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DEAR SIR—For some reason I read your piece and now I have to respond to it. I know being in the media gives you a license to twist the truth whichever suits your purpose, but when you start in on the Holy Bible and crank up the media twist machine, please have some knowledge of what you are talking about. You used 1 Tim 2:12, for example. Well, the meaning of that verse was Paul simply cautioning women (and men) to learn about the scriptures with an attitude or manner of silence. He was NOT saying that a woman had no say or to be submissive to men. You also mentioned Psalm 137, “Happiness and smashing of babies on the rocks.” Once again you cranked up the media twist machine and got that all wrong, or at least implied the reason the Jews were happy (in your words, smashing babies on the rocks). My friend, you cannot take a verse or a poem written in the Old Testament and apply it and understand it in today’s world with out having some background or knowledge of the way things were back before Christ was born. I know that this is about ratings, but be careful of the road you travel getting those ratings. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. GMundy 69 ALBANIAN SUNSET RE: “So I Saw The Expendables 2 for You Guys” [Blogtown, Aug 20], in which Film Editor Erik Henriksen briefly contends that there are no sunsets in Albania.
Really? They don’t have sunsets in Albania? That’s weird because it is a country that’s right in the Mediterranean—for those who DON’T KNOW—smack in the middle of Southeastern Europe with the most amazing sunsets at sea, mountain, lake, rivers. It might have been a VERY poor country— what do you expect after living 50 years under a communist tyranny? They have the best they could, trying to learn everything from the beginning. Think of it this way: AlDOGGED RE: “Weenie Dog Week” [I Love Television, bania was revived after being 50 years in a Aug 9], in which author Wm. Steven Hum- coma, and has to learn everything as a newphrey suggests a weenie-dog alternative to born, so don’t go make fun of Albanians and Shark Week, arguing that weenie dogs are Albania. It is a shame that it is being used as far more vicious. It is pretty clearly intend- the backdrop for a lot of crime-infested movies, the least you could do is [not] slander the ed to be humorous. populace and the God-given sunsets. posted by Rezarta Dyryzi-Zotaj Traveling through Portland, I came across your publication. On pg. 49 is the statement (intended to be humorous, I CONGRATULATIONS TO REZARTA think), “Because of their German descent, for that convincing defense of the Alnot only do they despise Jews and homo- banian sunset! Your firm grasp of gesexuals, they hate all races.” The “they” in ography has earned you two tickets the article refers to a breed of dogs. I think to the Laurelhurst Theater, where the your editor really screwed up big time when Albanian sunset shall never be disrehe or she allowed this sentence to appear. It spected in such a fashion ever again. is really offensive. COVER ART: Tom Brown
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MONDAY, AUGUST 20
We hold the following truth to be self-evident: American Idol is a dismal failure without the pill-popping antics of Paula Abdul. However, the show is trying to regain its “crazy as a batshit bedbug” status by hiring “crazy as a batshit bedbug” Mariah Carey as their newest judge, and paying her a whopping $18 million a year. But apparently? One bedbug is not enough. The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Nicki Minaj—the insanely annoying rapper who sounds like a teakettle filled with helium—is close to signing on as bedbug judge BATSHIT BEDBUG number two… which isn’t making bedbug judge number one happy at all! TMZ reports that Mariah angrily “hung up the phone” upon hearing this news, because she assumed she’d be the only woman on the panel. Then Mariah became even more furiouser upon learning that young, hot Katy Perry was also offered (but refused) a judging seat—even after being offered $20 million a year. (We’re getting the impression that Mariah wouldn’t be happy if her judging partner was a mop and bucket.) But listen to the potentially best news of the week! American Idol has also approached Kanye West with the judging gig—who has reportedly “expressed interest.” EEEEEE!! Can you imagine Kanye and Mariah judging the psychologically fragile contestants on American Idol? Those poor kids would be treated the same way Britney Spears treats a bucket of fried chicken.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
By jove, wot’s all this then, guv’nah? According to TMZ, young Prince Harry was on leave from military tour in Afghanistan, when he was photographed cavorting around in the nude during a Las Vegas hotel room shindig. Quite a sticky wicket, wot? But don’t get your banger in a mash just yet! According to a very British inside source, Harry was just larking about. “He’s a lad!” the source said, possibly while quaffing his second Guinness of the morning. “This is just him messing about on holiday. The photos look sleazier than they are… they were just playing strip billiards.” Wait… “strip billiards”? Those Brits are kinky! Unfortunately for the playboy prince, the rest of the royal family were… oh, how shall we put it? Not amused. “He got a stern tellingoff from his father, Prince Charles,” a BUM-LASHER tut-tutting source told Radar Online, “as well as from the Queen, who reminded him of his responsibilities as a member of the royal family.” Oh, but the bum lashing doesn’t stop there! Not only did Harry get a reprimand from the commanding officer of his regiment, but according to England’s Sunday Mirror, he’s been given the old heave-ho by crumpet gal pal Cressida Bonas, who was reportedly “humiliated” after eyeballing the pics depicting nude Harry gadding about with an assortment of naked birds. (Luckily for Harry, “bird” is British slang for “girl.”)
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And now it’s time for the “Lindsay Lohan Legal Tip of the Day.” TMZ tells us that LiLo is being seriously eyeballed by police for an incident that went down this past weekend at a posh Hollywood Hills party in which the owner was robbed of “several expensive watches and sunglasses”—and of course, Lindsay’s pals are the primary suspects! The owner of the multimillion dollar mansion who was tossing the allnight soiree invited Lindsay, who in turn brought along brother Cody, her assistant, and the two allegedly skeevy suspects. Lindsay and crew were leaving the party around noon the next day (!!), when the owner suddenly discovered he’d been robbed, and told everyone to stay until the police arrived. Now—here comes the legal advice to which everyone should always adhere: When the cops began to question Lindsay about the stolen articles, she replied, “Am I a suspect?” When the cops answered, “no,” Lindsay bid them both a good day and hopped on SUSPICIOUS! the next flight out of state. NICE. (Don’t be shocked! When you get into as much trouble as Lindsay, you learn a thing or two about the law.)
That’s right! You have just over one month th left to submit your entry for America’s sweetest homegrown porn festival, HUMP! 2012! Amateur filmmakers from all over the Northwest are frantically putting the final sexy touches on their five-minute-long homemade dirty movie—all in hopes of making the final cut for the HUMP! film festival coming to Portland in early November! If you haven’t attended HUMP! before, ask anyone who has and they’ll tell you there’s nothing quite like a theater full of happy, shrieking, laughing people watching porn together. BUT! How are you going to show off your stuff and possibly win the grand prize of $5,000, if you don’t enter? The submission deadline for HUMP! 2012 is 5 pm on Friday, October 5… which is just a little over a month away! Look, we know you can do it. Portland boasts the sexiest, horniest, most creative
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
This just in: Lip-biting Twilight cheat Kristen Stewart has been spotted in public! The young starlet who was photographed in an icky embrace with her much older Snow White director has been out of the public eye since being kicked out of her shared home with longtime boy-toy Robert Pattinson. (She was probably pretty busy chewing her lip and sobbing inconsolably.) But today she was spotted on the streets of Los Angeles wearing… wait. RPat’s baseball cap, backpack, and the ring he gave her? “Rob’s not sure what she’s trying to prove,” said an anonymous RPat pal about the pic. “It’s got him wondering what kind of mind games she’s playing.” Allow us to give you a hint, dear. Wearing your ex-boyfriend’s things isn’t “a mind game”—but if she covers her entire body in pale, glittery makeup and begins drinking blood? Start worrying.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
“I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours,” Lance Armstrong insisted yesterday as he finally gave up his fight against accusations he used performanceenhancing drugs. While Armstrong said he’d grown sick of the “charade” and “witch hunt,” his surrender stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics. IN RELATED NEWS… Hubby Kip has defiantly written the following on the whiteboard on the fridge: “I know who won Mass Effect 3 for the seventh time, all my Xbox friends know who won Mass Effect 3 for the seventh time, EVERYONE knows who won Mass Effect 3 for the seventh time,” he wrote, followed by, “just so we’re clear, Annie, its me!” MEANWHILE… John Mayer has dumped Katy Perry. “She is making it seem like it wasn’t serious with John, but she is hurt,” a source tells Us. To provide perspective, Yahoo! OMG notes that Mayer
has now broken up with Perry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, and Jennifer Aniston. And yet: John Mayer is not attractive. Truly, this is one of the great mysteries of our age.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
Mitt Romney is using “a secretive datamining project that sifts through Americans’ personal information—including their purchasing history and church attendance— to identify new and wealthy donors,” the Guardian reports. Yes, this is exactly as creepy as it sounds. SPEAKING OF CREEPS… Right-wingers are preparing for next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida! “The party platform is likely to embrace a tough anti-abortion stance and strict curbs on immigration,” the New York Times reports, adding that some Republican leaders fear they’re “becoming a smaller, older, whiter, and more male party.” Smaller? Maybe. But it’d be impossible for Republicans to get any older, whiter, or more male. MEANWHILE… The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died at age 82 today. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” inspired an entire planet— including, most likely, Bill Nye the Science Guy, who raised the ire of biblethumpers when a video of him discussing evolution went viral this weekend. “Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution,” Nye pointed out. “I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution, and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.” People, like, say, Neil Armstrong.
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
Here’s a terrifying thought: Rihanna Kardashian. The somewhat-less-than-bright singer—who, just last week, told Oprah that she still cared for Chris Brown, the man who brutally beat her—went on a date this weekend! Alas, it was with Rob Kardashian, a member of the anus-clenchingly horrid Kardashian family… and a man who already has a girlfriend. You sure know how to pick ’em, Ri-Ri. MEANWHILE… Shia LaBeouf is vowing only to work with auteurs like Lars von Trier, Robert Redford, and John Hillcoat, who directed the star’s latest film, Lawless. LaBeef says he’s done with studios, characterizing them as financiers who “give you the money, then get on a plane and come to the set and stick a finger up your ass and chase you around for five months.” Thanks for the visual, Shia. We look forward to your inevitable return in Transformers 4. SORRY TO END THE WEEK ON A BUZZKILL... and this is so the last thing we want MOMMY DEAREST to dwell on, but here’s the tweet Snooki sent out today: “I am SO IN LOVE with my son Lorenzo Dominic ! I had my little man last night, healthy at 6lbs! HE’S MY WORLD! ♥ ” Snooki’s publicist, meanwhile, sent out a press release: “The world just got another Guido!!!” Dears, the End of Days has come. You might know it by its other name: Jersey Shore: The Next Generation.
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City Takes Another Step Toward Easing Cops out of the Suicide Business by Denis C. Theriault HEEDING CALLS by advocates to find new ways to keep police officers and publicsafety dispatchers out of the very touchy suicide-response business, this fall Portland officials are moving forward with yet another initiative meant to divert mental-health calls from 911. On Wednesday, August 29, Portland City Council was expected to spend $150,000 to shore up the suicide prevention services offered by Lines for Life (formerly known as the Oregon Partnership). The sixmonth program will help the nonprofit roll out a new hotline that government officials, ministers, and leaders in the queer community will all promote as the first and best number to call—not 911—for someone in crisis. Final details will be released in a few more weeks—just in time to mark Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—and skeptics already are coming forward. But if the project is successful, it could prompt even deeper changes in the way suicide calls are handled in Portland. “The hope is people will call this number instead of 911,” says Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city’s 911 dispatchers and who helped push for the grant along with Mayor Sam Adams. “Their staff and volunteers have extensive training in risk assessment and counseling. Our operators get some training, but not nearly to the same extent.” The shift comes as traditional safetynet services for the mentally ill unravel in the face of budget cuts, contributing to a doubling, just over the past decade, in the
number of suicide calls handled by Portland police. The perils of that dynamic came into focus earlier this year when Portland police officers wound up shooting a suicidal man atop a downtown parking garage [“This Just Isn’t Working,” News, Feb 2].
“non-threatening” ones over to Multnomah County’s crisis call center. County and city officials both confirm that hundreds of calls have been diverted from 911 to the county since that program started on May 30. Meanwhile, the police bureau also has tentative plans to create its own mental health reporting unit. “We just put a lot of time and energy into making a go of the county program,” says Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association of Portland. “This sounds like a competitive, confusing scenario.” City officials, including the mayor, agree the goal should be one suicide hotline number. It could be, however, that the city is already thinking of ending its 911 relationship with the county. Which would leave the Lines for Life project as the city’s main focus. NICK PATTON David Austin, a spokesman for Lines for Life claims that 98 percent of its Multnomah County, says it’s too early to calls—more than 17,000 last year—are solved draw conclusions about the success of the without help from cops. Tom Parker, a spokes- program after just a few months. Both sides man for the nonprofit, says that’s because its are supposed to step back in November and volunteers can do things that 911 dispatchers see if they want to deepen the relationship. can’t do: take calls that involve a weapon or But sources in city hall tell the Mercury that the prospect of imminent harm, and spend as officials are cooling on the arrangement. long as it takes until a call “de-escalates.” Fritz says the Portland Bureau of EmerAll that said, the project isn’t without de- gency Communications would review both tractors. Some advocates worry the city will projects next year. Asked about the chance send mixed signals about where people in that 911 dispatchers would also start sendcrisis—or loved ones worried about them— ing calls to Lines for Life instead of the should turn. county, she wouldn’t rule it out. The city is already in the midst of a sepa“We may eventually get to that,” she rate 911 experiment, advocates note. Under says. For now, “we’re seeing how it works that project, when suicide calls do come to out. Next year, we can modify all of our 911, dispatchers are supposed to send the protocols.”
The Great Skate Debate
City Weighs Plan to Require Helmets, Ban Night Skating by Sarah Mirk PORTLAND BOASTS an international reputation as a skate-friendly city. But city council, the Mercury has learned, is weighing a plan to add some compromises to Portland’s progressive pro-skateboarding laws. Since 2001, Portland’s city codes have granted skaters the same rights to the road as cyclists. That could change Wednesday, September 5, when the council votes on a new skating ordinance. A draft of that ordinance would ban skating on specific Southwest Portland streets after 10 pm, increase skate-violation tickets from $25 to $115, and—most controversially—create a citywide all-ages helmet law for anyone on a skateboard, roller skates, or scooter. Irritation among some residents of Arlington Heights, the ritzy neighborhood around Washington Park whose steep, winding streets have become a favorite route for downhill skaters, is driving the change. Citing noise and fear of running over skaters, a handful of neighbors asked Commissioner Randy Leonard’s office to propose a blanket skating ban on 10 streets
around Washington Park [“Rogues and Bones,” Feature, July 5]. That idea took heat from both police—who said enforcing the ban would likely be impossible—and skaters, who argued that an education campaign would do more to improve safety. City council’s June vote on the idea was pushed to September, giving the groups all summer to hash out a new plan. Since then, a coalition of skaters and city bureau representatives have launched “Skate Friendly PDX,” installing skate-etiquette signs in Washington Park and making a skate-law pamphlet and web video. The police also upped traffic law enforcement in SW Portland this summer, handing out 33 citations on the contested streets, including 10 to drivers and 21 to skaters. Skaters involved in the public policy process actually support the idea of banning skating in the West Hills from 10 pm to 7 am. “Each side has to give for people to be happy,” says downhill skater Billy “Bones” Meiners, who helps run the Skate Friendly PDX campaign. “Skateboarders aren’t go-
ing to leave, but at the least we can try to be respectful and not noisy. We have to work with the neighbors.” But skaters say they won’t support the proposal if it includes a mandatory helmet law—and other elements that spell out how to properly skate (like a requirement that skaters ride single file and cannot sit or kneel on their boards). Leonard staffer Stu Oishi said the office included those provisions at the request of neighbors, noting that the city already requires people younger than 16 to wear helmets when biking. The draft ordinance’s language notes that many skateboarders do not wear helmets and “frequently violate traffic laws” by staging races, veering across lanes. But Meiners says skating without a helmet isn’t always unsafe—pointing out, under the new law, that a quick ride to the coffee shop on quiet streets could snag him a $115 ticket if he doesn’t wear a helmet. “I think helmets are a great idea,” Meiners says, “but helmet laws are very foolish.”
NEWS The Fight for a Night’s Sleep by Denis C. Theriault LAST WEEK was a good week for the “sleep activist”/street guru who answers to Kernel Loose-Nut—the guy arrested this spring for the alleged crime of sleeping on a wooden pallet, and the same guy who, nine months ago, helped start the camping-ban prayer vigil outside city hall. In a Multnomah County courtroom on Thursday, August 23, the Kernel won a key victory in what’s become a legal jihad against city rules that ban homeless Portlanders from erecting things like tents and tarps and other “temporary structures” in hopes of eking out a decent night’s sleep despite lousy weather. The Kernel argued that the city’s definition of an illegal “structure” is too vague to be consistently (and fairly) enforced, and Judge Stephen Bushong was sympathetic. He also cleared the Kernel, AKA Moses Wrosen, of interfering with a police officer—something that’s difficult to do when you’ve gone limp in an act of civil disobedience. After court, the Kernel tweeted a celebratory picture of himself in a shirt and tie—a departure from the hot pants and midriff-baring shirts he often sports in the summer. And he explained his crusade by saying he had a “moral obligation” to challenge the city. “To prohibit sleep, by making it illegal for people to protect themselves and their belongings from the elements, is immoral and amounts to torture,” the Kernel says he testified in court. The Kernel did have a solid ally in his fight: civil rights attorney Michael Rose, fresh from successfully defending the naked Transportation Security Administration protester, John Brennan, against charges of public indecency. If Bushong was already leaning the Kernel’s way, Rose’s closing arguments likely helped make up his mind. “We won acquittal on both ends of a classic civil disobedience lie-in case and a possible inroad on a troubling city policy,” Rose said in a statement. “This is especially pleasing.” Ironically, the verdict came the day after Portland City Council settled a nearly four-year-old federal civil rights suit targeting the city’s anti-camping laws. The city, under the terms of that settlement, was allowed to keep its ban on structures with a promise, instead, to take better care of homeless campers’ things if and when campsites are cleared. Not everyone is thrilled with that outcome. The Kernel sees an opportunity to keep fighting the city’s anti-sleep laws—maybe through “a pallet-building party,” he jokes. And he hopes his case might also help dozens of Occupy Portland protesters fend off their own bogus “interfering with a cop” charges. “This doesn’t change the law,” the Kernel told me. “It’s one judge’s opinion. But it’s a step.” August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 7
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Keep on Zoobombing
Portland’s Irrepressible Bike Group Marks 10 Years by Sarah Mirk
STILL CRAZY: Zoobombers swarm Mayor Sam Adams in 2009.
AGAINST ALL ODDS, Zoobomb is 10. Portland’s arguably best-known and least-definable bike club has been hauling absurd varieties of bicycles up to the zoo’s MAX stop and hurtling down Washington Park’s steep hills every single Sunday night for the past 10 years. In a town where clubs, bands, and traditions come and go, Zoobomb has stuck around, and the group is marking its 10th anniversary with five days of festivities this week. Over time, the group that started as a hilarious good time—and was alternately pinned as a public menace or annoying mob—has become a genuine public institution. In 2009, Mayor Sam Adams helped unveil a Regional Arts and Culture Councilfunded art piece on SW 13th and Burnside that serves as a tongue-in-cheek monument to Zoobomb, as well as a lending library of the kids bikes preferred for ’bombing the hill on Sundays. “I am supportive of Zoobomb because they are well organized, they care about and require safety considerations, they self-police, and they’ve been very responsible,” says Adams (who, somehow, has never made it out for a Sunday night hill bomb himself). “It’s a great Portland institution. It’s great fun.” Zoobomb’s relationship with city authorities was tenuous in its early years. TriMet cracked down on the group in 2003, excluding riders from the MAX for not hanging their tiny bikes on proper bike hooks. Periodically, the Portland police would run stop-sign stings on the hill or clip the lock on the group’s giant pile of bikes chained to
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a downtown rack and confiscate them. Now the bikes are legally part of the group’s public art sculpture and city officials are more concerned about skateboarders than the Sunday night Zoobomb [see “The Great Skate Debate” on pg. 7]. “It’s wild. I love being on the police’s good side and trying to be the best people we can be to earn that,” says “Handsome” Dave Terry, the official “bike librarian” of the tiny-bike collection Zoobomb lends out to anyone who wants to join the weekly ride. He estimates more than 10,000 people have Zoobombed since 2002. Terry first rode the hill on a mini-bike in the summer of 2002, after some acquaintances told him it would be a thrill. “I was like, wait, let me get this straight. You and your friends go to a public park at night and ride little kids’ bikes? I don’t want to say what went through my head, but I was like, ‘No thanks, guys, some other time.’” But once Terry was talked into going along and speeding down the hill, he never looked back. The size of the weekly ride varies wildly depending on the weather, dwindling to a core group of a dozen or so in the winter while occasionally ballooning to hundreds in the summer. “It was like an open-source bike club. This is your club, what do you want to do with it?” says old-time ’bomber Zach Archibald. “People got a lot of positivity out of it.” Zoobomb hosts a 10th anniversary block party at W Burnside and SW 13th on Sunday, September 2, from noon-8 pm, followed by a ride down the hill, of course.
by Mercury staff
Start digging in your pockets for quarters—TriMet’s 19 percent citywide fare increase kicks in next week. The so-called “Go Anywhere Fare” ups the cost of a twohour ticket on MAX and bus lines to $2.50 (making a transit ticket perhaps the only thing that costs more in Portland than in New York, where a subway ride will set you back $2.25). Saturday, September 1, also marks the death of the Free Rail Zone, the no-MAX-ticket-required downtown area that replaced Fareless Square, the reconfiguration of 17 bus lines (including reducing service on eight lines, adding some service to seven, and tweaking two others). Those changes should patch nearly $10 million of TriMet’s $12 million budget hole. SARAH MIRK
Standing in Northeast Portland alongside some of the state legislators who made it possible, on Friday, August 24, Mayor Sam Adams unveiled Portland’s first 20 MPH speed limit sign. The fanfare came two days after Portland City Council formally approved a bureau of transportation plan to lower speed limits from 25 MPH to 20 MPH on some 70 miles of eligible “greenway” streets—local routes favored by cyclists and pedestrians— slicing through neighborhoods all over town. Permission to pursue the reduced limits was high on the city’s wish list during the 2011 legislative session in Salem. According to city figures, a pedestrian hit by a car moving 20 MPH is 95 percent likely to live—compared to a 60 percent chance if struck by a car moving 30 MPH. DENIS C. THERIAULT August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 9
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 SUPER—Portland’s premier annual all-ages dance festival, Superfest, is bigger than ever, spanning four days, three venues, and featuring acts like Glass Candy, Chromatics, White Rainbow, and Strategy. Best of all, it all goes to benefit Music in the Schools, because when government bureaucracy can’t save us, music will. MS Tonight with Glass Candy, Chromatics at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $12-15 or $20-25 for fest pass, superfest4.com for full schedule and locations
GO-GO—This summer’s Top Down series ends with The T.A.M.I. Show, the 1964 concert film that puts every other concert film to shame. Filmed in Santa Monica, it features the Beach Boys, James Brown, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Rolling Stones, with a crazy mod backdrop and a host of mashed potato-ing go-go dancers. (Can you spot Teri Garr and Toni Basil dancing?) CF w/Chance Hayden; Hotel deLuxe, SW 15th & Yamhill, music at 8 pm, $9
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NO JOKE—One night on North Lombard provides an exquisite education in Portland’s comedy scene: Tonight’s showcase, No Joke, is headlined by our official Funniest Person, Nathan Brannon, and topped off with a lineup of local favorites including one-liner king Tim Hammer and Tynan DeLong, creator of Portland’s best masturbation joke. AH The Fixin’ To, 8218 N Lombard, 9 pm, FREE
FRAGRANT WORLD—Brooklyn noisemakers Yeasayer’s new album Fragrant World has gotten mixed reviews, and now it is time for Portland to pass judgment. The raucous global-boogie band makes beats and hips shake. Do they still got it? Go see! ZP w/Daughn Gibson; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $22-25, all ages
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 ONCE BITTEN—Legends get bigger, but never better: Ian Hunter, former singer for Mott the Hoople and one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songwriters of all time, is headlining Portland for the first time in over two decades. The Mott catalog alone is enough to put your butt in a seat, but Hunter’s long solo career is full of equally worthy gems. NL w/the Minus 5; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $35, all ages
CELLULOID—Just about every theater in town has switched to digital— with a lot of ’em just showing Blu-rays and DVDs, so seeing something on old-school 35mm is an increasing rarity. Props to the Hollywood Theatre, then, for presenting three fantastic films on brand-new prints: Hitchcock’s perfect Rear Window, Spike Lee’s classic Do the Right Thing, and Sam Raimi’s cult The Evil Dead! EH Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Rear Window Sat Sept 1-Sun Sept 2, Do the Right Thing and The Evil Dead Fri Aug 31-Thurs Sept 6, see Movie Times on pg. 41 for showtimes, $8
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 LOVE FUZZ—No matter what you’ve accomplished in 2012, Ty Segall has done you better. He’s releasing his third fulllength this year—Twins—on October 9, and the new record further expands the already formidable scope of the garage rocker’s sonic palette, resulting in a trip to outer space on the wings of purest pop. NL Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9 pm, $10-12
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MONDAY,, SSEPTEMBER EPTEM MBER 3 CAMEL RIDES?!?—If you’re going to the Oregon CA Stat Fair, TODAY IS THE DAY. Not only does this State hil hilarious annual hillbilly event have rides, elephant ears, llamas, terrible B-list concerts, and pygmy go goats, today’s events feature a pie-eating contest, an “X-treme Airdogs” championship, and… wait for it… CAMEL RIDES. (Mark that one off your bucket list!) WSH O Oregon State Fair, 2330 NE 17th NE, Salem, 10 am-9 pm, $7-11
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 ters ZINE TALK—The Multnomah County Library’s great Zinesters mallTalking series continues tonight with a release party for smallpress journal We’ll Never Have Paris. Festivities include a om comic strip slideshow from Gabby Holden, and readings from the likes of One More for the People writer Martha Grover. AH Multnomah Co County Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 6:30 pm, FREE
BRASS KN KNUCKLES—John Hillcoat, the director behind the beautifully grim The R Road and The Proposition, is back with Lawless. Written by Nick C Cave and starring Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, and Shia LaBeouf (he’s go good in it, promise!), it’s a dark, bloody, engrossing film about the dangerous business of bootlegging in 1931 Virginia. EH Various Theaters, see Movie Times on pg. 41 for locations and showtimes
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 EXCLAMATION POINT WORTHY—Against Me! singer Tom Gabel made rock ’n’ roll history this year by coming out as transgender. Now fronted by the newly minted Laura Jane Grace, Against Me! plays the same great, angry, poppy punk, newly invigorated with purpose. Tonight they kick off MusicfestNW with a bang. NL w/Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 7 pm, $18, all ages
MOONSHINE KINGDOM—All summer, the crafty folks at ADX have been teaching good little scouts how to catch fish, make backpacks, and build rafts. Join them for their last class of the season, where you’ll learn how to make booze! Don’t get so skunk-faced that you can’t sew on your merit badge! CF ADX, 417 SE 11th, 6 pm, $20 (FREE beer and BBQ beforehand) August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 11
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THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID. With a lineup spanning every genre of music—plus comedy, film, theatre, visual art, Words & Ideas, and more—it’s no wonder Bumbershoot is the nation’s largest arts festival. This weekend, be a part of a Seattle tradition so big, it’ll blow your mind.
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Beyond Mott with Ian Hunter by Ned Lannamann THE LAST TIME Ian Hunter played cult because lyrically you’ve covered a lot Portland—a 2001 appearance with Ringo of ground and you’re trying not to repeat Starr’s All-Starr Band notwithstand- yourself. I read a lot of American history, ing—was when the sunglasses-sporting which is really interesting because it’s rocker appeared with the late Mick more recent. English history goes back such a long way that it’s hard to Ronson at Starry Night (now Ian Hunter get a hold of, but with your sort the Roseland) in October 1988. Sat Sept 1 of stuff—like, Wyatt Earp died Nearly 24 years later, he’s reAladdin Theater turning with a new record and 3017 SE Milwaukie in 1929 and I was born in 1939. And so it’s nearer to your hand, a back catalog of material, both from his solo albums and his days with y’know what I mean? I seem to have gone Mott the Hoople that should be the envy through politics and wound up there. But basically, it’s just songs that came to me. I of every living songwriter. Hunter’s career has flitted around the didn’t go out looking. And I like them all. margins of popular music while never Usually, there’s a couple that I’m never too fully settling in the spotlight. Even Mott sure about on most records I do, but I quite the Hoople, whose esteem slowly, steadily like this record all the way through.” At 73, Hunter is in shockingly excellent grew since the legendary British band’s breakup in 1974, never fully got their due. voice, howling like an angry young man Make no mistake—Mott the Hoople was on “What For” and finding strength in one of the greatest, most powerful bands tenderness on “Fatally Flawed.” He’s ento ever weave thunder out of three basic ergized by his current band: “I went out chords, and Hunter is the architect of some in the fall with my band and that’s what of the best rock tracks ever penned: “All got me going. We did about 20 dates, and it the Way from Memphis.” “I Wish I Was was like, oh, this band’s playing with me, Your Mother.” “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” they’re not playing for me. That’s when “Cleveland Rocks.” Any serious rock ’n’ we thought we got to get this, we’ve got to roll fan not familiar with these songs is kid- go now, go in the studio.” Basic tracks were recorded in four ding themselves. Despite its title, Hunter says his latest days at Peter Moshay’s studio in Pawlalbum, When I’m President, is his least ing, New York, with Hunter and guitarist/ political in years. “As you get older, there’s co-producer Andy York spending another less boy-girl,” he says. “It gets more diffi- nine days overdubbing and mixing—a re-
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Bruxa’s Fatalistic Jams by Christina Broussard
KICKING OUT JAMS of the highest or- first listen, I really didn’t want this album der, local electronic band Bruxa—Derek to end. Elements of hiphop pulse with a unique Stilwell, Bianca Radd, Saint Michael Lorenzo—roll out the red carpet on their second stylistic edge: The often complex rhythms of Bruxa’s lyrical content sit album, Victimeyez. Their compoBruxa damn near perfectly within the sitional style is sharp, capturing Wed Sept 5 mix, taking the listener on a a darkly psychedelic essence that Holocene moves beyond the conceptualized 1001 SE Morrison fantastic voyage to outer space. If you haven’t seen Bruxa live, theme of occultism that characterStilwell describes their shows as similar ized their first album, Eye on Everybody. Victimeyez, on the other hand, repre- to “dub-style performances with different sents work that can be considered more layers that are brought in and out while universal. It’s being released jointly by they [Radd and Lorenzo] rap over it.” “It’s like a perversion of jamming,” Sweating Tapes and Mishka Records NYC, and as a sweet bonus, Mishka is offering a adds Lorenzo. “I feel the [live shows] are way more free digital download of the release startfree form, noisier—with a lot more ening September 1. Pitched-down and processed vocals ergy. When we perform I feel like I’m in a capture the doom and gloom aesthetic of trance,” says Radd. The band has an interesting philosoa pre-apocalyptic world, and delve into the kind of dreamy distorted industrial terri- phy on songwriting: “When you first make tory that Trent Reznor would hold dear. something, you have the most objectivThe heavy vocal processing, along with ity about it, and you should step back and masterful production of synth, bass, and trust that instinct and not over think it,” beats, evoke a quality of semi-sexual ag- says Stilwell. In a previous musical project, Lorenzo gression that immediately draws you in. Radd’s vocalizations, all done in Portu- says he “was more concerned with how guese (Bruxa translates to “witch”), add it was going to affect people that I knew, a mysterious quality to the songs, at times and Bruxa was a complete departure from making it seem as if she were channeling that—it does not matter.” “If you want to name a specific phia child goddess of the ancient world. Upon
markably speedy process. “I remember on one album, I think it was The Hoople, we sat there for a month trying to get a drum sound,” says Hunter. “Which is insane, you know? It takes half an hour now.”
When I’m President is Hunter’s first album since Mott the Hoople played five shows in London in October 2009. “That was great, it really was,” he says of the reunion. “Mott’s a different sound, and it’s fabulous, it’s great, but there’s a lot of friction business-wise. Playing with them and rehearsing with them was great. I loved it. We’ll never get in the studio because of business—it’s impossible. But live, yeah, it was all there. The X factor, everything.”
IAN HUNTER “Please, call me Mott. Mott the Hoople was my father.”
losophy, fatalism would be a good choice,” says Stilwell. “Post-religion, post-politics, post-sex,” adds Radd. “It’s more creating a feeling as opposed to delivering an idea,” says Stillwell. “None of it is very premeditated… but we’ll find out that there are weird correspondences later. The lyrical themes that ride through the whole thing happen by accident.” When asked what guiding aesthetic ties their work together, Lorenzo says, “We all have an affinity for triphop.” Bruxa also incorporate “the harsh bass and crushing impressive sounds” characterized by dubstep.
“We like bass music,” says Radd, very matter of factly. “I’ve gotten way into sound design,” adds Stilwell. The first Bruxa album, Eye on Everybody, came about almost as an experiment: “Let’s take dubstep and witch house and put them together and see what happens. That’s where the whole ‘witchstep’ subgenre came about,” says Stilwell. Less than two years old, the band is already recording new material. “We are reaching even further into our influences,” says Lorenzo. So far, the results are impressive.
BRUXA All victimeyez on me. (You’re welcome for the Tupac reference!)
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Nights of Future Passed Chromatics Kill for Love by Ned Lannamann
CHROMATICS It’s okay, don’t fake cry.
JOHNNY JEWEL thinks sonically—and it has multiple gear, which ended up being considerately. During our phone conversa- a really good thing because of things breaktion, he ducks down a Montreal side street ing, so I’m able to swap out stuff that does.” Although the songs were written relawhen the wind begins blowing too hard, making sure I can still hear him clearly. tively rapidly, Kill for Love took years Jewel lives in Montreal now, more or less— to finish, largely due to a lengthy editing “I always kind of feel like I’m permanently process. “It’s like chiseling a giant rock or visiting, in a way,” he says—but he still something,” says Jewel. “It’s like deconkeeps the studio he’s had here in Portland struction: You build it back up and then since 2003, in the City Sign building next deconstruct again. Because I work as a writer and a producer, I need the time door to Rotture. “I’m really ritualistic, and kind of a su- away from it to have a fresh, bird’s eye perstitious person,” Jewel says, out of the view of the music. I kind of have to put it on ice and revisit it. A lot of muwind, “and there have been so Chromatics sicians don’t allow themselves to many good things, good moments, Thurs Aug 30 amazing records, and stuff made in Crystal Ballroom divorce themselves from the conthat studio, that I feel like it’s kind 1332 W Burnside cept of something they’re trying to do and really view the reality of of disrespectful to everything we’ve been given and been able to accomplish to what they’re actually doing.” Jewel has also been working on the new just shut it down.” It’s a bit of an understatement. With bands like Glass Candy, Glass Candy album—Body Work, which Chromatics, Desire, and the recent Themes will likely come out next year—and After for an Imaginary Film album from Sym- Dark 2, a compilation album meant to stand metry, Jewel has not just had some good entirely on its own, with unique material moments—he’s steadily become one of the and a fully realized concept. “I’m trying to most distinctive, prolific, influential produc- make a compilation that’s like an album.” But he acknowledges that right now is ers of electronic music on the globe, watching as the Europop and Italo disco revivals Chromatics’ time. “It’s a younger band,” have risen around the music he’s consistent- says Jewel. “In a certain way, Chromatics has always been in the wake of Glass Canly made for more than a decade. If the inclusion of Chromatics and De- dy, so I really wanted to give full attention sire songs on the lauded Drive soundtrack to Chromatics because I really believe in was the moment when the rest of the world this record. It was a scary record to make; finally caught up to Jewel, it’s Chromatics’ we took a lot of chances with it, from the epic, gorgeous Kill for Love album that so- way it was released to the video to the conlidifies Jewel’s position. Earlier this year, tent on the record, and I really wasn’t sure Chromatics—the four-piece of Jewel, singer if it was going to be burned at the stake or Ruth Radelet, drummer Nat Walker, and heralded. You never know. But now Glass guitarist Adam Miller—birthed a mammoth Candy fans are more rabid than ever, eselectrosymphony of tragic-hearted dance- pecially since the Chromatics album came pop that sprawls out of the speakers. Kill for out. The two bands play together a lot, and Love’s android prom ballads glow like neon it doesn’t make a lot of sense for Chromatsigns flickering through steaming rain, of- ics to play after Glass Candy because of the fering both echoes of the past and lightning mood and the stage energy. So I want to bolts from the future. The album positions give Chromatics a chance to tour internaheartsick woe and handholding reassurance tionally as headliners—touring makes you right next to each other, resulting in an ex- stronger, and Chromatics need that kind of pressure to grow as a band.” quisite agony that’s utterly captivating. Sticking with the careful process that’s Jewel has a second studio in Montreal now; neither of the facilities use computers, resulted in Kill for Love and so many other instead they’re built around vintage analog exceptional records on the Italians Do It gear. “I bought doubles of everything slow- Better label, Jewel recognizes the strength ly,” he says, “so I have a sister studio that’s in the refusal to rush things. “There are all the same furniture, even. It looks exact- so many good ideas, and everybody just ly the same, except that it’s backward, and seems to be in a hurry,” he says. August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 15
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SUPERFEST: GLASS CANDY, CHROMATICS, LITANIC MASK, ETBONZ, DJ MAXX BASS (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11, and Music, pg. 15.
VEKTOR, WITCH MOUNTAIN, STOVOKOR (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Vektor has been gaining favor in metal circles for years. And for good reason: These kids—who recently relocated to Philadelphia from Tempe, Arizona—are the best of the best in the new wave of thrash, channeling bands like Voivod and Venom for their own nuclear assault. And while the band draws from the familiar, they’re already shaping the future of metal, and, perhaps, the future itself. The band’s two fantastic long-players—Black Future and Outer Isolation—mix precision, power, and Mad Max. It’s the feel-good soundtrack for a dystopian America. And if that’s not enough to keep you up at night, wait until you hear vocalist Dave DiSanto’s highpitched shriek. MARK LORE
VINTAGE TROUBLE (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Viewed a certain way, the very existence of Vintage Trouble is inspiring: Career musicians in their 40s get together to revive soul music as my parents understand it, with the tragic omission of a horns section. They nail the sound, so it’s easy to like their first album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, which came out this spring. Maybe too easy. Because, viewed another way, Vintage Trouble seem suspiciously like a business deal masquerading as a band—their marketing strategy seems to have predated the album itself. But some awfully great soul acts have been formed in this way (see: the Supremes), and the album, an undeniably enjoyable period piece, was recorded in an LA home studio. If you remember the entertainingly maddening reality show Rock Star: INXS, you’ve heard the singer, Ty Taylor, who was a contestant. He sounds less like Michael Hutchence and more like he time-traveled from 1962. REBECCA WILSON
APE MACHINE, OLD KINGDOM, MONDO DECA (Dante’s, 1 SW 3rd) I don’t want to name names, but this whole regurgitated classic rock/metal revivalist reclamation thing is really starting to wear on me. It was kind of cute when the Darkness and Steel Panther did it a decade ago, less so when they passed the torch to Wolfmother (remember those jackoffs?). Ape Machine are one of the exceptions. They’re authentic—a bunch of dowdy, ordinary dudes whose music actually sounds like it could have been made in the ’70s; who are actually passionate about rock and don’t rely on silly, meta-ironic music videos and really obvious gothic lyrical tropes. Caleb Heinze is a bona fide fucking vocalist and lead guitarist Ian Watts has clearly spent days, years, eons in solitude studying Master of Reality—this, boys and girls, is the real deal. MORGAN TROPER
KAYO DOT, TOBY DRIVER (Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne) If the seminal experimental/avant-garde man-of-all-abilities John Zorn says he wants to put out your band’s record, chances run high that you’re doing something noteworthy. Kayo Dot’s debut album came out on Zorn’s Tzadik Records in 2003 and ever since they’ve been heading strong. They hold back no offerings—their Bandcamp page is ripe with 15 listenable releases, which document the majority of Toby Driver & Co.’s work since the beginning of the millenium. The intimate seating arrangement at the Back Door Theater (tucked behind Common Ground Coffee House) argues strongly against the existence of a more appropriate venue, for it’s best to remain still while this group displaces you with their haunting, jagged compositions. JONATHAN MAGDALENO
FRIDAY 8/31 YEASAYER, DAUGHN GIBSON (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
SUPERFEST: MAGIC MOUTH, DJ BEYONDADOUBT, MASSACOORAMAAN, WHITE RAINBOW, THE MIRACLES CLUB (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
TECHNE RENDERED DAWN (Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) See Arts, pg. 31.
BEN MACY, BLAKE LYMAN TRIO (Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th) Of Scars and Permanence, the new album from jazz pianist Ben Macy, just sounds better on vinyl. It’s a warm, inviting live recording captured at Southeast Portland’s Reedwood Friends Church, resulting in a spacious and graceful series of improvisations. Macy anchors his compositions in the crowd-pleasing tradition of Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi, but he also cites modernists like Bobo Stenson and Tomasz Sta ń ko, and the welcome result is that Of Scars and Permanence is exploratory but never meandering. One almost wishes for a performance at Reedwood Friends to duplicate the openness and clarity of the recording, but tonight’s album release show at Jimmy Mak’s should sound nearly as good. NED LANNAMANN
SATURDAY 9/1 IAN HUNTER, THE MINUS 5 (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11, and Music, pg. 13.
SUPERFEST: BÉISBOL, AROHAN, PALMAS, GRAPEFRUIT, AMERICAN GIRLS (Backspace, 115 NW 5th) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
WHY?, SERENGETI, DJ SODAPOP (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Why?’s Yoni Wolf has delighted backpack rappers, indie-rock wordsmiths, and nerdcore purists alike. He’s simultaneously baffled critics by blurring the lines between those disparate genres, essentially carving out a singular hiphop hybrid. Why?’s newest EP, Sod in the Seed, revisits the lyrical-madman sentimentality of 2008’s Alopecia, with lots of sexy disco bass and glammy synths. Wolf’s rapid-fire rhymes return, and are just as potent on the EP’s title track, where he puts those who relegate him to hipster Whole Foods rapper status on blast, stuttering lines like, “Let’s review some recent facts/I make decent cash, I’m a minor star/and we can’t last if she don’t drive a hybrid car/I scribble vapid raps on your flyer backs/the word is I purchased a refurbished Mac G4.” Later, in a bit of a bookend: “So what if a man blinks in Morse code when he sings if he sings his heart out?” RYAN J. PRADO
FRUIT BATS, PEARLY GATE MUSIC (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It’s rare to find a band as consistently satisfying as Fruit Bats, the outfit of nowPortland-based songwriter Eric D. Johnson. Fruit Bats have evolved into a powerhouse live band, dipping into breezy soul, strummy folk, and bong-resin rawk with equal skill, making everything they play almost inconceivably catchy. This may be the end of an era for the Bats, with tonight’s show and an appearance at Bumbershoot being their last shows for a little while, closing the end of the cycle inaugurated by 2011’s excellent Tripper LP. It’s also a chance to see the vastly underrated Pearly Gate Music, the band of songwriter Zach Tillman, who’s been moonlighting as Pure Bathing Culture’s bassist but has an arsenal of his own terrific songs at his disposal. NL
FISHBONE, THE SENTIMENTS, THE LONGSHOTS, THE SINDICATE, NIGHTRAIN (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Fishbone never quite got their due until much later—an oft-misunderstood band that was way ahead of its time. The Los Angeles crew took funk, ska, and punk to new levels in the ’80s, touching on political and social issues with a flair for satire. The band—perhaps due to the atten-
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tion for the recent documentary, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone—is touring again. And making new music: Fishbone released a new EP, Crazy Glue, in 2011. And while it’s not likely to leave the same impression as 1988’s Truth and Soul, there’s something comforting about knowing Fishbone is still around. ML
ALAMEDA, EZZA ROSE, HIP HATCHET (Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Procession, the second album from local chamber-folk outfit Alameda, has its sights aimed square at the lush, devastatingly beautiful terrain mapped out by other, equally lush, equally devastatingly beautiful local chamber-folk outfits (like Horse Feathers). So it’s a good thing singer/guitarist Stirling Myles has a firm, capable songwriting hand, resulting in stirring tracks like “Limbs of Youth,” which cultivates a tiny whirlwind within quick, circling melodic phrases. Or the fiery “Oaxaca,” which augments Alameda’s gossamer-winged frailty with glowing-ember electric guitar and knee-knock drums. Procession is a record of subtle pleasures, but its beauty is as natural and undeniable as that of a scenic landscape. NL
SUNDAY 9/2 TY SEGALL, THE MEMORIES (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
SUPERFEST: STRATEGY, PHONE CALL, DJ NATHAN DETROIT, DJ FREAKY OUTTY (PSU Park Blocks, SW Park & Montgomery) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
THE HEAVY, THE SILENT COMEDY (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Heavy are among the most recent in a long line of British bands to get rich by mastering American R&B and selling it back to us. Last week, their third studio album, The Glorious Dead, came out in the US. I confess that the calland-response between singer Kelvin Swaby and a trio of gospel ladies caused me to replay the single, “What Makes a Good Man?” three times in a row the first time I heard it. (Well, five.) Reminiscent of grindhouse soundtracks and Enter the Wu-Tang, the sinister production—which they did themselves—is what makes the album such a grower. Menacing strings, grimy horns, and a blurry guitar create the thick backdrop for Swaby’s mind-boggling vocal acrobatics: When he’s not being gritty and tortured, he sounds almost tender, with the decisive enunciation and precise modulation of Curtis Mayfield. RW
DUNES, THE CALDONIAS, NUCULAR AMINALS (Boom Bap!, 640 SE Stark) A recent visit to North Killingsworth record store/pub Record Room yielded the info that the Psychic Feline 7-inch I’d purchased could possibly be the last… ever. As in, the promising psych-garage trio, recently off a US tour, is no more. Whether or not that’s the impetus for this week’s Caldonias reunion show at Boom Bap! is up for debate. The garage-soul group—rounded out by Psychic Feliners Bob Desaulniers and Sydney Roth and fronted by Nadia Buyse—halted its tour de force in 2009, as Buyse went on to local notoriety for her anything-goes fronting of Tombstalker/Bloodbraid, Ghost Mom, and the Adrian Piper Cover Band. Buyse’s vocals alone can make a band, utilizing both bubblegum-pop techniques as well as full-throated punk squeals and soul-thundering range. Welcome back! RJP
MONDAY 9/3 LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It’s a rare thing: a man contributes influentially to one of the most significant periods in music history and, more than 40 years after the beginning of his career, continues to tour and put out albums that capture all the precious elements of that era. Lee Fields is a museum unto himself, and he writes without a single apprehension toward emphasizing the now-nostalgic sensuality of soul music. All the still-active greats that come to mind—Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie (who’s hopefully still active)— ventured into new territory in subsequent decades, which is fine and typically a byproduct of fruitfulness, but there’s something so worthwhile about a musician that continues to swoon through the same methodology he became known for. JM Also see My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
TUESDAY 9/4 JANE’S ADDICTION, BIG BLACK DELTA (Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay) I’m a little weirded out that VH1 supposedly named Jane’s Addiction the 35th best hard rock artist of all time, when only about a third of the group’s output in any way “rocks.” (Even then, it’s more like a gentle sway.) Hey guys, did you forget about the band’s biggest hit, that delicate, Tropicana-tinged, acoustic sing-along “Jane Says,” complete with steel fucking drums? Oh, and their latest
LP The Great Escape Artist, which certainly doesn’t rock, either? Like poseur conspecifics Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction have always been a buttrock band in disguise—they’re not any more subversive than Night Ranger, they were just in the right place at the right time to catch the alt wave. Plus, Perry Farrell looks like a Ken doll whose face melted in the sun. If you want to kill yourself but need that extra little push, find the recent video of the band playing the “Guitar Center Sessions.” Sweet dreams! MT
THE SALE, ACOUSTIC MINDS, THE DRUTHERS (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The Sale have put in countless hours at bars and clubs around town, and tonight they finally have a record to show for all that hard work. 11:11 is longer than its title might suggest—the full-length album is split with songs from the group’s two songwriters, Bre Paletta and Justin Bennett, creating a dialogue of tense but gently strummed tunes that nod to ’70s soft rock and ’90s coffeehouse folk. 11:11 soars during its prettiest moments, as on Paletta’s lush “Higher” and Bennett’s ominous “Go,” both of which expand the group’s dueling-acousticguitar palette to include strings, flute, and keys. With this pleasing new record, the Sale are poised to spend plenty more hours playing these songs to fans, and are certain to aquire new ones with each pass. NL
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WEDNESDAY 9/5 MUSICFESTNW: AGAINST ME!, ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD, JOYCE MANOR (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11.
BRUXA, WE ARE LIKE THE SPIDER, BEYONDADOUBT, TR-187 (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See Music, pg. 13.
MUSICFESTNW: HOT SNAKES, RED FANG, HUNGRY GHOST (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Almost exactly 10 years ago in these very pages, fl edgling music writer Ezra Ace Caraeff declared Hot Snakes to be the “best punk band alive.” Caraeff has since come and gone as the Mercury’s music editor, but now this writer upholds his statement. Rick Froberg and John Reis formed the band in San Diego in 1999, seeking creative control over their music after major-label experiences with their pioneering project Drive Like Jehu. Along with bassist Gar Wood and oscillating drummers Jason Kourkonis and Mario Rubalcaba, the Snakes created three albums of lovingly crafted and jubilantly performed rock ’n’ roll, self-released on Reis’ Swami label. Over a six-year interlude in which band members devoted themselves to other projects, a widespread dedication to independent music took root across the country and globe. The music and model of Hot Snakes persist as a beacon of what it means to love and make music without compromise. MARANDA BISH
MUSICFESTNW: PASSION PIT, LP (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) The heliumsuck pop of Passion Pit doesn’t exactly indicate a brooding, damaged soul at work, but with a batch of tour dates canceled earlier this summer to improve frontman Michael Angelakos’ “mental health,” it seems there’s more going on underneath Passion Pit’s bubbly surface than meets the eye. That marriage of dysfunctional angst and purest, shimmering pop can yield great dividends (see: Kanye), and Passion Pit’s just-released record, Gossamer, seemed poised to become a sensation. But it just doesn’t sound quite good enough to be one. Rather, it gets bogged down in ordinary, plodding rock-radio rhythms even as its zooming, candy-coated pop accessorizing vainly tries to tug it up into the stratosphere. NL
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MUSICFESTNW: SLOAN, BOBBY BARE JR., THE MINUS 5 (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Among my most cherished stereotypes is the one I have for Canadians being fair, reliable, and down to earth. (It’s okay, some of my best friends are from Canada.) The poster band for my oversimplifi cation is certainly Sloan. Each of the four members write and play their own songs, and in two decades, they haven’t had a single personnel change. But this heartwarming democracy would be meaningless if they weren’t so consistently enjoyable. On The Double Cross, their 10th, they’ve made their most tasteful album yet. This is really saying something, because it runs the gamut among such seemingly at-odds sounds as folk (“Green Gardens, Cold Montreal” sounds like a Donovan cover) and disco (“Your Daddy Will Do”). An ineffable sense of warmth and generosity holds the stylistic pastiche together and puts Double Cross among the best Sloan albums, including 1994’s Twice Removed, which they perform in full tonight. RW
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Time After Time The Mercury’s Guide to TBA’s 10th Year by Alison Hallett
IS QUITE A YEAR for the Time-Based Art Festival. It marks the festival’s 10th anniversary, and the first year the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, which puts on the fest, has had its own space—PICA moved offices from the Wieden+Kennedy building to SW 10th earlier this year. It’s also the last year TBA will take place at Washington High School, which has been the fest’s de facto home since 2009. It’s a year that sees the festival reconsidering its approach to visual art programming. And it turned out to be the year I officially ran out of time-related puns with which to headline the Mercury’s TBA guide. (“Time… Based Art Is on Your Side”?) Most significantly, though, this marks the first year of curation by the fest’s new permanent artistic director, Angela Mattox. Mattox comes to TBA after eight years at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and signs of her confident curatorial hand
are already evident. This year’s programming is markedly more international than in years past, with artists from the Balkans, Japan, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among the usual suspects from New York and the UK. “TBA must be part of the international discourse, both in its content and in its presence in the discussion,” Mattox told me a few months ago, explaining that part of her challenge as curator is to figure out “how to connect local conversations with global ones.” And she’s remarkably explicit about themes this year’s festival is exploring: resistance to oppression, freedom of speech, activism, and democracy. It’s a far cry from the “themes will emerge as the festival unfolds!” approach of past curators, and bodes well for a tenure of relevant, engaged programming. TBA’s an annual crash course in world-class performance art, and this guide is our attempt to make sense of it all. (And okay, occasionally make fun of it−just a tiny little bit.) We’ll also be reviewing the festival’s shows at portlandmercury.com/tba.
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Nora Chipaumire on Displacement, Exile, and African Identity by Jenna Lechner other dancer—Okwui Okpokwasili (born in the AN DANCE address politics? How, and Bronx to Nigerian parents)—in a duet called Mirwhat would it look like? Several TBA:12 periam. The title pulls from female icons the Virgin formers engage that question, including choreogMary and Miriam Makeba—a South African singer rapher and dancer Nora Chipaumire. Chipaumire and civil rights activist who was exiled for grew up during apartheid and guerilla war30 years. Miriam is character driven; fare in Zimbabwe, immigrating to the where much of contemporary African United States in 1989. She began Nora dance is male-centric, Chipaumire dancing shortly thereafter and has Chipaumire addresses the female. Its concern since garnered a fair amount of atis the space between private and tention—she’s received two covMiriam public expectations of the female eted Bessie Awards and was the Lincoln Hall at PSU, body, particularly the subjugation topic of the 2008 documentary Fri Sept 7-Sat Sept 8, of the African female body, often Nora (which screened at the Mu8:30 pm, $20-25 drawing comparisons to the content seum of Modern Art). When dancof artist Kara Walker. In place of a lining, Chipaumire has a hypnotizing ear storyline, Chipaumire’s dances favor effect. She moves with focus and fury, abstraction and striking visuals. her head shaved and her sculpted body taut. Chipaumire has discussed the branding of AfShe often crouches, her legs cast wide, her head rica—as a land of genocide, of poverty, and even of down. Her steps tend toward stomps. She flails safaris—as a strong concern in her work. To Porther arms, and then she flings her entire body to landers, Africa may seem like a distant place, acthe ground in tireless repetition. Her topics—discessible only through mediated sources. Chipauplacement, exile, and African identity—are laced mire’s work offers an additional dimension. Social with autobiographical conviction. Her dances are awareness comes in many ways; often, seeing is intimate, with a quiet intensity where she mines believing. It may only be one perspective, but Miriher personal history. am gives us a chance to witness it. For TBA:12, Chipaumire will perform with one
Digging Up the Present The US Debut of Mexican Theater Company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol by Noah Dunham
but also becoming cultural archeologists of T’S A FAMILIAR tale: two 19-year-olds sorts, an aspect of their craft that will be evimeet at university, study a craft together, and dent in the two pieces they are bringdevelop a partnership that aims to give ing to TBA:12. The first, El Rumor voice to their generation. “Whatdel Incendio (The Sound of ever that means,” Luisa Pardo Lagartijas Fire), focuses on accounts and Gabino Rodríguez joke from young revolutionaries while recalling the humble Tiradas in 1960s Mexico. And the beginnings of their Mexico al Sol second, Asalto al Agua City-based theater collecTransparente (The Assault tive Lagartijas Tiradas al El Rumor del Incendio on Clear Waters), is an exSol (Lizards Basking in the (The Sound of Fire) amination of the centuriesSun). The two will be perWinningstad Theater at PCPA, long drainage of the Lake forming for the first time in the Fri Sept 7-Sun Sept 9, Texcoco lake formation just United States at TBA:12, and 6:30 pm, $20-25 outside of Mexico City. (The seem pleased that the days of shows will be presented in Spanpandering to their age demographic ish, with supertitles in English.) are over. “Since then, we are making Both of these productions are considplays that are very related to our lives. Literered “documentary plays,” in which ally and in any other possible sense,” the actors who portray historical they say. characters also act as presPardo and Rodríguez coLagartijas ent-day investigators unveilfounded their collaboration Tiradas ing a narrative that isn’t just in 2003 after meeting at a history lesson, but also a the National Autonomous al Sol contemporary conversaUniversity of Mexico, and Asalto al Agua tion. A somewhat overly in 10 years they’ve built Transparente (The Assault meta device perhaps, but an award-winning, interon Clear Waters) Pardo and Rodríguez ponationally touring theater Bodyvox, Mon Sept 10, 8:30 pm, etically defend it: company. It was ambiTues Sept 11-Wed Sept 12, “We do not see the hutious from the get-go: “We 6:30 pm, $20-25 man as an essence, but started Lagartijas Tiradas al as the result of a story that it Sol because we want to make builds. We want to build the theater everything, all the time,” they exthrough an account of ourselves.” plain. Which not only means performing,
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Life Coaching with Andrew Dickson by Sarah Mirk
NDREW DICKSON isn’t a licensed professional anything. But during TBA:12, the Portland artist will invite audience members onstage for a lengthy “life coaching” session—essentially bringing a therapy session off the private sofa and into the glaring public light. “The idea of having an audience is that this person is sort of a proxy for all of us,” says Dickson. “This is not something to sit back and watch, this is something to participate with, to engage with.” I met up with Dickson for a preview life coaching session on a rainy July morning.
And lonely. Ha! I’m really worried about running out of money someday. I feel like there’s this anvil hanging over me in terms of debt. Do you see any choices you could make to ensure that you don’t wind up trapped? I could save money. Are you doing that? No.
Do you recognize that disconnect? Being worried about debt and then being like, “Why would I put money away?” Life Coach I think that’s where a personal tension comes Mark Spencer Hotel from. I don’t feel a lot of frustration with society Ballroom, Sat-Sun 1:30 & about money, I feel frustration with myself. I’m 3:30 pm, Sat Sept 8 worried about the future but am totally irresponsiSun Sept 16 ble right now about money. It is a critical disconnect. You should get a Magic 8 Ball that just says, “You’re Eh, if you achieve both those goals, you’re problying to yourself.” ably in the top 10 percent. That seems crazy, though! We have so many opportunities right On all eight sides! “Let’s see what it says: ‘Whup! You’re now. I feel like I have the opportunity to do anything I want in the lying to yourself.’” Well, I thought we were going to talk world. I don’t have to go work in my dad’s factory or marry some about relationships, but it seems like there’s a lot going man my mom wants me to. Why does it seem crazy to be like, on with this money thing. “Hey, I never want to be desperate for money or get divorced?” Well, I think they’re related. I was raised to be very independent. I think the money stuff comes from that, because what I really prize Well, the odds are with divorce; you’re at 50-50 right now. is independence. And in relationships, there’s always a little bit of Taking a job for the money, that sounds like something distance between me and the other person, I’m always a little bit that’s not pressing. ready to cut and run. No, but I think it taps into my worst fear of being old and poor and bitter. ANDREW DICKSON: I think the first question I’m going to ask whoever’s onstage is: Why are you here? SARAH MIRK: My life goals right now are to never take a job for the money and to never get divorced. I’m working on seeing whether those things are overly optimistic. Those seem like a low bar, right?
Is that an element of wanting to protect yourself from getting hurt? I’m worried about wasting time. I’m always like, “I’m going to get old and die!” I’m worried about getting into a relationship for 30 years and then being like, “Gah!” We human beings are often prone to the dramatic. It’s a lot more fun to say, “I wasted four years!” than, “Gosh, we had some good times, but I’m bummed that it didn’t work out.”
Gob Squad Reworks Andy Warhol for the Facebook Era by Matt Stangel
RITISH-GERMAN video and perfornothing much is happening in Kitchen, within mance collective Gob Squad formed that nothingness is something exemplary of its around an impulse to bring media into perfortime, and it’s a “rare diamond” for that reason: mance and real life into art−to locate the point “They’re forgetting their lines... they’re off their at which the traditional relationships between tits on drugs... and they’re making it up as they artists and audiences end, and a shared human go along and getting it wrong.” experience begins. For Gob Squad’s rendition, actors take the Since 1994, Gob Squad has serviced stage behind a screen onto which video its mission by storming host cities of the live action is projected. Memwith cameras pointed toward unbers of the collective play the Gob filtered human emotion (screenroles from the original film—and Squad ing the resultant footage a bits and pieces of other Warhol Gob Squad’s mere hour later); performing flicks like Screen Test, Sleep, a game of gestures inspired Kitchen (You’ve Eat—but throughout the show, by David Foster Wallace’s Inactors are replaced with audiNever Had It So Good) finite Jest on the court of an ence members who are fed Lincoln Hall at PSU, Thurs abandoned tennis stadium in a lines through a headset. Sept 13-Sat Sept 15, suburb of Berlin; and even conWhile the musical chairs 8:30 pm, $25-30 structing entirely round theaters that takes place between perto present seven-camera panoramic former and audience services Gob footage relating “one place of a city as a Squad’s desire to establish untraditionmicrocosm of the entire world.” al relationships with its audience, Thom says For TBA:12, Gob Squad is breaking out their it also renders the stage into simultaneous well-tested Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Nevsocial, private, and public spaces, bringing to er Had It So Good). It’s a re-creation of Andy light the increasingly fragile (and decreasingly Warhol’s 1965 film Kitchen, the star vehicle authentic) roles occupied therein. Just like in written for cutie pie Edie Sedgwick, in which the mid-’60s urbanity of Warhol’s Kitchen, a group of people with nothing to do stand nothing is really happening on our Facebook around in a kitchen and drag heels through wiry walls and Twitter feeds, but we still steep ourbotched dialogue and lavishly mundane improselves in them, passively clicking things, circuvisational conversation. It’s an exercise in “nothlating the info of the day, fucking up our lines ing really happens.” along the way. There’s something beautiful Sarah Thom of Gob Squad says that while and wholly inconsequential about it.
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EMBARRASSING MAYBE, artsy definitely, but I’m sorry, dancing around while lip-syncing is not scary. A host of Portland filmmakers, dancers, and performance artists (including Alicia McDaid, Tanya Smith, and Wendy Haynes) star in a program at the Works titled Terrifying Women, which might feature more than a little lip-syncing— curator Justen Harn describes it as “Vagina Monologues on nitrous oxide wearing strap-on penises.” But I want violence, domineering personalities, and disturbing pre-teen rage in my evening of hair-raising females. So in the spirit of the Time-Based Art Fest, let’s shine a speculum light on the esoteric nooks of cinema’s ladyparts-having humans for a brief list* of truly terrifying women. Vera Cosgrove, Dead Alive (1992) Long before director Peter Jackson explored the special love between two Hobbits, he pursued zestier relationships in the bloodtastic Dead Alive. Vera Cosgrove, an inhumanly overbearing mother, takes parental love to grotesque new levels when—after being zombified by a Sumatran rat-monkey bite—she stuffs her meek son back into her putrefied womb. Mrs. Bates has got nothing on the dog-eating Vera. Aughra, The Dark Crystal (1982) Never mind the stanky hippie Gelflings or the unholy shell-stripping Skeksis monsters in The Dark Crystal, Aughra used to scare the pee out of my peehole. She’s like the nightmare baby from an orgy with Miss Piggy, a ram, and Yoda. And don’t even get me started on the way she pops out her one eyeball like a pair of ocular dentures. Yuck! Madame Medusa, The Rescuers (1977) Trashy redhead Madame Medusa is a jet-ski-exhaust-polluting, orphan-stealing, alligator-wielding harpy—with none of the redeeming fashion sense of either Annie’s Miss Hannigan or 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil. The way she turns a gun on pigtailed orphan Penny and shoves her down a dank hole in search of a sparkly diamond is pretty damned coldhearted. I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark bayou.
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Totally Terrifying Women A Glut of Actually Scary Females from Cinema by Courtney Ferguson
Sam Green and Yo La Tengo Collaborate on The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller by Matt Stangel
and Stanford’s archives, Green sent short film clips of Fuller to HEN ACADEMY AWARD-nominated documenexperimental and indie music pioneers Yo La Tengo, along with tarian and experimental filmmaker Sam Green (The scratch audio culled from the band’s preexisting recordings. Weather Underground, Utopia in Four Movements) accepted After several meetings between Yo La Tengo and Green, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s commission to create score—to be performed live behind an assemblage of clips, still a live documentary about the life of R. Buckminster Fuller, he images, and Green’s narration—was completed. inherited an aspect of his subject’s legacy. Yo La Tengo songwriter, singer, and guitarist Ira Kaplan says Much of Fuller’s story and impact survives in the public he knew “very little” about Fuller before taking on the project. mind by way of the Buckyball and geodesic dome. The doNow he sees him as a figure who personifies an optiit-all inventor/architect/writer/social theorist operated mism lost. Kaplan references a recent Daily Show under self-generated “Dymaxion” principles—the interview that centered on the idea that humanterm combines “dynamic” and “maximum,” plus Sam ity is destroying itself with technology—a belief the action-implying suffix “-ion”—the foundaGreen & Fuller spent his life protesting. tion for which is that all humanity could live Yo La Tengo “I saw that there was nothing to stop me comfortably, but only if organized to a state from thinking about our total planet Earth of techno-terra harmony. The Love Song of R. and thinking realistically about how to operBut the aspect of Fuller’s legacy mirBuckminster Fuller ate it on an enduringly sustainable basis as rored by Green’s The Love Song dates to Washington High School, the magnificent human-passengered spacethe beginning of Bucky’s career, when he Wed Sept 12, 6:30 & ship that it is,” writes Fuller in his final manuwas a Harvard dropout living in New York 8:30 pm, $20-25 script, Guinea Pig B. City and writing a book about Albert Einstein’s “I am also a living case history of a thoroughly discovery of the theory of special relativity. Just documented, half-century, search-and-research projas Fuller immersed himself in Einstein’s personal paect designed to discover what, if anything, an unknown, monpers, teasing out the connection between lifestyle and aceyless individual, with a dependent wife and newborn child, complishment, so Green worked from details of Fuller’s life might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity that found in what is considered to be the polymathic genius’ could not be accomplished by great nations, great religions, or greatest project, the Dymaxion Chronofile. private enterprise, no matter how rich or powerfully armed,” he Archived at Stanford University, the Dymaxion Chronofile writes in the same text. consists of “every paper that passed over [Fuller’s] desk,” exHad we followed Fuller’s plan for the world, things could’ve plains Green. It is speculated to be the most complete history wound up looking an awful lot like a future-Stalinist monoscape of a single person’s life, containing updates made every 15 of pod houses and cities in the clouds—rad or not, you decide— minutes from 1920 through 1983. but the temperature might not be as high as it is today. After spending some time with the Dymaxion Chronofile
Rhoda Penmark, The Bad Seed (1956) Speaking of pigtailed tykes… Rhoda Penmark from The Bad Seed reinforces every instinct I’ve ever had to permanently seal up my uterus. Ten times creepier than the blonde Poltergeist tot, the clever sociopath Rhoda is willing to kill lots of meddlesome folks to get shiny trinkets. Like shoes. She will totally set your house on fire for a pair of Mary Janes. “GIVE ME MY SHOES!” Jaws, Jaws (1975) Okay, I’m about to blow your mind… Jaws was a lady! I’m sure you’re thinking, “No way, brah! That scary he-beast thought skinnydipping chicks were sexy, so he ate them.” Well, right you are about the shark’s snacking proclivities, but I submit for the court’s consideration: female great whites are bigger than males, and Jaws was huuuu-ge! And terrifying! Unlike that yuppie mommy shark who took her baby spawn on vacation to SeaWorld in Jaws 3.
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* For sure, it’s a non-comprehensive list that blatantly ignores pop culture’s most obvious demon women—the ones who boil bunnies, wield clothes hangers, and masturbate with crucifixes.
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The Thing of It All Refocusing TBA’s Visual Art Programming with End Things by Matt Stangel
teract with them. OME OF THE WORK that I was doTo help us along: a touchable installation ing with artists that I really believed of movable sculpture from Erika Vogt; sound in was getting lost in the bustle and the mapresented as object by Claudia Meza; things nia of the festival,” explains PICA Visual Art diffused over transmuted form (stills from Curator Kristan Kennedy of her curatorial films about objects, translated to wall paintrole in TBA over the years. “I really wanted ings) by Paris-based Isabelle Cornaro; a to make a focused exhibition of only the artweek-long object-based storytelling session ists that are speaking to each other about from writer and artist Alex Cecchetti; “pasthis concept of ‘end things.’ ” tel environments,” sculptures on beanbag Kennedy is right. Digesting TBA’s visual chairs, and a fountain made from Oregon art programming has been a daunting task in clay by Mo Ritter; and Dutch collective van past years. Navigating the work can feel like a Brummelen & de Haan’s 16mm film centercomically heady StumbleUpon session: Each ing around the inaccessibility of a particular project requires detailed research and discusTurkish frieze due to its potential to spark sion and weeks of thinking and considering and political upheaval. catching up on an artist’s conceptual footing Each project, while as particular to itself as and double-checking the execution and then anything from past TBAs, has the added benefit more thinking and thinking and thinking—all the of sharing conceptual train tracks with fellow while, each project’s corresponding schema End Things contributions. Check our TBA blog of research rests in its own little compartment, (portlandmercury.com/tba) for expanded details sealed off from the other shows and steeping in on End Things projects and a one-billion-word its own expansive ecosystem of meaning. It’s a interview with Kristan Kennedy that will fill you lot to ask and expect of audiences, and frankly, in on everything you ever wanted to know about an example of the well-intentioned art snake bitTBA:12. ing its own tail. End Things is designed to defang the overload of past festivals—the exhibition uses only six of PICA’s 12 visual art budgetary allotEnd ments for the year. (The remaining six will Things be presented throughout the year in a slower, more focused fashion, cenAlex Cecchetti, Mo Ritter, tering around PICA’s new downvan Brummelen & de Haan, town office/event space.) Kenand Erika Vogt nedy says the idea of animation— Washington High School, “things” in and out of motion, and Thurs Sept 6-Sat Sept 29 the ways we understand them— Claudia Meza tie the six projects that make up White Box at the U of O, End Things together. Sat Sept 1-Sat Sept 22 She explains that the idea was born out of conversations with Isabelle Cornaro TBA:10 artist Storm Tharp: converand Mo Ritter sations about things (art things, spePICA, Fri Sept 7 cifically), why we keep them around, what Sat Sept 29 they mean, and how they never stand still physically, conceptually, or even semiotically. Also contributing to the idea of End Things were talks with TBA:11 artist Anne Marie Oliver about animation. “Greco-Roman sculpture, with all their flowing robes, was proto-animation—all that was to show movement,” says Kennedy, “and now we’re in this sort of hyper-animation state of the world. [Oliver] paraphrased some famous philosophers in saying that if something is moving it can’t be understood, and [in relation to movement] I started to think about the idea of thingness.” So how do we understand objects, let alone art, in a world of ever-quickening things, disposable things, things we don’t care about that are designed to profit off of that exact emotional disconnect? For starters, we must get reacquainted with our things—and the vast internets of potential inside each—if we’re to know how to better in-
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Spotlighting Japan’s Avant-Garde in Voices and Echoes by Matt Stangel
OU EVER PUT a whammy bar on it?” I ask, attempting a joke about Japanese sound artist Aki Onda’s instrument of choice, the walkman. With the portable cassette player, Onda composes and performs his “sound diary,” a series of field recordings he’s compiled over the last several decades. I’m trying to tease out the whys. Why a walkman? Why field recordings? Why eschew traditional instruments in the first place? My hope is that if I underVoices stand Onda’s work and creative philosophies, and I’ll better understand his TBA:12 curatorial outing, Voices and Echoes, a night of experimenEchoes tal Japanese music and spoken word. curated by Aki Onda “The reason I picked up a cassette walkman sive elements. (In other words, it’s a lot of tapLincoln Hall at PSU, is just by chance,” says Onda. In the ’80s he ping and bouncing and vibrating that interacts Sun Sept 16, 5 pm, was living in London and working in the music with the performer’s surroundings.) $15-20 industry as a photographer when he broke his Where Suzuki recasts function by using rooms camera and couldn’t find a replacement. “Instead, I as instruments, Gozo Yoshimasu toys with the musicjust bought the cassette walkman.” ality of vocalization, performing spoken-word pieces in a He’s kept it with him now for 20 years, taking sonic snaplanguage that resembles Japanese but communicates meaning shots in places like Morocco, Japan, and the United States. only through inflection and emotive intonation (with occasional The resulting songs arrive like diary pages held to sunlight—waoutings into other languages). In a ritualistic setting inspired by ter atop water atop water, room inside room, environment over time spent with itako mediums, Yoshimasu will perform alongside environment, folding his experience of the world onto itself like experimental turntablist and guitar player Otomo Yoshihide, who abstract, tacitly narrative origami. works to bridge noise and jazz music. At TBA:12, Onda has curated an evening with three of his While the three individuals performing are relatively unknown Japanese peers. Akio Suzuki plays rooms, generating sounds to US audiences, they’re major players in Japan’s experimental with homemade and rare or uncommon instruments. The natuliterature and music scenes, and Voices and Echoes looks to ral echoes of a given performance environment are manipulated be a must-see for anyone who’s into the more abrasive, meditathrough a keen ear and the application of predominantly percustive, and exploratory aspects of sound.
HAT WE’RE MAKING is not just a live event or live television, but living television,” explains Jemma Nelson, co-founder of the New York City-based performance company Big Art Group. Nelson and Artistic Director/ Co-Founder Caden Manson are walking me through the ideas behind their grandscale, community-oriented project The People—Portland. It is the fifth time the
group will be putting together an iteration of The People series they started in 2007, a project they customize for each community they work with. The show is described by the duo as a mash-up of live theater, real-time footage, and footage from interviews of Portlanders that the Big Art Group and PICA conducted in May. The Portland interviewees were asked to describe their perspectives
Can You Spot the Real TBA Events? by Erik Henriksen
“A ‘chorus’ of video interviews conducted with local residents, The People—Portland loosely retells the Greek tragic cycle of the Oresteia.”
“With TXTmessage, communications consultant and Wired contributor Liam Young will catalog each SMS and MMS message sent within the Works at Washington High School. Using four large LCD screens, Young will then display the messages, alongside the names of their senders.”
“For two months, Thu Tran held nearly everything she ate under a blacklight and recorded the results on a single piece of paper. In a bizarre take on the classic cooking show, Tran illustrates her findings with images from the internet, a live video feed of different foods changing colors under a blacklight, and a blacklight cooking demonstration.”
Big Art Group The People— Portland Washington High School, Thurs Sept 6-Sat Sept 8, 8:30 pm, $15-20
on concepts such as community, justice, terrorism, and democracy. “Democracy” is a term that both Manson and Nelson reference a great deal during our conversation, thanks to The People’s source material: Aeschylus’ three-part tragedy the Oresteia, which culminates with a public trial of its main character, Orestes. “It’s often considered not just a theatrical document, but a founding document in the Western canon,” Nelson says of the Oresteia. “It has these things to say about justice and community and democracy, in an ancient way, and we wanted to play with that and think about how that could be relevant to contemporary times” Like the ending of the Orestia, The People—Portland will be performed in a public setting, with actors from Big Art Group’s company, local participants, and the Portland interviewees taking part in the spectacle. The end result is something that Manson and Nelson hope will be a sort of “social sculpture,” in which ownership of the piece resonates with the public as well as with the artists behind the process. But given how opinionated Portland’s population is, one wonders if resonance or dissonance will be most felt in the end.
“‘Artstigator’ Grady Deshant has performed in Boston, Chicago, Sydney, and London. His latest work, the video monologue The Insomniac’s Nightmare, examines the casual and causal links between popular entertainments like Modern Family and recent mass shootings.”
“In Cacophony Cantos, Austin theatre collective Gener8 randomly selects three audience members as co-collaborators. Half poetry performance and half discussion, the evening will be focused on the ever-shifting power dynamics of the artist/audience dynamic.”
“Miniature raconteur Laura Heit performs some of the smallest puppet shows around.”
“Play: The Play makes TBA accessible for even the youngest festivalgoers. For two hours, parents are encouraged to bring their children to Imago Theatre, where childcare will be provided and webcams will broadcast their children’s actions to anyone with an internet connection. Accompanied by a live, improvised score by Parenthetical Girls, Play recontextualizes the subconscious art of children’s play into the framework of a theatrical production.”
“CHRISTEENE is a shameless and sexually infused sewer of live rap and RnB, whose message challenges gender, capitalism, corporate mendacity, complacency, and false celebrity while shattering the American obsession with charm and grace.”
“Boasting an original score by the Postal Service’s Jimmy Tamborello, Seattle poet and choreographer Steph Annie’s Tears in the Rain deconstructs Pacific Northwest’s weather patterns and their effects on the individual and regional psyche.”
1. Real! That’s IFC’s Portlandi—no, wait, sorry. The People—Portland performed by Big Art Group.
Big Art Group Brings The People to Portland by Noah Dunham
2. Fake. :( 3. Deliciously real! The Yes and No of Blacklight Food by Thu Tran. 4. Fake. But we hear Mike Daisey’s working on something similar. 5. Fake. 6. Real! Miniature Dramas by Laura Heit and David Commander. 7. Holy shit, this is totally fake. 8. Holy shit, this is totally real! 9. Fake. But we hear Rutger Hauer’s working on something similar.
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Online Relationship Management Claire L. Evans and the Digital Heart by Dylan Meconis
solutions, which are more practical—and in a sense more LAIRE L. EVANS will be bringing her performative dystopian—concepts for the quantification and managelecture Restore from Backup, an examination of onment of the heart online. line relationships, to this year’s TBA. Evans is a writer, artist, and musician (she's one half of YACHT) whose work You maintain a great blog, Space Canon (urbanoften focuses on the role of technology in society. We’ve honking.com/spacecanon), all about sciaccompanied the interview with our own proposence fiction. What trends would you like als for some virtual tools that would make onto see more of in contemporary sci-fi? line relationships a little easier to navigate. Claire The future doesn’t look as monolithic L. Evans as it used to: in a world of subjective MERCURY: Do you think you’re and endless connectivity, everyone more sentimental as a result of Restore from will live their own versions of the fusocial media? ture, individually marketed and tailored CLAIRE L. EVANS: It’s increasingly Backup to their whims. I think science fiction difficult to be impulsively sentimental or PICA, Thurs Sept 13, has yet to adequately speak to this. Alemotional on the web. When you lose 12:30 pm, free though there’s a lot of great work being a friend, or end a romantic relationship, done, I don’t think we’ve got our Orwell of you’re not just “hiding” those individuals from Facebook yet. your “timeline.” Those are cataclysms of the heart. Your presentation is “design fiction” that suggests some ideas for how to measure and understand our online relationships. Could you share some ideas that might not have made the final cut? In its original draft, the presentation focused on the idea of forming a physical object from the vast amount of bits that make up a discarded online relationship. I had imagined the wealthy, lonely people of the future strolling through vast mausoleums of ex-friends, speculated about holding the sum total of a failed love in your hands. But I don’t think we’ll ever interface with data in such a tactile way. Now, the presentation focuses on emotional bandwidth
Crackpot Cookery Thu Tran’s 420-Inspired The Yes and No of Blacklight Food by Jenna Lechner
me. “T2” stands for Thanksgiving 2, typically held HU TRAN made a name for herself as host a week or two after Thanksgiving. It’s a friends of the delightfully crackpot cooking show Thanksgiving dinner party; just friends and Food Party. The TV show—which ran on IFC weed, and people either bring leftovers from 2009-2010—chiefly stars handmade from their family’s Thanksgivings, or puppets, and is emblematic of Tran’s Thu prepare something that wouldn’t work: experimental, silly, and rife with typically fly at the family dinner Tran what-the-fuck moments. Trailing its table (weed Cool Ranch Dorito success, the Brooklyn-based artist The Yes and No of cornbread). One year, my roomhas worked on various collaboraBlacklight Food mates and I decided to make the tive projects (including doing stage Washington High School, theme “black light,” and a trippy props for Girl Talk’s live show). Fri Sept 14, 10:30 dinner party ensued. I caught up with Tran to discuss pm, $5-7 The Yes and No of Blacklight Food, What kind of Google searches did her piece for TBA. Our conversation you run for the piece? dropped us into the abyss of Google Image Sometimes I won’t know what something is Search and 420-friendly dinner parties. called, so I start with a blunt description, like “blood mushroom.” I roll over my favorite images, MERCURY: What will we see at your TBA and see what the JPEGs are labeled, looking for performance? names, nicknames, Latin names, and search for THU TRAN: I will be giving a slide lecture on blackthose. I find names like “bleeding tooth fungi” and light-reactive food. The data I’ve compiled is based “Hydnellum peckii.” Search for those, jackpot. It’s on personal experience. The photos are carefully very easy to tangent from here. “Bleeding tooth,” curated from Google Image searches. I will also be “mouth injuries” (no!). The surf can go on for giving a few black-light-related cooking demos for hours, but it always somehow winds up in a dark stage. Because cooking is an intimate activity, we lonely place, “Lindsay Lohan 2012,” “Bieber leg will get up close and personal with a live video feed tattoo,” or “Lohanthony GIFs.” from my webcam. Matt Fitzpatrick, who composes music for most of my videos, will be onsite to proDo you have any eatery plans for when you vide live scoring. arrive in Portland? I love the food cart and doughnut scene in PortA lot of your work involves collaboration; did land. I will definitely indulge in the big chocolate collaboration play into this piece? dong doughnut and the gay Froot Loops doughnut The idea itself spawned from a dinner party called from Voodoo. “Blacklight T2” hosted by my old roommates and
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listings Performance Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, The Quiet Volume The silence of a library is a very particular thing: No one is talking, but everyone is thinking, reading, and turning pages. (Unless you’re at the Central Library… then, possibly, someone is shouting about how it’s their turn to use the internet.) Libraries are unique spaces, public but focused, and performance artists Tim Etchells and Ant Hampton take advantage of that peculiarity in their introspective piece The Quiet Volume, which invites two audience members at a time to don headsets and follow whispered cues that lead them through the library’s stacks. ALISON HALLETT Multnomah County Central Library, Thurs Sept 6-Sun Sept 16 (no Mon Sept 10 show), see pica.org for showtimes, $8-10 Miguel Gutierrez, Heavens What Have I Done New York choreographer Miguel Gutierrez mashes up the disciplines of dance, humor, drama, and vocalization in his epic, ramblingly original pieces: a smidgen of good-natured hipster irony sneaks in now and again, or perhaps a dash of impropriety when he appears in his underwear and/or high heels. With an emotional terrain that spans the minutia of relationship feelings to the state of an unjust world, Gutierrez is, literally, all over the place. In Heavens What Have I Done he dons the rainbows and makeup of a clown for a solo monologue and dance that deals with the theatrical process, travel, injustice, teaching, and his own personal hopes and dreams— so, all of life, essentially. As per usual. MARJORIE SKINNER Washington High School, Fri Sept 7-Sun Sept 9, 6:30 pm, $15-20
Nora Chipaumire, Miriam See African Dance on pg. 3 for more info. Lincoln Hall at PSU, Fri Sept 7-Sat Sept 8, 8:30 pm, $20-25
constraint: The short works must be performed entirely on a miniscule four-byfour-foot stage placed in the middle of the theater. The quick, diverse, back-toback dances can strike like a lightning bolt or come and go like an easy laugh. SM Washington High School, Sat Sept 8, 10:30 pm, $10-15
Laura Heit and David Commander, Miniature Dramas There’s an obvious and enjoyable tension at Gob Squad, Gob Squad’s Kitchen work in the clever (and funny) miniature (You’ve Never Had It So Good) puppet shows put on by Laura Heit See Pop Art on pg. 5 for more info. Linand David Commander. Each puppecoln Hall at PSU, Thurs Sept 13-Sat teer looms over the little pieces they Sept 15, 8:30 pm, $25-30 manipulate, presumably commandArlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway ing the audience’s attention. But, Chelfitsch, Hot Pepper, Air then, at the same time, a projecBodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Conditioner, and the Faretion screen emblazoned with a Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th well Speech massive close-up of all the tiny Chelfitsch, one of Japan’s most action looms over them, so it’s Lincoln Hall at PSU, 1620 SW Park acclaimed theater companies— kind of a draw. Heit tells punchily Mark Spencer Hotel Ballroom, 409 SW 11th helmed by writer/director Toshiki poignant stories with her elaboMultnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Okada—brings a piece with three rately detailed matchbox-size interconnected vignettes about setpieces. Commander’s main PICA, 415 SW 10th, Suite 300 what it’s like to be a twentysomepiece, In Flight, is a tart sendup Washington High School, 531 SE 14th thing office drone in Japan. These of a comfortably numb consumerist Water Avenue Project Lot, SE Morrison & Water highly choreographed scenes marry society, set on a crashing airplane. humor, movement, and music, like a Avid readers of SkyMall magazine will White Box at the U of O, 24 NW 1st sort of avant-garde Office Space. (No fax totally be in on the joke. DENIS C. THEWinningstad Theatre at PCPA, machines will be harmed.) AH Washington RIAULT Washington High School, Sun 1111 SW Broadway High School, Fri Sept 14-Sat Sept 15, 6:30 Sept 9, 10:30 pm, $5-7 pm, $20-25 Brainstorm/Sahelsounds, Global and Mobile Pop Claudia Meza, Listening to Space: Sonic City PDX The TBA program notes that Christopher Kirkley is a “self-deClaudia Meza has a history with PICA. Her former band Explode into Colors scribed amateur ethnomusicologist and gentleman explorer of the South African performed at 2009’s TBA, and Meza curated the ongoing New Musics series. Sahel,” which… damn. If it’s that easy, allow me to self-describe as a “master orThis year, she’s created an art tour based entirely on the properties of natural gasmologist and gentleman assassin of the Delta Quadrant.” And since I have a sound. Her Listening to Space: Sonic City PDX program functions as an autitle like that, you can trust me when I say that Global and Mobile Pop—presented dio tour of Portland, with Meza asking more than 30 musicians and artists to by Kirkley, under the label Sahelsounds, along with Portland art-pop band Brainpick locations entirely for their ambient sonic possibilities. Freeway overpasses, storm—sounds like a giddy evening of A/V overload. There’ll be music, remixed open spaces, and the city’s buildings are all part of what you might YouTubes, “live cell phone feeds” (FROM WHERE?!), and Skyped concerts find on the tour, which runs throughout TBA and is guided by from Africa, with everything concentrated into a show that conveys the “vast QR codes and online maps. The tour concludes with an outweirdness of the internet era.” ERIK HENRIKSEN: MO&GAOTDQ side live concert from members of AU, Golden Retriever, Washington High School, Mon Sept 10, 10:30 pm, $5-7 and more, including Meza herself. NED LANNAMANN Various locations, Thurs Sept 6-Sun Sept 16, free, Future Cinema: Terrifying Women, Weston Currie and Liz soniccitypdx.tumblr.com; concert at Water Avenue Harris, and B-Movie Bingo Project Lot, Sat Sept 15, 4:30 pm, free Make way for the terrifying women. The scary ladies of Terrifying Women, a
Big Art Group, The People—Portland See Democracy On the Big Screen on pg. 11 for more info. Washington High School, Thurs Sept 6-Sat Sept 8, 8:30, $15-20
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, El Rumor del Incendio (The Sound of Fire) See Digging Up the Present on pg. 3 for more info. Winningstad Theatre at PCPA, Fri Sept 7-Sun Sept 9, 6:30 pm, $20-25
where he was born and still lives, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Linyekula runs a dance studio in the city of Kisangani, which since his birth has seen two wars and decades of shaky government. That brutal history, along with the country’s rich culture of music and dance, will be channeled for an hour into Linyekula’s tiny circle of light. SM Winningstad Theatre at PCPA, Thurs Sept 13Sat Sept 15 6:30 pm, $20-25
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Andrew Dickson, Life Coach See Get Help on pg. 5 for more info. Mark Spencer Hotel Ballroom, Sat-Sun 1:30 & 3:30 pm, Sat Sept 8-Sun Sept 16 Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug, (glowing) It’s a dancing Benetton ad! (I hope that reference isn’t extinct.) Six black-andwhite-clad dancers from Japan, the United States, Ethiopia, and Senegal fluidly cavort amid shadows and chiaroscuro lighting in choreographer Kota Yamazaki’s (glowing). It’s a lovely dance, filled with synchronization, individual performances, and some graceful arm and leg flailing. With eerie music as the backdrop, it’s easy to overlook how seamlessly the dancers rise onto their toes, hovering and swaying like Lisa Marie’s alien gal in Mars Attacks! (How ’bout that reference?) COURTNEY FERGUSON Lincoln Hall at PSU, Sun Sept 9, 8:30 pm, $20-25 Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, Asalto al Agua Transparente (The Assault on Clear Waters) See Digging Up the Present on pg. 3 for more info. BodyVox, Mon Sept 10, 8:30 pm, Tues Sept 11-Wed Sept 12, 6:30 pm, $20-25 Perforations, curated by Zvonimir Dobrovic There’s a lot more to the Balkans than… well, all the terrible shit that usually comes to mind when someone says “Serbia.” In one of the most intriguing international showcases on the TBA schedule this year, Zvonimir Dobrovic— founder of Central and Eastern Europe’s largest performance festival—curates a night with three Serbian and Croatian artists, who will present site-specific music and performance that speaks to politics, national identity, and whatever else artists from the Balkans are worrying about these days. AH Washington High School, Mon Sept 10-Tues Sept 11, 8:30 pm, $15-20 Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero, Turbulence Turbulence is a dance about the economy. Therefore, it is scary and strange. Choreographed by Keith Hennessy and performed by currentevents-centric troupe Circo Zero, the “collaborative failure” includes roughly a dozen dancers who stretch, writhe, and fall like the dollar. At moments in the piece, the dancers’ faces are wrapped in gold-sequin fabric that hangs like glittering detainee bag-masks. Together, the dancers form human pyramids and body piles and roil in clumps like hell-bound figures from “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” While the group created the piece before Occupy started, its message will surely still hit home. SARAH MIRK Imago Theatre, Tues Sept 11-Fri Sept 14 8:30 pm, $20-25 Sam Green and Yo La Tengo, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller See Bringing Up Bucky on pg. 7 for more info. Washington High School, Wed Sept 12, 6:30 & 8:30 pm, $20-25 Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako, Le Cargo Faustin Linyekula will be onstage all alone, surrounded by a circle of spotlights. You will watch the ropy muscles of his arms, the giant muscles of his thighs, as the language of his movements guides you through the country
Voices and Echoes curated by Aki Onda See Other Voices, Other Rooms on pg. 9 for more info. Lincoln Hall at PSU, Sun Sept 16, 5 pm, $15-20
Laurie Anderson, Dirtday! Laurie Anderson sets a high bar for performance artists: At age 65, her work continues to engage meaningfully with the world around her. Anderson’s 40-year career encompasses chart-topping pop hits (1981’s “O Superman”), collaborations with the likes of William S. Burroughs and Lou Reed (and Peter Gabriel!), and even the invention of her own musical instruments. A returning TBA artist, this year Anderson performs Dirtday!, which combines music and storytelling to create a narrative that engages with contemporary political discourse, including the politics of the Occupy movement. AH Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Sun Sept 16, 7:30 pm, $15-75 End Things See The Thing of It All on pg. 9 for more info on the visual art programming.
The Works Venus X One of NYC’s most sought-after DJs, Venus X (Jazmin Venus Soto) creates an intelligent storm of sound on her turntables. Mixing an insane mélange of musical styles—including such disparate genres as Dominican dembow, underground rap, and Turkish techno that’s cut and mixed with spoken samples—Venus X practically brings her sweaty, demographically diverse crowds to an ecstatic riot. She was the hit of New York Fashion Week, and her regular GHE20GOTH1K dance nights have reportedly brought new life and energy to a flagging NYC nightlife. But most of all, she’s bringing a new, thoughtful narrative to the art of DJing. If you believe your ass is connected to your brain, don’t miss Venus X—she’ll shake it all. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Washington High School, Thurs Sept 6, 10:30 pm, free Christeene Called “the filthy future of drag,” a “drag terrorist,” and a “sexually infused sewer of live rap,” queer performance artist Christeene (Paul Soileau) takes rapping to a new… I was going to say “level,” but let’s go with “alternate universe.” Dressed in a filthy wig, and sporting broken teeth and a penis barely disguised by nude pantyhose, Christeene writes and performs incontrovertibly grotesque Dirty South-style raps such as “Fix My Dick,” “African Mayonnaise,” and the subtly titled “Tears from My Pussy.” And as dirty (and catchy!) as her songs may be, expect even more hilariously filthy onstage shenanigans. (Eating pudding out of a backup dancer’s butt is not unheard of.) You’ll be pleased to note that beneath the nymphomaniacal persona, there beats the heart of a sweet and canny performer. Fri Sept 7, 10:30 pm, $5-7 10 Tiny Dances Some of the work at TBA is hard to watch. Ten Tiny Dances is the opposite. It’s a thrill and a joy and a downright good time, an always-lively series of 10 new dances by 10 different artists that’s become a must-see audience favorite since the series debuted in 2002. The fun of 10 Tiny Dances comes from its
film and dance program, include past and present Portlanders Alicia McDaid, Tanya Smith, Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner’s Kathleen Keogh, and more. While not necessarily terrifying, some of their past pieces have seen bewigged anthropological studies, amusing cable access parodies, and colorful dance pieces. “Vagina Monologues on nitrous oxide wearing strap-on penises.” Next up is Portland filmmaker Weston Currie, who’s screening a new film with a live soundtrack from Grouper’s Liz Harris. Currie and Harris make for a powerful and spooky team—for proof, see their Sundance-approved The Perception of Moving Targets. Ending the evening on a manic high note, you can play B-Movie Bingo to the “Butthorn!”-screaming antics of everyone’s beloved wall-eyed nutjob, Gary Busey, who stars as loose cannon Frank “Butthorn” McBain in 1988’s Bulletproof. CF Washington High School, Tues Sept 11, 10:30 pm, $5-7 Parenthetical Girls Anyone who’s seen Parenthetical Girls—the art-pop troupe of former Mercury Music Editor Zac Pennington—knows they’re no strangers to over-the-top drama. And while the PGs have been doing their finest work yet with the Privilege EP series and an absolutely outstanding live show, tonight offers a look back at their Parenthetical past. Members of the band’s previous incarnations also perform tonight—musical guests include Golden Retriever, Classical Revolution PDX, and Jherek Bischoff—and choreographer Allie Hankins presents a dance performance. Knowing what the band is capable of doing in a shitty, barebones club, this is going to be colossal, and very possibly insane. NL Washington High School, Wed Sept 12, 10:30 pm, $5-7 Alexis Blair Penney A cross between Boy George, Annie Lennox, and Quentin Crisp, Alexis Blair Penney’s gorgeous vocals set him apart from your average lip-syncing drag artist. Perhaps best known for his 2011 heart-breaking club banger “Lonely Sea,” Alexis is also a well regarded writer, DJ, and personality in the NYC and Bay Area scenes, as well as a provider of vocal backing for such noteworthy bands as the Miracles Club, Hunx and his Punx, and more—though his TBA performance promises something even more dramatic. Performing a live “TV special,” Penney will sing a gut-punching litany of emotionally tinged classics along with songs from his upcoming album—interspersed, of course, with dark humor, snappity-snap monologues, and hot diva goodness. WSH Washington High School, Thurs Sept 13, 10:30 pm, $5-7 Thu Tran, The Yes and No of Blacklight Food See Crackpot Cookery on pg. 13 for more info. Washington High School, Fri Sept 14, 10:30 pm, $5-7 Fade to Mind The LA-based Fade to Mind DJ conglomerate (and record label) traffics in clattering rhythms and off-kilter chirps, all anchored by gut-punching lows and sonic booms. They’ve taken the harsh, electronic timbres of grime and house and recast them into a challenging and disorienting club sound, which they stitch in and out of more familiar, ear-pleasing R&B. You’ll certainly be able to dance to it, but you’re not gonna end up in the same place you started. NL Washington High School, Sat Sept 15, 10:30 pm, $5-7 Claire L. Evans, Restore from Backup See Online Relationship Management on pg. 13 for more info. PICA, Thurs Sept 13, 12:30 pm, free
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GOTYE Edgefield, 9/2 LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Tree Frogs, 6 pm; Blvd Park, Everyday Prophets, 9:30 pm, $7 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Petty Cash, 4 pm, all ages; The Applicants, 6 pm, free; Nathaniel Talbot, Lincoln Crockett, Jeff Martin, 9 pm, $8 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Sidestreet Reny, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Northbound Rain, 8:30 pm ★ MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Ian Hunter CD signing, 1 pm, free, all ages NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, Dave Captein, Randy Rollofson, 9:30 pm ★ PLAN B—System & Station, Marmits, Rllrbll, The Crash Engine, 6 pm PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Flexor T, 9 pm, $2-5 ★ RECORD ROOM—Appendixes, 9 pm RED ROOM—Zombie Messiah, Fear the Slaughter, Unruly Instinct, Echoic, Article 13, 8:30 pm, $5 THE SECRET SOCIETY—Dominic Castillo, 6 pm, all ages SLABTOWN—Neon Sigh, Anne, Whirr, Lycus, 9 pm SLIM’S—Countryside Ride, 9 pm, free ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Alameda, Ezza Rose, Hip Hatchet, 9 pm, $7 THIRSTY LION—Brian Odell, DJ Soulshaker, 9:30 pm TONIC LOUNGE—Evvnflow, The Greencarts, Soul Ill, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Tony Moretti, 9 pm, $15 TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 8 pm TRIPLE NICKEL—Video Night Fever: DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TWILIGHT CAFE & BAR—Mohawk Yard, Chaotic Karisma, 8 pm, $5 VIE DE BOHEME—Contigo THE WAYPOST—Sun Tunnels, Purrbot, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—De La Warr, The Glyptodons, Leigh Marble, 9:30 pm, $6 ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Why?, Serengeti, DJ Sodapop, 9 pm, $14-15, all ages
SUNDAY 9/2 ★ BOOM BAP!—Dunes, The Caldonias, Nucular Aminals, 8 pm, $5, all ages ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Tyrone Wells, Justin Klump, 7 pm, $20 AL’S DEN—Adrian H, Justin Miller, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Danny Romero, 7 pm ASH STREET SALOON—The Small Arms, Horse Bodies, The Bumpin’ Nastys, 9:30 pm, $5 AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH—Augustana Jazz Quartet, 6 pm, free, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Felim Egan, 8 pm BLUE MONK—George Colligan Quartet, 8 pm ★ BUNK BAR—Ty Segall, The Memories, 10 pm, $10 CLYDE’S PRIME RIB—Ron Steen Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm, free DANTE’S—Sinferno Cabaret, 11 pm ★ DOUG FIR—The Heavy, The Silent Comedy, 9 pm, $12-14 EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Reggie Houston’s Box of Chocolates, 11 am EDGEFIELD—Lisa Forkish, 5 pm, free; Gotye, 6 pm, $49.50-52, all ages FIRKIN TAVERN—Open Mic, 8 pm, free FORD FOOD & DRINK—Tim Roth, Sun, noon, free, all ages GOODFOOT—Andy Coe Band, Cats under the Stars, 9 pm JADE LOUNGE—Dan Cecil, 6:30 pm KELLS—Irish Session, 6 pm; Bill Tollner, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—The Embalming Process KENTON CLUB—Schande, The Happening, Thee Four Teens, 9 pm, free
LANDMARK SALOON—Ian Miller, Jake Ray, 5:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Dan Haley, Tim Acott, 9:30 pm, free LOLA’S ROOM—Ana Tijoux, Tope, 8 pm, $15-20 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Doc McTeer’s Medicine Show, 6 pm, free; Sirloin Sunrise, 9 pm, free MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Brent Amaker & The Rodeo, Dollywood Babylon, 9 pm, $5 ★ MOON & SIXPENCE—Foghorn Stringband, free MUDDY RUDDER—Irish Music, 4 pm ★ PLAN B—Sizzlefest: Rabbits, Lord Dying, Thrones, Yob, Taurus, Redneck, Weird Fear, Party Foul, DRC3, Billions & Billions, 5 pm ★ PSU PARK BLOCKS—Superfest: Strategy, Phone Call, Nathan Detroit, DJ Freaky Outty, 4 pm, free, all ages ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Dojo Toolkit, 9 pm ★ RONTOMS—Paper Brain, Brass Bed, 8:30 pm, free ★ ROSELAND—Amon Tobin, 9 pm, $30, all ages ROTTURE—Soft Metals, Cosmetics, Light House, DJ Maxx Bass, Musique Plastique, 9 pm, $7 SLIM’S—Suburban Slim, 8 pm, free THE SPARE ROOM—Angel Bouchet Band, 8 pm, free VALENTINE’S—Justin Rayfield, GoGoSnapRadio, The Sorry Devils, 9 pm, $3 WHITE EAGLE—Lustful Monks, 7 pm, free WONDER BALLROOM—The Wombats, 8 pm, $12-13, all ages
MONDAY 9/3 AL’S DEN—Adrian H, 7 pm, free BLUE DIAMOND—Tom Grant, 9 pm DANTE’S—Karaoke from Hell, 10 pm ★ DOUG FIR—Lee Fields & The Expressions, 9 pm, $13-15 EDGEFIELD—Skip vonKuske, 7 pm, free GOODFOOT—Sonic Forum Open Mic, 8 pm, $1 HAWTHORNE THEATRE—My Children My Bride, Betrayal, Lions Lions, Famous Last Words, Verah Falls, 7 pm, $12-14, all ages ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm JADE LOUNGE—Cover Songs Spectacular: Elie Charpentier, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Dan Balmer, 8 pm, free KELLS—Bill Tollner, 9 pm THE KNOW—Rattus, Trauma, Vicious Pleasures, 8 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Portland Country Underground, 6 pm, free; Kung Pao Chickens, 9 pm, free MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Ben, 5 pm, all ages MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Chris Sand, Dan Weber, 4 pm, free MUDDY RUDDER—Lloyd Jones, 8 pm ★ MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Community Day: Will West, Lew Jones, Jack McMahon, 10 am, free, all ages; Lee Fields, 2 pm, free, all ages PLAN B—Erik Anarchy, Raw & Order, Synesthesia, Hepsi, Feral Drollery, 9 pm PUB AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE—Open Mic, 8 pm, free QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Soul Mates, 9 pm RED & BLACK CAFE—Scrap Kids, Living Rheum, 7 pm ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Mt. Air Studios, 10 pm SLABTOWN—Steelhymen, 9 pm TIGER BAR—Metal Machine, 9 pm, $2 ★ WHITE EAGLE—Father Figure, Surfs Drugs, Son Lok, 8:30 pm, free
TUESDAY 9/4 ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Josh Garrels & Mason Jar Music, 7:30 pm, $12-15 AL’S DEN—David J, Adrian H, 7 pm, free ASH STREET SALOON—The Orchestrion, Animal R&R, 9:30 pm, $5
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AMON TOBIN Roseland, 9/2 NATHAN SEABROOK
BACKSPACE—Geoff Baker, Ruby Pines, De La Warr, Sam Cooper, 9 pm, all ages BLUE DIAMOND—Sportin’ Lifers, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Pagan Jug Band, 6:30 pm, free; Superposition State Quartet, 8 pm ★ BUNK BAR—Foreign Orange, Eidolons, 9 pm, $3 DUFF’S GARAGE—Trio Bravo, 6 pm, $2; Dover Weinberg Quartet, 9 pm, $2 EAST END—Phalgeron, Headless Pez, Heathen Shrine, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Johnny D’s Community Jam, 7 pm GOODFOOT—Radula, 9 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Rob Stroup, 6 pm, free HI PORTLAND NORTHWEST HOSTEL—Kathryn Claire, free, all ages THE HUTCH—Open Mic, 8 pm, free IVORIES—Tom D’Antoni, 4:30 pm; Jazz Jam: Carey Campbell, 7 pm JADE LOUNGE—Colin Johnson, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Joey DeFrancesco Trio, 9 pm, $22-27 KELLER AUDITORIUM—Jane’s Addiction, Big Black Delta, 8:30 pm, $46.50-63 KELLS—Bill Tollner, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—U Sco, Stupid Man Suit, Electro-kraken, 9 pm, $5 KENTON CLUB—Stupid Man Suit, 9 pm, free ★ THE KNOW—Drunk Dad, Heavy Medical, Bubonic Bear, Big Black Cloud, 8 pm ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Jackstraw, 6 pm, free LVS—Ron Steen’s Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Highway Poets, 6 pm, free; Baby Ketten Karaoke: Deerhoof’s Breakup Song, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—The Sale, Acoustic Minds, The Druthers, 8 pm, $11 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Johnnie Ward & The Eagle Ridin’ Papas, 8:30 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Open Mic Night: Simon Tucker, 8 pm, free MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, 6 pm, free, all ages O’CONNORS VAULT—Gary Ogan, Dave Captein, Casey James, 7 pm, $12-15 QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Tom Grant, 8:30 pm, free ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Brothers n’ Laws, 9 pm SHAKER AND VINE—Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party, 8 pm SLABTOWN—Highway Poets, Tater & Craig, 9 pm SLIM’S—Open Mic, 9 pm, free TASTE ON 23RD—Brandstson Duo, 6:30 pm, free THIRSTY LION—Eric John Kaiser, 9 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Bo Ayars, 6 pm, free TWILIGHT CAFE & BAR—Open Mic Night: The Roaming, 8 pm VALENTINE’S—Mufasa, Talkative, Mars Water, 9 pm, $3 VINO VIXENS—Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party, 6 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Infinity of it All, Christopher Reyne, Bevelers, 8:30 pm, free WONDER BALLROOM—Missy Higgins, Katie Herzig, Butterfly Boucher, 8:30 pm, $20-23, all ages
WEDNESDAY 9/5 ★ ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lindsay Fuller, 8 pm, $15-18 ALBERTA STREET PUBLIC HOUSE—Suck My Open Mic w/Tamara J. Brown, 7:30 pm, free AL’S DEN—David J, Adrian H, 7 pm, free
ASH STREET SALOON—Random Axe, Stepper, Fred Ped, 9:30 pm, $5 BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Henry Hill Kammerer, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—The Fenix Project, 9 pm CAMELLIA LOUNGE—The Goods Jazz Jam: Errick Lewis & the Regiment House Band, 8:30 pm ★ CRYSTAL BALLROOM—MusicfestNW: Passion Pit, LP, 9 pm, $32, all ages DEPOKOS PIZZA—Open Mic, 8 pm, all ages ★ DOUG FIR—MusicfestNW: Sloan, Bobby Bare Jr., The Minus 5, 9 pm, $15 DUFF’S GARAGE—High Flyers, 6 pm, $2; Suburban Slim’s Blues Jam: Suburban Slim, John Neish, Jeff Strawbridge, 9 pm EAST BURN—Irish Music Jam, 7 pm EDGEFIELD—Jimmy Bivens, 7 pm, free ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Anna & the Underbelly, Jeffrey Martin, Jackalope Saints, 9 pm, $5 EUGENIO’S—Open Mic, 6:30 pm FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN—Kory Quinn, 9:30 pm GOOD NEIGHBOR PIZZERIA—Open Mic GOODFOOT—Mother Shrew, Leo J & the Melee, 9 pm, $5 GROOVE SUITE—Suzanne Kraft, Etbonz, Break Mode, Acid Farm, 10 pm, $5 ★ HAWTHORNE THEATRE—MusicfestNW: Against Me!, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor, 7 pm, $18, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Lost City, Montclaire, 5 pm, free ★ HOLOCENE—Bruxa, We Are Like the Spider, DJ Beyondadoubt, TR-187, 8:30 pm, $5 ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm IVORIES—Tom D’Antoni, 4:30 pm JADE LOUNGE—Hazel Rickard, 7 pm; Adria & Friends, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown Quartet, 8 pm, $5 KELLS—Bill Tollner, 9 pm THE KNOW—Grimace, Party Foul, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Jake Ray & The Cowdogs, 9:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—BBQ Orchestra, 6 pm; Sam Eliad, Scott Law, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Hoo, Wed, noon, all ages; Sam Cooper, 9:30 pm, free ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—MusicfestNW: Superhumanoids, Jjamz, Adventure Galley, 9 pm, $12 O’CONNORS VAULT—Jon Koonce & One More Mile, 8 pm, free RED ROOM—Open Mic, 9 pm ★ REVIVAL DRUM SHOP—The Secret Drum Band, Dubai, 8 pm, $5, all ages ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Jordan Harris, 9 pm
★ ROSELAND—MusicfestNW: Hot Snakes, Red Fang, Hungry Ghost, 9 pm, $20 SENGATERA—Tsegue-Mariam Guebrou Project, 8 pm, $1-5 SUNDOWN PUB—SongWrecker Cabaret, 9 pm TED’S—Hello Echo, Neutralino One, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Mel Kubik, Christopher Woitach, 7:30 pm, $8 TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 6 pm VALENTINE’S—Mollusk, 9 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, 8:30 pm, $5 THE WAYPOST—Classical Revolution, 7 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Nutmeggers, 8:30 pm, free WILF’S—Ron Steen Trio, 7:30 pm, $7
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HUMP! 2012 is in Portland November 8-11 at Cinema 21 and it sells out EVERY YEAR. The surest way to get in is to GET IN, if you know what we mean. Okay, here’s what we mean: Every HUMP! submission gets you a pair of tickets to attend the festival even if you don’t make the final cut. Submit your freaky, kinky, funny, wonderful short porn to: The Portland Mercury 115 SW Ash Street, Suite 600 by October 5th. See details (and download release forms) at portlandmercury.com/hump 28 Portland Mercury August 30, 2012
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THURSDAY 8/30 BEECH ST. PARLOR—Bill Portland CC SLAUGHTERS—Hiphop Heaven: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—Greyskull CROWN ROOM—Counter Culture, 10 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Request Night: DJ Jens FEZ—Shadowplay: DJ Horrid, DJ Ghoulunatic, DJ Paradox, 9 pm, free JONES—New Jack Swing: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 LANGANO LOUNGE—Veridius Quo, 9 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Panty Droppa, free MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free NICK’S FAMOUS CONEY ISLAND—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free SANTA FE TAQUERIA—Salsa Social SOS: DJ Armando, 9 pm SAUCEBOX—Evan Alexander SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Happy Hour: Mr. Romo, DJ Michael Grimes, 4 pm STAR BAR—Party Time: DJ A-Train, Isaiah Summers, 10 pm, free TIGA—Alex John Hall TRADER VIC’S—National Mai Tai Day: DJ Drew Groove TUBE—Sethro Tull, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ Invisible Ziggurat, 9 pm VAULT—Jams: DJ 60/40 WORKSHOP PUB—Phonographix Video DJs, 9 pm
FRIDAY 8/31 AL’S DEN—DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, 10:30 pm, free BEECH ST. PARLOR—Mudslide McBride BEULAHLAND—DJ Pants, 9 pm BLITZ 21—DJ Sovern-T, 9 pm, free BLUE MONK—The Down Stroke: DJ N-Able, DJ Void, 9 pm CC SLAUGHTERS—Filthy Fridays: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Blown: Keys, Uncommon Sense, Dan Cin, D. Poetica, 10 pm, free ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free ELEMENT—Chris Alice, 9 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—On the Avenue: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Shut Up & Dance: DJ Gregarious, 10 pm, $5 GOODFOOT—DJ Aquaman’s Soul Stew GROUND KONTROL—Super Cardigan Brothers, 9 pm, $2 ★ HOLOCENE—DJ Rom Com, 5 pm, free; Snap!: Dr. Adam, Colin Jones, 9 pm, $3 JONES—Back to the Future Fridays: DJ Zimmie, 8 pm, $5 LANGANO LOUNGE—DJ RS2, 9 pm LOLA’S ROOM—’80s Video Dance Attack: VJ Kittyrox, 8 pm, $6 THE LOVECRAFT—DJ Horrid, 10 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Joe, free MATADOR—Infamous: DJ Rattooth, DJ Makeout, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu PALACE OF INDUSTRY—DJ Holiday, 7 pm, free STAR BAR—Blank Fridays: DJ Ikon, 10 pm, free ★ TIGA—Beacon Sound TUBE—Neil Blender, 7 pm ★ VALENTINE’S—DJ Nine Inch Nilina, 9 pm
SATURDAY 9/1 AURA—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 BERBATI’S PAN—Music for the Masses: King Fader, 10 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—House of Hollywood: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free THE CONQUISTADOR—DJ Rhienna, DJF CROWN ROOM—Lil Wayne vs. Jay-Z Part 2: Doc Adam, DJ Nature, Ronin Roc, 10 pm, $3 CRUZROOM—John-Lewis Lookingglass, Theronious Chunk, 10 pm, free DEVILS POINT—DJ Brooks, 9 pm, free DIG A PONY—DJ Maxamillion THE EMBERS AVENUE—Portland Tonight: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 GREELEY AVE. BAR AND GRILL—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free GROOVE SUITE—After Dark GROUND KONTROL—Daddy Longlegs, 9 pm, $2
HOLOCENE—Booty Bassment: Ryan & Dimitri, Maxx Bass, Nathan Detroit, 9 pm, $5 JONES—80s & 90s Dance Music, 10 pm, $5 LOLA’S ROOM—All Decades Video Dance Attack: VJ Kittyrox, 8 pm, $5 THE LOVECRAFT—DJ Miss Prid, 10 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Kenoy, free MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—MRS: 2 Cool 4 School: DJ Beyonda, Noelle, Mr. Charming, II Trill, Ill Camino, 10 pm, $5 MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu ★ ROTTURE—Andaz: DJ Anjali, The Incredible Kid, 9 pm, $3-7 THE SPARE ROOM—Sugar Town Zoom: DJ Action Slacks, 9 pm, $5 ★ STAR BAR—Go French Yourself: DJ Cecilia Paris, 10 pm, free TIGA—DJ Sweet Relish TUBE—Saturdazed: Josh Booze, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—Kiffo, 9 pm
SUNDAY 9/2 AALTO LOUNGE—Whiskey Bitters, 9 pm, free ALLEYWAY CAFE & BAR—Country Music, 3 pm, free, all ages ★ BEULAHLAND—The Original Eye Candy Video Night: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Superstar Divas, DJ Robb, 8 pm, free CRUSH—DJ Mikey, 10 am-2 pm DEVILS POINT—Stripparaoke: KJ Zero, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Noches Latinas: DJ Marco, 9 pm GROUND KONTROL—DJ Nate C, 9 pm LUCKY DEVIL—Ladies Night: DJ Mani, free TUBE—Dark Sundays: DJ Josh Dark, 10 pm
MONDAY 9/3 BLUE MONK—Deep Cuts, 8 pm CLUB 21—Witch Throne GROUND KONTROL—Service Industrial: DJ Tibin, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, Phantom Hillbilly, 8 pm, free MATADOR—I Don’t Like Mondays: DJ Rhienna, DJF, 10 pm, free O’MALLEY’S SALOON & GRILL—Heavy Metal Monday: Bozyk, 9 pm STAR BAR—Metal Mondays: DJ Nefarious, 10 pm, free TIGA—City Baby TUBE—DJ Matt Scaphism, 7 pm
TUESDAY 9/4 BEECH ST. PARLOR—Mercedez CC SLAUGHTERS—DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—DJ Dirty Red CROWN ROOM—See You Next Tuesday: Kellan, DJ Avery, 9 pm, free ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Recycle: DJ Tibin, 9 pm, free GROUND KONTROL—Rock Band Tuesdays: MC T. Wrecks, 9 pm, free THE LOVECRAFT—Tom Waits Night: DJ Full of Bourbon, 8 pm; Death Club: DJ Entropy, 10 pm MATADOR—DJ Donny Don’t, 10 pm, free ★ SWIFT LOUNGE—Boogie Tuesday: Maxx Bass, Gwizski, Mikie Lixx TIGA—Coldyron TUBE—DJ Overcol, 7 pm; Tubesday, 10 pm
WEDNESDAY 9/5 CC SLAUGHTERS—Trick: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Gothic Industrial: DJ Jens, 9 pm JONES—Spin Sugar: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 LADD’S INN—DJ Kutthroat, 9:30 pm, free THE LOVECRAFT—DJ Nealie Neal, DJ Unruly, 9 pm MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free SAUCEBOX—DJ Nealie Neal STAR BAR—DJ Chris Crusher,10 pm, free TIGER BAR—Juicy Wednesdays: DJ Detroit Diezel, 9 pm, $2 TUBE—Loyd Depriest, 6 pm; DJ Creepy Crawl, 7 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Whiskey Wednesdays: American Girls, 10 pm, free
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by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin Books) Reading w/Willy Vlautin at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Wed Sept 5, 7:30 pm
HERE AREN’T A LOT of mothers in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Like an alternate-universe Bounty commercial, men do the caretaking in Jonathan Evison’s new novel; most of the mothers are working or dead. Evison doesn’t attach any particular value judgment to this reversal of traditional caregiving roles—sure, some of these fathers tend toward the mustard-stained and fly-unzipped, but they do their best; moreover, they’re saddled with the burden of responsibility if anything happens to those under their care. When the novel opens, first-person narrator Benjamin is beginning to emerge from the several years of heavy drinking and suicidal impulses that followed the accidental deaths of his two children. Benjamin, a stay-at-home dad, was with his kids when they died; the accident might have been his fault. His wife left soon after—she moved to Portland, where her
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Prophet, Vol. 1: Remission by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, and Giannis Milonogiannis (Image Comics)
EADING PROPHET is an act of acceptance: The far-future Earth you find yourself in won’t make sense, in part because it’s moved so far past mankind that it’s unrecognizable. Strange
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Wizzywig by Ed Piskor (Top Shelf Productions)
IZZYWIG is the first solo release from cartoonist Ed Piskor, and it’s “inspired by the incredible stories of real-life hackers.” That’s a fascinating subject: Now our lives are inextricably woven into the internet, but there was a time when a few kids with computers and phone lines could play around, explore, and fuck with the hardware and software that would go on to dominate our lives. Wizzywig stars Kevin “Boingthump” Phenicle,
a composite of a few real-life hackers. Starting with Kevin figuring out how to forge bus transfers, Piskor follows him as he steadily, obsessively graduates to bigger schemes, first using the computer in the home he shares with his grandmother to get free phone calls and pirate videogames (modifying them so that gamers are greeted with the pixilated phrase “BOINGTHUMP OWNS YOUR SOUL, SUCKA!”), then moving up to helping pimps keep their call girls’ phone lines open. (“I paid that kid, like, tens of thousands over a few months. Cash!!” a pimp remembers. “He still looks like his mom dressed him, though.”) It’s interesting stuff, but Wizzywig can be frustrating, too: Since Piskor never says what was inspired by what, the book starts to feel increasingly detached and farfetched as Kevin’s exploits—and legal problems—grow. And while Piskor’s brash tone is a great fit for the stick-it-to-the-man material, some of his other choices (when Steves Job and Wozniak briefly appear, they’re inexplicably dressed like Alice in Wonderland’s March Hare and Mad Hatter) distract more than enlighten. No doubt there are some great real stories behind Wizzywig, but it’s hard to get too invested when you’re never sure what’s real and what’s Piskor. ERIK HENRIKSEN
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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Facebook updates indicate she’s dating a man who “looks like an NPR listener.” And even though when Ben’s kids were alive he at times resented being a full-time dad, it’s to caregiving that he returns when he needs a new job. He takes a position caring for a homebound 19-year-old with muscular dystrophy—Trevor is physically limited but intellectually sharp, and the two develop a routine of watching travel shows and mapping America’s weirdest roadside attractions. This habit inspires a road trip to visit Trevor’s estranged father, where they pick up a few hitchhikers and dodge a mysterious figure in a brown Buick who may or may not be following them. The novel’s structure unfolds in three parallel storylines: Ben and Trev’s road trip from Washington State to Salt Lake City; a miserable trip Ben and his wife took years earlier when she was pregnant with their second child; and the slow unfolding of the day Ben’s kids died. Evison doles out the story of that fateful day one careful, chapter-length scene at a time, beginning with an achingly perfect description of the breakfast Ben shared with his family the day of the accident. (Chapter title: “Any Other Day.”) Evison is a Washington-based writer whose books have been a case of “too hot, too cold, just right” for my tastes. His first novel, the Washington State Book Award-winning All About Lulu, was a heartfelt but too-quirky love story; his second, West of Here, was sprawling and ambitious, and I gave up on it after a few chapters. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving grapples with big themes, but it retains the sensitive attention to character and detail that was Lulu’s strength. The narrow focus on Benjamin’s unhappiness—on his guilt, his anxiety about his future, his despair over the end of his marriage—gives a very far-reaching question a very particular face. “Who wants to live in a world where suffering is the only thing that lasts, a place where every single thing that ever meant the world to you can be stripped away in an instant?” Ben asks, and it’s a fair question—he did, after all, watch his kids die, unable to save them. Revised Fundamentals is a small, personal tale, a road-trip story twinned with Ben’s struggle to figure out if life is worth living, and why—the end will come as no surprise, but getting there is an enjoyable journey. ALISON HALLETT
and terrifying predators stalk arid badlands; elephantine behemoths march in caravans, feeding on each other’s shit; creepy vagina monsters demand sex; aliens with crystallized brains serve mysterious masters; and the ghosts of girls float through derelict spaceships. Reading Prophet is to give in to culture shock—because what you get in exchange is a rush of astonishing, thrilling imagination. Written by King City’s Brandon Graham and illustrated by a rotating cast of indie artists—this first volume boasts Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, and Giannis Milonogiannis—Prophet focuses on John Prophet, a relic of a supersoldier from a long-forgotten Earth empire. Armed with little more than a knife, basic survival supplies, and his brain, Prophet emerges from hypersleep, vomits, and sets off on a nebulous, dangerous mission requiring exploration, feats of supersoldier strength, and a willingness to have sex with creepy vagina monsters. Graham doesn’t give up any backstory easily—neither Prophet’s nor Earth’s—so this soldier’s long, strange voyage is ours, with just about every page holding something weirder than the last. And all of it is beautifully, jarringly inventive, cool, and creepy. If you can give yourself over to Graham & Co.—if you’re willing to head into the far-future and try to keep up—you’ll find yourself one hell of a read. ERIK HENRIKSEN
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Fall Ill Medicine by Carrie Seitzinger (Small Doggies)
Techne Rendered Dawn Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Fri Aug 31 6-11 pm
HE LAST TIME I scanned a QR code, video instructions for the installation of a shelf arrived on my screen. A Mr. Rogers voice said “16-inches deep” more times than was comfortable, the instructions totaled about 20 seconds of a two-minute
ALL ILL MEDICINE, the latest collection from Carrie Seitzinger, is a slim volume of work displaying the range and seriousness of the Portland poet’s talent. Most of the poems are stories in verse with an autobiographical feel. Aside from a few detours, the book keeps a tight focus on personal upheaval. The poems capture and unpack memories, helpless moments of trauma or sadness that haunt the narrators. In “Like a Broken Window, Held with Tape,” a perverse grandfather invades a dinner “in his bathrobe again,” “explaining his wife had a tilted womb and in order to conceive he had to enter from the rear.” A poem about an abortion is vivid, unsparing, and very good. There are also humorous asides, like in the brief gem “Fluorescent.” “If someone hits on you at the supermarket, you should feel great. Those are some very powerful lights in there.” Seitzinger’s style is flowing and modern, her language strongest when rooted in tactile gut reactions to the world around her. The poems never shy away from the body. Emotions are wrought in visceral detail. “Tornado in my throat,” “our vertebrae form a stairway,” “stomachs like cutting boards.” Bodies dominate these poems, their activity far removed from the
sensibilities of those who inhabit them. I also enjoyed the several pieces specifically dedicated to paintings and other works of art. A dense paragraph inspired by a Basquiat work is original and evocative. Anne Sexton and J.D. Salinger also receive nods. The collection succeeds at provoking memories, special and forgotten, and it’s at its best when it’s at its bloodiest. “For years I’ve been acting like my wrecking ball heart/is someone else’s lost marble” is an excellent line, dramatic and engaging, but I prefer when Seitzinger tackles “the red mess in my chest.” Either way, it’s the heart that animates these works, yearning and feeling things that most people are too decent to notice. All of that said, some of the poems stray too far into complicated metaphors, which is distracting in spite of strong writing, and a few of the poems are personal to the point of obscurity. Like most good poetry, it’s best when read aloud to yourself, but if you can catch Seitzinger on her upcoming poetry tour, she is a gifted reader. Details are available at the Small Doggies website (smalldoggiesmagazine.com), which Seitzinger edits with her partner Matty Byloos. This is the second book from their press. JACOB SCHRAER
clip, and the overall interaction felt kinda raprock (a paper-to-digital confluence of questionable value and synergistic prowess). The usefulness of present-day augmented reality technologies is hard to pinpoint, and application of such tools often read as innovation for the sake of innovation, or bells and whistles for the sake of chime and call. But for Techne Rendered Dawn, a night of augmented reality presented by Disjecta, curators Wyatt Schaffner and Experimental Half Hour take a look at how craft and the mastery of such has shaped our realities all along. In mediums ranging film, performance, music, installation, and flat images, the showcased artists bend their worlds in some immersive, psychedelic, and fascinating ways. Take, for example, audiovisual duo MSHR (Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy of Oregon Painting Society, the Slaves). Building total environments of the retro-futurist, post-apocalyptic variety, homemade synthesizers and interactive bleep-bloop devices are hidden in MSHR’s alternate, fabricated realms−mirrors, lasers, driftwood, fog machines, etc.−allowing for unstaged interactions with light and sound between instal-
lation, audience, and performer. John Rau and Olivia Erlanger follow with an audiovisual installation consisting of loops seen and heard: A 3D scan of an artist’s body is forecasted to twist and turn onscreen, while a soundtrack plays on a loop. Curator Schaffner says such pieces embody the sort of technical mastery that alters our perception of artistic possibilities, widening a viewer’s concept of creative reality. This titular Techne is also rendered in musical performance with sets by the Tenses (members of Smegma), Matt Carlson of Golden Retriever, and recent transplant Jason Urick, all pulling from their signature arsenals of ambient, textural, and exploratory sound. In addition to interactive projects, video pieces by Liz Harris (AKA Grouper) and Taryn Tomasello will further explore the relationship between mastery of craft and the manipulation of perceived reality. With the spendy Time-Based Art Festival coming in just a few weeks, the price of free makes Techne Rendered Dawn a no-brainer for anyone who’s curious about some of Portland’s greatest craftspeople, innovators, and explorers. MATT STANGEL
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READINGS THURSDAY 8/30
BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND A poetry reading, featuring contributors to the anthology Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine—Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle, with Joan Dobbie, Sandy Polishuk, Scot Siegel, Sabena Stark, and Ingrid Wendt. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726, 7 pm
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Coordinated by Dan Raphael, a series of weekly poetry readings, in cooperation with the St. Johns Farmers’ Market, featuring over 50 poets reading over the course of 22 weeks. St. Johns Booksellers, 8622 N Lombard, 283-0032, noon
PORTLAND POETRY SLAM Portland’s punk-rock poetry competition, tossing eight tender souls into a grinder of verse, for a shot at $50 and a chance to represent PDX poetry at its finest. Backspace, 115 NW 5th, 248-2900, Sun $5
JOSH GARRETT-DAVIS Ghost Dances is a reclamation of the author’s childhood, his unusual family, and the Great Plains, discussing the resurgence of the Bison, and the Ghost Dancers who tried to ward off destruction before Wounded Knee. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 228-4651, 7:30 pm
PAUL LOUIS METZGER, KYOGEN CARLSON Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths examines the friendship of an evangelical theologian and a Zen Buddhist, looking at their relationship as friends, colleagues, and citizens. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm
ERIC ERLANDSON The co-founder of Seattle grunge band Hole reads from Letters to Kurt, an elegy to the lead singer of Nirvana. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm
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Lord of Mountains is the story of Artos, the High King of Montival, who must journey to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains to unite the realms and gain an army that will put down his foes forever. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 228-4651, 7 pm
regular guest on TruTV’s The World’s Dumbest, and winner of Austin’s Funniest Person award should blend in just fine. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 888-6438669, Thurs Aug 30, 8 pm, Fri Aug 31-Sat Sept 1, 7:30 & 10 pm, $20-25
DOWN TO FUNNY Katie Brien and Danny Felts present the latest edition of their monthly stand-up showcase, featuring performances from Bri Pruett, Jeff Oliver, Chris Castles, Seth Milstein, and Randy Mendez. East Burn, 1800 E Burnside, 236-2876, Mon Sept 3, 9 pm, free
INSTANT COMEDY Five comics have 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute set out of audience-suggested material, to be judged by that same audience in an effort to determine who wears the Instant Comedy crown. Featuring Ian Karmel, Sean Jordan, Stacey Hallal, Anthony Lopez, Gabe Dinger, and Tynan DeLong. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, 477-9477, Sat Sept 1, 8 pm, $12-15
NOJOKE Maybe Portland’s only outdoors-under-the-starlight comedy showcase, featuring performances on the back patio from Nathan Brannon, Tim Hammer, Tynan DeLong, Jesse McCoy, and Shawn “Boomer” Flack. The Fixin’ To, 8218 N Lombard, 477-4995, Fri Aug 31, 9 pm, free
VISUAL ART INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS An exhibition of acrylic paintings from artist Leslie Anderson, done as exercises in shape and color. Talisman Gallery, 1476 NE Alberta, Thurs Aug 30, 5 pm and Aug 31-Sept 23
KYLE GOSSMAN, MARIO ROBERT, MATT SCHLOSKY, TRIPPER DUNGAN A group show featuring depictions of mysterious creatures from Kyle Gossman; paintings inspired by Portland from El Paso-based artist Mario Robert; works inspired by myths, ancient cultures, and graffiti by Matt Schlosky; and curious, cartoony psychedelic works by Tripper Dungan. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark, 239-9292, Thurs Aug 30, 5 pm and Aug 31-Sept 24
SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS An exhibition of work from artist Heike Brachlow, continuing her ongoing explorations of form, interaction, and color. Bullseye Gallery, 300 NW 13th, 227-0222, Wed Sept 5, 5:30 pm and Sept 6-Oct 27
TINT The PDX Window Project features Von Tundra’s work, designed specifically to comment on the PDX Window Project itself, and how it compares to the more ubiquitous display windows area retailers use to attract customers. PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders, 222-0063, Sept 4-29
THE 24 HOUR PRODUCTION Quick and Dirty Art Project, in collaboration with Matthew Zrebski of Playwright’s West, presents a production concieved, written, staged, and performed for the first time in the space of one day. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Mon Sept 3, 8 pm, $15
FAR AWAY A performance of Caryl Churchill’s play that begins in a cozy cottage in the English countryside, where a young girl’s curiosity about some mysterious happenings in the backyard shed lead to the total eradication of the lines between fantasy, reality, peace, war, beauty, and horror. Shaking the Tree Studio, 1407 SE Stark, 235-0635, opens Aug 31, runs Thurs-Sun 7 pm, through Sept 22, $20-25
CONTINUUM Playwrights West presents Patrick Wohlmut’s play about an astronomer and a mathematician, once friends, now enemies, engaged in a cat-and-mouse game that threatens to upend their lives entirely. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 1, $20-25
HENRY VI PART I Part of Milepost 5’s Summer of Shakespeare. Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st, 724-6933, Thurs-Sun 7 pm, through Sept 8, free
GIGGLE & BLUSH PEEPSHOW Featuring performances from Angie Pontani, Angelique DeVil, Ellie Darling, Lana Louche, Lucky Lucy O’Rebel, Pink Lady, Russell Bruner, Stilletta Maraschino, Sugar Kane, and Zora Von Pavonne. Live music by Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 248-4700, Fri Aug 31, 9 pm, $15-25
COMEDY BRENDON WALSH Portland stole “Keep Portland Weird” from Austin, so Brendon Walsh, contestant on Last Comic Standing,
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THE SWEET SCIENCE SHOW Artwork from three Philadelphia artists: Keith Warren Greiman, James Ulmer, and Tim Gough. Grass Hut, 400 NW Couch, 241-0227, grasshutcorp.com, through Sept 4
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Elizabeth Cline and Overdressed by Marjorie Skinner IMMEDIATELY AFTER reading Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Crispin Argento felt compelled to email me. “I just finished reading this book, READ IT. Write about it.” The designer of men’s accessory line PINO then took it upon himself to make arrangements for the author, whose comprehensively researched book clearly lays out the economic, environmental, and cultural perils of America’s consumption of massproduced, foreign-made “fast fashion,” to visit Portland for a dinner and conversation with the city’s independent design community. In a city that’s made inroads in altering the typical path of fashion designer and consumer alike, much of Cline’s testimony is already at the fore of conversation. It’s the promise of new ideas, resources, and attitudes that, combined with Cline’s extensive knowledge, will make this an event worth its slightly splurge-y ticket price (that and the included food and drink catered by Clyde Common). Portland Undressed: Dinner and Conversation with New York Author Elizabeth Cline on the Future of Sustainable Fashion in Portland, The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th, Tues Sept 4, 7 pm, $85, pinoportland.com. MERCURY: The most common criticism of local, independent clothing is that it is more expensive, which leads to a perception of its consumption as elitist, especially among people who aren’t inherently interested in fashion. What is your response to this characterization? ELIZABETH CLINE: I wasn’t inherently interested in fashion until I wrote Overdressed, and I also found it elitist, and I think those are normal responses to the shallow and unethical way the fashion industry is run today. But people should care about clothes, because it’s an important part of our economy and because we live our lives in them. Our price expectations for clothing have been warped by corporate fashion chains that are able to sell clothes at artificially low prices by using poverty wages and producing millions of pieces of clothing a year. On the other end of the spectrum, luxury fashion brands have convinced some people that good clothes should cost thousands of dollars. Consumers should know that the independent designers are more often the ones selling clothes at a “fair” price, meaning their prices reflect the true costs involved, support fair wages for the designer and the sewing machine operators, and are produced in small, more sustainable batches. At the least, we need to be buying less and acknowledging that our clothing purchases matter. Can you suggest some simple guidelines for the typical consumer? Buy less and take care of what you own, no matter where you shop or at what price point. Do your homework and support ethical brands that have a commitment
to human rights and the environment. Instead of buying clothes on impulse, set an annual or seasonal clothing budget (Americans spend $1,100 a year on average) and buy clothes that you want, need, and are going to last. What do you feel is the most pressing concern regarding the production of fast fashion? The environmental consequences of disposable clothing are going to come to a head fast. Fastfashion chains are now moving into places like China, where another 1.3 billion people are starting to take up the habit of splurging on clothes on a weekly basis. The fashion industry is already one of the biggest polluters in the world, and uses more water than any other industry besides agriculture. Fast fashion’s plans for expansion are quite frankly unsustainable. Are you familiar with the independent fashion scene in Portland and do you have suggestions for the community? I am aware that Portland has an amazing independent design scene. Of course Gretchen Jones is from Portland, as are several other Project Runway contestants. What’s most exciting to me is what Portland is doing with production resources like Spooltown and the Portland Garment Factory. I think locally produced and independent fashion is the future of the clothing industry, but it can’t happen without garment factories! I see factories getting creative and offering branding and design consultation and fine-tuning the services that designers need today. My number one suggestion for independent designers is to be transparent about how and where your products are made and why your products cost what they do. The average consumer thinks that a $10 price tag is fair and a $100 price tag is a rip off. This thinking has to be totally reversed if we want independent design to appeal to a wider audience.
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Have you seen or heard anything since the publication of your book that has given you encouragement that our country’s consumerist habits are evolving? When it came out that the American Olympic uniforms were made in China and there was a huge uproar, that was a watershed moment. Four years ago, I don’t think anyone would have cared. What was the most surprising finding, to you, in the researching of your book? It’s absolutely astounding how much clothing is being produced and also thrown away today. In 1960, a big batch of clothes produced at a factory might be 2,000 pieces. Today a company like Gap produces millions of pairs of a single style of jeans. We are buying more clothes, wearing them less, and getting rid of them faster as a result—we’re throwing away 68 tons of textiles per person. August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 33
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It suits culinary trends: We farfalle with saffron, and a linguine with a have weathered a decade of steadily compli- light, creamy avocado-and-nut pesto are cated food and want something familiar. It both so straightforward and perfect that it suits occupational fatigue: A guy who eats makes one wonder why it’s so hard to find out at such an accelerated pace just wants a such good pasta anywhere, since it seems so home-cooked meal. We go through regular effortlessly achieved here. A daily updated assortment of four or five gastronomic cycles of dark ages and enlightenment, and at this juncture Knowlton’s well- Mediterranean comfort foods, such as egginformed prescription is for the pleasures of plant, mussels, and braised meats, rounds good, affordable food made by people you out the small selection of specials. Hanger know—sans fuss and theater. It’s a timely steak with garlic and rosemary, at $10, is message well received by a town whose ev- a generous, sliced portion of this flavorful ery neighbor is curing jowl, bemoaning the butcher’s cut, awash in its own juices on a blip of morel season, or chopping the heads plate with nothing else. Pair the rare meat with the bare-bones charred cabbage wedge and tails off a hot pot of basement hooch. On my first visit, Luce was a steadily un- ($6) for a stripped-down bistro meal, and safolding, charming surprise, until it was a joy. vor the liquid with the crisp, chewy, generThe small restaurant is shoehorned into its ously oiled fresh focaccia ($3). Having grown space, but comfortable, with wooden table- up in a family of freshwater fishermen, I weltops and scarred, checkered flooring, tall come any opportunity to avoid trout, but Lucabinets of dried pasta, cases of cold anti- ce’s baked stuffed version ($12) looked crisp pasti, and baskets of tasteful sundries. It has and meaty, and was on many tables. The only letdown during these visits was the apparent service level of a friendly coffee shop, but the deep menu of a café you dreamt the watermelon pudding dessert ($7), a cold about after falling asleep between repeats of and mushy gelatinous half-sphere that tasted faintly of the fruit and mainly of nothing. NicJacques Pépin and Lidia Bastianich. A large menu of $2 antipasti creates er was the Luce cake ($7), a cautiously sweet, a low-risk sandbox for experimentation. crumbly, custard-filled pastry dusted with Though the staff humbly describes the powdered sugar and chopped pistachios. small portions as “heaping tablespoons,” Luce is exactly the restaurant I didn’t they are generally at least twice that, and know I was looking for: affordable, perenough for two people to get the idea be- sonal, and true to itself. The space underfore moving on. 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Bootlegging for Fun and Profit Blood and Booze in John Hillcoat’s Lawless by Erik Henriksen BEFORE STRAPPING ON the gimp mask in The Dark Knight Rises, and before terrifying/thrilling everyone in Bronson, British actor Tom Hardy was winning modeling contests and playing Patrick Stewart’s shaven, sniveling clone in Star Trek: Nemesis. Not the most auspicious beginning, and one that seems even stranger when watching Lawless Lawless, the latest dir. John Hillcoat from The ProposiNow Playing tion and The Road Various Theaters director John Hillcoat. All but unrecognizable, Hardy shuffles and grunts his way though 1931 Virginia, where he and his brothers Jack (Shia LaBeouf) and Howard (Jason Clarke) run moonshine. Hardy, predictably, is fantastic—taciturn and grim until he’s pushed, at which point he becomes all speed and brass knuckles—but Lawless is Jack’s story. Like a backwoods The Godfather, we follow Jack as he clumsily tries to impress his tough brothers—a challenge made harder by the arrival of corrupt deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce). Throw in a preacher’s daughter (Mia Wasikowska), a woman fleeing her Chicago past (Jessica Chastain), and crime boss Floyd Banner (Gary Old-
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FOR MOST PEOPLE, the term “guilty your conscience a little, but it’s worth the pleasure” means enjoying something that karma points. Matthew McConaughey stars as Joe, isn’t very good—but I’d rather apply it to a film like William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, a a Dallas-based cop that commits pay-toslay crimes on the side. Chris scuzzball delight fueled by an Killer Joe (Emile Hirsch) is a drug dealer uncomfortable morality and dir. William Friedkin who owes six grand because his an unapologetic sense of its Opens Fri Aug 31 own mother stole cocaine from own depravity. There’s much Fox Tower 10 him. He and his father (Thomas in Killer Joe that you shouldn’t giggle at, be thrilled by, or do anything but Haden Church) hire Joe to kill the woman turn away from in revulsion. The fact that so they can cash a life insurance policy payFriedkin’s expert storytelling makes you able to Chris’ daydreaming younger sister, reject your own instincts and stick with Dottie (Juno Temple). In lieu of up-front his desultory crime picture may weigh on payment, Joe takes Dottie as his “retainer.”
Proposition, it’s written by Nick Cave, and it shares that film’s tendency to work at such a heightened level that its intensity becomes almost comforting. (Until people start bleeding. Then it gets… more
intense.) While Hardy’s coiled menace is the most memorable part of the film, it’s LaBeouf who holds the thing together, which is a weird thing to type. Earnest and stupid, Jack and his attempts to make a name for himself are a surprisingly sweet counterpoint to rest of the film’s biggerthan-life characters. Which reminds me that Lawless is great, but not perfect: The preening, sneering Pearce is a blast to watch, but too cartoonish to be a real threat, and while it’d be a stretch to call the film light, it lacks the relentless nihilism of The Proposition and The Road. That comes as a relief—Lawless makes bootlegging look fun enough to make you wish it was still a valid career path—but Hillcoat seems most at home in the shadows. Lawless’ best and most powerful moments are its most unexpected, its most desperate, its most bloody.
That the virginal sprite doesn’t mind too much is just one of the many wrong things in a movie where everything goes wrong in every which way. Killer Joe is loud, abrasive, and full of people you’ll actively dislike. It’s also edited with incredible panache, hustling the pulpy plot along. It’s like a nastier cousin to John Dahl’s Red Rock West or Sam Fuller’s The Naked Kiss. Friedkin revels in the seedier details of Tracy Letts’ script while smartly giving his actors plenty of room in which to work: McConaughey begins his performance fully reined in, but the more Friedkin lets him off his chain, the scarier this Southern gentleman becomes. Joe’s undeniably evil, and you’ll get a perverse charge from watching every terrible thing he does. ROBOT: Today we’re going to start a garden! FRANK: Oh, fuck this shit.
Robot and Frank: A Robot! And Frank Langella! by Erik Henriksen
EX-CON FRANK (Frank Langella) is old, The robot takes out the trash, goes grocery tired, and starting to lose his memory. He shopping, and keeps Frank company. Frank lives alone in a filthy old house, eating cold ce- hates the robot. One morning the robot (voiced real and occasionally shuffling Robot and Frank by Peter Sarsgaard) serves Frank over to the library to (A) pick dir. Jake Schreier a grapefruit for breakfast: up books so he can fall asleep Opens Fri Aug 31 reading them, and (B) hit on the Fox Tower 10 FRANK: Just bring me some cereal. foxy librarian (Susan Sarandon). Frank can’t keep track of things. Frank ROBOT: That cereal is full of unhealthy inblows off his children (James Marsden and gredients. I threw it away. Liv Tyler). Frank shouldn’t be living alone. FRANK: Don’t throw away my stuff. So his son buys him a robot—a “health care ROBOT: Frank, that cereal is for children. aide,” who’s programmed to monitor and Enjoy this grapefruit. improve Frank’s physical and mental health. FRANK: You’re for children, stupid.
And so things go with Frank and his beleaguered robot—until Frank, thinking back on his days as a cat burglar, realizes he might be able to trick the robot into helping him pull off a heist. What results is… I don’t know. A buddy dramedy? A hilarious caper flick? A melancholy meditation on aging? An incredibly charming and touching tale of two misfits? All of these things? Yes, that last one. A goofy plot twist or two aside, Robot and Frank is phenomenal—funny and sad and kind and weird and insightful. It’s one of my favorite movies I’ve seen in a long time. It also really, really makes me want my own robot buddy. Possibly we would steal things.
Developed by Nintendo Available Now for Nintendo 3DS “I DON’T THINK I’d like it if Nintendo had changed it too much.” That was my fiancée’s reaction to New Super Mario Bros. 2 after spending a half hour with Nintendo’s latest platformer. “I like that it feels like the old Mario games.” She’s absolutely right. I’m not going to feign surprise that yet another Nintendomade adventure starring a fat Italian plumber is quite good—that’s to be expected—but I will point out how odd it is that this game succeeds specifically by avoiding innovation. The gaming community as a whole has spent years decrying developers for a lack of novel ideas in gaming—yet here’s a title that’s a perfect argument for why sometimes the best ideas are the old ideas. If you’ve played a Mario Bros. game at any point in the past, you’re well aware of what you’ll see in New Super Mario Bros. 2. One could very easily describe the game as a minor upgrade over the original Nintendo DS’ New Super Mario Bros., though it would be more accurate to describe the game as a hybrid of the NES’ Super Mario Bros. 3 and the SNES’ Super Mario World. The game’s levels exude an aesthetic that, while 3D, is as colorful and eye-catching as the latter games’, while the majority of the adventure’s items and gameplay ideas feel lifted directly from the former. (Yes, that means the raccoon tail is available—and unlike its Super Mario 3D Land iteration, this one is capable of actual flight.) Normally I’d slam a game for being so derivative of its predecessors, but in this case, I’m totally content with what Nintendo’s done. There’s a good reason why the company lifts ideas from its earlier games: They’re simply among the best ever created. These ideas just work, and while this creative self-plagiarism makes New Super Mario Bros. 2 more of a remix than a sequel, it’s still an undeniably excellent game. EARNEST “NEX” CAVALLI
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Mike Birbiglia Is a Real Person
Storytelling, Night Terrors, and Sleepwalk with Me by Alison Hallett
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TURN ON NPR and you’ll probably hear an ety begins manifesting in dreams that his example of storytelling’s popularity: “Real body acts out. Birbiglia’s sleepwalking is the least interpeople” telling “true stories” are everywhere these days. Stand-up comedian Mike Birbi- esting element of the film—after one or two sequences of him tearing glia is a real person who has Sleepwalk with Me down a hotel hallway half-naa true story about his career dirs. Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish ked, dreaming a man with a in comedy, ending a relationOpens Fri Aug 31 gun is chasing him, the point ship, and a sleep disorder, Cinema 21 is pretty much made. (Other and he’s gotten pretty good at telling it: First in a one-man show, then people’s dreams are dull. No exceptions.) a book, and now the gently endearing film More compelling is the window into BirbigSleepwalk with Me, co-written with story- lia’s stand-up career, which takes off after a guru-like Marc Maron—playing “Marc Multelling high priest Ira Glass. The likeable Birbiglia narrates the story, heren”—urges Birbiglia to tell jokes about and the film cuts between Birbiglia telling his his actual life instead of the clunkers he’s story and seeing the story actually happen. been recycling since college. Birbiglia reminds us, several times, “Matt Pandamiglio” (Birbiglia) is an aspiring stand-up comedian, who’s stuck in a relation- that what we’re watching is a true story— ship he can’t commit to and has recently de- but he cast his movie with his famous comedian friends, and changed everyone’s veloped some pretty… visceral nightmares. The great Lauren Ambrose (Can’t Hardly names, just a little. Describing a story as Wait! Six Feet Under!) plays Abby, Matt’s “true” suggests there’s only one way to long-time girlfriend. “Everyone thinks the tell it, but if this mild little comedy has best thing about my life is my girlfriend,” he a moral, it’s this: Even a true story is laments, and it’s true: She’s wonderful. But changed in the telling. The best we can do he doesn’t want to marry Abby, and his anxi- is to tell our stories honestly and well.
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To Live and Die in Oslo by Jamie S. Rich
THERE’S NOTHING inherently spe- temptation threat levels keep escalating. Trier’s film is an honest, unsentimencial about the date August 31. For some, tal portrayal of the fallout it might represent the end Oslo, August 31 of addiction. Anders spends of a season, signaling a life dir. Joachim Trier most of the movie talking. change. As Anders, the main Opens Fri Aug 31 He tries to explain himself character of Joachim Trier’s Living Room Theaters and own what he did. He Oslo, August 31 points out, never makes excuses, but he it’s the day before the city drains the public pools. In other words, it’s Anders’ last still wants to manage how people react to him. The weight of his past is a burchance to sink or swim. Oslo, August 31 is a quiet movie. An- den and far more difficult to shrug off ders (played by Anders Danielsen Lie, who than the people in his life think. Trier was also in Trier’s wonderful Reprise) is a assembles his story as a series of scat34-year-old junkie with two more weeks in tered moments, repeated exchanges, rehab. On August 30, he is given leave from and overlapping experiences. The openthe facility because he has a job interview. ing montage of faceless voices sharing (Had the treatment center known he tried their memories of Oslo places Anders to kill himself that morning, they might not within a larger narrative: He is one of have let him go.) Oslo follows Anders over many who have called this place home. the next 24 hours: he visits old friends, Yet, the devastating impact of Oslo, Aumisses a connection with his sister, blows gust 31 is how, ultimately, Anders is just the interview, and ends up at a party. His a single individual, all on his own.
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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD THE 10TH VICTIM Elio Petri’s 1965 black comedy, screening outdoors as a benefit for the Northwest Film Center’s Portland International Film Festival. Hotel Modera.
2016: OBAMA’S AMERICA Anti-Obama propaganda, courtesy of conservative author Dinesh D’Souza. Shockingly, this film was not screened for critics. Various Theaters.
360 She boffs him. But he boffs her. And she boffs somebody else. You just can’t win. Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen) twists “La Ronde,” Arthur Schnitzler’s cautionary tale of sexual promiscuity, into a “love the one you’re with” prestige flick that revels in its schematic ingenuity but forgets to make its characters interesting. Director Fernando Meirelles is as flamboyant as ever and gives his sprawling ensemble, which includes Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, and Ben Foster (as a sex offender, no less), plenty of globetrotting scenery to chew on, but finds none of the dramatic immediacy he brought to The Constant Gardener or City of God. JEFF MEYERS Living Room Theaters.
B-MOVIE BINGO The Hollywood’s series features B-movies, with the audience marking down clichés on a custom-made bingo card. This time around: Showdown in Little Tokyo. Hollywood Theatre.
★ BATMAN Tim Burton’s 1989 flick, screening as a paternity leave fundraiser. Laurelhurst Theater. ★ BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD I’ll let you in on a secret: Writing negative reviews is pretty easy. Every doofy plot twist and bungled CG jumpkick pulls you out of the moviegoing experience, allowing you plenty of time to compose elaborately mean puns for your headline. It’s harder to review a movie when it succeeds—and I mean really succeeds, in that it draws you in completely. The surreal, fantastic Beasts of the Southern Wild is that kind of movie: You may leave the theater conflicted and even confused, but you won’t be thinking about anything else while you’re watching it. BEN COLEMAN Hollywood Theatre, Living Room Theaters, Tigard 11 Cinemas. ★ BOYZ N THE HOOD Narrated by Steve Urkel. Laurelhurst Theater. ★ THE CAMPAIGN Will Ferrell stars as Cam Brady, a four-term Congressman from North Carolina who is running unopposed for reelection—even when he accidentally leaves a wholesome family a dirty voicemail about rimjobs, he’s got no fear of losing. Enter Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), the local director of tourism who gets backed by an evil corporation in order to take Brady’s seat. Though it pains me, I will politely refrain from telling you much more about where the story goes, because the jaw-droppingly horrible twists and turns are what make The Campaign so fun. But I will say this—you know that part in the trailer where Will Ferrell punches a baby? He punches something way worse than that later in the movie. Think of something worse to punch than a baby! ELINOR JONES Various Theaters. ★ CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER Celeste and Jesse Forever is well underway before it becomes clear that it begins six months after the breakup of its titular characters, played by Rashida Jones (who co-wrote the screenplay) and Andy Samberg. After a succinct opening-credit montage of the rise and fall of their marriage (they married young, and she dumped him when her professional ambitions put too much distance between their lifestyles), we’re shunted into Celeste and Jesse’s world of impressively annoying inside jokes. They make heart shapes at each other with their hands by way of
greeting; they speak to each other in fake German accents; they masturbate ChapStick tubes. It’s only when a close friend explodes in exasperation that we learn they’ve been separated for six months, even though Jesse still lives in the studio behind their house. Clearly, things are about to get complicated. And although Celeste is shooting for romantic comedy, the laughs are inconsistent—and not nearly as impressive as the romantic side of the equation. MARJORIE SKINNER Various Theaters.
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★ CINEBITCH A monthly fundraiser for Bitch, with “beer, feminists, and trivia/discussion, and often films that you meant to see 15 years ago but didn’t.” This month’s film: All I Wanna Do, “the awesome feminist crowd-pleaser that you never saw in 1998.” Mississippi Studios.
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COSMOPOLIS Faithfully adapting a Don DeLillo novel to film is the same kind of challenge as adapting Shakespeare. The dialogue is beautiful, precise, and utterly unlike anything spoken by any human being alive: At the beginning of Cosmopolis, a security guard (Kevin Durand, at his most appealingly Christopher Walkenesque) tells his ridiculously wealthy employer, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), that he cannot cross New York City in his shiny white limo to get a haircut because the president is in town and “You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.” “Entire streets deleted from the map,” he adds, in a picturesque sentence fragment. Durand chews on DeLillo’s language, rolls it around his mouth, seems surprised at the cadences and imagery. But Pattinson is simply in over his head. He looks like a dotcom billionaire—young, bored, impressed with himself—and he wears the expensive suit well, but just about every line defeats him. PAUL CONSTANT Fox Tower 10.
Cowboy Bebop is a beautifully drawn, brightly colored, candy-coated piece of shit. It’s an R-rated action-adventure cartoon that somehow manages to be appallingly weak on action (it drags on with boring, pensive scenes in which the literally two-dimensional cartoon characters say boring, pensive things like, “Of the days I’ve lived, only the ones spent with you seem real”) and completely absent of unquestionably the best thing about every R-rated movie ever made: sex. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE Kiggins Theatre.
★ DO THE RIGHT THING See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11. Hollywood Theatre.
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★ THE EVIL DEAD See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11. Hollywood Theatre. ★ HIT AND RUN Dax Shepard plays Charlie Bronson, a car-loving former bank robber (he got to pick his own new name after he wound up in the Witness Protection Program). At the film’s outset, Charlie’s been tracked down by the gang he betrayed, and he’s suddenly tasked with avoiding his vengeance-set former friends while getting his girlfriend— played by Kristen Bell—to LA for a job interview. And of course, there’s a catch: Bell’s character is largely clueless about Charlie’s criminal past. In cheerfully splicing together crude humor, romcom smushiness, and old-school car chases, Hit and Run gets smart, surprisingly sophisticated results. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
HOPE SPRINGS A creaky old couple (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) decide to undergo a week of counseling with a renowned therapist (Steve Carrell). Your mom is going to love this thing. Various Theaters.
The Imposter is one of those too-strange-to-be-true tales that’s like manna for documentarians. In the early 1990s,
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13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared from his Texas home, only to turn up four years later in Madrid. Or so his family thought. Or so they maybe thought. Because the “kid” in Spain claiming to be Nicholas Barclay was really 23-yearold con artist Frédéric Bourdin, who just happened into the right story, a US passport, and a seemingly new identity. Frédéric’s tale has enough salacious pulp that it remains interesting despite director Bart Layton’s heavy-handed filmmaking. Layton overdoes it with the reenactments, staging whole scenes and getting clever with the way he syncs Bourdin’s real narration with the teenage actor playing him in flashbacks—to such a degree I started to fear that maybe I was getting conned, too. JAMIE S. RICH Hollywood Theatre, Living Room Theaters.
★ KILLER JOE See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.
KILLING ME The premiere of a dark comedy shot in Eugene, Salem, and Portland. Admission includes a copy of the film on DVD. Laurelhurst Theater.
★ LAWLESS See review this issue. Various Theaters. ★ MAGIC MIKE Steven Soderbergh makes the movies he wants to make, and apparently this time around he really wanted to make a movie that prominently features Matthew McConaughey’s glistening abs and Channing Tatum hopping around shirtless while wearing a little hat. But Magic Mike is more than just a straight-to-screen Chippendales revue: Soderbergh is interested in all aspects of his characters’ work, and the strip club behind-the-scenes are some of the film’s most entertaining, as the dancers sew their own thongs, shave their legs, and swap theories about “Waffle House pussy” while drinking home-brewed Viagra. It’s almost a shame that Magic Mike has to have a plot at all, and the half-hour of story shoehorned in at the end is about what you’d expect from a movie about Florida strippers: drugs, weird sex, a baby pig eating vomit off the floor of a fancy apartment. ALISON HALLETT Kennedy School, Laurelhurst Theater, Liberty Theatre. ★ MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, god bless him, just keeps making Wes Anderson movies. As expected, Moonrise Kingdom is mannered, precious, nostalgic, and twee—and it’s also about as good a movie about childhood as an adult is capable of making. ALISON HALLETT Cinemagic, Fox Tower 10, Liberty Theatre, Roseway Theater, St. Johns Twin Cinemas.
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★ OSLO, AUGUST 31ST See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
PARANORMAN Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There’s this little kid, and he can see dead people. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “This kid, he’s probably well adjusted and super popular with his peers, am I right? A hit with all the ladies?” No! Believe it or not, he’s kind of an outcast! A social pariah, even! Okay, now I don’t want to spoil anything, but the twist? This social handicap of his might turn out to save the day. Sounds crazy, right? I know, but it’s true! That, unfortunately, is the recycling-bin plot the talented animators at LAIKA have saddled themselves with on ParaNorman. It doesn’t get any better in the telling, and probably gets worse, which is a shame, because the animation is so finely crafted and obviously painstaking that not loving it makes you feel like a real poopface. VINCE MANCINI Various Theaters.
THE POSSESSION What’s this? Another crappy horror flick that wasn’t screened for critics? Why, I never.... Various Theaters.
PREMIUM RUSH A film based on the wet dreams of bike couriers everywhere,
Premium Rush is one of the stupidest movies ever, which is to say it’s both remarkably silly and surprisingly fun. A thriller set in the exhilarating world of... uh... bike couriering, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt—the guy your girlfriend likes more than she likes you—as Wilee, a character whose name is (A) pronounced like the coyote’s, and (B) nearly as dumb as the phrase “premium rush.” Bike courier Wilee, like most people with fixies, never shuts the fuck up about his fixie, and he also says things like “Brakes are death!” and “Runnin’ reds, killin’ peds.” He’d be insufferable if JoGoLev, who is way more handsome and likeable than you, didn’t play him. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
★ THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES Documentarian Lauren Greenfield got career-definingly lucky with The Queen of Versailles. When she began making a movie about the construction of the largest house in America—a 90,000-square-foot monstrosity designed by time-share mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie— Greenfield inadvertently secured herself a front-row seat to the Siegels’ plunge from mindless excess to fiscal uncertainty when the financial crisis wiped out most of David’s assets. As head of the world’s most successful time-share operation, David made his fortune selling poor people the illusion of wealth, two weeks a year at a time. As his son puts it, “Everyone wants to be rich. If they can’t be rich, the next best thing is to feel rich.” And the third best thing is to watch tacky rich people lose all their money and have to put their kids in public school. ALISON HALLETT Kiggins Theatre. ★ REAR WINDOW See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 11. Hollywood Theatre. ★ ROBOT AND FRANK See review this issue. Fox Tower 10. ★ SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Until the dark day of I Can Has Cheezburger: The Movie!, Safety Not Guaranteed will stand—as far as I can tell—as the only motion picture inspired by an internet meme. While its origins make Safety Not Guaranteed sound slight and disposable—a few steps above Battleship in Hollywood’s “Oh shit, what else can we turn into a movie?!” descent—the difference is that Safety Not Guaranteed is both staunchly independent and very, very good. Sweet and clever, it’s a film that transcends its roots to become—and I know we’re only halfway through 2012, but fuck it—one of the best films of the year. ERIK HENRIKSEN Academy Theater, Edgefield, Laurelhurst Theater, Mission Theater. ★ SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series is a fantastic epic: an earnest, heady, hilarious mashup of comics, videogames, and music, with doses of the confusion, enthusiasm, and melancholy that’re embedded in the DNA of every twentysomething. The good news: The movie version, directed by Edgar Wright, lives up to expectations. The better news: Wright’s film also does a few things nobody could’ve predicted. From its opening moments—when a Universal logo rendered in NES-era pixels appears—it’s clear there hasn’t been a movie like this before. Thanks to Scott Pilgrim, the lines between film, comics, pop music, and videogames have been blurred—in all of the best ways. ERIK HENRIKSEN Kiggins Theatre. ★ SLEEPWALK WITH ME See review this issue. Cinema 21. ★ THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY Mark Cousins’ amazing 15-hour survey of cinema history aims to draw a clear chronology from the invention of rolled film and projection to the onset of 21st-century digital cinema whilst exploring everything in between. In doing so, Cousins circles the globe in search of films and filmmakers who never got their dues. JAM I E S. R ICH Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium .
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2016: Obama’s America Fri-Thurs (12:25, 2:55), 5:10, 7:30, 9:30
The Bourne Legacy Fri-Thurs (12, 2:45), 5:30, 8:15 Celeste and Jesse Forever Fri-Thurs (12:40, 2:50), 5, 7:45, 9:50
Cosmopolis Fri-Thurs (12, 2:20), 4:40, 7:10, 9:35
Hope Springs Fri-Tues (12:15, 2:25), 4:50, 7:05, 9:25; Wed 4:50, 7:05, 9:25; Thurs (12:15, 2:25), 4:50, 7:05, 9:25 Killer Joe Fri-Thurs (12:05, 2:20), 5:05, 7:40, 9:55 Lawless Fri-Thurs (12, 2:25), 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Moonrise Kingdom Fri-Thurs (12:35, 2:40), 4:45, 7:35, 9:35 Robot and Frank Fri-Thurs (12:10, 2:30), 4:55, 7:20, 9:20 Searching for Sugar Man Fri-Tues (12:20, 2:35), 4:30, 7, 9:30; Wed (12:20, 2:35), 4:30, 9:30; Thurs (12:20, 2:35), 4:30, 7, 9:30
Hotel Modera 515 SW Clay
The 10th Victim Thurs 7
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th, 971-222-2005
2 Days in New York Fri-Tues 12, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40; Wed 12, 2:40, 5:05; Thurs 12, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40 360 Fri-Thurs 2:30, 6:45 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Fri-Thurs 12:30, 5, 9:10 Beasts of the Southern Wild Fri-Thurs 12:10, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40 The Imposter Fri-Thurs 11:50, 2:10, 7, 9:50 Oslo, August 31st Fri-Thurs 12:20, 2:20, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30 Premium Rush Fri-Thurs 11:40, 1:50, 3:50, 4:50, 6:10, 8:15, 9:20, 10:10
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park, 221-1156
Charisma Wed 7 The Story of Film: An Odyssey Fri 7; Sun 7 Suzaki Paradise: Red Lights Sat 7
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Sleepwalk With Me Fri 4:45, 7, 9, 10:45; Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9, 10:45; Sun-Mon 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9; Tues-Thurs 4:45, 7, 9
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Neil Young Journeys Fri-Tues 9:40; Wed 10; Thurs 9:40
Safety Not Guaranteed Fri-Tues 5:30; Thurs 5:30 Ted Fri 7:30; Sat-Sun 2:30, 7:30; Mon-Tues 7:30; Thurs 7:30
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B-Movie Bingo Tues 7:30 Beasts of the Southern Wild Fri 7:15, 9:15; Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:15; Mon 7:15, 9:15; Tues 7:15; WedThurs 7:15, 9:15 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fri 6:45; Sat-Sun 2:15, 6:45; Mon-Thurs 6:45 Breaking Bad Sun 10 pm Do the Right Thing Fri-Thurs 7 The Evil Dead Fri-Thurs 9:30 The Imposter Fri 9:20; Sat-Sun 4:45, 9:20; Mon-Thurs 9:20 Rear Window Sat-Sun 2 Writing Myself Wed 7:30
Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd, 249-7474
The Amazing Spider-Man Fri-Mon 2 Madagascar 3 Fri-Mon 5:30; Wed-Thurs 5:30 Magic Mike Fri-Mon 9:50; Wed-Thurs 9:50 Ted Fri-Mon 7:35; Wed-Thurs 7:35 Your Sister’s Sister Tues-Thurs 2:30 2735 E Burnside, 232-5511
The Amazing Spider-Man Fri-Sat 3:50, 9:30; Sun-Mon 1, 3:50, 9:30; Tues-Thurs 9:30 Batman Sat 1:30 Boyz N the Hood Fri-Thurs 9:05 The Cabin in the Woods Fri-Thurs 9:45 Killing Me Sat 5 Madagascar 3 Sat-Sun 1:40 Magic Mike Fri 4:20, 6:45; Sat 6:45; Sun-Mon 4:20, 6:45; Tues-Thurs 6:45 Prometheus Fri-Mon 4, 9:15; Tues-Thurs 9:15 Safety Not Guaranteed Fri 7:15; Sat-Mon 1:50, 7:15; Tues-Thurs 7:15 Ted Fri-Mon 4:30, 7:30; Tues-Thurs 7:30 To Rome With Love Fri 7; Sat-Mon 1:15, 7; Tues-Thurs 7
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The Bourne Legacy Fri-Thurs (12:10, 3:30), 6:40, 9:50 The Campaign Fri-Thurs (12:20, 2:45), 5:15, 7:45, 10:15
Celeste and Jesse Forever Fri-Thurs (11:55 am, 2:35), 5:05, 7:40, 10:10
The Dark Knight Rises IMAX Fri-Thurs 12:25, 4:10, 7:55
The Dark Knight Rises Fri-Thurs (1:15), 5:10, 9 The Expendables 2 Fri-Tues 11:45 am, (2:20), 4:55, 7:30, 10:05; Wed 11:45 am, (2:20), 10:05; Thurs 11:45 am, (2:20), 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Lawless Fri-Thurs (12:35, 3:55), 7, 10 ParaNorman Fri-Thurs (2:15), 4:40, 9:40 ParaNorman 3D Fri-Thurs (11:50 am), 7:15 The Possession Fri-Thurs (12, 2:25), 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Premium Rush Fri-Thurs (12:15, 2:40), 5, 7:25, 9:55
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The Avengers Fri-Thurs 6:35 Brave Fri-Thurs (12:05, 3:10) The Expendables 2 Fri-Thurs (12:20, 3:20), 6:20, 9 Hit and Run Fri-Thurs (12:15, 3:25), 6:25, 8:45 Hope Springs Fri-Thurs (12:25, 3:35), 5:55, 8:30 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Fri-Thurs (12:30, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Fri-Thurs 8:45
ParaNorman Fri-Thurs (12:10), 6:10 ParaNorman 3D Fri-Thurs (3:05), 8:50 Sparkle Fri-Thurs (12, 3), 6, 8:40 Total Recall Fri-Thurs (12:35, 3:15), 6:05
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Moonrise Kingdom Fri-Thurs 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Fri Dusk (free)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Sat
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Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Sat Noon Madagascar 3 Fri-Sat 5:15; Sun 2, 6; Mon-Thurs 6 Ted Fri 7:30; Sat 7:30, 10; Sun-Thurs 8:20
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The Amazing Spider-Man Fri-Tues 11, 4:15, 7; WedThurs 4:15, 7
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2016: Obama’s America Fri-Mon (11:50 am, 2:10), 4:30, 6:55, 9:20; Tues 11:50 am, 2:10, 4:30, 6:55, 9:20; Wed-Thurs (11:50 am, 2:10), 4:30, 6:55, 9:20 The Bourne Legacy Fri-Mon (11:35 am, 2:35), 6, 9; Tues 11:35 am, 2:35, 6, 9; Wed-Thurs (11:35 am, 2:35), 6, 9 The Campaign Fri-Mon (12:20, 2:30), 4:40; Tues 12:20, 2:30, 4:40; Wed-Thurs (12:20, 2:30), 4:40 Celeste and Jesse Forever Fri-Mon (11:40 am, 2:15), 4:35, 6:50, 9:10; Tues 11:40 am, 2:15, 4:35, 6:50, 9:10; Wed-Thurs (11:40 am, 2:15), 4:35, 6:50, 9:10 The Dark Knight Rises Fri-Thurs 7:05 The Expendables 2 Fri-Mon (12:05, 2:40), 6:25, 9:15; Tues 12:05, 2:40, 6:25, 9:15; Wed-Thurs (12:05, 2:40), 6:25, 9:15 Hit and Run Fri (12:25); Sat (12:25), 6:05, 8:50; Sun (12:25), 8:50; Mon (2:55), 8:50; Tues 2:55, 8:50; WedThurs (2:55), 8:50 Hope Springs Fri-Mon (11:30 am, 2), 4:35, 7, 9:25; Tues 11:30 am, 2, 4:35, 7, 9:25; Wed-Thurs (11:30 am, 2), 4:35, 7, 9:25 Lawless Fri-Mon (12:10, 3), 6:20, 8:55; Tues 12:10, 3, 6:20, 8:55; Wed-Thurs (12:10, 3), 6:20, 8:55 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Fri-Mon (12:15, 2:50), 6:10, 8:45; Tues 12:15, 2:50, 6:10, 8:45; Wed-Thurs (12:15, 2:50), 6:10, 8:45 ParaNorman Fri-Mon (11:55 am), 4:45, 9:25; Tues 11:55 am, 4:45, 9:25; Wed-Thurs (11:55 am), 4:45, 9:25 ParaNorman 3D Fri-Mon (2:15), 7:05; Tues 2:15, 7:05; Wed-Thurs (2:15), 7:05 The Possession Fri-Mon (12, 2:20), 4:40, 7, 9:20; Tues 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20; Wed-Thurs (12, 2:20), 4:40, 7, 9:20 Premium Rush Fri-Mon (11:45 am, 2:05), 4:25, 6:45, 9:05; Tues 11:45 am, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9:05; Wed-Thurs (11:45 am, 2:05), 4:25, 6:45, 9:05
Joy Cinema & Pub
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The Apparition Fri-Wed (11:20 am, 1:35, 3:50), 6:05, 8:20, 10:35
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The Avengers 3D Fri-Wed (3:40), 10:15 The Avengers Fri-Wed (12:25), 7 The Bourne Legacy Fri-Wed (12:55, 4:05), 6:15, 7:15,
The Amazing Spider-Man Fri 4, 7; Sat-Mon 1:30, 4, 7; Madagascar 3 Mon 11:30 am Prometheus Fri-Thurs 9:30
1011 Main, Vancouver, 360-737-3161
Cowboy Bebop Fri-Sun 11:59 pm The Queen of Versailles Fri-Sat 12, 2, 4, 6, 8; Sun 2, 4, 6; Mon-Thurs 12, 2, 4, 6, 8
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Fri-Sun 10 pm
9:25, 10:20 Brave Fri-Wed (11:35 am, 4:40), 9:55 Brave 3D Fri-Wed (2:05), 7:20 The Campaign Fri-Wed (12:10, 2:45, 5:25), 7:55, 10:25 Celeste and Jesse Forever Fri-Wed (12:15, 2:45, 5:10), 7:35, 10 The Dark Knight Rises Fri-Wed (12, 3:30), 7, 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fri-Wed (11:50 am, 2:20, 4:45) The Expendables 2 Fri-Wed (11:40 am, 1:05, 2:25, 3:45, 5:05), 6:25, 7:50, 9:05, 10:30 Hit and Run Fri-Wed (11:55 am, 2:30, 5:05), 7:45, 10:15 Hope Springs Fri-Wed (11:45 am, 2:15, 5), 7:35, 10:10
August 30, 2012 Portland Mercury 41
I SAW U
MEWING IN THE NIGHT
You said you liked to walk at night but not alone. I like to walk too but not without you. Now we are singing in the rain, singing in the RAIN! Where are you going now? Please one more. ANUSHERWUN! When: Monday, August 27, 2012. Where: walking at night NoPo. You: Transsexual (male to female). Me: Man. #915102
HIGH DIVE PATIO, SUN NIGHT
11:45pm Sunday - I walked by twice. You were sitting, then standing at bus table. Me: slim white guy, black longsleeve tshirt, jeans, bag, brown hair side-parted. You: slender woman, straight dark hair, cute. Eye contact only. But still... When: Sunday, August 26, 2012. Where: High Dive patio, SE 12th & Madison. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915099
CAPOEIRA IJEXA AT CRUSH
You were performing and we made eye contact a couple times. I had to leave before I could talk to you. I would’ve stayed all night just to hear your voice. I can’t wait to see you perform again. When: Saturday, August 25, 2012. Where: Crush Brazil Night. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915098
BREATHTAKING BEAUTY AT WHOLE FOODS
You were cashiering at the Whole Foods on Fremont. Longish blonde hair and bangs and beautiful smile. I was only there for a few minutes but it was long enough for me to appreciate how you took my breath away. When: Saturday, August 25, 2012. Where: Whole Foods Fremont. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915097
You saw me and lingered for a bit. You scrapping drawing supplies, and made your way over to the register when I was paying. I was trying to think of something cheeky to say. Lets do something crafty? When: Friday, August 24, 2012. Where: scrap. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915096
TEA CHAI TE 23
adorable girl with beautiful almond eyes and planet tattoo‚Äôs running down back. I asked you a question, tho not the right one. single? tea sometime? When: Thursday, August 23, 2012. Where: Tea Chai Te. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915094
JOE THE MESSENGER GUY!
Hey cute bicycle messenger guy at Jones bar last Saturday, I really did like your dance moves! You biked away before i could work up the courage to give you my number. bike ride together? When: Saturday, August 18, 2012. Where: Jones Bar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915093
HAIR STYLIST IN THE PEARL
Every time I bike past, see you working and you smile at me, my heart skips a beat... When: Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Where: the Pearl district. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915092
DREAMY GIRL @ WASHOUGAL RIVER Friday afternoon (8/17) you and your friend were packing up to leave, I asked if I could take your spot. You were brunette w/black ball cap, and so ridiculously cute. That is all :) When: Friday, August 17, 2012. Where: washougal river. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915091
4PM BOLT BUS TO SEATTLE Me: Blonde, glasses, sleepy. In the front seat, sitting opposite you. You: Tattoos, glasses, dark hair cut just so. Single, hopefully. I wrote you a note between Tacoma and Seattle, but I lost my nerve on the crosswalk. When: Thursday, August 16, 2012. Where: 4pm Bolt Bus, bound for Seattle.. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915088
7 in the morning, on the bus. You were a pedestrian angle, green gym bag and chuck’s. I never got the courage to say hi. I would always listen to music. I hope to see you on the bus again. When: Thursday, August 16, 2012. Where: on the bus to PCC. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915087
ALEX-RED PANTS FROM GAYCATION
We danced. i said i was going to a bar. you said you might come by... Bar was closed. oops. should have got you number. i liked you. When: Saturday, August 18, 2012. Where: Holocene. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915085
BEAUTIFUL SWIM COACH
you: giving swim lessons at the dish, looking as hot and gorgeously sporty as ever. me: pretending to play it cool, but really awkwardly stealing glances at you constantly. i dont want to pretend anymore with you... When: Monday, August 13, 2012. Where: mdcc. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915084
I AM THE F’N BAND
we met briefly at the alberta street fair, me in my lovely blue volunteer shirt, asking you if you were with the band. indeed, you were the f**king band. sweet show. coffee sometime? When: Saturday, August 11, 2012. Where: alberta street fair. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915061
CONNECTICUT SHANNON TABOR DOGPARK Shannon I met you at the Mt tabor dog park. You just moved to town. Give me a call sometime:) When: Monday, August 13, 2012. Where: Mt tabor dog park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915082
TOM AT MATTACHINE, MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
Hey, sorry I cut our walk short. I actually did want to sit with you on the Failing St. pedestrian bridge; stay away from that scene. I wasn’t quite in the right head space that night. Let’s try again sometime. When: Friday, August 10, 2012. Where: Mississippi Studios. You: Man. Me: Man. #915057
DREADY GODDESS AT CROWN ROOM
Talking, dancing with you Friday. Me: dark hair, full-sleeve tattoos including Eye of Ra on wrist, plaid button-up. You: gorgeous dreads, shoulder tattoo of chrysanthemum done by Daniel. Wish I’d gotten your number.. you were supposed to do my astrology! When: Friday, August 17, 2012. Where: Crown Room. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915080
COUPLE AT ALBERTA STREET SIP
i’m sorry i mentioned that you cut in front of me. i should have gone with the flow instead. it was wrong of me to make you feel awkward when it was really me who felt that way. take care. When: Saturday, August 18, 2012. Where: sip cart NE. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915079
LAUREN OF THE PURPLE HAIR I’m looking at you right now. Hard to drag my eyes off you. That pale skin. That pouty expression. Do you even know what a knockout you are? I certainly do. When: Friday, August 17, 2012. Where: OTP Downtown. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915078
RED SKIRT WITH ‘NICE SHOES’
You were finishing your supper with a friend, I ordered out (sitting at bar). So many Thai restaurants;;; I wanted to try TUK TUK 4ever. Glad I did 2nite... I complemented you as you left. Wonder what flavor you got! When: Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Where: Tuk Tuk on Fremont, Wednesday. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915077
SANDY ON BELMONT AND 34TH
You gave me your number on a Friday night 2 weeks ago and said that I should call you. I said I would, but lost it the next day. Any chance I could get your number again? When: Friday, August 3, 2012. Where: On the sidewalk. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915076
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You had brown hair and black framed glasses. We kept making eyes at each other. You waved at me and I was too shy to wave back! Would you like to get a drink sometime and actually talk? -Lily When: Thursday, August 16, 2012. Where: Bar of the Gods, Hawthorne. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915075
BLONDE EYEBROWS AND CHACOS
You just moved from Chicago, going to law school at L+C. You have awesome blonde eyebrows and wearing Chacos. Me in all black. I biked by you later and told you to have a good night. Should’ve gotten your number. When: Sunday, July 8, 2012. Where: West End. You: Man. Me: Man. #915074
CHRISTA ON SOUTH SISTER’S SUMMIT
Such an amazing and beautiful experience...I want one more chance to say goodbye ...or hello... Chris A When: Saturday, August 11, 2012. Where: Summit of South Sister. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915073
GIRL WALKING DOG AROUND AINSWORTH..
Tuesday morning 11:30-ish, you (blonde w/bangs) came down the street w/the dog you were walking. I was getting back into my car when my dog ran up to you.. We didn’t really talk much, but you were super cute.. When: Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Where: Near Ainsworth and 15th?. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915072
EASTSIDE VOODOO DONUTS CASHIER GIRL
I went in for a donut and you were wearing a black and white tank-top and black shorts. You are a striking woman, indeed. I had to say thank you for the donut and smile... you made my day! When: Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Where: Eastside Voodoo Donuts. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915069
SCHEA @ SAFEWAY ON HAWTHORNE
I came late to shop, and asked how you pronounce your name. You said your parents were trying to be original. I said it was better than having a common name like Chris (mine). Your smile is beautiful. Talk again? When: Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Where: Hawthorne Safeway. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915068
WE TOURED YOUR APARTMENT
You were visibly upset with the landlady when we came to see the apartment. You whispered ‘she’s crazy’ to me as we left. Thanks for the tip, she is. Can I buy you a drink? When: Sunday, August 12, 2012. Where: SE at your place.. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915067
ST. JOHN’S BANK OF AMERICA You’re a teller with an slight eastern European(?) accent You said I look like a movie star. I should have asked you out then but didn’t want to embarrass you at work. Coffee? Drinks? Jello wrestling? When: Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Where: St. John’s Bank of America. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915066
SLEATER-CARRIE You were shooting at Oba!; Monday 13th. I stumbled into gaffers. I was a walking a golden retriever; wearing light sportcoat (me not dog) head&facial scruff. I’m allergic to asparagus. Do you like tea or coffee or sweet potato fries? When: Monday, August 13, 2012. Where: Oba in the Pearl. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915065
N. AINSWORTH WAVE ON BIKES! You were riding on N. Ainsworth. I was riding with my friend. We exchanged smiles, when I turned to give another glance, you waved. I should have whipped around for a proper hello. I hope we pass each other again! When: Friday, July 20, 2012. Where: N. Ainsworth just East of Interstate. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915064
COFFEE, TEA, OR ME
My friends describe me as witty, quirky, and laid back. I like roller derby, running, and the outdoors. I am looking for a guy who is kind, honest, and has a sense of humor. essara, 33
EMPATHIC ANALYTIC DANCER
I want to swim, dance and travel. I am intelligent, creative, fit and good at lots of things. I want a partner with similar interests, who is vulnerable and self-aware, passionate and playful, loyal and responsible. fireflies333, 33
GOLDILOCKS GEEK CHASER
I am a queer who is open to all genders and sexual orientations. I love bears and chubby furry types but my interests vary. Please be: queer friendly, body positive and generally not an asshat. freak2geek, 35
FRIENDLY, TALL, AND SHY
I’m 19, and single. I lived in the Portland area all my life. Just moved to downtown about a year ago. I never dated before and I’m Looking for a super sweet and cute man to be with. pearllover, 19
THE SWEETEST THINGS. I am a very sweet, caring, optimistic, and helpful person. I like being there for people. I cherish everyone around me. I love adventures and being outdoors and doing somehting new. Life life to the fullest. Starr_Shine, 22
BIG KOOKIE LADY WANTS FRIEND. Smart, nice, funny Tolkien fan seeks someone who reads & thinks & feels. Someone who wants to play board games or catch a show. Have an opinion about original Trek vrs. TNG? This might be you. (Batting my eyes.). lalalanilu, 39
SO GLAD TO BE HERE!
I’m returning to Portland in midSeptember to begin the next chapter in my life. I am excited because I love change and meeting new people. I’m always looking to learn new things. Teach me, and I’ll make you food! copper87, 24
KIND OF A BIG DEAL
Just lookin for a good one (honest, kind, funny) to have fun with! I’m into the usual Portland pastimes--cocktails, coffee, culture...and whatever else is thought-provoking or life-enriching. missoptimism, 33
PARDON THE CHARM...
I’m looking for something real. i’m a laid back girly girl who loves to laugh and can charm your pants off in a g-rated way lol. If you like an honest fun and caring girl, hit me up. suchalivelything, 27
BACK IN THE PDX GROVE Moved back from a 4 year stint in Seattle and I’m happy as hell about it! Looking for someone to play with. I’m up for anything fun..movies, bars, hikes, rides, pinball, shows.... (FYI, scared of heights and puppets). Agatha, 38
GLASS HALF FULL
I’m a fun loving, happy, outgoing, and optimistic individual looking to meet new people. I’m down to have some more Portland adventures and you’ll find out the rest when you meet me. cleste, 23
SUPER LOLZ In town for a few months looking to get some drinks and try out different bars. Bring the lolz and I’ll bring my dimples, a swell time can be had by all. Should probably have a sense of humor. candysays, 22
DOM JUAN THE AWKWARD GIANT
FUNNY, LOUD, CHARMING, BRAWLER, INTELLIGENT.
EVERYDAY IS AN EXISTENTIAL ADVENTURE.
I’m a funny, sweet, attractive lady. I didn’t think I would end up here, but I did. That’s just the way life works. I’m ready to meet an attractive fun person. Hopefully have an adventure! coco le fleur, 30
im not your average girl. big feet. big hands. big personality. i want a man that can handle that. i feel like i have friends, but not anyone who “knows” me. i NEED deep, stimulating conversation. god where is that..? wickedkitty, 26
LEARNING EVERY DAY
I think life is awesome and want to meet new people to have fun with around town. I’m a genuine, friendly, and hard-working lady who values a good talk over an even better cocktail. Let’s see where this can go! RainOrShine, 27
EAT, MOVE, DRINK, LAUGH, REPEAT.
Howdy. I’m confident, genuine, and a wee bit sarcastic. My life is quite awesome, and I’m looking for someone to add to the fun. Meeting people is initially scary to me, but I get over myself fast. insertmynamehere, 25
Boys 4 Girls VACATION/BIRTHDAY SEPT 6-10
ME: Former PSU student looking for company/good time at MusicfestNW shows and in room at Paramount Hotel . Athletic, funny, eager, open-minded looking to make 23rd birthday a weekend to remember... YOU: Sexy, funny, willing, adventurous, has photo, not psycho. OCVacationer, 22
SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE, PLASTIC AND CLEAN
If you have a sick sense of humor and are kind of a perv, I am incredibly fun to be around, because I’m the same and I do it well. fresh_produce, 31
HOLA, COMO ESTAS?
I’m a chill, creative, dude who loves to laugh and connect to people with the same sensibilities. I’m hoping to find a really cool girl who wants to maybe artjam and/or be my muse. No expectations, just quantum entanglement. MrTebes, 28
DRIVEN, PASSIONATE, CHILL INTENSITY I love science fiction and fantasy books, science, fitness, school and my career, and I’m looking for someone who is interested in science and wants to work out with me and go out on the town! Salochin, 22
A BODY IN MOTION... ...stays in motion. I am always doing something, though sometimes I seem to get nothing actually done. You- well, you tell me. You are amazing, and wonderful. Tell me your story, you know it far far better than I do. Woodsybear, 41
LOVE IS JUST A BLOODSPORT. Hi. I could tell you about myself, but that would be cheating :) What im looking for is simple but hard. A cool chick with a great sense of humor and terrific chemistry. tuxedocat, 31
SUPER CHILL SURFER VIBE hi I just moved to portland from this little island out in the carribean called St. Thomas. anyway im looking for some new peeps to chill with, not necessarily a Girlfreind but if it happens cool. give me a shout. VI_King, 20
NOT YOUR AVERAGE MONKEY
I don’t normally do this whole online dating thing but I thought I would give it a try. I moved here from Michigan, 7 years ago. It’s just me and my cats :). Littletina22, 35
I have a dog and two cats, I live alone and smoke, drink, cuss, and eat meat. I‚m a little quirky, goofy, and shy, but I warm up quickly. Let’s laugh and be silly together. GhettoMacGyver, 32
Anyone interested in joining in a Justice Alliance with me to talk about the world, save mankind, and leap whole pub quizzes in a single bound, please inquire within. You don’t have to be poly, but it helps. I am. BonzotheFifth, 33
I’m a bit of a nerd, but I wouldn’t consider it defining. I love to read. I often think abstractly. I like socializing over drinks. I’m a playful individual, and am down for many different types of adventure. HappinessIsAWarmGun, 26
ARE UREADY FORA SUMMER CRUSH?
Attractive 42 yo 6‚Äô6‚Äù Brown hair green eyes . Professionally employed & live in SW PDX. I have a job car, bike & a life . August is missing the smiles & laughter of what a summer crush will bring. pdxsingle, 44
I AM LOOKING FOR YOU!
Haii. My name is JOn I can garentee I will forget your name at least once in the 1st week, but I will remember exactly how you made me feel. jonpad01, 27
SHARP AND LOOKING FOR SAME
Twenty-nine, finishing grad school, owner of tremendous dog. I dig books, music, and the outdoors. I also dig coffee, red ales, and the outdoors. bc318, 29
CHILL, TAT-LESS, BEARDLESS, OREGON GROWN
Exploring wilderness, rafting, fishing, backpacking, playing music and making sweet love are things that never get old to me. I’m looking for a special girl that is looking for a loving, generous, sex positive, honest, man who is too lonesome. Towhee4u, 29
CAJUN LOST N PORTLAND
Honest and to the point and u can always count on me. Im looking for a different kind of girl. Someone who can play hard but knows when the party is over.A real women who loves a real man. CajunLostInPortland, 36
EASY GOING AND FRIENDLY GUY!
Hey! I’m a 21 year old University Student studying New Media Design. I’m really nice and I love meeting new people and trying anything out. I’m looking for a cool girl to just hangout, go for drinks, dinner, pho, whatever! nostalgiaboy, 21
36 SINGLE EURASIAN
36 Single Male, “Eurasian”, 6’0”, brown eyes, black hair. ME: Easy Going, Gym, read, work, and looking for fun! You: Open for a little weekend adventure, Wanting to try something different and out of the ordinary! Discovery, 36
Girls 4 Girls FUN SWANKY DOWN GIRL I’m a young lady. I like tea, yoga, dreadlocks, roses, vietnamese food, thriftstores, blues, beer, interesting ceramics, baby animals, riding horses, and much much more. I’m interested in meeting a special girl to share myself with and have crazy fun. HoneysilkTea, 20
A LITTLE BIT OF ALOT
I love to get out and have fun. Would love to find someone to share love and romance with, but also awesome new friends. Walking, sharing food and beverages. I love nature and plants! Serenewaters, 38
QUEER KISSING MAMA
Values honest communication and assertive folks with kind hearts. I just recently fell out of the closet (& a marriage.) Now I’m looking for some sexy fun! I love chickens, making jam, and pulling weeds. Really. Must like kids. felloutofthecloset, 25
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Happy Self-Induced Coma Week! by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey
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This Week on Television THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
9:00 PBS REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Tonight: Mitt Romney defends being a rich white guy with a stick up his ass. 10:30 FX LOUIE Louie’s attempts to get on a late-night talk show go horribly (and hilariously) awry.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
7:00 MTV THE HILLS MARATHON TEN FREAKING HOURS of MTV’s greatest creation ever, The Hills. I’m buying two new DVRs for this one! 8:00 CW AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL The models pose as taxidermy. HAHAHAHAAAA! Perfect.
10:00 AMC BREAKING BAD Mini-season finale! Part one of the two-part final season comes to a close with Walt making a dangerous (and extremely stupid) move.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
8:00 NBC STARS EARN STRIPES Season finale! The celebs are peeved to learn that their final war exercise will involve actual bullets. 9:00 A&E COMA—Movie (2012) A young doctor discovers her hospital is behind a creepy coma factory. All I want to know is… where do I sign up?!?
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Sleep with the Sharks by Dan Savage
“SOS’s husband has semiregular sexsomnia, a subtype of sleepwalking,” says Jesse Bering, a psychological scientist and a regular contributor to Scientifi c American and Slate, “and SOS is not being too sensitive.” Bering devotes a chapter of his terrific new book—Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human—to the phenomenon of sexsomnia. “Involuntary sexual ‘automatisms’ occur within two hours of sleep onset, during nonREM sleep,” says Bering. “In most cases, these are harmless enough—gyrating against a pillow, vacuous masturbation. But there are also more violent and worrisome automatisms, such as those making SOS so understandably uncomfortable. In fact, there have been several high-profi le rape and child-abuse cases involving sexsomnia.” Luckily, there is an answer, SOS, something your husband can do about his problem. “The good news is that sexsomnia responds well to pharmaceuticals, so SOS’s husband should fi nd a knowledgeable doctor who is willing to prescribe a low dose of one of the benzodiazepines (such as clonazepam) to take before bedtime,” says Bering. But your husband is unlikely to get the help he needs if you continue to minimize the problem. Stop laughing these violent episodes off, SOS, and start telling him about every one. Explain to your husband that all this violent sleepfucking has left you feeling traumatized and that he has to see a doctor as soon as possible. Hearing that might make your husband feel terrible, SOS, but these episodes are making you feel terrible. I accidentally raped my boyfriend. What happened was I awoke to find my boyfriend rubbing up against me. After a little while, he pulled my hand, motioning for me to get on
top of him to have sex, as he has done many times before. I obliged, and all was well, until he apparently woke up and pushed me off of him. I did not have any indication that he was asleep, since he was an active participant the entire time and was NOT lying there like a dead fi sh. In the morning, he expressed his displeasure about being woken up with sex. He said that he felt really violated. I apologized and explained my understanding of the situation. Now he says he feels really weird about what happened and he can’t stomach me touching him. What should I do? Reeling After Problematic Intimate Sex Transgression You did not rape your boyfriend. You didn’t ask me to weigh in on whether or not you raped your boyfriend, RAPIST, but I felt obligated to toss that out there. Your boyfriend may or may not be a sexsomniac— this is just one incident—but he initiated routine (for you guys) sexual activity in his sleep, and you reciprocated. Once he woke up and you both realized what was going on, you immediately stopped. Mistakes were made, RAPIST, but no one was raped. As for what you should do, well, I think you should dump the guilttripping, blame-shifting motherJOE NEWTON fucker. But if you want to keep seeing this guy, RAPIST, you need a simple way to determine whether he’s awake when he seems to be initiating sex in the middle of the night. Three hard slaps across the face might do the trick. Jesse Bering has a kinder, gentler suggestion. “RAPIST may fi nd herself feeling a bit gun-shy about any middle-of-the-night sex initiated by her boyfriend or any future boyfriends,” he says. “How can she know if he’s fully awake and innocently in the mood, or just having another episode? Here’s how: She should have an agreement with her boyfriend that, from now on, he will ‘fl ick’ his penis a few times for her by clenching his PC (pubococcygeus) muscle on initiating nocturnal sex.” And how will that help? “Penile fl icking is an intentional action,” explains Bering, and one that cannot be performed by a sleepfucking sexsomniac. “It’s a subtle, conscious signal to assure you that you’re not dealing with a lascivious zombie.” You will no doubt get some flak for your response to the snowboarder who needs a finger up his ass in order to come. He stated that he is so ashamed of this practice that when he’s fucking a girl and wants to come, he pushes the woman’s face in a pillow to hide it. How could you let that little bit of mini-sadism pass without comment? I hope you will throw a comment in next week’s column to acknowledge it. You are normally so thorough in your replies, Dan! Pillow Fight You’re right, PF, I dropped the ball in that response. BUMMED wrote that he goes “to great lengths to hide” his need for prostate stimulation, adding that he will “push [a girl’s] head in a pillow” when he fi ngers himself. And he was worried that the last girl he slept with must have seen him fi ngering himself—seen it and concluded he was gay—because she wasn’t responding to his texts. A little addendum for BUMMED: That girl might not be returning your texts because she didn’t appreciate having her face smashed into a pillow. Find the Savage Lovecast at thestranger.com/savage. firstname.lastname@example.org @fakedansavage on Twitter
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Not sure that even you can help with this one, but I’ll give it a shot… My husband and I enjoy a solid, trusting BDSM relationship, and we’re both quite happy with not only our sex lives but our lives together in general. There is one issue that concerns me. Roughly twice a month, in the middle of the night, my husband will “attack” me sexually in his sleep. I use the term “attack” lightly because the moment lasts for about 30 seconds, and generally I am able to ignore it and go back to sleep. However, there are times when I become frightened by these incidents and can’t seem to “get over it” by morning. The attacks amount to my husband groping my breast painfully and aggressively, violently digitally penetrating me, attempting to penetrate me with his penis (vaginally or orally), and/or shoving me. He doesn’t ejaculate or anything. He is completely unaware of what he is doing when he does it, and I have been able to wake him up (when I have been lucid enough) as it is happening (if it lasts that long). He does masturbate in his sleep every so often, and so I’m fi guring this is connected somehow. We have an active sex life, and he has assured me that he is not sexually dissatisfi ed, and I do believe him. I have spoken to him about these incidents, and even though I try to laugh them off to hide my fear, he feels terrible about what he’s done. He is fully asleep when these incidents occur, so it’s not as if he can do anything about them. I have stopped telling him when the incidents happen because I don’t want him to feel so bad about something he can’t control. I have tried seeking advice from other places, but I am usually told to “just ignore it” or “just enjoy it.” I don’t enjoy it. I can’t ignore it. It hurts and it scares me. Is this a common problem? Is there even an answer? Am I being too sensitive? Scared of Stiffy
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