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Dr. Know has vainly attempted to explain the phenomenon known as “Portland service.” 4

The zoo’s elephants are never getting the big, open reserve out in the country they were promised when the zoo used them as an excuse to ask us for more money. 6 Breaking Bad auteur Vince Gilligan wrote a bunch of X-Files episodes. Not the bulk of the series, but especially the early episodes. 19


Reo’s Ribs has a new location and much-improved ribs. 21

Members of Tacocat, Pony Time and Chastity Belt have combined to form a supergroup. 31 Dr. Demento was once a roadie for Canned Heat . 38 The Mid-County Memo is like an Examiner for the Numbers neighborhood. 40 Ask adults for help, you die. 48


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We went inside Bundyland.

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The Bundy Bunch are armed terrorist idiots who are attempting to poison my state with their toxic and divisive brand of “politics” [“Bundyland,” WW, Jan. 13, 2016]. They need to be arrested and prosecuted. —“Oregongal” Ryan Bundy seems like a nice, responsible human being who has been sold a bill of goods by his intellectually domineering brother, whom he idolizes. Ammon Bundy has a bunch of other similarly situated nutters following him as well. Where? No one quite knows. And unless you live in Burns, no one cares. Personally, I am glad these bearded, camo-wearing, narrowly educated nuisances are there and not here. Traffic is bad enough. —Harley Leiber


“I am glad these bearded, camo-wearing, narrowly educated nuisances are there and not here.”

It’s ridiculous that these guys are being called “protesters.” Being armed is a threat of violence, which makes them terrorists. —“McTwelevepack”


I have no idea whether the Oregon Department of Human Services is underfunded, but caseworkers have way more on their plates than they can handle [“Seen But Not Heard,” WW, Jan. 13, 2016]. That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have enough money, of course. The findings coming to light seem to indicate that DHS is broken (badly) from the top down. —“pdxphil”


I have known Chloe Eudaly for a decade or so;


At the cafe recently, two baristas ignored me for seven minutes to chat up the guy ahead of me. This is normal in Portland. When I travel, I’m stunned by how much better the service is, even in New York. I’m nice, I tip well…what gives? —No Goddamned Respect

I’d be more sympathetic to your story, Respect, if it weren’t for that suspiciously specific “seven minutes.” It’s almost like you timed the interaction in anticipation of complaining about it later. But let’s give you the benefit of the doubt and say you got dissed. Congratulations! You’ve been gored on the horns of a service-industry dilemma as old as Sysco itself. Here’s the pattern, as related to me by a midlevel restaurant manager who didn’t want to see her name in the paper. First, someone on Yelp—maybe even you!— grouses that the servers at Groat-Cluster Hut 4

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she will bring an intelligent, compassionate, people-centered approach to city government [Murmurs, WW, Jan. 13, 2016]. And she’ll balance the concerns of business— after all, she is a business owner—with those of artists, writers, musicians and all the others who make Portland such a rich place to live. —“Ricardo” I haven’t been to Tastebud’s new location, but good on them for throwing a bone (crust?) to Southwest [“Peak Pizza,” WW, Jan. 13, 2016]. Their pizza game is strong. Southeast Portland is fully saturated in great pizza, though I’m sad Pizza Maria closed. It was fantastic. —“fossileyez”


Congratulations on taking this step with Civil Comments [Murmurs, WW, Jan. 13, 2016]. An engaged community of readers can greatly enhance your publication’s value. —Matthew Miller


A map accompanying last week’s story about the proliferation of artisanal pizzerias in Portland (“Peak Pizza,” WW, Jan. 13, 2016) misidentified the Paper Bag Pizza cart, which since December has been in the space formerly occupied by Pyro Pizza II at 2880 SE Division St. WW regrets the error. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:

aren’t friendly. Management resolves to hire friendly, engaging people! Unfortunately, friendly engagement is timeconsuming. (Say what you will about surly contempt, it’s over in a hurry.) Soon, everybody in line behind the engaged party—maybe even you!—is on Yelp complaining about the chatty, slow service. Lather, rinse, repeat. Theoretically, you could just hire people who can engage and be fast at the same time. But let’s be realistic: Anybody who can kiss that many asses, that quickly, is so primed for success in the American workplace that they don’t need your crappy restaurant job. There are exceptions to this rule, of course—but mostly in high-tipping markets where a restaurant job can compete with other professions. (New York City, for the record, was the highest-tipping city in America in a 2013 survey.) Count your blessings, Respect. Soon enough, the Mr. Pinks of the world will abolish tipping, and your cafe experience will combine the charm of a bail hearing with the blistering efficiency of a trip to the DMV. Live the now.

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A former employee of Pacifica Senior Living Calaroga Terrace has filed a racial-discrimination lawsuit against the operators of the Lloyd District senior living center. Ebony Hankins sued Encore Senior Living and other operators of Calaroga Terrace in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Dec. 31, alleging that her dining staff found two nooses hanging from the employee breakroom rafters in September 2014. Hankins, who is black, says Calaroga Terrace’s white director laughed about the nooses and said they were “just ropes” used to move furniture. The suit says Encore Senior Living held a town hall-style meeting about the nooses, but Hankins’ contract wasn’t renewed after she complained. Calaroga Terrace managers did not return calls seeking comment. City of Portland hearings for its comprehensive plan update have in recent weeks been contentious affairs, with residents objecting to changes in the zoning code that could add even more construction to their neighborhoods. City Commissioner Steve Novick says a crucial voice is missing from those hearings: environmental activists, who he says are failing to make the case that bigger and more dense housing can reduce car use. “It’s not that they don’t agree,” Novick says. “It’s that it doesn’t seem like they can generate the kind of passion to talk to their own friends and neighbors as they can to rail against big out-of-state companies. It’s important to do both.” Environmental activists tell WW they may not agree with Novick on density. Adam Brunelle says his environmental group, 350PDX, has banded together with housing advocates to demand the comprehensive plan include a response to gentrification. “We don’t want a gentrified Portland that is very sustainable but that no one can afford to live in,” Brunelle says. other news.

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Women Grow

Women Grow is a for-profit organization that aims to foster community and entrepreneurship for women in the marijuana industry nationwide. Leah Maurer is a cochairwoman of the Portland chapter, as well as a member of the group’s speakers’ bureau. Sarah Batterby, co-chairwoman of the Portland chapter of Women Grow, says she respects Leah Maurer, and says lawsuits like Quast’s get filed “all the time.” Susannah Grossman, national spokeswoman for Women Grow, says, “We are continuing to monitor the claims involving Leah Maurer.”



It’s ironic that Leah and Travis Maurer face legal jeopardy for allegedly not growing marijuana. Travis Maurer moved to Portland after a 2013 felony conviction for growing pot in Missouri. He and his wife, Leah, organized a campaign team and secured funding for the 2014 ballot measure that successfully legalized recreational weed in Oregon. Last week, the Maurers, now well-known marijuana advocates, were sued for $1 million by a former business partner, Randy Quast—a trucking tycoon who himself moved to Oregon from Minnesota after a weed bust, and became the treasurer of Portland’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Quast says the Maurers tricked him into believing they were growing weed when they weren’t. In the Jan. 15 lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court and first reported by The Oregonian, Quast says he gave the Maurers at least $155,570 to pay off Travis’ debts from the legalization campaign, and another $696,760 to start an indoor growing operation and dispensary. But Quast says the dispensary never opened. “Quast…went to the address of the grow warehouse,” the suit says, “where he found that the grow warehouse was empty. Upon further investigation, Quast found out the Maurers had never rented the warehouse…and no marijuana plants had ever been planted or were growing anywhere.” Leah and Travis Maurer responded to inquiries from WW with a prepared statement. “We certainly don’t agree with the claims,” the Maurers wrote, “and we will respond in due course.” The pot plants may or may not have been real. But the ripple effects from the lawsuit extend far beyond a business deal gone sour. The Maurers are a fresh-faced poster couple for legal pot. They were co-owners of the state’s best-known cannabis news website, the Weed Blog, and Leah Maurer is co-chairwoman of the Portland chapter of Women Grow, a professional guild for women pot entrepreneurs. Travis Maurer was the subject of a Newsweek cover story last month for his crusade to legalize weed in the Midwest. But the lawsuit is an unwanted blast from marijuana’s past. “It takes us right back into that arena we’ve tried so hard to get out of,” says one longtime marijuana advocate who asked not to be identified. “There was a perception that it was really a lawless community.” Here’s who may feel burned by the Maurers’ legal troubles.

New Approach Oregon

Leah and Travis Maurer were founding members of New Approach Oregon, the advocacy group that backed Measure 91, which voters passed in 2014 to legalize recreational pot. The Portland-based PAC continues to advocate marijuana law reform, including drug-sentence reduction and protecting the medical-marijuana system from rule changes. Because of his previous criminal record as a marijuana grower, Travis Maurer worked largely behind the scenes at New Approach Oregon in 2014, letting his college friend Anthony Johnson be the face of the campaign. “People working to reform our drug laws have often faced legal challenges,” Johnson says now. “Oregon’s marijuana movement is strong, and will be fine.”

The Weed Blog

The Maurers are co-owners of the popular marijuana news website. Travis Maurer formerly served as financial manager for the blog. Christopher Young and Jeffrey White, the Weed Blog’s founders, sued him in December for $51,000. In their lawsuit, White and Young allege that Maurer used his position to transfer money from Weed Blog accounts into his own personal accounts. The suit also alleges that Maurer “failed to perform his obligations as chief financial manager,” including filing tax returns and maintaining a registry with Oregon’s secretary of state. Young and White could not be reached. Maurer declined to comment.

New Approach Missouri

Travis Maurer has made it his mission to bring legal weed to the state where he got busted. A sister organization to New Approach Oregon, New Approach Missouri is attempting to get a medicalmarijuana legalization measure on the ballot this fall. The PAC’s main backer is the advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis, which was founded by the Maurers. (Leah Maurer remains listed as a board member.) Jack Cardetti, campaign consultant to New Approach Missouri, says Travis Maurer “is not on New Approach Missouri’s board or staff, nor does he have any day-to-day involvement in our campaign.”

Portland NORML

The Portland advocacy group continues to work for marijuana law reform, including pushing legislation that would allow indoor marijuana lounges and changing city zoning rules. Quast, the plaintiff in the suit against the Maurers, is the group’s treasurer. Russ Belville, executive director of Portland NORML, says the lawsuit won’t roil cannabis advocacy groups. “Efforts in the state,” he says, “have been divided long before Travis Maurer showed up.”

Emerge Law Group

The Portland law firm specializes in cannabis cases. One of the firm’s lawyers, Dave Kopilak—a chief drafter of Measure 91—is featured heavily in Quast’s suit. Kopilak is not named as a defendant, but Quast alleges that he “helped the Maurers find investors for various businesses after which Kopilak failed to prepare proper documents to protect members’ rights, thus resulting in providing for the Maurers to take money from investors under false pretenses.” Kopilak’s association with the Maurers may have far-reaching effects: His partner at Emerge, Amy Margolis, is one of Oregon’s top marijuana lobbyists. Kopilak could not be reached, and Margolis declined to comment.

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Ken Glueck says he has a vivid memory of Oct. 19, 2015. Glueck is the top in-house lobbyist for computer giant Oracle America Inc. For nearly two years, his company has been in a bruising, $5.5 billion legal battle with the state of Oregon over who is at fault for Cover Oregon, the failed $300 million health insurance website. He says he thought that night marked the end of the war. Glueck says he was at home near Washington, D.C., watching Monday Night Football and talking on the phone to Brian Shipley, then chief of staff to Gov. Kate Brown. Shipley and Brown were in Vietnam on a trade mission. Glueck claims on that night, after calls the previous two nights, he and Shipley reached an agreement: Oracle would provide the state with $25 million worth of software and services, in exchange for the state dropping all Cover Oregon litigation. “I said, ‘Do we have a deal?’” Glueck recalls. “He said, ‘Yes, we have a deal.’” Shipley, who left Brown’s office Nov. 22, acknowledges having the phone conversation but denies reaching any agreement. “Litigation settlement negotiations are in the purview of the attorney general,” Shipley said in statement. “A reasonable settlement and end to this case might be in the best interest of Oregonians, but I didn’t have the authority to make such a deal.” Brown’s spokeswoman, Kristen Grainger, also denies Glueck’s account. “This is another in a long line of desperate Oracle stunts, and it’s not true,” Grainger says. The different recollections of the Oct. 19 phone call could seem like just another round of finger-pointing between Oracle and state officials. But it’s more significant for a couple of reasons. First, Oracle is taking the unusual step of going public with this information, and Glueck says the company will file a lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court this week, asking a judge to enforce a $25 million settlement. “The governor’s office approached Oracle to settle this matter,” Glueck says. “There is no doubt we reached a firm agreement.” The second reason Glueck’s claim is significant is he says Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum were pursuing separate and uncoordinated paths to settlement. Neither elected official will discuss whether she communicated with the other about Oracle. By now, many Oregonians know the outline of the state’s dispute with Oracle. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government gave Oregon $300 mil8

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lion to build an online health insurance exchange. The state then hired Oracle, the world’s second-largest software company, with profits of nearly $10 billion last year, to build the website. The website never worked. In May 2014, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber, who was running for re-election and getting a lot of heat for Cover Oregon’s failure—asked Rosenblum to sue Oracle. (Disclosure: Rosenblum is married to Richard Meeker, co-owner of WW’s parent company.) The lawsuit she filed in August 2014 seeks $5.5 billion in damages from Oracle and six top company executives. Kitzhaber won re-election in November 2014, and Glueck says Kitzhaber’s chief of staff, Mike Bonetto, soon

briefly popped into the meeting, Glueck says. Shipley confirms both meetings occurred but will not comment. While Glueck was talking to Shipley, Oracle was also in separate conversations with the Oregon Department of Justice. Rosenblum had retained Eric English, a Portland lawyer specializing in settlements, to represent the DOJ. “Oracle had been informed that settlement discussions would be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Eric English,” says Michael Kron, a DOJ spokesman. Glueck says English first approached Oracle in December 2014 and communicated periodically with general counsel Daley, without success. Glueck thought it was “unusual” for the state to pursue

“This is anoTher in a long line of desperaTe oracle sTunTs, and iT’s noT True.” —Kristen GrainGer, Gov. Kate Brown’s spoKeswoman let Oracle know the state was interested in discussing a settlement. (Bonetto declined to comment.) Before that could happen, allegations of influence peddling enveloped Kitzhaber’s administration, leading to his Feb. 18 resignation and succession by Brown. The new governor quickly moved to put Kitzhaber’s mess behind her. On April 29, 2015, Shipley traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Glueck at Oracle’s office. “He strongly signaled they wanted to resolve this,” Glueck recalls. The following month, Glueck and Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley flew to Oregon to meet with Shipley and Brown’s deputy general counsel, Misha Issak. Brown

dual tracks. “They were both proposing different numbers and different ideas at different times,” he says. “English never actually put a number on the table until after we entered into our agreement with the governor.” The DOJ disagrees with Glueck’s characterization that the agency has dragged its feet. “We have always been more than willing to engage in constructive discussion involving designated individuals from each side,” says Kron. “That could lead to a realistic and fair outcome. But we also have a trial date in 2017, and are actively preparing.” How a settlement might occur is complicated. “There’s not much case law on this issue,” says Paul Diller,


who teaches at the Willamette University College of Law. The case was originally brought at a governor’s request, and the state is the AG’s client. Yet Rosenblum filed the lawsuit, and she controls racketeering claims against Oracle executives. Glueck says Shipley assured him the governor’s office could get Rosenblum to agree and if not, the governor’s office would announce the agreement, effectively forcing the AG to agree. Shipley declined to comment. Shipley and Glueck met or talked six times. Glueck says he and Shipley agreed Oct. 19 to a non-cash arrangement. Oracle would compensate the state by providing $10 million in software licenses and $5 million worth of computer hosting services, and by funding a $10 million educational program called the Oregon Technology Partnership. Oracle would also drop all claims against Oregon. Josh Kardon, a contract lobbyist for Oracle, says Shipley confirmed to him in a conversation Oct. 23 that he’d reached a verbal agreement with the company. Shipley confirmed speaking to Kardon but declined to elaborate. Told of the terms of the alleged agreement, David Friedman, a professor at the Willamette University College of Law, says he’s impressed. “I think it would be a good deal for the state of Oregon because I just don’t think Oregon is ever going to see a dime otherwise,” Friedman says. Moreover, he adds, the feds would probably reclaim any cash Oregon recovered from Oracle.

“Settlement would be also good for Oracle,” Friedman says. “The only loser would be the private law firms that have been retained to litigate this.” But the settlement didn’t happen. Ten days later, Glueck says, Shipley told him he couldn’t get the AG on board. “I said: ‘Well, Brian, we specifically asked this six months ago, and you assured us the governor was going to bring the AG along. This is bad faith,’” Glueck recalls. “He said: ‘I know what we said. We can’t bring the AG along.’” Shipley declined to comment, except to say there was no deal. Brown’s and Rosenblum’s offices both deny Oracle ever had any agreement with the state to settle or that the AG quashed a deal with Oracle. Rosenblum declined to be interviewed, and Kron, her spokesman, declined to address whether or what Shipley told the Department of Justice, saying only there was no deal. “The state and Cover Oregon paid more than $240 million for Oracle products and services that never worked as promised, and spent more than $100 million more remediating Oracle’s mistakes,” Kron says. “In that context, a hypothetical settlement for $25 million in Oracle goods and services would be completely unacceptable.” Glueck says Rosenblum has another reason to dislike the deal: politics. Keeping the litigation alive gives her ammunition in her current re-election campaign, he says, and suits the financial interests of the Markowitz Herbold law firm, which the state has already paid nearly $4 million in the Oracle case. “The AG is using this litigation as a re-election tool,” Glueck says, “and the Markowitz firm has every incentive to continue to bill hourly.” Glueck points to fundraising emails Rosenblum has sent identifying the Oracle case as a reason voters might want to support her. “It’s been just over three years since I was sworn in as Oregon’s first female Attorney General,” Rosenblum writes in a fundraising email. “Could you have imagined some of the opportunities and challenges we’ve faced? How about taking on a multibillion-dollar corporation that blew what was to have been a model state health exchange website?” Dan Kully, who’s running Rosenblum’s reelection campaign, says Glueck is wrong. “Every single day, she’s fighting to hold Oracle accountable and get the best outcome possible for Oregon taxpayers,” Kully says. Oracle has every motivation to portray the state as unreasonable. It’s in Oracle’s financial and reputational interests to end the fight with Oregon, especially if it can escape with a relatively modest payment. But Oracle is confident enough in its story to file a new lawsuit memorializing the alleged verbal settlement and asking a judge to enforce it. Grainger, Brown’s spokeswoman, questions Oracle’s intentions. “Oracle is telling the media that they want to enforce a nonexistent settlement agreement and that they want to settle, yet they haven’t responded to settlement counsel and they haven’t gone through proper channels to do that,” she says. “Their intentions are a little bit murky at best.” Friedman, the Willamette University professor, says settlement is the appropriate outcome. “Litigation will take forever,” he adds. “And everything Oregon recovers—even punitive damages—will end up going back to the federal government.” Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016






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Promises, promises.

Every four years, candidates for Portland mayor pledge to reinvent the city, making it more prosperous, sustainable and just. They say they’ll raise workers’ wages, hire more cops, fill potholes, expand bike lanes, create jobs, hold down water and sewer rates, house the homeless and promote inclusion—all while keeping to a budget, maintaining current programs and avoiding cuts. Why do we believe? Because every four years, candidates tap into our collective sense of worry that the Portland we love is slipping through our fingers. That fear reminds us that Portland can and should do better. It’s a longing for a hero. A Supermayor. The need is more acute this year, because no incumbent is running for re-election. WW endorsed Charlie Hales in 2012, hoping the former city commissioner would be a Mr. Fix-It with the business acumen and urban-planning idealism to steer the city. Hales made some headway. He trimmed fat in city bureaus, invested in community policing and embraced Silicon Valley. But he also ran into some walls: an ill-conceived “street fee,” a crisis of skyrocketing rents, a homeless problem that seemed intractable, and a chilly relationship with many of his fellow commissioners. “Expectations were much higher,” says Jewel Lansing, Portland’s elected auditor in the 1980s and author of a book on Portland history. “He didn’t come through.” In the next five months, candidates seeking to replace Hales will make their case that they can get the city back on track. Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey have already launched their campaigns. Portland State University program manager Sarah Iannarone is expected to announce her candidacy this month (see sidebar, page 14). Wheeler and Bailey are already trying to outdo each other’s pledges to make longtime social ills magically disappear. We’ve heard Wheeler say he will build enough shelters so no one has to sleep outside by the second year of his first term, though he has yet to offer a concrete plan. Bailey has made similar promises—vowing to cut Portland’s homelessness in half in his first term. Talk is cheap. We’re here to help. WW talked to three dozen Portlanders—economists, politicians, activists and residents—to ask them about the city issues that aren’t getting enough attention in the mayor’s race. We’ve then distilled their answers into a list of seven tasks. These aren’t the only issues we hope to hear candidates talking about in the next five months. Instead, this list is a blueprint for the kind of big, bold ideas we expect from Portland’s next mayor. Think of it as a playbook for being the hero Portland deserves. CONT. on page 13

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GARDEN APARTMENTS! BUILD (CUTE AND SMALL) APARTMENTS. The most urgent challenge facing Portland? Soon, no one but the well-heeled will be able to pay rent or mortgages west of 82nd Avenue. The next mayor must find a way to add housing supply in a city where the cramped 2.6 percent vacancy rate is driving the average apartment rent to $1,200 a month. One elegant solution? Change Portland’s zoning and parking codes to bring back modestly scaled buildings such as “garden apartments.” Sixty years ago, during another population boom, Portland’s zoning allowed for more housing types in neighborhoods. That’s why, tucked into coveted neighborhoods like Irvington and Ladd’s Addition, you still see charming old duplexes and grand homes carved into smaller apartments. Building those types of homes is now illegal in much of Portland. So are garden apartments—the single-story apartment complexes with eight or 10 units clustered around open, grassy courtyards. (An exemption is possible—with a long public process.) No new multiplexes are allowed on neighborhood streets zoned for single-family homes except on some corners. In the late 1950s, when cars took over as the primary means of transportation, Portland adopted zoning regula-

tions that made single-family dwellings the primary form of housing that could be built in Portland neighborhoods. “We’ve got large amounts of Portland where the most you can build on a 5,000-square-foot lot, even within walking distance of downtown, is a single house,” says small-scale developer and general contractor Eli Spevak. “In any kind of urban-planning framework, it doesn’t make sense.” Chris Smith, a transportation activist and member of the Portland Planning Commission, says allowing small multifamily buildings could quickly increase housing supply. “If you could take an existing house that’s large and convert it into a fourplex,” he says, “that could produce good, affordable housing.” In Seattle, where residents have faced a similar problem, a planning commission member there estimated that allowing one triplex per block in single-family zones could add 30,000 additional homes to the city. “It’s not going to be some instantaneous change,” Spevak says, “but it’s pretty dramatic how many units you can absorb.” Bringing back garden apartments would create new housing options on a smaller scale than hulking apartment buildings. In return, the policy change demands a concession from neighborhood associations: no more parking requirements for new, smaller apartment buildings and complexes. The next mayor must make the case. “Keep Portland affordable” and “Keep Portland cute” aren’t mutually exclusive.

MAKE CYCLING SAFER. Since former Mayor Sam Adams left office, the pedal power of the longtime “best bicycle city in America” has slowed, like a Zoobomber riding uphill. Nothing demonstrates that slowdown more vividly than how downtown Portland has fallen behind other U.S. cities—from Chicago to Salt Lake City—in giving cyclists



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physically protected lanes. We’re not talking about green paint. The safest lanes for bicycles are separated from traffic by raised curbs and planters: anything that physically boxes out cars and gives bikes their own roads. You can find a local model on Northeast Multnomah Street. A variation—which uses parked cars as a barrier— runs along Southwest Broadway at Portland State University. But don’t look for any other examples in downtown. “The fact that one of the best bicycle cities in America doesn’t have a protected space for people to bike downtown is a huge embarrassment,” says Jonathan Maus, editor of advocacy website BikePortland. “We’re putting up little plastic wands that immediately get knocked over by cars. How quickly those things get ripped up is pretty telling.” This is about more than regaining a place of pride. It’s showing tangible commitment to the “Vision Zero” rhetoric officials spout about eliminating traffic deaths. Protecting cyclists wouldn’t take a lot of money: The mayor could start by simply ordering classic concrete “jersey barriers” along five high-traffic routes to work. Ugly? Sure. But it beats deadly. A lot of klutzy tourists are going to be hopping on rented Nike-sponsored bikes starting this summer, without a single protected lane—a hazard City Hall should fix.

TAKE A TAX HOLIDAY. The next mayor must spark innovation and creativity in the city’s entrenched bureaucracies. That means hitting the “pause” button on tax proposals. Compared with other big U.S. cities, Portland’s tax burden on individuals sits in the middle of the pack, according to a report from the chief financial officer of Washington, D.C. But the last two Portland mayors expended goodwill on tax schemes: Adams on an arts tax, Hales on a street fee that went nowhere. Next week, city officials will vote to refer a gas tax to the May ballot. City officials are also contemplating fixing homelessness with an affordable-housing bond. “There’s never a problem that can’t be solved with a check,” says Eric Fruits, the former chairman of Multnomah County’s Republican Party. “Any time someone comes up with a new issue, the knee-jerk response is, ‘Let’s come up with a new revenue source.’” Some of these responses are good ideas. When the gas tax comes to our editorial board, we’ll consider the proposal on its merits. But these measures disguise a deeper problem: City Hall still can’t balance its checkbook. City revenue increased 17 percent to $1.6 billion in 2014, nearing an all-time high. Yet the city is still spending more than it brings in. The next mayor must grapple with the fact that Portland faces a dire reckoning with its long-term finances. When Hales took office in 2013, the city’s expenses exceeded revenue for eight of the 10 previous years, the auditor’s office says. The city balanced its budget partly by breaking out its credit card, using debt to cover spending. At the same time, huge liabilities loom—including obligations to fund retirement accounts and maintain assets. “We remain concerned about the long-term fiscal sustainability of the city,” says Drummond Kahn, director of the Portland Audit Services Division. “There are known costs and risks that could extend for decades.” Yet Portland spends money outside the city’s domain: close to $1 million funding TriMet passes for students in Portland Public Schools and $129,000 for community college scholarships. Several of the city’s bureaucracies—including those handling bridges, mental health and gang outreach—are duplicated by the county, with both governments refusing

to clarify who’s in charge. If the next mayor wants voters to support new programs or spending decisions, he or she will first need to convince them that the city has taken a comprehensive look at its long-term budget, and isn’t just patching holes using taxpayers as an ATM. In other words: Take a two-year break from tax-hunting, and use that time to decide how the city can balance its budgets long-term. Then we can talk taxes.


MAKE IT EASIER TO FIRE BAD COPS. The next mayor needs to know when the city’s police force acts wrongly against citizens, and have the power to fire a bad cop. That’s an authority the next mayor must fight to win. Language in the city’s labor contract with the Portland Police Association all but guarantees the city can’t dump a bad cop. The contract says when the mayor fires an officer, the union can appeal to an arbitrator, who gets the final say. That’s why Mayor Hales last month was forced to rehire Ron Frashour, the officer who in 2010 killed an unarmed black man named Aaron Campbell by shooting him in the back. The next mayor needs to change that language and other clauses in the contract that protect violent officers. That includes abolishing the so-called “48-hour rule” that gives officers who kill Portlanders two days before they have to answer questions about the shooting. “It’s an important thing to get out of the contract,” says Dan Handelman, who’s been birddogging police with his activist group Portland Copwatch since 1992. Hales promised in his 2012 campaign to change that rule. Once in office, however, he could not remove the 48-hour rule from the union’s 2013 contract. “The police don’t want it, but if you’re willing to offer them something that they really want, they might forgo it,” says City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who was police commissioner under Adams. “It’s negotiable.” The police union has something it wants very much: more cops. Despite historically low crime rates, union president Daryl Turner claims Portland needs to increase the force by more than one-third. Both Wheeler and Bailey opened their campaigns by suggesting they would hire more cops. They’re throwing away a valuable bargaining chip. The next mayor of this city should link hiring of officers with the power to properly investigate and fire cops.

ACT LOCALLY ON CLIMATE CHANGE. Portland prides itself on being a global model for standing against fossil fuels warming the planet. The next mayor must start fighting the effects of climate change on constituents. Multnomah County Chief Operating Officer Marissa Madrigal recalls how public health officials warned people to stay indoors last summer when massive wildfires filled the air with smoke. “A cruise along 82nd that day revealed apartment after apartment with open win-

dows and kids sitting outside,” she says. “I could feel the smoke in my chest after only a few minutes outside between the car and the supermarket. But what choice did they have? Risk heat stroke inside or breath toxic air outside.” Madrigal says the next mayor must prepare for extreme climate events to become more common. That means planting trees in East Portland to break up the sizzling stretches of asphalt parking lots. And it means being ready to open community centers and indoor pools for free during heat waves and fires. “When you’re making a plan,” she says, “don’t forget the people who don’t have options.” The next mayor must jump-start programs that have already shown results. Then-Mayor Adams’ food-composting program greatly reduced the volume of garbage sent to landfills, reducing carbon emissions, but it’s still not mandatory at apartment complexes— where one-third of all Portlanders live. Adams also offered financial incentives to build eco-roofs. During his term, Portland added close to 400,000 square feet of rooftop vegetation that absorbs carbon dioxide and provides other environmental benefits. The incentive expired under Hales. Eco-roof building has dropped significantly. Hales made climate change a signature issue—and took some good steps, like last year’s resolution to block fossil-fuel companies from expanding their pipelines, tanks and terminals in Portland. The next mayor should continue with Adams’ and Hales’ zeal—but focus the city’s energy on solutions that directly impact Portlanders. “Portland already has a built-in lead that it risks losing,” says Bob Sallinger of the Portland Audubon Society. “One of the things the next mayor could do is revive the investment in green infrastructure and really make sure Portland is the greenest city in America.” CONT. on page 15 Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016



Iannarone Ready to Run SARAH IANNARONE




new candidate is expected to enter the race for Portland mayor this week. Sarah Iannarone, an assistant program director at Portland State University, will declare this week she’s running for mayor, sources tell WW. Iannarone, who has never before sought public office, would become the first woman to join the race to replace incumbent Mayor Charlie Hales. The race is currently headlined by Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. (Seven other candidates, all men, have filed in the race.) Iannarone, 42, works as assistant director of the PSU program First Stop Portland, which hosts delegations of visitors from the U.S. and abroad to study Portland’s sustainable infrastructure—from bike lanes to the Portland Streetcar. Her annual salary is $51,780. At First Stop Portland, Iannarone serves as deputy to Nancy Hales—who has run the program since 2009, three years before her husband, Charlie Hales, was elected mayor. Sources tell WW that Charlie Hales urged Iannarone to enter the race. He decided in October not to seek a second term.

Iannarone did not return calls from WW seeking comment. But people who’ve worked with her say she would make a promising candidate. “She’s high-energy,” says Adam Davis, founder of the polling firm Davis Hibbitts & Midghall. “She is smart. She is driven.” Davis serves on the First Stop Portland advisory board. He worked with Iannarone on a Metro research project around 2008. “Her north star is livability and quality of life in our region,” he says. “I think she’d make a great mayor.” In a town of foodies and environmentalists, Iannarone could draw voter interest. She and her husband, Nick Iannarone, own the Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe in Southeast Portland’s Mount Scott neighborhood. She opened the cafe a year after graduating from college in 2006, and helped found First Stop Portland in 2008. Iannarone is a doctoral candidate in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at PSU. She serves on several city committees—Hales recently named her to a committee advising the Portland Development Commission, the city’s urban renewal agency.

“I think Portland should have a really smart conversation about its future,” says Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini bandleader and a community activist who once considered running for mayor himself. “Her presence will force that conversation. It’s too early to tell how it will all go down, but for the first time, I’m excited about the mayor’s race in Portland.” She’s the second woman to be recruited for the mayor’s race by Charlie Hales. Shortly before announcing in October that he would not seek a second term as mayor, Hales encouraged Multnomah County chief operating officer Marissa Madrigal to run for the job (“Charlie Sails Away,” WW, Oct. 28, 2015). Madrigal decided not to run. Iannarone’s candidacy would add an element of unpredictability to a race that was shaping up as a head-to-head contest between Wheeler and Bailey (see below). With her experience advocating bicycle transportation and greater urban density, Iannarone could siphon the votes of Portland’s young liberals away from Bailey. Those votes are crucial in the May primary, where voters are usually older and more conservative. But her candidacy also increases the likelihood of a runoff in the November general election. In a presidential election year, like this one, November voters are often younger and more liberal. That could be bad news for Wheeler, a Democrat seen as the more conservative candidate in the race. “I think it complicates the race for Ted,” says Davis, the pollster. “It would jeopardize the victory of 50 percent plus one in the primary if she comes across as a credible candidate.” Iannarone has kept her plans for a mayoral run closely guarded. The only previous public clue? A post on Twitter in November, responding to a WW story about architect Stuart Emmons mulling a run for the City Council. “Because what’s sorely needed in Portland politics is another middle-aged white guy,” wrote Innarone.







Age: 53 Home neighborhood: Southwest Hills Jobs held: Oregon state treasurer, 2010-present; Multnomah County chairman, 2007-10; finance and investing. Bold campaign pledge: “I will not permit any individual who was a paid member of my campaign or my mayoral staff to lobby me or my office on behalf of a private entity. This prohibition will extend through my full four-year term in office.”

Age: 36 Home neighborhood: Multnomah Village Jobs held: County commissioner, 2014-present; Oregon state representative for inner Southeast and Northeast Portland, 2009-14; consultant. Bold campaign pledge: “We need to raise the minimum wage.”

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MAKE THE OFFICE OF EQUITY WORK—OR START OVER. Adams and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz worked together in 2011 to launch a city bureau devoted to equity for women, minorities, immigrants and the disabled. The Office of Equity mission statement says it will break down “systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources.” But the office is almost entirely focused on internal matters. It has had successes: Most notably, it backed a city resolution to ban employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories. More often, it conducts sensitivity training. City Hall sources complain it’s a feel-good operation that rarely produces practical results. “Most people I talk to agree it’s ineffective,” says Fred Stewart, an African-American businessman who is running against City Commissioner Steve Novick. “It’s internal. Nobody out in the public feels it.” The next mayor must ensure the Office of Equity gets results that regular Portlanders can see. Minority contracting would be a good place to start. City rules direct contracting dollars to women-owned and minority businesses. But those rules include a loophole: “Emerging small businesses” owned by white men qualify, too. That allows the city to claim it is meeting its equity goals—without actually giving the contracts to women and minorities. Maurice Rahming, an African-American who is president of O’Neill Electric, says the Office of Equity shows little interest in toughening the city’s contracting rules. “You would think this would be their biggest issue,” says Rahming, who sits on the city’s Equitable Contracting and Purchasing Commission. Judith Mowry, a senior policy adviser with the Office of Equity, says here colleagues have worked to address the disparities but can’t do it alone. “We’re influencers,” she says. The next mayor must give the Office of Equity authority to address the loophole. The mayor should also examine bureau leadership. Director Dante James violated city policy in 2014 by telling a female employee she had “beautiful eyes,” and disbanded a citywide equity committee that clashed with him. James doesn’t even work in Portland right now. He’s been “loaned” to Oakland until April, helping that city open an equity office following Portland’s model. The next mayor should welcome James back, then give him tangible goals for making a fairer city.

PREPARE FOR THE BIG ONE. Every New Yorker subscriber knows about the catastrophic earthquake that will someday strike Portland, pancaking buildings, bridges and schools. The next mayor must prepare the city by making the owners of dangerous buildings reduce the hazards. City officials estimate 60 percent of buildings in Portland are older than the seismic safety codes that came into existence in 1978. Current city code says buildings need retrofitting only when owners significantly remodel their buildings or change the type of occupancy. The city also has an estimated 1,800 buildings that are highly vulnerable to severe earthquake

COMPOSTS! damage because they’re made from unreinforced masonry. That includes churches and schools. City Hall is seeking tougher rules requiring the owners of those especially perilous buildings to make them safe by a deadline that’s likely to be decades away. The next mayor must follow through—and then go further, by using creative measures to sweeten the incentives for complying with the rules as quickly as possible. “As requirements kick in, people are going to come back and say, ‘We can’t do this,’” says Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. “The next mayor should continue to push to get assistance for people who are required to reinforce their buildings.” And those aren’t the only buildings that could flatten Portland. About 100,000 homes built before 1975 aren’t bolted to their foundations. The next mayor, Novick says, will need to aid efforts to pass a statewide requirement that owners disclose this fact before they sell their houses. He or she also will need to persuade industry along the Willamette River to secure their large fuel tanks, both so the fuel doesn’t contaminate the river and so emergency responders can gas up their vehicles in the event disaster strikes. “Indirectly, it will save lives,” says Carmen Merlo, director of the Bureau of Emergency Mangement. “Ensuring an adequate source of fuel is vitally important.” Merlo’s bureau has made a list of how to respond in the aftermath of a megaquake. The next mayor must make a similar list—but one for before the quake, prioritizing which pieces of Portland infrastructure need bracing, year by year. (This is part of the long-term budgeting we talked about.) The next mayor can’t save us all. But he or she must make hard decisions about how to preserve the city in a disaster. Talking about earthquakes reminds us: Perhaps more than any other quality, Portlanders need a mayor who will offer the city stability. That means we need a mayor who will stick around. This city hasn’t had a mayor last more than one term since Vera Katz won for a third time in 2000. The job requires endurance—and that will require picking priorities, then sticking to them no matter the political winds. In these pages, we’ve offered a few of our big ideas. We expect to hear more—both from candidates and citizens. But what we most want to see is somebody with a compass so firm that he or she can still navigate when big ideas meet with fierce opposition. This is a changing city. Whoever gets elected this year must guide Portland with 2020 vision, understanding that in four years the city will face new dilemmas and new opportunities. The next mayor will become a superhero by expecting the unexpected—and not giving up. “That’s the simplest way,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish, “to describe how to be successful in this building.” Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016



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TWEEDY IN THE TREES: Pickathon has rarely relied on big-name performers to sell itself, but that’s changing this year, as Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy is slated to headline the annual roots-and-more gathering. He’s not the only major leaguer heading to the woods of Happy Valley this summer, either. Indie-rock lifers Yo La Tengo, dream-pop favorites Beach House and shape-shifting garage rocker Ty Segall are also scheduled to appear. Other highlights include instrumental hip-hop trio BadBadNotGood, electronic party-starter Dan Deacon, folk transient Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Thee Oh Sees, who previously shredded the festival’s tiny Galaxy Barn venue in 2013. Pickathon takes place Aug. 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm. TWEEDY Tickets are on sale. ACALZONE: Even with increasingly stiff competition, Apizza Scholls has made Portland’s best pizza for a decade. Making Portland’s best calzone should be a cinch. Chef Brian Spangler announced plans to do just that last weekend. Those calzones will come from new ovens, which will be installed in March, and will be joined on the menu by artisan bread. “I’m experimenting with the calzones in our old ovens,” Spangler says. “I can make bread in my sleep, but I’ve been wanting a separate deck with steam injection. Finally getting my dream oven.” WIMPY’S PUNCHES OUT: Northwest 21st Avenue’s best bar is closing to become a game room for another bar. Wimpy’s—the dim, friendly dive that long adjoined O’Brien’s and then Dark Horse Pub—closed abruptly Jan. 16. Wimpy’s was well-loved by neighborhood regulars as a hidden secret amid an increasingly unpleasant stretch of bars (see “The Douchification of Northwest 21st Avenue,” WW, April 20, 2012). According to former bar manager Kelsey Anderson-Tanabe, rising rents and a downturn in business meant the Dark Horse owners couldn’t keep Wimpy’s open as a separate bar, so it will be absorbed into Dark Horse as a game room. OREGON BEER AWARDS: The only statewide competition to celebrate Oregon beers, WW’s Oregon Beer Awards, will take place Feb. 23 at Revolution Hall. Under competition director Ben Edmunds of Breakside Brewery, a judging panel of more than 40 beer-industry insiders, brewers and bar owners sampled 500-plus beers from across the state in a blind tasting. Black Lodge—a band featuring brewers John Harris of Ecliptic and Ron Gansberg of Cascade—will perform, and the competition will be emceed by comic Amy Miller. Tickets go on sale Jan. 20 at oregonbeerawards. Tickets are $15 and include an artisanal sandwich and a beer. You may, of course, buy many, many more beers, all among the best in the state.


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The X-Files returns Sunday, Jan. 24, as a Fox miniseries. The premiere will screen for free at 7 pm at the Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527, The X-Files is available for streaming through Hulu.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 The BlazerHood: Blazers vs. Hawks

We dug through nine seasons of The X-Files for the best stand-alone episodes from each season—whose charms have nothing to do with the smoking man, pan-galactic conspiracies or Dana Scully’s miracle baby. BY JAY HORTON


[COMEDY] What goes better with basketball than jokes? Local comedians Dylan Reiff and Nick Walker kick off their new biweekly “anti-bro” NBAthemed comedy show, the BlazerHood, which will bring together local comics and sports personalities to provide alternative color commentary during live Blazers games. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. 7:30 pm. Suggested $5 donation.

THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

[THUGGISH, RUGGISH] The smooth, rich, G-funk-saturated sound of Bone Thugs-NHarmony is a dying breed these days, but the Cleveland natives just keep rolling, with a new album and tour. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $30 advance, $35 day of show. All ages.

Frankenstein: A Cabaret

[FERTILE GROUND] A theater experiment that transplants Shelley’s classic into modern Portland. It sets the monster tale to folk music and adds feminist commentary from female-identifying locals— exactly what the Fertile Ground Festival is meant for. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, 1464 SE 2nd Ave., 10 pm. $20.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 Purgator, Inc.


[THEATER] A dark sitcom about office workers in the afterlife kicks off Action/ Adventure Theatre’s annual Pilot Season, a monthlong series where four playwrights stage a show for one weekend each. The audiences’ favorite play gets fully staged later this season. Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St., 8 pm. $12 advance, 15 day of show.

SATURDAY, JAN. 23 Cellarfest

[BEER] Every year, Bailey’s Taproom opens its cellars and pours from its estimable collection of aged beers—this year, that includes 2006 smoked porter from Alaskan, a 2009 quad from Deschutes, and a 2011 Lagunitas “Gnarleywine.” Admission is free, but show up early: This gets crowded. Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, 295-1004. Noon.

SUNDAY, JAN. 24 Majical Cloudz

[PROVOCATEUR] Few performers can terrify a crowd with eye contact quite like Majical Cloudz mastermind Devon Welsh, with a performance-art approach to pop that dwells on emotive vocal delivery and shadowy electronica. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 2883895. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016



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Sierra Nevada’s annual Bigfoot barleywine has long been collected by beer nerds and six-pack lovers alike. Saraveza has assembled a three-year vertical, with a special barrel-aged version of the 2014 release also hitting taps. PARKER HALL. Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St., 206-4252. 6 pm.

Know Your ABCs Fruited Sour Tasting

A is for apricot, B is for boysenberry and C is for cherry, as Alameda, Base Camp and Coalition get together to share three special fruited sour brews with beer and alphabet fans. Flat Tail skips two letters to join, with two versions of its peach ale on tap. Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, 3090 SE Division St. 971-302-6899. 6-9 pm.

THURSDAY, JAN. 21 No Wheat? No Sweat

Bazi is serving gluten-free ales from Belgium’s Green’s, cider from Cider Riot and a whole lot of polenta, kale and a gluten-free Belgian waffle. Pour out a Lemmy’s cider for the newly departed. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888. 6:30 pm. $29.

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Every year, Bailey’s Taproom opens its cellars and pours aged beers like a 2006 smoked porter from Alaskan, a 2009 quad from Deschutes or a 2011 Lagunitas “Gnarleywine.” Admission is free, but get there early: CellarFest is notoriously crowded. Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, 295-1004. Noon.

Where to eat this week. 1. Tastebud

7783 SW Capitol Highway, 234-0330, Tastebud’s excellent wood-fired pies make it the best new restaurant Multnomah Village has seen in a generation, with thoughtfully constructed flavor combinations. $$.

2. Straits Kitchen

1112 SE Tacoma St., 971-325-7323, Portland’s first and only BabaNyonya cart serves up Chinese Malaysian fare, including some seriously addictive soy-lime-jalapeño fried chicken bites. $.

3. Olympia Oyster Bar

4214 N Mississippi Ave., 841-6316, The newly opened Olympia is serving up a deep selection of Olympia oysters—whether on the half-shell or in fanciful preparations like de-shelled oysters in a little bird’s nest of toasted phyllo. $$$.

4. La Fuente

12198 SW Main St., Tigard, 639-3653, Tigard’s La Fuente is our new favorite family Mexican spot, with barbecued lamb and chile Colorado made with meat from spareribs. $.

5. Nakhon

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3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 971-279-5395. Get some southern Thai fried chicken, alongside dishes of searing spice. $$.

FOR VEGANS ONLY: Next Level’s too-plain patties.

Next Level Burger As with tobacco, liquor and lottery games, no one ever went broke making vegan junk food. Next Level Burger, a Bend-based chain that opened its first Portland location inside the old Pita Pit on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, is in no danger of failing to attract a loyal clientele with its plant-based burgers, dogs and BLTs. But owner Matt de Gruyter, a former private equity executive, Order this: Grilled cheese, tomato soup, shakes. hasn’t been quiet about his goal I’ll pass: Burgers. of going national. To get that far, I think Next Level needs to make some changes. Not to the grilled cheese ($5) and tomato soup ($2.50). That plate was the best thing we had—the soup was fresh and spicy, with a salsalike kick. The sandwich has a cheese that’s more gooey than flavorful, but benefits from the inclusion of fresh tomatoes and onions. The burger patties come in six styles. I’ve had four in my three visits, and none managed to transcend the supermarket Gardenburger. The house’s soy-based burger patty is dry and cooked cleanly, in a manner that leaves you without much to remember it by. The raw, sliced onions and yellow mustard overpower what’s there—grilling the onions would go a long way on this burger. The “tangy” tempeh burger ($6.75), meanwhile, has almost no tang and is loosely pressed and textureless, most of its flavor coming from a very good vegan mayonnaise. When it comes to dairy replacements, Next Level is doing pretty well. A coconut milk-based chocolate shake and a soy-based pumpkin spice shake were both good, if just a little chalky, and a plate of chili cheese fries with three-bean chili was exactly the sort of comforting, classic junk-food dish I could imagine vegans searching out. There are a lot of them, too—which bodes well for Next Level, even if omnivores might demand some tweaks. MARTIN CIZMAR. EAT: Next Level Burger, 4121 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 719-7058, 8 am-9 pm daily.


Hop Henge 2015 (DESCHUTES)

Hops don’t always taste how you’d expect. Experimental varieties, such as the two found in Deschutes’ excellent new version of Hop Henge IPA, are unpredictable. Even after they’re chopped and dried, you can’t be sure how the bittering agent in beer will interact with sweet malt and hungry yeast. “Each year, at hop selection, we walk through the experimental hop yards to rub new varieties. We generally select six to 10 that we think could be promising in beer,” says brewer Ryan Schmiege. “It’s very interesting that what may smell amazing in the field does not always translate into the beer.” A hop that smells like fresh-squeezed lemonade can end up tasting like rotting onions. Well, this year Deschutes got lucky with two new varieties from Yakima Valley growers, which they teamed with Mandarina Bavaria. The current Hop Henge is a hefty 8 percent ABV, but still manages to offer refreshing notes of peach and the zest of a ruby red grapefruit. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR.




RIBBING: Reo Varnado has found his groove since moving to Hollywood.


is a mystery: Neither the outdated website nor a waitress was able to provide more information than “wood.” The spareribs came with a healthy ladle of BY WA LT E R M AC M U R DO Reo’s Mississippi-style barbecue sauce, an apparent relative to Kansas City-style tomato-based In the summer of 2014, things were not looking sauces. Ketchupy in consistency, the vinegar bite great for Reo’s Ribs, the eponymous barbethat defines most sauces took a backseat cue joint owned by Snoop Dogg’s to pepper and jammy red fruit. uncle. Pitmaster Reo VarnaThe acidity was, surprisingly, do’s ribs finished a humilinot missed: The smoke, ating 20th out of 22 in fat and sugar played WW’s Portland tastenicely together to a off, with the author pleasant, if extremely shellacking the ribs heavy, finish. as “encrusted in char The sides, served in sealed by burnt and hefty portions, showed remelted sugar” and a less improvement. sauce described as “an On the good side, the infelicitous combination cornbread was sweet, soft of liquid smoke and molasses.” and buttery, with enough strucDamn, dogg. tural integrity to use as a mop for Since then, Reo’s has moved Order this: Spareribs plate leftover sauce. The potato salad with potato salad and from outer Southeast Powell was delightfully simple, smooth collard mustard greens ($12). Boulevard to the former location like mashed potatoes and simply of Hollywood Burger Bar, which flavored with mayonnaise. The sat at the corner of Northeast Sandy Boulevard collard mustard greens, albeit quite salty, were and 42nd Avenue for 61 years. Inside, Varnado, tender and peppery, and generously loaded with who looks like a retired NFL lineman in a plas- chunks of smoked ham. On the less-than-good tic hairnet, slow-cooks his meat in a barrel grill side, the mac and cheese was rubbery and flaon the sidewalk, where enormous belches of vorless, and the fried okra, despite its wonderful delectably scented white smoke waft through crunch, tasted like seawater. traffic toward the Hollywood Theatre. There are fancier and better barbecue Varnado kept the Hollywood Burger Bar’s old- places in Portland. Nonetheless, Reo’s has timey charm when he took over the space, with an old-fashioned charm that only a patina of many photos of the former restaurant framed grease and smoke can bring to a barbecue joint. above the door and to the left of a promotional It certainly helps that it has some of the cheapposter of his nephew’s 2002 album Paid tha Cost to est meals in town: every meat plate is $12 and Be da Bo$$. However, he infused its lunch counter, comes with two sides and cornbread, and the checkerboard linoleum floor and white-painted $6 sandwich combo, coming with a free soft faux columns with so much smoke that the new drink and side of coleslaw or fries, is among the Reo’s smells like it has been there for 80 years. cheapest in town. If Reo’s was priced alongside It may be the new location or a change in highfalutin $20-a-plate barbecue, it would be recipe, but the meat was damn good. Reo’s a disappointment. At $12, it’s a steal. You can spareribs have a thick bark and a vivid fuchsia have your bougie-cue. I’ll be at Reo’s. interior, but are not so aggressively smoky as to overpower the pork, which was suitably fatty EAT: Reo’s Ribs, 4211 NE Sandy Blvd., 719-6291. and coaxed from the bone with little effort. The 10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm variety of wood Varnado uses to smoke his ribs Sunday.





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Willamette Week’s Annual Guide to Volunteering for Nonprofits. Welcome to WW’s 2016 Volunteer Guide The idea here goes something like this: You were generous financially with our 2015 Give!Guide. Now, as the new year begins, you may want to invest some of your valuable sweat equity in a local nonprofit, but you’re not sure where to start. That’s why we publish this guide, to help you further the causes you support and to help make Portland an even greater city than it is now: a city that works for everyone.

in shelter settings. We provide spay/ neuter and microchip assistance to animals in need. Through our volunteer foster network, we are able to provide a loving home environment where we can get to know our dogs and fully assess their needs. Must Love Dogs NW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that relies 100 percent on the generosity of the community. Help us make a difference today. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

More than 60 worthy nonprofits have identified their needs in the pages of this guide. If you can fill one of them, terrific! If you know someone else who can, point that person in the right direction. Let’s get started.


adoption, foster and medical care, and low-cost spay/neuter programs, plus other high-quality programs and services that help homeless cats and keep cats in homes. Together with our community, we strive to make the Portland metro area one of the best places in the country for cats, kittens and the people who care for them. Join us in saving lives! HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Bring your passion for cats and skills with people to CAT. Make purr-fect matches as an adoption counselor, foster a litter of kittens, represent CAT at events, provide daily care for shelter cats, assist clients, or help with office tasks. However you choose to volunteer, your efforts save lives!

Nancy Puro 503-925-8903, ext. 258


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or simply born on the street, FCCO provides care for the homeless cats living in our community. As the only organization in Portland caring exclusively for feral and stray cats, our spay/neuter services improve cats’ lives and prevent future generations of homeless kittens. Since our founding in 1995, we have spayed/neutered almost 80,000 cats! HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? If you’re

a team player who cares about cats, we need you! We’ll fi nd a volunteer position that matches your interests and skills. From hands-on help with cats to behind-the-scenes projects, our growing volunteer program has many opportunities to get involved and help cats in need. Olivia Hinton 503-797-2606


Since 2008, Must Love Dogs NW has been deeply committed to ending pet homelessness in our community. We strive to educate the public on responsible dog ownership, behavior modification, and training assistance. We work to fi nd homes for dogs that are abused, neglected, homeless or about to be homeless, and those

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Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Experience the joy of helping a dog in need and making a difference in your community. Whether you’re interested in fostering, acting as an adoption counselor, events or fundraising, we’d love to have you on our team! George Martin 844-364-7690


Project POOCH youth learn compassion and respect for life through daily interactions with dogs, staff, volunteers and adopters. Youth develop critical social and life skills and establish a strong work ethic. Once released, youth volunteer, fi nd employment, attend college, and turn their lives around, making for safer communities throughout Portland, where POOCH youth and dogs build successful, happy lives. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? POOCH

ambassadors raise awareness about our mission! We are looking for compassionate and enthusiastic individuals interested in staffi ng POOCH information tables at businesses, street fairs, and outreach and fundraising events. If you’re friendly, outgoing, comfortable speaking with the public, and available evenings/ weekends, we’d love to hear from you! DeVida Johnson 503-697-0623

ANIMAL AID HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Animal Aid impacts the community by helping prevent and reduce animal suffering and by providing assistance to abused, homeless and sick animals. We promote and encourage altering of all pets to reduce overpopulation. We find loving, dependable, forever homes for animals in the shelter and in foster homes, and educate the public by promoting respect for all animals. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Vol-

unteers are vital to Animal Aid’s success. Caregivers come in daily for maintenance, feeding and cleaning of the shelter. Socializers are here Monday through Friday during the hours of 11 am to 4 pm to play with and socialize our cats for potential adopters. Our volunteers are the heart of Animal Aid!


Family Dogs New Life is a no-kill dog shelter dedicated to rescuing and fi nding homes for needy dogs of all ages, breeds and backgrounds. Our organization was built on the belief that all dogs deserve a second chance at a new life. It’s not about being the perfect dog, it is about dog and adopter being perfect for one another. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We are

looking for committed, experienced and compassionate dog lovers to help with dog walking and socializing, as well as volunteers to help with outreach events. 503-771-5596

Julie Toporowski volunteer.coordinator 503-292-6628, option 5


Project helps the pets and people of Portland by providing personalized cat and dog adoption services, and fi nding great forever homes for rescued animals. Pixie also operates a veterinary clinic to assist lowincome pet owners with spay/neuter and other surgeries, keeping animals healthy, happy and in their homes. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers are the backbone of the Pixie Project. We are looking for caring, responsible, reliable animal lovers who want to have a positive impact on the Portland community and our pets! Currently, we have the most need for dog and cat foster homes and volunteers to assist in the clinic. Sheena

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Village Market was designed to meet a basic community need: the lack of access to a local corner grocery store where fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food can be purchased at a reasonable price. It is a central gathering place for the neighborhood, a hub for community activities and health promotion, and brings people together across cultures. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We need

your willing hands, organization skill and great ideas! Help us stock shelves, count inventory, and sparkle up pans. Help three hours a week and earn a discount on store purchases for a month. We’re looking for neighbors, customers and food lovers to join us in providing groceries to our neighborhood. Exceed Enterprises


Enterprises provides vocational and personal development services for people with disabilities. We provide employment and work experience by sub-contracting with local businesses. We also offer vocational experience through off-site work crews. Our day program provides recreational, social and therapeutic services for individuals. Our Work Futures Program provides work skills assessment, vocational planning and job readiness for participants. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Help

people with disabilities. Assist with scheduling and coordinating events such as fundraisers and employee recognition events. Help people with disabilities at our day care program and participate on an advisory committee or help with computer/ clerical work. Shelley Engelgau 503-652-9036

COMMUNITY VISION HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? We work to make Oregon a better place for individuals experiencing disabilities. Community Vision believes everyone should have the opportunity to live, work and thrive in a community of their choice. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers can get involved by participating in a variety of outreach activities and events, including our annual Harvest Century Bike Ride. More than 200 volunteers are needed for Harvest to help with registration, packet pick-up, merchandise and other event support. Community Vision is also looking

for mentors to support our Dream Builders program that works with youth to plan for their transition from high school to adulthood. Activities range from meeting to discuss life goals, riding public transit, building networking skills, attending college classes, or arranging for informational interviews. Lisa Steenson 503-292-4964


Playground inspires vital communities in Portland by building innovative playgrounds for people of all abilities. Our inclusive, naturebased play areas foster more play and greater inclusion for everybody. The first playground at Arbor Lodge Park is serving as the example for two more inclusive playgrounds in Portland—one at Gateway Park in Northeast and one at Couch Park in Northwest. Our vision is to have one in every quadrant by 2020, helping to establish Portland as a model for how to design public spaces with everybody in mind. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Harper’s

Playground couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers! We have a Harper’s Volunteer Army that we call on to support fundraising and community events, and that we train to be ambassadors for inclusive play. We also rely on volunteers for regular playground cleanups. Cody Goldberg 503-730-5445

COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? We sort and redistribute donated home goods to low-income folks in our community who are transitioning into stable housing. Volunteers also sell higher-

end, nonessential items in our retail stores. Additionally, volunteers help with special events and community outreach. We are Portland’s only volunteer-driven, nonprofit furniture bank. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? If help-

ing low-income folks find furniture and goods to outfit their homes, checking out the one-of-a-kind treasures before they go to our estate store, and meeting lots of great people sounds like your idea of the perfect day, then this is the volunteer gig for you! We need positive, fun-loving volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Jessica Thompson 503-891-7400


Oregon Walks is dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, accessible and attractive to everyone. We work to ensure that every Oregonian, regardless of income, ability or geography, can engage with their community by walking. We advocate for better laws, more sidewalks and signed crosswalks, community improvements designed for pedestrians, and increased funding to support these activities. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Lend talents such as fundraising, database management, graphic design and accounting by joining one of our committees; join us at community events to reach out to other walktavists about our work and pedestrian issues; represent Oregon Walks and pedestrian needs on municipal advisory committees and at project planning meetings.

Inna Levin, Volunteer Coordinator 503-223-1597

Ryan Schoonover 503-943-5643

THE KBOO FOUNDATION HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? KBOO, founded in 1968, is an independent, member-supported, noncommercial, volunteer-powered community radio station. KBOO embodies equitable social change, shares knowledge and fosters creativity by delivering locally rooted and diverse music, culture, news and opinions with a commitment to the voices of oppressed and underserved communities. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? KBOO

provides free training in all aspects of operating a radio station. We’re looking for people to join our community of volunteers, doing everything from front-desk work, cleaning, reporting, tabling, clerical support, news writing, documentary-making, engineering live music, operating sound boards, IT support, website upkeep, and more. Ani Haines 503-231-8032, ext. 213

THE PORTLAND FOOD PROJECT HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Our mission is to help eliminate hunger in the Portland area by keeping pantries stocked year-round. We run a neighbor-to-neighbor food-collection program that serves 19 local emergency food pantries. It all begins with a reusable green bag that is fi lled with nonperishable food by donors, collected by neighborhood coordinators, and then distributed to pantries. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We are a

100 percent volunteer-run organization and always in need of volunteers to donate a bag of food every two months, become neighborhood coordinators and collect green bags, or help as substitute drivers or unloading, weighing and distributing green bags at our collection site.


Mary Notti 503-775-2110

GOOD NEIGHBOR FAMILY PANTRY HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Good Neighbor Family Pantry helps feed families in need by providing a judgmentfree environment where people can provide food for their households by gleaning expired food while helping reduce waste in our landfi lls. We educate the community about food awareness, which helps distinguish genetically modified foods from organic natural foods. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Good Neighbor Family Pantry takes place in space donated by Heart 2 Heart Farms. The People of Portland can help with the set upand tear down of the event each day a food pantry takes place.

Our Host Heart 2 Heart farms also utilizes livestock to donate chemical free, farm fresh meat to families in need through the food pantry. Help with farm chores such as bottle feeding the baby cows, pigs, collecting chicken eggs, and general feeding and watering of the plants and animals are great family friendly activities that would go far to keep Good Neighbor Family Pantry sustainable and able to serve the greatest number of families. Joshua Ariel Office.of.heart.2.heart.farms@gmail. com 708-528-0406


The ReBuilding Center diverts the region’s largest amount of building materials from the waste stream— offering them for 50 to 90 percent of market value. Our mission is to inspire people to value and discover existing resources in order to strengthen the social and environmental vitality of communities. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volunteers help with nearly every aspect of the organization, from helping to process donated materials at the North Mississippi Avenue location, to aiding our DeConstruction Services onsite, to market research and in-depth internships. As a community building organization, the ReBuilding Center is here to work for our volunteers, not the other way around!

Dave Lowe 503-467-4985

STREET ROOTS HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

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Holli Prohaska 503-320-4288


We offer community programs that get more of our neighbors feeling the freedom of two wheels. We teach kids and adults how to ride safely, be their own bike mechanics, and get more confident behind the handlebars. Volunteers play a huge role in everything we do. Last year, 805 volunteers contributed 9,117 hours, equivalent to the time of four full-time employees! HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? You don’t need bicycle mechanic skills to begin wrenching; you’ll have a chance to become a Certified Volunteer Mechanic! If wrenching isn’t your thing, volunteers lead rides and safety clinics. Plus, we rely on volunteer support for communications and marketing, interpreting, recycling bike parts and much more.

Bradley Angle Volunteers HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Street

Roots seeks volunteers who are concerned about homelessness and poverty in Portland. The Volunteer Program seeks to integrate a dynamic team of individuals in all aspects of our organization: vendor, editorial, advocacy and Rose City resource programs. There are also volunteers who assist with development and operations. Scott Jackson 503-228-5657


Angle, we believe cycles of domestic violence can be broken. Every year, more than 800 adults, teens and kids walk through the doors at Bradley Angle for emergency shelter, housing assistance, financial education, healthy relationships classes, and more. We are devoted to building communities free from domestic violence and oppression, where loving, compassionate and equitable relationships exist for all people. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Bradley

Angle regularly receives large deliveries of donations and we rely on volunteers to help open, identify and sort these NEW items. Because of our amazing volunteers, the families we serve will be able to get much-needed supplies year-round! To learn more or sign up, visit: Rebecca Alexander 503-232-1528, ext. 206 24

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? A leading area antipoverty organization, Neighborhood House provides a range of education and social services to more than 18,000 low-income children, families and seniors annually across the metro area; its Emergency Food Box Program serves 1,200 to 1,500 people each month. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volunteer opportunities range from visiting with a senior and helping distribute emergency food boxes to weeding our community garden. Volunteers serve as tutors in our after-school Homework Clubs, work in our Emergency Food pantry, assist seniors with activities, and more. or call 503-246-1663, ext. 2117 for more information.

Jimmy DeBiasi 503-246-1663, ext. 2117

REACH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, INC. HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? REACH is one of the oldest, largest and most successful community development corporations in Oregon. We have developed and preserved 1,852 units of affordable housing, all of which involved public/ private partnerships, often with multiple entities. Over the last several years, REACH has made concerted efforts to focus on sustainability both in our housing developments and throughout our organizational operations. We believe

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strongly that livability and sustainability are closely aligned, and by focusing our efforts, we are promoting greater environmental and social health for our communities. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers assist REACH in our efforts to build community and create opportunities to help our residents realize personal success. Volunteers get hands-on experience by working one-on-one with our residents and homeowners, leading workshops in buildings, executing events, completing office projects, and performing home repairs for senior citizens. Cynthia Luckett 971-277-7067


As a collective, we accept donated land and bring neighbors together to transform vacant lots into neighborhood food gardens for the purposes of education, community building and improving food security. We offer free garden-based workshops, garden apprentice positions and have created a unique barter system for our weekly harvest market. We donate fresh produce to St. Andrews Church food pantry and Sisters of the Road to help feed the homeless. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers are highly needed for garden work parties, garden apprentices, garden managers, working the barter market and transporting produce. We also have many administrative needs, such as planning-team members, volunteer coordinator and events planner.

Patrick Loftus 503-288-8864

TRANSITION PROJECTS HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Through respect of diversity and differences, Transition Projects advocates and provides supporting skills and resources that ultimately lead hundreds of homeless participants to permanent housing and jobs each year. From meeting the immediate needs of individuals currently living on the streets to assisting those who have recently achieved permanent housing, we help more than 10,000 people per year throughout the Portland area. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Transition

Projects needs volunteers more than ever! Hundreds of volunteers annually help through one-time projects and ongoing opportunities. Volunteers can support Transition Projects by forming a group to provide meals for program participants; sorting in-kind donations; computer lab assistance; workshop facilitation; reception/light administrative; helping at events, and lots more! Lauren Holt


within our volunteer community. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers play a crucial role in the success of our ReStores. Their experience and enthusiasm make the ReStore a fun place to be. No matter what you’re interested in or which skills you bring, there’s a place for you: DIY, woodworking, metal recycling, customer service, merchandising, repair and more. Colleen O’Toole 503-517-0720

PDX POP NOW! HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current and local, we provide and support live performances and recorded materials. We aspire to advance a sustainable community that values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? PDX Pop

Now! is an entirely volunteer-run festival and nonprofit organization. From the bands that play to the booking committee to the festival volunteers, everyone donates their time. We have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year where we would love to have your help!

HANDS ON GREATER PORTLAND HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Tutor a child. Clean books for low-income kids. Spruce up a school or a park. Hands On Greater Portland makes it easy to volunteer. We connect you with volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and interests – and that empower you to make a meaningful, rewarding change in the Portland area. A program of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Check

our online calendar to find a one-time project, or dive deep and explore an issue that shapes our region. Most projects require no special experience and many are family-friendly. Find YOUR project at


Téjara Brown 503-200-3373

HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? You don’t have to swing a hammer to build a house. We keep tons of reusable materials out of landfi lls every year while building affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. We’re a great resource for affordable building materials, furniture and appliances. We provide opportunities for skill-building, knowledge-sharing and job development


Zenger Farm is an urban educational farm located in SE Portland. Through experiential and science-based programs, we teach youth and adults the importance of



healthy food, farming, and environmental stewardship. HOW PORTLAND CAN HELP US?

Volunteers have multiple opportunities to engage in Zenger Farm’s education, farming, and community development programs. Opportunities included aiding in farm field trips and community cooking workshops as well as helping farmers maintain our land in support of our Community Supported Agriculture programs. Rob Cato 503-282-4245 ext. 105



Reading is fundamental to building a bright and successful future. With the help of volunteer readers, SMART reaches hundreds of Portland children with vital one-on-one reading support, and books for those who need them most. HOW PORTLAND CAN HELP US?

Volunteers can share their enthusiasm for books with children by joining us as reading mentors. They will need to be available to read for one hour per week during public school hours from now until mid-May. Staci Sutton 971-634-1628


learners to take charge of their education, and foster the natural drive to learn in an innovative community setting without grading and testing. We serve 450 learners in Portland and their families: most of our learners are homeschoolers who want to learn in a inclusive community setting. We offer a catalog of over 200 classes per week in all subjects for ages 4 and up.

Rewild Portland connects citizens to nature through teaching ancestral technology. We remind humans where we came from, as tool-making mammals. We offer free, public programs every month, as well as summer camps, and adult workshops. Teaching people to create things from nature with their hands builds resilience and confidence. It is a holistic approach to health, community building, and self-reliance.



Share your passion and expertise in the classroom as a facilitator of a ten-week course that meets once a week for an hour a day; create a class of your dreams with a focus on hands-on, collaborative class experiences without a bunch of administrative burden. Experience teaching (formally or informally) is preferred, but not required. Or, volunteer as a classroom helper. Lori Walker 503-597-9100


long-term, ongoing mentorship and college scholarships to promising low-income students, Marathon Scholars promotes equitable access to higher education. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? As a

Scholar Coach, volunteers can mentor a low-income student to provide social & recreational development and emotional support, while serving as a role model with the goal of college attendance & success. Molli Mitchell 503-235-2500


We strive to foster a love of reading in PreK through third grade children, while providing essential early childhood literacy encouragement.

We are a mostly volunteer run organization. Our volunteers help us with fundraising, outreach, teaching, facilitation of our free skills series, social media, and more. We are currently gearing up for our spring fundraiser and silent auction, as well as remodeling a workshop space in Northwest Portland. Peter Michael Bauer 503-863-8462

OREGON MARITIME MUSEUM HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Oregon Maritime Museum (OMM) is the only museum in the Portland area which tells the diverse story of maritime activities on the Willamette River. OMM educates visitors from all over the world, with a complete tour of the Steamer PORTLAND - a fully restored and operational steam sternwheel tug. We welcome the public aboard, for a small admission fee, to learn about steamboats, tugboats, the importance of WW II shipbuilding in the region, discover more about the Battleship OREGON, see historic photos and models, and hear a few sea stories. Children enjoy some handsfeatures, and have a chance to sit in the Captain’s chair in the Pilot house! This is a small museum with a big story about our local river. HOW PORTLAND CAN HELP US?

Volunteers at OMM are our best ambassadors to visitors from all over the world. Volunteer docents (tour guides) receive training so they can lead tours of the Steamer PORTLAND, and explain how it works, and tell about its history. Docents also





explain all exhibits. Other volunteers assist with researching or archiving photos, objects, and stories, in the museum’s library and collection - we also train you to do this. Specialized skills and licenses are best put to use to help maintain the vessel, and some volunteers even assist in operating the Steamer PORTLAND when it goes out on cruises in the summer. Susan Spitzer 503.224.7724

“I HAVE A DREAM” OREGON HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? We empower students from Portland’s far-east county neighborhood of Rockwood to thrive in school, college and career. Our core theory of change is that communities must take primary responsibility for decreasing low-income student and family barriers, so that educators can focus on teacher effectiveness and classroom outcomes. We recruit ‘best in class’ non-profits, volunteers, and corporate partners to give Dreamer students the best shot at success. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We

attempt to match talents, interests, and time availability with a Dreamer student that would best benefit. Volunteers are placed as classroom aides, one-on-one mentors, and tutors in literacy and math. Opportunities are available to volunteer alongside elementary, middle and high school age students. There also one-time opportunities available throughout the year. Emily Gaither 804-513-6586


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Riverkeepers is a community-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River system. TRK builds watershed stewardship through education, public restoration, access to nature and advocacy. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Volunteer naturalists lead students on environmental education field trips. Volunteer trip leaders guide paddlers on river trips. Restoration volunteer crew leaders direct teams as they plant natives and pull invasive species. Office volunteers ensure organizational duties are completed. Advocacy committee members steer the organization through environmental issues affecting the watershed. Margot Fervia-Neamtzu 503-218-2580


The mission of the Audubon Society of Portland is to inspire people to love and protect nature. Our amazing volunteers do a lot to achieve that mission through their efforts in our Wildlife Care Center, by leading sanctuary school children through our nature sanctuary, and in 100 other ways where they engage the public.




Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities. We strive to bring the health, financial and environmental benefits of trees to everyone in our communities!

Audubon’s volunteer opportunities are designed to meet a lot of different schedules and interests so there’s something for everyone. Some opportunities, like the Wildlife Care Center, are a four-hour shift every week. Others, like helping with special events, are more seasonal in nature. Information about Audubon’s volunteer opportunities can be found on our website.

We need help planting trees! We plant every Saturday (9 am-1 pm) from November to April across the Portland metro region. Volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Gloves, tools and expert planting guidance are provided, as well as breakfast treats and hot coffee. This and other roles can be found on our website: volunteering.

Deanna Sawtelle, Volunteer Manager 503-292-6855, ext. 108

Jenny & Randi 503-595-0213

ReClaim It! reduces the waste stream by salvaging materials directly from the “dump” for reuse by the general public, artists and DIYers. We encourage people to see items that were trash/garbage with new eyes, imagining the creative possibilities. We have salvaged over 200,000 pounds of usable items, including furniture, containers, lumber, art supplies, vintage, collectibles and curious, and wonderful materials. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Join us to glean, clean, sort, repair, display, talk with customers, and work weekends in the ReClaim It! resale store at 1 N. Killingsworth St. at Williams Avenue. Volunteer shifts generally are available from Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and work parties are Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm. Kelly Caldwell 503-432-7712


to voters in the region, Metro has protected more than 17,000 acres of natural areas, trails and parks for generations to come. These lands require ongoing maintenance and hundreds of thousands of native plants. Metro’s Native Plant Center provides rare seeds, bulbs and plants that restore wildlife habitat and protect water quality in regional parks and natural areas. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Volunteers assist with collecting, cleaning and planting seeds, preparing and maintaining flower beds, transplanting seedlings and collecting data. Community volunteers participate at the Native Plant Center two Saturdays per month from 9 am to 1 pm. Additional opportunities

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are available on weekdays. Gloves, tools, water and snacks are provided. To register, visit volunteer. Jennifer Wilson, Metro Native Plant Center Assistant 503-319-8292

FRIENDS OF TRYON CREEK HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? The mission of Friends of Tryon Creek, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, is to inspire and nurture relationships with nature in our unique urban forest. We offer programs for youth and adults that foster environmental education and stewardship. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Volunteers support and lead our programs, both in environmental education and park stewardship. Volunteers lead guided hikes in our Field Trip Program and with the Oregon State Parks’ interpretive programs. Volunteers also lead work parties, removing invasive species and building trails in our Stewardship Program. Youth volunteers support camp counselors in our Nature Day Camps. Lizzy Miskell 503-636-4398


Park Conservancy protects and restores Forest Park. We maintain and enhance the park’s extensive trails network, restore wildlife habitat, and inspire community appreciation and stewardship of one of the largest urban forests in the United States. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Volunteers play a central role in our efforts to restore Forest Park. Volunteers help us repair and maintain trails, build bridges, plant trees, and pull ivy and other invasive plants. For volunteers who don’t like working outside, we always need help around the office. Guy Maguire, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator 503-223-5449, ext. 106


The Estuary Partnership protects and preserves the lower Columbia River for current and future generations of fish, wildlife and people. Together with partners, students and volunteers, we restore habitat to bring back salmon, improve water quality and provide a wide range of opportunities for the community to explore and connect with local natural areas. 26


Volunteers help restore salmon habitat by planting trees or removing invasive species and litter in natural areas near streams and rivers in the metro region. Volunteer events are generally on Saturday mornings and occur year-round. All ages and abilities are welcome! Samantha Dumont 503-226-1565, ext. 245


SOLVE involves thousands of Portland residents in projects to keep our natural areas, parks, rivers and neighborhoods clean and healthy. Our volunteer projects help protect and preserve the natural areas that make Portland unique, while connecting community members to each other and to our environment through service. Projects provide a fun, easy way to get outdoors and make a difference!

350PDX HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? We are building a grassroots climate justice movement that is volunteer-led to help solve the climate crisis, increasing public awareness and engagement through educational and arts events, trainings, actions and partnerships with similarly aligned groups. Recent wins include a fossil-fuel infrastructure ban, the Shell Oil blockade, and divestment of Portland and Multnomah County’s fossil-fuel holdings. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

350PDX is a volunteer-led organization; volunteers run all of our campaigns: divestment, fossil fuels, communications, neighborhood involvement, arts and events, and outreach, and maintain our office and website. Our fi rst volunteer orientation of the year will be held in February—see for updates. Maya Jarrad 503-281-1485


Join your community and improve our environment at an upcoming litter cleanup, community planting or invasive plant removal near you! Bring your family and friends to a Saturday project or host an event of your own. No experience is needed; supplies are provided. Get in touch today at Kaleen Boyle 503-844-9571, ext. 332

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supports adults with special needs in accessing the community through healthful, meaningful and environmentally responsible activities. Whether groups are volunteering, exploring neighborhoods, attending concerts in the park, or hiking

nature trails, every day we engage the community by modeling inclusive practices, inviting them to celebrate the diverse expressions of the people we support, while empowering participants toward goals of greater independence and self-determination. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We’re

seeking community builders who have a passion for social justice and equity. Our primary focus is creating a path to friendship and acceptance between non-disabled community members and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We welcome volunteers to tutor in our Free Reading Class, facilitate community activities, and help On-the-Move expand community partnerships. Monika Weitzel 503-287-0346


League’s member volunteers serve the local community with four programs. Operation School Bell® will provide 2,940 children in need with new clothes this year. Assault Survivor Kits® offer emergency outfits for victims who surrender clothing as evidence. Life Story Books are crafted for foster children. At a residential treatment facility, we support the recovery of youth with enrichment activities. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

Assistance League members put caring and commitment in action, working together to raise funds and operate community service programs.

Members pay annual dues and are invited to volunteer in Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop and participate in one or more community-service programs. Orientation is provided. Meet new friends and discover new talents. Debbie Coryell, Vice President Membership 503-526-9300


Help us create an Oregon without hunger! Join one of our fun, energetic two-to-three-hour food repack shifts. You’ll be AMAZED at how much we can do! Shifts run throughout the week in Portland and Beaverton, including weeknights and weekends. Volunteer instructors are also needed for our garden and nutrition education programs. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

No special skills are required and training occurs onsite for garden and food repack shifts. Many shifts are available for ages 6 and up, and we can accommodate large groups. Passion, enthusiasm and willingness to sweat preferred! It’s easy to sign up. Visit to learn more and see the schedule. Laura Yeary


Returning Veterans Project (RVP)



serves post-9/11 war zone veterans and their families by providing free, confidential mental health and somatic services. A large number of our clients are in the Portland metro area, and last year we served more 360 veterans and 100 spouses for FREE! Our wonderful providers gave more than 4,300 treatment hours pro bono! RVP regularly provides up-to-date, free training and continuing education units to our volunteer providers, and at low cost to other clinicians. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

We welcome providers who want to work with us to help support and heal our veterans and their families. You must be insured, licensed and have a professional office space. Supervised interns working toward a license may be eligible. For more information and to apply, please go to: Casey Curry, Outreach Coordinator 503-954-2259, ext. 104


Solutions believes that every child in every family deserves a safe place to call home. Human Solutions helps homeless and low-income families build pathways out of poverty. Through a continuum of services, including emergency shelter, affordable housing, employment training and safety net services, Human Solutions helps families build pathways out of poverty. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

• We need individuals, groups and businesses to help prepare meals for guests staying at our shelter. • We need volunteers to help organize and sort donations at the shelter. • We need volunteers to provide activities for children at the shelter, (reading, homework help, board games, etc.) Thomas Phillips 503-548-0279



Wheels People allows frail, homebound elderly people to remain independent and living in their own homes by delivering hot meals and friendly visits.


Mike Buck 503-953-8101

Todd Lawrence 971-202-5501



We provide a volunteerbased grocery-shopping and delivery service for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Our goal is to help homebound individuals maintain their independence, increase their social supports, and access additional low-cost or no-cost services that support aging in place. As the only delivery program in Oregon designed to meet the needs of low-income seniors, we serve 500-plus clients annually. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Our

volunteers act as a bridge between homebound elders and the community. We have fun, meaningful, one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Support local elders as an order taker, shopper, or delivery driver/friendly visitor. Volunteers can also support our program administration and special projects. Barb McDowell 503-200-3333, ext. 008

HOUSECALL PROVIDERS HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? For 20 years, we have been providing primary



teers are needed on weekdays to help deliver meals, work in our central kitchen, or help in one of our 30 neighborhood centers. We also need volunteers to staff event committees.



medical care and hospice services to some of Portland’s most vulnerable citizens—the elderly, homebound and disabled. Join a team that is capturing national attention by changing health care and allowing Portland’s elders the opportunity to age in place without relying on the emergency room for their care. weekly visits can make a huge impact in the lives of people living with disabilities and/or nearing the end of life. Skills needed include listening, compassion, patience with people who have difficulty communicating and/or dementia. Service opportunities are located throughout the Portland area—especially in Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville and East Portland.



HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Every year, thousands of families travel to Portland to get the best medical care possible for their seriously ill or injured child. And for more than 30 years, our Ronald McDonald Houses® have offered these families comfort, support and a beautiful place to stay just moments away from their child’s bedside. Last year, 2,073 families stayed at our Portland Houses. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Whether

it’s greeting guests, leading arts and crafts classes or baking cookies, volunteers create a loving “home away from home” for families. “Meals from the Heart” volunteers create delicious treats for guests, and our Children’s Program volunteers lead playtime activities for children, offering respite to parents of seriously ill children. Mary Hegel 503-943-6672

Ronald McDonald House


Albertina Kerr strengthens Oregon families and communities by helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Why volunteer? You can make a direct impact on crucial social issues, build life-changing relationships, and learn new skills and have fun! —Administrative support —Albertina’s restaurant and shops: Become a cook, server, cashier, sales person and much more! —Adult group homes —Kerr bikes —Speech language pathology and occupational therapy —Bike maintenance —Special events —Youth & family services —Youth group homes


Keep Oregon Well street team! Members receive semi-monthly emails describing upcoming volunteer opportunities. They are the fi rst to hear about events and member-only contests. Street team is trained and supported by staff at each event and is open to anyone 16 or older. Learn more at Heather Nichelle-Peres 503-813-7724


Meghan Anderson

NORTHWEST MOTHERS MILK BANK HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Breastmilk helps babies thrive—it is rich in nutrients, enzymes and protective qualities that lower the risk of disease and promote long-term health. Northwest Mothers Milk Bank ensures that babies throughout the Pacific Northwest who are born with a medical need are able to access the unique gift of donated, pasteurized breastmilk when their mother’s own milk is not available. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volun-

teers are needed to greet donors and outpatients, answer phones, log intake milk, and perform office tasks. Volunteers help us reduce operation costs, allowing more resources to go toward providing donor milk to more medically fragile infants. This is a great opportunity to support your community and gain professional experience. Stephanie Glickman 503-469-0955

KEEP OREGON WELL Central City Concern

Oregon Well Street Team travels to concerts, festivals and fairs across Oregon to #FightStigma and advocate that #MentalHealthMatters. The core of what we do is help to start the conversation about mental health awareness in our communities and build a network of allies who have pledged to fight stigma within their own communities.


HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? Central City Concern provides health, housing, employment and recovery services to individuals suffering from homelessness or low incomes in the Portland metro area. CCC helps individuals stabilize and contribute to their communities as volunteers, employees, friends and neighbors. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Given the

programmatic diversity within CCC, we attempt to provide a variety of opportunities, both short and longterm, that match a volunteer’s skill set. Whether working with those we serve or behind the scenes, our goal is to create a great fit that helps CCC do more and do better. Eric Reynolds 503-200-3893


Gardens teaches gardening skills and builds organic vegetable gardens in homes, schools and correctional facilities. We support children, adults and families with garden beds, supplies, seeds, plants, mentoring and other resources. We serve people who have limited resources and empower them to become

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members provide therapy, psychiatry and preventative services to kids and families throughout the Portland metro area. We offer hope to families when they need it most and provide the support they need to succeed. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Trillium

needs volunteers for the following: Caddies at the LPGA Charity Pro-Am (benefits Trillium Family Services); To help in our healing garden and with campus projects (this is perfect for groups); Mentoring a child through the Family of Friends Program; To help at Trillium events (registration, selling raffle tickets, etc.) Stephanie Warneke 503-205-4347


Trillium Family Services

healthier, more physically active and self-reliant—thereby contributing to a more sustainable, equitable and vibrant Portland. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volunteers help us provide children, adults and families with the transformative experience of growing their own food. There are many opportunities: help build garden beds, teach gardening classes in correctional facilities, manage after-school garden clubs, sort and package seeds, serve fi ne cuisine at our fundraising dinners and lots more.

Cristy Morales 503-284-8420, ext. 100


We are the only FREE clinic in Clackamas County for residents who don’t have health insurance or access to health care. We are a safety net for anyone who needs primary care, particularly in rural areas of the county, and a resource to get the specialty care people need to get and stay healthy. We also provide amazing volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in community health—where your service changes lives and builds a healthier community. We help train the next generation of health professionals— from doctors, nurses, lab technicians and, administrators—by giving them hands-on experience working with patients. HOW CLACKAMAS COUNTY CAN HELP US? 28

Portland’s spirit of service and community ethic is what makes this free clinic possible. Individuals volunteer their time and expertise, health organizations donate needed services like labs, X-rays, dental and vision vans, and all specialty services. Donors (individual/ business) keep our doors open through financial contributions and in-kind services. We are living proof that the spirit of giving is alive in our community to help our neighbors in need. Karen Shimada 503-722-4400

BABY BLUES CONNECTION HOW DO WE HELP PORTLAND? We provide free support (phone, email, group) to mothers and families who are coping with perinatal mood disorders and wrestling with stress related to becoming new parents. We work to normalize the struggles, end isolation and create a healing environment where everyone can talk about how they truly feel. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Vol-

unteers are the backbone of our organization and are needed in administration, outreach, marketing, technology and events. Specific help is needed in web redesign, social media, coordinating outreach events and fundraising event planning. Positions can be short or long term. Direct support positions may become available- best suited for those with direct experience with perinatal mood disorders. Lisa Coss 800-557-8375

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REFIT, REMODELING FOR INDEPENDENCE TOGETHER HOW WE HELP PORTLAND? ReFIT, Remodeling for Independence Together, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people struggling with illness, injury, disability or the aging process to live independent lives at home. We provide essential modification services such as access ramps, bathroom modifications, widening doorways and installing grab bars, we help homeowners who want to stay in their homes but lack the resources to make necessary changes. There is no age requirement and we have a special program just for Veterans HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US?

We currently need help finding qualifying veterans who need our services. If you know of any veterans or veterans organizations that could help locate veterans, that is a priority for us now. We are always in need of professional contractors that will donate their time and skills. We also need office help that can be done in your own home. Laurey Maslyk 503-943-9544

YOUTH TRILLIUM FAMILY SERVICES HOW DO WE HELP PORTLAND? Trillium Family Services helps children ages 6 to 17 who are struggling with mental illness. Our amazing clinical staff

day in Oregon, abused and neglected children are taken from their homes and placed into foster care because their parents are unable to safely care for them. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers provide a stable adult presence in these kids’ lives, ensuring that their educational, emotional, medical and practical needs are met while they are under court protection. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Our

trained volunteers get to know each child by visiting them and speaking to those involved in the child’s life. CASAs monitor the case by attending meetings and hearings, provide an objective opinion to the court, and make recommendations to ensure the necessary safety, care and permanence for each child. Susan King 503-988-6528

HACIENDA CDC HOW DO WE HELP PORTLAND? Hacienda CDC is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. As Portland’s Latino population has grown rapidly, Hacienda continues building capacity to offer our bicultural services to Latinos and other low-income families throughout the Portland metro area. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Vol-

unteers can serve as tutors for our after-school program, Expresiones, which is offered to Hacienda youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. Through helping youth complete their homework and strengthen literacy, volunteers can help encourage positive life skills, such as effective problem solving, curiosity, interpersonal skills, mindfulness and perseverance.


Mariasol Johannes 503-459-7477

GIRLS INC. OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST HOW DO WE HELP PORTLAND? Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest inspires girls (ages 6 to 18) to become strong, smart and bold! Our gender-specific programs provide girls with the confidence and self-esteem to access a bright and economically independent future. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Girls

Inc. seeks enthusiastic volunteer “girls guides” to facilitate afterschool girls groups that take place once a week for eight to 10 weeks across the Portland metro area. Don’t worry, we provide training, curriculum and supplies—you make the magic happen! Grace Dyer 503-230-0054, ext. 4

PORTLAND AFTERSCHOOL TENNIS & EDUCATION HOW DO WE HELP PORTLAND? Portland After School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create partnerships with families, schools and volunteers to help at-risk K-12 students achieve academic and athletic success. We accomplish this through one-on-one academic tutoring, tennis lessons, a nutrition/fitness curriculum, parent education, and a development program serving junior players who excel at tennis. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volunteers play a dual role as coach and tutor. Coaches/tutors assist our certified coaches in tennis and fitness activities and help our scholarathletes stay focused on completing their homework. Every volunteer must be willing to take initiative, respond to challenges and be positive. No tennis experience is needed.

Izzy Borris 503-823-3629


vides quality arts and music educational opportunities and access for students throughout Portland regardless of their backgrounds. Vibe has in-school and after-school art and music classes, public children’s art studio classes, workshops, camps and teacher-training programs. Vibe hires local artists and musicians who are passionate about sharing art and music with the next generation of creatives. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Vibe is

currently looking for volunteers who can help with various administrative projects, fundraising and events, or


assisting teaching artists and musicians in their classes. Classes typically occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 5 pm. Laura Streib 503-560-3592


’n’ Roll Camp for Girls builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a community of peers and mentors, encourage social change, and the development of life skills. We believe girls can play any kind of music they want and “girls rock” is more than just a slogan. HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? We need

female volunteers to mentor youth bands, present workshops, and teach girls ages 8 to 17 to play guitar, bass, drums, keys and perform vocals. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to apply! Other available volunteer positions include front desk, instrument repair, kitchen crew, photography, and roadie team. Come rock with us!

HOW CAN PORTLAND HELP US? Volunteers are a critical part of the solution to ending youth homelessness. We rely on volunteers to provide much-needed support to our programs for foster, at-risk and homeless youth by helping with meals in our Drop In Day Services Center, tutoring in our education program, helping youth develop interviewing and résumé-building skills in our job-training program PAVE, collaborating with youth in our Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) through music and art, volunteering with Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC), and providing event and administrative support. If you believe in the resiliency and potential of young people and would like to put your time, unique skills and energy into helping youth thrive—or if your group, business or organization is looking for meaningful ways to support our efforts—we’d love to hear from you!



dedicated to the youth of Portland. We currently run programming in 25 schools throughout Portland, and provide memorable summers at the beautiful Camp Namanu. Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to fi nd their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now.



Caley Murray 503-936-6869

for Youth takes a complete approach to addressing youth homelessness and its root causes, delivering support and resources that enable foster, at-risk and homeless youth to overcome their barriers and realize their potential. Since 1997, we have impacted the lives of more than 20,000 youth through a range of services that address basic needs and safety, provide opportunities for education and career, and help youth achieve self-sufficiency. Through direct service, community partnership and advocacy, we help youth exit street life and prevent those most at risk of homelessness from experiencing it.

opportunities include talking to our middle and high-school students about your career path, coming to the beautiful Camp Namanu for one of our service weekends to ensure camp is ready for the summer, and stocking shelves and helping families shop in one of our community school food pantries. Steven Joinson 971-340-1601

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

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 Tribal Seeds, the Skints, the Steppas

[2-TONE SKA] Smooth out some of the jittery, amphetamine-laced feel from 2 Tone stalwarts like the Selecter or the Specials, and what you’re left with is the Skints—that is, when the London quartet wants to take that particular approach to Jamaican music, at least. The band is just as likely to enlist DJ Tippa Irie, sidle into dancehall or cover Black Flag’s “My War.” Last year’s FM, issued through Easy Star Records, captures the Skints’ quicksilver nature, while also serving as the States’ proper introduction to a troupe that might make Jamaican music a bit more palatable to listeners still troubled by third-wave ska’s brief flourishing in the late ’90s. DAVE CANTOR. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 2250047. 8 pm. $25. All ages.

Peter Case, Criminal Guitars

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] There’s a vein of American folk song that runs through Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and pre-electric Bob Dylan. Today, that line points straight to the great Peter Case—though in his, um, case, one might apply the modifier “post-electric.” Case started seminal L.A. punks the Nerves before forming New Wave runner-ups the Plimsouls. In 1986, though, he went solo and turned folkie, an unpopular pose at the height of the MTV age. While he still sometimes rocks out, acoustic music has remained Case’s main pursuit, and he pens tunes squarely in the folk tradition that nonetheless vibrate with the immediacy of contemporary life—including nightmarish songs about immigrants and the incarcerated on his masterful new collection, Hwy 62. Folk fans might not frequent Dante’s, but they should make the trip tonight. JEFF ROSENBERG. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

Shigeto, Groundislava, Philip Grass

[DANCE-FLOOR ABSTRACTIONS] As an electronic producer, it’s hard to not wear all your influences on your sleeve. No matter what jazz or hip-hop you find most inspiring, it all comes out in the wash. Case in point: Detroit’s Shigeto, who gained attention with a lifting instrumental hybrid of hip-hop and field recordings, with samples of his grandmother’s voice invoking his family’s experience in a U.S. internment camp. His latest EP on Ghostly, Intermission, finds the producer ramping up his atmospherics with the dance floor in mind. Sounding at times like Flying Lotus in the early 2000s, the shuffling beats and plunking thumb piano melodies allow your feet to take hold within the cerebral mix. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $14. 21+.

THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Mikey Vegaz, Mic Capes

[THUGGISH, RUGGISH] Bone ThugsN-Harmony is the last of a dying breed. Take that statement literally and look back at the dominant ’90s artists who helped ignite its career: Eazy E, the Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun. But look at Bone Thugs’ physical output—a smooth and rich G-funksaturated sound—and while you’ll find remnants in the cadences of descendants like ASAP Rocky and Schoolboy Q, few have endured for 25 years. The Cleveland natives are geared to release their 10th studio

album, E. 1999 Legends, in the coming year, and if it lives up to the legacy of its spiritual predecessor, 1995’s Grammy-nominated E. 1999 Eternal— which produced “Tha Crossroads,” the immortal single the group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of on this current tour— it’s sure to be powerful. MATTHEW SCHONFELD. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 2250047. 8 pm. $30-$99. All ages.

Tiburones, Boone Howard, Death Songs

[INDIE FOLK] “This is my wandering,” Luz Elena Mendoza sings on the debut album from her collaboration with Shaky Hands’ Nick Delffs. In truth, she hasn’t drifted too far from home: If “Worldly Indie Folk” got its own record-store placard, Eva would slot comfortably alongside the albums she has released with Y La Bamba. Tiburones isn’t exactly a departure for either member, but it does pool their strengths. Mendoza’s eerily tremulous voice is an ideal match for the spare jangle Delffs brings to his Death Songs project, lending emotional weight to songs that, while embellished by woodwinds, vibes and occasional synth buzz, are built from little more than guitar and drums seemingly stripped of everything but toms. MATTHEW SINGER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

The Welfare State, Pinehurst Kids, the Complaint Department

[OLD PDX ROCK] Portland has changed much over the years, as a city and musically. That said, there’s comfort in the slackery, punk-laced sound of Pinehurst Kids, a local act with a strong, 20-year-old résumé. Just listening to Joe Davis and company floods the brain with nostalgic thoughts of MTV, Sunny Day Real Estate, torn jeans and long-lost clubs like La Luna. As of last fall, the band was in the studio, working on a proper follow-up to 2012’s rowdy Nobody Talks. With the Welfare State joining the bill, this is one evening 30-something Stumptowners ought not miss. MARK STOCK. Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St., 228-3669. 8:30 pm. $5. 21+.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 Dante Elephante, Dogheart, Talkative

[BEACHY GARAGE POP] The signifier “garage” generally refers to punk rock, but dank garages are no longer reserved only for the Ramones. Garage has also come to define noisepop bands whose music actually makes you feel good. Dante Elephante sounds like a Burger Records band, if it lived in the storage room of a surf shop instead of the San Francisco suburbs. Hardly a garage band now, it’s actually on a West Coast tour, and Jonathan Rado of Foxygen produced its 2015 album, Anglo Saxon Summer, which sounds like the Memories, Alt-J and, yes, Foxygen playing a game of beach volleyball at sunset. SOPHIA JUNE. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 9 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.


[HARDSTEP] Floridian drum-and-bass maven Dieselboy’s tetra-dexterous approach to mixing has earned him a reputation for lush, textured grooves that are apparently way more enjoyable to move your drug-addled body to than if you were just listening to some rinky-dink DJ who spins on only two decks. Last year’s collaboration with Mark the Beast sated fans while the Deez moonlighted as a celebrity

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(From left) Childbirth’s Bree McKenna, Stacy Peck and Julia Shapiro.


Childbirth has a new song it’s been working on. It’s called “Sorry About Your Penis.” “Basically it’s just, ‘I’m so sorry about your penis,’ over and over again,” says singer-guitarist Julia Shapiro. (At least I think it’s her. Over the phone, the three members of Childbirth sound remarkably similar and talk almost in unison, so I’m going to be mostly guessing here.) “And then the $ chorus is, ‘Your dick is limp/ Your dick is limp/Life is so $ hard when you have a dick.’” “Sorry About Your Penis” sounds like it could be a big hit for the Seattle band— frequently referred to as a “supergroup,” though $ that only makes sense if you are involved in the Seattle punk scene—currently best known for the undeniably catchy “I Only Fucked You as a Joke,” which goes, “I only fucked you as a joke/I hope I’m not pregnant.” It’s the kind of song that turns a group of friends playing jokey songs together in their off time into an Internet sensation, inspiring think pieces and feminist manifestos. But talking to the band—which consists of Shapiro, who’s also in Chastity Belt, Bree McKenna of Tacocat and Stacy Peck of Pony Time—it becomes clear they would prefer to be seen as more than just women writing songs for women about women. “I don’t think all our songs are about women’s issues or whatever,” says Bree (maybe?). “Anyone can fuck someone as a joke.” It seems that, while the women of Childbirth enjoy being in Childbirth, it isn’t their main priority. “We are loyal to our main bands,” says Stacy. “People wish that this band would do more than it is possible to do,” says Julia. “It makes us feel kind of torn—like a Natalie Imbruglia song.” Basically, they started Childbirth together as a joke band, to let off some steam, and the things they are singing about—the experience of being women—resonate at a time when feminism’s most obvious expression is comedy. See: Amy Schumer, Broad City, the women of Saturday Night Live, Crazy


Ex-Girlfriend. Childbirth is part of the Zeitgeist, touring around with another funny female musician, Lisa Prank, the “wild punk, too-many-feelings alter ego” of Robin Edwards. They are good at what they do, and they’ve happened upon the solid gold of the moment. Still, one can understand why they might be sick of being asked what it’s like to be female punk musicians. For now, feminism is acknowledging women doing awesome things. The next step, hopefully, is acknowledging people doing awesome things. But I just had to ask. “What’s it like to be in a band that’s all women?” I say. “How’s it different than being in a band with dudes?” “Stacy can answer that one,” says Bree. “Her band Pony Time only has one dude in it.” “This band has a lot less pedals,” says Stacy. “Dudes really like pedals.” I try another tactic, a surefire way to get the band, whose latest album is called Women’s Rights and has many obvious female-based songs about topics such as lesbian sex and fertility, to connect over the shared experience of being a woman. “Do you guys get a lot of Internet hate?” I ask, hoping we can bond over misogyny like some women bond over white wine and Thelma and Louise. “As a woman, writing on the Internet, I get a lot of random hate.” “We got some pretty awful comments on Brooklyn Vegan,” Bree says. “One of them was a rape threat.” “I don’t read the comments anymore,” says Stacy. “But the Brooklyn Vegan batch, a lot of people ended up screenshotting them and texting them to us. There was one that was threatening, and the rest of them were really kind of graphically sexual.” Finally, we’ve found common ground, with the most Lady Thing of all Lady Things: men hating what we do. Before we get off the phone, I ask them if they have anything mean they want to say about Portland. Answer: “Portland isn’t a real city.” Childbirth: So punk rock that they hate Portland. So punk rock, you wouldn’t even know they were ladies.



SEE IT: Childbirth plays Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., with Lisa Prank and Mini Blinds, on Sunday, Jan. 24. $8. 9:30 pm. 21+.

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MUSIC chef of sorts, competing against and collaborating with major culinary figures from all over the world. CRIS LANKENAU. Euphoria Nightclub, 315 SE 3rd Ave. 10 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

Love in This Club: Black Madonna, Ben Tactic, Nathan Detroit, Vera Rubin

[PATRON SAINT] The Black Madonna is a powerhouse within contemporary dance culture, orchestrating a more equitable and just scene for multigenerational producers and their fans. As creative director of the legendary Chicago club Smart Bar—one of the oldest dance venues in the country and the birthplace of house music—Marea Stamper brings talent from all backgrounds to center stage, while demanding greater accountability from her patrons. As Black Madonna, Stamper creates an infectious vinyl mix spanning from disco to techno, with producer credits on some recent disco-house classics to call her own. Coming from Europe to make her PDX debut, she will find her dancepolitic to the ultimate test when she appears at Coachella later this year. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 10 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival

[REDEFINED ROCKER] Drastically tweaking the familiar has spelled disaster for many folk musicians, which is probably why Josh Ritter lucked out with his latest release, Sermon on the Rocks. It’s an album that focuses outward instead of inward, uses brawny electric guitars as opposed to acoustics and has a looseness uncharacteristic of the Idaho-bred

songwriter and his solid backing band. But it also features some of Ritter’s spryest and most comical wordplay to date, which helps make songs about the apocalypse, sin and “Getting Ready to Get Down” that much more impactful. For those looking for his softer, network-drama-friendly side, well, there’s that too. Saturday’s show is sold out. BRANDON WIDDER. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, 288-3895. 8 pm. $35 advance, $38 day of show. 21+. Through Jan. 23.

SATURDAY, JAN. 23 Hip Hatchet, Eyes Made Quiet

[BLUE-RIBBON FOLK] Philippe Bronchtein is the singer-songwriter you’ll often find opening shows for the likes of Paper Bird and American Aquarium when, in fact, he should be the one headlining. His albums swim in mellow narratives and muted vulnerability, all issued under the Hip Hatchet moniker and whirling around a guitar that screams Nebraska-era Springsteen, minus the blue-collar commentary. The recent Hold You Like a Harness furthers his impressive catalog of back-porch Americana, threading Bronchtein’s lush fingerpicking with slide, violin and a baritone that’s only become more weathered while on the road—which, sadly for us locals, he takes to more often than not. BRANDON WIDDER. Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., 284-7665. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.

Ty Segall and the Muggers, CFM, Old Light, the Lavender Flu

[DROWN IN LOUD] Like you really thought Ty Segall was ever going to stop. After a nearly twoyear (!) hiatus from the studio,

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Bryson Tiller, They [OVERNIGHT SOUL] Bryson Tiller is R&B’s next big thing you’ve never heard of—that is if you, like me, saw that he sold out the Roseland Theater weeks in advance and went, “Who the heck is Bryson Tiller?” It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re officially old and out of touch. It probably just means you stepped away from your computer for a minute in October 2014 and missed when he uploaded the single “Don’t” to Soundcloud. Before you could even pull your Hot Pocket out of the microwave, the song—a swirling constellation of hip-hop-inflected soul, highlighted by a brief melodic reference to Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off”—had over 20 million streams, and the singer from Louisville was suddenly fielding overtures from the likes of Drake and Timbaland. Trapsoul, his debut from RCA Records, arrived last fall, featuring 14 variations on the “Don’t” formula. The 23-year-old calls it, yes, “trap-soul,” laying his breathy vocals over the minimalist rap-production style de jour like melted caramel. Good for him for recognizing a branding opportunity, but it’s not markedly different from the narcotized pillow talk of Jeremih or the Weeknd pre-pop makeover, and Tiller doesn’t offer much in the way of a distinctive personality on record. Don’t worry, though: The next next big thing is probably logging on to Soundcloud as you read this. MATTHEW SINGER. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. Sold out. All ages. Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016



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garage rock’s resident prolific weirdo is back with a messy new album, Emotional Mugger, that reaffirms his place at the top of the Drag City pantheon. After 2014’s Manipulator showcased a newfound polish to his hyper-catchy feedback squalls, the new record is a return to wilder times, with jagged song structures, odd bursts of guitar and keyboard noise and a heaviness that points to his time playing drums with Fuzz. Emotional Mugger is more Thee Oh Sees than T-Rex, and with an all-star backing band that includes Kyle Thomas of King Tuff and Mikal Cronin. This show should be an early highlight of 2016. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 9 pm. Sold out. 21+.

Rebirth Brass Band

[NOLA BRASS] New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band is not just one of the oldest nationally recognized brass bands in the country, it’s also one of the most beloved. Since tuba-sousaphone player Phillip Frazier founded the group in 1983, it’s gone on to win Grammy Awards, and appear on network television shows like Treme and NCIS: New Orleans. Combining loud, rhythmic brass with bits of hip-hop, funk and soul—plus the swagger of New Orleans secondline—the group has established itself as an act equally comfortable on the stage as in the streets. HILARY SAUNDERS. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $14.50. 21+.

RNB: Rihanna/Nicki/Beyoncé: DJ Ronin Roc, DJ Freaky Outty

[HOLY TRINITY] Get ready for what will most likely be Portland’s most Instagrammed music event of 2016. The night will end with the patrons of an entire venue either becoming the best of friends or tearing each other apart, thanks to Holocene’s suggestion to dress as your favorite radio goddess to see who’s “truly the queen of queens.” We are predicting now that Beyoncé wins, because nobody loves to put her fandom on display more than the Beyhive. None of the three will actually be in attendance, of course, but DJs Ronic Roc and Freaky Outty will. Thank God the trinity has a combined discography of 16 albums and infinite remixes. SOPHIA JUNE. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 2397639. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Paper Bird

[OUTLAW SOUL] A couple of years ago, Nate Rateliff traded in the worn-out Bon Iver approach for a countrified take on soul. Falling somewhere between Van Morrison and Phosphorescent, Rateliff ’s newfound sound with the Night Sweats is more authentic and uplifting, backed by big-band brass and barstorming rock ’n’ roll. With the release of a self-titled record in 2015, it’s clear Rateliff has been busying his ears with the likes of Sam Cooke and the Rascals. But instead of hopping on the neo-soul bandwagon, he creatively combines gospel, country and honky-tonk. We’ve all heard “S.O.B.” on the radio, but it’s the album tracks that give this record strength. MARK STOCK. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 9 pm. Sold out. All ages. Through Jan. 24.

SUNDAY, JAN. 24 Crystal Ballroom 102nd Birthday Free-For-All

[BUILDING PARTY] The Old Gray Lady of Portland music venues doesn’t look a day over 90, but here she is, turning 102. To celebrate, the springy-floored concert hall is throwing an all-day party, which kicks off with local children’s variety show You Who—featuring a very special performance from every kindergarten’s favorite indie bard,

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Car Seat Headrest SATURDAY, JAN. 23

Will Toledo is getting over a cold. Rock ’n’ roll has perhaps caught up to the guy. As Car Seat Headrest, Toledo has self-released nearly a dozen albums recorded entirely by himself in his bedroom. Speaking on a recent Wednesday morning, as he prepares to go out on the road with a newly assembled band, touring in support of his first release for a real label, Toledo sounds confident, if a little congested. “It’s not what my ideal version would be,” he says about all the press he’s had to do recently, “but what’s important is that the people who might want to listen to this music or hear about what I have to say have a chance to when I do this.” It’s an increasingly familiar story, in an age when getting signed, making a record and forming a band are all chronologically jumbled steps to a very unlikely path toward a fruitful career. After Toledo filled his Bandcamp page with hours of eloquent, homespun symphonic fuzz, Matador Records—the influential label whose artists had long informed Toledo’s taste—took notice. Teens of Style, released on Matador in October, is a compilation of reworked older songs, handpicked to showcase different aspects of his repertoire. “I sort of had it in mind before Matador showed up to do a compilation of older stuff,” Toledo says. “There were songs that sounded better in the context of their original album, but these I thought could have a new life and sound good in different contexts.” The updated songs have all the charm of an introvert’s quirky proficiency with translating the strange and esoteric into indolent pop music. Every chorus on the album takes up residence in your brain for the next hour, one at a time, until it’s replaced by its successor. Fans of early Thermals or Strokes will recognize the compressed distortion of a young voice wailing into a cacophony of echo, but the melodies bring to mind infectious ’60s pop. With so many songs having been written several years ago and only now finding a wider audience, Toledo already has Teens of Style’s follow-up—a sister album of sorts—in the can. Teens of Denial is another collection of older material, written while he was still a one-man band and college student living in Williamsburg, Va. It was recorded after his relocation to Seattle late last year, with legendary Seattle producer Steve Fisk, and the influence is palpable. “Teens of Denial has a Seattle feel,” Toledo says. “The content was Williamsburg, but the production is very Seattle-centric.” Denial is set for release in the spring. In the meantime, Toledo is focused on taking his private, indoor project to the masses. In addition to recontextualizing older tracks, he is now reinterpreting his catalog with his band for the live show. It’s entirely uncharted territory for him. But aside from the bout of influenza, Toledo isn’t sweating it. “After spending so long as an online solo act, I felt like I was missing out on the live performance aspect of it,” he says. “Part of my goal in moving to Seattle was to form that live band and start playing live more. That was also one of the things I was thinking about when writing Teens of Denial, so they’re all kind of geared towards live performance. Now, I’m mostly just grateful to have the opportunity to be touring this year.” CRIS LANKENAU.

Will Toledo leaves home.

SEE IT: Car Seat Headrest plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Pwr Bttm and Naked Giants, on Saturday, Jan. 23. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016


MUSIC Colin Meloy—and ending with a set from our reigning Best New Band, Divers, in what is almost assuredly the biggest stage the band’s played yet, unless you count MusicfestNW. There’s also ‘80s night in Lola’s Room, more music at Ringler’s Pub and Al’s Den, and a special McMenamins birthday beer pouring at each. MATTHEW SINGER. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 1 pm. Free. All ages.

Majical Cloudz, She-Devils

[PROVOCATEUR] I haven’t seen anyone terrify a crowd quite like Devon Welsh. The Canadian brainchild behind minimalist pop outfit Majical Cloudz delivers a jarring live performance, locking eyes with every crowd member and singing deep into their collective core. Even more impressive is that Welsh does so much with a sound that is strippeddown, hazy and haunting. New record Are You Alone? continues where 2013’s Impersonator left off, echoing a performance art approach to pop that dwells on emotive vocal delivery and glitchy, shadowy electronica. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY, JAN. 25 Grizfolk, Max Frost

[“ALTERNATIVE”] Grizfolk writes watered-down, popped-up rock ’n’ roll. You know, the kind you’d hear midday during a Coachella set, with dancy drums and synths, rattling tambourines and “ooh ooh” choruses. The L.A. band first gained attention when its 2013 single, “The Struggle,” went viral. After that, it signed to a major label (and changed its name from

dates here Griz Adams to Grizfolk) and got a major publicity boost from touring with Bastille. If all that sounds like your thing, Grizfolk are your guys. SHANNON GORMLEY. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection featuring Charmaine Neville

[N’AWLINS] Charmaine Neville’s last name identifies her as New Orleans music royalty: She’s the daughter of Neville Brothers singer Charles Neville and the niece of Art and Aaron. Once a TV newscaster, she’s been issuing albums of her own music for two decades, and co-leads a band with pianist Amasa Miller that cranks out Crescent City R&B and blues. She’s joined here by longtime fellow New Orleans saxophonist Reggie Houston, who’s been a fixture in the Portland jazz scene for more than a decade since leaving his hometown, where he was a longtime member of Fats Domino’s band. Together, they should ignite an early Mardi Gras party. BRETT CAMPBELL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542. 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 21. $10 general admission, $12 reserved seating. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.


[AMPED-UP CLASSICAL] Amplified Repertory Chamber Orchestra of Portland plays classical music with rock style, performing at informal venues with colorful stage lighting and trippy projections. This show includes


Tezeta Band

THE ORIGIN OF NIGHTLIFE (Self-Released) [ETHIOPIAN SOUL] There are a lot of fancy-pants ethnomusicological things that could be said about Ethiopian dance music from the 1970s. Here’s a simple one: From the first note, you’re probably going to like it. At its most basic, the music is the merger of native African rhythms and scales and the James Brown records that first made it to East Africa nearly a half-century ago. It’s among the grooviest, funkiest, most energetic stuff ever created. In fact, the original material is so good that when Portland’s seven-piece Tezeta Band—whose name can be roughly translated as “nostalgia” or “longing”—decided to make it their primary source of inspiration in 2008, they immediately found steady work, and eventually were featured on stages with some of the world’s top names in Afrobeat. On the group’s debut full-length—a frothy mixture of horn lines, wah-wah guitar and breakbeats—they present 11 tracks of hot fire, the likes of which would be fit for any Quentin Tarantino movie in which Samuel L. Jackson drives a big black car at high speeds. The Origin of Nightlife burns brightly from the intro track, “Gizie Degu Neger,” a pulsating Afrobeat song featuring just the right amount of blissed-out organ, all the way to “Tezeta,” a claves-ridden number that has a subtle hint of Southern-style guitar and flute. It’s the kind of thing you put on, then wonder why you feel so damn good 30 minutes later. If only more bands would harness this. It is, obviously, the right kind of nostalgia. PARKER HALL. SEE IT: Tezeta Band plays Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave., with Brassroots Movement and DJ Derek Smith, on Saturday, Jan. 23. 8 pm. $12. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm. 36

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[LOCALLY SOURCED SOUNDS] Every year, the veteran new-music ensemble FearNoMusic plays homegrown music by Portland composers, and every year, reflecting the growing strength of our burgeoning contemporary classical music scene, it gets better. This year’s crop of Portland chamber music includes compositions by Cascadia Composers founder David Bernstein, Andrea Reinkemeyer, new Portlander Texu Kim, and Ryan Francis, a Portland native who’s won a sterling reputation in New York. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 208-2982. 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 22. $22.50 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

[PIANO CONCERTO] Chopin wrote his ambitious Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor at age 20, and personally premiered it the same year. Performing his own works helped make him famous and liberated him to become a full-time composer by 25. So it’s appropriate that young British superstar pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is on hand to deliver this exquisite romantic work with the required virtuosity. Guest conductor Tomáš Netopil opens the night with an eight-minute, single movement orchestral work called Rugby. Arthur Honegger’s exciting 1928 work describes the game’s feints and runs at ever shifting angles. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, 8 pm Monday, Jan. 23-25. $23-$125. All ages.

The Ensemble presents Dido and Aeneas

[BAROQUE CLASSIC] Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s setting of the ancient myth about the Queen of Carthage’s tragic affair with the hero of the Trojan War, is one of the greatest of all English operas. This concert performance of only the opera’s music features some of the city’s finest singers, drawn from its top choirs, accompanied by a historically informed string ensemble (including members of Music Maestrale) playing on period instruments. The show also includes music from another fine English Baroque opera, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. BRETT CAMPBELL. First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave., 228-9211. 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $25.

Exploring Bartók and Beethoven With the Jerusalem Quartet

[ONE ’TÓK OVER THE LINE] The Jerusalem Quartet returns to Portland for four concerts over four nights. It will perform intertwined Beethoven and Bartók string quartets on alternating nights (the first six of Beethoven’s, and all six of Bartók’s). The somewhat unusual pairing of the two composers will provide not only a break from the bleakness of an all-Bartók program, but also a break from the temporal sunniness of Beethoven. CRIS LANKENAU. Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 224-5058 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26. $30-$47. All ages.

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an early Beethoven string quartet, a pair of J.S. Bach’s dramatic concertos, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” and music by contemporary composers, including ARCO’s own Mike Hsu, whose original compositions draw inspiration from pop influences like ’80s dance music. BRETT CAMPBELL. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7 pm Friday, Jan. 22. $9 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Chris Robley

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, JAN. 20-22 When looking back at the things that have been written about Chris Robley over the years, a certain word pops up with some frequency: posturing. “It’s all posturing, to some extent,” Robley says. Mind you, both times I’ve used that word in relation to his music, I was saying Robley was not guilty of posturing. But if he isn’t faking it now, and this new music seems somehow more authentic than what came before, does that mean he was somehow being inauthentic back then? “It’s like finding the right amount of the craft, or artifice, to hold something that’s hopefully a real emotion,” he says. “I don’t think it’s even necessarily important that the emotion be factually true.” But Robley does hold that his new album, The Great Make Believer, the first he’s released in the five years since leaving this Portland, where he lived and made music for a decade, and moving to Portland, Maine, is more emotionally honest than his prior work. Personal upheaval—what he calls “the ending of one relationship and the beginning of a new one, all mixed up” and the fraying of “other crucial friendships, kind of swirling around that same circumstance”—gave him a rich vein to mine. Having penned more personal songs, he wanted to adopt a fresh approach to recording them, departing from the layered, effects-laden production of his previous albums. “My real life is filtering into these songs in a way that it never had,” he says, “so I guess I’m more confident with just letting them live, without covering them up with a bunch of strings and horns and swirly noises and stuff, because I know—not to say that they’re better or worse, but just that for me they’re more real.” The approach Robley took to the new songs, aided by gifted roots producer Rob Stroup, was to develop arrangements organically with a group of five players gathered in a room at a friend’s house on the Oregon Coast. They tracked 11 songs over three days, taking about three hours per song to find the right groove (drummer Anders Bergström being key to that process, Robley says), add parts and get the right take. Robley’s vocals were recorded at Stroup’s home studio on a later Portland visit. But Robley says there’s a risk to sharing songs drawn so directly from real life. “When you’re going through a really difficult time, you feel every emotion, and you’re erratic, and changing your mind and changing your heart constantly,” he says. “In a song, I might have picked one particular shade on that spectrum to focus on, so I worry that someone might hear that song and think, ‘Oh, that’s how you felt about this situation,’ kind of definitively, when really it’s like, that’s one of many ways that I felt, and I just happened to write a song about that.” It’s tricky, indeed, finding the right balance between authenticity and artifice—practicing, one might say, good posture. JEFF ROSENBERG. Faking it so real.

SEE IT: Chris Robley plays Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Ave., Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 20-22. 7 pm. Free. 21+. Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016




Dr. Demento

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JAN. 21-23 Barret “Dr. Demento” Hansen is probably best known for his long-running radio show, which introduced the world to “Weird Al” Yankovic, as well as hits like “Fish Heads” and “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” But his musical interests extend far beyond the comedic. He studied classical music at Reed College (class of ’63), got a master’s in folk music studies at UCLA and was one of the earliest fans of punk statistically possible. This weekend, he returns to his alma mater to give three lectures: one on racial integration through music, one on Frank Zappa and a final talk on punk’s development into the new millennium, a redux of a lecture that he first gave in 1977. WW caught up with the good doctor to talk DIY, academic disciplines and roadying for Canned Heat. JAMES HELMSWORTH. The king of comedy music shows his scholarly side.

WW: Since you’re mostly known for comedy music, it might surprise some people to see that you’re doing a lecture on punk. What was your relationship with it? Dr. Demento: In the ’70s, the first decade that I had a show, it took a while for it to settle into being 99 percent funny music. I played lots of things that were adventurous. The idea was that I could play anything that was out of the ordinary that interested me. The Ramones and the Sex Pistols certainly fit that. What was your first lecture on punk at Reed like? Had the students heard that stuff ? My audience for that lecture was maybe 20 people, all students. They were kind of the people that music was made for. Probably about half of them had heard the Ramones and the Sex Pistols and were very enthused to hear the other bands that played in similar styles that I had brought records of. I was interested to discover that you have a master’s degree in folk music studies. What did you study in that program? We studied techniques of field collecting—how to go out into the countryside and collect the music people were singing around the home. But by the time I had finished that, I had been tempted away by the music industry. I knew Linda Ronstadt when I first got [to UCLA], and she became really famous. And some really good friends of mine started a band called Canned Heat. In fact, I was briefly a roadie for them. How did you eventually decide on sticking to funny stuff on your show? The Dr. Demento Show started out as a rare oldies show. By that time—this was 1970—I had quite a massive record collection, so I was playing mostly rare, early rock-’n’-roll oldies. But, from the beginning, there would be a couple of novelty records from the ’50s, and the more I played of that stuff, the more popular the show got. So I decided that was my destiny. SEE IT: Dr. Demento speaks at Vollum Hall at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., on Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 21-23. 7 pm. Free for students, $5 general admission. 38

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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. JAN. 20 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Sonny Landreth

Corkscrew Wine Bar 1665 SE Bybee Blvd Laura Cunard Trio

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St. Tribal Seeds, the Skints, the Steppas


350 West Burnside Peter Case

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Arthur Moore, Blues Jam

East Glisan Lounge 8001 NE Glisan Street David Friesen


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

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Happy Whisky Funtime Artist Showcase w/ Joel Medina Hosts

Justa Pasta

1336 NW 19th Ave Anson Wright Duo

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Light Creates Shadow, Second Sleep, Waver Clamor Bellow

McMenamins Al’s Den

303 SW 12th Ave Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Shigeto, Groundislava, Philip Grass

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Jeff Crosby & The Refugees

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St CMG Outset Series: Lisa Schoenberg & Ally Clarys

THUrS. JAN. 21 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Marc Cohn

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Matty Charles & Katie Rose, The Earnest Lovers

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Songwriter Roundup

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Die Like Gentlemen

Corkscrew Wine Bar 1665 SE Bybee Blvd Adlai Alexander with Phil Baker and Hershel Yatovitz

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St Tiburones, Boone Howard, Death Songs


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Pete Kartsounes

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny

The Rubatos present Global Shoegaze

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Reggie Houston’s Crescent City Connection featuring Charmaine Neville

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. The Welfare State, Pinehurst Kids, the Complaint Department

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 SW Park Ave. Exploring Bartók and Beethoven With the Jerusalem Quartet

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave The Upper Strata

Dante Elephante, Dogheart, Talkative



Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Tony Lucca

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Knuckleheads


1001 SE Morrison St. ARCO-PDX

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Jade Private

Kelly’s Olympian

Mississippi Studios

Mississippi Pizza Pub

No Ho’s Hawaiian Cafe

Opal 28

4627 Northeast Fremont Street David Friesen

roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave An Evening With STS9

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave Shoot Dang, Sam Densmore, John Underwood

3552 N Mississippi Ave Dusu Mali Band / Nathan Carver Smith 510 NE 28th Ave Pop-up-concert

revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St., No. 110 Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival

Tardis room

1214 N Killingsworth St Freq Night (house)

The Evergreen

The Know

618 SE Alder St Destructo, Justin Martin, Rezz - Ship2Ship Tour

The Liquor Store

The Headwaters Theatre

2026 NE Alberta St Spit Vitriol 3341 SE Belmont Natural Magic

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! Featuring Pink Lady & The John Bennett Jazz Band, Trashcan Joe

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Goldenboy

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St Songwriters in the Round

Vie de Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave The Buddy Jay Jamaican Jazz Band

World Famous Cannabis Cafe

7958 SE Foster RD Green Room Jam

FrI. JAN. 22 45th Street Pub and Grill 4511 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy JT Wise Band

Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Keola Beamer, Henry Kapono at Aladdin Theater

55 NE Farragut St., No. 9 A Thousand Tongues

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St THE FUR COATS

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St 12th Avenue Hot Club; Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys with The Cat’s Meow; Vinyl Gold, Cherimoya, DJ Klavical

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St Quadraphonnes w/ Andrew Durkin

World Famous Cannabis Cafe

7958 SE Foster RD Stanley Woods Band

SAT. JAN. 23 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Ty Segall & the Muggers

Alberta Abbey

126 NE Alberta St List

Alberta Street Pub

Alberta rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Patrick Seraya and Zion

Artichoke Music

Alberta Street Pub

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Friday Night Coffeehouse

1036 NE Alberta St Jon Ostrom Band

225 SW Ash Cellar Door

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Rum Rebellion

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave.

FAN SERVICE: Forty-five minutes into performing to a packed house at Roseland Theater on Jan. 14, Lupe Fiasco cut the music. “What I just did was a shorter version of my last album,” he announced after running through eight straight songs from 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, declaring Act 1 over. “I really like that album, and I don’t care if some of y’all don’t.” That might seem like a self-indulgent way to start a show on what he’s billed as “a tour for the fans.” Tetsuo & Youth is a cerebral album deserving of careful listening. As such, Fiasco—his hair locked in cornrows, wearing Lennon-style sunglasses and a frayed denim jacket—initially stayed stationary on the dimly lit stage, confidently cutting through the marathon verses. Act 2 was when the hits rolled, from “The Coolest” to “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” “American Terrorist” and “Kick, Push” to “Touch the Sky,” the 2005 Kanye West single that introduced him to the world. The crowd’s energy unsurprisingly flipped at that point, reciting verses word for word, reliving the first time they heard the infectious hook of “Daydreamin’.” Fiasco let go, too. No longer stuck to center stage, he hyped the crowd from floor to balcony, baiting them as each deep cut dropped. It was undoubtedly a dynamic live show. But nine years and three records since 2007 breakthrough The Cool, it still feels like Fiasco is on his heels, reeling to win back the fans he started with. MATT SCHONFELD.

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave. fEARnoMUSIC

1036 NE Alberta St. Hip Hatchet, Eyes Made Quiet

Ash Street Saloon


3003 SE Milwuakie Ave. Portland Sings! She Wrote That!

426 SW Washington St Months, The Pynnacles, Excuses

3939 N Mississippi Ave Crow And The Canyon, The Lil’ Smokies

[JAN. 20-26]

Classic Pianos of Portland

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Chris Robley (solo)

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Matt Meighan & Anna Tivel

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash Ghost Towns, Perfect Families

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute


350 West Burnside Rebirth Brass Band

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St School of Rock Portland: Husker Dü vs. The Replacement

Duffs Garage

Ponderosa Lounge

10210 North Vancouver Way Flexor T

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St JO PASSED

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Jenny Finn Orchestra

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Natalie Wouldn’t, The Sentiments, Deejay Redi Jedi

The White Eagle

2530 NE 82nd Ave Pin & Hornits

836 N Russell St Garcia Birthday Band, King Columbia


Wonder Ballroom

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Kris Deelane’s Sun Celebration

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge 2845 SE Stark St LESSER BANGS

128 NE Russell St. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Paper Bird

World Famous Cannabis Cafe

7958 SE Foster RD Jonathan Pierce Project

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny JD Dawson’s Songwriters Showcase

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Tezeta Band

Lincoln Hall

1620 SW Park Ave. Exploring the Music of Bartok and Beethoven

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Car Seat Headrest

Bossanova Ballroom


Bunk Bar



Alberta rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Noise in the Waters: Music & Theatre on the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis featuring the Al-Andalus Ensemble

Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Clayton & Ernie

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash King Mob

8 NE Killingsworth St Andrew Endres Collective

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Paper Bird

MON. JAN. 25

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Lynn Conover & John Mitchell


First Christian Church

Doug Fir Lounge

1314 SW Park Ave. The Ensemble presents Dido and Aeneas

Lakewood Center for the Arts 368 State St Golden Boy

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave Samantha Crain

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Majical Cloudz, She-Devils

Panic room

SUN. JAN. 24

Turn Turn Turn

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Funebrarum, Sempiternal Dusk, Torture Rack, Mangled Corpse

roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave BRYSON TILLER

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont Mero + Mamai + TBA

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Redwood Son

350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell 830 E Burnside St. Grizfolk, Max Frost


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Will West & Groovy Wallpaper

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Never Shout Never, Metro Station, Jule Vera, Waterparks

St David of Wales Church

2800 SE Harrison The Everyone Welcome Community Choir

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St ThirstyCity: Low-Key, Luck & Lana

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Rin TIn Tiger

TUES. JAN. 26 Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash ADOS 33, William Borg Schmitt

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection, Yak Attack

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Golden Handcuffs


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Sloan Martin of Beach Fire

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge 2845 SE Stark St JIMMY RUSSELL’S PARTY CITY 2034

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Fourth Tuesdays with Edward Cohen & Friends

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave The Ghost Ease, Mega Bog, Bitch’n

roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave EXCISION

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St IN THE KNOW

The ranger Station

4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd Bluegrass Tuesdays, w/ Pete Kartsounes and Friends

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Where to drink this week. 1. Great Notion Brewing

2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491, greatnotionpdx. great Notion offers something Northeast alberta Street has never seen: a solid beer bar, with its own house brews filling the taps with a pleasantly yeasty fruit-spiked saison and a pair of iPas

2. Ben’s Bottle Shop

8052 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 360-314-6209, if you live in Portland’s far northeast, your best bet for good beer may be in Vancouver—because some beers don’t distribute to Oregon. the newly opened ben’s is a sports bar with massive screens, 24 taps of craft brews and cases of beer bottles that stretch for yards.

3. Home

719 SE Morrison St., 896-2771. the deeply un-googleable Home has opened in the old Morrison Hotel space with a well-chosen tap list and a seriously meaty short-rib poutine on waffle fries.

4. Skyline Tavern

8031 NW Skyline Blvd., 286-4788, Skyline tavern’s clientele goes like this: millionaire, poor person, construction worker, millionaire. it might as well be an old depression-era painting from the Federal art Project.

5. Saraveza

1004 N Killingsworth St., 206-4252, Saraveza’s new house Wisconsin-themed beer, the breakside-brewed Wisco tavern, is a smooth cream ale that comes alive with a sprinkle of hoppy bitterness. Froth and bitterness is of course also the motto for green bay’s just-ended season.

BEER BY THE NUMBERS: There are no bridges within sight of Bridge City Taproom (620 SE 122nd Ave., 971-202-7267, bridgecitytaproom). The sports bar situated between Fabric Depot and Mr. Peep’s Peep Hole sits on the vast plain of East Portland, which doesn’t have much in common with the landscape near the bridges. The beer list inside the former Dog House Saloon from the former manager of the Refectory (the Mid-County Memo, an Examiner for the Numbers, called it “iconic”) is more familiar. Boasting arguably the best beer offerings in East Portland, this large space was packed for Friday happy hour, when craft beers are $3.50 until 7 pm, and the selection includes Boneyard’s Hop Venom, Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack and Pfriem’s wit. That Hop Venom is a steal, with Bridge City pouring a full pint of the excellent 9 percent ABV double IPA. Food offerings are only a little less generous, including a half-dozen wings for $6 and linguine in white clam sauce for $9. The wings were light on sauce, but otherwise respectable. Settle in to watch the game—there’s a row of screens in every direction—and get some cheap and crafty beers. MARTIN CIZMAR.

sAT. JAN. 23 Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave Montel Spinozza


WED. JAN. 20

Dig A Pony

Morning Remorse (psych)

Cooky Parker (soul)

Lovecraft Bar

Euphoria Nightclub

736 SE Grand Ave

421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon (industrial, EBM, electro)

Plew’s Brew’s

8409 N Lombard St Wiggle Room (electronica, disco, house, hip-hop, downtempo)

THUrs. JAN. 21 Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave Battles & Lamar (freestyle, electro, boogie)

Lovecraft Bar

Street P.17 40

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FrI. JAN. 22

Dig A Pony

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay (EBM/goth/ industrial/darkwave)


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

736 SE Grand Ave

315 SE 3rd Ave. Dieselboy


1001 SE Morrison St. Love In This Club: Black Madonna, Ben Tactic, Nathan Detroit, Vera Rubin

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Club Kai Kai Drag Dance Party


3967 N Mississippi Ave Monkeytek & Friends

Tardis room

1214 N Killingsworth St Freq Night (house)

The Evergreen 618 SE Alder St SHIP2SHIP: Destructo, Justin Martin, Rezz

1001 SE Morrison St. RNB: Rihanna/Nicki/Beyoncé, DJ Ronin Roc, DJ Freaky Outty

sUN. JAN. 24 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Softcore Mutations w/ DJ Acid Rick (hunkwave)

MON. JAN. 25 Dig A Pony

Lovecraft Bar

736 SE Grand Ave Bad Wizard (‘50s and ‘60s soul and rock)

Tardis room

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Darkness Descends (goth) 1214 N Killingsworth St Freq Night (house)

The Liquor store

3341 SE Belmont Booms and Claps & Tenth Degree Records presents Losco, Boats, Quarry, Knate Phaser (bass music)

The Lost & Found

5426 N Gay Ave. Press Play with DJ Folk Lore

421 SE Grand Ave DJ Cory (metal & new wave)

TUEs. JAN. 26 Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave AM Gold (oldies)

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Bones w/ DJ Aurora (dark dance)


1001 SE Morrison St Taking Back Tuesday (emo)



The Fertile Ground Festival is Jan. 21-31 at various venues. Festival pass $50. Individual tickets vary.

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Fertile Ground 2016

Fertile Ground is the biggest theater festival in town—a 35-venue theater takeover of Portland that’s both a preview of the season to come and a chance for unknown artists to be seen by broader audiences. Packed into the 11 days of the Festival are 44 workshops, readings and plays. Fertile Ground productions are marked with a sprout icon. The Fertile Ground Kick Off Party is at Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 9:30 pm Friday, Jan. 22. Previews written by SOPHIA JUNE. Through Jan. 31. Festival pass $50, individual ticket prices vary. Visit for details.


A poet is caught in a love triangle with the ghost of a dead woman and the complications of a live one in this romantic comedy in the vein of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit. Presented as a reading. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 23. $10.

Under The Yew Tree

In Ron Lee’s new play, two farmers recently lost their only son. Before he died, he wrote a letter telling them that he had a surprise for them. Little do they know, that surprise is still coming. Presented as a reading. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10.

A Cavalcade of Awesome! I Died Today: A Musical Tribute to Rodd Keith

The bizarre life of ‘60s country singer Rodd Keith comes together in Action/ Adventure Theatre’s second workshop, a science fiction musical. A key figure in song-poem music, an obscure scam of setting words to music and then charging a fee to the lyricist, Keith was also highly religious and famous for experimenting with psychedelic drugs. Action/ Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 25. $10.

A Cavalcade of Awesome!: The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

Action/Adventure Theatre is presenting three workshops for Fertile Ground, all under the title A Calvacade of Awesome! The first actually isn’t the name of a Flaming Lips album, but is loosely inspired by John Lyly’s Elizabethan comedy Gallathea. Except this show has an alien chicken. Action/ Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 2 pm Saturday, Jan. 24 & 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26. $10.

A Thousand Tongues

One of the festival’s musical offerings is a concert performance workshop featuring Danish performer Nini Julia Bang, singing original songs to a blend of Danish, Middle Eastern and flamenco music against the backdrop of different visual art pieces. Presented by Source Material Collective, who is brand new to Portland. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9., 308-2427. 8 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24. $15.

The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick

Paranormal investigator Dex Dixon undertakes adventures with vampires, trolls and werewolves in this new musical noir by Portland writer Steve Coker. It’s part absurdist theater and part horror film told in a cabaret style, and there

are puppets. Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave., 800-273-1530. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 21-23 & 28-30, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24 & 30-31. $25-40.

Apple Season

A girl and her brother who have been running away from home for 20 years return when their father dies and have to decide if they can stay this time. Oregonborn playwright and librettist E.M. Lewis’ play is about the complexities of coming home. Presented as a lunch reading. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 971-803-7712. Noon Monday, Jan. 25. Free.

Yes!!! Everything in my life aces the Bechdel test.

Casually. @Jezebel pops up on my Twitter feed. Umm, human females are cool, I guess.

Baba Yaga

An old crone who lives in a house on chicken legs tells three traditional Russian fairy tales in this one-woman show, created as a senior thesis by Lewis & Clark student Sam Reiter. The fables are backed by shadow puppets and infused with Reiter’s passion for everything Russian, and the play is a sympathetic look an often-demonized, old-lady character. “I wanted to know—how did she get to be that way?” said Reiter, who thought up the show while studying abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9, 289-3499. 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 24, 8 pm Monday-Thursday, Jan. 25-28. $10.

The Big One

Kathryn Schulz’ July 2015 New Yorker article, “The Really Big One,” shocked the Pacific Northwest as much as the imminent shockwaves signaling our doom. Shoba Satya’s play explores what it means to live in Oregon when we could be destroyed at any moment. Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave., 307-9599. 8 pm Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 26-28. $10.



Si, Spanish.



Broken Promises Nope, but sometimes I talk to the voices in my head.

Frankenstein: A Cabaret

Buried Fire

The newest jazzy album from Portland band the Blues Cabaret, Where Love Begins, is being workshopped as a full-on musical about navigating love. Oregon Book Award finalist Wayne Harrel and composer Dave Fleschner wrote the songs into a script, and the show—playing at O’Connor’s Vault and also on the recital stage at Michelle’s Pianos—stars Portland Gay Men’s Chorus singers and Grammy-nominated songwriter Earl Thomas. O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Highway, 244-1690. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Jan 20. Michelle’s Pianos, 600 SE Stark St., 295-1180. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Jan 21-22. $20.

Business as Usual & Forethought: Four Short Plays

Think images of the misplaced staplers and smashed computer monitors in Office Space in this comedy about Cindy,

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The Yellow Wallpaper

a comedy club?

Grimm Northwest

No, I’m too busy to give a fuck.

Broken Promises

Four urban teens strapped for cash get sucked into sex trafficking in Milagro’s Fertile Ground offering, a world premiere written by the theater’s top creative, Olga Sanchez. Adriana’s entrapment in a black hole of internet porn and prostitution is based on stories Sanchez sourced from local teens and aid groups. Filtering these accounts through Milagro’s trademark Latin lens, she and director Francisco Garcia add a heavy dose of hip-hop, poetry and dance. Recommended for ages 13+. Talks by representatives from Planned Parenthood, Lifeworks NW and Youth Ending Slavery will run after many shows. Performances Jan. 21-23 are part of the Fertile Ground festival. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Jan 14-23. $25.

a strip club?

Baba Yaga

Average. I get my politics on The Late Show.

Super. Debate-watching party at my house! Do you like boating? Yes.

“I carry on occasion, sometimes a lot.”

I Want to Destroy You




In Toxic “[Planned Parenthood] is like an abortion factory.”

I Know Things

I Hate Positive Thinking Facts. Mindfuck. City.

Shackleton, The Untold Story


The Adventures of Dex Dixon Or, The Whale?

Ethyl’s Pies

Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016




Nathan Brannon Nathan Brannon is joining the big time. A consistent presence in the local comedy scene since 2006, the Portland-born and -raised comic signed with Kill Rock Stars last December, joining such comedians as Cameron Esposito, Hari Kondabolu and Emily Heller. He’s recording his second full-length album this Friday at Alberta Street Pub, and it’ll be the label’s second Portland album already this year. MIKE ACKER. Is signing with Kill Rock Stars the comic’s steppingstone to L.A.?



Although quite young, the members of SWMRS (featuring the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) have been making music for half a decade, have toured internationally, and are set to release their third LP in early 2016.

JOSH ROSENTHAL (book reading)

W/ JORDAN NORTON (performance)

Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthalpresents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part “music criticism,” the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers... especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 23RD AT 3PM Idaho-born songwriter, singer, and guitarist Jeff Crosby (perhaps best known as a guitarist with Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons) has been writing songs, grinding out shows, and sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the United States and beyond for the better part of the past 10 years. His new album, Waking Days, blends the sounds of americana, folk and 70’s inspired psychedelic rock.


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WW: You were part of the crew that did the historic Suki’s open mic; what was that like? Nathan Brannon: Imagine Cheers set in Berlin during World War II. There was still smoking, you could see the haze; it was almost at head height. I had a ’fro back then, and I had to wash my hair every single night. But no matter how sketchy that place was, it was always cool. You felt like everybody in there was there to work.

longer. There are a lot of good people who have helped me out in my career here, and I’ll always have a soft spot for them, but I feel like I’ve been here too long. But the thing with L.A. is that it’s hard to pack up without any prospects. I have a pretty good following around the country… but so far I feel like I’m not really what they’re looking for, industry-wise. There are a couple networks that I’ve auditioned for, and it’s pretty obvious I’m not what they’re looking for, which is totally fine with me. I have buddies who have built a fan base off of YouTube, they have millions of fans. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but that’s the thing: If you go down there and you don’t have any prospects, it’s ruthless. An album from Kill Rock Stars might help with that. That’s what I’ve always said, “Give me shot, take a listen to the stuff I’m doing.” It’s pretty awesome to have them vouch for you and put you out. Hopefully, a lot of people in other places will hear what I have to say, and that will be just as good as being on CBS or NBC or Fox or whatever.

Do you feel any sense of “Imagine ownership of how much the Cheers set in comedy scene has grown in How did the Kill Rock Stars Berlin during Portland? deal come about? I never thought of myself as I got to know them over the having to build the World War scene. Ifhelped last year; the members of Kill anything, you see Rock Stars come out to shows. other comedians here working II.” They approached me last summer, and I was like, “Wow, this is nuts.” Just talking to them about what their mission statement is, and looking at their past work, I was definitely onboard. What has working with a label been like? I think we’re on the same page as far as what kind of stuff we want to put out. Our mindsets are on the same level. Plus, all the comedians that are on there? I’m by a mile the least famous comedian they have, so I’m just soaking up everything. Portland is a tough place for comedians to earn a living. Are you planning to follow in the footsteps of comics who have moved to Los Angeles? I can’t see myself being here for very much

really fucking hard, and that makes you work harder. Every night that you’re like, “I don’t want to go to a mic,” it’s like: “I bet so-and-so is at a mic. I bet they’re trying out a new joke, just like you had that new joke. But they’re not too chicken shit to try it out.” I don’t think there’s one, or a handful of comedians, who made Portland the way it is. I think it’s the attitude of trying to really do something in comedy, both as an art and a profession. Susan Rice, Dwight Slade, Dax Jordan—if anybody was to say they built Portland comedy, it would be that group. They were headlining before any of us. No matter how successful any of us get, we watch them.

SEE IT: Nathan Brannon’s live recording show is at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., on Friday, Jan. 22. 7:30 and 10:30 pm. $13.29. 21+.


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PERFORMANCE Jack and Sanjeev at their “powerfully indifferent investment firm” in Michael Josef’s play. Forethought includes short plays about everything from a nerd trying to talk to girls to a mad sculptor in a night of staged readings, presented by PDX Playwrights. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 24 & 31. $10.

Daisy Dukes Shorts Night

Eight Portland playwrights will showcase their short plays in an evening of workshop performances with titles ranging from Under a Tin Roof Moon to Close Shave. Presented by PDX Playwrights.. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 7 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23. $10.

The Dark Rider

A psychological drama by C.S. Whitcomb about a paralyzed ballerina who’s forced to explore the different people inside her head, which may be a result of Multiple Personality Disorder. Presented as a 100-minute reading. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 971-803-7712. Noon Tuesday, Jan. 26. Free.

Dear Committee Members

Julie Schumacher’s award-winning novel, Dear Committee Members, is a collection of fictional letters of recommendation from a burned-out creative writing professor. In the firstever adaptation of the book, Portland theater teacher, actor and writer David Berkson stars as the professor in this one-man show. Schumacher has already given her stamp of approval with a talkback and book signing on opening night. Presented as a staged reading by Readers Theatre Repertory. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 971-266-3787. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24. $10.

Family Hardware

In Gary Corbin’s comedy about modern relationships a man who’s too unhealthy to have sex with his wife agrees to let her see a hired escort— who he happens to already know. Presented as a staged reading by PDX Playwrights. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 6 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10.

Frankenstein: A Cabaret

Last year, Laura Christina Dunn and Maggie Mascal of the Broken Planetarium theater group presented The Snow Queen as an opera set in Detroit. This year, the duo will reimagine Frankenstein. Except this time, it’s set in Portland. Told in cabaret style, the folk opera will focus on themes of female sexuality by combining dance and comedy in a documentary-style version of the gothic classic. The Steep and Thorny Way To Heaven, 1464 SE 2nd Ave. 8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 20 & Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 pm Thursday-Friday, Jan. 21-22 and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. Individual tickets sold out.

General Hazard

A Civil War general named Hap Hazard used to be a statue and is no longer a statue anymore in the staged reading of this comedy about expectations by John Byrne. Presented by PDX Playwrights. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 1 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10.

Great Expectations

The downtrodden orphan Pip has the worst type of life—his brother-in-law abuses him and a convict threatens to kill him—but things change when an anonymous benefactor puts him down as their heir. PCS is borrowing the adaptation and director from Seattle, where it premiered in 2011. Most of the talent are familiar faces, though, Third Rail Theatre company members and PCS veterans. The notable exception: New Yorker Stephen Stocking making his Portland debut as Pip. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, noon Thursday, Jan. 22-Feb. 14. $25-$70.

Grimm Northwest

The Oregon Tellers, Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke, are the comedic duo responsible for bringing Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales to life in this fully staged world premiere; not in the streets of Portland on NBC, but in the intimate and rambunctious setting of the Lucky Lab Taproom, featuring an open mic for personal stories from audience members. Don’t bring your kids; these stories are far from the watered-down Disney versions. Lucky Lab Taproom, 1700 N Killingsworth St., 505-9511. 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 23. $15.

Growing New Works Within Theater Institutions

A discussion about how to approach new works in theater for different sized companies, moderated by artistic director Jessica Wallenfels with four of Portland’s key theater players: Lue Douthit of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Luan Schooler of Artists Repertory Theatre, Mead Hunter of University of Portland and the New Harmony Project and Benjamin Fainstein of Portland Center Stage. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 971-803-7712. 6 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26. Free.

Hollywood Syndrome: A Psychomedy

In Alex Haslett’s comedy, a playwright has released a successful play and is under the insane pressure of the Hollywood machine to create another. Presented as a staged reading by PDX Playwrights. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10.

I Hate Positive Thinking

Performance artist Faith Helma is a creative guide who’s here to take down the self improvement agency one vague, unrealistic idea at a time.

She recognizes the beauty of “flawed glory” and finding “freedom through failure” in her fully-staged personal manifesto, which she’s been crafting for over a year. Shout House, 210 SE Madison St., No. 11., 971-266-1765. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan. 22-24 & 29-31 and Feb. 5-7. $16.

I Want to Destroy You

Loosely inspired by the life of Chris Burden, an artist who had a friend shoot him in the arm as part of a performance art piece, Theatre Vertigo’s play explores themes of gun ethics and education in juxtaposition with Burden’s story. Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23, $20.

In Toxic

Addiction—not only to drugs, but a larger societal addiction to fossil fuels, is the driving theme in this play, which features eight actors and elements of magical realism to tell the partially autobiographical story of two sisters growing up in a small, religious community. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23 and 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24. $10.

Matthew McConaughey vs. the Devil

A comedic musical adaptation of Faust, told through Matthew McConaughey’s tried and tired journey to winning an Oscar. Director and playwright Emilie Landmann calls her musical a show “for people who don’t like theater.” Presented as a reading with songs. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 7 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 26. $10.

Multnomah Village Now

Portland’s changing identity and the role of Multnomah Arts Center in the community is explored in Amy Jo McCarville’s new play. Presented as a workshop over six events. Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, 7 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23 & 29-30 and 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 24 & 31. $10.

Noise in the Waters: Music & Theatre on the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Stories of the journeys made by migrants across the Mediterranean are told in this English translation of Teatro delle Albe’s piece, Rumore di Acque, in a special performance by Boom Arts and Al-Andalus Ensemble. Boom Arts is known for timely, cross-cultural plays, while Al-Andalus Ensemble is a group that blends African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean musical styles. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $20-$30.

Ophelia in Oblivion

Borrowing Ophelia from Hamlet, who goes mad because there’s no other way to express herself, poet and firsttime playwright S. Renee Mitchell weaves a story about how love and relationships can become corrupt, exploring mother-daughter relationships in her original full-length play, which will be presented as a staged reading. Celebration Tabernacle Church, 8131 N. Denver Ave., 4897804. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23 and 2:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10-$40.



Fifteen-year-old Mark delves into themes about exploring your own identity when your family is flawed, as both his birth parents and adopted parents seem to be, in the third play in Redmond Reams’ series. The first two plays, Shadows and Threshold, are about Mark’s life as toddler in foster care and as a five-year-old entering kindergarten, will be performed Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 pm and 3 pm. Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9839. 7 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $15.


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Psychic Utopia


Reminiscent of the tragically fascinating Jonestown story, this play explores the desire to create a place of ultimate freedom in the Oregon desert and the consequences of that desire. Psychic Utopia is the next play to watch out

Rimbaud’s Daughter in Louisiana (or The Drunken Pirogue)

Set in the 1890s, Steve Patterson’s play, which received the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s New Play Award, is about a Cajun woman looking her her father, who she believes is the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. She is joined by a French woman, and the duo travel through Louisiana together. Presented as a reading. Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave., 971-322-5387. 7 pm Monday, Jan. 25. $10; The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 971-322-5387. 10:30 am Tuesday, Jan. 26. $8.

Shackleton, The Untold Story

The sixth installment in Portland Story Theater’s successful seafaring series about explorer Ernest Shackleton and the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 tells the true story of the 10 men in the Ross Sea Party. The first play, Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare in 2008, went on to be performed off-Broadway. Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St., 284-2226. 8 pm Saturday, Jan. 23 & 30. $15.

NEW REVIEWS The Book of Mormon

Let’s talk legacy. I remember my high-school class gathering around the ol’ Pentium II to watch South Park precursor The Spirit of Christmas from a purple-bottomed CD-R. I am old, which means kids in college have never known a world without Matt Stone and Trey Parker. When they are old, will anyone remember the erstwhile Kenny killers and BASEketball gods? If anyone does, it’ll be because The Book of Mormon is still touring.The Tony-winning musical, which combines a faithful retelling of Mormon history with the story of a modernday Joseph Smith, has some of the most memorable songs this side of Chicago.The Keller’s current production presents those songs well. Elder Cunningham, who I’d always cast as a Jonah Hill type, is played by A.J. Holmes, a spazzy Andy Samberg type. His partner, golden boy Elder Price as played by Billy Harrigan Tighe, comes across less like a charismatic Boy Scout than an unlikable Vietnam-era lieutenant. But once the singing starts, everything makes sense and the Keller delivers a better-than-solid production of a new American classic. MARTIN CIZMAR. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-273-1530. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday; 1 pm & 6:30 pm Sunday, Jan. 12-24. $40-$154.

Ethyl’s Pies: A Comedy of Deception in Two Acts

Dry Gulch, Nevada (a 200-person town on a good day) is home to Ethyl’s Pies, a dusty diner and gas station decorated with clashing plaid, floral and an American flag. Ethyl is dead, 20 customers is a booming day and everyone agrees that the pies suck. Even so, Birdie and Murph have worked there every day for the past 30 years. Until one day, Birdie starts aching for change. This two-man, two-act show from Spring 4th Productions founders Tobin Gollihar and Ian Paul Sieren is like an improv game—the two men switch deftly between four characters rotating through Ethyl’s, from a draft dodger to an orphaned Californian. It’s a darkly comedic snapshot of a place in stasis with a script that doesn’t rely on clichés or one-liners. Beside some absurd


for in Portland, a dram-com inspired by the former Rajneeshpuram community and how it’s now the site of a Christian children’s camp. It’s still being brainstormed by Hand2Mouth Theatre’s team, I Hate Positive Thinking creator Faith Helma and Oregon Book Award winner Andrea Stolowitz. And f you know theater, that gets you excited. Presented as a workshop by Hand2Mouth Theatre with dramaturg Jess Drake and Stolowitz. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 971-803-7712. 7:30 pm Monday, Jan. 25. Free.

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER moments—Sieren acting out a human slideshow, and Gollihar wistfully singing “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret—the dialogue is never gimmicky and the dry humor rolls off the actors’ tongues like they’re making it up on the spot. In a play that’s largely about feeling stuck— Spring 4th never makes the audience feel that way. SOPHIA JUNE. Y Arts Little Theater, 6036 SE Foster Rd. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Jan 15-Feb. 7. $15.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Things get animalistic and filthy by the end of this stunning world premiere adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic short story, and you’d never expect it from the tight-lipped Victorian setting. The garden home looks like Pride and Prejudice, the husband is perfect in his coattails and the china came from Paris. But when a new mother is prescribed a “rest cure” for nervousness and begins imagining a woman living in her wallpaper, the psychological twists roll in fast. Imaginative staging plays with your head, as wallpaper projected around the theater twists like a psychedelic screensaver and a woman (Diana Schultz) weaves in and out of panels around the stage. Creator and star Grace Carter paired with local playwriting legend Sue Mach to adapt the story and pen a new intro, CoHo’s artistic director Philip Cuomo directs and the athletic crawling scenes were choreographed by Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Paige McKinney. “Looks like a lot of cleanup,” said a patron leaving opening night. The set, yes. The production itself is near-perfect. ENID SPITZ. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Through Feb. 6. $28.

ALSO PLAYING Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space

Oregon Children’s Theatre stages the epic space journey of Geronimo, star rodent of Elisabetta Dami’s Geronimo Stilton book series. When evil forces attack his home in New Mouse City, Geronimo lives up to his name (first, not last) and gets launched into space to head the rescue mission. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 228-9571. 2 and 5 pm Saturday, 11 am and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 14. $18-$32.

Golden Boy

In this 1937 Broadway classic by Clifford Odets, Joe seems golden as a violin prodigy, until the glamour of the ring ropes him in. Former Post5 co-artistic director Ty Boyce stars. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 14. $32.

In The Boom Boom Room

David Rabe’s 1972 play about a go-go dancer whose tumultuous relationship with her parents sends her tailspinning into gender-blind sexual romps get paired with video interviews from Portland residents about what’s changed? Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St., 2350635. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, through Feb. 5. $12.


Comedian, writer and actor Josh Wolf is a regular guest and writer for Chelsea Lately, wrote a book titled It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad and once worked as a spokesperson for Nintendo in Seattle. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30 & 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23. $16-$33. 21+.

Who’s Metal As Fuck?

Portland’s best, and only, heavy metal comedy game show pits local comics against each other in an effort to earn points by deciphering lyrics and explaining music videos to the less metal people in the crowd. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 10 pm Friday, Jan. 22. $5. 21+.

DANCE Displaced

It’s fitting, perhaps even intentional, that SubRosa Dance Collective, known for having an international and multiracial focus, should perform a show about being physically and emotionally displaced at Conduit, the studio that lost its performance space earlier this year and was forced to relocate. The show will include some immersive aspects and audience participation, just in time for widespread January rent increases. Conduit Dance, 2505 SE 11th Ave., No. 120, 6 pm FridaySaturday, Jan. 22-23 and SaturdaySunday, Jan. 30-31. $15.



Groovin’ Greenhouse feat. Polaris Dance

Polaris is almost single-handedly making dance big at this year’s festival, showcasing a different company at each Groovin’ Greenhouse performance. The first is its own company doing solo and group pieces, including the premiere of Robert Guitron’s “What’s Wrong”. SOPHIA JUNE. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave., 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 21. $20-$22.

Groovin’ Greenhouse feat. Polaris Junior Company

Polaris Junior Company, dances a new work titled “Pierce,” choreographed by Jocelyn Edelstein and M’Liss Quinnly, who is one of Polaris’ founding members. The show features music from German electronic artists Apparat and Ellen Allien. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave., 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 22 and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 24 & 31. $20-$22.

Groovin’ Greenhouse feat. Portland Bellydance Guild

These three-minute pieces showcase four distinct styles of belly dance, from folkloric to cabaret. Bevin Victoria self-choreographs a dance about the history of belly dancing. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th St., 380-5472. 7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 23. $20-$22.

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Americana tunesmith Josh Ritter returns with his exuberant eighth full-length album, Sermon On The Rocks. Now available in an expanded deluxe edition CD & LP (180 gram Blue Vinyl), both of which include a bonus disc of home-recorded demos.

Catch Josh Ritter performing at Revolution Hall, January 22nd and 23rd!

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St. Johns Bridge on fire, but he’ll be hardpressed to top his own spectacle—during December’s First Thursday Lilly set one of his life-sized Riot Cop prints on fire. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Right Side Art, 625 NW Everett St., No. 103.

Sublime Crush Boom

Charles Siegfried’s first solo show at Blackfish is a bombshell success. Literally, his acrylic collage paintings explode with color, refusing to be confined to a standard 18-by-24inch canvas. This may be why Siegfried has resorted to ripping up bits of the surface and attaching things like crumpled newspaper and household objects to be layered over in paint. The pièce de résistance, entitled You All Alone in These Streets Cousin, is a monstrous and abstract jumble of blues, purples, yellows and greens, in which you can’t make out much more than a crying face and an army tank at first. But closer examination reveals Siegfried’s careful layering process—a mirror, perhaps, for the many inscrutable meanings that one might extract from the work. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 224-2634.

Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown’s mixed media works and oil paintings on linen are inspired by places real and imagined, sculptural plans and the artist’s musings on subjects like home and identity. Strong, yet playful, Brown’s painting mix matte earth tones, textured imprints on wood and mesh materials to form a backdrop for the lively geometric shapes in front. For Brown, who never dreamt of a career other than painting, the work is more than what meets the eye; it is an embodiment of self. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Butters Gallery, 157 NE Grand Ave., 248-9378.

Hidden Occupancy

Lauren Gonsalves’ 14 graphite sketches show people she used to be intimate with, who are now strangers. Gonsalves mixes botanical imagery like orchids and chrysanthemums with close-ups of human features—eyes, hair, hands—and ritualistic symbols like snakes, moons and astrological signs. These unusual portraits read like tiny windows into another person’s memory. The detail of the pieces is intricate and delicate, and evokes a bittersweet nostalgia. Gonsalves manipulates positive and negative space by leaving extra canvas around the images, or having parts of her subjects extend beyond the edges of her canvases, leaving certain parts of her subjects a mystery. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Hellion Gallery, 9 NW 5th Ave., 774-7327.

I Have Love in My Heart as a Thief Has Riches

For its inaugural site-specific exhibition, Front of House is showing a monumental installation from sculptor Mike Rathbun. The enormous vertical ring, made of laminated raw poplar, curves through the space in defiance of our expectations about how wood should behave. Carved wooden guy-wires lash

it to the floor, walls and ceiling, adding a strong sense of tension to an otherwise minimalist form. If you’re riding the MAX down Southwest 1st, look out the window between Pine and Ash and you will see Rathbun’s creation overtaking the gallery with graceful arcs and crisscrossing lines. Better yet, drop by during business hours so you can see Rathbun’s jaw-dropping craftsmanship up close. JENNIFER RABIN. Through March 30. Front of House Gallery, 112 SW 1st Ave., 548-4984.


Pat Boas is surely the love child of Keith Haring and a renegade typographer. Boas’ new series, Logo(s), at Elizabeth Leach manages to harness what is untamed about graffiti, while exercising the restraint of calligraphy and graphic design. The sure strokes of her bright overlapping letterforms pop from their white-on-white frames. It’s easy to get lost in each shape, searching for recognizable components—the curve of a B or the leg of an R. But it is equally enjoyable to allow the forms to wash over you, to regard each one as an aesthetic object, the way you might take pleasure in the lines of Arabic or Cyrillic, without trying to make sense of them. JENNIFER RABIN. Through Jan. 30. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521.


Jinie Park’s color washed canvases do not hang complacently in the gallery, as we have come to expect from paintings. Some climb the walls like vertical ramps, tapered at the bottom, expanding to a foot thick as they approach the ceiling. Others change the shape of the room by nestling into corners, replacing right angles with hard diagonal planes or soft convex hollows. The work takes a sledgehammer to the conventional idea of artgallery-as-boring-white-box. By making the pieces dynamic and sculptural, the artist not only engages the gallery in a different way, but also the viewers, many of whom can be seen with their faces close to the work, trying to figure out how Park has managed to bend their perception of space. JENNIFER RABIN. Through Jan. 30. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521.

New Paintings Recent Bombings

Alex Lilly’s subject matter is horrific— nuclear blasts tinged with jet-black smoke against a backdrop of pristine teal sky, or molten rubble collapsing amid heat waves that seem palpable enough to burn through his canvases. Lilly’s apocalyptic works blast you with beauty in the wake of chaos, and his thick, rich swirls of paint in fiery oranges that conjure the flesh-melting heat of radiation and fire were so successful last month that Right Side Art is hosting them for another. He’s added a series of 6-inch square paintings of the

Kendra Larson’s acrylic landscapes are romantically sublime, but they are winter scenes—bare, twisted trees overlooking a frozen pond, bonfire dances in a snowy clearing, wolves howling on an ice-capped mountain. These whimsical places are from the artist’s imagination, but they are inspired by actual nature she sees in her native Oregon. Larson contrasts black and gray tones with luminous white highlights. In Frozen Stars, the largest and only piece in full color, the blocky brushstrokes appear almost pixelated. It perfectly fits Larson’s contemporary take on the time-honored tradition of landscape painting. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St., 546-5056.

What We Carried

Photographer Jim Lommasson understands that sometimes an artist is just a conduit for other people’s stories. What We Carried documents the objects refugees fleeing the Iraq War brought with them to the United States. Lommasson photographs these treasures simply and starkly on a white background, leaving oceans of negative space for their owners to write on about what makes the objects special. Though some of the writing is in Arabic, the objects—a pair of eyeglasses, a tea set, a Polaroid, a collection of Barbie dolls—are so deeply familiar that they communicate a shared humanity. Without insinuating himself into the work, Lommasson lets his subjects speak for themselves, showing us that no matter what our circumstances are, we care about the same things. JENNIFER RABIN. Through Jan. 31. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210..

Winter Group

Winter Group is mostly large prints from artists who have recently shown at the Hartman Gallery, this collection’s central theme is the interplay between nature and human civilization. Some portray nature as a sublime force, like the ocean front that dwarfs the tiny figure on the shoreline in Jeffrey Conley’s “Figure and Tide.” Others, like Holly Andres’ “Summer of the Hornets #5” are glimpses into the bittersweet moments of everyday domestic life. It’s a small collection, but these artists cover a range of subjects, from outdoor recreation to racial tension and the balance between man-made structures and natural formations. HILARY TSAI. Through Jan. 30. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886.


The Secret Life of Cups Bullseye’s fantasy world of everyday stuff.

A three-tiered glass cake topped with a pink grenade greets you at Bullseye Projects’ wonderland of a group show, The Emotional UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, 2013 BY SILVIA LEVENSON Life of Objects. Featuring three artists whose work couldn’t be more different, the show is like a Suicide Girl’s kitchen, a free pile made into sculpture, and then the china cupboard at Versailles. Just past Silvia Levenson’s confection is a deflated cushion sculpted by Heidi Schwegler, and a mirrored case of goblets by Dante Marioni. The combination is unnerving, as wedding cakes and weaponry fuse in Levenson’s work. A coffee percolator made of pink glass has its rim pierced like a punk kid’s ear, the set of frosted mugs with one handle missing reads “Something Ain’t Right” and two cut-relief pistols are framed like your grandmother’s wall art. Subtlety is absent here, as Levenson parodies both gun violence and the pharmaceutical industry’s empty promises outright. “Reality is merely an illusion” is printed across five rosy cosmetic bottles. Next to them, The Pursuit of Happiness is a cabinet filled with candy-colored bottles labeled “Love” or “Antidote.” If Levenson’s focus is the home, Schwegler’s is the garage. A kiddie pool hangs from a nail on the wall. Sculptures of forlorn-looking objects are propped on the floor or pedestals: tattered blue jeans, a bent traffic cone, three gloves, one sneaker, a deflated cushion. She replicates the stuff of yard-sale leftovers with loving attention to detail. In Separation Anxiety 06 (i.e., a crumpled cushion), a pillow cast in opaque glass is covered in folds and wrinkles that look too intricate to be solid. Levenson’s and Schwegler’s works almost beg to be touched, but the third installation borders on elitist. Thirty Venetian goblets peer at you from an infinity-mirrored display case titled Cups by Marioni. In rose quartz pink or sapphire blue, the glasses are a jewel-toned collection with ornate stems or razor-sharp modern edges. One particular “cup” is a voluptuous bowl balanced on a squat bottom and tapering up to a narrow, dainty neck. The glass barrier here is a tease, as the shimmery sculptures pull you closer like “display only” toys at Christmas. While Marioni’s endless mirrors and Levenson’s pill bottles make for a visual free fall through fantastical objects, we could get grounded by Schweg-ler’s everyday relics. But what’s a wonderland trip with feet on the ground? HILARY TSAI.

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SEE IT: The Emotional Life of Objects is at Bullseye Projects, 300 NW 13th Ave., 227-0222. Through March 26.

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

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20 How to Live an Awesome Life

I probably started saying “awesome” by imitating kids in Nerf commercials. But things that are “awesome” are also those which inspire awe. In her new book, How to Live an Awesome Life, Polly Campbell instructs readers how to live their lives in a state of wonder. Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.

Running Your First Ultra

Look, running 26.2 miles might seem impressive to a Funyuns-munching layabout, but not to you. You crave something more. In Krissy Moehl’s new book, Running Your First Ultra, the veteran ultramarathon (any race over marathon length) runner gives you the physical and mental preparation necessary to run 50 miles, 100 miles—even to the fuggin’ moon, brother! Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Comma Reading Series

Broadway Books’ Comma reading series is back. The first reading of 2016 will be by Sharon Woods Wortman and other members of the 29th Street Writers group. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726. 7 pm. Free.

Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home

Your grandfather might have had to make his own booze in the woods while cousin Jed stood watch, but luckily for you, with the right licensing and equipment, you can distill liquor in the comfort of your home with minimal risk of blowing yourself up or blinding your friends. Washington selfreliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller tells you how in her new book, Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

Gigi Pandian

In Gigi Pandian’s book, The Accidental Alchemist, Zoe finds a live gargoyle among her things while unpacking after her move to Portland. In the new sequel, The Masquerading Magician, said gargoyle is at risk of turning into stone. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.

NeuroLogic: The Brain’s Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior Eliezer J. Sternberg got his first book deal from a paper he wrote as a high school junior—a year I spent pretty much just crying and listening to Weezer—about the differences and similarities between the ways brains and computers work. His newest book, NeuroLogic, explores the ways our brains make decisions, touching on everything from how they catch contagious yawns to their twisting and shriveling inside the skulls of sports fans. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, JAN. 22 Luke Skywalker Can’t Read

According to Ryan Britt, every character in Star Wars is functionally illiterate. In Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, Britt also debates the innumerable time paradoxes in Back to the Future and the hipsterness of Sherlock Holmes. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

NARAL Celebrates Roe v. Wade

In Other Words celebrates the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade with former Multnomah County health director Dr. Patricia Kullberg, whose novel, Girl in the River, is set in Portland when abortion was illegal. In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth St., 232-6003. 6 pm. Free.

She Writes Press Book Tour

She Writes Press was founded to help women authors overcome barriers to publishing. A team of four writers from the press are doing a reading. Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 208-2729. 7 pm. Free.

SUNDAY, JAN. 24 Eric Weiner


of Genius, Eric Weiner writes about places and times known for their intellect: ancient Athens, Florence during the Renaissance, Silicon Valley— well, I guess it’s about megalomania, too. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

MONDAY, JAN. 25 Petty: The Biography

Tom Petty had a wild go of it, from overcoming an abusive father to learning guitar from one of the Eagles. Former Del Fuego Warren Zanes wrote about it all. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

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Sheila Hamilton Sheila Hamilton’s memoir, All the Things We Never Knew, is not a feel-good book. In fact, it left me emotionally gutted. But I also read it cover to cover in a one sitting. It’s a boldly raw account of the story of Hamilton’s late husband, David—who was bipolar and committed suicide in 2006—chronicling their time together from the first meeting through the months after his death. The former TV journalist and current KINK-FM morning-show host’s book also doubles as a look into the country’s flawed mental health system. WW visited Hamilton in her studio to talk about the book. SOPHIA JUNE.

WW: Did you have an audience in mind?

Sheila Hamilton: The memoir portion was never intended to be a book; I wrote to save my own life. It was only after I did the reporting pieces and realized how widespread mental health failures are, how many families were falling through the cracks like ours did, that I felt like there might be a wider audience. I think the most common refrain I hear from readers is, “This explains so much.”

What was the most difficult scene to write?

Definitely my having to recount telling [my daughter] Sophie about her dad’s death—the day is never far from my memory or the trauma of seeing the little 9-year-old girl have to be told she’ll never see her father again. I actually wrote that story over the course of a day—writing, lying on the floor, sobbing. And I ripped it up. I remember thinking, “I am not going to put that in the book.”

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You write about music’s emotional effects. Was it difficult to work in radio?

I think music is the most underrated and most powerful healing mechanism there is. When I came back to work, [folk rocker] Marc Cohn came in, and he had just recovered from being shot. He sang this song about coming back from almost dying, and it was so resonant to me that I was sobbing while I was doing the interview.

If you could equate the book to any song, what would it be?

“Forever Young.” David had an enormously long life ahead of him if he could have worked through his mental illness. He was still handsome, he still had all his hair, he still was considered a ladies’ man in some ways because he was so gorgeous. I think about how many lives are lost because of this illness, and that they’re taken from us way, way, way too young. SEE IT: Sheila Hamilton speaks at the Wild Women Society at Mountain Park Recreation Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego, on Sunday, Jan. 24. 1 pm. $20. Registration at Willamette Week JANUARY 20, 2016




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The 5th Wave opens this weekend, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve seen it before. The title even sounds like a reminder that we’ve been overrun with these identical movies for the past 10 years. The Hunger Games (x 4), Divergent (x 2), The Host, The Mortal Instruments, The Giver, The Maze Runner (x 2) and…and…and… The only logical conclusion is that all these filmmakers are tapping into some deeper pool of knowledge, as if the giant human subconscious knows that, sometime in the near future, humanity will be nearly wiped out and the only heroes left will be young women in love triangles.


The Fertile Ground Theater Festival is expanding to include animation this year. The lineup of 12 to 15 animated shorts of varying lengths and from animators of all levels is followed by a half-hour talkback with the local artists. Curator Sophya Vidal says she was inspired to create a show where local, independent animators could showcase their work after she noticed Portland doesn’t have enough such places. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $10.

Which may leave you wondering, “Will I survive the coming apocalypse?” I’ve studied all the movies extensively and noticed a few patterns. Hopefully, this quiz will help you prepare and raise your chances of survival. YOUNG APOCALOVE: Alex Roe and Chloë Grace Moretz.


Ip Man 3

C- You would think a movie whose central gimmick is casting Mike Tyson and pitting him against the hero—while he swears in lisped Chinese—would have its finger on the pulse of audacity. This is, after all, the third installment of the Ip Man series, which takes extreme liberties with the life of real wing chun master (and Bruce Lee mentor) Ip Man. The film transforms him into a leg-snapping, gravity defying, rabbitpunching hurricane of fists and feet played by Donnie Yen and pits him against everything from Japanese war criminals to British pugilists. This presumed final film in the series augments a minimal plot by focusing on his family, including his wife’s bout with cancer. It’s understandable the filmmakers wanted to interlace some drama, but if you want people to invest seriously in your character drama, why on earth would you cast Mike fucking Tyson and his facial tattoo in your melodramatic kung fu soap opera? Dull and ordinary doesn’t do it here. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Fox Tower.




Sholay is the Citizen Kane of Bollywood, a 204-minute epic that might be the one truly Indian film export you’ve heard of. Two outlaws, played with gusto by Indian film legends Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, band together with the law to exact justice on a fellow bandit. With its nods to Sergio Leone, Sholay makes a cinephile’s perfect study in comparisons alongside The Hateful Eight, which is playing in 70 mm at the Hollywood. NR. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 24. $9.


C Michael Bay’s latest big-budget war film doesn’t have the star power you’d expect, but it’s message is predicatbly patriotic: Americans are heroic, and Libyans are barbaric. This time, the heroes are six security contractors who save the day during a surprise nighttime attack from Libyan rebels. The film is essentially Call of Duty, often told in point-of-view shots with night-vision goggles, sniper targets and comically fake spews of bright red blood. A few moments do take aim at the American military, like when John Krasinski gazes up at the Libyan sky and says in a wavering Southern accent: “I’m going to die fighting in a war I don’t understand.” Mainly, the actors succeed at looking buff and running around to the Hans Zimmer soundtrack, but they lack genuinely emotive performances.



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Are you over 15?


Yes. Nope, you’re going to die. The post-apocalypse is a young person’s game. No. Great! You’ve passed the first test. Onward!

Which of the following enemies can you defeat? Aliens. Good, but not enough. You die. Your fellow man. Good, but not enough. You die. Adults. Good, but not enough. You die. Other kids with weapons. Good, but not enough. You die. All of the above. Whew—it’s going to be a tough apocalypse, and it could come from any direction. It’s good to be prepared. Keep it up!

What’s the best weapon for defeating an army of evil adults or aliens? Guns. No, silly, guns are for bad adults, not for righteous kids like you. You die. Bow and arrow. That will do. They’ll never see it coming. Grab your Stone Age weapon and keep going. Love. Great! No apocalypse can defeat the greatest weapon, a teenager in love with another teenager. Continue the fight.

Hey you, get in line! Yes, sir. Oh, you died. You need to stop trusting authority figures. No way, I have a real problem with authority. Very good! You might make it. Conformity is death. Rebellion is freedom. Fight on.

Whom can you trust? The government. Super-duper dead. Corporations. Ugh, I can’t even deal with you anymore. You’re just so dead. Anybody. What are you thinking? How did you get this far? You die. Your heart. That’s the ticket. Believe in yourself because you’re special. You’re amazing. You’re beautiful and strong and clever, and these aliens/evil people won’t even see you coming.

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How many boys are you in love with? One. Sorry, that’s just not going to cut it. You die. Two. Perfect! That’s going to make for some great romantic tension as you fight for survival. Keep going. Three or more. Ugh, that’s just too many. It’ll never work and you’ll be killed by the asteroids/aliens/evil government.

4 Aliens have killed 90 percent of the human race and your boyfriend/brother/platonic best friend is missing. What do you do?

Ask adults for help. No, you idiot, adults are evil and worthless. You’re a kid! You know how to save the world better than any stupid adult. You die. Cry. Of course not. There’s no crying in apocalypses. You die. Stop at nothing to get him back, defeating an evil much bigger than yourself. Good work! You’ve got what it takes. Keep fighting.


OK, how about now? Is it OK to ask the adults for help? Well, I guess things are getting pretty bad, it can’t hurt to ask them. YOU DIED, OBVS NEVER TRUST ADULTS. Nope, adults cause problems, kids fix them. You’re getting it! Keep going.


Things are getting pretty serious in your lovetriangle situation. Which boy do you choose?

The strong one who can fight alongside me. Aw, too bad, he turns out to be a jerk. You die. The kind one who treats me right. Aw, too bad, he gets killed. You die too. I’m so torn, I don’t think I’ll ever choose! You’re really getting this. The apocalypse seems like a good place for you. Just two more questions!


What’s the right number of movies in a trilogy? Three. What are you, stupid? You’ve got to split the third book into two movies so you can make that $$$$. You die. Four. You made it all the way! You’re the perfect post-apocalypse heroine!

Did you make it? I hope you did. It’s a tough apocalypse out there and only the bravest young women can survive long enough never to have to decide between the two boys they’re in love with. If you didn’t survive, don’t worry. Most of us will die in the initial attack, AKA “the 1st Wave”—I smell prequel! SEE IT: The 5th Wave is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at most Portland-area theaters.


B- It’s a little creepy watching a puppet perform cunnilingus on another puppet; creepier still when the foreplay turns into outright sex. Puppets aren’t supposed to fuck— are they? Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) fills his movie with jarring moments like these, when our childhood associations of stop-motion puppet animation collide with the very grown-up story that Anomalisa tells. But while the animation is undisputably niftylooking, it can’t redeem this deeply pessimistic film. To motivational speaker Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), everyone in the world looks and sounds exactly the same. The only person with a unique face and voice is a woman named Lisa, whom Stone meets and falls in love with at a Cincinnati hotel. Alas, just as his life is about to open up, the crushing conformity returns with a vengeance. We can never escape our ennui, the film heavy-handedly asserts. Morose and defeatist, Anomalisa might be an animated favorite for the upcoming Oscars, but it’s also an early contender for feel-bad movie of 2016. R. RICHARD SPEER. Cinema 21.

The Big Short

A We’re in a bubble of movies about the financial crisis, but The Big Short is the first good one. It’s based on the book by Michael Lewis, who’s known for making complicated financial issues into compelling stories, and adapted by Adam McKay, who is known for Talladega Nights and the “More Cowbell” sketch. Surprisingly, this combo works. The film focuses on three real weirdos (Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt) who were some of the only people to predict the collapse of the housing market in 2007. It’s entertaining and informative, just like you’d expect from Michael Lewis and not at all what you’d expect from Adam McKay. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

Bridge of Spies


A- Based on the novel by

Irish author Colm Tóibín and adapted by Nick Hornby (High Fidelty, About a Boy), Brooklyn is just the sweetest thing. Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) makes an adorable couple with Emory Cohen (Smash), and I could watch them court for hours, especially their awkward


B- Steven Spielberg was born to convey viewers through weird and wonderful alternate realities, but 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 autopilot, there is little here that doesn’t feel perfunctory. PG-13. CHRIS STAMM. Lake Theater, Living Room Theaters.

dinners with Cohen’s Italian family. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cinema 21, City Center.


A Like a long-gone grandpar-

ent, Portland director Todd Haynes’ newest feature is an experience you remember mostly by token images— Cate Blanchett’s lacquered nails, Rooney Mara developing film in her shabby apartment kitchen, Blanchett’s lipstick stains on Mara’s nipples. A romance between a young salesgirl and older housewife set against the picture-book 1950s, Carol in many ways echoes Haynes’ Oscarnominated Far From Heaven. It’s an almost painfully beautiful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt, with Haynes’ signature touches—magnetic actresses and gorgeous shots of them lighting slim cigarettes. This is the first Haynes feature with a lesbian couple front and center, and the first he didn’t write. Framed to channel Vivian Maier’s midcentury photography of Chicago, the film shows romance as tea sandwiches, abusive husbands and lindy hops in equal measure. And a sense of voyeurism colors the film—we sit in on the couple’s first date, and in the final scene, Haynes transplants our eyes into Therese’s head and makes them stare straight into Carol’s. But Carol seduced you already, two hours back. R. ENID SPITZ. Clackamas, Hollywood, Lake Theater, Fox Tower, St. Johns Cinemas.


B+ If you’re a fan of modern interpretations of classic Greek drama or showmanship in the style of Baz Luhrman, then this is the Spike Lee joint you’ve been waiting for. Based on Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, Lee tells the tale of an indomitable heroine rallying women from both sides of the Peloponnesian War to withhold sex in order to force the armies to negotiate peace. Through the lens of modern, vibrant, Spike Lee-styled Chicago, the classic takes on a gritty texture. In an unsuccessful homage to its Grecian roots, much of Chi-Raq’s dialogue rhymes, resembling a draft of “Dr. Seuss Goes to Englewood.” R. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Cinema 21, Laurelhurst.


C- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stars in a movie based on a GQ article about a coroner living in Pittsburgh who discovered brain damage in a retired football player and was hounded by the NFL to retract his findings. Unfortunately, even Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and Big Willie Style (complete with a halfway decent Nigerian accent) couldn’t make an exciting story out of microscopes, publishing scientific papers, and men sitting around conference tables lying to each other. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Eastport, Clackamas, Forest Theatre, Bridgeport, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Tigard.



To be fair, the meathead script didn’t give them much to emote. In one of the most unintentionally comical scenes, the Americans mistake the Muslim call to prayer for another attack. In the other, one character muses about Joseph Campbell’s philosophy. Like the film, both misfire. R. SOPHIA JUNE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

A- Creed—the seventh movie in the Rocky franchise—is more like the original Rocky than its sequels because it’s mostly good, but also because it’s almost entirely the same movie as Rocky. It feels more like an apology for the mediocre Rocky movies we’ve endured, more like a series reboot than a sequel, featuring a stronger young actor in Michael B. Jordan. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Avalon, Eastport, Clackamas, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Division, Movies on TV.

Crimson Peak

B+ “It’s not a ghost story. It’s a story with ghosts in it,” a film in which the things that go bump in the night are not nearly as terrifying as the people who walk the earth. R. AP KRYZA. Laurelhurst.

Daddy’s Home

B Will Ferrell hasn’t exhausted the comedy of emasculation just yet—his argyle sweater vest-wearing persona still has some comic juice, especially teamed with The Other Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg’s alpha male. Director Sean Anders sticks to sitcom setups and obvious gags. But compared to, say, the shapeless Sisters, Daddy’s Home at least has structure and sincerity. PG. ROBERT HORTON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.

The Danish Girl

A In director Tom Hooper’s first film

since Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery, in the story from David Ebershoff ’s novel of the same name. Wegener and his wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander), a fellow artist and his best friend, make the perfect, hip art couple of 1920s Copenhagen. R. LAUREN TERRY. Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.

The Good Dinosaur

B- The Good Dinosaur is a Little House on the Prairie-style rendering of pioneer life, except, of course, all the characters are talking dinosaurs living in an alternate reality where a certain fateful asteroid never made impact. PG. PENELOPE BASS. Academy, Avalon, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Empirical, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, Division, Movies on TV, Tigard, Wilsonville.

The Hateful Eight

A- Quentin Tarantino’s new mystery

Western, The Hateful Eight is a lot of very good things. It’s a spectacular bit of storytelling set against 70 millimeters of Wyoming grandeur, yet neat enough to fit together like the gears in a Swiss watch, with stellar character acting and crackling dialogue. But

BRIDGE OF SPIES it’s also very much a Tarantino film. Yes, there are buckets of bright red blood spilled on bright white shirts, copious use of the most offensive English-language word beginning with N, and a bloody Mexican standoff. Kurt Russell is John “The Hangman” Ruth, a bounty hunter charged with bringing the mysterious Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) into Red Rock, Wyo., to hang. His stagecoach comes across snowbound and desperate Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins, and they’re eventually trapped inside a country inn with four lodgers. It’s a great setup, and the long and plentiful monologues are sharp, backstories emerge in a natural way, and the twists are unexpected until they’re obvious. The cartoonish level of violence will give some pause—it’s Kill Bill with fewer bodies but tighter shots—but that’s to be expected of Tarantino, a man who’s had 20 years to indulge his impulses, and who’ll hopefully have 20 more. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Hollywood, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy, St. Johns Cinemas.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

B Katniss Everdeen leads a group of rebels against the Capitol, which has been booby-trapped with hot oil, lasers, and an army of lizard people. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville.

Inside Out

A- Pretty much everybody in the theater was sobbing at some point during Inside Out. It’s sad. Crushingly, relentlessly sad. And absolutely brilliant from writerdirector Pete Docter (Up). It’s not about depression per se. It’s about young Riley, who has to move across the country for her dad’s job, and the tiny people in her head who represent her emotions. The main story seems aimed more at parents and, to a lesser extent, older kids. There’s a talking elephant made of cotton candy to help occupy the littles, but you will love it, because it’s great. And since you’re paying for it, screw them. PG. ALEX FALCONE. Valley.

The Intern

B+ Ben (Robert De Niro), an active widower and retiree in need of something to keep himself busy, applies to a senior internship program at “About the Fit,” a Topshop-like online clothing site founded by the dedicated Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway). It’s a refreshingly modern concept, serving as a reminder that the timeless art of being a gentleman begins with respect. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Vancouver, Valley.


B+ Director David O. Russell


takes his formula for American Hustle, wraps it in Christmastime and casts America’s ass-kicking sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence as the woman who invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop. Joy (Lawrence) is the ultimate handyman, balancing her explosive father (Robert De Niro) and musician ex-husband (Édgar Ramirez) fighting in the basement, her antisocial and bed-ridden mother (Virginia Madsen), two kids and too many unpaid bills. She fixes plumbing, shoots rifles to let off steam, bleeds a widow (Isabella Rossellini) for money and gives Bradley Cooper’s Home Shopping Network exec a piece of her mind. The movie is a joy to look at, but don’t those mail-order deals always seem smaller in real life? PG13. ENID SPITZ. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Forest Theatre, Hollywood, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.

The Martian

B- It’s just a pretty good sci-fi yarn based on Andy Weir’s book that stumbles on its own ambition. When a massive storm hits the Martian exploration project and Watney’s team leaves him for dead, the skilled botanist realizes that the only way to avoid starvation and space madness is to “science the shit” out of his situation. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy, Avalon, Laurelhurst, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, Valley.


D- We live in a country where a disturbingly large percentage of the population believes the moon landings were a hoax, so a movie that plays out this elaborate conspiracy seems like fertile comedic ground. Take an unhinged CIA agent (Ron Perlman) and send him to 1969 psychedelic London to persuade Stanley Kubrick to direct a fake Apollo mission. Perlman inadvertently hires a money-hungry band manager (Rupert Grint), posing as Kubrick’s agent. The two unlikely collaborators carry out the staged moon landing themselves, a process which apparently requires a lot of gratuitous head bashing. Moonwalkers proves that without a strong vision or a clear point of view on the part of the filmmaker, it is impossible to pull off satire, social commentary, and Tarantino-esque ultraviolence. In the hands of firsttime film director Antoine BardouJacquet, this story is neither funny nor does it have anything to say. Though with a script this thin, it would have been difficult for even a seasoned filmmaker to make much of it. R. JENNIFER RABIN. Cinema 21.


A In remote Turkey, five orphaned sisters are strictly confined to their home while their uncle arranges their marriages. In this feature debut from director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Lale—the youngest sister—watches her siblings capitulate to suffocating patriarchy and searches herself for the strength to escape. PG-13. MIKE GALLUCCI. Living Room Theaters.

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MOVIES A bald child named Charlie battles questionable fashion choices, impossible odds and burgeoning hormones. G. Academy, Avalon, Kennedy School, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, The Joy, Valley.

Norm of the North

C- This 86-minute animated movie about a polar bear trying to save the Arctic feels more like a threehour movie about animals dancing. Norm, the film’s clumsy protagonist, is a less cute version of Po from Kung Fu Panda. When Mr. Greene—an evil developer who looks like Michael Jackson with a body made of a slinky—tries to build condos in the Arctic, Norm pretends to be a spokesman for the campaign and goes to New York to win the public’s approval. As Norm reveals that the condos will actually destroy his home, the film takes unnecessary pains to explain things like the polar bear’s ability to talk to humans. Meanwhile, we suspend our disbelief about the complex public relations techniques. Norm had the opportunity to be an environmental film that teaches kids about global warming through a cuddly talking polar bear, but instead it develops a plot based on a problem that doesn’t currently threaten the Arctic. At least it has enough scenes of lemmings peeing and farting to entertain the kids. PG. SOPHIA JUNE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Sandy.

Point Break

D+ It’s as if somebody stripped the original of its charm and character dynamic, let it soak in a bucket of Mountain Dew, Red Bull and Axe body spray, and then plopped it onscreen, dripping and bulging. Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey, making Reeves seem like Orson Welles), a young FBI agent with a chip on his shoulder, again infiltrates a gang of mysterious, adrenaline-addicted thieves led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramirez). Utah gets in too deep, drawn like others to Bodhi’s mysterious charm. People die. Things blow up. Athletes do extreme things. But outside the basic outline, Point Break 2015 shares very little with its predecessor. PG13. AP KRYZA. Eastport, Clackamas, Cornelius, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Sherwood.

The Revenant

A- In terms of pure spectacle and cinematic beauty, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant approaches masterpiece status. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds his trapping party on the receiving end of a bear attack that leaves him barely clinging to life. Playing Klaus Kinski to Iñárritu’s Werner Herzog for what was reportedly a shoot of Fitzcarraldolevel difficulty, DiCaprio brings his A-game to an abstract role. It is one of the best wilderness survival films of all time—a violent, unrelenting and staggeringly beautiful cinematic experience that leaves you feeling battered by an angry mother bear by the time the credits roll, but ready to take the ride again. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, CineMagic, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy, St. Johns Theater.


B+ In this riveting adaptation of Emma

Donoghue’s novel, an abducted woman must raise her son in a confined space, To maintain a stimulating setting, Ma (Brie Larson) creates a social environment with anthropomorphized characters named Bed and Lamp. R. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower. R. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Kiggins Theatre, Laurelhurst, Fox Tower.


A How do you like your tension? Relentless? Then you’re in luck, my friend, because Sicario is like a broken


elevator; it never lets up. R. ALEX FALCONE. Laurelhurst.


The Peanuts Movie


C+ As Gen X plunges into the Big Four-O with all the grace of an arthritic Tommy Lee flailing about his gyroscopic drum riser, studios have released a slew of movies about the bummers of aging: You’ve got your Grown-Ups, your Hot Tub Time Machines, your Star Wars (I assume that’s what Chewie’s arc will be about), etc. This year, America’s pre-eminent comedic minds, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, take a crack at it as the titular sisters who throw one last rager in their family house before their parents sell it. For the most part, it’s a straight-up party comedy, replete with the requisite tropes, and given the preponderance of truly innovative comedians, Sisters is disappointingly standard. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sandy.


C+ The 26th Bond film has it all, and more. The one thing it doesn’t have is the ability to leave a lasting impression. Buildings crumble, helicopters do barrel rolls, and Daniel Craig nonchalantly causes millions in property damage. But from the minute Sam Smith’s grating theme music starts, the movie slides downhill. Sure, there’s fun to be had—Bond drives a tricked-out ride through Rome’s narrow streets and engages in an Alpine plane chase before the anticlimactic conclusion lands with a dull thud. Considering everybody who’s involved in Spectre, the very last reaction anybody expected was “meh.” PG-13. AP KRYZA. Mt. Hood, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Vancouver, Valley.


A- Spotlight inverts the usual comparison: It’s a movie that feels like prestige television. Specifically, it feels like The Wire. An Oscar favorite recounting how a Boston Globe investigative team uncovered an epidemic of pederast priests abetted by the archdiocese, Spotlight borrows the rhythms of a propulsive TV procedural. It resists the temptation for self-congratulation. R. AARON MESH. Eastport, Bridgeport, Fox Tower.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A- If there’s one thing we know about Star Wars fans, it’s that they’re as resistant to change as any religious zealot. And so, the best thing that can be said about The Force Awakens is that it’s almost old-fashioned. There’s no Dark Knight-style brooding, no ring-a-ding-ding dialogue a la The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy. The action is fairly nonstop, and the story is pretty simple: Some guys in helmets are threatening peace in the galaxy, and it’s up to, well, you-know-who to stop them. PG-13. MATTHEW SINGER. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Mill Plain, Cornelius, Edgefield, Lake Theater, Milwaukie, Moreland, Oak Grove, Cinema 99, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Hilltop, Lloyd Center, Movies on TV, Pioneer Place, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, Roseway Theatre, Sandy, St. Johns Cinemas.


C Despite coming from Italian film-

maker and Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino and starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two graying artists, Youth ends up feeling like too much beautiful, existential pondering without enough teeth. Caine and Keitel sit around talking about the past and how much they piss, which doesn’t sound cute or important, even from Caine. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cinema 21.

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lonE wolf and cub: Tomasiburo wakayama and akihiro Tomikawa.


For fans of grindhouse samurai films—flicks soaked in arterial blood sprays and dominated by cold-assteel antiheroes—1980’s Shogun Assassin is the holy grail, a legend of the VHS shelf. It’s also essentially the martial-arts equivalent of a hip-hop remix. The film’s dreamlike ambience and chaotic bloodletting laid the gore-spattered canvas for endless homages, most notably Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (it even makes an oddly poignant cameo in Vol. 2). Countless video games and anime offerings riff heavily on Shogun’s style, a melding of outlaw vengeance and otherworldly fantasy. Hell, RZA incorporates samples from the film throughout his masterpiece Liquid Swords: the clanging of steel blades and central narration mixed throughout the record. Wu-Tang Clan, as they say, are nothing to fuck with. But if master decapitator Ogami came knocking, even RZA and GZA might back down. The hip-hop connection brought Shogun Assassin to an entire generation of fans who got into martial arts only out of curiosity and a love of Wu Wear. But Shogun Assassin was doing the remix thing long before it became essential to hip-hop. You see, it’s actually a hybrid recut of the first two films in the six-part Lone Wolf and Cub series—Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx. It’s two 1972 mini-epics spliced together, narrated by the titular cub and amped up with a soundtrack from Oregon’s Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders. The film itself is based on a manga (pre-dating the current comic-book version by decades) and tells the story of official decapitator Ogami, who is betrayed by his master and marked for death. Naturally, the baddest motherfucker who ever walked the earth doesn’t take kindly to ninjas whacking his wife. Thus, he loads his hypercognizant toddler Daigoro into a rickety pushcart that’s tricked out as if designed by the feudal equivalent of Q’s lab. They traverse the countryside, leaving piles of bodies in their wake as they face off against hordes of enemy ninjas.

It’s frenetic, drenched in blood, and essential among grindhouse classics. But it’s also just a dumbed-down version of a much more thoughtful, deliberate epic. After years on the VHS circuit and annual viewings at the Hollywood Theatre, why would film completists prefer the remix edition to the originals? The answer is simple. The originals have never seen the big screen. “The Lone Wolf and Cub movies were never released theatrically in the U.S.,” says Hollywood programmer Dan Halsted, who calls Shogun Assassin his favorite film and his 35 mm print a jewel of his legendary kung fu collection. “I love both versions: the original films, which are slower paced, and the adrenalinefueled pace of Shogun Assassin.” To be honest, when we strap in for a blood-soaked action extravaganza, we aren’t begging for exposition. It’s the reason viewers say they prefer the deliberate Kill Bill: Vol. 2 to the insanity of Vol. 1, but are still transfixed by the House of Blue Leaves slaughter every time. Heed Halsted’s advice and use Shogun Assassin as a gateway into the Lone Wolf and Cub saga. Once the blood dries, the rest of the series is available to rent at Movie Madness in all its glory. It’s up to you to figure out whether the remix tops the original, and that decision will take you on a gnarly ride filled with severed heads, demons and baby carts straight outta hell. SEE IT: Shogun Assassin screens at the Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26. alSo showinG:

You’re a bunch of fun-loving kids lost in a small town where your buddy just got shot. Why wouldn’t you take up a weird old dude’s offer to let you stay in his run-down mansion? Especially if he’s Bela Lugosi? In Spooks Run Wild, the answer is, “You should, and you will!” Joy Cinema. 9:15 pm Wednesday, Jan. 20. OMSI is extending it’s big-screen Studio Ghibli series, with encores of My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and other modern classics. OMSI. Through Sunday, Jan. 24. See for full listings. Before she was a stringy British woman, Madonna was the lucky star of the 1985 romp Desperately Seeking Susan. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 23.

Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX

1510 NE Multnomah St. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS -- AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE Wed -Thu 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:25 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LES PêCHEURS DE PERLES ENCORE Wed 6:30 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 11:35, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00 THE FOREST Wed -Thu 12:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 NORM OF THE NORTH Wed -Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed -Thu 12:30, 3:20, 6:20, 10:05 SISTERS Wed-Thu 12:05, 2:55 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed Thu 11:45, 3:45, 8:00 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 11:30, 3:10, 6:50, 9:20 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed Thu 3:25, 6:40, 9:55 THE BIG SHORT Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:35, 7:00, 10:15 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed Thu 12:00 THE 5TH WAVE Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7:20, 10:15

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7800 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:50, 6:45, 9:30 KRAMPUS Wed-Thu 1:50, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 SPECTRE Wed Thu 1:40, 4:10, 7:00, 9:35 THE PEANUTS MOVIE Wed -Thu 1:15, 4:50, 6:40, 9:10 BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed-Thu 1:00, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 GOOSEBUMPS Wed-Thu 2:10, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 THE MARTIAN Wed -Thu 1:35, 4:30, 6:55, 9:20 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Wed -Thu 1:25, 3:45, 6:15, 9:00 THE INTERN Wed-Thu 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10 MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS Wed Thu 1:05, 3:35, 6:30, 9:55

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16603 SE Division St. 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:20, 6:50, 9:45 NORM OF THE NORTH Wed-Thu 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 10:20 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 THE FOREST Wed-Thu 12:45, 3:40, 7:05, 10:30 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:45, 6:40, 9:35 DADDY’S HOME Wed Thu 12:05, 3:25, 6:55, 10:15 JOY Wed 7:15, 10:05 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP Wed-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5:00 SISTERS Wed-Thu 12:35, 3:15, 7:25, 10:25 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed Thu 3:45, 7:20 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu 12:30, 9:20

THE BIG SHORT Wed -Thu 12:25 CREED Wed-Thu 11:55, 2:55, 6:35, 10:10 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:10, 4:35 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed-Thu 3:35, 6:45, 9:50 DIRTY GRANDPA Thu-Fri 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 THE 5TH WAVE Thu 7:30, 10:10

Avalon Theatre & Wunderland

3451 SE Belmont St., 503-238-1617 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Wed -Thu 4:45 CREED Wed Thu 7:05, 9:35 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 THE PEANUTS MOVIE Wed-Thu 12:45 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 7:00, 9:35 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Wed -Thu 2:35

Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-249-7474 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu-Fri-SatSun-Mon-Tue 11:30, 3:00, 7:00, 10:45

Cinema 21

616 NW 21st Ave., 503-223-4515 BROOKLYN Wed-Thu 4:15, 6:45, 9:00 YOUTH Wed -Thu 3:45, 6:30 MOONWALKERS Wed -Thu 8:55 ANOMALISA Wed-Thu 4:45, 7:00, 9:00


Laurelhurst Theatre & Pub

2735 E Burnside St., 503-232-5511 LABYRINTH Wed-Thu 9:15 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 6:30 CREED Wed -Thu 9:30 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA Wed Thu 7:10 SICARIO Wed -Thu 9:40 ROOM Wed-Thu 6:45 MERU Wed -Thu 7:00 CHIRAQ Wed -Thu 9:00

Mission Theater and Pub

1624 NW Glisan St. SAVING SILVERMAN Fri 5:30, 8:30 THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE Sun 2:00, 4:30, 8:15 WEIRD SCIENCE Mon 5:00 THE OUTSIDERS Tue 5:30

Oak Grove 8 Cinemas 16100 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 503-653-9999

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 3:15, 6:30, 9:45 NORM OF THE NORTH Wed-Thu 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:20 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 THE FOREST Wed-Thu 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 DADDY’S HOME Wed -Thu 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:35 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed-Thu 4:00, 7:30

St. Johns Cinemas

8704 N Lombard St., 503-286-1768 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 3:50, 7:00 CAROL Wed-Thu 4:00, 6:30

CineMagic Theatre

2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7919 THE REVENANT Wed -Thu 3:40, 6:45, 9:50

Regal City Center Stadium 12

801 C St. 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:35, 5:40, 8:40 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed Thu 12:00, 3:05, 6:05, 9:10 THE FOREST Wed-Thu 12:25, 3:20, 9:30 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed-Thu 11:40, 2:45, 5:45, 8:45 DADDY’S HOME Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:25, 6:25 JOY Wed-Thu 12:05, 9:20 THE REVENANT Wed -Thu 11:30, 2:30, 5:35, 8:35 SISTERS Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:30 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 11:25, 2:40, 5:50 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed Thu 9:00 THE BIG SHORT Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:55, 6:10, 9:15 THE DANISH GIRL Wed -Thu 11:35, 9:05 CAROL Wed Thu 11:55, 2:50, 6:00, 8:55 SPOTLIGHT Wed-Thu 3:10, 6:15 BROOKLYN Wed -Thu 3:00, 5:55

Hollywood Theatre

4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-281-4215 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed -Thu 7:30 CAROL Wed -Thu 6:30 JOY Wed Thu 9:30 TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR Thu 7:00

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340 S.W. Morrison St. 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed -Thu 12:50, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30 THE FOREST Wed-Thu 12:40, 3:10 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:20, 7:10, 10:10 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:50, 6:30, 9:40 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed Thu 12:20, 3:55 THE 5TH WAVE Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-MonTue 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:00 DIRTY GRANDPA Thu 7:30, 10:20

Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

7329 SW Bridgeport Road STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS -- AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE Wed-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:15 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:45, 7:10, 10:00 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed-Thu 12:00, 2:20, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 NORM OF THE NORTH Wed-Thu 11:15, 1:40, 4:05, 6:35, 9:00 THE FOREST Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45 THE HATEFUL EIGHT Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:55, 7:05, 10:05 CONCUSSION Wed 6:20, 9:40 DADDY’S HOME Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 10:30 JOY Wed Thu 12:45, 3:50, 9:45 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 11:05, 12:10, 2:35, 3:40, 6:10, 7:15, 9:35, 10:20 SISTERS Wed -Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:45 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP Wed-Thu 11:10, 1:35, 3:55 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed -Thu 1:05, 2:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:35, 9:15 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed -Thu 11:20, 10:45 THE BIG SHORT Wed-Thu 12:05, 3:10, 6:30, 9:55 THE DANISH GIRL Wed Thu 11:40 CAROL Wed -Thu 11:45, 2:55, 6:05, 9:05 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed -Thu 11:00 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed Thu 3:25, 9:10 SPOTLIGHT Wed-Thu 12:25, 6:15 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 2:50 DIRTY GRANDPA Thu-FriSat-Sun 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 THE 5TH WAVE Thu-Fri-SatSun 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 THE BOY Fri-Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 9:55

Academy Theater

7818 SE Stark St., 503-252-0500 CHI-RAQ Wed-Thu 4:15, 9:40 CREED Wed-Thu 1:30, 6:40 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed Thu 12:10, 2:20, 4:30 THE PEANUTS MOVIE Wed -Thu 11:25 ROOM Wed-Thu 11:15, 7:10 THE MARTIAN Wed -Thu 1:45, 6:55 THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH Wed -Thu 9:25 BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT Wed-Thu 4:40, 9:50

Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave., 971-222-2010 BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed Thu 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:35 MACBETH Wed-Thu 2:40, 8:55 MUSTANG Wed Thu 12:10, 4:30, 6:40 THE BENEFACTOR Wed -Thu 12:30, 2:20, 5:10, 7:15, 9:25 THE BIG SHORT Wed -Thu 12:00, 12:40, 1:30, 2:50, 3:30, 4:20, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45


LADY MADONNA: Desperately Seeking Susan screens at 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Hollywood Theatre.











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Norm of the North (PG) 11:45AM 2:10PM 4:35PM 7:00PM Revenant, The (R) 1:05PM 4:40PM 8:15PM Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The (PG-13) 9:25PM Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (PG-13) 11:15AM 2:30PM 4:05PM 5:40PM 8:55PM 10:25PM Good Dinosaur, The (PG) 11:05AM 1:55PM 4:30PM Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (PG-13) 4:05PM ® 10:25PM ® Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (3D) (PG-13) 12:50PM 12:50PM ® 7:15PM 7:15PM ® Sisters (R) 10:55AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:35PM 10:30PM Ride Along 2 (PG-13) 11:35AM 12:55PM 2:20PM 3:40PM 5:00PM 6:15PM 7:40PM 9:00PM 10:20PM Room (R) 10:50AM 4:25PM 10:05PM 5th Wave, The (PG-13) 11:10AM 12:40PM 2:00PM 3:30PM 4:50PM 6:20PM 7:45PM 9:10PM 10:30PM

Big Short, The (R) 1:00PM 4:05PM 7:10PM 10:15PM 5th Wave, The (PG-13) 11:10AM ® 2:00PM ® 4:50PM ® 7:45PM ® 10:30PM ® Forest, The (PG-13) 12:00PM 2:35PM 5:10PM 7:40PM 10:10PM 13 Hours:The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (R) 10:50AM 12:20PM 2:05PM 3:45PM 5:25PM 7:05PM 8:45PM 10:25PM Boy, The (PG-13) 12:15PM 2:50PM 5:20PM 7:55PM 10:30PM Daddy’s Home (PG-13) 11:40AM 2:15PM 4:55PM 7:30PM 10:05PM Dirty Grandpa (R) 12:05PM 2:40PM 5:15PM 7:50PM 10:25PM Creed (PG-13) 7:05PM 10:15PM Brooklyn (PG-13) 1:40PM 7:20PM Caged No More (PG-13) 11:50AM 2:25PM 4:55PM 7:25PM 10:00PM

Nannaku Prematho (CineGalaxy) (NR) 11:00AM 2:30PM 6:00PM 9:30PM Norm of the North (PG) 11:00AM 2:00PM 4:30PM 7:00PM Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (PG-13) 12:30PM 2:15PM 3:50PM 7:00PM 8:35PM 10:10PM Joy (PG-13) 1:30PM 4:30PM 7:30PM 10:30PM Revenant, The (R) 11:30AM 1:15PM 3:00PM 4:45PM 6:30PM 8:15PM 10:00PM Soggade Chinni Nayana (Blue Sky) (NR) 2:30PM 9:00PM Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (3D) (PG-13) 11:05AM 5:25PM Ride Along 2 (PG-13) 11:30AM 2:10PM 4:50PM 7:30PM 10:10PM Sisters (R) 1:20PM 4:10PM 7:00PM

5th Wave, The (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:45PM 4:30PM 7:15PM 10:00PM Big Short, The (R) 11:00AM 1:15PM 4:15PM 7:15PM 10:15PM Hateful Eight, The (R) 9:50PM 13 Hours:The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (R) 11:45AM 3:15PM 6:45PM 10:05PM Boy, The (PG-13) 11:45AM 2:25PM 5:05PM 7:45PM 10:20PM Express Raja (Red Heart Movies Inc) (NR) 11:30AM 6:00PM Forest, The (PG-13) 9:30PM Daddy’s Home (PG-13) 11:55AM 2:30PM 5:00PM 7:30PM 10:00PM Dirty Grandpa (R) 11:55AM 2:30PM 5:05PM 7:40PM 10:15PM

My All American (PG) 1:55PM 7:20PM Martian, The (PG-13) 12:15PM 3:35PM 6:55PM 10:10PM Spectre (PG-13) 11:00AM 12:00PM 2:25PM 3:30PM 6:00PM 7:00PM 9:30PM 10:30PM Night Before, The (R) 11:30AM 2:15PM 5:00PM 7:40PM 10:25PM Secret In Their Eyes, The (2015) (PG-13) 11:00AM 1:50PM 4:40PM 7:30PM 10:20PM Peanuts Movie, The (G) 11:15AM 1:40PM 4:20PM 6:55PM 9:40PM Peanuts Movie, The (3D) (G) 10:00AM 12:25PM 3:00PM Love The Coopers (PG-13) 11:25AM 2:10PM 5:05PM 7:50PM 10:30PM Crimson Peak (R) 1:15PM 4:10PM 7:10PM 10:15PM

33, The (PG-13) 12:45PM 4:00PM 7:05PM 10:05PM

Revenant, The (XD) (R) 11:20AM 2:55PM 6:30PM 10:10PM

Martian, The (3D) (PG-13) 5:30PM 9:00PM Goosebumps (PG) 11:05AM 4:45PM 10:10PM Last Witch Hunter, The (PG-13) 11:35AM 2:20PM 5:00PM 7:45PM 10:25PM Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, The (PG-13) 10:00AM 11:10AM 12:20PM 1:20PM 2:30PM 3:40PM 4:40PM 5:50PM 7:00PM 8:00PM 9:10PM 10:20PM Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG) 11:20AM 1:45PM 4:15PM 6:50PM 9:15PM

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The Mysterious Cannabeer By MA RTIN CIZMA R

Brewers love weed. I didn’t know that before legalization, even though I spend lots of time around the beer scene. Since the curtain came up, it’s been amazing just how many of the people involved in the Portland beer scene are also deeply immersed in cannabis culture. The maker of an Oregonmade bud-infused brew we’ll call the Mysterious Cannabeer is one of them. We can’t be any more specific than that, because he or she could lose his or her license and livelihood for making this unmarked bottle of dark ale infused with a tincture made from fresh Sour Pineapple flower. That, of course, would be ridiculous. I had only a small pour, but the result was pleasant and mostly confined to realizing just how fucking weird every Katy Perry video really is. Like, does the plot of “Dark Horse” actually revolve around her eating a magical Flamin’ Hot Cheeto? Anyway, it was great. This was not a homebrew, and showed the rounded edges of commercial-quality brew. The fruity scent of the Sour Pineapple played beautifully against the sweet dark brown ale. So I asked the brewer in question how he or she made it. It’s something he or she has been experi-


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menting with for years “in an effort to get both good flavor and good effects.” This particular batch started with a good crop of Sour Pineapple from a friend. The secret is to turn the flower into tincture, and then blend that tincture with beer before bottling so the flavors can meld together in your cellar. “A tincture was made by decarboxylating cannabis flowers in the oven, then quickly infusing it in neutral grain spirit at a very cold temperature,” he or she said. “The tincture was then added directly to the beer.” How much? He or she is not exactly sure. “I never weighed it, but the tincture was quite potent, so each bottle only needed about 5 milliliters,” he or she said. It’s a product I could see a lot of people seeking out, but there’s no hope for that just yet. “I doubt any of us are seriously considering this as a product we can sell because the [U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco] Tax and Trade Bureau is obviously nowhere near allowing the combination of alcohol and cannabis,” he or she said. “Even without selling a cannabis-infused beer, there is some fear of being linked to it at all to avoid triggering an audit or other unwanted attention from the TTB.” Which is why we can’t tell you much more. But if you happen to overhear talk of such a beverage, follow up with questions of your own. If you have a source, it’s worth seeking out.





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Week of January 21


ARIES (March 21-April 19) The next four weeks could potentially be a Golden Age of Friendship . . . a State of Grace for Your Web of Connections . . . a Lucky Streak for Collaborative Efforts. What can you do to ensure that these cosmic tendencies will actually be fulfilled? Try this: Deepen and refine your approach to schmoozing. Figure out what favors would be most fun for you to bestow, and bestow them. Don’t socialize aimlessly with random gadabouts, but rather gravitate toward people with whom you share high ideals and strong intentions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) On a clear day, if you stand at the summit of Costa Rica’s Mount Irazú, you can see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It’s not hard to get there. You can hop a tourist bus in the nearby city of San José, and be 11,200 feet high two hours later. This is a good model for your next assignment: Head off on a stress-free jaunt to a place that affords you a vast vista. If you can’t literally do that, at least slip away to a fun sanctuary where you’ll be inspired to think big thoughts about your longrange prospects. You need a break from everything that shrinks or numbs you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) A filmmaker working on a major movie typically shoots no more than four pages of the script per day. A director for a TV show may shoot eight pages. But I suspect that the story of your life in the near future may barrel through the equivalent of 20 pages of script every 24 hours. The next chapter is especially action-packed. The plot twists and mood swings will be coming at a rapid clip. This doesn’t have to be a problem as long as you are primed for high adventure. How? Take good care of your basic physical and emotional needs so you’ll be in top shape to enjoy the boisterous ride. CANCER (June 21-July 22) The city of Paris offers formal tours of its vast sewer system. Commenting at an online travel site, one tourist gave the experience five stars. “It’s a great change of pace from museums full of art,” she wrote. Another visitor said, “It’s an interesting detour from the cultural overload that Paris can present.” According to a third, “There is a slight smell but it isn’t overpowering. It’s a fascinating look at how Paris handles wastewater treatment and clean water supply.” I bring this up, Cancerian, because now is a favorable time for you to take a break from bright, shiny pleasures and embark on a tour of your psyche’s subterranean maze. Regard it not as a scary challenge, but as a fact-finding exploration. What strategies do you have in place to deal with the messy, broken, secret stuff in your life? Take an inventory. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) “When I look at a sunset, I don’t say, ‘Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple in the cloud color.’” Pioneering psychologist Carl Rogers was describing the way he observed the world. “I don’t try to control a sunset,” he continued. “I watch it with awe.” He had a similar view about people. “One of the most satisfying experiences,” he said, “is just fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset.” Your assignment, Leo, is to try out Rogers’ approach. Your emotional well-being will thrive as you refrain from trying to “improve” people -- as you see and enjoy them for who they are. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The future is headed your way in a big hurry. It may not be completely here for a few weeks, but even then it will have arrived ahead of schedule. Should you be alarmed? Should you work yourself into an agitated state and draw premature conclusions? Hell, no! Treat this sudden onrush of tomorrow as a bracing opportunity to be as creative as you dare. Cultivate a beginner’s mind. Be alert for unexpected openings that you assumed would take longer to appear. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) More than one-third of all pregnancies are unintended. The two people involved aren’t actually trying to make a baby, but their contraceptive measure fails or isn’t used at all. According to my analysis, you heterosexual Libras are now more prone to this accidental experience than usual. And in general, Libras of every sexual preference must be careful and precise about what seeds they plant

in the coming weeks. The new growth you instigate is likely to have far-reaching consequences. So don’t let your choice be reckless or unconscious. Formulate clear intentions. What do you want to give your love to for a long time? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) I was a rock musician for years, which meant that I rarely went to bed before dawn. I used to brag that my work schedule was from 9 to 5 -- 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., that is. Even after I stopped performing regularly, I loved keeping those hours. It was exhilarating to be abuzz when everyone else was asleep. But two months ago, I began an experiment to transform my routine. Now I awake with the dawn. I spend the entire day consorting with the source of all life on earth, the sun. If you have been contemplating a comparable shift in your instinctual life, Scorpio -any fundamental alteration in your relationship to food, drink, exercise, sleep, perception, laughter, love-making -- the next few weeks will be a favorable time to do it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You Sagittarians are often praised but also sometimes criticized for being such connoisseurs of spontaneity. Many of us admire your flair for unplanned adventure, even though we may flinch when you unleash it. You inspire us and also make us nervous as you respond to changing circumstances with unpremeditated creativity. I expect all these issues to be hot topics in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your cycle when your improvisational flourishes will be in the spotlight. I, for one, promise to learn all I can from the interesting detours that result from your delight in experimentation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Capricorn world-changer Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to jail on 29 different occasions. His crimes? Drawing inspiration from his Christian faith, he employed nonviolent civil disobedience to secure basic civil rights for African Americans. He believed so fiercely in his righteous cause that he was willing to sacrifice his personal comfort again and again. The coming months will be a favorable time to devote yourself to a comparable goal, Capricorn. And now is a good time to intensify your commitment. I dare you to take a vow. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) The birds known as mound-builders are born more mature than other species. As soon as they peck themselves out of their eggs, they are well-coordinated, vigorous enough to hunt, and capable of flight. Right now I see a resemblance between them and many of you Aquarians. As soon as you hatch your new plans or projects -- which won’t be long now -- you will be ready to operate at almost full strength. I bet there won’t be false starts or rookie mistakes, nor will you need extensive rehearsal. Like the mound-builders, you’ll be primed for an early launch. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You are not purely and simply a Pisces, because although the sun was in that astrological sign when you were born, at least some of the other planets were in different signs. This fact is a good reminder that everything everywhere is a complex web of subtlety and nuance. It’s delusional to think that anyone or anything can be neatly definable. Of course it’s always important to keep this in mind, but it’s even more crucial than usual for you to do so in the coming weeks. You are entering a phase when the best way to thrive is to know in your gut that life is always vaster, wilder, and more mysterious than it appears to be on the surface. If you revere the riddles, the riddles will be your sweet, strong allies.

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