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A Portland substitute teacher was suspended for showing a documentary about a beloved Mexican painter. 6 City Commissioner Steve Novick thinks “it’s time the United States joined the civilized world.” 7 Sheriff Dan Staton shows up for work nearly half the time. When he comes by the office, Staton is sometimes cutting a deal to give nearly $300,000 of taxpayer money to a subordinate who alleges he harassed her. 9


If you miss jamming to Matisyahu on your Zune, there is a place. 23 Portland used to have a Little Italy. 25 One of the backup singers on “Ursula Finally Has Tits” no

longer likes to brag about his contribution. 31 The owner of the Timbers has admitted fans of his team are “idiots” and “morons.” 46 Jesus should talk American. 47


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Cliven Bundy is in our jail.

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Please don’t pooh-pooh efforts by Portlanders to If the allegations are true, Pat Adelman should be try to protect our large old trees [“28 Reasons to fired [“Offensive Game Plan,” WW, Feb. 10, 2015]. Love Portland,” WW, Feb. 10, 2016]. Your com- What he did is a disgrace to our society as a whole ment, “You can get pissed off about a developer and morally disrespectful to our future (kids). cutting down some pine trees, or —“OneLove” you can make plans to go see more pine trees than you can ever count This is disgusting treatment of on the newly reopened 40-mile any student, black or white. I don’t trail looping around Mount Hood” think Adelman can be fixed. Let him go. is off the mark. The trees in the city are a trea—“Multnomah” sure, and their destruction should be prevented at all costs. They RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE provide oxygen, beauty, shade and I just love how everyone looks at a home for birds and critters. We the short-term costs and ignores should have a moratorium on cut- “A living ting down any trees in Portland and the long-term gains [“What Does wage for all beyond until we get a handle on a Higher Minimum Wage Cost?” willing to climate change. WW, Feb. 10, 2016]. work hard, For now, we’re focused on Yes, wage increases will cost more at first, but those higher changing the city’s outdated tree absolutely, code. Until that point, please sup- but equal wages mean a larger tax base to port the work of your neighbors for things like K-12 education, pay for every pay fighting to keep our city livable, colleges and universities, and local job is just a beautiful and lovable. governments—all of which are paid pipe dream.” for by taxes. —Albert Kaufman Southeast Portland Not to mention the fact that people with higher wages have more Wait, $145 for a hangover cure? Seriously? For disposable income for leisure activities that supsomething that will go away with some scram- port local businesses. bled eggs, a couple Excedrin, plenty of Gatorade —“fyberduck” and a nap? Oh! This is one of those services for rich CORRECTIONS people who have nothing better to spend their In our Jan. 27 Shoe Issue, it was incorrectly reported that the Half Pint store at 3920 N Mismoney on, isn’t it? sissippi Ave. is a consignment shop. Half Pint is —“MagisterMundi” a retail store that specializes in used and vintage I’m calling B.S. First off, I’ve worked at some leather boots, bags and belts. Because of an editor’s error, we mistakenly pubvery nice restaurants in the area, and no server is pulling down six figures. Secondly, if you want to lished a Dr. Know column last week on the potenmake waiter money instead of cook money, get a tial dangers of tower cranes that had previously run in WW. Dr. Know will have a new column on cranes job as a waiter. Just because I feel like I work hard doesn’t in the Feb. 24 issue. WW regrets the errors. mean that I think I should be paid as much as the general manager. A living wage for all willing to LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. work hard, absolutely, but equal pay for every job Letters must be 250 or fewer words. is just a pipe dream. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: —“222” LINCOLN HOOPS COACH IN RACIAL UPROAR.




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My neighbor, who is a jerk, moved up from California two years ago and still has California plates on both his cars. Can I turn him in to the DMV? Do I get a reward? —Southwest Snitch Reporting one’s neighbors to the authorities for petty revenge is probably not a great habit to get into in these politically uncertain times, Snitch. You fink on his license plates, he rats out your unkempt lawn, and before you know it you’re both sitting in one of President Cruz’s Christian sharia law death camps wishing you’d kept your big mouths shut. It is indeed illegal—in the same sense that parking on the street for more than 24 hours is illegal—to keep your out-of-state vehicle registration for more than 30 days after establishing Oregon residency. However, the DMV has no enforcement authority. You’ll have to make a report to the cops, who are probably going to wonder whether 4

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your beef is really worth their time. (And no, there’s no reward.) There’s a reason you don’t see many tickets written for that on-street parking violation: There aren’t many cops who want to watch a parked car for 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t move. I can only imagine how much trouble you’re going to have persuading one to watch your neighbor for 30 days to make sure he really lives here. In fairness, your victim may not know he’s a legal resident. Perhaps, like many Portlafornians, he telecommutes a few hours a day to some pointless software job in Palo Alto. Maybe he even uses the obscene amount of money they pay him to do literally nothing (no wonder you hate this guy) to maintain a residence there. It doesn’t matter, though. If he rents or buys an Oregon residence, enrolls his kids in school here, works here, or stays more than six months, his ass belongs to the Oregon DMV. Go over and tell him so; maybe you’ll feel better. QUESTIONS? Send them to

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NEWS MURMURS Johnson Seeks to Block PSU Payroll Tax

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Opponents of a $35 million payroll tax proposed by Portland State University are looking for new ways to quash it. Acting on behalf of the Portland Business Alliance, state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) requested an amendment,

to an unrelated bill, to block public universities from collecting metro-area payroll taxes. The measure is unlikely to clear the Legislature this month, but it serves as another warning to PSU, which is preparing a ballot initiative for November (“Viking Up Taxes,” WW, Jan. 27, 2015). PSU is undeterred. “Given the crisis in college affordability, we can’t imagine that the Legislature would want to tie the hands of universities,” says PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher.

owners, says the company has not yet been informed of BOLI’s plans. “BOLI’s charge of discrimination is wholly unfounded and beyond the agency’s jurisdiction,” Angeli said. “Stars takes steps above and beyond the industry standard to avoid engaging underage women as independent contractors.”

PPS Sub Suspended for Showing Frida Kahlo Film

For three weeks, Portland teachers union president Gwen Sullivan’s Facebook profile has featured the photo of internationally acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo. It’s a protest of Portland Public Schools’ decision to suspend a longtime substitute teacher last month for showing students a documentary about the artist. The students who saw the documentary were no younger than 13, and are part of a program for students in federal immigration limbo. “It’s just the most ridiculous thing,” Sullivan tells WW. “It’s ludicrous.” The teacher will receive 11 days of back pay, a district source says.

Avakian Says Stars Cabaret Pimped Underage Girls

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is cracking down on Stars Cabaret, a local strip-club chain. Avakian was to announce Feb. 17 that his agency will pursue an administrative prosecution of Stars for hiring underage dancers and allowing men to exploit them. The move follows a state investigation of Stars’ alleged employment of two underage strippers—a 13-year-old, whose abuse was previously criminally prosecuted, and a 15-year-old. “It’s unacceptable for employers to subject children to sexual harassment and abuse,” said Avakian, who is running for Oregon secretary of state. “We intend to bring charges that reflect the severity of harassment.” Courtney Angeli, an attorney for Stars’ 6

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TechfestNW Returns

TechfestNW is returning to Portland on April 25-26. The event, sponsored by WW, gathers leading thinkers, startups and established companies. This year’s speakers include Simple CEO and founder Joshua Reich and virtual reality pioneer Anthony Batt. This year’s new event is PitchfestNW: a conference within a conference that includes a free opportunity for startups to pitch to a panel of experienced venture capitalists. Tickets for TechfestNW 2016 are on sale at


—David Fry, the last militant to leave the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, yelling at FBI agents who moved in on the final four occupiers Feb. 10. Fry’s last hours at the refuge were broadcast on YouTube. After more than 17 hours, Fry agreed to surrender. He joined 12 other defendants affiliated with right-wing militant Ammon Bundy in the Multnomah County Jail.


Build More, Displace Less

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Are new apartments forcing poor people out of Portland? A new report suggests the opposite is true. Much of the ire about the West Coast’s affordable-housing shortage has focused on new, expensive apartments. As WW reported last summer, economists regularly argue that new housing supply helps lower rents (“Grow Up, Portland,” WW, June 9, 2015). A new report from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office goes further: It shows that the more marketrate housing a city

builds, the less poor people get displaced. The report looks at market-rate housing construction in San Francisco Bay Area census tracts, and displacement rates in the same tracts. The result: In the past 13 years, a community’s probability of experiencing displacement gets cut nearly in half when construction levels are high. The report shows inclusionary housing—a policy at the center of Oregon Legislature debate—barely reduces displacement. AARON MESH.


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“You guys killed LaVoy! You guys allowed Hillary to continue to run for president! You allowed Obama to bring terrorists into this country!”


Oregon is a political backwater when it comes to deciding presidential nominees. The party typically makes its pick long before Oregon’s May primary election. But this year could be different. As the fight for the Democratic nomination moves to South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to battle it out. Given the remote but growing possibility the fight could last all spring, we asked people running for office on the May ballot whom they’re supporting in the Democratic primaries: Sanders or Clinton.



City Commissioner Steve Novick: “I believe it’s time the United States joined the civilized world and had national health care. I want someone who’s unapologetic about supporting progressive taxation; Sanders supports lifting the cap on income subject to the Social Security tax, while Clinton won’t say.”

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz: “I have been an HRC supporter since 1992. Took my kids to see her in Pioneer Square when she was campaigning on health care reform as first lady and have followed her career every step. We have rarely had a candidate more qualified to be our president.”

Chloe Eudaly, owner of Reading Frenzy, who’s challenging Novick: “We need more women in politics from the local level on up, but not at the expense of voting for who I think will be the best person for the job. I will, of course, support the Democratic nominee whoever that might be. Hillary Clinton is still 100 times better than any of the Republican candidates.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden: “A number of new forces have emerged in American politics, forces that deny science, forces that believe constitutional protections are only for their own beliefs, forces that reject bipartisanship,” Wyden told The Oregonian in January. “Clinton, as president, has the passion and the energy and the skills to push back on those developments and offer an alternative.”

David Schor, lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice and candidate for Portland mayor: “I believe that we need a people’s movement for a more representative government and that democratic socialism is the best way to ensure that the rich and powerful don’t destroy our nation.”

3rd District Congressman Earl Blumenauer: “When I consider who is the candidate best qualified to protect America and our families, there is only one in my estimation who has a clear grasp of what that means in its entirety: Hillary Clinton.” (Blumenauer is also a superdelegate, and has already committed to Clinton.)


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Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey, candidate for Portland mayor: “I was an O’Malley supporter (based on the potential for real leadership on climate change), but we saw how that worked out. Now I’m looking at the other two candidates.”

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, candidate for Portland mayor: “I’m keeping an open mind and watching the Democratic debates—which have been great so far— closely.”

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Lawman on the Lam

Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton is a relatively infrequent visitor to his office at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Parking records and calendars show he came to the office just 114 days in 2015 and 122 days the year before. That’s just 47 weeks in two years. Staton and the county commissioners use electronic parking passes to enter and exit the parking garage. Those passes create a record of who was at county headquarters and for how long. WW reviewed those records and calendars for the sheriff and the five commissioners who worked with him from 2014 until now. Staton, who won his second term as sheriff in 2014 and makes $154,380 a year, was in the county building far less than the commissioners. County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury, for instance, was in her office 208 days last year, and Commissioner Diane McKeel was there 179 days. Even Commissioner Jules Bailey, who took six weeks paternity leave, made it to the office 160 days. Jim Moore, professor of political science at Pacific University, says taxpayers and Staton’s subordinates have a right to more frequent appearances. “Since his job is to administer the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, you’d expect him to be in his office,” Moore says. “That’s where administration takes place.” Unlike rank-and-file Multnomah County employees, the county’s elected officials work when they want.


50 fewer days than the average of the other elected officials in the building. Parking records at the Justice Center, where the main jail is located, show Staton was hardly ever there, either. Alexander says parking records are not an accurate measure of Staton’s commitment to his job. “The public’s work is still getting done, and he’s always available,” Alexander says. Commissioner Judy Shiprack says Staton is letting down taxpayers and subordinates. “The public has every right to expect a high standard of work, engagement and thoughtful responsibility,” says Shiprack, who had major knee surgery last year and came to work 148 days. Staton has been under fire recently. On Jan. 29, Chief Deputy Linda Yankee filed a tort claim notice against Staton. Yankee



Staton’s spokesman, Lt. Steven Alexander, says Staton frequently has training sessions, meetings with partner agencies and other official duties that keep him away from his office. The sheriff’s department also runs three jails and an office at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street. “The sheriff ’s job is 24-7, and he is responsible for a lot of different duties,” Alexander says. Alexander adds that Staton could not drive for a long period in 2015 because he had a cast on his foot. The parking records do show he didn’t enter the parking garage in October or November of that year. (Staton’s calendar shows he came to the office 19 days in those two months, which is included in the total cited in this story.) But in 2014, records show Staton only made it to the office 122 days—more than



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PAT ON THE BACK: Jonah Pemberton, a 17-year-old point guard for Lincoln High School, defends coach Pat Adelman.

Playing Defense


alleged Staton had harassed her and made a variety of inappropriate comments about other senior county officials (“Enemy of the Staton,” WW, Feb. 3, 2016). Last week, Staton agreed to settle Yankee’s claims at a cost to his agency of close to $300,000. Staton now faces an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into his remarks at a Jan. 11 meeting with county union leaders. At that meeting, according to the notes of one of the attendees, Staton said he’s “had a full profile” done on 14 volunteer members of a citizen charter review committee considering, among other policies, whether Staton’s job should be appointed rather than elected. On Feb. 11, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum notified Kafoury, District Attorney Rod Underhill and Staton that her agency is moving forward with the probe. “A preliminary review has occurred,” Rosenblum wrote, “and an investigation is now underway and is being conducted by my criminal justice division.”


A black Lincoln High basketball player who was at the center of varsity coach Pat Adelman’s halftime rant about racism says he wasn’t bothered by the lecture. Jonah Pemberton, 17, says a complaint filed by four parents alleging Adelman humiliated black students during a junior varsity game against Jefferson High School last month is much ado about nothing. “It didn’t even cross my mind to go and tell my parents,” says Pemberton, a junior and a point guard on Lincoln’s varsity team. Pemberton’s defense of Adelman comes as Portland Public Schools continues its investigation of the varsity coach who, according to the complaint filed Jan. 14, burst into the locker room during halftime and accused Lincoln’s white JV players of racism because they weren’t competing aggressively enough against Jefferson’s black team. Adelman, son of former Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman, declined to talk to WW, as did school officials. But Pemberton, whose name was redacted from the complaint WW obtained last week, says Lincoln players “were playing scared” against Jefferson on





Jan. 12 and that Adelman wanted the JV players to cut it out. He used colorful language to make his point, telling the Lincoln players, for instance, that they looked down on Jefferson players from their West Hills homes with “gold-plated toilets,” Pemberton says. Pemberton doesn’t dispute Adelman brought him and another black Lincoln player into the locker room to illustrate his point. He also doesn’t dispute Adelman urged white players to touch the black players, including Pemberton. But he says Adelman didn’t burst into the locker room, no one was forced to touch the black players, and that only two did. “It wasn’t weird in any way,” he says. The mother of the other player, whom WW is declining to identify, wrote in her complaint that Adelman singled out her black child and “wronged” him by asking the white players to touch him. That made him feel like an outsider, mother Laurie Wimmer wrote to Superintendent Carole Smith. Wimmer says she’s speaking out because Adelman has exploded before. “This racial incident was over the line for me, and I felt I couldn’t stay silent,” she says. Pemberton says he doesn’t agree. “I do not feel like an outsider,” he says. “If anything, it made me feel better.” Willamette Week FEBRUARY 17, 2016



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Bundyland is gone. But the trials of the Bundy family are just beginning. On Feb. 10, the FBI arrested Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy at Portland International Airport, minutes after he landed to visit his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and aid the federal land takeover they launched at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Hours later, the final four militants holding the refuge surrendered to the feds. Bundy joins his sons in lockup at Multnomah County Jail—along with 10 other defendants awaiting a federal trial that could begin as soon as April. Most of them face felony charges of “conspiracy to obstruct or impede federal agents in the course of their duty.” Days before Cliven Bundy’s dramatic arrest, WW sat down with Tung Yin, who teaches criminal law and terrorism at Lewis & Clark Law School. He talked with WW about how the Bundys might mount a legal defense, and whether progressive Portlanders can find any common ground with seditionist ranchers. WW: What’s the strongest case that can be made for the Bundys? Tung Yin: Conspiracy is understood as an agreement by two or more people to achieve an unlawful objective. I think that would have the highest likelihood of success as a defense, to argue, “What is proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there is an agreement between Ammon Bundy and each other defendant?” But it’s still not a good argument. We don’t need to have a document signed in blood. You have a bunch of people all show up, they just happen to be at the same place, and they all seem to have the same objective. How does that happen by coincidence? Is there any case to be made for these very conservative guys that might resonate with a Portland liberal? We do have a First Amendment right to petition for redress, to speak our mind, to complain about the government. And even the court has recognized

it’s not all, “Let’s do this over a white tablecloth and have a nice erudite discussion.” Sometimes messages are more effective delivered in other mediums. What’s the difference between this and occupying a government office or a professor’s office at a college? It has to do with the notions of public forums. As I understand it, there are gradations of places that look more or less like what the framers thought of as a place people would gather to get out their message. A park, for example—in 1787, when people wanted to get together and talk and get out a message to express what they thought of the government, that’s where they would go. Forgive me for being dense, but the wildlife refuge literally was a park. It is and it isn’t. It’s open to the public, as a park, but it has a conservation purpose to it. The zoo is a park, but if you just go and occupy the zoo and keep the zookeepers from going to work, the animals there are going to suffer quite badly. Ammon Bundy’s attorneys drew parallels between what the Bundy gang was doing and lunch-counter sit-ins. Is this similar? The important thing to keep in mind about civil disobedience is that the person who engages in the civil disobedience is knowingly violating the law, and does so to bring attention to what he or she feels is an unjust law. So the lunchroom protests. The idea was that if the African-Americans went in expecting to be served, and they weren’t served, and the police were called to arrest them, that the rest of the country would see: “Hey, wait a minute, they look like they’re not causing problems. They’re not shooting people, they just wanted to buy lunch. What’s up with that?” In other words, the best way for Ammon Bundy to show the courage of his conviction would be going to prison? Well, going to trial. Either you think that you’re right and that you will be acquitted somehow, or that you’ll be convicted and the law will be unjust and people will see the unjustness through your punishment. So it doesn’t sound like you think these guys have an awesome case. No. Keep in mind, most defendants convict themselves by pleading guilty. I would guess that there’s not too much reason that this would play out differently. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 17, 2016


A FI ELD GU I D E t o UR BAN It’s legal to sleep on the sidewalk. So CA MP I NG we did—in front of the mayor’s house. WELCOME TO CAMP CHARLIE! Perhaps you fl uffed up your sleeping bag and started evaluating potential campsites the moment you heard Mayor Charlie Hales is authorizing sleeping on sidewalks across Portland. Now you can legally bed down on the tree-lined avenues of Laurelhurst, in view of the breathtaking sunset panoramas of Arlington Heights, and along the continental boulevards of Eastmoreland. Of course, you didn’t make such plans. Neither did the thousands of people with no choice but to sleep on the streets tonight. But the mayor’s new rules are no joke, either. They legalize urban camping to a degree rarely seen in major American cities. Until now, sleeping outdoors in Portland meant getting rousted from a park or shooed out from under a highway overpass. Not anymore. Last week, the mayor’s office announced new rules that permit limited camping in Portland. Sleeping bags and tarps will be allowed on sidewalks between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am. You’ll be allowed to pitch your tent on some city properties during those hours. (Maximum occupancy: Six people in any given spot.) Park camping? That’s still against the rules—but those are rules the parks commissioner, Amanda Fritz, has not always enforced.


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The mayor’s office also hopes to open 10 new homeless camps, allow car camping in church parking lots, and buy disaster pods for people to sleep inside. Business owners and neighborhood associations have greeted this news with horror. “This is not a safe or sustainable situation for anyone,” says the Portland Business Alliance. “Portland should be better than that,” Chris Trejbal of the Overlook Neighborhood Association tells KGW-TV. We set out last week to explore Portland’s new urban campsites—and follow Hales’ rules to their logical end. We erected tarps on the sidewalks in front of the lawns of Hales in Eastmoreland and City Commissioner Nick Fish in Hollywood. (The current housing commissioner, Dan Saltzman, doesn’t have a sidewalk in front of his house.) We laid out our sleeping bags in the city park next to Fritz’s Southwest Portland home. For good measure, we pitched a tent on the rolling slopes of Portland’s Yosemite, Mount Tabor Park. If five privileged, white reporters are allowed to sleep in these places without interference, surely anyone can! We’re well aware that this campout could look like an exercise in poverty tourism. We make no claim to know what it’s like to be homeless for even one night. Instead, we consulted people who do live on the streets— and they offer their views on the mayor’s new policy on page 18.

Portland’s elected officials try to balance concern for people living on the streets against the frustrations of constituents who wish the homeless would just magically disappear. (See our FAQ on page 15.) The challenge isn’t new. For decades, Portland mayors have struggled with balancing compassion and order, and have entered into the debate about adding more indoor shelter beds or letting people camp outside. (See a timeline of camping policies on page 19.) It’s worth taking a few minutes to consider, as you would after arriving at a campsite after dark, two fundamental questions: How did we get here? And are we in the right place? This much is clear: Talking about homelessness like it’s an apocalypse rather than a management challenge doesn’t help anybody. And the mayor’s basic argument—that the sidewalks belong to all of us, and we have to learn to share them—is worth taking seriously. So we’re testing the boundaries of the new rules to see if our leaders can handle the consequences. One thing we learned: Hales’ neighbors politely ask that you keep it down, and will ask the police to visit. Remember: There’s room for many people on Hales’ sidewalk. Them’s the rules. AARON MESH.





















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Charlie Hales’ House

Looking for a sidewalk campsite beneath a canopy of hardwoods, along TriMet bus lines, with the possibility to see real Portland wildlife, ranging from skateboarders to coyotes? Look no further than the park strip in front of Mayor Charlie Hales’ charming 1930 English cottage house, across the street from the Eastmoreland Golf Course. Last week, we set out two sleeping bags, lawn chairs and a tarp in front of Hales’ house at 9 pm—the time when limited street camping will be permitted under the mayor’s new policy. Hales wasn’t home. He and his wife, Nancy, were on vacation in Mexico. But his housesitter was there. Victoria Dinu is a friendly former Rose Festival queen who works parttime for Nancy Hales at the Portland State University program First Stop Portland, and is also the personal assistant to Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale. Around 10:30, she arrived at the Haleses’ house and pulled up a lawn chair for a chat. “I’m just going to sit down with you guys,” she said. Later, Dinu let some of our friends use the bathroom inside the mayor’s house and then gave us a 24-ounce plastic jar of peanut butter pretzels from Hales’ pantry. Also home: Hales’ neighbors, who were less friendly. At least one of them apparently called the police to complain we were protesters who were laughing too loudly. At 10:45 pm, squad cars pulled up down the street. Three Portland Police Bureau officers and one young woman not in uniform asked what we were up to. We

told them we were exercising our right to camp on city property between 9 pm and 7 am. The senior officer nodded. “All right, well, here’s the deal,” he said. “You guys can totally camp here, like you said. It’s totally legal.” Another officer asked, with genuine concern, if we were homeless. “They’re making a statement,” said the lead cop. “As long as you keep your voices down,” he added, “camp away.” The officers rolled by once more in their patrol cars. The neighbors had called again, they told us. We needed to take down our tarp structure to comply with the law— and then, if we kept our voices down, there was nothing they could do. They also warned us to watch out for the coyotes that wander the golf course. We decided to stash the remaining peanut butter pretzels in the car. At 11:30 pm, a blond woman emerged from the house next door to Hales’ place. She told us she respected our right to protest whatever we wanted, but asked if we could respect her right as a homeowner and keep it down. “There’s a baby on this street,” she said. We left at 1 am. Two days later, we returned to take photos, and the blond woman was still riled up about our presence. “You’re making up stories,” she said. “And don’t even think about taking my picture.” LIZZY ACKER and SOPHIA JUNE. CONT. on page 14

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If you’re going to camp in a Portland park, why not the city’s most magisterial? For several months, homeless people have been camping in city parks, without response from City Hall. Those parks include Creston and Sellwood parks, according to The Oregonian. But not Mount Tabor Park. Grassy, forested Tabor—named after a peak in Israel—is one of urban America’s true wonders, a dormant volcano cinder cone rising near Portland’s geographic center. Roads leading to its apex close at 10 pm—as I was politely reminded by park rangers last week— and so campers must pack their tents a brisk halfmile walk uphill from Southeast Lincoln Street. I eventually set up my tent in the soothing glow of the water-house lights at Reservoir 1—one of Tabor’s three pristine meditation pools. The night air smelled of cedar and fir and, briefly, marijuana, as a couple strolled past. Mount Tabor, though well-populated during the day, is almost silent in the late evening except for the faint but frequent call of police sirens. I slept undisturbed and woke at dawn to a bracing westward view. The hike down was heavily detoured by construction crews taking over the only direct descent, but the city of Portland crewman helpfully pointed me and my tent gear in the right direction. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.



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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s house in the West Portland Park neighborhood has no sidewalk. Fortunately, it sits less than two blocks from an actual park—called Loll Wildwood. Fritz oversees Portland Parks & Recreation. Along with Mayor Charlie Hales, she’s been at the forefront of decisions to allow homeless campsites in city parks. I decided to see what happened when I camped in the park nearest her house. Forested and lush, the park sits on a folded hillside, with Arnold Creek babbling at the bottom of a deep gully that runs east to west through its middle. The park’s interior is also rugged and uneven, and finding a camping spot requires scrambles up and down steep slopes and around patches of Himalayan blackberry. I settled in a small, grassy clearing on the park’s south side, closest to Fritz’s yard. The clearing was spacious and well-kept, and even included a picnic table. The porch lights across the street kept me from working in total darkness and allowed anyone curious to stop by and see what I was up to. But nobody did. An old man and the dog he was walking were the only mammals I actually saw all night, and they went right on by without a peep. I did get a few weird looks from some garbage men in the morning. COBY HUTZLER.



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Sleep outside City Commissioner Nick Fish’s house, and you may get a public declaration of sympathy. Fish’s house in the Hollywood neighborhood is just a few blocks east of the tall evergreens of Grant Park and—more practically—a five-minute walk from a McDonald’s with restrooms open until 11 pm. Fish, who oversaw the Portland Housing Bureau for two years, has been skeptical of Mayor Charlie Hales’ new sidewalk-sleeping policy. He also seemed troubled by the sight of me unrolling a sleeping bag along his sidewalk. He pulled his car into the driveway about 9:30 pm. I walked up to introduce myself. “Do you live around here?” Fish asked. I explained WW’s test of the mayor’s new policy. We shook hands, and Fish quickly bade me good night. It was a mild rainy night. I lay comfortably in my sleeping bag until I discovered the tarp serving as my shelter was not fully waterproof. The rest of the night was spent edging away from puddles. When a delivery guy pulled up and flung a newspaper into Fish’s driveway, I called it quits. I later learned that a half-hour after he discovered me in his yard, Fish had announced my presence on Facebook. “Most people sleeping outside tonight don’t have a choice,” he wrote. “But whether they are an intern on assignment, or a homeless family, let’s treat everyone with dignity.” I�8 PETER D’AURIA. 4










Hales wants to allow sleeping on the sidewalk. People would be allowed to place sleeping bags on the sidewalk, covered by a tarp, between the hours of 9 pm and 7 am— though not in heavily trafficked areas that already have a prohibition. Hales would also allow tents on some city property that is not parkland, during the same hours. The maximum number of people allowed to sleep in any given location: six. The mayor’s policy would require storing tents during the day in city-provided storage. Hales has also proposed opening up to 10 larger campsites, similar to the Chinatown camp Right 2 Dream Too, and possibly purchasing 200 disaster-relief pods for people to sleep in. This is a dramatic change from the city’s longtime approach to homeless camps, which in the past aimed solely at reducing people sleeping outdoors. In December, the mayor’s office started tracking all the sweeps various agencies were conducting. Josh Alpert, the mayor’s chief of staff, says agencies conducted 15 sweeps a day during the three or four days he tracked them. Alpert says the new camping policy is a stop-gap measure. “The simple truth of the matter is that we do not yet have enough indoor safe places for people to sleep, which means we must try to accommodate as many people as we can who must sleep outdoors, while we continue to add more indoor spaces,” Alpert tells WW. Alpert says considerable thought went into the new approach. “We’vefor had a lot of campsite conversation with those sleeping Looking a sidewalk beneath a canopy of hardwoods, on the streets, providers, outreach workers, neighbors and along TriMet bus lines, with the possibility to see real Portland others,” he says. “It’s in no way a solution to anything other wildlife, ranging from skateboarders to coyotes? Look no further than trying to reduce needless trauma to those grappling thanthe theeff park strip front of Mayorand Charlie Hales’ to charming with ects of in homelessness, attempts balance 1930 English cottage house, acrosscity the street the Eastmothe needs of livability that every must from provide.”

reland Golf Course. Last week, we set out two sleeping bags,and lawn chairs and Portland’s homeless problem isn’t new, neither are athe tarp in front of Hales’ house atcomplaints 9 pm—the time when limited Portland Business Alliance’s about tents in the streets. street camping will be permitted under the mayor’s new policy. Since March, when Hales planned to Haleslast wasn’t home. He and hisannounced wife, Nancy,he were on vacation run for re-election, homelessness has been the key issue facin Mexico. ing the city. What’s changed is that middle-class residents— But his housesitter wasinhome. Victoria Dinu is a friendlyand forin the North Park Blocks, the Overlook neighborhood Rose Festival queen works part-timefor foraction. Nancy Hales inmer Lents—have joined thewho PBA in clamoring when Oregon Treasurerprogram Ted Wheeler entered the atAnd the Portland State University First Stop Portland, mayor’s race year, he hammered inaction on and is also thelast personal assistant to PinkHales’ Martini bandleader homelessness. Thomas Lauderdale. Hales reacted by declaring a housing emergency withAround 10:30, she arrived at the Haleses’ and pulled up out consulting other local elected Tangible results a lawn chair for a chat. declaration will be long in materialfrom that emergency izing, however, and though dropped out of the “I’m just going toeven sit down with Hales you guys,” she said. mayor’s inlet October, he’s still been getting crucified. Later,race Dinu us use the bathroom inside the mayor’s house Having declared an emergency, he had to do something and then gave us a 24-ounce plastic jar of peanut butter pretzels immediate. from pantry. ButHales’ it remains puzzling why Hales, historically a moderhome: Hales’ who were friendly. ate, Also has backed suchneighbors, a radical change inless camping policy. Advocates they’re not surecalled why the Hales finally acted, At least onesay of them apparently police to complain but glad heand did.laughing too loudly. At 10:45 pm, the we they’re were protesters “I’ve been in the wilderness crying foul,” says Israel squad cars pulled up down the street. Bayer, Street Roots executive director. “Why you are seeing Three Portlandto Police Bureau offi cersis and one young electeds respond the housing issue based upon woman it not in uniform asked what we were up of to. population.” We told them we were clearly affecting a large percentage exercising our right to camp on city property between 9 pm and HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN PORTLAND? 7 am. The last official number was 3,801 in the county, according The Point-in-Time senior officer nodded. right, well, here’s the deal,” he to 2015 Count,“All a federally required census done other said. every “You guys canyear. totally camp here, like you said. It’s totally That number includes 1,042 in what’s called transitional legal.” housing—apartments where stay sometimes Another officer asked, withpeople genuinecan concern, if we were for up to two years. That leaves 2,759 people living on the homeless. streets or spending the night in a shelter. WHY DID HALES ANNOUNCE THE POLICY NOW?




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We currently have 1,151 beds in shelters open in Multnomah County. That’s a dramatic increase from a year ago—when only 843 beds were open—but some of the current shelters are temporary, and it leaves at least 1,600 people on the streets of Portland without the possibility of a bed, assuming the numbers of homeless have not changed. WHO ARE THE HOMELESS?

Among the 3,801 people Multnomah County counted last year, 57 percent had a disabling condition, 41 percent were people of color, 31 percent were women, and 17 percent were in families with children. Marc Jolin, director of the city-county partnership A Home for Everyone, is part of a small army that’s battled Portland’s problem for decades. “Homelessness is most common among people who already face a variety of disadvantages,” Jolin says. “People are more likely to experience homelessness if they grew up in a family that experienced homelessness, are longterm unemployed, have limited formal education, have significant disabilities, addictions, or have experiences of trauma.” Between 2013 and 2015, the number of Portland homeless people in vulnerable populations spiked: African-Americans increased 48 percent, families increased 24 percent, and women increased 15 percent. IS THE HOMELESS POPULATION GROWING?

This question is at the heart of public frustration and city policy. But it’s not an easy question to answer. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of people on the streets or in shelters remained about the same. All those tents cropping up under bridges may or may not be an indication of a sizable increase since the last official count. But other numbers suggest a significant increase in people living on the streets in the past year. Multnomah County’s family shelter system reports an average nightly increase of 30 families in November and December 2015 as compared to those months in 2014—a 30 percent jump. The eight school districts that include at least part of Multnomah County saw a 7 percent increase in homeless kids between the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 school years. Much of the evidence homeless advocates offer for the idea that mass evictions and rent increases push more people onto the streets is anecdotal, but striking. “A higher percentage of our families were experiencing homelessness for the first time,” says Andy Miller, executive director of Human Solutions. “That’s troubling.” Certainly at least one long-term trend is heading in the wrong direction. “The number of unsheltered, chronically homeless people on our streets on any given night has increased significantly in Multnomah County over the past eight years,“ Jolin says. “These are people who have been outside for more than a year and are living with one or more significant disabilities. They tend to be much more visible to the general public.” WHO’S IN FAVOR OF HALES’ NEW POLICY?

Advocates for the homeless are hoping the policy will be more humane than shuffling

POUR OVER: A homeless camper beneath the east end of the Marquam Bridge last May.

homeless people around. A tent is better than a culvert or an overpass. Grandiose, if vague, promises of big-dollar solutions aren’t keeping people dry. “This proposal for management of outdoor sleeping is the most comprehensive, progressive and deeply rational that has ever come from City Hall,” said Monica Goracke of the Oregon Law Center during testimony last week. WHO’S AGAINST IT?

By sanctioning sidewalk sleeping and city camping, Hales has turned simmering frustrations into a potential firestorm. Housing advocates fear the argument about tents will become a distraction from the focus needed to create more affordable housing quickly. Neighborhood groups already angry about the city’s approach to the homeless in their areas hate the idea of legal camping and say they weren’t consulted before the announcement. In Lents, the city acknowledges it still needs to figure out a separate policy for addressing the homeless camping along the Springwater Corridor, or as some of the neighbors disparagingly call it, “The Avenue of Terror.” “Allowing campers to stay on the street and putting some flimsy rules on them is a joke,” says Robert Schultz, co-founder of Lents Active Watch. “We’re dealing with some who are mentally ill, so are they going to pick a tent up? You’re dealing with some who are horrible drug addicts. Are they going to give a darn? They’re already on the lam, worrying about their fix. They’re already living in filth. So why would they pick up a tent?” HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST TO HOUSE ALL THE PEOPLE SLEEPING ON THE STREETS OF PORTLAND?

It would take more than $12 million a year to provide 1,600 more people with a shelter bed for the next year. A Home for Everyone estimates it costs $750,000 to open a shelter for 100 people for the first year. That doesn’t include the untold millions needed to provide services for addicts and the mentally ill. And it would have required even more money to keep people from losing their homes in the first place. Welcome Home, a coalition of activist groups advocating more investment in affordable housing, estimates the Portland metro area is short at least 40,000 units of housing for low-income people—requiring $50 to $100 million in public monies every year for 20 years. “To meet the housing needs of these

Portlanders, we must build deeply affordable housing with our public dollars,” says Welcome Home executive director Jessica Larson. “It’s the only way to get rents low enough that they can afford.” HOW MUCH MONEY HAS THE CITY AND COUNTY DEDICATED?

The city and county, along with the Portland Housing Authority and federal government, will spend more than $57 million this year on housing-related services. In September, Hales declared a housing emergency, then pledged an additional $20 million in funding for next year. Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury pledged to increase county funding for affordable housing by $10 million next year. What happens after that, nobody knows. DO THEY HAVE ANY IDEA WHERE THIS MONEY IS COMING FROM?

It’s not clear yet. The budgets for next year have not been announced. The Portland City Council has already set aside $10 million toward fulfilling its pledge. The city and county may dedicate some of their recent windfalls (from higher tax receipts in the city’s case, or a lawsuit in the county’s case) to housing this year. City agencies are in the process of cutting 5 percent, which could help address the issue. County departments are looking at 2 percent cuts. New taxes on short-term rentals may also result in more funds for the city. WHAT DO THE LEADING MAYORAL CANDIDATES SUGGEST WE SHOULD DO?

The two top candidates—Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey—have expressed skepticism about Hales’ new camping rules, saying he failed to consult sufficiently with citizens or other elected officials. “I’m not convinced that the people of Portland are clear on where the mayor is going with this,” Wheeler says. So far during the campaign, Wheeler has pledged shelter beds for all homeless people in Portland. Bailey has focused on the need to build more affordable-housing stock. Says Bailey, who sits on the board of A Home for Everyone: “The mayor’s plan comes from a place of compassion. It did not come to A Home for Everyone’s board, and I hope to engage with my colleagues there and at the county to invest in real solutions, real housing.”

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“I don’t know why groups of six. Why not more? How long is a sidewalk? Two hundred feet? And how tall is a man? If you do the math, why can’t it be more? If a person finds a place to sleep, let him sleep.” —Earl Moody “I think it’s not OK to have the cops come in and shoo people away from where they feel safe and dry.” —Tammy Moody “More permanent housing is needed. Making people sleep on the sidewalk is not the answer. I know there are other solutions.” —Mike Summers


Homeless campers say what they think of the city’s new policy.




“It’s something that should have happened a long time ago. Why can’t someone do what is a human right to everyone—sleep?” —Trish R.

If you want the street-level take on the city’s camping policy, you go to Right 2 Dream Too and the Springwater Corridor. No two places better showcase the extremes of homeless camping. Right 2 Dream Too is a self-organized, selfmonitored homeless camp that has operated along West Burnside Street at the Chinatown gate since 2011. That fall, WW described it as “basically a highfunctioning commune run by those without housing.” It’s now being moved to a new site in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Mayor Charlie Hales regularly cites Right 2 Dream Too as a model when he discusses opening camps across the city.

The Springwater Corridor is a poster child, too— for different reasons. Last year, neighbors grew alarmed by confrontations with homeless people along a segment of the bike path running between Southeast 82nd Avenue and Flavel Street. They gave the sprawling camps a nickname: “The Avenue of Terror.” The name stuck, thanks in part to repetition by cycling advocacy website Bike Portland and the Portland Business Alliance. We spoke to campers living in both places about whether they think Hales’ new rules for camping will work. In both places, the mayor’s plan met with a mixed reception.



“You really need to make a camp for women. It’s really bad out here for women. You can’t just push people from site to site. You need to make camps. Make one for women, one for people with records—criminals—so they can steal from each other. Make a camp for couples.” —Julie Zornado

I think it’s good. Everybody has a place to go and not be messed with. As long as they keep it clean.” —Hilarie Tucker “I really don’t like being out here, to tell you the truth. If they got the money to put people in places, they should put people in places. I just want to get my Social Security and move out of state.” —Coatis Franks “They should have a spot where people can keep their tent up, if they keep it clean. They have a lot of abandoned buildings they aren’t even using. Why don’t they put people in there?” —Angela Padilla JULIE ZORNADO


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CAMP RULES Defining moments in Portland’s camping policy.

CITY IN TENTS: Homeless women, pictured above and below, were among people who set up camp along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade in May 2015.

June 4, 1981: The city of Portland, under Mayor Frank Ivancie, adopts Ordinance 151690, prohibiting camping within city limits. That ban includes “any bedding, sleeping bag or other sleeping matter, or any stove or fire…whether or not such place incorporates the use of any tent, lean-to, shack or any other structure or any vehicle or part thereof.” June 25, 1981: The Portland City Council clarifies the camping ban by establishing penalties of up to $100 and 30 days in jail.

Feb. 10, 2000: A homeless man and his son challenge a ticket issued under Portland’s anti-camping rule in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Sept. 27, 2000: Multnomah County Circuit Judge Stephen L. Gallagher Jr. sides with the homeless man, ruling that Portland’s 19-year-old anticamping ordinance is unconstitutional because it criminalizes homelessness. “Performing such life-sustaining acts as sleeping with bedding is necessary action for someone without a home,” Gallagher Jr. ruled, according to The Oregonian’s coverage at the time. “This act of sleeping is not conduct that can be separated from the fact of the individual’s status of being homeless.”

June 23, 2004: Multnomah County Circuit Judge Marilyn E. Litzenberger calls the sit-lie rule overly broad and overturns it.

Dec. 15, 2004: The City Council passes a variation on the sit-lie rule, criminalizing blocking the sidewalk. “I’m not fully convinced that this is going to work,” Sten says. City Hall will renew and tweak the policy repeatedly in the next five years.

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2005: Portland enters the first year of its 10-year plan to end homelessness. 2007: The City Council agrees to let Dignity Village stay at its city-owned location for several more years. The village has grown to house about 60 people in structures that resemble food carts or backyard sheds. April 25, 2008: Protesters pitch tents on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor Tom Potter to ditch the anti-camping rule.

Dec. 12, 2008: Homeless Portlanders file a classaction lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the camping ban.

June 22, 2009: Multnomah County Circuit Judge Stephen K. Bushong declares the sit-lie rule violates the state constitution and overturns it. The City Council doesn’t try another one.

Sept. 28, 2000: Portland appeals the ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals and continues to enforce its camping ban.

December 2000: Camp Dignity, led by advocate Ibrahim Mubarak, is born when a handful of homeless Portlanders pitch tents under the Broadway Bridge.

September 2001: After multiple moves and months of negotiation with city leaders, Camp Dignity refashions itself as Dignity Village on city land near Portland International Airport and Columbia River Correctional Institution. It’s supposed to be temporary. “It’s not a goal of mine to have people live there forever,” City Commissioner Erik Sten tells The Oregonian.

Oct. 6, 2011: The Occupy Portland movement sets up camp in two downtown parks, Lownsdale and Chapman squares. Portland’s prohibition on camping protects camping done in protest as a protected form of speech. Mayor Sam Adams tolerates the camp for 39 days, before telling police to sweep it.

2003: The Portland City Council adopts an ordinance that bans blocking a public sidewalk. The concept often is referred to as Portland’s “sit-lie rule,” because it prohibits sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks.

Oct. 10, 2011: Ibrahim Mubarak launches a new tent city at the gates to Portland’s Chinatown called Right 2 Dream Too.

December 2011: Portland OKs car camping in church parking lots. The pilot program flops. Churches express interest, but neighborhood groups stop them.

June 2011: The City Council again extends Dignity Village’s lease of city land in Northeast Portland but laments a lack of services for helping residents move to permanent housing.

Aug. 21, 2012: The city settles the class-action lawsuit, but Portland’s ban on tents survives because the case against it was not strong. City officials set up a system for returning belongings to homeless people whose campgrounds are swept.

Jan. 1, 2013: Mayor Charlie Hales takes office. The sidewalks outside City Hall routinely host overnight campers. The mayor pledges to combat an “epidemic of panhandling.”

July 23, 2013: Hales evicts the City Hall campers, citing public sex and drug use. They move across the street to Chapman Square.

Aug. 7, 2013: Hales authorizes broad sweeps of homeless camps, starting in Chapman Square and moving across the central city. “Some of the people involved have said that the laws don’t apply to them,” Hales says. “And they’re wrong.”

Summer 2015: Campers in the North Park Blocks, some of whom engage in public sex and drug use, spark anger among neighbors and business owners. Other homeless Portlanders establish two camps, Hazelnut Grove and Forgotten Realms, in North Portland’s Overlook neighborhood, over residents’ objections.

Sept. 23, 2015: Hales declares a housing emergency in Portland. A week later, he pledges $20 million in additional city money to build affordable housing.

Feb. 8, 2016: Hales debuts his new rules to allow sleeping on the sidewalk and limited camping on city property. CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT


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Every year for 10 years, Lompoc has invited a dozen restaurants and pubs and especially brewpubs to compete for the Chowder Cup, as judged by the people. For $10, you try all 12 blind, and then vote. Lompoc Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave, 288-3996. Noon-3 pm.

Firkin Fest

Drink any of 40 limited-edition firkin beers—known as cask beer—unpasteurized, unfiltered and carbonated naturally in the cask. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 517-0660. 11 am-6 pm. $10 for a glass and 5 taster tickets, additional tickets $1.

SUNDAY, FEB. 21 Thali Brunch Club

The Thali Indian pop-up will offer the Indian meal of nashta as one of Din Din’s last meals—expect six courses of brunch including mango pickles on durum and goan sausage. Email or call for tickets. BYO booze. Din Din, 920 NE Glisan St., 754-6456. 11 am. $45.

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 WW’s Oregon Beer Awards

The only statewide competition to celebrate Oregon beers will announce the best beers in the state as judged by a blind panel of beer-industry insiders. Amy Miller will emcee, and brewer band Black Lodge—featuring John Harris of Ecliptic and Ron Gansberg of Cascade—will perform. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, 288-3895. 5:30 pm. $15 includes a Bunk slider and a pint of beer. Tickets at

Where to eat this week. 1. Chicken and Guns

1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 234-7236, As we were reminded at the recent all-Portland IPA tasting at N.W.I.P.A.— winners announced in next week’s issue of WW—Chicken and Guns’ Latin-inspired chicken is kicking everyone’s ass halfway to next Tuesday. $.

2. Cacao

414 SW 13th Ave, 241-0656, Now that Valentine’s Day is finally over, you can buy chocolate for yourself. Try the smooth, nutty, floral Cloudforest bars from Cocanu. $-$$.

3. Tastebud

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

4. Providore Fine Foods

2340 NE Sandy Blvd., 232-1010, Pastaworks’ new marketplace is open—including the Flying Fish oyster bar, which offered a nice crab bisque. Or check the deli case for salads, chicken-fat potatoes and pork loin. $.

5. Reo’s Ribs

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. $.


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La Camel

La Camel hit us like a slap to the forehead. The little Moroccan cart has been at downtown’s Southwest Alder Street pod for over a year, on 9th Avenue just up from Finnegan’s. But the teeming three blocks of carts can be an overwhelming Babel of world-spanning food options, with multiple iterations of shawarma, burrito and pad Thai repeating like the backgrounds on a low-budget cartoon. And so only recently did we start to hear rumblings, tips handed off in relay fashion: You have to try La Camel. The welcoming Moroccan Order this: Kefta tagine ($8.75) cart is unique in Portland, or lamb shank ($12). with a homestyle menu devoted to elaborate, ceramic-cooked tagines and North African-style paellas, slow-cooked foods prepared with uncommon care. Dollar for dollar, I’d happily stack up owner LAMB SHANK Karim Baziou’s kefta stews and saffron-spiced chicken against the fare at any Moroccan spot in town. He was a chef in his native country before moving to Portland, and his expertise is more than apparent in the variety and balance in his dishes. It can’t be easy to make this menu out of a cart. The kefta tagine ($8.75) is the cart’s flagship—a Moroccanspiced meatball stew served up in thick tomato sauce and topped with egg, shakshuka-style. The dish combines the low-and-slow richness of good Italian marinara with earthy North African spice and the pungent surprise of olive. The bread that comes with the dish is essential for sopping up the sauce that remains. Although, if you wish, you can also get your meatballs in toasted sandwich form ($7.75), with the same sauce. The lamb shank ($12) is equally impressive, if not more so, a hefty marbled drumstick cooked and marinated for hours until the tender meat is burgundy within. It looks and tastes like nothing that should come from a cart, served up with a cauliflower, pepper and potato stew basking in the juices of the meat. The chicken tagine ($9), meanwhile, does not stint on its precious saffron spice: The meat arrives basted in it, a depth of flavor leavened by the acidity of green olive and Meyer lemon. The cart also serves paellas and seafood tagines—including a salmon special—and each dish can be accompanied by housemade Moroccan-spiced coffee or gunpowder tea herbed up with fresh mint leaves. Baziou serves the would-be home cook with spice blends he sells out of the cart. “If you’ve got a dish you want to make,” he said, “You tell me and I will make a blend just for you.” You could question the wisdom of giving customers the means to make his food—but somehow I doubt he’s worried about the competition. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. EAT: La Camel, Southwest 9th Avenue between Alder and Washington streets, 778-0604, 11 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday.



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The final scene of The Sopranos was, I think we can all admit now, among the most perfect 4 minutes and 30 seconds of television ever aired. Tony’s unseen but obviousto-any-non-jamook whacking in a diner booth was the rare satisfying but non-gratuitous conclusion to a series, made all the more perfect because it left some viewers banging on their cable boxes, worried they’d lost Order this: Han Dynasty pie and dandan noodles at Pizza Jerk; the feed physically when winter salad and pepperoni pie they’d merely lost it metaat Red Sauce. phorically. And so what a delight it was to walk into Pizza Jerk and survey the room of red-and-white checkerboard tablecloths, glowing Tiffany lamps and high-backed booths as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” played loud. The night only got better from there. Cully’s brash new Italianish spot, along with the morerestrained Red Sauce Pizza across the street, form Portland’s closest approximation of a Little Italy since they tore up the old downtown neighborhood to chase the “ethnic people” away. Both spots channel the atmosphere and cuisine of Southern Italian immigrants who came here beginning in the late 19th century, but Pizza Jerk, specifically, draws on the tradition of glorious bastardization that brings us West Virginia pizza rolls and St. Louis toasted ravioli. The Jerk is Bunk Sandwiches king Tommy Habetz, who took over the old Magoo’s bar on Northeast 42nd Avenue in November. The menu is large and delightfully convoluted—you have your pies with smoked brisket, you have your mozzie sticks that employ premium cheese to unsettling effect, you have your wings in a sweet-hot sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Order the special pies, especially the Han Dynasty ($25 whole) with chopped brisket, fried shallots, jalapeño barbecue sauce and goat cheese. I’m typically opposed to barbecue pizzas, but this one was wonderful. Pastas are intense. Dry dandan noodles ($12) sopped with pink onion, fatty pulled pork and a ladle of chili oil were a trashy delight. Cacio and pepe spaghetti ($10) is drenched in



garlic and black pepper and served with a side of garlic bread in a small paper bag stained with grease—I concede nostalgia is a big part of the appeal, but I loved the burn of completely unrestrained flavor. This is what I’ve always wanted, and never got, from the city’s few remaining old-school Italian joints. At one point, Pizza Jerk made bony but toothsome little riblets, which were almost entirely composed of sauce and gristle, though they’re sadly gone. The original plan to make soft-serve ice cream was scrapped, but instead they make fancy versions of Pizza Hut-style dessert pies, like an apple streusel ($10) coated in cinnamon, caramel, thin slices of green apple and almond bits. It’s reason enough to bring four people; it comes only as a whole pie, but is absolutely worth ordering. Pizza Jerk’s vegetarian and traditional pies were the only things that didn’t get me excited. An eggplant Parmesan tasted like it was topped with soggy rice cakes, and a boring old pepperoni would have benefited from more sauce and saltier cheese. If you’re going unapologetically old-school, you’ve gotta commit. Pizza Jerk fails only when it doesn’t push hard enough toward the loud and absurd. Which is why I personally preferred Pizza Jerk to Red Sauce Pizza’s more restrained take on the concept. Saucestress Shardell Dues says she’s been making pizza for 20 years, and tapped her friends and family for help opening her dream spot—she didn’t know a similar shop would be opening across the street, backed by the Earl of Sandwiches. Personal touches are everywhere in Red


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Sauce’s homey little space, where the pies are named for the people who put elbow grease into the build-out. Dues uses high-quality flour for her dough and DiNapoli tomatoes for her sauce, and smokes her own meats for toppings. It’s a very good neighborhood pizza spot—five years ago, before the artisan pizza boom, we’d count it among the best in the city—with a solid pub salad and an even-better winter salad ($5 small, $9 large) with deep green and purple hues, walnuts and twisted young carrots. The calzones ($11-$16) stay soft and pliable out to the edges. Red Sauce tends to fail when it overthinks things. The calzone needed way more mozzarella and very little of the other three cheeses included. The Tony Soprano sandwich ($7) of Italian deli meats and shredded lettuce needed lots more oil and vinegar, plus a new bun that’s not so dry and hard. Yes, An Xuyen Bakery makes great miniature French loaves, but they don’t stand up well to oil or time—there’s a reason banh mi places advertise fresh bread made on the hour. If you’re gonna throw some gabagool on a roll and name it after Tony Soprano, you really gotta source Italian bread. Luckily, I know a guy. Drive out to Beaverton. Best subs in town. Ask for Chuck. Tell him Tommy’s moving in on your turf and you need some bread.


EAT: Pizza Jerk, 5028 NE 42nd Ave, 284-9333, pizzajerkpdx. com. 11:30 am-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 am-10 pm Friday and Saturday. Red Sauce Pizza, 4935 NE 42nd Ave., 2884899, 4:30-9:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday.




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a young DJ named Peter Slaghuis for a remix. He didn’t change much, but he did add a curious-sounding synth melody over the top. Smith: We call it “the barking seal.” The first time I heard it, we were playing the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, and I heard it over the phone. Our manager played it. “Here’s the remix, what do you think?” And I liked it because I never in a million years would’ve thought of that. Day: We met Peter Slaghuis when he came to New York one time, and he tragically died in an auto accident when he was in his 30s. Much, much later, we found an interview he did where he said he actually didn’t like “I Can’t Wait” at all. He did as little to it as possible because he didn’t really want to work on it.


For a song to achieve immortality, it’s going to need an especially sharp hook. Sometimes it’s a riff. Sometimes it’s a melody. In the case of Nu Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait,” it’s the sound of Donald Duck scatting through a vocoder. God knows what the keyboard preset is actually labeled. But you’d recognize it before the prominent bassline, or even the title. It wasn’t even the band’s idea—a Dutch DJ threw it on a remix—but it was the missing piece that, in 1986, propelled a regional Portland hit into a global smash. Even in its original form, “I Can’t Wait” is the platonic ideal of a classic ’80s song: timeless in its blend of fat-bottom funk and R&B elegance, but with just enough retro-futurist kitsch to immediately evoke the era. As two self-professed “jazz hippies,” singer Valerie Day and songwriter John Smith admittedly had no idea what went into creating a pop single. So how did they end up writing the biggest song ever to come out of Portland? Turns out it was, at first, mostly an act of desperation.

Nu Shooz’s Valerie Day and John Smith in 1987, and in 2013 (below). phil isley


The “Long Vocal Dutch Remix” became a hit in the New York club scene, and finally landed Nu Shooz a deal with Atlantic Records. By June 1986, “I Can’t Wait” hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts, leading to appearances on American Bandstand and Soul Train, an international tour and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. It also opened up other, previously unfathomable opportunities.

By 1983, Nu Shooz was in a rut. It had been playing clubs since the late ’70s, drawing good crowds but failing to sustain a lineup or a consistent musical direction. In December, John Smith dedicated himself to rerouting the band back to its R&B roots. John Smith: The mission statement was to write the funkiest thing that I could, and kind of blow all the dust out of the exhaust pipe and get us back to what we’re supposed to be doing. I rented a four-track machine for the incredible sum of $24 per month, and the first reel, “I Can’t Wait,” was on it. There were five tunes I was working on, sitting on a wooden box by the furnace in the basement with a nylon string guitar. In the summer of ’84, we went into the studio, and the first thing I did was slow it way down. It laid there like a lump. Valerie Day: It was slower than the live version we’d been playing. I remember coming into the studio the day it was my turn to record the vocals, and I hadn’t heard he’d slowed it down. I get into the studio, and I was like, “I can’t sing this.” Smith: For about six months, we tinkered with it. Then, on the way to the studio one day, I was listening to the Time, and they had this bottle part on “Jungle Love.” I appropriated that, put it on the track, and then it started to move. “I Can’t Wait” ended up as one of five songs on Nu Shooz’s second official release, an EP recorded at Cascade Recording in Portland. Day: We get these five songs recorded, we put this on a cassette called Tha’s Right, and we release it on our own, basically. And nothing, really, was happening. Except this music writer, for The Downtowner magazine in Portland, he wrote about the band and said we were boring live, but we had made this really cool thing, and it was a shame local radio wouldn’t play it. Gary Bryan, co-host of KKRZ’s morning show: We read the article and went on the air. They mentioned Nu Shooz in the article, and we were like, “We’d love to play it, but we can’t play it if we don’t have it.” No one ever brought it in. Day: Our manager at the time, who was a bartender at the Veritable Quandary, he was a morning person, thank

Smith: The secret Nu Shooz cool test is, if they come up and sing the bassline, they’re cool. If they sing the barking seal, they’re less cool.

God. So he heard this on the radio. He jumped on his Vespa, he drove it to the station, handed them the cassette, and they picked “I Can’t Wait” to play. Bryan: The next day, we put it on the air. We made a big deal out of it. A lot of people started calling for it, and we put it into heavy rotation. It came up every hour and 45 minutes or something. We took it to No. 1 on our chart, and that meant we were reporting that to radio and record magazines, and to Billboard. And we thought, “Let’s get these guys a record deal. Let’s try to bust a band out of Portland!” After hearing “I Can’t Wait,” Greg Lee, a local promo manager for Warner Bros., became a champion for the band in the Pacific Northwest, helping spread the song across the region. Greg Lee: I took it to several Portland radio stations and played it for them, and they all agreed, immediately, like, “You need to get this to us!” That was the impetus for myself. I wanted this to be on Warner Bros. Day: Greg also got us a demo deal with Warner Bros. We recorded some songs we’d had for a while, and the label said, “Sorry, we’ve got Madonna already.” Lee: Usually, when a label passes, they don’t offer you anything other than “C’est la vie.” [Michael Ostin, head of Warner Bros. A&R] gave the band what was called a demo deal. That was a financial gift, so to speak—an honorarium, given to the band to make another demo. It was sort of like, “We’re passing, but we see there’s something there.” Striking out with the majors, the band’s manager licensed “I Can’t Wait” to a service which would do limited pressings geared toward the international market. A Dutch disco label picked it up, and handed the song off to

Smith: My manager asked me who I most wanted as a sideman, and out of my mouth came, “Oh, Maceo Parker,” because he’d been my hero since I was 11 years old. So we recorded with him on the second Atlantic record. Day: One of our heroes at the time were Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and I think we met them at the Minneapolis Music Awards. Smith: Jimmy Jam came up to me and said, “We wish we had written that song.” Nu Shooz followed “I Can’t Wait” with two other charting singles. But its second album for Atlantic, Told U So, underperformed. A third album was never released. Smith: They didn’t even call us to say they were dropping us. We found out at a show. We met the new Atlantic rep, and he didn’t know who we were. I said, “We’re on the release schedule for September,” and he said, “Uh, I don’t think so.” Day: It was kind of hard for them to understand who we were and what we were about and what our potential was. We had three A&R people in that seven-year period, and one of them was the guy who discovered White Lion or whatever. Nu Shooz went on hiatus, with Day and Smith concentrating on raising their son. Beginning in the late ’90s, “I Can’t Wait” began to take on a second life, appearing on movie soundtracks, getting sampled by Vanessa Williams and 50 Cent and, most recently, remixed by Questlove for a Target ad. Day and Smith are currently working on a new Nu Shooz album, due out this year. Day: It’s kind of a miraculous thing. This song is like our child. We birthed it and raised it to a certain point, and then it went out in a world and now it’s doing it’s own thing. We obviously had something to do with it, but at a certain point, it’s not about you anymore. It’s really about the song having its own life. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 17, 2016





John Scofield updates his early-’90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present.

Performing Sunday, February 28th, 7:30PM at Revolution Hall with Joe Lovano

GARY PEACOCK Now This $14.99 CD

In the realm of the piano trio the bar is set high, and creative bassist Gary Peacock has helped raise it in the groups of Bill Evans, Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. Now This is an album with the bassist’s current trio, recorded last summer in Oslo.

Performing Friday, February 19th, 9:30PM at Winningstad Theatre

CHARLES LLOYD This 5-CD box set looks back at the beginning of the great saxophonist’s association with ECM. It includes the albums “Fish Out Of Water”, “Notes from Big Sur”, “The Call”, “All My Relations” and “Canto”.



The Bell features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers. Ches has worked a very wide range of music in the course of his career, and his own groups have been informed by his far-reaching experience.

The Kolossus is a vehicle for bassist Michael Formanek’s singular compositions and arrangements and features a stunning lineup of world class jazz artists.

The Ethics band is international, and the Algiers-born Benita leads a line-up comprised of a flugelhornist from Fribourg, Switzerland, a koto player from Tokyo, a guitarist from Drøbak, Norway, and a French drummer who once lived in Turkey.




Into The Silence $14.99 CD

The Distance $14.99 CD

The First Quartet $24.99 3 CD Box Set

This Is Not A Miracle $14.99 CD

This 3-CD set with recordings from 1978 to 1980 returns some historically-important material to the catalogue, namely the albums Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M.

The British/Norwegian Food duo of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen are joined again by Austrian guitarist and electronics player Christian Fennesz for a new album of powerful grooves, evocative textures and exploratory improvisation, sometimes hypnotically insistent, sometimes turbulent.




The untitled ECM double-album debut of young Norwegian saxophonist, composer and improviser Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg is an arrestingly original musical statement.

Guitarist Ben Monder first recorded for ECM as a member of the Paul Motian Band on “Garden of Eden” in 2004, and Amorphae was originally conceived as a series of duets for Ben and Paul.

Now in its 30th year, the Keith Jarrett Trio is widely considered, as the NY Times recently remarked, to have set “the gold standard” for jazz groups, and this sparkling concert recording from 2009 is issued to mark a milestone anniversary.




Creation $14.99 CD

Where in the past the solo documentation has shown the improvisational process unfolding over the course of a single evening, this time Jarrett zeroes in on the most revelatory moments from six concerts in Tokyo, Toronto, Paris and Rome and shapes a new dramaturgy from the intuitive sequencing of the material.

Amorphae $14.99 CD

Silva $15.99 CD

GRAMMY WINNER! Recorded live in early 2015, Sylva is a noted creative departure for Snarky Puppy, and marks their first collaboration with an orchestra - namely Holland’s The Metropole Orkest.

EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION New Album Available 3/4 $12.99 CD $15.99 Deluxe CD

Winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Beautiful Life” showcases Dianne’s sublime gifts in what is a melding of R&B, Latin and pop elements within the framework of 21st Century jazz.

‘Emily’s D+Evolution’ promises to tell a story that “unfolds as live musical vignettes;” continuing Spalding’s recent penchant for projects that skew towards high-concept presentations that are equally appropriate at both art gallery an jazz club alike.

Performing Sunday, February 21st, 7:30PM at Newmark Theatre

Somewhere $14.99 CD

Freedom & Surrender $12.99 CD

Wright is gifted with an extraordinary instrument, and Freedom & Surrender allows Wright to illuminate her dynamic soul through the layers of passion and playfulness found within the songs.


You & The Night & The Music

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Snakeoil $14.99 CD

John Scofield updates his early-’90s quartet with drummer Bill Stewart and saxophonist Joe Lovano by recruiting bassist Larry Grenadier for his fetching, appropriately titled impulse! debut, Past Present.



River Silver $14.99 CD

The charismatic Tel Aviv-born trumpeter has his ECM leader debut in a programme of expansive and impressionistic compositions for jazz quartet, augmented by tenor saxophone.

Mette Henriette $24.99 2 CD Box Set


Beautiful Life $14.99 CD

Performing Friday, February 19th, 7PM at Newmark Theatre

CHES SMITH The Bell $14.99 CD


Quartets $42.99 5 CD Box Set

Originally from Philadelphia, Sonny Fortune built his fame in New York City starting in the late ‘60s playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and Nat Adderley.

Two $15.99 CD

The track list includes compositions from Corea & Fleck’s genre-shattering 2009 album, The Enchantment, which are re-worked with boundary-stretching improvisation, Corea and Fleck classics, as well as choice new music added to the repertoire along the way.

LOUIS HAYES The Time Keeper

$12.99 CD

After developing his skills in the fertile musical ground of Detroit in the 1950’s with the likes of Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and others, Louis found himself in New York at the tender age of 18, a member of the great Horace Silver Quintet.

Performing Thursday, February 18th, 9:30PM at Jimmy Mak’s


The Complete Concert By The Sea


‘Jaco’ Original Soundtrack


Taking their cues from bands like Pavement, the Grateful Dead, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Donkeys craft melodic country-rock songs inspired by their state’s warm weather and relaxed pace. Tracked largely live-in-the-studio, Midnight Palms oozes with the sticky, syrupy energy of a band fresh off the road and “in rare form,” as the expression goes.

The Sportin’ Lifers jump out of a time when names such as Johnny Otis, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Etta James, and Slim Gaillard were heard up and down the West Coast, while Paul Gayten, Professor Longhair, and scores of others held forth in The Crescent City. Rhythm, jive, swing, reefer tunes, jump blues, boogie woogie—it’s all here.




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Cry Baby

Made In Chicago $14.99 CD

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With Made In Chicago, an exhilarating live album, Jack DeJohnette celebrates a reunion with old friends brought together again for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millenium Park in August 2013.

The complete live concert recording newly uncovered by the Erroll Garner Jazz Project and digitally remastered in its entirety after six decades.


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Bluestreak Live Presents:

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A collection of music from the documentary film, “JACO,” the JACO: Original Soundtrack premieres brand new recordings, including two riveting interpretations of Jaco classics.


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Building upon the conceptual ideas of her 2014 EP, Dollhouse, Melanie Martinez’s 2015 full-length debut, Cry Baby, finds her taking the innocent imagery of youth and family (“Carousel,” “Training Wheels,” “Milk and Cookies”) and subverting them into angular R&B and electro-infused anthems of familial strife, abuse, and romance gone wrong.

The duo that is Twenty One Pilots - Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun - has earned widespread applause for their energetic live sets and distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift. No strangers to the road, Twenty One Pilots has built a fervent national following via their electrifying live performances at innumerable headline shows and tours.



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= WW Pick. Highly recommended.


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Alto!, Pulse Emitter, Volcanic Pinnacles

[SPACE JAM] The local three-piece known as Alto! is a leading force of jaminspired improvisation. Featuring polyrhythmic dueling drums and open-tuned shreds, Alto! trades in a driving, motorikinspired blend of minimal rhythms and 12-string melodies, like Neu! meets Sun City Girls in a Bavarian studio, recorded live with minimal overdubbing. Tonight, the band is joined by Portland resident synth guru Daryl Groetsch, whose hyper-melodic digital compositions as Pulse Emitter guide the listener through a synthetic ecosystem of sound, exploring ambient music’s lighter side. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0542. 9 pm. $8. 21+.

Tyga, Huey P, Lee Haze, Bezzel [PAPARAZZI RAP] Let’s not beat around the bush here: At this point, California rapper Tyga is more of a hit on TMZ than the pop charts. That’s what happens when you date Kylie Jenner. But here’s a slightly unpopular opinion: Tyga’s got some jams! His brand of pop-rap is made for maximum pleasure, filtering various trends from the past few years into radio-friendly ear candy.

There’s no denying “Rack City”—its dumb minimalism done to perfection, a loving ode to twerk that’s one of those songs you dismiss at first only to find yourself singing the hook in the shower every morning. Tyga is by no means Nas (or even J. Cole), and his latest record, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, is mostly a trainwreck. But in a live setting where you’re likely getting mostly radio singles, you could do worse for a rap show on a rainy winter Wednesday. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Roseland Theater, 10 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $35. All ages.

THURSDAY, FEB. 18 Matisyahu

[REGGAE RAP] Matisyahu is no longer a Hasidic reggae singer and rapper, just a regular, vaguely spiritual reggae singer and rapper, which seems to defeat



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THE PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL’S FIVE MUST-SEE SHOWS Pat Martino Trio, Kenny Barron Trio Newmark Theatre)

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Between their two kinds of strings, guitarist Pat Martino and pianist Kenny Barron remain firmly rooted in one kind of swing, which has numerous concertgoers hoping for a pair of midset collaborations.

2 We Four (Feb. 21 at Winningstad Theatre) Legendary Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb joins forces with three younger jazz luminaries to pay tribute to John Coltrane—a rare opportunity to see this jazz icon play the music of his former bandmate. 3 Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Alicia Olatuja (Feb. 25 at Revolution Hall)

Renowned percussionist Brian Blade leads his fellowship band with a calming artistic power, bringing to life gentle and complex musical soundscapes that pass into inquiring ears with the weight of a feather.

4 Universal Consciousness, with Pharoah Sanders (Feb. 27 at Newmark Theatre)

Many casual fans forget, but Alice Coltrane contributed almost as much to jazz music as her husband, John. Tonight, her son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, leads an all-star group including special guest Pharoah Sanders— one of the most critically hailed reed men to ever live—in celebration of all things Alice.

5 John Scofield/Joe Lovano Quartet (Feb. 28 at Revolution Hall)

Two of today’s most groove-obsessed jazz icons, guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Joe Lovano, will solo one after the other in a powerhouse quartet, showcasing their skills as prominent figureheads. PARKER HALL. MORE: The PDX Jazz Festival is Feb. 18-28. See for a complete schedule, and for more picks.


then I’d spent most of my time in a remote and isolated mountain community [outside Laytonville, Calif.], where there weren’t enough people to segregate by age, with the result that everyone from children to grandparents tended to work and socialize together.


By 2005, Lookout wasn’t releasing new albums anymore. Do you think Lookout could have continued to thrive under your leadership? A big part of my reason for leaving Lookout when I did was my emotional instability and personal unhappiness at the time. If I’d been able to get those demons under control while still maintaining my position at Lookout, then it’s quite possible the label could have survived and prospered. But that’s a pretty big if.

It’s hard to overstate Larry Livermore’s contributions to punk rock. He wrote for Maximumrocknroll. He gave a 12-year-old Tré Cool his first drumming gig, in his band, the Lookouts. He helped get Berkeley’s legendary all-ages punk club at 924 Gilman Street up and running. And in 1987, he cofounded Lookout Records, which released seminal albums by Green Day, Operation Ivy, Screeching Weasel and Pansy Division, to name a few. After Livermore left the label in 1997, Lookout lost its way. By 2012, it died for good. In his new memoir, How to Ru(i)n a Record Label: The Story of Lookout Records (Don Giovanni Records, 301 pages, $14.99), Livermore looks back on the idealism, infighting and ineffable magic of the scene he helped build. WW caught up with Livermore to talk about the personal demons that forced him to abandon the label, reckoning with pop-punk sexism, and the possibility of a Lookout revival. WW: By the time Green Day got famous, you must have known that the Lookout story would be one worth documenting. Larry Livermore: I actually had a pretty good hunch Lookout—or at least the scene it was documenting— would grow into something pretty big long before Green Day got famous. In fact, I wrestled quite a bit with my conscience in 1989 and 1990, concerned that too much exposure and commercial success might wind up destroying everything that I found special and precious about Gilman and the East Bay. You were 40 years old when you co-founded Lookout. Did you ever burn out on being surrounded by people half your age? I mention this in the book, marveling at the fact that I never really noticed it, at least not during the early years, and theorize that it might be because up until

Two of the most popular Lookout bands, Screeching Weasel and the Queers, wrote some pretty cringeworthy songs about women. Did such content ever make you uncomfortable? About the best I can say for it was that things were beginning to change, and continued to change, to the point where what was considered “normal” then would immediately raise eyebrows and objections now. But like a lot of people who grew up in a different era, it took me a while to grasp why some lyrics and attitudes might be not just unpleasant but even unacceptable. It wasn’t until I was editing my book, for example, and got to a passage where I exulted about singing backups on [the Queers’] “Ursula Finally Has Tits” that I suddenly realized that was no longer something I wanted to brag about, and I removed that line from the text. Hopeless Records now owns the Lookout trademark, which means a Lookout revival of some sort is still possible. It would be kind of—and by “kind of,” I mean “really”—gross if someone were to try to market a new set of releases under the Lookout name. I suppose it might take in a few people, but I don’t think too many would fall for it. GO: Larry Livermore will read from How to Ru(i)n a Record Label: The Story of Lookout Records at Green Noise Records, 5857 SE Foster Road, on Friday, Feb. 19. 7 pm. Free. All ages. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 17, 2016



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Sioux Falls WHO: Isaac Eiger (vocals, guitar), Fred Nixon (bass), Ben Scott (drums). FOR FANS OF: The early albums by Built to Spill, Modest Mouse and the Microphones. SOUNDS LIKE: The O.C.’s Seth Cohen and Ryan Atwood’s post-college punk band. Sioux Falls is the best kind of American band. The members are young, unpretentious and don’t care how you vote or what you eat or where you’re from. They’re just three best friends with day jobs looking for a place to turn it up loud and start screaming. Isaac Eiger and Fred Nixon grew up in Bozeman, Mont., and played together in bands since high school. They struggled with small-town problems, like finding places to practice and a drummer who wouldn’t quit after a few months. Their relocation to Portland, where so many of their favorite bands hailed from, was an attempt to seek out like-minded young musicians who’d dedicated themselves as wholeheartedly as they did. “When we first came here, we really wanted to get into that PDX Pop Now! indie circuit, but we didn’t really fit in,” Nixon says, “and now there’s a thing that’s sort of formed around us.” Sioux Falls’ new album, Rot Forever, is an ambitious debut that’s been in the planning stages for years. “We wanted to make a really big, sprawling rock album,” Nixon says. Adds Eiger: “We wanted to make a road album that goes on for a long time and changes a lot. That was consistent through our musical career. The content changed, but we knew the form of the album we wanted to make, so the songs were born to fit that mold.” The result is a sizable collection—16 songs clocking in at 72 minutes—that never feels daunting. Each track is imbued with spry, incessant energy—it’s like a raging party that’s outgrown its venue. It’s the rare double album that justifies its length, where each song feels like it needs to be there just as it is. The references to Pacific Northwest indie rock of the early ’90s are easily placed. But while these guys have certainly worn out the grooves on Steve Albini-produced records, their version is more a reinterpretation than a direct copy. The bass bends and slinks; the guitars feel both light and densely heavy. The reverberations of Ben Scott’s crash cymbals create a haze that closes a majority of the songs, providing a palate for the fraternal dialogue between Eiger and Nixon, their shared affection as palpable on record as in conversation. “Rot Forever was made with the intention of being able to pull off live and not have it sound vastly different from the recordings,” Eiger says. “The next album, I don’t want to limit ourselves with that. I want it to be a weird, crazy thing—our Sgt. Pepper!” CRIS LANKENAU. SEE IT: Sioux Falls plays Black Water Bar, 835 NE Broadway, with Blowout, Rod and Drunken Palms, on Friday, Feb. 19. 7:30 pm. Call venue for ticket information. All ages. 32

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DATES HERE the entire point of being Matisyahu. (Also, without his beard he looks weirdly like Jim Varney.) But we’ll always have 2006 (see pg. 23). Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $30 advance, $35 day of show. All ages.

Galcher Lustwerk, Simic, Alex Harden and Bentactic

[ELEVATED HOUSE] The Brooklynvia-Cleveland producer known as Galcher Lustwerk first appeared on dance music’s horizon via a free hourlong mixtape titled 100% Galcher. With a string of EPs on the White Material label since, Lustwerk’s music is atmospheric yet propulsive—a nostalgic glance in house’s rear-view. It’s Galcher’s stream-of-consciousness rhyming, however, which elevates the classic formula to the 21st century, reinventing the concept of the globetrotting DJ as a modern MC. WYATT SCHAFFNER. The Liquor Store, 3341 Belmont St. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Party Boyz Vol. III Zine Release: Eyelids, My Body, Golden Hour

[ZINE RELEASE] Elizabeth Elder and Rachel Milbauer are the Abbi and Ilana of Portland music, except their empire isn’t restricted to just one medium. In addition to their podcast, the duo have also spun off their Party Boyz brand into a “lifestyle zine,” featuring essays, interviews and even recipes from various local bands. Tonight, they celebrate the release of their third issue, with sets from indie-pop craftsman Eyelids, synth-pop transplants My Body and young punks Golden Hour. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

SATURDAY, FEB. 20 Wussy, Rubella Graves

[PSYCHEDELIC NOISE] Cincinnati’s Wussy takes Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, builds it even higher and throws buckets of Technicolor paint on it. Blending Dinosaur Jr. fuzz, Stephen Malkmus wit, Sonic Youth noise and dream-yodel vocals à la the Cranberries, the group first became notable for its 2005 debut, Funeral Dress, which put it at the forefront of the Midwest psychedelic scene via a set of songs with such a high level of detailed storytelling that the album could’ve doubled as Ohio: The Musical. SOPHIA JUNE. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 2266630. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

FRIDAY, FEB. 19 Diane Coffee

Emily Wells, Lorna Dune

[HIP-HOP, CLASSICAL] “Absence of genre makes the art grow fonder,” goes the line from Emily Wells’ “Symphony 3: The Story,” wherein the dynamic multi-instrumentalist recounts her musical and personal history in verse. Truly a genre-bending anomaly, Wells cites John Cage, Philip Glass and Wu-Tang Clan as equal influences. Her live show consists of an array of instruments and what might as well be a full band of cloned copies of herself while she uses looping and overdubs in real time to create dense, orchestral tapestries à la Jon Brion. CRIS LANKENAU. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 9 pm. 21+.

Quasi, Sally Timms and Sun Sam Foot, Sun Foot

[DYNAMIC DUO] Outside of Fred and Toody Cole (and Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter), has Portland ever seen a duo as great as Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss? For my money, Quasi is the most underrated Portland band ever, with one untouchable masterpiece (1998’s Featuring “Birds”) and a handful of other great records. Coomes’ soft croon, wild guitar solos and signature Rocksichord jam is the perfect complement to Weiss’ muscular drum fills. With the Sleater-Kinney reunion tour mostly finished, let’s hope this isn’t all we hear from Quasi in 2016. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 5 pm and 9 pm. $12-$14 advance, $14-$16 day of show. Early show all ages, late show 21+.

Famine Fest 2016

[TRUE METAL] There is metal, and then there is metal. Much of Famine Fest’s lineup would be considered unlistenable to the average concertgoer. But for those who want to dive headfirst into these brackish waters, it is a great opportunity to catch creepy tech-death acts like Mitochondrion and Auroch. I hope you have Excedrin to spare. WALKER MACMURDO. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0542. 6 pm Friday-Saturday, Feb. 19-20. $20 per night. 21+.

SUNDAY, FEB. 21 Sumac

[ZEST METAL] Aaron Turner, former frontman of the influential post-metal act Isis (who had the name long before the terrorist organization), has kept busy since wrapping up that project in 2010. One of his many contemporary projects is Sumac, a band that combines the post-hardcore elements that have long run through Turner’s music with the guitar experimentation that he works with more frequently in his Mamiffer project. Sumac’s 2015 album, The Deal, sounds like what would happen if you slowed down Converge’s technical hardcore to a third of its usual speed. WALKER MACMURDO. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 9:30 pm. $12. 21+.

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[PSYCHEDELIC DOO-WOP] Without a whole lot of fanfare, Diane Coffee turned out one of the best albums of 2013, My Friend Fish, a delightful mess of blue-eyed soul, sobbing R&B and psych-tinged rock ’n’ roll. Last year, Fleming moved from New York to Indiana, and processed the change in scenery via Diane Coffee’s latest release, Everybody’s a Good Dog. Grander, more nostalgic and rife with gospel influences, the record sports a horn section, backup singers and all kinds of groove. MARK STOCK. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 9:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Palehound, Genders, Little Star

[FRACTURED NERVES] Ellen Kempner knows adulthood is hard. As the 21-year-old force behind Palehound, she spent much of 2014 in transition, grappling with post-college instabilities and mental health. She’s translated those troubles to the music on Dry Food, a superb snapshot of an album fraught with spastic electric guitar and raw, woozy noodling seeped in ’90s fuzz. Like her live performances, the songs are ripe with unpredictability and skittish momentum. Discomfort is rarely laid quite as bare. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Lamar LeRoy YEARS DJ’ING: I’ve been playing for 18 years, and getting paid for it for 10. GENRE: I used to get billed as a boogie-funk DJ, though at the time I was playing equal amounts of Italo disco and electro. Now I just play whatever feels right for the time. WHERE YOU CAN CATCH ME REGULARLY: Killingsworth Dynasty, Moloko, Dig a Pony, Jackknife, the High Dive. CRAZIEST GIG: There was the time I shared tables with the magnificent Jazzy Jeff last summer at the Do-Over, but that was just crazy for me internally. I’d have to go with the night my set ended with a fight between members of “the Real Gang Girlfriends of North Portland.” MY GO-TO RECORDS: I like to get at least one Bugz in the Attic tune in a set. The off-beat syncopation provides a little challenge in the mix and always sounds awesome coming out of a straight-beat track that people already know. There’s also a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” that I play not so often anymore, but it’s awesome to see people questioning themselves before the beat comes in. “Do I know this?” or “What the eff is this guy playing?” then flipping out once the bass is back. DON’T EVER ASK ME TO PLAY…: Anything by Future or Fetty Wap. Not to mention that when I detect the start of the phrase “Do you have any...” my mind literally goes blank for a few seconds. SEE IT: Lamar LeRoy spins at Pulse at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Rare Diagram, Blossom and Coco Columbia, on Thursday, Feb. 18. 8:30 pm. $6. 21+. Willamette Week FEBRUARY 17, 2016


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DJ Lamar LeRoy Blossom Coco Columbia Rare Diagram

The Cave Singers, Current Swell

[DRONE FOLK] The Cave Singers can make two acoustic guitars sound like a get down. The Seattle trio doesn’t slather its instrumentals in saturating effects to achieve its sound. It’s simply the combination of two guitar lines—influenced by the repetition of Delta and hill country blues—melding with percussion and vocals. The fingerpicked guitar creates the grooving drone, while the tempos measured by washboards, drum kits, chimes and tambourines keep people moving. While the Cave Singers’ previous releases and solo projects deviated from this style, the band’s newest album, Banshee, represents a return to form. HILARY SAUNDERS. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $18. 21+.

MONDAY, FEB. 22 Kneebody + Daedelus


[JAZZ TIME WARP] Two acts that figure largely in the story of California’s burgeoning jazz renaissance join forces tonight to exhibit the full might of modern beat music. Five-piece jazz outfit Kneebody and solo beatmaker Daedelus may not have equal street cred to Kendrick Lamar or Flying Lotus, but they offer the same level of musicianship, with a dense, everchanging sound straight from the future. On Kneedelus, the combined group’s first record together, they present a swirling supernova of sound, one that should have numerous jaws on Mississippi Studios’ Persian carpets. PARKER HALL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 Coeur de Pirate

[FRANCO POP] Coeur de Pirate is the work of Béatrice Martin, a formally trained Canadian singersongwriter. Her latest album, Roses, is an elegant interpretation of vocally sensitive pop, the sparkling synth and delicate piano lines sitting backseat to Martin’s tender, often French-language vocals. Her silky delivery falls somewhere between Nelly Furtado and Fiona Apple, ebbing and flowing in tightly-tuned, melodic waves. An easy-on-the-ears blend of modern pop and classical context, Coeur de Pirate induces sighs of the big-andrewarding variety. MARK STOCK. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.


[DAB ON ’EM] Almost overnight, the so-called “Migos flow”—a precise, staccato pronunciation of every syllable in the verse of a rap


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track—seemed to replace break dancing as the fourth element of hip-hop. Comprising Atlantans Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, Migos cemented their place in pop culture with Y.R.N., a mixtape woven together with a string of incredible singles that blended blinding technicality with massive hooks and the drugs-clothes-women subject matter that put ATL on the map. Migos is not always an easy group to listen to—their penchant for producers working squarely within the stripped-down Southern rap paradigm can turn a listening session into a syllabic blur—but as a group defined by its singles, the live show perhaps the best way to take in their work. WALKER MACMURDO. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $26.50 advance, $28 day of show. All ages.


[FUTURE FLUTE] Claire Chase isn’t just the world’s leading new music flutist. Still under 40, she also founded one of the country’s most successful and adventurous new music groups, International Contemporary Ensemble. One of her many projects, Density 2036, commissions an hour of new music for flute from various composers every year until 2036—the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse’s famous Density 21.5. Each of this week’s concerts sponsored by Third Angle New Music features that trailblazing flute solo, but it’s the only common denominator, as the two programs comprise of different new pieces for various flutes and sometimes electronics by leading contemporary composers like Du Yun, Marcos Balter and more. BRETT CAMPBELL. Studio 2 at Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St., 331-0301. 7:30 pm WednesdayThursday, Feb. 18-19. $25.

The Westerlies, Tale in the Telling

[CHAMBER JAZZ] Four Seattle friends move to New York and decide to form a band. Not such an unusual story, except they were all classical-jazz brass instrumentalists. The Westerlies’ first album covered music by their mentor, Wayne Horvitz, and won national acclaim for its subtle shadings and skilled lyricism. But the group also plays music by Ligeti, Ellington, Bartók and traditional folk tunes. Their upcoming new album, recorded by new music producer Jesse Lewis, contains originals by the band members, which they’ll play unhampered by music stands. BRETT CAMPBELL. Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., 238-3904. 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 18. $10. $15.

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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. FEB. 17 Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St Masters of Hawaiian Music with George Kahumoku, Jr., Led Kaapana, and Jeff Peterson

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Calabrese

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Bike Thief

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Arthur Moore; Blues Jam

East Glisan Lounge 8001 NE Glisan Street David Friesen

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge



1001 SE Morrison St. TopHat, Korgy & Bass, Mordecai

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Happy Whisky Funtime Artist Showcase

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Dust and Thirst with the Darling Blackbirds

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Alto!, Pulse Emitter, Volcanic Pinnacles

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Tyga, Huey P, Lee Haze, Bezzel

Studio 2@Zoomtopia

810 SE Belmont Claire Chase

The Know


The White Eagle

836 N Russell St Heavy Gone Acoustic

THURS. FEB. 18 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Led Zepagain

Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Matisyahu


350 West Burnside Drag the River

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Broncho, Divers, the Domestics

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Tough LPyle


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. The Junebugs

Hatfield Hall

1111 SW Broadway Smokey Joe’s Cafe


1001 SE Morrison St Willamette Week presents Pulse: Rare Diagram, Blossom, Coco Columbia, DJ Lamar LeRoy

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny The Rubatos present Global Shoegaze

Jimmy Mak’s

Mystery Skulls , Phone Call, Duddy; Strictly Platonic (lounge)

Kelly’s Olympian

Jade Lounge

221 NW 10th Ave Sonny Fortune Quartet 426 SW Washington St The Wild War, Skull Diver, Votive

Kennedy School Theater

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Cedar Teeth

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

Mississippi Studios

2348 SE Ankeny Tentamidnite

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Puttin’ It Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Quasi, Sally Timms and Sun Sam Foot, Sun Foot

Muddy Rudder Public House

3100 NE Sandy Blvd. Famine Fest 2016


Revolution Hall

1111 SW Broadway Charles Lloyd Quartet

Panic Room

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave. Metric, Joywave

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Dirty Revival with Ayron Jones and the Way

1300 SE Stark St #110 THE MUSICAL BOX, The Exclusive, Authorized By PETER GABRIEL Re-creation ...

The Firkin Tavern

Roseland Theater

2026 NE Alberta St

1937 SE 11th Ave Challenger 70//Gin & Tillyana//Sugarfly

The Know

8 NW 6th Ave Shinedown


Studio 2@Zoomtopia

116 NE Russell St Power of County Reunion, Archangels Thunderbird, Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck, Hearts of Oak

810 SE Belmont Claire Chase


5441 SE Belmont St. The Westerlies, Tale in the Telling

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Castletown and Anchors of Ascension

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St NEW SWEARS

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St The Mutineers

FRI. FEB. 19 Artichoke Music

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Friday Night Coffeehouse

Billy Blues Bar and Grill 7115 NE Hazel Dell Ave FooVana (Foo Fighters / Nirvana Tribute Band) Plays Billy Blues

Black Water Bar

835 NE Broadway St Sioux Falls, Blowout, Rod, Drunken Palms

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Diane Coffee

Classic Pianos

3003 SE Milwaukie Ave Anandi

The Secret Society

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St The Colin Trio

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell Gentle Bender/Daisy Deaths/Noirre(CA)/The Lochness Mobsters(Burger Records)

Vie de Boheme 1530 SE 7th Ave The Julians

Winningstad Theatre

1111 SW Broadway Gary Peacock Trio w/ Marc Copland and Joey Barron

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St The Infamous Stringdusters

SAT. FEB. 20 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Winterfolk XXVIII: Featuring David Roth and many more

Aladdin Theater


3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Caballito Negro

Doug Fir Lounge

225 SW Ash Proven

Duffs Garage

350 W Burnside St. Wussy, Rubella Graves

2530 NE 82nd Ave Kenny Blue Ray; Mitch Kasmar

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th

13 NW 6th Ave. Hawthorne Heights, The Ataris, Mest

Hawthorne Theatre

The Know

1507 SE 39th The Alternative Press Tour; Disenchanter, Year of the Cobra, Moondrake

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Rylei Franks

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Ole’ Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble

Kelly’s Olympian

Lovecraft Bar

Crystal Ballroom

830 E Burnside St. Emily Wells, Lorna Dune

Star Theater


Alberta Rose Theatre

1036 NE Alberta St The Harmed Brothers

350 West Burnside Vokab Kompany

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

426 SW Washington St Future Historians, Supercrow, Morganfield Riley

3000 NE Alberta St Kerosene Dream

1332 W Burnside St Borgeous & Morgan Page

THE QUEENS OF KING: L.A. neo-soul trio King brought its uniquely fluid groove to a Valentine’s Day crowd made up mostly of couples, and the palpable attraction in the air was misdirected enough to probably warrant a fight on every attendee’s drive home from Doug Fir Lounge. The group, comprised of twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and singer Anita Bias, have only just released their debut full-length, We Are King, the follow-up to a 2011 EP that attracted attention from major media and infatuated Portlanders alike. Songs “Supernatural” and “Hey” were hailed en masse with enthused screaming each time Paris Strother introduced them from her place center stage, directly behind and bisecting her bandmates. The lynchpin of the group, Paris masterfully plays three keyboards simultaneously, all while smiling and rocking back and forth in an ever-present two-step that the other members mimicked, almost in unison. Charming as the show was, it was not without required effort from the listener. With the exception of the album’s lead single, “The Greatest,” very few songs have a hook or melody that one could hum from memory minutes after hearing it. While enveloped in the experience of a King song initially, you’re placed in a strange, carefully crafted, dreamlike trance. But once it ends, you’re left to continue private study independently for the full potential of each track to blossom. The good news is that no matter how inept you might feel in your own ability to latch on to the enigmatic groove, King seem poised to lure even the most romantically challenged, regardless of the date on the calendar. CRIS LANKENAU.

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Winterfolk XXVIII: Featuring David Roth

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd In The Mix


426 SW Washington St Tribe Mars, Two Planets

Newmark Theatre

Portland 5 Centers for the Arts

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Kelly’s Olympian

3939 N Mississippi Ave Party Boyz Vol. III Release: Eyelids, My Body, Golden Hour

8105 SE 7th Ave. Sleepy Eyed Johns

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Alberta Street Pub

Artichoke Music

Ash Street Saloon


Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Pin & Hornits


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Alexa Wiley and Wiley Coyote

421 SE Grand Ave American Killers, Lebendon Toten

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Palehound, Genders, Little Star

Newmark Theatre

1111 SW Broadway Kenny Barron Trio & Pat Martino Trio

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Famine Fest Day 2

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 105.1 The Buzz Presents: The Band Perry

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave Iration + Pepper

Newmark Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Dianne Reeves

The Analog Cafe

2026 NE Alberta St LANDLINES

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Afton Presents: 2 Floors Music Festival

The Secret Society

The Liquor Store

116 NE Russell St The Sentiments, The Inciters, Tezeta Band

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Reverb Brothers

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell Roselit Bone/ SpareSpells/ Skull Diver/King Ghidora

Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Gary Bartz Quartet

SUN. FEB. 21 Brekken’s

8728 N. Lombard St. The Toads, Wet Trident, Almost Dark

Bunk Bar Water

3341 SE Belmont Brut v4.0

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St The Junebugs

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Redwood Son

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St Grand Style Orchestra

Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell Red Sweater Lullaby/ Blood Owl/Spatia/The Gloaming Hours

Winningstad Theatre

1111 SW Broadway WE FOUR - Celebrating John Coltrane

1028 SE Water Ave. Sumac

MON. FEB. 22

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Ron Steen Jazz Jam

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. The Cave Singers, Current Swell

Memorial Coliseum

300 North Winning Way The Rock & Worship Roadshow

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Mac Potts


350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny The Global Folk Club Hosted by Andrea Wild

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Freight Trane: Kenny Burrell/John Coltrane Collaboration

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave The JOE MANIS TRIO plays JOHN COLTRANE BALLADS

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Kneebody + Daedelus

Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell Embryonic Devourment/ Gravespell/Nocturnal Slaughter/Where Lovers Rot

TUES. FEB. 23 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Coeur de Pirate

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Vance Joy

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Knuckleheads Blues Jam

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Striking Matches

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Golden Handcuffs


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Sean Rowe

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Blessthefall , Miss May I , The Plot In You , Sirens & Sailors , A War Within

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Fourth Tuesdays with Edward Cohen & Friends

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave Nicole Glover Quartet

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Midland Library

805 SE 122nd Avenue Symphony Storytime

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 Ranger Station

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

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Matt Hires

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Migos

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Where to drink this week. 1. Pilcrow

830 NW Everett St., 802-0755, “Enjoy a glass of beer or wine while you shop!” reads the sign by the Pearl District World Foods’ little elbow of a grocery-store bar serving $5 beers, $6 wild-fermented ciders, and well-tended wines. It is perhaps the most wonderful sign in all of Portland.

2. Great Notion Brewing

2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491, 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.

3. No Fun

1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-8067, No Fun serves up Devil’s Dill sandwiches and, lately, the best damn karaoke night in town each Wednesday, with off-the-clock members of local bands airing out their pipes.

4. Pocket Pub

2719 NE 7th Ave., 287-3645, 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.

5. Home

719 SE Morrison St., 893-5233, Home took over the old Morrison Hotel with fine ribmeat poutine, stacked dogs and burgers, and a solid tap list of beers from Pfriem to Upright to Ballast Point.

POST-COLUMBIAN BEER: Vancouver is growing up beer-strong and hardy. Indeed, it has become Portland’s beeriest suburb by far, with four new breweries this past year, plus more stirring in Camas. But not all its beers have been traveling across state lines. You can now visit most of them at Ben’s Bottle Shop (8052 E Mill Plain Blvd., 360-314-6021,, the ’Couv’s most modern bottle shop and sporty beer pub to date. Ben’s is a big-box beer barn in a strip mall just off I-205, and it is wall-to-wall barrel chests and baseball caps on game days, with a rear-wall flat-screen the size of some cars. One wall of the bar hosts what appears to be acid-seared metal squares, a sort of brawny abstract art project. The menu is pulled-pork nachos, beer-cheddar mac and cheese, and a prodigious wealth of sliders. But from anywhere around the huge rectangle of a bar, you can order from a digital tap list of 24 beers that probably include Breakside and Fat Head’s, sure, but also maybe a Ghost Runners red—the industrial-park Vancouver brewery’s best beer—among small-tank selections from Kennewick and Airway Heights, Wash. Other Washington brews find their way into the 10 beer-case selections that line the left side of the bar, which glow like Beulah. A recent trip netted an excellent Topcutter IPA from Yakima’s Bale Breaker, which you can’t buy in Oregon but really want to. It may be a slight adjustment for Portlanders to conduct beer tourism the wrong way across the Columbia—but don’t worry. You’ll get used to it. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.


3967 N Mississippi Ave Montel Spinozza

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St. Galcher Lustwerk, Simic, Alex Harden and Bentactic

WED. FEB. 17 Lovecraft Bar

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

Plew’s Brew’s

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

THURS. FEB. 18 Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave HAYWYRE

Charlie Horse Saloon

627 SE Morrison St. Lee Hazlewood Vinyl Night with DJ Ricky Pang, DJ Whippoorwill

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay (goth, EBM)


3967 N Mississippi Ave


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Brazilian Night with Nik Nice & Brother Charlie

FRI. FEB. 19 Beech Street Parlor

412 NE Beech St BEECH SLAP with DDDJJJ666 & Magnolia Bouvier

Euphoria Nightclub


Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

2845 SE Stark St SOUL STEW with DJ AQUAMAN AND FRIENDS (funk, soul, disco, breakbeats)

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. Act Right with Nathan Detroit, Maxx Bass and Dimitri Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Electronomicon with DJ Straylight (goth/industrial dance)

SAT. FEB. 20 Holocene

1001 SE Morrison St Gaycation 10th Anniversary and Farewell

Jo Bar & Rotisserie

715 NW 23rd Ave Saturday Night Spins (funk, soul, R&B, deep house)

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Sabbath with Miz Margo and DJ Horrid (dark & spooky)


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

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont We Got This: Spekt 1, Tiger Fresh, Chase Manhattan, Chrome Wolves, Prism Lab

The Lost & Found

5426 N Gay Ave. DJ Hubbird (eclectic)

SUN. FEB. 21 Lovecraft Bar


TUES. FEB. 23 Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. Taking Back Tuesday (emo) Kelly’s Olympian 426 SW Washington St DJ Grey (soul, funk)

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave BONES w/ DJ Aurora & DJ Acid Rick (dark dance & hunkwave)

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DJ Lamar LeRoy Blossom Coco Columbia Rare Diagram


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Gerding Theater at the Armory 128 NW Eleventh Avenue



C.S. Lewis

Directed by & starring Max McLean


Tickets start at $25!





Portland Center Stage receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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PERFORMANCE = WW Pick. Highly recommended. Most prices listed are for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and so-called convenience charges may apply, so it’s best to call ahead.

Reminder: You have 2 events this Friday. Mr. Kolpert (Third Rail) and Blasted (Defunkt) both invited you to like splattered guts, piss on stage and full-frontal nudity. Only one has a dead baby being cannibalized. FOMO.

Breaking Rank

Five female veterans from Portland share their experiences in and out of combat, and always surrounded by men. Some weathered combat zones and others sexual assault, some were enlisted and others officers and together they represent many arms: Navy, Air National Guard, Air Force, Army. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 459-4500. 7:30 pm Wednesday and Sunday, 2 pm Saturday, through March 5. $15.


Portland’s only dedicated Irish theater gives us a dram-com about two aging Dubliners who’ve written off love, preferring to hermit themselves away with their pets. Allen Nause, the longtime Artists Rep artistic director who retired in 2011, is Dan—a graying man who spends all his time with his dog Chapatti. Jacklyn Maddux’s Betty lives with her 19 cats. You can guess the Must Love Dogs rest, but if you’ve seen a show from Corrib director Gemma Whelan, you know now to write it off as stale. Old Irish people and furry friends might be just the panacea for a theater sphere that’s filled with tech addiction, spurting blood, PTSD and guncontrol commentary right now. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 20-March 13. $25.

Howie the Rookie

Nevan Richard plays Howie in this one-man, nightmarish paean to urban life, a contemporary odyssey through the filthier aspects of a city. It’s part two of Indiegogo-funded Factory Theatre’s three-part plan—an ensemble show, a solo show and a multi-venue event. Here, Richard plays the whole jumbled cast, including an addled gangster who’s obsessed with his pet fish, two bros looking for thrills and a character named Peaches who has scabies. ENID SPITZ. Shout House, 210 SE Madison St., Suite 11, 541-581-0503. 8 pm Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 19-March 6. $20.

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. 17-March 6. $48.

Much Ado About Nothing

North Portland’s intimate theater sets Shakespeare in Texas, with a contemporary soundtrack and extra slapstick sensibilities. Expect three hours of caterwauling comedy and seats close enough to see the actors’ laugh lines. Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 847-9838. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, through Feb. 27. $15.

Sense and Sensibility

The acting school mounts a new adaptation by Kate Hamill, who played the lead in the New York premiere in 2014. There’s not much twist here—no modern-

ization, no zombies—nothing wrong with plain Jane. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St., 274-1717. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 28. $10-$25.


CockTales, the male equivalent of The Vagina Monologues, is a variety show of confessions, skits, musical numbers and surprisingly-touching monologues themed on penises. The play starts with men in hoodies—hoods up—doing a Gregorian chant about dick pics, and ends with a detailed account of a cow sucking on a guy. We’ll leave the middle vague, but let’s just say I saw a ballsack. Three hours of penis talk could be a testosterone overload, but instead of jacking off to their own sexual escapades, the six men get vulnerable. The stories about being depressed, poor performance and feeling insecure on a nude beach are particularly honest. And the emotions are genuine—all of these stories are submissions from real men. Even audience members without a member will laugh, but each act goes too long. The punchline hits, and two minutes later the act ends—further proof that men like to talk about their penises. SOPHIA JUNE. Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., No. 9., 404-2350. 7:30 WednesdaySunday, through Feb. 21. $10-$20.

You For Me For You

If Kafka, Lewis Carroll and Dalí met in the woods, their collective diary might look like Junhee’s story in Mia Chung’s play about two North Korean sisters separated at the border when they try to escape starvation and censorship. But Junhee (Khanh Doan) is only half the story in Portland Playhouse’s deftly-staged show. The backdrop—a tiled world map on three sliding panels—splits to reveal an alternate stage. There, Junhee’s sister Minhee (Susan Hyon) escapes to New York City and is bluntly introduced to modern culture via customs and Costco sampling ladies (all played with oversized hilarity by Nikki Weaver) in a montage of skit-like scenes. As Junhee tries to find her son, who’s been shipped to re-education school for possessing South Korean DVDs, she encounters a series of trippy trials. Paint these tree leaves; make this rice sing; save this man in a bear costume playing the accordion. Short scenes keep the show engaging, but there’s no lack of emotional heft thanks to Doan and Hyon’s convincing sisterhood and the thematic rain cloud of Communist oppression. The play’s one fault is its rushed resolution, when Minhee’s inevitable return to North Korea comes and goes too quickly for us to buy into—and that’s in a play where singing rice bags are fully believable. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 28. $32-$36.




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PTSD, brutal sex and racism rocket to center stage in Dufunkt’s wonderful and gut-punching production of Sarah Kane’s first play. In it, the repulsively offensive journalist Ian rapes an unsuspecting ingénue named Cate in his Leeds hotel room, which is then stormed by a rebel soldier armed with a rifle. Scenes of anal rape, brutality and cannibalism earned Blasted harsh criticism and then strong praise from Harold Pinter—we’re with Pinter. Not recommended for audiences under 18. There will be a post-show dis-

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The Call

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. The Call is heart-wrenchingly honest in a hyper-polite society, and Barfield is a foil to mommy bloggers and Kinfolk. SOPHIA JUNE. Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 242-0080. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 21. $36-$38,

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The Bridgetown regular, a petite fireball of AARP jokes and quips about Swiffer dusting, is back. In May, she gave us life advice: “The key to getting compliments when you’re older? Look horrible when you’re young.” Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 7 and 9 pm Sunday, Feb. 21. Sold out. 21+.

I Love Garbage People

The anti-love version of Brodie Kelly’s regular showcase for sob stories, headlined by Nathan Brannon and Adam Pasi. The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., 367-3182. 9 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. $6.66-$10. 21+.

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The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is famous as the final resting spot for some of history’s most famous artists, and it’s the jumping-off point for Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s one-woman show. Walking through the graves conjures up her memories of growing up with an alcoholic mother in this raw and emotional tellall. Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11 Ave., 445-7300. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, noon Thursday and 2 pm Saturday-Sunday. Feb. 17-March 20. $40. 16+.

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 Ralf 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 man) screams every line of dialogue at a breakneck pace, pausing only to jump on furniture, bludgeon each other or throw tiramisu. They do deserve recognition for going full monty. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 235-1101. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Feb. 27. $42.50.

The Set-Up

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 race relations thrown in for an extra punch and a soundtrack by local jazz musician Adrian Baxter. Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St., *235-0635. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 18-March 5. $25.

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. Triangle theater likes their plays to include penises, sparkles and politics—as many as pos-

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duo host a variety show with musical guests, their own standup comedy and a resident clowning act from Box of Clowns. The Jack London Bar, 528 SW 4th Ave., 228-7605. 7:30 third Fridays. $5-15. 21+.

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., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 18-March 5. $25.

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sible, as often as possible. Planned Parenthood is pairing with the theater for a talkback after the show Sunday, Feb. 21. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, and Sunday Feb. 21. Through Feb. 27. $15-$35.



cussion about PTSD and domestic violence on Saturday, March 12. No show Feb. 28. Back Door Theatre, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 481-2960. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 18-March 19. $10-$25.

TAKE ME TO CHURCH: Eric Skinner, Daniel Kirk and Holly Shaw.

Skinner/Kirk’s Jekyll/Hyde The company’s new show at BodyVox feels too split.

A lack of attention to detail is the first thing you notice when you walk into the BodyVox theater, where the unconventional ballet duo of Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk are presenting their latest works. The wrinkled marley floor and sloppily sewn backdrop cast everything onstage in an amateur light. And amateur is one thing Skinner/Kirk is not. The show presents five dances, from two of Portland’s most distinct ballet choreographers, spanning 15 years of work. But the result feels disjointed and distracted. A male soloist in street clothes begins the show, dancing on a small, brightly lit platform that’s surrounded by blackness. As he hovers on the edge, struggling to stay balanced, the choreography alludes to the precipitous quality of modern life. But that thread is dropped and never picked up again. Three females in knee-length, billowy white blouses dance the second work, and then, in T(h)rilogy, a trio of male dancers is stripped down in minimal skin-toned costumes. The male performances come forward. Skinner—who created the first three pieces—shows his strengths when working with the male form, allowing his dancers to be graceful and strong. But the female movement—sylphlike with long, classical extensions—tries to match the dancers’ ethereal costumes and ends up feeling like a slight to their powerful bodies. What little cohesiveness Skinner’s aesthetic establishes in the first three pieces falls apart in the fourth. Always—Kirk’s new work— is set to sugary tracks from Al Green, the Shirelles and Dionne Warwick. It’s a blunt contrast to Skinner’s modernism, with dancers outfitted in skinny lapels, bow ties, and ’50s circle skirts. Skinner/Kirk saves its most ambitious new work for the second act, which is a single piece for six dancers titled Church. The score includes snippets from interviews with religious and laypeople about spirituality, humanity and artistry. While Skinner’s choreography uses the space to maximum effect, even having a dancer hang from the rafters, it can’t match the score’s lofty aspirations. With the bar set high for Skinner/Kirk’s first new worksince 2014, every wrinkle shows. Like the two musicians who live-score Church remaining unnecessarily lit when they’re not performing and are, say, drinking water. JENNIFER RABIN. SEE IT: Skinner/Kirk is at BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 229-0627. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 17-20; additional 2 pm show Feb. 20. $25-$64.

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

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.

Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy

Portland Art Museum’s curator of photography and the curator of Native American art have collaborated to recontextualize the work of Edward Curtis, an ethnologist who documented the Native tribes of North America a hundred years ago. Curtis’ iconic portraits are on display alongside the work of contemporary native artists Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star and Will Wilson. Jackson uses humor and metacommentary in his black-and-white series. Red Star employs color, scale and interaction with museum visitors to highlight the traditions of Crow women, a matrilineal people whose lives were not captured by Curtis’ sepia portraits of male chiefs. Wilson’s breathtaking tintypes are digitally scanned and printed so that the original images can be offered to his subjects with whom he collaborated on the portraits, something Curtis never did. JENNIFER RABIN. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-2811. $20. Through May 8.

eral 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 runway-ready 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.


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.


VISUAL ARTS 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-year-old 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.


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.

Rowland Ricketts


Some of Rowland Ricketts’ wall-mounted squares of indigo fabric evoke abstract color fields, while others look like they were kissed by a cloud of calligrapher’s ink. They all show the incredible nuance of color that the artist is able to achieve through dyeing and weaving. Most notable is the fact that “daylight” is listed as one of the materials used to create each piece. This is a nod to the Will Wilson’s Citizen of the Navajo Nation, Trans- impermanence of the work, Customary Diné Artist, at the Portland Art Museum. the fact that the colors and the fabric will begin to change and fade over the course of The organic forms in Christine the exhibition in a room with floor-toBourdette’s abstract graphite and ceiling windows. This degradation is The Sockeye ad agency studio may watercolor series call to mind natural as important to Ricketts’ work as the seem like an odd venue for a solo phenomena formed over millenniums. growing, harvesting and fermenting show, but its fi rst collaboration with Bourdette is a Portland resident and of the indigo plants. It is not the final Worksound International makes us Drawing to Planet Earth is informed result, but the process of making that hope there’s more to come. Jason by the landscape of the American is the most lasting. JENNIFER RABIN. Vance Dickason’s acrylic paintings are West. Dappled rock formations fill Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 abstract with a cool, muted palette the background, muted and as old as NW Davis St., 223-2654. $6. Through that hints at the sobriety of an intertime. Bright splashes of color overApril 23. nal office space. But imaginative laid by Bourdette’s brush remind the shapes and swoops keep the work viewer that nothing is stagnant, everyfrom appearing too clinical. Most visthing changes. Alongside her drawings, Photographer Kris Graves wants itors are drawn to the large-scale Bourdette is showing a series of small us to re-examine black masculinity. piece at the front entrance, but the paper sculptures that use an ephemWhen he photographs his subjects,

Drawing to Planet Earth

Internalized Forms

The Testament Project

ONE IF BY FIRE, TWO IF BY SEA: I Have Love in My Heart As a Thief Has Riches.


Burning Man Mike Rathbun builds towering sculptures, then torches them.

When Front of House gallery calls artist Mike Rathbun to take down his monumental wood installation I Have Love in My Heart As a Thief Has Riches, on display through March 31, he’ll probably offer his usual solution: “Just burn it.” Thief, which took three months to construct, is a towering vertical ring made from strips of raw poplar tethered to the floors, walls and ceiling by carved wooden guy wires. It fills the entire gallery with graceful arcs and crisscrossing lines, a powerful testament to Rathbun’s massive-scale craftsmanship. In an art world where marketability of the final product is key, Rathbun is a thoughtful anomaly. He sees each sculpture as a way of asking and answering questions. “They help me figure something out,” he says. “And then I don’t have to ask the question again.” For Rathbun, a sculpture’s value is consumed in the process of making it. The final object lacks preciousness because it has already served its purpose. “Building the thing is most important to me,” he says from his Scappoose studio, which is filled with electric saws, a wall of clamps, and drawers full of rasps and drills that he’s collected in the past 28 years. “It’s about the experience—proof that I existed at that moment in time. I don’t care what happens to the pieces afterward.” It is not uncommon for Rathbun to hold a burn at his studio to clear out remnants from past projects. “If you keep a lot of old work around, it’s hard to make new work,” he says. “If I’m an artist worth my salt, I should be able to start from zero and be just as good as I was before.” Now that Thief is done, Rathbun is ready to start again from scratch. He’s building a wooden, two-hulled catamaran that he and his brother will sail to the Sea of Cortez for two months, following the course that John Steinbeck wrote about in The Log From the Sea of Cortez. “I see this as a new beginning,” Rathbun says. “Whatever I get out of this will inform what I do next.” Rathbun built his first boat, a 12-footer, while getting his Master of Fine Arts. Having never sailed before, he attempted to take it 80 miles across Lake Michigan in the middle of the night. On that trip, he had an epiphany that explains why he can now watch finished works like Thief burn. “When I was halfway across,” he says, “I realized it was just as easy to go on than it was to go back.” JENNIFER RABIN.

SEE IT: I Have Love in My Heart As a Thief Has Riches is at Front of House, 112 SW 1st Ave., 548-4984, Through March 31. For the full profile of Mike Rathbun, go to

all African-American men, he gives them control over how they want to be lit, how they want to pose, how they want to present themselves to the world. He allows them to define their own image, a seemingly small act that has larger implications in a culture that consistently misrepresents black identity. In addition to two portrait series, The Testament Project includes video interviews with Graves’ subjects, drawing attention to the individual effects of institutionalized racism. JENNIFER RABIN. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210. Through Feb. 28.

Unweaving the Colonial Discourse

If you think craft and conceptual art are on opposite sides of the great art chasm, Gail Tremblay’s show at

Froelick will be a spectacular slap in the face. Tremblay weaves traditional Iroquois baskets out of exposed 16mm and 35mm film. Using different parts of the film stock, she creates both subdued forms and brightly colored confections. Throughout the elaborately looped vessels, images of Native children can be glimpsed next to frames from mainstream Hollywood films, asking questions about the difference between tradition and culture. JENNIFER RABIN. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142. Through Feb. 27.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17 Debbie Clarke Moderow

The Iditarod isn’t easy for anybody, but it’s marginally more difficult if you are a 47-year-old whose dogs quit 200 miles from the end of the race. But that’s exactly what happened to Debbie Clarke Moderow, whose memoir, Fast into the Night, tells that story and explores the relationship between humans and dogs. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

The Switch reading series presents San Francisco poet Aaron Simon. Author of four collections, Simon’s work is spare and witty. He’s got a really great one about getting hit by a car (written after getting, well, hit by a car). Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., 284-4693. 7 pm. Free.

MONDAY, FEB. 22 Jim Wallis With Leroy Barber

Longtime civil rights activist Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian social justice magazine Sojourners, believes that faith can take an active role in combating racism. In his new book,

America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, Wallis explores how. He will be speaking with local activist Leroy Barber. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 Portland’s Silent Reading Party

You love reading, but isn’t it annoying that you have to do it at home, where no one can see how smart you are? Now there’s a solution! Seating is limited, so be sure to get there early to show the world that you “get” Thomas Pynchon! Beech Street Parlor, 412 NE Beech St., 946-8184. 6 pm. Free.

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Power Man and Iron Fist Signing

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Originally paired together in the late ’70s because they were unable to sell enough comics on their own, Power Man and Iron Fist soon punched their way into the hearts and minds of nerds across America. Now, Marvel is rebooting it, under the watchful eye of writer and former WW movies editor David Walker (Shaft, Cyborg). Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 284-4693. 6 pm. Free.

Rob Hart

Like so many New Yorkers who make horrible messes of their lives, private investigator/tough-guy-for-hire Ash McKenna moves to Portland and gets a job as a bouncer at a vegan strip club (LOL SO PORTLAND™ AMIRITE?!?!) in City of Rose by Rob Hart. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, FEB. 18 Zoe Burke

On a flight to Portland to visit her parents, who just moved there (so that’s who lives in those 500K twobedrooms), Detective Annabelle Starkey finds that her bag has been switched with one with a gun in it, in Zoe Burke’s book No Gun Intended. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, FEB. 19 Gail Simone

A veteran of DC Comics such as Batgirl, Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman, Gail Simone garnered critical acclaim in 2014 for Leaving Megalopolis, in which a city lousy with superheroes finds them turning on its residents. The first 30 people at the event get a free lithograph. Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 284-4693. 6 pm. Free.

Sam Humphries Signing

A veteran of the self-published comics scene, Sam Humphries has also worked on Marvel’s Star-Lord (yes, the one that the guy from Parks and Rec plays) and Ultimates series. His newest comic, with Boom! Studios, is called Jonesy, and follows a titular character who can make anyone fall in love with anything—unless it’s her. Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 284-4693. 6 pm. Free.

SATURDAY, FEB. 20 Confluence #1 With Raquel Gutierrez

Local writer and visual artist Cooper Lee Bombardier kicks off his new reading series with Los Angeles writer and performer Raquel Gutierrez, plus five local writers: Jyoti Roy, Molly Palmer, Galadriel Mozee, Brook Shelley and Sean Aaron Bowers. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., 827-0249. 7 pm. Free.

Cup Bound and Crowned Seattle wept. The Timbers won the league. But the first to spearhead a book on the Portland Timbers’ Major League Soccer Cup win over Ohio’s Columbus Crew—soccer website Prost Amerika’s Cup Bound and Crowned (Cider Press Review, 136 pages, $29.95)—is not only not a Timbers fan, but a former Seattle soccer journalist from Scotland named Steve Clare. He says he’s not a fan of Seattle either. “I’ve never been an MLS partisan,” says Clare, editor of both the book and website. “As soon as I decided to become a writer, I made that decision.” His hometown rooting interest remains Partick Thistle, a team he says stands apart from a lot of the sociopolitical mess that often defines soccer where he’s from. “I come from Glasgow,” he says, “which has one of the most vicious rivalries on the planet, with politics and religion thrown in.” Portland and Seattle’s rivalry, by comparison, is tame—fun between Cascadian siblings. The writers Clare brought aboard for Cup Bound are all Timbers fans, mostly Oregon natives alongside Argentine Diego Diaz and Irishman Niall McCusker. “It’s a lot easier to train a fan to be a journalist,” Clare says, “than to train a journalist to be a fan.” The result is a sometimes keeningly sentimental book—which glosses diplomatically over some outright fan hostility toward coach Caleb Porter’s early-season conservatism. It has the feeling of a narrated family album, with that troublesome bout of cancer expressed only in triumphant hindsight. But the photography is often extraordinary, culled from a year’s worth of coverage. The book shares Timbers boosters’ tendency to put as much focus on themselves as on the team, including the saga of bringing former chain-saw-wielding mascot “Timber Jim” Serrill (along with the Timbers’ pet log) to Columbus for the big game, plus a tear-stricken wedding in the championship-game parking lot. “How many soccer books can you say have a wedding in them?” says Clare. It’s hard not to imagine the Timbers Army bleary-eyed on the toilet while reading. But for those not in the family, some of book’s juiciest parts hark back to 2012—when team owner Merritt Paulson and fans were at each others’ throats over interim coach Gavin Wilkinson. Writer Kristen Gehrke’s spittle is almost visible on the page when she describes Paulson calling fans “idiots” and “morons.” But the spit and blood are mostly tucked away, in favor of the sweat and especially the misty tears. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. GO: Timber Jim and the Prost Amerika crew will appear at Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, on Tuesday, Feb. 23. 6 pm. Free.



On second thought, just hang out. Usually the Jesusy industrial complex focuses on films that are cheap to make like Heaven Is For Real and God’s Not Dead. When you only have to pay a couple of college-age actors and one giant straw man, you can make a whole movie for $2 million and then easily turn a profit on church-group outings alone. Risen is going big instead, with a swords-and-sandals epic about pagans trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Jesus’s body three days after he’s crucified. It focuses on the non-canon Roman detective Clavius, played by Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), and his sidekick, played by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), who’s got that clean-cut blond boy appearance you’d expect from a soldier in the Middle East. Jesus himself is played by Cliff Curtis, though he isn’t around much, which is kinda the point. But it was such a surprising choice (obviously, Jesus shouldn’t have a New Zealand accent, cute as it is) that it got me thinking about the best portrayals of Jesus on film. I narrowed it down to five. Then that five turned into six because of a tie. It’s a miracle!

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The Jesse Owens story long-jumps from biopic favorite to big-screen drama, with Degrassi veteran Stephan James as the African-American Olympian and Stephern Hopkins (24) in the director’s chair. Screened after deadline. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard.

Touched With Fire

B- Van Gogh, one of many artists with bipolar disorder, painted Starry Night during a manic episode. With the story of two modern artists who fall in love in a mental institution, writer-director Paul Dalio tries to combat the stigma of bipolar disorder. Instead of taking medication to contain their illness, Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby) celebrate it. Dalio, who is also bipolar, isn’t afraid to show his controversial stance: He likes the mania. Besides that, the film simplifies the disorder. Shots of bug-eyed Carla and Marco running hand-in-hand through the streets while blue and yellow planets swirl around them just looks like an acid trip. R. SOPHIA JUNE. Check for theaters.


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 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. Cinema 21. 5:45 pm Thursday, Feb. 18.

Arabian Nights, Volume 2: The Desolate One

B+ [PORTUGAL-FRANCEGERMANY-SWITZERLAND] The middle chapter of this absurdist Portuguese agitprop, misnamed The Desolate One. is a shaggy-dog epic with a sky-high concept and scattershot approach that throws together past characters and new storylines. The flights of ribaldry and tragicomic japes in this serrated knees-up make for a headlong rush into giddy and perverse delirium. But it rewards committed travelers who saw Volume 1 and shouldn’t dissuade newcomers from attempting to navigate the labyrinthine whimsy. JAY HORTON. Cinema 21. 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

Arabian Nights, Volume 3: The Enchanted One

C+ [PORTUGAL-FRANCEGERMANY-SWITZERLAND] The disappointing third and final installment of Miguel Gomes’ genre-splicing Arabian Nights triptych peers further inside the rapid decline of his beloved Portuguese homeland while introducing patently fantastical elements (a genie, say) with a welcome certainty of tone. But after indulging in fantastical commentary and morally weighted

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Graham Chapman in Life of Brian (1979)

Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ (2004)

I’m basically required to mention Caviezel because he was the top-grossing Jesus of all time. But I think he’s also earned it by being the Jesus who spent time in actual pain. Passion is basically a religious version of the bear attack in Revenant, stretched out to 126 agonizing minutes, and Jim suffered plenty of real pain for the fake torture. He spent five weeks filming the crucifixion alone, balanced on a cross on an Italian cliff and terrified of falling. If that weren’t enough, he survived being struck by lightning while on the cross. As we all know, being struck by lightning either means God loves what you’re doing or He hates it. Or, in the case of lightning rods, it could mean He doesn’t care either way. But still, all reports suggest getting hit by lightning sucks, so Caviezel gets to be the No. 5 Jesus.

TIE: Christian Bale in Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV movie, 1999) and Jeremy Sisto in Jesus (TV movie, 1999)

If there are two things we know for sure about Jesus, they are that he’s handsome and white. So there is no better choice than the handsomest of white men, Christian Bale. “Do you believe in me?” “Yes.” “Swear to me!” But Jeremy Sisto from Law & Order also played a shockingly handsome Jesus on TV in the same year. It was a great year for young women having some feelings about Jesus a little lower than their hearts.

SEE IT: Risen is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at most Portland-area theaters.

Technically, Jesus was played by Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett from The Empire Strikes Back), and he’s fine. But Graham Chapman’s bumbling Jesus analog, Brian, is a complete delight. He has a British accent, wants sex and really doesn’t want to be the savior. But while the film fiercely mocks some elements of the biblical story, Brian and Jesus are handled very gently. The joke is on the followers of Brian, not on the well-meaning character himself.


John Turturro in The Big Lebowski (1998)

Turturro’s portrayal of the Jesus has the highest bowling average of any Jesus in film history. And knowing where bowling balls have been makes his licking scene almost as difficult as getting hit by lightning.


The CGI Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The creators of TCON:TLTWTW went against the grain by casting Jesus as less of a white man and more of a cartoon big cat who could rip your face off but doesn’t because he’s Jesus. He has the longest jump and fiercest claws of any Jesus—and if that weren’t enough, he’s voiced by Liam Neeson, so he sounds awesome! There is some concern that his performance wasn’t as believable as others on this list because he was so obviously computer-generated. A fair point. But still, I felt much sadder when he was sacrificed at the Stone Table than when any of those things happened to Caviezel. And instead of just disappearing from the tomb like Jesus does in Risen, the CGI Lion wastes no time mauling Tilda Swinton to death, like a good Jesus should.

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Cemetery of Splendour

A [THAILAND] Dreamy shots and eerie

quiet dominate this exercise in magical realism seen through the eyes of a middle-aged woman. Volunteering at a hospital for soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness, Jenjira encounters psychic mediums and goddesses reincarnated, and bonds with a soldier fighting a supernatural battle for ancient monarchs. Every dreamlike encounter looks lucid in shots composed like minimalist photography—tiny human figures against mammoth forests—or lit with vibrant colors. It’s a beautiful hallucination, life and death nestled in the wonders of nature. MIKE GALLUCCI. Cinema 21; 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17. Empirical Theater; 7 pm Monday, Feb. 22.

sacrificing 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. SOPHIA JUNE. Roseway Theater. 1:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Idol

B- [PALESTINE] Inspired by the true story of Mohammed Assaf, the Arab Idol winner who hailed from the Gaza Strip, this film follows his story from childhood adventures with his smartass sister and makeshift band, to motivating tragedy and onto his big break. Although the Idol craze has faded in the West, it’s a refreshing reminder that no matter where you’re from, everyone can relate to the dream of becoming a rock star who makes his or her people smile. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower. 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

In the Shadow of Women

[ARGENTINA] A true story about the reign of terror in Argentina in the 1970s and ’80s, when thousands of citizens were kidnapped for disagreeing with the Videla military regime. Pablo Trapero’s Oscar-nominated feature follows a family patriarch as he pulls his entire clan into the violent politics. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5:45 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23.

A- [FRANCE] Two married bohemian artists struggle through infidelity in Phillippe Garrel’s black-and-white drama. While the film wholeheartedly embraces French cinema’s clichés in plot and aesthetic, it takes a new approach to the infidelity story by showing how the act affects men and women differently. It’s more dialogue than action, but the film’s emotional conversations hit home—especially the brutally honest scenes in which the couple lie together after sex and both know that the love is gone. SOPHIA JUNE. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. Fox Tower; 6:15 pm Monday, Feb. 22.

Coz Ov Moni 2: Fokn Revenge

I Saw the Light

The Clan

B- [GHANA-ROMANIA] A musical comedy subtitled in Ghanaian Pidgin English that opens with its protagonists shitting in an outhouse is, in many ways, something you can really find only at PIFF. The Fokn Bois—who describe themselves as a “Gospel porn duo” on their Bandcamp site—are back. While Cos Ov Moni 2 tells a threadbare story of revenge, it is mostly a series of songs loosely tied together. The songs range from such upbeat, light fare as “Hey, market lady, I like your papayas,” to a lengthy dirge about corruption in the underpaid police force. It doesn’t always work, but there is something undeniably entertaining about a duet between Ananse and Dracula—in Ghanaian with a Lugosian accent—in which they both shit on Twilight. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cinema 21. 11 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

Don’t Be Bad

[ITALY] Two 20-somethings—Vittorio and Casaere—deal drugs, troll night clubs and race cars in a hedonistic tailspin on the border of Rome. But when love-interest Linda enters, their brotherhood starts to deteriorate in this Italian Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. Fox Tower. 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 19.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

[NETHERLANDS] Famous Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Finnish actor Elmer Black) took a trip to Mexico in 1931, with hopes of shooting his next Battleship Potemkin. Instead, he awakened to sexual pleasures and artistic possibilities, living up to the name of his new film, Que Viva Mexico! Cinema 21. 8:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 18.


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 more than just a museum in France. JOHN LOCANTHI. Moreland Theater. 6 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Home Care

B [CZECH REPUBLIC-SLOVAKIA] In this bittersweet Czech tale, Vlasta is a self-


B- [UNITED STATES] Whether or not you like this new movie about country music legend Hank Williams will depend on your answer to one question: How much does it bother you that the director cast the extremely British Tom Hiddleston to play one of the most quintessential American artists? Fans of Hiddleston in the special effects-laden Marvel movies will be impressed by his creepy-good vocal performances. Fans of Williams’ music will note that Hiddleston’s acting, laudable though it may be, is entirely beside the point. ZACH MIDDLETON. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. Cinema 21; 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Judgment

[BULGARIA] Bulgaria’s Oscar contender for best foreign feature follows an impoverished and downtrodden milkman. He’s lost his wife and his job, and as he resorts to smuggling immigrants from Syria, the film follows his tempestuous relationship with his son. Fox Tower. 6 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Klown Forever

B [DENMARK] From the opening score that sounds like the theme from The Odd Couple, you know you’re in for a derivative comedy. Klown Forever never strays far from the cliché story of a henpecked husband trying to save his friendship with a hard-partying old buddy, but it does get a good deal raunchier. There is plenty of humor in this tried-and-true story. Klown Forever just never knows when to pull back. JOHN LOCANTHI NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 19. Fox Tower; 8:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23.


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. Fox Tower. 1:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.

Men & Chicken

A- [DENMARK] While watching their late

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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 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. 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.


slapstick, the sudden leap back to documentarian technique for an achingly long examination of elderly bird-fanciers feels a bridge too far. Given the moral and political discussions, it’s remarkable that the director’s use of North African fairy tales never came across as pretentious. We who’ve watched the first two installments have been too long enlivened by Gomes’ sui generis worldview to appreciate fully this one’s foray into realism. JAY HORTON. Cinema 21. 5:45 pm Monday, Feb. 22.


B [HONG KONG-CHINA] With Election and Drug War, Hong Kong director Johnnie To has established himself as a Far East Scorsese, capable of multilayered character studies punctuated by extreme bouts of nastiness. But like Scorsese, he has a soft side, which comes dancing out of nowhere in Office, a fullblown musical doubling as a satire of greed and dronelike office culture in 2007 Hong Kong. It’s a marvel to look at, and even if you’re not into modern musicals, there’s no denying this is the work of a master craftsman trying—and succeeding—to do something completely different. AP KRYZA. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 5:45 pm Thursday, Feb. 18. Cinema 21; 12:45 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

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. 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Project of the Century

C+ [CUBA] In The Project of the Century, we see a desolate, failed Cuba through the window of a family of bickering divorcees living in a decrepit apartment building. As the characters observe their city, which was slated to hold a nuclear reactor that fell through with the Soviet Union’s collapse, the film feels heavy. With the exception of some striking images by cinematographer Marcos B. Bohórquez, it gets stuck in the trudging, monotonous bitterness of three main characters, who never step out into the bright Caribbean light. ZACH MIDDLETON. Moreland Theater; 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17. Fox Tower; 4:15 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.


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. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 6 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Right Now, Wrong Then

C [SOUTH KOREA] While visiting a small town for a festival, an arthouse film director meets a local painter. The two spend the day together, Before Sunrisestyle, until unfortunate circumstances derail the whole affair. Then the film rewinds and does the day over again, with the characters behaving differently. The actors are wonderful in the play’s extremely long takes. Problem is, their characters—he an adulterous doofus, her a bore—aren’t engaging enough to make you want to do this once, let alone twice. AP KRYZA. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 8:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 18. Cinema 21; 4:15 pm Sunday, Feb. 21.

Schneider vs. Bax

B- [NETHERLANDS] This slow-burning hitman drama about two rival killers tasked with taking each other out is backed gorgeously by immaculate

fEAr AS folk: Anya Taylor-Joy.

Grimmer Than Grimm The Witch is a nightmare of an American fable.

A film of deliberate pacing, painterly beauty and cold brutality, freshman director Robert Eggers’ The Witch is a strange beast: a combination horror film and period piece that functions at the highest tier of both genres like a blood-soaked Merchant Ivory production that chills to the marrow. But take heed: For those expecting this year’s The Babadook or It Follows, turn back. This is a film of near-impossible bleakness. If it’s easy escapism or a stylistic rush you seek, do not head into these woods. The titular witch—spying on American settlers from the forest—makes her presence known early by snatching an infant for a ghastly ritual. It’s another tragic turn of events for the child’s family. Ostracized from their village for Calvinist practices, the settlers have found themselves trapped at an infertile farm, where father William (Ralph Ineson) proves himself a master of the Lord’s word, but a novice at providing for his family. The abduction of baby Samuel makes the family wary of one another. Mother Katherine (Kate Dickie) alternates between crippling grief and accusatory rage toward mischievous daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy). Prepubescent Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) struggles with being tempted by his sister’s impending womanhood. Meanwhile, the family’s twins are getting suspiciously close with the resident goat, Black Phillip. Naturally, suspicions about collusion with the devil arise. But which character might be wicked becomes less important amid the mounting violence, which includes one of the best possession sequences this side of Blatty and a heartbreaking death that will stir even the most hardened soul. Eggers drew much of the script from actual writings from the 1600s, adding authenticity to the horrors, which are further exacerbated by a piercing score. Symmetrical cinematography and disorienting shots of the foreboding woods frame the film as a nightmare, as if The Shining-era Kubrick and Terrance Malick teamed up for storyboards. That convergence of styles gives The Witch a timeless feeling. This doesn’t seem like a film of any particular era. Rather, it’s a folk story come to life, a grim fable in which children suffer the sins of their fathers and nothing is as it appears. It’s nightmare fuel born from the fibers of American legend, a film sure to stick to you long after the ominous ending brings the macabre tale to a merciful end. AP KRYZA. A- SEE IT: The Witch is rated R. It opens Friday at most Portland-area theaters.

The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are not Brothers C+ [UNITED KINGDOM-MOROCCO] A documentarian who’s following a caravan through the Moroccan mountains gets captured by his subjects in this allegorical film about colonialism and voyeurism. The first half of the film feels unmotivated and long, with shots casually thrown together to create one man’s picture of Morocco, while the second half is overwrought with the captured filmmaker being brutalised—and inexplicably running around in a suit made of can lids. SOPHIA JUNE. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 8:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 17, and 3:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Throne

C- [SOUTH KOREA] This emotional

drama recounts the 16th-century execution of Crown Prince Sado, of Korea’s Yi Dynasty, who was deemed insane by his father and locked up in a rice chest to die of starvation. The story is shocking enough without the excess scenes of melodramatic rage from every character, but the breathtaking sets inside the palace and its bordering forests make for a beautiful look into the spider web of royal conduct and ancient superstition. LAUREN TERRY. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5:45 pm Friday, Feb. 19.


[IRELAND] Jesus, a hairstylist to Havana’s pre-eminent drag queens, dreams of taking the stage himself. When he does, his absentee father, Angel, precipitates out of nowhere and punches Jesus in the face. It’s Ireland’s Oscar nominee for best foreign feature, in Spanish. Empirical Theater. 8:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20.

Wedding Doll

[ISRAEL] The mentally disabled Hagis works in a toilet paper factory in the Negev desert and lives with her mother. Hagis’ pet obsession is marriage and making bridal gowns out of paper from her work, but when a real romance enters her life, it undercuts the mother-daughter relationship that’s defined her life so far. Empirical Theater; 6 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium; 8:30 pm Monday, Feb. 22.


A- Andrew Haigh’s rich, slow-moving marital mystery, 45 Years, centers on gorgeous cinematography and masterful acting by Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling as a buttoned-up, 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, City Center.

The 5th Wave

D It’s the cookie-cutter story of a peppy teenage girl who is, obviously, Earth’s best hope. Sixteen-year-old Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz from Kick-Ass) is a normal adolescent until a group of faceless aliens start killing everybody for no reason.Cassie has to fight back, but only after she deals with her inevitable love triangle. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Division.


B- It’s a little creepy watching a stopmotion puppet perform cunnilingus. Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) fills his movie with jarring moments when our childhood associations of stop-motion animation collide with this very grown-up story. It might be an animated favorite for the upcoming Oscars, but it’s also an early contender for feel-bad movie of 2016. R. RICHARD SPEER. Cinema 21.

The Big Short

A We’re in a bubble of movies about

the financial crisis, but The Big Short is the first good one. It’s based on the book by Michael Lewis, who’s known for making complicated financial topics into compelling stories, and adapted by Adam McKay, who is known for Talladega Nights and the “More Cowbell” sketch. Surprisingly, this combo works. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Hollywood, Lake Theater, Living Room Theaters, Bridgeport, City Center.


white apartments with white wardrobes and then, suddenly, a dirty and remote swampland. After a mostly quiet film, tension kicks into high gear in the third act, but it ultimately raises more questions than it answers. MERYL WILLIAMS. World Trade Center; 8:30 pm Friday, Feb. 19. Cinema 21; 8:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 22.


A- Based on the novel by Irish author Colm Tóibín and adapted by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), Brooklyn is just the sweetest thing. Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) makes an adorable couple with Emory Cohen (Smash), and I could watch them court for hours, especially their awkward dinners with Cohen’s Italian family. PG13. ALEX FALCONE. Clackamas, Cinema 21, Lake Theater, City Center, Tigard.


A Todd Haynes’ newest feature is an

experience you remember mostly by token images—Cate Blanchett’s lacquered nails, Rooney Mara developing film in her shabby apartment kitchen, Blanchett’s lipstick stains on Mara’s nipples. A romance between a young salesgirl and older housewife set against the picture-book 1950s, Carol is an almost painfully beautiful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt. R. ENID SPITZ. Hollywood, Laurelhurst, Fox Tower.

The Choice

D The best choice is not to see this Nicholas Sparks regurgitation about wavyhaired ladies’ man Travis (Benjamin Walker) and his new medical-student neighbor, Gabby (Teresa Palmer). PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.

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. Laurelhurst, Fox Tower.


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 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, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Theater.

The Finest Hours

C Although the death-defying rescue mission depicted in this film was a proud moment in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, The Finest Hours is for the wives. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport.

Hail, Caesar!

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 as movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets abducted from the set of a historic epic. The Coens’ funniest film since The Big Lebowski combines a zany caper, a communist plot, ’50s studio politics and a touching story about one man’s calling in life into a cohesive, lighthearted and quipheavy 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, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.


The Hateful Eight

A- Quentin Tarantino’s new mystery

Western, The Hateful Eight is 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. Yes, there are buckets of bright red blood spilled on bright white shirts, copious use of the most offensive English-language word beginning with N, and a bloody Mexican standoff. Kurt Russell is John “The Hangman” Ruth, a bounty hunter charged with bringing the mysterious Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) into Red Rock, Wyo., to hang. The cartoonish level of violence will give some pause—it’s Kill Bill with fewer bodies but tighter shots—but that’s to be expected of Tarantino. R. MARTIN CIZMAR. Eastport, Empirical, Laurelhurst.

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 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, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

B Katniss Everdeen leads a group of rebels against the Capitol, which has been booby-trapped with hot oil, lasers, and an army of lizard people. PG-13. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Mt. Hood, Vancouver, Joy, Valley.


B+ Director David O. Russell takes his formula for American Hustle, wraps it in Christmastime and casts America’s asskicking sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence as the woman who invented the selfwringing Miracle Mop. PG-13. Laurelhurst, Vancouver.

Kung Fu Panda 3

A- It’s been five years since Kung Fu Panda 2, and Jack Black hasn’t been in anything even close to that good since. PG. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.

The Martian

B- It’s just a pretty good sci-fi yarn

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

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

C Tthis presentation of the comedy-horror parody of Jane Austen’s 19th-century romance fails to do justice to any of its genres. The Bennett sisters are played by a handful of ingenues, including Lily James as Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote as Jane, all taking the time period too seriously to give comedic performances true to the story’s satirical tone. The ingredients are there: lingerie with leather holsters for blades, lush spans of English countryside, and closeups of snot oozing from a rotten nose. But the overall lack of enthusiasm takes the wind out of the sails of this zombie disaster. Even undead hands bursting from the ground are a dull sight when severed by Elizabeth without so much as a grunt. Those faults aside, when the Bennett sisters are swiping limbs in slow motion, gowns billowing and Mr. Darcy admiring from the sidelines, one can almost hear the cumulative squeal of preteen sleepovers when this hits Netflix. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.

The Revenant

A- In terms of pure spectacle

and cinematic beauty, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant approaches masterpiece status. Fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds his trapping party on the receiving end of a bear attack that leaves him barely clinging to life. R. AP KRYZA. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Hollywood, Oak Grove Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard, Roseway Theatre.


C+ Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as the titular sisters throw one last rager in their family house before their parents sell it. For the most part, it’s a straight-up party comedy and disappointingly standard. R. Laurelhurst, Vancouver.

Son of Saul

A- Son of Saul may be the most vis-

ceral, intimate take on the Holocaust ever made, and Hungarian-Jewish director László Nemes sets the tone early in what’s become the most-hyped foreign film this year—it’s the first Hungarian movie to win a Golden Globe and the country’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s also Nemes’ directorial debut. Saul (Géza Röhrig) is a Hungarian Jew and member of the

Sonderkommando, a special unit of Jewish prisoners assigned to cleaning up the remains of their own people. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21.


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

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A- If there’s one thing we know about Star Wars fans, it’s that they’re as resistant to change as any religious zealot. And so, the best thing that can be said about The Force Awakens is that it’s almost old-fashioned. The action is nonstop, and the story is pretty simple: Some guys in helmets are threatening peace in the galaxy, and it’s up to, well, you-know-who to stop them. PG-13. MATTHEW SINGER. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.

Where to Invade Next

B America hasn’t won a war in a while, Moore posits, so why not use the military nearly 60 percent of our taxes support to invade a country we can get something useful from? In Italy, the film’s first stop, he documents the average Italian’s time off. In Portugal, he talks to cops who no longer bust drug offenders. In France, nutritious and delectable school lunches. But arguments about “Americanness” fall flat out of the mouths of lefties like Moore, and he glosses over some of the existential issues that those other countries face. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Cedar Hills, Bridgeport, Fox Tower.

Zoolander 2

D It’s an incredibly stupid movie. To be fair, Zoolander was also an incredibly stupid movie. But the sequel falters, as so many sequels do, when it tries to be little more than a repackaging of the original, with a somewhat different story and way more celebrity cameos. Occasionally, there are inspired moments—the mid-’90s Aqua Vitae commercial or John Malkovich arguing for epaulets on jackets in fashion prison—but they are offset by a feeling of déja vù. Most of Derek’s dialogue tries to one-up the stupidity of his original “but why male models?” but ends up as 100 minutes of a movie trying to be dumber than a brain fart. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard.

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Tom Holland’s 1985 suburban vampire horrorcomedy Fright Night holds up much better than most of its VHS-era gore brethren, thanks in large part to its fanboy hero, tongue-in-cheek approach to horror, and slapsticky effects. The film has risen from the dead more often than its undead sex-fiend protagonist. That includes an unnecessary but decent Colin Farrell remake and an upcoming documentary about its legacy, You’re So Cool Brewster! The Hollywood’s Queer Horror series is resurrecting it once again, this time with an emphasis on its gay overtones and cast stocked with gay icons. Fright Night isn’t the most obvious film for the Queer Horror treatment. The series—hosted by organizer Anthony Hudson as his drag alter ego, Carla Rossi—is a sort of vaudevillian road show complete with Muppets-style banter between Rossi and the resident tech guy. It typically shows more overtly gay films like the Rocky Horror quasi-sequel Shock Treatment, Sleepaway Camp and the notoriously homoerotic A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. But Hudson says Fright Night fits perfectly. “It’s great, and it does have a lot of queer questioning,” he says of the tale, where a sexually repressed teen turns peeping Tom when a vampire moves in next door. “It’s got Roddy McDowell and [gay icon] Amanda Bearse. All the supporting characters are queer. Then there’s the confusion about Chris Sarandon’s live-in carpenter who’s just…there.” That’s to say nothing of the film’s breakout character, Evil Ed, played by cult legend Stephen Geoffreys before his second career in gay porn. Hudson may or may not give audiences a peek at that X-rated footage during the typically raucous event, which Hudson describes as a “room full of queer people cackling throughout the whole movie.” The connection between queer culture and horror runs deep, the drag-clown emcee says. “The

whole question of the series is, why are we so interested in these horror films? “Why is there a strange interest in this genre with a really select subgroup of people?” he asks. “There’s the idea of the other, the monster. For queer people, a lot of us can relate to the monster better than we can the super-popular jocks or the cheerleaders who are getting murdered. Growing up, we were the weirdos. We were the ones who were being made fun of. We were the ones who were afraid of ourselves. I think there’s something about relating to the other.” Charlie Brewster might not have set out to become a gay icon, but thank God that Queer Horror has awakened the subtext of the classic, allowing us once again to view it in all its 35 mm glory. The cackling and drag-queen banter is just extra blood in the bank. SEE IT: Fright Night screens at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18. 9:30 pm. $8. ALSO SHOWING:

In 1985, Steven Spielberg took a break from blowing things up and making us cry over aliens to adapt Alice Walker’s seminal novel, The Color Purple. Mission Theater. Feb. 17 and 19-20. The tale of a serial sexual predator preying on underage girls and married women at an exclusive resort, Dirty Dancing creeps its way back to local theaters. Academy Theater. Feb. 19-25. Shot over the course of three days, the Whiteman brothers’ avant documentary Peekaboo Rose is a gorgeous look at Portland in 2008, certain to draw wonder, as well as inspire at least someone in the audience to bemoan how much the city has changed since then. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. By the power of Greyskull, or maybe just the power of being super-shitty, the Dolph Lundgren-starring childhood dream-killer Masters of the Universe ascends to the throne of Hecklevision. Hollywood Theatre. 9:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 20. The Silence of the Lambs celebrates 25 years of lotion jokes and increasingly horrible predecessors on the silver screen (no slight to the Hannibal TV show…RIP). Mission Theater. Feb. 21-22. Deranged Insane Clown Posse fans take to the porn-strewn streets of New York in the 1980 grindhouse flick—oh, wait, it’s Night of the Juggler, not “juggalos.” Well, either way, James Brolin can still be Violent J. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 23.

St. Johns Theater

8203 N Ivanhoe St., 503-249-7474 DEADPOOL Wed-Thu-FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Regal Lloyd Center 10 & IMAX

1510 NE Multnomah St. DEADPOOL: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE Wed-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00 DEADPOOL Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed Thu 12:20, 3:30, 10:05 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Wed-Thu 12:40, 3:50 THE CHOICE Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:00 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed-Thu 11:55, 5:05 KUNG FU PANDA 3 3D Wed-Thu 2:30, 7:35 HOW TO BE SINGLE Wed-Thu 1:20, 4:20, 7:25, 10:20 ZOOLANDER NO. 2 Wed-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 3:20, 6:40 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu 12:05, 9:50 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 11:45, 3:10, 9:40 WOMEN OF FAITH: AN AMAZING JOYFUL JOURNEY Thu-Sat 12:55 RISEN Thu 7:00, 9:50 THE WITCH Thu 7:00, 9:35 RACE Thu 7:00, 10:15 JONAS KAUFMANN: AN EVENING WITH PUCCINI Tue 7:30

Regal Division Street Stadium 13

16603 SE Division St. DEADPOOL Wed-Thu 11:30, 12:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10:20 HOW TO BE SINGLE Wed-Thu 11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30 ZOOLANDER NO. 2 Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu 12:25, 3:15, 6:45, 9:55 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:25, 7:25, 10:25 THE CHOICE Wed-Thu 3:20 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed Thu 2:00, 4:40, 7:15 KUNG FU PANDA 3 3D Wed-Thu 11:35, 9:45 THE 5TH WAVE Wed-Thu 12:20 DADDY’S HOME Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:10 THE BOY Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 10:00 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed-Thu 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 12:05, 2:50, 6:15, 9:35 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed Thu 3:00, 6:30 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu 12:00, 9:30 RACE Thu 7:00, 9:45 RISEN Thu 7:00, 9:45 THE WITCH Thu 7:00, 10:15

Avalon Theatre & Wunderland

Bagdad Theater

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-249-7474 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu-FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue 12:30, 3:30, 7:00, 10:15

Cinema 21

616 NW 21st Ave., 503-223-4515 BROOKLYN Wed-Thu-FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue 3:45, 6:30, 9:00 SON OF SAUL Wed Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 4:15 ANOMALISA Wed-Thu-FriSat-Sun-Mon-Tue 7:00, 9:15

St. Johns Cinemas

8704 N Lombard St., 503-286-1768 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed Thu 4:40, 7:00, 9:10 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu 5:10, 7:30, 9:45

CineMagic Theatre

2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-231-7919 DEADPOOL Wed-Thu 5:30, 7:45

Kennedy School Theater

5736 NE 33rd Ave., 503-249-7474 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed -Thu 5:30 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed-Thu 2:15, 8:15

Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10

846 SW Park Ave. HOW TO BE SINGLE Wed Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 ZOOLANDER NO. 2 Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:00 SPOTLIGHT Wed-Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:20 THE LADY IN THE VAN Wed-Thu 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 6:50, 9:40 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu 11:40, 3:10, 6:20, 9:15 THE DANISH GIRL Wed-Thu 3:00 CAROL Wed-Thu 12:10, 3:20, 7:00, 9:45 ROOM Wed Thu 12:00 THE WITCH ThuFri-Sat-Sun 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

Regal Pioneer Place Stadium 6

340 S.W. Morrison St. DEADPOOL Wed-Thu 12:30, 1:15, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:15, 9:30, 10:15 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Wed-Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 THE CHOICE Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed-Thu 1:00, 7:00 KUNG FU PANDA 3 3D Wed-Thu 3:50, 9:50 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu 12:45, 6:45 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed Thu 3:30, 9:40

Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

7329 SW Bridgeport Road DEADPOOL: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE Wed-Thu 11:00, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 DEADPOOL Wed-Thu 12:00, 1:00, 2:40, 3:55, 5:20, 6:20, 8:00, 9:00, 10:40 FITOOR Wed-Thu 12:05, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15 HOW TO BE SINGLE Wed-Thu 11:20, 1:45, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:20, 6:15, 9:20 ZOOLANDER NO. 2 Wed Thu 11:15, 1:05, 2:05, 3:40, 4:40, 7:25, 8:10, 9:35, 10:35 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu 11:05, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 10:05 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Wed-Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:20 THE CHOICE Wed-Thu 11:35, 2:00, 4:45, 7:25 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed-Thu 11:00, 1:50, 4:30, 6:55, 10:05 KUNG FU PANDA 3 3D Wed -Thu 2:25 THE FINEST HOURS Wed-Thu 11:10, 3:45 THE 5TH WAVE Wed-Thu 12:15 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI Wed-Thu 4:55, 10:45 THE REVENANT Wed Thu 12:10, 3:00, 7:05, 10:05 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed-Thu 8:05 THE BIG SHORT Wed-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 10:25 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed Thu 12:30, 7:15 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu 3:50, 9:35 SPOTLIGHT Wed-Thu 11:30, 2:20, 5:10 RACE Thu-FriSun 12:00, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40 RISEN Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:30 THE WITCH Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: ANIMATED Fri 3:00, 7:00 2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: LIVE ACTION Fri 1:00, 5:00, 9:00

Academy Theater

7818 SE Stark St., 503-252-0500 BOY AND THE WORLD Wed Thu 4:55 MACBETH Wed-Thu 11:20, 9:55 CREED Wed-Thu 6:45 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed -Thu 2:20 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed-Thu 11:10, 7:15 ROOM Wed -Thu 4:30 SPECTRE Wed-Thu 11:15, 9:30 BRIDGE OF SPIES Wed-Thu 2:00, 7:00 THE MARTIAN Wed-Thu 4:20 AMéLIE Wed-Thu 1:45, 10:05

Living Room Theaters

341 SW 10th Ave., 971-222-2010 45 YEARS Wed-Thu 11:45, 12:45, 2:00, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:20


Century Clackamas Town Center and XD

12000 SE 82nd Ave. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 3:50, 10:10 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 12:25, 7:00 BROOKLYN Wed-ThuFri-Mon 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:50 THE REVENANT Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 12:45, 4:20, 8:10 RIDE ALONG 2 Wed Thu-Fri-Mon 11:40, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 THE 5TH WAVE Wed Thu-Fri-Mon 11:05, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35 DIRTY GRANDPA Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 2:20 KUNG FU PANDA 3 Wed-Thu-FriMon 11:30, 4:30, 9:30 KUNG FU PANDA 3 3D Wed-ThuFri-Mon 2:00, 7:00 THE FINEST HOURS Wed-Thu-FriMon 1:45, 7:35 THE FINEST HOURS 3D Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 10:50, 4:35, 10:30 HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 THE CHOICE Wed-Thu 1:25, 7:00 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Wed-ThuFri-Mon 1:00 HOW TO BE SINGLE Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 11:00, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 DEADPOOL Wed-Thu-FriMon 10:45, 12:00, 1:25, 2:40, 4:05, 5:20, 6:50, 8:00, 9:40, 10:40 ZOOLANDER NO. 2 Wed-Thu-Fri-Mon 11:45, 2:25, 3:45, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:35 PRETTY IN PINK 30TH ANNIVERSARY Wed 2:00, 7:00 THE BOY Wed-Thu 11:25, 10:00 RISEN Thu-Fri-Sat-SunMon-Tue 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 WOMEN OF FAITH: AN AMAZING JOYFUL JOURNEY Thu-Sat 12:55 RACE ThuFri-Sat-Sun-Mon-Tue 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20 THE WITCH Thu-Fri-Mon-Tue 11:55, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 THE LADY IN THE VAN Fri-Mon 11:25, 2:05, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 BUSCO NOVIO PARA MI MUJER FriMon 12:20, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30 THE MALTESE FALCON 75TH ANNIVERSARY (1941) PRESENTED BY TCM Sun 2:00, 7:00 JONAS KAUFMANN: AN EVENING WITH PUCCINI Tue 7:30



3451 SE Belmont St., 503-238-1617 NORM OF THE NORTH Wed Thu 12:00, 1:45 DADDY’S HOME Wed-Thu 3:30, 5:20, 7:10, 9:10 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP Wed-Thu 1:05, 4:45 THE GOOD DINOSAUR Wed-Thu 2:55 THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 2 Wed -

Thu 7:00, 9:30

HAIL, CAESAR! Wed-Thu 11:45, 12:05, 1:50, 2:30, 4:15, 4:45, 5:10, 6:50, 7:30, 9:10, 9:40, 10:00 MUSTANG Wed Thu 12:00 2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: ANIMATED Wed Thu 2:10, 6:40 2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS: LIVE ACTION Wed-Thu 4:20, 8:40 THE BIG SHORT Wed-Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:05, 7:00, 9:15

Movie Listings

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Old paint on a canvas, as it ages, sometimes becomes transparent,” said playwright Lillian Hellman. “When that happens, it is possible to see the original lines: a tree will show through a woman’s dress, a child makes way for a dog, a large boat is no longer on an open sea.” Why does this happen? Because the painter changed his or her mind. Early images were replaced, painted over. I suspect that a metaphorical version of this is underway in your life. Certain choices you made in the past got supplanted by choices you made later. They disappeared from view. But now those older possibilities are re-emerging for your consideration. I’m not saying what you should do about them. I simply want to alert you to their ghostly presence so they don’t cause confusion. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Let’s talk about your mouth. Since your words flow out of it, you use it to create and shape a lot of your experiences. Your mouth is also the place where food and drink enter your body, as well as some of the air you breathe. So it’s crucial to fueling every move you make. You experience the beloved sense of taste in your mouth. You use your mouth for kissing and other amorous activities. With its help, you sing, moan, shout, and laugh. It’s quite expressive, too. As you move its many muscles, you send out an array of emotional signals. I’ve provided this summary in the hope of inspiring you to celebrate your mouth, Taurus. It’s prime time to enhance your appreciation of its blessings! GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Coloring books for adults are best-sellers. Tightly-wound folks relieve their stress by using crayons and markers to brighten up black-and-white drawings of butterflies, flowers, mandalas, and pretty fishes. I highly recommend that you avoid this type of recreation in the next three weeks, as it would send the wrong message to your subconscious mind. You should expend as little energy as possible working within frameworks that others have made. You need to focus on designing and constructing your own frameworks. CANCER (June 21-July 22) The Old Testament book of Leviticus presents a long list of forbidden activities, and declares that anyone who commits them should be punished. You’re not supposed to get tattoos, have messy hair, consult oracles, work on Sunday, wear clothes that blend wool and linen, plant different seeds in the same field, or eat snails, prawns, pigs, and crabs. (It’s OK to buy slaves, though.) We laugh at how absurd it would be for us to obey these outdated rules and prohibitions, and yet many of us retain a superstitious loyalty toward guidelines and beliefs that are almost equally obsolete. Here’s the good news, Cancerian: Now is an excellent time to dismantle or purge your own fossilized formulas. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) “I would not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well,” said the philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. In accordance with your astrological constitution, Leo, I authorize you to use this declaration as your own almost any time you feel like it. But I do suggest that you make an exception to the rule during the next four weeks. In my opinion, it will be time to focus on increasing your understanding of the people you care about -- even if that effort takes time and energy away from your quest for ultimate selfknowledge. Don’t worry: You can return to emphasizing Thoreau’s perspective by the equinox. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You are entering the inquisitive phase of your astrological cycle. One of the best ways to thrive during the coming weeks will be to ask more questions than you have asked since you were five years old. Curiosity and good listening skills will be superpowers that you should you strive to activate. For now, what matters most is not what you already know but rather what you need to find out. It’s a favorable time to gather information about riddles and mysteries that have perplexed you for a long time. Be super-receptive and extra wide-eyed! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Poet Barbara Hamby says the Russian word ostyt can be

used to describe “a cup of tea that is too hot, but after you walk to the next room, and return, it is too cool.” A little birdie told me that this may be an apt metaphor for a current situation in your life. I completely understand if you wish the tea had lost less of its original warmth, and was exactly the temperature you like, neither burning nor tepid. But that won’t happen unless you try to reheat it, which would change the taste. So what should you do? One way or the other, a compromise will be necessary. Do you want the lukewarm tea or the hot tea with a different flavor? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Russian writer Ivan Turgenev was a Scorpio. Midway through his first novel Rudin, his main character Dmitrii Nikolaevich Rudin alludes to a problem that affects many Scorpios. “Do you see that apple tree?” Rudin asks a woman companion. “It is broken by the weight and abundance of its own fruit.” Ouch! I want very much for you Scorpios to be spared a fate like that in the coming weeks. That’s why I propose that you scheme about how you will express the immense creativity that will be welling up in you. Don’t let your lush and succulent output go to waste. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Asking you Sagittarians to be patient may be akin to ordering a bonfire to burn more politely. But it’s my duty to inform you of the cosmic tendencies, so I will request your forbearance for now. How about some nuances to make it more palatable? Here’s a quote from author David G. Allen: “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” Novelist Gustave Flaubert: “Talent is a long patience.” French playwright Moliere: “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” Writer Ann Lamott: “Hope is a revolutionary patience.” I’ve saved the best for last, from Russian novelist Irène Némirovsky: “Waiting is erotic.”

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