COMEDY—Portland's CHAD Chats were in the business of mocking TED Talks before mocking TED Talks was the thing to do. Fake experts give multimedia presentations on topics wildly outside their purview: In this case, SPACE! On deck to edify our citizenry are some of Portland's smartest people: Back Fence PDX founder B. Frayn Masters, Andrew Dickson, and the Mercury's Wm. Steven Humphrey. AH
The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8:30 pm, $7-10

MUSIC—Did you miss the secret, invite-only Built to Spill show at Bunk Bar this past October? Here's your consolation prize—two cozy shows at the Doug Fir with the Idaho band's new lineup. Their last album is four years old, so I'm willing to bet your parched ears are going to hear some new tunes! CF
w/Finn Riggins; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Thurs & Fri 9 pm, $25