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If you’re looking for a demon-free shopping experience, know that one Gresham mall cop has your back. 6 There will be no Bunny on a Bike ride in 2016. 15 Now’s the best time to hike a Columbia Gorge trail that stays closed half the year to protect peregrine falcons. 26 The newest New Seasons has a rooftop bar. 30


Objectively speaking, the Douglas fir is the best species of tree native to Portland. 31 Starbucks caved to the Food Babe crowd and now puts a little real pumpkin in its pumpkin spice lattes. Gross. 32 If you want to explain emo to a class of community college students, you need a “Bowl of Oranges.” 35 Sarah Vowell did not endure. 53


Red Bat Girl flies over Big Pink by Carye Bye.

Crowd gathers to support squatter who allegedly partied with corpse.

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that focuses more on gunsmithing and competiAs long as neighbors are disengaged, there can be tive shooting than the other, more high-volumeno hope for this historical district, as this article sales gun shops elsewhere in Portland. If anything, his shop is a reflection of the clearly makes obvious [“Same Old Town,” WW, Oct. 14, 2015]. blue-collar character of St. Johns rather than how people generally Why any legitimate business characterize NoPo. would invest in this neighborhood given what is happening is —Spencer Bohaboy beyond me. A methadone clinic is moving into another “used to OREGON’S POT PLAYERS This was a lot of information to be” Chinese restaurant down take in for one article [“The Faces the block. Even the chairwoman of the of Cannabis,” WW, Oct. 14, 2015]. Old Town Chinatown Community If anything, But I appreciate the effort. It makes Association, primarily an associame feel sort of shlubby for just smoking the stuff. tion of business owners, is left sit- his shop is a reflection of —“Dr.PhilOShit” ting and watching it happen. —Ruth Ann Barrett the blue-collar Chinatown Japantown Neighbors CORRECTIONS character of Association Last week’s cover story, “The Faces St. Johns... of Cannabis,” misidentified the One of the reasons strip clubs father of La Mota dispensary owner are needlessly associated with crime is because Aaron Mitchell, due to a coincidence in naming. people try to relegate them to “seedier” parts of Mitchell’s father was Robert Mitchell, of Florida town because that’s where they “belong.” and Ohio. We are aware of no connection between Another reason is that no one bats an eye La Mota and the late Artie Mitchell of California. at strip club violence because it’s “par for the In the same story, it was incorrectly stated course.” We dancers don’t want crime or violence that Cascadia Labs has been certified by the Orein our workplace any more than anyone else. gon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Let us be part of the community and help Program. Cascadia is in the process of seeking keep strip clubs as crime-free as much as you do that certification. any other business that’s downtown, because like Last week’s letters section incorrectly stated it or not, they will always be around. that Portland Public Schools fired teacher Erica Jones. In fact, she resigned and was then placed —Wednesday Weiss on administrative leave. WW regrets the errors.


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pool on your way to work every day is one of the unheralded miracles of modern civil engineering. For most of human history, the obvious economic and social benefits of living in a major city were mitigated by the fact that everybody was ankle-deep in crap. Now it all just magically goes away, so pardon me if I’m not scandalized if it occasionally blows you a kiss on its way out the door. Here’s the deal: As we should all be aware by now, Portland, along with 771 other U.S. municipalities, has a combined sewer system. That means stormwater and chocolate thunder run through the same channels. The Big Pipe project didn’t change that (redoing the entire sewer system would make your “billions in taxes” seem like chump change), it just solved the problem of the system getting overwhelmed by rainwater and discharging untreated sewage into the Willamette. Thus, there are still points at which open storm drains have to link up with the larger and more fragrant main system. This connection is particularly noticeable in the dry summer months, when the poo-to-stormwater ratio is high. Still, it could be worse, and heavy-metal-loving Portland should count its blessings: Maybe not everyone can go on tour with Slipknot, but—thanks to modern sanitation—anyone can release a 7-inch with Korn. (PS: Apologies for the confusion last week— there should have been a notice explaining that I’d be back, but it fell in the sewer.)

At many street corners in inner Southeast (also downtown and in the Pearl), one is assailed by an unpleasant poo smell, presumably from the sewers. What’s the deal? Is this our reward for paying billions in taxes for the Big Pipe? —Nose in Clothespin

Let’s be clear, Nose: You live in a relatively small geographical area that contains just more than 600,000 people (many of whom, this being Portland, eat a lot of fiber-rich kale). Every 10 days, we produce enough shit—not watery sewage, but actual turds—to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The fact that you don’t have to Michael Phelps your way through such a 4

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Late October looks like a nightmare on Klickitat Street for Portland renters. In the past year, rents have spiked across the city, falling disproportionately on the poorest tenants. (In this week’s cover story, artist Carye Bye explains she can “no longer afford to live here.”) The Portland City Council on Oct. 14 passed a requirement that landlords give tenants 90-day notice of nofault evictions or rent hikes of more than 5 percent. But those protections don’t take effect until Nov. 14. That could create an incentive to hike rents and kick out tenants over the next 24 days. So WW is asking you to watchdog Portland’s landlords. If you know about an excessive rent hike or sketchy eviction, contact our Rent Hike Tip Line at 445-1542, or send an email to In a surprise, former Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) has decided against mounting a 2016 political comeback after all. Hunt, who served as speaker in 2009 and left the Legislature for an unsuccessful run for Clackamas County chair in 2012, earlier told WW he was mulling a run for his old seat, which is being vacated by his successor, state Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City). “I am not running for the House next year, despite the persistent encouragement of so many friends and supporters,” Hunt tells WW. Hunt’s decision leaves Democrats searching for a candidate in what is likely to be a heavily contested swing seat. Four former security guards are suing G4S Secure Solutions for $3.5 million, claiming the security company’s kiosk in a Gresham shopping center was run by a devoutly Christian supervisor who posted Bible verses on the walls, told employees their gay family members were going to hell, and warned that the security kiosk could be attacked by demons. The religious discrimination lawsuit, filed Oct. 5 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, says when the four guards complained to upper management about supervisor Sarah Houser, they were fired. In the lawsuit, the four guards say Houser held training sessions for security guards at Gresham Station Shopping Center by showing a series of Christian videos on YouTube and playing recorded sermons “about God, demons, conspiracies and the Illuminati.” G4S Secure Solutions and Houser did not respond to requests for comment. Panasonic is footing part of the bill to send Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith—along with School Board members Mike Rosen and Amy Kohnstamm and a handful of other school officials—to New Orleans next week. The Panasonic Foundation, founded by the Japanese electronics company, works with U.S. school districts to improve school boards and student achievement. The trip, the beginning of a five- to 10-year partnership, is meant to help PPS focus on new “achievable results” for kids. Read what we know, when we know it.


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This past spring, when students across Oregon sat down for standardized tests, Noah Noteboom, then a junior at Hood River Valley High School, sat out. He’d already met Oregon’s requirements to graduate, and he didn’t see the point of yet another assessment. He wasn’t alone. In the 2014-15 school year, 70 percent of his school’s junior class got their parents’ permission to skip state tests in math and English, putting Hood River Valley High on the map for having the highest opt-out rate in Oregon. “Once one person opted out, then everyone learned what it was about, and they opted out too,” Noteboom, 17, says. “They knew they were doing the right thing.” Superintendent Dan Goldman of the Hood River County School District isn’t so sure. He says the test Oregon picked is imperfect and “obscenely long”—three times as long as the SAT—but offers a good gauge of whether students are college-ready. “I think we have a false sense of the skill set our students have,” he says. “Without the tests, I think we’re missing a big piece of information.” But Hood River students’ activism is poised to spread thanks to legislation passed this spring making it easier for families to opt their kids out of standardized tests, including Oregon’s new Smarter Balanced Assessment of students’ math and English skills.

Gov. Kate Brown, who’s also Oregon’s superintendent of public instruction, signed the bill in June at the urging of the Oregon Education Association, which called the state’s new assessments “harmful” to kids. Brown’s move pleased a longtime political ally, but she made it harder for state and local education officials to do their jobs, which include making sure students take the tests so Oregon doesn’t risk losing federal education funding and local school districts don’t see their ratings fall. After signing House Bill 2655, Brown confused some observers by urging parents not to use their new ability to opt kids out of tests. Brown’s stance frustrates several local school superintendents, including Goldman, who say the governor is sending mixed messages about the importance of standardized tests. “Hypocritical” is how Goldman sums up the U-turn. Now the Oregon Department of Education, which Brown directs, is asking superintendents who saw their participation rates plummet last spring (even before Brown signed the bill) how they’ll get their test-participation rates to rise again. Correspondence that WW obtained under Oregon’s public records law shows the irritation Brown has provoked. In emails, school superintendents say Brown is expecting schools to force students to take tests at the same time she is effectively opening the classroom doors and sounding the recess bell. Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) is a member of Oregon’s House who also serves as a school board member—

in Hood River County. He voted against the opt-out bill, and says Brown’s double talk on testing is a symptom of Oregon’s dismal track record on improving schools. “She could have vetoed the bill,” he says. “She could have sent it back. She could have done a lot of things differently.” But given OEA’s influence in Salem, Johnson says, “It’s hard for her to say no.”

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Oregon’s opt-out bill grew out of national efforts to undermine U.S. public education’s march toward more consistent state-to-state standards and more rigorous testing. In states such as New York, Washington and California, teachers’ unions have decried the tests as time wasters that don’t produce meaningful measures of individual students’ progress. They also say schools reduce art and music in their focus on teaching to tests. In Portland, opposition to the standards, known as Common Core, and the Smarter Balanced Assessments springs from activist, anti-corporate camps that link the standards and the tests to big business and efforts to tie teachers’ pay to students’ results. “It doesn’t take a test to tell you how well your student is doing,” says Gwen Sullivan, president of the Portland Association of Teachers. “To a lot of people, it’s a waste of time and money.” In rural Days Creek, located in Douglas County, opposition grows out of anti-government sentiment. “Like Kim Davis taking a position against issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and choosing jail over compliance,” wrote the superintendent of Days Creek in correspondence with the state, “there are a handful of families in my district who are not going to allow their children to test no matter how much we talk about the positive benefits.” Before 2015, Oregon parents could opt their children out of standardized tests for only two reasons: religious objections or a child’s disability. In 2013-14, Oregon counted only CONT. on page 8 Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015


Contributions to Gov. Kate Brown’s elections in 2008 and 2012

“As the superintendent of the Hood River County Schools, I would NEVER enact a $1.4 MIL program or a procedure that I knew would lower standards, put students of color and TOO EXTREM E F OR OREG ON from disadvantaged groups in a position to $177,500 be forgotten, lessen my ability to use data O EA $25,000 to inform program decisions or put us at OEA GAVE risk for losing millions of dollars aimed at TOO supporting our most marginalized kids. I EXTREME FOR am ashamed of our state leadership.” OREGON $1 MIL Goldman wasn’t alone. $95,000 IN 2012 O EA “Stop sending mixed messages to the $135,000 community,” Marla Stephenson, superintendent of the Estacada School District, told Noor in September. “We are all for parent choice,” wrote Canby’s superintendent, Trip Goodall, on Sept. 18, “but it is problematic to say the least when we are held to a participation 2008 2 012 rate while state law allows unconditional BROWN’S BROWN’S FIRST RUN FOR SECOND RUN FOR opting out of the assessment. How do we S E C R E TA RY O F S TAT E S E C R E TA RY O F S TAT E message the importance of the assessment while simultaneously sending home 250 students out of 567,000 who opted out of state- a letter detailing HB 2655?” wide testing. Last year, that number had grown 18-fold to Close ties to OEA 4,500. In Portland alone, that number was 2,233. If Brown is walking a tightrope in her response to Nine percent of eligible students sat out the tests, the opt-out movement, the statewide teachers’ which are administered in the third, fourth, fifth, union and Department of Education are holding sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th grades. the two ends. Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) is a former Brown has had a close relationship with OEA Portland Public Schools spokesman and teacher since first entering the Oregon House in 1991. The at Metropolitan Learning Center, an alternative teachers helped Brown build a majority in the SenPPS school that eschews grades. He championed ate, and the OEA gave big to Brown when she ran in HB 2655, the OEA’s top legislative priority in 2008 and 2012 for secretary of state, even though 2015, arguing that parents should be given the that position holds no authority over Oregon information they need to direct their own kids’ schools (see chart). education. He says critics of the bill are jumping After Brown unexpectedly became governor in to conclusions. “There’s this incredible fear that if February, she appointed Lindsey Capps, a former you give parents information, they won’t go along OEA leader, as her chief education adviser. Last with the program,” he says. week, Brown’s administration tapped the union’s But the bill did include risks, and some schools lobbyist, BethAnne Darby, for a top position at the have felt the consequences of low participation Oregon Health Authority. rates. Not only must schools achieve an overall OEA leaders defend Brown’s balancing act. participation rate of 94.5 percent to meet federal “I think it illustrates the governor’s understandguidelines, they need to hit that target among sev- ing of how complex the situation is,” says Colleen eral subgroups of students as well. Mileham, who has Capps’ old job with the OEA. Some schools, including Vernon K-8 School Laila Hirschfeld, an OEA spokeswoman, says in Northeast Portland, have dropped in state it’s not the governor’s relationship with the union rankings because too few white students took guiding her decisions, it’s her policy ideas: “Kate the tests. That could imperil federal funding and Brown is a friend of public education.” cause teacher layoffs. Yet Brown’s own education department has The extent of federal unhappiness over opting taken steps to reduce the impact of the bill she out is unclear. signed. This week, the Oregon Board of EducaState Rep. Betty Komp (D-Woodburn), a former tion, which sets statewide policy for schools, will principal who now serves as co-chairwoman on consider a resolution to limit the bill’s scope so the Legislature’s joint subcommittee on education it applies just to Smarter Balanced Assessments, funding, says defiance is a bad idea in a state that not other statewide tests such as the kindergarten struggles to fund its schools. “The federal govern- assessment. ment holds a pretty big fist over us,” she says, “and Sullivan, president of the Portland teachers’ no one at the federal level could give us answers. I union, says it’s not surprising the governor is felt we needed to be cautious.” sending mixed messages: “She was brought into this pretty quickly and maybe she’s still trying to Criticism from superintendents navigate it.” Several Oregon superintendents say they’re caught Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend) sponsored HB 2655 in the middle. in the Senate. He says he intended the bill to apply On Sept. 4, Brown’s pick to lead the Oregon to all assessments and wouldn’t hesitate to bring a Department of Education sent emails to superin- new measure to the Legislature to undo whatever tendents of the 23 districts where too few students the education board enacts. took last spring’s Smarter Balanced tests. The Republican lawmaker offered a cautious “What do you perceive as the primary cause(s) assessment of Brown’s performance so far. for lower participation rates on Smarter Balanced “I don’t know if she’s trying to have it both tests in your district?” wrote Salam Noor, who took ways,” he says. “It may look that way.” over as the state’s top education official in July. Melissa Navas, a spokeswoman for Brown, says The most pointed response came from Gold- there’s no contradiction. “She wants families to man, the Hood River superintendent. have a choice,” Navas says, “and after receiving “[Brown] signed a bill she knew was bad for appropriate information and context make an kids,” Goldman wrote in a Sept. 8 email to Noor. informed choice to opt in.” 8

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are useless to homeowners, but they have a lot of value to investors.” Dunne says rights sellers should assess the equity value of their homes rather than just taking what’s offered, because many are selling too cheaply. Why are redemption rights such a hot commodity? Dunne says it’s a result of decisions handed down by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2013. In effect, these rulings required lenders to give homeowners six months to redeem their homes after foreclosure.

The sale of redemption rights is a new phenomenon in Oregon. Redemption rights give the holder an ability to claw back a house if circumstances change. Those rights belong to the homeowner whose house is being foreclosed, and give the owner a chance to repurchase the home after foreclosure. If Rinks, for instance, came into some money and wanted her home back in the first six months after it was auctioned, she could pay the auction price plus interest and other costs and get it back. Or if she decided she’s unlikely to redeem her home, she could sell the rights to an investor, such as Vantage Homes. Joe Dunne, a Portland lawyer who is frequently involved with foreclosures, says the market for redemption rights is “blossoming.” “There’s a very strong secondary market for redemption rights,” says Dunne, adding that he recently advised a client who sold redemption rights on his soonto-be-auctioned home for $50,000. “They 10

emptively knocking on the doors of those few properties in foreclosure that appear to be promising investments. Rinks’ home on Southeast Reedway held exactly the kind of promise investors seek. A floral-printed “Welcome” flag flaps over a porch with a floral-printed mat that also says “Welcome.” A well-tended garden is highlighted by Russian sage and rosemary. Rinks declined to comment. Shortly after Rinks sold her redemption rights to Vantage Homes, another investor, Daniel Radtke of Remedy Real Estate LLC, walked up her garden path. Rinks, a divorce lawyer, answered the door when he knocked. “She seemed nice, and she seemed smart,” Radtke recalls. “And the house looked like it was in good shape, although I only saw the living room.” Radtke paid Rinks $4,000 for her redemption rights— which an owner, by law, can only sell once—not knowing she’d already sold her rights to Vantage Homes. In all, records show, Rinks sold her redemption rights to five different companies in the days before her home was auctioned, pocketing $20,500. Radtke says Rinks stopped communicating with him after taking his money. “She doesn’t answer the door,” Radtke says. “She blocked my email and hasn’t returned my calls.” At auction Sept. 29, Vantage Homes bought the house for $216,500—less than half what Rinks owed. Because Vantage owns the redemption rights, it can start to work flipping the house right away. The other four companies that bought the rights? They’re out of luck. Dunne, the lawyer, says he hasn’t heard of other instances of multiple rights sales. He expects the Oregon Supreme Court will eventually reverse its requirement that flippers give homeowners a second chance: “This whole market for redemption rights will go away.” As for Radtke, he filed suit against Rinks in small-claims court Sept. 30. “Things happened pretty quick,” he says. “She told me she was only selling to me.” K AY L A S P R I N T

Kathleen Rinks had a problem—and because of a new wrinkle in Portland’s red-hot housing market, she also had an opportunity. Last year, CitiMortgage Inc. went to Multnomah County Circuit Court and foreclosed on Rinks’ home on Southeast Reedway Street. This March, Rinks, 52, received notice of her problem: Her home, a 1,160-squarefoot bungalow surrounded by a white fence and shaded by a lofty Douglas fir, would be sold at auction Sept. 29. But as the day when she was scheduled to lose her house approached, Rinks seized her opportunity. Records show that on Sept. 25, four days before the sheriff was due to auction her house on the courthouse steps, Rinks sold what is called the “redemption rights” to her home to Vantage Homes LLC of Norco, Calif. Vantage paid Rinks $9,000 in cash, with another $1,000 due when she moved out of the home. But Vantage wouldn’t be the only company to make Rinks an offer.

sure there’s no redemption is costly. There’s another problem, as well: If a former homeowner redeems his property, the law does not allow investors to recoup the value of improvements, such as a new kitchen or windows, they might have made. Property records show five rights holders redeemed homes last year. It’s happened another eight times this year—and in a couple of those cases, one investor trumped another, taking away a home purchased at auction because the second investor had purchased the redemption rights.


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The change put home investors, or “flippers,” in a bind: They would not know for 180 days after buying a foreclosed house at auction whether they’d get to keep the house—or whether the owner of redemption rights would trump the purchase. For flippers, time is money. Such investors often operate with borrowed cash. They want to flip houses quickly to minimize interest costs. Waiting six months to make

“For investors, redemption rights have become a real issue,” Dunne says. “Now the investors go out and buy up redemption rights from people who are losing their houses.” Portland’s strong real-estate market has also played into the boom. The number of homes available in foreclosure auctions has plummeted as prices have soared. The result is that investors are pre-

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THE FALL SEASONAL Out on Northeast Fremont Street is a bar. It’s not a flashy establishment. It’s not a raucous establishment. It’s a place where Portlanders go to have a cocktail and a banh mi under the watchful, baleful eye of Honest Abe, who is hanging on the wall. It’s a somber, relaxing place to welcome in the changing of the seasons. Now, fall is in the air. The leaves are turning red, the days are getting shorter, and pumpkin-flavored coffee, cereals, candies and beers abound. But one fall specialty seems to get short shrift these days: the apple. These colorful, bulbous, tart and sweet fruits are some of the Pacific Northwest’s proudest produce, and so bar manager Ansel Vickery designed a fall cocktail to focus on them.

Northern Spy 1.5oz. Bulleit Bourbon, 1oz. Angostura Amaro, .5oz. Fresh lemon juice Shake, fine strain into double old fashioned glass, add 2oz. fresh pressed (unpasteurized) apple cider, add large chunk of cracked ice or 1.5in. cube, lemon twist Named after a popular dessert apple, the Northern Spy is a twist on the whiskey sour. The lemon juice and bitters are joined by a local cider. The cider adds a bright, apple-y spiciness to the sour. Bulleit adds even more spice thanks to its high rye content. The end result is a crisp, comforting cocktail to safeguard you from the brisk autumn wind.

SEAN FLORA’S ROCK N ROLL BNB RECORDING STUDIO Most recording studios are windowless boxes with some recording gear. That simply will not do in Portland. Located out on Sauvie Island, the Rock n Roll BnB is a recording studio turned hang out for the musical artists. The 5,600 square foot mid-century home has a vaulted ceiling, two wet-bars, an indoor swimming pool and a full-daylight billiard room. “One of my friends calls it a space age bachelor pad,” says Sean Flora, the owner, producer and recording engineer at the Rock n Roll BnB. “Wake up where you record” is the mantra behind Flora’s residential recording studio. The bands record together, eat together, and play pool under the same roof while going through the intense and creative process of creating an album. “The peace and serenity of the area really helps,” says Flora, who worked albums for the likes of the Shins and David Cross during his more than 20 years as an engineer. He created the Rock n Roll BnB two years ago.

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The Bulleit Kentucky Mule, as served at Sean Flora’s Rock n Roll BnB Recording Studio. 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon, Half a lime, Half bottle of Cock n Bull Ginger Beer, Fresh ginger root, Ice Juice the lime and leave the lime rind at the bottom of the glass. I use a microplane to grate some fresh ginger root next and muddle the lime and ginger. Add the Bulleit Bourbon and stir (don’t shake), finally add ice and pour in the ginger beer. Stir again if you feel the need, but I don’t. Bartenders probably think I’m crazy, but I like it this way. Cat Hoch, A Year Afar, Karyn Ann and many other Portland artists have come out to Sauvie Island to record and to relax. Sean Flora’s Kentucky Mule is a nice way to unwind after a long day. Between the Bulleit and the ginger beer, this cocktail packs quite a punch. It’s that pinch to remind you that you aren’t dreaming, you’re in Portland.

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I make my living as an artist. My work comes in many forms—some of it I get paid for and some I just do because it makes me happy. You may know my wood-block prints of Portland’s bridges or animals on bicycles, which I create in my one-person print shop called Red Bat Press. Some know me as the Museum Lady or from the Hidden Portland for the Curious project, a 13,000-strong Facebook group where I encourage exploring the city as a museum. Or you may have donned a pair of bunny ears and rode in the Bunny on a Bike ride, which I led. Perhaps you attended one of the events I helped organize—printing, publishing, crafting, art-selling. And maybe some of you are meeting me for the first time today. Until a few years ago, it looked like Portland could be my forever home. But Portland isn’t an option for me anymore, thanks to the recent explosion of people, rising rents and the loss of character—the speedy chopping down of trees and demolition of modest older homes to build more huge, boxy houses without yards. This has happened to me before. I’m from Minneapolis. Before moving to Portland, I tried living in San Francisco. It was a beautiful struggle from start to finish. In 18 months of living by the Bay, I wasn’t making my ends meet. And when rent for my shared storefront apartment went from $900 to $1,500 on one month’s notice, it was time to move on. But to where? More than once I had been told,

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an old theater acting as a church, and a discount grocery store as the community college expanded. One time a friend came to visit, and we wanted pizza for dinner, so we called the closest place, a chain a few miles away on Portland Boulevard—now Rosa Parks Way. They wouldn’t deliver to Albina. In the next two to three years, five nonchain pizza restaurants opened nearby.

I didn’t know it yet, but I had arrived during Portland’s magic hour, a golden era of affordability and creativity that started in the late 1990s and lasted through the first decade of the millennium. I arrived without a car and took public transportation. MAX went only two places: Hillsboro or Gresham. The Red Line to the airport was just about to open. The bus mall on 5th and 6th avenues downtown used a brown beaver and purple raindrops as symbols. Portland was still an obscurity between Seattle and San Francisco. Tres Shannon’s X-Ray Cafe was closed and his next project, Voodoo Doughnut, was a few years from opening. My favorite place to spend free time was the Indie Triangle Block, a collection of quirky book, thrift and vintage shops off Burnside Street, between Northwest 9th and 10th avenues. There was a coffee shop with a Dolly Parton record above the door and read-as-you-wish zines hanging above a long table with stools. Catty-corner from Powell’s, the DIY scene was abuzz at the toddler-aged Independent Publishing Resource Center, which is now on Southeast Division Street. Within a year, Zoobombers would leave their own mark on the block, permanently locking up their little bikes outside Rocco’s Pizza, which is now Sizzle Pie. Up in North Portland, where I found my first shared house, I saw rapid change. In my first year living off North Albina Avenue near Killingsworth Street, the neighborhood lost many houses,

Portland wasn’t going to hand me a job in the arts when I arrived. One job I applied for let me know I was one of 300 candidates. So I fell back on what I’d done back home in Minneapolis: office temp work. I worked with a lot of smaller independent companies and nonprofits such as White Bird Dance and Cascade AIDS Project.

In my spare time I made art.

Building on my printmaking background and the letterpress printing course I took in San Francisco, I became a regular at the IPRC print shop and began a series of postcard art featuring animals with captions in a children’s-book style. My third art postcard was Bunny on a Bike. My inspiration wasn’t the local bike scene—I hadn’t found that yet—but a Chinese harmonica decorated with biking animals. Perhaps it was a preamble to the work I do now via the Hidden Portland Project: reminding people to be curious and notice the little details, like that bunny, that come across their paths every day. Later, the Bunny on a Bike grew into performance art and bike activism— cleverly disguised as Bike Fun. CONT. on page 19

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“Each city has its own charm. Portland’s is peculiarly elusive. It is not a flirtatious city that makes sudden conquests. It is a city that woos you gradually during a long courtship. But once you’re hooked, ‘you’re married for life.’” —Doug Baker’s Guide to Portland, 1965

Oregon is for dreamers—or, at least, entrepreneurs. The IPRC gave me the tools to create new art. Alberta Street’s Last Thursday art walk gave me a place to sell it. An artist friend invited me to sell, and I was hooked. I was a regular during the warmer months for the next five years. I even tried to expand to the westside during First Thursday in the Pearl, but the galleries opposed that. One thing we all thought would make the scene on Alberta better was closing the street to cars because the sidewalks would bottleneck as more and more people arrived. But when the streets closed to cars, my sales suddenly dropped. Instead of walking by my meager table setup, potential buyers moved to the street, where performers and new restaurants attracted their attention and money. I was still happy to see it flourish and morph—that’s how artistic projects work.

Last Thursday, the IPRC and the DIY arts-and-crafts scene had all given me inspiration and opportunity. And I made a livelihood out of it. I’d been going by my “art name” from college, Carye the Bee, but decided on Red Bat Press, remembering a whimsical hand-printed paper kite I picked up in San Francisco’s Chinatown. From the beginning, the basis of my press has been hand-printed and hand-painted wood-block-printed postcards and cards. Red bats symbolize luck. I like to think I was lucky, but I also believe being an artist takes a lot of hard work. When I began, I had very little confidence. But I liked making art and expressing myself, so I kept doing it. I made contacts at stores, and kept making sales and getting custom clients. It took six years, but I went from full-time temp to part-time temp and then to full-time art. My breakthrough was a postcard series on the 10 bridges of the Willamette. Until this point, I hand-printed and in many CONT. on page 21

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cases hand-painted every postcard I printed. I outsourced the printing of the entire series because it had gotten so popular I couldn’t keep up. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong partner to print my work. That cost me almost an entire summer of selling. It was a difficult period in which I had to learn to give up complete control but also find trustworthy collaborations. I couldn’t just pay as I went by printing small editions anymore. For several years, I let my business have debt on a credit card, but that was a vicious cycle. Eventually I asked stores if they would order more postcards upfront to help me pay off the printing. They did! Here’s the surprising thing I learned about Portland retail: Smaller stores took a larger risk and bought way more pieces than larger ones.

In 2011, I made a new leap: renting a solo studio space in the Central Eastside Industrial District. When I moved in, there wasn’t yet a streetcar connection to

downtown. The building across the street was a storage facility for a local company, and nearby Taylor Electric Supply, which had been gutted by fire, was a popular graffiti spot. Now, a twoloop streetcar route travels across a new transit bridge, and a new building is emerging from the ashes of Taylor Electric. The district is alive in many positive ways. My studio is great. Many of my suppliers and stores are close, which makes it easy for me to pick up or deliver by bike. Also, it has sturdy floors for heavy drawers of metal type and good ventilation—not easy to find. And it has a ground-floor space, instead of requiring me to schlep up several flights of stairs. But there’s a lot of pressure to change. Over the summer, I got an email with bad news from a letterpress printing friend whose studio was at Towne Storage, one the most vibrant and affordable studio buildings for working artists in Portland. The year before, two locations in the building were on the Printdustrial tour, an event where I started to bring together all the hidden publishers and printers lurking in the district. My friend said we needed to visit her press because she’d soon have to vacate: “The building will be gutted and turned into fancy condos because Portland definitely needs more of those.” Artists are valuable to a city. If you destroy their communities block by block and do away with affordable work spaces, you’re losing character. CONT. on page 22

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I’m not just an artist and tour guide. I also curate bathtub art. The Bathtub Art Museum is over a decade old and began with an online museum and big art show on Alberta. The centerpiece of that show was an antique metal tub borrowed from A-Ball Plumbing Supply (RIP). In the pockets of a clear shower curtain hung a collection of mail art. I also keep track of all the odd little museums in town like the 3D Center for Art & Photography (closed in 2011) and Kidd’s Toy Museum, and since 2007 I’ve printed brochures and guide books and also led many bike and walking tours. My biggest project, the Hidden Portland Library, has hundreds of books, articles and objects—including a piece of PDX carpet of course. When I move, I have no idea who to pass these projects on to—in my mind, this collection belongs to the city, not to me.

“Good citizens are the riches of a city” —Inscription on the Skidmore Fountain.

If you look into Portland and Oregon history, you learn that we just do things differently. We’re big on civic pride and making our home great. That goes all the way back to Dr. John McLoughlin, the “Father of Oregon” (and my historical crush—swoon!), a British subject who disobeyed orders of his employer, the Hudson’s Bay Company, and helped hungry and needy American settlers.

To me, that’s the spirit of a true Oregonian. Where did it go?

When I arrived in Portland, there seemed to be a sense we were underdogs with a secret: a beautiful lush, human-scale authentic city with careful planning and so many good citizens. Today, Portland feels like a theme-park version of itself.

And I’m also active in the cycling community. In 2004, I organized and led the Bunny on a Bike ride on Easter Sunday. I had discovered the Shift bike scene and was meeting all sorts of people eager to create what’s known as Bike Fun. More than 40 people wearing homemade bunny ears showed up to my inaugural ride. Shift is also responsible for Pedalpalooza—a three-week festival of bike fun (secretly bike activism) every June. After the first Bunny on a Bike ride, I was hooked. Some of my favorite rides: the Twin Spin (everyone came with a doppelgänger), the Short Shorts Scandinavian Pride Ride, the Oregon Sesquicentennial Ride (with Seski the Sasquatch, Oregon’s sesquicentennial mascot, in a pedicab) and Sven Sparkle & Greta Glitter’s Silver and Gold Mobile Dance Party. There’s just no better way to get out and see the city—I’ve been saying this for years: Go by bike!


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CYCLE SAM: Sven Sparkle & Greta Glitter’s Silver and Gold Mobile Dance Party with Sam Adams.

“I can’t remember seeing such an outpouring of love for anyone not dead yet. You are very much appreciated here.” —Barron of the Church O’ Fun in an email to me.

Now, we’re not stuck. We’ve been told to vacate the apartment so a family member of the owner can move in next month. That news came right after my husband and I made the decision to leave Portland because options for close-in affordable rentals with a grassy patch for a garden and our outdoor cat have become so indemand that landing one is like a contest. I already lived that life in San Francisco. No thanks. Rent should be no more than one-third of your income. Once it’s half, you won’t survive.

Portland, I am just getting going!

Except, oh yeah, I can’t afford to live here anymore. There’s no other choice for me but to say goodbye to the city that has wooed me, but also let me down. Let’s talk about rent. I can’t believe how fast rents went from reasonable to are-you-kidding? Other people say they’re glad they bought a house or wish they had. I like to rent and don’t think I should be punished for that—renting doesn’t mean I’m not invested in my community. Until four years ago, I had been paying $400 a month for a room in a house with a studio space. I nearly doubled my monthly rent when I moved to an apartment in the basement of a house and rented an outside studio. The rent has gone up 60 percent in those four years—really not so unfair given what we were paying for two people and utilities, but still astounding. My husband and I have been thankful for our little apartment in a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood, but we also live out of a dorm fridge and have one tiny window. When we looked at options for other apartments, our costs would suddenly nearly double what we’re paying now. We were stuck.

The arts scene, too, has changed since I arrived. There’s a new high-end maker scene. I’m not opposed to the work these artists are doing. But what I notice about today’s artists is, many work, work and work and don’t get as much time to wander the city or spend time giving back. One experience that made me think twice about the art scene was when a local “hub” of makers drastically raised the fee for their holiday sale. It was $50 the first year, then $75 the second. The third year, the fee skyrocketed to $300. I sell items with a price range of $3.50 to $12. How am I going to earn the show fee back and make a profit in 11 hours of selling? CONT. on page 25

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Carye Bye Events Hidden Portland Book Club with Aimee Wade

Carye Bye’s Hidden Portland Book Club hosts a dinner and talk with PDXccentric: An Odyssey of Portland Oddities author Aimee Wade. The book Wade co-wrote with Scott Cook provides a tour of weird (and mostly free) city landmarks. Wade will tell tales from her wanderings over dinner and talk about the “Portland as Flick” section of the book, featuring 20 of the most Portland-centric movies. After the dinner chat, Skyline Tavern is screening Ironheart, a 1992 kung fu movie filmed under the Burnside Bridge and at Skyline itself. Skyline Tavern, 8031 NW Skyline Blvd., 286-4788. 6:30 pm dinner, 7:30 pm screening Wednesday, Oct. 21. Free.

Crafty Wonderland Pop-Up Shop

Bye is selling guidebooks, postcards and illustrations from Red Bat Press as the featured artist this month at Crafty Wonderland. Crafty Wonderland, 808 SW 10th Ave., 224-9097. 10 am-6 pm daily.

Oddly Curious Art

I didn’t expect much when I showed up in Portland 15 years ago. What I found is amazing community—not one massive community, but small circles of people doing cool stuff. Many of us could live close in, and our rent was reasonable, so we had time for our projects that involve collaboration. Many of the side projects I’ve done have had a small audience, but some have grown bigger than I ever imagined: By its 10th and final year, the Bunny on a Bike ride had 150 to 200 riders. My Facebook group Hidden Portland for the Curious, which was originally a personal project, gets 50 new-member requests a day. Many actively share their finds, creating a growing archive of people-made and natural curiosities.

Every First Friday, Bye’s Bathtub Art Museum puts on an Oddly Curious show of weird found objects in addition to its regular collection—400 postcards featuring bathtub imagery. This month the theme is collections within the collections, such as peeping toms and plumbers and sleeping in tubs. Bathtub Art Museum, 211 SE Madison St., No. 20., 248-4454. By appointment or 5-8 pm on First Fridays.

Big Pink Love Show

For the past 10 years, Bye has been photographing downtown’s landmark Big Pink building. The collection will be displayed at the minimalist Coffeehouse Northwest as Bye’s last art installation before leaving Portland. Coffeehouse Northwest, 1951 W Burnside St., 2482133. Artist reception 5-7 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. Free.

I’m not dumping Portland. I love the city too much. But what I learned from my brief time in San Francisco is that there’s a line between swimming and sinking.

I’m starting to feel myself get soggy. I built my career slowly over time, but Portland’s cost of living changed too fast for me to keep up. If I stayed, chances are my savings would be blown to make up. I’ve worked too hard and have gained certain freedoms—like not having a boss. Rather than move to the outskirts of my muse, I’ve decided I’d rather find another.

Early next year, I’m heading to Texas.

That’s right. And not our sister in weirdness—I’m going to San Antonio. I hope they don’t already have a Museum Lady. I have heard they have some pretty sweet missions.

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GORGE-OUS: Doji on Cape Horn in the Columbia River Gorge.

Leaf Through This 2. Liahona Loop



1. Latourell Falls

Distance: 2.4 miles 40 minutes from Portland: From I-84 east, take Exit 28 and turn right on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Head west for roughly 3 miles and park at either side of the trailhead. The Columbia River Gorge is known for its waterfalls. Latourell is the most underappreciated of the bunch until fall, when the rich undergrowth of vine maples contrasts with bright green lichen to dramatic effect. The gentle footpath begins at the base of the 249-foot plunge that is Lower Latourell, but it quickly ascends into a wooded area dotted with sword ferns before looping around a second, double-tiered cascade and a barrage of viewpoints overlooking the Gorge and surrounding peaks. The loose disparity of colors makes views of Lower and Upper Latourell Falls seem like a Pollock original—circa 1948, of course.


Fall is a time of bliss in the Pacific Northwest—as long as you don’t mind the occasional cold snap. The tourist crowds thin, the air becomes brisk, and the lush greenery of summer gives way to a delicate tapestry of greens, reds and yellows. We don’t have the colors of New England, but aspiring leaf peepers can find scenic cliff tops or follow creeks peppered with burning maple. Here are seven favorites.

Distance: 3.6 miles 80 minutes from Portland: Take U.S. 26 west and turn right on OR-47 toward Vernonia. Stay on the highway until you hit Apiary Road, turn right, and do so again at Camp Wilkerson Road. Park near the horse camp. $3 day-use fee. During the autumn months, the quaint logging town of Vernonia lets you indulge in a kaleidoscope of colors. The Liahona Trail, located 15-odd miles out of town, offers a similar experience. This pleasant romp encircles the amenities in the center of the 280-acre park, while sticking to a ring of undeveloped patches free of hoof prints despite occasional equestrian traffic. Salmonberry thickets and alder shoulder you as you cross several streams and a few inclines, but thankfully, the trail is well marked with a sea of pink signs depicting a horseshoe.


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3. Old Salmon River

Distance: 5 miles 75 minutes from Portland: Head east on U.S. 26 and turn right on Salmon River Road, just past Welches. Continue until you see the gateway sign to the Mount Hood National Forest. The trail starts at the first pullout beyond the sign. Traffic is quickly becoming the bane of every Portlander’s existence. But traffic is so light along Salmon River Road that it’s easy to forget that the trail parallels asphalt nearly the entire way. The result is a quiet venture that straddles the scenic Salmon River, ferrying you over flat terrain and through groves of massive, old-growth cedar and Douglas fir. The only thing more eye-catching this time of year than the abundance of leaves on the ground is the Chinook salmon migrating upstream from the Columbia River to spawn—assuming warm water and low snowpack don’t impede their progress.

4. Ramona Falls

Distance: 7 miles 90 minutes from Portland: Follow U.S. 26 to Zigzag and turn left on Lolo Pass Road. Turn right on Forest Road 1825 (paved), cross the bridge, and bear left at the junction to FR 1825-100. Drive a half mile and take another left on FR 1825 to the large parking lot. $5 recreation fee. Ramona Falls is infamous, no matter the season or your stance on the Portland band of the same name. The well-graded hike first follows the eroded banks of the Sandy River, eventually linking up with the Pacific Crest Trail after you cross tumultuous waters via a temporary bridge. The popular ascent provides remarkable glimpses of Mount Hood as you weave in and out of scarlet canopies of maple and alder, the same ones that ultimately turn the hike’s final, storybook cascade into a phosphorescent jumble of rivulets at twilight. The wooden footbridge and natural amphitheater provide the best views, although the creekside trek back to the car isn’t half bad either.

5. Cape Horn

Distance: 7.1 miles 40 minutes from Portland: Take I-5 north and turn right on WA-14 after crossing the Columbia River. Head east to Milepost 26, turn left on Salmon Falls Road, and use the parking lot on your immediate right. Much like a fresh-hop beer, hiking the full extent of Washington’s Cape Horn is a time-sensitive affair. Although the lower portion of the arduous trail is closed nearly six months of the year to protect nesting peregrine falcons, the moss-covered talus slopes and switchbacks open in the fall, granting you staggering cliffside vistas and a view from atop the longest railroad tunnel in the Gorge. Foothills clad with white oak and hushed, big leaf maple also complement the trickling waterfalls and meadows along the way, the latter of which seem more apt for the English countryside than the rugged Cascade region of the Pacific Northwest. Just don’t forget your boots—mud is inevitable.

6. Siouxon Creek

Distance: 7.7 miles 95 minutes from Portland: Head north on I-5 and take Exit 11. Merge with WA-502E, turn left for WA-503N in Battle Ground, and follow the road through Amboy. Turn on Northeast Healy Road in Chelatchie, turn left on Forest Road 57, and make a sharp left on FR 5701. Drive another 4 miles to the trailhead. Waterfalls are the main attraction along most hikes near Portland, including those nestled within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Siouxon Creek Trail—pronounced “SOO-sahn”—abuts its namesake as you might expect. However, it’s the 50-foot endcap at Chinook Falls that makes the modest haul worthwhile. The canyon’s vast emerald pools, now forgotten summer hotspots, showcase a dazzling display of colors in early November, while remnants of the 1902 Yacolt Burn mix with the old-growth and wealth of campsites beside the creek. Wildcat Falls sits even farther up for those willing to ford the knee-deep waters of Chinook Creek, beckoning like a double-shot latte.

7. Little North Santiam Trail


Distance: 9 miles 2 hours from Portland: Follow I-5 south to Salem and take Exit 253 for OR-22. Head east for about 23 miles, turn left on North Fork Road, and take a right on Elkhorn Road. Cross the bridge and park at the trailhead just down the road. $5 recreation fee. The Little North Santiam Trail deserves more attention. It boasts nearly all the better-known merits of Opal Creek without the foot traffic and decrepit mining equipment, letting you meander alongside pellucid waters and among towering rock pinnacles in solitary fashion. A veil of maple and robust, old-growth cedar enshrouds the tributary and the well-marked entrance as well, lighting your way as you crisscross burbling creeks on your hike toward the Shady Grove Campground.

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of pretension helps. This is a simple Spanish sandwich shop helmed by one of Portland’s most experienced chefs. Doesn’t that just sound awesome? JOrdan green. A platter of padron peppers loosely resembling a culinary game of Russian roulette; Little Bo Peep, a lamb meatball sandwich; that glorious peach salad; any Spanish red wine your server recommends. For a party of four or more, add a meat board. Seriously, the meat and cheese plates are huge and high quality. While the sandwiches are terrific, definitely spend some time on the small plates. Noon-7 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. $-$$.

Firehouse restaurant 711 NE Dekum St., 954-1702,

lunch happy hour dinner 503-688-5202 1005 SW Park Ave.

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[Ladder uP] The firemen in the blackand-white photos hanging on the diningroom wall of this Woodlawn neighborhood restaurant—taken back when “firehouse” was true to its name—had no idea fire and smoke would one day be celebrated here, rather than fought. The 100-year-old brick firehouse digs, across the street from Breakside Brewery and Good Neighbor Pizzeria, feature a large, central wood-fired oven turning out everything from lightly smoky roasted mussels and roasted beets with salsa verde to 12-inch bubbly, charred, thin-crust pizzas. The menu is short but solid, with several small plates, salads and pizzas, and a handful of entrees. Two of the most popular entrees: the wood-grilled tuna with roasted tomatoes and padron peppers, and the wood-grilled hanger steak with crispy potatoes and arugula. Beyond the always tasty food, Firehouse has one of the most charming, stay-a-while dining rooms in Portland: encased in brick, furnished with beautiful, old reclaimed wood. The place smells welcoming, like a campfire, sans the smoke in the eyes. And when the sun is shining, there’s seating in the sweet garden patio off the dining room. LiZ Crain.

Bottle of rosé, risotto- and chicken-stuffed grape leaves, fire-roasted beets, housemade fennel sausage and onion pizza and salted caramel- and hazelnut-topped pots de creme. Super-tasty $3 fried cauliflower, $3 roasted beets and more at the happy hour from 5-6 pm. If you’re looking for an after-dinner drink, Breakside Brewing across the street makes a number of very interesting beers including a passion fruit sour and an aquavit barrel-aged braggot. 5-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 5-9:30 pm FridaySaturday, 5-8 pm Sunday. $$. Fish sauce 407 NW 17th Ave., 227-8000,


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sequence, I am beckoned to a remote area of town to check out a dingy, under-the-radar ethnic joint where every dish is a stunning success of bright, bold, exotic flavors. Reality at Fish Sauce, a year-old Vietnamese restaurant on a quiet corner just west of the Pearl District, departs at an acute angle from that

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“People are just hunting for the next best thing.” page 49




ROOF PARTY: The newest New Seasons Market has a rooftop bar and dining area. The “Tree House Bar” atop the new Southeast Woodstock Boulevard location seats 100 and, yes, is all-weather. So, yes, the Woodstock New Seasons now makes your local New Seasons seem shabby and outdated even if it may have opened only two months ago. It also has a children’s play area and fire pits with cider and beer on tap.

HIP-HOP HORRAY: When the mayor’s office proclaimed Oct. 15 “Hip-Hop Day” in Portland, it created a heated debate in the local rap community. Was this a genuine acknowledgment of hip-hop culture or merely pandering? Were the artists who agreed to perform as part of the inaugural ceremony representing the strength of a scene finally coming into its own or acting as willing pawns in a political game? Would this actually change anything in terms of how hip-hop is policed in the Rose City? Those questions persist. But on Oct. 15 at City Hall, the vibe was purely celebratory. Organizer Idris “StarChile” Oferrall acknowledged that this was merely “the first step,” hinting at more ambitious plans for the future, including potentially taking the event down to the waterfront. And with performances from MCs Vinnie Dewayne, Mic Capes and Jon Belz—plus a turntable showcase featuring DJs Wels, Juggernaut and Lady X—you couldn’t argue the scene wasn’t well-represented in this inaugural outing. Check out video of the JON BELZ event at WOLF PACK: A man who shot and killed a wolf in Grant County on Oct. 6 turned himself in to Oregon State Police and is awaiting whether charges will be filed, according to the Salem Statesman Journal. Wolves are a hot issue in Eastern Oregon. Biologists credit them for helping the ecosystem, but ranchers worry about wolves killing their cattle. Wolves number at least 81 in Oregon and are protected by the state Endangered Species Act, making it illegal to shoot one unless it’s in self-defense. The man was hunting coyotes near Prairie City when he accidentally killed a wolf known as OR-22, which had struck out on his own from the Umatilla River pack. So far, it seems to have been a legitimate mistake. 30

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REST IN PEACE: Portland musician Brian Berg was found dead Oct. 17 in Salem. Beginning in the mid-’90s, Berg led his Portland roots-rock combo, 44 Long, to national airplay and recognition in magazines like Rolling Stone (“kick-ass muscle-rock”) and Billboard (“searing yet lyrically subtle”). The band was also notable for having included Pok Pok owner Andy Ricker in its lineup when he was a house painter/indie rocker. Friends grew concerned after not hearing from Berg in recent weeks, and his landlord performed a welfare check, discovering him deceased. Though full details of his death have not yet been released, one of his former bandmates posted on Facebook that he had said “goodbye in a very Berg-like manner” a few weeks ago and that “he had given up” and “couldn’t find a way out.”


Wednesday OCT. 21

Native Conifers of the Pacific Northwest, Ranked

Ponderosa Pine cone

BY E L I Z A B ET H A C K E R O n We d n e s d a y, Hoyt Arboretum will host

Rating System

a class teaching people to identify the 18 conifers native to northwest Oreg on. But

Part 1

what if you don’t have time for a class?

Douglas Fir cone

How do you know which native conifer is best? My dad, Steve A cker, is an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service who studies trees, so I asked him to help me rank our

Ease of Identification 4 pt. Unique features make these as easy to identify as falling off a log. 3 pt. These species superficially resemble others, so are a bit more difficult. 2 pt. These species have close relatives that can be hard to tell apart, though knowing your elevation or distance from the ocean can often do the trick. 1 pt. The hardest group, these have close relatives that can be hard to tell apart and sometimes occur at the same elevation. These sometimes even stump (heyooo!) the experts.

native trees. He, however, would not help me write a typical “Lizzy A cker hit piece” on trees. Instead, he created an objective system of ranking our native conifers (ugh, scientists). He still will not reveal which one is his subjective favorite, even to his only daughter, as he thinks all trees are wonderful and doesn’t want to hurt any feelings.

Which tree is the best tree? (Part 1 + Part 2 + Part 3 = Final Score)


Douglas fir (4 + 4 + 3 = 11 pts)

#2 Ponderosa pine (4 + 4 + 2 = 10 pts) Part 2

Incense cedar (3 + 4 + 2 = 9 pts)

Difficulty to access by Public Transit

#3 Sitka spruce (2 + 4 + 3 = 9 pts) Western redcedar (1 + 4 + 4 = 9 pts) Grand fir (3 + 4 + 1 = 8 pts)

(Outside Hoyt Arboretum, which has them all.)

#4 Pacific yew (3 + 3 + 2 = 8 pts) Western hemlock (2 + 4 + 2 = 8 pts)

4 pt. One bus or MAX ride. 3 pt. Go to Forest Park and start hiking. 2 pt. Take the bus to Timberline Lodge and take a hike. 1 pt. Put your bike on the bus to Estacada and when you get there, pedal the back roads to Eastern Oregon.

Western white pine (2 + 4 + 2 = 8 pts) Lodgepole pine (4 + 2 + 1 = 7 pts) #5 Western larch (3 + 1 + 3 = 7 pts) Alaska yellow cedar (1 + 2 + 4 = 7 pts) Whitebark pine (2 + 2 + 2 = 6 pts) #6 Mountain hemlock (2 + 2 + 2 = 6 pts) Engelmann spruce (2 + 2 + 2 = 6 pts) #7

Noble fir (1 + 2 + 2 = 5 pts)

Typical Lifespan

#8 Subalpine fir (1 + 2 + 1 = 4 pts)

Incense Cedar cones

According to Franklin and Dyrness’ Natural Vegetation of Oregon and Washington Douglas Fir

MCFLY ARRIVES [FLASHBACK] It’s official Back to the Future Day, which means you can wear your best ’80s sweat suit to Dante’s, sing karaoke with a live band, tweak out to the techno-lighting show and watch the young Fox. It’s an Old Town time-travel trip, but on purpose. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Thursday OCT. 22 FIDLAR [PUNK] The brash boys of FIDLAR— that’s short for “Fuck It, Dog, Life’s a Risk”—might spend more time on their second album, Too, talking about cleaning up rather than toking up, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone soft on us. Frontman Zac Carper can still spin tales of junkie-dom better than most of his peers, and the guitars snarl as loud as ever. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 2468686. 8:30 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. All ages.

Saturday OCT. 24 GARBAGE PEOPLE: GHOUL STORY, BRO! [SCARY FUNNY] Brodie Kelly’s Garbage People gets possessed by guest hosts Dan Weber and Wednesday Weiss for a spooky storytelling show headlined by Emmett Montgomery, Norm MacDonald’s favorite comedian from the most recent season of Last Comic Standing. The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., 367-3182. 9 pm. $6.66 advance, $10 day of show. 21+. DRAKE & CAKE [BIRTHDAY PARTY] Rap’s most touchy-feely superstar is turning 29, and while the man himself is probably spending the day in an aromatherapy bath, you can pay your respects by hitting the floor for all-Drake sets from three of Holocene’s staple DJs— then go home and have yourself a good cry. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 10 pm. $10. 21+.

Sunday OCT. 25 THALI SUPPER CART [INDIAN FOOD] Thali Supper Club’s Leena Ezekiel usually makes the best Indian food within city limits for about $65. Today, and Nov. 6, she’ll be slinging it out of a food cart, priced accordingly. Lardo Hawthorne, 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7786. 5 pm.

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ALBERT HAMMOND JR. [THE STROKE] The problem with the last three Strokes albums can be boiled down to this: not enough Albert Hammond Jr. On his third proper solo album, Momentary Masters, the guitarist skillfully incorporates the New Wave touches and skittering dance-punk rhythms his main band just can’t seem to get right. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

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Shandong Now taking reservations

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SATURDAY, OCT. 24 Lunch & Brunch Monday to Friday 11:30am-3pm

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

Ecliptic 2nd Anniversary

John Harris’ brewery is turning 2 in style, with an intergalactic party offering free hors d’oeuvres, music by the Minus 5, and a bunch of crazy-ass beers including strawberry ale, orange bourbon barleywine, 1½-year-old Belgian and a blackberry sour. Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St., 265-8002. Noon.

Great American Spirits Festival

Forty distillers will descend on the Tiffany Center to pour their fancy artisanal liquors, including 20 distillers from the great state of Oregon. Consider this a one-stop bar and holiday gift shop for your less respectable relatives who nonetheless have refined taste. Admission includes seven tasters. Tiffany Center, 11410 SW Morrison St., eventbrite. com. 2 pm. $20-$25.

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Private dining club Meadowlark, headed by chefs Jen Datka and Emily Park, is having its first public dinner at urban winery Hip Chicks do Wine, with a warm chanterelle salad with housemade duck breast prosciutto, crispy pork shoulder confit and brown butter–glazed sweet potatoes, among other dishes. Hip Chicks do Wine, 4510 SE 23rd Ave., 234-379. 6 pm. $60.

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1. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, 228-7222, Imperial has one of the best fried chicken dishes you’ll ever eat, with barrel-aged hot sauce and honey from beehives on the roof. The bird drips with juices inside a goldenbrown and buttery shell that crackles like paper under a fork.

2. St. Jack

1610 NW 23rd Ave., 360-1281, You know why St. Jack is able to serve Oregon trout and almost everybody else has to get it from Idaho? Because they gut and debone their own in the kitchen—apparently sous chef Amanda Williams is the fastest, at 45 seconds, for a whole trout. Anyway, it’s good. You should eat it.

3. Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave., 222-0906, It’s turning into meat pie season. And the best one is here: the El Baboor lamb kebab, a comforting cassolette turned into a pot pie with sesame-flecked pita and juicy pieces of smoky, gamey lamb in a thick, fireroasted tomato sauce.

4. P.R.E.A.M.

The Thali Supper Club pop-up offers some of the Portland area’s best Indian food, but only once a month and at a $60-plus price tag that leaves a lot of diners out in the cold. Well, set your damn phone alarm. Until it runs out, Thali’s Leena Ezekiel will be serving murgh makhani (butter chicken) and goat biryani out of a food cart parked in front of Lardo. Lardo Hawthorne, 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-7786. 5 pm.


cleanse. Still, holy crap. Lots of pickles. Sauerkraut, pickled radish, fermented soy (i.e., miso) and fermented dairy (i.e., cheese). Really, pickled everything including people (Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider and mead are the drinks of choice). Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave., 6 pm. $10-$20.

2131 SE 11th Ave., 231-2809, This spot’s new, but it’s already in the top five list for Portland pizza on any list that matter. The classically soft Neapolitan crust is made with double zero flour, proofed for 72 hours and baked at about 900 degrees in an Acunto Gianni oven. And it’s very good.

5. Burrasca

2032 SE Clinton St., 236-7791, Serving up a tagliatelle pasta with traditional meat ragu is like standing naked, with all your flaws and virtues apparent to anyone who takes note. Well…Burrasca looks good naked.

Squash Buckler (FORT GEORGE)

Until this year, pumpkin spice lattes didn’t have any pumpkin in them. Neither do a lot of pumpkin beers. Turns out, our brains have tied the squash so tightly to its typical spices that the flavor we think of as pumpkin is actually a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove. When we taste pumpkin without those spices, it hardly registers as pumpkin at all. In beer, unspiced gourds typically just ferment into slightly fruity sugar. Which makes the Fort George Squash Buckler popping up all over town such an accomplishment. The Astoria brewery bought whole organic pumpkins from a local farm, roasted them to caramelization over wood and tossed them in the brew kettle. Then they added…nothing. And yet, this gorgeous fire opal orange beer has a notable gourdy essence. It smells a little sweet, but has a fleshy pumpkin flavor that reminds me of the goop you scrape out, after it gets stuck to the seeds and baked. Yes, I’d rather have Southern Tier’s Pumking. But they use spices in that—it’s like cheating. For a pumpkin purist, Squash Buckler is the way to go. MARTIN CIZMAR.



New World

CRACK ALACKIN: Snow crab at Taylor Railworks.

iron steak ($27) was overpowered by the sweetness of pears, even with an excellent celery mostarda as counterpoint, my dining companion had fallen into a sort of giddy rapture with it. Some experiments were less successful, sure. “The Boxer” chili-cilantro yellowtail plate is a sashimi-style tribute to Micah Camden’s shuttered Boxer Sushi off Hawthorne Boulevard—where Van Kley ate every Monday, on his day off—made with BY M AT T H E W KO R F H AGE chef Ian Skomski’s old ponzu recipe. But it doesn’t pop, dulled in part by the addition of a blood-orange Erik Van Kley is done with French food. After oil that comes on as warmly cloying. But among all those little discoveries, there a decade in the kitchens of Gabe Rucker’s Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro, the chef ’s new was one very big one: Jesus Christ, that SingaporeCentral Eastside restaurant, Taylor Railworks, styled chili crab, which may feature king crab ($39) which opened in September, barely even stocks or snow crab ($30) depending on the season. That solid pound of half-cracked, shell-on crab serves cheese except to put on salad. Located in a majestically high-ceilinged, as ground for a bowl that’s a revelation in flavorful iron-and-concrete building erected in 1908 for intensity—sweet and salty and spicy and singing our nation’s finest makers of chilled plows, Tay- with garlic. Mae Ploy brand sweet chili sauce mixes lor Railworks is a drinks-hapwith the deeper acid of tomato, py, open-kitchen restaurant Order this: Chili crab ($30), fried enriched with the low savoriness of bok choy that has been originally conceived as an chicken ($21), Pinewood Baron cocktail ($21). caramelized to free it from bitode to roadside Americana. terness. You won’t even notice The first dish Van Kley devel- I’ll pass: “The Boxer” yellowtail. you’ve goobered up your hands oped for Railworks was fried chicken ($21). But while it’s buttermilk-battered until you’re reminded by the presence of wet naps. Southern-style, Van Kley doesn’t play it straight. The agile drink menu was designed by Van The chicken is herbed and spiced with a curry-and- Kley’s partner, Gabriela Ramos—with a consult mint combination that’s a lot closer to Mumbai than from Little Bird drink manager Tom Lindstedt—to Memphis, with the soft fat of avocado topping the match the intensities of the food. Drinks are bitter crispy fat of the batter. and sour and almost never oversweet, with personal On paper, the dish seems a mess. The flavors are touches like a near-fanatic devotion to vermouth all intense and geographically far-flung, the balance and digestifs ($7-$10). Alongside a beautifully comunlikely or even awkward. But it comes together posed bourbon-brandy Paper Kite ($10) cocktail, into an unlikely comfort that quickly becomes the highlight by far is a Pinewood Baron ($10) that’s addictive. There’s almost an aha moment, as if essentially an elegantly smoked Negroni without you’ve solved a puzzle in your mouth. the tableside pomp, made by adding barrel-aged, This seems to set the tone for the restaurant: smoky lapsang souchong tea. Apparently any ingredient from Van Kley’s deep The desserts, after all those experiments, are pantry of dried shrimp, purple shiso or unpro- almost touchingly simple in their straightforward nounceable chili pastes is up for grabs. Consider it sweetness: a very grapy grape sorbet ($7) served big-tent Americana, a goofball jumble of heritage with peanut butter cookies, or a near-candied from all over the world, served up in an industrial- banana waffle with bourbon-aged maple syrup ($9). building restaurant outfitted with cozy spaces that Those desserts are maybe the first moment allow it to seem intimate. the diner is confronted with the simple nostalgic The menu is full of little discoveries, from an American feeling that was Van Kley’s jumping-off excellent bone marrow ($13) grilled at an impos- point for the restaurant. But I prefer the broader sibly hot 700 degrees and topped with the fixings vision evident in the savory plates. If you can’t make for a DIY open-face banh mi, to apple-sweetened something beautiful out of a batshit array of flavors $3 oysters served on a bed of seaweed, to grape- from all over the world, then what’s the point of fruit cutting the fishy savor of XO sauce on salmon America? grilled so its skin formed a satisfying crispy bookend to tender meat. If I thought a fish-sauced flat EAT: Taylor Railworks, 117 SE Taylor St., 208-


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

William Fitzsimmons, Jake Phillips

[MELLOW FOLK] Modern folkie William Fitzsimmons has probably seen it all, or at least heard it, given he spent some time as a mental health therapist before turning to music. A decade later, he’s become the Steel City’s answer to Sufjan Stevens, known best for his delicate melodies and voice that’s as soothing as a lullaby. His music continues to showcase that warmth moving forward, particularly the recently released Pittsburgh. You can hear it hovering over the gentle strumming of the title track and against the pulsing drum machine of “Better,” which acts as a clinical study on death and a reflection on his hometown. Tributes to the ’Burgh rarely sound as nice. BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 9 pm. $22. 21+.

Subhumans, RVIVR, Arctic Flowers

[PUNK 101] Unlike fellow anarchopunk agitator Crass, which channeled revolutionary zeal into increasingly abstruse compositions, Subhumans never lost faith in the power of a two-minute tirade. Which isn’t to say the UK legend (and backpatch mainstay) didn’t evolve. 1985’s Worlds Apart, which staked a

claim in the fertile territory between punk sloganeering and post-punk brooding, is not the first Subhumans album everyone buys (that would be The Day the Country Died), but given the fact that countless contemporary “dark punk” bands favor a similar formula, it’s the one that sounds most alive in 2015. This just might be a nostalgia trip worth taking. CHRIS STAMM. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. 8 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.

Potty Mouth, Sabonis

[WHIP-SMART ROCK] People who say indie rock is dead sure haven’t been to western Massachusetts lately. Along with similarly minded buds like Speedy Ortiz, California X, Lux Deluxe and Krill, Potty Mouth has helped transform sleepy East Coast college towns into the home of some of the most exciting rock music made in 2015. There’s not a lot of the corporate machine at work here.

SWEDISH FISH: Gustav Ejstes (second from right) and Dungen.

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THE MOST EMO THINGS I’VE EVER DONE BY BARBARA SZABO In community college, I took a speech class and gave my first presentation on what emo music and culture means. I brought in a life-sized cardboard cutout of an emo guy that I may or may not have stolen from Hot Topic. I played Bright Eyes’ “Bowl of Oranges” on repeat in the background.

2 I made an identical backpack to the one my crush had in high school. I found the same patches and pins on eBay and made a literal replica to try and get his attention. He just got super-weirded out. Thinking back, it was the creepiest thing I’ve ever done. 3 I ditched high school to travel up the West Coast and see three Taking Back Sunday shows in a row. I showed up to each one eight hours early to be the first one in line and get a chance to meet [singer] Adam [Lazzarra]. 4 When I lived in San Francisco, it was foggy and rained a bunch. I would sometimes go to the Panhandle park and sit in the rain listening to Brand New on my headphones and writing dark poetry. 5 I took a guitar class once and played Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” in front of the entire class as my final project. About a third of the way through, my fingers froze and I stopped playing. I then proceeded to start sobbing. All of the feels. Barbara Szabo is co-founder of Taking Back Tuesday, a monthly L.A.based emo party. SEE IT: Taking Back Tuesday is at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., on Tuesday, Oct. 27. 9 pm. $5. 21+. DJs to be announced.





Gustav Ejstes is finally learning to play well with others. It only took 16 years of being in a band for it to happen. With Dungen, the psych-rock outfit he’s helmed since the late ’90s, the 35-year-old Swede has long maintained complete control—writing songs in solitude, producing the records himself, bringing in other musicians only for recording and touring. But making a Dungen album isn’t like switching on a 4-track, futzing around for a few hours and uploading to Soundcloud the same night. It’s a meticulous process, driven by Ejstes’ compulsion to make the sounds in his head come out of the speakers precisely as he hears them. After a while, going it alone began to wear on him. “I’ve always felt damaged after,” Ejstes says by phone from his tour bus somewhere in Indiana. “When I finish, I’ve been sitting and mixing for, like, half a year, and I never want to hear the music again.” For Allas Sak, the group’s seventh album and first in five years, Ejstes loosened his grip in the studio, turning over the knobs to another producer and opening up more space for collaboration with his bandmates. And the result is, well, another Dungen record—that is to say, masterfully constructed, richly textured and utterly beguiling. Drawing on bucolic folk and jazz as much as fuzz-tone psychedelia, the music is so lush and three-dimensional it feels like you can live inside it; the fact that the lyrics are Swedish is hardly a barrier. It’s a sound Ejstes has built on with each successive release. With Allas Sak, it has grown expansive enough to allow others to color in the details. That spirit of inclusivity is reflected in the title: Loosely translated, it means “everyone’s thing.” It was a different story 10 years ago. Back then, Dungen was almost entirely Ejstes’ thing. An avowed hip-hop head growing up in rural Sweden, the project sprang from his fascination with the crackling samples that served as source material for producers like Madlib and Pete Rock. He played

practically everything on the first three Dungen albums, including 2004 breakthrough Ta Det Lugnt. Critics marveled at the craftsmanship, with Pitchfork going so far as to place the album on the same plane of immersiveness as Pet Sounds. But even then, Dungen was never exactly a solo endeavor: Guitarist Reine Fiske’s liquid, expressive playing, in particular, is as important to its sound as Ejstes’ arrangements and melodies. After Ta Det Lugnt brought Dungen to a wider international audience, increased touring has gradually turned the group, which also includes bassist Mattias Gustavsson and drummer Johan Holmegard, into an actual band. But Allas Sak is the first Dungen album that could be considered a legitimate four-man effort—five, if you include producer Mattias Glava. “He started the project,” Ejstes says of Glava. “It’s a lot because of him that we’re here now.” Recording live at Glava’s studio, the band molded Ejstes’ songs as a unit. As with earlier albums, Allas Sak is of a distinctly ’60s vintage sonically, but the music is less a replica of the past than a dreamy recollection of it. Dressed with woodwinds, brass and strings, it is Dungen’s most pastoral record yet, evoking the feeling of stumbling upon a mystical Scandinavian glen, or a collection of Hans Christian Andersen fables come to life. Of course, the songs— once again sung in his native tongue—are much more personal for Ejstes, who has described them as being about “my everyday experiences, my thoughts and stories from the life I live.” But one thing he’s learned as he’s written increasingly for non-Swedish audiences, is that the listener’s interpretation matters as much as his own intent. In other words, once the song is out of his head, it’s everyone’s thing, and anyone can claim ownership. “The title of the album relates to the fact that, as soon as the song is done or recorded, it’s no longer my song,” Ejstes says. “As soon as I get to the studio and play it together with the band, all of a sudden it’s their song as well. And when we’ve recorded it and put it out and you listen to it, then it’s yours as well.” SEE IT: Dungen plays Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 21. 9:30 pm. Sold out. 21+. Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015



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HAS NOT MET WITH KIM DAVIS: Ghost plays Wonder Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Instead, the scene is propelled by all-ages shows and a DIY aesthetic that places songs before style. the band’s recent Potty Mouth EP is its finest work yet, filled with songs like the lightly choogling “cherry Picking” and crunchy “Long Haul” that split the middle between Veruca Salt and Pixies. MIcHAEL MAnnHEIMER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Ghost, Black to the Future, Purson

[StYLE oVER SUBStAncE] Ghost is the type of band your friend who doesn’t really listen to metal gets really excited about. “the singer dresses up like an evil pope! they have songs about Satan!” they will exclaim about this enigmatic occult-rock sextet. Ghost is pretty good at playing a style of hard rock that—perhaps undeservedly—fell out of favor a long time ago, but it does it with a level of tongue-in-cheek pomp some find grating. Ghost puts on a hell of a live show, but you may find yourself remembering the spectacle more than the songs. WALKER MAcMURDo. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $23. All ages.

Django Django, Wild Belle

[ARt RocK] London quartet Django Django isn’t the most prolific band on the planet, but the wait tends to be worthwhile. Sophomore release Born Under Saturn, a lovely mash-up of Beach Boy vocal harmonies, Hot chip’s playfulness and a healthy dose of neo-psychedelia, took roughly three years to create. Producer and drummer David Maclean leads his lads, offering syncopated rhythms that greatly inform the surrounding guitar and keys. there is a heavy electronic influence as well, and to Django Django’s credit, it amplifies the band’s sound as opposed to mechanizing it. MARK StocK. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

THURSDAY, OCT. 22 Dave Rawlings Machine

[nU-GRASS] Guitarist, songwriter and producer Dave Rawlings has worked with acts like Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes and old crow Medicine Show over the course of his nearly two-decade career. But when he released his first album as the Dave Rawlings Machine, A Friend of a Friend, with songwriting partner Gillian Welch in 2009, the entire Americana scene took notice. Returning with last month’s Nashville Obsolete, Rawlings and Welch worked with contemporaries like the Punch Brothers’ Paul Kowert and former old crow Medicine Show vocalist Willie Watson to modernize bluegrass in all of its flat-picking, harmonyladen glory. HILARY SAUnDERS. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $32. All ages.

Slipknot, Suicidal Tendencies, Beartooth

[PEoPLE = SHIt] Although the Des Moines nine-piece has since moved toward a more radio-friendly hardrock sound, Slipknot’s death metaland drum-’n’-bass-influenced self-titled and Iowa albums are seen as something like the Revolver and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band of nu metal and generally considered to represent the creative zenith of the oft-maligned subgenre. Supported by long-running crossover legends Suicidal tendencies, this is sure to be one of the least appreciated—and heaviest—major tours of the year. WALKER MAcMURDo. Memorial Coliseum, 1401 N Wheeler Ave. 7 pm. $35-$45. All ages.

The Zombies

[BRItISH InVASIon VEtS] colin Blunstone’s supple, smoky tenor still hits the dizzying melodic heights of the Zombies’ great ‘60s hits, as he’s proven on the band’s few Portland visits since he and keyboard whiz Rod Argent reconvened in the mid-’00s. And hearing live songs from belatedly lauded masterwork Odessey and Oracle— released in obscurity following the band split, it’s now regarded as a psych classic—has been a nearreligious experience for some. on this tour, for the first time, the band’s other two surviving founders, bassist chris White, who wrote more than half of Oracle, and drummer Hugh Grundy return to help perform the album in its entirety. the band will also showcase tunes from its brand-new release, Still Got That Hunger. JEFF RoSEnBERG. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. 8 pm. $42.50 advance, $45 day of show.

FIDLAR, Dune Rats

[PUnK] the boys of FIDLAR don’t take themselves too seriously. their band name is an acronym for “Fuck It, Dog, Life’s a Risk,” and though the group’s latest release is more concerned with the process of cleaning up than getting coked up, frontman Zac carper can still sing about substance abuse and repeated burnouts like nobody’s business. the band’s blend of precision remains intact throughout the album Too, helping paint portraits of L.A. junkiedom against a backdrop of snarling guitars and harmonies marketed to go along with a fresh pair of Vans. the intensity is still there as well—see “Bad Medicine,” for example—it’s just buried beneath more pop sensibility than ever before. BRAnDon WIDDER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8 pm. $15 advance. $17 day of show. All ages.

FRIDAY, OCT. 23 Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

[PRIMAL PUnK] Baltimore is a weird town. So it makes since that,

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as Baltimore natives, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat makes weird music. In one moment, its songs are rhythmic and almost jazzy; in the next, it’s lacerating and primal, and any sort of serenity is completely obliterated. In that way, 2014’s minimalistic Party Jail is either exploding or constantly on the verge of exploding. You can never tell when Schrader’s smooth baritone is going to be interrupted by his own violent screech. You just know it’s going to happen, and it’s going to be awesome. SHAnnon GoRMLEY. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9:30 pm. $8. 21+.

Drake & Cake featuring DJs Ronin Roc, Gang$ign$, Nine Inch Nilina [WHAt A tIME to BE BoRn] canada’s greatest cultural export since Rick Moranis turns 29 today, and while Drake himself is probably spending the day in an aromatherapy bath, you can pay homage to rap’s most touchy-feely superstar by the hitting floor for all-Aubrey sets from three of Holocene’s staple DJs. then, of course, go home and have a good cry. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 10 pm. $10. 21+.

Florence and the Machine

Fleetmac Wood presents Winged Love Disco

[SPEctAcLE SoUL] Florence Welch is the kind of festival centerpiece you’ve come to expect— big, bold and full of radio-friendly hooks caked with melodrama. that’s not to knock the young British sensation, considering the soulful polish of her latest album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. It’s cinematic in scope without losing any intimacy, allowing Welch to funnel her lovesick tendencies and references to Greek mythology into a package teeming with clashing guitars and Adele-like war cries, and her live performances are just as operatic. BRAnDon WIDDER. Memorial Coliseum, 1401 N Wheeler Ave. 8 pm. $30.50-$66. All ages.

[tHE DAncE] Want to hear Fleetwood Mac songs remixed into bumping house tracks? Want to hear them all night long? Well, in that case, there is only one place for you to be tonight, and it’s here. All-white outfits are encouraged. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St, 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

Gehenna, Theories, Landmine Marathon, Worthless Eaters

[nEGAtIVE HARDcoRE] Gehenna shares a name with a norwegian black-metal outfit, but this hardcore bruiser from california doesn’t need corpse paint to evoke sinister vibes. In fact, the band’s violent reputation, birthed by pre-Google apocrypha and nourished by latterday message board chatter, often overshadows conversations about content. It’s a shame. Since forming in 1993, Gehenna has panned the blackest streams of punk and metal for mean sounds that mix well, and its catholic approach to extreme music has become the default M.o. for 21st-century hardcore bands (see: pretty much everything on Southern Lord Records). So go for the notorious show, stay for the vital music. cHRIS StAMM. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. 9 pm. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 21+.

[SInGER-SonGWRItER] tonight’s appearance by long-beloved singersongwriter Joan Armatrading marks both a first and a last. It’s her first outing in which she’s taking the stage all by her lonesome—singing and playing guitar and piano unaccompanied—and it’s among the final dates of what she’s calling her Last Major tour. She says she’ll continue to perform live, just in shorter bursts of activity, but still, if you’ve been waiting to see her, now’s the time. Armatrading was only about a decade into her career when she proudly titled her 1983 retrospective Track Record, and her track record since has been more solid than most artists’ of her era, even if not every individual track or record has measured up to her best. Her best is a high bar indeed. JEFF RoSEnBERG. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. 8 pm. $47.50 advance, $50 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

SATURDAY, OCT. 24 Queensrÿche

[concEPt RocK] Queensrÿche is one of those bands that separates the hard-rock dilettante from the real-deal heavy-metal maniac. Sure, you can wear your sleeveless Slayer shirt down to the Freak night at the Weird Bar, but the true psychopaths are at home, alone, with hair frizzed to mammoth proportions, practicing fingertapping on the guitar and gazing in lusty awe at the Operation: Mindcrime poster on their bedroom wall. that album, from 1988, stands today as one of the most absurd concept albums ever released, which is in itself a fucking insane thing to catalog. It’s a fantastic, moronic album. Since then, the band has booted out original singer Geoff tate and welcomed a new fellow on board, and is touring in support of recently released Condition Human. BRAcE BELDEn. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St. 8 pm. $60-$100. 21+.

[InVEntIVE FoLK] once again, Woodsist has partnered with a promising musician whose creative energy spills from every song. this time, the act is Little Wings, aka Kyle Field, whose fast-talking, asymmetrical brand of Americana is both captivating and counter to genre norms. Field has been pushing his music for years, originally with K Records while playing from california, where he also collaborated with the likes of Grandaddy, Devendra Banhart and others. His newest release, Explains, his first for Woodsist, might be

The Tenses, The Mizuuchi/Wada/ Henguchi Trio, Ray Talley Dancers

[MERRY PRAnK PUnK] Any band taking the stage with the tenses wittingly partakes in the enduring genre movement of “free music,” coined by founding members oblivia and Juk-Su Reet to describe its sonic explorations from their days as members of the experimental collective Smegma. As the tenses, the Portland-via-L.A. duo weave a musique concrete fabric of samples and feedback, with jazzy fills and slide guitar twang, into a style entirely their own. tonight’s show features the Mizuuchi/Wada/ Henguchi trio from Japan, whose whirlwind combination of live poetry, improvisational noise and free jazz commands a wide audience, while the Ray talley Dancers invite kinetic movement with their sound collages. WYAtt ScHAFFnER. Turn Turn Turn, 8 NE Killingsworth St. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

YACHT, Larry Gus

[ScIEntIFIc DISco] From glitchy laptop experimentalists to dancepop eccentrics to a band important enough to announce its new album via a billboard in L.A., it’s been a long, strange trip for YAcHt. Formerly one of the leading lights of the Portland music scene, Jona Bechtolt and claire L. Evans moved to Los Angeles a couple years ago, but the music hasn’t gotten any less weird, or conceptual. “I thought the Future Would Be cooler,” the lead single off its upcoming album of the same name, is an electro-disco banger—something like Blondie’s “Rapture” updated for the internet age—undercut by feelings of tech-

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his finest to date. It’s a subtle and supremely poetic piece of work that is paranormal and lasting. MARK StocK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Grimes, Nicole Dollanganger [POWER PLAY] Grimes knows how to work a crowd. She’ll tirelessly rotate bopping around at the front of the stage with her dancers and noodling behind her mic stand. She’ll prematurely end festival sets just because she knows audiences will run back screaming when she returns and starts playing “Genesis.” She can hold things over our heads because she knows we’ll jump for it, which seems to be exactly what she’s doing with her new album. She started referring to the follow-up to 2012’s Visions as a “surprise” album months before it came out, and later even narrowed down the window of surprise to this month. Telling us that it’s going to happen doesn’t seem like much of a surprise, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve all waited with mouths watering. On Visions, and in the three years that have followed its release, Grimes proved that pop is never weirder than when she does it, and electronic experimentation is never more accessible. So she knows she holds the power to call us back screaming to her stage. SHANNON GORMLEY. SEE IT: Grimes plays the Wonder Ballroom, 128 nE Russell St., 284-8686, with nicole Dollanganger, on tuesday, oct. 27. 7:30 pm. Sold out. All ages. Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015




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nological malaise. It’s an ironic juxtaposition which seems precisely like something only they would come up with. MAttHEW SInGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. All ages.

SUNDAY, OCT. 25 The King Khan & BBQ Show

[GARAGE RocK] A molly-crazed King Khan and a curmudgeonly BBQ found their relationship sundered in a mysterious “Australian incident” several years ago, but have apparently mended their frayed egos and are hitting the road again. Doesn’t matter if you’re a denim-clad garage turkey, a college student, a Burger Records baby, or even an actual adult, King Khan and BBQ are a duo you probably don’t hate. the mid-2000s’ finest garage band returns, but don’t call it a comeback…or do, I don’t give a shit. BRAcE BELDEn. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $14. 21+.

Givers, Caddywhompus

[InDIE PoP] If Vampire Weekend wrote the soundtrack to The Lion King, it might sound something like Givers. the five-piece out of Lafayette, La., formed in 2008, favoring an improvisational style that arose from a few of the members’ past in zydeco bands, as well as an affinity for jazz and cajun beats. Everything about Givers feels big and vibrant, with breezy, islandinspired guitar riffs, colorful drum lines, dual male-female vocals and bits of trumpet and xylophone. Sophomore album New Kingdom is set for release in november, and if lead single “Bermuda” is any indication, the group has managed to maintain its infectious harmonies and bounding instrumentation— only this time with more focus on flickering electronics and shimmering synth. KAItIE toDD. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $14 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY, OCT. 26 Stitches, Madchild, Demrick, Pimpton, Super Smash Bros.

[HE LoVES SELLIn’ BLoW] Stitches answers the question that has been on the mind of the rap-listening public for years: What would Gunplay sound like if it were cuban? Stitches’ 2014 video for “Brick in Yo Face” went viral, primarily because of its low-budget cocaine worship and the rapper’s distinctive, Jokeresque face tattoos, but Stitches’ flatfooted approach to scream-rapping is not likely to draw a particularly sophisticated crowd. Staying home and playing Waka Flocka Flame’s Flockavelli with a 30 rack and some friends for backup would probably be a better use of your time. WALKER MAcMURDo. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 7 pm. $17. 21+.

Small Black, Painted Palms

[SoFt DISco] Brooklyn’s Small Black just released its third record, Best Blues, a synth-ridden daydream lying somewhere between Snow Patrol and the cure. With fanning guitar effects, rippling keys and gusty vocals, the new material is stacked while still remaining in orbit. Small Black’s floating sound tends to be set to snappy four-onthe-floor percussion, affording it a modern disco feel. Experimental pop act Painted Palms, a group that draws from the likes of Animal collective and Dan Deacon, opens. MARK StocK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

Joyce Manor, Girlpool, Dogbreth

[REAL FEELInGS] Since releasing its flawless self-titled LP in 2011, Joyce Manor has done a phenomenal job of picking up the Get Up Kids’ everlengthening slack. the torrance, calif., quartet should not be faulted


Pure Bathing Culture PRAY FOR RAIN (PARTISAN) [EFFERVESCENT POP] Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman perfected a lush, majestic sound as Pure Bathing Culture with 2013’s Moon Tides. The record was an underwater masterpiece, full of bubbling guitar effects and synth lines as strong and enticing as the trade winds. Per a new production approach applied to sophomore release Pray for Rain, the duo has traveled into shallower waters. Producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans, Angel Olsen) pushed the band away from effects pedals in the direction of pure analog. In the absence of a lot of the plugged-in accoutrements, Pure Bathing Culture sacrifices some of its grandeur. There is still richness in the familiar instrumentation, but the melodies, once piled high, have generally been swapped for session-style riffing. This, of course, isn’t necessarily a downfall. Opening track “The Tower” is jazzy R&B as smooth and syrupy as a George Benson hit. Even better is “Stronger,” a bona fide slow jam that fills the room with resonant guitar lines and Versprille’s calm, lingering vocals. Elsewhere, though, the sound is more linear and austere. Pure Bathing Culture has valiantly exposed itself with its newest effort, but it’s hard not to pine for the opulence of old. It’s an intriguing mix, but it only captivates in small stretches. MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Pure Bathing culture plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 n Mississippi Ave., with Heather Woods Broderick, on tuesday, oct. 27. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Cat Hoch CAT HOCH (SELF-RELEASED) [FUZZY DREAM POP] Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Riley Geare might be the most famous name on Cat Hoch’s debut solo EP, but lest one forget, the project is still under her own appellation. Hoch (pronounced “hawk”) is a local vocalist and multi-instrument a l i st w h o g ot h e r start playing drums in Tender Age. She’s since performed alongside an impressive roster of other Portland acts—including Jackson Boone, Eternal Tapestry (whose Nick Bindeman lends his guitar work to this EP), Daydream Machine and more—throughout her still nascent musical career. With her first set of solo songs, Hoch establishes herself as a force of mutable sounds and spacey styles. As the EP progresses, Hoch’s vocals seem to get farther and farther away. In opener “Look What You Found,” the fuzzed-out guitar line gets pretty aggro when anticipating Hoch’s oncoming wails. But by the time third track “Losin’ It” rolls around, the synths and guitars start to sound sparkly and distant, and all that angst seems to meander weightlessly into the past. With Hoch’s wispy vocals coaxing these extraterrestrial sounds out of our stratosphere, it’s as if Beach House’s Victoria Legrand were warbling over late era Flaming Lips noodling. It’s certainly an intriguing mix, but it only captivates in small stretches. HILARY SAUNDERS. SEE IT: cat Hoch plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 n Mississippi Ave., with Valet and Sinless, on Sunday, oct. 25. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

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HONEY BUCKETS: Potty Mouth plays Mississippi Studios on Wednesday, Oct. 21. for finding a defined form and perfecting it, but opener Girlpool does Joyce Manor one better and creates a weird and rending sound of its own. With a guitar and a bass and two sparkling voices, Girlpool fashions tiny universes bursting with the bright wonder and longing. While the duo shares a spirit world with such one-ofa-kind magicians as the Breeders and the Raincoats, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are on a plane of their very own. CHRIS STAMM. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St, 8:30 pm. $15. All ages.

TUESDAY, OCT. 27 Albert Hammond Jr., Walking Shapes

[COMEBACK MACHINE] The problem with the last three Strokes albums can be boiled down to this: too much Julian Casablancas, not enough Albert Hammond Jr. Of course, it’s not quite that reductive, but the onetime rock-’n’-roll “saviors” have struggled to change their sound without coming off as corny and bloated. Hammond, meanwhile, just continues to improve as a songwriter, and on his third proper solo album, Momentary Masters, he skillfully incorporates the New Wave touches and skittering dance-punk rhythms that his main band has awkwardly dabbled in for far too long. Songs like the carefree, charismatic “Losing Touch” and punchy “Side Boob” tower over anything on the Strokes’ Comedown Machine and will instantly transport listeners to the dirty, grungy Lower East Side we all miss so much. Sometimes, getting in touch with your roots can be a good thing. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Red Chamber Ensemble Concert

[CHINESE CLASSICAL] Just last week, some of China’s most eminent musicians, the Shanghai Quartet and Wu Man, played music from their homeland at Reed College. Now, Lewis & Clark College hosts the next generation of Chinese contemporary classical players. Like other musicians of their time, this quartet of Chinese and Canadian players embraces a panoply of global influences, from bluegrass to Balkan, gypsy to jazz, along with traditional Chinese tunes and instruments, including the zheng zither, ruan lute and more. Its repertoire spans a similarly wide gamut, from ancient Tang dynasty court music to contemporary Chinese and Canadian sounds. BRETT CAMPBELL. Evans Auditorium at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 21. $5-$15. All ages.

DeFrancesco. A passionate and virtuosic player of the jazz organ, his soulful stylings have been showcased on more than 30 of his own releases in the past 44 years. In fact, there is virtually nobody in the genre who wouldn’t place the big, bearded man on one jazz shortlist or another—be that a list of the best organists or soloists, or just downright most entertaining personalities. A down-home player who packs his dirty Hammond B3 tone into otherwise classy jazz establishments, DeFrancesco and his guitar-and-drums trio are one of the most fun—and grooviest—small groups around today. PARKER HALL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 22. $20 advance, $25 day of show.

The Pedrito Martinez Group

[LAYERED CUBAN RHYTHMS] Cuban hand percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his band have a rhythmic language unlike any modern touring act, and it all has to do with time—the kind spent playing together. In the quartet’s formative years, the musicians played three sets a night, three nights a week, in their adopted hometown of Manhattan. Worldclass players who have gigged with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Paul Simon, Martinez and his group used smaller shows to develop their Afro-Cuban grooves into a unique sort of musical onion. These four—two drummers, a bassist and a pianist—can take you to rhythmic heaven, one groovy layer at a time. PARKER HALL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. 7 pm Friday, Oct. 23. $20 advance, $25 day of show. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.

Oregon Symphony, Yolanda Kondonassis

[CLASSICAL] Pity the classical music soloists who don’t play violin or piano or maybe cello. If they want to perform a concerto with an orchestra, they probably got only a handful of overplayed pieces to choose from, since most hidebound American orchestras are too conservative to program or commission anything new. Fortunately for harp virtuosa Yolanda Kondonassis, one of the only harp concertos also happens to be among the best concertos of any kind. Alberto Ginastera’s dramatic 1965 Harp Concerto happily avoids the gooey glissandos and saccharine “angelic” gestures that oversweeten too many harp compositions. And with this year being the centennial of the Argentine composer’s birth, Kondonassis is touring and recording this masterpiece that spotlights the instrument of which she’s the acknowledged world master and advocate. BRETT CAMPBELL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday and 8 pm Monday, Oct. 24-26. $23. All ages.

The Joey DeFrancesco Trio

[ORGAN MASTER] “Prolific” is the perfect word to describe thirdgeneration jazz musician Joey

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Introducing Devin Millar, a self-taught, multi-talented, 15-year-old whiz kid from Yacolt, Washington. Millar began studying piano at age 5. By age 6 he was already toying around with digital audio and video editing software. As an adolescent inspired by Daft Punk, Lady Gaga and musicians in his own family, it was only a matter of time before Millar’s influences and creative passions coalesced into his own self-composed, self-produced EDM tracks. His debut album, I’m A Celebrity, has just been released on Voodoo Doughnut Recordings.






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Jake Shimabukuro’s new album, ‘Travels’, has just been released.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played. Known for his energetic strumming, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style. In the years since, Jake has collaborated with a range of premier artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley & Jack Johnson. He has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.”

MUSIC CALENDAR WED. OCT. 21 Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Dar Williams, Trevor Gordon Hall

Alberta Street Pub

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Mask & Marrow

Biddy McGraw’s

6000 NE Glisan St The Davenport Brothers

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Dave Rawlings Machine

1036 NE Alberta St Back to the Future: Gabe’s Birthday Bash

Doug Fir Lounge

Ash Street Saloon

Duffs Garage

225 SW Ash Stein

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Dungen


350 West Burnside McFLY ARRIVES!

830 E Burnside St. Sean Hayes

2530 NE 82nd Ave Tough Lovepyle; the Next Right Thing


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Hearts of Oak

Goodfoot Pub and Lounge

Doug Fir Lounge

2845 SE Stark St Dodgy Mountain Men/Big E and the Stomp

Duffs Garage

221 NW 10th Ave The Joey DeFrancesco Trio


Kennedy School Theater

830 E Burnside St William Fitzsimmons, Jake Phillips 2530 NE 82nd Ave Arthur Moore; Blues Jam 2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Henry Hill Kammerer

Evans Auditorium at Lewis and Clark College

0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd Red Chamber Ensemble Concert

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Subhumans, RVIVR, Arctic Flowers

Jimmy Mak’s

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Love Gigantic

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern

10000 N.W. Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Samuel Cauthorn

Memorial Coliseum

1401 N Wheeler Ave Slipknot, Suicidal Tendencies, Beartooth


Mississippi Studios

Justa Pasta

1300 SE Stark St #110 The Zombies

1001 SE Morrison St Peter Broderick, PWRHAUS, LEO 1336 NW 19th Ave Anson Wright Duo

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Another Neighbor Disappeared, Face Tat (SF), Second Sleep

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

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Potty Mouth, Sabonis

Panic Room


Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Ghost, Black to the Future, Purson

The Old Church

3939 N Mississippi Ave Lido

Revolution Hall

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave JARABE DE PALO with Fernando

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Portland Lindy Society Presents Thursday Swing! Featuring Pink Lady & The John Bennett Jazz Band, Stumptown Swing

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St FIDLAR, Dune Rats

FRI. OCT. 23 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Strange Days: A Tribute to The Doors at Aladdin Theater

1422 SW 11th Ave Golden Retriever Chamber Ensemble

Alberta Street Pub

The Secret Society

Analog Cafe and Theater

116 NE Russell St Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Those Willows at The Secret Society

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Django Django, Wild Belle

THURS. OCT. 22 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Delta Rae

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Tyler Ward

Alberta Street Pub 1036 NE Alberta St Astro Tan

1036 NE Alberta St Christopher Paul Stelling

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Jen Ambrose at the Analog

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash This Patch Of Sky, Rishloo, Wellwalker, & Coastlands

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Truly

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Q Band

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St The Neighbourhood

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St

Marian Hill

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2 N Killingsworth St John Prine Sing Along: A Benefit for the Ethos Rock Band Program

First Baptist Church

909 SW 11th Ave Night Beds Benefit Concert for Door To Grace

Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center

527 East Main St. Naomi Wachira in Concert

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Within Sight , Chronological Injustice , The Desolate , Within the Pyre , DarKenSide

In Other Words

14 Northeast Killingsworth Street Feminist Book and Music Festival

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave The Pedrito Martinez Group

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Towering Trees, Washboard Abs, Sioux Pine

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Gehenna, Theories, Landmine Marathon, Worthless Eaters

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Joan Armatrading

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Marina and the Diamonds

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Jon McLaughlin

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Resolectrics, The Lonesomes, Silver Lake 66 at The Secret Society

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Bombadil

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St Rachael Yamagata

SAT. OCT. 24 Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Dag B. and the ZigZags; Foxy Lemon

Analog Cafe & Theater 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Defeat The Low, We The Wild, Divides, & Trophy Lives

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Oregon Symphony, Yolanda Kondonassis

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Queensrÿche

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Classic Pianos

3003 SE Milwaukee Ave The Gershwins, Cole Porter & Me

Clyde’s Prime Rib

5474 NE Sandy Blvd In The Mix

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Rubblebucket

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Pin & the Hornits

BOW DOWN: I take it all back—any disparaging, unkind or even lightly mocking thing I ever said about Madonna. I retract even my sighs of annoyance before her show started Oct. 17 at the Moda Center, while a DJ spun boring dance music for an hour as the monitor over my head played visuals that looked like a ’90s screen saver. Consider this my formal apology for all of the above. I know now that Madonna isn’t irrelevant, boring or totally over. I humbly acknowledge that she is the Queen of the World. I wasn’t surprised that she put on a great show. What really shocked me was how personal she was, how real and oddly sweet. The show felt like a gift to her fans. It’s impossible to tell you everything. There was crazy gender stuff, sexy bed dancing, dancing with a flying sheet, dancing on a moving screen. There was indiscriminate, unapologetic cultural appropriation, sacrilegious imagery, a lot of six-pack flashing, a matador dance. There were outrageous costumes, beautiful costumes, costumes covered in diamonds. It had been 30 years since Madonna came to Portland. In 30 more years, she’ll be 87. I hope she comes back before then, but if not, I think I’m willing to travel somewhere else to see her again. I’d like to make my apologies in person, genuflect, ask for forgiveness. I am sorry I ever doubted Madonna. She is right. She is the queen. LIZZY ACKER. EastBurn

1800 East Burnside St MugSpoon


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Fernando

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Kottonmouth Kings , Marlon Asher , Chucky Chuck , C4 , Knothead , PDS , Guilt By Association

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Marianne Flemming, Painted Pretty, Val Blaha, Anchors of Ascension

Lincoln Hall at Portland State University 1620 SW Park Ave Portland Piano International: Lise de la Salle

Memorial Coliseum

1401 N Wheeler Ave Florence and The Machine

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Little Wings, Helvetia, Sam Coomes

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Black Circle Presents: Black Harvest

Rolling Hills Community Church

3550 SW Borland Road Lead Us Back Tour, Third Day

Rose City Park United Methodist Church 5830 NE Alameda St

Portland Symphonic Choir’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Mutemath, Quiet Entertainer

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Hip Stew, Ma Fondue; The Jenny Finn Orchestra

The White Eagle

836 N Russell St White Eagle 110th Birthday

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St The Tenses, The Mizuuchi/ Wada/Henguchi Trio, Ray Talley Dancers

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St YACHT, Larry Gus

SUN. OCT. 25 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Jake Shimabukuro

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Hot Club of Cowtown

Alberta Street Pub

Lita Ford, St. Thomas & the Sinners

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave River Whyless

Clyde’s Prime Rib

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Ron Steen Jazz Jam

Community Music Center

3350 SE Francis St Mousai Remix Season V:Quintets

Corkscrew Wine Bar 1665 SE Bybee Blvd Mark Shark


350 West Burnside The King Khan & BBQ Show

211 SE 11th Ave Full Moon Drum Circle

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St


222 SW Clay St. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Mississippi Studios

600 E Burnside St Robin Bacior + Old Wave

Tualatin Presbyterian Church 9230 Siletz Drive The Tualatin Valley Symphony presents Brahms and Beethoven

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St Ian Christiansen Quartet

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Kataklysm, Belphegor

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave Michael Rault, Boone Howard

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St Albert Hammond Jr., Walking Shapes

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Groovy Wallpaper with The Adequates

Duffs Garage

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


2845 SE Stark St Sonic Forum

Hawthorne Theatre

Keller Auditorium


Be Space

830 E Burnside St Small Black, Painted Palms

221 NW 10th Ave The Bob Sheppard Quartet

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Will West & The Friendly Strangers

Analog Cafe & Theater

225 SW Ash Salvo Idly

Doug Fir Lounge


830 E Burnside St Givers, Caddywhompus

3939 N Mississippi Ave Valet, Cat Hoch, Sinless

Ash Street Saloon

350 West Burnside Stitches, Madchild, Demrick, Pimpton, Super Smash Bros.; Karaoke From Hell

1507 SE 39th The Ghost Inside, Steaksauce Mustache, Sustainer, When the Broken Burn

Doug Fir Lounge

1036 NE Alberta St Wilhelmina/The Wild Wood 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Knuckle Puck

MON. OCT. 26 Dante’s

Jimmy Mak’s

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Vinyl Williams

Star Theater


Townshend Tea

2223 NE Alberta St Mike Edel

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Joyce Manor, Girlpool, Dogbreth

2530 NE 82nd Ave Hi-Fi Mojo 2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Ben Larsen

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge 2845 SE Stark St RADULA

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th For Today; MC Lars (lounge)

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Rose City Round

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Pure Bathing Culture, Heather Woods Broderick

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave Seether

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Grimes

TUES. OCT. 27 Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Aux.78

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Where to drink this week. 1. La Moule

2500 SE Clinton St., 971-339-2822, The balanced gin-Aperol Sunday Morning ($9) is like a Negroni made with cherries, and there’s a fine $8 Old Fashioned made with Heaven Hill 6-year bourbon. St. Jack’s cross-river companion bar is a fine place to drink and eat mussels beneath a portrait of blackeyed Serge Gainsbourg, while Television plays in a bar without a television.

2. World Famous Cannabis Cafe

7958 SE Foster Road, 777-1667, The reboot of Madeline Martinez’s accidentally worldfamous pot cafe is more like a spartan, small-town 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.

LATE BLOOMER: Quality takes time. Or at least, Quality Bar (931 SW Oak St., took a lot of it. Sizzle Pie first announced it would open a bar next to its westside pizza spot back in the heady days of February 2012. LMFAO was at the top of the Billboard charts, Jefferson Smith was set to be Portland’s next mayor, and no one was quite sure what neighborhood the “West End” was. Well, they all know what the West End is now: It’s a neighborhood where it’s not even weird for a late-night pizza place to open a bar with $11 cocktails. Still, the bartender in the double-decker space recommended the admittedly tasty $8 Old Fashioned instead, which Quality Bar makes with peach bitters and peach-infused whiskey. When she tasted the drink with her straw, she actually said “Mmmmm!” before setting the drink down. So there are no worries that Sizzle’s gone all snooty-upscale on you, even as the tattooed and skull-capped guy sitting on one of the stools down the bar says, in an extraordinarily serious tone, that he’s “really into anise right now.” Aside from the addition of a huge light-up wall of liquor, a mezzanine seating area over the restrooms and a vast array of potted plants stored 12 feet above the bar, Quality Bar still sort of looks like a pizza place. It’s got the same rectangular blond-wood tables and gray walls of the actual pizza spot next door. The bonus is that, at Quality Bar, you can sit in leisurely fashion and order your vegan, veggie or meat-laden Sizzle Pie slice from a menu. And you will wait for it while sipping a $6 Hopworks IPA on nitro or a $10 whiskey cocktail—“Rock Over London, Rock On Chicago”— named after sainted, disturbed Chicago icon Wesley Willis. But note that one of those $7 cocktails is actually just a shot and a Narragansett tallboy, which the person next to you will order as if ’Gansett is a rare delicacy and not just the shit they drank in Jaws. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

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“I Only Have Eyes For You” shouldered it’s way into America’s consciousness thanks to this starry-eyed 2001 Tony Award winner. When our young Peggy Sawyer comes to New York City, she’s a fresh-faced and vapid transplant from the tiny Allentown, and her raison d’être is landing a good role in Pretty Lady on Broadway. Luckily for little Peggy, the lead gets maimed and she’s given the role. With a long lineage of remakes—Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, Bradford Ropes’ original novel, a rewrite by Michael Swear and finally the Best Musical revival choreographed by Randy Skinner—it really seems there’s no stopping Peggy. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-273-1530. 7:30 Tuesday-Friday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, 1 pm and 6:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 27-Nov. 1. $25-$80.

Carrie the Musical

Carrie White still gets her bath in this remake of the classic Halloween fodder that notoriously flopped on Broadway in 1988. The multi-million dollar flop lasted just five performances during its original Broadway run, but now it’s became such a legendary emblem of theatrical folly that a new generation felt obliged to raise the overlymaligned project from the grave. JAY HORTON. Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, 381-8686. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Through Nov. 8. $25-$40.

The Drunken City

In what reads like the set-up to the next Judd Apatow film, three 20-something bride-and-bridesmaids-to-be hit the town for one last night of bachelorette boozing and group squealing. Unsurprisingly, romantic drama ensues as the girls meet a couple of equally inebriated guys and engaged Marnie begins to question her choice to wed. PENELOPE BASS. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 971-244-3740. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Through Nov. 21. $10-$20.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical

As if the plight of Barbara Park’s precocious heroine wasn’t already enough—she needs glasses and the lunch lady is her only friend—Oregon Children’s Theatre adds song and dance.Newark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 2 and 5 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, 11 am shows on Sunday Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 22. Through Nov. 22. $18-$32.

The Realistic Joneses

Following the local company’s celebrated production of Will Eno’s Middletown last fall, Third Rail and director Rebecca Lingafelter bring another of the Obie Award-winner’s recent achievements to their Imago Theatre stage. The Realistic Joneses, Eno’s Broadway debut (Toni Collette and Marisa Tomei were among the original cast members), doesn’t promise much more of a premise than an elongated meet ‘n’ greet between new neighbors, but the interaction of strangers allows all the space necessary for the playwright’s deft rhythms and addled sensibilities to refract scenes of mundanity through an inimitable prism. Eno always heightens the poignant and absurd, to enjoyable effect. JAY HORTON. Third Rail Repertory Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 2351101. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Through Nov. 14. $42.50.


Manic and stunning, Equus fulfills our Fall Arts Guide prediction that theater

would get grim. Inspired by the true English case of 17-year-old Alan Strang (Phillip Berns) blinding six horses with a metal spike, Peter Shaffer’s notorious play imagines the boy’s therapy with children’s psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Todd Van Voris) and unpacks his crime in a series of nightmarish flashbacks. Post5 power couple and Ty and Cassandra Boice co-direct, and here their penchant for showmanship is at its best. They set a stark stage—just a black box and a swivel chair—and populate it with twisted personalities. The show’s only soundtrack is a haunting hum that sounds like a yogic refrigerator saying “om.” It crescendos and then disappears, leaving an eerie silence for dramatic affect. But Post5’s cast doesn’t need the help. Seven of the 10 actors are newcomers, which could’ve made tackling this hefty play a hot mess. But Van Voris’s (The Librarians, Grimm) Doctor Dysart is perfect. Conflicted but resolute, he shakes and spits with visceral passion during his monologues. Berns, the one original company member on stage, is painfully well-cast. Gaunt and pink-eyed, he glares silently and then explodes in manic episodes of ecstasy or rage that stay unpredictable for the entire, long show. And it is a long two plus hours to spend on a psychological roller coaster in this renovated Sellwood church. But for a true Halloween haunting, skip the new Guillermo del Toro flick or Fright Town—one look from Berns will fill your quota. ENID SPITZ. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-258-8584. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday. Through Nov. 14. $15-20.

ALSO PLAYING The Foreigner

Dirty secrets and evil plots surface at a rural fishing lodge in Georgia thanks to a newcomer named Charlie and his debilitating fear of social situations. Regular guest “Froggy” LaSeur introduces his shy friend to the lodge denizens as a foreigner who speaks no English. Suddenly, the Georgians are spilling their darkest thoughts in front of Charlie, and a madcap satire ensues. No show Oct. 31. HART Theatre, 185 SE Washington St., Hillsboro, 693-7815. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Through Nov. 8. $15.


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 (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.

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dancing in tongue: (From left) elijah Labay, ching ching Wong and andrea Parson.

Intro to International Dance NORTHWEST DANCE PROJECT’S OPENER MIGHT NEED DECODING Northwest Dance Project is trying to define itself. The contemporary company’s annual opener, always titled New Now Wow!, is its chance to make a statement and introduce itself to the Portland dance scene. But this season, don’t expect anything straightforward. Instead, the company starts with three emerging, foreign artists whose pieces are all based on an existential crisis of sorts. World premieres from Czech choreographer Jirí Pokorný and German choreographer Felix Landerer are on the program, alongside a favorite from the nine-member company’s 12-year repertoire—Mother Tongue by the Zurich-based choreographer Ihsan Rustem. Artistic director Sarah Slipper intentionally chose choreographers who have just begun turning heads in the dance world, hoping this program will give Portlanders a jump on understanding their styles. “You become one of the beholders of this choreographer,” Slipper says. “There’s a strength to that because as they rise among the world, we become one of the experts in their language.” These languages range from theatrical to fluid to sharp. Rustem is the theatrical one. The 32-year-old British artist, instated last year as NWDP’s firstever resident choreographer, created Mother Tongue as an exploration of how we find our cultural identity after he visited his ancestral home of Turkey and felt a sense of belonging. Built on round, flowing movements and elegant lifts that slowly unravel to take up the whole stage, everything about Mother Tongue feels big and dramatic. Curtains along the back of the stage lift and lower to introduce new dancers, who are silhouetted for a stark moment by golden light from behind the curtains. The second piece, from Germany’s Landerer, asks the same questions about self-identity—this time in the context of digital media. Landerer’s freeze-frame moments, stitched together by his signature floor work, are inspired by Facebook, the social pressure to brand yourself and the fast pace of modern living. “People are just hunting for the next best thing,” Landerer said. “It’s never about being happy with

what you have, or resting.” Like Rustem’s, Landerer’s piece is a direct translation of his own life. After starting ballet “quite late” at the age of 16, Landerer began choreographing at 26 and went on to work with Commedia Futura in Hannover, Norrdans in Sweden and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. “It’s something you notice in yourself, in the way you work as a choreographer,” he says. “You have to have a lot of output, a lot of creations…but sometimes you have to take the time to stop and stand still and get new inspiration.” In rehearsals, Landerer has a quartet of dancers—Kody Jauron, Lindsey McGill, Franco Nieto and Ching Ching Wong—crouching and pulsing together on the floor, lithely contracting in on themselves before stretching out their legs in sweeping movements. The result is a feeling of strain or restlessness, which will likely continue in Pokorný’s piece. Pokorny made his NWDP debut at last year’s New Now Wow!, and this year’s The Presence of Absence promises the same stark, fast-paced work that challenged the company’s dancers. “His speed is extraordinary,” Slipper says of the choreographer, who trained with Prague National Dance Conservatory and Kidd Pivot. His signature style is sharp and puppetlike, where dancers snap their joints into fierce angles and interrupt fluid motions with sudden, robotic ticks. “It’s not a beautiful, thick movement style,” said Slipper. “It’s not all about flow.” According to Pokorný, his piece is about diving into your own psyche. “I’m trying to find an outline that can lead us through the process of one person talking, in one space, alone,” he says. “That person is maybe having different conversations within himself or herself, or with an imaginary friend.” Pokorný’s premiere will feature the eight NWDP dancers all in their first performance together this season, but this is no cocky introduction. “I think I’m still really trying to find the voice,” Pokorný says. “It’s on its way. Maybe I will never even label it.” KAITIE TODD. see it: New Now Wow! is at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 22-24. $29-$49. Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015


PERFORMANCE To launch its 16th season of groundbreaking dramatic works, Defunkt Theatre and veteran director Jon Kretzu present the Portland premiere of Mark Bartlett’s acclaimed relationship portrait Cock. Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award following its initial run at London’s Royal Court, 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.

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. JAY HORTON. Twilight Theater, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9838. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm Sundays through Oct. 25. $15.

How We Got On

Narrated by a character named DJ “The Selector”, Idris Goodwin’s urban coming-of-age 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 Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 pm Sundays and 7:30 pm Saturday Oct. 24 through Oct. 31. $32-$36.

La Muerta Baila

An original baile folklórico production, this global premiere honors Honoring Día de los Muertos with a bilingual fable about a spirit’s refusal to visit the land of the living. JAY HORTON. Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 8. $25.

Mars Two

Four different “episodes” about a (possibly doomed) team of adventurers trying to colonize Mars. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursday-Sunday through Oct 25. $15.

Passion Play Part III

This is the last of Ruhl’s three adaptations of the passion of the Christ, as put on by three very different communities: Elizabethan England, post-war Germany and Cold War-era South Dakota. JAY HORTON. Shaking the Tree Theater, 823 SE Grant St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 24. $25.

Remme’s Run

Crafted from historical accounts of the Oregon Territory by writerdirector (and two-time Oregon Book Award nominee) Wayne Harrel, this ambitious multimedia presentation recounts the tale of a cattleman’s desperate ride north from Sacramento to save his fortune and start a family on Sauvie Island. JAY HORTON. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday through Nov. 7. $28.

Rose, 12580 SW Grant Ave., Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 25. $20-$42.

COMEDY & VARIETY American Comedy

Local comics Paul Schlesinger, Jason Traeger and Milan Patel and guest announcer Catherine Candor host Los Angeles-based comic Abbey Jordan, and locals Sean Jordan, Whitney Streed and Melody Rowell. This night will also include videos, music and all the tasteful sex appeal you can handle. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 25. Free. 21+.

Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) headlines this installment, backed by sets from visiting comedians Lydia Popovich and Michael D’Bey. The laughs are free, and you’d been an idiot to miss this outstanding lineup. Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-766. 10 pm Sunday, Oct. 25. Free. 21+.

Craig Shoemaker

Maybe you know him as the baritone-voiced character, the Lovemaster. Possibly you’ve seen one of his standup specials that aired on Showtime, HBO or one of the major networks. Perhaps you noticed him on Parks and Recreation, The Bold and The Beautiful or Scream 2. Helium


Sex in the Digital Age PCS’s new play is less Tinder, more traditional

It’s hard to imagine two characters more different than Olivia and Ethan. She’s a neurotic intellectual who’s always cleaning; he talks with his mouth full and pees with the bathroom door open. But it doesn’t take long for these polar personalities to wind up doing the nasty in Sex With Strangers, playwright Laura Eason’s ode to romance in the age of Wi-Fi. Olivia and Ethan meet at a secluded writers’ retreat in Michigan during a blizzard that’s knocked out the cottage’s Internet signal. Cut off from the digital realm, they get to know one another quickly. As it turns out, she’s an unsuccessful novelist and he’s the author of a bestselling memoir about his prolific sexual exploits. Danielle Slavick deftly captures Olivia’s insecurity and smouldering erotic potential. Padding around in pajama pants and frumpy sweaters, she’s an adorable geek. Christopher M. Smith plays up Ethan’s vanity and bravado—and he’s a hot piece to look at in skimpy underwear and a tank top. The dialogue delivers plenty of laughs, but Portland Center Stage stays pretty PG. Director Brandon Woolley handles the tame sex scenes with finely calibrated restraint. The big question is whether this unlikely pair will stay together. As the second act progresses and Olivia’s novel sells, she trades her frumpy duds for chic dresses and begins checking her iPhone incessantly. Ethan grows up a little after some hard knocks, and to everyone’s surprise the erstwhile smut peddler writes a novel that has serious literary chops. But Eason leaves the ending ambiguous, which feels like a trite cop-out. For an au courant love story that’s about having sex with strangers, Sex With Strangers is retrograde in its sensibility. Gender stereotypes abound. Olivia is uptight, commitment-seeking and worried about aging; Ethan is a crass stud-muffin who just wants to get laid. In the end, monogamy prevails. Still, with its sharp dialogue and nuanced performances, the play is satisfying in the way that whipped cream is: a light treat before bedtime—the perfect nightcap and maybe even better than sex. RICHARD SPEER. see it: Sex With Strangers is at Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, noon Thursday and 2 pm Saturday-Sunday. Through Nov. 22. $25-$50. PAT R I C K W E I S H A M P E L / B L A N K E Y E .T V


Adrift in Macao

An admiring mix of the hardboiled heroes, femme fatales and faux-tropical locales, 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 as they spar with the sinister McGuffin and battle against the forces of good taste and common sense. Broadway


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Tony Hinchcliffe

Éowyn Emerald’s name is starting to sound commonplace around Portland. She’s “rising star” darling known for making it to Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe in 2013 and for teaching and choreographing with BodyVox and the Portland Ballet. To borrow another genre’s favorite catch-phrase, she’s killing it. This show debuts her newest works, a series inspired by friendship and the ties that bond. Greenwood Theatre at Reed College, 2903 SE Botsford Drive. 7:30 pm Friday, 4 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday, Oct. 23-25. $20.

A veteran of the Los Angeles comedy scene, Tony Hinchcliffe has quick wit and a sharp tongue. A long-time consultant and writer for Comedy Central’s Roast series, Hinchcliffe hosts the popular Kill Tony podcast on the Deathsquad Network. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:30 & 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24. $15-$31. 21+.

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LIFTOFF: Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd.

A Tale of Two Sisters Local videographer Susan Hess Logeais met Uriah Boyd and Kiera Brinkley when the sisters were dancing a duet at Jefferson High School (“Dynamic Duet”, WW, April 16, 2014, previewed the show). The instant you see Brinkley dance—she’s a quadruple amputee who doesn’t use prosthetics—it’s enthralling. So it’s no surprise Logeais spent the next year and a half profiling the teens for a documentary premiering at the Hollywood Theatre this Thursday. But Soar is no exploitative biopic. Logeais’ dance background is obvious in her footage of rehearsals, where the camera swirls by dancers, capturing every angle to make you feel like you’re there. The heaviest-hitting scenes happen offstage, though, in intimate interviews Logeais did with each sister. Boyd admits she felt smothered growing up in Brinkley’s shadow. Brinkley tells embarrassing stories about wearing condoms on her stubs in medical assisting classes. And we get a voyeuristic look at the private North Portland family who resists discussing the pneumococcal sepsis that afflicted Brinkley as a toddler, how Boyd detached herself from the family and moved out, or even the proud moment when the sisters performed at the Newmark. The family will watch the film together for the first time Thursday. “I’m a little nervous,” says Boyd, who now works as a nanny and dances at Rejoice: Diaspora Dance Theater. “We haven’t talked about it, but it felt like a weight was lifted when I finally opened up. Watching the film was an out-of-body experience.” Brinkley doesn’t want the film to be about her. “It’s not my story, featuring Uriah. It’s both of ours,” she says. “I dance onstage, but I don’t like that much attention, and the film exposes a lot.” Clips of the sisters somersaulting simultaneously are spliced with footage of Boyd working as a construction worker and Brinkley practicing injections. There are baby photos, scenes of Boyd and her boyfriend washing dishes and jaw-dropping dances in which Brinkley handstands on her amputated arms. “For the people who have no idea who I am,” says Brinkley, who now performs with Polaris Dance Theater, “this is one hell of an introduction.” ENID SPITZ.

Soar unearths backstage drama, but it’s no sob story.

SEE IT: Soar screens at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., on Thursday, Oct. 22. 7:30 pm. $10. Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015


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40th Anniversary Exhibition

To honor its 40 years in Portland, Blue Sky is displaying over 300 prints from its lengthy roster of past artists. Like a real life Pinterest, the prints line every wall almost all the way from floor to ceiling. The images— things like an African camel kneeling, a rusty car covered in ivy or a woman laying on a bed stark naked with smoke rising from her groin—pop out at you, each one completely different from the next. From tulips growing out of sprockets to the dog a on pile of wonder bread (number 135), every subject imaginable gets wall space. In the center of the room the curators built a model of the original Blue Sky space—it was tiny. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210.

Anish Kapoor

This vibrant collection of colorful etchings testifies to Anish Kapoor’s roots as a sculptor. The ten prints on display from his Shadow IV series show how 3-D movement can be shown on a 2-D canvas. Viewers get the impression they are being sucked into a tunnel by gradations of color that become less concentrated as they move towards the white focal point. One

transport the artists’ intentions; and when interpreted the scores adopt real time or the immediate body and become both an archived and living statement. For example, Alison O’Daniel presents three mobiles and a large-scale floor piece, all to be interpreted simultaneously by musicians and a skateboarder during a performance Oct. 24. HILARY TSAI. Through Nov. 1. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 286-9449.

Fay Ray & Robert Yoder

The pieces from Fay Ray and Robert Yoder’s serial collections that are on display at Carl & Sloan are having a conversation with one another. Ray’s small framed collages look digital even though they’re purely analog, with chains and sparkles that are layered to create depth. Painting on raw canvas, Yoder also makes his materials look like something they’re not—vinyl or leather, in highly saturated colors. Though they may look stark in this minimalist pocket of a gallery inside Disjecta, Ray and Yoder’s point is clear: the artistry is in the intention and process. ANDRE FILIPEK. Through Oct. 25. Carl & Sloan Contemporary, 8371 N Interstate Ave., No. 1, 360-608-9746.

rine from The Big Bang Theory is plopped in the middle of the “gallery.” Departing from the multichannel video work that he exhibited last year, artist Jason Hirata’s newest Portland show is more down-to-Earth—it feels like a Lower East Side gift shop/deli hybrid. ANDRE FILIPEK. Through Nov. 2. Muscle Beach, 31 SE 51st Ave.,

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

Hanging just above a giant resin lollipop in the shape of Kim Jongun, 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.

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Gai Ghat, Varanasi by Stan Raucher, part of Blue Sky Gallery’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition. feels everything from nauseatingly anxious to blissfully serene in turn, depending on what the color inspires. Bookending the prints, several of Kapoor’s aquatint works show how he explores the sculptural potential of a flat surface. Untitled features dark, vein-like strokes leading into a deep red gash that looks almost like a rupture in the material itself. Soulful and mesmerizing, these works absorb viewers and challenge them to see more than what is on the surface. HILARY TSAI. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 2262811. Through Oct. 25.

The Book of Scores

For The Book of Scores, five national and international artists and composers, invited by Disjecta’s curator-in-residence, Chiara Giovando, create directions for musical and performative interpretation. Drawing from histories, including Fluxus scores—the Latin etymon fluere, indicating the action of flowing—and graphical notations, the artists build sculptures and coded languages to engage visitors in scheduled performances. Two scores invite visitors to perform themselves: T.R. Kirstein’s A User’s Manual and Ellen Lesperance’s Solo for Congratulations and Celebrations. Investigating what can be communicated over time, or, inevitably lost, this exhibition of sculpture, music, performance and video is clean, sharp and gestural. As utterances, these works


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In a Rhythmic Fashion

In collaboration with Worksound International, Hap Gallery exhibits two Antwerp, Belgium-based artists: Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen. Exquisite curtains of dozens of rectangular double-sided mirror frames are suspended in the center of the gallery by three horizontal rods attached to the ceiling. Five, stark, monochromatic, rectangular paintings, which are reflected in the hanging mirrors, are randomly placed on the gallery walls. This work, without a doubt, distorts and abstracts the space, and leaves the viewer unaware of which paintings are reflections, and which are merely seen through the extracted centers of the mirrors. It isn’t everyday you get to see sculptural op-art; so be sure you see this— and bring a friend, it is best seen with multiple people in the gallery. KAYLA FOSTER. Through Nov. 14. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 444-7101.

Jason Hirata

Passing through the meat-lockerstyle plastic curtain that is Muscle Beach’s front door, you find a white box garage decorated with handwritten paper signs. They say things like “Hummus” and “BP-100” and continue on in a long list of foods and food additives. Grouped together mysteriously, the signs make you feel like they’re some sort of puzzle to be decoded. Just as indecipherable, a solitary figu-

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. Focused on nature and mythology, his new Simply Exquisite show includes the large “Dreaming in Color” canvas—a white and green oil painting depicting a saintly figure curled up in the woods with lambs and a mythic stag creature. Through midNovember. Lloydean Presents, 2728 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 951-8234.


The name Simplexity is all too fitting for a show aiming for depth without leaving much of an impact. Ryan Bubnis is trying to show his creativity by making the complicated simple, but his works come across as a lackluster collection of emojis. If you want to see art you could make yourself after an hour and an illustrator tutorial, Simplexity is right up your alley. ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. One Grand Gallery, 1000 E Burnside St., 212-365-4945.

Urban Expressions

At age 20, Mark Bailey sold out his first show in Portland. Twelve years later, he’s still nailing impressionism in this city. His gritty paintings are a slice of everyday life—the diners, walkways and bars that occupy his canvases give the observer a unique look at urban reality. Although his skill is most definitely on point, his work could use a little shot of Portland “weird.” ANDREA TOMOE. Through Oct. 31. Gallery 903, 903 NW Davis St., 248-0903.

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collection, American Salvage, a character shoots the penis off a man who sexually assaulted her. Her newest, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, includes similar tales of women’s resilience. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

Colum McCann

Last year, Colum McCann stopped in the streets of New Haven to try and help a woman who had been beaten. He woke up in an MRI machine, having been assaulted by her attacker. His newest collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking—which takes its name from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” a poem by esteemed Connecticut insurance executive Wallace Stevens—follows this theme of arbitrary pain and suffering. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm.

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In her debut poetry collection, University of Georgia English professor Magdalena Zurawski draws from the diverse realms of Occupy and hashtags, Ovid and Homer. It’s her latest since 2008’s The Bruise, which won a Lamda Literary Award. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., 827-0249. 7 pm. Free.

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B For a film about metrology—the science of measurement—Bent Hamer’s newest feature is just as precise as you’d expect. The characters are nuanced and the cinematography is calculated in this film about a plaintive metrologist named Marie who suffers a painful divorce and attempts to reclaim her life while visiting Paris for a science conference. While Hamer’s style favors stark exposition, he builds sanguine characters. Like in his Kitchen Stories from 2003, the filmmaker seems to revel in digging for the slightest drop of humanity in dry wells. NR. ERIC MILLMAN. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 6:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Assassin

B- Chinese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin is a bizarre, surreal film. It follows a mysterious female assassin tasked with killing her royal cousin in ninth-century China, yet the movie takes great pains not to be an action flick. Characters flit in and out of the narrative with seemingly little consequence. It is a film packed with a mythos, sometimes overexplained and sometimes very vague. Most importantly, it’s a work of painterly beauty, with the Chinese countryside captured in long, inconsequential shots that linger on flickering flames or peonies swaying in the breeze. Which is to say, Hsiao-Hsien’s take on the martial-arts epic is divisive. This is a film that’s content to show three seconds of a battle between its heroine (Qi Shu) and an army of imperial guards, then cut away abruptly, never to speak of it again. The director seems set on turning his chosen genre on its head in something of a Chinese arthouse take on the revisionist Western. It’s an enigmatic, befuddling, frustrating film that doesn’t defy expectations so much as ignores them altogether. For some, the effects will be hypnotizing and mind-blowing. For others (like me), The Assassin will come off as a tease, or even a troll, whose central crime is being dull and dismissive. Either way, it’s glorious to look at and impossible to stop pondering. NR. AP KRYZA. Fox Tower.

The Grump

B- Finnish director Dome Karukowski’s The Grump, like its titular character, is a little hard to love. After an accident forces the cantankerous old man (Antti Litja) to leave his isolated, oldschool life of potato farming and live with his son in the fast-moving modern city, the grump nostalgically monologuizes about his past and wreaks havok on his son’s family. There is nothing here you haven’t seen before—he ruins a business meeting, says racist things, drives a wedge between his son and daughter-in-law and even learns a lesson about being too traditionalist. But Litja’s strong performance and the film’s rawness make this well-worn premise more worthy than its peers, if only by a slight margin. NR. ANTHONY LOPEZ. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8:30 pm Friday, Oct. 23.

Jem and the Holograms

The 1980s girl-power cartoon about a rock band that solves crimes on the side gets the live-action treatment in an attempt by Jon Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation, Step Up). PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard.

The Last Witch Hunter

A witch-hunter (Vin Diesel) bands together with his sworn enemy, a witch named Chloe (Rose Leslie), to destroy the evil coven bent on infecting New York City and eventually all humankind with a deadly plague. Screened after deadline. See for Amy Wolfe’s review. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard.


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B+ Brothers Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Theodór Júlíusson) have not spoken in 40 years despite being neighboring sheep farmers in rural Iceland. When scrapie (an incurable infection that targets sheep’s brains) appears in Kiddi’s prize ram, the entire valley is ordered to put down their livestock. This blow affects every farmer in the community, but it hits the brothers the hardest. Beautifully shot with a rich attention to detail, director Grímur Hákonarson’s Nordic film is slow and deliberate. Though its drama and humor are pleasantly understated, the film gives you very little in terms of resolution—just as the story starts to get interesting, it ends, leaving several threads dangling. But Hákonarson does make you curious about the future of sheep breeding in remote Iceland, and that is one hell of an achievement. NR. ANTHONY LOPEZ. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 25.


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crime drama that was filmed in just a single extended shot (and reportedly completed on only the third take), Victoria deserves attention for harboring such seemingly impossible ambitions. Director Sebastian Schipper manufactures an intricate choreography of street life and character interplay to compensate for the absence of story-advancing edits in this film about four Berlin bank robbers orchestrating a heist. But the film never feels like an empty spectacle. Though the pace lags as conventional genre elements appear (mobsters, police, the getaway plan), the film’s continuous motion perfectly captures that internal momentum of fast friends and poor decisions made during an extended debauch. And those opening scenes—in which a Spanish cafe girl meets up with the mismatched band of boozy hoodlums to roam the seamier side of early-morning Berlin—burst from the screen in a furious whirl of reckless youth, untamed and defiantly uncut. NR. JAY HORTON. Cinema 21.

Voyagers Without Trace

D In 1938, two French newlyweds and their close friend set out to be the first to kayak the Colorado and Green rivers. They packed the best camera gear available, color 16 mm film and lots of beer. Now, 77 years later, filmmaker Ian McCluskey tries to recapture their spirit of adventure. With two recently engaged kayak instructors, a small crew and funding from 156 Kickstarter backers (plus lots of beer), McCluskey retraced the journey. His documentary, which stole its title from what the French trio named themselves, leaves you with very little when all is said and done. The director tries to frame this as the sort of story great adventure novels are written about, but instead just tells the story of a really expensive kayaking trip he got 156 other people to pay for. NR. ANTHONY LOPEZ. Empirical.


C Total dreamboat Andrew Garfield (one of the many Spider-Mans) 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 notentirely-believable twist, Dreamboat ends up working for Creepster. While evicting people, he sees just how shady the business is—big surprise. R. ALEX FALCONE. Eastport, Bridgeport, Fox Tower.

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I love a good fish-out-of-water story, but why do all the fish have to be old white guys? In Rock the Kasbah, Bill Murray plays a hasbeen—or perhaps never-was—rock manager named Richie Lanz, whose favorite client (the insufferable Zooey Deschanel) finds her way onto a USO tour of the war-torn Middle East. Mercifully, Deschannel disappears in the first act. This should perfectly set the stage for Murray to improvise his way through the film without a clumsy plot to keep him in check, as he did during his late-career peak (Lost in Translation, Broken Flowers). But director Barry Levinson has other ideas—including armed showdowns, a hooker with a heart of gold (Kate Hudson), and mansplaining the world to angry Arabs. If the movie doesn’t fully collapse under the weight of all that sound and fury, it at least bows. A decade ago, Murray might have been able to carry the film, but in Kasbah he seems utterly deflated. His physical humor falls flat, and those deadpan stares that once communicated so much seem totally blank. Not that he was given a lot to work with. Most of the film’s writing comes off as capital-D Dialogue, and Bruce Willis is a boring pick for the ex-Army shit-kicker who serves as Murray’s chauffeur. Danny McBride steals a few scenes as a crooked arms dealer, and Murray’s Poncho (Arian Moayed) is compelling as a Bee Geesloving cab driver. Mostly, though, the supporting characters are incredulous or angry extras, seldom given any room to come alive. The real trouble with Kasbah, though, is a sharp change in the plot’s trajectory midfilm that completely flattens most of its characters and risks being culturally offensive. We meet a young Afghan woman (Leem Lubany) whose dream is to appear on Afghan Star—the country’s American Idol equivalent. But as she reluctantly picks Murray

as her savior, she becomes a symbol of oppressed women everywhere. She is given precious few lines, no semblance of an inner life, and little motivation beyond pleasing Allah with her singing. Keeping the full focus on Murray, whose First World problems seem increasingly petty as we meet Afghans whose lives are at stake, the film makes the Afghan people into mere storytelling props. This isn’t just problematic on a cultural level, it leaves what could have been a great story half-told. Perhaps the biggest missed opportunity comes when Murray as the hapless manager tries to persuade the host of Afghan Star to let his new client sing on the show. In a toothless exchange, the host tells Murray not to lecture him or the Afghan people. “Not you, an American,” he says. “You talk and talk and talk—you have talked at us for years!” It seems the perfect launching point for an interaction that could give audiences perspective and enrich Murray’s character. Instead, Levinson chooses to end the exchange there. Because the truth is that Levinson and presumably screenplay writer Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, Great Expectations) aren’t interested in digging into the Afghan conflict. It’s just a backdrop to them, and they do exactly what the host accuses Murray of: They talk and talk and talk. I can hear the sighs and groans. “It’s just a comedy,” you say. And if Rock the Kasbah were a fully slapstick affair, I wouldn’t nitpick it so much. But while the film’s not-so-subtle message is about women’s liberation, male characters run the show. This makes the whole affair feel like watching the old guard slide into obscurity, attempting to reach out to a world that scares and confuses them without actually leaving their comfort zone. Levinson understands feminism is important, sure. But he’s still not capable of writing a fully formed female character. In the end, Rock the Kasbah isn’t so much offensive as it is painfully boring. There just have to be other fish in the sea.

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The Martian

Straight Outta Compton

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. Kennedy School, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, Valley.

2007 Sundance Film Festival documentary and tanks it. Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), an Ocean County, N.J., detective diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, 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). 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.

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 escape starvation and space madness is to “science the shit” out of his situation. As always, Scott’s direction is spot-on. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Bagdad, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville.

history of popular music wasn’t going to be easy. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Fox Tower.

Beasts of No Nation

B+ 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 as a child soldier is what saves the entire film from being too depressing to sit through. NR. ALEX FALCONE. Living Room Theaters.

Big Stone Gap

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

Black Mass

A- Much like the city’s other exports,

Boston’s gangster flicks vary in quality 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. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Movies on TV.

Bridge of Spies

B- Steven Spielberg was born to convey viewers through weird and wonderful alternate realities. Even though history is nearly as illusory as a dinosaur theme park, the director’s gift just doesn’t shine as brightly when he contends with humanity’s past. Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks as an insurance lawyer recruited by the U.S. government to negotiate a spy-for-spy trade with the Soviet Union, benefits from a caustic screenplay by the Coen brothers. While Spielberg is pretty good even when he’s on auto-pilot, there is little here that doesn’t feel perfunctory. PG-13. CHRIS STAMM. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, St. Johns Theater.

Crimson Peak

B+ There are all manner of ghosts in this gorgeous, tragic tale, but to call it a horror film is to completely mislabel del Toro’s meticulously crafted, old-fashioned tale of twisted souls and timeless longing. Scary isn’t really the point. The things that go bump in the night are not nearly as terrifying as the people who walk the earth, and the film is so immersive and gorgeous that the plot is secondary. The film is a little too slow-moving for those expecting something more jolty and probably a little too obvious for those looking for a deep mystery. While it’s not del Toro’s most compelling work, it’s very surely his most beautiful. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, St. Johns Cinemas.


B+ In 1996, a stranded group of climb-

ers including New Zealand mountaineer Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and writer Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly) met a massive storm at the top of the world. Today’s CGI and 3-D technology puts the viewer on the mountain in a visceral way. The competitive tension between Hall and hotshot 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. Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Movies on TV, Tigard.

D Freeheld takes an award-winning

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. 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. R. AP KRYZA. Cinema 21.


A- It’s easy to be skeptical about a 2015 Goosebumps film in 3-D. Jack Black plays R.L. Stine, who joins forces with a couple of cute kids to fight every monster he’s ever written about and save the town. The movie is cheap-looking and there are more logical flaws than I could possibly list in this space, but the premise is clever, the action is fun, the jokes land and it’s only a little bit scary. Just like the books. So put away your cold, blackened heart and enjoy the silly fun of Jack Black running around with a bunch of monsters. PG. ALEX FALCONE. 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.


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. R. AP KRYZA. Fox Tower.

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 flourishing. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

The Intern

B+ As an active widower and retiree in need of something to keep himself busy, Ben (Robert De Niro) applies to a senior internship program at “About the Fit,” a Topshop-like online clothing site founded by the dedicated Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

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. NR. LAUREN TERRY. Clinton Street Theater.

B- Take the buzz surrounding The

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

C Stil Runnin’. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Tigard, Wilsonville.

Meet the Patels

C Telling the greatest story in the


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


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. 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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Division, Movies on TV.

The Walk

B Pulling off a moving film about Phillipe Petit’s walk on a tightrope between the Twin Towers 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, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Oak Grove, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

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B+ If it were a comic book, it wouldn’t

B- Ravi Patel has American dreams

of finding his soulmate. 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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Vancouver, Valley.

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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Laurelhurst.


Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna) remakes the iconic children’s story as a modern-day action flick with Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara. 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 Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears

Prada) is a talented FBI agent specially recruited into a task force fighting a brutal 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 affected by drug war. 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.

Steve Jobs

B This is the more high-profile and undoubtedly 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. Sorkin sets the movie entirely in the minutes right before three of Jobs’ major keynote speeches: This three-act concept makes sense on the surface, but in practice it feels gimmicky and limiting to force exposition of every major aspect of Jobs’ life into backstage conversations just before the most important public presentations of his life. The film’s saving grace is the acting. 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. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard, Wilsonville.

BUZZWORTHY: Peter Sarsgaard.

Pop Psychology Experimenter pushes all the right buttons.

Academic studies make for poor entertainment. Even in the rare case of a dramatic discovery, it’s still hard to stun audiences who already know the outcome. Experimenter, a surprisingly delightful film about the career of Dr. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), defies all the odds. Opening with his infamous 1961 experiment that tested how easily humans defer to authority figures, the film follows two volunteers (Anthony Edwards and Jim Gaffigan) who think they’re testing how negative reinforcement affects learning. Yale’s scientists are actually testing whether an average American will administer potentially lethal shocks to a stranger at the behest of “the man.” The following drama—played exceptionally straight—builds breakneck momentum, but we already know that Gaffigan’s screams are fake. We know Edwards will continue the treatment. The question Experimenter poses is new, though: Why would anyone devise such a test in the first place? Employing all the cheerful irreverence that divided critics over his 2000 Hamlet remake, director Michael Almereyda packs this biopic full of whimsy. He has a raffish eye for spectacle, the type of thing that self-important armchair historians hate to see in biopics. Almereyda gives Experimenter the winning feel of a musical comedy, recalling films like Men Who Stare at Goats that feature odd protagonists with peculiar obsessions. With such fringe subject matter, the filmmaker can get away with almost anything. When Milgram discusses his Jewish family’s flight from Eastern Europe before World War II, the sudden appearance of an elephant behind him surely represents the specter of Nuremberg looming over a good man who’s ordered to do ill. In driving sequences, Almereyda uses black-and-white stock footage for the backdrop. Is this a heady trick to emphasize the unreliable narrator? It doesn’t matter. Here even the inexplicable seems profound. However baffling his chosen topic, Almereyda’s stylistic choices, brisk pace and comic tone make Experimenter a welcome shock. JAY HORTON. A SEE IT: Experimenter is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at the Hollywood Theatre. Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015



Martian, The (3D) (PG-13) 12:30PM 12:30PM ® 3:50PM 3:50PM ® 5:50PM 7:10PM 7:10PM ® 10:30PM 10:30PM ® Martian, The (PG-13) 11:10AM 2:30PM 9:10PM Woodlawn (PG) 10:50AM 1:50PM 4:45PM 7:40PM 10:35PM Last Witch Hunter, The (PG-13) 12:45PM 3:35PM 6:25PM 9:15PM Sicario (R) 10:50AM 1:40PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:35PM Steve Jobs (R) 10:50AM 1:45PM 4:45PM 7:45PM 10:40PM Rock The Kasbah (R) 11:40AM 2:25PM 5:10PM 7:55PM 10:40PM Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13) 1:00PM 4:10PM 7:20PM 10:25PM Pan (PG) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:05PM Goosebumps (3D) (PG) 12:00PM 2:40PM 5:20PM 8:00PM 10:40PM

Goosebumps (PG) 10:55AM 1:40PM 4:20PM 7:00PM 9:50PM Crimson Peak (R) 10:50AM 12:15PM 1:40PM 3:10PM 4:35PM 6:05PM 7:30PM 9:00PM 10:25PM Last Witch Hunter, The (PG-13) 12:45PM ® 3:35PM ® 6:25PM ® 9:15PM ® Bridge of Spies (PG-13) 12:10PM 3:30PM 7:00PM 10:20PM Jem And The Holograms (PG) 10:55AM 1:45PM 4:35PM 7:25PM 10:15PM Ladrones (PG-13) 11:15AM 1:55PM 4:25PM 7:05PM 9:45PM Intern, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:30PM 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 9:05PM

Martian, The (PG-13) 12:50PM 4:00PM 7:10PM 10:20PM Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13) 1:00PM 7:00PM Woodlawn (PG) 4:00PM 10:05PM Martian, The (3D) (PG-13) 11:30AM 2:40PM 5:50PM 9:00PM Naanum Rowdy Than (Primetech Media) (NR) 11:30AM 6:30PM Sicario (R) 1:35PM 4:25PM 7:15PM 10:05PM Steve Jobs (R) 1:20PM 4:20PM 7:15PM 10:20PM Pan (PG) 11:30AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:30PM 10:10PM Rock The Kasbah (R) 11:40AM 2:20PM 5:00PM 7:40PM 10:20PM Kanche (Absolute Telugu) (NR) 2:40PM 9:40PM

Bridge of Spies (PG-13) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:15PM Crimson Peak (R) 1:35PM 4:30PM 7:25PM 10:20PM Last Witch Hunter, The (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:15PM 4:50PM 7:30PM 10:10PM 10 Endrathukulla (AIM Distribution) (NR) 11:45AM 3:05PM 6:25PM 9:45PM Goosebumps (3D) (PG) 4:45PM 10:00PM Intern, The (PG-13) 1:20PM 4:10PM 7:10PM 10:05PM Jem And The Holograms (PG) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:00PM 10:00PM Goosebumps (PG) 11:35AM 2:10PM 7:20PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 12:45PM 3:05PM 5:25PM 7:45PM 10:10PM

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (PG-13) 12:55PM 4:05PM 7:10PM 10:15PM Pan (PG) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:35PM 7:25PM 10:20PM Woodlawn (PG) 12:30PM 3:45PM 7:00PM 10:15PM Martian, The (PG-13) 11:50AM 3:35PM 6:55PM 10:15PM Rock The Kasbah (R) 11:10AM 2:00PM 4:50PM 7:40PM 10:30PM Walk, The (3D) (PG) 1:45PM 7:35PM Walk, The (PG) 10:30PM Sicario (R) 1:00PM 4:00PM 7:05PM 10:05PM Steve Jobs (R) 10:50AM 1:45PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:30PM Last Witch Hunter, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:10PM

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

Last Witch Hunter, The (XD) (PG-13) 11:20AM 2:10PM 5:00PM 7:50PM 10:35PM




Back in Time


Back in 1985, the world was blessed with Back to the Future, a rollicking yarn about a teenager who befriends a weird old man who may or may not be helping terrorists build a nuke, then travels back to 1955, where he must fend off the sexual advances of his horny teenage mother to make it back to 1985. It’s fun for the whole family! Robert Zemeckis’ trilogy—which jumped to the far-flung future of 2015 in Part II and then the Old West of 1885 in Part III—is one of the most beloved series of its generation. Portland’s Back to the Future Day (Wednesday, Oct. 21) festivities include a trilogy party at the Clinton and a huge McFly Arrives bash at Dante’s, with costumes, live music and live karaoke. Expect poodle skirts, vests that look like lifejackets and lab coats. But sometimes, the deeper cut is the best. So AP Film Studies consulted its wardrobe department for a few less-obvious costume choices. MARVIN BERRY Marvin, the lead guitarist of the Starlighters— the 1955 high-school dance band whose sweet sounds amped Lorraine’s desire to unknowingly get it on with her own son—badly injures his hand when he tries to free Marty from a trunk while high. Props: Old-school guitar, black pants and tie, super-shiny blue blazer with black lapels, bandage on the right hand. JAWS 19 People go apeshit over the whole “what did Back to the Future Part II predict correctly about 2015” thing, from self-lacing shoes to drones to flat-screens. But they never mention how the gag about Jaws 19 predicted Katy Perry’s infamous dancing sharks from her acid-trip Super Bowl performance. Robert Zemeckis should sue over that shit. It’s a dead ringer. Props: Just a cheap Left Shark costume will do.


Willamette Week OCTOBER 21, 2015

2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CUBS PLAYER “Hey, the season’s still young, it could still happen,” says every Cubs fan at the beginning of every season for the past century. Back to the Future Part II predicted 2015 as the year the Cubs would win. That will be wrong. But this is a fantasy film. Props: Cubs jersey, novelty trophy, a straight face. ZZ TOP The duo did Part III’s theme song and showed up in the film looking very much like ZZ Top, but with cowboy hats. This is the easiest costume, especially if you’re already a beardo. Props: Cowboy hat and coat, guitar or marching drum, fake beard (or Duck Dynasty costume). MANURE Manure is as important to the BTTF universe as flux capacitors and Oedipal complexes. Cover yourself in clumps of brown fabric, then stage-dive on anybody dressed as one of the Tannen clan. Bestcase scenario? He screams, “Manure! I hate manure!” Worst-case scenario, you get slugged in the face. Either way, the Tannen is in character. Props: Lots of fake poop and a mouth guard. GO: The Back to the Future marathon party is at the Clinton Street Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 21. 5 pm. All ages. The McFly Arrives party is at Dante’s on Wednesday, Oct. 21. 9 pm. 21+. ALSO SHOWING:

Weird Wednesday brings an ultra-rare 3-D screening of the Vincent Price classic The Mad Magician. Joy Cinema. 9 pm Wednesday, Oct. 21. Pianist Beth Karp provides a live piano score to the classic 1920 horror fantasy The Golem. Kiggins Theatre. 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 22. Yes, The Exorcist is still as pants-shittingly scary as it was in 1973. Academy Theater. Oct. 23-31. In Stephen King’s coke-fueled Maximum Overdrive, a dude is killed by a soda machine and a child is smooshed by a steamroller—in the same fucking scene. Cocaine! Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Saturday, Oct. 24. It’s Goodfellas’ 25th anniversary this year, too. Cartopia. Dark Sunday, Oct. 25.

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Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX

1510 NE Multnomah St., CRIMSON PEAK: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE Wed-Thu 1:00, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10 BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY Wed 5:00 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: OTELLO ENCORE Wed 6:30 BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:20, 6:45, 10:05 GOOSEBUMPS Wed-Thu 12:50, 10:00 PAN Wed-Thu 12:45, 7:00 GOOSEBUMPS 3D Wed -Thu 3:50, 7:15 PAN 3D Wed Thu 3:55 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 1:05, 4:30, 8:00 THE MARTIAN 3D Wed -Thu 12:05, 3:25, 6:50, 10:05 THE WALK 3D Wed-Thu 12:20 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Wed-Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:05 EVEREST 3D Wed-Thu 3:35 THE INTERN Wed-Thu 12:30, 7:30, 10:20 SICARIO Wed Thu 12:35, 3:40, 9:40 ROCK THE KASBAH Thu-Fri-SatSun 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 LINCOLN CENTER: ALVIN AILEY INCL. REVELATIONS Thu 7:00 THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7:20, 10:15 STEVE JOBS Fri-Sat-Sun 12:55, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05

Regal Division Street Stadium 13

16603 SE Division St. BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY Wed 5:00 BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 6:45, 10:00 CRIMSON PEAK Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:15, 7:15, 10:05 GOOSEBUMPS Wed-Thu 11:40, 4:55, 10:15 GOOSEBUMPS 3D Wed Thu 2:15, 7:35 PAN Wed Thu 11:30, 2:10, 7:30 PAN 3D Wed-Thu 4:50, 10:10 THE WALK Wed-Thu 12:10 THE MARTIAN Wed -Thu 11:55, 3:10, 6:30, 9:20 THE MARTIAN 3D Wed -Thu 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 9:55 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Wed-Thu 11:35, 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 3D Wed Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5:00 THE INTERN Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:20 BLACK MASS Wed 9:25 EVEREST 3D Wed -Thu 7:10 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Wed Thu 11:50, 2:50 SICARIO Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:20, 6:35, 9:55 WAR ROOM Wed -Thu 12:25, 3:35 JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Thu 7:00, 10:00 ROCK THE KASBAH Thu-Fri 11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20 THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Thu-Fri 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 STEVE JOBS Thu 8:00, 10:15 THE VISIT Thu 3:45

Avalon Theatre & Wunderland

3451 SE Belmont St., 503-238-1617 ANT-MAN Wed-Thu 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 MINIONS Wed-Thu 1:15, 3:00, 7:00 JURASSIC WORLD Wed-Thu 4:45, 8:45


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue 1:00, 1:30, 3:00, 3:30, 5:00, 5:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:00, 9:30

Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-249-7474 THE MARTIAN Wed-ThuFri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 12:00, 3:15, 7:00, 10:45

Cinema 21

616 NW 21st Ave. 503-223-4515 GOODNIGHT MOMMY Wed Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 4:00, 6:45, 9:15 MERU Wed Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 4:00, 6:30, 8:45 FREEHELD Wed-Thu 4:15, 7:00, 9:15 VICTORIA Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue 3:30, 6:45, 9:30

Clinton Street Theater


Laurelhurst Theatre & Pub

2735 E Burnside St., 503-232-5511 GRIND THIS FILM FEST Wed Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 9:45 MISTRESS AMERICA Wed Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 9:30 ANT-MAN Wed-Thu-Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue 9:20 PHOENIX Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue 7:15 JURASSIC WORLD Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue 7:00 THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL Wed -Thu 9:30 THE END OF THE TOUR Wed -Thu 6:30 THE GIFT Wed -Thu 9:00 TRAINWRECK Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 6:45 INSIDE OUT Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue 9:00 PAWN SACRIFICE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 6:30 SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Sat-Sun 2:00

Mission Theater and Pub 1624 NW Glisan St. MISERY Sun 12:45

St. Johns Cinemas

8704 N Lombard St., 503-286-1768 THE MARTIAN Wed-ThuFri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

CRIMSON PEAK Wed-ThuFri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 4:30, 7:30, 10:10

CineMagic Theatre

2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7919 THE MARTIAN Wed -Thu 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 STEVE JOBS Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main St., 360-816-0352 BACK TO THE FUTURE Wed 5:30 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon 4:45 THE GOLEM Thu 7:00 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon 7:00

Regal City Center Stadium 12

801 C St. BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed Thu 11:15, 2:25, 5:35, 8:45 CRIMSON PEAK Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:35, 5:25, 8:15 GOOSEBUMPS Wed-Thu 11:05, 3:55, 8:55 GOOSEBUMPS 3D Wed -Thu 1:30, 6:20 BIG STONE GAP Wed -Thu 3:45 PAN Wed -Thu 11:30, 4:55 PAN 3D Wed Thu 2:10, 8:00 THE WALK Wed-Thu 12:45 HE NAMED ME MALALA Wed-Thu 11:00 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 1:15, 4:40, 7:55 THE MARTIAN 3D Wed-Thu 11:25, 2:40, 5:50 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:30, 6:00 THE INTERN Wed-Thu 11:55, 2:50 BLACK MASS Wed -Thu 11:00 EVEREST Wed 8:20 EVEREST 3D Wed-Thu 11:35, 2:30, 5:20 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Wed Thu 2:00 SICARIO Wed -Thu 12:05, 3:00, 5:55 JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Thu 7:00, 8:30 ROCK THE KASBAH Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 11:35, 2:40, 5:50, 8:25 THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:30, 5:30, 8:15 STEVE JOBS Thu 8:00, 9:25

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Cannedabis The Factory sells cannabis in little, opaque cans that resemble those used to package dipping tobacco. Co-owner Kendall Jorgensen, who was a Southern Oregon craft medical-marijuana grower, claims the Factory’s cannabis stays fresher longer because his unique packaging allows it to be preserved in nitrogen, an inert gas traditionally used in food packaging to seal out oxygen and moisture. I spoke to Jorgensen about canned cannabis, cannabis canning, and canny cannabis business practices.

How are your customers responding to the branding? What do they like about it? More so than the preservation—which is really important—the brand-building has been the biggest thing to come from the cans. Canning is one of the quickest ways to set your product apart from others. In Oregon, there is still almost no prepackaged cannabis. Dispensaries are very excited about our cannabis because it is one of the quickest ways to set themselves apart from competitors.

WW: Who came up with the idea of weed in a can? Kendall Jorgensen: We are working with a company called N2 Packaging Systems (Jorgensen and business partner Luke Olsen are also employees and shareholders in N2) that evolved out of the food industry. They started as a spinoff of Ready Reserve Foods, which is a food-preparation business that had a few patents, such as a patent to preserve ammunition in a nitrogen-sealed canister. They were looking to file more patents, and they filed and were granted a patent for a process for preserving controlled substances in nitrogen. Their aim was getting into the cannabis industry, but technically the patent covers all controlled substances.

Does the cannabis react to the nitrogen? Nope. Nitrogen is totally inert, which stops oxidation in its tracks. Even if you keep cannabis in good conditions, over time it will still oxidize and the chlorophyll will break down. So oxygen is one of the most important things to eliminate from storage. Cannabis packaging should prevent the main things that degrade cannabis: sunlight, oxygen, moisture and heat. As long as you keep it from getting too warm, you can preserve your cannabis for as long as possible. WALKER MACMURDO. BUY: The Factory’s cans of cannabis can be purchased from dispensaries across Portland and Southern Oregon.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to the online etymological dictionary, the verb “fascinate” entered the English language in the 16th century. It was derived from the Middle French fasciner and the Latin fascinatus, which are translated as “bewitch, enchant, put under a spell.” In the 19th century, “fascinate” expanded in meaning to include “delight, attract, hold the attention of.” I suspect you will soon have experiences that could activate both senses of “fascinate.” My advice is to get the most out of your delightful attractions without slipping into bewitchment. Is that even possible? It will require you to exercise fine discernment, but yes, it is. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One of the largest machines in the world is a “bucket wheel excavator” in Kazakhstan. It’s a saw that weighs 45,000 tons and has a blade the size of a four-story building. If you want to slice through a mountain, it’s perfect for the job. Indeed, that’s what it’s used for over in Kazakhstan. Right now, Taurus, I picture you as having a metaphorical version of this equipment. That’s because I think you have the power to rip open a clearing through a massive obstruction that has been in your way. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock did a daily ritual to remind him of life’s impermanence. After drinking his tea each morning, he flung both cup and saucer over his shoulder, allowing them to smash on the floor. I don’t recommend that you adopt a comparable custom for long-term use, but it might be healthy and interesting to do so for now. Are you willing to outgrow and escape your old containers? Would you consider diverging from formulas that have always worked for you? Are there any unnecessary taboos that need to be broken? Experiment with the possible blessings that might come by not clinging to the illusion of “permanence.” CANCER (June 21-July 22): Terence was a comic playwright in ancient Rome. He spoke of love in ways that sound modern. It can be capricious and weird, he said. It may provoke indignities and rouse difficult emotions. Are you skilled at debate? Love requires you to engage in strenuous discussions. Peace may break out in the midst of war, and vice versa. Terence’s conclusion: If you seek counsel regarding the arts of love, you may as well be asking for advice on how to go mad. I won’t argue with him. He makes good points. But I suspect that in the coming weeks you will be excused from most of those crazy-making aspects. The sweet and smooth sides of love will predominate. Uplift and inspiration are more likely than angst and bewilderment. Take advantage of the grace period! Put chaos control measures in place for the next time Terence’s version of love returns. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the coming weeks, you will have a special relationship with the night. When the sun goes down, your intelligence will intensify, as will your knack for knowing what’s really important and what’s not. In the darkness, you will have an enhanced capacity to make sense of murky matters lurking in the shadows. You will be able to penetrate deeper than usual, and get to the bottom of secrets and mysteries that have kept you off-balance. Even your grimy fears may be transformable if you approach them with a passion for redemption. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): New friends and unexpected teachers are in your vicinity, with more candidates on the way. There may even be potential comrades who could eventually become flexible collaborators and catalytic guides. Will you be available for the openings they offer? Will you receive them with fire in your heart and mirth in your eyes? I worry that you may not be ready if you are too preoccupied with old friends and familiar teachers. So please make room for surprises. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): More than any other sign, you have an ability to detach yourself from life’s flow and analyze its complexities with cool objectivity. This is mostly a good thing. It enhances your power to make rational decisions. On the other hand, it sometimes devolves into a liability. You may become so invested in your role as observer that you refrain from diving into life’s flow. You hold yourself apart from it, avoiding both

its messiness and vitality. But I don’t foresee this being a problem in the coming weeks. In fact, I bet you will be a savvy watcher even as you’re almost fully immersed in the dynamic flux. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Are you an inventor? Is it your specialty to create novel gadgets and machines? Probably not. But in the coming weeks you may have metaphorical resemblances to an inventor. I suspect you will have an enhanced ability to dream up original approaches and find alternatives to conventional wisdom. You may surprise yourself with your knack for finding ingenious solutions to long-standing dilemmas. To prime your instincts, I’ll provide three thoughts from inventor Thomas Edison. 1. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” 2. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” 3. “Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait.”


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Some unraveling is inevitable. What has been woven together must now be partially unwoven. But please refrain from thinking of this mysterious development as a setback. Instead, consider it an opportunity to reexamine and redo any work that was a bit hasty or sloppy. Be glad you will get a second chance to fix and refine what wasn’t done quite right the first time. In fact, I suggest you preside over the unraveling yourself. Don’t wait for random fate to accomplish it. And for best results, formulate an intention to regard everything that transpires as a blessing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “A waterfall would be more impressive if it flowed the other way,” said Irish author Oscar Wilde. I appreciate the wit, but don’t agree with him. A plain old ordinary waterfall, with foamy surges continually plummeting over a precipice and crashing below, is sufficiently impressive for me. What about you, Capricorn? In the coming days, will you be impatient and frustrated with plain old ordinary marvels and wonders? Or will you be able to enjoy them just as they are? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Years ago, I moved into a rental house with my new girlfriend, whom I had known for six weeks. As we fell asleep the first night, a song played in my head: “Nature’s Way,” by the band Spirit. I barely knew it and had rarely thought of it before. And yet there it was, repeating its first line over and over: “It’s nature’s way of telling you something’s wrong.” Being a magical thinker, I wondered if my unconscious mind was telling me a secret about my love. But I rejected that possibility; it was too painful to contemplate. When we broke up a few months later, however, I wished I had paid attention to that early alert. I mention this, Aquarius, because I suspect your unconscious mind will soon provide you with a wealth of useful information, not just through song lyrics but other subtle signals, as well. Listen up! At least some of it will be good news, not cautionary like mine.


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