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Friday, Nov 9

My People's Market: Fall Edition
While they may not get all the press and love they deserve, Portland has a very diverse and vibrant community of businesses. Get to know ’em better by attending the very fun My People’s Market, which focuses on the best multicultural shops, restaurants, and performers in the city! You’ll get great food, be wildly entertained, and more than likely pick up some sweet products from POC vendors in a fun, indoor market environment. Educate yourself and have a blast doing it! (5 pm, Custom Blocks, free w/ rsvp) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live!
Mystery Science Theater 3000's 30th Anniversary Tour comes to Portland. Join MST3K creator Joel Hodgson, the show's new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray), and their robot friends as they take to the Schnitzer stage to present a pair of special live shows coupled with screenings of The Brain and Deathstalker. (7 pm & 10 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-299)

Lit Crawl Portland
A boozy jaunt to literary parties all throughout downtown's bars and other nontraditional venues for readings, including stops at the Ace Hotel, Dorsa Brevia, Corporeal Writing, Cassidy's Restaurant, Literary Arts, The Big Legrowlski, Powell's City of Books, and more! Click here for a complete schedule and list of participating venues. (6 pm, Various Locations)

Gad Elmaleh
The Moroccan-French stand-up and actor who has been described as the "Ben Stiller of France" and the "Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy" swings through the Newmark for the Portland stop on "The Dream Tour." (8 pm, Newmark Theatre, $35-45)

The Devil Makes Three, Marisa Anderson
The beloved Santa Cruz-hailing trio bring their eclectic mix of bluegrass, old time, country, folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and rockabilly back through the Crystal Ballroom for the Portland stop on a tour supporting their latest full-length, Chains Are Broken. (Fri-Sat 9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $29-34, all ages)

That's What She Said: Get Stuffed
Here's the deal: The Siren Theater opens its doors, you come in, and get comedy treats from the city's finest stand ups, and, your admission provides much needed treats to the Equi Institute. No tricks. Just laughs and funds going to good causes. Performers include headliner Corina Lucas, Alejandra Ruiz, Sarah B. Samhita Reddy, Katie Piatt, and more. (7 pm, Siren Theater, $10)

The 14th Annual HUMP! Film Festival, the world's biggest and best porn short film festival, premiers in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco this November! After the opening festival concludes its run, HUMP! will hit the road in 2019 and screen in more than 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada. HUMP! invites filmmakers, animators, songwriters, porn-star wannabes, kinksters, vanilla folks, YOU, and other creative types to make short porn films—five minutes max—for HUMP! The HUMP! Film Festival screens in theaters and nothing is ever released online. HUMP! films can be hardcore, softcore, live action, animated, kinky, vanilla, straight, gay, lez, bi, trans, genderqueer—anything goes at HUMP! (Well, almost anything: No poop, no animals, no minors, no MAGA hats.) (Fri 6:30 pm & 9 pm, Sat 3 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $25 and up) DAN SAVAGE

Cop Out: Beyond Black, White, & Blue
August Wilson Red Door Project presents a special interactive preview performance of Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue, a new theater experience based on interviews with law enforcement directed by Kevin Jones and co-directed by Damaris Webb and Phil Johnson, with monologues from J. Nicole Brooks, Andrea Stolowitz, J. David Shanks, Bonnie Ratner, Ben Watkins, and Harrison David Rivers. (7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $20)

Milo Green, Charley Dam
Hailing from Los Angeles, that mysterious place where drama is manufactured and sold to millions, Milo Greene makes incredibly aware cinematic pop music that seems to pause at all the right moments: the ones that paw at those taut heartstrings to elicit the correct emotions. Not to mention the appeal of the rousing gang vocal in a pop song—four out of the five band members are vocalists, swapping lead vocals and often singing together, with Marlana Sheetz, the lone female, adding warm, feminine tones to a small men's choir. It's a twee indulgence that is not so easy to deny. (9 pm, Doug Fir, $18-20) RAQUEL NASSER

This Will Destroy You, This Patch of Sky
This Will Destroy You makes music from drums, bass, and heavily distorted guitars, but that’s where any semblance to the standard definition of rock ends. The Texas band specializes in dramatic, atmospheric songs that often extend beyond the six-minute mark. They’ve recorded music for numerous films and TV shows, including Moneyball, World War Z, Prom Night, and Criminal Minds. Though this show probably isn’t for anyone seeking wild catharsis, those who enjoy immersive shoegaze soundscapes will be pleased. (8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $20-22, all ages) DELANEY MOTTER

DJ Shortkut
Fortune invites one of hip-hop's absolute legends on the turntables, scratch pioneer and innovator DJ Shortkut— one of the best turntablists to ever live—for an evening of beats, blends, and doing mindblowing things to records you'd previously never thought possible. (9 pm, Fortune, $10)

Into the Shadows Festival
The High Water Mark hosts the inaugural installment of a new festival spotlighting some of the Pacific NW's best up-and-coming post-punk and darkwave talent. Night One features performances from We Are Parasols, Photona, Coloring Electric Like, Synth Witch / Goodnight Cairo, and Inhalant, Night Two features performances from Murderbait, Charlatan, Sex Park, Walking Scarlet, Excorcists, and Lies We Were Told. (Fri-Sat 8 pm, High Water mark, $10)

Saturday, Nov 10

Portland Podcast Festival: Night 2
Portland’s celebration of all things gabby and earbud-y enters its second year, as the Portland Podcast Festival takes over your weekend with conversation, jokes, and more. Lots of great, locally made shows (including the Mercury’s I, Anonymous podcast!) will be doing live tapings, so come out, catch your old favorites, and discover some new ones. Your ears will thank you. (5 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $20-25) NED LANNAMANN

Portland Book Festival
Formerly known as Wordstock, the Portland Book Festival is now saddled with a stultifyingly boring name—but it’s still crammed with great authors and events, so we’ll allow it. This year’s fest features eight billion booksellers and publishers selling their wares (from Southwest Portland’s Annie Bloom’s Books to San Francisco’s McSweeney’s), plus readings, discussions, lit-centric recordings of OPB’s Think Out Loud and State of Wonder, and appearances from local authors Daniel H. Wilson and Mercury columnist Courtenay Hameister, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’s Peter Sagal, and literary bigshot Jonathan Lethem. Also in attendance: Tom Hanks, who’ll be talking about his short story collection Uncommon Type with New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal, and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, who’ll be onstage with Shrill author Lindy West to discuss Jacobson's new book, I Might Regret This! (9 am, Portland Art Museum, $15-20, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Ruston Kelly, Katie Pruitt
Ruston Kelly’s debut LP Dying Star is as tuneful and compelling a roots-related recording as you’ll hear this year. Its 14 tracks simmer with the kind of slow-burning twang-pop that will appeal to fans of old alt-country mainstays like the Jayhawks and Whiskeytown, as well as fresh-faced folk faves Mandolin Orange. Kelly excels at writing downcast songs about being fucked up and hard to love, and injecting most with a gut-punch turn of phrase or an unexpected melodic idea. The result is an album that’s strong from top to bottom, and that rewards repeated listens. (9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $14-16) BEN SALMON

Rubblebucket, Diet Cig, Tōth
Listening to Rubblebucket’s new album Sun Machine is like getting mercilessly punched in the face with positive energy. I have no idea what the Brooklyn art-pop duo is singing about half the time—the contagion of their sugary, electric melodies has overtaken my feeble brain. There’s lots of sparkling synth, joyful yelping, saxophone (plus other assorted horns), and drums that wordlessly command you to “Dance, silly human, DANCE.” Sun Machine delivers bright, happy songs that bounce and bubble over with glee like baby animals who haven’t yet been corrupted by the world or the memes therein. (9 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $18-20, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Masters of Practical Effects
The Hollywood Theatre is celebrating a wondrous cinematic art form: practical special effects. For decades, makeup artists and effects geniuses Rick Baker and Chris Walas have been responsible for the jaw-dropping visuals of movies like VideodromeThe FlyRaiders of the Lost Ark, and Hellboy—not to mention Harry and the HendersonsGremlins, and An American Werewolf in London. With the weekend-long Masters of Practical Effects, the Hollywood is showing those last three movies—in 35mm and on their big screen—and they’ll have Baker and Walas in attendance to discuss their astonishing work! These two are responsible for some of the weirdest, funniest, and creepiest visuals in all of cinema—and hearing them talk about their craft will be a rare and unmissable treat. (Sat-Sun, Hollywood Theatre, $12) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Lucero, Strand of Oaks
For a band with a sound so deeply rooted in their home city's musical past, Memphis alt-country and punk rock outfit Lucero sure spend a lot of time on the road. Tonight they swing back through Portland for an intimate show at Dante's. (9 pm, Dante's, $25)

Oshun, Amenta Abioto
Named for the Yoruba goddess of love and prosperity, Oshun is the NYC-based R&B duo of Thandiwe and Niambi Sala, who describe their music as “the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism.” Throughout their recent debut LP Bittersweet Vol. 1, the two women rap and sing about their spirituality and search for inner peace over hypnotic beats and interstellar sound effects that will appeal to fans of THEESatisfaction and Shabazz Palaces. Standouts include “My World” (featuring Jorja Smith) and the 2017 single “Not My President.” Part of the 2018 Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival. (5:30 pm, Holocene, $12-14) CIARA DOLAN

The 29th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Hundreds of exhibitors pack Hall C of the Convention Center in the hopes your holiday shopping will be done in a way that can't be replicated by simply hitting a mall or clicking your fingers off on Amazon. (Sat-Sun 10 am, Oregon Convention Center)

Cascadian Beer Fest
The inaugural installment of the Cascadian Beer Fest comes to Vancouver's Hopworks Urban Brewery, with a dozen breweries from up and down the Cascadian Region serving up an array of special beers inspired by Cascadia and brewed with ingredients from the region. Admission includes a HUB Chalice and 5 drink tickets for 8oz pours. Additional tickets can be purchased for $3 each. (4 pm, Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver, $20)

Kira Soltanovitch
The How to Be a Grownup regular takes the Siren stage for this one-night-only stand-up showcase. (8 pm, Siren Theater, $15)

Sunday, Nov 11

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic Suspiria wouldn’t be the same without the bone-chilling soundtrack of Italian prog band Goblin. Between those iconic synth melodies, menacingly twinkling bells, percussion that clatters like a ghost at the window and drones like it’s coming from the bowels of hell, ghoulish moans, choirs of heaving sighs, and folksy guitar riffs, Goblin made every moment of Argento’s film feel like a vivid, continuous, and claustrophobic dream. Just in time for the release of Luca Guadagnino’s new Suspiria remake, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin—an offshoot led by founding keyboardist Simonetti—is coming to town to perform their score during a live screening of the original movie. (7 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $15-25) CIARA DOLAN

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
The Trail Blazers close out their second home stand of the season with a Sunday night game against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics. (6 pm, Moda Center)

Brian Posehn
Forever Nerdy is beloved comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn's celebratory memoir about growing up as an outsider and remaining a giant nerd as a 52-year-old husband and father. (2 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

The Grammy-nominated reggae artist and beatboxer who came up in the jam-band scene returns to Portland for a pair of acoustic sets at the Aladdin Theater. (7 pm & 10 pm, Aladdin Theater, $45)

Sci-Fi Authorfest 12
Your chance to meet, mingle, and get books signed by Sci-Fi authors Seanan McGuire, Brent Weeks, Spencer Ellsworth, Mike Moscoe, Devon Monk, Daniel H. Wilson, Kat Richardson, and many others. Visit Powells.com/events for a complete list of authors. (4 pm, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, free)

WIBG, Hooveriii
The wonderfully garage-y Portland favorites WIBG are a model of consistency. Frontman Justin Fowler’s manic guitar leads the charge, squirting bizarre squeals in walls of effects. The rhythm section is renowned, too, and bassist Samuel Farrell and drummer Daniel Galucki provide a rock-solid foundation for Fowler’s unrestrained six-string dalliances. (8 pm, Rontoms, free) RYAN J. PRADO

Pop + Puppetry 6
Portland puppet production company Beady Little Eyes break out the felt and googly eyes and combine forces with local artists Floating Room, Bryson Cone, and the 1939 Ensemble to bring you a night of original puppet theater set to experimental pop sounds. (8 pm, Holocene, $10)

Elly Swope, Deathlist, Saroon
Portland multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Elly Swope brings her upbeat indie rock and pop through Turn! Turn! Turn! for a hometown show celebrating the release of her debut EP, It Feels The Same Everytime. Likeminded locals Deathlist and Saroon round out the proceedings. (8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!)

David Shields
In Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, David Shields offers up a summation of our troubling political landscape by examining it and skewering it on psychological, philosophical, and satirical levels. Shields will be joined in conversation by Whitney Otto, author of Eight Girls Taking Pictures. (7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

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