WEDNESDAY AUG. 13GOOSE ISLAND TAP TAKEOVER
[BEER] Chicago’s Goose Island makes some amazing limited beer, very little of which makes it to Oregon—but thanks for all that Honker’s Ale! Well, now they’re bringing the biggest of guns: Proprietor’s, Bourbon County Coffee, Backyard Rye and more. Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark St., 5-9 pm. Prices vary.
THURSDAY AUG. 14STUMPTOWN IMPROV FESTIVAL
[COMEDY] Portland loves standup. But mention improv and you’ll meet a chorus of groans from people imagining family-friendly schlock or scatological juvenilia. That’s not the deal at this fest, where the 15 groups don’t base their improv on hackneyed games or goofball gags about three-armed babies. Miracle Theatre, 425 SE 6th Ave. 7 and 9:30 pm through Aug. 16; schedule at stumptownimprov.com. $13-$55.
[LECTURES] As your Facebook feed fills with Israel-related posts, maybe you’d like to hear an NPR reporter explain what she saw in Gaza. Emily Harris of the Attic Institute will discuss the events she witnessed during her reporting in the Middle East before returning to Jerusalem to continue her work. It’s sure to be an interesting question session. Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave., 224-3640. 7 pm. Free.
SATURDAY AUG. 16MUSICFESTNW
[MUSIC] It’s a little festival on the waterfront, maybe you’ve heard of it. Girl Talk and Future Islands are Saturday, Spoon and Haim are Sunday. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway between Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. $65-$175, free for children under 8. All ages. See musicfestnw.com for complete schedule and ticket info.
SUNDAY AUG. 17ICE CREAM SOCIAL
[ICE CREAM] One day a year, Pix Patisserie rooms out the fancy macarons and stocks its freezer with novelites such as banana splits, sundaes, housemade Push-Ups and Habanero Nut Crunch ice cream. Pix Patisserie, 2225 E. Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.com. 2-10 pm.
MONDAY AUG. 18ANONYMOUS THEATRE
[THEATER] Each summer, Anonymous Theatre puts on a production in which the actors audition and rehearse individually and in secrecy. They show up at the theater in street clothes and don’t encounter their castmates until the first line is shouted from the house. Up this year is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, because nothing says “mayhem” like witch trials. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., theatrevertigo.org. 7 pm. $25.