22 Things to Do and See in Portland Oct. 21-23

FRIDAY, OCT. 21

Anthrax, Death Angel

(Wikimedia)
(Wikimedia)

[OLD-MAN THRASH] Anthrax hasn’t bothered to change its sound all that much since 1985, so it’s impossible that they’ve gotten any worse—right?  For All Kings is the latest from the thrash-metal founding fathers, and it sure is another heaping helping of Anthrax. Complete with epic vocals and gnarly riffage, the boys are back with most of their classic lineup, minus lead guitarist Dan Spitz, and are almost guaranteed to shred. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

Bad Future, Company, Pageripper

[PUNK ROCK] With the release of its 2011 EP Die On This Island, Company announced itself as Portland’s answer to the beard-friendly, Fest-ready punk that thrived in the wake of Avail, Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike. The six-song collection was a gruff and rough evocation of punk-house porch-sits and basement-bedroom benders, and it promised great things. Hell, it was a great thing. But Company never released a follow-up, and the band has been inactive for a couple years. So consider this a rare opportunity to catch up with one of Portland’s most underappreciated bands and to bask in what once was and could have been. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 8 pm. Contact venue for ticket prices. 21+.

BloodyVox

(David Krebs)
(David Krebs)

[CREEP SHOW] Contemporary dance with a scary and sexy slant from one of Portland’s best companies. This annual show looks like a recital imagined by Martha Graham and Alfred Hitchcock together. BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th, 2 pm and 7 pm. $25-60.

Choktoberfest

(Portland Chocolate Mob)
(Portland Chocolate Mob)

[SWEEET] Is there something else you want on a Friday night that isn’t beer, chocolate and German sausage? A whole mess of Portland’s small-batch artisan chocolate makers will be pairing beers with local breweries including Ex Novo, Hair of the Dog and Laurelwood. $20 ($25 at the door) nets beer, chocolate pairings, and German-style appetizers. Old Portland Hardware, 1667 SE Tacoma St., 6 pm. $20-$25. 21+.

Death From Above 1979, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deap Vally

[GARAGE RAWK REVIVAL] The pairing of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s brooding garage psych and Death From Above 1979’s pummeling post-punk is not illogical per se. But the fact that both groups have enough fuel left in the tank after the early ’00s “return of rock” wave of hype is certainly worth curiosity and commendation. Though DFA79 was absent for a large chunk of the past decade, last year’s The Physical Worldserved more as a rallying cry for fans of their stripped-down, bass-and-drums setup than an apology for disappearing when rockists needed them most. BRMC, on the other hand, has never slowed down, releasing album after album—a follow-up to 2013’s Specter at the Feast is in the tank—of shadowy roots-rock that slinks and stomps its way around all of garage rock’s most familiar touchstones. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 9 pm, $28. All ages.

Lines of Pull

Lines of Pull is less political and less fashion-oriented than it sounds. The multimedia dance performance at NoPo’s contemporary art hub might actually give you reprieve from both. Part dance, part film, part interactive set design, the performance tries to explain how humans experience the passing of time. It’s usually a safe bet to pass your time in one of the many rooms inside Disjecta, a favorite spot of the TBA Festival and shows like The Benefits of Gusbandry. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 8 pm, $18 in advance, $20 at the door. All ages.

Of Montreal

[PONDEROUS POP] In one of the band’s biggest shifts since bursting out of Athens, Georgia, in the mid-‘90s, Of Montreal has embraced the dancefloors of Europe. Kevin Barnes and company’s latest record, Innocence Reaches, is the result of an extended sojourn to Paris and is clearly influenced by EDM, house and whatever else French hipsters are into these days. Of Montreal has long been lauded for its flamboyant live performances, and its new sound ensures an even more energetic, prop-fueled set. It should be enough to make David Bowie smile somewhere. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 9 pm, $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.

Guignolfest

[GREEN LIGHTED] For the eighth year, a gaggle of wannabe George Romeros will try to shoot and edit a short horror film—whose final runtime must clock in at six minutes and 66 seconds—in just 72 hours. The contest kicks off tonight at midnight, and the results will be screened at Clinton Street Theater on Oct. 30. The Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., (503) 206-7439. 10 pm.

Who’s Metal as Fuck

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

[LAUGH AT TRACKS] Who among us is metal as fuck? Wendy Weiss and Dan Weber host a brutal, hardcore game show where contestants compete to see who holds the most obscure and sometimes made-up knowledge of heavy-metal music. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 503-841-6734. 10 pm every second to last Friday. $8. 21+. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

[TRAINS IN VAIN] Often referred to as a one-man Clash, Billy Bragg is something of a national treasure among left-leaning Brits. Despite having written extensively about British identity, Bragg himself has always possessed a certain fascination with America and its iconography. This fascination first manifested itself on Mermaid Avenue, a collaboration with Wilco centered around previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie lyrics. On paper, Shine a Light—a new collection of classic, railroad-themed folk songs made alongside Americana star Joe Henry—should be similarly magical. The pair recorded the album while traveling over four days by railroad. Unfortunately, that gimmick is the most interesting thing about the record. It might seem harsh to fault an icon for a missed opportunity, but in a year that’s given us Brexit and the ascension of Donald Trump, we need the fired-up Billy Bragg that brought us anthems like “To Have and to Have Not” and “All You Fascists,” not a laid-back avuncular figure crooning a bass harmony on “Gentle On My Mind.” Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 8 pm, $39.50 advance, $42 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Brewers for Boobs

[ALL OF THE THINGS] No, this isn’t a Trump thing. It’s a breast-cancer fundraiser with belly-dancing, a beer battle and also a raffle whose prizes include a three-night stay at Sunriver Resort, where some of the best brews in Oregon are currently being made. Oh, and if that’s not all confusing enough, the musical entertainment will be first breakbeats, then salsa. East Burn, 1800 E Burnside St., 5 pm, free.

Brian Posehn Live

[GETTING FAMOUS] Brian Posehn is probably the only comedian who has given the general public authorization to physically abuse his child. Apparently, if Posehn reproduces, we are entitled to the ultimate punchline: we can hit his kid in the face, because Posehn’s genes have no business continuing. (He’s since changed his mind about the joke, though, now that he actually has a baby who he’d like people not to punch.) He was also a part of possibly the chillest gay male relationship depicted on TV next to Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star: Posehn’s Brian and Steve Agee’s Steven from The Sarah Silverman Program. This live show is going to be taped in preparation for Posehn’s new comedy special, so maybe someday you can see yourself with that faint studio spotlight creating a shadow over your lazy eye while you hover over your laptop in the wee hours of the morning. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, 503-288-3895. 10 pm. $20

Buddha Bud Yoga

(Yoga Shala of Portland)
(Yoga Shala of Portland)

[ENLIGHT-IT-UP] After searching for the perfect spot, high yoga has found a home at Yoga Shala, one of Portland’s more established and eco-chic studios. This all levels yoga class and pot party starts with consumption before (bring your own or enjoy the free stash), an accessible class and snack time after. We recommend your stretchiest pants and a body high, hybrid strain to vape. Yoga Shala of Portland, 3808 North Williams Ave., 6 pm. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 

Oregon Symphony presents Colin Currie

[CONTEMPORARY AND CLASSICAL] “Playing ‘Switch’ feels like being trapped (in the best possible way) inside a giant pinball machine,” Scottish percussionist Colin Currie told the piece’s composer, L.A.-based Andrew Norman, during rehearsals for the Utah Symphony’s premiere a few years ago. Currie, now in his second of a three-year residency with the Oregon Symphony, will play another round in that game, matching one of classical music’s most dynamic performers with one of its most admired, youngish composers. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, $23-$135. 

Sleep, Helen Money

[STONER STUFF] Sleep is the modern-day Black Sabbath. Anyone privy to the millennial generation’s most popular metal subgenre knows this as fact, and Sleep wouldn’t necessarily deny it. A blatant, Sabbathian milieu has heavily acquainted itself with the band’s mere five releases, and it’s even something they boast about all over their official Facebook page. What isn’t present on their much-used social media page is a mention of that new album they teased back in 2014 with “The Clarity,” their first single in 11 years. Fast forward to today, and despite recent live performance, the world is still a Sleep-less place. But at least we’ve got Helen Money, which is basically a diet version of the band they’re opening for. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 9 pm, $25 general admission, $40 reserved balcony seating. All ages.

Snowvana

(Snowvana)
(Snowvana)

[WAXING WINTERY] Ski season is nearly here and 10 Barrel Brewing is celebrating with a two-day music, gear and film festival. You can win custom gear, season passes or lift tickets to all three of Mt. Hood’s ski areas and get psyched up with films like Tanner Hall’s Ring the Alarm. Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, 300 N Winning Wy., 10 am-10 pm. $5.

Woody Guthrie’s Northwest Songs

[DAM FOLK MUSIC] Seventy-five years ago, Woody Guthrie moved into an apartment in Lents and wrote a bunch of songs about dams for the federal government. Seventeen of them became sanctified entries in the American folk songbook, while nine languished in his archives—until last year, when Portland songwriter John Seamons gathered an all-star cast of local musicians to get them on record, bringing all 26 songs together on one album for the first time. He previews the project tonight. The Old Church, 1442 SW 11th Ave. 2 and 8 pm. $25. All ages.

SUNDAY, OCT. 23

Dom Flemons, Leyla McCalla

[CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPOUTS] On three solo albums before and after leaving Carolina Chocolate Drops, co-founder Dom Flemons has continued that African-American string band’s exploration and reinterpretation of old-time American roots music. Deploying banjo, percussion, guitar, harmonica and voice, his music ranges from Piedmont blues, spirituals and jug-band music to other folk strains. Former CCD cellist, guitarist and banjoist Leyla McCalla shares Flemons’ fondness for American vernacular sounds, but flavored with music from her Haitian heritage as well as the Creole, Cajun, jazz and French influences that still simmer in and around her New Orleans home. McCalla’s sometimes poignant, sometimes danceable, expertly crafted original music reflects the vitality of the many rich folk traditions she’s assimilated. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 9 pm, $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

Fly by Night

[DON’T GO HUNGRY] Catch closing weekend of Broadway Rose’s rock musical about a soothsayer, a sandwich-maker and the blackout that hit New York City in 1965, directed by Portland-famous actor Isaac Lamb. Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant, 2 pm. $20-40.

Jacuzzi Boys

(Jacuzzi Boys)
(Jacuzzi Boys)

[GARAGE ROCK] Among the things that differentiate the East Coast from the West Coast are their respective takes on garage rock. While the stuff you find on our side of the country is usually heavily influenced by the sounds of surf, a more straight-ahead approach dominates out east. Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys are proof of that. Despite recording their newest record, Ping Pong, in a Los Angeles studio, their defined fuzzy guitars aren’t cradled by melodic “ooohs” and “la-la-las”—it’s no-fuss and in your face. “Boys Like Blood,” the first single, is about having a joyous time while watching someone bleed out. You can’t get any more intense than that. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 9 pm, $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

No Shit Added Winemaking

[LOCALLY SOURCED] Get in on the ground floor of local natural wines—craft wines that taste wild, funky, interesting, distinctive and have, uh, no shit added. For a mere $10, you’ll get a four-winery tasting of some kickass local natural winemakers, who will all be present to field questions. Wines will include Holden, Fossil & Fawn and Chardonnay-obsessed Statera. Pairings, 455 NE 24th Ave., 2 pm. $10. 

Rock for Rockwood

[JOIN THE CLUB] A who’s who of Portland music luminaries—including M. Ward, the Thermals and Helio Sequence, plus inventive one-woman band Emily Wells—play in support of a new Boys and Girls Club in Rockwood, Ore. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110, (503) 288-3895. 7 pm. $35 advance, $40 day of show. All ages.

18 Things to Do and See in Portland Oct. 14-16

FRIDAY, OCT. 14

Black Girl: A Linguistic Play

(Christopher Duggan)
(Christopher Duggan)

Choreographer Camille A. Brown’s latest work is not meant to be political. It’s about her and her childhood, but oddly enough, that’s political. As a black woman, it ends up being a statement about representation presented in an overly white city. Her company has gained a national reputation for its award-winning storytelling abilities. Black Girl: A Linguistic Play uses movements inspired by childhood games: double dutch, drawing with chalk, basketball footwork and hand-clapping games. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, whitebird.org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15. $26-$68.

Fresh Hop Fest

Thought you’d seen your last kick-ass fresh hop fest? Wrong, motherfucker! There’s this one. Tin Buckety’s tapping all three Breakside fresh hops, plus Culmination, a Crux, Ecliptic Flat Tail, Two Towns, and Machine House. Frershness is dead. Long live freshness. Tin Bucket, 3520 N Williams Ave., 5 pm, Free. 21+.

The Lost Boys Live

Before Edward Cullen, the pubescent boy vampires of The Lost Boys combined blood lust with coifed 80’s hair. This live parody from improv genius Shelley McLendon and former LiveWire producer Courtenay Hameister promises more pleasure than pain. The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St., 8 pm, $25. 

The Pillars of Portland

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Last year, we brought 1983’s Pillars of Portland, a regional soap opera based on a WW column, to the Clinton Street Theater for the first time since its original airing. The Northwest Film Center beings it back. Director Tom Chamberlain and member’s of POP’s crew will be in attendance. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Ave., 9 pm, $9.

Trans & Queer Hip Hop Party

(photo from Cake Facebook)
(photo from Cake Facebook)

Creepy clowns got you down? Sweat it out at the Cake dance party, while DJs spin hip hop, rap, r&b and the throwbacks. LGBTQ-inclusive, body positive, anti-racist and costumes encouraged—just maybe not clown costumes. Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth St., 9 pm. $5.

Trinity of Soul

For the past 15 years, Fridays at the Goodfoot have been Soul Stew time, a sweaty basement dance party to MJ and more. But they’ve never done a three-part tribute to the three matriarchs of soul before. Dance to the trinity of Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, with iconic hits and obscure finds from DJ Aquaman and friends. The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St., 9 pm, $5. 

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

Bryan Cranston with Kristi Turnquist

Bryan Cranston was a middle-aged character actor who had risen up through the ranks on soap operas, commercials, a small role on Seinfeld and then as the dad on Malcolm in the Middle. Then came the role of a lifetime playing Walter White, the ruthless meth lord of AMC’s landmark prestige drama Breaking Bad. In Cranston’s new memoir A Life in Parts, the actor shares his history as the son of an actor who abandoned him, and learning the Hollywood business for himself. Cranston will be joined by The Oregonian media writer Kristi Turnquist. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 3 pm. Free.

My Own Private Idaho 25th Anniversary Screening

(Caitlin Degnon)
(Caitlin Degnon)

In 1991, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho painted a bleak picture of a Portland of street prostitutes and violence. This weekend, NW Film Center screens My Own Private Idaho to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. To help get you in the mood, WW has created a handy walking tour of select Portland locations featured in the film, guiding you through Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott’s (Keanu Reeves) journey to find Mike’s mother. Map of Italy not included. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 7 pm, $9. 

National Hip-Hop Day

City Hall is taking over the streets of downtown with a family-friendly homage hip-hop. Mic Crenshaw headlines, plus a tribute to the “Golden Era of Portland Hip Hop,” live graffiti and B Boy performances. Sample southern fare and Stoopid Burgers before heading to the after-party, a screening of Beat Street at the Skype Live studio downtown. Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., 3 pm, after party at 8 pm. Free.

The North Portland Unknown Film Fest

(Kelly Hughes)
(Don’t Kill Grandpa by Kelly Hughes)

You know when you end up in that dark corner of YouTube wandering aimlessly? For the second year in a row, this Fest curates obscure punk, grunge, lo-fi and folk films into a 3-part event. The afternoon session has shorts like an avant-garde dance film from Portland and a 30-minute French thriller. Stay for the 2-minute FilmFest at 5:30 pm, or just come for the evening session, which includes a short titled Don’t Kill Grandpa Until We Strangle the Babysitter. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 2 pm, $5-$15.

The Portland Beer Pro-Am

Natalie Baldwin
(Christine Dong)

For the fourth year, 30 pro brewers including Breakside, Fat heads and Great Notion team up with homebrewers to create some seriously ambitious one-off beers like a brett Burton Old Ale, a jalapeno cream ale, and…CBD-infused beer. It’s our favorite time of year. The North Warehouse, Noon-6:30 pm. $25. Tix at wweek.com/beerproam.

Spiritual Pop

(crazy enough - photo from PAM)
(crazy enough – photo from PAM)

Sister Corita Kent was an artist, an activist, and a nun. This chronological retrospective of her work allows the viewer to track the progression of her colorful screenprints, from ornate, overtly religious works on paper to abstract pop-y compositions that marry secular writing with imagery from advertising and corporate propaganda. What is most notable about Kent’s work is that regardless of its changing styles and cultural influences, she manages to infuse every piece with messages of love, peace, and fellowship that speak to the best in all of us. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811. Through Jan. 27.

Trillblazin x Index Trail Blazers Season Kickoff Party

(photo from Trailblazing)
(photo from Trailblazing)

Kick off the Blazers’ 2016-17 season—and the 40th anniversary of the Blazers’ so far lone championship—at Old Town rare sneaker den Index. There will be free drinks from sneakerhead coffee spot Deadstock and Montucky, giveaways and live music. I wouldn’t be surprised if some Blazers showed up, either. INDEXPDX, 114 NW 3rd Ave, 7 pm.

SUNDAY, OCT. 16

Bill Plympton and his Plymptoons

(From Plympton's "Your Face")
(From Plympton’s “Your Face”)

The Oscar-nominated Portland animator will introduce his new short film and everyone gets an original Plymptoon sketch with admission. 8 pm, Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. $10. Minors with guardian.

Cathi Hanauer with Karen Karbo

When The Bitch in the House was first released in 2003, the fiery essays of the 26 contributors showed how co-parenting was bullshit, men are remoras, and people need to shut up about women’s weights. All valid points. Now, maybe the nine returning contributors (and 16 new contributors) in The Bitch is Back have gained perspective with age, or maybe society has changed. No, it’s probably not that. Editor Cathi Hanauer will talk about the new book with Karen Karbo, author of Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30 pm. Free.

The Drowning Girls

(Casey Campbell Photography)
(Casey Campbell Photography)

Women aren’t the only gender with enough ingenuity to kill their spouses for their money. Between 1912 and 1914, George Joseph Smith made a habit of it. He killed each of his three wives by drowning them in a bathtub, chalked up the murders to accidents caused by seizures, and claimed life insurance money and their estate afterwards. Drowning Girls resurrects those three women: they tell their stories as they stand in the bathtubs where their mutual husband murdered them. But the real villain here? The patriarchy. The play uses the draw of turn-of-the-century serial killers to critique the institution of marriage. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, bagnbaggage.org. 2 pm. $20-$30.

Explode Into Colors

Explode Into Colors
IMAGE: Megan Holmes.

Back when the prevailing image of the Portland music scene was a bunch of sad dudes crying into their banjos, three women playing dubbed-out funk-punk took the city’s basements by storm—then promptly broke up. Six years later, they’re getting back together to support all-ages music. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., (503) 288-3895. 6 and 9 pm. See mississippistudios.com for ticket prices. Early show all ages, late show 21+.

Reva Devito

(Reva Devito)
(Reva Devito)

Devoto’s soulful tracks are the slow-swaying soundtrack to a Sunday night. She’s dropping her latest video, for the Birthday Boy-produced track Deeper from her newest EP, with a chill party at Century. Expect muted, sultry beats like Rihanna at her softest heard through a pastel Instagram filter. DJ Deena Bee will spin until you have to go home and face the Monday looming. Century, 930 SE Sandy Blvd., 8:30 pm. Free.

A Young Woman with Autism Is Extending An Open Invitation to Her Birthday Party

Throughout her life, 23-year-old Josie Eugenie has felt the sting of being overlooked on her birthday. Autistic and born with a connective tissue disorder in the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome family, she has had birthday parties before, but the only attendees have been family members and friends of her mother.

However, this year Josie is getting a chance to have the birthday party she’s always yearned for.

Scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Oaks Amusement Park, the party is being organized through crowdFunnit, a group that helps set up birthday parties for children who feel alienated. It is also an open-invitation event: Anyone is welcome to come and support Josie.

Those who attend will be able to purchase a $10 deluxe ride bracelet (which usually costs $17) that offers unlimited midway rides from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm and a roller skating session. For attendees in the mood to dress up, Josie is a passionate Lord of the Rings fan and has given people the option to come dressed as their favorite Rings character.

In the past, Josie has felt crushed when people haven’t shown up to her birthday parties. “It makes me feel like I’m not worth getting to know,” she’s quoted on the party’s crowdFunnit page.

Now, she’s giving people a chance to get to know her and cheer her on as she turns 24. “To me,” Josie says, “birthdays should always be a big deal, no matter if you’re 1 or 8 or 15 or 37, 62 or 103! Birthdays are a marker of your life; you’ve made it another year, a little older, a little wiser.”

Anyone who wants to attend can RSVP here and find Josie’s Amazon present wish list here. More information is available on the party’s crowdFunnit page. Josie’s family is also looking to raise $275 towards basic party supplies and a quiet sensory area that’s away from the excitement, in case Josie or any of the attendees with sensory processing disorder gets overwhelmed.

If you aren’t able to attend, you can also send Josie a letter or birthday card through her service coordinator Candice Gage who works for Clackamas County Developmental Disabilities:

County DD
Josie’s Birthday C/O Candice Gage
2051 Kaen Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045

October 1. 12 pm-2 pm. Oaks Amusement Park. 7805 SE Oaks Park Way.

Seven Places to Watch the First Clinton vs. Trump Debate in Portland

The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump will air on September 26 at 6 pm Pacific time. Lester Holt will moderate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

For Portlanders who want to watch the showdown with some company, these seven venues are screening the debate (in some cases, for free!). Don’t forget to arrive early and brace yourself for accusations, insinuations, and an extending viewing of Trump’s coiffure. (That’s why you’re going to drink while you watch this, right?)

1. Bagdad Theater: Back Stage Bar

Nestled behind the Bagdad Theater, this atmospheric pub has an added attraction: an arcade game alcove for anyone who gets bored of hearing about foreign policy and (shudder) the wall.

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 6 pm. Free.

Related: 1999 Is the Spiritual Sequel to 2016—We Went from Y2K to Trump

2. EastBurn

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Cocktails! Sandwiches! Burgers! Beer! EastBurn has a massive menu to sustain you through the evening (and if you arrive early, you’ll be in time for “recess” happy hour, which ends at 6 pm). And don’t forget to try a round of Debate Bingo.

1800 E Burnside St. 6 pm. Free.

Related: PAC Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands has its roots in Portland.

3. Mission Theater

If you like your debates with a slice of pizza or a glass of wine, the Mission is a good bet. Also, the theater is showing Alexander Payne’s wacky political satire “Election” until September 20; see it before the Clinton-Trump brawl makes it look tame.

1624 NW Glisan St. Doors open at 5 pm, debate starts 6 pm. Free.

4. Revolution Hall

(Emily Joan Greene/WW)
(Emily Joan Greene/WW)

Known for music and comedy performances, Revolution is also home to Marthas, the bar on its first floor, where you can order sandwiches, pizza, and, from 4 pm to 6 pm, $2 tallboys.

1300 SE Stark St. #110. Door open at 5 pm, debate starts 6 pm. Free.

Related: With the opening of Marthas, the renovation of Washington High School has entered its “community hub” phase

5. Dig a Pony

Get there between 4 pm and 6 pm for a $1-off-everything happy hour.

736 SE Grand Ave. 5 pm. Free.

6. The Secret Society

Yes, this one’s more expensive, but it offers a special perk: hecklevision! Come armed with your cleverest politician insults.

116 NE Russell St. Door open at 5 pm, debate starts 6 pm. $6 in advance. $8 at the door.

7. Holocene

Hillary fans, are you looking for a place to gather? The Democratic Party of Oregon is hosting this viewing.

1001 SE Morrison St. 5 pm. Free. 

The Best Things To Do In Portland From November 16-22

Wednesday, Nov. 16

#YesAStripper

(Kathleen Boudwin)
(Kathleen Boudwin)

The #YesAStripper art show, the first at Foster Road’s new gallery space, features works of art by members of Portland’s dancer community. Champagne Room, 5300 SE Foster Road. 10 am-3 pm Monday-Thursday, through Jan. 6. Free.

Peter Silberman

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(youtube)

The Antlers didn’t invent bedroom pop, but they did refine it, thanks in large part to chief guitarist-songwriter Peter Silberman. His latest venture, the instrumental EP Transcendless Summer, stretches notes in Sigur Rós-like fashion, filling the gaps with orchestral nuance—not bad for a record made in a single day. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 503-222-2031. 8 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. All ages.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Ripsgiving

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Hit up the art show that even sports fans will enjoy at this 40th anniversary celebration of the Blazers’ NBA championship team. It’s kind of a bummer we haven’t been that good in 40 years, but at least there will be hors d’oeuvres by ChefsTable, the special 1977 lager from Pyramid, and music by someone named DJ Blowy Shirts. Gallery 135, 135 NW Park Ave., 971-244-0970. 6-9 pm. Free.

Beauj Tasting at SE Wine Collective

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day is probably the most fun wine day of the year—with plenty of big jammy, young Gamay grapes all launching the same day. And Oregon produces the best outside of France. Southeast Wine Collective will let you taste 10 beaujolais and gamay nouveau wines for free, including Division, Holden, Bow and Arrow, and some Frenchies. Wow. Southeast Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Ave., sewinecollective.com. 5 pm. Free.

Friday, Nov. 18

Laurie Notaro

Hillary Clinton’s high-flying bid to become the first woman president was shot down by the FBI, the Electoral College and a whole bunch of white dudes. New York Times best-selling Oregon author Laurie Notaro’s new novel, Crossing the Horizon, chronicles the very real race among three women in the 1920s to be the first to fly across the Atlantic. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, powells.com. 7 pm. Free.

Sinner Sinner

Ecdysiast Pole Dance Company may be pole dancing minus stripping, but that doesn’t mean the dancers are prudish. The semiannual show from Portland’s arty, acrobatic pole dancing company is Seven Deadly Sins-themed, and per the company’s record will feature some seriously impressive feats of strength and flexibility. Because women can do whatever they want (including suspended upside-down splits). Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., ecdysiaststudio.com. 7 pm. $24 advance, $35 day of show. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Slow Jam R&B Dance Party

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Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little bump and grind, especially when you’re getting down to the slowest of jams, including everything from TLC to the Weeknd… and there’s a free photo booth and Snapchat filter. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 503-239-7639, holocene.org. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

10 Barrel Pray for Snow

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Well, it’s November. And in Portland since 10 Barrel moved in, that means a giant fucking snowboarding ramp on a truck in the middle of the goddamn Pearl District, as a beery offering to the snow gods of Mount Hood. 10 Barrel, 1411 NW Flanders St., 503-224-1700, prayforsnow.10barrel.com. 5-10 pm.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Caravan Traveling Market

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Get screen-printed concert posters, bakery treats, ceramics, cute-ass greeting cards, vintage clothes and other cool shit at this day flea market pop-up at the city’s hippest hotel. The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark St., 503-228-2277. 11 am-5 pm. Free.

Open House at Teutonic Wine Company

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Teutonic Wine Company will host a three-day open house (starting Friday) at its charming new wine taproom. Check out Teutonic’s 2016 releases, drink some of the state’s most exciting wine and eat “Oregon surf and turf” (crab and duck). Teutonic Wine Company, 3303 SE 20th Ave., teutonicwines.com. Noon-7 pm. $20 advance, $27 day of event.

Monday, Nov. 21

 

Symbols of the Season

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Every year for 50 years, the people of Pittock Mansion go baller for the holidays, larding up the joint with angels and wreaths and Christmas trees and ornaments and God knows what else. It’s like a Christmas village redone as a rich people’s ghost story, and this is the first day it’ll be open, for children and future subjects of Errol Morris documentaries alike. Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Drive, pittockmansion.org. 11 am-4 pm. Adults $11, seniors $10, youths $8.

18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

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For the past 18 years, founder Ron Diamond has handpicked shorts from around the world to show at leading animation studios (Pixar, Disney and the like) and top art schools across the country. For the second year, he brings the Animation Show of Shows to theaters across America. Tonight, catch 12 family-friendly hand-drawn, stop-motion and computer-generated shorts from such animators as Academy Award winner Patrick Osbourne (Feast), and another handful of more mature shorts for older viewers. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., cinema21.com. 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Nov. 18-24.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Russian River Night

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Five taps of legendary Russian River beer will take over Green Dragon tonight—with limited-edition bottle sales as well. Expect Supplication sour brown aged in pinot barrels, Temptation sour blonde aged in chardonnay, and Consecration sour dark aged in cab, plus Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 503-517-0660. 5-9 pm.

Divers, Blowout

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Two of Portland’s most notable pop-leaning punk outfits, Divers and Blowout both channel frustration with blustering guitars and heart-on-sleeve sentimentality recalling revved-up Springsteen at his most cathartic. All proceeds from this show go to Not OK PDX, a nonprofit supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 503-473-8729. 8 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.

Something Artsy to Do Every Day From Today to Thanksgiving

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 7: See the Shanghai Acrobatics troupe, one of China’s (and the world’s) most famous circus acts. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $20-$55.

Sept. 8: Check out Juliana Huxtable’s multimedia exhibit that blurs the line “between club and gallery” on the opening night of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 9:30 pm. $60 for festival pass.

Sept. 9: Go to the opening reception for The Space Between, a bright, exuberant collaboration between a Pacific Northwest College of Art professor Ayumi Takahashi and a New York Times illustrator Ryan Bubnis. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 6-9 pm. Free.

Sept. 10: Watch “Collection,” a fashion show/performance art hybrid from Northwest Dance Project. Nel Centro, 1408 SW 6th Ave. 5:30 pm. $100.

Sept. 11: See three female playwrights’ take on a classic at Antigone Project. Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 2 pm. $13.50-$36.

Sept. 12: Watch Keijaun Thomas explore the experience of a femme black person growing up on the street corner as part of the annual Time-Based Art Festival. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 8:30 pm. $60 for festival pass.

Sept. 13: Enjoy a night of soulful harmonies and ’90s nostalgia with Boyz II Men and the Oregon Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $50-$120.

Sept. 14: Spiritual Pop is a collection of radical ’60s-era screenprints by Corita Kent, the singular nun-activist-artist. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. Adults $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free.

Sept. 15: Watch a 200-pound chimp attempt to revive his showbiz career in the comic play Trevor. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $50, under 25 and students $25.

Sept. 16: Rap along to The Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop reimagining of Shakespeare’s farcical play. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St. 7:30 pm. $20.

Sept. 17: Hear unreleased scores from the Legend of Zelda game at Symphony of the Goddess. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $30-$105.

Sept. 18: See a kid-friendly version of Frida Kahlo’s life in Mijita Fridita, a new play from Portland’s only Spanish-language theater. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. 2 pm. $18-$22.

Sept. 19: Explore bamboo garden sculptures by local and Japanese artists at Bending Nature. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave. Noon-7 pm. $9.50, kids under 5 free.

Sept. 20: Meet Ann Patchett, the Faulkner Prize-winning author, as she reads from her new book, Commonwealth. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. 7 pm. Free.

Sept. 21: See August Wilson’s one-man autobiographical play, How I Learned What I Learned. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St. 7:30 pm. $19.

Sept. 22: The Gun Show kicks off CoHo’s 21st season, starring playwright EM Lewis and Portland mainstay Vin Shambry. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm. $20.

Sept. 23: Hillsboro’s retro theater troupe, Bag & Baggage, redoes the cult classic The Graduate. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. 7:30 pm. $25-$30, students and seniors $20-$25.

Sept. 24: Catch the world premiere of Béla Bartók’s dark opera Bluebeard’s Castle, alongside glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $23-$105.

Sept. 25: Watch former Oregonian columnist Margie Boulé as fashion giant Diana Vreeland in the one-woman play Full Gallop. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. 2 pm. $15-$35.

Sept. 26: Explore the photos and audio diaries of the I Am My White Ancestors exhibit. Clackamas Community College’s Alexander Gallery, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. 9 am-5 pm. Free.

Sept. 27: See the U.S. premiere of Fukushima, Mon Amor at Portland’s German Film Festival. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. 7 pm. $10, $8 students and seniors, $6 children.

Sept. 28: Head to Within These Walls, an evening of monologues, poetry and performances addressing the issue of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system. Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave. 7 pm. $15.

Sept. 29: See Bruce Conkle’s Surface Glitch, illustrations that depict the tiny, ominous “glitches” caused by climate change. White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave. Noon-6 pm. Free.

Sept. 30: Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his first novel since 2005’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. 7 pm. Free.

OCTOBER

Oct. 1: See The Soul of Black Art challenge depictions of black America in the past century of art. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St. 11 am-6 pm. Free.

Oct. 2: See Frankenstein: A Cabaret, an adult-themed reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 2 pm. $20, students and seniors $15.

Oct. 3: See iconic film composer Fabio Frizzi perform scores from cult slashers Zombie and Gates of Hell, among others. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 8 pm. $25-$50.

Oct. 4: Watch a group of sandwich artists attempt to make ends “meat and cheese” in the comedy American Hero. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $25.

Oct. 5: Lady Dynamite creator Maria Bamford headlines the fifth annual all-female All Jane (no No Dick) Comedy Festival, which starts tonight. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7:30 pm. VIP festival passes $120, regular passes and individual show tickets will be released at alljanecomedy.org/tickets.

Oct. 6: See White Bird Dance’s Diavolo integrate elements of hip-hop, ballet, gymnastics and acrobatics. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $26-$68.

Oct. 7: Watch Head. Hands. Feet, a theatrical take on tales of dismemberment. Shaking the Tree, 823 SE Grant St. 7:30 pm. $25, students and seniors $20, 19 and under $5.

Oct. 8: See Oregon Ballet Theatre take on Giants—George Balanchine and William Forsythe—and debut original choreography. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 7:30 pm. $25-$146.

Oct. 9: Hear the smooth, dulcet tones of Steve Lehman on the alto sax. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 7 pm. $20-$30.

Oct. 10: See Elizabeth Malaska’s eerie, surrealist nude paintings. Nationale, 3360 SE Division St. Noon-6 pm. Free.

Oct. 11: Hear former Bowie backup vocalist and Grammy-winning jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm. $20-$30.

Oct. 12: Watch jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis perform with the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $40-$120.

Oct. 13: See Black Girl, an exploration of black womanhood through original choreography and music. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $26-$68.

Oct. 14: See Northwest Dance Project give Maurice Ravel’s Boléro a modern update. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 7:30 pm. $34-$58.

Oct. 15: Watch The Wong Street Journal to find out how Kristina Wong became a hip-hop star in northern Uganda. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St. 7:30 pm. $20, students $12.

Oct. 16: Hear classics from Mozart and Mendelssohn performed by the Portland Baroque Opera. Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 3 pm. $24-$59.

Oct. 17: Tour Through Rhoda’s Eyes to see paintings, drawings and clothes by Henry Pittock’s granddaughter. Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Drive. 11 am-4 pm. $10, seniors $9, youth 6-18 $7, kids and members free.

Oct. 18: See 10 10-minute plays by 10 different playwrights at Portland in Play. Alder Stage, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $50, under 25 $25.

Oct. 19: Stop by the opening of Hank Bierbaum Fantasizes to see Jack Featherly’s psychedelic brushwork. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St. 11 am-6 pm. Free.

Oct. 20: See an Israeli dance troupe explore the spectrums of color, space and sound at Wallflower. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 8 pm. $25-$34.

Oct. 21: Get your pre-Halloween share of zombies, ghosts, vampires and dance theater at BloodyVox. BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave. 7 pm. Season tickets available at bodyvox.com.

Oct. 22: See Assistance, a satirical play about overworked, underappreciated assistants. The Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave. 7:30 pm. $20, students $10.

Oct. 23: Watch Fly by Night, a darkly comic “rock fable” about a depressed sandwich maker. Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. 2 pm. $20-$40.

Oct. 24: Hear a lecture by Iranian-American art activist and educator Morehshin Allahyari. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 7 pm. Free.

Oct. 25: See the play Hold These Truths about a Japanese-American struggling to reconcile his patriotism with the horror of WWII internment. The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm. $50; student, youth and wheelchair $30.

Oct. 26: Hear National Geographic photojournalist Lynsey Addario talk about her experiences documenting humanitarian crises. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $35-$55.

Oct. 27: Portland memoirist Martha Grover reads from her new book of essays, The End of My Career. Tender Loving Empire, 3541 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 5:30 pm. Free.

Oct. 28: See Chantal Akerman’s 1992 documentary, D’Est, a wordless montage of landscapes captured on a journey from East Germany to Moscow. NW Film Center, 934 SW Salmon St. 7 pm. $9, seniors and students $8, kids $6.

Oct. 29: See Bright Half Life, a play about the love between two women near the end of their lives. Profile Theater, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30. $20-$36.

Oct. 30: See newcomer PDX Contemporary Ballet kick off its second season in Portland with Incipio. N.E.W. Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. 2 pm. $75 for season pass.

Oct. 31: See the Halloween-appropriate thriller The Drowning Girls, a play about three murdered wives. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. 7:30 pm. $25-$30, students and seniors $20-$25.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1: See Meryl Pataky’s abstract neon sculptures, inspired partly by the periodic table of elements. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 1-6 pm. Free.

Nov. 2: See Arvie Smith’s glowing, expansive paintings reflect a lifetime of change for black Americans. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free.

Nov. 3: See Portland’s most experimental theater company take on the Bard’s As You Like It. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Southeast 2nd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.

Nov. 4: See Polaris Dance Company’s fall show Reclaimed. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave. 7:30 pm. $25, children and seniors $20, military and disability $17.50.

Nov. 5: Run around an art museum filled with books, writers and more than 8,000 readers at Wordstock, Portland’s biggest bookfest. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., literary-arts.org.

Nov. 6: Rub elbows with Project Runway winners at the Portland Fashion and Style Awards. Mercedes Benz of Portland, 1605 SW Naito Parkway. 6 pm. Free.

Nov. 7: See the Oregon Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $23-$105.

Nov. 8: See the largest single display of Andy Warhol prints ever in the Pacific Northwest. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free.

Nov. 9: Sleep at the museum, then watch Superstar, a documentary that weaves together three decades of Warhol interview footage. Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. 7 pm. $9, seniors and students $8, kids $6.

Nov. 10: See Lauryn Hill perform with a surprise guest on her Diaspora Calling tour. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8 pm. $57-$202.

Nov. 11: See a Group Exhibit featuring street art-inspired works, photography by Mako Miyamoto, drawings and more. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 1-6 pm. Free.

Nov. 12: Catch the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 93rd fall concert. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $5-$55.

Nov. 13: Watch the play Coyote on a Fence confront our society’s conflicted attitude toward death row. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St. 7:30 pm. $20.

Nov. 14: Hear digital animator and artist Jeremy Rotsztain tell you all about the future. We’re guessing the revolution will be animated. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 7 pm. Free.

Nov. 15: Check out Christopher Michlig’s bright silkscreen and paper 3-D collages. White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave. Noon-6 pm. Free.

Nov. 16: See Michelle Ross’ minimalist pastel paintings featuring geometric designs. Marylhurst University’s Art Gym, 17600 Pacific Highway. Noon-4 pm. Free.

Nov. 17: Watch Reggie Wilson’s Moses, a dance adaptation of the Zora Neale Hurston novel about the African diaspora. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 8 pm. $25-$34.

Nov. 18: See No Strings Attached, a performance that combines pole dancing, puppetry and acrobatics. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $24-$35.

Nov. 19: Catch the play The How and the Why to find out why women menstruate (we already know how!). CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm. $28, under 30 and over 60 $22.50.

Nov. 20: See a stage production of The Oregon Trail, inspired by that computer game where everyone dies of dysentery. The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. 2 and 7:30 pm. $25-$55.

Nov. 21: Hear pianist and MacArthur Genius grant recipient Stephen Hough perform Saint-Saëns. Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $29-$105.

Nov. 22: If you’re not into Thanksgiving, skip one holiday ahead and go see A Civil War Christmas. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $25.

2016 FALL ARTS GUIDE

Portland’s Newest Gallery Is Only Representing Female Artists

This Portland Photographer Captures the New Wave of Women Motorcyclists

“Black Girl: Linguistic Play” Is Bringing Diversity to the Forefront of a Major Portland Dance Company

Portland Is Getting the Classical Latin It’s Been Missing, Thanks to a Genre-Bending Piano Duo

Portland Classical Artist Holland Andrews Has Graduated from GarageBand to a Major Art Residency With Her Operatic Vocal Loops

A Local Playwright Wrote a Play That’s Based on The Oregon Trail Computer Game

This All-Female Frankenstein Cabaret Ties in the Year’s Most Controversial Rape Case

These Prisoners Were Once in Solitary Confinement. Now, They Find Freedom Through Theater

How Cheryl Strayed’s Book of Advice Columns Made the Jump To Broadway—and Even HBO

Mitchell Jackson’s Essays Recall Growing Up in Pre-Gentrified Northeast Portland

These Six Female Curators Might Save Portland’s Art Scene

A Latina Construction Worker Takes Her Advocacy to the Big Screen

Something Artsy to Do Every Day From Today to Thanksgiving

Is the Portland “SlutWalk” Happening This Year?

What happened to the Portland “SlutWalk”? I thought this was going to be an annual thing. I’ve not seen any announcements for this wonderful cultural event.

—KMA

Before I answer, I should mention that KMA has written in before under other noms de plume, and my best email-address triangulation suggests he’s the weirdo who once dropped off a handmade step stool at the WW front desk, labeled “To Dr. Know,” that I still find surprisingly handy to this day. So, um, thanks!

To bring the folks at home up to speed on SlutWalk: In 2011, a police officer named Michael Sanguinetti told a campus crowd in Toronto that female students “should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Everyone laughed politely, and then retired to the veranda for cucumber sandwiches.

Oops, my mistake—actually, Sanguinetti’s comments went extravagantly viral as a near-perfect example of the victim-blaming culture surrounding sexual assault. SlutWalk was founded in response to these remarks: The “slutty” attire worn by marchers proudly asserts a woman’s right to wear (or not wear) whatever she chooses without being shamed for it.

It’s a cause I’m happy to publicize. That said, K, I’d feel a little better about answering your question if you hadn’t sent me the same question last year. Twice.

Sure, maybe you’re a committed feminist hoping to bring attention to a serious societal problem. On the other hand, you might also be that perv in a lawn chair next to the parade route with a tub of Vaseline and a poncho draped over his lap. (The fact that one of your previous letters was signed “Pop Eyeballs” doesn’t exactly help your case.)

Thus, it with some unease that I tell you that, yes, SlutWalk Portland 2016 is Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 2 pm in the Southwest Park Blocks at Salmon Street. The event’s Facebook page has more details. Please feel welcome to show your support—just, y’know, don’t be creepy, OK?

Portland’s Biggest, Multi-Genre Arts Festival Kicks Off This Week

In Portland, there is a time and place(s) for time-based art. The biggest annual arts festival all year starts this Thursday, taking over venues across the city with live dance and theater, experiemental music, immersive visual arts, and, perhaps best of all, late-night parties with a great bar and lots of pfascinating people to watch. Here are our picks for the top events of TBA:2016. The time is now.

The Art of Luv (Part 1): Elliot by Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble

Remember that psychopathic dude who couldn’t get laid, so he shot a bunch of people on the UCSB campus back in 2014? New York-based multimedia artists Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble unpack this for you by responding to this “wound to the body of Love” with an experimental ritual performance that is, at times, surprisingly hilarious. But rest assured, the darkness sets in. Reed College Black Box Theatre, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 7 pm Saturday-Tuesday, Sept. 10-13. $25.

Blind Cinema

We don’t give kids enough credit. During a film screening at the Hollywood Theatre, adult attendees are blindfolded with rows of schoolchildren standing behind them, narrating the film. But this event is deeper than you think: it’s barely imposing on children—instead, it’s exploiting the limitations of human language. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 3 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 7 pm Friday, Sept. 16, 3 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18. $20-40.

Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza

The no. 1 queer event of the social calendar is back, uniting MC Pepper Pepper with some of Portland’s liveliest (and best-dressed) partygoers. The self-proclaimed “A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza” is first-and-foremost a drag show, but with dope music and dance, it’s also a safe space that embraces both identity and absurdity. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 10. $10.

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Booking French artist Christian Rizzo and his all-male ten-member touring performers was no walk in the park. Imagine all the visas. However, this physical, visceral final product was inspired by Christian’s time in Istanbul, where he researched masculinity in traditional dance. Here, you’ll see a sensuality that is surprisingly traditional. PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Room 75. 6:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10. $25.

Distance is Not Separation: Section 1. Selective Seeing: Corners, You, Section 2: Painted Images, Colored Symbols: She’s Hard, She Q

This timely performance, almost a series of cultural flashbacks, touches upon the black femme body and its characterization through sports, societal roles (such as occupations), and even language. Keijaun Thomas utilizes live performances and multimedia installations to explore how black identity ties in with black personhood. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 8:30 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Sept. 11-13. Free.

Don’t Get Me Started

Still think most people wouldn’t spout half of their opinions IRL if they weren’t hiding behind a keyboard? “Don’t Get Me Started” brings trolls to life by rallying a group of local artists, activists, comedians and everyday citizens who will utilize the stage to discuss all the pressing local issues in as uncensored a fashion as pos sible. Expect some New Portland vs. Old Portland banter. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Monday, Sept. 12. $10.

Narcissistic Advance

Narcissister is so much more than a pretty mask. The Brooklyn-based artist and performer supplies her audiences with a public intervention by highlighting the patriarchal portrayal of the female body through mixed media, live performances, and even pornography. Make sure to see her delve into her art as part of TBA’s Field Guide sessions. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St., 8:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10. $20.

New Faithful Disco

What does it mean to be a queer woman? Thanks to L.A.-based choreographer Meg Wolfe, a “power-trio” of queer dancers is going to explore this topic through an original interpretative dance piece. Highlights: there will be lots of disco music, as much of the soundtrack is sampled from the ‘70s. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 6:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11. $25.

Portland Museum of Modern Art: Houseguest

Finally, it happened: a pop-up art museum. Libby Werbel is an artist who wanted to create her own contemporary art museum – and for two days, you can witness its visual art installations and performances in the heart of PDX. This tiny, underground gallery is spontaneous but pertinent. (Currently, Portland doesn’t have an established major contemporary art museum of its own.) Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 11 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Performances begin at 1 pm. Free.

Portland Museum of Modern Art At The Works

Everything and anything goes during this intimate first-time collaboration between PICA and the Portland Art Museum. Mingle with reggae, house music, spirituals and Afrofuturist themes. Dynasty Handbag will add some absurdist humor and Strange Babes will DJ, so that your feet might levitate off the floor. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Friday, Sept. 9. $10.

A Smeary Spot

This science fiction-inspired video installation showcases our relationship with the sun as an “organizing principle of time, place, and ego.” Expect the juxtaposition of dreamy film from the deserts of Southern Utah with black box theater performers citing existential texts. Like the sun itself, the performers will express transition through stylized dance. Now there’s a metaphor. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. Installation: Noon-5:30 pm, Sept. 9-18. Noon-6 pm Thursday-Friday, noon-4 pm Saturday-Sunday Sept. 22-Oct. 20. Reception: 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 8. Free.

Still Life

This ensemble dance cycle at the Portland Art Museum celebrates loss, physically and figuratively. The very choreography of this dance troupe will symbolize death, as with each new cycle, an element of the last will disappear. Here, dance is a “living and dying thing,” and as an audience member, you can also come and go. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 3-8 pm Friday, Sept. 9, noon-5 pm Saturday-Wednesday, Sept. 10-14. Included with museum admission.

18 Things to Do and See in Portland August 26-28

FRIDAY, AUG. 26

Comic Strip

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

Portland’s best stripper comedian, Wendy Weiss, challenges the stereotype that women can’t be funny and hot. This recurring show mixes her passions, making comics take off their clothes while they try to make people laugh. She rings a bell eery few minutes, signaling it’s time for the comic to take off an article of clothing. They usually only get as far as their skivvies. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 503-309-3723. 10 pm. $8. 21+. 

Related: Wendy Weiss is Portland’s Best Stripper Comedian

Dudes

[SHEERIS FILMS] Cult director Penelope Spheeris hits the Hollywood to screen a collection of short films, followed by a screening of her weird, little-seen 1987 cult film Dudes, an odd, feel-good punk-rock road-trip revenge tale. Hollywood Theatre. 8:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Aug. 25-26.

Libretto, Mic Crenshaw, Theory Hazit (beat set), Jon Belz, DJ Ozroc

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[HIP-HOP] In the early 2000s, the Portland hip-hop scene was reigned over by a handful of potent voices, one of the most commanding belonging to Mike “Libretto” Jackson. Along with the Lifesavas’ classic Spirit in Stone, Libretto’s full-length debut, 2004’s Ill-Oet: The Last Element, put Portland on the underground rap radar, catching ears with its blend of sample-based East Coast production and Jackson’s L.A.-raised street knowledge. Just as he was readying his followup, Libretto ended up in federal prison on an armed robbery conviction. He spent his four and a half years of incarceration focusing on self-improvement and filling stacks of notebooks with lyrics. Now free, those lyrics—a mix of autobiography and sociopolitical observations—form the basis of his first post-release project, Gangsta Jazz Vol. 2, which affixes his smooth baritone to crackling jazz loops. And while the rap world at large has changed several times over since he’s been away, his voice remains as authoritative as ever. MATTHEW SINGER. Future Shock, 1914 E Burnside St. 5 pm. Free. All ages. 

Portland Film Fest

Boone
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[INDIE FLICKS] If there were an award for Most Memorable Opening Sequence at this year’s Portland Film Festival, it would go to Boone (5 pm Saturday) screening, a gritty documentary about a struggling goat farm in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley. In the dark of night, we see a man with a flashlight walk into a barn. The beam finds a goat peeing, two more mid-coitus, then finally its target: a doe in labor. The farmer pulls the kid out with his bare hands in a steaming pile of placenta and umbilical cord. Don’t worry, gory animal birth is not a running theme for the 2016 Portland Film Festival, which kicks off this week. But four years in, you can certainly expect to find the work of filmmakers who take cinematic risks. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside St., pdxff.com, Aug. 29-Sept. 5. Festival pass $180, single film $10.

Real Estate, Potty Mouth, Divers

[INDIE POP] Real Estate can rightfully be described as both pleasant and harmless, but in a good way. Inoffensive melodies have their place even in this ugly world, and who better to bring them to your ears than Real Estate? Drawing from groups like the Feelies and the Clean, the band is often accused of being an indie rock band. Don’t let that tag freak you out, though: RE is pure pop, if a little on the lo-fi side. The group emerged from the fey morass of the late-aughts indie scene, toured with Girls (from whom it poached its keyboard player) and Kurt Vile, and while those bands may have faded from prominence, Real Estate hasn’t lost its touch.  BRACE BELDEN. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $18 advance, $22 day of show. In Lola’s Room. 21+.

Ya La Bamba

Y La Bamba
IMAGE: Christal Angelique.

[FATIM-FOLK] For some, September will mark the end of a vanishing act. Portland’s much-admired Latin-folk act Y La Bamba will release its first full-length in more than four years—a deeply personal record called Ojos del Sol. It’s music to the patient ears of frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza’s many fans. But in terms of the evolution that took place within that window, it’s really a flash in time. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, with Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and Haley Heynderickx, on Friday, Aug. 26. 8 pm. $15. 21+.

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

ABC Block Party

[KIDS] The Star Theater is becoming a kids’ play zone. This all-ages dance party offers hula-hooping, a family photo booth, a sing-along, face painting, and an “infant sensory play zone” for those who’ve come to party but can’t yet walk. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-248-4700. 11 am. $10. All ages.

Beer Wars IPA Fest

Emily Joan Greene
Emily Joan Greene

[TASTING] Five states enter. Four will leave looking like chumps. As they’ve done in Bend for five years, 10 Barrel is inviting breweries from Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho to bring out their IPAs, and everybody who shows up blind-tastes the beers. Last year’s winner was Oregon—and this year’s local entrants are 10 Barrel, Barley Brown’s, Boneyard, Breakside, Buoy and Deschutes. We predict a repeat. $5 admission, $1 per taste. 10 Barrel Brewing, 1411 NW Flanders St., 503-224-1700. 5-10 pm.

Brews for New Avenues

[TAP THIS] Brews for New Avenues is one of our favorite charity events of the year. It’s the world’s largest rare-beer auction—think Cantillon—with special one-off collaborations among premium brewers, plenty of beer tappings and appetizers for the crowd, oysters and all sorts of wonderful things, all of which to benefit homeless or at-risk kids. It’s sold out six ways to Sunday, but they’ll open up a few tickets at the door. Check brewsfornewavenues.com for details. Left Bank Annex, 101 N Weidler St.

Lucky Infinity

Maybe America should consider switching to a new political system, like the batshit one in this sci-fi musical from Monkey With a Hat On, a proudly batshit local theater company. America’s Got President replaces our current voting system. The entertainment industry takes over politics. The president spends his time chasing the best orgasm ever. Expect weird, low-budget costumes, uncouth song-and-dance numbers and a hell of a good time if you down enough beer from the Clinton’s dive bar. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 503-238-5588. 8 pm Thursday-Friday and Sunday, Aug 25-28. $5.

The Measure of a Man

[WHAT TO WATCH] The economy is in the gutter and the world doesn’t give a shit about anyone. These grating sentiments are reflected in Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, a film defined by our current era of career paranoia and detachment. Our hero, Thierry (spectacularly played by Vincent Lindon), searches for work after being let go by a high-paying employer. With a persistently furrowed brow, he faces endless challenges that place his dignity into question while seeking financial support for his family. As cathartic as a drunken sing-along to Elliott Smith, Brizé’s film is a beautifully painful tale of moral desperation in which people are expendable and money is everything. NR. CODY DEAN. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Saturday and 4:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 27-28.

Minus the Bear, This Will Destroy You

Minus the Bear plays Wonder Ballroom tonight. IMAGE: Courtesy of William Morris Entertainment.
Minus the Bear plays Wonder Ballroom tonight. IMAGE: Courtesy of William Morris Entertainment.

[MATH ROCK] It’s been a minute since we last heard anything from Seattle math-rock quartet Minus the Bear—though its last LP, 2012’s Infinity Overhead, was dense and rewarding enough to hold up after several revisits. Expertly crafted off-time hooks, rhythm-section synergy most musicians can only dream of, and a singer who sort of sounds like indie rock’s answer to Seal all combine to make the smartest answer to OK Computer-era Radiohead that the Northwest can conjure. Consider how many other indie bands are as unanimously adored by some of the most arrogant people alive: Guitar Center clerks. Do you need any more of an endorsement? CRIS LANKENAU. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.

Noche de Película

[LATINX] Portland Latino Gay Pride, an 11-year-old volunteer organization, does movie night at the Hollywood with four short docs celebrating Latinx and LGBTQ lives. After the films, everyone 21 and over is invited to the after-party at Columbia River Brewing. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org. 7 pm. $9.

SUNDAY, AUG. 28

CoHo Lab: Intimacy//Heaven//Honey

Northwest’s CoHo Theater is a blank black box during the summer, when theater season lulls to a trickle of Shakespeare in the Park. That makes it the perfect incubator for CoHo’s new theater program which lets independent artists rehearse and perform in the space. This week, you’ll be asked to hold hands with a stranger or join the dance in Sascha Blocker’s The Intimacy Project. Then, Heaven or Helen tells the mind-fucking story of a Columbia University psychologist who heard voices. Don’t let the final act scare you away—The Honey of His Music Vows is about “love in the age of text messaging”—these are exciting young artists you’ve seen on stages around Portland, and this is a rare chance to see them take the reins. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 503-220-2646. 8 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. $10.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings
(courtesy of Laika Entertainment)

[GRADE: A ] Laika’s late-summer bid for animation domination manages multiple triumphs. It’s an original story that feels lived in, a kid-focused fable with real stakes, and it’s a high-octane spectacle full of white-knuckle action and terrifying creatures that’s matched every step of the way by heart. In telling the tale of a one-eyed boy (Art Parkinson) in an ancient Japanese village, the Portland studio throws a lot at the screen. There are battles with building-sized skeletons, morbid floating apparitions and snarling beasts. Yet amid the eye-popping visuals, the film still takes time for small moments of tenderness. It’s glorious. Rated PG.

Mukja! Korean Food Fest

[MOMOFUKU] Holy crap. If you go to only one 12-chef Korean food extravaganza with dishes from James Beard Award finalists (Rachel Yang), Momofuku alums (Johanna Ware, Peter Cho, Deuki Hong), TV celebuchefs (Gregory Gourdet) and award-winning food carts (Kim Jong Grillin’), make it this one. Tix at kacoregon.org/kfoodfest. Ecotrust Event Spaces, 921 SW Ninth Ave. 1 pm. $70-$100.

Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa

[HASTA LA BUENA VISTA] Buena Vista Social Club may have closed its doors after last year’s 20th-anniversary “Adios Tour,” but two of its stalwarts continue to deliver the mambo, cha cha cha, son and other Afro-Caribbean music, as well as the feel-good redemption story that fueled the old-school Cuban musicians’ late-career success. Both have been performing professionally since childhood—which in the case of 85-year-old jazz singer Omara Portuondo, means 70 years—unlike other Buena Vistans who emerged from long retirements. The always-cowboy-hatted Eliades Ochoa joined Grupo Patria in the 1970s, and the group has continually added new rhythms and other features to the traditional son foundation. The band he’ll bring to the zoo (including trumpets and piano) features young musicians from his native Santiago de Cuba. The two legends will perform separately with their own bands, and together. BRETT CAMPBELL. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road. 7 pm Sunday, Aug. 28. $32.50-$92.50. All ages.

Shy Girls, the Last Artful Dodgr, My Body

The Last Artful, Dodgr
IMAGE: Devin Tolman.

[NOT-SO-HIDDEN GEM] It’s not uncommon for the headliner to be a safe bet instead of the most compelling artist, and that’s case here. The Last Artful Dodgr has been leading the Portland hip-hop scene with her melodic raps and a voice that’s both chameleonic and distinct. She can transform from nasally and soulful to hard-hitting and aggro in a matter of seconds. That’s not to dismiss Shy Girls, though. Producer Dan Vidmar makes some seriously smooth bedroom pop, and his recent single “I Am Only a Man” is a lesson in anthemic yet atmospheric songwriting. SHANNON GORMLEY. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 8:30 pm. $5 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

21 Things To Do and See in Portland Aug 19-21

FRIDAY, AUG. 19

Brainwaves’ Fan Appreciation

[IMPROV] Portland’s longest-running improv ensemble has been doing long- and medium-form comedy for 30 years. This is a show for their friends. Free food, free drinks, old friends returning to stage and so many Easter eggs, you’ll think Jesus is come again. Free food? That makes us friends. Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave. 8 pm. $5. 

Heatwave

(Meegan Barnes)
(Meegan Barnes)

[FINE ART] I’ve been trying to come up with a demure way to describe the group show at Stephanie Chefas Projects this month, but nothing polite does it justice. So here goes: Heatwave feels like a hot fuck in the middle of an August afternoon in Los Angeles after you’ve come home sticky from the beach with the taste of salt still on your tongue. Meegan Barnes’ high-gloss ceramic sculptures are female forms cut off above their tiny waists and below their sun-kissed thighs, leaving nothing but thong-clad asses that drip gold luster like sweat. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave., Suite 202, 503-719-6945. Through Sept. 3.

Related: I like big butts and I cannot lie

Kill Rock Stars’ 25th Birthday Party

[FOR THE RECORD BOOK] When you pick up a record from Kill Rock Stars, you might have little idea what you’re going to hear, but you know what you’re going to get. Since it launched in Olympia, Wash., the year punk broke—and pretty close to the month—the label has prided itself on placing substance above style, emphasizing leftist political principles over any easily placed musical aesthetic. We asked Portia Sabin, who took over as president from founder Slim Moon in 2006, to name the records that have come to define Kill Rock Stars for her. Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., on Friday, Aug. 19. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Los Tigres del Norte

(Associated Press photo)
(Associated Press photo)

[NORTEÑO LEGENDS] The U2 of Latin folk music is a five-piece accordion band famed for its stories of real people. On this year’s release, Ataúd, the band continues its ballad-filled tradition, offering relatable songs about life’s greatest struggles. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm. $35-$85. All ages.

Rack & Cloth Pop-Up

[DRINK] Rack & Cloth cider is both terrific and far up the Columbia River Gorge in a secluded farmhouse. Rev. Nat’s will bring it close to home with eight taps, including three one-offs that have never left the farm. Expect a two-deep vertical flagship stony pig, plus peach and cherry cider, wild cider and others. Oh, and if you want farm-fresh eggs or peaches from the farm instead? It will sell those too. Reverend Nat’s Cidery & Public Taproom, 1813 NE 2nd Ave., 503-567-2221. 4-11 pm.

Tomatofest

[SAMPLES] Turns out Green Zebra grocery is not named after a weirdly-colored animal. It is named after a type of tomato, a tomato whose season just started. To celebrate the arrival of green zebra tomatoes, the grocery is throwing a two-day party with tomato-tastings and a live chili roasting. Friday at Green Zebra Lloyd, 808 NE Multnomah Ave., 11 am-2 pm and Saturday at Green Zebra Kenton, 3011 N Lombard Ave., 11 am-2 pm. Free.

Workin’ the Tease

[STRIP FOR PP] Burlesque is equal parts fundraising and therapy for Thomas, who goes by Kitty Kat DeMille when touring with her nonprofit pinup shows, Workin’ the Tease, which is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. “We’re really good at reining in money,” Thomas says. The last time her company, Do Right Industries, came to town, it sold out the eastside’s Crush Bar. Now, Thomas is bringing her crew back for a PP benefit at Dante’s. Read about the 450-pound stripper who inspired Kitty KatDante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 9:30 pm Friday, Aug. 19. $20-$35. 21+.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20

Batman

[FLASHBACK FLICK] In Tim Burton’s super film, Jack Nicholson pulled off the miracle of making a damaged gangster in clown makeup seem damaged without tattooing the word “damaged” on his fucking forehead. Academy Theater, showing Aug. 19-25.

Belly Dance Off

(photo by Casey Campbell Photography)
(photo by Casey Campbell Photography)

[ROLLIN’] There are many secrets behind belly dancing. One is that there’s a lot of improvisation behind those rolling umbilical regions. Here, a panel of judges gives constructive feedback while the audience gets to score dancers and shake their own stuff at intermission when the dance floor opens up. The live music from Ritim Egzotik melds Turkish classics with modern rock and jazz. But what the hell do we know about belly dancing? With a full, multicourse dinner included in the ticket price, at least there’s no question that bellies will be satiated. Tony Starlight Showroom, 1125 SE Madison St. 6 pm Saturday, Aug. 20. $25 show only, $59 includes dinner.

The Body and Full of Hell, Thrones, Ruminant

[BUMPIN’ GRINDCORE] Since Napalm Death invented the subgenre in the mid-1980s there has been, at any given time, exactly one good grindcore band. Currently, that band is Maryland’s Full of Hell. Tonight, the group teams with Portland’s own experimental punk act, the Body, bringing to life the two bands’ excellent collaborative album, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which shifts the gears slightly from unrelenting fury toward a more contemplative, electronics-driven miasma of noise, punk and oppressive filth. Two of extreme music’s noisiest bands together on one stage—it’s a match made in Hell. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. Contact venue for ticket prices. 21+.

Related: The Know is closing.

Classical Revolution PDX presents Music From Hell

[SINFUL SYMPHONICS] The concept: local classical music sophisticates hand-pick an array of performances too risqué even for purgatory, with 12 minutes of stage time to pay tribute to the underworld. Scheduled performances include cello-burlesque, Gregorian chants reinterpreted for electric harp and a demonic pianist. The Twilight Orchestra kicks the night off with a gothic symphony and DJ Kirin Moorty will no doubt wear out the grooves on “Enter Sandman,” Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” and that Rolling Stones song from the end of Interview With the Vampire. Coat check will also be issuing tickets for anyone wishing to abandon all hope before entering. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 8 pm Saturday, Aug. 20. $10. 21+.

Related: We went for tacos and margs at the six most bougie taco spots in Southeast Portland—here’s the Best of Everything.

Federale

[TAGLIERINI WESTERN] Ever since a handful of locally based, globally feted tastemakers first embraced the misterioso-profundo orchestral élan of Sergio Leone-styled film scores, discussions of Federale inevitably invoke “cinematic” as a key descriptor. True, the band’s members insist each of their albums primarily exist as soundtracks for genre flicks of their own minutely detailed imagining. Still, in the laziest critical shorthand, cinematic music generally means instrumental music—approachable evocations of hummable, shimmering menace, particularly—and that no longer strictly applies to Federale. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 6 and 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Early show all ages, late show 21+.

Friends with Benedicts

[COMEDY + COCKTAILS] Start Saturday with mimosas and Bri Pruett’s brunch bunch of standup comedians. This month’s lineup includes Seattleites Maddie Downes and Natalie Holt, plus local hairstylist Chris Ettrick, who was a finalist for Portland Funniest Person at Helium this year, and Paul Schlesinger of the sporadic Comedy Is OK show. The Lamp, 3023 SE Milwaukie Ave. 1 pm. $5 suggested donation. 

Gold Panda

[BREXIT MUSIC] England’s vote to leave the European Union hit producer Derwin Panda hard. To cope, he bottled his anxiety and looming fears into a surprise EP titled Kingdom, an album more downtempo and melancholic than its predecessors, reflecting simultaneously the nervousness of the time and the search for calm amid the chaos. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 9 pm. $16. 21+.

Sam Coomes

[NU-PORTLAND BLUES] Sam Coomes is not one to play it straight. A key fixture of the local scene since his time in Heatmiser in the early ’90s, Coomes has helped create some of the finest music ever to come out of the Pacific Northwest, both with Quasi—his rocksichord-pop duo with drummer Janet Weiss—and through session and production work for the likes of Built to Spill, Sleater-Kinney and Bugskull. He’s a wicked guitar player and underrated songwriter, but on his debut recording under his own name, he veers sharply to the left, constructing an intentionally spooky, uncommercial album. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., with Clark and the Himselfs and Marisa Anderson. 9:30 pm. $10. 21+.

SUNDAY, AUG 21

Electric Summer

Thomas Teal, White Owl Social Club
Thomas Teal, White Owl Social Club

[POP-UP] For years, White Owl’s Tia Vanich and Departure’s Gregory Gourdet have thrown blowout potlucks for the industry set—Electric Summer PDX takes it public with a fine food-EDM mashup on the White Owl patio with food from Bamboo, Biwa, Blue Hour, Chicken and Guns, Clyde Common, the Country Cat and the rest of the alphabet, plus shit-tons of music and a best-dressed contest, just to make sure you come dressed properly. $10 cheap. White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Ave., 503-236-9672. 3 pm-1 am. $10. 21+.

Becky Robinson

[STAND-UP] Becky with the good hair is in from L.A. This Portland native is back for one night, taking a break from MTV’s Wild ’n Out. She hasn’t made her big break yet, but she has Comedy Central credits on shows like Not Safe With Nikki Glaser and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she reps Leslie Jones. That’s enough. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. 7:30 pm. $12. 21+.

Related: One of Portland’s best standup comedians is leaving the city, so we asked him for a tour of his favorite spots.

Kubo and the Two Strings

[BLOCKBUSTER] Laika’s late-summer bid for animation domination manages multiple triumphs. It’s an original story that feels lived in, a kid-focused fable with real stakes, and it’s a high-octane spectacle full of white-knuckle action and terrifying creatures that’s matched every step of the way by heart. Read the full review and buy tickets.

The Lion King

[BROADWAY] The Broadway production never fully separates itself from the experience of watching the movie in a theater as a 6-year-old. That’s because it doesn’t want to. The play opens the same as the movie: the sun rising over the desert as animals from all across the savannah come to serenade the new king with “The Circle of Life.” From birds that fly like kites at the end of a fishing line, to the two-person elephants stomping down the orchestra-level aisles, to the cheetah licking her paws—it’s all really impressive stuff. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 503-241-1802. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, 1 and 6:30 pm Sunday, through Sept. 4. $30-$150.

Mic Capes, Rasheed Jamal, Maze Koroma

PDX Pop Now
Mic Capes (Megan Nanna)

[ACTIVIST RAP] Mic Capes and Rasheed Jamal are ruling the Portland rap scene right now. Capes’ most recent single, “One 4 O’Shea,” is a “fuck the police” anthem that’s blisteringly poignant but also conveys a sense of frustrated exhaustion. Jamal has a lot to say, too, in his proudly twisted-up, Southern-rooted rap. “Can we please have a moment of violence?” he raps on “Urban Decay,” a track from last year’s Sankofa. Capes is still teasing his album Concrete Dreams, but he recently held a listening party in town, implying he’s for-real close this time. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

Related: The time Mic Capes performed at City Hall.

Proscenium Live

[THEATER] Portland Shakespeare Project’s annual festival of new works is just about as exciting as free theater extravaganzas get. Local stage icons like Tobias Anderson (King Lear at Post5), Orion Bradshaw, Michael Mendelson and Crystal Muñoz star in four nights of free shows. A highlight is Pericles Wet (7:30 pm Sunday), directed by one of Portland’s top directors, Matthew Zrebski. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 503-241-1278. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21. Free.