Grandhorse, Violent Psalms, Western Haunts, and Dedere are at the Alhambra Theater. It’s a release party for Violent Psalms’ album “Slow to Speak.” 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $5

It seems Off Beat Belly Dance has found a new at home at Analog Cafe & Theater since The Blue Monk closed earlier this month. 720 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * free

Ok, it might be a night to dance— and there are several options within walking distance. Dig a Pony (dance hits 1974 – 1993), Goodfoot (funk, soul, breakbeat), and Holocene (pop).


Animal Eyes, Fog Fathers, Settlers are at the Firkin Tavern. I was there last weekend for the first time in years, and the remodel lends itself well to live shows. It was a chill crowd, quality music, and excellent service. 1937 SE 11th Ave * 9 pm * ??

Once by choice, once by coincidence, and once by invitation, I saw local comedy three nights in a row last week. Al Madrigal, one of the Daily Show’s finest, is in Portland this weekend. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th * Fri: 7:30 pm, 10 pm, Sat: 7:30, 10 * $30