Live! Tonight! Not Sold-Out!

Want to see some live music tonight? Here are your best options, curated by the Willamette Week music staff.

SATURDAY, OCT. 31

Shakey Graves, Tennis

[NERD AMERICANA] Rootsy, foot-stomping party-blues and Star Trek wouldn’t seem to go together, but for Shakey Graves’ Alejandro Rose-Garcia—who’s throwing a Starfleet Academy-themed Halloween show tonight—it’s a totally natural combination. See our profile here. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm. $30. All ages.

Akiyama/Eubanks/Kahn/Nakamura

[JAZZ NOISE] An international group of free improvisational heavyweights comes together, by way of Portland’s Creative Music Guild, for an evening of unplanned multi-cultural sound play. Guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, electronic musician Toshimaru Nakamura, soprano saxophonist Bryan Eubanks and drummer Jason Kahn create a smokescreen of sound that forms many shapes of human emotion. Sometimes the quartet feels overwhelmingly restless and dissonant, other times soft, clear-headed and full of overt musical intention. But wherever the noise travels tonight, it’s sure to be a place worth visiting. PARKER HALL. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate. 7:30 pm. $12- $20. 21+.

King Dude, Drab Majesty, Big Haunt, Tetrad Veil

[SOUTHERN GOTHIC] Metal and folk make stranger bedfellows. So when TJ Cowgill switched from fronting death-metal outfit Book of Black to writing rootsy dirges as King Dude, it initially puzzled a lot of people. But Cowgill manages to show that metal and Americana really aren’t all that different. With his epic baritone and haunting lyrics recalling Nick Cave, King Dude’s albums contain enough melodramatic and morbid mysticism to rival any group of Scandinavian satanists. With the Rocky Horror Picture Show of shoegaze, Drab Majesty, opening up, this show is objectively the best way to spend your Halloween. SHANNON GORMLEY. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm. $12. 21+.

All Hallow’s Eve Dance of Death with Resonance Ensemble

[DEATH DANCES] Long before Robert Johnson sang about the crossroads, super musicians were alleged to have made deals with the devil, including 19th century piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt, whose “Totentanz” (Dance of Death) is diabolically difficult to play and thrilling to hear. Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and fellow pianist Hunter Noack will duel with Liszt’s devilish score before Resonance Ensemble, which comprises some of the city’s top choristers, engages in another “Totentanz”, this one written by early 20th century German composer Hugo Distler, which mingles medieval and jazz influences along with Stravinskian modernism. The 14 short movements, sung here in English, constitute dialogues between the figure of Death and the people of a village he invites to dance with him. It’s a deeply moving reflection on mortality, punctuated by violin solos played by Third Angle’s Ron Blessinger. BRETT CAMPBELL. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave. 7:3 0pm. $5-$22. All ages.

HALLOWEEN COVER BAND SHOWS

Club 21: “Danzig/Samhain,” “Siouxsie & the Banshees,” “Misfits,” “Bauhaus.” 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.

High Water Mark, 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: “ESG/Lilliput,” “13th Floor Elevators,” “X,” “Narcosis.” 9 pm. $5. 21+.

The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St.: “Radiohead,” “Jimmy Eat World,” “Paramore,” “Elliott Smith.” 8 pm. 21+.

Just in Time for Halloween, Jason Quick Tells a Scary Story About Scottie Pippen

The Portland Trail Blazers have started the season with mixed results. They won a surprising blowout against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, followed Friday by a foul-plagued loss in Phoenix.

To celebrate this somewhat auspicious start, here’s a story from a less pleasant era of Portland basketball: 2001. It was the first season Jason Quick covered the team for The Oregonian, and the beginning of the infamous “Jail Blazers” era.

Quick says it’s also one of the three most frightening experiences he had as a Blazers beat reporter. (He tells WW the other two here.)

To celebrate Halloween (and the Blazers’ home game at the Moda Center tonight), here is Quick’s story of a scary confrontation with Scottie Pippen.

This was back when the Grizzlies were in Vancouver. I’ve written about this before. Scottie Pippen had been ejected in the game. This is during the Blazers’ monumental collapse from first in the West to seventh, and they lost, once again, to the Grizzlies. The second time, I think, in like a week. And Pippen was ejected during the game.

Scottie Pippen loved his Coors Lights. They would always make sure he had a bag of ’em that he took on the team flight. Well, since he was ejected, he started his Coors Light intake a little early.

I could tell at that time that “Hey, something’s going on here, the team’s unraveling.” And so I was trying to find out from players, “Hey, what’s going on here? Is it the players, is it the coach, is it what?”

And Pippen was sprawled out on the bench [in the locker room], drinking these Coors Lights, just eyeing me. I could feel it.

And I got to Damon Stoudamire, and it was just Damon, Pip and myself. We were on the other side [of the locker room], Pip was still sprawled out, and I remember exactly the question: I said, “Is this team with [Mike] Dunleavy?” to Stoudamire.

And Pippen sprang up. Next thing I knew he was in my face, spitting Coors Light, saying, “You haven’t been doing this long enough to be asking these questions! You’re just nitpicking! Quit nitpicking us!”

And I was scared shitless, as afraid as I’d been, because Pippen has this big, booming voice, and he was Scottie frickin’ Pippen.

Damon Stoudamire is probably one of the closest guys I’ve ever been to, covering this beat, and he split. I mean I looked for him, and he was OUT.

Some team attendants from the Grizzlies’ arena came in and said, “You should probably leave,” and I went. I remember Jim Beseda was on the beat with me, and he was already in the press room writing. I came in and I could not type, because my hands were shaking so bad. And I was on deadline, and I could not get them to move correctly. My hands were shaking so bad.

VIDEO: Latoya Peterson at TechFestNW 2015

In August we put on our fourth TechFestNW. Every Saturday we’ll be rolling out videos of our many engaging speakers, who explored topics ranging from drones to digital storytelling to the future of virtual reality.

This week Latoya Peterson talks about rethinking mobile to bridge the digital divide and democratizing technology so information is accessible to everyone.

Singing at the Grotto: Portland School Board to Consider Allowing Choirs to Perform Again

Hallelujah?

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Portland School Board will consider a resolution that would allow Portland Public Schools choirs to perform at the Grotto‘s annual Festival of Lights again.

Earlier this fall, PPS administrators decided students could no longer participate in concerts at the Grotto because they were concerned that their performances violated Constitutional protections regarding religious freedom. The Grotto is a Catholic shrine in Northeast Portland that encourages participating choirs to perform “sacred” music. Two years ago, a Wisconsin-based group complained to PPS about the school district’s participation in the festival, arguing that PPS’s performances endorsed Catholicism.

School board members Mike Rosen and Tom Koehler didn’t agree with administrators’ decision, saying students shouldn’t be robbed of performance opportunities simply because the Freedom from Religion Foundation threatened to sue . They’re behind Tuesday’s resolution.

“This is a policy decision that the board should have been involved with from the beginning,” Rosen tells WW.

The board has sought a legal analysis of the issue from Constitutional law expert Charlie Hinkle. Rosen says he expects it to arrive before Tuesday’s board meeting.

Rosen says he doesn’t expect the resolution to get more than three votes. (It needs four to pass.) He wants to have a public discussion anyway.

“It’s worth the time to do that based on the volume of emails that we’ve gotten,” he says. “This [issue] has buried my inbox.”

Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso May Reopen as Spanking-New “Upscale Lifestyle Club”

Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso may ride again. But maybe without Ron this time.

Happy Valley residents Charles and Holly Redeau have filed for a liquor license to reopen former sex club Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso, at 824 SW 1st Ave., as an “upscale lifestyle club” called Club Privata.

The pair were also managers at Club Sesso, which closed down in June amid legal difficulties and attorney fees.

The swingers’ club owner, Paul Smith, had been implicated in improprieties involving Portland Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones, who was alleged to have protected the club from citations for fire code violations concerning club capacity and continuing renovations of the space.

A regular patron, Sergio Meadows, told WW he’d overheard Smith bragging about bribing the Fire Marshal’s Office.

“What will be different?” write the Redeaus on their Facebook page, CH Happyplace, about the planned Club Privata. “New owners, new management and a business that will be run like a business. We want our members to walk into our establishment and be floored by what they see, hear and experience.”

The pair had started a Gofundme page to fund the club—and, presumably, to complete any additional renovations still needed. They asked for $200,000 in August; so far, they have received a little over $2,000.

Here’s what they had to say on their Facebook page:

On behalf of Charles and I and our business partners we are very happy to announce that we are one step closer to opening Portland’s hottest upscale lifestyle club on First Avenue in downtown Portland – CLUB PRIVATA!

The application for our OLCC liquor license has been submitted and we are well on our way to making this a reality. Please keep your fingers crossed and hope the rest of this part of the process goes quickly and smoothly.

We realize that everyone is excited to get a new lifestyle club and want to help get it up and running. Charles and I will let you know when the time is right to contact us to offer your help and assistance.

Thank you everyone for being patient and encouraging us to make this happen. We couldn’t do this without your support and encouragement.

Watch for more exciting news to come!

C & H

What Should I Do This Halloween Weekend?

FRIDAY, OCT. 30

FrightTown

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Baron Von Goolo at FrightTown

[HAUNTED HOUSES] You’ve seen the billboards and heard the ads—three massive haunted houses in one. Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, 1401 N Wheeler Ave., 7-11 pm. $22.

Murder Mystery Machine

[COMEDY] Slasher films improvised by actors dressed as the Scooby Doo gang. Funhouse Lounge,  2432 SE 11th Ave.,  7 pm. $16. 21+. Through Nov. 7. 

[FALL FESTIVAL] Good news: When you get lost in the middle of Kruger’s haunted corn maze, there will be a circus tent with fire dancers, hula-hoopers and backwoods geetar-strummin’. Better news: Kruger’s has harvest beers on tap. Kruger’s Farm, 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road, 621-3489. 6:30 pm. $10, $5 for kids.

80s Video Dance Attack 

[RAAAAVE!] Even scarier than the normal teenage bump-and-grind. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside. 8 pm. $15.

Rope

Rope at Bag & Baggage
Rope at Bag & Baggage

Wyndham Brandon is bored (and more than a little unhinged) when he convinces his friend to help him commit a murder. They strangle their fellow undergraduate and stash his body in a chest. But all that happens before the curtain even rises. Then they host a dinner party and serve a meal to the father of the boy they killed off the box containing his son’s body. If that sounds twisted, it is, and delightfully so. PENELOPE BASS. Bag and Baggage, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 345-9590. 7:30 pm. Through Nov. 1. $25-$30.

Scary Movie Improv

[COMEDY] The best bad movies, in the best bad way. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm. $12. 21+.

Scary Salsa Fusion Party
[SALSA BURN] 3 dance floors, 3 DJs (Antonio, Adrian, Alberton), 3 dance styles (salsa, bachata, kisomba). 1 entire night to look like a fool, and not because you’re dressed like a sandwich. EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St., 10 pm. $15, 21+.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 31

Portland Erotic Ball

photo from Portland Erotic Ball
photo from Portland Erotic Ball

[SCANTILY-CLAD] The 16th-annual, three-story tall extravaganza of what the Crystal calls sexy, headlined Pepe & The Bottle Blondes and Soul Vaccination and emceed by Emmy nominee Sasha Scarrlett. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm, $39. 21+.

 

 

Spooky Yoga Sculpt Workout

[SWEAT OUT THE FEAR] Costumes encouraged, but warning: doing burpees and yoga with hand-weights in a 90+ degree room might drench your dinosaur onesie in sweat, so choose your outfit (and your weights) wisely. CorePower Yoga Southeast, 844 SE Morrison St., 233-9642. 10:30 am. $20. 

Dawn of the Bed

[PLANT SEEDS] Earn your candy—dance Thriller at Columbia Park, then plant garden beds for low-incomes families. Columbia Park, 4348 N Winchell St., 10:30 am. FREE. 21+. 

Phantom PDX Halloween
[WAREHOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA] The best part of this party—warehouse full of aerial dancers, stilt walker, LED viseo wall, photo booth, three bars, GoGo Dancers, silent DJ disco battle by the “olympic sized outdoor fire pit” and something called industrial trussing—is going to be the Beastie Boys cover band. The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 8 pm. $40. 21+.

Dead Celebs Halloween
kids[DANCE AND DRINK] Dance with Tupac and Abe Lincoln. Costume contest at 11pm, with prizes for the best PBS-themes costume. Punch Bowl Social at Pioneer Place, 340 SW Morrison St., 334-0360. 9 pm. 21+.

 

[CLASSICAL CONCERT] If you think classical music costuming is all black tuxes and gowns, new music ensemble FearNoMusic will show you the more flamboyant side of contemporary classical. In this all-ages concert, costumes are encouraged for the audience but required of the performers. Composer Robert Erickson’s 1969 General Speech re-imagines Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s infamous 1962 farewell speech and asks Pink Martini trombonist Robert Taylor to dress in military regalia. One of America’s finest current composers, Michael Daugherty, is also one of its most fun-loving, and his music teems with pop-culture tropes from Superman to UFOs. For his 1996 Sinatra Shag, FNM violinist Inés Voglar Belgique dons Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 garb, presumably including boots made for walkin’. And George Crumb’s 20th-century masterpiece, Voice of the Whale, puts the performers in masks and special lighting that complement its haunting atmosphere. BRETT CAMPBELL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave,. 1:30 pm. $15. 21+.

Jai Jo! Dance Party
For the 5th year, the Hawthorne does a Thriller mob, with LA DJ UV and some LED Hula Hooping. Hawthorne Theater, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Broomstick

[STAGE FRIGHT] Gemma Whelan (the founder of our favorite local underground Irish theater, not the Game of Thrones star) directs the always-stunning Vana O’Brien in Artist Repertory’s Halloween offering. New York Times columnist John Biguenet’s one-woman thriller follows an Appalachian witch through her very long life of lost loves. The heartbroken witch eventually turns bitch and exacts her long-awaited revenge on everyone who’s wronged her. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm. Other showtimes through Nov. 22. $48.

[BILL MURRAY] This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. So you might as well put on your backpack and tan onesie and get slimed with four XRAY.fm DJs of Dig A Pony notoriety. With cheap Eagle Lodge liquor, by night’s end someone might ask you, “Are you a god?” for real. East Portland Eagle Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 232-7505. 9 pm. $10.

10th Annual Zombie walk

Portland Zombie Walk, photo from Dan Porter
Portland Zombie Walk, photo from Dan Porter

[WALKING DEAD] Covering Chihuahuas in fake blood and terrorizing Japanese tourists outside Abercrombie & Fitch just never gets old. Or rich—the Walk’s gofundme.com campaign for legit permitting is dead. Turns out zombies aren’t philanthropic, or concerned by city ordinances. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 2 pm. Free.

McTuff & Inahlen

[MCTUFF] Goodfoot’s 14th year of sweaty, rocky basement dancing. The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292. 10 pm, $10, 21+.

[CLASSIC FILM] What it is: Possibly the most notorious (and maybe best?) horror film of all time, the tale of two priests, a demon and a possessed little girl who lets Jesus inside her in the worst possible way. Who it will scare: I have met approximately one person who wasn’t scared shitless by this movie. And I married her for protection. AP KRYZA. Mission Theater, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.

Underdog’s Halloween Bash
[DANCE, DRINK, DANCE] It’s more fun if you drink all the Tito’s Vodka and Rainier before going in the photo booth. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $15. 21+.

Lone Fir Tour of Untimely Departures

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[SEE DEAD PEOPLE] Live Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery guides introduce you to their less animated buddies. Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, SE 26th Av. & SE Stark St. 5-9 pm. $10. 
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[SHOPPING] Before Cargo became a Pearl anomaly full of international curios, art and interior designers’ dreams, it grew up in the Eastside Industrial district. A year ago, it moved back. Using Day of the Dead as the theme for it’s second first birthday on the East side, Cargo is inviting people to contribute photos for their Dia de los Muertos shrine, decorate sugar skulls, enjoy confections fom Alma Chocolates and Goldfinch Carmels, get a tarot reading and peruse art hung in the store. Works on display includes heirloom style prints of skeletons from a 100-year-old book that Reading Frenzy’s Chloe Eudaly discovered and local filmmaker Janet McIntyre’s encaustics, which mix beeswax with feathers via blowtorch. Cargo, 81 SE Yamhill St., 4 pm. Free.

[DEAD DRUNK] At Bazi Bierbrasserie and nearby Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom (3090 SE Division St.), all hell will break loose on the Mexican day of the dead, with more than 20 themed beers, ciders and wines ranging from Belgium’s Brouwerij Het Anker Lucifer Black to a Mexican-style lager from 21st Amendment. It’s $10 for a glass and two tastes, $2 for each additional five-ounce taste. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888. 1 pm.

[BLOODY SUNDAY] Carrie White still gets her bath in this remake of the classic Halloween fodder that notoriously flopped on Broadway in 1988. The multi-million dollar flop lasted just five performances during its original Broadway run, but now it’s became such a legendary emblem of theatrical folly that a new generation felt obliged to raise the overly-maligned project from the grave. The original was penned by Lawrence Cohen (screenwriter for the famous film) and scored by Michael Gore & Dean Pitchford (the platinumFame and Footloose songwriting team). This Stumptown Stages production follows a triumphant Los Angeles revival earlier this year that won fans over with a streamlined script, inventive staging and soft rock balladry that creepily fuels the story of a bullied teen girl’s telekinetic revenge. JAY HORTON.Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, 381-8686. 7:30 pm. Other showtimes through Nov. 8. $25-$40. 

What Is This Timbers Dude Doing to This Woman’s Face?

Last night, the Timbers defeated Sporting Kansas City in an epically long penalty shootout, 7-6. It was an exciting victory because the Timbers, who aren’t always the greatest sports team in town, are currently in the playoffs and these playoffs are single elimination. So the Timbers live to fight another day. But while the game was exciting, to be sure, the most intriguing moment came before kickoff.

Pardon me while I touch your face from Jess StewartMaize on Vimeo.

This video, which we were first alerted to by @matty_caldwell on Twitter and then, with the help of a Timbers Army friend of the paper, found on Reddit, is puzzling: Most people don’t unexpectedly just go smearing other people’s faces with their hands. The world would be a terrible place if so, full of diseases and fistfights.

Is this a pregame ritual? A gruesome high-fiving accident? The beginning of an affair? The end of an affair? Or is it witchcraft, a spell that allowed the Timbers to win in a nail-biter shootout?

We reached out to the Timbers PR team this morning to find out who the people in this video are and what exactly they are doing. So far, they have not responded.

Voodoo Dolls and Dia de los Muertos at Tapalaya

Want to do some crafting to celebrate your dead loved ones while eating Cajun tapas this Dia de los Muertos? Tapalaya (28 NE 28th Ave., 232-6652, tapalaya.com.) is here for you.

Tapalaya, a small-plates Vietnamese and Cajun-inspired restaurant, is celebrating Dia de los Muertos with a Voodoo Doll-making event on Monday, Nov. 2nd, from 4pm to 9:30pm.  Diners can take turns at the Vodoo Doll-making station while enjoying some of Tapalaya’s signature dishes like their jambalaya or crawfish étouffée. All of the crafts and supplies will be provided. You can take your doll home or add it to Tapalaya’s Voodoo Doll wall.

Yeezy Season 1 Hits Portland

adidas-yeezy-boost-1300Yeezy is exploding the internet with his new clothing line collaboration with Adidas, called “Yeezy Season 1,” which launched yesterday.  Since the military-inspired shoe and apparel line’s debut at New York City fashion week, all anyone talked about was how it’ll sell out in seconds and make you look like the coolest person ever.
Portland’s Machus Clothing on East Burnside has the goods (for now). Owner Justin Machus’s store stocks Adidas’s high fashion collaborations like Y-3, Raf Simmons and Yeezy’s 350 Boots. For the Season 1 launch, Machus made a secret, pop-up display and invited the store’s most loyal customers to view the line early.
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The styles are simple—camo-print T-shirts, olive green bomber jackets, plain grey sweatshirts—but Season 1 goes way beyond Kanye’s previous efforts with French brand A.P.C.
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One of the most noticeable aspects of Season 1 is it’s use of color. Machus—like most high fashion boutiques wooed by health goth—stocks mostly black and white. Kanye’s collection is almost entirely color, albeit stormy greys, dark camos, the occasional washed-out salmon and slate greys.
His last line featured a $250 white t-shirt. The price range hasn’t changed, with a $2,000 jacket and Season 1 shirts running $200. But that’s retail.
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The upsell value on these pieces is yet to be determined, but if his sneakers are any indicator, every minute you wait is costing hundreds. The Yeezy Boost shoes, both low 350s and the hightop 750, are listed online for over $2,000. The retail is $350. By the time you’ve finished this video, every piece might be sold out.

Yeezy Season : Photoshoot in the Machus Studio from wweek.vimeo on Vimeo.

Frequent-Flier Director of State Transportation Tax Program Leaves

Jim Whitty traveled the world while building the Oregon Department of Transportation’s OreGo program, which taxes vehicles on miles traveled rather than gasoline consumed.

Now he’s leaving his $124,000-a-year post.

Lawmakers have been critical of the program, which took millions of dollars and a decade to launch, but OreGo spokeswoman Michelle Godfrey says ODOT considers it a success, even though it has signed up only 1,000 vehicle owners for a program that can accommodate 5,000.

Godfrey said Whitty decided it’s time to move on and will leave ODOT at the end of the year.

“We’re proud of the work he’s done,” Godfrey says.

James Whitty