quartet. EAC
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th, 5:30 pm, FREE, all ages


BEER ME!—July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, so it's only appropriate the Oregon Brewers Festival feature 36 Oregon craft beers out of the 81 available at Tom McCall Waterfront Park this weekend. Use your beer tokens wisely! PAC
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito, Thurs-Sat noon-9 pm, Sun noon-7 pm, FREE admission, $10-50 tasting package, $1 additional tokens

MANY RIVERS TO CROSS—The almighty Jimmy Cliff has come a long way since he got gangster as Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin in The Harder They Come, but the pinnacle of modern Jamaican pop stars can still command a crowd. Fresh off his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cliff has embarked on his biggest North American tour in over two decades. Pay your respect. EAC
w/Trevor Hall; Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon, 7 pm, $24, all ages


JAW—Staged readings of brand-new plays from hot-shit playwrights like Will Eno. A theater scavenger hunt, with a chance to win Portland Center Stage tickets. Performances from Back Fence PDX and Hand2Mouth. And, of course, air-conditioning. PCS packs all that and more into their annual JAW playwriting festival, a not-to-be-missed highlight of the summer theater scene. AH
Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, >Sat-Sun July 24-25, FREE, full schedule at

FAIREST OF THEM ALL—Can't get enough street fairs this summer? It's the 18th annual Clinton/Division Street Fair—featuring tons of vendors, local music on three stages, a street dance, and a Lego exhibit for the kids (or those who wish they were still kids), it's fair-ly sure to please (har har). SH
SE Clinton & Division, 10 am-5 pm, FREE,


DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION—Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard Oregon Ballet Theatre's Uprising is one of the hottest collaborative dance/musical events in town. This time around the company performs with local legends Laura Gibson and Weinland. You only have two nights to catch it. Don't hesitate. Motivate. ND
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Sat-Sun July 24-25, 7 pm, $18-20

SUMMERTIME ROLLS—As if you needed any more proof that Portland summer (when it finally gets going) is the best thing ever, the Sunday evening free shows on the Rontoms patio are the perfect way to wind down a weekend. Tonight features the many harmonies of AgesandAges and their charming chamber-country-rock. NL
w/Aan, Ezra Carey; Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 9 pm, FREE


PDX VICE—Portland in the 1950s was full of bent cops and organized crime. Tonight's History Pub, brought to you by the Oregon Historical Society, explores how the city found itself in the stern gaze of Robert F. Kennedy's Senate committee on racketeering. PAC
Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 7 pm, FREE

OUTSIDE SOUND—Wear your best '50s dress and trilby hat to the park, and dance 'til dusk to Portland's hottest number Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. Ms. Ford's energetic band has returned from tour, so let's give them a proper welcome home. CP
Sellwood Riverfront Park, SE Spokane & Oaks Park Way, 6:30 pm, FREE


DREAMSPACE—Are you one of those people who loves to bitch about crappy big-budget Hollywood flicks? Well, do something about it by going to Inception—don't wait for it to get to the cheap theaters, don't hold out for DVD, don't download it. Go see it now. Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller is epic, smart, weird, and daring—exactly the sort of expensive movie that Hollywood should be rewarded for making. Otherwise, they'll just keep shitting out stuff like Grown Ups. EH
Various theaters, see Movie Times for showtimes, $7-10.50

HOWL—Instead of splintering under their increasingly successful solo projects, the Canucks of Wolf Parade keep reconvening and making splendid rock albums. Case in point: Expo 86, their third full-length, and further proof that dueling Wolfers Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner are two of the finest songwriters around. NL
w/the Moools; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $20, all ages


PHRESH—Though they sprang from the loins of grunge-era Seattle, the Young Fresh Fellows always had their wits and sense of humor about them, producing jangly power-post-punk that's as bouncy as it is thoughtful. And today you can see them TWICE: at a free after-work concert on Main Street next to the Schnitz, and tonight in the friendly confines of Mississippi Studios. WSH
Music on Main Street, 1037 SW Broadway, 5 pm, FREE; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $6

GIRLS CAN TELL—Few acts in Portland, or beyond, can match the dramatic flair of the Parenthetical Girls. Need proof? Their latest limited-edition two-part EP series is hand-numbered with the very blood of frontman Zac Pennington (a former Mercury employee, naturally). The band debuts a brand-new lineup tonight, in their first local show in over a year. Let them bleed for you. EAC
w/Psychic Feline, Anne; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $5