They Might Be Giants
Remember that show Tiny Toon Adventures, and how it once did an episode featuring Tiny Toon music videos for They Might Be Giants songs? That was 1991, and Warner Brothers knew the score. Now its 27 years later, and They Might Be Giants is the same weird, fun, excellent live show they were back then. Put a birdhouse in your soul. Head to the Crystal. DIRK VANDERHART
9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $25-28
A Wrinkle in Time
It’s official: Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 young adult sci-fi classic, A Wrinkle In Time, is finally adapted. The movie’s directed by national treasure Ava DuVernay, (13th and Selma), and stars the likes of Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Storm Reid. The magic-packed story is about a biracial girl named Meg who goes searching for her missing astrophysicist father, and then teams with her brother and friend to try to save the universe from imminent evil. I never read the book as a child, but with a director and cast this good, there’s literally no good reason not to see Disney’s new $100-million film. JENNI MOORE
Various Theaters, see Movie Times for showtimes and locations
The renowned turntablist known for fueling beloved acts like Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli returns to Portland for a show supporting Die Cut, his first solo album since 2006's The Audience’s Listening.
8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $23-25, all ages
Tribe Mars, Amenta Abioto
Portland intergalactic soul and funk outfit Tribe Mars is all about “combating the forces of tyranny and systematic oppression through music, art, and spiritual practices.” Sonically speaking, it’s already set to be a dope evening, but tonight’s lineup features another big draw: talented songwriter/producer/looper Amenta Abioto. Abioto’s unique sounds cover everything from soulful gospel to jazz and hip-hop influences, and West African beats. If you haven’t witnessed her live set yet, you need to. JENNI MOORE
8:30 pm, Holocene, $8-10
It takes a certain type of person to appreciate the comedy of Anthony Jeselnik (not judging here). One needs to enjoy dark, cruel one-liners that are constructed with mathematical precision, and presented with a sociopathic glare (with juuuuuust a hint of self-awareness and charm). These are jokes that will make your mother blanch and stare at you disapprovingly—but you’re not bringing her along, are you? WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
7:30 pm & 10 pm, Aladdin Theater, $30, all ages (Jesus, really?)
Ritual Veil, Vacant Stares
Take the electronic, synth-drenched fervor of new wave ’80s acts like the Cure and Depeche Mode and add in the despondent vocals, frank sexual overtones, and sexbeat sounds, and you've got Ritual Veil. On their debut EP, Wolf in the Night, the Portland trio—composed of members of Steel Chains and the now-defunct Smoke Rings—tips their chained biker caps in homage to the dark romanticism of the past without sounding cliché at a time when leather-and-lace goth subcultures are the latest social media craze. CERVANTE POPE
8 pm, White Owl Social Club, free
A full weekend of stand-up with the veteran comedian and actor who got his start on Star Search before becoming a household name for his starring roles in Houseguest, First Kid, and Jingle All the Way. (But not Shazam. Because that's not a movie. So he was never in it. There's a whole story about it. Your memory likes to fuck with you. He'll probably talk about it in the show.)
Mar 8-10; Thurs 8 pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 pm & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $35
Aan, Genders, Dan Dan
On Aan's 2016 album, Dada Distractions, guitarist/vocalist Bud Wilson’s songs soar and skitter with unconventional grace, a restless union of prickly pop-rock, weirdo rhythms, and psychic pain dipped in acid and left to sparkle in the sun. The results are beautiful and slightly disorienting.
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10-12
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