This Portland-based electronic producer has seen a steady climb from his Rose City roots—the first single from his most recent album Dusk to Dawn premiered on MTV's Hive—and Emancipator will take it to the next level for this all-ages hometown show. The trip-hop musician is touring the western states with a four-piece band, incorporating additional layers of collaboration and improvisation to his already rich mix of musical elements. Slow Magic and Nym open. $18-$22. 9 pm. Crystal Ballroom.
President Jimmy Carter Book Signing
That's right, our nation's oldest living president (and the only one to win a Nobel Peace Prize after leaving office) will be stopping by the happiest place on Earth (Powell's, obviously) to sign copies of his new book "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power," in which the longtime human rights advocate shares his observations about the abuses faced by women the world over. The President will only be signing books, however, and you must have a book to be in the signing line. But whether you want to add to your collection of presidential autographs or simply be able to say you met the man, purchasing a book you should probably read anyway seems like a small price to pay. $28 (to purchase the book). 2 pm. Powell's City of Books on Burnside.
Best known for playing underachieving and overconfident government employee Tom Haverford on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," Aziz Ansari got his start in improv and continues to tour nationally as a stand-up comedian between acting commitments. Inspired by comics like Mitch Hedburg and Chris Rock, Ansari draws from everyday life and personal experience (think: internet k-holes, relationships, eavesdropping on 50 Cent—the usual) to deliver a self-deprecating jab to the funny bone. $25-$45 not including fees. 7 pm. Moore Theatre. (Additional show times on March 31.)
The Bay Area-based experimental world fusion and electronic band promises a "trip through your inner dimensions" (psychedelics not included, but probably not hard to find). On tour for new album A Thousand Faces: Part I, Beats Antique presents the first part of a collaborative, genre-blending, two-volume journey through the life of American mythologist Joseph Campbell. The album, which draws from a wide variety of musical traditions, includes guest appearances by PRIMUS vocalist/bassist Les Claypool, Alam Khan (son of classical Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan), and others. Cancel your globe trotting vacation now; Beats Antique can take you around the world in a mere 80 minutes. $20-$25. 7 pm. McDonald Theatre.