THUNE'S TUNES—Armed with a guitar and a disarming wit, the charming Nick Thune noodles while doing short-form wordplay and jokes. Sure, he has the guitar, but I wouldn't go so far as to call him a musical comedy act—his playing serves more as a calming and funny soundtrack to a rolling queue of puns and one-liners. CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 8 pm, $15-20

—For the 16th year in a row, you can enjoy all the beer and miserable fall weather your rain jacket can handle at the Holiday Ale Festival, which will be hosting 40 breweries over five days. Thank goodness summer is over—who doesn't hate drinking outside basking in warmth and sunshine? MJ
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, Wed 2 am-10 pm, Thurs-Sat 11 am-10 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm, $25 for mug and beer tickets, 21+