THURSDAY APRIL 18AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
[DANCE] In this ode to American music, Oregon Ballet Theatre premieres three pieces, two set to classic orchestral scores and one to the earnest, folksy strains of Seattle’s Fleet Foxes. Choreographer Trey McIntyre—who previously charmed Portland with works set to Roy Orbison and the Sex Pistols—is behind the Fleet Foxes piece. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 222-5538. 7:30 pm. $27-$148.
[FOOD] Get your garbanzo, fava and pinto questions answered by bean experts from the Better Bean Company and Edible Portland. Ava Gene’s will bake up borlotti bean bruschetta, one of the hot restaurant’s best dishes, for flavorful learning. Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave., Suite 200, 227-6225. 6:30-8:30 pm. $15.
FRIDAY APRIL 19CHEERS TO BELGIAN BEERS
[BEER] Local breweries bring their best Belgian beers for your judging at this event, formerly featuring beers all brewed with one strain of yeast, now with relaxed rules on what can be poured. Metalcraft Fabrication, 723 N Tillamook St. 5:30-8:30 pm Friday, noon-8pm Saturday, April 19-20. Free entry; $15 for five drinks, $20 for 10. 21+.
SATURDAY APRIL 20RECORD STORE DAY
[MUSIC] Celebrate the practice of distributing music via commercial retail shops. Special shows all over the city include Radiation City, WW’s 2012 Best New Band, DJing at Everyday Music at 3 pm and the Thermals signing autographs at Music Millennium at 2 pm. Basically every record store in town. Most events free.
[ECO] So maybe no one sings lullabies to old trees on Earth Day anymore. It’s still a good time to responsibly dispose of old tube TVs, Pentium 486 computers and Palm Pilots. Green Depot will take your electronic waste for free this weekend. Green Depot, 819 SE Taylor St., 222-3881. 11 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21.
EARLY AFTERNOON WITH THE SIMPSONS
[TV] The Simpsons writers Matt Selman (who co-wrote The Simpsons Movie), Brian Kelley and Dana Gould talk about the show. Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, mcmenamins.com. 2 pm. $20. 21+.
TUESDAY APRIL 23NERD NITE
[LECTURE] This new monthly event aims to inebriate as it educates. Tonight’s installment features Ph.D.s and ballerinas riffing on national security, outer space and goats. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. $8. Minors permitted with guardian.