THEATER—When a major theater company gets a brand-new artistic director, it's news. And when he's young, adventurous, and promises to push the company in new directions? It's damn good news. Artists Repertory kicks off their first season with Dámaso Rodriguez this week: The Big Meal is a tightly wound ensemble piece that explores themes of family and food. AH
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 6, $25-55,

COMIC BOOKS—One of the best writers in comics, Portland's Brian Michael Bendis is about to put the X-Men through the wringer with the 10-part series Battle of the Atom. To kick it off, he's doing a rare in-store signing and Q&A—and he'll be joined by his Powers collaborator Michael Avon Oeming and Ultimate Spider-Man artist David Marquez. EH
Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 7-10 pm, FREE


MUSIC—You've seen Typhoon, right? Us too. But see them again at their two MusicfestNW sets, which will showcase the populous Portland outfit's brand-new White Lighter before they hit the road and bestow their sounds on the rest of the continent. Tonight they play with Like a Villain, and Neal Morgan is the opener on Friday. DVH
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th, Thurs & Fri 8:30 pm, $20, all ages

MUSIC—There are only certain times in your life where you'll willingly fork over money to sit in a crowded room wherein 60 percent of the occupants are crying. A Bonnie Prince Billy show might be one of them, as he slays the crowd with sensitive man-music in the manliest way possible. MS
w/Mt. Eerie; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Thurs & Fri 9 pm, $20, all ages


'90s MUSIC—I pity the poor bastard who doesn't enjoy bopping around to Superchunk's infectious, spastic power-pop. Maybe you've loved the North Carolina band since their '90s heyday, or maybe you're a new convert. Either way, let's play fuzzy air guitars and pogo around to some timeless indie rock! Fingers crossed for "Hyper Enough." CF
w/Titus Andronicus, Naomi Punk; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8:30 pm, $20-22, all ages

COMEDY—On the cusp of a remodel—and a transformation into a first-run theater—the Bagdad Theater is officially nixing live performance. The farewell installment of the theater's long-running comedy night features local all-stars Shane Torres, Gabe Dinger, Susan Rice, and more. AH
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 10 pm, $5


MUSIC—It's almost not even fair how infrequently the Helio Sequence play their hometown. And now that they are—and you've had a chance to settle into their latest release, Negotiations—it's high time for a neighborhood get-together of the most magnificent indie rock order. MS
w/1939 Ensemble; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages

LIVE RADIO—Luke Burbank, known for his Too Beautiful to Live podcast, takes over as host of Live Wire! No pressure or anything. Former host (and current head writer) Courtenay Hameister built the show into a must-see over the past few years. Good thing Burbank has a strong lineup to bolster himself: Lynn Shelton, Davy Rothbart, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. DCT
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 7:30 pm, $20-35, all ages


RIVER SWIM—The Portland Challenge is back! After taking a breather, the no-motors-allowed en masse crossing of the Willamette River returns for its 10-year anniversary as a fundraiser for an affordable grocery store in Tanzania. This year's party starts off at the Slammer, parades down to the river for the swim, and finishes with a shuttle back to the Slammer's block party. CF
w/Karaoke from Hell; The Slammer, 500 SE 8th, noon (walk to river at 2 pm), FREE (donations accepted)

MUMMIES—All summer long, thousand-year-old corpses have been languishing inside of OMSI in the name of science. And you haven't gone to see them yet? What are you waiting for? OMSI's totally cool and totally creepy (and totally educational) Mummies of the World exhibition ends today, so get down there and get your mummy learnin' in before it's too late. NL
OMSI, 1945 SE Water, 9:30 am-7 pm, $21 ($13 kids, $19 students)


FILM—It wasn't screened in time for our deadline, but we're still going to recommend Riddick—Vin Diesel's return to the creepy-eyed antihero he played in 2000's great sci-fi thriller Pitch Black. After a disappointing sequel, Riddick aims to go back to basics—bringing Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff along for the ride. NOTE: THIS FILM ALSO FEATURES AT LEAST ONE SPACE PUPPY. EH
Various theaters, see our forthcoming review at and Movie Times

MUSIC—With a catalog of reggae hits that's even bigger than you remember, the chance to see Jimmy Cliff is the chance to see a living legend in action. For this tour, he'll be telling the stories behind his historic songs, making this a can't-miss—especially considering Cliff still performs with more energy and soul than performers a third his age. NL
w/Ethan Tucker; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $39-40


FREE VIBRATORS—It seems so obvious in hindsight. Pack a trailer full of vibrators. Travel the country giving them away to bewildered tourists, street kids, and layabouts in public plazas. But not one's taken the initiative yet, so it falls to Trojan. They're just giving away vibrators in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Via urchin-like boys in newsies caps. (Last part possibly not true). DVH
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW 6th & Morrison, 11 am-6 pm, FREE

FILM—The found-footage geniuses at Everything Is Terrible! have assembled a truly noxious pair of films for your enjoyment. Comic Relieve Zero captures the seedy underbelly of comedy: racists, hack impersonators, gay-bashers, and props. EIT! Does the Hiphop! follows with a mind-bending reel of white people, usually paid by major corporations, rapping terribly. DCT
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $10-12