THURSDAY MAY 23VAMPIRE WEEKEND
[MUSIC] As everyone freaked out over the new Daft Punk record last week, the Columbia-educated foursome casually released its best album yet. Modern Vampires of the City finds the group without prep-school gimmickry and Afro-pop appropriation, instead revealing a self-assured pop craftsmanship. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-745-3000. 8 pm. $49.50. All ages.
[BOOKS] Julia Sweeney, SNL’s Pat, explores the comedic fodder of her own life, such as meeting her husband via email and the adoption of her Chinese daughter. She’ll read from her new book, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
FRIDAY MAY 24BEAUX ARTS CLUB
[THEATER] Imago co-founder Carol Triffle—who’s known for her fearlessness and absurdist sense of humor—presents an original black comedy about three bored 19th-century housewives whose teatime takes an unexpected turn when one woman traps a man in her new art installation. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 231-3959. 8 pm. Free, $10-$20 suggested donation.
[MUSIC] Even putting aside recent controversies, the Detroit MC is still the wildest thing in hip-hop right now, with an elastic, nasally flow and a deranged sense of humor. Let’s just hope he’s learned to keep his pants zipped tight when he hits the stage. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $16 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.
PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL FAIR
[FESTIVAL] Rides! Games! Parades! Kettle corn! Crying children! A fake hippie-folk shaman! A fake soul band! C’mon, you know you love it. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway. Prices vary. Through June 9.
SATURDAY MAY 25DANSE DU VENTRE
[DANCE] Like a pint-sized Johnny Weir without the ice skates, French belly dancer Illan Rivière headlines this collaboration between Portland-based belly-dance journal From the Hip and Narcissa Productions. Rivière, 20, bends and twists his tiny body in a fusion tribal style that’s modern but still references belly dancing’s roots. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 8 pm. $25-$30.
TUESDAY MAY 28MUSICFESTNW LAUNCH PARTY WITH CHVRCHES
[MUSIC] Come to discover the lineup for Portland’s biggest annual music festival, stay for the rising Glaswegian synth-pop outfit. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. All ages.