WEDNESDAY OCT. 2LITHOP PDX
[BOOKS] Author and publisher Kevin Sampsell has put together a massive bar hop and book reading along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Venues from punk dive Bar of the Gods to the older-than-school Eagle Lodge will host 52 authors over three hours, including Matthew Dickman, Lidia Yuknavitch, Pauls Toutonghi and Emily Kendal Frey. By the end, all readings are presumably slurred. Various venues on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. 7 pm. Free. See lithoppdx.com for details.
FRIDAY OCT. 4GARY CLARK JR.
[MUSIC] On Blak and Blu, the 29-year-old guitarist spins through alternating shades of the blues—reverb-flooded slow burners, fervent R&B crooners, woozy hip-hop laments—but the grab bag works, because he possesses the scorching chops to back it up. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8:30 pm. $39.50 reserved balcony, $27.50 general admission. All ages.
GREAT AMERICAN DISTILLERS FESTIVAL
[LIQUOR] Your chance to sip fine craft spirits from Portland and beyond. The responsible move is to go in with a little list of things you’ve never been willing to buy a bottle of. Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison St., distillersfestival.com. $25. 5-10 pm. Continues 1-10 pm Saturday.
SATURDAY OCT. 5FRESH HOP BEER FESTIVAL
[BEER] The Willamette Valley is one of the country’s two major growing regions for hops, the bitter little flower cones that make beer taste not like sugar piss. Here, they’re fresh from the fields and into the brew kettles. Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. Noon-8 pm. Also 5:30-8:30 pm Friday. $15.
LOUIE LOUIE DAY
[MUSIC] The Kingsmen’s incoherent, definitive version of “Louie Louie” took on a life of its own almost immediately after it was spawned in a downtown Portland recording studio in 1963. This daylong 50th-birthday party for the ultimate garage-rock nugget coincides with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 7 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show for general admission. $100 advance, $110 day of show for VIP seating. Under 21 permitted with guardian.
SUNDAY OCT. 6DETROIT
[THEATER] Portland Playhouse opens its sixth season with Lisa D’Amour’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a dark comedy about two couples facing financial insecurity in a nameless suburb. Over barbecue and too much cheap beer, sunny chitchat turns into something much bleaker. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 2 pm. $30.75-$38.75.