Portland Podcast Festival: Night 2
Portland’s celebration of all things gabby and earbud-y enters its second year, as the Portland Podcast Festival takes over your weekend with conversation, jokes, and more. Lots of great, locally made shows (including the Mercury’s I, Anonymous podcast!) will be doing live tapings, so come out, catch your old favorites, and discover some new ones. Your ears will thank you. (5 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $20-25) NED LANNAMANN

Portland Book Festival
Formerly known as Wordstock, the Portland Book Festival is now saddled with a stultifyingly boring name—but it’s still crammed with great authors and events, so we’ll allow it. This year’s fest features eight billion booksellers and publishers selling their wares (from Southwest Portland’s Annie Bloom’s Books to San Francisco’s McSweeney’s), plus readings, discussions, lit-centric recordings of OPB’s Think Out Loud and State of Wonder, and appearances from local authors Daniel H. Wilson and Mercury columnist Courtenay Hameister, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’s Peter Sagal, and literary bigshot Jonathan Lethem. Also in attendance: Tom Hanks, who’ll be talking about his short story collection Uncommon Type with New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal, and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, who’ll be onstage with Shrill author Lindy West to discuss Jacobson's new book, I Might Regret This! (9 am, Portland Art Museum, $15-20, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Ruston Kelly, Katie Pruitt
Ruston Kelly’s debut LP Dying Star is as tuneful and compelling a roots-related recording as you’ll hear this year. Its 14 tracks simmer with the kind of slow-burning twang-pop that will appeal to fans of old alt-country mainstays like the Jayhawks and Whiskeytown, as well as fresh-faced folk faves Mandolin Orange. Kelly excels at writing downcast songs about being fucked up and hard to love, and injecting most with a gut-punch turn of phrase or an unexpected melodic idea. The result is an album that’s strong from top to bottom, and that rewards repeated listens. (9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $14-16) BEN SALMON

Rubblebucket, Diet Cig, Tōth
Listening to Rubblebucket’s new album Sun Machine is like getting mercilessly punched in the face with positive energy. I have no idea what the Brooklyn art-pop duo is singing about half the time—the contagion of their sugary, electric melodies has overtaken my feeble brain. There’s lots of sparkling synth, joyful yelping, saxophone (plus other assorted horns), and drums that wordlessly command you to “Dance, silly human, DANCE.” Sun Machine delivers bright, happy songs that bounce and bubble over with glee like baby animals who haven’t yet been corrupted by the world or the memes therein. (9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $18-20, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Masters of Practical Effects
The Hollywood Theatre is celebrating a wondrous cinematic art form: practical special effects. For decades, makeup artists and effects geniuses Rick Baker and Chris Walas have been responsible for the jaw-dropping visuals of movies like VideodromeThe FlyRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Hellboy—not to mention Harry and the HendersonsGremlins, and An American Werewolf in London. With the weekend-long Masters of Practical Effects, the Hollywood is showing those last three movies—in 35mm and on their big screen—and they’ll have Baker and Walas in attendance to discuss their astonishing work! These two are responsible for some of the weirdest, funniest, and creepiest visuals in all of cinema—and hearing them talk about their craft will be a rare and unmissable treat. (Sat-Sun, Hollywood Theatre, $12) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Lucero, Strand of Oaks
For a band with a sound so deeply rooted in their home city's musical past, Memphis alt-country and punk rock outfit Lucero sure spend a lot of time on the road. Tonight they swing back through Portland for an intimate show at Dante's. (9 pm, Dante's, $25)

Oshun, Amenta Abioto
Named for the Yoruba goddess of love and prosperity, Oshun is the NYC-based R&B duo of Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, who describe their music as “the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism.” Throughout their recent debut LP Bittersweet Vol. 1, the two women rap and sing about their spirituality and search for inner peace over hypnotic beats and interstellar sound effects that will appeal to fans of THEESatisfaction and Shabazz Palaces. Standouts include “My World” (featuring Jorja Smith) and the 2017 single “Not My President.” Part of the 2018 Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival. (5:30 pm, Holocene, $12-14) CIARA DOLAN

The 29th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Hundreds of exhibitors pack Hall C of the Convention Center in the hopes your holiday shopping will be done in a way that can't be replicated by simply hitting a mall or clicking your fingers off on Amazon. (Sat-Sun 10 am, Oregon Convention Center)

Cascadian Beer Fest
The inaugural installment of the Cascadian Beer Fest comes to Vancouver's Hopworks Urban Brewery, with a dozen breweries from up and down the Cascadian Region serving up an array of special beers inspired by Cascadia and brewed with ingredients from the region. Admission includes a HUB Chalice and 5 drink tickets for 8oz pours. Additional tickets can be purchased for $3 each. (4 pm, Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver, $20)

Kira Soltanovitch
The How to Be a Grownup regular takes the Siren stage for this one-night-only stand-up showcase. (8 pm, Siren Theater, $15)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!