Candidate Forum: PDX's 1st African-American Female Councilmember
On November 6, Portland will elect the city’s first Black woman to city council. It’s still unknown, however, who exactly that woman will be. The two contenders: Loretta Smith, an outgoing county commissioner and former staffer for US Senator Ron Wyden, and Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime advocate for police accountability and former state representative. This candidate forum—the first public event with both Smith and Hardesty since the May primary election—will give Portlanders a chance to reacquaint themselves with both highly qualified candidates. It’s also a rare chance to pepper the candidates with your own questions before the whirlwind of this fall’s election hits. In short: Go ask all the hard-hitting questions so we don’t have to! Thanks. ALEX ZIELINSKI
7 pm, Crystal Ballroom, free, all ages
The Los Angeles-via-Minnesota comedian and actress best known for her standout roles on Silicon Valley and People of Earth returns to Helium for a one-off set celebrating "Valentine's in August."
8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20-65
The Jeopardy! champion and author returns with Planet Funny, a deep dive into comedy throughout the ages and its undeniable power as a force in the modern world.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free
Kung Fu Theater: Five Element Ninjas
This month’s installment in Dan Halsted’s ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is the only known 35mm print of 1982’s Five Element Ninjas, a film whose legendary badassery makes itself apparent the second the Shaw Scope logo hits the screen, escalates upon learning the stars of the film are credited not individually but as the Venom Mob, and then—while you’re still working out how self-confident you have to be to just walk around all day as part of something called “the Venom Mob” and not get constantly clowned for that level of corny hubris—fucking GOLD NINJAS appear onscreen. Shiny as fuck, deadly as hell GOLD NINJAS. And they’re only one finger of the deadly fist that are the Five Element Ninjas. This is one of the most relentlessly entertaining (and wince-inducing) kung fu films ever made—don’t miss your chance to behold the gold on the big screen while you can. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
Rodriguez, Vera Sola
Rodriguez’s second coming is just as intriguing now as it was following the release of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man. Despite the Detroit-born singer/songwriter’s clear talents (which landed him a deal with Impact Records and later the Buddah Records imprint Sussex in the late 1960s), Rodriguez’s music career was basically put on hold following poor domestic record sales. His professional resurrection was precipitated in the late ’90s by years of rabid adoration and influence as a rumored-to-be-deceased folk trailblazer in South Africa and Australia, primarily. Rodriguez was eventually rediscovered in America, and his story is obviously one of artistic redemption and the prickly whimsy of perseverance. RYAN J. PRADO
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $54.50-74.50, all ages
The Fur Coats, WL, Wave Action, Wet Dream Committee
Portland's Fur Coats float on today's wave of psychedelia from a soul-pop perspective. JENI WREN STOTTRUP
9 pm, The Fixin' To, $8
Winter, Vinyl Williams
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Samira Winter brings her infectious blend of shoegaze noise pop and psych-rock through the Liquor Store in support of her band's latest album, Ethereality.
9 pm, The Liquor Store, $10-12
Olivia Chaney, Lenore
Fresh off her collaboration with our beloved Decemberists, English folk singer/songwriter Olivia Chaney makes her way to Mississippi Studios for the Portland stop on a North American tour supporting her latest Nonesuch Records-issued full-length, Shelter.
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-17
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