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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM READING THIS WEEK’S PAPER VOL. 42, ISSUE 15.
A local high-school basketball coach allegedly called his white players racists and asked them to touch their black classmates. The coach’s brother got in trouble at the same school after a private investigator hired by a disgruntled parent reported him for DUII. 8 Portland’s tallest building in 1869 was a three-story Odd Fellows temple. 14 New shit has come to light: There’s a Big Lebowski pinball cabinet. 16
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The 40-mile trail looping Mount Hood will finally reopen, after a decade. 21 Oh, Henry: Blitz-Weinhard now has a hard orange soda. 34 If you would like to see a musical about Ghananian rap group Fokn Bois, there is a place. 55 Icelanders have to use an app to check the national birth registry to ensure they don’t commit incest . 57
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STATE LAWMAKERS’ FIX-IT LIST
Thanks for this very informative article about the Oregon Legislature [“Your Guide to the 2016 Legislature,” WW,, Feb. 3, 2016]. Is there any priority guide for the Legislature, based on what might be the most important issues to Oregonians? —“Multnomah” Let’s imagine the minimum wage goes up in Portland, but stays lower in the rest of the state. What do you think is going to happen with the housing crisis? Every unemployed or underemployed person in the state is going to want to move here, get a sweet $15-anhour job flipping burgers, and drive the rents up even higher. —“JWC”
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SHERIFF
This is nothing new [“Enemy of the Staton,” WW, Feb. 3, 2016]. I’ve been watching this incompetent since 2010. What has astounded me is that Multnomah County keeps giving him a pass. —“VWoolf ”
HOLDOUTS IN EASTERN OREGON
The OPB interview with David Fry and one of the other holdouts at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last week was chilling [“Last Fan Standing,” WW, Feb. 3, 2016]. They sound like normal (not very smart) people, and you start to feel kind of sorry for them. Then they’re all like, “We’ll shoot anyone who tries to arrest us.” Wild. —“jhooligan”
Like most downtown construction sites, the one near my ofﬁce is dominated by a very tall, slender crane. In an earthquake, these things seem like they’d keel right over. Should I duck? —Son of Arlee
Come on, you should know this drill by now. It’s the sturdy, solidlooking things that kill you in an earthquake: brick buildings, cathedrals, Roman aqueducts. Flimsy, wobbly things, engineers assure us, are the ones that survive an earthquake without a scratch. (Apparently, the absolute safest place to be in an earthquake would be under a boulder balanced on a drinking straw. You first.) The cranes you’re talking about are called tower cranes, and in fairness to their designers, it’s not like they just throw them up there and get the fattest guy on the crew to hold the bottom Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
I think folks are allowed to be saddened by Portland’s loss of character while knowing more housing needs to be built [Starters, WW, Feb. 3, 2016]. It sucks, everything changes, nothing good lasts forever, etc. —“MyDog”
“Every unemployed or underemployed person in the state is going to want to move here.”
Only 85 wolves in Oregon, yet they’re not considered endangered? A lethal virus or a band of lawless poachers could wipe out the entire population in one season. What a travesty it is to eliminate the endangered species protection before this population has fully recovered. —“Skepti-Cal”
SEWICK’S TO BECOME APARTMENTS
This is just freaking sad. Another great place lost to greedy developers building more huge apartments in an already crowded area. So long Portland, you are becoming the worst city ever. —“NativePortland”
FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
I didn’t see a single thing that Joe Cortright said that I disagree with [“Portland Economist Warns Against Trading Inclusionary Zoning for UGB Expansion,” wweek.com, Feb. 4, 2016]. Every tool the government has at its disposal, or is asking for, serves to benefit a handful of people at the expense of everyone else. You can’t legislate away demand. Well, I suppose you could over a long enough timeline by turning people off to the idea of living here. —“JeffS”
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steady. The base of the crane is fixed in a concrete pad, which is in turn usually anchored to bedrock. As for the tower itself, the mystic power of wobblitude takes care of that. “During normal operations, a 260-foot-tall tower crane can move up to three feet off of centerline in any direction,” says Gaytor Rasmussen, a Washington state crane inspector and former operator who actually has a blog called Tower Crane Accidents. (God, I love the Internet.) “As an earthquake hits, it isn’t likely to move the crane further.” In other words, the thing is already swaying so sickeningly— even in the best of times—that not even the Big One can make it any more terrifying. Granted, there was a major earthquake-related crane accident in Taipei in 2002. But if it’s any consolation, the roughly 250 large crane collapses that have happened since then all took place on stable ground—they were caused by good, old-fashioned human error and negligence. I’ll bet you feel better already. QUESTIONS? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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development director at the Portland Development Commission. Harder, 42, joined the PDC in 2010. His departure compounds a diﬃcult week for the city agency. On Monday, PDC executive director Patrick Quinton announced he’s stepping down after ﬁve years leading the commission.
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Mayor Charlie Hales declared after he won election in 2012 that he would show no favoritism toward the program his wife, Nancy Hales, runs at Portland State University. After the mayor took oﬃce in 2013, the city cut oﬀ its funding for Nancy Hales’ First Stop Portland, a program that brings delegations to the city to study its sustainable infrastructure and practices. Under former Mayor Sam Adams, the city had given First Stop between $12,000
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and $25,000 annually. But it turns out Charlie Hales actually kept city money ﬂowing to First Stop, WW has learned from recently obtained emails. A city agency that Hales controls, the Portland Development Commission, contributed $20,000 to First Stop in 2014-15. That money equaled nearly 10 percent of First Stop’s budget. In a statement, Hales defended the expenditure. “It’s completely appropriate for the Portland Development Commission to compensate Portland State University for services provided,” Hales says.
Governor Hires New Economic Development Director
After a long search, Gov. Kate Brown has hired a new executive director for the state’s economic development agency, Business Oregon, WW has learned. The top job has been open since former director Sean Robbins resigned from this $160,000-a-year post in July. The new boss is Chris Harder, currently economic
Multnomah County Sheriﬀ Dan Staton remains on the hot seat (“Enemy of the Staton,” WW, Feb. 3, 2016). In response to a request by County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, the Oregon Department of Justice launched a investigation of the sheriﬀ this week. The DOJ probe will examine allegations Staton harassed a female chief deputy, gathered personal information on members of a committee weighing whether to make the sheriﬀ ’s job appointed rather than elected, and threatened committee members with retaliation. Although all the allegations relate to Staton’s conduct as sheriﬀ, entitling him to legal representation by the county, he has also retained the Barran Liebman law ﬁrm to represent him. If Staton wants the county to pay for his private attorney, he’d need approval from the commission or the county attorney. He has not sought that approval. Staton’s spokesman, Lt. Steven Alexander, conﬁrms the sheriﬀ hired a private lawyer. Asked who’s paying, Alexander says, “I don’t have any information on that.”
Black and Behind Bars Multnomah County recently put a magnifying glass to its jails. What officials found, using a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, wasn’t entirely shocking: African-Americans are six times more likely to be in jail than their white peers. A host of factors contribute to the disproportionality. Blacks are 4.1 times more likely than whites to have a probation violation result in a jail stay, according to a county report. Blacks are 7.5 times more likely than whites to have a parole violation result in a jail stay. BETH SLOVIC.
African-Americans are disproportionately jailed in Multnomah County.
For every 1,000 white adults in Multnomah County, there are 1.5 white adults in jail.
THE CANDIDATE’S PROMISES CARRY A PRICE TAG.
Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey is challenging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler in the May primary for Portland mayor. Since jumping into the race in January, Bailey, a former state legislator, has made numerous pledges—including several with annual price tags for City Hall. BETH SLOVIC.
Cost Unknown Creating a Bureau of Small Business and Economic Empowerment
Backﬁlling some funding for arts organizations that didn’t get what they expected from the Portland Arts Tax
Restoring funding for the Portland Police Bureau mounted patrol unit
For every 1,000 black adults in Multnomah County, there are 9.2 black adults in jail.
THE BIG NUMBER
Maximum number of people allowed to sleep in a single location on the sidewalk in Portland between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am, under a new homeless policy unveiled Feb. 8 by Mayor Charlie Hales’ oﬃce. Tents won’t be allowed on the sidewalk, but Hales will allow a maximum of six tents in clusters on public property, again between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am. The mayor’s oﬃce is also seeking to open nonproﬁt-run campsites in neighborhoods—but hasn’t found a ﬁrst location. KARINA BUGGY.
What does a higher minimum wage cost?
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Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown are hell-bent on increasing Oregon’s minimum wage this month. People on every rung of the economic ladder are calculating how the wage hike will impact their bottom line. That includes government workers. More than 165,000 Oregonians draw a public sector paycheck, and many of them will see their pay increase directly or indirectly. The total cost to Oregon’s governments, according to a preliminary Jan. 30 analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Office, is $100 million every two years. (“This estimate excludes elected legislative members,” the analysis says. “Salaries for legislators, if calculated on an hourly basis, would be below minimum wage if an increase to $13.50 [an hour] is implemented.”) Republicans say the cost is far higher. Here’s how the hike will hit the public sector. NIGEL JAQUISS.
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Offensive Game Plan LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH PAT ADELMAN IS IN HOT WATER AFTER HIS HALFTIME SPEECH TOUCHED RACIAL NERVES. By BE T H S LOV I C a n d PE TER D ’AURI A
Portland parents say the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Lincoln High School accused junior varsity players of being racists, then humiliated two black schoolmates during a halftime tirade. A complaint filed by four Lincoln parents says coach Pat Adelman wanted Lincoln’s white players to compete more aggressively in a Jan. 12 game against their black opponents at Jefferson High School. In an expletive-filled rant, he allegedly called the Lincoln JV players “racists” and afraid to touch black students, then pulled two black students into the locker room and demanded the white players touch them. “Does that make you like black people now?” Adelman allegedly asked the players. The allegations, accusing Adelman of objectifying the two black Lincoln students who were reportedly thrust in front of the team, are outlined in a complaint sent Jan. 14 to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith and obtained by WW this week. The complaint, signed initially by three parents who were later joined by a fourth, called on Smith to fire Adelman, son of former Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman. Adelman did not respond to requests for comment. This is his first year at Lincoln. He previously coached basketball for one year at Thurston High School in the Springfield School District. For Smith, the situation presents no easy answers. Now in her ninth school year as superintendent, Smith has made overcoming racial barriers in education a top priority at PPS. That’s meant lots of extra focus on improving high-school graduation rates for students of color and trying to eliminate racial disparities in student discipline, for example. But it’s also meant encouraging frank conversations among school communities about race and discrimination— even when those conversations have gone haywire and sparked parents’ outrage. Smith has, for instance, publicly defended black and Latina school principals who’ve angered parents with their decisions, attributing white parents’ concerns to racist attitudes and discomfort with the principals’ provocative language decrying white privilege. But in this case, the complaint comes from someone Smith can’t easily ignore. Laurie Wimmer is the parent of one of the black Lincoln students put in front of players at halftime. She is also a longtime lobbyist for the powerful statewide teachers’ union, the Oregon Education Association. After Wimmer heard the story of Adelman’s actions, she did what most parents couldn’t do—she called Smith directly. “When it is brought to the attention of a student of color that they are considered by the white world to be ‘outsiders,’ as Coach Adelman did in this outrageous act, that is something that cannot be undone,” Wimmer and two other Lincoln mothers wrote to Smith in the Jan. 14 complaint. “Forever after [the students] will be, to their teammates and in their own eyes, ‘black’ and ‘other.’ Not ‘Lincoln students.’” At halftime on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Lincoln’s junior varsity squad trailed by 15 points against Jefferson, a top team in the Portland Interscholastic League. The complaint says Adelman, who’s not the JV coach, burst into the locker 8
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COURAGEOUS OR OUTRAGEOUS?: Lincoln High School boys’ basketball coach Pat Adelman angered parents after he compelled white players to touch black classmates in an effort to encourage more aggressive play against Jefferson High.
room, berated players and told them they were losing because they were “afraid to touch black students.” Adelman, 28, then singled out two black players, one from the Lincoln varsity team and one from the freshman squad, and demanded that the JV players touch them. Adelman then allegedly questioned the JV players about whether they had any black friends. “Well, do you keep a flashlight handy when you have sleepovers with them?” he allegedly asked the players. Adelman is not the first Lincoln coach to come under fire. In 2009, PPS fired varsity football coach Chad Carlson after he refused to resign following a drunken confrontation with Portland Police on a MAX platform. Lincoln that year also lost its baseball coach, Michael Todd, who resigned following a spring-break trip to San Francisco, where he visited a strip club with three of his players. A third Lincoln coach also made headlines in 2009: Pat Adelman’s older brother David, then Lincoln’s boys’ varsity basketball coach. Portland Police arrested David Adelman for driving under the influence of alcohol after a private investigator hired by a disgruntled parent of a player tracked Adelman
and called 911. David Adelman kept his job, although it was his second DUII arrest. (His sister Kathryn Adelman Naro wasn’t so lucky. She resigned from her job as the girls’ basketball coach at Jesuit High School in 2009 after her second DUII arrest.) Jeff Peeler, Lincoln’s athletic director, referred questions to the district’s public affairs office. PPS spokesman Jon Isaacs, in turn, declined to answer questions or make Smith available for an interview. “This is an ongoing investigation,” Isaacs wrote in an email, “and we cannot comment at this time.” The parents who complained about Pat Adelman declined to comment for this story. But WW also obtained a follow-up email that outlines a chronology of the school’s investigation. In the timeline, Wimmer writes that she received a letter Jan. 22, saying Adelman had been reinstated after six days of paid leave and that PPS would hold a “restorative justice meeting” at Lincoln. “Something about getting Adelman some sort of training was also vaguely implied,” she writes.
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Vapes of Wrath THE DEA INVESTIGATES A PIONEERING PORTLAND CANNABIS OIL MANUFACTURER. BY AA RO N M E S H
For more than a year, the Portland company True North Extracts has sold a marijuana product it says is pure, safe and legal. True North manufactures and sells CO2 oil—a marijuana concentrate made by stripping compounds like THC from the plant using compressed carbon dioxide. Users inhale the gooey, amber oil through vaporizer pens. True North sells its vape-pen cartridges at medical marijuana dispensaries, advertising its product as free from the chemical solvents in some cannabis oils. “True North products are designed for anyone looking for a completely clean and gentle experience,” the company’s website says, “that benefits the mind, body and soul.” But the owners of True North Extracts have been recently waylaid by a traditional nemesis of the marijuana business: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. A federal search-warrant affidavit shows that DEA agents searched the homes of True North’s owners, Michael Andrew “Drew” Dillon and Michael Corby, after the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office shut down True North’s oil-extraction facility in Wood Village, saying the warehouse violated building and fire codes. In the Dec. 23 search-warrant affidavit, DEA agent Laci Larsen said True North Extracts’ operators had only enough Oregon Medical Marijuana Program registration cards to supply a handful of patients, yet had produced more than 50 pounds of CO2 oil. Larsen also wrote she suspected Dillon and Corby of money laundering and endangering human life while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance—both federal felonies. “I believe that Michael Corby, Michael Dillon and [facility manager] David Daley are still participating in an illegal marijuana/
IN THE PEN: True North Extracts sells cannabis oil-ﬁlled cartridges for vaporizer pens (left). Its production facility in Wood Village was shut down in December by the Multnomah County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃce.
hashish oil manufacturing and distribution business,” Larsen writes, “and are trying to use the OMMP laws as a legal smoke screen for their operation.” The DEA assertions highlight the tangled, confusing legal framework that surrounds marijuana in Oregon. The state continues to enforce different regulatory frameworks for medical and recreational marijuana—while federal law doesn’t recognize either of them. County district attorneys are loath to prosecute pot cases, and even the U.S. Department of Justice acknowledged in a 2014 document known as the “Cole Memo” that it won’t try to clamp down on legal marijuana—so long as the plant doesn’t cross state lines. Yet the search-and-seizure operation the feds executed just before Christmas shows it is still possible to run afoul of the DEA in
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Oregon, where recreational marijuana became legal in 2014—even though no charges have yet been filed. Dillon’s lawyer, Bear Wilner-Nugent, says Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Ehlers has assured him no one from True North Extracts will face criminal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon declined to comment on the status of the investigation. Vaping—inhaling heated cannabis vapors from an electronic pen—remains a tiny part of the marijuana market. That’s partly because in Oregon, concentrates like CO2 oil can be legally sold only to medical marijuana cardholders. Recreational users still can’t buy them, although that’s likely to change later this year. But weed connoisseurs say vape pens— and the extracted cannabis oil that fills them—are the vanguard of cannabis, delivering a high without putting smoke in users’ lungs. True North Group LLC was registered with the state in September 2014, and True North Extracts started selling CO2 oil in early 2015. The product met with rave reviews. “Instead of bringing weed with me before work, I brought my pen,” a reviewer at the
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website Cannabis Chronicles wrote last August. “My car didn’t smell like weed, and the high left me feeling clearer than when I smoke herb, and that’s what you want if you’re a before-work smoker.” The federal affidavit says an investigation of True North Extracts began Dec. 16, 2015, when a Wood Village code inspector asked for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to help in shutting down the company for fire-code violations. Sheriff’s deputies asked to see the company’s OMMP licenses—but employees could not find the licenses, and state officials told the deputies that there were no cards on file in True North’s name. Company operators individually possessed enough OMMP registration cards to grow medical pot for just 12 patients, deputies told the DEA. The affidavit says True North employees, including manager David Daley, agreed to let sheriff’s deputies search the building. Deputies found “2,000 grams of finished hashish oil…in vials” and another 50 pounds of CO2 oil. That’s enough to supply thousands of people. In her Dec. 23 affidavit, Larsen wrote that records obtained from the search show True North expected to make $1.2 million in 2015, with a net profit of $400,000. She also said the search found U.S. Postal Service shipping receipts for packages sent to Florida and California. “It is illegal to ship hashish oil via U.S. Mail,” Larsen’s affidavit says. “In fact, it is illegal to ship marijuana products, in any form, out of state.” Agents searched Dillon’s Portland home and Corby’s Damascus home Dec. 28. At Dillon’s home, according to a Jan. 8 court filing, they seized financial records, a pistol, two rifles, butane hash oil and THC extract. At Corby’s home, they seized 312 marijuana plants, butane hash oil and processed marijuana. Corby’s attorney, Amy Margolis, declined to comment. “It is not my practice to comment on criminal cases, pending or not, even if we do not anticipate charges,” she says. Wilner-Nugent, Dillon’s lawyer, says he expects his client to be vindicated. “Mr. Dillon remains confident,” he says, “that True North will soon be free to focus on what it is best known for—its expertise in crafting CO2-extracted oils preferred by medical marijuana patients around Oregon.”
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THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO LIVE IN PORTLAND. True, your rent went up, your favorite dive bar closed, and they put up a shiny glass condo with no parking around the corner from your favorite brunch place, which is suddenly overrun. You’re justified in feeling a tad cranky. But look over this year’s version of our annual valentine to Portland, and it’s pretty clear we’re all taking too much for granted. It seems so crazy, but 12 months ago weed wasn’t technically legal. Now, we have a club where cannabis-industry entrepreneurs cut contracts over dabs (reason 7). Last February, we didn’t have ride-share services to augment one of the nation’s smallest taxi fleets, but now we have two, and you can keep your jammies on and have biscuits from Pine State to Popeyes delivered to your door (reason 11). You can afford to do that, because the phrase “Portland economy” is no longer the setup to a joke—only Silicon Valley saw more new jobs created in 2015 (reason 13). And, soon, you won’t be hearing any more dumb jokes about the “Portland economy,” because Fred and Carrie have announced an end date for their show (reason 28). This city is growing, fast—11,845 people moved here between July 2014 and
July 2015. It often feels to us like those awkward teenage years, when your skin breaks out, you outgrow shoes before losing tread, and you’re so charged up with hormones that your own feelings don’t even make sense. But let us remind you of what wise olds and Bryan Adams told you then: Those teenage years are among the best of your life. Play things right, and you can really enjoy life in this very special little corner of the country. You can get pissed off about a developer cutting down some pine trees, or you can make plans to go see more pine trees than you can ever count on the newly reopened 40-mile trail looping around Mount Hood (reason 20). What follows is a list of 28 things that make us feel lucky to live in this city right now. That starts with our excitement about finally getting to put a group of seditionists representing the values shared by much of the middle part of this country on trial, right here in Portland. Don’t let the countryfolk drawn to town for the Bundy trial hear you trashing our liberal utopia. When you complain about Portland, the terrorists win. MARTIN CIZMAR.
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Because we’re building a bicoastal skyline.
Because we’re (probably) hosting the trial of the century. Portland is a politically woke city that hasn’t produced a nationally relevant political moment since…well, it’s hard to recall. Maybe when the “Little Beirut” protesters screamed obscenities at President George H.W. Bush? Or the time then-Gov. Tom McCall distracted anti-Nixon demonstrators with a groovy hippie slumber party in a state park? When not enlivened by graft, Oregon’s oneparty state is righteously boring. The Democratic presidential primary—that rolling thunder revue of microaggressions—won’t arrive here until Hillary Clinton has finished shipping all the Bernie Bros to Guantanamo. The Portland mayor’s race features two front-runners competing to see who can find beds for homeless people faster. Just when we seemed doomed to progressive irrelevance, here come the Bundys. Ammon Bundy and his seditionist followers believe that God gave the West’s high desert to ranchers for cattle grazing, and that jailing those ranchers for arson is tyranny. They believed that ideology enough to use guns to liberate a bird-watching sanctuary. One of them believed it enough to die, bullet-riddled, in an Eastern Oregon snowbank. Nine others sit in jail—because the federal government believes their actions amount to a criminal conspiracy. Their trial will almost certainly be held in Portland—a left-coast Gomorrah that welcomed the
Because PDX keeps getting even awesomer. In most places in the world, going to the airport is a miserable ordeal. Portland International Airport– voted the best airport in the U.S. three years in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine–not only has all the airport stuff locked down: fast lines, friendly TSA agents, easy pickup and drop-off, but it has better food, drinking and shopping, both before and after security, than many midsized American cities.
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militants to town with a doughnut decorated to show Ammon Bundy behind bars. The defendants are out of a Coen brothers script: a man who calls himself “Captain Moroni,” a 300-pound tattoo artist who fabricated his military career, and a guy who rode around the bird refuge on a horse named Hellboy (he then implicated himself by posting on Facebook: “yep its me…and my horse Hellboy”). The witness list will likely include the members of a traveling homeschooled family gospel band. Yet this case may be the closest Portland has come in two decades to taking part in a national conversation about personal freedom and civic responsibility. The Bundy trial thrusts Portland into the mad heart of American politics: The “Don’t Tread on Me” paranoia, the right-wing all-night radio jocks, the welfare cowboys awaiting the Second Coming of Christ, the right-wingin’ gun-clingin’ Palin-cheerin’ autodidact constitutional scholars of Obama’s America. And they’ll have to come to Portland—a town filled with all their liberal nieces and nephews, who came here to avoid them, stop eating meat and ride bicycles until the planet cools down. This is a city where a generation moved to avoid conflict. Now we have to host the Sagebrush Show Trial. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be like living in America. They better not ask for a change of venue. AARON MESH.
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There’s the old standbys: a Powell’s Books with a selection of new and used books you might actually want to read, a Pendleton store, a Nike store and a bunch of great bars. And as of last summer, PDX has a Country Cat for your brunch needs and a Henry’s Tavern for your brewpub needs, if the Rogue and Laurelwood varieties already there didn’t suit you. There’s free Wi-Fi, natch. And PDX still maintains a strict no-price-gouging policy, maintained by the Port of Portland, which actually sends spies out into the city to make sure airport outposts aren’t jacking up their prices.
When builders go big, they go West. This has been true in Portland since the construction of the three-story Odd Fellows Temple in 1869. Portland has 27 buildings that stand 250 feet or higher—and all but two of them cast their shadows from the west bank of the Willamette. Meanwhile, the eastside putters along quaintly at mostly six stories or fewer, rooftops half-hidden by trees. But that’s all about to change. Portland is soon to get a brand-new skyline—on the east side of the river. Among the 12 tallest buildings Portland just completed or plans over the next year, six are on the eastern shore. At the edge of the Burnside Bridge, Skylab has designed a 21-story glass-and-steel knife to pierce the heart of the sky. In the Lloyd District, Oregon Square will ascend to become one of the 10 tallest structures in Portland—325 feet or more—a mixed-use middle finger wagging joyfully at Vancouver, next to two new buildings almost as big. And just down the street, the Hyatt Regency Convention Center hotel will ascend to heights as yet unknown. Whatever the merits of each building— whatever each one means to the new world of skybound apartment dwellers—they will change Portland’s shape forever. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
That’s all awesome. And yet, Portland International Airport keeps getting awesomer. At PDX, TSA employees have no interest in stopping anyone from bringing weed through security. And come this spring, Portland’s airport will have a teeny tiny outpost of Hollywood Theatre, which will show short films to people waiting for connections. Will Quentin Tarantino show up there, like he did at what will now be called the flagship Hollywood? Probably. Because our airport is the best airport in the whole goddamn world. LIZZY ACKER.
Because we’re still No. 1 in semi-factual superlatives. NO. 1 BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY Money Magazine,
NO. 1 LEAST FAVORITE CITY IN AMERICA OF GLENN BECK
NO. 12 MOST CONGESTED
NO. 4 LOWEST VACANCY RATES
Texas A&M Transportation
(PORTLAND SUBURB VAN-
Glenn Beck, August 2015
Institute, August 2015
COUVER, WASH., WAS NO. 1)
NO. 1 BEST BEER CITY IN THE WORLD
NO. 1 DOMESTIC AIRPORT
NO. 1 MOST GENTRIFIED
The Beer Connoisseur,
Travel + Leisure, July 2015
NO. 1 FOOD CITY IN AMERICA
LARGEST CITY IN THE NO. 1 MOST MOVED-TO STATE IN AMERICA
NO. 1 MOST PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
The Washington Post,
United Van Lines,
NO. 1 GODLESS CITY IN AMERICA
NO. 1 MOST ORGANIC
NO. 1 IN NATION’S LARGEST HOME PRICE HIKE
OregonLive, January 2016
NO. 1 CHEAPEST CITY IN AMERICA GoBankingRates.com, February 2015
NO. 1 FASTEST-SPEAKING STATE IN THE U.S. Condé Nast Traveler, February 2016
NO. 1 MOST RACIST
NO. 1 U.S. CITY WITH MOST SEMI-FACTUAL SUPERLATIVES
National Report, 2014
Because nobody is going to kill you. It’s really hard to get murdered in Portland. Yeah, sure, television stations might lead you to believe there are bullets flying all over town every night—but let’s put things in perspective. There were 34 murders in Portland in 2015. That’s 34 too many and a big jump from 2014, when there were just 28. Look across the country to Baltimore, another hipster-heavy, midsize city with a gritty core and good food. Charm City—which has a smaller population than Portland—saw 344 murders last year, 10 times our total. Of the largest 30 cities in the country, Portland’s murder rate is third-lowest, trailing only San Diego and San Jose. Former Portland Police Chief Mike Reese, who retired last year, says the reasons for Portland’s low murder rate are complex but closely related to prevention. Reese says the Portland Police Bureau has tried to identify likely offenders—particularly gang-affiliated kids and domestic batterers—and work to prevent them from killing. “We’ve tried to put ourselves where we can do the most good, between offenders and their victims,” says Reese, now the head of the Citizens’ Crime Commission. “That’s paid dividends.” NIGEL JAQUISS.
no. Because the cannabis business has its RingSide Steakhouse.
Portland and Japan have what diplomats call a “special relationship.” We send them doughnuts, and they send us ramen. Needless to say, we are getting the better end of that deal. Blue Star and Voodoo Doughnut made headlines in 2015 by sending their doughnut shops to Tokyo, where Blue Star owner Micah Camden swore he could have bought used undies in a vending machine if he really wanted to. But in exchange, some of the biggest ramen shops in the world are coming to Portland—direct from Tokyo. When Shigezo placed its very first North American outpost in Portland in 2011, with smoky ramen and tender pork, we glowingly declared it
the spirit of suburban Japan. Shigezo followed up with a ramen cart called Minizo, now sadly gone, and a second outpost across the river called Yataimura Maru, each one serving up its own version of pork noodle soup. Like a forest trail blazed first by gentle deer, more have followed. Three different Tokyo ramen chains arrived this past year, or announced plans to do so. First came multinational ramen house Kukai at the very edge of Beaverton, home to marrow-rich tonkotsu. It expanded to the Portland area last winter after first touching down in Seattle. The chain is changing its name to Kizuki, however, before it can expand further: Apparently, “kookai” is both the name of a French fashion
chain and the Hawaiian word for a turd. And this month, Tokyo ramen-ya Marukin will follow Kukai and Shigezo to Portland. They will open not one but two ramen shops here—their first locations in America—serving up pork and chicken tonkotsu at the new Pine Street Market downtown, and also next door to Nong’s Khao Man Gai on Southeast Ankeny Street. And if liquor-license applications are to be believed, Afuri will come too. Afuri is the ramen shop to rule them all, pioneers of fish broth and masters of chicken, 10 years old and still stacking lines out the door in trend-chasing Tokyo. If five years ago we acquired Shigezo—Japan’s Applebee’s—now we get its Apizza Scholls. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
Because Japan is trading us its best ramen in exchange for novelty doughnuts.
You’ve seen the first three seasons of Mad Men, so you know the golden age of American capitalism was powered by coffee, bloody steaks and dry martinis. You’ve also seen seasons 4 and later, so you know that as culture evolved, business deals got done over doobs. If you want to meet the city’s most ambitious entrepreneurs, drop by the Northwest Cannabis Club on Southeast Powell Boulevard on Monday and Tuesday nights. There, local cannabis businesses meet to show off new products and strains. There’s plenty of sampling, but documents get signed and checks are written, just like at RingSide Steakhouse or the Multnomah Athletic Club. Stoners are businesspeople, too. For years, they’ve been forced to hide their public usage while meeting at a bar or coffee shop. Now, thanks to cannabis lounges, they can finally enjoy their product at a business meeting without having to worry about getting raided by police. No more sneaking around the corner for a joint. No more vape-pen hits at a patio table. Weed is a business, and everyone can handle it professionally now. Here’s my product. Take a hit. Do you want to carry it? How many will you order? TYLER HURST.
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Because you’re going to be able to empty your change jar into a Big Lebowski pinball cabinet.
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Phil Ragaway is Portland’s pinball wizard, and he’s putting his magic to use by bringing a fading corner of the Barmuda Triangle back to life. In March, Quarterworld opens inside the old Alhambra Theatre, a building which, in its century of existence, has housed a cinema, a burlesque club and several failed music venues. Ragaway’s idea: a giant steampunk-themed barcade, stocked with games from his massive collection, which he already leases to bars around town. At 4,000 square feet, it’s almost double the size of Ground Kontrol. And according to the owner, the aesthetic will be grungier, a reflection of the surrounding Hawthorne neighborhood. “Downtown is a different environment,” Ragaway says. “Portland has always been divided by east and west. We’ve always been eastsiders, so we’re building from our eastside perspective.” Quarterworld will have roughly 70 games on the floor— Chicago’s Galloping Ghost Arcade has the nation’s most at 400—including “a mix of pinball and standup machines, with an emphasis on the former. Ragaway says the space could fit twice as many games, but he wanted to avoid “the obnoxious congestion you find in any popular place in town.” “I get frustrated when I see pinball machines lined up five inches away from each other,” he says. “Pinball is a four-player game. You play with buddies, you make bets. When it’s that tight, it’s not as inviting to play with friends that way.” Ragaway is keeping the details a surprise, though he promises “some pretty wild games you just don’t see.” But the goal isn’t just to impress nerds. In contrast to Ground Kontrol, which is an arcade first and bar a distant second, Ragaway wants Quarterworld to act as equal parts gamergeek nirvana and social hub—a bridge to the neighborhood for newcomers, and a reward for those who didn’t move to the suburbs. “It’s a little island of old-school Portland we plan to hold onto for a long time,” he says. MATTHEW SINGER.
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Because we’re the easiest place to get birth control in the nation.
Because we won the league, just like the chant said we would. No.
Because you can get good food delivered now. There was a time—this time last year, in fact—when food-delivery options in Portland were limited to second-tier pizza parlors and the sporadic Chinese takeout joint. The famine is over. In the past 12 months, a glut of restaurant-delivery startups have arrived in town, and added many of the city’s top cheap eats to their app rosters. Pok Pok wings. Kenny & Zuke’s pastrami. Bunk’s pork belly cubano. Screen Door chicken and waffles. Fire on the Mountain everything. All of this sent to your door within an hour by the apps Caviar, Postmates, GrubHub and Amazon PrimeNow, with a fee averaging about $7. Consider this the second wave of Silicon Valley’s on-demand economy. Just as the first invasion of Uber and Lyft finally allowed your sozzled self to hail a ride home immediately after last call, the new companies allow your hung-over ass the option of brunching from your couch.
Portland’s not even close to the first city to get these apps—although one website, Delivered Dish, was founded here and recently bought by GrubHub. But the technology is perhaps more fun here than anywhere else, because the PDX lowbrow food scene was made for brown-bagging, because you can relish the self-righteousness of a low-car lifestyle along with the Buffalo wings, and because lately the apps have started making even our stationary food carts mobile. You can
now order the city’s top poutine (Potato Champion), its finest Latin-style chicken (Chicken and Guns) and its best bulgogi (Kim Jong Grillin’). Is this on-demand wish fulfillment increasing the entitlement of those with means, while pressing more of our fellow citizens into gig work without workplace protections? Yes. But it also means I can get Popeyes delivered to the office! By this time next year, there will be 28 pounds more of me to love. AARON MESH.
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Oregon women now have the best access to birth control in the entire country. That’s because on Jan. 1, two bills went into effect: House Bill 3343, which requires insurers to pay for a 12-month supply of birth control all at once, and House Bill 2879 (interestingly sponsored by Republican state Rep. Knute Buehler in what is probably a reachacross-the-aisle move in anticipation of a 2018 governor run), which added pharmacists to the list of people who can prescribe birth control. In other words, you can now walk into Walgreens and walk out with enough birth-control pills to keep you unpregnant until next Valentine’s Day. Oregon was the first state in the nation to make insurance providers cover all 12 months at once, and while that may not seem like a big deal to non-birth-control needers, for women using hormonal birth control, it’s huge. “The most effective use of birth control is consistent use,” says Mary Nolan, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. “If you miss even one day, you risk pregnancy.” When women are forced to refill a prescription monthly, it’s easy to miss a day or two if they don’t get the pills on time. “Consistent use has been shown to reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancy by 30 percent,” Nolan says. The second bill makes it even easier to get that 12 months of freedom by allowing women to walk into a pharmacy and fill out a questionnaire. If there aren’t any risk factors, you can be prescribed up to 12 months of hormonal birth-control pills or patches. Oregon is the second state to pass a law granting this authority, and the first to implement it, because California’s similar measure is caught up in red tape. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced new guidelines saying women who are of childbearing age should not drink alcohol unless they are on birth control, Portland, with our many bars and easy access to birth control, is perfectly positioned to be a leader in a new type of niche tourism: Vacations for the Sexually Active Heterosexual Woman of Childbearing Age Who Occasionally Likes to Have a Drink or Two. LIZZY ACKER.
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Because established indie musicians are still moving here. As deafening as the grousing over transplants has become in Portland, the most distressing trend isn’t who’s coming in but who’s leaving. In come the tech bros, out go the artists—it’s the urban circle of life. Quietly, though, one strata of artist is still migrating here: the successful indie musician. In the mid-2000s, groups like the Shins, Modest Mouse and Britt Daniel of Spoon settled here, turning Portland into Indie Rock U.S.A., and while the cultural tides have somewhat receded from those bands, the clout they brought to the city continues to attract a new generation. Chillwave survivor Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, bought a home here with his wife. Drive By Truckers’ Patterson Hood finally moved to town after years of talking about Portland in interviews. Wye Oak drummer Andy Stack left the rest of his band in Baltimore, and landed a gig playing with Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf in El Vy. Jason Lytle of Grandaddy lives in Northeast Portland. Underground rapper Aesop Rock was among us for a hot minute, but appears to have gone back to New York. MATTHEW SINGER.
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Because we recycle enough paint to coat the Golden Gate Bridge seven times every year.
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Because I got a job in Portland this year, and so can you. The Portland metro area’s unemployment rate has fallen off a cliff. We’re now at 4.9 percent as of December, down from 6.2 percent the previous year. We had 41,700 more jobs by the end of 2015, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s an increase of 3.8 percent—the fastest growth for any metropolitan area last year behind Silicon Valley, tied with Austin, Texas, for second place, according to the Oregon Employment Department. And many of the jobs are high-paying ones, for the college educated – engineers, architects, lawyers, computer programmers, doctors and nurses. Heck, I got a journalism job after moving here from New York. If a newcomer can land a job in print media, there’s hope for you, whoever you are. RACHEL MONAHAN.
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Portland is a very green city—somewhere on the spectrum between Tuscan olive and forest, you might say. But the city is also Sweet Corn yellow, Barn red and Misty gray, thanks to Metro’s massive paint recycling program. Every year, our regional government collects excess paint from across the state and recycles it, blending the quarter bucket of pinkish-gray Sherwin-Williams left over from your redecorated foyer with 2.5 million other gallons otherwise headed to the dump. At Metro’s facility on Swan Island, it blends the salvaged satin and matte to make 18 new colors, like Crater Lake blue and Mountain Snow white. Each batch is eyeballed and matched by mixers. If the blend is too dark, they add a splash of recycled white. Jim Quinn, who manages the program, says they have the
color-matching system fine-tuned to an art. The result, Quinn says, “is as good as a quality new paint, but with a big price difference.” Prices vary by color between $42 and $60 for a 5-gallon pail from Metro or retailers like Fred Meyer. A comparable Sherwin-Williams pail would cost upward of $200. If you want to see it in action, check out the exterior of the ReBuilding Center on North Mississippi Avenue or the lobby of the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, which got its own custom color blend. “Our paint appeals to two groups of customers,” Quinn says, “those who are environmentally conscious and those who are bargain shoppers who like our price point.” KARINA BUGGY.
Because we’re finally addressing the city’s mental health crisis. On Portland’s streets and in our emergency rooms and jails is evidence of a mental health crisis. Police officers act as counselors, and emergency rooms and jail cells serve as warehouses for people who have fallen through a gossamer-thin safety net. That will change late this year, thanks to Oregon Health & Science University, Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Health. The hospitals normally compete aggressively with each other, but will
team up to open the Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The new facility will serve as a psychiatric emergency room staffed by doctors and nurses trained to treat patients experiencing crisis. That will be an extraordinary step forward from today’s standard response, in which police often dump patients at ERs ill-equipped to handle them and with no place to lodge them. The Unity Center will be located at Legacy’s Holladay Park campus in
Northeast Portland and will contain 79 adult and 22 adolescent beds, in addition to the ER. “Today, the only place for individuals in crisis to get care is in medical emergency rooms,” says Dr. Chris Farentinos, a Legacy psychiatrist who will be the Unity Center’s first director. “Unity will bring to Portland a place where no one experiencing a mental health crisis will go untreated.” NIGEL JAQUISS.
Because soon every day will be Take Your Child to Work Day. E M I LY J O A N G R E E N E
Martin-Porath. For examGlaucia Martin-Porath remembers being a new ple, the cook who provides food for the academy will mother, forced to go back to work and spend 10 also cook meals for people using the co-working hours a day away from space and dinners for her children. “It felt so terrible,” she says. “The them to take home. And men will also be allowed system doesn’t support working mothers.” to work at Women’s Plaza, since the struggle of mainSo the native Brazilian, taining a family life while who works as a mental health therapist and working is increasingly a educational consultant, male issue, too. Spots at Women’s Plaza decided to open a familywill range in price from focused co-working space. $150 a month to upward T h a t s p a c e , Wo m e n ’s Plaza, is likely to open this of $2,000, and MartinGlaucia Martin-Porath summer in the Pearl. Porath hopes to attract and her children. companies who will pay “Any good idea comes for the service to help retain employees after from struggle,” she says. The Plaza will include office space, a gym, pro- family leave and ease the transition for new parfessional development classes and, maybe most ents back to work. importantly, a day care center called Portland “It’s so difficult for mothers to balance it all,” Explorers Academy, which will offer programs for she says, “especially in the early stages of breast infants all the way up to after-school care for older feeding. Toss out your breast pump—soon, every children. The idea is to merge parenthood and work day will be Take Your Child to Work Day. with a “holistic approach all around,” according to LIZZY ACKER.
Because Portland is finally getting the Columbia River park it deserves…in Vancouver. city’s most recognizable landmark, and arguably topping anything Portland has done with its two river shores. Oh, and the development’s 35 acres will include an esplanade connecting the park to the Columbia River Renaissance Trail and Vancouver’s downtown beach—something Portlanders have been working to establish on the Willamette for years, without success. Want to grab a drink and go for a swim? Hop on the I-5. SOPHIA JUNE. C I T Y O F VA N C O U V E R
Unlike Portland, which has two rivers, the suburb of Vancouver has only one. And for a century, it hasn’t really been able to enjoy it. Starting in 1889, and continuing through 2006, the Couv’s access to the Columbia River waterfront was blocked by a series of mills. Finally, last summer, things changed, as the city began construction of Vancouver Waterfront Park, a 7-acre facility along the river. Plans include a cable-suspended pier that’s lit up at night, which is destined to become the
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Because we might have developed a way to prevent AIDS.
More than 30 years ago, men began arriving in the hospital wards of every major city in the country with tumors and lesions marring their bodies. They were dying, and no one knew why. For almost as long, Oregon Health & Science University researcher Dr. Louis Picker has been working toward a cure for the disease—which we now know as AIDS. He may finally have found one. In October 2013, Nature magazine published a paper with a humble title: “Immune clearance of highly pathogenic SIV infection.” But the paper announced a breakthrough. Picker and his team had used a radical new treatment to accomplish what no one else ever had: They’d cleared monkeys completely of the simian version of HIV. They hope to develop that treatment for use in humans, as both prevention and functional cure. “What’s unique about our vaccine,” Picker says, “is the other virus we put it in—what we call a vec-
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Stephen Harris is a blue-eyed angel of mercy who will come to your house and with one prick of a needle, make all your mistakes disappear. In October, the 38-year-old emergency-room nurse started Good IV, the first mobile IV hangover cure company in Oregon, with Dr. Richard Kozak, after seeing people come into the ER and wait for hours just to get fluids, pain meds and vitamins to make their bodies work again. Good IV comes to your house, takes less than an hour and costs $145, about the same as an ER visit. Harris first experienced IV therapy—the practice of replenishing fluids and nutrients lost during a big night out with a “banana bag” IV—back when he was in the Navy, after hard nights of boozing. Similar operations have popped up in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles, but finally Portland is part of the big leagues.
tor virus.” Little bits of the HIV virus that causes AIDS are inserted into another virus—cytomegalovirus, or CMV—a mostly harmless pathogen that already infects about half the population in the United States. The treatment is like a vaccine with a megaphone. CMV is a pot-stirrer—it riles up the immune system and puts it on high alert, so it will seek out HIV and kill it. Picker thinks the approach will work for other diseases as well. “We’re catching up quickly with tuberculosis,” he says. “We have hopes it’ll work against malaria and in a therapeutic way with hepatitis.” What’s exciting, he says, is “the unique properties of eliciting an immune system response that stays on for life.” Human trials on the HIV vaccine will begin as early as this year. And while Picker stresses there are no guarantees the success will translate to humans, he remains confident. So does the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which recently contributed $25 million to the project. “Many ideas have been tried,” Picker says. “All have either failed or been insufficiently effective. As far as primate data, ours is as good as it gets.” MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
“There’s no real science to hangovers,” Harris says. But depending on the level of the abuse you gave your body the night before, there’s a variety of things Harris and his team of more than 20 nurses and paramedics can do for you after a night of debauchery. The treatment includes fluids and “comfort measures,” which are anything from a blanket to a glass of water. The $145 price goes up as you add on the real good stuff: Zofran for nausea, B-12 for energy and Toradol for pain. At this point, Good IV has done about 50 treatments. The company is still figuring out the best way to promote itself. So far, it’s experimenting on social media and wedding websites, and handing out fliers at beer festivals. Although it’s his business, Harris doesn’t condone overindulging. He’s a nurse, after all. “You’re still damaging your body,” he says. “But it’s the difference between laying sweating and wanting to vomit all morning and getting up and going to brunch with your friends.” LIZZY ACKER.
Because you’ll finally be able to hike around Mount Hood again. See that peak looming on the horizon? That’s an active volcano covered in glaciers. Like a young Tara Reid, it’s beautiful, but unstable. And like a post-Sharknado Tara Reid, it’s finally getting itself together. After a decade of delay, the U.S. Forest Service announced late last month that the 40-mile trail looping around Mount Hood will be reopened by summer 2017. The return of Timberline Trail No. 600 is a huge deal for local backpackers. The Salem Statesman Journal has described the only route around the mountain as “perhaps the most iconic pathway in Oregon,” WyEast, a local hiking
Because Portland is home to the worldwide knife industry. Among a very select group of people, Portland is not known for beer, coffee, shoes, liquor or innovations in gluten-free living. It is the knife capital of the world. The Portland area, from the Columbia River to Wilsonville, is home to over one-quarter of the sport knife companies in the country. Eighty percent of the multi-tool knives sold worldwide are made by Portland-area companies. It began in 1919—the year after the Great War ended—when Henry Brands started selling fillet knives to salmon fishermen out of the back of his Model T Ford, before also developing a special knife to mark trees to be cut down by lumberjacks. The company he founded, Coast Cutlery, still owned by his family, became the first great knife company of Portland, where its headquarters still resides, on the banks of the Columbia River. But Tigard knife giant Gerber—maker of the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife, “the pin-
blog, called it “Oregon’s premier hiking trail,” and Backpacker magazine rated it a perfect 10, describing it as one of the continent’s “most memorable hikes.” But in November 2006, a massive flow of debris washed out the bridge crossing Eliot Glacier. The same thing happened in 1996, so instead of promptly replacing the bridge, officials sprinkled the trail with warning signs. Anyone who’s circumnavigated Mount Hood since then has had to make a risky scramble across a scree field. Finally, that’s all changing. The new crossing will sit below the previous crossing location, where the USFS says it “will be more protected from the scouring action of the stream as the Eliot branch makes its way down the mountain.” When it’s open, get around it while you can, because you never know when Hood will again reclaim it, something officials say is, in the long term, “unavoidable.” MARTIN CIZMAR.
nacle of the Bear Grylls Survival series”—followed in 1939. Designers who’ve worked for those companies have gone on to found still more companies in the area, like Al Mar and Kershaw, whose former designers went on to found Columbia River Knife & Tool. Meanwhile, in Hillsboro, 17th-generation Yoshimoto bladesmith Murray Carter plies his trade in a forge at Carter Cutlery. Former Adidas designer Rick Maderis founded Burnside Knives last year. As knife people will tell you, “Leatherman isn’t really a knife company. It’s a tool company.” But the company nonetheless makes a shit-ton of knives— not only as part of the million multi-tools it sells each year, but in the folding-knife product line it began in 2005. And Leatherman’s home base is right here, out by the airport. Well-regarded Benchmade moved in 1990 from California to Oregon City, where it not only designs but manufactures all its blades. William Henry Knives also moved from California, to McMinnville. “Part of it is that Oregon has laxer knife laws than California,” says Benchmade spokesman Derrick Lau. “Here in Oregon, as a civilian, I can carry an automatic knife, a balisong, double-edged— anything that’s not concealed.” MATTHEW KORFHAGE. THOMAS TEAL
Because this is the best place in the nation to be a cat person. Last month, the imminent arrival of a masterpiece held the Portland art world in thrall. It wasn’t a rare Monet, or an artifact from the Romantic era. Instead, it was something like a 19th-century version of a Lisa Frank sticker sheet. Dubbed “the world’s greatest cat painting” by no less an expert than Cat Magazine. Carl Kahler’s My Wife’s Lovers—a 120-year-old oil painting depicting 40 or so velvet-swathed Persians and Angoras—arrived at the Portland Art Museum in early February, inspiring the hashtag “#meowsterpiece” and the creation of a permanent cat collection at the museum. Snobs might scoff, but you don’t see Dogs Playing Poker getting that kind of treatment. It’s no surprise it played so well here. As much as Portland has a reputation for being a dog town, it’s got just as much love for their furry foes. According to a 2015 Nielsen poll, we have the third-highest rate of cat ownership in the country. If you don’t own a cat, we’ve got Purrington Cat Lounge, where you can pay money to hang out and drink beer among felines, and hopefully get tipsy enough to consider taking one home. We’ve got an annual cat show, where purebreds and mixed breeds are observed with austere seriousness. We’re home to a goddamn cat rapper, Moshow, with 27,500 Instagram followers. Even our feral population enjoys a unique—some might say excessive—amount of protection. Portland’s got cat-scratch fever, and the only cure is more cats. Bigger cats! Fluffier cats! Give them to me! Excuse me. But in this feline-fetishizing environment, it was only a matter of time before my once cat-averse heart would grow as soft as a tabby’s underbelly. So here goes: Hello, my name is Matt, and my cat’s name is Louis. He’s about the size of a reasonably hefty burrito, has an obsession with cheese and runs up walls like Bo Jackson chasing down a pop fly. I regularly tell him that he is my best friend. I am officially a cat person, and I am at home here. MATTHEW SINGER. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
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Because our restaurants are ﬁghting for wealth redistribution.
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Portland restaurants are embarking on a grand socialist experiment. It’s been branded “no tipping” by some reporters, but because prices go up to account for costs, it’s actually mandatory tipping designed, in part, to combat income inequality that a hike in the state’s minimum wage would only worsen. Here’s the situation: In Oregon, all servers make minimum wage plus tips, which their employers have no right to touch. Unlike in most other states, Oregon restaurants cannot treat tips as a commission, subtracting some portion of employer-paid compensation. So Portland has many rather well-off servers. Kurt Huffman, the restaurateur whose ChefStable group is behind projects like Ox, Lardo, St. Jack and Oven and Shaker, says some servers at one of his group’s spots are making upward of $100,000—though he’d rather not reveal the name. “I did an interview where I said this and named a place, and the servers at the restaurant who got named were furious,” he says. “What’s the big deal? They were like, ‘We don’t like people talking about how much we make.’ Why not? There’s nothing to be ashamed of.” While we’re all very happy to see servers make a decent wage, there’s a massive wage gap between front and back of the house. At Huffman’s restaurants, as at most restaurants that rely on skilled and experienced kitchen labor, the people making your food already make close to the proposed minimum wage. At Foster Burger, for example, the lowest-paid kitchen employee makes $14 an hour. It’s Huffman’s hope to get that up to $18 in the next two years. Meanwhile, with tips, some servers at the burger joint already make up to $65 an hour. “That’s the pay differential: $14 to $65,” Huffman says. “And we’re not even that high. You talk about restaurants like El Gaucho, these guys are walking with $500 per night. If servers aren’t tipping out an adequate amount, this really becomes outrageous.” Which is why Huffman is part of a hardy group of restaurateurs looking to equalize things. Huffman recently traveled to Salem to testify in front of a legislative committee about the need to include a tip credit within the proposed minimumwage hike. “I explained that the unintended consequence of this bill is that it forces us to give a raise to our highest-paid employees, which actually hurts us in our ambition to pay people who need to make more money,” he says. The committee greeted Huffman with blank stares: “They just looked at me,” he recalls. “They didn’t even ask me any questions. It was like, ‘Huh, OK.’ “Everybody’s scared to shit of being the first mover on this. You do this autograt as an automatic gratuity, and all of a sudden you’re losing your best people. But most of these restaurants are chef-run restaurants. In Portland, not a lot of restaurants are opened by front-of-house people, so they want there to be more equity.” MARTIN CIZMAR.
Because real Portland weather has returned. Look outside. Chances are you will be looking at a world of damp pavement. Not wet, damp. Perhaps there is a sky so white it’s as if it’s been erased, behind a gentle, misting rain—rain so polite it’s hard to differentiate from the air itself. If there is a scary-bright ball in the sky, don’t worry. It will go away soon. That’s right. It’s Portland out there again. And it is glorious—a three-month sit in a 50-degree sauna. The past few years, the weather out there has felt ominously strange—long droughts, sudden downpours, thunderstorms where there were not thunderstorms. Even the skies looked wrong, hanging in angry dark vapor that looked like smokestacks. And it had real effects. During the warmest winter on Portland record, ski season was so bad that Skibowl was open for only 11 days. And then the summer was so hot there’s never been a hotter one. New Portland Weather, we called it—as if all those Californians and Midwesterners had brought it with them. Well, this year, the snow is back on the mountain. And the rain is back in the sky. And it is good. At Mt. Hood Meadows, spokesman Dave Tragethon told us things are so good he’s hoping for one of the best ski seasons in decades. Skibowl has been open nonstop since the day after Hanukkah. Portland in December got a nearly unreasonable 15 inches of rain—a result of a storm pattern National Weather Service meteorologist Will Ahue somewhat grudgingly calls “Pineapple Express.” (“It’s a little derogatory,” he says.) But November was within normal limits. January was also plenty rainy at 7 inches. The year before, we got less than half that. Maybe this rain is only a fluke. Maybe next year the skies will pelt us with blood and ash, like Al Gore says they will. But for now, please enjoy the soft rain falling. This is the weather that I grew up with, and it feels so good to see it again. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
JACK MORTENSEN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH AT 5PM
An accomplished bass player, Mortensen has Jack has been acknowledged as one of the best young bass players in Oregon by the School of Rock National Allstars. Over the past two years, he has traveled with the All Stars to perform at venues including the House of Blues in Chicago, Webster Hall in New York City, and on stage at Lollapalooza in 2014.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH AT 7PM
Australian Blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes, has been variously described by reviewers as a ‘musical anomaly’, ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’, or simply as ‘scaring the hell out of me’. Fiona has been recording and performing internationally for more than 25 years, building a career that has taken her to major festivals and stages in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.
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We would love to be able to say that the Donkeys are simply four California beach bums who love to surf, drink cheap beer and jam as the sun sets over the Pacific. And to be fair, when it comes to the Donkeys, some of this mystique is true. But if their backstory contains those top-down cars and suntanned utopian surf tableaus, it also contains the malaise and the escape fantasies familiar to all suburban kids of the 80s and 90s. Miraculously, the music manages to comfortably communicate both moods at once. Any expression of existential ennui – “is this all there is?” – is simultaneously soothed by an unrushed guitar lick and a harmonized twang that becomes almost, dare we say, meditative.
ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, MUSIC MILLENNIUM WILL HOST THE 5TH ANNUAL ‘BRING YOUR KIDS TO MUSIC MILLENNIUM DAY!’.
With live music from kid-friendly artists and free gift bags for kids under 18, it’s a day of record store fun for the whole family (but especially the little ones!).
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E M I LY J O A N G R E E N E
Because we have the West Coast’s yoga mecca. (prerequisites: Adho Mukha Vrksasana at a wall and straight arms in Urdhva Dhanurasana). Chris Calarco, the therapist who brought Michael Jackson yoga to Portland, is not only the instructor for that series, he’s also the money behind the Breathe Building and the blissedout dreams of Yoga Union power couple Annie Adamson and Todd Vogt. The trio started construction on “America’s most sustainable wellness center” three years ago, around the corner from Yoga Union’s old home near the east end of Hawthorne Boulevard. Student volunteers helped panel its cedar sauna, and crowdsourced construction from local companies via Facebook, until the old warehouse at Southeast 50th Avenue and Sherman Street was reincarnated. “The vision is for yoga to be inclusive—kids and even grandparents, too—not just mom,” said co-owner Todd Vogt. So there’s child care onsite and teen yoga. But any yogi will tell you it’s not about the bones or the body. Yoga is a three-headed beast: body, mind and spirit. “During construction, a church was torn down on the same block where we were building,” says Vogt. “That’s just something to notice—yoga studios are serving as meeting places that churches were, and replacing warehouses where maybe 20 years ago business was expanding.” ENID SPITZ.
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Because one of the nation’s top bartenders moved here without a job. Why would one of the best-known bartenders in New York move to Portland at the height of the city’s economic boom? Cheap real estate. Well, cheapish. Jim Meehan, co-founder of PDT, an East Village speakeasy, moved to Portland last year. He’s a big deal, having been named American Bartender of the Year and referred to as “one of the most eloquent and inventive of modern bartenders” by The New York Times. “New York is the best place for my career,” Meehan says. “But it’s not the best place based on income to raise a family.” Although Portland prices have jumped since Meehan, 39, first contemplated relocating a couple of years ago, he says he and his wife and daughter and their French bulldog, Pearl, are thrilled with what they can afford here. “Is Portland a cheap place to live? No, it’s
No. Y O G A U N I O N / E M I LY J O A N G R E E N E
San Francisco has the Yoga Tree empire, the Harvard of yoga schools, presided over by Janet Stone. Seattle has the ultra-modern, 8,000-square-foot Urban Yoga Spa and @yoga_girl, a goddess of bikini handstands with 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Down in L.A., there are countless nauseatingly trendy studios like Hot 8 Yoga, which claims Jessica Alba and Pink as practitioners on its nonslip, poly-extruded mat flooring. But Portland now has the West Coast’s biggest, most multifaceted yoga center north of Hollywood. Portland’s new mecca of Malasana is Yoga Union’s sprawling 10,000-square-foot Richmond neighborhood megaplex, which opened last September. It’s called the Breathe Building, and it might be Portland’s cleanest complex, boasting the first commercial Earth Advantage Certification in the city, its bones built from 70 percent recycled timber. You can do high yoga on the roof every Friday at 4:20 during dry months, sweat in the sauna or Vinyasa class, add bacon to your portabello burger at the Fern Kitchen, or pick from a menu of wellness services upstairs. Acupuncture. Waxing. Colon hydrotherapy? All here. The center has two studios— one 2,300-square-foot chapel of Chaturanga that’s perfect for workshops with visiting masters, and the popular Step It Up series
not,” Meehan says. “But we’ve upgraded our quality of life by factor of three. We’re getting a much bigger place for the same dollar.” He points to another big advantage Portland enjoys. “A pint of IPA costs the same in Portland or N.Y. The Nikes cost the same both places,” Meehan says. “The obvious thing you have in PDX is no sales tax. It’s 9 percent in New York.” Meehan is renting in the Pearl District after seeing his dream homes in Southeast rise above his price range. He had also hoped to put together a bar-restaurant deal in Portland last year. “It went from being a good deal to not a good deal,” he says. “I’d be lying if I said 2015 went the way I hoped.” That means for now, the mixologist is on the road a lot, recently in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, Colo., and Hong Kong, representing Banks rum and headlining cocktail events. He’s hoping in 2016 to find a situation that would allow him to open a place in Portland and travel less. “In New York, I worked all the time and had no life,” Meehan says. “Here, I have greatest life in the world but no work. I hope that will change.” NIGEL JAQUISS.
Because we’re settling the debate about home birth. How safe is it to give birth at home? Turns out, Portland moms are helping settle that debate for the rest of the country’s stroller set. State lawmakers approved a seemingly simple switch in the paperwork new moms fill out after giving birth. In 2012, Oregon became the first to ask all new moms whether they planned to give birth at home or a hospital. That question is important because a significant number of hospital births start out as planned home births, especially in Oregon, which had the highest U.S. rate of home births in
2012. Before the change, when a baby died after his mother transferred to a hospital, the tragedy counted against hospitals—not home births. Now, asking moms where they initially labored helps researchers collect better data about the effects of mothers’ choices on health outcomes for infants. Last December, The New York Times reported on research from Oregon Health & Science University. The study was aided by the change to Oregon birth certificates. The findings? While infant mortality rates are low, infants born at home were twice as
likely to die as children born in hospitals. Meanwhile, women who gave birth at home were far less likely to face interventions such as inductions. About 25 percent of women who gave birth in hospitals had cesarean sections, compared with about 5 percent in cases of home births. Jonathan Snowden, an OHSU epidemiologist who led the study, hopes the research helps quiet the mommy wars. That the research couldn’t have happened anywhere but Oregon is a happy bonus. “It’s a great example,” he says, “of how we in Oregon can be ahead of the curve.” BETH SLOVIC.
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Because there is an end in sight. Before Ammon and Ryan, there were Fred and Carrie. At last, it appears Oregon’s other hostile occupation is almost over. Yes, Portlandia is coming to an end. In a recent interview, the cast declared its intention to bring the show to a close after its eighth season. Granted, that’s still a lot of jokes about organic produce, pet art and artisanal napkins, or whatever. But for a while, it seemed the show might never end. With the cottage industry that developed during its six years on the air, it could’ve just continued raking over the same tired observations about liberal narcissism in perpetuity. Of course, with that much advance warning, this could wind up being a Jay Leno-style bait-and-switch, but the stars certainly seem to be busying themselves with other things. Carrie Brownstein has already decamped to L.A. to focus on writing and other acting pursuits, while Fred Armisen has another IFC series and his gig leading the Late Night With Seth Meyers house band to keep him occupied. And so, it appears our long local nightmare is just about over. Let’s just hope no one gets shot on the way out this time. MATTHEW SINGER.
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Why not surprise your sweetheart with tickets to a fabulous night out! Portland Center Stage is the city's premiere live performance theater. Current productions: The Dickens classic, Great Expectations (ends Feb. 14); Dael Orlandersmith's, Forever; and Dan Hoyle's, Each & Every Thing. A night at the theater is a night to remember. 128 NW Eleventh Ave., 503.445.3700, pcs.org
$250 Treat your honey (or yourself) to a true staple piece proudly designed and
crafted right here in Portland. From Tanner Goods, the Vanguard Saddle Bag will complement any wardrobe for a lifetime. To make it extra personal, step into the West Burnside store for complimentary monogramming and gift wrap service with each purchase. 1308 W Burnside St. - Open 7 days, 503-222-2774, tannergoods.com
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Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine and to the Victorians it represented faithful love. This c1900 silver gilt necklace has beautifully hand-faceted amethyst gems and is accented with natural seed pearls. 720 NW 23rd Ave., 503-226-0629, giltjewelry.com
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sweetheart that loves peddling through Portland puddles? What better way to say I love you than a gift card to the Portland's most renowned bicycle emporium. With the city's largest selection of bicycles, accessories, parts and gear, you're sure to win their heart. 706 SE MLK Jr. Blvd., 503-233-5973, rivercitybicycles.com
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$65 Featured gift is a pair of ruby & quartz earrings by Portland Artist Elysium Jewelry. Available at Paloma Clothing in SW Portland, oﬀering USA Made Clothing, Jewelry, & Accessories. Voted Best Women's Boutique in Portland. Valentine's Sale Feb 12-14. 20% OFF ALL Jewelry. 6316 SW Capitol Highway, 503.246.3417, palomaclothing.com
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Triple locket by Portland designer Luscious $34.00 Fuchsia is a jewelry shop in SE Portland's
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Each as unique as it’s rose cut gem, these in-house-designed rings are made of recycled gold and Vintage golden, yellow and pink sapphires. Great for everyday wear, with the perfect balance of delicate and shimmering beauty and practicality. 720 NW 23rd Ave. Portland, OR. 97210, 503.226.0629, giltjewelry.com
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$395 Queen Victoria’s passion for turquoise as a symbol of true love was a major inﬂuence on Victorian-era jewelry. This sweet sterling heart locket from the 1870s is covered in tiny turquoise gems and the perfect love token. 720 NW 23rd Ave., 503-226-0629, giltjewelry.com
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Peace Brothers Art Handmade Valentine' s Day Cards $5.50 Local Portland designer Travelust incorporates vintage maps and jewelry components to make beautiful pieces that are gorgeous and timeless. Presents of Mind has a huge selection of her various options of lovely Portland map jewelry & accessories, but the heart necklace is our pick for Valentine's Day. 3633 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, 503.230.7740, presentsofmind.tv
Don' t Blow It Necklace $30.00 Ready to make sweet music with your Valentine? You're one step away with this rad harmonica necklace. Found at the west end store. 404 SW 10th Ave., wildfang.com
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Valentine' s Day Macaroons 6-pack $13 / 13-pack $27
Each of Farina's macarons is a marvel of texture and a satisfying journey across the whole of the palate. In our blind tasting of local macarons last year, nowhere else came remotely close to baker Laura Farina's pastries. Farina makes magic, and we will eat anything she bakes. 1852 SE Hawthorne, 971.279.5939, farinabakery.com
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Wild Summer Snapback $34.00 Catch your Valentines attention with this fun, sassy, ﬂoral print snapback. WILD times guaranteed. Found at the west end store. 404 SW 10th Ave., wildfang.com
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Portland artist Robin Urton creates jewelry from images she paints, and then reproduces as round or heart shaped pendants and earrings. The pendants come on 18-inch matching chains, and all the pieces speak to Robin’s ability to invoke beauty and nature in her artwork. 2106 SE Division St., 503.231.5175, miradorkitchenandhome.com
$49 The Quill is for lovers. This Valentine’s Day, share the world’s ﬁ rst low-dose cannabis vaporizer pen. Oﬀering the cleanest cannabis CO2-extract in sleek steel housing, the Quill lets you (and those you love) get to exactly the level you want. See stockists online at quill.me
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Tilikum Crossing Cuff bracelet $72–$92 Cross it, love it, wear it. A bracelet inspired by the Tilikum Crossing bridge and handcrafted in betsy & iya’s NW Thurman boutique & studio, this cuﬀ is an architectural and modern piece for all jewelry lovers. Adjustable for many wrists with year built and geographic coordinates encoded on the inside surface. 2403 NW Thurman St., 503.227.5482, betsyandiya.com
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BITE-SIZED PORTLAND CULTURE NEWS.
EVERYTHING’S ENDING A short list of things that will become apartments…
CARTED OFF: Three of Portland’s most central foodcart pods—including its oldest—might become apartment buildings. The bustling pods at Southwest 5th Avenue and Stark Street, Southwest 2nd Avenue and Stark, and Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street are on the list of properties announced for future construction in developer Greg Goodman’s $1.5 billion “Ankeny Blocks” plan. The 5th and Stark pod is Portland’s oldest food pod; in the Ankeny plan, the site would become one of its tallest buildings, at 460 feet. Goodman says he expects any projects to move slowly, however, and design review alone would take more than a year. “You’re not going to wake up one day and see the parking lots all gone at the same time,” he says. “We understand the signiﬁcance of the food carts. We don’t take it lightly.” Goodman says if food carts are displaced, he will pay to convert one of his other parking-lot properties into a pod. >> On Jan. 31, meanwhile, ground was broken on a new 27-unit senior housing center—with a courtyard and library— at the site of the former Good Food Here pod, which closed on Southeast Belmont Street at the beginning of the year. On Jan. 30, eight of the 14 carts opened across the street in a new lot, now called the Bite on Belmont. Monk’s Deli moved to beer bar Belmont Station. Sushi PDX—secretly one of Portland’s ﬁnest low-cost sushi spots—remains in limbo. DIVING DOWN: The Slabtown building will soon be no more. The 94-year-old brick building, which housed a succession of dive bars and music venues—its ﬁnal incarnation was as all-ages vegan punk club Slabtown—will soon be razed to make room for a complex of 153 studio apartments along Northwest 16th Avenue. For more than a year, the building has stood as a desecrated tomb, home to a bicycle chop shop raided by police last September. In December, the building’s basement ceiling caught ﬁre. It will be developed into a six-story building by Koz Development, which specializes in “micro-apartments.” Last week, WW reported that Hawthorne Boulevard dive bar Sewick’s will also become an apartment complex, after it closes Feb. 29.
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THE JAZZ ERA: The building housing iconic, 19-year-old Jimmy Mak’s jazz bar has been sold to a developer. “The timelines are still not ﬁrm,” writes owner Jimmy Makarounis, “and we are looking at various locations for our new space.” The staﬀ at furniture store Bella Casa, a block from Jimmy Mak’s in the Pearl District, says Makarounis is in talks to take over the space vacated by Bella Casa when the store becomes “longer and skinnier.” Makarounis was one of the owners of the building that houses Jimmy Mak’s. Terms of the deal are subject to a nondisclosure agreement, he says. Byron Beck was ﬁrst to report the move, in a blind-sourced post that said the development would be a 17-story residential tower, and that the proposed Jimmy Mak’s location would have both a patio and a much larger stage. Jimmy Mak’s 20th anniversary event in July will proceed as scheduled in the current location.
HEADOUT WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK IN ARTS & CULTURE
THURSDAY FEB. 11
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PIFF Opening Party
[FILM] Portland’s biggest film festival kicks off its 39th year with The Fencer—a Finnish feature about a gym teacher dodging Russian spies—followed by a Voodoo-sponsored after-party at the Portland Art Museum. 7:15 pm at Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave., and 7:30 pm at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. $25. nwfilm.org.
THE WORLD’S MOST ANNOYING Portland is a proudly godless city, and well it should be. When Glenn Beck and the Westboro Baptist Church think you’re a morally destitute hellscape full of heathens and sodomites, that’s an endorsement worthy of a tourist brochure. But while religious moralists are perhaps more dangerous, the loudest of hard-line atheists are beginning to edge
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ATHEISTS them in sheer obnoxiousness. One such celebrity nonbeliever, comedian Bill Maher, is coming to Portland this week, and surely he’ll congratulate the whole audience (and himself, of course) for the intellectual superiority of its philosophical choices. Yeah, religion starts wars, but atheism gave us these guys. It’s debatable which is worse. MATTHEW SINGER.
FRIDAY FEB. 12 Blasted
[THEATER] Scenes of anal rape, violence and cannibalism made Sarah Kane’s first play notorious in England, and also won Harold Pinter’s praise. In this Portland premiere, a racist journalist rapes an unsuspecting ingenue in his swanky Leeds hotel room, which is then stormed by an unstable soldier armed with a rifle. Not recommended for audiences under 18. The Back Door Theater, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd., defunktheatre. com. 7:30 pm. $15-$25.
SATURDAY FEB. 13 Zwickelmania RICHARD DAWKINS
Dawkins is the Donald Trump of “new atheism,” the militant atheist who makes othe r atheists cringe. He’s stopped (barely) shor t of calling the faithful “total losers,” but he has equa ted feminism with religious extremism, and if you take offense, well, you must not know how to think. He’s a walking argument for the idea that, if you reject all possibility of a higher power, you might end up worshiping at the altar of your own ego.
Where there’s aggressive atheism, Islamophobia is not far behind, and television’s most punchably smug libertarian has made hectoring Muslims his main shouting point of late. While he prefers to label himself an “apatheist,” he cared enough to once make a whole “documentary” about religion, which was the film version of someone claiming to worship the “Flying Spaghetti Monster” on their Facebook profile and chortling at their own cleverness.
An Evening With Bill Maher is at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, on Saturday, Feb. 13. 8 pm. $35-$99.50. All ages.
I hate to speak ill of the dead. But if Hitch could, he’d surely write a 50,000-word essay arguing that the finality of death renders any posthumous insult inconsequential, and also women still aren’t funny, sorry. Admittedly, he did exude a certain roguish charm, but that’s probably just my natural American affinity for perpetually drunk and disheveled British intellectuals.
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On the other end of the spectrum from charming English alcoholics, there’s this gigglepuss. Gervais claims to have abandoned religion at age 8, but probably only because he thought it’d make him seem as “edgy” as his Jeffrey Tambor penistucking jokes at the Golden Globes.
Every year for one day, Portland brewers open their spigots to the world at large. More than 120 breweries throughout Oregon will let packs of roving hopheads roam the backs of their operations with cup in hand, begging for free beer. All disruptive souses ousted. Various locations. More info at oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania. 11 am-4 pm.
The Budos Band
[RELENTLESS FUNK] A punishingly groovy Afro-soul group from Staten Island, the Budos Band will remind you of Wu-Tang Clan for more reasons than just its hometown. Any of the band’s fuzzy, groove-heavy songs could double as a backing track from 36 Chambers. Similarly, 2014’s Burnt Offering has a timeless sort of staying power—the perfect accessory to go with a leather jacket and aviators. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $20 advance, $23 day of show. 21+.
SUNDAY FEB. 14 Skinner/Kirk
[DANCE [DANCE] DANCE BodyVox’s first show of the year is classic ballet, twisted into an acrobatic, contemporary show by local choreography rebels Daniel Kirk and Eric Skinner. BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 229-0627. 2 pm. $25-$64.
[ELECTRONIC SOUL] Five years after generating a ton of hype around its introductory EP, the R&B trio finally released its debut album, We Are King, and it was well worth the wait. Layering lush dream-soul atop a transfixing electronic base, this is really the only Valentine’s Day show that matters. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 Starkbier Fest
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After the drunken festivals of Fasching and Karneval—what the Germans celebrate instead of Mardi Gras—it’s time to fast for Jesus. The German monks do this by drinking beer, strong and bready beer like doppelbocks. Stammtisch will have eight of them straight from Deutschland, Prost will have ﬁve entirely diﬀerent ones, and each will have food specials. Stammtisch, 401 NE 28th Ave, 206-7983. Prost, 4237 N Mississippi Ave, 954-2674. Feb. 10-14.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11
As always, Pix knows how to do holidays. Among Pix’s gift boxes stuﬀed with booze-stuﬀed chocolates called chardons—one with Laphroaig, and others with local aquavit, Clear Creek eau de vie and Aria gin—there will be a box that includes a pair of onecarat black and white diamond earrings. A tip? Pretend you knew they were there. Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.com. 10 am-midnight.
Where to eat this week.
Woodsman Pairing Dinners
For two nights leading up to the allOregon beerfest, Zwickelmania, the Woodsman Tavern will host a beer and cocktail dinner pairing Gigantic beers and Ransom Spirits with a mess of food, from oyster shooters to mussel chowder, alongside other Woodsman favorites. Gigantic brewer Ben Love and Ransom’s Art Tierce will be on hand to talk up the pairings, which will include a Gigantic Pipewrench IPA aged in Ransom’s Old Tom barrels. The Woodsman Tavern, 4537 SE Division St., 971-373-8264, woodsmantavern. com. 5 pm. $60. Feb. 11-12.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13
1. Pizza Jerk
5028 NE 42nd Ave, 284-9333, pizzajerkpdx.com. Tommy Habetz’s new Cully pizza spot is what ﬁne dining would be if nothing except the state of New Jersey ever existed—a batshit world in which pizza rolls and mozzerella sticks are taken seriously. $$.
7783 SW Capitol Highway, 234-0330, tastebudpdx.com. Tastebud’s excellent wood-ﬁred pies make it the best new restaurant Multnomah Village has seen in a generation. $$.
3. Reo’s Ribs
More than 120 breweries throughout Oregon will let packs of roving hopheads roam around the backs of their operations with cup in hand, begging for free beer. Join in on this best-loved (by drinkers) and deeply dreaded (by brewers) drunken shitshow, with Brewvana buses spinning around town between breweries. All disruptive souses ousted. Various locations. More info at oregoncraftbeer.org/ zwickelmania. 11 am-4 pm.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14 My Beery Valentine
but the specialty cocktails and lovethemed beers are very much in play, whether a pomegranate Gose from Breakside, a chocolate-covered cherry stout from Oakshire, or—in an interesting choice—Something Brown from Gigantic. Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave., bazipdx.com Noon-6 pm.
4211 NE Sandy Blvd., 719-6291. After years on East Division, Reo’s is back smoking up ﬁne $12-a-plate ribs in the old Hollywood Burger Bar. $.
4. Olympia Oyster Bar
4214 N. Mississippi Ave., olympiaoysterbar.com. Olympia sources some of the best oysters in town and treats them very well. You won’t get full without spending a mint, but for a taste, stop in for their “oyster recess” happy hour from 4 to 6 pm for lovely $2 half-shells and a cocktail. $$$.
5. Culmination Brewing
The hugging booth at Saraveza has been canceled, in favor of creme brulee at Bazi. The annual My Beery Valentine fest has swapped venues,
2117 NE Oregon St., 971-258-2808, culminationbrewing.com. Culmination is turning out some of the best brewery food in Portland, with a very ﬁne trio of brisket-cabbage tacos available as a $10 plate and a vegan pop-up on Sundays. $.
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Henry’s Hard Soda (BLITZ-WEINHARD BREWING CO.) SABMiller ain’t hidin’ what they did to ol’ Henry Weinhard. On the packaging, they all but admit that their new orange- and ginger-flavored Henry’s alcoholic sodas are some kind of joke. “When Portland unveiled a new public fountain in 1887, brewer Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer through it for everyone to enjoy,” reads the ad copy. “Today, Henry’s playful spirit lives on in this refreshing hard soda.” Well, old Weinhard didn’t just make the offer. He actually poured in the beer. He poured the beer every damn year until Miller bought our oldest brewery and closed it and turned it into a giant hole in the middle of downtown that’s now a Whole Foods, which doesn’t even stock these crappy 4.2 percent alcoholic sodas. The orange flavor is off-brand Fanta with an aftertaste like a new car smells— all plastic and vinyl—but with the added ingredient of shame. The malty ginger soda, on the other hand, covers up the aftertaste better. So if you drink only one low-rent mockery of Portland and everything that ever made it good, make it a Henry’s hard ginger ale. Not recommended. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
Hill of Beans BY NIC K Z U K I N
To most Portlanders, chocolate is just candy. West Hills foodies and Felony Flats hipsters will tickle your ears about coffee or beer, but chocolate, which rivals wine in the complexity of its flavor and production, doesn’t get the same respect. That’s because most chocolate is the equivalent of Bud Light or Folgers. Industrial chocolate—built on the backs of abusive labor and cheap sugar—is inexpensive, sweet and, frankly, boring. Craft chocolate, on the other hand, uses beans from small farms and co-ops paid above-market rates. Working with small farms leads to a less consistent but more interesting product that highlights regional characteristics of the beans or flavors specific to a cultivar. But locally, five bean-to-bar chocolate makers are trying to introduce Portland sweet tooths to rare and ancient varieties of cacao. Some of these chocolate makers produce only a single bar, while some produce over a dozen. To make things fair and simpler for you, I’ve recommended one bar from each company. Nearly all of these companies have their own retail shop, and you can also find them at stores such as the Meadow and Cacao. Cacao will even let you taste any bar they stock.
varieties. The 70-percent chocolate has an underlying nuttiness yielding quickly to berries and citrus. Room for improvement: If Pitch Dark wants to be among the better craft chocolates in Portland or North America, it’s going to have to restrain the harsh astringency in some bars and find a way to make the chocolate more creamy than chalky. Future plans: Currently building a 6,000-square-foot factory with major upgrades in equipment.
plain chocolate in three different intensities (73, 85 and 100 percent). The company also makes several inclusion bars, including classics like Minty Dark and Spicy Dark (cinnamon and chili), along with the locally influenced NW Dark Cherry and Hazelnuts, among others. Free tours are available, as are $50 hands-on tours where you can take part in each step of making chocolate. Recommended bar: Purely Dark made with Arriba Nacional beans from Quevedo, Ecuador. The 73-percenter tastes of roasted coffee, dried plums and orange peel. Room for improvement: If Creo could tame the woody, almost boozy flavors of the Arriba beans, it would allow the floral and fruity flavors to come through. Future plans: Partnering with a local distillery to age cocoa nibs in bourbon barrels. Raspberry bar.
Ranger Chocolate Company
118 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 575-7043, rangerchocolate.com.
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Recommended bar: O’Payo, a blend of Nicaraguan
Currently no retail shop, 897-8247, cocanu.com.
Sebastian Cisneros’ interest in chocolate began in his native Ecuador during family trips along roads winding through cocoa plantations. He refined his taste in chocolate working retail and serving customers at Cacao for five years before starting his own confectionary. He began with inclusion bars—chocolate bars that include other ingredients, such as fernet—using high-quality industrial chocolate. But he slowly developed a bean-to-bar chocolate, releasing Cloudforest in 2014. His inclusion bars, such as Moonwalk (with Pop Rocks) or the Gardel (hazelnuts and fernet), always show a deft palate. But his bean-to-bar chocolate displays real craftsmanship. Despite using some of the crudest equipment of any of Portland’s makers, he achieves sophisticated chocolates in both flavor and texture. Recommended bar: Cloudforest using Camino Verde beans from Balao, Ecuador. The 73-percent chocolate is smooth, nutty and floral with hints of tropical fruits. Room for improvement: A slightly creamier texture would probably make Cocanú’s bar more appealing to the masses. Future plans: Moving into a new shop, eventually with retail. Expanding to new beans. Buying new equipment.
122 NE Broadway, 477-8927, creochocolate.com.
Housed in a 1920s building adorned with Moorish tiles and windows, Creo feels vintage even as it celebrates its one-year anniversary. The Straubs are former raspberry farmers—son Kevin, dad Tim and mom Janet—and produce all of their chocolate in plain sight of cafegoers sipping on cocoa drinks. Creo currently works with only one bean, but makes
Coming from culinary school and a candy-making family, it shouldn’t be surprising that George Domurot has gone from mobile app developer to chocolate bar developer. His software development offices are conveniently located behind Ranger’s factory. The factory shares a building across from the Burnside Bridgehead along with Trailhead Coffee Roasters and Cup & Bar cafe. The cafe sells Ranger bars and confections, and you can watch chocolate being made through large windows. Tours are also available through the company’s website. Currently, Ranger imports all of its beans from three regions of Peru, making a bar with each: San Martin (70 percent), Tumbes (73 percent) and Chulucanas (80 percent). It does, however, also have a “wild card” bar that changes periodically and can include whatever beans or blend of beans being experimented with at the time. Recommended bar: Chulucanas using Nacional beans from the Piura region of Peru. The 80-percent chocolate bar has a complex fruitiness—red berries, dried plums, fragrant tropicals—that comes through once you stop expecting it to be sweet. Room for improvement: A little cocoa butter could make the texture creamier and less fudgy. The San Martin beans used for the 70-percent chocolate have too many off-notes, and even the most experienced chocolate makers have a hard time producing good chocolate with them. Future plans: Expanding beyond Peruvian beans. Wholesaling chocolate to the food industry.
Woodblock Chocolate Manufactory
1236 SE Oak St., 477-5262, woodblockchocolate.com.
kiss it, hershey: Creo’s beans.
Pitch Dark Modern American Chocolate 5353 NE Sandy Blvd., pitchdarkchocolate.com.
Half of Brian Flick’s life has been spent working with chocolate, since he was 14. In 2005, when I first interviewed him, he was selling elegantly decorated chocolate truffles under the name Guanaja. His new company, Pitch Dark, still makes truffles, but also makes a dizzying selection of bean-to-bar chocolates out of a small factory on Northeast Sandy. Pitch Dark makes chocolate from Ecuador, Fiji, Madagascar and Nicaragua. It offers nearly all varieties of cacao beans it buys in 70-percent and 80-percent bars—but also offers Chuno, one of several Nicaraguan varieties, in three different fermentations, showing how changing one step in the processing of the chocolate can entirely transform the flavor. Pitch Dark also has a Jacobsen sea salt and pinot noir bar, drinking chocolate, and even chocolate bitters.
Coming up on six years in business, Woodblock is the granddaddy of Portland’s nascent chocolate-making. Its bars can be found at many boutiques and its chocolate is used by local restaurants and shops for products as varied as Salt & Straw ice cream, Stumptown coffee and Urban Farmer’s desserts. Woodblock makes an array of single-origin chocolate bars along with a blended “double origin” chocolate bar with a more nostalgic flavor profile. It also has several inclusion bars, such as an uncommon toasted sesame bar. The “manufactory” in Southeast Portland has a small retail shop, where you can spy the chocolate being made while being bathed in cocoa aroma. Recommended bar: Madagascar, from that country’s Sambirano Valley. The 70-percent chocolate tastes tart and fruity, like raspberries with a squeeze of lemon. It’s an eye-opener for how different chocolate can be. Room for improvement: If Woodblock is going to remain the leader in Portland chocolate-making, it will have to eliminate the chalkiness and astringency from its product. The competition sees Woodblock as the bar to surpass, so it will have to improve just to keep up. Future plans: Finding bigger space for equipment it has purchased or is custom-building. New confections. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 Meat Wave
[POST-PUNK] Meat Wave has a panicky, agitated sound that seems designed to ﬂuster and faze, but the Chicago trio’s 2015 album, Delusion Moon, is so familiar it is actually almost soothing. And that’s not a bad thing. Synthesizing history is no mean feat—pop songsmiths who do it right are justiﬁably lauded for it—and Meat Wave is awfully good at combining time-tested tactics into songs that bombard the pleasure center. Come on, you know you’ve been waiting for a band that loves Hot Snakes, Les Savy Fav and Mclusky as much as you do. Don’t hate it because it did something great with its adoration. CHRIS STAMM. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
direction, until the end brings the guitars back up to full overdrive capacity. Will its amps blow out when it plays live? We can only hope. SOPHIA JUNE. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 8 pm. $8. 21+.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11 The Bird and the Bee, Alex Lilly
[POP] The Bird and the Bee is an L.A. duo that has no qualms about making superﬁcial pop music, and you get the feeling its ﬁdelity to a decent groove far outweighs the lyrical subject matter. Last year’s Recreational Love expands on the duo’s sweet, near-narcotic synth pop, but swings a bit more towards R&B—not surprising considering this is a duo that
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Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Aan, Ancient Psychic
[GARAGE ROCK] Portland psychedelic garage rockers Wood Indian Burial Ground are heading to Europe to promote their upcoming album, How’s Your Favorite Dreamer Dreamer, the band’s ﬁrst release since 2012’s selftitled full-length. The ﬁrst single, “Burnout Beach,” begins with a melodic, stomping rhythm, and for a moment we think the band may have gone fully in a Cage the Elephant
FIVE RAPPERS PORTLAND SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO BY ANTHONY SANCHEZ
A mix between rowdy punk rock and some of the catchiest hip-hop you will ever hear. I really feel like these guys are one step away from really blowing up on a national level.
2 The Chicharones Rolling Stone once called them the best bar band in America, and I would have to agree. Here in Portland, they continue to fill up venues with dancing bodies with their doo-wop, hip-hop funk. I’ve never met one person who has seen these guys live and not walked away a fan. 3 Serge Severe Serge Severe’s face should be in the dictionary when you look up the phrase “MC.” I got one word for that dude: bars! 4 Eminent & Lady X If you’ve seen these two perform, you would think they were veterans in the hip-hop game. But both have only been performing for a little over two years. Lady X has become one of the better scratch DJs in town, and Eminent can sing and rap. 5 Speaker Minds Hands down one of the best live acts in town. Randal the MC and Adrian Adel on vocals bring soul and hip-hop together better than most I’ve ever seen. Anthony Sanchez is the founder of local rap-focused concert promoter Runaway Productions. SEE IT: Runaway Productions’ 15th anniversary party is at Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., with Speaker Minds, Bad Habitat, Mic Crenshaw, Serge Severe and others, on Friday, Feb. 12. 9 pm. $7 advance, $10 day of show 21+.
Adult Situations STARFUCKER FIGURES ITSELF OUT. BY MATTHEW SIN GER
Josh Hodges is ready to grow up. He’s just not sure if he knows how to do it yet. But he’s trying. It’s part of the reason why the 36-year-old Starfucker frontman now lives in the California desert. About three years ago, each member of the long-running Portland electro-pop outfit started gradually trickling down to Los Angeles. Hodges—who for years lived a mostly transient existence, crashing on couches when not on tour—was the last to arrive. When he discovered it’d be cheaper to rent a house in Joshua Tree than a practice space in L.A., Hodges made the sound financial decision to get out of the city for good. “I mostly wanted to save money,” he says. “It was a reward to myself for being homeless all those years.” For the first time in his adult life, Hodges is trying to get a handle on his future: save money, maybe buy a house, finally put down roots somewhere. But that’s the long view. In the short term, things are still fuzzy, for him and the band. It’s been three years since Starfucker last made a record. In between, the band has started plenty of recording sessions, but finished few. It’s got enough songs now for another album, but no label to put it out. Its live performances have slowed, too. Once a touring juggernaut, the band has recently limited itself to one-offs, college gigs and short jaunts like this upcoming road trip, which brings it back to Portland for the first time in over two years. When Hodges discusses the group’s immediate plans, you can hear the tenuousness in his voice—a lot of pregnant pauses, half-formed responses and I-don’t-knows. Then again, when it comes to Starfucker, Hodges has never thought too far ahead. He had no grand ambitions when he started the band a decade ago, playing basements with just himself, some drums and a synthesizer; he sandbagged the project’s name with an expletive precisely to ensure it would stay small. After it got big anyway, Hodges has navigated success through a process of trial and error: changing the name to Pyramid, then Pyramiddd, then back to Starfucker and the more marquee-friendly
alternate, STRFKR; adding members, losing members; hiring and firing managers and winding up as an almost entirely self-run operation. Moving out of Portland was another part of that process—a step toward figuring out the next step. Hodges had some regrets about the last Starfucker album, 2013’s Miracle Mile, and being on the road had begun to wear him out. “There was a while when I didn’t want to write anything after touring a lot,” Hodges says. “Coming back to it, it was like, ‘What do I want to do?’” In L.A., he thought he might meet new people, maybe try his hand at being a songwriter for hire, so he wouldn’t have to leave home for a while. When that proved uninspiring, he went back to writing for Starfucker. The problem has been deciding what that means. Hodges says he wrote, then scrapped, an entire album of mellow, R&B-leaning songs, because it wouldn’t fit the Starfucker imprimatur. He thought about revisiting some of the “drunky guitar stuff” left over from the Miracle Mile sessions, but concluded that wouldn’t work, either. “We’ve been recording and starting albums, then starting different albums,” he says. “We’ve been working on stuff a lot. We just haven’t finished much.” But the band is getting close, Hodges says. And fans of Starfucker’s energetic, idiosyncratic dance pop shouldn’t be disappointed. “Creatively, I feel like I could do whatever I want. I could do a drone album and release it as Starfucker, and no one would like it,” Hodges says. “I could do that, but people are paying money to come to the show, so I should make it fun.” It sounds like a compromise, sure. But for an artist, balancing creative autonomy with audience expectations is part of growing up, too. As of now, the plan is to roll out the new album over the coming months, one song at a time, perhaps through the band’s old label, Polyvinyl. Hodges’ plans for his own future are less defined. He isn’t sure where he wants to end up, but at least he knows it’s someplace different from where he is now. “I feel like I’m waiting for something to feel like the right thing, then I’ll take action,” he says. “Or maybe I’ll just go back to living on the road.” SEE IT: STRFKR plays Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., with Nurses and Fake Drugs, on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 8:30 pm. $22 advance, $25 day of show. All ages. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
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once released a Hall & oates tribute album. When’s the record of Wham covers coming out? cRIS LAnKEnAU. Lola’s Room at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $18 day of show, $20 advance. All ages.
Mic Capes, Rasheed Jamal, Keegan Baurer
[RIGHtEoUS RAP] Headliner Mic capes hasn’t even released his debut album, but he’s already made his mark on the wave of socially conscious rappers coming out of the fruitful St. Johns rap scene, with songs like the dank “Razor tongue” and the pleading “15 cents.” Paired with the booty-bouncing flow of capes’ sometimes-collaborator Rasheed Jamal and the self-described “ratchet rap” of Keegan Baurer, it’s going to be a damn good show. And holy shit, it’s free! SHAnnon GoRMLEY. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 2883895. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
FRIDAY, FEB. 12 Wet, Kelsey Lu
[SILKY PoP] It was a slow development, but certainly worth the wait. Wet, a romantic pop outfit from the East coast, started out with a few catchy Soundcloud tracks. A few years later, the trio would drop its first proper LP in Don’t You, to much acclaim. In the crowded field of indie R&B revivalists, the record still rises to the top as a saucy statue built of Sade, My Body and Autre ne Veut. Kelly Zutrau sings with such finesse and measured confidence you’d think she was just crooning in the shower. Being backed by calculated effects, sharp beats and thoughtful electric guitar only enriches her innate talent. MARK StocK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. Sold out. 21+.
Grace Potter, Eliza Hardy Jones
[PoP RocK] Solo efforts can be surprising, especially when they deviate from what’s expected. Grace Potter and the nocturnals, for instance, built a catalog of neo-blues and fierce Memphis soul, only to see their talented namesake venture into the realm of crystalline pop with her solo debut, Midnight. the album sees sequencers and disco synths replacing the twin-guitar hooks that initially made Mick Jagger take notice (and ask the nocturnals to open for the Stones), resulting in an album of shiny, Pharrellstyle beats that shed her jam-band foundation for something that actually sounds of this decade. thankfully, Potter’s powerhouse presence and voice remain totally immune to the transformation, even when things get a little funky. BRAnDon WIDDER. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 2242038. 8 pm. $28.50 general admission, $45 reserved balcony seating. 21+.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13 Sweater Beats, Eastghost, Gangsigns, Quarry, Pacific Patterns
[EMoJI DAncE MUSIc] the Brooklyn producer Sweater Beats is no stranger to Portland, but with his Future Feels world tour he’s hitting the club tonight in true singles-awareness style, with an emotional mix of modern R&B and future bass. Brought to you by Verified, it’s no coincidence that this show is a heart-on-your-sleeve, downtempo affair. Soft flexing is encouraged, with local producer Eastghost opening things up, fresh off the digital EP A Light at the End, which showcases his acoustic sensibilities for the electronic blues. WYAtt ScHAFFnER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $13. 21+.
Kevin Gates, Young Greatness, OG Boobie Black
[SoUtHERn GoSPEL] Kevin Gates doesn’t care what you think. the Baton Rouge-bred rapper has made a lot of noise for his recent responses to a few offstage accusations, including a tMZ revelation that he slept with his cousin. But
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Risley WHO: Michael Deresh (guitar, vocals), Travis Stanek (gui-
tar), Aaron Landreth (drums), Dan Schuman (keys, synth), Matt Hall (bass), Maggie Morris (vocals), plus an assortment of collaborators. SOUND LIKE: A soundtrack to a view of the Marquam Bridge, played by the grown-up version of the garage band you had a crush on. FOR FANS OF: Real Estate’s first two albums, Modest Mouse, the smell of the Franz bread factory. Depending on who you ask, Old Portland existed as recently as 2011. The preceding decade was a high time for the local music scene, an era when all-ages venues thrived and there were nearly as many bands as there were people going to shows. Whether it’s intentional or not, Risley—an amorphous collection of at least 11 musicians, comprising of members from Tea for Julie, Typhoon and Genders—induces memories of that time, and encompasses the feeling of loss of that specific period as much as commemorates it. Headed by Michael Deresh, who played in early 2000s indie-pop band Tea for Julie, co-founded PDX Pop Now and produced Genders’ debut album, Risley’s inception was organic, even backward from other bands. The self-titled album was recorded in pieces at Deresh’s own Lamplight Studios. Many of the songs were written by guitarist Travis Stanek, also of Tea for Julie, and Deresh enlisted his friends to play various parts. “I’ve never had a situation like this,” Deresh says. “It’s always been four people in a room with their instruments, and that’s really cool, but you end up confined to what four people in a room with their instruments can do. It all happened in the box. It was kind of freeing.” Deresh and Stanek started working on the album six years ago. Of the 138 songs they wrote, 24 made the final cut. Deresh emphasizes the album has no overarching theme. But, having been written during the height of Portland’s growth period, from 2010 to the present, the nods to change are impossible to ignore. “Heyday/ We know that nothing lasts forever/ These days we’re living in our minds,” goes the chorus of “Heyday,” a densely layered track reminiscent of Modest Mouse. On “Time Was Slow,” the nostalgia stretches back even further, to “the summer of 1993,” when “the world was with my friends and me/ Anything was possible.” “The backdrop for what inspired me about this city creatively was kind of frozen in that old Portland,” Deresh says. “I think there’s less to draw from now.” But with this ambitious undertaking, Risley proves the spirit of that scene hasn’t totally disappeared—if anything, it might be on its way to a brand-new heyday. SOPHIA JUNE. SEE IT: Risley plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 n Mississippi Ave., with Sunbathe and Fog Father, on Wednesday, Feb. 10. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
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King plays Doug Fir Lounge on Sunday, Feb. 14. don’t let any of that fodder detour you. Gates just dropped his debut album, Islah, and it’s a total banger, a wide-scale introduction to one of rap’s singular new talents. Gates’ new-world gangster rap isn’t far removed from the Fetty Wap orbit, with inescapable hooks (see great lead singles “Really Really” and “2 Phones”) but also a lyrical density and vulnerability that rivals prime Weezy. This is a guy who should blow up soon, so hip-hop fans shouldn’t miss this headlining slot before he’s opening, like, the next Jay Z arena tour. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $20. All ages.
Amy Amy Amy! A Tribute to Amy Winehouse
[THE LADY IN BLACK] Instead of crying at home alone listening to Back to Black, halfheartedly bob your head to “Valerie” with a group of Portland singers who also wish Amy Winehouse was their Valentine. Moorea Masa is only 23, the same age as Winehouse when she released her breakthrough album in 2006. Portland-born Masa, who had a stint on American Idol a few years back, shares Winehouse’s jazz sensibilities, eﬀortlessly performing vocal ﬂips and turns in her higher register. Masa will be joined by Michael Jodell and her soft, country-crooning voice, plus soul singer Erin Wallace and Devon Detweiler with her funk band, the Way Downs. SOPHIA JUNE. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
The Budos Band
[RELENTLESS FUNK] A punishingly groovy Afro-soul group from Staten Island, the Budos Band will remind you of Wu-Tang Clan for more reasons than just its hometown. A body-shaking nine-piece amalgamation of brass tones and fuzzy guitars placed atop grooveoriented bass-and-drum beats, any of the band’s songs could easily double as a backing track from 36 Chambers. And while the rough-andtumble edge of the group’s heavy soul funk is not a particularly new development in music, albums like 2014’s Burnt Oﬀering have a timeless staying power—oﬀering a comfortable musical home to return to when you tire of neo-anything, and the perfect accessory to go with a leather jacket and aviators. PARKER HALL. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $20 advance, $23 day of show. 21+.
SUNDAY, FEB. 14 King, SassyBlack
[ELECTRONIC SOUL] Five years after generating a ton of hype around its independently released EP, R&B trio King has ﬁnally released its debut album, We Are King. Lest the group’s name throw oﬀ listeners, King actually comprises three very strong women—twins Paris and Amber Strother, plus their socalled “musical sister,” Anita Bias.
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Inﬂuenced as much by synths as classic soul, Amber Strother and Bias serve as co-lead singers, while Paris produces and plays keys. We Are King builds layers of soulful dream pop atop a lush electronic base, the women’s voices melding in transﬁxing harmony. Accompanying King here is Seattleite SassyBlack, a psychedelic soul singer, producer and DJ. HILARY SAUNDERS. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.
Cockeye, Magic Mansion, Alien Boy
[LOUD AND FAST] Cockeye is everything a punk band should be: more concerned with playing loud and fast with noise than playing correctly with melody. The super-short songs have lo-ﬁ vocals and a proudly feminist- and queer-friendly bent. Even though they band has been around a couple years now, it’s just releasing its debut tape at this show. But the best place to experience them is still live onstage, where its known to go totally fucking crazy. SHANNON GORMLEY. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $5. 21+.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16 The Donkeys, Idiot Glee, Norman
[SURFY PSYCH ROCK] The Donkeys are true road warriors. The Southern California band tours relentlessly, and returns to Portland less than a week after releasing its latest “mini-album,” Midnight Palms, the successor to 2014’s Ride the Black Wave. Whereas that LP swerved and droned into moodier territories, Midnight Palms drives straight back into sunny, surfready rock ’n’ roll. Fueled by twangy Telecasters, twirling Leslie speakers and a tough-travelin’ attitude, the Donkeys always bring a taste of Oregon’s Southern neighbors with them wherever they go. HILARY SAUNDERS. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
CLASSICAL, WORLD & JAZZ Turtle Island Quartet
[STRING SWING] Now 30 years old, San Francisco’s Turtle Island Quartet seems to get younger with age. This year, the Grammy-winning ensemble that proved you can play jazz on classical instruments and still swing, replaced half its veteran members with young cellist Malcolm Parson and violinist Alex Hargreaves, a Berklee-trained national ﬁddle champion. The constant remains violinist, composer and founder David Balakrishnan. He’ll premiere a big new work called “Rebirth of the Holy Fool” to go with cuts from 2014’s Confetti Man and a previous release, which rearranges classics from the pioneering Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool record. BRETT CAMPBELL. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 11. $34.50. All ages.
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Oregon Symphony presents Star Trek Into Darkness
[FILM MUSIC] Boldly going where Kirk, Spock and Khan have been before, Star Trek Into Darkness was a sequel that boasted equally impressive music and visuals. Last year, Portland Trekkies and fans of symphonic music were treated to a hybrid performance of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot projected over a live score performed by the Oregon Symphony. With the dialogue submerged in lieu of subtitles and sound, every nuance of the soundtrack was emphasized, and each lens ﬂare in the ﬁlm became a richer visual experience. The Paciﬁc Youth Choir continues its ongoing mission by joining the Oregon Symphony to transport Michael Giacchino’s moody, melodramatic motifs to the stars and beyond. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 2281353. 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Sold out. All ages.
Rachel Barton Pine & Mike Block
[METAL TO CLASSICAL] A few years ago, Rachel Barton Pine played Baroque violin with her ensemble, Trio Settecento, nailed the famous solo part in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with the Illinois Symphony, then unloaded her electric violin and leathers to perform with her doom-metal band, Earthen Grave—all in the same day. The prize-winning Chicago violinist released an album of metal covers in 1997, collaborated on another with Scottish ﬁddler Alasdair Fraser and performs with top orchestras around the world. So it’s no surprise that this crossover program with cellist Mike Block—who himself has played with Mark O’Connor, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Shakira, and Joe Zawinul— includes music by composers as diverse as Bach, O’Connor, Bill Monroe and Metallica. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 2245058. 7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 12. $40. All ages.
[MIKSCH MATCH] Bonnie Miksch may be the next great composer to emerge from Oregon. The Portland State University prof’s supple, sensuously expressive electroacoustic music has been a highlight of concerts from Cascadia Composers and Crazy Jane Composers for several years. But the veteran new-music ensemble FearNoMusic’s new all-Miksch album features a less well-known side of her music: acoustic chamber music for strings, piano and percussion. Some pieces have been performed in concerts over the past few years, but the record and this performance also feature the premiere of the title track, “Somewhere I Have Never Traveled,” commissioned by FNM. Both original and heartfelt, this music and long-overdue recording may ﬁnally bring Miksch the wider national recognition she’s long deserved. BRETT CAMPBELL. Lincoln Hall at PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave., 208-2982. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. $20. All ages.
Ches Smith, Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri, Blue Cranes
[JAZZBO TRIO] Ches Smith, who’s played with everyone from Xiu Xiu to Marc Ribot, recently released The Bell, his ﬁrst album for ECM, a vaunted, if occasionally limp, jazz imprint. As earlier recordings with his troupe These Arches found Smith helming an aggressive ensemble brushing up against an electric skronkiness the drummer is frequently associated with, this latest eﬀort sets Smith in a reasonably sedate, but still adventurous, trio that includes more than ample space for Mat Maneri’s viola to become a central ﬁgure in almost every composition. Between putting together this new trio and shacking up with ECM, Smith seems to be entering a signiﬁcant new phase in his already expansive career. DAVE CANTOR. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 2883895. 8 pm Monday, Feb. 15. $12-$15. 21+.
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Charlie Hilton TUESDAY, FEB. 16
Palana, the debut solo album from Blouse singer Charlie Hilton, begins with the moody, introspective title track—a song which, at a glance, would seem to be about longing for a friend or lover or relative. Actually, she’s singing to a boat. “Years ago, I lived on a sailboat, and my husband named the boat after me, but he named it ‘Palana,’” her birth name, says Hilton, who happens to be sitting at a marina somewhere in Portland when she answers her phone. Hilton changed her name after high school, saying Palana represents “the older me.” So perhaps it’s a stretch to say the song is only about a sailboat. “My parents were, like, hippies and they followed this guru, and they were just, like, really into him,” she says. “I don’t want to say ‘obsessed,’ but they loved him enough to have him name my sister and I.” Of her decision to change it, she says: “I think after having a lifetime of that name, it felt really heavy. But I always felt a little guilty about it, like maybe I was shoving it under the rug.” Hilton is soft-spoken and candid, which is also a good way to describe the sound of Palana—intimate and quiet, but with a tint of dark humor and traces of lighthearted kitsch. Hilton’s vocals and lyrics are at the forefront, something she says was a conscious change from the nocturnal haze pop of Blouse. Her vocal style is distinctly different, too. A fan of late-’60s folk pop, Hilton affects a distinctly Nico-esque elocution, and channels Songs From a Room-era Leonard Cohen on “Funny Anyway.” But what makes Palana more than just a nostalgia trip are the strange synth sounds and drum machines that dot the album, adding cosmic ambiance to the dreamily existential “Something For Us All” and propelling the shadowy dance jam “Let’s Go to a Party.” Producer Jacob Portrait, of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, came up with the idea to title the album after the name Hilton abandoned years ago. “It was terrifying to me,” she says. “It made me feel really vulnerable because I feel like I’m kind of haunted by the name in this weird way.” Ultimately, Hilton decided that vulnerability was a good thing: “It felt like I was just giving a little more of myself.” Although Hilton readily describes herself as shy, she says sharing such personal things is actually easier for her via music than person to person. “It’s the one medium where I get to express myself methodically and feel not shy,” she says. “It’s almost like you can embody some sort of other version of yourself and be able to say what you want to say.” SHANNON GORMLEY. On her ﬁrst solo album, the Blouse singer reconnects with the person she used to be.
SEE IT: Charlie Hilton plays the Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St., with Candace and Mini Blinds, on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
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HABITUAL LOVE SONGS
[FUZZY FOLK] It seems a little premature for Battleme to release a record such as Habitual Love Songs, so soaked in nonchalance and self-appreciation. Singer-songwriter Matt Drenik might get away with this a few records from now, but at the moment, it’d be better for him to focus on solidifying his burgeoning career in bouncy folk rock. Instead, Battleme’s third full-length dwells on blown-out vocals, monotonous guitar lines and not much more. There are bright spots, sure, the best of which mimic Phosphorescent and Monster-era R.E.M. Songs like “Shake Shake” demonstrate an intoxicatingly linear quality, riding an endless bassline into the sunset, while “Head Up” displays a timeless and emotive Lennon-meets-Oasis quality. Overall, the record comes off as the carefree work of a band in its ultimate comfort zone, that can afford joyous meandering, as in the Dandy Warhols-inspired “Go.” But it can also lead to the tired piano and worn-out lines of “Green Trees.” While the second half of Habitual Love Songs dabbles in bigger, more experimental territory, it doesn’t quite save the album from slipping into background-music territory. MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Battleme plays Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., with Criminal Guitars and Hollers, on Thursday, Feb. 11. 9:30 pm. $8. 21+.
BRIGHT FOREST (Self-Released) [CHAMBER POP] Please, hold the Jethro Tull jokes. Sea Caves’ bandleader Shiloh Halsey does indeed rock the flute, along with singing and playing guitar, but he integrates the classical instrumentation into his band with intention and finesse. Halsey formed the earliest incarnation of Sea Caves with singer-drummer Cameron Jones in 2004, and with last year’s additions of keyboardist Seiji Nair and bassist Brian Nelson, the band now sounds like a group with depth and range. A set of chamber-pop songs encompassing destruction and re-creation within the natural world, Bright Forest showcases the filled-out band’s ability to conjure harrowing visual soundscapes. Songs like the opening foursome of “Spanning the River,” “Islands,” “Birds” and “Winter” address this by name, but it’s the truly terrifying imagery of foreboding natural disasters that impels songs like “Fault Lines.” “Tall mountains thundered over/ As we all stumbled to the lake,” Halsey sings. “The air was swift and sending messages and warnings to our heads.” But while Halsey’s lyrics showcase such vivid imagery, they’re often difficult to decipher among all the instrumentation. It’s easier to let his voice wash over you, becoming yet another instrument in the forest of sounds. HILARY SAUNDERS. SEE IT: Sea Caves plays Doug Fir Lounge, 803 E Burnside St., with Old Wave and Jackson Boone & the Ocean Ghosts, on Thursday, Feb. 11. 9 pm. $6 advance, $8 day of show. 21+.
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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. FEB. 10 Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta St KMUZ Local Roots Live Series
Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash The Heavy Hustle
LaurelThirst Public House
2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters
Doug Fir Lounge
McMenamins Al’s Den
2530 NE 82nd Ave Arthur Moore; Blues Jam
2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Brian Copeland Band
Goodfoot Pub & Lounge
2845 SE Stark St FARNELL NEWTON AND THE OTHERSHIP CONNECTION
2348 SE Ankeny Ronnie Carrier Hosts
3939 N Mississippi Ave Risley, Sunbathe, Fog Father
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17705 NW Springville Rd. Shirley Nanette
The Liquor Store
3341 SE Belmont St. Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Aan, Ancient Psychic
The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Rainbow Electric
THURS. FEB. 11 Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St Joshua Davis Trio - A Benefit Concert for Children’s Music Education
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Acoustic Village
6000 NE Glisan St. Hot Club of Hawthorne (gypsy jazz)
1028 SE Water Ave Battleme, Criminal Guitars, Hollers
1332 W Burnside St. The Bird and The Bee, Alex Lilly
350 West Burnside Dookie Jam
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts, Sea Caves
2530 NE 82nd Ave Tough Love Pyle, Zydeco Jam
2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Sonny Hess
Goodfoot Pub & Lounge
2845 SE Stark St MIKE COYKENDALL
2348 SE Ankeny A Night with BB and Friends
Kennedy School Theater
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. McDougall
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway The Tenors
Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Papermachine
Muddy Rudder Public House
835 NE Broadway St. Smoke Rings, Consumer, A Volcano, Violent Party
8105 SE 7th Ave. Jack Dwyer Trio
1400 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214-2646 Covered in Love: matters of the heart in song
13 NW 6th Ave Terrapin Flyer w/ Melvin Seals and Mark Karan
Tao Event Center
2026 NE Alberta St HEY LOVER
The Liquor Store
3341 SE Belmont Robots of the Ancient World + Troll + Die Like Gentleman
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! featuring The Swingtown Vipers, The High Water Jazz Band
The White Eagle
836 N Russell St SALSA KONVIVIAAL
Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell Tribe of Outcast/My Siamese Twin/Mane of Cur/Cosmic Butter
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave Alexis Moore Eytinge Cabaret: Disney Songs & Childhood Favs
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Turtle Island Quartet
FRI. FEB. 12 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway Oregon Symphony presents Star Trek Into Darkness
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Friday Night Coffeehouse
Ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash Runaway Productions 15th Anniversary
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St Cover Your Hearts: A Night of Guilty Pleasure Love Songs to Benefit The Jeremy Wilson Foundation
2530 NE 82nd Ave Jeff Jensen
2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Jacob Westfall
Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Anthony B; Onry Ozzborn’s DUO Film Premiere (lounge)
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128 NE Russell St. The Budos Band
SUN. FEB. 14
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Mic Capes, Rasheed Jamal, Keegan Baurer
8340 SW Seneca St Jim Malcolm in Concert, Live from Scotland for your Valentine
7958 SE Foster RD Tribe Mars
303 SW 12th Ave Sean Badders (of the Quick and Easy Boys)
631 Northeast Grand Avenue Neosoul Nights Presents: “The Love Experience” featuring Raheem DeVaughn
Winona Grange #271
World Famous Cannabis Cafe
421 SE Grand Ave Ultra Violent Rays w/ Animal Bodies
LAST WEEK LIVE
2025 N Kilpatrick St Avaleya and the GliterHawks / A Certain Smile / Crittè / Farm Animals
1028 SE Water Ave. Meat Wave 830 E Burnside St Griffin House
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GRUFF CROWD: Does Portland care about indie rock anymore? Judging from the underwhelming crowd at the Super Furry Animals show at the Crystal Ballroom on Feb. 5, the correct answer is probably more of a shoulder shrug than a definitive yes or no. Most of this question has to do with a matter of size. Though Super Furry Animals—the perpetually underrated Welsh band led by singer-guitarist Gruff Rhys—are a pretty big hit in the U.K., I’m not sure how much of a crowd they ever really attracted on this side of the pond. The 300 or so Brit-rock fans in attendance were surely thrilled to see SFA back in the States for the first time in seven years. But with no new album to promote, and most of the band’s cultural cache more than a decade behind it (hello, The O.C. stans), the band couldn’t overcome the limitations to playing a cavernous, empty ballroom. That’s not to say it wasn’t a great performance. Opening with the slow build of “Slow Life,” Super Furry Animals played a set rich with both greatest hits and deep cuts. SFA’s power always came in its uncanny channeling of the rave and house music of the psychedelic ’60s and ’90s, presaging Tame Impala’s Currents by a good 15 years. There’s always something thrilling to hear in a song like “Juxtaposed With U,” with its vocoder-assisted verses and swinging tropicalia sound, and think back to a time when rock bands were so open to experimentation and genre-hopping. Next time these Welsh weirdos return, let’s hope it’s at the right spot. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Jade Lounge
2348 SE Ankeny Amy Blue
426 SW Washington St Super Brown, Graveshare, and King Ghidora
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Wet, Kelsey Lu
Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Pretty Gritty
8 NW 6th Ave. Grace Potter, Eliza Hardy Jones
Twilight Cafe and Bar
1420 SE Powell 48 Thrills/No More Parachutes/Throw/Soccer Babes
4342 SW BeavertonHillsdale Hwy “Truth or Dare” Valentines Day event with Teresa Topaz and Jeremy Fama
527 East Main St. Joaquin Lopez
128 NE Russell St Jukebox the Ghost
SAT. FEB. 13 Artichoke Music
3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Beth Wood
Ash Street Saloon
The Firkin Tavern
Doug Fir Lounge
1937 SE 11th Ave Radio Hot Tub Showcase: w/ Patrimony//Stein// Vibrissae
2026 NE Alberta St MAMMOTH SALMON
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave. Rachel Barton Pine & Mike Block
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys with The Cat’s Meow
The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Cedar Teeth
Jacks Tap Room and Quarterback Bar
Walters Cultural Arts Center
13 NW 6th Ave Fernando with Trujillo, and Joshua James
Styxperience , Workin’ For The Weekend
225 SW Ash The Streakin’ Healys; TheGoodSons 830 E Burnside St Under The Covers : A Valentine’s Weekend Affair
2530 NE 82nd Ave Big Monti/Ray Gordon; Portland County Underground
2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Eric John Kaiser
Goodfoot Pub & Lounge
2845 SE Stark St LIFE DURING WARTIME (Talking Heads Tribute)
Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th
2348 SE Ankeny Kids Table Presents: King Columbia & Friends; Steven Grenwood
221 NW 10th Ave The Bobby Torres Ensemble with Jarrod Lawson & Tracey Harris
Lincoln Recital Hall at PSU
13 NW 6th Ave The 4th Annual BLEEDING HEARTS BALL Out For Blood
The Analog Cafe
720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Garcia Birthday Band
The Firkin Tavern
1937 SE 11th Ave My Siamese Twin//The Want Ads//Bitter Buddha
2026 NE Alberta St MONTHS
The Lost & Found 5426 n Gay Ave. Gay Ave. Gay Bar
The Secret Society
1620 SW Park Ave. fEARnoMUSIC
116 NE Russell St. Amy Amy Amy! A Tribute to Amy Winehouse
The White Eagle
The White Eagle
421 SE Grand Ave Volt Divers 3939 N Mississippi Ave The Beatles Revolver
Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lauren Sheehan
1300 SE Stark St #110 Stone In Love - Journey Tribute / Barracuda Heart Tribute / Jukebox Heroes - Foreigner Tribute
8 NW 6th Ave Kevin Gates
836 N Russell St Innersphere
836 N Russell St Rogue Giant, Outer Space Heaters, and The Auroras
Tony Starlight Showroom
1125 SE Madison The Tony Starlight Show: Love Songs & Dancing
Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell The Latter Day Skanks/ The Food/Little Urban Achievers
Vie de Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave Libertine Bells
830 E Burnside St King, SassyBlack
First Congregational Church of Christ 1126 SW Park Avenue Singing For Our Lives
[FEB. 10-16] Tualatin Presbyterian Church
9230 Siletz Drive Tualatin Valley Symphony: Epic Romance
Vie de Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave The Heather Christie Show
MON. FEB. 15 Dante’s
350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell
2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Groovy Wall paper with Tim Connell
2348 SE Ankeny Caleb Paul, Michael Conley
3939 N Mississippi Ave. Ches Smith, Craig Taborn & Mat Maneri, Blue Cranes
Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones
St David of Wales Church
2800 SE Harrison The Everyone Welcome Community Choir
2026 NE Alberta St EXPERT ALTERATIONS (Baltimore, MD)
2348 SE Ankeny Caleb Drost, Little Laurie, Curtis Cooper, Brannon Rockwell-Charlain
TUES. FEB. 16 Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St Swing Time!
2530 NE 82nd Ave PDX No Shame
421 SE Grand Ave Glam Rock Trash Bash. 3939 N Mississippi Ave Love Comes Once: Valentine’s Day with Fred & Toody Cole of Dead Moon
5441 SE Belmont Street A Valentine’s Day Concert with Misty Mamas and River City Ramblers
Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Irish Jam
Scappoose High School Auditorium 33589 SE High School Way OSB As You Wish
Skyview High School 1300 N.W. 139th St Portland Youth Philharmonic Presents Cadenza Concert
13 NW 6th Ave Hearts On Fire: A Valentine’s Showcase of Classic Country Duets
Sun Gate Center
2348 SE Ankeny Small Time Jazz w/ Russell Gores
LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw
805 SE 122nd Avenue Symphony Storytime
3939 N Mississippi Ave The Donkeys, Idiot Glee, Norman
St. Johns Christian Church
8044 N Richmaond Ave. St. Johns-Cathedral Park Tuesday Noon Chamber Music
The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge 2845 SE Stark Asher Fulero Band
The Historic Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave Unlikely Allies
The Liquor Store
2215 NE Alberta Singing is the Healing Medicine: Raga Singing and Vocal Cultivation with Michael Stirling
3341 SE Belmont Charlie Hilton from Blouse (solo)
The Blue Room Bar
4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd Bluegrass Tuesdays, w/ Pete Kartsounes and Friends
8145 SE 82nd Ave Second Sundays with the Slope - Valentine’s Date Night
2026 NE Alberta St. Cockeye Cassette Release Show
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell St Valentine’s Day with Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners, Lenore
The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Redwood Son
The Ranger Station PDX
The White Eagle
836 N Russell St White Eagle Blues Jam, hosted by Travers Kiley
128 NE Russell St STRFKR, Nurses, Fake Drugs
Friday thru Sunday 10:00 to 2:00 bridget baker
Where to drink this week. 1. Great Notion Brewing
Only at your Williams location 3808 N Williams Ave. suite 124
2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491, greatnotionpdx. com. great Notion offers something alberta has never seen: a solid beer bar, with its own house brews filling the taps with three excellent and brightly citric iPas, a nicely yeasty saison and a wonderful berliner Weisse comparatively hefty at 5 percent abV.
2. Pocket Pub 2719 NE 7th Ave., 287-3645, pocketpubpdx.com. the former Slice pizzeria has been resurrected under new owners as exactly what its eliot neighborhood needed: a very tiny bar that is middle-class but not stuffy and is as comfortable as your living room.
“Pharoah is a man of large spiritual reservoir, always trying to reach out to truth. He’s trying to allow his spiritual self to be his guide. He’s dealing, among other things, in energy, in integrity, in essences.”
719 SE Morrison St., 893-5233, homebarpdx.com. Home took over the old Morrison Hotel with fine rib-meat poutine, stacked dogs and burgers, and a fine tap list of beers from Pfriem to Upright to ballast Point.
4. Ben’s Bottle Shop 8052 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 360-314-6209, bensbottleshop.com. if you live in Portland’s far Northeast, your best bet for good beer may be in Vancouver—in part 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.
5. Skyline Tavern 8031 NW Skyline Blvd., 286-4788, skytav.com. Skyline tavern’s clientele goes like this: millionaire, poor person, construction worker, millionaire. it might as well be a depression-era painting from the Federal art Project.
WHERE THE BEER GOGGLES ROAM: “Enjoy a glass of beer or wine while you shop!” reads the sign. It is perhaps the most wonderful sign in all of Portland. World Foods is the Pearl District outpost of what’s probably my favorite grocery store in Portland, Southwest’s chaotic and lovely pan-ethnic grocery store Barbur World Foods. But as of Jan. 23, the Pearl World Foods is vying for the throne. To the right of the entrance, it’s installed a 13-seat coffee, wine and beer bar called Pilcrow (830 NW Everett St., 802-0755, worldfoodsportland.com), named after the funny backward P that marks a paragraph break. The pub’s not much of a looker—just a neutral-toned elbow of a bar curled around the only coffeemaker in Portland wholly devoted to Olympia Coffee. But the taps pour $5 pints of Heater Allen Pils, Breakside IPA and Pfriem CDA, not to mention $6 wild-fermented and apricot ciders. The wine selection, meanwhile, is four deep and lovingly chosen. There’s a whole grocery store of food to choose from if you want to eat at the bar—including a deli case chefed by Ya Hala’s Mirna Attar—but you can also just shuffle through the aisles with a beer in hand, mumbling obscenities at the cheese. “We wouldn’t do it at Barbur,” says the bartender about the roaming policy. “That place gets too crazy. But out here it’s just ladies wandering around with a wine glass looking for expensive chocolate.” The only other two people at the bar on a recent weekday, however, were a polite, smartly dressed young couple very interested in the wine. The gentleman sniffed gently at his Terrapin Cellars pinot noir, swirled, sipped and pronounced it entirely to his liking. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
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3341 SE Belmont Believe You Me with Monolink (house)
421 SE Grand Ave DJ Straylight (industrial, EBM, electro)
Euphoria Nightclub LOUDPVCK + WUKI
1400 SE Morrison St. Death of Glitter: Dance Night and Genderf*ck Cabaret
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2845 SE Stark St SOUL STEW (funk, soul, disco, breakbeats)
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1001 SE Morrison St. Sweater Beats, Eastghost, Gangsigns, Quarry, Pacific Patterns
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NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders will perform as a special guest in Universal Consciousness, a tribute to Alice Coltrane, with Ravi Coltrane, Geri Allen, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, and Brandee Younger as part of the John Coltrane @ 90 celebration. Get tickets at pdxjazz.com
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PTSD, brutal sex and racism rocket to center stage in plays by Sarah Kane, the English playwright notorious for staging graphic violence and creating “one of the most violent and racially oﬀensive programmes ever,” as one British critic called her 1995 TV movie, Skin. Her ﬁrst play, Blasted, getting it’s Portland premiere with Defunkt, looks to be the most violent play on any stage this season. In it, the repulsively oﬀensive journalist Ian rapes an unsuspecting ingénue named Cate in his swanky Leeds hotel room, which is then stormed by an unstable soldier armed with a riﬂe. Scenes of anal rape, brutality and cannibalism earned Blasted harsh criticism and then strong praise from Harold Pinter. Not recommended for audiences under 18. There will be a post-show discussion about PTSD and domestic violence on Saturday, March 12. No show Feb. 14 or 28. Back Door Theatre, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 481-2960. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-March 19. $10-$25.
If a penis walked into a confessional, the result might be a slice of this no-holdsbarred storytelling production. When Sean Bowie (who bears no small resemblance to a backwoods bear trapper) saw The Vagina Monologues performed, he felt like an outsider. So Bowie and his theatrical friends sourced schlong stories, held workshops that were a lot like therapy sessions, and launched a successful run of CockTales in Canada. The Portland reprise is tell-not-show, but it’s still an intimate, touching and hilarious look at masculinity. Opening night includes a hot-dog barbecue. Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday and 4 pm Sunday, Feb. 14, through Feb. 21. $10-$20.
Contigo Pan y Cebolla
Havana in the 1950s evokes images of a modern-day Vegas, but not for Anslemo and Lala. The middle-class Cuban couple juggles money troubles and the impending revolution while trying to keep up appearances in this comedy by popular Cuban playwright Héctor Quintero. The play will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. SOPHIA JUNE. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 2367253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 12-March 5. $25.
Keep Calm and Love On
A night of funny, sad, bizarre and true stories about love, told by Portland Storytellers’ Guild. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., No. 104, 358-0898. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. $12.
Kiss and Tell
Every year, Portland Story Theater’s mature founders divulge their sexy stories for public consumption, paired with Champagne and accordion accompaniment. Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St., 8 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. $15-$18.
Mothers and Sons
Grandmotherly Katharine drops in on her deceased son’s lover, who now lives with a husband and their child near Central Park. The two haven’t talked since Katharine’s son died of AIDS 20 years ago, and as they attempt closure and reconciliation the play meditates on social gender norms and their repercussions on very private lives. Dialogue driven, Terrence McNally’s Tony-nominated play gets its thrills from wit rather than action scenes. But odds are good that this cast can
deliver, with JoAnn Johnson, an Artists Rep director, as Katharine and Portland Shakespeare Project’s artistic director Michael Mendelson as the lover Cal. Extra shows 11 am Wednesday, Feb. 24 and 2 pm Saturday, March 5. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 12-March 6. $48.
OPENINGS & PREVIEWS
Much Ado About Nothing
Twilight Theater Company transplants Much Ado to rural, millennial Texas, but stays true to the tangled web of the plot. Two couples in conﬂicted love bumble through a series of hits and misses, and folk songs of varying quality, much like the theater itself. Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9838. 8 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, through Feb. 27. $15.
Pilot Season: All’s Faire
Action/Adventure last Pilot Season show is a semi-improvised comedy about the downtrodden minimum wage workers at the Medieval Funworld Amusement Park. The one rule: don’t break character, which leads to Three Stooges-style gags, one with a wise goat. Knowing A/A, it’ll be a bit campy and entertaining even for Netﬂix connoisseurs. Action/ Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13. $12-$15.
This 1920s boxing drama follows a black former prize-ﬁghter named Pansy Jones as he tries to shoulder back in to the middleweight arena. Staged in alternating scenes of music, poetry and physical theater, Cygnet’s production is a rhyming and artistic jazz-era Rocky, with a soundtrack by local jazz musician Adrian Baxter. Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 12-March 5. $25.
NEW REVIEWS Mr. Kolpert
If you like your comedy deafening, profane and in the vein of Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Mr. Kolpert has the blood spurts and c-words for you. When two young professionals invite a married couple for dinner, the night is awkward and deranged from the start—inappropriately slutty Sarah dresses like early Lady Gaga, her boyfriend Ralf spouts nonsensical chaos theory about coﬀee creamer and type A+ architect Bastian explodes in ﬁts of domestic violence. But the shitstorm focuses on a chest at center stage, which Ralph claims holds the body of his wife’s co-worker, an Oﬃce Space-type bore named Mr. Kolpert. For 85-plus minutes, the small cast (visited by the undeniable Chip Sherman as the pizza boy) screams every line of dialogue at a breakneck pace, pausing only to jump on furniture, bludgeon each other or throw tiramisu. They deserve recognition for going full monty. I wanted badly to like it, but this staging mixes the gore of Tarantino with the Three Stooges’ sensibilities, garnishes the mess with projectile vomiting and tops it with full nudity, but it would beneﬁt from a big dash of nuance. There is a life lesson in there about the desensitization of modern society and our unquenchable thirst for overstimulation, but, like an arena concert, sometimes it’s hard to hear the music for all the noise. ENID SPITZ. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 235-1101. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 27. $42.50.
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Clean Operator BRIAN REGAN SAYS THE MULLET, AND HOLLYWOOD, HELD HIM BACK. Comedy fandom tends to breed pretension. Brian Regan might be the exception to that rule. He’s a big, physical comedian who practices the kind of observational comedy that was all the rage in the early ’90s but has been replaced by jokes that are experiential and often deeply personal. And he doesn’t swear. Basically he’s the opposite of Louis C.K. Between performing the first live broadcast of a comedy special in Comedy Central history and headlining the Keller Auditorium, Regan talked to Willamette Week about getting started in comedy, working clean and his beef with network television. MIKE ACKER. WW: Is your show here part of a new tour? Brian Regan: Well, yes and no. I’m always touring, but I’m not literally on the road as we speak. My tour started in 1980-something. It never ends. What’s your process of developing new material like? You just got to squeeze it in there. As nice as it is to hear, “Hey man, that joke was funny,” I also like to hear, “Hey man, that joke was new.” I consider that a compliment, and then I realize that they never said it was funny. But I’ll take the “new” part. What was it like doing standup during the historic comedy boom of the 1980s? When I decided I wanted to be a comedian, it was before the comedy boom. I remember seeing an ad in The Miami Herald that said, “The Comic Strip comedy club in Fort Lauderdale.” It was an ad that changed my life. They gave me a job, not as a comedian but working in the kitchen and seating people. But they let me go on every night. After two or three years, comedy started exploding around the country. It couldn’t have been a more perfect storm. When did you transition from clubs to theaters? That took a while. When you first start, you perform wherever you can get onstage. I’d perform anywhere
that would give me $60. I’d better not put that amount out there. I’m at the hundred-dollar level now. If you want me, you better have a hundred dollars in cash. Have you ever thought about doing a run of club shows? I did that a few years ago to re-experience it. I felt like when you go to a grade school and you see how tiny those desks are and you go, “Man, I used to sit in those.” It’s sort of like that when you go to a comedy club and go, “Man, I used to live in here.” Do some people come to your comedy because it’s clean, and then discover you’re not what they expected? The clean label is weird for me. It’s like a doubleedged sword. I never describe myself as a clean comedian—that’s what other people like to do. I’m not going around the country doing a kiddie show… twisting balloon animals for kids. Lately, especially, I’m playing around with stuff that is a departure for me…gun control, foreign policy and politics. Do you have networks, or places like Netflix, approaching you? Not really. If you could make an analogy of Hollywood of being a big, giant eye, I’m right in the blind spot. In fact, I’ve gone into network meetings where you can tell that they didn’t know who you were 15 minutes before. Do you ever think about bringing back that mullet from your first Showtime special? Back when I had that hairstyle, it wasn’t even called that. I would have to go, “I want it short on the sides around the ears, and I want it long in the back.” Man, if I could get in a time machine and go back and walk into a Supercuts and go: “Mullet. Give me a mullet.” I would have saved a lot of time, and probably be a lot more successful. I would have had a lot more time to write jokes. But I had to describe my hairstyle—that’s what held me back. SEE IT: Brian Regan is at the Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8 pm Friday, Feb. 12. $71. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
PERFORMANCE In Shakespeare’s second-longest show, Richard III (Samuel Summer) claws his way to power through murder and deception, like a Frank Underwood for the Middle Ages. Summer carries the show, bringing an eerie casualness to the role as he lackadaisically leans against the venue’s bar. The show succeeds in its minimal aesthetic; there are no set pieces and the characters are all dressed in Free People style. But overacting and overstaging make the production feel longer than its two-and-a-half-hour runtime. SOPHIA JUNE. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, SE 2nd Avenue and Hawthorne Blvd. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, through Feb. 27. $22.
ALSO PLAYING Forever
Walking through the graves at the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris conjures up Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s memories of growing up with an alcoholic mother in this one-woman show. Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11 Ave., 445-7300. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, noon Thursday and 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, through March 20. $40.
COMEDY & VARIETY Maria Bamford
She was voted one of the 50 funniest people around by Rolling Stone, her The Special Special Special was one of the top specials of 2012 according to Salon, but really, you know her voice form BoJack Horseman. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. 888-643-8669. 7:15 and 9 pm Wednesday, Feb. 10. Sold out. 21+.
My Funny Valentine
The Curious Comedy Players improvise side-splitting scenes inspired by love stories from the audience. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 6 pm Sunday, Feb. 12-14. $12-$15.
My Shitty Valentine
Jokes and scenes inspired by stories
of pain, humiliation, sexual failure and the collective hatred of the Hallmark holiday. Audience members will be invited to share. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 8 pm Sunday, Feb. 12-14. $10-$12.
Portlanders contemporary dance duo Daniel Kirk and Eric Skinner twist traditional ballet by adding video, aerial stunts and props like plastic sculptures This two-work premiere is themed on spirituality and has a dance that looks like ballerinas playing Red Rover. Extra show 2 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 229-0627. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-20. $25-$64.
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This adaptation, originally commissioned by Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, is surprisingly light for a three-hour, melancholy Dickens tale about a downtrodden orphan named Pip. That’s thanks to New York’s Stephen Stocking, who embodies 7-year-old Pip with all the wide-eyed and dramatic quirkiness of a British starveling. He’s helped by an armada of special effects and a looming set that looks like Disney’s Frontierland meets The Addams Family—a labyrinth of wooden stairs, a rotating clock that’s multiple stories tall and covered in cobwebs and plenty of smoke and spotlights. From the dark opening in a foggy graveyard, Pip is doomed to endless trials. Sad for the little orphan, a lot of fun for us to watch. Extra show noon Wednesday, Feb. 10. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday, 2 pm SaturdaySunday, noon Thursday, through Feb. 14. $25-$64.
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 Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2 and 7:30 pm Sunday, through Feb. 20. $20.
What Every Girl Should Know
1914. Catholic girls reformatory. Masturbation. There are things that every girl should know, and when a newcomer named Joan brings Margaret Sanger’s writings and birth control tips to three budding teens, she spurs an unholy mess. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 21. Through Feb. 27. $15-$35.
You For Me For You
A supernatural and emotional tale of two North Korean sisters who are separated at the border while fleeing to America. Minhee falls down a dry well and is trapped in North Korea while her sister, Junhee, escapes, only to find a baffling brave new world in the U.S. Korean-American playwright Mia Chung tries to make her plays “magical realism,” making the U.S. look especially like a rat race and North Korea like a labyrinth—the London premiere last December used a mirrored, hexagonal set. Chung came to Portland for rehearsals with the cast, who are all newcomers to the Portland Playhouse stage. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 7:30 pm WednesdaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 28. $32-$36.
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i’m just saying: Chantal Degroat (left) and anya Pearson.
Answering The Call
An empty baby crib could mean either expectation or loss. For Annie (Amanda Soden) and Peter (Tom Walton), the couple in Pulitzer Prize-winner Tanya Barfield’s The Call, it’s both. When they can’t conceive, Annie and Peter decide to adopt a girl from Africa. This is a couple who have their shit together—they’re the type of people who keep wicker placemats on their dining table. But they’re also humans juggling desperation and logic, and adopting a child from Africa is not without complications. “I’m not trying to be racist, but…” could preface most of the play’s dialogue, as the two explain their decision to skeptical friends. But Barfield isn’t apologetic. Finally, canned responses have a place to go to die. The Call undercuts every time you’ve said, “I’m fine,” when you wanted to cry or word-vomit a politically incorrect rant. Driven by character more than plot, the play unfolds in conversation over dinners between Peter and Annie and their friends Drea (Chantal DeGroat) and Rebecca (Anya Pearson), a “lesbian chic” couple quick to point out the obvious—like the possibility the adopted girl may have AIDS. Or that Annie won’t know what to do with kinky hair. Or, why won’t they adopt a black baby from America? Performed on a thrust stage where the characters often sit with their backs to the audience, the play is naturalistic bordering on voyeurism. Barfield’s fast-paced dialogue slowly reveals cracks beneath the surface of Annie and Peter’s optimistic dispositions, making their eventual breakdowns that much more arresting. In contrast, DeGroat and Pearson get to be the comic-relief couple, jumping on chairs and flailing ecstatically. Only a few scenes with Annie and Peter’s new African neighbor, who spouts long monologues and caricatured lines, take away from the play’s realism. The Call is heart-wrenchingly honest in a hyper-polite society. Barfield is a foil to mommy bloggers, Kinfolk and the perfect social image of motherhood. It is OK to receive a call, the play winks, but think twice before answering it. SOPHIA JUNE. Profile Theater’s season of Tanya Barfield starts with brutal honesty.
see it: The Call is at Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 2420080. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 21. Extra shows 11 am Wednesday, Feb. 10, and 7:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17. $38, $20 under 30.
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I <3 Big Pink
By ENID SPITZ. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit show information— including opening and closing dates, gallery address and phone number—at least two weeks in advance to: Visual Arts, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: email@example.com.
Advice About Fire
At ﬁrst, Amory Abbott’s series of charcoal drawings look like photo negatives. Look more closely at the ghostlike images of trees, and ﬁnely rendered details appear: charred bark, striations of gnarled wood, blades of grass in the foreground. Abbott created the series during an artist residency at Caldera in Sisters, Oregon, where the landscape is deﬁned by wildﬁres. Abbott’s work captures both the devastation and the optimism of a burn by showing what was lost to the past and the new growth that succeeds it. JENNIFER RABIN. Stumptown Coﬀee Roasters, 128 SW 3rd Ave., 711-3391. Through March 8.
Photographer Michelle Frankfurter followed Central American migrants as they hopped train cars and slept in squalor on their way to the U.S. border, in hopes of making better lives for themselves. Frankfurter documented it all for her series Destino because she wanted “to capture the experience of people who struggle to control their own destiny when confronted by extreme circumstances.” The intimate black-and-white photos oﬀer moments of strength and vulnerability, perseverance and weariness, sometimes in the same shot. Frankfurter uses the power of immersion photojournalism to shine a light on an important issue and reminds us that every issue, at its core, is simply a collection of personal stories. JENNIFER RABIN. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210. Through Feb. 28.
Drawing to Planet Earth
The organic forms in Christine Bourdette’s abstract graphite and watercolor series call to mind natural phenomena formed over millenniums. Bourdette is a Portland resident and Drawing to Planet Earth is informed by the landscape of the American West. Dappled rock formations ﬁll the background, muted and as old as time. Bright splashes of color overlaid by Bourdette’s brush remind the viewer that nothing is stagnant, everything changes. Alongside her drawings, Bourdette is showing a series of small paper sculptures that use an ephemeral material to evoke the enduring textures of the geological world. JENNIFER RABIN. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521. Through April 2.
The Emotional Life of Objects
Every object has a story. For this joint exhibit at Bullseye, mixed media artists Silvia Levenson, Dante Marioni and Heidi Schwegler unpack the complexities of “objecthood” with pieces of crafted, repurposed and combined materials like metal and ceramic. The ﬁnished works shine light on how we look at objects, making us reconsider their emotional lives, from production and function to symbolic or cultural signiﬁcance. HILARY TSAI. Bullseye Projects, 300 NW 13th Ave., 227-0222. Through March 26.
The Human Hybrid
An unlikely mashup of scientiﬁc journalism and high fashion, these collage works use anatomy drawings as a base. Then, artist Wangechi Mutu layers ink, cosmic paint splatters, textured fabrics and magazine cutouts to create bizarrely sexualized humanoids. Some are abstract, free-ﬂoating faces with exotic animal skin, human features and urban afros. Others are curvaceous ﬁgures labelled as though they were medical diagrams. Tumors of the Uterus is the title of one, a grotesquely swollen uterus with runwayready eyes and lips. It’s body horror at its ﬁnest (or worst), but the artist’s use of medical jargon together with the female nude creates a push-pull between pain and glamour that is not often seen. HILARY TSAI. 511 Gallery, 511 NW Broadway, 226-4391. Through March 12.
Last Valentine’s Day, when then-Secretary of State Kate Brown was announced as interim governor, she held her hands up in a heart shape and said, “Happy birthday, Oregon. We love you so much.” That afternoon, I held my hands and said, “Big Pink, I love you so much.”
The Sockeye ad agency studio may seem like an odd venue for a solo show, but its ﬁrst collaboration with Worksound International makes us hope there’s more to come. Jason Vance Dickason’s acrylic paintings are abstract with a cool, muted palette that hints at the sobriety of an internal oﬃce space. But imaginative shapes and swoops keep the work from appearing too clinical. Most visitors are drawn to the large-scale piece at the front entrance, but the real star is an untitled triptych that’s strategically placed on a blank wall and features dark, abstracted window blinds with just a touch of luminous sky peeking through. It’s ingenious how these architectural paintings hint at the space around them. HILARY TSAI. Sockeye, 240 N Broadway, Suite 301, 226-3843. Through Feb. 28.
Liz Robb Window Project
This is a good month for ﬁber art. And thanks to PDX Contemporary, you don’t even have to go inside a gallery to be knocked out by it. Liz Robb’s amorphous woolen forms hang in the window, viewable from the street at any hour. Robb created the sculptures during an artist residency in Iceland, using wool she purchased at gas stations and weaved on a hundred-yearold loom. Robb plays with the density of the materials, making shapes that manage to be both substantial and ethereal. JENNIFER RABIN. PDX Contemporary, 925 NW Flanders St., 227-5111. Through Feb. 27.
Pain Tero Flight: Contemporary Artists Consider Thomas Kinkade
The curators at Upfor Gallery presented eight multidisciplinary artists with the interesting task of making work in response to Thomas Kinkade’s legacy, the pastoral painter’s mass-produced prints of kitschy saccharine canvases. It could’ve been a wonderful examination of the relationship between art and commerce, originals and copies. Instead, with confounding video installations and naive paintings alongside earnest landscapes, the show lacks cohesion, despite its thoughtful premise. The result was summed up perfectly by a First Thursday patron: “I really like the question, I just don’t like the answer.” JENNIFER RABIN. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 227-5111. Through Feb. 27.
Bye Bye, Big Pink A daily game I play is: “ Where’s Big Pink?” From the Mississippi h i l l t o Wa s h i n g t o n Park, Mount Tabor to Chinatown—even in Vancouver—Portland’s unofficial mascot tower is a curious and photogenic icon. For the past 10 years, I’ve been taking its portrait—never with fancy camera equipment or any setup. My photographs are snapshots taken while I’m out and about and happen to notice Big Pink in view. My original fascination came when I learned that the 1983 U.S. Bancorp Tower is known universally as “Big Pink.” The color comes from pink granite quarried in Spain, but the reason it’s so eye-catching took me longer than I’ll admit to discover: There are no Carye Bye kisses her favorite Portland landmark goodbye.
right angles, an architectural marvel. But what I really love about Big Pink is that it’s out there on its own. In most downtowns I’ve been to, the skyscrapers congregate. Big Pink, by circumstance, gets a special presence in Portland’s skyline and is, at times, its own figure—almost a friend. With our growing and changing Portland, Big Pink’s fame as a solo artist may get some new competition soon. So, for my farewell art show to Portland— I’m moving to Texas next month—here is some of my collection. CARYE BYE. SEE IT: The Big Pink Love Show Valentine’s Day reception is at Coﬀeehouse Northwest, 1951 W Burnside St., hiddenportland.com/bigpink. 5 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. Free.
Performance artist James Luna once lay in a display case in a gallery wearing nothing but a loincloth and labels describing all of his scars from drinking and ﬁghting. In another piece, titled Take a Picture With a Real Indian, Luna oﬀered himself up as a tourist attraction for people to take photos with. His work centers around the objectiﬁcation of Native Americans and their culture. This month, Blackﬁsh is hosting Performagraphic, an exhibition of images and artifacts from Luna’s distinguished three-decade career. JENNIFER RABIN. Blackﬁsh Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 224-2634. Through Feb. 17.
On the River (Evening Glow)
I was biking along the Eastbank Esplanade when I noticed a small bonﬁre on “Pirate Island” near the Morrison Bridge.
In October 2011, hundreds of people gathered at Waterfront Park as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and then marched down Burnside. The bank tower might be the 1 percent to some, but to me, Big Pink was there in solidarity.
On the Corner
Little Rain Cloud
The oceans of indigo fabric in textile artist Rowland Ricketts’ installation at the Museum of Contemporary Craft may forever redeﬁne the color blue. Instead of using the chemically synthesized dye that is most common today, Ricketts grows the indigo himself and ferments it in lye made from wood ash. The resulting color is diﬀerent from the commercial indigo we’re used to seeing, in the way that an album on vinyl sounds diﬀerent from a CD: richer, more nuanced, simultaneously ﬂawed and perfect. JENNIFER RABIN. Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St., 223-2654. Through June 4. $6.
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Sometimes Big Pink is so shiny you just fall in love on the corner.
On other days, Big Pink gets its very own rain cloud. You have to try hard not to laugh and remind Big Pink that it’s just passing through.
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 Pierce Brown
In the future, humans are busy terraforming other planets in a colorcoded caste system: Reds at the bottom, Golds at the top. After they kill his wife, Red Darrow, who has spent his life mining underneath Mars’ surface, inﬁltrates Gold society in hopes of crushing it. Morning Star (named after, I can only assume, Satan) is the ﬁnal book in the Red Rising series from Pierce Brown. Occupy Space, y’all. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11 Joe Biel
For 20 years, DIY press Microcosm has cranked out books and zines on gender, art and bike politics. But prior to founding it, Joe Biel was a mess: hammered every day and nihilistic. His new book, Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business With Asperger’s, tells the story of how he found success after an Asperger’s diagnosis. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland
A mayor that put his police chief in charge of bootlegging. Aﬀairs between cops and informants. Hits on corruption investigators on the Interstate Bridge. J. D. Chandler and Theresa Griﬃn Kennedy weave the tale of the truly scary place that was Prohibition-era Portland in Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland: Sex, Vice and Misdeeds in Mayor Baker’s Reign. And to think we got all bent out of shape about a little nepotism. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
Portland Brew Stories: Kickoff Party
In a new series from Multnomah County Library, libraries will be hosting neighborhood breweries for tastings and education. At the sold-out kickoﬀ party, Oregon Brew Crew’s Bill Schneller will speak about the factors that led Oregon to become a brewing hub. Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., 988-5123. 6:30 pm. Free.
Sandra Denbo and Tamarine Vilar
As anyone who’s tried it can tell you, collaborating on a creative project is hard. When that person is your mom, it’s even harder. But somehow, in their Unwanted series, which follows an unraveling thread that starts with a box of letters found in an attic, these two make it work. Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 208-2729. 7 pm. Free.
SATURDAY, FEB. 13 Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig
In the lucrative, high-stakes world of children’s historical ﬁction, there is only one Deborah Hopkinson. She’s written about Abe Lincoln, freedom quilts, cholera outbreaks—y’know, stuﬀ that kids like. Her newest book, Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, tells the story of young Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 2 pm. Free.
Love Stories with Local Authors
Love is natural and love is real, but what is it really? Local authors Roslyn McFarland, Samantha Waltz, Charlotte Rains Dixon and Kate Boyer will be sharing pieces that
explore the term. Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 208-2729. 1:30 pm. Free.
MONDAY, FEB. 15 Diane Les Becquets
Amy, a mother of two desperate for a getaway, gets lost in the woods on the last weekend of the season. When she doesn’t return to camp, a female ranger, Pru, answers her distress call. Breaking Wild from Diane Les Becquets follows the two women as they struggle to bring
Amy to safety. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16 A.M. Dellamonica
After countless adventures in a mystical world called Stormwrack, Sophie has to sit through a boring existence in ours. But soon she’s called back there to hang out with her father, who may or may not be a sociopath. Daughter of No Nation is the latest in A.M. Dellamonica’s Stormwrack series. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 7 pm. Free.
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Kaz The country’s best-known altcomic maker talks SpongeBob.
Over the course of the past 20 years, Kaz (real name Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis) has made a name for himself by being gross. His long-running comic strip, Underworld, is chock-full of heroin junkies and petty thieves in dilapidated buildings, getting by however they can. His new book, Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood (Fantagraphics, 320 pages, $39.95), is the first complete collection of this work—with occasional notes from the author himself. We spoke to Kaz about his Jersey upbringing, the geopolitics of dark humor, and a certain fella who lives in a pineapple under the sea. JAMES HELMSWORTH. WW: Underworld has such a distinctive, inner-city look. Is that based on places you’ve lived? Kaz: I couldn’t live there or I would be dead by now. But I grew up working-class poor in Hoboken. I’ve lived in Jersey City in tenement buildings, in poor neighborhoods. But it’s also based on things I loved, like The Honeymooners or the old Abbott and Costello TV show, where they’re living on the edge and not paying the rent. Certainly the backgrounds are. I’m exaggerating, but certainly the peeling wallpaper. The floorboards are probably not that much of an exaggeration. The cartoon backgrounds, the buildings that you see are probably what I wish New York and New Jersey looked like, with a big clown head on top of a building. Was making a dark strip one of your goals? I wanted it to be a humorous strip. Like, really gag-based: set up and punch line. The stuff that I was seeing in the daily papers based on that format was very, very lame. I knew that I had to be edgy. To make someone laugh who’s seen it all, you have to push things. I’ve been asked many times, “Why is your stuff so dark?” and all I can think of is, my parents are from Eastern Europe. When I was a kid, I remember seeing cartoons from Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia where all the jokes were very, very dark, and I felt a kinship to that. People laughing at their struggles. My brother is three years younger than me. And we were talking about getting punishment from our parents. Sometimes it was rather harsh and physical. And as we were talking about these whippings that we got, my wife at the time was like, “How can you laugh at that?” It’s the only way we can deal with it!
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I understand you work on SpongeBob SquarePants now. How’s that going? We’re all adults working on a kids’ show, so the jokes that fly around the room are quite adult and will never make it into the cartoon. For SpongeBob, I’ll sit down and think, “How did I feel when I was a kid? What were my fears? My interests?” No drug jokes. GO: Kaz appears at Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., 241-0227, ﬂoatingworldcomics.com, on Friday, Feb. 12. 6 pm. Free. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
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OPENING THIS WEEK Deadpool
B Within the ﬁrst 10 minutes of Deadpool, the titular “merc with the mouth” graphically slaughters a baker’s dozen of goons to a soundtrack of “Shoop,” breaks the fourth wall by talking to the audience, punches multiple scrotums, drops more f-bombs than Tony Montana and takes a bullet directly up the butthole while giggling about it. Deadpool hits all origin-story beats, right down to the eventual ﬁnal brawl in which the big-bad kidnaps his girl (only here, she’s a prostitute). And while the basics beats are duly covered in viscera and dick jokes, your tolerance for the ﬁlm is going to depend wholly on how much you like the concept of a superhero who’s a douchier version of Ferris Bueller and also an invincible ninja. Deadpool doesn’t reinvent the wheel. But it does teabag it. And sometimes that’s enough. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, CineMagic, Edgeﬁeld, Forest Theatre, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Theater.
It’s been 15 years, and Stiller’s Derek Zoolander is still really, really ridiculously good looking, now with a really, really ridiculously long selﬁe stick. Screened after deadline. See wweek.com for John Locanthi’s review. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard.
How to Be Single
D Dating is hard, not sure if you’ve heard. It’s especially hard for four single women in New York who are, like, diﬀerent kinds of single! Like one of them is promiscuous and free-spirited (Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids), one is the having-a-babyalone type (Leslie Mann of Knocked Up), one is single for the ﬁrst time (Dakota Johnson, on the receiving end of the whips in 50 Shades of Grey), and one has a spreadsheet of potential husbands (Alison Brie of Scream 4, apparently). This movie is not aimed at me, a married man. It’s aimed at rich women in New York with a perfect apartments and great jobs they never have to attend to, and whose only problem is too many charming men falling in love with them. A couple of the jokes work, others are like “Italian dicks probably look like cannoli.” And those are mixed with epic speeches about how hard dating is. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard.
The Summer of Sangaile
A Two 17-year-old girls fall in love during summer vacation in this quiet Lithuanian ﬁlm. As the apathetic minimalist and aspiring fashion designer’s love story builds, the ﬁlm is all hazy, muted colors, stolen glances and shots of Lithuanian teens drinking beer on the beach to a dream-pop soundtrack. The symbolism is overwrought at times, but the ﬁlm succeeds in capturing the feelings of adolescence. R. SOPHIA JUNE. Clinton Street.
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100 Yen Love
B [JAPAN] Isolated and morose,
32-year-old hikikomori Ichiko (Sakura Ando) is forced into self-reliance by her mother and reluctantly takes a job at a 100-yen konbini. Mistreated by the men around her, she becomes aware of her own inner resolve and gradually learns
PIFFing Every February, the biggest of Portland’s innumerable ﬁlm festivals hits with 17 days of international ﬁlms. The 39th Portland International Film Festival screens 97 features and 62 shorts, ranging from a Portuguese Arabian Nights to a Pidgin musical about the Ghanaian rap group Fokn Bois. There are thematic trends—mainly farm animals (Lamb, Rams) and traﬃcking (guns in 600
FOLLOW YOUR GUT TO TO PICK FROM AMONG THESE DOZEN OSCAR CONTENDERS. Miles, drugs in Don’t Be Bad, and humans in The Clan). There are special-interest chunks—PIFF After Dark “for those who push boundaries”— and 21 features in the running for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. How does one choose? ENID SPITZ. SEE IT: The PIFF opening-night ﬁlm and party is Thursday, Feb. 11. $25. Individual tickets $12, 10 ﬁlms for $100. nwﬁlm.org.
VIVA 100 YEN LOVE
“Play video games with your nephew, pick up junk food, and pass out reading manga.” NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 5:45 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Cinema 21; 5:45 pm Thursday, Feb. 18.
“Jesus does hair and makeup for the drag queens at a bar in Havana. Wanting to be a performer himself, he finally gets his chance onstage, only to be greeted by a punch in the face from a stranger. It’s his father, Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years.” NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 6 pm Monday, Feb. 15. Empirical Theater; 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.
“Aslan, a troubled 11-year-old boy, rescues and adopts a shepherd dog who has been injured and left to die after a vicious, illegal dog fight.” Empirical Theater; 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 24. Fox Tower; 6 pm Friday, Feb. 26.
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“The theft of 13 cows, as told through a Brechtian open-air courtroom drama.” Cinema 21. 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.
“The true story of a middle-class family pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom, and murder.” NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5:45 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23, and 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 27.
“The moral dramas of four exiled priests who live together in a secluded house in a seaside town.” NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8:45 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
“Brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep…[but] the two have not spoken to each other in over 40 years.” Fox Tower; 4 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 6 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17.
“Ephraim and his pet sheep Chuni are inseparable…. When he learns that Chuni will be sacrificially slaughtered…he must take drastic action to save his only friend.” Moreland Theater; 1:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. Fox Tower; 1:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.
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“On the outskirts of Rome, Vittorio and Cesare...share their lives in a world of excess: night clubs, fast cars and dealing drugs.” Moreland Theater; 6:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. Fox Tower; 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 19.
“Fleeing from Russian secret police…a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad [and]... finds work as a school gym teacher.” NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 11, and 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. Fox Tower; 7:15 pm Thursday, Feb. 11.
IRAQI ODYSSEY “Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media.” World Trade Center; 7 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Cinema 21; noon Monday, Feb. 15.
“Mityo, a poor milktruck driver, has lost everything that matters to him: his wife, his work, and his hopes.” Fox Tower. 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 12; 12:45 pm Monday, Feb. 15; 6 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23.
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100 YEN LOVE to assert herself. The low-key visual style reﬂects the grungy characters and their small-town environment, and Ando carries the ﬁlm with a genuine humor that holds your attention, even if the ﬁnal act does feel rushed. MIKE GALLUCCI. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5:45 pm Friday, Feb. 12.
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A- [FRANCE] Africa’s role in World War I is rarely told, but Simon Rouby’s family-friendly animation and precious story make it surprisingly relatable in this movie about a young West African boy who goes in search of his older brother and ends up at the battle of Verdun. Mixing 3-D models of characters with 2-D animations for the background, Rouby’s ﬁlm looks like The Polar Express set in the world of Little Bear on Nick Jr. While the ﬁlm lovingly protracts Adama’s coming-of-age story into an allegory for Africa’s own growth, it’s runs long. ENID SPITZ. Fox Tower. 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
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FRANCE] If The Princess Bride were transplanted to 1830s Wallachia, stripped of its humor and fattened with lengthy, black-and-white riding sequences and a man having his balls cut oﬀ in public sounds like a good time, this antique epic will woo you. The Berlin Film Festival winner for best director is a meandering epic about Constable Costandin and his son scouring the land for a runaway Gypsy. Radu Jude’s monochromatic, cinéma vérité look at feudal squalor does boast swarms of extras, Ansel Adams-style landscapes and piercing lines like “I will whip-fuck you.” But you might walk out feeling whipfucked yourself, unless you enjoy your meditative art ﬁlms punctuated with genital mutilation. ENID SPITZ. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 6:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
April and the Extraordinary World
C [FRANCE-BELGIUM-CANADA] Releasing a subtitled animated feature is a tall order. Originally based on a graphic novel, which translated to April and the Twisted World, this steampunk epic is an uneven aﬀair. The backgrounds are gorgeous. The characters leave much to be desired. The story begins in an alternate-history Europe in which electricity was trumped by coal and Napolean V is in power in the 1930s. A dour young girl and her talking cat must breach a vast scientiﬁc conspiracy that goes above the government to a place that is delightfully and unexpectedly reptilian. NATHAN CARSON. Fox Tower. 1:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
Arabian Nights, Volume 1: The Restless One
GERMANY-SWITZERLAND] The Restless One, ﬁrst volume of Miguel (Tabu) Gomes’ Arabian Nights trilogy, layers a dizzying swirl of tone and genre within this politically charged, playfully abstruse extrapolation of
Middle Eastern folklore. Opening with footage of a shipyard devastated by massive layoﬀs, Gomes condemns his overmatched ambition via self-deprecating voice-overs before ﬂeeing the location shoot altogether and abandoning the documentary approach for something far bolder. Employing the timeless story of Scheherazade and her 1,001 tales as framing device, the Portuguese director unfurls a selection of fantastical allegories at turns whimsical and chilling to illustrate the societal decay wrought by internationally mandated austerity measures. JAY HORTON. Cinema 21. 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
A [GREECE] After days of ﬁshing, diving and playing cards, six men on a luxury yacht resort to nitpicking each other until they decide to play a game to decide who is the best man among them. Each awards points to the others based on how each man does everything, whether he’s the one who has the best relationship with his wife or cooks calamari the most traditionally—it devolves into an actual dicksize contest at one point. The banal competition brings out the best and worst in each man, leaving you cheering for your favorite and laughing at the rest. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower. 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
D [CANADA, SHORT] Nick DenBoer and Davy Force have used their animation prowess to remix Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining into a 5-minute comedy short. The Chickening is an impressive showcase of technical chops, but it’s also a drastic aesthetic failure. The dialogue (delivered through composite mouths) only reinforces the stereotype that Canadians have a goofy sense of humor. Every single frame of this ﬁlm is an eyesore. The conceit is that this movie will begin a classic ﬁlm remix movement. Followed by Baskin. NATHAN CARSON. Cinema 21. 10:30 pm Friday, Feb. 12.
C [CHILE] A handful of oﬀending priests exiled to a coastal group home, ostensibly to atone for their misdeeds, gets an unexpected visit from a character from one man’s past in this overlong, quiet ﬁlm. When the encounter leads one priest to suicide, a representative of the church steps in to investigate. But there’s little intreigue in the dark tale, told with lengthy takes and limited dialogue. MERYL WILLIAMS. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 8:45 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. Moreland Theater; 4 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
B- [INDIA] The Indian caste system is alive and well—in all its Kafkaesque glory—in this look at an aging folk musician’s ludicrous trial. As the singer’s modern, young lawyer looks on helplessly, the wealthy judge relies on superstitious beliefs and arcane laws to send the singer to prison. The
charge? His lyrics caused a sewageshoveling peasant to commit suicide. With humor as dry as the Thar desert, the ﬁlm’s main problem is pacing. But if Blade Runner deserves a dozen recuts, this ﬁlm is more than deserving of one. ZACH MIDDLETON. Fox Tower; 5:45 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Moreland Theater; 8:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Eye in the Sky
C+ [UNITED KINGDOM] When a British colonel (Helen Mirren) orders a drone strike on a meeting of Somali terrorists in Kenya, one American pilot has a crisis of conscience over the collateral costs: the likely death of a nearby girl. Aaron Paul brings Jesse Pinkman-level pathos to the role of the drone pilot, and Alan Rickman is witheringly funny in one of his last roles. Still, it’s hard to laugh at landing jokes when tears for landing missiles feel more appropriate. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21. 8:35 pm Friday, Feb. 12.
The Forbidden Room
B [CANADA] Cobbling together a playfully disjointed collection of sequences based on silent movies and early talkies, the latest release from Winnipeg provocateur Guy Maddin and his corps of daft cineastes follows the path of his Seances project—a series of ﬁlm shoots he turned into an interactive website. The Forbidden Room strings together more than a dozen narratives into a crazy quilt of surrealist dementia. Avoiding any semblance of thematic or stylistic coherency, the ﬁlm dives deep into the OTT weirdnesses of past genre ﬂicks for an absurdist spree fueled by bravura technique, goofball wit and a vibrant passion for the forgotten works of cinema’s golden age. JAY HORTON. Cinema 21. 8:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 16.
B [UNITED STATES] What starts out as a superﬁcial rumble through the old boys’ club of Michelin-rated restaurants evolves into a surprisingly moving rags-to-riches story about Curtis Duﬀy, a chef who sacriﬁces everything to open his ﬁrst restaurant. This doc, which premiered at South by Southwest, has plenty of food porn, but it also gives us a look at the punishing, up-all-night work ethic and the astonishing craftsmanship of people who devote their entire lives to turning food into art. JENNIFER RABIN. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 4
pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
B+ [FRANCE] The Louvre is more than an art museum. It is a palace ﬁlled with artwork, relics and culture of Europe past and present. Even the Nazis did their best to protect and preserve it. Francofonia is a Russian documentary that weaves between archival footage and pictures and historical re-creation to tell the story of the Louvre, primarily during the German occupation of France during WWII. The switching between Russian, French and German only adds to the feeling that the Louvre is so much
A Good American
A- [UNITED STATES] Almost immediately after 9/11, people began making unbelievable claims about the U.S. government’s role in the tragedy. This documentary is uniquely convincing in its argument that the National Security Agency sat on key intelligence, backed up by claims from the men and women who wrote the programs that Snowden famously blew his whistle on. Few movies so thoroughly explore the deﬁnition of the word “intrigue.” ZACH MIDDLETON. World Trade Center. 1:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13, and 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
B [CZECH REPUBLIC-SLOVAKIA] In this bittersweet Czech tale, Vlasta is a selfsacriﬁcing matriarch who, as a home care nurse, knows how to take care of everyone but herself. When she becomes terminally ill, she must learn to regain her self-love. In doing so, she discovers that healing isn’t always formulaic or scientiﬁc. The ﬁlm is quietly intimate, favoring silent moments and showing long steadicam shots of the Czech countryside and Vlasta doing the mundane, like watching a ﬂy buzz past her. SOPHIA JUNE. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
B- [UNITED STATES] The ﬁnal ﬁlm by acclaimed cinéma vérité documentarian Albert Maysles, In Transit follows Amtrak’s Empire Builder on its three-day run from Chicago to Seattle, though the destination proves far less important than the journey. As the eerily majestic landscape rushes by, Maysles’ team weaves a rich tapestry of ordinary Americans in transition, from a reported 400 hours of eavesdropping on a remarkably eclectic blend of passengers compelled to describe what they’re seeking (or, just as likely, running away from). JAY HORTON. World Trade Center. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 14, and 1 pm Saturday, Feb. 15.
C [SWITZERLAND] Four million Iraqis are living in a diaspora today. In his documentary, Samir grounds this reality through the stories of his own Iraqi relatives, who are now living on almost every continent. He shows us his family tree and then creates a living history of Iraq and the Jamal Aldin family, told through interviews and Ken Burns-style shots of photographs. The voices of Iraqis previously silenced by war and Saddam Hussein are powerful, but with a runtime of almost three hours, the ﬁlm feels selfindulgent and academic. SOPHIA JUNE. World Trade Center; 7 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Cinema 21; noon Monday, Feb. 15.
Knife of the Party
B- [UNITED STATES, SHORT] This cute— and bloody—short is the result of a 53 percent-funded Indiegogo campaign, produced by the guy who brought you Glee and crafted by two ﬁrst-time directors. It depicts two party DJs hired to entertain a Lovecraftian cultist, and I hate to give away any more than that. But if you are interested in DJ culture or horror ﬁction, this one will give you a good 8-minute laugh. Followed by Liza the Fox-Fairy. NATHAN CARSON. Cinema 21; 10 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. Moreland Theater; 1 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
A [ETHIOPIA] The ﬁrst Ethiopian ﬁlm
ever shown at Cannes, Lamb tells the story of a boy trying to escape his relatives’ house before they can sacriﬁce his beloved lamb for a religious feast. The verdant mountains of Ethiopia, which you have probably never seen before on celluloid, provide the backdrop for this quiet ﬁlm that unfolds in unexpected ways. First-time director Yared Zeleke coaxes gorgeously nuanced performances out of his ﬁrst-time actors, and you will be hardpressed to ﬁnd a ﬁlm at PIFF that is more thoughtfully directed or beautifully photographed. JENNIFER RABIN. Moreland Theater. 1:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
Last Cab to Darwin
A . [AUSTRALIA] Glowing in its gorgeous Australian setting, Darwin takes us on a
road trip with a man dying of stomach cancer. He’s driving 2,000 kilometers to Darwin, to ﬁnd the one doctor willing to give him death with dignity. But government red tape stands in his way when he arrives. Michael Caton stars as Rex, a man you really won’t want to see die, in a road-trip movie you won’t want to see end. MERYL WILLIAMS. Cinema 21. 1:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
Liza the Fox-Fairy
A [HUNGARY] Fans of Amelie, Wes
Anderson, Like Water for Chocolate, and Harold and Maude—drop what you are doing and pencil this ﬁlm into your cute little day planners. This Hungarian feature brings magical realism to the present. Liza is a space cadet, a dreamer and a home care nurse. Her imaginary friend is a Japanese crooner who also happens to be a poltergeist. She imagines that she will ﬁnd true love at the burger joint across the street. Under the curse of the ghost who loves her, nearly every man who crosses Liza’s trail meets a humorously morbid ending. NATHAN CARSON. Cinema 21; 10 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. Moreland Theater; 1 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
C [IRELAND-GREECE] The Lobster is one of those dystopian sci-ﬁ movies that needs to spend the ﬁrst 30 minutes laying out the ground rules of the setting. David (Colin Farrell) is single, which is outlawed, so David goes to a singles retreat with one catch: If you don’t ﬁnd a mate within 60 days, you’ll be turned into an animal. On the plus side, you get to pick your animal. David chooses the lobster. Interesting concept, but this vision of the future involves Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz and the rest of cast lurching through their lines in a dull, passionless monotone. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cinema 21. 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
A [PERU-ARGENTINA] In this Peruvian
thriller, Magallanes, a soldier-turned-taxi driver, tries to help Celina (Magaly Solier), an Indigenous woman whom his superior kept as his sex slave for more than a year when she was 13. His amateur plan and bumbling demeanor set him up as a sympathetic character, but as the story goes on, he reveals himself as a complex antihero. Solier gives the best performance of the ﬁlm as a realistically traumatized survivor who ends up being stronger than anyone. SOPHIA JUNE. Fox Tower; 6:15 pm Saturday, Feb. 13. Moreland Theater; 9 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
A- [FRANCE] A shrill French lady is so rich that no one dares snuﬀ her dreams of becoming an opera singer, in Xavier Giannoli’s portrait of splendor, a surprisingly humorous drama that’s all fur collars, stage lights and silk robes. But there’s melancholy too, as Marguerite’s husband arranges sad, private concerts ﬁlled with pre-screened patrons. MERYL WILLIAMS. Moreland Theater. 8:45 pm
Saturday, Feb. 13.
Men & Chicken
A- [DENMARK] While watching their
late father reading his own will on ﬁlm— the camera accidentally pointed at his groin—brothers Gabriel and Elias (Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen) ﬁnd out the real truth: He wasn’t their father, and they have diﬀerent mothers. Men & Chicken lets us know that these brothers aren’t normal from the get-go, with the erstwhile Hannibal Lecter nonsensically berating his therapist before sprinting to the restroom to jerk oﬀ. Men & Chicken is The Island of Dr. Moreau meets an irreverent slapstick comedy. Better yet, it’s a version of Dr. Moreau that’s intentionally funny. JOHN LOCANTHI. Fox Tower. 8:45 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
B [ITALY, SHORT] Margherita Buy plays an intense, driven ﬁlm director in the midst of several personal crises. Her mother is dying, she has just kicked her doormat boyfriend to the curb, and the star of her ﬁlm can’t remember his lines. The fact that this actor is John Turturro speaking ﬂuent Italian goes some distance to make the ﬁlm interesting, especially as he’s such a likable jerk in this role. All the performances are strong, but there is nothing artful about the cinema-
tography. The theme of regret and loss carry the ﬁlm to its conclusion, buoyed by an excellent soundtrack that includes Arvo Part and Leonard Cohen. NATHAN CARSON. Cinema 21. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
D [EGYPT] A young housemaid quietly awaits a better life while maintaining the empty villa of her expatriate employers in this aimless feature. Set during the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the ﬁlm tries to mount incisive questions about social class, love in the face of criminal pursuit, and the naiveté of blind faith. Instead, the meandering screenplay discards nearly every threat and goes nowhere despite its 122-minute running time. Director and writer Hala Khalil can’t elicit sympathy with her static characters, as the aimless story trudges to an unsatisfying conclusion. MIKE GALLUCCI. Moreland Theater. 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
No Home Movie
C [BELGIUM-FRANCE] Belgian ﬁlmmaker Chantal Akerman’s mother is the muse for this two-hour ﬁlm, which is made up entirely of home videos. Calling the ﬁlm hyperrealism, documentary or even voyeuristic is a stretch. It is simply a loosely constructed biography told through shots of everyday life, including three minutes of her reading a magazine and nine minutes of the Belgian countryside through a car window. SOPHIA JUNE. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 4 pm Sunday, Feb. 14. World Trade Center; 5:45 pm Tuesday, Feb. 16.
A [CANADA] Bereft of proper super-
vision and emotional support, three teenagers clash with each other and their own inner selves, manifesting their boundless frustration as reckless violence. Suﬀused with stunning photography of the Canadian wilderness and a haunting, ethereal score, this dreamlike ﬁlm is a psychological examination of being young. As the youth’s hasty decisions balloon into unexpected consequences, it’s enthralling and unremitting to watch. MIKE GALLUCCI. Moreland Theater; 6:15 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Cinema 21; 6:15 pm Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Songs From the North
B- [SOUTH KOREA-UNITED STATES] Calling our collective understanding of life in North Korea anything but hazy is an understatement. Soon-Mi Yoo’s Songs From the North doesn’t do much
to lift the shroud, but it does oﬀer a sometimes fascinating view of life in the world’s most reclusive nation. Turns out, well, it’s kind of boring. The ﬁlm intersperses propaganda ﬁlms, TV footage of rallies, and archival news with very limited vignettes from the director’s three trips to the nation. Mostly, they’re long shots—obscured by trees and curtains, probably because they were shot clandestinely—of people going about their lives, sometimes speaking in hushed tones on Dear Leader and reuniﬁcation, but mostly working menial jobs or walking isolated streets. It’s part tourist diary, part history lesson and proof that, well, even life in a militarized hermit nation is pretty damn slow for normal people. AP KRYZA. World Trade Center. 6:15 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
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more than just a museum in France. JOHN LOCANTHI. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
The Other Side
A- [ITALY-FRANCE-UNITED STATES] A pregnant woman shoots heroin into her arm while her bug-eyed boyfriend spouts non sequiturs about Obama. In the next scene, she is at her evening shift at the strip club with dollar bills between her butt cheeks, while he sells heroin to his sister. This is a documentary portrait of life in rural Louisiana, ﬁxated on images like empty plastic tubs of potato salad and old men whose eyes are tinted red from liver damage. Italian director Roberto Minervini starkly captures Americana at its grimiest and most brutally honest, and in a way only someone who’s not American can. SOPHIA JUNE. Moreland Theater; 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 12. Fox Tower; 6 pm Monday, Feb. 15.
The Pearl Button
B [CHILE] The Pearl Button explores what’s left of the indigenous peoples of Western Patagonia and their connection to the water. But it’s never sure which one to focus on. Poignant reﬂections and old photographs of a disappearing, marine people are interrupted by images of ice comets streaking through the cosmos. It’s an important story about a little-known people, especially for an American audience. JOHN LOCANTHI. World Trade Center. 8:45 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
A- [ICELAND] With their rounded guts, woolen shoulders and hard heads, brothers Gummi and Kiddi have started to look like the prized rams they raise. Despite living within a stone’s throw of each other, the two haven’t spoken in 40 years. Granted, there’s not much dialogue between anyone in this almost comically minimalist Scandinavian ﬁlm. When an infection threatens to wipe out all the sheep in their valley, they must put aside their biblical feud to save their way of life. ZACH MIDDLETON. Fox Tower. 4 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
Road to La Paz
B+ [ARGENTINA] Sunny, funny and full of cute dogs, Road to La Paz seems to have landed on a winning formula for the road-trip ﬁlm. When a mustachioed man-child (Rodrigo de la Serna) is commissioned to drive an elderly, staunch Muslim (Ernesto Suarez) from Argentina to Bolivia, a clash of cultures, diets, and music choices leads to hilarity. The ﬁlm is subtitled, but when a joke setup comes, it’s most satisfying to simply watch actors for the punch line and ignore the words. With performances so well done, nothing lost in translation is missed. ZACH MIDDLETON. Fox Tower. 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
CANADA CALLING: Michael Moore.
Where to Invade Next is the Travel Channel, with nuts.
You probably already know what you think of Michael Moore. He’s either a whiny, communist fatso or a crusader for justice whom you’ve admired since he dragged Cheney, et al., over the coals during the invasion of Iraq. Perhaps not coincidentally, the invasion also plays a key role in the setup of his newest movie, Where to Invade Next. America hasn’t won a war in a while, Moore posits, so why not use the military that nearly 60 percent of our taxes support to invade a country we can get something useful from? That useful stuff, by Moore’s standards, turns out to be an array of social infrastructures from countries in Western Europe. In Italy, the film’s first stop, he documents the average Italian’s time off—35 days a year, five months if someone has a kid, and an extra 15 days for getting married. In Portugal, he talks to cops and health experts who no longer bust drug offenders. Instead, they just offer heroin users and the like help, if they want it. In France—nutritious and delectable school lunches and comprehensive sex ed. In Norway—prisons without violence. In Finland—schools without homework. It’s pretty formulaic, but it’s also enraging. These people are happier and healthier, Moore argues. Nobody works two jobs. Everybody has more sex. And worst of all, many of these ideas—Norway’s pastoral, reformatory prisons and Finland’s holistic education—were initially American ideas. So why, Moore demands, don’t we have them? The information is packaged convincingly, but arguments about the “Americanness” of great ideas always fall flat, especially out of the mouths of lefties like Moore. How many public high schools in our own fair city are named after lionized former presidents who owned humans as property? Two. Which is to say, subjugation is a much older facet of our cultural identity than holistic education—though Emma Goldman High School does have a certain ring to it. The movie also glosses over some of the existential issues that those other countries face: the macroeconomic nightmare that is the Eurozone, the resurgence of right-wing militants, and the fact that Icelanders have to use an app for the national birth registry to make sure they don’t accidentally diddle their cousins. Then again, those issues plague us Americans, too—maybe not so much the inbreeding—plus, we also have to worry about saving our sick days. JAMES HELMSWORTH. B SEE IT: Where to Invade Next is rated R. It opens Friday at Cedar Hills. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 10, 2016 wweek.com
himself busy. Also starring Anne Hathaway. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Vancouver.
the surface, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami’s Sonita might seem a normal teen in the slums of Tehran. She’s energetic in spite of her impoverished circumstances. She’s popular in school. And she dreams of becoming a hip-hop superstar. Trouble is, as an Afghan refugee with family back home, her dreams conﬂict with her destiny of being sold into marriage. Her plight is sadly common, but Sonita herself—a ﬁery and opportunistic ﬁghter wrapped in a head scarf—is anything but. And once she launches into staccato, socially driven hip-hop, her dreams of changing the world don’t seem fanciful. AP KRYZA. World Trade Center. 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 14.
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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Vancouver.
B [IRAN-GERMANY-SWITZERLAND] On
B [UNITED STATES, SHORT] Middle
school is awkward for most of us, and especially so for Daisy, whose front teeth stubbornly refuse to stop growing. “Hamster face” and other slurs abound in this musical short about Daisy’s attempts to ﬁt in. Followed by Demon. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cinema 21. 11 pm Saturday, Feb. 13.
STILL SHOWING 13 Hours
C Michael Bay’s latest big-budget war
ﬁlm is predicably patriotic: Americans are heroic, and Libyans are barbaric. The ﬁlm is essentially Call of Duty. R. SOPHIA JUNE. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Tigard.
A- Andrew Haigh’s rich, slow-moving
marital mystery, centers on a buttonedup, childless woman on the verge of celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary to a man she suddenly doesn’t know. R. LIZZY ACKER. Living Room Theaters.
The 5th Wave
D A peppy teenage girl who is Earth’s
best hope follows 16-year-old Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz). PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Forest Theatre, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.
B- It’s a little creepy watching a stop-
motion puppet perform cunnilingus on another puppet. R. RICHARD SPEER. Cinema 21.
The Big Short
A The ﬁrst good movie about the ﬁnancial crisis is based on the book by Michael Lewis, who’s known for making complicated ﬁnancial topics into compelling stories, and adapted by Adam McKay, who is known for Talladega Nights. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Bridgeport, City Center, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard.
Bridge of Spies
B- . While Spielberg is good even when
on autopilot, little here doesn’t feel perfunctory. PG-13. CHRIS STAMM. Academy, Lake Theater, Laurelhurst, Joy, Valley.
A- Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) makes
an adorable couple with Emory Cohen (Smash). PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Clackamas, Cinema 21, City Center, Tigard.
A Todd Haynes’ newest feature is an
experience you remember mostly by token images—lacquered nails, a shabby apartment kitchen, Blanchett’s lipstick stains on Mara’s nipples. R. ENID SPITZ. Hollywood, Lake Theater, Fox Tower.
D The best choice is skipping this new Nicholas Sparks regurgitation. PG-13. AMY WOLFE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.
C- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air stars in
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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Mt. Hood, Joy, Valley.
B Will Ferrell hasn’t exhausted the comedy of emasculation just yet. PG. ROBERT HORTON. Avalon, Clackamas, Division.
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. R. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower.
Zac Efron as a stick-up-his-ass youth and Robert De Niro in his new stock role as an endearingly uncouth geezer take a road trip. R. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division,Pioneer Place, Tigard.
Fifty Shades of Black
Marlon Wayans is Christian Black in this parody of the Heathman Hotel’s favorite literary gem. Not screened for critics. R. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Division, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place.
The Finest Hours
C A more patriotic version of A Perfect Storm for the current CGI-savvy generation. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, , Lloyd Center, Tigard.
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. PG. PENELOPE BASS. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Kennedy School, Vancouver, Valley.
B+ With Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers high-dive into 1950s Hollywood nostalgia. From the opening scene, in which Capitol Pictures “ﬁxer” Eddie Mannix (a gruﬀ Josh Brolin) skips out of confession to break up an unlicensed photo shoot, it’s a quick 27-hour shitstorm through high drama. Movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets abducted from the set in what’s the Coens’ funniest comedy since The Big Lebowski, combining a zany caper, a communist plot, 50s studio politics and a touching story about one man’s calling in life into one cohesive, lighthearted and quip-heavy comedy. It’s a neat package like only the Coen brothers can tie up. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.
The Hateful Eight
A- 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. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Eastport, Hollywood.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
B Katniss Everdeen leads a group of rebels against the Capitol, which has an army of lizard people. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Vancouver.
B+ Ben (Robert De Niro), an active widower
and retiree in need of something to keep
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B+ Director David O. Russell takes his formula for American Hustle, wraps it in Christmastime and casts America’s asskicking sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence. PG-13. ENID SPITZ. Bridgeport, Fox Tower, Vancouver.
Kung Fu Panda 3
A- Jack Black hasn’t been in anything as good as Kung Fu Panda 2 in the lastﬁve years. PG. SOPHIA JUNE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.
Lady in the Van
B+ If every homeless person were as endearingly crotchety as Dame Maggie Smith here, we’d all let transients live in our driveways. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY.
B- Matt Damon has to “science the shit” out of his situation. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy, Laurelhurst, Vancouver, Valley.
A In remote Turkey, ﬁve orphaned sisters are strictly conﬁned to their home while their uncle arranges their marriages. PG-13. MIKE GALLUCCI. Living Room Theaters.
Norm of the North
C- This 86-minute animated movie about a polar bear trying to save the Arctic feels more like a three-hour movie about animals dancing. PG. SOPHIA JUNE. Avalon.
A- In terms of pure spectacle and cinematic beauty, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant approaches masterpiece status. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, CineMagic, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard, St. Johns Theater.
C+ 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, and it’s disappointingly standard. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Eastport, Bridgeport, Fox Tower.
Son of Saul
A- Son of Saul may be the most visceral, intimate take on the Holocaust ever made. It’s a hauntingly simple story that Nemes packages with intimacy. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21.
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. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Valley.
A- Spotlight inverts the usual comparison: It’s a movie that feels like prestige television. Speciﬁcally, it feels like The Wire. R. AARON MESH. Eastport, Bridgeport, City Center, Fox Tower.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A- Some guys in helmets are threatening peace in the galaxy, and it’s up to, well, youknow-who to stop them. PG-13. MATTHEW SINGER. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.
C Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel sit around talking about the past and how much they piss. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Laurelhurst.
BUCK AND THE PREACHER
#PortlandSoBlack PORTLAND’S BLACK FILM FEST SEEKS TO UNDO THE WHITEWASHING. BY A P KRYZA
While the Oscars are blasted for being whiter than an Irish wedding in winter, the Portland Black Film Festival makes a welcome return to the Hollywood Theatre this week. It’s also nice counterprogramming to the pastiness of the Portland International Film Fest. Offering up the chance for Portland’s predominantly white cinematic community to get a taste of black cinema history, this festival is different from similar ones in other cities: It’s a ton of fun. But it doesn’t lose its punch. Kicking off with Sidney Poitier’s 1972 Western starring Harry Belafonte, Buck and the Preacher, the two-week whirlwind of a festival has everything. That includes blaxploitation legend Fred Williamson at a screening of the seminal Black Caesar, and the long-lost Santa Fe Satan, a rock opera starring the late Richie Havens and based on Othello. There’s the requisite high-art documentary, about ballerina Misty Copeland; Re-Run Theater’s Rap City, a retrospective on hiphop; and the surreal prison-boxing classic Penitentary. One thing you won’t see is an ounce of pretentiousness. That’s intentional, according to founding organizer David Walker. A former Willamette Week movies editor, he gave up the reins to the fest last year to focus his attention on another traditionally whitewashed medium: comic books. Walker, an expert on black cinema (particularly blaxploitation), wants to stoke conversation about black film without soapboxing. “This is Portland, Oregon. This is one of those cities where Straight Outta Compton did really well, but it did really well with white audiences,” says Walker. “Trying to get more obscure art films, it’s like—who are we trying to sell them to? Who’s going to come to this? That’s one of the reasons we’re trying to make this as fun as possible.” The Black Film Festival is poised to use extremely entertaining films as a syllabus to get folks interested. Take, for example, the documentary Spirits of Rebellion, a film that focuses on the origins of the “L.A. Rebellion,” when UCLA launched an initiative to foster young black voices. In an era when independent film was on the rise but minorities were still left in the dark, the movement launched such auteurs as Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Ben Caldwell and Jamaa Fanaka—the filmmaker behind Penitentiary. The film is a history lesson disguised as a compelling narrative, loaded with archival clips of adventurous, often bizarro, art that emerged from the movement. “A lot of it is a jumping-off point for things we can talk about,” says Walker. “Nobody talks about [the L.A. Rebellion] the way they talk about the Harlem Renaissance, but it was crucial in terms of how the black experience was depicted in cinema.” No bones about it—the Portland Black Film Festival isn’t here to change the world, especially in a Portland that’s as white as the Oscars. But it’s also far from the token black friend of cinemagoers. It’s a conversation-starter, and a chance to view black cinema through an atypical lens, one in which Harry Belafonte is a gunslinger and Richie Havens is Shakespearean. SEE IT: The Portland Black Film Festival is at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org. Feb. 10-27. $8. To see what’s also showing, go to wweek.com.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Love is a fire,” declared Aries actress Joan Crawford. “But whether it’s going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” I disagree with her conclusion. There are practical steps you can take to ensure that love’s fire warms but doesn’t burn. Start with these strategies: Suffuse your libido with compassion. Imbue your romantic fervor with empathy. Instill your animal passions and instinctual longings with affectionate tenderness. If you catch your sexual urges driving you toward narcissists who are no damn good for you, firmly redirect those sexual urges toward emotionally intelligent, self-responsible beauties. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Fifteenth-century writer Thomas à Kempis thought that real love can arouse enormous fortitude in the person who loves. “Love feels no burden,” he wrote. “It attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.” As you might imagine, the “real love” he was referring to is not the kind that’s motivated by egotism, power drives, blind lust, or insecurity. I think you know what I mean, Taurus, because in the past few months you have had unprecedented access to the primal glory that Thomas referred to. And in the coming months you will have even more. What do you plan to do with all that mojo? GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Gemini novelist Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) was fascinated in “life with the lid on and what happens when the lid comes off.” She knew both states from her own experience. “When you love someone,” she mused about the times the lid had come off, “all your saved-up wishes start coming out.” In accordance with the astrological omens, I propose that you engage in the following three-part exercise. First, identify a part of your life that has the lid tightly clamped over it. Second, visualize the suppressed feelings and saved-up wishes that might pour forth if you took the lid off. Third, do what it takes to love someone so well that you’ll knock the lid off. CANCER (June 21-July 22) “No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved,” wrote author Mignon McLaughlin. I think that may be true. The gap between what we yearn for and what we actually get is never fully closed. Nevertheless, I suggest that you strive to refute McLaughlin’s curse in the coming days. Why? Because you now have an enhanced capacity to love the people you care about in ways they want to be loved. So be experimental with your tenderness. Take the risk of going beyond what you’ve been willing or able to give before. Trust your fertile imagination to guide your ingenious empathy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Here’s the counsel of French writer Anatole France: “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” What he says is always true, but it’s especially apropos for you Leos in the coming weeks. You now have a special talent for learning more about love by loving deeply, excitedly, and imaginatively. To add further nuance and inspiration, meditate on this advice from author Aldous Huxley: “There isn’t any formula or method. You learn to love by loving -- by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you,’” said author Maya Angelou. She concludes: “There is an African saying: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” With this in mind, I invite you to take inventory of the allies and relatives whose relationships are most important to you. How well do they love themselves? Is there anything you could do to help them upgrade their love for themselves? If their self-love is lacking, what might you do to protect yourself from that problem? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “Only love interests me,” declared painter Marc Chagall, “and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.” That seems like an impossibly high stan-
dard. Our daily adventures bring us into proximity with loveless messes all the time. It’s hard to focus on love to the exclusion of all other concerns. But it’s a worthy goal to strive toward Chagall’s ideal for short bursts of time. And the coming weeks happen to be a favorable phase for you to do just that. Your success may be partial, but dramatic nonetheless. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love,” said Mahatma Gandhi. “It is the prerogative of the brave.” That’s my challenge to you, Scorpio. In accordance with the astrological currents, I urge you to stoke your uninhibited audacity so you can press onward toward the frontiers of intimacy. It’s not enough to be wilder, and it’s not enough to be freer. To fulfill love’s potential in the next chapter of your story, you’ve got to be wilder, freer, and bolder. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “It is not lack of love but lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages,” said Friedrich Nietzsche. He believed that if you want to join your fortunes with another’s, you should ask yourself whether you will enjoy your conversations with this person for the next 30 years -- because that’s what you’ll be doing much of the time you’re together. How do you measure up to this gold standard, Sagittarius? What role does friendship play in your romantic adventures? If there’s anything lacking, now is an excellent time to seek improvements. Start with yourself, of course. How could you infuse more camaraderie into the way you express love? What might you do to upgrade your skills as a conversationalist?
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) “Love isn’t something you find,” says singer Loretta Lynn. “Love is something that finds you.” Singer Kylie Minogue concurs: “You need a lot of luck to find people with whom you want to spend your life. Love is like a lottery.” I think these perspectives are at best misleading, and at worst debilitating. They imply we have no power to shape our relationship with love. My view is different. I say there’s a lot we can do to attract intimate allies who teach us, stimulate us, and fulfill us. Like what? 1. We clarify what qualities we want in a partner, and we make sure that those qualities are also healthy for us. 2. We get free of unconscious conditioning that’s at odds with our conscious values. 3. We work to transform ourselves into lovable collaborators who communicate well. Anything else? What can you do to make sure love isn’t a lottery? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime,” writes Chuck Klosterman. “It’s easy. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. You’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years.” He concludes, “A lover like this sets the template for what you will always love about other people.” I suspect that you have either recently met or will soon meet such a person, Aquarius. Or else you are on the verge of going deeper than ever before with an ally you have known for a while. That’s why I think what happens in the next six months will put an enduring stamp on your relationship with intimacy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Sixteenth-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso described one of love’s best blessings. He said your lover can reunite you with “a piece of your soul that you never knew was missing.” You Pisceans are in a phase when this act of grace is more possible than usual. The revelatory boon may emerge because of the chemistry stirred up by a sparkly new affiliation. Or it may arise thanks to a familiar relationship that is entering unfamiliar territory.
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