It’s pre-Halloween weekend so of course we’ve got a few zombies in the mix.


The Zombie Run

The Zombie RunWith the Walking Dead setting new ratings records, The Zombie Run celebrates in Portland by bringing the Walking Dead to life – LIVE on a 3.1 mile racecourse of gut-wrenching, blood-pumping, sweat-dripping fear tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Called “a cool event” by USA Today, likened to “the famous ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast” by The New York Times, and featured on Anderson Cooper 360, the Zombie takeover is part of a 16-city nationwide 2013 infestation and the most exhilarating 5K of your life… if you survive. More info at


Portland FrightTown

FrighttownOct. 24-27
Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

Oregon’s No. 1 haunted attraction, three HUGE haunted houses, a whole city block. Details

Portland Thrill The World Dance

Saturday, Oct. 26
Irving Park

Thrill the World Portland has finalized its location for 2013! They will be dancing in Irving Park, at the covered basketball court near the corner of NE 7th & Fremont (where they danced in 2011) at 2 pm. Details



Naomi LaViolette’s New EP Release

Naomi LaVioletteFollowing the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2012, it’s time for the release of her next record “You’ve Got Me” with a release show at the Alberta Rose Theater on Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.

I hadn’t talked with Naomi since her debut album came out last year. Loads to catch up on. There are some fresh collaborations in the works that include Matt Brown and Josh Malm! And a new album starts to take shape this month!


Rufus Wainwright

RufusSaturday, Oct. 26
Aladdin Theater

Loudon Wainwright III has always been one of the most undervalued and misunderstood artists to emerge from the singer-songwriter boom of the early ’70s, eschewing the sanitary, sentimental craftiness that characterized the movement, and flaunting an anti-commercial stubbornness that probably cost him the potential for a giant hit but ensured his lasting credibility.

There are plenty of fairly essential differences between Loudon Wainwright III and his semi-estranged son Rufus, but here’s the fundamental similarity: neither songwriter has ever compromised his artistic integrity.

Rufus burst onto the alternative rock scene in the late ’90s with a beautiful record of Edwardian, unpopular pop that arguably sounded nothing like anything that preceded it; follow-up “Poses” was even stranger (and better). Rufus Wainwright remains an obsessive and passionate synthesizer of (occasionally disparate) styles, and his latest, the technicolored “Out of the Game,” reflects that knack for musical reconstruction perfectly. Tickets Sold Out


Bernhoft with Sivert Høyem (formerly of Madrugada)

Sivert HøyemDoug Fir Lounge
Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

A special early performance with Oslo’s soul ambassador.  While adding music to the PRP library yesterday, we started discussing the band Madrugada.

Imagine our surprise when we discovered the former leader singer, Sivert Høyem, is the opening act for Bernhoft in a show at the Doug Fir Lounge this Saturday.  Tickets


Morgan Troper Comedy

Craig Ferguson

Craig FergusonSunday, Oct. 27
Newmark Theater

Craig Ferguson might not have the best-rated late-night talk show, but he’s definitely got the most rabid fans. And for good reason. He’s a brilliant comedian, capable of off-the-cuff flights of intellect and fancy that leave you panting with laughter while marveling at his skill. His stand-up is some of the best. Tickets