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What started as an anonymous home-recording venture for frontman Ruban Nielson has grown into one of the most consistently thrilling bands around. This year’s Sex & Food is another funky gem, with Nielson embracing his status as a psych-soul guitar hero. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033, roselandpdx.com. 8 pm. $25 advance, $28 day of show. All ages.
Transangelic Exodus, the new album from Ezra Furman, chronicles the unassailability and difficulty of queer life in America via heady, exploratory folk rock. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
Now seven plays into August Wilson’s 10-play cycle, Portland Playhouse is bringing in director Lou Bellamy, whose Minnesota theater company has produced more Wilson plays than any other in the world. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 503-488-5822, portlandplayhouse.org. 7:30 pm. Through June 10. $25-$34.
The Cage Fighter follows a Washington MMA fighter who starts training for a match in secret after promising his family he’d quit. After a year on the festival circuit, the Seattle-made documentary is finally getting its Portland premiere. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., nwfilm.org. 7 pm. $9.
Being unapologetically brown, trans and femme is renowned performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon’s MO. With this show, Vaid-Menon brings fashion, poetry and comedy to the stage. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Ave., 503-228-7219, uccportland.org. 7 pm. $12. All ages.
PDX Contemporary Ballet’s series of new works culminates in a collaboration with NW Piano Trio, whose new piece is a tribute to the mythological warrior goddess