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NEWS Crowdsourcing a rape case. WEED THE HEMPstalk SHOWDOWN. MUSIC PANTERA’S PHIL ANSELMO.
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INBOX DAVE’S KILLER BREAD
FIRST LADY’S PARKING ISSUE
I feel deeply sorry that Dave Dahl seems to have fallen so far from grace, but it has absolutely nothing to do with my bread purchases [“Breaking Bread,” WW, Jan. 8, 2014]. Strangely enough, I don’t buy the wrapper. I buy the product, and as long as the product maintains its current quality, I’ll continue to buy it. And I’ll continue to hope for the best possible outcome for the whole Dahl family. —“LarryMcD”
It bothers me a bit that the partner of the governor would assume all the perks of marriage without bothering to get a license [“Parking Violation,” WW, Jan. 8, 2014] when a former Oregon governor had the government sit on my marriage license long enough for a majority of Oregon voters to introduce discrimination into our constitution. I’d be pleased for Kitzhaber to have a serious primary challenger, if only to remind his office of basic ethics. —“Hans Michael”
I still love the bread. It’s interesting to hear more of the backstory—I’m sure we’ll hear Dave’s side of it someday. At least I hope we will. I can’t imagine the stress decreased with the [company’s] majority sale to an investment group. No one is responsible for his actions aside from Dave, but as with most situations, what leads up to something is complex. It sounds like his road was never an easy one, but perhaps this will be just another bump and he’ll come back strong again. —“lavachickie” Relapse is always a part of recovery. There are many triggers at work here; overcoming any one of them can be tough. I suspect Dahl just had a lapse brought on by all the recent hoopla and change. I hope he’ll be OK. —“Irving Berliner” I was afraid Dave’s Killer Bread would be pulled from grocery shelves following the incident in November. I’m glad to see that has not happened, at least. —“Damos Abadon”
There is the notion here that real Portlanders do not use umbrellas. Really? We’re stupid enough or silly enough to get drenched in a downpour? —Kevin S. What is a “real Portlander,” anyway? I thought all the real Portlanders moved away in 1995 to escape the Californians. (Luckily, they left behind plenty of lumberjack clothes to keep the hipsters warm on their collective daily trek from the Prius to the Stumptown counter.) More saliently—what downpour? Not to go all old-man on you (he said, lying), but in my Illinois youth we had real rain. I’m pretty sure I walked 20 miles to school each day through chest-deep flash floods, naked, with rabid crayfish dangling by their claws from my nut sack. (And I was glad!) That’s the kind of rain you need an umbrella for. In Portland, we don’t use umbrellas because… it doesn’t rain that much here. 4
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I don’t care that Cylvia Hayes was going to a club meeting—she could have been going to the dentist for all I care—but she should have to pay for parking. She is no different than anyone else. —“Sharla Blevins”
ROBIN LOPEZ FAN CLUB
Robin Lopez is a very cool dude [“Hotseat,” WW, Jan. 8, 2014]. He’s smart, doesn’t take himself too seriously and he is an important part of a team that could go very far in the playoffs this year. —“Mike Bitter” RoLo is such a great addition to our team. I love that all the Blazers are so relatable. How do I invite Robin to join my board-game club in the Pearl? —“Meg Massie” LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Fax: (503) 243-1115. Email: email@example.com.
Now, now; put away those pitchforks. Sure, it rains often, and it rains for a long time. It just doesn’t rain that much. Portland isn’t even in the top 15 major U.S. cities in annual rainfall. We are No. 1 in rainy (as distinct from snowy) days, with around 165 per year—we even beat Seattle! But due to the fact that our precipitation is not so much rain as an extremely dickish form of fog, you never get the kind of wring-out-yourbriefs wet that makes you shake your tiny fist at the sky and vow, “Never again.” Add to that the fact that if you did carry an umbrella, you’d have to carry it all the time, and you can see why for most Portlanders it hardly seems worth the trouble. All of this does nothing to mitigate the soulcrushing, Kafkaesque oppressiveness of five straight months without sun, of course, but an umbrella won’t help with that. Might I recommend a flask? QUESTIONS? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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TRANSPORTATION: Enviro groups finally weigh in on the CRC. COURTS: A sexual assault suit turns to crowdsourcing. HOTSEAT: OHSU’S Joe Robertson and Dr. Brian Druker. COVER STORY: The truth about working at Voodoo Doughnut.
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A LOBBYIST SEEKING A DIFFERENT PELT.
Lobbyist Paul Phillips represents many powerful interests in Salem, including physician groups that have collectively given Gov. John Kitzhaber $450,000 in recent years. Now Phillips, a lifetime member of the Safari Club International, a big-game hunters’ group, wants something from Kitzhaber—an appointment to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Phillips has also been talking to Oregon’s state senators, who also get his clients’ contributions and must approve any appointment by the governor. Kitzhaber has yet to choose from among three candidates vying for the open spot. Phillips says there’s no quid pro quo involved and nothing wrong with his seeking an appointment. “My wife and I have spent a lot of our resources on conservation, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world hunting,” Phillips says. And his clients’ generous donations to Kitzhaber? “Detractors are just trying to spin up a story,” he says. “It matters not.”
The Oregonian’s days at 1320 SW Broadway are winding down. Sources at the paper say newsroom operations (now called Oregonian Media Group) are looking to move to office space in Crown Plaza at 1500 SW 1st Ave., owned by a partnership that includes the Mark and Goodman families. Crown Plaza’s owners declined to comment. Publisher N. Christian Anderson III tells WW no lease deal is complete and “it is most unlikely that we will be moving anywhere this spring.” The O announced last year it would be leaving its 1948 Pietro Belluschi-designed building. Real-estate sources say the paper’s New Jersey owners are close to selling the building to Urban Renaissance Group, which has rehabbed other downtown properties. None of the principals involved in such a sale would comment. Lawsuits be darned—Portland has begun distributing the money it raised from the Arts Tax. The city has collected $7.9 million from the $35-a-person tax voters approved in 2012 to fund elementary-school arts teachers and arts nonprofits. This month, Portland has divided $3.3 million among the six school districts in the city. At the moment, though, arts groups are getting the fuzzy end of the lollypop. The city has given only $200,000 to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and officials say RACC will have to wait for delinquent taxpayers to pay up before more money comes its way. One of those refusing to pay is Lewis & Clark Law School professor Jack Bogdanski, whose lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Arts Tax is one of two cases under appeal. City Commissioner Nick Fish says Portland decided not to wait for the legal decisions. “The fact is, 62 percent of the voters directed us to give this money to kids,” Fish says. “We have an obligation to fulfill that mandate.” Read more Murmurs and daily scuttlebutt. 6
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THE WATCHDOGS’ LATE BARK AFTER A LONG SILENCE, OREGON’S TOP ENVIRO GROUPS SLAM THE COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING. By Nig e l jaq ui ss
For years, two of the state’s leading environmental groups have seemed lost in a green cloud over the Columbia River Crossing. The $2.8 billion bridge, light-rail and freeway expansion project has posed all kinds of challenges to air quality, land use and transportation planning in Portland. But the two groups, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, have largely stayed out of the debate—and have until now made themselves irrelevant to the fate of the CRC. Both groups seemed to take little interest in putting it on their political agenda. And doing so risked alienating allies, including Democrats and Gov. John Kitzhaber, who desperately wants the project. Today, the CRC is on life support, after the state of Washington last year refused to commit to pay its half of what was then a bi-state project. Gov. John Kitzhaber keeps insisting Oregon should build it without Washington, shouldering all the risk even though two-thirds of commuters live across the Columbia. Now, 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters are finally speaking up against the CRC—both groups motivated by concerns over Kitzhaber’s decision to pursue the project alone. “We urge legislators to vote against the current ‘Oregon-
only’ option,” says a new report from 1000 Friends, distributed to lawmakers this week. “It does not meet many of the most important interests of Oregon voters, and it exposes Oregon taxpayers to avoidable financial risk.” The report—which the Oregon League of Conservation Voters signed on to—says the project is based on flawed assumptions, overestimates tolling revenue expected to pay off the project, and exaggerates the seismic risks and traffic dangers of the current bridge. “The back-up plan,” the report says, “is to increase tolls, reduce or eliminate other transportation projects in the state, and to raise taxes.” Such criticisms are not new. What is new is 1000 Friends’ willingness to put its name behind them. The group, known for its bare-knuckled defense of Oregon’s land-use laws, has been muted about the CRC since Bob Stacey left as executive director in late 2009. 1000 Friends executive director Jason Miner says Stacey had established the group’s concerns about the CRC. His group felt no political pressure to stay quiet in 2011 and 2012, he adds. But since 1000 Friends started asking harder questions, Miner says he’s received pushback. Specifically, he says, House Democratic leaders warned that criticism of the CRC could exclude his group from discussions about transportation policy. “That has been made obvious to us from House leadership,” Miner says. “It’s a subtle threat.” House leadership says that isn’t the case. “1000 Friends has been an important collaborator and partner,” says House Democrats spokesman Jared Mason-Gere. “I can’t imagine any member of house leadership saying anything to change that.”
After Kitzhaber switched to an Oregon-only plan, Miner says he lobbied his board to oppose the project emphatically. “With the Oregon-only approach, the threat to our interests in land use is greater,” Miner says. “The financial risk threatens pretty much any transportation project around the state.” The Oregon League of Conservation Voters’ silence on the CRC has been even more stark. The group has a broader political agenda in Salem than does 1000 Friends, deploys a political action committee and issues a closely watched legislative scorecard after each regular session. There was no vote with higher environmental stakes than the one in February 2013 to fund Oregon’s $450 million portion of the CRC. Yet the group didn’t include the vote on the bill in its biannual scorecard. Oregon League of Conservation Voters executive director Doug Moore says that’s because none of the groups in the Oregon Conservation Network identified the CRC bill as a “threat” during the session, which would have prompted full-scale lobbying against it. Moore says his predecessor, Jon Isaacs, signed a 2011 letter stating the group was satisfied with the bi-state CRC plan. “I don’t like to move the goal posts on people,” he adds. Moore says he later came to distrust claims the project’s boosters were making about federal funding and their ability to build the project efficiently. “We we question whether investing billions of dollars for one project outside the scope of a long-term, comprehensive plan makes sense for Oregon,” Moore wrote Kitzhaber in a Sept. 13, 2013, letter WW obtained through a public-records request. 1000 Friends’ Miner says some are asking why jump in now, when the CRC is nearly dead. “It’s the time of greatest threat because there are a lot of vested interests that still want this to happen,” Miner says. “It’s clear that a lot can be driven through this Legislature.” Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
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TANGLED WEB: The crowdsourcing page of the woman who accuses tech millionaire Nitin Khanna (inset) of sexual assault.
DOTCOM BEFORE THE STORM AN ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM TURNS TO CROWDSOURCING IN HER CIVIL SUIT AGAINST A PROMINENT PORTLAND SOFTWARE EXECUTIVE. BY AL E X TO M C H A K SCOTT
A new lawsuit accuses a leading Portland software entrepreneur of sexual assault, and his accuser has taken the extraordinary step of trying to crowdsource $11,500 to help pay for her civil case against him. The woman claims she was raped by tech millionaire Nitin Khanna when she worked as a hairdresser and makeup artist for his wedding in September 2012. Khanna, through his attorney, denies the allegations. Khanna made his name as a co-founder of Saber Corp., a company that produces government software to process voter registration, driver’s licenses and child-support payments across the country, including in Oregon. After he and his brother sold Saber for $420 million in 2007, Khanna founded MergerTech, which finances buyouts and mergers of small tech firms. In her lawsuit, filed Jan. 14 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the woman alleges the assault took place at the Allison Inn in Newberg during preparation for Khanna’s Sept. 22, 2012, wedding. The woman stayed at the inn as part of her agreement. According to the lawsuit, Khanna forced her to have sex with him repeatedly the night before the wedding. The woman is seeking $2.285 million in damages. Newberg police records show the woman remained at the weekend wedding event and didn’t report the assault until three days later. Police did not bring charges. Newburg police investigated her allegations and found evidence that DNA matched Khanna with semen found on the woman’s dress. During the investigation, the woman hired Scott Upham, a former Washington County district attorney, to represent her. Upham clashed with the Yamhill County district attorney’s office, which asked the Oregon Department of Justice to determine if a criminal case should go forward. The state’s review concluded in May 2013 that there was not “sufficient evidence to prove a crime was committed beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The civil suit allows the woman to attempt to bring the allegations into court, even without criminal charges. To do so, she took the extraordinary step of trying to of trying to crowdsource money to help finance a civil suit against Khanna. On the site youcaring.com, the woman identifies herself but does not name Khanna. As part of her detailed account of what happened, she says a rape test kit was not administered after she reported the incident, a standard step in sexual assault cases. She also explained why she delayed reporting the assault. “There were 200 of his closest friends and family there and I was afraid for my safety,” she wrote on the youcaring.com site. “I stayed and did the hair and makeup, because I was afraid he would sue me for breach of contract if I left, and there was no discreet way to leave. I was scared that he or one of his family members would hurt me.” She also wrote that Upham agreed to take her case but that she needed to raise the $11,500 “for court costs, filing, court time, flying out witnesses that were in the room, putting them up in hotels, doing subpoenas and depositions, paying experts for their time and testimony, etc.” The woman has raised $4,670 so far and has until mid-March to meet her goal. Upham says he’s outraged the Yamhill County DA’s office never took the case before a grand jury, and he accuses prosecutors of being afraid to take on a wealthy suspect. “They want mathematical certainty in these high-profile, rich-and-famous politician and celebrity cases,” Upham says. “They don’t want to lose because it looks bad in the press.” Yamhill County Deputy District Attorney Lisl Miller said the decision not to prosecute was based solely on the evidence. “It didn’t have anything to do with who the defendant was, or who the suspect was,” Miller says. Records show Khanna has declined to answer police questions. His attorney, Kevin Sali, acknowledges hiring a private investigator to check out the woman’s allegations. “Any time there are accusations leveled, my goal as a defense attorney is to get to the truth,” he says. “That’s absolutely standard practice.” Sali declined to comment on the evidence in the case, including the DNA results. “I can’t comment on that, certainly in the context of ongoing litigation,” he says. “What I can tell you is that [Khanna] categorically denies the accusations that [the woman] has made.” Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
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JOE ROBERTSON AND BRIAN DRUKER OHSU’S PRESIDENT AND ITS LEADING CANCER RESEARCHER EXPLAIN WHY THEY WANT $200 MILLION FROM TAXPAYERS. By WW sta f f
On Sept. 20, 2013, Nike Chairman Phil Knight and his w ife, Penny, of fered Oregon Health & Science University the biggest philanthropic gift in the state’s history—$500 million to the Knight Cancer Institute if the university can match that sum. The Knights, who seeded the cancer center with $100 million in 2008, gave OHSU two years to meet the goal. One of OHSU’s first big moves will be to hit up taxpayers for a lot of it—$200 million for capital projects to be repaid from the state’s general fund. OSHU plans to build two buildings with that money. That means ta xpayers could have to cough up 40 percent of the money to match the Knights’ gift, something originally pitched to the public as a strictly philanthropic effort. Critics say Knight ’s company has already benefited from favorable tax treatment for years and he and his wife will get a sizable tax deduction for their gift. But supporters say Oregonians and cancer patients every where will benefit from the combination of the Knights’ money and the wizardry of the Knight Institute’s director, Dr. Brian Druker, a developer of Gleevec, a revolutionary leukemia drug. Druker’s work, which has made him a global figure, is the key to Knight’s interest. We asked Druker, 58, and OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson, 61, to explain why taxpayers should be the first major donors to match the Knights’ gift. WW: Why did the Knights pledge $500 million? Joe Robertson: You really need to go back to the first $100 million. I think this gift is the result of the satisfaction and excitement that resulted from that gift. I would never speak for Phil and Penny Knight, but if you were to ask me why one gift leads to another, I would say that they have great confidence in [Druker]. This is the individual who changed the face of cancer treatment. What were the results from the first 10
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$100 million? Brian Druker: We’ve recruited five or six superstars to Oregon in cancer research, and in turn that’s led to a total of about 120 scientists being recruited through the ranks. How much reporting did Knight want on the first $100 million? BD: Every time we meet with him, which is about every six months, I’ve asked him, “Do you want us to report more often?” He says he’s pleased with what we’ve done. He understands that to build the Ducks you need the coach and you need to build the team. But we don’t have turnover every few years. We actually bring people here and keep them. He’s been impressed. How did the September challenge come about? JR: We had talked with him about a large gift that would anchor a campaign. He thought it was audacious, but he thinks everything going on with the Knight Cancer Institute is audacious. In fact, we had an appointment the very next week to go back and talk to him in follow-up. Then he surprised all of us and made the challenge. What will a billion dollars get you? BD: Let me back up and take you through what we did with Gleevec. We took a leukemia called chronic myeloid leukemia; we understood what drove its growth. We worked with a company to develop a drug that shut down that specific abnormality. We took a cancer where people had a 3-to-5-year life expectancy and have now turned it into one where people are expected to live a normal lifespan by taking a once-a-day pill. Twenty years ago, if you’d said to people you can target cancer specifically without harming normal cells, they would have said that’s impossible, you can’t do that. And now we’ve proved that you could. So I looked at this and I said, “Why aren’t we taking that same know-how and applying it not just to advanced cancers but also to earlier cancers to detect them earlier, more quickly, when they’re highly curable?” How does the $200 million you are seeking from the Legislature fit into the grant? JR: So this is where it’s real important to keep track of the accounting. If we get the $200 million from the Legislature, which hopefully we will, what this does is hope-
Dr. Brian Druker (left), Knight Cancer Institute director, and Oregon Health & Sciences University President Dr. Joe Robertson.
“[Phil Knight] understands that to build the ducKs you need the coach and you need the team.” —Dr. Brian Druker fully ensure that we have a $1.2 billion campaign. The $200 million would count toward the $500 million that we need to raise in two years, but it does not in any way relieve us of this obligation we have to Brian to raise $1 billion for programming. Oregon is a poor state with many underfunded needs. Why should OHSU go to the front of the line? JR: I think all of us in this room, and the legislators, would also agree that Oregon needs to invest its dollars in the way that provides the greatest return for the state. We happen to honestly believe that is the best investment they can make. Not only do you have the opportunity to make these great strides forward curing cancer, you also have an unparalleled economic impact—6,800 jobs during the time of construction, $35 million of taxes
annually from 380 permanent jobs and a large number of indirect jobs. This is one of those things that’s transformational. It is Oregon that is changing the approach to cancer treatment. As we look back, this is going to be like the Bottle Bill. This is going to be one of those things that Oregon is known for. You are talking about a very high-tech approach to cancers that afflict small numbers of people. What about spending some of the money on wellness and cancer prevention? BD: Cancer is the leading cause of death in our state. We want to reach out to communities in terms of lowering the death rate from cancer. It’s already the case that 60 percent of those the Knight Institute serves come from outside the metro area. What happens if you don’t get legislative funding? JR: We will still continue our efforts to raise the billion dollars, but it will prolong the time we are out trying to raise this money. People familiar with Oregon philanthropy say there’s no way you can raise the match here. JR: We totally agree. You have to look to raise about half of it outside Oregon.
STATE POLITICS OHSU became a public corporation in 1995. Some people say you get a lot of benefit from independence but when you want money, you come back to the Legislature. JR: We need to be very careful about the vernacular here. We are not independent. We are a public institution. That is part of our DNA. The people at OHSU have accepted that public mission, and that’s why I have spent my career there. We are very much dependent on the state, not only in our operating budget but also for periodic capital infusions. People have misread and misrepresented the public corporation as “independence.” The public corporation is nothing other than an extraordinary tool that allows us to use public resources more efficiently.
the plays for the Ducks from the sidelines. He emphatically denies that, but with us, he’s been very hands-off with the first gift. When it comes to battling cancer, how significant is $1 billion? BD: If you look at the National Cancer Institute’s budget, which is the major funder of cancer researchers, that’s $5 billion a year. And you say, “Well, we’re going to have $1 billion over 10 years. How’s that going to make a difference?” We have to do things differently. We have to bring a team of scientists together and focus them on a problem, and the problem shouldn’t be “How am I going to get my next grant?” We want to make this Oregon’s moon shot, if you will. We’re trying to solve a problem, and that’s very different from the way science is done typically.
Theoretically, is the cancer institute capable of developing profitable drugs? JR: Yes. Is that something you’re depending on? JR: We look at that as an opportunistic downstream event that would be wonderful. All those are dependent on home runs, and I think we want to have a business plan that would be sound without that. We would still be hopeful that that would happen. BD: Yes, but one of the things I’ve resisted is becoming a drug developer. It’s costly, it’s risky, and your goal becomes “Let’s
PHIL KNIGHT: “He thought it was audacious,” OHSU’s Robertson says of the $500 million pledge, “but he thinks everything going on with the Knight Cancer Institute is audacious.”
make money.” My goal is to cure cancer, so I’ve focused my effort on the science, and if there are commercial opportunities, of course we want to explore them, but I don’t want to make decisions based on where we’re going to see the biggest
return on our dollar invested as opposed to our impact on cancer. Are you concerned about becoming too dependent on a single donor? BD: I’ve heard the rumors that Phil calls
Dr. Druker, do you have a long-term contract? BD: I’ll be quite honest: I’ve looked at lots of other positions around the country, and I’ve been here 20 years. I’m an Oregonian. I love living and working here. When I’ve looked at other positions, I actually think we can do something different here by building, as opposed to taking something that already exists and trying to reshape it. That’s much harder. To be here and to actually build something from the ground up, that pretty exciting. So I’m committed to staying and continuing here.
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ALKING SHIT ABOUT HALL & OAT E S W I L L R E S U LT I N I M M E D I AT E D I S C I P L I N A R Y ACTION.” This sign hanging next to the employee schedule at Voodoo Doughnut is probably a joke, but I’m not quite sure. Working at this bright-pink tourist trap in Old Town seemed like it would be fun, but now I’m wondering. It’s late June and the shop is 95 degrees because management believes air conditioning disturbs the magic of the dough. Voodoo does not offer training classes or videos for newly hired doughnuteers—just an old-fashioned pep talk in a back hallway crowded with bikes and empty milk crates. “This job is hard,” says my new boss, Wayne, as he delivers mine. “It’s going to sound like I’m yelling at you right now, but every new person hears this. This job is fun, but it’s also dangerous. You’ll meet a lot of new friends here—people start bands, meet their boyfriends or girlfriends here, have parties, whatever. It’s a good old time. Do what-
ever you want on your own time, but you are here to work. Do not show up to work drunk or stoned—ever. You can slip and fall and burn your face in the fryer.” I hung up my backpack in a cramped hallway, noticing yet another pink sign. “DO NOT PUT YOUR DRINKS ON THE BENCH—THIS IS WHERE MY BUTT GOES.” After working at Voodoo Doughnut for three months, I learned that Wayne was right: It’s hard. It’s not hard because the employees are stoned deadbeats, but because there’s pressure on the crew working the register to take in $5,000 in an eight-hour shift selling a product that costs an average of $2, much of it purchased by confused tourists who just survived a gauntlet of aggressive panhandlers. That girl with the septum piercing may look like she’s too cool to care while working the register. But if she doesn’t take in $1,000 during the first four hours of her Fridayafternoon shift, there’s a decent chance she won’t be here Saturday. CONT. on page 15
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To folks on the other side of the register, Voodoo Doughnut looks like bedlam. The music is loud, the employees are terminally hip, and the lobby is decorated with satanic bric-a-brac and stained-glass portraits of owners Tres Shannon and Kenneth “Cat Daddy ” Pogson. But everything at Voodoo is deliberate, right down to the strategies for getting customers out the door fast, the secret ways cashiers push certain doughnuts on the unsuspecting, and that counting room in the back with piles of cash. Voodoo already has two busy locations in Portland and another in Eugene. This week, Voodoo hosts a grand-opening party for its first out-of-state store, in Denver. Austin, Texas, is rumored to be next. Pogson told the Portland Business Journal last June that Voodoo plans to expand into 10 to 20 stores across the country. Don’t be distracted by the crushed-velvet portrait of rapper Rick Ross or the ear-splitting death metal— Voodoo is perhaps the most ruthlessly efficient business in Portland. Somewhere, there’s probably a pink spreadsheet showing a 10-percent increase in productivity as “Maneater” plays in the kitchen.
don’t really like doughnuts,” a tan guy with spiky hair and a neon-green Nike shirt says to me. “You’d like five doughnuts?” I shout back at him. Metallica is cranked to 11. I really can’t hear shit. The secret to Voodoo’s success is that even tourists who hate doughnuts have to go there—they heard about it from Anthony Bourdain, Jay Leno or Time magazine. Maybe they saw a couple get married there on TV, or
heard about how the Food and Drug Administration ordered the shop to stop topping doughnuts with NyQuil and Pepto-Bismol. However it happened, a bacon maple bar is now an essential gold coin for anyone who wants to claim they saw Portland. Not getting one would be like leaving Las Vegas without throwing a nickel in the slots.
“MY GIRLFRIEND JUST TEXTED ME TO GET HER SOMETHING GLUTENFREE, BUT I’M OUT OF CASH. DO YOU TAKE AMERICAN EXPRESS?”
“I said I don’t really like doughnuts!” the man says. “I’m in town for the Hood to Coast Relay and all my friends at Nike told me I had to come here! I only want one—which should I get?” This is it, I thought. Today is the day I get canned because I have to spend 10 minutes helping this guy decide on the color of sprinkles on his cake doughnut. There’s no way I’ll drop enough cash from my till at lunchtime not to get fired—it just happened to the
friendly goth kid hired at the same time as me. The goth kid was nice, but he was slow. The day manager intercepted him in the back room before his scheduled shift. There were no goodbyes. “My girlfriend just texted me to get her something gluten-free, but I’m out of cash. Do you take American Express?” Nike guy asks—oblivious to the “CA SH ONLY” signs. I watch the new guy at the next register ring up $30 in bacon maple bars for a portly couple in matching Oakland Raiders jerseys. If I don’t keep things moving, the kid they’re training by my side could be my replacement. He’s a tall, skinny kid wearing a beanie— just like me. Over the summer, Voodoo hires new employees in waves. In June, they hired seven of us from a group of applicants that packed the New Market Theater building lobby with pink applications in hand. At least three were gone by August. If this Nike guy doesn’t buy a damned doughnut, it will be four. “You can’t leave without buying our most famous doughnut, the bacon maple bar,” I tell him, praying I’ll get a large family of rotund tourists from Dallas next. We’re always hoping to spot XXL Cowboys jerseys, as visiting Texans tend to gorge themselves on fritters and the hemorrhoid pillow-sized Tex-Ass, Voodoo’s most expensive offerings. The Tex-Ass, which is the size of six regular doughnuts, is free if you finish it within 80 seconds. I’ve only seen one person do it without puking into the white bucket we provide them. The other 100 or so had to fork over $5.25. CONT. on page 16 Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
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f Henry Ford were to strap on a pair of slip-resistant Doc Martens and step behind the counter, he’d start excitedly asking questions—assuming he could be heard over Metallica’s Master of Puppets, which one of my shiftmates decides to blare during his hour of stereo time. There are no rules for the Voodoo stereo, but it ’s considered poor form to turn down the volume on someone else’s turn. To fi ll the pink boxes littered throughout Old Town and being carried in security queues at PDX, it takes a small army of people. Flour, yeast and other staples arrive in nondescript bags via BakeMark USA, a restaurant wholesaler based in Southern
“I NEED YOU TO STEP IT UP. SEE JANNI OVER HERE? SHE’S A PRO. SHE WAS DROPPING $1,000 BY LUNCH AT THE END OF HER FIRST WEEK. NO PRESSURE, BUT, YA KNOW, WE REALLY NEED YOU TO GET TO THAT LEVEL. OK? OK!” California. A tandem of “yeasters” follows strict guidelines—written on pink paper that’s haphazardly taped to the wall—to determine how much yeast to roll out and when. After the dough rises, it goes to a fryer charged with mixing batter for cake doughnuts, and ensuring enough bacon is fried and ready to adorn Voodoo’s topselling confection. Racks of plain doughnuts sit until a team of two or three decorators turn them into Old Dirty Bastards and Grape 16
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Apes. Employees don’t learn this until they ’ve mastered register and janitor shifts. After that, they learn to make the doughnuts. I capped out at decorator, never rising to yeaster or fryer, positions where you can either disfigure yourself or ruin an entire batch of dough. There’s also a prep shift that does nothing but scoop frosting from one bin into another, crush ChickO-Stick bars for a doughnut no one ever buys and mix 15 shades of red icing for the deco team’s piping bags. Finally, doughnuts are sold by a register jockey who tries to stuff cash into the drawer fast enough not to get fi red. Not one of those jobs is particularly undesirable. Voodoo’s worst shift, by far, is the janitor, who spends eight hours washing and rewashing the same trash can-sized mi xing bowl, mopping the grease-slick floors and wrangling an endless barrage of garbage. But it gets worse. According to yet another piece of pink paper, it’s the janitor’s job to retrieve any pink box visible from the under the neon Voodoo Doll sign ha ng ing in front of the store—problematic, since people who buy a dozen doughnuts at 4 am rarely know how to properly dispose of their trash. Janitors spend their nights jogging across Southwest 3rd Avenue to pick up stray boxes dumped behind Dante’s. The night-shift janitor is also the person most likely to have run-ins with the assorted drunks, hobos, trustafarians and meth-heads who loiter about the area that Voodoo’s owners refer to as “the crotch of Portland.”
re you throwing those away?” It’s 4 am on a Saturday in August and a spindly woman in a leopard-print dress screams this at me as I hoist 70 pounds of unused doughnuts into a metal container marked “COMPOST ONLY.” She’s a cracked-out Beyoncé starring in a Spike Lee movie about a prostitute who reforms and goes to medical school—before she gets clean. I ignore her prattling as I try to cram a fl imsy compostable bag of undecorated dough into a bloated dumpster. As usual, the bag tears open. “That ’s what y ’all get!” she cackles as the bag vomits its contents across the sidewalk. “You should be donatin’ that shit to charity, but oohhhhh no! You gotta be tellin’ Jesus that his people ain’t good enough for y’alls fancy, fancy doughnuts!” I try to be nice. “If you’d like to play Robin Hood and distribute the wealth amongst your friends here, be my guest,” I say. “There’s plenty for all!” “Fuck you!” she snaps at me. “You will die alone! Ya hear me? Then you can have all the goddamn doughnuts you want!” She spins around, wobbles off her high heels and trips into the solar-powered trash compactor no one seems to want to put their garbage into. I sigh and go back to picking up trash. For this, I’m paid $10 an hour plus health and dental benefits and a share of the tips, which works out to about another $2 an hour.
ost restaurants strive to maximize profits by upselling patrons on mozzarella sticks to wring an extra dollar or two out of their wallets. The assumption is that paying customers are a fi nite resource. This is not the case at Voodoo Doughnut. When there’s no shortage of people willing to fork over cash for your product, the point of sale becomes the bottleneck. Sales are dictated by how many people you can shoo out the door— not in. This creates an odd dynamic. Unlike every other service-industry or retail job I’ve had—20 or so in my 30 years—at Voodoo you’re allowed, even encouraged, to be abrupt with the customers. There are few regulars at Voodoo. Most need to be hustled through the sideshow so another mark can hand over a $20 from the lobby ATM. This is why Voodoo workers appear to be surly. If we smile, customers take their time. I learned on my fi rst day that graciousness is terribly inefficient. Early in my shift, I waited on an elderly woman from Indiana. She admired my patience and pleasant demeanor. I was proud of keeping my cool and helping her decide on a blueberry cake doughnut, which set her back $1. My manager pulled me aside during my lunch break—I never saw Pogson at the shop, and saw Shannon only before or after his Monday night Karaoke From Hell gigs at Dante’s—to show me a printed report for my till. “Great job, buddy,” he said. “I can see you’re good with customers, which is awesome. But I need you to step it up. See Janni over here? She’s a pro. She was dropping $1,000 by lunch at the end of her fi rst week. No pressure, but, ya know, we really need you to get to that level. OK? OK!” He rubbed my shoulders and ran back to the deco station. The guy next to him was taking his time decorating a tray of Voodoo Doll doughnuts to look like Harry Potter characters. Within a week, I was much faster. And I started to enjoy screwing with the customers. “Hi,” squeaked a girl wearing a crucifi x and a shirt that proclaimed her the maid of honor. “I’d like, uh, erm...the C and B?” She tried not to make eye contact while asking for a giant cream-fi lled doughnut shaped like a penis. “Oh,” I replied haughtily. “You mean the Cock and Balls? The doughnut that’s shaped like a giant penis? Let me check and see if I can satisfy your appetite for that item—it sure is popular tonight!” If we run out of Cock and Balls—which happens a lot on Friday nights—the customer will look at me like I just kicked a puppy. Even after I explain that it’s just a phallic version of the Portland Cream, the damage is done. I’ve ruined their night. Off to the all-male revue they go with heav y hearts and a bag of Triple Chocolate Penetration doughnuts they’ll probably give to a homeless person in a sleeping bag on the Burnside Bridge.
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But the strategy to get people out the door—while maximizing the cash they leave behind—is even more intricate. The random Voodoo Dozen is priced cheaper than a regular dozen so cashiers can sidestep the customer’s time-consuming indecision and get rid of soon-to-be-stale doughnuts. And how do they know which doughnuts are nearly going bad? Ever notice the paper under the Memphis Ma f ia fritter on the speed racks is white while the paper under the Gay Bar is brown? They’re color-coded by shift, so cashiers know which doughnuts are oldest. When you order a Voodoo Dozen at midnight, you’re getting something off the white paper—made by the day shift that clocked out around 8 pm. Pro tip: If you want the freshest doughnut at 9 am, get something that’s on brown paper. If you want the freshest doughnut at 9 pm, get something on white paper.
never thought they would catch the kid. I was locking my bike before work when I saw a group of crust punks sitting at one of the picnic tables in front of Voodoo. A kid walks up, pulls a switchblade out of his pocket and slashes a foot-long hole in our new blue umbrella. He crams the knife back into his pocket and runs off. I flag down a lethargic-looking member of Portland Clean & Safe squad and tell him what I saw. He says he will alert the police and waddles away. The kids at the table are not happy. I just snitched on their friend. “What the fuck, bro?” one of them yells at me. “Yeah, dude,” says a shirtless kid with dreadlocks who appears to be their leader. “We take care of shit on our own out here. Street justice, bro. That kid was just bein’ a clown. We would’ve straightened him out right then and there. We don’t need the cops.” The cops found the kid, cuffed him and called me to confirm his identity. I asked what would happen. “Well,” a bike cop replied. “He’s a minor, so we’re trying to get a hold of his mom. He’ll probably end up in juvenile detention for a few days. Who knows after that.” I spent the next two weeks looking over my shoulder, convinced “street justice” was coming for me—this was in July, just after a 70-year-old employee of the neighboring Portland Outdoor Store was assaulted with a skateboard. I have since found a new gig at a coffeehouse in Laurelhurst with better pay, better hours and clientele who only get upset when the last slice of quiche disappears. There are no panhandlers and I get free food of sustenance. The only downside is I am required to be polite, no matter how long customers take to decide between a croissant and a bagel. Meanwhile, back in the “Entertainment District,” the Voodoo circus is still in full swing. This is what happens when one of the city’s largest cash-only businesses sits in the seediest neighborhood in tow n. Because pa nha ndlers k now everyone stuck in Voodoo’s slow-moving
line has a pocketful of cash, they stalk the naive tourists like a pack of wolves. It’s not uncommon to see a combination of buskers, druggies with makeshift signs and ungrateful kids from the suburbs all trying to give patrons the shakedown. What the hobos don’t get, the store does. On a sunny Saturday, Voodoo rakes in piles of cash—literally. With four registers each taking in at least $1,000 in small bills on a busy shift, you have a mountain of greenbacks. I once creaked opened a door to find a team of managers feeding tall stacks of rumpled bills into a wheezing bill-counting machine. It looked like a scene from Scarface, but without the cocaine and machine guns. “No one would believe this,” I thought to myself. “Close the door!” someone yelled. I closed the door. Someone should post another pink sign.
“WE TAKE CARE OF SHIT ON OUR OWN OUT HERE. STREET JUSTICE, BRO. THAT KID WAS JUST BEIN’ A CLOWN. WE WOULD’VE STRAIGHTENED HIM OUT RIGHT THEN AND THERE. WE DON’T NEED NO COPS.”
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commissioners and Hales. The Hempstalk folks are called up. Paul Stanford, Hempstalk’s founder, is teamed with a tall lawyer with a red beard who looks like a first-year law student at Lewis & Clark. Stanford and Redbeard Babyface spell out Hempstalk’s main points: Can we have more time to think about this? Nuh-uh, we didn’t do those violations! Even if they did happen, don’t they happen all over society all the time? Come on, man, be cool about this! At one point, marijuana legalization is mentioned, prompting a smattering of tentative applause. This will become a theme. Redbeard Babyface murmurs his way through some watery arguments.
fields of green: los Marijuanos at Hempstalk 2013.
THE PUBLIC APPEAL OF HEMPSTALK’S REJECTION WAS A THRILLING—IF MOSTLY UNNECESSARY—SPECTACLE. By W m . W i l l a r d G reene email@example.com
Last September, Portland’s ninth annual Hempstalk Festival took place at Kelley Point Park, drawing approximately 80,000 to the secluded and heavily forested park at the very northern tip of Portland. According to Portland Parks & Recreation, it was the worst year yet for Hempstalk’s “repeated and flagrant violations of park-use guidelines.” This year, when Hempstalk applied for use of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in the middle of town, the parks bureau rejected the application—a rare rejection of a previously approved event. Hempstalk appealed, and, on Jan. 9, a hearing was held before the City Council. “Hearing” is sort of the wrong word to describe the proceedings, which began with a listing of the lawless behavior common at Hempstalk and ended with a balanced decision from a dispassionate Mayor Charlie Hales. At the close of the meeting, it seemed Hempstalk may yet happen this year and perhaps even at Waterfront Park. It won’t be on the day originally planned and, organizers promised, there won’t be any open use of marijuana. You might expect the author of a cannabis column to bristle at this. But after watching the scene at City Hall, I’m actually OK with the city’s cautious approach to hosting Hempstalk. Here are my collected observations from what may have been the most entertaining City Council meeting in recent memory: Near the entrance to City Council chambers, I notice a sign-in sheet for speakers. I wonder how many stoned people accidentally signed up. The answer—as far as I could tell—was two, though it’s possible others were more prepared to ad-lib. 18
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At 2 pm, as the session starts, the lower level of the chambers is mostly filled. I’m disappointed the balcony isn’t packed and that it’s not a hot August day in the Deep South. Hales and City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick are arrayed in front of us. A few people wear suits. Most people are not in suits. One man is wearing a homemade shirt with “Gutless Council!” written on it. Fritz explains we aren’t here to discuss marijuana legalization or the morality of cannabis use, a valid point I’m absolutely sure is falling on deaf and stupid ears. Two suits from the parks bureau take seats across from the council. The first has a radio announcer’s voice, and he dramatically recalls how the bureau has dealt with rules violations in the past—by working with event planners to make sure violations don’t occur in the future. Over the last nine years, Hempstalk has failed to respond to those requests. Dramatic Radio Guy hands control over to an egghead, who reads a list of rules. I start wishing I’d brought some edibles. A scrawny young man with a huge black beard, hemp clothes and what appears to be a large jug ambles in 15 minutes late. There are some light questions from the
Fritz grills the Hempstalk folks for a bit, and the gallery buzzes angrily. Freedoms are being impinged on! Stanford responds that there weren’t any knifings or muggings, and Hempstalk is a peaceful protest. The gallery erupts in loud applause, particularly an energetic young woman with pink hair. A flustered Redbeard Babyface again reiterates Hempstalk’s main point: They need more time to assemble an argument. The second wave of speakers takes the stand. A man in a green hat starts speaking in a reasonable tone, but things escalate quickly. Choice quote regarding the festival: “There was nothing but happiness going on, and why wouldn’t you want happiness in your city? It’s crazy!” He ends by asking for the mayor’s resignation. A man with a Mohawk and neck tattoo begins his allotted time with “I’m a wrestler...” then testifies that police patrolling the festival grounds on ATVs didn’t make any arrests, and instead spent their time watching the wrestling matches he’d organized. This was a major point from the Hempstalk folk: No arrests were made. But can we really fault ATV cops for watching wrestling? Isn’t that exactly what you’d expect from ATV cops? One of my favorite lines of the night comes from a middle-aged African-American gentleman: “Can’t line people up and search ’em. Guy tried that 40 years ago. Didn’t work for him.” I still have no idea who he’s talking about, and I have now researched this. “My family is very proud of everything I do.” This dubious and irrelevant claim comes from a woman with a Level 14 smoker’s voice. “[Attendees] will go to the mall! They’ll buy shoes!” This is one of many closing lines intended to rile the crowd. Every speaker, a few minutes in, experiences the rush of addressing the City Council, and nearly everyone ends with an attempt to whip the gallery into impassioned applause. A fervent community organizer testifies, as does an overearnest father. And then, finally, there is Lightning. “My name is Lightning, and I don’t smoke marijuana,” he says. Huh. Regardless, Lightning is here to weigh in simply because he feels some freedoms are being impinged on. It’s possible Lightning is a superhero.
Dustin, a lanky 19-year-old street kid, takes the stage and goes on for at least six minutes. At times, he seems to be arguing the city’s side, and every point is framed in a cool/not-cool paradigm. Then it’s time for Joe Walsh, who introduces himself as a representative of Individuals for Justice. He’s the one with the “Gutless Council!” T-shirt, and I get the impression he’s a familiar face in these halls. Walsh also doesn’t smoke marijuana. He’s annoyed with Fritz, who he believes has already made up her mind on the matter. He asks her point-blank if that’s true. She replies, “Yes.” And then it feels like the climax of every legal drama in recorded history. Walsh is shouting articles of the Constitution. Fritz is explaining that, yes, she knows about the Constitution, because she had to take a test in order to become a citizen. Pink Hair Lady is on her feet, rushing to the front and screaming backup like a hype man. Fists are slamming into tables. Then, in a rapturous wail, Walsh cries: “I’m out of order? You’re a disgrace. You’re out of order!” The next folks taking the stand are cops. Hales asks how Hempstalk compares to other events of the same size, like Brewfest and the Waterfront Blues Festival. “It does not compare favorably,” the officer responds. An employee of the security company hired to patrol Hempstalk’s grounds last year claims pot was being sold everywhere, and festival organizers continuously told her to ignore law-breaking. “The integrity of the security company was on the line,” she says. The private security industry: society’s last bastion of reasoned thought and action. A few other random speakers take the stand to paint-dry results. Finally, a pro-cannabis advocate says exactly what I’ve been thinking through this whole hearing: Paul Stanford shouldn’t be the face of cannabis legalization in this town. Finally, the last speaker is called, and I’m pleased to see it’s Bearded Jug Guy. “Oh, man, I thought I just signed up to watch,” he mutters to those around him. “OK, I’ll do it.” His argument centers on families. The families of the City Council members. The families of Bearded Jug Guy. We should support each other’s families, Bearded Jug Guy implores. “Empathize with where we’re at as a species on this planet,” he says. “I’d like you guys to have your input on pot. Let’s get excited about it! Get on our team!” There is minor applause. Smoker-Voice Lady nods in solemn assent. Hales needs some recognition here. Even when Pink Hair Lady was on a rampage and Bearded Jug Guy was inferring all the families should get together and have a barbecue, Hales was like an ice sculpture intently listening. I don’t know how Hempstalk happens without people being high. The festival doesn’t make much sense otherwise. Cannabis is on its way to legalization, but after this meeting it was clear that new, morereasoned voices are needed to take herb mainstream.
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FOOD: A comfortable Davenport. BUY PORTLAND: Urban lumberjack gear guide. THEATER: Supernatural teen lesbian rock opera. MOVIES: The prolific Run Run Shaw.
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THE RAIN DOWN IN AFRICA: A Portland-based blogger is planning to direct the ﬁrst-ever Tuareg-language feature ﬁlm in West Africa. Christopher Kirkley, the “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” behind the Sahelsounds blog and record label (see “Africa High-Tech,” WW, Oct. 24, 2012), has developed a script starring Mdou Moctar, a guitarist from Niger whose music Kirkley discovered via the Saharan cellphone MP3-trading network. The story centers on a struggling young musician who rides around the desert on a purple motorcycle. If that sounds a lot like Purple Rain, it’s not an accident—the title, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, translates to “Rain the Color of Blue With a Little Red in It.” Kirkley spent three weeks in the Nigerien city of Agadez last year, developing a treatment and shooting initial scenes with an all-local cast. He’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the budget and will shoot in February. “I’d like to get it into festivals, but obviously the most important thing is getting it to Niger,” Kirkley writes. He plans to release the movie through regional DVDs, and potentially in electronic form so it can be shared through cellphones—“which is how many people choose to consume media now, anyways,” he adds. TOO MUCH TV: Portland ﬁlmmaker Gus Van Sant has been tapped to direct an episode of upcoming WGN miniseries Ten Commandments. Each of the directors—a motley group that also includes Lee Daniels, Michael Cera and Wes Craven—will helm a modern tale inspired by one of the commandments. No word when the show will air. >> Vancouver, Wash.-based fashion designer Seth Aaron Henderson snapped up his second Project Runway crown Jan. 9, and the next day news dropped that two Portlanders are competing on another reality-TV fashion show. Amy Sim and Brady Lange both appear on Under the Gunn, hosted by Tim Gunn. The ﬁrst episode airs Thursday, Jan. 16, on Lifetime. >> Vancouver, B.C., will pose as Portland in two new TV series slated soon to begin production. The BBC’s paranormal drama The Intruders and Fox’s crime series Backstrom are both set in Stumptown, but will be shot in Canada. BREW VIEWS: Regal Cinemas locations at Pioneer Place, Bridgeport Village, Lloyd Center 10 and Tigard 11 Cinemas have all applied to serve booze. >> Hot on the heels of the city’s ﬁrst nonproﬁt bar, here comes a nonproﬁt brewery. Ex Novo Brewing Co. is planning to open in early 2014 and is “committed to donating 100 percent of our net proﬁts to organizations that are working to eﬀect positive social change both in Portland and around the world.” >> Turn! Turn! Turn! has moved into the Record Room space at 8 NE Killingsworth St. Owner Scott Derr says he’s expanding the concept, however, adding not only more beer taps but more retail beyond records, from old magazines to clothes and books, plus some food items. “It’s a dream I had for a while,” he says. “So when this spot opened up, I came in.” 20
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THE GREAT CARPET-MATCHING GAME Portland is losing a legend: The Portland International Airport has begun tearing out its carpet. That much-beloved teal upholstery, with its distinctive violet, cobalt and red cross marks, has greeted travelers for more than a quarter century, which, we gather, is positively geriatric in carpet years. The news was met with outrage and dismay. This is a carpet, after all, with its own Facebook page. There are Twitter and Instagram accounts devoted to it. To memorialize the carpet, clever entrepreneurs made T-shirts and socks bearing the idiosyncratic design. Initial runs sold out quickly. You’ve still got some time to bid adieu: The 14 acres of old carpet are being slowly ripped out, and the new stuff won’t be fully installed until 2016. We decided this was an apposite time to pay homage to Portland’s unheralded upholstery: those unsung rugs and runners we trod over daily, never stopping to snap a photo or compose an adulatory tweet. To test how well you know this city’s carpets, we’ve assembled photos from six different places—see how many carpets you can match to their homes. REBECCA JACOBSON
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THURSDAY JAN. 16 tracy morgan [comedy] So maybe Tracy morgan isn’t a standup comic as much as a somewhat crazy person who possibly thought he was filming a documentary when appearing on 30 Rock, but that just means he’s more naturally hilarious than many of his peers. The last time morgan was here, he played the Newmark, so this three-night stand at Helium definitely qualifies as “intimate.” Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888643-8669. 8 and 10:15 pm. $35-$42.
FRIDAY JAN. 17 the end of sex [THeaTer] craig Jessen’s comedy, presented by Theatre Vertigo, centers on a pharmaceutical scientist who inadvertently concocts a drug that remaps sexual sensation, allowing users to experience pleasure through a cream. It’s a world premiere from Jessen, who grew up in Portland and graduated from Wilson High School in 2001. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm. $20.
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(a)merging [daNce] Lindsey matheis continues to scout Portland’s brightest dance talent. She takes less control here than in Alchemy last year, just providing a platform for newbies and a few veterans, and the result will likely be rawer and more experimental. among the performers, megan mccarthy and Patrick Kilbane remix their classical ballet training into something bizarre, and up-and-comer Kate rafter presents what she calls “a pop-up dance thingy with a general focus on risk and interactivity.” Northwest Dance Project Studio, 833 N Shaver St., 421-7434. 7:30 pm. $15-$20.
SUNDAY JAN. 19 Pacific Pie-off [Food] apparently there’s something called National Pie day. Whether sweet or savory, the Pacific Pie co. is inviting everyone in Portland to enter their homecooked pies into competition. No cost for entry—except, you know, the pie. official judging starts at 1 pm. But, more importantly, judging by amateur lookie-loos—otherwise known as The People—starts at 2 pm. Pacific Pie Co., 1668 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9482, pacificpie.com. 11 am contest, 2 pm tasting. Free.
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colin meloy [muSIc] Though he’s never issued a proper solo album, between his three-year stint with alt-country band Tarkio, his collection of cover ePs and the six studio albums of literary quirk he’s crafted with the decemberists, Portland’s nerd hero has a thick catalog of ditties to draw from. expect deep cuts. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 2250047. 8 pm. $30. All ages. Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
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Big-Ass Beer Month
With a kickoﬀ on New Year’s Day, Rogue’s Green Dragon pub—known more for its hosting of light, ﬂavorful Buckman Botanical brewery—is hosting big dark beers that swing a brickbat for the entire month of January, with a new release each week. This week’s is the 9.3-percent ABV Descent Into Darkness Russian imperial stout, which throws together a party of ﬁve diﬀerent malts—a malt ball, if you like. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 517-0660. 11 am-11 pm Sundays-Wednesdays and 11-1 am Thursday through Saturdays. Through Jan. 31. Prices vary. 21+.
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You know how people pay big campaign donations in order to get access to Bill Clinton’s left ear (which everyone knows is his good side)? PFA is like that, but with chefs. Irving Street Kitchen’s Sarah Schafer will be serving up six courses with wine pairings, plus chatting with attendees about pretty much whatever she likes— including her love of Pip’s Original doughnuts, Szechuan Chef, Racion and a restaurant that’s not even open yet: Lang Baan Thai, coming soon from PaaDee’s Earl Ninsom. Attendees get gift certiﬁcates to all. Irving Street Kitchen, 701 NW 13th Ave., 343-9440. 6:30 pm. $125.
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FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Big Woody Barrel-Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest
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Oh, poor Bend. It has this great whiskey and whiskey-beer fest called the Little Woody that’s been going on for ﬁve years now. And as soon as everyone likes it, organizer Lee “Mash” Perry brings it up to Portland as the Big Woody, just to cruelly mash the hops of the desert people and send them right back to second beer ﬁddle. But what’s terrible for all those Northern Californians in Bend is great for all those Southern Californians in Portland. Twenty-one breweries will be on hand with special wood-aged brews, from Crux to Rogue to McMenamins. The price of admission includes 20 drink tokens. Continues Saturday, Jan. 18. Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler St. 4-11 pm. $40.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Wine-Blending Workshop
Here’s one of the better twists on wine tasting we’ve seen: Instead of just hanging out swishing grapes around the inside of your cheeks and pretending to ask about varietals, why not learn how to actually blend batches of wine? You still get to get drunk, and you still get to eat food, no worries. But Stewart and Athena Boedecker will also teach you their process of blending barrels to get the right combination of ﬂavors and let you take part. The catch? You have to join their wine club or you can’t get in—the lowest level is $123, which sends 12 bottles a year to your house. Boedecker Cellars, 2621 NW 30th Ave., 866-0095. 1-3 pm. $25 (with $123 membership).
SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Pacific Pie-Off
Apparently there’s something called National Pie Day. You’d think this would be an American thing, but as it turns out it’s a lot closer to Australia Day. Hence Paciﬁc Pie Company’s big-ass bake-oﬀ. Whether sweet or savory, the pie house is basically inviting all of Portland down to its spacious new spot on Northwest 23rd Avenue to enter their sweet or savory pies into competition. There’s no cost for entry—except, you know, the pie. Registration starts at 11 am and oﬃcial judging starts at 1 pm. We, however, will lazily wander down at 2 pm to help judge the People’s Prize. Because we are the people. Paciﬁc Pie Company, 1668 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9482. 11 am contestants, 2 pm looky-loos. Free.
Aged sipping rums—we’re not kidding, here—might well be the next wave in fashionable drinking culture. Blair Reynolds is taking a jaunt through the rarest of Hale Pele’s estimably geeky rum selection, and some from his private stash. This will give you a chance to be both ahead and behind on current drinking trends. Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway, 662-8454. Noon. $80.
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BELGIAN CHRISTMAS ALE (PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS) Like Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, the lights on Peacock Lane and phone-bookthick editions of The Oregonian, spicy Christmas beers are something I love in December. Then they go away and, for 11 months, I don’t miss them. But I will miss pFriem’s Christmas ale when the keg at Southeast Portland’s Bazi Bierbrasserie finally blows. And I’ll still be trying to figure it out. This big dubbel-based holiday ale—8 percent ABV—is brewed with candi sugar, German Perle hops, coriander and Belgian ale yeast that does all kinds of fun things to my tongue. One sip, I’m sucking on a toffee. Then, I’m biting a chocolate-covered orange. Then, I’m licking the spoon that stirred an eggy, cinnamon-rich waffle batter. It’s not pie in a glass so much as pie, cookies, cake and a few things I’m still trying to place. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR.
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A COMFORTABLE DAVENPORT KEVIN GIBSON’S NEW RESTAURANT IS A PARAGON OF REFINED SIMPLICITY.
cuttlefish and kohlrabi ($16). The two were cut so as to be a visually indistinguishable salad of white, a crudo with the occasional unexpected firmness of a root vegetable. And yet despite BY M AT T H E W KO R F H AGE firstname.lastname@example.org the Asian accents of sesame, chili and shiso, the plate felt like a Mediterranean drinking dish, an Everything about Davenport is quiet. But the elevated cicchetto best taken with the bar’s sternew East Burnside Street restaurant from former ling Dolin-Boodles Negroni ($10). Evoe chef Kevin Gibson and wine expert Kurt The goulash ($18) was a surprisingly pristine Heilemann, ensconced in the cozy former June affair: slow-cooked, paprika-sauced pork that space, started service almost secretly in Novem- was less fork-tender than it was spoon-tender. ber. Heilemann announced the place with an The coup de grâce was the side of crisped spaetoffhand email after the doors were already open. zle-like noodles, a hand-me-down from Gibson’s Consider it confidence masquerading as grandma Betty: It felt like Austrian comfort amid humility—the same sort on display in the food. Hungarian spice, a heartening reunion of the Gibson eschews distracting Hapsburgs. The tenderly redspice, offering instead elegant Order this: To split, get the bread plate breasted duck—salted just a salad (endive or radicchio), a meat showcases for a small number ($3), so—was Christmas on a plate, dish and an experiment of your choosing. of ingredients, subtle twists with a wreath of flayed green on Continental classics. Best deal: Order expensive things. $18 Brussels sprouts and scarlet can plausibly stand alone; otherwise Heartbreakingly soft agno- meals pomegranate seeds playing you’ll want a pair of $14 or $16 plates. lotti ($16)—a pillow-shaped bitter against sweet like an ravioli—balances the zings of old German poet. celery root and Meyer lemon, bound together by The cocktails are stolidly classic, the beers gluten and Parmesan. It’s like a tryst with an old often Belgian-inflected. But ask for a wine pairflame, all familiar comforts and prickling novelty. ing. Heilemann is a resource one should make The warm-toned space has the feeling of a ample use of; his eight by-the-glass selections are well-appointed home pantry. Dry vines obscure pleasantly idiosyncratic and broad-ranging. With the exit sign above the door, next to boxes of food the piment d’Espelette-accented cauliflower supplies. From the open kitchen, Gibson presides soup ($9) and agnolotti, he offered the COS Rami, over the restaurant with a civilized calm, dressed a dry-tart Sicilian white with more than enough in a homey Mr. Rogers button-down and sweater. body from grape-skin flavors to hold up to the He looks less like a chef than an architect—or rich and herbal notes in those two dishes. maybe your personal therapist, here to affirm Interestingly, Davenport’s arrival ties togeththat your recent breakup was for the best. er with fellow Genoa alum John Taboada’s Luce At tucked-in Evoe, Gibson had stripped him- and Navarre restaurants to create something of self down to the austere basics with small plates a neighborhood food philosophy: wine-happy and sandwiches, concocting meticulously bal- Continental fare served in nearly domestic anced intensities in herb, oil, pepper and brine. At comfort, with a meticulous dedication to bringDavenport, this approach blossoms into a menu ing out the flavor of a dish’s basic ingredients that stretches amiably from scallop crudo to a without baths of salt, garlic or spice. There are Basque cheese plate with kiwi, in serving sizes no fireworks displays, no fried-kale umami that are comfortably neither taster nor entree; bombs or bone-marrow chowder bowls, but it is two diners might split three or four plates. no small feat to make such simplicity feel like Some dishes, such as the hazelnut-vinaigrette decadence. beets ($12), have survived from Evoe, but most are new from day to day, and have far more inter- EAT: Davenport, 2215 E Burnside St., 236-8747, davenportpdx.com. 4-10 pm Tuesday-Saturday. esting ambitions. Take, for example, a recent
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A LOCAL GEAR GUIDE FOR PORTLAND’S URBAN LUMBERJACKS.
8 1 Bluer Denim
Classic taper in raw selvage $148, bluerdenim.com
These rugged, all-American jeans are designed in Portland, made from cotton grown in Georgia, woven on shuttle looms in North Carolina and sewn together in Los Angeles. These jeans aren’t washed after they’re cut, sewn and riveted, so if you wear them for a few months without washing (air denim out after each wearing and put them in the freezer inside a plastic bag to kill any smelly bacteria) your pair will take on the perfect creases your legs make as they bend to roll a log into the river or grab the last tall boy from the cooler. Bluer sells online, offering home try-on for three pairs at a time and a 14-day no-hassle return policy. 2 Deller Designs Eight-panel wool cap with earflap $40, shaundeller.com
Shaun Deller lives with his wife and son in a yurt outside the town of Deer Island, just north of St. Helens. For the last decade he’s been perfecting the design of his snug wool caps, which he calls “retro-grouch.” Handsewn from mostly recycled materials in the studio he built from an old round-roofed shepherd’s wagon, Deller’s cyclist-inspired caps are designed to tuck under a bike helmet. The little brim on Deller’s cap keeps the drizzle out of his face while he tends to a flock of Shetland sheep, so it should stand up to the breeze from a passing MAX train. 3 Trust Co. Single bit ax $235, trustco.us
Perhaps the ultimate tool for Portland’s bourgeois outdoorsperson, this restored ax from year-old Trust Co. is actually a work of art. Trust Co. doesn’t forge new steel, but rather grinds old paint and rust off well-used blades from Collins, Norlund or Craftsman to get a shiny metal blade that’s refitted with a hickory handle and a sheath of Oregon leather. Yes, you can get a very nice new American-made Estwing ax for $40 at Home Depot but, damn it, this thing is gorgeous.
4 Gerber Gator combo ax II $50, gerbergear.com
For the modern lumberjack on a budget— or, you know, one seeking use beyond display—this inexpensive short-handled ax is a nimble log-buster to toss in your car for the next camp-out. The handle— longer than a hatchet, shorter than a full-size ax—is made of glass-filled nylon that’s strong but relatively lightweight and covered in reassuring rubber. And, for situations better suited to a saw, there’s a 6-inch hacksaw tucked inside the handle. 5 Leatherman Style PS $26.50, leatherman.com
Not so long ago, men had pocket knives and Leatherman tools handy on their keychains. Then came 9/11. In the security crackdown, many of America’s tiniest tools were tossed in a TSA trashcan by frustrated owners who forgot to stash them in their glove box. Now, they’re back and niftier than ever. Portland-based Leather ma n—which, coincidenta lly, makes its tools right next to PDX—offers this “travel-friendly” gadget (TSA won’t certify private products) with pliers, scissors, screwdrivers and a clip that will open your beer and hang onto your keys in that white plastic bowl. Also pictured, the Jam skateboard tool ($20). 6 Danner Mountain light $330, danner.com
Back during the Carter presidency, Danner introduced a hiking boot so ruggedly
stylish it’s still in demand today. At 62 ounces, the “Light” is double the weight of most modern hiking boots, but that weight comes from hefty full-grain leather, a sock of waterproof Gore-Tex and a sturdy Vibram sole. This is Portland’s hiking boot: a classic look welcome in a pub but more at home strapped into a pair of snowshoes thumping around Trillium Lake. They look even better with some mud and a few scratches. 7 Pendleton Lodge shirt in red-and-black check $115, pendleton-usa.com
Stumptown’s main claim on lumberjack chic—besides all the trees we used to cut down—is the iconic wool products made by this Portland-based company. This blackand-red check shirt was built from wool woven at the company’s mills, including the century-old facility across the Columbia in Washougal, Wash. You can call yourself an Oregonian without owning anything made by Pendleton, but you’re just talking. Also pictured: a matching Motor Robe blanket ($100) and the Warren jacket in green ($280). 8 Portland Beard Company Beard oil $20, portlandbeardcompany.com
Beard oil sounds like a gag gift for a friend who won’t shave his 5 o’clock shadow, but it’s actually quite useful for furry-faced men with dry skin. Look at the label of this bottle and you’ll see it contains argan oil, a vitamin E-rich fluid culled from a Moroccan tree, which finds its way into lots of fancy cosmetics. It might seem funny at first, but the WW staffer who tried it found
his facial hair grew ever more lustrous as the skin beneath stopped itching. Each bottle lasts two to three months, depending on the size of the facebush. 9 Orox Leather Co. Rolling buckle belt $100, oroxleather.com
Orox Leather, a Portland-based family business, makes everything from dressy handbags to old-timey footballs designed for executive desks, in its Old Town shop. The tawny brown vintage football ($120) and MacBook sleeve ($200) are beautiful, but the best purchase is a classic everyday belt cut from English bridle leather that looks ready for a few decades of faithful service. Also pictured: the Orox belt pouch ($90) and classic billfold ($98). 10 Geier Deerskin work gloves $54, geierglove.com Available at Portland Outdoor Store, 304 SW 3rd Ave., 222-1051.
A favorite of equestrians, duck hunters and gentlemanly motorbikers, Geier’s deerskin gloves are buttery smooth and hand-sewn to fit like a second skin. Made in Centralia, Wash., where the company has been based since 1927, they’re not cheap, but the sidebuckle version is ready to cushion your hands through the dissection of a full Sitka spruce. As with most fine leather products, the color improves with age. Photos by Matt Wong, words by Martin Cizmar. Know of cool products designed or made in Portland? Drop us a line at email@example.com. Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
Welcome to WW’s 2014 Volunteer Guide. The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2013 Give!Guide. Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest some of your valuable sweat equity in a local nonprofit, but you’re not sure where to start. If so, we’re here to help. More than 60 worthy nonprofits have identified their needs in the pages of this guide. If you can fill one of them, terrific! If you know someone else who can, point that person in the right direction. Thanks for giving this your attention.
dog-loving individuals 18 and older with basic dog-handling skills. CONTACT: FDNLS staff
CAT ADOPTION TEAM WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: As a CAT
volunteer, make purr-fect matches as an adoption counselor, foster a litter of kittens, represent CAT at community events, provide daily care for shelter cats, greet and assist clients all while having a fantastic time getting paid in headbutts and purrs. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you love talking
about cats, caring for cats and helping others fall in love with cats, we need you! CONTACT: Nancy Puro, volunteer program manager firstname.lastname@example.org 503-925-8903, ext. 258
FAMILY DOGS NEW LIFE SHELTER WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Walk
shelter dogs in need of additional exercise and training, foster a dog in need of a little extra TLC, help with event coordination, fundraising and working at outreach events.
FERAL CAT COALITION OF OREGON WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Be part of
the solution to end cat overpopulation by volunteering with FCCO. We’re a spay/neuter program for community cats supported solely through donations. Our greatest need is for office volunteers who are comfortable with computers and speaking with the public, and are available business hours on weekdays. Visit feralcats. com for a full list of opportunities. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If you believe
spay/neuter saves lives, we want you! Our volunteers are dedicated team players who are calm under pressure and have positive attitudes. Experience caring for outdoor cats, fundraising, marketing and public relations is a plus. CONTACT: Olivia Hinton
email@example.com 503-797-2606, ext. 103
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PAW (PORTLAND ANIMAL WELFARE) TEAM WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: PAW Team
provides free veterinarian care to the pets of people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty. We keep people and pets together during difficult times. We are a volunteerbased organization with wide support from the community. You can get involved at our monthly clinics as a vet, pharmacist, medical-records specialist or certified veterinary technician. You can help set up clinics, work with people and pets during clinics, assist in the office, perform data entry from home (training provided), or help with our social media, volunteer management, graphic design and special events. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers want
to help people and animals. They know the value of the animal-human bond and want to make a difference to those who need it the most. We’re looking for people who work well with diverse groups and are able to take on a project and make it their own, who are creative and reliable. CONTACT: Cindy Scheel, executive
director firstname.lastname@example.org 971-282-8443
THE PIXIE PROJECT WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
are the backbone of the Pixie Project. We need willing foster homes for our dogs and cats, volunteer veterinarian technicians and volunteer veterinarians. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who are
willing to open up their loving, animal-friendly homes to Pixie animals while they await adoption. This will open up a spot in our shelter for another animal awaiting intake. Veterinarian and veterinarian techs are also needed—the Pixie Project is looking for volunteers with clinical experience. CONTACT: email@example.com
PROJECT POOCH WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Be a Project
POOCH ambassador! Community ambassadors help to raise awareness of Project POOCH and the importance of re-homing shelter
dogs. We are looking for animalloving individuals who are interested in staffing Project POOCH tables at summer events, dog shows and adoption events at area pet stores. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The right person will
be friendly, outgoing, comfortable speaking in public and knowledgeable of the Project POOCH program. You will need to be able to lift lightweight displays. If you love animals, have time to share and want to help homeless dogs in need, we’d love to hear from you. CONTACT: DeVida Johnson
ARTS INDEPENDENT PUBLISH RESOURCE CENTER WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: From
being an open-hours staff person to contributing to creative projects in printing and publishing, the IPRC has many types of volunteer opportunities. We work with volunteers to match their skills set, interest and capacity in helping find the best position for them. Apply at iprc.org IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are always
looking for volunteers whose skills and interests coincide with our mission to facilitate creative expression and identity by providing public access to the resources and tools needed to create independently published media and art. CONTACT: Pollyanne Birge firstname.lastname@example.org 503-827-0249
LIVE WIRE RADIO WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Live Wire
is a radio variety show that records in front of a live audience. Our volunteers assist on show nights with ushering, audience and guest services, as well as other behind-the-scenes tasks such as mailings, data entry and vendor pickups. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers
are a magnificent motley crew from all walks of life. We love to see an appreciation for the arts, reliability and an affinity for the fast-paced (show nights can get vivacious!). You must be able to enjoy fun. Marketing
and experience with SalesForce doesn’t hurt. CONTACT: Tori Zanzalari
OREGON CRUSADERS— PERFORMANCE ART WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The Oregon
Crusaders provide students ages 15 to 21 with world-class performing-arts and touring experience. Between 50 and 75 volunteers are needed each year to support our programs, with cooking, driving, sewing and event-management support needed, especially in the spring and summer months. Join us! IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The Oregon Crusaders require a variety of skills in support of our touring arts programs, including: • Cooking healthy meals for our performers and staff in our mobile kitchen • Driving (commercial driver’s license and non-CDL positions) • Sewing of costumes and flags • Event management CONTACT: Colleen Bledsoe
PDX POP NOW! WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: An all-
volunteer organization, PDX Pop Now! owes its success to the many individuals who have generously and enthusiastically donated their time. Areas for involvement include administration, development, finance, art, marketing and events. Specific positions include: festival event staff, compilation-selection listeners, grant writers, fundraising and sponsorship coordinators, finance and media coordinators. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A self-motivated professional with a passion for music and learning who understands how to communicate thoughtfully while also efficiently managing his or her time. Volunteers must have the desire to analyze any issue from a leadership perspective, and have a personal commitment to proactively improving some aspect of the organization. CONTACT: Beth Martin
VIBE OF PORTLAND
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Vibe of
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Community
Portland is looking for teaching assistants in our Vibe @ School classes in North and Southeast Portland. The commitment is one to three hours weekly for an eightweek session. Duties include helping teaching artists, encouraging and helping students with projects, and positively impacting a child’s life through the arts.
Vision’s home ownership independence program supports individuals with disabilities living in their own homes. We have opportunities for volunteers to participate through work parties. These fun events include activities such as house painting, light yard work or repairing a fence.
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer
has some background in either art or music (or both) and is excited about working with children and a local teaching artist to make our classes exciting and fun for all involved. Especially needed are volunteers with experience in ceramics. CONTACT: Laura Streib
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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: You must enjoy
working with a small group of community volunteers, in three- to four-hour shifts. Visit cvision.org/getinvolved/volunteer. Additionally, our annual Harvest Century cycling event utilizes more than 200 volunteers, and we would love your participation. Visit harvestcentury.org for more information. CONTACT: Valerie Plummer
email@example.com 503-292-4964, ext. 124
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers strengthen the work of the BTA every day. You can get involved by helping at events, assisting in the office, doing research, attending meetings, stuffing envelopes, leading community rides, fixing bikes for our youth classes, and more. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are
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CONTACT: Nicole Davenport
firstname.lastname@example.org 503-226-0676, ext. 24
COMMUNITY ALLIANCE OF TENANTS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Community
Alliance of Tenants is Oregon’s only grassroots renters’ rights organization. We invite volunteers to help with counseling callers on the renters’ rights hotline, along with assisting in translations and interpretations, outreach and organizing, office and technology support, campaigns, photography, communications, child care and other event/meeting support. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We hope CAT
volunteers have a belief in social justice and are against oppression and discrimination. Volunteers who have experience dealing with rental issues are also needed. Additional helpful skills and interests include database entry, public speaking, Spanishlanguage proficiency, organizing, compassionate listening and articulate communication skills. CONTACT: Nancy Swann
email@example.com 503-460-9702, ext. 2
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WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Sort and
redistribute donated home goods to low-income folks in our community who are transitioning into stable housing. Volunteers also sell higherend items that are nonessential for setting up a home in our retail stores. Additionally, volunteers help with special events and community outreach. We are Portland’s only volunteer-driven, nonprofit furniture bank.
passionate about their communities. They have a desire to share the joy of biking with others, support the goals of creating safe and vibrant neighborhoods, and build a stronger local economy. Whether you want to take on a big project or just stop by for an afternoon, we’d love your help to keep Oregon rolling forward!
income folks find furniture and goods to outfit their homes and being the first to see the one-of-a-kind treasures before they go to our estate store sounds like your idea of the perfect day, then this is the volunteer gig for you. We need positive, friendly volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors-in-need. CONTACT: Jessica Thompson
HANDS ON GREATER PORTLAND WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Hands On
connects volunteers with more than 300 nonprofit agencies in the metro area that are in need of volunteers. Visit our calendar at handsonportland. org to find volunteer opportunities, including walking dogs at Oregon Humane Society, sorting food at Oregon Food Bank, serving meals for men in transitional housing at the Clark Center, grocery shopping for seniors at Store to Door, or taking the family out volunteering at Tualatin Library. We also connect volunteers with longer-term opportunities. And we have a variety of special events, including Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Comcast Cares Day, Family Volunteer Day and Make a Difference Day. We believe that everyone can volunteer. All you need is the belief that one person can make a difference. Most of our opportunities require no special skill or qualification, and we have
volunteer opportunities across all interest and impact areas, from hunger to homelessness, education to literacy, animals to the arts. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: One special
volunteer position we are always seeking is that of “volunteer leader.” These are trained volunteers who serve in a leadership capacity, taking responsibility for one of the projects on our calendar. Go out and volunteer for one of the projects on our calendar, and see if a leadership position might be right for you.
stable. As a financial coach, we will train you to work one-on-one with individuals developing realistic budgets, setting and achieving goals, and building credit. Other opportunities include writing articles for our client newsletter, and co-facilitating financial-education workshops and one-time projects. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Ideal volunteers
are committed to the mission of Innovative Changes—assisting those lacking adequate access to capital and/or financial services to achieve and maintain household stability. Volunteers should possess a willingness to learn about financial education and resources, have strong intercultural communication skills and embrace working with diverse clientele.
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
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support our local community and help end the cycle of poverty through our programs in early childhood, youth and family, housing, seniors, adults with disabilities, and special events. Opportunities include tutoring, mentoring, transporting, meal service, and leading activities. Our short-term and ongoing opportunities are available yearround. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Anyone with trade
and professional skills as well as those looking to gain experience and connect with our community of support can find an exciting, engaging opportunity with Impact NW. We welcome individuals and community/corporate volunteer groups, and can customize a meaningful, team-building experience. Visit impactnw.org/ volunteer for more details. CONTACT: Mari Tamiyasu
INNOVATIVE CHANGES WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
help us empower individuals and families to become more financially
including teaching exercise, tai chi and yoga classes. Volunteers are also needed to provide educational opportunities such as tutoring for children, financial education for adults, and computer classes. We can always use help with marketing, fundraising and event support. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Someone who is responsible, reliable, compassionate and flexible. The majority of NHA’s housing is located in the Portland metro area, so we need volunteers who can work in their communities. CONTACT: Tim Collier
firstname.lastname@example.org 503-654-1007, ext. 113
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MEALS ON WHEELS PEOPLE WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: They
are often alone and hungry. Frail and disabled seniors in your neighborhood have done so much in their lives and now ask only for a hot meal and a friendly smile. Volunteers are needed at our 34 locations throughout the Portland-Vancouver metro area to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, prepare food in our neighborhood center kitchens, serve lunch to seniors in our centers, lead a walking group, work special events, create artwork, or help with administrative tasks. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Dedicated and
enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a homebound senior. CONTACT: mealsonwheelspeople.org
NORTHWEST HOUSING ALTERNATIVES
not exist without passionate and dedicated volunteers like you. For information about getting involved with our major community events like Race for the Animals and Portland VegFest, along with ongoing outreach projects, visit nwveg.org/volunteer. We welcome everyone and look forward to hearing from you soon. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are especially interested in volunteers who have experience in event planning, tabling, public relations, marketing, public speaking and graphic design. Whether you’re looking for a one-time project or a longer-term commitment, there’s a good chance we have a match for your interests, skills and goals. CONTACT: Chelsea Davis
email@example.com 503-746-8344 503-866-7575
ON-THE-MOVE COMMUNITY INTEGRATION WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer
as a reading tutor for adults with
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: NHA needs
volunteers with a variety of talents,
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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: People with
experience working with the poor and working in copy editing, conflict resolution, secretarial or clerical, Microsoft Word or Excel, Adobe InDesign or Photoshop, data entry, website administration, and Mac OS X. CONTACT: Grace Badik
TRANSITION PROJECTS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
can help in individual and group roles. We are always seeking meal providers, computer lab hosts, and skill- and interest-based class leaders. Seasonal volunteer roles exist as well, such as hosting coat and blanket drives, sorting donations and event/ fundraising assistance. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those familiar with
the barriers that cause homelessness, as well as have a desire to play a role in helping our clients overcome them. A minimum two-month commitment is required to help provide reliable support for our staff and clients. CONTACT: Sam Haffey
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF OREGON AND SW WASHINGTON WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: United
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developmental disabilities. Tutors support diverse students who are working to improve independence through increased literacy skills. In a celebratory environment, form new relationships and discover the rewards of creating an inclusive community of Portlanders with and without disabilities. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer
is fun, flexible, compassionate and reliable, and believes that the contributions of all unique community members are valuable. Volunteers should be good readers and able to make a two-month commitment. We provide disability/ diversity training and guidance on best practices in special education and community integration. CONTACT: Molly Mayo
PORTLAND MITZVAH NETWORK WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
seeking a meaningful experience with a Jewish perspective can find exactly what they are looking for through the Portland Mitzvah Network. With a variety of short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities and organizations seeking volunteers, PMN is your one-stop shop for doing good in the Jewish community and beyond. Visit portlandmitzvah.org. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Organizations can
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and families can register to learn more about one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities. All users of the network can take advantage of the resources related to volunteering more generally, and in a Jewish context more specifically. CONTACT: Caron Blau Rothstein,
program coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 503-245-6449
REBUILDING CENTER OF OUR UNITED VILLAGES WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Redirect
donated building materials from the waste stream and turn them into a community asset. De-nail, sort and stock reclaimed old-growth lumber and tons of other used-building materials for reuse to benefit communities and our environment. Perform administrative tasks, hand out literature to the public at trade shows and events, write, translate, take video and much more! IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We need people
of all skill levels. We thrive on positive energy and are committed to sustaining an environment that’s filled with respect, discovery, fun and making a meaningful difference. Commitment to safety and a sincere desire to make a positive difference for the community and environment is a must. To sign up, visit ouvvolunteers.org. CONTACT: David Lowe
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RIDE CONNECTION WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Ride
Connection seeks volunteers who like to drive, enjoy people and wish to make positive contributions to others. If providing reliable, accessible transportation to older adults and those with disabilities in our community interests you, then let us know. Last year, the Ride Connection network provided more than 401,000 rides, ensuring that every individual has access to reliable and accessible transportation within Portland and the tri-county area. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for volunteers to drive during their lunch hour, for half a day or an entire day in locations they choose. If you are passionate about volunteering, possess a desire to support the mobility challenges of others, love interacting with a wide variety of people, seek true satisfaction and have a sincere dedication to the delivery of outstanding customer service, then please contact us for more information! CONTACT: Trink Easterday
STREET ROOTS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer
areas include event, editorial, vendor program, resource guide and office. Our volunteers are an important asset and part of Street Roots. We need people for weekly help and one-time events. Opportunities range from copy editing to assisting with the vendor program to helping with fundraising events.
Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington has been advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities since 1955. We are pleased to announce the opportunity for volunteers to serve on our board of directors. Board service provides a unique opportunity to “give back” and use your professional expertise and personal experience to help shape the organization. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The following
characteristics are desirable for our board: experience with committee work, comfort in communicating ideas in a group setting, a parent of a child experiencing developmental disabilities, and interest and dedication in working with persons with cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have particular interest in gaining members who are competent in the following areas: accounting, law, financial management, community organizing, development/ fundraising, and public relations/ marketing. CONTACT: Ann Coffey
URBAN FARM COLLECTIVE WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Organizers
and administrators, experienced gardeners, garden educators, chicken keepers, greenhouse managers, compost gurus, auto mechanics, carpenters, graphic designers and computer-savvy folks to help us manifest our vision of building community and improving food security through growing, bartering
and sharing food. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Folks with skills
in the following areas: organizing and web-based communications, marketing and outreach, graphic design and computer tech, event coordination, auto repair, carpentry, gardening, greenhouse management, irrigation installation, composting and chicken-keeping. CONTACT: Janette Kaden
HOUSECALL PROVIDERS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: A volunteer
visits our primary care or hospice patients from one to three hours a week, providing them with meaningful companionship and much-needed respite for their caregivers. You may read a favorite book, run errands or help tidy up their home. Perhaps you will simply offer quiet comfort by sitting with them or holding a hand. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A person who has
an infinity for the senior population, good listener, patient, caregiving skills helpful but not required. Availability one to three hours a week. CONTACT: Todd Lawrence
EDUCATION “I HAVE A DREAM” OREGON WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We attempt
to match your talents, interests and time availability with a Dreamer student who would best benefit. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include spending one-on-one time tutoring students or aiding in the classroom. We also have some onetime events such as chaperoning field trips or speaking at Career Day. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No special skills
are needed— just be willing to jump in and help. One of the key factors of success for students is having a positive adult role model who gives their time. Your time and attention with students can make an enormous impact and difference in their lives. CONTACT: Emily Gaither email@example.com 804-513-6586
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE CENTER WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The
Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the reuse of period homes and buildings. We need volunteers to help with our outreach efforts, education programs, walking tours, collections, reception desk and special events. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who
enjoy interacting with the public and have an appreciation for historic preservation and the
CONTACT: Ita Lindquist
Donate Life NW WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Helping
Donate Life NW helps saves lives. We are always looking for volunteer help, both in the office and out in the community. Outside: donor registration events, speaking to high-school classes, or presenting to community organizations. Inside: assisting with social-media campaigns, database management, or weekly office duties. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with big
hearts who want to help save lives. We’re growing our outreach programs and social-media campaigns in 2014, so individuals interested in outreach and being creative are ideal. CONTACT: Matt Webber
Marathon Education Partners WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Our
Marathon partners are volunteers who spend one to three hours a month creating and nurturing a mentoring relationship with a Marathon scholar. Volunteer mentors make a four-year commitment to a child and typically work with that child between fifth and eighth grades. Continuation of the relationship beyond the initial commitment is possible and encouraged if mutually beneficial for the adult and the child. Marathon is a program that helps remove the obstacles for low-income children striving for a college education by providing relationships with caring adults who serve as role models, coaches and cheerleaders to expand our scholar’s view of the possible. Our volunteers change lives! IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Marathon partners must pass a federal fingerprint background check, and have a valid driver’s license to be able to drive their scholar to events. Partners should ideally feel passion for educational access and a desire to work directly with children. Marathon partners should expect to remain in the Portland metro area for at least four years and have time to connect with their scholar either in person or via email/phone at least monthly. Comfort with diverse cultures and backgrounds is a plus. CONTACT: AJ Crocker
ajcrocker@ marathoneducationpartners.org 503-235-2500
Portland After-School Tennis and Education WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Portland
After-School Tennis and Education needs volunteers who are willing to be trained to tutor, coach and mentor at-risk children from low-income families in North Portland. Our goal is to create scholar-athletes— children who are healthy, excel in athletics and love to learn!
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historic architecture of Portland. A willingness to be flexible with volunteer tasks is greatly appreciated (as is a sense of humor).
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: All of our volunteers
play a dual role as coach and tutor. In their role as coach, they assist our core coaches in tennis and fitness activities. And as tutor, they help our scholar-athletes stay focused on completing their homework. No tennis experience is needed. CONTACT: Trenton Corvino
SE Works WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: SE Works
is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. ESL volunteers tutor adults learning English, GED tutors help at-risk youth study to complete a high-school education, youth mentors give ongoing guidance to youth, and transition coaches provide re-entry support to adults exiting the corrections system. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Successful
volunteers have the ability to explain difficult concepts with patience and empathy. They also have respect for diversity, cross-cultural competence and the ability to work well with others. All volunteers are provided with training and materials, as well as ongoing support from SE Works staff. CONTACT: Blair Orfall
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer
with SMART and help children discover the joy of reading! We are an early-literacy nonprofit that engages community volunteers to help pre-kindergarten to third-grade children become confident readers by providing one-on-one literacy support, adult mentorship, and books to take home and keep. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with an
enthusiastic love of books, who enjoy working with young children. They need to be available to read for one hour per week during public-school hours through mid-May. CONTACT: Staci Sutton
The Peace for Paul Foundation WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Locally,
volunteers would be great to assist with fundraising and helping to create an English teaching curriculum. Also, guidance from psychologists, case workers and people working with child trauma. In Uganda, we welcome volunteers with various skills for an amazing life-changing experience with some
wonderful children! IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers visiting Uganda should be willing to live a less-comfortable life and be open to a new culture. They should enjoy children and have patience and a playful spirit. Local volunteers should be reliable, organized and knowledgable in the area they wish to give expertise. CONTACT: Brandi Eslinger
Zenger Farm WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Teach
youth about food, farming and environmental stewardship during farm field trips; assist with healthyeating-on-a-budget workshops; promote healthy living and sell produce at Lents International Farmers Market; tend crops and livestock during work parties; or help out around the office. View all opportunities at zengerfarm.org/ volunteer. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are enthusiastic about food, farming and environmental stewardship; enjoy working as a team; and who are committed to volunteering on a regular basis for at least three months. We also welcome one-time volunteers to our farmers market and work parties. CONTACT: Prairie Hale
willingness to get dirty working and hiking in the great outdoors is a must. Forest Park Conservancy provides all necessary training and welcomes family participation.
Audubon Society of Portland
CONTACT: Mikala Soroka
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Audubon
Society of Portland is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading conservation organizations offering a wide range of volunteer opportunities. You can lead groups through Audubon’s nature sanctuary, care for injured wildlife in the care center, be a nature store assistant, or explore other volunteer opportunities. There’s something for every interest and schedule. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Audubon volunteers
want to become engaged and make a difference. Some opportunities require weekly shifts while others are less frequent. New volunteer orientation is Thursday, Feb. 6. For more information, visit audubonportland.org and complete a volunteer application. CONTACT: Deanna Sawtelle, volunteer
manager firstname.lastname@example.org 503-292-6855, ext. 108
Forest Park Conservancy WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Forest Park
Conservancy volunteers preserve and enhance Forest Park’s trail network and native habitat. Stewardship projects include trail maintenance and repair, removal of invasive plant species, and planting native trees and shrubs. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are
passionate about the environment and interested in getting to know Forest Park more intimately. A
email@example.com 503-223-5449, ext. 106
Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Many
varied opportunities are available for volunteers to learn new skills or to strengthen current ones. There is year-round habitat restoration, planting and maintaining native trees and shrubs, and removal of invasive species. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those with a love for
habitat restoration, the environment, birds and mammals. No skills are necessary, as you will be taught everything you need to know. CONTACT: Josie Finley
Josie_Finley@fws.gov 360-887-4106 360-887-3279
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteer to
help with our two biggest events each year—our native plant sale and our naturescaped yard tour. In February, volunteers help package and sort thousands of native plants for our annual plant sale. And in late spring (May/June), volunteers help welcome cont. on page 30
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IDEALIST.ORG WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Idealist.
org is the world’s largest network for social good, connecting people and organizations interested in making the world a better place. There are lots of ways to get involved. Visit us online to see how to turn your intentions into action in Portland and around the world. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking for people in Portland and beyond who want to work together to inspire and catalyze action and collaboration. If you like new ideas and connecting dots and people, join us for a new project we are launching at idealist. org/march11. CONTACT: Megan O’Leary firstname.lastname@example.org 971-373-4521
RETURNING VETERANS PROJECT WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Returning
habitat For humanity restore
guests to the homes on the tour. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are
enthusiastic and passionate about gardening and native plants, but no plant expertise or technical skill is necessary. Be prepared to get a little dirty, but you are sure to have fun! CONTACT: Candace Stoughton
email@example.com 503-222-7645 503-560-3592
FRIENDS OF TREES WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We welcome
volunteers in dozens of ways, but our biggest need is planting trees. We plant every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm from October to May across the metro region. Simply show up dressed for the weather. We provide gloves, tools and guidance, as well as snacks and coffee. We’re family and group friendly—rain or shine. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer likes being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest’s finest winter weather, meeting new friends and neighbors and laughing a lot, as well as learning about trees, how to plant them and why they’re awesome. All ages are welcome. We can’t wait to work with you! CONTACT: Jenny Bedell-Stiles
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We have
short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities for those 16 and over. Most volunteer work in our warehouse entails assisting with 30
donation intake, and running our store involves stocking and pricing items and keeping the shelves organized and clean. We also have an extensive recycling program that is managed by volunteers. They operate our cash registers and drive our box trucks to pick up materials from homes and businesses. We also work with volunteers in various marketing and outreach activities, and with our small deconstruction operation. If a volunteer has a specific skill (accounting, writing, design, research, public speaking), we are happy to find or create a project that will benefit our organization.
help improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: SOLVE volunteers
come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, in groups or on your own. From one-day events to leadership roles, SOLVE has a spot for you. The only qualification is a passion for Oregon and the environment. Get in touch today to learn more. CONTACT: Kaleen Boyle
firstname.lastname@example.org 503-844-9571, ext. 332
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No previous
experience required. We are happy to train anyone who is willing to learn. The warehouse environment is ever-changing, so volunteers who are flexible and have a positive attitude tend to have a more successful experience. One-time volunteers are great, but we are looking for those who are willing and able to serve on a more regular basis. We also have oncall opportunities for individuals who are interested in our deconstruction and outreach programs. CONTACT: Janell Watt
SOLVE WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Love
Oregon? Join 35,000 SOLVE volunteers who feel the same! From the coast to the eastern deserts, volunteer projects include cleaning up litter, removal of invasive species, planting native plants, and more. Be part of SOLVE’s 45th anniversary and
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BASIC RIGHTS OREGON WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Basic Rights
Oregon is the state’s chief advocacy and political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Volunteers work for equality by talking to Oregonians about the freedom to marry, assisting with office projects, or taking leadership roles on one of our teams. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We look for
volunteers with passion for our programs: racial justice, transgender justice, and the freedom to marry. Join us in working for marriage equality in Oregon, inclusive health care and prison safety for transgender people, and raising the visibility and experiences of LGBTQ people of color. CONTACT: Kyle White email@example.com 503-207-4828
Veterans Project asks licensed and insured mental-health practitioners, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to open a pro bono slot in their practice to provide free, confidential services for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families across Oregon and southwest Washington. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We welcome providers who want to work with us to help support and heal our veterans and their families. You must be insured, licensed and have a professional office space. Supervised interns working toward their licenses may be eligible. For more information and to apply, visit returningveterans.org/forproviders. CONTACT: Mike McCarrel firstname.lastname@example.org 503-954-2259
HEALTH & WELLNESS
CLACKAMAS VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE— THE FOUNDERS CLINIC WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The
Founders Clinic is an all-volunteer free clinic for Clackamas County residents without health insurance or access to medical care. Volunteers empower patients to get healthy and stay healthy. Active and retired doctors, nurses, NPs, medical/nursing students, lab techs and administrators donate quality care, education, lifestyle/medication management and support. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Those who are
passionate about building healthy communities from the inside-out; who find meaning in serving those who have slipped through the cracks of our health-care system by providing compassion, resources, quality medical care, and support for lifestyle changes and managing chronic conditions. Licensed, active or retired medical providers are needed. CONTACT: Karen Shimada
NORTHEAST EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAM WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
to help stock the shelves of our food pantry and assist fellow Portland residents in obtaining healthy and nutritious foods at no cost. We welcome volunteers Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a morning shift from 9 am to 1 pm for stocking, and an afternoon shift from 1 to 4 pm for shopping. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Interest in food and
economic justice is needed, along with the belief that access to adequate food and clothing is a human right. We help many Portlanders from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so knowing a foreign language is a plus, with an emphasis on Chinese, Russian, Somali and Spanish. But everyone is welcome! CONTACT: Travis Niemann
CASCADE AIDS PROJECT WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
assist in many areas, including the annual AIDS Walk and Art Auction fundraisers; prevention/ education and outreach programs; client housing and support services; development; Camp KC, a camp for HIV-infected and HIV-affected children; and Positive Force, a social and community-service group run by and for people living with HIV. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: HIV positive or
negative. We’re looking for volunteers for a weekly commitment or a onetime event; students to retirees and everyone in between. There isn’t one type of “ideal volunteer” at CAP. We only ask that our volunteers make a commitment to their assignments and to have a connection to CAP’s mission. CONTACT: Judith Rizzio email@example.com 503-278-3813
PROJECT ACCESS NOW WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Project
Access NOW connects low-income, uninsured people to donated health care across the Portland metro area. We are looking for volunteers with various backgrounds, skills and levels of experience to assist staff with our Pharmacy Bridge program, client care coordination, resource development, and general operations. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who are
interested in positively impacting our community’s health. Health-care professionals, college students and community health advocates are encouraged to apply. In addition, we are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, enthusiastic and work well with others. To learn more, visit projectaccessnow.org/volunteer. CONTACT: Shannon Kelley
THE LOTUS SEED WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers
are the heart of our organization. The Lotus Seed’s volunteers teach classes, run reception and work events, clean, and help with public relations. Volunteers put up fliers and help with social media and graphic/Web design. They are ideal ways to aid the Lotus Seed’s mission: to bring yoga, movement and art to underserved populations through outreach programs and continuing education. All volunteers have access to the daily yoga classes offered by donation. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: The most important qualification of a volunteer at the Lotus Seed is an attitude of inclusivity. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Various groups use the community space, which explains the importance of volunteers displaying compassion and understanding. In addition, we are always on the lookout for multimedia specialists who can help us achieve our print, website, video and audio goals. Grant-writing skills are always a plus.
interpreters and participate in meal preparation and special office projects, helping support the mission of the organization and the people we serve.
close the relationship gap. Join our movement and help move the needle on our local graduation rate.
and sisters are reliable, flexible folks who know that consistent time spent doing awesome things like hiking, playing video games or simply playing catch can make a huge difference to a child. Volunteering just a few hours a month has an impact on a child and our graduation rate.
DAYA FOUNDATION WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We are
looking for volunteers to teach and assist yoga classes, take care of the studio, help spread the word about our programs and support the administrative functions of the studio. DAYA delivers accessible yoga alternatives helping all people to receive the benefits of doing yoga.
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fundraising, petition and outreach with friendliness, transparency and credibility.
environment for volunteers. No special skills are required, and training occurs on-site. Many shifts are available for ages 6 and up, and we’re able to accommodate large groups of up to 110. Passion, enthusiasm and a willingness to sweat is preferred! Visit oregonfoodbank. org to learn more and sign up. CONTACT: volunteer@ oregonfoodbank.org 503-972-2993 503-849-2192
SW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: At SWCHC,
volunteers play an integral role providing clinical care as well as nonclinical support, including intake, data entry, office assistance, interpretation, meal preparation and help with projects. The skills and generosity of spirit of our volunteers make it possible for SWCHC to provide quality health services to the uninsured. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Licensed professional
volunteers (MDs, RNs, LPNs and NPs) as well as certified medical assistants are needed to provide care to uninsured patients. Additionally, volunteers are needed to perform intake and data entry, serve as
CASA FOR CHILDREN and empowered advocates are a voice for each child. Our tireless volunteers advocate for the health, safety, stability and well-being of children who have been abused or neglected and are under protection of the court. They contact those involved in the case and report their findings to the court to ensure necessary safety, care and permanence for the children.
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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: OFB is an inclusive
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Our trained
create an Oregon without hunger by repacking food for folks in need. Last year, volunteers donated over 148,000 hours to help end hunger in our state. Ideal for families, individuals and groups, we run fun, energetic twoto-three-hour shifts throughout the week in Portland and Beaverton.
CONTACT: Chabre Vickers
programs, basic knowledge of yoga principles and ability to assist students practicing yoga or choosing the right class to attend. For administrative support, skills in social media, websites, sales, marketing and PR.
CONTACT: Wren deVous
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Help us
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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: A volunteer would
have to learn about our mission and vision and really want to work to make it happen. Love of youth sports is a must. CONTACT: Carrie Cool firstname.lastname@example.org 503-383-1751
AC PORTLAND WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We run
the 50/50 raffle at all the Portland Timbers, Thorns and Blazers games. We need volunteers who are willing to engage and sell tickets. In exchange for volunteering, you get to attend the remainder of the game. Other opportunities include coaching and working directly with our program. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteers are
outgoing, passionate people who are willing to engage others on behalf of our mission, and care about helping children reach their full potential. If you have a unique skill you are willing to lend (graphic design, photography, video or anything else), please let us know! CONTACT: Ben Dudley
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Oregon
has the fourth-worst high-school graduation rate in the nation. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a solution. Children succeed when they feel loved, safe and connected. To close the achievement gap, we must
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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers work
to ensure that each child’s need for a safe, permanent home is met. Our advocates need to be conscientious, thorough and reliable and have the ability to maintain perspective and objectivity. They need time to devote to training sessions and follow-up for their child. We have volunteers from all walks of life. No special professional background is needed, but volunteers do need to be 21 or older. CONTACT: Elaine Underwood
email@example.com 503-992-6728, ext. 105
THE CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: The
Children’s Book Bank is dedicated to providing books to kids in lowincome households who may not otherwise have books at home. Whether by hosting book drives, repairing well-loved books, sorting books by levels and categories, delivering books to schools, or representing CBB at community events, your efforts will support a new generation of readers. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Volunteers share
our belief that all kids should grow up surrounded by books. They are self-motivated book lovers who are detail-oriented, can commit to regular volunteer shifts, and enjoy participating behind the scenes. A library or bookstore background is a plus, but not necessary. CONTACT: Robin
GIRLS INC. OF NORTHWEST OREGON WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: We look
for enthusiastic female volunteers to facilitate our after-school empowerment groups for girls ages 6 to 18 that take place once a week
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for eight to 10 weeks across the Portland metro area. We provide training, curriculum and supplies— you make the magic happen!
ROCK ’N’ ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our volunteer
guides are passionate about empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold. They are dynamic and diverse individuals who enjoy working with and making a difference in the lives of Portland’s girls. Our guides play a pivotal role in the impact of our programming.
Camp in our mission to build girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Folks interested in fundraising, gear repair, events and more are welcome year-round. We are also looking for instrument instructors, counselors, workshop leaders and mentors to help at our 2014 summer camps.
CONTACT: Grace Dyer
IDEAL VOLUNTEER: No musical
firstname.lastname@example.org 503-230-0054, ext. 4
HUMAN SOLUTIONS WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Develop a
lifetime love for learning! Young people learn what is modeled. Volunteers can help inspire a passion for learning by supporting groups of two to three youths for two hours a week. Volunteers assist with homework, support supplementary literacy and math skill-building, and help young people discover their interests. Many of the youths are Englishlanguage learners who would benefit from additional time spent practicing their English skills. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our program is looking for volunteers interested in sharing a diverse array of skills that may spark an interest for youth sports, cooking, gardening, language, art, etc. An ideal volunteer would have a willingness to listen, encourage, motivate and to share their own story and stories of others that might help a youth navigate his or her path. Ongoing training and support are provided. CONTACT: Tonya Parson
WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Join Rock
experience is necessary for many volunteer positions. Our volunteers are energetic, prompt, passionate about the Rock Camp mission, and put our campers’ physical and emotional safety above all else. Opportunities exist for responsible adults of all gender identities. Learn more and apply at girlsrockcamp. org/volunteer. CONTACT: Molly Gray
YOUTH, RIGHTS & JUSTICE WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: A foster
child’s access to a public education is something we can’t take for granted. We help them stay in school and succeed. We need volunteers to help with our special events. This is an opportunity to “give back,” have fun, use your savvy, and help Oregon’s vulnerable kids. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Our ideal volunteer
is comfortable talking with members of the community about YRJ (once trained, of course), and enjoys meeting and working with a broad range of community leaders, from attorneys to chocolatiers, and from winemakers to CEOs. No prior experience is required. CONTACT: Janeen Olsen
Janeen.O@youthrightsjustice.org 503-232-2540, ext. 231
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Souvenir Driver, Miracle Falls, Charts
PDNext: Egyptrixx, Natasha Kmeto, Danny Corn, Graintable, Plumblyne
[GRUNGE POP] Souvenir Driver is a sugary tribute to bands with a sour edge, namely Sonic Youth or Spacemen 3. With shoegazey vocals and spacy guitars, the band’s sound praises the carefree, grunge gods of the ’90s while still sounding remarkably clean. Despite the reverb and occasional raspy vocal, Souvenir Driver adheres to its sweeter pop roots. Its music is like the soundtrack to a highschool prom or the moment at the end of a movie when the two protagonists make out, against all odds. ASHLEY JOCZ. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
Patterson Hood, Fernando Viciconte
[RESIDENCY] Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit for a solo gig and a friend’s wedding. Hood had long loved his too-brief tour stops here, and says his wife also considers it “probably her favorite city in America,” and the slightly more leisurely visit further whetted their appetites. So, “instead of the standard Christmas this year,” they decided on a family trip here. The Doug Fir Lounge obliged, booking Hood for a three-week residency. This is the second of his three scheduled appearances, with one of Portland’s own beloved rambling troubadours, Fernando Viciconte, opening. JEFF ROSENBERG. Doug Fir Lounge, 830
[HERE COMES THE NIGHT TIME] There’s something to be said for an electronic producer who can pull off a foreboding atmosphere without delving into darkwave territory. Though David Psutka hails from Toronto, the music he creates under the name Egyptrixx has much more in common with some of the dark, minimal music coming out of the clubs and back alleys of London. Egyptrixx’s latest record, A/B Till Infinity, sees Psutka narrow down his scope to focus on repetition: cascading, ornery synthesizers; hushed beats; sirens; raindrops; and other found sounds. The whole record is imbued with an impending sense of doom, like something is not quite right just around the corner. Highly recommended, but watch your back walking home from the club tonight. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Let It Whip: Supreme La Rock, Rev Shines, Gwizski, Maxx Bass, Sex Life DJs [R&B-FUNK DANCE-OFF] Tonight, Holocene debuts a new dance party featuring a rotating cast of local
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BY CAT JO NES
FIVE ESSENTIAL PHIL ANSELMO ALBUMS Pantera, Cowboys From Hell (1990) The first “real” Pantera record, on which the band shed its early glam image to focus thoroughly on thrash metal. If you aren’t seeing stars by the end of Dimebag Darrell’s guitar solo on “Domination,” you need to take a good, long look at your life. Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power (1992) At its core, this album represents the catharsis that metal has always been about. You’d have to be a robot not to feel empowered by the choruses on “Walk,” “By Demons Be Driven,” “This Love,” “Fucking Hostile”—the whole record, really. Crowbar, Crowbar (1993) Technically, Anselmo just produced and did a few guest spots, but this is a landmark sludge-metal record. Oh my God, those riffs. Guitarist Kirk Windstein used to be in Down, too, but recently left to pursue Crowbar full time. Down, Nola (1995) One of the first albums to prove modern rock with down-tuned guitars and a heavy groove could thrash as well. Its Southern swagger, mixed with riffs as thick as weed smoke, laid the groundwork for so many bands over the past 19 years. Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Walk Through Exits Only (2013) This record took a bit of time to sink my teeth into. It seems frantic and disjointed at first, but after a while, the unconventional time signatures start to make sense. Also, dare I say that Marzi Montazeri’s axe-slaying, paired with Anselmo’s growls, fills a tiny bit of the void left after Dimebag Darrell’s death?
BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN DON’T LET PHIL ANSELMO’S REPUTATION SCARE YOU: HE’S REALLY JUST A BIG NERD. BY C aT jOn ES
“I think I have a mental problem because I cannot stop listening to Portal, for God’s sake,” says Phil Anselmo, over the phone from the headquarters of his Austin, Texas, record label, Housecore Records. He lets out a hearty chuckle. “It’s rare that I go a day without listening to every one of their records and demos. And I mean every fucking one.” His earnestness is jarring. It probably shouldn’t be: There’s no reason someone who spent years fronting a hugely successful act like Pantera shouldn’t sound downright giddy when gushing over his favorite Australian death-metal band. It shouldn’t be surprising that his low, gravelly voice is so soothing, or that his laugh is so genuine. But then, it’s easy to believe the menacing caricature that’s been painted of him. After all, he did overdose on heroin once, “dying” for a whole five minutes, and he’s famous for his unsavory comments onstage and in interviews. That’s not to mention that the first track on Anselmo’s new solo record, Walk Through Exits Only, is titled “Music Media Is My Whore.” So, when speaking with a member of the music media, the expectation is that he’d be more aloof, if not confrontational. Instead, he’s downright jovial. “I hate the ‘rock star’ moniker,” Anselmo says. “It’s fucking absolutely false when it comes to me. I’m a music fan, honestly. I’m just a big fucking music nerd.” Anselmo’s story is familiar to most metal fans. Pantera officially broke up in 2003, citing a combination of drug use, Anselmo’s back problems and in-fighting among members. A year later, guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, while performing with his new band, Damageplan, in Columbus, Ohio, was shot dead by a schizophrenic fan. The Abbott family barred Anselmo from attending the funeral. Though Anselmo has since had success with his blues-based heavy-rock band Down, he is currently focusing on his solo project, Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, perhaps his most extreme project since
Pantera: The frantic, unnerving time signatures and martial drums leave no room for melody. If the music on Walk Through Exits Only sounds totally unfiltered, so too are the lyrics. Along with his feelings toward the media, Anselmo bellows about toxic relationships, the state of the music industry and his battle with depression. The brutal realism is partly a reaction against a metal scene increasingly preoccupied with the fantastical. “With black metal, it’s all ideology-based or atmosphere-based or just something invisible,” Anselmo says. “It’s bullshit. It’s fucking fake. I wanted to come from a real place that’s actually, tangibly real in my life, and just portray shit like that lyrically—whether I’m being literal, or I’m being absurd, or whether I’m just being an architect with the words and letting people take those words and apply them any which way they want to finish off the house in their heads. I don’t like to spoonfeed the listener too terribly much about what I’m talking about.” Same goes for the media, it seems. When asked about the switch to a more formal-sounding usage of his full name, he first responds with a pointed, “I don’t know why it’s a big deal.” He pauses. “If you really want to do your homework, if you check out [Pantera’s 1990 release] Cowboys From Hell, they fucking misspelled my name. They put two l’s in ‘Philip,’ and it drove me crazy. Maybe it’s demons coming back to get me just to make sure people know it’s Philip with one l, for God’s sake.” As someone who has been through many painful experiences in recent years, both emotionally and physically, Anselmo is frank and realistic about the lessons he’s learned. “Sadly enough, I’ve made every mistake possible, whether it be drinking too much before the show or leaping off of the drum riser or the PA stacks or something that’s probably not the best idea,” he says. “Take care of your body. Take care of your core.” SEE IT: Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals play the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., with Author and Punisher, Hymns, and Proven, on Saturday, Jan. 18. 7 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.
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throwback DJs plus a regional headliner. The ﬁrst installment is topped by Seattle’s Supreme La Rock, “the Oﬃcial DJ of the Seattle Seahawks,” who also produces hip-hop and club beats for a number of national and international clients. GEOFF NUDELMAN. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $3 before 10 pm, $5 after. 21+.
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PWRHAUS, Us Lights, Coronation
[SOME KIND OF SOULFUL] Portland’s PWRHAUS is often referred to as a soul outﬁt, but the truth is the band doesn’t quite ﬁt such into any such stringently deﬁned genre. It’s certainly soulful, in the quiet, wounded sense of the word, with feather-delicate arrangements of keys, guitars and horns lilting around singer Tonality Star (yes, you read that name correctly), but if we’re going to brand the music, it has a bit more in common with avant-pop mainstays like Grizzly Bear and the Antlers. This powerhouse local bill—ahem—also features the slow-dissolve synthpop of Us Lights and Coronation. MATTHEW SINGER. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Anthony B
[RASTAMAN INDIGNATION] If it seems the righteous anger and political consciousness that once deﬁned the sound and soul of reggae has all but disappeared, it was even worse in the late 1980s, when a teenage Anthony B started making music out of the Kingston suburb of Portmore. Back then, just a few years removed from the deaths of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, the new crop of artists coming out of Jamaica was more interested in delivering misogynist sex rants than chanting down Babylon. But as a devout Rastafarian and fervent admirer of both Marley and Tosh, Anthony couldn’t allow himself to betray reggae’s revolutionary heart. Over the course of more than 20 albums—including last year’s covers album, Tribute to Legends—the former Keith Blair has kept the ﬁre burning, reminding people with his ﬁerce live shows that reggae isn’t all granola and tiedye. MATTHEW SINGER. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $21-$25. 21+.
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SATURDAY, JAN. 18 The Moonshine
[PDX-GROWN FOLK] If I could, I would pay Moonshine frontman Michael Gerard to follow me around with his guitar 24/7 and sing a soundtrack to my life. It would be something like that closing scene in Juno, except Gerard’s aﬀectionate vocals and fetching folk melodies are signiﬁcantly more uplifting than Michael Cera’s uncertain tweenie rasp. Rounded out with merry marauders on upright bass, autoharp, violin and ﬁddle, the Moonshine, which celebrates the release of its debut album, And On, tonight, is a string band to be reckoned with. GRACE STAINBACK. Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-7665. 8 pm. $7. 21+.
Eprom, Ill-esha, Buku
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BEATLEMANIA TURNS 50 U.S. CDS RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME TUESDAY, 1/21 • STORE OPENS EARLY AT 9 A.M. • FREE COFFEE AND MUFFINS
Hey Beatlemaniacs—The Beatles U.S. albums are finally going to be released on CD! Get them in mono and stereo, with the exception of The Beatles’ Story and Hey Jude, which are in stereo only. Collected in a boxed set with faithfully replicated original LP artwork, including the albums’ inner sleeves, the 13 CDs are accompanied by a 64-page booklet with Beatles photos and promotional art from the time, as well as a new essay by American author and television executive Bill Flanagan.
For a limited time, all of the albums (with the exception of The Beatles’ Story, an audio documentary album) will also be available for individual CD purchase. A Hard Day’s Night (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), The Beatles’ Story, Yesterday And Today, Hey Jude, and the U.S. version of Revolver make their CD debuts with these releases. All CDs come out on Tues., Jan. 21. Music Millennium will open at 9 a.m. We invite you to enjoy free muffins and coffee at this historical event.
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[WEST COAST BEATS] The award for Portland’s most internationally well-known electronic musician goes to Eprom, no contest. He’s ridden a few waves of musical buzz in his time, from the ill-fated “psyphy” movement in the late aughts to his latest album, Halﬂife, a huge jewel on the crown of unclassiﬁable West Coast beats. As a producer, Eprom is as good at making positive, polished music as any, though Halﬂife’s originality is nothing groundbreaking. For team Portland, Eprom might be in the lead, but there’s a huge pack hot on his tail. MITCH LILLIE. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
D.R.I., World of Lies, Vultures in the Sky, Roadkill Carnivore
[RAD HARDCORE] Crossover’s not a ﬁlthy word, though sometimes it’s used in that manner. Houston’s Dirty Rotten Imbeciles still hasn’t decided which side of the metal-hardcore divide it’s actually beholden to. On its current tour, here moving toward a celebratory conclusion of 30 years in the game, D.R.I. still accelerates through one-minute songs, choosing either fast or really-fucking-fast for a tempo. It’s ﬁrst release, 1983’s The Dirty Rotten EP, touched on lefty politics, as subsequent releases revealed a Texan’s set of issues. There’s no new album to hawk and Reagan’s not in the White House, but Kurt Brecht and company still sound pissed oﬀ. DAVE CANTOR. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 7:30 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.
Genders, Holiday Friends, the Comettes
[GUITAR-DRIVEN POP] One of the fun things about listening to Genders is that it’s sort of like watching the weather change. Steady, circular and layered guitar leads most of its debut full-length, Get Lost, sometimes as much a response to the call of Maggie Morris’ warm, ﬂoating vocals as it is the driving force behind most of the songs. Able to shift from distortion-heavy melancholy to sweeping, uplifting crescendos in no time, the four-piece skillfully spans a range of emotions, somehow managing to add rays of sunshine to their intentionally stormy rain clouds. KAITIE TODD. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10.
La Luz, Edna Vazquez and Her Band, the Ghost Ease
[SURF’S UP] Despite frequently being tagged as a contemporary
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THURSDAY–SUNDAY surf-rock group, the music of Seattle quartet La Luz is decidedly downbeat. On the band’s wonderful debut, It’s Alive, La Luz sounds like the Shangri-Las by way of Woodsist records. Though the riﬀs are warm and the harmonies sweet, they’re hidden behind a mystic lo-ﬁ charm. It’s Alive is woozy girl-group pop for people who are actually afraid of the beach. Catch this wave before the sun gets too bright. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
Bastard Feast, Cold Blue Mountain, Rolling Through the Universe
[UNLEASH THE BASTARDS] The members of Portland’s Elitist weren’t thrilled to learn they shared a moniker with another band. Their brand of blackened hardcore is a far cry from the Californians with the same name, the latter ﬁtting snuggly into a Hot Topic playlist. So early last year, the Portlanders changed their name to Bastard Feast, putting an end to any confusion. The band’s 2011 album, Fear in a Handful of Dust, is a Frankenstein’s monster of metal: a torso of hardcore stitched together with various limbs of black, death and doom. We’ll also be getting a new album this year—as soon as they can ﬁnd a title brutal enough to accommodate it. SAM CUSUMANO. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. Contact venue for pricing details. 21+.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19 Blues Harmonica Blowout: Mark Hummell, John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, Curtis Salgado [LUNG-CAPACITY SHOWDOWN] Blues harmonica legend Mark Hummel rolls through town with
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INTRODUCING... SOFT SHADOWS
BY MATTHEW SINGER
Who: June Kang (vocals, guitar), Thuy-Duong Le (vocals, synthesizer), Ryan Simon (guitar). Sounds like: What My Bloody Valentine is hiding under all those layers of fuzz. For fans of: Slowdive, Galaxie 500, the Raveonettes, Sofia Coppola movies and, yes, My Bloody Valentine. Why you care: June Kang refuses to use reverb as a crutch. Funny, given that Soft Shadows’ debut is titled Reverb Is For Lovers. “Everyone is expecting such a wet album,” the 19-year-old says. “I wanted to give them something different.” In the band’s previous incarnation, under the name Sundaze, Kang says he used effects and volume to mask deficiencies in the songwriting. Now, he’s more confident letting the music exist without all the distracting accoutrements. As well he should: If the earlier material was “dream pop” in the lightheaded, disorienting sense of the term, Reverb is of the more lucid variety, weightless without being formless, and utilizing just the right amount of distortion to give the songs dynamic punch. And, on occasion, the record simply rocks. The overdriven “Cheap Signals” is a fuzz-saw in the vein of the Jesus and Mary Chain, while on the noirish “A Soft Night,” Kang and Thuy-Duong Le’s lightly exhaled vocals blur into a single androgynous whisper. None of which is to say the next Soft Shadows release won’t sound completely different. “I go through stages of playing something for six months, then I never want to hear it again,” Kang says. That mercurialness extends to his life decisions: He’s contemplating leaving Portland for L.A. soon. “That’s how life is. Everything just goes,” he says. “Girlfriends, wives, husbands—everything is gonna go, anyway.” SEE IT: Soft Shadows plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with WL, on Thursday, Jan. 16. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
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WOODEN ShjIPS: (From left) Ripley johnson, Nash Whalen, Omar Ahsanuddin and Dusty jermier.
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WOODEN SHJIPS THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway. “I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at home,” he says. A year ago, Ahsanuddin and singer-guitarist Ripley Johnson, independent of one another, left the density and financial instability of life in San Francisco for the Rose City, a town much more agreeable for bands making cosmic psych rock with few commercial prospects. It wasn’t a career decision, though: Both were looking for a place to settle down with their wives. Nevertheless, the relocation has changed many things about how the group operates. For instance, now they can practice in the comfort of their own homes. “It’s a really nice break from the way we’d rehearse before, where everyone meets at a rehearsal studio that’s dungeon-y and crappy and you don’t really want to hang out there,” says Ahsanuddin, who has a house in the Irvington neighborhood. “A lot of that gets wiped away in Portland. It’s much more focused on the music. You can rehearse for a little while, play a few songs, then go upstairs and make cookies.” That newfound domestic idyll is bleeding into the music. In its San Francisco days, Wooden Shjips made harshly minimalist albums of droning guitar and caveman rhythms, inspired by the Velvet Underground, Suicide and the darker corners of ’60s garage rock. By contrast, last year’s Back to Land, recorded at Portland’s Jackpot Studios, feels almost pastoral. It follows the pattern of the three records that preceded it—Ahsanuddin and bassist Dusty Jermier locking into repetitive, trance-inducing grooves, allowing Johnson and organist Nash Whalen to float off into space—but the riffs are brighter, the pulse calmer. There are even acoustic guitars! “I don’t think we set out to say, ‘Let’s have record that’s got, for lack of a better word, a mellower feel to it,’ but I think it comes out because of your surroundings,” Ahsanuddin says. “It all goes into where you are at the time. Being in a place like this, it can’t help but filter through.” Still, while the move to Portland helped alleviate some of the pressures of balancing art with the responsibilities of everyday life, there are a few kinks left for the band to work out—like the fact that Jermier and Whalen still live in California. “We’ve lost that thing where you’re a regular band and you practice every week,” Ahsanuddin says. As such, Wooden Shjips has had to become more “goal-oriented,” a significant shift for a band that, from its inception in 2006, has been committed to just letting things happen. “It makes us have to think through where we’re going and what we’re trying to accomplish a little more,” he says, “where, when you have your weekly jam session, it’s not that way.” Those logistics aside, Ahsanuddin still exudes new-to-Portland enthusiasm. “I’m looking forward to being in a place that’s got the creative pulse that I feel San Francisco had when I first moved there in the ’90s,” Ahsanuddin says. “You can feel it here, just in the way people are living their lives. People are more focused on stuff that matters to them creatively.” MATTHEW SINGER. Portland: Where spaced-out psychrockers go to retire.
SEE IT: Wooden Shjips plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Plankton Wat, on Thursday, Jan. 16. 9 pm. $12. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
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TOTALLY WIRED: Crooks on Tape plays Bunk Bar on Monday, Jan. 20. his latest battle of the windpipes. Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout Series in 1991, and it has grown into an international event. This year, the Blowout pays tribute to the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson. The harmonica lineup includes John Mayall, mentor to the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and John McVee; Rick Estrin; Little Charlie Baty; James Harman; and Hummel himself, backed by his touring band, the Blues Survivors. GRACE STAINBACK. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $33.50 advance, $35 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Max Bemis, Matt Pryor, Perma, Merriment, Allison Weiss
[GROWN-UP EMO] There comes a point in every emo dude’s life when he quits the bitching, marries the subject of his barbed power ballads and trades the electric SG for an acoustic guitar. Max Bemis needn’t quit his day job as frontman of Say Anything, but it’s comforting to know he’s capable of dialing down the snark and wearing the loose-ﬁtting, solemn-bro pants for a spell. Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids opens with the same exact formula. Adulthood—ugh. PETE COTTELL. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 7:30 pm. $13 advance, $16 day of show. 21+.
Old Age, the Century
[WOODSY POP] Old Age writes and practices most of its music at singer-guitarist Matthew Ulm’s home in the quiet town of Alsea, just west of Corvallis. With acres of farm and stream dividing the band from traﬃc and Greenpeace recruiters, Old Age’s sound is deﬁned by the woods. The band is rooted in pop, yet reﬂects its rural setting with a charming, waltzy swoon and brass-laden melodies. Though you might never get that weekend at the Gorge you’ve been promising yourself, connect with your nature-loving side while buying fancy drinks at Rontoms and indulging in Old Age’s beautiful, lo-ﬁ croon. ASHLEY JOCZ. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., 2364536. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
[CORNFLOWER BLUES] Mastering 12-bar guitar work as a tweener while evidently born to the vocal rasp of an elderly hell-raiser, Jonny Lang appeared destined to embrace the rough habits and dire fate his larynx predicted before 2000’s religious awakening. Veering toward glossy gospel ever since, Lang, on his latest release and ﬁrst studio album in seven years, Fight for My Soul, further abandons the fretwork of old in favor of streamlined R&B ﬂavorings. Even if that still-marvelous voice proves well-suited for limning rapturous odes, his lingering weaknesses of songcraft were far more readily disguised back when he primarily spoke in licks. JAY HORTON. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $26.50$39.50. 21+.
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MONDAY, JAN. 20 Crooks on Tape
[SPAZZY POP] Whittling hundreds of hours of experimental, improvisational jamming into a 12-song album is like casting a wide net into the sea: You never know what you’re going to pull in. That being the case, Crooks on Tape’s debut LP, Fingerprint, is much more than the scuzzy electro-pop of opener “Duper.” The band sounds like a Frampton-Primus love child at times (“Milo’s Creeper”), a slow-burning, dour Animal Collective at others (“Summer’s End”), while retaining wavering remnants of the L.A. trio’s former synth and post-punk roots, which stretch back to bands like Brainiac and Enon. BRANDON WIDDER. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Colin Meloy, John Roderick
[ALL ALONE] Colin Meloy has never issued a proper full-length on his own, but there’s never been any doubting the bespectacled Portland mainstay could. Between his three-year stint with Missoula alt-country band Tarkio, his collection of cover EPs (the aptly titled Colin Meloy Sings…) and the six studio albums of literary quirk he crafted with the Decemberists, he’s amassed an NPR-worthy catalog of bookish, folk-fueled ditties. Rumors of a forthcoming new Decemberists album are all abuzz, and Meloy has already said to expect deep cuts at these solo shows. “Hurdles Even Here,” anyone? BRANDON WIDDER. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $30. All ages.
Disappears, Sun Angle
[PUNK MODERNISTS] Chicago quartet Disappears is the real polar vortex. The band’s icy and alluring take on post-punk is, at times, paralyzingly good. Other stretches of the group’s latest eﬀort, Era, are a bit mundane, but overall, Disappears is a garage-rock act with the lights turned oﬀ—more a dark, hazy shadow than an exact replica of the thriving indie genre. Songs like the title track could be an homage to early Interpol, albeit on a more cryptic plane. Portland’s beloved experimental rockers Sun Angle set the stage proper. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
[INDIE POP] At ﬁrst listen, it’s hard to diﬀerentiate Superhumanoids from the other acts in L.A.’s crowded indie-pop scene. But take a second listen to debut LP Exhibitionists and you’ll begin to understand how their synthy, spaced-out ballads are a step above the rest. Beneath the surface are 10 songs full of clean guitars, simple electronics and balanced vocals that tell a vintage love story set in ’80s but played in 2014. GEOFF
[FINNISH CHORAL] Best known for Byzantine music, pre-eminent Portland choir Cappella Romana has been productively branching out in recent years, including mastering other Eastern Orthodox sacred sounds, which spread to Finland via its Russian rulers. After the country won independence, 20th-century Finnish composers incorporated their own native inﬂuences. For this utterly unique concert celebrating the release of Cappella’s new album of Finnish choral music, Arctic Light, one of the world’s experts, Timo Nuoranne, arrives from Helsinki to conduct Orthodox sacred music by 20th- and 21st-century Finns. BRETT CAMPBELL. St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Center, 1716 NW Davis St. 8 pm Friday, Jan. 17. $25.
3 Leg Torso, Beaverton Symphony
[CLASSICAL MEETS UNCATEGORIZED] Portland’s world chamber ensemble, or however the delightfully impossible-to-pigeonhole 3 Leg Torso is describing itself these days, is no stranger to classical music, starting from birth, in fact. Co-founder and violinist Bela Balogh is the oﬀspring of venerable Portland conductor Lajos Balogh, and the group has worked often with classical forces. For its latest symphonic collaboration, the most fun band in the ’landia joins the orchestra for a set of 3LT originals and arrangements after the symphony opens with energetic classics by Brahms, Bartók ( Hungarian Sketches) and Khachaturian’s Masquerade. BRETT CAMPBELL. Village Baptist Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton. 7:30 pm Friday and 3 pm Sunday. $5-$10.
Itzhak Perlman, Oregon Symphony
[VIOLIN HERO] Famed violinist Itzhak Perlman brings his Stradivarius to town for an evening with pianist Ron de Silva. While the Oregon Symphony sits this one out, these two masters regale us with a program of Beethoven, Franck and Tartini. Other works will be announced from the stage, so some surprises are in store. Perlman is no spring chicken, and the fact he survived polio back in the late ’40s, played the same Ed Sullivan Show that featured the Rolling Stones in 1964 and squeezed in a gig at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009 speaks volumes of the breadth of his experience as a revered soloist. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $45-$175. All ages.
A Far Cry
[CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL] With its emphasis on new music that connects with a broad range of listeners, not just classical-music geeks, the 17-member Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry—which includes Portland native Megumi Stohs Lewis—is one of the prime movers in making classical music relevant and exciting to contemporary listeners. Their irresistible program in this Friends of Chamber Music concert includes young violinist and composer Kip Jones’ pulsating concerto for violin and double bass, Three Views of a Mountain; the Vjola Suite, by one the hottest names in new classical music, the Russian-born violist and composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin; and the golden oldie, a chamber orchestra arrangement of Dvořák’s “American” quintet, which incorporates Native American songs and other tunes he heard in Iowa. BRETT CAMPBELL. First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 13th Ave., (503) 228-6389. 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $25.
SCENE REPORT: METAL Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang had its latest album, Whales and Leeches, debut at No. 66 on the Billboard charts. To put that in perspective, Black ’N Blue’s debut peaked at No. 129 in 1984. This is new ground for Portland. This town now boasts heavymetal pizza, heavy-metal bowling and heavy-metal burlesque. Relapse Records, perhaps the most successful independent metal label in the U.S., keeps an office here. Hipsters wear shirts with indecipherable metal fonts advertising Stumptown coffee and skateboards. Bands like Sons of Huns seem poised to break nationally at any moment. The members of Lord Dying quit their day jobs to tour nonstop. Portland has finally embraced heavy music en masse, and the stage is set for another massive year. One of the most overlooked groups in town is the progressive black-metal quartet Burials, which features members of Humors and Hang the Old Year. Its blend of brutality and sophistication is practically unmatched in Portland, welding the artfulness of Enslaved to the complexity of Converge while maintaining a hardcore underground ethic. Burials’ latest album, The Tide, arrives in 2014, with a West Coast tour planned for late spring and early summer. Punk-metal trio Honduran, meanwhile, plans to hit the East Coast and Europe this year. Honduran’s alleyway Slayer worship delivers grinding ferocity and plenty of riffs. Its full-length, Street Eagles, was released on the local label Eolian, which has quite an agenda itself. Its 2014 release slate includes albums from sludgy Bay Area transplants Prizehog, bass-drum duo Towers and retooled doom-metal legend Graves at Sea. Andrea Vidal fronts Holy Grove, a heavy blues-metal purveyor, which just recorded its debut at Type Foundry studio with self-described “engine-ear” Billy Anderson. Dynamic, swinging and sultry, Vidal and Portland’s other metal sirens are poised to break on the international scene. Satyress, which self-released its witchy debut, Dark Fortunes, in November, composes classic doom with plenty of hooks and occult themes. Disenchanter, a trio mining the minimalist turf of Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard, features guitarist-frontwoman Sabine Stangenberg, who is distilling the riff styles of Dave Chandler and Liz Buckingham. With far less femininity and many more beards comes Zirakzigil. The trio of cousins writes epic progressive-sludge fantasy music, inspired by the writings of Tolkien. Its debut EP, Battle of the Peak, was lauded on metal blogs for its epic sensibility and Super Nintendo-style packaging. While that recording was made live in a garage, expectations are high for a true studio follow-up this year and many more powerful live performances. Younger still is the next wave of thrash bands. Groups like Maniak and Nekro Drunkz maintain the tempo, vitality and “fuck you, Mom” attitude of ’80s speed metal. And then there is Mursa, a hard-working local sludge-doom trio with members who graduated from the School of Rock but are not yet finished with high school. The future of Portland metal looks dark indeed. NATHAN CARSON. Portland is ﬁnally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the ﬂames in 2014.
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1624 NW Glisan St. Peter Bernstein Organ Trio
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Cafe Istanbul (6 and 9 pm)
Mississippi Studios COLIN ANDERSEN
3939 N Mississippi Ave. WL, Soft Shadows
Mock Crest Tavern 3435 N Lombard St. Eric Vanderwall
al’s den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ben Darwish
alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St. The Timberbound Project, Never Strangers
2122 SE Sparrow St., Milwaukie Open Mic
1314 NW Glisan St. Toshi Onizuka
ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St. Mothers Whiskey, Antique Scream, Machine
Biddy McGraw’s Irish Pub 6000 NE Glisan St. Stringed Migration
Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. John Teply
1028 SE Water Ave. Froth, Souvenir Driver
1332 W Burnside St. Reelin’ and Rockin’: Garcia Birthday Band
350 W Burnside St. Wanderlust Social: Wanderlust Circus Orchestra
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. Patterson Hood, Fernando Viciconte
1635 SE 7th Ave. Suburban Slim’s Blues Jam
Goodfoot Lounge 2845 SE Stark St. Shafty
801 NE Broadway Experimental Portland Presents: Lazy Magnet, Tether, Noise Nomads, Dungeon Broads
2346 SE Ankeny St. Adlai Alexander, Daniel Mitchell
112 SW 2nd Ave. Sammi
426 SW Washington St. Smak Bang, Adam Ceder, Acorn Boy
4847 SE Division St. Jake Ray and the Cowdogs, Miller and Sasser’s Twelve Dollar Band
232 SW Ankeny St. Randy Bemrose, Edward Beaudin, Nicole Perry
White eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. The Knots, Dunnoy
Wilfs Restaurant & Bar
800 NW 6th Ave. Ron Steen Band, Nancy King
2958 NE Glisan St. Corner (9 pm); Scott Law (6 pm)
Lents Commons 9201 SE Foster Road Open Mic
6605 SE Powell Blvd Pete Ford Band Jam
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Henry Kammerer
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Billy D
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Liz Vice, Catherine Feeny, Josh White
7850 SW Capitol Highway Dave Fleschner, Alan Hagar
Revival drum Shop 1465 NE Prescott St. Carson & Rich Halley, Van Meyers Duo
1033 NW 16th Ave. Super Desu, Heavy Sunsets, Bad Hex, Andrew Taylor
The Blue diamond
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. The Fenix Project
The elixir Lab
2738 NE Alberta St. Open Mic Nite
THuRS. Jan. 16 al’s den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ben Darwish
alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St. The Foggy Thompsons
1314 NW Glisan St. Neftali Rivera
andrea’s Cha Cha Club
832 SE Grand Ave. Pilon D’Azucar Salsa Band
artichoke Community Music 3130A SE Hawthorne Blvd. Songwriter Roundup
ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St. The Shrike, Cunning Wolves
Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Clambake Combo
Buffalo Gap eatery and Saloon
6835 SW Macadam Ave. Marca Luna, Jason and Tiff
1028 SE Water Ave. Judson Claiborne, Great Wilderness, There Is No Mountain
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350 W Burnside St. Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. Wooden Shjips, Plankton Wat
1635 SE 7th Ave. Mac Potts
3416 N Lombard St. Ian and the Crushers, Nice Shootin’ Tex
6526 SE Foster Road You Knew Me When
Goodfoot Lounge 2845 SE Stark St. ZuhG, Down North
Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant
1435 NW Flanders St. Tom Grant, Toni Lincoln
112 SW 2nd Ave. Sammi
426 SW Washington St. Sioux Falls
2025 N Kilpatrick St. Cotton
4847 SE Division St. The Pickups
2958 NE Glisan St. Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners (9:30 pm); Old Flames (6 pm)
6605 SE Powell Blvd Ben Rice B3 Trio
Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Chain & the Gang, the Shivas, the Hive Dwellers
McMenamins Kennedy School
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
510 NW 11th Ave. Elizabeth Lavenue and Barney Stein 430 N Killingsworth St. Steve Kerin
1332 W Burnside St. Reelin’ and Rockin’: Garcia Birthday Band
5736 NE 33rd Ave. The Get Ahead
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Pagan Jug Band
510 NW 11th Ave. Brooks Robertson
1332 W Burnside St. Reelin’ and Rockin: Garcia Birthday Band (Rex Foundation benefit)
O’Connor’s Vault 7850 SW Capitol Highway John Bunzow
Ponderosa Lounge at Jubitz Truckstop
8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Highway Audioavi8tor
317 NW Broadway Karaoke From Hell
1969 NE 42nd Ave. Portland Old Time Gathering
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave. Jenny Finn Orchestra
1201 SW Jefferson St. Alan Jones Academy Jazz Jam
White eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Fret Drifters
Wilfs Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Ellen Whyte, Gene & Jean
128 NE Russell St. Tribal Seeds, Through The Roots
FRI. Jan. 17 al’s den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ben Darwish
alberta Street Pub 1036 NE Alberta St. Mosley Wotta
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Anthony B
1314 NW Glisan St. Nat Hulskamp Trio
artichoke Community Music 3130A SE Hawthorne Blvd. Friday Coffeehouse
ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St. Cellar Door, Unsafe Dartz, A Blinding Silence, Carmine, Rapper E, Bling Theatre, Milky Jesus
Biddy McGraw’s Irish Pub 6000 NE Glisan St. Counterfeit Cash, Belinda Underwood, Josiah Payne
320 SE 2nd Ave. Eprom, Ill-esha, Buku
203 SE Grand Ave. Disenchanter, the Misery Men, Studfinder, Ultra Goat
1800 E Burnside St. Saucy Town, DJ Gregarious
3416 N Lombard St. M.A.R.C, Dramady, I Like Science, Needles and Pizza
Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Ave. D.R.I., World of Lies, Vultures in the Sky, Roadkill Carnivore
ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St. VX36, Gorgon Stare, Swamp Devil
Biddy McGraw’s Irish Pub
1635 SE 7th Ave. King Beta
1314 NW Glisan St. Toshi Onizuka Trio
6000 NE Glisan St. Max’s Midnight Kitchen, Grateful Buds
Sky Club at ankeny’s Well
830 E Burnside St. The Prids, Daydream Machine, Tender Age
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Tropics, Cedar Teeth, the Brothers Bror
10350 N Vancouver Way Backfire Band
2026 NE Alberta St. Sama Dams, Sun Blood Stories
doug Fir Lounge
8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Highway The Tilly Jam and Open Mic
3435 N Lombard St. Tracey Fordice & the 8-Balls
Sellwood Public House
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Ben Jones
Mock Crest Tavern
6835 SW Macadam Ave. Soul Provider
Rock Bottom Brewery
The Blue diamond
221 NW 10th Ave. Pat Bianchi, Byron Landham, Mark Whitfield
Buffalo Gap eatery and Saloon
350 W Burnside St. Andaz: Anajli and the Incredible Kid
50 SW 3rd Ave. Soundscape Thursday: Julius Major, Final Frequency, Ryan Frakes, PIA!!, Tim Hulscher
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Genders, Holiday Friends, the Comettes
8132 SE 13th Ave. Open Mic
Wed. Jan. 15
626 SW Park Ave. Andre St. James Trio
Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Sleepy Eyed Johns
nOW THaT’S a HOT MIC!: Colin Meloy plays Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
206 SW Morrison St. Andy Stokes
8 NW 6th Ave. Six Pack Live: Appetite For Deception, Shoot to Thrill, Jennifer Batten
315 SE 3rd Ave. PWRHAUS, Us Lights, Coronation
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St. Nick Peets, Love Gigantic, Ezra Holbrook, Boy & Bean
626 SW Park Ave. Paul Paresa and the People
Buffalo Gap eatery and Saloon
6835 SW Macadam Ave. Brent & KJ, Matt Johnson, Cybelle Clements
510 NW 11th Ave. Devon Phillips Quartet
2035 NE Glisan St. Psychomagic, Verner Pantons, Hollow Sidewalks, the Cigarette Burns
1033 NW 16th Ave. Rabid Wombat, Cunning Wolves, Donkey Driver, the Lesser Three, Poe and Monroe
350 W Burnside St. The Romanes, The Apollo 4, Broken Bodies
720 SE Hawthorne Crazy Like Me, Agnozia, Amerakin Overdose
The Blue diamond
1332 W Burnside St. Southern Culture on the Skids
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. La Luz, Edna Vazquez and Her Band, the Ghost Ease
Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Melanie Roy
1937 SE 11th Ave. 100 Watt Mind, Foxy Lemon
1435 NW Flanders St. Alan Jones and the Cave Men 2346 SE Ankeny St. Keegan Heron, Athena Frost, Laura Chase
221 NW 10th Ave. Andrew Paul Woodworth, Jordan Harris, Donevan Karr
The Firkin Tavern
2026 NE Alberta St. Hungry Tiger, Pageripper, the Settlement
1635 SE 7th Ave. Trigger’s Revenge 1800 E Burnside St. Down Home Music, DJ Kenny
8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Highway B50K
3416 N Lombard St. Dysfunkshun, Metanoia, Nytewave, Mangled Bohemians
2809 NE Sandy Blvd. Spacewaster, Muffaluffagus, Cambrian Explosion
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
210 NW 21st Ave. Sami Rouisi
112 SW 2nd Ave. Grafton
426 SW Washington St. Blue Skies for Black Hearts, Beyond Veronica, Less Cash
2025 N Kilpatrick St. Audios Amigos, Blanco
4847 SE Division St. Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys, Hank Sinatra and his Atomic Cowboys
2958 NE Glisan St. Joe McMurrian, Feathers n’ Friends
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Steelhead
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Garry Meriere, No Tomorrow Blues Band
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Melao de Cuba (9 pm); Down Home Music (6 pm)
3120 N Williams Ave. Miss Massive Snowflake, Rainstick Cowbell 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. D.I., M.D.C., C.B.K., Rum Rebellion, Symptoms
3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Tony Starlight’s 7th Anniversary Show
2845 SE Stark St. Wil Blades Band, Skerik, Jeff Parker, Simon Lott
1503 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. No More Parachutes, Absent Minds
1507 SE 39th Ave. Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals, Author & Punisher, Hymns
Vie de Boheme
Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant
4144 SE 60th Ave. Dennis Elmers Trio 1530 SE 7th Ave. Ojos Feos
White eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Ed & the Red Reds
Wilfs Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Anandi Trio
SaT. Jan. 18 al’s den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ben Darwish
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. David Garrett
alberta Rose Theatre
1435 NW Flanders St. Kevin Deitz
2346 SE Ankeny St. JD’s Blues/Grass Sessions
221 NW 10th Ave. Soul Vaccination
2809 NE Sandy Blvd. Muddy River Nightmare Band, the Lovesores, Disciples Of Rock And Roll, the Food, Drinking Birds, Somerset Meadows (Oregon Special Olympics benefit)
3000 NE Alberta St. Harold and Maude: Chet Lyster, Sarah Helena King, Lara Michell, Dave Damp, Nancy Hess
210 NW 21st Ave. Sami Rouisi
alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St. The Moonshine, Renegade Stringband, Left Coast Country
112 SW 2nd Ave. Grafton Steet 426 SW Washington St. Hype Louis, Load B, Jae Lava, GIS, Abstract, DJ Eps
JAN. 15–21 ULRICH LENFFER
2025 N Kilpatrick St. Mangled Bohemians
4847 SE Division St. Oregon Valley Boys
2958 NE Glisan St. Those Willows, Fair Weather Watchers, the Yellers
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Brady Goss
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro The Twangshifters
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Robin Jackson Band (9 pm); Three for Silver Acoustic Trio (6 pm)
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Cloud Control, Body Parts, Brainstorm
Mock Crest Tavern 3435 N Lombard St. Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Review
1408 SW 6th Ave. Mike Pardew, Dave Captein, Randy Rollofson
O’Connor’s Vault 7850 SW Capitol Highway Chuck Johnson
Ponderosa Lounge at Jubitz Truckstop
10350 N Vancouver Way Carrie Cunningham
THE WORST PARK IN SYDNEY: Cloud Control plays Mississippi Studios on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Rock Bottom Brewery 206 SW Morrison St. Diva Kings
8 NW 6th Ave. Six Pack Live: Stone in Love, Jukebox Heroes, One From Many
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St. Beautiful Train Wrecks, Amanda Breese, Thom Lyons, Molly Kate (9 pm); Everything’s Jake (6 pm)
1033 NW 16th Ave. The Speed Of Sound In Seawater, We The Wild
720 SE Hawthorne Rosecity Underground, Serial Sickness
The Blue Diamond
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Bottleneck Blues Band
The Blue Monk
3341 SE Belmont St. Serge Severe, Oso Negro, DJ Zinker, Fresh Inc.
The Conga Club
4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 102 Tropical Saturday Salsa
The Firkin Tavern
1937 SE 11th Ave. Animal Eyes, Eternal Fair, Cambrian Explosion
Classic Pianos Recital Hall
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Hanz Araki
Clyde’s Prime Rib
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Kathryn Claire
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. ParadoX, $intax, Mohawk Yard 3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Shanghai Woolies 4144 SE 60th Ave. Cherry City Band 1969 NE 42nd Ave. Soul Progression, Marca Luna (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society benefit)
White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Bingo
Wilfs Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Sandy Dennison Trio
SUN. JAN. 19 Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ritchie Young, Amanda Lawrence
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Blues Harmonica Blowout: Mark Hummell, John Mayall, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, Curtis Salgado
626 SW Park Ave. Cole Rubin Trio
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. Roots Jazz of Brazil 5474 NE Sandy Blvd. Ron Steen Jazz Jam 1332 W Burnside St. Bird y
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. Max Bemis, Matt Pryor, Perma, Merriment, Allison Weiss
2346 SE Ankeny St. The Ink-Noise Review: Curtis B. Whitecarroll
112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley
225 SW Ash St. Aubrey Debauchery & the Broken Bones, Stumblebum
5403 NE 42nd Ave. Open Mic
1033 NW 16th Ave. Kim DeLacy, Rap Anonymous
13 NW 6th Ave. Soriah, Synchronicity Frequency, DJ Owen
The Blue Diamond
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Kevin Selfe and the Tornad oes
The Conga Club
Ash Street Saloon
8105 SE 7th Ave. Irish
426 SW Washington St. Baby Ketten Karaoke
4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Kool Stuff Katie
Muddy Rudder Public House
8 NW 6th Ave. Jonny Lang
1435 NW Flanders St. Marti Mendenhall
3939 N Mississippi Ave. David Jacobs-Strain, Michelle McAfee
Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan St. Danny Romero Trio
600 E Burnside St. Old Age, the Century
Alberta Rose Theatre
8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Highway Norman Sylvester
1507 SE 39th Ave. Cody Canada and the Departed, American Aquarium
2026 NE Alberta St. Bastard Feast, Cold Blue Mountain, Rolling Through the Universe
3000 NE Alberta St. Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
2958 NE Glisan St. Freak Mountain Ramblers
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Billy D’s HooDuo
4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 102 VYBZ Reggae Night
The Know 2026 NE Alberta St. The Goddamned Animals, Heartless Breakers, Mercury Tremors
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The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave. Michael Henchman
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. Foster the People, Rebecca Marie Miller
203 SE Grand Ave. Laughter Birth: Open Mic Comedy
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Hungers, Barrowlands, Spectral Tombs 232 SW Ankeny St. Kari Newhouse, Kira Lynn Cain, Namoli Brennet
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave. Chuck Israel’s Jazz Cafe
White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. NineDice
MON. JAN. 20 Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ritchie Young, Amanda Lawrence
Alberta Street Pub 1036 NE Alberta St. Edmund Wayne
1314 NW Glisan St. Pete Krebs
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1: Sarah Kwak, Oregon Symphony
1028 SE Water Ave. Crooks on Tape
510 NW 11th Ave. Jazz Vocal Jam: Joe Millward
350 W Burnside St. Karaoke From Hell
Ground Kontrol 511 NW Couch St. Metal Monday
2346 SE Ankeny St. Emerson House Band
210 NW 21st Ave. Traditional Irish Jam Session
112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley
426 SW Washington St. Eye Candy VJs
2958 NE Glisan St. Kung Pao Chickens (9 pm); Portland Country Underground (6 pm)
Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside St. Psychomagic, Mister Tang
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Skip VonKuske’s Groovy Wallpaper, Kathryn Claire
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Bob Shoemaker
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Mr. Ben
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Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones
Pub at the End of the Universe 4107 SE 28th Ave. Open Mic
639 SE Morrison St. Metal Monday: Allisun Wonderland
The Blue Diamond
Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Larry Calame
510 NW 11th Ave. Tom Wakeling, Steve Christofferson, David Evans, Todd Strait
10000 Old Cornelius Pass Road, Hillsboro Open Bluegrass Jam
3552 N Mississippi Ave. Mikael Pederson
Doug Fir Lounge
Sellwood Public House
1332 W Burnside St. Colin Meloy, John Roderick
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Sumo
830 E Burnside St. Disappears, Sun Angle
The Elixir Lab
2738 NE Alberta St. The Moonshine
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
1635 SE 7th Ave. Dover Weinberg Quartet
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Superhumanoids
8132 SE 13th Ave. Open Mic
6517 SE Foster Rd. Joe Baker, Delmark Goldfarb
203 SE Grand Ave. Woolen Men, Campfires, Gangrene Gang, Shark Toys
The Blue Diamond
232 SW Ankeny St. Mandarin Dynasty, Love Cop, Landlines
3341 SE Belmont St. Luz Elena Mendoza, Skip VonKuske
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
2026 NE Alberta St. The Abigails, the Lonesome Billies
1969 NE 42nd Ave. Pizza Jam Bluegrass Band
White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Rocket 3, Moniker, Shannon Tower
TUES. JAN. 21 Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel 303 SW 12th Ave. Ritchie Young, Amanda Lawrence
1314 NW Glisan St. Neftali Rivera
Ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St. Ghost Toy Castle, Live Island
2845 SE Stark St. The Family Funktion
1503 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band, James Hunnicutt
2346 SE Ankeny St. Jeepers Creepers Band
2958 NE Glisan St. Jackstraw
Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. Papa Dynamite & the Jive
2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale Hanz Araki and Cary Novotny
BAR SPOTLIGHT E VA N J O H N S O N
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Gretchen Mitchell Band
The Blue Monk
The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave. Erik Anarchy
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. The Murder Junkies, Cemetery Lust, Schroeder Bomb, FSA
1969 NE 42nd Ave. Gold Diggers
Vie de Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave. Salsa Night
White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Travers Kiley
PEDALPEARLOOZA: Tucked behind a lighted garage housing bicycles built for 12, the BrewCycle touring company’s new Pearl District BrewStop (1425 NW Flanders St., 971-400-5950) is a cleanly cut zigzag of a bar in hardwood and concrete, stocked with a smattering of local liquors and 14 taps of impeccable provenance: Upright, Pelican, Barley Brown’s, Breakside and Pfriem. Somewhere along the way, bike fitness and craft brews converged in the local imagination, and so the clientele is every bit as streamlined as the décor, awash in the bull-headed cheeriness one associates with state-school athletics and good childhood orthodontics. The bar is open only Wednesday to Sunday, with pub trivia each Wednesday. At the moment, the question is where one might find our own solar system’s asteroid belt. “Who reads sci-fi?” a young woman wonders aloud, bewildered that anyone might know the answer. But with its spare geometries and light filtering through a screen, BrewStop looks a little like a futuristic Kubrick set from the past. That is, when it doesn’t resemble the house taproom for a design studio. Two flat-screen TVs adorn the upper wall, and elsewhere in the city a weary Blazers team is relentlessly hammering Orlando in the fourth quarter—but not on these TVs. This bar plays the college game instead, and it’s very well-behaved. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
MUSIC CALENDAR Rotture
315 SE 3rd Ave. Temptation: DJs Gregarious, Dungeonmaster, Vron Tron
WED. JAN. 15
FRI. JAN. 17
Andrea’s Cha Cha Club
832 SE Grand Ave. Salsa: DJ Alberton
2433 SE Powell Blvd. Activate: DJ Dot, Trevor Vichas
Beech St. Parlor
Beech St. Parlor
412 NE Beech St. DJ Couloured Glass 231 SW Ankeny St. DJ Seleckta YT
412 NE Beech St. DJ Swag
231 SW Ankeny St. Cloud City Collective
219 NW Davis St. Sound Glitter with DJ Peter Calandra
2845 SE Stark St. Soul Stew: DJ Aquaman
722 E Burnside St. Wednesday Swing
219 NW Davis St. Trick with DJ Robb 511 NW Couch St. TRONix: Labwerx, Mike Gong, Bliphop Junkie
1001 SE Morrison St. PDNext: Egyptrixx, Natasha Kmeto, Danny Corn, Graintable, Plumblyne
3967 N Mississippi Ave The Diamond Stylus: King Tim 33 1/3
639 SE Morrison St. DJ Wess Texas
Ground Kontrol 511 NW Couch St. DJ Alan Hart
1001 SE Morrison St. Rockbox: Matt Nelkin, DJ Kez
Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St. 80s Video Dance Attack
3967 N Mississippi Ave DJ Maxamillion
1937 SE 11th Ave. Eye Candy VJs
3967 N Mississippi Ave 21st Century Rhythm and Soul Review: Hans Fricking Lindauer
The Firkin Tavern
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As part of National Theatre’s 50th anniversary, catch an encore screening of the company’s 2010 production of Alan Bennett’s multilayered play, which imagines a meeting between Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 235-1101. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 19 and 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 25. $20.
NT Live: Hamlet
An encore hi-def broadcast of National Theatre’s 2010 production of Shakespeare’s longest tragedy (this production runs four hours), starring Rory Kinnear as the doomed Danish prince. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 235-1101. 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 19 and 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 25. $20.
encouraging anecdotes. One moment the crew is enjoying a peaceful dinner while watching an Antarctic sunset; the next it’s abandoning ship as the vessel is crushed by giant ice floes. Backed by quotations and details gleaned from the crew’s own journals, the story, under Howard’s careful and charismatic guidance, becomes a very long, very nerdy black comedy for adrenaline junkies and adventure noobs alike. KAITIE TODD. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 25. $15-$35.
ALSO PLAYING Just Like You
The newest production from Well Arts, a nonprofit that organizes play-
writing workshops for individuals who’ve experienced trauma or physical or mental illness, features stories written by the mothers of children with developmental disabilities. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St., 274-1717. 7:30 pm Fridays and 2 pm Saturdays through Jan. 18. $5-$10.
Tales of Ballycumber
Corrib Theatre, a local company specializing in Irish drama, begins its second season with a staged reading of Sebastian Barry’s 2009 play. It’s a ghostly drama about a bachelor farmer who gives a piece of advice to a teenage neighbor, only to have things go terribly and tragically awry. Lumber Room, 419 NW 9th Ave., cor-
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com. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 15. $20.
For the third installment of this show, which asks seven creators to each produce a short musical for a 4-by-4-foot stage, all of the mini works must involve dance. Director Mark LaPierre promises mad cows, pirates and claustrophobics trying to get free. Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 239-5919. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18 and Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 23-25. $15$20.
CoHo’s first production of 2014 is Toshiki Okada’s elliptical, unconventional portrait of underemployed hipsters at a Tokyo cafe. This isn’t just Japanese mumblecore: Okada, the artistic director of the internationally lauded Chelfitsch Theatre Company, is a skilled chronicler of ennui, able to turn the mundane into the lyrical. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 715-1114. 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 8. $15-$25.
Eyes for Consuela
Oregon Children’s Theatre presents a stage adaptation of E.B. White’s classic book about a pig and the spider that saves his life. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 2289571. 2 and 5 pm Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 16. $15-$30.
Portland Center Stage kicks off 2014 with David Henry Hwang’s 2011 comedy, in which an American businessman tries to land a plum contract in China, only to get tangled in linguistic and cultural confusion. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm TuesdaysSundays; 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays; noon some Thursdays through Feb. 9. $29-$69.
The End of Sex
Craig Jessen’s world-premiere comedy centers on a pharmaceutical scientist who inadvertently concocts a drug that remaps sexual sensation, allowing users to experience pleasure through a cream alone. The reverberations, unsurprisingly, are great. Theatre Vertigo presents the play as part of the Fertile Ground Festival. See interview with Jessen at wweek.
Profile Theatre opens its Sam Shepard season with the playwright’s 1998 play—based on a surreal short story by Octavio Paz—about a desperate and unmoored American who has fled deep into the Mexican jungle. The production is Profile’s first at the Artists Rep building since having been booted from the now-shuttered Theater! Theatre! Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 2411278. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 2. $30.
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Paging all Cumberbitches: This massively popular National Theatre production stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who alternates the roles of the doctor and the creature with Jonny Lee Miller. Several of these local screenings, which are broadcast in hi-def from London’s West End, have already sold out. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 235-1101. 7 and 10 pm Friday, Jan. 17; 2 and 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 18; and 2 and 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. $20.
Milagro Theatre kicks off 2014 with Cuéntame Coyote, a play written and directed by Dañel Malán that follows the plight of Mexican immigrants seeking a better life north of the border. The show—it’s bilingual but easy to follow for non-Spanish speakers—is only an hour, but the simplistic story line can make it feel longer. We first meet the main characters in a Mexican factory. Maria (Alida Holguín Gunn) has a passion that’s mesmerizing, and she speaks with a loud, quick voice, conveying emotional intensity and even shedding a few tears. Her gay cousin José (Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi), who originally suggests the journey to the U.S., is lighthearted and quick on his feet. Mariel Sierra and Erubiel Valladares Carranza round out the cast, moving capably between a variety of roles. As Maria and Jose make their way across the border, they encounter coyotes of both the two-legged and four-legged varieties: smugglers who help them sneak through the desert and into the U.S., and performers clad in rubber masks and bushy tails who linger around the desert, finishing off human remains. At one point, there’s even a literal dance with death: Dressed in a black robe and skull mask, Terrazas-Tripathi sways seductively with one of Sierra’s fallen characters. A simple backdrop of desert scenery, minimal props and modest costumes keep the focus on the straightforward and intermittently funny story, even if the pacing occasionally lags. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Jan. 25. $17-$26.
Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare
Frostbite, thin ice, backbreaking work and dead puppies are all things you might expect from a story called Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare. A few things you might not expect: a love story between a man and his cat, molting reindeer-hair sleeping bags and incredibly dumb, sleddingdown-a-mountain-on-90-feet-ofcoiled-rope luck. Portland Story Theatre’s reprisal of Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare recounts the third and final Antarctic expedition of British polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, who in 1914 set out with a crew of 28 to be the first to cross the continent by land. Unsurprisingly, the audience learns that the expedition—nicknamed the “Endurance Expedition”—didn’t quite go as planned. But it’s how we learn of the journey’s failure that makes this one-man play an impressively long and funny history lecture. With a three-hour running time, Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare might start to feel like its own test of endurance. Luckily, it’s performed by Lawrence Howard, who wrote the story in honor of his father and their mutual interest in the explorer. With wry humor—“and then a hurricane blew in,” he says, with perfect, dark comic timing—and lively, absorbing imagery of the crew’s experiences, Howard artfully mingles the expedition’s bleakest events with lighter, more
Woman’s World: (From left) amanda spring, shana lindbeck, sara Hernandez and tai Carmen.
AIKA & ROSE (OUTWORLD THEATER) a supernatural rock opera from a flock of indie musicians.
At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera. The new musical, a project from a legion of Portland musicians, bills itself as a supernatural teen lesbian love story. So, it’s basically that racy French movie with show tunes and dancing spirits, right? “It’s a PG show,” laughs lyricist Amanda Spring. “They’re discovering romantic love, but it’s an innocent love.” Spring, a singer and drummer for dreamily atmospheric indie-rock band Point Juncture, WA, wrote Aika & Rose with poet and fellow musician Tai Carmen. A few years ago, Spring put on an instrumental Japanese pop album she’d found at a used-record shop. The sounds of that 1968 LP—resonant bamboo flute, deliberately plucked strings, meandering melodies—evoked a story for Spring and Carmen. They imagined two teenage girls, one Japanese and one American, meeting in a dusty, onestoplight Midwestern town and falling in love underneath the cover of an abandoned orchard. Both fans of science fiction, Carmen and Spring decided to swirl the romance with supernatural elements, including a water goddess in psychedelic face makeup who serves as the narrator. The sung-through musical has three vocalists: Carmen and Spring play the star-crossed teen lovers, and Aika’s controlling mother is performed by Sara Hernandez, known for her booming, throaty vocals in garage-pop trio Fault Lines. They’re backed by a seven-piece band, all friends of the co-writers. Almost everyone involved—they’ve been rehearsing nearly every Sunday for a year—is a veteran musician, but few have theater experience. Aika & Rose, accordingly, doesn’t sound like Rodgers and Hammerstein. It has no jazz-hands choreography. Its drums are harder, its horns bigger, and there’s Japanese inflection in the woodwinds and baritone ukulele. Some songs are sinister; others angsty; a few lilt and sway gleefully. For Spring, the experience of writing songs for fictional characters has been liberating. “It removes a certain amount of ego from songwriting,” she says. “If you play in a band in town, people expect you to be singing about yourself. To remove that element allows the creativity to flow more freely. I think I’ve had more fun writing the songs for this musical than any music I’ve ever written.” REBECCA JACOBSON.
see it: Aika & Rose is at the Headwaters, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, outworldtheater.com. 7:30 pm Thursdays, Jan. 16 and 23; 7:30 and 9:30 pm Fridays, Jan. 17 and 24; 2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25; and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $12-$15. Willamette Week JANUARY 15, 2014 wweek.com
Portland Center Stage and Bad Reputation Productions team up for another night of comedy, this time featuring crack improv ensemble the Liberators. Among other things, expect a spoof of British television called Concerning the Affairs of a British Manor. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 18. $15.
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Funny Over Everything
Action/Adventure Theatre remounts this original musical by Kyle Acheson and Sam De Roest, a one-act show about love, betrayal and sushi. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursday-Friday, Jan. 16-17; 8 and 10:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 18; and 2 and 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $10-$15.
COMEDY & VARIETY Comedy at Crush
Crystal Davis and Belinda Carroll co-host a free, monthly standup showcase at this Southeast Morrison Street bar, a red-and-black-walled space with artwork that seems vaguely inspired by both construction work and bondage. On the lineup tonight are local comics Bri Pruett, Jen Tam, Alex Rios, Barbara Holm, Andy MacDonald and Christen Manville. Crush, 1400 SE Morrison St, 235-8150. 9 pm Wednesday, Jan. 15. Free. 21+.
Family-friendly competitive improv comedy. ComedySportz, 1963 NW Kearney St., 236-8888. 8 pm FridaysSaturdays. $15.
Control Yourself: A Showcase of Funny
A grip of local comics are headed south to SF Sketchfest later this month, and this showcase gives them a proper sendoff. Expect standup from Curtis Cook, Gabe Dinger, Stacey Hallal, Barbara Holm and Phil Schallberger, as well as from host JoAnn Schinderle. Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-7665. 9 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. Free.
Curious Comedy Open Mic
Chicago comic John Roy had a heart transplant as a kid. Now he’s making the late-night TV circuit, working on the IFC Web series Maron in Space with James Adomian and,tonight, headlining the January installment of this monthly standup showcase. Expect opening sets from Portland comics Curtis Cook, Randy Mendez and Derek Sheen, as well as from hosts Shane Torres and Sean Jordan. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $10.
Give a Girl a Hand
A comedy show to benefit Poppy Avalon, a young girl with a rare genetic disorder. Standup sets from Jessa Reed and Lonnie Bruhn, with Adam Pasi hosting. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8 pm Monday, Jan. 20. $14. 21+.
It’s Gonna Be Okay
Portlander Barbara Holm hosts a twice-monthly standup showcase featuring local and traveling comics. EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St., 2362876. 8:30 pm every first and third Monday. Free.
Laugh Yer Ass Off
Standup comedy from Scoot Herring, Stephanie Purtle, Venu Mattraw and Timothy Blackton, hosted by Matt Styner. Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd., 971-888-4001. 8 pm Monday, Jan. 20. Free. 21+.
The Living Newspaper
The Brody crew riffs on actual newspaper headlines to transform current events into improv comedy. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm Saturdays through Feb. 8. $9-$12.
Gabe Dinger hosts a weekly openmic night. Sign-ups begin at 7:15, and comics get three minutes of stage time apiece. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 4779477. 8 pm every Sunday. Free.
Naked Comedy Open Mic
Koechner might be on the big screen right now—he plays chauvinistic sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman franchise—but he’s also hitting the Aladdin stage for a night of storytelling-heavy standup. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 2349694. 8 pm Friday, Jan. 17. $30.
Friday Night Fights
Late-night comedy show with improv, sketch and standup. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 10 pm every Saturday. $5.
The Brody hosts a twice-weekly open-mic night. Comics get fourminute standup slots and can sign up online. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 9:30 pm every Wednesday and Thursday. Free with one-item minimum purchase.
Competitive improv, with two teams battling for stage time. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 10 pm every first and third Friday. $5.
Team-based, long-form improv open to audience members and performers of all stripes. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm every first and third Thursday. $5.
Pipes: An Improvised Musical
Alex Rios headlines this weekly standup comedy showcase, with opening sets from Tim Hammer and Richie Stratton. An open mic follows. Bar of the Gods, 4801 SE Hawthorne
Comedic improv, set to song. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm FridaysSaturdays through Jan. 24. $12-$15.
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So maybe Tracy Morgan isn’t a standup comic as much as a somewhat crazy person who possibly thought he was filming a documentary when appearing on 30 Rock, but that just means he’s more naturally hilarious than many of his peers. The last time Morgan was here, he played the Newmark, so this three-night stand at Helium definitely qualifies as “intimate.” We’re pretty sure he’s learned to avoid jokes about stabbing his hypothetically gay son, so it should be all good. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-6438669. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 16-18. $35-$42.
USS Improvise: The Next Generation the Musical
Funhouse improv troupe the Unscriptables brings back its popular Star Trek spoof, complete with unscripted musical numbers and dance numbers. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. 7:30 pm Saturdays through Feb. 8. $10.
Weekly Recurring Humor Night
Whitney Streed hosts a weekly comedy showcase, featuring local comics and out-of-towners. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 2380543. 9:30 pm every Wednesday. “Pay what you want,” $3-$5 suggested.
Miss Kennedy’s Theater of Burlesque
Alex Kennedy and William Batty (Noah Mickens) try to keep Portland weird through a sideshow of sexy. Among the performers are Burk Biggler and Dutch, a sort of Lennieand-George pair, except in tutus. On the burlesque side are Portland familiars the Infamous Nina Nightshade and Baby LeStrange. Then there’s Blazer Schaffer, an acrobat and contortionist best known for smoking a cigarette with her feet. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. $12-$15. 21+.
Noel Plemmons and Mandy Cregan return from a four-year hiatus with a new site-specific dance piece, this time at the Leftbank building just east of the Broadway Bridge. Like their last project at the Ford Building, the building in this new work, 3 x 3, is as much a part of the performance as the dancers. The six dancers hang from the ceiling, slide down bannisters and climb on walls as minders guide you through the Leftbank’s trendily redeveloped hallways. What you get is athleticism and ingenuity— think dance meets parkour. At one point, a dancer finds a fist-sized hole in the grout and uses it to scale the wall like a rock climber. Later, in the spacious lobby, the audience converges to watch two performers slide on their bellies down the banister. More dancers dangle from the second-floor mezzanine. By its nature, you can’t see all the movement of the show; dancers might be doing a duet right around the corner, visible to one group but not to you. But for this show, filmmaker Patrick Weishampel made videos of those evasive bits that he’ll project on the walls for
everyone to see. The movement here is highly physical, comprising lots of handstands and swings around corners or under wooden beams. Dynamic, engaging and impressive— you’ll want to see as much as you can. Leftbank Building, 240 N Broadway. 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 6 pm Sundays, Jan. 9-26. $12-$20.
Like clockwork, fliers for Shen Yun’s show start appearing every October around town like Chinese takeout menus. But what this group is peddling, other than dazzling costumes and traditional Chinese dance, is some heavy-handed political-religious propaganda. The group is presented by the Oregon Falun Dafa Association, which promotes the Falun Gong spiritual movement founded in China in 1992 and later suppressed by the government. The association isn’t good about promoting the show to the independent press, but critics in other cities have given mixed reviews to the dancing. Worse, between dance segments, narrators talk to the audience in no uncertain terms about the movement’s tenets and its followers’ persecution. An opera singer at one point apparently belts the words “evolution is evil.” The show is said to be at times visually arresting, if you can see past the proselytism—but you probably can’t. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-745-3000. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18; 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19. $60$150.
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Northwest Dance Project member Lindsey Matheis continues to scout Portland for its brightest dance talent. This is the second installment of Matheis’ series (a)merging— 14 pieces, seven per show, over two weekends. The 24-year-old takes less control here than she did in her Alchemy show last year, instead just providing a platform for newbies and a few veterans. The result will likely be rawer and more experimental—and probably less polished—but her lineup has some standouts that will make the weaker pieces worth the gamble. Among them, Megan McCarthy and Patrick Kilbane, who first worked together in Alchemy, remix their classical ballet training into something bizarre. Kate Rafter, a local up-and-comer, will present a piece she calls “a pop-up dance thingy with a general focus on risk and interactivity.” The lineup changes the second weekend to include Portland Festival Ballet dancer Emily Schultz and Princess Grace Award winner Katie Scherman, among others. The full lineups are on amerging2014.com, which you should check out if you’re not a gambler. Northwest Dance Project Studio & Performance Center, 833 N Shaver St., 421-7434. 7:30 pm Fridays-Sundays, Jan. 17-26. $15-$20.
Drag queen and burlesque madame Zora Phoenix invites you to her second home, Crush, to watch guys and girls take off their clothes—creatively. In the women’s corner is the quirky Layne Fawkes, who’s played characters from Pee-wee Herman to Wednesday Addams, and the raunchy Baby LeStrange, who will likely do something unsettling with her crotch. On the guys’ side, Isaiah Esquire is the tallest, muscliest man you’ve seen in a heel, and Tod Alan is a contemporary dancing Chippendale who takes it all off. Crush, 1400 SE Morrison St, 235-8150. 9:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 18. $10. 21+.
MURDER, SHE WROTE: Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predictability of the classic formula doesn’t make the tale any less enjoyable. Perhaps that’s why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has become the longest-running show in the world, playing continuously in London’s West End since 1952 and tallying more than 25,000 performances. This Lakewood Theatre Company production passes muster with a well-cast ensemble that plays up the eccentricities and dark secrets of each character, from the squirrely Chris Wren (Samuel Summer) to the curmudgeonly Mrs. Boyle (Maxemillian Corkum). Leading the cast as the exasperated guesthouse owner, Lucy Paschall brings the most believable drama to the show’s campy vibe. Of course, some camp is to be expected—along with some heavy-handed obfuscation—when unraveling the motives of the portly foreigner who arrives unexpectedly or the mannish spinster who reveals little. But the action moves at a swift clip as characters dash through doors and up the stairs of the impressive set while Sergeant Trotter (Caleb Adderley) pieces together the events of the evening. Think you know who the killer is? Go play detective and spend the rest of the evening glaring suspiciously at your loved ones. PENELOPE BASS. SEE It: The Mousetrap is at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, 9 and 16; 7 pm Sundays, Jan. 19 and 26. Through Feb. 16. $32.
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show was bound to be an exercise in glitz, and that’s just what it turned out to be. Some of the sparkliest works in this sprawling group show come courtesy of Wesley Younie. His sculpture of a miniature black volcano appears to be coated in glittery ﬂecks of mica mixed with obsidian. Less majestic and more whimsical is his painting of a droll frog, sitting implacably on a background of shimmering gold leaf. It walks a delicate line between whimsy and opulence, irony and post-irony. Through Jan. 25. Mark Woolley Gallery @ Pioneer, 700 SW 5th Ave., third ﬂoor, Pioneer Place Mall, 998-4152.
Brooks Dierdorff: Rest Easy
Brooks Dierdorﬀ riﬀs on antiquarian ﬁlm-processing techniques in Rest Easy, his charming installation in the PDX Window Project. Exposing ﬁlm that has been covered with beach towels, he creates patterns that incorporate the towels’ crumpled folds. The resulting imagery walks a winning line between representation and abstraction. Through Feb. 1. PDX Window Project, 925 NW Flanders St., 2220063.
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Alex Lilly: A Dark Fire
Alex Lilly’s astonishing show, A Dark Fire, is morbid, shocking and sexy. In luscious oil paints, he depicts people in the act of self-immolation, which is to say, setting themselves on ﬁre. It’s an extreme but time-honored form of sociopolitical protest, especially among Buddhist monks, and the imagery plays well into Lilly’s passionate anti-capitalist sympathies. Formally, the work is gorgeous: dramatically composed, with the licks of multicolored ﬁre rendered in sensual impasto. It’s a gifted artist indeed who can depict such a horriﬁc act in a way that’s simultaneously sensational and respectful. Through Feb. 15. Cock Gallery, 625 NW Everett St., No. 106, 552-8686.
It’s easy to take Blackﬁsh Gallery for granted. It’s been around since 1979, and its programming is reliably unreliable; some shows soar, others go kerplunk. But the 35th anniversary exhibition Becoming Blackﬁsh invites us to take a fresh look at this artist co-op, showcasing works by 22 of the gallery’s founding and forming members. Highlights include Julia Fish’s Study for Living Rooms: SouthEast One With SouthEast Two, an elegant rectilinear study in sienna ink. Judy Cooke’s Corner has a similar architectonic élan, its straight black lines a counterpoint to the wooden piece’s natural grain. And Arvie Smith’s gloriously garish vaudevillian portrait, Mr. Kicks, reminds us just how delightful and important an artist Smith is. Congrats to Blackﬁsh on 35 years, and here’s to 35 more. Through Feb.
1. Blackﬁsh Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 234-2634.
Ben Buswell: We Live Only Through Ourselves
Ben Buswell’s show gets our vote for Most Flatulent Press Release of 2013. For unfathomable reasons, it mentions the artist’s recently deceased grandfather, only to say that his death provided “a lens through which the artist examines how meaning arises from physical processes.” What physical processes, we are left to wonder—decomposition? The release blathers on about the artist’s “doubling of images and objects, surface violations, abstraction and material choices” and his “use of emergent processes, where a multitude of insigniﬁcant marks and gestures accumulate into seemingly complex systems.” The release concludes by maintaining that “Buswell’s purpose is to undermine a sense a narrative and eschew the symbolic meaning of the imagery, collapsing the distance between perception of the object and apprehension of its meaning.” Writing like this is endemic of an attitude that if you use big enough words in a long enough sentence, you can convince yourself and hopefully others that an artwork is worthwhile. The photographic and sculptural work in Buswell’s show actually is worthwhile. The pieces have a witty minimalist elegance, but you’d never know that from the show description. Through Jan. 25. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 227-5111.
With a title like Bling Boutique, Mark Woolley Gallery’s 20th anniversary
With their architectonic shapes, rendered in wood, resin and acrylics, David Curt Morris’ works are alternately playful and exacting. They make for a jaunty, natural complement to the late Louis Bunce’s works on paper, which superimpose biomorphic forms atop geometric frameworks. Through Feb. 1. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754.
Francis Bacon: Three Studies of Lucien Freud
It’s a spectacle that brings old-timey nouns to mind: brouhaha, hubbub, hullabaloo. The rather sudden and mysterious appearance of Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucien Freud at the Portland Art Museum has engendered tireless (and tiresome) speculation about who owns the astronomically priced triptych. But purely as an art object, does the piece live up to all the Sturm und Drang? In a word, no. Despite its art-historical and economic signiﬁcance, it’s a pretty drab, ﬂat exercise in basic psychological portraiture. Bacon sits his friend Freud down in a simple stool in a loose, crass pose. Bacon renders his subject’s body with illustrator-like simplicity and depicts his face in the grotesque contours that were Bacon’s stock and store. He places the stool within a receded cube, a bed frame at its endpoint, before a mustard yellow background. Bacon and Freud fans will no doubt relish the chance to see this relic of the inﬂuential painters’ complex dynamic, but viewers with tastes running toward more purely optical pleasures will likely leave underwhelmed. The work’s visual symbolism is simplistic, and Bacon’s ﬂashy technique, which once held genuine shock value, now comes across as sophomoric and tame. Through March 30. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-0973.
Since November, there has been a new gallery in the old Chambers space (916 NW Flanders St.). It’s called Hap Gallery, a moniker that, according to owner Judy Jacobson, is meant to evoke happenings, happenstance, happiness, haphazardness and all other things mutable and impetuous. This month’s show is a suite of 10 oil paintings by New York City artist Gabrielle Garland. They’re interior views of homes and historic landmarks, painted in a quirky style so rudimentary they ﬁrst appear to have been made by a schoolkid, not an MFA graduate of the University of Chicago. But Garland’s style is so bad, it’s good. There’s a winning innocence in these clunky compositions that’s impossible to resist—and given Garland’s pedigree, we’re betting the works’ naiveté is anything but happenstance. Through Jan. 30. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 444-7101.
I Never Complained About the Past: New Work/New Year
Storm Tharp treats us to a Cubistinﬂected gouache-on-paper painting, Tronie of a Man Who Looked Like His Parents. Although it’s highly stylized, the piece is somehow less mannered than Tharp’s previous ﬁgurative work. He includes fastidious details, such as highly textural crisscrossing lines, which contrast against the swaths of ﬂat paint surrounding them. Also of note is Joe Rudko’s Object Drawing series, which incorporates nifty trompe l’oeil eﬀects. You look at the drawings’ diﬀerent components and would swear they’re collaged, but in fact they’re drawn. How’d he do that? Simple: His technique kicks ass. Through Feb. 1. PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 222-0063.
Jerry Mayer and Ellen George: Match
It couldn’t be simpler: two colored lights—one pale purple, the other bright blue—in a dark room. Percussive sounds come out of their bases. The lights and sounds seem to talk to one another in a Morse Code-like language, the sounds gradually going in and out of sync like a Terry Riley piece. Through Feb. 2. Nine Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 227-7114.
Jim Golden: Collections
A collection of keys—hundreds of them. Dozens of obsolete cameras. Collections of scissors, musical instruments, riﬂes, plastic Santa Claus ﬁgurines, cassette tapes and cassingles…there is nothing, apparently, Americans won’t collect. Photographer Jim Golden catalogs our obsession with collecting in his dramatic tableaux, lining up objects in vast rows, then climbing on a ladder and shooting them from an extreme high angle. The ﬁnished images look like photos taken from an airplane looking down on landscapes of assembled junk. This extreme point of view imparts a sense of objectivity to what is otherwise a neurotically subjective hobby. The photos are even stronger for being
created the old-fashioned way, rather than digitally composed. Through Jan. 31. Pushdot, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite 104, 224-5925.
Joe Feddersen: Charmed
Joe Feddersen’s new show is a mixed bag. His spray-painted monoprints deftly combine the ancient tradition of petroglyphs with a more contemporary form of defacement, graﬃti. But his hanging fused-glass installation is just plain tacky, and his engraved vessel sculptures in blown glass lack the charismatic sheen of the sculptures he used to make in mirrored glass. Notably, on the show’s opening night, all 10 of Feddersen’s monoprints were already sold, at $2,000 a pop. Ka-ching! Through Jan. 21. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.
Leonard Ruder: Paintings
Leonard Ruder (1917-2010) worked as a school custodian by day but at night was a proliﬁc painter. He rarely exhibited his work, but this posthumous show proves that his paintings from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s were the equal of many painters’ of much greater renown. In the bravura painting titled Rectangles, he traversed a continuum of yellow tones from sunﬂower to mustard to lemon to canary. Slathering oil paints in architectonic wedges, he used palette knives to create luscious textures. Through Feb. 1. Augen DeSoto, 716 NW Davis St., 224-8182.
Shine: Winter Group Exhibition
There are plenty of ﬂashy pieces in Charles Hartman’s winter group show, but a commitedly unﬂashy photograph outshines everything else. Jeﬀrey Conley’s silver gelatin print Granary Beam shows that a well-composed image of a tree trunk’s rings can be nothing short of sublime visual poetry. This exhibition also marks the ﬁrst appearance of Blakely Dadson’s work at Hartman. Dadson was a staple at the now-closed Chambers Gallery. His upcoming solo show this summer should be a treat. Through Feb. 28. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886.
The Art of Musical Maintenance
Some of the most dynamic poster art in the world graces the Goodfoot this month, as more than 40 artists exhibit in the venue’s 10th annual exposition, The Art of Musical Maintenance. Using a continuum of techniques ranging from hand-drawn to computer-generated, artists from across the country ﬁll the Goodfoot’s cavernous but still inexplicably cozy space with some 300 posters. David Welker designed the show’s promotional banner, which features a nude angel, legs turned outward in provocative contrapposto, standing beside a hellish bonﬁre. Kudos to the Goodfoot for continuing to commingle the worlds of popular music and visual art. Through Jan. 27. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292.
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 SFWA Northwest Reading Series
Perhaps long stretches of dark, damp weather lend naturally to an active imagination, but the Paciﬁ c Northwest has long been home to a slew of science-ﬁ ction and fantasy authors like Ursula K. Le Guin and Jay Lake. The SFWA reading series hosts established and upcoming authors sharing their work. Reading this time around will be Mary Rosenblum (The Drylands) and Rick Lovett (Phantom Sense and Other Stories). McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., 249-3983. 7-8:30 pm. Free.
ist Gary Shteyngart ( Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story) was given a nickname by his mother: Scary Gary. The exploits of Scary Gary, as well as Shteyngart’s youth as a 7-year-old immigrant from Russia and his eventual recovery, are now fully accounted for in his self-depricatingly humorous new memoir, Little Failure. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 4 pm. Free.
Any impressionable college student who has read anything by Charles Bukowski probably assumes alcoholism is the key to great writing. Indeed, it was a link noticed by Olivia Laing, who set out to explore the lives of six famous writers (and alcoholics) including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. Her new book, A Trip to Echo Spring, attempts to strip away the mystique of the alcoholic writer, instead focusing on the destruction of the lifestyle. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
Mountain Writers Series
A writer might do 100 other things in his life but will always think of himself ﬁ rst as a writer. Stevan Allred ( A Simpliﬁ ed Map of the real World ) and Robin Cody ( Another Way the River Has) have both accomplished a long list of impressive things (from being the father of teenagers to the dean of admissions at Reed), but today they are writers reading their work. The Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton St., 233-5656. 7:30 pm. $5.
THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Ransom Riggs
Combining a bizarre collection of vintage photographs with YA fantasy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children became a crossover bestseller. Author Ransom Riggs follows up the tale with Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Children, picking up where the last one left oﬀ. Go on, you know you want to. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
FRIDAY, JAN. 17 Bryce Andrews
In a change of lifestyle that most of us would only see in the movies, Bryce Andrews left Seattle to work on the Sun Ranch in Montana, herding cattle and ultimately facing down the wolves killing the herd. His new memoir, Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West, paints a vivid picture not only of the landscape but of the choices that changed his life. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
Congressman John Lewis
For decades, Congressman John Lewis has been working for civil rights, from the march on Washington in 1963 to his work as a U.S. Representative for Georgia since 1987. Now in a move that might be unprecedentedly cool for an elected oﬃ cial, Lewis is releasing a graphic novel trilogy (collaborating with cowriter Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell) telling his story. The ﬁ rst installment of March covers his youth on a sharecroppers farm, days of segregation and his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. Noon. Free.
MONDAY, JAN. 20 Poetry on Broadway
Celebrating poetry as a performance event, the ﬁ rst Poetry on Broadway reading of the new year will feature acclaimed poets Rick Barot (The Darker Fall, Want) and Floyd Skloot (The End of Dreams, Approximately Paradise). Antoinette Hatﬁ eld Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8 pm. Free.
TUESDAY, JAN. 21 Gretchen Rubin
You may have recently made a long list of well-intentioned but certain-to-fail resolutions for the New Year. Wouldn’t it be easier if someone just told us what to do to be happy? Luckily, Gretchen Rubin is doing just that. Her bestseller The Happiness Project, blending memoir with psychological research, was followed by her new book, Happier at Home, which is fairly self-explanatory. Happiness achieved, right? Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Gary Shteyngart
In his younger days, due to a rampant streak of drug and alcohol abuse, acclaimed novel-
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12 Years a Slave
A Twelve Years a Slave was part of
a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolitionist movement. But Solomon Northup’s story was different. Born a free man, he led a comfortable life as a carpenter and violinist with his wife and children in upstate New York in 1841, when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Northup managed to regain his freedom 12 years later and soon published Twelve Years a Slave, which became a bestseller of its own. But at some point, Northup disappeared and his book fell out of print. Now, it’s little-known outside the halls of academia. All of which makes British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave an even more staggering revelation. The film is agonizing but not lurid, compassionate but not melodramatic, patient but still thrilling. McQueen exposes the full extent of slavery’s physical cruelty, from the endless hours of cotton-picking to the capricious acts of violence, as well as the system’s psychological toll. Chiwetel Ejiofor, with stoicism and crushing reserve, plays a man forced to keep his head down and feign illiteracy. Most impressive is that 12 Years a Slave does not feel like an ethical or educational obligation. While its instructive value is undeniable, this is also a rousing portrait, a morally complicated tale and a masterful work of art. It’s not perfect, but it comes damn close. R. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cinema 21.
20 Feet From Stardom
A- Life is unfair, and the music indus-
try is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and the other just another name in the liner notes, the history of pop would read much differently. Turning the spotlight on several career backup singers, Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom shows, with great warmth and color, what it might sound like. These are voices and personalities every bit as big as Tina’s and Aretha’s but that, through the vagaries of fate more than anything else, never made what Bruce Springsteen calls “the long walk” from the back of the stage to the front. Most are resigned to their roles in the musical ecosystem, content to have sacrificed their own aspirations for the sake of elevating the art itself. Whether that’s noble or a con, Neville never judges. He just lets them sing. And, in a more perfect universe, that would be enough. MATTHEW SINGER. Living Room Theaters.
C 47 Ronin’s most enjoyable moments
are also its most ludicrous. These include, but are not limited to: an attack from a roving beast that might generously be described as “mythical”; a shape-shifting witch helping a court official usurp his rival’s power, thereby springing the masterless samurai of the title into vengeful action; and a pep talk beginning with the words, “What I propose ends in death.” Keep in mind that Carl Erik Rinsch’s $175 million film is based on actual 18th-century events, happenings that presumably did not resemble Mortal Kombat or Princess Mononoke in the slightest. These fantastical elements are never acknowledged as such, which is probably a good thing. Any in-depth explanation of how and why the “half-breed” played by Keanu Reeves ended up exiled to a Dutch island, forced to fight a giant to the death, would only distract from the goofy spectacle of it all. All of which is a long way of saying that Rinsch’s take on one of Japan’s most famous stories is a curious folly, albeit an almost endearingly sincere (and strange) one that seems to revere its legendary source material as much as it distorts it. PG-13. MICHAEL NORDINE.
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C In About Time, writer-director Richard Curtis—who scripted Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill—tells yet another tale of a British bloke besotted with an American woman in London. Now, though, there’s a time-travel hook. Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mary (Rachel McAdams, returning to familiar ground after the high-concept Harlequin romance of The Time Traveler’s Wife) are the destined-to-be-happy couple. The twist is that Tim can visit the past without the pesky problem of running into younger selves. At first this conceit allows for one-trick-pony jokes as Tim benefits from do-overs of amorous mishaps—like erasing his fumbling with Mary’s front-clasp bra during their first tryst. But the movie ultimately spirals outward from its romcom roots to encompass family, birth, death and, natch, the meaning of life. As ever, Curtis’ brand of cleverness remains in the realm of the cute while tiptoeing around darker territory, hinted at in Tim’s momentary temptation to cheat on Mary with a formative crush. If you could constantly revise the past, how would this affect your morality? Alas, About Time doesn’t go down this enticing rabbit hole, remaining too committed to rutted sentimentality. R. KRISTI MITSUDA. Laurelhurst.
All Is Lost
B We all know Robert Redford too well. We know that, after nearly 50 years on the big screen, Redford the man is not an investigative journalist, a gadabout sidekick or a dark-horse power hitter. He is, however, a mildly eccentric and reclusive celebrity, one who might very well undertake a solo sailing trip around the world. As the only actor in All Is Lost, he does just that. Then, wood cracks and water rushes in. A shipping container has punched a hole in the hull, destroying the GPS and radio. He does his best to patch the hole, but it’s Redford vs. the world from here on out. The autobiographical parallels are striking, which is perhaps the reason Redford is out of the director’s chair and working with newbie J.C. Chandor, who became a rising star after 2011’s Margin Call. That movie thrilled with 24 hours inside an investment firm’s meltdown; All Is Lost does the same with much less. This is one man, alone, facing death. Redford is playing himself, and he’s not playing around. PG-13. MITCH LILLIE. Academy, Living Room Theaters, Laurelhurst.
A Director David O. Russell’s vision of
America has always been Winesburg, Ohio, hopped up on trucker speed: a place of frantic grotesques distorted by their own need. In his new film, American Hustle—loosely based on the Abscam federal bribery scandal of the 1970s—everyone from New Jersey’s mayor to federal agents to small-time con artists are so warped by ambition that integrity and even identity become expensive luxury items. The film is a balls-to-the-wall, unbridled love affair with homegrown bullshit and piss-taking. American Bullshit was, in fact, the working title of the film, and in bullshit, it would seem Russell has finally found his true subject matter. From the sincerely insincere, American Hustle builds genuine characters. The film’s establishing shot is brilliant in this regard: a humorously long sequence of Christian Bale’s potbellied con man, Irving Rosenfeld, gluing a toupee to his head. When meticulously permed federal agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) makes a move on Rosenfeld’s girl almost immediately thereafter, it’s an insult. When he musses his rug, it’s an unforgivable violation. It’s a wild pretzel of a plot: Rosenfeld and mistress Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) have been caught by DiMaso in an undercover sting and are forced to run con-
fidence rackets for the feds in order to nab other grifters. Halfway through the film, it’s unclear who’s conning whom, but it’s clear everybody’s conning themselves. This is the high wire that makes American Hustle so exhilarating, with the quick turns of a David Mamet or Howard Hawks fast-talkie. Really, it’s the sort of flick we’ve rarely seen since the ’40s: a farce with a heart. R. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sandy, St. Johns.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
B- It’s been nearly a decade since Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team graced the silver screen, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they never left. As soon as Ron himself announced the character’s return on Conan last year, he’s been everywhere. After a year of anticipation, we’d be forgiven for being sick of the hype. But oh, does Anchorman 2 contain some serious belly laughs, and the instant Ron (Will Ferrell) hits the screen reading nonsense news and exclaiming, “By the hymen of Olivia NewtonJohn,” goodwill returns. Where the first Anchorman marveled at the foreignseeming world of ‘70s network news, director Adam McKay’s sequel takes its cue from his buddy-cop flick The Other Guys, and he peppers the screwball, surrealist comedy with an actual message, taking aim at the decline of real journalism. This time, Burgundy and his team try to conquer the 24-hour cable-news cycle of the ’80s with alarmist weather warnings and baseless live reporting on car chases. They’re basically ushering in a protoFox News, and it works like gangbusters because, unlike the original, most of the laughs are derived from what we see every day. Anchorman 2 does contain some misses, particularly a bizarre and overlong second act in which Ron leaves the business for some soul searching. But keep in mind that this is still a mile-a-minute comedy that includes a man bottlefeeding a shark, investigative reporting that involves taste-testing street drugs, condoms made of mongoose hair, and the theme song from Xanadu as an aphrodisiac. It’s good to have Ron Burgundy back, even if he kind of overstays his welcome. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Movies on TV.
August: Osage County
C In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter dinosaurs go at it, expect things to break: mostly dinner plates, but also hearts, eardrums and any shred of goodwill that survives in this seriously twisted family. Alongside all that destruction, don’t be surprised if your patience breaks as well. This screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play operates at such a consistently high pitch that it numbs rather than blisters. The film finds a family reunited in northern Oklahoma following the death (it’s presumed a suicide, and we can hardly blame him) of Beverly Weston, a harddrinking poet. His wife, Violet (Streep), suffers from mouth cancer, but that doesn’t stop her from spewing endless streams of bilious invective at her three daughters. Letts’ play won raves for its ability to imbue soap opera-style revelations with fiery humor, but John Wells’ directorial hand is so weak that the film just plays as a succession of histrionic showdowns. Streep exceeds even her own stratospheric standards for scenery-chewing, purloining any sense of surprise from her character. As the oldest daughter, Roberts fares somewhat better, with a few moments so arrestingly aggressive you might forgive what’s come before. But then another dinner plate shatters and, with it, any sense of charity. R. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Hollywood Theatre, Moreland, Oak Grove, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
A- As soon as Abdellatif Kechiche’s
Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered in Cannes last May, frenzied discussion engulfed the film. Whether people
found it exhilarating or exploitative, it seemed no one could shut up about this three-hour French saga about first love between two young women. The seven-minute sex scene monopolized much of the conversation, with a video montage that captures the responses of real lesbians eventually going viral. But for all the hooting—laudatory or incensed—it has unleashed, Blue Is the Warmest Color isn’t strident or demagogic. Instead, the film spends its 179 minutes slowly wringing you out like an old rag, until you’re finally tossed roughly over the line, depleted, devastated and stunned at what has just transpired. The film charts the evolution of the relationship between Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos, whose astounding performance will knock
the wind out of you), and Emma (Léa Seydoux), who is a few years older. From the initial moment the two lock eyes, their connection is as electric as the shock of blue through Emma’s hair. Sometimes that connection plays out explosively, as in the aforementioned sex scene, but there are far more scenes devoted to quotidian routines and banal conversation. As much as response to Blue Is the Warmest Color has focused on the depictions of lesbian sex, the characters’ sexual orientation isn’t the crux of the film. It’s more than incidental, but this isn’t a gay-rights drama. It’s an epic tale of love between two people who just happen to be women, and that’s
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BIBLE STuDy: A street preacher in Kampala.
GOD LOVES UGANDA Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East africa.
In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP— doesn’t see Churchill’s assertion as mere praise of the country’s natural beauty. The phrase is, in the words of one pastor, “a prophetic declaration.” According to IHOP, Uganda is a pearl to be harvested. That harvesting, as depicted in Roger Ross Williams’ engrossing documentary God Loves Uganda, takes the form of fervent proselytizing, with American evangelicals traveling to the East African nation to spread the Gospel. Not only do these missionaries—many of them rosy-cheeked 20-somethings, just like the magic underwear-clad kids in The Book of Mormon—sermonize about salvation through Jesus, but also about the sin and “sexual insanity” of same-sex relationships. Williams makes the convincing argument that this imported brand of conservative Christianity has fueled homophobia in Uganda, including a bill that would have mandated the death penalty for repeat same-sex offenders (a less severe version passed last month). The zealots in God Loves Uganda speak frankly about moving into the political and moral vacuum left in Uganda after dictator Idi Amin was deposed in 1979. Africa, they say, is fertile ground for their radical missions. But such fertile ground easily becomes a dumping place for dangerous and often discredited ideologies, including those of Scott Lively, former leader of an Oregon anti-gay group who will stand trial for crimes against humanity for his homophobic activism in Uganda. Also alarming is Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan pastor who sprinkles his sermons with graphic footage of gay fetish porn as he rails against President Obama and his congregants pound the floor. Yet even more unsettling than these whack jobs are the naive Americans who travel to Uganda to gape at the primitive outhouses and warn rural villagers of a fiery hell. At one point, they try to preach to a group of Muslim vendors far more interested in selling them chicken skewers than in being sold the Bible. (Wait’ll you hear what one of the Americans says when he realizes they’ve failed—the line, which blurs all sorts of religious boundaries, is too good to spoil here.) Such scenes provide levity, but this remains a thoroughly sobering film, and no more so than when we glimpse the funeral of LGBT rights activist David Kato, who was clubbed to death in 2011. That the funeral of a man who advocated peace and tolerance nearly became a brawl tells us all we need to know about the real crusade that must be waged. REBECCA JACOBSON. B SEE IT: God Loves Uganda plays at the Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan. 17-19.
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hopefully what will allow it to endure. nC-17. REBECCA JACOBSON. Living Room Theaters.
B Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine isn’t
so much a fish-out-of-water movie; it’s a horse-with-a-broken-leg-in-water movie. You know how this thing’s going to end. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is a rarefied, half-delusional socialite tossed roughly down the slopes of her husband’s financial pyramid scheme after he is arrested. She lands in a strangely Bronx Guido version of San Francisco inhabited by her lowrent sister Ginger (played with wonderful sympathy by Sally Hawkins). Blanchett’s performance is fascinating. She’s an Ingmar Bergman figure yanked straight out of Tennessee Williams: brittle, high-bred, wellguarded against reality but wretchedly vulnerable, snapping back and forth between high-class snob and raving drunk. Blanchett can, in the span of seconds, transform her face from well-composed regality into a grim slur. Jasmine adapts to the poor life, needless to say, badly. In an effective side plot, Louis C.K. plays a seemingly self-effacing stereo technician who briefly steals Ginger away from Chili. C.K., it should be noticed, also picked up Allen’s old film editor, the incomparable Susan E. Morse, for his TV show, Louie. Maybe Allen should steal her back. Because while Louie drifts beautifully between absurdity and sentimentality, Blue Jasmine cannot reconcile its broad comedy and pathos into coherence. All the more impressive, then, that Hawkins’ and Blanchett’s twinned performances still manage to pick up most of the pieces. PG-13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Laurelhurst.
The Book Thief
story behind the new Tom Hanks movie, Captain Phillips, because you heard it first from the helmet-haired hagiographers of cable news. Back in 2009, four Somali pirates boarded a freighter and kidnapped its captain, Richard Phillips (played in the movie by Hanks). They kept him for five days on a lifeboat, demanding a ransom of $10 million, then got their brains blown out of their skulls by Navy SEALs. In outline form, the politics of the plot are problematic for a film: It is the heroic triumph of superior, mostly white American forces against amateurish, violent African criminals. But Paul Greengrass’ film is no Black Hawk Down. Whenever the Navy SEALs emerge, they are seen in blank silhouette, accompanied by the ominous music of alien assault. They look like a machine built only for death. It’s an interesting choice by Greengrass: Why won’t he let you just root for Tom Hanks and the Navy and then cheer at the end? Instead, we observe the inevitable violent death of the only real characters in the film: the pirates themselves. Though shot with an eerie, disciplined neutrality, this is perhaps the most compassionate piece of filmmaking I’ve seen this year. PG13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Eastport, Clackamas.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cheeseburgers, falling from the sky! Again! PG. Academy, Kennedy School, Milwaukie, Valley.
Dallas Buyers Club
A The first time Matthew
McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club, the reflex is to gasp. That carved-from-amber beach bod has been whittled down to a toothpick. It’s a transformation mirroring that of McConaughey’s career over the past year: The rom-com lothario has withered away. In his place arrives a performer at his peak, in a role that better damn well win him an Oscar, as an AIDS activist the movies have never seen before: a shit-kicking, homophobic redneck. That redneck actually existed, too. In 1985, Ron Woodroof, a Dallas electrician, bull rider and pussychasing, coke-snorting degenerate, became one of the rare straight men in the early years of the AIDS epidemic to contract HIV. Frustrated by the grinding inertia of Big Pharma, Woodroof went to Mexico, where, with a cocktail of natural supplements and non-FDA-approved meds, he was nursed back to health. Figuring there was a great racket in AIDS drugs that actually worked, he returned to Texas with the drugs and opened a “buyers club.” Woodroof may have been an asshole, but he was an asshole whose instinct for self-preservation eventually helped extend the lives of millions of better people. And, in the face of a plague, that’s worth more than one jerk’s enlightenment. R. MATTHEW SINGER. Cinema 21, Eastport.
Despicable Me 2
C This sequel to 2010’s blockbuster
adds Kristen Wiig as high-spirited love interest and expands the animated repertoire to encompass 3-D thrills, but the story itself, which shoehorns Gru into the service of a global superspy league for the flimsiest of reasons, arrives packed with exposition and shorn of coherency while allowing precisely no opportunities for expression of the dastardly hubris that named the franchise. Gags either pander to the target audience’s fart-joke triggers or inanely reference past cartoons— allusions to Carmen Miranda’s fruittopped headwear evidently still forced upon children no longer familiar with old movies or South American-themed floor shows (or perhaps even fruit)— without any trace of genuine wit or verve. The one bright spot is the the slapstick camaraderie of Gru’s minions. All unblinking eye and bristling energy, there’s an anarchic zest to their headlong confusion that happily overwhelms each scene. As importantly, only when commanding those little yellow creatures does Gru truly reclaim his voice. PG. JAY HORTON. Academy, Valley.
A horror movie that sounds like a mashup of Paranormal Activity and Rosemary’s Baby. Not screened for Portland critics. R. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.
B- There’s no denying that Orson
Scott Card’s political and anti-gay views are worse than cockeyed. Still, Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Card’s 1985 sci-fi novel deserves notice: It makes clear how salient and eerily prescient the author used to be, back before he was equating Obama with Hitler. Much in the same vein as The Hunger Games—and, of course, The Lord of the Flies long before it— Ender’s Game taps into the brutality and ruthlessness of which children are capable. In this speculative future, Earth is at war with the Formics, an alien insectoid race, and children have become the military’s best shot at victory. The fact that the complex computer games and zero-gravity exercises (realized through some impressively understated CGI) leave the kids increasingly desensitized doesn’t seem to cost their commanding officers (Harrison Ford and Viola Davis) any sleep. Ford’s Colonel Graff uncovers a potentially sociopathic Skywalker to wage an all-too-familiar “war to prevent all future wars” in loner Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield). Continuing to display a remarkable aptitude for portraying isolated characters, the otherworldly Butterfield is just as compelling here as he was in Hugo. Hood keeps a firm handle on the film’s somber tone, ensuring we’re never once at ease with the
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C Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel The Book Thief follows Leisel, an illiterate daughter of communists who is sent to live with caretakers in a German village during World War II. Her sympathetic adoptive father teaches her to read and initiates her into the vivid and polemic world of words, which becomes the central theme of the book. Unfortunately, Brian Percival’s film adaptation, starring Sophie Nélisse as Leisel and Geoffrey Rush as her father, gets bogged down by too many subplots that are never fully fleshed out. And then there’s the fact that a bemused, chortling Grim Reaper narrates the film, reminding viewers that they “are all going to die one day” in the same tender manner that a parent might tell their children that Santa Claus isn’t real. Indeed, the garish theme of death is too stark a contrast to the warm, fuzzy glimpses of childhood and innocence. The Book Thief does offer the fresh perspective of German civilians during Hitler’s Third Reich, but for the most part, this is yet another example of a brilliant book falling victim to the big screen. PG-13. GRACE STAINBACK. Laurelhurst.
A- You probably already know the
sadistic environment. PG-13. CURTIS WOLOSCHUK. Academy, Milwaukie, Mt. Hood, Valley, Laurelhurst.
A- Watching Nicole Holofcener’s
Enough Said is a bit like watching any romantic comedy—provided you’re hung over and bleary-eyed and vulnerable, a little raw from the weight of life. Which is to say, it’s a bit less like the comedies of film and a bit more like the comedies that occur in life, with laughter a balm for tart failure and for the embarrassment of naked hope. In Enough Said, you’re going to get a huge sitcom-caliber calamity: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new best friend (Catherine Keener) turns out to be the embittered ex-wife of her new lover (James Gandolfini). But the ridiculous triangle—though unnecessarily protracted—is drawn with lines so jagged and tentative it feels formed to the shapes of the characters, rather than vice versa. The film is a rare thing: a portrait of middle-aged romance that feels genuine in its baby steps and lurches, the hesitations of people out of practice. Louis-Dreyfus’ comedy is rooted in missed opportunity and sudden regret, Keener’s often in the brittle judgment of the alpha female. Gandolfini’s? Apparently it comes from love. In his final role, he shows a tenderness and good-natured humor that imbues the film with an extra layer of pathos: that we will not know him this way again. One of his last lines in the film is “I’ve missed you.” Well, I’ll miss him, too. PG-13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Valley, Laurelhurst.
Fire in the Blood
[TWO DAYS ONLY] A documentary from Dylan Mohan Gray about how Western pharmaceutical companies prevented access to affordable AIDS drugs, especially in Africa, to keep their profits high. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday and 1:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 17 and 19.
B While we wouldn’t quite call Free Birds a good idea, there are so many children’s pics waiting to collide at the Christmas line of scrimmage that any cartoon set during November (even a mismatched pair of turkeys traveling through time to steer the first Thanksgiving away from poultry) seems, well, smart business. Helmed by Horton Hears a Who! vet Jimmy Hayward and voiced by an enviable troupe of A-listers, the resulting feature arrives with sweeping inoffensiveness and large personalities. Woody Harrelson’s grizzled self-satire as a Turkey Liberation Front radical might actually comfort both sides of the vegan divide. If we must watch another iteration of an adorably feckless fellow wooing an officious overachiever, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler know the roles pretty well. For a production so strictly manufactured, there’s an addled comedic sensibility given blessedly free range. Children won’t understand any of the jokes, of course, but this isn’t really a kid’s movie. The nimble tiptoe past racially sensitive issues and the Brueghelian tint of the computer animation tend toward the dully ominous, and the only interesting character development plays strictly for adults. Neither kids nor parents will be happy, exactly, but that’s not the point of Thanksgiving. We gather together, ignore the dry white meat, and load up on the stuffing. PG. JAY HORTON. Milwaukie.
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B Widely hailed as a return to the classic animated features of yore, Frozen arrives as an uncomplicated triumph of traditionalism, for better or worse. A musical-theater retelling of classic Hans Christian Andersen tale The Snow Queen, hidebound Disney preservationists were worried the decidedly modern title foretold the goofy revisionism of 2010’s Rapunzel fan-fic Tangled. But there’s a far easier explanation for the name change: Once again, it’s all about the princesses. Kristen Bell’s Anna takes center stage as a rambunctious royal eagerly awaiting the social possibilities accompanying her older sister’s imminent coronation. Orphaned at a
young age and isolated by a sibling whose flourishes of wintry magic are only restrained through staunch emotional unavailability, Anna thrills at the prospect of first love: One lyric snickers, “Why have a ballroom without any balls?” Compared to the pandering messiness of most kids’ movies, there’s plenty to excite the family-friendly faithful. Widescreen 3-D visuals sculpt an endlessly inventive setting of ice palaces and snowcapped peaks, the original songs written by veterans of Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon soar and tickle as needed, and snowman sidekick Olaf giddily beats back the encroaching melodrama. It’s the sort of Disney film even Disney barely makes anymore, as majestic and problematic as a sudden snowfall, and, like all blizzards of youth, we’ll mourn its passing. PG. JAY HORTON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Indoor Twin, Movies on TV, Sandy.
A- Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity begins
with a staggeringly brilliant and mesmerizingly staged 17-minute single take, which manages to encapsulate every single feeling the rest of the film will instill in its viewers: tranquility, warmth, peace, trepidation, nervousness, endearment, wonder and, most of all, fear. With Gravity, Cuarón and his screenwriter son, Jonas, take on the most primal fear possible, that of being lost in an abyss of nothingness. The film features only two actors, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Their simple space-station repair mission turns into a nightmare as debris from a destroyed satellite tears their shuttle to shreds and they’re left hopelessly adrift with a dwindling supply of oxygen. We, like the characters, are stuck, watching the events as they unfold, mostly in real time, and gasping for our collective breath as the oxygen meter slowly runs out. It is perhaps the most stressful experience to be had in a movie theater this year, and as such it’s nearly perfect. Bullock exudes terror and strength in her difficult role. Clooney, here playing a supporting piece of space debris, becomes the film’s sense of calm and functions as much-needed comic relief. It’s impossible to even consider relaxing as the characters drift from one scrape with death to the next over the course of 90 unrelenting minutes. But it’s in the brief lulls that Cuarón manages his most amazing feats, allowing us to stop and stare in awe at the beauty of the images onscreen. The film is as haunting and beautiful as it is brilliant. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Empirical Theatre at OMSI, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Movies on TV.
The Great Beauty
A The Great Beauty begins with a
cannonball, followed closely by a heart attack, and concludes with a 104-yearold toothless nun crawling on her knees up the steps of a church. Paolo Sorrentino’s luxuriously sprawling film is both enchanted and repulsed by the decadence it depicts, a tension that makes for one of the richest cinematic experiences of the year. At the center is Jep Gambardella (a wondrous Toni Servillo), a 65-year-old hedonist who wrote an acclaimed novel as a young man and now spends his days (and nights) living large in Rome. Toward the beginning of the film, he learns that his first love has died, which jolts him down a path of grief, nostalgia and, because he’s at times a pompous cad, pride. That journey is a sensuous feast, scored by haunting choral music and techno mariachi, and marked by appearances by washed-up socialites, a blue-haired dwarf, vanishing giraffes and dreadful performance artists, including a woman who runs naked and blindfolded into a stone wall. The loosely connected vignettes can meander, but taken together they compose a fascinating portrait of Berlusconi’s Italy, one that is too consumed by orgiastic terrace parties and neverending conga lines to realize how stagnant it’s become. REBECCA JACOBSON. Living Room Theaters.
B+ And so there’s this computer. It’s
an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal sec-
jack ryan: shadow recruit retary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking. It seems to know you. You fall in love with her. She falls in love with you. Then she develops the capacity for jealousy. Eventually, you’re arguing about sex. She starts saying things like, “I’m becoming much more than they programmed.” Twenty years ago, this scenario would’ve played as a dystopian nightmare. But in the era of Catfish, where “dating” is an increasingly abstract concept, the premise of Spike Jonze’s Her can serve as the basis for an honest-to-goodness relationship drama. Her, the first film Jonze has written himself, isn’t another Charlie Kaufman mind puzzle, but its emotions are no easier to untangle, nor to categorize. Is it sci-fi? Horror? Satire? Or is a story about falling in love with binary code the only honest way to talk about modern romance? Credit Jonze for never mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s lonely former L.A. Weekly staffer-turned-emotional copywriter, even though he puts him in a ’stache-and-glasses combo out of a pedophile Halloween costume and gives him the exceptionally dweeby name Theodore Twombley. Thanks to Phoenix’s warm, subtly brave performance, his character doesn’t seem crazy. Scarlett Johansson voices the OS, and her husky rasp sounds livedin and imperfect. In other words, it’s distinctly human. Her is, perhaps, a movie that is easier to think about than to watch: It’s overlong, and prone to greeting-card proverbs. But its central thought is one that will only grow more significant as the world becomes a bigger, more alienating place: Is any feeling real, or are we just programmed that way? R. MATTHEW SINGER. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Roseway.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
B+ When last we saw Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his band of dwarves, they were headed to confront a dragon. But along the way, they also took an awful lot of time to do the dishes and sing songs seemingly stolen from Led Zeppelin. That was a central complaint about Peter Jackson’s first entry in his Hobbit trilogy, and it made fans wonder whether swelling J.R.R. Tolkien’s shortest book into three films would result in stagnation. That fear goes flying out the window like a decapitated orc head in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which justifies its nearly threehour runtime not by cramming in tons of story, but by allowing the action pieces to play out with the lunacy of an ultraviolent Looney Tunes short. And so we have our heroes floating downriver in barrels as a battle between elves and orcs rages overhead, and a freaky showdown with an army of spiders. It all leads up to a confrontation with the titular dragon, who instantly becomes the most terrifyingly beautiful winged beast ever put to film. It wouldn’t be a Tolkien film without the self-seriousness, but The Desolation of Smaug never loses its sense of fun, forgoing the confusingly labyrinthine setup of its predecessor in favor of watching its heroes escape ridiculous peril time and time again. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills,
Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Indoor Twin, Lloyd Center, Movies On TV.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
B While other young-adult novel adaptations preoccupy themselves with knockoff magic and chaste vampires, The Hunger Games series instead caters to the “adult” part of the equation. Taking what initially seemed like a watered-down version of Battle Royale, it has created a sprawling and very grown-up world for young audiences. With Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence further expands this post-apocalyptic universe where children are forced to slay one another in an annual gladiatorial event designed to tamp down discontent. This film finds heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her milquetoast cochamp Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on a “victory tour” through a country where the rich bathe in luxury while the poor undergo flogging and execution in what resembles WWII-era Russia. Fearing Katniss will become a symbol for a simmering rebellion, the president (Donald Sutherland) forces her back into the arena with even deadlier stakes. As with the first film, Catching Fire goes slightly flat once the actual Hunger Games commence. But in the lead-up to the most violent episode of Survivor imaginable, the director crafts a dense dystopia full of political allegory, media satire and other elements that most YA films consider their core audiences too dumb to handle. PG13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Movies On TV.
In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter
B [TWO NIGHTS ONLY] “I’m being sincere when I say I’ve never been driven,” says Saul Leiter. They’re surprising words from a photographer who produced such a compelling and cohesive body of work. Marked by bold colors set against gray cityscapes, Leiter’s work was shown at MoMA and commissioned for Harper’s Bazaar. In Tomas Leach’s documentary, we meet Leiter toward the end of his life—he died last November at age 89—as he looks through old keepsakes in his New York City studio, explores surrounding neighborhoods and goes to his local printer. “A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person,” Leiter says. Perhaps in an attempt to mimic Leiter’s photography, Leach laces his film with obscure compositions, showing the back of Leiter’s head behind stark architectural lines, and images of stagnant urban objects. At one point, he allows Leiter to muse philosophically about the curiosities of ordinary life while nothing but a half-empty coffee cup appears on the screen. But this approach lacks the revealing perspective of Leiter’s photographs. In No Great Hurry ultimately becomes a long Q&A, probably doomed to rest in the documentary section of Netflix, uncovered only by photo enthusiasts. LYLA ROWEN. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 15-16.
Inside Llewyn Davis
B+ Lovable losers abound in the films
of Joel and Ethan Coen. Even the most ardent admirer of Raising Arizona’s H.I. McDunnough or The Big Lebowski’s
the Dude would be hard-pressed to call either man conventionally successful. But that’s kind of the point: The old adage about loving someone for his flaws holds true in these cases. Keep that in mind when you meet the title character of Inside Llewyn Davis. A down-on-his-luck folk musician in 1961 New York City, Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) crashes on friends’ squeaky couches, gigs at the Gaslight Cafe and mills about while waiting for his big break. It isn’t much of a spoiler to say he’ll be waiting awhile. Witnessing all this unfold is, in a word, lovely. That may seem an odd way to describe such a bittersweet portrait of failure and disenchantment, but the Coens are experts in drawing out the bitter and the sweet in nearly equal measure. Inside Llewyn Davis continues in the sincere, unironic register established (surprisingly, to some) by their 2010 remake of True Grit, but that’s not to say it lacks their signature black humor. Ultimately, Inside Llewyn Davis is a one-man act, and we follow Llewyn almost painfully closely as he tries to improve his lot, or at least make sense of it. When he eventually sees the words “What are you doing?” written on a restroom stall, he seems genuinely taken aback. As the viewer, getting to share in Llewyn’s struggle to answer that question in any meaningful way is more than worth the accompanying sorrow. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. Fox Tower, Clackamas, CineMagic, Movies on TV.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Chris Pine takes over the role of Tom Clancy’s brilliant CIA analyst, traveling to Russia to stop an imminent terrorist attack. Screened after WW press deadlines, but look for AP Kryza’s review at wweek.com. PG13. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, City Center, Division, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies On TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy, St. Johns.
The Last Waltz
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, REVIVAL] Brew Masterpiece Theater returns with a boozy screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, in which the Band performs one last show with guests like Neil Young and Van Morrison. PG. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 17.
law in Johannesburg, helping establish the military wing of the African National Congress, enduring 27 years in prison—Justin Chadwick’s film isn’t savvy enough to investigate any of the more compelling narrative threads. Why did Mandela’s second wife, Winnie, grow increasingly radical even as her husband moved away from such tactics? How did political ideals butt up against pragmatic concerns during the negotiations for Mandela’s freedom? Instead, Chadwick cuts between stirring speeches and soft-focus flashbacks, with occasional context-free bursts of archival footage tossed in seemingly for the hell of it. Idris Elba, despite looking far too much like a linebacker to bear much of a physical resemblance to the real man, successfully adopts Mandela’s commanding presence and distinctive speech patterns, but he can’t save a film so hagiographic and uninspired. PG-13. REBECCA JACOBSON. Lloyd Mall.
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, REVIVAL] For the 10th year in a row, the Clinton Street Theater pays homage to the civil rights leader with a screening of King: A Filmed Record...From Montgomery to Memphis. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Monday, Jan. 20.
Nebraska to claim the million-dollar magazine sweepstakes prize Woody believes he’s won. Payne’s typically trenchant observations on humanity’s soft underbelly feel broad, perhaps due to his non-involvement in the script, a first. Instead, the film rests on lazy humor (get your overweight, mouth-breathing Midwesterners here!), forced provocations (crotch-flashing at a cemetery!) and ingratiating moments of father-son bonding (David and Woody recover lost dentures near the train tracks!). After unsparing takedowns of self-delusion in Citizen Ruth and Election, more forgiving assessments in About Schmidt and Sideways and the line-walking of The Descendants, it’s disappointing to see Payne succumb to sentimentality untempered by insight or depth. R. KRISTI MITSUDA. Living Room Theaters.
The Nut Job
Animated squirrels plan a heist of a nut store. Parents, try to keep the dick jokes to a minimum. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Hilltop, Lloyd Mall, Movies On TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood Stadium, Tigard.
Out of the Furnace
B+ From the outset, shades of Michael
C Alexander Payne has built his
brilliant career on examinations of pathetic characters—and I mean that literally, not pejoratively. In the blackand-white Nebraska, a combination Valentine and fuck-you to his home state, he continues this project, but to dishearteningly flat results. You can predict the emotional arc based on the premise alone: David (Will Forte) decides to accompany his near-senile father, Woody (Bruce Dern), with whom he has a fractious relationship, on a road trip from Montana to
Cimino’s Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter permeate Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace: images of Pennsylvania steel mills, a PTSD-addled young soldier forced into a world of underground violence, and, well, actual deer hunting. As Cimino did in 1978, Cooper portrays the terrible aftermath of violence and horror from the perspective of those who’ve perpetrated it. Out of the Furnace centers on two blue-collar brothers: the elder Russell (Christian Bale), an everyman
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C Reading about the true events that inspired Lone Survivor brought a tear to my eye. Watching Peter Berg’s movie made me queasy. The film centers on 2005’s failed Operation Red Wings—a mission to remove a highprofile Taliban target in the mountains of Afghanistan that instead resulted in the death of 19 American soldiers— and it lionizes its heroes while utterly demonizing their enemies. Berg clearly has nothing but reverence for the armed forces, but that admiration renders him incapable of portraying anything dispassionately: Lone Survivor has little more nuance than the average recruitment poster. The film aims to show the soldiers’ personalities via their response to the dire situation—they’re vastly outnumbered, with malfunctioning communications equipment and nowhere to go. It’s a battle-heavy approach that only occasionally works. We know these guys, played by Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. They are tough and fiercely loyal to one another, but the characterization largely stops there. It’s a Passion of the Christ-like flogging in which Berg shows every graphic detail of the soldiers’ ordeal, but examines nothing of what made them so impressive in the first place. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies On TV.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
C Arriving with morbidly perfect timing, this by-the-numbers biopic about the recently deceased South African leader tries for Gandhi greatness but fails to hit any sort of mark. Dutifully marching through a highlights reel of Nelson Mandela’s life— coming of age in the bush, practicing
FAKE OUT: In writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, an uptight art collector and auctioneer named Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) follows a windy path of unintended self-destruction. He’s a lonely man who has devoted his entire life to the beauty of art at the expense of real friendship, and his downfall begins when he receives a phone call from a mysterious stranger with a sultry voice who requests evaluation of her estate. Played by Sylvia Hoeks, Claire is a reclusive heiress, and it takes some deception on Oldman’s part to catch even a glimpse of her. The events that follow, including a May-December romance between Claire and Oldman, are laced with seduction and mystery. “Human emotions are like works of art,” says Oldman’s shady accomplice (Donald Sutherland). “They can be forged.” But while Oldman is a professional at sniffing out fake works of art, he’s not so skilled when it comes to appraising people’s motives. The film is visually lavish, set mostly in a neglected mansion filled with paintings and sculptures by old masters. Grounded by emotionally convincing performances, The Best Offer is a compelling mystery brimming with clues that simultaneously perplex and enlighten. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. B+ SEE IT: The Best Offer is rated R. It opens Friday at Living Room Theaters.
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who is involved in a horrific tragedy that lands him in prison; and Rodney (Casey Affleck), an Iraq War vet struggling to acclimate to civilian life who turns to bare-knuckle boxing in an attempt to make ends meet. Were the film to focus solely on the brothers, it would be a solid, if slightly dull, meditation on returning to a mundane existence after a life of extremes. Cooper’s ambitions go beyond that, and it’s not long before Rodney crosses paths with Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a lollipop-chomping, heroin-addicted hillbilly who runs a criminal empire amid the dilapidated trailers of the New Jersey mountains. Cooper, whose freshman film, Crazy Heart, coaxed a career-best performance out of Jeff Bridges, handles the expansion from quiet character study to mosaic thriller with panache. R. AP KRYZA. Academy, Edgefield.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Another tale of a family stalked by demonic forces. Not screened for Portland critics. R. Eastport, Clackamas, Movies on TV.
C- The hardest part about watching Philomena, a film based on the true story of an Irish woman’s search for the son she gave up for adoption 50 years previous, is accepting the amazing Judi Dench as a bumbling simpleton in the title role. “We don’t have Mexicans in England—we have Indians,” she excitedly explains to the Mexican-American cooks. If you can get over Dench as Grandma Goof—a role she plays as best she can—then Philomena stands on its own two feet. One of those feet is the enthralling, often emotional storyline. Philomena and Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a political journalist who’s taken on his first human-interest story, uncover secrets both cloistered in the nunnery where Philomena’s child was born and spread across America, where her son was taken as a child. Unfortunately, the other foot is the waiter-my-soup humor that Fawlty Towers made irrelevant four decades ago. A stuffy Martin plays off the oblivious Philomena and vice versa. After suggesting that Martin not print her real name in the story, Philomena asks, “What about Anne…Anne Boleyn? It’s a lovely name!” After the film ends, it’s Philomena’s story that sticks. Director Stephen Frears and company should be given credit only for staying out of the real Philomena’s way. PG-13. MITCH LILLIE. Cinema 21.
Ice Cube plays a cop who takes his prospective brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) on a 24-hour patrol through Atlanta. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, Division, Lloyd Mall, Movies On TV, Sandy.
Saving Mr. Banks
C Disney movies walk a fine line between warm-and-fuzzy feel-goodery and all-out cheese, but few straddle the line as frustratingly as Saving Mr. Banks. This is, after all, a film that casts Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself, struggling to get Mary Poppins made by awakening the inner child of prim, proper and persnickety British author P.L. Travers, played with eccentric hilarity by the great Emma Thompson. There’s considerable joy to be had in The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock’s depiction of 1960s Hollywood, and in watching Travers slowly seduced by the infectious songs that made Poppins a classic. Alas, Travers suffers more flashbacks than Timothy Leary. Each time the film hits a stride, we’re forced back to turnof-the-century Australia to witness her upbringing with her whimsically alcoholic dad (Colin Farrell, definitely playing to character). These endless flashbacks take the wind out of the film like a rip in a kite. For all its considerable joy and fantastic performances, Saving Mr. Banks gets greedy: It starts out tugging at the heartstrings but, with its strained sentimentality, eventually tears a ventricle. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport Plaza, Clackamas, Forest, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies On TV, Sandy.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
D+ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie for anyone prone to existential crises during soft-drink commercials. Based on James Thurber’s 1939 short story about a teenage punk rocker-turned-graying office drone with severe delusional psychosis (because one can only assume director-star Ben Stiller remained totally faithful to the source material), the film adopts a long-winded motto from Life magazine as its motivational taglinecum-greeting card message that can be easily distilled down to “Do the Dew, brah!” Spurred by a shitty new boss (Adam Scott with General Zod facial hair), love interest (Kristen Wiig, less phoning in her performance than texting it while in line at the post office) and spirit animal (Sean Penn), Stiller’s Mitty sets off to make his vivid daydreams into reality. Soon he’s bounding through airports to the tune of Arcade Fire, leaping out of helicopters, fighting sharks and skateboarding toward erupting volcanoes. The thing quickly blows up into an extended Super Bowl ad break—complete with promotions for eHarmony, Papa John’s, Cinnabon and whatever cellphone carrier has coverage in the Himalayas— with all the heart and genuine emotion that suggests. PG. MATTHEW SINGER. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Movies on TV.
Thor: The Dark World
C Thor is Marvel’s most unidentifiable character, but his first solo cinematic outing worked because of how hilariously batshit it was. 2011’s Thor was part goofball sci-fi epic, part fishout-of-water comedy set in smalltown New Mexico, anchored by Chris Hemsworth’s charmingly boyish performance. Thor: The Dark World is the God of Thunder’s first post-Avengers romp, and it reverses the formula, transporting Thor’s scientist girlfriend (Natalie Portman) to his psychedelic space kingdom. It shows us a world of rainbow roads, elves with bazookas and giant rock monsters…only to make us long to be back in New Mexico. There’s some nonsense about dark elves and a forced teaming up with Thor’s a-hole brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, great as always), but director Alan Taylor sucks all the fun out of the picture, creating a cornball drama that plays a lot like one of his episodes of Game of Thrones, minus the incest but with spaceships. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Laurelhurst, Academy, Edgefield, Milwaukie, Mt. Hood, St. Johns, Valley.
Walking With Dinosaurs
Giant dinosaurs POKING YOU IN THE EYE. PG. Clackamas, Movies on TV.
The Wolf of Wall Street
A Martin Scorsese’s best picture
since Goodfellas and his fifth with Leonardo DiCaprio is at once hilarious, terrifying, hallucinogenic, infuriating, awe-inspiring, meandering and, at three hours, utterly exhausting. It’s also (in this critic’s opinion) the best movie of the year, possibly DiCaprio’s finest work and the bitch slap that Wall Street deserves—even if the true but ludicrous story of financial criminal, stock-market juggernaut and rampant drug addict Jordan Belfort could inspire others to aspire to his level of douchebaggery. This is a man who makes Gordon Gecko seem like Mother Teresa. With his buddies, he runs roughshod over the financial well-being of rich and poor alike and creates for himself a world of drugaddled debauchery that makes Hunter S. Thompson’s escapades seem like a college freshman’s. Some may scoff at the runtime, or at the film’s episodic look into Belfort’s debauchery, but both just serve to further pummel you into submission as our “hero” glides through a privileged life with a steady diet of Quaaludes, cocaine, hookers, alcohol, sushi and hubris. Every moment counts. Every scene is frontloaded with hysterics and backloaded with dread. It is a modern masterpiece of excess, style and lunacy. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Hollywood Theatre, Lloyd Center.
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peking kong: The mythical creature from Mighty Peking Man.
RUN RUN AND HIDE THE SHAW BROTHERS’ LEGACY AND THE PORTLAND CONNECTION. BY aP kRYza
Without Run Run Shaw, the Wu Tang Clan might have been something to fuck with. Entering The Matrix would have been boring. Bill almost certainly wouldn’t have been killed—at least not with the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. And without Hollywood Theatre programmer Dan Halsted, much of Shaw’s legacy would reside in a Canadian landfill. When Run Run Shaw died this month at the tender young age of 106, he left behind more than 300 films from the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. For decades, the iconic head of the Shaw Brothers Studio oversaw what was essentially the MGM of Hong Kong. He worked on everything from kung fu to Chinese mysticism, from twofisted shoot-’em-ups to psychedelic freakouts, from horror to drama. For American audiences, though, much of it was the stuff of legend. Sure, you could listen to Quentin Tarantino spout off about the Shaw brothers whenever he emulated their signature blood sprays, but the majority of their studio’s films are kept in the Hong Kong Film Archive, not allowed to leave the premises. Many other prints were destroyed long ago. Which makes it even more incredible that Halsted, a grindhouse and kung fu fanatic, managed to come into possession of the largest private collection of Shaw Brothers films all because of a hunch. In 2009, he purchased a film canister containing a remarkably well-preserved Shaw trailer and a ticket stub marked “Shaw Theater” in Vancouver, B.C. After months of research, Halsted finally got in touch with Shaw’s niece, who was living abroad but still owned the abandoned theater on Vancouver’s skid row (the Shaws had theaters in Chinatowns all over North America). She sent Halsted a key, and he made his way north, where, strewn about beneath the theater’s stage, he found more than 200 original Shaw Brothers films. Halsted set about repairing and organizing the films—and then he donated all but about a dozen to the Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin cinema that runs its own archives and lends films to other theaters. By making that move—something most film collectors would never dream of doing—Halsted single-handedly preserved Shaw’s legacy in the
West, ensuring that original prints of films like Invincible Pole Fighter, Dirty Ho and Boxer’s Omen could be seen by a new generation of geeks. “It just amazes me that it happened,” says Halsted. “Once it was over, I was like, ‘What the fuck? That happened?’ It was like a dream.” A dream indeed. Without Shaw, it’s arguable that John Woo’s work would never have come to fruition (he got his start in the Shaw system). Films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon that pay homage to the studio’s mystical wuxia films may never have made it into the mainstream. Kill Bill, The Matrix, House of Flying Daggers, Ashes of Time and other cult darlings would be rudderless. And today, thanks to a local film nerd with a hunch, American audiences can return to the 36th Chamber over and over again. The Hollywood Theatre celebrates Run Run Shaw with a triple feature that includes King Kong knockoff Mighty Peking Man, plus two mystery films featuring wizard fights and kung fu. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. Additional Shaw Brothers screenings are planned. also showinG: The Hollywood launches its new Cinescopio series with Santo vs. the Mummies of Guanajuato. Santo is a luchador. The mummies are mummies. This is going to be amazing. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 16. The original Police Academy isn’t a great film, but it’s fucking Citizen Kane compared to Mission to Moscow. Laurelhurst Theater. Jan. 17-23. In Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog plays with penguins. That nothing horrible happens to them is a small miracle. 5th Avenue Cinema. Jan 17-19. Because you can never be too fucked up when watching Terry Gilliam’s amazing Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, check out this Beer Matinee, where your trip includes seven beer pairings that hopefully don’t include adrenochrome. Hollywood Theatre. 4:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 18. $25. Think you know everything about dust? Well, did you know there’s a German documentary called Dust that begs to differ? If that’s your thing, your weekend is all set. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 18. Speaking of weird Euro docs about boring stuff, you can also catch Swedish film cycle Biographies of Objects, which explores paper, glass, printing presses and, um…sorry. I dozed off. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 19. Celebrate Batman’s 75th anniversary with Gotham a Go Go, a screening of three extremely campy episodes of the Adam West TV series that we all secretly wish Christopher Nolan would remake. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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INTO THE WILD: Encounters at the End of the World plays Jan. 17-19 at 5th Avenue Cinema.
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2320 Lloyd Center Mall, 800-326-3264 RIDE aLOnG Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:00, 02:40, 05:20, 08:00 THE nUT jOB 3D Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 11:45, 04:45 THE nUT jOB Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 02:15, 07:15
Bagdad Theater and Pub
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-249-7474 HER Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 12:15, 03:30, 07:00, 10:15
616 NW 21st Ave., 503-223-4515 DaLLaS BUYERS CLUB Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:15, 07:00, 09:20 12 YEaRS a SLaVE Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:00, 06:45, 09:15 PHILOMEna Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:30, 07:15, 09:10
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St., 503-238-8899 GOD LOVES UGanDa FriSat-Sun 07:00 THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Sat 12:00 KInG: a FILMED RECORD... MOnTGOMERY
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Mission Theater and Pub
1624 NW Glisan St., 503-249-7474-5 InTERnaTIOnaL FLY FISHInG FILM FESTIVaL Sat 07:30
6712 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503236-5257 aUGUST: OSaGE COUnTY Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:30, 08:00
7229 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-282-2898 HER Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 01:30, 04:45, 08:00
St. Johns Cinemas
8704 N Lombard St., 503-286-1768 aMERICan HUSTLE FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:45, 08:45 jaCK RYan: SHaDOW RECRUIT Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:05, 07:30, 09:45
2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7919 InSIDE LLEWYn DaVIS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:30, 07:45, 09:55
Century 16 Eastport Plaza
4040 SE 82nd Ave., 800-326-3264-952 GRaVITY 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:20, 02:00, 04:25, 06:55, 09:30 CaPTaIn PHILLIPS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon 11:20, 04:55, 10:25 12 YEaRS a SLaVE Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 04:10, 10:30 DaLLaS BUYERS CLUB Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:00, 07:40 THE WOLF OF WaLL STREET Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:10, 04:15, 08:15 THE HUnGER GaMES: CaTCHInG FIRE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:30, 03:00, 06:40, 10:05 SaVInG MR. BanKS FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:50, 07:35 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLaTIOn OF SMaUG Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 02:35, 09:45 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLaTIOn OF SMaUG 3D Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 10:55, 06:10 FROZEn Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 10:50, 04:35, 10:10 FROZEn 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:55, 07:20 aMERICan HUSTLE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 12:20, 03:40, 07:05, 10:20 anCHORMan 2: THE LEGEnD COnTInUES Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 11:00, 04:45, 10:30
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Edgefield Powerstation Theater
846 SW Park Ave., 800-326-3264 FaST TIMES aT RIDGEMOnT HIGH SunWed 02:00, 07:00
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1219 SW Park Ave., 503-221-1156 FIRE In THE BLOOD Fri-Sun 01:30 DUST Sat 04:00 BROaDWaY DannY ROSE Sat 07:00 DOUBLE DOOR Sun 04:00 SUPERnaTURaL Sun BIOGRaPHIES OF OBjECTS Sun 07:00
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St. Johns Theater
8203 N Ivanhoe St., 503-249-7474-6 THOR: THE DaRK WORLD Fri-Sat-Mon-Tue-Wed 06:30 In a WORLD... FriSat-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:15 nFL LIVE Sun 01:00
Kennedy School Theater
5736 NE 33rd Ave., 503-249-7474-4 THE BOOK THIEF FriSat-Sun-Mon-Wed 07:45 CLOUDY WITH a CHanCE OF MEaTBaLLS 2 Fri-SatSun-Mon-Wed 05:30 In a WORLD... Fri-Sat-Tue-Wed 02:30
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510 SW Hall St., 503-725-3551 EnCOUnTERS aT THE EnD OF THE WORLD Fri-SatSun 03:00
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Legend Of Hercules, The 3D (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:45PM 7:45PM Legend Of Hercules, The (PG-13) 5:15PM 10:15PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:40PM 4:20PM 7:00PM 9:40PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:15PM 4:10PM 8:00PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 12:15PM 3:35PM 7:00PM 10:15PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:10AM 2:05PM 4:55PM 7:45PM 10:35PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 10:55AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (PG) 11:00AM 1:45PM 7:20PM Ride Along (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:45PM 5:15PM 7:45PM 10:15PM
Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 1:10PM 5:40PM 10:10PM Nut Job, The (PG) 10:55AM 3:25PM 7:55PM American Hustle (R) 12:40PM 3:50PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Anchorman 2 (PG-13) 4:30PM 10:30PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 11:30AM 2:45PM 5:50PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 1:15PM 4:45PM 10:00PM 1-Nenokkadine (NR) 9:00PM August: Osage County (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 11:00AM 8:15PM Her (R) 10:55AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 2:20PM 7:40PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:20AM 5:00PM 10:20PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:50PM 3:15PM 5:40PM 8:00PM 10:25PM
No A.M. shows Mon–Thur 12 Years a Slave (R) 4:10PM 10:30PM American Hustle (R) 12:20PM 3:40PM 7:05PM 10:20PM Anchorman 2 (PG-13) 11:00AM 4:45PM 10:30PM Captain Phillips (PG-13) 11:20AM 4:55PM 10:25PM (Runs through Monday) Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 1:00PM 7:40PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:00PM 2:25PM 5:00PM 7:25PM 9:50PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 1:55PM 7:20PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 10:50AM 4:35PM 10:10PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 2:30PM 8:00PM (Starting Tuesday 11:20AM 2:00PM 4:25PM 6:55PM 9:30PM) Her (R) 12:45PM 3:50PM 7:00PM 10:05PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The 3D (PG-13) 10:55AM 6:10PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 2:35PM 9:45PM
Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 11:30AM 3:00PM 6:40PM 10:05PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Legend Of Hercules, The 3D (PG-13) 11:10AM 4:35PM 7:15PM Legend Of Hercules, The (PG-13) 2:00PM 9:55PM Lone Survivor (R) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:10PM 10:15PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 1:30PM 9:00PM Nut Job, The (PG) 10:50AM 3:55PM 6:15PM Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R) 10:55AM 1:15PM 3:35PM 5:50PM 8:10PM 10:25PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 1:50PM 7:35PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:10PM 4:15PM 8:15PM
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2126 SW Halsey St., 503-249-7474-2 THOR: THE DaRK WORLD Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 06:00 OUT OF THE FURnaCE Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 09:00
5:15PM 10:40PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:20PM 5:00PM 7:40PM 10:20PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 12:05PM Legend Of Hercules, The (PG-13) 11:45AM 4:50PM 3:30PM 6:50PM 10:10PM 9:55PM Anchorman 2 (PG-13) 2:10PM 7:45PM Lone Survivor (R) 12:15PM 3:15PM 6:15PM 9:15PM August: Osage County (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:00PM 4:05PM 8:15PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:50AM 1:05PM Captain Phillips (PG-13) 11:35AM 10:25PM 2:30PM 3:50PM 5:10PM 6:35PM 7:50PM 9:15PM Inside Llewyn Davis (R) 12:10PM 10:30PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 6:55PM 10:10PM Legend Of Hercules, The 3D (PG-13) 2:20PM 7:20PM American Hustle (R) 12:45PM 3:55PM 7:05PM 10:20PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 2:00PM 7:00PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:20PM 2:40PM 5:05PM 7:25PM 9:55PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 1:15PM 4:10PM 7:15PM Her (R) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM 10:15PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The 3D (PG-13) Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (PG) 11:10AM 2:00PM 2:55PM 10:05PM 4:55PM 7:45PM 10:35PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 6:30PM Walking with Dinosaurs (PG) 11:55AM 2:15PM 4:35PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 1:40PM 9:50PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:30AM 4:30PM 9:30PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:05AM 4:20PM 7:10PM Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (R) 11:45AM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 3:00PM 5:25PM 8:00PM
Lone Survivor XD (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:40PM
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Whose enemy are you? Are you anyone’s adversary or obstructionist or least favorite person? Answer honestly, please. Don’t be in denial. Next question: Do you derive anything useful from playing this oppositional role? If your answer is yes, that’s fine. I won’t try to talk you out of it. Continue to reap the benefits of being someone’s obstacle. But if, on the other hand, you get little value out of this negative relationship, now would be a good time to change it. You have more power than usual to free yourself from being an antagonist. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You Tauruses are customarily more grounded than the rest of us. But this week, I’m wondering if you will be tempted to escape the laws of gravity and rebel against the call of duty. I suspect that your dreams, at least, will feature uninhibited forays into the wild blue yonder. While you’re sleeping you may float weightlessly in an interplanetary spaceship, become an eagle and soar over forests, wear a futuristic jet pack on your back and zip through the sky, sail across the Serengeti Plains in a hot-air balloon, or have a picnic on a cloud with a feast of cotton candy and sponge cake and mint tea. Would you consider bringing this kind of fun into your waking life? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): What part of your life is too small, and you want to make it bigger? Is there a situation that’s overly intense and dramatic, and you wish you could feel more light-hearted about it, less oppressed? Are you on a quest that has become claustrophobic, and you’d love to find a way to make it more spacious and relaxed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Gemini, there’s good news. Very soon now, you will have a close encounter with the magic you need to open what has been closed and expand what has been narrow. Be alert for it. Be crafty as you gather it in and harness it for your use. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In her poem “Catch a Body,” Ilse Bendorf says she dislikes the advice “Don’t ever tell anybody anything.” On the other hand, “Tell everyone everything” isn’t the right approach, either, she says. Judging from your astrological omens, Cancerian, I surmise that you’re wavering between those two extremes. You’re tempted to think you’ve got to do one or the other. Should you cultivate the power that comes from being silent, and keep people guessing about your true feelings? Or should you seek greater intimacy but risk giving away your power by confessing all your inner thoughts? I suggest you take a middle path. Tell the vivid truth, but carefully and incrementally. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If a substance has been burned, it can’t be burned again. There’s no flammable stuff left to feed a fire. That’s simple physics. Now as for the question of whether a person can be burned more than once -- we’re speaking metaphorically here -- the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Some folks don’t learn from their mistakes and don’t have enough emotional intelligence to avoid the bullies and manipulators who burn them again in the future. But I’m confident that you aren’t one of these types, Leo, or that at least you won’t be in the coming days. You may have been burned before, but you won’t be burned this time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year,” said author Peter Drucker. “People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” In general I agree with that assessment. But I think it needs to be altered for your situation in the coming months. Here’s the adjusted version of the formula: Virgos who don’t take risks in 2014 will make an average of 3.1 big mistakes. Virgos who do take risks in 2014 will make, at most, a half a big mistake. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “You know what the greatest tragedy is in the whole world?” asks novelist Terry Pratchett. “It’s all the people who never find out what it is they really want to do or what it is they’re really good at. It’s all the people who never get to know what it is that they can really be.” If that description applies to you even a little, Libra -- if you’re still not completely sure what you’re good at it and what you want to do --
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Flemish artist Jan van Eyck (1385-1441) was renowned for his innovative mastery of oil painting. He signed many of his works not just with his name but also with his motto: Als ick kan. Its idiomatic translation is “The best I can do.” What he meant was that he had pushed his talent and craft to the limit, and then stopped and relaxed, content that he had given all he could. I invite you to have a similar attitude as you wrap up the projects you’re currently involved in, Aquarius. Summon all your passion and intelligence as you create the most excellent outcome possible, but also know when to quit. Don’t try too hard; just try hard. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s an excellent time to rise up and revolt against conventional wisdom. I urge you to immunize yourself against trendy groupthink as you outwit and outmaneuver the status quo. Have fun and activate your playful spirit to the max as you create workarounds to the way things have always been done. At the same time, Pisces, stay acutely attuned to your compassion and common sense. Don’t be a quarrelsome intransigent. Don’t be rebellious just to please your ego. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to pull off a graceful insurrection that both soothes and stimulates your soul.
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