BENDER—Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is vintage Bender, a whimsical premise explored with unflinching realism. A little girl takes a bite of lemon cake—and realizes that within the cake, she somehow senses her mother's feelings of depression and loneliness. From then on, every meal she eats echoes with the feelings of the person who prepares it. And needless to say: It's Aimee Bender. It's great. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE
THE GRIND—Portland grindhouse archivist Dan Halsted returns with another night of vintage 35mm grindhouse trailers at the Grindhouse Trailer Spectacular 2. If you missed it the first time, don't sleep on this chance to wallow in some seriously underbelly Americana. MS
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7
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