This weekend, the city orbits a three-day explosion of free local music known as PDX Pop Now!, and while the white-hot genius of our music scene will no doubt draw you under the Hawthorne Bridge more than a few times, make sure to flit away every now and again so as not to miss all the quality entertainment radiating outward in concentric circles of fun, landing in places like the Southeast, having themselves the thickest of summers; Outer Southwest getting a visit from Willie Nelson; the North side balancing local love for Laura Gibson with some crazy love for Beyoncé-themed burlesque; Downtown getting goofy with a pair of Martins, going out of their minds for Darlington Nagbe and the Timbers, and everyone going where no one's gone before...inside their local theater, that is. A universe of things to do awaits you. Plot your course below.


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Friday Jul 22

Y.G.B. 1-Year Anniversary: The Thickest Summer
The Young, Gifted, and Black community-minded dance party celebrates its 1-year anniversary with DJ sets from DJ Lamar Leroy and DJ Quaz, as well as live performances by DNVN and Akela Jaffi, and a photo booth courtesy of MsLopezMedia. Also read our story on Y.G.B.
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9pm, $7

PDX Pop Now!
Each and every year, something incredible happens in this city: A completely free, totally all-ages, and entirely local music festival occurs over the space of a magical summer weekend, in which dozens of Portland bands perform and literally everyone, of any age, can go see them without paying one thin cent. It’s PDX Pop Now!, and if the 13-year-old festival seems like a cultural institution now, that doesn’t make it any less fun. This year, 44 Portland bands play under the Hawthorne Bridge for three days and nights, including established headliners like Summer Cannibals, Mic Capes, and Wooden Indian Burial Ground alongside tons of exciting up-and-comers right before they become the hot new thing. It’s a blast, and your best opportunity to find your favorite new band or 40. NED LANNAMANN
Friday Schedule: East Stage—Sabonis (6:00), Ali Muhareb’s Mujahedeen (7:20), Jenny Don’t & The Spurs (8:40), Loch Lomond (10:00), Gold Casio (11:20) West Stage—Saola (6:40), Dragging An Ox Through Water (8:00), Snowblind Traveler (9:20), Eyelids (10:40), Mic Capes (Midnight). Also, read our PDX Pop Now! edition of All-Ages Action!
AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison, 6pm, free, all ages

Jessi Klein
As executive producer and writer for Inside Amy Schumer, Jessi Klein’s responsible for some of the greatest TV comedy, and she’s also written a delightful essay collection, You’ll Grow Out of It, recounting the jaunty exploits of a self-identified “tom man,” AKA “what happens when a tomboy just never grows out of it.” MEGAN BURBANK
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30pm

Sera Cahoone, Anna Tivel
If you haven't heard any of her three critically acclaimed solo albums, you might know Seattle musician and longtime Sub Pop artist Sera Cahoone from her work in beloved indie rock bands like Carissa's Wierd or Band of Horses. Over the last 10 years Cahoone has found her element in Americana and alternative country-rock. Her comfort in the genre could have to do with her home state of Colorado, where her father sold dynamite for a living. (Wile E. Coyote, anyone?) Cahoone's music is nostalgic but not played out—songs like "Deer Creek Canyon" (from her 2012 record of the same name) exemplify her direct, emotional songwriting. ANNA McCLAIN
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark #110, 7pm, $13-15

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
The film achieves the same high-pitched, broad humor of the series—even though at a scant 90 minutes, Ab Fab: The Movie is straining at the seams. While you may wonder, “Why was this made?” the hilarious presence of Joanna Lumley is reason enough. Her character Patsy is a stroke of comedic genius, and the world is always in dire need of that. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Various Theaters, see Movie Times for showtimes and locations

Wand, Sleeping Beauties
Wand frontman Cory Hanson is kind of like Ty Segall's weird little brother who hand stitches wizard costumes for his cat and is probably a pyromaniac. The Los Angeles psych-rock band's 2015 full-length Golem sounds particularly influenced by Segall's project Fuzz, specifically Fuzz's 2013 self-titled debut. It's whimsically bombastic, the kind of heavy fantasy-psych that draws its unapologetically nerdy energy from childhood memories mired in the mythology of LOTR and later primed with Led Zeppelin conspiracy theories and too much weed. Wand played as Segall's backing band at Pickathon last year, and Hanson also plays keyboard in the prolific garage rock titan's newest musical incarnation, Ty Segall and the Muggers. They confused and delighted concertgoers at the Aladdin in January, where Hanson was dressed like a Risky Business-era Tom Cruise. CIARA DOLAN
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9pm, $13-15

Carl Wolfson
Local progressive talk-radio host Carl Wolfson has been a staple on the Portland airwaves for years. Catch him this weekend when he brings his sharp witted stand-up act to Harvey's Comedy Club.
Harvey's Comedy Club, 436 NW 6th, 7:30pm, 10pm, $15

Woods, Cian Nugent, The Lavender Flu
Woods' harvest of American folk-rock sounds like it spans centuries. NED LANNAMANN Also read our story on Woods.
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9pm, $13-15

Saturday Jul 23

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy
The Timbers close out a crucial three-game home stand with this afternoon's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy. With playoffs on the line, and tempers still flaring after the two team’s last league meeting, in which a horror tackle from Galaxy defender Nigel De Jong injured Timber’s playmaker Darlington Nagbe, expect no shortage of drama. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison, 12:30pm, $35-170

PDX Pop Now!
Read our PDX Pop Now! edition of All-Ages Action!
Saturday Schedule: East Stage—Mr. Bones (12:40), Tender Age (2:00), Little Star (3:20), Old Grape God (4:40), Love Cop (6:00), Sleeping Beauties (7:20), The Lavender Flu (8:40), Speaker Minds (10:00), Fur Coats (11:20) West Stage—The Scribes (Noon), The Tamed West (1:20), Andrew Endres Collective 2:40), Lithics (4:00), Tiny Knives (5:20), Landlines (6:40), Antecessor (8:00), 1939 Ensemble (9:20), Lola Buzzkill (10:40), Wooden Indian Burial Ground (Midnight)
AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison, 12pm, free, all ages

Laura Gibson, Loch Lomond
Oregon native Laura Gibson's recent release, Empire Builder, takes its name from the Amtrak train that crosses America from her former home of Portland all the way to Chicago. Gibson sounds like she's looking out the window, saying goodbye to "1,000 lonely pines that bend their backs against the sun." Don't miss the beloved musician tonight. CIARA DOLAN
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9pm, $15-17

Love in this Club: Local Love
Resident DJs Ben Tactic and Nathan Detroit (themselves the veterans behind events like Bubblin, Body Party, Booty Bassment, and Spend the Night) bring in a team of Portland notables for this edition of Love in This Club: Spencer Miles and Peter Marks head Occasion Vibration, both a monthly podcast of mixes and a not-quite-monthly house and disco party encompassing daytime outdoor events and intimate all nighters. They'll be joined by Orographic, Hold My Hand, and Troubled Youth—all members of the queer DJ collective behind Bridge Club. Since 2012 they've been throwing larger-than-life patio socials that have brought in acts like Umfang and Volvox of Discwoman and Chris Cruse. DANIELA SERNA
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9pm, $5

Order of the Gash, Balsa, Cura Cochino, Law Boss
Local black metal thrashers Order of the Gash headline a night of heavy noise, punk, and doom metal at the High Water Mark.
High Water Mark, 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr, 9pm, $8

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Jjuujjuu
It's doubtful anyone knew that pairing an idiosyncratically cartoonish bass god and the hipster son of a pop deity could produce such artistically pleasant music. Collab-friendly Sean Lennon and the ever-experimental Les Claypool formed the Claypool Lennon Delirium on an inspired lark, one that resulted in their record Monolith of Phobos, a sun-warped, psych-prog platter that drips with polyphonic whimsy and colorful retro-futuristic storytelling. Picture Claypool writing his own version of Harry Nilsson's The Point!, or the hypercolor ship in the Pretty Things' classic S.F. Sorrow album as the U.S.S. Enterprise, and you might get an inkling of what these guys are up to. A dynamic duo like this (and their talented onstage cohorts) must be seen to be believed, and reports from earlier tour dates are filled with accounts of brilliant musicianship and a few surprise covers. CHRIS SUTTON
Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9pm, $32, all ages

Beylesque: Burlesque Tribute to Beyoncé
Pink Hanky and Gothfox Designs in invite you to pay tribute to Queen Bey with a night of Burlesque. Featuring performances from Butch Mo'Queen, Paige Rustles, Kiki Stellina, Ruby Rounds, Megan LeStrange, Rummy Rose, Bitsy La Rue, Fannie Fuller, Kiki Nicole, Copper VanDoon, Briq House, Babs Jamboree, and Leila + Maya.
Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 8pm, $15-18

Danava, Bellicose Minds, Andy Place & the Coolheads
These local purveyors of heavy metal, progressive rock, and psych are guaranteed to have Star Bar packed to the gills tonight. Better arrive early if you want to knock back Jell-O shots while you headbang the night away.
Star Bar, 639 SE Morrison, 8pm, free

Bamboozled
Maybe Spike Lee's most adventurous and experimental film, Bamboozled stars Damon Wayans as an executive producer who tries to get himself fired by developing an actual minstrel show for television, which of course becomes hugely successful, because the American media is racist as hell. When it was released in 2000, it was criticized for being pretty ham-fisted and more than a little unrealistic. 16 years have transformed it from mean-spirited dystopic fantasy to very goddamned prescient satire. You're gonna laugh. It's gonna hurt when you do. BOBBY ROBERTS
Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall, 7:30pm, $3-4

Sunday Jul 24

Star Trek Beyond
It might seem desperate or foolhardy to turn to Star Trek to show us what we’re capable of, but that’s what Star Trek already did. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek inspired future scientists and current technologies, and showed the rest of us a way, however fantastical, that people of different colors and beliefs could work and live together, pushing humanity forward. With a billion TV episodes and a slew of movies (including this weekend's Star Trek Beyond), Star Trek has morphed into one more monolithic genre franchise—one that’s sometimes clever and sometimes stupid, one that sometimes devotes hours to space diplomacy and at other times just sets off some space explosions. But five decades after it premiered, Star Trek serves as reminder: We’ve had shitty times before. We got through them. There will be more shitty times. We’ll get through those, too. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Various Theaters, see Movie Times for showtimes and locations

PDX Pop Now!
Read our PDX Pop Now! edition of All-Ages Action!
Sunday Schedule: East Stage—The Living Skins (12:40), Cilantro (2:00), Force Publique (3:20), Arlo Indigo (4:40), A Volcano (6:00), Coronation (7:20), Cat Hoch (8:40) West Stage—Fossa Club (Noon), Blowout (1:20), Cilantro (2:00), Bobby Peru (2:40), Disemballerina (4:00), Dead Cult (5:20), Consumer (6:40), Maze Koroma (8:00), Summer Cannibals (9:20).
AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison, 12pm, free, all ages

Steve Martin & Martin Short
In a beautiful meeting of Martins, Steve Martin and Martin Short join comedic forces tonight at the Schnitz. Not even being down one Chevy Chase can stop them from presenting what they’re calling “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” and which, in actual fact, you’ll remember fondly. MEGAN BURBANK.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8pm, $85-179.50

Bob Mehr, Scott McCaughey
Bob Mehr, author of the excellent Replacements biography, Trouble Boys, is joined in conversation by Portland musician Scott McCaughey of the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5. If you're looking to hear an eye-witness account of the story behind the Replacement's song "Portland," here it is. (You can also read about that train-wreck of a show right here.)
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 4pm

Willie Nelson, Richmond Fontaine
Over the years, I've heard everyone from rural construction workers to crust punks refer to the honey-voiced living legend of classic country as a rebel or a badass. But anyone who's taken even a shallow dip into Willie Nelson's sprawling catalog presumably finds this perception as curious as I do, given that the vast majority of his recordings are either tender-hearted ballads or adorable, cheeseball covers (see "The Rainbow Connection," "Wind Beneath My Wings"). His rebel status seems based more on his collaborations, longevity, and real life run-ins with the law—for things that aren't especially wild or shocking (weed, tax evasion)—than in the bad behavior songs that defined the work of Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard. Nelson's 1962 debut is just as sappy and lounge-y as his 2016 album of Gershwin covers, and even his legendary 1975 cowboy concept album Red-Headed Stranger is more about heartbreak than lawbreaking. It's an unusual but ultimately ideal variety of badass country rebel he's created: an anti-war, bio-fuel company-owning, LBGTQ-supporting octogenarian who's more interested in singing about feelings than guns. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, 6:30pm, sold out (good luck online!)

Sarah Louise, Ilyas Ahmed, Itasca
As the reach and influence of American Primitive folk has continued to expand, a welcome array of female players has emerged in this often male-centric world. And one of the best new musical voices to appear in this scene of late is Asheville, North Carolina guitarist Sarah Louise. Originally a more traditional folk artist, she switched in recent years to play purely instrumental guitar music—to the point of stripping the vocals off of her 2015 release Field Guide—thereby allowing her appreciation of overtone and expressionist melodies to take center stage. Even better is her recently released entry into the ongoing Acoustic Series released by Vin Du Select Qualitite Records. On it, her 12-string playing spills out like a ribbon slowly unfurling from its spool, revealing many different shades and textures as it pools at your feet. ROBERT HAM
Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth, 8pm,

Ezza Rose, Laura Palmer's Death Parade
An evening of musical adventure with one of Portland's strongest singer-songwriters.
Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 8pm, free

Pure Bathing Culture, Mike Gamble
There probably isn't a single space-related word that hasn't been used to describe Pure Bathing Culture. Sure they're dreamy, astral, and euphoric—they'll turn your eyes into diamonds, your arms into flowing robes! They're downright mystical, and the reason we're running out of words to contain them is proof that you should have seen them live by now. Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman write glamour pop songs so sparkling and groovy, it's almost making me feel ill just writing about it. Their most recent release, Pray for Rain, came out in late 2015 but might as well have come out yesterday for how often I'm still sock-gliding around my kitchen to it. JENNA FLETCHER
Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark #110, 7pm, $15

Escape from New York
John Carpenter has made better movies than this over his long and incredibly varied career, and he's definitely made worse (cough—Ghosts of Mars—cough cough), but 1981's Escape From New York could be the most Carpenter of all Carpenter's films, the one most consistently peppered with the director's signature touches. If, by some weird happenstance, you haven't seen one of his films before (that's crazy,) Escape is the best introduction, not just due to Kurt Russell's career-defining performance as Snake Plissken, or Isaac Hayes' somehow cuddly-but-menacing Duke, but because there's a treasure of a performance by Harry Dean Stanton in it. Stanton is the reason for this season. Celebrate accordingly. BOBBY ROBERTS
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7pm, $9