Part fashion show, part concert, this is one of the rad little things that Rise Up Presents does in this town. Rise Up invests in international schools, and lately has been in Palestine teaching street art workshops. Here it brings together Rescue, 541 Threads and other local artists to the backdrop of Aceyalone and half a dozen other musicians. Super-sweet event. Free. 8:30 p.m. The Blacksmith, 211 NW Greenwood Ave.
Couple Dating: The controversial play from local Cricket Daniel is back! Go see what all the fuss is about. $15-$18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., 3 p.m. Sun. through Feb. 2. 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette. BEAT is doing Annie! Adorable. $10-$15. 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27. Pinckney Center, COCC campus. Or go see Twelfth Night—check our CULTURE section for more.
Don't let the name fool you, Slightly Stoopid is sharp as tacks, and will be bringing their reggae and hip-hop-influenced rock to the Midtown along with two other awesome acts this week. Check out the SOUND section for more info. All ages. $26. 8 p.m. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
First Friday's hipper, homegrown little brother. Last Saturday at The Old Ironworks offers local arts and functional crafts. Music too. Iles, Black Strap and Bill Valenti are playing, and drinks will be served throughout the artist-collective workspace. 6 p.m. The Old Ironworks Arts District, 50 SE Scott St.
System and Station have been a force in the Portland music scene for more than a decade, sharing bills with Sunny Day Real Estate, Built To Spill, Alex Chilton and the Meat Puppets. Their bony indie-rock beams with late-'90s college radio nostalgia, but somehow manages to remain relevant. One Block Away opens. 21+. $5. 8 p.m. The Horned Hand, 507 NW Colorado Ave.
Expand your musical horizons Saturday night with 3 leg Torso, a quintet that performs a mix of chamber music and tango, klezmer, Latin and Roma tunes. It's for a good cause, too. The concert is a benefit for the Summit High music program. $15-$20. 7 p.m. Summit High School, 2855 NW Clearwater Dr.
Has segregation been replaced by mass incarceration of black people in America? This discussion, led by OSU professor James Foster, is based on the book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness", by civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander. Remind yourself there is work to be done. Free. 12 p.m. Cascades Hall, OSU-Cascades Campus. 2600 NW College Way.
Masters of Motown monday 28 Relive the soulful sounds of the early '60s. Or experience them for the first time—whatever—this group sings real-deal Motor City classics. Baby, please don't leave me. All ages. $35-$45. 7:30 p.m. The Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.
Last year, Bill Watkins' forecast for Oregon's economy was pretty right on. See what the director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting has to say about the coming year. Retired Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett and Knute Buehler will also speak. $100. Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling River Ct.
Hopper sounds like Tom Petty, but without the whine. Like Petty, though, Hopper is a rocker. Unlike Petty, Hopper is from Alaska. Catch Hopper, his band and all their Petty (but not Petty) glory this Thursday. 21+. 9 p.m. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave.