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BAG IT RE: plastic bags, Ireland, and you. DEAR EDITOR—I am a brand-new Portland transplant, originally from Arkansas, but fresh off the plane from eight years in Ireland, the first country in the world to place a nationwide levy on shopping bags. Portland drew me in with its music scene, creative atmosphere, and forward thinking. And we should continue our trailblazing with an expanded citywide plastic bag ban policy. I have witnessed this behavior change first-hand in Ireland. The Irish people, young and old, conservative and liberal, have made a conscious group decision to halt this mindless consumption. Portland should follow suit. Rose Doss SMUG AND INDIGNANT RE: “Sexism Tax” [Sexual Politics, Oct 11], in which Sarah Mirk bemoans the ongoing lack of equality in pay between the sexes.
CLEAN UP AND DRIVE RE: “Clash of the Cabbies” [News, Oct 11], regarding the disputed proposal to add more cab permits to the city’s existing limit. DEAR EDITOR—A cursory examination of the many cabs waiting on the downtown taxicab stands and in the taxicab queue at PDX reveals excess capacity in the Portland taxicab industry—certainly nothing to justify issuing 132 new taxicab permits. But few Portland residents request W, X, Y, and Z [cab companies]. According to my customers, it’s because the drivers of these four companies often: are discourteous, including complaining about short fares; lack knowledge of the city, and how to navigate her; lack sufficient Englishlanguage skills; conduct business in an unethical manner, e.g., taking customers on “the scenic route”; and take a hardnosed attitude to the business, which does not square with the tree-hugging, GrapeNuts-eating Portland ethos. Were W, X, Y, and Z to earn the trust of the citizenry then the number of cab permits extant would be adequate to serve the citizenry of Portland. Brian A. Cobb, Radio driver (eight years)
God, I hate how Ms. Mirk's smug indignant blogging is so smug and indignant it can nearly make me turn against an issue that I do actively believe to be an issue of concern. Seriously, using logical fallacies large enough to be recognized by grade schoolers to reach your conclusion of "Sexism Tax" isn't even worthy of a bumper sticker, let alone worth pulping up trees older then she is to print it on. posted by PDXCurmudgeon to hire one of the intelligent designers you just featured to come up with a BrangelinaWORST SAVAGE LOVE ADVICE EVER? style mishmash of Oregon medical marijuaRE: “Choice Words” [Savage Love,Oct 11], na and Jefferson Smith. The money they’d in which Dan advises a woman to falsely save consolidating their unbiased reporting claim she’s pregnant to smoke out her antiinto an article featuring only one side of both abortion zealot boyfriend. stories could stave off the financial hardship of reduced circulation. If they fold, who’s Dear Dan, that was quite possibly the worst going to blanket the homeless with pages advice ever dished out in Savage Love. Fake of Lake Oswego puff pieces? In other news, a pregnancy? Are you kidding me? If a girl I I’ve solved Portland’s gentrification issues: was seeing did that to me, it wouldn't matter Just give the privileged few glasses fitted what the outcome was. I'd go heading for the with the same lens filter the W Week uses hills assuming that she would end up being to shoot their fashion page—the one that rea person who bases a relationship on power moves ugly, poor, non-white folks from the trips and manipulation. How many times have picture. I’d vote for Jefferson Spliff! you mentioned COMMUNICATION in your Dan Bickerdyke series? Maybe you should type that onto your computer screen and reread it a thousand KEEP ON SMOKING, Dan, and light up times before writing such foolishness. Lie to a celebratory mayoral spliff: You win your partner about a pregnancy? In the words this week’s Mercury letter of the week, of Joe Biden, that is just a bunch of malarkey.... and two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theposted by Anonymous ater—but vote for Jefferson before you go, if you know what we mean. MEDIA WATCH: JEFFERSON SPLIFF COVER ART RE: “Tell Me Why This Matters” [Hall Monitor, Oct 4], in which News Editor Denis C. Theriault questions the relevance of a 20-year-old incident in mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith’s past.
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THE WEEK IN REVIEW by Ann Romano
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
Last week we dutifully reported that unrepentant douche/chucklehead Chris Brown broke up with longtime gal-pal Karrueche Tran AFTER he was caught canoodling in a bathroom with Rihanna—you know, the girl he nearly beat to death. Well, it’s a new week, and Chris has discovered yet another way to deepen his douch i ne s s . Ac cording to Radar Online, Chris has been calling and texting his exg i rlf r iend K a r r ueche , begg i ng for forgiveness and insisting that she’s the only woman for him. BLECHHHH! Luc k i ly CORNY Karrueche doesn’t want anything to do with the creepy cad. “She wants a break from all of this drama,” says a snoopy source, “and knows that Chris wants whatever he can’t have.” We know how you feel, Chris! We want you in prison… and we can’t have it. MEANWHILE… And just so you know, in preface to this next story, we don’t know anything about professional wrestling—because we’re an adult, and not a chubby 13-year-old that wears dental headgear to bed. Ahem… former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan announced on The Howard Stern Show that he did indeed bang Heather Clem (?), the wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge (??), on the now infamous leaked sex tape—and he had Bubba’s permission to do so. WOW and GROSS! (They sound like characters from a Nickelodeon cartoon!) Naturally, Ms. Clem is devastated. “Heather didn’t want her friends and family knowing that she had sex with Hulk Hogan—he’s very corny,” a source told Radar Online. “What’s worse is Hulk’s interruptions [during the act]—stopping Heather when she’s performing a sex act to check his cell phone and then admitting he felt like a pig because he ate too much… the video makes her look like a piece of meat.” As a reminder to all our readers… WE DO NOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP. (Next week on Nickelodeon, Bubba the Love Sponge Burns His Sheets.)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
As also reported in One Day last week, eardamaging rapper Nicki Minaj went off on her American Idol co-judge Mariah Carey, screaming, “I’m not fuckin’ putting up with her fucking highness [Mariah] over there.” For reasons unknown, someone decided to tell Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks about what happened, and the 64-year-old rocker offered some calm, measured advice. “If I had been Mariah,” Stevie said to The Daily, “I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.” Wait… um… what? “I would have killed her in front of AMERICAN HERO all those people and had to go to jail for it,” Stevie went on to say. Can someone PLEASE fire Randy Jackson, and get Stevie Nicks on American Idol? Like… yesterday?
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Again… just to reiterate… WE DO NOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP. Early this morning, One Day all-star Lindsay Lohan and her mother Dina Lohan got into an insane screaming battle in the back of a limo that ended with a 911 call to police. The pair had reportedly been partying all night, and were headed back to Dina’s mansion when the argument started—apparently over mom owing LiLo $40,000 to keep Dina’s home out of foreclosure. As the fight progressed, Linds called deadbeat dad Michael Lohan, screaming the following: “Dad! [Mom’s] on cocaine! She’s touching her neck and shit!” “She said disgusting things to me… I’m dead to her.” “This is what you do… you ruin people!” “She’s like the fucking devil right now!” (Lindsay also complained of her mom gashing her leg with a diamond bracelet… which sounds like a classic “fi rst world problem” to us.) At this point, papa Michael thought it best to call 911—even though at this point, the Lohans need a personal emergency line. He told police that Lindsay was being “kidnapped,” and the cops basically (and rightly) responded “bullshit”—but showed up at the mansion anyway along with a throng of reporters… AND the poor banker who was trying to foreclose on the house! He did the sane thing, and ran for his life. And the best, most awesome part of all? Lindsay’s publicist Steve Honig—who has been quickly r esp ond i ng a nd MOMMY’S GIRL staunchly defending every wrong move LiLo has made for nearly two years, had this to say about the incident: “No… comment.” Clap! Clap! Clap! (That’s us giving Honig the “1980s movie cafeteria slow clap” standing ovation. You’ve earned it, sir!)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
And now it’s time for your “Understatement of the Day!” As you undoubtedly know, creepy d-bag Ashton Kutcher is still legally married to his former longtime love Demi Moore—and yet is very hot ’n’ heavy with Esquire’s “sexiest woman alive,” 29-yearold Mila Kunis. So. How exactly does the 49-year-old Demi feel about that? According to a close pal of Demi speaking to Us magazine, “Well… she’s not psyched.” And THAT ladies and gentlemen is your “Understatement of the Day!” (If not the century.)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
Throwing a wrench into plans for Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, “The Kardashians’ hopes of renting a beach home on the Sunset Islands, DiLidi Island, and on North Bay Road were blocked by irate neighbors,” Radar reports. The heroic “residents kicked up a stink” when learning of the possible Kardashian infestation—forcing the Kardashians to fi lm nearly 14 miles away, in North Beach, a somewhat less ideal location. “The area is known for its hourly hotels, strip clubs, and high crime rate,” a source gabs. “It’s a far cry from their usual posh digs, with just a 7-Eleven and an abandoned old bank close by.” Do you realize what this means, dears? If we can get North Beach to kick them out too, and then get the people who live wherever they go next to kick them out, and then keep that up all over the
hile uncles are a beloved staple in any family, all too often they are abanW doned or forgotten for various reasons. The Portland Mercury is committed to finding safe, loving homes for neglected uncles, which is why every week we’ll be spotlighting an uncle that is up for adoption.
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Meet Uncle Tony. He’s an energetic 43-year-old who loves “plenty of hot nookie” and engaging in the following uncle-related activities: • Telling falsiﬁed stories about exciting helicopter rescues. • Selling steroids to high-schoolers. • Cheating on his long-suffering girlfriend. • Losing ﬁngers in model rocket and/or go-kart accidents. • Insisting on full nudity from all hot tub participants. • Selling peyote to high-schoolers. • Working in a carnival and having a tattoo of a panther on his arm. • Frequent, and often random, cursing. • Growing marijuana in his camper. • Spending his entire monthly paycheck on fireworks. • Chain smoking Pall Malls. • Demanding both turkey legs at Thanksgiving. • Making cutting and homophobic “jokes” about your father. Uncle Tony also enjoys asking probing questions about your “love life” and owns guns because “guns mean you’re a man.” He’s up to date on vaccinations, and may or may not speak English.
Give Uncle Tony a loving home! Contact Portland Mercury Adopt-an-Uncle at justsayuncle.portlandmercury.com. world? The Kardashians will have nowhere left to go, and we’ll be rid of them forever, and they’ll be banished to outer space! Victory! Victory at last! ALAS… “Ha! Nice try, Ann,” bellowed Emperor Klaktu of Rigel VII. “Clearly you’re unaware that your backwater cesspool of a planet is currently being used as an intergalactic detention facility for the universe’s foulest and most irredeemable creatures—like the Kardashians. If the Gralbanthian Space Prison Guards currently orbiting your planet have anything to say about it—and, heh, I think they do—you’re stuck with them!” Dammit, Klaktu. We were so close.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
“The American soft-drink industry, joined by several New York restaurant and business groups, fi led a lawsuit on Friday that aims to overturn restrictions, proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and approved by the board of health, on sales of large sugar y drinks,” says the New York Times. Infuriated that Bloomberg is trying to curtail sales of obscenely huge doses PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 of sugar water, the American Beverage Association aims to fight for their right to be one of the major causes of Americans’ morbid obesity and recreational diabetes. Good hustle, guys, but we’re hoping Bloomberg wins this one—sure, he’s a finger-wagging, domineering force who likes to boss people around… but jesus, America, have you seen yourselves? MEANWHILE…
Veep wannabe Paul Ryan “ramrodded” his way into an Ohio soup kitchen today so he “could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall,” reports the Washington Post. “Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.” That didn’t stop Ryan, who barged in as “photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty.” “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate,” says Brian J. Antal, the beleaguered head of the soup kitchen. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall… They just showed up here and they did not have permission.” Ugh. Paul Ryan. Sometimes you are worse than a Kardashian. Yes. We said it. We said it! We aren’t taking it back!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
Today Bill Murray showed up at an adult kickball game in New York City. At about 2 pm, Chris DiLilla and his pals were playing a game on Roosevelt Island when Murray “popped out of nowhere,” DiLilla tells EW. “He was bouncing the ball… ran over to second base… played for a bit… gave us all high-fi ves and let us pose with him in [a] picture.” He then went over to one of the players’ moms—the one who took said picture—and “picked her up in his arms.” And then? Then he vanished, leaving that little corner of the world a better place than he found it. See? Even with tragedies like Hulk Hogan boning and Paul Ryan being a Kardashian, good things can happen on our backwater cesspool of a planet. Mostly when Bill Murray’s nearby.
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Depressing Data Shows Crashes Have Spiked at “Bike Box” Intersections by Sarah Mirk KATHRYN RICKSON, 28, biked down SW Madison just as the sun was setting on May 16. She rode swiftly past city hall and had a green light in front of her at the intersection of SW Madison and 3rd. But as she neared the corner, painted with a bright green “bike box,” a large truck turned right across her path—they collided and she was pinned under its giant wheels. Rickson’s tragic death last spring—at a specially marked intersection meant to promote safer bicycling and driving—came into sharp focus this week as the city released new data showing just how well its bike boxes are working. In a disappointing finding, crashes have not declined overall at 11 dangerous intersections painted green by the city. Instead, crashes have doubled. Portland’s green bike boxes are a part of a years-long safety experiment, and their rollout has been watched by cities around the country trying to rework streets to make them safer. After two Portland cyclists died in right-hook crashes in 2007, the city received federal approval to try painting some of its most troubling intersections with the innovative boxes—which tell drivers to wait several feet from the intersection at red lights and always yield to cyclists when turning right. This week, the city released a letter to the Federal Highway Administration that shows the impact of the boxes has been depressingly mixed. Although a study by Portland State University researcher Jennifer Dill shows that the boxes have increased the “perception of safety” among both cyclists and drivers, the data shows that crashes at the 11 intersections doubled from 16 over the four years before the boxes were painted, to 32 in the four years that followed. Crashes decreased only at two of the 11 intersections, while staying the same at one intersection, and increasing at five intersec-
at fault for the crash, and did not ticket the truck driver or charge him with any crime. “We have a tool; it doesn’t work everywhere,” says Portland Planning Commissioner Chris Smith, who happened to have a near-miss crash recently on SW Barbur just like the ones bedeviling the bike boxes. “I was happily bombing downhill because I could, but those cars didn’t know I was there. I learned that lesson the hard way. But how do we engineer for that situation?” The city is looking into several changes to improve the problem intersections: installing bike-only green lights (like on the west side of the Broadway Bridge), banning cars from turning right, or movSARAH MIRK ing the bike lane to the left of the right surprising spike. But the four intersections turn lane (like on the east side of the Burnside responsible for 81 percent of the post-bike Bridge). In the short term, the city will rebox crashes (SW 3rd and Madison, SE 7th paint the green of the bike boxes in a “broken” and Hawthorne, SE 11th and Hawthorne, pattern, install yield signs, and paint a rightand NW 16th and Everett) have a couple hook warning in the bike lanes approaching things in common. They’re all on a downhill the four worst intersections. Bike boxes aren’t entirely to blame. As and cyclists ride through them relatively more people bike in Portland, the number fast, at about 18 MPH. The bike boxes seem to have fixed, at of crashes involving bikes has increased least, the problem they set out to solve: driv- (though, it’s important to note, the rate of ers right-hooking cyclists when they’re both crashes-per-cyclist has decreased signifistarting from a dead stop at a red light. The cantly). From 2004-2007, there were 188 uptick of crashes comes mostly from situa- crashes annually across Portland. In the tions like the one that killed Rickson—driv- next four years, as 6,000 more people began ers turning into a cyclist attempting to pass biking daily, the overall number of crashes increased an average of 50 percent. them while biking through a “stale green.” Bicycle Transportation Alliance advoIt appears that by increasing the “perception of safety,” the bike boxes could be cate Gerik Kransky points out that bike causing cyclists to ride through the inter- boxes have several more subtle safety benesections more quickly, thinking they’ll be fits, like improving pedestrians’ line of sight safe from right-turning cars. The vast ma- and giving bike riders a space to queue up. “Lives are at risk, so it’s easy to get pasjority of the time, they will be: One bright spot in the city’s data is that drivers yield to sions inflamed,” says Kransky. “The fact of right-lane-overtaking cyclists a whopping the matter is we’ve designed roads where bikes have the right of way, but there are 98 percent of the time. In Rickson’s case, the district attorney’s cars turning across their lane. That’s a funoffice last month determined that no one was damental challenge.” tions. Three intersections had no crashes before or after. Even still, crashes are extremely rare— the worst intersection, SW 3rd and Madison, averages only 2.25 crashes a year. It’s not entirely clear what’s led to the
Occupy: Case Dismissed?
NEWS Will Right to Jury Trials Spell End to Protesters’ Charges? by Nathan Gilles AFTER MONTHS of extremely complicated legal battles, the seemingly impossible has happened: Dozens of Occupy Portland defendants originally charged with misdemeanors during the city’s crackdown on protests have finally won the right to jury trials and court-appointed lawyers. But whether they actually get them—or any trial at all—is still a big if. The price tag associated with all that due process—something the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office strives to avoid on low-level cases because of budget cuts—might lead prosecutors to drop all the charges instead. On Monday, October 15, Judge Cheryl Albrecht determined that a recent appellate ruling—on whether certain misdemeanor charges automatically deserve jury trials— also applies to Occupy cases. Albrecht decided that any occupier originally charged 6 Portland Mercury October 18, 2012
with criminal trespassing—charges that were later reduced by the DA to avoid costly and time-consuming prosecution— should be treated like any other defendant. By the numbers, this means more than half of the roughly 85 remaining Occupy cases now qualify for those rights. That’s a decisive victory for Occupy’s legal brain trust. But for the DA’s office, it means making a tough decision. The DA now has to choose between prosecuting Occupy, appealing Albrecht’s ruling, or dismissing the cases. Jeff Howes, District Attorney Mike Schrunk’s top assistant, told the Mercury on Tuesday, October 16, that he couldn’t comment on which way his office was leaning. “But I will tell you this,” says Howes. “We are taking a hard look at what Judge Albrecht ruled on… and we are going to decide on what’s the best way to go forward.”
The DA is expected to reveal its decision next week. But lawyers for Occupy strongly suspect the DA will decide to fold. Yet, so far, the DA has fought hard to keep occupiers from getting juries and court-appointed counsel. If history is any measure, an end-run around the decision is far more likely. The DA’s office escaped an earlier decision by Albrecht—granting jury trials to occupiers facing misdemeanors charges like disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer—by re-filing them as violations including traffic citations. Albrecht’s latest ruling means a handful of criminal trespass defendants that have already gone to trial—including occupiers arrested during the November 13 eviction of Chapman Square—could end up back in court, this time in front of a jury. Albrecht, the prosecutor handling the Occupy cases, and Occupy’s attorneys will meet on Monday, October 22, to decide what happens next. But for now, some occupiers are pleased. “I’m so fucking happy,” one defendant said. “This is a huge win.”
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Smith Chased out of Town? by Denis C. Theriault
THE TAILSPIN for Jefferson Smith— buffeted by reports he punched a woman at a party in 1993—intensified in recent days after a handful of prominent endorsers found themselves very publicly pulling their support for a candidate they once championed. First to go were the city’s rank-and-file police and firefighter unions—groups that Smith was name-dropping in a TV ad that started airing literally at the same time the group decided to give Smith the stiff-arm. Then came elected officials and the women’s-issues-focused Mother PAC. If Smith already faced a fight refocusing his campaign around actual issues— while also apologizing and reminding people that many of those who witnessed the scuffle said he wasn’t to blame—the drumbeat of defections may have made it impossible. And where does that leave the oncepromising candidate? Apparently looking for someplace to crash and burn. On a must-listen cortandfatboy podcast posted on Monday, October 15, Smith gave a heartbreaking exit interview (conflict alert: Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts is also a Mercury employee). Making some humbling admissions, Smith admitted the likelihood that he may get his “tail kicked” by Charlie Hales and confessed he and his wife have discussed leaving when the election is over. “Do we stay in Portland?” he said. “There’s a lot to think about.” Smith was remarkably open during the interview—not unsurprising, since the podcast has traditionally been something of a safe harbor. He didn’t resist when the phrase “October surprise” came up. He had his own choice words— “tabloid shit”—for some the stories written about him, like the reports on his rough play during sports games. He also argued that the papers chasing the scuffle story, the Oregonian and Willamette Week, have spent months, if not years, looking into his “sexual history.” And that they still are. “I’ve known 1,000 people... Can they find 10 who will say ‘I hate that asshole’?” Smith said he didn’t want to out the woman, but he also spent months bracing for the inevitable call. Twice he thought about revealing it himself, including in a speech to domestic violence agency Raphael House. But then he fretted over what would’ve happened if his memory differed from public records, which it ultimately did. He’d be accused of hiding something. “Why didn’t you bring it up?” he’s been asked. “I’m chicken. I’m scared.” That’s not exactly true, since Smith still ran for office in the first place, knowing he’d inevitably have to answer questions. But if he really packs up and leaves a place that still needs him—even if it’s not as mayor? Then, yes, he really will be.
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DESPERATION ROW The November Election: Unpopular Ideas and Candidates Hungry for Your Love Endorsements by the Mercury editorial board Illustrations by BT Livermore
OD, WHAT A MESS. The worst part of politics is the circus of the campaign. Candidates who get the most votes by digging up the most dirt on their opponents. Interest groups who peddle mistruths and mischaracterizations in hopes of conning voters too busy and too cynical to pay attention. The endless barrage of awkward, shrill TV commercials that somehow make candidates look more wooden than Lincoln Logs. And now? We’re stepping right in the middle of it. Which brings us to the best part about politics: you. Your voice. Your informed vote. Ballots will drop in your mailbox any day now (you did remember to register, right?)—and you can punish the devilish and the dark. Or reward the decent and the daring. But maybe you need a little help. That’s why we’re here! The Mercury editorial board has studied the issues, queried candidates and advocates, and made the miserable, tough calls some of us would prefer not to make. Study up, and then let’s do it all again in a couple of years.
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MAYOR: CHARLIE HALES
HARLIE HALES AND JEFFERSON SMITH are essentially the same dude, separated by several years. They’re mainstream liberals difficult to like and tougher to trust—but both would probably do a decent job passing smart progressive policies at city hall. With a few exceptions, when you dig into the nitty-gritty specifics, they’re nearly identical on policy issues. And yet, a large plurality of voters would seemingly rather have anyone but either of the two in charge. But we have to pick one. Hales got our
reluctant endorsement in the spring, and he’s getting our still-reluctant endorsement now. Yes, he radiates the sober persona of an insurance salesman. Yes, he’s got a history with developers. Yes, his campaign staff got caught in a couple of lies. And, yes, he has to tuck in his raging hard-on for the wasteful Portland Streetcar. We’re going to be watching him like a goddamned hawk. Even though it was a tough call—based overwhelmingly on policy, political experience, and leadership skills—we’ve decided he’s the (slightly) better choice for Portland at a time
when big issues like police accountability and a crumbling infrastructure need tending by a steady, effective hand. Among the things we appreciate most about Hales: He’s a practical progressive, with an actual track record in city hall, based on his admittedly 20th-century tenure (1992-2002) on Portland City Council. He’ll be stronger on police accountability—based on his willingness to tilt with the influential firefighters union over diversity in hiring during that past political life. That lingering bitterness likely cost him the backing of both the fire and police unions this time around. He should be proud of that. Both candidates have emphasized training and community policing, à la the recent federal report condemning our police bureau for beating up on the mentally ill, as well as having fractious relations with minority communities. But Hales has spoken out, time and again, about another solution close to our hearts [“Where Police Officers (Don’t) Live,” News, Oct 21, 2010]: enticing more of our cops to actually live in the Portland neighborhoods they patrol, rather than places like Southern Washington and Troutdale. Hales was pro-bike funding before it was trendy and won’t let hot-button issues like potholes and paving diminish his enthusiasm for expanding our bicycling system. (We’re overlooking his waffling stance on the Columbia River Crossing.) Hales also says he’s against expanding coal trains in the Northwest (although it’s super disturbing that he’s received campaign cash from coal fans). And he’s able to communicate his ideas well, articulately summing up complicated, wonky details—which is a big part of the mayor’s job. And, unlike some of the mayoral candidates of the past, at least he’s not a buffoon. Smith—a two-term East Portland state representative—isn’t exactly a buffoon, either. Unlike Hales, who reportedly needed some coaching on how to precisely use Portland-friendly buzz words like “equity,” Smith comes steeped in the city’s quirky and liberal values. But his overwhelming overconfidence in the belief he’s preaching a new brand of political gospel tends to work against him. We were already troubled by Smith’s penchant for haughtiness and surliness, and we’ve not seen much that’s made us feel better. A steady drip of news about Smith’s past—and especially Smith’s messy handling of all the surfacing muck—highlight his arrogance and seeming inability to spill all
ith 30 percent of voters still undecided in the mayoral election, Portland is clearly not very keen on either Jefferson Smith or Charlie Hales. But let’s put it in perspective: They definitely won’t be as bad as these guys.
1. William Farrar (1862): “I have a soft spot for him,” says local historian Dan Haneckow. At the beginning of Farrar’s term, he told council he had to take a threemonth leave for his business. Then he was never seen in Portland again. “No known photograph of him exists.” 2. George Luis Baker (1917-1932): Mr. Baker proudly posed for a photo shoot with hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan and felt his greatest accomplishment as mayor was “removal of subversives” from the city by busting up the International Workers of the World. 3. George Frank (1894-1896): Frank handily won the election thanks to a flood that kept voter turnout low while he paid drunken repeat voters with free booze to cast ballots in every precinct they could, says Haneckow, who runs Portland history blog Café Unknown. 4. James Chapman (1867-1868, 18751877, 1882-1885): According to Portland Walking Tours guide (and Merc contributor) Joe Streckert, Chapman admitted to taking a bribe of about $1,000 in gold in exchange for making a political appointment. After the story got out, though, he didn’t resign, saying, “Such bargains are made before every election.” 5. Scandal Bonus! Terry Schrunk (19571972) and Neil Goldschmidt (19731979) were solid mayors... except for scandals that put all the current “driving-record, lady-punching” dirt to shame. Schrunk was accused—but acquitted!—of taking bribe money from a gambling boss, and Goldschmidt admitted to having sex repeatedly with a 14-year-old girl while in office. Hales and Smith have nothing on them.
the straight facts about touchy personal issues (his assault case, his driving record) until it’s too late. Smith’s handling of the dirt—which, he’s right, is unbecoming of a Portland campaign—matters way more than its substance. That Smith’s obvious charm comes with a dark side is no grand revelation. It also doesn’t mean he’s a bad politician with bad ideas—a temper can be used effectively in Continued on pg. 11
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politics, and it would be exciting to see Smith fight hard for his bold issues, pushing city commissioners around when they need it. Smith has interesting ideas and a rare willingness in milquetoast Oregon politics to boldly state his positions on controversial issues like the Columbia River Crossing. That’s great. Hopefully this campaign won’t sour him on politics forever. Here’s hoping he’ll buck up and stick around for a while, getting some seasoning in a position that could use an outspoken big fighter. Like on the county commission, back in the legislature, or even as a city commissioner. Hales, of course, can be just as pissy. Like when he sent nasty text messages to the Portland Association of Teachers when he didn’t get their endorsement. And his character isn’t so spotless, either. Hales let his campaign lie about his role in a schools bailout that happened after he left office. His campaign plagiarized an Oregonian article in a letter that also lied about Hales joining a public safety tour of St. Johns. Then, partly to embarrass Smith, his campaign blithely leaked a recording of an obviously confidential joint endorsement interview. He also came damned close to breaking tax and/or election law (pick one!) when he moved to Washington but kept voting in Oregon. He’s also got deep roots with developers and business folk who back the city’s largest and most-often-wrong lobbying group, the Portland Business Alliance. Which is all to say that Hales—though he’ll probably be more effective and land in the right places on most big issues—is hardly perfect. Remember, there’s a reason Portland is having a mumbly “can't we just write in Sam Adams?” moment. So don’t trust him. Don’t expect him to govern like a choir boy or not get too cozy with developers. Instead, figure he’ll be slightly more likely to leave the city in a slightly better place than he found it. And hopefully no worse.
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O, AMANDA FRITZ hasn’t been perfect. It took her a smidge too long to learn the contours of her job as city commissioner. And she’s still clearly uncomfortable dishing out the sharp elbows and nasty whispers that are an essential ingredient in getting shit done in Portland City Hall. But everything else Fritz brings to the job—a citizen’s eye, an independent streak, and a laser-like focus on saving tax dollars— make up for the things she doesn’t. We gave Fritz our nod during the primary, where she barely beat the well-funded, negative-campaigning State Representative Mary Nolan, and nothing we’ve seen in the months since then has changed our minds. If anything, it’s a pick we’re even more bullish about. Consider what’s happened since this spring: On one of the most important issues vexing Portland—our cops’ propensity to excessively beat, Taser, and/or shoot people enduring a mental health crisis—Fritz has
taken a much-needed leadership role. Unlike Nolan, Fritz has taken a strong stand in support of Mayor Sam Adams’ legal fight to not reinstate the cop who fatally shot Aaron Campbell. And just last month, Fritz helped roll out a new suicide-response hotline that will lead to fewer Portlanders in crisis calling the cops in the first place. That stems from her work running the city bureau that oversees the region’s 911 system. More proof of Fritz’s commitment to the issue? The retired psychiatric nurse was invited to join Mayor Adams at the big press conference where the US Department of Justice read the city the riot act and then warmly thanked us for our willingness to get deep into reforms. And let’s talk more about our 911 system—which became a campaign issue after Nolan and the city’s rank-and-file police union moaned about bugs and other problems that emerged during a region-wide upgrade last year. For all the noise the union made about safety concerns, a grievance filed last spring was quietly settled this summer after union leaders admitted that the city, under Fritz’s leadership, was making fixes in good faith. Nolan—endorsed by the police union among others, and a client of kingmaker political consultant Mark Wiener—is about to start up her fall ad blitz. Last time, she raised and
spent tens of thousands of dollars to drop bombs all over Fritz instead of selling herself. Which was a shame, because she’s got an interesting story: legislative leadership experience in Salem, time served running city bureaus, and the ownership of her own business. But she’s known for rubbing colleagues the wrong way in Salem. And it’s telling that two commissioners who’d be working with her if she won—Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish—have publicly stated she’s not their first choice. Not that she’d be an awful city commissioner. It’s just that she’s not our first choice, either.
MEASURE 26-145 (POLICE AND FIREFIGHTER PENSIONS)
N THIS YEAR OF HALF-HEARTED VOTING and caveat-ridden endorsements, here’s an A+ idea we can enthusiastically give a thumbs up. This boring-sounding bureaucratic measure is a baby step toward correcting the astounding amount of money the city spends on cops’ and firefighters’ plush retirement ben-
efits. These people do a dirty job well and, of course, they deserve solid health care and pensions as much as any hard-working American. But the benefits are absurdly bloated with little loopholes that police and fire unions fight tooth and nail to keep. It’s gotten to the point that for every dollar the city collects in property taxes, a whopping 26 cents goes just to the police and fire retirement fund. That’s not caring for heroes and elders—that’s hurting the city. One big change in this measure would make police and firefighters eligible for lifetime payments only after they’ve served on
the force for six months. Currently, if someone is still in their probation period, and is injured so badly that they can no longer be a police officer or firefighter (but remain healthy enough for other kinds of work), they receive the same disability benefits as someone who actually served on the force. For the rest of their lives. “We’re paying people to retire rather than paying them to be on the street,” says City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. The other money-saver in the measure calculates retirement payouts based on their last 12 months of employment, rather than their last 30 days. All told, the measure is expected to save $46 million over the next 25 years. Simple. Smart. Let’s do it.
it’s worth 35 bucks a year to create a stable funding source for Portland’s arts nonprofits and for art instruction in Portland schools. Opponent Eric Fruits compared the tax to OMSI proposing a science tax for schools. “What service the city provides is so unique that it requires its own source of funding?” asked Fruits. Arts budgets are worth protecting in a special fund because theater, drawing, dance, and music are often the first sacrifices by schools and government when times get tough. But they’re an integral part of this city, they attract employers who want healthy schools, and they should be integral to students’ education—even though there are no “arts” bubbles to fill in on the standardized tests that sadly dictate curriculums. Only 18 percent of elementary schools in Portland have someone on staff to teach any kind of art classes. That’s especially dismal compared to the national average of 83 percent of schools having that kind of instruction. If you support stable funding for Portland’s arts organizations and creating jobs for arts teachers in Portland’s schools, vote yes.
MEASURE 26-143 (LIBRARY DISTRICT)
HIS MEASURE IS TRICKY to support, both because its campaign has been misleading and the tax itself is regressive. The “School and Arts Together” campaign is built around the funding of one art teacher for every 500 public elementary school students in Portland, thereby backfilling deep cuts that have nixed full-time art teachers entirely from 22 local schools over just the past five years. But $3.8 million of the $12.2 million collected annually through the tax wouldn’t go to photogenic school kids, it would fund dozens of Portland arts nonprofits like the Portland Opera and Portland Symphony. Plus, the proposal calls for a flat $35 annual tax that would hit nearly all adult Portlanders equally, regardless of income, though people making below the federal poverty line are exempted from the fee. So, looking at what the tax actually is, would we still support it? Yes, we believe
OOKS! Arguably more popular in Portland than their archrival: boobs. The good news is you can vote to support books this year because Multnomah County’s library district is a smart idea that’s long overdue. The bad news is it’ll cost the average Portland homeowner about $49 a year—more than the price of that new JK Rowling hardcover. Here’s the deal: The county library system kind of kicks ass, circulating more material than any library in the country except New York’s, checking out nearly 24 million works a year (twice as many as Seattle’s system) and spending less of its budget on staff than many of its peers. But for years, the library has been funded with “temporary” levies and bailouts from the county that could be spent on other things. This permanent tax district will replace the alwaysfluctuating levies with a stable funding source, so the library can restore cuts to staff and hours made earlier this year and ensure we’ll be Continued on pg. 13
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able to check out books for years to come. It’s not a perfect solution. Because of screwy Oregon tax law, creating the district will suck $7 million in tax revenue from Portland’s general fund and $1 million more from its children’s fund. (Not that
on. Some 40 schools will get science labs. And 30 more will receive much-needed fixes. You know. Like new roofs. And heat. So kids can pay attention instead of shivering during the winter. It’s also worth noting the signal that solid investment in our schools will send to employers looking to move to Portland. Not that this doesn’t all come with a cost. For someone with a house assessed at $100,000, paying back the bond, through property taxes, will cost a little more than an extra $100 a year. Critics of the bond say financing such a high-priced passel of construction projects will put fixed-income Portlanders over the edge. (They also fret about spending so much on buildings at a time when teacher layoffs loom.) We hear those concerns, but worry they’re overblown. Most of us can afford this sensible investment in our educational system.
STATE OF OREGON the city ever minded until recently that its urban renewal districts essentially did the same thing to the county.) The good news is Portland and county politicos say they have plans to alleviate some of that impact by shifting some city-run services to the county. And now, some city officials who had been skeptical of the district are either supporting it or, at least, staying neutral.
PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Top Five Reasons to Still Be Excited About Voting for Barack Obama 1. At least the people piloting the drones that kill innocent civilians can now be openly gay. 2. He doesn’t want to run American women’s health policy based on Mormon and Catholic doctrine.
OME WEALTHY REAL ESTATE types are spending big money hoping to scare the living crap out of you by raising the specter of something that’s already way illegal in (most of) Oregon: the dreaded real estate transfer tax. Say no to this craven, cynical measure—a completely unnecessary bid to amend the Oregon Constitution. Under current state law, only Salem has the power to impose a real estate tax—and only if 60 percent of legislators (unlikely) say yes. Cities and counties are banned. The real estate industry isn’t convinced that’s good enough. They worry people might want to, someday, maybe, change their minds. But would that even be a bad thing? Let’s look at the one place in Oregon where a local real estate tax has been grandfathered in since the 1970s: Washington County. Prosperous, jobs-filled Washington County. Maybe we need a measure demanding a real estate transfer tax instead.
MEASURE 80 (LEGALIZE POT AND HEMP)
REGON’S MARIJUANA advocates are—surprise—slackers. Marijuana legalization measures on the ballot this year in Washington and Colorado have brought in boatloads of national support and built $4 million and $1 million campaign war chests, respectively. Meanwhile, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act has raised only $37,000 ($5,000 of it from hippie soap outfit Dr. Bronner’s—eee!). That’s too bad, because the poorly run measure is actually a good idea that would kick Oregon marijuana policy out of its wink-wink medicinal limbo, where selling pot is ille-
3. Young illegal immigrant children are now in a slightly better type of immigration limbo. 4. Joe Biden’s smile. 5. Hopefully he’ll actually close Guantánamo this time.
measure-backers have pretty much dropped their campaign after Governor John Kitzhaber said he would bring a compromise bill to the legislature this year. Vote no now and don’t support any bill in the legislature that gives sport fishermen an upper hand by exploiting Oregon’s desire to protect salmon.
(REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX)
YES UR SCHOOLS ARE A CRUMBLING, aging mess. That’s an undeniable fact. And we can wait to do something about that—for the economy to magically improve, for Salem to get its act together, for a deadly earthquake to beat the wrecking ball to the punch—or we can move forward with the first step of a decades-long revitalization program that will rebuild four schools and overhaul nearly 70 more. That’s why we support Portland Public Schools’ $482 million bond measure—a pared-down and better-focused version of last year’s doomed $548 million ask. We’ll get three new top-of-the-line high schools: Roosevelt, Grant, and Franklin— chosen because of their decrepitude but also because of how many students each holds. We’ll get a new PK-8 school: Faubi-
gal so medical marijuana growers have to take, instead, “recommended donations.” This measure sets up pot to function like alcohol: Created by state-licensed growers, sold in state-licensed stores, overseen by an Oregon Liquor Control Commissionlike state board. Like alcohol, pot would still be illegal to smoke in public or to sell without a license. A to-be-determined pot tax would cover the bureaucratic cost of running that licensing, plus Oregon would see fewer prosecutions for marijuana crimes. Face it: A large chunk of our state economy runs on marijuana. By not admitting it exists, we’re leaving money on the table.
MEASURE 81 (SALMON GILLNETTING)
HIS CAMPAIGN to “protect salmon” by banning a certain type of fishing, called gillnetting, is a red herring. The real issue here is that fancy folks who fish for sport want a bigger catch of the annual salmon haul—banning gillnetting would squeeze commercial fishers out of the yearly harvest while still killing the same number of fish per year in the state. But
MEASURES 82 AND 83 (NON-TRIBAL CASINO)
CANADIAN CORPORATION wants to build a casino-and-entertainment complex a few miles east of Portland. Fuck those guys. This thing would be unnecessarily gigantic and will likely pay way less to the state than its backers promise. The measure allows for the installation of some 3,500 slot machines. For comparison’s sake, the Luxor in Las Vegas has 2,000. The developers say that will add up to $100 million a year for the state—but that’s assuming the casino will make $400 million annually, which is insane because Oregon’s nine other casinos combined make $470 million a year. What will happen is that a private company will be allowed to move into the state and eat up a large chunk of the money that goes to Continued on pg. 15
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the Oregon Lottery and native tribes, under agreements that the state struck that barely begin to address the historical fact that we screwed the tribes out of their traditional ways of supporting themselves. Before they abruptly “suspended” their campaign this week, the casino’s developers spent $5.2 million pitching the project as a win-win, dangling a promise of 3,000 construction jobs. But let’s not rewrite our constitution to cut out tribes just so 3,000 people can construct a monstrosity of regret and addiction that will allow a Canadian private equity firm to profit off Portlanders.
MEASURE 84 (REPEAL ESTATE TAX)
HE BACKERS OF MEASURE 84, led by none other than initiative maestro Kevin Mannix, like to start off by framing this as a matter of economics. Getting rid of the estate tax for all Oregonians (stiffs who leave behind $1 million or less in regular assets, or farms worth up to $7.5 million, are already exempt) will draw all sorts of rich people to the state, they say. And all those rich people will pay out so much in income taxes that we’ll never miss the $120 million in annual revenue the current estate tax already provides. But when you poke some holes in that argument, namely the fact that fewer than 800 families in all of Oregon might actually be affected by the estate tax, and the notion that tax policy actually doesn’t inform where people live, things change. Suddenly, it becomes about “fairness.” That’s also another canard. This is about adding Oregon to a list of states on a national checklist and the ongoing battle to further shift the tax burden from those who can afford to those who can’t. But there’s a darker secret hiding in the fine print: Wealth transfers between relatives would also become tax-exempt—opening a gaping capital gains loophole. Let’s say someone’s been sitting on a pantsload of Apple stock since the late 1980s. Cashing it out, after years of appreciation, would mean forking over big bucks to the government. But if that stock were “gifted” to a relative, who then sold it? That relative would pay taxes only on the stock’s gains since the transfer—not the original amount of appreciation. Another “gift” could then see all that money sent back to the stock’s owner. The state revenue office says that loophole will add hundreds of millions more to the cost of this measure. Rich people have it swell enough. They don’t need our help making it easier.
MEASURE 85 (END CORPORATE KICKER)
NE OF THE DUMBEST THINGS Oregon voters ever did was constitutionally enshrine the incredibly flawed budget “kicker”—the provision that sends money back to voters and corporations whenever tax receipts exceed what’s essentially the state
bean-counters’ best financial guesses. Measure 85 would do away with the part of the kicker that applies to corporations, requiring that any unexpected revenue be funneled not to big businesses (mostly based out of state) but to our K-12 education system. Because the kicker only “kicks” every few years, the idea is to give the schools a little something extra they can salt away to help blunt cutbacks in down years. Opponents raise a couple of compelling points. They complain we should wait for Salem to somehow produce “comprehensive kicker reform.” They say the state’s rainy-day fund should get any surplus. And they also worry that legislators will play dirty pool, spending the kicker check on schools but then cutting an equal amount from education’s usual appropriation. But here’s the reality: The education budget’s among the most scrutinized in Salem, which would make any end-run politically idiotic. The rainy-day fund is too hard to crack into in a polarized legislature. And then there’s the fact that we’ve already waited too long to come up with reasonable solutions for the budget crisis facing our schools. So thank the measure’s foes for their diligence, and say yes anyway.
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ATE BROWN IS A FAIRLY unexciting career politico, who’s made some high-profile stumbles and now faces the awful prospect of becoming the rare Democrat who actually manages to blow a race for statewide office. Insurgent bids by the Greens’ Seth Woolley and the Progressives’ Bob Wolfe (a pot activist who’s PO’d that Brown fined him a state-record $65,000 and disqualified a pot measure vying for this year’s ballot) have opened the door for Republican doctor Knute Buehler. Don’t let that happen. Buehler is peddling a few intriguing ideas, like letting a nonpartisan commission redraw legislative districts. But he’s also made some troubling comments about voter fraud and ID requirements, repeating the same dark tone as his GOP peers across the country.
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DRUNKEN COMICS—Six excellent comics artists present new work tonight at the semi-regular boozing event Comics Underground (hosted by the Merc’s Alison Hallett and Erik Henriksen). Head past the pool tables to the Rialto’s basement bar to hear from artistic ne’er-do-wells Matt Bors, Jeff Parker, Erika Moen, and others. SM Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 8 pm, $3, 21+
BOOGIE OOGIE—DJ Cooky Parker joins Gwizski and Maxx Bass for a new night of electro, boogie, and modern soul called Gimme the Night. The cover’s cheap, and the dance floor’s waiting, so put on your party pants and get down. MS Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $3 (FREE before 10 pm)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 BUMP AND/OR GRIND—It’s Portland’s newest monthly queer dance night, and tonight the booty-droppin’ BMP/GRND is celebrating with a spooktacular Halloween edition! Join DJs Kasio Smashio and Rhienna as they spin your ’90s hiphop/alternative dance faves, AND throw a prize-crammed Halloween costume contest! WSH Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $5 (FREE before 10 pm)
THE LION’S ROAR—A pair of young Swedish sisters are doing American-style folk better than we are. Johanna and Klara Söderberg—you know ’em as First Aid Kit—are steeped in stateside influences from Gram Parsons to Bright Eyes, and their close harmonizing never fails to tingle spines. NL w/Dylan LeBlanc; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 PROJECTS—Floating World Comics presents a shiny new experimental comics fest that prioritizes creativity over commerce, ditching the tired book-fair model in favor of three days of exhibitions, panels, interactive projects, and collaborations. With participating artists from all over the US and Europe, the Projects promises a new wave of inspiration you won’t want to miss. AH Various locations, but mostly the IPRC, 1001 SE Division, Fri-Sun, theprojectspdx.tumblr.com for more info
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COEN BROTHERS—Blood Simple came out in 1984 and promptly reminded everybody why they liked film noir. Creepy and smart and dark and funny, it launched the career of the Coen Brothers, and featured fantastic performances from Frances McDormand and M. Emmet Walsh. This week the Academy has it on 35mm! EH Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, see Movie Times on pg. 50 for showtimes, $4
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 ABSOLUTELY TRUE—Sherman Alexie is one of the most distinctive, vital writers working today: His work is tough, surprising, heartbreaking, and political without ever preaching. Admission to tonight’s reading includes a copy of his new story collection Blasphemy, which combines a greatest-hits selection of past stories with 15 new ones. AH Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $27
T-800—Oregon Humanities’ latest entry in their Think & Drink series? “The Future of Robotic Warfare.” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Read will moderate the conversation, featuring General Merrill “Tony” McPeak (ret.) and national security law expert Tung Yin. To be discussed? How robots will fight our wars… before INEVITABLY TURNING ON US AND ENSLAVING US ALL. EH Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 6:30 pm, FREE, all ages October 18, 2012 Portland Mercury 19
“I’m Not One of the World’s Great Thinkers”
A Chat with Noel Gallagher by Andrew R Tonry
the Beatles, not fucking Pavement.
SWEARING IT was for good, Noel Gal- How are these people going to be and what lagher quit Oasis in 2009. His current are they going to wear? What are they gonna fucking eat? What if one of band, High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher’s ’em’s a fucking vegetarian?” I is the next logical step for High Flying Birds just put the band together and the consummate Britpop Tues Oct 23 composer. By phone from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall we did it. Once it’s done, I’ll take stock. Germany, Gallagher spoke 1037 SW Broadway with the Mercury. This conversation has been edited and condensed Tastes have changed since Oasis. What for print; visit portlandmercury.com/mu- do you make of today’s popular music? sic for a longer version. When was the last truly great band to appear from either of our countries? Don’t menMERCURY: How do you find touring in tion Oasis—that’s a given. I’m struggling to the US—especially outside of New York think of one great band that will come out of the digital age. It’s all about personality and or LA, in places like Portland? NOEL GALLAGHER: When I fi rst celebrity now. The biggest stars in the world went to America, in my early 20s, I didn’t are all singular people like Rihanna and like it. There were too many rules for me. Lady Gaga, fucking all that mob. I base all my thoughts on record sales You couldn’t smoke here and you couldn’t drink there, you couldn’t cross the road and charts. There are great bands playing there. I thought it was a lot of unnecessary in pubs—but who gives a fuck about those? bullshit. I must say, the older that I’ve got- Guitar music as a force for being the bigten, the more I’ve really connected with it gest shit in the world is fucking over for in some way. It’s a much slower pace of life now. My battleground is the charts, and than what I’m used to, living in a big city guitar music at the top of the charts is virtually nonexistent unless you fucking like London. count Green Day, which nobody should. After almost 20 years in Oasis, how did Why put such stake in the charts? it feel to start fresh? Because that’s what counts. Popular I’m not one of the world’s great thinkers. I don’t overthink any situation I’m ever in. I culture is what counts. Who wants to be didn’t go into rehearsals, or try to put a band a cult band? Fuck that. There are 1,000 together thinking, “Oh wow, what’s this going great records written a day that nobody to be like? It’s not Oasis. What’s it going to be? owns. I still think bands should aim to be
You’re 45. How has your music changed as you’ve gotten older? It’s becoming more considered, I think, and less vague and more direct. But I’ve got to say: As I get older, I don’t think I’ve got a lot of music left. I don’t think I’ve got a lot left in the tank, either physically or artistically. I wouldn’t put the guitar in the case and be like, “Well, I used to be a musician, now I’m a full-time farmer.” But making records, artist statements, it’s a big fucking deal. It’s not something that you should enter into lightly.
From Havana to the 15th Ward Calexico Crosses the Border by Ryan J. Prado
TWO YEARS PRIOR to the record- thematic motif for Calexico throughout its ing sessions of Calexico’s eighth studio career. The band’s very name speaks to album, Algiers, guitarist/vocalist Joey the symbiotic nature of Latin and American influences. It’s no surprise, Burns and drummer John ConCalexico then, that Algiers—named for vertino fulfi lled a career-long Sun Oct 21 New Orleans’ 15th Ward, where ambition to record in Havana, Aladdin Theater Cuba. The duo’s parched, West- 3017 SE Milwaukie the record was recorded—adds the improvisational New Orleans ern shuffle enmeshed itself seamlessly into Amparo Sánchez’s solo milieu into an already boiled-over musical album Tucson-Habana, and offered an melting pot. “I knew thematically that I wanted to almost obligatory résumé stacker for one of the most culturally diverse bands of the have one foot planted in that part of the last 20 years. But even before that fateful world,” says Burns of recording in New trip, Burns says he and Convertino felt a Orleans. “We needed that place and that hardwired connection to another musical space in time to go and spend 12 hours a day. Because in Tucson our lives are full; mecca: the Big Easy. “I was intrigued by the city, by the mul- we all have families and it’s harder to get ticulturalism, the history and the open- to that point.” Along with the pressures of putting ness between New Orleans and Havana for such a long period of time,” says Burns via together a new album—while also learnphone from his Tucson home. “I was fol- ing the ropes of fatherhood, to baby twins lowing on that, and writing material which in Burns’ case—Calexico also dealt with is an ode to that relationship between the the folding of their longtime record label two cities and countries and cultures, with Touch and Go/Quarterstick, and the news music as the bridge. That started the ball that their co-producer and friend Craig Schumacher was diagnosed and being rolling for me on this record.” The building of ethnic mosaics through treated for throat cancer. “There was uncertainty as far as what music—and a darkly melodic documentation of families separated by politics or we were going to do all together,” admits borders—has long been an aggressive Burns. “Things were kind of floating.” 20 Portland Mercury October 18, 2012
Where is your relationship with your brother Liam? Well, I’ve seen him recently. I saw him for the fi rst time in about two years at a party after the Olympics in London. He did his usual thing: He kind of insulted me as he walked past. And that was that. Do you care what happens to Liam’s band, Beady Eye? Well, I hope that they come good on their claim to being the biggest band in the world in the next five years. I really, really do. It’ll fucking stop people asking me about an Oasis reformation.
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Now that’s how you fucking sneer.
The tenuous creative topography, however, yielded brilliant results; on Algiers, Calexico slip in and out of familiar territory like a Death Valley hitchhiker. “Sinner in the Sea” is the album’s anchor, splicing Afro-Cuban rhythms over soft trumpets, Convertino’s typically understated drum patterns, and Burns’ dark and moody spaghetti-western guitar lines. It’s quintessentially Calexico, until an organ-aided bridge comes waltzing in like a psychedelic scene from a Tarantino flick. Burns’ vocals approach a kind of Jim Morrison adventurousness, cementing the notion that strange, engaging voodoo is at work on Algiers.
Some critics have alluded to this newest effort as Calexico’s mainstream album—some sort of sell-out or misfi re. Straight-shooting, dirty rock songs like “Splitter” or the James Taylor-ish “Fortune Teller” are the likely culprits. But with a band so steeped in a subgenre of its own creation, experimenting across the aisle from “desert noir” doesn’t mean automatic schmaltz. “It would be so much easier to play it straight, but I think life is too short,” says Burns. “There’s no need to be safe. We need music to be fresh and to be adventurous. We try to do it as much as we can.”
CALEXICO Like Van Damme in Hard Target, they found inspiration in New Orleans.
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Remembering the Rainbow Dio Disciples Keep the Legend Alive by Aris Wales
DON McLEAN is full of shit. Forget that for Goldy and the rest of the band, it’s been sappy “American Pie” crap; the real day quite a cathartic journey. “When we play there’s althe music died was May 16, 2010, Dio Disciples ways a moment when the band when Ronnie James Dio lost his Wed Oct 24 and the audience connect. battle with stomach cancer. On Hawthorne Theatre Everybody is singing along, that day, music was robbed of one 1507 SE 39th there’re people in the audience of its most talented and gracious performers. Long before he was killing the that are crying, and they’re looking up at dragon, Dio was doing doo-wop as far back the sky like they’re singing to Ronnie in as the late ’50s, but it’s his influence on rock heaven. It’s a really emotional experience.” For those who are already thinking this and metal—with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, his stint in Black Sabbath, and his solo is just some quick cash grab, think again. “I’d be more then happy to let people look career—that’s truly immeasurable. So what can mourners do to remember at my bank account,” laughs Goldy. “It’s their fallen hero (besides erecting a statue not about money. It’s driven by our love of the man, like they did in Kavarna, Bul- and respect for a family member who died. garia)? According to Dio guitarist Craig We are, with true intentions, just saying, Goldy, you can celebrate Ronnie’s music ‘Hey, remember this?’” Diehard fans of Ronnie and the legacy with some of the people who miss him the he left behind may lament such blasphemost—his fans. With the blessing of Ronnie’s wife and my. How could we ever replace anybody manager Wendy Dio, Goldy and drum- as charismatic and important as Ronald mer Simon Wright formed Dio Disciples, James Padavona? The simple fact is, we a band featuring other members of Dio’s won’t and we can’t. But why not throw up solo band and Tim “Ripper” Owens and Dio’s patented horns and hear his tunes Oni Logan on vocals. They’ve done a hand- cranked out by people who knew him as ful of festival dates and small tours paying a friend? It’s either that or sob into your homage to the legend since last year, and speakers at home.
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Death Cab For Cutie front man releases his first solo album; a record of songs that he describes as a “side story, not a new chapter.”
“I WOULD MUCH RATHER be part of an Lopez says was an answer to the strict deaware collective than be a blind individual,” mocracy of At the Drive-In. “After that, I’d basically play with someone until I says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, soundBosnian exhausted all the possibilities.” ing almost philosophical. The former Rainbows Not anymore. Rodriguez-Lopez At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta Sat Oct 20 sounds happy to put those years— guitarist says he’s gone through a Star Theater a period he calls “a time of true foserious period of growth in the past 13 NW 6th cus”—behind him. His new project, decade. He’s referred to himself as a dictator in the studio; in interviews, he can Bosnian Rainbows, includes Le Butchersometimes come across as the brooding, ettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender and is a band effort through and through, and one self-important artist type. Truth is, Rodriguez-Lopez is surpris- that challenges him creatively. He says the ingly sweet and charming. And he’s not so recent reunion with At the Drive-In—which much brooding as he is self-aware—except, found him getting criticized for not being strangely, when it comes to making music. animated enough on stage—was less about He just does it. And does it. And does it. satiating his creative juices. “It was about Over the past decade, Rodriguez-Lopez has everything but the music—it was about rereleased a glut of EPs and full-lengths that connecting with people, going out to eat with are eclectic and eccentric. And for such vol- them, being in a van with them.” Rodriguez-Lopez credits some of his ume, they’re really good, blending psychedelic rock, electronic, and traditional music new outlook on his fi lm work, a medium he says forced him to depend on others. from his native Puerto Rico. Most of these 40 some-odd releases were He admits he’s still a fi rm believer in the recorded by Rodriguez-Lopez and feature a process over the fi nal product, but that it’s revolving door of musicians who essentially good for him. “It’s a huge step in getting came in with their parts already written. back to the collaborative process,” he says. That iron-fist mentality carried over to his “It’s like fucking boot camp for playing work with the Mars Volta, which Rodriguez- well together.”
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UP&COMING THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PREVIEWS
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, Wonder Ballroom, 6/2
SUN AIRWAY Doug Fir, 10/18
SATELLITE ENSEMBLE (The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) Portland songster Nick Jaina has been seeing other cities. Well, one city in particular—New York City, where two song cycles he collaborated on with the Satellite Ensemble have been given performances with dancers from the New York City Ballet. Tonight Jaina and the Satellites perform the music from those two pieces (without any dancers). Cosmonaut is based on a true story about a New Jersey trucker who wanted to become an astronaut, and The Thief is about a hoarder of disused toys, with a secret lair underneath a river. Jaina leads the string ensemble on piano (the group includes Kaylee Cole, Amanda Lawrence, and Anna Schott), and even without the dance element of the performance, it promises to be an intriguing, assured evening of Jaina’s excellent songwriting. It sounds like a one-time deal, too, so don’t miss it. NED LANNAMANN
YARDS, DANNY DELEGATO, LOG ACROSS THE WASHER, ALEX ARROWSMITH, TEAGUE CULLEN (Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) I have reservations using words like “virtuoso” or “genius” when describing an artist—they’re terms that are tossed around so indiscriminately, they contain virtually no value anymore—but Alex Arrowsmith could very possibly be one (or both, or a combination) of those things. His compositions suggest an inherent, encyclopedic knowledge of the pop genus. He has released 14 albums in the last decade, most of which are filled to the gunwales with hooky hits. If I won the lottery, one of my priorities would be to press my personal favorite, 2005’s Wharfless, which sounds like an effortless admixture of Wish-era Cure and They Might Be Giants, onto vinyl (opaque gold wax, like it deserves). Had he been writing music in the ’60s, Arrowsmith would have undoubtedly been penning hits for the Monkees. Today, for better or worse, Beatles-y pop like this appeals by and large to connoisseurs. MORGAN TROPER
TOO MANY MOTHS, HARA ISIS, ACROYEAR, SUNFALLS, NOYOUYESME, RUDEMENT, & MORE (Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) If electronic music is your bag, look forward to this stacked bill with a dozen Portland electronic artists, performing live in myriad subgenres including experimental ambient, drum and bass, and twisted forms of dark downtempo. The night will host a collaborative performance between experimental live electronic artist and cellist SunFalls (Uxepi Ipexu) and Noyouyesme (Jason Cesarz), who specializes in circuit-bent beats and the kind of “modulation mutations” likely to send you through a wormhole. The ever-talented Rudement (George Johnson) satiates your sonic cravings with a decadent live performance that takes
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Each time I listen to Soft Fall, the second album from Philadelphia’s Sun Airway (in the studio, a duo of songwriter Jon Barthmus and “sound sculptor” Patrick Marsceill), it sounds just so slightly different to me. The mix is not quite how I remember it; the vocals are either more prominent or sunk further down in the rich sonic solution; songs are either markedly more joyous or melancholy than the version that I have playing in my mind. In other words, it’s a remarkable record of deep invention, and a sort of alarming lack of identity—in a good way, the way that keeps you coming back and projecting your own mood onto the record’s expressive sounds. Constructed from studio recordings of a string quartet and other live instruments, which were then taken entirely apart in Barthmus’ home studio, it’s a record very much of its moment, outwardly resembling the many glowing, nostalgia-hazed, electronic-tinged pop music out there. But I think there’s something more lasting to it as well, and with Sun Airway’s five-piece live band and reports of elaborate projections, tonight offers the chance to get fully submerged. NL
FRIDAY 10/19 FIRST AID KIT, DYLAN LEBLANC
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(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) It’s tediously predictable that Love This Giant blew my fucking mind. Consider the facts: Over the past five years, each album released by David Byrne (one) and St. Vincent (three) has sparked to life previously unknown synapses in my brain. So it’s unsurprising that a collaboration between two such brainy rockers would be the best thing that’s happened to my ears in 2012. What is surprising is how warm it sounds—positively inviting. David Byrne and Annie Clark of St. Vincent typically tend to hold the listener at arm’s length, but Love This Giant sounds truly welcoming. Surprise Number Two: Clark’s exceptional shredding skills are relegated to the sidelines, playing second fiddle to Surprise Number Three: the horns. What emerges is a thrilling synthesis of art rock, funk, and jazz, with Clark and Byrne taking turns on vocals. The live show apparently features lots of musicians and bizarre choreography. REBECCA WILSON
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(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19.
GIMME THE NIGHT: DJ COOKY PARKER, DJ GWIZSKI, DJ MAXX BASS
you on a slow trip through “filtered realities,” guided by an ingenious amalgam of bass-driven rhythms. Acroyear (Luis Tataje) has been creating contemplative sonic landscapes for nearly 15 years; his arrhythmic electronica is perfect for sliding into the introspective atmosphere of fall. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD
SPOOKIES, DEATH SONGS (The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) I don’t know much about Death Songs’ new album except its title (Sung Inside a House) and where you can hear it (go to post-consumer.com posthaste, where it is streaming in full). I don’t know when it is coming out, or what physical format it will take, or if it will even have a physical release; I don’t know when you’ll be able to download it, or if there will be a record release show, or a tour to support it. Here’s what I do know: Sung Inside a House is a marvelous collection of breezy, folky, rocky pop that slips on like that perfect pair of shoes, and clear evidence of the songwriting skill of frontman Nick Delffs, who’s been doing great work with Death Songs since moving on from his previous band, the Shaky Hands. Live, Death Songs are capable of capturing lightning in a bottle, turning ramshackle major chords and Delffs’ woolly, cracked voice into something that thumps along in time with your pulse. It’s sweaty-palmed, lean-forward-onyour-tiptoes rock ’n’ roll. Let’s hope Death Songs and Post-Consumer make the record available outside of the intertubes soon. (Sidenote: Two weeks ago Delffs reunited with his ex-Shaky Hands bandmates who now play in Spookies; tonight’s bill touts a secret/special guest alongside Death Songs and Spookies. You have now been presented with all the information….) NL
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HOWLIN RAIN, ASSEMBLED HEAD IN SUNBURST SOUND (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Before Rick Rubin manhandled Howlin Rain into a slightly brawnier Black Crowes (so unnecessary!) on 2012’s The Russian Wilds, the San Francisco quintet harnessed an oft-feral breed of acid-y country rock that blew back your hair and pinned back your ears with Hollywoodish drama. Howlin Rain still make big, sprawling rock, only now they’re trying to squash their natural tendency to fly into the sun with freaky abandon into songs with accessible choruses and “pretty” vocals. Nevertheless, those tunes from the self-titled album and Magnificent Fiend should still sound storming. DAVE SEGAL
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UP&COMING THIS WEEK’S MUSIC PREVIEWS
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS Star Theater, 10/20 HILLEL ZAVALA
NEIL HALSTEAD, ALINA HARDIN (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) I’d rather be bummed out by Neil Halstead than just about anybody else. His first band, Slowdive, were shoegaze pioneers, and their 1993 album Souvlaki is still what I put on to force a case of the weepies. On Halstead’s new, third solo album, Palindrome Hunches, Halstead is just as melancholy, though about 75 percent more minimalist than his shoegaze roots or even than his highly folk-driven second band, Mojave 3. It’s impossible to talk about Palindrome Hunches without mentioning Nick Drake— the gorgeously affecting vocals, the acoustic guitar— but as melancholy as it is, there’s none of Drake’s hopelessness. Part of this is thanks to Halstead’s brilliant harmonies, as well as to a judicious sprinkling of catchy hooks, best shown on “Bad Drug and Minor Chords.” And while the album sounds sparse, violins provide warmth and companionship at times. The song “Hey Daydreamer” is positively upbeat! RW
THE HAGUE, SPECIAL EXPLOSION, SUN VALLEY GUN CLUB, HOLY TENTACLES (East End, 203 SE Grand) Weird, potential conflictof-interest disclosure here: Earlier this year my band competed against the Seattle-based Special Explosion in a battle of the bands. They stomped us. But they were gracious and humble, and even invited us out to eat with them afterward. I couldn’t be happier that my once-adversaries have found the time to head south to play Portland—their eponymous EP is one of my favorite Northwest releases of this year so far. “Lifeguard” and “Every Shade of Green” are examples of ’90s indie-rock fetishism at its finest and most intense. But it’s the “Jack and Jill” vocals provided by siblings Lizzy and Andy Costello that give the group’s music a truly distinct flavor all its own. Hopefully they’ll keep this momentum going—one day they’ll be unstoppable. MT
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oughly out-rapped by his cohorts. This doesn’t matter, though, as the addition of LA’s sharp-flowing ScHoolboy Q and Detroit bruiser/hybrid Danny Brown makes this bill one of the best in high-powered, big-name modern rap to come through town in a while. The thought of a live rendition of A$AP Rocky’s “Brand New Guy” with Q actually there to deliver his legendary “What this popcorn about?” verse should be enough to get some away from Netflix on their couches. MIKE RAMOS Also see My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19.
LORD HURON, NIGHT MOVES (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) You mean to tell me Lord Huron isn’t from the Pacific Northwest? Bandleader Ben Schneider actually makes his home in Los Angeles, after moving there from North Michigan a couple years back. Makes sense. Lord Huron’s music recalls some of the chamber-pop folkiness that our fair city likes to dress up for, but there’s also more of an eccentric bent to it that screams LA. Never mind the fact that Schneider likes to be referred to as “Lord” in interviews; his music contains ghostly choruses, occasional electronic flourishes, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms (at least on 2010’s Mighty EP) that pull it out of Dust Bowl predictability. Basically, there are a lot of great moments in Lord Huron’s otherwise unchallenging tunes. Sometimes that’s all folks need. MARK LORE
TUESDAY 10/23 THE MOB, TRAGEDY, BI-MARKS
SNOW PATROL, NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) See Music, pg. 20.
THE WHIGS, THE RECORD COMPANY (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The Whigs began auspiciously with 2005’s great, thunderstruck Give ’Em All a Big Fat Lip, and if the Athens, Georgia, trio hasn’t managed to raise their profile too much since that promising beginning, it’s not because they haven’t delivered the goods. They have, consistently. Now on their fourth album, Enjoy the Company, the Whigs have settled into the role of reliable Southern garage-rock makers, replacing their youthful exuberance with assured and calculated songcraft. The Whigs certainly aren’t reinventing the wheel, but when “wheel” means loud drums and fuzzy guitars and sing-along lyrics, then no need to fi x what ain’t broke. NL
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) See Music, pg. 23.
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CALEXICO, THE DODOS (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) See Music, pg. 20.
A$AP ROCKY, SCHOOLBOY Q, DANNY BROWN, A$AP MOB (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Harlem’s A$AP Rocky blew up in 2011, going from relative unknown to signing a $3 million deal with Sony/RCA on the strength of two viral videos (“Purple Swag” and “Pe$o”) and the subsequent LiveLoveA$AP mixtape. In 2012, he has released exactly one good song (“Goldie”), and his A$AP Mob entourage’s recently released Lord$ Never Worry—surprisingly good for a posse album—featured Rocky getting thor-
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(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19.
(Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Veteran Barry Brusseau has done time in punk and metal bands, but his second solo album, The Royal Violent Birds, continues his exploration of a much more intimate vein. With acoustic guitars, brushed drums, bowed strings, and Brusseau’s hushed baritone (and his just-as-hushed falsetto), these watercolor tunes communicate in delicate, naturalistic patterns. It’s a beautiful record, and the packaging is just as sumptuous: 12-inch vinyl in a custom-made canvas bag in a super-limited edition of 25. (A further 275 will be issued without the special packaging.) It’s released on Brusseau’s Gorbie International label, following up the label’s first release from earlier this year, Jon Ransom’s overlooked and lovely On a Lark. Also on the young boutique label is Cait Olds’ winning debut, Prison City, and the Portland songwriter also performs at tonight’s record release show. NL
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WEDNESDAY 10/24 DIO DISCIPLES, WITCHBURN, MAIDEN NW, MOTORBREATH EARTH, FONTANELLE, STEBMO (Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) For me, Earth is get-shit-done music. With that hypnotic drone plugged into my ear canals, procrastination magically evaporates and the words flow, possibly to compensate for the ponderous song arcs and Adrienne Davies’ deliberate percussion. For the last seven years, Earth have been less about making esoteric metal and more about esoteric whatever-Dylan-Carlson-wants. Add to that Karl Blau’s untethered eclecticism and Lori Goldston’s cello, as menacing as a wounded animal. Still, it’s highly accessible, a fitting, mostly wordless soundtrack capable of transforming the mundane into something dark and mysterious. This year’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II continues the experimental project that began in 2011 with Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I. The songs on this second album were recorded at the same time as those on the first installment. The opener, “Sigil of Brass,” is a surprisingly brief (3:32) and mournfully lovely duet between guitar and cello that sounds like the ominous setup before an Old West shootout. RW
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LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY 10/18
ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst, 8 pm, $12-15 ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Matices, 7 pm ★ ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—David Byrne, St. Vincent, 8 pm, $35-45, all ages ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Acoustic Village, 7 pm, $5 ASH STREET SALOON—Fear the Slaughter, Bloodoath, VX36, Voices of Ruin, Nemesis, 9:30 pm, $5 ★ BACKSPACE—Love Loungers, 9 pm, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Vanport Drifters, 9 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Ben Jones, 9 pm BLUE MONK—Alan Jones, 8 pm BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—A Tiempo, 5:30 pm BUFFALO GAP—Ramune Rocket 3, 9 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Storm Nilson Quartet, 8 pm, $5 THE CONQUISTADOR—Greazy Rock Oomph: DJ AM Gold, 10 pm, free CORKSCREW WINE BAR—Big North Duo, 8 pm CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Switchfoot, 8 pm, $22.50-25, all ages ★ DANTE’S—Cheap Time, 9 pm, $8 ★ DOUG FIR—Sun Airway, Pure Bathing Culture, 9 pm, $10 DUFF’S GARAGE—Tough Love Pyle, 6 pm, $2; Kaye Bohler, 9 pm EAST BURN—The Marvins, 10 pm, free EAST END—Vises, 9 pm EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Steve Cheseborough, 7 pm EDGEFIELD—Kevin Blackwell, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Johnny D’s Community Jam, 7 pm ★ ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Yards, Danny Delegato, Log Across the Washer, Alex Arrowsmith, Teague Cullen, 9 pm, $5 GOODFOOT—Martin Zarzar, Devin Phillips Band, 9 pm GRAND CAFE/ANDREA’S CHA CHA CLUB—Pilon d’Azucar Salsa Band, 9:30 pm HALIBUT’S—Terry Robb, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Medicine for the People, Jon Wayne & the Pain, 7 pm, $12-14, all ages HEATHMAN—Johnny Martin, 7 pm IVORIES—Uketet, 8 pm, $8 JADE LOUNGE—Acoustic Oceans: Colin Fisher, Ben Wolman, Sparkle Nation, 7 pm JAM ON HAWTHORNE—Hot Club of Hawthorne, 6 pm, free JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown B3 Organ Band, 8 pm, $5 KELLS—David Ross, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—The Autonomics, Tigress, Eidolons, 9 pm, $5 KENNEDY SCHOOL—Steer Crazy, 7 pm, free, all ages KENTON CLUB—Ever So Android, Lydian Gray, Awfully Sudden Death of Martha G, Sad Little Men, 9 pm, free LANDMARK SALOON—The Pickups, 8:30 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Lewi Longmire Band, 6 pm; Ridgerunner Summit: Jimmy Boyer, Lynn Conover, Dan Haley, Tim Acott, 9:30 pm, $5 LV’S—Tyrone Hendrix, 9 pm MISSION THEATER—Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, 7:30 pm, $15 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Supadupa Marimba Brothers, 6 pm MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, The Local Strangers, Miggs, 7 pm, $15-17 MUDDY RUDDER—Joe McMurrian, 8 pm MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Dan Weber, 6 pm, free, all ages O’CONNORS VAULT—Heidi McIsaac, John Bunzow, 7 pm, $5 ★ THE OLD CHURCH—Cosmonaut and The Thief: Satellite Ensemble, Nick Jaina, 8 pm, $8, all ages ★ PLAN B—Too Many Moths, Hara Isis, Fukumup, Peak Indicator, Ubercake, Deelo G, Acroyear, Sunfalls, Noyouyesme, Rudement, Cult of Zir, Melting Pot Soundsystem, Huey Cobra, 9 pm THE PRESS CLUB—SuS Quartet, 8 pm QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Chris Baum Project, 9 pm, free ★ RECORD ROOM—Au Dunes, Wet Trident, Woolen Men, 8 pm RED ROOM—Desideratum, Jacktown Road, Shotgun Overdose, Disenchanter, 9 pm, $5 THE SECRET SOCIETY—Libertine Belles, 6 pm, all ages SLABTOWN—Akanabe Vulgars, 9 pm ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—The Mercury Tree, Lord, Odyska, 9 pm, $6 TIGER BAR—Karaoke from Hell, 9:30 pm, free TONIC LOUNGE—Owl Howl, She Preaches Mayhem, Erik Anarchy, 9 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Sinatra Fest 2012: John Gilmore, 7:30 pm, $10 ★ VALENTINE’S—Jennie Wayne, Lindsay Clark, MayMay, 9 pm, $3 VIE DE BOHEME—Sound & Rhythm, 5:30 pm, $7-15 WHITE EAGLE—The Brothers of the Hound, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Basketball Jones, Face the Box, 8:30 pm, free WILF’S—Greg Goebel Trio, 7:30 pm WONDER BALLROOM—Collie Buddz, New Kingston, Los Rakas, The Holdup, 8:30 pm, $20-25, all ages
ALADDIN THEATER—Tyler Stenson, Naomi Hooley, Crown Point, 8 pm, $12-15 ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Nat Hulskamp, 8 pm ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Friday Night Coffeehouse, $5, all ages ASH STREET SALOON—The Good Sons, Hellokopter, Stumblebum, 9:30 pm, $5 ★ BACKSPACE—Queued Up, The Wolfman Fairies, Donovan Breakwater, 9 pm, $5, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Lynn Conover, 6 pm, all ages; Counterfeit Cash, 9:30 pm BLUE DIAMOND—The New Iberians, 9 pm BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Tablao, 8 pm BUFFALO GAP—Hot Tea Cold, 9 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Marie Schumacher Band, 8 pm, $5 CANVAS ART BAR—Open Mic: Steve Huber, 7 pm, free, all ages CARVLIN HALL—Bill Staines, 7:30 pm, $8-13 CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Man Overboard, 8 pm, $23-25, all ages DANTE’S—Three Bad Jacks, 9 pm, $8 DOUG FIR—Poi Dog Pondering, 9 pm, $15-17 DUFF’S GARAGE—The Hamdogs, 6 pm, $2; Karen Lovely, 9 pm EAST BURN—Twisted Whistle, 10 pm, free EAST END—DJ Old Man Stares, Blood of Kings, Motorthrone, Ritual Healing, Bloodlust, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—John Bunzow, 7 pm, free ★ ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Cinema Minimal, Micrasoft, LoOpsss, Pictorials, 9 pm, $5 FIRKIN TAVERN—Irie Idea, Chautauqua, 9 pm, free FORD FOOD & DRINK—The Low Bones, 5 pm; Josh & Mer, 8 pm GROOVE SUITE—Trifecta: Easy Company, Ernest Ryan, Melody Fisher, 10 pm, $5 HALIBUT’S—Jim Wallace, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Con Bro Chill, Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger, 7 pm, $10-13, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—The Bastard Suns, Knockout, The Sindicate, 9 pm, $8-10 ★ HOLOCENE—Rockbox: Love Loungers, Matt Nelkin, DJ Kez, Dundiggy, DJ Roane, 9 pm, $3 ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm; Joe Marquand, 4:30 pm IVORIES—Noah Peterson, Emmett Wheatfall, 8 pm, $10 JADE LOUNGE—Harrison Fulop, Freddy Trujillo, The Chair Project, 6 pm JIMMY MAK’S—The Shanghai Woolies, Janice Scroggins, Reggie Houston, 8 pm KATIE O’BRIEN’S—Papa Dynamite, Primitive Idols, 9 pm, free KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Her Ghost, Tyler Fortier, 9 pm, $5 KENNEDY SCHOOL—Homecoming Dance: Radical Revolution, 7 pm, $15 KENTON CLUB—Manx, Bottom Feeders, 9 pm, free THE KNOW—Zoo, Voices, Fainting Room, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Hank Sinatra, The Portland Playboys, 7 pm LANGANO LOUNGE—MC Also, 9 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Sassparilla, 6 pm, free; Tim Easton, Lewi Longmire, 9:30 pm, $10 LOCAL LOUNGE—Ruthless: Bruce LaBruiser, Ill Camino, $3 LV’S—Norman Sylvester, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Waxwings, 6 pm; Melao d’Cuba, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Spirit Lake, Melville, Alameda, 9 pm, $6-8 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Nopo Mojo, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Down North, Bottleneck Blues Band, 8:30 pm, $6 MUDDY RUDDER—Terry Robb, Lauren Sheehan, 8 pm MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Zion I, Diego’s Umbrella, 6 pm, free, all ages NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, 9:30 pm NEW COPPER PENNY—Wild Dogs, Roar, 9:30 pm O’CONNORS VAULT—Jack McMahon Band, 8 pm, $5 PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Backstage Pass, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Veronica Greene, 8 pm RECORD ROOM—Cockeye, Eiger Sanction, Swamp Buck, 8 pm RED ROOM—Worlds Without Sun, Never Awake, My Robot Lung, Pink Slip, 9 pm, $5 ★ REFUGE—Convergence: Zion I, Minnesota, Diego’s Umbrella, Vokab Company, Mr. Wu, 9 pm, $15-25 REVIVAL DRUM SHOP—Sugar Free Jazz, Eet, 8 pm, $5-15, all ages ★ ROSELAND—First Aid Kit, Dylan LeBlanc, 8 pm, $18, all ages THE SECRET SOCIETY—Bossa Nossa, 6 pm, all ages; Jenny Finn Orchestra, Trashcan Joe, 9 pm, $10 SLABTOWN—Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devils, 9 pm ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—De La Warr, Bitterroot, Jasper T & the Homies, 8 pm, $6 THE SPARE ROOM—2nd Time Through, 9 pm, free ★ STAR THEATER—Tribute to Herbie Hancock: Joey Porter, 9 pm, $15 TANGO STUDIO BERRETIN—Fundraising Concert/Silent Auction: Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, 7:30 pm, $20
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LIVE MUSIC THE TARDIS ROOM—Arthur Moore, 8 pm TIGER BAR—Static Parallel, Red Sea, American Roulette, 9 pm, $4 TONIC LOUNGE—Super Cardigan Brothers, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Sinatra Fest 2012: Tony Morettii, 8 pm, $15 TRADER VIC’S—Tribute to Frank Sinatra: John English, 5 pm VIE DE BOHEME—Ojos Feos, 9 pm, $5 WHITE EAGLE—The Reverb Brothers, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Rule of the Bone, Mexican Gunfight, 9:30 pm, $8 WILF’S—Ron Steen, Rita Marquez, Dennis Calazza, Phil Goldberg, 7:30 pm WONDER BALLROOM—Big Gigantic, Griz, 9 pm, $16, all ages
SATURDAY 10/20 ★ AL’S DEN—Nathan Baumgartner, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Toshi Onizuka, 8 pm ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—The Songs of Billy Joel & More: Michael Cavanaugh, Oregon Symphony, 7:30 pm, $21-95, all ages ARTICHOKE MUSIC—Anne Weiss, 8 pm, $15 ASH STREET SALOON—Headless Pez, Coven, Cemetery Lust, Raptor, 9 pm, $10 BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Jenny Sizzler, 6 pm; The Waydowns, 9:30 pm BLUE DIAMOND—Sonny Hess, 9 pm BLUE MONK—David Ornette Cherry, La Rhonda Steele, 9 pm, $10 ★ BOOM BAP!—Teenage Sweater, Prescription Pills, Moon Mirror, Daytime Television, 8:30 pm BRANX—Emilie Autumn, 8:30 pm, $17, all ages BRASSERIE MONTMARTRE—Jamie Stillway Trio, 8 pm BUFFALO GAP—Commonly Courteous, 9 pm, free CAMELLIA LOUNGE—Toque Libre, 9 pm, $5 DANTE’S—Hell’s Belles, 9:30 pm, $12 ★ DOUG FIR—Neil Halstead, Alina Hardin, 6 pm, $1215; Freelance Whales, Geographer, 9:30 pm, $17.50-18 DUFF’S GARAGE—DK Stewart, 9 pm, $10 EAST BURN—Hot Tea Cold, 10 pm, free ★ EAST END—The Hague, Special Explosion, Sun Valley Gun Club, Holy Tentacles, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Frame by Frame, 7 pm, free ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—1491, Doe Eye, The Volt Per Octaves, 9 pm, $5 FIRKIN TAVERN—One Year Anniversary: Less Cash, Silverhawk, The Heevees, Decoro, Colin Fisher, 8 pm, free FOGGY NOTION—Fur Coats, Crazy Eyes, Banh Mi, Warvette, 9 pm, $4 GEMINI LOUNGE—Prom Queen, 9 pm, free ★ GOODFOOT—Dead Winter Carpenters, 9 pm, $10 HALIBUT’S—Larry Pindar, 8 pm, free HAWTHORNE HOPHOUSE—Bodacious, 4 pm, free; Ben Larsen, Austin Moore, 9 pm, free ★ HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Brother Ali, Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, The Reminders, 7 pm, $15-18, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Medicine Family, 8:30 pm, $5 ★ HOLLYWOOD THEATRE—Plink Flojd, Nice Nice, Regular Music, 9:30 pm, $7 HOPHOUSE (NE 15TH)—Rogue Bluegrass Band, 8:30 pm, free, all ages IVORIES—Rebecca Kilgore, Tom Wakeling, Randy Porter, 8 pm, $10 JADE LOUNGE—The Low Down Whiskey Rebels, Kory Quinn, Colt Haney, Foster Oren Haney, SuS Quartet, 8 pm JIMMY MAK’S—Bart Ferguson, Edward Stanley Band, 8 pm KATIE O’BRIEN’S—End of Now, Lighter than Dark, The Weak Knees, 9 pm, free KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Don’t, The Lordy Lords, Ghostwriter, 9 pm, $5 ★ KENTON CLUB—The Satin Chaps, MoonSpinners, Karl & The Jerks, DJ Drew Groove, 9 pm, $5 ★ THE KNOW—Spookies, Death Songs, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—The Johnson Creek Stranglers, 9 pm ★ LAUGHING HORSE BOOKS—Like a Villain, Waver Clamor Bellow, 9 pm, $3-5 LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Tree Frogs, 6 pm; Becky Kapell, Tim Acott, Mike Danner, Russ Miller, Lex Browning, Paul Brainard, Janet Julian, Dan Haley, 9:30 pm, $5 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Toy Trains, 4 pm; Supervisor, 6 pm; Deepest Darkest, Labradora, 9 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Howlin Rain, Assembled Head in Sunburst Sound, 9 pm, $12 MOCK CREST TAVERN—Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Review, 9 pm MT. TABOR THEATER—Ken Derouchie Band, 8 pm, $8 MT. TABOR THEATER LOUNGE—Sean Gaskell, Kelsey Lindstrom, 8 pm, $8 MUDDY RUDDER—Maggie & Patrick Lind, 8 pm MUSIC MILLENNIUM—New West Guitar Group, 5 pm, free, all ages NEL CENTRO—Mike Pardew, Dave Captein, Randy Rollofson, 9:30 pm ★ PLAN B—Atriarch, Elitist, Taurus, Night Nurse, 9 pm
PONDEROSA LOUNGE (AT JUBITZ)—Rock ’n’ Roll Cowboys, 9 pm, $2-5 THE PRESS CLUB—Green Tambourine, 8 pm RECORD ROOM—Horse Fingers, Troubadour Dali, 8 pm, $3-5 RED ROOM—Smashbandits, The Longshots, Go Ballistic, Skatterbomb, 9 pm, $6 ★ THE SECRET SOCIETY—Everything’s Jake, 6 pm, all ages; Barry Brusseau, Jon Ransom, Caitlyn Olds, 9 pm, $5 SLABTOWN—Iceland, Leviticus Appleton, 9 pm, $5 SLOAN’S TAVERN—The Witching Hour: DJ Dark Daughter, 9 pm SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Tribute to Neil Young: The Vulva Underground, 9 pm THE SPARE ROOM—Cool Breeze, 9 pm, free ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH—With and Without Words: Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, 7:30 pm ★ STAR THEATER—Bosnian Rainbows, Crypts, 9 pm, $15 THE TARDIS ROOM—Eric Vanderwall, 7:30 pm TED’S—Wild Child, W.Z., Mighty, Aaron O’Bryan, El Raffa De Alaska, The Deadliest Catch Band, 3 pm, $7; Toxic Zombie, 9:30 pm, $5 TIGER BAR—2112, Sweet Emotion, 9 pm, $7 ★ TONIC LOUNGE—Pinehurst Kids, Monoplane, The Baltic Cousins, 9:30 pm TONY STARLIGHT’S—Sinatra Fest 2012: Alone Together, All-Star Horns, 8 pm, $16 TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 8 pm TWILIGHT CAFE & BAR—Skoi, Bloody Mess, Rock Circus, Raw Dog & the Close Calls, 9:30 pm, $5 VIE DE BOHEME—Soul Vaccination, 8 pm THE WAYPOST—Wes Turner, Elegant Bachelor, 8 pm WHITE EAGLE—The Student Loan, 4:30 pm, free, all ages; 4 on the Floor, Get Rhythm, Buckwheat, 9:30 pm, $8 ★ WONDER BALLROOM—Bombay Bicycle Club, Vacationer, 9 pm, $15-17
SUNDAY 10/21 ★ ALADDIN THEATER—Calexico, The Dodos, 8 pm, $22.50 ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Lucy Kaplansky, 7 pm, $20-22 AL’S DEN—Buoy LaRue, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Blackstone Edge, Eric Schrepel, Dave Fleschner, 6 pm, $60 (includes dinner); Danny Romero, 7 pm ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL—Debbie Gravitte, Oregon Symphony, 3 pm, $21-95, all ages ASH STREET SALOON—Insomniac Folklore, The Big Bad Wolf, Lucia Fasano, 9:30 pm, $5 AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH—Augustana Jazz Quartet, 6 pm, free, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Felim Egan, 8 pm BLUE MONK—Red 40, 8 pm BRANX—Threat Signal, Kill on Sight, Chronological Injustice, Gladius, Bloodoath, 7:15 pm, $10, all ages CLYDE’S PRIME RIB—Ron Steen Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm, free ★ CRYSTAL BALLROOM—Two Door Cinema Club, Friends, St. Lucia, 8 pm, $25-28, all ages DANTE’S—Sinferno Cabaret, 11 pm ★ DOUG FIR—Lost in the Trees, Midtown Dickens, Dana Buoy, 8:30 pm, $10-12 EAST END—Andrews Ave, Montgomery Word, The Volt Per Octaves, 9 pm EAT: AN OYSTER BAR—Reggie Houston’s Box of Chocolates, 11 am EDGEFIELD—Billy D, 5 pm, free ★ ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—A. Forrest Van Tuyl, Gresham Transit Center, 9 pm, $5 FIRKIN TAVERN—Open Mic, 8 pm, free FORD FOOD & DRINK—Tim Roth, Sun, noon, free, all ages GOODFOOT—Shuffleboil, 9 pm HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox the Ghost, Now Now, 7 pm, $20-23, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—Matt Woods, Michael Dean Damron, 9 pm, free ★ HOLOCENE—The Projects PDX Closing Party: Atole, Goodnight Billy Goat, Apartment Fox, Wild Thing, 9 pm, free JADE LOUNGE—Alexa Wiley, 7 pm KAUL AUDITORIUM, REED COLLEGE—Love and Marriage: Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, 3 pm, $17 KELLS—Irish Session, 6 pm; Cronin Tierney, 9 pm KENNEDY SCHOOL—Hanz Araki, Kathryn Claire, Cal Scott, 7 pm, $12, all ages ★ THE KNOW—Nu Sensae, Sick Rats, Peace, Vicious Pleasures, 8 pm 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 MIGRATION BREWING CO.—Whistlepig, 7 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Lazy Champions, 6 pm; Lighter than Dark, Trick Sensei, 9 pm MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Rusted Root, Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk, 8 pm, $20-25
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â˜… MOON & SIXPENCEâ€”Foghorn Stringband, free MUDDY RUDDERâ€”Irish Music, 4 pm Oâ€™CONNORS VAULTâ€”Country Side of Sunday: Bob Love, Jeff Woodcock, Kurtis Piltz, Jon Koonce, Steve Bradley, 7:30 pm, $5 RED ROOMâ€”Banned From Earth, Blastfemur, A Killing Dove, 9 pm, $5 ROCK BOTTOM BREWERYâ€”Dojo Toolkit, 9 pm â˜… RONTOMSâ€”The World Radiant, Pocketknife, 9 pm, free SLABTOWNâ€”Lucabrazzi, 9 pm SOMEDAY LOUNGEâ€”NoPo Big Band, 9 pm, $5 THE SPARE ROOMâ€”Angel Bouchet Band, 8 pm, free ST. ANDREWâ€™S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHâ€”With and Without Words: Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, 3 pm STAR THEATERâ€”Dilana, 9 pm, $10 TABOR HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCHâ€”Silent Movie Organ Concert: Chris Nordwall, 4 pm, all ages TABORSPACEâ€”Professor Banjo, 3 pm, $10 TONIC LOUNGEâ€”Hunter Valentine, Queen Caveat, Kiss KillÂ”, The Happening, 8:30 pm TONY STARLIGHTâ€™Sâ€”Brothers of the Baladi, Grace Constantine, Deviant Duet, 7 pm, $10 TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRALâ€”Monteverdiâ€™s 1610 Vespers: Pacific Music Works, 5 pm, $26-54 TWIN PARADOX CAFEâ€”Sore Finger Jam, 2:30 pm â˜… VALENTINEâ€™Sâ€”Gallop, Fox & Woman, Harlowe & The Great North Woods, 9 pm, $3 VIE DE BOHEMEâ€”Catarina New, 7 pm, $5 THE WAYPOSTâ€”Simon Tucker, 8 pm WHITE EAGLEâ€”Maxâ€™s Midnight Kitchen, Birdhouse, 7 pm, free
LOCAL STRANGERS MIGGS Thu, Oct 18 6:30pm Doors, 7pmShow $15 Adv â€œIf 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.â€? -Spin
ALBERTA ROSE THEATREâ€”The Hobart Brothers, 8 pm, $15 ALâ€™S DENâ€”Buoy LaRue, 7 pm, free ANDINAâ€”JB Butler, 7 pm â˜… ARLENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALLâ€”Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagherâ€™s High Flying Birds, 8 pm, $37.50-70, all ages ASH STREET SALOONâ€”Cornshed, My Fatherâ€™s Pocket Watch, Sloe Lorus, 9:30 pm, $5 BLUE MONKâ€”Pagan Jug Band, 6:30 pm, free; Brasil Band, 8 pm â˜… BUNK BARâ€”XDS, Grammies, 9 pm, $3 CRYSTAL BALLROOMâ€”Wolfgang Gartner, Pierce Fulton, Popeska, Imade, 8 pm, $20-23, all ages DOUG FIRâ€”ZZ Ward, Yellow Red Sparks, Sidestreet Reny, 9 pm, $10 DUFFâ€™S GARAGEâ€”Trio Bravo, 6 pm, $2; Dover Weinberg Quartet, 9 pm, $2 EDGEFIELDâ€”Sara Jackson-Holman, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LABâ€”Johnny Dâ€™s Community Jam, 7 pm ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUBâ€”Bevelers, Colin Johnson, Stephanie Scelza, Cory Baker, Harrison Fulop, Timothy Murphy, 9 pm, $5 GOODFOOTâ€”Radula, 9 pm, free; Kory Quinn, Brad Parsons, 9 pm, free HAWTHORNE THEATREâ€”Alesana, In Fear & Faith, Vampires Everywhere, Glamour of the Kill, All Human, 6:30 pm, $18-20, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGEâ€”That Much Further West Radio, 4 pm, free; Whistlepunk, 6 pm, free THE HUTCHâ€”Open Mic, 8 pm, free IVORIESâ€”Jazz Jam: Carey Campbell, Hank Hirsh Trio, 7:30 pm JADE LOUNGEâ€”Colin Johnson, 7 pm JIMMY MAKâ€™Sâ€”Gregoire Maret, 9:30 pm, $18-22 â˜… KELLYâ€™S OLYMPIANâ€”Here Come Dots, Quiet CountriesÂ”, Josh & Mer, Ron Wesley, 9 pm, $6 â˜… KENTON CLUBâ€”The World Record, Norman, Garrett Pierce, 9 pm
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ALâ€™S DENâ€”Buoy LaRue, 7 pm, free ANDINAâ€”Pete Krebs, 7 pm BLUE DIAMONDâ€”Tom Grant, 9 pm â˜… CRYSTAL BALLROOMâ€”Mayer Hawthorne, Harlan, 8 pm, $18-20, all ages DANTEâ€™Sâ€”Karaoke from Hell, 10 pm â˜… DOUG FIRâ€”Lord Huron, Night Moves, 9 pm, $10-12 DUFFâ€™S GARAGEâ€”The Old Way, Ben Dewey, 8 pm EDGEFIELDâ€”Skip vonKuske, 7 pm, free GERDING THEATER AT THE ARMORYâ€”Paul Lewis GOODFOOTâ€”Sonic Forum Open Mic, 8 pm, $1 ISLAND MANA WINESâ€”David & Goliath, 4 pm JADE LOUNGEâ€”Salon De Musique: Jaime Leopold, 7 pm JIMMY MAKâ€™Sâ€”Dan Balmer, 8 pm, free â˜… THE KNOWâ€”Audacity, Youthbitch, The Urges, 8 pm LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSEâ€”Portland Country Underground, 6 pm, free; Kung Pao Chickens, 9 pm, free LOLAâ€™S ROOMâ€”Mosley Wotta, 7 pm, free MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUBâ€”Mr. Ben, 5 pm, all ages MUDDY RUDDERâ€”Lloyd Jones, 8 pm PUB AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSEâ€”Open Mic, 8 pm, free QUIMBYâ€™S AT 19THâ€”Soul Mates, 7 pm ROCK BOTTOM BREWERYâ€”Mt. Air Studios, 10 pm â˜… ROSELANDâ€”A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, A$AP Mob, 8 pm, $25-125, all ages SOMEDAY LOUNGEâ€”Moldover, Halo Refuser, John Henry, 8 pm, $7 STAR BARâ€”Iron Mountain, Heathen Shrine, 8 pm TIGER BARâ€”AC Lov Ring, 9 pm â˜… VALENTINEâ€™Sâ€”Hookers, 9 pm WHITE EAGLEâ€”Leo, 8:30 pm, free
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Sat, Oct 20
Athens, Georgia rockers celebrate the release of Enjoy The Company. Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Drive-By Truckers, Hold Steady), the band defines rock n roll
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Record release party for Weinlands new LP, Los Processaur
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Joyful blend of folk, roots, and americana
Audio explorations breaking new ground in electronic prog and pop other-world from New York masterminds
WAR SUN ANGLE STREET NIGHTS PURPLE PILGRIMS
Dkota Sun, Oct 28
Portland house band crafting delicious dance jams of art-house rock and psych
THE MIRACLES CLUB MIDNIGHT MAGIC
Tue, Oct 30
Petuniaâ€™s music is infectious, his singing ranging from delicate to powerful with hillbilly flavored swing and ragtime
PETUNIA & THE VIPERS
LITANIC MASK (RECORD RELEASE)
Wed, Oct 31 Coming Soon... 11/2: THE YOUNG EVILS 11/3: OLD LIGHT / HUNGRY GHOST 11/5: CINEBITCH 11/6: SOPHIE BARKER (OF ZERO 7) 11/7: THOSE DARLINS 11/8: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM! 11/8: JD SAMSON & MEN 11/9: THRILL JOCKEY 20TH 11/10: MRS W/ DJ BEYONDA
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11/11: GENERATIONALS 11/12: ROOMRUNNER 11/13: BAHAMAS 11/15: EMMITT-NERSHI BAND 11/16: EMMITT-NERSHI BAND 11/17: SUSANNA HOFFS 11/18: RAC 11/19: DELICATE STEVE 11/21: SOUL VACCINATION 11/23: TONY FURTADO BAND
11/24: THE LOVE LOUNGERS 11/25: BLOOD BEACH 11/27: PETER AMES CARLIN 11/28: LEE DEWYZE 11/30: CALIFONE 12/1: BATTLEME / MY GOODNESS 12/2: LAWRENCE ARABIA 12/3: CINEBITCH 12/6: SCOTT LAW REUNION BAND 12/7: CHARLIE HUNTER
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Alberta Rose Theatre Thursday, October 18th PETER MULVEY
KRIS DELMHORST Fri/Sat, October 19 & 20
FRIGHT NIGHT A HALLOWEEN CIRCUS
Sunday, October 21st
LUCY KAPLANSKY Tuesday, October 23rd
THE HOBART BROTHERS FEAT. LIL’ SIS HOBART Wednesday, October 24th
TONY LUCCA WITH JUSTIN HOPKINS
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THICKER THAN WATER A BENEFIT FOR A FRIEND
Friday, October 26th
FUNK ‘N ZYDECO
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10.28 - CRIS KELLY, SOCIETY’S DEAD AGE & MORE 11.2 - STEVE FORBERT
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★ THE KNOW—The Mob, Tragedy, Bi-marks, 8 pm ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Jackstraw, 6 pm, free LV’S—Ron Steen’s Jazz Jam, 8:30 pm MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Lost Creek, 6 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—The Whigs, The Record Company, 9 pm, $12-15 MT. TABOR THEATER—Open Mic Night: Simon Tucker, 8 pm, free MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Sassparilla, 7 pm, free, all ages O’CONNORS VAULT—Linda Lee Michelet, 7 pm, $5 QUIMBY’S AT 19TH—Tom Grant, 8:30 pm, free ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Brothers ’n’ Laws, 9 pm ★ ROTTURE—SSion, House of Ladosha, Magic Mouth, DJ Beyondadoubt, 9 pm, $10 SHAKER AND VINE—Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party, 8 pm SLIM’S—Open Mic, 9 pm, free SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Whiskey Party & Songwriter Showcase, 8 pm, $3 TASTE ON 23RD—Brandstson Duo, 6:30 pm, free THIRSTY LION—Eric John Kaiser, 9 pm TWILIGHT CAFE & BAR—Open Mic Night: The Roaming, 8 pm ★ VALENTINE’S—Lina Lamont, Virgin Blood, Teenage Sweater, Emp. Moe, 9 pm, $3 VINO VIXENS—Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party, 6 pm WHITE EAGLE—Rupa & The April Fishes, 8:30 pm, $12 WILF’S—Ron Steen, Amy Keys, 7:30 pm
WEDNESDAY 10/24 ALBERTA ROSE THEATRE—Tony Lucca, Justin Hopkins, Daniel Kirkpatrick & the Bayonets, 8 pm, $15-17 AL’S DEN—Buoy LaRue, 7 pm, free ANDINA—Jason Okamoto, 7 pm ASH STREET SALOON—Local Dudes, Socionic, Myselfdestruct, Death on the Highway, 8 pm, $5 ★ BACKSPACE—Arkells, Delta Bravo, Asteroid M, The Crash Engine, 7 pm, $8, all ages BIDDY MCGRAW’S—Half-Step Shy Happy Hour: David Gerow, 6 pm, all ages 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 DEPOKOS PIZZA—Open Mic, 8 pm, all ages 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 ★ EAST END—Fontaine Classic, Cutbank, 9 pm EDGEFIELD—Henry Hill Kammerer, 7 pm, free THE ELIXIR LAB—Blue Flags Black Skies, 8 pm ELLA STREET SOCIAL CLUB—Sister Midnight, Meta Pinnacle, Holy Filament, 9 pm, $5 EUGENIO’S—Open Mic, 6:30 pm FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN—Kory Quinn, 9:30 pm GOOD NEIGHBOR PIZZERIA—Open Mic GOODFOOT—Giraffe Dodgers, 9 pm ★ HAWTHORNE THEATRE—Dio Disciples, Witchburn, Hellion, Maiden NW, Motorbreath, 7 pm, $18-20, all ages HAWTHORNE THEATRE LOUNGE—proGrammar, 6 pm, free ★ HOLOCENE—13 Months of Sunshine: African Sounds Dance Party: DJ Sahelsounds, Jason Urick, DJ Dullah, 9 pm, $3 ISLAND MANA WINES—David & Goliath, 4 pm ★ IVORIES—Elena Duni, Battle Hymns & Gardens, 8 pm, $10 JIMMY MAK’S—Mel Brown Quartet, 8 pm, $5 KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—The James London Band, No More Parachutes, 9 pm, $5 ★ THE KNOW—Steelhymen, Crag Dweller, Sluagh, 8 pm LANDMARK SALOON—Bob Shoemaker, 6 pm; Jake Ray & The Cowdogs, 9:30 pm ★ LAURELTHIRST PUBLIC HOUSE—Dolorean, 6 pm, free; Curtis Eller, Strangled Darlings, Professor Gall, 9 pm, $6 MISSISSIPPI PIZZA PUB—Mr. Hoo, noon, all ages; Mother Shrew, 9:30 pm ★ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS—Allen Stone, Yuna, Tingsek, 8 pm, $16.50-18.50 MUSIC MILLENNIUM—Greg Trooper, 6 pm, free O’CONNORS VAULT—Jon Koonce & One More Mile, 8 pm, free PALACE OF INDUSTRY—Mystery Old Time String Band, 7:30 pm ★ PLAN B—Black Tusk, Nether Regions, Lord Dying, Towers, 8 pm THE PRESS CLUB—Simon Tucker, 8 pm RED ROOM—Open Mic, 9 pm ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY—Jordan Harris, 9 pm ★ ROSELAND—Crystal Castles, Health, Kontravoid, 8 pm, $32, all ages ★ ROTTURE—Earth, Fontanelle, Stebmo, 9 pm, $11 THE SECRET SOCIETY—Oregon Music News Anniversary Party: Sara Jackson-Holman, Kelley Shannon Jazz All-Stars, Sad Little Men, Andy Stokes, 5 pm, all ages ★ SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Mark Mallman, Aina Haina, 9 pm, $6 SUNDOWN PUB—SongWrecker Cabaret, 9 pm TRADER VIC’S—Xavier Tavera’s Chamber Orchestra from Cuba, 6 pm ★ VALENTINE’S—Daniel Higgs, Arrington de Dionyso, Lori Goldston, Larry Yes, 9 pm, $7 VIE DE BOHEME—Carri Bella, 7:30 pm WHITE EAGLE—Rupa & The April Fishes, 8:30 pm, $12 WILF’S—Dick Berk, Tardo Hammer, Dave Captein, 7:30 pm
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DJ LISTINGS THURSDAY 10/18 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Maxamillion CC SLAUGHTERS—Hiphop Heaven: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free 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 GROUND KONTROL—\Joystick/: DarkCloud, 10 pm, free ★ HOLOCENE—Gimme The Night: Boogie Dance Party: DJ Cooky Parker, DJ Gwizski, DJ Maxx Bass, 9 pm, $5 JONES—New Jack Swing: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 THE LOVECRAFT—Synthicide: Tom Jones, Erica Jones, Jared White, Luke Buser, 9 pm LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Panty Droppa, free MOLOKO PLUS—DJ Maxamillion, 10 pm; King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free NICK’S FAMOUS CONEY ISLAND—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free PALACE OF INDUSTRY—DJ Kerouac, 7 pm SANTA FE TAQUERIA—Salsa Social SOS: DJ Armando, 9 pm SAUCEBOX—Evan Alexander SOMEDAY LOUNGE—Happy Hour: Mr. Romo, DJ Michael Grimes, 4 pm STAR BAR—DJ Jonny Cakes, 10 pm TIGA—DJ El Dorado TUBE—Sethro Tull, 7 pm VAULT—Jams: DJ 60/40 WORKSHOP PUB—Phonographix Video DJs, 9 pm ★ YES AND NO—Pussy Control Prince Night: Black Dog, Nathan Detroit, 10 pm, free
FRIDAY 10/19 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Whalewatchers BLITZ 21—DJ Sovern-T, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Filthy Fridays: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—DJ Dollar Bin, DJ Hwy 7, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Noise Friday: Dev From Above, 9 pm, free ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free ELEMENT—Chris Alice, 9 pm THE EMBERS AVENUE—On the Avenue: DJ Jens, 9 pm FEZ—Shut Up & Dance: DJ Gregarious, 10 pm, $5 GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—DJ Drew Groove, 10 pm, free GOODFOOT—DJ Aquaman’s Soul Stew, 9 pm GROUND KONTROL—DJ MT, RAW, 9 pm, $2 ★ HOLOCENE—DJ E*Rock, 5 pm, free JONES—Back to the Future Fridays: DJ Zimmie, 8 pm, $5 LOLA’S ROOM—’80s Video Dance Attack: VJ Kittyrox, 8 pm, $6 LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Joe, free MATADOR—Infamous: DJ Rattooth, DJ Makeout, 10 pm, free MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu PALACE OF INDUSTRY—DJ Doug Ferious, 7 pm ★ ROTTURE—BMP/GRND: Amy Kasio, DJ Rhienna, 9 pm STAR BAR—Blank Fridays: DJ Paultimore, 10 pm TIGA—DJ Yard Sale TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TUBE—Neil Blender, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ Lightyear, 9 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Cressida, DJ Eddie, Gabriel O’Driscoll, DJ Zoxy, Gotek, 9 pm, $5
SATURDAY 10/20 AURA—Twice as Nice: DJ TJ, A Train, Tandem, 10 pm, $10 BACKSPACE—ACLU Party Like It’s 1986, 9 pm, all ages BEECH ST. PARLOR—Selecta Marganixx BERBATI’S PAN—Music for the Masses: King Fader, 10 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—House of Hollywood: DJ Alex Hollywood, 9 pm, free CROWN ROOM—Club Crooks: DJ Izm, Easter Egg, 9 pm, $5 CRUZROOM—DJ Edgar Hoover 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 I <3 U, DJ Avery, 9 pm, $2 ★ HOLOCENE—Gaycation: DJ Snowtiger, Mr. Charming, 9 pm, $3 JONES—’80s & ’90s Dance Music, 10 pm, $5 LANGANO LOUNGE—Blackbars, 9 pm THE LOVECRAFT—Manchester Night: DJ Bar Hopper, 9 pm
LUCKY DEVIL—DJ Kenoy, free MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm MOTHERS VELVET LOUNGE CAFE—Mr. Mumu PALACE OF INDUSTRY—Folklore, 7 pm ROSELAND—DJ Bl3nd, 9 pm, $15 STAR BAR—Go French Yourself: DJ Cecilia Paris, 10 pm TIGA—Hostile Tapeover TRIPLE NICKEL—DJ Stockholmz, 9:30 pm TUBE—Saturdazed: Josh Booze, 7 pm VALENTINE’S—DJ Bad Wizard, 9 pm
SUNDAY 10/21 AALTO LOUNGE—Whiskey Bitters, 9 pm, free ALLEYWAY CAFE & BAR—Country Music, 3 pm, free, all ages ★ BEULAHLAND—The Original Eye Candy Video Night: VJ Norto, The Phantom Hillbilly, 9 pm, free CC SLAUGHTERS—Superstar Divas, DJ Robb, 8 pm, free CRUSH—DJ Mikey, 10 am-2 pm DEVILS POINT—Stripparaoke: KJ Zero, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Noches Latinas: DJ Marco, 9 pm GOLD DUST MERIDIAN—DJ Danny Dodge, 10 pm, free LUCKY DEVIL—Ladies Night: DJ Mani, free PLAN B—Hive: DJ Owen, DJ Brian Backlash, 9 pm STAR BAR—DJ Bobcat, 10 pm TUBE—Dark Sundays: DJ Josh Dark, 10 pm
MONDAY 10/22 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Lightyear BLUE MONK—Deep Cuts, 8 pm CLUB 21—Witch Throne GROUND KONTROL—Service Industrial: DJ Tibin, 9 pm KELLY’S OLYMPIAN—Eye Candy: VJ Norto, Phantom Hillbilly, 8 pm, free MATADOR—I Don’t Like Mondays: DJ Rhienna, DJF, 10 pm, free O’MALLEY’S SALOON & GRILL—Heavy Metal Monday: Bozyk, 9 pm STAR BAR—Metal Mondays: DJ Blackhawk, 10 pm, free TED’S—Rock & Roll Mondays: Josh, 9:30 pm, free TIGA—Coldyron TUBE—DJ Matt Scaphism, 7 pm
TUESDAY 10/23 BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ Easy Ian CC SLAUGHTERS—DJ Robb, 9 pm, free CLUB 21—DJ Dirty Red CROWN ROOM—See You Next Tuesday: Kellan, DJ Avery, 9 pm, free ★ DEVILS POINT—DJ Kenoy, 9 pm, free THE EMBERS AVENUE—Recycle: DJ Tibin, 9 pm, free GROUND KONTROL—Rock Band Tuesdays: MC T. Wrecks, 9 pm, free THE LOVECRAFT—DJ Straylight, 9 pm; Death Club: DJ Entropy, 10 pm MATADOR—DJ Donny Don’t, 10 pm, free STAR BAR—DJ Smooth Hopperator, 10 pm, free ★ SWIFT LOUNGE—Boogie Tuesday: Maxx Bass, Gwizski, Mikie Lixx TIGA—Treasure Hunters Club TRADER VIC’S—DJ Drew Groove, 6 pm TUBE—DJ Overcol, 7 pm; Tubesday, 10 pm
WEDNESDAY 10/24 AALTO LOUNGE—DJ Maxamillion BEECH ST. PARLOR—DJ El Dorado CC SLAUGHTERS—Trick: DJ Robb, 9 pm, free THE CONQUISTADOR—Put Your Head Out: DJ 60/40 CROWN ROOM—Proper Movement: Advisory, Homemade Weapons, Justin Neal, Delo, 10 pm, free CRUZROOM—Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio: Pat Kearns, Mark Brachmann THE EMBERS AVENUE—Gothic Industrial: DJ Jens, 9 pm FIRKIN TAVERN—VJ Norto, 9 pm GROOVE SUITE—Giraffage, Barisone, DJAO, Magnetic Crew, 10 pm, $5 JONES—Spin Sugar: Doc Adam, 10 pm, $5 LADD’S INN—DJ Kutthroat, 9:30 pm, free LANGANO LOUNGE—Kalidascope, 9 pm MOLOKO PLUS—King Tim 33.3, Discus Noir, 10 pm, free THE REFECTORY—Wednesday Eastside Karaoke: KJ RC, 8 pm SAUCEBOX—DJ Nealie Neal STAR BAR—DJ Overcol, 10 pm TIGA—Endless Sumler TIGER BAR—Juicy Wednesdays: DJ Detroit Diezel, 9 pm, $2 TUBE—Loyd Depriest, 6 pm; DJ Creepy Crawl, 7 pm THE WHISKEY BAR—Whiskey Wednesdays: American Girls, 10 pm, free
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CULTURE/ART/PDX COMICS FESTIVAL
The Projects Various locations, but mostly the Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division, Fri Oct 19-Sun Oct 21, see theprojectspdx.tumblr.com for full schedule
WAPPING SWEATY convention centers for workshops with local and international artists, and tables and booths for interactive art projects and house shows, new experimental comics festival the Projects focuses on collaboration, conversation, and throwing a party that resembles native Portland life. Also, it’s totally free, barring two events that we’ll get to in a sec. “The inspiration started with my friend Dunja Jankovic,” says Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics. “[Jankovic] organizes a comics festival in Croatia called Skver. That’s where the discussion started... to do something like that here in America.” “Basically, the European comics festivals that she’s been to are very different in focus: There’s no tables where artists just sit there and sell stuff like a lot of the American shows,” explains Leivian. “So that makes a huge difference, just to remove that aspect of commerce and also to remove the feeling that to be successful you have to sell a bunch of stuff.” Festivalgoers have a lot to choose from: painting by numbers with Igor Hofbauer, collaborative drawing with Alex Chiu and Sumi Ink Club, a choose-your-own-adventure comic installation, and even a “sad penguins” draw-in with Duskin Drum. Local comics club Gridlords is hosting “readings, interviews, and multimedia presentations” at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) on Saturday and Sunday, and there’s even an encore
presentation of DMTV, Floating World’s yearly animation festival (fuck yeah!). The festival’s soft opening takes place Thursday night at galleryHOMELAND, with an exhibition featuring work by Croatian illustrator and poster artist Igor Hofbauer and French publishing and media collective Le Dernier Cri, who Leivian describes as the Projects’ “guests of honor.” While the honorable Le Dernier Cri make books, prints, comics, exhibitions, videos, and albums, they’re probably best known for the fantastic, grotesque imagery that spans their canon—a frenetic tits-and-monsters quality of content described by the collective in past interviews as the visual equivalent to noise music. Apart from their exhibition at galleryHOMELAND, Le Dernier Cri will pop up throughout the weekend while also teaching a three-day screenprinting class at the IPRC as part of the Projects’ series of workshops. (Eberhardt Press will also host a workshop about bookbinding, and other learning events dot the weekend.) On Friday night, Floating World hosts a book signing to celebrate new releases by Jonny Negron and Sammy Harkham. After the signing, Jason T. Miles, Chris Cilla, and Matthew Thurber will conduct a group interview with the artists, and later in the night, festivalgoers will head to a house party at “Mike’s Basement” to catch musical performances by Le Dernier Cri, the Tenses (members of Smegma), and Thurber. (The house party address is in the program, which you can get at the fest.) E*Rock (Eric Mast) and his audiovisual collective Plink Flojd take over the Hollywood Theatre on Saturday night—think “animation supergroup fueled by Pink Floyd samples”—alongside Regular Music (members of Sun Angle and Panther) and Nice Nice (tickets are $7). For Sunday’s closing party at Holocene (also $7), Experimental Half-Hour will screen some weirdness, with live music by Atole, Apartment Fox, Wild Thing, and Good Night Billygoat, who create stop-motion animations that are scored live. As much designed for the comics-curious as for dedicated members of the picture-books community, the Projects aims to be a different kind of narrative arts festival, one distinct from the commercial conventions America has seen. And it sounds like a really fun three-day party that will cost you at most $14. Not ’alf bad. MATT STANGEL
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The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
Reading w/Tom Kaczynski and Noah Van Sciver, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Fri Oct 19, 7:30 pm
EADING an autobiographical comic is like meeting someone new. It’s rarely love at first sight: More often it takes time to decide how you feel, suss out what kind of person you’re dealing with, and see how your sensibilities and values interact with theirs.
Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos (Farrar Straus Giroux)
Reading at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Wed Oct 24, 7:30 pm
HE CIRCUMSTANCES into which each of us are born seem normal until we’re given reason to believe they might not be. This fact was exploited to great effect in Emma Donoghue’s gripping Room, about a boy who spent his entire life in the storage unit where his mother had been imprisoned
Gabrielle Bell’s The Voyeurs didn’t charm me right off the bat—her collection of autobiographical strips begins with a long account of the end of her relationship with director Michel Gondry, a story I found aimless and meandering. But slowly and surely, Bell grew on me: She’s an antisocial weirdo who doesn’t like to leave the house, and her close focus on the minutia of her life is unassumingly revealing. Nothing remarkable happens here (a globetrotting relationship with a famous director proves the exception, not the rule): She has a boyfriend who lives across the country; she frets about money and takes awkward speaking gigs at comic book shows and colleges; and she builds herself a home Bikram studio by stringing blankets around a space heater. The book’s finest strip is a comic-about-makingcomics, a fictionalized account of Bell agreeing to adapt Valerie Solanas’ famous SCUM Manifesto (“the male is a biological accident”); also charming, a story where Bell admits to being tired of drawing herself, so she dresses herself in white from head to toe and goes out into a snowstorm. By the time I finished the book—in one long reading session—I felt like I’d spent the afternoon with a friend, albeit one who should leave the house a little more often. ALISON HALLETT
since before his birth; now Juan Pablo Villalobos’ debut novel Down the Rabbit Hole mines similar territory, albeit with a ripped-from-the-headlines twist. Down the Rabbit Hole is about a young boy who lives in a palace, where he has a personal tutor and an extensive collection of hats. He’s rarely allowed to leave the palace, and the reader quickly learns that this lavish, secluded life is the result not of royal heritage, but because his father is a paranoid, wealthy Mexican cocaine baron. Tochtli loves fancy hats and learning new words, and he hates being a “faggot”—one of the novel’s most impressive accomplishments is its distillation of a violent, hyper-masculine ethos down to a kid level. People who cry a lot are faggots, unless you’re crying because you’re sick, then it’s okay. All Tochtli wants is a Liberian pygmy hippopotamus, to round out the collection of lions and tigers that doubles as his father’s corpse-disposal service, but as his father’s “business” grows increasingly precarious, Tochtli is ever more privy to the violence unfolding just outside the palace doors. The book clocks in at under 100 pages, but don’t be deceived by Down the Rabbit Hole’s slight size: It’s a disturbing, substantial read. ALISON HALLETT
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David Byrne and Carrie Brownstein in conversation, Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, Fri Oct 19, 7 pm, $34 (includes copy of book), literary-arts.org
ROM HIS TIME with Talking Heads to a globetrotting solo career marked by collaborations with nearly every stripe of musician, David Byrne has always been one of popular mu-
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott, 4885822, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Nov 11, $23-38.50, portlandplayhouse.org
sic’s intellectuals. He might be the only person who could title a book How Music Works and get away with it. He’s certainly the only one who could make such a weighty topic so readable. Presented by McSweeney’s as a somewhat imposing simulacrum of a textbook—fittingly, perhaps, as portions began as TEDTalks—How Music Works is divided into 10 discrete chapters, each tackling and realizing a different thought to completion. Byrne’s autobiography creeps in here and there, charting his experiences as a performing musician and as a recording artist. In the book’s weakest section, he examines the CBGB/downtown New York scene of the late ’70s, analyzing why it became such a fruitful scene for nascent bands. But elsewhere, Byrne approaches broader topics in music as a scholar and philosopher, and what makes the book so pleasurable is his ability to maintain a wide-eyed sense of wonder throughout, never adopting a hectoring tone or presuming he’s earned the rank of an elite authority. He recognizes music as an inherently democratic art form, with similarities across all cultures (there are some very significant cultural differences as well, which are elucidated). But Byrne remains slightly puzzled—and wholly delighted—
by the very peculiar method of human expression that music is: It bears no clear evolutionary benefit and it doesn’t feed or clothe or shelter us, but it’s an irrefutable part of our neurological makeup. Byrne also addresses the massive shifts that have occurred as a result of technological advancements. Recordings, from phonograph cylinders to magnetic tape to digital software, have very much altered the way music inhabits our lives—in many good ways, and some decidedly bad ones, too. We listen to music differently now, and Byrne examines this in ways you might not have considered. He diagrams the dramatic collapse of the record industry and the proliferation of enormous personal musical libraries of music, whose miraculous convenience has the unfortunate byproduct of turning us into largely passive consumers. In the book’s final, remarkable chapter, Byrne touches on Ptolemy’s theory of the music of the spheres and Buddhism’s idea of Nâda-Brahman—the sound of creation. This is all heady stuff, but Byrne’s conversational, unambiguous tone makes How Music Works read like a very fun series of lectures from the coolest professor on campus. He’s peerlessly articulate and animated, and his enthusiasm spreads to the reader. NED LANNAMANN
who shift in and out of supporting roles, from Jason Rouse’s Twinkie-scarfing Martin Van Buren to Jared Miller’s brooding Black Fox, a fictionalized Native American who sold out his people to feed Jackson’s expansionism. (There’s no particular adherence to the letter of history, nor need there be—it is, after all, written by the winners.) It’s a fantastic script, full of pointed reference to the shallowness of our political discourse, but Portland Playhouse’s uneven production suffers in striking a balance between comedy, musical spectacle, and legitimate historical tragedy. This show gets a lot of comedic mileage from the winking diffidence of its actors (“Hey boys, can you believe we’re up here putting on a show?”), which makes it hard to credit a last-ditch effort to earnestly connect with the audience (“Oh right, about those Indians we massacred….”). Scenes that are played straight—like Jackson’s fights with his wife over whether or not he should run for president—are out of step with the rest of the show. At least the jokes land, though, thanks to a cast studded with experienced sketch comedy performers; in particular, strong, funny turns from Darius Pierce, Sean McGrath, and John San Nicolas. ALISON HALLETT
S I WRITE this, my Facebook news feed is brimming with outrage over the Gap’s decision to release a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Manifest Destiny.” The phrase has an aspirational, go-West-young-man catchiness that doubtlessly appealed to the shirt’s designers, but it’s also basically shorthand for genocide: It exemplifies the sense of entitlement that drove Westward expansion in the 1800s, at the expense of Native American lives and lands. People are understandably upset to see it emblazoned on a T-shirt. But Portland Playhouse should pick up one of the shirts before they’re recalled, because it’d be the perfect attire for the conflicted, aggrandizing (and, yes, genocidal) presidential personality at the heart of the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. This Andrew Jackson, played by Seattle’s Logan Benedict, is a rock star, a self-serious, self-mythologizing people’s president in skinny jeans (they could be tighter) and floppy emo hair. “I’m gonna fucking shit all over you guys with my brand of maverick, egalitarian democracy,” he declares, and the people love it; this fictionalized account of Jackson’s life is backed by a cast of costume-swapping men and scantily clad women
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Body Awareness—CoHo begins their 20122013 season with a Drama Desk Award-nominated play about a middle-aged lesbian couple trying to counsel their 21-year-old son, who they believe has Asperger’s syndrome. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 10, $20-25 (pay-whatyou will Thurs), cohoproductions.org
Gabrielle Bell, Tom Kaczynski, Noah Van Sciver—A presentation of three new graphic novels: The Voyeurs, a memoir by Gabrielle Bell; Beta Testing the Apocalypse, by Tom Kaczynski; and The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, by Noah Van Sciver, about the president’s battle with depression in his younger days. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, Fri Oct 19, 7:30 pm, powells.com Mother Courage and Her Children—Theatre Vertigo’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s passionate anti-war play, translated by Pulitzer Prizewinner Tony Kushner. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, opens Fri Oct 19, runs Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, through Nov 17, $15, theatrevertigo.org Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic—Part of OMSI’s Science Pub series, author David Quammen discusses the roles insects play when they transmit diseases from wild animals to humans. Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, Mon Oct 22, 7 pm, $5, all ages, omsi.edu Polina Olsen—Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the counterculture chart a decade in which the threat of 20,000 hippies descending upon Portland en masse wasn’t just a paranoid worry— it was a story in Newsweek. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, Wed Oct 24, 7 pm, powells.com
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The Diviners is the story of a girl sent to live with her occult-obsessed uncle, who gets caught up in a murder investigation on the streets of New York City. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30 pm
COMICS UNDERGROUND See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19 Jack London Bar at the Rialto, 529 SW 4th, 227-5327, 8 pm, $3
JONNY NEGRON & SAMMY HARKHAM A reading and release party for Everything Together, a collaboration between Negron and Harkham. Also featuring a live interview with Jason T. Miles and Chris Cilla. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch, 241-0227, 6 pm, free
NATALY KELLY & JOST ZETZSCHE Found in Translation looks at the surprising ways that translation shapes the world and affects the health and happiness of humanity. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 228-4651, 7:30
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THEATER 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 and Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Nov 11, $20-39
THE LOST BOYS - LIVE Bad Reputation Productions follows up their adaptation of Road House with an all-new take on the ‘80s teen vampire classic, The Lost Boys. Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate, 823-4322, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 3, $18-22
MASTER HAROLD ...AND THE BOYS Profile Theatre opens its 16th season with a production of South African playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical work about coming-of-age in the age of apartheid. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 28, $18-30
SEVEN GUITARS Artists Rep presents the Portland premiere of August Wilson’s play about seven African Americans in 1948 Pittsburgh, trying to forge a better future by way of their musical abilities. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, 241-1278, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm and Wed Oct 31, 11 am, through Nov 11, $25-50
THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING That Hopey Changey Thing is 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
COMEDY NEWS All Jane, No Dick
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK, Thurs Oct 18-Sat Oct 20, see curiouscomedy.org for prices and showtimes
EASONABLE PEOPLE know better than to take the “Are men funnier than women?” conversation seriously—to engage the question even to rebut it is to give it more credence than it deserves. One thing that is worth discussing, though, is the visibility of women in the comedy world, both locally and nationally. “Women are underrepresented in comedy in general,” says Curious Comedy’s Stacey Hallal. “In the industry, women represent from 1017 percent of the working population.” These numbers inspired Hallal to organize All Jane, No Dick, a weekend-long festival showcasing
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off, because That Hopey Changey Thing feels less like a complete play than a promising first act. DYLAN MECONIS Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, through Oct 28, $29.50-36
CABARET THE ROCKY HORROR PASTIE SHOW It’s just like The Rocky Horror Picture Show but with less clothing. A lot less clothing, in fact. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 248-4700, Thurs Oct 18, 9 pm, $12-15
BLOODYVOX Bodyvox’s Halloween celebration, creating a fullyconceived environment meant to surprise and spook. BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th, 229-0627, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat Oct 20, 2 pm, Wed Oct 31, 7:30 pm and Sat Nov 3, 2 pm, through Nov 3, $36
BODY BEAUTIFUL Portland Art Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater present a performance exploring the human form. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 248-4335, Fri Oct 19-Sat Oct 20, 7:30 pm
FRIGHT NIGHT: A HALLOWEEN CIRCUS Night Flight aerial performance company collaborates with Vagabond Opera’s Eric Stern to present a night of high-flying witches, high-wire harlots, and ghoulish dancing goblins. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 719-6055, Fri Oct 19-Sat Oct 20, 8 pm, $25-30
TANGLED Polaris Dance Theatre’s 10th anniversary fall show, a love letter in dance, dedicated to the audience. PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park, Thurs Oct 18-Sat Oct 20, 7:30 pm
VISUAL ART ELEMENTAL FORCES A series of large-scale experimental photographs, collage, video, and light art installation from Oakland-based artist Suzy Poling, addressing issues of ecology, materiality, and regeneration. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, through Oct 28
GEMMA CORRELL An exclusive show featuring works from the UK illustrator best known for her humorous illustrations of pugs, as well as illustrations for the New York Times, The Observer, and Hallmark. Land, 3925 N Mississippi, 451-0689, through Nov 4
LOVE OF MONSTERS Artist Jason Edward Davis explores the iconography of horror via fuzzy, cute things. When you peel away the scary visage of some of the most famous monsters of all time, you’ll likely find a kitty, or a puppy, or a sloth hiding under there. Gigantic Gallery, 1720 NW Lovejoy #103, through Oct 28
MARIANNE WEX An exhibition of large photographic panels, taken between 1972 and 1977 in Hamburg, Germany, documenting the ways social heirarchy defines gender roles and the construction of self. YU Contemporary, 800 SE 10th, 236-7996, through Dec 15
MYTHOLOGIA: GODS, HEROES, AND MONSTERS An exhibition featuring 70 different works from artists such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Max Klinger, Lovis Corinth, and Pablo Picasso, focused on the lives and the gods of ancient Greeks and Romans. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 226-2811, Oct 20-Jan 27
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female comedians. Highlights include festival headliner Jackie Kashian, who’s fast talking, likeable, and nerdy as hell—she’s performing sets on Friday and Saturday, and will be taping her podcast The Dork Forest on Sunday. Also great: side-mulleted lesbian Cameron Esposito; very funny up-and-comer Eliza Skinner, who won me over forever with a joke about how her cat has a special stuffed animal he drags around and humps in various places around her home (MY CAT DOES THAT TOO!); and Bridgetown vet Jena Friedman, a stand-up and writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. All Dick, No Jane isn’t going to prove that women are funny—everyone knows that already. Instead, the fest will showcase the many different ways in which women are funny, and hopefully raise the visibility of women in comedy a notch in the process. ALISON HALLETT
The New Old FASHIONxt by Marjorie Skinner PORTLAND NEVER knows quite what to expect from what has been known for years as Portland Fashion Week (PFW). Turned off by the high price tag, unfamiliar crowds, and what has historically been an uneven curatorial eye, the majority of the indie cool kids won’t go near it with their own collections. Despite this, PFW has lived on, becoming its own enigmatic beast entirely; it’s found a niche with some of the city’s other designers, and endeared itself by launching some new names via an emerging designer competition (now discontinued). Having recorded and critiqued these shows for too many years than I care to recall, I always described them as “two steps forward, one step back.” Each year featured at least one get, whether it was a new collection from eco-design force Anna Cohen or a spectacular, exotic collection from Colombia’s Amelia Toro. On the flipside were monotonous and toolong presentations of gym clothes, or—far worse—devastatingly amateur collections. In 2011, the spark seemed dimmer than usual, and as the calendar stretched into 2012 there were seedling doubts whether PFW would return. It did, albeit with a slightly new game plan. Although largely the same experience (same place, same time, same crew), PFW was rechristened FASHIONxt, and rather than play up its earlier emphasis on green fashion, it strove to bring in entrepreneurs from the personal technology field, banking that the same crowd interested in new fashion would also be into the latest gadgets. With the tech products largely separated from the fashion, it wasn’t a heavy-handed integration (the notable exception being an unsubtly billed collaborative collection by Vancouver’s Seth Aaron and New York’s Viktor Luna “inspired” by Intel’s Personal Cloud technology), but the change of pace appeared to breathe new life into an event whose highlights once again outnumbered its relatively few lowlights (stricter vetting of what makes it to the runway would still not be unwelcome). Validation came mid-week in the form of a new issue of Time magazine, which did a one-pager on US fashion weeks outside of New York, naming Portland’s at the top of its list along with a full-page photo. It bolstered an already upbeat week that saw well-received collections from Project Runway alums (who, for various reasons, we have become a harbor for, with a total of seven appearing this year) including Viktor Luna, the metro area’s own Seth Aaron and Becky Ross, and—most impressively—Michael Costello. Last year’s emerging designer winner Amanda Grisham rebounded with another spunky Pendleton-centric collection, and Collier charmed the crowd with handsomely styled menswear. PFW/FASHIONxt is clearly still working on its identity, and while it may never win the cold war at home, its battle with the rest of the world could make a city proud.
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Cibo: Marco Frattaroli’s Shining Second Act by Chris Onstad
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The pizzas ($10-14) are good NeapoliCIBO, THE HIP YOUNG sister of NW 21st’s long-standing Bastas, opened in July tan style, but I wish the sauce were less of this year along a stretch of SE Division salty and applied with a lighter hand, that seems to have investors spraying fire because while the thin crust is blistered, hoses of cash into every broken window and scorched, chewy, and nutty, the buttery abandoned cobbler shop. It’s a boomtown mozzarella already provides ample moisdown there, and with the addition of this ture without needing help. I also don’t and a handful of other newsworthy spots, get a big kick out of cutting up pizza with scissors, but this practice seems to it’s now a destination. This handsome new space has made a impart a certain sort of authenticity, so considerable investment in an imported this is not a case of hating the player, but Italian wood- and gas-fired dome pizza rather the game. Mains are where things go from good oven, gussied with forno bling and boasting to great. If there is one takeaway a digital readout of deck and air Cibo from this review, it is to get the temperatures. If there had been a Lazy Susan in the Inferno, it would 3539 SE Division simple, roasted Basta chicken—a 719-5377 fragrant, juicy, crunchy-skinned look like this, but instead of crispy cibopdx.com and rosemary-salted masterpiece little pagans this one turns out salt-baked pompano and bubbling pies. It’s I would follow anywhere. One could quiba comforting hearth and anchor to a space ble with the fact that Cibo finishes their that has the dark, solid feel of a nightclub air-dried roast bird in the deep fryer, but in a sexy library. The tables are large, the I honestly don’t see the point of arguing seats are comfortable, and the deep raised technique when the result is a golden bird booths have a feeling of privacy and occa- whose wing tips and ribs crackle like straw. sion. A wine bucket and smart cocktails sit At only $12 with white beans and sautéed on one table, and a family with a child eating pea shoots, it’s also a remarkably afforda $5 happy hour Margherita is quietly en- able piece of perfection. The hanger steak with herbed, chipped sconced at another. The noise level is easily fries was similarly noteworthy in its simple conversational even when at capacity. Unique to Cibo are its cecina, a baked pleasure. A generous portion of this butcher Tuscan flatbread appetizer. Somewhere cut—hanger is like skirt, but more flavorful between a thick, tender pancake and a sa- thanks to hanging out so near the kidneys— vory clafouti, chickpea batter is studded is grilled medium rare, charred and salty on with eggplant or meat, and baked until the outside while rosy throughout. Call the the surface is a golden lunar landscape. hanger an onglet anywhere else and it’s $24; Sweet, clove-scented sausage and rich here, it’s a score at just $14. Many pastas feature chef Marco FrattarTaleggio keeps the mild bread interesting in one version, while a more traditional one oli’s legendary house-made meats. A malis simply spiced with black pepper. They fatti al ragu ($12) is little pasta rags with a loose, winter-spiced sauce that is sweet range from $8-12. There are just a handful of starters, but and comforting. The Roman meatball ($13) they are safe bets done well. The arancini is a singular pork, beef, spinach, and pine is the size of a baseball, deep-fried to a thick nut beast, the size of your fist, imposing but exterior crisp and presented cut in half, so delicate and tender, an ethereal meatloaf. the golden, saffron-scented Arborio rice, Its pasta is a fresh chitarra-cut spaghetti salty minced filling, and melted mozzarella dressed in a simple marinara. Nine house cocktails, largely Cibo-ized present attractively. It’s a fair size for $6, and good to share. The salt cod fritters with classics, ring in between $7-9, and a dozen olive relish and lemon ($7) are also a solid or so Italian and Spanish wines by the glass value. Tightly battered and fried crisp, the run between $6-9.75. A half-dozen local intact hunks of fish have the look and tex- beers are on draft. Cibo is affordable enough to be a weekly ture of the British Tourism Board’s finest mainstay, yet the quality of the food and stock photo of fish ’n’ chips. The insalata mista is, for $7, the only real experience elevates the feeling of visits to miss on the menu. It’s a handful of greens special-occasion status. Even at this early and a few pieces of onion in unremarkable stage, it’s clearly one of the stand-out openvinaigrette. Put your vegetable money to- ings of the year. ward the unusual and delicious sautéed pea Get the chicken, Monday-Saturday, tendrils ($5)—a clean, sweet, and refreshing 5 pm-midnight. departure from broccoli rabe and kale. FIND RESTAURANTS, BARS, AND READER REVIEWS AT PORTLANDMERCURY.COM
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This One’s on the House
Portland Cocktail Week Buys Us Another Round by Clare Gordon MINH TRAN
Brandon Wise, the Oregon Bar Guild president, making his cocktail week drink at Imperial (his bar)
FOR ITS THIRD consecutive year, Port- bartenders around town play a game of land Cocktail Week is bringing over 500 soccer against their peers from Seattle— people from the bartending community and cheer them on while enjoying booze together for a week of seminars, tastings, from sponsors Novo Fogo. I know I’ll get a and afterparties to threaten even the most kick out of seeing these classy mixologists seasoned livers. Since springing to life in scream “Goooooal,” while I sip punch and 2010 (thanks to Lindsey Johnson and David yell at our Northern neighbors. And the Shenaut, former president of the Oregon best part: It’s free. Bartenders’ Guild), the event has doubled in Portland Futsal, 3401 SE 17th, attendance and is a great excuse to (a) drink Thurs Oct 25, 11 am, free and (b) promote Portland’s thriving bar and restaurant scene across the country. PIG AND PUNCH PARTY: After leading I trust few endorsements above those a group of volunteers at the Leadership of the great men and women who pour me and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High whiskey, and with members of every single School on East Burnside, the Bon Vivants (a chapter of the United States San Francisco-based events and Bartenders’ Guild coming to Portland Cocktail bartending team) and Imbibe Week Portland for Cocktail Week, magazine will host a celebraSun Oct 21-Thurs Oct 25 it serves as stellar promotion tory gathering involving all you Various Locations for local industry. These bar- portlandcocktailweek.com can infer from the event’s name. tenders will be guest-tending Thirty bucks gets you access to around town all week, which gives you a the party, the punch, the roasted pigs (note: great excuse to get out and try cocktails very plural), and a T-shirt, and it benefits from visiting pros in the comfort of your the LEP charter school. own neighborhood. Thirty bars around YU, 800 SE 10th, Thurs Oct 25, town have promised a $7 cocktail for the 11 am-5 pm, $30 Portland Cocktail Week Bar Crawl—many of which appropriately showcase our selec- AMERICA: RED, WHITE, AND BOOZE: tion of local spirits—so stop in during those The biggest event of the week will be the five days and try them out. closing party at the Jupiter Hotel—a paWhile our local bartending community triotic party that promises cocktails from is saving most of the week’s boozy fun for 34 different states under one roof mixed themselves, they’re letting the general pub- by their own representatives. Admission lic in for a few great events. Here are some is $40 for food as well as more drinks than highlights of this year’s Cocktail Week for you should finish, which is considerably the non-industry cocktail aficionados: cheaper than drinking at even one of the visiting bartenders’ out-of-state establishON THE TOWN WITH DALE DEGROFF: ments. Did I mention they’re expecting In a storytelling-style night at Living Room over 500 in attendance for the week? This Theaters, renowned New York mixologist will probably be a damn good party. Also, and James Beard Award-winning author we’ve got free tickets for the winning: Dale DeGroff will be singing and speaking email your name to food@portlandmerthe history of American cocktails (and mix- cury.com with “MERICA” in the subject ing at least a few of them for his lucky audi- line by noon on Tuesday, October 23, and ence to savor). And at $35 (in advance), it’s we’ll randomly select one lucky winner to less than you might normally pay for a night receive two tickets to Portland Cocktail out—so there’s no excuse not to enjoy fun Week’s flagship party. and drinks from one of the most influential Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside, individuals in the history of craft cocktail Thurs Oct 25, 8 pm-midnight, $40 culture. Proceeds benefit the Museum of the American Cocktail, a nonprofit organi- Stay tuned to Blogtown for future details, zation based in New Orleans. interviews, free tickets, coverage of Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th, afterparties, recaps, and even more fun. Mon Oct 22, 6 pm, $35-40, tickets at These licensed pourers really know museumoftheamericancocktail.org how to celebrate their profession, so you can look forward to an unparalleled atmosphere of tipsy and downright PORTLAND VS. SEATTLE BARTENDcontagious comraderie. ERS SOCCER: Watch some of the best
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Split: A Deeper Divide: Yep! America’s Screwed! by Erik Henriksen IT’S A SELF-FULFILLING prophecy to division indicates how people differed on ly logical yet apparently utterly fantasnote that the American political system is, their purchase of the imagery sold by the tical theme—a few smart people point people who advertise tooth- out that if the left and the right stopped in all likelihood, terminally Split: A Deeper Divide paste”), Princeton sociol- demonizing each other, we might crawl fucked. Like the Hatfields dir. Kelly Nyks and McCoys, Americans Opens Fri Oct 19 (director ogy professor Paul Starr back to a functional democracy. “Demochave devolved into two car- in attendance for 6 and 8 pm points out the obvious (“You racies can only work with consensus,” toony extremes constantly shows Fri Oct 19-Sat Oct 20) can have a politics that Hagel points out, which makes perfect Living Room Theaters smooths over the divisions, sense, but also seems pretty unrealissniping at each other. And the chances of anything ending that rabid or a politics that accentuates those divi- tic, considering everything Split shows: stalemate are… remote. An Independence sions”), and—in what becomes an entire- the “rampant partisanship” that’s made Day-style alien invasion might force us to realize we’re all on the same team, maybe? Probably not. That ever-deepening ideological division is the subject of Split: A Deeper Divide, in which director Kelly Nyks drives around America, talking to everyone from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof to retired Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, from anti-tax powermonger Grover Norquist to cartoonist Ted Rall, from the Reverend Jesse Jackson to Tucker Carlson’s bowtie. As he does in every documentary ever, Noam Chomsky shows up, talking here about how the advertising industry has influenced politics (“The red state/blue state SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE “...WE WON’T GO! Oh, wait. Wrong chant.”
GEEK OUT E.T. IS PISSED!
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
The Fabulous Hagiography of Diana Vreeland by Marjorie Skinner
FOR A SUBJECT so intensely associated (who also published the book of the same with looking toward the future, fashion has name last year), there’s a whiff of probeen busy sewing up its modern history. tectiveness in what’s essentially a hagiBill Cunningham, Valentino, Diana Vreeland: The Eye ography. The alienation of Vreeland from her sons, and Anna Wintour have all Has to Travel her estrangement from had their own recent docudir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland Opens Fri Oct 19 her own mother, her marmentaries, and now there’s Fox Tower 10 riage, and her unabashed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, about the legendary fashion elitism and glorification of wealth are editor and Costume Institute visionary. For only briefly treated in favor of breathadmirers of fashion and cultural history, it’s less praise from subjects like Anjelica a marvelous time. For those coming in cold Huston, Manolo Blahnik, and Penelope or seeking serious critical analysis, entries Tree. Diana is largely satisfied with the answers its subject delivers in her own like Diana come up a little short. Directed by Vreeland’s granddaugh- famously quippy pronouncements. On the other hand, Vreeland’s accomter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Like Father, Like Son
civil discourse a thing of the past, parties’ happy reliance on Christian platitudes and corporate donors, race, class, religion, a media landscape that allows everyone to hear only what they want to. There’s a lot to see in Split, and much of it’s interesting, even if little will be new to the wonks who’ll make up the film’s audience. But while Nyks proves more than adept at showing how and why America’s democracy is broken, Split can’t help but fumble the landing: There isn’t a concrete call to action here, nor is there any sort of happy ending. Because barring a post-invasion inspirational speech from President Bill Pullman, there aren’t a whole lot of things that can fix the mess we’re in.
Step Up to the Plate: A Restaurant Changes Hands by Alison Hallett The fi lm is charming enough if simply MICHELIN STARS are serious business—and in the case of the Bras, a family viewed as a portrait of a family business, business as well. Renowned French chef one that’s passed on both proudly and cautiously from parent to child. Michel Bras is in the proStep Up to the Plate For anyone interested in cess of handing the reins of dir. Paul Lacoste food, though, it’s a must see, his three-starred restaurant Opens Fri Oct 19 for the close-up, careful deover to his son, Sébastien, a Living Room Theaters pictions of how haute cuisine transition that’s captured with discretion and restraint by French is developed and constructed. The level of artistry and experimentafi lmmaker Paul Lacoste in Step Up to the Plate. (In French, the title—Entre les tion that goes into creating these dishes is Bras—is a play on the family name. The mind-boggling. The film opens with the conEnglish title makes it sound like an uplift- struction of a salad: First, colorful smears of sauce are painted on, and then vegetation is ing baseball movie. It isn’t.)
plishments are astounding, and her work as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue launched major cultural milestones including the bikini, Mick Jagger, Cher, Twiggy, and Barbara Streisand’s nose. Voiceover transcriptions of interviews Vreeland gave in preparation for her memoir are lain atop the Richard Avedon-dominated visual record of her career, inter-spliced with television interviews and brief clips of movies whose characters were influenced by her image, from Funny Face to Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? The grandiose, hyperbolic praise in Diana grows a little thin after a time, so it’s best to approach this one in the spirit of celebration. Vreeland herself tended to live in a reality slightly altered to her own liking, so it’s only fitting that this eulogy should pivot almost exclusively on the fabulous.
added, herbs and edible flowers, as the salad is built one leaf, one petal, one pea, at a time. As Sébastian prepares to take over from his dad, he begins developing a dessert recipe of his own, which he toys with over the course of the film: frying bread crumbs, skimming the skin off of milk, shaving fine curls of cheese. While in Tokyo, he tries out a version of the dish with Japanese ingredients, and when he proudly shows it to his father it’s agonizing to watch Michel pick apart his son’s dish, questioning the color, asking whether or not the mochi was made from scratch. (“Are you kidding?” Sébastian scoffs. “Of course it is.”), This father-son dynamic, worked out in the kitchen, over delicate plates of food, is totally fascinating—and if the film is a bit overfond of lingering shots of the French countryside, it’s a minor flaw.
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Developed by Firaxis Games Now Available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC IN MY TENURE as head of XCOM—a topsecret multinational organization dedicated to protecting Earth from extraterrestrial invasion—I’ve discovered futuristic technologies, rescued world leaders, developed a top-notch research laboratory, and shot more aliens than Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn combined. I mention all this not just because it’s an easy way to cover a huge swath of features at once, but also to impress upon you the scope of XCOM. As the game is effectively a classic turn-based strategy game, the intense level of detail and design nuance it’s capable of is amazing. To wit: Every time you’re asked to send your soldiers out on a mission, the game randomly selects a map from its massive list of pre-generated war zones. That may seem like a small feature, but this wealth of diversity when combined with random enemy placement and numerous mission types and objectives means XCOM has an immense amount of variety in its gameplay. Theoretically you could play this game 100 times without ever seeing a duplicated mission. Those of you familiar with XCOM developer Firaxis know that it excels at creating games that utterly suck players in. “I’ll just take one more turn,” you think, before glancing up at the clock and realizing that it’s suddenly 4 am and you’ve been playing for 12 hours straight. 2010’s Civilization V is the most recent example of this, but somehow Firaxis has managed to make that addictive impulse even more intense in XCOM: Unless you hate the game’s premise, you’ll replay it over and over and over again. I’d explain how cool the alien designs are, how surprisingly important world politics becomes, or how intricately detailed the character customization can be, but honestly, I don’t have the time. There are aliens to kill, and that’s what I do now. EARNEST “NEX” CAVALLI
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DUSTY, SWEATY, and seamy, Wake in simultaneous euphoria and black abyss Fright was lost for several years after its that comes with a booze-soaked downward original release in 1971. While its absence spiral. It’s bleak and awful and depressing, may have enhanced its reputation as a “lost” but director Ted Kotcheff (First Blood and Weekend at Bernie’s—really!) landmark of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright allows a reasonable amount of looking at the restored film now dir. Ted Kotcheff humor in it as well. Each beery, reveals it’s as potent and intense Opens Fri Oct 19 perspiring townsperson is givand brutal as it must’ve been Cinema 21 en excellent characterization, when it first came out. John Grant (Gary Bond) is a school- particularly Donald Pleasence as an alcoteacher stationed in the middle of no- holic medical doctor who’s kind and terrifywhere—well, the middle of the Australian ing at alternate turns. And it’s undeniably Outback, which is more or less the same gripping to watch Bond’s priggish, uptight thing. When the term ends, he boards a protagonist devolve into sordidness, then train to Sydney, stopping off overnight in claw his way back to humanity. A note for the squeamish: There is a the remote working-class town of Bundanyabba, referred to by locals as “the Yabba.” long sequence involving a kangaroo hunt Virtually forced into drinking himself into that is entirely non-simulated. Yes, those oblivion by friendly-seeming but ominous are real little kangas and roos getting locals, John loses all his money and finds blasted by shotguns, and it’s as difficult to himself trapped in the dry, hot hell of the watch as it sounds. It’s a powerful illustration of the monstrous side that can emerge Yabba without any real way to leave. John’s multi-day binge is one of the from people who have far too much sun, more realistic cinematic depictions of that booze, and guns—and far too little to do.
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SOME MOVIES are so bad they’re able 90 minutes of augmented cinema. Filgood. And some movies are so bad they musik’s shtick is to run the film silently and pass through being good and go back recreate the audio live: They pretty much fill the Hollywood Theto being bad. The Man Who Saves the World Filmusik: Turkish Star Wars atre stage with actors, dir. Çetin Inanç an orchestra, and things (colloquially known as Fri Oct 19, Thurs Oct 25-Sat Oct 27, to punch, and while the Turkish Star Wars) Thurs Nov 1-Sat Nov 3 setup sounds clunky, it rolls over that particuHollywood Theatre works. At a recent prelar odometer so many times it’s hard to say where it ends up. view screening, voice acting was just good The premise is great: Two schlubby enough and just bad enough that I forgot space aces do Turkish judo on an army it wasn’t coming from the film. The sound of skeletons, chicken-bears, and the oc- effects were great and largely practical: casional robot. There’s an evil wizard boots and knives and coconuts for the horsand some blonde lady and a bunch of vil- es. I asked one cast member why they had lagers who get killed by mummies. The a cabbage, and she told me it was for “when Death Star shows up a few times. That the bear-things get their arms ripped off,” all sounds fi ne on paper. The problem is which is totally a thing that happens. The that everything is written, fi lmed, and score manages to thread together the disjointed narrative into a trippy audiovisual edited by crazy people. Some moments are amusing cheese, but groove, sort of like Philip Glass’ Koyaanthe majority is probably unwatchable, if not isqatsi score, only with horse-riding skeleprofoundly disturbing. Filmusik has done tons. Turkish Star Wars is either so bad it’s an admirable job then, in transmogrifying good, or just flat-out bad—but Filmusik’s this Anatolian fever dream into an enjoy- production of it is good.
“A BRAVE & REFRESHING DOCUMENTARY capable of lasting impact”
on the hot topic of eternal damnation...” – Justin Chang, Variety
– Eliza Wood, The Huffington Post
IN THEATRES OCT. 19
MAGNOLIA ALEX CROSS
A new thriller starring Tyler Perry and that guy from Lost. Not screened in time for press; hit portlandmercury.com for our review. Various Theaters.
BIDDER 70 A doc about Tim DeChristopher, who bid $1.7 million during an oil and gas lease auction to win 22,000 acres of Utah land—without intending to (A) drill, or (B) pay. Oh snap, Bureau of Land Management! Part of the Northwest Film Center’s Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.
★ BLOOD SIMPLE See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19. Academy Theater.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST In the spirit of the mondo films of the ’60s and ’70s, the Italian-made Cannibal Holocaust “documents” a crew of four filmmakers who travel deep into the “Green Inferno” of the Amazon to film two indigenous tribes. The filmmakers never return, and two months later, a famed anthropologist goes in search of the crew—only to discover their horrifying footage. Back in New York, the anthropologist and a team of TV folk view the gory reels and learn what happened to the crew. Cannibal Holocaust is a sadistic romp, overflowing with ugly commentaries about the savagery of the human soul. It’s definitely worth checking out, if only for the fact that it gets away with murder. (Literally, with a whole ark-load of animals. R.I.P., giant majestic turtle.) To borrow a line from the film, “It’ll rape your senses!” Poor violated senses. COURTNEY FERGUSON Hollywood Theatre.
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
See review this issue. Fox Tower 10.
★ DRACULA See My, What a Busy Week!, pg. 19. Hollywood Theatre. ★ FILMUSIK: TURKISH STAR WARS See Film, this issue. Hollywood Theatre. ★ IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH:
THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY
Musician/artist John Fahey was definitely a weirdo, and likely a genius. As a pioneer of “primitive” folk guitar, Fahey’s influence stretches across a remarkably disparate range of music. This hour-long documentary presents a thumbnail bio of Fahey—who spent part of his life in Oregon—with a window into his art and his somewhat prickly personality. Via interviews with Chris Funk, Pete Townshend, and Dr. Demento, it leaves more questions than it answers, but it serves as a solid introduction to a man who spent life on the fringes, and found plenty there. Director in attendance; pre-screening live music by Marisa Anderson. NED LANNAMANN Hollywood Theatre.
LEGALIZE IT A documentary about how “even those without wealth and political connections can bend the arc toward greater social justice.” Also, weed. Clinton Street Theater.
★ MAGNOLIA “It is in the humble opinion of this narrator that strange things happen all the time.” Fifth Avenue Cinema. ★ NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Romero’s groundbreaking zombie flick. Still the best. Laurelhurst Theater.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD & RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
A zombie double feature, with Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead and Dan O’Bannon’s significantly less classic Return of the Living Dead. Bagdad Theater.
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★ OCTOBER COUNTRY An American documentary about a typically atypical family wracked by everything from the Vietnam War to child abuse, teen pregnancy, poverty, and Wiccaphobia. Rendered in visually beautiful and emotionally aware strokes, it would be a stretch to say this film offers a tremendous amount of hope—but it is a singularly compassionate portrayal of the quirky characters that make our dysfunctional little world go ’round. MARJORIE SKINNER Hollywood Theatre.
ONE DAY ON EARTH “The first film made in every country of the world on the same day.” Hooray for diversity! Clinton Street Theater.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
Another Halloween, another crappy Paranormal Activity. Various Theaters.
REEL MUSIC NW Film Center’s annual music/film series continues with a whole lotta docs. Highlights include: Stax Revue: Live in Norway 1967 (Sat Oct 20), a scorching performance film of a tour stop in Oslo, with Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MGs, and more—it’s a staggeringly great show. Also, The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharp (Tues Oct 23), a British TV doc on the gospel superstar who helped birth rock ’n’ roll. The Days of EJD and Concert Services (Thurs Oct 25) is an exhaustive and exhausting look at Oregon concert promoter Ed Dougherty and the many concerts that he staged at the Salem Armory; it’s dry, but an invaluable local history lesson. And 1996’s Hype! (Thurs Oct 25) has become a pretty amusing time capsule of the ’90s Seattle grunge scene. Lastly, avant-jazz guitarist Marc Ribot performs a live score to the Charlie Chaplin classic The Kid (Mon Oct 22). NED LANNAMANN Mission Theater, Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.
SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
See review this issue. Living Room Theaters.
TAI CHI 0 Kung fu! Steampunk! A combination no one asked for! Hollywood Theatre.
TWO WORKS BY CHRIS MARKER Cinema Project presents “two overtly political pieces” from the late Chris Marker, The Sixth Side of the Pentagon and A bientôt j’espère. More info: cinemaproject.org. YU Contemporary.
WAKE IN FRIGHT
See review this issue. Cinema 21.
WAR OF THE BUTTONS
One more Holocaust movie. Fox Tower 10.
WARREN MILLER’S FLOW STATE Warren Miller is the Tyler Perry of snow films—that is if Tyler Perry were three times as productive. Flow State is Miller’s 63rd feature film (!!), and if you’re as passionate about snow sports as he is, you’ll forgive the repetition. Traveling from Alaska, Austria, Japan, Norway, and many more gorgeous locales, Miller puts the world’s most insane skiers and snowboarders to the most insane tests: heliskiing down vertical cliffs, navigating rocky terrain—even waterskiing in iceberg-filled waters. You have your history lesson from old-timers as well as the origins of freestyling, corny comedy bits, and breathtaking scenery. While not exactly the same as it ever was—it’s both prettier and increasingly extreme—snow fiends will be more than satisfied with the result. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY Bagdad Theater.
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DIANA VREELAND THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
WORDS OF WITNESS A film about a 22-year-old woman reporting on an “Egypt in turmoil.” Part of the Northwest Film Center’s Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.
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Downtown Fifth Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall, 725-3551
Magnolia Fri-Sat 6, 9:30; Sun 3
Fox Tower 10
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Alex Cross Fri-Thurs 12:10, 2:40, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 Fri-Thurs 12:30, 9:55 Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel Fri-Thurs 12:25, 2:25, 4:50, 7, 9:40
Frankenweenie Fri-Thurs 2:55, 5:05, 7:30 Looper Fri-Thurs 12:50, 4:15, 7:10, 8:55 The Master Fri-Thurs 12:40, 4:10, 7:05, 9:30 The Paperboy Fri-Tues 12:35, 5:20, 9:40; Wed 9:50; Thurs 12:35, 5:20, 9:40
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Fri-Thurs 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 Samsara Fri-Thurs 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:25 Searching for Sugar Man Fri-Tues 3, 7:40; Wed 3; Thurs 3, 7:40 Seven Psychopaths Fri-Thurs 12, 2:35, 5, 7:35, 9:35, 9:55 War of the Buttons Fri-Thurs 12:45, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th, 971-222-2005
Arbitrage Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 3:30, 7:20; Thurs 11:50, 2:10, 7:40 Argo Fri-Sun 12, 1:40, 2:30, 4:20, 4:40, 5:10, 7, 7:45, 9;30, 9:45, 10:10; Mon 12, 1:40, 2:30, 4:20, 5:10, 7, 7:45, 9;30, 9:45, 10:10; Tues-Thurs 12, 1:40, 2:30, 4:20, 4:40, 5:10, 7, 7:45, 9;30, 9:45, 10:10 Decoding Deepak Fri-Wed 12:10, 3:40, 9:20; Thurs 12:10, 9:40 Presidential Debate Mon 6 (reservations required) Sleepwalk With Me Fri-Sun 1:50, 5:25, 7:30; Mon 1:50; Tues-Wed 1:50, 5:25, 7:30; Thurs 1:50, 5:25 Split: A Deeper Divide Fri-Sat 11:40, 1:30, 6 (director in attendance), 8 (director in attendance), 10; Sun 11:40, 1:30, 6, 8, 9:40; Mon 11:40, 1:30, 8, 9:40; Tues-Wed 11:40, 1:30, 6, 8, 9:40; Thurs 11:40, 6, 8, 9:40 Step Up to the Plate Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50; Mon 12:20, 2:20, 4:15, 8:50; Tues-Thurs 12:20, 2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park, 221-1156
Bidder 70 Wed 7 Reel Music Fri-Thurs, see nwfilm.org for showtimes. Words of Witness Tues 7
Southeast Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark, 252-0500
Blood Simple Fri-Thurs 1:45, 5:50, 10 The Bourne Legacy Fri-Thurs 2:05, 7, 9:40 Brave Fri 4:50; Sat-Sun 12, 4:50; Mon-Thurs 4:50 The Dark Knight Rises Fri 6:15, 9:25; Sat 9:25; SunThurs 6:15, 9:25
Moonrise Kingdom Fri 3:50, 7:55; Sat 11:45, 3:50, 7:55; Sun 11:45, 3:50; Mon-Thurs 3:50, 7:55 ParaNorman Fri 2:15, 4:15; Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:15, 4:15; Mon-Thurs 2:15, 4:15 The Walking Dead Sun 9
3702 SE Hawthorne, 225-5555
Brave Tues 6 Moonrise Kingdom Tues 8:25 Night of the Living Dead & Return of the Living Dead Thurs 8 The Walking Dead Sun 9 Warren Miller’s Flow State Sat 5, 9; Sun 6
2021 SE Hawthorne, 231-7919
The Master Fri-Sat 5:30, 8:20; Sun 2:40, 5:30, 8:20; Mon-Thurs 5:30, 8:20
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton, 238-8899
Gold Rush Thurs 7, 9 I Heart Monster Movies Tues-Wed 7 Legalize It Sat 1:30 One Day on Earth Fri-Sat 7; Sun 6 Rocky Horror Picture Show Sat 11:40 pm The Walking Dead Sun 8, 9
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YU Contemporary 800 SE 10th, 236-7996
Two Works by Chris Marker Tues-Wed 7:30
Northeast Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy, 281-4215
Beasts of the Southern Wild Fri 7:20, 9:20; Sat 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:20; Sun 3:15, 9:20; Mon-Thurs 7:20, 9:20 Cannibal Holocaust Tues 7:30 Dracula Sat-Sun 2 Filmusik: Turkish Star Wars Fri 7; Thurs 7 Hecklevision: Presidential Debates Mon 6 In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey Sat 7 (director in attendance, pre-show
October Country Mon 9:30 Samsara Fri 7:10, 9:10; Sat 3, 7:10; Sun 3, 7:10, 9:10; Mon 7:10; Tues-Thurs 7:10, 9:10 Tai Chi 0 Fri 9:40; Sat-Sun 5, 9:40; Mon-Thurs 9:40 The Walking Dead Sun 7
Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd, 249-7474
Brave Sat-Sun 3 The Dark Knight Rises Sat-Thurs 9:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift Sun 12:30 Moonrise Kingdom Sat-Wed 7:40; Thurs 2:30, 7:40 ParaNorman Sat-Thurs 5:30
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside, 232-5511
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The Great Manipulator by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey
UGHHNHH! Why is everybody always trying to manipulate me? Just 10 minutes ago, my editor tells me I need to write gooder. Psssht! I’ve been writing this column for more than 15 years, and my writing has only improvend. (Or at least it had not been more worsenening.) Listen, people! I will not be manipulated! Not by my boss, not by you, and certainly not by ex-Mrs. Wm.™ Steven Humphrey #2 who keeps trying to convince me I’m the father of her three children with scientist-approved DNA tests and sworn testimony from Maury Povich. OH! And speaking of TV, I won’t be manipulated by that, either! Here are three good examples of TV that won’t be manipulating me this week: • Presidential Debate #3 (All Networks, Mon Oct 22, 6 pm). President Obama and “Golden Mittens” Romney return for their last shot at manipulating the voters into not voting for the other guy. Obama will be attempting to manipulate you into thinking (a) he’s an entirely different person from that disastrous fi rst debate, (b) he’d never tie his dog to the roof of a car during a road trip, and (c) that he’d actually prefer being the president, rather than just relaxing on the beach and drinking Mai Tais until they run out his nose. HA! Right. Meanwhile, Romney will be trying to manipulate you into thinking (a) he’s not a robot, (b) he doesn’t have more money than one-quarter of all inhabitants of Earth, and (c) he wouldn’t sell you to a Chinese sweatshop to make iPhones for the rest of your life if they asked nicely. • Hunted (Cinemax, Fri Oct 19, 10 pm). “Cinemax??” I hear you scream. “Are you trying to manipulate me into watching boobies?” Not this time! While Cinemax does specialize in softcore porn offerings such as Coed Confi dential: Whoops, How Did My Panties Fall Off?, the new show Hunted actually has something resembling a pedigree. Originally produced by BBC1 and created by The X Files’ Frank Spotnitz, Hunted stars
the attractively pouty Melissa George as a double-crossed secret agent who’s being manipulated by her shadowy employers, and decides in turn to manipulate THEM—with her gigantic, pillowy, pouty lips. (Whoops! How did my panties fall off?) • The Girl (HBO, Sat Oct 20, 9 pm). While Alfred Hitchcock may be considered one of the greatest directors of all time, he was also one honkin’ manipulative dick! This creepy HBO fl ick tells the true tale of actress Tippi Hedren (played here by Sienna Miller) who was hired out of nowhere by Hitchcock to become the lead actress in The Birds, and quickly became his sexual obsession. When she refuses to ride his wild baloney pony, Hitchcock psychologically tortures her as well as ruins her career. Apparently back then there weren’t the same sexual harassment laws and HR departments that torment me on a daily basis. Not that I would EVER try to manipulate YOU, of course! By the way, did I mention that I’ve been diagnosed with semen cancer? Yeah, it’s really terrible, and if someone doesn’t manually help it out of my body every three hours, I might… HEY! WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!?
This Week on Television THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 8:00 NBC 30 ROCK Liz tries to convince Tracy that women are so too funny! 9:00 HBO ETHEL A very interesting documentary about Ethel Kennedy, the wife and soul of Robert Kennedy.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 9:00 CW NIKITA Season premiere! Nikita and Ryan take over Division, and immediately get scolded by their HR department.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 9:00 HBO THE GIRL—Movie (2012) Alfred Hitchcock develops an obsessive crush on actress/model Tippi Hedren—and things get kind of WEIRD. 11:30 NBC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Waitasecond… Bruno Mars is the host AND the musical guest? I could’ve used either of those jobs!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 9:00 AMC THE WALKING DEAD A traumatic event shakes up the gang, who also have a creepy new threat trying to murderize them.
10:30 E! THE SOUP Host Joel McHale introduces the “Goodest Moments of Redneck Reality Shows”! Yeee-haw! Butter my butt and call it a biscuit!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 6:00 All Nets PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE The third and final presidential debate—and this one’s on “foreign policy” (or where Mitt hides his money).
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 9:00 FOX NEW GIRL Jess fills in for sexy Cece at a modeling gig for a car show. Cue abject humiliation. 9:30 ABC DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APT. 23 Season premiere! James tries to organize a Dawson’s Creek reunion, but can only get Saved by the Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar. (Boooooo!)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 8:00 CW ARROW Oliver butts heads with an assassin named “Deadshot”—who apparently thinks he’s prrrretty great. 10:00 FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY An exorcist visits Briarcliff Asylum who I bet will have his work cut out for him!
Allow me to twitipulate you. @WmSteveHumphrey
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Truth and Consequences by Dan Savage I’m pro-choice. The anti-choice position— particularly the dumb contention that “personhood” begins when sperm hits egg— is illogical and unappealing. It’s not the most unappealing quality I can think of in a partner, though—that would probably be dishonesty. Your advice last week to the young woman who discovered that her boyfriend is anti-choice was terrible. You advised LIFE to tell her boyfriend that she’s pregnant in order to see if that changes his position. If a woman told me she was against abortion in all circumstances, I would think twice about dating her. If she told me she was pregnant and asked me to support the child, and then told me that she was just seeing how I would react, I would dump her. Vasectomy in Montana Pretty much everyone—pro-choice and antichoice—thought my advice for LIFE sucked monkey ass. In my defense, I did give LIFE the option of discussing an unplanned pregnancy as a hypothetical. And even if LIFE did opt to lie—my clear preference—I didn’t intend for LIFE to drag the lie out for weeks or months. I was thinking 30 minutes tops. My fault for not including a clear </lie> in my response. So what was I thinking? Basically this: Conservatives tend to change their positions on specific “controversial” social issues when “it” happens to them. Nancy Reagan came out for stem-cell research after her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Rush Limbaugh came out for treatment over incarceration for drug offenders after he got caught with his hand in the OxyContin jar, Dick Cheney came out for marriage equality after his daughter came out as a lesbian. Likewise, a lot of conservatives—male and female—are anti-choice until an unplanned pregnancy happens to them. Access to safe and legal abortion services becomes important when “it” happens to them. This inability to empathize—this refusal to imagine what it might be like to have an ill relative or a drug problem or a gay child or an unplanned pregnancy—is a defi ning characteristic of modern conservatism. But my plan to instill a little empathy in LIFE’s boyfriend was itself lacking in empathy. LIFE’s boyfriend might have been traumatized by the lie—not just by the lie itself, but by the violation of trust. So my advice wasn’t just bad, it was hypocritical. Mea culpa. Would an anti-choice position still be a deal breaker for you, Dan, if you had the penis and your opposed-to-abortion partner had the vagina? Pro-Choice Myself The right to control your own body is a bedrock value for me—male, female, gay, straight, sex workers, responsible drug users, etc.—but my hypothetical girlfriend’s anti-abortion position would only be a deal breaker if she didn’t support the right of other women to make their own choices. Allow me to un-prettify that: If my hypothetical girlfriend believed that the state should have the power to force a woman to give birth against her will, if she wanted to see doctors thrown in prison for performing abortions, if she believed every miscarriage should be treated like potential homicide, that would be a deal breaker. But yes, PCM, I could see myself dating a woman who was personally but not politically opposed to abortion. I would only fuck her in the ass, however, to avoid becoming a father against my will. Your response to LIFE was horrible. Flat-out lie and see what response you get? How about
having a frank discussion to see how he really feels about abortion? I hope LIFE was smart enough to disregard your idiotic “advice.” Offended You and everyone else who were worried that LIFE might actually take my idiotic advice will be delighted to hear that she did not…
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I was happy to see my letter in your column. After I wrote you, I had a long conversation with my boyfriend. When I asked what we should do if I was pregnant—something all sexually active couples should talk about— he said he would want me to give it up for adoption or keep it (with the help of child support payments from him) but that I could have an abortion since “the letter of the law was on my side” (we live in Canada, for which I am eternally grateful). After a couple days of thinking about it, I reopened the discussion. You hit the nail on the head when you said this was about equality and respect. Even though he claimed he respected me, he admitted that he would ban abortion if he could, essentially arguing that I am less capable of understanding what pregnancy means and the effect it would have on my life than he is. I broke up with him. I’m writing to thank you for giving me the boost I JOE NEWTON needed and to calm the nerves of the commentators who really didn’t like the lie-about-pregnancy suggestion. Love Is Finding Errors I’m glad your anti-choice boyfriend is now your anti-choice ex, LIFE, and your letter is a good reminder to everyone who reads my column or any other advice slinger’s column: It’s called “advice” not “binding arbitration” for a good reason. The people who ask me for advice are free to make up their own minds. And I actively encourage everyone whose letter appears in the column to lurk in the comments and see what you have to say. Because, you know, sometimes your advice is better than mine. Finally, a word to all the anti-choice men out there who were so hurt that I told their girlfriends—imaginary in many instances— to dump them. If you oppose abortion because you believe that “sexual choices should have consequences,” as more than one of you stated (was there a form letter circulating?), then you should be able to wrap your heads around this: Political choices have consequences, too. You can choose to be anti-choice, and women can choose not to date you. Your response to My Friend’s Kinky Son struck a chord with me. When I was a preschool kid, my evangelical neighbor presented me with a magnifi cently illustrated Bible—which I still have. The only part of that Bible that piqued my interest was a graphic image of the Israelites in bondage in Egypt: lots of sweat, whipping, and blood. I was excited by this image, Dan, and I was only four years old! By the time I was a teenager, I was collecting bondage porn. Inevitably, my prying mother found my kinky stash. Much shaming and lecturing ensued. It made not a bit of difference: I just got better at hiding my stash. Being berated for one’s sexual preferences by your parents as a child is probably an inevitable part of having BDSM tastes, just as it is for a lot of gay people, but it can’t “change” someone. Likes Irregular Forms of Erotic Release Thanks for sharing, LIFER. Find the Savage Lovecast at thestranger.com/savage. firstname.lastname@example.org @fakedansavage on Twitter
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