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Weed didn’t even really get you high until 1985. 4

Umbrellas are Portland’s musthave accessory for fall. 29

A foster care operator who took “business trips” to Maui and Las Vegas says a state investigation is an example of “covert and overt racism” comparable to a Mississippi burning. 10

Multnomah Mustard Library is even more exclusive than Multnomah Whiskey Library. 30

Disgraced former Gov. John Kitzhaber visited a country where they burn the books of minority ethnic groups to get ideas for how to improve Oregon. 19


If you want to drink a stout brewed with a recipe from the 1880s, there is a place. 31 Electroclash queen Peaches is not dead , still recording songs like “Vagioplasty” and “Dick in the Air.” 40


Jowairah Sharif Mohibullah, photo by Thomas Teal.

Mayor Hales declared a state of emergency for the city’s homeless population.

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HALES’ TRIP TO THE VATICAN Between the $65 grand that Nancy Hales reportedly knocks down, and the $130,000-plus that Mayor Charlie Hales knocks down, its seems a little odd that they are too poor, or too cheap, to buy a $2,125 ticket to Rome for Nancy [“When in Rome,” WW, Sept. 23, 2015]. What a pair of hustlers, soaking up more money from a nonprofit to get Nancy a trip. —“roundupthe usual suspects” This story seems like a stretch. You are implying that developers are hiding behind Nancy Hales to get to Charlie and there is a hidden scandal here. I’m not buying it. Developers have always given plenty of cash right out in the open to every mayoral candidate, and I doubt that will change. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ted Wheeler is taking cash contributions from the same folks. —“Boots”

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“Who cares how they got to Rome? Mayors need vacations too.”

It’s always amusing how Scientology officials want to derail the conversation, cast aspersions on defectors and critics, and troll anyone who is on to their game [Hotseat: Tony Ortega, WW, Sept. 25, 2015]. The general public is aware of the abuses and horrors inflicted by the “church.” Getting into troll wars with critics isn’t going to change the reality of the cult. I’ve even been subjected to an obvious program of harassment and cyber-bullying for speaking out on Twitter. Some “church,” eh? Scientology is getting desperate now that its cult is exposed. Tony Ortega is a champion. He’s been blowing the whistle on Scientology for many years. Thanks, Tony. —“GrandElectus”

It sounds like there was a free trip to Europe for Mayor Freeride and the lovely Mrs. Freeride. Isn’t this the sort of thing that caused our illustrious Gov. John Kitzhaber to bite the dust? Vote Ted Wheeler for mayor in 2016! —“C Lundy”

I think most of the U.S. knows that Scientology was a self-help pyramid scheme, and is now a cult trying to keep its current members paying for the same thing over and over again. —“ze moo”

In the history of American public officials, Charlie Hales is the least scandalous politician I can think of. Who cares how they got to Rome? Mayors need vacations too. —Tom Mcroy

Last week’s Hotseat with Tony Ortega incorrectly characterized the subject of his book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely. Paulette Cooper is a former journalist who criticized the Church of Scientology, not a defector from the church. WW regrets the error.


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soon, smoking weed will be just as uncool as watching Matlock, being active in your homeowners’ association, or any of the other oldwhite-guy things you enjoy. In all the stoner euphoria about legal weed (on sale tomorrow!), no one seems to have considered what will happen to weed’s countercultural cachet now that it’s just another product. When today’s adults started smoking pot, illegality was the main selling point. (Weed didn’t really get you high until around 1985—ask your parents.) It was something rebellious you could do in solidarity with your fellow teenagers as you chafed under Mom and Dad’s imperialist chore wheel. But now weed has society’s stamp of approval. How are you gonna use bong rips to stick it to the man when the a-hole gym teacher who’s running your detention is reading High Times magazine? All I’m saying is take heed, people. Old White Guy from West Linn is coming to your local dispensary in his Lincoln Town Car, with a pocketful of golf tees and a metal detector in his trunk, and he’s going to smoke a big, fat doobie, just like you. Then he’s going to drive to Costco and buy the biggest fucking jar of mayonnaise you’ve ever seen, and then he might go canvass for Donald Trump for a while, because that’s what marijuana culture looks like now. Congratulations.

Where should an old white guy like myself buy some righteous weed—once it becomes legal, that is— that avoids any appearance of “hipsterism”? — Old White Guy from West Linn

I daresay that just being an old white guy from West Linn who says stuff like “righteous weed” should make it pretty clear to everyone at the dispensary that you’re not there to try out as the new Minimoog player for Tame Impala. I get that you don’t want to look like you’re smoking weed as some kind of anti-establishment, cool-kid pose. But don’t sweat it—very

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LET THEM EAT POT BROWNIES AT GAY WEDDINGS. It looks as if Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former proprietors of Gresham bakery Sweetcakes by Melissa, are following the government-defying example of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., court clerk recently jailed for refusing to marry samesex couples. On July 2, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple, Rachel and Laurel BowmanCryer, for whom Aaron Klein had refused to bake a wedding cake and then posted their home address online (“Bittersweet Cake,” WW, July 22, 2015). The Kleins, records show, have for nearly three months defied BOLI’s order to pay. Their attorney has twice requested a stay while the Oregon Court of Appeals considers the Kleins’ case, asserting payment would lead to “financial ruin.” BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian has rejected those requests—noting that the Kleins raised nearly $500,000 from crowdfunding sites and the money would be held in escrow awaiting the outcome of their appeal. BOLI is moving toward placing a lien on the Kleins’ property. Meanwhile, the Kleins appeared alongside Davis last week at the right-wing Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. The Kleins’ attorney declined to comment. Uber isn’t the only ride-hailing company under scrutiny for whether it followed Portland City Hall’s lobbying rules. On Sept. 17, City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero issued a warning letter to Lyft for failing to file quarterly statements about its lobbying of Portland officials, including Mayor Charlie Hales. Newly submitted forms show Lyft spent more than $55,000 between January and June, pressing city officials to allow it to operate permanently in Portland. An additional twist? Amy Ruiz, who worked as a spokeswoman for previous Mayor Sam Adams, represents Lyft in Portland. Adams enacted Portland’s lobbying rules while he was a city commissioner. Chelsea Wilson, a spokeswoman for Lyft, says Ruiz informed Lyft of its oversight when she recently came on board. “As soon as Lyft became aware of Portland’s lobbying requirements,” Wilson says, “we worked quickly to get into compliance.” Thursday, Oct. 1, is a watershed day for Oregon marijuana legalization—you can walk into a store and buy pot. Thanks to state Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day), medical-weed dispensaries will be allowed to sell up to 8 ounces of bud to anyone over 21. Portland’s dispensaries are seizing the opportunity: At press deadline, 98 of the city’s 109 dispensaries had been approved by the Oregon Health Authority to begin recreational sales. Portland dispensary owners have told WW the early sales come as a lifesaver in a saturated market. “To be able to open up to a marketplace outside of the medical program is going to be key to keeping these small businesses open,” says Niki Terzieff, lobbyist for the Oregon Cannabis Business Council. Look for reviews of every dispensary in the city in WW’s The Potlander, on newsstands today. Read more news on our improved website.


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One-Year Increase in Rent for a Two-Bedroom Apartment New numbers from the Portland Housing Bureau show rental costs have spiked across the city. Here’s the percentage the average monthly rent for a twobedroom apartment increased between September 2014 and September 2015.





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New figures show that soaring housing costs are disproportionately hurting those least able to pay more. All year, the city’s residents have seen their monthly rent bills rise, even as they have watched the construction of new apartment buildings they can’t afford. But new numbers from the Portland Housing Bureau show the spike in rental rates extends beyond the traditionally higher-rent neighborhoods, and reaches into lower-cost neighborhoods at the edges of the city. The city’s analysis shows rents are rising more steeply in many East Portland neighborhoods than in the central city and its new, gleaming apartment towers. That matters because housing is by far the average person’s largest monthly expense, and housing costs in Portland are increasing far faster than the prices of other goods— which have remained essentially flat for the past year—and, more importantly, far faster than incomes. (Oregon wages increased by about 3 percent last year.) The new figures, part of a sweeping housing affordability study released by the city Sept. 25, show Portland rents have climbed 8.4 percent across the city since last September—meaning the average monthly rent rose by about $100 in the past year. That increase deepens fears among housing advocates

that low-income families won’t just be priced out of central Portland neighborhoods such as Vernon and Sunnyside—but pushed out of the city altogether. “What’s even more heart-wrenching is that these are many of the people who were displaced to here,” says Lore Wintergreen, who works for the city as the East Portland Action Plan advocate. “Are we now going to move those families completely out of Portland, is the question. Because we haven’t had the policies or the dollars in place to prevent it.” To be sure, Portland’s central neighborhoods continue to have much higher rents than East Portland: A twobedroom apartment costs an average of $1,220 along inner Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Division Street, and just $884 in the neighborhoods near where Division Street meets Southeast 122nd Avenue. But the average rent for a two-bedroom unit along outer Division increased at a much steeper rate—10.1 percent, or $81 a month—than the 4.4 percent, $51-a-month increase along inner Division and Hawthorne. And as the map above shows, some of the biggest rent hikes in the city—16.9 percent in Parkrose, 14 percent in Lents, and 14.8 percent in Montavilla—are occurring in Portland neighborhoods along I-205. Those hikes are part of a 34 percent increase citywide in

the cost of a two-bedroom apartment since 2010, according to the Housing Bureau. The “State of Housing” report demonstrates the results of a wave of new residents arriving in a city that until recently had the nation’s lowest vacancy rate and hasn’t built enough apartments to keep pace with demand (“Grow Up, Portland,” WW WW, June 10, 2015). “To use a car analogy, there’s a lot more people who are looking for Chevrolets than are looking for BMWs,” says Nick Sauvie, executive director of neighborhood-revitalization nonprofit Rose Community Development. “And a lot of what’s been built in Portland lately has been high-end rental housing. If there’s less supply at the lower end of the housing market, those prices are going to go up.” But the neighborhood numbers also present a serious political math problem for Mayor Charlie Hales. In the 2012 election, Hales struggled to gain traction in neighborhoods east of I-205. Those areas provided his slimmest margin of victory even after the collapse of his chief opponent, former state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland). Now many of those neighborhoods are seeing the cost of housing rise at a faster pace than the city as a whole. Hales’ chief opponent in 2016, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, has been hammering the mayor for inattention to rising housing costs and homelessness. Last week, Hales called for the declaration of a citywide housing emergency, an announcement that smacked of panic because it caught city, county and state officials by surprise. “This office has been grappling with both housing affordability and homelessness since I got a here a year and a half ago,” says Hales development policy director Jillian Detweiler. “And while we’ve made some progress, it’s become clear we’ve got to notch it up.” Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 30, 2015


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NEWS gler wrote to Give Us This Day’s attorney on Feb. 10, 2015, “how such expenses could be related to the organization’s charitable mission.” As WW reported earlier, Give Us This Day had run four group foster homes in Portland, but was forced to sell three of them and now faces seizure of its flagship property on Northeast Rodney Avenue. from corporate accounts, including frequent cash withThe DOJ investigation found that Give Us This Day’s drawals with no documented purpose, travel, restaurant board, all of whom except Holden live in Mississippi or Texas, dining, and purchases of clothing and other personal items shirked their duties to safeguard the nonprofit’s assets. The board did make sure Holden was well-compensatthat appear unrelated to GUTD’s foster care mission.” ed—records show they agreed to pay her a $90,000-a-year Among the expenses from the past five years the DOJ salary and agreed to lease her West Linn home from her documented were: for seven years for $2,850 a month. (Holden says she often • “Over $441,000 in cash or other unexplained withdraw- went without either payment.) als has been taken from GUTD’s accounts.” On Sept. 18, Holden and her board agreed to a civil • $131,000 in improper travel expenses. Holden settlement agreement with the DOJ that dissolves Give Us claimed she spent the money while scouting possible loca- This Day. The agreement cites improper expenditures and tions for expansion to other states, which the DOJ deemed mismanagement resulting in a “loss of charitable assets “not a reasonable business deci- [that] exceeds $2 million.” Give Us This Day’s insurer agreed to pay the state $500,000 in compensation. Board members agreed to a five-year ban from serving as board members or managers of an Oregon nonprofit. Holden cannot do nonprofit work for seven years or work in any capacity that would grant her access to state funding for the same period. Holden says a combination of her desire to provide jobs and what she says is the state’s lousy payment system for foster care explain the financial problems. She says the expenditures the DOJ judged inappropriate were a reflection of those pressures. “We had 70 employees in the African-American community, and most of the time, I wasn’t getting paid,” Holden says. The clothing and luggage purchases, she says, were allowable uses of her expense account. HOUSE OF CARDS: Taxpayers footed “I’ve tried to help people, and I’ve made sacthe bill for a $2,850-a-month lease on Mary Holden’s West Linn home. rifices,” Holden says. “And they make me out to be a bad person.” State Department of Human Services officials have said they will arrange new sion.” At least $18,000 of the travel dollars were spent at placements for Give Us This Day’s 26 remaining foster casinos and resorts, including the Venetian Palazzo, Las children as soon as possible. Vegas Hotel & Casino, Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, WesHolden’s continued ability to win contracts with the DHS tin Maui Resort and many others. despite Give Us This Day’s well-documented financial prob• $20,408 spent at local restaurants and more than lems sparked disbelief from lawmakers at a Sept. 28 hearing. $10,400 spent at nail and eyebrow salons. But DHS Child Welfare Director Lois Day said it wasn’t • “Over $35,000 of GUTD funds have been spent on pur- really her agency’s responsibility to monitor how Give Us chases from adult clothing and lingerie retailers such This Day handled the money the state paid it. as Coach, Midnight Velvet, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, “We’re putting children into a facility that can’t afford and Louis Vuitton. Purchases from Louis Vuitton alone to feed them or pay staff,” said Sen. Alan Olson (R-Canby). “It just amazes me that nobody has taken the time to total $11,845.90.” examine this organization’s solvency. You’re dealing with State lawyers found that last expense particularly puz- children’s lives, and you don’t really care.” zling. “It is difficult to fathom,” DOJ lawyer Heather Wei-


State regulators are shutting down Give Us This Day, an embattled Portland foster care agency that got $1.5 million a year from the state of Oregon to care for some of the state’s most troubled children. On Sept. 28, a former Give Us This Day staff member, Rachel Rosas, told the Senate interim Human Services Committee that children entrusted to the organization went hungry, slept in filthy beds that lacked sheets, and were regularly neglected. That treatment came in spite of state contracts that paid Give Us This Day a minimum of $118 per day per child. “There was no budget for groceries,” says Rosas, who worked in a group home for 15 girls. “It was disgusting.” Newly released state documents shed light on a burning question about Give Us This Day: What happened to the money? Give Us This Day’s longtime leader, Mary Holden, has been waging a PR battle since WW revealed problems at her organization (“Home Sweet Hustle,” WW, Sept. 16, 2015). Two weeks ago, Give Us This Day supporters picketed the Oregon Department of Justice, and foster parents loyal to Holden rallied Sept. 26 at her office on Northeast Killingsworth Street. But the results of a long-running investigation by the DOJ have shut down her operation for good. Records obtained by WW on Sept 28 reveal that after the department began asking questions in March 2013, Holden failed to produce documents or show up for scheduled interviews and accused the DOJ of racial discrimination. A letter she wrote last year captured her stance. “To us, it feels like we have a Mississippi burning, 2014, Oregon style,” Holden wrote in a June 2014 letter responding to requests for financial records. “It is covert and overt racism and a misuse of power at its best.” But when the DOJ obtained Give Us This Day’s bank records, investigators found that for years—during which children were allegedly neglected, employees unpaid and Give Us This Day failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes—Holden engaged in “lavish expenditures


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Francis Khampi finally has a place to call his own. It’s a desk cluttered with case files at Portland’s Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood, not far from I-205. Khampi works in “The Pit”: the buzzing, beating heart of the refugee service center that is filled with the multilingual conversation of job coaches and just-arrived migrants. Khampi helps refugees find work, just four months after the 35-year-old himself arrived from Myanmar. The sight of 11 million Syrian migrants making dangerous, often fatal, raft expeditions across the Mediterranean Sea has filled front pages and gripped the world. It has yet to touch Portland directly: Local service agencies say they probably won’t see any Syrian refugees for at least six months. But plenty of people are already arriving from places just as bombed and bloody. Syria is just one part of the worst refugee crisis in recorded history. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates the world’s refugee population at 59.6 million—a 15 percent spike in a year. While more than half of the world’s refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia—the majority of them are children— Oregon’s refugee population has been primarily coming from Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Cuba and Bhutan in the past five years. Oregon’s resettlement rate of more than 2,500 refugees per year ranks right in the middle among U.S. states—in 25th place. Who goes where is up to the federal government. If refugees don’t have family or a sponsor in America, they’re placed wherever the government decides. Several local agencies say if refugees are sent to Oregon, that usually means they’ll live in Portland, where they have the best access to services. The problems facing many impoverished Portlanders are even


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more difficult for those with language barriers and suffering from cultural shock. Khampi says the rewards outweigh the risks. He fled Myanmar—a Southeast Asian nation previously known as Burma—several years ago because he is Christian. In Myanmar, a Buddhist regime has been slowly cleansing the country—often violently—of other religions. Khampi fled to Malaysia. He was deported to Thailand and says he was sold to human traffickers for about $93. Benefactors from a Christian church paid a nearly $500 ransom to get Khampi back to Malaysia. This May—seven years after fleeing his homeland—Khampi and his family came to America. In the following pages, you’ll meet people like Khampi who’ve arrived in the Portland area from some of the most dangerous and devastated places in the world. The Iraqi parents who dodged bombs and bullets. The Congolese woman who can barely feed her children. The aging Bhutanese couple who still revel at the availability of running water and electricity. The family who escaped persecution in Myanmar for their Muslim faith. But they all have one thing in common: gratitude. In a city that fears an invasion of Californians and rages over the fate of sequoia trees, the newest arrivals are grateful the government or a gun-toting militia isn’t trying to kill them. They’re relieved their homes won’t be raided, their lives threatened, their children kidnapped. They’re just happy to be alive. And now they call Portland home. “Portlanders, they are very good to us,” Khampi says. “A lot of people in Portland, they don’t know where is Burma exactly. But the U.S. is a second heaven.” CONT. on page 14


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The Al-Zubidi Family Every morning, Ahmed Al-Zubidi said his last goodbye. A radio producer and journalist in Baghdad, Al-Zubidi knew he was a marked man. You can only survive so many death threats, and every terrorist in Baghdad saw journalists as a trophy kill. Four of his colleagues were murdered, one kidnapped. Al Qaeda went after him twice. “They want to be famous,” he says. “They want to kill anyone to make it breaking news. For that, they go to the journalists.” Before Al-Zubidi would leave the spacious house he shared with his family—his wife, Rasha Almanni, his children, Mustaffa and Al Mas, and his elderly parents—his wife would crawl through his car, searching for explosives. “When I leave, I tell her goodbye because maybe this is the last time I see my family,” he says. “Or maybe this is the last time they saw me.” Well before the United States dropped bombs on Baghdad in 2003, violence and corruption caused Iraqis to flee their home country. But the war caused that number to surge. Ten years after the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, the number of Iraqi refugees resettled in America reached nearly 85,000. Iraqis are the highest refugee population in Oregon, too: Since 2009, 1,190 Iraqis have resettled here. In 2007, Al-Zubidi applied to bring his family to the U.S. Seven years later, when word came that he and his family could come to America, he couldn’t bear to tell his parents the truth. He said he’d be home soon. Instead, he came to Oregon with no intention of ever living in Iraq again. It was the first lie he ever told them. “I’m afraid. Because when I am old, I need my kids

around me, to help me at least,” he says. His parents know their son might not ever come back, but they never ask him to say it. “I couldn’t tell them that I just leave,” he says. “They raise us to help them when they are old. And we just run away.” He stays up late, talking to his mother and father on the phone. Telling them he loves them. They talk for hours. “Even sometimes, when I tell him, ‘I miss you, Dad,’ he says, ‘Don’t tell me that. If you miss me, come back,’” Al-Zubidi says. “I tell him, ‘The life here is better, Dad.’” Life here is different. His family lives in a modest Beaverton apartment complex, where there are other Iraqi families. He commutes each day to Portland, where he works to help other refugees at IRCO. He prefers Beaverton to Portland—which seems to him a hotbed of permissiveness toward marijuana and gay marriage. His wife does not check his car for bombs anymore. Here his children can be both Iraqi and American. They will see Iraq in their mother’s veil. In their faith. In the Iraqi flag that hangs in their home. But tomorrow Al-Zubidi’s wife will get her driver’s permit. His 9-year-old son will go to a public school and eat tater tots in the cafeteria. He will go to work, crossing the Willamette and thinking of the Tigris, the river that runs through Baghdad. And his 4-year-old daughter, in pink pants and pigtails, will begin a Head Start program next week. Today she spins pirouettes on the carpet in the living room—My Little Pony cartoons flickering on the flat-screen television, and a plastic Captain America shield fixed to her arm.

“Maybe this is the last time I see my family.” —Ahmed Al-Zubidi


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Aimerance Ibrahim and Nestor Kaneke Sometimes Aimerance Ibrahim wonders if she was better off in Africa. The five years in a Tanzanian refugee camp seem better than life in Portland. Here, the Congolese refugee feels like a beggar. Poor, jobless, unable to speak the language, drowning in overwhelming debt that she does not understand. Five years ago, Ibrahim and her husband, Nestor Kaneke, brought her elderly mother and their three sons and two daughters to America. They came to get Ibrahim medication for her diabetes. They came in hopes of finding help for their son Dien-Merci Pierre, who was born with developmental disabilities. Ibrahim knows they are safer here. No one raids their house, stealing what they want, threatening the family. Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo presents one of the world’s most challenging refugee crises. According to a United Nations report, the country “is characterized by ongoing conflict, poor or nonexistent infrastructure,” displacing approximately 430,000 refugees to nearby countries. Just 235 Congolese have resettled in Oregon since 1975, a mere 0.24 percent of the total refugee population here. “The United States really is better than Tanzania,” Ibrahim says, her 18-year-old son Espoir Mbiriz translating in Swahili. But the family traded that for new stress that Mbiriz says makes his mother sob “from morning until evening.” Ibrahim’s diabetes means she can’t work. Kaneke works in a food-processing warehouse, catching a bus at 4 am to get there. They can’t

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afford food. Their rent in North Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood keeps rising, now at $1,327 a month. “People would talk, ‘You can go to a place on earth that is like heaven,” she says. “‘You can go live the American dream life.’ I thought all of my problems would be solved.” Ibrahim’s case manager, Megan Wilson of IRCO, says it took three years for Ibrahim to receive Social Security benefits and Medicare to cover her insulin and hospital stays. For a period of time, she had no insurance, no Social Security and no Medicare. Then Ibrahim received a notice: Social Security had overpaid her. Instead of receiving aid, now she owes money. Her debts are over $10,000. On a Sunday afternoon, Ibrahim is weeping, tissue in hand. She sits on her living-room couch with her son Dien-Merci, who’s lying motionless across her lap, save for a few eye movements and the occasional moan. There are photographs of the family covering the walls. Proof sheets from yearbook photos never ordered. A portrait of Barack Obama with the words “America. This Is Our Moment, This Is Our Time” is above the television. A painting of American fighter jets hangs in the corner. Ibrahim grows a garden to make up for the food she can’t afford. She holds back a flood of

“People would talk, ‘You can go to a place on earth that is like heaven.” —Aimerance Ibrahim

tomatoes from pouring out of her freezer. The kitchen drawers are filled with them. “Organic,” she says, proudly. Her son Espoir Mbiriz moved to Corvallis last month to start college at Oregon State University. He talks about a research paper he wrote while he attended Roosevelt High School about the American dream—something his family talks a lot about. “I started asking people, ‘This American dream—do people believe it? Or is it just a name?’” he says. “Most people, these are Americans, they say, ‘Nobody lives that kind of life. There is no such thing as the American dream.’” The way Mbiriz sees it, it’s up to him to fix his family. But for now, his mother is miserable. “She just feels like she’s being treated unfair,” he says. “Like she was brought here to suffer.”

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Moti and Kausila Rizal

Moti Rizal had a bounty on his head for writing poetry. He and his wife, Kausila, are Lhotshampa— Nepali-Bhutanese people with roots in Bhutan that date to the early 19th century. Though the Bhutanese government granted citizenship to the group in the 1950s, it then revoked the Lhotshampa’s legal status in the 1970s and ’80s. It was the government’s slow way of assimilating the people there. According to Human Rights Watch, by 1989, Bhutan ran a “one people, one nation” policy. There was a strict dress code. People could not gather on the street. “Four people could not meet up and talk,” Moti Rizal recalls through an interpreter. This in Bhutan—the country known worldwide for

its “gross national happiness” scale. (Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes traveled to Bhutan in 2013 to study the concept.) Soon the Nepali language was outlawed, too. “They collected all the books written in Nepali and burned them,” Moti says. “Any writer, any of those intellect groups from the Nepalese ethnic group, had a bounty on their head.” Moti was a poet, but he made his money farming, growing rice and raising cattle. Bhutanese soldiers showed up at Moti and Kausila’s home with guns and told them to leave the country. The couple gathered their children. They let their cattle and goats free. They fled through forests, CONT. on page 21

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for so long. They learned about lights and light switches. How the stove worked. That water was available from the tap whenever they wanted it. Their mouths dropped open when they saw the piles of oranges and apples at the grocery store. Fruit, back home, was only something you ate when you were sick; now they buy it every week with Social Security checks. For years, Moti’s body would tremble in fear each time he put a telephone to his ear. Now he has a Galaxy tablet. A smartphone. A flat-screen television. His own YouTube channel, where he reads poetry in Nepali. “Bhutanese are now here in America,” he writes. “This is the soothing light at the end of tunnel.” “We have gone through so much,” Kausila says. “This is like heaven.” She takes free classes at the Beaverton City Library, even if she doesn’t understand English. They are U.S. citizens, and yet the couple continue to retake their American citizenship class. “We want to learn new things,” she says. They are free here. They dress as they like. They speak Nepali. They eat their fill. Each week, when the Hindu couple hear knocks on their red apartment door, they know it’s Christian missionaries. “When we say we don’t want to convert, they don’t force you,” Moti says. But just in case, they hang a drawing of sacred snakes—colored in red and green marker—on their door to keep evil spirits away.

“They collected all the books written in Nepali and burned them.” —Moti Rizal

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crossing rivers, crowding onto trains where Moti says sick children were tossed like rag dolls from the moving cars. Moti Rizal and his family were among 107,000 Bhutanese forced from the country. For the next 17 years, they lived in a thatch-roofed hut in a Nepalese refugee camp. Water poured through the straw during rainstorms. They were often starving. A handful of corn flour mixed with water was rationed to last the family 20 days. In the middle of the last decade, countries around the world offered refuge to the Bhutanese. In 2008, Moti, Kausila and their children came to America. According to IRCO, 756 Bhutanese have settled in Oregon since 2008—one of the largest refugee populations to come here in recent years. And now here they are: Moti, 68, and Kausila, 67. America looks nothing like the world they knew





The Sharif Mohibullah Family “When I get here everything was fine, the way I dress. Nobody cares. I can dress as I want.” —Shahidah Abdul Shukur




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Mohamad Sharif Mohibullah is 3 years old. His sister Jowairah is 6. As a photographer snaps their pictures, their faces are steeled against any emotion: dark brown eyes sharp, as if they are looking right through the camera lens. They are Rohingya—members of the Muslim ethnic group living in Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are regularly referred to as the “most persecuted minority in the world.” Descendants of Muslim traders, the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for thousands of years—and yet they remain stateless. According to Human Rights Watch, Rohingya have been subjected to persecution in their home country since shortly after World War II, but the recent rise of a Buddhist regime there has drummed up more anti-Muslim sentiments. The Rohingya are outsiders, and many have been evicted from the country. Last month, The New York Times reported a new blow to the Rohingya: They lost the right to vote. Because they have nowhere to call home, they live as stowaways in countries that don’t want them. In Myanmar, an estimated 140,000 Rohingya are living in prison camps. This year, thousands attempted escape, piling into the rickety boats of human traffickers—risking the threat of starving or drowning in the ocean.

Since 2008, 1,057 Burmese have come to Portland, making them the second-largest refugee group to resettle here (next to Iraqis) in recent years. There are Rohingya, like Mohamad and his family, but also Burmese refugees from many of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic groups. Shahidah Abdul Shukur, Jowairah and Mohamad’s mother, says she was 12 when she first dreamt of coming to the United States. Five years ago, after fleeing Myanmar and seeking safety in Malaysia, she and her husband, Mohamad Sharif Mohibullah, applied for refugee status. This July the family landed in Portland. Abdul Shukur’s family was already here; Sharif Mohibullah’s is still back in Malaysia. Their apartment is on a busy section of outer Southeast Stark Street glittering with signs promising the American dream. The Good Neighbor Mercado. Freedom Foursquare Church. The Dream On Saloon strip club. A blue-eyed John Wayne peers out from a nearby billboard: “Don’t Much Like Quitters, Son,” Wayne says. Sharif Mohibullah and Abdul Shukur live with their two children in an apartment complex that promises “luxury” units. Their living room is so bare it nearly echoes. There’s a love seat, a carpet, a pile of shoes. A pink backpack. A prayer schedule. A clock hangs high on one wall: “All things

are possible if you believe,” it reads. Abdul Shukur serves cans of Sprite with straws to guests on a clear plastic tray. She and her family do not speak English. Through an interpreter, Sharif Mohibullah says he hopes to work as a forklift driver. He can’t do most manual labor; he rolls back his sleeve to show a scarred left arm, shattered when a crowded, speeding bus he was riding crashed and rolled. Here in America, they’ll know a life free of discrimination, a government that won’t kill them for being Muslim, Abdul Shukur says. “Before I come here, I was kind of afraid,” she says. “When I get here, everything was fine. The way I dress, nobody cares. I can dress as I want.” The family is amazed by Portland buses—the way they run on time. And the people who explain things so patiently to them. They found a mosque nearby, but it’s “very small for us,” Abdul Shukur says. She hopes they can find a larger Muslim community. Jowairah started school this week. She doesn’t like the cafeteria lunch, and so Abdul Shukur packs her rice from home. But she likes learning with other children. That’s why they came here, Abdul Shukur says: “They will have a brighter future.”





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7 Not many Portland blogs are required reading. But if you live in Portland and ride a bike— and, really, even if you don’t ride a bike—you should be reading The website, which this week celebrates 10 years under the editorship of Jonathan Maus, is a treasure trove of Portland bike culture, plus news and some activism. If an anti-gentrification activist spreads thumbtacks in North Portland bike lanes, Maus is on it. If an angry epileptic spray paints anti-cycling graffiti on a road used by blinky riders, Maus is on it. If the humane society unjustly prohibits bringing adopted pets home by bike, Maus is on it. And if a friend of a friend of Maus’ is tried for indecent exposure after biking naked through downtown Vancouver in what The Columbian described as an “exuberant, alcohol-fueled late-night cycling celebration,” Maus is on it. Critics will point out that Maus and his loyal readers occasionally lead witch-hunts. But in the past decade, Maus himself has been hunted as a witch—to the point he almost fled the city. Twice. In this crazy modern world, what more do you want from an opinion leader? Today, we congratulate Maus for a good, long ride. Here are the ups and downs of that ride. MARTIN CIZMAR. April 2005

1. Bunny on a Bike The annual ride, held on Easter Sunday at Peninsula Park, was featured in Maus’ first post. People dressed up as bunnies and rode bicycles. This was the essence of Portland “bike fun” at the time. Such innocence was fleeting. July 2007

2. The last Last Thursday at the Alberta Clown House An all-time classic post: “Due to rents that have shot far beyond a clown’s wage, Dingo, Pinga, Chlorine, Will and the rest of crew are looking for a new place to live,” Maus reported. “Ironically, they’ve been forced out of the neighborhood due to the gentrification that their presence helped hasten.” May 2007

3. Mayor Potter rolls over. In late April 2007, then-Mayor Tom Potter announced he was cutting $100,000 from his budget for an update of the city’s bike plan, which was then more than a decade old. Not so fast. “We held his feet to the fire, and he ‘found’ money to restore it,” Maus says. “That got me my first big profile in The Oregonian.”

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4. Two riders are killed in 11 days. The two cyclists, Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek, were current and former students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. “That was a major low point, but it was followed by a community rally—we organized a huge march on Burnside less than 36 hours after Tracey died,” Maus says.

happens to be black, who told me how I’d really bombed and missed a huge opportunity. Other than that, not one person—not even the organizers, who say their mission is to foster hard discussions about these issues—came up and tried to talk with me to understand what was in my head. “I felt really bad about the whole thing and slinked out of there holding back tears


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9. “BikePortland Alleges Wrong Asian Man Is Undercover Cop” Activists were suspicious of a man who “had all brand-new ‘stereotypical biker gear,’ didn’t speak with anyone and was filming everything.” Maus posted pictures of the activist and Portland cop Chris Uehara, writing that they appeared to be the same person. They were not. Readers were very unhappy. “My mistake of publishing that post accusing Capt. Uehara of being at a bike ride when it was actually a guy named Krisapon Chaisawat was by far the lowest point of these 10 years,” Maus says. “I told my wife we might have to move. But then I opened myself up to the mistake and learned from it.” July 2014


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5. Portland’s first bike boxes After the deaths, then-City Commissioner Sam Adams held an emergency press conference to announce $200,000 in Portland Bureau of Transportation funding, which paid for the city’s first green bike boxes. “A PBOT staffer at the press conference turned to me and said, ‘You know, without BikePortland, none of this would have happened.’ I will never forget that,” Maus says. July 2011

6. “Understanding Racism” meeting about new bike lanes on North Williams Avenue goes badly. “I was invited because of all my coverage and the obvious bike-centric nature of the debate,” Maus says. “Not only was I unprepared, but I stepped up to the mic after a woman of color spoke about terrible racial hardships her community had faced and after a historian who documented the horrible impacts of bad stuff like I-5 development and Legacy’s razing of historically black neighborhoods. They presented all this really serious and horrible stuff, and then I was introduced like, ‘And here’s blogger Jonathan Maus to talk about why the bike project should happen anyways.’ “Afterward, the only person who approached me was a guy I know, who

and wondering why the hell I even care about this stuff and questioning whether it was worth it.” December 2012

7. Maus interviews Emily Finch, a Portland mom with six kids and no car who ferries her family around on a massive cargo-cycle contraption. “The biggest ‘viral’ piece we’ve ever done,” Maus says. “I sold rights to European tabloids! And then Emily got flown to L.A. to be on The Ricki Lake Show! February 2013

8. Maus does his part to kill the Columbia River Crossing. The planned 12-lane freeway bridge to Washington was a political hot potato for years. While The Oregonian and then-Gov. John Kitzhaber were major supporters, WW and blogs like BikePortland pointed out the plan’s many flaws. Maus doesn’t take credit for the kill, but says, “Ninety or so posts about one project is nothing to shake a stick at.” His best? “Probably the one where I called legislators right before an important CRC vote and proved that many of them had no idea that it was not a ‘bridge’ project and it was in fact a ‘highway project’—despite how ODOT and the media kept framing it.”

10. The 1 millionth page-view post The post featured nudity, which is popular on the Internet. “It just spread like wildfire,” Maus says. “I think we’re the only real blog/news outlet that keeps full-frontal nudity up and doesn’t censor it. And you know there are tons of pervs on the Web who search for ‘naked’ all the time.” April 2015

11. “Bike Community Rallies to Catch Alleged Bethany Lake Duck Killer” “On Saturday we learned about a disturbing incident that involved…a mallard duck that tried to cross the path adjacent to Bethany Lake. According to a tipster named Steve C., just before noon a man wearing a red and white Lycra jersey came rolling down the path near the lake, struck the duck and left it dead, then failed to stop. Steve said several people pleaded with the man to stop and report the incident…to no avail. If you know anything about this incident or can identify the rider in the photo above please contact [officials]. Note: This post was originally published with a blurry, grainy photo of the man who ran over the duck. After hearing from readers concerned that the person was being publicly shamed and the subject of a witch-hunt, I removed that photo.” GO: BikePortland’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Party is at Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., on Friday, Oct. 2. 6 pm. Free. All ages.

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Truce in adverTising: Last week, we had a little fun at the expense of Tacoma, Wash., on The Seattle suburb was attempting to drum up tourism with a PR blitz in Portland, giving away hand-blown glass coasters at various landmarks. We decided to help out, offering slogans that might entice visitors, including “Tacoma: That’s What Wet Paper Smells Like!” “Seattle’s Gresham!” and “Tacoma: Life Seems Longer Here!” Our efforts were construed as insulting. A few days later, The News Tribune in Tacoma snapped back in its satirical column “The Nose,” offering such sick burns as “Portland: Making Segregation Cool Since at Least the 1960s!,” “Portland: Not Really Like ‘Portlandia’—Oh Wait, Yes It Is!” and “Portland: We Used to Have a Home-Delivered Daily Newspaper!” If there are two things we cannot possibly defend about our city, they are our long history of institutional racism and The Oregonian. And so, we at Willamette Week are formally calling for a truce. Please, visit Tacoma and buy some handblown glass. golden ales: Oregon brewers won 19 medals at the Great American Beer Festival on Sept. 26 in Denver, including seven golds. This placed Oregon in a distant third place behind California’s 67 medals and Colorado’s 38. Eastern Oregon’s little Barley Brown’s brewery took home two gold medals: Ratchet Strap IPA was judged the best strong pale ale in the country, and Disorder Stout the best American-style stout. Other Oregon gold medalists were Corvallis’ Block 15 for Turbulent Consequence Peche (Belgian-style lambic or sour), Portland’s Fat Head’s for Blitzkrieg Bock (rye beer), Beaverton’s Golden Valley for Beaverton Blonde (Englishstyle summer ale), Portland’s Old Town for Shanghai’d IPA (English-style IPA), and Pacific City’s Pelican for MacPelican’s Wee Heavy Ale (Scotch ale.) Notably, no Oregon brewer medaled in the IPA category, which our state had dominated in the past: Portland’s Breakside won last year, and Barley Brown’s won in 2013.


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r.i.P.: Chris Chandler, guitarist for local jam band Jenny Sizzler, was killed in a hit-and-run outside the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge in the early morning Sept. 27. He was 34 years old. Chandler was a regular at the Southeast Stark Street bar, and his band played often at Mississippi Pizza, where a show, scheduled for Oct. 2, has been canceled. “He loved cHandler live music as much as anyone I know,” wrote bandmate Jeffree White on Facebook. “Not enough people know just how talented and skilled a musician he was.” A memorial jam session was held at Goodfoot the night of his death. A suspect in the accident, 20-year-old Frederick Ryerson Jr., was arrested the same day. neW on THe inTerneT: Willamette Week has a totally new website. It’s fancy. Please check it out at


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“Pac says it’s ‘guaranteed to get the pussy wet and the dick hard.’”

HEADOUT It’s time to get with the program, Old Portland.

I know how much you like walking halfway across the city in a fog of drizzle, slowly absorbing moisture until your bandmate Ryan picks you up in his ’96 Honda Civic so you can soak his passenger seat on the way to buy crappy weed from some dude named Loki. You love to pretend like you aren’t cold, that your jeans aren’t noticeably heavy, that your toes aren’t slip ’n’ sliding around in your 6-year-old Sambas. That is a lie. You are wet. You are cold. Ryan is pissed about you disrespecting his car. Times are changing. There are jobs here now. New apartment buildings are popping up all over the city. Old Greek family restaurants are being replaced by Asian soup-dumpling pop-ups with multi-month waits. Boutiques are selling $300 selvedge denim. At midnight Wednesday, you can buy weed in a shop that looks like an Apple Store and lose Loki’s number forever. Global warming is turning that quaint Portland mist into big, thick raindrops, and you have to be prepared for this brave New Portland world. We are here to help. We’ve found some of the finest umbrellas money can buy in the city, and paired them with some quintessential New Portland activities so you can take your first steps out of the late’ 90s and into fall 2015. WALKER MACMURDO.





WEDNESDAY SEPT. 30 MY MORNING JACKET [ALT-GLORY] Maybe you stopped following My Morning Jacket after it got adopted by the jam-band crowd, but the glistening, vaguely spiritual The Waterfall is one of the year’s more unduly overlooked records. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 248-4335. 7 pm. $46.50. All ages.

THURSDAY OCT. 1 PAUL WELLER [MOD-PLUS] Through his long career, Paul Weller has expressed a ridiculous range of influence, from the Jam’s power pop to the Style Council’s blue-eyed soul. Even this year’s Saturns Pattern finds him jumbling up exhaustive interests, referencing his past while adding shoegazey guitar gloss. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $33 advance, $35 day of show. 21+.


ShedRain, one of America’s finest umbrella manufacturers, is headquartered here in Portland, proving that not everyone in Old Portland was dripping all over town. ShedRain’s Windjammer and WindPro lines come in a variety of sizes and styles, and feature vented canopies that help protect them from evisceration by sudden gusts of wind. Oh, and they have a lifetime warranty. ShedRain umbrellas are perfect for professionals who need to keep their iPad dry.

FRIDAY OCT. 2 BIKE PORTLAND ANNIVERSARY [BIKES] The BikePortland blog celebrates two years of duck scoundrels and bike heroes at Portland’s pre-eminent bike-shop bar, Velo Cult. Expect cake, food, drinks, music, a prize raffle and plenty of bikey feelings. Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012. 6 pm.

Pair it with these New Portland activities:

• Taking your friend Nathan, who is visiting from back home in Kansas City, to where the real Portlanders get doughnuts: Blue Star. Voodoo is for tourists. • Pretending to enjoy a Timbers soccer match. • Waiting 40 minutes in line outside Salt & Straw to get a scoop of pig’s blood-and-arugula ice cream.


LOSE YR MIND [FESTIVAL] This two-day garagepsych extravaganza pairs local favorites like Grandparents and Psychomagic alongside some renowned West Coast thrashers, with a headlining set from art-damaged L.A. noise-punks No Age. AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison St., 9 pm. $10 per day. 21+. Through Oct. 4.

(939 SW Morrison St.)

City Target offers inexpensive umbrellas by Totes that come in a variety of zany colors and patterns, perfect for reflecting the impulsive whimsy of your Zooey Deschanel-esque life in the big city. For early 20-somethings who have just moved to Portland and describe every slightly quirky thing they encounter as “amazing.”


Pair it with these New Portland activities:

WILLAMETTE WEEK’S BEER PRO/AM [BEER] For the third year, established breweries pair with homebrewers to create one-time, oft-experimental beers. Past favorites included barrel-aged Belgians, Neapolitan ice cream-themed ales brewed with hefeweizen yeast, and silky coffee milk stouts. North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 1-6 pm. $27. 21+.

• Ignoring the people trying to sell you Street Roots on Southwest 10th and Morrison. • Protecting your bob haircut on the way to finding the perfect post-ironic sweatshirt at Ray’s Ragtime. • Getting to your sculpting class at the Art Institute juuuuuuuuuust in time.


Pair it with these New Portland activities:

• Telling your friend Karl that Health Goth is over while wearing the $250 unadorned black hoodie you got from Machus two weeks ago. • Wistfully fantasizing about quitting your job to start a brewery, dispensary or bakery. • Rolling your eyes at the barista at Heart who can’t answer a simple question about the peanut notes in your Costa Rican beans.


You landed that job at the advertising agency/architectural firm/design firm/sportswear company of your dreams. Now you need the perfect umbrella to match your enviable lifestyle. New Zealand’s Blunt manufactures sleek, futuristic umbrellas made with patented technology that stretches the canopy tight to prevent them from catching wind and blowing inside out.

SUNDAY OCT. 4 ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB [CUBAN DANCE] 1997’s Buena Vista Social Club created a second life for many of Havana’s aging musical legends. The surviving crew will retire after 2015, making this your last chance to hear some of the most beautiful music in this hemisphere on American shores. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 pm. $40-$72. All ages.

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11AM – 3PM

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SATURDAY, OCT. 3 The Wedge: Portland’s Celebration of Cheese

Lunch walk up window 11:30am–2:30pm

La Calaca Comelona 2304 SE Belmont | 503-239-9675 4-10pm Mon–Sat

The Wedge offers a staggering variety of cheeses for sampling— worth far more than the $20 you’ll plunk down at the door if you do it right. For $10, attend a beer and cheese tasting with local guru Steve Jones at 12:30 pm. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 517-0660. Noon.

Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am

Our third annual Beer Pro/Am takes pro brewers back to their garage roots—pairing them with some of the Portland area’s finest homebrewers in competition. It’s an eclectic bunch, including praline stout, habanero-lime farmhouse and a centuries-old ale recipe. The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 1-6 pm. $27. 21+.

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P.R.E.A.M. pizza is teaming up with local farmer Evan Gregoire for a brunch dedicated to the proposition of amazing heirloom and Italian-style tomatoes. RSVP for noon or 2 pm at P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 231-2809. Noon. $30.

Txotx! Cider House Dinner

Pix/Bar Vivant will continue its long tradition of celebrating all things Basque, with a cider house dinner featuring cider-soaked chorizo, salt-cod omelet, a big ol’ steak and ciders. Call for reservations. Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166. 4 pm. $60.

1. Renard

2039 SE Clinton St., 719-7529, Renard is the fine French dining of decades past—French onion, steak bordelaise, coq au vin—gone comfy as an old chair. $$-$$$.

2. Taylor Railworks

117 SE Taylor St., Suite 101, 208-2573, Former Little Bird chef Erik Van Kley’s new restaurant is already turning out interesting plates, including an excellent curry-fried chicken and steak with pears. $$$.

3. Fillmore Coffee (and Pizza) 7201 NE Gliasn St., 971-236-7411, True Neapolitan-style pies at a coffee shop, including an excellent white pie with globs of ricotta. $$.

4. Chicken and Guns

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7336, If you prefer your chicken from a roadside stand, this is the spot. $.

5. Farm Spirit

Grand Central offers medical, dental, 401(k) & vacation benefits to all full-time employees. 30

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1414 SE Morrison St., Aaron Adams’ prix-fixe modernist vegan spot aspires to be the best vegan restaurant in the world— El Bulli but with plants. $$$$.

NEAR BEER: Oly-boiled hot dogs, with craft brew.

Hop Dog

Restaurateur Micah Camden has been on a hot streak. Boxer Ramen is multiplying locations, Blue Star Donuts is big in Japan, and Little Big Burger—after infiltrating every neighborhood in Portland—was bought out by Hooters. Having already taken over burgers and doughnuts, Camden apparently had a hot-dog-sized hole in his heart. Enter Hop Dog, the next in Camden’s parade of vaguely artisanal fast food. All of Hop Dog’s franks come from Olympia Provisions or Bronx-made Sabrett, and its buns are an unholy mash-up: pretzelized brioche by Nuvrei made using “bagel technique.” A recent menu had a banh mi dog, a Cincinnati chili dog and a Chicago dog—each named after an actual cute pet dog. The tiny shop’s walls, meanwhile, are adorned with pictures of celebs who’ve been caught loving their hot dogs too much. The branding is on point, but there’s a problem: The hot dogs don’t work. There are two big problems. First, the meat. Also, the buns. The Sabretts lack their signature snap and have no char, a result of boiling in Olympia beer with no grill finish: They get a slow-and-low cookout on 7-Eleven-style metal rollers. The bun is confusing. Perhaps I’m old school and set in my opinion, but I feel a hot-dog bun’s job is to get the hell out of the way. This thick-crusted, grain-forward, almost-burnt-tasting distraction refuses to do so. And so a simple dog like the Harvey ($4.75), with a huge pile of excellent sauerkraut, gets torpedoed by a nagging graininess on the palate, as does the Hubert, a celery-salted riff on old Chicago ($5.75). The Naga ($7.50) is an aggressive take on banh mi—tons of peanut, a salad of cilantro and cucumber and carrot—that could have benefited from a classic Binh Minh baguette. One final insult: The shop has a 20-strong “Multnomah Mustard Library” cabinet filled with enticing honey curry mustard and “moutarde forte au vinaigre.” But they’re not for customer use. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. EAT: Hop Dog, 1122 SW Stark St., 11 am-9 pm daily.


TruBrain Active Nootropics (TRUBRAIN) TruBrain found the perfect place to advertise. Picture it: late afternoon, sun falling fast in the autumn sky, the day’s work done, fantasy football lineup set. So you’re on Facebook, scrolling mindlessly down the feed, hoping against hope for something, anything, to inspire one last burst of productivity. And what’s this? A little cardboard sleeve of “nootropics” created by “UCLA-trained neuroscientists” to give “genuine focus.” One week and $19 later (a promotional price; it’s listed at $50), we had a box of 15 packets. And they sorta work, I think. The blend includes not only caffeine (80 milligrams, less than a cup of coffee), but it has delicious-sounding compounds like oxiracetam, L-Theanine and citicoline. TruBrain claims the oxiracetam makes your brain use more energy, and that L-Theanine has a synergistic effect with caffeine. It tastes like condensed Hawaiian Punch and, yeah, it does give you a little more focus than regular coffee. Or even Josta. Remember Josta? Oh, man, there’s a Facebook page dedicated to spamming Pepsi with calls to bring it back. Ha-ha. Wow. MARTIN CIZMAR.

Mangoin’ for It

What’s on Tap The Full Lineup of Beers at Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am


10 Barrel Brewing w/ Tracy Hensley

Casper the Friendly Gose, a 9.5 percent ABV pumpkin salt beer

13 Virtues Brewing w/ Bill Schneller

OG Stout, a brown stout from a 19th century recipe

This weekend marks the third year of Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am. The festival teams professional Portland brewers with some of the city’s best homebrewers to create new oneof-a-kind beers. After two years on the sidelines (read: drinking beer), Willamette Week decided to form its own team. It turns out that’s a lot of work. Here is the backstory of WW’s collaboration with Lompoc on a mango IPA called World Class Wreckin’ Bru.

54-40 Brewing & Vertigo Brewing w/ Beau Evers

Amarillo Fresh Hop Ale, a 35-IBU fresh-hop pale

Baerlic Brewing w/ Paul Key

First Crack, a coffee pale ale

Breakside Brewing w/ Larry Clouser

Pelekaiko, a Hawaiian farmhouse ale with calamansi lime and habanero

Arts and culture editor Martin Cizmar: “We drink at Lompoc literally every week, because it’s right by our office and they have $2.50 pints on Mondays, which is our deadline day. It’s the most underrated brewery in the city, by a huge margin. They brew a different IPA almost every week, and that’s always my first pint.”

Buckman Botanical Brewery w/ Alex Graham Sour Pineapple IPA, a 9-IBU India pale ale

Buoy Beer w/ Tony Coulombe

Pulpit Pounder, a 6.6 percent ABV porter

Culture writer Parker Hall: “I had written an article about Lompoc and found out brewmaster Brian Kielty had brewed about a hundred IPAs within three or four years at Lompoc. When I talked to him I learned that they were parts of different series. Lompoc had just released their spy series and needed an idea for the next series. Martin and I—being who we are—suggested a gangsta rap-themed series of IPAs. We started a huge list of pun names, stuff like Now I Gotta Wet C’tra, which would be a fresh-hop Citra, and Who Am I? (What’s My Name?), which would all be unnamed experimental hops.” Brian Kielty: “We’ve done classic rock, sci-fi, baseball, all kinds of different stuff. Pretty much anything that someone suggests, if it sounds like fun, we’ll do it. Martin texted me one day and ‘Hey! Let’s do a hip-hop IPA for the Pro/Am,’ and I was like, ‘That sounds good!’” Cizmar: “The idea Parker and I had was to do a drink called Thug Passion, based on the drink recipe Tupac gives in the song “Thug Passion.” It is two parts Cristal, one part Alize, which is a passionfruit brandy. Pac says it’s ‘guaranteed to get the pussy wet and the dick hard.’ My idea was that we would buy champagne barrels, maybe even Cristal barrels, and fresh passionfruit. It turns out that this beer would cost like $15 per pint to make. So that was out.” Kielty: “Parker, Martin and I met up one day, had a couple of beers and talked about what we like in beer. We decided on a tropical fruit, and kicked around the idea of doing either passionfruit or mango.” Hall: “We couldn’t get enough passionfruit at an affordable price. So we switched to mango. We used the same grains I use at home, and two varieties of really experimental hops from Germany that I’ve never used before.” Cecelia French, brewer at Lompoc who actually did the work of making the beer: “We used Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hops, which give off melon and mandarin flavors. We thought that the mango would give off a nice fruity flavor. There are a lot of fruity and floral aromatics that come from hops themselves, especially Northwest hops.” Cizmar: “I write a lot about beer, but I do not know much about making beer. Parker does. And obviously Brian does. So I figured I’d better shut up and concentrate on coming up with a good gangsta rap pun name for their recipe.”

Coalition Brewing w/ Cullen Conway BREW DAY: Our cru.

French: “We all got together and decided on the malt ahead of time. We talked about the hop additions the day of, had a basic idea of what we wanted the flavor to be, and wrote up a recipe together. Brian had been talking about the grain bill with the boys over email, and they worked that out. He ran it by me, and we all agreed that it sounded good. I started the brew and gave the boys some gloves and put them to work. There’s something different that you’re doing every five to 10 minutes. Martin took a lot of pictures. Parker said he was a homebrewer, so it was nice to have him jump on in.” Hall: “We showed up at 7 am and brewed until about 2 pm. Martin was late and missed pretty much the entire mash. Cecilia did most of the hard work. Martin and I looked at things and bothered her. She was still cleaning stuff as I left.” Kielty: “Martin was late. He blamed it on his mother. Martin and Parker scooped the grain out of the mash tun, and they moved 50 gallon drums full of wet grain. It’s definitely labor-intensive—weighing out hops, stirring hops. With collaborations, everyone does as much or as little as they want. Some people want to hang out, snap photos and drink beers. Some are totally hands-on. Martin and Parker were pretty much in the middle.” Cizmar: “I know I had no business being there. When I said I wanted to do the Pro/Am, what I mean is, I wanted to come up with puns and suggest impossible ideas that would allow those puns to be a theoretically delicious beer. I’m good with coming up with pun names for things because that’s the main skill of any editor at an alternative newspaper. I have ‘brewed’ three times in my life. Each time, I did nothing useful. But the beer smelled wonderful, and I’m sure it’s going to be really, really good. The name is the one Cece liked the best. I had a bunch of puns, and was working on more, but I feel like the person who has to crawl into the brew kettle to scrub should probably pick the name.” GO: Willamette Week’s Beer Pro/Am is at the North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 1-6 pm Saturday, Oct. 3. $27. 21+.

Figtory!, a Belgian-style saison with roasted figs

Culmination Brewing w/ Jim Sullins Kludde, a Belgian-style IPA

Ecliptic Brewing w/ Chad Graham

Vermilion Bird, a peach American-style sour beer

Ex Novo Brewing w/ Dean Ehnes

Chubby Czecher, a Czech dark lager

Fort George Brewery w/ Jackie Dodd

Glazed & Confused, an 8.5 percent ABV stout with pralines

Lompoc Brewing w/ Martin Cizmar and Parker Hall World Class Wreckin’ Bru Mango IPA

Montavilla Brew Works w/ Matt Dinsmore

Lil’ Righteous, a session IPA with 4.8 percent ABV

Pints Brewing w/ Simon Hannes

Plums Two Ways, a 7.1 percent ABV Belgian-style dubbel with plums

Three Mugs Brewing w/ Terry Comstock

Kitty Soft Paws, a 9.7 percent ABV barleywine

Unicorn Brewing w/ Aaron Hill Poncho pale ale

Upright Brewing w/ Ritch Marvin

Capsaison, an 8.2 percent ABV barrel-fermented saison with chili peppers

Uptown Market Brewery w/ Warren Holmes

Our Daily Red, a 4.6 percent ABV Irish red

Widmer Brothers Brewing w/ Mike Whitmarsh Whit Faced Belgian-style wit

Fat Head’s Brewing w/ Josh Huerta TBA

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30 Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Denver

[TROUBADOUR FOLK] Jack Elliott is the dude who inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. He’s the guy who befriended and later moved in with Woody Guthrie, while also learning guitar from Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt. Folk is what it is because of Ramblin’ Jack. As he continues to play his traditional cowboy songs and nomadic blues at 77 years old, Elliott still exerts an influence on the folk music of today. HILARY SAUNDERS. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $16 advance, $20 day of show, $25 preferred seating. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks

[ALT-GLORY] Don’t cry for My Morning Jacket. While the online cognoscenti largely abandoned the group once its bandwagon was boarded by jam-band dudes and Rolling Stone subscribers, the band is still capable of awe-inspiring work. Take this year’s The Waterfall. Produced by Portland’s own Tucker Martine, it’s as much of a towering, glistening creation as its namesake, less reliant on big-ass guitars (though they still show up from time to time) than Jim James’ choir-boy falsetto. So keep the dad-rock jokes to yourself, at least for a while longer. MATTHEW SINGER. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.. 7 pm. $41.50 advance, $46.50 day of show. All ages.

Holly Miranda, Gracie and Rachel

[NEW AGE FOLK] A decade of touring has done wonders for Holly Miranda. Whether supporting Karen O, releasing music alongside Scarlett Johansson or performing solo, her greatest ability is balancing the natural with the ethereal, which she does splendidly on her most recent work, Holly Miranda. It’s a graceful interplay, lifting Miranda’s fragile voice above percussive strumming and trickles of synth, with climactic results. The intimacy of her writing grants the music more emotional weight, even if the themes are as common as unrequited love. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1 A Volcano, the Ax, U Sco

[GLOOM] While I generally believe that Satanism is a school of thought reserved for depressed eighth-graders, when lead singer Johnny Brooke whispers, “I am filled with the devil inside,” I’m apt to join the ranks of Anton LaVey. While the duo follows certain scripts for heavy metal, including songs alluding to Viking culture (“Yggdrasil”) and a general appreciation of the macabre, A Volcano’s

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An opera about Slapshot, the former New Jersey Devils mascot forced into retirement after allegedly groping female fans at a game.

2 The Stubble of Man Is an Affront to God A song suite about frontman Patrick Stickles shaving his beard. Only available as a series of 28 flexi discs. 3 Exile in Sayreville A song-by-song response to the 2005 special edition of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, featuring separate responses to both the stereo and surround-sound versions. 4 Stick a P4K in Us A spoken-word album written entirely in lines taken from Pitchfork reviews. Clocks in at around 6.7 hours. 5 1989 A full-length cover of Father John Misty’s cover of Ryan Adams’ cover of the Taylor Swift album, in the style of Neil Young’s Trans. MATTHEW SINGER. SEE IT: Titus Andronicus plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Spider Bags and Baked, on Friday, Oct. 2. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

ALL IN THE FAM: (From left) the Prids’ Gordon Nickel, Mistina La Fave, Tim Yates and David Frederickson.


The first sign that the career of the Prids wasn’t going to go smoothly came early on. It happened when bassist Mistina La Fave and guitarist David Frederickson were still living in Lincoln, Neb., playing dark-but-danceable Anglophilic post-punk in a scene overrun with juvenile hardcore bands. “We played with this band called the Pubes,” says La Fave from a booth at My Father’s Place. “I jumped out of the back of the U-Haul we rented to get our gear there, and I fucked my ankle up. Like, crack! And it just swelled. Dave’s like, ‘Oh God,’ carrying me to the emergency room, and the Pubes are onstage going ‘Fuck the Prids! Fucking pussies!’ as we’re leaving. I’m in the ER going, ‘If it’s broken, fix it! I’ve gotta play a show with these motherfuckers!’” “And we did play that night,” Frederickson adds. It was a harbinger of much more serious calamities to come. As you might imagine, though, any group that would go through with a show on a freshly broken ankle isn’t going to submit to adversity that easily. It has simply recovered and kept moving, after a 2008 van accident left Frederickson so injured he had to be airlifted from the scene; after an undiagnosed blood clot forced the best drummer they ever had to quit; after label deals fell through and big breaks never happened; and, most recently, after La Fave suffered a brain hemorrhage—which, miraculously, she came away from with no lingering affects. Through it all, the Prids have remained in a sort of career purgatory: admired enough to inspire a documentary and tribute album, but perpetually underrated even in Portland, their home of 16 years. Now that they’ve reached the two-decade mark, the feeling among the two core members is, why stop now…or ever? “We don’t know how to do anything else,” La Fave says. “We’re in this for life, sort of.” For real, though: With all that’s happened to them, you’d think the Prids were founded atop an ancient Indian burial ground. What’s kept the band

going is La Fave and Frederickson’s commitment to each other—a bond that’s endured even after their romantic involvement ended. They started the Prids with a drum machine and pawnshop gear in dead-end St. Joseph, Mo., and while an assembly line of drummers and keyboardists have passed through since, their relationship remains at the band’s core. It’s the key to the band’s sound, too: While the music has evolved over three albums, draping layers of blissful shoegaze fuzz over its shadowy noise-pop foundation, the constant has been their shared vocals, which often intertwine into a single androgynous being. If the group was ever going to fold, it probably would’ve happened when Frederickson and La Fave’s brief marriage ended in 1998. Instead, they moved to Portland. “At that point, it’d been four years,” La Fave says. “How many bands in Portland last four years? So it was like, ‘Let’s go. We can get through anything.’” Over the next decade and a half, that declaration would get tested. It hasn’t just been the accidents and near-death experiences, though they certainly haven’t helped them maintain momentum: When La Fave suffered her brain hemorrhage back in March, the band was about to go into the studio to record its fourth album. But the Prids have also fallen victim to the fickleness of the music industry. One label once told them their songs sounded too different from one another, while another said they were all too similar. The band certainly doesn’t lack admirers. It has many significant ones, from Henry Rollins to Doug Martsch, who contributed to their last album, 2010’s Chronosynclastic, a record NME deemed a “neglected masterpiece.” Neglect has come to define the Prids. Twenty years in, the band isn’t playing for a much bigger audience than it was a decade ago. But La Fave and Frederickson don’t feel cursed, or like they’ve failed. The way they see it, they’ve just been living. And at this point, life and the band are inextricable from one another. “When you’re in a band 20 years, life happens,” La Fave says. “That’s the only way you can look at it.” SEE IT: The Prids plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Daydream Machine and Dead Leaf Echo, on Saturday, Oct. 3. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 30, 2015


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still teachin’: Peaches plays Roseland theater on Monday, Oct. 5. ability to pair beautifully ominous riffs with sludgier sounds make it a deviation from the norm. With a barebones tactic to the genre, which the band self-describes as “cave-noise,” A Volcano is easily one of the most underrated metal bands in Portland. Hail Satan! ASHLEY JocZ. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

The Thesis: Tope, Dre C, Zoo?

[tHE REtURn] Before moving to oakland a few months back, Anthony “tope” Anderson was Portland’s rapper next door, the guy you fall into conversation with on the MAX or in the coffee shop who ends up telling you about his asthma and how he didn’t go to prom because he couldn’t afford a tux. that rare personability helped make tope the city’s most visible Mc, and he returns tonight for his first show in his hometown since shipping out california. MAttHEW SInGER. Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Joe Jackson

[cIGAREttES AnD PoP MUSIc] Sure, you might recall Joe Jackson’s classic power-pop debut, Look Sharp!, his five Grammy nominations or even the protoswing revival output he’s been hard-pressed to leave behind—but did you know he also serves as a freelance ambassador of death? Jackson, the Phil ochs of prosmoking activism, has authored tract after essay after pamphlet about how smoking might not cause cancer and how Americans should be allowed to light one up in their goddamn apartments if they want. Bring a pack of Kools, but don’t light up—the indoor smoking ban is still in effect, no matter how much Jackson might protest. BRAcE BELDEn. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110. 8 pm. $42.50 advance, $45 day of show. 21+.

Tobias Jesso Jr., Wet

[PIAno BALLADS] the first listen through tobias Jesso Jr.’s debut album, Goon, doesn’t seem like something that was made this year. Recalling instead piano-ballad singer-songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s—Randy newman comes quickly to mind—Jesso folds simple tales of heartbreak in with lush piano arrangements, lead by emotive vocals that border all at once on sleepy and sweet. the melodic arrangements often build to lovelorn choruses--”How could you, babe?” and “I can hardly breathe without you” are two such examples—and feature touches of violin or horns, making heartbreak seem more than anything like a sad but not unpleasant stroll through the park. KAItIE toDD. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9:30 pm. $17. All ages.

Paul Weller, Villagers

[BEYonD MoD] It’s a rare creative impulse to go from the Jam’s 1970s power pop to the Style council’s white soul in the next decade, emerge a solo performer and continue on for another 20 years. Along the way, Paul Weller has continued to express a ridiculous range of influence, including a 2013 effort reminiscent of the Last Poets or Gil Scott Heron, if they’d been more engaged with experimental music. Even this year’s Saturns Pattern finds Weller jumbling up exhaustive interests and casting the album’s hard-edged pop songs as some 21st century contraption referencing his past and even some shoegazey guitar gloss. DAVE cAntoR. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $33 advance, $35 day of show. 21+.

FRIDAY, OCT. 2 Lose Yr Mind Festival

[DIY RAUcoUS] Lose Yr Mind Fest is a two-day garage-psych extravaganza benefiting the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a nonprofit that provides emergency health benefits for local musicians. taking place this weekend within industrial Southeast, it features local favorites Grandparents and Psychomagic alongside some renowned West coast thrashers. there’s no better band to headline than L.A.’s no Age, whose previous engagements in Portland have been at defunct all-ages venues and in the aisles of a certain vegan food mart, its colorful explosion of noise ballads and art-damaged pop punk hyping the crowd no matter the venue. Don’t miss Seattle’s Wimps either, who bring power anthems that defy middle age, keeping the house party vibe alive for all sets. WYAtt ScHAFFnER. AudioCinema, 226 SE Madison St., 9 pm. Through Oct. 4. $10 per day, $20 weekend pass. 21+.

The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow

[REVIVAL RocK] It’s tough to find a band that embraces the sound and persona of classic rock as wholly as Saskatchewan’s Sheepdogs, While the band’s four albums don’t flow as a nicely as the members’ collective locks, the cornerstone licks and taut psychedelic grooves build on the back of the likes of the Allman Brothers and creedence clearwater Revival, with plenty of improvisation. the forthcoming Future Nostalgia looks to continue said tradition, one indebted to the kind of Southern boogie and harmonized soloing that your dad used to blast in his ‘73 chevelle before the big game. BRAnDon WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

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MUSIC [APOCALYPTIC POP] If Thelma and Louise didn’t drive their car off a cliff and instead decided to write an angsty psych-pop record about cruising through the desert and lamentable relationships, they’d be Burning Palms. With Nico-esque vocals and an ominous lo-fi sound that feels like the few minutes just before a storm hits, Burning Palms creates a perfect point of tension. Check them out with dazed and witchy counterparts Cat Hoch and Cambrian Explosion. ASHLEY JOCZ. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

Catfish & the Bottlemen, Jamie N Commons

[POWER ROCK] Welsh four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen play aggressive rock powered by driving guitar and disco sensibilities. It follows a long line of dance-rock outfits from the U.K. but meanders a bit from anthemic pop to alt-rock territory. The release of The Balcony at the beginning of the year yielded a huge fan base for Catfish and the Bottlemen and all signs point to an opening arena slot sometime soon. Fans of Arctic Monkeys, Band of Skulls and Hockey, this one is for you. MARK STOCK. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $18.50 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

Pseudogod, Crurifragium, Infernus, Triumvir Foul

[NO POSERS] Russia’s Pseudogod occupies a space between black and death metal that pushes both genres to the extreme. Deathwomb Catechesis, from 2012, was a buzzsaw of a record—death metal played as fast and straightforwardly as possible, coupled with black metal’s “demons and devils” lyrical themes, hissed with traditional raspy delivery. Pseudogod possess better songwriting chops and more dynamics than most bands of this particular flavor of death, but that doesn’t mean this show is OK for the faint of heart: The relentless doublekick drums will give even seasoned metal pros a headache. Be prepared for a very heavy night. WALKER MACMURDO. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

MONDAY, OCT. 5 Ultimate Painting

[THROWBACK] Ultimate Painting doesn’t really deserve all the attention it’s gotten for recent sophomore album Green Lanes. Most of the praise is related to its similarities to the Velvet Underground, which is true, and much like being compared to the Beatles, not at all a bad thing. Even so, rehashing the cultural canon is a shortcut to cheap praise and does nothing to push music in new directions. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t like would-be cover bands. If easygoing nostalgia is your thing, you will certainly like Ultimate Painting, because it does that pretty well. SHANNON GORMLEY. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 3 Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy

TRIBUTE TO BONNIE RAITT featuring Bre Gregg, Anne Weiss, Mark Bowden, Rich Landar & Dan Stueber

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT 5PM Bonnie Raitt has not only infused the world with incredible music, but she has also deeply inspired generations of performers and songwriters. She showed women that they could rock just as hard as any man and proved to all people that female players should be taken seriously. Simply put, she changed the face of music. This performance brings together an all-star cast of musicians, and is a precursor to the main event on Saturday, October 10th at the Alberta Rose Theater.


Mister Milano is an Italian-language organic electronica project, very much in the spirit of 1980s Italian Electronic Underground but updated with 21st-century themes of rampant materialism and debauchery, political corruption and insatiable lust. Featuring the lead vocalist and bass player from the highly successful alternative/experimental band Puts Marie, from Switzerland.



An epic musical odyssey through a realm of wizardry and sacred alchemy. Weaving melodic structures with ambient tonal layers and compelling rhythms, Eye Of The Wizard is an ambient acoustic musical quest that rings true with all of Deborah Martin’s spellbinding sonic hallmarks – the effortless guitars, heartfelt melodies, organic percussion, and instinctive ambient sensibility – all working together to revel in the wonders of wizards, ethereal woodland visions, and the whispers of secrets long forgotten.

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[PALATABLE WEIRDNESS] The solo stuff that Nick Thornburn releases under Nick Diamonds lives in the shadow of everything else he’s done. Whenever Diamonds’ music gets talked about, it’s usually qualified by “former Unicorns frontman” or “that guy who composed the music for Serial.” Understandable as it may be, it’s really a shame, because Thornburn’s solo work is worthy of standing on its own. Its techno futurism is mixed with off-kilter lightheartedness, making its complexity and slight strangeness seem effortless and highly listenable. Taken out of overworked music-crit speak, it could even be described as “fun.” SHANNON GORMLEY. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4 Braids, Tasseomancy

[MODERN POP] Canadian act Braids offers an artistic take on modern pop, welding clever lyrics to dreamy layers of feisty percussion, dreamy guitar and moody keys. The trio has succeeded in writing one of the best gender equality songs in recent history with “Miniskirt,” an outstanding effort off the band’s very strong latest release, Deep In The Iris. The inviting nature of its experimentalism is not unlike the work of Bjork, at once complicated and catchy. The end result is the sonic equivalent of a plunge in a pool—refreshing and invigorating. MARK STOCK. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Youngblood Brass Band, Marv Ellis & We Tribe

[BADASS BRASS] Hailing from Madison, Wis., the 10-piece Youngblood Brass Band brings the funk like a New Orleans second line. Even with the full tonal range of the horn section, mad percussion and a sousaphone holding down the bass, the band still manages to layer vocal melodies and fluid raps seamlessly atop the music. Its outstanding mix of jazz complexity, marching-band boisterousness and hip-hop messages has drawn the praises of everyone from Talib Kweli to Questlove. HILARY SAUNDERS. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

MOTHERTAPES WHO: Pete Bosack (vocals, guitar, bass, synth, Ableton), Tommy Franzen (drums, synth, samples) SOUNDS LIKE: What would happen if Tune-Yards started dabbling in math rock. FOR FANS OF: Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Wax Fingers. Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen, the duo behind Mothertapes, admit they’re not always the easiest people to get along with. “I’m definitely a bit of a control freak about stuff,” Bosack says. “It’s no accident that I’ve ended up in a band with just me and another guy.” Although Mothertapes is on the verge of releasing its debut, the self-titled album is not even close to the first record Bosack and Franzen have recorded together. They’ve performed together in different projects for nearly 10 years. “I put some Craigslist ads up like, ‘Yo, drummer looking to play music with people,’” he says. “I got a crap-ton of responses, and most of them were pretty lame. But Pete was also putting ads up on Craigslist, and I responded to one of his ads and then we played. And that was it.” “It’s all pretty romantic,” Bosack adds. The pair’s original post-rock band, Wax Fingers, released an album and an EP between 2010 and 2012. But as others members started leaving—amicably, they maintain—Bosack and Franzen compensated with increased use of synths, drum pads and a computer loaded with the sequencing software program Ableton. As a result, the sound of Mothertapes rests in the balance of the complex hurricane of notes and the melodic comfort of pop. Live, the layering of different sounds—guitar, bass, drums, synth—that defines the group’s music is re-created in the moment. Bands sticking together for a decade are anomalies these days, especially those made up of admittedly combustible personalities. Regardless of what happens with Mothertapes, Bosack and Franzen consider it success enough that they haven’t killed each other...yet. “I’ve come close!” says Franzen. HILARY SAUNDERS. SEE IT: Mothertapes play Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Bearcubbin’ and Just Lions, on Thursday, Oct. 1. 8:30 pm. $7. 21+.


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MUSIC Tove Lo, Erik Hassle

[IKEA SOUL] Although the whiskey-gargling, pastry-munching “Habits” detailed in Tove Lo’s 2013 breakthrough single have forced references as far afield as Ke$ha and Lena Dunham, the wordplay of our latest Swedish nightingale seems more metaphor or mistranslation than confessional. Like her contemporaries on the electro anthem circuit, it matters so much less than sheer joyousness of delivery. Her 2014 debut fulllength, Queen of Clouds, proffers a succession of Indian-summer jams painstakingly constructed for addictive potential by a sprawling list of contributors. One can’t have too many Swedish chefs, and this pop won’t spoil. JAY HORTON. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St.. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

Peaches, US Girls, KizMet

[ELECTRO-RAUNCH] Electroclash is long dead, but the queen of that early 2000s fad is still out here, and as filthy as ever. On Rub, Peaches’ fifth album and first in six years, the former schoolteacher born Merrill Nisker proves she hasn’t sanitized with middleage, delivering minimalist dancefloor porn with titles like “Dick in the Air” and “Vaginoplasty.” Don’t ever change, Peaches—as if you even could. MATTHEW SINGER. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $20. 21+.

TUESDAY, OCT. 6 Spirit Family Reunion, Barna Howard

[FOLK-FAMILY REUNIONS] The Spirit Family Reunion is the opposite of rap. The Spirit Family reunion is a folk band from Brooklyn, N.Y. The Spirit Family reunion is old-timey. The Spirit

Family Reunion uses an upright bass. The Spirit Family Reunion plays modern-day party rallies for endless legions of college graduates stomping their bespoke boots in time to this rag music. The Spirit Family Reunion has a new album out called Hands Together, if you’re so inclined. BRACE BELDEN. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb

[WOMAN WITH A GUITAR] A role model of mine once described her musical tastes to me as, “If it’s a woman with a guitar, I’m hooked.” In some ways, Angel Olsen is the quintessential “woman with a guitar”—a singer-songwriter with heavy attention to lyrics, a strong, melancholic voice and a touch of Americana. By that description alone, Olsen might sound like a wallflower, but she definitely isn’t. Sure, her music is deeply beautiful, but there’s a serious kick to it, thanks to Olsen’s fiery lyrics and wry sense of humor. In all honesty, though, it’s hard to think of anything to say about Angel Olsen beyond “She’s just really great.” SHANNON GORMLEY. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. No. 110, 8 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. Under 21 permitted with parent or legal guardian.


[TAIKO THEATER] Former Portland Taiko artistic director Michelle Fujii and the group’s star performer, Toru Watanabe, have been married for 13 years, and they’ve used the twists and turns of their relationship to inform their

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And And And playing a Portland art gallery in 2009: “Back then, we had no clue what we were doing, and it was maybe the best period for us as a band. There is something to be said for a bunch of truly ignorant people moving to a new city and starting a band with zero connections or plan. Speaking for myself, at that time, I knew six, seven people in Portland, the And And And guys and my brother and sister. I found out about us releasing our first album from a review in WW. I remember making fake logo stickers that we’d put on cans of Pabst and sell as merch at our shows for a dollar until the bar caught on. That fast-and-loose approach was pure glory for an 18-, 19-year-old kid like me. We only understood one thing about the machines behind the curtain: That we didn’t need them.” —Bim Ditson, And And And drummer. SEE IT: And And And plays its 6th anniversary show at Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., with Calisse and Times Infinity, on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 9 pm. $8. 21+. 40

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new group’s first original production, which means “head to head” in English. Both have long incorporated dance into their musical performances, and along with the dramatic Japanese percussion— big mallets striking big drums— the show includes storytelling and theater. BRETT CAMPBELL. Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St. 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 2-4. $15 advance, $18 day of show.

India Arts Festival

[INDIAN CLASSICAL AND JAZZ] As part of its celebration of Indian music and dance, the local Indian arts presenting group Rasika hosts a pair of concerts that look to the country’s musical past and present. Saturday’s show features South Indian classical vocal and flute music by Binni and Krishnakumar, with flutist VK Raman, violinist N. Srikanth and Arjun Kumar on the double-headed mridangam drum. Sunday’s show pays tribute to Carnatic composer and mandolin virtuoso U. Shrinivas, who introduced the electric mandolin to Indian music, became a favorite of George Harrison and other Western musicians, played in John McLaughlin’s Remember Shakti jazz fusion group, and recorded over 100 albums before he died a year ago at age 45. His younger brother and frequent collaborator Rajesh joins PSU prof and pianoorgan master George Colligan, saxophonist George Brooks and two percussionists on South Indian and Western drums. BRETT CAMPBELL. Lincoln Hall at Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave. 5 and 7 pm Saturday, 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 3-4. $15-$30.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

[LAST CHANCE CUBAN DANCE] When legendary record producer Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba in 1997 to capture the historic music of Havana, he created a beautiful second life for many of the city’s aging musical legends. The results of his effort, a record and film about the people of the Buena Vista Social Club, exposed a mishmashed crew of elder musicians, dancers and vocalists who play traditional Cuban dance music with all it’s legendary energy to a broad international audience. The crew, who have been touring nonstop since the film, will retire after 2015. A shame, but it’s time. And unless you plan on visiting the newly opened island nation, you’ve got to hear this music tonight. PARKER HALL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7 pm Sunday, Oct 4. $39.75-$72.25.

Carlos Núñez, Hanz Araki

[SPANISH CELTIC] When we see “Celtics” we usually think of Ireland, or maybe Boston. But those Celts really got around, emerging from their Iron Age Central European origins to the Balkans, the British Isles and beyond. A master of the gaita, the Galician bagpipes that spawned the Irish and Scottish pipes, Carlos Núñez hails from one of the last non-British redoubts of Celtic language and music, Northwest Spain’s Galicia province, and infuses those traditional sounds with influences from flamenco to Brazilian music to fado and more. Gaining world fame for his work with fellow Celtic musicians the Chieftains, he’s also worked with Los Lobos, Ry Cooder and others. His current band features his percussionist brother Xurxo, a Brazilian violist and a fiddler/step-dancer. Portland Celtic flutist Hanz Araki opens. BRETT CAMPBELL. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 6. $18-$23.

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Cannibal Ox THURSDAY, OCT. 1 In 2001, Cannibal Ox unleashed a classic. The Cold Vein thrust Vast Aire and Vordul Mega to the forefront of New York’s underground rap scene at the turn of the millennium, pairing lo-fi, industrial beats with the two young artists’ intricate, introspective and cinematic rhymes. Born from late-night studio jaunts, it was the album that launched Definitive Jux, the seminal independent label founded by El-P of Run the Jewels, who produced the record. It entered the hip-hop canon almost immediately. And then, nothing. Well, there were solo releases, and the odd single here and there. But enough time passed that fans began to doubt whether they’d ever get a proper follow-up. Blade of the Ronin, Cannibal Ox’s sophomore album, finally arrived earlier this year. But to call this latest project a “comeback record” would be inaccurate. It is, as any ambitious artists’ second release ought to be, a progression of style. “I think ‘refinement’ is a beautiful word for Cannibal Ox right now,” says Aire. According to him, the intention behind the music hasn’t changed in the past decade, but the perspective has. The two artists are sharper at shaping their street-worn stories. “There’s a lot of familiar subject matter,” Aire says of Blade of the Ronin, “but then there are deeper matters that are connected to us now. We’re touching on things that we never fully got a chance to touch on.” “Harlem Knights,” a standout from the new album, supports his assertions. Echoing themes from “Pigeons,” The Cold Vein’s bleak, penultimate track, Mega examines the relationship between inner-city youth and guns: “Coming out of schools/ Ringing alarms/So wetting teachers with Super Soakers/And doing the motions/Metal detectors were developed/In the event with kids really bringing in arms.” But perhaps the most noticeable difference on Ronin is the personnel. El-P’s fingerprints were all over The Cold Vein, but after disputes with Def Jux over money and ugly online attacks, it became clear he wouldn’t be a part of any future Cannibal Ox work. In his place is Bill Cosmiq, a virtually unknown New York rapper and producer. For Ronin, Cosmiq crafted an uncanny collection of raw, sinister sonics that simultaneously nod back at the group’s early material while pushing forward into some obscure, tenebrous void. To re-create the raw energy and dynamic depth of an architect like El-P is wildly impressive. Progression is paramount for Cannibal Ox right now. They want to make it clear that they’re not making nostalgic music, but pushing forward to inspire and pave a new lane of independent rap. In other words: Don’t call it a comeback. “We’re going to help morph a new type of hip-hop musician,” Aire says. “Stay tuned, and know that I played a part in morphing this new type of animal that’s about to go crazy.” MATTHEW SCHONFELD. A classic rap duo returns after a decade in the wilderness.

SEE IT: Cannibal Ox plays Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., with Liam Tracy, on Thursday, Oct. 1. 9 pm. $13. 21+.

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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. SEPT. 30 Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Denver


350 West Burnside And and and with Calisse, and Times Infinity

East Glisan Lounge

8001 NE Glisan St David Friesen‘s Quartet


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Robert Sarazin Blake


1001 SE Morrison St Fog Father, Small Skies, Salon

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Mel Brown Quartet, with Allan Harris

Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay St. My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks

Justa Pasta

1336 NW 19th Ave Anson Wright Duo

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon - Industrial EBM and electro night! DJs Straylight and Miss Q


3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Bo Ayars Piano Bar

McMenamins Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St. Creed Bratton

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Holly Miranda, Gracie and Rachel

The Blue Room Bar

8145 Open Mic at The Blue Room Bar- hosted by Brian Bays of Soul Progression

Wilshire Church

3917 Northeast Shaver Street Open House Barbershop Music Reading session

THURS. OCT. 1 Alberta Abbey

126 NE Alberta St Portland Blind Cafe

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St Tyrone Wells (Solo) with special guest Joe Brooks

Analog Cafe & Theater

Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble Membership Hoopla!

Green Dragon Bistro & Pub 928 SE 9th Ave Pub Night and Dog Pawty

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1001 SE Morrison St Mothertapes (Album Release Show!!), Bearcubbin’, Just Lions

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St The Thesis: Tope, Dre C, Zoo?

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Houndstooth / The Donkeys

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St. #110 Joe Jackson

Rialto Corner Bar

529 SW 4th The Famous Haydell Sisters

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Tobias Jesso Jr.

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. Sea Fuzz, Who and the Fucks, Cucumber and the Suntans, Ghost Frog

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Portland Lindy Society Presents Thursday Swing! Featuring Baby & The Pearl Blowers, The Djangophiles

Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar

800 NW 6th Avenue at Union Station Cheryl Hodge, Dave Captein, Charlie Doggett

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Paul Weller, Villagers

FRI. OCT. 2 AudioCinema

226 SE Madison St. Lose Yr Mind Festival

Bossanova Ballroom

722 E Burnside St Flamingay “Babewatch”

Doug Fir Lounge

McMenamins Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St Garcia Birthday Band

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Titus Andronicus

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St. Burning Palms, Cat Hoch, Cambrian Explosion

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Pink Lady Presents The Cat’s Meow at The Secret Society

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Rocky Butte Wranglers at The Secret Society

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell King Nine/Funerals/God Hates

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Catfish & the Bottlemen, Jamie N Commons


810 SE Belmont St. Unit Souzou

SAT. OCT. 3 AudioCinema

226 SE Madison St. Lose Yr Mind Festival

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Cool Breeze


350 West Burnside ALCEST with Emma Ruth Rundle

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St The Prids

Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave ARTY

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Melanie Martinez , Handsome Ghost


1001 SE Morrison St 50: A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF DANCE MUSIC, 1965-2015: DJ Cooky Parker, DJ Gregarious, DJ Freaky Outty

Jimmy Mak’s

Duffs Garage

Kelly’s Olympian

Bunk Bar

Hawthorne Theatre

Classic Pianos

3003 SE Milwaukee Ave Festival of the Unknown Improvised Music


350 West Burnside CANNIBAL OX with guests

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St The Minus 5

Euphoria Nightclub


Fillmore Coffee

7201 NE Glisan Ave.

1507 SE 39th Soulfly , Soilwork , Decapitated , Shattered Sun , Chronological Injustice


1001 SE Morrison St MAIN SQUEEZE DANCE PARTY: DJs Kiffo & Rymes Jamie Burton DJ Spencer D

221 NW 10th Ave The Andy Stokes Band 426 SW Washington St Inner Ear Brigade, Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat & White Polar Bear Tundra


8775 Southwest Canyon Lane OctoberBlast with Rose City Kings

Lincoln Hall at Portland State University

Jimmy Mak’s

1620 SW Park Ave. India Arts Festival

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave MISPRID presents Expressway to Yr Skull

221 NW 10th Ave The Paul Creighton Project 421 SE Grand Ave Death Trip w/ DJ Tobias and guests - Garage, psyche, post punk, goth and death rock


3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Negura Bunget, Dynfari, Grimegod, Druden, Uada

830 E Burnside St. The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow

1028 SE Water Ave. A Volcano,The Ax, U SCO

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Panic Room

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Capture The Flag (reunion), Head Injuries, Nothing Like You, Noise Brigade, & Danger! Danger! Danger!

2530 NE 82nd Ave JT Wise Band

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Lovecraft Bar

Mississippi Pizza Pub 3552 N Mississippi Ave Talking Heads Tribute: “Life During Wartime”

DARKWAVE DUCHESS: While the worlds of electronic pop and DJ-dom may be considered maledominated industries, Lorely Rodriguez’s current tour proves that women own the dance floor. Rodriguez, lead vocalist and producer of the Empress Of project, is the self-described “Darkwave Duchess,” and she brought the heat to Holocene on Sept. 27. With Empress Of, Rodriguez redefines the tropes of synth pop, experimenting with bits of jazz, R&B and indie-pop introspection, creating music that strays from ambient apathy and produces songs that are not only intensely vulnerable but sonically exploratory. The dance beats are heavy, but live, her persona is closer to Kate Bush than to other popular artists she might often get lumped in with. While the lights were low for most of the show, and the backing musicians remained stoic, Rodriquez’s undeniable vocal talent and oddly hypnotic connection with the audience left the room transfixed. It’s advised you check out Empress Of before she reaches the level of Grimes and her shows sell out in two minutes. ASHLEY JOCZ. See the full review at lastweeklive. Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Telekinesis / Say Hi


3967 N. Mississippi Ave DJ Roane

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Worship, Lycus, Shroud of the Heretic, Atriarch, Hail

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Shawn Mullins

Solaes Jazz Restaurant 1801 NE Alberta Street David Friesen

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Libertine Belles at The Secret Society

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Sugar Beets Silver Anniversary Celebration! at The Secret Society

The Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell Blvd 60’s Garage Punk Hootenanny!

The Waypost

3120 N Williams Ave, R.Ariel + Terr + King Mob

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St The Fratellis

SUN. OCT. 4 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Braids, Tasseomancy

Lose Yr Mind Wrap Party: Wampire, Pageantry, Jackson Boone

Doug Fir Lounge

Hawthorne Theatre

St Josef’s Winery

Lincoln Performance Hall


28836 S Barlow Rd St Josef’s Winery Grapestomping Festivalthe 33rd Annual

Star Theater

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St

13 NW 6th Ave God Module with Die Sektor

Alejandro Escovedo Duo

The Secret Society

Kelly’s Olympian 426 SW Washington St Blue Flags & Black Grass, Sweet Lou’s Sour Mash, Zach Bryson

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Adam Sweeney and the Jamboree

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Youngblood Brass Band, Marv Ellis & We Tribe

Panic Room

116 NE Russell St Grace Love and the True Loves, The Dip, [novox] at The Secret Society

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Lafa Taylor

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Aer

MON. OCT. 5 Bunk Bar

3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Pseudogod, Crurifragium, Infernus, Triumvir Foul

1028 SE Water Ave. Ultimate Painting

Plaza Del Toro

2522 SE Clinton St The Chocolate Giant presents The Lyric Project, Season 1

105 SE Taylor Sunday Service


600 E Burnside St.

Clinton Street Theater

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Tove Lo

830 E Burnside St Mikky Ekko

1620 SW Park Ave The Montrose Trio

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave rock w/ Cory, dance w/ Cory, watch videos w/ Cory; soundtracks of horror w/ Dennis Dread and Greg

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Caspian

Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway The Milk Carton Kids

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Peaches

TUES. OCT. 6 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Cooder – White – Skaggs

Alberta Rose Theatre

1507 SE 39th Chelsea Grin, The Plot In You 1001 SE Morrison St Red Bull Sound Select: Austra, the Ghost Ease, Genders

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Bones - DJ Aurora

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St. #110 Angel Olsen, Lionlimb

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave The Underachievers

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave BALTHAZAR with special guests

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Duke Dumont Live

3000 NE Alberta St. Carlos Núñez, Hanz Araki

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Spirit Family Reunion, Barna Howard

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Saison with roasted figs

Where to drink this week. 1. Marthas

1300 SE Stark St., 421-9165, Portland’s second major bar to take over a former high school since the Kennedy School, Marthas at Revolution Hall is a high-ceilinged space with modern furniture, pizza and barbecue tofu sandwiches. Its small patio looks out on the vast expanse of the old Washington High School field.



2. Paydirt

2724 NE Pacific St., 233-3655, It remains to be seen whether the new bar from the Old Gold people can withstand the affluent Laurelhurst family-windbreaker crowd that dominated its grand-opening party, but judging from the Fernet on tap, the mini-mall bar seems to be aiming more for the service-industry crowd.

3. Hamlet

232 NW 12th Ave., 241-4009, Cathy Whims and Ryan Magarian’s Hamlet is an unlikely utility bar at happy hour, with fine $8 cocktails and a $5 plate of thin-sliced La Quercia prosciutto piccante—a post-business or pre-dinner stop.

4. SE Wine Collective

2425 SE 35th Place, 208-2061, It’s still harvest time, but not much longer. Watch this year’s grapes get squished while lazily drinking last year’s crop from one of the taproom’s economical wine flights. Ask for the surprise flight and open your mouth wide.

5. World Famous Cannabis Cafe

7958 SE Foster Road, 777-1667, The reboot of Madeline Martinez’s accidentally world-famous pot cafe is more like a spartan, smalltown gathering space for smokers of all stripes than a pretentious multiuse den for dilettantes. Get hold of weed however you see fit, bring it here and smoke in warmth, dryness and peace.

THE DOMINION: When did McMenamins become McMenamins? Back in the ’80s the brothers opened the first modern brewpub in Oregon; by the ’90s they were turning churches and schools into bars, and people were very excited. Remember? Well, now that business model is very familiar. And so is North Portland’s new 5,000-square-foot Victoria Bar (4835 N Albina Ave., The owners have merged the aesthetic of their freeway-off-ramp nightclubs (Jackknife, Dig a Pony) and vegan whiskey patio bars (Bye and Bye, Sweet Hereafter) into a plausible template for citywide, upper-middlebrow dominion. They’ve knocked down a wall at the high-ceilinged former Trébol space to re-create the cocktail menu, Southern-cuisine fetish and bright-tiled luxe feeling of downtown’s Jackknife. But it’s also got Dig a Pony’s DJ-friendly dance floor and Bye and Bye’s picnic-table patio. For cred, there’s art inside from Atlas Tattoo’s Cheyenne Sawyer. Along with a big, sloppy $13 half chicken on gravy-covered grits, former Jackknife chef Russell Van der Genugten offers surprisingly decent gluten-free vegan hush puppies and a rotating vegan po’boy. Bar owner-manager Lisa Victoria Hare—also from Jackknife—offers a dangerously chuggable $8 gin-strawberry-basil cocktail and a $6 happy-hour Moscow mule that tastes like an aggressive ginger snap, plus a healthy collection of tallboys and an ambitious tap list. McMenamins was once New Portland. Now Victoria Bar has become New Portland. And you know what? It’s nice. You’ll only have to wait a couple months for Century, a multistory sports bar from the same people. And God help you, you’ll probably like it. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

WED. SEPT. 30 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon - Industrial EBM and electro night! DJs Straylight and Miss Q

THURS. OCT. 1 Euphoria Nightclub


Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay

FRI. OCT. 2 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Death Trip w/ DJ Tobias and guests Garage, psyche, post punk, goth and death rock


1001 SE Morrison St MAIN SQUEEZE DANCE PARTY: DJs Kiffo & Rymes Jamie Burton DJ Spencer D

SAT. OCT. 3 Holocene

1001 SE Morrison St 50: A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF DANCE MUSIC, 1965-2015: DJ Cooky Parker, DJ Gregarious, DJ Freaky Outty

Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave ARTY


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MON. OCT. 5 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave rock w/ Cory, dance w/ Cory, watch videos w/ Cory

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave soundtracks of horror w/ Dennis Dread and Greg

TUES. OCT. 6 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Bones - DJ Aurora

3967 N. Mississippi Ave DJ Roane

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave MISPRID presents Expressway to Yr Skull

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Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play!

Adrift in Macao

Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig, the adorable “bestus friends” in Mo Willems’ children’s book series, come off the page to tackle friendship’s big questions on stage with Northwest Children’s Theater. Drama escalates when Elephant and Piggie both want the same toy. Life is tough. For children four and up. Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett St., 222-4480. 10 am Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 24. $17-$23.

Little Gem

Shows from Portland’s only Irish theater ensemble are a rare treat, often tucked in the upstairs back room of Kells downtown. CoHo hosts Corrib’s love letter to the everyday Irish with Emma Murphy’s play about three working-class women simply surviving. In a series of monologues, 18-year-old Amber, her mother Lorraine and her mother Kay detail three very different stages of life. As Irish theater tends to be, it’s a dark look at coming of age, death and divorce. But there’s always stiff drink, too. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, 8 pm Saturday Sept. 26. Sept. 24-Oct. 4. $25.

Mars Two

Action/Adventure, the hole in the wall theater on a mission to make stage accessible for TV and Netflix fans, brings back the popular sci-fi series Mars One for a second season. Over four weekends, they’ll stage four different “episodes” about a (possibly doomed) team of adventurers trying to colonize Mars. This is theater best enjoyed with buddies and beer, and the theater provides at least the latter. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursday-Sunday through Oct 25. $15.

Miz Kitty’s Vaudeville

Miz Kitty’s Parlour “Revusical” is part musical, part comedy, part acrobatic show, plus a little grown-up storytelling. Fourteen seasons in, Miz Kitty is featuring acrobatic act A Little Bit Off, radio storyteller Daria Eliuk and 30’sera jazz artists Jacob Miller & the River City Crooners for this monthly special. Local jewelry designer Jessie Averil is bringing her baubles for sale and there will be beer, wine and savory pies from Pacific Pie Co. Minors allowed with a parent or guardian. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 7196055. 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 3. $20-$23.

The Sun Serpent

Cortes’ fleet descends on Aztec land and obliterates the native society, sending two brothers on a quest in this ancient story put on by Northwest Children’s Theater. The original gentrification story gets a twist with this theatrical mix of masks and digital media. Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett St., 222-4480. 7 pm ThursdaySaturday, Oct. 3--Oct. 24. $17-$23.

The Turn of the Screw

Just two Portland Shakespeare Project actors play every role in this adaptation of Henry James’ creepy tale about a governess battling evil spirits to protect her young charges. As the naive caretaker (Dana Millican) tries to exorcise the lonely manor house, Jeffrey Hatcher’s script takes a psychological twist: are the ghosts she sees real or in her head? Joining Millican as the only other actor on stage, Chris Harder plays every remaining role, from the kids to their uncle to the housekeeper. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. *7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sundays through Oct. 18. $17.50.

Don’t be fooled by the guns, murder, criminals and sinister behavior, Adrift in Macao is a comedic musical first and a mystery/crime drama second. A parody of classic noir and neonoir films, Adrift in Macao is a cross between Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Set in Macao, China, in 1952, the play opens on a dark and ominous night. An ensemble of sultry jazz instrumentals and a powerful fog machine help set the stage—enveloping the audience into the scene. The hysterical nature of the play relies heavily on exploiting the usual archetypes found in noir films, from the seductive dame to the handsome and brooding gentleman framed for murder. But probably the most entertaining and stereotypical character is the inscrutable Asian, Tempura— “because I have been battered by life,” he explains. Tempura’s broken English, lotus flower proverbs and cynical disposition will make you laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time. The cleverly designed set makes optimal use of the small stage with rotating set pieces and scene-setting signs, transporting you to Macao, Bangkok and New York City. Just beware of the mysterious McGuffin who may be lurking behind you. KATANA DUMONT. Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm SaturdaySunday through Oct. 25. $20-$42.

ALSO PLAYING Anything Goes

Drammy Award-winning actor-director Joe Theissen brings Cole Porter’s classic 1934 musical to Lake Oswego. Full of song-and-dance numbers and tap dancing spectacles, this show-tune classic follows a stowaway on an ocean liner from New York to London who attempts to woo a nightclub singer away from the wealthy nobleman she’s engaged to. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, Sept. 11- Oct. 18. $20-$37.

One Man, Two Guvnors

Clackamas Rep co-founder and artistic director David Smith-English leads the Pacific Northwest’s first production of Richard Bean’s Tony Award-winning farce, based on Carlo Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters. Set in Brighton, England, in 1963, One Man follows a young street urchin who bumbles his way into being employed by a lowly street gangster and an upper-class criminal. As he struggles to keep his employers from learning about one another, a mixture of traditional farcical antics, slapstick, audience interaction and musical comedy ensues. Clackamas Repertory Theater, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, 594-6047. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 pm Sunday, through Oct. 4. $12-$30.


In the face of religious persecution, government subterfuge and torture, what power does art have? That’s the question in Bill Cain’s post-9/11 masterpiece that filters terrorism paranoia through the lens of Jacobean London. The notoriously cruel politician Robert Cecil (Matt Smith) wants William Shagspeare (Keith Cable) to write a play about how the government stopped the Gunpowder Plot. As is only appropriate of his last production, Post5 co-founder and artistic director Ty Boice steals the show. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St. 7:30 Friday-Sunday through Oct. 4. $20.

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Whammy! COMIC DAVID KOECHNER LOVES CHEAP THRILLS. He’s not exactly a movie star, but nine times out of 10 David Koechner steals the scene he’s in. From Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy—where he became a household name by playing sports anchor Champ Kind and coining the phrase “Whammy!”—to Comedy Central hits like Another Period and Drunk History, Koechner kills it playing hyper-macho buffoons who make audiences laugh and cringe at the same time. Before headlining Helium Comedy Club this weekend, he told WW about improvising with Will Ferrell and getting recognized for being in Hannah Montana. MIKE ACKER.

WW: So what brings you to Portland? Are you on a promotional tour or just out doing some comedy? David Koechner: I book 12 standup shows a year, so you can call it a tour or you can call it a revolution. The world keeps revolving as comics keep evolving, it’s just part of the continuum. Let’s call it a continuum. Do you mostly get recognition for the characters you play in movies? There’s always going to be somebody who hopes for a “Whammy!” but that’s certainly not what my act is. I’m a husband and father of five kids. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest, and I lived in Los Angeles for the last 19 years. That all informs my act and who I am. It’s like anybody else. You’re on a journey and you just fill it out onstage. Standup has come later, but I’ve performed live for the last 30 years. It’s all part of the same practicum. The only difference is you have a relationship with the people onstage or with the audience. One is solo and the other is with someone else onstage, but you’re still just doing comedy. Is there a lot of improvising when you’re acting in movies? In the Anchorman movies, for instance, you have to know the scene and your lines and all that stuff.

We’ll capture that three or four times, and then you have all these people who have a background in improvisation, and it’s very easy for us to all add something new to the scene. You’re not improvising the whole movie, but I believe that spirit informs the whole process. With nearly a decade between the Anchorman movies, was it hard for you to get back into character? It was pretty natural; I’d say enjoyable. You look forward to it and hope you can measure up to your prior performance. To perform with those guys is like playing on an elite team. Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on? The one that’s probably least known, a movie called Cheap Thrills—it’s a thriller. It does have some dark comedic undertones, but it is by no means a comedy, and it was a kick in the pants to do. It was an independent that we shot in 14 days, what they call a micro-budget picture. You’re just doing it for the love of it at that point, and I had a blast. Have you ever been surprised by a project becoming a big deal? The first time I did Hannah Montana! My kids were fans of it—my girls—but I had no idea what it was. After I did it, I was like, “Oh my, this thing is huge!” It’s strange when 25-year-old girls recognize me from watching it eight years ago. You have had a long career working with famous people. Does any one project stand out? The first movie I ever did was Wag the Dog, a Barry Levinson-directed film with a script by David Mamet that starred Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. I was fucking blown away! For me, that was intimidating, like, “Holy shit, these are the big boys.” SEE IT: David Koechner is at Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3. $20-$33. 21+.

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A tragi-comic musical follows a gay love triangle ravaging a very Jewish New York family. This 1992 Tony Award winner got buzz at it’s opening because the AIDS crisis was just making headlines. Marvin seems to have the perfect family life, but when he leaves his wife Trina for some guy named Whizzer, Trina reciprocates by getting with Mendel, the family’s psychiatrist, and everything goes akimbo with the lesbians next door and the couple’s young son. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 875-1149. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday through Oct. 10. $25-$35.


Equal parts biography and fiction, Liz Duffy Adams’ Restoration era comedy Or, follows London playwright and poet Aphra Behn, who is determined to leave her life as a spy to pursue her dream of being a successful playwright. . But that hefty subject matter stays light and engaging thanks largely to the talented cast, helmed by Maureen Porters’ Behn, who is equal parts witty and wise. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 235-1101. 7 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday through Oct. 10. $18-$42.50.

Our Town

What could easily be a folksy rendering of an overproduced show instead is a stripped-down presentation of the human connection found (or lacking) in live theater. The stage is bare, with lights and rigging exposed. The actors pantomime their props, using nothing more than a dozen or so chairs. The company does make one notable departure from Wilder’s traditional work: the racial diversity of its cast. It seems a nod to the ongoing relevancy of a play that nearly 100 years old—our citizens might look different, but their characters stay the same. Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave.,, 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday and 2 pm Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 11. $37-$70.

Passion Play Part III

For Passion Play, Profile Theater’s most ambitious 2015 production, the local company is staging Sarah Ruhl’s three separate adaptations of the passion of the Christ, as put on by three very different communities: Elizabethan England, post-war Germany and Cold War-era South Dakota. Shaking the Tree Theater, 823 SE Grant St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 24. $25.


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described his raunchy sketch-comedy show as “the kind of late-night show that makes you feel like a naughty kid laughing at dirty jokes in your friend’s basement.” Reverently titled “SHHH…ART!,” Spectravagasm 7 sends up the ridiculousness of the art world with song, dance and a trailer for Dinkowitz’s third mock film. Post5 Theater, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-258-8584. 11 pm Friday-Saturday through Oct. 3. $5. 21+.

The Understudy

The play-within-a-play concept is a familiar one, often utilized to comic effect. Artists Rep takes it one step further with the Portland premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy, where Harry (who’s the understudy for Jake, who’s the understudy for Bruce) must rehearse a fictional Kafka play with a stage manager whose life he ruined many years ago. If the premise proves anything, it’s that the most captivating drama happens behind the curtain. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, 2 pm Sunday through Oct. 4.

Waiting for Godot

Before the lights even come up at Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative’s staging of Samuel Beckett’s iconic Waiting for Godot, the production is captivating. The tragicomedy escalates with perfectly timed banter—if you can claim escalation in a play about two men endlessly waiting for an absent phantom named Godot. “It’s indescribable,” says Vladimir. And somehow, that’s exactly right. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 971-244-3740. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday through Oct. 11. $25.


Here’s the setup: Take five of the Brody Theater’s top improvisers, put them into costumes, give them some props, rearrange the furniture and then BAM! Off come the blindfolds and here comes the improv. Watch as hilarity ensues as the actors try to figure out who they are, why they’re wearing that hat and what they are doing with that spatula. The Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 3. $12.

Creed Bratton

Made famous playing the disturbing and hilarious Quality Assurance Director of the same name on The Office, Creed Bratton is a veteran actor, musician and comedian. With three solo records to his credit, his live

show is a perfect blend of his unique style of rock music and his offbeat comedy. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 8 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30. $20-$25. 21+.

Earthquake Hurricane

One host is good. Four hosts are four times as good. You can’t argue with science. Portland’s powerhouse comedy showcase hosted by Alex Falcone, Bri Pruett, Anthony Lopez and Curtis Cook returns for another week of comedy in a bike shop. Velo Cult Bike Shop, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012. 9 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30. Free ($5 suggested donation).

Funny Over Everything Presents Andy Haynes

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, comedian Andy Haynes has performed on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Pete Holmes Show and on Comedy Central. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Haynes is in town to headline one of Portland’s best comedy showcases. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 493-1128. 9:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 1. $10.

Stand-Up for Yourself with Amy Miller

One part Iyanla: Fix My Life and one part Between Two Ferns, Stand-Up For Yourself is Portland’s first hybrid stand-up comedy/therapy talk. Hosted by one of Portland’s main lady-comics and past WW Funniest 5 pick Amy Miller. She also won the Portland’s Funniest Person competition this year. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30. $5-$13. 21+.

DANCE Akatsuki

Japanese sword-artist group Kamui, led by the choreographer for Kill Bill Vol. 1, performs an intimidating blend of dance and fighting arts to the live music of singer-songwriter Mika Kobayashi. “Kengido,” a style of Japanese sword play (Kenjutsu), is the group’s way of spreading traditional Samurai culture to modern audiences in places like Germany and Poland, and now Portland. Minors allowed with a parent or guardian. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 4. $25.

Cirque de la Lune

It’s rare that a ballet is pegged as exotic and also set in a 1930s Depression-era circus. This new show from Ballet Fantastique choreographer-producers Donna Marisa and

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Hannah Bontrager starts with that unexpected premise. Adding circus artist Raymond Silos and three different folk orchestras—Troupe Carnivàle, Mood Area 52 and Betty and the Boy—it’s likely the most format-busting ballet Portland will see this year. PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 224-9842. 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 3. $30.


Dancing girls and metal meet at Star Theater of all places in this burlesque that’s billed as a “titillating dance in the ninth circle of Hell.” Pole dancers, aerial artists and women warriors wielding weapons will dance. Hosted by Vera Mysteria, who won Miss Metal Portland 2014 (yes, there is such a thing), the soundtrack includes Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Dio, Metallica, Bathory,

Cathedral, Witch, Judas Priest, Ozzy and some local metal acts. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 2. $12-$20. 21+.

Music Listings

Villains & Vixens Cabaret

A dance concert themed around the most villainous music from Hollywood and Broadway evildoers. Local musicians Heidi Davis, Robert B. Power-Drutis and Monty Lamb will play Cruella De Vil’s theme music and songs from The Phantom of the Opera and The Little Mermaid, plus top 40 favorites like “Somethin’ Bad” and “Killer Queen” to start pregaming Halloween plenty early. Twilight Theatre Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9838. 8 pm FridaySaturday, Oct. 2-3. $12. 21+.

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CAPER IN THE ’COUVE: Jason White (left) and Ryan Thiessen.

Shagadelic Sherlock Though Rebecca Hoffman’s directorial debut at Magenta Theater, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, isn’t as austere as its epic moniker, the show is all the better for its lighthearted take on the classic. Cobbled together in 1899 by actor William Gillette, The Final Adventure is a new kind of classic. Combining two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved stories (“A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem”) in order to feature both Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty, and his love interest, Irene Adler, the play was recently given a contemporary gloss by Steven Dietz that emphasizes humor and romance. Though the adaptation was originally set in late-19th-century Britain. Magenta updates events by 70 years. This new show starts with a John Barry bassline, 221B Baker Street has groovier furnishings, and the Great Detective’s familiar deerstalker is replaced with a wardrobe on the fringe of shagadelic. Stripped of the signature accessories and sheen of antiquity, Holmes seems shabbier and a little pathetic. This is an inevitable consequence of transplanting the detective’s anachronistic attitudes into a new era. A Victorian gentleman’s polite decorum just seems like crippling shyness in 1960s swinging London. It doesn’t help that Ryan Thiessen seems miscast as Holmes, at first. With easily startled features like a young Eddie Bracken and a larger frame than most in his role, Thiessen’s Holmes is an unusual sight. But throughout the course of the play, his merits grow. He possesses the necessary authoritarian bearing over Jason White’s serviceable Doctor Watson and Andrew Pongratz, who plays Bohemia’s young king as a frat pledge. Otherwise, Hoffman smartly emphasizes the play’s comedy—screwball thieves and frustrated flirtations—so that Thiessen’s maladjusted sleuth is triumphant. Given Hollywood’s recent obsession with Conan Doyle’s stories, any adaptation that tries to be remotely faithful is probably doomed. Instead, reimagining the iconic adventures makes for a vastly more interesting show. As Holmes himself would say: Once you eliminate impossible ambitions, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. JAY HORTON.





For Magenta’s Final Adventure, updating a classic is elementary.

SEE IT: Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure is at the Magenta Theater, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash., 360-6354358, 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 2 pm Saturday through Oct. 10. $15-$18.


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Rudy’s is pregaming Halloween and going beyond the realm of haircutting to act as a photography gallery for the month of October. Shots of the shops’ favorite workers and patrons dressed as poltergeists, phantoms, demons and ghosts will line the walls. Opening night will also include live music, drinks, video projection and the artwork of Geino Äotsch. Through Oct. 31. Opening reception 6 pm Friday, Oct. 2. Rudy’s Barbershop, 3015 SE Division St., 232-3850.

Art of Darkness & Light

Kimberly Bookman has a bone to pick with the writers and historians who’ve documented women. Her growing mixed-media show is a collection of sculptures she created in response to how women in history and myth have been exploited “to satisfy the lust of men.” In hopes of inspiring and educating modern women, she tells the tragic stories of classic saints, witches and virgins through sculpture. She warns that her work is disturbing, but that’s exactly the point. Through Oct. 27. Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, 823-2787.

Co-Conspirators and the Possibilities of Painting in a Parallel Universe

In her first Portland show, Leslie Baum presents a series of new works that play off of her existing painting, Co-conspirator. Using differing media and scale, each of these new pieces— which include oil paintings, large-scale drop-cloth paintings, standing floor panels and table-top watercolors—functions both as an independent art piece and also part of the larger dialogue. Through Oct. 1. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 444-7101.


In 2011, a group of local independent artists including Marlie Ranslam, Eileen “Ikie” Nolan Kressel, Judy Shaw, Karen Story, Kay Danley, Karrie Amiton and Nancy Freeman formed Bridge City Artists as a collective to build community support. In memory of Nancy Freeman, the artists will display their printmaking, encaustic works, paintings and mixed media in an amalgamation of their diverse styles, aptly titled, Convergence. Through Oct 31. Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave., 224-3640.

Eyebeam in Objects

Eyebeam, a New York nonprofit art and technology center, commissioned a group of experimental artists who working in various tech-related forms— from conceptual to sound arts—turn technology-related ideas into physical objects. Inspired by the question: What meaning do material objects have in a world that’s so addicted to the internet and data? The exhibition Includes work by Chloë Bass, Zach Blas, London journalist James Bridle, bio-hacker Heather Dewey-Hagborg, game designer Zach Gage, Brian House and Addie Wagenknecht. Some artists, like Gage, focus on words. He composed poetry out of Google’s auto-generated suggestions. Other, like Bass, chose video. Her “peephole” gives viewers a glimpse of two original videos. And House’s piece projects telegraph sounds that mimic human speech patterns. Expect big screen TVs and headphones on Upfor’s walls just as much as the paintings you’d expect at a gallery show. Through Oct. 31. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 227-5111.

Lloydean Grand Opening, Featuring Dane Eisenbart

The newest and one of the only art galleries on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Lloydean Presents is debuting with the oil on canvas works of Portland native Dane Eisenbart, who’s known for his anthropomorphic depictions of nature, paintings that seem to capture motion, and high-contrast works that pit light against dark. Focused on nature and mythology, his new Simply


Night Was Already in My Hands

Portland needs a fashion police, and not just for the people who wear North Face to weddings. There’s a tangled web of lies, rivalry and political subterfuge enveloping our fashion industry. Two fashion shows, Portland Fashion Week and FashioNXT, are coming to Portland runways in October. Both shows have signed proclamations from Mayor Charlie Hales’ office declaring them to be the city’s official fashion week. Portland Fashion Week claims the first week of October as—surprise—“Portland Fashion Week.” FashioNXT, which hosts shows during October’s second week, holds the mayoral-approved title of “Portland’s Official Fashion Week.” The intrigue does not end here. While the designers are usually the main draw, Fashion Week organizer Tod Foulk is keeping his lineup under wraps because of harassment by Internet trolls. Foulk says he was accused of being “a crook and a criminal” and believes that “too many people in the Portland fashion industry are engaged in character assassination.” Lauding Portland Fashion Week as the world’s first carbonnegative fashion event, Foulk claims he planted $10 billion worth of trees by himself to offset carbon generated by the show. It will open with a sustainable fashion showcase, followed by ready-to-wear and swimwear collections, then bridal and couture shows. The four-day event wraps up Sunday, Oct. 4, with a showcase of accessories, an homage to the often-overlooked contributions of hair and makeup artists and a benefit dedicated to LGBT designers. Three days later, FashioNXT kicks off at its Pearl District location, bringing a roster of five Project Runway winners—including local heroes Seth Aaron and Michelle Lesniak—and national names like L.A. designer Walter Mendez. “FashioNXT has emerged as the premier event for the Portland fashion community,” says creative adviser Lynn Frank, “which is why the mayor has designated it as the official fashion event.” FashioNXT’s biggest draw may be its second day’s wearable technology fashion competition. Hoping to “create a relevance reflective of Portland,” Frank says, the competition attracted entries from around the world that fuse wearable technology—like your mom’s Fitbit—with high fashion. There’s a cash prize and an invaluable raft of features and mentoring opportunities for whichever mondo g designer best fuses function and aesthetics. Desi Allinger-Nelson We’re looking at a tale of two catwalks—one mysterious and eco-conscious, the other tech-inspired. With their claws already drawn, one show is likely to rise to prominence, posing the question: Does Mayor Hales’ office have a “Portland’s ONE, TRUE, ACTUAL, SERIOUSLY GUYS THIS IS THE REAL ONE Fashion Show” certificate on deck? WALKER MACMURDO. Too fierce for just one catwalk.

Exquisite show includes the large Dreaming in Color canvas—a white and green oil painting depicting a saintly figure curled up in the woods with lambs and a mythic stag creature. Through mid-November. Opening reception 6 pm Friday, Oct. 2. Lloydean Presents, 2728 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 951-8234.

Mondo Guerra

Bisected, flattened, bleached and pre-dyed. Pretreated canvases are the basis for William Matheson’s second solo exhibition at Nationale, inspired by poetry of the same title from Japanese modernist Sagawa Chika. Matheson’s paintings, which previously had superimposed marks that looked like smiley faces on top of everyday images of video games or screenshots, are traditionally abstract and chunky. This show takes modernism even a step further by examining the base material itself. Through Oct. 19. Nationale, 3360 SE Division St., 477-9786.

Or Something Like That

Local creative entrepreneurs Marc Girouard and Travis Abels, aka Pencil Head Industries, are inspired by storytelling. With a Kickstarter campaign in the works, their mission is threefold: to release a vinyl record with an artsy cover, to put on gallery shows where visitors put on headphones to hear interesting tales and a website of live-streamed stories. Or Something Like That, their first audio-visual installation, combines interviews, sound design, original music and art into a show with the goal of transporting people to other worlds with the power of words. Reading Rainbow, eat your heart out. Through Oct. 1. A.I.R. Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall, 700 SW 5th Ave.

Pythagorean Eyes: On Integrating Polar Curves

Michael Schultheis refers to his artistic practice as Analytical Expressionism. Working with acrylic, against luminous and varied blues, he builds up geometric forms and math equations that imagine Pythagoras’ mind. The show’s title is the artist’s descriptive phrase for the human ability to see mathematics in everything that surrounds us, and the metaphors we use to describe the human condition. Through Oct. 30. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.


The first artist in an exhibition series titled Thinking Through Photography, Leif Anderson will respond to how the gallery’s architectural space is arranged and used through photography and large format inkjet printing at a near 1:1 scale. The printed and shaped photographs will be plied, mounted, stuffed, draped and folded in ways to play with and mimic the physical attributes of the gallery, in order to examine the boundary between the image as photograph and the image as object. Through Dec. 4. Melanie Flood Projects, 420 SW Washington St., No. 301, 862-7912.

GO: Portland Fashion Week is at 3333 NW Industrial St.,, on Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-4. 5 pm-2 am daily (9 pm shows). $25-$125 per show. FashioNXT is at Northwest 9th Avenue and Northrup Street,, on WednesdaySaturday, Oct. 7-10. 6 pm daily (8 pm shows) $30-$165 per show.

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Tinder Box: Gary Wiseman

After five months as an artist-in-residence in Mount Hood National Forest, sponsored by environmental group Bark, Gary Wiseman has produced a diverse body of work that is united by his interest in the systems that shape our understanding of Portland’s wild backyard. References to fire repeat themselves through the show, including maps of fire perimeters drawn with handmade ink, sourced from the charcoal of the fires themselves. Through Nov. 21. PataPDX, 625 NW Everett St., No. 104.

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BOOKS = WW Pick. Highly recommended. By JAMES HELMSWORTH. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit lecture or reading information at least two weeks in advance to: WORDS, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30 Ava Dellaira

In Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead, Laurel has to write a letter to a dead person for English class. She writes to Kurt Cobain, whom her deceased sister was a fan of. The letter becomes a way for her to handle the grief, and she writes to everyone from Janis Joplin to the dude who was the voice of the horse on Mister Ed. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1 Beth Everett

When they said San Francisco was changing, they weren’t kidding. You used to find dead bodies in apartments all the time! But in Beth Everett’s Death on Alder, it’s apparently a surprise. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0053. 7 pm.

Test Tube Release Party

Carlos Gonzalez has recorded something like 16 cassettes, written a 500-page space opera comic and made a couple experimental video cassettes. Floating World celebrates the release of his debut graphic novel, Test Tube. Gonzalez will also play a set as Russian Tsarlag—his spaced-out twangy musical project and alter ego. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., 241-0227. 6 pm.

FRIDAY, OCT. 2 Lauren Groff

Remember the most pretentious dude at your college? That’s Lancelot, called Lotto. He’s an actor—they’re always actors—who marries his college sweetheart, Mathilde, moves to New York and eventually finds success as a playwright. That’s the first half of Lauren Groff ’s Fates and Furies. In the second half, we get Mathilde’s side of the story. Up for a National Book Award, it’s sure to become required reading for arrogant men and the women who love them. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 2284651. 7:30 pm.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4 Elizabeth Gilbert

Gwyneth Paltrow. Pumpkin spice lattes. Watering your succulents. Hot yoga. Organic, stone-cut oatmeal. Lululemon. Self-affirming Katy Perry songs. Lush Cosmetics. The occasional brunch mimosa—you’re so bad! Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 pm. $34.95.

Steve Toltz

Aldo is an ex-con who can’t catch a break—what do you expect from a novel about Australians by an Australian? Quicksand is the latest from Toltz, whose 2008 debut, A Fraction of the Whole, was on the Man Booker Shortlist. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

MONDAY, OCT. 5 Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal made a game called SuperBetter, designed to help her recover from a concussion, in which she adopted a secret identity and looked for power-ups on the road of life. She wants you to play too. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm.

Nick Holdstock

The Casualties is told 50 years after an asteroid crash by a narrator noting who lives and who doesn’t. Author Nick Holdstock will be interviewed by Marjorie Sandor, who won an Oregon Book Award for her essay collection The Night Gardener. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

Jane Smiley

Pulitzer winner Jane Smiley will speak at the Schnitz on her tour for Early Warning, set in the Hawkeye

State. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 227-2583. 7:30 pm.

TUESDAY, OCT. 6 Carmiel Banasky

Instead of giving housewife Claire Bishop the portrait that she sits for, the painter depicts her killing herself. Fifty years later, a schizophrenic man becomes obsessed with the portrait and tries to re-create it. The Suicide of Claire Bishop is the debut novel from Carmiel Banasky, a Portlander whose work has appeared in The Rumpus and on NPR. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

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Ted Rall, SNOWDEN Ted Rall has never been one to soft-pedal his views. Even in the opinionated world of columnists and political cartoonists, his takes are a bit hot: He’s claimed the Iraq War raised the United States’ IQ because only idiots enlist, and he wrote a manifesto for nonvoters a good decade before the “Voting Is for Old People” T-shirt terrified the Tipper Gore set. So it’s no surprise that Burn after reading. Snowden (Seven Stories, 223 pages, $16.95), Rall’s graphic novel about security expert-turned-CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, currently exiled in Russia, is out to prove a point. But the book’s structure doesn’t back it up. Rall lays it on right out of the gate. After explaining the plot of George Orwell’s 1984, he claims, “We live in Oceania.” Rall follows this up with a refresher course on Snowden, detailing the immediate political fallout of Snowden’s revelations about the extent of U.S. surveillance programs, and exactly what they were. This is itself something of a revelation: It isn’t just metadata that the National Security Agency tracks, Rall reminds us. The NSA also records the majority of phone calls in the U.S. (through a program called Mystic) and can play back any of those calls (through a program called Retro.) They can take photos of you through your computer (Gumfish) and listen to you through your phone (Captivated Audience). Rall renders Snowden’s early life and the political debate around him in an expressionistic manner, in distinctly bright and chaotic line-drawing style. To say his book is a graphic novel is somewhat misleading—there’s no sequence of panels that govern time or place but, rather, a bunch of images—mostly Rall drawings, but some photos—mixed in with all-caps lettering. In this way, it reads a lot like a children’s book. Or, at least, it’s a children’s book for parents who want their kids to grow up paranoid. It’s an ambitious undertaking, but even for a veteran cartoonist like Rall, it’s a bit much. In trying to juggle Snowden’s biography, every aspect of his revelations and their political ramifications, all within this “we live in 1984” framework, Rall cannot truly unpack any single one. That we live in the world of 1984 is hardly a novel assertion. As a teenager during the George W. Bush years, I am fairly confident those exact words came out of one of my beflanneled buddies’ mouths—if not in line for a Lord of the Rings showing, then while trying to download the tabs to “Crazy Train.” How will the surveillance state progress? What does it mean for ideas of individuality? Rall never gets to these second-tier issues. As it stands, Snowden is a fitting and functional portrait. It is little else. JAMES HELMSWORTH. GO: Ted Rall appears at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 800-878-7323,, on Thursday, Oct. 1. 7:30 pm. Free. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 30, 2015




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OPENING THIS WEEK Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy?

C Although vestigial remnants of the once proud tradition of political cartooning are still hanging on in op-ed pages across the country, American cartoons have become as toothless and compromised as, well, American newspapers. But in nations less inured to the hamstrung practicalities of a commodifi ed free press, the form remains a vital weapon of free speech. This French documentary introduces a dozen diff erent cartoonists in as many countries, but fi rst-time director Stéphanie Valloatto and producer Radu Mihăileanu don’t leave much room for appreciation or context amid the tales of persecution. While the artistry of cartooning might speak for itself, the politics cannot. Released one year before January’s Charlie Hebdo murders, the fi lm’s dearth of religious perspectives is regrettably understandable, but it begs for a broader portrait. Given the breadth of the cartoonists’ targets— from Putin to Hugo Chavez—including background on the subjects they satirize would have helped the fi lm. Surely not every picture is exactly as it seems. NR. JAY HORTON. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 4.

Coming Home

B A Chinese political prisoner (Chen Daoming) returns home after the end of the Cultural Revolution only to fi nd his wife (Gong Li) has suff ered a traumatic brain injury and doesn’t recognize him. He tries every trick he can think of to jog her memory, including reading thousands of letters he wrote from prison that were never delivered. Coming Home is beautiful, but ultimately feels disjointed. The fi rst third is about Chen trying to escape prison and get back to his family, and it’s intense. The middle focuses on loving tricks, and that part’s light and airy. Then the fi nal third is beautifully sad as the two settle into a life together. All three parts are good but together don’t quite meld into a coherent movie. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Fox Tower.

Finders Keepers

A When Shannon Whisnant found

John Wood’s mummifi ed foot in the meat smoker he bought at a North Carolina storage unit sale, news outlets were quick to jump on the story with smirking, exploitative coverage. The stereotype of the backwards, toothless rural Appalachian white dude is inexplicably still fair game for the entertainment industry. This new example, from fi lmmakers J. Clay Tweel and Bryan Carberry, chronicles the custody battle over the mummifi ed foot and the media circus that ensued. We watch both the media and Whisnant and Wood themselves fan the fl ames of controversy: In one of the most macabre scenes, Wood sits on a German latenight talk show with his own mummifi ed foot on his lap, wearing a wide-eyed, drug-induced smile. But Finders Keepers acknowledges and then thankfully moves past the lowhanging gut-busters in this story, delving deep into the humanity—not just the media caricatures—at the center of this controversy. Themes of death, addiction and longing for fame weave seamlessly through the fi lm, and what was once funny and lighthearted becomes heart-wrenching and beautiful. This is what documentary fi lmmaking should be. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Hollywood, Kiggins.

Goodnight Mommy

B+ There’s a twist at the cold heart

of German directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy that most viewers will probably see coming, but that doesn’t kill


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any of the tension in this deeply troubling horror show. While the deliberate pace and grim content might be off-putting to some, fans of buildup will be held in a vise grip until the gut-wrenching fi nale. Set in an isolated lake house, the fi lm centers on twin brothers Lukas and Elias, whose mother (Susanne Wuest) comes home from facial reconstruction surgery with a head wrapped in bandages and a newfound malevolence toward her sons. As the fi lm progresses, the boys decide the woman isn’t their mother at all and resort to increasingly desperate measures to discover the truth. The setup is simple, but it’s riddled with morbid pleasures—seething claustrophobia, sharp shifts in perspective and Wuest’s malicious performance. You may see the twist coming early, but it’s the turns Goodnight Mommy takes to get there—delving into body horror, psychological terror, creepykid tropes, and the looming threat of violence—that set it in a ghastly class all its own. R. AP KRYZA. Cinema 21.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Anyone who grew up with any sort of nerdy proclivities inevitably went through an H.P. Lovecraft phase, and Portland is especially full of people who are still kindling the flame. Although the Anglophile died in obscurity and poverty in the mid1930s, Lovecraft is now seen as the grandfather of sci-fi horror and one of the more darkly influential writers of the 20th century. In its 20th year, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival celebrates him with three days of film, readings, live theater and a prayer breakfast to the dread god Cthulhu. Featuring more than 50 independent short films adapting or inspired by Lovecraft’s psychedelic horror canon, the Hollywood will also host author talks, idea-pitching panels and vendors selling things like Cthulhu-inspired jewelry. Friday is our pick for the three-day fest, screening the regional premiere of Raul Garcia’s Extraordinary Tales. an animated collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories that was Christopher Lee’s final film before his passing earlier this year. WALKER MACMURDO. Hollywood Theatre. Oct. 2-4. $20-$65.

Queer Film Festival

Once you’ve finished watching the last of the decent options in Netflix’s gay and lesbian category, it can be difficult to find movies about the queer community, decent or otherwise. Luckily for Portlanders, the Portland Queer Film Festival has fought the good fight for the better part of two decades by screening queer documentaries, features and shorts from around the world. Features this year include Eisenstein in Guanajuato, a “deliriously profane biopic” about visionary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, and In the Turn, a documentary about the life of Crystal, a 10-year-old Canadian transgender girl. Cinema 21. Oct. 2-8. Opening night $15, general admission $10.

The Salt of the Earth

B Sebastião Salgado’s still photos are more alive than most moving pictures. The UNICEF goodwill ambassador homed in on Indian coffee harvesters and Brazilian gold miners, and now The Salt of the Earth follows the economist-turned-photographer to Africa. His equally beautiful and disturbing photographs do their job on the big screen, holding a not-too-sentimental magnifying glass to the massive scope of our social and ecological responsibility. NR. KATHRYN PEIFER. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 1 .


A How do you like your tension?

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Hardly any director has such an inconsistent track record and gets such consistent hype as Sir Ridley Scott. Yes, the 77-year-old auteur made some of the most impactful films of his generation. But for every Alien there’s a Black Rain, for every Blade Runner, a 1492: Conquest of Paradise. So, take the buzz surrounding The Martian with a boulder of salt. After the lamentable Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Counselor, Scott could have put his name on Baby Geniuses and it would have been a step up. The Martian just has to be “pretty good” to be a success. And, frankly, that’s exactly what The Martian is: a pretty good sci-fi yarn based on Andy Weir’s book that stumbles on its own ambition. For the second time in two years, a hunky astronaut is stuck alone in space. But Matt Damon’s Mark Watney—unlike his brooding counterpart in Interstellar—has charisma at least. When a massive storm hits the Martian exploration project and Watney’s team leaves him for dead, the skilled botanist realizes that the only way to avoid starvation and space madness is to “science the shit” out of his situation. So he begins cultivating food in space and trying to reach NASA. Evoking Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 more than Scott’s own (unfairly) maligned Prometheus, The Martian is nowhere near as grim as a space survivalist film could be. Alone on the Red Planet with only his wits and a computer full of disco classics, Damon spends much of the film talking to his space station’s onboard video cameras, keeping a diary that plays like an amateur standup set. Damon’s charms could easily carry the film. Hell, just watching him plant potatoes in his own excrement and Wile E. Coyote his way to creating artificial rain could have sustained hours of entertainment.

But Scott doesn’t do small-scale storytelling. The director adds scenes of scientists on our planet screaming complex math equations and NASA’s administrator (Jeff Daniels, on autopilot) launching a campaign to get Watney back. There’s also a wedged-in sequence in which the Chinese government helps save the day, probably due to the increasingly bankable Chinese box office. And for some reason Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover show up in thankless and distracting roles. As if the film weren’t already packed enough, with Watney going agrarian on Mars and the eggheads on Earth doing speed math, Scott includes how Watney’s guilt-plagued team discovers their dude is alive and circles back to get him. That leads to a lot of heroic chest-bumping from Jessica Chastain, even more wisecracking from Michael Peña and very little else. As always, Scott’s direction is spot-on, especially in terms of pure visual spectacle. The opening space storm is explosive, and the sequences of Watney taking his Mars rover out cruising evoke Scott’s grandiose, meticulous landscape visions in Prometheus. Alas, Scott’s hand is almost always too cold when it comes to working with a human touch. With a few exceptions—Thelma & Louise and Matchstick Men—the director’s sprawling and gorgeous films falter at their emotional cores. The Martian is more of the same. Watney is a great character in concept, but the most we get to know about the explorer is that he’s a smart guy you’d probably want to have a beer with. Daniels is a blowhard. Chastain is the matriarchal leader. They all orbit humanism, but no one ever touches down. As a result, The Martian feels like the two Ridley Scotts—one a gifted craftsman and one who made fucking Robin Hood—clashed in the writing room and compromised by splicing together two very different films. Sequences with Damon cracking wise while planting potatoes could be heralded as a return to form for the iconic director. Alas, so could the rest of the film, but in the opposite way. B- SEE IT: The Martian is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at most major Portland-area cinemas. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 30, 2015




H.P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL: EXTRAORDINARY TALES broken elevator; it never lets up. OK, that joke doesn’t work, but the crime thriller starring Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) does. She’s a talented FBI agent specially recruited into a task force fi ghting a brutal (and questionably legal) war against Mexican drug cartels. She spends the whole movie confused and on edge while taking orders from the mysterious Benicio Del Toro (Snatch), who manages to act without ever fully opening his eyes or mouth. As the real mission of the task force slowly takes shape, so do beautiful sweeping helicopter shots of the border zone and heartbreaking vignettes of all the people aff ected by drug war. It’s a powerful fi lm even if you never have anybody to root for. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, For Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

We Come as Friends

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Martian, The (3D) (PG-13) 10:50AM 11:30AM 1:10PM 2:50PM 4:30PM 5:30PM 6:10PM 7:50PM 9:30PM 10:20PM Martian, The (PG-13) 12:20PM 2:10PM 3:40PM 7:00PM 8:50PM War Room (PG) 2:30PM Intern, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13) 11:30AM 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM Sicario (R) 11:05AM 2:00PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Visit, The (2015) (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:40PM 5:10PM 7:40PM 10:05PM Puli (Tamil-AIM Distribution) (NR) 11:30AM 3:00PM 6:30PM 10:00PM Shivam (iDream Media Inc) (NR) 8:00PM

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 11:05AM 1:35PM 2:50PM 4:05PM 6:40PM 9:10PM Captive (PG-13) 11:15AM 2:00PM 4:30PM 7:00PM 9:40PM Everest (3D) (PG-13) 10:55AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM Black Mass (R) 11:00AM 1:55PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM Intern, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:30PM 90 Minutes In Heaven (PG-13) 11:10AM Hell and Back (R) 12:15PM 2:40PM 5:05PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 12:20PM 5:20PM 7:45PM 10:15PM Green Inferno, The (R) 12:30PM 3:00PM 5:30PM 8:00PM 10:30PM Everest (PG-13) 12:10PM 3:15PM 6:15PM 9:15PM Grandma (R) 11:05AM 1:15PM 3:25PM 5:35PM 7:50PM

Black Mass (R) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM Everest (3D) (PG-13) 10:50AM 4:30PM 10:10PM Inside Out (PG) 11:00AM Airavatha (iDream Media Inc) (NR) 8:00PM Everest (PG-13) 1:40PM 7:20PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 1:10PM 5:50PM 10:30PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 12:10PM 2:30PM 3:30PM 4:50PM 7:10PM 8:10PM 9:30PM Grandma (R) 1:35PM 3:45PM Green Inferno, The (R) 12:30PM 3:00PM 5:30PM 8:00PM 10:30PM

C The road to South Sudan was paved with good intentions. Oil companies from China and the United States, Christian missionaries from Texas, and politicians of all stripes played their part in pushing forward the 2011 referendum that forged a separate nation. Hubert Sauper, the Oscarnominated documentarian behind 2004’s Tanzania exposé Darwin’s Nightmare, spent years chatting up all these parties for his feature We Come as Friends. To help evade travel restrictions and charm his way through armed checkpoints, Sauper constructed an ultralight aircraft—this allows for stunning aerial photography but also makes it seem like an alien visitor is telling the disjointed story. Even if you presume this detached perspective is supposed to indicate the patrician disregard or dilettante tragitourism that surrounds this issue, glossing over foreign atrocities, ulterior motives and implicit racism can’t erase that exploitation, however artfully done. The fi lm is beautifully shot, but with fi lmmakers like this, who needs enemies? NR. JAY HORTON. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.


A- Frank Hall Green doesn’t care

Martian, The (3D) (PG-13) 12:00PM 1:10PM 3:30PM 4:40PM 7:00PM 8:10PM 10:30PM Martian, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 2:20PM 5:50PM 9:20PM Visit, The (2015) (PG-13) 11:55AM 2:25PM 5:05PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Lost in Hong Kong (Well Go USA) (NR) 11:05AM 2:00PM 4:55PM 7:40PM 10:25PM Sicario (R) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:05PM 10:05PM Veteran (CJ Entertainment) (NR) 1:20PM 4:10PM 7:10PM 10:10PM Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13) 11:25AM 12:55PM 2:35PM 4:05PM 5:45PM 7:20PM 8:55PM 10:30PM Perfect Guy, The (PG-13) 11:10AM 4:50PM 10:20PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 2:15PM 4:45PM 7:15PM

Black Mass (R) 12:45PM 3:55PM 6:55PM 9:55PM Everest (3D) (PG-13) 11:00AM 4:40PM 10:30PM Intern, The (PG-13) 12:30PM 3:40PM 6:50PM 9:50PM Ant-Man (PG-13) 1:45PM 7:25PM Hell and Back (R) 11:40AM 2:10PM 4:35PM 7:10PM 9:40PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 11:25AM 9:45PM Everest (PG-13) 1:50PM 7:35PM Green Inferno, The (R) 11:30AM 2:00PM 4:30PM 7:00PM 9:30PM


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if his directorial debut, Wildlike, isn’t cool, edgy, or cynical enough for you—“we’re making the product we want to make,” he says. Wildlike’s plot (about “the redemptive power of friendship”) follows 14-year-old Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) as she fl ees family troubles and moves in with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. But when her uncle’s attention turns predatory, Ellen runs away again, fl eeing this time through Alaska’s interior, where she meets middle-aged widower Bart (Bruce Greenwood). While it might sound like the tired

makings of a horror fl ick, instead Bart steps into a protector role and helps Mackenzie escape her troubles, and Green fl aunts his artist’s eye with beautifully framed shots. By giving attention to space, light, time and silence, Green gives the audience a break from the workaday, dad-friendly plot. Alaska’s titanic mountains and ancient bays provide appropriate scale for the nuanced and engrossing performances by Purnell and Greenwood. Make no mistake, this is an eminently watchable and gorgeously shot fi lm. NR. ZACH MIDDLETON. Clinton Street Theater.


A Even if you followed Amy

Winehouse’s career, it’s hard to keep from crossing your fingers for a different ending while watching the tabloids tear her from public grace. R. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Laurelhurst.


B+ Ant-Man is a largely self-contained, breezy, hilarious and gorgeous heist film that manages a feat few recent superhero films do: It stands up well on its own. If it were a comic book, it wouldn’t be the kind you put in a Mylar bag. It’d be one that you read with greasy fingers and childlike relish. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Eastport, Clackamas, Evergreen, Wilsonville.

Best of Enemies

A This doc centers on the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 Republican and Democratic conventions and plunges viewers into the frothy political climate of protests against militarized police in a decade when people were fighting for freedom of body and opinion. R. LAUREN TERRY. Laurelhurst.

Edgerton) to aggressive efforts at rekindling a friendship Simon insists never existed. R. JAY HORTON. Academy, Eastport, Laurelhurst, City Center, Fox Tower, Valley.


C+ Like a feminist companion piece to last year’s Bill Murray feature St. Vincent, Paul Weitz’s Grandma tells the tale of Elle (Lily Tomlin), who takes her neglected granddaughter (Julia Garner) under her wing when the teenager comes asking for money for an abortion. An outof-work poet and widow who just broke up with her young girlfriend (Judy Greer), Elle sees the situation as a chance to bond with her entitled granddaughter. So she takes the girl on a journey through L.A., visiting people from her past to raise funds for the procedure. Tomlin is great as the wise but stubborn Elle, doling out f-bombs and sagelike lessons in equal measure, but despite flashes of genuine emotion, Grandma eventually buckles under its heavy-handedness. It would have made a great play. Instead, it’s an all right movie with a fantastic central performance. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Hollywood, City Center, Division, Fox Tower, Movies on TV, Tigard.

Hitman: Agent 47

D- According to the extensive voice-over (accompanied by some third-rate CGI, which plays a larger role in the film than most characters) that begins the movie, the Hitman program was a government experiment to create super-soldiers, super-strong and devoid of human emotions like fear and love. Based on the film, its makers seem like graduates of this program since they don’t understand human emotion. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Vancouver, Valley.

Hotel Transylvania 2

D While neither Avengers: Age of Ultron nor Ant-Man were total failures, they were, at least, fun. Fantastic Four is decidedly not fun and—with the exception of largely decent casting and some genuinely compelling flashbacks—a total failure. PG-13. CASEY JARMAN. Avalon, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, Valley.

Adam Sandler’s hotel is a flourishing tourist destination for humankind in this follow-up to the 2012 nonsucky kid flick. But when his halfhuman grandson is waxing a little too normcore, Drac decides the kid needs monster training. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

The Gift

Inside Out

Fantastic Four

C The Gift is that rare mass-mar-

keted psychological thriller that’s less concerned with scares than nuanced interiority. It’s as ominous, thoughtful and ultimately meaningless as any of the elaborate gifts left at the sparkling new home of Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall). Following his dream job, the couple leaves Chicago for Simon’s hometown of Los Angeles, where a chance encounter with a forgotten schoolmate leads “Gordo the Weirdo” (writer-director Joel

A Pretty much everybody in the theater was sobbing at some point during Inside Out. It’s sad. Crushingly, relentlessly sad. And absolutely brilliant from writerdirector Pete Docter, (Up). It’s about young Riley, who has to move across the country for her dad’s job, and the tiny people in her head who represent her emotions. PG. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport,

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Ha), who seems like Jenna from 30 Rock without the success. While the quasi-intellectual banter is fun, I just can’t get too excited about whether or not two people I do not like are going to fulfill their terrible dreams. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Living Room Theaters.

The Intern

Pawn Sacrifice

B Pawn Sacrifice chronicles legendary American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) through his rise from poor Jewish kid in Brooklyn to international chess superstar in the 1960s, culminating in his victory over Soviet Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the 1972 world championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ostensibly a film about chess, the pawns in Pawn Sacrifice act more as props in a film primarily about the declining mental state of Fischer, whose meteoric rise in the

The Perfect Guy

David M. Rosenthal gives us the newest attempt at psychological thrillers about men who turn out to be—mother of all surprises—imper-

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B+ Nancy Meyers’ latest film successfully tells a funny, intergenerational story without relying on health scare or a youthful makeover for Ben (Robert De Niro). As an active widower and retiree in need of something to keep himself busy, Ben applies to a senior internship program at “About the Fit,” a Topshop-like online clothing site founded by the dedicated Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). Besides taking place in a squeaky-clean, caucasian version of Brooklyn, this movie doesn’t shy away from the less-glamorous details of being a female CEO in a society that is still playing catch-up, at one point showing condescending glances from Jules’ fellow mothers at her daughter’s school. De Niro does a terrific job embodying the amused patience his generation must adopt to survive in a millennial’s world. He wears a suit every day out of habit, but his unquestioning admiration of Jules’ tenacity is a refreshingly modern concept, serving as a reminder that the timeless art of being a gentleman begins with respect. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division Street, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

world of international chess belied his mental descent into intense paranoia and anti-Semitism. Maguire is excellent as the infamously difficult Fischer, gliding between the public braggadocio of an elite athlete and the clomping, angry and detached obsessiveness of someone whose degenerating mental health was largely glossed over for fear of spoiling his skill. With all these pieces in play, director Edward Zwick plays a smooth game. PG-13. WALKER MACMURDO. Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower, Movies on TV.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

B+ If you walked out of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation and thought, “I can’t wait to see another spy thriller with too much punctuation based on a ’60s TV show,” then fear not. The film feels a lot like writer-director Guy Ritchie’s amazing heist flick Snatch: innovative action sequences, unflappable characters and lots of jazzy flute riffs. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Eastport, Laurelhurst, Mt. Hood, Movies on TV, Valley.

Meet the Patels

B- Ravi Patel has American dreams of finding his soulmate in a moment of serendipity, but he also has Indian parents who want to find him an appropriate Indian bride. In this romantic-comedy-documentary, Ravi shows his foray into the world of arranged dating, and we get a look into the Indian-American experience. Through home videos and animated depictions, this real-life dating show brings us around the world on Ravi’s arranged dates with prospective matches, bringing up the challenge all first generations face when resolving the pressure the preserve their family’s culture. Yet after learning how names, castes and hometowns align in a perfect pair, Ravi’s journey for an American happy ending is eclipsed by the fascinating intricacies of Indian matchmaking. PG. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower.

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation

A None of this film’s merits is unique to the Tom Cruise-led series, but they add up to something that’s top-of-class for the genre. It’s not sappy. It’s a tight action movie focused on talented people working together for the good (or harm? You have no idea!) of the world. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Avalon, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Oak Grove, Evergreen, Tigard, Sandy.

Mistress America

B- Greta Gerwig’s newest collaboration with director Noah Baumbach has depreciated every day since I saw it. It’s a buddy movie about two intolerably self-centered women in New York. One is introverted college student Tracy (Lola Kirke from Gone Girl), who cares exclusively about getting published in a campus literary magazine and mumbling. The other is social butterfly Brooke (Gerwig from Frances

ENDURING RUNNER: Ultramarathoner Micah True.

True’s Story

There’s an aura of myth surrounding ultramarathon runner Micah True. Also known as “Caballo Blanco,” he was the legendary “white horse” who joined Northern Mexico’s Tarahumara—a tribe that runs through Copper Canyon as part of its daily routine. Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco expands on Christopher McDougal’s 2009 New York Times best-seller Born to Run, which made True a celebrity in the running community until he died running in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness in 2012. Documentarian Sterling Noren begins and ends with True’s death, trying valiantly to reveal the runner’s character through the story of Ultra Maratón Caballo Blanco (aka the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon), the race that he created in 2003 to “save” the Tarahumara. True saw his tribal running companions as victims whose way of life was being torn apart by modernization and the rapid expansion of corporate interests. Everything a runner might want to see is here: gorgeous panoramic landscapes, the world’s fastest ultra runners competing alongside the fastest native people and story after endearing story about True’s kinship with the Tarahumara. What’s missing are the characters behind the race—there aren’t interviews with any of the native tribe members, who live up to their reclusive reputation. True’s untimely death means we don’t get much of his story either. The runner was unwilling to talk about his past, though it’s rumored he was formerly a touring boxer who killed an opponent with one punch in the ring. The film’s real story is about the race itself. Overshadowing the disappointing lack of background, Noren fills his doc with accounts of camaraderie and positivity from other Born to Run characters like “Barefoot Ted,” and True’s annoyances about the rapid growth of his own race are balanced out by Ted’s relentless positivity. This is the kind of movie runners watch together (multiple times), wish they could make and discuss in vans during long relays, keeping the mythos of Caballo Blanco alive. TYLER HURST. The documentary based on Born to Run lacks backstory.

B+ SEE IT: Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco screens at the Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 1. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

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A Since its debut at the Toronto

International Film Festival last summer, the nominations keep coming for this concise, moving neo-noir set in postwar Germany. Nelly (Nina Hoss) has just returned from a concentration camp, her face disfigured beyond recognition. “I no longer exist,” she says after seeing her unfamiliar reflection, but we’re hooked into her twisted search for what remains of her sense of self. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cinema 21, Laurelhurst.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

A- In a vibrant return to traditional clay animation, Shaun the Sheep Movie tells a fresh story with the familiar painstaking imagery that makes Aardman Studios the “English Pixar.” PG. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Eastport, Laurelhurst, Mt. Hood, Oak Grove, Joy, Valley.

Sleeping With Other People

C Remember the first person you

slept with? You’re still holding a torch for them, right? No? Then you aren’t Jake (Jason Sudeikis). After a hot and steamy night with Lainey (Alison Brie) on the roof of a Columbia dorm, he reconnects with her 12 years later at a support group for people with sex addictions. He’s now a serial cheater, while she keeps sabotaging relationships by sleeping with her gyno (Adam Scott). So they decide to use each other as a test case: Can they hang out with someone without trying to bonk them? Almost. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Fox Tower.


C It’s safe to say Roland Emmerich’s drama about the Stonewall riots, a major turning point in the gay rights movement, had good intentions. Sadly, he doesn’t quite achieve them: The dialogue is clunky, the main character (played by Jeremy Irvine) is wooden and does a terrible job of covering his British accent, and the pacing is stop-start. More importantly, the historic roles of trans people and people of color are minimized in favor of a fictional, grass-fed white boy from the Midwest. Those things are all true. However, I didn’t focus on these (admittedly grave) objections at the moment, because I was crying too much. The story of Irvine’s character living on the streets after getting kicked out of the house for being gay highlights a very serious problem (approximately 40 percent of homeless youths today are LGBTQ), and even a problematic movie might encourage many who had never heard of Stonewall to learn more. R. ALEX FALCONE. Living Room Theaters, Bridgeport, City Center.

Straight Outta Compton

C Telling the greatest story in the

history of popular music wasn’t going to be easy. Especially since it attempts to follow three main story lines, as Dre, Cube and Eazy-E all get major play, with DJ Yella and MC Ren rightly relegated to bit-player status. And even more especially since it’s co-produced by the star subjects, who all want to manage their own images and follow their own arcs. It’s a fairly faithful telling of the story, but it’s not the movie N.W.A. deserved. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Eastport, Clackamas, Hollywood, Oak Grove,Fox Tower, Movies on TV.

Time Out of Mind

A- I was ready to dismiss this por-

trait of homelessness as Oscar-baiting trash, but Oren Moverman’s understated film about a father’s struggle with mental illness avoids your typical narrative trickery. No revelatory ups or downs, just a fragmented Richard Gere searching for the words. Gere’s George


waits in one of many offices, unable to obtain welfare benefits due to personal weakness and systemic bureaucracy alike. His lone pal, played by the captivating Ben Vereen, rattles on about love and family, but rather than offering his own insight, George can only stare into the distance. The hidden camera never cuts away from George, always leering, allowing him not a moment’s privacy, and you’re forced to fill the void in his eyes with some level of empathy. This demands a lot from the viewer, and while the appeal may not prove universal, I’ll be damned if you don’t feel a thing or two. NR. ERIC MILLMAN. Living Room Theaters.


fect. We’ll probably choose between the JLo renditions, Enough and The Boy Next Door, and save our money for Mace. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV.


C Amy Schumer is the absolute tops, but Trainwreck isn’t worth the ticket price. Amy Schumer stars as Amy, a version of herself as a magazine writer instead of a comedy writer. R. ALEX FALCONE. CineMagic, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.


D+ You can look forward to the same opening tune of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” but this spin on 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation replaces the original’s irreverent, campy charm with puke scenes and punch lines that rely on the comedic value of a child saying “vagina” as Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), all grown up, tries to refresh his relationship with his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids by re-creating his family’s road trip to Walley World. R. LAUREN TERRY. Avalon, Vancouver, Valley.

The Visit

B- M. Night Shyamalamadingdong has lost the luster of his early career, so it’s no surprise he’s making little $5 million found-footage horror movies. But this entry into cheapshaky horror movies doesn’t add much to the genre. The Visit is told from the points of view of an unbelievably precocious 15-year-old who’s making a documentary about her first trip to meet her estranged grandparents, and her 12-year-old brother, whose rapping is so bad it makes me want bad things to happen to him much faster than they do. The movie is packed full of jump scares and gross-outs (vomit, poop, old people naked) and a cast of people you’ve probably never heard of. The film’s got some tense scenes, but the humor, even though it’s unintentional, makes it hard to stay in the moment. “Little kid, will you climb into the oven please?” We’ll give it to M. Night, he does make us feel trapped in an uncomfortable spot. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

A Walk in the Woods

B+ Based on Bill Bryson’s novel,

this film shows Robert Redford as Bryson, embarking on a hike of the Appalachian Trail, joined by an estranged friend from his youth, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte). The pair of older men, unfit for the strenuous length of the trail, meet skeptical glances from their perky, young fellow hikers and wheeze as troops of Boy Scouts trot past. At their age, even crossing the slick rocks of a minor stream amps up the tension along the way. Nolte is bloated and gravelly as ever, but as morbidly amusing as his physical comedy comes off, the screenplay sets up honest, candid conversations between two men coming to grips with their mortality. Director Ken Kwapis mixes in stunning shots of the pristine forests and seemingly miledeep ravines, so awe-inspiring that, like Bryson and Katz, one is reminded that the need for validation is not at all the meaning of life. R. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Bridgeport, City Center, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville.

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Lyrics have the ability to touch an impossibly vast number of people, usually in very different ways. Just play “Dancing Queen” to a mixed crowd and witness the results. As a powerful reminder of a certain place in time, lyrics can sink in and stick with you forever—for better or worse. That concept is at the core of The Lyric Project, a Web series by Chicago transplant Ezekiel Brown. The idea is simple: Brown asked people to submit audio recordings of themselves reading lyrics that meant the most to them. Brown then listened to the recitations and created a short film for each, with the original recording playing over the visuals. Brown will present the first full season of The Lyric Project next Monday at the Clinton S t r e e t T h e a t e r, i n w h a t h e promises to be a fully immersive multimedia event akin to an art installation by way of a party. The films that populate The Lyric Project are a highly varied bunch—from a reading of Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing ” paired with closeups of the inner workings of lighthouses to a spoken-word take on Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” over a surreal scene of a wounded man dragging a body down a beach. The National’s “Pink Rabbits” takes on a strange, Beat-era tone with noir-style images of a chair sitting lonely in different spots around Portland. The Deftones’ “RX Queen” becomes sinister in a short, first-person film about a woman being stalked through alleys. Each film—some took as long as two months to finish—is a stand-alone piece, but Brown did stick to one specific premise for them all. “When I get a submission, I never look at the music video. I try to be as blank slate as possible,” Brown says over coffee in Northeast Portland. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the program is that Brown approached lyrics based not on the actual song but on each participant’s experience with it: “I spend a week listening to their performances [the recording submitted], their vocal breaks. I try to avoid the song com-

KaRaoKE FIlMMaKING: Scenes from The Lyric Project shorts.

pletely. That gives too much of a reference to me. It’s all about their primal connection to the song, and what it means to them.” Adding another layer to the creative process, Brown’s brother in Chicago scored each film. It’s curious how very different a musician’s interpretation can be when divorced sonically from its source and forced to process the original song as raw poetry instead. If this all sounds heavy, well, it can be. It all depends on the sound bites people send to Brown. But the filmmaker insists that giving people criteria for submissions would sabotage the concept of submitting the songs that mean the most to them. “I thought about making it thematic, like only summer jams— give us your R. Kelly and your Fresh Prince—but I don’t want to force people to think about one thing,” he says. “That one thing might not mean the most to them, which would counter the whole premise.” SEE IT: The Lyric Project screens at the Clinton Street Theater. 6:30 pm Monday, Oct. 5. $3. alSo showiNG:

Re-Run Theater harks back to early MTV, screening the best music videos of 1985, from Dire Straits to Simple Minds. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30. Fashion in Film resurrects Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which Gary Oldman dresses up like your eccentric grandma, Keanu Reeves chokes on an English accent, Tom Waits eats bugs and Francis Ford Coppola makes a strong case for mixing cocaine and gothic horror. Hollywood Theater. 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 1. Both 5th Avenue Cinema and the Academy kick off horror movie season with perennial Halloween classic Beetlejuice. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 2-4. Academy Theater. Oct. 2-8. If there’s anything we should take away from The Thing, it’s that maybe we shouldn’t be taking advice on blood testing for diabetes from Wilford Brimley. Kennedy School. Oct. 2-8. This month’s installment of B-Movie Bingo sets course for Spacerage, a sci-fi thriller in which careerlong old man Richard Farnsworth is warden of an intergalactic prison colony that sounds a lot like an intergalactic Australia. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 6.










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Mt. Hood Theatre

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Oak Grove 8 Cinemas 16100 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 503-653-9999 THE MARTIAN Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 03:50, 06:50 SICARIO Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 01:50, 04:40, 07:25 EVEREST Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 01:40, 04:20, 07:00 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 03:00, 05:10, 07:20 BLACK MASS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 01:45, 04:30, 07:15 THE VISIT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 02:40, 04:50, 07:05 THE INTERN Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 01:50, 04:30, 07:10 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 03:50, 06:45

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Empirical Theatre at OMSI

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16603 SE Division St. THE MARTIAN Fri 03:10, 06:30, 09:45 THE MARTIAN 3D Fri 11:45, 12:15, 03:40, 07:00, 10:15

Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-249-7474 THE MARTIAN Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:00, 03:15, 07:00, 10:45

Laurelhurst Theatre & Pub

2735 E Burnside St., 503-232-5511 FRIGHT NIGHT Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:30 JURASSIC WORLD Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 07:15 THE GIFT Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 09:45 PHOENIX Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 06:30 DOPE Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:00 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 09:10 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 07:00 THE END OF THE TOUR FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 06:45 SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Sat-Sun 01:45

Moreland Theatre

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Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

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Academy Theater

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MARTIAN Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 12:20, 02:10, 03:40, 07:00, 08:50 THE MARTIAN 3D Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 10:50, 11:30, 01:10, 02:50, 04:30, 05:30, 06:10, 07:50, 09:30, 10:20 PULI Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:30, 03:00, 06:30, 10:00 SHIVAM Fri-Sat-Sun 12:30 MR. AIRAVATA Fri-Sat-Sun 12:30 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: IL TROVATORE Sat 09:55 THE IRON GIANT: SIGNATURE EDITION Sun 12:00 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: II TROVATORE ENCORE (2011) Wed 06:30 PAN PAN 3D THE WALK THE WALK 3D FINDING NOAH

St. Johns Cinemas

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CineMagic Theatre

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Kiggins Theatre

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Kennedy School Theater

5736 NE 33rd Ave., 503-249-7474 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

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Century 16 Cedar Hills

3200 SW Hocken Ave. THE GREEN INFERNO FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:30, 03:00, 05:30, 08:00, 10:30 INSIDE OUT Fri-Mon-TueWed 11:00 WAR ROOM FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:30 GRANDMA Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 01:35, 03:45, 06:00, 08:10, 10:20 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:30, 01:00, 02:30, 04:00, 07:00, 08:30, 10:00 THE VISIT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:15, 02:40 EVEREST FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:40, 07:20 EVEREST 3D Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 10:50, 04:30, 10:10 BLACK MASS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:00, 04:00, 07:00, 10:00 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 12:10, 02:30, 03:30, 04:50, 07:10, 08:10, 09:30 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 3D FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:10, 05:50 THE INTERN Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 11:00, 01:50, 04:40, 07:30, 10:20 SICARIO Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:05, 02:00, 04:50, 07:40, 10:30 THE

7818 SE Stark St., 503-252-0500 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 02:35, 09:25 THE GIFT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 05:05, 09:45 SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:10, 04:50 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 01:55, 06:40 JURASSIC WORLD Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed 02:10, 07:00 THE END OF THE TOUR Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 12:20, 07:25 BEETLEJUICE Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue-Wed 11:50, 04:35, 09:35

Valley Theater

9360 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, 503-296-6843 JURASSIC WORLD Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 06:30, 09:05 AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 06:45 HITMAN: AGENT 47 Sat-Sun-MonTue-Wed 09:35 SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Sat-Sun 12:45, 05:05 THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Sat-Sun-Mon-TueWed 07:00 THE GIFT SatSun-Mon-Tue-Wed 09:20


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Beginning at midnight Oct. 1, Portland medicalmarijuana dispensaries can sell to the general public. That means—pending a little red tape involving city permits—the city now has 100-plus places where you can buy weed legally. Today, WW publishes the Potlander, our complete guide to every shop in town. A team of seven writers spent several months visiting them for the city’s first comprehensive, journalistic guide to Portland dispensaries—beware the shameless paid content other weekly newspapers are peddling as “cannabis guides” to Oregon. Well, I decided to go to all the shops in town. Myself. It took 80 hours, and I came away with approximately 105 grams of weed. There are a lot of great shops out there, but six stood out for me.


7501 SW Capitol Highway, Suite A, 889-0682, Cash only. There’s a calming presence here. From the carved wooden signs to the relaxed budtenders, Calyxes is the highend cigar bar of dispensaries. Owner, founder and master grower John Bayes has better taste than most of us can yet appreciate, but there’s no pretension—just some of the best flower around. Strains effects are clearly marked on the store’s daily menu, giving newbies something to look forward to and pros more of an idea of what they’re about to consume. While it’s not an easy find for people not already in Southwest, this is where you go to geek out on weed. Pro tip: Ask the budtenders for Bayes’ current secondfavorite strain.


916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 206-4357, There’s no better place to learn about cannabis as medicine than this Apple Store-like location. Owner and head budtender Jeremy Plumb works with Phylos Bioscience to bring today’s molecular genetic research capabilities to the 58

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cannabis industry, guaranteeing we’ll hear about Farma when it’s proven cannabis cures cancer or at least when the best topicals can treat your grandma’s arthritis. Don’t be afraid to take your baby-boomer parents here; it’s your best bet to get them to accept that cannabis is actually medicine—and they’ll really like the weed. Pro tip: Feel free to describe the exact high you’re looking for. These guys will get you there.

Oregon’s Finest

1327 NW Kearney St., 971-254-4765, With one location in the Pearl District and another across from the Convention Center, Oregon’s Finest may have the two best locations of any dispensary. This isn’t a place to buy a bunch of value weed, but it is the best place, close to downtown, to find top-shelf flower from a variety of high-end growers. With a shared workspace for cannabis entrepreneurs rumored to be going in at its new location, Oregon’s Finest may be producing more than weed in the near future. Pro tip: Check out whatever limited-run strains the shop has. It has featured past Cannabis Cup winners.


1528 SE Holgate Blvd., 369-8955, Cash only. Not-so-conveniently located along Powell Boulevard next to a rail yard, this place isn’t going to get a lot of random foot traffic. That’s too bad, because it has the biggest and coolest-looking joints in town. The shop’s offerings start at 1 gram— that’s normally the large size—and increase by 0.5 grams twice and then more than double to a 4.5-gram “Fatboy” packed with Obama Kush. Remember, it’s puff, puff, pass, and try not to salivate on the filter— we all have to touch that part, man. Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for a custom joint.


6714 NE Sandy Blvd., 477-5083, Credit, debit or cash. Part art gallery, part social-justice organization, and part cannabis dispensary, this place has a cohesiveness that wraps around anyone walking in. From its focus on local artists to giving 10 percent of its profits to causes it personally supports, Panacea feels like a place for liberals wanting to support a cause without going full social-justice warrior. Its insight into helping out while cur-



ing disease feels genuine, and it would be hard to walk out without a smile. Pro tip: Leave the snark at the door, it’s not a good look here.

Rooted Northwest

7817 NE Halsey St., 780-4834. At this 1-week-old shop (too new to make it into our glossy), it’s hard not to fall in love with stellar presentation. From the vials of hash to the clear plastic containers of flower, all set on black, nonslip

pads on dark wood, this is what a high-end dispensary should look like. Inside feels masculine— more steampunk than Wild West—and spartan, which gives the product shelves added visual weight. The owner-grower-budtender displayed impressive, easy-to-read information cards with grow-site, analytical and pricing details on every product, something you’d think would be standard but definitely isn’t. Pro tip: Watch out for the Betty Banana, it’s one of a kind.

OCT. 1 PARTIES Collective Awakenings 2823 NE Sandy Blvd.

Attis Trading Company

8 pm to midnight Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Katie O’Brien’s next door. 10 pm-1 am parking-lot party with the Cascadia Cruiser Bus. 21+. Free admission. The week’s first party, at Katie O’Brien’s (2809 NE Sandy Blvd.), is a patient celebration and an opportunity to finally buy your favorite budtenders a drink. Expect live bands, a few drink specials, and a lot of people going for breaks out back. The Cascadia Cruiser Party Bus rolls in around 10 pm, giving attendees much-needed privacy to, well, do whatever tokers do with a bunch of cannabis samples when they’re out of public sight. Leave your rigs at home.

2606 SE Gladstone St., Suite 101 11 am until dark. 21+. Free admission. Ain’t no party like a parking-lot party that doesn’t stop until the sun goes down—is that how it goes? Attis owners have promised lots of free food, live bands all day, and giveaways (if legally allowed), and specials. Minor details are still in flux—the rules for cannabis events are being written as we speak—but Attis promises staffers will be outside all day with plenty of food and well-stocked inside should partygoers be interested. There’s no safe place to consume here, so leave anything bigger than a hand pipe at home.


10735 NE Halsey St. 10 am, while supplies last. This big, corporate-looking location doesn’t shy from it. With reported giveaways to at least 100 recreational and medical patients, a chance to win free weed for a year, and upbeat live music, this grand opening is one October event worth stopping by. Vendor tables will be set up, along with food all afternoon.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The next seven weeks will NOT be a favorable time to fool around with psychic vampires and charismatic jerks. I recommend you avoid the following mistakes, as well: failing to protect the wounded areas of your psyche; demanding perfection from those you care about; and trying to fulfill questionable desires that have led you astray in the past. Now I’ll name some positive actions you’d be wise to consider: hunting for skillful healers who can relieve your angst and aches; favoring the companionship of people who are empathetic and emotionally intelligent; and getting educated about how to build the kind of intimacy you can thrive on. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may have seen websites that offer practical tips on how to improve your mastery of life’s little details. They tell you how to declutter your home, or how to keep baked goods from going stale, or why you should shop for shoes at night to get the best fit. I recently come across a humorous site that provides the opposite: bad life tips. For instance, it suggests that you make job interviews less stressful by only applying for jobs you don’t want. Put your laptop in cold water to prevent overheating. To save time, brush your teeth while you eat. In the two sets of examples I’ve just given, it’s easy to tell the difference between which tips are trustworthy and which aren’t. But in the coming days, you might find it more challenging to distinguish between the good advice and bad advice you’ll receive. Be very discerning. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On a windy afternoon last spring I was walking through a quiet neighborhood in Berkeley. In one yard there was a garden plot filled with the young green stems of as-yet unidentifiable plants. Anchored in their midst was a small handwritten sign. Its message seemed to be directed not at passers-by like me but at the sprouts themselves. “Grow faster, you little bastards!” the sign said -- as if the blooming things might be bullied into ripening. I hope you’re smart enough not to make similar demands on yourself and those you care about, Gemini. It’s not even necessary. I suspect that everything in your life will just naturally grow with vigor in the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “I am rooted, but I flow,” wrote Virginia Woolf in her novel The Waves. That paradoxical image reminds me of you right now. You are as grounded as a tree and as fluid as a river. Your foundation is deep and strong, even as you are resilient in your ability to adapt to changing circumstances. This is your birthright as a Cancerian! Enjoy and use the blessings it confers. (P.S. If for some strange reason you’re not experiencing an exquisite version of what I’ve described, there must be some obstacle you are mistakenly tolerating. Get rid of it.) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Should I offer my congratulations? You have corralled a gorgeous mess of problems that are more interesting and provocative than everyone else’s. It’s unclear how long this odd good fortune will last, however. So I suggest you act decisively to take maximum advantage of the opportunities that your dilemmas have cracked open. If anyone can turn the heartache of misplaced energy into practical wisdom, you can. If anyone can harness chaos to drum up new assets, it’s you. Is it possible to be both cunning and conscientious, both strategic and ethical? For you right now, I think it is. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Let’s say you have walked along the same path or driven down the same road a thousand times. Then, one day, as you repeat your familiar route, a certain object or scene snags your attention for the first time. Maybe it’s a small fountain or a statue of the Buddhist goddess Guanyin or a wall with graffiti that says “Crap happens, but so does magic.” It has always been there. You’ve been subconsciously aware of it. But at this moment, for unknown reasons, it finally arrives in your conscious mind. I believe this is an apt metaphor for your life in the next week. More than once, you will suddenly tune in to facts, situations, or influences that had previously been invisible to you. That’s a good thing! But it might initially bring a jolt.


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