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NEEDS MORE ARCHITECTURE RE: “Overstimulated” [Feature, Oct 4], an overview of design-related events happening across the city.
GREETINGS, MR. HUMPHREY—I’m writing to express great disgust at your remarks on the Portland Mercury website. In so far as Justin is concerned, I may only state that you simply do not understand. To behold the work of a messenger of God, to see the face of an angel, these are the luminous opportunities available to those who surrender themselves to Justin’s sweet, sweet music. I pity your soul. Daniel Nickerson
DEAR MERCURY—Got very excited… “ARCHITECTURE” mentioned on the front cover! I searched… dismay… couldn’t find it inside. Did I miss something in my frenetic, adrenalinenhanced examination of your pages? Or did you miss yet another opportunity to become the first and only voice in the Portland press to engage with this crucial public art? Clive R. Knights, Chair of Architecture, PSU
CLEANING HOUSE RE: “My, What a Busy Week!” [Oct 4], a rec- 4], in which the neighbor of chicken-keepers ommendation of a screening of Poltergeist neglects to alert them of the presence of a containing a point of confusion with its se- large raccoon. quel, Poltergeist II. There are a surprising number of dipMERC—Apparently [Courtney Ferguson] shits ’round these parts that don’t underalso forgot “how awesome” Poltergeist is, stand that raccoons and coyotes actually as the scrawny scribe seems to remember preceded their urban chicken farm experia “badass tequila worm” appearing in the ment. All fine and dandy if that’s what you 1982 flick, when that truly creepy creature want to do, but please plan accordingly crawled up outta Craig T. Nelson’s throat in and don’t act shocked if some local wildlife the far-less-awesome Poltergeist II. Since claims one, some, or all of your poultry. posted by billyjak I’ve done my mother-fuckin’ work, I’ll now simply state, “This house is clean.” Kurt Dahlke
HAPPY TRAILS RE: “Swan Drive” [News, Oct 4], regarding stymied efforts to work on the North PortFEAR AND CHANGE RE: “Death Warmed Over” [Feature, Sept land Greenway, a riverside bikeway north 27], detailing some of the expected effects of downtown to Swan Island. of climate change on the Pacific Northwest This is not just about some commuters and Oregon in particular. to Swan Island, this is about shaping our city, DEAR NATHAN [GILLES]—You’re a brave and extending one of Portland’s most sucman for presenting such a frank and startling cessful recreational amenities: a shared path article. I’ve been aware and involved to one along the river! Greeley is an unpleasant degree or another with climate change issues truck route, and would not provide the same since the 1980s. It’s hard to get people’s at- quality of connection to Swan Island, and the tention on these issues without sending them exciting prospect of a continued river trail up into hiding under their beds rather than send- to Cathedral Park. posted by Max D ing them on to taking meaningful action. We need that balance. I haven’t checked the latest on stratospheric ozone depletion, but you might do an article on it. Basically, we need the historic abundance of oxygen-producing plants to feed the stratosphere with oxygen that gets converted to UV-blocking ozone. We need to keep man-made chemicals that deplete ozone from escaping into the stratosphere. Of course, the best way to prevent them from depleting stratospheric ozone is to quit manufacturing them. Barry
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Sometimes there’s little choice but to start the week off in a terrible, terrifying manner. The New York Post reports that abusive douchehole Chris Brown and former gal-pal Rihanna (who he mercilessly beat down prior to the 2009 Grammys) were spotted locking themselves in a NYC club bathroom for 20 minutes—and… can we assume they weren’t f los si ng their teeth? Earlier, snoopy spies spotted RiRi entering the trendy Griffi n nightclub, at which point, “Chris made his way over to Rihanna. He raised his shirt and was dancing promiscuously.” OMIGOD UGH THAT IS THE WORST SENTENCE EVER UTTERED IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. The snoop continues: “Then they started dancing together and hugging and kissing in front of everyone.” Stunned (and probably disgusted) onlookers then saw the pair go into the bathroom, and when Rihanna fi nally emerged, she “seemed a little ruffled”—which we suppose is a step up from having one’s face beaten to a pulp. The pair then left separately—but hours later, Chris was spotted leaving the Gansevoort Hotel, where (surprise!) Rihanna was staying. In a related story, VOMIT. MEANWHILE… The most annoying rapper in the world and therefore American Idol judge Nicki Minaj went on a backstage tirade against co-judge/demanding diva Mariah Carey today, screaming at anyone who would listen, “I told them I’m not fuckin’ putting up with her fucking highness [Mariah] over there. Figure it the fuck out.” Nicki also allegedly threatened that “if I had a gun I would shoot her.” Nicki later denied that fi nal allegation—probably realizing that being sent to prison for murder wouldn’t help her career. (Hint: Being less annoying and a better rapper might help her career.)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Oh, and we mentioned that Chris Brown currently has had a girlfriend for over a year, right? Oh. Well, he has had a girlfriend—for over a year. And that unlucky girlfriend is model Karrueche Tran, who after reading in the papers about Brown’s bathroom canoodle with Rihanna had this to say in her Twatter machine: “There’s a difference between a man and a boy. I prefer men.” Speaking on behalf of the women of the world, we’d prefer it if Karrueche and Rihanna didn’t make the rest of us look like idiots. Thank you, and good day. MEA N WHILE… Speaking of train wrecks, did anyone watch tonight’s presidential debate? YEEEESH. There is absolutely no excuse for President Obama’s poor performance… but former Vice President Al Gore tried to come up with one BAD ALTITUDE anyway. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 pm today—just a few hours before the debate started,” Gore said on his Current TV show. “Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet and you
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only have a few hours to adjust… I don’t know.” Go back to explaining global warming, Al. You make more sense.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Bad news and FANTASTIC news! Bad news fi rst: Serial dickhead Chris Brown has dumped longtime girlfriend Karrueche Tran, because… we wonder why? “I have decided to be single to focus on my career,” the clearly lying Brown told Us magazine. “I love Karrueche very much [I’m lying again], but I don’t want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna [Remember her? The ‘friend’ I nearly beat to death?]. I’d rather be single allowing us to both be happy in our lives [and I’m only truly happy when beating women].” THE FANTASTIC NEWS: According to multiple media outlets including the NY Daily News, the inconceivable relationship between gorgeous man-of-our-dreams George Clooney and that string bean ex-wrestling witch Stacy Keibler is “almost kaput.” “They’re barely talking,” says one snooper spy. “She is worried that he may break up with her any day now.” Yessssssss! Now’s our chance! HUBBY KIP! Clear today’s calendar, and toss us the car keys! We’ve got an emergency waxing appointment at Bikini Away!
hat is the funniest, filthiest, screamiest time of year? The annual HUMP! Film Festival, of course! Dirty birds from all over the Pacific Northwest submitted their fiveminute homemade porn movies to the HUMP! 2012 competition, the finalists have been chosen, and now it’s time for you to sit back and enjoy! You’ll see all types of tiny sexy sex movies at HUMP! including straight, gay, lesbian, trans, and bizarre fetish stuff that will make you say, “WOW. Now I can die, because I saw that.” There will also be tons of laughs, squeals, and the fun of sharing a naughty evening with a theater full of like-minded sex-positive people.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Speaking of potentially fantastic news, there’s the slightest possibility that Kanye West may finally be coming to his senses and realizing that his gross girlfriend Kim Kardashian is… umm… GROSS. A s you know, KanWe fancies himself a clothing designer—even though his line of frocks have been savaged by critics at previous Paris Fashion Weeks. Well, accord- WAKE UP, MR. WEST ing to the NY Daily News, Kanye had no intention of bringing Kim to this year’s fashion week in Paris, because… well…. “He didn’t think it was good for his reputation,” a Kanye cohort told the paper. Other sources agree, adding, “He’s uncomfortable bringing” the universally loathed reality star, because he “wants to be taken seriously.” HAHAHAHAAAA yesssssss. Mark this day on your calendars, dears! In years to come we’ll be referring to it as “Kanye Finally Woke the Fuck Up” Day.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
Well, our appointment at Bikini Away was supposed to be this morning, but we cancelled it because everything is horrible. The love of our life, George Clooney, inexplicably showed up with dimwitted trollop Stacy Keibler to the premiere of Argo last night, and didn’t they look just delighted to be with each other. Hmph. Let’s move on to Saturday, shall we?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Regular readers of One Day at a Time will no doubt remember last week’s Pulitzer-nominated coverage of “The Justin Bieber Vomiting Incident,” in which we wrote with accuracy and sensitivity about Justin Bieber vomiting onstage. (“He then turned his back to the crowd, bent over, put his hands on his knees, and vomited all over the stage,” Portland Mercury, One Day at a Time, Oct 4.) THIS IS RELEVANT `BECAUSE… Perhaps under
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GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT NOW AT PORTLANDMERCURY.COM/HUMP FOR THE FUNNEST, DIRTIEST SHOW OF THE YEAR! the mistaken impression that vomiting onstage is what tweens are into these days, Lady Gaga “surprised fans when she vomited four times live on stage during a concert last week in Barcelona,” the Daily Mail reports under the headline “A Sickening Performance.” “Ever the professional, Gaga valiantly did more dance moves in between throwing up even more while her male dancer tried his best to obscure the view by staying in front of her,” the Mail notes, adding, “The ‘Poker Face’ star held up her own hair as she avoided getting any mess on herself before standing erect and bouncing across the stage to entertain the audience.” Perhaps Gaga was just ill… or perhaps the headline from another British rag got to her: The Sun’s “Porker Face!” “Lady Gaga is said to have gained more than TWO STONE as she parties her way round the world on tour,” the Sun claims. “And TWO STONE?! experts are suggesting that she has piled on the pounds through her love of booze.” No, dears, we don’t know how many pounds are in “two stone.” It’s probably about what Justin Bieber weighs?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Moving on from vomit news, it’s time for a Hollyweird Hook-Update! (We just came up with that!) FIRST! Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are “officially a couple again,” says People, which claims RPatz has forgiven KStew for her fl ing (oral sex) with that guy who directed that Snow White movie. SECOND!
Comedian David Cross has married that girl who was in that Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie! Amber Tamblyn is 29 and Cross is 48, and while normally that might be kind of creepy, in this case we declare it to be adorable. THIRD! Jennifer Aniston is prancing about Hollywood, whinnying at everyone in earshot CHILD BRIDE to look at the engagement ring Justin Theroux just got her! Our congratulations go out to the brave blacksmith who somehow managed to forge a diamond onto a horseshoe. FOURTH! Katy Perry and John Mayer are dunzo! While Radar reports Mayer had attempted to change his “legendary ladies’ man” ways for the pop starlet (“John realizes now that it made him appear a bit of a douchebag,” a source correctly told them), that didn’t last long. “She needs the guy to be onboard 100 percent and she was sick of John disappearing for five days at a time, then booty calling her, then straightening up and treating her well, only to go back to his old behavior a few days later.” Douchebag. FIFTH! The world’s sweetest couple, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, who have been together since the Pleistocene Era, have separated. This is the most heartbreaking news we can possibly imagin—SIXTH! “So much for those split rumors!” x17online.com reports, noting at today’s Obama fundraiser, George Clooney showed up with Stacy Keibler on his arm, and didn’t they look just peachy. Excuse us, dears. Our puke bucket awaits.
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Plan to Add Permits Divides Portland’s Taxi Drivers, Sparks Claims of Racism by Nathan Gilles FOR THE PAST four years, 50 Portland cab drivers have been attempting a feat akin to crashing an exclusive, invitation-only party. In a town where the number of cabbie permits has been calcified in place for years, they’ve been trying to form an employee-owned company—and they’re closer than ever to getting their wish. Except that, in a twist, the cabbies are facing an unlikely opponent: their own colleagues. On Wednesday, October 10, the city’s Private for Hire Transportation Board was scheduled to vote on adding 132 new taxi permits to the city’s existing crop of 382. These include permits for the 50 insurgent drivers and their company, Union Cab, also called Solidarity Cab Cooperative. But despite the fact that Portland hasn’t added cabs in more than a decade—and despite evidence that Portland has significantly fewer taxis than comparable cities— the cabbies’ own elected representative on that city board has been pushing to shut the whole idea down. The bubbling fight has left cabbies taking sides against other cabbies—all the while dancing around the uncomfortable specter of racism in a profession that draws heavily from Portland’s immigrant communities. “We can’t absorb a 35 percent increase in the fleet right now,” says Red Diamond, the cabbies’ rep on the board, saying it would cut into the earnings of drivers like him. And, so far, Diamond has been making headway in his effort. Early on Wednesday, October 3, Diamond semi-officially launched his campaign. He managed to bring out 25 other drivers to circle the downtown Embassy Suites, in
Wako’s feeling pleased with the report. Diamond, however, calls the recommendations an “absolute betrayal.” And the two have been sparring ever since. But Diamond has also repeatedly—and publicly—made the claim that Union Cab is made up of Ethiopian immigrants like Wako who want to take jobs from Portland drivers. He also mentions “persistent rumors” that Union Cab drivers have promised permits to relatives in other states. Not true, says Wako—who accuses Diamond of racism. “Our members are current city cab drivers and are licensed in Portland or Vancouver,” says Wako. As to Union Cab’s ethnic makeup, he says, ALEX CHIU “We have Russian drivers, we Diamond told the Mercury, during the have people from Iran, and we have Asian rally, that he thought Union Cab members drivers.” “I don’t think it’s a racist comment,” were being selfish. “What they want is 50 new permits at the expense of everyone says Diamond. “It’s an observation… I don’t think there are any white people in else,” said Diamond. Union Cab’s founder and president, Ke- that union.” Whether the new permits will help or hurt dir Wako, disputes the accusation. But the debate, in many ways, still starts with him. cabbies remains an open question. However, In early 2011, Wako and other Union the revenue bureau’s argument for them is Cab members met with Mayor Sam Adams. persuasive. For every 10,000 Portlanders, The cabbies told the mayor they wanted to there are just 6.6 taxis. Seattle has nearly start a cooperative similar to Portland’s twice as many, and Denver and Minneapolis Radio Cab. According to Portland Revenue have almost three times as many. Wednesday’s meeting likely won’t be the Bureau reports, they also discussed problems in Portland’s taxi industry, including last word. If the transportation board votes low net pay, long working hours, and a lack yes, then city council has final approval. It’s also possible the city council could overof basic workplace protections. Adams responded by ordering an in- rule the board should it reject the permits. vestigation. When the Revenue Bureau Adams declined to comment on whether he finally published its findings last month, it would pursue the permits if the board says covered not only new permits, but also a no, but added, “I will tell you that the analseries of reforms designed to address the ysis behind the recommendations appears to be very thorough.” workers' complaints. what was billed as a protest against a longcontroversial practice of doormen taking bribes from drivers in exchange for exclusive access to the hotel’s guests. Embassy Suites declined to comment for this story. But Diamond’s critics say the protest was really an attempt to rally Portland’s cabbies against new permits.
NEWS Occupier in Iconic Pepper-Spray Photo Sues the Cops by Denis C. Theriault THE OCCUPY PORTLAND protester infamously photographed eating a blast of pepper spray during the chaotic aftermath of an anti-bank protest on November 17, 2011, has filed a lawsuit accusing the police bureau of using excessive force. The suit by Liz Nichols, a 21-year-old Portland State student, targets two police officers: Officer Doris Paisley, who jabbed Nichols in the neck with a baton and later grabbed Nichols by the hair to arrest her, and Sergeant Jeff McDaniel, who unloaded his pepper spray canister into Nichols’ mouth while she was yelling at Paisley. Nichols, immortalized in an awardwinning Oregonian photo, is asking for $155,000 in damages. She also wants the police bureau to abandon a policy that permits the use of pepper spray, under certain conditions, against protesters who aren’t actively resisting police officers. “The policies of the Portland Police Bureau allow the use of pepper spray even
when a person is not physically a threat to anyone,” said Kenneth A. Kreuscher, one of Nichols’ attorneys, at a news conference on Friday, October 5. “This lawsuit is about attempting to change that policy.” The lawsuit is the second high-profile excessive force claim to arise from last fall’s Occupy crackdown. Justin James Bridges, confined to a wheelchair since police cleared the Occupy camps last fall, sued the city and several cops this summer for more than $3 million. Kreuscher says the painfully hot oil that makes up pepper spray left Nichols with eczema immediately after the incident and that she still suffers from sleep and anxiety disorders. The police bureau hasn’t commented on the suit. But after the iconic image of Nichols brought widespread attention last fall, the bureau released a video of the incident shot from behind police lines. The confrontation between police and
protesters that led to the pepper spraying came at the end of a long day of protests throughout downtown—and the clash arguably was made worse by the cops themselves. Mounted cops showed up to clear the sidewalks around an occupied Chase Bank branch at SW 6th and Yamhill. Then the riot cops and their PA van showed up. While the van was telling protesters to stay on the sidewalk and off streets and nearby MAX tracks, the riot cops were confusedly pushing protesters like Nichols off those same sidewalks. “Liz Nichols was obeying the only order she ever heard from the police. She took care to stay on the sidewalk,” said another of Nichols’ attorneys, Benjamin Haile. “All she was doing was shouting at police. Her hands were down at her side.” Nichols was charged with three misdemeanors that later were filed as traffic violations to avoid having to try Nichols in front of a jury. Her criminal case is in limbo while prosecutors sort out the effect of an appellate ruling that could require a jury trial not only for Nichols but also for dozens of other Occupy protesters.
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Sam Adams Gets It Right by Denis C. Theriault
THE ALMOST controversial hearing last week where Mayor Sam Adams rallied Portland City Council to unanimously appeal a state order that he reinstate the fired cop who killed Aaron Campbell in 2010 played out with a bit less drama than expected. Neither side—the community advocates supporting the mayor, or the Portland Police Association (PPA), which is backing former officer Ron Frashour—drew many spectators to council chambers last Thursday, October 4. And the vote to take the case to the Oregon Court of Appeals, having been telegraphed by every single city commissioner beforehand, played out mostly perfunctorily. Only a couple of times did the tepid proceedings even get a little more than lukewarm. The first came during a long, telephoned-in condemnation of the unarmed, distraught Campbell’s death and the PPA’s response from a vacationing Randy Leonard. Then, when the PPA’s counsel, Will Aitchison, was building his way to a rousing rebuttal of Leonard’s statements, Adams bloodlessly cut him off when his allotted three minutes expired. But given the way the rhetoric around the Campbell shooting has, at times, threatened to boil over (the words “keg of powder” were bandied about after an arbitrator first ordered Frashour back to work this spring), that relative civility isn’t insignificant. And Adams—sticking his neck out in search of an answer to the question of who, ultimately, is in charge of our police bureau—is entitled to a victory bow. Not only did he cajole his colleagues into waging a long-shot legal fight— although, sources say, he didn’t have to persuade them all that much—he’s also been able to expertly manage community expectations. Slowly, deftly, as his fight has raged on, he’s helped deflate much of the outrage that’s been simmering ever since Campbell’s death nearly three years ago. Testimony from those who did show up at city hall last week was particularly revealing. For the first time, you could hear advocates allowing for the likelihood that the city’s challenge will fall short. In a comment endorsed by Portland Copwatch’s Dan Handelman, frequent city hall gadfly Joe Walsh urged the city to be ready with a “Plan B”: keeping Frashour from returning to the streets. “If you lose that case,” Walsh said, “assign that man to a desk with superglue. So he’ll never be able to move.” Just six months ago, even the idea that Frashour would once more wear his uniform was anathema to advocates. Now, they’re coming around to it. And here’s what that means: Even if Adams’ legal gambit does fail, he’ll have succeeded at something else just as important: keeping the peace. October 11, 2012 Portland Mercury 7
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OMEN MAKE LESS money than men. Old news. And yet! So fresh! So new! It’s still the sad reality all over the country, even in earthy, equity-spouting places like Portland. Sure, we rip off ladies less than most of America does. In Portland, women working fulltime make 85 percent of what men bring home, compared to 77 percent nationally, says a new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families. Education helps everyone make more, but it doesn’t decrease the gap. There are a bunch of reasons why women are paid less than men: We’re more likely to take time off for our families, for example, and we’re more likely to enter lower-paying careers. But classic sexism isn’t off the hook here. According to a new analysis from Boston University, reported in the New York Times, even college-educated women in their 20s, working full-time with no kids, make 87 percent of what men in their 20s with no kids and college degrees make. No kids, working the same hours, with the same education—13 cents lost from every dollar. It’s a 13 percent sexism tax, levied by employers, directed to a general fund marked “pockets.” In the presidential debate last week, both candidates talked in circles about taxes, taxes, and taxes. But I’m not crossing my fingers that either dude will ever mention the sexism tax— they uttered the word “woman” once in the entire 90-minute domestic policy debate: for an anocdote where a woman begged Mitt to help her husband get a job. Gah. At least this routine shortchanging is on the table in Oregon politics. Oregon’s Council on Civil Rights met last week to discuss the wage gap; they’re digging into the numbers and trying to figure out why we continue to underpay women to the tune of nearly $10,000 each and every year. “There are a lot of white males out there trying to make sure we don’t see what we’re talking about right now,” said council member, radio host, and general hilarious person Carl Wolfson. “There are a lot of people who want all these voices cut out.” “We need to quit making this a ‘women’s issue.’ We need to make men understand that they will pay the price for underpaying women,” said councilor Mary Botkin. “They’ll pay the bill at the end of our careers when we’re on Medicare.” The valid question here is how the state—
“We need to quit making this a ‘women’s issue.’” -Oregon Council on Civil Rights Member Mary Botkin for all its good intentions—can actually do anything about the wage gap. Underpaying women has been illegal in Oregon since 1955, when the state passed an Equal Pay Act eight years before Congress. That’s right, the same year Rosa Parks was arrested and people rioted at an Elvis concert, Oregon declared that men and women would be paid the same money for the same work. We’ve been working at wage-equality-under-law for 57 years and we still haven’t gotten there. These days, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says he wants to start some sort of process to systematically evaluate whether Oregon companies have equal pay scales, rather than just responding to employee complaints. The civil rights council isn’t going to draft some kind of mind-blowing radical culturechange policy that persuades men to become nurses and bosses to promote women. Unequal pay clearly isn’t going to go away just because the government says it should. Instead, the best we can push for from government is a more effective method of whittling down that sexism tax. It’s up to the rest of culture to make the wage gap really old news.
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This Friday, October 12, marks the final deadline for Portland’s fluoridation opponents to submit 19,868 voter signatures and put a fluoride project unanimously approved by Portland City Council on hold until a special election in 2014. Last Thursday, October 4, advocates for Clean Water Portland announced they were just about in reach of that goal. The group said it collected more than 20,000 signatures after only three weeks of trying, with plans to collect 10,000 more by the deadline. The group wants a little bit of a cushion just in case some of the signatures they’ve collected aren’t valid. DENIS C. THERIAULT A police report and other documents providing even more details on mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith’s dropped assault citation—including the firsthand account of the woman Smith injured—were released Monday, October 8, by the Oregonian and
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Sexing up Wordstock Portland’s Little Book Fair Is Growing Up by Alison Hallett
VERY YEAR, Wordstock’s organizers grapple with the same isers! Who knew?); and Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson, as well sues: How to transform the Oregon Convention Center from as popular young-adult author David Levithan (co-author of Nick a soulless showroom floor into a literary hub. How to help and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). interested readers find points of entry into a packed lineup of auBut beyond the spotlighted authors, the schedule’s readings thors, and how to ensure the festival reaches beyond the conand author panels offer plenty worth seeking out: Jess Walter vention center’s halls to the city at large. Wordstock’s previous reads from his great Beautiful Ruins, Portland staple Kevin director, Greg Netzer, made huge strides toward expanding the Sampsell and up-and-comer Chloe Caldwell team up to read Oregon Convention Center, scope of the festival, a legacy that lives on this year with extrafrom their respective memoirs, and local Pulitzer Prize-winning 777 NE MLK, Sat Oct 13-Sun Oct 14, curricular events like a Live Wire! taping and an opening-night journalists discuss the tricks of their trade. 10 am-6 pm, $7 a day or $10 poetry slam. And this year, new director Katie Merritt has put Sex is one of the festival’s themes this year, along with jourfor the weekend, her own stamp on the festival by making the book fair itself more nalism and dystopian novels, and the showroom floor will include wordstockfestival.com dynamic than ever before. In other words: There will be sex toys. an adults-only “Red Chair District,” with erotica writers and pubThis year’s lineup offers fewer of the big names that fest-goers lishers, sex toy purveyors She Bop, and dramatic readings of missed have come to expect—there’s no Jennifer Egan, no Jonathan Lethem, connections ads. Furthering the grownup fun, the Wordstock bar has been no Richard Dawkins. Headlining authors include Erin Morgenstern, author expanded—oh, and the Mercury is teaming up with our sister paper The Stranger of The Night Circus; Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen (he also writes political thrill- for a free Wordstock afterparty you won’t wanna miss.
Advice on Hooking Up by the staff of The Stranger
N LIGHT of Wordstock’s new adults-only area, here’s a relevant excerpt from How to Be a Person, a new advice book from the hilarious and all-too-experienced writers at Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger. Lindy West, Christopher Frizzelle, and Bethany Jean Clement will be presenting their advice in person at Wordstock (Sunday, 11 am); plus, on Saturday, Frizzelle and Clement will go head-to-head against the Mercury’s Alison Hallett and Bobby Roberts at “When We Were Young and Dumb,” a competitive storytelling show/Wordstock afterparty with drink specials for Wordstock
attendees. (Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, Sat Oct 13, 8 pm, free)
How to Get with a Girl if You Are a Boy Here’s the main thing: Don’t be creepy. Girls can smell your weird, insecure, predatory creepin’ from a mile away (hint: It smells like DiGiorno and Axe body spray!). Groom yourself, don’t try too hard, don’t use pick-up lines, don’t stare, and try to visibly have fun. People (women are people!) like to be around people who are .......................................................Continued on pg. 13
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fun. Don’t be too aggressive, but don’t be too timid. Most importantly, talk to women like they are humans with interests and lives and things to say, not just fleshy collections of holes that you would like to put your penis into. Oh, and please don’t wear sandals. No one wants to look at your weird toes.
How to Get with a Boy if You Are a Girl First of all, how high are your standards? Do you exist? A lot of men will sleep with you based solely on that. Unfortunately, many of those men are hoboes. If you’re trying to bag some landed gentry (or at least a renter), here’s what’s up: Put on some makeup (not too much). Show some skin (not too much). Find someone who can consistently cut your hair in a flattering way. Before you go out, listen to the dirtiest rap music you can find. Leave the house. Smile a lot. Convince yourself that if you were a man, you would definitely want to have sex with you. Believe it. Then project that confidence. Don’t be
annoying. Don’t be desperate. Say interesting things but don’t pander. Have fun. Congrats! Penis in vagina!
How to Get with a Gay/Lesbian if You Are a Gay/Lesbian Oh, it’s all the same as for the straights—have good hygiene, be an interesting person, don’t talk with your mouth full. The key difference for gay people is that you have to come out of the closet before anything else: People who are out are much healthier and happier (and thus more datable) than people who are closeted. If you’re a gay man, being in the closet will force you into a never-ending spiral of secrecy and stress and sex in bathrooms. If you’re a lesbian, you’ll have the spiral of secrecy and stress without the sex in bathrooms. For the love of god, come out of the closet already, make an account on a gay dating site, join a club or get a hobby that will force you to interact with other gay peers, and if you’re old enough, hit the bars. The gay rights movement started in a bar, after all.
A Whole New Theme
by Thomas Ross
ORDSTOCK’S THEMES for this year’s festival are journalism, dystopia, and sex. If you’re the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson, that probably sounds like a blast. But just in case you’re not the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson, here are some recommendations for tantalizing readings, conversations, and workshops grouped by alternate themes:
Absolutely the Height of Writing For those literature connoisseurs of exceedingly rare tastes, here is a list of festival titles containing puns, for better or for worse. Necromancing the Stone, a young-adult novel by Lish McBride (TriMet YA Stage, Sat 4 pm) Capitol Murder, a political thriller by Phillip Margolin (KinderCare Stage, Sat 3 pm; Comcast Stage, Sun 4 pm) Thousands Flee California Wildflowers, poetry by Scot Siegel (Attic Institute Stage, Sat 5 pm) Honorable mention goes to Doug Fine’s nonfiction book Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, because it’s about “ganjaprenneurs,” legal sellers of medical marijuana. (McMenamins Stage, Sun 3 pm)
The apparently ubiquitous soul-shredding R&B singer can be seen discussing celebrity memoir with Diane Farr and Randy Fertel (Comcast Stage, Sat 3 pm),
reading alongside Storm Large (Comcast Stage, Sat noon), and as a guest on the Wordstock Extravaganza edition of Live Wire! (Aladdin Theater, Sat 8 pm).
We can forgive a certain arrogance in writers. They often, after all, are creators of entire worlds and their inhabitants. Often, however, writers’ interests in mythologies both contemporary and ancient are mixes of reverence and irreverence, belief and skepticism, old and new ways of seeing. For instance: Putting Words in the Mouth of God (panel, Work for Art Stage, Sat 11 am) Poetry from Bruce Beasley’s Theophobia and Suzanne Paola’s The Lives of Saints (author appearance, Attic Institute Stage, Sat 3 pm) Poetry from Andrew Feld’s Raptor (author appearance, Attic Institute Stage, Sat 4 pm) Author Erin O’Connell and illustrator Diana Thewlis’ Loowit’s Legend: The Story of the Columbia River Gorge (author appearance, KinderCare Stage, Sun 11 am) Nonfiction from Colin Dickey’s Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith (author appearance, OCT Stage, Sun noon)
Wordstock for Writers Learn How to Stalk an Editor without Getting Arrested
by Joe Streckert
ORDSTOCK is so much more than just an opportunity to see authors: It’s also a gigantic resource for aspiring writers. In addition to panels and signings, the fest has workshops for would-be wordsmiths, and the exhibition hall’s myriad tables offer publishing opportunities of varying sorts. Do any of Wordstock’s resources for writers actually aid and abet the careers of potential writers? In my own limited case: absolutely. In 2009, my writing “career” consisted of naught but a blog and a single item on the McSweeney’s website. I had unformed aspirations about getting into nonfiction, but no real idea how I could get my work in front of an editor’s eyeballs. So I thumbed through Wordstock’s list of workshops, and found one that looked useful to an entry-level writer. The particular panel I attended was called “The Business of Freelancing,” by former freelancer and editor Laurie Sandell. I chose Sandell’s workshop not because she’d done things that I liked (she’d worked for Us magazine, of all things), but because she very obviously had her shit together. For the better part of an hour Sandell taught me and a roomful of eager proto-writers how to craft a pitch letter, what editors look for, how to list our writing credits, and (very importantly) the fine art of stalking editors. What had been mysterious she elucidated, and I left knowing that I could actually make a go of it as a freelancer. A week later, I had my first paid writing gig, which I found at Wordstock. I worked for several websites after that, and did a stint as a blogger for the Daily Journal of Commerce. I’ve attended other Wordstock workshops since and, while Sandell’s was the most useful, I can safely say that they are not in fact a waste of time or money. Thanks to Wordstock, I am a shining paragon of freelance-y success. I make not merely tens, but in fact hundreds of dollars a year as a Professional Writer. My highly correct opinions about things like TV and books grace the pages of the fine publication before you, and each day I bask in the warm glow of being published in the finest birdcage liner in all of Portland. I owe it all to Wordstock. Well, Wordstock and McSweeney’s. But mainly Wordstock. So what workshops are right for you, Aspiring Writer? I’ve preferred ones that veer toward the business and publishing side of things. There are lots of wonderful books about becoming a better writer, and writers’ groups and classes can be found relatively easily. However, slipping into the domain of the published is about more than just writing well. Two panels, “Your Foot in the Door” (Sunday, 9 am) and “Crafting a Killer First Page” (Saturday, noon), are explicitly about making good initial impressions on editors. Another, called “Triage: A Better Way to Revise” (Saturday, 1:30 pm) focuses on the most annoying but essential part of writing. Also of note this year is a workshop called “Tell It Out Loud: Performance for Writers” (Sunday, 10:30 am). Given the popularity of live readings and the ascendance of digital audio books, writers are often performers as well, and public speaking is a highly feared, and little talked about, element of an author’s career. October 11, 2012 Portland Mercury 13
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HIS YEAR, Wordstock has no shortage of opportunities for Portlanders to gaze adoringly at their city. Viewed through the lens of Wordstock’s offerings, Portland seems like a dynamic and, dare we say it, cultured place. Some highlights:
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Jewel Lansing’s Portland: People, Politics, and Power is a pretty good single volume history of Portland. Lansing and co-author Fred Leeson have a new book Multnomah: The Tumultuous Story of Oregon’s Most Populous County. OCT Stage, noon
Local Book That Chuck Palahniuk Liked!
Chuck Palahniuk called James Bernard Frosts’ A Very Minor Prophet “the best novel, ever, about [Portland’s] strange underground world of misfits and heroes.” We have heroes? Work for Art Stage, 1 pm
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Hanna Neuschwander’s Left Coast Roast is all about coffee roasting on the West Coast. It’s a book that will inevitably mention Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which, in all probability, you are consuming at this precise moment. Work for Art Stage, 1 pm
Local Self-Published Phenomenon!
If you’re going to read one book by an anonymous writer about dating an alcoholic and also doing battle with a horde of ravenous space ants, read Love Is Not Constantly Wondering if You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life. It is lovely and heartbreaking, and the second half happens in Portland. OCT Stage, 5 pm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 Local Pulitzer-Havers!
Three local Pulitzer-winning journalists, Tom Hallman Jr., Nigel Jaquiss, and Richard Read, will discuss just what it was they did to win big shiny newspaper trophies. Comcast Stage, noon
Local Book About a Dog!
John Skewes’ Larry Gets Lost in Portland is a kids’ book about a dog who gets lost in Portland. Presumably, the pooch is found snout-deep in Voodoo Doughnuts. KinderCare Stage, noon
Local Science-Fiction Guy!
Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse got snapped up to be a Spielberg-backed film before it even reached paperback. Gaze upon him with envy, aspiring fiction-makers. McMenamins Stage, 2 pm
Local Literary Journal!
Tin House’s latest issue is all about twin homes, Portland and Brooklyn. The very juxtaposition of the two places invites eyerolls, but a preliminary review (okay, Mercury Arts Editor Alison Hallett’s) underscores the difference between the two places. Work for Art Stage, 4 pm
Local Kevin Sampsell!
Kevin Sampsell is some guy who works at Powell’s. He wrote a book. He’ll probably sign it for you. OCT Stage, 4 pm
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis’ Under Wildwood is, naturally, their follow-up to their first book Wildwood, a delightful fantasy book about a girl from Portland. Do not pretend you’re too cool to like this. Comcast Stage, 5 pm
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VEEP!—Here’s why vice-presidential debates are the greatest debates: (1) They tend to be nastier and pull fewer punches compared to the stately affair that is the presidential debate, and (2) they could not be more irrelevant. So grab a drink, and laugh your ass off as VP “Crazy” Joe Biden takes on wannabe Paul “I’m a Liar” Ryan! WSH Back Stage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne, doors 5 pm, debate 6 pm (get there early!), FREE, 21+
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 CHO—Margaret Cho is a legitimately groundbreaking comedian. Sure, she’s openly bisexual (or “just slutty,” as she famously phrased it) and an outspoken LGBT advocate, and she’s got a crazy Korean mom and a history of body image and substance abuse issues. More than anything else, though, her career is defined by one crucial fact: She’s damn funny. AH Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $27.50-32.50
COOKY DANCE—Every month, DJ Cooky Parker breaks out his old soul 45s for a sweaty-dancin’ goodtime in the Eagles Lodge, home to enough American flags to turn even Benedict Arnold patriotic. The drinks are criminally cheap, the tunes are astoundingly good, and the crowd is surprisingly un-cruisey. SM Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $5, 21+
FASHIONxt and Déjà Vu by Marjorie Skinner
EARLY OCTOBER on Swan Island typically attracts an unusual crowd to the industrial shipping yards usually inhabited by the wearers of hard hats and operators of cranes. It’s the favored site of a series of grand-scale, polished-production fashion shows that have, in years past, flown under the banner of Portland Fashion Week, where coiffed and stiletto-heeled partygoers take in new apparel designs from an often jumbled selection of designers near and far. This year, things are different. Portland Fashion Week has re-branded itself as FASHIONxt (pronounced “Fashion Next”), taking a new tack in hopes of fusing an interest in new clothing with an enthusiasm for developments in personal technology. According to Executive Producer Prasenjit Tito Chowdhury, whose day job at Intel entrenches
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 WORDSTOCK—Portland’s annual festival boasts themes of sex and dystopia this year, plus the usual book lover’s happy place of panels, readings, and general bookwallowing. AND! Join the Mercury and The Stranger at the Jack London for an unofficial afterparty with drink specials and a no-holds-barred storytelling face-off that pits Stranger writers against Mercury staff, where deep, dark youthful indiscretions will be revealed. AH Wordstock, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat-Sun 10 am-6 pm, wordstockfestival.com; afterparty at the Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, Sat 8 pm, FREE, 21+
NO SLEEP—Capping off a week of design-related festivities is shoe store/party maker Solestruck’s Déjà Vu, celebrating the one-year anniversary of their location with fashion from near and far (Hello Eliza, Degen, Stolen Girlfriends Club), a jewelry installation, plus live music from ass-kickers YACHT and White Rainbow, followed by an afterparty at Dig a Pony. MS The Spot, 2401 N Harding, 7 pm, $15-18; afterparty at Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand
SSUNDAY, UNDAY, OCTOBER 14 BOO—A beloved Hallow Halloween-season tradition for families and stoners alike, FrightTown FrightTo is one of the largest and best-produced basement-dwelli basement-dwelling haunted houses around. Reel from horror to horror w with three themed productions: a museum of the gro grotesque, the frontlines of a zombie plague, and the self-explanatory “Black Box.” Eeeeeeeeek! MS Memo Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, 7-10 pm, th through Oct 31, $15-20, complete schedule at frighttown.com
ZOMBIE TIME—After a mostly lackluster second season, zombies gonna be losin’ some heads in the season three premiere of The Walking Dead! Expect a not-so-safe new hidey-hole for the survivors, the mysterious Michonne, and LOTS of crushed, blood-squirting zombie skulls. (It’s extra fun watching the carnage on the big screen at the Hollywood!) WSH Hosted by cortandfatboy, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7 pm, FREE, 21+
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 RHYMES RHYM MES WITH RHYMES—Grimes RHYMES—Grimes, the alter ego of Canadian musician Claire Boucher, makes dancey electronica full of gothy high-pitched girliness, evocations of Twins Cocteau and Aphex, and hooks a’plenty. Her chosen name is a gross misnomer—just look to her recent album, Visions, a pretty effin’ spectacular record that’s polished and sugary. No dirt there. CF w/Elite Gymnastics, Myths; Doug Fir, 83 E Burnside, 9 pm, $16-18 830
IAN MALCOLM—Few blockbusters are as much fun—and have held up as well— as Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s popcorn epic about what happens when velociraptors get into kitchens. See it this week as it was meant to be seen—on a big screen, in 35mm, with the T. rex’s roars cranked up to rattle your brain. EH Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, see Movie Times on pg. 47 for showtimes, $4
TUESDAY, TU UESDAY, OCTOBER OC 16 OBAMA > OSAMA—The second of three presidential debates is about domestic and foreign policy, which means Barack Obama will have even more time to boast about the slaying of Osama bin Laden, while also explaining why he’ll be way better than Willard Romney for the 99 percent of Americans who aren’t stinking rich plutocrats. DCT Back Stage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 6 pm, FREE, 21+
WHAT AILS YA—Cure the weekday blues with a free show put together by the folks at OPBmusic, starring three fine Oregon bands. Battleme offer soaring, lockstep pop-rock; XDS spikes your drink with acid-dipped freakwave; and Monoplane’s rusted-out jams sprawl like tangled weeds. Your Tuesday just got more rocking. NL Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER WEDNESDAY O 17 STRIPPAHS, BOOZE, HISTORY—Things you’ll learn from the Historic Strip Club Tour from local podcast Kick Ass Oregon History: how to hold your booze; how to invert your shimmy on one of three stripper poles in the party bus; the more you give to strippers, the fewer clothes they’ll wear; and oh yeah, probably some history. CF Meet at Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 6:15 pm, $35, 21+
JIVE AND WAIL—The cool, smoky R&B of Nick Waterhouse has all of its vintage accoutrements perfectly on display, but Waterhouse is no blast from the past. By injecting his soul shakedowns with sweat, tears, and even a little blood, these lostin-time sounds have never sounded more alive. NL w/Allah-Las, DJ Beyondadoubt; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $10
DEGEN him in the tech world, it’s a response to the fact that tech devices like phones and iPads have evolved into extensions of people’s personal style. The problem Chowdhury has identified, and intends to bridge, is a marriage between “left- and rightbrain business models,” introducing new products like Intel’s new “Personal Cloud” and the curious, scooter-like Boxx vehicle at the event. As an outlier in the fashion world, Portland has often been perceived as needing a hook in order to attract designers from out of town for Fashion Week; first it was green fashion, and now it’s this. Somewhere along the way, after sending a number of our up-and-coming talents into the reality-TV jaws of Project Runway, we’ve also become something of a Mecca for former contestants of the show, with no less than seven of the show’s designers spread out over the span of four nights. Those seeking an alternative to the bright lights and looming freights will find an alternative in Déjà Vu, a first-time fashion presentation of small, independent designers—again, from Portland as well as elsewhere in the country—that doubles as the one-year anniversary of Solestruck’s downtown flagship location. A simple shoe store it may be, but it has dared to offer Portlanders access to a more outrageous, experimental side of footwear, something retailers in the past have shied away from risking on our supposedly conservative sensibilities. Look for similarly minded designs from Portland’s Hello Eliza, New York lines Degen and Bess, and more, paired with live performances from YACHT and White Rainbow. Your pick. FASHIONxt at Vigor Industrial Shipyard, 5555 N Channel, Wed Oct 10-Sat Oct 13, 8 pm nightly, $25-150; Déjà Vu at the Spot, 2401 N Harding, Sat Oct 13, 7 pm, $1518, 21+
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On Her Own Terms
Corin Tucker Redefines Mom Rock by Alison Hallett LIKE “MOM HAIR” and “mom sweater,” both career and family, without offering “mom rock” is a derisive term with under- any real answers as to how to do that. In this context, Tucker singing tones of panic. That haircut is dorky, and oh my god I don’t Corin Tucker Band about how she’s returned to Sat Oct 13 her work after taking some want to turn into my mother. Bunk Bar time off to raise her kids With their new album Kill 1028 SE Water feels just as revolutionary as My Blues, the Corin Tucker Band continues to redefi ne mom rock, anything she ever wrote with Heavens to from “music made by feathery-haired men Betsy. (To be fair, when Tucker unleashwhom middle-aged women inexplicably es her signature belt, she could probably find attractive” to serious music made by make ordering a Cobb salad sound like a working moms themselves. Kill My Blues call to arms.) Just about everything you need to know is tough, it’s fun, it’s focused, and it’s rock ’n’ roll in the truest sense—sometimes you about Kill Your Blues can be gleaned from go onstage covered in someone else’s puke. the fi rst song. “Groundhog Day” is a wakeThis is not to suggest that every song up call, for the listener and for Tucker on Kill My Blues is about motherhood, herself. Dubbing herself “Rip Van Winkle or that being a parent is the band’s only in a denim mini-skirt,” she explains that touchstone. But frontwoman Corin Tuck- she “took some time off to be a mom, have er and drummer Sara Lund are working some kids,” before lamenting how little mothers—they took their kids on tour progress the women’s movement has made for 2010’s 1,000 Years, where a bout with in the last 20 years. “Almost equal/almost stomach flu saw Lund cleaning up toddler good enough/almost had a woman go and puke moments before taking the stage. run the White House…/We fight the same “That’s the unglamorous reality of parent- battle/again, again, again/What are we ing,” says Tucker over lunch at Tabor Tav- missing?/How can we move on?” “When I was 20 and coming into the ern. “It’s a super demanding job. But it’s also deeply rewarding in a way you can’t women’s movement, we were really focused on protecting Roe v. Wade, and the really imagine.” It might seem retrograde to focus on whole idea of equal pay for equal work,” the fact that Tucker is a mom as well as Tucker explains. “Those were two longa musician, but Kill My Blues arrives term goals for the women’s movement, and in a cultural climate that schizophreni- I’m kind of surprised that 20 years later cally insists women should prioritize they’re still on the agenda.”
Runnin’ Down a Dream
Alexis Gideon’s Art-Opera-Movie Thing by Ned Lannamann
ALEXIS GIDEON’S work takes a little II: Sun Wu-Kong came from an epic 16th explaining. It’s the defi nition of multi- century Chinese novel—but the resultant disciplinary art, encompassing music, work feels fully contemporary. Gideon is an idiosyncratic artist, particunarrative, fi lm, visual art, and more. His latest project, Video Alexis Gideon larly in terms of Portland muThurs Oct 11 sic, but he’s an absolutely vital Musics III: Floating Oceans, Hollywood Theatre and visionary one. The breadth is a reinterpretation of the sto4122 NE Sandy and scope of his work currently ries of early-20th-century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, set to music com- makes him one of the most important figposed and performed entirely by Gideon, ures in this city’s artistic landscape. Video Musics III: Floating Oceans is and rendered in stop-motion animation by Gideon and artist Cynthia Star (Coraline). a strange series of fables, following a proIt’s an opera and a fi lm, and it’s also a live tagonist through his day-to-day mundane musical performance, as Gideon sings and reality, which gradually gives way to surplays many of the musical parts while the real dreamscapes. Gideon and writing colfi lm screens overhead. Gideon typically laborator Jacob Rubin initially wanted to performs in clubs and art galleries across base their work on Flann O’Brien’s novel the US and Europe, and—in the case of The Third Policeman, but video director the hometown premiere for Video Musics Meiert Avis held the rights. “The upshot of it was I couldn’t do the project,” says Gideon. III—a movie theater. If any of this makes Gideon’s work “And instead of seeing that as a dead end, sound stuffy and highbrow, rest assured I was like, okay, what does this mean? It that it isn’t. Rather, it’s entirely playful made me think about deconstructionism, and accessible; Gideon frequently nar- and every text being a rewrite of a previrates in rapid-flow rap, and his music in- ous text, and of future texts waiting to be corporates fiery, progressive-tinged rock rewritten. I thought, ‘Maybe I can arrive at alongside ambient, classical, and folk ele- what I want to arrive at by looking at what ments. His sources are literary, and often influenced Flann O’Brien.’ So I did research ancient—the fi rst Video Musics retold and I found Lord Dunsany, whose work also Hungarian folk tales, and Video Musics happened to be in the public domain. And it 18 Portland Mercury October 11, 2012
Tucker’s voice swaggers on “Groundhog Day” like it hasn’t since her days as the vocal heavy in Sleater-Kinney. It sets the tone for an album of hooks and bravado, of diversity and range, of thunderous, bass-heavy rock songs, piano-driven blues, and playful, skittering pop numbers. After the strippeddown 1,000 Years, the band’s sound is fuller, the hooks catchier, and Tucker’s vocals brim with urgency and playfulness. “Kill My Blues is about thinking about
your place in the world, and your frustration with that, and the ups and downs of being 40,” says Tucker. “It’s sort of a halfway point in your life. A lot of different things come with that—in terms of looking at what really matters, and what you wanna do with your time.” Oh yeah—and you can dance to it. “We have a fitness agenda with this record,” jokes Tucker. It’s tempting to frame this relatively upbeat, political album as Tucker’s “return to her riot grrrl roots,” but Kill My Blues is the work of a mature artist, a musician whose career was unabashedly shaped by both motherhood and feminism, and who continues to make music on no one’s terms but her own.
CORIN TUCKER BAND Cheer up, man! Everybody likes your Devo shirt!
ended up actually being better. I love The Third Policeman, but I think that this piece is better than if we had been able to make The Third Policeman.” Over 38 minutes, Gideon and Star’s stop-motion characters tumble through a gorgeous series of scenes (artists Matylda Osceola, Tasha Zack, Jamin London Tinsel, and Melody Owen contributed to the costumes and sets), fi nding the shrinking space between the dream world and reality. It’s a beautiful and weird movie, or piece of music, or whatever it is—a story, fundamentally. Any tendencies toward
esotericism are tethered in by Gideon’s excellent, fi rm-handed musical lead. “The music creates the arc,” he explains, “and I think that’s important for me and my work. It’s something that differentiates it from other narrative animation, where the music is always integral, but having the music actually being what the animation is based on—and not vice versa—makes a big difference in just the pacing and time. I’m much more confident in creating an arc that works musically, so I think for me, it’s a really a good place to start for the timing to feel right.”
ALEXIS GIDEON Oh, neat! It’s a creature who will haunt your nightmares!
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AS A SLIVER of the setting sun of the it—you speak to it. That’s why I’m a mu1960s lingered on the horizon, Detroit- sical politico.” But the man who unblinkingba sed, Mex ica n- descended Rodriguez ly chronicled the ’60s is not some Sixto Rodriguez released Cold Sat Oct 13 sentimental burnout locked in a Fact in 1970. The songs were Wonder Ballroom bygone era. “I like to consider smashing, pretty, and poppy, 128 NE Russell myself contemporary in a very yet wordy and wicked, shrinking heads like Bob Dylan, backed by the real way,” he told me. Besides touring with a band who could shadows of Motown. At the time, no one in America seemed almost be his grandchildren, Rodriguez to care. A second album fared as poorly as is in tune with modern music. He likes the fi rst. Deemed a commercial failure, the dance-forward features of techno and Rodriguez was dropped from his label. In- electronica. Recently, after performing an opening slot, he was introduced to the terest seemed to dry up. Half a world away, however, Rodri- members of Animal Collective. “I got to have a little drink of whiskey guez’s music was fi nding an audience. In South Africa he became the soundtrack to with them, too,” Rodriguez said, giddy like the apartheid era, emboldening hearts while enflaming government. His records were banned, only elevating the fervor. According to a recent New York Times piece, “In South Africa, Rodriguez had become as popular as the Rolling Stones or Elvis Presley.” But Rodriguez himself never got word. He remained in Detroit, receiving no royalties, working construction, and hacking out menial labor. In South HAL WILSON RODRIGUEZ Hanging out on your back porch since 1973. Africa, meanwhile, rumors swirled. The man became myth. Many a fan. He’s been listening to their records since. He’s particularly impressed with thought he was dead. In the late ’90s, thanks to a burgeoning their amalgamation of elements from difinternet, South Africa found Rodriguez, ferent genres. “Young bloods,” Rodriguez and brought him over for a six-show tour said. “It’s their world.” Yet it seems young bloods have someof the country in 1998. A documentary, Searching for Sugar Man (which won a thing to take from Rodriguez as well. And Sundance Audience Award), was released I can’t help but wonder about the timing. Is earlier this year. Though the fi lm is largely it just because Rodriguez’s records—Cold responsible for the current surge of Amer- Fact in particular—deserve to be waved ican interest, Rodriguez has been touring before us once more? Or is there something semi-regularly through Europe, Austra- about this time? Something about our receplia, and South Africa since returning to tiveness to his feel and sound that resonates in today’s America more than it did before? the stage in ’98. I spoke by phone with Rodriguez at his And, furthermore, is there some similar home in Detroit. Unlike the sometimes undercurrent between apartheid-era South cold, benevolent witness in his songs, Ro- Africa and today’s America? I seek not to answer these questions. driguez was warm, upbeat, and personable. He harbors no ill will toward his Only one thing I know for sure—that Rodriguez has a number of songs that are of a twisted cosmic fate. “Right now,” Rodriguez told me, “I’m time but also timeless, including: “Crucify Your Mind,” on existentialism; “I Wonon top of the world.” In late September, I saw Rodriguez der,” on assessing new love and society perform at the El Rey Theatre in Los at large; “Jane S. Piddy,” on phonies; and Angeles. His bandmates, San Francisco’s “Like Janis,” on the lonesome ebbing of splendid, syrupy, searing garage maestros the ’60s cultural wave. Almost as remarkable as the tale of the Fresh and Onlys, led him to the microphone. Though he is all but blind, Rodri- Rodriguez’s being lost and found is how guez can still goddamn sing. He began the the spirit of his music seems to almost evening mostly silent, shrouded in shad- foresee it—not in terms of details, or faith ows of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed in a happy ending, but in a profound and hat. But as he and the band settled in, a peaceful acceptance that life is often ambivalent, severe, and unknowable. Indeed, more opalescent man emerged. “I’m a solid 70,” Rodriguez pronounced Rodriguez was nothing if not prepared for to great cheers. He continued to unfurl, the strange and, some would say, unjust sharing jokes and tales from Detroit, and fate that found him. Then again, there can be no surprise— offering support for Barack Obama and at least not from the man who sings: “I medical marijuana. “Knowledge in itself is nothing,” Ro- was born for the purpose that crucifies driguez told me. “It’s what you do with your mind.”
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It Ain’t Easy
Woods’ New-Old Ways by Ryan J. Prado
EVEN FOR a scholar of Woods’ steadily writing approach on Bend, too. The album overwhelming catalog of music, their new embraces the jammy components of their recent past, allowing Earl’s LP, Bend Beyond, revels in evoWoods high-pitched falsetto warble to lutionary subtleties. Given that Fri Oct 12 drive, while also allowing midthe Brooklyn-bred psych-folk Mississippi Studios song tangents to take on more group has released seven studio 3939 N Mississippi meditative, rather than meanalbums and myriad singles and split 7-inches in the scant seven years of dering, auditory terrain. Whereas before Woods were more intheir existence, it’s a wonder that any of their creative envelope-pushing can be de- terested in “capturing things really quick, and maybe not letting songs develop into tected at all. “If we took our time a little more, and what they could be,” Earl and Taveniere put out a record every three years, then let their material for these sessions bloom it would probably be a little more drastic,” at a more deliberate pace. “We went into it with this idea that Jerexplains Woods multi-instrumentalist emy would write songs and sit on them for Jarvis Taveniere. As Woods’ primary songwriters, Tave- a while. Then we could talk about them,” niere and vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Earl— says Taveniere. “We wouldn’t just rush both also the principal musicians on Woods’ and throw one microphone on the drums. releases—sought a respite from the big Pretty much I’m describing what normal city in Earl’s upstate New York hamlet of people do, but to us it was like, ‘Let’s try Warwick. There, the duo hunkered down the normal thing a little bit.’” to write and record what would become Bend Beyond in relative tranquility and in an environment more conducive to control. “If we tried to do it in Brooklyn now, we wouldn’t get started until noon,” says Taveniere, who owns Rear House Studios in Brooklyn, where previous Woods recordings were produced. “There are just too many distractions. The best way to discipline ourselves is just to go up there. I wake up on his couch, I smell the coffee, and we just start recording.” That sense of discipline carried over to the song- WOODS Stare at this long enough and you’ll see a 3D sailboat!
Not Fade Away
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Living with Bob Dylan’s Ghost by Ned Lannamann A FRIEND OF MINE, a big Bob Dylan Dylan’s name today is almost shockingly offfan, refuses to see the man perform. His putting, bleating in a fissured husk of a voice that sounds like a rusty door falling reasoning is that he doesn’t want to fuck with the picture he has in his Bob Dylan off its hinges. Mon Oct 15 I’ll argue, though, that this head—that legendary image of the Rose Garden lean, young songwriter greased up 1 Center Court Dylan is part and parcel of a picture that’s not finished yet. No serious on amphetamines, songs tumbling out of his head faster than the tape could person can argue with the man’s greatness, sweep ’em up. The Dylan who, in his 1960s whether it be his Woody Guthrie magpie heyday, casually tossed off magic like “It folk-plucking, or his remarkable streamTakes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to of-consciousness blues rock, or his ’70s Cry” and “Visions of Johanna” like overripe singer/songwriter divorcé confessionals. But I don’t think Dylan ever stopped being fruit falling off the bent branches of a tree. I can respect this. I can see where my Dylan—he never became the glitzy, crowdfriend is coming from. There’s no surer, pleasing version of himself, trotting out hits more irreversible way to puncture the leg- on the casino circuit for ever-aging boomend than by looking at the gnarled fossil of ers. Instead of becoming the phlegmatic Dylan today. The man was never exactly a elder statesman we wanted, he just became warm, glamorous figure to begin with— phlegmy. He’s weird and creepy, but he was even those famous black-and-white photos always weird and creepy. His new album of the rooster-like, black-clad Dylan sport- Tempest is no masterpiece (“Duquesne ing Wayfarers reveal a man out of step with Whistle” is a pip, but the title track is a sin(or at least indifferent to) any sort of fashion gle melodic line repeated for 14 minutes— dictum, resulting in a public persona defined you’ll give up after six). But I still won’t pass by its own cool apathy toward itself. But the up the chance to see him. There may not be mustachioed, wizened figure touring under too many chances left.
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UP&COMING THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PREVIEWS
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, Wonder Ballroom, 6/2
EXITMUSIC Bunk Bar, 10/11
THURSDAY 10/11 HOSPITALITY, TEEN, MINDEN (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
ALEXIS GIDEON: VIDEO MUSICS III: FLOATING OCEANS (Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) See Music, pg. 18.
EXITMUSIC, GRAPEFRUIT (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Boardwalk Empire actress Aleksa Palladino performs with her husband, Devon Church, as Exitmusic, and their morose debut album, Passage, was given a release on indie titan Secretly Canadian. It’s a pretty, tense record with widescreen sounds and broad sonic strokes that have been sandblasted into cushiony, comforting breaths of air. Palladino’s voice ranges from a gentle coo to an overwrought tremble, and Exitmusic favors sensation over content, resulting in an album that sounds pleasant when it’s on and doesn’t linger too long in the memory once it’s off. Grapefruit is the glittering kosmische turn from Charlie Salas Humara, whose roster of bands has probably hit the triple digits by now, and who refines his thirst for aural adventure with peerless taste. The result is that virtually everything he does is worth some of your attention. NED LANNAMANN
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) As he’s becoming more and more mainstream, Seattle’s favorite rapper Macklemore is using his popularity as a platform for social change. He’s talking about things on his new album, The Heist, that far too many people in his position would avoid bringing up. He paints the world as a gray cloud with a silver lining. Rather than bashing the people he disagrees with, he presents a call to action for personal and civil rights issues. Macklemore stands up for same-sex marriage, openly discusses substance abuse, and shines a light on growing up in the hiphop community. Producer Ryan Lewis, meanwhile, does a great job of soundtracking the story by creating intensity when appropriate and leaving space where it’s necessary. The sold-out show tonight is an affirmation that music fans appreciate the transparency and commentary even in a genre that doesn’t always welcome this openness. It’s clear, here: Music is a message. ROCHELLE HUNTER
MORBID ANGEL, DARK FUNERAL, GRAVE, ON ENEMY SOIL (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Remember that androgynous Chris Crocker fellow who sobbed all over YouTube in 2007, pleading that the cruel world leave poor Britney Spears alone? I think it’s time for Morbid Angel to get an advocate like him. Their most recent release, Illud Divinum Insanus, was the most anticipated, then universally hated and publicly flogged, metal album of 2011. Rightfully so; Morbid Angel’s dark wave and industrial experimentations were certainly an illadvised step for a revered death-metal band to take, especially coming out of an eight-year dry spell. Then came the remix album. It’s almost as if they responded to their diehard fans’ backlash by producing something they’d hate even worse, just so they would forget about the disappointment of Illud. Whatever the case, it’s time to move on and enjoy the show. Let’s all stop using Illud as a benchmark for all things shitty and just forget it ever happened. Morbid Angel is seemingly not going anywhere, and ideally they’ve learned from their catastrophic mistakes. ARIS WALES
FRIDAY 10/12 IN THE COOKY JAR: DJ COOKY PARKER (Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
WOODS, EAT SKULL, THE WOOLEN MEN (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See Music, pg. 23.
DEFTONES, SCARS ON BROADWAY (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) In an age when artists seem to live and die on a tastemaker’s whim, it’s difficult to predict which of today’s bands we’ll be seeing in 10 or 15 years. Deftones aren’t new, but they have outlived most of their contemporaries—of course, a lot of their contemporaries were awful, but I never would have guessed they’d still be making records (to critical acclaim, no less) in 2012. Deftones, who got their start as a noisy hiphop-meets-rock band from Sacramento, got “arty” on 2000’s White Pony and have continued down that path for more than a decade. While Deftones albums always have moments of dark thrills, they have also fallen into a tidy formula. I just want to know who’s buying the concert tickets for the band’s sold-out shows across the country. If I’m still asking that same question in 10 years, I’ll take back everything I just said. But don’t hold me to it. MARK LORE
CIRCA SURVIVE, TOUCHE AMORE, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE, O’BROTHER (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Even if Circa Survive’s brand of histrionic, vaguely progressive emo (or whatever) isn’t really up your alley, you have to acknowledge that the band has a number of things going for them. First of all, they’re consistent as hell—they’ve never actually strayed from their intended path, in spite of immense commercial success and a brief major label roundabout, which is testament to the group’s artistic integrity. Secondly, and admirably, Circa adheres to a stubborn DIY ethos, reflected in their decision to ditch the aforementioned major label. And last but not least, vocalist Anthony Green is one of the most compelling and original singers in the entire rock genus active today. Their new, self-released record Violent Waves is hard to find fault with, assuming you’re into this sort of thing. (Except for the cover, which sucks pretty hard.) MORGAN TROPER
SATURDAY 10/13 DÉJÀ VU: WHITE RAINBOW, YACHT, DJ TAH REI (The Spot, 2401 N Harding) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
CORIN TUCKER BAND, HOUNDSTOOTH (Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) See Music, pg. 18.
RODRIGUEZ (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) See Music, pg. 21.
PONY VILLAGE, PALISADES, RUBEDO, THE HOOT HOOTS (Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington) 20 Sided Records isn’t dicking around with the pomp of their first compilation release. The San Francisco imprint is hosting a seven-day, multi-city bash in celebration of End of Days, a collection of most of the label’s fledgling lineup, with stops up and down the West Coast. The sixth day comes to Kelly’s Olympian armed with label stalwarts Rubedo, an epically ambitious sort of pop-rock trio from Denver. 20 Sided’s comp represents as alchemic a slice of sonic pop you could ask for from a label raised on the wizardly foundations of D&D—possibly peaking with Animal Eyes’ plaintive “Goat Chasing,” a solemn tune representing just one of the Portland contingents of 20 Sided’s roster. Other PDX reps include Pony Village (“Heart Failure”), whose tight arrangements and flair for hypnotic guitar interplay are also being featured for the release. RYAN J. PRADO
WRECKLESS ERIC AND AMY RIGBY (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Wreckless Eric (Goulden) watched fellow Stiff Records stiffs Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Ian Dury explode while he was left writhing in comparative obscurity, but he’s arguably just as noteworthy. The songwriter’s first two records are some of the greatest, most forthright poprock records to hail from the New Wave period, particularly the single “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World,”
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THE HARVEY GIRLS Record Room, 10/13 JOSH MILLARD
which comes freakishly close to pop perfection. His new collaboration with wife—and formidable songwriter in her own right—Amy Rigby, A Working Museum, is an expectedly exquisite product. Magnificent opener “A Darker Shade of Brown” and suitably great follow-up “Days of Jack and Jill” recall the best and most obvious aspects of Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and the Kinks’ post-Village Green, pre-Preservation years, but the real highlight is the buried, jangling, Byrds-y jewel “Rebel Girl Rebel Girl,” which to these ears sounds better than most Roger McGuinn originals. MT
KENDRICK LAMAR, AB-SOUL, JAY ROCK, STALLEY, FLY UNION (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) We all know that Kendrick Lamar is easily the best thang smokin’ right now, and sure enough, this show is sold out. Everything K-Dot’s leaked in the last few—“Swimming Pools,” “Westside, Right on Time,” and the C-Breezy-type-slapping, Just Blaze-laced “Compton”—have all been hottest fire. From what I recall of his 2011 set at Seattle’s Bumbershoot, Lamar’s a dope, personable performer, too… except for that moment when he told a young girl in the audience that her name was “Tammy”—as in his Section.80 cut “Tammy’s Song (Her Evils),” which is about a pair of women victimized by men—without a trace of irony (hiphop is good for this). A minor gripe, but one that stuck with me. Anyway, his Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy dudes Jay Rock and Ab-Soul are opening, so this is a sure thing. (If you’re wondering where Schoolboy Q is, well, just wait a week.) LARRY MIZELL JR.
THE HARVEY GIRLS, WOW & FLUTTER, RLLRBLL (Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) For their new album, Sidereal Time, the Harvey Girls made apparent use of a 20-dollar guitar, which seamlessly augmented their veritable arsenal of sounds—strings, saw, banjo, and a Turkish thing called a saz also feature on the record. Recorded chiefly by husband-and-wife duo Hiram Lucke and Melissa Rodenbeek, it continues the Harvey Girls’ string of lovely, weird psych-pop, shrugging off any easy reference point (the group cites baroque pop, bluegrass, and early Disney soundtracks as touchstones, but nothing on Sidereal Time really sounds like any of those). Lucke has added a rhythm section to the Harvey Girls—Rodenbeek is not part of the live band—which gives their oddball, naturalistic folk a more muscular, progressive tint. NL
SUNDAY 10/14 DEEP LISTENING: STRATEGY, ETHERNET, GULLS, DJ INVISIBLE ZIGGURAT (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Working the soul out of a drum machine is no problem for Strategy, AKA Paul Dickow, who indulges us with ever-evolving forms of electronica—most recently delving into a futurized pop with vintage flair. A multi-instrumentalist and veteran producer, Dickow has continued to explore many different styles including ambient, experimental, and straight-up dance music with stellar results. Expect a live performance filled with any combination of drum machines, noisemakers, and synthesizers synced up to lay the groundwork for some impressive improvisation. The night’s festivities are presented in part by forwardthinking arts and culture publication Redefine magazine and the experimental Boomarm Records. They have put together an exotic blend of ambient artistry sure to send you into an otherworldly orbit. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
MONDAY 10/15 GRIMES, ELITE GYMNASTICS, MYTHS (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
BOB DYLAN, MARK KNOPFLER (Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) See Music, pg. 23.
TUESDAY 10/16 BATTLEME, XDS, MONOPLANE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
MARK FELL (YU Contemporary, 800 SE 10th) Electronic glitch artist Mark Fell’s work is challenging, to say the least, and tonight he comes to taste-making performance space YU to perform a live interpretation of his 2010 recording Multi stability. The title itself refers to “a psychological effect in which one is unable to perceive a single, stable object within complex or ambiguous patterns in visual, auditory, or olfactory perception.” Basically, this means that the crushed-out tones, arrhythmic pulses, wet splashes, and harsh digital pitches will be almost defiantly unmusical—you’re going to feel unsettled and perhaps a little queasy. But sometimes having your brain circuits shuffled in the name of art is an interesting way to spend a weeknight, and Fell’s performance also promises a trippy light show. Leave the psychedelics at home—this sort of stuff is intended to replicate them, not augment them. NL
BILLY JOE SHAVER, JAKE RAY (Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan) See Film, pg. 45.
WEDNESDAY 10/17 NICK WATERHOUSE, ALLAH-LAHS (Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 17.
CROCODILES, THE SOFT PACK, HEAVY HAWAII (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Los Angeles’ the Soft Pack (is it still worth mentioning that they were formerly called the Muslims? Probably not) have always been able to do a lot with very little. Their loose and uncomplicated rock, which had them touted as the next Strokes by some, earned them a lot of initial buzz. Thing is, the Soft Pack really are good, serving up jangly rock fronted by a singer who sounds like he doesn’t get out of bed before noon. Their latest album, Strapped, adds a few more bells and whistles (i.e. synths and horns) to the mix, which in the end really don’t add a whole lot to the mix. Imagine if they were still called the Muslims? ML
KAKI KING, LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Kaki King’s work has been given a lot of makeovers over the past decade. Her 2003 debut, Everybody Loves You, swam in the high-waisted tides of tricky percussive guitar manipulations, alternately stunning and baffling technical string junkies. And while King’s still as engaging as a kind of one-woman acoustic orchestra, her subsequent releases have ranged from minimalist to enormous, culminating with her biggest step yet toward pop with the rockin’ 2010 LP Junior. King’s sixth studio album, Glow, was just released, and manages to keep a foot in both her past and present, cultivating savage guitar pieces that are augmented by noodling strings, melodic mandolin flourishes, and stirring crescendos. King is, simply, one of the most unique composers making music today, and your bows at her feet will be rewarded. RJP
JASON LYTLE, SEA OF BEES (Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Jules Baenziger records under the name Sea of Bees, and her 2009 debut album, Songs for the Ravens, was a positive stunner, the kind of fully realized work that even veteran songwriters can only dream of pulling off. After such an auspicious start, it makes sense that Sea of Bees’ second full-length, the oddly titled Orangefarben, might initially seem to suffer from a sophomore slump. (The bill’s headliner, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, maybe knows a little something about slumps, Sophtware or otherwise.) As it turns out, Bee’s Orangefarben is a strong and lovely record, with melodies just as ravishing as those on Ravens and perhaps a greater sense of confidence. Built on a bed of palliative, soft rock, Baenziger’s charming, assured, folk-flecked melodies both comfort and exhilarate. NL
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thursday nov 15 elsinore theater
saturday november 3 dante’s 1 SW 3rd ave · Portland, or 9:00Pm doorS · 21 and over ticketS at SafeWay/ticketSWeSt charge By Phone 503-224-tiXX
sunday november 10 aladdin theatre 3017 Se milWaukie ave · Portland, or 7:30Pm ShoW · all ageS ticketS at all ticketmaSter locationS charge By Phone 1-800-745-3000
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LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY 10/11
ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Nellie McKay, 8 pm, $20-25 ★ AL’S DEN—Bright Archer, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Greg Wolfe, 7 pm ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Songwriter Roundup, 7 pm, $5 ASH STREET SALOON—Dodgy Mountain Men, Closely Watched Trains, 9:30 pm ★ BACKSPACE—Mount Eerie, Bouquet, Marisa Anderson, I am the Lake of Fire, 9 pm, $8, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Vanport Drifters, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Ben Jones, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Alan Jones, 8 pm BOOM BAP!—Landlines, The Slidells, 9 pm BOSSANOVA BALLROOM—(hed) PE, Amerakin Overdose, Kingdom Under Fire, 30 Pound Test, Knothead, 6:30 pm, $14-16, all ages BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—John Butler, Al Criado BUFFALO GAP—Ken Hanson Band, Love Loungers, 9 pm, free ★ BUNK BAR—Exitmusic, Grapefruit, 10 pm, $10 CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Blake Lyman, 8:30 pm CORKSCREW WINE BAR—Adlai Alexander, 8 pm ★ CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages ★ DOUG FIR—Hospitality, Teen, Minden, 9 pm, $10-12 DUFF’S GARAGE—Tough Love Pyle, 6 pm, $2; Country Trash, 9 pm EAST END—Gay Ghost, Grrlfriend, Lunge, Havania Whaa EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Steve Cheseborough, 7 pm EDGEFIELD—Lynn Conover, John Mitchell, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Johnny D’s Community Jam, 7 pm ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Yourself & The Air, Inkblot, Tender Age, Meta Pinnacle, 9 pm, $5 GOODFOOT—Hackensaw Boys, Mimi Naja, Jay Cobb Anderson, 9 pm, $10 GRAND CAFE/ANDREA’S CHA CHA CLUB—Pilon d’Azucar Salsa Band, 9:30 pm HALIBUT’S—Terry Robb, 8 pm, free ★ HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Morbid Angel, Dark Funeral, Grave, 7 pm, $25-30, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Emotion Farmers, 9 pm, $5 HEATHMAN—Johnny Martin, 7 pm ★ HOLLYWOOD THEATRE—Video Musics III: Floating Oceans: Alexis Gideon, 7:30 pm, $7 ★ HOLOCENE—PDneXt: Natasha Kmeto, Graintable, Plumblyne, Danny Corn, 9 pm, $5 IVORIES—Belinda Underwood Quartet, 8 pm, $8 JADE LOUNGE—Brian McGinty, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown B3 Organ Band, 8 pm, $5 KATIE O’BRIEN’S—Deadones USA, Moral Crux, Muddy River Nightmare Band, 48 Thrills, 9 pm, $5 KELLS—Danny O’Hanlon, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Glass Knees, Ix Neglect, 9 pm, $5 KENNEDY SCHOOL—Mosley Wotta, 7 pm, free, all ages KENTON CLUB—Lady Elaine, The Floorboards, Lava Runa, 9 pm, free LANGANO LOUNGE—Dusty Santamaria’s Singing Knives, The Dandelions, 9 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Lewi Longmire Band, 6 pm; Garrett Brennan & The Great Salt Licks, Tumbledown House, 9:30 pm, $7 LV’S—Victor Little, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mo Phillips, Johnny & Jason, 6 pm; Lucky Lincoln, Will Coca, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Stew & The Negro Problem, Suzanne Tufan, 8 pm, $20 MT. TABOR THEATER—Scorpion Child, Black Pussy, A Happy Death, 8:30 pm, $5 MUDDY RUDDER—JD Dawson, 8 pm MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Brownish Black, 6 pm, free, all ages ★ PLAN B—Rabbits, Witch Mountain, Castle, Holy Grove THE PRESS CLUB—PSU3, 8 pm PSU LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL—Scott Kritzer, Janet Chavtal, Marc Gremm, 7:30 pm, $17-25 QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Chris Baum Project, 9 pm, free RED ROOM—Machetaso Profano, Erik Anarchy, Street Metal, Town & The Writ, Super Desu, God Bless America, Magic & the T-Cells, 8 pm, free THE REFECTORY—Harmony & Bliss, 8 pm, free THE SECRET SOCIETY—Marv & Rindy Ross, Lincoln Crockett, 7 pm, $15-20 SLIM’S—Sloe Lorus, 9 pm, free ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Friends of Family Farmers Benefit: The Robinsons, Northeast Northwest, 8 pm, $10 THE SPARE ROOM—Original Music Showcase: Afro Knott, Becky Alter, Sam Densmore, 9 pm, free STAR THEATER—IoEcho, Space Waves, 9 pm, $10 TED’S—Funktastic, Doc Brown Experiment, Evvnflow TIGER BAR—Karaoke from Hell, 9:30 pm, free TONIC LOUNGE—The Vandies, Kings & Vagabonds, 9 pm ★ VALENTINE’S—Hip Hatchet, Nathan Crockett, Patrick Dethlefs, 9 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Cronin Tierney WHITE EAGLE—The Brothers of the Hound, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Hivemind, 8:30 pm, free WILF’S—Randy Porter Trio, 7:30 pm WONDER BALLROOM—Falling in Reverse, I See Stars, Letlive, Matt Toka, 7:30 pm, $18-20, all ages
ALADDIN THEATER—Stone in Love, Throwback Suburbia, 8 pm, $15 ALBERTA STREET PUBLIC HOUSE—Mikey’s Irish Jam Session, 6:30 pm ★ AL’S DEN—Bright Archer, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Sambafeat, 8 pm ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Friday Night Coffeehouse, $5, all ages ASH STREET SALOON—Violet Isle, Symmetry/ Symmetry, Loquat, 9:30 pm, $5 BACKSPACE—Depopulator, Fist Fite, Wicked Bitch, Whoremoans, 8 pm, $3, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Lynn Conover, 6 pm, all ages; Bottleneck Blues Band, Robbie Laws, 9:30 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Arthur Moore, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Devin Phillips, 9 pm BOOM BAP!—The Prids, Abolitionist, Fuck You Dad, Straight Edgemont, 8 pm, $5, all ages BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Trashcan Joe, 8 pm BUFFALO GAP—Keegan Smith, Sneakin’ Out, The Sale, Acoustic Minds, 9 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Circle 3 Trio, 9 pm, $6 ★ CLUB 21—Old Junior, Havania Whaal, Tender Age, 10 pm, free ★ DOUG FIR—Lydia Loveless, Kasey Anderson, Star Anna, 9 pm, $10-12 DUFF’S GARAGE—The Hamdogs, 6 pm, $2; Rae Gordon, Boogie Bone, 9 pm EAST BURN—Closely Watched Trains, 10 pm, free EAST END—Portland Radio Authority Benefit: Mother Android, Coronation, Futility, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—The Marvins, 7 pm, free ELIOT HALL AT REED COLLEGE—Al-Andalus Ensemble, 7:30 pm, $10-20 ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Lesser Known Characters, The Harm, The Charlie Darwins, Set West, 9 pm, $5 FIRKIN TAVERN—Brother Egg, No Hawk Yet, 9 pm, free FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH—Choral Glory: Portland Baroque Orchestra, Capella Romana, 7:30 pm, $18-49 FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH—First of the Firsts: Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm HALIBUT’S—Lloyd Allen, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE—D.R.I., Wehrmacht, Rendered Useless, Guillotine, 7 pm, $15-17, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Kat Jones, Orion Walsh, 8:30 pm, $5 ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm; Joe Marquand, 4:30 pm IVORIES—Art Resnick Quartet, 8 pm, $10 JADE LOUNGE—Ryan Short, Eric Stern, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Cool Jazz & Hot Soul 2: Farnell Newton, DJ OG-1, Ajane’a, 8 pm, $15 KATIE O’BRIEN’S—Punks Hating Cancer: Kayla Shauvin, Bonneville Power, Race of Strangers, 42 Ford Prefect, 9 pm, $3 KELLS—Cu Lan Ti, 9:30 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—LPS, The Rotties, Needles & Pizza THE KNOW—Men As Witches, AAPOAA, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—The Redeemed, 9 pm LANGANO LOUNGE—Bitch Slap, 9 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Woodbrain, 6 pm, free; Garcia Birthday Band, 9:30 pm, $6 LV’S—Ben Jones, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Cedro Willie, 6 pm; Jim Jams, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Woods, Eat Skull, The Woolen Men, 9 pm, $12 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Suburban Slim, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Lewi Longmire Band, Sugarcane String Band, Cow Paddy Stompers, 9 pm, free MT. TABOR THEATER LOUNGE—Q Dot, Spittin’ Images, 9 pm, $5 MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Radio Raheem, 6 pm, free, all ages NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, 9:30 pm NEW COPPER PENNY—Mechanism, Character Assassin, Dear Assassin, 8 pm O’CONNORS VAULT—King Beta, Fred Stickley, 8 pm, $6 PINTS BREWING—Noah Peterson, 9 pm PLAN B—Stoneburner, Hull, Satya Sena, 8 pm PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Concrete Cowboys, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Slater Smith, Jenna Ellefson, 8 pm RECORD ROOM—Mollusk, The Fruiting Bodies, 8 pm, $3-5 RED ROOM—Taiterd Oats, Wintermute, Sleepy Creek, Aaron Baca, 9 pm, $5 ★ ROSELAND—Deftones, Scars on Broadway, 8 pm, all ages THE SECRET SOCIETY—Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys, 6 pm, all ages; Redray Frazier, Quadraphonnes, 9 pm, $10 SLABTOWN—Pinkzilla, Wolfpussy, 9 pm, $5 SLIM’S—Oreganic, Zindu, 9 pm, free ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Big Ass Boombox Announcement Party: Pigeons, Dancing Hats, Tianamen Bear, DJ Arya Imig, DJ Brad Religion, 9 pm, $6 ★ THE SPARE ROOM—James Low Western Front, WC Beck, 9 pm, $5
503.288.3895 3939 N. Mississippi email@example.com
8pm doors/ 9pm show BarBar all ages until 9pm 21+ unless otherwise noted
A vivacious L.A. duo deemed L.A.’s best band reunite and return with a new album, Making It
Thu, Oct 11
7pm Doors/8pm Show
Eerily somber acoustic songs to kraut-rock inspired fugues from a band celebrating the release of Bend Beyond
LIZ FLYNTZ SUZANNE TUFAN $20 Adv
An avant-garde Johnny and June. -Houston Press
WRECKLESS ERIC AND AMY RIGBY
EAT SKULL THE WOOLEN MEN
Fri, Oct 12
A visually explosive dance party ranging from booty bass to soul to reggae to rock
MRS QUEEN OF THE
Sat, Oct 13
6pm Doors/7pm Show
Woodchuck Cider Sweet-n-Local Presents: Joyful pop from Portland favorites
PAPER BRAIN STEPKID
DAMNED Sat, Oct 13
GUEST DJ AUTOMATON (LA) DJ BEYONDADOUBT DJ ILL CAMINO
10pm Doors/10pm Show
A triple-threat artist — a gifted singer, superb songwriter, and skillful guitarist, Merritt returns with a superb new album, Traveling Alone
Tift MERRITT AMY COOK
Sun, Oct 14
Mon, Oct 15
7pm Doors/8pm Show
Indie pop artist returns with an intimate showcase in the Bar Bar apt.
OPBMUSIC Presents PDX/RX: Powerful hooks and bottom heavy grooves from a PDX favorite
THE SUPPER CLUB TOUR WITH
JEREMY MESSERSMITH Tue, Oct 16
7:30pm Doors/8pm Show
ADV tix only
101.9 KINK Presents: Acclaimed guitarist and songwriter presents her new album, Glow
Tue, Oct 16
Exuberant, roots-influenced rock
AND THE SIXERS
LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER
Wed, Oct 17
7pm Doors/8pm Show
KZME Radio Presents: Psychedelic rock nestled amidst blues and rustic roots from PDX favorites
SPIRIT LAKE record release
MELVILLE ALAMEDA Fri, Oct 19 Coming Soon... 10/21: RUSTED ROOT 10/22: WILLIS EARL BEAL 10/23: THE WHIGS 10/24: ALLEN STONE 10/25: ALLEN STONE 10/26: WEINLAND (Record Release) 10/27: WEINLAND (Record Release) 10/28: AARON NIGEL SMITH (Early) 10/28: PAPER BIRD (Late)
LOCAL STRANGERS MIGGS 6:30pm Doors, 7pmShow $15 Adv
Thu, Oct 18
If music were math, if records were the sums of their parts, then the fourth album from crazy-eyed California band Howlin Rain would be one of the best psychedelic rock records ever made. -Spin
HOWLIN RAIN ASSEMBLE HEAD IN SUNBURST SOUND
Sat, Oct 20
10/30: GARY WAR 10/31: THE MIRACLES CLUB / MIDNIGHT MAGIC 11/1: PETUNIA & THE VIPERS 11/2: THE YOUNG EVILS 11/3: OLD LIGHT / HUNGRY GHOST 11/4: THE HENRY CLAY PEOPLE 11/5: CINEBITCH 11/6: SOPHIE BARKER (Of Zero 7) 11/7: THOSE DARLINS
$12 Adv 11/8: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM! 11/8: JD SAMSON & MEN 11/9: TRANS AM 11/10: MRS w/ DJ BEYONDA 11/11: GENERATIONALS 11/12: ROOMRUNNER 11/15: EMMITT-NERSHI BAND 11/16: EMMITT-NERSHI BAND 11/17: SUSANNA HOFFS 11/18 RAC
mississippistudios.com October 11, 2012 Portland Mercury 29
ANGULAR, INTRICATE, AND INTELLIGENT INDIE POP FROM NYC
COUNTRY CLASSICISM MIXED WITH PUNK ROCK FROM MIDWESTERN FIRECRACKER
HIP-SHAKINâ€™ BOOGIE ROCK FROM SASKATOON
LOVELESS THE SHEEPDOGS HOSPITALITY LYDIA FRIDAY! SATURDAY!
THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
+BLACK BOX REVELATION
A SPECIAL EVENING WITH BELOVED TEXAS SONGWRITER
+KASEY ANDERSON & STAR ANNA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12
SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
$10 ADVANCE VISUALLY-STUNNING ELECTRO-POP FROM BUZZ-WORTHY QUEBECOIS
ELITE GYMNASTICS +MYTHS
MONDAY OCTOBER 15 MAKE IT A NIGHT
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14
AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH FORMER WEEN FRONTMAN
Present that nightâ€™s show ticket and get $3 off any entree Sun - Thur in the dining room
TIX AT THE DOOR
POST-PUNK REVIVAL FROM SAN DIEGO COMBOS
830 E BURNSIDE â€¢ 503-231-WOOD â€¢ www.dougfirlounge.com
DOUG FIR RESTAURANT + BAR OPEN 7AMâ€“LATE EVERYDAY SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, LATE-NIGHT. HAPPY HOUR 3-6 PM EVERYDAY, COVERED SMOKING PATIO, FIREPLACE ROOM, LOTS OF LOG. LIVE SHOWS IN THE LOUNGE...
THE SOFT PACK
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 â€¢
TIX AT THE DOOR
CELEBRATING THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF THEIR NEW DVD, LIVE AT METRO CHICAGO, AND PERFORMING SONGS FROM THEIR ENTIRE CAREER BLISSED-OUT EPIC POP FROM PHILADELPHIA DUO
HEAD-TURNING BAROQUE POP FROM QUEENS, NY COMBO
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
Doors at 9pm Show at 9:30pm LATE SHOW! $17.50 ADVANCE
AN INTIMATE EARLY EVENING WITH FOUNDING MEMBER OF SLOWDIVE & MOJAVE 3
NEIL HALSTEAD â€¢
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21
INFECTIOUS INDIE-FOLK FROM MELBOURNE
FRIDAY OCTOBER 26
SOULFUL BLUES-DRENCHED POP FROM RISING SINGER/SONGWRITER LEGENDARY ALT-POP FROM BELOVED ENGLISH SINGER/SONGWRITER
+YELLOW RED SPARKS
TUESDAY OCTOBER 23
THE RETURN OF SUBLIMELY MELODIC INDIE FOLK FROM NORTH CAROLINA
HUSKY (AU) BOWERBIRDS +HANNAH GEORGAS
Doors at 5:30pm Show at 6pm EARLY SHOW!
STRAND OF OAKS +PRYPYAT
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27
YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS +PETER BUCK
THURSDAY OCTOBER 25
Dr. Theopolis 10/31 Onuinu 11/15 Cold Specks 11/20 How To Dress Well 12/7 Cave Singers 12/6 All of these shows on sale at Ticketfly.com
BALMORHEA 10/28 â€¢ NNEKA 10/30 â€¢ DR. THEOPOLIS 10/31 â€¢ SERA CAHOONE 11/1 â€¢ SEA WOLF 11/3 â€¢ THE SEA & CAKE 11/4 ZAMMUTO 11/5 â€¢ RAGS & RIBBONS 11/7 â€¢ AC NEWMAN 11/10 â€¢ YENTA (formerly Clea Partridge) 11/11 THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION 11/12 â€¢ BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH 11/13 â€¢ DIAMOND RINGS 11/14 ADVANCE TICKETS AT TICKETFLY - www.tickfly.com and at JACKPOT RECORDS â€¢ SUBJECT TO SERVICE CHARGE &/OR USER FEE ALL SHOWS: 8PM DOORS / 9PM SHOW â€¢ 21+ UNLESS NOTED â€¢ BOX OFFICE OPENS 1/2 HOUR BEFORE DOORS â€¢ ROOM PACKAGES AVAILABLE AT www.jupiterhotel.com
30 Portland Mercury October 11, 2012
MIDTOWN DICKENS +DANA BUOY
LOST IN THE TREES
FOLK-INFLECTED ORCHESTRAL MAJESTY FROM NORTH CAROLINA
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
Doors at 5:30pm Show at 6pm EARLY SHOW!
ZZ WARD MONDAY OCTOBER 22
TROPICALLY-TINTED AND PASTORAL POP FROM LA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 â€¢
+PURE BATHING CULTURE
THURSDAY OCTOBER 18
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
LIVE MUSIC STAR THEATER—Richie Spice, Bambu Station, Inna Vision, 9 pm, $20-25 THE TARDIS ROOM—Lew Jones Trio, Dusty Grimm, 8 pm TED’S—Gangstagrass, Swiggle Mandela & the LFGM, DJ Rappalachia, 9:30 pm, $12 TONIC LOUNGE—Truth Vibration, Tweakin’ Like Matty, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Neil Diamond Tribute: Tony Starlight, 8 pm, $16 TRADER VIC’S—Tribute to Frank Sinatra: John English, 5 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Ty Curtis Band, 9 pm, $10 WHITE EAGLE—The Reverb Brothers, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Brownish Black, Radio Raheem, 9:30 pm, $8 WILF’S—Ed Bennett Quintet, 7:30 pm ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Circa Survive, Touche Amore, Balance & Composure, O’Brother, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages
SATURDAY 10/13 1235 SW 16TH AVE—Capleton, Kulcha Knox, Jah Thunder, Iyahson, Chalice Row, DJ Ital Vibes, DJ Be1, $25-35, all ages ★ ACTION/ADVENTURE THEATER—Stand By Your Band: A Musical Teaser/Fundraiser: Jonah Luke, The Wort, Ghost Dad, Kyle Acheson, Christina Cano, Aubrey Jessen, Melanie Moseley, Natalie Stringer, 8 pm, $7 ★ ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Kelly Joe Phelps, 7 pm, $15-18 ★ AL’S DEN—Bright Archer, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Toshi Onizuka, 8 pm ★ ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique: Oregon Symphony, 7:30 pm, $21-100, all ages ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Tom Scott, Leslie Tift, Richard Colombo, 8 pm, $15 ASH STREET SALOON—Methargic, Joint Venture, Big Shell, 9:30 pm, $5 ★ BACKSPACE—James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys, 9 pm, $6, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Dismal Niche Orchestra, 6 pm; Blue Lotus, 9:30 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Bolt Upright, 9 pm BLUE MONK—The Working Stiffs, 9 pm BOOM BAP!—Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez, Dead Air Fresheners, Overdose the Katatonic, 8:30 pm BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Gravy, 8 pm BUFFALO GAP—Guy Dilly & the Twin Powers, Lost & Found, Syrius Jones, 8 pm, free ★ BUNK BAR—Corin Tucker Band, Houndstooth, 10 pm, $12 CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Christine Havrilla, Gypsy Fuzz CLUB 21—Hungers, Rye Wolves, 10 pm, free ★ DANTE’S—Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Moldy Castle, 9 pm, $12 ★ DOUG FIR—The Sheepdogs, The Black Box Revelation, 9 pm, $12-13 DUFF’S GARAGE—Atomic Gumbo, Too Loose Cajun Band, 9 pm EAGLES LODGE—Aszemar Glenn, 7:30 pm, $5-6 EAST BURN—Boy & Bean, 8 pm, free EDGEFIELD—Matt Meighan, 7 pm, free ELIOT HALL AT REED COLLEGE—Al-Andalus Ensemble, 7:30 pm, $10-20 ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Jolen, Michael Cole, Big B, NorthWestClicka, Mickey Clips, Luckkey, Nucefer McDucc, Samuel The 1st, Drew Locs, $hake$, BDP, Liqwid, Cali Cash, BMP503, G Wyte & Copper Loc, Lil Rich, King, A Banditz Life, Lentrell, 6:30 pm, $7-13 FIRKIN TAVERN—Vises, Glass Bones, 9 pm, free FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH—Choral Glory: Portland Baroque Orchestra, Capella Romana, 7:30 pm, $18-49 ★ FOGGY NOTION—System & Station, When the Broken Bow, Northern, 9 pm, $3 GEMINI LOUNGE—Mother Shrew, 9 pm, free GOODFOOT—Scott Law, Damien Erskine, Russ Kleiner, 9 pm, $10 HALIBUT’S—Sonny Hess, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE HOPHOUSE—The Spodee-O’s, 9 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Abandon All Ships, For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, Upon This Dawning, Palisades, 6:30 pm, $13.25-15.75, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—My Father’s Pocket Watch, 8:30 pm, $5 HOLOCENE—Big Plans, 6 pm, free HOPHOUSE (NE 15TH)—Switchgrass, 8:30 pm, free, all ages IVORIES—Felix Martin Trio, 8 pm, $10 JADE LOUNGE—Carinne Carpenter, Adlai Alexander, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Bill Champlin, 9:30 pm, $17-24 KATIE O’BRIEN’S—Drugstore Cowboys, Toy, Ghostwriter, 9 pm, free KELLS—Cu Lan Ti, 9:30 pm ★ KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Pony Village, Palisades, Rubedo, The Hoot Hoots, 9 pm, $5 KENNEDY SCHOOL—Back to School 15th Anniversary Celebration: Uncle B & Auntie E & J Dog, Redlight Romeos, The Marvins, World’s Finest, 2 pm, free, all ages KENTON CLUB—82nd Street Heartache, 9 pm, free THE KNOW—Bad Luck Blackout, Yo Adrian, Secnd Best LANDMARK SALOON—Catherine Loyer, Strawberry Roan, 8 pm
LANGANO LOUNGE—DJ Trex, 9 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Tree Frogs, 6 pm; Alexa Wiley & The Wilderness, Sloe Lorus, 9:30 pm, $5 THE LOVECRAFT—Leviticus Rex, Tom Jones, Erica Jones, 9 pm MACADAM’S BAR & GRILL—Noah Peterson, Tony Smiley, 9 pm, free, all ages MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Level 2, 6 pm; z’Bumba, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, 7 pm, $10-12 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Donna & The Side Effects, 9 pm ★ MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Rodriguez, 3 pm, free, all ages NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, Dave Captein, Randy Rollofson, 9:30 pm O’CONNORS VAULT—Rhythm Dogs, 8 pm, $5 PLAN B—Kicker, Murmurs, Party Foul, Night Nurse, 9 pm PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Concrete Cowboys, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Stumbleweed, 8 pm RADIO ROOM—Sidestreet Reny, 9 pm, free ★ RECORD ROOM—The Harvey Girls, Wow & Flutter, Rllrbll, 8 pm RED ROOM—Random Axe, The Warshers, Zombies Love Gizzards, Old Hand, The Kilowatt Hour, 9 pm ★ ROSELAND—Kendrick Lamar, 8 pm, $28, all ages ROTTURE—Com Truise, Poolside, Bonde Do Role, Stepkid, Rap Class, 9 pm, $13 ★ SLABTOWN—The Bi-marks, Chemicals, Defect Defect, Piss Test, 9 pm, $5 SLIM’S—Otis Heat, No Hawk Yet, 9 pm, free SOMEDAY LOUNGE—The Prince & Michael Experience: Erotic City, DJ Dave Paul, 9 pm, $10 ★ THE SPOT—Dèjà Vu: Tah Rei, White Rainbow, YACHT, 7 pm, $15 STAR BAR—DJ Trim, 10 pm STAR THEATER—Bergerette, 9 pm, $6 THE TARDIS ROOM—Gobloots, 9 pm ★ TED’S—dbMonkey’s 10th Anniversary Party: Sexy Water Spiders, Ninja, The Gnash, Gaytheist, Kaleido Skull, 9:30 pm, free TIGER BAR—Idiot S.C.I.E.N.C.E., Mystery Ship, Sir Psycho Sexy, 9 pm, $6 TONIC LOUNGE—Doomsower, Witchasaurus Hex, Antikythera, Black Magic Dragon, 9 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—3 Leg Torso, 8 pm, $13 TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 8 pm TROUT LAKE COUNTRY INN—The Redeemed, 9 pm, $5 VIE DE BOHEME—Rhythm Method, 9 pm, $5 THE WAYPOST—Memory Boys, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Student Loan, 4:30 pm, free, all ages; Radio Giants, 9:30 pm, $8 WILF’S—Mia Nicholson, Randy Porter, 7:30 pm ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Rodriguez, 9 pm, $13-15
SUNDAY 10/14 ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—John McCutcheon, 7 pm, $18-20 ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Padam Padam, 6 pm, $60 (includes dinner); Danny Romero, 7 pm ★ ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique: Oregon Symphony, 7:30 pm, $21-100, all ages AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH—Augustana Jazz Quartet, 6 pm, free, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Felim Egan, 8 pm BLUE MONK—Ab Baars & Ig Henneman, 9 pm CLYDE’S PRIME RIB—Ron Steen Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm, free CORKSCREW WINE BAR—Catarina New, 6 pm CRYSTAL BALLROOM—The Festival of Positivity: Storm Large, PHAME Academy, Will Kinky, Speaker Minds, Tango Alpha Tango, March Fourth Marching Band, 7 pm, $25-40 DANTE’S—The Voodoo Organist, 9 pm; Sinferno Cabaret, 11 pm DOUG FIR—Radney Foster, 9 pm, $16-18 DUFF’S GARAGE—Journey to Memphis Fundraiser: Franco & The Stingers, Billy D, Lisa Mann, Rich Layton & The Troublemakers, Robbie Laws, Rae Gordon, Kevin Selfe, Hot Tea Cold, 2 pm EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Reggie Houston’s Box of Chocolates, 11 am EDGEFIELD—James Low, Lewi Longmire, 5 pm, free ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Battwat, The Urges, Jon Benet’s Lip Gloss, Party Foul, Young Dad, 9 pm FIRKIN TAVERN—Open Mic, 8 pm, free FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH—First of the Firsts: Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm, $10-30, all ages FORD FOOD & DRINK—Tim Roth, Sun, noon, free, all ages ★ HOLOCENE—Deep Listening: Strategy, Ethernet, Gulls, DJ Invisible Ziggurat, 9 pm, $5 IVORIES—Chuck Israel’s Orchestra, 7 pm, $10 JADE LOUNGE—Vanessa Rogers, 7 pm KAUL AUDITORIUM, REED COLLEGE—Choral Glory: Portland Baroque Orchestra, Cappella Romana, 3 pm, $18-49 ★ KENNEDY SCHOOL—Friends of Music Benefit for Roseway Heights Elementary: Mo Phillips, School of Rock, Oh Darling, Honey Wars, 2 pm, $10, all ages THE KNOW—Two Hands, Old Iron, 8 pm
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LIVE MUSIC LANDMARK SALOON—Ian Miller, Jake Ray, 5:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Dan Haley, Tim Acott, 9:30 pm, free LV’S—Blues, Brews & BBQ, 6 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Pagan Jug Band, 6 pm; Butterfly Breakdown, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Tiger House, Paper Brain, Stepkid, 9 pm, $5 ★ MOON & SIXPENCE—Foghorn Stringband, free MUDDY RUDDER—Irish Music, 4 pm MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Bergerette, 3 pm, free, all ages O’CONNORS VAULT—Roads Less Traveled, 7:30 pm, $5 THE OLD CHURCH—Dichterliebe: Nicholas Meyer, Robert Ainsley, 7:30 pm, free, all ages ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Dojo Toolkit, 9 pm ★ RONTOMS—Little Owl, Hookers, 9 pm, free ROTTURE—Molly Nilsson, Lost Lockets, Cole Baby, 9 pm SHAFFER FINE ART GALLERY—Noah Peterson, 1 pm, free, all ages SLABTOWN—Bone Sickness, Night Nurse, Disavow, 9 pm SLIM’S—Stephanie Nilles, Jack Klatt, 8 pm, free SOMEDAY LOUNGE—No Kind of Rider, Rubedo, The Caste, 9 pm, $6 THE SPARE ROOM—Angel Bouchet Band, 8 pm, free VALENTINE’S—Posture, Antecessor, Romcom, 9 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Bergerette, 4:30 pm; ARC, 6:45 pm, $5 WAVERLY HEIGHTS CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH— The Portland Sacred Harp, 2 pm, free THE WAYPOST—Progress Band, Clint Weaner, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Sale, 7 pm, free
MONDAY 10/15 ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Pete Krebs, 7 pm ★ ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique: Oregon Symphony, 9 pm, $21-100, all ages BLUE DIAMOND—Tom Grant, 9 pm ★ BOOM BAP!—JonnyX & The Groadies, Curse, Sei Hexe, Hot Victory, 8 pm, $5, all ages DANTE’S—Karaoke from Hell, 10 pm ★ DOUG FIR—Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, Myths, 9 pm, $16-18 DUFF’S GARAGE—The 44’s, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Cellotronik, 7 pm, free ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm JADE LOUNGE—Scott Deams, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Dan Balmer, 8 pm, free; Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey, 9:30 pm, $18-22 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—Tift Merritt, Amy Cook, 8 pm, $16-18 MUDDY RUDDER—Lloyd Jones, 8 pm ★ PLAN B—Generators, Faithless Saints, Secnd Best, 8 pm PSU LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL—Pacifica Quartet, 7:30 pm, $30-40 QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Soul Mates, 7 pm RECORD ROOM—Brother, Manx, Mormon Trannys, 8 pm, $3-5 ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Mt. Air Studios, 10 pm ★ ROSE GARDEN—Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, 7:30 pm, $50-89.50, all ages ROSELAND—Less than Jake, Reel Big Fish, 8 pm, $23, all ages TIGER BAR—AC Lov Ring, 9 pm VALENTINE’S—1776, Sim, Shine, 9 pm, $3 WHITE EAGLE—Leo, Zax Vandal, 8:30 pm, free ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Nouvelle Vague, 8:30 pm, $20-22
TUESDAY 10/16 ALADDIN THEATER—In the Footsteps of Django, 8 pm ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Neftali Rivera, 7 pm ASH STREET SALOON—Set West, The Goddamn Band, 9:15 pm, $4 BACKSPACE—Honduran, Worthless Eaters, Aberrant, 9 pm, $5, all ages BAR BAR—Jeremy Messersmith, 8 pm, $15 BLUE DIAMOND—Sportin’ Lifers, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Pagan Jug Band, 6:30 pm, free ★ BUNK BAR—The Ocean Floor, Tyler Keene, 9 pm, $3 CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Tom Wakeling, Steve Christofferson, David Evans, Todd Strait, 8 pm, $6 CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Joshua Radin, A Fine Frenzy, Lucy Schwartz, 7:30 pm, $24.50-30, all ages DOUG FIR—Aaron Freeman, 9 pm, $20-23 DUFF’S GARAGE—Trio Bravo, 6 pm, $2; Dover Weinberg Quartet, 9 pm, $2 EDGEFIELD—Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, 7 pm, free; Redlight Romeos, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Johnny D’s Community Jam, 7 pm GOODFOOT—Radula, 9 pm, free; Kory Quinn, Will West & The Friendly Strangers, 9 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—That Much Further West Radio, 4 pm, free; Counterfeit Cash, 6 pm, free ★ HOLLYWOOD THEATRE—Tijuana Sonidos del Nortec: Bostich & Fussible, 8:30 pm, $25
★ HOLOCENE—Chris Cohen, Lake, Zac Pennington, 8:30 pm, $8 THE HUTCH—Open Mic, 8 pm, free IVORIES—Jazz Jam: Carey Campbell, Hank Hirsh Trio, 7:30 pm JADE LOUNGE—Siren Sessions: Margaret Wehr, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Ubuntu Project, 6:30 pm, $3 ★ THE KNOW—Dream Salon, Big Black Cloud, Loose Values, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Honky Tonk Union, 7 pm, free ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Jackstraw, 6 pm, free LV’S—Ron Steen’s Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm ★ MISSION THEATER—Billy Joe Shaver, Jake Ray, 8 pm, $20 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Stephanie Nilles, Jack Klatt, 6 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Battleme, XDS, Monoplane, 9 pm, free MT. TABOR THEATER—Open Mic Night: Simon Tucker, 8 pm, free PSU LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL—Pacifica Quartet, 7:30 pm, $30-40 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—Isotopes Punkrock Baseball Club, Jabronis, Destroy Nate Allen, 9 pm, $5 SLIM’S—Open Mic, 9 pm, free TASTE ON 23RD—Brandstson Duo, 6:30 pm, free TED’S—Jeremiah Birnbaum, 9:30 pm THIRSTY LION—Eric John Kaiser, 9 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Sinatra Fest 2012: Dan Murphy, 7:30 pm, $7 TRADER VIC’S—Sneaky Tiki & The Lava Lounge Orchestra, 6 pm TWILIGHT CAFE & BAR—Open Mic Night: The Roaming, 8 pm VALENTINE’S—Nasal Formal, Nate Ashley, Montclaire, 9 pm, free VINO VIXENS—Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party, 6 pm THE WAYPOST—Alexis Stevens, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—Joaquin Lopez, Amaya Villazan, Ben & Lexy, Craig Stewart, 7:30 pm, free ★ YU CONTEMPORARY—Mark Fell, 9 pm, $10, all ages
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ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Holly Near, 8 pm, $22-25 ALBERTA STREET PUBLIC HOUSE—Suck My Open Mic w/Tamara J. Brown, 7:30 pm, free ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free BACKSPACE—Moon by You, Patrick Dethlefs, Wesley Randolph Eader Jr., 9 pm, $6, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Henry Hill Kammerer, 9 pm; Stringed Migration, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—The Fenix Project, 9 pm BUFFALO GAP—Andy Stokes, 8 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—The Goods Jazz Jam: Errick Lewis & the Regiment House Band, 8:30 pm CROWN ROOM—Proper Movement: Bailey, Senseone, Dirtmerchant, Minds Eye, DJ Mom, 10 pm, $9 DANTE’S—Rosie Flores, Marti Brom, 9 pm, $10 DEPOKOS PIZZA—Open Mic, 8 pm, all ages ★ DOUG FIR—Crocodiles, The Soft Pack, Heavy Hawaii, 9 pm, $12-13 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—Mosley Wotta, 7 pm, free; Rob Wynia, 7 pm, free EUGENIO’S—Open Mic, 6:30 pm FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN—Kory Quinn, 9:30 pm GEMINI LOUNGE—Jeremiah Birnbaum, 7:30 pm, free GOOD NEIGHBOR PIZZERIA—Open Mic GOODFOOT—The Mark Sexton Band, Simon Tucker Group, 9 pm ★ HOLOCENE—Jason Lytle, Sea of Bees, 8 pm, $13-15 ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm IVORIES—Dave Fleschner, Alan Hagar, 8 pm, $5 JADE LOUNGE—Jeffree White, 7 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown Quartet, 8 pm, $5 KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Little Volcano, Old Highway, K-Tel ’79, 9 pm, $5 THE KNOW—Death by Stereo, Burn the Stage, Brigadier, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Bob Shoemaker, 6 pm; Jake Ray & The Cowdogs, 9:30 pm ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Dolorean, 6 pm, free; Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats, 9 pm, free MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Hoo, Wed, noon, all ages; Vagabond & Tramp, 9:30 pm MISSISSIPPI RECORDS—SCAM: Defect Defect, 7 pm, free, all ages ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Kaki King, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, 8 pm, $18-20 O’CONNORS VAULT—Jon Koonce & One More Mile, 8 pm, free PALACE OF INDUSTRY—Flat Rock String Band, 7:30 pm, free
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DJ LISTINGS PLAN B—Spellcaster, Gorgon Stare, Silencer, 9 pm RED ROOM—Open Mic, 9 pm ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Jordan Harris, 9 pm THE SECRET SOCIETY—The Carlton Jackson Dave Mills Big Band, 7:30 pm, $7 SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Folding Space, 9 pm, $6 ★ STAR THEATER—Nick Waterhouse, Allah-Lahs, 9 pm, $10 SUNDOWN PUB—SongWrecker Cabaret, 9 pm TED’S—JPC, Dancing Hats, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Sinatra Fest 2012: Mike Winkle, 7:30 pm, $8 TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 6 pm WHITE EAGLE—Paper or Plastic, Northeast Northwest, Felecia & The Dinosaur, 8:30 pm, free WILF’S—Ron Steen, Mitzi Zilka, Joe Millward, 7:30 pm, $7 ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Beth Orton, 8:30 pm
DJ LISTINGS THURSDAY 10/11 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 THE KNOW—Eye Candy: DJ Danny Norton, 8 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Panty Droppa, free MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm NICK’S FAMOUS CONEY ISLAND—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free ★ ROTTURE—I’ve Got a Hole in my Soul: DJ Beyondadoubt, 9 pm, $5 SANTA FE TAQUERIA—Salsa Social SOS: DJ Armando SAUCEBOX—Evan Alexander SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Happy Hour: Mr. Romo, DJ Michael Grimes, 4 pm STAR BAR—DJ Jake Cheeto, 10 pm TUBE—Sethro Tull, 7 pm VAULT—Jams: DJ 60/40 THE WAYPOST—DJ Walz, Patient, 8 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Shogun, DJ Eddie, DJ Zoxy, Jamie Meushaw, 9 pm, $5 WORKSHOP PUB—Phonographix Video DJs, 9 pm
FRIDAY 10/12 BEECH ST. PARLOR—Alex Smith BEULAHLAND—3M DJs, 9 pm BLITZ 21—DJ Sovern-T, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Filthy Fridays: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free THE CONQUISTADOR—DJ Drew Groove CROWN ROOM—Noise Friday: Doc Adam, 9 pm, free ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free ★ EAGLES LODGE—In the Cooky Jar: DJ Cooky Parker, 9 pm ELEMENT—Chris Alice, 9 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—On the Avenue: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Shut Up & Dance: DJ Gregarious, 10 pm, $5 FOGGY NOTION—Bent: Mr. Charming, Roy G Biv, Riff Raff, 9 pm, $5 GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—Go French Yourself: DJ Cecilia, 10 pm, free GROOVE SUITE—Cock Block: DRC, Zita, Heatesca, Sappho, 10 pm, $5-8 GROUND KONTROL—Super Cardigan Brothers, 9 pm, $2 HOLOCENE—DJ Maxamillion, 5 pm, free JONES—Back to the Future Fridays: DJ Zimmie, 8 pm, $5 LOLA’S ROOM—’80s Video Dance Attack: VJ Kittyrox 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 REFUGE—The Flower of Life: Adham Shaikh, NoMinus, The Rage Commander, Plantrae, El Capitan, Eric Pipedream, 9 pm, $18-25 ★ THE ROSE—Hunee, Miracles Club, Lincolnup, DJ Spencer D, 9 pm, $8-10 ★ ROTTURE—Live and Direct: Rev Shines, Slimkid3, DJ Nature, 9 pm, $5 STAR BAR—Blank Fridays: DJ Ikon, 10 pm, free TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TUBE—Neil Blender, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ Quincy, 9 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Recess: Russ Liquid, Thriftworks, Mr. Wu, C. Markle, 10 pm, $13
AURA—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 BEECH ST. PARLOR—Lord Smithingham BERBATI’S PAN—King Fader, 10 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—House of Hollywood: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Up & Up: DJ Nature, 9 pm, $5 CRUZROOM—Vnylogy DJs
DEVILS POINT—DJ Brooks, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Portland Tonight: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—Clap Trap: DJ Gregarious, DJ Disorder, 10 pm, free GREELEY AVE. BAR AND GRILL—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free GROOVE SUITE—After Dark GROUND KONTROL—DJ Destructo, DJ Chip, 9 pm ★ HOLOCENE—Atlas: DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, DJ E3, Joro-Boro, 9 pm, $5 JONES—INFERNO: DJ WildFire, 6 pm, $8; ’80s & ’90s Dance Music, 10 pm, $5 LOLA’S ROOM—Come as You Are ’90s Dance Flashback LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Kenoy, free MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—MRS: Queen of the Damned: DJ Beyonda, Ill Camino, DJ Automaton, 10 pm, $5 MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu TIGA—DJ Survival Skillz; DJ Dirty Hands TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TUBE—Saturdazed: Josh Booze, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—Kiffo, 9 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—B.P.M.: Chase Manhattan, Uncommon Sense, Albino Gorilla, 10 pm
SUNDAY 10/14 AALTO LOUNGE—Whiskey Bitters, 9 pm, free ★ 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 GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—DJ Mike-a-nay, 10 pm, free LUCKY DEVIL—Ladies Night: DJ Mani, free PLAN B—Hive: DJ Owen, DJ Brian Backlash, 9 pm STAR BAR—DJ Matt-O, 10 pm TUBE—Dark Sundays: DJ Josh Dark, 10 pm
MONDAY 10/15 BEECH ST. PARLOR—La Jefa BLUE MONK—Deep Cuts, 8 pm CLUB 21—Witch Throne CROWN ROOM—Bubbles & Bass: Moombah Monday: FreeQ, Chaach, 10 pm, free GROUND KONTROL—Service Industrial: DJ Tibin, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, Phantom Hillbilly, 8 pm, free THE KNOW—DJ J-One Ill, 8 pm LANGANO LOUNGE—DJ Bar Hopper, 9 pm 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 TED’S—Rock & Roll Mondays: Josh, 9:30 pm, free TIGA—DJ Pickle Barrel TUBE—DJ Matt Scaphism, 7 pm
TUESDAY 10/16 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Party Animal CC SLAUGHTERS—DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—DJ Dirty Red CROWN ROOM—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 HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Ronald, 9 pm, free THE LOVECRAFT—Death Club: DJ Entropy, 10 pm MATADOR—DJ Donny Don’t, 10 pm, free STAR BAR—DJ Bradly, 10 pm ★ SWIFT LOUNGE—Maxx Bass, Gwizski, Mikie Lixx TIGA—Flip Forage TUBE—DJ Overcol, 7 pm; Tubesday, 10 pm
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WEDNESDAY 10/17 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Cuica CC SLAUGHTERS—Trick: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Gothic Industrial: DJ Jens, 9 pm FIRKIN TAVERN—VJ Norto, 9 pm GROUND KONTROL—TRONix: Labwerx: Mike Gong, Bliphop Junkie, 9 pm JONES—Spin Sugar: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 LADD’S INN—DJ Kutthroat, 9:30 pm, free LANGANO LOUNGE—DJ Dr. Know, 9 pm THE LOVECRAFT—DJ William The Bloody, 9 pm MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free THE REFECTORY—Wednesday Eastside Karaoke: KJ RC SAUCEBOX—DJ Nealie Neal STAR BAR—DJ Chris Crusher, 10 pm TIGA—DJ Blackwell TIGER BAR—Juicy Wednesdays: DJ Detroit Diezel, TUBE—Loyd Depriest, 6 pm; DJ Creepy Crawl, 7 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Whiskey Wednesdays: American Girls, 10 pm, free
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CULTURE/ART/PDX COMEDY PREVIEW
INCE HER 1989 debut novel, Jack, written when she was still in her teens, A.M. Homes has gained—or perhaps cultivated—a reputation as an author unafraid to go dark. Examples abound: The End of Alice, about an imprisoned pedophile and his teenaged pen pal; the terrifying In a Country of Mothers, about a shrink who becomes convinced that a patient is actually her long-lost daughter; and the crack-smoking suburbanites of story collection The Safety of Objects. The darkness in May We Be Forgiven is of a more insidious, less provocative sort. Sure, it opens with a woman getting her head bashed in with a lamp, but that’s a mere scene-setter for a frequently harrowing, occasionally hilarious consideration of sex, anxiety, family, and Richard Nixon. As the novel opens, Harold, a Nixon scholar
and college professor, is unhappily married and crushed out on his brother’s wife, Jane. When his domineering brother, George, goes nuts and has to be institutionalized, Harold and Jane commence an affair—until George catches them in bed together. Cue lamp head bashing. Jane dies, George goes to rich-person prison, Harold’s wife leaves him, and Harold ends up guardian of his niece and nephew, a role he’s utterly unfit for. And that’s where the darkness comes in, and where the book really gets started. Harold has no idea how to be a parent—he doesn’t even know where the cat food is kept. There’s no one around to tell Harold what to do or how to do it, and it’s terrifying. Rather than just create an ordinary set of circumstances and a character who bumbles through them, Homes short-circuits any sense of superiority in readers (readers who might, say, know how to be functioning adults already) by conjuring a world that’s uncertain and strange, full of hidden perils and conspiracies and quite possibly not at all worth living, forcing the reader to struggle along with Harold to understand just what it all might mean. Some of it is just weird—a trip to South Africa, the long-lost short stories of Richard Nixon, naked laser tag, a wedding at an old folks’ home. (Don DeLillo shows up—Harold thinks he looks homeless—and maybe John Cheever, too.) This is not to suggest there’s no plot, or that the story isn’t compelling—I couldn’t put it down—simply that Homes effectively invites her readers to share Harold’s confusion about what life is really all about. Beyond all the weird shit that happens, Harold’s character arc isn’t particularly surprising. May We Be Forgiven is explicitly a novel of midlife crisis: “Looking at myself, my half-spent life,” thinks Harold, “I find it unbearable that this is where I have ended up. Is my life over? Did it ever begin?” If you thought Homes’ last book was “too sentimental,” as some readers did, you might want to skip the new one—go reread that story from The Safety of Objects where a boy fucks a Barbie doll. May We Be Forgiven, for all its pitch-perfect evocation of anxiety and the social disorientation of the digital age, is kind of a sweet book. “I’ve never made Jell-O before. It’s magical,” says Harold happily, toward the end of the book, and it feels like a victory: a victory over mean brothers and distant parents, wives who don’t love you, and the terrifying lightning bolts of fate that can take away everything you hold dear in an instant. See? Still a little dark. ALISON HALLETT
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that’s what you would want or that’s what your life is. I’d like to think of myself as a mother to the planet. Some of the show also deals with being bullied. I had that, I want to help people going through it now. In addition to your role on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, you’ve also got a show coming out on the Food Network, right? It’s called Blind Dinner Party, and it’s basically inviting eight strangers off of Craigslist to get together and have dinner. They’re people of varying political affiliations and personalities, these completely unique individuals and they come together in a bit of a social experiment mixed with Fight Club. We made the pilot and it came out beautifully. It will be out soon, and I’m hoping it gets picked up. I’d love to do more.
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OMEDIAN MARGARET CHO is at Helium this weekend, here for two nights only with her new show Mother. We caught up with her to find out more about the show and the eight million other things she’s working on these days. TEMPLE LENTZ MERCURY: What should we expect from Mother? MARGARET CHO: It’s really just a bunch of new jokes. It’s super dirty and filthy and raunchy, so I thought it’d be funny to have a show like that that’s called Mother. But at the same time, you do have to have sex to be a mother…. And even though I’m not a mother, I think it would be kind of cool to be, like, a mother to the world. When you get to your 40s, it’s an assumption that you have kids, or people assume
You were recently nominated for an Emmy for your portrayal of Kim Jong-il on 30 Rock. What were your first words when Tina Fey offered you that role? My first words… I was so excited, it was something like, “Absolutely, I have to do that!” It was tough because I was working on [Drop Dead Diva] at the same time in Atlanta, and had to balance the two. I loved that I got to play a man, and do something totally different from anything I’d ever done… but also very familiar. It seems like you’ve built your career on taking challenging roles, or doing things that otherwise break the mold. You’ve done so much to help show people—not just fellow performers, but fans as well— that it’s possible to be successful outside the mainstream. It seems like that could be exhausting. Thank you. You know, I really don’t think about it. I take jobs when I can take them, I do as many jobs as I can, and I do my best. It’s a joyful way to live. My work is all about seeing my friends and working with my friends. It’s the life that I’ve chosen and I love it. It always feels fun, doesn’t feel hard. It can be tiring, but challenging and rewarding. I do love stand-up the most. It has the most excitement. I love going on the road and touring and doing comedy. It doesn’t require me going to get a job—I already have that job and it’ll take me all over the world. I really adore that.
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ROM OEDIPUS REX to Death of a Salesman, theatergoers have spent thousands of years watching families self-destruct. The family
in question serves as a miniature version of a broken society, and neither one is going to survive the evening. That Hopey Changey Thing doesn’t totally depart from the setup, although it has formal ambitions. It’s the first in a slated four-year, four-play series from playwright Richard Nelson, following the progressive Apple family from an upstate New York dinner party on election night, 2010, and revisiting them yearly. Third Rail Repertory has committed to producing the cycle over its next four seasons; a considerable gesture of faith from a small, discerning company. Let’s hope the bet pays off, because That Hopey Changey Thing feels less like a complete play than a promising first act. Perhaps the biggest departure from the theatrical norm is that the Apples—four grown siblings and their declining uncle—genuinely love each other. Some familial tensions are on display as dinner begins, and old wounds are probed (or gleefully jabbed), but there’s no metaphoric gun waiting on the mantelpiece, and no prophecy more dire than a Republican takeover in Albany. If not at war among themselves, the Apples
are varyingly heartsick over the state of the nation. Their intra-liberal conversation, although backdated to 2010, is being replicated in many Portland dining rooms this fall. This could feel like attending a dinner party where you don’t get to eat and characters occasionally suffer lapses into Playwright Syndrome, serving up thematic observations about national character and collective memory. Happily, director Slayden Scott Yarbrough and his cast keep the Apples bright and alive. Jacklyn Maddux is particularly sharp: you may feel concerned that Third Rail has tricked a non-actor into coming on stage, so eerily unaffected is her portrayal of the family’s elected peacekeeper. Every actor here is given something to work with, although only Bruce Burkhartsmeier’s substitute patriarch gets to describe a full arc. We’re left to hope that Nelson has plans for the Apples that don’t rely exclusively on the news cycle. This production ensures that we care about them, but That Hopey Changey Thing will make the leap from intriguing to impactful if, in four years, audiences look back and recognize the journey of the family—not just the nation they live in. DYLAN MECONIS
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in Texas. And who should be there? Only the asshole chick who stole her husband—“eyeing Chintana’s entrance with shearing scrutiny, more redeyed than a coyote sniffing a saltblock in drought, banglerattle arm twisting rattler mean into her side.” And to add to the dark and stormy evening, Chintana inadvertently finds herself in change of a herd of five orphans who are crishcrashing around the joint, eager to hear the ghost story told by a mysterious storyteller who shows up with a huge black box. His story is dark, filled with vengeance and death, a ronin’s journey to find the perfect weapon, which can only be assumed to lurk in the cruel narrow box before him. Back to Sword’s trimmings—the book has colored quotation marks throughout to signify which orphan is recounting the story. Ignore. It didn’t add anything to Danielewski’s well-paced book to figure out which ragamuffin was saying what. Just let the campfire tale build and build. Plus Danielewski loves to play with language—this would be a great work to see performed live—with his mashed-up words and little “Jabberwocky” games, but unlike Carroll’s portmantone poem, The Fifty Year Sword is loaded with plot, and plenty of other extras. It’s a pretty delightful rabbit hole to fall down. COURTNEY FERGUSON
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HE FIFTY YEAR SWORD is an odd duck. It’s a ghost story. It’s a narrative poem. It’s a word game. It’s needlework art. It’s experimental. And it’s also pretty cool. Mark Z. Danielewski, who wrote the novel House of Leaves, has created a successful work out of loose odds and ends bound together in a rich tapestry. But again, it’s pretty peculiar. The best term I can think to describe the 284page novella is “topographical.” Prose runs on the left pages like a narrative poem, while most of the right pages are glaringly blank—as white as ghosts that lurk in the subtext. The story is indented and line breaks are frequent. Sometimes only a phrase shows up on a page. So it looks like the micro-fiction that arty girl wrote in freshman writing class. But Danielewski is a master of pacing, and this otherwise eye-rolling format complements the story’s twists and turns. What sets The Fifty Year Sword apart are the accompanying illustrations—stitched throughout are colorful, embroidered needlework pictures that are evocative, at times delicate and violent, detailed and abstract, and used to striking effect in a vivid denouement. Plotwise, newly divorced seamstress Chintana is invited to a strange Halloween gathering
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READINGS THURSDAY 10/11
IN OTHER WORDS 19TH BIRTHDAY PARTY Featuring a performance by Toni Hill, raffle baskets, and feminists bearing fabulous foodstuffs. In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, 232-6003, 6:30 pm, $25
CHRIS CLEAVE Gold is the story of two 19-year-old women who share a dream of making the Olympics, only to find themselves competing against each other in the 2012 Olympics at age 32. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 228-4651, 7 pm
JACOB NEEDLEMAN An Unknown World attempts to cut a path through the many debates over the existence of God, offering a new approach to the question of understanding a higher power. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 2284651, 7:30 pm
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A reading from the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, an alternative fairy tale telling the story of four princes and their adventures with bandits, trolls, dragons, and witches. Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta, 954-2354, 2 pm
I’V E GOT SOM E LOVI N’ TO DO: THE DIARIES OF A ROARING TWENTIES TEEN As a teenager in Portland in the 1920s and ‘30s, Doris Louise Bailey kept a journal; now her great-niece is releasing the volumes, which offer a unique peek at Portland’s past. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd, 249-7474, 7 pm, free
SANDRA CISNEROS Have You Seen Marie? is a fable for grown-ups about a woman’s search for a cat that goes missing shortly after her mother’s death. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm
WOMEN READING THEIR MINDS The latest edition of Unchaste Readers, featuring performances from Shannon Barber, Anna March, George Marie, Carrie Seitzinger, Evelyn Sharenov, and Alexis Smith. Jack London Bar at the Rialto, 529 SW 4th, 227-5327, 7:30 pm
MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY 40TH BIRTHDAY BASH Featuring Portland authors Matthew Dickman, Monica Drake, Karen Karbo, and Pauls Toutonghi. Includes a screening of Turning the Pages: Friends of the Multnomah County Library. There will be cake. Eliot Center, 1226 SW Salmon, 228-6389, 6 pm
SCAM A party for the latest issue of long-running punk zine Scam, with editor Erick Lyle, featuring Black Flag karaoke with live accompaniment by Defect Defect. Mississippi Records, N Sumner & Albina, 282-2990, 7 pm, free
THEATER THE HOMECOMING Harold Pinter’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece about a son bringing his wife home to meet the family in 1965. Things do not go well. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960. Starts Oct. 12, runs Thurs-Sun 8 pm, through Nov 17, $15-20
OTHELLO Northwest Classical Theatre presents their adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of corruption, deceit, and jealousy, all emanating from probably the Bard’s single greatest villain, Iago. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 971-244-3740, opens Oct. 12, runs Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 4, $18-20
THE BLACK LIZARD The return of Imago’s English-language production of Yukio Mishima’s grotesque erotic mystery centered on Black Lizard, a murderous jewel thief, and the Sherlock Holmes of Japan, who is tasked to stop her. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th, 231-9581, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 4, $15-30
THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN Playwright Dan O’Brien’s story of befriending war reporter Paul Watson, and the roles each takes in helping the other handle the responsibilities, and damages, of bearing witness. Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 445-3700, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Nov 11, $20-39
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SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Sweeney Todd is a musical about a man who kills people, and makes them into pies. It should be pretty damn ridiculous, right? But Portland Center Stage’s new production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street− the first time Portland Center Stage has ever tackled a Sondheim musical−is oddly subdued, and over-earnest references to the “political debates we are waging in this country today” are misplaced. AH Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 445-3700, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm and Thurs noon, through Oct 21
DANCE BODY BEAUTIFUL Portland Art Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater present a performance exploring the human form through exquisite objects from the British Museum’s Greek and Roman collection. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 248-4335, Sat Oct 13, 7:30 pm, Sun Oct 14, 2 pm, Fri Oct 19, 7:30 pm and Sat Oct 20, 7:30 pm
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY White Bird Uncaged presents the return of the Trisha Brown Dance company after a 10-year hiatus, featuring new works based on sculpture and calligraphy. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335, Thurs Oct 11-Sat Oct 13, 8 pm, $30
COMEDY JAMES ADOMIAN Back in Portland for the first time since owning the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the funniest person to ever appear on Comedy Bang Bang brings his blend of standup, mimicry, and free-associative insanity to the Helium stage. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 888-6438669, Sun Oct 14, 8 pm, $10-15
DOWN TO FUNNY Featuring performances from headliner Anthony Lopez, Katie Brien, the Razz Brothers, Tim Hammer, and Andie Main. Hosted by Christian Ricketts. East Burn, 1800 E Burnside, 236-2876, Mon Oct 15, 9 pm, free
VISUAL ART SOFTCORE APPAREL An installation by artist Brittany Powell, transforming the walls of the Vestibule into life-size American Apparel advertisements, commenting on feminism and the use of sex in ads. The Vestibule, 8371 N Interstate, 984-3189, through Oct 28
CINDY SHERMAN A series of large-scale prints and a 24-foot-long wall mural by photographer Cindy Sherman, exploring the role of women in today’s society. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 226-2811, through Dec 30
DIRTY PICTURES A group show by PDXCross, featuring photos of cyclocross racing in Oregon, with pieces by Mike Davis, Rob Finch, Jamie Francis, Torsten Kjellsrand, Tim LaBarge, and Pamela Royal. i witness gallery, 1028 SE Water, Ste. 50, 384-2783, through Oct 27
EACH REFLECTION OF MYSELF ECHOES A DIFFERENT EMOTION AT ME An exhibit of ceramic works by Josiane Keller, highlighting the reality of homeless youth in Portland, and 20 heroes living in, and working through that reality. p:ear, 338 NW 6th, 228-6677, through Oct 26
PROPHET An exhibition of original artwork from the latest issue of Prophet, a sci-fi comic series written by Brandon Graham, featuring artwork by artists including Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Farel Dalrymple, and Brandon Graham himself. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch, 241-0227. Through Oct 31.
PUT A BIRD IN IT A group show organized by We Make, featuring nearly 100 one-of-a-kind birdhouses created by local, national, and international artists, makers, designers, and agencies. Proceeds benefit All Hands Raised and the First Octave grant program. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, Fri Oct 12, 7:30 pm
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IT HAPPENED about five minutes into dishes, as well as the order of the types our pre-seating cocktail at Ración, when of dishes? Are there basic principles for we were trying the bar snacks that were keeping guests piqued? the preamble to the night’s new-Spanish You start altering textures and temperature, nine-course dinner. The thing that trig- strength and subtlety of flavors, the size of gered it was something remarkably de- a dish or how it “eats.” And, it is up to us to licious and labor intensive for a simple word the menu in a vague enough way that skewered snack: a cool house-made rabbit when you receive the dish, it is a complete pâté spread with caper berry relish, rolled surprise all over again. [Course progression] is all about how inside a mustardy crêpe, and cut like sushi. I tasted meals in Spain. At high-end spots More thought had gone into that one little like Gresca, Kokotxa, Moo in Barcelona, bite—its appetite-sparking, rich, salty ABaC… they all had this basic template of flavor, its timing during the first relaxing snacks, then crunchy thing, then soup, wash of the drink, its complemenRación followed by cold fish, salad, hot fish, tary nature—than entire meals I’ve 1205 SW starch, hot game, veg, hot meat, fruit had lately. I realized upon eating it Washington dessert, then chocolate dessert. I love that the chef had crafted a “surren- racionpdx.com that progression, and that is absolutely der moment”—that he had earned what I try to emulate at Ración. my trust before I’d even sat down. Moving a guest through a fun and interThere were many other orchestrations of esting menu only makes our job easier in surprise and satisfaction that night. At the the end. They begin to submit to the kitchtable, a starter of bacalao (dried, salted cod) en. They trust us. “chicharron” with salmon-bone pil pil sauce reinforced my allegiance: I dread strong bacalao, but here the chef had isolated the Many techniques seen as avant-garde sweet spot in the flavor spectrum of cod and are actually old methods, and furtherturned it into a light, highly relieving and more, largely invisible once the food is familiar snack of fish ’n’ chips. Warm, com- plated. Why should the diner even know forting cauliflower soup told my reptile brain how the food was cooked? that autumn had started, in a way that the Ah, this question has just one answer, but chilly air apparently hadn’t. A cured, seared two facets. The first: I think that technique is primary sous vide pork cheek pulled apart to reveal to the quality of the ingredients in the dish. a deep red, pastrami-spiced interior. Fried, Notice I didn’t say food, because you can candied grape stems adorned an agar-agarmake anything, even shitty-quality product, thickened chèvre cheesecake roll. much better by cooking it the best that you These clever victories and more inspired can. I love applying new techniques that peoseveral questions about how dining works at ple are not familiar with to a classic dish. It its most strategically designed level. Ración makes eating fun. Making a broccoli-cheddar chef Anthony Cafiero’s answers follow. dish that looks nothing like the soup that we MERCURY: How do you establish the all know and love is a part of modern, new critical feelings of comfort and trust in Spanish cooking. The second part has to do with what resa new guest? taurants have been doing for a long time. ANTHONY CAFIERO: The first impression, We cook dinner. You come to restaurants or the welcoming stage of the guest’s exwhen you either don’t want to cook dinner perience, must be personalized, at the very at home or you want to experience someleast. The host must know their name, and thing that you can’t cook. This second part head them directly to their chairs, or rememis what I’m banking on. [Guests] might ber where they like to sit and bring them to know how to make awesome stock or roast their spot. I love the feeling of knowing my a chicken, but do they know how to make an server or my chef. There may even be a preagar gel? Or a versa whip foam? Or how to civilization thing there about trust in your butcher a lamb leg, brine it, sous vide it, and food when it comes from someone else. I then pair it with peas and mint? That’s why think this phase of a guest’s experience at a Ración is fun. You can see what the hell is restaurant is one of the most important and going on in a modern kitchen. at the same time, at least in Portland, it’s one of the most overlooked. Visit racionpdx.com for the next series of pop-ups and news of the restaurant’s Is there a logic to the pacing of your opening, projected for late fall. menus, both in the timing between
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Best Hostage Crisis Ever! Argo Rocks, and Affleck Does Too by Elinor Jones
BEFORE READING this review, please Politics! Science fiction! Movies!), as the people around me were probably like, take a moment to forget the Ben Affleck well as normals who just want to watch “Aw, this poor girl knows nothing about of the early 2000s and prepare yourself something entertaining. While Affleck history.” Whatever, guys, I was just a little already repented for Daredevil overcome by the badassery. for a world where Ben Affleck is Argo Ben-Affleck-as-actor and Ben-Affleckthrough ace directing in Gone indisputably badass. Okay, you dir. Ben Affleck Baby Gone and The Town, as-director are likely going to be giving ready? Let’s go. Opens Fri Oct 12 Argo locks down his status as some Damon-less acceptance speeches If you snoozed through the Various Theaters a great fi lmmaker: It’s always come Oscar season, and they’ll totally Iranian hostage crisis by not being born yet, a refresher: The US and crazy impressive when people can make deserve them. Also in the running for big some other imperialists have historically tense, dramatic movies out of historical awards is none other than Bryan fucking been major assholes to Iran, so in 1979, events where the audience, you know, Cranston, who I know became a boss the Iranian people were like, “Actually, knows the ending. Argo nails it, and then through Breaking Bad, but demonstrates no!” and they rose up and stormed the US some. I had to cover my eyes at parts; here that he doesn’t need to be a scary embassy, where some 60 Americans were frantically trying to shred stuff and not be murdered. Six Americans escaped through a back door. (Nice embassystorming, amateurs!) While the world was focused on what was happening to the dozens of hostages inside the embassy, those six were stuck at the Canadian ambassador’s house—with no way to get out. Enter: Ben Affleck as a CIA hostage wrangler with an insane plan to create a fake sci-fi movie called Argo, call the six escaped hostages a film crew, and then GTFO. And you guys: This actually happened. I did a crappy job at explaining all of that, but Argo does not; Affleck’s direction delivers a brilliantly simple telling of a complicated story. Detailed without ever feeling dense, the fi lm should satisfy nearly all classes of nerds (history! ARGO Another late night reading erotic Good Will Hunting fanfic.
Seven Psychopaths Might Have Issues. It’s Great! by Erik Henriksen
Before his fi rst feature-length fi lm, 2008’s In Bruges, McDonagh was already one of the best playwrights alive, and his roots still show: Even given a bigger canvas, most of McDonagh’s scenes, and certainly his best ones, center on people standing still and talking. That might be a problem if McDonagh’s dialogue wasn’t so whiplash fast, or if his characters were any less charming and/or terrifying. But all of McDonagh’s strengths are on display in Seven Psychopaths, and it’s gorgeous to look at, thanks to cinematographer Ben Davis, and it clips along with ease, thanks to McDonagh and editor Lisa Gunning. It isn’t a movie for everybody, but it’s well aware of that fact, and it’s still a hell of a good time. Even if its most notable female character happens to be a Shih Tzu.
AS AN ENTITLED white guy, the director Martin McDonagh isn’t that conBechdel Test is a fairly effective way for cerned about it, at least not here: Here, he me to see exactly how myopic the media just wants to tell an increasingly feverish story about Marty. And Billy. I consume is. So much of evSeven Psychopaths And a charming, doddering erything fails the test, which dir. Martin McDonagh dog thief (charming, dodderis weird, because its three Opens Fri Oct 12 ing Christopher Walken), and requirements shouldn’t be Various Theaters an Amish sociopath (Harry hard: that a fi lm have at least two women characters, that they talk Dean Stanton), and an exceedingly trouto each other, and that they talk to each bled man with a bunny (Tom Waits), and other about something other than a man. a trigger-happy crime boss (Woody Harrelson). Things get a bit meta, and they And yet. But while the Bechdel Test is depress- get impressively bloody, and there might ingly useful in terms of seeing how most be one or two women in it? Briefly? There fi lms deal with gender (and, uh, reality) is defi nitely a dog in it. it’s less reliable as an indicator of quality. Sometimes, really great stuff fails the Bechdel Test. Which—segue!—brings us to Seven Psychopaths, a fi lm that gleefully, phenomenally fails the Bechdel Test. And I loved the hell out of it. That might say something about me. It’s not that the dark, hilarious Seven Psychopaths is unaware of its workings: At one point, the probably insane Billy (Sam Rockwell, awesome) happily points out to his alcoholic screenwriter pal Marty (Colin Farrell) how ill treated women are in fi lm—they’re treated worse, Billy notes, than dogs. Billy’s observation includes Seven Psychopaths, but writer/ SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS “How do you guys even get your hair to do that?” Comment on these stories at portlandmercury.com
meth cook to be one of the most baller actors working today. The third most awesome dude in this movie is a tie between everybody else involved. Let us all shake the dust off of our ’90sera Ben Affleck Fan Club membership cards and get back on board. Gigli is long gone. Argo is here. Affleck, unquestionably, rules.
TWENTY YEARS LATER El Mariachi and Reservoir Dogs dirs. Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino Open Fri Oct 12 Hollywood Theater THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL started in 1978, under the somewhat less catchy, definitely less Robert Redford-y name the Utah/US Film Festival. It’s since turned into an annual ski vacation for Hollywood. But between then and now, it managed to give American cinema a swift kick in the ass. The most exciting time for Sundance was in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when films like Paul Thomas Anderson’s short Cigarettes & Coffee (1993) and Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) first made their marks. Into the ’90s, everyone from Kevin Smith (Clerks, 1994) to Darren Aronofsky (Pi, 1998) to Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project, 1999) showed that independent film could reach a far larger audience. But as I’ll shout to anyone who’ll listen, the big year was 1992, thanks to two of Sundance’s selections: Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Twenty years later, it’s tempting to use those two films as measuring sticks for how far independent cinema has come (and how far it hasn’t), just as it’s tempting to compare the 29-year-old who made Reservoir Dogs to the Tarantino of Inglorious Basterds, or the 23-year-old who made El Mariachi for $7,000 to the Rodriguez of Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. It’s easy to remember how Reservoir Dogs spawned a tsunami of Tarantino wannabes, and how Rodriguez’s pioneering use of digital filmmaking tech accelerated its mainstream acceptance, or to pontificate about the duo’s collaborations: Sin City, Grindhouse, From Dusk Till Dawn. I’ll leave that to the real fi lm writers, and instead reiterate the obvious: It’s not that Reservoir Dogs (vicious, funny, bloody) and El Mariachi (clever, charming, exhilarating) became as infl uential as they did, nor that they now serve as totems of indie cinema’s explosion in the ’90s. It’s that—even now—these two low-budget, high-energy fl icks are as fun and cool and exciting as they were back when a couple of twenty-something kids showed up with them at Sundance. In celebration of their 20th anniversaries, the Hollywood Theatre is showing 35mm prints of both of them. Go. Have fun. ERIK HENRIKSEN
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Kevin James Takes a Beating, Keeps on Teaching by Alex Falcone
THE OTHER DAY, I was thinking, ending for you, because that would ruin the “What would a two-hour feel-good com- fun of knowing exactly what’s going to hapmercial for UFC look like?” Okay, that pen as soon as the movie starts. Mr. Brawlin’s Opus is lightly funny, wasn’t the other day, that was never, but making it an acceptable movthe universe answered me Mr. Brawlin’s Opus iegoing experience for people anyway in the form of Here dir. Frank Coraci with back injuries and womComes the Boom, which will Opens Fri Oct 12 en who are pregnant or may hereafter be referred to by Various Theaters become pregnant. Despite the vastly superior title Mr. featuring several very funny comediBrawlin’s Opus. Kevin James stars as a burned-out ans (and Joe Rogan), it still leans pretty high school teacher (literally too cool for heavily on gay jokes and men throwing school!), who takes up cage fighting to up on other men’s faces. But what it lacks save the band program (literally some- in humor, it makes up in heart: In addithing worth fighting for!). This might not tion to being surprisingly pro-band, the seem like the most obvious fundraising movie also features inspiring dialogue: path, but James’ thought process is pretty “You gotta go after your dreams.” “You convincing: “I need to raise money. Oh think?” “Yeah.” If you’re one of the dozens of Amerilook, UFC is on television. I’ll try that.” So James works his way up the ladder of cans in the center of the Venn diagram what appears to be cage-fighting open mics, for “People Who Love High School Band” while simultaneously wooing the school and “People Who Own a Tapout T-Shirt,” nurse, played by Salma Hayek (who’s so you’re sure to love Mr. Brawlin’s Opus. If charming and attractive that you can see not, maybe wait for the sequel, in which why the producers decided this movie only Kevin James will take a job as a sniper to needed one woman). And I won’t spoil the help fund the school’s chess club.
MR. BRAWLIN’S OPUS The King of Queens? More like King of the Ring, motherfuckers.
Reel Big Fest
A Whole Lotta Music Documentaries by Ned Lannamann
THIRTY YEARS IN, Northwest Film by the mammoth undertaking itself. And Center’s annual Reel Music fi lm festival Stephen Fry’s avuncular Wagner and Me continues its methodology of “more is (Oct 27) attempts to reconcile the beauty of Wagner’s music with the more,” cramming two-plus Reel Music composer’s antisemitism weeks with more music dirs. Various and Nazi descendants. documentaries than a perFri Oct 12-Sat Oct 27 The festival opens with son can realistically see. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell the Portland premieres There are fi lms of every Auditorium, Mission Theater of two noteworthy films. stripe and musical genre— from hiphop to jazz to classical—and if the AKA Doc Pomus (Oct 12) examines the fest feels oversaturated, some things are life story of Pomus (born Jerome Felder), a Brooklyn Jew crippled by childhood polio worth singling out. The big-ticket item is guitarist Marc who transformed himself into a blues singRibot’s live accompaniment to Charlie er before becoming one of Tin Pan Alley’s Chaplin’s 1921 silent classic The Kid (Oct biggest songwriters. And Ice-T’s directo22). The sentimental fi lm stands on its rial debut, Something from Nothing: The own, but can only benefit from the frame- Art of Rap (Oct 12), is invigoratingly good: work of a Ribot concert. Outlaw coun- Ice-T himself is fairly ridiculous, but he try singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver mostly gets out of the way, allowing an alalso performs a couple of days after the most comprehensive cross-section of great screening of his bio-doc The Portrait of rappers from hiphop to discuss technique and perform directly for the camera. It’s Billy Joe (Oct 14). Two worthwhile films on Richard Wag- a reminder of rap’s vitality and artistry, ner bookend the festival. Wagner’s Dream particularly during its initial, underground (Oct 14) documents the Metropolitan Op- heyday—and a reminder that its power has era’s recent staging of the four-part “Ring” been dulled by its subsequent transformacycle of operas, becoming nearly crushed tion into mainstream pop. 44 Portland Mercury October 11, 2012
Succinct Reviews for the Discerning Cinephile Wuthering Heights dir. Andrea Arnold Opens Fri Oct 12 Cinema 21
THE BONY FINGERS of a wind-stripped tree branch claw at the window while a handsome young man repeatedly runs his bloody head into a wall, sobbing. This is how Andrea Arnold’s stripped-down, minimally spoken Wuthering Heights begins, and it doesn’t get much easier to watch. Like most adaptations, Arnold’s retelling of Emily Brontë’s much-dissected 1847 novel addresses its earlier half, specifically the doomed, complicated relationship between Heathcliff (played by Solomon Glave and James Howson), a homeless boy taken in by the Earnshaw family in their rustic home on the merciless moors of Northern England,
are in How to Survive a Plague, the extremely well-crafted documentary of AIDS activism group ACT UP. It should be required viewing for youngsters like me. Director David France does his complicated subject justice, piecing together the fi lm from loads of priceless archival footage and powerful interviews with aging activists lucky enough to survive the epidemic that killed millions of people before groups like ACT UP forced our government to take the “gay men’s disease” seriously. The footage captures the hopelessness and life-and-death fury of activists at a time when politicians turned a blind eye to HIV, and it’s an inspiring message for jaded Americans today: Protest can actually lead to major change. SARAH MIRK
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and their daughter Catherine (Shannon Beer and Kaya Scodelario). Whereas Heathcliff’s origins are ambiguous in the novel, Arnold simplifies his alienation from the other characters by choosing to portray him as black, the “nword” being an occasional angle taken by hateful stepbrother Hindley (Lee Shaw) in his persecution of him. By doing so Arnold eliminates some of the societal debate that typically attends this story, throwing off the trappings of costume drama in favor of a visceral world where mud, blood, wind, wild bird feathers, and animal suffering intertwine with human drama. Moody and strangely claustrophobic despite its open air, Arnold has managed to take one of literature’s darker footnotes and plunge it further into willful misery. It’s beautiful, uncomfortable, and particularly in its depiction of childhood, loaded with complexity. MARJORIE SKINNER
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I WAS BORN at the peak of the AIDS crisis. I’m too young to remember Senator Jesse Helms denouncing sodomy on the floor of the Capitol, or the mayor of New York calling AIDS activists fascists, or Greenwich Village artist Ray Navarro crashing an Catholic anti-condom pronouncement dressed like Jesus and proclaiming, “Make your second coming a safe one!” All those scenes
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OTHER THAN ITS strategic appeal to specific community associations, the grouping of a film festival based on region of origin makes for a puzzling viewing experience. This year’s Portland Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF) follows suit with a wide variety of films. There’s the paperbackstyle romantic drama of Mexico’s Hidalgo, starring Weeds’ Esteban (Demián Bichir); Spain’s animation for adults, Chico & Rita; the Ecuadorian drug-crime romp of Pescador; and more. As is reflective of Latin culture, music is a connective thread through some of the best submissions in the festival. Tijuana’s Nortec Sounds is a modest, hour-long look at the development of Tijuana’s Nortec scene, a vibrant fusion of electronic and traditional Mexican sounds that succinctly summarizes the cultural influences—like the rise of narco gangs, and the perpetuation of the city’s “myth” as being the place to cross into the United States—that have influenced the city’s musical evolution. Highly recommended is Violeta Went to Heaven, a music biopic about Chilean folk singer Violeta Parra, who in addition to preserving and propagating traditional music was a passionate and prolific songwriter and visual artist whose life’s arc (from dirt-poor beginnings to international fame to tragic end) is as compelling as her music is powerful. MARJORIE SKINNER October 11, 2012 Portland Mercury 45
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★ ARGO See review this issue. Various Theaters.
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★ BILL W. Bill W.—no last name needed—is familiar to any kid dragged to a church basement on a Friday night and told to quietly PORTLAND_DCD_1011 eat butter cookies while grownups take turns talking about how their obsession with alcohol repeatedly, unceasingly, keeps ruining their lives. Bill’s the long-dead co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and he’s revered as something close to a personal, tangible messiah among the hard cases who cling for dear life to his books, his “higher power” PORTLAND mantra, and his now-ubiquitous 12-step program. At a Living Room Theatres time when alcoholism either led to jail or the asylum, Bill (971) 222-2010 W. offered a way out. But the singular—and perhaps most powerful—message that oozes from Bill W., an occasionPORTLANDally slow-moving documentary probing Wilson’s life, is a Living Room Theatres (971) 222-2010 simple, inescapable fact about the man: He was just another alcoholic. DENIS THERIAULT Cinema 21.
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★ FRANKENSTEIN You probably feel like you’ve seen the 1931 horror classic, even if you haven’t. But this is still the greatest filmed interpretation of Mary Shelley’s novel, transformed into a gothic melodrama anchored by Boris Karloff, who finds the perfect balance of tender and terrifying as the mad scientist’s stitched-together creature. It’s more sad than scary these days, but Frankenstein remains undeniably powerful. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre.
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“Pulpy, sweaty, outrageously entertaining... not like anything I’ve ever seen.” THE ATLANTIC
FRANKIE GO BOOM Frankie’s recovering drug addict brother goes to extraordinary lengths to humiliate him in the dark comedy Frankie Go Boom. For as long as they’ve been brothers, Bruce (Chris O’Dowd) has made home movies of Frankie’s (Charlie Hunnam) mortifications. When drunken pixie dream girl Lassie (Lizzy Caplan! In a bikini and rainboots!) crashes into Frankie’s life and Bruce makes an embarrassing video of their burgeoning crush, the brotherly love gets even thinner. It’s fair to say that a butt-ton of hijinks ensue, and if you can ignore its cringeworthy ending, Frankie Go Boom is a pretty decent comedy with a likeable cast. COURTNEY FERGUSON Hollywood Theatre.
★ THE GREAT SILENCE A mute Jean-Louis Trintignant faces off against psychotic bounty killer Klaus Kinski in Sergio Corbucci’s 1968 spaghetti western. Shot in wintertime snow with plenty of bloodshed, The Great Silence is a bleak, great movie, highlighted by an Ennio Morricone score and a memorably tragic ending. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre. ★ HECKLEVISION: PRESIDENTIAL
The debates, with your texts popping up onscreen! This will surely be a very respectful exchange of nuanced ideas. Hollywood Theatre.
★ HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE See review this issue. Living Room Theaters. ★ LOOPER Looper is “just” an action movie the same way Brick was “just” a noir, or The Brothers Bloom was “just” a heist flick: All three were written and directed by Rian Johnson, and with each, Johnson appropriates the skeleton of a genre, then fleshes it out in astonishingly clever ways. All you need to know to enjoy Looper is that actions have consequences—and Looper is an action movie. ERIK HENRIKSEN Various Theaters.
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NIGHT OF THE CREEPS Hey, just like a moonlit stroll in Waterfront Park! Laurelhurst Theater.
Director Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious is an unholy mess—a lurid, sticky tale of murder and sex set in the Florida swamp. Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, and John Cusack try vainly to acquit themselves, but Daniels isn’t focused so much on plot or character as in icking out the audience. (Kidman and Cusack send each other to mutual orgasm without touching; Kidman pees on Efron; Cusack rapes Kidman as Daniels intercuts footage of wild animals.) An entertaining piece of trash could have been whittled out of this nonsense, but Daniels opts for something pretentious and incoherent. NED LANNAMANN Fox Tower 10.
★ THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER After I read—and completely fell in love with—The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I dreaded seeing the movie. I didn’t think I could stomach any changes to such a sweet, sad, and triumphant story. But guess what? This movie totally worked! I still can’t believe it. The cathartic Perks captures the sometimes-awesome/always-awkward pains and victories of American teenagerdom in a way that few movies do. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters. ★ PITCH PERFECT Bridesmaids’ female-driven raunch trickles down to college in Pitch Perfect, a deeply derivative yet totally enjoyable teen movie about a college a capella group. Essentially Glee with swearing and vagina jokes, this movie has about a billion problems, and I don’t care about any of them because SONG BATTLES. Bonus: Anna Kendrick is utterly adorable as an angsty wannabe record producer, and Elizabeth Banks is great as a cheerfully bitter contest announcer. ALISON HALLETT Various Theaters.
PORTLAND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL See Film, this issue. Hollywood Theatre.
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 Laurelhurst Theater, Valley Theater, Vancouver Plaza 10.
See Film, this issue. Mission Theater, Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.
★ RESERVOIR DOGS See I’m Going Out, pg. 43. Hollywood Theatre. ★ SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS See review this issue. Various Theaters.
SINISTER A horror flick that wasn’t screened in time for press. See portlandmercury.com for our review. Various Theaters.
★ WUTHERING HEIGHTS See review this issue. Cinema 21.
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Choice Words by Dan Savage I recently discovered that my boyfriend of seven months and I have opposing viewpoints on the whole “life begins at conception” issue. He’s not a crazy zealot, but he is strongly against abortion. And while he won’t go so far as to say abortion should be banned, he does believe in the whole “personhood” concept, i.e., that a fetus—from the moment of conception—is a person with the same rights as any other person. This shocked me, and I almost broke up with him. He says that disagreeing on issues is fine in a relationship, but I am not so sure. I find his position abhorrent, one that ignores hundreds of real-life factors, and it opens the door for a litany of laws regulating my body. He’s a sweet, loving guy and progressive in every other way. But I’m suddenly unsure about a relationship I viewed as totally solid just a few days ago. I’m not sure if this should be a deal breaker or if this is just a disagreement. Please advise. Love Is Finding Errors
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Your boyfriend won’t go so far as to say abortion should be banned… or maybe he saw the shocked look on your face and realized that going so far as to say abortion should be banned to you would be a big mistake. Here’s a good way to fi nd out if your boyfriend is serious about not wanting to impose his personal beliefs on others or whether he’s an anti-choice zealot: Tell him you’re pregnant. Some men blithely assume anti-choice positions because “personhood” and other anti-choice arguments appeal to them in the abstract and, hey, it’s not like their bodies or their futures are on the line, right? Most anti-choice-in-the-abstract men come to a very different conclusion about the importance of access to safe and legal abortion when an unplanned pregnancy impacts them directly. So tell your boyfriend you’re pregnant. You can present it as a thought experiment if you prefer, LIFE, but I think you should flat-out lie to him. Then, once the news sinks in, ask him if he’s ready to provide fi nancial support for a child and/or make regular, monthly child support payments directly to you. Ask him if he’s ready for the responsibilities (and the grind) of full- or even part-time parenting. Ask him if he knows you well enough—just seven short months into this relationship—to make the kind of lifetime commitment that scrambling your DNA together entails. Because even if you don’t get married, even if you don’t live together and raise this child together, you two will be stuck with each other for the rest of your lives if you have the baby. I’m guessing his answers will be “no, no, and no” and he’ll offer to drive you to the nearest abortion clinic himself. As for whether you should date someone who is anti-choice, well, women have to be in control of their own bodies—and when and whether they reproduce—in order to be truly equal. I don’t think I could date someone who didn’t see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices. So, yeah, this shit would be a deal breaker for me, LIFE, if I had a vagina. Actually, this issue is a deal breaker for me, even though I don’t have a vagina. I wouldn’t date a gay dude who was anti-choice. Any gay man who can’t see the connection between a woman’s right to have children when she chooses and his right to love and marry the person he chooses is an idiot. And I don’t date idiots. If your hypothetical pregnancy doesn’t shock your boyfriend out of his idiocy, LIFE, you’ll have to ask yourself if you can continue dating this idiot. And speaking of abortion… Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis released the results of a massive study—more than 9,000 women partici-
pated—on the effects of making birth control more widely available. And how did they make birth control more widely available? They gave it away for free. And it turns out that making birth control available to women at no cost, which is what the president is trying to do, reduced the teen birth rate by more than 80 percent (from 34.3 births per 1,000 teens on average to 6.3 births per 1,000 for teens enrolled in the study), and it reduced the number of abortions by 62–78 percent (from 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women on average to 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women enrolled in the study). A person can’t call himself pro-life and oppose access to birth control (or Obamacare!). If you do oppose access to birth control—or you oppose Obamacare because it expands access to birth control—you’re not really pro-life. You’re just anti-sex. I found porn on my kid’s computer and I talked to him about being careful about spyware, the difference between actual intimacy and objectifi cation, and that kind of thing. I don’t have a problem with a 15-year-old boy looking at porn—so long as he’s discreet and doesn’t do it to excess. But what my kid was looking at was standard stuff, i.e., garden variety M/F porn and a touch of M/M porn. But a friend found a stash of really kinky violenceagainst-women stuff on her kid’s computer. I’m thinking a parent can’t let that go as easily. She’s N O WT about to confront her kid. I don’t NE E JO think you can help her with what to say, since she’ll already have said something, but what would you have advised her to say? My Friend’s Kinky Son You meet two kinds of people at kink events and in kink spaces: people who’ve always known they were kinky—people who were jerking off to kinky fantasies and/or porn long before they were 15—and people who got into kink after falling in love with someone who was kinky. Your friend’s son sounds like one of the former. It’s important for your friend to bear in mind that her son, if he is indeed kinky, sought out kinky porn. Kinky porn didn’t make him kinky. And being shamed by his mother for his porn preferences—or his kinks—isn’t going to unmake his kinks. That said, MFKS, your friend should talk with her son about the difference between porn and real sex—kinky or vanilla—and the difference between erotic power exchange and violence. She should also talk to him about safety and misogyny, and she should encourage him to be thoughtful about his sexuality. And most importantly, MFKS, she should emphasize the importance of meaningful and informed CONSENT. Your friend’s son isn’t going to want to dialogue with his mom about his porn stash or his kinks, MFKS, so she should go in prepared to monologue at him. Finally, there’s a chance that your friend’s son isn’t kinky and was just looking for the most appalling shit he could fi nd on the internet. Mom should acknowledge that as a possibility, and her son, even if he is kinky, is likely to seize on that excuse. If he does claim that he was just looking for shocking video clips, she should say: “I believe you. But there’s a small chance that you’re saying that because you think it’s what I want to hear. So I’m going to say everything I wanted to say about safety, misogyny, and consent just in case. And all of it applies to vanilla sex, too.” Find the Savage Lovecast at thestranger.com/savage. firstname.lastname@example.org @fakedansavage on Twitter
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by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey GUYS! I HOPE you packed an extra pair of tighty-whiteys (I know I always do), because this week’s TV schedule is jampacked with shows designed to scare the poop into them! Which is pretty annoying actually. I mean, it’s fun to be scared— but if you’re like me and suffer from HTBD (Hair-Trigger Bowel Disorder), then a random startle can quickly turn into a VERY messy situation. Example! The other day I was in Costco marveling at a 37-pound can of boiled baby carrots, when some stupid dingaling accidentally dropped a 75-pound box of “dandy monocles” right behind me. Naturally I assumed it was the vengeful ghost of Osama bin Laden crashing a stolen B-2 Bomber fi lled with syphilis into the “gigantic bags of frozen chicken wings” aisle (because why wouldn’t he, right?), and a second later… PFFFTTBBTTHHFFF! My HTBD went off, and I’m standing there with a dookie ball the size of Jay Leno’s head in my pants. Which in Costco isn’t that unusual—but still! My underpants have better things to do with their time than to be assaulted in such an unseemly manner! I have roughly 30 other examples… but time is short. That’s why I’m warning all other sufferers of HTBD to look out for the bowel-exploding horror that will be squirting out of your TV this week. For instance… • The Walking Dead (season premiere, Sun Oct 14, 9 pm, AMC). After a season of boring us to tears on that STUPID farm, the zombie-killing survivors of The Walking Dead are back to doing what they do best: squashin’ some goddamn zombie skulls. RAH! The gang fi nds a new hideout—which, while crawling with the undead, at least isn’t as BORING as Old McDrunky’s Farm (E-IE-I-OH). You can also expect leader Rick to continue his slide into the moral abyss, while teaming up with a maniacal tyrant called “The Governor,” and a katanaswinging zombie ninja named Michonne who is followed around by… AHH! TWO
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This Week on Television THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 6:00 ALL NETS VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE It’s Joe “Uncle Crazy” Biden vs. Paul “I Kind of Lie… a LOT” Ryan. Place yer bets! 9:00 CW BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Debut! A homicide detective teams up with a “beast” who gains super strength when enraged. (Man, Disney AND the Hulk should sue.)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 9:00 NBC GRIMM Nick and Hank are called in to investigate a gruesome murder… but really, on this show, is there any other kind?
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 9:00 SYFY AMERICAN HORROR HOUSE—Movie (2012) Not to be confused with American Horror STORY, which would suit Syfy just fine, I bet. 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Tonight with musical guest Passion Pit and host Christina “Man… Kelly Bundy was HOT!” Applegate.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 9:00 ABC REVENGE Emily continues to be plagued by the enemies of her past, which means there’s nothing left but… REVENGE!!
9:00 AMC THE WALKING DEAD Season premiere! Rick finds a new hidey-hole for the gang—but there are a few zombie skulls that need squashin’ first!
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 8:00 CW ARROW Arrow takes on the evil China White… whose name makes me want a bump of cocaine for some reason. 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season premiere! Anybody up for a tour of an asylum for the criminally insane? Why yes! There ARE sexy nuns involved!
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A SHITTY DATE I left you at the movies in the middle of our first date and I thought you should know why: I shit my pants. I don’t know what I ate that did such a number on my digestive system, but I wasn’t going to let it keep me from spending time with you. I was convinced it was just gas, and held it in check as long as I could. When you got up to use the restroom I wasted no time venting the pressure cooker in my bowels. That’s when I realized to my horror that what I mistook for simple gas was a foul jet of blackest putrescence. I panicked. Grabbing my sweater, I tied it around my waist and walked briskly toward the exit, just as you were coming back in. I mumbled something about having to use the restroom as well, knowing full well I was lying. Yet another thing I regret. By the time I made it back to my place, you had texted me 10 times; initially with cute faux concerns when you believed I was still in the restroom, then sincere worry, and finally disappointment. I had no idea how to respond, so I did what I do best, which was nothing. Sorry.—Anonymous Submit your unsigned confessions and accusations of 300 words or less, changing the names of the innocent and guilty, to “I, Anonymous,” at email@example.com, or on the new I, Anonymous blog at portlandmercury.com. UNDERWORLD // KAZ
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