THURSDAY MAY 15OUT-OF-PRINT AUTHORS PANEL
[BOOKS] What happens when a book goes out of print? Some have the fortune of being unearthed by a trio of local writers: science-fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin, Wild author Cheryl Strayed and the always-entertaining Lidia Yuknavitch. Each chose a book to be reprinted, which they’ll discuss. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
FRIDAY MAY 16LOOP
[MUSIC] Though it hasn’t released an album in over 20 years, Loop’s legacy is strong enough to ingratiate the U.K. band’s catalog to a generation of fuzzed-out guitar enthusiasts. Its opening salvo, 1987’s Heaven’s End, remains a high-water mark of the era’s experimental rock. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY MAY 17BEST NEW BAND SHOWCASE
[MUSIC] A septuagenarian soul genius, a band of young garage rockers and a Latin-folk supergroup walk into a club and play a free show. That’s the setup for WW’s annual showcase of the year’s best new artists. Dare we say this is the strongest lineup in years? We’d say yes, but then, we’re obviously biased. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
[GERMANS] Don’t wait until Oktoberfest to celebrate Germany’s inimitable contributions to world culture: bratwurst, beer and dancing in circles around a pole. Prost! Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, zeitgeistnorthwest.org. 11 am-7 pm. Free.
MT. HOOD MEADOWS SEASON’S END BEER & MUSIC FEST
[SKIING] Rare Double Mountain brews and an even rarer performance by Austin punk-bluegrass legends Bad Livers help kick Mt. Hood Meadows’ ski season in the butt on the way out: $59 nets equipment rental, lift ticket and a $20 Double Mountain gift certificate. Mt. Hood Meadows, Mount Hood, 337-2222, skihood.com. Ski lifts 9 am-2 pm. $59.
SUNDAY MAY 18JOSHUA BELL PLAYS SIBELIUS
[CLASSICAL] When he’s not posing as a busker in Washington, D.C., metro stations, Bell is playing sold-out shows around the world on his $4 million Stradivarius violin. He’ll use it here to play Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor, which was ill-received in its day because no soloist could match its technical requirements. Safe to say, Bell is up to the task. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm. $45+. All ages.