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One brave and wise city commissioner wants to turn downtown into a “green light district” full of weed dispensaries catering to tourists. 6 Residents of governmentsubsidized housing in Old Town don’t want a strip club nearby, preferring someplace that sells fresh fruit and vegetables. 7 If you want to buy a semiautomatic handgun in Portland just 100 feet from an elementary school playground, there is a place. 10


“Hazel” is what you call brownish green eyes. 24 Vladimir Putin is arguably the

most reasonable and effective Russian leader since Peter the Great. 30 Madonna’s security guard during the filming of Body of Evidence in Portland later persuaded O.J. to get out of the white Bronco. 35 One of our music critics has compared Deerhunter to the Beatles. 41


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We might assume that nonwhite teachers Stay strong, Erica Jones, you display an inner hold similar views about how to best talk to strength and sound like an excellent teacher kids and manage kids’ behavior, but both com[“The Recruit,” WW, Oct. 7, 2015]. munication and discipline look and sound very Unfortunately, you were a victim of an different depending on race, culture, even geoincreasingly worrisome trend in education to graphic location. lower the bar of expectation where everyone —“An observer” succeeds regardless of achievement or effort. Kudos to you for not playing that game. Portland RENT HIKE AT CITY-OWNED Public Schools continues to produce students APARTMENT ill-prepared for the real world, but, wow, do they Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention ever feel good about themselves! [“A Part of the Problem,” WW, Oct. 7, 2015]. I Teachers get beat upon (figuratively, of hope the people who were already displaced at course) regularly over various issues, but I Headwaters Apartments will receive some kind believe that most simply want to help kids of compensation from the city. grow and succeed. Until adminAnd I hope the individuals who are istrators (and voters) remove responsible for the mysterious rent the social-engineering aspect hike are set straight and given more out of education, this lunacy will oversight in the future. The average continue with the same results. person cannot comfortably absorb Sadly, I don’t see that change a 20 percent rent increase, whether c oming a nytime s oon a nd, they live on a fixed income or not. honestly, think it will advance Greed may be the prevailing force further before improving. in the open market, but this is totally The “Keep Portland Weird” unacceptable in public/social/subsislogan was meant as a joke; to dized housing. As a former many it has become a way of life. —Chloe Eudaly Portland black —“Clayman” resident, I “Mayor Charlie Hales…pledged $20 would have Thank you, Erica Jones, for million in city money to fund shelters warned this sharing your experience. It’s not and affordable housing.” always easy to do, and I’m sorry Let’s be clear: If you fund it, it’s black teacher PPS was such a poor employer not “affordable” housing, it’s public to stay clear to you. Hearing stories like housing, which has not worked out of PPS and this will hopefully bring some well anywhere. Portland, accountability to the PPS —“Gnuut” period. human resources and administration teams. SCHOOL CHOIRS AND RELIGION —“” So, why should we force non-Christian or nonCatholic children to choose between maintainThis is even messier than it looks. Another factor ing their faith and performing with their friends influencing the behavioral issues that teachers and fellow choir members? [Murmurs: “No More like Ms. Jones dealt with is that PPS has quietly Preaching to the Choir,” WW, Oct. 7, 2015.] and without the public knowing disbanded most That doesn’t seem very fair, and saying “it’s a behavioral-contained classrooms where children tradition” isn’t a valid reason. who need more and specialized behavioral sup- —“Dutchess” port can receive it. General-education classrooms are being Oh, please. It’s a school choral program. No parheld hostage, and teachers are given an impos- ent lets their kid join a choir just to sing secular sible job. In the past couple of years due to this music. Educated parents are aware of this. policy change, classrooms have been flooded —“Singerar” with children who need things they are not getting and who are abusing others in the process. PORTLAND PIZZA WAR Between that and the no-discipline policy, it’s This is a bummer for Slice owner Adam Huskey Lord of the Flies. [Starters: “Two Slices,” WW, Oct. 7, 2015]. —Dana Brenner-Kelley The pizza shop also called Slice in the Zipper food pod has pretty poor-quality pizza, especially As a former Portland black resident, I would have considering the price. warned this black teacher to stay clear of PPS and I can see why Huskey wants to disassociate Portland, period. It is the whitest [major] city in his business from it, but the damage is done. America, and its school system was not designed He should call his spot Homeslice—[the name for inclusion but exclusion—for white students he registered his business with the state]. It’s a to succeed and nonwhites to fail. good name anyway. The district’s handling of black students espe- —“Bill Lumberg” cially continues to worsen. PPS has no interest in these students succeeding. CORRECTION Last week’s review of Artist Repertory Theatre’s I am so grateful I no longer live there. 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Helen Ying is the public face of Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown. She’s been a vocal presence, urging the city to cleanse the neighborhood of drugs and vice. But she now finds herself torn between Chinatown residents who hate its status as a late-night party zone, and her allies in the Chinese-American business community who want to cash in by opening a new strip club. Ying complained to the City Council on Oct. 7 about the drug dealers and street kids she says despoil Chinatown. “Today I want to come before you to address the lawlessness and behavior,” Ying said. “What do we want Portland to look like 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now?” Ying is a former Metro Council candidate who now chairs the Old Town Chinatown Community Association. She’s captured the attention of the City Council with her ability to mobilize the Chinese-American community to fix up one of Portland’s chronic trouble spots. But Ying’s good work is at odds with one of the neighborhood’s latest projects. She is also at the center of a growing controversy over a proposed strip club at Northwest 4th Avenue and Everett Street, in a long-dormant building. The club’s landlords include several influential members of Portland’s Chinese-American business community, including two with long-standing ties to Stephen Ying, Helen’s husband. Helen Ying is now under fire from neighborhood residents, who say strippers will attract exactly the kind of vice and crime she’s decrying. “What will it do for us,” asks Daniel Howe, a resident of Pacific Tower Apartments, a low-income building nearby, “except keep us up at night?” On Sept. 28, Ying confirmed in an email to another Pacific Tower resident, Ruth Ann Barrett, that the owners of the building—a Chinese business group and social club called Hop Sing Tong—are planning to put a strip club in a derelict tea room. “I learned from Raymond Wong, a representative of Hop Sing Tong who owns the property, that their tenant finally started remodeling a few weeks ago,” the email reads, “and plans to run it as a juice bar to a clientele of 18-to-21-year-olds.” (A juice bar is a strip club, open to patrons age 18 and over, that is not authorized by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to sell alcohol. In order to turn a profit, many juice bars stay open until 4 am or later.) City records show the new tenants in the former tea room are so eager to open a strip club that they began renovating the space without a city permit. Damien Hawke, the current manager of Gold Club, a

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Old Town Chinatown Community Association chairwoman Helen Ying (left) is in the middle of a controversy over a proposed strip club in the former Fong Chong building (right).

strip joint in Milwaukie and one of two managers preparing the Chinatown building to its new incarnation, told WW that workers were simply cleaning up the space. A city inspector, however, discovered Oct. 2 that the work was done without the necessary permits. “The goal was to convert previous restaurant to strip club,” wrote city building inspector Jacob Carringer in his report. “I advised that at this time they should submit a permit application.” And although Ying ’s email said the new strip club would be an 18-and-up “juice bar,” Hawke says he plans to apply for a liquor permit. Residents like Barrett and Howe are already frustrated by the all-weekend party, known as the “Entertainment District,” that attracts loud, late-night revelers from all over the metro area. And they say a new strip club will only exacerbate Old Town’s lawlessness. They’d prefer businesses that cater to residents rather than another night club. “I would like to see a grocery store, even a convenience store,” says Howe. “Something with fresh fruits and veggies.” To be sure, strip clubs are hardly a new phenomenon in Old Town: The venerable Magic Garden operated down the street from the new strip club location until just last year. Strip clubs are often seen as magnets for drugs, sex trafficking and violent crime. There have been at least eight deaths associated with Portland-area clubs in the past four years. Exactly who owns this Northwest 4th Avenue location, and is renting it out to a strip club, is not complicated.

Ying’s Sept. 28 email states that Hop Sing Tong owns the building. Hawke, the strip-club manager, says he represents a Pennsylvania company that is leasing the space. He signed the lease, he said, with Raymond Wong, who represents Hop Sing Tong. “We’ve dealt extensively with the Hop Sing Association,” he says. “Obviously, they were eager for action in the building—they wanted to bring some kind of life and energy to that corner.” Records also show the building is owned by Yick Kong Oregon Corporation. Yick Kong, which loosely translates as “public good,” is a company presided over by Richard Louie, current treasurer and former president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Stephen Ying, Helen’s husband, serves on the association’s board of directors with Louie and Wong. Stephen Ying and Wong did not return calls from WW seeking comment. A man who answered the phone at Louie’s home refused to give his name, or discuss the ownership of the Old Town building. “This is none of your business,” he said. Helen Ying tells WW she shares the frustrations of Old Town/Chinatown residents sick of all-hours partying, but claims there’s nothing she can do. “I devote my time as a volunteer to help improve things as much as I know how,” she says. “What we don’t want is to have any business come in that would hurt the neighborhood. We want to find ways to solve the problem rather than sitting and watching that happen.” Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015



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John Semm sees a war zone outside the front door of North Portland’s last mom-and-pop gun shop. Bullets are flying across Portland. His store’s neighborhood, St. Johns, has become collateral damage in a year of record shootings as rival gangs take aim at each other and don’t care who they hit. If it’s not the gangbangers, it’s the crazed lone-wolf shooters like Christopher Harper-Mercer channeling their despair into a stream of bullets. Semm, a white-haired, 67-year-old Vietnam vet from Hillsboro, sees his store as a bulwark against this chaos. On a Friday afternoon, he folds his arms across his black polo shirt, standing behind the black-barred doors of Shooter’s Service Center. “A lot of people think that we’re a criminal element, because we sell a product that a lot of people would like to see totally banned—destroyed,” he says. “They think we’re like drug pushers. And those are the people that are really not informed. I’m providing a way that people can protect themselves.” The nation is again transfixed by the horror of a mass shooting. In the wake of the killing of nine people Oct. 1 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., President Barack Obama wants tighter gun laws, now. Many Portland residents do as well. Yet in one of the city’s most historically crime-blighted neighborhoods, people see Semm as just another merchant, like the hardware store down the street. His shop captures the paradox of Portlanders’ passive relationship with guns. Protests have put other kinds of stores out of business. A decade ago, relentless pressure drove Schumacher Furs out of downtown after 100 years. Animal rights activists regularly target Oregon Health & Science University for its research on monkeys and the Oregon Zoo for its treatment of elephants. But a gun store in the middle of the city generates a collective shrug. “I don’t think about [the store] as a prominent thing in St. Johns at all,” says Shamus Lynsky, vice chairman of the St. Johns Neighborhood Association. “I think a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, right, there’s a gun shop there.’” Semm says he’s heard a little bit of criticism, but he’s unfazed. “I’ve had ladies come in and say it’s my fault there’s crime in the neighborhood,” Semm says. “They just don’t know what they’re talking about.” 10

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Shooter’s Service Center, among six gun stores left in Portland, is easy to miss: a discreet, black concrete building with a sidewalk sandwich board painted with a skull. For the past 30 years, it has sat at the entrance to the villagelike St. Johns neighborhood, near the Signal Station pizza shop and the Parlour, a cruelty-free hair salon. It’s down the block from the public library, and just 100 feet from the playground of James John Elementary School. “If you went around and talked to most of the businesses close to my store, you would probably find that they have no problem with me being there,” Semm says. He’s right: A woman selling pizza slices at the Signal Station next door says she bought her first gun at Shooter’s. The owner of boutique dog store Tré Bone says he didn’t even notice the gun shop until recently. A woman behind the counter at the Tulip Pastry Shop scoffs at questions. “They come in here all the time, they’re real nice people,” she says. “They do their best, that’s all anyone can do. The people [responsible] are the people behind the guns.” Gun violence is part of the American identity, even in peaceloving Portland. The same day Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old student at Umpqua Community College, shot nine people dead, Portland police detained several people after responding to reports of gunfire outside a residence just one mile from Shooter’s Service Center. This year, the Portland Police Bureau has responded to 146 calls of gang violence citywide—“well beyond any record we have kept in the last decade plus,” says bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. And many of those incidents occurred in St. Johns and other North Portland neighborhoods near Shooter’s Service Center. Five shootings occurred on a six-block stretch of North Lombard Street, the same street as Semm’s store, from February to July. Yet Semm doesn’t see his store as part of the problem. In his view, the people buying guns from his store are the ones fighting back—people seeking to protect themselves in a country Semm says is desperate to disarm them. Under the bright white fluorescent lights of his showroom, Semm leans against a counter as he talks. Steve Plaschka, a retired mechanic in jeans and a work jacket, sits behind the counter on a stool under a row of woodstocked shotguns. On white, pegboard walls around them, military-style AR-15s and hunting rifles are mounted, barrels up, in rows. Ammunition boxes sit in stacks below. Handguns and knives rest in perfect lines inside gleaming glass cases. Semm and all four of his employees carry handguns in hip or shoulder holsters at work. Semm grew up shooting .22 rifles at Hillsboro Union

High School’s indoor rifle range. He ran a flame-thrower platoon in Vietnam, came home and started fixing guns as a hobby. In 1985, he opened his shop. Semm carries about 500 firearms in Shooter’s. Most customers want to buy semiautomatic handguns: a Glock, a Smith & Wesson M&P, a Springfield Armory XD-S. Lots of his customers are target shooters, but many are looking for new ways to protect themselves. For some people, Shooter’s Service Center is a neighborhood gathering place, like Slim’s Bar and Pattie’s Home Plate Cafe down the street. A favorite topic: liberal media and Obama. “The agenda is to unarm the citizens,” Semm says leaning against the counter, Plaschka nodding as he talks. “Because the police will say it’s not their responsibility to protect you. It’s their responsibility to enforce the law.” “They’re there to clean up the mess afterwards,” says Plaschka, arms crossed, too, now. It’s the kind of thing Semm and his employees (and the many regulars like Plaschka, who don’t work here but sit behind the counter at Shooter’s for “something to do”) talk about a lot around the shop: how America has changed from having “a shotgun or rifle over the mantle” in every home to gun violence on the news every night. “What do they say?” Semm says, “‘An armed society is a polite society’?” Plaschka nods. The store’s neighbors often don’t notice Shooter’s—and certainly don’t connect it to what Mayor Charlie Hales has called Portland’s “epidemic” of gun violence. WW spent the last week talking to more than a dozen of Semm’s neighbors—St. Johns business owners and residents who say shootings are a growing threat. Few of them blamed the neighborhood’s gun violence on the neighborhood gun store, and those who did said they felt powerless to remove it. Amy Herold has lived in St. Johns for 31 years—her whole life. She admits that she hardly notices that the gun store is there at all. “I guess thinking about it, it’s probably not the best idea,” Herold says of the store’s location near an elementary school. “But there’s no way really for any kids to get in there.” Herold says she thinks gun violence in St Johns is usually gang-related. And she doesn’t think about gangs much. “Growing up, there was always random shootings,” Herold says. “It was just normal.” The shop doesn’t trouble new resident Christy Trowbridge, who moved to St. Johns just two years ago. “I don’t think a gun shop is necessarily a part of the problem,” Trowbridge says. But she says that guns are a problem. Trowbridge lives just three blocks from where the Pier Park drive-by shooting occurred this summer. “I just think of a stray bullet, and it just scares me,” she says. “I want that to be OK. This only happened three blocks away, and it really scares me.” Herold and Trowbridge are white. Many African-Amer-

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sure shot: semm has sold firearms to Portlanders for the past three decades.

“A lot of people think we’re A criminAl element, becAuse we sell A product thAt A lot of people would like to see bAnned—destroyed. they think we’re like drug pushers.” —john semm ican residents in St. Johns see the gun store as a more vexing symbol. “I’m not really down with guns, period,” says 24-yearold Jesse Talton. “It’s just kind of a stupid place, to me, to have a gun store. It’s something that’s still right there— like, holy shit, there’s a gun store right there.” But any effort to organize against Shooter’s would have to take place without Ceasefire Oregon, the state’s largest gun-rights group. “Ceasefire Oregon is not against responsible gun ownership,” says executive director Penny Okamoto, “so we do not protest outside of federally licensed firearms dealers.” Ironically, what scares people in St. Johns more than guns is change—specifically, the arrival of big new apartment buildings and creative-class invaders. “The concern is, if a whole bunch of high-priced apartments come in, that it’s going to make the neighborhood unaffordable for younger families or working-class families,” says Lynsky, of the neighborhood association. “And that would change the face of St. Johns.” The planned 2016 opening of a New Seasons Market on Lombard, 16 blocks east of Shooter’s, has people pre-

paring for the worst. “That’s the first sign,” Trowbridge says. “On Division, New Seasons came and it turned into Trendville Street.” The employees at Shooter’s are nervous, too. On a recent Saturday, they discuss a new 100-unit apartment complex slated to go in directly across the street from the store, where a vacant building now stands. “We’ve thought about, ‘How are people going to feel living across the street from the gun shop?’” says one employee, Aaron, who asks to have his last name withheld. “Earlier, we had an older gentleman [with] two rifles that he was bringing in for repair. He had them slung on his shoulders, bolts open. How are people going to react to that?” Semm isn’t worried about being run out of town. He has never had a protest at his store. He thinks that more people in St. Johns like guns than they want to admit. He says he’s planning to pass the business on to his daughter, Nicole. “I don’t want anybody to get hurt,” he says. “But on the other side, I don’t want somebody to hurt me or my family or my grandkids. And if I have the means of protecting myself? I’m going to use it.”

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Willamette Week has searched Portland far and wide to find some of the most unique ways we can enjoy Bulleit® Frontier Whiskey. We’ve found some really unique products and places that showcase Bulleit’s high rye and award-winning whiskey to create some truly unique experiences. We even came away with some great recipes as well. Check out what we found... What are some of your Unique Bulleit cocktail recipes? Log onto and share them with us in the comments field. We will feature a select few in an upcoming issue of Willamette Week.

BLUE STAR DONUTS Donuts. Sweet, tasty, mouth-watering, I’ve-earned-this donuts. They are the side to your coffee, the savior of the staff meeting, and the treat that makes your morning jog all the more worthwhile. But in Portland, they have been elevated to an art form. Especially at Blue Star Donuts. Every morning, Blue Star workers rise to begin making a fresh batch of their renowned brioche donuts. The buttery dough, which spent the previous 18 hours resting and fermenting, is tossed into a vat of rice oil and the magic begins. Blue Star is known for its exotic flavors like Cointreau creme brulee and buttermilk old-fashioned, but here we are focusing on the original: the Bourbon Blueberry Basil donut, made with Bulleit Bourbon. Because in Portland, we like to pair our donuts with bourbon.

Blueberry Bulleit Bourbon and Basil Old Fashioned 4 dashes bitters, 1 tsp brown sugar, 6 fresh blue berries, 2 fresh basil leaves, 1 splash of club soda, 2oz Bulleit Bourbon In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, brown sugar, blue berries, basil and a splash of soda, add the bourbon and fill with ice. Serve! The flavoring agents of the Blueberry Basil Old Fashioned mirror those of the donut. But instead of tasting like gustatorial overkill, it’s a refreshingly complementary pairing. While the bourbon, blueberries and basil are sweet and savory in the donut, the freshly muddled blueberries and basil are crisp and tart in this cocktail. This contrast draws out the rich, smooth flavor of Bulleit’s signature high-rye bourbon. Go ahead and dip your donut in this Old Fashioned. You’ve earned it.

HOTMAPLE SMOKEY HABANERO Hot sauce is a key part of any condiment drawer. Chicken wings, eggs, french fries, ice cream, you name it and hot sauce will taste great with it. But people are picky when it comes to this piquant condiment. The hot sauce aisle of the grocery store is a sea of red-hued sauces, from bright, almost neon orange to a forbidding crimson, with a green one here and there. It’s up to you to decide how much spice you want to add to your life—and how much pain you’re willing to endure. Hotmaple’s Smokey Habañero sauce—available at New Seasons and many Portland food co-ops—is a nice deep orange. Whole habaneros are mixed in with maple syrup and a little liquid smoke to smooth it all out. Hotmaple’s founder Matthew Hilla stumbled upon the idea of maple syrup through “50 percent luck, 50 percent trial-and-error” while trying to come up with a hot sauce designed specifically to go along with smoked salmon and the other flavors of the Pacific Northwest. The fiery burn of the habañero is still present, but the maple syrup keeps it short and least as much as a habanero-based hot sauce can be.

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In a shaker, Muddle Mint, Lemon, Lime, Maple Syrup, Hotmaple Smokey Habanero Hot Sauce. Add Bulleit® Bourbon and add ice. Shake well. Double strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge. Whiskey is also on the long list of things hot sauce goes well with. In fact, Hotmaple has already paired with Bulleit to make a limited edition hot sauce. “I hate to say it,” Hilla admits, “but I might like it more than our original.” Adding Bulleit to Hotmaple proved an exceptional hot sauce, and the reverse also works. Adding the signature Smokey Habanero sauce to Bulleit makes one hell of a spicy cocktail. A twist on a traditional whiskey smash, the lime and lemons in the Stumptown Smash brings out the citrus notes of the habaneros in the Portland-based hot sauce and maple syrup replaces the simple syrup in a whiskey smash. Rest assured: This drink will still put hair on your chest.

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William Simpson



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In Oregon, weed is power.

Well, money is power. And weed is money. An estimated $250 million industry has sprung into being in just a single year. In part, the market already existed in the shadows—but never before has it been on the balance sheets, the tax rolls, and especially the legislative agenda in Oregon the way it is today. In August, when Hillary Clinton came through town for a $2,700-a-head fundraiser, she expressed sympathy for the banking challenges facing the average marijuana farmer. It was a shrewd gesture on her part. At least six of the people in Portland who had donated the maximum $2,700 to Clinton were marijuana entrepreneurs and activists. The recreational cannabis industry in Oregon is being born at nearimpossible speed, and the people who have a hand in shaping its future aren’t just important to those with chronic pain, or who like to feel a little dizzy. They will have a hand in building what could prove to be one of this state’s most vital industries. The group we’ve assembled are the Portland-area people we believe will determine what recreational cannabis looks like in Oregon over the next few years. From entrepreneurs to scientists to bureaucrats to growers, these are the influencers in Oregon—and some could eventually be among the most important individuals in cannabis nationally—people who are poised to become household names as marijuana moves out of leaky Ziploc bags and into the mainstream of American life. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.


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What does he do?

Founder and head grower, Chalice Farms; member, Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules advisory committee and Oregon Cannabis PAC.

Why does he matter?

If you met Chalice Farms owner William Simpson at church, you wouldn’t assume he’s one of the most ambitious marijuana growers in the state. But the broad-shouldered and clean-cut West Linn resident—who grew up in a Merchant Marine family learning jujitsu, judo and mixed martial arts—already owns three grows and four dispensaries in Dundee, Tigard and Portland. His newest project is a 24,000-square-foot grow site, office, processing center, dispensary and tourist destination. With his jock looks and garrulous affability, he’s a poster boy for an industry he thinks needs to break free of old-school hippieactivist stigma. He’s been courting not only regulators and state representatives in Oregon and Washington, but also investors. The former venture capitalist, ad agency owner and real-estate lender—“I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur,” he says—secured a $10 million seed investment from a private angel investor that he intends to use to expand to 10 dispensaries by the end of 2016. Simpson’s always-on-blast energy level is enough to wear a listener out. “I’m a little OCD,” he says. “When I start something, I


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go all in.” Starting from his early days learning about the chemical properties of cannabis in afterhours horticultural labs, to his days spent optimizing charcoal and HEPA filtration systems, hospital-grade microbial control and groundwater-remediation methods, he applies the same obsessive nature to his premiumweed cultivation. It took him 2½ years of seeding, testing and cloning to find a single White Widow plant to put out under his Chalice brand. One leaves Simpson’s office surprised he hasn’t bought, sold and smoked you yet. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. INSIDE DOPE: “He’s a good example of someone who has real-world, applicable business experience. He is very aboveboard. He’s more than compliant—he goes above and beyond.” “Chalice is a million miles ahead, with grows that are everything you want in a place. They look beautiful, attractive, well-run—they’re the nicest I’ve ever seen in years of going to grow sites.”

“This is an easy one…Mango Kush. It’s a strain we crossed ourselves. It’s old-school Mango crossed with Hindu Kush. It has a very high myrcene content (a terpene that is extremely high in anti-inflammatory qualities). This strain is very euphoric and diminishes any anxiety one may have. It’s an extremely fruity-smelling flower with a very sweet taste as well.”

What does she do?

Sara Batterby


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MediHaze “It has 1:1 cannabidiol (CBD) to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which calms you down as it gets you high. Great for anxiety, PTSD or inflammation.”

What does he do?

Co-founder, Farma dispensary, Farma Botanicals, Newcleus Nurseries and Newcleus Labs; board member, Cannabis Genetics Preservation Society and Open Cannabis Project; member, OLCC rules advisory committee; electronic music producer as Plumblyne.

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Why does he matter?

Asking Jeremy Plumb about cannabis is like drinking from a firehose. If there’s something to know about cannabis, he either already knows it or he’s in line to talk to the person who does. Known as one of the people behind the popular Cinex strain, he’s one of the few people in the cannabis industry about whom the conventional wisdom is unequivocal: He’s the smartest guy in the room, with degrees in cultural ecology and psychology, a well-regarded electronic musical project called Plumblyne, and time as a People’s Food Co-op board president and mental health counselor before he joined the cannabis industry. Business partners say Plumb has a hard time saying no to any project, and this year has been especially flush: He educated policymakers on Capitol Hill alongside Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), tended his own vermicomposted and biodynamic garden, and just returned from Israel, where he connected cutting-edge

cannabis research to the experienced growers of Oregon. He’s at the forefront of agricultural sustainability and of codifying the complicated chemistry of cannabis’ uses in medicine and therapy. “I want cannabis to be contextualized in wellness. As medicine,” Plumb says. “We already know cannabis treats cancer and epilepsy and glaucoma. That’s the beginning. Whether you’re using this to be a better partner or parent, or play music or relax…those are all therapeutic uses.” Whether it’s legislators, the OLCC, weed farmers or cannabis scientists—when Jeremy Plumb talks, everyone seems to listen. WM. WILLARD GREENE. INSIDE DOPE: “No one is more impassioned or committed to revolutionary change in cannabis. He has the type of dynamism you want in any industry, and he just happens to be here.” “He breaks the plant down to a level that I don’t know if it has ever been broken down to before.” “Plumb is one of the most intellectual people in cannabis I’ve ever met; the only person in this industry I could talk to about cannabis, and it’s like he’s speaking Cantonese.”

CEO of HiFi Farms; founding chairwoman of the Portland chapter of Women Grow.

Why does she matter?

Tall and stylish in low-stacked ankle boots, Batterby is applying her techmanagement and venture-capital experience to the cannabis industry after 20 years of experience in London and Silicon Valley. “I come from a world where $1 million isn’t a lot of money,” she says in a crisp British accent. With HiFi Farms, Batterby is placing her bets on high-quality, low-toxicity marijuana with a low carbon footprint. She’s already invested in expensive LED lights to save energy, and has plans to buy property to move her grow out of its current home into a larger space. Her model for growing cannabis is one that might be familiar to Portlanders: “I shop at New Seasons and farmers markets,” says Batterby’s grower, Cristian Koch, “and the same standards I apply to

my food are the ones I apply to my weed.” With the Portland chapter of Women Grow, Batterby is also attempting to make sure that women are involved in the industry from the ground up. “These women are ready to take their place at the table,” she says. “They don’t have to take down a bunch of legacy systems to do it.” ADRIENNE SO. INSIDE DOPE: “Sara has done great work leading the women growers’ chapter, giving women a great forum to be educated on the industry and to network.”

Jeremy Plumb


FAVORITE STRAIN: Plumb pays attention to “chemotypes” instead, marking what chemical effects are desired from the many possible compounds present in cannabis. “We can make blends and use different flowers with different compounds at different times,” he says. “That’s when we get into truly effective medicine.”

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Anthony Johnson

What does he do?

Chief petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, which legalized the use and sale of cannabis in Oregon; member, OLCC rules advisory committee; editor,


Why does he matter?

AGE 37

Anthony Johnson was not just crucial to legalizing recreational marijuana in our state—he was the most visible face of the campaign. This has given the former Lexington, Mo., high-school class president and football star near-infinite credit to burn in the cannabis and regulatory communities. His position on the OLCC’s rules advisory committee gives him a lot of access to the people shaping rules for Oregon’s emerging cannabis industry. So what’s he pushing for? Something like the craft-beer industry, he says. Although he declares himself unopposed to out-of-state investment, Johnson also insists Oregonians will favor local mom-and-pop growers and sellers, and is pushing what he calls a libertarian agenda of low barriers of entry to the marijuana industry. Which is to say, he wants low fees and very little government regulation


Blue City Diesel

“Because I love the smell of it so much.”

Lawyer and partner at Emerge Law Group, which specializes in cannabis; executive director, Oregon Cannabis Association and Oregon Cannabis PAC; member, OLCC regulation and compliance advisory subcommittee.

“I think he’s very connected to the medical [cannabis] community and that’s where he feels the most comfortable. The medical community lets him be a hero.”


Why does she matter?

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INSIDE DOPE: “He’s a champion of the industry. He’s done a great deal to open up the market for everyone.”

Amy Margolis

What does she do?

If the face of marijuana legalization is Anthony Johnson, the most prominent face of Oregon marijuana regulation is Amy Margolis, a Seattle-raised criminal defense and administrative law attorney who has a tattoo of a mandala on each shoulder and the ear of every cannabis regulator in the state. For years, Margolis had defended people placed in legal jeopardy for marijuana offenses. But as founder of the Oregon Cannabis PAC—a committee formed in February 2014 to help medical growers figure out a licensing system—Margolis now presides over a 50-strong biweekly meeting of some of the most active growers, dispensary owners and processors in the industry. The PAC’s business-forward stances in favor of allowing out-of-state-investment and imposing more stringent quality-control regulation have placed the PAC—and often Margolis—at odds with a longer-standing marijuana activist community leery of venture-capital money and government regulation. “Sometimes I ask myself why I do it,” says Margolis. “I think it’s because it’s fun.” MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

of growers. He is less libertarian, however, when it comes to preserving the existing medical-marijuana program: He’d like to put money from the recreational industry into a program for low-income cannabis patients. Johnson’s picture hangs on the wall of a lot of dispensaries as a hero, but his old-school activist style and frequent political alliances with Southern Oregon growers have chafed some of the new crop of business-oriented growers and retailers. ANTHONY MACUK.

AGE 38

INSIDE DOPE: “She was really just battling away quietly on people’s behalf back when there was no industry. Amy has done a really amazing thing—she built a law firm, put together the PAC.” “She represents a lot of big-money interests, and the policies she promotes favor the industry over patients and consumers.” “Amy has been one of the best influences on cannabis in the state of Oregon so far—there’s no bullshit with her. She’s black and white. She’s realistic.”


Blueberry Kush or Cannatonic “Honestly, anything that helps me sleep. Like a Blueberry Kush or Cannatonic. I really came to cannabis for personal use as a way to beat a crazy period of insomnia five years ago.”


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What does he do?

National chairman, Minority Cannabis Business Association; co-owner, Panacea Valley Gardens farm and Panacea dispensary.

Why does he matter?

Jesce Horton, newly elected chairman of the MCBA, is one of the very few strong minority voices in an industry that has, until recently, heavily favored white men comfortable with working off the books. He’s a cannabis stakeholder who intends to lower barriers of entry for minority entrepreneurs, noting that anything making it harder to enter the market will disproportionately affect minorities who may have lower access to funds and social capital. A Florida State-trained engineer and energyefficiency expert, Horton began growing cannabis privately in 2012 for Portland patients, then put his previous career to use with family farm Panacea Valley Gardens—experimenting with computer-controlled temperature control, venting and lighting to help lower the carbon footprint of cannabis grows. His new MCBA has not been very visible yet—mostly just fundraisers and organizational meetings— but Horton has already had the ear of multiple OLCC rules advisory committee members. He has also been tapped to speak on energy efficiency at the Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

INSIDE DOPE: “I see him as a trailblazer in particular in the African-American community, taking ownership in a business that will soon be lucrative. People of color have been discriminated against in the legal trade of drugs and alcohol. When I see someone going the legal route, and removing barriers and stigmatization, I find it remarkable. I’m hoping he helps open doors for people of color to participate.”

Noah Stokes


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Stokes doesn’t have a favorite, but says he’s tried a couple, including a homemade edible. That last one apparently didn’t go so well.

Jesce Horton


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Goji OG “It’s really a joy to grow. Some strains can be more difficult or less pleasurable. It’s one of my favorites to grow and to consume. It gives you a sativa-based high that’s motivational.”

What does he do?

CEO and president of Lake Oswego cannabis-security firm CannaGuard Security and home-security firm OmniGuard.

Why does he matter?

CannaGuard owner Noah Stokes is clean-cut with a linebacker’s frame— the sort of guy who looks like he might own a security company. But he’s more politically savvy than his role might immediately suggest. The security consultant has done fundraising for state Rep. Ann Lininger (D -Lake Oswego), co-chairwoman of the marijuana committee in the Oregon Legislature, and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D - Ore.). Stokes is on the committee advising the OLCC on cannabis security standards, and is a voting member of the Oregon Cannabis PAC. He wants the state to tighten security requirements for cannabis— in part to protect employees and customers from robberies in a business that remains cash-heavy because

traditional banking is still off-limits to the industry. Stokes’ company provides much of the security for Oregon cannabis businesses, from growers to dispensaries, with sophisticated sensor and camera systems that allow monitoring by business owners as well as regulatory authorities and law enforcement. Stokes is also lobbying to allow normal banking services and the use of the federal standard tax deduction for cannabis businesses. He believes if venture capital is allowed into the market, Oregon’s cannabis industry could surpass Washington’s within a year. WALKER MACMURDO. INSIDE DOPE: “He’s active in politics, he’s on the subcommittees, and he’s crushing the security competition. Nobody’s in a league with him.” “His security systems far exceed anybody else’s.”

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Jeremy Pratt

What does he do?

Owner of Nectar, the largest dispensary chain in Portland.

Why does he matter?

On his own dime, Jeremy Pratt has managed to build the largest retail marijuana chain in Portland city limits. He’s been growing medical marijuana in Oregon for 14 years after moving from Colorado. Before that, he worked in restaurants and as a traveling salesman in Nebraska. But Pratt moved to Oregon so he could grow medical cannabis legally—he needed it in part as a palliative for old football injuries. Over the past year, he’s expanded his dispensary operations to four locations. In our guide to Portland-area dispensaries, our reviewer said that with its “onestop-shop theme, quality wares and convenient locations, Nectar is fast becoming the Freddy’s of cannabis.” And it will soon rival the grocery chain in numbers, with plans to expand to 10 or more locations, and two more in the process of building out. But despite his stores’ ready accessibility to first-time buyers, Pratt says he also wants to maintain


a physician-supported regimen of medical products, and hopes medical and recreational labels will be allowed to combine. He’s also quick to say his team isn’t all that big, while then mentioning meetings with Nectar store managers, purchasing managers and a human resources department. Pratt may be modest, but his business soon won’t be. TYLER HURST.



INSIDE DOPE: “The guys from Nectar are way ahead. Four dispensaries, grows from Southern Oregon all the way to Portland. They’re smart guys who’ve done a nice job with their branding.”

Pratt says its anti-inflammatory properties are great for aches and pains, “with an uppity head lift.”

Madeline Martinez


Indica “I’m more of an indica girl. I’m too hyper for sativas! Medicine Woman, maybe. I like the full-on indicas for euphoria without the stress. It helps me with anxiety and depressive tendencies.”


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AGE 64

What does she do?

Owner, World Famous Cannabis Cafe; founder, NORML Women’s Alliance.

Why does she matter?

Madeline Martinez became “accidentally” famous—a status denoted on the sign of her World Famous Cannabis Cafe on Southeast Foster Road—by opening the world’s first medical-marijuana smoking lounge in 2009. Now that anyone over the age of 21 can consume marijuana legally at the cafe, she has fallen into another position: ambassador to Oregon’s cannabis tourists, bridging the gap between new retail customers and the longtime marijuana community with a publicprivate smoking lounge offering the Amsterdam experience. Consider the cafe a template for weed tourism in a state that still outlaws public smoking indoors. A $10 daily “club membership fee” allows entry to what’s booked as a private party. For now, it’s the only credible lounge of its type, and Mar-

tinez’s cafe is heavily propped up by her long-standing reputation in the cannabis community: Ever since smoking her first joint in 1967, she has been a passionate activist fighting marijuana prohibition, and she was the first Latina on the NORML board of directors. She tells WW: “I’m just looking forward to a time when my grandkids will look up at me and ask, ‘Marijuana was illegal?’” LAUREN TERRY. INSIDE DOPE: “Madeline is one of the most respected longtime activists in Oregon. She has dedicated most of her life to this moment, and I give her the utmost respect for her drive and persistence.” “She is fearless, ageless and a lot of fun to be around.”

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What do they do?

Co-owners of Cascadia Labs, one of the state’s largest and most respected laboratories for testing marijuana potency and pesticides. Jeremy serves on the state committee creating rules for such labs.

Why do they matter?

Cannabis legalization revealed an almost comical lack of standards for testing the strength of marijuana, and whether it contains dangerous levels of mold or pesticides. As WW reported earlier this year, growers were required by the state to get their flowers tested—but the labs themselves were completely unregulated. (Many of the more than 20 locations across the state resemble one-hour photo shops more than research centers.) The Sacketts have combined their scientific creds—he’s a chemist, she’s a horticulturalist— to change that. “The worst thing that could happen for this industry is a mislabeled product,” Jeremy says. “Our service is defensible data.” Cascadia Labs. founded in Bend, just became the first testing laboratory given an official thumbs-up from the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, and it’s

Travis and Leah Maurer

opening a new lab in Southwest Portland. Expect the Sacketts to remain at the forefront of debate over how labs measure potency— they are pressing hard for cannabis producers to label products differently depending on whether they’re inhaled, eaten or applied. AARON MESH. INSIDE DOPE: “There are a number of labs that truly have public safety in mind. Jeremy and Ashley have taken it even farther. They’ve developed a level of trust in the industry that maybe some of the other labs haven’t.”

Ashley PreeceSackett and Jeremy Sackett

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Sour Diesel and Casey Jones Jeremy likes Sour Diesel, and Ashley prefers Casey Jones—but mostly as vaporized oil. “I’m not really a flower person,” she says.


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What do they do?

Travis is a cannabis consultant, longtime grower and co-founder of marijuana legalization group New Approach Oregon and its Missouri counterpart, New Approach Missouri. Leah is co-chairwoman of the Portland chapter of Women Grow, an organization devoted to bringing women into the cannabis industry. Both are co-owners of the Weed Blog, one of the largest websites covering the cannabis industry.

Why do they matter?

“Maurer-juana” and Blue Dream BLUE DREAM

Travis prefers a sativa-dominant strain of his own devising he calls “Maurer-juana” (“the strain that ended prohibition in Oregon”), while Leah kicks it easy with Blue Dream.

Travis and Leah Maurer are credited for leveraging social connections to make big things happen. Travis is considered one of the key players of Oregon’s successful marijuana legalization effort—he convinced Measure 91’s out-ofstate funders that a 2014 bid was possible. During the campaign, he ceded the spotlight to college friend Anthony Johnson, in part because of a March 2013 weed bust in Missouri that targeted Travis for a small, unsanctioned medical grow. Leah, a former schoolteacher, is the organizational force behind

the nation’s largest and fastestgrowing chapter of Women Grow. For Women Grow’s most recent event, she secured Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D - Ore.) as a speaker. Travis’ current project for Oregon politics? He wants to eliminate restrictions on out-of state investment in the cannabis industry, calling them bad for business. He has, of course, already had success wooing out-of-state investors. “The activists will be the most successful businesspeople,” he says. ZACH MIDDLETON. INSIDE DOPE: “[Leah is] amazing. She’s done incredible work, she’s an amazing community organizer. She’s done a really great job cracking open stereotypes around cannabis. She really knew a lot of the people in the industry and in the activist movement, so she was able to bring that kind of cannabis legitimacy.” “The work Travis Maurer did to organize around Measure 91—he was very much the grassroots piece of that bill being passed into law.”

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Erika Yoshida Watson and Sam Watson

What do they do?

Erika runs Expanse Commercial Real Estate, a realty company specializing in the cannabis industry; Sam runs GreenSky Collective, a marijuana dispensary on North Interstate Avenue.

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There are three keys to success in business, the old saying goes—and all of them are real estate. In cannabis, Erika Yoshida Watson is the woman with the key chain. “We searched for over a year before we found this place,” says Sam Watson from the backroom of the quaintly owl-logoed GreenSky Collective, the couple’s slick dispensary whose service Sam says he modeled on the white-glove treatment at Morton’s steakhouse. But he had the luxury of waiting for the perfect location on North Interstate Avenue: parking, a busy thoroughfare, plenty of homes nearby, and no dispensaries or schools anywhere near. That’s because the realtor was his wife, Erika. Erika is the daughter of sauce tycoon Junki Yoshida, and although her father doesn’t invest directly in cannabis, her real-estate company, Expanse, is backed by the Yoshida Group. It’s the first real-estate company in Oregon to specialize in weed properties, fielding daily calls from potential cannabis investors and bringing in money from out-of-state investors in Colorado, Florida and Chicago. The

couple’s ambition is also evidenced by their nearly 8,000-attendee, heavily sponsored WhiskeytownUSA festival and their recent move into growing to vertically integrate their dispensary, whose property they own. The Watsons are waiting to expand until the regulatory environment settles. But while they’re in no hurry to expose themselves to risk, a lot of the bets being placed in this new industry are being laid down on a board drawn by Erika. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. INSIDE DOPE: “They’re entrepreneurs in an exciting mix of commercial real estate and cannabis. Obviously Erika comes from a line of strong entrepreneurial stuff, and she’s carrying on that tradition. They’re a team, and with Whiskeytown as well they’ve done a great job covering the vices.”

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Hazy Kush An uplifting and euphoric high, bred in-house and parent of the Kush strains at Calyxes dispensary.


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Super Silver Haze

“I’d have to say my very favorite of all time is Super Silver Haze,” Sam says. “I love the high, I love how heady it is, I love that I can still go about my day. I’m a big sativa buff—what you’d call an ADD stoner.”

What does he do?

Grower, Green Bodhi farm; owner, Calyxes dispensary.

Why does he matter?

John Bayes has an almost mystical reputation for growing some of the best marijuana flower in Oregon. His reputation is enhanced in part by his demeanor—he’s the tribal-tattooed guy who traveled the world on a surfboard and came back Buddhist, and his Instagram shows him offering weed to the Dalai Lama. But it’s also backed up by 15 years of experience, not only growing his own indoor flower but also teaching others. The California native—he once worked in a chemical plant, along with bartending and construction work—is now a private cannabis consultant fostering organic-based standards in clients across Oregon. He is the first grower in the state to adopt Clean Green Certified standards, a nationally recognized program that mirrors USDA organic standards but

applies them to cannabis, and he’s been working to bring other farms in compliance with organic farming standards. TYLER HURST. INSIDE DOPE: “It’s good to see someone working to make this part of the agricultural industry safe for consumption, and really going beyond what is required by the state. He seems like a good guy who will be setting the tone for what ‘organic’ will mean.” “His cannabis is phenomenal. But he truly believes in everything being organic. I don’t think that’s realistic. I think of it more like a grocery store: Some of the tomatoes are organic and they’re really expensive. Some of them aren’t.”

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Why do they matter?

U.S. Rep.Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)

State Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego)

State Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland)

Steve Marks, Oregon Liquor Control Commission executive director

Chris Lyons, OLCC Recreational Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee chairwoman

Mowgli Holmes, Phylos Bioscience co-founder and chief scientific officer

Earl Blumenauer has been pushing for marijuana legalization for years, endorsing Measure 91 during its campaign. Now he’s a favored guest speaker at every cannabis-industry event and one of the most prominent advocates for national legalization, going as far as to predict that pot would be removed federally as a Schedule 1 drug as early as 2020.

Marijuana regulation has so far suffered from a power vacuum at the state agencies: Oregon Health Authority marijuana regulator Steve Wagner is stepping down, and OLCC weed czar Tom Burns was fired in March. Marks, who fired Burns after he allegedly leaked information and then covered his tracks, has stepped into the role of top weed regulator as the OLCC draws up the rules that dispensaries will have to follow beginning in 2017.

Yalie Ann Lininger has long been one of the medical-marijuana industry’s champions—and is now a recreational-industry booster on the state floor in her role as co-chairwoman of the legislative committee on marijuana legalization. Most recently, she’s been talking up the Southern Oregon jobs boom she expects to help the economy in her native Ashland.

Chris Lyons is an insider’s outsider. A former director of both the OLCC and Oregon Lottery (she resigned in 2002 after questions surfaced about improper spending), Lyons is now in a pivotal position. As chairwoman of the OLCC’s Recreational Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee, she is in charge of guiding and communicating industry input to the OLCC’s policymaking arm. Multiple industry members, however, have privately expressed misgivings about her perceived tightness with the OLCC.

Christopher Malott, Phyre and Highly Distributed owner

Jesse Peters, Eco Firma Farms owner-grower

Aaron Mitchell, La Mota owner

Meghan and Matt Walstatter, Pure Green co-owners

Former software engineer Christopher Malott is among a new breed of multifaceted entrepreneurs joining the cannabis industry. Under the name Phyre, his company grows cannabis, produces extracts, creates software and offers consulting for new cannabis businesses. And like Brad Zusman of Canna-Daddy’s, Malott has branched out into distribution, with a network of more than 15 stores offering goods from his network of growers and makers of edibles and extracts.

Native Californian Aaron Mitchell— son of slain porn magnate Artie Mitchell—has been expanding his La Mota chain of dispensaries aggressively in Oregon, with four stores and seven in the planning stages. He’s established his business in communities like Roseburg that have little threat of competition.

Michael Lindars, Lucid Design owner

Michael Lindars’ company Lucid Design is not the first to do ads and marketing for cannabis—you’ve probably seen those weirdbeard NORML spots on late-night TV—but it’s by far the slickest and hippest design, marketing and ad company to jump feet-first into the industry. “Before we got into this, there were a lot of Rambos and clowns and colorful unicorns,” Lindars says. Lucid Design will probably have a hand in determining what the pot industry will look like in Portland. Alongside clients like BMW and Pioneer Courthouse Square, Lucid is doing branding for Left Coast Connection and CannaDaddy’s dispensaries, and it designed those distinctive pyramidal boxes by leading extracts company Golden XTRX.

Ginny Burdick, Lininger’s fellow cochairwoman on the state marijuana committee, has emphasized pot-tax revenues. That places her at odds with Lininger and many in the industry when she pushed a bill through the Senate (SB 964) in May that would require tighter regulation of what she called “black market” medical grows. The bill is currently tied up in House committee.

Mowgli Holmes, a Columbiatrained scientist, is at the forefront of mapping the weed genome and is also active politically, serving on the OLCC’s rules advisory committee and sitting on the board of the Cannabis Safety Institute, a group of scientists who advise governments on how to regulate cannabis. Circa Dec. 2002

Jesse Peters has been growing pot for over 20 years—he’s attempting to bring his West Linn farm to total carbon neutrality—and is one of the first names mentioned when you ask who is growing the best cannabis in Oregon. He’s attentive enough to small variances in his product that he’s considering marking vintages, just like wine: 2014 Super Silver Haze. Peters’ prowess has given him clout in the industry, and he’s been acting as a growers’ advocate with city and state governments. He is a founding member of the Oregon Cannabis PAC.

Meghan and Matt Walstatter are founding members of the Oregon Cannabis PAC and longtime growers who have helped bring in interested parties to the cannabis industry. The couple are very vocal politically and at business conferences, with a combined 40 years of growing experience. Pure Green, on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, is one of the city’s most prominent dispensaries.

Brad Zusman, Canna-Daddy’s owner

Dispensary owner Brad Zusman has been a divisive figure for some—brazen in a new industry that’s not far from its activist roots. But his version of vertical integration may prove powerful for recreational marijuana. In addition to running Canna-Daddy’s, Zusman makes a slickly marketed Blaze Bars line of cannabis-infused chocolates, and operates a distribution company, Busy Bee, that connects farms to a network of 125 dispensaries across the state. He’s waiting for the saturated industry to shake out before expanding, but he plans to build a chain after taking over the sites of failed dispensaries.

Don Morse, Human Collective II owner and Oregon Cannabis Business Council founder

Don Morse owned one of the first dispensaries in Oregon—he moved it to Portland in 2012 after his Tigard business was raided by Washington County drug investigators. He began the Oregon Cannabis Business Council to lobby for a tightly regulated dispensary market. If there’s a public meeting about marijuana, chances are Morse will be speaking at it.

Matt Maletis, Maletis Holdings owner

Matt Maletis is not in the cannabis industry. But he’s a person to watch in the future. His family’s business, Maletis Beverage, is one of Oregon’s largest players in beer distribution, going back to 1935. Matt Maletis is not part of that company, but he plans to take some of his family’s distribution knowledge (and capital) to invest in the cannabis industry once the rules have been established. “There’s a huge need for the middle of the industry,” Maletis says. “Some of the best growers and retailers are getting figured out. In terms of supply chain and services, there are things we need to bring to this industry, inclusive of wholesale distribution, processing and testing.” Maletis served on the OLCC advisory committee for wholesaling, and expects to continue in an advisory capacity with the OLCC.

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ORANGE YOU GLAD YOU’RE DRUNK? BAR-CRAWLING THE MANY GLORIOUS DIVES ALONG THE NEW MAX ORANGE LINE TO MILWAUKIE. With the new Orange Line, TriMet gave us a time machine. Traveling south to Milwaukie, one $1.50 dive-bar draft at a time, is like a trip back to fabled Old Portland. Sure, you could start your crawl along the Orange Line at OMSI and eat sandwiches with Isaac Brock at Bunk, or drink with weirdly aggressive techbros at Apex by the Southeast 12th Avenue and Clinton Street stop. That misses the point, though. Spiritually, the headwaters of the Orange Line are the stop at Southeast 17th Avenue and Rhine Street, between a spartan cannabis club named after a Grateful Dead song and the Lotsa Luck Bar & Grill—a Greek-owned dive bar that survives from an era when Greek-owned dive bars defined our city’s nightlife. From off-neighborhood shanties with signs supporting sexual harassment, to ostensible Irish bars that play only nü metal, the Orange Line is a trip back in time to a Portland that California money and waves of migration never touched. And it might just be Portland’s new best transit-aided bar crawl. We’d happily go to any and all of these places again—or, at least, to the other strip club next door.


Lotsa Luck Bar & Grill

2136 SE Powell Blvd., 236-8805, 7-2:30 am, 365 days a year. Seven-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Pizza Hut, Fred Meyer corporate headquarters, Terpene Station dispensary. Always begin a journey with something lucky. If you’re taking your covered wagon down the Oregon Trail, slaughter a rabbit and take its feet with you. If you’re going on an Orange Line bar crawl, start with the playingcard-covered door at Lotsa Luck. Most auspicious adventures start with some bickering. Ours began with a fundamental disagreement about whether the “liquor before beer, in the clear” adage was correct, so the drink selections ranged from an orange vodka drop shot in orange juice called an Orange Tic-Tac to a lemon-lime soda concoction that had a terrifyingly sweet alcohol bite that gave me flashbacks to former hangovers—I still drank every sip.


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The more reserved in the group ordered PBR on tap, and we chose seats in the upper landing, away from the professional Lottery-machine crowd. Apparently on weekends, the chairs we slid into—much comfier than those provided for us at the office—are occupied by a group of old men who won’t let anyone else sit with them. We ate our fill of nachos and club sandwich, made by the bartender, with crisscross fries cooked in the fryer behind the bar, to keep our energy and determination up. We talked about high-school sports, which seemed exactly right. LIZZY ACKER.


Houndog Bar & Grill 4463 SE Milwaukie Ave., 232-3547. Three-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Pakalolo dispensary. The large neon sign above the bar announced our second stop on the bar crawl, Houndog Bar & Grill—one word, one "d." Though the building was not much to look at, the gated patio in front gives the place a welcoming feel. Above the bar hang signs with quips like “If you think our barmaids are beautiful…don’t drive!” The bar was fairly hopping for Wednesday afternoon, and the bartender seemed to know everyone by name. The happyhour menu rotates every two hours—we got $1.50 draft Hamm's. The bartender asked if we’d like $1 Jell-O shots to accompany our Hamm's. It was an offer we could not refuse. We took our drinks out to the patio, which was small but cozy, though if cigarette smoke bothers you, it may be wise to stay indoors. The Hamm's was light and pleasant, and the watermelon Jell- O shot rounded it off quite nicely. Just as Jell-O shots should be, it was sweet and artificially fruity. The topic of conversation among the group centered on gun control, douchey train conductors and Barack Obama. Twenty minutes later, as I began wondering whether I should grab another Jell-O shot for the road, it was time to leave. We had to run to catch the train, but we made it just in time. KATANA DUMONT.


Eastmoreland Golf Course Bar & Grill 2425 SE Bybee Blvd., 775-2900, Five-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Eastmoreland Courts & Racquet Club, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Reed College. Just north of the yawning, gray expanse of 99E and the McLoughlin Boulevard industrial district lies one of Portland’s best-kept day-drinking secrets. Nestled in peaceful Eastmoreland, right by the MAX tracks, the city-owned Eastmoreland Golf Course is not only open for inexpensive rounds and range buckets, but is home to a pleasant, no-frills bar and grill called, ahem, Bar & Grill. The golf course is working-class luxury. The bar and grill has a respectable number of high-quality local brews on tap, an impressive selection of dad liquor, and a plethora of high-calorie bar-food classics to enjoy in the roomy, almost century-old clubhouse. Ask for your Gigantic IPA or Hennessy in a plastic cup so you can take it out to the driving range, and bet the next $4 bucket on who can hit the ball the farthest. Afterward, cool down with a short walk to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and finish the day at the nearby Reed College campus, where you can spend a few hours checking your privilege before heading home. WALKER MACMURDO.



8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 231-9611, 7-2 am Monday-Saturday, 11-2 am Sunday. Eight-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Dusk ’Til Dawn vegan strip club, RKO dispensary, Goodwill Outlet Store (aka “The Bins”) This stop looked like another winner. Two strip clubs and a marijuana dispensary sit directly across the street from the MAX station, just a long Sebastian Janikowski field goal away. Unfortunately, that street is six lanes of state highway, and there is steel fencing atop the concrete divider to deter would be Froggers.

Navigating the two oddly placed pedestrian bridges seemed arduous, so I called Uber to drive us around the highway—the driver sat parked on a residential street until after he was supposed to arrive, then said he needed more time. So just go to the bridge on the north side of the station and climb down the stairs to the highway and an oddly scenic homeless encampment on the banks of Johnson Creek. Acropolis, too, is better in theory than reality. The famous steakhouse and strip club, like so many local legends, seems bored. An off-duty dancer lying on her belly across the rail nearest the entrance with a pen and stack of papers set the tone. There aren’t enough customers to keep 65 taps of craft beer fresh, and two bartenders with no one else to serve were snippy. After bringing our beer, the server happily returned to carefully study the house copy of a mugshot magazine. MARTIN CIZMAR.


Duffy’s Irish Pub

11050 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie, 305-5196. 11 am-midnight SundayWednesday, 11-2 am Thursday-Saturday. Three-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Wunderland Milwaukie Cinemas, Golden Nugget bar. There are two distinct ways a bar can be nondescript. The first: when a bar is vaguely hip, arguably modern and totally humorless. Walk the streets of the Pearl and you’ll see what I mean. The second way a bar can be nondescript is when it intentionally gets the fuck out of the way and lets the guests have a good time by relying on dirt-cheap drinks, instead of elaborate branding concepts, to attract customers. Duffy’s Irish Pub belongs to the latter group. My memory of Duffy’s centers on our conversations: Editors argued about Snapchat and Tinder and other Gen-Xer fascinations while we interns attempted not to embarrass ourselves in front of our bosses. I was unsuccessful at this. (As it turns out, my eyes are hazel. That’s what you call brownish green eyes.) Drink a Guinness on draft, not because Duffy’s is an Irish pub, but because Guinness is only 4 percent ABV, and by this point you will be pretty buzzed. ZACH MIDDLETON.


The River Road House

11921 SE 22nd Ave., Milwaukie, 653-5885. 11:30-2:30 am daily. 15-minute walk from station.

Other nearby attractions: Kellogg Creek swamp, Milwaukie Elks Lodge (members only), Top Hat Express dispensary. The end of the line is no place to find a bar. There’s a 7-Eleven and nothing else unless you go south to a Bomber diner full of World War II nostalgia. The nearest actual tavern is a long trek back north along 99E by the Kellogg Creek swamplands, at the place where the sidewalk ends by the old waste-treatment facility whose smells still seem to linger. The River Road House, a 1970s lean-to of a place whose sign sports Pee-Chee-style silhouettes of generic athletes, was a place I romanticized when I was 12, when my family ate next door at an Italian restaurant that is now a support pole for the MAX tracks. The Road House always had motorcycles parked out front, and I thought it was a gritty biker bar full of outlaws. Who knows, maybe it was. But these days it is an impossibly polite wood-paneled sports bar with blue-felt pool tables so clean they almost shine, a decent craft tap selection, and interior signage supporting both Ducks and Beavers, both Michael Jordan and Alex Rodriguez. It’s the sort of place where people you don’t know save your seat for you, and where no amount of goading from our table could shake the fundamental good nature of a Cubs fan, who seemed bewildered that non-Cubs fans might even exist. It’s a friendly place, but a profound disappointment to the dreams of my youth. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

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MOBILE STAY CONNECTED Dear governor Kate Brown: Climate change It’s on everyone’s mind lately. Climate change is happening faster than scientists predicted and we can see it happening around us. We are worried for our future, and for the future of our children. Yes there are many other things in the state that need to be worked on, but none of this is going to matter much if our changing climate creates the social havoc and economic devastation that economists and scientists predict. Unless we move quickly our children are going to be left with a disaster which we are still making worse - that they won’t be able to clean up. The whole country looks to Oregon to for leadership on this and other environmental issues. But where are we? Where is our leadership? We nearly had a greenhouse gas cap and trade bill – HB 3470 – but it died in committee last session. We are about to permit and build the only natural gas pipeline on the west coast outside Alaska and it’s going to be here because Washington and California refused to permit it. We will also be building a new power plant to go with this pipeline that will do only one thing: burn 40% of the gas to liquefy the other 60%, and this brand new construction will be the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Oregon when the Boardman coal power plant closes in 2020. All of that gas is for export. We have coal and oil trains rolling along next to the Columbia river providing coal and tar sands oil to Asia. Excluding hydropower, which was nearly all built by 1981, Oregon ranks lower than California, Idaho, Maine, Oklahoma, South Dakota and other states for clean energy supplied. Oregon gets one third of its electricity from coal. Pacific power gets two thirds of its energy from coal. It isn’t good enough. That’s why I’m running for governor of Oregon in 2016. Our children need us to do better – Julian Bell MD 28

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BOORS AND BORS: Portland political cartoonist Matt Bors has been Twitter beefing with Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical “entrepreneur” who jacked up the price of AIDS medicine to crazy heights just because he could. Bors tried to sell his strip to Shkreli on Twitter. “He was back at it—defending his good name—so I threw some snark at him,” says Bors, “and he came back at me. From there it escalated to a pretty strange place fairly quickly.” Bors was offered $10,000 from a just-created Twitter account to debate drug-price policy on Twitter. Despite every law of the Internet, the money was actually deposited into Bors’ account. As of press time, the Twitter debate was forthcoming. BUY A BAR: Mount Tabor food and cocktail spot Tannery Bar is selling stock in itself. Through Portland-founded funding platform Chroma (, Tannery Bar is making a community public offering, selling $10 shares in the business to fund an expansion into the space next door, a patio and possibly another bar in the basement. Investment would occur not in dollars but in ChromaCoin—a virtual currency based on Bitcoin. Chroma co-founder Mike Merrill, also an investor in Tannery Bar, is best known for selling stock in himself and allowing stockholders to vote on his actions. He will be played by Jason Bateman in the upcoming movie IPO Man. PICKAGONE?: A proposed development near the site of the annual Pickathon music festival has organizers nervous. On Oct. 20, the Happy Valley City Council will vote whether to approve a project that would bring 600 residential units to Scouters Mountain adjacent to Pendarvis Farm, which has hosted Pickathon for the past decade. Scott Pendarvis says the development is a “behemoth” far out of scale for the area, and that it would alter the festival experience, which is noted for its wooded seclusion. Don’t freak out yet: Pickathon has eight years left on its permit. HIP-HOP DAY: Hip-hop and the city of Portland have long had a contentious relationship. But now, it appears local officials are finally willing to treat rap with the same respect it’s previously afforded sea otters, sock knitting and the Norwegian constitution, by giving it its own day. Mayor Charlie Hales says Oct. 15 will henceforth be known as “Hip-Hop Day.” A concert featuring Vinnie Dewayne, Mic Capes, Jon Belz and others DJ SAD EYEZ will take place at City Hall that afternoon. In a statement, Hales—known to local clubgoers as “DJ Sad Eyez”— said, “With the help of our wonderful partners StarChile and DJ O.G. One, we’re going to have some of Portland’s top hip-hop artists perform in City Hall…hopefully bringing people to City Hall who’ve never been here before.” The proclamation comes a little less than a year after the city auditor’s office released the results of an investigation into claims that the Portland Police Bureau unfairly targeted rap concerts and related events. Some are suspicious. On its Facebook page, Don’t Shoot Portland wrote: “Beware of False Motives of Politicians and other Organizations, Agencies, Non Profits, ETC… Its Funding and Re-Election Season. They will get their own BLACKS and will PRODUCE the Will of the People.”

GO: Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour comes to the Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St.,on Saturday, Oct. 17. 8 pm. $40-$355.


Virgin Madonna: In 1984, Madonna shocked the world by wearing a wedding dress and gyrating onstage. The world was easily shocked back then.


MADONNA IS PLAYING PORTLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1985. CATCH UP ON THE MANY MADONNAS WE’VE MISSED WITH THIS PAPER DOLL! Cultural Appropriation Madonna: By 2014, all of Madonna’s shock gambits had dried up and she turned to an old favorite: appropriating black culture. Hey, boundaries are fluid and art informs art man! But metallic rapper grills don’t do anyone any favors.

Britney Kisser: By 2003, Madonna felt her relevance waning. It had been years since she shocked the world! So at the VMAs that year, she made out with former Mouseketeers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Consider us shocked, Madonna!

Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 404-2350, 8:30 pm. $20.

SATURDAY OCT. 17 KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS [LATE-NIGHT GUITARS] You know a Kurt Vile record when you hear it, and the new B’lieve I’m Goin Down is undoubtedly a Kurt Vile album, his melancholic guitar and sluggish voice meticulously wrapped into in a hazy ball of earnestness. It remains oddly inviting, like an afternoon hangover you just can’t shake. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.


Cone-Bra Madonna: In 1990, Madonna shocked the world again, this time by wearing a bra that turned her boobs into weapons. Feminism! Social commentary!

Kabbalahdonna: In 1996, Madonna had a baby named Lourdes. Shortly thereafter, her spiritual ascension continued and she joined the mystic Jewish religion Kabbalah, making it sort of weirdly popular for a few weeks.

Eva Perón: At a certain point (1996), Madonna began to ascend, in a spiritual sense, beyond the normal human realm. Her first stop was playing beloved Argentine heroine Evita on the silver screen. Her performance was almost too good. Can anyone picture the actual Evita and not Madonna as Evita?


ASKING FOR IT [COMEDY] When Adrienne Truscott takes the stage for her “one-lady rape about comedy” show, she’s naked from the waist down and the ankles up. “I wear shoes. I’m not crazy,” she says.

KILLER PUMPKIN FESTIVAL [BEER] There will be a whole lot of pumpkin beers at Green Dragon, that’s true. But there will also be pumpkin sodas, pumpkin cocktails, and pumpkin bowling, carving and smashing. If there’s something legal you can do with a pumpkin, you can do it here. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 517-0660. 11 am.

Pepsi-Prayer Madonna: Ever the shrewd businesswoman, Madonna premiered her megahit “Like a Prayer” during a Pepsi commercial in 1989.

“All the Way” Mae: Everything Madonna does is iconic and feminist. Remember when she costarred in the movie that fixed women’s rights, 1992’s A League of Their Own? Now we have baseball, and universal respect!



Sexy Soft-Porn Star: Also in 1992, Madonna had a hot, sexy relationship with Vanilla Ice, and he appeared in her hot, sexy picture book, in which she was photographed in various states of undress. Shocking!

EQUUS [HORSE PLAY] For their last act before dissolving into Seattle’s mist, Post5 founder Ty Boice and his wife, Cassandra, are teaming up to direct Peter Shaffer’s notorious horse play (yes, the naked Harry Potter one). A captivating swirl of religion, sensuality and neuroses, Equus—1975’s Tony Award winner for best play—is about a boy who blinds six horses with a spike. What’s not to like? Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-258-8584. 7:30 pm. $15.

MONDAY OCT. 19 DEAFHEAVEN [BEST METAL] Incorporating elements of black metal, melodic hardcore, Brit pop and post-rock, San Francisco’s Deafheaven pushes boundaries while making some of the best long-form metal in recent memory. New Bermuda, its latest, is even better than 2013’s Sunbather, which is saying something. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8:30 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. 21+. ICELANDIC PIZZA DINNER [PIZZA] Two seriously talented Icelandic chefs will be at P.R.E.A.M. making seriously good Icelandic pizza, along with lamb tartare, salted cod, and lamb shanks braised with beer vinegar. World-famous Mikkeller beer may also arrive. So when’s the next time you’ll be in a room where all this is happening? Hmm? Yeah, that’s what we thought. P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 6-10 pm.

Vampire Madonna: In 1994, Madonna released Bedtime Stories which was proStories, duced by Babyface, had a song co-written by Björk and channeled both Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. It was then that it became clear that Madonna would always adapt, always change clothes and probably never die. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015


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THURSDAY, OCT. 15 Brewers for Boobs



Lunch & Brunch Monday to Friday 11:30am-3pm

For the fifth year, Eastburn invites brewers to its bar to have a beer contest. And no, the winner doesn’t get boobs. But the proceeds go to help save boobs from cancer—which means everybody wins. EastBurn, 1800 E Burnside St., 236-2876. 5 pm. $10 donation includes first pint.

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 Apple and Pear Tasting

For the 28th year, the Portland Nursery invites the city into its rows to give our local crop of apples and pears the wine treatment: You get to wander around sampling Fujis, Galas, Honeycrisps and Boscs. Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark St., 231-5050. 10 am. Free. Through Oct. 18.

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 Killer Pumpkin Festival

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

This is perhaps the most familyfriendly beer fest of the year. Many, many pumpkin beers, sure, but also pumpkin sodas, pumpkin cocktails, and pumpkin bowling, carving, smashing and decorating. If there’s something legal you can do with a pumpkin, you can probably do it here. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave, 517-0660. 11 am.

Thali Supper Club Parsi Dinner

Leena Ezekiel’s Thali Supper Club returns with a Parsi meal, showcasing the foods of the tiny Persiandescended Zoroastrian community in Mumbai, India. Expect curry-chickpea soup with fritters, spicy scrambled eggs, apricot-toddy hen, coconut maha-mahi, braised goat and a rosecardamom dessert. Call 754-6456 to make a reservation or email Din Din, 920 NE Glisan St., 6:30 pm. $65.

SUNDAY, OCT. 18 Swig ’n’ Swine

It’s Portland Cocktail Week. Celebrate by drinking artisanal punch out of eight huge trash cans. Much pork will be served by chefs including Coquine’s Katy Millard and Renata’s Matt Sigler. Advance tix are $10 cheaper at White Owl, 1305 SE 8th Ave., 2369672. 1 pm. $30-$40.


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Killer IPA Fest

This is your hoppy place. With kegs of the region’s finest hoppy ales— from Breakside and Laurelwood, to Barley Brown’s. Grab a plate of food from Hole Mole, our 2015 food cart of the year. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Road, 805-7342. 2 pm. $10.

MONDAY, OCT. 19 Icelandic Pizza Dinner

Hverfisgata 12 restaurant in Reykjavik makes kickass pizza—chefs Gunnar Karl Gíslason and Ólafur Ágústsson are in town for an Icelandic night with, like, beets and cherries, lamb tartare, salted cod, and braised lamb shanks with mushrooms and beer vinegar. P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 6 pm.

Where to eat this week. 1. Taylor Railworks

117 SE Taylor St., Suite 101, 208-2573, Former Little Bird chef Erik Van Kley’s new spot already has great plates, including curry-fried chicken and steak with pears. $$$.

2. Bywater Grocery

2713 NE Sandy Blvd., 971-220-2162, A mayonnaise and french fry sandwich may seem like a statement about rural Southern poverty. But, hot damn, it’s good. That loaf has a nice snap, and the simple toppings—pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and crunchy fries—fill it out nicely. $.

3. 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. $$-$$$.

4. Fillmore Coffee (and Pizza)

7201 NE Glisan St., 971-236-7411, True Neapolitan-style pies at a coffee shop, including an excellent white pie with globs of ricotta. $$.

5. Farm Spirit

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. $$$$.


Vladimir Putin has wrestled bears, flown a supersonic jet and saved a TV crew from a tiger attack. Some say he’s also ordered the murder of a journalist, then ordered the irradiation of a former security agent who told the world about the journalist’s murder, then refused to extradite the alleged radiation killer and rigged an election to get that killer into the legislature that voted to censor the Russian Internet so no one there would ever know about it. In other words, he’s arguably the most reasonable and effective leader of the Russian people since Peter the Great. And now, finally, he has a Russian imperial stout worthy of his name. Portland’s Hair of the Dog teamed with the Neatherlands’ Brouwerij de Molen for this 14 percent monster. Putin pours still by design and is black as coal. It smells like candied raisins and tastes like strong brandy and baking chocolate. We came into possession of this ale through one of our collaborators, who got it from brewmaster Alan Sprints. If you come across a bottle, promptly secure it. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR.




BOLD FLAVOR SHIO THING: Kukai’s best bowl is the yuzu shio with a soft-cooked egg.

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roasted pork “chashu” ($1.50 each) was a one-time winner. The lightly tangy yuzu shio ramen ($11) was also a keeper, the citrus adding interest and balance to the otherwise mundane kelp/bonito/ salt broth. The garlic tonkotsu shoyu ramen ($12) BY M IC H A E L C . Z US M A N had “lots of garlic,” as the menu boasts, but the garlic flavor was harsh and unpleasant, as though Portlanders are prone to Asian soup-gasms— raw cloves had been added to the bubbling broth. witness the gaga popularity of Ha VL, Pho Whether ordered as part of the chicken ramen Oregon, Boke Bowl and myriad tom yum (shio or shoyu, $8), the “rich” variation ($11) or slingers—so a superior bowl of ramen is bound as an add-in, tender, juicy sliced chicken breast chashu was the best of the meats on the menu. to find an eager audience. Kukai’s izakaya menu, primarily populated Kukai is located in Portland’s far northwest flank in an upscale, Beaverton-like strip mall, where with deep-fried Japanese bar snacks, is skippable. every night crowds descend like locusts to slurp the The chicken karaage ($6) doesn’t hold a candle to specialty Japanese noodle soup. But, please, don’t the transcendent version at Biwa or the very good one at Yuzu. The “takoyaki take this as a suggestion to octopus dumplings” (a bilinpower up the Prius and rush out this: Yuzu shio ramen with softgual redundancy, $5 ) are fine, there, unless waiting 45 min- Order cooked egg and chicken chashu ($14). but if you’re looking for shards utes for a table at a ramen-shop analog to Applebee’s is your of bonito flake writhing atop idea of a good time. Yes, the sad truth is that despite blistering hot, fresh-from-the-fryer fritters, you’re the crowds, Kukai is merely good, not great. Best I out of luck. The pork gyoza ($4.50) had little to can figure, its popularity is the fortuitous result of offer in terms of flavor or texture, and the dipping sauce that came with them added nothing but an absence of any other options nearby. Inconsistency at Kukai is its biggest bugaboo, moisture. The best small item on the menu was the result of trying to do too much, the same way the spinach goma-ae ($4), a small plate of boiled the bible-sized menu at virtually every corporate spinach with a savory sesame dressing. swillhole is a virtual guarantee of top-to-bottom The food at Kukai may have been all over the mediocrity. At Kukai—a Japanese chain with 18 map, but the service offered by a cadre of young outlets at home, one in Taiwan and four in the 20-somethings was generally attentive and United States, all in the Pacific Northwest—the pleasant, if not all that knowledgeable about the menu begins with 12 ramen broths based on pork, cuisine. Watching one server cleaning up the chicken, seaweed, salt, soy, or some combination detritus of an unwell infant after the family fled of these. Each broth is available either as “low with its puking payload, you know the job isn’t sodium” or “traditional,” though the traditional exactly a walk in the park. didn’t seem overly salty. On one visit, the server Which leads to one last warning and tip if you warned that the low sodium “might not have a insist on making the trek here or don’t live far: lot of flavor.” She was right on one of two orders, Kukai is family-friendly to a fault. After all, soup which tasted bland, but not on the other. is a simple pleasure even toddlers can enjoy. So, The sodium paradox aside, of the multitude of unless you have a little one of your own, visit ramen broths, the ones labeled “rich” tended to as late as possible to avoid the “we’ll-text-yoube deep and flavorful, harboring all sorts of meat when-your-table-is ready” refrain and to skip the and vegetable treasures beyond the namesake unavoidable excesses of the kiddie corps. noodles. The noodles themselves might be overly soft or pleasantly chewy depending on the day. EAT: Kukai Ramen & Izakaya, 11830 NW Cedar Falls Drive, 844-585-2487 ext. 4, kukai-ramen. A hearty bowl of pork-based tonkotsu shio rich com. 11 am-2:30 pm and 5 pm-9 pm Mondayramen ($12), with add-ins of soft-cooked egg and Friday, 11 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday.

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The last time Madonna was in Portland, she visited Pittock Mansion, hung out at the waterfront, poured candle wax on Willem Dafoe’s genitals, and fucked an old man to death. That’s the plot of Body of Evidence, the alleged erotic thriller she shot here in 1992, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting. Critically eviscerated upon release, it quickly vanished from theaters, remembered only by the barely pubescent boys who’d come across it on cable and feel strangely aroused walking past Yankee Candle for years afterward. Along with the Sex book, Madonna’s much-derided detour into softcore porn, the film represents one of the lowest points of her long reign as the Queen of Pop. But for Portland, it persists as an odd bit of local lore—that time, a decade before Portlandia and all the New York Times travel pieces, when one of the most famous people in the world came to town, and all she got was a crappy Basic Instinct ripoff. In honor of Her Madgesty’s return engagement— marking her first Portland performance since the Like a Virgin tour in 1985—we spoke to those who were there for our month with the Material Girl. Stephen Simon, executive producer: I was the head of production of Dino De Laurentiis’ film company. When I was working for Dino, we made a deal to distribute Madonna’s Truth or Dare film outside the United States. We made a lot of money on it. Dino had a conversation with Madonna, then came to me and said, “Madonna wants to do a real sexy thriller. Find one.” I don’t remember the exact number, but basically he said, “With her being as famous as she is, and as well as Truth or Dare did, we can pre-sell this for $18 million. So you’ve got to make this movie for $15 million.” At that point, Dino didn’t really much care how the movie was going to be. David Woolson, former executive director of the Oregon Film & Video Office: There was an intense focus around that film because it was really her first starring role after Desperately Seeking Susan. It was wild. Simon: We didn’t want to be in L.A. because it’s too expensive. Portland had a lot of the moodiness that we wanted. She was going to live on a houseboat, so putting a houseboat in the Willamette was easy. With the news that Madonna would be living in Portland for four weeks, local media promptly went into hyperdrive, with The Oregonian announcing “Madonna Watch,” asking readers to submit their most “candid photos” of the singer. To counteract the press frenzy, city officials set up a press conference at the Benson Hotel prior to shooting. Mike Lindberg, ex-City Commissioner: The theory was that she, along with Willem Dafoe, can have this one-time, major interview where they were introduced and could answer questions, and that would take the air of future inquiries the press might be making. I was, oddly enough, in a political campaign for re-election. When it came up in my office, my campaign manager said, “Why don’t you give her the key to the city and get some publicity for yourself?” Mindy Leek, Lindberg ’s campaign manager: I had worked on the periphery of the film industry, and I just thought, “Let’s have some fun with it.” I had someone at this prop shop produce it for me.

old flamES: madonna prepares to scald Willem dafoe in Body of Evidence.

Lindberg: It was about 2 ½, 3-feet high, made out of Styrofoam, and it had a black-knit stocking with a garter belt and a rose in the crotch. I kinda looked at it and went, “Oh my gosh.” Somebody introduced me, and then I stood up and someone delivered the key. She looked somewhere between horrified and disdainful. I got more negative letters about that issue than anything else I had done on the City Council. Shooting commenced in April 1992. Locations included Pittock Mansion, City Hall, Old Town, various private residences and a downtown karate dojo. Corey Brunish, Portland actor: I landed a role, and it’s much ado about nothing. They went out and spent about $1,000 on my wardrobe, and I literally have one line you don’t really hear too clearly. Simon: I hired a guy to be the head of security for Madonna named Pete Weireter. If you Google him, you’ll find Pete was the police negotiator who finally got O.J. out of the Bronco. He brought a contingent of guys with him from L.A. to form her security detail. Brunish: My first day on the set, I was walking down the hall, and the next thing you know, I get stiff-armed by this bodyguard, and who’s behind him, kind of sashaying along, but Madonna. She had this little smirk on her face as she noted the shock on my face, and I felt like saying, “Yeah, I work here. You don’t need to be pushing me out of the way. I’m not going to assault you.” But, of course, I didn’t say anything. Lindberg: Some of the shooting was happening in City Hall. On the first floor, there was an auditor’s office, and the auditor was on vacation. When the auditor returned from vacation, her desk was kind of cleared off, and they left a note for her that said, “We hope it’s OK, but they wanted to do a big sex scene with Madonna, and they wanted to do it on a desk.” He just made up the story. She ran out of her office with that note yelling, “Who did this?! Who authorized this?!” According to Simon, Madonna was not at all the sexcrazed diva of public perception; she spent most of her time off the set jogging along the waterfront. Of course, that didn’t stop rumors from circulating. Brunish: I heard she went to [Embers] nightclub, and she literally would pick someone on the dance floor, take them out to her limo, screw them, go back to the dance floor, pick someone else, take them out to her limo and screw them. I heard she did this all night long. Apparently, she liked to pick

up gay men. Of course, they weren’t going to turn her down. No one can prove it, but it sounds great to me. Steve Suss, Embers owner: She’s been in the building, but I do not recall her coming in during the filming of that movie. Brunish: The only other story I have about Madonna is also hearsay, but I believe it. She was famous at the time for not doing autographs under any circumstances. So a makeup woman, who’d worked with her for a month or so, very shyly went up to her with a photo at the end of the shoot and said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you, I know you don’t do autographs, but I was wondering if you might make an exception.” Madonna takes the photo, takes the pen, signs it and walks away. This girl is thrilled. She looks at the signature, and it says “Fuck you.” Body of Evidence was released in January 1992, just barely missing an NC-17 rating. Simon: We had a very interesting thing happen with this film. We start finishing the editing, and Madonna’s Sex book came out. There was an enormous uproar about that book. The folks who ran MGM were very concerned about what it would do to the potential box office of the film. People’s views of Madonna had changed radically because of the book. But the critics were waiting for it anyway. The book had nothing to do with it, and the film was really savaged by the critics. Woolson: While the film was panned, as I used to say, we don’t write the films, we just recruit them. Simon: My wife had never seen Body of Evidence when we got married. She has always kidded me: “If I had seen it before we got married, I’m not sure I would’ve married you.” After Body of Evidence came and went, Stephen Simon moved to Ashland, and later co-founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle. He now lives in West Linn. Simon: This is actually one of the reasons I got out of Hollywood, even though I really enjoyed making that movie. But that’s not the kind of subject matter I wanted to be involved with. I have always been attracted to things that have a spiritual quotient in them, that can wind up being very uplifting. There was nothing spiritual or uplifting about Body of Evidence—except for the fact that Dino made the money he wanted and I did my job. SEE IT: Madonna plays the Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St., on Saturday, Oct. 17. 8 pm. $40-$355. All ages. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015



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The Black Dahlia Murder, Harms Way, Maruta, Iron Reagan

[SLICK METAL] Somewhere in the last decade, the Black Dahlia Murder went from being considered a “scene band for teenagers” to a well-respected forerunner in contemporary melodic death metal. This 180-degree change in opinion is made all the more mind-boggling by the fact that the band’s slick, dueling-guitar-driven heaviness has remained remarkably consistent from its origins in the early 2000s through 2015’s especially focused Abysmal. The Detroit quintet is supported by a who’s who of Relapse Records-inspired hardcore and death-metal acts. If you like your heavy music polished, this is not a show to skip. WALKER MACMURDO. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chavéz Blvd. 8 pm. $16. All ages.

THURSDAY, OCT. 15 Conflict, Total Chaos, Rum Rebellion, The Escaped

[ANARCHO-PUNK] Conflict, a band that cribbed the Crass aesthetic and drove it into dumb-boy Discharge territory, is nevertheless one of the better metallic punk bands that exploded out of the U.K. in the early 1980s. Its territory was extreme anarchy—a band that spawned countless dreadlocked and squatting progeny that stain the landscapes of Portland and Finland alike, and its first three records remain classics of the form. Total Chaos, on the other hand, hails from Pomona, Calif., and despite its professed politics is essentially human mohawks capable of coughing out a few power chords every few years and calling it a record—call it Rancid lite. BRACE BELDEN. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St. 7 pm. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 Ought

[ANTSY POST-PUNK] As far as Ought is concerned, the sophomore slump is a myth. The young group’s head-turning debut album was one very much crafted by a band of former college cohorts, yet it served as a remarkable conduit through which its collective anxiety and nervousness flowed. The taut Sun Coming Down is even better. Singer-guitarist Tim Darcy uses the LP to rattle off cathartic lines like he’s constantly on the attack, his snarl toppling the layers of abrasive guitar and fidgety percussion. The band members still mainline influences from Sonic Youth to the Fall, sure, but the final outcome is more precise, quirky and original than it’s ever been. BRANDON WIDDER. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

The Urinals, Mean Jeans, Sex Crime, the Bugs

[PISS PUNK] A reasonably shortlived band during its initial incarnation, Los Angeles’ the Urinals only hung with the purposefully difficult name for a few years before switching things up to become the florid 100 Flowers. With either name, the band trucked in wiry punk, supported by melodically significant vocal harmonies, despite working up material with titles like “Male Masturbation.” Turning up again

after a 20-year break with new albums in 2003 and another new slab this year, the Urinals haven’t dramatically redefined themselves. Next Year at Marienbad and its 13 tracks are just slowed down a bit, while still dealing with weird love and unacceptable cultural norms. DAVE CANTOR. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Skylar Spence, Kero Kero Bonito

[BANDCAMP DISCO] Ryan DeRobertis just wasn’t made for these times. The young producer, now recording under the name Skylar Spence, used to go by another moniker, Saint Pepsi, and favors the type of murky nudisco spun at every Bushwick dive in the late ’00s. This is slick stuff, all bouncy basslines, quivering vocals and guitar stabs straight out of a Franz Ferdinand record. Spence isn’t rewriting the book of love or anything on his debut album, Prom King, but pleasant, fun dance music like “Can’t See You” is perfect for anyone wishing that chillwave never died and Cut Copy were the biggest band in the world. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Supraphonics Benefit Concert

[SOUL FOR A CAUSE] Three years ago, the backbone of premier local soul outfit the Supraphonics, drummer Eric Worley, was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer, for which he recently underwent a stem cell transplant. Tonight, a who’s who of local funk, soul and R&B will descend on Jimmy Mak’s to raise as much money as it can to help cover that cost. To accomplish this goal, the acts will be churning out an endless loop of upbeat local jams and rip-roaring passionate solos all night long. You can’t stop the funk.

Bolzer, Ritual Necromancy, Torture Rack, Daemonis ad Noctum

[DEATH METAL] When Bolzer’s 2013 EP Aura first dropped, the international death-metal community collectively flipped. This universally praised, Switzerland by way of New Zealand duo managed to distill the essence of classic early-’90s death metal into three of the heaviest, catchiest metal tracks of the year, while pushing the extremely restrictive genre’s boundaries forward. Bolzer’s demo and two EPs leave them with eight songs and a 100 percent hit rate. This is extreme metal with zero fat. WALKER MACMURDO. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. 9 pm. $9. 21+.

Wild Child, Max Frost, Flower Punks

[CUTESY INDIE POP] Following closely in the footsteps of indie hits like Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe, Wild Child, a sixpiece from Austin, has built its career on upbeat breakup songs complete with self-proclaimed “gypsy melodies” that bounce along on optimistic plucks of ukulele, slowly lilting violin and cello, bright chimes of key and, of course, plenty of stomps and whistles. Its third LP, Fools, sees Wild Child sticking to what it does best, with band founders Kelsey Smith and Alexander Beggins trading between Smith’s soulful, husky wail and Beggins’ smooth croon. It might not feel especially new, but the tradeoff between bitter vocals and optimistic, infectious melodies is at least sort of interesting. KAITIE TODD. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. 8 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 Salad Boys, Love Cop


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Falling Hippo

Conveys a certain gravitas, don’t you think?

2 Wanted of the Something When your previous name offended an entire ethnic group, you’re going to want something so vague it couldn’t possibly upset anyone…could it?


3 Radiant Dirge Kind of describes the band’s sound, weirdly. 4 Fart Moose Well, they are Canadian.


5 Bovine Einstein Look, if you don’t take this name, I will. MATTHEW SINGER. SEE IT: Viet Cong plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Grave Babies, on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

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record store, with no information other than the name of the band and the album, you might have a hard time guessing what it sounds like. On one hand, the band’s name is Salad Boys, which sounds like a lackadaisical indie-rock band. On the other hand, the album is called Metalmania, which sounds like an album by a group of Def Leppard wannabes. Thankfully, your first guess was the right one. The album in your hands is full of sunny guitars and low-in-the-mix vocals— not stadium anthems by old guys with stringy blond hair. SHANNON GORMLEY. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, Cass McCombs, Heron Oblivion

[PRETTY PIMPIN’] Anyone even remotely familiar with Philadelphia’s indie frontrunner knows a Kurt Vile record when they hear it. His voice is sluggish, the guitar melancholic, and he meticulously wraps both in a hazy ball of earnestness that’s often as self-deprecating as it is comical. It all remains oddly inviting, though, and the recent B’lieve I’m Going Down record concludes a superb trio of full-length albums born of late-night bedroom compositions. Piano and tufts of banjo carry much of the solo-friendly melodies throughout the album, many of which drift in and out like an afternoon hangover you just can’t kick—minus the nausea. BRANDON WIDDER. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.

Bully, Heat, Dead Soft

[BREAKUP ROCK] Alicia Bognanno fronts Nashville quartet Bully with the fearsome presence of a predator just released in the wild. It’s a saber-rattling approach that gives the ’90s-minded band a gutsy core. Mashed in between bruising, distorted alt-rock hooks are Bognanno’s unapologetic lyrics about past relationships and the absurdity of life. Bully’s freshman LP, Feels Like, is a racing 10-track collection of tried and true rock ’n’ roll, the “play hard for the sake of playing hard” kind of music Portlanders have grown to expect from homegrown acts such as Summer Cannibals. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast

[PUNK FOLK] When English singersongwriter Frank Turner first started out in music, he played in hardcore bands like Million Dead. But when that group broke up, Turner went solo, with just an acoustic guitar and some buddies, known as the Sleeping Souls backing him on drums, bass, keys and mandolin. With six full-length albums (including August’s Positive Songs for Negative People) and a smattering of EPs, Turner has earned a reputation for earnest punk-rock songs that make even the most cynical hardcore dudes want to mosh a little. HILARY SAUNDERS. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $20. All ages.

Moody Little Sister

[AMERICANA] Naomi Hooley’s not the first person to visit Portland— from Alaska, in 2010—and decide to stay, and she’s not the first to hear an album recorded by Rob Stroup at his 8 Ball Studio, and say, “He’s gotta produce my next record.” She is, however, the only one to end up forming a musical—and, ultimately, romantic—partnership with Stroup, a Stumptown native who made his name in the ’90s with local alt-country heroes the Baseboard Heaters. So, where does a great producer turn when it’s time to cut his own dream duo’s debut? To another great Northwest artist and producer, Pete Droge, who drafted worldclass musicians to craft Moody Little Sister’s Wild Places, includ-

AlunaGeorge FRIDAY, OCT. 16 You wouldn’t think a group whose main motivation is getting bodies moving on the dance floor would know much about sonnets. But AlunaGeorge frontwoman Aluna Francis has a lot to say on the subject. “I read a book by Stephen Fry about poetry, and he did make a very good point,” she says. “If you squeeze an idea through certain limitations, what you get on the other side is obviously more creative.” Francis and her partner, producer George Reid, are in the final stages of recording their second album, and they’ve been thinking a lot about the challenge of writing three-minute pop songs. While AlunaGeorge certainly has an experimental streak, the duo was wary of producing “something that was so sort of strange and artsy that it’s kind of shrouding a lack of substance,” Francis says. But too simple is a problem, too. “Straightforward songs with a nice simple beat and a piano backing—that was just not something I was interested in,” Francis says. So the goal is to see how creative you can be when there are structural rules to follow—as with, say, sonnets. Calling from Miami, Francis talks about poetry with as little pretension as she talks about shoes—a worthy topic to discuss with Francis, whose sense of style extends from chunky sneakers with pearl chains to bra tops printed with the words “OH SHIT!” Her wit is particularly helpful since she has only 10 minutes to talk. AlunaGeorge, which first broke through in its native England via Disclosure’s smash single “White Noise,” is in the middle of a tour, and with its next album “near the finish line,” this is a hectic period for the Londoners. The new album follows 2013’s Body Music, which was filled with strange synth noises, catchy lyrics and layered, idiosyncratic beats. But for all the anticipation and hype preceding the followup to a well-received debut, Francis says she and Reid are just continuing to do what they do. “We haven’t done that thing that some bands do, which is, like, do an album in one genre and then basically switch genres,” she says. Perhaps that’s because there’s enough to keep searching for in their usual format: The sound of AlunaGeorge is a constant struggle between the ingenuity of experimental electronic music and pop-song immediacy. So when Francis names Etta James as a source of inspiration alongside the likes of Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin, it actually makes sense. “I just have to go back to the classics like ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’ or ‘At Last,’” she says. “The first time you hear it, you get it. That’s sort of what I’m always pitched up against. It’s a bar I’ll never reach, but it’s a good bar to go for.” SHANNON GORMLEY.

Writing poetry for the dance floor.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH AT 6PM While Redray uses all of his influences, his songwriting draws comparisons from Ben Harper to Maxwell. However, his smooth and smoky vocal quality along with his gospel approach set him apart. “I’ve always listened to various styles of music, everything from Curtis Mayfield to the Strokes. It doesn’t matter to me, as long as the music has heart.


Beth Harrington is an award-winning independent producer, director and writer, born in Boston and transplanted to the Pacific Northwest. She has been making media professionally since 1977. She most often focuses on work that explores American history, music and culture. Her new film, ‘The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes And The Course Of Country Music’ includes new interviews with members of the Carter and Cash families, including the legendary Johnny Cash. The film recently debuted theatrically at the historic Hollywood Theater.


w/ Skinny Lister (Performance) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT 2PM A former member of punk rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to folkier, acoustic “musics” after the demise of the aforementioned hardcore outfit. Touring constantly and gaining fans by the thousands, Turner continued recording a string of well received albums, eventually garnering attention from legendary punk label, Epitaph. Frank Turner’s new album, ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’, is available now. Supporting Frank Turner on this tour is Skinny Lister, a folk-rock outfit from London.



(Performance) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18TH AT 2PM The Noted have just released their second full length studio album, ‘Not Far Away’. Eight original tracks of modern rock with “him & her” vocals that take you on a pleasant, yet varied musical journey. The CD is filled with thoughtful songs about love, life and you including “The Moon Is Rising”, “Gentle World” and “Too Late”.

SEE IT: AlunaGeorge plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Rome Fortune, on Friday, Oct. 16. 9 pm. $20. 21+.

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ghosts of ourselves: Deafheaven plays Wonder Ballroom on Monday, oct. 19. ing drummer Jay Bellerose, who brings some of the haunting ambience he lent another memorable Americana duo, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. the result is as fine an album as has ever emerged from Portland’s acoustic community. JEFF RoSEnBERG. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031, 6:30 pm. $16 advance, $30 day of show, $35 preferred seating. All ages.

Alt-J, San Fermin

[EccEntRIc InDIE] the pressure was on for Alt-J when writing its second LP, 2014’s This Is all Yours. Its debut album won a Mercury Prize in 2012, and the press had deemed the band the “next Radiohead.” that pressure shows on This Is all Yours, an album that checks all the same boxes as the band’s first—quirky arrangements, fuzzed-out synths, stumbling beats, chirping harmonies and singer Joe newman’s signature mumbling wail—and touts the same thoughtfully precise songwriting as before, but without quite the same scattered inventiveness. KAItIE toDD. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 33 N Winning Way. 8 pm. $29.50-$46.50. All ages.

SUNDAY, OCT. 18 Nobunny, Patsy’s Rats, Phantom Family

[GARAGE RocK] nobunny is a sniveling pervert cobbled together from the slime of tucson’s gutter. Live, expect to find a sickly-looking man covered in thick, viscous sweat, mostly or totally nude, his no doubt hideous face covered by the torn-up remnants of what was once a rabbit mask. the band behind him is crude and primitive, made up of the dregs of society. nobunny has a veneer of barely controlled insanity behind his prodigous hooks and catchy songs that sound as if the cramps were covering 1910 Fruitgum company— the man, clearly, is a psychopath. BRAcE BELDEn. Analog Cafe & Theater, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 6 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.

Death, Guantanamo Baywatch

[RISE oF tHE LIVInG DEAD] In 2009, when the chicago label Drag city issued a seven-song collection by the forgotten ‘70s band Death, it was a collective “holy shit” moment for rock historians. With snarled vocals and frenzied rhythms more harried than the wildest garage rock of the era, it appeared that three black siblings from inner-city Detroit had kind of, sort of, invented punk rock. In the ensuing years, the surviving Hackney brothers—the third, David, died in 2000—picked up and started touring again, and in April released a new album, unimaginatively titled N.E.W. Despite picking up not too far from where the band left off, it can’t measure up to the allure of those formerly lost recordings, but no matter: Death has risen, and that’s miracle enough.

MAttHEW SInGER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

Boosie BadAzz, Clemm Rishad, Sky City, Easy McCoy, Get It Squad

[DIRtY SoUtH] Drake gets the headlines, Kendrick Lamar the plaudits and Meek Mill…well, he’s still dating nicki Minaj. But what of Lil Boosie BadAzz? After his career was derailed by a cornucopia of legal problems—including first-degree murder—the freshly exonerated Louisiana mixtape legend released Touch Down 2 Cause Hell earlier this year, and it’s among the more frighteningly direct rap releases of 2015, winding through a variety of emotions, from anger to regret, as Boosie shouts with the aggression of a dude who really thought he’d never see a recording booth ever again. It hasn’t quite gotten the national attention it deserves—and it is, admittedly, a few songs too long—but if you ask BadAzz, he’ll surely take regional cult hero over the other option any day. MAttHEW SInGER. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $35 general admission, $100 VIP. All ages.

MONDAY, OCT. 19 Deafheaven, Tribulation

[tHE BESt MEtAL] Deafheaven’s Sunbather was the best metal album of 2013. the just-released New Bermuda is the best metal album of 2015, and it is better than Sunbather. Incorporating elements of black metal, melodic hardcore, Brit-pop, post-rock and a raft of other subtle influences, Deafheaven push boundaries while making some of the best long-form metal in recent memory. Metalheads will go to excruciating lengths to find fault with the current best metal band in the world because they look like normal people. Don’t be that guy. WALKER MAcMURDo. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.

TUESDAY, OCT. 20 Roger McGuinn

[LEGEnD] Few deserve Rock and Roll Hall of Fame membership as much as Roger McGuinn, the sonic architect of folk-rock founding fathers the Byrds, who plugged the Beatles’ progressive pop into the rich ferment of the then-nascent singer-songwriter scene. Without his mid-’60s innovations on the Rickenbacker 12-string—radiant, cyclical lines that defined the term “jangle,” with occasional ornery bursts of coltrane-inspired noise— the styles of the most influential British and American guitarists of the ’80s, from Johnny Marr to Peter Buck, would be unimaginable. not content to be living history himself, McGuinn documents folk history on his acclaimed Folk Den website, recording definitive acoustic versions of hundreds of songs from

the American and British tradition. JEFF RoSEnBERG. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $33 advance, $40 day of shows, $45 preferred seating. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.


[ADULt contEMPo BLUES] Anybody with access to an FM dial has heard Hozier belt “take Me to church,” the Irishman’s breakout single that feels like a gospelification of modern pop. It’s a fine badge for a maturing musician, whose self-titled debut reminds of the late, great Jeff Buckley. Like Buckley, Hozier has a tendency to drift into adult contemporary territory. It’s an effective approach that’s launched him into arenas across the country, but it feels a little too safe at times. Hopefully, per his last visit, he’ll trade some of his easy-listening tracks for grittier material. He’s the son of a bluesman, after all. MARK StocK. Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 8 pm. $35-$55. All ages.

Golden Retriever Chamber Ensemble

[cHAMBER JAZZ] Last year saw local duo Golden Retriever crack Rolling Stone’s list of the top-20 avant-garde albums of the year with Seer, heralding a new era of popular recognition for experimental sounds steeped in deep electro-acoustic training and theory. Aided by a grant from the Regional Arts and culture council, Matt carlson and Jonathan Sielaff, who play synthesizer and bass clarinet, respectively, will be joined here by a chamber ensemble comprised of Portland’s most esteemed improvisational musicians, with the Mousai Remix String Quartet, rounding out the group’s already expansive sounds to fit the acoustic dimensions of the historic downtown venue. WYAtt ScHAFFnER. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 9 pm. $10. All ages. Through Oct. 21.

Deerhunter, Atlas Sound

[BRADFoRD coX DoUBLE FEAtURE] the evolution of Deerhunter has been a fascinating, Beatles-esque journey that’s touched on everything from raucous post-rock to shoegaze to psychedelia to jangly indie rock. Presently, the Atlanta-born band is in a highly textured and melodic mode, as evidenced by the tracks we’ve heard so far from forthcoming album Fading Frontier. Unlike the neurotic garage feel of 2013’s Monomania, the new effort glistens with reflective harmonies and rich guitar work, almost in the vein of Portland’s own the Helio Sequence. one of the most talkedabout indie bands of the new millennium, Deerhunter is a shapeshifting force to be reckoned with. Band chief Bradford cox opens the evening with his impressive side project, Atlas Sound. MARK StocK. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 pm. $20 advance, $23 day of show. All ages.

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[AFRO-POP] Born in Mauritania, raised in Senegal and now, like so many Afro-popsters, in Paris, Daby Touré’s music owes plenty to Western pop, not the least in his hooky acoustic guitar style and the pop-song concision of his tunes, which sometimes call to mind Cat Stevens and Bob Marley. It’s unusual in a genre that often sports long, slow-cooking grooves. Guest stints with Peter Gabriel probably contributed to Touré’s wide-ranging musical influences, which seem poppier than ever on his limpid new release, Amonafi. BRETT CAMPBELL. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. $26. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Lang Lang

[PIANO STAR] It’s hard to believe Chinese pianist Lang Lang can physically move his fingers as fast as he does. The energetic 33-yearold, who has a penchant for flailing his arms after a particularly exasperating phrase, can bring the most boring pieces to life, upping passages practically to the speed of light where need be. It is that perfect sensitivity that allows the former child prodigy to bring pieces like Grieg’s extraordinarily difficult A Minor Concerto—which he will play with the Oregon Symphony tonight—to their full entertainment potential. He’s a modern classical star if there ever was one. PARKER HALL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 15. $35-$175. All ages.

Shanghai Quartet & Wu Man

[MUSIC FROM CHINA] Wu Man is to the stringed Chinese pipa what Béla Fleck is to its Western counterpart, the banjo. Like Fleck, she doesn’t just play traditional music for the ancient instrument, but also cultivates contemporary sounds, from both contemporary Chinese composers and even Westerners like Terry Riley and Portland-born Lou Harrison. In this Friends of Chamber Music concert, Wu joins other Chinese musicians who purvey both old and new Chinese and Western music, the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet. They’ll play the world premiere of a multimedia creation by Chinese film composer Zhao Jiping—who scored Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine and more—traditional Chinese folk songs and two major works inspired by ancient Chinese history and myth, Tan Dun’s dramatic Ghost Opera and Bright Sheng’s haunting Silent Temple. BRETT CAMPBELL. Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 7:30 pm Friday, Oct. 16. $30-$47. All ages.

Anonymous 4

[SWAN SONG] For the past three decades and more than 20 albums, the sublime female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 has racked up a string of prestigious awards and record sales that’s even more impressive considering it’s mostly sung nonstandard repertoire, ranging from medieval chants to historical American gospel, and folk songs and hymns to contemporary sounds. Surprisingly for classical musicians, who can sometimes sound as though they’re slumming when covering non-classical music, A4’s collaborations with pop and newgrass performers like Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and the Mountain Goats sounded authentic and vibrant. In this Friends of Chamber Music concert on their farewell tour, the singers will traverse stops from across their storied career, with sacred and secular stops from a millennium of music. BRETT CAMPBELL. Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 17. $15-$47. All ages.

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Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi COLD MOON (RUSTED BLUE) [ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY] There’s an audible codependency on Cold Moon, the new album from singer-songwriter Alela Diane and Balkan guitar specialist Ryan Francesconi. The two are stand-alone powerhouses, yet the record emphasizes the added dimension of a smart pairing. Cold Moon came about last winter, when both artists were spinning their wheels in creative ruts. Francesconi sent Diane samples, and she worked her melodic, articulate vocals into the acoustic narrative. The result is a decidedly seasonal record— quiet but complicated, chilled without being frozen stiff. Diane sounds like a less operatic Edith Piaf, hanging with Francesconi’s every move on guitar. Her lines are poetic, often set at the crossroads of nature and man (“The endless fury of the wrecking ball/ But who am I to judge progress”), while Francesconi’s moody strumming and subtle orchestration offer strength in restraint. “Shapeless” is the densest of the bunch, touting gently stacked vocals, pulsating guitar and some hushed percussion. Much of the instrumentation is classically inspired—all the trickier to sing atop—but Diane does not struggle. Severed into two solo sounds, Cold Moon might be slumberous, bookstore background music. As a whole, it’s a soft-spoken affirmation of two musicians fluent in detailed melodies, and a reminder that the sum tends to be something else entirely from the parts involved. MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi play Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., with Damien Jurado, on Saturday, Oct. 17. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.


[ALT-ROCK COUNTRY] May Pang was supposed to come out a year ago, maybe longer. The EP, a follow-up to Wild Bells’ 2013’s self-titled debut full-length, suffered delays ranging from lost songs, failed hard drives, lineup changes and an arduous—but ultimately successful—Kickstarter ca mp a i g n . W i ld B el l s finally overcame the culmination of #firstworldproblems, returning with an EP that reflects its time-consuming creation in its sonic intricacies. Yet, for a name like Wild Bells, the band isn’t particularly outrageous. The 12-minute EP blends boy-girl harmonies from bandleader-guitarist Pete Ficht and vocalist Rachel Coddington on the summery, swinging title track—fit for May Pang herself, an ex-girlfriend of John Lennon—and former vocalist Ellen Louise Osborn on the harpsichord- and pedal steel-laden “Wimbledon Bardot.” Meanwhile, “Still Summer” and “Shining On” assume an almost ’90s-alternative persona, possibly due to the influence of producer Tony Lash, Elliott Smith’s Heatmiser bandmate. In particular, “Still Summer” crawls through its verses with Nirvana-style arpeggiated chords before bursting into a bright, poppy chorus. While 12 minutes of music doesn’t offer much to assess Wild Bells’ latest effort, the group unity on May Pang could represent the key to the band moving forward. HILARY SAUNDERS. SEE IT: Wild Bells plays the Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St., with the Hugs and Vaudeville Etiquette, on Friday, Oct. 16. 9 pm. $8. 21+. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015




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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. OCT. 14 Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St Daby Touré

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St The Wind + The Wave

East Glisan Lounge 8001 NE Glisan St.

David Friesen‘s Quartet

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave. Knuckleheads, Arthur Moore

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th The Black Dahlia Murder, Harms Way, Maruta, Iron Reagan


1001 SE Morrison St Vikesh Kapoor, Johanna Warren, Ora Cogan

Justa Pasta

1336 NW 19th Ave Anson Wright Duo

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Free Thought Takeover, Subconscious Culture, RxN

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Rose City Round : Nashville style writer’s round

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Ben Larsen

MIssissippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Quiet Life, Cotton Jones

Panic Room

Forwords: A Benefit For SMART

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Mister Tang, Mrs. Henry (San Diego), Moondrake

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave The Burner Phones, Regulo Jr.

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave COLONY HOUSE + COIN

Newmark Theatre 1111 SW Broadway The Cross Roads Project: Rising Tide

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Goat Torment, Old Coven, Lluvia, Sutekh Hexen, Mania

Rialto Corner Bar

529 SW 4th The Famous Haydell Sisters

Star Theater


The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Portland Lindy Society Presents Thursday Swing! Featuring Doug & Dee’s Hot Lovin’ Jazz Band, Boy & Bean

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Doomtree

FRI. OCT. 16


Alberta Street Pub

The Secret Society

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Icarus The Owl Album Release Show! w/ Laurelhurst, Fighting Casper, Jet Force Gemini, & One Day Forecast

116 NE Russell St Rabbit Wilde, Von Stomper, Pine

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Dean Ween Group

THURS. OCT. 15 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave In My Life - A Musical Theater Tribute to The Beatles

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Noah Guthrie/Taylor John Williams

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St There is No Mountain, Crushed Out, Feral Foster

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Lang Lang

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash The Union Trade

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Conflict, Total Chaos, Rum Rebellion, The Escaped

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Bob Moses

1036 NE Alberta St East Forest & Sara Tone

Analog Cafe & Theater

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Jackie Evancho

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Sick Of Sarah

Blue Room Bar at Cartlandia

8145 SE 82nd Ave Rockit Scienzz Goes Back To Blue

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Ought

Camellia Lounge & Teazone 510 NW 11th Anandi

Clinton Street Theater

2522 SE Clinton St Eastside Music Showcase


350 West Burnside The Urinals, Mean Jeans, Sex Crime, The Bugs

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St AlunaGeorge

Duffs Garage

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave ‘BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT Live Music Fundraiser’

Hawthorne Theatre

Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center

2530 NE 82nd Ave Tough Love Pyle 1507 SE 39th Good Riddance, Off With Their Heads, Western Addiction


1001 SE Morrison St

527 East Main St. Rio Con Brio


1001 SE Morrison St Skylar Spence

Jimmy Mak’s

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221 NW 10th Ave Supraphonics Benefit Concert


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Kaul Auditorium

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Shanghai Quartet & Wu Man

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Happy Dagger, Teleporter 4, Swansea

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Bolzer, Ritual Necromancy, Torture Rack, Daemonis ad Noctum

Refuge PDX

116 SE Yamhill AVe Concientízate Celebration of Latin@ Art, Culture, and Music

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St. #110 Wild Child, Max Frost, Flower Punks

St. David of Wales Episcopal Church 2800 SE Harrison St An evening with Bill Staines

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Soul’d Out + Beloved Proudly Present: Israel Vibration + Gaudi

Starday Tavern

6517 SE Foster Rd Oreganic Allstars presents: SkaQueen’s Bday Bash!

The Foggy Notion

3416 N Lombard St The Abnorms, Solipsists, Shredded Decades

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Wild Bells, The Hugs, Vaudeville Etiquette

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Jennifer Knapp

Vie De Boheme

530 SE 7th Ave. All Gershwin/Ellington Dance Show

THE GMOs AND THE DAMAGE DONE: Neil Young ain’t got time for small talk, or small gestures. Touring in support of The Monsanto Years, an album-length harangue against the agrochemical monolith of the title, Young opened his stop at the University of Portland’s basketball gym Oct. 7 by sending out two stagehands in farmer costumes to spread seeds across the stage. Clad in all black, with a battered fedora giving him the look of an Old West drifter, Young spent the first part of the show alone, pacing the stage with an acoustic guitar and harmonica, singing “Heart of Gold” and “Comes a Time” almost to himself, his creaky floorboard of a voice proving stunningly well-preserved. It got exponentially louder from there, in both volume and message. With Lukas “Son of Willie” Nelson’s Promise of the Real serving as his Crazy Horse stand-in, Young built from the country-rock amble of “Hold Back the Tears” and “Out on the Weekend” to the molten guitar noise that made him a grunge-era hero. In between were several songs from The Monsanto Years, which Young—stomping, soloing and circling up with his young backing musicians—delivered with as much righteous anger as the takes on “Alabama” and “Southern Man.” None of it, though, measured up to the thunderous finale of “Love and Only Love.” Stretching out for what seemed like half an hour, the song roared, rumbled and quaked, and in its distressed sonics managed to conjure the fury of nature more than anything he sang all night. MATTHEW SINGER.

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Con Bro Chill

SAT. OCT. 17 Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan Jonnie T and His Other Girlfriend

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Craig Gass

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Salad Boys, Love Cop


2600 NE Sandy Blvd The Live Forever Tour Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Kurt Vile and the Violators, Cass McCombs, Heron Oblivion

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St Stone In Love - Journey Tribute

Dublin Pub

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave The Bobby Torres Ensemble with former Ikette - Claudia Lennear

Kaul Auditorium at Reed College

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Anonymous 4

Michelle’s Pianos

600 SE Stark St Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” 50th Anniversary tribute show

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Bully, Heat, Dead Soft

Moda Center

1 N Center Court St Madonna

Newmark Theater

1111 SW Broadway Oregon Repertory Singers presents Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Channel 3, C.B.K., Raw Dog, Close Calls

Revolution Hall

6821 Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway Smash Bandits: An Evening of Ska

1300 SE Stark St #110 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi

Duffs Garage

3550 SW Borland Road Unbroken Praise Tour

2530 NE 82nd Ave The Americans, Lloyd Jones Struggle


1001 SE Morrison St Get Dirty for Clean Air

Rolling Hills Community Church

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast

Saints Peter and Paul Episcopal Church 247 SE 82nd Ave, Free Neighborhood Concert

Slim’s Lounge

Seffarine Album Release Show

Analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Nobunny, Patsy’s Rats, Phantom Family

8636 N. Lombard St. Chocolate Cool But Rude, Rayliota, Nick Gamer

Ash Street Saloon

The Clinton Street Theater

Doug Fir Lounge

2522 SE Clinton Street The Clinton Street Stomp w/ Baby Gramps, Terry Robb, The Davenport Brothers, Blue Flags & Black Grass, Zach Bryson, The High Water Jazz Band

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave. Moody Little Sister

The World Famous Kenton Club

225 SW Ash Salvo Idly

830 E Burnside St Brent Weinbach at Doug Fir Lounge

Estacada Auditorium

500 NE Main St. Second Season Concert

First Congregational United Church of Christ 1126 SW Park Avenue Benefit Concert for Middle East Children’s Alliance

2025 N Kilpatrick St Night Mechanic

Lincoln Performance Hall,

Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Portland Wind Symphony

33 N Winning Way Alt-J, San Fermin

SUN. OCT. 18 Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College

0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd. Northern Lights Portland Chamber Orchestra

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Bill Wadhams and Company

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Death

Rivercrest Community Church 3201 NE 148th Avenue Fall Musical Sampler

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave

Boosie BadAzz, Clemm Rishad, Sky City, Easy McCoy, Get It Squad

St. Anne’s Chapel at Marylhurst University 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43) Portland Taiko, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble

MON. OCT. 19 Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Rachel Platten & Echosmith

Dante’s Live

The Druthers

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Twenty One Pilots

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Viet Cong


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Bombadil

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Panic Room

350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Mala Suerte, Drouth, Shrine of the Serpent

Hawthorne Theatre

Ranger Station PDX

1507 SE 39th Lydia

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave MBRASCATU

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave GWAR, Born of Osiris, Battlecross, Valiant Bastards

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Deafheaven, Tribulation


4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd Tuesday Bluegrass, w/ Members of Left Coast Country and Friends

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Golden Retriever Chamber Ensemble

Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 1 N Center Court St Hozier

Alberta Rose Theatre


Alberta Street Pub

128 NE Russell St Deerhunter, Atlas Sound

3000 NE Alberta St. Roger McGuinn 1036 NE Alberta St

232 SW Ankeny St Body Shame, Alto!,

Wonder Ballroom

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MUSIC Where to drink this week. 1. Quality Bar



931 SW Oak St., Sizzle Pie’s long-promised, double-decker Quality Bar is finally open catty-corner from Powell’s—meaning you can get a late-night slice off the menu while sitting at the bar drinking IPA on nitro or an Old Fashioned with peach whiskey and bitters.

2. 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.

3. Old Town Brewing

5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 200-5988, There’s a good chance you know Old Town better for its pizza. Best get reacquainted with its beer. The Shanghai’d IPA just got named the best damn English-style IPA in the country at the Great American Beer Festival.

4. 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.

5. Victoria Bar

4835 N Albina Ave., Victoria Bar’s owners have merged the aesthetic of their freeway-offramp nightclubs (Jackknife, Dig a Pony) and vegan whiskey patio bars (Bye and Bye, Sweet Hereafter) into a plausible template for citywide, uppermiddlebrow dominion.

MUSSEL BEACH: If Savoy was an ode to the Swedes of the milk states, its successor, La Moule (2500 SE Clinton St., 971-339-2822,, is a love letter to the hyphenate French. Like countless bars in Belgium and Canada, it is a dim, drunky spot devoted to mussels and frites. The bivalved La Moule space has a brightly lit front cafe on one side, where you can gawk at the chefs as they work, but drinkers should far prefer the cozy back bar. Just mind your step on your way through the doorway—that little level up has been sending tipplers tumbling since the place was called La Cruda 15 years ago—and enter a ’70s disco-blue, amber-lit room devoted to the last cultural era during which the French had any relevance on the world stage. A portrait of an aging, disheveled, black-eyed and big-collared Serge Gainsbourg brings it all home. But the most prominent feature is the gaudily deco wallpaper that looks like mussel shells split open to form a series of hearts—it makes the whole place look like a valentine made of bivalves. Well, it is. Soccer-ball-sized bowls of mussels ($12-$15) come courtesy of St. Jack chef Aaron Barnett and former Ava Gene’s chef de cuisine Cameron Addy, and they’re prettier in their shells than any tawdry Venus. The meat within is so plump it’s almost spherical—buttery and tender and doused in options like classic garlic sauce, Moroccan mint or Thai-spiced coconut. Steaks, burgers and liège waffles are also on hand, and the frites come with your choice of three kinds of mayo…but no ketchup anywhere, and damn you for asking. Tommy Klus’ cocktails are mostly $8 to $10—about the same price as the Belgian import beers on tap—from a balanced gin-Aperol Sunday Morning ($9) that’s like a Negroni made with cherries to a fine $8 Old Fashioned made with Heaven Hill 6-year bourbon. After showing up to dig deep into a bowl, you’ll leave deep in the cups. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Vendetta 4306 N. Williams Stranger Disco

The Rose Bar 111 SW Ash St

WED. OCT. 14 Lovecraft Bar

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

THURS. OCT. 15 Moloko

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

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay

FRI. OCT. 16 Moloko

3967 N Mississippi Ave Montel Spinozza

SAT. OCT. 17 Lovecraft Bar

Trifecta w/JedX, Wiggles & Jake McGeorge

SUN. OCT. 18 Lovecraft Bar


MON. OCT. 19 Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash DJ Smooth Hopperator

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave DJ Cory Boyd is rockin like..... DOKKEN

TUES. OCT. 20 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave BONES with DJ Aurora

421 SE Grand Ave Sabbath w/ Miz Margo and DJ Horrid


3967 N. Mississippi The Central Experience with Gulls & Mr. Peepers


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Most prices listed are for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and so-called convenience charges may apply, so it’s best to call ahead. Editor: ENID SPITZ. Theater: ENID SPITZ ( Comedy: MIKE ACKER ( Dance: ENID SPITZ ( TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit information at least two weeks in advance to:

OPENINGS & PREVIEWS For their last act before dissolving into Seattle’s mist, Post5 founding Artistic Director Ty Boice and his wife, Cassandra, are teaming up to direct Peter Shaffer’s notorious horse play. A captivating swirl of religion, sensuality and neuroses, Equus—the 1975 Tony Award winner for best play—is about a boy who blinds six horses with a spike. Told through the shy teen’s psychiatric interrogation, Shaffer’s play goes deep into Freudian shit like how modern commercial desires numb religion and our human capacity to feel emotions. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-258-8584. 7:30 pm ThursdaySunday, Oct. 16-Nov. 14. $15-20.

(a cocksure Trevor Jackson) is positively giddy, longing to brag about his genius. But Michael Tuefel as the cynical poet Rupert Cadell steals the spotlight every second that he’s on stage. Channeling a cross between John Waters and Stewie Griffin, Tuefel’s every action is enrapturing— from a sidelong suspicious stare to a spittle-flecked, red-faced rant. Guest director Rusty Tennant challenges us to regard death, or murder specifically, as a matter of perspective. Are we rooting for the murderers to be punished or to get away with it? The biggest surprise might be your own reaction to the ending. PENELOPE BASS. Bag and Baggage, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 345-9590. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday through Nov. 1. $25-$30.

La Muerta Baila

Cuba Libre


An original baile folklórico production, this global premiere is the first act of what looks to be a stellar 32nd Teatro Milagro season. Honoring Día de los Muertos with a bilingual fable about a spirit’s refusal to visit the land of the living that’s written and directed by celebrated Brooklyn dramatist Rebecca Martinez, La Muerta Baila will stage a fanciful travelogue with sly wit and traditionalist passion. JAY HORTON. Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 15-Nov. 8. $25.

Remme’s Run

Remme’s Run opened to rave reviews during last winter’s Fertile Ground festival, and local audiences have anxiously anticipated the world premiere of this ambitious multimedia presentation. Crafted from historical accounts of the Oregon Territory by writerdirector (and two-time Oregon Book Award nominee) Wayne Harrel, it recounts the tale of a cattleman’s desperate ride north from Sacramento to save his fortune and start a family on Sauvie Island. Animated backdrops, photographic projections and an immersive milieu of era-appropriate background artists situated about the theater bring the second-grade history tale to life. JAY HORTON. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 16-Nov. 7. $28.

Sex With Strangers

When a sudden snowstorm strands the dashing young blogger Ethan at the secluded cabin of another writer, Olivia, physical intimacy seems guaranteed. As the writers unveil their publishing histories, the evening’s discourse threatens to reveal more than they intended. Brandon Woolley directs the Portland Center Stage production of Laura Eason’s 2014 off-Broadway smash hit, Sex with Strangers. It’s your classic rom-com, with a few modern issues added in and based on the world’s oldest theme. Ages 16+. JAY HORTON. Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, noon Thursday and 2 pm SaturdaySunday, Oct. 10-Nov. 22. $25-$50.


Wyndham Brandon is bored (and more than just a little unhinged) when he convinces his friend and classmate to help him commit a motiveless act of murder. They strangle their fellow undergraduate and stash his body in a chest. But all that happens before the curtain even rises. The two then host a dinner party where they serve a meal to the father of the boy they killed off a box that contains his son’s body. If that sounds twisted, it is, and delightfully so. What follows is a parade of characters so ridiculously exaggerated that drama becomes farce. Brandon

Real usicians don’t get movies made about them without writing really good music: Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, the replacement singer in Judas Priest—two of three ain’t bad. The same is evidently true of fictional musicians and musicals. Cuba Libre, tells the story of Alonso, the fictional leader of the very real band Tiempo Libre, who serve as the pit orchestra for the show. Through a series of flashbacks, we see his development as a young musician in Cuba, stuck in a “mandatory service” job, struggling to find instruments for his band, living under his Castro-loving mom’s roof. There are rays of sunshine amongst this gloom—it is the Caribbean, after all—a hot doctor love interest, a rigged radio that catches Miami stations and even some musical success. Of course, this all comes crashing down in a way you might be able to see coming from the lobby, but it’s about the music, man, and the music is made by some of the best in the world—and the dancing’s pretty incredible, too. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4355, artistsrep. org. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, 2 pm Sunday and noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Nov. 15. $35-$56.

ALSO PLAYING Adrift in Macao

An admiring mix of the hard-boiled heroes, femme fatales and fauxtropical locales once littering studio backlots, this scattershot satire gleefully explodes every genre convention of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age. Featuring whip-smart dialogue by Tony Award winner Christopher Durang and a catchy score from composer Peter Melnick (Richard Rodgers’ grandson), the backhanded tribute to film noir potboilers and overseas adventures follows American ex-pat Rick Shaw and sidekick Tempura—so named because he’s been “battered by life”—as they spar with the sinister McGuffin and battle against the forces of good taste and common sense. JAY HORTON. Broadway Rose, 12580 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm SaturdaySunday through Oct. 25. $20-$42.

Anything Goes

Full of song-and-dance numbers and tap dancing spectacles, this Cole Porter 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. WALKER MACMURDO. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego. Through Oct. 18. $20-$37.


To launch its 16th season of groundbreaking dramatic works, Defunkt Theatre and veteran director Jon Kretzu present the Portland premiere

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ASKING FOR IT: Adrienne Truscott.


When Adrienne Truscott takes the stage for her “one-lady rape about comedy” show Asking for It, she’s naked from the waist down and the ankles up. And she is asking for it. Truscott blasts male comics and the idea that women invite rape by acting provocatively. “The only thing required for a rape to occur is for someone to be a rapist,” says the choreographer-turnedcomic, who will bare herself in Portland following recent tours in Australia, New York and L.A. “I’m very upfront about what people are getting themselves into,” Truscott says. “My pussy is out and I’m drinking gin and tonics.” WW: How did you think up this idea? Adrienne Truscott: I wasn’t thinking: The world needs a whole standup show about rape. I’d just be joking with friends about what I saw in the world or the news. When it was really well-received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, were you surprised? When people hear rape and comedy together, they think that sounds horrible. But I get turned on by ideas that strike me and have potential to fail—that combination of attraction of fear. It’s subversive to call this shit out. Is it hard to market such a provocative show? People question how I can perform this in a mainstream venue. It depends on what you call “mainstream.” If mainstream means mediocre and completely safe, then this isn’t a mainstream show. But how many people like to laugh? And how many people’s lives have been touched by this topic? So in that way it’s totally mainstream. Except you’re nude from the waist down? I wear shoes. I’m not crazy. How do people normally react? I get asked if I’m worried about offending people, but hundreds of comics deliver the most offensive

jokes. I’m all for comics doing what’s true to them. It’s their freedom to do the material. It’s my freedom to think they’re an idiot. It’s the audience’s freedom to laugh...or not. So you feel your show is less offensive than theirs? The only really negative responses have been online from people who haven’t seen the show. One time a young woman came to me after the show and said this was the first time she’d been able to think about being assaulted at 17 and not felt traumatized. Another time, a woman heckled me while I was onstage. The audience got upset, but most of the people who said “pipe down” were men. At a show that’s about women having their voices silenced, that’s too weird. I had to stop and say, “Hang on.” Are women making headway on this issue? Amy Pohler, Tina Fey, Bridget Everett, Amy Schumer, Jenny Slate. There’s this hilarious rag of women who don’t even question their own feminism. More male comics are even taking up a feminist angle. How long can you do the show and still have it feel fresh? The show morphs because the world keeps updating it, our often idiotic culture. It started with male comics making rape jokes and switched into a male comic actually raping [Bill Cosby], the most “safe” comic in the world. Everyone thinks, “It can’t be Cosby.” Of course it was Cosby, you fuckwits! It’s normally someone you know, not some stranger in the bushes. He’s perfectly positioned—no one would expect it or believe you. Of course it’s Bill fucking Cosby! And who knows what type of stupidity will come up in the world by the time I get to Portland? Are you ever nervous about taking the stage half-naked? Comedically and half-naked—that’s my favorite way to do anything: this show, the dishes, Christmas. I find it a hilarious costume, but it’s just a vagina at the end of the day. SEE IT: Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy is at the Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 404-2350, 8:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 15-24. Am I Right Ladies? preshow at 7:30 pm. $20. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015


PERFORMANCE of Mark Bartlett’s 2010 olivier Award winner. the searing examination of conflicted sexuality breathes fresh life to the age-old romantic triangle through the story of a gay man unexpectedly fallen into heterosexual love yet unwilling to leave his boyfriend. JAY HoRton. Defunkt Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 481-2960. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 15. $10-$25.

Dear Armen

Memorializing the life and works of controversial Armenian performer Armen ohanian—a survivor of persecution in early 20th-century Armenia—this traveling production mixes traditional dance with erotic performance and spoken word poetry. It follows a transgeder student named Garo who is studying ohanian’s life and discovers a big rift between the star’s memoirs and what’s in the history books. trans performances are nothing new in Portland, but this one—which is making its way up from San Francisco to Vancouver, B.c.—adds the unique ingredient of Armenian tradition. Promising an interactive night with live music, it’ll at least be a unique look at genocide and queer theory sideby-side. Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th Ave. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 16. $10-$20.

Dearly Departed

A hilariously mean-spirited and shallow brood of Deep South characters warily gather to mark the death of an unloved patriarch in David Bottrell and Jessie Jones’ early 90s tour de force. It won rave reviews off-Broadway and became a staple of community theater groups and major companies alike as a rare modern comedy that holds up beside classic farces. Although Bottrell and Jones did adapt their work for the successful 2001 feature Kingdom Come, the satire of white trash wasn’t quite recognizable as a family film with LL cool J, Vivica A. Fox and Whoopi Goldberg. Some projects are best left to the stage. JAY HoRton. Twilight Theater, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9838. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday through Oct. 25. $15.

How We Got On

Portland Playhouse’s season debut is in the same vein as the recent Straight Outta Compton, following teens in the “golden age” of 1980s hip-hop. narrated by a character named DJ “the Selector”, Idris Goodwin’s urban coming-ofage tale is like a history lesson on MtV—part music video and part exposé of kids with big dreams. Local poet-rapper Mic crenshaw is music director for the all-Portland cast directed by Jen Rowe. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 2 pm Sunday and 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 24, through Oct. 25. $32-$36.

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.

Passion Play Part III

For Passion Play, Profile theater’s most ambitious 2015 production, the local company maintained it’s strict policy of devoting each year to a single playwright (this time, Pulitzer Prize-winner Sarah Ruhl). But Profile broke the mold by collaborating with another theater to stage Ruhl’s three separate adaptations of the passion of the


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christ, as put on by three very different communities: Elizabethan England, post-war Germany and cold War-era South Dakota. JAY HoRton. Shaking the Tree Theater, 823 SE Grant St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 24. $25.

Tommy J and Sally

Race relations headline the Firehouse stage again. In Mark Medoff’s (Children of a Lesser God) political drama Tommy J and Sally, tom is a black intruder who holds Sally, a white, Jewish celebrity hostage in her home. Rather than violence, the play centers around witty banter and taut debates as tom talks Sally’s ear off about the state of race relations in America. not recommended for children. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 North Interstate Ave. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday through Nov. 8. $25.

The Turn of the Screw

Portland Shakespeare Project’s staging of Jeffrey Hatcher’s play brings the classic ghost story about a young governess who’s afflicted by visions back to life. With only a chair and staircase on stage, PSP’s minimalist staging doesn’t give the audience any distractions and the tiny cast of chris Harder and Dana Millican phenomenally play up all the ambiguities of James’s tour de force original. We never know whether we can trust the narrator—Millican’s troubled governess—and that’s why this terror is so brilliant. KAtAnA DUMont. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday through Oct. 18. $17.50.

COMEDY & VARIETY Dead Kevin Comedy Tour

Ahmed Bharoocha, Ryan o’Flanaga and Jack Robichaud produced a web series for comedy central, and appeared on Tosh.0 and Funny Or Die. now they’re bringing their comedy to Dante’s along with local guests nathan Brannon, Veronica Heath, nick clements,, Jimmy newsletter and local band Sleeptalker. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 2266630. 9 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. $8. 21+.

Garbage People: Lounge Act

Put on your fanciest duds and come check out an old-fashioned cocktail party that’s heavy on sleazy jokes. this new monthly stand-up showcase is hosted by Brodie Kelly, and is headlined by local comedy phenomenon curtis cook with support from Seattle’s Mitch Mitchell, Eric cash, Hutch Harris and Jaren George. the performers will be in cocktail attire, and any guests who are dressed to impress will receive a dollar off the cover charge. The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., 367-3182. 9 pm Saturday, Oct. 17. $6-$10. 21+.

Michael Ian Black

From MtV’s The State to Burning Love to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, if there is something off-putting, weird, slightly dark and definitely hilarious that you loved in the last 20 years, chances are good that Michael Ian Black had a hand in it. Slightly cynical, always opinionated and tending toward the absurd, Black’s comedy has covered everything from children’s Halloween costumes to touring the nation alongside Megan Mccain. His two-night special engagement is sure to be filled with the type of strange observations that have made him a comic legend in his own time. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17. $25$33. 21+.

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(True) Tall Tales With Don Frost

Local comedy legend Don Frost has rounded up some of Portland’s funniest folks to trade their tallest stories on the Helium stage. Come grab a seat and listen as Amanda Arnold, Dan Weber, Crystal Kordowski, Todd Armstrong and Kristine Levine mine the skeletons in their personal closest to come up with the funniest true stories they can think of. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-6438669. 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. $5-$13. 21+.

DANCE Amore Italiano

An ode to Italian culture, Oregon Ballet Theatre kicks off its 26th season with Amore Italiano. The

first performance, by Canadian dancer and choreographer James Kudelka, is inspired by the music of Italian composer Carlo Gesualdo, a 16th century nobleman and murderer who is known for writing passionate works. Next, August Bournonville’s 1842 Napoli ballet, full of lively leaps and swiftly intricate footwork, tells the story of a young Italian girl who falls in love with a fisherman. KAITIE TODD. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 248-4335. 7:30 pm ThursdaysSaturdays, Oct. 15-17. $29-$146.

Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour

It’s been 50 years since the debut of Twyla Tharp’s first choreographed dance, and she is celebrating with a performance centered around trumpet music. The program will feature dances set to

John Zorn, Bach, Henry Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein, compiling cheerful movements to celebrate the famous choreographer’s company opening in 1965. Over the course of her career, Tharp has choreographed more than 129 dances, working with the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Royal Ballet, and won a Tony and multiple Emmys for her work on films and Broadway musicals. Her company of 12 dancers is known for mixing jazz and ballet with rare movement techniques like boxing. KAITIE TODD. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. $26-$70.

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FACT: John Hodgman.

Expert of the Unknown The Vacationland comic started with an anthology of fake facts.

John Hodgman exploded into America’s pop-culture consciousness as the square PC opposite Justin Long’s cool Mac in those ubiquitous Apple commercials of 2006. Even then, his résumé was impressive—Yale graduate, Bruce Campbell’s literary agent, author of an anthology of fake facts titled The Areas of My Expertise. But Hodgman isn’t one for labels. “We as a culture are well beyond facts,” said the comic. “This is the foundation both of my trilogy of made-up world knowledge as well as the current presidential election—who cares about facts?” While promoting his first book on The Daily Show, Hodgman got his biggest break. He caught the eye of Jon Stewart and became a Daily Show regular while simultaneously finishing his series. “Those books put me on The Daily Show, which fed a completely unexpected career on television, in movies and as a standup comedian,” he says. “I knew that even though I could continue to write the kinds of jokes that were in those books—jokes about hobos taking over the United States and mole-men cities lurking at the center of the Earth—I was interested in other things now,” Hodgeman says. “I wanted to do more comedy that didn’t rely on a persona or a gimmick.” Enter Vacationland, Hodgman’s new touring

show. In it, he covers a lot of ground: “River witches, the rules of dumping garbage at transfer stations in New England, scary cars, becoming an urban legend in the graveyard near your house and fudge. And death.” It’s what the Long Winters frontman John Roderick dubbed a “white privilege mortality comedy.” For Hodgman, Vacationland is also a step into the unknown. “In my last standup special I predicted the end of the world. The world did not end, which was very frustrating because I was out of material,” Hodgman says. “I had written all the absurd fake facts that I wanted to invent, so I started doing standup comedy that included personal stories from my everyday life as an actual human being and famous minor television personality with an actual wife and two human children.” The journey from professional humorist to standup comedian for Hodgman has been long and fruitful, with stops along the way in films like Coraline, HBO’s Bored to Death and his eponymous podcast Judge John Hodgman. So is he a career standup comedian, a writer or a TV star? “Ultimately I think labels are ways that people put other people into a pigeonhole because they make them uncomfortable,” Hodgeman says. “Just like you can only grow the mustache you can grow. That’s me, and you can call it what you like.” MIKE ACKER. SEE IT: John Hodgman is at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 493-1128. 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 15. $25. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015


VISUAL ARTS Adam Sorenson

Adam Sorensen’s landscape paintings radiate bold colors and seducing scenes of calm, velvety water surrounding bubble-like rock formations. There’s a sense of peace and clarity in the mountains of “Frosted Tip” and the black night skies of “Night Painting” and “Envelope”, some of the darkest swatches in his otherwise rainbow-hues works. It makes you want to lick these paintings, to see if they have the juicy textures and fruity flavors they seem to ooze. There is something subliminal about these landscapes too, though—they allude to a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world. Both etherial and abundant, the paintings beg the question: are they ominous scenes or divinely undisturbed landscapes? Or can they be both? HILARY TSAI. Through Oct. 31. PDX Contemporary Gallery, 925 NW Flanders St., 222-0063.

Alessandro Casson: Glass Sculpture from Venice

Alessandra Casson is the real deal renaissance man. A master of design with a political science degree, Casson comes from Venice (Italy, not California) and his sculptures combine centuriesold techniques with a burst of modern flare. His glass urns and bullhorns are vibrant and understated, albeit completely lacking function. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. Butters Gallery, 157 NE Grand Ave., 248-9378.

Class Aves

For the past 15 years, Christopher Shotola-Hardt has been painting birds on canvas—a heron under the St. Johns Bridge on a tall and think panel, tiny oil paintings of finches, a wide swath of blue canvas covered in ravens. But Class Aves goes beyond flat surfaces, including things like a Plexiglas bird feeder filled with beads and nailed to the wall, an antique wooden birdhouse on a pedestal in the center of the room and a scroll of poetry that trails from the wall across the floor and ends in a pile of rocks. In response to the paintings, Merridawn Duckler wrote six poems inspired by Shotola-Hardt’s avian works, which are printed on paper with burnt edges and hung in between the canvases. Through Oct. 31. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 224-2634.


In 2011, a group of local independent artists including Marlie Ranslam, 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.


Earth Works

If you want to see lots of clouds and rolling hillsides, the type of Kinfolkworthy scenes that make your Instagram feed feel sadly mediocre, Earth Works by Sue-Del McCulloch is like going on an Oregon road trip without ever getting in your car. The larger than life landscapes are wild, exaggerated and dramatic, and they’re painted in bright primary hues that almost look smudged. Accompanying her smooth paintings, the 3-D sculptures by Stuart Jacobson look stark—dramatic black and white stone carved into curves that give a very different view of Earth. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Nov. 1. Waterstone Gallery, 124 NW 9th Ave., 226-6196.

Eric Stotik

Eric Stotik’s exhibit of new works is dark and saturated with a lot of metaphors. The Australian artist and PNCA graduate’s pieces are all relatively small and bright, using a lot of saturated primary hues. But the exhibit still feels heavy, full of symbols for death, grief and dying like blank staring eyes and bodies dissolving into rubble. Many pieces revolve around third world vs. first world living, adding guilt to the gloom. If you need something more uplifting, one image of a white bird is a pleasant pause amid the macabre, as long as you don’t think too long about the symbology. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21 Ave., 226-2754.

Hand and Wheel

These pieces of pottery seem very old— perhaps dating back to 17th century Edo, Japan. But everything from the stoneware bowls to the ash-glazed vessels was crafted and fired by Japanese pottery masters between 1950 and the present. Keen awareness of traditional forms and techniques is what drives contemporary artists like Nakazato Takashi—a 13th generation ceramist of unbroken lineage—to push the conventions of the clay medium while retaining the emotional sincerity (wabi-sabi) that is so vital to Japanese pottery. Suzuki Goro’s “Chair” is an abstract inverted vase where the handles form armrests of a chair. Just as compelling, Otani Shiro’s deceptively roughhewn Shigaraki tea bowls flaunt their imperfections, embracing the unpredictability of the firing process. This diverse collection, closing after a long 11-month run, is proof that craftsmanship and tradition aren’t as fragile as they might seem. HILARY TSAI. Through Oct. 18. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-2811.

James Allen

The storybook world of James Allen lives somewhere between cool and creepy. Allen has taken picture books and catalogues from the 60s, made them threedimensional and then framed them back in the original book. The whole excava-

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tion process is impressively imaginative, if a little eerie. “Queen of Autumn Flowers” looks like it will physically crawl out of the bindings and pull you inside. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754.


= WW Pick. Highly recommended. By ENID SPITZ. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit show information— including opening and closing dates, gallery address and phone number—at least two weeks in advance to: Visual Arts, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:

Jim Riswold: Tips for Artists Who Don’t Want to Sell

Hanging just above a giant resin lollipop in the shape of Kim Jong-un, Jim Riswold’s Tips for Artists who Don’t Want to Sell includes pearls of wisdom like, “art with Hitler sells less quickly than art without Hitler.” Riswold, who was an ad man before being diagnosed with leukemia and becoming an artist, built his career on the notion of anti-advertising. He believes shining a light on bad guys is the best way to negate their power. His favorite subjects (read: targets) include Adolph Hitler and his henchmen Goebbels and Himmler, Benito Mussolini, Vladimir Putin and Mao Zedong. Among the works on display at Augen are the absurdly hilarious “Beer Hall Putsch Hitler,” a large-scale framed print that depicts the German dictator as a fashion doll, sporting a colorful frock over his Nazi uniform. In “Goering’s Lollipop,” a plastic Goering figurine raises a lollipop to his mouth. The Kim Jong--un series is ten colored prints of suckers molded into the likeness of the North Korean leader, captioned “Kim Jong-Un is a big fat sucker!” Funny and irreverent, this collection is just a sample from Riswold, who laughs down life’s bullies (like cancer and Hitler) by refusing them the dignity of being taken seriously. HILARY TSAI. Through Oct. 31. Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St., 546-5056.

Lloydean Grand Opening, Featuring Dane Eisenbart

The newest, and one of the only, art galleries on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 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. Through mid-November. Lloydean Presents, 2728 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 951-8234.

Pythagorean Eyes: On Integrating Polar Curves

Michael Schultheis’ massive canvases depict mathematical scribbles and diagrams in rich autumn colors that look like they’ve imploded, or exploded, or have been growing in a petri dish for a decade. The circles and scrawls in his acrylic paintings look like Albert Einstein’s interpretation of the monarch butterfly migration: burnt orange geometric shapes swarm together on deep blue backgrounds that are printed with thin white equations in swirly handwriting. Schultheis combines traditional colors and media with the wild shapes of abstract art and comes up with something completely new and refreshing. Through Oct. 30. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.

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SCULPTURAL: Hair Art by Nichole Stewart.

Hair Is Art Now Patrick Compehos is a prolific artist with a studio in the Pearl and a penchant for pop art. But his canvases wobble and sweat, and his tools are curling irons and combs. “It’s a bold statement to say hair is art,” says Compehos, who manages Hair MW salon and is organizing Thursday’s second annual Hair Is Art show. “As stylists, we have our bread-and-butter work—cut, color, perm—and people forget that what drove us into the industry in the first place was the fashion, style, art.” He believes that hair artists deserve the same respect as architects. Elaborate weaves that grow into 2-foot-tall bouffants are on the drawing board for Compehos’ vintage Barbie series at the three-part show. Then it’s messy buns crafted into asymmetrical sculptures for the wood-nymph series and larger-than-life ringlets for the Marie Antoinette section. “Couture is art, and it’s there to question: Is that beautiful?” Compehos says. Last month, another local hairstylist, Nichole Stewart, sculpted models’ hair into a living First Thursday gallery for the Raw Artists showcase at Holocene. She sprayed black locks into lantern shapes and topped the baubles with a Chinese parasol. Stewart’s bouffant with a double helix of braidwork and a top hat upstaged most shows in the Pearl. “It’s about pushing boundaries to see what hair can do,” Stewart says, citing looks like the hair-sculpted octopus she saw at the North American Hairstyling Awards in Las Vegas. “They don’t teach you this in beauty school,” Stewart says. “There aren’t really classes on this.” But with the Portland Art Museum hosting the fourth annual Portland Style and Fashion Awards, Raw Artists hunting for a regular home and studios like Hair MW showing off avant-garde looks, Compehos hopes people will catch on. “Ten years ago, I didn’t see things like this,” he says. “Portland is much more laid back than avant-garde, but it’s slowly filtering into a different aesthetic. “Hair art is like a baby, a baby that needs a lot of attention right now.” ENID SPITZ.

Portland stylists go beyond cut, color, perm.

SEE IT: Hair Is Art is at Hair MW, 1015 NW Lovejoy St., 715-2884. 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 15. $25.

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.



Austin Kleon

Sheila Hamilton

From Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, comes an interactive journal and allin-one logbook to get your creative juices flowing, creatively titled The Steal Like an Artist Journal. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

Grumpy Cat Photo Oppurrtunity

You get the art you pay for. You stopped paying for art. You have this cat with a funny face and a bitter little man that writes about her. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm. $12.95.

THURSDAY, OCT. 15 Ana Maria Spagna

It’s pretty easy to be cynical about climate change, since there are a bunch of people denying it while actively destroying human habitats, but the reality is that there are a lot of people working to revive nature that we’ve destroyed. Ana Maria Spanga meets some of these in Reclaimers in her travels across the west in a Buick. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

Mary Elizabeth Summer

What if Gossip Girl was set at a Chicago prep school and involved more murderous crime rings? You’d have the Julep Dupree (don’t laugh; my real first name is Moscow Mule) from Mary Elizabeth Summer. In the second book about her, Trust Me, I’m Trouble, Julep’s...back in prep school and busting up organized crime. Do you think Yale asks about felony convictions? Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm.

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 Titan #2 Release Party

There’s a labor dispute out on the edges of the solar system, productivity expert João da Silva has been sent into the middle of it and into an uneasy alliance with a union rep. The second issue of Titan is the latest from Montrealer François Vigneault, who misguidedly submits the occasional illustration to our fair city’s inferior alt-weekly. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., 241-0227. 6 pm.

SATURDAY, OCT. 17 Sara Bareilles Booksigning

She’s not be going to write you a love song, but she is going to write you a book. About her life, including her 2007 hit “Love Song.” Seems like one measly love song would’ve been a lot easier. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 4 pm. $24.99.

MONDAY, OCT. 19 Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Look, I know you’re still freaked out about dying in that earthquake, but the rest of humanity probably isn’t far behind—y’know, sea levels rising, species dying, a guy from Queens being elected president. As a soldier in Iraq, Roy Scranton learned the importance of preparing for the fate that awaits us all. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene is sure to be this summer’s beach read. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

For years, Sheila Hamilton has been a public figure, hosting morning shows on KINK FM. But privately, she’s endured a harrowing struggle: she married a man with highly erratic behavior from bipolar disorder who soon killed himself. Hamilton recounts this relationship, as well as her year of recovery afterwards in All the Things We Never Knew. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

Tyler Knott Gregson

What do Twitter and poetry have in common? They both value brevity and are really hard to use to make money. Gregson has capitalized on this first similarity by typewriting poems on scraps of paper and posting them on various social media sites. All the Words are Yours collects these. Between him and Colin Meloy, it’s become increasingly clear that Montana is solely populated by dudes with thickrimmed glasses that love typewriters. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm.

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Eileen Myles, I MUST BE LIVING TWICE Eileen Myles’ poetry has perfect pitch for plain talk. “Oh, oh what/ pain I need/ whiskey sex/ and I get / it,” she writes as a closer to her 1991 poem “Hot Night.” At four pages, it’s about as close as she gets to an epic poem. Up to now, Myles has been a cult figure, a groundbreaking lesbian poet who took the Lower East Side of Manhattan by storm in the late 1970s and Confessional privacy, sad sex, all swagger. early ’80s. She was published mostly by tiny avant-garde presses and read to coffee-shop audiences. Her cottage fame was a sign of artistic integrity. But you can’t live in the East Village in 1978 forever. I Must Be Living Twice (Ecco, 368 pages, $29.99), her new career-spanning, major-imprint collection, will indeed be a second life for her poems—it is likely to introduce Myles’ poetry to a much broader audience. She writes with whiskey-shooting casual swagger, but her poetry can be surprisingly oblique. In a confessional mode, she writes that she’s not confessional: “More than anything/ I want privacy.” The style has attracted countless amateur imitators, despite being damn near impossible to successfully rip off. Her best poems have an immediacy that stays with you: “Come here/ and share the rain/ with me. You.” she writes in “And Then the Weather Arrives.” Her short lines fragment the text so heavily it can sometimes be difficult to follow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, because once you surrender the need to follow the rhetoric of the poem, you can become absorbed in what may be Myles’ greatest gift: her ability to make the reader meditate on the simplest bits of language. Where Myles’ poems usually find their limits is when they lapse into the ephemeral, when they become divorced from the concrete sidewalks of Canal Street, the weighty blankets of her lover’s bed, or the cold metal deck of the ferry that steers her around the Statue of Liberty. Myles is a poet who needs a subject to write about. If the new poems in this book are any sign of what’s to come, it’s possible Myles’ best work is behind her. But the book argues strongly for Myles as a major poet. Where once there were some 13 books, all brilliant but none really demonstrating the true depth of her skill, now there is a collection that shows who she really is: a poet of incredible talent and enormous influence. ZACH MIDDLETON. GO: Eileen Myles reads at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323, on Sunday, Oct. 18. 4 pm. Free. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015


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OPENING THIS WEEK Beasts of No Nation

B+ If you like your movies to enact a serious emotional toll on you, Beasts of No Nation is right up your alley. Sure, there’s lighter escapist art you could take in, but you could also spend over two hours in a nonstop pain factory watching a child soldier in an unnamed West African country. And if “child soldier” isn’t chilling enough, there’s the added dimension that he’s also sexually abused by the commander played with disturbing ferocity by Idris Elba (The Wire). Despite its darkness, Beasts is almost…charming? Abraham Attah, the 14-year-old star, had no acting experience when writer-director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective season 1) discovered him on the streets of Ghana. The innocence Attah brings to his role is what saves the entire film from being too depressing to sit through. In a rare move, the film’s being released simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix, so you can choose your seat for the sad ride. The future is here. NR. ALEX FALCONE. Living Room Theaters.

Bridge of Spies

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, who last teamed up for 2004’s The Terminal, reunite with Hanks starring as a New York lawyer charged with negotiating the release of Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Spielberg’s conjuring skills aren’t always well-suited to material clipped from the historical record—Amistad and Munich are among his worst movies—so here’s hoping co-screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen didn’t phone this one in. Screened after deadline. See wweek. com for Chris Stamm’s review. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard.


A Brenda Myers-Powell, a former prostitute who runs an outreach program in Chicago, is on a mission to get women off the streets. And by the end of this documentary, you probably will be too. “When you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, you give us a call,” she tells women during her nightly condom deliveries to various downtown street corners. Myers-Powell’s Dreamcatcher Foundation unshutters the world of women trying to survive without resorting to prostitution or theft, and the documentary is an eye-opening reminder of the ongoing trauma within our society’s illegal sex industry. No matter how graphic each woman’s story gets, nothing can shock MyersPowell, though the graphic accounts are meant to hit audiences hard. The film avoids being overly sappy as Myers-Powell says, “I can’t judge you because I am you” to the women of a correctional facility, looking them in the eye instead of treating them like shameful criminals. We watch her follow through with each case and undauntingly peddle hope, and she’s charismatic enough to lift us up by the end of the film, too. NR. LAUREN TERRY. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 18.


A Adapted from Patrick Hamilton’s

1938 play about a husband who tries to drive his own wife insane, this tense and twisted story is a prime example of mid-1940s film noir. Shadowy close-ups highlight the doubt in each character’s eyes and unconventional camera angles reveal clues. A sinister mystery weaves around newlyweds Gregory (Charles Boyer) and Paula (Ingrid Bergman) when they move into her inherited apartment and Paula begins to see odd things like gas lights flickering at random. Gregory talks it up as a sign of her frail memory and unstable mental condition. Playing up the Victorian setting, Bergman’s petticoats twirl around her feet as she sweeps through


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the house in an increasingly paranoid state, second-guessing her grip on reality as her husband isolates her in the house and dictates her every move. The subtle widening of Bergman’s eyes is an eerie portal into her fear, and she looks more and more exhausted as the manipulation goes on. Film noir nerds and newbies should all appreciate why this fully rounded performance earned Bergman an Oscar for Best Actress that year. NR. LAUREN TERRY. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8 pm Friday, 4:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 16 and 18.


“Rated PG for scary creature action and some rude humor,” the studio warns of this live-action take on your childhood, starring Jack Black. Screened after deadline. See for Alex Falcone’s review. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sand..

The Last Season

B- While the marijuana trimmers are heading northwest for harvest time, dozens of Southeast Asian workers are making their way to the tiny town of Chemult, Ore., for the matsutake mushroom season. Director Sara Doser shows this phenomenon through the perspectives of two matsutake pickers: Roge—a salt of the earth veteran who’s lived in Chemult for 40 years—and Kouy—a visiting laborer from Cambodia who fought against the Khmer Rouge in his youth. Perhaps Jiro Dreams of Sushi left too stunning an impression when it comes to documentaries on authentic cuisine, but this film disappoints anyone hoping for an education on matsutake culture. Instead, the film is a tit-for-tat comparison of the two men’s lives, and although their shared PTSD and reverence for mushroom hunting is a moving example of friendship, Doser would’ve done well to speed up the pace in between those moments of connection. NR. LAUREN TERRY. Clinton Street Theater.


C Movies about the financial crisis are starting to trickle in, and one such drop in the bucket is 99 Homes—a film the studio insists on calling a “thriller” about the rash of foreclosures in Florida. Total dreamboat Andrew Garfield (one of the many Spidermans) stars as the hard-working family man unfairly evicted from his Florida home by creepster Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), who plays a ruthless realtor happily profiteering off the misery of others. In a not-entirelybelievable twist, Dreamboat ends up working for Creepster. While evicting people, he sees just how shady the business is—big surprise. Unfortunately, Garfield is too young and pretty to pull off the role of a struggling construction worker and dad, which only further undermines the film’s cheesy and hamhanded (great in a crescent, not in a movie) speeches. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Evergreen, Fox Tower.


B+ 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. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Laurelhurst, Evergreen.

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“Small town. Big heart.” PG-13. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.

Black Mass

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TOUCHSCREEN: Michael Fassbender.



Hollywood sure didn’t take long to capitalize on the life and death of Steve Jobs. Walter Isaacson published the official biography 19 days after the Apple genius’s death, and Steve Jobs, based on that biography, is the second major motion picture to chronicle his life in four years. This is the more high-profile and undoubtedly the better of the two movies, with Danny Boyle at the helm and Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) in the lead role instead of Ashton Kutcher (Dude, Where’s My Car?). The film isn’t a glowing portrayal of Jobs, but it’s also not the hack job that writer Aaron Sorkin did on Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network either. This one seems much more historically accurate, and Fassbender’s better jawline and bulkier shoulders actually look remarkably like Jobs when disguised in the trademark Jobsian outfit. But honestly, even Snuffleupagus could probably pull off Steve Jobs if he wore jeans, a black turtleneck and rimless specs. Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men) wants you to take away two things: Jobs was (1) a genius and (2) a monster to almost everybody he met. To prove his Jekyll-and-Hyde thesis, Sorkin sets the movie entirely in the minutes right before three of Jobs’ major keynote speeches: the release of the Macintosh in 1984, the unveiling of NeXT in 1988 (after he’d been booted from Apple), and the reintroduction of iMac in 1998 after he regained the company. This three-act concept makes sense on the surface, because 99 percent of what the public knows about Jobs is from his product announcements. But in practice it feels gimmicky and limiting to force exposition of every major aspect of Jobs’ life into backstage conversations in the final seconds before he gives the most important public presentations of his life. Moments before he takes the stage, everybody in his life rushes in to work out their personal and professional grievances.

“Excuse me, Steve. It’s your frenemy, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. You’re probably going over your slides one last time because this is a huge moment for you personally and for the company we both are super-invested in, but do you mind if we quickly rehash our troubled relationship right now? And let’s explain all your technical decisions for the product you’re about to announce as if I’m just now hearing about them.” “Hey, Steve! It’s your longtime marketing executive and friend Joanna Hoffman. Real quick, before you step out there and make us both billionaires, can we discuss why we’ve never slept together?” “Oh, there you are, Steve. It’s your ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan. Is now a good time for me to explain our backstory and the child you refuse to acknowledge is yours?” Remember, too, this is Aaron Sorkin writing, so all these expository scenes are done while the actors navigate labyrinthine hallways. And like in all of Sorkin’s works, every character is painfully clever and ready to shoot off a snappy comeback before they’ve even had time to hear what the other person says. Living in a Sorkin universe is like hanging out with a bunch of action-movie stars who’ve always just defeated the villain. The film’s saving grace is the acting. Seth Rogen captures the nerdy, put-upon Wozniak in the least annoying role he’s ever put onscreen (maybe it’s his beard, or maybe it’s that he’s not pretending to be stoned the whole movie). And Kate Winslet overcomes her wandering Eastern European accent to be the steadfast Hoffman, the only person who can break through Jobs’ stubbornness. This is the sharp team that orbits around Fassbender’s unlikely Jobs. The actor should be too hunky to be believable as a pensive, vegan, nerd genius, but he pulls it off. Never seeming quite human, Fassbender’s Jobs oscillates between enthusiasm for his own ideas and outrage that the world can’t keep up with him, in exactly the way that people close to the genius described him. B SEE IT: Steve Jobs is rated R. It opens Friday at Fox Tower. Willamette Week OCTOBER 14, 2015



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movies from genre-shattering genius (The Departed, most ’90s bands, the people who invented America) to mind-numbing pantomimes of misogyny (The Boondock Saints, Boston sports fans, Mark Wahlberg). Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is the latest cinematic try. It tells the story of Boston’s most notorious criminal, James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) and the deal he made with the FBI’s John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) that ensured he could do whatever he wanted for decades. Within the canon of Boston gangster movies, this one is decidedly of the first order. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.


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Bridge of Spies (PG-13) 12:10PM 3:35PM 7:00PM 10:20PM Crimson Peak (R) 12:25PM 3:15PM 6:05PM 8:55PM Black Mass (R) 1:35PM 7:05PM Intern, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:30PM Big Stone Gap (PG-13) 11:00AM 4:30PM 10:00PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 12:20PM 2:50PM 5:15PM 7:45PM 10:10PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 11:05AM 1:30PM 4:05PM 6:40PM 9:10PM Goosebumps (PG) 10:55AM 1:40PM 4:20PM 7:00PM 9:50PM Everest (PG-13) 10:55AM 1:50PM 4:50PM 7:45PM 10:40PM Goosebumps (3D) (PG) 12:00PM 12:00PM ® 2:40PM 2:40PM ® 5:20PM 5:20PM ® 8:00PM 8:00PM ® 10:40PM 10:40PM ®

Bruce Lee (Great India Films) (NR) 11:45AM 2:55PM 6:05PM 9:15PM Crimson Peak (R) 11:20AM 2:10PM 5:00PM 7:50PM 10:40PM Bridge of Spies (PG-13) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:15PM Intern, The (PG-13) 11:20AM 2:10PM 5:00PM 7:50PM 10:40PM Big Stone Gap (PG-13) 11:20AM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 5:25PM 10:10PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 11:25AM 12:45PM 3:05PM 7:45PM He Named Me Malala (PG-13) 12:45PM 3:05PM 5:25PM 7:45PM 10:10PM Goosebumps (3D) (PG) 4:45PM 10:00PM Goosebumps (PG) 11:35AM 2:10PM 7:20PM

Crimson Peak (R) 1:20PM 4:20PM 7:20PM 10:25PM Black Mass (R) 1:55PM 7:35PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 2:15PM 4:45PM 7:15PM 99 Homes (R) 11:10AM 4:50PM 10:30PM Everest (3D) (PG-13) 10:55AM 4:45PM 10:25PM Green Inferno, The (R) 11:30AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:20PM 9:55PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (3D) (PG) 11:45AM 9:45PM Goosebumps (PG) 11:15AM 2:00PM 7:30PM Everest (PG-13) 1:55PM 7:35PM Goosebumps (3D) (PG) 4:45PM 10:10PM


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B A Chinese political prisoner (Chen Daoming) returns home after the end of the Cultural Revolution only to find his wife (Gong Li) has suffered 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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Fox Tower.


B+ In this film, there is no question about life and death; your body is dying as you summit Mt. Everest. The question is whether you can survive long enough to get back down. In 1996 a stranded group of climbers met a massive storm at the top of the world. Led by New Zealand mountaineer Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), the team included writer Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly), who later wrote the book Into Thin Air about the experience. Today’s CGI and 3D technology puts the viewer on the mountain in a visceral way. One can’t help but shiver as the characters ease across staggering crevasses on narrow ladders. The competitive tension between Hall and hot-shot American climber Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) moves the plot along quickly as each man is driven to test the boundaries of safe practices for the sake of pride. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, St. Johns Cinemas.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

A Minnie (Bel Powley) begins an affair with her mom’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). She’s 15. But this isn’t some Nightline investigation. Minnie wants to have sex, so she does. Minnie wants to do drugs and does (there’s a joint roller listed in the credits). Sometimes bad things happen, but they’re all Minnie’s choice. I guess this is growing up. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Academy, Laurelhurst.

Fantastic Four

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. Vancouver.


D Freeheld takes an award-winning 2007 Sundance Film Festival documentary and tanks it. The big-screen film shakily presents the true story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a Ocean County, N.J., detective diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer as Hester goes head to head with the New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to have her pension benefits awarded to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Steve Carrel joins the big-name cast as Steve Goldstein, a hotshot Jewish gay-marriage activist whose flam-

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SNEAK PEAK: Guillermo del Toro and his monsters.

Monster Master

You might have forgotten during all the kaiju punching of Pacific Rim, but Guillermo del Toro has a knack for creating the creepiest damn monsters of his generation. This weekend, the director returns to his gothic-horror roots with Crimson Peak, an old-school haunted-house flick with Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and enough ghosts to fuel nightmares for years. If they’re anything like the past, there are going to be a lot of wet seats in the house. Guillermo del Toro’s creepiest creatures.

Santi (The Devil’s Backbone)

Del Toro’s way with chilling spirits came to the fore with Santi, the ghoulish, prophetic ghost of a slain child who wanders a Spanish Civil War-era orphanage, a crack in his head leaking blood into the air as if he were underwater.

The Pale Man (Pan’s Labyrinth)

When people talk about Pan’s Labyrinth, they inevitably say the people in the story are more terrifying than its monsters. Then they remember the Pale Man. A child-eating, flappy-skinned vision of hell with eyeballs in his hands and a lumbering gait, he looks like something deemed too horrifying for a Marilyn Manson video.

Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (Hellboy)

How do you make a steampunk Nazi robot killing machine with swords shooting out from under his jacket sleeves look more intimidating? Start by making the body underneath that SS uniform a scarred, eyelidless monstrosity that resembles the sloth victim from Seven.

Reapers (Blade II)

Del Toro’s second foray into vampirism pits the Daywalker against the Reapers, who prey on humanity and vampires alike by splitting their jaws in half at the chin to reveal a gaping, fanged maw with an Alien-like tongue that bores into arteries. It’s disgusting and disarming every single time, which is often, because Blade II is great.

Angel of Death (Hellboy II)

Hellboy II is packed with fantastic creatures, but they look like teddy bears compared with the Angel of Death. Played by del Toro’s go-to monster actor Doug Jones, the cloaked figure has a blind, spadelike face sprouting gnarled teeth and a set of sprawling wings dotted with all-seeing eyes. Even in a light comic-book film, del Toro can make you squirm. AP KRYZA. see it: Crimson Peak is rated R. It opens Friday at most Portland-area theaters.

boyant comedic relief flops through the movie’s serious plot. The true story, a powerful fight for equality, is worth documenting, but in this case even the talented cast couldn’t improve on the truth. PG-13. AMY WOLFE. Cinema 21, Bridgeport, City Center.

The Gift

C The Gift is that rare mass-marketed 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). R. JAY HORTON. Laurelhurst.

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 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 finale. Set in an isolated lake house, the film 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. You may see the twist coming early, but it’s the turns Goodnight Mommy takes to get there—delving into body horror, psychological terror, creepy-kid tropes, and the looming threat of violence—that set it in a ghastly class all its own. R. AP KRYZA. Cinema 21.


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. It would have made a great play. Instead, it’s an all right movie with a fantastic central performance. R. AP KRYZA. Hollywood, Fox Tower, Tigard.

He Named Me Malala

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai became an unlikely household name in 2014, when she spoke out about girls’ education in Pakistan, prompting Taliban shooters to attack her school bus as it drove through Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Following a storm of international media coverage, Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Unsurprisingly, Fox Searchlight decided that’s all lucrative feature-film fodder. Screened after deadline. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.

Hotel Transylvania 2

Adam Sandler’s hotel is a flourishing tourist destination for humankind in this follow-up to the 2012 non-sucky kid flick. 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, St. Johns Theater.

Inside Out

A Pretty much everybody in the theater was sobbing at some point. PG. ALEX FALCONE. Empirical, Living Room Theaters, Vancouver.

The Intern

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. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

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, Laurelhurst, Vancouver, Valley.

The Martian

B- Take the buzz surrounding The Martian with a boulder of salt. It’s just a pretty good sci-fi yarn based on Andy Weir’s book that stumbles on its own ambition. 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. 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. As always, Scott’s direction is spot-on. Alas, Scott’s hand is almost always too cold when it comes to working with a human touch. 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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, CineMagic, Mill Plain, Edgefield, Moreland, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, Roseway.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

C If you’re a kid and you’ve got a problem with authority, get yourself to Maze Runner—the scorchedout CG skyscrapers look cool. But if you’re over the age of 15, the subtitle of the movie should be more like I’m Sick of Chasing These Damn Kids Through Their Different Factions or Whatever. 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.

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. 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

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MOVIES 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 Ha), who seems like Jenna from 30 Rock without the success. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Laurelhurst.


What does one do after directing Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Hanna? Rewind. But in this case, director Joe Wright remakes one of the most iconic children’s stories as a modern-day action flick about little orphan Peter, who stumbles upon Neverland, battles Hugh Jackman;s Blackbeard with the help of Rooney Mara (we won’t bother pointing out that she’s not the most ethnic pick for Princess Tiger Lily) and transforms into the badass Pan. Screened after deadline. 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.


A Since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, 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. 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, Laurelhurst, Valley.


A How do you like your tension?

Relentless? Then you’re in luck, my friend, because Sicario is like a 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, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

Straight Outta Compton

C Telling the greatest story in the history of popular music wasn’t going to be easy. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Fox Tower.

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.


C Amy Schumer is the absolute tops, but Trainwreck isn’t worth the ticket price. R . ALEX FALCONE. 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. Vancouver.

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 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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV.

The Walk

B Three spectacles take place on top of one another in The Walk. First, there’s the visual of the Twin Towers themselves, 14 years after their tragic demolition. Then there’s the phenomenon of Philippe Petit’s illegal tightrope walk between their rooftops, 41 years after the stunt. Finally, there’s the technological feat that makes possible reviving the other two onscreen. With a premise so full of potential pitfalls, pulling off a moving film about Petit’s walk sounds next to impossible. But for better or worse, director Robert Zemeckis has never been too concerned about what’s possible. PG. CASEY JARMAN. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

A Walk in the Woods

B+ Robert Redford as Bill Bryson

embarks on a hike of the Appalachian Trail, joined by his estranged friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte). The pair of older men, unfit for the strenuous trek, meet skeptical glances from fellow hikers and wheeze as troops of Boy Scouts trot past. 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 mile-deep 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. Bridgeport.

Time Out of Mind

A- 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



harm? You have no idea!) of the world. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Laurelhurst, Vancouver, Valley.

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FULLY FUNDED: What We Do in the Shadows screens at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Clinton Street Theater.


to see. And what people want to see isn’t always an avant-garde short from some unknown artist. Sometimes people want to shell out $6 for a Veronica Mars movie.

There are three types of crowdfunded movies: “important” documentaries; artsy shorts that people fund because they want to look like they care; and celebrity-driven low-budget projects that folks get extremely vitriolic over only if there’s a Zach Braff element—otherwise, nothing. All three are on display during the Kickstarter Film Festival, a national tour that will screen its greatest-hits collection of shorts and features at the Clinton this Thurday. First up is What We Do in the Shadows, last year’s breakout darling in which Jemaine Clement leads a group of vampire roommates getting the mockumentary treatment. Basically, everybody loves it. But the town criers of the Internet held off having a tizzy, probably because Clement is still very much an indie superstar whose name isn’t Zach Braff (Braff raised $3 million for his whiny hipster opus Wish I Was Here that was worth $22 million) and director Taika Waititi isn’t Spike Lee (who followed Braff’s example by begging for money to make Da Sweet Blood of Jesus). It also probably helps that Shadows isn’t a colossal piece of shit. T-Rex represents the lower-profile side of crowdfunding cinema. It tells the incredible story of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, a teenager in Flint, Mich., trying to become the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. It’s a compelling story that demands to be told and gives a rare glimpse of something positive in Flint (my hometown). And it wouldn’t exist—at least in this high quality—without its benefactors. People who decry higher-profile crowdfunded films say that audiences throwing money at stars’ vanity projects is harming lesser-known filmmakers (whether 99 percent of those dissenters are indie filmmakers themselves is up for debate). But the fact is that people are going to give money to the kinds of movies they want

So take the good with the bad, and if the fact that there’s one more Zach Braff movie out there means I can also watch squabbling vampires and badass teen athletes, then I’d say the good of crowdfunding outweighs the bad. SEE IT: The Kickstarter Film Fest is at the Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm (What We Do) and 9:20 pm (T-Rex) Thursday, Oct. 15. Free. ALSO SHOWING:

Church of Film’s Gothic Literature in Film series dives into adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe, including a French Fall of the House of Usher and an Austrian take on The Raven. North Star Ballroom. 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. In the 1986 heavy-metal revenge fantasy Trick or Treat, a geeky teenage metalhead gets even with bullies with the help of the ghost of his favorite dead rock star. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. Evil Dead 2 makes a strong case for horror remakes. Provided that the remake is made by the same director as the original. And that said director turns his grueling, raw horror tale into a blood-drenched slapstick masterpiece. Hollywood Theatre. 9:45 pm Friday, Oct. 16. Grind This! is a batshit collection of vintage horror quasi-classics, including 1980’s Prom Night, Frankenhooker (1990) and bumsploitation nightmare Street Trash. Laurelhurst Theater. Oct. 16-29. The Friday Film Club is enraptured with Wong KarWai’s gorgeous In the Mood for Love. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5:30 pm Friday, Oct. 16. Despite cultural saturation, Rosemary’s Baby remains as discomfiting as it was in 1968. Academy Theater. Oct. 16-22. “Wait, what if we did something like Cujo again. But it’s, like, a car! Right? And the car’s all ‘VRRROOOM, you’re dead!’ Whooo!” —Stephen King, pitching Christine to a bag of cocaine, circa 1982. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 16-18. If you’ve spent time in real Detroit, Robocop is kind of depressing, considering the dystopian future depicted in the film itself kinda, sorta came true. Cartopia. Dark Sunday, Oct. 18.



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Some growers come by great seeds through family and friends—more than you’d expect owe their clone connections to being in the right row at the right Grateful Dead show. Dr. Vert, a local organic grower, came by his most popular crops because he could turn garbage strains into golden yields. Instead of the traditional “flat garden,” using pots on the ground, Dr. Vert developed a method where the plants grow vertically, facing cylindrical light systems that stretch from floor to ceiling. When he heard of strains with difficult reputations, he’d find a cut and see if they did better in a vertical setup. Cherry Lopez, a high-THC hybrid bred by renowned grower Kyle Kushman, entered Dr. Vert’s radar after many said they couldn’t get it to exceed a tiny, shrublike shape. It helped knowing someone who performed seed testing for major breeders. “He flowers hundreds of seeds to pick the best phenotypes,” Dr. Vert explained to me, “then they pollinate to make seeds that are then sold. Mine was not a seed but a clone from the selected breeding stock prior to pollination.” With test results averaging about 30 percent THC, the proof of his plants’ high quality is in the piece. Dr. Vert’s flower is available at Pure Green and Ascend dispensaries, among others, and his trim is processed into concentrate by Cascade Extracts.

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It’s a travesty that this flavorful, fragrant strain is so rare. Perhaps the challenging nature of cultivating Cherry Lopez is the reason it can’t be found in Leafly’s strain encyclopedia. A blend of

Strawberry Cough and Adonai Kush, the unique fruity-yet-kushy scent is hard to forget. The kush genes add the woodsy, pungent aroma, but the sweet, mouth-puckering cherry smell is too tasty to be ignored. The colorful nugs show different shades of emerald green, and the leaves of this batch are densely packed and sticky to the touch with trichomes.


The earthiness of the smell comes through alongside hints of cherry, leaving the taste of sour cherries on your tongue. But at 30.6 percent THC, and less than 1 percent CBD, all you’ll notice is an intense head rush and immediate sedation easing down your neck and shoulders. My head was cleared, and I sat down to take advantage of the energizing buzz. Then the second bowl set in and I couldn’t help but zone out to cartoons for a couple hours. At such high THC levels, your mind feels too fuzzy to care about getting shit done.


A caveat to procrastinators—write your day’s to-do lists before you spark up some Cherry Lopez. Regardless of one’s tolerance, or the sativa genes from Strawberry Cough, this potent flower will distract the most functional of smokers. If you get your hands on a cup of coffee, you could get around to creative brainstorming, like that comic strip you’ve been too nervous to start. Then again, as many dabbers and daily smokers know, sometimes it’s nice to feel the nostalgic effects of your first bowl way back when. That sort of giggly, squinty-eyed high that can only lead to Cheetos-inspired recipes and emotional Facebook messages to childhood friends.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here’s actor Bill Murray’s advice about relationships: “If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just say, ‘OK, let’s pick a date. Let’s get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if, when you come back, you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” In the coming weeks, Aries, I suggest you make comparable moves to test and deepen your own closest alliances. See what it’s like to get more seriously and deliriously intimate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Some firefighters use a wetter kind of water than the rest of us. It contains a small amount of biodegradable foam that makes it ten times more effective in dousing blazes. With this as your cue, I suggest you work on making your emotions “wetter” than usual. By that I mean the following: When your feelings arise, give them your reverent attention. Marvel at how mysterious they are. Be grateful for how much life force they endow you with. Whether they are relatively “negative” or “positive,” regard them as interesting revelations that provide useful information and potential opportunities for growth. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a BBC TV min-series set in the early 19th century. It’s the fictional story of a lone wizard, Mr. Norrell, who seeks to revive the art of occult magic so as to accomplish practical works, like helping the English navy in its war against the French navy. Norrell is pleased to find an apprentice, Jonathan Strange, and draws up a course of study for him. Norrell tells Strange that the practice of magic is daunting, “but the study is a continual delight.” If you’re interested in taking on a similar challenge, Gemini, it’s available. CANCER (June 21-July 22): We humans have put buttons on clothing for seven millennia. But for a long time these small knobs and disks were purely ornamental -- meant to add beauty but not serve any other function. That changed in the 13th century, when our ancestors finally got around to inventing buttonholes. Buttons could then serve an additional purpose, providing a convenient way to fasten garments. I foresee the possibility of a comparable evolution in your personal life, Cancerian. You have an opening to dream up further uses for elements that have previously been one-dimensional. Brainstorm about how you might expand the value of familiar things. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You would be wise to rediscover and revive your primal innocence. If you can figure out how to shed a few shreds of your sophistication and a few slivers of your excess dignity, you will literally boost your intelligence. That’s why I’m inviting you to explore the kingdom of childhood, where you can encounter stimuli that will freshen and sweeten your adulthood. Your upcoming schedule could include jumping in mud puddles, attending parties with imaginary friends, having uncivilized fun with wild toys, and drinking boisterously from fountains of youth. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): While still a young man, Virgo author Leo Tolstoy wrote that “I have not met one man who is morally as good as I am.” He lived by a strict creed. “Eat moderately” was one of his “rules of life,” along with “Walk for an hour every day.” Others were equally stern: “Go to bed no later than ten o’clock,” “Only do one thing at a time,” and “Disallow flights of imagination unless necessary.” He did provide himself with wiggle room, however. One guideline allowed him to sleep two hours during the day. Another specified that he could visit a brothel twice a month. I’d love for you to be inspired by Tolstoy’s approach, Virgo. Now is a favorable time to revisit your own rules of life. As you refine and recommit yourself to these fundamental disciplines, be sure to give yourself enough slack. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Many astronomers believe that our universe began with the Big Bang. An inconceivably condensed speck of matter exploded, eventually expanding into thousands of billions of stars. It must have been a noisy event, right? Actually, no. Astronomers estimate that the roar of the primal eruption

was just 120 decibels -- less than the volume of a live rock concert. I suspect that you are also on the verge of your own personal Big Bang, Libra. It, too, will be relatively quiet for the amount of energy it unleashes. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): For now, you are excused from further work on the impossible tasks that have been grinding you down. You may take a break from the unsolvable riddles and cease your exhaustive efforts. And if you would also like to distance yourself from the farcical jokes the universe has been playing, go right ahead. To help enforce this transition, I hereby authorize you to enjoy a time of feasting and frolicking, which will serve as an antidote to your baffling trials. And I hereby declare that you have been as successful at weathering these trials as you could possibly be, even if the concrete proof of that is not yet entirely visible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): One afternoon in September, I was hiking along a familiar path in the woods. As I passed my favorite grandmother oak, I spied a thick, six-foot-long snake loitering on the trail in front of me. In hundreds of previous visits, I had never before seen a creature bigger than a mouse. The serpent’s tail was hidden in the brush, but its head looked more like a harmless gopher snake’s than a dangerous rattler’s. I took the opportunity to sing it three songs. It stayed for the duration, then slipped away after I finished. What a great omen! The next day, I made a tough but liberating decision to leave behind a good part of my life so as to focus more fully on a great part. With or without a snake sighting, Sagittarius, I foresee a comparable breakthrough for you sometime soon. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Canadian author Margaret Atwood has finished a new manuscript. It’s called Scribbler Moon. But it won’t be published as a book until the year 2114. Until then, it will be kept secret, along with the texts of many other writers who are creating work for a “Future Library.” The project’s director is conceptual artist Katie Paterson, who sees it as a response to George Orwell’s question, “How could you communicate with the future?” With this as your inspiration, Capricorn, try this exercise: Compose five messages you would you like to deliver to the person you will be in 2025. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Every hour of your life, millions of new cells are born to replace old cells that are dying. That’s why many parts of your body are composed of an entirely different collection of cells than they were years ago. If you are 35, for example, you have replaced your skeleton three times. Congratulations! Your creativity is spectacular, as is your ability to transform yourself. Normally these instinctual talents aren’t nearly as available to you in your efforts to recreate and transform your psyche, but they are now. In the coming months, you will have extraordinary power to revamp and rejuvenate everything about yourself, not just your physical organism. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The coming weeks will NOT be a favorable time to seek out allies you don’t even like that much or adventures that provide thrills you have felt a thousand times before. But the near future will be an excellent time to go on a quest for your personal version of the Holy Grail, a magic carpet, the key to the kingdom, or an answer to the Sphinx’s riddle. In other words, Pisces, I advise you to channel your yearning toward experiences that steep your heart with a sense of wonder. Don’t bother with anything that degrades, disappoints, or desensitizes you.


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