WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

COMIC BOOKS—DC Comics originally hired Ender's Game author/homophobic bigot Orson Scott Card to write a story in their new Adventures of Superman. Controversy ensued, and Card's contribution was quickly cut—Floating World Comics is celebrating the now hate-free comic's release with a signing featuring great local writer Jeff Parker! Plus, proceeds will go to LGBT charity allout.org! Hooray! EH
Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch, 5-7 pm, FREE

MUSICHoly Fire, Foals' third record, delves into ambitious, atmospheric waters while retaining the schizophrenic precision that has earned them near-universal acclaim in their native England. With a deserved reputation as an enthralling live act to boot, it's only a matter of time before they're headlining festivals on this side of the pond. AR
w/Surfer Blood, Blondfire; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $18-20, all ages

THURSDAY, MAY 30

MUSIC VIDEO FEST—The second annual Portland Music Video Festival makes MTV's '80s heyday look like a pile of cold dog vomit. This curated collection has two programs of videos featuring work from the Pacific Northwest and abroad, followed by an awards ceremony and an afterparty at the Moon & Sixpence. No one's killing the video star. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 6 pm, $7

COMEDY—Natasha Leggero takes on America's fucked-up class issues from the inside—or at least as close to the inside as a brilliantly dark, gleefully twisted stand-up comedian can get. Always impeccably put together, Leggero combines glamor and a razor wit like nobody else. AH
w/Barbara Holm, Jason Traeger; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $20-25

FRIDAY, MAY 31

MUSIC—Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood has a concurrent solo career that trades in heartfelt Southern-rock fireworks in favor of heartfelt Southern-gothic storytelling. While Hood's solo work has always had a you-are-there quality, actually being there when the master songwriter commands a room is something else entirely. NL
w/Santi Elijah Holley; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $14-15

MUSIC—Disjecta's third annual Quiet Music Festival returns with two nights of high-quality, hushed tunes (it's called "soothecore," in case you didn't know) curated by artist Chris Johanson. Sets will include appearances from Tara Jane O'Neil, Dragging an Ox Through Water, and many more. Plus, there'll be an art exhibit by J. Patrick Walsh 3 exploring the "intersection of music and cars." MS
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Fri & Sat, 8 pm, $8-10 nightly, $15-18 for a two-day pass

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

PARADE—The Rose Festival's most awesome event is the light-bedecked Starlight Parade. Stake out an observation station at a bar on the route and sip Spanish coffees while 250,000 of your closest friends ooh and aah over the floats, marching bands, roller girls, and waving paraders waltzing by covered in glowsticks. It's kinda the best. CF
Starts on W Burnside, ends at Lincoln High School, 8:30 pm, FREE

RADIO, RADIO—Good grief, Live Wire! Sex columnist Dan Savage. Comedians Kristen Schaal and Jen Kirkman. Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. The Builders and the Butchers. We'd be lining up to see any one of these people, and you've crammed them all onto a single bill? Tonight closes out the spring season of the live radio variety show, and they're going out in style. AH
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 7:30 pm, $20-35, all ages

SUNDAY, JUNE 2

READING—Our own Dan Savage has been dispensing dollops of sexual common sense for years—so how about a gravy boat full of wisdom? His new book American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics is loaded with laughs, smart talk, and advice that will change your life for the better. And he's doing one of his world-famous readings at Powell's today! WSH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 2 pm, FREE

PUPPETRY—Grownups who like puppets invariably fall into two categories: winsome or creepy. Beady Little Eyes, famed for its adult-themed work (but not that kind of adult-themed), falls well into the former. Let them keep winning your hearts with the latest volume of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams, a collection of short films curated by Jim Henson's daughter that showcase some of the medium's best work. DCT
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 4 pm, $5, all ages (12 & up recommended)

MUSIC—While José González may still be best known for the whisper-quiet folk of his solo career, the Swedish guitarist's rock trio Junip offers hypnotic, pliant grooves that build in momentum and power. Don't miss openers On An On, whose album Give In is a splashy, upbeat debut. NL
w/Barbarossa; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $16-17

MONDAY, JUNE 3

READING—Dan Kennedy has been mastering the art of humor writing for more than a decade with his delightful, involved pieces in McSweeney's. He also knows how to work a crowd (see: popular storytelling series The Moth). Go to tonight's reading—from Kennedy's debut novel American Spirit—to see the man brandishing his multiple and considerable talents in one place. DVH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE

K-POP—If you're unfamiliar with K-pop (Korean pop music), it's jammed full of sugary mind-blasting eye candy that's SO fun to hear and watch. Tonight Holocene and Redefine magazine present Fantastic Baby: The Opulent Kingdom of Contemporary K-Pop—a discussion panel and video series featuring smarty-pants talk about the genre, AND plenty of yummy-tummy video examples! WSH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, $5

TUESDAY, JUNE 4

MUSIC—Folk-music polymath Sam Amidon has turned American musical traditions on their ear in a series of stunning albums, and his latest, Bright Sunny South, is no exception. His goose-pimple music is absolutely worth seeing live—he's no less captivating a performer than he is a songwriter and interpreter. NL
w/Alessi's Ark, Barna Howard; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $8-10

MUSIC—With only a handful of freakish mutations surviving the fallout of the folk explosion, it's a relief that some bands persevered without the fanfare or sanctimony of their more monstrous peers. Between the wistful, romantic charm of the harmony-drenched Parson Red Heads and the buoyant, fresh-faced optimism of Desert Noises, there may just be hope for all of us yet. AR
w/Said the Whale; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $8-10