My, What a Busy Week! 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

UNDERGROUND COMIX—The new Jack London Bar (located downstairs at the Rialto) invites all funnybook lovers to their Comics Underground night, featuring booze, comic artists Jim Hill and Sarah Oleksyk, booze, Jeff Parker and Erika Moen, creators of the hipster mystery comic Bucko, booze, and Mercury hosts Alison Hallett and Erik Henriksen! (And booze.) WSH
Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 7:30 pm, FREE

BIKE NOIR—In one of Pedalpalooza's most inspired rides, the Working Theatre Collective stages a film noir-inspired show in various, bike-accessible locations around industrial Portland, and invites audiences to pedal along. AH
Ride begins at WTF Bikes, 1114 SE Clay, Thurs-Sun 6:30 pm, FREE (donations accepted)

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

YES FEST—The No.Fest began in 2008 as a small-scale music festival—it has since expanded its reach of the random to encompass fencing, Indian dancing, puppets, multimedia art, and magic by one "Wizardo Stardust." It's a weekend that spans the gamut of fun, all nestled in cozy St. Johns. JL
Various locations throughout St. Johns, Fri & Sat, complete info at nofest.net, $1 donation

SNARKER BARKER—Comedian Arj Barker fills huge rooms in Australia, where he's a mega mondo über superstar. Stateside, the American's best known for his funny pothead work on The Marijuana-Logues with Doug Benson and on HBO's Flight of the Conchords. Make an entire continent get their down underwear in a bunch by seeing him in the intimate confines of Helium. CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-25

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

BIKEZZ!—Los Angeles' crazziest bike crew Midnight Ridazz trek up north to host an all-night bike ride that promises to bring some LA insanity to Portland's rather tame streetzz. We have no idea what's planned, but last year involved a game of flaming tetherball, so be a hero and squeeze a fire extinguisher into your messenger bag along with the Hamm's. SM
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th & Morrison, 9 pm, FREE

SINGLE LADIES—Fact: The girl groups of the 1960s made some of the most flawless recordings in music history. Enjoy them to exclusion of everything else at Girls Going Single, a free night of girl-group 45s with special guest DJ Beyondadoubt. MS
w/DJ HG Walls, DJ Fuzzboxx; East End, 203 SE Grand, 9 pm, FREE

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

FRINGE ART—Hand2Mouth Theatre's annual Risk/Reward Festival celebrates the fringes of the Northwest performance scene—actors, dancers, and musicians from Portland and Seattle whose work busts the boundaries of traditional performance. Traditional theater, this ain't. AH
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, Sat-Sun 7:30 pm, $14-20, hand2mouththeatre.org

BEER IN THE PARK—Now in its seventh year, the North American Organic Brewers Festival is among the best beer fests in a city that's jam-packed with 'em. Not only do you get to taste 50 organic beers from breweries both local and far-off, the fest's setting in Overlook Park—right off the MAX line—can't be beat. NL
Overlook Park, 1301 N Fremont, Fri-Sat noon-9 pm, Sun noon-5 pm, FREE admission (cup $6, tokens $1), all ages, naobf.org

MONDAY, JUNE 27

SPARKLE—Last winter Blonde Redhead performed new material from their dreamy new full-length Penny Sparkle at the Roseland. If that show wasn't intimate enough for you, catch them tonight in the cozy confines of the Doug Fir. You'll be close enough to touch Kazu Makino and the Pace twins. [Note: Please do not touch the band.] EAC
w/Nosaj Thing; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $20-22

CONAN—Believe it or not, leaving one of the highest-profile gigs in show business can be a tiny bit stressful. In the new documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, viewers get a jarringly personal look at a harried Conan as he ventures into America for a post-Tonight Show live tour, trying to figure out who the hell he is along the way. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see Movie Times for showtimes, $5-7

TUESDAY, JUNE 28

IT'S BRITNEY, BITCH—Britney's back, and this time? SHE'S NOT ALONE. Join Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, which also features the nasty feminine wiles of Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo, in a show that's been getting a lot of critical raves for its energy and fun. WSH
Rose Garden, 1 Winning Way, 7 pm, $29.50 & up, all ages

MMJ—Are My Morning Jacket the greatest live rock and roll band on the planet? Probably. Experience the brain-melting splendor that is an epic (we're talking hours upon hours) show from these Louisville rockers, touring in support of their new LP, Circuital. EAC
w/Everest; Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, 6:30 pm, $40-43, all ages

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

BILLYGOAT—Pairing hypnotic soundscapes with frequently gorgeous animated visuals, Good Night Billygoat offer a concert experience like no other. Tonight, the recently renamed group (formerly known as Billygoat) presents their A/V wizardry at the Doug Fir. EH
w/Useless Keys; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $6

GIVE A HOOT—You love Mel Blanc. You know his voice emanating from golden age animation characters like Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and the racially troubling Speedy Gonzales. A lecture tonight from the Mel Blanc Project explores how Blanc got his very first voice-acting gig right here in Portland, on a KGW radio show called Honorable Order of Hoot Owls Roosting in the Oregonian Tower. SM
PSU's Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park, 7:30 pm, $10

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