FASHION DO—Tonight kicks off Portland's Fashion Week with Catapult, an emerging designers' competition, where the audience votes on runway styles. The show will feature lines from Project Runway's Becky Ross for Wicked Quick, House of Gunter, Michelle Is Well, and others. AZ
Vigor Industrial Shipyard, 5555 N Channel, Swan Island, doors 6 pm, $25-45, Fashion Week continues through Oct 9

—For the month of October, genre-bending string band Black Prairie (featuring members of the Decemberists, Jackstraw, and more) plays a weekly happy hour at the LaurelThirst, showcasing new material and hosting plenty of guests. This week, Ritchie Young from Loch Lomond stops by, as well as comedian Aaron Ross. NL
LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan, 6 pm, FREE