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INBOX A DIFFERENT KIND OF VOODOO I have worked at Voodoo Doughnut for about nine months, so when I saw my friends had linked your article about my workplace, I was eager to read it [“The Hole Story,” WW, Jan. 15, 2014]. While the author, Pete Cottell, is certainly a good writer and captured the spirit of Old Town (the homeless, street kids and junkies), I was very disappointed by the lies and what amounts to slander I found sprinkled throughout the story. I’m not going to pretend that we aren’t gimmicky and immature. I just have to say that Cottell fabricated most of his interesting “facts” about the “truth” of Voodoo. My biggest concern is the way he portrayed my co-workers and managers, who may have been, at worst, dismissive of him because they don’t know him, but were most likely gracious and friendly. He makes the employees out to be holierthan-thou hipsters, though I’ve never met a nicer or more close-knit group of nonjudgmental individuals in any workplace, and he paints our managers as capitalist scum who only care about the bottom line. None of this is true. Voodoo is a very positive environment. Managers never elevate themselves above employees; they are decent people who occasionally have to correct mistakes we make to meet policy, which is admittedly pretty lax. Hell, I play Dungeons & Dragons with several of my managers weekly, as we are all friends, and I share a rented music space with five Voodoo workers. The crew is made up of very hard workers who have a fun time while doing a job that is essentially fast-paced monotony. People do occasionally get fired, but in my time at Voodoo,

With regard to how the Pearl District got its name—I heard it was named after the original developer’s favorite slave. —Leon You’re a laugh riot, Leon. Ordinarily, a letter like yours would never see print—I’d simply (a) alert the laugh-riot police, (b) let them disperse you with laughing-gas grenades, seltzer cannon and rubber-chicken bullets, and (c) get back to freebasing Rogaine. Today, though, your letter allows me to revisit the Pearl District-naming controversy (“Dr. Know,” WW, Jan. 1, 2014), in which there have been important new developments. I know it may be difficult to imagine that this column—the Northwest’s leading promulgator of the word “boner”—might be in the position of correcting the historical record, but bear with me. You’ll recall that the accepted Pearl Districtnaming story is that gallery owner Thomas Augustine casually dropped the phrase in a 1980s interview with an unspecified “travel magazine,” 4

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that has only been due to lateness, drunkenness during a shift, or leaving reefer scattered around the bathroom. Management is not the ax-happy goon squad Cottell makes them out to be. Many new employees quit soon after being hired, unable to keep up with the pace, but it isn’t because management intimidated them into it or even suggested it. In my nine months working here, Voodoo Doughnut has given me two 50-cent raises, already more than I received in the 2½ years I spent at my last job. I can count on another 50-cent raise soon. Last holiday season, the owners gave all the workers a $1 raise to thank them for their hard work. Every year, the owners close up the shop and fund an extravagant party for their workers. It’s coming up soon; perhaps you’d like to send someone to attend and get the truth behind the people you don’t seem to mind libeling. We also receive decent health benefits and are often reminded to take our mandatory breaks, which I have never had at previous jobs. Basically, Cottell doesn’t work at Voodoo anymore because he didn’t want to keep up and couldn’t get along with his co-workers, which seems par for the course, considering he admits to having cycled through 20 different jobs since he started working. I hate to see him painting my co-workers as despicable airheads and my managers as slave drivers just because he has a negative worldview. William V. Horton 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:

and it spread like wildfire from there. It now seems that someone was pouring gasoline on that fire. “I dare say I’m the one who made the name popular,” says Terry Hammond, editor and publisher of the now-defunct Rose Arts Magazine. A March 1987 story in Rose Arts called “The Pearl District” appears to be the first mention of Augustine’s coinage in print, and Hammond says he wrote it with the express purpose of getting the name to stick. Hammond, who acknowledges the name helped his magazine sell ads, says he stumped hard for “Pearl District” with neighborhood businesses. The turning point may have been in September 1987, when organizers of a planned annual fair agreed to call it the Pearl Arts Festival. When the name turned up in Sunset magazine the following year, Hammond knew he was home free. “I thought, ‘Yes! Literature does work!’” Ah, the printed word, making a difference in people’s lives. Those were the days. QUESTIONS? Send them to

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Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge Known as the “Mother of Equal Suffrage” and “the pioneer woman suffragist of the great Northwest,” Abigail Scott Duniway dedicated herself to social justice, education and family welfare.


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“Cascadia” takes its name from the Cascade Range and its snow-capped mountains, which provide a scenic backdrop along much of the Willamette River Valley.


Tillicum Crossing Transit Bridge, Bridge of the People “Tillicum” is a word in Chinook jargon that means people, tribe and relatives— not chiefs. With the passage of time, it has also come to mean friendly people and friends.


Wy’east Transit Bridge “Wy’east” is the original name of Mt. Hood. A Native American story tells of the Great Spirit Sahale, who erected Mt. Hood in honor of his son Wy’east.

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URBAN GROWTH: The Legislature looks at local land-use deals. 7 COVER STORY: $96 million later, what has the city done to help Lents? 9


ALL THE NEWS 55% OF TAXPAYERS DESERVE. N. Christian Anderson III arrived as The Oregonian’s publisher in 2009 with a bold idea to change the way the newspaper looked: He wanted a tabloid-style format with stapled pages. The presentation, which The O calls the compact edition, initially sputtered with advertisers. Anderson has finally won the day. The paper announced Jan. 22 that by April 2 it will convert all sections to 11-by15-inch stapled pages (like its weekly Home and Gardens of the Northwest section). The format change means the newspaper’s Metro section will be folded together with national news while Sports will remain its own section. It’s the paper’s boldest design change in decades, and the biggest strategic move in print since the paper went digital-news first in October after laying off nearly one-fourth of its news staff. “For 163 years, The Oregonian has changed to keep pace with the needs and expectations of our readers and advertisers,” Anderson said. “Our latest redesign is just the next step in the paper’s ongoing evolution.”


Nearly half of the city still hasn’t paid its Portland Arts Tax. The Portland Revenue Bureau tells WW that 55 percent of the city’s population has ponied up. (The number of people actually required to pay is fuzzy, since Mayor Charlie Hales added a slew of exemptions last summer.) Portland officials this month have distributed $3.5 million of the $7.8 million collected to local schools and arts organizations—even though two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the 2012 voter-approved tax are ongoing (“Murmurs,” WW, Jan. 15, 2014). Revenue Bureau director Thomas Lannom says he expects more people to pay once the Arts Tax is added to tax-preparation software such as TurboTax. “No tax-collection program collects all taxes owed,” he says, “and especially new programs.”



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As first reported by, the Multnomah County Republican Party promoted a raffle of an AR-15 rifle by linking itself to the values of President Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.—both assassinated by gunmen—at its annual Lincoln Day dinner event Feb. 15. The subsequent outcry caused the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral to tell the party to find another venue for its dinner. The backlash led to a small GOP retreat, but not an apology, as some media reported. “We apologize if people were hurt by the message being marred by insufficient wording and/ or cynical misinterpretations by those who disagree with us politically,” read a county GOP statement. It added this: “The great political issue today is whether or not the American people of all creeds and races will live free or live as slaves— slaves to their own overreaching government.” Read more Murmurs and daily scuttlebutt.


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Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and directs solid waste disposal in the tri-county area. But in February, fed-up lawmakers will threaten the regional government’s primary reason to exist—its management of how and where the Portland region can grow. Metro made its last decision to expand the region’s urban-growth boundary in 2011, shifting the lines in Washington County so developers could build factories, offices, stores, homes and schools on rural land. That decision can increase land values tenfold. Metro’s 2011 boundary change triggered a dozen legal challenges in the Oregon Court of Appeals. It could take years to settle the questions. The unprecedented move to wrest authority from Metro and the courts and put it in lawmakers’ hands is coming from Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville). He wants legislators in the February session to declare Metro’s 2011 decisions sufficient under state law, nullifying the legal challenges. “Without spending a dollar, the state of Oregon can spur $400 million in economic development,” Davis said at an interim legislative hearing Jan. 16. In Oregon, land-use planning is primarily a function of local government. But if Davis has his way, it could set a precedent trumping Metro’s decisions and allowing legislators from all of Oregon to shape Portland-area

development patterns. Davis says he got involved at the behest of the Beaverton School District, which desperately needs a new high school but can’t build it until the land-use fight is settled. He also is hearing from developers, who have hundreds of new homes planned, and Washington County cities, which want the growth and tax revenues the urban-growth boundary expansion would bring. “To save our land-use system you sometimes have to step in to make sure it works,” Davis says. “When it bogs down and doesn’t work, that’s where the public says let’s scrap the whole thing.” Critics say allowing lawmakers either to approve or override Metro’s decisions would undermine the state’s land-use system. “That would be essentially declaring a baseball game over at the end of the eighth inning,” says Jason Miner, executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, a land-use advocacy group that is one of the appellants. State law requires Metro to evaluate the UGB every five years and make sure it includes a 20-year supply of developable land. In 2010, Metro focused that process on Washington County, especially in the Helvetia area, north of Sunset Highway. In the past, Metro had simply declared which properties would be moved inside the growth boundary. But the previous processes had been so controversial, Metro in 2011 decided to change the rules. The agency divided lands into two new categories: “urban reserves” and “rural reserves.” Urban reserves would be eligible for inclusion in the growth boundary, but rural lands could be ineligible for decades. The agency then selected 1,985 acres—including the site where Beaverton

wants a high school and prime farmland that conservationists want to protect— for inclusion in the growth boundary. The idea was to simplify future growth-boundary decisions by limiting lands available for selection. But the approach seemed to satisfy no one. So before the first shovel of dirt gets turned, the Oregon Court of Appeals says it must decide whether Metro’s creation of urban and rural reserves was legal—before it rules whether the agency properly expanded the boundary. Rep. Davis, a lawyer, says he respects the Court of Appeals’ role but notes Metro is set to begin another urbangrowth boundary process next year even as the 2011 decisions remain tied up in court. Although Metro is a whipping boy for some Republicans, Davis says his concerns are practical, not ideological. He says Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) will co-sponsor his bill. Plus, Davis says, his bill would simply ratify what Metro has done, not overturn it. “This is unique,” he says. “We would be validating their process and decision.” The Metro Council has declined to take a position on Davis’ bill. But Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, a former 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director, takes a hard line. Stacey argues once the Legislature starts meddling with Metro’s decisions, no local land-use decisions are safe from lawmakers. “It is entirely inappropriate for the Oregon Legislature to make a land-use decision,” Stacey tells WW. “That authority has been delegated to local governments.” But Metro Council President Tom Hughes says current delays caused by the appeals are unacceptable. He understands developers, school districts and local governments want to move ahead with growth Metro has approved but are instead stuck “twiddling their thumbs while the region enjoys growth and a resurgence in the housing industry.” Hughes says he’s open to a bill that speeds up the process. “It’s frustrating that once we’ve put in the monumental work as a region, the courts take 18 to 24 months to rule,” he says. “If the Legislature could do something about timing, that would be fine with us.” Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014





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the city poured $96 million into reviving lents. Where’s the rebirth of this east portland neighborhood? by aa ron mesh


In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.” The mayor wants the Portland Development Commission, the city’s urban-renewal agency, to select a handful of neighborhoods where it might shape new shopping districts, new places to live and—most of all—a new sense of identity. “Who else is in the place-making business?” Hales told WW in October. “Pick a few sites where you think you can make projects happen, and do the deals. We’ve got to rebuild those muscles.” It’s part of an evolving agenda for a mayor who in his first year has yet to show many accomplishments. It’s an idea that appeals to Portland’s sense of neighborhood livability. But as Hales should know, it’s also a strategy fraught with risk. Look no further than Lents. In 1998, the Portland City Council, led by then-City Commissioners Hales and Jim Franscesconi, told the PDC to focus on Lents, a poor and struggling neighborhood nicknamed “Felony Flats” that stretches east from Southeast 82nd Avenue to 122nd Avenue, and south from Southeast Powell Boulevard. Hales, Franscesconi and the other City Council members, including Mayor Vera Katz, promised to rebuild Lents as if it were its own small-town Main Street, with jobs, housing, retail, restaurants—a pumping economic heart to an area mired in blight, crime and despair. The city has spent $96 million since then. And as PDC officials acknowledge, the city has so far failed. “We don’t have a lot of successes to talk about on the commercial-revitalization front,” PDC executive director Patrick Quinton says of Lents. “I think that’s pretty apparent.” Meanwhile, the PDC bought up land, paid for housing and covered the cost of roads and sidewalk repairs. But it has also frittered away millions on redevelopment plans no one wants to build, relocating businesses that failed, spiffing up a no-tell motel, and building a forlorn, unused plaza in front of a pest-control company. After all that, there are no more places today in Lents that make you want to get out of your car, walk around and spend your money than before the city began its grand experiment. The city finds itself as the major landowner in Lents, sitting on 12 vacant acres. The PDC is even considering bringing in goats to graze on some of its property. As Hales tries to revive his place-making strategy, WW used the Oregon public records law to trace 16 years’ worth of spending in Lents to see what we got in return for that $96 million. Lents residents already know. “Most neighborhoods have main streets where you can go to the laundry, the grocery, to a clothing store, maybe a shoe store,” says Judy Welch, former chairwoman of the Lents Neighborhood Association. “We don’t have those. It never happened.”

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Piles of Plans Much has changed in Lents since 1996, the year the city produced the first plan to transform the Lents Town Center from a dilapidated business district into “the region’s showpiece.” Much has gotten better: Lents’ population grew by 12 percent, while violent crimes dropped, as they did across Portland. The MAX Green Line opened four stops in the urban-renewal area in 2009. But what hasn’t changed is the hole in the center of everything. The original plans called for a “town center” at the intersection of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road that consisted of a grocer, a community center, a bikerental shop and a bookstore—the streets lined by banners and flower pots and the shop windows shaded by trees and awnings. Instead, that intersection currently includes a fountain, a smoothie shop, a gas station and perhaps the neighborhood’s only landmark, a nightclub and off-track betting parlor called New Copper Penny. Over the past 16 years, the PDC has produced at least five more sets of studies for the so-called town center development—at a cost of $3.5 million spent on consultants, appraisers, artist renderings and feasibility studies. A portion of the tax money raised from the Lents area is dedicated specifically to paying for improvements. (For an explanation of how an urban-renewal area works, see sidebar below.) The PDC often offers subsidies to developers to induce them to come to urban-renewal areas, but could never attract private investment of any significance in Lents. John Southgate, who managed Lents’ urban renewal for the PDC from 2002 to 2005, says a big problem is geography. “The main streets serving the Lents Town Center are essentially the on- and off-ramp for [Interstate 205],” Southgate says. “It was always going to be more of a slog than what we had in mind.” In most cases, urban-renewal areas launch when developers are banging on the door to get in on deals. Not so in Lents. The City Council dove in without one. The reasons developers didn’t build in 1998 are the same reasons they aren’t interested now. Most people living in the area are renters, but retail developers are looking for homeowners. And Lents household earnings—the median income was about $44,000 a year in 2012—also haven’t turned developers’ heads. Lents resident John Notis recalls giving developers tours of the business district. “They get this look on their face,” he says. “And you know it’s not going to happen.” Yet the PDC kept coming up with increasingly elabo-

PILES OF PLANS: The city of Portland has spent $3.5 million on planning for a proposed Lents Town Center. Copies of the studies are shown here on one of the empty lots in the neighborhood’s business district.

rate plans. By 2009, the city depicted Foster Road sporting an upscale grocer, with a sign reading “Nature Store.” In 2010, then-Mayor Sam Adams debuted an animated sequence in his State of the City speech. It showed a streetcar literally falling out of the sky onto the corner of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road. Today there is neither a streetcar nor a large grocer in the Lents Town Center. The PDC’s Quinton, who has led the agency since 2011, acknowledges the plans created false hopes of fulfi lling the primary pledge of a town center. “Expectations haven’t been met,” Quinton says. “After

all this time, there should be something there.” Quinton—whose agency has charged taxpayers $16.5 million in overhead costs to manage the Lents urbanrenewal efforts—also says the PDC and the city shouldn’t be held accountable 16 years later for failing to follow the original plan. “I don’t think what you write in 1998 has to be true forever,” he says. “The notion of success evolves.”

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So how is urban renewal supposed to work? Cities use urban-renewal areas to jump-start stagnant and crumbling parts of town with a booster shot of cash. They get the money with a system called tax-increment financing. The city draws a boundary around the area it wants to change. As far as other local governments are concerned, the amount of taxes they can collect from the area is frozen. As property values rise, all increases in

tax revenue—the increment—goes directly to urban renewal and not to schools, the county or other taxing districts. The more development the area spurs, the more money the city collects. The Portland Development Commission can spend the money directly on the area or sell bonds and use the revenue to pay down the debt. The city is currently carrying $100.9 million in debt for the Lents urban-renewal area.

Portland has been using urban-renewal areas since 1961, in downtown’s south auditorium area, when it built fountains and plazas and wiped out the city’s traditional Jewish and Italian neighborhoods. In downtown, urban renewal has been successful: The Pearl District, for example, saw property values rise by $1.7 billion in 13 years—more than 441 percent. AARON MESH.

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The PDC spent $10.3 million to eliminate what it considers “blight” by buying up older buildings and clearing the lots. It’s called land banking, allowing the city to have more control over future development. As a result, the city has become the biggest single landlord in the business district, owning 40 percent of property in what’s supposed to be the new heart of Lents, and the properties go off the tax rolls while the city waits. Take what happened in 2008, when the PDC paid $1.7 million for properties on the southwest corner of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road—lots that housed Edmondson’s Drapery and a strip club called the 92nd Street Club. PDC records show the agency spent $20,000 on “relocation” for the strip club, $6,550 on environmental cleanup at the drapery, and $42,926 on demolition of the buildings. The plan has called for locating an upscale grocer on the site. (New Seasons Market was in negotiations as recently as December 2012.) The problem is, the deal requires a fourth lot, which houses a Chevron gas station. PDC officials and station owner Jaginder Gill say the city hasn’t offered to buy the property since Gill purchased it in 2007. The three adjacent lots remain vacant. “It’s representative of the way the PDC does things,” says Nick Christensen, former chairman of the Lents Neighborhood Association. “They get three-quarters of the way done, and then they drop it and move on to something else.” Quinton acknowledges the PDC’s mistake: He says the central business hub would have grown faster if the PDC hadn’t bought the properties. “Now it’s a company town,” he says. “That’s not what you want. The residents should expect that their major landowner should do something with their land.”

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The city has spent $7.9 million on the streets and sidewalks of Lents—much of it real progress, given that more than $1 million of the money was spent on paving the area’s dirt roads. It has also made a $2.6 million investment in sidewalks, bioswales and plazas that mostly run along empty lots and vacant storefronts. The keystone to the Lents Streetscape Improvements is an unnamed, 2,000-square-foot plaza created by rerouting Southeast 91st Avenue. The gathering space, with tree saplings and a white picket fence, effectively created a courtyard for a 1915 Carnegie library building and the current business it holds, A&A Pest Control. The exterminator’s red sign promises to get rid of “Ants, Roaches, Bed Bugs, & General Pests.” It shows a cartoon rat squashing a cockroach. The owner has declined to move. “They got the cute patio in front,” says Kay Barna, owner of nearby antique store Milk Creek Crossing. “I don’t know what it achieved. Maybe they know something we don’t know. I’m sure they do.” Quinton says the investments in streets and sidewalks were successful whether they attracted business or not. “People care a lot about sidewalks in East Portland,” he says. “If we had the money, I would do those over and over again.”

Ararat Bakery The PDC promised to bring jobs to Lents. Sometimes, that has worked: Bridgetown Natural Foods moved in 2010 from the inner east side to an industrial park on Southeast Foster Road, backed by $250,000 in loans from the PDC. This success for Lents came at the expense of another neighborhood, but the company grew by onethird and now employs about 180 people making granola bars. Other times, the PDC has stumbled. In 2008, the PDC convinced Ararat Bakery to move from 111 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Southeast 92nd Avenue. Moving Ararat to Lents accomplished dual goals for the PDC: It cleared the way for the Burnside Bridgehead development and created an anchor business for Lents that could appeal to Eastern Europeans, who make up 12 percent of the neighborhood’s residents, according to 2012 census data. The PDC gave Ararat owners Avetis Karapetian and Nelli Grigorian $653,000 in loans for building improvements and CONT. on page 15 12

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THE CHEVRON: The PDC bought these properties and tore down their buildings—a drapery outlet and a strip club—to make way for a grocery store that hasn’t arrived, in part because the city can’t get the owners of a gas station (left, behind the tree branches) to sell.

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ARARAT BAKERY: The PDC’s $2.6 million sidewalk improvement project includes the corner of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Ramona Street—where the Ararat Bakery (left) closed in 2011 after the city spent $3.2 million to move the business here.

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LENTS LITTLE LEAGUE: The city moved Little League diamonds off this 3.5-acre lot in 2009 at a cost of more than $900,000— then dropped plans to develop apartments here.



capital costs. The agency spent $2.1 million to purchase the 92nd Avenue building in 2009—even though the PDC knew the bakery was already two months behind on rent in Lents. Even before the PDC bought the Lents building, the new Ararat location had become better known for its second use as a nightclub. Police had investigated a rape allegation at the club, made an arrest for aggravated assault and checked a liquor-license violation. Ararat defaulted on its loans in 2011. Total cost of the deal to taxpayers: $3.2 million. The PDC still owns the building, leasing it to a carpet outlet, and is close to signing a deal with craft-beer startup ZH Brewing to open a brewpub in the former bakery space this year. “Ararat didn’t work,” Quinton says. “People can say, ‘What did that get us?’ But the fact that we controlled that asset made it possible to go forward when ZH Brewing came to us.’”

Housing and Job Training One area of success for the city’s urban-renewal efforts has been in housing. The PDC spent $27.7 million for housing in Lents—by far its biggest expenditure in a single category— building 1,144 units. The housing hasn’t been enough to help ignite a shopping district. One of the original promises the city made was that an urbanrenewal area would make Lents a wealthier place. The median household income in Lents fell 12.4 percent between 2000 and 2012, to $44,464. In the same period, median income citywide has declined 3.9 percent. In 1999, the PDC spent $971,000 for job training—specifically, a building shop and classroom space in the basement of Marshall High School, located in the northwest corner of Lents near Southeast 91st Avenue. For one year, the Lents Tech Manufacturing & Learning Center offered welding and technician training until railcar- and barge-builder Gunderson stopped funding it, PDC records show. Classes were rare after that, and the entire facility shut down when Marshall closed in 2011. The city also made $202,976 in loans and $402,406 in grants to Portland YouthBuilders, an alternative high school and job-training program. Last November, the PDC announced a $300,000 grant to fund a community center—including classes and job services—for the parents of children at Earl Boyles Elementary School. Meanwhile, the number of jobs in Lents has dropped 6 percent since 2007. While those were tough recession years, it was a far steeper drop in jobs than occurred as a whole in the Portland metro area, which saw a 2.7-percent job loss during that time, according to the Oregon Employment Department. The promise of jobs has left residents cynical. “We ask for a grocery store,” says Cora Potter, a past chairwoman of the Lents citizen advisory committee to the PDC, “and they throw another job-training program at us.”

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Lents Little League In 2009, the PDC spent $931,771 to move existing ball fields a half-mile north, to Lents Park, because it wanted to make way for a development that has never been built. The PDC wanted the 3-acre site for a community center, an apartment complex and offices—less than a block from a new light-rail station. Developer Ed McNamara, an affordable-housing builder, agreed in 2010 to develop the site as an apartment complex with ground-floor retail. The PDC gave McNamara’s team a $40,000 grant and a $22,586 loan (which it forgave) to develop plans that went nowhere. McNamara, who is now Hales’ top aide overseeing the PDC, says the deal fell apart because the agency was given conflicting instructions by the City Council. He says that will change. “If people are going to invest,” McNamara says, “we want to give them some clarity and some certainty about what’s going to happen over the next five years.” Last year, the PDC suggested the empty field be used as a “U.S. Innovation Park,” created by British firm BRE, to showcase green demonstration homes. CONT. on page 16 Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014



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Dressing Up a No-Tell Motel and Other Storefront Improvements No one disputes Lents has been cleaned up to some degree. The PDC spent $1.6 million to help business owners fix up their properties, part of hundreds of business gra nts it gave out: $39,025 (plus $200,000 in loans) to Standard TV & Appliance, $20,000 to Izzy ’s Pizza, $28,861 to Tidee Didee Diaper Service and $33,328 to Working Class Acupuncture. Steve’s Imports, an auto-body shop ow ned by a nti-ta x Da mascus Mayor Steve Spinnett, received $83,840 from the PDC. Orozco Auto Wrecking had a $250,000 loan written off in 2008; Northwest Bumper Co. had the balance of a $533,500 loan forgiven in 2011. 16

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“It’s almost like every time somebody needs to paint their building,” says Lents resident Potter, “they go to the PDC for a 75-percent discount.” But a standout is the Del Rancho Motel, which has received $31,279 in PDC grants for beautification and business expansion. Portland police say the Del Rancho is one of the five motels that keep them busy along 82nd Avenue. Since it received its last PDC grant in 2004, it has been the site of 105 reported crimes, including meth use and sale, child molestation and a rape.

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DEL RANCHO: In 2004, WW listed the Del Rancho Motel among motels that didn’t require a security deposit and “operate almost outside the law.” That year, the PDC gave the motel $20,000 for storefront improvements.



SIGN OF THE FUTURE: After 16 years of trying to redevelop Lents, PDC officials are crowdsourcing ideas about what to do with properties it owns in the neighborhood.

What now? Last fall, pink signs went up at two empty lots in Lents that read “What Would You Like to See?” In 1998 and 2000, the PDC paid $365,000 for the lots, at 8930 SE Foster Road and 9316 SE Woodstock Blvd. Without ideas about what to do with the land, it last year found a Web startup, called What Would You Like to See?, to handle crowdsourcing. The most popular suggestions are a “rotating art installation” and “inexpensive [office] space made from old cargo shipping containers.” Someone has also suggested a “tunnel to the center of the earth.” (One pink sign has since fallen down; the other is missing.) Francesconi, currently running for chairman of Multnomah County, says he doesn’t regret sending the PDC into Lents. “Listen, I’m proud I championed that urban renewal should be in poor neighborhoods,” he says. “The PDC should have concentrated more on singles and less on home runs.” Hales says his place-making venture will be different this time. “I can’t do anything about the past,” he says, “but I can take the cards we’re dealt. Which is PDC owning a lot of land there in an improving real-estate market. You’re going to see us move from talking about it to trying to make it happen.” Absent that, what are some paths to reform? The city could admit failure and walk away. It could pause smaller projects until a major development gets under way. Another way to jump-start development in Lents is simply to ramp up the level of government subsidy it’s offering. Quinton believes Lents is nearing a tipping point where developers will show more interest. “My prediction is,” he says, “in a few years, we’ll be talking about how to manage growth in the town center, as opposed to asking, ‘When will it happen?’” While Lents floundered, other parts of the city, such as Northeast Alberta, North Missisippi and Montavilla in outer Southeast, attracted the kind of amenities Lents residents can only dream about—and with a fraction of the public investment Lents got. The PDC can point to urban-renewal successes downtown and in the Pearl District, and even South Waterfront, despite its growing pains, that produced hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxable real estate—and saw property values grow more than twice as fast as in Lents. Those urban-renewal districts benefited from proximity to high-income workers and shoppers. “Urban renewal can’t solve poverty problems,” says former City Commissioner Erik Sten, who voted to send the PDC into Lents in 1998. “You had no consensus on ‘What are we trying to do?’ If the answer is, ‘Help Lents,’ that’s not an answer.” Another way to make a difference: Hold the City Council accountable. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade has tried, sort of. She evaluated the PDC’s performance in December 2012 and issued a glowing report on urban renewal, saying the system improved property values. Her office looked at five urban-renewal areas. But the city auditor never looked at Lents. Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014


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kiss up: More than 10 years after Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight (that studio would go on to become Laika), the Academy Awardwinning animator is back with a Broadway musical. Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $85,000 for their new musical, The Kiss, a battle-of-the-sexes riff on The Frog Prince. Vinton, the creator of the California Raisins and the talking M&Ms, calls The Kiss “half magic show,” with lots of elaborate costumes, outrageous characters and special effects. An initial showing—“a glorified workshop production,” according to Vinton—will be held March 24 and 25 at Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Center for the Arts, and he hopes to have it on Broadway by 2016. second acts: The space that once housed 2nd Story restaurant will reopen as a new spot called Fenrir, with chef Ian Wilson, 2nd Story’s former sous chef. According to Fenrir’s sommelier, Tyler Hauptman, the spot will be primarily a small-plates bar but will “moonlight” as a fine-dining restaurant, with creatively sourced items that will include house-churned butter and salt made from seawater. >> Cheese & Crack food cart will open a brick-and-mortar snack shop next month inside the just-closed Black Bike Cafe location at 22 SE 28th Ave. Brendan O’Malley, who owns Stingray Cafe in the Leftbank building, divested himself of both the Black Cat Cafe on Northeast Alberta Street and the Black Bike within the span of two months. >> Sean Coyne, head baker at Grand Central Bakery, will run a pizza shop called Pizza Maria at 3060 SE Division St. >> The folks at mobile bottling outfit Green Bottling have applied for a license to start Royale Brewing, at 55 NE Farragut St. Big surprise, their Facebook page already shows labels printed for Fat Unicorn Pale Ale and the Royal Porter. wynn wins: After broad conjecture in the press—including in the pages of Willamette Week—about who owns Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud, the $142.4 million painting on loan to the Portland Art Museum, the buyer was finally identified by The New York Times as Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of casino mogul Steve Wynn. Thus ends the only period in which we can expect the Portland Art Museum to be regularly name-checked by Al Jazeera, France’s Le Figaro and England’s Daily Mail. correction: Last week’s cover story about working three months behind the counter at Voodoo Doughnut (“The Hole Story,” WW, Jan. 15, 2014) incorrectly identified a portrait of Isaac Hayes, Scientologist crooner and voice of South Park’s Chef, as Florida rapper Rick Ross. WW regrets the error. Writer Pete Cottell will be promptly issued copies of Hot Buttered Soul, Trilla and the complete The Rockford Files series.







WEDNESDAY JAN. 22 LORD HURON [MUSIC] Nostalgic and sprawling, the Michigan quintet’s 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams, wanders over wide-open expanses, trudging through rivers and crossing long distances, all while exploring the romantic notions of love and adventure via delicate guitar melodies and catchy, layered harmonies. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 2848686. 7:30 pm. $17 advance, $19 day of show. All ages.



Geeks are fighters, not lovers—half the time, anyway. If they aren’t dreaming up erotic encounters between fictional characters, they’re fantasizing about those same characters engaged in hand-to-hand combat and arguing over the hypothetical results. In that spirit, with a slew of geek icons descending on Portland for the annual Wizard World convention this week, and with WWE’s Royal Rumble also happening on pay-per-view this weekend, we decided invent a scenario that would settle several “who would win in a fight?” debates at once—like, say, if some twisted nerd cabal hijacked the shuttle transporting the stars to the Convention Center, forced them into costume and made them compete in a one-hour, over-the-top-rope battle royal, in which only the last person standing receives their appearance fee. MATTHEW SINGER.

1:00 The participants stand motionless as the bell rings, refusing to engage in such violence. William Shatner breaks the ice by low-blowing Burt Ward and tossing him over the top rope, and the brawl is on—for everyone except Billy Dee Williams and Stan Lee, who stand in the corner sipping martinis and sharing orgy stories. :55 Adam West, enraged at the cheap shot on his former co-star, tackles Shatner and claws at his eyes. Shatner unhooks a can of Bat-Shark Repellent from West’s utility belt and sprays it in his face, blinding West long enough to slip under the bottom rope unnoticed and hide beneath the ring. :47 Wrestler CM Punk and Jason David Frank, best known as the White Power Ranger, exchange a furious series of blows. But since both are skilled only in the art of play-fighting, the blows have little effect. Ron Perlman uses his sledgehammersized Hellboy gloves to blast both out of the ring.

PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB [DANCE] Phillip Adams’ Amplification is a stark look at death, as played out through the sounds and imagery of a car crash. Adams did research at an emergency room and morgue, inspiration that’s reflected in the cold, minimalist set. The score is a blaring mix of classical and popular music that also incorporates the jarring sounds of twisted metal. Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 245-1600. 8 pm. $20-$30. DARKSIDE [MUSIC] Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington released one of 2013’s most evocative debuts with Psychic, a set of moody psychedelia that sent elements of dubstep and electro-R&B squirming through a black hole. In a year that found mainstream artists flirting with abrasively minimalist textures, Darkside made staring into the abyss alluring. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $20. 21+. :40 The cast of The Walking Dead teams up to toss an overheated Perlman. Then they turn on and eliminate Laurie Holden, the actress who plays Andrea. Because who likes Andrea? :37 Williams excuses himself from his conversation with Lee and heads to the other side of the ring to chat up Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson. Lee butts in, leading to pushing and shoving. Peterson dropkicks both out of the ring. They dust themselves off and ask Holden and Perlman if they “like to party.” :26 “Time to take out the Ash!” shouts Robert Englund as he lunges at Bruce Campbell with his Freddy Krueger claws. Campbell dodges, and Englund’s claws get stuck in the top turnbuckle. “Well, Fred, it was nice jawing with you!” Campbell quips before chin-butting him to the floor.

:10 The remaining Walking Dead cast members turn their attention to Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew. An errant Norman Reedus arrow strikes Elvira, sending her to the floor. Mayhew throws off Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker and boots out Reedus, then lets out a celebratory Wookiee bellow. At that moment, a messenger boy runs to the ring to deliver a cease-and-desist letter from George Lucas. Mayhew calmly steps over the top rope, eliminating himself. :01 “This is how the West was lost!” Campbell growls, charging chin-first at an exhausted Adam West, but the impact knocks both to the floor. Shatner, emerging from under the ring, sneaks back in and begins celebrating. A voice comes over the arena speakers, congratulating him on his victory, but announces that this is only the first part of the challenge. “Take him to the Ewok Sex Dungeon!”

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FRIDAY JAN. 24 MIKE BIRBIGLIA [COMEDY] Mike Birbiglia spins some of the best stories in the business, tales that transcend comedy to hit a place of cringingly awkward but lovely tenderness. Did you hear about the time he sleepwalked through a motel window in Walla Walla? Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 (sold out) and 9:45 pm. $39.

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SUNDAY JAN. 26 JITNEY [THEATER] Another year, another August Wilson play at Portland Playhouse. This one finds the company at the Winningstad, rather than at its normal Northeast Portland church-cum-theater, for Wilson’s play about black taxi drivers in mid-’70s Pittsburgh. Expect powerful, simmering stuff. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 488-5822. 2 pm. $38-$63.

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beautiful bread—Ken’s levain is extraordinary— turned pink with blood. And that wasn’t the worst part. Atop the bones sat a thick layer of piccalilli of celery root, cauliflower, onions, fennel, cider vinegar, mustard seeds and mustard. Fat and acid often play wonderfully together, but here the sharply bitter concoction outmuscled everything pleasant on the plate. BY MA RTIN CIZMA R But Trifecta has already shown a willingKen Forkish ambles into Trifecta just after 7 ness to make corrections. An early menu item pm on a Friday night. He hangs up his coat, then of sous-vide, fire-finished half chicken, which does a lap. He works the room like a politician, had an odd consistency and very little roasty shaking hands with regulars from his epony- flavor, has been replaced with a game hen ($20) mous Nob Hill bakery and Laurelhurst pizzeria braised with sweet apple cider and cooked who’ve flocked to this spacious restaurant in a directly on the wood-fired grill until slightly former auto shop on the gritty western edge of charred. My friend liked it enough to attempt to re-create it a few days later. the Buckman neighborhood. I was just as enthralled by three starters. Then, Forkish takes up a post in the narrowest part of the pass between the open kitchen and The first was a kale salad ($10) with harissa Trifecta’s tennis-court-long row of red booths, vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, avocado and a big, on the customer side of the bar separating chef fluffy topper of shaved grana padano, a cheese Rich Meyer’s crew from diners ordering from similar to Parmesan but with less saltiness. The his broad-shouldered menu of Southern-tinged second was smoky Brussels sprouts ($8) topped with spicy chorizo crumbles Frenchy tavern fare. An hour a nd d r i zzled w it h sweet later, Forkish is still standing Order this: Brussels sprouts ($8), kale apple butter, which had fi re, there. He appears almost- salad ($10), double cheeseburger ($15), heat, sugar and bitterness but-not-quite comfortable. cider-braised chicken ($20). Best deal: Bread and butter ($3), in perfect proportions. The One senses he’s not alone. third was a skillet of potaThree months in, Trifecta deviled eggs ($5). I’ll pass: Grilled marrow bones ($16). toes boulanger ($8) crisped still feels like it’s settling into in duck fat. its foundation—not surprisSeafood also gets major play. Oysters come on ing, given this outsized project staged in a space a bun, with ham, in a stew and on the half-shell. most recently home to Spike’s Auto Upholstery. Trifecta is, essentially, an upscale tavern. My companion instead opted for whole—headsSausages are made in-house using skills Meyer on—shrimp in rich, cheese grits ($21) and a wee honed while at Higgins. The housemade bread copper pot of rich Dungeness crab dip ($15) prebasket ( baguettes, whole-grain rye, walnut pared in the style of Maryland, native state to bread and more from Forkish’s Beard Award- both Forkish and Meyer. Whatever you start with, you’ll want to save winning cookbook) is free, but house-churned butter will cost you $3. The double cheeseburger room and budget for dessert. The bittersweet ($15) has pimento cheese and a bun baked just a chocolate souffle ($9) is fluffy on top and gooey few hours before service. A selection of bourgie in the middle, topped with toffee ice cream. deviled eggs ($5) rotate daily. One steak is adver- Better yet is a carrot cake ($8) in eight layers of tised as “big-ass” ($50) while the other is bavette mildly sweet cream and delicate crumble. It’s with frites ($24). The booze includes a wine a perfect finishing note. Well, almost. Trifecta list that’s large and diverse; cocktails that are desperately needs to make one change: remindpotent, layered and balanced; and a beer selec- ing servers to ask diners at each table if they’d like a loaf to go. Because they probably do. tion that’s disappointingly static. Let’s start with what needs work: On one of my three visits, we were served roasted grilled EAT: Trifecta, 726 SE 6th Ave., 841-6675, 4 pm-close daily. marrow bones ($16) that were far too rare. That

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No good deed goes unpunished, it seems, and the only law never broken is the one about unintended consequences. Straight From New York Pizza and Escape From New York Pizza—just six blocks from each other in the Northwest 23rd Avenue neighborhood—are in a competition that might seem downright Oedipal. Not only most of SFNY’s name but also its recipe come straight from Escape From New York. Escape From New York Pizza turned 30 years old in 2013. Way back at the beginning of its tenure—owner Phil Geffner remembers it as a time when pizza by the slice was otherwise unknown here and nobody had ever seen an “occupied” latch on a restroom outside an airplane—one of Geffner’s regular customers, Dave LeFrancois, approached him about starting his own pizza spot. LeFrancois was comptroller of an onion company and told Geffner he didn’t want to do it anymore. “I charged him a nominal fee, like $1,000,” Geffner says. “I said, ‘I’ll show you how to make pizza.’ He told me he wanted to run just the one place in Salem.” Namely, Straight From New York Pizza, established in 1986 in the state capital. The place was sold, then bought by family members of the original owners. “One day I get this letter,” says Geffner, “that says, ‘Dear Phil, we’re moving to Portland.’ They said they told me because it’s polite.” Michael Rice, SFNY’s co-owner with Ian Jacobson, says he gave Geffner veto rights over the pizza mini-chain’s name in Portland, but that Geffner was “super, super gracious.” The first Portland location was on Southeast Belmont Street, but Rice and Jacobson couldn’t pass up expanding into the former Pizza Oasis spot on West Burnside Street. And so Geffner’s own recipe boomeranged back to him as neighborhood competition. Rice, for his part, says he intentionally shortened the Burnside location’s name to SFNYWest to avoid confusion, and that there’s room for both restaurants in the neighborhood. “I have so much respect for those guys,” Rice says of Escape From New York. “I still eat there all the time. I hope they don’t kick me out of there.” WW was curious who’s been treating the recipe best, so we grabbed a slice of pepperoni and a slice of cheese from each place on the same day.

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622 NW 23rd Ave., 227-5423, Geffner was at the shop when we arrived—as he is most days in the early afternoon—shooting wisecracks across the counter to every customer who walked in. Thirty years’ worth of madcap collage lines every surface. “Jobs is Dead,” reads one. “Get a Jerry.” The pizza crust was crisp but foldable, the tomato sauce sweet and plentiful, the whole-milk mozzarella a solid quarter-inch thick atop each slice. Escape’s slices can vary in quality, but the cheese slice we had, according to both of our reviewers, was a near-perfect rendition of New York-style pizza: The oil stayed in the sauce, the cheese was thick but didn’t stretch in burning strands from the top of the slice, and the bottom of the crust had just enough crispness to add texture without losing its doughiness. The pepperoni slice was significantly oilier—not unexpected, but enough to warrant comment. (Pro tip: EFNY’s slices with the housemade sausage are preferred to the classic pepperoni.) As for the creature comforts, Escape’s little NYC-style counters may be a little cramped, but the soundtrack was unimpeachable: The shop played rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. No delivery. The price for two slices is $7.50.

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2241 W Burnside St., 228-5260, The décor at SFNY-West was noticeably updated from EFNY’s: It looked like a mini-brewpub, from its wooden booths right down to the eight taps and the $10 growler fills—including 64 ounces of Fort George Cavatica Stout, whose cans retail for $5 at the supermarket. The young guys behind the counter might lack the longtime ease that comes from a sense of ownership—the EFNY staff goes to Hawaii each year—but SFNY has the clear edge on amenities. As for the pizza? The recipe seems to have gotten a bit garbled—it’s the fate of all games of telephone. The crust is thinner and more crackery, the cheese thin enough that oil bubbles craterous holes through the top, and the sauce missing the lively spice found a few blocks north: It tasted a bit like tomato paste. But it’s more than passable with a nice beer, especially at a spot that boasts the best growler fill in walking distance. Delivery available. The price for two slices is $6.75 and includes a soft drink.

It’s a thin line between pornography and the science of anatomy. OMSI understands it works the same way with food. So its version of porn gastronomy is a lab demonstration at its restaurant Theory, where guests are invited to learn about food science and the cooking practices of local culinary hotshots, while getting a little bit toasted on wine. Then, on to a four-course dinner—in this case with Lincoln chef Jenn Louis and Jacobsen Salt Co. owner Ben Jacobsen. OMSI Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave., 800955-6674. 6 pm. $80.


three-course dinner for LGBTQ Asians and Pacifi c Islanders and their families and friends. According to the organizers, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Szechuan Chef, 5331 SW Macadam Ave., 227-3136. 5:30 pm. $15-$20.

Chocolate for Congo Benefit

A pig pile of pastry chefs are turning out to raise funds for Ben Affl eck’s Eastern Congo Initiative, from Sugar Cube’s Kir Jensen to St. Jack’s Alissa Frice, alongside host pastry chef Lauren Fortgang of Little Bird. In all, nine of the city’s top pastry chefs will be making “sweet and savory” chocolate concoctions with Theo Chocolate’s fair-trade Congolese chocolate. Little Bird Bistro, 219 SW 6th Ave., 688-5952. 11 am. $30.

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If the Italians can do it, then why can’t we? Apparently, we learn from their press release, you should get your pepperoni slice with a Barbera from Cascade Cliff s. The Portland Wine Bar, 526 SW Yamhill St., 971-229-1040. 7 pm. $22.

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It’s Chinese New Year, but also a new year for same-sex Hawaiian couples, who can now marry. This event is a

Oh, man. Welcome to Portland. Coff ee and beer, together at last, at that most old-school of Portland pubs, Bud Clark’s Goose Hollow Inn, with old-time music and a doughnut food cart to boot. Twelve brewers, from Breakside to Widmer, make coff ee beers beyond the coff ee stout: a seriously wild sour-maraschino coff ee beer from Pints, a light and hoppy coff ee beer from Coalition and a Tullamore Dew-soaked play on Irish coff ee from Fire on the Mountain (see below). $12 nets six tastings. Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jeff erson St., 228-7010. 1 pm. $12.


NUTTY IRISH MUD (FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN) Portland needed a coffee-beer festival. Not just because of our international reputation in both types of brew, but because coffee, better than most infusions, does wonderful things to beer. So the NW Coffee Beer Invitational at Goose Hollow Inn on Saturday, Jan. 25, is an exciting development—doubly so based on six excellent samples I previewed last week. Coalition’s coffee IPA and Pints’ coffee-cherry Berliner Weisse were good, but the most exciting brew of the bunch was Nutty Irish Mud from Fire on the Mountain. Built from the house’s dry oatmeal stout, Electric Mud, and conditioned whiskeysoaked oak chips and cold-pressed coffee from Spella, this sweet black brew is a take on an Irish coffee cocktail. They used hazelnuts, but I don’t get any of that. However, there’s lots of vanilla, oak and a touch of milkiness to go with a shaded hillside of java. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR. Karaoke 9pm nightly Hydro Pong Saturday night

I get HAPPY 4-6pm Tues-Fri $3 menu

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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


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 503-925-8903, ext. 258


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. 503-771-5596


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 503-797-2606, ext. 103

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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 971-282-8443


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:



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 503-697-0623


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 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 503-827-0249


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 503-548-4920


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


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





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 503-560-3592


IDEAL VOLUNTEER: You must enjoy

working with a small group of community volunteers, in three- to four-hour shifts. Visit Additionally, our annual Harvest Century cycling event utilizes more than 200 volunteers, and we would love your participation. Visit for more information. CONTACT: Valerie Plummer 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

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: If helping low-

CONTACT: Nicole Davenport 503-226-0676, ext. 24


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 503-460-9702, ext. 2

meals on wheels people


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!

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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 503-891-7400


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.


CONTACT: Katie Dineen

CONTACT: Dannon Raith 503-200-3373

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 volunteer for more details. CONTACT: Mari Tamiyasu 503-294-7486


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 503-654-1007, ext. 113



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:


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 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 503-746-8344


as a reading tutor for adults with developmental disabilities. Tutors


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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 503-228-5657

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.

Transition Projects

CONTACT: Janette Kaden

WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Volunteers 503-869-7751

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 503-280-4741

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington

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 971-202-5515


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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.

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 503-245-6449

Rebuilding Center of Our United Villages WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Redirect

Portland Mitzvah Network

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

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

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

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Organizations can

CONTACT: David Lowe

join the network to seek volunteers and volunteer opportunities for their constituents. Individuals and families can register to learn 503-467-4985

CONTACT: Molly Mayo 503-287-0346


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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.

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

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!

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: Trink Easterday

CONTACT: Ann Coffey

IDEAL VOLUNTEER: We are looking 503-528-1738 503-777-4166

Street Roots

Urban Farm Collective



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.

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

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 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


Portland After-School Tennis and Education WHAT WE NEED HELP WITH: Portland

Donate Life NW

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!


IDEAL VOLUNTEER: All of our volunteers

CONTACT: Ita Lindquist 503-231-7264

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 503-494-7888

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@ 503-235-2500

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and have an appreciation for historic preservation and the historic architecture of Portland. A willingness to be flexible with volunteer tasks is greatly appreciated (as is a sense of humor).

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 503-823-3629


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. zenger farm


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 503-772-2341

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 971-634-1616

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 701-870-0878


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 volunteer. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Individuals who


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


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 and complete a volunteer application. CONTACT: Deanna Sawtelle, volunteer

manager 503-292-6855, ext. 108

Forest Park Conservancy

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

passionate about the environment and interested in getting to know Forest Park more intimately. A 503-282-4245

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 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 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 28

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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 971-373-4521


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 503-222-7645 503-560-3592


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 503-595-0213


short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities for those 16 and over. Most volunteer work in our warehouse entails assisting with 28

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 503-844-9571, ext. 332



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 503-517-0720


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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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 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 CONTACT: Mike McCarrel 503-954-2259



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 503-722-4400


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


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 503-278-3813 503-284-5470


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 CONTACT: Shannon Kelley 503-413-5573



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. CONTACT: Wren deVous 503-839-4155


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. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: OFB is an inclusive

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@ 503-972-2993


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 interpreters and participate in meal preparation and special office projects,

helping support the mission of the organization and the people we serve. CONTACT:

503-977-0733 503-449-3553


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. IDEAL VOLUNTEER: For our yoga 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: Kate Conwell 503.552.9642


fundraising, petition and outreach with friendliness, transparency and credibility. 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 503-383-1751


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 971-234-2758


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

close the relationship gap. Join our movement and help move the needle on our local graduation rate.

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IDEAL VOLUNTEER: Great big brothers

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. CONTACT: Chabre Vickers 503-943-5788


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. 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 503-992-6728, ext. 105


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 503-616-3981


for enthusiastic female volunteers to facilitate our after-school empowerment groups for girls ages 6 to 18 that take place once a week

The children’s book bank

for eight to 10 weeks across the Portland metro area. We provide training, curriculum and supplies— you make the magic happen!


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 503-230-0054, ext. 4


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 503-208-3618


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 503-445-4991


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 503-232-2540, ext. 231

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Prices listed are sometimes for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and socalled convenience charges may apply. Event lineups are subject to change after WW’s press deadlines. Editor: MATTHEW SINGER. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, go to submitevents and follow submission directions. All shows should be submitted two weeks or more in advance of event. Press kits, CDs and especially vinyl can be sent to Music Desk, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Please include show or release date information with all physical mailings. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Early Adopted, Chill Crew, Slick Devious, Issac Turner

[THROWBACK HIP-HOP] The Portland duo of Jon Belz and Jesse PC, collectively known as Chill Crew, recalls an often-forgotten era of ’90s hip-hop in which a gruff MC and a smooth talker combine forces to at once throw down some badassery and make panties melt. The two pull it off beautifully while bringing their own brand of kush-laced spit to the game. AP KRYZA. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Drenge, No Good Lovers, Hurry Up


[U.K. GRUNGE] How’s this for free publicity? Last July, when English Labour Party general election coordinator Tom Watson stepped down from his post, he punctuated his resignation letter with the following bit of advice to his fellow party members: “And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.” That’s like if Chris Christie ended his recent marathon press conference by yelling, “And furthermore—Screaming Females, bitches!” Then again, maybe the shoutout shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, Watson is 47, so he was in his late 20s during the grunge era, which puts him in the prime demographic to appreciate what these two young brothers are doing. Though Eoin and Rory Loveless grew up in Northern England, their guitar-and-drums attack is straight out of early-’90s Seattle, built on scuzzy riffs and a rugged sense of melody. Eoin’s howl contains traces of Glenn Danzig, a proud son of New Jersey, which means Christie might dig them, too. MATTHEW

SINGER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

Jake Bugg, Albert Hammond Jr., the Skins

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Nineteenyear-old Brit folkie Jake Bugg seems to be aiming for a vintage-Dylan sound on his self-titled debut but just ends up evoking other Dylan emulators. His softer songs are closer to Donovan’s, and the production is more reminiscent of an early Simon & Garfunkel album. Not that these are necessarily bad things. The vocals on the upbeat numbers reflect a more contemporary influence: The sharp, adenoidal tone recalls Liam Gallagher, though with volume and sneer dialed back a bit. He’s got a ways to go, but it’s possible Bugg can build on these roots and develop into a unique and substantive artist. After all, Dylan didn’t release his first truly great album until he was a wizened 22 years old. JEFF ROSENBERG. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 2250047. 9 pm. $23.50 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.

DTCV, Boo Frog, Night Mechanic

[POST-POURRI] The official bio for DTCV quotes an anonymous music critic’s description of the band as “Debbie Harry fronting post-Nico Velvet Underground,” only to dismiss that notion as “wildly inaccurate.” So it’s with some trepidation that I say that singer Guylaine Vivarat’s voice does bear some resemblance to the Blondie leader. But, yeah, the VU thing is a bit of an oversimplification, considering the group’s latest record,

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Who: Adam Steinfink (guitar, vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Adam Smith (bass, vocals), Devon Shirley (drums). Sounds Like: Pedro the Lion on a moderate dose of uppers. For fans of: R.E.M., Stephen Malkmus, Sunny Day Real Estate. Why you care: Comprised of three service-industry folks and one customer-service rep by day, Grandhorse is Portland’s answer to Yo La Tengo by night. The band released Portraiturefolio last June, a nine-song record David Bazan would tip his cap to. The album begins with a sprint in “Short Drive With a Kidnapper,” a strident track marrying post-punk and emo in Jeremy Enigk-like fashion, but the record tempers as it goes, settling into a deceptively controlled and calculated brand of harmonious, wind-down rock. Which isn’t to say it departs from its mid-’90s influences. Grandhorse is a young band with one album, but it already plays with a confidence and clarity beyond its years. “We’re all really into having the guitars swirl and wash as a texture, with clean leads on top of everything,” says drummer Devon Shirley. “We’ve been playing together long enough to start understanding what our sound is as opposed to what sound we should be aiming for.” Shirley, who works with PDX Pop Now along with frontman Adam Steinfink, reports the group just added longtime friend and Dedere bassist Bryce Hutchinson to the Grandhorse lineup. “Now that the foundation for the band has been laid,” Shirley says, “we’ll have more time to get out to shows and meet new people. That’s something we’ve all really missed.” MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Grandhorse plays the Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick St., with Tigerface and Fur Coats, on Friday, Jan. 24. 9:30 pm. Free. 21+.

A FLOYD OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: Darkside’s Nicolas Jaar (left) and Dave Harrington.



When electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar was looking for a guitarist for his new project, he ended up going with an unusual choice: someone who didn’t really know how to play the instrument. “I was looking to make live music that got out of the laptop idea,” the 24-year-old Jaar says by phone from Montreal, in between soundchecks. “I asked my friend if he knew any guitar players, and he said one of the best musicians he knew was Dave [Harrington], but that he didn’t really play guitar very much. We met in the Lower East Side and jammed a little bit and I saw that he had the right state of mind—he was totally cool improvising, playing long tracks. The more we played together, we realized we really had something.” Until recently, the concept of jamming was new for Jaar. Though he’s been making music on his own since he first heard Tiga’s DJ-Kicks mix as a teenager, it wasn’t until he assembled a band to tour behind his revelatory 2011 solo full-length, Space Is Only Noise, that he really got out of the bedroom. Suddenly enthralled with the possibilities of playing with other musicians, Jaar began recording music with Harrington that quickly moved away from the sparse, shape-shifting electro he’d made his name on. They dubbed the project Darkside, releasing an EP in late 2011 before spending over a year honing the warped, electro psych-rock of their proper debut, 2013’s Psychic. Despite its name, Darkside’s music isn’t so much otherworldly as it is of this world: bluesy, rural, made by two musicians totally committed to leaving their individual comfort zones. It’s dance music as contextualized through German krautrock, ’80s soft rock and a playful sense of experimentation. As much as Psychic references Pink Floyd and other psychedelic touchstones, you can’t really call it “spacey” like Jaar’s other work. Instead, it has this weird, earthy quality, like something that has existed for 30 years and only recently been dug up, digital disintegration and all.

Psychic doesn’t bust out of the gates as much as it slowly awakens from a long slumber. Amid a murky sea of barely-there electronics, a distant, ominous organ and digital thuds, opening track “Golden Arrow” finally blooms when the beat kicks in around the five-minute mark. The 11-minute song sets the tone for the rest of the record, unfolding and revealing new layers with each repeated listen: Dire Straits-inspired guitar licks (seriously), sighing violin and cello, and Jaar’s quivering voice. Though his solo work does feature some singing, Psychic is Jaar’s first record that could be considered anything close to the realm of pop songwriting. “The songs are coming from two directions at once—a songwriting direction, to a certain extent, but also from something that is more improvisational,” Jaar says. “We used the studio as a place to unite those two things.” Before starting Darkside, Harrington would sneak into Manhattan clubs as an underage musician, cutting his teeth playing experimental, improv-based jazz. Traces of that lineage still exist in his guitar playing, which is at once rudimentary and cosmic, relying on age-old, bluesy chord progressions and alien tones such as those on the airy album closer, “Metatron.” That same sense of boundary-pushing runs throughout Psychic. The longer tracks, like “Golden Arrow” and the almost funky “The Only Shrine I’ve Seen,” start with a flicker and gradually add instrumentation. Album highlight “Freak, Go Home”—a dense web of house synths and head-turning polyrhythmic beats—is skewed toward music you could actually dance to. You get the sense that Darkside wasn’t sure where some of these songs would go, and Jaar says the duo often started with an idea and then “improvised our way to the finish line.” As the band gears up for a lengthy tour that will take it to big clubs in Europe and a handful of festivals, Jaar can’t help but wonder how music so weird will go over with the dance-music mainstream. Not that he really cares. “You want to make something awesome so that people like it, but the other 50 percent is trying to explore,” he says. “Playing music with Dave made me realize it was possible as a producer to make rock music. For us, it was like, how much can we get away with?” SEE IT: Darkside plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with High Water, on Thursday, Jan. 23. 9 pm. $20. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014



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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS SATURDAY, 1/25 @ 4 PM North Mississippi Allstars pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll. Luther and Cody continually expand the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that has inspired them from the beginning, but as Rolling Stone aptly notes, “The Allstars may be children of tradition, but they’re digging deep in undiscovered country.” Their latest record, World Boogie Is Coming, (released in September) seamlessly unites blues with modern rock.





THE DOUGHNUT BOYS Featuring DAN ECCLES WEDNESDAY, 1/29 @ 6 PM Voodoo Doughnut Recordings is proud to announce its inaugural release, a big-hole 7” split single by The Doughnut Boys and Pink Boxxes. The mastermind behind both tracks, as well the vocalist on “Cheap Bastard,” is Portland native Dan Eccles. Over the past two decades, Dan has played with the Moxy Love Crux, King Black Acid, Fernando, Warren Pash, The Marquis de Suave, Fist City, JHell, Laurel Lee, Richmond Fontaine, Hog Wild and Lewi Longmire. The inaugural release on Voodoo Doughnut Recordings marks Dan’s first project as orchestrator and front man.

THE MELODIC THURSDAY, 1/30 @ 6 PM The Melodic are a quietly radical band. Perhaps the most innovative English folk ensemble since Pentangle’s jazz/folk fusion of the early 70s. The band harnesses a syncretic sound decorated with charango and kora that makes one envision what might have happened if Paul Simon had been raised in the London neighborhood of Brixton. English newspaper, The Observer, described the band’s unique sound as “incredibly beautiful, with harmonies and rich instrumentation that make you want to dance and cry at the same time.”

DINER, MY DARLING: J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers play Bunk Bar on Saturday, Jan. 25. Hilarious Heaven, is a double album that strides from buzzy power pop to foggy synth pop to jagged post-punk to French piano ballads to 11-minute psychedelic suites complete with fl ute solos. Clearly, this is a band that’s made a point of raging against pigeonholing, so it’s no surprise it would take exception to simple classifi cations. Here’s hoping I’ve kept it open-ended enough to stay out of their next press release. MATTHEW SINGER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Lord Huron, Night Beds

[SOARING INDIE FOLK] Lord Huron is a band displaced in time. Its music envisions a sepia-tinted, bandanna- and cowboy bootclad journey across lands unexplored. Nostalgic and sprawling, the Michigan fi ve-piece’s debut LP, Lonesome Dreams, wanders over wide-open expanses, trudging through rivers and crossing long distances, all while exploring the romantic notions of love and adventure. Laced with delicate guitar melodies and catchy, layered harmonies throughout, most songs rise and fall on fl oating, atmospheric fl ourishes, with bright piano lines, energetic bursts of drums and hazy electric guitar. It’s a tried-and-true formula, but a sound a band like Lord Huron manage to make work even in an electronic-centric year like 2014. KAITIE TODD. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30 pm. Sold out.

THURSDAY, JAN. 23 Mutual Benefit

[HEAVY LANDSCAPES] Not since Grizzly Bear’s has the word “pastoral” felt so . In less capable hands, you could chalk up much of Jordan Lee’s debut record as Mutual Benefi t, Love’s Crushing Diamond, to ambience, but the density of horns, strings and other organic wisps of melody can hit like a ton of bricks when he feels like doing so. Like a fog choking the Burnside Bridge before sunrise, it can please you, too, if you let it. PETE COTTELL. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Fanno Creek, Eidolons, Modern Marriage

[PRETTY VOCAL ROCK] Fanno Creek has been making quite the scene here in Portland after the release of its full-length album, Monuments. Same goes for Eidolons, which has entranced the city with its psychedelic lullabies. But Modern Marriage hasn’t enjoyed the limelight as much as the rest of the bands on this bill. The band has formally been around since only 2011. The trio has


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a wispy ambience, tinkering with organ sounds and edgy-yet-sweet vocals, like Tegan and Sara if Tegan and Sara had a metal drummer and a cooler Tumblr presence. So go see Modern Marriage, because not only does the band rule, but because you want to say you liked them before they were popular. ASHLEY JOCZ. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 2397639. 8:30 pm. $5. 21+.

Nappy Roots, Sleep, the Bad Tenants, Dirty Revival, Bad Habitat [SOUTHERN HIP-HOP] Anyone else find it weird that in 2002 Kentucky-bred hip-hop crew Nappy Roots had one of that year’s biggest-selling hip-hop albums? It’s not just because the group has largely slid off the mainstream radar since, though that’s certainly part of it. A decade later, the outfit’s sound just does not seem like something that would’ve topped the charts, despite its pronounced pop hooks. With warm, natural production, a casual, down-home attitude and an image that greatly played up its backwoods heritage, the once six-member Roots stood out from their Southern peers rapping about pushing drugs and sitting sideways in candy-painted cars. Maybe that’s what helped push Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, their major-label debut, to platinum status, but it’s probably also what made it hard for the group to sustain that momentum over multiple albums. Ten years on, Nappy Roots are back in the indierap world. The group has lost a few members along the way and, with 2011’s Nappy Dot Org, has started messing around with Auto-Tune and synthesizers. But the troupe still sounds comfortable being themselves, and that’s more than you can say for a lot of the artists outselling them today. MATTHEW SINGER. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Freedy Johnston, Kevin Lee Florence

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] “I know I’ve got a bad reputation,” sang Freedy Johnston in 1994, “and it isn’t just talk.” But the opposite’s true of the durable artist himself, who seems as easygoing and unaffected as his smooth vocal style. His real problem’s a lack of reputation: Perhaps that relaxed manner undersells the man’s talent for literate, emotionally acute tunesmithery, resulting in bookings at such, er, intimate venues as the White Eagle. Nonetheless, longtime loyalists will welcome new material he’ll probably share from his gloriously named, as-yet-released album Neon Repairman. JEFF ROSENBERG. White Eagle, 836 N Russell St., 2826810. 8:30 pm. $12. 21+.

FRIDAY, JAN. 24 Josh Ritter

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] If Josh Ritter actually wrote a catalog of self-pitying, hate-fueled tunes following his recent divorce, as he claims, it doesn’t show. The Beast in Its Tracks, the Idahoan’s seventh album, leans more on tender confessionals than the expansive indirectness of his past work, rollicking tongue-in-cheekily in the silver lining of broken love. The svelte acoustic guitar and whispering backbeats meld with his personal narratives, and though hushed, they speak louder of his new-school talent than anything he’s done in the past decade. BRANDON WIDDER. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. Sold out.

Jim Lauderdale, Lewi Longmire

[HONKY-TONK] For a guy who has literally hundreds of credits on an endless procession of country albums, it’s almost outrageous that the most visible portion of Jim Lauderdale’s career comes after his association with Yep Roc. And while a few of those albums include the word “bluegrass” in their titles, there’s as much lovingly crafted country music as anything else. Mandolins and fiddles aren’t in short supply, but it seems Lauderdale favors midtempo tunes to relate his tales of metamorphosis and belief. His association with Ralph Stanley and Robert Hunter (right, Robert Hunter) should be a pretty easy selling point. And if it’s not, just consider that Lauderdale issued three long-playing albums last year alone. DAVE CANTOR. Alberta Rose Theatre, 300 NE Alberta St., 7196055. 8 pm. $18. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Famine Fest

[SYMPHONIES OF SICKNESS] Two blistering days of the fastest, ugliest heavy-metal music descends on Portland this weekend. The quaint Analog Cafe won’t know what hit it when the infestation of dirty denim and leather arrives to catch an opening set from the controversial Nekro Drunkz. Vancouver, British Columbia’s Satanic black-’n’-roller Chapel headlines the first night, while day two features Oakland gore-metal champion Impaled. Sick! NATHAN CARSON. Analog Cafe & Theater, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 206-7439. 6 pm Friday, Jan. 24 and 4 pm Saturday, Jan. 25. $10 advance, $12 day of show Friday, $14 advance, $16 day of show Saturday. 21+.

Kim Richey, Balto

[SONGWRITER-SINGER] While tunes ghostwritten for the likes of Trisha Yearwood may have garnered her greatest chart successes, Kim Richey’s won most acclaim from performing her own material over

friday-saturday 20-plus years of pleasantly sung ruminations. Her relative anonymity has less to do with any vocal weaknesses than a wry cynicism at odds with simply phrased homilies and an unassuming genre. Thorn in My Heart marks her seventh album planted squarely within that amorphous patch of adultcontemporary, where streamlined folk, expensive roots and muted pop converge. But, taken together, Richey’s song cycles feel less like a soundtrack for dinner parties than anti-anthems to score the misanthrope’s purge. Alas, those qualities of musical restraint and lyrical discipline so effective for suggesting an unshowy devastation won’t pass the sniff test for modern-day Americana legions counting up twangs and authorial tropes for evidence of authenticity. If full appreciation requires perhaps greater effort than her more celebrated Nashville contemporaries demand, even a brief listen should prove Richey boasts an original voice second to none. JAY HORTON. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $16-$18.

Magic Mouth, Minden

[SOUL-PUNK] Frontman Chanticleer Tru blasts off Magic Mouth’s four-song 2013 EP Devil May Care with a shout of, “Ain’t you got no shame?!” and the answer to that is embedded in the quaking, rockabilly-ish rave-up that follows: Nope, not even a little bit. If shame were much of a concern for these four, Magic Mouth wouldn’t have evolved into one of the most bracingly ecstatic live acts in Portland. Devil May Care seamlessly translates that onstage revelry into the studio, as the quartet attacks its soulful, multihyphenate


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funk-punk with gospelish fervor. Meanwhile, Minden—another of Portland’s best new bands—also released a bang-up EP last year in What’s More Than Appropriate?, in which its sparkling glam pop comes on like Phoenix with thicker chest hair. Having these two on the same bill means an opportunity to catch the bleeding edge of Portland music under one roof. MATTHEW SINGER. White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Ave., 236-9672. 9 pm. $6. 21+.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Chatham County Line, the Wild Wood

[TRUE BLUEGRASS] Back at a venue that fits them so well, Dave Wilson and company offer their unplugged, formative folk as Chatham County Line. The North Carolina quartet plays Americana with a yesteryear showmanship. Mandolins, fiddles, banjos and pedal steel swirl around shared vocals about crops, love and the ghost of Woody Guthrie. The way CCL gathers around its one antique mic, each member trying to outdo the next, is worth the price of admission alone. Better still, the band can draw from 2010’s Wildwood, a record rich with pastoral beauty and a mastery of honest-to-God folk. MARK STOCK. Alberta Rose Theatre, 300 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 7 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian. Chatham County Line also plays Sunday, Jan. 26.

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Volcano Choir, the Cloack Ox [POST-ROCK] When Volcano Choir released Unmap in 2009, few knew what to expect from America’s newly minted sad-guy laureate. Upon releasing For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon employed lo-fi “dude with a tape deck” production and a rustic backstory to craft a cathartic testament to the power of solitude. He literally wandered out of the woods and into the hearts of millions. So when Vernon teamed up with Wisconsin-based experimental post-rock group Collections of Colonies of Bees, disappointment was the knee-jerk reaction from most. “What the hell is this?” I asked myself when I heard “Island, IS,” one of Volcano Choir’s early songs, for the first time. “This sounds like it was made by…computers.” The lyrics made no sense, and sounded almost happy. Still-cryptic ramblings aside, Volcano Choir’s 2013 follow-up, Repave, feels much more like a mission statement—not just guys getting baked and emailing guitar loops back and forth, but a purposeful actualization of Vernon and some good friends working together as a band. As tempting as it is to call this “Bon Iver’s dalliance with postrock,” it’s a shortsighted label that collapses under the sweep of tracks like “Alaskans” and “Comrade.” The cachet will surely get people in the door—the show is sold out—but they’ll marvel at something greater than its parts when the lights go down. PETE COTTELL. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 23. Sold out.

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extent.” Richard D. James replied, “I thought he should listen to a couple of tracks of mine: ‘Didgeridoo,’ then he’d stop making abstract, random patterns you can’t dance to.” Local ambient artist Noyouyesme finds a happy medium between the two, keeping a solid beat peppered with analog warbles through his drawnout sets. Just call him Karl-hex. MITCH LILLIE. Analog Cafe & Theater, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 206-7439. 9 pm. $6. 21+.



Dent May, Jack Name

hat trick: Dent May plays Mississippi Studios on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Layzie Bone, Mo Thugs, Bad Habitat, Get It Squad

[BONE THUG] I can’t lie: I had no idea Layzie Bone (or any other harmonious Thug, for that matter) was still active in 2014. Turns out that, despite his name, Layzie has a massive catalog, most of which alternates between summer-camp rap, acoustic guitar, laid-back lyrics about weed, music and friendship, and illconceived “trap,” featuring laughable hooks and electronic production. It’s no surprise the songs that do work allude to his ’90s roots, showcasing gritty beats and Layzie’s sprinting, staccato flow. The question here is whether you want to sit through an hour of it for the chance to hear “Crossroads” in the encore. SAM CUSUMANO. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 610-0640. 8 pm. $15-$50. 21+.

J.D. Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Ghostwriters

[SWAMP-A-BILLY] Initially, it was easy to tell the difference between roots-rocker J.D. Wilkes’ concurrent music projects, the Legendary Shack Shakers and the Dirt Daubers. The former was the acoustic, old-time trio he formed with his wife, Jessica, in 2009, to explore the Americana he bastardizes with the latter in its purer form. But with the Daubers’ third record, Wild Moon, the line separating the band from the Shack Shakers’ raucous, muggy swamppunk is becoming harder to identify. Though not nearly as unhinged and (metaphorically) meth-driven as main act, the Daubers have (literally) amped-up their sound, with louder, twangier guitars, roaring harmonica and a bluesy slink courtesy of Mrs. Wilkes’ come-hither croon. It is still more beholden to tradition than the Shakers’ deliriously mutated rockabilly, but then, the reason Wilkes has achieved cult-hero status among greaser revivalists is because he’s always understood the foundational music he gleefully subverts at a deep level, and this just helps proves that point more directly. MATTHEW SINGER. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

North Mississippi Allstars, Lightnin Malcolm

[RUST-BUCKET BLUES] It’s taken the brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson more than seven albums to live up to their trio’s self-bestowed “AllStar” title. The Southern-tinged blues outfit’s latest LP, World Boogie Is Coming, churns with enough loose, slinky diddley bow, feverish stomping and raucous harmonica (courtesy


of Robert Plant) to fit its seemingly loaded handle. R.L. Burnside’s laconic “Meet Me in the City” one of the album’s many highlight covers may not showcase Luther’s live chops, but the steel-struttin’ classic, “Jumped on the Line,” is primed for it. BRANDON WIDDER. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 345-7892. 9:30 pm. $18. 21+.

Yellow Year Records Tour: Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing, Falty DL

[KINDA MELLOW YELLOW] Guillermo Scott Herren has always been a busy dude. From his main gig creating reliable slabs of glitchhop as Prefuse 73 to his many side projects (wave your hands like you just don’t care, Piano Overlord fans), his pace has been unrelenting since Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives came out all the way back in 2001. Tonight’s show isn’t just a potential preview of new material, it’s also a showcase for his label, Yellow Year Records, which launched last year and sees Herren collaborating with bass-music whiz Nosaj Thing, among others. I have no idea what kind of noise the pair will make together, but it’s sure to be a beautiful thing. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 2397639. 9 pm. $17. 21+.

Robert Delong, Mystery Skulls, Bombs Into You (DJ set)

[SOUL MACHINE] Don’t go lumping Robert DeLong in with the electronic dance world’s molly-guzzling bottom-feeders, now. The L.A. singer-producer has made a point of differentiating himself from the pack by approaching his brand of EDM with a songwriter’s emotionality, mixing vocal loops and organic percussion among dubstep rhythms and coming off more one-man band than a brainless festival dance-tent automaton. That doesn’t necessarily mean the music is any better, unless an EDM Postal Service is something you’ve truly yearned for. But, hey, at least his debut album, Just Movement, plays like an actual album and not just a collection of bass drops. MATTHEW SINGER. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave, 248-4700. 9 pm. $13. All ages.

SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Noyouyesme, Jonas Rake, Rudement, Bot23

[AMBIENT INDUSTRIAL] Avantgarde electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen told Aphex Twin that if he listened to a Stockhausen composition, “he would not allow to repeat any rhythm if it were varied to some

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[PSYCH POP] Dent May’s 2012 record, Do Things, seemed like a fluke. Its catchy guitar work, lazy synths and mild psychedelia were just too good to be true. But the Mississippi artist’s latest effort, Warm Blanket, doesn’t skip a beat, made of the same mold as the previous album and just as strong musically. Signed to Paw Tracks, May is right at home. His pop awareness, coupled with an experimental eye and attention to nostalgic, layered vocals would make labelmates like Animal Collective and Prince Rama proud. Normally, an act so voice-dependent would grow tiresome, but Dent May’s elongated crooning is off-the-wall and endearing. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 2883895. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

Modern Kin, Young Vienna

[RENEWED VIGOR] Through three EPs and two full-lengths, Drew Grow, 39-year-old singer-songwriter and namesake of Drew Grow of the Pastors’ Wives, built a reputation in the Pacific Northwest for writing idiosyncratic folk rock with almost gospel fervor. By early 2011, though, Grow felt stuck. He’d grown tired of the band’s name, its sound, the approach to songwriting. After a debilitating car crash left him unable to complete a new Pastors’ Wives album, he decided to start over. His new project, Modern Kin, is more complex than his previous work, but it’s also more direct, more visceral and just plain weirder. On the band’s selftitled debut, Grow wails like a doomsday preacher over shuddering church organ and roaring rock guitars, sounding something like Arcade Fire’s Win Butler doing Nick Cave’s big, bad wolf routine. He sounds possessed. In truth, he’s just re-engaged. MATTHEW SINGER. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., 236-4536. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Tragedy

[HIP-HOP] If Drake can own his childhood appearances on Degrassi and still rap successfully, who’s to say L.A.’s Hopsin can’t appear on That’s So Raven and Lizzie McGuire and then launch a successful hip-hop career? Hopsin’s style leans traditional think disses, boasts and an anti-substance agenda so maybe it’s fitting he was once a Disney kid. Then again, when you wear white-colored contacts during performances, tracks like “Rip Your Heart Out,” from 2013’s dark Knock Madness, might keep the wholesome young’uns at bay. MITCH LILLIE. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $20-$45. All ages.

Weedeater, Stoneburner, Honduran, Usnea

[HEAVY DUTY] If you look at the Wikipedia page for North Carolina’s favorite son of sludge, Weedeater, you’ll find a link reporting the band just signed with Season of Mist records. And if you click on that link, it takes you to the Wiki stub for “toes.” This is a mistake, but a hilarious one, seeing as Weedeater bassist-vocalist “Dixie” Dave accidentally shot off his big toe while cleaning his shotgun back on New Year’s 2010. Weedeater doesn’t have a new album, but it does boast a new drummer. Enjoy a dose of dirty South dripping like gravy over a heaping mash of local talent. NATHAN CARSON. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

GLENN WACO SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Asked about growing up black in the whitest major city in the country, Glenn Waco blurts out Portland demographic figures so reflexively it’s as if he’s reciting his home address. “Six-point-three percent black,” he says. “I’m so glad I learned that statistic.” But the 22-year-old St. Johns rapper knows numbers alone can’t properly convey what he’s been through, let alone tell the story of an entire community. Good thing he’s skilled with words, too: NorthBound, the mixtape Waco released in November, is a vivid collection of personal memories that also serves as a reflection on the shared African-American experience in Portland. The title is a reference to the city’s historically black quadrant, but the record is as much about a state of mind as a physical place. “I want to talk to people who are bound to the north,” he says. “That’s what the double entendre of NorthBound is—bound by these socioeconomic conditions.” Specifically, Waco wants to talk to the kids fighting to break those ties. He knows their struggle: Born Loren Ware, Waco—an acronym for “We Are Change Overall”—classifies his childhood as “what every inner-city youth goes through.” Both his parents were in gangs. Raised by his aunt and great-grandmother, who helped keep him off the streets, Waco nonetheless felt the void of male role models in his life. “In high school, I always yearned for a mentor, like a big-brother type,” he says. He found surrogates in the historical figures that fascinated him. A natural-born anti-authoritarian, he leaned militant: Though he was born on Martin Luther King’s birthday, Waco says he identified more with Malcolm X. “I’m not going to let you slap me in the other cheek,” he says. “I’m gonna throw a stone at you if you throw a stone at me.” As an MC, though, Waco isn’t one for revolutionary rhetoric or hard-line confrontation. Instead, he prefers to tuck his messages inside deceptively laid-back, conversational narratives. With a quick but relaxed flow—honed in Roosevelt High’s campus recording studio and his dorm room at St. Francis College in New York—Waco’s singular trait on NorthBound is his ability to deliver hard truths in the guise of warm nostalgia. “Summer Madness” flips the classic Will Smith barbecue jam “Summertime” into a rumination on how crime rates often rise with the temperature, and the breezy “Bottle N’ a Sac,” with its spliff-waving chorus, could be a Wiz Khalifa radio hit, if its celebration of weed and alcohol wasn’t as a tonic for the pain of ghetto life. It isn’t all sociopolitical: “Gutterball,” one of the album’s standouts, is a Stand By Melike coming of age tale set on and around the basketball courts of Pier Park, in which friends inevitably fade from each other’s lives. That song ends with Waco moving out of St. Johns, and though he’s since returned, throughout NorthBound he speaks from the perspective of someone who’s transcended his upbringing. He wears a gas mask on the cover and in press photos—a symbol of how he managed to avoid being poisoned by his environment, and how he hopes to lift up the place he says will always be home. “The gas mask inhales that negative air, filters it and exhales positive,” he says. “That’s what I’m doing with St. Johns. North Portland is surrounded with such a negative stigma. I am a product of my environment, but in saying that, you can be a positive product of your environment.” MATTHEW SINGER. a rising st. Johns mC reflects on life during wartime— aka growing up in north Portland.

SEE it: Glenn Waco plays Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., with Stewart Villain and Maze Koroma, on Sunday, Jan. 26. 9 pm. Free. 21+.


MONDAY, JAN. 27 Cosmonauts, Boom!, Downstairs

[GARAGE COOL] Cosmonauts is an outlier among its Burger Records brethren. Although the four Southern California-raised 20-somethings take inspiration from psychedelia and enjoy smoking pot as much as the rest of us, they’ve got a diff erent beat. They channel the dreamy, dizzy guitar tangents of the ’90s and the psych-pop of the ’60s, but without all the bells and whistles of their labelmates. Cosmonauts uses minimal reverb and adheres to classic, simple measures. The band still holds true to the garage-rock anthem, bringing to mind bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3, but it doesn’t feel the need to impress you with a 10-minute guitar or sitar solo. Cosmonauts can do it with just four minutes and three chords. ASHLEY JOCZ. East End, 203 SE Grand Ave., 232-0056. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Ash, Deaf Havana, Vendetta Red

[BRIT POWER POP] Twenty-two years after coming to life as an impossibly young trio amid the wilds of Northern Ireland, Ash still hasn’t entirely matured. Following the tepid reception to 2007’s fi fth and evidently fi nal full-length, Twilight of the Innocents, the boys announced their split with the LP format in order to release a new song every two weeks over a year’s time. However admirable the resulting forays into uncharted genres and enjoyably daft the business plan—a subsequent promotional tour of the U.K. was organized alphabetically from Aldershot to Zennor—the inevitable 26-track compilation felt like a misnamed greatest hits collection once set against the real thing, and the breathless anthems of snotty fragility comprising their recent best-of (meant to accompany a 2011 fi lm documenting the band’s untamed youth) proved a bittersweet reminder of the days when Ash albums burst with irresistible singles because that’s all they knew how to make. JAY HORTON. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

Self Defense Family, Creative Adult, Silver Snakes, Goddamned Animals

[POST-HARDCORE] Frustration is this bill’s linking theme. New York’s Self Defense Family are storytellers with a punk sensibility, overlaying prowling basslines and persistent drums to accompany aggressive, agitated vocals. San Francisco’s Creative Adult takes a similar approach, expressing its angst via driving, curious guitar, but, much like fellow Northern Californians Ceremony, manage to transform bleakness into something strangely uplifting. Locals Goddamned Animals, meanwhile, chime in with more reverb and a similar boredangry-anxious ’tude. LYLA ROWEN. Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th Ave, 971229-1455. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Chamber Music Northwest: The Seasons, Part II

[UNSEASONAL CLASSICAL] For four decades, Chamber Music Northwest has signaled summer, with its pre-concert picnics on the lawn and audience in shorts and sandals. But now it’s time for something completely diff erent. This fi ve-day mini-fest includes Oregon Symphony members, renowned festival vets (Ida Kavafi an, Gil Kalish), alumni of CMNW’s Protégé Project for emerging young classical stars and more. Wednesday’s and Friday’s concerts continue confounding the calendar with Samuel Barber’s breezy “Summer Music,”

Beethoven’s “Spring” violin sonata and Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons.” Saturday brings Schubert’s immortal song cycle “Winter’s Journey” and Vivaldi’s inevitable “Four Seasons.” Top recommendation: Sunday’s concert featuring Astor Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” Aaron Copland ’s “Appalachian Spring,” and the world premiere of venerable Portland composer David Schiff ’s “Echoes of Seasons.” BRETT CAMPBELL. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 771-1112. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 22. $15-$50.

Cascadia Composers

[DARK CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL] The concerts presented by the Oregon composers organization Cascadia Composers just keep getting more ambitious, more varied and more enjoyable. This time, maybe inspired by Third Angle’s concert in the dark at OMSI last year, some of the state’s fi nest composers, including Bonnie Miksch, Jack Gabel, Paul Safar and nine more, off er music appropriate for low lighting or none at all. This includes works featuring fl ute, piano, viola, vocals, keyboards, clarinet, tape, cello and voices. It’s an excellent opportunity to check the pulse of homegrown music from the here and now. BRETT CAMPBELL. Temple Baptist Church, 1319 NE 7th Ave., 233-5953. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24. $5-$10.

Camerata PYP

[BRANDENBURG MODERNE] J.S. Bach’s sublime sextet of Brandenburg Concertos are among the fi nest, listener-friendliest and most familiar of classical-music chestnuts. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra commissioned a set of new Brandenburgs (using the same instrumentation as Bach’s originals) from six leading composers in 2007. A chamber orchestra drawn from Portland Youth Philharmonic will give the Oregon premiere of the most vibrant of them, Muse, for harpsichord and strings by American composer Christopher Theofanidis. The excellent program


also includes Muse’s inspiration, Bach’s third Brandenburg concerto, along with an earlier Brandenburg descendant, Stravinsky’s breezy 1938 “Dumbarton Oaks” concerto. BRETT CAMPBELL. Wieden + Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Ave, 9377000. 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. $15$20.

The Ensemble, Musica Maestrale

[MIGHTY MONTEVERDI] Both the Ensemble, the small vocal group creamed from the city’s best large choirs, and Musica Maestrale, which has been enriching Portland ’s early music scene with small-group performances of music from across the Baroque era, have recently turned in productive collaborations with other groups. So it’s a treat to see them making music with each other this time. In this concert in the excellent Celebration Works series, they’re performing the music of the fi rst great Baroque composer, Claudio Monteverdi, including solos, duets and theater music and one of the most heart-rending of all madrigals, the plangent Tears of a Lover in the Tomb of His Beloved, inspired by the death of one of his students. BRETT CAMPBELL. First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder St., 228-7331. 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. $10-$15.

Han Bennink & Mary Oliver

[IMPROV JAZZ] Han Bennink is a Dutch drummer who got his start playing on a kitchen chair as a youth in Amsterdam in the 1940s. By the ’60s, he was collaborating with Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy. In deeper circles, his joints with Peter Brötzmann are highly regarded. Bennink is also a visual artist and often designs his own album covers. He’s getting an early start today, with a special drum clinic at Revival Drum Shop at 11 am. Then in the evening, catch him performing a duet with violinist Mary Oliver, followed by a series of quartets and quintets with local musicians. NATHAN CARSON. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. $8-$20 sliding scale.

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Great Food, Cheap Drinks


DIRTCLODFIGHT THE MAIN SEQUENCE (CAVITY SEARCH) [SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Ten years into its reunion, the group finally appears to be returning to form. Using the various life stages of stars as his guide, leader Phil Merwin gets conceptually macrocosmic and emotionally microscopic. He’s always referred to his band’s style as “dirge pop,” but this album puts much of its emphasis on the “dirge” part. Even when the vocals come out jangly and Northwestern, such as on “Red Dwarf,” it’s more reminiscent of a Built to Spill castoff than anything that could really speak to the masses. Merwin’s are an acquired taste: He whines like Doug Martsch and howls like Jeff Schroeder from Gern Blanston. At its best, Dirtclodfight stretches out into crushing post-metal realms that bespeak the heavy influence from Eugene contemporaries YOB. That band’s Mike Scheidt lends his guitar to the opening track, “Forming,” as well as the penultimate “White Dwarf,” and the latter is all the more YOB-like in its lyrical samsaras and suffocating illusions. It’s not coattail riding so much as collaboration, and a respectful nod toward the band that has helped Dirtclodfight peer into a future beyond its recent acoustic rut. Dirtclodfight was ahead of its time for years, then disappeared right when it could’ve capitalized on its visionary sound. Now, the band appears to be settling into the right artistic space for its age and temperament. NATHAN CARSON. SEE IT: Dirtclodfight plays Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan St., with Fruit of the Legion of Loom, on Saturday, Jan. 25. 8 pm. Free. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014



[JAN. 22-28] Kelly’s Olympian

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426 SW Washington St A Yawn Worth Yelling Mama Doll

Kennedy School

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Jon Koonce Trio

McMenamins Boon’s Treasury LUkE CLEMENTS

888 Liberty Street Northeas John Bunzow

McMenamins edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Lee Koch

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Britnee Kellog

Milepost 5

850 81st Ave Therapy Hunger

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Douglas County Daughters, American Nomad

Mississippi Studios

3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Yuck The We Shared Milk, Tender Age

wed. Jan. 22 alhambra Theater

4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Early Adopted, Chill Crew Slick Devious, Isaac Turner

amadeus Manor

2122 SE Sparrow St. Open Mic

andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Toshi Onizuka Latin Fusion

ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Street Chainbound

Beaterville Cafe

2201 N. Killingsworth St. Open Mic Hosted by Johnny Payola

Bossanova Ballroom

722 East Burnside Street Wednesday Swing

Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. John Teply

Cadigan’s Corner Bar

5501 SE 72nd Ave. Band Swap Featuring Pat Stilwell

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S Piss Test, Shut Your Animal Mouth

Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave Ritchie Young Of Loch Lomond

doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside Patterson Hood with Willy Vlautin

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Arthur Moore’s Harmonica Party

east end

203 SE Grand Ave. Soft Targets Friendship Camp, Taint Misbehavin’, The Cigarette Burns


1800 E. Burnside Wednesday Night Jazz w/ The Jim Prescott Trio feat. Brian Myers and Luke Bonham

Gemini Bar & Grill 456 N. State St. Jacob Merlin/Sarah Billings


1001 SE Morrison Drenge

Jade Lounge

2342 Southeast Ankeny Street Songbird Showcase


112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St. Jake Ray and the Cowdog’s

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St The Marvins

Lents Commons 9201 Foster Road Open Mic

Lincoln Performance Hall-Portland State 1620 SW Park Ave Chamber Music Northwest Inaugural Winter Festival

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside Street Jake Bugg Albert Hammond Jr., the Skins

McMenamins edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Junebugs

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road BIlly D

Mississippi Studios

3939 N. Mississippi Ave. DTCV Boo Frog, Night Mechanic

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1033 NW 16th Avenue Calabrese, Nim Vind No Tomorrow Boys, Sharks From

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. Arabesque Belly Dance

The elixir Lab

2734 NE Alberta St. Open Mic Night

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave. Eye Candy VJ’s

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark Street Shafty

The Lodge Bar & Grill 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard Pete Ford Band

The TaRdIS Room-Fish & Chip Shop 1218 N. Killingsworth St. Open Mic With The Time Lords

Thirsty Lion Pub

SW 2nd & Ash St Guy Dilly & The Powers

Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. Bill Portland

Tillicum Restaurant & Bar

8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Hwy Tilly Jam & Open Mic Boogie Buggy Production


232 SW Ankeny St. Bearcubbin, Bright Future, Smoke Rings

Velo Cult

1969 NE 42nd Ave Holly’s Wood and Her Strap-On Blues Band

white eagle Saloon

836 N. Russell St. Anna and the Underbelly Jeffrey Martin and Ryan Ball

wilf’s Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Ron Steen Band

wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Lord Huron with Night Beds

THuRS. Jan. 23 alberta Rose Theatre

300 NE Alberta Street Led Kaapana and George Kahumoku Jr.

analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Kutt Calhoun With Saint Warhead

andina Restaurant

1314 NW Glisan Jason Okamoto Latin and South American solo guitar

artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Acoustic Village

ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash Street Fire Nuns Nails Hide Metal

Back Stage Bar

3701 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Eye Candy VJ

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Hot Club of Hawthorne Django

Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Paul Paresa and the People

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Mutual Benefit

Cadigan’s Corner Bar

303 SW 12th Ave Ritchie Young Of Loch Lomond


350 West Burnside Street King Washington and the Janks

doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside Darkside

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Tough Lovepyle

east end

203 SE Grand Ave. Visions Katie Platt, Keyon Gaskin, Taka Yamamoto

embers Portland 11 NW Broadway I Love Bacon

Funhouse Lounge

2432 Southeast 11th Avenue Revival: Indie Electro Dance Party

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Street Southgate, Upon A Broken Path, Here From Apathy Against The Raging Tide, Colliding Fates, Whispers of Wonder

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

1503 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd Sammy Warm Hands, Ebb One & K.I Design, Ogar Burl, Gums & Antitune


5501 SE 72nd Ave. Kenny Lee Blues Jam

1001 SE Morrison Fanno Creek, Eidolons, Modern Marriage

Camellia Lounge

Jade Lounge

510 NW 11th Ave. Camellia Lounge Vocal Showcase

Chapel Pub

430 N. Killingworth St. Steve Kerin

2342 Southeast Ankeny Street Pacific Oceans


112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley

1969 NE 42nd Ave Hollywood Bluegrass Band

Vie de Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave. David Watson Birth of the Cool

west Cafe Portland 1201 SW Jefferson St. Alan Jones Academy Jazz

white eagle Saloon

836 N. Russell St. Freedy Johnson Kevin Lee Florence

white Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave Portland Metal Winter Olympics

wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell Street Volcano Choir, The Cloack Ox

world Famous Kenton Club

aladdin Theater

206 SW Morrison St. Born Cosmic

Crystal Hotel al’s den

Velo Cult


Rock Bottom Brewery Portland

OVeRHeaTed: weedeater plays Rotture on Sunday, Jan. 26.

SW 2nd & Ash St Brian Odell Acoustic

Mock Crest Tavern

7850 SW Capitol HWY Kellie Jones Band


Thirsty Lion Pub

2025 N. Kilpatrick St. Dolby Lilack With special guests

3435 N. Lombart Street Open Mic Jam With Johnnie Ward


Terry Robb

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Avenue Excision, Dirtyphonics

Savoy Tavern

2500 SE Clinton St. Laryssa Birdseye & Members of Soul Progression

Secret Society Ballroom

116 NE Russell St Redray Frazier With Karyn Ann and Dean!

Sellwood Public House 8132 SE 13th Ave Open Mic

Slim’s Restaurant & Lounge

8635 N Lombard St Joe Baker Sean Oldham

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Nappy Roots

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. Wallace and the Trailer People

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. Dan Delegato, A is for Anything, Netherfriends

FRI. Jan. 24 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Josh Ritter Acoustic Show

alberta Rose Theatre

300 NE Alberta Street Jim Lauderdale

analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Famine Fest

andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Sambafeat

artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Friday Night Coffeehouse

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark Street Sophistafunk

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. Lloyd Jones

The Lodge Bar & Grill 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard Ben Rice B3 Trio

dublin Pub-Beaverton 6821 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Backline

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Hamdogs

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Celebration of Life for Jim Miller

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Boyd Small

east end

203 SE Grand Ave. The Pynnacles Hurry Up, DJ A-Train


1800 E. Burnside DJ ProblemSolver

embers Portland

11 NW Broadway The Adrienne Alexander Show

Gemini Bar & Grill 456 N. State St. Dance Hall Days

Gemini Lounge

6526 SE Foster Road Finn Doxie

Half Penny Bar & Grill 3743 Commerical St S Lisa Mann

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Street Mike Thrasher Presents Sisyphean Conscience, The Odious, Hail the Artilect, When They Invade, Wayfarer

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar & Grill

2201 N. Killingsworth St. Vanessa Rogers


19 SW 2nd Ave. Cloud City Collective

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Tin Silver

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Manimalhouse

Blue diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Suburban Slim

Branx PdX

Brasserie Montmartre

3416 N. Lombard St. When the Broken Bow Eggplant, LPS

830 E Burnside St. Kim Richey Balto

Beaterville Cafe

225 SW Ash Street Big Ass Boombox 2014!

The Conga Club

The Foggy notion

doug Fir Lounge

1503 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd Demure Sawtell, The Hoons

320 Southeast 2nd Avenue Toxic Holocaust Exhumed, Mammoth Grinder, Ramming Speed

4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dina y Los Rumberos

350 West Burnside Street Big Ass Boombox Donovan Breakwater, Just Lions, The Hoot Hoots, No Tomorrow Boys, Adventure Galley

ash Street Saloon

6835 SW Macadam Avenue Brothers Bror

The Buffalo Gap


626 SW Park Ave. Trash Can Joe

Cadigan’s Corner Bar 5501 SE 72nd Ave. Junebugs

Camellia Lounge

510 NW 11th Ave. Mark Simon Quintet

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St Dinner for Wolves Bitch School, Troglodytes

Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave Ritchie Young Of Loch Lomond

10810 NE Sandy Blvd Responsible Party

Hotel Oregon

310 N.E. Evans Street Lee Koch

Katie O’Briens

2809 NE Sandy Blvd Dwight Dickinson Joe Little, Autry


112 SW 2nd Ave. Hennessy

Kells Brewpub

210 NW 21st Ave Sami Rouisi

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Big A$s Boom Box Festival

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St. Countryside Ride

M & M Restaurant & Lounge 137 N. Main Ave. The Sandy Saunders Band

McMenamins - Lola’s Room

1332 W. Burnside 80s Video Dance Attack VJ Kittyrox

McMenamins edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. The Old Yellers

The Original Halibut’s II 2525 NE Alberta St.

CONT. on page 39

JAN. 22–28

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Garcia Birthday Band

Midnight Roundup

345 NW Burnside Rd. Sacred Road Band

Milepost 5

850 81st Ave Therapy Hunger

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N. Mississippi Ave. A Simple Colony

Mississippi Studios

3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Matt Andersen

Mock Crest Tavern

3435 N. Lombart Street Blake Blues Band

NoHo’s Hawaiian Cafe 4627 Fremont Hawaiian Music


7850 SW Capitol HWY New Iberians

Ponderosa Lounge

10350 N. Vancouver Way Sweetwater

Reed College

SE 28th Ave. and Botsford Drive Chamber Music Northwest Inaugural Winter Festival

Rock Bottom Brewery Portland 206 SW Morrison St. Hot Tea Cold


315 Southeast 3rd Ave. DBC Bestial Mouths, Vice Device & Asss DJ’s

Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. 4x4=Musicals

Secret Society Ballroom

116 NE Russell St Urban Wildlife CD Release With Swansea

Shaker and Vine

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Gary Ogen


1033 NW 16th Avenue Mad the Conductor Juicy Karkass, Dirty Kid Discount

Star Bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. Blank Fridays

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. In Roots We Trust Tour With Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Expanders, and The Simpkin Project

Temple Baptist Church 1319 Northeast 7th Avenue BlackOut Concert

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. Landon Wordswell Tim Hoke, Mostafa, W/CLEGZ, Kinetic Emcees, Seth and the Source

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. The Jake Blair Band

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Alan Park With Railer

The Slide Inn

2348 SE Ankeny St Stumptown Flamenco Presents Viaje

The Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Ritual Healing With Wilderun, Gorgon Stare, and Never Awake

Thirsty Lion Pub SW 2nd & Ash St Counterfeit Hits

Tillicum Restaurant & Bar

8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Hwy Hot Club of Hawthorne

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club 3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Neil Diamond 73rd Birthday Tribute & Show


4144 SE 60th Ave. Zoom

Ventis Cafe

The Blue Monk

325 Court St NE Craft Brewed Concerts My Oh Mys

The Buffalo Gap

Vie De Boheme

3341 SE Belmont St. Soul Night With The Dip 6835 SW Macadam Avenue Rocky Krieger with Nathan Botsford

The Elixir Lab

2734 NE Alberta St. Picker’s Parlor

The Horse Radish

211 W. Main St. Sonny Hess Blues, funk, rock & soul

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. The Shivas Froth

1530 SE 7th Ave. Ken DeRouchie Band

Western Oregon University - Rice Auditorium

345 N Monmouth Ave Andrea Beaton

White Eagle

836 N Russell St. Freedy Johnston

White Eagle Saloon

836 N. Russell St. Chris Miller and James Sasser Jake Ray

White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave Magic Mouth, Minden

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell Street The Expendables

World Famous Kenton Club

2025 N. Kilpatrick St. Tiger Face, Grandhorse, Fur Coats

SAT. JAN. 25 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Josh Ritter Acoustic Show

Alberta Rose Theatre

300 NE Alberta St. Chatham County Line the Wild Wood

Alhambra Theatre

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Layzie Bone Mo Thugs

Analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. PDX Metalfest

Andina Restaurant

1314 NW Glisan Toshi Onizuka Trio Latin Fusion

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Renegade Stringband Joe Seamons

Tracey Fordice

Bonfire Lounge 2821 SE Stark DJ Drew Groove

Bossanova Ballroom

722 East Burnside Street Emery-The Weaks End 10 Year Anniversary With The Classic Crime

Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Sidestreet Reny

Cadigan’s Corner Bar 5501 SE 72nd Ave. Woodworks band w/ Asher Wood

Camellia Lounge 510 NW 11th Ave. Yiddish Republik

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St Dirtclodfight, Fruit of the Legion of Loom, Sleeptalker 303 SW 12th Ave Ritchie Young Of Loch Lomond

Dante’s Portland

350 W Burnside St. North Mississippi Allstars with special guest Lightnin Malcolm

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside Just People Tango Alpha Tango, Battlehooch

Dublin Pub-Beaverton

6821 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Portland 4 the Philippines Fundraiser

Beaterville Cafe

Duff’s Garage

2201 N. Killingsworth St. The Hollerbodies Band

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Gravel, Fez Fatale

Blue Diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd.

LOVE BUZZ: Magic Mouth plays White Owl Social Club on Friday, Jan. 24.

Crystal Hotel Al’s Den

225 SW Ash Street Big Ass Boombox 2014!

Ash Street Saloon


McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern


1635 SE 7th Ave. Loyd Jones

East End

203 SE Grand Ave. Dubias Mattress, Terrorbirds


1800 E. Burnside Kings on Fire

Embers Portland

11 NW Broadway Onyx Lynn & The Follies

Gemini Bar & Grill 456 N. State St. Kode Bluuzs

Half Penny Bar & Grill 3743 Commerical St S JFK

Hawthorne Theatre


1001 SE Morrison St. Yellow Year Records Tour: Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing

Jade Lounge

2342 Southeast Ankeny Street Doug Stepina

Katie O’Briens

2809 NE Sandy Blvd Wolflaut, Excerbators Heavy Baang, Staang, Disenchanter

1507 SE 39th Street Ape Machine, 30 Pound Test, Witchburn, Merciful Zeus, TallBoy


Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar & Grill

210 NW 21st Ave Sami Rouisi

10810 NE Sandy Blvd Mid Lyfe Crysis

112 SW 2nd Ave. Kells Pipes and Drums

Kells Brewpub

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Big A$s Boom Box Festival

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St The Yellers

M & M Restaurant & Lounge 137 N. Main Ave. The Sandy Saunders Band

McMenamins Boon’s Treasury

888 Liberty Street Northeas The Oregon Valley Boys

McMenamins Edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Douglas County Daughters

McMenamins Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside Floating Pointe

Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014


McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

jan. 22–28

The Blue Monk

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Lewi Longmire & The Left Coast Roasters

3341 SE Belmont St. Movement Apartment Fox, Acid Farm, Invisible Ziggurat, Jonas Rake and Metronome

Midnight Roundup

The Buffalo Gap

345 NW Burnside Rd. Sacred Road Band

Mississippi Pizza

6835 SW Macadam Avenue Ken Hanson Band

3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Love Gigantic with Rob Whitfield

The Elixir Lab

Mississippi Studios

The Firkin Tavern

3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Futurebirds With Natural Child

2734 NE Alberta St. Picker’s Parlor 1937 SE 11th Ave. Boys Beach Black is Bright

Mock Crest Tavern

The Foggy Notion

Montavilla Station

The GoodFoot

3435 N. Lombart Street The Blueprints 417 SE 80th Ave Sockeye Sawtooth

NoHo’s Hawaiian Cafe 4627 Fremont Hawaiian Music

3416 N. Lombard St. Marmits

2845 SE Stark Street Danny Barnes With Tye North and Carlton Jackson

The Horse Radish


7850 SW Capitol HWY Cal Scott Band

Ponderosa Lounge

10350 N. Vancouver Way Hang Em’ High

Reed College

211 W. Main St. Chris Lay Local accoustic folk rock and pop

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. The Ax Deadkill, Cougar

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. Soul Vaccination

SE 28th Ave. and Botsford Drive Chamber Music Northwest Inaugural Winter Festival

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Twilight Orchesra

Rock Bottom Brewery Portland 206 SW Morrison St. Midnight Moonshine


315 Southeast 3rd Ave. Blowpony

Secret Society Ballroom

116 NE Russell St The Midnight Serenaders The Barn Door Slammers

Shaker and Vine

The Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. James Clem

The Press Club

2621 SE Clinton St The Barron Robber With PSLZY

The Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Strike of Neos, Dartgun & The Vignettes Thundering Asteroids, The Tanked

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Annika Forrest ‘Fountain’ CD Release

Thirsty Lion Pub


Tillicum Restaurant & Bar

1033 NW 16th Avenue Dirty Kid Discount


1033 NW 16th Avenue Big Ass Boombox: Soft Skills, The Ecstatics Brette and Blake, Lubec, The Jesus Rehab, Mercurio

Star Theater

8585 SW BeavertonHillsdale Hwy HiFi Mojo

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club 3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Tony Morretti – A Man and His Music


13 NW 6th Ave. Robert DeLong With Mystery Skulls

The Alberta Street Public House

SW 2nd & Ash St Boys Next Door

4144 SE 60th Ave. Ann Krueger

Velo Cult

1036 Northeast Alberta Street Huck Notari and the River

1969 NE 42nd Ave Matthew Heller & The Clever

White Eagle Saloon 836 N. Russell St. Kinked

White Owl Social Club

1305 SE 8th Ave Comic Con After Party Son of Worf, DJ Jonny P., Jewels

Wilf’s Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Devin Phillips Quartet Jazz Saxaphone Extraordinaire

Winona Grange No. 271 8340 SW Seneca St. Andrea Beaton

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell Street Best! of Portland 3 Presented by School of Rock

World Famous Kenton Club 2025 N. Kilpatrick St. The Love Sicks

SuN. JAN. 26 Alberta Rose Theatre 300 NE Alberta Street Chatham County Line Calico Rose

Analog Cafe & Theater

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Noyouyesme Jonas Rake, Rudement, Bot23

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Ryan Walsh

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash Street Candy Machine Wrecker

Beaterville Cafe

2201 N. Killingsworth St. Songwriter Showcase James Faretheewell


118 NE 28th Ave The Original Eye Candy Video Night

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Off Key Bluegrass Jam

Blue Diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes Jam Session

Calapooia Brewing 140 Hill St NE Blues Jam

Crystal Hotel Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave

Justin FarrenDoug Fir


830 E. Burnside Mbrascatu Goose & Fox, Toburona

Elsinore Theatre

170 High St SE Rick Parks at the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ

First Presbyterian Church

1200 SW Alder St. Monteverdi Madrigali

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Street Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Tragedy

Jade Lounge

2342 Southeast Ankeny Street Moorea Masa, Allison Hall


1937 SE 11th Ave. Open Mic

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. The Caldonias Daniel Francis Doyle, Landlines


Kelly’s Olympian

232 SW Ankeny St. The Last 45’s Bear & Moose, The Verner Pantons

Kennedy School

1530 SE 7th Ave. Padam Padam

112 SW 2nd Ave. Bill Mullen 426 SW Washington St The Empty, Brakemouth

Vie De Boheme

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Craig Carothers Songwriters in the Round

White Eagle Saloon

LaurelThirst Public House

Wieden + Kennedy

2958 NE Glisan St Freak Mountain Ramblers

Lincoln Performance Hall-Portland State

836 N. Russell St. Science! 224 NW 13th Ave Camerata PYP

MON. JAN. 27

1620 SW Park Ave Chamber Music Northwest Inaugural Winter Festival

Andina Restaurant

McMenamins Edgefield

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Sumo

2126 S.W. Halsey St. Jack McMahon

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Billy D

Milepost 5

850 81st Ave Therapy Hunger

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Hungry, Hungry Hip-Hop

Mississippi Studios

3939 N. Mississippi Ave. Dent May, Jack Name

Mock Crest Tavern

3435 N. Lombart Street Quizzy With Roy Smallwood


7850 SW Capitol HWY Kellie Jones Band

Revival Drum Shop 1465 NE Prescott St., Suite C Han Bennink


600 E Burnside St. Modern Kin, Young Vienna

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave. Hopsin Dizzy Wright, Tragedy

1314 NW Glisan Pete Krebs Vintage

Blue Diamond


1665 SE Bybee Ave Open Mic

Crystal Hotel Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Justin Farren

Disjecta-Contemporary Art Center of Portland 8371 N. Interstate Ave. Culinaria EAT | ART

Duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Keeter/Allison Songwriters Revue

East End

203 SE Grand Ave. Cosmonauts, Boom! Downstairs


112 SW 2nd Ave. Bill Mullen

Kells Brewpub

210 NW 21st Ave Traditional Irish Jam Session 426 SW Washington St Eye Candy VJs


1825 SW Broadway, Suite S18 No More Parachutes

LaurelThirst Public House



LaurelThirst Public House

1033 NW 16th Avenue Grand Style Orchestra

The Elixir Lab

2734 NE Alberta St. Picker’s Parlor

2958 NE Glisan St Kung Pao Chickens

McMenamins - Lola’s Room 1332 W. Burnside Punk Rock Monday

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McMenamins Edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Skip von Kuske’s Groovy Wallpaper With The Adequates

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Bob Shoemaker

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Mr Ben Music For Kids

Pub at the End of the universe 4107 SE 28th Ave. Open Mic


1033 NW 16th Avenue Red City Radio Elway, Direct Hit, 48 Thrills, Abolitionist

MAxiN’ RELAxiN’: DTCV plays Mississippi Studios on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Blue Diamond

The GoodFoot

Bossanova Ballroom

2734 NE Alberta St. Moonshine Mondays With The Moonshine 2845 SE Stark Street Sonic Forum: Open Mic Night Live Mic Night

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. Piss Piss Piss Hounds of Hate, Spit Vitriol

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. Dover Weinberg’s Blue Monday With Special Guests

The Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones

The Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Beard Night

Thorne Lounge

4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Transplants Night


232 SW Ankeny St. Putts Wormbag, Sioux Falls

White Eagle Saloon 836 N. Russell St. Blind Violet Rocket 3

TuES. JAN. 28 Analog Cafe & Theater


The Blue Monk

1314 NW Glisan JB Butler

3341 SE Belmont St. Open Mic Night

Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014

The Elixir Lab

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. S.Y.N.T. Weekly Dubstep Night

1033 NW 16th Avenue Dirty Kid Discount


HALF-BAKED: In Oregon, food goes south to make money. Sizzle Pie, Voodoo Doughnut and Mio Sushi have all cashed in on Portland cachet to serve Eugene’s college kids and street activists. Rarely do Eugene’s offerings travel north to Portland, however. So we noted with interest the quiet addition of B Squared wine bar (1966 NW Pettygrove St., 971-202-7569), a new outpost of Eugene Wine Cellars’ bar in Eugene; the bar is also the first nod to the ConWay warehouse district’s future as Pearl Northwest. But in confusing and transitional times for the ’hood, B Squared is confusing and transitional. The improvised space, which doubles as a daytime cafe, is painted mustard brown and decorated with a tight hodgepodge of celebrity illustrations, from Andy Warhol to a frighteningly pursed Christopher Walken; they’re the only things in the bar that aren’t overlighted. The bar menu ranges from standard olive plate to pulled-pork sandwich and banh mi, not to mention lasagna and shepherd’s pie. This last dish, unfortunately, arrived uncooked: Unmelted, shredded cheddar sat atop mashed potatoes and beef still cold from the refrigerator. “You forgot to cook this, man,” the bartender called to the kitchen when I sent it back. The house B² red was similarly unbaked, a hollowly acidic pinot noir with nearly the same name as an excellent New Zealand pinot by Brennan Wines. As a wine bar in a neighborhood under heavy construction, B Squared is a pioneer. But it seems, for the time being, to be roughing it. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Kelly’s Olympian

2958 NE Glisan St Portland Country Underground

315 SE 3rd Ave. Weedeater


The Firkin Tavern e vA n j o h n s o n


Andina Restaurant

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash Street Eclectic Tuba, The Modern Ass Jazz Singers

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. The Gretchen Mitchell Band 722 East Burnside Street Tuesday Blues

Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Larry Calame

Crystal Hotel Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Justin Farren

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside Ash, Deaf Havana

Duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Dover Weinberg Quartet

Jade Lounge

2342 Southeast Ankeny Street Sue Brody


112 SW 2nd Ave. Bill Mullen

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

McMenamins Edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Hot Club Time Machine

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 Northwest Old Cornelius Pass Road Open Bluegrass Jam

Midnight Roundup

345 NW Burnside Rd. Open Mic Jam Sessions

Sellwood Public House 8132 SE 13th Ave Open Mic


1033 NW 16th Avenue Self Defense Family, Creative Adult Silver Snakes, Gaddamned Animals

Starday Tavern

6517 SE Foster Rd. Joe Baker Band

Suki’s Bar & Grill 2401 SW 4th Ave. Live Music

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. The Pagan Jug Band With Special Guest Zydeco Skeeter

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark Street The Family Funktion

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. Hot Jam Night With Tracey Fordice and The 8-Balls

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Bones DJ Aurora & Friends

The Red And Black Cafe

400 SE 12th Ave. Shelly Salant Woolen Men

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell Blvd. Open Mic Night Featuring House Band: The Roaming


232 SW Ankeny St. Telephobia, Ian Gorman Weiland, Sence Crasher

White Eagle Saloon

836 N. Russell St. ADD Love Showcase Hunter Paye, Paleo, Will West

JAN. 22–28

MUSIC CALENDAR Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. Beacon Sound

SUN. JAN. 26 Berbati

WED. JAN. 22 Analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Electropolis: DJ Ian Page Loco Potion, Uncommon Sense, Scizure, Spherex, EZ-A

Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech DJ HG Walls


19 SW 2nd Ave. DJ Seleckta YT Riddim Up Wednesday

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge 219 NW Davis St. DJ Robb Trick

Dixie Tavern

NS 3rd & Couch St Hump Night

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. TRONix Bryan Zentz

Harlem Portland

220 SW Ankeny St. Sex Life DJ’s

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

1503 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd Rockstar Karaoke

Moloko Plus

3967 N Mississippi Ave King Tim 33 1/3

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

219 NW Davis St. DJ Peter Calandra Sound Glitter

Dig a Pony

736 Southeast Grand Ave. DJ Cooky Parker

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. DJ Nate C

Moloko Plus


Moloko Plus

Star Bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Joey Prude

3967 N Mississippi Ave Monkeytek & Friends 639 SE Morrison St. DJ Highway 7

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark Street Soul Stew with DJ Aquaman

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Skullf*ck! Dance Pary

The Grand Cafe & Andrea’s Cha Cha Club

Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. AM Gold

SAT. JAN. 25 Alhambra Theater

4811 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Filmistan ft. DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid

Artichoke Music

Ash Street Saloon

Beech Street Parlor

Beech Street Parlor

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Artichoke Open Mics

225 SW Ash Street DJ Smooth Hopperator

412 NE Beech Pattern & Shape DJ Spencer D.

412 NE Beech DJ Shrimp Tempura


19 SW 2nd Ave. DJ Mellow Cee

19 SW 2nd Ave. Study Hall With DJ Suga Shane

Black Book

20 NW 3rd Ave Modern(ist), DJ Troubled Youth, Ryan Biornstad

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge 219 NW Davis St. Hip Hop Heaven DJ George

Harlem Portland

220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Tourmaline With DJ Valen

Moloko Plus

3967 N Mississippi Ave Morganixx & Friends Dub & Dancehall

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Deathtrip DJ Tobias

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. DJ MizMargo & Mick Royale

Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Bob Ham

Tiger Bar

317 NW Broadway Karaoke From Hell

FRI. JAN. 24 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Count Lips


Branx PDX

320 Southeast 2nd Avenue Blowpony


1800 E. Burnside Impact Sound! Reggae DJs

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. Roxy’s Ego Hour

Harlem Portland

220 SW Ankeny St. DJ K. Marie

McMenamins Edgefield

2126 S.W. Halsey St. Robert Burns Dinner

Moloko Plus

3967 N Mississippi Ave Lamar LeRoy

Star Bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Jeff Truhn

The Conga Club

4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tropical Saturday Salsa

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. DJ Maxamillion Darkness Descends Dance Night

The Whiskey Bar 31 NW 1st Ave Deorro

Coming Soon: Romance Show 2/14; BodyVox-2 3/14; Acoustic Guitar Summit 3/21; Ron Steen Quartet 4/11; Jay Ungar and Molly Mason 4/25

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220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Jack 1001 SE Morrison Gotham a Go-Go: Batmania and DJ Gragarious

3967 N Mississippi Ave Hans Fricking Lindauer Rhythm and Soul Review

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East End

Harlem Portland

1001 SE Morrison Club Crooks With DJ Izm

master of the Irish instrument... combining tale-telling, history and music into a seamless compound that reaches all ages and types of listeners.” —San Francisco Chronicle

”An American

219 NW Davis St. DJ Robb, The Superstar Divas


31 NW 1st Ave Paris Blohm


CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

203 SE Grand Ave. Conquer and Serve DJ Nick Phit, DJ Rob Regret

The Whiskey Bar

421 SE Grand Ave. Psychopomp

118 NE 28th Ave The Original Eye Candy Video Night

220 SW Ankeny St. Lionsden

639 SE Morrison St. DJ OverCol

The Lovecraft


Harlem Portland

Star Bar Portland

832 SE Grand Ave. DJ Alberton

19 SW 2nd Ave. Sunday Syndrome: DJ Linkus EDM EDM Every Sunday


AND LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP Walters Cultural Arts Center 1/31 7:30pm

Star Bar Portland

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Danger Zone! Acid Rick & Alan Park

MON. JAN. 27 Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash Street DJ Smooth Hopperator


19 SW 2nd Ave. DJ Henry Dark

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

219 NW Davis St. Maniac Monday with DJ Robb

Dante’s Portland

350 West Burnside Street Karaoke From Hell

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. Metal Mondays with Metal Kyle and DJ Shreddy Krueger

Star Bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. Metal Monday with DJ Nefarious

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. DJ Waisted and DJ Anais Ninja

Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Never Forget


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$10.00 advance tickets. $12.00 at the door. Falafel House: 3 to Late–Night All Ages Shows: Every Sunday 8–11pm Free Pinball Feeding Frenzy: Saturday @ 3pm WITHIN SPITTING DISTANCE OF THE PEARL

1033 NW 16TH AVE. (971) 229-1455 OPEN: 3–2:30AM EVERY DAY

TUES. JAN. 28 Berbati

19 SW 2nd Ave. Soundstation Tuesdays With DJ Instigatah, Snackmaster DJ

HAPPY HOUR: MON–FRI NOON–7PM PoP-A-Shot • PinbAll • Skee-bAll Air hockey • Free Wi-Fi

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge 219 NW Davis St. Girltopia DJ Alicious

Star Bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Plucky

The Eagle Portland

835 N Lombard DMTV with DJ Danimal

The Lodge Bar & Grill 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard DJ Easy Finger

Tiga Bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Kevin Lee

Triple Nickel Pub

3646 SE Belmont St. Eye Candy

HEADOUT PG. 21 Willamette Week JANUARY 22, 2014


Lara KLinGeman

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bruce LonG

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the monster-builder

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Navigating the annual Fertile Ground festival can feel like cultivating a phenomenally overgrown garden. There are a few things you want (kale, raspberries, butterflies), but also many you don’t (weeds, slugs, all that extra zucchini). That’s the thing about the 11-day spree of new local works: Because it’s an uncurated festival, anyone can mount a show. Presenters range from some of the city’s bigger theater and dance companies to troupes that disappear once the fest closes. The result is a dizzying range in style, subject and, well, quality. Still, at only $50 for an unlimited festival pass (events are also individually ticketed), you learn to deal with some mealy tomatoes alongside the perfect plums. Among the fully staged world premieres, workshop productions and stripped-down readings—there are more than 50 events this year—here are a few worth checking out. For more, turn to Performance listings. The Monster-Builder Amy Freed isn’t worried about calling her new play a screed. A comedy about a megalomaniacal architect, Freed likens The Monster-Builder to “an exaggerated political cartoon.” That very hyperbole, Freed hopes, will spur impassioned conversation among the audience. “The public nature of architecture gives that aesthetic plenty of room to voice its opinion,” says the playwright, whose 1998 dark comedy Freedomland was a Pulitzer finalist. “Its existence is its opinion. Most of us are fed in and out of these urban systems that are so much bigger than we are. I wasn’t worried about being too nuanced because the dialogue is so one-sided already.” 42

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In the absence of nuance, The Monster-Builder introduces us to an architect named Gregor Zubrowski, an eccentric Faustian madman intent on destroying a beloved building and erecting an 80-story tower capped with golden spikes. As a child, Freed had some exposure to this world—her dad was an architect for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the major modernist firm behind the Hancock Center and the Sears Tower. (The family’s own home, meanwhile, was a “falling-down version of a Frank Lloyd Wright house.”) She grew up observing the way the clean lines of modernism—the “less is more” philosophy of architects like Mies van der Rohe—mutated into the vulgar ornamentation of postmodernism (for a sterling example, look no further than this city’s much-maligned Portland Building). More recently, the San Francisco resident has seen the way gleaming mega-developments have gone up there. “We seem to have failed at figuring out what is an enduring and successful direction for big buildings,” Freed says. “These are places that have very little sense of dignity or control.” The Monster-Builder, which begins previews Tuesday, Jan. 28, and opens Saturday, Feb. 1, is Freed’s way of voicing her strident opposition. And Portland, she says, is an ideal place for the play’s premiere, precisely because such glass-and-steel skyscrapers haven’t begun to rise here. “Portland’s reputation for livability is part and parcel of the architectural containment,” she says. “You should be wary when the dark pall that’s been cast over San Francisco starts looking your way.” REBECCA JACOBSON. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Sundays, Jan. 28-March 2. $25-$55.

American King Umps Don Wilson Glenn’s grandmother used to tell him stories about Umps. Umps was Glenn’s great-great-grandfather, who’d been born into slavery in Arkansas in 1834. Emancipated in Texas after the Civil War, Umps gained legendary status in the family’s folklore: According to a particularly apocryphal story, he once played the fiddle all day and night to escape a beating by his master. Glenn, who was born in east Texas and returned there from New York to care for his bard of a grandmother—she’s now 109 and in “wonderful condition,” Glenn says—always saw Umps as a heroic character. For Glenn’s new play, he has fictionalized Umps and placed him in a tale of self-determination and triumph. Like his earlier play American Menu, which takes place after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., American King Umps paints a personal story against a broader historical backdrop. Here, the end of the Civil War is imminent, and a slave master has abandoned his cotton plantation in Texas. The slaves, left to govern themselves, disagree whether they should remain in America or return to Africa. Glenn describes the play as high comedy—he balked at the idea of writing anything too bleak—mingled with elements of Elizabethan theater. While reading slave narratives, he uncovered threads that reminded him of Shakespeare, so the new play draws on both The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The plot is inflected with starstruck romance, confused identities and the mysticism of nature. “As the play moves into the nighttime, you have these characters running around like ghosts,” Glenn says. “As time progresses, things become a bit more mysterious and a bit cloudier onstage, but by the end it unfolds itself as all the classic Shakespearean plays do to reveal the mysteries of what’s going on.” REBECCA JACOBSON. Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 283-8467. 7 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 pm Sundays, Jan. 30-Feb. 16. $10-$20. Picture Sentence Picture Picture Sentence Picture—aside from being the format for all BuzzFeed articles—is a game. It’s a cross between telephone and Pictionary that, before Cards Against Humanity, was the preferred activity for any group of people baked out of their minds. To play, one person writes a sentence on a sheet of paper and passes it to the next person, who draws a picture based on the sentence. That person then passes it to the next player, who writes another sentence based on the drawing, and so on—all hopefully to hilarious effect. Members of dance company TriptheDark, known for its casual, non-captive shows in bars, played this game on a weekend trip in May to Rockaway Beach, during which the Jameson and white wine flowed freely. When the trip was over, co-founders Corinn deWaard and Stephanie Seaman revealed to the group a surprise: The game would be the inspiration for their newest dance piece, which premieres at the Analog Cafe on Sunday, Feb. 2. The pictures and sentences—things like, “The ghost took over the earth, and the Kool-Aid Man was sad”—are interpreted through the lens of yet another inspiration, a short story by Portland author Andrew Dickson. It’s only 242 words and read at the beginning of the show, but the tale about hedge-fund managers and doppelgängers is so convoluted it’s impossible to follow. So when the six dancers, wearing neckties and white masks, enact the story alongside drunken conjurings like the Kool-Aid Man, the audience is bound to get lost. That’s OK, Seaman says, because “interpretation is what it’s all about.” And, deWaard adds, it’s also about fun: “Our shows usually don’t make much sense to the audience anyway.” AARON SPENCER. The Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7 pm Saturdays-Sundays, Feb. 2-15. $15. SEE IT: The Fertile Ground festival runs Jan. 23-Feb. 2 at venues across Portland. Full-festival passes are $50. Visit for details.

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The festival of world-premiere theater and dance returns for its sixth year, with more than 50 full productions, readings and workshops taking place over the course of 11 days. Fertile Ground productions are marked with . Thursday, Jan. 23-Sunday, Feb. a 2. Full pass $50; individual tickets vary. Visit for details.


A reading of a new comedy by Veronica Esaqui and Linda Kuhlmann about an ex-hippie who inherits a dilapidated vineyard and, with it, three old women who cannot be displaced. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 25. $10.

Bon Ton Roulet

Elizabeth Huffman’s new comedy takes characters and words from Shakespeare and plunks them into a New Orleans bar on Mardi Gras. Milepost 5, 850 81st Ave., 971-2588584. 7 pm Thursdays-Sundays through Feb. 9. $10.


A reading of a new script by Ellen Margolis, a seamy story of politics, sex and revenge in 1820s Kentucky. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 27. “Pay what you can.”

Carter Hall

Claire Willett based her new play on a 13th-century Scottish folk tale about a misfit young girl who gets drawn into a supernatural whodunit. It’s presented as a bare-bones reading, with Willett and her dad Ken performing songs by English folk-rockers Steeleye Span. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 28. “Pay what you can.”

The Haunting of Childhood

A reading of a new play by Gregory Neil Forbes about a girl on an Eastern Oregon ranch whose visions about her dead mother turn out to be more than anyone expects. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State Street, 635-3901. 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 28. $10.


Portland Playhouse heads to downtown’s Winningstad for August Wilson’s play about black taxi drivers in mid-’70s Pittsburgh. Expect powerful, simmering stuff. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway., 488-5822. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 16. $32-$63.


A staged reading of a new play by Gary Corbin about a recently divorced woman who turns to theft. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 3 pm Saturday, Jan. 26. $10.

Love Is Enough

Portland Civic Theatre Guild presents a staged reading of a new comedy by local playwright Donna Barrow-Green, about a 1960s housewife who dreams of writing romance novels and then finds her fictional dreamboat come to life. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031. 10 am Tuesday, Jan. 28. $8.

Lust and Marriage

Eleanor O’Brien presents a solo show about modern marriage, monogamy and polyamory. Catalyst Art and Culture Space, 4810 NE Garfield Ave., 888-367-1117. 8 pm Thursdays, Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6; 10 pm Fridays-

Saturdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 1; and 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8. $10.

Mad Genre

Staged readings of four short plays by Jason Fert, each centering on a unique female character. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 10 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 24-25. $8-$10.

Memory’s Landscape

Jewish Theatre Collaborative presents a staged reading of a new work by Jamie M. Rea and Sacha Reich, an armchair tour of Israel that explores ideas of collective memory. Each night’s performance is at a different venue: Sunday at Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St.), Monday at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (6651 SW Capitol Highway) and Tuesday at Lincoln Hall at PSU (1620 SW Park Ave.). Multiple venues, 512-0582. 7 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 26-28. $15.

Middle Names

In this new play by Corey O’Hara, a mutual friend’s death brings together three young strangers in a motel room in the sweltering desert. Action/ Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 8. $15.

The Monster-Builder

Artists Rep presents a world premiere by Pulitzer finalist Amy Freed, a comedy about a megalomaniacal architect. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Sundays through March 2. $25.


A staged reading of a new play by Dave Chapman about a couple that’s just split up and is then unexpectedly greeted by the woman’s sister, who’s acting as if she’s drunk. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 1 pm Saturday, Jan. 26. $10.

The Past Is Calling

Dennis Nyback and Buck Evan’s new musical stars Leo Daedalus as a young man who travels back to 1926 and finds himself in an Indiana casino. Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson St. 8 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26. $25.

Pep Talk

This new work finds the inventive folks at Hand2Mouth digging into sports culture. Fittingly, it’ll be performed in a North Portland gym. Peninsula Park Community Center & Pool, 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 235-5284. 8 pm FridaysSundays and 3 pm Sundays through Feb. 16 (no matinee Sunday, Jan. 26; no show Friday, Feb. 7). $15-$20.

Remme’s Run

Based on true events, Wayne Harrel’s play follows a cattleman as he gallops from Sacramento to Portland, hoping to cash a $12,500 deposit before word of the bank’s failure hits Oregon. This workshop production features some fancy multimedia. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 23-25; 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 26; 7:30 pm ThursdayFriday, Jan. 30-31. $15.

Short Works

Staged readings of five short plays by Susan Faust, Miriam Feder, Alan Fitch, Rich Rubin and Heather Thiel. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 6 pm Saturday, Jan. 26. $10.

The Temporary Man

A reading of Scott David Bradner and A.R. MacGregor’s new musical about a fired restaurant employee who returns to his old workplace and holds everyone hostage. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State Street, Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 26. $10.

A workshop production of a new play by Robert Lee Gaynor that imagines a student reporter traveling to Florida to interview Tennessee Williams in 1979. Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave., 2347837 7 pm Thursdays-Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Feb. 2. $15-$18.

Theodore & Di

In this staged reading of David Berkson’s new play, an overachieving woman and a socially awkward video-store clerk find love. Northwest Academy’s Blue Box Theater, 1130 SW Main St. 7:30 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 26-28. $10-$12.

Therapy Hunger

Post5 Theatre’s Cassandra Boice stages a new multidisciplinary work about a young woman’s journey through the world of psychiatric meds. Milepost 5, 850 81st Ave., 971-2588584. 9:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 2. $10.

Shepard examines neither their parallels nor their differences, though director Mikhael Tara Garver makes camp of Henry’s pleas for mercy, with supporting comedic relief in Amado’s bullheadedness. Through no fault of the seasoned cast, Eyes for Consuela feels like Shepard’s own unresolved midlife crisis, a play that ticks all the boxes for Shepardesque themes but runs away from its own problems. MITCH LILLIE. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 2. $30.

ALSO PLAYING 4x4=Musicals

Seven creators produce short musicals

for a tiny stage. Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 239-5919. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 23-25. $15-$20.

Aika & Rose

At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera. The new musical bills itself as a supernatural teen lesbian love story. So, basically that racy French movie with show tunes and dancing spirits, right? Not quite. Aika & Rose—cowritten by Amanda Spring, a singer and drummer for Point Juncture, WA, and Tai Carmen, a poet and musician—is decidedly PG. It tells the

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Tennessee in Key West

= WW Pick. Highly recommended. Most prices listed are for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and so-called convenience charges may apply, so it’s best to call ahead.


Word. Voice.

PlayWrite, which holds theater workshops with underserved youth, presents short works written by graduates of its programs and performed by professional actors. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., 2495800. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. Free.


A staged reading of a new play about a body that disappears from a morgue. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. $10-$15.


So, like…real life is hard, you know? One second you’re a college graduate, working part-time at a comic-book cafe, and the next you’re turning 30, still at the same cafe, living with your parents and suffering from depression due to all the unspoken pressures of society. At least, that’s the reality for the characters in CoHo Productions’ Enjoy, by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada. The play, directed by Michael Griggs, takes place primarily in the cafe of a bustling subway station in Japan, and it focuses on the lives and relationships of Japanese “Freeters,” educated people in their 20s and 30s who work part-time minimum-wage jobs in order to maximize free time. As they navigate hookups, breakups, homeless customers and a former friend-turned-businessman, they speak in a way that’s half-slangy, half-intellectual. Though this disjointed style of dialogue is at times illogical and unclear, it becomes easier to understand the characters’ roundabout way of speaking as the play progresses. Led by an eager cast with ace timing— Anne Sorce steals scenes with gangly awkwardness and offhand background reactions—Enjoy cleverly examines the uncertainties of young adulthood and the power dynamics of everyday relationships. KAITIE TODD. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 8. $15-$25.

Eyes For Consuela

Irreparably broken relationships, wanton violence and abstract, philosophical musings: Yes, Profile Theatre’s Eyes for Consuela, has all of Sam Shepard’s trademarks. Minutes after they meet on a moonlit rural Mexican street, Amado (Andrés Alcalá) is holding his machete at the gringo Henry (Michael Mendelson). He doesn’t want the bumbling tourist’s money or valuables. It’s a pair of blue eyes that Amado’s after, to give as a bleeding, apologetic gift to his wife Consuela (an enchanting Crystal Ann Muñoz), seen only briefly as she rocks and prances about the raised stage. Back in Henry’s cheapo hotel room, Amado doesn’t back down—though he didn’t really seem too threatening in the first place—and the two men get to talking about their wives. Amado offended his wife by accidentally shooting her father, while Henry smothered his, triggering his midlife escape to Mexico.

missed connection: stephanie cordell.

THE END OF SEX (THEATRE VERTIGO) The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexual sensation. “Why does my ass feel like my clit?” asks one character, bewildered as she backs into the counter—and then keeps massaging herself against it. This cream is at the center of Portland-born playwright Craig Jessen’s new, somewhat patchy work, directed by Brandon Woolley at Theatre Vertigo. A scientist named Sam (Stephanie Cordell) inadvertently develops the drug, first realizing its effect when her lab rabbits stop having sex and instead stroke each other incessantly (you’ll have to picture this for yourself—the production features no furry mammals). The play unfolds over the course of several months and introduces us to the drug-trial participants, who range from a woman who seizes up whenever penetration is attempted to a pig farmer with a disturbing fondness for his livestock. That the latter character doesn’t come off as a crass hick is a small miracle; Kelsey Tyler turns in a portrayal that’s sympathetic, even warm. Yet the sex cream, even as it causes more onstage orgasms than at the average Rocky Horror screening, proves less interesting than other parts of the play. Jessen misses an opportunity to ask about the drug’s purpose: Is it real medical treatment, or is it something to store by the vibrator in the bedside drawer, allowing you to get off in novel ways? Genitals are so complicated—why not just fondle your partner’s forearm instead? More compelling is the examination of workplace dynamics, whether bashful stabs at flirtation or misguided moves that verge on sexual assault. Sam’s insistence on total authority over the drug trials might seem controlling, but perhaps she’s just taken Sheryl Sandberg’s advice to “lean in.” As Sam, Cordell oozes exasperation but lacks subtlety, and she’s hurt by a narrative thread about her floundering marriage. There’s little reason to invest: Her journalist husband, as played by Jason Glick, is dishwater-dull, his hand snaking down his sweats whenever yoga classes come on TV. (He’s also part of the script’s most distracting implausibility, that he would be given the exclusive scoop on his wife’s invention.) Others fare better: Beth Thompson is an effervescent presence, and R. David Wyllie has a nice turn as the shy, stammering assistant. They gamely march through what can be an overwritten, spotty script—Jessen stuffs some exchanges with excess background and ends other scenes too abruptly. As is, The End of Sex isn’t an unsatisfying romp, but with additional finesse, it might just hit the sweet spot. REBECCA JACOBSON.

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror.

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story of two teenage girls who meet in a dusty town and fall in love. True to its creators’ musical roots, Aika & Rose sounds nothing like Rodgers and Hammerstein. Its drums are harder, its horns bigger, and there’s Japanese inflection in the woodwinds and baritone ukulele. The show has some cute hopscotch choreography and a devilish dancing spirit, but it’s primarily worth catching for the music. Between Spring’s breathy alto, Carmen’s girlish clarity and Sara Hernandez’s emotive power— and their unimpeachable sevenpiece band—this is a sweet story with just enough bite. REBECCA JACOBSON. The Headwaters, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 7:30 pm Thursday; 7:30 and 9:30 pm Friday; and 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 23-25. $12-$15.

Cuéntame Coyote

Cuéntame Coyote, written and directed by Dañel Malán, follows the plight of Mexican immigrants seeking a better life north of the border. 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 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.

The Mousetrap

Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up

dead. But the predictability of the formula doesn’t make the tale any less enjoyable, and this Lakewood production of Agatha Christie’s whodunit passes muster with an ensemble that plays up the eccentricities and dark secrets of each character. The action moves at a swift clip as characters dash through doors and up stairs while the sergeant pieces together the events of the evening. PENELOPE BASS. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays; 2 pm Sundays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16; 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. Through Feb. 16. $32.

Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare

Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare recounts the third and final Antarctic expedition of British polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. It’s performed by Lawrence Howard, who artfully mingles the expedition’s bleakest events with lighter, more encouraging anecdotes. KAITIE TODD. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 8 pm FridaysSaturdays through Jan. 25. $15-$35.

COMEDY ALL CAPS: A Comedy Show With Character(s)

A comedy show where the performers must present a standup set from the perspective of a distinctive character, employing puppetry, clowning, movement or whatever else they see fit. The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., 228-



SLIP DOWN AND FALL CAREFULLY: A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price of Goods” (that would be “Dry Goods Pricing Department”). It’s a very neat play about a very tangled subject, and director May Adrales’ production at Portland Center Stage, with its whirling scenery, crisp performances and brisk pace, is solid. The story follows a naive Ohioan named Daniel Cavanaugh (an appropriately galumphing Peter O’Connor) who travels to a midsize Chinese city to score a contract for his sign-making business. He’s the guy, he tells the ministry of culture, who will ensure the handicapped restroom isn’t marked “Deformed Man’s Toilet.” Much of the play is in Mandarin, with English supertitles projected above the actors, and these messy translations prove one of the play’s chief pleasures. This farce of miscommunication quickly becomes a study of love across cultures when Daniel launches an affair with a government official, played with captivating hilarity and emotional resonance by Tina Chilip. The pair’s chemistry is dubious, yet there’s something richly satisfying about the waves of exasperation, relief and exhaustion they experience with each attempt to converse: O’Connor flailing and gasping, Chilip balled-up and fidgety. Though too tidily constructed, Chinglish is a zippy diversion—even if, unlike the characters, we’re never really cast into the murky waters of misunderstanding. REBECCA JACOBSON. SEE IT: Chinglish is at the Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays; 2 pm SaturdaysSundays; noon some Thursdays through Feb. 9. $29-$69. 44

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Andrew Santino

The Chicago native brings his mischievous brand of standup to Portland. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday and 7:30 and 10 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 23-25. $15-$20.

David Saffert’s Birthday Bashtravaganza! IV

Comedian and pianist David Saffert hosts another variety-show-cumbirthday-party, with Sammuel Hawkins joining him for some racy songs from the 1920s, dancers from TriptheDark and some ukulele tunes. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, 477-9477. 8 pm Fridays, Jan. 25 and 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. $12-$15.

The Hamster Village

Previous installments of Nathan Brannon’s show have featured a comic roundtable, with audience members encouraged to bring news headlines for the panel to riff on. For this round, Brannon brings on Bri Pruett, Andie Main and Funemployment Radio’s Greg Nibler and Sarah X Dylan. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3231. 9:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 22. $5.

Jerry Seinfeld

We don’t really have to tell you who this guy is, do we? Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24. $56.50-$89.50.

To Be Determined: A Cavalcade of Awesome

Spunky and irreverent troupe Action/Adventure presents an evening of unpredictable performance: probably some improv, a short staged reading or two, some in-progress devised work and general revelry. Action/Adventure Theater, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 27-28. $10.

Flickering overhead lights cast an eerie glow on several dancers posing as dead bodies, some of whom emerge from body bags, fully naked, eyes frozen open as they would be at the moment of collision. DJ Lynton Carr’s score is a blaring mix of classical and popular music that incorporates the jarring sounds of twisted metal. Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 245-1600. 8 pm ThursdaySaturday, Jan. 23-25. $20-$30.

by a screen of mood-setting imagery, sometimes scenes from World War II, sometimes vintage home videos, the dancers try to embody the airy feeling of memories in a graceful way. Northwest Dance Project member Lindsey Matheis also contributes Stand Tall, a work for three men that premiered last year. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. 7 pm Fridays-Saturdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 1. $7-$20.

Portland’s Next Top Superstar Diva

TriptheDark Dance Company, Bridge City Dance Project, Polaris Dance Theatre

Drag queen Ginger Lee, known for her ‘90s-country lip syncs and purple lipstick, has hung up her heels after six-and-a-half years with the Superstar Divas trio. A months-long contest to replace her concludes tonight with the six contestants performing a group number with the show’s two other stars. CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis St., 248-9135. 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 26. Free. 21+.


Ucce Agada, 25, moved to Portland from Chicago and stopped by Cami Curtis’ studio one day in June, saying he wanted to dance. Now he’s written a new show, Sincerely, which in addition to dance—tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary—includes multimedia, spoken word and a bit of theater. It’s the story of two lovers parting; one moves to Italy, while the other stays in Chicago. The two main characters are joined by an ensemble of 10 who tells the story through dance, physically interpreting the lovers’ letters. Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center, 1932 W Burnside St., 2278649. 1 and 6 pm Saturdays and 1 pm Sundays through Feb 2. $10.


A company of six women, SubRosa premieres Heirloom, a rather straightforward piece about the dancers’ family ancestries. Backed

TriptheDark, a fun-loving company that usually performs at venues like the Analog Cafe, shows excerpts of its piece Picture Sentence Picture in this installment of the Groovin’ Greenhouse dance showcase. Also performing is Bridge City Dance Project, which presents A Fight to Become, a feminist piece for five women. Finally, a work in progress by Polaris Dance Theatre’s artistic director Robert Guitron features a spoken word soundtrack. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1501 SW Taylor St. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24. $10-15.


This might be the last installment of Nadia Buyse’s Visions series before she moves to Berlin. Buyse doesn’t know exactly what the performers will do this time, but she can guess: Performance artist Keyon Gaskin moves with minimalist, abstract gestures, and Lucy Yim and Taka Yamamoto’s movement might tell more of a story. Katie Piatt mixes things up; she is known to tell stories through movement and in costume. East End, 203 SE Grand Ave., 503-232-0056. 9 pm Thursday, Jan. 23. Free. 21+.

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7605. 7:30 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 26-28. $10-$12.


You Do Speak English, Don’t You?

An afternoon of cabaret entertainment from Mark and Helena Greathouse. Milepost 5, 850 81st Ave. 4 pm Saturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. “Pay what you can.”

Stay on the Edge of the Pearl.

DANCE a(merging)

This second weekend of Lindsey Matheis’ series includes Portland Festival Ballet dancer Emily Schultz and Princess Grace Award winner Katie Scherman, among others. Northwest Dance Project Studio & Performance Center, 833 N Shaver St., 421-7434. 7:30 pm FridaySunday, Jan. 24-26. $15-$20.

Groovin’ Greenhouse

Three Portland companies make up the first performance of the Groovin’ Greenhouse dance showcase series. One is postmodern group Automal, led by Kate Rafter, a native Portlander who’s just returned from school in Colorado Springs. She’s premiering Amends, a short athletic piece that features five dancers, 26 glowing balls and some audience participation. The other two pieces are excerpts of works in progress. One, by Polaris Dance Theatre artistic director Robert Guitron, features a spoken-word soundtrack. The other, excerpts of PDX Dance Collective’s Seasons, follows emotions through life to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1501 SW Taylor St., 360-1127. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 23. $10-$15.

Phillip Adams BalletLab

Aussie Phillip Adams’ signature 1999 work, Amplification, is a stark and unsettling look at death, as played out through the sounds and imagery of a car crash. Adams researched the hourlong work at an emergency room and morgue, inspirations that’s clear in the cold, minimalist set.

Comedian Mike Birbiglia reflects on his niche following. For full interview, visit “The majority of people don’t know who I am. But the downside of having a niche following is that sometimes people don’t believe I’m a comedian, like they think it’s in my head or something. I went to my urologist recently. Over Christmas I was having these symptoms, so I emailed my urologist. I was like, ‘I have this pins-andneedles sensation in my urethra when I have sex.’ That’s the most graphic thing I’ve ever written in an email to anyone. He wrote back and told me not to worry about it. But then he CC’d another person on the email, somebody I don’t even know. God knows, maybe he BCC’d someone else. When I went to see him this week, I was like, ‘Hey, maybe next time we email, don’t CC somebody, because I’m a comedian and I don’t really want my personal email out there.’ And he goes, ‘You’re a comedian?!’ He didn’t believe me! And when we went to check out at the receptionist, he was like, ‘This is Mike Birbiglia, he’s a comedian,’ and he used air quotes. And I was like, ‘No! No air quotes! I’m an actual comedian.’ It’s times like those where I’m like, I’ve got to get a bigger platform so my urologist knows who I am.” —Mike Birbiglia SEE IT: Mike Birbiglia is at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 and 9:45 pm Friday, Jan. 24. $39.

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Becoming Blackfish

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 its 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


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., 552-8686.

Bean Gilsdorf: An Exhibition That Might Exist

Bean Gilsdorf is an exceedingly talented artist who mounted installations and conceptual shows in Portland for

years before moving to San Francisco. She returns to Stumptown with an exhibition based on that most dubious of pseudo-intellectual enterprises, art criticism. Each day during the show’s run, Gilsdorf will review an imaginary art exhibition. At the end of the show, the collected reviews will make up Gilsdorf’s own show. If that sounds a little abstruse and in-jokey to you, consider that the show’s press release touts it as an examination of “the potency and vulnerability of assessing objects that exist in the ideational stage, as well as the role of the viewer as a co-author of the work.” Reviewing imaginary shows will also reveal “criticism as historiography and the threshold at which text becomes object.” It will be hard to live up or down to a statement that pretentious, but if anyone can surmount such an impressive caliber of bullshit, it’s an artist with Gilsdorf’s chops. We look forward to the proof in the pudding. Through Feb. 28. Philip Feldman Gallery, 1241 NW Johnson St., 226-4391.

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 and 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.

Bling Boutique

With a title like Bling Boutique, Mark Woolley Gallery’s 20th anniversary 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 Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 222-0063.

David Curt Morris and Louis Bunce: Old City

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.

Gabrielle Garland

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 Street, 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. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210.

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.

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. 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, 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. Through Jan. 27. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Tell it Slant Reading Series

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, especially when you haven’t landed that book tour deal yet. The new monthly reading series Tell it Slant will feature four local emerging writers sharing their work in a structured-but-not-stuff y environment. Each of the four selected writers will represent a different genre, from poetry to fi ction to memoir, with the fourth being a wildcard, such as a dramatic monologue or literary-musical collaboration. Interpretive dance maybe? The Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton St., 233-5656. 7 pm. Free.

ambitious account of two brothers, a wife left behind and survival in a harrowing landscape. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 2284651. 7:30 pm. Free.

gist Jim O’Connor will explore the events that shaped our very landscape, with photos documenting the change, in his presentation “Our Vanishing Glaciers: 100 Years of Glacier Retreat in the Three Sisters Wilderness.” McMenamins Edgefi eld, 2126 SW Halsey St., 6698610. 6:30 pm. Free.

Brian Payton

Weaving together an intricate story of death, sacrifi ce and love as well as our attempts to assign meaning to these events, Brian Payton’s new novel, The Wind Is Not a River, is an

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Phillip Margolin

With a writing career built on his popular legal thrillers, author Phillip Margolin diverges from his typical format and delves into the historical setting of 19th-century Oregon. His new novel, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, combines a tale of slavery and murder with Margolin’s signature drama and plot twists. Even Oregon’s past is so hot right now. Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, JAN. 23 William Stafford Centennial Reading

Get ready for Stafford mania as we approach the centennial celebrations of the beloved author’s birth. Leading a group of local writers in a reading and discussion will be poet and novelist Joanna Rose. Contributors will read a Stafford poem followed by a paragraph of their work they feel was infl uenced by the poem. Sharing will be Stevan Allred, Kate Gray, Jackie Shannon Hollis, Yuvi Zalkow and Cecily Patterson. Audience members are also invited to share their own favorite Stafford poem. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 2841726. 7 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, JAN. 24 Portland Comic Con

It’s that time of year again when the drunken hoi polloi are all wearing superhero (or villain) costumes: Yes, it’s Portland Comic Con. In addition to a slew of comicbook artists and publishers will be the usual suspects, including Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Norman Reedus, Ron Perlman and the godfather of comic cons, William Shatner. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26.

MONDAY, JAN. 27 Science Pub Hillsboro

It’s a well-known fact that people will take anything that’s free. Put a soiled mattress on the curb with a “free” sign and someone will take it. But is there a biological reason behind the reaction? Author and Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the phenomenon in his Science Pub presentation “Free Beer: The Irresistible Appeal of Free.” Sadly, the event is not free. Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 693-3953. 7 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Oregon Encyclopedia History Night

Hold on to your hats: This week’s history lesson is a glacier retreat. Pacifi c Northwest native and geolo-

RUTH OZEKI, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING Time is a tricky thing. We are all subject to its effect, yet it remains smugly intangible. Writing a novel about the concept of time has the potential to be dangerously abstract or cliché. But Ruth Ozeki weaves together a string of narratives like a delicate tapestry—of a bullied, 16-year-old Japanese Time and a tapestry of narragirl and her suicidal father, of tives. her 104-year-old Zen Buddhist great-grandmother, of a World War II kamikaze pilot, of an autobiographical author struggling with her book, of dreams and tsunamis and quantum mechanics. The resulting pattern is breathtaking in both its complexity and clarity. It is a story that is beautiful and funny and sad and might make you cry on the bus. A Tale for the Time Being (Penguin, 432 pages, $16) is Ozeki’s third novel and a Man Booker Prize finalist. It alternates between two primary narratives: Ruth is a writer living on a small island in British Columbia, where she finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox wrapped in freezer bags washed up on the shore. Inside is a diary written in English, letters in Japanese and a small composition book in French. The diary belongs to Nao, a Japanese girl raised in America but relocated back to Tokyo after her father lost his job. She is mercilessly bullied at school as an outsider, but her account of events is matter-of-fact. Instead, she is determined to tell the story of her great-grandmother Jiko, a Zen Buddhist nun, before she dies and before Nao ends her own life. Ruth and her husband surmise that the diary has washed ashore as a result of the 2011 tsunami, and Ruth becomes intent on finding information about Nao and her family, but for what purpose? The events in the diary happened more than a decade before; Ruth’s present is Nao’s past. Ozeki’s tale takes both philosophical and scientific perspectives on the concept of time and its manipulation of the characters’ story. From the quantum theory of superposition, to the Zen philosophy of both being and not being, the characters’ choices set a course through time that spins through all possible worlds and outcomes, like the swirling ocean gyres that pulled debris from destroyed homes in Japan before depositing it on North American shores. It is Ozeki’s masterful storytelling that prevents the book from becoming saccharine or cliché. Whether describing the final thoughts of a young kamikaze pilot or Nao’s torment, Time Being feels at once fiercely personal and larger than itself. It is a tale that encompasses all of us. As Nao describes it, “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.” PENELOPE BASS.

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= WW Pick. Highly recommended. Editor: REBECCA JACOBSON. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, send screening information at least two weeks in advance to Screen, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

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. r. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cinema 21, Clackamas.

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. 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.

47 Ronin

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. 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. PG13. MICHAEL NORDINE. Valley.

Adult World

[ONE NIGHT ONLY, DIRECTOR ATTENDING] A wannabe poet gets a job at a sex shop. r. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 25.

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. Laurelhurst.

American Hustle

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. Halfway through the film, it’s unclear who’s conning whom, but it’s clear everybody’s conning themselves. Really, it’s the sort of flick we’ve rarely seen since the ’40s: a farce with a heart. r. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Clackamas, Cornelius, Roseway, St. Johns.

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 of Beverly Weston, a hard-drinking 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. Clackamas, Cornelius, Hollywood Theatre, Moreland, Oak Grove, Sandy.

The Best Offer

B+ 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 selfdestruction. 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

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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. r. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Living Room Theaters.

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. 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 hopefully what will allow it to endure. nC17. REBECCA JACOBSON. Living Room Theaters.

Blue Jasmine

B Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine cannot

reconcile its broad comedy and pathos into coherence, but all the more impressive, then, that Sally Hawkins’ and Cate Blanchett’s twinned performances still manage to pick up most of the pieces. PG-13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Laurelhurst, Academy.

The Book Thief

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. PG-13. GRACE STAINBACK. Kennedy School, Laurelhurst.

Captain Phillips

A- You probably already know the

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. Though shot with an eerie, disciplined neutrality, this is perhaps the most compassionate piece of filmmaking

I’ve seen this year. PG-13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Academy, Edgefield, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, St. Johns, Valley.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Cheeseburgers, falling from the sky! Again! PG. Kennedy School, Valley, Academy.

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.



a vERy BLEak HOuSE: Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones.

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN It’s unfair but inevitable: You hope a film about a writer’s life will be as interesting and exciting and high-stakes as the scribe’s own work. But biopics rarely live up to the standards set by an artist’s oeuvre, which is testament to the formidable challenge of forcing plot and structure on what is, in reality, sprawling and formless. And so we have Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, starring Fiennes as Charles Dickens and Felicity Jones as his mistress and muse, which not surprisingly lacks the uneven though undeniable charm of a Dickens novel. The film tells the story of aspiring actress Nelly Ternan, who at age 18 falls in love with Dickens, then the unhappily married father of 10 children. As the film begins, though, it’s nearly three decades later and Dickens is long dead. Nelly, now the wife of a schoolmaster, is directing a group of young boys in a production of a Wilkie Collins play, which reminds her of meeting Dickens for the first time on…wait for it…the set of another Collins play. Despite the heavy-handed framing device, the movie is basically an extended flashback interrupted once in a while by scenes of an older Nelly, walking frustrated and breathless on a beach. It’s difficult to see what exactly Nelly has to be so unhappy about, particularly when you compare her life to the plight of Catherine Dickens (Joanna Scanlan), Dickens’ sweetly sad wife. If The Invisible Woman is to be believed, Catherine was not only charged with delivering a beautiful and expensive bracelet to her husband’s mistress—this fraught têteà-tête is one of the movie’s greatest pleasures—but also learned about Dickens’ decision to ditch her by reading about it in The Times. The performances are first-rate—Fiennes and Jones are stellar, as are Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly’s mother and Tom Hollander as playwright Collins—and the score and period details are sumptuous. But the film still drags, saved neither by this juiciest of scandals—infidelity in the age of angels in the house—nor by a dramatic and surprising train crash midway through. What’s missing is a Miss Havisham or a Fagin or even an Ebenezer Scrooge to breathe real life into it. DEBORAH KENNEDY. a Victorian tale without any teeth.

B- SEE IT: The Invisible Woman is rated R. It opens Friday at Fox Tower.

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jan. 22–28 the rich bathe in luxury while the poor undergo flogging and execution in what resembles WWII-era Russia. 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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Clackamas.

I, Frankenstein

Here’s what you will see in the trailer: Aaron Eckhart with some gnarly scars across his face, giant winged beasts and Gothic architecture that looks straight out of a video game. this shit looks awful. not screened for Portland critics. PG-13. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, City Center, Division, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy, Bridgeport.

on the ice A horror movie that sounds like a mashup of Paranormal Activity and Rosemary’s Baby. not screened for Portland critics. R. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Sandy.

Ender’s Game

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 an alien insectoid race, and children have become the military’s best shot at victory. Hood keeps a firm handle on the film’s somber tone, ensuring we’re never once at ease with the sadistic environment. PG-13. cURtIS WoLoScHUK. Laurelhurst.

Fight Club

[onE WEEK onLY, REVIVAL] the first rule of Fight club is you do not talk about Fight club...except during every conversation you’ve had about the movie since it came out in 1999. R. Academy Theater. Jan. 24-30.


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. 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. PG. JAY HoRton. Clackamas, Cornelius, Sandy.

God Loves Uganda

B [onE nIGHt onLY] 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


A- With Gravity, Alfonso 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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cornelius, Clackamas.

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.

Inside Llewyn Davis


B+ Lovable losers abound in the films

B+ And so there’s this computer. It’s

an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, 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? 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, Clackamas, Cornelius, Living Room Theaters.

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. 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. Clackamas, Forest.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

B taking what initially seemed like a

watered-down version of Battle Royale, The Hunger Games series 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

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 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. CineMagic.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

C+ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit exists in a strange world of hybridized espionage clichés. At its core, it stays loyal to the roots of tom clancy’s enduringly popular title character, pitting a younger version of Ryan against Russians who exist in a sort of cold War vacuum and hate America as much as they hate the letter W. But this is a post-9/11 Jack Ryan as well, so those very same Russians also operate a sleeper terrorist cell bent on blowing up Manhattan with homemade bombs. the new Jack Ryan is a reboot and an origin story, wherein a college-age Jack (chris Pine, the go-to guy for college-age versions of iconic heroes) heeds the call of duty when the twin towers go down. He first serves as a Marine and then becomes a brilliant analyst enlisted by the cIA to infiltrate Wall Street to discover who might be funding terror. Because this is a postBourne film, there’s some neck-punching paired with fights in bathrooms, motorcycle chases and aggressive Googling, with our hero pensively staring at a computer while his fingers fly. Pulling double duty as the film’s director and its slinky villain, a slumming Kenneth Branagh proves he can be more fun than his PBS pedigree lets

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Devil’s Due

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). this is 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. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 28.


KANPAI, BRO: Sebastian (Eugene Kim) is the proprietor of, a video blog featuring his thoughtful if angry videos on racial stereotypes and American culture. He’s also the biggest hater himself, so when his cousin Naoto (Gaku Hamada) arrives from Japan looking for a long-lost love, Sebastian bristles. His girlfriend has just dumped him, he’s unemployed, and he has to drive his FOB—fresh off the boat—cousin from L.A. to points far north. Sake-Bomb is unabashedly a montage-ridden buddy/road flick, and an irreverent and honest one at that. “Asians are bad at sports. Wrong!” Sebastian shouts into his camera with the same fed-up tone he takes with everyone. “We’re good at sports—just not the ones we didn’t invent.” For all of Sebastian’s understandable rage, though, he has the emotional maturity of a wastoid about 12 credits deep at the U of Bro, and the film glosses over all the meaningful scenes with weepy music. Most of the time, though, it goes for laughs at any expense. After an opening sequence showing Naoto carefully making top-grade sake, his boss asks him, “Did you have a boner this morning?” While it’s refreshing for a film to ask a question any half-sober viewer could answer, Sake-Bomb fizzles because it’s incapable of asking anything deeper. MITCH LILLIE. C+ SEE IT: Sake-Bomb plays at the clinton Street theater. 7 pm Sunday and thursday, 9 pm Monday-tuesday and 10 pm Wednesday, Jan. 26-30.

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I, Frankenstein XD-3D (PG-13) 12:30PM 3:00PM 5:30PM 8:00PM 10:30PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:35AM 1:05PM 2:25PM 3:50PM 5:10PM 6:35PM 7:50PM 9:20PM 10:35PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:40PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:00PM 4:05PM 8:15PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 1:45PM 4:15PM 6:45PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 11:15AM 9:15PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:20PM 5:00PM 7:40PM 10:20PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 1:00PM 7:15PM Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (PG) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:55PM 7:45PM 10:35PM Nebraska (R) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:35PM 7:20PM 10:05PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 1:55PM 7:00PM

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:25PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 5:00PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:15PM 4:10PM 8:00PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 12:00PM 2:30PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 1:10PM 5:40PM 10:10PM Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (PG) 2:35PM 9:00PM That Awkward Moment (R) 10:00PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 1:35PM 4:30PM 7:25PM 10:20PM Nut Job, The (PG) 10:55AM 3:25PM 7:55PM Ride Along (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:45PM 5:15PM 7:45PM 10:15PM

Nut Job, The (PG) 11:25AM 4:30PM 9:30PM August: Osage County (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:10PM 2:35PM 5:05PM 7:25PM 9:55PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 1:40PM 7:10PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:05AM 4:20PM 9:50PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 12:05PM 3:30PM 6:50PM 10:10PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:35PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:10PM American Hustle (R) 12:45PM 3:55PM 7:05PM 10:20PM Her (R) 4:10PM 10:15PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The 3D (PG-13) 2:55PM 10:05PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 11:15AM 6:30PM Gimme Shelter (PG-13) 11:45AM 2:25PM 5:00PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 12:25PM 3:00PM 5:25PM 7:55PM 10:25PM

August: Osage County (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 11:45AM 7:30PM 10:25PM American Hustle (R) 12:40PM 3:50PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 12:25PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:15PM 2:45PM 5:10PM 7:30PM 10:25PM Her (R) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:10PM 10:15PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 5:25PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 2:40PM 5:05PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 2:20PM 10:20PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:20AM 5:00PM 7:40PM

No A.M. shows Mon–Thur Legend Of Hercules, The 3D (PG-13) 10:15PM Lone Survivor (R) 12:30PM 3:45PM 6:50PM 10:10PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:10PM 4:15PM 8:15PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 5:00PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 12:00PM 2:30PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:10AM 1:50PM 4:30PM 7:10PM 9:50PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 12:40PM 3:50PM 7:00PM 9:55PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:15AM 4:20PM 9:30PM Nebraska (R) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM

Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 2:10PM 7:20PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 11:30AM 3:00PM 6:40PM Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 12:25PM 3:30PM 6:35PM 9:35PM Devil’s Due (R) 12:05PM 2:25PM 4:50PM 7:25PM 9:50PM American Hustle (R) 12:20PM 3:40PM 7:05PM 10:15PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:15PM 3:20PM 6:30PM 9:45PM Her (R) 11:05AM 6:15PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 2:15PM 9:20PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 11:20AM 2:00PM 4:25PM 6:55PM 9:25PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 11:25AM 4:35PM 9:40PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 1:40PM 6:45PM

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on, yet Jack Ryan remains a pretty bland affair that’s cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better films. PG-13. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Sandy, St. Johns.

Lone Survivor

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 high-profile 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. It’s a battle-heavy approach that only occasionally works. We know these guys: 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. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Sandy.

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, 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. Academy, Laurelhurst.


C Alexander Payne has built his brilliant career on examinations of pathetic characters—and I mean that literally, not pejoratively. In the black-and-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 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, mouthbreathing 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!). It’s disappointing to see Payne succumb to sentimentality untempered by insight or depth. R. KRISTI MITSUDA. Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Sandy.

The Nut Job

Animated squirrels plan a heist of a nut store. Parents, try to keep


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Photo caption tk the dick jokes to a minimum. PG. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Sandy.

On the Ice


tweaked expansion of writer-director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s 2008 short film of the same name, On the Ice comes front-loaded with a short’s worth of affecting scenes that offer quick glimpses into the snowblind lives of Inupiat teens, but it too quickly clicks itself into worn plot cogs. Those promising first 15 minutes ride a mellow Van Sant vibe into the endlessly fascinating (to me) world of teen dudes who communicate sexual confusion via roughhousing and jokes aimed at moms, and MacLean’s got a good sense for the ways in which the dumb shit that kids say and do hide the deep shit that kids feel and think. The piercing little moments build to a killing that propels the rest of the film, but the heightened drama attending cover-ups and guilt-ridden flailing crashes into after-school-special territory. One gets the sense that MacLean doesn’t yet know what he’s truly capable of. I’d give him another shot. R. CHRIS STAMM. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24.


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. 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.

Reel Feminism: These Girls

[ONE NIGHT ONLY, REVIVAL] A 2006 documentary about girls living on the streets of Cairo. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Ride Along

Ice Cube plays a cop who takes his prospective brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) on a 24-hour patrol through Atlanta. PG-13. Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove.


Saving Mr. Banks

C Disney movies walk a fine line between warm-and-fuzzy feelgoodery 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 turn-of-the-century Australia to witness her upbringing with her whimsically alcoholic dad (Colin Farrell, definitely playing to character). 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. Clackamas, Oak Grove, Sandy.



ATTENDING] Seattle director Brady Hall’s third feature tells the story of Hollis (Sons of Anarchy’s Michael Beach), a lonely, middleaged man who collects scrap metal for a living. “You got any scrap?” he asks everyone he meets, and the movie is about as probing as that. It begins with sluggish scenes of Hollis driving around the rough neighborhoods of Seattle in a beat-up Chevy. Nearly every day he encounters bizarre situations—commonly people people having sex in public places— yet pays them little attention. When it comes to those who aren’t fornicating in public, Hollis is similarly uninterested. Aside from caring for his elderly mother, he generally avoids human interaction. That is, until he meets 18-year-old Swan (Anna Giles). The immature teen tries to befriend him and insists on becoming his business partner, and one day she shows up at his door looking for a place to stay. They exchange some dry dialogue, and an awkward bond begins to grow. A later sex scene is particularly uncomfortable, with Swan climbing on top of Hollis as he remains utterly still. With an implausible story line and stiff acting, Scrapper ultimately lacks substance of any kind. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 23.

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

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Speciesism: The Movie

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] A documentary from director Mark Devries that attacks factory farming and other evils of agribusiness. Academy Theater. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 23.

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 fish-out-of-water comedy set in small-town New Mexico, anchored by Chris Hemsworth’s charmingly boyish performance. Thor: The Dark World reverses the formula, transporting Thor’s scientist girlfriend (Natalie Portman) to his psychedelic space kingdom. 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. PG13. AP KRYZA. St. Johns, Valley.


[ONE NIGHT ONLY] An offbeat, essay-style film about New York City’s Chinatown. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 23.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

[THREE DAYS ONLY, REVIVAL] Real feel-good director Todd Solondz began brightening cinemas around the world with 1995’s Welcome to the Dollhouse, the tale of 11-yearold Dawn Wiener and her constant abuse at the hands of bullies and family. R. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 24-26.

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 wellbeing 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. Clackamas, Hollywood Theatre


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. Clackamas.


HO HO HORROR: Keep this Claus away from the kids.



Despite what your neighbors who refuse to take down their saggy inflatable reindeer might say, Christmas isn’t over until the jolly fat man says so. And, unfortunately for your lazy-ass neighbors, the big guy says Christmas is over Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 pm. It’s not just the main man at the North Pole making the call. It’s a whole shitload of Santas, and they’re taking over the Clinton Street Theater for X-mas Isn’t Over Until We Say It’s Over, a belated holiday gathering of the Portland Cacophony Society, the mischievous devils behind the infamous Portland Santacon. Those expecting another debauched night of swilling gin out of Windex bottles and catapulting fruitcakes across the neighborhood are in for a very different event (don’t worry, there’s beer). X-mas Isn’t Over celebrates something all-too-often forgotten amid the chaos and binge shopping of Christmas: The holiday is about being jolly and laughing at the silly shit that brings us together. Here, the silly shit takes the form of public-domain Christmas shorts. The organizers won’t spill much, but if the one film they did reveal is any indication, it’s gonna be weird. That short, Hardrock, Coco and Joe: The Three Little Dwarfs, is a nightmare of a puppet film featuring singing dwarves and a Santa who, if you squint, looks like Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Except scarier. Hardrock and its creepy brethren will be used to springboard into talks about bizarre Christmas traditions: a demon who tags along with Santa and eats children, a Spanish custom of treating a log like a child and then beating it to death, and the Japanese holiday feast of KFC. And there’s a toy drive, because what’s boozy holiday creepiness without some charity? Good on you, Santas. Clinton Street Theater. 10 pm Friday, Jan. 24. also showinG: That Cold Day in the Park is an early Robert Altman psychosexual drama about a lonely woman who lures a fake-mute man into her weird house of pleasure. So, kind of like A Prairie Home Companion? NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Wednesday, Jan. 22. Ghost World ushered in the reign of Scarlett Johansson as Hollywood’s go-to sexpot, ushered out Thora Birch as Hollywood’s up-and-coming superstar, and established that comic-book movies don’t have to include exploding everythings. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan 23. Because of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a whole generation of the British think saying “ni” is funny. It isn’t. But a rabbit eating a man’s head sure as hell is. Laurelhurst Theater. Jan. 24-30. Vin Diesel’s career-best performance (to date, anyway) was as the voice of a gigantic 1950s space robot. That’s no slight to the Deez. It’s a testament to director Brad Bird, whose tear-jerking The Iron Giant paved the way for his Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Hollywood Theatre. 2:15 pm Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 25-26. Curious about the state of labor, capitalism and greed in China’s oldest manufacturing district? Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks has 551 minutes of footage to clear that up for you. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. Noon Sunday, Jan. 26. OMSI brings in a wildlife biologist (and maybe a baby bear?!) for this screening of Grizzly Man. Anyone who has seen Werner Herzog’s magnificent documentary should be scared shitless. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Monday, Jan. 27.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Actor Casey Affleck appreciates the nurturing power of his loved ones. “My family would be supportive,” he says, “if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays, and eat tree bark.” I’d like to see you cultivate allies like that in the coming months, Aries. Even if you have never had them before, there’s a good chance they will be available. For best results, tinker with your understanding of who your family might be. Redefine what “community” means to you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Author John Koenig says we often regard emotions as positive or negative. Feeling respect is good, for example, while being wracked with jealousy is bad. But he favors a different standard for evaluating emotions: how intense they are. At one end of the spectrum, everything feels blank and blah, even the big things. “At the other end is wonder,” he says, “in which everything feels alive, even the little things.” Your right and proper goal right now, Taurus, is to strive for the latter kind: full-on intensity and maximum vitality. Luckily, the universe will be conspiring to help you achieve that goal. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At her blog other-wordly., Yee-Lum Mak defines the Swedish word resfeber this way: “the restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.” You might be experiencing resfeber right now, Gemini. Even if you’re not about to depart on a literal trip, I’m guessing you will soon start wandering out on a quest or adventure that will bring your heart and mind closer together. Paradoxically, your explorations will teach you a lot about being better grounded. Bon voyage! CANCER (June 21-July 22): How does a monarch butterfly escape its chrysalis when it has finished gestating? Through tiny holes in the skin of the chrysalis, it takes big gulps of air and sends them directly into its digestive system, which expands forcefully. Voila! Its body gets so big it breaks free. When a chick is ready to emerge from inside its egg, it has to work harder than the butterfly. With its beak, it must peck thousands of times at the shell, stopping to rest along the way because the process is so demanding. According to my analysis, Cancerian, you’re nearing the final stage before your metaphorical emergence from gestation. Are you more like the butterfly or chick? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “I’m not sure where to go from here. I need help.” I encourage you to say those words out loud, Leo. Even if you’re not sure you believe they’re true, act as if they are. Why? Because I think it would be healthy for you to express uncertainty and ask for assistance. It would relieve you of the oppressive pressure to be a masterful problem-solver. It could free you from the unrealistic notion that you’ve got to figure everything out by yourself. And this would bring you, as if by magic, interesting offers and inquiries. In other words, if you confess your neediness, you will attract help. Some of it will be useless, but most of it will be useful.

the paradoxes? Can you delight in the unpredictability? I think so. When you look back at these plot twists two months from now, I bet you’ll see them as entertaining storylines that enhance the myth of your hero’s journey. You’ll understand them as tricky gifts that have taught you valuable secrets about your soul’s code. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Manufacturing a jelly bean is not a quick, slam-bam process. It’s a five-step procedure that takes a week. Each seemingly uncomplicated piece of candy has to be built up layer by layer, with every layer needing time to fully mature. I’m wondering if maybe there’s a metaphorically similar kind of work ahead for you, Scorpio. May I speculate? You will have to take your time, proceed carefully, and maintain a close attention to detail as you prepare a simple pleasure. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I understand the appeal of the f-word. It’s guttural and expulsive. It’s a perverse form of celebration that frees speakers from their inhibitions. But I’m here today to announce that its rebel cachet and vulgar power are extinct. It has decayed into a barren cliche. Its official deathfrom-oversaturation occurred with the release of the mainstream Hollywood blockbuster “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Actors in the film spat out the rhymes-withcluck word more than 500 times. I hereby nominate you Sagittarians to begin the quest for new ways to invoke rebellious irreverence. What interesting mischief and naughty wordplay might you perpetrate to escape your inhibitions, break taboos that need to be broken, and call other people on their BS and hypocrisy? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has had a major impact on the development of ideas in the Western world. We can reasonably divide the history of philosophy into two eras: pre-Kantian and post-Kantian. And yet for his whole life, which lasted 79 years, this big thinker never traveled more than ten miles away from Konigsberg, the city where he was born. He followed a precise and methodical routine, attending to his work with meticulous detail. According to my analysis, you Capricorns could have a similar experience in the coming weeks. By sticking close to the tried-and-true rhythms that keep you grounded and healthy, you can generate influential wonders. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Aquarian author Georges Simenon (1903-1989) wrote more than 200 novels under his own name and 300 more under pseudonyms. On average, he finished a new book every 11 days. Half a billion copies of his books are in print. I’m sorry to report that I don’t think you will ever be as prolific in your own chosen field as he was in his. However, your productivity could soar to a hefty fraction of Simenon-like levels in 2014 -- if you’re willing to work your ass off. Your luxuriant fruitfulness won’t come as easily as his seemed to. But you should be overjoyed that you at least have the potential to be luxuriantly fruitful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dogs have a superb sense of smell, much better than we humans. But ours isn’t bad. We can detect certain odors that have been diluted to one part in five billion. For example, if you were standing next to two Olympic-sized swimming pools, and only one contained a few drops of the chemical ethyl mercaptan, you would know which one it was. I’m now calling on you to exercise that level of sensitivity, Virgo. There’s a situation in the early stages of unfolding that would ultimately emanate a big stink if you allowed it to keep developing. There is a second unripe situation, on the other hand, that would eventually yield fragrant blooms. I advise you to either quash or escape from the first, even as you cultivate and treasure the second.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When I’m older and wiser, maybe I’ll understand the meaning of my life. When I’m older and wiser, maybe I’ll gain some insight about why I’m so excited to be alive despite the fact that my destiny is so utterly mysterious. What about you, Pisces? What will be different for you when you’re older and wiser? Now is an excellent time to ponder this riddle. Why? Because it’s likely you will get a glimpse of the person you will have become when you are older and wiser -- which will in turn intensify your motivation to become that person.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Whatever adventures may flow your way in the coming weeks, Libra, I hope you will appreciate them for what they are: unruly but basically benevolent; disruptive in ways that catalyze welcome transformations; a bit more exciting than you might like, but ultimately pretty fun. Can you thrive on

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Requirements •At least 21 years of age •Valid driver’s license & good driving record Enjoy •Competitive starting wage •Employee paid medical & dental plan •Training Provided Contact us today! First Student PDX 503-982-1427 Molalla 503-829-2512 Silverton 503-873-8033 Equal Opportunity Employer

Located @ 4570 Southwest Lombard Avenuein Beaverton Please apply at location.


For the Oregon Country Fair. Complete job description available at Salary commensurate with experience. Resumes must be received by 5pm February 7, 2014, by mail to: SFM Hiring Committee, OCF, 442 Lawrence St, Eugene, OR 97401 or email to 541-343-4298. 501(c)(3) non-profit, EOE, preference will be given to OCF participants.

Stars Cabaret in TUALATINHiring (Tualatin-TigardLake Oswego)

Stars Cabaret in TUALATIN is now accepting applications for Servers, Bartenders, Hostess, Security (DPSST preferred). Part and Full-time positions available. Experience preferred but not required. Earn top pay + tips in a fast-paced and positive environment. Stars Cabaret is also conducting ENTERTAINERS auditions and schedule additions Mon-Sun 11am-10pm. ENTERTAINERS: Training provided to those new to the business. Located @ 17937 SW McEwan Rd. in Tualatin across from “24 Hours Fitness” Please apply at location.




My name is Nick and I am a cool and quirky 9 year old Xoloitzcuintil, or Mexican Hairless if you prefer. What I lack in hair I more than make up for in personality! I am a playful goof with a lot of energy, and love strutting my stuff around the neighborhood making friends. When I’m at home I am an avid cuddler and I love nothing more than sharing the couch with a snuggle buddy, though I am a bit of a blanket hog at bedtime. I am a sweet and devoted friend to humans and animals alike (even cats!) and can’t wait to bring a smile to your face this Christmas. Feliz Navidad! Ready to add a pooch who needs a sweater collection to your family? Fill out an application at so we can schedule a meet and greet! Being fixed, vaccinated and microchipped is all part of my adoption. My adoption fee is $220 and I am currently in foster care.

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“Don’t Look Down” — you’ll get nightmares.

by Matt Jones

featuring Rihanna (and inspiration for this puzzle’s theme) 57 Lowers (oneself) 59 After-bath attire 60 “I’m down to my last card!” game 61 Tarnish 62 Be positive about 63 What three examples of 54-Across are hidden under 64 Sports star’s rep 65 “Don’t change!” to a printer 66 Sault ___ Marie, Mich.



Across 1 On the ___ (like a fugitive) 4 Satisfied sounds 8 Slow, sad song 13 Historical period 14 Rorschach test pattern 15 Bakery chain 16 Foil material 17 ___-Honey (chewy candy) 18 First half of a Beatles song title 19 Completely

disheveled 22 401(k) relatives 23 Patron saint of sailors 24 8 1/2” x 11” size, briefly 25 Cambridge campus 26 Post-game complaint 31 Subscription charge 34 President Cleveland 36 100 percent

37 Planking, e.g. 38 Chicken ___ king 39 Abbr. on a tow truck 40 The Grim ___ 42 In an even manner 44 Inseparable friends on “Community” 47 Actress Saldana of “Avatar” 48 ___ Maria (coffeeflavored liqueur) 49 East, in Ecuador 53 Liven (up) 54 2013 Eminem hit

Down 1 Leave alone 2 “The Little Mermaid” title character 3 Coated piece of candy 4 “Dancing Queen” group 5 Sacha Baron Cohen alter ego 6 Stuck fabric together, in some craft projects 7 Eric of “Pulp Fiction” 8 “Lost” actor Daniel ___ Kim 9 Left hanging 10 Bringing back, as computer memory 11 Bunch 12 Where buds hang out?

15 Prof’s degree 20 “That was a catty remark!” 21 Make a mistake 27 “Wow, that’s ___ up, man...” 28 ___ smile (grin) 29 Lewd looker 30 Shout heard over the applause 31 Egypt and Syria, from 1958-61 32 Loathsome person 33 Give all the details 35 2004 Jamie Foxx biopic 38 Concert site in “Gimme Shelter” 41 Looks through a keyhole 43 Peeping pair 45 Degree in mathematics? 46 Country music star ___ Bentley 50 Paycheck pieces 51 Basic principle 52 Carve a canyon 53 Bearded Smurf 54 Airport org. 55 Reed instrument 56 Little salamander 58 Talking Tolkien tree last week’s answers

©2014 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #JONZ659.

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Opiate Treatment Program

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