Cool Kids Patio Show
The Doug Fir's free, outdoor showcase invites you to to take in the first real brisk breaths of autumn with a refreshing blast of stand-up and music. With Dylan Jenkins, Dylan Carlino, Kupp, James Barela, and Mohanad Elshieky. Hosted by Nariko Ott. (Thurs Sept 19, 6 pm, Doug Fir, free)

Belmont Street Fair
The 24th annual Belmont Street Fair shuts down the street between SE 33rd and SE 39th, allowing crowds to take to the streets and enjoy an afternoon of shopping, music, food, and fun for the entire family. (Sat Sept 14, 10 am, SE 33rd & Belmont, free, all ages)

Q Makers Market
In my wholly biased opinion, queer people make the best art. So if you only go to one cute artisan fair this summer, you may as well make it the Q Makers Market. This queer arts and craft market is hosted by the Q Center, Portland’s LGBTQ+ community center, and includes food carts, live music, and some transgressive-as-fuck artisans booths. Not a bad way to spend a summer day. (Sat Sept 14, noon, Q Center, free, all ages) BLAIR STENVICK


Ecology Trivia Night
Test your nature knowledge at this trivia fundraiser benefitting Wild Diversity, which works to provide access to the outdoors for POC and LGBTQ+ folks of all ages, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, which seeks to protect the Columbia River. Categories are wild places, wild creatures, and wild people! Vegan, omnivore, and gluten free pizza available for purchase. (Fri Sept 13, 6 pm, Lagunitas Community Room, $10) EMILLY PRADO

Muscle Beach, Sea Moss, Banimal, Hauksness Beyond
The Kenton Club honors Friday the 13th with an evening of noise and electronic experimentation that doubles as a 10th-anniversary show for Muscle Beach. (Fri Sept 13, 9 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $5)

Internet Beef, Ayla Ray, Cry Babe
There are EP release shows, and then there’s Internet Beef’s EP release show—less of a traditional affair and more so an exposition of artistically epic proportions. The new-ish band is, in fact, dropping their debut EP, Free Trial—a glitzy punk explosion that ought to pair nicely with all the debauchery planned: burlesque dancers, martial artists, drag performers, live painting, a Super Smash Bros tournament, and live comedy. All of that’s in addition to fellow Portland rockers Ayla Ray and Cry Babe opening the musical portion of the evening. (Sat Sept 14, 6 pm, Ladd Taphouse, $5, all ages) RYAN J. PRADO

¡Viva Tualatin! A Celebration of Arts and Culture
Tualatin celebrates its vibrant cultural scene with a day of delicious food, art, performances, and live music from the likes of Danza Azteca, Baile Folklorico, Dina y Los Rumberos, and more. (Sat Sept 14, 1 pm, Tualatin Community Park, free, all ages)

Amazon Benefit Comedy Show
Kickstand Comedy Space throws a benefit show to raise money for Amazon Watch, a nonprofit working to protect the rain forest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. With stand-up from Adam Pasi, Nariko Ott, Wendy Weiss, Dylan Carlino, Hunter Donaldson, and Tory Ward. Hosted by Jake Silberman. (Sat Sept 14, 7:30 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space, $10, all ages)

Young Hunter, Kvasir, Ravine, Tikiyaki 5-0
With a solid backbone of stoner-rock riffage and doom-metal grandeur, local band Young Hunter manages to touch on an ethereal sound outside of the genre. (Sat Sept 14, 8 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $7) JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON

Aan, Art d'Ecco, Night Heron
Fresh off the release of their latest album, Losing My Shadow, Portland art-rock and psych-pop outfit Aan head up the latest installment of Sunday Sessions at Rontoms along with support from Vancouver, B.C.'s Art d'Ecco and fellow locals Night Heron. (Sun Sept 15, 9 pm, Rontoms, free)

Ian Brennan, Larry Crane
In Silenced by Sound
, Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan chronicles his personal effort to bridge the inequity of distribution in the arts, where billions of dollars are spent pushing superstars on the masses, while millions of talented artists are left fighting for a platform of their own. Brennan will be joined in conversation by Larry Crane, founder of Tape Op magazine and owner of Jackpot! Recording Studio. (Sun Sept 15, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

Story Time for Grownups: Roald Dahl
David Loftus' long-running storytelling series returns once again to the Rose City Book Pub, this time paying tribute to the British fighter pilot and sometime spy who became one of the most beloved authors of the 20th century. (Mon Sept 16, 8 pm, Rose City Book Pub, free, all ages)

Akira
My introduction to this movie is like many people’s: I told an older friend I liked Robotech or Voltron or some shit like that, this kid then gave me a VHS tape with Akira on it and said, “If you want to know what anime is really about, watch this.” This is probably one of the worst introductions to both the genre and to Akira. It’s sort of like telling a little kid, “Oh, you think GI Joe is cool, huh? You should check out Apocalypse Now.” And yet, the artistry of the film is so compelling that revisiting it becomes almost mandatory—an animated itch you just can’t scratch to satisfaction, no matter how often you go back. The story never quite makes sense, even after your second or 12th viewing, but the combination of sights and sounds are still, over 30 years later, one of the most potent examples of pure cinema there is. (Tues Sept 17, 9:30 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4) BOBBY ROBERTS

LKNPF, Purr Purr, Voovol
The Fixin' To hosts a mid-week show, with an full-night of indie pop and rock offerings from LKNPF (guitarist Lauren K Newman and drummer Papi Fimbres), Purr Purr, and Voovol. (Wed Sept 18, 8 pm, The Fixin' To, $7)

Gabby Rivera, Tehlor Kay Mejia
Writer, speaker, and storyteller Gabby Rivera reads from Juliet Takes a Breath, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel about a queer Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx who comes out to her family the night before moving to Portland to intern with her favorite feminist writer.  (Wed Sept 18, 7 pm, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, free)

All Hits, Ex-Kids, Scorch
Rising Portland punk outfit All Hits heads up an intimate hometown show at Valentines, with like-minded locals Ex-Kids and Scorch rounding out the bill. (Thurs Sept 19, 8 pm, Valentine's, $5)

Havania Whaal, Velvet Q, Pool Boys, Cay is Okay
There’s something inherently impressive about bands that have few members but still manage to produce an enormous, all-encompassing sound. Havania Whaal is one of those bands. But what really sets Havania Whaal apart is their ability to pull driving pop hooks from the chaos. (Thurs Sept 19, 8 pm, The Liquor Store, $8) DELANEY MOTTER

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