by Mercury Things to Do Staff

The Big Float, Sat July 13, 11 am, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, $5-15, all ages

Friday, July 12

Rasheed Jamal, Mic Capes, Mal London & Butter
First of all, Rasheed Jamal is one of the most impressive and experienced rap performers in Portland. He’s got a rapid-fire, rhythmic flow, raw lyrics, and an intensely gated control in his delivery that’s both exciting and pleasing to the ear. According to his social media, he’s gearing up to release an album soon. As the show’s headliner, Rasheed is reason enough to head on down to the Jack London Revue. But with North Portland’s Mic Capes (who recently released his project Cold Blooded Vol. 1 on all streaming services) and rapper/singer/producer Mal London, this is sure to be a super-solid night of high-quality live rap and neo-soul. (Fri July 12, 10 pm, Jack London Revue, $10-15) JENNI MOORE

The Portland Sketch Comedy Festival
The third year of Portland’s Sketch Comedy Festival brings another swarm of great comedy troupes from across the country—and Vancouver, BC, we didn’t forget you—to join Portland’s already powerful sketch comedians like The Aces, D&D and Spectravagasm! LA’s Pure and Weary look promising, as does the festival’s first solo sketch fest performer: Anne Zander who takes the stage as Juice Box and promises “Clowning… and very bad seduction.” (Fri-Sat July 12-13, 7 pm, Siren Theater, $12-95) SUZETTE SMITH

Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon’s music turns the world upside down and shakes vigorously until all of the weirdness falls out. It’s a gorgeously choreographed mess, like ballet in a mud pit. The Welsh musician named her last album, 2016’s Crab Day, after a holiday created by her niece, who was incredulous about the purpose of April Fool’s Day and instead decided to spend April 1 celebrating crustaceans. Crab Day reflects life’s absurdity with equally absurd pop melodies that simultaneously sound like the products of careful calculation and a total surrender to the unpredictable currents of her stream of consciousness. Le Bon wrote her new album, Reward, while living alone in England’s Lake District. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says of the songwriting process in the record’s liner notes. Reward is about searching for meaning at a time when the very concept of “meaning” feels as though it’s going extinct.” (Fri July 12, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $15-17) CIARA DOLAN

The Joy Formidable, Warbly Jets
Having vacated their Atlantic deal in 2016 and overcoming the romantic split between lead singer/guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd, the Joy Formidable are an indie rock band once again. They’re currently touring in support of their fourth studio album AAARTH, which dropped last September. Live, the Welsh band really rips. As someone who doesn’t seek out alternative rock music, I found out about the Joy Formidable because I happened to be passing through their mainstage set at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party a few years ago. After hearing them bring a relentless barrage of guitars and crashing drums, I was sold. They simply rock. (Fri July 12, 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $28-30) JENNI MOORE

Punk in Drublic 2019
Few focal points would have titillated my interest as a 16-year-old trapped in a deadbeat town more than a beer festival/concert with NOFX, Bad Religion, MXPX, and Anti-Flag performing. I’m damn near 40 and it still sounds like a fucking great time. There are craft beer tastings until 4 pm, and NOFX is planning to tackle their epic 1999 EP The Decline in full with Baz’s Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s like a better curated Warped Tour… with beer! Portland punks Mean Jeans are also on the bill, and it’s a great way to say farewell to Portland Meadows as an event space, too. (Fri July 12, 3 pm, Portland Meadows, $45-60)RYAN J. PRADO

Tin House Summer Workshop Series
Some thick-skulled halfwits (RAISES HAND) mire themselves in tens of thousands of dollars of debt to get a creative writing degree. Smart people, on the other hand, just wait for the annual Tin House Summer Reading series—where, thanks to a diverse lineup of brilliant writers, you can find a new favorite author and get a master class in writing, FOR FREE. Part of the Tin House Summer Workshop, the open-to-the-public readings take place at fancy-schmancy Reed College; this year, those reading include Michelle Tea (How to Grow Up), Jamel Brinkley (A Lucky Man), R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years), and many more. For a complete list of participating writers, along with details on how to attend, visit the event website(Fri-Sun July 12-14, 8 pm, Reed College, free) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Harefest 9
If rock is dead, Canby’s prepping a damn decent zombie apocalypse. Head south for Harefest, an annual festival of cover bands (with tributes to Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Heart, and more), camping, and beer. Canby: Always your best for traveling 20 years into the past. (Fri-Sat July 12-13, Pat’s Acres Racing Complex, $49 & Up) DIRK VANDERHART

Jason Mewes
Snoochie boochies, Portland! The vocal half of “Jay and Silent Bob” is bringing his “A-Mewes-ing Stories” Tour to town to share his tales, anecdotes, and jokes as part of a two-night stand at Helium. (Fri-Sat July 12-13, 7:30 pm, & 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $25-45)

Heathers: The Musical
Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw, it’s a musical adaptation of the classic ’80s black comedy, because nothing goes better with teen suicide (don’t do it!) than sweet, sweet showtunes of the kind your dead gay son would love. (Fri-Sat July 12-13, 7 pm, Funhouse Lounge, $25-30)

Paul Thorn
The Mississippi-hailing singer/songwriter brings his blues-infused rock and Americana back to the Alberta Rose Theatre with his backing band in tow. (Fri July 12, 8 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $30-35)

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Saturday, July 13

Picklefest: Portland Pickles vs. San Francisco Seals
For the second straight year, Dillon and the Portland Pickles are throwing the party of the summer in Lents Park. This time around, Speedy Ortiz headline the main stage with their anthemic blend of off-kilter grunge, while Seattle-based blues and punk power trio the Black Tones and local indie-rockers Dogheart get the good times underway. Admission to Picklefest includes a souvenir mug, your first fill, and berm tickets to the night game against the San Francisco Seals, so if you’re a fan of baseball, craft beer, and rock ‘n’ roll, you better secure your spot at Walker Stadium before it’s too late. (Sat July 13, 7:05 pm, Walker Stadium, $20, all ages) CHIPP TERWILLIGER

The Big Float
One of the funnest events of the summer is the Big Float, a yearly celebration of the Willamette River and the continuing efforts to keep it healthy! The premise is pretty simple: You bring your most flamboyant inflatable device and a life jacket, join the parade down the south waterfront, hop in the water, and have a leisurely float alongside thousands of other water-lovers while you listen to bands such as Blitzen Trapper play, and just freaking RELAX. Then relax some more with the beach afterparty at Tom McCall Bowl with beer and food carts! That’s a lot of fun and good-time relaxing. (Sat July 13, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, $5-15, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

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. (Sun July 13, noon, Q Center, free, all ages) BLAIR STENVICK

Frankie Quiñones
Revolution Hall presents an all-ages show with stand-up comedian Frankie Quiñones, best known for his alter ego Creeper, a reformed cholo turned fitness guru, along with a wide array of other characters that transform his act into a one-man variety show. (Sat July 13, 7 pm, Revolution Hall, $25-30, all ages)

The Lavender Flu, White Alps, Motrik
The Lavender Flu employs a wider, more dynamic musical vocabulary than in garage punk’s narrow trappings. There are bits of plucky fingerpicking, spacey delay, noise washes, and more, swirled in purposeful arcs. (Sat July 13, 9 pm, Doug Fir, $10) ANDREW R. TONRY

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids
Soccer returns to Providence Park, with the Timbers taking on the Colorado Rapids in a Saturday night match up. (Sat July 13, 8 pm, Providence Park, all ages)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Trekkies never shut up about how Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek movie, and even if they’re wrong (Undiscovered Country for life, motherfuckers), they’re not that wrong: Nicholas Meyer’s earnest, exciting film from 1982 essentially defined Star Trek for the next four decades, ditching the boring pseudo-smarts of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and classing up the low-fi aesthetic of the original TV series. Now it’s screening outdoors, for free, at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, which means when the entire audience bellows along with Shatner—“KHAAAAANNNN!”—all of Oregon will rumble with Kirk’s rage and sorrow. (Sat July 13, 9 pm, LL Stub Stewart State Park, free, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Mississippi Street Fair
It makes sense that one of Portland’s busiest streets is also home to one of the city’s most boisterous street fairs, and Mississippi Avenue isn’t showing any signs of letting up for the latest iteration of its annual hootenanny. Browse local products, arts, and crafts from over 250 vendors while indulging in tasty treats and refreshing beverages, 5 stages of live music, Grandfather’s Rib-Off, a Kids Zone, and much more, all in celebration of the people and businesses who inhabit Mississippi Avenue and its nearby neighborhoods. (Sat July 13, 10 am, N Mississippi from Fremont to Skidmore, free, all ages)

Tyler Ramsey, Carl Broemel
Tyler Ramsey and Carl Broemel have spent lots of time in bands fronted by songwriting supernovas—Ramsey alongside Ben Bridwell in Band of Horses, and Broemel with Jim James in My Morning Jacket. Now, they’re touring together, both promoting solo albums that showcase their skills as craftsmen of high-quality, rootsy rock ’n’ roll. Broemel’s Wished Out is more varied and psychedelic, a little more bluesy, and a bit weirder. Ramsey’s For the Morning, on the other hand, is a consistent collection of ultra-melodic, harmony-heavy country-rock that rolls in like a pillowy soft cloud with nary a wisp out of place. The two men will play solo sets and also promise some collaborative moments throughout the night. (Sat July 13, 8 pm, Polaris Hall, $15-17) BEN SALMON

Hustle & Drone, ePP
When you get a chance to hear Portland electro-pop trio Hustle & Drone show off their latest adventures in dance, you should probably take it. (Sat July 13, 9 pm, The Liquor Store)

Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette
It returns! If you like storytelling with a little danger, check out Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette! Six entertaining storytellers spin a wheel of “prompts” (examples: “public nudity,” “breaking the law”) and whatever the wheel lands on, the person will have five minutes to come up with a five minute story on that subject! Trust me, it’s a goddamn hoot. Hosted by B. Frayn Masters and Mindy Nettifee. (Sat July 13, 7:30 pm, The Old Church, $16-26) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Portland’s 17th Annual Bastille Day Festival
Stuffed full of French cuisine, drinks, art, vendors, and the always wonderful to witness Waiter’s Race. (Sat July 13, noon, Jamison Square, free)

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Sunday, July 14

The Sun Ra Arkestra
We were blessed with an incredibly rare visit from the Sun Ra Arkestra in January, and the blessings have multiplied; they’re returning for a three-night engagement at the Hollywood. The Arkestra performs the music of its namesake, legendary jazz pioneer Sun Ra, who brought together big band, avant-garde, free jazz, and cosmic exploration, leaving behind a unique artistic legacy now being kept alive by 95-year-old Arkestra bandleader Marshall Allen. If you slept on those sold-out January shows, don’t miss these. (Sun-Tues July 14-16, 8:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $40) NED LANNAMANN

Cattle Mutilation: The Musical!
Puppet rock band and comedy troupe Puppeteers for Fears presents a live staging of Cattle Mutilation: the Musical!, described as “a quintessentially northwest story of the generational divide, UFO sightings, and the search for Bigfoot.” Written by Josh Gross, directed by Katy Curtis, and with live music performed by Derek Deon and the Vaughns. (Sun July 13, 8 pm, Holocene, $10)

Deathlist, Necking, Dim Wit
Deathlist is the solo recording project of Summer Cannibals bassist Jenny Logan, offering up frenzied punk rock that riffs wildly in a buzzy entanglement of guitar-driven chaos. (Sun July 14, 9 pm, No Fun, $5) CIARA DOLAN

Bryson Cone, Pool Boys
A pair of rising local acts unleash their psych-tinged art-pop and indie rock live at the latest installment of Sunday Sessions at Rontoms. (Sun July 14, 9 pm, Rontoms, free)

Have A Nice Life, Consumer, Planning For Burial, Blessure Grave
Fresh off the release of their 2019 album, Sea of Worry, Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga bring their long-running band out of Connecticut to Portland to head up a night of shape-shifting experimental rock, post-punk, and industrial sounds at the Bossanova Ballroom. Consumer, Planning For Burial, and Blessure Grave round out the bill. (Sun July 14, 7 pm, Bossanova Ballroom, $20-26)

The Terminator
At some point, The Terminator stopped being known as “James Cameron’s grimy horror sci-fi flick from 1984, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which got a fun, blockbuster sequel in 1991” and started being known as “that old movie that started this bizarre cycle where, every few years, one studio or another attempts to jump-start a new Terminator series, and it never, ever works.” Behold: The imminently forgettable Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, McG’s Terminator Salvation in 2009, the underrated but short-lived TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in 2008 (starring Cersei Lannister as Sarah Connor!), and the legitimately unwatchable Terminator Genisys in 2015 (starring Daenerys Targaryen as Sarah Connor!). The cycle begins anew later this year, with Terminator: Dark Fate, which brings back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and which supposedly ignores everything after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Or maybe even the people making it don’t remember anything after Terminator 2? Anyway, Hollywood won’t let the poor old T-800 die already, and the whole thing has gotten kind of depressing, which is too bad, because that first The Terminator? That old one from 1984? It’s great(Sun July 14, 9:45 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Lazerpunk, DreamReaper, Psyk
The Budapest-hailing synthwave and electro producer brings his retrofuture sounds to the Star Theater stage ahead of this week’s Hive dance party. DreamReaper and Psyk round out the bill. (Sun July 14, 7 pm, Star Theater, $12 & Up)

Spec Script: Rick & Morty
This local comedy podcast returns to Kelly’s to get schwifty with an original, unofficial teleplay for Rick & Morty by humorist Ella Gale, as performed by Natalie Hadad, Elizabeth Teets, Randall Lawrence, Carolyn Main, Jonathan Rowell, Gary Butterfield, Allyson Koplin, and more. Hosted by Chris Khatami & Shane Hosea, with stand-up following the performance. (Sun July 14, 7 pm, Kelly’s Olympian, $5)

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