COMEDY FEST—Comedy fans already know that Bridgetown is one of the best weekends of the year. Because it's a blast: Four days of top-notch stand-up, live podcast taping, special shows (like a Simpsons panel with writer Dana Gould!), and more, and most of it unfolds at Southeast bars within stumbling distance of each other. AH
Thurs-Sun, various locations, see Feature, and

BALLET—Oregon Ballet Theatre's American Music Festival brings three new works to Portland stages, including one—Trey McIntyre's Robust American Love—set to the music of Fleet Foxes. Another—Pontus Lidberg's Stream—boasts a brand-new score from Portland-born Julliard grad Ryan Francis. AH
Newmark Theatre, 111 SW Broadway, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $27 & up, for more times