MUSIC—He's something of a living legend. Bob Mould's inspirational contributions to many modern bands you hold near and dear are legion. With a couple of killer groups like Hüsker Dü and Sugar—not to mention a multitude of solo albums—in his back pocket, you can be sure this'll be a rousing set from an incredible songwriter. CF
w/Cymbals Eat Guitars; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8 pm, $22-25, all ages

STORYTELLING—Laff your butt off while donating to a good cause. Knock, Knock! It's Your Neighbor is a storytelling event about the WORST neighbors ever, and it's backed by local improv giants Administration and Black by Popular Demand. Plus there's a silent auction—and all proceeds go to Southeast Uplift neighborhood grant programs... making your neighborhood a better place! WSH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 7 pm, $12-16


COMICS & ART—Unlike Portland's garish, expensive, and pop culture-focused comics conventions, the free The Projects fest focuses on the weirder, experimental side of comics—and loops in animation, workshops, performances, and more. Walk into one of the various venues (Holocene, Floating World Comics, IPRC, S1) with an open mind; walk out with a few new favorite culture creators. EH
Thurs-Sun, multiple venues, see for complete schedule, FREE, all ages; main event Sat, IPRC, 1001 SE Division

MUSIC—Best known as the other person onstage at all those Gillian Welch shows, Dave Rawlings steps out with his excellent Dave Rawlings Machine bluegrass outfit—with Welch in tow, and mandolin from Led Zep's John Paul Jones! Their last Portland show was an absolute blast, a good-time, whiskey-soaked, rollicking party with harmony and twang for country miles. NL
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $32-35, all ages


MUSIC—We know you love PBR, but did you know that PBR loves you? If there were any doubts, Project Pabst is proof. While the main event is a daytime music fest at Zidell Yards, the action'll be thick at night too, with two nights of complementing shows at venues across town, like tonight's with Constantines! MS
Fri-Sat, multiple venues, see pullout guide this issue for complete schedule; Constantines, the Woolen Men, Summer Cannibals at Dante's, 350 W Burnside, 9 pm, $15

GENIUS—David Mitchell is likely your favorite author's favorite author. The man who wrote 2004's acclaimed Cloud Atlas is an Escher-like architect of story and characterization, and he's in town to discuss his newest novel, The Bone Clocks. You should probably go. BR
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE


BIKES—A yearly showcase of the city's best handmade bikes has now morphed into a showcase of the city's best handmade bikes, plus bike-themed local beer, and local bands. We hemmed and hawed—has the Handmade Bike and Beer Festival delved too deeply into Portland's self-congratulatory obsessions?—before deciding that it sounds awesome. DVH
Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell, Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun noon-5 pm, $10 entry, beer tickets available

MUSIC—It's the mightiest music fest of the year, Project Pabst! And it comes with a home run of a lineup for the first day of the outdoor festivities: Tears for Fears, Red Fang, Violent Femmes, Phosphorescent (PAUSE TO GASP FOR BREATH), Rocket from the Crypt, Guantanamo Baywatch, and more. Dear god, how much entertainment can one person take? Oh, how about Modest Mouse and GZA tomorrow?! WSH
Zidell Yards, 3030 SW Moody, Sat & Sun, 1-9 pm, $35 a day ($60 weekend pass), see pullout guide this issue for complete schedule

MUSIC—After more than a decade in the game, Brother Ali is still delivering some of the most insightful, personal, and impressive hiphop out there. And for all his considerable conscience, the man's sets flat-out thump. See him every time he comes through town, Portland. DVH
w/Bambu, Mally; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 8 pm, $17-20, all ages


MUSIC—The three Scottish lads of PAWS toured America the same time as the vote for their country's independence went down across the pond. That's how much these guys are dedicated to bringing you their terrific, catchy, poppy punk. Go see the band on the heels of their marvelous new album, Youth Culture Forever, and throw off the yokes of imperial rule and bummerdom. NL
w/Total Slacker, Flashlights; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $12

FILM—The third film from Hillsboro-based, Nike-owned studio Laika, The Boxtrolls aims to follow Coraline and ParaNorman with another inventive, painstakingly crafted kids' flick. This time, the stop-motion proceedings focus on the boxtrolls—gremlin-like creatures who lurk and play beneath the immaculately detailed streets of a town named Cheesebridge. EH
Various Theaters, see Film Times for showtimes


MUSIC—Stop finding something else to do—or, gasp, doing nothing at all—the one day of the month when the Know puts on Thirsty City, its expertly curated series devoted to the Pacific Northwest's finest beat machines. The Renaissance Coalition's Maze Koroma brings his haunting verbosity to a packed bill featuring Seattle's Lex Lingo and Shua. DCT
w/Valvoline, DJs Roane Namuh & Northern Draw; The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 8 pm, $5

COMEDY—Co-hosts Alex Falcone and Bri Pruett return for the fifth season premiere of Late Night Action, their live late-night talk show, with a new location (Mississippi Studios!) and a solid lineup of guests including comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hutch Harris of the Thermals, and Portland's Funniest Person Steven Wilber. MB
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $10


MUSIC—Living Colour live on in our hearts—some 20 years after their moment passed—not so much because of their music, but because of who they are and what they represent. That's a shame. Yes, they were famously an all-black rock band at a time when that especially meant something. But you know what else? They could rock out—and rock some neon bike shorts—as hard and beautifully as anyone else. DCT
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $32.50-35, all ages

FILM—How do you feel about the following cinematic elements? Karate babes, dirtbag flesh-eating monks, macho lunkheads, Hitler lookalikes, boozy yacht parties, zombies, piranhas, and rocket launchers! Depending on your answer, the Grindhouse Film Fest's screening of 1982's Raw Force is going to please/horrify you in wack-a-doodle spades. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $8