Hot Mass Block Party
Considering the dangerously hot weather we’ve been having, “Hot Mass” is an appropriate title for the gothic church-themed bar’s outdoor concert this Saturday. In addition to draws like Church’s “confessional” photo booth and high-quality menu of Southern-inspired food and drink, there’s some great local music to be devoured: DJ Chookie Crisp will be spinning throughout the night, and exceptional hip-hop acts like Rasheed Jamal and Hustle & Drone will be on deck. JENNI MOORE
5 pm, Church, $5
It's So Bazaar: The XRAY.fm Summer Party
The city’s best all-around radio station is going big with this one. XRAY.FM has booked out the White Owl Social Club for the entire afternoon and night, in a free bash that will pair a street fair (Clothing! Jewelry! Drink samples!) with a music venue. The station’s fine slate of weekend DJs will be doing live broadcasts of their shows, while the likes of Cool Nutz, Møtrik and Surfer Rosie pop by to perform. This is fantastic news. DIRK VANDERHART
2 pm, White Owl Social Club, free
An American Werewolf in London (w/ special guest David Naughton)
John Landis is what some might consider a “problematic fave.” It’d probably be easier to write the man off for his frequent foibles of moral character if he hadn’t gone on an unholy tear in the ’80s, the pinnacle of which, for many, is the comedy-horror classic An American Werewolf in London, which exploded genre boundaries, marked a dramatic leap forward in practical effects, and seriously boosted the careers of stars Griffin Dunne and David Naughton. Naughton will be attending this screening, and will talk about the film, and maybe even share a story or two that will simultaneously make you love and loathe Landis all over again.
7 pm, Hollywood Theatre
Few bands can lay claim to homing such a unique combination of instrumentation, style, voice, and energy as Bay Area punk-funk-fusion trio Primus. They attained this distinction almost immediately after forming in the mid-’80s, fronted by virtuoso bassist Les Claypool and his twisted tenor. The band brought original drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander back for their 2014 Willy Wonka-inspired Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, and just announced the release of their ninth studio record, The Desaturating Seven, reported to be inspired by a children’s book called The Rainbow Goblins. Lead single “The Seven” is vintage Primus, with staccato/tapping bass-guitar interplay and general bizarro-world lyrics. Whether tackling quirky funk-metal on early classics like Sailing the Seas of Cheese or Frizzle Fry or going full psychedelic shroom trip on Tales from the Punchbowl, Primus unites fans of musical technicality and the absurd in equal measure. RYAN J. PRADO
6 pm, Edgefield, $49.50, all ages
Pan African Festival of Oregon
The state's first festival specifically built to help empower Diaspora Africans in Oregon, with focuses on creating dialogue between communities, strengthening already existing community bonds, and of course, a whole bunch of great live music, food, vendors, arts and crafts, a live fashion show, speakers, a career fair, and much more.
noon, Pioneer Courthouse Square, free, all ages
1st Annual Portland Radler Festival
Radler is what you call a cocktail made using fruit soda... and beer. Which sounds weird at first, but if there's a whole damned festival dedicated to the drink it can't be all bad, right? In fact, it's pretty fuckin' delicious when you do 'em right, and so StormBreaker hosts one of the most refreshing beer fests the city will see this summer, with shade tents, live music, and radlers from over 20 local breweries and cideries for sipping.
noon, StormBreaker Brewing, $15
Illmaculate, Goldini Bagwell, Smoke M2D6, Little Warrior
Local hip-hop artists Illmaculate and Goldini Bagwell (of Sandpeople) celebrate the release of their latest full-length, Ethereal. Album producer Smoke M2D6 and featured vocalist Little Warrior lend their support to the proceedings. Hosted by The Last Artful, Dodgr and DJ Spark.
8 pm, The Know, $10
Wine, Whiskey, & Women
With the tagline "Celebrating the anomaly of womanhood," Wine, Whiskey, and Women is focused on celebrating local women who have contributed to the community and done much to help support women in the city. It's also about drinking wine and sippin' on whiskey, while looking at art, listening to live music, and meeting with amazing Portland women.
7 pm, Olympic Mills Commerce Center, $50
It really is kind of a mystery how this gross, skeevy homage to the glory days of teenage exploitation became a family-friendly sing-a-long, but it happened, so if you wanna pile the kids into the family wagon and park em in front of the drive-in screen at the Expo to belt out "Greased Lightning" at the top of their lungs, let 'er rip!
6 pm, Portland Expo Center
The Mystery Box Show
Portland's long-running storytelling series dedicated to the sexier side of things returns to the Alberta Rose Theatre. The night's wonderful oversharers will included Madison Young, Christopher Hoffman, Aleah Liebenau, Julie Peterman, and Aaron Rider.
7 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $20-55
Oregon Cannabis Growers' & Consumers' Fair
The Oregon State Fairgrounds hosts a two-day cannabis fair and live plant competition, featuring more than 60 growers and over 100 exhibits. Learn more about the OLCC with a Q&A session, and get insight into the medical side of things from a licensed medical professional at the Canna Help You Area.
Aug 12-13, 10 am, Oregon State Fairgrounds, $18-75
Distillery Row Birthday Beach Bash
The eight distilleries on the row decided August 12 would be as good a day as any to transform their liquor-filled fiefdom into a beach, so as to properly enjoy a beach party, with live music, food carts, spirits, and cocktails.
6 pm, House Spirits Distillery, free
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!