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INBOX THE TROUBLE WITH LENTS
East Portland begins at Lents [“Razed & Confused,” WW, Jan. 22, 2014]. The story of promises made and not delivered is the same for Lents and other neighborhoods east of the 205 freeway. It’s not easy to figure out why the city of Portland has been unable to make a dent in the problems. One problem is the dual nature of the city’s efforts. With the best of intentions, it wants to make Lents a nicer place to live. But making a place more livable is a double-edged sword: Livability costs money. The other issue is gentrification. It may be impossible to “improve” a neighborhood without gentrifying it. Gentrifying a neighborhood means kicking the can down the road: The poor have to live somewhere. Virtually all of inner Portland has been gentrified in recent decades. The Pearl notwithstanding, all of those gentrified neighborhoods did it by themselves—from Northwest to Hawthorne to Mississippi to Alberta to Division, and on. Each of those neighborhoods was revived by young creatives taking advantage of cheap rents. Of course, having good housing stock didn’t hurt. The prescription for Lents? Erect incubator buildings: art spaces, DIY spaces, maker spaces, commercial kitchens, etc. Subsidize them so they’re cheap to rent. Set rent control and have the city pick up annual increases. Two, forget about Foster Road, 82nd Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard; they are not neighborhood shopping streets. Buy up land and build a new center on 92nd. Keep commercial rents artificially low; subsidize them, too. Take money from the Pearl and spend it on Lents until it’s up and going. It shouldn’t take that long. Johan Mathiesen Southeast Portland
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Some may differ with the idea that what lowincome areas need are expensive, high-end grocery stores, particularly when it takes a ton of government money to get the high-end grocery store to locate in the low-income area. I’m not sure if trying to turn Lents into the equivalent of Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont Street would benefit the existing residents. —“reaalistx” Something needs to be done about the Chevron. Having a gas station sitting in the middle of what is supposed to be a vibrant commercial district is unheard of, and it sucks the value out of all of the properties within a one-block radius. —“NF”
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Cylvia Hayes is often referred to as the “first lady” [“Parking Violation,” WW, Jan. 8, 2014]. She is more correctly “the first mistress.” Judy R. Clark Northeast Portland
Last week’s cover story, “Razed & Confused,” incorrectly stated the number of housing units the Portland Development Commission has built in the Lents neighborhood since 1998. While the urban-renewal area has had 1,144 units added within its boundaries during that time, the PDC’s $27.7 million in housing expenses directly funded only 350 affordable housing units. WW regrets the error. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for veriﬁcation. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Fax: (503) 243-1115. Email: email@example.com.
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Could you explain why Oregon has a child car-seat law but not one for bicycles? And why is it OK to drag little children around behind a bicycle in a ﬂimsy tent-cart? —Hot Seat Su A cynic might argue (he’s doing it now) that the current state of affairs persists mostly because it has not, so far, resulted in a well-publicized bloodbath. There’s nothing like a body count to drive legislation. In the absence of such child-seat carnage, I have to side with the bike-loving parents of Portland and their refreshingly lax safety standards. It’s probably too much to hope that this laissez-faire attitude will spread to other aspects of child-rearing—one wonders how many of those who militate for the right to strap a toddler to their bike any old way still think gluten should be handled like weapons-grade plutonium—but it’s a start.
If it’s any consolation, Su, you’re not the first to have concerns about Portland cyclists carting kids around on their bikes like so many half-racks of PBR. In 2011, Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) introduced a bill in the Oregon House that would have made it illegal to carry children under age 6 on a bike by any means. (It was roundly shouted down and died in committee.) As to those tent-carts, also known as bike trailers, Consumer Reports actually rated them the safest way to haul a child. They’re low, so there’s less distance to fall, and they’re designed not to tip over if Mommy takes a gin-addled header. Parents in our society are given wide latitude to make questionable decisions on behalf of their children. Sarah Palin named her kids (if memory serves) Track, Trig, Loaff, Clunt and Mandongo— should that be legal? Who knows? Sometimes you just have to mind your own business. QUESTIONS? Send them to email@example.com
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CITY HALL: Harassment allegations against Hales’ chief of staff. COURTS: A delivery service is handed a lawsuit from its couriers. EDUCATION: A high-school program that actually works. COVER STORY: Green Dawn: The coming of legal pot in Oregon.
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Oregon Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springﬁeld), chairman of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee, made headlines last week when he told a Washington state legislator in an email that the Columbia River Crossing project was “dead in our state.” The story, ﬁrst reported by The Columbian, left out Beyer’s proposed solution for one of the project’s vexing challenges: how to collect tolls from Washington commuters. “A person who chooses not to pay their mailed ticket could have their car booted,” Beyer wrote Jan. 17 to Washington Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center), whose constituents make up two-thirds of the bridge’s traﬃc. Rivers tells WW the idea would only create ill will. “I just don’t see where that would be acceptable,” she says.
Last week’s cover story on the Portland Development Commission’s failure to revive the East Portland neighborhood of Lents (“Razed and Confused,” WW, Jan. 22, 2014) drew quick action from Lents Neighborhood Association chairman Jesse Cornett and three other local activists. They sent PDC director Patrick Quinton and Mayor Charlie Hales an open letter urging a new strategy for a revived Lents business district. “While we are not ready to declare failure on the eﬀort yet, it may be time to retool it,” the letter says. “Government has continued to use the same tools that have historically worked and been at a loss when those tools haven’t.” Meanwhile, the PDC is reviewing proposals for three of the 19 vacant lots the city owns in Lents. Ideas include a mixed-use building, a bicycle delivery service for fruit, and a pasture for the iconic Belmont goats.
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Anti-TriMet blogger Lane Jensen has avoided jail time for harassing TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt with repeated texts (“A Visit From the TriMet Squad,” Oct. 30, 2013). He pleaded no contest Jan. 17 to one misdemeanor charge of telephonic harassment (prosecutors dropped the other 30), and during sentencing Jan. 24 was barred from having any contact with Altstadt for three years. Jensen, who has since deleted his website, doesn’t know whether he will blog again. Local tech millionaire Nitin Khanna has reached an out-of-court settlement with the woman who accused him of raping her the night before his 2012 wedding. Lawyers for both parties conﬁrmed the settlement, ﬁrst reported Jan. 24 by The Oregonian. Khanna’s accuser, Lori Fale, brought the $2.3 million sexual battery lawsuit after police and prosecutors in Yamhill County, where KHANNA the incident allegedly took place, declined to charge Khanna. WW broke the story of the case and how Fale had taken the unusual step of publicizing and crowdfunding her lawsuit on YouCaring.com (“Dotcom Before the Storm,” WW, Jan. 15, 2013). Read more Murmurs and daily scuttlebutt. 6
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NEW ALLEGATIONS IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE: Gail Shibley (right), chief of staff to Mayor Charlie Hales, faces a civilrIghts complaint filed by another Hales staffer that alleges she made illegal inquiries into the staffer’s HIV-positive status, harassed him after learning of his disease, and retaliated against him for complaining about her actions.
MORE HARASSMENT IN CITY HALL? AN AIDE TO MAYOR CHARLIE HALES SAYS CHIEF OF STAFF GAIL SHIBLEY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HIM FOR BEING HIV-POSITIVE. By AAron mesh
A staffer in Mayor Charlie Hales’ office has filed a state civil rights complaint alleging that the mayor’s chief of staff, Gail Shibley, pressured him into revealing that he is HIV-positive and then verbally harassed him because of his illness. In a complaint filed Jan. 14 with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, the staffer says Shibley called him a “skank” and said his previous boss, former Mayor Sam Adams, was also a “skank.” The Hales staffer says Shibley made illegal inquiries into his HIV-positive status, harassed him after learning of his disease, and retaliated against him for complaining about her actions. The complaint also names City Human Resources Director Anna Kanwit, who the staffer says discouraged him from filing a complaint against Shibley. This creates more trouble for Hales and Shibley, who allowed a sexual harassment allegation against one of
Hales’ aides to linger last year until it blew up into a larger controversy. Shibley is herself a lesbian and announced her sexual orientation publicly in 1991, when she joined the Oregon House of Representatives, making her the first openly gay member of the state Legislature. Hales spokesman Dana Haynes says the mayor has no comment about the allegations in the complaint. “We are familiar with the complaint,” Haynes says. “The mayor thinks it’s inappropriate for him to have any public comment while it’s under investigation.” Haynes says Shibley remains on the job during the investigation of the BOLI complaint. Shibley denies the allegations. “I respect the process,” Shibley tells WW. “These charges are groundless. I hope you will pay attention to the responses the city and I provide.” WW is not naming the Hales staffer who made the complaint, because doing so would violate his medical privacy. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries investigates civil rights and workplace violations. The complaint alleges Shibley’s actions date back to Jan. 16, 2013, shortly after Hales took office. The staffer says Shibley asked him why he was wearing a TriMet “Honored Citizen” pass, which gives discounted
fares and priority seating to seniors and people with disabilities. The staffer says Shibley told him he wasn’t old enough for a senior discount and “insisted” that he explain why he had the pass. “I burst into tears,” the staffer writes, “and explained to Shibley that I qualified for a TriMet pass because I am HIVpositive.” The staffer says Shibley later asked him what it was like to work for Adams. “Shibley stated to me,” the complaint says, “that Adams must have been something of a ‘skank,’ adding that I must be a ‘skank’ as well, since working for Adams required a different or special skill set…. [I]t was clear that, based on my status as HIV-positive, Shibley assumed that I am a gay male with an active night life involving people such as Sam Adams.” The staffer says that later in January, one of his co-workers, Rachel Wiggins, began asking him repeatedly about his TriMet pass. He says Wiggins’ questions continued through mid-August, when the complainant finally disclosed his HIV status. Wiggins declined to comment on the complaint. The staffer says he then reported Wiggins’ conduct to Shibley. He writes that Shibley told him Wiggins had previously worked for someone who was HIV-positive, and identified the employer by name. The staffer says he “became worried that Shibley might disclose my name and status to others.” The staffer says Shibley told him it was his own fault people were asking him about his health, because he had invited co-workers to his home. The staffer says he took his concerns to the city’s top human resources official, Anna Kanwit. “When I informed Kanwit that Shibley told me that it was my fault people were comfortable asking me about my disability because I had invited the office to my home, Kanwit responded, ‘[Shibley] told me she was going to tell you that, and I told her not to.’” The staffer says Kanwit discouraged him from filing a complaint against Shibley. “Kanwit agreed that Shibley’s conduct was ‘indefensible’ but discouraged me from filing a complaint with BOLI,” the staffer writes. “Kanwit stated that my complaint with her office, Human Resources, would place her in a difficult position because I was a member of the mayor’s staff filing a complaint against the mayor’s chief of staff, and Kanwit herself answers to the mayor.” Kanwit could not be reached for comment. Since inheriting the city’s top office from Adams, Portland’s first openly gay mayor, Hales has been active in supporting same-sex marriage. He marched in last year’s Pride Parade, and he and Shibley both appeared at a rally last June to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in California. But Hales again faces questions about how he will handle a personnel matter in his office that involves other prominent figures. Last year, he was slow in responding to allegations about the mishandling of city funds by Jack Graham, then the city’s top financial officer. Hales initially blamed the situation on Adams, but later fired Graham. In June, Hales’ top police aide, Baruti Artharee, publicly humiliated Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith by making sexually suggestive remarks to her at an event for Hales’ Office of Equity director, Dante James. Hales waited a month to discipline Artharee, then suspended him for a week. Artharee quit in October. Those two personnel cases sparked calls for the creation of a whistle-blower’s office at City Hall. City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade says she wants to set up an independent process to investigate employee complaints. WW staff writer Nigel Jaquiss contributed to this story. Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
A POPULAR PORTLAND DELIVERY SERVICE FACES ALLEGATIONS IT UNDERPAYS ITS COURIERS. by al e x to m c h a k s cott firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve filled a prescription or bought a house in Portland in the last 10 years, there’s a decent chance a company called Senvoy was involved in the transaction. The Portland company claims to be the Pacific Northwest’s largest independent delivery service, growing steadily since 1999 to 250 couriers—with services stretching as far as Salt Lake City. Senvoy’s greatest strength is its competitive prices. Current and former drivers say, however, Senvoy has achieved those prices at their expense. “The way they were increasing their market share was by not bothering to pay minimum wage or overtime,” says Ann Berryhill Witte, a Portland lawyer who has
represented nine former Senvoy couriers who sued the company between 2007 and 2013. Last year, former Senvoy courier Frank Sobolewski alleged in a complaint filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries that he was paid an average of $1.38 an hour working full-time for the company. BOLI rejected the complaint, finding Sobolewski was an independent contractor. Jeff Gist, who delivered prescriptions for Senvoy for 2½ years, filed a class-action lawsuit in November against Senvoy and two related companies, ZoAn Management and Driver Resources. The lawsuit seeks to make Senvoy pay as much as $5 million to as many as 500 current and former delivery drivers. Gist says he quit Senvoy in April after the 2010 Chevrolet Aveo he used for deliveries broke down. He says he worked full-time for Senvoy, but only took home an average of about $15,000 per year after expenses mandated by the company, such as gas and insurance.
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He says Senvoy also makes it difficult for its couriers by requiring them to work exclusively for the company and to wear uniforms, which is more in line with treating them as employees. Gist says Senvoy owes him about $70,000, nearly twice his total take-home pay from making deliveries for the company. That includes unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, and expenses that shouldn’t have been deducted. “[The $70,000] is anything and everything I could think of,” he says. Senvoy president Jerry Brazie declined to speak to WW, as did his the company’s attorney, Chip Paternoster. “I would love
to talk about it, but I just don’t think it’s appropriate,” Paternoster says. Paternoster declined to say whether Senvoy requires drivers to work for the company exclusively. Senvoy has responded in court documents that its couriers are independent contractors, rather than employees. Oregon law requires companies to pay at least minimum wage to employees. It requires no such wage for contractors. In court documents, the company says Gist and other couriers understood the deal when they chose to work for Senvoy. “The contracts,” the legal filing says in several places, “speak for themselves.”
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STARTING A COLLEGE STAMPEDE A FRANKLIN HIGH PROGRAM GETTING MORE KIDS INTO HIGHER ED STILL AWAITS SCHOOL-DISTRICT FUNDING. by RAchEl GRAhAM coDy email@example.com
Giant white sheets of paper cover the walls of Susan Anglada Bartley’s Advanced Placement English classroom at Franklin High School, the long pages listing the 88 seniors in her classes, the colleges they’re trying to get into, and where they have been accepted. The list includes Portland State, Oregon State and Willamette University, but also bigger fish such as Georgetown and Harvard, Stanford and MIT. What’s remarkable is that the lists exist at all. For years, Franklin, with its high poverty rate, struggled simply to get kids to graduate. It now boasts a record-setting grad rate and a stampede of seniors headed for college. Bartley leads Franklin’s Advanced Scholar Program, which she helped create in 2007 and which has cleared a pathway to college for 256 Franklin students, many of whose parents never attended college. Along the way, Bartley and other Franklin educators have made Advanced Scholar the most popular student organization at Franklin. The program has grown from 89 students in its first year to 421 this year and now meets in the school auditorium. “People don’t talk about ‘if ’ they are going to college anymore,” says 17-year-old senior Quinn Nottage, who has applied to Occidental, Reed and NYU. “They talk about where they are going.” Students, teachers and administra-
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CUTTING A PATH TO HIGHER ED: Franklin High School AP English teacher Susan Anglada Bartley (left), with senior Jessica Robinson, leads the Advanced Scholar Program that encourages students to pursue college after graduation. The program is credited with raising academic achievement at Franklin.
tors alike credit the program with lifting achievement at Franklin. In 2009, the school failed to graduate even half its African-American students; now it has the top black graduation rate in the state—88 percent. Every senior who has met the requirements of Franklin’s Advanced Scholar Program has been accepted by at least one college, and 90 percent have gone on to attend four-year institutions. “I’ve been at Franklin 25 years, and it has only been in the last three that I’ve written college recommendations,” says William McClendon III, who teaches AP Psychology and U.S. and African-American history and is a longtime mentor in the Advanced Scholar Program. “Now I’m writing dozens.” These are all outcomes Portland Public Schools officials say they want. The Portland School Board and Superintendent Carole Smith have for years sunk the district’s money elsewhere: millions of dollars to outside consultants and alternative
programs aimed at closing the district’s persistent racial and economic achievement gaps. Meanwhile, Franklin’s A dvanced Scholar Program has turned around the high school at an annual cost of $60,000, covered mostly by grants and without a dime of direct support from the district. Since the program’s start in 2008, Bartley and Franklin Principal Shay James have cobbled together funding from the school’s Parent Teacher Student Association, its foundation, Franklin’s general fund, and the National Education Association, a federal Small Learning Communities grant supported by the Gates Foundation. They’ve also received money from a grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund, which runs out this year. District officials say they want to keep the program alive, and Smith has pointed to Franklin’s success as evidence of the district’s “focused effort” to close its racial and economic achievement gaps. Other district
officials have credited Franklin’s success to Courageous Conversations, a $2.5 million racial sensitivity training program. Bartley bristles at this suggestion, pointing out that the program was around for years before Courageous Conversations, and last November she asked district administrators to stop taking credit for a program they haven’t funded. “I can’t peddle myself around, teach four classes and run this program. I’m almost at wit’s end,” Bartley says. “I see all these kids succeeding and getting into college, it’s a dream come true. These kids have the faith to take five or six AP classes and work so hard. Why aren’t they getting supported from the district?” Bartley, 35, says she understands personally the transformative power of school. She describes herself as unfocused and headed in the wrong direction while growing up in Buffalo, N.Y. “I could have really gone off track,” she says, “but my teachers had such high expectations for
me, and that made a huge impact.” Backed by a federal grant, Bartley, James, school administrators and other teachers in 2007 looked for a way to emphasize acceleration, not remediation, to improve outcomes at Franklin. They discovered that students (especially those whose parents had not gone to college) were intimidated by the whole notion of higher ed, and realized those students needed more support in preparing for college. The result was Advanced Scholar. Students can join anytime before their senior year. They must commit to four AP classes, maintain a 2.75 grade-point average, stay out of trouble and participate in at least two extracurricular activities (one has to be non-athletic). They meet with mentors twice a month and attend regular Advanced Scholar meetings, where they learn how to organize their time, apply for summer internships and decode financial aid forms. Tutors from Reed College are available every day after school. Peer pressure brings a lot of students to their first Advanced Scholar meeting, and a sense of being part of something big keeps them there. Advanced Scholar graduates have a Facebook page where they write posts about college, answer questions and emphasize that current Franklin students have a legacy to uphold. “It’s gotten to the point where no one even asks if you are in Advanced Scholar anymore,” says Jessica Robinson, a 17-yearold senior who says she knew she wanted
PLOTTING A COLLEGE COURSE: “I used to get up in the morning and think, ‘Ugh, school’,” says John Rojas, a Franklin senior. “But these AP classes are so rigorous. It’s like the soreness you get after a great workout.”
to go to college but had no idea how to get there before she joined the program. “ It’s more surprising if you are not in it.” Bartley has done all this on a shoestring: The program pays teachers up to $45 to mentor students for one hour per month, but everyone agrees mentors spend far more time working with students. (Every administrator at Franklin is also a mentor, though they are not paid extra.) Bartley has spent money on a summer planning session and iPads, but also on such attention-getting efforts as Advance Scholar sweatshirts, distinctive graduation stoles, plus pizza and
tacos for the monthly meetings. The district’s chief academic officer, Sue Ann Higgens, has suggested $50,000 for Advanced Scholar in next year’s budget, and another $50,000 to Roosevelt and Madison high schools to start similar programs there. “The superintendent has charged me with improving our graduation rates and closing our racial opportunity gaps,” says Higgens. “This is a strategy that I think anyone can see works toward that.” Bartley—who last June won the National Education Association’s prestigious H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award for
her work—says replicating success at other schools will require on-the-ground leadership, not planning imposed from the top. Others agree. “We’ve all been through that cycle where the district gives you a half day of training, you land on the ground at 75 miles per hour, and then they give you two years to produce results,” says Franklin science teacher and Advanced Scholar mentor Dave Sherden. “Advanced Scholar was a bottom-up thing, not top-down. It would be a huge mistake to try to implement this as a whole program.” Madison Principal Petra Callin says Advanced Scholar has great promise and that it would be a mistake to plunk it down in other schools as is. She’s already removed prerequisites for enrolling in AP classes and is now looking at how Madison can accelerate learning for all students. “If one structural thing worked and worked exactly the same everywhere, every school in the country, all schools, would be knocking it out of the park,” Callin says. “There are a lot of things we know work, but how they work in any building is different place to place.” Brenda Ramirez, 17 and a senior who grew up speaking Spanish at home and was self-conscious of her vocabulary and accent, says she had assumed college was not in her future until she joined Advanced Scholar. She’s already been accepted at Portland State and is waiting to hear from the other schools on her list. “This program,” Ramirez says, “lets you know you are equal to anybody.”
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FOUR NAMES. ONE WILL MAKE HISTORY.
We asked you to help name the new transit bridge across the Willamette, and you came through in a big way! The Bridge Naming Committee reviewed your nearly 9,500 submissions and selected four that best reflect the region’s history and culture, and promise to connect and inspire us— not just now, but 100 years from now. Please let us know what you think of these four finalists!
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.
Cascadia Crossing Transit Bridge “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.
Send comments and view the selection criteria at trimet.org/namethebridge Don’t delay! Deadline is 5 p.m., March 1. Project Partners: Federal Transit Administration, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milkwaukie, Multnomah County, The City of Oregon City, The Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland Development Commission, TriMet
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BY WM. WILL ARD GREENE
Our brains are wired for weed. It’s true. There are proteins called cannabinoid receptors just sitting up there, waiting to be activated. Whenever you toke up, those molecules come alive. You know that alleged Ben Franklin quote, “Beer is proof God wants us to be happy”? When it comes to marijuana, that might be the literal truth. Isn’t it about time, then, to start thinking about pot the same way we think of beer, or coffee, or any of Portland’s other favorite craft products? With Washington and Colorado already making the leap into legalization—and each state getting rewarded with a team in the Super Bowl—marijuana has never been more mainstream. Gone are the days of gatewaydrug fear mongering and stoner stereotyping. A year ago in these pages, we celebrated the final days of pot culture as we once knew it. Today, we are living in an altered reality. The green dawn is here. Overall marijuana use by Americans skyrocketed 47 percent from 2007 to 2012. That spike hasn’t been met with an increase in law enforcement—in fact, the number of marijuana-related arrests fell 15 percent in the same period. In other words, we’re
burning much more bud than we did at the end of the Bush administration, and yet far fewer of us are getting busted. Consider this issue your guide to that new frontier. Oregon hasn’t yet legalized, but we’re getting another shot at it soon (page 21), and when state laws finally catch up to society at large, you’ll want to be prepared. You’ll meet local pot artisans—a grower, a sisterly baking duo and a chemist—innovating the ways we think about cannabis. We will introduce you to Washington’s “ganjapreneur” (page 21), and take you to the cradle of marijuana culture, Amsterdam, for a report on the industry’s cutting edge (page 26). We’ll give you a cheat sheet for how to behave in a cannabis club and your dealer’s apartment (page 22). And we’ll help you decide what strain to consume (page 15), and how best to consume it (page 16). Because whatever high you’re looking for, there is a weed for you. After all, you were programmed that way.
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Apple Kush The hallmarks here are the taste of set-out Fujis and a dense body melt that sedates without a knockout, ideal for everything from that Cirque du Soleil show about frogs to a matinee viewing of Twilight 7: The Breakening, which is the one where they get divorced.
Blue City Diesel Don’t listen to the naysayers, baby, because this is the big city, where dreams are coming true all over the place. Go on, make friends with that alluring guy or gal down a few stools. You’ve got moxie!
Blue Magoo We can talk all day about how weed relieves pain and stops seizures, but everyone knows the best thing about being high is when every bite of food feels as if it was prepared and gingerly placed on your tongue by Selaphiel, Chef King of the Angel Babies.
Cinex Cinex smells like sitting down to a blueberry muffin at a coffee house with a bunch of weed in your pocket. Sounds nice, right? Now smoke some and watch HBO.
The Flav It’s called the Flav, and the aroma hints at rubbed sage. You should smoke it before fucking, is what we’re trying to say.
LSD The smoke isn’t delicious, but LSD combines a soothing body press with a tightly focused head rush and long duration, which is nice when there are reports to file or laundry to fold or boulders to push up the side of a hill for all eternity.
Lucid Dream The purple flower bakes up smooth and fruity. Like Kobe Bryant, it’s a driven, pure sativa—maybe a little too driven. You’ll respect it eventually, though, because Lucid Dream will make you respect it.
Maui Bubble Gift This once-rare strain is widely available around Portland, and offers an even, tasty smoke. With one of the highest CBD counts on record, it blocks pain better (or at least differently) than opiates.
Obama Kush The POTUS’s indica-heavy namesake supplies just the right dash of sativa spark, instilling the acuity required to travel the thoroughfares of San Andreas with sociopathic confidence.
Shipwreck This Oregon-bred flower is communal and encourages connection to each other and to higher powers. It’s also just a generally good way to get some decent conversation going around here once in a while, for fuck’s sake.
Sour Diesel: No strain produces consistent drive and inspiration like Sour D. Just remember to leave it home, because you will reek of herb and everyone will know you are high. Yes, even those cops. Super Lemon Haze Like Kevin Durant, the euphoric high and uncommon energy burst from this candied-lemon bud will have you scanning to make a pass, but then quickly realizing it’s better just to do things yourself because you are an unstoppable machine.
Super Silver Haze Like James Harden, this strain feels spacey and not altogether present, but there’s something else, too. A fluidity. A soul.
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CONSUMPTION JUNCTION HERE ARE THE VARIOUS WAYS TO INGEST CANNABIS SATIVA AND INDICA. BY WM. WILL ARD GREENE
Versatility is one of the most valuable traits cannabis developed over its 80 years on the lam. There are dozens of ways to get the effects of cannabis inside your body, and legalization will only lead to more innovation. Each method of consumption comes with its advantages and drawbacks, which we have graciously compiled for you.
What happens? Burning.
What happens? Ground plant material is heated until the THC is activated, then infused or cooked into food products like butter or cooking oil. These products are then ingested orally, which means through your mouth.
What’s so great about it? Smoking is, very simply, the best way to experience the full effects of cannabis. The highs have more reliable ebbs and flows. Also, smoked properly, most strains taste spectacular. What’s the downside? You’re still pulling
burned plant matter into your lungs. While studies from 2012 have shown daily and even long-term use do not impair lung function, you’re probably going to cough a lot. Also, it’s tough to medicate discretely.
What do I need? Anything you fashion into a
pipe or roll into a joint. Glass pipes and onehitters are discreet and portable. Water pipes cool and calm your smoke, but you’ll have to deal with bong water, which smells like Cthulhu’s beer fart. Joints and blunts exist to get you lit and to take badass selfies.
VAPORIZING What happens? The material—which can be
finely ground flower or a number of concentrated forms—is heated enough to activate and vaporize THC and most terpenes, the compounds that give marijuana its scent and taste, but low enough to avoid the negative effects of combustion.
What’s so great about it? The taste of vapor is
What’s so great about it? You can eat and get high at the same time, and no one’s going to be mad at you for eating cookies at work. Furthermore, the effects of edibles have a longer duration than smoking. What’s the downside? There are a few. First, strain-specific effects aren’t as vivid, particularly if your edible has been overheated. Second, effects of edibles take a long time to kick in since they’re entering the body through the digestive tract. It could be 30 minutes. It could be 60. You never really know because… how much was in that dose? Oh, sweet baby Adeline, it was too much...too much, and now why is the sun eclipsing? Was there an eclipse scheduled today? Who left half a cookie just lying here in front of me? What do I need? Most dispensaries are wellstocked with edibles, and their quality will definitely develop with time. I strongly recommend any of Lady Green’s candy-bar line (page 19), which is scrumptious. Unfortunately, edibles are also quite expensive, running around $2 per dose. You can always make your own cannabis butter and experiment.
clean and clear, but the biggest advantage is discretion. Portable vapes slip into pockets and can be pulled out for a short puff most anywhere. Depending on what you’re vaporizing, olfactory evidence is minimal.
What’s the downside? Vapor causes me to
What’s so great about it? It’s just a topical oil, but it’s proven useful at alleviating aches and pains while providing no psychoactive effects. This is the product you mention to introduce the idea of cannabis to your extended family in Dallas.
cough as much as smoke, and while it feels healthier, I wouldn’t say it’s more pleasant. My biggest complaint, though, is on the effects, which come on fast and fade away relatively quickly. Of course, jagged highs are offset by the vaporizer’s ease of medication. They also require frequent cleaning, which is the worst.
What do I need? Vaporizers range from $30
deals on Groupon to the tricked-out Digital Volcano at $669. You need a vaporizer and something to vaporize, which you can’t get off any random street dealer.
What happens? Essential oils are infused with cannabis.
What’s the downside? It doesn’t get you high and you cannot eat it.
What do I need? To Google “making cannabis essential oil” and follow the most reputable links.
What happens? Cannabis is infused with a liquid, like alcohol or vegetable glycerin. This fluid gold is then administered through droppers under the tongue, or added to drinks like cocktails and beer (alcohol) or tea and soda (glycerin).
What happens? Highly concentrated canna-
What’s so great about it? Tinctures absorb
much faster than solid food, so effects kick in much faster, usually around 15 minutes after dosing. Tinctures are especially welcome to chemotherapy patients and others hoping to medicate without gagging.
What’s the downside? Many patients I’ve
talked to love tinctures, and I see the method growing in popularity as this beverage-loving town fully integrates the chronic (even more than they already do, I mean). But my experience has been too similar to the unreliability of edibles. They’re also relatively inefficient at THC administration. I dream of strain-specific tinctures in morning tea, but the industry doesn’t seem to be there yet.
What do I need? A lot of weed, a small amount
of appropriate liquid to infuse that weed with, and instructions too long to list here. Most dispensaries offer some form of cannabis tincture.
bis is smoked rather than vaporized. Dabbing has caught on among heavy users over the last decade.
What’s so great about it? Dabbing delivers the
effects of THC faster and with more intensity than ever before. Users with high tolerance report dizzying highs they haven’t reached in years, and the fast-acting effects are great at treating health symptoms quickly.
What’s the downside? There are many. With little or no regulation, the widespread use of concentrates is a perfect foil for anti-pot crusaders. With its rigs and blowtorch lighting, dabbing resembles harder drug use. Improper extraction can also result in houses getting blown up. Even more crucial: Weed advocates love to point out how no one has ever died from THC overdose, but concentrates raise the possibility. Some folks in the industry believe it’s only a matter of time, and that concentrates will be heavily regulated in the resulting backlash. What do I need? Concentrated THC, a solid water pipe with an adapted bowl referred to as an “oil rig” and a blowtorch for heating it all up. This is the big time.
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Jesse is a little nervous. “I don’t take people up here,” he tells me. “And I was having second thoughts bringing you up. But then I wondered if you were worried I might try and kill you out in the middle of nowhere.” I wouldn’t say I was worried, but it had crossed my mind. Jesse, in his late 30s and wiry, is accustomed to working hard. His hair is a fuzzy brown uniform buzz. In previous meetings, Jesse has been easy-going and relaxed, but I could also sense a meticulous mind and a passion for craft. I wonder if his anxiety is less about security and more about having his refuge invaded by the media—about this being an initial step in the long journey toward legitimacy for commercial growers. Jesse knows changes are coming, and he’s preparing. So he nods solemnly and welcomes me inside my first growhouse. When I started exploring Oregon’s cannabis scene, what I really wanted to know was the location of the good shit. And if you ask around Portland and the people who answer sound like they know what they’re saying, one name comes up again and again: Eco Firma Farms. Sometimes it’s the only name you’ll get. Eco Firma’s stuff is the good shit. There are many small artisan growers out there, but for scale, quality and consistency, it’s hard to match Jesse’s operation. I ask Jesse
it was there. We wound up pulling leaves off and smoking them. We would throw three different strains together in our dimebags. There was no Internet to consult.” Twenty years later, his operation is cerabout a minor psychoactive variance I expe- tainly upgraded. The secluded indoor farm rienced in a recent batch of Super Silver features five spacious rooms connected by Haze. Jesse knows exactly what I’m talking a hall dense with water barrels, chemicals about—it was due to a difference in harvest and an array of digital displays. Each room dates. He wants to know which I preferred. depicts a unique seasonal climate in the He’s considering stamping his product, rushed growing cycle. The first rooms are the way winemakers stamp on vintages. spare, with low plants. The latter rooms This sounds like a very good idea, espe- are packed with explosions of green. An cially in Portland. assistant is on hand, rushing about like an Jesse is Eco Firma Farms. There are Oompa Loompa in a chocolate factory. assistants, but it’s his operation. Jesse’s last I tell Jesse it feels good inside the rooms, name is off the record so he can keep his and I can see why he likes working here, other two jobs, both rugducking around under ged vocations in which the thick canopies, mind-altering substances trimming away vam“I KNOW THEY GROW BETTER piring buds. are frowned upon. Jesse has been work- WHEN I’M TAKING CARE OF “They like it, too,” ing with weed a long time. he says, and I tell him He got his start dealing as THEM AND WHEN I’VE GOT about something I a sophomore, one of the MUSIC PLAYING.” read on cannabis being few apartment dwellers uniquely connected to at an upper-class subur- —JESSE, ECO FIRMA FARMS humanity. Could there ban high school. A girl be some sort of symhe knew handed him an biotic or metaphysical eighth of shake, assuming he’d know what connection? “I wouldn’t say I believe in to do. His first toke didn’t happen until a anything like that,” he says, “but I know year later, a stolen bud from his dad’s stash. they grow better when I’m taking care of Dealing was the next logical step. them and when I’ve got music playing.” “I figured, ‘If I buy half an ounce and Eco Firma supporters also appreciate then sell an eighth to three of my friends, Jesse’s straightforward approach. He does my part’s free,’” he says. “And that was easy what he says and pays on time. This isn’t to do. So then I thought, ‘Well, why not exactly common, particularly on the comdouble it up?’ It built out from there, and mercial and retail fronts. then I figured, ‘Why not grow my own?’” Jesse believes there’s a battle right now That part was more about trial and error, for the soul of Oregon cannabis. It is, at but mostly error. heart, the same battle that has always been “Some younger kids had this plant put in fought over agriculture, a battle between a field to grow, so we decided to steal it,” he quality and quantity, greed and ethics, craft says. “We moved it about a hundred yards and mass production. and replanted it, but we left yellow caution There are reasons to be hopeful, he tape around it, like maybe the police knew explains. America’s cannabis breadbasket
essentially lies between the Columbia River and Mendocino County in Northern California, between the coast and the mountains, a region that puts heavy emphasis on responsible agriculture and high-quality production. There are also reasons to be nervous, like the fact Oregon’s growing community has been pushed to the fringes for the last 80 years. One dispensary operator estimated the industry as “70 percent shady.” Jesse puts the number closer to 90. Even legitimate growers fall prey to production demands. Little oversight, a product still partly serving the black market, and the finicky nature of certain strains lead to dangerous growing practices and, potentially, a tainted final product—but even test results can be unreliable. The only lab in town Jesse trusts is Sunrise Analytical in Wilsonville (see page 19). The dispensary owners, Jesse explains, are also part of the problem: “Almost everything’s on consignment at the dispensaries, and some growers don’t even get paid,” he says. “They grow a nice crop and they take it to these shops and turn it over and come back later and the shop owner doesn’t have the crop or the money. And these guys have no idea what to do. They’re just small-time growers. They’re completely legal, but you don’t go to the cops on stuff like that.” Eco Firma is located in a county that’s relatively unfriendly to medicinal marijuana. One of Jesse’s fellow growers, in fact, was raided by law enforcement a week before our meeting. “I served. I know how those things go,” he says. “But the guy’s there with his family. Just knock on the door first, at least.” Jesse isn’t worried about raids. “They can come,” he says. “We only grow what we’re allowed to, and everything we send to dispensaries is 100 percent legal. There’s nothing to hide. Just, you know, ring the bell before you send in the entry team.” Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
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Rachel Green knows there’s a stigma attached to “medibles,” the marijuana community’s term for pot that is eaten rather than smoked. “Some people have negative associations from bad brownies in the ’70s, or they just have weak stomachs and they can’t eat the medibles,” she says from her production facility in North Portland, a batch of hash cookies baking in the kitchen. “But if you include the peppermint oil, that’s a medible they can consume.” She’s referring to the special peppermint bark she and her sister, Tammy, made for the holidays. It’s just one of the medibles the women produce under the imprimatur Lady Green’s Treats. Their lollipops, lozenges, salves and candy bars aim to make pot-infused consumables approachable beyond the college stoner set. “A couple of old gals may say, ‘Marijuana, I won’t take that! But cosmetic cream—oh honey, I’ll take some of that!’” says Rachel, a self-described 40-something hippie who gets visibly excited discussing anything weed-related. “Flower is taboo—but a lozenge, that’s benign.” The Green sisters are the last living siblings of nine kids. Rachel is the marijuana expert, while Tammy helps with the business end. Rachel got her Oregon
Medical Marijuana Program card four years ago. She was a recreational pot smoker unhappy with how prescription pills made her feel. She started growing her own marijuana, and gradually began experimenting with extractions that separate the medicinal properties from plant matter. She turned to Budbook, a now-defunct social-media site connecting patients and legal growers, to develop a test audience for her initial hash recipes. “The first time I crushed down absolutely beautiful bud and dumped vodka all over it,” she says, “there weren’t people really talking about it on the Internet.” Now, though, Lady Green’s Treats provides its goods to individuals as well coops, collectives and clubs around town, including its popular hard-candy jewels and original candy bar, which has evolved into three variants. Regardless of quantity or dosage, prices remain fixed, keeping the focus on taste and consistency. If you go to Lady Green’s directly—clients don’t technically buy medical marijuana in Oregon, they reimburse your source—the fudges are $1 and lollipops are $1.25. “We’re trying to keep it very cheap,” Rachel says. “We’re trying to keep people comfortable, not empty their wallets.” Customer appreciation is central to the Lady Green’s operation. The daughter of a 92-year-old man for whom Rachel had made a special batch of “fuck-youup grandpa brow nies” sent an email thanking her for making his final days
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Ethan Marshall figures he’s one of the only people in Oregon allowed to handle both money and weed in the same transaction. His official title at Sunrise Analytical, the Portland medical-marijuana testing facility he operates with his chemist father, Pat, is “sales representative.” But Marshall, a 23-year-old with shaggy brown hair and the vague idea of a goatee, says his main responsibility is to “keep everybody happy.” Indeed, when patrons are essentially paying you to take their pot away, customer satisfaction is crucial. Depending on the desired depth of analysis, Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders shell out up to $110 per sample for Sunrise to tell them what, exactly, is in their medicine. It’s a mutually beneficial business model: patients learn what they’re ingesting, growers get data to help them produce better product, and the
more comfortable. An insomniac client contributed the company’s motto: “Lady Green’s candy dreams—eat candy like a kid, sleep like a baby.” But w ith House Bill 3460 making ma r ijua na d ispensa r ies f u l ly lega l, beginning March 3, Lady Green’s will be required to pay for lab testing to quantify the potency of each batch of medibles. It will have to pass that cost to clients, and if each batch has to be tested, it would delay time between baking the product and getting it to customers, jeopardizing freshness. Lady Green’s started as a way to help ill people by giving them Rachel’s leftover medical herbs, and she worries
about a lienating clients w ith higher costs. Economic issues aside, Rachel is excited that medical dispensaries are becoming fully legal, giving structure to her business. But Lady Green’s has no plans to change its intimate model. The Green sisters will continue delivering products personally, and Rachel will continue dosing each batch by hand. “My hands make every single product,” she says. “[Tammy] may be cooking up the cookies, but I made that dough. She might help trim and package them, but I make every lollipop, every salve, every tincture—every everything.”
Marshalls further their research into the chemistry of marijuana laws, but quality control is where Sunrise cannabis—a study which, in the next few years, could separates itself. It begins with methodology: the Marvastly improve how marijuana is used to treat those same shalls’ is one the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has used for 40 years. A sample is ground down until all patients. Out of its nondescript office-cum-laboratory in that remains is sheer plant fiber, then fed through a gas Wilsonville, Sunrise has, in five years, broken down the chromatograph, a machine resembling a hybrid minichemical components of more than 350 strains of weed, fridge and industrial copier, to separate the compounds, from Alien Dawg to Tangerine Kush, identifying and and a mass spectrometer to identify pesticides. The graphing the various monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes information is fed into a computer program that Pat can responsible for taste and smell, and the cannabinoids read “like it was a book or Braille or something,” accordregulating their psychotropic and medicinal effects. ing to his son. They’ve called other labs to compare notes and inquire about their testing Sunrise claims its data is the most methods, only to be told the informathorough and sophisticated in the “EVERY SIX MONTHS tion is “proprietary.” state, if not the country. So far, the “Ours is out there for 40 years. biggest discovery is that cannabidiol OR SO WE DISCOVER (CBD), the compound thought to be the Yours is proprietary?” Pat says. “No SOMETHING NEW THAT wonder you can’t achieve reasonable key to marijuana’s therapeutic qualiresults.” ties, appears in far less abundance than COULD NEAR NULLIFY That stonewalling, they say, is part initially presumed. The implications of of what’s made connecting the dots that are indeterminate, “but it’s got to OUR RESEARCH ALL THE be important,” Marshall says. take much longer than desired. If other WAY UP TO THAT POINT.” labs would willingly share their findPat Marshall knows where he hopes ings—and, more to the point, get their such information eventually leads: to a — ETHAN MARSHALL shit together—it would help Sunrise better, broader understanding of how pot treats different ailments. “If we can provide the infor- reach definitive conclusions much faster. But then, the mation, maybe someday someone goes, ‘If your marijuana science of marijuana is so new, it might not even matter. “Every six months or so we discover something new contains Cannabi-six, that’s what we want for epilepsy,’” says the elder Marshall, a University of Oregon alum with that could near nullify our research all the way up to 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. that point,” Ethan says. “Mind you, it’s great because “All your epilepsy patients should be looking for this com- we’re making these breakthrough discoveries. But it leaves us up in the air.” pound and not going, ‘All medical marijuana works.’” Testing labs have existed nearly as long as medicalWillamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
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With an MBA from Yale and a career as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley behind him, Brendan Kennedy hardly fits the image of the tie-dye-wearing ganjapreneur looking to cash in on the promise of legal pot. In fact, Kennedy, who founded the nation’s first private equity firm dedicated to marijuana, admits he has limited experience smoking cannabis. And yet Kennedy ’s Privateer Holdings—which operates Leafly, the Yelp of pot—is poised to become a major player in Washington state’s legal marijuana trade. Kennedy, who has appeared in Forbes, The Economist and The New York Times, wouldn’t be in the business if he didn’t see legalization coming south to Oregon and beyond. His cautious but optimistic approach is a hopeful sign of how things will work in the world of professionalized pot. “ We’ve made trips to Washington, D.C., and spoken with a dozen U.S. representatives and senators about this issue, and there’s something about talking to a senator in their office and being a representative of a legal cannabis industry and having them take us seriously,” Kennedy says. “It gives us confidence that legalization is inevitable. Time and demographics are on our side.”
Originally shy about investing in companies that directly touched cannabis because of federal prohibition, Privateer, founded in 2011, has quickly moved closer to embracing cannabis production. In Canada, which recently overhauled its medical-marijuana laws, the company has applied for a 70,000-square-foot medical cannabis grow on Vancouver Island. Privateer also created a subsidy called A rbor ma i n, wh ich ha s lea sed mu ltiple warehouses in Washington state with plans to sublease to a few select producers. Why the new courage? Kennedy cites a U.S. Department of Justice memo from August 2013 announcing the feds would allow the Washington and Colorado experiments to go ahead provided that lots of pot wouldn’t end up crossing state lines or wind
“THE WORLD’S FIRST REGULATED POT SHOPS OPENED UP AND THE WORLD DID NOT END.” —BRENDAN KENNEDY up in the hands of children. Then came the successful rollout of pot shops in Colorado last month and the intensive rule-making process with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, charged with implementing recreational cannabis, which has allayed concerns of the feds. To manage all this, Privateer made another splash by hiring a high-ranking Drug Enforcement Administration agent formerly based in Portland to become the
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2012 REDUX: THE CANNABIS TAX ACT Initiative 22: Supercedes existing laws governing cannabis
(marijuana); creates commission to regulate cultivation, processing, sale of cannabis. Who’s behind it: Paul Stanford, who has been filing marijuana-legalization efforts in Oregon since 1988. The details: Like Stanford’s ballot measure from two years ago, Initiative 22 would set up an independent commission to regulate production and sale of marijuana, and set up marijuana stores that operate similarly to liquor stores. This time, he’d allow the governor to appoint the board that regulates marijuana, rather than only have board members from the marijuana industry. Also, the previous law had no possession limits. This one caps you at 1.5 pounds of pot and 24 homegrown plants. The prognosis: The measure has received over $70,000
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company’s director of compliance. “It represents one more crack in the Berlin Wall of cannabis prohibition,” Kennedy says. “It’s all about managing risk,” he says. Today, much of it is still “unquantifiable,” but whatever quantity there is seems to be dissipating through the thin Denver air. “The world’s first regulated pot shops opened up and the world did not end,” Kennedy says. “Oregon is going to legalize cannabis next November.”
in funding from a Texas-based pro-pot group called the Foundation for Constitutional Protection, but otherwise funding is sluggish.
STANFORD REDUX: THE BLANK CHECK Initiative 21: Amends constitution; permits adult marijuana use, possession, production, except actions endangering children, public safety; state may regulate.
Who’s behind it: Stanford, again. This a more expansive parallel measure to Initiative 22. The details: None, really, except that pot’s constitutionally enshrined as legal for adults 21 and over—and, of course, that we should think about the children. Let God (or the state of Oregon) sort out the rest. The prognosis: Funding is low, and the language is broader than voters have been willing to approve elsewhere.
THE POT ESTABLISHMENT Initiative 37: Allows possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, taxation.
Who’s behind it: New Approach Oregon, led by Anthony Johnson, who co-authored Measure 74 in 2010, which would have instituted marijuana dispensaries. That measure failed, but in 2013 the Oregon Legislature ratified House Bill 3460, a law allowing medical-marijuana dispensaries. The details: The initiative would hand over regulation of
Philip Dawdy, a former Willamette Week and Seattle Weekly staff writer, is the author of much of Washington’s current medical-cannabis law and has also coauthored two legalization initiatives. He is a political and business consultant in the cannabis industry and is also a founder and executive vice president of Cascadia Growers Association, an applicant for cannabis production and processing licenses.
marijuana production and sales to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Those aged 21 and older would be allowed personal possession of 8 ounces of dry marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana solids and 72 ounces of marijuana liquids. You can grow up to four plants at home, for personal use, and you can give up to an ounce of that to your friend. The prognosis: The late Peter Lewis, who backed New Approach, didn’t hand out money unless you’d done a lot of polling that said your measure could win. A poll conducted in May 2013 showed 57 percent of Oregonians favor such a measure.
THE LEGISLATURE Senate Bill 1556 Who’s behind it: Senate judiciary committee chairman Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) is looking to avoid “unintended consequences” of citizen-drafted legislation by placing the details in the hands of the Legislature after a voter referral. The details: Home-possession limits for adults are similar to New Approach Oregon’s measure: 8 ounces of marijuana and four plants. The referral requires legislators to work out details regarding drugged driving and protection of minors, in accordance with Department of Justice recommendations. The prognosis: Prozanski says legislators have been more receptive than they were to a legalization bill proposed in November. For the Senate referral to take effect, however, it will need to receive more votes than initiatives 22 or 37. Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
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How to be: He’d probably appreciate it if you rolled a joint to share. Don’t worry about sending him immediately back out to the street. He’s a professional. What to get: Small buys are preferred—a dime bag or an eighth, tops. Don’t worry about what strain it is. They brought it to your doorstep and will do it again (almost) anytime!
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THE BACK-ALLEY DEALER How you know you’re there: You’ll meet in his flossed-out Civic on a side street just off Burnside. Upon sliding into the passenger seat, you’ll be handed your pre-requested amount of green wrapped in a Burgerville bag, ketchup packets included. 22
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How to be: Put the cash in the center console and make it quick. This guy doesn’t even smoke and has places to be, so look both ways before exiting the car, throw a nonchalant wave and then get the hell out of there. What to get: Beware of ditch weed or “that new green” they’re pedaling. You never know where these guys get their goods.
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THE GROW LAB How you know you’re there: There’s a strange glow coming from the backroom and precariously placed ventilation ducts coming out of unlikely locations. The furniture and electronics are top-notch, and framed Bob Marley posters decorate the walls. The news blares from a huge flatscreen TV, but other than that, the house is dark and smells faintly of patchouli.
leave. Talk about sports or the weather, take a bong hit when offered and plan excuses to get out of there. Don’t move too fast, though. You’ve entered a world where time and space know no bounds, and all that matters is you seem chill. When you walk out the door, don’t yell, “Thanks!” What to get: Your choices are limited to what’s available, but buy in bulk. That way, you won’t have to come back for a while.
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THE STONER’S PARADISE OMMP SHOP How you know you’re there: The sign outside looks homemade and boasts a cute play on words for the name—say, Cannabliss. Once inside, the hostess, who looks like she just got off a shift at Hot Topic, checks your medical-marijuana card and ushers you in. You’ll have your pick of edibles, canna-candy, flower or dabs. The room is darkened and decked out like your hippie uncle’s house, and you’ll squint to make out the day’s menu, written in color-coded Sharpie on a whiteboard. Next to it, you’ll notice a photoshopped image of the dude behind the counter that reads “King Bubba Kush.” It makes it hard not to laugh when you look at him. How to be: Ask questions about the product. The bud-tender has found his dream job and loves to jabber about indica versus sativa, and only uses a few terms you’ve never heard before. When you’re sufficiently confused, just nod and point to the one that smells the best. After filling your prescription, don’t race out. Kick back on the ’70s-era thrift-store couch, medicate and enjoy some sports on the big-screen TV. After a while, you’ll start to wonder how long some of these other bleary-eyed patrons have been here and realize it’s time to go.
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What to get: Although they sell flower of various reimbursement rates, go for the top-shelf varieties. Ask around for deals like free-blunt Friday, or for shops that give you a gift on your first visit. Make sure to enter the monthly raffle. If you’re not in the market for medicine, why not pick up some tapestries, burlap sacks or ironic stoner T-shirts?
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How you know you’re there: The exterior windows are covered in a custom-made wrap that blocks the view but still lets in light. Inside, the bright waiting area feels sterile, and a friendly dude in a pulled-back beanie greets you at the door. You’re required to sign a paper assuring you’re not a federal enforcement officer, and are then entered into a computer system before you gain entry. Inside the store, things are clean, orderly and meticulously labeled. How to be: Ask about CBD and THC levels, tell them about your ailments and remember you’re reimbursing them for meds, not buying drugs. Even though you can put your purchase on a credit card, to do so feels weird, as does getting a receipt. As of Feb. 14, it will no longer be legal to smoke on the premises, but we assume you’ll still be invited to hang out in the “bud bar.” What to get: Sniff multiple jars knowingly and finally settle on the one that’s cheapest. These places carefully buy only from the best growers, right? While you’re there, you might as well pick up a medicated caramel nut brownie for later.
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OUR MAN IN AMSTERDAM A REPORT FROM THE CENTER OF THE MARIJUANA UNIVERSE. B Y B R I A N YA E G E R
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I walked into the Green House Coffee Shop in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District and saw Burt Reynolds. I also spotted Rihanna and Xzibit. Chris Robinson and Kate Hudson are still together here. Everyone is suspended in time from a hazy visit. House policy says celebrities get stoned on the house—but it’s polite to pose for a photo. Soon, you might see the same walls of celebrity photos in Seattle or Denver. What else might you see? Here’s a peek into how the Western world’s longest-tenured pot shops work. Legal weed ain’t cheap. In Amsterdam, a gram of low-grade pot runs about six euros. That’s about $230 per ounce. Anything above ditch weed runs two or threefold. This is close to what we’re seeing in Colorado. Oh, and that’s if you’re skilled enough to roll your own joint. A pre-rolled joint—if you can fi nd one not cut with tobacco—is basically double. If you roll your own, the paper is free. If you don’t know how to roll, the better establishments also offer pipes, bongs and even the rare Volcano vaporizer. It’s a digital world. If you’ve been to Apex or Bailey’s beer bars in Portland, you’ve seen digital boards displaying stats, remaining supply and price. The same goes for pot. Only, these digital displays are even more detailed. The usual info—name, quantity, price and potency—are augmented by scrolling features showing photos of plants, notes on their origins and breeding, and descriptions of the type of high they provide. Weed bars need a theme. As if “buy and smoke pot here” isn’t enough of a draw for Amsterdam’s dens, they’re great at marketing themselves with intricate decorations. The Dolphins Coffeeshop is decorated like Flipper’s bachelor pad, coral and all. Likewise, the Buddha Haze at Baba has an India theme. Since you won’t be hitting the Hard Rock Cafe, hit the Bulldog Rockshop for a rock-’n’-roll experience, including a displayed guitar signed by David Bowie. Coffee shops really do serve coffee—and orange juice. In Amsterdam, sweet drinks are the norm at pot shops. No place in Amsterdam serves orange juice from concentrate. Stoners love OJ even though it’s a myth that vitamin C boosts your buzz and, reportedly, the citric acid is less than ideal for your high. Other patrons opt for espresso with heaps of sugar or a big mocha. My advice: Buy some SBUX stock today, because Frappuccino sales may soon skyrocket in Starbucks’ home market. 26
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This Sunday, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will play in Super Bowl XLVIII. We’ve got an old-school master of pocket passing, Peyton Manning, facing the league’s best defense and the Seahawks’ versatile young quarterback, Russell Wilson. Oh, plus all those commercials. And there’s a big halftime show. And Richard Sherman. Is it any wonder this is the one weekend of the year everyone wants to watch television? Sadly, the game isn’t on Netflix or Hulu, which, for many, means returning to an old friend: the television antenna. Believe it or not, the bunny’s back. As more people dump cable for computers, the number of over-the-air TV households increased from 14 percent to 19.3 percent in the last three years, according to the National Association of Broadcasters. Even if you do have cable, you might want to watch the game over the air. Cable networks can’t match the pristine picture quality of broadcast HDTV, compressing signals and degrading the quality of Manning’s passes and Beast Mode’s broken tackles. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your over-the-air streaming for the big game. Aim west. Portland’s TV transmission towers are on top of Forest Park in the West Hills. TV signals are sent from stations to these towers, which beam them to you. In order to receive the frequencies, your antenna needs to be pointed in the direction of these towers. To find the station antenna you’re looking for—the Super Bowl is on Fox 12 in Portland—go to antennaweb.org, which will show the location of the antenna and which direction you should point your antenna based on your street address.
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There is no such thing as a perfect antenna. There are many different types of antennas, ranging from $20 to $200. Unfortunately, no matter how much you spend, there’s no design that’s ideal everywhere. You’ll probably need to a look at directional antennas, rabbit ears, bow ties and others to
figure out which suits your house. That means taking it home, setting it up and messing with it. Expensive, fancy antennas aren’t necessarily better. Depending on how close you are to the transmitting towers, spending extra cash on an antenna with amplifiers and fancy features can actually cause problems by overamplifying nearby signals. You probably don’t need a big, powerful roofmounted antenna if you live in the city. Most Portlanders should be able to pick up all of the over-the-air TV stations with a small indoor antenna. If you live in a more challenging environment—for example, on the other side of Mount Tabor—an outdoor antenna designed for rural and mountainous areas might be necessary. The best way to find a good antenna for where you live? Ask neighbors what works for them. Chances are, it’ll also work for you. Trial and error. Keep in mind that TV signals and radio frequencies bounce off objects in their paths. If your antenna is pointed in the right direction but isn’t picking up a signal, there may be something in the way. Try every possible direction: It may turn out that pointing it in the opposite direction works better for your location. Check your TV settings for an antenna signalstrength meter. Some televisions have meters which show the strength of a signal as you move the antenna around. If your TV has a meter, move your antenna very slowly to play a game of “cool, warmer, warmer, hot.” Remember, antennas are super-touchy. A few inches make a big difference. When you’re near or touching your antenna, the reception can change. Point it in a direction, let go and step back, checking the meter. Then move it slightly, step back and repeat. Signals bounce off human bodies, too, so don’t stand too close. And when Wilson throws the game-winning touchdown pass with 19 seconds to play, keep any cheering fans away from the antenna if you want to watch the extra point. SEE IT: Super Bowl XLVIII is at 3:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 2, on Fox-TV channel 12.
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FOOD: Chicken, waffles, medical marijuana. MUSIC: Aan and Aan and Aan. THEATER: Pep Talk complete with pompoms. AP FILM: The Portland Black Film Festival loosens up.
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SCOOP FIRING THE YELLOW BIRD AT THE NSA. heads up: Dora: A Headcase by Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch has been optioned for a movie. Katherine Brooks, who’s worked on a few feature films and a slew of MTV reality shows—including The Real World and The Osbournes—will adapt the novel, which is a contemporary retelling of Sigmund Freud’s famous case study of a girl diagnosed with hysteria. Yuknavitch isn’t sure if she’ll be involved in the screenplay, which must be written in the next 12 months. “I very much hope so, if only to smile like a dork and nod my head ‘Hell, yes’ several times,” says Yuknavitch, who sees Dora as a story of love and liberation. “I hope the cinematic version contributes to the hard work some of us are doing daily to represent the stories of women and girls as vital and interruptive of the womanas-object trope.” growler war: The Fred Meyer on Hawthorne is getting growlers. On Jan. 27, the store cleared out its organic beer space to make room for a 16-tap beer growler-filling station, just in time to compete with the new Growlers, a 48-spout fill-to-go spot at 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Growlers officially opens next week as Portland’s first “dedicated, single-purpose growler fill station” and, apart from samples, won’t serve any booze onsite.
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bike mall: The massive 657-unit Lloyd District apartment complex Hassalo on Eighth will have parking for a minimum of 1,200 bikes—making it the largest bike-parking project in North America, according to bikeportland.org. More than 500 of those bikes will be valet-parked, outpacing the 300 valet parking spots at Oregon Health & Science University, currently the largest valet bike-parking lot in North America. Just less than 1,000 car parking spots are planned for the apartment project, most of which are intended for offices and an anticipated (but unconfirmed) grocery store. yaw’s refracted: Two iconic Hazelwood neighborhood businesses that closed last year seem to be consolidating— sort of. Jason Kindle, former bar manager of the Refectory, a 40-year-old nightclub that shut down last February, has applied for a liquor license to open a 135-seat bar called Bridge City Taproom in the former Yaw’s Top Notch location (11340 NE Halsey St.). Mitch Stanley, who owned the Refectory for 30 years, had also expressed interest in opening a bar in Hazelwood after his nightclub closed. He told the Mid-County Memo community newspaper he would call it Stanley’s Taproom. didja ever notice...?: Jerry Seinfeld apparently learned what it’s like to try to dine in Portland’s popular West End. According to former WW staffer Byron Beck, the comedian tried unsuccessfully to find a seat at Rick Gencarelli’s pasta restaurant, Grassa, while in town Jan. 24. In a zany inconvenience that seems ripe for humor, Seinfeld and his entourage had to trundle their carbonara to neighboring Lardo instead. 30
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efore every town had a museum, people assembled their precious belongings into collections called wunderkammers. One of the most famous was owned by an early practitioner of plastic surgery, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, who kept a wunderkammer of medical oddities, tumors, specimens, plaster casts and illustrations to help train young physicians. After Mütter’s death in 1859, others added a Siamese twin’s death cast and Florence Nightingale’s sewing kit. In the 1930s, Dada artists like Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp used the wunderkammer model to piece together odd associations, such as Man Ray’s Object to Be Destroyed, consisting of a photograph of an eye attached to the swinging
arm of a metronome. In his Boîte-en-valise, Duchamp created a portable museum suitcase with unfolding compartments to display miniatures and models of his work. This weekend, Curious Gallery aims to recapture the spirit of those personal museums. Coyote skulls, a vintage gray fox rug and terrariums filled with minerals and metals will stand adjacent to interactive workshops and gallery art. Lupa, the mononymous Curious Gallery founder and author of a book called Skin Spirits: The Spiritual and Magical Uses of Animal Parts, wants viewers to leave feeling they can create or expand their own cabinets of curiosity. What’s in Lupa’s own wunderkammer? We asked for a peek. LYLA ROWEN.
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THURSDAY JAN. 30 revival [THEATEr, MuSiC] Folksy band Skidmore bluffs puts on a concertplay about a fictional musical group called the roving wheels of Christ. writer-director Josh Gulotta calls Revival part church service—the performance is held in a converted church—and hopes to provoke questions about religious hypocrisy and the role of Christianity in modern America. The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave., fertilegroundpdx.org. 7 pm. $10.
FRIDAY JAN. 31 heidi duckler dance theatre [DANCE] Heidi Duckler returns from l.A. to premiere another sitespecific dance piece, this time in a gutted shell of a building in the Central Eastside. Ragnarok is based on a Norse tale of destruction and rebirth. The building, which burned down in 2006, has no ceiling, and the windows and doors have been removed. Prepare to get cold and wet. Southeast 2nd Avenue and Clay Street, heididuckler.org. 8 pm. $10$25.
SATURDAY FEB. 1 run run shaw marathOn [MoViES] run run Shaw recently died at age 106, leaving behind more than 300 films from the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. Tonight, catch King Kong knockoff Mighty Peking Man, plus two mystery films featuring lots of wizard fights and kung fu. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm. $10.
SUNDAY FEB. 2 super bOwl Xlviii [SPorTS] whoa. Dude. Did you realize the two teams playing in the biggest football game of the year are from states that legalized pot? y’know what this means, right? Not only does weed cure cancer and make you see the future in a bowl of queso dip, it also makes you a better athlete. 3:20 pm on Fox 12.
MONDAY FEB. 3 The book is Natural History of Animals by Sanborn Tenney and Abby A. Tenney, published in 1870 by Charles Scribner & Co. The bottle is genuine vintage snake oil; the bits of the label that remain identify it as a tonic “For Female Complaints and Diseases of women,” manufactured by the J.r. watkins Medical Company probably sometime near the turn of the 20th century—a steal at just $1 a bottle! i got it a couple of years ago at an antique shop out on the coast; the label amused me
The little wood and yarn deal in the center is a tiny planter i made a couple of weeks ago from scrap wood, secondhand yarn and a little Tillandsia air plant.
from secondhand sources, and a secondhand fox tail that i got from someone who was tired of wearing it on their purse.
of my favorites for its imperfections—a snapped tusk, a broken jaw process and the weathered coloration.
The stick next to it is a piece of branch with some lichens that i happened to find along the sidewalk as i was walking from my car to Paxton Gate for the pictures.
The creation in the front is a decorative rattle made from a fox skull a crafty friend of mine found out in the woods in the Midwest, along with secondhand leather from old jackets, yarn
The skull is from a domestic or feral pig, probably one that died of natural causes and was left to weather outdoors for a couple of years. it’s another antique shop find from the coast, and it’s one
The costume piece on top of it is made from a piece from a very old spotted hyena hide that i bought from a taxidermy collector who was liquidating their collection a while back, along with more secondhand leather, handmade alpaca yarn bought from a local fiber artist, and a few bits of vintage metal from various sources.
as i’m a pretty dedicated feminist and i enjoy the irony of possessing such an artifact.
GO: Curious Gallery PDX will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2. $20. All ages. Visit curiousgallerypdx.com for more information.
actiOn brOnsOn [MuSiC] on his latest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, Action bronson goes nuts for 45 minutes, inventing some weird, weed-infused fantasy world where our hero eats oysters at the Cloisters, water-skis in belize and debates the finer points of getting head at a lakers game. Peter’s Room, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-2300033. 8 pm. $20. All ages.
TUESDAY FEB. 4 OreGOn desert trail talk [ouTDoorS] The new oregon Desert Trail goes 800 miles from bend to idaho. 1859 editor Kevin Max and New York Times contributor Tim Neville talk about their hikes. Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., onda.org. 6 pm. Free.
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For a calmer and more aesthetically pleasing time on Chinese New Year, you should probably head down to the Lan Su Garden in Chinatown. It’s pretty there during the day, and there will be dances and festivities and such. But if you want an exhaustive and exhausting mess, you’ll be at the ding-dang Convention Center, at this big pig pile sponsored by the Portland Chinese Times newspaper, which promises various Chinese foodstuﬀs, folk dances, instrumental music and kung fu demonstrations, plus Lion Dance performances at 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 4 pm. Oregon Convention Center , 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 235-7575. 11 am. $8.
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This is a big concrete mess that looks a lot like a Tupperware event, except for the 50 Oregon wineries on hand and the glut of oysters and crab and shrimp cocktails and jerky. Astoria, BridgePort and Deschutes breweries have smartly tagged along as a beer option, on the assumption somebody got dragged in who wants to pair the fruits of the sea with a Mirror Pond. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 235-7575. 2-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $10-$12, kids under 5 free.
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Willamette Week’s second annual Beer Guide hits streets on Wednesday, Feb. 5, with reviews of every brewery within an hour’s drive of downtown Portland, our favorite beer shops and bars, and our top 10 beers (and top 5 ciders!) of the year. We’re releasing the ﬁrst copies of the guide on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and will have taps pouring for no fewer than ﬁve of what we’re pretty sure were the 10 best beers made in Oregon last year, with samples for $2 and pints for $5. McMenamins Ringlers Pub, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0627. 5 pm. Free entry.
MEXI-INDIAN: The medium-size calabacitas kofta platter.
THE SUDRA The Sudra doesn’t serve Indian food, whatever they try to tell you. Nowhere that cheerily offers a sweet-but-sadistic strawberry habanero sauce with your “calabacitas” kofta is an Indian spot. It is instead a lovely take on pan-vegan cuisine informed by the cultural interests of sociology students and yogaphiles: Latin America, India, the Middle East. Luckily, the Sudra eschews the cuisine’s customary bowls in favor of varied platters ($12 large/$8 medium) whose sides include, kale with tahini dressing, lime-cilantro sauces and earthy anasazi curry beans. Those calabacitas balls subject the Indian malai kofta dish to the fajita treatment, pairing hearty zucchini-squash nuggets with bell peppers and onions and a note-perfect, sweet-spicy Order this: Calabacitas kofta platter. tomatillo chutney. The terrific Best deal: Happy hour is almost continual: 4-7 pm, 9 pm-close. pakora plate—cauliflower and broccoli pickled, breaded and fried—comes with a startlingly jammy blueberry-mint chutney, in a sweet-savory mash-up that makes no good sense. Still, I kept coming back for more chutney. The cocktail list, meanwhile, is formed to the palates of those accustomed to juice-bar fare—drunks with a health-food fetish— offering tongue-needling ginger mixed with whiskey and cider, tequila with beet juice, and drinks with blueberry puree. But of all vegan places in Portland, the Sudra is the one most likely to lure those whose diets range as free as a Portland chicken: One simply doesn’t miss the meat or milk. And with its cozy, tasteful bar décor, one might happily meet there for a novelty cocktail— or more likely a beer. Though the bar takes its name from the lowest of Indian castes, allow me to be the first to say: Untouchable, my ass. I’d eat off their dishes anytime. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. EAT: The Sudra, 2333 NE Glisan St., 971-302-6002, thesudra.com. 11 am-11 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday-Saturday.
BRUTAL IPA (ROGUE, AS IMPORTED TO AMSTERDAM) Everyone knows European beer is better in Europe— but what of American suds abroad? In Amsterdam, where I moved from Portland last year, the three American breweries whose beers are most common are San Francisco’s Anchor, Maryland’s Flying Dog and Oregon’s own Rogue. And since India Pale Ale derived its name via its voyage from Britain to India, shouldn’t Rogue’s Brutal IPA be better here than at home? Well, no. Brutal IPA, unlike many West Coast IPAs, isn’t actually brutally bitter because its lone hop varietal is the Corvallis-bred Crystal, a citrusy hop low on alpha acids. Brutal reaches 46 IBUs—less than the English-leaning BridgePort IPA. So how does Brutal IPA handle the trip across the Atlantic? The perishable hops survive mostly intact, but the malty body and slight oxidation introduce a wet-cardboard flavor. Shamefully, the importer slapped my fast-deteriorating bottle with a sticker suggesting it’ll still be good come Halloween. Talk about brutal. Also note that just as imports are expensive no matter what direction they travel, a 22-ouncer of Rogue’s beer goes for $15.25 in Amsterdam, making it hard to compete with a bottle of Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus that’s slightly cheaper. BRIAN YAEGER.
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SMOKIN’ SECTION en route to the industrial district surrounding the Columbia Slough. Dub’s new spot fits comfortably, though oddly, into the bar’s north side, with a collection of tables and cushioned booths near the pool table. BY MATTHEW KORFHAGE firstname.lastname@example.org The chicken and waffles ($12) have gone through some changes after a year’s absence. “Meet me at the counter,” the song says. “I’ll be The fried-chicken skin is a bit more browned on the leg and thigh, and more heavily salted here every day, smokin’ on through the night.” Every day except Sunday, as it turns out. The and spiced, though the interior is just as juicy as always—a perfect complesong, “Mary Jane,” by Mack & ment for the Frank’s RedHot Dub and the Smokin Section, that squirts freely out of the is all about medical mari- Order this: Chicken and waﬄes ($12). deal: A sloppy dog, topped with bottles on every table. The juana and how it’s maybe a Best spiced ground beef, is $4. The heart waffles remain crisp-free; good idea. But these days attack is free. the sweet-battered Belgian the lyrics could just as easily squares have pretty much apply to Dub’s brisket at his soul-food counter, Dub’s St. Johns, open six days the same texture as the pats of butter served on a week. Since December 2013, he’s been cooking top of them. This is a tremendous comfort, like a up brisket, chicken, waffles and burgers out of a bite of cookie dough. The brisket ($14), meanwhile, is juicy and window inside the Ranger Tavern. It’s a bit of a phoenix turn for Dub, aka Wil- thick and infused with sweet barbecue; it’s not liam Travis III. He and musical partner J. Mack— the dry-smoked Texas version, but rather a a former member of local Billboard R&B charters saucy, butter-tender slab. Heck, everything ’s U-Krew—had started a beloved restaurant on butter here. But the sides don’t really measure Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Mack up. Not the dry mac ’n’ cheese that becomes an & Dub’s Excellent Chicken & Waffles, that WW unintentional casserole, nor the one-note garlic called the best soul food in Portland. In Novem- collards, nor the dense cornbread. Dub’s is a ber 2012, however, the business was lost to a fire, meat showcase, and that juicy brisket is best with signs that it might have been racially moti- ordered in the $9 sandwich. Pair the food with a $2.50 Bud—because, vated arson. Fast-forward to Jan. 21, 2014. It’s Dub’s birth- America!—but take note: You’ve got to order day, and there’s cake. Dub is holding court at one beer on the other side of the Ranger from Dub’s of the Ranger Tavern’s tables. His family and window. The Ranger is the sort of tavern that’s friends pay their respects, as do a pair of old cus- less frequented than lived in. On a recent visit, tomers from the Mack & Dub’s days, who are just the regulars on the bar side fought over whether plain tickled to be there. “Happy birthday,” they I was a Seahawks or Broncos fan before I’d even sat down, and the bartender warned me to sit at tell him on the way out. “Thanks for the cake.” The Ranger Tavern, Dub’s new home, is a least one stool away from a beer-drinking patron friendly sports-and-lottery bar on a dark stretch she described as “grumpy.” But it’s OK. At places that feel a little like of road a few blocks from St. Johns’ downtown; it’s the home drinking turf for Portland wrestling home, everybody always tells you what to do. And legend Len “The Grappler” Denton. It’s probably then when you eat the food, you’re reminded why called the Ranger in honor of the antlers and taxi- you always come back. dermy on the walls next to the beer knickknacks, but it might as well be named for its position as EAT: Dub’s St. Johns, 9520 N Lombard St., 9988230. 10 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday. the northwesternmost watering hole in the city,
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
[PICKIN’ CHARMER] The newly renovated Alberta Street Pub is fast becoming a hub for folk and bluegrass fans. The last two concerts I’ve been to there were stuffed with bodies, and even more inundated with the cheerful energy that accompanies the genre. This weekend the pub gets a visit from natives of the Great Lakes: Borne of an open-mic encounter in Lansing, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys weave traditional bluegrass with tight stringpicking and buoyant harmonizing. And it doesn’t hurt that Lindsay Lou is charming as hell, regaling listeners through lyrics inspired by true-life tales of bank-robbin’ aunties and moonshinin’ grandpas, because what other subject matter makes for great bluegrass? GRACE STAINBACK. Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-7665. 8 pm. $12-$15. 21+.
The Autumn Defense, Melville
[WILCO-ISH] Comprising Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt, it’s little wonder that the Autumn Defense has a decidedly Wilco-esque feel about it. The group’s fifth record, creatively named Fifth, is a well-manicured batch of alt-folk fit for open roads and ponderous stares out the window. It’s whispered and introverted in the vein of Elliott Smith, while populist and melodic like a Jackson Browne record. The gently rocking rhythms and lovesick vocals come naturally, which is probably to be expected from a group that’s been at it for well over a decade. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15$18. 21+.
THURSDAY, JAN. 30 A Tribute to Marvin Gaye
[R&B HOMAGE] Covering Marvin Gaye is tough, but it can be quite a lucrative endeavor—just ask Robin Thicke. I kid, I kid. Seriously, though, tackling the songs of one of the 21st century’s most towering figures is a mighty challenge indeed. If nothing else, the bands taking part in this special tribute performance deserve kudos for their cojones. Dance-rockers Dear Drummer, soul-fusionists Soul Progression and synth-funk groovers Born Cosmic will each try their hand at one of the most vaunted songbooks in popular music, and it’ll either be an impressive surprise or a giant train wreck. Either way, it should be worth watching. Just be prepared to cringe if need be. MATTHEW SINGER. Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292. 9 pm. $6. 21+.
Ultra Bide, Rat Party, the Thrones, the Ex-Girlfriends Club
[JAPANESE PUNK] Using the word “bizarre” to describe just about anything manufactured in Japan probably isn’t terribly helpful, but when it comes to the music of Ultra Bide, it’s the only term that works. Kicking around since 1978, the veterans of Kyoto City’s early no-wave movement have been making intense, arty hardcore before a lot of American punk bands had even advanced into regular old hardcore. In the mid-’90s, Jello Biafra introduced the group stateside, signing it to his Alternative Tentacles imprint and releasing the awesomely titled God Is God, Puke Is Puke and Super Milk. Its latest, DNA vs. DNA-C, is full of fuzzy, chugging riffs, weird sound effects and psychedelic diversions, at first reminiscent of some of the best outsider rock of the ‘80s until you realize, oh shit, these dudes got there first! MATTHEW
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SINGER. Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Washed Out, Kisses
[SELF-MADE CHILLWAVE] A few years ago, Ernest Greene was experimenting with music production alone in his bedroom at his family home in rural Georgia, having failed to land a job as a librarian. Thanks to the mobilizing power of the Internet (in Greene’s case, Myspace, which was apparently still a thing back then), he has risen to quick acclaim under the moniker Washed Out. His music is drowsy, ethereal electro, but his beats have a tangible hip-hop influence that makes for music equal parts contemplative and toe-tapping. He’s been trotting the globe on tour for a few years now with no signs of rest—until he can find a library to hire him at one of his pit stops, that is. GRACE STAINBACK. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.
Johnny Flynn, the Melodic
[STORYBOOK FOLK] Johnny Flynn pairs well with a Scottish hillside and a cup of tea. Much like Laura Marling or Noah and the Whale, Flynn derives a great deal of his sound from the U.K. folk tradition. He uses banjo, an array of stringed instruments, harmonious background vocals and the occasional piano, in a truly raucous, folk-revivalist fashion. But Flynn still maintains a delicate, sensitive strum that makes his music appealing to more than pub patrons. ASHLEY JOCZ. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $13-$15. 21+.
Heat: Tony Stewart, Scottie Soul, Doc Manny, Dan Craig
[HOUSE] Some would argue that the technically skilled DJ has been beat-matched and digitally effected into oblivion, that song curation and crowd maintenance are the wares in which 21st-century DJs must traffic. These four Portland DJs, with some 85 years of experience between them, might have something to say about that, if you can hear them over the smooth, bumpin’ deep house that’s matured over the past three decades. Like a fine wine, DJs improve with age—just don’t call them old. MITCH LILLIE. The Rose, 111 SW Ash St, (971) 544-7330. 9 pm. $2-$3 suggested. 21+.
The Toasters, Faithless Saints, the Sentiments
[SKA] The much-ballyhooed “third wave” of ska music crested about 15 years ago, and most of those waiting for its next big swell have long since been swept out to sea. That has not kept the Toasters, those former overlords of East Coast ska revivalism whose Moon Ska label was long the most influential purveyor of pickituppickitup and huphuphup in the country from marching valiantly on in earnest. Though catchy singles are few and far between, and even some devoted fans have trouble naming a member of the band, showgoers know exactly what they will get at a Toasters show: The band ’s full, brassy, jangly sound remains recognizable after 30 years. A handful of rather soulful Northwest ska acts open what should be a sentimental and sweaty night. CASEY JARMAN. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0543. 8 pm. $10. 21+.
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ON aND aaN aND ON: (From left) Bud Wilson, Patrick Phillips, Reese Lawhon, Jon Lewis.
LATE BLOOMERS AFTER EIGHT YEARS, PORTLAND’S AAN FINALLY RELEASES ITS DEBUT ALBUM. bY MaTTHe W SIn GeR
Bud Wilson shakes his head. He can’t believe it’s taken this long for his band, the Portland experimental-pop group Aan, to put out a proper record. EPs and things resembling albums have surfaced over the past eight years, but nothing the singer-guitarist considers a legitimate, fully formed statement. It’s not for a lack of trying: Amor Ad Nauseum, the quartet’s first official LP, has been finished for more than a year. Only now is it getting released. Why the delay? Blame Billy Corgan. All right, maybe he didn’t have all that much to do with it. Still, Wilson’s encounter with the Nosferatu of alt-rock last spring is emblematic of the frustrating roadblocks that kept him from just getting the damn album out. Aan’s management company insisted the group position itself to make a huge splash with its debut, and that included five dates supporting the Smashing Pumpkins. Leaping from playing clubs to sold-out amphitheaters six times, the band’s approachably off-center sound translated well. It wasn’t until the last show, however, that the Great Pumpkin himself deigned to commiserate with his opening act. “We went to his dressing room. He’s in nothing but a white robe, and his Yoko is in the room, not saying anything and giving us hard eyeballs,” says Wilson over beers and a Blazers game at Maui’s on North Williams Avenue. “Five of us are piled into the room. Everyone has a question, and he’s clearly not interested in us, but he’s polite. He’s like”—Wilson affects a pinched nasal whine—“‘You guys have a good tiiiiime?’ We left there like, ‘That just happened.’” That, it turns out, is the only thing that happened. A big label deal never materialized. Meetings turned into more meetings that turned into dead ends. Meanwhile, the album Aan spent two years making sat in limbo. Aan had flirted with the big time, and all Wilson got was a lousy anecdote about meeting an aging rock star. Things used to be so much simpler. Aan (pronounced “on”) began as a way for Wilson, the son
of an Idaho cattle rancher, to learn how to write songs between his sideman duties in exploratory Portland rock bands like Ghost to Falco and Ohioan. Expanding gradually out of Wilson’s bedroom, Aan cycled through members—Wilson estimates he’s played with seven different guitarists since the project started—and musical styles, from psychedelic pop to noisy folk. An agent at an L.A. management firm, which shall remain nameless, got hold of Aan’s EP, I Could Be Girl for You, and convinced the band it was ready to “take a big step.” But promises continually fell through, and calls began going unreturned for days at a time. “I kind of had a breakdown,” Wilson says. “I’m getting pulled at many angles. One person in the band is like, ‘Let’s drop them right now,’ and one person’s like, ‘Let’s just wait it out.’ Finally, I had to make my own decision and let them go. I was like, ‘OK, that’s exactly how I don’t want to do things.’’” Aan signed with upstart Portland label Party Damage Records and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to finance its album release. Not surprisingly, after all this time, Amor Ad Nauseum hardly sounds like a debut. It’s a confident, muscular record that never quite does what you expect. Songs like the eruptive opener, “Wet and Dripping,” a redux of an earlier track, and the aggressively churning “I Don’t Need Love” are grounded in sharp melodies and vibrant indie-rock guitars, but the arrangements jerk and jolt at odd angles. Even in its quieter moments, it’s an exhilarating listen. And now that people are finally able to hear it, Wilson is looking to move on as soon as possible. He’d ideally like to have another piece of music out this year, but the band hasn’t exactly reached an ideal level of stability: Current guitarist Patrick Phillips could get called back to his main act, Brainstorm, at any moment. But after spending the past few years in stasis, Wilson can’t complain about a little volatility in the lineup. Or much else, for that matter. “I’m in a healthy relationship with my partner, and my life with my band and my friends and everything,” Wilson says. “Maybe things can be pretty fucked up sometimes, but most of the time, they’re pretty good.” SEE IT: Aan plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Desert Noises and Boys Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 1. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
FRIDAY, JAN. 31 St. Lucia, Sir Sly, Sex Life DJs
[2014 BREAKOUTS] Jean-Philip Grobler’s tropical dance-pop project, St. Lucia, had one of 2013’s best records in When the Night. Too bad it played second fiddle to more sugary releases. Grobler’s pop musicianship, combined with a full band’s worth of synths, horns and echoey drums, equals one of the most fullsounding live sets on the touring circuit today. Don’t sleep on indierockers Sir Sly, either, whose beautifully composed, radio-ready tracks sound much bigger than a six-piece. GEOFF NUDELMAN. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 2337100. 7 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.
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The Devil Makes Three, the Brothers Comatose
[DAMNED DOSEY DOE] No band channels rootsy, punk-flavored fervor quite like Santa Cruz’s Devil Makes Three. The trio may find kindred spirits in the likes of Trampled by Turtles and similar old-timey acts, but none touts the band’s raw percussive stampings and down-home thirst for lotus-eating the way singer-guitarist Pete Bernhard does. The band’s first proper LP in four years, I’m a Stranger Here, quakes with personal demons and sinful unrest, sitting amid the best midtempo, acoustic damnation around. BRANDON WIDDER. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 2250047. 9 pm. $22.50 advance, $25 day of show.
The California Honeydrops, the Jackalope Saints
THE DOUGHNUT BOYS Featuring DAN ECCLES
W E D N E S D AY, 1 / 2 9 @ 6 P M
Voodoo Doughnut Recordings is proud to announce its inaugural 7-inch release. The mastermind behind it, as well the vocalist on “Cheap Bastard,” is Portland native Dan Eccles. Over the past two decades, Dan has played with King Black Acid, Fist City, and Richmond Fontaine. The inaugural release on VDR marks Dan’s first project as orchestrator and front man.
T H U R S D AY, 1 / 3 0 @ 6 P M The Melodic are a quietly radical band. Perhaps the most innovative English folk ensemble since Pentangle’s jazz/folk fusion of the early 70s. 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.”
THE PACK A.D. S AT U R D AY, 2 / 1 @ 2 P M
Their new album, Do Not Engage reunites The Pack A.D. with Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Electric Six, Dirtbombs). If you’re not already acquainted with what they’ve accomplished together as The Pack A.D., it’s high time you strapped yourself in and took a listen. First at Music Millennium (2 p.m.) and then again at Doug Fir Lounge the same night (doors at 8 p.m.).
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[NEW CLASSIC R&B] Led by Poland-born soulman Lech Wierzynski and first bred busking in Oakland subway stations, the California Honeydrops are an unlikely fit for that classic, gospeltinged, retro-Motown R&B sound. Yet the barrelhouse piano, sun-dappled horns and Wierzynski’s bluesy vocal eruptions work in just that style, on the big band’s sublime, underrated third album, Like You Mean It. Second-line brass, ’70s funk and other elements trickle in but do little to sway the album’s throwback elation. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $13-$15.
Gladkill, Sugarpill, DJ Icon, Pressha
[WEST COAST DANCE] Gladkill and Sugarpill make for a really balanced touring duo, both orthographically and stylistically. But their origins couldn’t be more opposed. Gladkill hails from New York City via an undisclosed location in Siberia, while Sugarpill is a SoCal kid through and through. Both have made Headtron—an art, music and events collective—their crew and California their home, where they continue to claim the name of the whole damn coast in the name of their glittery, glitchy, bass-heavy house and electro. MITCH LILLIE. Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill St. 9 pm. $15-$20. 21+.
Zappa Plays Zappa
[SONS OF INVENTION] Fame without fortune is hardly a blessing, Moon Unit once wrote. And she at least garnered a novelty hit through the sins of her father. Frank Zappa succumbed to cancer all too aware that their tossed-off New Wave collaboration would remain his best-known work, even if it’s no longer exactly well-known, and a sui generis cultural footprint as the hirsute iconoclast survives largely through a fanatical fan base perversely empowered by their hero’s waning legacy. We don’t think of the 1982 LP that spawned “Valley Girl” as one of his dozen or so albums to crack the Top 40-ish. We also don’t really understand the No. 27 chart position awarded such a dizzying thicket of prog fusion as Roxy & Elsewhere, which will be played tonight in its entirety by the Zappa
INTO IT OVER IT WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Emo should’ve seen its slow decline coming. It was only a matter of time before the melody-driven punk offshoot collapsed under the heft of its aesthetical crimes against humanity—though the scene’s transition from twee-as-fuck Midwestern dudes in thriftstore clothing to legions of post-hardcore Warped Tour crusaders is a mystery to anyone who doesn’t write for Alternative Press magazine. At the ripe age of 29, Evan Weiss portends a much-needed renaissance. “Any genre of music that gets popular has a tendency to get co-opted, commercialized and destroyed,” says Weiss, frontman of Chicago’s Into It Over It. “Look at punk in the ’70s, hardcore in the ’80s. Subculture gets twisted and becomes this bland, stale piece of pop culture. The movement can only go so far before it collapses and has to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.” With the breakneck urgency of punk, the arpeggiated guitar acrobatics and off-kilter time signatures of math rock and the earnest vocal style that “screamo” threw to the wayside, Into It Over It is a blast from the not-so-distant past. The band is part of what the national music media have deemed a golden-age emo revival. Haircuts and denim choices aside, things feel different this time. “You’ve got a bunch of bands working hard and doing things on their own, and there’s no economy for bullshit this time around,” Weiss says. “No one has the money for huge productions or releases. At that point, everything just goes back to the basement. People just want to see a band bang it out and fuck shit up.” From Connecticut to California, sincere guys in cardigans are bringing jazz beats with twinkly guitars and pop-punk hooks back into vogue. The Onion’s A.V. Club published an article that crystallized a genre tag for emo’s new youth movement: twinklecore. Weiss is also part of the first twinklecore supergroup, Their/ They’re/There, with Chicago elder statesman Mike Kinsella. Into It Over It comes to town on a bill that’s a veritable “who’s next” in the new crop of emo bands. Connecticut’s The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, a band universally anointed as the harbinger of the scene’s future, offers a hair-raising blend of long-form post-rock buildups punched with careening, shout-along implosions. A Great Big Pile of Leaves, from Lawrence, Kan., received high marks from Pitchfork for its jangly fusion of straight-ahead pop structures and the emphatic wailing of revered fellow Kansans the Get Up Kids. There’s a lot for emo loyalists (OK, old people) to be excited about, if they’re willing to keep basement shows and split 7-inch record releases on their radar. For Weiss, it’s the next wave of kids that should be cautious of the holding pattern a new genre can get caught up in. “It’s not going to be like it was a decade ago, at least not in our world,” he says. “No one in our scene is looking to commercialize. Bands are getting weirder and trying to experiment and grow as musicians. Maybe the bands that follow in our footsteps will fuck it up, but no one in our circle has interest in being co-opted. No one’s writing emo music to make money.” PETE COTTELL. Emo revivalists make the world a safe place to cry again.
SEE IT: Into It Over It plays Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., with The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die and A Great Big Pile of Leaves, on Wednesday, Jan. 29. 7 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.
friday-saturday Plays Zappa troupe of master sidemen. Project founder and first-born son Dweezil has doubtlessly exploited the lineage for less admirable ends than this testament to supra-challenging eccentricities, but touring his dad’s least-approachable music for the well-heeled faithful (or charging $75 for a brief afternoon guitar master class) won’t do the family name any favors. JAY HoRton. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 9 pm. $25-$65. All ages.
SATURDAY, FEB. 1 The Mantles, Still Caves, HD Personalities
[KEEP S.F. WEIRD] Just a few years ago, San Francisco was a hotbed for loud, drunk and boisterous garage rock. But with the recent departure of both ty Segall and thee oh Sees to East L.A., what was just recently one of the most exciting scenes in the country is starting to dwindle. Fortunately, the Mantles are still around to pound out enough sunny Byrdsvia-Siltbreeze jangle to make the whole Bay Area proud. the band’s latest record, 2013’s Long Enough to Leave, is equal measures fuzz pop and crisp, lo-fi catchiness, calling to mind both the clean and Portland’s own twee stoners the Memories. the Mantles might not shred quite as hard as some of their former city peers, but with songwriting this good, it’s still a trip you want to take. MIcHAEL MAnnHEIMER. Alhambra Theatre
Lounge, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
David Allan Coe, Power of Country, the Lonesome Billies, Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind
[oUtLAW coUntRY] Like the best and worst of country music, David Allan coe tells stories about country living and working hard. At his leanest moments, it’s all a parody of the genre. But when he dispenses with the act that’s omnifocused on rivaling Willie, Waylon and Johnny, there’s a gruff, creative and open heart exposed. coe’s apprehensive stories wind up offering lushly detailed images of the kind of boots a character’s got on and what kind of car he’s stepping out of. though he’s occasionally decried as a bigot’s bigot—a bootlegged album of “X-rated” songs might lead listeners to that conclusion—there remains a good deal more perspective at work in coe’s music than in others’ mining the genre. DAVE cAntoR. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 2337100. 7 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits [ZIMBABWEAn GRooVE] After joining and then replacing the great thomas Mapfumo in the Zimbabwean band Wagon Wheels, 61-year-old oliver Mtukudzi became one of southern Africa’s most popular singers. Mtukudzi rasps his uplifting lyrics in his native Shona language (as well as ndebele and English) over a bubbling beat that mixes com-
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Action Bronson, Party Supplies [FANTASY RAP TOP CHEF] The first thing you notice about Arian Asllani, the Queens-bred rapper who goes by the name Action Bronson, is that his voice sounds almost exactly like Ghostface Killah’s. But listen closely for a second and you’ll quickly notice a major difference: While Tony Starks has made a career out of detailing the gritty details of the street, Bronson is more like your borderline-ADD stoner younger brother, breathlessly referencing obscure wrestlers, culinary inspirations and the holy pursuit of getting your D wet. Bronson’s latest mixtape, Blue Chips 2, is a sequel to the incredible record he made with producer Party Supplies a few years ago. He just goes nuts for 45 minutes, inventing some weird, weed-infused fantasy world where our hero eats oysters at the Cloisters, water-skis in Belize and debates the finer points of getting head at the Lakers game and ordering creme brulee. It’s so ridiculous that it somehow works—whether that means flipping Peter Gabriel, Huey Lewis and the News, and motherfucking “Sussudio” on the same song (“Contemporary Man”) or making every rapper who ever appeared on MTV’s Spring Break jealous by spitting over “Tequila,” it’s clear these dudes just have a ton of fun taking giant bong rips, nibbling on exotic cheeses and hitting “play” on GarageBand. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Peter’s Room, 8 NW 6th Ave, 971-230-0033. 8 pm Monday, Feb. 3. $20. All ages. Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
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pulsively danceable mbaqanga and other African rhythms with grooves inﬂuenced by American R&B. Using mostly acoustic traditional instruments, his band will play songs from his more than ﬁve dozen albums, including some from his latest, the ﬁrst since the untimely 2010 car-crash death of his 21-year-old son and musical collaborator, Sam. But then, Mtukudzi’s music has always stood for overcoming diﬃculties whether corruption, AIDS or repression through dance and music. BRETT CAMPBELL. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
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[GRUNGETRY] Mark Pickerel has made a career out of being a footnote. That probably reads like a slight, but the dude’s résumé is fairly impressive (and extensive) for a guy most music fans couldn’t identify if they bumped into him on the street—which, given his connection to the region, could certainly happen. His major calling card is as the original drummer in Screaming Trees, but he also contributed to a few primordial Nirvana recording sessions, played in Truly with ex-Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto and toured with Robyn Hitchcock, Neko Case and others. On his own, Pickerel writes dark, countryish ballads and sings them like a grunge-reared
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BY BRETT CAMPBELL
THARA MEMORY From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved reputation as one of Portland’s finest musicians. He has gained greater renown as one of Oregon’s most admired music educators. Recently, his fame grew even wider when his star pupil, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding, shot to international fame, and the two shared a 2013 Grammy Award for their work on her album Radio City Society. This week, Memory combines his roles as musician and educator in two Black History Month Extravaganzas, featuring some of Portland’s top jazz and R&B musicians, performing “music not normally played in Portland, from the African-American diaspora,” he says, including songs by the ’60s proto-soul band Dyke and the Blazers, Aretha Franklin, classic Stax Records artists and others. Willamette Week spoke to Memory about how he went about putting together the program. WW: Why did you choose those songs? Thara Memory: The African-American diaspora of music helped America out of the doldrums starting in the early ’60s. They were making African-American urban music, and this music became a large part of our American economy. This music was also the soul of our urban communities, and lots of the music nowadays is missing that ingredient that made the music really connect with the people. For a moment, it was something really beautiful, and I’m trying, in my small way, to make sure we do not lose the essence of this great music. You have no idea of the consternation we go through preparing for this concert. You’re talking with literal geniuses of American music about how these things can be re-created, the same way an orchestra does when they take a work by [Aaron] Copland, like “Rodeo” and “Appalachian Spring,” and look at him conducting those pieces so they can do it authentically. I always wonder why I have to use analogies to European music to get people to understand the depth of what we do to get people to understand the music of the African-American diaspora. It makes me think the musical institutions are extremely flawed. Do you think your efforts as an educator are helping to change those institutions? I’m part of the change. But where are the other pieces of the puzzle? I’m still groping around in the dark for the other pieces. People who are changing things, like me, are getting older and dying out. I’m desperately trying to put people on the planet who will carry it on, and Esperanza is one of them. America loved it when the music made untold billions of dollars for them. Now that the digital age is upon us, it’s no longer a commodity, like cotton. That’s the problem. That’s what I’m trying to get people to understand. The problem is not racism. It’s economism. SEE IT: Thara Memory’s Black History Month Extravaganza is at Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 1. 7:30 and 10 pm. $18 general admission, $20 reserved seating. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian until 9:30 pm.
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CHILLWEED: Washed Out plays Crystal Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 30. Roy Orbison. Tonight, he kicks oﬀ a weeklong residency at Al’s Den, giving you plenty of opportunities to get to know this Paciﬁc Northwest Zelig a lot more intimately. MATTHEW SINGER. Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Ave., 972-2670. 7 pm. Free. 21+. Mark Pickerel plays Al’s Den nightly through Feb. 8.
Reggie & the Full Effect, Dads, Pentimento
[SCHIZO-EMO] As a young punk oﬀshoot that spent the aughts being assimilated into alt-rock, emo got way too serious. The genre needed someone to make fun of the haircuts and the preening from the inside, and that was ex-Get Up Kids synth maestro James Dewees. As “Reggie” and myriad other oﬀbeat characters, Dewees pens everything from sincere power pop to heinous tongue-in-cheek sendups of Linkin Park. You’re guaranteed to have fun no matter which persona Dewees has in tow. PETE COTTELL. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 7 pm. $13. All ages.
White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks
[BALLISTIC BLUES] What began in Brooklyn as a messy hard-rock quartet has settled in Nashville and found its stride. Clear Plastic Masks demands a live audience, oﬀering raucous, punk-inspired riﬀs in blues-rock parameters. CPM’s latest self-titled EP captures a high-energy act that’s at once destructive and possessed by the Southern musical spirit. Fortunately for the crowd, CPM’s heavy blows come in heated ﬁts, giving band and listener alike a chance to breathe. Austin experimental rockers White Denim cap a surging night of ﬁery rock. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge. 9 pm. $13-$15. 21+.
A Volcano, Humors, Muzzy
[SATANIC GROOVES] A Volcano is one of the best bands in Portland, and in under 100 words I’m going to attempt to tell you why. In an age when ’90s-throwback DJs and pseudo-tribal patterns run rampant in underground music, A Volcano is on its own planet. This metalloving pair can make a sound completely secular from any tired
Northwestern musical trend. Its skillfully made metal exudes lyrical tenacity, and its stage presence is deeply psychedelic. The songs travel the spectrum from quiet to monstrous, from spacey to dark. It’s like A Volcano is one of the few bands that actually “got” Master of Reality. ASHLEY JOCZ. Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave, 206-7552. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
Soulfly, American Roulette, Chronological Injustice, Betrayed by Weakness
[BRAZILIAN BEATDOWN] Max Cavalera is a busy guy. After founding metal phenom Sepultura and gaining worldwide recognition in the late ’80s, he promptly left the group in 1996 in wake of an internal band conﬂict. A mere six months later, he started Soulﬂy, a band whose name is either a nod toward spiritual escape or a reference to ﬂies infesting one’s soul. Since then, Soulﬂy has released nine albums and gone on multiple world tours. Its sound has remained remarkably consistent, with Cavalera’s booming growl and crunchy, chugging guitars at the forefront. The music conjures images of bearded dudes (probably with dreadlocks) beating the shit out of each other in a circle pit exactly what you should expect to see at this show. SAM CUSUMANO. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 6 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.
TUESDAY, FEB. 4 Red Bull Sound Select: The Helio Sequence, Genders, Modern Kin
[ROBOTIC POWER POP] When you rely as heavily on samples and technology as the Helio Sequence does, the concern of keeping things accessible and human is grave indeed. On record, the duo’s wide-open sound is tethered to reality by the metronomic pulse of beeps and bloops that feel like Modest Mouse hijacking some of the Postal Service’s more prescient ideas, but the live setting is a surprisingly warm and organic aﬀair. Calling them a “power duo” is an understatement: The com-
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puter-assisted heavy lifting they do onstage feels like the work of small, cleverly disguised androids programmed to feel human emotions. PETE COTTELL. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $3 RSVP. 21+.
Mayer Hawthorne, Quadron
[NEW SOUL] With the release of his ﬁrst album in 2009, Andrew Cohen better known as the bespectacled, bow-tie-wearing, DJ-turned-musician Mayer Hawthorne gained attention for reincarnating the Motown-era soul sound, inspired by the likes of Smokey Robinson and Barry White. On his newest album, Where Does This Door Go, Cohen maintains the horn arrangements, vocal harmonies and eccentric, falsetto croon he’s known for, but adds sultry, synth-tinged houseparty slow jams (“Corsican Ros”) and upbeat Pharrell Williamsproduced Steely Dan throwbacks (“Reach Out Richard,” “The Stars Are Ours”). It’s a little less ’60s and a little more 2013 Mayer Hawthorne, but with two wellreceived retro soul albums already under his belt, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. KAITIE TODD. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7 pm. $20. All ages.
CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Manu Srivastava
[HINDUSTANI VOCALS] Based in Phoenix, Manu Srivastava is one of the United States’ top Hindustani music teachers and singers. With Kishan Patel on harmonium and Saikiran Madhusudan on tabla, he’ll sing music of northern India. BRETT CAMPBELL. Evans Auditorium at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $15$20.
[WINTERTIME BLUES] Canadian baritone Gerald Finley ranks among the ﬁnest opera and—to use a pretentious term—art-song singers of his generation, starring recently in everything from
Mozart classics to John Adams’ operas Dr. Atomic and Nixon in China to Fantastic Mr. Fox. He’ll need all those chops to sing maybe the greatest, and certainly bleakest, song cycle of the 19th century, Franz Schubert’s The Winter’s Journey, two dozen piercingly beautiful settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller, chronicling a rejected lover’s descent into despair. Fortunately, we’re having plenty of sunshine this winter to help us recover. BRETT CAMPBELL. Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan 31. $16-$40.
William Kanengiser & Scott Tennant
[DYNAMIC GUITAR DUO] The two founding members of esteemed supergroup the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet are formidable individual players as well, both having won major international awards for their solo guitar prowess and recordings. Now we’ll learn how they perform as a duo instead of solo or in a quartet. BRETT CAMPBELL. St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University, 17600 Highway 43, 6991814. 8 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $30-$49.
45th Parallel & Jackstraw
[CLASSICAL BLUEGRASS BEATBOX] The classical music presenting organization 45th Parallel has hosted some memorable cross-genre concerts in just a few years, none more intriguing than this collaboration with the bluegrass band Jackstraw, beat-boxer Gabe Gleason and one of Portland’s—and the nation’s— most appealing composers, violist Kenji Bunch, who, like 45th Parallel founder Greg Ewer, has long excelled in both bluegrass and classical ensembles. The show is the latest in Portland’s emerging, forward-looking expansion of classical music’s long-insular, backward-gazing vision. BRETT CAMPBELL. Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $25 general admission, $20 seniors and students. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
BROKEN BELLS AFTER THE DISCO (COLUMBIA)
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[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his Portland-based bandmate, James Mercer, to sing from his heart. The Shins leader cues up his indie-darling falsetto well before then—see the grandiose 6½-minute opener “Perfect World” and the ghostly single “Holding On for Life”—but it’s during the relatively sparse “Leave It Alone” that Mercer becomes believably soulful. Pleading from the depths like a gospel leader, shadowed by little more than an eerie choir, steady guitar and organ, it is in that moment when Mercer’s voices mingles most memorably with Burton’s vintage musical approach. Danger Mouse is a serial collaborator, but Broken Bells might make the most sense. Mercer has always had pop awareness and faith in his own voice, pliable traits in the custody of a producer always looking to bring music back to its fundamentals. While the group’s debut worked, as the Billboard charts testify, this record is much more thoughtful and engaging. The attention to depth and detail is especially evident in tracks like “Control” and “Medicine,” each offering Cure-like guitar effects and a richness of sound. Sure, some songs seem phoned-in (“The Angel and the Fool”), while others, like the title track, are overcooked. Danger Mouse, of course, is most at home in the studio, and this is very much a studio album. And while that doesn’t work with all artists—see the last Portugal the Man record—it does here. After The Disco is savvy, nostalgic and agreeable. MARK STOCK. HEAR IT: After the Disco is out Tuesday, Feb. 4.
[JAN. 29-FEB. 4] alberta Rose Theatre
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300 NE Alberta St. Sara Jackson-Holman, Bike Thief
alhambra Theater 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Garcia Birthday Band, Grateful Buds
E VA N H U g H E S
analog Cafe & Theater
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Rosecity Underground & Serial Sickness, Dirty Bird Records, Christian Marten & Guests
andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Matices
Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Justin Farren
350 W Burnside St. Unlawful Order, Metal Shop, Highway Star
doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. The Dusty 45s
203 SE Grand Ave. Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil The Spirit Animals, Hong Kong Banana, Machine
Half Penny Bar & Grill 3743 Commerical St. S Lexi Vexx
1507 SE 39th Ave. St. Lucia, Sir Sly, Sex Life DJs
PSyCHedeLIC daydReaMS: white denim plays doug Fir Lounge on Sunday, Feb. 2
wed. Jan. 29
4847 SE Division St. Whiskey Wednesday with Jake Ray & the Cowdogs
McMenamins Boon’s Treasury
2122 SE Sparrow St. Open Mic 1314 NW Glisan Toshi Onizuka
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. The Fenix Project
320 SE 2nd Ave. Into It. Over It., A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Djangophiles
Cadigan’s Corner Bar 5501 SE 72nd Ave. Band Swap, Pat Stilwell
Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Justin Farren
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. Ryan Vandordrecht Cooper & The Jam, Spirit Lake
1635 SE 7th Ave. Woodlander, Suburban Slim’s Blues Jam
1800 E Burnside Amorus
Gemini Bar & Grill
888 Liberty St. NE Eric John Kaiser
McMenamins edgefield 2126 SW Halsey St. The Lowest Pair
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Billy D
3939 N Mississippi Ave. The Autumn Defense with Melville
Secret Society Ballroom
116 NE Russell St. Chris Pureka With Nicole Reynolds
The alberta Street Public House 1036 NE Alberta St. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave. Eye Candy VJ’s
2845 SE Stark St. Shafty
The Lodge Bar & Grill
456 N State St. Jacob Merlin/Sarah Billings
6605 SE Powell Blvd. Pete Ford Band
Ivories Jazz Lounge
2621 SE Clinton St. The Mary Flower Trio
1435 NW Flanders St. Rebecca Kilgore & Dave Frishberg
221 NW 10th Ave. Karrin Allyson, Mel Brown Quartet
112 SW 2nd Ave. Dann O’Hanloon
The Press Club
Thirsty Lion Pub
SW 2nd & Ash St. Guy Dilly & The Powers
Tony Starlight’s Supper Club
3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Starlight Standard Time Julie Osborn
Vie de Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave. Gypsy Jazz Jam
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Jess Klein Mike June
wilfs Restaurant & Bar 800 NW 6th Ave. Ron Steen Band
THuRS. Jan. 30 alberta Rose Theatre 300 NE Alberta St. PQB INC.
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
1503 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. Ultra Bide
Ivories Jazz Lounge 1435 NW Flanders St. Tom Grant Showcase
2342 SE Ankeny St. Joe Baker
1314 NW Glisan Neftalí Rivera
221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B3 Organ Group
ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St. Bear Planet, Boston T. Rex
6000 NE Glisan St. Grateful Buds
112 SW 2nd Ave. Dann O’Hanloon
5736 NE 33rd Ave. Papa Dynamite & the Jive
2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Ben Jones and Friends
2025 N Kilpatrick St. Havania Whaal, The Rotties, Vicious Pleasures
626 SW Park Ave. Mario Sandavol Vibraphone Quartet
Cadigan’s Corner Bar 5501 SE 72nd Ave. Kenny Lee Blues Jam
Camellia Lounge 510 NW 11th Ave. Kellie Fuller Trio
4075 NE Sandy Blvd Richie Rosencrans
McMenamins Boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St. NE Ivie Mezziere
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Hotel al’s den
1332 W Burnside St. Washed Out, Kisses
2126 SW Halsey St. SolomonCrow
303 SW 12th Ave. Justin Farren
350 W Burnside St. Whiskey Myers
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. The Druthers Daniel Kirkpatrick & The Bayonets, Tyler Stenson
1635 SE 7th Ave. Tough Lovepyle
1507 SE 39th St. The Freshman 4 Tour: Pries, Neffy, Crichy Crich
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Sky Bound Blue
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Johnny Flynn, the Melodic
3158 E. Burnside St. The Melodic
7850 SW Capitol Hwy. Mike Doolin & Dave Martin
The Blue Monk
3341 SE Belmont St. Jones Pony, Marty Marquis,
The Buffalo Gap
6835 SW Macadam Ave. Dain Norman & The Wanderlusts
The Conga Club
4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dina y Los Rumberos
2845 SE Stark St. A Tribute to Marvin Gaye
The Lodge Bar & Grill 6605 SE Powell Blvd. Ben Rice B3 Trio
The Original Halibut’s II
2525 NE Alberta St. Terry Robb
The Tonic Lounge
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. The Toasters, Faithless Saints, the Sentiments
232 SW Ankeny St. Soul Night, Chazz Madrigal
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave. Eddie Parente, Owen James Quartet
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. The Defendants
white Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave. Portland Metal Winter Olympics
FRI. Jan. 31 aladdin Theatre
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road
2026 NE Alberta St. Fault Lines, Tennis Pro, Shores of Oblivion
The Tonic Lounge
3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Graves at Sea, Rabbits, Norska, and Drunk Dad
Tony Starlight’s Supper Club
3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Signatures
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave. Bart Hafeman Stayin’ Aive Discofunkification
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Lewi Longmire Band, Mexican Gunfight
SaT. FeB. 1 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Winterfolk XXVI Featuring David Mallett
345 NW Burnside Rd. Michele Drey
850 81st Ave. Therapy Hunger
ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St. Analog Mistress
Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Justin Farren
830 E Burnside St. The Pack A.D. Divers, The Grizzled Mighty 1507 SE 39th Ave. David Allan Coe, Power of Country, the Lonesome Billies, Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
1503 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. Hanzel Und Gretyl
2342 SE Ankeny St. Shannon Tower Band Carley Bear
221 NW 10th Ave. Thara Memory’s Black History Month Extravaganza
Old Church & Pub
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd. A Certain Something
10350 N Vancouver Way Brewers Grade
8 NW 6th Ave. Zappa Plays Zappa Dweezil Zappa Guitar Master Class
112 SW 2nd Ave. Flight of Earls
210 NW 21st Ave. Sami Rouisi
McMenamins Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside Floating Pointe
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. The Sale
1033 NW 16th Ave. Icarus The Owl, Defeat the Low, Subtle City, Walter & The Conqueror
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Aan, Desert Noises, Boys Beach
8 NW 6th Ave PropaneLv, Kid Slim
13 NW 6th Ave. Ill Lucid Onset
The annex 5242 N. Lombard St. Morgan Smith, Gabe Auen, Zach Bryson and His Natural Born Easmen
The Firkin Tavern
1937 SE 11th Ave. Surf Night!: The Planet Crashers, Surf Weasels
2026 NE Alberta St. Criminal Defense, GAG, Wild Mohicans
whiskey City Rock Bar 11140 SE Powell Blvd. Jamie Meushaw
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. The Student Loan
Sun. FeB. 2 alberta Rose Theatre
ash Street Saloon
4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Supressors, Original Middle Age Ska Enjoy Club; the Mantles (lounge)
3939 N Mississippi Ave. The California Honeydrops, the Jackalope Saints 1111 SW Broadway Alfie Boe
2845 SE Stark St. Polyrhythmics Turkuaz
McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
300 NE Alberta St. BeauSoleil, Michael Doucet
300 NE Alberta St. 45th Parallel, Jackstraw
1332 W Burnside St. The Devil Makes Three, the Brothers Comatose
3416 N Lombard St. Slutty Hearts, Mercy Graves, Wes Phillips
alberta Rose Theatre
doug Fir Lounge
2025 N Kilpatrick St. Abigail Sean Nielsen and Benny Gilbert
The Foggy notion
221 NW 10th Ave. Supraphonics, the Excellent Gentlemen
The North West Weekend II Presenting: Speaker Minds, IAME, The Halve Two Kinetic Emcees, Kublakai, Tulsi, Diction Uno, DJ Able One
13 NW 6th Ave. Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
The alberta Street Public House
225 SW Ash St. This Versus That
Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Mark Pickerel
doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St. White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks
1507 SE 39th Ave. Soulfly, American Roulette, Chronological Injustice, Betrayed By Weakness
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Hanz Araki
2026 NE Alberta St. Strangeweather, Marion Walker, Dolly Nomad and KIN
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Brothers Bror
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Dresses
MOn. FeB. 3 Crystal Hotel al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Mark Pickerel
221 NW 10th Ave. Laura Kinhan
McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern
10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Bob Shoemaker
8 NW 6th Ave Action Bronson, Party Supplies
The elixir Lab
2734 NE Alberta St. The Moonshine
2026 NE Alberta St. Denizenz, the Pro-Teens
The Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones
white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Wildish
1036 NE Alberta St. Body Holographic
The Blue Monk
3341 SE Belmont St.
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jan. 29–feb. 4 BAR SPOTLIGHT
tues. Feb. 4
Alberta Rose theatre
300 NE Alberta St. An Evening with Patty Larkin
Analog Cafe & theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. S.Y.N.T.
Arlene schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 SW Broadway The Piano Guys
Crystal Hotel Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave. Mark Pickerel
Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Helio Sequence Genders, Modern Kin
4847 SE Division St. Ready to Roll
13 NW 6th Ave. Gentleman Hall, Basic Vacation
6517 SE Foster Rd. Joe Baker Band
the blue Monk
3341 SE Belmont St. The Pagan Jug Band, Zydeco Skeeter
the elixir Lab
2734 NE Alberta St. Kafana Klub
tony starlight’s supper Club 3728 NE Sandy Blvd. The Mont Chris Hubbard Bonus Show
White eagle saloon
836 N Russell St. Adam Brock Swansea, Amento Abioto
128 NE Russell St. Mayer Hawthorne, Quadron
BLUE-COLLAR COCKTAILS: Chris Bollenbacher’s tryst with the St. Johns Central Hotel (8608 N Lombard St., 477-5489, centralhotelstjohns. com) was short but influential. This time last year, the former Cathedral Park Kitchen owner operated a top-notch cocktail bar, Juniper & Rye, in the under-renovation space that had previously been a series of dive bars known as Dad’s, John’s and Brad’s. Bollenbacher moved on after only a few months, but not before teaching a few tricks to the current bartender. Central splits the difference between the old dive and the promised Teardrop North. There’s still an ugly drop ceiling, a wall of lottery machines, an old piano and an old house phone rung by someone who wants the bartender to tell his buddies he’s running late. But when not lying to callers about customers’ whereabouts (bribe required), the city’s least pretentious mixologist is chopping fresh hunks from a big block of ice and mixing cocktails using clover and lavender bitters she made herself. An excellent Bachelor ($9)—a mix of bourbon, alcohol and more alcohol—would cost at least $12 anywhere south of here, and the house tap list shows a particular affinity for Old Town’s underrated Pints. What would help? Finishing the hotel upstairs. Because after two of these cocktails, you ain’t driving anywhere. MARTIN CIZMAR. the Lovecraft
421 SE Grand Ave. TRNGL: DJ Rhienna
the Whiskey bar
31 NW 1st Ave. Maor Levi & Jamie Meushaw
WeD. JAn. 29 Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St. TRONix: Bryan Zentz
220 SW Ankeny St. Sex Life DJ’s
3967 N Mississippi Ave. King Tim 33 1/3
the Grand Cafe & Andrea’s Cha Cha Club 832 SE Grand Ave. DJ Alberton
tiga bar Portland
1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Syd Rock
tHuRs. JAn. 30 berbati
19 SW 2nd Ave. Study Hall: DJ Suga Shane
20 NW 3rd Ave. Modern(ist), DJ Troubled Youth, Ryan Biornstad
CC slaughters nightclub & Lounge
219 NW Davis St. Hip Hop Heaven DJ George
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St. Joystick: DJ Trim Jones
220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Tourmaline, DJ Valen
1001 SE Morrison St. Laid Out: Gossip Cat, Pocket Rock-it, Misti Miller
2225 E Burnside St. DJ Eric Beats
the Alberta street Public House 1036 NE Alberta St. Patchy Sanders
421 SE Grand Ave. Danger Zone: Acid Rick & Alan Park
tiga bar Portland
1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Copy
317 NW Broadway Karaoke From Hell
FRi. JAn. 31 CC slaughters nightclub & Lounge
219 NW Davis St. Sweat Fridays : DJ Jakob Jay
220 SW Ankeny St. Lionsden
116 SE Yamhill Year of the Horse Chinese New Year: Gladkill, Sugarpill, DJ Icon, Presshia
the Whiskey bar 31 NW 1st Ave. Jayceeoh
tiga bar Portland
1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Ramophone
232 SW Ankeny St. Deep Burn
Whiskey City Rock bar 11140 SE Powell Blvd. DJ JayCeeOh
sAt. Feb. 1
835 N Lombard Country Cub
2845 SE Stark St. Soul Stew: DJ Aquaman
2500 SE Clinton St. Live DJs
star bar Portland
639 SE Morrison St. DJ Baby Lemonade
Mon. Feb. 3
511 NW Couch St. DJ Ghostdad
1001 SE Morrison St. Booty Bassment: Maxx Bass, Nathan Detroit, Ryan & Dimitri
639 SE Morrison St. DJ OverCol
the eagle Portland
1001 SE Morrison St. Baby Ketten Karaoke: Depeche Mode’s Violator!
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
203 SE Grand Ave. New Dadz DJs
639 SE Morrison St. DJ Jonny Jewels
star bar Portland
220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Jack
CC slaughters nightclub & Lounge
1001 SE Morrison St. Snap! 90’s Dance Party: Dr. Adam, Colin Jones, Freaky Outty 3967 N Mississippi Ave. Hans Fricking Lindauer Rhythm and Soul Review
sun. Feb. 2 Harlem Portland
3967 N Mississippi Ave. DJ Roane
star bar Portland
the Conga Club
4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tropical Saturday Salsa
the eagle Portland 835 N Lombard Mouth Party
421 SE Grand Ave. Miss Prid
219 NW Davis St. Maniac Monday with DJ Robb 350 W Burnside St. Karaoke From Hell
421 SE Grand Ave. DJ Waisted and Friends Departures
tues. Feb. 4 CC slaughters nightclub & Lounge
219 NW Davis St. Sweat Fridays: DJ Jakob Jay
star bar Portland
639 SE Morrison St. DJ Smooth Hopperator
the Lodge bar & Grill 6605 SE Powell Blvd. DJ Easy Finger
421 SE Grand Ave. TRNGL: DJ Rhienna
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= WW Pick. Highly recommended.
Scenes From the Future
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FERTILE GROUND FESTIVAL The festival of world-premiere theater and dance continues, with more than 50 full productions, readings and workshops over 11 days. Fertile Ground productions are marked with . Through Sunday, Feb. 2. Full a pass $50; individual tickets vary. Visit fertilegroundpdx.org for details.
THEATER OPENINGS & PREVIEWS Against Nature
This new play by Matt Russell and Beth Damiano, presented here as a staged reading, follows two interconnected tales: a drug-addled woman writes angry letters to her brother’s murderer in prison, and a young Christian tries to battle his homophobia. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. $10.
American King Umps: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery
Playwright Don Wilson Glenn blends Shakespearean tropes with high melodrama, for this play, set during the Civil War on a West Texas plantation where the master has abandoned his cotton fields and left the slaves to govern themselves. Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 283-8467. 7 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 pm Sundays through Feb. 16. $20.
on the stage of Northwest Children’s Theater. NW Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett St., 222-4480. Noon and 3 pm Saturdays-Sundays through March 2. $18-$22.
A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff
Alicia Jo Rabins—a poet, singer, violinist and Torah scholar—presents an experimental song cycle that examines the crimes of Bernie Madoff in unconventional ways. Incorporating ancient Buddhist and Jewish texts and original animation by Portlander Zak Margolis, Rabins asks questions about personal and financial ethics. The Feb. 1 performance is a “pay what you can,” 30-minute sneak preview, with the fully mounted show running Feb. 6-9. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 1 and 7:30 Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 6-9. $20$35; Feb. 1 is “pay what you can.”
“Live Your Future, Today!”
Wallace Fessler and Joshua David Fisher, whose LanceLife Comprehensive Total Life System spoofs motivational speeches and self-help seminars, stage a new presentation in which they claim to distill the entirety of human existence into a concise 60 minutes. Some of LanceLife’s stuff is hilarious; some of it grates terribly. Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., 228-7605. 8 pm ThursdayFriday, Jan. 30-31. $10.
Lucia di Lammermoor
Portland Opera presents Donizetti’s tragedy about a doomed woman who murders her arranged husband. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 241-1802. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31, Thursday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 8; 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. $20-$160.
Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Broadway Rose presents a musical about a high-school band at risk of dwindling into oblivion. Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through March 2. $30-$41.
A Tuesday-morning staged reading of David Birney’s adaptation of Twain’s humorous biblical diaries. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 971-3225387. 11 am Tuesday, Feb. 4. $8.
The dynamic and funny Kate Eastwood Norris stars in Elizabeth Heffron’s onewoman play about a 13-year-old girl trying to navigate a messy family life in a bleak Midwestern town. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays; 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays; noon Thursdays through March 16. $40-$55.
Dear Momma: A Love Letter
A workshop production of Megan Sweigert’s play about a girl who spent the first six years of her life in a cult. The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave. 8:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays through Feb. 8. $8.
Eat Your Words, Dear
Staged readings of two plays by John Servilio. In Two Starches, a mother makes her son a special dinner, but when she withholds bread from him, a rift results. Expiration is a radio play about a woman who turns a library into a fast-food stand. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. $10.
A staged reading of a new play by Kevin Yell that explores the relationship between quantum physics, sexual desire and love. As part of Fertile Ground, there’s a showing at 8 pm on Thursday, Jan. 30 at BodyVox Dance Center (1201 NW 17th Ave.). Rex Putnam High School Blackbox Theater, 4950 SE Roethe Road, 367-2620. 7:30 pm Fridays-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. $12-$18.
Tears of Joy presents a family-friendly show about a monkey and pig, featuring 30 puppets made in China. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 248-0557. 11 am and 1 pm Saturdays and 1 and 3 pm Sundays through Feb. 9. $13-$18.
My Walk Has Never Been Average
This new play, written by Roberta S. Hunte and adapted for the stage by Bonnie Ratner, features stories drawn from interviews with black working-class women in the U.S. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 4885822. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. “Pay what you can,” $5 suggested.
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. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 4885822. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Jan. 30-31. $15.
The classic bedtime story springs up
Folksy band Skidmore Bluffs and Untitled Productions present a new concert-play that centers on a fictional musical group called the Roving Wheels of Christ. Writerdirector Josh Gulotta calls Revival part church service—the show is held, fittingly, in a converted church—and says it aims to provoke questions about religious hypocrisy and the role of Christianity in modern America. The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave. 7 pm Thursdays-Saturdays through Feb. 8. $10.
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Five performers present scenes from new solo shows, including Anne Rutherford’s one-woman take on Alice in Wonderland and a piece by dancerstoryteller Rick Huddle that starts with him sobbing in front of preschool students. Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave., 830-2398. 8 pm Thursday and 4 and 8 pm SaturdaySunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2. $12-$15.
A staged reading of a new play by Redmond Reams about an abused boy and the adoptive parents who wrestle to understand him. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. $10.
roaring with laughter. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 971-258-8584. 7 pm ThursdaysSundays through Feb. 9. $10.
Raymon complains that there’s no lotion and then quietly reads a newspaper. Eliot is a red-faced teen in plaid shorts and thigh-high socks who won’t shut up. Birchie is very pregnant, queasy but strong-willed. The reason they’re in a half-finished, subtropical motel room screaming at each other in Down Boat Arts’ Middle Names only emerges at the pace of a carefully plotted mystery
novel. All three knew a young man who just committed suicide, and they’ve just spread his ashes in the sea. Their pasts get darker and darker as the night’s arguments wear on, but it’s the oneliners that sting, knocking the somber tone off-balance. Eliot (Brandon Cieslak) sniffles, scratches his nose and announces, “I have to piss or I’ll fall asleep.” By the end, we’re wondering if playwright Corey O’Hara, who plays the reserved Raymon, may have been wary of letting Middle Names plunge into the Chekhovian darkness he tries
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REVIEW ANNA CAMPBELL
Show Us Your Shorts, Again
Staged readings of six short plays by Kate Belden, Brad Bolchunos, Michael Cooper, John Donelly and John Servilio. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 7 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $10.
Stories: From Teenage Girls in Transition
Teen girls perform stories they’ve written about foster and residential care. Sellwood Playhouse, 901 SE Spokane St., 459-4500. 7 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $10-$20.
The Strangest Story Ever Told
A staged reading of Clinton Kelly Clark’s new play about prospecting for gold, literally and figuratively. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., 358-0898. 8 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. $10.
Till There Was You
A reading of a new screwball comedy by Julie Michaels about a crumbling couple who must put on a TV show in 1957. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $10.
The Truth According to Rose & Merrily Down the Stream
Playwright and recent Portland transplant D.C. Copeland presents staged readings of two one-acts. In the first, a widow (played by the ever-affecting Vana O’Brien) grapples with the death of her husband. In the other, a teenage couple is able to exchange words but not truly communicate with one another. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., Suite 2, 827-0249. 4:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $5 suggested.
Unlimited Ambition: A Collection of Short Plays
Readings of short plays by students at PHAME Academy, an arts school for adults with developmental disabilities. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 7649718. 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $15.
NEW REVIEWS Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe
With comical performances and a modern-day twist on the Shakespearean voice, Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe is a high-energy, engaging show set in New Orleans. The play, written and directed by Portlander Elizabeth Huffman, takes place at a hip bar, with brightly colored couches dotting the space and Mardi Gras décor streaming from the ceiling. Narrator and vocalist Ursula (Ithica Tell), dressed in a vivid purple dress and gold cap, leads the way. We meet the bar’s regulars, including Will and his French lover, Julia. Bartender Pym, meanwhile, is hopelessly in love with Ursula, while she doesn’t seem to think much of it. And then there are couples from Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing’s warring Beatrice and Benedict, and As You Like It’s hopeless romantics, Orlando and Rosalind. The latter couple, played by Kristopher Mahoney-Watson and Chantal DeGroat, steals the show: As Orlando writes love poems about Rosalind, little does he know that she is equally in love with him. To uncover his motives, she disguises herself for some “man talk.” Adopting a deep, scratchy voice and donning a fedora, she finds out the truth—and sends the audience
mama said knock you out: (From left) maesie speer, Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden and erin Leddy.
PEP TALK (HAND2MOUTH THEATRE) We sit on hard benches under the fluorescent lighting of a gym in North Portland’s Peninsula Park Community Center, clad in violet jerseys bearing a mascot that seems to be half-unicorn, half-mermaid—a mermicorn, if you will. I clutch a purple-and-silver pompom. A giant label emblazoned “JACOBSON” is affixed to my chest. Earlier, I’d been summoned (“Johnson! Manson! Jacobson!”) to play a round of foosball before the audience. At this moment, the four-member ensemble—our quartet of coaches—pontificates about Wayne Gretzky. “Are they fucking with us?” my friend whispers. I’m unsure how to answer. Pep Talk is the latest original work from Hand2Mouth, a plucky and innovative troupe that consistently challenges audience expectations and theater conventions. Here, it digs into the motivational culture of sports, and to the extent that the show takes place in a wood-paneled gymnasium and the performers wear candy-colored athletic garb, it’s transportive. But Pep Talk walks a fine and wobbly line: At times, the likable ensemble succeeds in genuinely hyping up the audience or winning our sympathies with stories of fears overcome. And then there are occasions when, as my friend said, they just seem to be fucking with us (if you don’t like shouting in unison, this isn’t the show for you). At its best, Pep Talk harnesses its performers’ gifts for humor. On Jan. 26, as Julie Hammond spoke solemnly about heroes, Maesie Speer sat at a keyboard, her words beamed onto a double monitor. When The Hunger Games’ arrow-wielding Katniss Everdeen came up, Speer, in a beautiful moment of improvisation, simply typed “you=mockingjay.” Hammond, meanwhile, bounded about the court. “I am up here in shorts in January!” she whooped. “I am clearly trying to give you something!” But what is that something? Instances of audience participation can spur more discomfort than amusement, and the show grows gratuitously self-referential toward the end. Technically, the kitchen-sink approach— multiple microphones, several screens, lights that occasionally cast looming shadows on the gym walls—splits our attention in too many directions. And, most crucially, the tension between the performers’ natural sincerity and the assaultive, blowhard nature of inspirational speeches is never reconciled, resulting in a consistent sense of unease. Hand2Mouth often spends years developing its shows. This one has had seven months. To its credit, it starts to ask a number of compelling questions: Can coaches lead us to catharsis? What’s the nature of groupthink? How do we each move between roles as coach and player? In one bout of audience participation, Erin Leddy grilled a woman named Jan about failure. “We fail, but not always,” Jan said. Take note, Hand2Mouth—and keep playing. REBECCA JACOBSON.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
see it: Pep Talk is at Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 235-5284. 8 pm Fridays-Sundays and 3 pm Sundays through Feb. 16 (no show Feb. 7). $15-$20.
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Therapy Hunger, written by Cassandra Boice, takes a stab at addressing the predominance of psychiatric drugs in today’s society. Boice plays a troubled young woman who visits a number of therapists for her problems, including ADD, OCD, bulimia, sexual insecurities and anxiety. Her therapists are made out to be buffoons who poke fun at her personal turmoil and prescribe her countless drugs. There are several funny moments, as when sex therapist (Chip Sherman) demonstrates how Boice can stretch her lady parts and talks to her “vuh-JEEN,” or when her ADD therapist (Maya Seifel) rambles on about her own life. The 40-minute show is emotionally intense, and in the last third we see doctors’ prescription forms scattered on the floor as the drugged-up characters sluggishly circle the stage and dance interpretively to low-pitched drumbeats. It’s a message that Therapy Hunger conveys a strong and negative opinion about the potential harm of psychiatric drugs, even if the closing choreography is a bit heavy-handed— perhaps mimicking the numbing effect of the drugs themselves. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 283-8467. 9:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 2. $10.
ALSO PLAYING Chinglish
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.” 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 who travels to China to score a contract for his sign-making business. 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. 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. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm TuesdaysSundays; 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays; noon some Thursdays through Feb. 9. $29-$69.
The End of Sex
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. In Portland-born playwright Craig Jessen’s new, somewhat patchy work, presented by Theatre Vertigo, a scientist named Sam (Stephanie Cordell) inadvertently develops such a drug. The play 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. Yet the sex cream, even as it causes more onstage orgasms than at the average Rocky Horror screening, proves less interesting than the play’s examination of workplace dynamics. The End of Sex isn’t an unsatisfying romp, but with additional finesse, it might just hit the sweet spot. REBECCA JACOBSON. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 15. $20.
Toshiki Okada’s Enjoy focuses on the lives and relationships of Japanese “Freeters,” young educated people who work part-time minimum-wage jobs to maximize free time. Though their disjointed style of dialogue is at times
unclear, it becomes easier to understand as the play progresses. Led by an eager cast with ace timing, 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. Yet, through no fault of the seasoned cast, the play 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.
Lust & Marriage
Eleanor O’Brien, known for her thoughtprovoking and entertaining examinations of love and sex, presents a solo show about marriage, monogamy and polyamory. Catalyst Art & Culture Space, 4810 NE Garfield Ave., 888-3671117. 8 pm Thursdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1; 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8. $10.
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-$55.
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 classic formula doesn’t make the tale any less enjoyable, and Lakewood’s production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap passes muster with a well-cast ensemble that plays up the eccentricities and dark secrets of each character. PENELOPE BASS. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State Street, 503-635-3901. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 16. $32.
Tennessee in Key West
A workshop production of a new play by Robert Lee Gaynor that imagines a student reporter interviewing 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.
COMEDY Brian Posehn
Standup from the comedian, known for his fart jokes, fatherhood stories and heavy-metal fan base. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday; 7:30 and 10 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. $18-$30.
David Saffert’s Birthday Bashtravaganza! IV
Comedian and pianist David Saffert hosts another variety-show-cum-birthday-party, with Sammuel Hawkins joining him for some racy songs from the 1920s, dancers from TriptheDark and apparently some ukulele tunes. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $12-$15.
King Jr. Blvd., 750-3811. 8:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $7.
Seven on Seven
Seven comics each deliver a seven-minute set, followed by a seven-member improv troupe. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 9:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $8.
You Do Speak English, Don’t You?
Cabaret entertainment from Mark and Helena Greathouse. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 729-3223. 4 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. “Pay what you can.”
Kate Rafter, a native Portlander who’s just returned from school in Colorado Springs, reprises Amends, which she showed at a Fertile Ground Groovin’ Greenhouse showcase last week. The short, athletic piece features five dancers and 26 glowing balls. The piece is about reconciliation—the dancers were instructed to make amends in their personal lives—and while dancing they will make an “antidote” for those woes. The audience is invited to have some of whatever that antidote is. Conduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill St., No. 401, 221-5857. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $15 donation.
Collective Northwest, NW Fusion, Polaris Dance Theatre
Part of Fertile Ground’s Groovin’ Greenhouse series, lyrical jazz choreographer Mary Hunt premieres a piece, performed by Collective Northwest, on themes of relationships, vulnerability and determination. Teen dancers of Tigard company NW Fusion perform pieces of varying styles, from Bob Fosse to contemporary. Polaris Dance Theatre rounds out the show yet again with its three Groovin’ Greenhouse works: a dance film featuring spoken word by Mary Lambert (of “Same Love” fame), a tense dance piece inspired by financial markets and a dance piece set to poetry by Suli Breaks. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1501 SW Taylor St., 360-1127. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 30. $10-$15.
The LightBox Ensemble
A night of long-form improv inspired by audience suggestions. LightBox Kulturhaus, 2027 NE Martin Luther
Ucce Agada, a 25-year-old from Chicago, was writing, starring in and directing a show for performers of Cami Curtis’ dance studio until he dropped out at the last minute. Curtis and the cast scrambled to finish Sincerely, but they changed it from a story of two separated lovers to a tale of a breakup. The cast wrote breakup letters, which will be read aloud as the dancers interpret them in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary styles. As Curtis says, some breakups are the best thing that could happen. Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center, 1932 W Burnside St., 227-8649. 1 and 6 pm Saturday and 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 1-2. $10.
Sky Club Burlesquers
Egyptian-style belly dancers from the Sundari Dance Company join the Sky Club crew. Providing a more modern twist is Theadra Taylor, who dances with fire. Aerialists include the tattooed Orchid Souris Rouge and the singing Charity Marchandt. Genderbending dancer and character performer Johnny Nuriel rounds out the show. Captain Ankeny’s Well, 50 SW 3rd Ave., 2231375. 9:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $3. 21+.
SubRosa Dance Collective
A 3-year-old company of six women, SubRosa premieres Heirloom, a piece about the dancers’ family ancestries. Backed 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. Lindsey Matheis contributes Stand Tall, a work for three men. Clinton
Street Theater, 897-0744. 7 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $7-$20.
TopShakeDance, Beat BangerZ, Polaris Dance Theatre
In another Groovin’ Greenhouse showcase, TopShakeDance, led by Jim McGinn, performs a duet that resembles a skirmish between McGinn and dancer Chase Hamilton. Tap company Beat BangerZ, which formed last year and combines rhythmic tap with streetstyle hoofing, premieres a new work, and Polaris shows three pieces. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1501 SW Taylor St., 3601127. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 31. $10-$15.
TriptheDark, a company you might have last seen protesting human trafficking in the windows of the West Burnside Street Fantasy for Adults Only, performs Picture Sentence Picture, inspired by a convoluted short story and a game the dancers played while drinking Jameson at the Coast. They tell and retell a story, by Portland’s Andrew Dickson, combining the narrative of hedge-fund managers and doppelgangers with drunken conjurings of things like the Kool-Aid Man. It probably won’t make much sense but should be entertaining. TriptheDark bills itself as the dance company for people who don’t usually watch dance. And since the show’s at the Analog, you’re free to come and go and drink as you please. The Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne St., 206-7439. 7 pm Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 2-15. $15.
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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest
Duckler makes her way back to Portland to premiere another site-specific dance piece, this time in a gutted, rusted shell of a building in the Central Eastside. It’s a fitting setting for the piece, Ragnarok, based on a Norse tale of destruction and rebirth. The building is the former home of Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply and burned down in 2006. Usually visited by taggers and photographers, it has no ceiling and almost no walls—the windows and doors have been removed—so the audience might get cold and wet. The space covers a lot of area, though, giving Duckler’s dancers a chance to make something out of it—as long as they don’t get tetanus. SE Second Ave. and Clay St., heididuckler.org/ northwest. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $10-$25. Free open dress rehearsal 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 30.
Me Siento Con Vallejo
Me Siento Con Vallejo is Peruvian folk dancer Luciana Proaño’s homage to Peruvian poet César Vallejo. Proaño created the piece in 1986 and reprises it once a year in Portland, swinging and twisting in a giant hammock tied at opposite corners of the room. She also plays the cajon and castanets, and speaks into a sound-effect box, creating a dialogue with the poetry. Studio 14, 971-275-0595. 8 pm Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 14-28. $10-$15.
Late Night Action With Alex Falcone Polaris Jr. Company, Beat BangerZ, Polaris Dance Theatre
The live talk show moves to Secret Society for this show featuring comedian Brock Wilbur, comic book writer Matt Fraction and avant-rock group Sama Dams. Secret Society Ballroom, 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600. 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 30. $10-$15.
to honor. Though stretched as much as an hourlong production can manage, the story arc never falters, and Cieslak in particular keeps the energy level at 11 throughout. Rife with equal parts bleak symbolism and elaborate wisecracks, Middle Names is a bit confused but damned absorbing. MITCH LILLIE. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 8. $15.
Polaris’ company for teens premieres a piece by director M’liss Stephenson set to a soundtrack of Bill Cosby’s standup comedy. Polaris’ adult company shows its three Groovin’ Greenhouse works, and street-style tap company Beat BangerZ performs as well. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1501 SW Taylor St., 360-1127. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. $10-$15.
CALLING ALL CABBIES: If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almost redundant to repeat the point, but here’s the thing: The alchemy of his poetic phrasing and beautifully knitted story lines can’t be described as anything but symphonic. Portland Playhouse’s Jitney—directed by G. Valmont Thomas, it’s the company’s fifth Wilson production and its first at the Winningstad—is a fine and frequently funny example of Wilson as both playwright and bandmaster. This installment of his 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle takes place in the 1970s of plaid bell-bottoms and colossal Afros, at the grubby-windowed office of a gypsy-cab company that’s about to be demolished. These unlicensed taxis are known as jitneys, and we meet their drivers, including the gossipy Turnbo (a scene-stealing Victor Mack) and the agitated Youngblood (Rodney Hicks), a 24-year-old who approaches life pelvis-first but is still pawing at what it means to be a man. Presiding over them, alternately a schoolmarm and a father figure, is Becker. Played with quiet authority and a heavy-shouldered gait by Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran Kevin Kenerly, his rich bass voice only pitches up when he answers the phone with a lilting “Car service!” But he’s haunted by the sins of his son, who’s just been released after 20 years in prison. “So what are you gonna do with the rest of your life now that you done ruined it?” Becker asks. That’s not the only issue at play: Jitney also scratches at gentrification, the dangers of defeatism and the twinned complications of money and women. This production is working out its kinks—the tension can feel stagey, and the cast could give some exchanges more room to breathe—but it still hears Wilson’s harmonies. REBECCA JACOBSON. SEE IT: Jitney is at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 488-5822. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 16. $32-$63. Willamette Week JANUARY 29, 2014 wweek.com
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= WW Pick. Highly recommended. By RICHARD SPEER. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit show information—including opening and closing dates, gallery address and phone number—at least two weeks in advance to: Visual Arts, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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., 224-2634.
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
Dancers by Joe Feddersen
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 injokey 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.
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With their architectonic shapes, rendered in wood, resin and acrylics, David Curt Morris’ works are alternately playful and exacting. They make for a jaunty, natural complement to the late Louis Bunce’s works on paper, which superimpose biomorphic forms atop geometric frameworks. Through Feb. 1. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754.
Francis Bacon: Three Studies of Lucien Freud
It’s a spectacle that brings old-timey nouns to mind: brouhaha, hubbub, hullabaloo. The rather sudden and mysterious appearance of Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucien Freud at the Portland Art Museum has engendered tireless (and tiresome) speculation about who owns the astronomically priced triptych. But purely as an art object, does the piece live up to all the Sturm und Drang? In a word, no. Despite its art-historical and economic significance, it’s a pretty drab, flat exercise in basic psychological portraiture. Bacon sits his friend Freud down in a simple stool in a loose, crass pose. Bacon renders his subject’s body with illustrator-like simplicity and depicts his face in the grotesque contours that were Bacon’s stock and store. He places the stool within a receded cube, a bed frame at its endpoint, before a mustard yellow background. Bacon and Freud fans will no doubt relish the chance to see
this relic of the influential painters’ complex dynamic, but viewers with tastes running toward more purely optical pleasures will likely leave underwhelmed. The work’s visual symbolism is simplistic, and Bacon’s flashy technique, which once held genuine shock value, now comes across as sophomoric and tame. Through March 30. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-2811.
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 catalogs our obsession with collecting in his dramatic tableaux, lining up objects in vast rows, then climbing on a ladder and shooting them from an extreme high angle. The finished images look like photos taken from an airplane looking down on landscapes of assembled junk. This extreme point of view imparts a sense of objectivity to what is otherwise a neurotically subjective hobby. The photos are even stronger for being created the old-fashioned way, rather than digitally composed. Through Jan. 31. Pushdot, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite 104, 224-5925.
Joe Feddersen: Charmed
Joe Feddersen’s new show is a mixed bag. His spray-painted monoprints deftly combine the ancient tradition of petroglyphs with a more contemporary form of defacement, graffiti. But his hanging fused-glass installation is just plain tacky, and his engraved vessel sculptures in blown glass lack the charismatic sheen of the sculptures he used to make in mirrored glass. Notably, on the show’s opening night, all 10 of Feddersen’s monoprints were already sold, at $2,000 a pop. Through Jan. 31. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.
Leonard Ruder: Paintings
Leonard Ruder (1917-2010) worked as a school custodian by day but at night was a prolific painter. He rarely exhibited his work, but this posthumous show proves that his paintings from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s were the equal of many painters’ of much greater renown. In the bravura painting titled Rectangles, he traversed a continuum of yellow tones from sunflower to mustard to lemon to canary. Slathering oil paints in architectonic wedges, he used palette knives to create luscious textures. Through Feb. 1. Augen Gallery, 817 SW 2nd. Ave., 224-8182.
Shine: Winter Group Exhibition
There are plenty of flashy pieces in Charles Hartman’s winter group show, but a commitedly unflashy photograph outshines everything else. Jeffrey Conley’s silver gelatin print Granary Beam shows that a well-composed image of a tree trunk’s rings can be nothing short of sublime visual poetry. This exhibition also marks the first appearance of Blakely Dadson’s work at Hartman. Dadson was a staple at the now-closed Chambers Gallery. His upcoming solo show this summer should be a treat. Through Feb. 28. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886.
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
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 OMSI After Dark: Science of Sex
Ever wonder what exactly is happening inside your vibrator that makes it so darn good? Step up to the personal massager dissection table, just one of the many educational and saucy experiments at the Science of Sex. Learn about pheromones and lubricants, test your sex trivia or catch some naughty storytelling at the Mystery Box Show in the Planetarium. This is one day at the science museum when it won’t be the kids making everything sticky. OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., 797-4000. 6 pm. $7-$13.
Finally concluding the tale that began in 1976, Armistead Maupin has released his ninth and final novel of the Tales of the City series starring transgender landlady Anna Madrigal. Now 92, Anna’s final story, The Days of Anna Madrigal, takes her back to the home she knew as a 16-year-old boy, as Maupin wraps up his saga that’s ultimately about the notion of family. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Nick Turse
After more than a decade of research into Pentagon archives, classified documents and interviews with Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese survivors, journalist and historian Nick Turse offers a horrific account of America’s involvement in the war with his new book, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, FEB. 1 Back Fence PDX
Queue up the Bowie because this month’s Back Fence PDX readers will share stories about ch-ch-changes, such as unexpected events leading to unexpected actions, the effect of tragedy on your daily life, and even the downfalls of Christian clowning. Sharing in the healing and embarrassment this month is author Mitchell S. Jackson, jezebel.com staff writer Lindy West, This American Life contributor Gloria Harrison, Portland teacher Norina Beck and Esquire writer Litsa Dremousis. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 2234527. 8 pm. $13 advance, $16 door. 21+.
Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
Revisiting their magical fantasyland with a hip Portland vibe, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis have released the third installment in their Wildwood series, Wildwood Imperium. Sure, it may be intended for kids, but with a malevolent spirit reawakened, a band of runaway orphans and the possible reanimation of a mechanical-boy prince, you’ll be forgiven for keeping your kids up late on school nights to read just one more chapter. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 2 pm. Free.
Recounting her journey in 1973 along what became known as the “Hippie Trail”—a trek through the Middle East en route to India and Nepal, favored by weed-smoking
NICK TURSE, KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES More than 10 years of research and 80 pages of references testify to the comprehensiveness of Nick Turse’s journalistic history of the Vietnam war, Kill A nything T hat Moves (Picador, 416 pages, $17). The results aren’t prett y. This isn’t John Wayne’s The Green It’s one, two, three, what Berets—this is the Full Metal are we fighting for...? Jacket, Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now war Jane Fonda and Country Joe and the Fish were protesting, presented in studious, people’s history prose. The title refers to the fact that the Viet Cong were difficult to discern from civilians, so American soldiers killed everyone. The book is repetitive in its litany of atrocities, repeating the quote, “If it’s dead, it’s a VC,” as casually as we might say, “If it’s green, go.” Turse identifies the brass’s need for a body count—without regard for killing the actual enemy— as the cause of huge civilian casualties. “I firmly believe…the percentage of Viet Cong killed by support assets is roughly equal to the percentage of Viet Cong in the population,” wrote U.S. soldier Louis Janowski in his 1969 end-of-tour report. “That is, if 8 percent of the population of an area is VC, about 8 percent of the people we kill are VC.” Turse starts with a visit to Trieu Ai, a South Vietnamese village where houses were burned and grenades were tossed into civilian bomb shelters in October 1967. Such massacres were common, he says. My Lai, in 1968, was treated by the media as an oddity, and quickly swept aside, though Turse argues such mass murders were standard operating procedure. Turse also discusses how young American soldiers experienced culture shock after being dropped into the jungles of Vietnam with no direction other than to kill. Who were they killing? Anything that moves. And what for? In the name of democracy, to keep communism away from people who are oceans away from the United States. The numbers are staggering: By 1969, there were 540,000 U.S. troops demolishing the towns and countryside of Vietnam. Turse estimates they killed 2 million Vietnamese civilians, with 5.3 million wounded and 11 million left refugees. Ultimately, of course, such suffering was wrought for nothing. Which is the ultimate question lingering from Turse’s work: Was the Vietnam War unique in it’s senseless killing, or was it just well-documented? LYLA ROWEN. GO: Nick Turse appears at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., on Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 pm. Free.
WILLY VLAUTIN, THE FREE W hen W W a s k e d aut hor Willy Vlautin in 2010 what he was working on, he said he was writing a nurse novel. You know, kind of like Hemingway did with A Farewell to Arms. Alongside the penny Western and the true confession, the once-popu la r nu rse novel She healed my leg, and is a dead and often-mocked then my heart. genre, a tragic case just like its heroines, who were seemingly always saved by love after saving some guy’s leg from sepsis. But nobody ever really gets saved in a Vlautin book, and The Free (Harper Perennial, 320 pages, $14.99), his putative nurse novel, isn’t quite a romance–although it is certainly a book about love. In four novels, Vlautin has carved his own genre out of those for whom America was never really a dream but a pile of dirt, a hitand-run accident, a lost bet at the horse track. It is Richard Ford’s transient pickup-truck America, the tersely drunken land of Raymond Carver. The Free begins with the attempted suicide of a traumastricken Iraq War vet named Leroy Kervin, who in a rare moment of clarity throws himself out the window of a halfway house. He is found by the house’s caretaker, Freddie, who takes an interest despite having problems of his own: a bitch of a divorce. Leroy is cared for at the hospital, meanwhile, by a nurse named Pauline Hawkins who is impervious to love—or immune to its cancer, in the words of a Drive-By Truckers song named after her character. The Free’s prose is as stolid and unyielding as Vlautin’s characters, a sturdy march of declaratives, with dialogue that is never made snappy or pretty; Vlautin is unafraid to let it clunk sometimes like an old Chevy knocking from bad fuel. He doesn’t tell you that Pauline’s life is difficult and full of brutality, and that this may have inoculated her against emotion. One follows along, instead, through a life of urine and abscesses, and then watches her get more and more involved in the life of a young drug addict in her care. The comatose Leroy, meanwhile, is busy saving women in his dreams, in a police-state fantasy world. He’s looking for freedom even when unconscious, maybe the same freedom he was looking for when he hopped out that window in the first place. But even as the book and its characters stubbornly resist sentimentality—like a shut-off valve on a runaway spigot—The Free remains a deeply compassionate book. It is quiet, and honest, and it is decent. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. READ IT: The Free is out Tuesday, Feb. 4.
Westerners—author Marjorie Kircher will share from her new memoir, The India Traveler. New Renaissance Bookstore, 1338 NW 23rd Ave., 2244929. 7-8:30 pm. Free.
MONDAY, FEB. 3 Oregon Encyclopedia History Night
A native Oregonian, Ava Helen Pauling is most often associated with her husband , Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. But Ava was a dedicated activist for civil rights, feminism and environmental stewardship, and against nuclear testing. Sharing information from her recent biography, Mina Carson will present the talk “Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary.” Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. Free.
TUESDAY, FEB. 4 The Hour That Stretches No. 8: “Returning Fire”
You’re about to enter a zone where things are not as they seem. Maybe there’s a man who seems to have gone crazy, but it’s actually everyone else around him. It’s that time when day blurs to night—it’s the Hour That Stretches. Taking the stage for the bizarro-fiction reading series will be co-founder Ann S. Koi, Alexis Plank, Nathan Carson, Lou Woods and Kristi Gray Lovato. Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St., 2364998. 7 pm. Free.
In somewhat of a departure from her other novels exploring the lives of women and incorporating magical realism, such as City of Beasts and
The Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende’s new novel, Ripper, is a fast-paced murder mystery set in San Francisco. Sometimes you gotta go where the money is. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 2484335. 7:30 pm. $38.99, includes copy of book.
The Soft Show
It’s writers gone wild for this incarnation of the bimonthly reading series the Soft Show (think fewer tits, more paper cuts) as the featured readers are invited to pick their topic of choice, which will then be illustrated live via overhead projection. Sharing their work will be Kevin Sampsell, Martha Grover, Alissa Nielsen, Justin Hocking and Jason Squamata. The Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont St., 595-0575. 7:30 pm. Free.
Following the narratives of three characters each facing financial, familial and existential crises, The Free, by Portland author Willy Vlautin (The Motel Life, Lean on Pete), explores the unrest of modern American life and the resiliency of spirit. Depressing but beautiful, much like Portland itself. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
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12 Years a Slave
A Twelve Years a Slave was part of
a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolitionist movement. But Solomon Northup’s story was different. Born a free man, he led a comfortable life as a carpenter and violinist with his wife and children in upstate New York in 1841, when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Northup managed to regain his freedom 12 years later and soon published Twelve Years a Slave, which became a bestseller of its own. But at some point, Northup disappeared and his book fell out of print. Now, it’s little-known outside the halls of academia. All of which makes British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave an even more staggering revelation. The film is agonizing but not lurid, compassionate but not melodramatic, patient but still thrilling. R. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cinema 21.
20 Feet From Stardom
A- Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From
Stardom turns the spotlight on several career backup singers. Most are resigned to their roles in the musical ecosystem, content to have sacrificed their own aspirations for the sake of elevating the art itself. Whether that’s noble or a con, Neville never judges. He just lets them sing. And, in a more perfect universe, that would be enough. MATTHEW SINGER. Living Room Theaters.
C 47 Ronin’s most enjoyable moments are also its most ludicrous. These include, but are not limited to: an attack from a roving beast that might generously be described as “mythical”; a shape-shifting witch helping a court official usurp his rival’s power, thereby springing the masterless samurai of the title into vengeful action; and a pep talk beginning with the words, “What I propose ends in death.” Keep in mind that Carl Erik Rinsch’s $175 million film is based on actual 18th-century events, happenings that presumably did not resemble Mortal Kombat or Princess Mononoke in the slightest. These fantastical elements are never acknowledged as such, which is probably a good thing. Rinsch’s take on one of Japan’s most famous stories is a curious folly, albeit an almost endearingly sincere (and strange) one that seems to revere its legendary source material as much as it distorts it. PG-13. MICHAEL NORDINE. Avalon, Milwaukie, Mt. Hood.
The Act of Killing
A+ [ONE WEEK ONLY] In 1965, a
violent military coup in Indonesia led to the rise of Suharto, who would go on to lead the country in a repressive dictatorship for the next 31 years. His reign kicked off with a five-month anticommunist purge, which saw some 500,000 people killed. In the North Sumatra capital of Merdan, the job of slaughtering accused communists was given to a man named Anwar Congo. Today, as The Act of Killing picks up, Congo is a local hero. American director Joshua Oppenheimer’s masterstroke is to ask Congo and his cronies to make a film of their own, re-enacting their glory days from the death squad. Like visiting Auschwitz or the Killing Fields, sitting through The Act of Killing is one of those wholly distressing experiences to which we submit ourselves in an effort to comprehend the great atrocities of humanity, and memorialize the lives left in their wake. RUTH BROWN. Cinema 21. Also plays at the Hollywood Theatre at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 30.
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 darkhorse 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. This is one man, alone, facing death. Redford is playing himself, and he’s not playing around. PG-13. MITCH LILLIE. Laurelhurst.
A David O. Russell’s American Hustle—loosely based on the Abscam federal bribery scandal of the 1970s—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. The film’s establishing shot is brilliant in this regard: a humorously long sequence of Christian Bale’s potbellied con man, Irving Rosenfeld, gluing a toupee to his head. When meticulously permed federal agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) makes a move on Rosenfeld’s girl almost immediately thereafter, it’s an insult. When he musses his rug, it’s an unforgivable violation. It’s the sort of flick we’ve rarely seen since the ’40s: a farce with a heart. R. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Movies on TV, 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. R. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Cornelius, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Best Night Ever
A Las Vegas bachelorette party gets crazy. Because you weren’t expecting that to happen. R. Kiggins Theater.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
A- Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the
Warmest Color 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 an epic tale of love between two people who just happen to be women, and that’s hopefully what will allow it to endure. NC-17. REBECCA JACOBSON. Laurelhurst.
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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. Academy, Laurelhurst.
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. Unfortunately, Brian Percival’s film adaptation 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 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.
B- [ONE DAY ONLY] Oh, the bitter-
sweet sting of failed first love: It’s all too familiar and a little pathetic, but it remains completely relatable. Maggie Kiley’s Brightest Star is the story of a socially awkward college graduate— played by Liam Hemsworth lookalike Chris Lowell, his character’s name is never revealed—who tries to win back the college sweetheart who dumped him. Recalling (500) Days of Summer, the movie jumps back and forth between Lowell’s current singlehood to past moments in the relationship. We begin in a college astronomy course, where Lowell first sets eyes on Charlotte (Rose McIver). He believes in “moments of clarity, where the universe will reveal to you exactly what you’ve been looking for,” and he thinks Charlotte is just that. Speed ahead several years, and he’s moping pitifully, drinking heavily and dating a singer (Jessica Szhor), but Charlotte remains on his mind. Eventually she comes around, only to play tug-of-war with his heartstrings, but he’s set straight by a truth-talking astronomer (a composed Allison Janney). With committed performances, Brightest Star captures somber moments of heartbreak, uncertainty and self-discovery. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Clinton Street Theater. 2 and 11 pm Friday, Jan. 31.
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, Milwaukie, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, St. Johns, Valley.
Cascade Festival of African Films: Nairobi Half Life
B+ [ONE NIGHT ONLY] Mwas (Joseph Wairimu) can recite pretty much any film scene you want, despite never having been to the theaters. It’s how he hawks his DVDs in his small village in Kenya, but he has higher aspirations. During intermission at a theater production, he gets the crowd’s attention with the backstory of 300: “Tonight, we dine in hell!” he proclaims as he jumps onto a shack—only to fall through the roof. The village loves it, but when he asks the theater troupe for a gig, they tell him he has to move to Nairobi. That’s “where poverty, disease and the devil live,” his mother says. She’s right: Within an hour of arriving, Mwas has been mugged, arrested and forced to push around logs of feces in the jail “toilet,” which he eventually does cheerily. The only thing more impressive than his character’s positivity is Wairimu’s own talent, taking us smoothly from shit-sodden despair to
giddy singing. Mwas learns by example and experience to hustle, cheat and steal, but he also lands an acting gig playing, ahem, a politically driven thief. The amped-up soundtrack seems out of place at first, but the film soon starts to match the pace of the African hip-hop and dance songs. On levels political and personal, Nairobi Half Life masterfully explores the reality and morality of Africa’s urban spaces. MITCH LILLIE. Portland Community College-Cascade, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104. 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. For full festival schedule, visit africanfilmfestival.org.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cheeseburgers, falling from the sky! Again! PG. Academy, Avalon, Milwaukie, Vancouver, Valley.
Dallas Buyers Club
A The first time Matthew
McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club, the reflex is to gasp. That carved-from-amber beach bod has been whittled down to a toothpick. It’s a transformation mirroring that of McConaughey’s career over the past
year, ever since the day he woke up, put on a shirt and decided to become the best actor of his generation: 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 pussy-chasing, cokesnorting degenerate, became one of the rare straight men in the early years of the AIDS epidemic to contract HIV. To the credit of writers Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and director JeanMarc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club has no weepy epiphanies, no soliloquies about newfound understanding. Woodroof may have been an asshole, but he was an asshole whose instinct for selfpreservation eventually helped extend the lives of millions of better people. R. MATTHEW SINGER. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Kiggins, Moreland, Movies on TV, Cinema 21.
Despicable Me 2
C This sequel to 2010’s blockbuster
REVIEW CAROLE BETHUEL
DON’T LOOk BaCk IN aNGER: Tahar Rahim and Bérénice Bejo.
THE PAST At one point late in The Past, a man walks into the hospital room of his comatose wife and asks her to squeeze his hand if she can hear him. It’s a wrenching scene, one that lasts all of two minutes but makes every second count. Asghar Farhadi, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film two years ago with A Separation, has already shown he can mine the smallest moments for every bit of gut-punching drama imaginable. With his newest film, he all but perfects the art of making mountains out of molehills. Few things are uncomplicated in Farhadi’s movies, and here the Iranian writer-director devastatingly portrays the beginning of one marriage and the dissolution of two others. Before moving forward with their nuptials, an engaged couple (The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo and A Prophet’s Tahar Rahim) must sort things out with their respective exes and children. Neither is officially divorced, and their children are none too pleased with the situation. As suggested by the title and occasionally spelled out a little too bluntly by Farhadi—an early scene in which Bejo puts her car in reverse when she means to accelerate forward is the first of many reminders—these entanglements prevent everyone involved from either fully embracing the present or looking ahead to the future. This thorny setup makes for a bracing, uncomfortable film that taps into the sort of raw emotions usually reserved for drawn-out confrontations rather than a night at the movies. Farhadi can put you in the room with his characters like few other directors, and the many shouting matches that erupt between Bejo and her daughter make you feel petty for even considering taking sides or passing judgment. You’re inclined to give each the benefit of the doubt, even if you can’t wait to leave that room. Every conflict seems to get worse rather than better, as over the course of two hours Farhadi excruciatingly teases out the circumstances that led to Rahim’s not-quite-ex-wife’s coma. The revelations that follow may be melodramatic, but that doesn’t make their impact any less visceral or awe-inspiring. MICHAEL NORDINE. a melodrama that knocks the wind out of you.
SEE IT: The Past is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at Fox Tower.
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perhaps, a movie that is easier to think about than to watch: It’s overlong, and prone to greeting-card proverbs. But its central thought is one that will only grow more signiﬁcant as the world becomes a bigger, more alienating place: Is any feeling real, or are we just programmed that way? R. MATTHEW SINGER. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Cornelius, Living Room Theaters, Movies on TV.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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B Widely hailed as a return to the classic animated features of yore, Frozen arrives as an uncomplicated triumph of traditionalism, for better or worse. A musical-theater retelling of classic Hans Christian Andersen tale The Snow Queen, hidebound Disney preservationists were worried the decidedly modern title foretold the goofy revisionism of 2010’s Rapunzel fan-ﬁc Tangled. But there’s a far easier explanation for the name change: Once again, it’s all about the princesses. 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 soar and tickle as needed, and snowman sidekick Olaf giddily beats back the encroaching melodrama. PG. JAY HORTON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Forest, Indoor Twin, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
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 is,
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
B Taking what initially seemed
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adds Kristen Wiig as high-spirited love interest and expands the animated repertoire to encompass 3-D thrills, but the story itself, which shoehorns Gru into the service of a global super-spy league for the ﬂimsiest of reasons, arrives packed with exposition and shorn of coherency. PG. JAY HORTON. Academy.
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 three-hour 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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Movies on TV.
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. 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. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Movies on TV.
The Great Beauty
A The Great Beauty begins with a
cannonball, followed closely by a heart attack, and concludes with a 104-year-old 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. The loosely connected vignettes can meander, but taken together they compose a fascinating portrait of Berlusconi’s Italy, one that is too consumed by orgiastic terrace parties and neverending conga lines to realize how stagnant it’s become. REBECCA JACOBSON. Living Room Theaters.
B+ And so there’s this computer. It’s
REV IT UP: Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes? His film answers that question but leaves the audience with many more. The “12 o’clock boys” in question are pretty much what they seem—a loosely organized group of young men who share a love of high speeds, nail-biting stunts and evading the local cops. The short documentary follows 12-year-old Pug, a small kid with a big, cheeky mouth who dreams of riding with the “flock.” Pug’s mother, naturally, would prefer he didn’t, but the hyperactive tween will not be deterred, and over the course of three summers, we watch him grow from a fairly sweet kid to a foulmouthed punk and fully fledged 12 o’clock boy. It’s unclear how we should feel about this. The film briefly notes that some riders have been killed or seriously injured and are a danger to pedestrians and drivers. But, as an older member points out, in comparison to the kids in these impoverished neighborhoods who are joining gangs or dealing drugs, dirt-bike riding is a relatively positive activity. With so many advocacy documentaries on screens of late, Nathan’s unwillingness to take a side is refreshing—most of the film features Pug fooling around or pontificating about his life, interspersed with slow-mo footage of the bikers zooming about town. But the lack of other perspectives or statistics means we spend an awful lot of time watching bikers pull the same handful of tricks over and over again. Nathan clearly hasn’t made up his mind whether the 12 o’clock boys are ruthless menaces or misunderstood thrill-seekers. But he doesn’t give us enough information to make up ours, either. RUTH BROWN. B SEE IT: 12 O’Clock Boys opens Friday at the Clinton Street Theater. It also plays at 3 pm Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Hollywood Theatre.
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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 postapocalyptic universe where children are forced to slay one another in an annual gladiatorial event designed to tamp down discontent. 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. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Empirical Theatre, Indoor Twin, Movies on TV.
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. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Inside Llewyn Davis
B+ Lovable losers abound in the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Keep that in mind when you meet the title character of Inside Llewyn Davis. A down-onhis-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. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. CineMagic, St. Johns.
The Invisible Woman
B- It’s unfair but inevitable: You hope a film about a writer’s life will be as interesting and exciting and highstakes 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. 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. The performances are first-rate, and the score and period details are sumptuous. But the film still drags, saved neither by this juiciest of scandals 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. R. DEBORAH KENNEDY. Fox Tower.
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. The new Jack Ryan is a reboot and an origin story, wherein a college-age Jack (Chris Pine) 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. 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 on, yet Jack Ryan remains a pretty bland affair that’s cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better films. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Kiss the Water
B+ [ONE NIGHT ONLY] An inverse to
his high-concept, controversial documentary The Bridge—which captured suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge—Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water focuses on a subject subtle and subterranean. The movie is an impressionistic ode to the late Megan Boyd, the “lady who ties salmon flies,” as one fan calls her. Living under the radar in the Scottish Highlands, Boyd made lures of such functional artistry that flyfishers the world over, including Prince Charles, commissioned her. The doc incorporates interviews with family and acquaintances—through which we learn she loved traditional Scottish dances, rode a motorbike and didn’t own a phone—but also conjures a sense of character through more abstract means, including fanciful animated sequences (a fish fly taking flight, for instance) and lengthy, ruminative shots inside Boyd’s home and in the surrounding countryside. Closeups of hands crafting flies demonstrate the level of detail required. They’re accompanied by a voice-over reciting the recipes, which possess the ring of poetry: One ingredient is the “bodice of white ostrich.” We glimpse an image of Boyd only at the finale, and only fleetingly. Even as he suggests the unknowability of any individual, Steel’s unique approach shines a lovely light on a quiet life. KRISTI MITSUDA. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday, Jan. 31.
C- There’s no burger phone in Labor
Day, but Jason Reitman’s film makes up for it with the most patently absurd baking sequence you’ll ever see. Frank (Josh Brolin), an escaped prisoner with a heart of gold, woos a dispirited single mother named Adele (Kate Winslet) over a dreamy weekend in 1987. Adele is all tics and stutters—you feel like Frank might knock her over just by breathing too heavily in her direction. Every potentially menacing thing that this on-the-lam Casanova says while politely kidnapping Adele and her seventh-grade son Henry betrays a certain sensitivity. Though you may wonder about his innocence—he’s a convicted murderer—the fact that he’s a standup guy is never called into question. Theirs is a culinary romance: Frank spoon-feeds her chili (she’s tied up at this point, natch), they interlock fingers while making a peach pie, and you won’t believe the soaring melody that accompanies Adele’s first bite of his homemade biscuits. Though there’s something to be said for Reitman’s newfound sincerity, the self-satisfaction that colored his earlier efforts (Juno and Up in the Air especially) has merely been replaced by a self-seriousness that manages to be simultaneously humorless and laughable. PG-13. MICHAEL NORDINE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.
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. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV, 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
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make it funky: Ridin’ on a Soul Train.
BACK TO BLACK THE PORTLAND BLACK FILM FESTIVAL LOOSENS UP. bY aP kRYza
The Portland International Film Festival is a thing of wonder, but it seems this year to have forgotten something: black film. While we might get a pleasant surprise when that French film Cycling With Moliere turns out to be about Miles Davis, it’s not looking likely. Which makes the Portland Black Film Festival all the more crucial in our city’s cinematic landscape. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 1, with the debut of the new documentary 12 O’Clock Boys (see review on page 50), the mini-fest takes over the Hollywood Theatre for the month of February, with a lineup of revivals that celebrates the black cinematic experience over the past three decades. W henever a festival ta kes such a specific programming angle, there’s a tendency for filmgoers to jaw about its importance, yawn, and then leave seats empty. But in its second year, the festival has taken a pretty badass stand against middlebrow mediocrity and soapboxing to emerge with a schedule that emphasizes something so often lost in the self-aggrandizing back-patting of these fests: fun. “Portland loves nostalgia, and they love drinking beer,” says series curator David Walker. “The Hollywood is built on people coming to see movies on the big screen that they watched on VHS when they were kids. To me, that says a lot about the audiences here. That’s the attitude I had going into programming this stuff.” In his sophomore year with the festival, Walker—onetime movies editor at W W and former head of the Longbaugh Film Festival—is offering up a leaner celebration of black film than last year, when the program also included shorts, antiquated musicals and densely layered dramas. That time around, the biggest hits were films grounded in cheering and laughter, like the immortal Def Jam origin story, Krush Groove, and the Bruce Leroy action flick The Last Dragon. This year, Walker and his team are cutting the fat to give audiences more of what they love. That includes the 30th anniversary of the proto-hip-hop drama Beat Street (7:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 5); the little-seen, near-silent 1989 drama Sidewalk Stories, which tells the story of an artist forced to
care for an abandoned child (7:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 9); a Soul Train compilation (7:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 12); and, since you can’t go black without getting a little purple, a 30th anniversary screening of Purple Rain (7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 15). Because as Rick James (and Dave Chapelle after him) said, “It’s a celebration, bitches.” And a damn fine one. also showinG: Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel With the World examines the poet’s day-to-day life and legacy. Filmed right before he died in 1963, it serves almost as a eulogy for the master. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 30. Last week, a sneaky journalist may have solved the mystery of enigmatic director Tommy Wiseau’s ethnicity, claiming he’s Polish. I still say he’s from space. Watch The Room and form your own opinion accordingly. Cinema 21. 10:45 pm Friday, Jan. 31. Surreal and heartbreaking, Jia Zhangke’s 2004 drama The World examines the effects of globalization through the eyes of young workers at a theme park filled with scaled-down re-creations of global landmarks they will never see. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2. Still as terrifying today as it was in 1979, no film has yet matched Alien’s masterful melding of sci-fi and horror. Mars Needs Moms came pretty close, though. Academy Theater. Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Christopher Guest’s Best in Show reinvigorated the mockumentary 16 years after its closest relative, the Guest-starring This Is Spinal Tap, defined the form. Laurelhurst Theater. Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Hollywood Theatre programmer Dan Halsted pays tribute to the recently deceased Run Run Shaw with a triple feature that kicks off with the King Kong knockoff Mighty Peking Man and continues with two mystery movies featuring battling wizards and neck punching. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 1. Think the whole Black Friday shit surrounding Christmas is depressing today? Try it in 1982, when Reaganomics reigned and Frederick Wiseman was allowed unprecedented access to Dallas’ Neiman Marcus during the holidays for his documentary The Store. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 2. Cobra is arguably Sylvester Stallone’s worst movie of the ’80s…and that’s saying something in the era of Nighthawks, Rhinestone and Over the Top. Which is to say, it’s awesome, and perfect fodder for B-Movie Bingo. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 4.
JAN. 29–FEB. 4 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. PG-13. REBECCA JACOBSON. Academy.
C You can predict the emotional arc of Alexander Payne’s newest ﬁlm 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 milliondollar 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. It’s disappointing to see Payne succumb to sentimentality untempered by insight or depth. R. KRISTI MITSUDA. Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Sandy.
The Nut Job
Animated squirrels plan a heist of a nut store. Parents, try to keep the dick jokes to a minimum. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Oscar Nominated Shorts
Really want to win the betting pool on Oscar night? Hoof it to the Hollywood, the Living Room or the Kiggins, which are screening all the Academy Award-nominated shorts, both live-action and animated. Hollywood Theatre, Living Room Theaters, Kiggins.
Ice Cube plays a cop who takes his prospective brother-in-law (Kevin Hart) on a 24-hour patrol through Atlanta. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV.
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. 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. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV.
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-turnedgraying oﬃce drone with severe delusional psychosis (because one can only assume director-star Ben Stiller remained totally faithful to the source material), the ﬁlm adopts a long-winded motto
from Life magazine as its motivational tagline-cum-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. The thing quickly blows up into an extended Super Bowl ad break, with all the heart and genuine emotion that suggests. PG. MATTHEW SINGER. Clackamas.
Sister Mary’s Angel
B [ONE NIGHT ONLY] Local ﬁlm-
maker Mary Knight was a social worker for 23 years and later earned recognition for One Man’s Anger, One Woman’s Love, a semiautobiographical ﬁlm exploring verbal domestic abuse. So at ﬁrst glance, it seems a bit strange for her to follow that ﬁlm with Sister Mary’s Angel, a risqué chronicle of two estranged twins—one a nun, the other a lingerie model— trading places. The swap occurs after the penniless lingerie model, Angel, is diagnosed with breast cancer and the nun, Mary, hatches a plan so Angel can tap into the church’s generous medical coverage. The ﬁlm is downright satirical, complete with a nosy senior nun, an altruistic suitor vying for innocent Mary’s aﬀection and a freshly nunniﬁed Angel stripping oﬀ her habit and down to her panties on a public bus. But as it progresses, Knight’s focus on abuse resurfaces, introducing dark themes that contrast with the otherwise whimsical tone. Though this lends a certain level of vitality, it also leaves you a bit uncertain whether to laugh or cry. But amid the awkward moments, Sister Mary’s Angel is, above all, a story of rekindled sisterhood and a triumph over both sexual repression and objectiﬁcation. GRACE STAINBACK. Joy Cinema, 11959 SW Paciﬁc Highway, Tigard. 5 pm Saturday, Feb. 1.
That Awkward Moment
We have to assume the title applies to the experience of watching the ﬁlm itself, a strained-looking comedy starring Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and (oh dear) Zac Efron. R. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Sandy.
Thor: The Dark World
C Thor: The Dark World is the God of Thunder’s ﬁrst post-Avengers romp, but director Alan Taylor sucks all the fun out of the picture, creating a cornball drama that plays a lot like one of his episodes of Game of Thrones, minus the incest but with spaceships. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy, Avalon, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, Valley.
The Wolf of Wall Street
A Martin Scorsese’s best picture
since Goodfellas and his ﬁfth with Leonardo DiCaprio is at once hilarious, terrifying, hallucinogenic, infuriating, awe-inspiring, meandering and, at three hours, utterly exhausting. It’s also (in this critic’s opinion) the best movie of the year, possibly DiCaprio’s ﬁnest work and the bitch slap that Wall Street deserves—even if the true but ludicrous story of ﬁnancial criminal, stock-market juggernaut and rampant drug addict Jordan Belfort could inspire others to aspire to his level of douchebaggery. This is a man who makes Gordon Gecko seem like Mother Teresa. With his buddies, he runs roughshod over the ﬁnancial well-being of rich and poor alike and creates for himself a world of drug-addled debauchery that makes Hunter S. Thompson’s escapades seem like a college freshman’s. It is a modern masterpiece of excess, style and lunacy. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas.
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Gravity XD-3D (PG-13) 12:25PM 3:00PM 5:25PM 7:55PM 10:25PM Labor Day (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:40PM 7:25PM 10:15PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Nebraska (R) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:35PM 7:20PM 10:05PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:00PM 4:05PM 8:15PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 12:30PM 3:00PM 4:30PM 5:30PM 8:00PM 10:25PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 11:10AM 9:55PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:35AM 2:25PM 5:10PM 7:50PM 10:30PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 3:50PM 10:10PM Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The (PG) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:55PM 7:45PM 10:30PM That Awkward Moment (R) 11:50AM 2:20PM 4:50PM 7:15PM 9:45PM
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 9:55PM Labor Day (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 2:30PM 10:05PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:15PM 4:20PM 8:25PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 12:00PM 5:00PM 7:30PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:30PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 11:15AM 2:15PM 5:15PM That Awkward Moment (R) 12:30PM 2:55PM 5:20PM 7:45PM 10:10PM Ride Along (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:45PM 5:15PM 7:45PM 10:15PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 5:45PM 10:20PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:00AM 1:15PM 3:30PM 8:00PM
Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 1:55PM 7:00PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:25AM 4:30PM 9:30PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:15PM 5:00PM 7:35PM 10:10PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 11:55AM 3:20PM 6:40PM 10:00PM August: Osage County (R) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 1:35PM 6:55PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 1:40PM 7:10PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:05AM 4:20PM 9:50PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:35PM 7:00PM American Hustle (R) 12:45PM 3:55PM 7:05PM 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 Frozen Sing-A-Long (PG) 12:40PM 3:25PM 6:25PM 9:25PM Gimme Shelter (PG-13) 11:45AM 2:25PM 5:00PM 7:30PM 10:00PM
August: Osage County (R) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:25PM Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:30PM American Hustle (R) 12:20PM 3:40PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 4:15PM 10:00PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 12:30PM 9:00PM Her (R) 7:35PM 10:30PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 8:15PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 11:15AM 1:45PM 7:35PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 3:20PM 6:10PM Frozen Sing-A-Long (PG) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:45PM
No A.M. shows Mon–Thur Lone Survivor (R) 12:30PM 3:45PM 6:50PM 10:10PM Nebraska (R) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM Labor Day (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:10PM 4:15PM 8:15PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Saving Mr Banks (PG-13) 11:35AM 6:20PM That Awkward Moment (R) 11:40AM 2:05PM 4:50PM 7:20PM 9:55PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:10AM 1:50PM 4:30PM 7:10PM 9:50PM Nut Job, The 3D (PG) 2:10PM 7:20PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:15AM 4:20PM 9:30PM
Dallas Buyers Club, The (R) 12:25PM 3:30PM 6:35PM 9:35PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 11:05AM 4:35PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 1:40PM 6:45PM American Hustle (R) 12:20PM 3:40PM 7:05PM 10:15PM I, Frankenstein 3D (PG-13) 11:45AM 4:55PM 10:05PM I, Frankenstein (PG-13) 2:20PM 7:35PM 12 Years a Slave (R) 12:15PM 3:20PM 6:30PM 9:45PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 2:35PM 9:15PM Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The (PG-13) 9:40PM Gravity 3D (PG-13) 11:20AM 2:00PM 4:25PM 6:55PM 9:25PM Frozen Sing-A-Long (PG) 11:30AM 2:15PM 5:00PM 7:45PM 10:25PM
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2735 E Burnside St., 503-232-5511 IN A WORLD... Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:15 THE BOOK THIEF Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 06:40 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 07:00 BEST IN SHOW Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:30 BLUE JASMINE Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 07:15 MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 09:45 ALL IS LOST Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 06:30 BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 08:45
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1624 NW Glisan St., 503-249-7474-5 BIG GAME Sun 03:20
6712 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503-236-5257 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:30, 08:00 FROZEN SING-ALONG Sat-Sun 03:10
7229 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-282-2898 AMERICAN HUSTLE FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:30, 04:45, 08:00 8704 N Lombard St., 503-286-1768 AMERICAN HUSTLE FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:45, 08:45 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:05, 07:30, 09:45
2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7919 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:30, 07:45, 09:55
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4040 SE 82nd Ave., 800-326-3264-952 GRAVITY 3D Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:20, 02:00, 04:25, 06:55, 09:25 12 YEARS A SLAVE Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:15, 03:20, 06:30, 09:45 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB FriSat-Sun-Mon 12:25, 03:30, 06:35, 09:35 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:10, 04:15, 08:15 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:40 NEBRASKA FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:45, 04:30, 07:15, 10:00 SAVING MR. BANKS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 11:35, 06:20 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 02:35, 09:15 FROZEN Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:40, 06:45 FROZEN 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:05, 04:35 AMERICAN HUSTLE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:20, 03:40, 07:05, 10:15 LONE SURVIVOR Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:30, 03:45, 06:50, 10:10 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:45, 04:40, 07:30, 10:20 RIDE ALONG FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:10, 01:50, 04:30, 07:10, 09:50 THE NUT JOB FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:15, 04:20, 09:30 THE NUT JOB 3D Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 02:10, 07:20 I, FRANKENSTEIN Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 02:20, 07:35 I, FRANKENSTEIN 3D Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 11:45, 04:55, 10:05 LABOR DAY Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:05, 01:55, 04:45, 07:40, 10:30 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 11:40, 02:05, 04:50, 07:20, 09:55 FROZEN SING-ALONG Fri-Sat-Sun-
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5736 NE 33rd Ave., 503-249-7474-4 THE BOOK THIEF FriSat-Sun-Mon-Wed 05:30 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 02:30, 08:30 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Sat-Sun 12:15, 02:30
Empirical Theatre at OMSI
1945 SE Water Ave., 503-797-4000 MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD Fri-SatSun-Tue-Wed 11:00, 03:00 JERUSALEM Fri-Sat-SunTue-Wed 01:00, 06:00 GREAT WHITE SHARK Fri-Sat-Sun-Tue-Wed 04:00 FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D Fri-SatSun-Tue-Wed 02:00, 05:00 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Fri-SatSun 06:00
5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St., 503-725-3551 THE WORLD Fri-Sat-Sun 03:00 IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Fri 07:30
NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-221-1156 KISS THE WATER Fri-Sat 07:00 THE STORE Sun 07:00
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8203 N Ivanhoe St., 503-249-7474-6 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Fri-Sat-MonTue-Wed 01:00, 06:30 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Fri-SatMon-Tue-Wed 08:50 THE BIG GAME Sun 03:20
7818 SE Stark St., 503-252-0500 MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 02:00, 06:45 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 04:50 THOR: THE DARK WORLD Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:35 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:50, 07:00, 09:45 BLUE JASMINE Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 02:15, 07:15 IN A WORLD... Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 09:35 ALIEN Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:25, 09:25 CLOUDY
341 SW 10th Ave., 971-222-2010 20 FEET FROM STARDOM Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:40 GENERATION WAR PART 1 Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 12:20, 03:45 GENERATION WAR PART 2 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 03:10, 06:20 HER Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:35, 01:35, 02:10, 04:10, 04:50, 06:45, 07:30, 09:30, 10:05 KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:45 NEBRASKA Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:50, 02:20, 04:40, 07:15, 09:40 OSCAR SHORTS PROGRAM A Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 11:45, 02:00, 07:00 OSCAR SHORTS PROGRAM B Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 04:30, 09:15 THE GREAT BEAUTY Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 12:50, 06:35, 09:20 SUPERBOWL ON THE BIG SCREEN Sun 03:00
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12000 SE 82nd Ave., 800-326-3264-996 GRAVITY 3D Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:25, 03:00, 05:25, 07:55, 10:25 12 YEARS A SLAVE Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:35, 07:00 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon 01:35, 06:55 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:00, 04:05, 08:15 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:55, 03:20, 06:40, 10:00 NEBRASKA Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:45, 04:35, 07:20, 10:05 SAVING MR. BANKS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 03:50, 10:10 THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:10, 02:00, 04:55, 07:45, 10:30 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:15, 06:30 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 02:55, 10:05 FROZEN Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 11:05, 04:20, 09:50 FROZEN 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:40, 07:10 AMERICAN HUSTLE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:45, 03:55, 07:05, 10:15 LONE SURVIVOR Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:50, 04:45, 07:40, 10:30 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:50, 04:40, 07:35, 10:25 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 11:35, 02:25, 05:10, 07:50, 10:30 RIDE ALONG Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:40, 02:15, 05:00, 07:35, 10:10 THE NUT JOB Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:25, 04:30, 09:30 THE NUT JOB 3D Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 01:55, 07:00 I, FRANKENSTEIN Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:10, 09:55 I, FRANKENSTEIN 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:30, 03:00, 04:30, 05:30, 08:00, 10:25 LABOR DAY Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:05, 01:55, 04:40, 07:25, 10:15 THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:50, 02:20, 04:50, 07:15, 09:45 GIMME SHELTER Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:45, 02:25, 05:00, 07:30, 10:00 FROZEN SING-ALONG Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:40, 03:25, 06:25, 09:25 GROUNDHOG DAY Sun-Wed 02:00, 07:00 SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CALL THEATERS OR VISIT WWEEK.COM/MOVIETIMES FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FRIDAY-THURSDAY, JAN. 31-FEB. 6, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize in Economics, says that consulting experts may be useless. In his study of Wall Street traders, he found their advice was no better than information obtained by a chimpanzee flipping a coin. Meanwhile, psychologist Philip Tetlock did a 20-year study with similar results. He found that predictions made by political and financial professionals are inferior to wild guesses. So does this mean you should never trust any experts? No. But it’s important to approach them with extra skepticism right now. The time has come for you to upgrade your trust in your own intuition. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I’m a big fan of logic and reason, and I urge you to be, too. Using your rational mind to understand your experience is a very good thing. The less stock you put in superstitious head trips and fear-based beliefs, the smarter you will be. Having said that, I recommend that you also make playful use of your creative imagination. Relish the comically magical elements of your mysterious fate. Pay attention to your dreams, and indulge in the pleasure of wild fantasies, and see yourself as a mythic hero in life’s divine drama. Moral of the story: Both the rational and the fantastical approaches are essential to your health. (P.S. But the fantastical needs extra exercise in the coming weeks.) CANCER (June 21-July 22): Sorry, Cancerian, you won’t be able to transform lead into gold anytime soon. You won’t suddenly acquire the wizardly power to heal the sick minds of racists and homophobes and misogynists. Nor will you be able to cast an effective love spell on a sexy someone who has always resisted your charms. That’s the bad news. The good news is this: If you focus on performing less spectacular magic, you could accomplish minor miracles. For example, you might diminish an adversary’s ability to disturb you. You could welcome into your life a source of love you have ignored or underestimated. And you may be able to discover a secret you hid from yourself a long time ago. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Cosmopolitan magazine is famous for offering tips on how to spice up one’s sex life. Here’s an example: “Take a few of your favorite erotically appealing flavor combinations, like peanut butter and honey or whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and mix up yummy treats all over your lover’s body.” That sounds crazy to me, and not in a good way. In any case, I recommend that you don’t follow advice like that, especially in the coming days. It’s true that on some occasions, silliness and messiness have a role to play in building intimacy. But they aren’t advisable right now. For best results, be smooth and polished and dashing and deft. Togetherness will thrive on elegant experiments and graceful risks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are not as broken as you may think you are. Your wounds aren’t as debilitating as you have imagined. And life will prove it to you this week. Or rather, let me put it this way: Life will attempt to prove it to you -- and not just in some mild, half-hearted way, either. The evidence it offers will be robust and unimpeachable. But here’s my question, Virgo: Will you be so attached to your pain that you refuse to even see, let alone explore, the dramatic proof you are offered? I hope not!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Every autumn, the bird species known as the Clark’s Nutcracker prepares for its winter food needs by burying 30,000 pine nuts in 5,000 places over a 15-square-mile area. The amazing thing is that it remembers where almost all of them are. Your memory isn’t as prodigious as that, but it’s far better than you realize. And I hope you will use it to the hilt in the coming days. Your upcoming decisions will be highly effective if you draw on the wisdom gained from past events -- especially those events that foreshadowed the transition you will soon be going through. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Can you imagine what it would be like to live without any hiding and pretending? How would you feel if you could relax into total honesty? What if you were free to say exactly what you mean, unburdened by the fear that telling the truth might lead to awkward complications? Such a pure and exalted condition is impossible for anyone to accomplish, of course. But you have a shot at accomplishing the next best thing in the coming week. For best results, don’t try to be perfectly candid and utterly uninhibited. Aim for 75 percent. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s a favorable time to gather up resources and amass bounty and solicit help and collect lots of inside information. I won’t call you greedy if you focus on getting exactly what you need in order to feel comfortable and strong. In fact, I think it’s fine if you store up far more than what you can immediately use -- because right now is also a favorable time to prepare for future adventures when you will want to call on extraordinary levels of resources, bounty, help, and inside information. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Extravagant wigs became fashionable for a while in 18th-century England. They could soar as high as four feet above a woman’s head. Collections of fruit might be arrayed in the mass of hair, along with small replicas of gardens, taxidermically stuffed birds, and model ships. I would love to see you wear something like that in the coming week. But if this seems too extreme, here’s a second-best option: Make your face and head and hair as sexy as possible. Use your alluring gaze and confident bearing to attract more of the attention and resources you need. You have a poetic license to be shinier and more charismatic than usual. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of your anti-role models in the coming weeks is the character that Piscean diva Rihanna portrays when she sings in Eminem’s tune “Love the Way You Lie.” Study the following lyrics, mouthed by Rihanna, and make sure that in every way you can imagine, on psychological, spiritual, and interpersonal levels, you embody the exact opposite of the attitude they express: “You’re just gonna stand there and watch me burn / But that’s all right because I like the way it hurts / You’re just gonna stand there and hear me cry / But that’s all right, because I love the way you lie.” To reiterate, Pisces, avoid all situations that would tempt you to feel and act like that.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Kenneth Rexroth wrote a poem called “A Sword in a Cloud of Light.” I want to borrow that image. According to my astrological analysis and poetic intuition, you will generate the exact power you need in the coming weeks by imprinting your imagination with a vision of a sword in a cloud of light. I don’t want to get too intellectual about the reasons why, but I will say this: The cloud of light represents your noble purpose or your sacred aspiration. The sword is a metaphor to symbolize the new ferocity you will invoke as you implement the next step of your noble purpose or sacred aspiration.
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