Okay Fine Whatever
Author, host, storyteller and Mercury columnist Courtenay Hameister throws herself a "Giving Fear the Finger," party for her first book's release, and invites some of her best friends to help share their stories of confronting their fears—and her best friends include literary heavyweights such as Chelsea Cain, Karen Karbo, Storm Large, Cheryl Strayed, and Lidia Yuknavitch. Admission includes a copy of Okay, Fine, Whatever.
7:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $36-46
The acclaimed comedian and writer takes some time away from her new Netflix series The Break to swing through Revolution Hall for a pair of sold out shows.
7 pm & 10 pm, Revolution Hall, Good Luck on the Ticket Resale Sites!
When asked what the platonic ideal of a Godzilla movie should be, people tend to describe something like a backyard wrestling bout with rubber suited men clumsily powerbombing each other through cardboard cityscapes. While some Godzilla movies do fit that description, Godzilla was born more than 60 years ago as extremely effective allegorical sci-fi/horror in Ishirô Honda’s 1954 original. Watching it as part of 2018’s Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series is a must, no matter if you’re new to the series, or a veteran kaiju-lover. If you’ve seen it before, watching the big G level Tokyo while the skyline of Portland sits in your periphery should put an extra chill in the summer air. If you’re new, the chill will likely come from inside as your minds-eye technicolor visions of cornball monsterfights are replaced by the black-and-white terror of a people—less than 10 years removed from real-life nuclear holocaust—wrestling with that physical, mental, and spiritual fallout. BOBBY ROBERTS
7 pm, Portland State University Parking Structure 2, $9-12
Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train
Multi-platinum artists Daryl Hall & John Oates (!) and Train (!?) bring a co-headlined summer tour to Portland for a concert that will feature both artists performing full-length sets, followed by a collaborative finale.
7 pm, Moda Center, $47.50-127.50, all ages
The beloved comedian and actor who portrayed Yvgeny Mirminsky on Adult Swim's Delocated and Eugene on Flight of the Conchords takes a break from voicing Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers and brings his stand-up out to Portland for a one-night stand at the Aladdin Theater.
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25
Adebisi, Korgy & Bass, Blossom
Bisi Ashley (of Adebisi) brings her neo-soul sounds down to the Liquor store to celebrates her birthday in style, with Portland beat making duo Korgy & Bass and R&B singer/songwriter Blossom on hand to round out the proceedings.
9:30 pm, The Liquor Store, $7
Stumptown Improv Festival
Portland's homegrown celebration of improv comedy returns to the Artists Repertory Theatre with a full-slate of performances featuring some of the best improv groups from near and far. Pick up single show tickets, three-show passes, or a full festival pass by clicking here.
Aug 9-11, Artists Repertory Theatre, $15-110
IPRC Karaoke Party
The IPRC has itself a very vocal fundraiser by letting anyone who wants to support step up to the mic and belt out hits of their choosing all night long. Admission includes two drink tokens, free food, and as many cracks at the songbook as you wanna take.
6 pm, Lagunitas Community Room, $8-10
The Cool Kids Patio Show
The Doug Fir patio hosts one of the finest free stand-up showcases in town, paired perfectly with some of our city's best singer/songwriters. This time, Uva Tuya provides the sounds, while Jordan Casner, Amanda Arnold, and Brandon Lyons bring the laughter. Hosted by Andie Main.
6 pm, Doug Fir, free
Clairo, Garren Sean
Massachusetts singer/songwriter and viral YouTube star Claire Cottrill brings her lo-fi bedroom pop project through Holocene for the Portland stop on the "Lazy Days" Tour.
9 pm, Holocene, $14-16
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