Things to Do This Week

Cheap, Free, & Fun: Your 17 Best Bang For The Buck Events in Portland, Nov 1-7 2019

October 30, 2019

Savages: A Prestige Stand-up Showcase
Portland comedy scene staples Adam Pasi, Amanda Arnold, and Nariko Ott head up this brand-new comedy showcase every first Saturday at the Kickstand space. The line-up is a secret, but you can always count on some top local and national talent to swing through. (Tues, Nov 5, 9 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space, $10, all ages)

André Aciman
Egyptian-born Italian-American author André Aciman returns with Find Me, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Call Me by Your Name, his award-winning novel about a powerful summer romance that was adapted into one of 2017's best films. (Tues Nov 5, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

The Thesis
The latest installment of this monthly celebration of Portland’s ever-growing hip-hop scene of artists, producers, photographers, writers, fans, and friends comes at you with performances from [E]mpress, Harvee Bird, and Ki$ Sweat. DJ and hosted by Verbz. (Thurs Nov 7, 9 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $10)

Club Nitty Gritty
If you're looking for a dance night that sets the evening on fire, check out Club Nitty Gritty, hosted by the always down for a good time DJ Action Slacks (Shannon Wiberg). She's been pounding the turntables for years with righteous choices in down-home dirty soul—the kind with raw sax and voices that wail and scratch. (Sat Nov 2, 9 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $7) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Flight - Landing Party!
All the house, techno, disco, and acid your body can handle, served up expertly by some of the finest DJs in the country, including Gabriel Dellous, Rap Class, Umlaut, and Carissa Illy. (Fri Nov 1, 9 pm, The Liquor Store, $10)

Dumb and Busted Live
Hosts Allyson Koplin, Hannah Eather, and comedian Hunter Donaldson bring the weekly true crime/comedy podcast to Cruzroom Annex for a special live taping of the program. (Fri Nov 1, 7:30 pm, Cruzroom, $5)

Garage Schlock 2019: The Mants, The Primate 5, The Sellwoods
Victoria, B.C. trio the Mants bring their dapper suits and rubber ant heads down to the Twilight to head up the Portland installment of their "Garage Schlock Hootenanny," with Seattle's Primate 5 and locals the Sellwoods on-hand to round out the proceedings. (Fri Nov 1, 9 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $8)

The Portland seven-piece has made a big impact with its style of Brazilian soul. Catch up with them this evening when they head up a Saturday night dance party at the Goodfoot. (Sat Nov 2, 10 pm, Goodfoot, $10)

Music + Comedy
Timewalk presents... well, they present exactly what it says on the tin: Music + Comedy. No muss, no fuss, just grooves all night, and laughs that pair perfectly courtesy the agile mind of one Alex Falcone. (Sat Nov 2, 9 pm, Buffalo Gap, free)

The Zags, Dr. Something, JuneRose
The Portland-based power-pop trio celebrates the release of their latest LP The Cliff at the Alberta Street Pub, with support from their friends Dr. Something and JuneRose. (Sat Nov 2, 9 pm, Alberta Street Pub, $5)

Simon Tam, Jacqueline Keeler
Hidden in the first week of November are two pretty important events, presented back to back. On Sun Nov 3, musician, activist, and author Simon Tam appears at Powell’s to talk about his book Slanted, Tam’s part rock 'n' roll memoir / part account of The Slants’ struggle to trademark their own band name and overturn a law which deemed it offensive. Then on Mon Nov 4, the Slants play their last live show as a full band. As a rule, I do not believe artists who say they’re stopping, especially a creative force like Tam. But between his lectures and founding a nonprofit in 2018, dude is legitimately too busy to tour now. (Sun Nov 3, 2 pm, Powell's City of Books, free) SUZETTE SMITH

Witch Ripper, EdwĂžrd, Curtains
Seattle-based stoner metal outfit Witch Ripper make their way back to the Twilight to serve up a heaping dose of heaviness alongside Portland's EdwÞrd and Curtains. (Sun Nov 3, 8:30 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $10)

Bethlehem Steel, Purr Purr, VooVol
Fresh off the release of their Exploding in Sound-issued self-titled album, guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Ryskalczyk and her Brooklyn-based quartet bring their cathartic and infectious indie-rock sound back to Portland for a headlining show at the Liquor Store. Local up-and-comers Purr Purr and VooVol round out the bill. (Tues Nov 5, 9 pm, The Liquor Store, $7)

Sit Pretty, Tigerbite, Velvet Merkin
Portland's own Sit Pretty, Tigerbite, and Velvet Merkin settle in at Kelly's Olympian to help cure your mid-week blues with an array of indie rock, blues-tinged punk, and '80s-leaning songs about cats. (Wed Nov 6, 9 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $7)

Heather Christle, Zachary Schomburg
Award-winning poet and author Heather Christle returns with The Crying Book, offering readers a scientific, cultural, artistic, and personal look at the act of shedding tears. Christle will be joined in conversation by Portland poet Zachary Schomburg. (Wed Nov 6, 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

Usnea, Ugly, Burials, At the Heart of the World
Over the past couple of years, Usnea’s sound has progressed into an introspective realm while preserving their signature downcast dissonance, a supreme sonic representation of the blight of modern humanity. (Thurs Nov 7, 8 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $7) CERVANTE POPE

Sincere God Magnetic, Starz of da Bizzare, Empress, Illumination, Rob The Universe, SOE, GC
The Hidaway hosts a release party for Holograms On TV, the latest EP from Portland hip-hop artist Sincere God Magnetic, with Starz of da Bizzare, Empress, Illumination, Rob The Universe, SOE, and GC on-hand to round out the proceedings. (Thurs Nov 7, 9 pm, Hawthorne Hideaway, $7)

There's even more to do in our Cheap, Free, & Fun calendar, and don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!