THIS IS BIG—Take two things Portland excels at (music and literature), add four venues, and two days of free programming that include 40 bands and 15 writers, and you have the Big Ass Boombox festival. Revel in Pacific Northwest talents from authors like Martha Grover and Kevin Sampsell, and bands like Animal Eyes and No Kind of Rider. MS
Fri-Sat, various times & venues,, FREE

ACES—Back in March, whip-smart sketch comedy duo the Aces (AKA Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon) debuted a hilarious new sketch show—and this weekend, they're dusting it off for two shows only to kick off a new series of comedy shows at Portland Center Stage. AH
Ellyn Bye Studio at the Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $18-20 (cash only at door)