Walter Kirn talks about his book "Blood Will Out"—described by author Amy Tan as a "Hitchcockian psychological thriller"—the true story of his long friendship with murderous conman Clark Rockefeller (real name: Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter). As the architect of one of history's longest cons, "Rockefeller" convinced the world (including Kirn) that he was an art collector who belonged to the wealthy family of the same name. It wasn't until he kidnapped his daughter during a custodial visit that his carefully woven web of lies began to unravel, leading investigators to skeletal remains in a California backyard. $5. 7:30 pm. Town Hall.
With its powerful displays of athleticism and artistry, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is easily one of America's greatest dance institutions. The popular African-American modern dance company will perform a mix of newer pieces and older favorites, closing with Ailey's "Revelations," described by the New York Times as "one of the great works of the human spirit." Modern dance isn't for everyone, but the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater imbues its performances with enough energy and spirit to move the dead. If it doesn't make you feel things, you probably don't have a soul. $25.25-$71.25 (not including fees). 8 pm. Additional show times on April 12 and 13. Paramount Theater.
Minnesota folkster Charlie Parr passes through Portland on tour with Betse Ellis (The Wilders), bringing his classic roots style and Portlandia-worthy beard. Like all the best folk artists, Parr sings about trains, outlaws, and the devil while plucking along at his guitar with rolling melodies that transport you back to a simpler time. Betse Ellis rounds out the old timey charm with her foot-tapping fiddle playing that blends traditional tunes with her own contemporary punk-rock inspired compositions. $12. 9 pm. Mississippi Studios.
Synth happy Swedish group Little Dragon brings its eclectic mix of soulful electronic dance tracks to the Roseland Theater (after outgrowing its initial booking at Wonder Ballroom). The four-piece band, which boasts collaborations with OutKast's Big Boi and Gorillaz, has been making music since the 1990s and has slowly but surely worked its way into the ears of a diverse assortment of American fans thanks to word of mouth and a spot on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy." With lead singer Yukimi Nagano's Erykah Badu-like vocals—the group takes its name after her fiery disposition—Little Dragon bridges the gap between EDM's cold beats and neo soul's warm inflections with body-moving ease. $28-$30. 9 pm. Roseland Theater.