COMEDY—Sketch comedy duo the Aces (Shelley McClendon and Michael Fetters) are veterans of just about every funny thing that's happened on Portland stages recently, including The Lost Boys-Live and Road House: The Play. Their new show The Aces: Going Places promises another go-round of inspired, whip-smart sketch comedy. AH
Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $15-18

MUSIC—The Bender has left its home at Slabtown, but all else for the annual punk-garage-rawk fest remains the same. For three solid days—including a matinee show on Saturday and a special exclusive show on Sunday for those with weekend wristbands—stuff your ears with the likes of Monoshock, the Cheater Slicks, Black Bananas, the Cynics, and tons more. NL
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, Fri-Sun, $12-14/show ($30 weekend wristband)