My, What a Busy Week! 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

COMEDY—When Dan Harmon—the creator of Community—got sacked, fans feared it'd be the last we'd hear from the comedy writer, whose razor-sharp brilliance is matched only by the glorious luster of his beard. Tonight, he stops in Portland for a live recording of hilarious podcast Harmontown—and if reports are accurate, it's gonna be excellent. EH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 7:30 pm, $20-25

FILM—Know what's 1,000 percent more entertaining than the Super Bowl? 1977's Black Sunday, directed by The Manchurian Candidate's John Frankenheimer, starring Jaws' Robert Shaw! It's about terrorists using the Goodyear Blimp... to destroy the Super Bowl. Even better? The Hollywood's screening is hosting a "snack potluck." EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $5

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

COMEDY—Portland's CHAD Chats were in the business of mocking TED Talks before mocking TED Talks was the thing to do. Fake experts give multimedia presentations on topics wildly outside their purview: In this case, SPACE! On deck to edify our citizenry are some of Portland's smartest people: Back Fence PDX founder B. Frayn Masters, Andrew Dickson, and the Mercury's Wm. Steven Humphrey. AH
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8:30 pm, $7-10

MUSIC—Did you miss the secret, invite-only Built to Spill show at Bunk Bar this past October? Here's your consolation prize—two cozy shows at the Doug Fir with the Idaho band's new lineup. Their last album is four years old, so I'm willing to bet your parched ears are going to hear some new tunes! CF
w/Finn Riggins; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Thurs & Fri 9 pm, $25

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

STAND-UP—Of all the hilarious people who have held down SNL's Weekend Update, comedian Seth Meyers reigns, providing sardonic roasts of everyone who was unlucky enough to make the news that week. Now you can check out Seth's stand-up in this one-night-only affair at the Newmark, where he will certainly bust the guts of all in attendance. WSH
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $44.75

MUSIC—Dante's has been bringing us good, clean, sleazy fun for 13 years. What better way to celebrate their decade than with legendary rockers X! The LA band has been serenading us with riffs since the '70s, and can make even the most skeptical listeners interested in punk again. You might want to case the door—this anniversary show is selling out! RF
w/Fireballs of Freedom, No Tomorrow Boys; Dante's, 350 W Burnside, 9 pm, $25

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

BEER + BANDS—The second annual Malt Ball is upon us, and what a glorious time it is: a daylong, beer-drenched, ear-shattering smorgasbord of all the great music and beer this town has to offer. With beer from 26 brewers and music from a dozen bands, this is the stuff we typically only see in our deepest, most cherished dreams. NL
See Feature; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 2 pm-midnight, $15/showcase (2-7 pm or 7:30 pm-midnight) or $25/all-day pass, tickets at portlandmercury.com/maltball

ART SALE—Every year, the arts-focused Buckman School invites local artists and craftspeople to transform the neighborhood elementary school into a massive art sale, full of paintings, furniture, jewelry, toys, and more. Don't miss a special hallway dedicated to the wares of Buckman students! AH
Buckman School, 320 SE 16th, Fri Feb 1, 5-9 pm, $5, Sat Feb 2, 10 am-5 pm, $2

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3

SHOPPING—Despite weather reports, stores are practically giving away their winter merchandise, and the PDX Collective Sale allows you to shop the slashed prices of 11 local boutiques at once. Combine this two-day affair with the collective end-of-season sale of four more stores (plus designer Adam Arnold), and this might be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. MS
The PDX Collective Sale at The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm; end of season sale at Luce, 2140 E Burnside, Sun 11 am-4 pm

FOOTBALL—Super Bowl Sunday may be a big deal for football fans, especially if you stump for the 49ers (holla!) or the Ravens (boo!). But for the rest of us, it's a chance to see the best/worst in advertising and halftime midriff/firework displays (Beyoncé!), and eating lots and lots of nachos. Everybody wins. MS
San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens, CBS on the boob tube, 3:30 pm, FREE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

MUSIC—The perfect pairing of the Moldy Peaches' Adam Green and Little Joy's Binki Shapiro have resulted in the lovely chamber pop of their new album, and the two charismatic live performers will no doubt put on a great show to boot. Speaking of pairs, don't miss Portland's own Duover, and their poised, charming acoustic duets. NL
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $10-12

SCIENCE PUB—You thought geology was dull, but at OMSI's Science Pub the freeze-thaw process is awesome! Dr. Scott Burns will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about why wine is so great here and why Highway 20 is massively behind schedule and way over budget. Come, especially if you know why Holocene would have been a more appropriate venue. CM
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $5

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

MUSIC—The '90s saw the quiet success of three dorks from the South playing punk rock for sissies. Then Ben Folds Five went away for over a decade while Folds reignited William Shatner's musical career, among other pursuits. Now reunited, the piano-pounding trio hasn't lost a single smart-assed step. BR
w/Nataly Dawn; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $35-55, all ages 

MUSIC—Get out your softest, fluffiest sweater for this team-up of Seattle's Seapony and legendary pretty-noise-maker Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap and the Softies. It's a wash of cotton candy-soft sounds, edged with bruised melancholy and feminine harmonies. Expect to be inundated with loveliness. CF
w/the Happening; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12

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