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If we wait until we have ample money to build good transit, we will never build it [“Tunnel Vision,” WW, Feb. 12, 2014]. Our transportation system and funding are so enmeshed in supporting single-occupant vehicles, and there are so many people who wouldn’t even consider paying for anything other than cars, only political decisions can make it happen. As someone who cannot afford a car, I am ecstatic to see any potential for a MAX on Southwest Barbur Boulevard. The city needs to build practical transportation, that is, for commuting. The streetcar is not one of these. The MAX is essential. Best of luck, Steve Novick. —“Sean” It’s not about money, it’s about making Portland a more desirable place to live. Cars are a huge scourge because they isolate us, cause huge backups and take up tons of space while they’re left unused. —“tdhurst” I find it rather dishonest that the city will be asking for a new “sidewalks and roads” tax when they should call it the “light rail/bike share/ streetcar tax.” —“Oregon Mamacita”


Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) has become one of the worst corporate shills in the Legislature [“Predatory Lawmaking,” WW, Feb. 12, 2014]. If he’s so concerned with homeowners in arrears on their taxes, he can introduce a bill to give them more protection. He won’t, because

i live in south Waterfront, near ohsU, and i see people wearing scrubs everywhere. if scrubs are worn to maintain cleanliness in the hospital, doesn’t wearing them out to Little Big Burger defeat the purpose? —Justly Concerned Personally, Concerned, I’d rather stroll around in Fred Flintstone’s leopard-print onesie than be caught dead in scrubs. They’re the main reason—aside from my extensive criminal record and inability to get up before 5 pm—that I didn’t pursue a career in medicine. Nevertheless, these sacklike garments— which are furnished by prisons specifically to dehumanize the inmates—are so popular with medical professionals that OHSU has to employ special, locked scrubs vending machines to limit each person to just three sets per day. The people who sell these machines say they’re necessary to combat the widespread theft 4

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there aren’t any deep-pocket lobbyists paying him to do so. —“JD Mulvey” The many large corporations in Oregon that are behind in their property taxes should be required to refinance that debt so the counties get the money they are owed. —“Roger Kofler”


Every time I read something like this from a 30-something woman and hear “it’s so hard,” my reaction is: Yes, it is, because you make it that way [“Bowling for Love,” WW, Feb. 12, 2014]. Those attractive men who fire off sparks, who are grounded, interesting, successful, but are still wanting a family and to settle down? They are already taken; they already found that great woman. You don’t get everything you want. Pick one or two things that really matter and stick to that. Admit that your standards are impractical and watch in amazement as plenty of men suddenly become available. —“” I totally agree with this article. I have been online dating for about four years, and I am done. It is a lot of work and I think the kind of guy I am looking for must not be online here in Portland. —“Ima” 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:

of scrubs by employees who want to wear them on their own time, which is a bit like finding out that Roto-Rooter has to take steps to keep its plumbers from stealing turds from work. That said, scrubs are the de facto uniform for many health workers, and you can’t really fault folks for not changing clothes just to go to lunch. If it’s any consolation, your surgeon doesn’t walk directly into the operating room from Starbucks; staffers always change into fresh scrubs before entering a sterile environment. As for those who wear scrubs when they’re not on the clock, I would only note that more fashion crimes have been committed in the name of comfort than any other, and scrubs are about as close as you can get to wandering around in sweat pants and a bathrobe without getting hauled off to the drunk tank. What’s the difference between a doctor and the Dude from The Big Lebowski? The Dude doesn’t think he’s a doctor. QUEstions? Send them to

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LEGISLATURE: Battling over class action money. LABOR: Two skirmishes signal larger unrest. CIVIL RIGHTS: Same-sex marriage campaigner speaks.

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The Portland Association of Teachers and Portland Public Schools averted a strike with a tentative contract agreement Feb. 18, but the Portland Parents Coalition—which earlier filed a complaint alleging the district failed to meet the legal minimum number of instructional hours (see “Fast Times at PPS High,” WW, Oct. 30, 2013), a legacy of the last contract—wants to see the agreement before it’s signed. “We ask that you commit to holding a forum in which you (the Board) share the content and meaning of the agreement, and answer questions related to it for your constituents,” parent Lisa Zuniga wrote to the School Board. PPS spokeswoman Christine Miles says the board hasn’t had time to review the request.


City Commissioner Steve Novick has responded to the deaths of two people crossing streets in East Portland last weekend by committing to a policy of street-safety investments designed to eliminate pedestrian fatalities. The deaths of Yan Huang, 78, along Southeast Division Street and Douglas Norman Miller, 60, on Southeast Powell Boulevard mark the fifth and sixth people killed walking on Portland streets in the past three months. The fatalities sparked a renewed campaign pressuring City Hall to spend more money on pedestrian safety. Novick is seeking $1 million for flashing beacons at crosswalks. Mayor Charlie Hales says he doesn’t want to commit to any new policy yet—he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term effort to make streets safer.” The city of Portland is getting out of the toilet-sales game. City Commissioner Nick Fish says the city is abandoning its scheme to sell the Portland Loo—former Commissioner Randy Leonard’s patented outdoor toilet—to other cities in order to pay the cleaning bill for the six public toilets Portland has already installed. WW reported last year that the loo marketing program was selling less than half the toilets required to break even (“Money Bucket,” WW, May 15, 2013). Fish says now that the city has settled a lawsuit against the makers of a knockoff street toilet, Portland officials can finalize a deal with the loo’s builder, Madden Fabrication, to take over the sales program. “Randy had the right idea,” Fish says, “but that doesn’t mean the city has to be in the loo business.” Read more Murmurs and daily scuttlebutt. 6

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Earlier this month, Oregon consumers won a stunning victory over BP West Coast Products. A Multnomah County circuit jury found customers of BP-franchised service stations are owed as much as $580 million in a class action verdict for being charged a hidden fee on debit-card gasoline purchases. The only problem for consumers: Under current Oregon law, BP will probably never pay most of that money. “That’s unfair,” says state Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton). “If a defendant is judged to owe money, they should have to pay. Otherwise, there’s a real incentive to do something wrong.” Although February legislative sessions were designed to consider budget tweaks and low-stress legislation, Read and Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland), are pushing a contentious bill to tackle the long-standing issue. They have the support of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Campaign for Equal Justice, and the opposition of Associated Oregon Industries, numerous business groups and Oregon’s most politically connected law firm. Currently, if a court finds that a class of people has been wronged and awards them financial damages, those people typically need to fill out forms to claim their money. For a variety of reasons, however, many do not. As a result, they

don’t get their money, and under Oregon law, the funds remain with the defendant. In the BP case, for instance, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Portlander David Sugerman, showed that records that would have allowed identification of most of the 2.9 million customers affected were destroyed. That means many may never claim the $200 they each have coming. (That figure is prescribed by law for reckless violations of the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act.) In 48 states, BP would have had to pay anyway, but just two states—New Hampshire and Oregon—allow the unclaimed money to revert to the wrongdoer. Read and Williamson have sponsored legislation— House Bill 4143—that would allocate unclaimed damages in class action suits to Legal Aid of Oregon. Initially, Read and Williamson proposed sending the unclaimed funds to Oregon’s rainy-day fund. After the bill’s first hearing, they amended the beneficiary to Legal Aid, which provides free legal assistance to low-income Oregonians. “We just felt there was more of a nexus between a judgment and the provision of legal services,” Williamson says. The legislation is not new—Oregon lawmakers have introduced similar legislation three times since 2005. The legislators’ solution displeases many business interests, but none more influential than Dave Frohnmayer and Bill Gary—two lawyers for the Harrang Long firm who circulated a floor letter opposing the changes. “The bill authorizes unconstitutional procedures, is unfair to class members and to defendants, and is fundamentally unworkable,” Frohnmayer and Gary wrote in the Feb. 14 letter. “It will have undesirable and unworkable consequences.”

Those words carry a lot of weight. Frohnmayer was Oregon’s attorney general from 1980 to 1990 and president of the University of Oregon from 1994 to 2009. He still teaches law at UO. Gary, who served as Frohnmayer’s deputy at the Oregon Department of Justice, is one of the state’s top lawyers, representing Nike, for instance, in the 2013 special legislative session that gave the sportinggoods giant special tax treatment. Williamson says the objections are “absurd,” simply rehashing old criticisms of class action lawsuits. She and Read take specific exception to Frohnmayer and Gary’s letter because it makes no mention of the fact that their firm represents cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris in a current case before the Oregon Supreme Court, as well as BP in the oil company’s appeal of the $580 million Oregon verdict. “I believe that should have been disclosed,” Williamson says. “They are interested parties in the outcome of any vote.” “House rules require legislators to disclose potential conflicts of interest,” Read adds. “If they were held to that standard, they’d have to disclose those client relationships.” Gary says proponents of the bill are erring in trying to address a complex legal matter in a brief session. He says as currently written, the bill does more than just distribute unclaimed funds to Legal Aid, and could change the amount owed. As for the floor letter, which was distributed to all House members, Gary says it should have included a disclosure that his law firm represents clients who have a financial stake in proposed legislation. “If that wasn’t made clear in the floor letter, it was because things were moving quickly on Friday when it went out,” Gary says. “We represent multiple clients who have an interest in the bill.” HB 4143 passed the House on Feb. 17 by a 36-21 vote and is now in the Senate. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014





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The Portland Association of Teachers voted Feb. 5 to authorize a strike after nine months of desultory negotiations. The union has followed a template set by the 2012 Chicago teachers strike—they’ve even borrowed a slogan: “The Schools Portland’s Students Deserve.” Their hard line reflects the approach executive director Richard Sanders of the Oregon Education Association ushered into the state in 2011. It’s no coincidence that Medford teachers are now on strike.

The 1,600 workers who make up the DCTU are actually members of seven unions. Unlike politically powerful firefighters and police officers, DCTU workers hold less visible positions, in city parks and office cubicles, and on maintenance crews. They voted Feb. 10 to reject a new contract with the city—a revolt incited by members of Laborers’ Local 483.


The two sides have sparred over pay and benefits, but the real sticking point was class size. “I get why teachers are up in arms,” says Sue Levin, executive director of Stand for Children. “We’ve got abominable class sizes and a shrinking school year.” The district insists on adding days to Portland’s school calendar—now among the nation’s shortest— but balked at PAT’s demands to hire 175 more teachers.

“Our folks don’t feel like the employers empathize with them at all,” says AFSCME’s Baessler. City workers are unhappy with their cost-of-living pay increases and time off—but their big gripe is workers’ perception that the city is pushing for more room to contract out jobs to non-union companies.


On one hand, the impasse is puzzling because the school district, for the first time in years, is flush with cash: Three-quarters of PPS’s budget comes from Salem, and that allocation rose about 18 percent last year. Yet spending all the increase on raises and new teachers would be risky because the district has no control over future funding. That’s likely to leave teachers and parents unsatisfied.

Because the union’s designated negotiators already signed off on the city contract. So when members voted to reject the deal, they were also rebelling against their own leadership. “The bargaining team thought this was the best they could do at the table,” says Erica Askin, internal organizer for Local 483. “The members are not going to back down. City workers are tired of being bullied.”


Everything from graduation rates to property values is on the line. Already, patience with the district and the union has grown thin. “I think the wrong people are walking out,” Greg Goodman, a downtown developer, said on the eve of a strike. “I’d have the kids walk out, have an Occupy down at the waterfront, and make demands.” But it’s the OEA that is pushing a state ballot measure that will address school funding.

The contract spat threatens solidarity between workers and city leaders on another front—the fight to defeat a May ballot initiative that would wrest control of the water and sewer bureaus from City Hall. Trade unions are slated to supply the city with money and muscle to defeat the coup led by angry businesses. If they don’t, measure backers have said they’re ready to eliminate dozens of union jobs to lower utility rates.

Two of Portland’s biggest organized labor groups spent the last week girding for the latest skirmishes in a larger campaign. “I would never compare myself to a brave American soldier fighting a war,” wrote a middle-school teacher in an email widely circulated among supporters of the Portland Association of Teachers. “But in a way, we are fighting a war. Did we learn nothing from Vietnam?” History is about to repeat itself. The teachers’ union and Portland Public Schools may have reached an 11thhour deal Feb. 18 to avert a strike, but that’s not the only contract battle in the city. Negotiations between the District Council of Trade Unions and the city of Portland that seemed settled last month are in limbo after workers repudiated a contract agreement. The dual standoffs represent the collision of organized labor’s frustrations after years of recession-flavored budgets with management teams emboldened by peevish business leaders. “There is not a lot of joy amongst the city of Portland workers right now,” says Joe Baessler, political coordinator for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 75, one of seven unions represented by the DCTU. “It’s very, very hard for them to feel like they should keep taking it.” How did workers and management in this laborfriendly city wind up at impasses on two fronts? Here’s a primer.


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Former Mayors Vera Katz and Sam Adams visibly immersed themselves in school contract talks. But Mayor Charlie Hales held just one meeting with the district and the union before departing for South Africa, where he made phone calls to both sides. “Hallelujah,” he said upon hearing of the Feb. 18 deal. “They deserve some sleep.”

After the mayor spent the past month carefully keeping his distance from the teachers’ battle, he now has a labor impasse on his own doorstep. “The irony is not lost on us,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “We just reset the clock.”

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Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. In an interview, Carlbom told WW why red states such as Utah seem to be moving toward equality more quickly than blue states like Oregon. He also discussed this year’s campaign to overturn Oregon’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and a surprise lawsuit that has changed the political landscape on the issue. WW: What have you been doing since the Minnesota campaign, and what is your strategy for moving forward at a national level? Richard Carlbom: We’re trying to leverage resources in 33 states across the country that don’t currently have the freedom to marry. Freedom to Marry has a very specific road map to victory: We need to win as many states as we can before this question goes back to the Supreme Court.

What is that road map, and where does Oregon fit in? Oregon’s story about the freedom to marry is incredibly special. When you look at the tectonic shift in this debate in 2012—when for the first time our side went to the ballot and won not one but all four questions on the ballot in Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Maine—what a lot of people don’t realize is, the strategy was incubated in Oregon. CONT. on page 13


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CIVIL RIGHTS Exactly what was that strategy? We learned that when you ask a straight person why they want to get married, they say, “I fell in love, wanted to commit, start a family.” When you ask them why they think a same-sex couple wants to get married, their first reaction is silence. They just stare at you. When you push them, they think really hard. They say, “For access to your spouse’s 401K or pension, rights and benefits?” Voters have three levels of persuasion. The first level is the “me” level: You make a decision about who the voter is as an individual. The second is the “me and my own” level—that’s where our opponents were; they were saying, “You need to vote this way to protect your children.” The least persuasive was the community level, and that’s where we were: “Do this on behalf of your neighbor down the street.” And when we actually narrowed that gap, we say to people: “Marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility. Would you ever want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love?” So Oregon developed a great strategy leading up to 2012. Why didn’t we have same-sex marriage on the ballot that year? The level of popular support in 2011 just wasn’t where we needed it to be. Is there any state that has a constitutional ban that’s been overturned by the courts?

“THIS IS AN EXCITING MOMENT IN A STRUGGLE THAT HAS LASTED 20 YEARS.” No. Right now we don’t think any other state should be on the ballot in November. No other state is ready. The reason Oregon is in such a strong position today is because in 2010, 2011, 2012 they did the work it takes on the ground to prepare the state and to gain the support. I would say there are some states out there like Arizona and Nevada and Michigan and Colorado—soon Missouri—where we want to go to the ballot in 2016. But they’re where Oregon was in 2011. They’re just not quite ready yet. So the states such as Utah that have seen sur prising movement in the courts, are those Freedom to Marry efforts or are those independent? Freedom to Marry is focused on winning through the ballot process and the legislative process, not through the court process. Court wins have usually been engineered by local attorneys who have brought claims—usually federal claims— against the state. So the Utah case started with an incredible group of local lawyers wanting to push through an effort there. Freedom to Marry’s role has been to organize a bona fide campaign to make sure we’re lifting up the stories that articulate why it’s important for same-sex couples to

have the freedom to marry. Is there a perception either among your campaign or the broader movement that a court win is less legitimate than a win at the ballot box? Absolutely not. No. The opportunity for two people to stand up in front of their friends and family, to take responsibility for each other and commit to each other, that is the win. Why are couples in Oregon still not allowed to marry when couples in lessprogressive states already have that right? Ever y state has its unique stor y and path. Oregon’s story is that it looked at its position in 2011, when it had to make the decision about [placing a measure to overturn the ban on] the 2012 ballot, and they rightfully decided that losing would have devastating consequences on this community, and that they wouldn’t be able to come back two years later and win. In that case, why not wait until 2016, when turnout for the presidential election will be much higher? Even in a nonpresidential election year, the work that was done in 2010, 2011 and 2012 made a huge impact, and they’ve moved the numbers significantly. To be in 2014 and looking at 54 percent support is just incredible. Basic Rights Oregon and its partners


did not initially want to fi le a lawsuit to overturn the constitutional ban. Why not? The bottom line is that a win here would be same-sex couples being able to stand up and get married. For us, there are definitely two tracks: an effort to increase public support and go to the ballot, make Oregon the first state in the country to actually rewrite their constitution. The second track is this litigation. So we’re monitoring both. With so much change recently, the public might get the feeling that samesex marriage has sort of “happened.” Is apathy a challenge for you? No. Everyone wants to be with a winner. People are excited. This is an exciting moment in a struggle that has lasted 20 years. People do get the sense that we’re years, not decades, away. And they want to be part of it. In some states, that job essentially is done. Once you’ve won, what’s next? Once you win in Oregon, I think you’re going to see Basic Rights Oregon and others come together and identify the next thing that needs to get done. In Minnesota, in just six months since the legislation passed, we actually have raised and contributed more than $500,000 for candidates who stood up and had my back and secured the freedom to marry in our state. We understand the importance of getting these people re-elected.


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AN ANNOTATED GUIDE TO THE COVER OF GREEN DAY’S DOOKIE. Green Day’s Dookie turned 20 this month. With more than 20 million copies sold, it’s the best-selling punkrock album of all time. It’s also probably the best-selling record illustrated entirely with colored pencil, and definitely the best-selling album with a cover featuring poop-throwing dogs, an American Gladiator or a Chia Pet. The cover features a scene of shitcovered chaos on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue drawn by East Bay punk Richie Bucher. Bucher—who plays bass in a band called Courtney and the Crushers fronted by his girlfriend, Portland native Courtney Castleman—was connected to Green Day through its preTré drummer and his work for the zine Absolutely Zippo. “Their first drummer was John Kiffmeyer,” Bucher says. “My band Soup used to play with his old band a


WHERE’S ANGUS? bunch. So when Green Day fi rst came around, we said, ‘Oh, John’s new band! They’re supposed to be really good,’ and they were. Right away you could tell.” The rest was left to Bucher. “All I had to work with was that it was Green Day and the album was called Dookie,” he says. “I used to listen to the Kerplunk! album all the time, and the first two songs especially just sounded to me like a fighter plane swooping down. That was the way in for me, the anchor for building the rest of the drawing. They didn’t give me a lot of guidance, which was nice, and I just sketched out the basic design and brought it to them. Once they approved the sketch, I went back and fleshed it out with the crazy stuff in my head.” Here, for the first time, Bucher talks about the illustration. Check out w week .com for h is notes on the extended poster-sized version. MARTIN CIZMAR.

“That was from the Ramones’ record Rocket to Russia, drawn by John Holmstrom. Holmstrom was a cartoonist and magazine publisher, and he did a lot of artwork for the Ramones. I just wanted to give him a shout-out in there. ‘Eat at Chef Wong’s’ was on a T-shirt in the cartoon in the art from Rocket to Russia.”

“The girls loosely represent girls in a band called Raooul.”

“Winchell’s Donuts on San Pablo, near Marin [Avenue], is where we used to go after shows. I just wanted to throw in a fat cop and somebody ripping him off, which was sort of a reference to this band the Rip Off s that used to play around that time. They were a garage band and they used to wear masks. I thought I’d throw a guitar on that guy and make him a Rip Off, specifi cally Jon Von.”

Caff e Mediterraneum on Telegraph Avenue. “It was there since the early ’50s and was kind of a hippie place. We used to hang out there in high school, smoke cigarettes and stuff. Supposedly, it’s the place where Allen Ginsberg wrote Howl, but I don’t know to what extent that’s true. But apparently he used to hang out there, too. It was that type of place.”

Angus Young, from the cover of Let There Be Rock. “That was stuff I was listening to at the time, probably while I was drawing this. That album cover was one of my favorites, so it’s a shout to that.” Oil refineries in the Northeast Bay. “That’s where the Green Day guys are from. It’s just part of the landscape—and part of what I wanted to represent. Something we drove past every day…. It never would’ve occurred to me to have the Golden Gate Bridge or San Francisco in the background. I grew up in Berkeley going to San Francisco a lot, but it just wasn’t a part of what this record was about.”

“Those dudes were a depiction of people who’d come to hang on Telegraph from the other suburbs. They pretty much all looked the same, with baseball caps and goatees.”


University of California Marching Band. “They were always marching around playing. I thought they were pretty great.”

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Twisted Dog Sisters was a group of teenage girls in Berkeley. “Not really a gang, but a group of girls who’d hang out on Telegraph.”

From the cover of Black Sabbath. “It’s a really spooky picture, a vaguely witchy Ozzy. That little snippet is a line from a song on that record.”

Local photographer Murray Bowles. “He was a really fantastic photographer who’d take pictures of all the bands playing in the ’80s up until now. He had his own style of taking pictures: right in the pit, hold his camera up and just shoot. Really fucking awesome stuff.”

Alex Chilton of Big Star.

Patti Smith from the cover of Easter.

Free Huey Newton. “More Berkeley shit. There was all kinds of political stuff around town. That kind of graffiti was pretty common. It was part of growing up on Telegraph Avenue. When you were in ninth grade, you had the Revolutionary Communist Party trying to recruit you.”

The logo for the band Filth, drawn by Jesse Michaels. “They were punks from the East Bay. He’s got a brick, ready to throw.”

“My emblem, which I used to draw every day on my hand in high school because I was just fucking angry. A year or two later, it became part of the logo for my band Soup.”




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FOOD: Portland’s best single-serving pizzas. MUSIC: Casey Jarman’s dad on jazz. BOOKS: The extinction event we’re causing. MOVIES: Peep the Wes Anderson coffee-table book.

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Hawthorne Hideaway — 8:00 PM Rose & Thistle — 8:00 PM Alberta St. Pub — 8:00 PM

Thursdays @ 8pm Tuesday g Bar & Grill dwin Re The Dugout (Hillsboro) — 7:00 PM 4012 30th St • North Park

Biddy McGraw's — 7:00 PM Cheerful Tortoise — 9:00 PM Shanahan's (Vancouver) — 7:00 PM Laurelwood Public House (SE Portland) — 8:00 PM Beaterville Cafe and Bar —8:00 PM The Ram Restaurant & Brewery (Wilsonville)— 8:00 PM

Mondays @ 9pm Bourbon Street Bar & Grill 4612 Park Blvd - University Heights


Saturdays @ 8pm Kelly’s Pub

Punch Bowl Social — 8:00 PM (Starts March 5th) Cheerful Bullpen — 8:30 PM Concordia Ale House — 8:00 PM Space Room — 7:00 PM Tonic Lounge — 7:00 PM Buffalo Gap — 7:30PM

2222 San Diego Ave • Old Town

Thursday Tuesdays @ 8pm (starts August 14th)

21st Avenue Bar & Grill — 7:00 PM Belmont Inn — 7:00 PM

South Park Abbey

1946 Fern Street • South Park @geekswhodrink


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ROWDY THE MOVIE: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary WWF wrestler who moved to Hillsboro three decades ago to escape angry Hulk Hogan fans, is the subject of a documentary due this year. Behind the Villain, filmed by Web-soap/B-movie actor and cinematographer Aton Sanz-Katz, is currently in postproduction. On his Twitter account, Sanz-Katz promised that Piper “makes Ty Cobb RODDY PIPER look like Mary Poppins.” Last month, Piper also teamed with members of the E Street Band to record an autobiographical song called “Off the Top Rope” to benefit cancer charities. FILTERED OUT: Stumptown is moving away from French press. The Portland-founded, New York-owned coffee roaster switched its ready-made coffee from press to filter at every location in town as of Valentine’s Day. The change was first noted by coffee blog Jason Overby, Stumptown’s general retail manager, told WW the move to filter coffee reflects changing tastes and times, and that local cafes would still offer French press to order. But it’s still a big switch for Stumptown, once one of the only spots to offer French press in every cup, as opposed to companies like Starbucks that use filter-based machines. The move from French press to filter happened first in Los Angeles and New York, with Portland following behind. Overby says they wanted to test the change in newer markets before risking the ire of their hometown. OPEN AND SHUT: About a year and a half after it was first announced, Clyde Common basement bar Pépé le Moko finally opened its doors Feb. 14. The website allows patrons to make bar reservations. >> The chef with the longest four-year résumé in Portland, Daniel Mondok (Carlyle, June, Sel Gris, Paulee, Foster Burger, Wafu, Block & Tackle, Genoa, Food in Bloom), moved off from Food in Bloom catering after four months and will come on as executive chef at Swank & Swine, the upcoming restaurant for the Paramount Hotel at 808 SW Taylor St. >> Meanwhile, a growler and taphouse microchain from Hermiston and Silverton will be moving into Portland… barely. Neighbor Dudes Tap House has slated a location for the very southern tip of Sellwood, at 2015 SE Ochoco St.

BUILDING BRIDGES: Official word isn’t out yet, but news is leaking about this year’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival. By consulting social media and inside sources, WW has compiled a preliminary list of local comics accepted to the festival. All five of WW’s Funniest 5—Amy Miller, Shane Torres, Nathan Brannon, Kristine Levine and Bri Pruett—are in, as well as Alex Falcone, Sean Jordan, Curtis Cook, AMY MILLER Katie Nguyen, beloved Mercury blogger Barbara Holm and others. Bridgetown spokeswoman Maura Brown says the full slate of locals should be announced by Friday, Feb. 21, with news about big-name headliners to come during the next few weeks. This year’s fest runs May 8-11.


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FRIDAY FEB. 21 Dear Blaze, Happy birthday! Gosh, you have to be, what, 12 years old now? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, running around the Moda Center, shooting Silly String at unsuspecting fans, firing oversize T-shirts into the rafters, and surviving on a diet of free chalupas and whatever leftover stale popcorn and cheap vodka Mike Rice doesn’t finish in the media room. Despite what the haters say, you’re not a bad mascot—I’ve seen you do some pretty sick dunks off that trampoline a few times—but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a few questions. First off, what in the holy name of the Phillie Phanatic is a Trail Cat? Team lore says you tumbled out of the wilds of the Cascades looking to find your way in this world, but honestly, you look more like a stoned coyote than a proper feline. Sorry, I got off topic a bit. Your birthday is an annual tradition where all your mascot friends from around the NBA fly into PDX for a creepy, furry convention/halftime birthday party. Well, I have some advice for you on your big day. —Stay close to Robin Lopez. He already beat the horseshit out of the Detroit Pistons’ mascot, Hooper. He also has beef with the Raptor. If someone tries to pants you, sic big Robin on ’em. —AVOID PIERRE THE PELICAN AT ALL COSTS. Don’t let his recent makeover fool you: He’s a cold-blooded killer. His recent surgery makes him look like Alf with a giant dong for a nose. He is not your friend. —If you want to be one of the cool kids, don’t sit next to Benny Beaver on the bus. Everybody knows that he’s just a crappy version of everyone’s favorite Benny, Benny the Bull. Now that dude gets a lot of tail. Get it? —Smile every once in a while! Oh wait, you’re a mascot. My bad. Seriously, though, I hope you have an amazing day. I got one of the Blazers Dancer’s phone numbers for you as a gift. Maybe take her across the street to Windows or something? If it doesn’t work out, there’s always Fuzzr, the dating app for mascots. xoxo,

Michael Mannheimer

TRAVEL HOME, A STORY [THEATER] Drawing from interviews with homeless Portlanders, traveling troupe the Honest Liars stages an original work about the elusive concept of home. The piece incorporates physical theater and dance to tell the stories of a wide cast of characters, including a wouldbe beat poet, a runaway and a woman convinced she’s a pirate. The Headwaters, 44 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 7:30 pm. $10. BLACKOUT BEER FEST [BEER] Black-as-night beers, from host brewery Lompoc’s merlot-aged Baltic porter to Breakside’s saltedcaramel stout. Just don’t black out yourself. Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave., 288-3996, 4-11 pm. $15 tasting package. 21+.

SATURDAY FEB. 22 OREGON BALLET THEATRE [DANCE] Part of the deal to keep OBT’s Alison Roper from retiring last year was the promise of a tall male partner. Artistic director Kevin Irving delivered, bringing back Artur Sultanov, who retired in 2012. The 6-foot-4 Sultanov will join Roper, who’s just shy of 5-foot-9, for Nicolo Fonte’s exuberant Bolero. Also on the bill are James Kudelka’s minimalist Almost Mozart, Christopher Wheeldon’s mystical Liturgy and a premiere by former artistic director Christopher Stowell set to Dmitri Shostakovich. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 222-5538. 7:30 pm. $25-$150. HILLSDALE BREWFEST [BEER] Twenty McMenamins brewers compete against each other for ale supremacy, with public tasting and voting. The winner goes to the Oregon Brewers Festival. McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House, 1505 SW Sunset Blvd., 246-3938. 11 am. $9 for 10 4-ounce tasters. 21+.

MONDAY FEB. 24 LEONARD’S OF THE 1930S & ’40S [HISTORY] For a good stretch in the 20th century, downtown institution Leonard’s was the prime meeting spot in Portland for Jewish men, who were often excluded from other clubs in the city. Tonight, Leonard Kaufman, the owner’s son, recounts memories of the place, and historian Harry Stein jaws about Portland’s Jewish community at the time. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave., 249-3983. 7 pm. Free.

TUESDAY FEB. 25 GO: Blaze’s birthday will be celebrated at Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., on Sunday, Feb. 23, when the Blazers play the Minnesota Timberwolves. 6 pm. $22-$160.

TOM BROSSEAU [MUSIC] For Grass Punks, his first solo record in five years, the David Foster Wallace of DIY folk relocated from North Dakota to Los Angeles and recorded directly into a dictation machine. The result is a chillingly beautiful chronicle of a restless outsider’s yearning to understand a strange new place and its many inhabitants. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $12. 21+. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014


FOOD & DRINK = WW Pick. Highly recommended. By MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Editor: MARTIN CIZMAR. Email: See page 3 for submission instructions.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Finnriver Saffron Cider Release

Washington’s Finnriver Farm & Cidery is mad about saffron. It brewed up a limited edition Winter Solstice cider using the rare, sunny-hued spice, and is holding a release party at Bushwhacker Cider, alongside taps of its other esoteric offerings: port-style pear brandy wine and cranberry rose-hip cider, among others. Bushwhacker Cider, 1212-D SE Powell Blvd., 445-0577, 6-9 pm. 21+.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Blackout Beer Fest


This is not, apparently, an invitation to do things while drunk that you can’t even regret properly for lack of memory, nor to have sex with random strangers with the lights off. As winter ceaselessly continues, so blessedly does Portland’s output of black-as-night beers. Lompoc is pulling Cherry Wood Porter, vintage merlot-aged Baltic porter and bourbon-aged Monster Mash Alameda. Breakside (Salted Caramel Stout!), Cascade, the Commons, Ecliptic, Laurelwood, Lucky Lab, Pfriem and Widmer are also pouring. Price of admission includes 10 beer tickets and a keepsake mug; $1 buys more tastings. Sidebar, 3901 N Williams Ave., 288-3996, 4-11 pm. $15 tasting package. 21+.

Brewvana Behind the Scenes Tour

This is a beer bus with a mission other than sheer unconsciousness. The Friday tours are probably the best of Brewvana’s regular brewery-bus circuits at the moment, with an opportunity to try out the yeast-forward experimentations of Upright, Buckman Botanicals’ hop-free gruits, Laurelwood’s always interesting seasonals and a go-round amid the impressive facilities of Widmer. Various Locations, experiencebrewvana. com. 1 pm. $85. 21+.

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Afraid of political persecution, Dmitri Shostakovich silenced the 1936 premiere of his masterful Fourth Symphony. Twenty-five years later, he was no longer fearful, and audiences celebrated the first performance in 1961. Not heard in Oregon for 29 years, the Portland Youth Philharmonic invites you to experience this monumental work. This performance also features: WALCZYK: Celebration Fanfare BARTOK: Concerto for Viola Samuel Zacharia, Viola, PYP Concerto Competition Winner


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SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Hillsdale Brewfest

For 21 years, the brewers from McMenamins breweries have been getting together at the site of the

original McMenamins—apparently also the first brewpub opened in Portland after Prohibition—to throw down. Twenty ales will enter, but only one will go to the Oregon Brewers Festival. The public is invited to stop in, drink the beers and cast the votes. McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House, 1505 SW Sunset Blvd., 246-3938. 11 am. $9 for 10 4-ounce tasters. 21+.

Saturday Sessions

This month’s final beer and food tasting and pairing at Tin Bucket is a classic one: beer and sausage. Except the beer is four 8-ounce pours of Belgian-style ales from Hood River’s Logsdon (some of which cost more than $20 a bottle at the grocery store), which will be paired with Olympic Provisions viandes. People from both spots will be on hand to talk geek. Tin Bucket, 3520 N Williams Ave., 477-7689. 2-4 pm. $20. 21+.

Weekend Tea

There will be tea and many, many crumpets this weekend at Pix. Namely 15 different sweet, savory or uncategorizable bites, served with Townshend ’s tea service that Pix describes as “formal (but fun!)” Sample (potential) items: macarons (almost guaranteed), salmon with dill, mousse cake and quail eggs wrapped in prosciutto. Call before 2 pm Friday to reserve a spot. Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166. 2-4 pm Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22-23. $30.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Quick Tongue Tuesday

Till March 1, Hillsdale’s longtime confusing-menu stalwart Salvador Molly’s will be donating a buck to Oregon Heat (, an organization that provides heat in the winter to people who can’t afford to be warm, for every tongue-blistering Great Ball of Fire habanero fritter plate you order. Your pain will help those in need! On Tuesdays in February, if you eat a plate of the things under a stopwatch, they’ll give you a T-shirt certifying you as having not been very smart, nor concerned for your own welfare. Salvador Molly’s, 1523 SW Sunset Blvd., 293-1790. 11:30 am. Cover charge.


SINTRUS CITRUS IPA (HEATHEN BREWING) A year ago, the hop race was getting bitter. As the IBUs in local IPAs continued their steady climb, I found myself totally bored with the style. My faith was renewed by juicy IPAs like Laurelwood’s refor mulated Work horse, the updated Boneyard R PM and the Meridian-heavy Lompoc White Album IPA. Heathen’s Sintrus takes things to a new level. Heathen opened in downtown Vancouver, USA, in September 2012 with a standard lineup that included an IPA called Transcend. To make Sintrus, the brewery lightened up its standard IPA recipe then added orange, lime and grapefruit zest. After four days, it ended up tasting as much like orange juice as beer, with a cloudy, Tropicana-thick body that’s sweet and a little bready. There’s some bite, but it’s all orange pith, with no hint of resin or pinesap. Portlanders, they joke, drink IPAs with brunch. Suddenly, that doesn’t sound so bad. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR.




OUR FAVORITE SLICES, SLABS AND PERSONAL PIES. Stumptown isn’t a slice town. Portland’s strength isn’t making the greasy triangles Sipowicz folded and stuffed into his mouth on NYPD Blue, but producing pizzas in more diverse and nuanced forms. This is not only true of pizzas at the upper end—Apizza Scholls, Ken’s Artisan, Oven and Shaker—but also when it comes to inexpensive one-person pies. As we worked on this week’s Cheap Eats (see today’s insert), we ate a lot of pizza. That includes one bloated afternoon we spent eating seven slices in four city quadrants. Along the way, we kept our eyes peeled for outstanding one-person pizzas of all shapes and sizes. Here are our favorite pies and wedges sized for one and priced under $8. MARTIN CIZMAR. 1. Pyro 1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 929-1404, It takes about fi ve minutes and $7 to get Portland ’s best single-serving pie from the wood-fi red oven at this Southeast Portland cart. Pyro pizzaiolos aren’t afraid to walk the razor’s edge, fi ring foot-wide pies until the thinnest bubbles turn black and pop, leaving the rest of the crust at ideal crispness. Atop that peerless foundation goes a handful of housemade mozzarella, a mild tomato sauce and an excellent selection of meats, including fennel-fl ecked sausage and big, thin slices of Otto’s pepperoni that curl up at the edges. Don’t leave without trying the housemade sodas, which include a killer cherry phosphate and a good sarsaparilla. MC. 2. Handsome 2730 N Killingsworth St., 247-7499, Sitting half-baked on the counter, Handsome’s slices don’t look like much. But after you pick your toppings from the long list of options (pancetta, shallots, Brussels sprouts, crimini mushrooms, ricotta…) at this upcycled North Portland auto garage, a paddle slips it back into the superhot oven. That $3 slice is another thing entirely when it re-emerges about a minute later, all airy crunch and cheesy bliss. MC. 3. Flying Pie 7804 SE Stark St., 254-2016, When you were a sloppy-faced kid in Portland (bear with me here, transplants) and your parents said they were taking you out for pizza, Flying Pie is what you pictured. There’s a salad bar, an arcade’s worth of ’80s cabinet play, and pizza with sourdough-chewy crust, a quarter-inch layer of cheese, plentiful sweet-garlic marinara under the hood and old-

school toppings (pepperoni, olive, white mushroom) so plentiful they could choke the carburetor on an Econoline. Seven bucks at lunch nets you a slice the size of a rabbit, plus a trip to the greens bar and a soda. A quarter more and you fi ght the legions of Galaga while you wait. Life is good. Life is quite possibly perfect. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. 4. Lonesome’s 1 SW 3rd Ave., 234-0114, Lonesome’s started with mysterious and zany late-night delivery service on the inner east side, before moving last year into the corner of Dante’s on West Burnside Street. The slices sold from the shop’s window are usually far more basic than the extravagantly topped delivery pies, but perhaps even tastier when served piping hot from the oven, with enough supercrisp crust to support the best pizza sauce in Portland. You might miss that Ethiopian-spiced leg of lamb, but spicy bologna-size rounds of pepperoni prove to be the only topping you need. MC. 5. Escape From New York 622 NW 23rd Ave., 227-5423, EFNW owner Phil Geff ner swears he pretty much invented the unisex restroom in Portland—before that, he says, such things only happened on airplanes. He’s also the guy who brought pizza by the slice to Portland. In the ’80s, it was apparently a deeply confusing concept to Nob Hill passersby, who pretty much thought that a dog had eaten part of the pizza. Well, the old recipe got some dust on it during the 30 years the shop has been open. But we swear: Like an old pitcher who rediscovers his good stuff late in his career, Escape is having a renaissance these days. We heartily recommend the house sausage on that


crackery crust with a hint of carbon scuff, along with the garlic-packed sauce and generous cheese. The damn thing folds up like your dad’s handkerchief. MK. 6. Pizza Contadino North Richmond Avenue and Lombard Street, 935-4375, Slices here come in three acknowledged forms: cheese ($3), pepperoni ($3.50) and “fancy” ($4). “Fancy” could mean anything—maybe it comes on a lace doily?—but we usually hope for some combination of the following: kale, sweet slivers of red onion, mushrooms and locally made sausage, lying atop cheese, housemade sauce and crisp sourdough crust. ADRIENNE SO. 7. Dove Vivi 2727 NE Glisan St., 239-4444, Dove Vivi (translation: “where you live”) doesn’t look like regular pizza because it isn’t regular pizza. It’s, like, goat cheese on cornbread, with tapenade. Or a fi g-bacon-radicchio-blue cheese number you swear should have been a salad at Tasty N Sons. Or corn cashew, for criminy’s sake. It’s eff ortlessly gluten-free because it’s corn. And it’s a perfect candidate for by-the-slice pizza because it tastes even better aged, when the sauce seeps into the cornbread. Caveats? Slices are $4.50 apiece, and you have to call

ahead because that forearm-thick slice takes 20 minutes to cook. But you won’t remember any of that once you put it in your mouth. MK. 8. Via Chicago 2013 NE Alberta St., 719-6809, Via Chicago makes what is probably the most divisive pizza in town. It’s telling that the most passionate critiques come from people who either consider thick crust an inferior form or regard this shop’s take to be inauthentic based on a standard developed while visiting their Uncle Clark and Aunt Ellen. This cart-born shop’s pies deserve to be judged on their merits, and on my visit they were palpable: a buttery crust that fl akes like a well-made pie and is just a little slippery toward the center, a pool of gooey mozzarella and bright tomato sauce. I don’t care what you call it, or how closely it resembles the deep dishery nearest your cousin’s dorm, but it’s a thick, tasty wedge. MC.

9. Baby Doll 2835 SE Stark St., 459-4450, It’s easy to see why so many love this shop. First, for the neighborhood, it’s a monumental upgrade over the pizzeria that sat in the same space until last year. Second, Culinary Institute of America-trained owner Travis Miranda has mastered the crust of his native New Yawk. Indeed, the crust is damned near perfect. The sauce, though, is thin and fl avorless, cheese is applied by a tight fi st, and Baby Doll’s muchloved pepperoni, which curls up into little cups full of shiny orange grease, doesn’t do much for me. MC. 10. Roman Candle 3377 SE Division St., 971-302-6605, In its 14-hour business day, Roman Candle does a lot of things. Most of those things it does better than pizza. And yet. This bakery churns out great bread for Duane “Stumptown” Sorenson’s burgeoning restaurant empire. That’s a solid start for the red-faced, 8-inch slab of pomodoro ($4), which combines the house’s puff y overproofed dough with piquant marinara, a sprinkle of sea salt, paper-thin slices of garlic and a shake of oregano. Even better was a recent slab with delicata squash and browned onions. MC.

Attention Beer Lovers of Portland! On the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd, FOTM Brewing will be hosting a Belgian tap takeover at our Fremont location featuring 10 uniquely different beers sure to please your taste buds. If that wasn’t good enough, many of the beers will be available to take home in 32oz or 64oz growlers!


Vegan Dishes Available

FOTM Everyday Antwerp – Belgian Pale La Chouffe – golden blonde FOTM Big ‘Twerp – Everyday Antwerp with 70% more twerk Stillwater Cellar Door – farmhouse saison FOTM Un Biere Pour Adelaide – Belgian IPA Double Mountain Sacre Bleu – dubbel FOTM Cherry Bruin – brown aged on cherries Duchess de Bourgogne – Flanders style red FOTM Dark Secret – Belgian style stout And Stella Artois – just to keep it friendly

1708 E. Burnside 503.230.WING (9464)

Restaurant & Brewery NE 57th at Fremont 503-894-8973

4225 N. Interstate Ave. 503.280.WING (9464)

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= WW Pick. Highly recommended.


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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 Ani DiFranco, Jenny Scheinman

Rabbits, the Great Goddamn, Serpents Caul

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Sun Kil Moon [MORTAL FOLK] In addition to his tremendous songwriting prowess, Mark Kozelek’s interest in fascinating subject matter has earned him a huge cult following. Since forming Sun Kil Moon in 2002, the Bay Areavia-Ohio folk-rocker has worked around themes of loss and mortality. His creativity behind the mic and acoustic guitar has earned Kozelek a certain prolific aura, especially among fellow artists, drawing partners like Will Oldham for occasional collaborations. Sun Kil Moon’s sixth LP, Benji, came out earlier this month. It is a stark but satisfying piece of brittle, soul-emptying folk. Death lurks around most every corner of the record—and in Kozelek’s overall work, for that matter—but it never overpowers the tenderness and childlike curiosity built into the songs. The rawness of his work is pure country, while the potency is reminiscent of early Springsteen. Kozelek’s freshest work may support this the most, with his ever-crackling narrative pacing back and forth over barebones guitar riffs. Sun Kil Moon is not for the insensitive or impatient, but those who lend a careful ear will be stopped dead in their tracks. MARK STOCK. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm Thursday, Feb. 20. $20. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Ahmad Jamal I cue up “Sweet and Lovely” from Jamal’s latest album, Open Doors... Dad: He looks like he’s still 60 years old. Very handsome, debonair guy. That was like my dad’s favorite tune. Me: Was your dad a big piano fan? Dad: Yeah. It’s probably my favorite instrument, too. My dad used to send me to piano lessons, but I wasn’t into it. I wish I woulda stuck with it. The teacher told me I was “catching like a house on fire.” I thought that was pretty good, but when I told my dad, he called off the lessons. (Friday, Feb. 21, Newmark Theatre.) Toshiko Akiyoshi I put on her 1956 trio album, The Toshiko Trio... Dad: I’ve never heard this. It’s great! Who’s on it? Me: Ed Thigpen and Paul Chambers! Dad: Holy shit! Me: I’ve only heard her big-band stuff. I have that Farewell to Mingus album on vinyl. Dad: The big-band stuff is the only stuff I’ve really heard. No, this is great. (Saturday, Feb. 22,


[FUNK] Daft Punk sounds nothing like the Ramones and Of Montreal isn’t


Let It Whip: Dam-Funk, Rev Shines, Maxx Bass, Gwizski, Sex Life DJs, King Tim 33.3



Eliane Elias I put on Elias’ Volume 1 Originals... Dad: I just love her. They call her the Goddess of Piano. Of course, part of the appeal is that she’s so gorgeous. Me: I love her playing here. Her voice here kind of reminds me of Sade. Dad: Yeah, maybe. You know, I thought Sade was boring until I saw her live. I tell you what… Me: Pretty sexy? Dad: Hola-munga! (Thursday, Feb. 20, Newmark Theatre.)


[NEW BLOOD] Rabbits and its associate label, Eolian Empire, seem to take great pride in presenting new music on the cutting edge of heavy. Tonight, the trio headlines over Washington’s the Great Goddamn, a duo that drives bass and drums through churning machinations recalling early Godflesh and all manner of Midwest pigfuck. But the act that will pack the Know tonight is Serpent’s Caul, an exciting debut from a band that features Danava’s original rhythm section and the stage return of Snow Foxxes guitarist Alexander Krokus. Even more stunning is singer Wolf Carr, who operates his own vocaltraining studio. As Ronnie James Dio used to say, “Look out!” NATHAN CARSON. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $5. 21+.


My first clear musical memory is walking into my dad’s wood shop and hearing the opening bars of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” on his dust-caked boom box. It certainly wasn’t the first time I had heard jazz, but it was the first time I remember hearing jazz that moved me. Now, almost every year, my dad—who moved to the U.S. from England 50-odd years ago largely to hear and see more jazz—and I get together to attend a few Portland Jazz Festival shows. But this year, with a little whiskey and weed to set the mood, we decided to first preview some of the acts we are most excited about in the comfort of my apartment. I will warn you, though, that my dad curses like a sailor.

Jack DeJohnette I put on DeJohnette’s 1974 fusion album, Sorcery... Me: This must be a pretty recent reissue. Wow, it is really freaky! I like it. Dad: But it’s a bit…drifty, isn’t it? It’s like listening to the Grateful Dead. You have to be stoned to understand it. Me: Exactly! Dad: I think Jack DeJohnette is a genius, though. His stuff with Bill Evans, God! You know, Bill Evans has an electric-piano album and it’s one of my favorite records. It’s just called The Bill Evans Album. I know every note of that album. [We put on “Waltz for Debby” from The Bill Evans Album.] Anything with the word “waltz” in it, I like. (Sunday, Feb. 23, Newmark Theatre, with Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese.) A

[MELODIC DEATH OGs] There must be something in the water of Gothenburg, Sweden. Not only is it the birthplace of Ace of Bass, but the city has spawned an unusually large number of awesome metal bands over the past few decades. Dark Tranquility isn’t a household name like At the Gates or In Flames, but it was a pioneer in the heavy melodic sound that defines Gothenburg metal. Fist-pumping rhythms are interjected with blistering solos, and vocalist Mikael Stanne can switch from shrieking growl to bellowing baritone at will. Grab your lighters, loosen up those fingers, and don’t



Dark Tranquility, Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus, Southgate, Terraclipse


forget your air guitar or keyboard. SAM CUSUMANO. Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 7 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

Winningstad Theatre, trio; Sunday, Feb. 23, Classic Pianos, solo.)


[FOLK PROTEST SONGS] “If you’re not getting happier as you get older, then you’re fuckin’ up,” sings 43-year-old Ani DiFranco moments into the hornbedazzled slow burner “If Yr Not.” It’s a rare personal moment, given that most cuts on her 17th studio album, Which Side Are You On?, run rampant with the iconic feminist’s fiery political commentary. Though her musings on most topics—Wall Street, abortion, war—shudder amid her delicate, folky fingerpicking and New Orleans brass, it’s hard denying she’s not as bold as ever. BRANDON WIDDER. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 2349694. 8 pm. Sold out.


Grace Kelly Dad: She is really an exciting player. Really young, but she has her own sound. And she made a record with fucking Lee Konitz! Lee Konitz, he’s still alive! Oh man, did you ever hear that record he made with—oh, what’s his name. The blind piano player? He’s dead now. Me: George Shearing? Dad: No, this is an American guy. People thought he was too mathematical. Ah, me brain, man. Fuckin’ ’ell. Don’t get old. I gotta piss. It’ll come to me. [It’s Lennie Tristano. We listen to his great album, The New Tristano, and sip more whiskey.] (Wednesday, Feb. 26, Jimmy Mak’s.) Pat Metheny We put on Pat Metheny’s Question and Answer... Me: This is good. I’m not always real into Metheny’s sound. But maybe it’s that ’80s and ’90s production that seeps into lots of it. Dad: He has his own thing, and I’m not always into that either, but then he can play with any motherfucker in the world. And once he went on a really great, scathing rant about Kenny G. It was just wonderful. Me: He’s got Roy Haynes playing with him on drums here. Dad: Wow. Yeah, Roy Haynes can make anyone sound good. I really like Metheny. Now if he’d just cut his fucking hair! Me: I hope you know that’s going in the article. (Sunday, March 2, Newmark Theatre.) SEE IT: The 2014 Portland Jazz Festival runs Feb. 20-March 2 at various local venues. See for tickets and full schedule. For more on this week’s Jazz Festival concerts, see page 28. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014




ThE PIxIES: (From left) Frank Black, Dave Lovering and Joey Santiago.

DEATH TO THE PIXIES Frank Black doesn’t care about the Pixies. He made that clear 20 years ago, when he famously broke up the band via fax, and he reiterated how few fucks he gives this past fall. Bassist Kim Deal had quit earlier in 2013, nine years into the group’s reunion, which should’ve been taken as a sign to close up shop once again. Instead, the band brought in Kim Shattuck, of L.A. pop-punks the Muffs, to replace her. As if swapping one bass-playing Kim for another didn’t make Black’s cynicism apparent enough, in November, only a few months into Shattuck’s tenure, he fired her—and since fax machines are oldfashioned, he did so by calling her manager. When pressed for a reason, Black’s response said everything about what he thinks of the act that made him famous: “This is a rock band,” he told Yahoo. “There’s been a shift in the lineup, big woop-dee-doo.” Well, he’s right about one thing: A rock band is all the Pixies are now. Thing is, they used to be something more. It’s hard to remember, 10 years on, just how mind-blowing it was to see all four of them—Black, Deal, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer Dave Lovering—together on the same stage again. It wasn’t just the hell-hath-frozen nature of their reformation. Thanks to testimonials from the likes of Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke, the band had, in absentia, grown from an upper-tier cult favorite into a group of near-mythic proportions. And the lineup did indeed matter. Back in 2004, they couldn’t have put a bass on just any woman named Kim—or, in the case of the current incarnation, A Perfect Circle’s Paz Lechantin—and called it the Pixies. People wouldn’t have stood for it. Now, it’s easier to swallow. But that’s only because, after a decade of touring that’s produced barely any new music, the Pixies are no longer a myth. They’re just another name on a concert calendar. There are two ways to do an indie-rock reunion: Tour for a limited time, collect a quick payday and get out (Pavement), or actually try and reinstate a career initially cut short by petty in-fighting (Dinosaur Jr.). Instead, the Pixies have chosen to languish in a purgatory usually reserved for the casino circuit, playing the same few dozen songs for years on end. Black has admitted to being bored of the material, yet in 10 years he’s only mustered the energy to record two half-assed EPs of new songs. Fans still care about the old stuff—the Schnitz is sold out, after all—but does anyone still care about the band? A decade ago, the appeal of seeing the Pixies was the relative miracle of witnessing “Where Is My Mind?” and “Gigantic” and “Wave of Mutilation” played by the four musicians who were on the records. Now it’s only nostalgia. You put $60 (plus fees) into the jukebox, and you expect to hear the songs you paid for. Who cares who’s performing them? Big woop-dee-doo. Deal hasn’t publicly stated why she left the band; the assumption is that it has to do with her commitment to the Breeders, a group that, while also leaning heavily on its back catalog, has at least managed to put out an album in the last decade. Whatever the exact reason, the fact is she doesn’t need the Pixies anymore. And until the remaining members care enough to prove otherwise, neither does the rest of the world. MATTHEW SINGER.

Why it’s time for the indie-rock giants to break up—again.

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SEE IT: The Pixies play Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, with Best Coast, on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

JAMESTOWN REVIVAL TUES 2/25 @ 4 PM At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade. Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence. At the age of 22, they moved to Austin and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American, and Western rock. COMMUNITY DAY / SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE



MON 3/3 @ 7 PM Sponsored by Jack McMahon is our host of Music Millennium’s Songwriters’ Circle. Jack’s penchant for expressive lyrics and catchy hooks, combined with a soulful voice and journeyman guitar chops, has made him a favorite of long time fans and neophytes alike. Carl Solomon has been described as “A Weaver of New Americana Folk Tales.” Solomon’s songs lay out images you can see, feel and touch. His recollections and humor bring to life a collection of wonderful songs you won’t soon forget! Ralph Archenhold is a gifted songwriter, who is known for his sensitive voice as well as his guitar and harmonica (echo and chromatic) skills. He thoughtfully renders ballads, love songs, novelty songs and intricate moods when he performs. His music incorporates folk, jazz, rag time, country and more. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014


KILGORE/FRISHBERG NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD ON SALE $12.99 CD The jazz heyday of the 40s and 50s, when singers, piano players and sidemen could be found in every supper club, bringing the classic American songs to life, is recreated here by the exceptional vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and pianist extraordinaire Dave Frishberg, aided by Dan Faehnle, on guitar.

JESSICA MOLASKE & DAVE FRISHBERG AT THE ALGONQUIN ON SALE $12.99 CD Frishberg brings his ferociously witty songwriting and smooth piano styling in full force, producing a totally enjoyable musical experience. Molaskey & Frishberg deftly practice the high art of weaving words and music together, delighting audiences whenever they perform together.

JOE LOCKE QUARTET WISH UPON A STAR ON SALE $11.99 CD Vibraphonist Joe Locke makes his symphonic debut, in conjunction with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, with this lush, melodic recording. Recorded in one take in live performance, Locke s brilliance in this new setting affirms his stature as one of the most versatile and virtuosic leaders around.

JOE LOCKE & GEOFFREY KEEZER GROUP SIGNING ON SALE $ 12.99 CD High-octane, virtuosic, and emotionally arresting, this muchrequested follow-up to Live in Seattle is considered by renowned leader Joe Locke and two-time Grammy nominee Geoffrey Keezer to be the best recording of their careers thus far!

SZAKCSI GENERATION, JACK DEJOHNETTE AND JOHN PATITUCCI 8 TRIOS FOR 4 PIANISTS ON SALE $12.99 CD Born in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music’s greatest drummers. In his early years in Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer, collaborating with most major figures in jazz history, such as: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Sun Ra.

BUSTER WILLIAMS 1999 LIVE AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ ON SALE $9.99 CD Featuring Buster Williams, Steve Nelson, Mulgrew Miller and Carl Allen. A great live performance at the 1999 Montreux Jazz Festival by one of theworld’s leading bass players and his quartet!


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DAVE FRISHBERG & REBECCA KILGORE WHY FIGHT THE FEELING? ON SALE $8.99 CD “This whip-smart salute to Frank Loesser … marks Kilgore and Frishberg’s fourth collaboration … Kilgore-Frishberg outing wouldn’t be complete without some adroit excavating, and here they unearth such delightful treasures as ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ (a timely ode to love as a tonic for tough times), the jaunty ‘What a Rhumba Does to Romance.’” —Jazz Times

BOB DOROUGH SUNDAY AT IRIDIUM ON SALE $8.99 CD “Dorough’s songs tend to examine the theme of love and lack the wit of, say, a Dave Frishberg, and his piano-playing is rather on the wild and sloppy side, but his folksy charm easily wins over his live audience, especially when he leads them on a singalong version of “Three Is a Magic Number.” —David Horiuchi

JOE LOCKE LAY DOWN MY HEART: BLUES & BALLADS 1 ON SALE $11.99 CD Following his two highly acclaimed recent releases Signing and Wish Upon A Star, vibraphonist extraordinaire Joe Locke goes for the three-peat with his most personable and accessible quartet recording to date, with gorgeous renditions of blues and ballads from Bill Withers to Bonnie Raitt.




Following his acclaimed Motéma debut (the stellar Locke/Keezer Band s Signing), two-time Grammy® nominee Geoffrey Keezer combines his incredible virtuosity, lyricism, and inventive harmonic sensibility on his first solo piano recording in 13 years, a timeless creation of extraordinary range and beauty. Includes unique covers of songs by Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette, Rush, KT Tunstall, and Eva Cassidy, as well as compelling original material.

ESPERANZASPALDING JUNJO ON SALE $12.99 CD This is it, the CD that launched the recording career of the now Grammy Award winning artist Esperanza Spalding. Junjo, the first musical production under the direction of this American artist, Esperanza gives her touches to pieces that range from the modern jazz trio to contemporary Brazilian music, to Argentine folk music. For her, this project is a dream come true. It is as a same time, her first CD as well as the first production under her direction.

KENNY WERNER ME MYSELF & I ON SALE $12.99 CD One of the most prolific composers and recording artists in modern piano jazz! Me, Myself & I is beautifully recorded, and his best solo work to date.

PAT METHENY KIN ON SALE $14.99 CD Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. etheny says of this Group, “The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio, and me played more than 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record. Over the course of that period, the band became one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for expansion and further research.”




Gustvasen’s quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and longterm associate Jarle Vespestad has matured into a group whose interactions draw strength from restraint, patiently building the music toward its climaxes. Here are new gospel-tinged pieces and ballads from Tords pen, gentle and luminescent group improvisations, and an ecstatic interpretation of the Norwegian traditional Eg Veit I Himmerik Ei Borg (“I Know A Castle In Heaven.”)







AARON DIEHL BESPOKE MAN’S NARRATIVE ON SALE $13.99 CD In fashion circles, the adjective “bespoke” denotes custom-made suits and shirts and signifies the person who designs and constructs them. On The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his brilliant Mack Avenue Records debut, pianist Aaron Diehl extrapolates this notion to matters of musical invention.

CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT WOMANCHILD ON SALE $13.99 LP/CD On WomanChild, McLorin Salvant gives music lovers the chance to hear why illustrious judges at the Monk Competition gave her top honors. McLorin Salvant is still a bit of a mystery, but she will hardly be a secret any longer.


CHRISTIAN TRIO MCBRIDE OUT HERE ON SALE $13.99 CD With Out Here, premier bassist Christian McBride’s fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records. McBride introduces his latest working group: Pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. both younger, emerging artists have been performing with McBride’s smallest group for about three years, honing their trio conception to a fine point of expressive depth and nuance with select performances around the world.

YELLOWJACKETS TIMELINE ON SALE $13.99 LP/CD Nearly two generations of fans have enjoyed the lasting influence and jazz tradition of Yellowjackets - 30 years of continuous service to America’s native art form have made them unique in a business known for faddishness and important in that ever-changing world of music.

A Rise In The Road is indeed an appropriate title for a time-honored ensemble that has never been fearful of facing newer musical horizons, not to mention the myriad challenges of life itself.

AHMAD JAMAL SATURDAY MORNING ON SALE $14.99 CD Following on from the worldwide success of his album Blue Moon, the great Ahmad Jamal and his dream team are back with Saturday Morning - another instant classic made up of the kinds of ballads to which only Jamal holds the key. Every track is a moment of grace, shining like a star in the sky of American Classical Music.





Radio Music Society is a companion, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous disc, Chamber Music Society, which reached #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Among its many strengths, Radio Music Society is a celebration of the men and women who have helped cultivate Spalding’s talent, as well as those who have nurtured her vision and inspired her along the way.

On Eliane Elias’ second Concord release, the sultry Brazilian pianistvocalist-arranger wraps her jazz and bossa nova style around classic tunes associated with iconic jazz trumpeter Chet Baker: “I Thought About You”, “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, “Let’s Get Lost”, “That Old Feeling”, and “I Get Along Without You Very Well.” Elias is supported by top flight Brazilian and American musicians, including her rhythm section of guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummers Rafael Barata and Victor Lewis, percussionist Marivaldo dos Santos and her husband, bassist Marc Johnson.

Helen Sung’s Concord Jazz debut is a ten-song set that positions her at the forefront of a talented and diverse sextet, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D Rivera. In addition to leading her own band, Sung currently appears with the Mingus Big Band, T.S. Monk and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammywinning Mosaic Project, among others.

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ACE OF UPRIGHT BASS: Buster Williams plays the Newmark Theatre as part of the Portland Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 22. from Canada, but L.A.’s Dam-Funk actually does bring the funk. His compositions range from should’vebeen-late-’80s DJ staples—check the retrospective Adolescent Funk—to more contemporary, upbeat R&B takes like 2012 single “I Don’t Wanna Be a Star.” As his appearance at Holocene will be a DJ set, expect more Adolescent Funk than the latter. Despite two decades of struggling to break into the music industry, Dam-Funk hasn’t rested on his laurels: 2013 saw fun and innovative full-length collaborations with both heyday-funk hit maker Steve Arrington and Snoop Dogg. MITCH LILLIE. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Tiburones, Houndstooth, Scared Crow [GOOD OL’ ROCK ’N’ ROLL] Last July, Portland’s Houndstooth became a band on the rise via its debut LP, Ride Out the Dark. The group has the lackadaisical, nostalgic sound West Coasters can’t seem to get enough of, with songs rich in textural guitar solos and arrangements drawing upon various American influences, going back to the earliest rock bands of the ’50s. Layered instrumentation creates a big sound, while warm female vocals sprawl and meander. Southern-rocker “Canary Island” brings to mind Neil Young, communicating the joy of solitude from a group perspective. LYLA ROWEN. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 4738729. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Art Alexakis

[UNPLUGGED] And now let us begin the process of reclaiming early Everclear. It’s going to be a tough reconciliation, as so many local shitbags have said awful things about Art Alexakis and his very successful Portland band. Like, for example, the time Alexakis sat for an interview with another newspaper to promote a charity event only to have his candid interview turned into a piece titled “The Most Hated Musician in Portland,” packed with false dichotomies about Alexakis as a “businessman, not an artist,” and Everclear as a “moneymaking enterprise, not a band.” Sure, everything after the Scream 2 soundtrack is forgettable, but I defy anyone with a love of big, dirty power chords and wrenching tales of life on the white-trash fringe to find fault with “Fire Maple Song.” Somewhere, on an afternoon not too far away, a brave barista at the hippest cafe/ bar in town will use his or her allotted stereo time to blare World of Noise. Look for me sprawled in the front booth with a big drink above my head, cross-eyed and smiling. MARTIN CIZMAR. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8 pm. $20$50. All ages.

Lawrence Arms, Nothington, Great Apes, Lee Corey Oswald

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Chicago standby that are predictably reliable, if nothing else. While I bemoaned the failure of Alkaline Trio and NOFX to give me anything but the same record over and over again, these guys? Eh, not so much. Their dual-singer tandem swerves across the lines of snot-nosed punker abandon and solemn introspection, creating an urgency that makes records like 2013’s Metropole the perfect backdrop for a breakup and nervous breakdown alike. PETE COTTELL. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 7 pm. $13.50 advance, $15 day of show. All ages.

Soft Shadows, Blackstone Rangers, Jetman Jet Team

[LUCID-DREAMING POP] Soft Shadows refuses to use reverb as a crutch. Funny, given that the Portland band’s debut is titled Reverb Is for Lovers. In the band’s previous incarnation, under the name Sundaze, singer-guitarist June Kang says he used effects and volume to mask deficiencies in the songwriting. Now, he’s more confident letting the music exist without all the distracting accoutrements. As well he should: If the earlier material was “dream pop” in the lightheaded, disorienting sense of the term, Reverb is of the more lucid variety, weightless without being formless, and utilizing just the right amount of distortion to give the songs dynamic punch. MATTHEW SINGER. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Public Service Broadcasting, Kiev

[COMMUNICATION THEORY] As much a performance piece as a band, London’s Public Service Broadcasting fuses music, media and old footage straight outta your Communications 101 class. The duo’s newest album, Inform-EducateEntertain, is a sensory feast of historical sound bites set to gazing, futuristic pop rock. Beware of subliminal messages, as these two are known to sneak in clips from old propaganda campaigns. Whatever it is PSB is telling us to do, it’s hypnotic and persuasive. Other artists sample, but PSB virtually plays beside FDR for entire fireside chats. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Dead Prez, Vursatyl, Speakerminds, Jae Lava, Mic Crenshaw, Neahe

[HIP-HOPISTS] In the hip-hop world, three things get you notoriety: prolific releases, guest collaborations and personality. For over a decade, socialist duo Dead Prez has pretty much thrown out the first two and put all its eggs in the third, preaching on everything from reparations to nutrition to Animal Farm. Political commentary is these two’s game, and they’ve always been damn good at it, taking cues from

the Black Panthers and other radical groups. Though their politics are as strong as ever—“You can’t go green without that black and red,” they rap on 2012’s Information Age—Stic Man and M1’s technical rapping abilities, though never a strong suit, have suffered as they approach 40. Their message is just bigger than hip-hop. MITCH LILLIE. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.

Poison Idea, Long Knife, Bi-Marks

[HxC] By 1983, hardcore was close to its nadir, making Poison Idea’s Pick Your King a bit more remarkable than it might have been otherwise. But the band played a role in Northwest music beyond just raving up ridiculously fast music, ultimately reflecting the self-destructive tendencies of its primary members. Who else would cover the Stooges’ “I Got a Right?” The band’s development, though, wound up mirroring nationwide changes in the independent underground. Hard rock insinuated itself into PI’s approach to punk, while maintaining a nihilistic and occasionally thoughtful lyrical rigor. Sure, it’s still punk, but in a town that also offered up the Wipers, being remembered at all is a noteworthy task. DAVE CANTOR. Star Bar, 639 SE Morrison St., 2325553. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

The English Beat, the Sentiments

[RANKING NONSTOP] Ska is dead. Thankfully, the English Beat is immortal. I Just Can’t Stop It, the band’s 1980 debut, has proven to be the most durable release of the English two-tone movement, probably because it isn’t really a ska album. It plays more like a pure, ageless pop record: “Mirror in the Bathroom,” a commentary on ’80s vanity, is the group’s contribution to radio-station-flashback weekends, but the slinky dub of “Twist & Crawl” and its masterful reworking of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” bear no obvious timestamp. Although the current incarnation of the Beat is just singer Dave Wakeling backed by anonymous sidemen, his songbook is so stuffed with classics it doesn’t matter. MATTHEW SINGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 2848686. 8 pm. $20 advance, $23 day of show. 21+.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23 Pentagram, Radio Moscow, Kings Destroy, Sons of Huns, Mothers Whiskey

[DOOM LEGEND] Simply put, Pentagram is an American doommetal classic. The group crafted a hoard of garage demos in the ’70s that deserve the stature enjoyed by “War Pigs” and “Light My Fire.” The band’s re-formation was well-chronicled in the documentary Last Days Here, but it’s never been fair to call the return of Pentagram a proper reunion. Still, both Portland shows

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IN THE WILD: Matthew Ulm (right) and Old Age.

OLD AGE THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.

Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’s dream. There’s a general store and a river, serving about 160 residents. This is where Matthew Ulm calls home. “We don’t really count the number of people here,” says Ulm by phone from his house. He’s getting ready to host the rest of his band, bassist Dustin Daniels and drummer Michael Finn, together known as Old Age. The group is very much the product of its Pacific Northwest environment, incorporating bits of Built to Spill and Stephen Malkmus into a seething, explorative brand of folk rock. Daniels and Ulm go back 12 years. The two live four miles apart—next-door neighbors by rural standards. Finn joined the band later, after 2012’s quiet but gripping Ancestors, recorded entirely in Alsea. Ulm has guitars and plenty of old tape and recording gear strewn about his place, but he likes to think of Old Age as a Portland band. Many of the ideas start in this sleepy midvalley dot on the map, and then become fully realized in Portland. Old Age will release its first full-length, Wildlife, this month, in the wake of four EPs dating back to 2011. The most recent of those, the five-track Rain Won’t Ever Come, speaks to Old Age’s heftier present incarnation. Finn’s drumming is pronounced, and the trio as a whole sounds like a Beatles-adoring roots-rock act with a chip on its shoulder. The title track, featuring Ulm’s gritty belting, his bandmates’ tender vocal harmonies and a colossal classic-rock breakdown, would make Dr. Dog envious. Even Old Age’s quieter stuff, of which there is plenty, sounds on the verge of falling apart. It’s like the brilliant teetering barfly, loose and spilling wisdom after a handful of drinks, always one scotch away from breaking down. Part folksy domesticated animal and part whiskey-fueled ’70s-styled rock beast, Old Age is the volatile reckoning of two conflicting mindsets—which makes sense, considering the placid surroundings where Ulm writes the songs alone, and the raging jam sessions that follow to flesh things out. “I like to do about 10 shows a year solo, just to get it out of my system,” Ulm says. “But that’s about long enough for me to start missing the band.” Indeed, as a trio, Old Age is at its strongest, playing well to its frontman’s vocal energy. The band has played its share of shows in Portland, trekking into town at least three times a week. Sometimes, though, Ulm prefers staying at home: Most summers, his house in Alsea plays host to what he calls “The Thing,” a gathering of friends and bands that play into the wee hours. “We usually play,” says Ulm, chuckling. “Unless things get a little too wild.” MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Old Age plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Paulo Zappoli & the Break and Nick Delffs, on Thursday, Feb. 20. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

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sunday–tuesday/classical, etc.

since 2009 have been opportunities to see surviving frontman Bobby Liebling in the withered flesh, performing classic tunes that most of us never imagined we’d hear sung live by this cult figure. Liebling’s story is truly original, and now he has more reason to celebrate his autumnal success—guitarist Victor Griffin is back with the group. NATHAN CARSON. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 We Were Promised Jetpacks, Honeyblood

[ALTERNATIVE] Admit it, sometimes you want to check out a band solely because of its name. In that respect, Scottish quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks has the intriguing-moniker thing going for it, and behind the name you’ll find a dedicated following, a heavy barrage of hi-hat and singer Adam Thompson’s lovelorn cry. Despite the constant, unyielding pounding of drums and driving shots of guitar found on 2011 sophomore release In the Pit of the Stomach, the band still manages to bury subtle hooks and soft melodies under its heavy thundercloud surface, allowing for an occasional deep breath among a tense, dogged wall of sound. KAITIE TODD. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $14 advance, $16 day of show. 21+.

Langhorne Slim, Ryan Sollee

[FOLKED-UP BREAKUP] Songs evoking the sinking, uneasy and downright brutal feeling of heartbreak don’t tend to be as sunny as those found on Langhorne Slim’s fourth full-length, The Way We Move. The 14 tracks find Slim’s raspy voice as raucous as ever. The rest of his band, the Law, chimes in with raggedy piano, brass and bass when appropriate, but it’s Slim’s charisma that anchors these songs with emotion. Which is good, considering at this show he’ll perform all by his lonesome. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 The Grouch & Eligh, Madchild, Pigeon John, DJ Fresh, Tope

[HIP-HOP STANDARDS] With the reputation that comes with being one of the founding members of the Living Legends, anything the Grouch puts out either solo or with production partner Eligh is expected to be first class. He never disappoints. With a triple album on the horizon, they’re out building buzz on the Tortoise and the Crow Tour, where they’ll show off a variety of slick vocals, jazzy beats and socially poignant rhymes. After all, it’s their reputation that’s made them such stalwarts on the touring circuit. GEOFF NUDELMAN. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 2337100. 8 pm. $20 advance, $23 day of show. All ages.

Tom Brosseau, Shelby Earl

[DIY FOLK] With a keenness of observation akin to David Foster Wallace’s, Tom Brosseau is one of DIY-folk’s great storytellers. For Grass Punks, his first solo record in five years, Brosseau relocated to Los Angeles, absorbing the city through endless rides on public transportation. Recorded to a family dictation machine, the record captures Brosseau’s delicate rasp without heavy studio polish. It’s chillingly beautiful, the soundtrack of a restless person who doesn’t belong yearning to understand a strange new place and its many inhabitants. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $12. 21+.

The Wild Feathers, Saints of Valory, Jamestown Revival

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four lead singers and songwriters is bound to lead to a mishmash sound. It’s not much of a surprise then, the way the Wild Feathers rotate through genres on their debut LP—or that the band recently toured with Willie Nelson, the Head and the Heart, and ZZ Ward. Soaked in rich harmonies, anthemic guitar lines and a healthy appreciation for distortion and twang, the Feathers have a knack for transitioning from rollicking, breakneck rock songs to meandering, slide guitar-steeped country ballads. KAITIE TODD. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8:30 pm. $15. 21+.


[INDIE CLASSICAL] Founded by bassist Brian Coughlin shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon in 2000, the young New York-based, amplified chamber ensemble Fireworks became one of the first indie-classical bands. For this appearance, presented by Friends of Chamber Music, the band surveys American music from 19thcentury pop (Stephen Foster) and classical (Edward MacDowell) to 20th-century titans Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Also featured are songs from jazzers Meade Lux Lewis and Duke Ellington, bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and contemporary composers like Oregon’s own Robert Kyr and Coughlin himself. BRETT CAMPBELL. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 224-9842. 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21. $15-$47.

Cohen Plays Rachmaninoff

[PIANO CONCERTO] Virtuoso Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen joins the Oregon Symphony to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto No. 2,” a piece inspired by the composer’s visits to a hypnotist. Before Cohen appears, the symphony also tackles Haydn’s “L’Impériale” Symphony No.

53 and, more dramatically, brings in the Portland Women’s Choir for a rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Nocturnes.” I warn you not to arrive late, because they won’t let you in if you do. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday and 8 pm Monday, Feb. 22-24. $27-$71. All ages.

Portland Jazz Festival: Buster Williams’ “Something More,” Cécile McLorin Salvant [JAZZ PAST AND FUTURE] With a few notable exceptions, jazz bassists tend to fade into the background, which explains why 71-year-old musician’s musician Buster Williams—who made one of the great jazz albums of the ’80s, Something More—receives less attention than his 24-year-old opening act. Not that Cécile McLorin Salvant, a brilliant young singer trained in Baroque music, doesn’t merit her “second coming of Billie Holiday” buzz. Together, the venerable master and rising star make an irresistible double bill. BRETT CAMPBELL. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 22. $28-$58.

Portland Jazz Festival: Tord Gustavsen Quartet

[ETHEREAL JAZZ] One of the PDX Jazz Festival’s most valuable contributions over the past few years has been bringing Portland some of the finest fruits of the surprisingly fertile Scandinavian jazz scene. The placid, sometimes icy music of young Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, who’s crafted a half-dozen wellregarded recordings for the great ECM label over the past decade, fits squarely in that lineage: spare yet tense, reflective yet subtly urgent. Anyone who grooves to ECM’s nocturnal, atmospheric dreamscapes will blissfully float along. BRETT CAMPBELL. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 25. $20.


ALBATROSS ALBATROSS (SELF-RELEASED) [SOLLEE WITH STRINGS] Being a distinct frontman is a double-edged sword for Ryan Sollee. The Portlander’s primary outfit, the Builders and the Butchers, delivered yet another album of brooding, gothic folk with last year’s Western Medicine—an excellent though dreary offering—and Sollee’s other folk-based band doesn’t stray far. Albatross began as a pet project, a selection of songs scored for a musical regarding a dinosaur that evolves into an enormous seafaring bird, before Sollee eventually decided to form a full band around the material. That being the case, the self-titled Albatross is more theatrical in nature than the musician’s previous efforts, but it’s still anchored in dark balladry and murderous imagery. Sollee’s lyrics are delivered with a borderline preachy inflection— slightly nasal, with a sense of confessional conviction. “Oh, to me the world is spinning and I am such a mess,” he admits amid slinking bass and Cristina Cano’s repetitive piano on opener “May I Follow You Down.” A cannonade of Morricone-style trumpet follows on what could be the album’s lead single, “Ocean Cries Your Name,” a track awash with soaring viola and a wispy set of backing “oohs.” The orchestral embellishments shine best when they’re given room to breathe. “They All Come Running Back to Me,” though lyrically entrenched loathing and unrestrained ill will, offers a brash reprieve, while the instrumental “Drum Major and Marie” shifts with clarinet, trumpet and galloping drums courtesy of Wooden Indian Burial Ground bassist Paul Seely. Yet, despite differing bandmates and ornamental string arrangements, Albatross remains very much ingrained with Sollee’s trademark storytelling—which, for better or worse, sounds very familiar. BRANDON WIDDER. SEE IT: Albatross plays Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant, 5474 NE Sandy Blvd., with the Morals, on Thursday, Feb. 20. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

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5501 SE 72nd Ave. Kenny Lee Blues Jam

Camellia Lounge

Savoy Tavern

Chapel Pub

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Gary Ogen



1665 SE Bybee Ave. John Gilmore with Dan Presley

Crystal Hotel Al’s den

2432 SE 11th Avenue Flash Gordon

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Ave. Propagandhi, the Flatliners, War on Women

Ivories Jazz Lounge

1435 NW Flanders St. Tom Grant & Singer’s Jam Guest Vocalist Toni Lincoln

Jade Lounge

Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Ani DiFranco, Jenny Scheinman Jenny Scheinman

Amadeus Manor

2122 SE Sparrow St. Open Mic

Analog Cafe & Theater

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Mad Marquis’ Sip N Strip Happy Hour

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Toshi Onizuka Trio

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway The Pixies, Best Coast

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St. For Our Love’ Compilation Release Show The Want Ads, Poe and Monroe, Ali Ippolito, Amy Bleu

beaterville Cafe

2201 N Killingsworth St. Open Mic Hosted by Johnny Payola

biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Stringed Migration

1635 SE 7th Ave. Woodlander, Suburban Slim’s Blues Jam

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

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

1507 SE 39th Ave. Dark Tranquility, Omnium Gatherum, Exmortus, Southgate, Terraclipse


1001 SE Morrison St. Magic Mouth Phone Call

Ivories Jazz Lounge

1435 NW Flanders St. Rebecca Kilgore & Dave Frishberg

Jade Lounge

2342 SE Ankeny St. Joe Baker

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Quartet

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Born Cosmic with Glenn Waco, Michael Fountaine

Landmark Saloon

blue diamond

4847 SE Division St. Whiskey Wednesday with Jake Ray & the Cowdogs

bossanova ballroom

McMenamins - Lola’s Room

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. The Fenix Project 722 E Burnside St. Wednesday Swing

brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. John Teply

Cadigan’s Corner bar 5501 SE 72nd Ave. Band Swap Featuring Pat Stilwell

Crystal Hotel Al’s den 303 SW 12th Ave. Emily Yates Kellen Asebroek


350 W Burnside St. I Can Lick Any SOB in the House With Arliss Nancy


1332 W Burnside Americana Round-Up Featuring Steer Crazy

McMenamins boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St. NE Patrick McGinley

McMenamins edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St. Henry Hill Kammerer

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Billy D

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Portland Art Museum

wilf’s Restaurant & bar

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Eleni Mandell With Vikesh Kapoor 1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

836 N Russell St. The Hill Dogs

800 NW 6th Ave. Ron Steen Band

Secret Society ballroom

THuRS. feb. 20

Shaker & Vine

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Sun Kil Moon

116 NE Russell St. Peter Bradley Adams 2929 SE Powell Blvd. Venessa Rogers


1033 NW 16th Ave. Kevn Kinney Little Sue

The blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. Arabesque Belly Dance

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. Rabbits, the Great Goddamn, Serpents Caul

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. The Bridge City Blues Band

The Lodge bar & Grill 6605 SE Powell Blvd. Pete Ford Band

The TARdIS Roomfish & Chip Shop

1218 N Killingsworth St. Open Mic with ‘The Time Lords’

Thirsty Lion Pub SW 2nd & Ash St. Jordan Harris

Tigardville Station

12370 SW Main Street Open Mic with Jim Crutcher

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club

3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Ayars Times Two Presents The Essence of Bacharach

Trail’s end Saloon 1320 Main Street Big Monti


232 SW Ankeny St. Big A Little A Jason Urick

Aladdin Theater

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St. The GAIA Project presents An Evening with Suzy Bogguss

Analog Cafe & Theater

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland Timba Cuban Dance Party

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Neftal Rivera

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Acoustic Village

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St. Happy Otherwise Sallo, Samsel and the Skirt

back Stage bar

3701 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Eye Candy VJ

beaterville Cafe

2201 N Killingsworth St. Michael Collins Songwriter Showcase

biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Train River

blue diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Ben Jones and Friends

brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Stephanie Cooke Trio

broadway Rose Theatre Company

12850 SW Grant Ave Band Geeks An Upbeat Comedy

1036 NE Alberta St. Q Dot

The Conga Club

The firkin Tavern

funhouse Lounge

white eagle Saloon

The Alberta Street Public House

duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Alan Hagar

Mississippi Studios

Shaker & Vine

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

duff’s Garage

duff’s Garage

2500 SE Clinton St. Bevelers Leo

303 SW 12th Ave. Emily Yates Lauren Rose 1635 SE 7th Ave. Tough Lovepyle

wed. feb. 19

1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

510 NW 11th Ave. George Colligan and Theoretical Planets PDX Jazz Festival 430 N Killingworth St. Steve Kerin

RIGHTeOuS bAbe: Ani difranco plays Aladdin Theater on wednesday, feb. 19.

Portland Art Museum

2342 SE Ankeny St. Jaime Leopold Salon De Musique

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Dirty Looks With Contact Club

Kenton Club

2025 N Kilpatrick St. Hookers Denver, Regular Music

1937 SE 11th Ave. Sam Densmore with Austin Joseph, Jessica Campbell, Aimee Wilson

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St. The Modern Grass & Wayward Vessel Wayward Vessel

The Grand Cafe & Andrea’s Cha Cha Club

832 SE Grand Ave. Pilon D’Azucar Salsa Band

The Lodge bar & Grill 6605 SE Powell Blvd. Ben Rice B3 Trio

McMenamins edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St. Great Northwest Music Tour Rose Windows

McMenamins edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St. Happy For No Reason

McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Dan Haley’s Friendharmonic Orchestra A Year of Sundays

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Blue Evolution

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave. Sloe Loris Duo

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Old Age, Paulo Zappoli & The Break and Nick Delffs

Mock Crest Tavern 3435 N Lombart St. Kevin Marcotte and Friends

beaterville Cafe

2201 N Killingsworth St. Well Swung

biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Josiah Payne and Friends

biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Counterfeit Cash

blue diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Lisa Mann and Her Really Great Band

Magnolia’s Corner

4075 NE Sandy Blvd Joy Pearson

McMenamins boon’s Treasury 888 Liberty St. NE THIS

McMenamins edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St. The Old Yellers

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern 10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Oh My Mys

Midnight Roundup

brasserie Montmartre

345 NW Burnside Rd. Sacred Road

bunk bar

3552 N Mississippi Ave. Cedro Willie

626 SW Park Ave. Trash Can Joe

Mississippi Pizza

1028 SE Water Ave. Alexander Tragedy The Lower 48, Foxy Lemon

Mississippi Pizza

Camellia Lounge

Mississippi Studios

Crystal Hotel Al’s den

Mock Crest Tavern

510 NW 11th Ave. Nancy Curtis & Tom Grant 303 SW 12th Ave. Emily Yates, Austin Quattlebaum

3552 N Mississippi Ave. The Kelpers With Perk! 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Pimps of Joytime with Myron & E 3435 N Lombart St. Edewaard

Nel Centro

doug fir Lounge

2525 NE Alberta St. Terry Robb

830 E Burnside St. One From Many Lucy Gray

The Press Club

duff’s Garage

1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

embers Portland

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Fireworks

2621 SE Clinton St. SuS Quartet

Thirsty Lion Pub

SW 2nd & Ash St. Songwriter Winners

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club

Magnolia’s Corner

888 Liberty St. NE Billy D & the HooDoos

2201 N Killingsworth St. The Knitpickers

137 N Main Ave. The Stingrays

The Original Halibut’s II

8105 SE 7th Ave. Sleepy Eyed Johns

1320 Main Street American Roots Jam

McMenamins boon’s Treasury

beaterville Cafe

M & M Restaurant & Lounge


3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Starlight Standard Time

4075 NE Sandy Blvd Zack Freiwald

225 SW Ash St. Bedlam Massacre: CD Release! Othrys, Proven, American Roulette

The Muddy Rudder Public House

Lincoln Performance Hall-Portland State 1620 SW Park Ave. Darrell Grant

Ash Street Saloon

Trail’s end Saloon

350 W Burnside St. Just People/ Otis Heat/ Guy Fox!!

1635 SE 7th Ave. Hamdogs, Big Monti and Friends 11 NW Broadway The Adrienne Alexander Show

funhouse Lounge

2432 SE 11th Avenue Flash Gordon

Hawthorne Theatre

Vie de boheme

1507 SE 39th Ave. Lawrence Arms, Nothington, Great Apes, Lee Corey Oswald

white eagle Saloon

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

1530 SE 7th Ave. The Djangophiles 836 N Russell St. Josh Cole and Friends

white eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Jim Creek

wilf’s Restaurant & bar

800 NW 6th Ave. Ellen Whyte Gene and Jean

winona Grange No. 271 8340 SW Seneca St. Cil Mr

fRI. feb. 21 Alhambra Theater

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Art Alexakis Unplugged Demure, Sawtell, 9 Guage, Give Them FM, Matt Beltz

Analog Cafe & Theater

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Future Grind Presents: Algorythm

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Matices

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Friday Night Coffeehouse

1503 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. Boo Frog

Hotel Oregon

310 NE Evans St. SolomonCrow

Ivories Jazz Lounge

1435 NW Flanders St. Musicians’ Drop In Jam Session

Ivories Jazz Lounge 1435 NW Flanders St. The George Colligan Quintet

Jade Lounge

2342 SE Ankeny St. Travis Magrane

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. The Karen Lovely Band

1408 SW Sixth Ave. Mike Pardew

Newmark Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Ahmad Jamal

Portland Art Museum

Reed College

Rock bottom brewery Portland 206 SW Morrison St. Beth Willis


315 SE 3rd Ave. Diego’s Umbrella Device Grips

Secret Society ballroom

116 NE Russell St. Boy & Bean

Secret Society ballroom

116 NE Russell St. Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

Shaker & Vine

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Rich Layton and The Trouble Makers


1033 NW 16th Ave. Young Dad Spatia, Coma Serfs, Ghost Frog, False Metal

Star bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. Fast Times at A-Train High

The Alberta Street Public House

Kells brewpub

1036 NE Alberta St. Jacob Miller and The Bridge City Crooners The Crux

Kelly’s Olympian

The Annex

Kenton Club

The blue Monk

Lakewood Center for the Arts

The foggy Notion

210 NW 21st Ave. Sami Rouisi 426 SW Washington St. 100 Watt Mind, A Happy Death 2025 N Kilpatrick St. Dad Works Hard Firethorn

368 S State St. One Touch of Venus

5242 N. Lombard St. The Real Dang, Robokchoy 3341 SE Belmont St. Wallace and the Trailer People 3416 N Lombard St. Angie & The Car Wrecks

feb. 19–25 2026 NE Alberta St. Soft Shadows, Blackstone Rangers, Jetman Jet Team

The Lehrer

8775 SW Canyon Ln. The Fat Tones

The Living Room Theater-Portland 341 SW 10th Ave . Sean + Fred Show

The Original Halibut’s II 2525 NE Alberta St. Lloyd Allen

The Press Club

2621 SE Clinton St. Fingerpaint

The TARDIS RoomFish & Chip Shop

1218 N Killingsworth St. Arthur Moore’s Blues Harmonica Party

The Tonic Lounge

3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Trojan Swamp Monster Blood of Kings, Blood Magic, & Alpha Viper

The Waypost Coffeehouse & Tavern

3120 N Williams Ave. Whales Wailing and Johanna Warren Andrea Tomasi and Trailer Home Companion

Thirsty Lion Pub

SW 2nd & Ash St. Audio Syndicate 930

Tigardville Station

12370 SW Main Street The Vermen

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club

3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Tony Starlights AM Gold Show

Trail’s End Saloon

1320 Main Street Franco Poletta and the Stingers

Venti’s Cafe And Tap House-Salem

2840 Commercial Street Mark Alan

Vie De Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave. Chris Baum

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Reverb Brothers

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Ojos Feos

Wilf’s Restaurant & Bar

800 NW 6th Ave. Karla Harris and Friends

SAT. FEB. 22 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. David Wilcox Justin Farren

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St. The Bylines: Live Album and DVD Recording

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Toshi Onizuka Trio

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Cohen Plays Rachmaninoff

Artichoke Music

Blue Diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. A.C. Porter and the LiveWires

Brasserie Montmartre 626 SW Park Ave. Sidestreet Reny

Camellia Lounge

510 NW 11th Ave. Nancy King & Steve Christofferson PDX Jazz Festival

McMenamins Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside Floating Pointe

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Alexander’s Real Time Band

Midnight Roundup

Crystal Hotel Al’s Den

345 NW Burnside Rd. Sacred Road


3552 N Mississippi Ave. Dear Drummer

303 SW 12th Ave. Emily Yates Big Water

350 W Burnside St. SHAWN SMITH, Hearts of Oak and Stenner Glen

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Public Service Broadcasting, Kiev

Duff’s Garage

1635 SE 7th Ave. Rae Gordon

Embers Portland

11 NW Broadway Onyx Lynn & The Follies

Funhouse Lounge

2432 SE 11th Avenue Flash Gordon

Gemini Bar & Grill 456 N State St. Ants in the Kitchen

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Ave. Carnifex Betraying The Martyrs, I Declare War, Here Comes The Kraken, Assassins

Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

1503 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. Grey Gordon Trey the Ruler

Hotel Oregon

310 NE Evans St. Butterfly Breakdown

Ivories Jazz Lounge

1435 NW Flanders St. Musicians’ Drop In Jam Session

Ivories Jazz Lounge

1435 NW Flanders St. The Gary Hobbs Quintet

Jade Lounge

2342 SE Ankeny St. Corwin Bolt, Ambleside Drive

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. The Kenny Werner Trio


112 SW 2nd Ave. Kells Pipes and Drums

Kells Brewpub

210 NW 21st Ave. Sami Rouisi

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Keagan Smith With Aviel, J Burns, BigMo, Packard Browne

Kenton Club

2025 N Kilpatrick St. Tyrants Polst

Korkage Wine Bar & Shop 6320 Capitol Hwy Jeff Putterman Live Acoustic Jazz

Literary Arts

925 SW Washington St. Portland Jazz Festival conversation

Mississippi Pizza

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Dead Prez, Vursatyl, Speakerminds, Jae Lava, Mic Crenshaw, Neahe

Nel Centro

1408 SW Sixth Ave. Mike Pardew

Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway Portland Jazz Festival: Buster Williams’ “Something More”’

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

Rock Bottom Brewery Portland 206 SW Morrison St. NoRey


315 SE 3rd Ave. Blowpony

Secret Society Ballroom

116 NE Russell St. The Jenny Finn Orchestra

Shaker & Vine

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Cody Weathers


1033 NW 16th Ave. The Lovely Lost Grey for Days, Long Hallways, Ultra Goat, The Fourth Wall

Star Bar Portland

The Alberta Street Public House

1036 NE Alberta St. Austin Stewart Quartet Streetnik

The Annex

Vie De Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave. Acoustic Minds The Doyle Brothers

Whiskey City Rock Bar 11140 SE Powell Blvd. Norin and Rad

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St. Mexican Gunfight RedRay Frazier

Wilf’s Restaurant & Bar

800 NW 6th Ave. Devin Phillips Quartet Jazz Saxaphone Extraordinaire

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. The English Beat, the Sentiments

SuN. FEB. 23 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Sharon Corr

Analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Big O Uncle Jessie, The Pavelows & Medium Sized Kids

Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Ryan Walsh

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Cohen Plays Rachmaninoff 225 SW Ash St. Wolflaut Black33

2201 N Killingsworth St. Songwriter Showcase James Faretheewell

Blue Diamond

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

Brasserie Montmartre

Cadigan’s Corner Bar

3341 SE Belmont St. Tom Waits Tribute Band

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark St. Garcia Birthday Band

The Horse Radish 211 W Main St. Leah & Andrew

5501 SE 72nd Ave. Portland Casual Jam

The Lehrer

The Lovecraft

830 E Burnside St. Gospel Brunch Linda Hornbuckle’s

The Original Halibut’s II

The Press Club

888 Liberty St. NE Geraldine Murray & the Retired Popes

The Tonic Lounge

McMenamins Edgefield

The Waypost Coffeehouse & Tavern

3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Ape Machine

3120 N Williams Ave. Snow Roller and Tapes & Tubes Sister Palace

McMenamins - Lola’s Room

1332 W Burnside Jon McLaughlin Dwayne Shivers

McMenamins Edgefield 2126 SW Halsey St. Steve Bradley & Scott Akers

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Eddie Parente and Thom Dudley

Mississippi Studios

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Cohen Plays Rachmaninoff

Blue Diamond

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. Sumo, Hot Tea Cold

Camellia Lounge

510 NW 11th Ave. Jazz Vocal Jam with Joe Millward

Doug Fir Lounge


Mississippi Studios

White Eagle Saloon

Portland Art Museum

232 SW Ankeny St. Supersun Troubled by Insects, Binary Marketing 836 N Russell St. Wildish

TuES. FEB. 25 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. New Politics

830 E Burnside St. We Were Promised Jetpacks, Honeyblood

Andina Restaurant

Duff’s Garage

Blue Diamond

1635 SE 7th Ave. Keeter and Allison

Jade Lounge

1314 NW Glisan Neftal Rivera

2016 NE Sandy Blvd. The Gretchen Mitchell Band

2342 SE Ankeny St. The Global Folk Club: Andrea Wild

Cadigan’s Corner Bar

Newmark Theatre

Jimmy Mak’s

Camellia Lounge

Portland Art Museum


3939 N Mississippi Ave. Dune Rats With Land Lines 1111 SW Broadway Spring Quartet: DeJohnette, Lovano, Spalding & Genovese 1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music


1033 NW 16th Ave. Grand Style Orchestra

221 NW 10th Ave. Portland Jazz Festival: The Yellowjackets, Dan Balmer 112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley

5501 SE 72nd Ave. Hip Deep

510 NW 11th Ave. Tom Grant & Shelly Rudolph PDX Jazz Festival

Doug Fir Lounge

Kelly’s Olympian

830 E Burnside St. Xiu Xiu,- Tearist, Farewell (Jamie from Xiu Xiu solo)

McMenamins Edgefield

1635 SE 7th Ave. Dover Weinberg Quartet

426 SW Washington St. Eye Candy VJs

Duff’s Garage

Star Theater

2126 SW Halsey St. Skip vonKuske’s Groovy Wallpaper

Duke’s Bar & Grill

The Blue Monk

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

Hawthorne Theatre

13 NW 6th Ave. Church of Hive 3341 SE Belmont St. Sunday Jazz Series

The Firkin Tavern

10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Bob Shoemaker

The Muddy Rudder Public House

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Langhorne Slim, Ryan Sollee

1937 SE 11th Ave. Open Mic

8105 SE 7th Ave. Irish Music

Trail’s End Saloon 1320 Main Street Cascade Drifters


232 SW Ankeny St. Raccoon Eyes, Soft Shaows

Vie De Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave. Padam Padam

White Eagle Saloon

836 N Russell St. Insomniac Folklore The Big Bad Wolf

MON. FEB. 24 Andina Restaurant 1314 NW Glisan Pete Krebs

Mississippi Studios


1033 NW 16th Ave. Kazumis

The Elixir Lab

2734 NE Alberta St. Moonshine Mondays With The Moonshine

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. Nomad Frenzy, Wild Mohicans

SE 146th & Division St. Chase Rice

1507 SE 39th Ave. The Grouch & Eligh, Madchild, Pigeon John, DJ Fresh, Tope Madchild, Pigeon John, DJ Fresh

Ivories Jazz Lounge 1435 NW Flanders St. Mac Potts

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Bob Mintzer With The PDX Jazz All-Star Student Big Band


112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley

McMenamins - Lola’s Room

The Muddy Rudder Public House

1332 W Burnside The Roseland Hunters

The Red And Black Cafe

1332 W Burnside Street Walk Off The Earth With Parachute, Camera2

8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones

400 SE 12th Ave. Malgre With Onger Shoulder and Half Shadow!

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Tom Brosseau, Shelby Earl 1219 SW Park Ave. Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music

Sellwood Public House 8132 SE 13th Ave. Open Mic

Shaker & Vine

2929 SE Powell Blvd. Chasing Mischief

Slim’s Restaurant & Lounge 8635 N Lombard St. Open Mic Night

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. The Wild Feathers Saints of Valory and Jamestown Revival

Starday Tavern

6517 SE Foster Road Joe Baker Band

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

The Alberta Street Public House 1036 NE Alberta St. Jamie Laval

The Blue Monk

3341 SE Belmont St. The Pagan Jug Band With Special Guests

The GoodFoot

2845 SE Stark St. Radula

The Lehrer

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

The Waypost Coffeehouse & Tavern 3120 N Williams Ave. FMpm and Matthew Hartman

Thirsty Lion Pub

SW 2nd & Ash St. PX Singer Songwriter Showcase


232 SW Ankeny St. Down Gown Child Children, Advisory

White Eagle Saloon

836 N Russell St. Will West & The Friendly Strangers

McMenamins Edgefield 2126 SW Halsey St. Sloan Martin

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave. Miller & Sasser

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Crystal Hotel Al’s Den

350 W Burnside St. Check Out Those Golden Globes

8775 SW Canyon Ln. The Bottleneck Blues Band

426 SW Washington St. The Hill Dogs with Terrible Buttons, The Jackalope Saints

140 Hill St. NE Blues Jam

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. The We Shared Milk Bear & Moose, Genders

Kelly’s Olympian

Calapooia Brewing

303 SW 12th Ave. Snowblind Traveler Thomas Daholt

McMenamins Boon’s Treasury

2126 SW Halsey St. Tanner Cundy

1320 Main Street Billy D and the Hoodoos

The Blue Monk

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St. Gravel

Trail’s End Saloon

626 SW Park Ave. Meghan Wilson & Kanda Mbenza-Ngoma

2621 SE Clinton St. Rich West Blatt and The Once In A While Sky

Biddy McGraw’s

3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Kate Morrison CD Release Show

5242 N. Lombard St. Edewaard

2525 NE Alberta St. Cool Breeze

6000 NE Glisan St. Jenny Sizzler

Tony Starlight’s Supper Club

Beaterville Cafe

13 NW 6th Ave. Andaz Bhangra/ Bollywood Dance Party

McMenamins - Lola’s Room 1332 W Burnside 70s Night Fever

12370 SW Main Street Lisa Mann

Star Theater

225 SW Ash St. Ringo Deathstarr Purple, Daydream Machine, Tender Age

137 N Main Ave. Hifi Mojo

Tigardville Station

Ash Street Saloon

421 SE Grand Ave. Fog Father

Ash Street Saloon

SW 2nd & Ash St. Boys Next Door

639 SE Morrison St. Poison Idea, Long Knife, Bi-Marks

M & M Restaurant & Lounge

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Dan Weber & Avery Hill Rich Waggoner

Thirsty Lion Pub

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The Know



Doug Fir Lounge

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Ave. Pentagram, Radio Moscow, Kings Destroy, Sons of Huns, Mothers Whiskey

Ivories Jazz Lounge 1435 NW Flanders St. The David Friesen Quartet

Jade Lounge

2342 SE Ankeny St. Penny and Sparrow, Moorea Masa, Allison Hall & Guest


112 SW 2nd Ave. Pat Buckley

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Star bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. Fast Times at A-Train High

The GoodFoot

wed. Feb. 19 beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech St. Tony Remple


19 SW 2nd Ave. DJ Seleckta YT

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St. TRONix: Bryan Zentz

Harlem Portland

220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Jack

Moloko Plus

DRINK MOBILE: Have you ever spent the night at a campground packed with recently retired RVers who all seem to know each other? That’s the vibe at Pod Bar (5205 SE Foster Road, facebook. com/cartsonfoster), the indoor beer garden at Carts on Foster. One of several such watering holes to pop up at cart pods since a judge told the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the city to back off their jihad against mobile booze, Pod Bar is a cozy nook with a space heater, lava lamp and potted poinsettia beside one of the best new food carts in town (see today’s Cheap Eats guide). Inside, you’ll find vintage steel lawn furniture, seven taps with local beer and cider (including some of the state’s smallest operations), speakers playing old-time country music and, in a nod to the outof-season Christmas lights found at any RV park worth its flamingos, a line of blue, red and yellow neon bulbs. On the flat-screen TV tucked into the wall, KGW broadcasts a story about a stabbing at Lloyd Center—or, as one misguided patron puts it, “the ghetto mall.” Are you the kind of person who would consider a vacation to Tennessee? Come summer, bring your cornhole boards here. MARTIN CIZMAR.

3967 N Mississippi Ave. King Tim 33 1/3

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Event Horizon Industrial Dance Night

Thirsty Lion Pub SW 2nd & Ash St. Jordan Harris

Tiga bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Jen O.

THurS. Feb. 20 beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech St. Oxfist


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

Harlem Portland

220 SW Ankeny St. DJ Tourmaline, DJ Valen

Moloko Plus

3967 N Mississippi Ave. Brazilian Night with Nik Nice & Brother Charlie

Star bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Jonny Cakes

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Synthicide

Tiga bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Never Forget

2845 SE Stark St. Soul Stew: DJ Aquaman

beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech St. Sex Life DJs

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge 219 NW Davis St. DJ Jakob Jay Sweat Fridays

east end

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Andaz Bhangra/ Bollywood Dance Party

The Conga Club

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Departures: DJ Waisted and Friends

The Lovecraft

Thirsty Lion Pub

421 SE Grand Ave. Darkness Descends Dance Night

Tiga bar Portland

SW 2nd & Ash St. Boys Next Door

421 SE Grand Ave. Perforce! Dark Dance Night SW 2nd & Ash St. Audio Syndicate 930 1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Magic Beans

SAT. Feb. 22 412 NE Beech St. DJ Weird Cactus

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

east end

203 SE Grand Ave. Red Hot! With DJ Action Slacks and DJ Wildman James

Tiga bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. Beacon Sound

SuN. Feb. 23 berbati

19 SW 2nd Ave. Sunday Syndrome

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Joey Prude

The Lovecraft

Moloko Plus

Moloko Plus

Star bar Portland

3967 N Mississippi Ave. Hans Fricking Lindauer Rhythm and Soul Review

3967 N Mississippi Ave. Lamar LeRoy 639 SE Morrison St. Poison Idea, Long Knife, Bi-Marks

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. S.Y.N.T.

beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech St. DJ Tyler Little


219 NW Davis St. Girltopia DJ Alicious

McMenamins - Lola’s room

1001 SE Morrison St. Rockbox Matt Nelkin, DJ Kez

TueS. Feb. 25 Analog Cafe & Theater

Star bar Portland

219 NW Davis St. The Superstar Divas DJ Robb

Harlem Portland

1332 W Burnside 70s Night Fever

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Sweet Relish

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

The Conga Club


Tiga bar Portland

19 SW 2nd Ave. Soundstation Tuesdays Featuring DJ Instigatah and Snackmaster DJ


220 SW Ankeny St. Lionsden

The Lovecraft

Thirsty Lion Pub

203 SE Grand Ave. DVA DAMAS With Warm Hands, Asss, and DJ Dan Stalone

1001 SE Morrison St. Club Crooks: DJ Izm, Hosted by Mr. Marcus

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

219 NW Davis St. Maniac Monday With DJ Robb

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

beech Street Parlor

Fri. Feb. 21


4923 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Reggae VYBZ Sunday 421 SE Grand Ave. Danger Zone!

MoN. Feb. 24 Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St. DJ Smooth Hopperator

beech Street Parlor

412 NE Beech St. Mississippi Eric I. & Pat Dewitt

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge

CC Slaughters Nightclub & Lounge 219 NW Davis St. DJ Jakob Jay Sweat Fridays

Star bar Portland

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Plucky

The Lodge bar & Grill 6605 SE Powell Blvd. DJ Easy Finger

The Lovecraft

421 SE Grand Ave. Bones with DJ Aurora

Tiga bar Portland

1465 NE Prescott St. DJ Chains Crumley

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Feb. 19–25

= WW Pick. Highly recommended. Most prices listed are for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and so-called convenience charges may apply, so it’s best to call ahead. Editor: REBECCA JACOBSON. Theater: REBECCA JACOBSON ( Dance: AARON SPENCER ( TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit information at least two weeks in advance to:


Stumptown Stages puts on Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical spectacle about the star-crossed romance between a Nubian slave girl and an Egyptian soldier. Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 381-8686. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm SaturdaysSundays through March 9. $25-$40.

Gidion’s Knot

Returning to its previous home at CoHo Theater, Third Rail Rep presents Johnna Adams’ tense twohander about a meeting between an anxious fifth-grade teacher and a mother seeking answers about her son’s suspension. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 235-1101. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through March 15. $27.

NT Live: Coriolanus

Shakespeare’s tragedy of power and revenge, starring Tom Hiddleston (you might know him as Loki from The Avengers and Thor) as the Roman warrior, broadcast in hi-def from London’s West End. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 235-1101. 2 and 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, March 2. $15-$20.

The Power of Performance: Theater in Conflict Zones

Joanna Sherman, the artistic director of Bond Street Theatre—a New Yorkbased company that undertakes creative projects in conflict zones and post-war environments around the globe—presents a video lecture about theater and social change. Lewis & Clark College, Fir Acres Main Stage Theatre, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7491. 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21. Free.

A Small Fire

Portland Center Stage presents rising playwright Adam Bock’s 2011 drama about a woman who develops a mysterious disease that robs her systematically of her senses. This is director Rose Riordan’s third spin with a Bock play in Portland—she directed The Thugs in 2007 and The Receptionist in 2008—and if those productions are any indication, this should be an excellent show. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm TuesdaysSundays; 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays; noon Thursdays through March 23. $29-$67.


Post5 Theatre goes panto with Moliere’s classic comedy of religious zealotry and hypocrisy, a work that was famously banned when it was first performed. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 971-258-8584. 7:30 pm Fridays-Sundays through March 16. $15 Fridays-Saturdays; “pay what you can” Sundays.

Travel Home, a Story

Drawing from interviews with homeless and transient Portlanders, scrappy traveling troupe the Honest Liars stages an original work about the elusive concept of home. The piece incorporates physical theater and dance to tell the stories of a wide cast of characters, including aimless young people, a would-be beat poet, a runaway and a woman convinced she’s a pirate. The Headwaters, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 21-23. $10.

NEW REVIEWS Ardiente Paciencia

Miracle Theatre’s production of Antonio Skármeta’s Ardiente


Paciencia—Spanish for “burning patience”—is a dizzying and viscerally funny exercise in metaphors and layers. For the young Mario and Beatriz, patience is what they lack: Their burning desire leads to a child, but they’re not solely to blame. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, played by the regal Enrique E. Andrade, is Mario’s poetic and romantic mentor as he pursues Beatriz in the small fishing village of Isla Negra. Amid the driftwood and squawking seagulls, Neruda bides his time while Mario, the postman, delivers him correspondence to his lonely home—in an elegant touch, the poet’s handwriting covers the floor and walls of the set. Neruda isn’t alone for long: Beatriz’s mother, Doña Rosa, is furious at his meddling, and there may be no better actress to show hilarious, frantic anger than Sofia May-Cuxim. Her threats to gouge out Mario’s eyes lead to the finest metaphor of the play: Were Rosa to do so, Neruda says that Mario’s eyes would be “empty as beggar’s cups.” Though the all-Spanish production, supertitled in English, skimps on Neruda’s quirks, his humor and capacity for love suffuse the show. By act two, Ardiente Paciencia’s tone has turned dark and militaristic. It feels like a different play, but rightly so: After all, the poet it honors could write “Death is the stone into which our oblivion hardens,” and then, in the very next line, “I kiss happiness into your lips.” MITCH LILLIE. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through March 8. $17-$26.


“You’ve got to find your own personal beat,” says Bo-Nita, the titular teenager of Portland Center Stage’s onewoman production. It’s a sentiment, however familiar, that the show never abandons. Written by Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron and directed by Gretchen Corbett, Bo-Nita follows the spunky 13-year-old and her mother, Mona, as they react to discovering Bo-Nita’s sort-of stepfather lying dead on the floor. Outrageously dysfunctional chaos ensues as the motherdaughter duo tries to hold everything together the best way they know how—a plan involving fishnet stockings and a belly-dancing costume. Kate Eastwood Norris deftly embodies six characters, one moment loose and gangly and awkward as Bo-Nita, and seconds later adopting the stern intonation of a mother not to be questioned. She nails the timing throughout, capturing a wordless, argumentative staring contest between lovers, or an uncomfortable car-ride conversation between mother and daughter. Helpful details in the script—from how Mona holds meatloaf in her cheek for an entire conversation to how the family must Gorilla-glue their carpet—show character and environment when Norris can’t. More often than not, though, heavy subject matter lurks behind the laughs. Even when Bo-Nita’s personal beat is buoyant, this remains a complex dance with a dark bite. KAITIE TODD. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays; 2 pm SaturdaysSundays; noon Thursdays through March 16. $40-$55.

Medicare: Fully Fabulous

As Medicare: Fully Fabulous begins, performer Wendy Westerwelle lies on a hospital bed on the dimly lit stage. Then God’s voice booms overhead, giving her the choice of life or death. “Is this Morgan Freeman?” she asks. At age 66, Westerwelle tells God she isn’t ready to go, and he offers her a second chance at life—but only if she promises to quit gossiping, eat healthier and be nice. In this uproarious one-woman show, local stage legend Westerwelle, who’s been performing in Portland since the ‘70s, talks sex,

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menopause and sagging bosoms. At times, the show verges on standup, with musical outbursts that include a rap performance with Westerwelle clad in gold sequined pants and gold chains. Her storytelling is honest yet comforting as she explores her Jewish roots and introduces us to her family members, manicurist and therapist, shifting her tone of voice as she adopts each new role. And then there’s Aunt Golda from Miami, who has her own life lessons to dispense—but only after she refers to Westerwelle’s lady bits as a Chia Pet that needs watering. With her sassy attitude and hilarious outlook on life, Westerwelle makes 66 look, well, fabulous. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 239-5919. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays through March 2. $15-$35.

The Pillowman

Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman seems to promise a ravishingly macabre display, endless fodder for twisted minds and cynical dispositions. The play examines child abuse, innocence lost and the importance of a written legacy as it follows an author named Katurian (Sean Christopher Franson). He’s being questioned after a series of child deaths that follow the plots of his short stories, and the script spins brutal tales of children who undergo great abuse—think crucifixions and death by razor blades. Unfortunately for this Epiphany Theatre production, directed by Ravyn Jazper-Hawke, there’s little to be stunned about. McDonagh’s dialogue is long and descriptive, calling for expressive acting and movement in order to retell the horrific murders. This five-member cast is impassioned but stiff, erupting into strained yelling and insincere cursing that makes giggly schoolgirls look like ol’ swearin’ sailors. At one point, the mean-muggin’ cop (Michael C. Jordan) readies himself to bludgeon the shit out of Katurian. But in the room’s puny alcove, his lunges, blows and pacing resemble child’s play. The highlight is a video re-enactment of one of the disturbing tales, The Little Jesus. In it lurks all the dark humor—featuring exaggerated acting and skillful filmmaking—the play claims to possess. Otherwise, the monstrosity remains a mere figment of Katurian’s—and our—imagination. KATHRYN PEIFER. Subud Portland, 3185 NE Regents Drive, 971-238-4335. 7:30 pm FridaysSundays through March 1. $15 Fridays and Saturdays, $5 Sundays.


With its popular girls, football stars, goths and nerds, Broadway Rose’s Band Geeks! is eminently relatable, even if you’d rather not reflect on those years of hormones, pimples and vulnerability. The musical, directed by Isaac Lamb, follows a marching band fighting budget cuts to remain alive. Football star Jake is forced to participate in band as punishment; band captain Elliot struggles to keep everyone in line while crushing on the popular Nicole; goth girl Molly spouts bizarre one-liners; and studious Laura is perpetually overlooked. With upbeat performances and a peppy storyline, this production delivers all the way to the grand finale, “Embrace Your Inner Geek,” an enthusiastic, confetti-strewn number. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. 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.

Flash Ah-AHHH!

A rollicking schlock-operetta, StageWorks Ink’s Flash Ah-AHHH! pays faithful tribute to 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon—and takes it a step further by shoehorning a dozen Queen classics into the show alongside the titular smash song. While the troupe’s Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space and The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick veered toward extended improv skit or burlesque pastiche, this latest spoof embraces

B-movie grandeur through musichall ebullience and tent-revival triumphalism. Between the daft iconography, the “he’ll save every one of us” tropes, and the hint of the devotional in every Freddie Mercury impression, the effect is something like a Godspell panto dreamt up in a church basement by an assemblage of boozy dramatists and the neighborhood kids they’ve press-ganged into service as a live band. Among the cast, Tasha Danner is an incandescent Dale Arden, Jake Sauvageau imagines Dr. Zarkov through an Iron & Wine prism, Jonathan Hall sneers droll menace as Ming the Merciless, and StageWorks mainstay Steve Coker treats Vultan’s Falstaffian swagger with a nimble touch. Well aware the lunatic source material needs no elaboration, the performers invest themselves in rousing renditions that

manage to underplay the original’s hamminess while spotlighting quieter amusements, such as flight attendants incorporating safety demonstrations into their choreography, loungey nods to “Under Pressure” and Ming’s serpentine lick of a weaponized Ring Pop. Gordon has risen indeed. JAY HORTON. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. 7 pm ThursdaysSaturdays through March 1. $10-$15.

The Glass Menagerie

Portland Actors Conservatory stages the play that launched Tennessee Williams’s career, an elegiac story about a Southern family framed through the recollections of the grown son. In addition to the school’s acting students, the production features PAC artistic director Beth Harper as the family’s matriarch. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436



off yer seat: Damon Kupper.

A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER (CORRIB THEATRE) Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern, Protestant neighbor. The other is seven months later, at the 1994 World Cup in New York, with the Republic playing Italy and the team’s soused fans warbling about shoving pizzas up the arses of the opposing team. It’s an effective if overly pat pair of bookends for this one-man show, which charts the political awakening of a Belfast man named Kenneth. Played in this Corrib Theatre production by the loose-limbed Damon Kupper, Kenneth is a welfare clerk who’s as dutiful in the disgruntled rigmarole of his government job as he is in his rigid, practiced Protestantism. He’s a prick to his secretary and complains about the co-worker who maliciously nabs the last jam-filled biscuit, and he delights in revealing to his supervisor that he’s earned membership at the golf club, a privilege a Catholic would never be granted. “Even when the fat lady sings,” Kenneth crows, “we’ll always stick to our own.” But when dragged to a soccer match by his crass bigot of a fatherin-law—in adopting that role, Kupper feigns leaning out a car window to suck on a cigarette, his voice turning wet and gruff—Kenneth has a revelation so concussive it’s a wonder he wasn’t struck on the head with a rogue ball. Shocked by the behavior at the stadium, he wakes up to the injustice around him: his wife’s casual cruelty, the routine presence of army tanks in Belfast’s Catholic neighborhood, the soulless drones at his office who unthinkingly make the Catholic welfare applicants wait longer for an appointment. Though not wholly implausible, it’s a crisis of conscience that smacks Kenneth all too rapidly. Worse, the script overloads him with a series of shell-shocked musings, which ring false for a character who’s been presented as an average drudge. The good news is that Kupper has an ebullient, winning presence, and in the second act—when Kenneth decides to hop across the pond for the World Cup—he’s able to shake off his character’s heavy-handed philosophizing. Now light on his feet, his face red and beaded with sweat, Kupper singlehandedly captures the conviviality of a mildly tipsy Aer Lingus flight and an utterly sloshed New York City bar—no mean feat, considering he’s on a tiny, bare-bones stage in the upstairs banquet room at Kells. However briefly, we’re able to forgive the script’s glib resolutions and give over to the game’s “bloody good craic.” REBECCA JACOBSON. Stand up for the boys in green.

see it: A Night in November is at Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., 7:30 pm Mondays-Wednesdays through March 5. $25.

Feb. 19–25

Goodnight Moon

The classic bedtime story springs up on the stage of Northwest Children’s Theater for this production, recommended for kids ages 4 and up. NW Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett St., 222-4480. Noon and 3 pm Saturdays-Sundays through March 2. $18-$22.

The Monster-Builder

Gregor Zubrowski, the megalomaniacal architect at the center of Amy Freed’s The Monster-Builder, is as slick a villain as can be: Clad in a trim black suit, he’s got a bald pate, severe goatee and round spectacles, and he delights in razing old buildings and erecting gleaming monstrosities in their place. All confident stride and rapacious gaze, he venerates Nietzsche and unleashes a cackle not heard since Dr. Evil cuddled with Mr. Bigglesworth. In case his power-hungry depravity weren’t sufficiently clear, Freed briefly provides Gregor with an animal sidekick all his own—at one point, he pulls an eel from his briefcase and slinks around with the slippery fish while warbling operatically. All of which is to say that this world-premiere production at Artists Rep, efficiently directed by Art Manke, doesn’t traffic in nuance. On a stage of polished glass and white marble, Oregon Shakespeare Festival standby Michael Elich devours the role of Gregor, retaining just enough selfaware humor in his devilish asides to the audience. Freed’s script, though, isn’t nearly so focused. It borrows as many techniques as the busiest piece of postmodern architecture, attempting to balance satire, the occasional injection of melodrama and unabashed potty humor (“Put your hand on my organ,” Gregor growls to his protégé after he plays a few bars of Bach). It might work were the arguments about architecture more coherent: Gregor calls himself ‘a visionary futurist,’ yet Freed also suggests he has an affinity for Nazi architecture, which drew heavily on neoclassicism. For those who can swallow the references to Walter Gropius and Albert Speer, the mishmash is baffling, and for those without much knowledge of architecture, it’s just inside baseball. The performers are generally strong, even if Allison Tigard plays her idealistic architect with plodding premeditation, telegraphing each emotional shift far in advance. But even their best efforts can’t save a shaky foundation. REBECCA JACOBSON. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm WednesdaysSundays and 2 pm Sundays through March 2. $25-$55.

COMEDY & VARIETY 4th Dimension Presents: A Night of Standup Comedy

Forget your image of boozy standup comedians—these local comics will all be drinking Red Bulls and grape slushies, because 4th Dimension is a sober club. Expect standup from Bri Pruett, Nariko Ott, Curtis Cook and Jason Traeger. Katie Brien hosts. 4th Dimension Sober Club, 2410 N Mississippi Ave., 9:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21. $5 suggested.

Comedy at Crush

Crystal Davis and Belinda Carroll co-host a free, monthly standup showcase at this Southeast Morrison Street bar, a red-and-black-walled space with artwork that seems vaguely inspired by both construction work and bondage. Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., 235-8150. 9 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19. Free. 21+.

Curious Comedy Open Mic

Gabe Dinger hosts a weekly openmic night. Sign-ups begin at 7:15 pm, and comics get three minutes of stage time apiece. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm every Sunday. Free.

Firkin Funny Night

Andrew Dhulst hosts an evening of

standup, featuring headliner Sammy K. Obeid and an opening set from Crystal Kordowski. Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave., 206-7552. 10 pm Tuesday, Feb. 25. Free. 21+.

Fly-Ass Jokes

This twice-monthly showcase, produced by Jen Allen and Anatoli Brant, always features five comedians and is one of the more consistent standup nights in town. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 9:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21. $8.

Friday Night Fights

Competitive improv, with two teams battling for stage time. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., (503) 477-9477 . 10:00 pm. 10 pm every first and third Friday. $5.

Funny Humans

The free weekly showcase features headliner Andie Main, with support from Patrick Perkins, Grace Sadie, Trevor Thorpe, Sammy K. Obeid and Dan Weber. Nariko Ott hosts. Bar of the Gods, 4801 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 8:30 pm. 8:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. Free. 21+.

Funny Over Everything: James Adomian

The monthly standup showcase, hosted by funny dudes Shane Torres and Sean Jordan, hosts comedian James Adomian, who’s got killer improv chops and a spot-on George W. Bush impersonation. Portlander Christian Ricketts and Seattleite Mitch Burrow provide opening sets. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. $10.

Late-Night Action With Alex Falcone

The live talk show has assembled a pretty solid slate this time around: Host Alex Falcone and sidekick Bri Pruett bring on City Commissioner Steve Novick (who recently gave The Oregonian a Richard Shermanstyle bashing), funny lady Amy Miller (crowned by WW as Portland’s best standup comic), Grimm’s Silas Weir Mitchell, marching band LoveBomb Go-Go and improv troupe Whiskey Tango. Secret Society Ballroom, 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600. 9 pm Saturday, Feb. 22. $10-$15.


Late-night comedy with improv, sketch and standup. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., 477-9477. 10 pm every Saturday. $5.

Naked Comedy Open Mic

The Brody hosts a twice-weekly openmic night. Comics get four-minute standup slots and can sign up online. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 9:30 pm. 9:30 pm every Wednesday and Thursday. Free with one-item minimum purchase.

Open Court

Team-based, long-form improv open to audience members and performers of all stripes. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm every first and third Thursday. $5.

Portland Secrets

The Brody performers build an improv show based on Portlanders’ anonymously submitted stories and secrets. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm Saturdays through March 8. $9-$12.

Richard Lewis

The 66-year-old comedian, known for his stream-of-consciousness ramblings about his many neuroses, hits Helium for a two-night stand. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22. $25-$30. 21+.

Spectravagasm IV: Opiate of the Masses

Post5 is back with more late-night sketch comedy, this time battering at everyone’s favorite punching bag, religion. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 971-258-8584. 10 pm Friday-Saturday through March 14. “Pay at you can.” 21+.

Surrounded By Idiots

The Brody, which generally traffics in improv and standup, presents its third sketch-comedy show. Written by Brody founder Tom Johnson, it’s a sketch revue with a sprawling cast of characters, including a drill sergeant pondering his enemies’ religious writings, founding fathers stuck in disagreement over an analogy and a TV news team arguing about the nature of tragedy. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 9:30 pm Saturdays through March 1. $9-$12.

Whiskey Tango

The local all-dude troupe—comprising Gabe Dinger, Jed Arkley, Sam De Roest, Leon Anderson and Nathan Loveless—brings its improv comedy to Helium. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, Feb. 20. $10-$15.

You Are Here

The Brody ensemble puts on a weekly improv showcase. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm every Friday. $12.

DANCE A-WOL Dance Collective

The snowstorm a couple weeks ago really screwed A-WOL, which had a lot of vacant seats for its two-night show, Love Birds, and a bunch of unexpected deficits from the meager sales. To make up for it, the aerialist troupe is throwing together a show called Unfrozen, which contains highlights from Love Birds and other A-WOL pieces. Love Birds is a story about finding love with the help of woodland creatures, including a squirrel that A-WOL curiously calls “infamous.” Other pieces come from A-WOL’s Art in the Dark and its upcoming Zip Zap shows. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 351-5182. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. $20-$50.

Civil War. Proaño created the piece in 1986 and has performed it in Peru, France and Spain. She now reprises it in Portland, swinging and twisting in a giant hammock tied at opposite corners of the room. She also plays the cajon, and reads aloud an English translation of some of Vallejo’s poetry. Studio 14, 333 NE Hancock St., 971-275-0595. 8 pm Fridays through 28. $10-$15.

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Part of principal dancer Alison Roper’s deal to keep her from retiring last year was the promise of a tall male dance partner. Artistic director Kevin Irving delivered, bringing back Artur Sultanov, who retired from OBT in 2012. In this program, titled Reveal, the 6-foot-4-inch Sultanov will join Roper, who’s just short of 5 feet 9 inches, in every performance of Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, which the two first danced in 2008. Other works include James Kudelka’s Almost Mozart, an innovative piece of minimalism performed mostly in silence, which was created for OBT in 2006, and Christopher Wheeldon’s mystical and complex Liturgy, set to a score by sacred music composer Arvo Pärt. Finally, former OBT artistic director Christopher Stowell, whose departure a year ago nearly prompted Roper’s retirement, premieres a new work. Stowell says the piece is inspired by the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, who lived in Soviet Russia. Stowell says his piece, like the score, will offer “a glimpse into both the glorious heights of the Russian upper class and the dark truth of a society in decay.” Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 222-5538. 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 22-23 and Thursday-Friday, Feb. 27-28; 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. $25-$150.

PDX Dance Collective

In Seasons, the troupe of five women

takes on Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” turning the violin concertos of spring, summer, autumn and winter into stages of life: innocent youth, fiery adolescence and so on until a peaceful death. The score is a contemporary recomposition of Vivaldi’s work, and the dancing has a contemporary, nonclassical twist to match it. The setting, an art studio, should be intimate as well as reflective of the collective’s creative spirit with modest means. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 512-0104. 7:30 pm FridaySaturday, Feb. 21-22. $12.

Rue Royale Burlesque

This sophomore show by some of Portland’s foremost burlesquers (Nina “Infamous” Nightshade, Sophie “Geeklesque” Maltease and Sugar “I like rum” Kane) features a lot of classic, gloves-and-feathered-fans burlesque. The headliner is Seattle’s Shanghai Pearl (who is Taiwanese, political correctness be damned), and the rest of the lineup goes nine performers deep, plus a juggler. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8 pm Friday, Feb. 21. $15-$18. 21+.

Savannah Fuentes

Swishing, stomping and briskly shaking her head into a intense gaze, the Seattle flamenco dancer is in the middle of another tour across the western U.S. Her show, El Sol de Medianoche (“The Midnight Sun”), includes performances by Spanish singer Curro Cueto and guitarist Jose Vega. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, 1464 SE 2nd Ave., 800-8383006. 8 pm Tuesday, Feb. 25. $10 students, $20 adults, $30 VIP.

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The boys got snowed-out a couple weeks ago, but now the all-male revue has reconvened with a performance by boylesquer Esequiel Esquire, who’s back in town for the night. Joining him are glam adonis Isaiah Esquire, Magic Mouth’s Chanticleer Tru and juggler Curtis Carlyle. Then, Blake Hicks does acrobatics on his bike, and MoNika Ell wraps his thighs around a pole. Minyonce, a hip-hop-dancing drag Beyoncé, is also a special guest. They might not want to get their hopes up, though, because there’s a chance of snow tonight, too. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 10 pm Thursday, Feb. 20. $10, $15 VIP. 21+.

Check Out Those Golden Globes

Did I really just write that title? Anyway, burlesque takes on the cinema. Part vaudeville, part dance and part live singing, this show likely ignores the unmemorable drudgery that won at the Golden Globes this year and sticks to film motifs from a better time. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 345-7892. 9 pm Sunday, Feb 23. $12-$15. 21+.

Flock Dance Center Fundraiser

A handful of performance artists have come up with a solution for unaffordable studio space: They’re going to share it. They’re still a little short, though, so they’re fundraising for flooring, a sound system and paint. The members of Flock—Tahni Holt, Lucy Yim, Tracy Broyles, Allie Hankins, Stephanie Lanckton, Dawn Stoppiello, Kaj-Anne Pepper, Deanna Carlson and Danielle Ross—are holding an event for those who donate to their Indiegogo campaign. Flock Dance Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Studio 4, 286-9449. Sunday, Feb. 23. Time provided upon donation.

Luciana Proaño

Me Siento con Vallejo (translated as “I feel with Vallejo” or “I sit with Vallejo”) is Peruvian folk dancer Luciana Proaño’s homage to Peruvian poet César Vallejo. Recognized as Peru’s most influential poet, Vallejo lived in Paris during the surrealist movement and participated in the Spanish

BOOM AND BLOSSOM: From the beginning, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a romance, a politically driven tale and a riveting comedy. Take the play’s prologue: The narrator, a vivacious author of gay Marxist porn named Puppy, tells a politico-erotic story titled Mein Cock. The action is set in the mid-’90s, as AIDS drugs are improving, and playwright David Zellnik introduces us to a group of gay men and examines how they deal with uncertainty and instability. We see Jake (Andrew Bray) and Samson (Steve Vanderzee), a couple who had prepared to die together, as they struggle to “plan more than six weeks ahead.” Jake is the most romantic character, and Bray, curled up with a blanket over his head, beautifully portrays an idealist who’s grown depressed and pseudo-delusional. As narrator Puppy, Matthew Kern can be exhaustingly flamboyant, lacking subtlety during the more sincere moments. But the script’s philosophical musings, Paul Angelo’s exuberant direction and the sheer energy of the rest of Defunkt Theatre cast keep things engaging. The play’s title references Mao Zedong’s Hundred Flowers Campaign, in which the Communist chairman cracked down on political dissidents. Yet the production’s tone is far from brooding, with plenty of cheesy porno music and a campy sex scene—or two, if you count a handy in the back of a Payless shoe store—thrown in for good measure. LAUREN TERRY. SEE IT: Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is at the Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 481-2960. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Sundays through March 22 (no show March 2). “Pay what you can” Thursdays and Sundays, $15-$25 sliding scale Fridays and Saturdays. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014



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cheeks; a young man with hands clasped, pleading for his life, a demeaning phrase in Cyrillic scrawled on his forehead by his captors. One gets the sense these interrogators aren’t winning any points with Amnesty International. The harsh lighting and grainy textures, coupled with the dingy wallpaper behind the detainees, add to an atmosphere of pornographic violence. Through March 2. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210.


It has been 175 years since French painter Paul Delaroche declared, “From today, painting is dead.” Delaroche himself is long dead, but painting lives on, and in Nisus’ nine-artist show, Flatlands, it proves itself enduringly inventive. Emily Counts’ watercolor, Painting 3, is a standout: two menacing figures hunched on either side of the composition, rendered in a delicate medley of mauve, gray, bright purple and blanched-out orange. Calvin Ross Carl’s slyly lowbrow Fleet Week Boys, with its color-blocked rhombuses, is like Ellsworth Kelly as a kindergartener. Daniela Molnar’s floral studies juxtapose finely detailed realistic passages with flat tatters of color, while Roy Tomlinson’s jaunty lines recall the jerky rhythms of modern dance. Through March 2. Nisus Gallery, 8371 N Interstate Ave., Suite 1, 806-1427.

Group Show

The standouts in this eclectic group show are works that engage our sense of the uncanny. Greg Conyne’s Raven is a 2-foot-long carving of a raven’s head made from salmon-colored alabaster. It’s held in a cedar chest lined with black feathers. There’s something iconic, fetishized and deeply unnerving about this piece, which seems more an ancient reliquary than a contemporary artwork. The same can be said for Ellen Goldschmidt’s Hybrid, a graphite, ink and collaged work on paper depicting what appears to be a cross section of a bean or sweet pea, connected to a diagram of a pink-and-red bacterium that looks disturbingly like an embryo. The work is quasi-scientific in the worst possible way; it incites our Frankensteinian fears that something has gone terribly awry with the natural order. Through March 1. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 2242634.


Bill Will: God and Country, Etc.

In 1989, when artist Dread Scott inflamed conservatives with his provocative installation, What Is the Proper Way to Display a U.S. Flag?, Americans were a lot more easily offended by contemporary art than they are now. Today, an artist like Donald Weber can subject a flag—and the Christian cross—to all sorts of indignities and hardly raise an eyebrow. Bill Will feeds flags into mousetraps and pencil sharpeners and fabricates crosses out of chew toys, plumbing tools, Q-tips and steel brushes. These are irreverent presentations of once-sacrosanct symbols, but they’re hardly shocking anymore. And that’s good, because it means we’ve come a long way, baby. Through March 2. Nine Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210.

Christopher Rauschenberg: Studio Photography

We tend to have romanticized notions of what an artist’s studio is supposed to look like: brick walls, concrete floors, art tools and personal effects strewn about in bohemian disarray. This isn’t the kind of artist space Christopher Rauschenberg records in his series Studio Photography. Documenting the studios of artists such as Adrian Chesser, Robert Frank, Chuck Close and his own father, Robert Rauschenberg, Christopher Rauschenberg winds up documenting spaces that are surprisingly wellordered and antiseptic. The best print in the entire exhibition flies (literally) in the face of this trend toward OCD decorum, however. It’s a close-up of two dead

flies lying on an artwork in Susan Weil’s studio. The mundanity of this image is unexpectedly poignant, reminding us how artists routinely commingle profound truths (such as death) with the realities of everyday life. Through March 8. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521.

Donald Weber: Interrogations

The picture of the man with the gun to his head isn’t staged. Somehow, photographer Donald Weber managed to get the Russian and Ukrainian police to let him snap pictures as they interrogated people accused of crimes. These are some of the most harrowing images you’re apt to see this year: a terrified woman with tears streaming down her

Laura Ross-Paul: Urban Forest

Laura Ross-Paul is known for her evocative paintings of the human figure, but many of the paintings in Urban Forest have no people in them at all, only trees. Ah, but not “only” trees—these are roots and trunks and limbs rendered with an almost supernatural reverence. The looping, arcing contours recall previous series in which Ross-Paul depicted twin brothers linked by curved tree branches and auras of mysterious energy. This is an artist with a profound transcendentalist relationship to the natural world. Through March 15. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.


Curated by Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Line explores the ways in which six New York artists deal with one of the building blocks of art: the line. By far the most engaging work is Matt Straub’s mixed-

media painting Ghost I. On first inspection, it looks abstract, with black and acid-green drips perfectly balanced atop a smeared, washed-out background. But look closer at that background and you’ll see the contours of a Pop Art-like cartoon. The cartoon shows the kind of imagery that has long fascinated this artist: cowboys, cowgirls, Native Americans and horses. Straub is obsessed with the idea of the “vanishing West,” and in this virtuosic painting, he allows the West to effectively disappear behind a veil of seductive abstraction. Through March 1. Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis St., 248-9378.

Mel Katz: Wall Works

One of the Northwest’s reigning objectmakers, Mel Katz has a gift for combining sexy, biomorphic forms with luxuriant materials. He’s primarily known for his large-scale sculptures, but in Wall Works he continues a recent exploration of pieces that hang on the wall like paintings, even though they remain essentially sculptural. Katz’s forms hark back to Henri Matisse’s late-career gouache cutouts, their playful, childlike shapes seemingly floating in zero gravity. In works such as Two of a Kind, Katz keeps his color scheme simple—yellow on blue—superimposing the forms atop a background of anodized aluminum. Through March 1. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754.

Portraits 2

As a follow-up to Portraits, his group photography show four years ago at the now-defunct Worksound Gallery, gallerist Mark Woolley mounts Portraits 2 at his sprawling gallery inside Pioneer Place Mall. The show includes not only photography, but painting and other media. Globetrotting photographer Larry Cwik joins dozens of other artists, among them poet and painter Walt Curtis, painter (and mayor of Newport) Sandy Roumagoux, portraitist Gwenn Seemel, and painter-drawer Blake Stellyes. Through March 1. Mark Woolley Gallery, 700 SW 5th Ave., Suite 4110, 998-4152.

Terry Toedtemeier: Skies

Late photographer Terry Toedtemeier was a master of communicating the simultaneous beauty and desolation of the Oregon landscape. In this moving suite of black-and-white silver-gelatin prints, Toedtemeier deployed the earth and sky to create moving topographical and emotional vignettes. Frozen Spray, Government Cove Jetty shows icicles from waves that froze in the middle of cresting: an image so bizarre, one could be forgiven for assuming (falsely) it was Photoshopped. Beacon Rock captures the iconic Columbia River Gorge landmark enshrouded by moody fog, while Palomino Lake, Malheur County, Oregon paints a rapturous picture of swirling clouds and water to rival anything in Montana could offer, despite its longstanding claim on the moniker “Big Sky Country.” Through March 1. PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 222-0063.

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Chances are you know B.J. Novak as the temp-turned-smarmy executive Ryan on The Office (for which he was also a writer and co-executive producer). His literary debut, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, is a collection of fictional short stories and comedic vignettes, such as a woman on a blind date with a warlord and “The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela.” Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 7 pm. Free.

Tom Zoellner

Sure, we all think trains are cool. But Tom Zoellner loves trains with the passion of an asthmatic 12-yearold. His new book, aptly titled Train, follows the history of train travel and the impact of railway technology, as well as the potential of trains to shape the future of travel. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

Tough Guys Reading Poetry

If you’ve never heard of the Fisher Poets Gathering, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Commercial fishermen (and women) from the Gulf Coast to Alaska come together for a reunion in Astoria to share songs and poetry like they would over the radio on slow fishing days. Catch an advance version of the event as the fishers converge in Portland with “Tough Guys Reading Poetry: The Flood Tide Set.” They’ll swing by again on their way back Feb. 24 for the Ebb Tide Set. Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., 2287605. 7-11 pm. $5. 21+.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Elizabeth Kolbert

Five mass extinctions over the course of the last half-billion years have drastically shaped life on Earth. Scientists predict the next big extinction will Bummer. Two-time National Magazine Award-winner and writer for The New Yorker Elizabeth Kolbert explores the topic in her new book, The Sixth Extinction. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Jason Porter

He might have just released his debut novel a couple of weeks ago, but already Jason Porter is garnering comparisons to the likes of George Saunders and David Sedaris for his snarky sense of humor. His book, Why Are You So Sad?, explores a world where everyone suffers from clinical depression. Cue the laughter. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

SUNDAY, FEB. 23 Ava Leavell Haymon and Lex Runciman

Louisiana poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon will be in town reading from her new collection, Eldest Daughter, combining her trademark blend of the tactile and the transcendent. Joining her will be local poet Lex Runciman reading from his new book, One Hour That Morning and Other Poems. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 4 pm. Free.

The Wes Anderson Collection

With each of Wes Anderson’s films becoming progressively Wes Anderson-y, the filmmaker has practically trademarked his own brand of idiosyncratic quirk. Award-winning

critic Matt Zoller Seitz has gathered previously unpublished photos, artwork and Anderson ephemera with a book-length interview with the filmmaker. Seitz will share insights from, and sign copies of, The Wes Anderson Collection. Anderson will not be present. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 2284651. 7:30 pm. Free.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 The Moth GrandSlam Championship

Bibliophiles, slam poets and NPR junkies converge with the live, competitive storytelling of the Moth StorySlam. Now, the winners from the last 10 months will compete in the Moth GrandSlam, following the theme “Fish Out of Water,” with guest judges to decide the ultimate story-slinger. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $20.

Poetry on Broadway

Bay Area poet Camille Dungy has released several full-length collections, including What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. Joining her in a free, live reading for the Poetry on Broadway series will be Crystal Williams, dean for institutional diversity at Reed College. Her collection Troubled Tongues was a 2009 Oregon Book Award finalist. Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8 pm. Free.

Science Pub Hillsboro

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

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ELIZABETH KOLBERT, THE SIXTH EXTINCTION “One weedy species” will destroy earth as we know it, writes Elizabeth Kolbert in The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt and Co., 336 pages, $28). As you might guess, we are that species. Humans, Kolbert warns, have the capacity A hairy biped takes on to actively and consciously survival of the fittest. alter the future of the planet by destroying major ecosystems and annihilating other species. Or not. Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, eloquently compiles more than 500 million years of witty anecdotes, narratives of historical figures, and her own firsthand accounts into a concise sci-fi thriller that is, well, true. No matter how resilient the species, scientists know of mass extinctions that contradict Darwin’s idea about “survival of the fittest.” That idea, Kolbert argues, is obsolete: Extinction can be caused by the slightest change in atmosphere or an asteroid slamming into the earth. “The reason this book is being written by a hairy biped, rather than a scaly one,” Kolbert writes, “has more to do with dinosaurian misfortune than with any particular mammalian virtue.” Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, humans have managed to vastly increase the rate of extinction 10,000 times over, some scientists claim. And that is the difference between the previous five extinctions, all of which occurred naturally, and the sixth, which, she argues, is solely our doing. We Homo sapiens act as though we believe we are invincible, Kolbert writes, but we’re putting ourselves at risk of obliteration. The book explains to said “hairy bipeds” the importance of shoving an arm into a Sumatran rhino’s rectum, why rats will conquer what’s left of the world, and why a bat with white-nose syndrome, probably brought over on a boat by humans, is like the Bush administration. Streamlining the complexities of the world and our place in it, Kolbert writes that “to argue that the current extinction event could be averted if people just cared more and were willing to make more sacrifices is not wrong, exactly; still, it misses the point. It doesn’t much matter whether people care or don’t care. What matters is that people change the world.” KATHRYN PEIFER. GO: Elizabeth Kolbert appears at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, on Thursday, Feb. 20. 7:30 pm. Free. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 19, 2014






It’s the home stretch of the Portland International Film Festival, and judging by the final crop of movies, it’s going to be a cruel push to the finish line. That’s not to say there’s nothing good this week—on the contrary. But we’ve still got trauma in the ER, mass suicide bombings, broken hearts and beatings by brick, as well as plenty of characters feeling generally addled or lost. After several weeks of international cinema, we’re feeling a little at sea ourselves. In an attempt to find some method to the madness, we accumulated heaps of data to break down just what happened at PIFF this year. Find that illuminating (and highly unscientific) data on the next page. And for those who haven’t had enough, PIFF just announced a few extended-run screenings through Wednesday, Feb. 26. Visit nwfilm. org for that schedule, and find our earlier reviews at Sayonara, cinephiles.

Code Black

B [UNITED STATES] Code Black at

first glance appears a fairly pedestrian documentary. Directed by Ryan McGarry, himself a physician, it centers on emergency medical students at L.A. County General, banking on the inherent drama of the ER upon which so many TV shows have capitalized. But look again and Code Black is a portrait of the facility itself, chronicling changes in its ER culture following the building’s relocation and modernization. New regulations have rendered the department a far cry from the old site’s C-Booth, mythologized here as a Wild West of trauma bays where, in the fight to save lives, anything went. But with a last-act turn toward ER waiting lines and straightforward comments from doctors—“the emergency department has become the only access point for many in this country,” says one—the film finally emerges as a critical, on-the-ground indictment of America’s disastrously flawed healthcare system. KRISTI MITSUDA. OMSI, 6 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19. WTC, 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21.

Eat Sleep Die

B [SWEDEN] The title of Gabriela Pichler’s film suggests a portrait of mundanity, of the routine drudgery of a life that runs like clockwork. And in many ways, that’s the existence Raša (Nermina Lukac) knows as a blue-collar worker in rural Sweden— until she’s laid off. As a Muslim immigrant from Bosnia, Raša’s search for a new job proves particularly tough, and she faces inequity and self-doubt in the struggle to support herself and her ailing father. The beauty of this family drama lies in the moments


peppering the daily banality: jovial banter between family members, an impromptu sing-along during work and, above all, the deeply affectionate relationship between Raša and her father (Milan Dragišić). Lukac is endlessly endearing as a wry, hardnosed lioness who loves just as surely as she will eat, sleep and die. GRACE STAINBACK. WH, 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19, and 9:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21.

Horses of God

C [MOROCCO] In creating a fictionalized look at the lives of the men who perpetrated a mass suicide bombing in Morocco in 2003, director Nabil Ayouch takes on the difficult task of humanizing terrorists. Yet Horses of God shifts its tone so quickly that it feels like two films stapled together. For the electric first half, it focuses on adolescent boys in the slums of Casablanca who make their living scavenging in landfills and selling drugs while wrestling with their identities. It plays out like a more tranquil version of City of God. Then, suddenly, the boys are coaxed into a mosque by a charismatic relative, and immediately their personalities go blank. That might be the point, but for a film examining the seductive power of jihadism, it offers no insight into how seemingly atheistic youth could be duped into violence without reason. AP KRYZA. WH, 2:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 22.


C+ [UNITED STATES] When a film begins with a pregnant woman being struck in the head and belly with a brick, it’s a pretty good guess that the following 115 minutes won’t include any rousing musical numbers or cheer-

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VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD ful epiphanies. Director Zack Parker’s twisted story has little room for anything except the unsettling, and in telling the tale of the attack’s aftermath, he’s created an effectually gross but often frustrating psychological horror film. Spelling out any of the turns would ruin the fun of Proxy—if you can call anything here “fun.” Let it suffice to say it focuses on psychosis both violent and sexual, the relationships forged in support groups, loss and love, all the while spraying around a whole lot of stage blood. Those with strong stomachs will find much to love about Parker’s fucked-up freak-out, but eventually it becomes shocking simply for the sake of being shocking. AP KRYZA. C21, midnight Friday, Feb. 21.

The Snow on the Pines

A- [IRAN] It’s useful for American audiences to be reminded that dayto-day life in Iran is not colored solely by the latest idiotic dispatch from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or newest round of Western sanctions. Iranians have the time to be unhappy, to get their hearts broken, to give piano lessons and shop for lettuce and learn to drive. This debut film from Peyman Moaadi, best known for his starring role in A Separation, is stark and beautiful (and black-and-white) proof that the personal is not always political. Not for Roya, anyway, who discovers her husband of 15 years is having an affair with one of her piano students. There’s some commentary here on the difficulty women encounter trying to shape their own lives, but nothing is heavy-handed, and Moaadi’s directorial touch is as gentle and refreshing as the snow on, well, you know.

DEBORAH KENNEDY. CM, 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 20.

Village at the End of the World

A [GREAT BRITAIN] If you felt alone and misunderstood as a teenager, spare a thought for 16-year-old Lars. He is the only teenager among the 56 people living in the village of Niaqornat in coastal Greenland. Work prospects are slim. Dating prospects are even slimmer. His dad has never spoken a word to him—which is pretty awkward, since he lives next door. Not that Lars seems to mind all that much—the affable, happy-go-lucky star

of this documentary makes the most of his quiet life in this winter wonderland. But with the town’s population and economy ever dwindling, life in Niaqornat must change to survive. And Lars, who is curious to see the rest of the world, must too. British filmmaker Sarah Gavron does an impressive job capturing the serene beauty and slow pace of life in this remote wilderness without ever letting her film feel plodding or dull. By the time it’s over, you will understand why Lars is reluctant to leave, too. RUTH BROWN. CM, 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19. OMSI, 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 20.

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TICKET OUTLET: Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave., 276-4310, General admission, $11; Art Museum and OMSI members, students and seniors, $10; children 12 and under, $8; Silver Screen Club memberships from $300. THEATERS: C21: Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. CM: CineMagic, 2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd. OMSI: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave. WH: Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. WTC: World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St. WW was unable to screen three films by press deadlines; visit for full listings.

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WHAT ARE THE OLD PEOPLE DOING? 28% Staring into the void of death3

Female-female: 0%

Male-female: 37.5%

26% Being crotchety or cruel4

13% Dispensing sage advice Mouse-bear2: 100%

Male-male: 0%

13% Reflecting on the past, either bitterly or fondly


9% Fucking or trying to fuck 11% Engaging in criminal or otherwise rascally behavior5


7 9






Hammer, brick, crowbar10

Knife, sword, ax Drowning, decapitation11, auto accident, unknown12, thirst or starvation13 Heart attack, old age,






suicide, abortion, tuberculosis

Defenestration, crucifixion, crushed by boat

1 To the best of our hazy, hung-over recollection. 2 In Ernest & Celestine (France), a mouse and a bear become lifelong friends. 3 In It’s All So Quiet (The Netherlands), this involves lots of sponge baths. 4 Including forbidding imagination in Television (Bangladesh). 5 Including running crime organizations in Salvo (Italy). 6 The canine in Closed Curtain (Iran) has been deemed by Matthew Singer “the greatest fucking dog actor ever.”



7 The cat in The Strange Little Cat (Germany) is not actually that strange. 8 Sacrificial goats receive their own segment in Manakamana (Nepal). 9 Rock quarry workers in the documentary Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Structure (United States) repeatedly refer to a huge boulder as their “pet rock.” 10 Including one bludgeoning by crowbar in Horses of God (Morocco). 11 Including one decapitated dog in Aftermath (Poland).





12 Including one mysterious man found lying dead next to large cut of steak in People in Places (Spain). 13 Including one malnourished goldfish in Proxy (United States). 14 In The Congress (Israel), the naked female is a cartoon.

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

3 Days to Kill

Kevin Costner tries to pull a Liam Neeson. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.

12 Years a Slave

A 12 Years a Slave is agonizing but not lurid, compassionate but not melodramatic, patient but still thrilling. R. REBECCA JACOBSON. Cedar Hills.

20 Feet From Stardom

A- 20 Feet From Stardom turns the

spotlight on several career backup singers, most of whom are resigned to their roles in the musical ecosystem, content to have sacrificed their own aspirations for the sake of elevating the art itself. MATTHEW SINGER. Living Room Theaters, Academy, Laurelhurst.

About Last Night

Kevin Hart stars in a remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe-Demi Moore movie about love, sex and commitment. R. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV.

American Hustle

A American Hustle is the sort of flick we’ve rarely seen since the ’40s: a farce with a heart. R. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Cornelius, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

B- It’s good to have Ron Burgundy back, even if he kind of overstays his welcome. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy.

Aya: Awakenings

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] A documentary about ayahuasca shamanism. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 20.

Black Out

C+ [ONE NIGHT ONLY] Dutch director

Arne Toonen doesn’t exactly straddle the line between homage and imitation with Black Out, a kinetic crime thriller that veers so close to Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch you can almost smell Madonna’s perfume wafting off the screen. Quirky underworld characters— a Russian ballet dancer turned sadistic gangster, two loquacious feminists with axes, a dog groomer who boosts cars—are introduced via freeze-frame and voice-over. Underground boxing matches are filmed in slow-motion sepia. Musical cues follow the characters around. And because Toonen is copying Guy Ritchie, he’s also copying Quentin Tarantino. There’s also a little Smokin’ Aces in the mix, plus, oddly, The Hangover, in this story of a retired thug (Raymond Thiry) who wakes up from a bender the day before his wedding with a body in his apartment, gangsters on his ass, and no idea why people are forcing him to track down 20 kilos of cocaine. Yet unlike his bumbling ensemble, Toonen is a pretty solid thief, and once you get past the fact that Black Out’s setup is bitten from countless other genre films, it’s a great deal of fun. The dialogue is snappy, the camerawork spastic and the performances on-point with anything Ritchie did back in the day. It’s a movie about thieves that is itself a kleptomaniac, but once the caper gets under way, it’s hard to care about its crimes. AP KRYZA. Clinton Street Theater. 9 pm Friday, Feb. 21.

Captain Phillips

A- Though shot with an eerie neu-

trality, this is perhaps the most compassionate piece of filmmaking I’ve seen this year. PG-13. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Laurelhurst, Academy.

Cascade Festival of African Films: La Pirogue

B [ONE NIGHT ONLY] Senegalese


director Moussa Touré’s film takes a raw topic—the desperation that prompts West Africans to board barely seaworthy boats bound for Europe— and treats it with balanced naturalism. Touré spends most of his film on the water, centered on a single brightly painted vessel (the Pirogue of the title). The 30 passengers, some of whom have never seen the ocean, forge tenuous bonds that are tested throughout the predictably perilous journey. Grounding it all is a sense of empathy, which allows the film to steer clear of sensationalism. REBECCA JACOBSON. Portland Community College-Cascade, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104. 7 pm Friday, Feb. 21. For full festival schedule, visit

Dallas Buyers Club

A The first time Matthew

McConaughey appears onscreen in Dallas Buyers Club, the reflex is to gasp. The rom-com lothario has withered away, and in his place arrives a performer at his peak, in a role that better damn well win him an Oscar. R. MATTHEW SINGER. Cedar Hills, Academy, Laurelhurst.

Endless Love

D In all its idealistic idiocracy and

over-the-top affirmations of “soulmates,” Endless Love best serves as a reminder that Hollywood has completely lost its grip on what a normal relationship actually looks like. Shana Feste’s remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields flop centers on the ill-fated romance of nerdy “outcast” Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) and rough-around-the-edges David Axelrod (Alex Pettyfer). A flurry of blandly predictable scenes chase down romance so doggedly that they run it straight out of the film. PG-13. GRACE STAINBACK. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sandy.

Fracking Film Festival

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] Two short documentaries about fracking: Deia Schlosberg’s Backyard, which follows tales in five different states across the U.S., and The Sky Is Pink from GasLand director Josh Fox. Clinton Street Theater. 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 25.


A Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s

Gloria is a nuanced portrait of a woman who, in her late 50s, goes about the hard work of finding happiness where she can. Lelio’s generous pacing allows Gloria’s story to unfold with grace, and Paulina García invests the character with a winning vulnerability. R. DEBORAH KENNEDY. Living Room Theaters.


A- Gravity is perhaps the most stress-

ful experience to be had in a movie theater this year, and as such it’s nearly perfect. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Lloyd Center.

The Great Beauty

A Paolo Sorrentino’s luxuriously

sprawling film is both enchanted and repulsed by the decadence it depicts, a tension that makes for a rich cinematic experience. REBECCA JACOBSON. Living Room Theaters.


B+ Her is, perhaps, a movie that is easier to think about than to watch. 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. Cedar Hills, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd Mall.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

B+ The Hobbit: The Desolation of

Smaug justifies its nearly three-hour

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makING WavES: a spread from matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection.


Matt Zoller Seitz never saved Latin. But he has seemingly managed to gather all other relics from the movies of Wes Anderson. The TV reviewer for New York magazine and a pioneer of the video essay as a mode of film criticism, Zoller Seitz has been studying Anderson’s meticulous and melancholy movies for 20 years. Now he’s gathered the yearbook photos from Rushmore and the novel jackets from Moonrise Kingdom into one 336-page clubhouse. The Wes Anderson Collection serves as a huge coffee-table menagerie, a filmmaking interview that rivals Hitchcock Truffaut, and a visual catalog of influences and echoes. On the eve of his visit to Portland, Zoller Seitz talked to WW about James Caan biffing his lines, how The Life Aquatic is like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and why Bill Murray makes everything better. WW: Is there a running mood you’ve noticed to Wes Anderson’s films? There’s always a melancholy undertone, even the ones that are outwardly light. Rushmore seems to grow darker every time I rewatch it, to the point where it increasingly seems like a portrait of a kid who is wrestling with a period of extended mourning and projecting that onto the world. A recurring theme is this sort of fast-talking, charismatic, inspirational character who gets everyone to join him on his mission and who wreaks tremendous damage along the way. There’s also the idea of families, whether biological or makeshift, struggling about who they are and whether they can make it. Which one’s your favorite? The Life Aquatic. It’s emotionally the closest for me. It was his most expensive film and a financial and critical flop, and I think it really stung him. That was the one where the grumbling began: Maybe there’s nothing to him, or maybe he’s just a bag of tricks. I didn’t feel that was fair to say on the basis of that particular film, because it was extremely personal. It’s personal in the way that Temple of Doom is personal for Spielberg—it seems to be made with almost no concern for how the filmmaker comes off to the audience. I don’t believe Wes exposed himself quite that way ever

again. He’s not so profligate with his imagination. Is there a film you consider a weak link? I’m not as crazy about Bottle Rocket. I have tremendous personal affection for it, not only because it was the film that introduced me to Wes, and it was shot in Dallas, my hometown. But I don’t feel like it plays like a Wes Anderson film as we now know it. Bottle Rocket is also the only one that doesn’t feature Bill Murray. I know Bill Murray was one of the actors who was considered for the part of Mr. Henry, and I’m not sure why that didn’t work out. It might’ve been that Bill Murray just didn’t answer his answering machine that day. But James Caan doesn’t really work for me in the way he should. I don’t think he gets Wes’ humor in that movie. He seems distinctly uncomfortable. I mean, he’s exciting because he’s James Caan and James Caan is never boring. But he doesn’t seem to intuitively get Wes in the way Bill Murray does. I was on set when they shot a lot of Bottle Rocket, including the scene where they’re at the country club and Bob’s bully brother comes in, and Mr. Henry stands up and says, “The world needs dreamers,” and he’s twisting his hands. The actual line in the script reads, “The world needs dreamers to ease the pain of consciousness.” He couldn’t say the entire line. He kept stumbling at the halfway mark and saying, “The world needs dreamers to—aaah, fucking shit!” I guess they eventually decided, “To hell with it; just let James Caan say half the line.” Over the course of your interviews, did you get into the nature of Anderson’s relationship with Murray? They don’t seem to be all that personally close and yet they get each other. That’s the best way to put it: They just get each other. But who knows why that is? I still marvel at the complexities and contradictions of Wes’ personality. He can be so meticulous and fastidious. But he also can be open to enormous changes at the last minute, many of which he creates himself. I often think that to some degree all of his movies are grand experiments, where he’s trying to create this set of conditions that are extremely tidy and neat in order to see what happens when there’s an accident. It’s like that line in Darjeeling Limited: “How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.” His movies are always on rails, yet somehow he tends to get lost, you know? GO: Matt Zoller Seitz appears at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. Free.

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runtime by allowing the action pieces to play out with the lunacy of an ultraviolent Looney Tunes short. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Clackamas, Laurelhurst.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

B Catching Fire manages something no adaptation since Harry Potter has: It respects its fans enough to challenge them while maturing alongside them. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Indoor Twin, Movies on TV, Laurelhurst.

The Idiocratic Life

[ONE DAY ONLY, DIRECTOR ATTENDING] A documentary about communes in the U.S. Clinton Street Theater. 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 22.


Inside Llewyn Davis

B+ A down-on-his-luck folk musi-

cian 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. Witnessing all this unfold is, in a word, lovely. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. Hollywood Theatre.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

C+ Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit exists in a strange world of hybridized espionage clichés, but it remains a pretty bland affair that’s cobbled together from bits of other, better films. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV.

alties until the film’s final bloody moments. Although the suspense is the backbone of the film, newcomer Adam Bakri brings to the title role a rich combination of steeliness and sensitivity. GRACE STAINBACK. Living Room Theaters.


Will the slave-turned-gladiator save his betrothed as Mount Vesuvius erupts and Pompeii crumbles? PG13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.

C- In Jason Reitman’s Labor Day,

an escaped prisoner with a heart of gold (Josh Brolin), woos a dispirited single mother (Kate Winslet). 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’s simultaneously humorless and laughable. PG-13. MICHAEL NORDINE. Lloyd Mall.

The Lego Movie

B+ The Lego Movie comes danger-

ously close to the pop culture-saturated Shrek model of comedy, but just when it starts becoming too cute, the plot shifts into another nutso action sequence filled with clever sight gags. PG. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Sandy, Roseway.

Lone Survivor

C Lone Survivor centers on 2005’s failed Operation Red Wings—a mission to remove a high-profile Taliban target that resulted in the death of 19 American soldiers— and it lionizes its heroes while utterly demonizing their enemies. R. MICHAEL NORDINE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Forest, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV, Sandy.

The Monuments Men

C+ What could have been a weird

cross between Inglourious Basterds and Ocean’s Eleven is a slog. PG13. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sandy.


C Alexander Payne’s Nebraska rests

on lazy humor, forced provocations and ingratiating moments of fatherson bonding. R. KRISTI MITSUDA. Cedar Hills, Living Room Theaters.


A Passion becomes a weapon of

war in Omar, a dystopian Romeo & Juliet set in the West Bank. Sensitive young baker Omar finds himself caught between manipulative Israeli authorities and his childhood friends who have, like him, become subversive freedom fighters. Omar continues to risk everything to protect his love, and the battlefield flips so often it’s difficult to track loy-

That Awkward Moment

A strained-looking comedy starring Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Zac Efron. R. Clackamas, Oak Grove, Movies on TV.


A- What’s in a face? My God—so

Ride Along

Labor Day

guidance of ice-cream parlor owners from Brooklyn, the women have opened a soft-serve shop, all the while grappling with the past and looking toward the future. Rob and Lisa Fruchtman braid together each component for a richly emotional— and sweetly satisfying—experience. SAVANNAH WASSERMAN. Clinton Street Theater.

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, Lloyd Mall, Movies on TV.

The Rocket

B+ In Ahlo’s Laotian village, luck

is divided unevenly between twins, and his grandmother is certain that he, not his stillborn brother, is the unlucky one. After the government relocates their village and a family member dies, it seems she’s right—until the 10-year-old becomes obsessed with winning a makeshift rocket competition. It’s an obvious setup for a feel-good denouement, but director Kim Mordaunt integrates the themes of politics, tradition and family so smoothly that The Rocket feels like a happy parable. MITCH LILLIE. Cinema 21.

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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Laurelhurst, Academy.

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. PG. MATTHEW SINGER. Academy, Laurelhurst.

Sex Worker Film Series: Profane

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] A Muslim dominatrix experiences a spiritual crisis. Clinton Street Theater. 9 pm Sunday, Feb. 23.

Sweet Dreams

B [ONE WEEK ONLY] The docu-

mentary Sweet Dreams centers on Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming group, spinning that tale against the backdrop of 1994’s genocide. Ten years after the genocide, Hutu and Tutsi women formed the troupe, even though it was considered taboo for women to drum. Images of dead bodies in the dirt flash on the screen, and we glimpse footage of a tear-filled remembrance ceremony. We also meet these women—many of whom were widowed or orphaned during the genocide—through intimate interviews and at rehearsals and performances. Throughout, they evince a clear determination to bring something new to Rwanda. But not just drumming: ice cream. With the

much. It is rare that a screen stares back so intently at its viewer as in Godfrey Reggio’s new film, Visitors. For over half of the wordless film, set to a hypnotic score by composer Philip Glass, you view black-and-white human faces in extreme slow motion, unblinking portraits of twitching muscles and slowly dawning comprehension. The extreme slow motion makes empathy difficult: The expressions seem strange, new, uninterpretable. You watch the beginnings of a smile—which might at first look like pain, or disgust. But mostly, you watch humanity itself made alien, in disconcerting variety. These shots are interspersed with nature in extreme high-speed—clouds rushing by and shadows playing across granite cliffs, images familiar from Reggio’s and Glass’ first collaboration, Koyaanisqatsi—and with a slow-motion portrait of a gorilla similar to that of the humans. This last gesture is, shall we say, a little heavy-handed. But though the rhythms become butt-twitchingly tedious by the end, the discomfort is part of the film. Who ever told you that discovery would always be easy? Who ever said it would always be fun? You don’t learn anything at all about people in this film, except one thing—they will always be strangers. And you will feel this in the hairs on the back of your neck, as they slowly rise. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Living Room Theaters.

Winter’s Tale

D+ A supernatural romance set

in both 1916 and the present day, Winter’s Tale charts the star-crossed romance between charming thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) and terminally ill ingénue Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay). Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel also features a flying horse that’s actually a dog, a stunt-cast Lucifer, a star-filled vision of the afterlife, and other confusing supernatural esoterica. It’s all quite heartfelt and earnest, but so intent on reinforcing a simplistic message that any potential for nuance quickly evaporates. PG-13. MICHAEL NORDINE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cinema 21, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sandy.

The Wolf of Wall Street

A A modern masterpiece of excess,

style and lunacy. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Lloyd Mall.

Pompeii (XD-3D) (PG-13) 12:00PM 2:40PM 5:20PM 8:00PM 10:40PM

American Hustle (R) 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:15PM Endless Love (PG-13) 11:10AM 1:45PM 4:25PM 7:05PM 9:50PM About Last Night (R) 11:45AM 2:20PM 5:00PM 7:40PM Nut Job, The (PG) 1:00PM 10:20PM Pompeii 3D (PG-13) 1:40PM 4:20PM 7:00PM LEGO (PG) 11:00AM 11:55AM 1:40PM 4:30PM 5:25PM Monuments Men (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:15PM 10:00PM 7:30PM 10:25PM Winter’s Tale (PG-13) 11:15AM 2:10PM 5:00PM 7:50PM 3 Days To Kill (PG-13) 11:05AM 12:20PM 1:55PM 3:15PM 4:45PM 6:10PM 7:35PM 9:10PM 10:30PM 10:40PM In Secret (R) 11:50AM 2:30PM 5:15PM 7:55PM 10:35PM Lone Survivor (R) 1:55PM 7:20PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:30AM 2:25PM Robocop (2014) (PG-13) 11:05AM 12:30PM 2:00PM 5:10PM 7:50PM 10:35PM 3:30PM 4:50PM 6:30PM 7:45PM 9:30PM 10:40PM That Awkward Moment (R) 11:20AM 4:50PM 10:15PM Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, The (PG-13) 11:15AM 2:50PM 6:25PM 9:55PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:15PM 4:55PM 7:35PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 1:45PM 7:10PM 10:10PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:05AM 4:25PM 9:55PM Pompeii (PG-13) 11:00AM 9:40PM LEGO 3D (PG) 12:50PM 2:35PM 3:35PM 6:20PM 8:10PM 9:05PM

Oscar 2014: Gravity 3D (PG-13) 7:00PM Oscar 2014: Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 9:20PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 11:05AM Monuments Men (PG-13) 11:00AM 12:35PM 1:45PM 3:25PM 4:30PM 6:15PM 7:30PM 9:10PM 10:20PM Pompeii 3D (PG-13) 11:55AM 5:05PM 7:40PM Robocop (2014) (PG-13) 11:05AM 12:30PM 1:55PM 3:20PM 4:45PM 6:10PM 7:35PM 9:05PM 10:30PM Winter’s Tale (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Pompeii (PG-13) 2:30PM 10:15PM Ride Along (PG-13) 2:55PM LEGO (PG) 11:00AM 1:40PM 4:20PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 9:40PM

About Last Night (R) 11:50AM 2:30PM 5:00PM 7:40PM 10:10PM American Hustle (R) 12:20PM 3:40PM 7:00PM 10:10PM Lone Survivor (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:25PM 3 Days To Kill (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:35PM 10:30PM Endless Love (PG-13) 11:35AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:25PM 10:05PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:25AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:30PM 10:25PM LEGO 3D (PG) 12:00PM 2:40PM 5:20PM 10:35PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 2:05PM 10:25PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:10AM 4:40PM 7:25PM

Monuments Men (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Nut Job, The (PG) 11:25AM 1:45PM 4:10PM Wolf Of Wall Street, The (R) 12:10PM 4:15PM 8:10PM Lone Survivor (R) 6:50PM 9:50PM Pompeii 3D (PG-13) 11:20AM 4:25PM 7:30PM Robocop (2014) (PG-13) 11:00AM 12:20PM 1:50PM 3:15PM 4:45PM 6:20PM 7:35PM 9:15PM 10:30PM Winter’s Tale (PG-13) 1:30PM 4:25PM 7:20PM 10:15PM Pompeii (PG-13) 2:00PM 10:15PM Ride Along (PG-13) 11:10AM 1:50PM 4:25PM 7:00PM 9:35PM

About Last Night (R) 11:30AM 2:15PM 4:55PM 7:30PM 10:05PM August: Osage County (R) 11:10AM 2:05PM 5:00PM 7:50PM LEGO (PG) 11:00AM 1:40PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM 3 Days To Kill (PG-13) 1:15PM 4:15PM 7:15PM 10:15PM Endless Love (PG-13) 11:25AM 2:10PM 5:10PM 7:45PM 10:20PM Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) 11:05AM 1:45PM 4:40PM 7:20PM 10:20PM LEGO 3D (PG) 12:30PM 3:10PM 5:50PM 8:30PM Frozen (2013) 3D (PG) 2:00PM 7:25PM Frozen (2013) (PG) 11:15AM 4:40PM 10:10PM

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cha Libre Double Feature, featuring Santo vs. the Martian Invasion and the documentary Viva Lucha Libre. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 20.


The 1997 J-Lo/Ice Cube thriller Anaconda is very certainly worthy of a Hecklevision takedown, but where is the Hasselhoff-starring Anaconda III? Is Hecklevision afraid to hassle the Hoff ?! Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21.

When Harrison Ford donned a trench coat and grumbled in voice-over as he chased replicants through the rainy alleys of a futuristic dystopia, audiences heralded Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner as a game changer, praising how it melded old-school film noir and science fiction. It was a groundbreaking oddity (though a box-office flop) that would go on to influence works as wide-ranging as Brazil, Attack of the Clones and Looper. In truth, Blade Runner owed a debt to JeanLuc Godard’s beguiling and electric 1965 opus, Alphaville (a restored version opens Friday at Cinema 21). Twenty years before Scott, Godard and his French New Wave compatriots had a knack for nabbing tropes from classic Hollywood and perverting them into strange new visions. None is more jarring than Godard’s take on gumshoe Lemmy Caution. Audiences in 1965 were thrown for a loop when actor Eddie Constantine—who’d previously played Caution in a string of French B-movies—returned to his signature role craggier and more stoic than before. With Alphaville, the debonaire detective wasn’t dealing with femmes fatales or corrupt police forces. In the sci-fi world of Alphaville, our hero is thrust into a bizarre dystopian future, an Orwellian world of brainwashed citizenry whose love of poetry is punished by death, and where Caution’s signature voice-over competes with that of a sentient computer that controls the thoughts and fates of the people it rules. It’s not just the fusion of noir and sci-fi that makes Alphaville one of Godard’s enduring masterpieces. Its themes pop up everywhere, from the idea that machines could rule the world (as in Terminator and The Matrix) to the (borrowed) notion that free thought is a crime against society. Its surrealist imagery is startling, its morals loose and sickening, and its hero as flawed as they come. Its melding of classic Hollywood archetypes and a terrifying future was ahead of its time when it was released. Five decades later, filmmakers are still trying to catch up. Cinema 21. ALSO SHOWING: Those who like watching greased men in masks fight otherworldly beings finally have an alternative to American Horror Story, courtesy of the Lu-

5th Avenue Cinema taps into your film-school memories with a series of shorts by legendary experimental director Kenneth Anger. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 21. “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12.” That’s the line that closes Stand by Me, and for those of us who grew up saying, “Chopper! Sic balls,” we could say the same thing about classic coming-of-age movies. Laurelhurst Theater. Feb. 21-27. Bringing a little lightness to a fairly heavy week at the cinema, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is perhaps the best fictional film about rock ever made, largely because it never seems anything less than enchanted by the flawed idols it follows, even when they hit rock bottom. Academy Theater. Feb. 21-27. Anchored by Tilda Swinton’s solid performance, We Need to Talk About Kevin transcends shock by focusing on the guilt of a mother who has unwittingly raised a monster. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 21-23. Back in 1938, Errol Flynn rocking tights and a goatee was the manliest thing onscreen. To this day, The Adventures of Robin Hood is still better than Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Hollywood Theatre. 2 pm SaturdaySunday, Feb. 22-23. 1982’s Sophie’s Choice stars Meryl Streep as a rafting guide matching wits with a deranged Kevin Bacon on a white-knuckle whitewater trip. Wait… that was The River Wild, and it’s WAY less a drag than Sophie’s Choice. Can we watch that instead? Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 22. Portland resident Laela Wilding celebrates her late grandmother’s birthday with a film screening. The catch is that her grandmother was Elizabeth Taylor, and the film is A Place in the Sun, one of Taylor’s finest romances. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 23. The Portland Black Film Festival brings back Sidewalk Stories, a little-seen, near-silent drama about a homeless artist who takes an abandoned baby under his care. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Monday, Feb. 24. In 1973’s Enter the Dragon, Jim Kelly made as indelible an impression as Bruce Lee’s nunchucks as he beat countless asses without messing up a hair on his Afro. In Black Belt Jones, he brings the fight—and a ton of slow motion—back to the States, and emerges with a blaxploitation classic. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In Arthurian legend, Camelot was the castle where King Arthur held court and ruled his kingdom. It housed the Round Table, where Arthur’s knights congregated for important events. Until recently, I had always imagined that the table was relatively small and the number of knights few. But then I discovered that several old stories say there was enough room for 150 knights. It wasn’t an exclusive, elitist group. I suspect you will experience a similar evolution, Taurus. You may be wishing you could become part of a certain circle, but assume it’s too exclusive or selective to welcome you as a member. I suspect it’s more receptive and inclusive than you think. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The renowned Lakota medicine man Sitting Bull (1831-1890) wasn’t born with that name. For the first years of his life he was known as Jumping Badger. His father renamed him when he was a teenager after he demonstrated exceptional courage in battle. I’d like to see you consider a similar transition in the coming months, Gemini. You’re due to add some gravitas to your approach. The tides of destiny are calling you to move more deliberately and take greater care with the details. Are you willing to experiment with being solid and stable? The more willing you are to assume added responsibility, the more interesting that responsibility is likely to be. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The English noun “offing” refers to the farthest reach of the ocean that is still visible as you stand on the beach. It’s a good symbol for something that is at a distance from you and yet still within view. I suggest that you take a long thoughtful look at the metaphorical offing that’s visible from where you stand. You’ll be wise to identify what’s looming for you in the future so you can start working to ensure you will get the best possible version of it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A large plaster Buddha statue was housed at a modest temple in Bangkok, Thailand from 1935 to 1955. No one knew its age or origins. In May of 1955, workers were struggling to move the heavy tenfoot icon to a new building on the temple grounds when it accidentally broke free of the ropes that secured it. As it hit the ground, a chunk of plaster fell off, revealing a sheen of gold beneath. Religious leaders authorized the removal of the remaining plaster surface. Hidden inside was a solid gold Buddha that is today worth $250 million dollars. Research later revealed that the plaster had been applied by 18th-century monks to prevent the statue from being looted. I foresee a comparable sequence unfolding in the coming weeks for you, Leo. What will it take to free a valuable resource that’s concealed within a cheap veneer? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Holistic health teacher Deepak Chopra suggests that we all periodically make this statement: “Every decision I make is a choice between a grievance and a miracle. I relinquish all regrets, grievances, and resentments, and choose the miracle.” Is that too New Age for you, Virgo? I hope you can drop any prejudices you might have about it and simply make it your own. It’s the precise formula you need to spin this week’s events in the right direction -- working for you rather than against you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the savannas of Africa, waterholes are crucial for life. During the rainy season, there are enough to go around for every animal species to drink and bathe in comfortably. But the dry season

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his book The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall muses on the crucial role that imagination plays in our lives. “[The] average daydream is about fourteen seconds long and [we] have about two thousand of them per day,” he says. “In other words, we spend about half of our waking hours -- onethird of our lives on earth -- spinning fantasies.” I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when your daydreams can serve you well. They’re more likely than usual to be creative, productive, and useful. Monitor them closely.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Eighth Symphony in a mere two months during the summer of 1943. He worked on it in an old henhouse on a former chicken farm. The location helped relax him, allowing him to work with extra intensity. I wish you could find a retreat like that for yourself sometime soon, Sagittarius. I think you would benefit from going off by yourself to a sanctuary and having some nice long talks with your ancestors, the spirits of nature, and your deepest self. If that’s not practical right now, what would be the next best thing you could do? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Is there one simple thing you could do to bring a bit more freedom into your life? An elegant rebellion against an oppressive circumstance? A compassionate breakaway from a poignant encumbrance? A flash of unpredictable behavior that would help you escape a puzzling compromise? I’m not talking about a huge, dramatic move that would completely sever you from all of your burdens and limitations. I’m imagining a small step you could take to get a taste of spaciousness and a hint of greater fluidity. That’s your assignment in the coming week. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There are 15,074 lakes in Wisconsin, but more than 9,000 of them have never been officially named. That’s strange to me. In my view, everything is worthy of the love that is bestowed by giving it a name. I have named every tree and bush in my yard, as well as each egret that frequents the creek flowing by my house. I understand that at the Findhorn community in northern Scotland, people even give names to their cars and toasters and washing machines. According to researchers in the UK, cows that have names are happier: They produce more milk. Your assignment, Aquarius, is to name at least some of the unnamed things in your world. It’s an excellent time to cultivate a closer, warmer personal relationship with absolutely everything. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): From 2010 to 2012, Eric Garcetti worked as an actor on the TV cop shows The Closer and its spin-off series Major Crimes. He played the mayor of Los Angeles. Then in 2013, he ran for the office of L.A.’s mayor in real life, and won. It was a spectacular example of Kurt Vonnegut’s suggestion that we tend to become what we pretend to be. Your assignment Pisces, is to make good use of this principle. I invite you to experiment with pretending to be the person you would like to turn into.

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Guitar Lessons

(360) 735-5913

Personalized instruction for over 15yrs. 503-546-3137

212 N.E. 164th #19 Vancouver, WA 98684

Jennifer Batten’s band will play an evening of Jeff Beck Music. Sat. March 1 at Dantes

(360) 514-8494


Ground defense under black belt instruction. or 503-740-2666

Muay Thai

Self defense & outstanding conditioning. or 503-740-2666

1425 NW 23rd Portland, OR 97210 (503) 841-5751

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8312 E. Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, WA 98664

1156 Commerce Ave Longview Wa 98632

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Opiate Treatment Program

Evening outpatient treatment program with suboxone. CRCHealth/Dr. Jim Thayer, Addiction Medicine 1-800-797-6237

(360) 213-1011

1825 E Street

Washougal, WA 98671

(360) 844-5779


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North West Hydroponic R&R

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