VIVA THEATER—Think of the Fertile Ground festival as an umbrella, covering brand-new work from across the spectrum of Portland's performance community. For days, theaters showcase dance, comedy, and fully staged productions—and with participating companies including Portland Center Stage, Artists Rep, and Portland Playhouse, it's an affordable way to explore both established companies and brand-new ones. AH
Various locations, through Jan 29, ticket prices vary, $50 for a full festival pass, for details

—The lady trio of Lovers, Portland's makers of beautiful haunting albums like Dark Light and I Am the West, lend their audacious musicianship to raise money for their friend Natalie who is suffering from pricey neurological problems. Join the gals for a good cause, then stick around to dance the night away with DJs Linoleum and Kinetic. CF
w/Anaturale, Brittle Bones; Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $8-15 sliding scale