With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing.

To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.

posehn_pressFri & Sat 2.6/2.7 – Brian Posehn at Helium – 7:30p & 10p each night, 21+, $21-34 (link)

Oddball comedian, beloved nerd, and all-around talented dude Brian Posehn will be slangin’ jokes at the one and only Helium down on Hawthorne. A writer and performer on Mr. Show, Posehn has made appearances on pretty much any sitcom that matters, and he even directed this ridiculous music video. He works hard, so if you’re looking for laughs, go drink some drinks and watch Posehn do his thing.

Saturday 2.7 – Kurt Vile, The Minders, and The Shivas at Crystal Ballroom8p, 21+, $30 advance/$35 at the door (link)

Day two of the Sabertooth Micro Fest. Kurt Vile is one of modern indie’s great songwriters. His gentle americana laden rock ‘n roll, lightly dusted in atmospheric psychedelia, has a way of drifting in your ear and wrapping around your brain until you’re saturated in a trance of emotions. Saturday night, the Crystal Ballroom will be the perfect venue to showcase his music to the inevitable mass of passionately melted fans.

Saturday 2.7 – Aan, Helvetia, and Cabana at Bunk Bar – 9p, 21+, $8 (link)

The Portland return of experimental indie rock band Aan featuring new members and new tracks from their forthcoming second studio full length LP. Main support for the evening by  Helvetia bringing their beautifully crafted and mellow tunes. Seattle’s Cabana open the night with their blend of garage rock.


Saturday 2.7 – Pancakes and Booze Art Show at Hawthorne Theater – 8p-2a, 21+, $5 (link)

Come for the art, stay for the booze and pancakes — it’s the Pancakes and Booze Art Show, and it’s sure to be a good time. There will be music, body painting, a free all-you-can-eat pancake bar, and it goes til two in the morning. Who says you can’t eat pancakes for dinner?

Sunday 2.8 – Worst Day of the Year Ride at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – 8a-4p, all ages, $35/$40/$45 (link)

As you may or may not remember, last week we featured the Worst Day of the Year Run, and for those of you more bike-inclined, there’s no better way to burn off the pancakes and booze from the night before than the Worst Day of the Year Ride. I’m still not sure what the criteria for “worst day” is, but regardless, it’s a winter bicycle ride of 15 (or 46 if you’re a real badass) miles, and just as it’s runner-friendly cousin, it includes warm treats at the end. This ride will begin over at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, and it requires a helmet, so don’t forget yours. Enter the coupon code buddy5 to save $5 on registration!