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They planted hemp near Chernobyl to leach toxins out of the earth. 4

A corporation that bans a man from selling its dildos is “not just a company but a movement.” 12

Portland’s fun-killing City Council is trying to ban not-yet-existent weed drive-thrus. 6

A former Portland baseball manager says he would not have raped anybody if it weren’t for the drugs. 25

Grant High’s mostly white students use the N-word “rampantly” in the halls and classrooms. 7

Portland’s best-ever ceviche spot is open only for lunch. 27 If you’re looking for an

Jules Bailey was against the CRC bridge before he was for it. 9

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Lulu Luscious photo by Thomas Teal.

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Jules Bailey would have us overlook his church’s Targeting the West Hills demographic only discriminatory policies simply because he says detracts from the issue at hand [“Sharing the he disagrees with them [“Jules for Jesus,” WW, Dinero,” WW, Feb. 24, 2016]. No one should be Feb. 24, 2016]. And anyway, “this is family,” as if forced to feel apologetic or defensive about sendit’s just his crazy Uncle Imago Dei ing one’s child to an excellent neighborin the attic. hood public school, and insinuations Bailey’s religion is his private that all families attending Ainsworth business. Nonetheless, as a canElementary are “rich” or “well-heeled” didate “running to be a mayor for are simply wrong. everybody,” the organizations he If the Spanish immersion program is chooses to join are a very valid indimoved to another location, the biggest cator of his beliefs and values. (Jules, losers will be the students, families and there are hundreds of churches that staff still at Ainsworth who will lose the do not deny civil rights to the LGBT added dimension the program brings “Bailey is community. Did you even look?) to Ainsworth for all students. —Chris Dearth —“pubschoolsupporter” doing the Southwest Portland equivalent Finally someone is speaking up against I’m glad Jules Bailey is open about of sticking the rich and powerful Ainsworth his faith. It’s part of him, like it’s a his fingers Spanish immersion syndicate. These part of some of our country’s stron- in his ears.” ASI people are the biggest hypocrites. gest progressive voices. The fact is that ASI has the fewest People are complex, and their values can minorities and poor families of all the Spanish come from many sources. Bailey attends immersion programs in Portland. The ASI Spanish church and has faith. That’s fine. He also has speakers are mostly rich, white Hispanic families, been an outspoken advocate for marriage who are now claiming to be part of the historically equality, reproductive choice for women, and underserved population. This is an abomination. numerous other progressive values. Those —“John101” don’t have to be at odds. PORTLAND’S BEST IPAs —Ben DuPree Northeast Portland Unfortunately, not too many great IPAs are made in Portland [“We Drank Every IPA in Portland. I don’t find Bailey complex—I find him muddled. Here’s the Best,” WW, Feb. 24, 2016]. Breakside has it down. Laurelwood gets it He sought out a church that would not accept me (I cohabitate) or my gay friends. The female right here and there. But the best of the rest goes submission doctrine at Imago Dei is creepy, so to Barley Brown’s (Baker City), Pfriem (Hood River) and Fort George (Astoria). feminists have reason to worry. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Bailey is doing the equivalent of sticking his fingers in his ears. The church doctrine is truly at —“DerbyHop” odds with his progressive values, so we are free to question: (1) Is he honest with himself? and (2) LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. How can he have two opposing belief systems? Letters must be 250 or fewer words. —“Neighbor98” Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:


There are warnings about eating food grown in the danger zones in Portland near glass factories. I live near one. Can I smoke the weed I grew in my backyard last summer?

—Urban Farmer

Having nearly been purged in the Great Fluoride Pogrom of 2014 (aka Crestallnacht), I’m reluctant to wade too deeply into any new mineral-based civic controversies, but what the hell. #yolo First, the bad news: Contamination of cannabis with toxic metals like lead and arsenic is a real thing. In fact, heshers who Google “marijuana” and “heavy metal” in hopes of learning which strains are the dankest to shred on will find that the whole first page of results is about, like, cadmium and shit. (All osmium, no Ozzy.) It gets worse! Cannabis, in keeping with its identity as the Earth First! activist of the plant world, actually goes out of its way to pull toxins from the earth. Industrial hemp has even been planted near Chernobyl for the express purpose 4

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of reducing soil toxicity. Northeast Portland, however—imperfect though it may be—is no Chernobyl. “It’s unlikely that cannabis grown in the Portland metro area could contain enough metals to significantly affect the health of people who consume cannabis,” says Dr. David Farrer, toxicologist with the Oregon Public Health Division’s environmental public health section. It’s not that hot-spot soil is particularly wholesome—vegetables grown in it are still iffy. It’s just that, Willie Nelson notwithstanding, people don’t consume that much weed. An 8-ounce tomato is a light snack. Eight ounces of weed is 200 pretty fat joints. Even if your weed is the schwaggiest schwag that ever schwagged, you’re not going to put away anything like the same amount of homegrown ganja as you would homegrown zucchini. Of course, there’s always going to be the homeopathic crowd for whom even a single atom of contamination is too much. If that’s you, then yes, stop smoking weed—you’re paranoid enough as it is. QUESTIONS? Send them to

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registered Republicans. “I’m focused on working as hard as I can for the people of Woodburn, Gervais and Salem who re-elected me to this position 16 months ago,” Courtney said in a statement.

Portland Seeks to Ban Weed Drive-Thrus

Sorry, Portland: No cannabis drive-thru for you. On March 2, the Portland City Council will consider a rule to bar medical marijuana dispensaries from offering drive-thru or walk-up window sales in Portland. Although there are no such facilities currently in Portland, it’s perfectly legal in Oregon. The coastal town of Gold Beach is set to welcome its first drive-thru pot shop in April. Theresa Marchetti, who oversees Portland’s marijuana regulations, says the city wants to establish rules before anyone tries to open a drive-thru here. “In our minds,” she says, “it’s shoring up the language to make sure there’s no confusion.”

Lawsuit Looms Over Bullseye Glass Co.

After weeks of public outcry and hand-wringing from politicians, it appears the controversy over heavymetals emissions from Bulleye Glass Co. is headed for court. Keller Rohrback, a Seattle law firm, is looking into a class-action lawsuit on behalf of families living near Bullseye’s factory in the Southeast Portland neighborhood of Brooklyn. “We are actively investigating what options residents who live near Bullseye Glass might have to hold the company accountable and to ensure that it doesn’t continue to operate in a way that potentially puts people and their property at risk,” Matthew Preusch, a Keller Rohrback lawyer, tells WW. Preusch, a Lake Oswego native now living in California, used to be an environmental reporter for The Oregonian.


Oregon Legislature TIMELINE THE NEW REPUBLIC 1914: Former President Teddy Roosevelt parleys with the founders of a magazine backing his Bull Moose progressive policies and funded by Gilded Age billionaires. It’s called The New Republic. 1974: New-left academic Martin Peretz takes over the magazine. Peretz is liberal, hawkish and a staunch supporter of Israel. During his 33 years of ownership, TNR is nicknamed “the in-flight magazine of Air Force One.” 1994: Under provocateur editor Andrew Sullivan, TNR publishes an excerpt from Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray’s book The Bell Curve, arguing that genetic IQ differences exist between black and white groups. The excerpt is widely denounced— including by many of the magazine’s own staffers. 1998: Forbes reveals that TNR associate editor Stephen Glass fabricated stories. TNR acknowledges that 27 of Glass’ 41 news features contained fictional material. 2014: Owner Chris Hughes cuts the number of annual print editions from 20 to 10 and declares TNR will become a “vertically integrated digital-media company.” Most of the staff quits. 2016: Win McCormack, editor and publisher of Portland’s Tin House magazine and Oregon’s leading Democratic political donor, buys The New Republic. AARON MESH.

As the Oregon Legislature hurtles toward a probable March 6 conclusion to this year’s short session, minimumwage and climate bills have generated most of the headlines. But each vote lawmakers take—or don’t take— creates winners and losers. NIGEL JAQUISS


DEAD SQUIRRELS Lawmakers are expected to pass a bill raising the penalty for poaching wildlife: moose, deer and even the silver gray squirrel. It would be the third time the Legislature has hiked such fines since 2004.

PACIFIC SEAFOOD Pork isn’t the only other white meat. Lawmakers are setting aside $3 million to rebuild a Warrenton, Ore., fishprocessing dock used by the privately owned company that dominates the coastal fish trade.

OREGON DUCKS Lawmakers are moving toward sweetening an already generous tax-credit program for Oregonians who donate to venture capital funds at the state’s public universities.


DEAD PEOPLE The families of Oregonians killed through negligence lose again. Lawmakers abandoned a bill that would have raised the cap on legal awards in wrongful-death cases from $500,000, where it has been since 1987. Many states have no caps on wrongful-death awards.


KIDS LIVING NEAR POLLUTION Portlanders who live near the Bullseye and Uroboros glass factories in Portland are getting a token gesture—less money than the fishing dock. Lawmakers are allocating just $2.5 million to help the Department of Environmental Quality tackle air-quality dangers in Portland.

OREGON TRANSPARENCY The Democratic majorities in Salem continue to under-deliver on promises to clean up state government post-Gov. John Kitzhaber. They ignored a proposal from Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) to form a nonpartisan oversight committee that could subpoena witnesses and compel testimony from state agencies.


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What he did: As Oregon treasurer, Wheeler had responsibility for making sure Oregon could sell bonds to finance the CRC. In July 2011, two consultants Wheeler hired to examine the project’s funding dropped a firebomb on the project.

What he did: Bailey won election to the Oregon House in 2008. A year later, the freshman lawmaker from Southeast Portland penned an op-ed with state Reps. Brian Clem and Cliff Bentz questioning the CRC. “We have yet to hear why adding more traffic lanes will not make a bad situation worse,” the legislators wrote in The Oregonian on Sept. 8, 2009. “We have not heard why this expenditure should be made now, in the midst of a recession, when the money could be spent in a more effective job-generating way. And most importantly, we have not heard how the commissions and the governors plan to bring the people of this state to the table to weigh in on a project that will affect every Oregonian.” In 2011, lawmakers who supported the CRC put forward a feel-good measure, House Joint Memorial 22, urging the federal government to help fund the project. Katie Eyre, who as a Republican representative from Hillsboro was among the CRC’s staunchest opponents, says Bailey bucked Democratic leadership to help scuttle the joint memorial. “Jules Bailey was an instigator,” she says. “I believe he acted very courageously.” But then Bailey reversed his position. In 2013, Bailey supported House Bill 2800, which pushed the project forward but included some safeguards to protect Oregon taxpayers. “With these changes to the project, I believe this bridge can be part of that 21stcentury transportation system, and it is time



The Columbia River Crossing—the proposed $3.5 billion project to replace the Interstate 5 connection between Portland and Vancouver—died many deaths. It was finally laid to rest in 2014, after Washington officials pulled out and Oregon officials realized they couldn’t make it pencil on their own. Now its ghost is haunting the Portland mayor’s race. The two candidates for mayor with the most experience and money—Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey—have many similarities. Both graduated from Lincoln High School, then collected graduate degrees from Ivy League universities. Both have worked at the county and the state (Wheeler was Multnomah County chairman, and Bailey was a state legislator). As mayor, both want to house the homeless, build denser neighborhoods and raise the minimum wage. And on the Columbia River Crossing, both managed to avoid taking strong positions that would create permanent enemies among CRC factions, including the construction unions that supported the massive infrastructure project and the environmentalists who railed against widening the highway. “You can’t paint one as a wide-eyed supporter and the other as a staunch opponent,” says Joe Cortright, a Portland economist who was among the biggest critics of the CRC. “They both hewed the middle road.” Here’s a look at what they did—and why it matters now:

Oregon would have to rely on tolls to repay debt on the bonds. But the consultants found that project backers were relying on toll revenue projections that were so overly optimistic they’d leave the project hundreds of millions of dollars short. Then Washington pulled out of the bistate partnership. Then-Gov. John Kitzhaber reworked the project, making it an Oregon-only one, and tried to fast-track it in 2013, hoping to secure federal funds. In a three-page letter issued four days before Kitzhaber’s Sept. 30 deadline, Wheeler said it couldn’t be done. “It is premature to conclude the project can work,” he wrote. Why it mattered then: Wheeler’s announcement that he still had questions that couldn’t be answered in time to meet the governor’s deadline meant he effectively killed the project without actually having to declare that he opposed it. “He played it very coy,” says former state Rep. Katie Eyre (R-Hillsboro), who opposed the project. “He challenged the debt, but he certainly avoided coming out either for or against it.” What he told the Northwest Oregon Labor Council on Jan. 25: “I testified with the governor of the state of Oregon in support of the Oregon-Washington Columbia River Crossing project, and I even laid out the plan to get it done, but I opposed the Oregon-only solution because the financial plan that the Legislature…tasked me with evaluating didn’t add up,” he said. “I support the Columbia River Crossing, and as mayor of Portland I will advocate for it, but it will be a joint Oregon-Washington proposal if it passes.” Why it matters now: Wheeler doesn’t want trade unions who supported the CRC to back his primary opponent, Bailey. Early endorsements suggest he shouldn’t worry. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 and Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, two private-sector unions that strongly supported the CRC, endorsed Wheeler months before Bailey got into the race.

“I BELIEVE THIS BRIDGE CAN BE PART OF THAT 21ST-CENTURY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.” to move forward,” Bailey told supporters. Why it mattered then: Bailey’s conversion to CRC supporter angered some environmentalists. When he later attended a forum sponsored by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, activists crashed the event to present Bailey with a mock award—a Cars Rejuvenating Carbon award for “courageously increasing the carbon and car capacity” of the region, The Portland Mercury reported March 1, 2013. What he told the Northwest Oregon Labor Council on Jan. 25: “My opponent… has attacked me for supporting the Columbia River Crossing and the jobs and transportation it would create, while on the other hand stating that he supported it. I’m not sure which is actually true.” Why it matters now: Bailey is walking a razor’s edge. He has limited his campaign contributions to $250 per person or organization. In order to offset Wheeler’s enormous fundraising advantage, he’ll need independent expenditures from environmental groups such as the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, which opposed the CRC, as well us union groups that were friendly to the project. That may mean having to describe his position on the CRC in creative, ambiguous ways. Willamette Week MARCH 2, 2016





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A highly unusual piece of foreclosed property will be sold at auction later this month on the steps of the Multnomah County Courthouse. The now-grassy 2.27-acre parcel sits next to a body of water called the Whitaker Slough, just north of Northeast Columbia Boulevard, where 46th Avenue—more pothole than road— dead-ends. The property’s tortuous path to the auction block shows how difficult it can be to return a contaminated industrial property to productive use—and the importance of keeping accurate records. Over the past 20 years, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has spent $6.5 million in taxpayer money cleaning up the property. The state agency hoped to recoup some of that expense when the property sold. Instead, DEQ failed to ensure it had established a legal claim to the property and ended up with nothing. “I haven’t heard of that happening before,” says Deborah Bailey, the DEQ project manager who’s overseen the property’s cleanup. DEQ has been under scrutiny for the past month, after The Portland Mercury first reported heavy metals were being released into the air and soil by a Southeast Portland glass company the state agency was supposed to be regulating. The lost opportunity at the Whitaker Slough raises ques-

LOST CHANCE: DEQ’s cleanup of the Nu-Way Oil site (left) included excavating and replenishing the banks of Whitaker Slough (above). Now the land will be auctioned.

tions about DEQ’s attention to detail—even when it successfully completes an environmental cleanup. Mark Riskedahl, executive director of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center at Lewis & Clark Law School, says DEQ is an ineffective regulator. “State and federal environmental laws are full of incredibly powerful provisions intended to protect natural resources,” Riskedahl says. “Unfortunately, what you find with Oregon DEQ time and time again is a lack of a commitment to excellence and a willingness to take the path of least resistance.” For more than 50 years, the land along Whitaker Slough was owned by Nu-Way Oil. Nu-Way re-refined used motor oil and, according to DEQ records, dumped contaminants from the oil in unlined trenches and an unlined waste lagoon on the property. DEQ got involved after Nu-Way shut down in 1987. But it soon became apparent the owner of the property, Delton Geary, could not afford to clean it up.

DEQ operates an “orphan property” program, which pays to clean up properties where the owner cannot be found or can’t pay for cleanup. The program has spent about $38 million statewide so far and currently has a project list that includes 72 properties. DEQ had completed two major cleanups at the Nu-Way site: one, finished in 1997, that cost about $3.4 million, and another, finished in 2007, that cost about $3.1 million. Cheyenne Chapman, a legal analyst at DEQ, says the agency reached a settlement with Geary in 1997. The terms of the agreement were that Geary would continue to own the property—but when it was sold, all proceeds would go to DEQ to help offset cleanup costs. “That was unusual,” says Chapman, who joined DEQ in 2012. “I don’t know of other properties handled in that way.” In 2015, after a buyer approached DEQ, the agency began preparing to sell the Nu-Way site. It obtained an appraisal, which valued the parcel at $320,000. As it prepared to sell the property, DEQ ordered a title search. What it found came as an unpleasant shock—the agency had failed to secure its claim on the property by filing a lien that would entitle it to the sale’s proceeds. The Multnomah County assessor then informed DEQ it was seizing the property for unpaid taxes. That meant any ownership interest the agency thought it had in the property was gone. “We weren’t expecting that,” says DEQ’s Bailey. “There wasn’t really anything we could do when we found out about it.” Chapman says DEQ filed a series of liens on the property during its long history of cleanups but appears to have failed to file one in 2003 that reflected the final settlement with Geary. After the second cleanup, the property went back on the property tax rolls. Records show that Geary, who remained the owner, did not pay taxes for the next six years. When the tax assessor seized ownership in October, DEQ—and the taxpayers who fund the orphan property program—lost out. Mike Sublett, who handles properties that Multnomah County seizes for unpaid taxes, says the county virtually never forecloses on industrial properties. “This is definitely an outlier,” Sublett says, “but what happened before we got the property is not our business.” A 2013 law directs that proceeds from county property sales go to affordable housing, Sublett adds, so DEQ’s mistake will have a partially positive outcome. The property will be auctioned March 23, starting with a $265,000 minimum bid. Willamette Week MARCH 2, 2016


James Luu found—then lost—his perfect job. Now he’s launched an unlikely crusade for workers’ rights.



Lulu Luscious was ready for a night at the office. On a Saturday in January, she’d painted her lips the brightest shade of red available in Walgreens lipstick and put on a tasteful little black dress. Her long, dark ringlets of hair draped over bare shoulders. Lulu walked into a suburban home in the Clackamas County town of Sandy, where she would spend the next three hours selling sex toys. “I’m Lulu,” she said, greeting the guests. “I do hugs.” CONT. on page 14


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MEMBERS ONLY: James Luu, 26, is preparing for a legal battle against sex-toys company Pure Romance, which doesn’t allow men to sell its vibrators.

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n the family living room, Lulu spread out her merchandise on a table: lubricant stored in a phallic-shaped plastic bottle, a vibrating cock ring and an app-connected vibrator. She stood in the middle of the room and held up a vibrating dildo named Audrey. Audrey—named after Hepburn—was the turquoise shade of a Tiffany’s jewelry box. “I turn her on and she’s ready to play,” Lulu said, before noting the dildo is water-resistant and has a rechargeable battery that can last “up to eight hours” and has “seven preset modes.” Lulu Luscious is the drag-queen alter ego of James Luu, a 26-year-old son of Vietnamese immigrants. For more than two years, Luu, who grew up in Portland, has donned drag to sell sex toys for a Las Vegas company called Passion Parties, which sent him merchandise and paid him on commission—like Mary Kay for dildos. The work was never very lucrative. But like many contracting gigs, Passion Parties allowed Luu the freedom to work as the person he wanted to be. Then, on Jan. 4, he spotted an email: Passion Parties had been purchased by a rival out of Cincinnati called Pure Romance. When Luu called his new bosses to find out about the transition to the new company, he found out he was fired. Pure Romance refuses to let men sell its dildos. The woman on the other end of the line read him a statement; the company provided WW with something similar. “Although Passion Parties has allowed men to become consultants, Pure Romance was founded on a business model that focused solely on women consultants,” said Jackie Reau, a spokeswoman for Pure Romance. “The female-only environment has enabled open communication and sharing,” the statement continued. “We believe that the opportunities we have provided women has made Pure Romance not just a company, but a movement to enhance the lives of women everywhere.”

“I STARTED TO CRY. I CAN’T BELIEVE IN 2016 THERE’S STILL THIS GENDER DISCRIMINATION.” Luu listened to the statement. He hastily hung up the phone. “I started to cry,” Luu says. “I can’t believe in 2016 there’s still this gender discrimination.” Luu’s job might seem unconventional. But in this country and particularly in this city, Luu’s choice to strike out on his own is not uncommon. Sex toys aside, he was a contractor—part of the “gig economy” in which workers make their own schedules, pursue their dreams, and work outside the confines of a dreary 9-to-5 job. But what Lulu soon came to realize was that with the creativity and flexibility came the darker side of being a contractor—a total lack of legal protections. Employment laws were written to protect employees. For everybody else, it’s fend for yourself. In Portland, freelancing or working as an independent contractor, with the attendant lack of legal protections, is unusually common (see sidebar, page 17). In this most progressive of American cities, Luu’s desire to become who he really is has brought him squarely into legal battles over gender discrimination. In his attempt to run away from society’s rules and expectations, he’s found rules are exactly what he needs to protect him. This week, Luu filed an employment com-

COMPANY WOMAN: Cincinnati sex-toy company Pure Romance sells its wares through an allfemale sales force.

plaint with the state of Oregon. He’s hired the lawyer who won the fight to overturn Oregon’s gay-marriage ban, and is starting a new legal battle at the cutting edge of employment law. He’s out to prove that workplace civil rights protections apply to him. “I have one of those strong personalities,” Luu says. “I don’t play extra. I’m always a main character.” It takes James Luu an hour to transform into Lulu Luscious—a name he picked by turning his family name into the feminine Lulu and adding an alliterative adjective. In the Gresham townhouse that Luu shares with his mother, he takes over the first-floor half-bathroom to do his makeup. The first step is getting rid of his manly eyebrows, by attaching them to his skin with purple Elmer’s glue stick (later he’ll disguise the dark lines with eye makeup). Luu shades what facial hair he has with a red base cover-up. The edges of his face and sides of his nose become dark brown; he’s shading out his manlier features. He adds white around the eyes. “If you don’t look like a clown, you’re not doing it right,” he says. He steals glances at himself, turning sideways, gripping the doorway as he stands back from the mirror, giving himself coyly feminine glances. It’s after the powder layer is applied that Luu starts to think his face has made the transition. It’s not that there’s a moment when he becomes Lulu. “I feel like I’m Lulu all the time,” Luu says. Luu, a waifishly thin man, wears his long black hair back in a man bun at a temp job he started in January. The hair is a small hint of his drag-show alter ego. He drives his mother’s white Toyota Corolla with a car seat in back so he can babysit his nephew on a moment’s notice. He’s ambitious and high-energy, fueled by heavily sweetened or fruity drinks—Italian soda, RC Cola and, above all, Thai iced tea. Luu’s parents came to Portland from Vietnam in 1985. Growing up, he watched them strive for the American dream. His dad worked three jobs for years. Later, the Luus ran a restaurant. “I believe the reason James and I work so hard is my parents,” says Tran Luu, 29, James’ sister. “We grew up seeing my parents work so hard to earn every penny.” He speaks fluent Vietnamese because his parents wouldn’t let him speak English at home in East Portland. CONT. on page 17


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March 5 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Templeton Campus Center


March 7 5 p.m. Templeton Campus Center, Council Chamber


51st Annual International Fair Join our entire campus community to learn about the many cultures and nationalities that are represented at Lewis & Clark College. Enjoy an array of mouthwatering dishes and fun-filled performances from across the world. $8 for adults, $4 for children.

The Great Departure: Emigration From Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World This discussion will focus on mass emigration and how it has given rise to new forms of border control, ethnic cleansing, social protection, colonial ambitions, and humanitarian activism.

March 9–11 Times and locations vary


Game On! Gender and Sexuality in Play This multiday event brings together students, scholars, gamers, comedians, activists, artists, and visionaries for a dynamic series of lectures, panels, interactive workshops, and student-curated art on concepts of fun and play in relation to gender and sexuality.

March 11 1–5 p.m. Law Campus


Crossing Borders: Animals and Business Participate in an afternoon of discussion on the intersection between animals and trade. Cost and registration details are available online at

March 12 7:30 p.m. Agnes Flanagan Chapel


March 14 7 p.m. Agnes Flanagan Chapel


Khyal: The Art of Raga Singing Lewis & Clark’s music department offers an evening of North Indian classical vocal music. $5 for seniors, $15 general admission.

#ItGetsBitter Darkmatter is a trans South Asian performance art duo based in New York City. #ItGetsBitter is a remix of spoken word, stand up comedy, fashion, and nursery rhymes. General admission tickets are on a sliding scale of $5–20.

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On a Sunday night in February, Lulu Luscious worked the room before a pageant at Darcelle XV Showplace in Old Town, clad in a black, slinky dress barely longer than a shirt. Lulu lifted her dress to expose her undergarments to a couple she knows. “Look,” she said, laughing. “I’m a Barbie.” There was nothing to see: Flat, nude bikini-style underwear was all that was visible, not even a bump of Ken-style flesh. Before her last number on Darcelle’s stage, before she stepped down as Portland’s Miss HIV Awareness, Lulu made a passionate pitch for everyone to donate to the pageant’s HIV charity. A small crowd of about 50 had opted against the Super Bowl to watch the pageant in the plush theater-style seats or from the tables around the edges of the room. For her final number, dressed in a floor-length strapless gold evening gown completely covered in sequins, Lulu shimmered under the lights, her womanly curves giving no


Luu was student body president at Parkrose High School. “When I saw him running in the hallways, he was a constant blur,” recalls former schoolmate Artemas Karczag. While pursuing a double major in marketing and communications in 2009, Luu became the first sophomore ever elected student body president at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. During a drive home from college, Luu told his immigrant dad that he was gay. “I’m just worried about your life because being gay is not something I’ve done before,” his father told him. “If you were straight and you wanted to get married and have kids, I could help you with that.” Luu attended his first drag show at a gay bar in Washington, D.C.—he was uncomfortable with how “in your face” gay culture was, he says. He tried drag himself in

WHAT A DRAG: Poison Waters (left) good-naturedly rebukes Lulu Luscious for hogging the spotlight at Darcelle XV.

college—wearing a red-and-black dress and hair bow stuck to his head and no makeup—but it was because others asked him to join the show. After college, he started watching drag reality television. “RuPaul’s Drag Race was my go-to guilty pleasure,” Luu says. “I loved watching the men make the transformation.” Gradually, he realized he wanted to become one of those men. Luu had been coming home from college to attend Portland’s Red Dress fundraiser. The city’s biggest fundraising event for HIV/AIDS research requires everyone, men included, to wear a red dress, but not makeup or wigs. In Vancouver, B.C., when Luu had money, he’d go to the mall in search of yet another red dress, even though he’d already bought one for the fundraiser. Soon he had a closet full of red dresses. The fourth year he attended the Red Dress party, he went in full makeup. For two years after his 2011 graduation, Luu worked round-the-clock in Vancouver as a property and restaurant manager and contracts consultant. But then something snapped. He retreated home and moved back in with his parents. With it came an epiphany. “Fuck corporate world,” he remembers thinking. “I wasn’t born to work and just pay bills.” But the drag world came with its own bills.

sign of Luu’s gender. “This is my fight song/ bring back my life song,” Lulu lipsynched to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” clutching her thigh. The emcee, Poison Waters, whom Lulu counts as a friend, described Lulu in mock disgust as “terribly attractive and frustratingly thin.” Lulu Luscious appeared in her first Portland drag show in 2013. She was soon recognized as a standout on the scene—a WW review noted how her show incorporated a live albino python rented from Beaverton (“Lulu Luscious,” WW, Sept. 23, 2014). But the fun comes at a price. The clothes easily run into the thousands of dollars. For La Femme Magnifique, a premier Portland pageant that draws drag queens from all along the West Coast, Lulu says she spent at least $6,000 on clothes last year. (She won.) To hand down her Miss HIV Awareness crown, Lulu strutted onstage in showgirl attire, nearly 200 pheasant feathers fanning out from her crown and rear. (The rental cost for the feathers alone: $200.) Luu’s sex-toy-sales day job helped pay the costs of drag and allowed him to work as Lulu. “It just clicked,” Luu says. “In my mind, I was like dildo party and drag queen—awesome.”

Unprotected The problem for James Luu is one that affects up to one-third of American workers, according to surveys by the Brooklynbased Freelancers Union, which advocates protections for contract workers. “There are so many protections that exist in employment that just don’t exist for freelancers,” says Caitlin Pearce, director of membership engagement for the union. “We know that discrimination against gender is a big one.” That makes the question of who’s an employee and who’s a contractor one with high stakes. “Here’s the rub: Technically, the employment laws only cover employees,” says Clarence Belnavis, a partner with Portland and Seattle law firm Fisher & Phillips, noting that in a case like Luu’s, freelancers can be considered employees and protected by emploment law “if the majority of what they sell is from one company.” The state decided recently that Uber drivers may have the civil rights and other protections of employees because the workers and the business are dependent on one another. The same logic may apply to Luu. But there are few guarantees for Luu or any other contractor or freelancer. Government contractors are forbidden to discriminate on any basis. Some states, such as California, forbid discrimination against contractors, says lawyer Sonia A. Montalbano of Portland’s Elliott, Ostrander & Preston firm. Oregon does not. “If [Luu] was not an employee, it would appear he has no recourse against the company,” Montalbano says. The state labor bureau says it can only help employees. “If an individual is truly a contractor and not misclassified, they’re on their own,” says Charlie Burr, spokesman for Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, noting some businesses try to avoid accepting the restraints of the law and pass workers off as freelancers where possible. “We see it with barbers. The issue comes up in the tech sector, with exotic dancers, very frequently with the construction sector.” The “gig economy,” as it has come to be called, has long included strippers, seasonal farm hands and temp office workers. But as Portland has opened its doors to Silicon Valley’s app-based ventures, with Uber now cruising our streets and Airbnb renting out available housing, the ease of finding work and employing freelancers has reached new heights. There are no official economic statistics that can provide a full picture of how many in Portland are freelancers, say economists with the state’s Employment Department and the Office of Economic Analysis. But some indicators suggest Portland is more dependent on contractors than any other city in the country. The 2015 Freelancers Union survey found that Portland “has a higher percentage of independent contractors (49%) than any other top metro surveyed in the U.S. (compared to 36% national)” by its broad definition, which includes moonlighting, working temp jobs, freelancing full-time or owning a small business. The union puts the number at a half million freelancers in the Portland metro area. “If half the people on the boat don’t have life jackets, the odds of drowning go up,” says Luu’s attorney, Lake Perriguey, noting freelance workers in Portland have “a lot less rights and a lot less recourse in the event of problems.”


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ex toys are a big market. The sex-toys market is estimated at $15 billion in annual sales worldwide. The “adult industry” suffered a drop in porn sales in recent years, leading to a focus on female consumers. Luu found his home at Passion Parties, a Las Vegas sex-toys company that welcomed his vision of a drag-queen saleswoman. The company, like Mary Kay, sold its wares through a network of salespeople, mostly women, who sold the products at home parties. Passion Parties was organized as a multilevel marketing company, so sales consultants earn commissions partly based on other consultants they bring into the company. (Pure Romance has a similar business model, but employs only women as sales consultants. The Cincinnati family business, which posted $138 million in sales in 2014, acquired another competitor a couple years ago, as well.) Luu ran across Passion Parties on Facebook. “Lulu found me online on YouTube. I got a voice mail that was really lengthy,” says Katarina Gomez, 28, of Cameron Park, Calif., who has brought in, by her count, 140 saleswomen and -men to Passion Parties. Men, gay and straight, had joined Gomez’s team before, but they weren’t successful. However, Luu became one of her top sellers, she says. “Lulu just has a lot of charisma,” Gomez says. “She’s very approachable. She’s super-friendly. She will compliment you all over the place. She makes friends with women very easily.” Luu sold more than $25,000 worth of dildos and other merchandise in more than two years of parties, he estimates, receiving less than 40 percent of that total in commissions. Back at the party in Sandy, Lulu wore her favorite black dress with a fluffy skirt, which meant she didn’t have to put on fake hips, and she didn’t have to “tuck my dick,” she explained beforehand. When she noticed she hadn’t shaved her armpits, she decided it wasn’t noticeable and ignored it. She drove to the house in Crocs, and went barefoot when her hosts weren’t wearing shoes. This was as close to girl-next-door as a drag queen gets. “Let me pamper you guys by taking you through a mini spa day,” Lulu said to open her sales pitch. For the first activity, she asked the guests to put a hand on the leg of the person next to them; everyone did. “We’re going to give each other hand jobs,” she said. “Kidding.” With guests gathered on couches and in chairs set in a semicircle around the living room, Lulu held her audience rapt with a sales pitch that was a mix of sex education and jokes, reviewing the lotions, scrubs, gels and lubricants for an hour before the dildos even made their appearance. “Let’s say you’re having sex in the position of doggy style,” Lulu said, as Audrey thumped away on the table. “A lot of times men like to use a toy to reach over and stimulate their partner. All of these products that I’m sharing with you is not replacing the real thing. I’m just showing you different creative ideas to enhance what you do in the bedroom with your partner—or with yourself.” Lulu handed the vibrator to guests to play with. “Oh, my God, I love it,” said a woman, hamming it up, as she held the vibrator against her hand.

PURPLE POWER: Luu knew at an early age he was different. “Pink was my color,” he says.


Lulu says she did well at the party, for the same reason girls like a gay best friend: He made the ladies feel comfortable. But Lulu was trying to sell merchandise quickly. She estimates she was left with $3,000 in dildos and lube after Pure Romance said she was out of a job. After calling the company and learning he was out, Luu moped for a while, then got dressed in drag. Lulu recorded a message for her Facebook followers about what had happened. Some of her Facebook friends suggested a lawyer. “It’s patently and on its face discriminatory based on gender,” says Lake Perriguey, the lawyer who’s assisting Luu and who filed the lawsuit in 2013 in federal court that overturned Oregon’s ban on gay marriage. On Monday, Feb. 29, Luu filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which regulates workplace protections. The laws that provide basic protections for employees—such as the minimum wage, overtime, whistleblowing about unsafe conditions, and civil rights—don’t necessarily apply to contractors, Perriguey noted. “Basically there are lot less protections,” he says. Reau, the company spokeswoman, defended the hiring policy as legal. “Pure Romance believes that it is in compliance with all applicable laws,” she says. Whether the state will investigate will depend in part on whether Luu can be considered an employee of the company. It will not hinge on new definitions of gender. “I identify currently as a very proud gay male,” Luu says. “I just happen to be really good at drag and really good at being a female impersonator.” Luu may be an unlikely campaigner for men’s rights, but he wants other men not to face similar discrimination, even though he’s not sure he wants to work for the sex-toys company. “I love being a catalyst for social change,” he says. “I’m so passionate about this, but I don’t know how to do it.” Luu is focused on crusading to protect other freelancers and contractors from similar discrimination. “The rules are outdated,” he says. For now, Luu, who was raised Buddhist, is hoping for good karma. “I try to do good things,” he says. “I don’t do bad things. I believe the answer will present itself. I hope it just comes back in a giant-ass bag of glitter and sparkles.”

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In Portland, blossoming tulips and cyclists in new spandex are a better indication of spring than whatever Punxsutawney Phil says as he scrambles out of his log cage. This year, spring will likely bring a reprieve from El Niño and the chance to hit a host of flowercapped trails stretching from The Dalles to the Oregon Coast, without the constant fear of a downpour. The seaside cliff tops and rolling hills of color might still be slick—and a bit of a scramble—but there are few better glimpses of whales and waterfalls to be had. WAHCLELLA FALLS

40 minutes from Portland: From I-84 east, take Exit 40 toward the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Turn right at the first stop sign and drive roughly 100 feet to the trailhead parking lot. $5 recreation fee.

There are more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge than there are days in the month. Wahclella Falls, named after a nearby Native American village, is one of the more accessible and well-maintained of the bunch. The trail’s gentle, leisurely path straddles Tanner Creek and winds its way through a narrow canyon and into a grottolike amphitheater that houses the thunderous base of Wahclella. As you climb, you’ll cross a short bridge that brushes against the 35-foot plunge of Munra Falls, shrouding you in mist and ferrying you over logs that rest like pick-up sticks in the murmuring creek below. An underground spring ensures water is never scarce.

Silver Falls (Lower Loop) Distance: 4.6 miles Difficulty: Parks Scare Me

80 minutes from Portland: From I-5 south, take Exit 253 and continue east on OR-22. Take Exit 7 (OR214) and follow the signs to Silver Falls State Park. $5 recreation fee.

Silver Falls State Park’s 9,200 acres make it the largest in the state, and the footpaths are at the mercy of a steady stream of hikers on any given weekend. It’s warranted, however, considering it functions as

Cape Lookout

Distance: 4.8 miles Difficulty: Dirty Boots

100 minutes from Portland: Take U.S. 26 west and make a slight right on OR-6 toward Tillamook. Cross Highway 101 in town, follow signs for Cape Lookout State Park and park at the trailhead roughly 3 miles past the day-use area.

People tend to associate the Oregon Coast with orcas—thanks, Jason James Richter—but our waters are occasionally home to more than one species. Migrating gray whales must skirt the 2-mile spit that is Cape Lookout come late March, which gives hikers an excellent excuse to trek among the blooming trillium, Sitka spruce and primeval ferns that call Tillamook County home. The gradual, one-way descent to the cliffside perch also funnels you through the overgrown wreckage of a downed B-17 bomber, and presents you with frothy views of Cape Meares and Netarts Bay. The latter is a beachcomber ’s delight—assuming ostraconophobia isn’t your thing. SILVER FALLS

Saddle Mountain

Distance: 5.2 miles Difficulty: Dirty Boots

90 minutes from Portland: Take U.S. 26 west for about 60 miles and turn right onto Saddle Mountain Road. Continue for 7 miles, or until you reach the trailhead.

instead, a newly minted network of trails located on the site of a former homestead abutting the Columbia River. A breadth of wind-stunted trees and thick tufts of buttercups and yellow balsamroot dot the desert landscape in late April, complete with snapshots of Mount Hood, regardless of how you traverse the trail’s figure-eight configuration and meander amid the rimrock and dilapidated machinery. The frontieresque hills and rustic charm recall the Old West in a similar fashion to Dances With Wolves, minus a flat Kevin Costner.

Saddle Mountain defines the Coast Range as much as Mount Hood defines the Cascades, even if it doesn’t posses all-star st a t u r e . T h e d o u b l e peaked monolith towers some 3,287 feet above sea level, and in the spring, the wooded saddle and steep summit become a natural Dog Mountain Distance: 7.4 miles bouquet of coastal pensteDifficulty: mon, sedum, goatsbeard Reese Witherspoon and phlox. Other vibrant 75 minutes from Portland: w i l d f l ow e r s c o m p o s e From I-84 east, take Exit 44 the craggy meadows and DOG MOUNTAIN toward Cascade Locks. Cross chain-link tread once you the Bridge of the Gods, turn rise above the lush canopy right onto WA-14 and drive 12.5 miles to the wellof red alder and fir, providing eye candy for marked trailhead on the left. $5 recreation fee. those brief moments when the mountain’s snow-capped neighbors, and the eroded The sharp ascent on Dog Mountain may not ledges, don’t demand your attention like the be as hairy as its namesake (pun intended), though it can be just as big a pain when MAX tracks downtown. you factor in the potential for crowds and pummeling winds. That said, the 700-foot crawl offers bird’s-eye views of the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding volcanic The Dalles Mountain Ranch peaks, each awash in a seasonal panoply Distance: 6.5 miles of paintbrush and blue-hued lupine that Difficulty: Dirty Boots belie the barrage of taxing switchbacks 95 minutes from Portland: From I-84 east, take Exit that designate the trail. Hanging a right at 87 and cross The Dalles Bridge on U.S. 197. Turn right the first junction and a left at the second onto WA-14, drive 3.6 miles and park at the Crawford ensures the best views, while a descent on Oaks Trailhead on the left. $10 recreation fee. the Augspurger Trail provides additional Make no mistake, The Dalles Mountain meadow vistas and—more importantly— Ranch is not The Dalles. The ranch’s claim some much-needed relief. to fame isn’t a Google data center, but MARTIN CIZMAR

Distance: 1.8 miles Difficulty: Parks Scare Me

a basalt-flanked haven where dripping caverns and burly old-growth remnants reign supreme. The lower portion of the trial is a shorter alternative to the Trail of Ten Falls, yet several switchbacks and spur trails still provide close-up views of seven individual falls, including the picturesque South Falls and seasonal affairs such as Frenchie Falls and Winter Falls. Kodak moment optional.


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ON ICE: The Portland-area maker of the Coolest Cooler— then the most successful Kickstarter project ever, when it received $13 million in backing in 2014—is in hot water yet again, after announcing further delays before most backers receive coolers with speakers and a blender built in. The Coolest began shipping its “party in a cooler” in July 2015, but has so far delivered only about 20,000 of the 60,000 coolers paid for. In November, the Coolest began taking orders via Amazon Launchpad, but had to discontinue the program because of Kickstarter backer complaints. Now, in an update on Feb. 26, the Coolest wrote that there would be additional delays because of what spokeswoman Susan Towers calls a “funding gap.” “We realized that the Coolest was going to cost more than the Kickstarter pledges,” she says. “You try to walk this balance and be upfront and transparent and hope that people won’t panic.” TRIO CLUB: Portland has a new supergroup, and in this particular case, the phrase “supergroup” actually means what it’s supposed to. Two and a half years ago, Grammy-winning singer K.D. Lang, who moved to Portland in 2012, sent an email to local indie-folk favorite Laura Veirs and alt-country star Neko Case, reading simply, “I think we should make a record together.” The trio’s upcoming 14-track self-titled debut was produced by Tucker Martine and recorded in Portland at the homes of Lang and Veirs. The album comes out June 16 on Anti-. We can’t help but feel at least partially responsible for making this happen: Way back in 2012, WW coordinated the first-ever meeting between Lang and Case, who discussed their mutual admiration for one another. Case, Lang and Veirs play the Oregon Zoo on July 2. NEW PEN: The quaint little house on Northwest 23rd Avenue and Kearney Street—home to four bars in as many years, most recently the short-lived Peddler and Pen—looks to be getting a fried chicken, oysters and bubbly spot called Pelican’s Waiting Room. It’ll be run by two former executive chefs at Red Star Tavern, Kyle Rourke and Thomas Dunklin, who hosted oysterand-chicken pop-ups under that name throughout 2015. Rourke is no longer at Red Star, and the two applied for a liquor license in the Kearney space on Feb. 9. Pelican’s is planned for a March opening date, according to the chefs’ Instagram. LIT STARTER: Suddenly Kickstarter is awash with local literary projects. There’s Portland comedian Nawwal Moustafa’s adult coloring book, Chin Up, Dreamboat! A Coloring Book for Lesbian Breakups. It includes scenes of sadness at work, the melancholy of shopping for one, the horror of “dating yourself” and the ennui of the unanswered text. Then there’s Walking With Ramona, which is a self-guided walking tour of Beverly Cleary’s Portland. The target publication date for that book is April 12, Cleary’s 100th birthday (she’s still alive). And finally, local writer and activist Ursula K. Le Guin is getting her own feature documentary by Arwen Curry, who’s worked on documentaries for PBS and HBO. Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin has been in the making since 2008. 24

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We canʼt make history better, but at least we can make it more true.


Wikipedia, like everything, is sexist. “What?” you ask. “How can truth and facts and dates be sexist?” Oh, sweet innocent baby boy. The history and facts included in textbooks and encyclopedias have long been biased in favor of the patriarchy.The documents that define our culture leave out contributions of women and minorities and gloss over the real violence that often comes with power, leaving anyone who isnʼt a white dude with the impression no one like them has ever achieved anything. But thereʼs a big difference between those published-on-paper books and the encyclopedia of the Internet. In this new world, edits are possible. On Saturday, feminists around the world will participate in the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Here in Portland, people will gather at the Yale Union to work together to make Wikipedia more accurately reflect the accomplishments and struggles of people who arenʼt straight, white men.

The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Are you going to be there Saturday? Weʼve got a few edits to entries of local interest weʼd like to see made. LIZZY ACKER and SOPHIA JUNE.

SATURDAY MARCH 5 [GREAT BEER] In our blind tasting of 73 IPAs, Great Notion’s two beers rank as the third and fifth best in Portland. Now, they’re breaking out the imperial IPA and a crazy breakfast stout. Great Notion Brewing, 2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491. Noon-11 pm. $10.

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Portland Mavericks

The Portland Mavericks were an independent professional baseball team in the northwestern United States, based in Portland, Oregon. The Mavericks finished 50-34 in 1974 under new manager Frank Peters, finishing in second place in the newly formatted West Division, two games behind the Bellingham Dodgers.

Frank “The Flake” Peters, who was later convicted of statutory rape and drug offenses. He once said, “If it wasn’t for the drugs involved, there never would have been the actions with the underage girls. They all kind of go hand in hand.” The team f inished

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Without the help of a young, pregnant woma Sacagawea, who was, by the way, a victim of kidnapping, rape and slavery, everyone probably would have died.


Multnomah Athletic Club The Multnomah Athletic Club is a private social and athletic club in Portland, Oregon, United States.


SUNDAY MARCH 6 Eleanor Friedberger

MONDAY MARCH 7 Protomartyr

The University of Oregon (also referred to as UO or Oregon) is a public flagship research university located in Eugene, Oregon.…UO student-athletes compete as the Ducks and are part of the Pac-12 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). With eighteen varsity teams, the Oregon Ducks are best known for their football team and track and field program .

and for their men’s basketball team, which attracted media attention when three players were accused of gang-raping a female student in 2014. According to a recent study, nearly one in f ive women have been sexually assaulted during their time at UO. Women athletes who should have earned letters from the 1940s to the 1970s weren’t awarded until 2011.

Muller v. Oregon Muller v. Oregon, 208 U.S. 412 (1908), was a landmark decision in United States Supreme Court history, as it justifies both sex discrimination and usage of labor laws during the time period.… Curt Muller, the owner of a laundry business, was convicted of violating Oregon labor laws by making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a single day. Muller was fined $10. Muller appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court and then to the U.S. Supreme Court…In Justice David Josiah Brewerʼs unanimous opinion, the Court upheld the Oregon regulation.… The child-bearing physiology and social role of women provided a strong state interest in reducing their working hours.


[POST-PUNK] Protomartyr’s gloomy, gritty post-punk appeals to nebbish goths and punk ruffians alike. Frontman Joe Casey made last year’s The Agent Intellect a cathartic exorcism of personal demons and familial loss, giving the band its most praised release to date. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 8 pm. $12. 21+.

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that didn’t allow women members to vote in club business, or even remain on the premises on voting nights, until the late 1970s.


[INDIE ROCK] Eleanor Friedberger’s work as a member of the Fiery Furnaces was a jubilant celebration of weird, tripped-out bliss. As a solo artist, though, she’s gone for a more subdued aesthetic. The tunes on her vibrant, sunny new record, New View, employ a relaxed tone drawn from her own personal experiences. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 8 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

Sacagawea Expedition featuring Lewis and Clark

The Lewis and Clark Expedition,, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, Expedition was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States, departing in May 1804, from near St. Louis making their way westward through the continental divide to the Pacific coast. n named

Beaverton Sub Station Anniversary

[SUBS] Chuck Wilson is the heart and soul of downtown Beaverton, and he’ll be celebrating 35 years of making old-school, meat-packed, fresh-bread subs there. Celebrate his sub shop’s birthday with cake from Beaverton Bakery. Beaverton Sub Station, 12448 SW Broadway St., Beaverton, 626-2782. 10 am.

The school didn’t adm students until 1993.


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[FILM] Wim Wenders’ stunning second feature was shelved for decades thanks to German music regulations. This rerelease—with a new soundtrack—will kick off the Film Center’s Wenders retrospective. Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 221-1156. 7 pm. $9.

GO: Portlandʼs 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is at Yale Union, 800 SE 10th Ave., 236-7996, on Saturday, March 5. 10 am-5 pm. Free.

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FACE- OFF WET NOODLES: Beef noodle soup at Wei Wei (left) and wonton soup at Tam.


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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Cascade Framblanc Release

Not to be outdone by our runner-up beer of the year, Block 15’s Framboise White, Cascade Barrel House is unleashing its own whiteraspberry sour. Framblanc will be on tap and in bottles starting at noon. Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St., 265-8603. Noon. $25 a bottle.

Lompoc Bloody Mary Tapping

Michelada heaven begins today. The final sixth-barrel of Bryan Kielty’s Bloody Mary beer—one of WW’s top 10 beers of the year in our 2016 Beer Guide—will tap at Lompoc Tavern today. The beer, which includes homegrown tomatoes, sage and lovage, was previously tapped only for a hoity-toity Oregon Brewers Festival brunch. Get it while you can. Lompoc Tavern, 1620 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9374,

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Lucky Lab Barleywine Fest

In a passion project that’s endured 19 years, the Quimby Lucky Lab will host 50 big, strong barleywines, many of which aged for years in the Lab’s back coolers. You won’t find a better fest devoted to the style in Portland. Event glass and four tasters $15, $2 per additional taster. Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St., 517-4352. Noon-10 pm, through March 5. $15+.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Great Notion Grand Beer Release

Two of the best five IPAs in Portland as judged by a blind tasting will tap today, along with 10 others, at Great Notion’s coming-out party as one of the best breweries in town. Would it surprise you to know its Berliner Weisse is just as good as the IPA? Event glass and four tasters $10, Additional tasters $1. Great Notion Brewing, 2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491. Noon-11 pm. $10+.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Eyrie Vineyards Spring Wine Dinner

The most prestigious and storied vineyard in Oregon is serving up expensive and rare wines from its stores at a multicourse dinner at Simpatica. Expect fine French food, and fine Oregon wine stretching back to 1989 (seriously!). Reserve at 4726315 or Simpatica, 828 SE Ash St., 235-1600. 6 pm. $115.


There’s something strange and interesting going on in Sellwood—maybe for the first time since Sellwood. I n S e p t e m b e r, t h e f i r s t Malaysian Chinese cart opened on Tacoma Street, followed by a Taiwanese noodle house and Hong Kong dumpling house. Southeast’s sleepiest ’hood is suddenly home to three of the most singular Asian spots in the city. The most recent comer is Tam, a Hong Kong wonton spot from a brother-sister team, Either/ Or cafe owner Ro Tam and bassist Simon Tam of the Slants, best known for recently winning a landmark federal court case allowing the all-Asian-American band to trademark its own name, which was previously deemed too self-derogatory by the U.S.


FLANDERS-STYLE RED ALE (PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS) Last week, Pfriem Family Brewers was named brewery of the year at the Oregon Beer Awards. That award, determined by hundreds of industry insiders from across the state, speaks to the sterling work they’re doing out in Hood River. Pfriem’s Flanders-Style Red Ale is another show-stopper. This deep, layered beer spent 18 months in oak barrels, getting a little leather and a lot of tart cherry. There’s some raspberry and woodiness, and the finish is so dry it reminds me more of pinot noir than any other beer made in the state. If you wonder how any single Oregon brewery can stand above its 233 brothers, try this. Recommended. MARTIN CIZMAR. 26

version ($7) and an umami-packed pork-shiitake in another ($6), both soft love affairs with richness. The bowls come with noodles and four wontons—a “four bowl,” in the Trademark Office. (Ro has been a parlance. But you can also skip them freelance photographer for WW.) and order an off-menu “eight bowl” Tam is near-hidden, tucked instead. It’s no-fuss, all dumpling, down a cozy shop-lined alley for a price hike to $10 on the shrimp that will house patio seats in nice and $8 on the pork-mushroom. weather. Modeled in part after the As in multiple Portland ramen ambiance of filmmaker Wong Kar- houses as well (Boke, Noraneko), wai’s In the Mood for Love, Tam’s Tam’s vegetarian broth is a homesweetly wallpapered grown innovation, a Order this at Tam: space is certainly black bean and garlic Pork belly-shrimp wonton intimate. You are broth that resembles ($7), greens ($5). Order this at Wei Wei: likely to end up on a finely blended black Beef noodle soup ($13). some sort of terms bean empanada in its with fellow customdeep ferment, a richer ers in the close-quartered space— and spicier and altogether deeper maybe flirtatious, maybe apologetic. broth to prop up the meat-free fillBut most of the actual intima- ings. It’s an odd but addictive novelcy comes from the photographs ty, though not enough to give up on on the wall: The Tams learned those pork belly-shrimp dumplings. the art of the dumpling from their But nothing at Tam offered father, who made wontons on the wallop of the rich beef noodle the streets of Hong Kong while broth at Taiwanese spot Wei waiting for his visa to America. Wei up the street, housed in an Tam’s menu is as tiny as the inauspicious-looking strip mall place: three dumpling-and-noodle next to a convenience store. soups, and a side of greens ($5) Within, Wei Wei is a stylishly topped with beautifully rich veg- minimalist noodle house and bao etarian oyster sauce. You’ll want shop with low-hanging lamps, those greens every time, both for mismatched wood walls and their flavor and to make sure you’re a huge chalkboard-wall menu full, which probably won’t happen including off-track items like a with a single bowl of wonton soup. subtle whole mackerel dish and The Tams seem aware of this: If skewers of mackerel-like saury. you want to order a second bowl of But in that beef noodle soup soup after your first, you get to cut ($13), thick cuts of meat join handto the front of the line. The bowls pulled noodles almost as thick, in stay small so your dumplings don’t deep-brown broth that is meatier, have time to overcook in the soup. richer, and more downright excesThe house broth is an almost sive than that in any pho or British clinically subtle chicken and floun- meat pie. The soup is beef qua der, while the dumplings themselves beef, beef sine qua non—an educaare wondrously starchy under lime- tion in the language of beef. This, touched egg noodles, with fatty finally, is the promise of bone broth pork belly alongside shrimp in one delivered: stock so dense the very


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marrow swirls within. It is a revelation—my soup of the year so far. Those same wonderful handpulled noodles appear in multiple dishes throughout the menu, but to lesser effect. The solidly executed pork noodle soup ($11) doesn’t attain the same depth, although it comes with a big ol’ hunk of breaded pork chop served on a separate plate on the side, in a bizarrely avant-garde gesture. And a bowl of “spicy noodles (dry)” comes quite wet, topped with brothy and flavorful ground pork that nonetheless isn’t served spicy. A squirter of tame chili oil is instead appended to a dish of mild noodles. Taiwan is not a place of searing heat, and neither is Wei Wei. The mustard greens are rich and delicious, but avoid a sweet potato and water chestnut dish so subtle it exists only as white hemispheres of varying crunchiness. The mackerel ($8, $14) is a gently spiced showcase for the fish, but similar plates are best had at any number of Japanese spots in town. The bao ($2.50-$3) are glutinous, sticky and excellent, whether beef, chicken or pork belly. But really, come to Wei Wei for the beef noodle, and stay for the beef noodle. Although if you’re in a hurry, always go to Tam instead; meals at Wei Wei somehow take well over an hour. When Portland comes to invade the tiny Hong Kong and Taiwan outposts—and it will—you may have to emigrate to Malaysia, just 10 more blocks down the road. EAT: Tam, 8235 SE 13th Ave., 740-1325, 11 am-8 pm Wednesday-Sunday. Wei Wei, 7835 SE 13th Ave., 946-1732. 11 am-10 pm TuesdaySaturday, 11 am-9 pm Sunday.

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FISH AND POTATOES: The purple-yam camote (bottom) and cebiches.

Paiche’s causa amarilla de palta ($7) is on the one hand potato salad—but the potatoes are starchy, flavorful, bright yellow, hand-emulsified and enriched with oil and salsa criolla, with a slice of avocado folded around the top to create a dish so colorful it might as well be the flag of Brazil. A recent causa special ($12) arrived with a generous topping of crab for a beautiful salty warmth. The camote is a bright-purple yam marinated To understand Paiche, you have to know how chef in vanilla—already a riot of flavor and satisfying Jose Luis buys his limes. texture. But the coup de grâce is a reduction The lime is the most important ingredient, he made with fruit scraps and the sap of a Peruvian says, in a cebiche—the citrus-cured fish dish that is tree, a jet-black infusion of earthy flavor that is the pride of Luis’ home country of Peru. In a half- grotesquely addictive. It is Luis’ own invention, hidden John’s Landing shoebox that looks more and he uses it as an all-purpose cafe than restaurant, Luis serves some of the weapon in the kitchen. most extraordinary food in Portland— The jamón del país sandwich including multiple versions of ($11), another point of Perucebiche each day, each with its vian culinary pride, is tender own creamy leche de tigre marinated pork leg on a pota(tiger’s milk), a bright sauce to bun, livened with fresh aioli imbued with the essence of and a short-fuse detonation Peruvian peppers. of flavor in the form of sunLuis was executive chef dried ají pepper escabeche. A CAUSA of perhaps the most famous tamale—a dish that is rarely cebichería in Peru—Gastón Order this: Any cebiche, causa, or camote remarkable—was remarkable, you see. Jamon del pais sandwich ($11). Acurio’s La Mar in Lima— a powerful depth charge made before arriving in Portland of corn. Much of the menu— to cook at Andina, Sel Gris including an excellent tacu and June. And the cebiche Luis makes at Paiche is tacu “bolognese” made with curried red quinoa—is brighter and more flavorful and balanced than any gluten-phobic and vegan-friendly. I’ve experienced in this country. Drinks are minimal, but include an impossibly The leche de tigre is luxuriantly dense to the bright-tasting smoothie, Pfriem beer by the bottle point of creamy, never over-acidic despite an explo- and midrange wines at prices as low as $22 for a sive burst of lime flavor, balanced against the sharp bottle of decent bubbly. bitterness of onion and the airy texture of cancha, The only complaint, if you can call it that, is the a delicate toasted corn. The fish may be tuna or hours the restaurant keeps. The tiny eatery is a snapper in ají amarillo ($16), or maybe a mixture of family affair—just Luis and partner Casimira Tadetender octopus and scallop in ají habanero ($16). A waldt, who runs the front of the house, and a single vegan cebiche ($9) uses thin slivers of beet. employee who works with Luis in the kitchen—so But to get that brightness and sweetness, Luis hours are limited to just lunch service, in part so cannot entrust the limes to just anyone. He tried the couple can tend to their young child. ordering fruit from purveyors, but he had to keep Though the menu changes almost daily, Luis sending them back. And so, he inspects each lime says he plans to keep it small and centered on the personally while hopping among up to three mar- Peruvian foods he knows best, like potato dishes kets in a day, and then soaks them all for hours to and cebiches and jamón del país. He would rather remove bitterness. He cuts out a taste of each lime do a few things very well than many things merely before he will use it in his sauce. To get fish that adequately. “This is the only thing I know how to do meets his standards, he must go to Hawaii—a habit besides surfing,” Luis says of his cebiche, “so I have he shares with Roe’s Trent Pierce. to be able to do it well.” MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Luis applies the same exacting care to every EAT: Paiche, 4237 SW Corbett Ave., 403-6186, item on his menu. 11 am-4 pm Wednesday-Friday, Each meal at Paiche should include multiple 11:30 am-4 pm Saturday-Sunday. sides involving potato, whether causa or camote.


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Lake Street Dive, The Suffers

Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn

[HORNS & HEART] Few bands pair as nicely as Lake Street Drive and the Suffers. Both bands present calculated neo-soul music that could pass for cocktail jazz, yes. But moreover, each relies on a flourish of airtight horns and a frontwoman who knows precisely when and how to exercise her powerful voice. The Suffers’ selftitled debut brims with that calculated restraint—and hints of ska and Southern hip-hop—while Lake Street Dive’s latest effort, Side Pony, spins Beatlesesque melodies with a modern pop panache rivaling any performer currently making the late-night rounds. The sultry songwriting and five-star musicianship only adds to the overall effect. BRANDON WIDDER. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

Ron Pope & the Nighthawks, Jonathan Tyler

[AMERICANA] Ron Pope has amassed quite a solo career thus far, with five albums and millions of singles sold to date. The Americana artist recently assembled a band of his favorite Brooklyn musicians, deemed them the Nighthawks and put together a rustic, sometimes rowdy self-titled record. Channeling the Black Crowes, Chris Stapleton and the late-night country of a dimly lit saloon, Pope and company embody the spirit of open-road roots music. He may be a New Yorker now, but he wears his native Georgia on his sleeve. MARK STOCK. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 8 pm. $16. All ages.

Possessed by Paul James

[ONE MAN AMERICANA BAND] Possessed by Paul James is the alter ego of Konrad Wert, an award-winning special education elementary school teacher based outside of Austin, Texas. As a musician, Wert is an enormoussounding, one-man band, blending down-home fiddling, Appalachian banjo picking and punk-rock angst. Having grown up in a Mennonite church north of the Everglades in Florida, Possessed by Paul James’ music also feels as fervent as gospel, ultimately creating an authentic, communally participatory and melodic ruckus. HILARY SAUNDERS. White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St., 282-6819. 7 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

Hippie Sabotage, Alex Wiley, Kembe X

[TRAPPY] As introduction to a pair of NorCal boys currently shaking loved-up crowds across the land by sheer ebullience, “Stay High” seems less than representative, but the chilled distillation of Tove Lo’s “Habits” attained a spiraling momentum all its own, once Ellie Goulding unfurled Hippie Sabotage’s remix of the Swedish songstress on Instagram in early 2014. Originally known for helming production of Bay Area hip-hop acts, the brothers Saurer spin a more blatantly euphoric sensibility live. When their global hit rings out toward concert’s end, the glacial majesty comes across as the warmest of hugs. JAY HORTON. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $15-$40. All ages.

[DEATH-METAL MASTERY] In the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the titular chef elaborates on the Japanese concept of shokunin, which translates to “artisan”: “I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top…but no one knows where the top is.” Perhaps more so than any band, metal or otherwise, the members of Cannibal Corpse are shokunin. Since the band’s inception in 1988, Cannibal Corpse has worked tirelessly to perfect the art of death metal. In doing so, it has released one unchanging song: a pounding barrage of blast beats, scorching guitar solos, masterful bass work and lyrics straight from the giallo playbook, in different permutations for 13 albums. In doing so, they’ve continually evolved toward a pure, singular encapsulation of sonic fury that may never be attained. Keep climbing. WALKER MACMURDO. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., 233-7100. 7:30 pm. $26.50 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.

JUNE. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, 288-3895. 8 pm. Sold out. Under 21 with a parent or guardian.

Le1f, Boyeurism

[RIOT BOI] When Le1f was last in Portland, two years ago, his online releases had popped off a meteoric rise for the gifted rapper and performance artist from the Internet underground. Riot Boi, his debut release on XL Records, resonates with a message similar to Azealia Banks or FKA Twigs, issuing unapologetic commentary on tropes of race and sexuality via surrealistic lyrical imagery. By design, Le1f’s ambidexterity gets his message across the most arcane production, performing as a dancer and lyricist as a movement unto himself, with varied beats from Sophie and Evian Christ, among other masters of the virtual club arena. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. $15. 21+.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 John Hiatt, Rick Brantley

[BLUES] A quintessential “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Hiatt has proven adaptable to almost any roots-based style over his fourdecade-long career. His latest, 2014’s Terms of My Surrender, is purebred blues, delivered in his deep, rich smokehouse of a voice. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. Sold out. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

John Prine, Kendell Carson and Dustin Bentall

[STREET STORIES] Vinnie Dewayne is a classic rapper. He tells streetworn stories from the stoop of his poverty-stricken block, which in his case happens to be in St. Johns. St. Johns Scholar—Dewayne’s fourth free release in five years—establishes him as a hungry, patient lyricist, finding the 24-year-old is certainly more confident and capable on wax than ever before. MATT SCHONFELD. Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St., 228-3669. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

[BIG OL’ HEART] Legendary songwriter John Prine may be wrinkled, but he’s still smiling. A 69-year-old Illinois native with a slight drawl the South would happily claim, Prine is easily among the greatest songwriters to ever live—a casual superstar whose name gets dropped in interviews with Bob Dylan and in Johnny Cash’s memoir. A timeless and powerful cultural critic whose voice growls patiently over each word, Prine has become more vulnerable with age, a simmering giant with live performances that have, if anything, become more endearing in his twilight. PARKER HALL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm. $50-$95. All ages.

GoldLink, Falcons, PRSN, Gangsigns


The Thesis: Vinnie Dewayne, Wool See, Naakyooes, Verbz

[FUTURE BOUNCE] D’Anthony Carlos calls his blend of hip-hop and house “future bounce,” but in truth, it’s very much the sound of right now. As GoldLink, the D.C.-based rapper and singer occupies a similar niche as Anderson Paak and Miguel, mixing R&B, rap and electronic music in a way that’s less a hybrid style than a reflection of the genre-agnostic way the millennial generation hears the world. On last year’s And After That, We Didn’t Talk, Carlos digs through the ruins of a teenage relationship for inspiration, but the album stays addictive, colorful and, yes, bouncy throughout. MATTHEW SINGER. Peter’s Room at Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $17. All ages.

Ani DiFranco, Rupa and the April Fishes

[FOLK RIOT] Ani DiFranco will always be on any list of the Coolest Women in Music. She has crafted an undeniable mythology around her, as she carved her place somewhere between ’90s riot grrrls and ’60s folk activists. Her most recent album, 2014’s Allergic to Water, is no exception. But now, the music is backed by a 26-year career. The singer-songwriter is distinguished by her yodeling vocals, clear articulation, staccato guitar playing and fierce ability to tackle issues of sexual abuse, misogyny and homophobia. Mostly, she doesn’t hide her feelings behind carefully crafted lyrics. Instead, she simply sings “fuck you.” SOPHIA



Joseph, Corey Kilgannon

[SIREN SONGS] The three sisters in Joseph like to say they have “genetically perfected harmonies.” It’s funny, but also true. Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner sing together in close but spacious harmony, with each vocalist taking a different role, like the sirens in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Joseph’s debut, Native Dreamer Kin, released in 2014, is full of earthy folk songs, and the Portland-based trio has gained a reputation for emotive performances featuring just three voices, one acoustic guitar and handheld percussion. On this coming tour, Joseph will perform with a full band, enabling the studio flourishes to come to life and the sisters to focus even more attention on their gorgeous harmonies. HILARY SAUNDERS. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. Sold out. 21+.

Gran Ritmos: Dengue Dengue Dengue, Michael Bruce, Daniela Karina

[EXOTIC DANCE] Peru’s Dengue Dengue Dengue fuses South America’s tropical bass music with the rhythms of modern cumbia, resulting in a technicolor tribal experience. As a live act, the internationally acclaimed duo of Felipe Salmón and Rafael Pereira dons masks, embodying generations of ritual performance, with samples of classical huaynos and folk chants, and good

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Mr. Bones WHO: Leland Brehl (vocals, guitar), Jackson Machado (guitar), Ben Burwell (bass), Asher McKenzie (drums) FOR FANS OF: Tony Molina, Teenage Fanclub, Pinkerton-era Weezer SOUNDS LIKE: A lovelorn, ADD-afflicted Robert Pollard soundtracking a Saturday morning cartoon binge. There ain’t much the scruffy young punks who compose Mr. Bones take seriously, least of all their public personas. They have all the lofty ambition and idealistic principles of other burgeoning bands, sure. But rather than attempt to design an overly sincere image, they’d rather fuck with people by using self-invented personas that are always changing to suit what they presently find funny. It’s not a pose. It’s a gag. “We’re not looking to establish characters. I always wanted it to be confusing, this ambiguous, ridiculous subversion of the Ramones trope,” says singer Leland Brehl, aka Lee Bones, aka Away. “I think bands nowadays take themselves as serious as possible, and we do take our music very seriously. Just not ourselves.” What started as a tribute to the Ramones has now evolved into pseudonyms and alter egos that vacillate from one album to the next. When band members recall exploits from a tour or incidents from especially rambunctious basement shows where any or all of them were especially intoxicated, they reference their anti-selves as the perpetrators, as if illicit consumption triggers a Hyde-like transformation that enables a better performance. They consider a musical identity, like the comic-book character they took their name from, to be something of a cartoonish triviality. Other things the musicians are apathetic about include highpriced gear, overly confessional songwriting and recording studios. As such, they captured the entirety of their hyperconcentrated new record, Bites, in bassist Ben ”Bonedaddy” Burwell’s basement, and had their drummer, Asher “Sticks” McKenzie, engineer the sessions. The result is an explosive, 23-minute burst of distorted bubblegum pop hooks that still manages to take residence in your skull long after listening. Coupled with matter-of-fact moaning culled from Brehl’s’ succinct mental diary, Mr. Bones’ shucking-and-jiving feels like a collection of all-too-brief instances placed carefully in the context of a foamy ocean of screech and fuzz. “Based on our personalities, I think people might think we just play dumb rock. It almost makes us more niche,” Leland says. “You have to sort of dig to find our sad stuff. Our presentation can be appealing to people who feel alienated. When we play live we’re ridiculous—drunk, stoned, laughing our asses off.” But Leland confesses that the band’s priorities are more sincere than Mr. Bones’ ramshackle approach implies. “I’ve just always wanted to connect to people. I personally don’t think it’s bad at all.” CRIS LANKENAU. HEAR IT: Buy Mr. Bones’ Bites at Willamette Week MARCH 2, 2016




Cannibal Corpse plays the Hawthorne Theatre on Thursday, March 3. amounts of AutoTune completing the cultural hybridity for the global club. While most mixes feature an ethereal downtempo beat, the duo’s recent Boiler Room debut, the single “Murdah,” sees Dengue Dengue Dengue amping up the syncopation and BPM for an infectious footwork track. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Wolf Eyes, Timmy’s Organism, Video, Piss Test

[TRIP METAL] Ever since declaring “noise is dead,” the seminal industrial DIY project known as Wolf Eyes has ascended from cult worship into wider recognition, via LPs on Sub Pop. Now, it has a release on Jack White’s Third Man Records to bankroll their inaugural Trip Metal Festival later this year. Trading brutal noise for distorted atmospherics, Wolf Eyes haven’t polarized just their core fans in scratching the glass ceiling, they’ve also bitten the new hands that are feeding them, “hacking” into Third Man’s Instagram with a glitchy take over as album promo and causing them to lose followers. I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces finds the band trying to achieve clarity with a hypnotically bluesy dirge of feedback and monotone drumming as their latest work of sonic provocation. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. $12. 21+.

Animal Collective, Ratking

[TENURED EXPERIMENTALISTS] By now, Animal Collective is a household name—a brand, even. The Baltimore-bred quartet has been reinventing the wheel since the late ’90s, expanding and redefining musical precepts from vocal harmony to time signature. The pioneering act’s latest effort, Painting With, is its bounciest in years, expectedly complicated but neatly packaged into the parameters of pop. In many ways, it sums up what Animal Collective has somehow been able to do with its incredibly busy brand of freaky, mathy psychedelia—that is, to lure people in with vibrant vocals and riffs before unleashing an onslaught of shapeshifting intricacy. The band lives all over the world and doesn’t assemble like it once did, so it might be worth a Craigslist search for tickets. MARK STOCK. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.


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J. Phlip

[TECH-HOUSE] Berlin is already showing on the sleeves of Dirtybird’s J. Phlip. “Say My Name,” the the formerly San Franciscobased producer’s breakthrough 2014 single, wastes no time getting into a hard techno groove, the repeated sample demanding, “Bitch, say my name” harking back to her Midwestern ghettohouse roots. But she’s a Dirtybird woman through and through, and that necessitates a dose of weird wonk, which she produces in spades. MITCH LILLIE. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 9 pm. Sold out. 21+.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift

[POST-FOLK] While the more worldly millennials may have heard of Robyn Hitchcock, they’re not quite sure why. His name and associated acts (Soft Boys, the Egyptians) seem borrowed from a CW vampire show, and the man himself has long assumed the pose of an impossibly erudite, ageless raconteur possessed of a daunting oeuvre and deep, deep amusement over what fools these mortals be. Under the guidance of iconic Nick Drake and Fairport Convention producer Joe Boyd, his 21st and most recent album, The Man Upstairs, forgoes studio trickery for a blend of cover songs (Psychedelic Furs, Roxy Music) and typically addled originals, including yet another oblique paean to Dirty Harry, whose legend Hitchcock may well outlive. JAY HORTON. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $25. Under 21 permitted with parent or guardian.

Bongzilla, Black Cobra

[SLUDGE] Not all reunions are equal, but the love-in that Bongzilla held at Dante’s last August let the local stoner-rock audience breathe a palpable sigh of relief—and smoke. All the key members were accounted for, and the band was firing on all cylinders. Mike “Magma” Henry is the quartet’s drummer, which proves what a killer formula it is to let dynamic, nuanced percussion provide musical counterpoint over such elementally basic riffs. Not taking anything away from the band, but Magma is the show. In tow tonight is Bay Area duo Black Cobra, touring in support of its slaying fifth album, Imperium Simulacra. NATHAN CARSON. Star

Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700. 9 pm. $18 advance, $22 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY, MARCH 7 José González, yMusic

[MELANCHOLIA] José González got his start playing in a hardcore punk band—a far cry from the ethereal classical guitar he’s become famous for. He released his third album, Vestiges and Claws, last year, which is only his third since 2006. While no “chill” playlist is complete without González, he does something that other acoustic singer-songwriters of the same genre often fail to do. His music won’t make you feel relaxed but empty. Even when the lyrics are optimistic, González’s hollow vocals and downcast guitar evoke sticky melancholy. SOPHIA JUNE. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway St., 248-4335. 8 pm. $29-$45. All ages.

Protomartyr, Chastity Belt, Hurry Up

[POST-PUNK] Detroit’s Protomartyr is keeping a breakneck pace of recording and touring since its inception only three years ago, spreading its gloomy, gritty post-punk to nebbish goths and punk ruffians alike. Frontman Joe Casey made last year’s The Agent Intellect a cathartic exorcism of personal demons and familial loss, giving the band its most praised release to date—it’s as if Mark E. Smith commandeered Joy Division and brought in the brothers Asheton to amalgamate Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner’s rhythm section. CRIS LANKENAU. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 8 pm. $12. 21+.

Dengue Fever, Tezeta Band

[CAMBODIA ROCKS] The odd confluence of culture that works to propel Dengue Fever, a Los Angeles-based group trucking in Southeast Asia’s funky back catalog, shouldn’t have enabled a group of players to forge a career that’s getting into its second decade. Over the course of five albums, the band’s displayed an uncanny range of abilities. For it’s recently issued The Deepest Lake, Dengue Fever veers into territory that’s more obviously influenced by western R&B, while still maintaining that distinct air of Cambodian psychedelia. DAVE CANTOR. Mississippi Studios, 3939

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MUSIC N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

Mutemath, Paper Route

[PASSION PIT OF THE CHRIST] For a group so vividly unafraid of dallying amid the uncoolest emblems of modernity—the Christian band lineage, the theme to Michael Bay’s Transformers, the keytar—Mutemath does seem to chance upon trending styles. Over the four years since third album Odd Soul funked up its post-rockpop blueprint, the band retreated to India, fired its record company, eschewed outside production for latest release Vitals and, though it meant necessarily muting the instrumental interplay and frenetic percussion long its noblest virtue, embarked on a newly dance-flavored direction very much of the moment. And then the band showcased its video on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. JAY HORTON. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 8 pm. $23 general admission, $35 reserved balcony seating. 21+.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Dude York, Naked Giants

[MALL POP] Dude York evokes the mall in its 1980s heyday— a time when the arcade was packed, guys wore sunglasses inside and teens went on dates at greasy food courts. The Seattle band, which lists Josie and the Pussycats as an influence, is a fuzzy-pop brat pack with a big band sound, full of high-energy verses backed by oohs and drum

DATES HERE fills. They released two singles last month, the first release since 2014 debut Dehumanize. SOPHIA JUNE. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865. 9:30 pm. $10. 21+.

Prayers, Plague Vendor, Adrian H and the Wounds

[CHOLO GOTH] Fear is not an emotion Rafael Reyes seems to have much experience with. The 40-year-old frontman of dark synth-pop duo Prayers got jumped into a gang at age 13 to protect his family, which immigrated to San Diego from Mexico when Reyes was a child. Getting bused to a white high school, he became infatuated with goth rock, and brought the music, and the decidedly un-macho look, back to his neighborhood. Over producer Dave Parley’s minimalist electro beats, Reyes shout-sings autobiographical gangland stories tinged with occult imagery. They’ve dubbed the sound “cholo goth,” and with only two EPs to its name, Prayers has earned cosigns from the likes of the Cult and Travis Barker. It’s all pretty audacious, especially for someone who ventured into music only three years ago. But Reyes believes there are other forces at work: As he told me when the group played MusicfestNW last summer, “In order for it to bear fruit so strongly, and so immediately, for me it feels like destiny.” Nervy, live-wire post-punk act Plague Vendor opens. MATTHEW SINGER. Dante’s, 360 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

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Eleanor Friedberger, Icewater

[INDIE ROCK] Eleanor Friedberger’s work as a member of the Fiery Furnaces with her brother, Matt, was a jubilant celebration of weird, tripped-out familial bliss with a haphazardly engaging live show. As a solo artist, though, she’s gone for a much more subdued aesthetic. After relocating from Brooklyn to upstate New York, she rehearsed the tunes that make up her vibrant, sunny new record, New View. The fairer Friedberger now employs a relaxed tone whose muse draws less from an outside intellect and more from her own personal, quotidian experience. The simple structures of these songs regress from the acrobatic template of her previous outfit, but the subtlety provides a foundation for the lush, tasteful textures that her crack backing band provides. For every chord progression that might sound familiar, there’s an addition of something refreshingly inventive we have indeed never seen before. CRIS LANKENAU. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 8 pm Sunday, March 6. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+. Willamette Week MARCH 2, 2016



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MUSIC Jack Garratt, Kacy Hill

[SYNTH POP] Jack Garratt is a master of the loop pedal. The 24-year-old British singer—who won the 2016 Brit Award for Critics’ Choice with only a few EPs under his belt—operates as a one-man band, looping piano, synthesizer drum pads and vocal samples. His debut LP, Phase, balances sharp production and staggering beats with a penchant for slightly overwrought lyrics, creating an album of sonic highs and lows. Sometimes, Garratt borders on Mumford and Sons-level bigness, with soaring choruses and lyrics musing over aging and lost love. Most of the time, though, Garratt sticks with infectious, James Blakeesque glitches of piano and soulful falsetto, backed by strong, low, pulsating warbles of synth that will shake your car windows (or your ribcage) before you know what’s happening. KAITIE TODD. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 2319663. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

Shannon Entropy, Outer Space Heaters

[DARK PSYCH] Portland’s Shannon Entropy claims its new EP was paid for by “some unsavory illicit tamale dealings in the streets of PDX,” and while that’s probably not as true as we’d like it to be, the band’s Tamale EP is still plenty intriguing, full of psychedelic melodies, strange sounds and a dark undercurrent. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

CLASSICAL, WORLD & JAZZ Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez

[TRADITIONAL MARIACHI] Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez claims it has brought the sol, or sun, of Mexico through its music for over 30 years. But when Jóse Hernàndez and his band unite, it feels more like they’re bringing the soul of Mexico, sharing their powerful vocals, romantic lyrics and colorful costumes with audiences in the epitome of authentic cross-cultural expression. Mariachi is a traditional style of music dating back to the 1800s in Western Mexico that includes stringed instruments like classical guitars, violins and occasionally harp as well as brass. HILARY SAUNDERS. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 pm Wednesday, March 2. $25-$35. All ages.

Julian Priester

[IMPROVISED MUSIC] Perhaps best known for being a part of Herbie Hancock’s early-’70s Mwandishi ensemble, trombonist Julian Priester only sporadically led a handful of recording sessions. Of course, Love, Love and Polarization, each dating to just after his stint in Hancock’s ensemble, served to dash jazz with not only funk but an unbridled notion of creativity—and synthesizer. Turning to academia, Priester served at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts for more than 30 years, until retiring in 2011. He’s been posting up at festivals recently, displaying that his time away from regular touring hasn’t been detrimental to his improvisational prowess. DAVE CANTOR. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542. 8 pm Wednesday, March 2. $10.

Third Annual Portland Mandolin Summit

[MANDOLIN MADNESS] Brian Oberlin, Tim Connell and Zak Borden masterfully employ the mandolin—the guitar’s Celtic cousin—with a continental cornucopia, each with his own respective geographical areas of expertise. Oberlin with swing,


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The Shivas

BETTER OFF DEAD (K Records) [SURF COUNTRY ] There’s a moment of confusion when you first turn on the Shivas’ fifth album, Better Off Dead. Aren’t these guys reliably rollickin’ surf rockers? Why is the title track and first song on the album a sparse, slow love song with little more than vocals and guitar? “Sad Sad Sorrow,” the second song, confirms this isn’t going to be a normal Shivas album. It’s a bouncy waltz built around tinny, strummed acoustic guitar. The album is loaded with country references, from lethargic, softly tapped drums to twangy acoustic guitars. Traces of the band’s surf-rock roots are cut and pasted into the Western pastiche. There’s some doo-wopping, and though the electric guitars take a backseat, they’re still there, and pretty idiosyncratically surfy. If a surf band fell asleep after watching too many Sergio Leone movies, this is what their dreams would sound like. Better Off Dead is sometimes overly kitschy, and at moments downright silly—see the chorus of “Maryanne,” in which Jared Molyneux’s voice sounds like a kazoo. Still, the band deserves props for breaking its own mold five albums in. SHANNON GORMLEY. SEE IT: The Shivas play Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with Sculpture Gardens and Cat Hoch, on Wednesday, March 2. 9 pm. $8 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Tango Alpha Tango WHITE SUGAR (Self-Released)

[ROCK ’N’ ROLL] Tango Alpha Tango isn’t the band it once was. The tried-andtrue riffage and raw psychedelia, once the cornerstones of singer-guitarist Nathan T r u e b ’s p a r t i c u l a r brand of blues, have recently given way to a more pop-friendly kind of rock, as evident on the band’s latest release, White Sugar. Songs like “I Gotta Girl” and the title track showcase familiar distortion and chugging electric guitar, though the rest are more polished and subdued. “People,” for instance, has a carnivalesque design that banks on a lofty chorus and drummer Joey Harmon’s fills, while “Lonely” takes a more soulful approach to heartbreak before turning to chiming guitars and an accepting mentality that echos Tom Petty’s comeback album, Wildflowers. Trueb’s bright guitar work is tighter than ever throughout, lined with fluttering bits of jazz and improvisation that build upon his subtle interplay with his wife, Mirabai, and Harmon. “I’ll take you anyway I please/You might be the last thing that I need,” he sings over the spare backdrop and gently plucked guitar of “Gasoline.” He might be getting softer, but his music is better for it. BRANDON WIDDER. SEE IT: Tango Alpha Tango plays the Doug Fir Lounge, 803 E Burnside St., with Fauna Shade, on Friday, March 4. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.



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Horae: A Musical Book of Hours

[HIP HIP HORAE] Before the Amighty brought us YouTube and iPads, the closest thing to medieval multimedia experiences may have been worshiping in cathedrals, hearing sacred music surrounded by magnificent stained-glass windows, or chanting prayers, psalms and biblical passages while consulting Horae, the lavishly illuminated prayer books often owned by rich noblewomen. Some of those books of hours reside at Mount Angel Abbey outside Silverton. In Mulieribus, the vocal octet consisting of some of the city’s finest female singers, has worked with theater and video artists to create an hourlong immersive video using images from those ancient manuscripts. They’ll interact with the images while singing music by famous and less-known medieval and Renaissance composers, including Byrd, Dufay, and Palestrina. BRETT CAMPBELL. St. Philip Neri, 2408 SE 16th Ave., 2832913. 7:30 pm Saturday, March 5. $20-$25.

AnyWhen Ensemble and Ellen McSweeney

[WHALE TALE] Herman Melville’s great white whale has been surfacing around town a lot lately, in theater productions and now in this cross between concert and radio show called Boldly Launched Upon the Deep. Portland composer-trumpeter Douglas Detrick asked several writers, including poet Terry Hummer (who taught for many years at the University

of Oregon) and Chicago violinist and singer-songwriter Ellen McSweeney, to write dramatic riffs based on episodes from Moby-Dick, which he’ll interweave with original music he composed for singer McSweeney and his multicity chamber-jazz quintet AnyWhen Ensemble. He and McSweeney will co-host a This American Life-style production. BRETT CAMPBELL. First Presbyterian Church, 1200 SW Alder St., 2287331. 2 pm Sunday, March 6. $10-$15.

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Igudesman & Joo

[CLASSICAL CLOWNERY] With unimaginatively archaic performance traditions and stuffy pretentiousness (now, thankfully, beginning to change), classical music presentations have always been ripe for spoofery. For the past 15 years, the team of violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo have followed the hilarious path set by Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach, Dudley Moore and so many others—except they have YouTube to take their expertly timed physical comedy routines viral. Unlike many classical music institutions, I&J (both superb musicians) keep updating their wacky, family-friendly sketches to keep up with pop culture’s evolution, and their new show, “BIG Nightmare Music,” includes the latest yuks, as well as some of the classics you might have heard played last summer with Chamber Music Northwest. But this time, they’ll have a full orchestra to play off of, giving them a foil to embody the institution they both love and lampoon. BRETT CAMPBELL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Sunday, March 6. $25$65. All ages.



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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. MARCH 2 Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta St Noura Mint Seymali w/ Dusu Mali Band

Alberta Street Pub

THURS. MARCH 3 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave David Lindley

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Kat Fountain & Friends

1036 NE Alberta St The Co Founder / The Secret Sea / Isaac Pierce

Ash Street Saloon

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Classic Pianos

1037 SW Broadway Mariachi Festival: Mariachi Sol de Mexico

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Purple

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Lake Street Dive

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E. Burnside St The Shivas

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Arthur Moore; Blues Jam

East Glisan Lounge 8001 NE Glisan Street David Friesen


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Vicki Porter & Wil Kinky

Hawthorne Theatre 1507 SE 39th Skizzy Mars , P-LO

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Los Dos

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Julian Priester

Jo Rotisserie & Bar 715 NW 23rd Ave Wednesday Jazz

Justa Pasta

1336 NW 19th Ave Anson Wright Duo

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Jake Ray and the Cowdog’s; Miller and Sasser’s Twelve Dollar Band

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St The Low Bones

McMenamins Al’s Den 303 SW 12th Ave. Kendl Winter

Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus

17705 NW Springville Road, Building 3 room 114 Sitar Player Sandeep Koranne Plays Music of North India

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Ron Pope & the Nighthawks, Jonathan Tyler

The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge 2845 SE Stark St Jon Ostrom Band and Grateful Buds

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Queer Aggression

The White Eagle

836 N Russell St Possessed By Paul James

Triple Nickel Pub

3646 SE Belmont St Radio Gumbo

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St Hippie Sabotage, Alex Wiley, Kembe X

225 SW Ash Uncommon Nasa

3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Julian Priester and Friends Crystal


1332 W Burnside St Student Matinee with MarchFourth and the Joy Now Youth Brigade


350 West Burnside International Sex Worker’s Rights Day Party

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St Dead Winter Carpenters

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Tough LovePyle

Doug Loghry, Jonny Ampersand, Northeast Senate

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Lindsie Feathers

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave John Hiatt

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway John Prine, Kendell Carson and Dustin Bentall

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Earth Anchor, Pseudoboss

Bossanova Ballroom


Hawthorne Theatre

Bunk Bar

6835 SW Macadam Ave. Bolts and Conversation 1028 SE Water Ave. Summer Cannibals, Months

Crystal Ballroom

Jade Lounge

1332 W Burnside St MarchFourth

Kelly’s Olympian

830 E. Burnside St Tango Alpha Tango

2348 SE Ankeny Andy Frost 426 SW Washington St Vinnie Dewayne, Wool See (IAME of Sandpeople and Old Dominion), DJ Verbz

Kennedy School Theater

5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Sonny Hess

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Cahalen Morrison and Country Hammer with special guest Zach Bryson

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Zach Bryson

LaurelThirst Public House

Doug Fir Lounge

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Jawbone Flats


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Anita Margarita & The RattleSnakes

Equinox Restaurant and Bar 830 North Shaver Joe Apice

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


Hawthorne Theater

McMenamins Mission Theater

1507 SE 39th Ave. Back 2 You Tour Mike Stud, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Futuristic; Kings and Vagabonds, the Toads, Second Player Score (lounge)

Mississippi Studios

221 NW 10th Ave Curtis Salgado

2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

1624 NW Glisan St Us Lights

3939 N Mississippi Ave My Brothers and I

No Ho’s Hawaiian Cafe

4627 Northeast Fremont Street David Friesen

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave GoldLink (Peter’s Room)

Spare Room

4830 NE 42nd Ave Karaoke From Hell

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Le1f, Boyeurism

The 101 at Smith Memorial Student Union

1825 SW Broadway KPSU PRESENTS: Fringe Class, Naked Hour, Glacier Veins

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave



Buffalo Gap

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy, Abysmal Dawn

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Aladdin Theater


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. John Bunzow

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Jimmy Mak’s

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Teleporter 4, the Zags and Vacilando at Kelly’s Olympian

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Buddy Evans; Mamma Coal and Steely Pete

McMenamins Mission Theater

1624 NW Glisan St World’s Finest Wig Out Party! w/ special guests Left Coast Country

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd CRURIFRAGIUM, Cemetery Lust, Arachnid and Mangled Corpse

Ponderosa Lounge

10350 N. Vancouver Way Rowdy McCarran at the Ponderosa!

STAPLES CENTER: Vince Staples always plays things straight up. He’s blatant, honest and unwavering in interviews. He’s explicit, direct and ruthless on record. And in concert, he’s resolute. At the Hawthorne Theatre on Feb. 28, backed only by his DJ, the 22-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native wielded the microphone with poise and power. Staples is often accused of acting surly in interviews, but he is charismatic and ceaselessly energetic onstage. “65 Hunnid,” from the rapper’s breakout Hell Can Wait EP, ignited bouncing in the crowd that hardly subsided all night, the wailing West Coast synths and booming 808s threatening to shake the theater off its moorings. Staples ran through a slew of cuts from Hell Can Wait and his debut double album, Summertime ’06—plus “Nate,” a relative deep cut from his unsigned days—with the audience wilding through favorites “Jump Off the Roof ” and “Norf Norf.” Staples called for a mosh pit (“I want you to look at the person next to you,” his DJ instructed, “because you’re going to be punching them in the face”) before dropping the menacing keys to the Future-assisted trap eulogy, “Señorita.” Then, after a quick sprint offstage, the piercing synth of “Blue Suede” hit the speakers for the California wordsmith’s forceful encore. However reticent he may be off the mic, Staples made up for it in his total command of the crowd. In performance, he is unrestrained but totally calculated—forthright in his intentions, and meticulous in his execution. MATT SCHONFELD. Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave Children of Bodom

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Cash’d Out

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave Cunning Wolves// CASTLES//TBA

The Historic Old Church


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Artichoke Music

2522 SE Clinton St The Fambly Ramble w/ Harmonica Pocket and Red Yarn

1036 NE Alberta St Old Age

1037 SW Broadway Portland Youth Philharmonic Winter Concert

1422 SW 11th Ave Music of Obsession

3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd Hoot & Holler and The Coupe Duet

The Know

Ash Street Saloon

2026 NE Alberta St SONS OF HUNS

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St Life During Wartime

Tony Starlight Showroom

1125 SE Madison The Tony Starlight Show

Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell 42 Ford Prefect, World War IV, Vegetable Revival Project

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St St. Lucia

Classic Pianos

3003 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. Piano Masterclasses with Dr. Nicholas Reynolds; Third Annual Portland Mandolin Summit

Alberta Street Pub

225 SW Ash Green Flag

Blast Burger

315 First Street, Suite 1O The Rogue Bluegrass Band

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Mission Rock: Guitar Heroes

Central Lutheran Church

1820 NE 21st Ave Celebrate Earth with Confluence Chorus

Clinton Street Theater

Community Music Center

Slicker Country Band

Duffs Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Rockpyle Tribute


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. The Columbians

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE 39th Anti-Flag, Leftover Crack, War On Women, Blackbird Raum, The Homeless Gospel Choir

Kirt Debique

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Wolf Eyes, Timmy’s Organism, Video

Plew’s Brews

8409 N Lombard St. All the Colors of the Dark V: Quiet!, Introvert, Baron von Helwig

Rose City Park Methodist Church

3350 SE Francis St A Remarkable Journey: Music by African American Women Composers

Jade Lounge

5830 NE Alameda St, Motherlode

Corkscrew Wine Bar

Kelly’s Olympian

8 NW 6th Ave. Animal Collective, Ratking

426 SW Washington St Stubborn Son, Calisse, Gold Casio

1665 SE Bybee Blvd Adlai Alexander with Mike Horsfall and Phil Baker (of Pink Martini)


350 West Burnside Shafty

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St Joseph

Dr. Feel Goods

20419 Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway

2348 SE Ankeny DiTrani Brothers, Dana Hubanks

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Anita Margarita and The Rattlesnakes; Barndoor Slammers

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jawbone Flats

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave

Roseland Theater

St. Philip Neri Church

2408 SE 16th Avenue Horae: A Musical Book of Hours

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave GLOW JOB 8: Pimps and Glows

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave

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MUSIC Saint Jacks Parade

The Know

7850 SW Capitol Hwy The Portlanders

8105 SE 7th Ave. Lloyd Jones

Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater

8 NW 6th Ave. Mutemath, Paper Route

2026 NE Alberta St BLOWOUT

The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont J. Phlip

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St The Libertine Belles

The Tardis Room

1214 N. Killingsworth St PDX Icons with Almost Rock, Buttercup

The White Eagle

836 N Russell St Love Gigantic, Mexican Gunfight

Tony Starlight Showroom

1125 SE Madison Tony Starlight’s Neil Diamond Experience

Turn Turn Turn

8 NE Killingsworth St Skull Diver, The Exorcists, Wm Hart, Spirit Host

Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell Boss Martians, The Pynnacles, The Sellwoods

SUN. MARCH 6 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift

Analog Cafe & Theater

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd Real Friends

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Igudesman & Joo

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Bitter Buddha

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Monthly Music Showcase

Classic Pianos 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. Piano Masterclasses with Dr. Nicholas Reynolds

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Ron Steen Jazz Jam

218 W 12th Street Horae: A Musical Book of Hours


600 E Burnside St RONTOMS SUNDAY SESSIONS: DoveDriver, Rare Diagram

Sherwood Center for the Arts 22689 SW Pine Street Teada presents reAwakening a multimedia event celebrating 100 years since the 1916 Rising

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Bongzilla with Black Cobra

The Blue Room Bar

8145 SE 82nd Ave. Bill Coones Trio, Swing and Jazz Standards Band

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St 7 on 7

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Brass Tacks; The Portland Sound

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

147 NW 19th Ave. Trinity Vespers: Organ Recital & Choral Meditation

Vie de Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave Classical Revolution PDX Chamber Jam


Jo Rotisserie & Bar 715 NW 23 Latin Jazz Brunch

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St Leo Islo, Small Skies, The Wave Collector

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Ian Miller and Friends

Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 SW Park Ave Michelle DeYoung

McMenamins Al’s Den

303 SW 12th Ave Ritchie Young (of Loch Lomond)

Muddy Rudder Public House

8105 SE 7th Ave. Irish Jam

Music Millennium 3158 East Burnside

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave Soul’d Out Productions Presents: PROTOJE & THE INDIGGNATION

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St ZHOD (Germany)

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Liza Anne

TUES. MARCH 8 Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St Jane Siberry with special guest Bergerette

Alberta Street Pub 1036 NE Alberta St Huck Notari and The River

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash Fluid Spill

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Dude York, Naked Giants

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Knuckleheads Blues Jam


Doug Fir Lounge

1037 SW Broadway José González, yMusic

Clyde’s Prime Rib Restaurant & Bar

5474 NE Sandy Blvd Mac Potts


350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell

Doug Fir Lounge


715 NW 23rd Ave Allison Au Quartet

2800 SE Harrison The Everyone Welcome Community Choir

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Jo Rotisserie & Bar

St David of Wales Church

350 West Burnside Prayers with Plague Vendor

1036 NE Alberta St Mommy Monday

830 E Burnside St Eleanor Friedberger

1200 SW Alder St. AnyWhen Ensemble and Ellen McSweeney

Roseland Theater

Alberta Street Pub

830 E Burnside St. Protomartyr, Chastity Belt, Hurry Up

First Presbyterian Church

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O’Connor’s Vault

Doug Fir Lounge

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Vince Brown


Muddy Rudder Public House

Holy Tentacles, Shred Kelly, The Velveteins

2126 S. W. Halsey ST. Skip vonKuske’s Cellotronik

First Baptist Church

830 E Burnside St. Jack Garratt, Kacy Hill


2126 S. W. Halsey ST. The Earnest Lovers

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

2845 SE Stark St JIMMY RUSSELL’S PARTY CITY 2034 (Free)

Jade Lounge

2348 SE Ankeny Grimms Gathering with Jakob Grimm

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave PSU Latin Jazz & Salsa Ensemble

S.W. 12th Ave. and Taylor St Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot Duo Harpsichord Recital

LaurelThirst Public House

Jade Lounge

3939 N Mississippi Ave Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts

2348 SE Ankeny Fourth Tuesdays with Edward Cohen & Friends

Lake Theater and Cafe

106 N State St The Trifecta: Bre Gregg, Lisa Mann & Mary Kadderly

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St Lorna Miller and Walter Cryderman

Milwaukie Lutheran Church

3810 SE Lake Road Wade in the Water: Songs of Spirit, Strength, and Struggle, a Choral Tribute to Black History

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Dengue Fever, Tezeta Band

2958 NE Glisan St Greydogz; Jackstraw

Mississippi Studios

Portland Abbey Arts 7600 N. Hereford Avenue The Round

St. Johns Christian Church 8044 N Richmaond Ave. St. Johns-Cathedral Park Tuesday Noon Chamber Music

The Ranger Station

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

The White Eagle 836 N Russell St Runson WIllis III


Where to drink this week.

Bluegrass Situation & Union Wine Present


1. Great Notion Brewing

For a decade, Aoife O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. O’Donovan’s sophomore solo effort, “In the Magic Hour” is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar.

2204 NE Alberta St., No. 101, 548-4491, Great Notion is about to get greater, with a full list of 12 beers tapping Saturday, including two of Portland’s top five IPAs: fruity, hoppy to the point of opaque and not bitter at all. And the Berliner Weisse is maybe just as good.



2. Fat Head’s

131 NW 13th Ave., 820-7721, Ohio, shmohio. The two best-loved IPAs in town in a blind tasting, Semper FiPA and IBUsive, are an all-Portland production by brewer Mike Hunsaker— and so is perhaps our favorite black IPA, Midnight Moonlight.

Their fourth album, A Man Alive, presents a fiercely original group sound that is rife with experimentation and playfulness. It demonstrates Thao’s development as a songwriter, and achieves that most elusive quality in music—to create an album of songs that are dark yet buoyant, tragic yet redemptive, personal yet inclusive.



Hank’s band, recently singled out for praise on the OPB show “State of Wonder,” has the usual honky-tonk instrumentation of a twangy Telecaster, triple-neck steel guitar, drums and bass, but they take country into a whole new realm when they launch into “The Lady Is a Tramp.”

3. Lompoc Tavern

1620 NW 23rd Ave., 894-9374, Starting Wednesday, Lompoc will serve up one of WW’s top 10 beers of the year in our 2016 Beer Guide, Bryan Keilty’s kick-ass Bloody Mary michelada previously tapped only for an Oregon Brewers Festival brunch. Get it while you can.

4. 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 grocerystore bar. It is perhaps the most wonderful sign in all of Portland.

5. 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.


Saint Jack’s Parade is a professional rock band, local to Portland, Oregon that create their own original music. Each song has a unique and refreshing sound that can stand on it’s own legs, and has it’s own meaning, personality, and energy that most anyone can relate to.

BEER BARN: Don’t look now, but the westside has gotten very beery. Out in Hillsboro, ABV Public House is bustling, pouring little-seen beers from oft-seen breweries. And in the former Joe’s Burgers on B2H, across from Jack’s Tap Room and Quarterback Bar, ABV has a newish sister pub, IBU Public House (4439 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, 971254-9558, This massive, split-level beer barn has a digital board advertising the contents of 36 tapped kegs, including edgy options like Knee Deep’s 13.1 percent ABV Hop-De-Ranged Quad IPA and an Ex Novo beer dry-hopped with Sour Patch Kids. The same way an old dive might have signs for Blitz or Miller Lite, IBU has hung a series of customlooking banners touting the logos of craft brewers Oakshire, Ecliptic and Breakside. The food menu includes calamari, an Uruguayan-style steak sandwich, beer-infused tiramisu and burgers of elk, lamb and regular ol’ cow. There are also a few simpler pleasures—I had a Lindemans Framboise and a slice of cheesecake. The space is big and woody, the service is aggressively friendly and the crowd is much more suburban than you’d find at a typical Southeast spot. If you live in the neighborhood, chances are this place is old news to you. If you’re driving between Hillsdale and Beaverton, it’s a spot to know. MARTIN CIZMAR.


1001 SE Morrison St Yes, Please with Ambrosia Salad (garage, disco, house)

Lovecraft Bar

WED. MARCH 2 Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave TROYBOI


1001 SE Morrison St Physical Education with Allie Hankins, Keyon Gaskin, Lucy Lee, Yim Taka Yamamoto, DJ Allan Wilson, DJ Rap Class, Daniela Karina

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. MARCH 3 Holocene

1001 SE Morrison St

Justin Jay

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay (EBM, goth, industrial, darkwave) Panic Room 3100 NE Sandy Blvd RCU Presents: House Call with John Hawley & Tetsuo Breaks Session

FRI. MARCH 4 Dante’s

350 West Burnside The Best 80’s Party Ever! (So Far) ft. NITE WAVE (80’s New Wave), Brass Monkeys (Beastie Boys Tribute) and DJ Baby Van Beezly

Euphoria Nightclub


421 SE Grand Ave Death Trip (garage, psyche, post-punk, goth, death rock)

The Evergreen 618 SE Alder St Infinite Vision: LEE FOSS + KIDNAP KID The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont Uplift

SAT. MARCH 5 Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave TJR

Goodfoot Pub & Lounge


High Water Mark Lounge 6800 NE MLK Ave HONEYMOON


On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, and Gabe Witcher & Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor the album.. and just about anything Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.


Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Since that time, Penny & Sparrow has released multiple albums and garnered a reputation of blending sincere lyrics with haunting melodies and harmonies in every song. The raw and emotive quality of their songs has been known to push crowds to near silence for an entire set.


1001 SE Morrison St. Gran Ritmos: Dengue Dengue Dengue, Michael Bruce, Daniela Karina

Jo Bar & Rotisserie

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

Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Expressway To Yr Skull (Indie, deathrock, shoegaze, goth, electro)


3967 N. Mississippi Ave DJ Roane

The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont J. Phlip

SUN. MARCH 6 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Sad Day with DJ Buckmaster



Need Your Light $10.99 Sale Priced CD Need Your Light, the fourth full-length from Brooklyn’s Ra Ra Riot, is the sound of a band being reinvigorated by their own existence. Correspondingly, the album sees the band getting back to their house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013’s Beta Love. The result is an album that’s celebratory without being solipsistic and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences in order to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze.

Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza met in 2007 when their former bands (Secret Machines and On!Air!Library! respectively) toured as opening support for Interpol. They immediately recognized each other as kindred souls, and began writing music together. After a string of critically successful albums, Benjamin was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which ultimately took his life in December of 2013. After some time had passed, Alejandra revisited a series of inspired recordings the two had created during the Summer of 2012. Those recordings, with the help of Benjamin’s brother Brandon and Alejandra’s sister Claudia (a founding member of the group), were to become the eponymous final album, ‘SVIIB’.

MON. MARCH 7 Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave DJ iPod (goth)

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


When a pornographic video of upright Indian teenager Deepa goes viral, modern technology and Mother India face off. Deepa and her brother are expelled from school, their widowed mother is bombarded by reporters and Anupama Chandrasekhar’s play goes full monty in its criticism of India’s sexual doublestandard. With Boom Arts, your theater comes with a whomping side of sociopolitical commentary. Reviews from London promise writing that keeps up with clickbait culture, and this L.A. cast has TV credits that make us believe it. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SE Park Ave., 866811-4111. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, March 3-6. $20-$30.

Moby Dick, Rehearsed

Orson Welles’ adaptation tackles the great white whale of literary classics. This comic behind-the-scenes follows an acting troupe that starts rehearsals for Lear and makes a quick switch to Dick. Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage theater does nothing well if not belly-laughing shows with elaborate sets and good old-fashioned histrionics. As Ahab himself said, “go big or go home.” ENID SPITZ. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro. 7:30 pm ThursdaySunday through March 4-20. $25..


Creeped out by her creaky house, Thea asks friends move to in—and then the haunting multiplies. This semi-improvised horror series didn’t win a full run when Joel Patrick Durham debuted it during Action/Adventure’s 2015 Pilot Season, but it did win a cult following. The idea is Netflix on stage—like Master of None meets American Horror Story, told over 4 episodes. Episodes 1 and 2 debut this weekend, and 1 through 4 will run later in March. Tickets are $25 if you purchase for both shows. Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 481-9742. 8 pm Friday-Sunday, March 4-6. $15.

The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai

Japanese kabuki theater is like a kimono— visually rich, often stiff and takes a village to put on. PSU’s Japanese studies and theater schools team up for the first-ever kabuki production at a U.S. university. . PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 725-3307. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday, March 2-5. $15.

The Screwtape Letters

Touring the country as Satan’s best psychiatrist, creator and star Max McLean stages a minimalist version of C.S. Lewis’ hellish tale. In it, Screwtape, looking like an extra from the new Sherlock Holmes, schemes with his minions to damn human souls. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Ave., 800-273-1530. 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 2. $39.50-$59.50.

Stupid F**king Bird

Aaron Posner doesn’t so much twist Chekhov’s classic The Seagull as he does dump its guts onstage and finger paint with the gore. In the 2014 Helen Hayes Award-winner for best new play, a cast of seven actors fly through episodic scenes about the nature of art. The scenes flit from solo monologues on a nearly naked stage to family fights on lickable kitchenette sets. A tutor, a cook, a smattering of choreography and “fleeting nudity”— what more could PCS-goers desire? If Chekhov’s famous slice of Russian life is the granddad of razor-edged comi-dramas like Breaking Bad, we’ve yet to see where Posner’s Bird falls in the bunch. Starring talent from Washington, D.C. and Portland’s Darius Pierce, last seen at PCS in a Crumpet the Elf suit. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave.,

445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday; 2 pm Saturday-Sunday; 12 pm Thursday, through March 27. $25-$70.

Wizard of Oz

In all the Wicked buzz, Toto and the Tin Man got left in the Kansas dust. Broadway in Portland brings all the show of MGM, amped by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with a nostalgic, cut-out backdrop, nightmarish monkey dancers and a full ensemble cast—though the munchkins look a little older now. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 800-273-1530. 7:30 pm TuesdaySaturday; 2 pm Saturday; 1 and 6 pm Sunday, March 8-13. $40-$105.


PTSD, brutal sex and racism rocket to center stage in plays by Sarah Kane, the English playwright notorious for staging graphic violence and creating “one of the most violent and racially offensive programmes ever,” as one British critic called her 1995 TV movie, Skin. Her first play, Blasted, getting it’s Portland premiere with Defunkt, looks to be the most violent play on any stage this season. In it, the repulsively offensive journalist Ian rapes an unsuspecting ingénue named Cate in his swanky Leeds hotel room, which is then stormed by an unstable soldier armed with a rifle. Scenes of anal rape, brutality and cannibalism earned Blasted harsh criticism and then strong praise from Harold Pinter. Not recommended for audiences under 18. There will be a postshow discussion about PTSD and domestic violence on Saturday, March 12. No show Feb. 14 or 28. Back Door Theatre, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 481-2960. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, March 3-19. $10-$25.

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.


If the premise sounds like a squishy Diane Keaton movie that your grandma’s been waiting for—it is. Betty is a cat lady. Dan is a dog man. They meet in a scheme to switch out a dead cat that’s been hit by a car. But this quiet portrait of loneliness, getting old and the role of pets in our lives is stunning and honest.In what feels like two separate solo shows, Betty (Jacklyn Maddux) and Dan (Allen Nause) slowly unfold their lives, speaking to the audience in perfect Irish accents. Narrating every emotion and even physical actions, their direct addresses let us in on each character’s secrets. On one side of the thrust stage is Dan, alone in his sparse, dark and empty bedroom with his dog for company. Nause—who served as Artists Repertory Theatre’s artistic director for 25 years—gives a haunting performance that captures Dan’s suicidal distress with facial tics and real tears. On the other half of the stage, in a bright living room decorated with daffodils, Betty details the death of her marriage and Maddux draws surprising intrigue from her character. In the audience, you feel like her best friend as she spills nervous excitement like a giddy teenager. Because this is a quiet Irish play, it mines dead pets and suicide plans for plot points. But because it’s a quiet Irish play with Nause and Maddox as the leads, it can build even sexual tension out of dead pets, suicide plans and surprisingly

KING LEAR: Tobias Andersen.



THE NEW POST5 THEATRE DOESN’T REACH ITS GOAL, IT TOPS IT. When Post5 Theatre changed management last fall, its new leadership trio launched a mission to deliver edgy, professional theater on the Sellwood stage. “We want to be that outlet for real gritty, edgy theater,” said co-artistic director Rusty Tennant. The inaugural show, King Lear as directed by Tennant, doesn’t fulfill half that goal. But it’s an honorable failure. This Lear is not edgy, nor fresh—it’s an 80-year-old theater patriarch playing Shakespeare’s monarch on a proscenium stage, backed by weathered company members—and both the audience and company are better for it. “Majestic” is the first and lasting impression from this production of Lear. Tennant and his team have completely remodeled the old church where Post5 performs into a classic proscenium stage. All matte black, it boasts seven portals backstage, a lofted ceiling, balcony level and two staircases. This is the playground for a company of talented actors, bringing their token charms to each role. Ithica Tell drips disdain from her curled upper lip as Goneril; Stan Brown is her indulgently flamboyant minion; Jessica Tidd fills out the lusty Regan in a black slip or red fur coat; and Todd Van Voris…you should know the name. The axis is 80-year-old Tobias Andersen, a 50-year veteran of Northwest theater who limited his bio to “twenty-four of Shakespeare’s plays” to fit in the program. His titular King is a tempest of rage at the start, raising his cane to beat an outspoken adviser. Then, he’s a pathetic clown as the mad king, wearing steamy cups of tea. SOPHIA JUNE. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, March 3-13. $25.

Contigo Pan y Cebolla

Havana in the 1950s evokes images of a modern-day Vegas, but not for Anslemo and Lala. The middle-class Cuban couple juggles money troubles and the impending revolution while trying to keep up appearances in this comedy by popular Cuban playwright Héctor Quintero. The play will be performed in Spanish—billed as the only foreign-language production in Portland this season—with English supertitles. SOPHIA JUNE. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5. $25.


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

a crown of twigs and what looks like Pippi Longstocking’s pajamas. In the tragic end, Andersen is humanity’s ribcage cracked open, as he stands center stage, carrying his daughter’s corpse with frail arms and a locked jaw. Though Andersen swallows some less pivotal dialogue with too much speed and not enough enunciation, his spotlit monologues are near-perfect. When he whispers, “So we’ll live, and pray…and laugh at gilded butterflies,” Shakespeare is done justice. It feels traditional enough to deserve respect and relevant enough to be inked on Megan Fox. Despite Tennant’s goal of making edgy Sellwood theater, the show’s most ground-breaking bits include casual gay flirtation that goes nowhere, one out-of-place cellphone cameo, Tell’s Forever 21-style dresses, and a torture scene in which Cornwall (Sam Holloway) blinds Gloucester (Jim Butterfield) and smashes a grape eyeball underfoot. These are minor tweaks as compared to Post5 just six months ago, which set Much Ado About Nothing at a 1950s vineyard. Before that, Chip Reno in drag starred as Viola in Twelfth Night. The new Post5 is at its best when it aims for professional, which is an easier target when you’re not distracted by trailblazing. Give Van Voris and Tell a blank stage and they’ll fill it, without tricks. The one well-choreographed knife fight had plenty of action, making the audience gasp when Heath Hyun and Jim Valdala, with blades drawn, almost sprawled across the front row. And when Lear escapes “the rack of this tough world” and slumps under his daughter’s dead weight, my eyes weren’t the only wet ones. On the way out, two broad-chested, bearded men were still processing the final scene: “I didn’t think I’d cry like that.” ENID SPITZ. SEE IT: King Lear is at Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-258-8584. 7:30 pm FridaySunday, through March 19. $20.

Dael Orlandersmith’s one-woman show. Walking through the graves conjures up her memories of growing up with an alcoholic mother. The raw and emotional tell-all won praise from The New Yorker when it opened off-Broadway last spring. Domestic trials, confessional monologues, pathos for the well-educated—PCS has a formula. That said, it normally adds up. Ellen Bye Studio at the Armory, 128 NW 11 Ave., 445-7300. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, noon Thursday and 2 pm SaturdaySunday. March 2-20. $40. 16+.

Howie the Rookie

We’ve all been there: nodding along politely while someone who thinks they’re very cool recounts a drunken night you weren’t there for. Factory Theater’s Howie the Rookie is 80 minutes of that painful morning-after story. The whole production could use the footnote, “You really had to be there.” A one-man show featuring a wavering Irish accent, multiple anecdotes about sex with “fat women,” and

jumpy body movements, it asks too much of an audience that’s already working to decode the 23 characters and 21 obscure Irish terms in the playbill. SOPHIA JUNE. Shout House, 210 SE Madison St., 541-581-0503. 8 pm Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6. $20.

Mothers and Sons

When Katharine Gerard, an icy WASP in her knee-length fur, finally cracks and demands why Cal Porter hasn’t seen some form of karmic punishment for his reproachful lifestyle in the dialoguedriven play by Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally, the intake of breath inside the theater was audible. Twenty years after the her son died from AIDS, Katharine (JoAnn Johnson) makes a surprise visit to the home of his former lover, Cal (Michael Mendelson). Now married and the father of a son with his husband, Will (Ryan Tresser), Cal is unsure how—or

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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, March 2-5. $25.

Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday and 7:30 pm and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, March 3-5. $20-$33. 21+.

Siren Nation Presents: Hell Hath No Funny

It’s been a long winter since Caitlin Weierhauser brought us Amy Miller at the last biannual, lady-leaning show from Siren Nation. Joanie Quinn takes her turn as host, featuring Minority Retorter Elicia Sanchez, Emma Arnold and headliner Natasha Muse. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St., 4933600. 8 pm Wednesday, March 2. $10$12. 21+.

striptease showcase of classic and neoburlesque acts from locals and dancers just passing through. Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., 235-8510. 9 pm Friday, Feb. 5. $12-$15. 21+.

Romeo & Juliet

Ending OBT’s 15-year hiatus from the Montague-Capulet catfighting in James Canfield’s signature ballet, the ballet brings fair Verona back for a week of heartbreak and Prokofiev, with Xuan Cheng as Juliet and Peter Franc dancing Romeo. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 222-5538. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5. $29-$146.

DANCE Burlesque S’il Vous Plait

Every first Friday, Zora Phoenix hosts a

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if—to make amends. Directed by Jane Unger, the real-time show moves at a swift clip, with the fevered monologues and awkward silences equally enthralling. Its success comes from searing dialogue, deftly handled by a cast skilled at manipulating the subtlety of honest emotion. From meltdowns and biting wit to perfectly-delivered sarcasm, nothing seems forced. The verbal sparring between Johnson’s stalwart Katharine and Mendelson’s compassionate-yet-seething Cal is captivating. And the fun comes when Tresser’s straightforward Will attempts to unhinge Katharine in the politest manner possible. Extra show 2 pm Saturday, March 5. PENELOPE BASS. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday and 2 pm Sunday, through March 6. $48.

COMEDY & VARIETY The Aces: National Forest

The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, through March 12. $15-$20.

Barbara Holm Believes in You

Merc columnist Barbara Holm’s first First Thursday show is top-heavy with Northwest comedians like Kristine Levine, Sean Jordan, Lucia Fasano and Caitlin Weierhauser. And if they believe in you, it’s gonna be okay. Am I right, ladies? Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St., 206-7630. 8 pm Thursday, March 3. Free, suggested $1-$5 donation.

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson is more than just a great accent. Currently hosting the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game and Join or Die with Craig Ferguson, the Scottish-American comedian has appeared in episodes of Red Dwarf, Freakazoid! and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. Oh yeah, he also hosted The Late Late Show for 10 years and played Drew’s boss for the entire run of The Drew Carey Show. MIKE ACKER. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm Saturday, March 5. $57.50-$60. Under 21 permitted with a parent or guardian.

Curious Comedy Open Mic

Sign up start at 7:15, and every comic gets a tight three minutes onstage in this weekly show hosted by Andie Main. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm Sundays. Free.

Earthquake Hurricane

Some of WW’s favorite funny Portlanders showcase famous and not-so-famous, local and not-so-local comedians. Hosted by Curtis Cook, Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez and Bri Pruett.. Velo Cult Bike Shop, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012. 9 pm every Wednesday. Free, $5 suggested donation. 21+.

Extra Cheese

Brodie Kelly’s weekly pizza party/ comedy showcase gives locals a tight 5 for standup, and coincides with happy hour: $2.50 pints. Hotlips Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 234-9999. 8pm Mondays. Free.

Gilbert Gottfried

Iago from Aladdin might have made him a household name, but Gilbert Gottfried has been a beloved club comedian for decades. After all, his version of the Aristocrats, in the documentary of the same name about the joke that all comedians tell each other when no civilians are around, is the best in the business. Go see him, you won’t be disappointed. MIKE ACKER.


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TENT PITCHING: Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters.

Aces Camping National Forest’s kumbaya rocks Old Town’s new Siren Theater.

Dry campsites and clear skies are coming, and Mayor Charlie Hales just OK’d our plans for summer campouts on city sidewalks. But the Aces’ National Forest tops all that. The new sketch-comedy show takes us camping now, in Old Town. One of Portland’s oldest comedy duos, this is the Aces’ (Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon) fifth show in five years. But it’s their first in McLendon’s new Siren Theater, which opened last October. “It looked like an elementary school cafeteria when we got it,” McLendon said. The show is a wacky camping trip that turns this spacious, whitebrick theater space with concrete floors and yellow folding chairs into what looks like the Lost Lake Campground, complete with fresh firewood, red flannel shirts and a full-sized wooden canoe. Part Oregon Trail and part Wes Anderson, the sketches include bits about summer camp where every campfire song turns into a rant against the patriarchy. Fetters shows his uncanny knack for physical characterizations, equally believable as a hunched raccoon and a gung-ho camp counselor. And Marshall Bradley is hilarious in cameos as a distraught camper in short shorts and an automated paper-towel dispenser. This is dialogue-based, character-driven humor. The jokes might be over-the-top, but Fetters and McLendon ground them with intelligent pauses and deadpan expressions. While sketch comedy tends to be self-indulgent, the Aces know how to quit when they’re ahead, ending each sketch with a welcomingly abrupt punch. No one expects nostalgia for camping trips from an Old Town entertainment hole. But when the Aces roll in as Peaches and Herb, the hipster campers who down drinks faster than they paddle, prepare for the best camping trip you’ll get this side of July Fourth. SOPHIA JUNE.

SEE IT: National Forest is at the Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, through March 12. $15-$20.


A Future Life

Tens of thousands of tiny charcoal bricks pave the gallery floor like modernist cobblestones. Some climb the gray walls, others rise up to form plinths, atop which Jonathan Berger’s minimalist sculptures perch. Among them: an imperfect orb, a flattened cross and a miniature century plant made of tin. Once in a while, a show comes along that feels more like an experience than a collection of art in a room. This is one of those times. Berger’s monochromatic installation will swallow you up, in the best way. JENNIFER RABIN. Adams and Ollman, 209 SW 9th Ave., 724-0684. Through March 12.

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., 7113391. Through March 8.


Photographer William Binzen’s vast panoramas of the American West, shot on a large format camera, are as much social commentary as they are landscape photography. In Azimuth, Binzen captures the effects that humans have had on the terrain. The series shows us the consequences of our land use laws, our expansion, development and sprawl. In the black-and-white and color photographs, the beauty of the natural world coexists with the forces that have marred it. JENNIFER RABIN. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 2250210. Through April 3.

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-andwhite 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., 2262811. $20. Through May 8.

Conversations With the Dead

Danny Lyon’s series, Conversations With the Dead, is a quintessential example of New Journalism, a type of immersive reporting Lyon helped establish in the 1960s. Shot between 1967 and 1968 in six different prisons throughout Texas, Conversations offers an eye-opening view of incarceration at the time. Lyon’s black-and-white photographs chronicle body searches, grueling manual labor, domino games and showers, giving us a starkly engrossing portrait of the oppressiveness and mundanity of imprisonment. JENNIFER RABIN. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886. Through March 26.

works use anatomy drawings as a base. Then, artist Wangechi Mutu layers ink, cosmic paint splatters, textured fabrics and magazine cutouts to create bizarrely sexualized humanoids. Some are abstract, free-floating faces with exotic animal skin, human features and urban afros. Others are curvaceous figures labelled as though they were medical diagrams. Tumors of the Uterus is the title of one, a grotesquely swollen uterus with runwayready eyes and lips. It’s body horror at its finest (or worst), but the artist’s use of medical jargon together with

through a magnifying visor. The etchings are sedate and still, like biological illustrations in an antique book, but the moths are so realistic it seems possible they might fly off the page. JENNIFER RABIN. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142. Through April 2.

Rowland Ricketts

Some of Rowland Ricketts’ wallmounted 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


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In a two-person show, mixed media artists Mario Gallucci and Danielle Gottesman explore the idea of thresholds based on their own practices. Gottesman works in steel and wood to create minimal architectural forms that evoke openings and closings, like that of a bird’s wings or the pages of a book. Gallucci’s hyperrealistic sculpture of a dying houseplant and his photograph of a boarded-up building reference crossings over from life to death, utility to obsolescence. Gallucci and Gottesman show us that thresholds can be internal or external, physical or intangible. JENNIFER RABIN. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 4447101. Through April 2.

Drawing to Planet Earth

An unlikely mashup of scientific journalism and high fashion, these collage

What the street artist Invader did for mosaic tiles, Sam Klein is doing for Phillips-head screws. Klein uses multicolored screws of various sizes to construct simple but beautifully rendered images of ‘80s nostalgia and geekery. Think of it like pointillism for the Comic-Con crowd. The textured pieces—depicting stormtroopers, skulls and robots—drip with humor and craftsmanship. If you’ve ever wanted a portrait of Boba Fett made out of hardware to hang next to your standup Pac-Man machine, this is the show for you. JENNIFER RABIN. Ford Gallery, 2505 SE 11th Ave., 449-3305. Through March 19.

Charlene Liu’s colorful, patterned works combine watercolor, printmaking, collage and pen and ink. In one series, Liu digitally processes images of ornate textiles salvaged from her mother’s restaurant, a nod to memory and lineage that draws you into every fold. Larger panels use hand-marbled paper to create kaleidoscopic images that feel both geometric and organic. Timed to coincide with an annual printmakers conference in Portland, Liu’s work shows us another way to explore the printmaking tradition. JENNIFER RABIN. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521. Through April 2.

Max Cleary plays with the medium of photography. He prints images on concrete bricks, giving them depth and weight, then shoots them in settings that evoke something more. To create the triptych To See You Again, the artist turned a photograph of a rock into a sculpture of a rock, which he rephotographed, making the twodimensional into the three-dimensional and back again. Some of his photographs are meant to be touched, like a xerographic print of pebbled cement sculpted to take on the texture of the original surface. JENNIFER RABIN. Soltesz Fine Art, 1825 NW 23rd Ave., 971-276-9097. Through March 19.

The Human Hybrid

Screw Art

Stone, Cloth, Flushed Cloud

Desperate Measures

The organic forms in Christine Bourdette’s abstract graphite and watercolor series call to mind natural phenomena formed over millenniums. Bourdette is a Portland resident and Drawing to Planet Earth is informed by the landscape of the American West. Dappled rock formations fill the background, muted and as old as time. Bright splashes of color overlaid by Bourdette’s brush remind the viewer that nothing is stagnant, everything changes. Alongside her drawings, Bourdette is showing a series of small paper sculptures that use an ephemeral material to evoke the enduring textures of the geological world. JENNIFER RABIN. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521. Through April 2.

Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St., 223-2654. $6. Through April 23.

Variable States: Prints Now FROM A FUTURE LIFE BY JONATHAN BERGER 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.


After gaining access to Oregon State University’s archive of nearly three million insect specimens, artist Sarah Horowitz decided to devote an entire series of etchings to moths, which fascinated her. Horowitz created the impossibly detailed black-and-white images by scratching delicate lines into a copper plate while looking

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 impermanence of the work, the fact that the colors and the fabric will begin to change and fade over the course of the exhibition in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows. This degradation is as important to Ricketts’ work as the growing, harvesting and fermenting of the indigo plants. It is not the final result, but the process of making that is the most lasting. JENNIFER RABIN. Museum of


Printmaking has come a long way since the advent of movable type. And Upfor Gallery is doing what it does best by celebrating the intersection of a classic art form with the technologies that have reshaped it into what is newly possible. Eight artists, whose practices include some kind of printmaking, will show us the entire spectrum of the form, from letterpress to intaglio to serigraph to 3-D printing, filling the gallery with sculpture, installation and moving images. JENNIFER RABIN. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 227-5111. Through April 9.

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To get to Umai, you need a little faith. Turn down a street that doesn’t look like a street, and behind the Hazel Room and Red Velvet Parlour, facing a wall with quotes about murder, you’ll find a tiny food-cart pod tucked away like an oyster’s pearl in a slab of dead-end pavement. Nothing could survive here unless it was either wonderful or desperate. Well, it’s wonderful, much like the Bundy’s boiled-bagel cart and Holy Mole, our cart of the year. Never mind that Umai has some of the best fried chicken in town, at a criminally low cost. Chicken karaage—the Japanese take on an American mid-South staple—is breaded just to the point of crispness and coated in soy, garlic and ginger, lightly sauced in chopsticks-ready chunks, and almost perfect for a mere $4. The kale and kelp salad ($3.50) is a lightly vinegared love affair with all things green by land or sea, with bright and deep flavors.

But you haven’t gone down this rabbit hole for kelp. Umai serves terrific ramen ($10), with a shoyu broth that wallops you with soy, and a shio (salt) broth that mixes with the natural saltiness of the soup’s tender, pulled pork shoulder to create a sort of light-headed ecstasy amid probable brain dehydration. But the real depth of flavor is provided by pickled shiitakes, a just-so soft-boiled egg and a mess of scallions and steamed greens, not to mention al dente, cart-made noodles with taste and texture that announce themselves rather than recede into glutenous limpness. The broths and meat are not tenderly smoky like Shigezo’s or Mirakutei’s, nor do they reach the muscle-relaxant umami high of Yuzu’s tonkotsu. But by the end of each bowl of shio, the only thing you’ll want is more of the same. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Rhythm in the Rain

These days, most of the music on Williams Avenue is made by punks who may have attended art school, but back in the ’40s and ’50s it was a jazz hub that drew Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. Lynn Darroch’s Rhythm in the Rain tells the story of how how jazz came to prominence in Portland and its wildly younger sibling, Seattle. Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl book series continues with The Awakening of Sunshine Girl, in which the titular Sunshine is training to harness her supernatural powers. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 2 pm. Free.

MONDAY, MARCH 7 Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

burned-out chess geniuses and goths reincarnated as charmed jocks. His first adult collection, Welcome Thieves, is rife with musings on the apocalypse and digs at semiotics majors. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Alex Cooper

William Gibson once quipped, “The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.” In People Get Ready, Robert W. McChesney and The Nation’s John Nichols say we face a feudally stratified society. Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

In Saving Alex, Alex Cooper offers a firsthand account of the torture she faced in “therapeutic” boot camps as a gay teen. She eventually escaped and survived under the state of Utah’s protection. Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Frank in the 3rd Dimension Release

Since 1990, Jim Woodring has been drawing Frank, a “generic anthropomorph” who goes on wacky adventures in a world populated by things like Jerry Chickens and jivas. Now, for the first time, Woodring is showing Frank in 3-D, through volumetric drawings created out of 150 layers of images. These images will be both projected and viewable with 3-D glasses. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., 241-0227. 6 pm. Free.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4 Timothy Egan

As a 23-year-old during the potato famine, Thomas Francis Meagher led an unsuccessful rebellion against the British, and got schlepped off to Tasmania. He escaped, ended up in New York and helped lead the Irish Brigade, one of the most important Union military groups in the Civil War. In The Immortal Irishman, New York Times contributor Timothy Egan tells his story and sheds a new light on his death. Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 Poetry Out Loud

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For over a decade, Poetry Out Loud has given high-school students the opportunity to win a college scholarship of $50,000 by memorizing and reciting poetry. This year’s showdown features students from 30 high schools across Oregon. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., 228-4651. 4 pm. Free.

TFAW In-Store Convention

Who needs to go to all the trouble of a trip to San Diego (have you ever tried to check Iron Man armor?) when you can see all you need to at Things From Another World in one day? Portland comic power couple Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction will speak, and Firefly’s Nathan Fillion will also make an appearance, as wil lDC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Top Cow. Things From Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 284-4693. 9 am. Free.

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 Daniel Torday

As a grossly overeducated snob, nothing tickles my fancy quite like a story about a story, like The Last Flight of Poxl West by Daniel Torday. Fifteenyear-old Eli worships his uncle, who tells him harrowing stories of his time in the RAF during WWII. But when his uncle’s story turns into a book, many of his stories are revealed to be embellishments. He’ll speak with Tin House magazine’s Cheston Knapp. Powell’s Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.

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The Harry Golden years.

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, CAROLINA ISRAELITE A white supremacist once called Harry Golden the most evil Jew in America—except for Sammy Davis Jr. Considering the source, the label was a badge of honor. Golden and Davis once appeared at a dinner raising $50,000 for the NAACP, and they became fast friends. Golden donated his appearance fee to the association’s voter-registration drive. So did Davis. Almost completely forgotten today, the cigar-smoking, bourbondrinking Jewish humorist and social critic was a central figure in American civil rights for almost three decades, championing the cause in the pages of his Charlotte, N.C., newspaper, The Carolina Israelite. Portland author Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett reminds us of that past in her vibrant new biography, Carolina Israelite (UNC Press, 368 pages, $35). In addition to his tireless work for equal voting rights, she recounts the time he told a church full of Presbyterians that if Jesus swung through Charlotte during his Second Coming, he, Golden, could be their “contact man” to answer questions the Messiah was sure to ask, such as “What in hell are Presbyterians?” Hartnett tells Golden’s jokes as well as Golden did. But she captures his faults as well as his virtues. Most startling is the secret he kept hidden for almost 20 years after moving to the lap of the Confederacy. Just days before the stock market crashed in 1929, Golden (born Chaim Goldhirsch) was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding investors as a broker on Wall Street. Hartnett should have devoted more pages to Golden’s crime and punishment. He reneged on loans, kited checks and did not fully pay his income taxes until his first book, Only in America, became a runaway best-seller in 1958. Golden was also an astonishingly proficient womanizer, despite having a wife, nicknamed “Tiny,” back in New York. A sharp observer could spot the rotund Yankee’s paramours by the bruises on their shins from banging them on his metal bed frame. Most importantly, Hartnett places Golden’s life and work in historical context, drawing masterfully on a wide range of secondary sources to make an eloquent case that remembering Golden still has value 35 years after his death—especially as equal voting rights are again coming under attack. MATT BUCKINGHAM. GO: Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett reads at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, 244-0111, on Thursday, March 3. 7 pm. Free.


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MOVIES = WW Pick. Highly recommended. Editor: ENID SPITZ. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, send screening information at least two weeks in advance to Screen, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

WHICH MOVIE PRESIDENT DO YOU ALIGN WITH? The 2016 presidential race has made it clear that anyone can run. Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman start their campaign this Friday, playing a promising prez-veep duo in London Has Fallen. Why not Hollywood presidents? They’ve at least pretended, which trumps the experience of some real-life frontrunners. Here’s a quiz to help you decide which movie president you side with. SOPHIA JUNE.

The Club

A- Some psychologists believe

that when it comes to traumatic stress, the brain can’t differentiate between physical and emotional violence. If that is true, this new film from acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain is a George Romero gorefest for the soul. In a flophouse for broken and excommunicated priests in one of Chile’s remote coastal towns, the sins of institutional religion become living characters who must hide in shame from the townspeople they once served. By turns perversely prurient and quietly brutal, the gothic tale plays out in a dimly lit mise en scène. The Club won a Golden Globe nomination but was apparently too tough of a pill for the Academy Awards to swallow. That’s a damn shame, but it also proves the movie’s premise: The darkness deep inside ourselves and our institutions is something most would prefer to ignore. NR. ZACH MIDDLETON. Living Room Theaters.

The Wave

B- This Norwegian disaster film plays out a lot like its Hollywood brethren: nearly an hour of buildup, followed by destruction. Unlike the recent San Andreas, though, it manages to make you actually give a shit about the characters. That’s because it relies not on a sprawling, Towering Infernostyle ensemble, but on a family whose patriarch (Kristoffer Joner) happens to be a geologist tracking potential rockslides on a picturesque fjord overlooking a tourist town. Once the inevitable tsunami hits, Joner’s clan is divided, as is the action, between those trapped in a flooded hotel and those on the ground. The film ratchets up the tension nicely, but it wants to pack the emotional wallop of The Impossible and have its destruction porn too. The results are often exciting, but the film never transcends the expected, cresting early and never committing to a tone. R. AP KRYZA. Kiggins.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey mines the Middle Eastern conflict for laughs, playing a journalist who goes to Afghanistan out of boredom. It’s a quasi-true drama-comedy based on Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir, The Taliban Shuffle, directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Glenn Ficarra. Milking the three-word title trend, Variety called Ficarra’s foray into politics a mixture of Zero Dark Thirty and Eat Pray Love. Screened after deadline. See for Alex Falcone’s review. R. AP KRYZA. Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Lloyd Center, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.


B Leave it to Disney to sneak powerful, adult messages into a PG-rated movie. A modern-day Morocco, the Zootopia of the title is a metropolitan melting pot, where predator and prey live in perfect, fictional harmony. Every dynamic, doe-eyed character in this animated adventure brings laughs for the kids, and hope for adults that their children won’t adopt Donald Trump ideals. A small-town bunny with

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1. Should the government be responsible for providing protection if a meteor is headed for Earth? A B C D E F

Yes, but only for a select few, chosen by lottery. Yes, but only if the impact occurs on a national holiday. No, Indiana Jones will save us. No, we’ll destroy ourselves before an outside force does. Yes, but only for the youth. Yes, with a safe haven hundreds of miles underground.

2. Should the government work to combat alien invasions?

A No, we must accept this as a part of life. B Yes, we Americans fight for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night.” C Yes, unless it’s Chewbacca. D No, aliens would be better than American jingoism. E Yes, with a tiny-but-strong spy force. F Yes, lizard people are not welcome here.

3. Are presidential speeches an important source of information? A B C D E F

Yes, when spoken with a deep timbre and backed by orchestral music. Yes, one speech can save the world. No, actions over words. Yes, but presidents should write their own speeches. No, only insiders know the truth. No, they are dangerous. National spokes-warriors are better.

4. Should potential terrorists be allowed to hold meetings with the president? A B C D E F

Yes, everyone on this planet should work together. Yes, we want every human on our side in the event of an alien attack. Yes, but not on Air Force One. No, we should focus on domestic issues. Yes, if they bring snacks. Yes, and everyone should be treated as a potential terrorist.

5. Does a president need to be charismatic to be a good leader? A B C D E F

Yes, the president should resemble God. Yes, the president should be as accessible as a rom-com star. No, charisma is a happy side effect of being a badass. No, honesty is the best quality. Yes, and the president should be hot. Yes, and being a dictator with a team of stylists helps, too.

YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR... Mostly A’s: Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in Deep Impact. Platform: Cuts to space exploration.

Mostly B’s: Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day. Platform: More protection from aliens, boost pay for presidential speech writers.

Mostly C’s: Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in Air Force One. Platform: Privacy on Air Force One, Indiana Jones theme song as the presidential anthem.

Mostly D’s: Daniel Day Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. Platform: Increase freedom for Method actors, abolish slavery, implement mandatory quiet hours in workplaces.

Mostly E’s: George Clooney as President Devlin in Spy Kids 3-D. Platform: More after-school spy programs.

Mostly F’s: Julianne Moore as President Coin in The Hunger Games. Platform: Increased national security, mandated gray dress code, more education about Stalin.

6. Should the government provide funding for Hollywood? A B C D E F

No, too “out there.” No, actors just need to stand there and smile. Yes, a limited budget for fake guns and the star’s theme music. No, honest craftsmanship is true art. Yes, it’s the best way to influence the next generation. Yes, the president should control all entertainment.

7. Who is your favorite past president? A B C D E F

Ronald Reagan. George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln. Bill Clinton. Richard Nixon.

Honorable mentions: George H.W. Bush, The Simpsons Billy Bob Thornton, Love Actually Dennis Quaid, American Dreamz Tim Robbins, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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

MOVIES 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. Hollywood, Lake Theater, Living Room Theaters, Moreland, Bridgeport, City Center.


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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Clackamas, Cinema 21, Lake Theater, Tigard.


A Todd Haynes’ newest feature


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. Lake Theater, Living Room Theaters, Bridgeport.

The 5th Wave

D It’s the cookie-cutter story of a peppy teenage girl who is, obviously, Earth’s best hope. Sixteenyear-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. Clackamas, Bridgeport.


B- It’s a little creepy watching a

stop-motion 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 was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, 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

The Choice

D The best choice is not to see this Nicholas Sparks regurgitation about wavy-haired ladies’ man Travis (Benjamin Walker) and his new medical-student neighbor, Gabby (Teresa Palmer). PG-13. Bridgeport.


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, Lake Theater, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Theater.

Eddie the Eagle

C Based on Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards’ rise to (sort of) Olympic fame, this is an underdog story with a twist: He never gets any cooler, and he doesn’t win the

caper, a communist plot, ’50s studio politics and a touching story about one man’s calling in life into a cohesive, lighthearted and quip-heavy comedy. It’s a neat package like only the Coen brothers can tie up. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City 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. R. Academy, Empirical, Kennedy School, Kiggins, Laurelhurst, Joy.

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 (Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie). 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. R. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

B Katniss Everdeen leads a group of rebels against the Capitol, which

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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. Mt. Hood, Valley.

Gods of Egypt

D It’s ancient Egypt like you’ve never seen it before: bigger, shinier and chock-full of deities punching each other. The gods are distinguishable from the normals because they’re a bit taller, they transform into shiny animal robots and—despite being in Africa 5,000 years ago—they’re white as crystal meth. They’re led led by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as Horus, god of light, and Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) as Set, god of beard stubble. The motto of the almost entirely CGI film seems to be, “Why not?” and everything has a weird yellow glow as if the crew illuminated the whole movie with piles of burning money. Shown but never explained: giant flying beetles; a 3,000-foot waterfall; removing and putting back somebody’s glowing blue brain; a flaming pyramid; ridable, giant fire-breathing snakes, and why they’re all so white. This is Egypt! PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, St. Johns Cinemas.

Hail, Caesar!

B+ From the opening scene, in

which Capitol Pictures “fixer” Eddie Mannix (a gruff Josh Brolin) skips out of confession, it’s a quick 27-hour shitstorm through high drama as movie star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) gets abducted. The Coens’ funniest film since The Big Lebowski combines a zany


about the financial crisis, but The Big Short is the first good one. It’s based on the book by Michael

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. Academy, Laurelhurst, Fox Tower.

gold. As Britain’s first competitor in Olympic ski jumping, he qualified just by successfully landing a jump, which on its own can be a deadly feat without proper training. Though he finished last, his enthusiasm and goofy appearance won over audiences worldwide. Taron Egerton brings his own twitchy charm to the role of Eddie, scrunching up his face to get a better look through his thick glasses. A synthy musical score sets the tone during the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, but ’80s nostalgia and a lovable, bespectacled hero can’t save the cheesiness of coach Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) taking on a ski jump in jeans and a lit cigarette. Predictable training montages aside, this is a prime opportunity for Winter Olympics buffs to nerd out on high-definition wipeouts. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Pioneer Place, Tigard.


big dreams, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), escapes her carrot-farming future by becoming the first rabbit to join Zootopia’s police force. Little does she know, when predators mysteriously return to their ferocious, prey-hungry ways, her hometown’s small-mindedness multiplies throughout Zootopia faster than bunnies during breeding season. Judy befriends a clever but con-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), and the unlikely pair fight for equality and understanding while saving the city from savages. There’s a lesson under every hoof, inside every snout, and behind every bubbly buttocks. This movie puts supremacists to shame with its mere, motivational, furrycoated message. PG. AMY WOLFE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Roseway, St. Johns Theater.


WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU?: Erika Pluhar and Arthur Brauss.

Good Save Wim Wenders’ knockout film was pulled, until it got new tracks.

Wim Wenders’ second feature, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, killed it at the world’s oldest film festival in 1972. Then it was pulled from theaters and denied distribution. The reason was its soundtrack—popular music from the time that floated out of radios, car stereos and jukeboxes. That original, handpicked playlist was only cleared for public use in Germany, and only for a very limited time, so Goalie was restricted to obscure television time slots until 2014. You’ll never see that movie, but you can catch its closest approximation this Friday at the kickoff for the NW Film Center’s Wenders retrospective. It’s the story of a German goalkeeper, ejected from a game, who then wanders lifelessly through back alleys, movie theaters and women’s apartments. In between long shots of newspaper kiosks, he commits a murder, seemingly out of pure boredom. The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is artistic and pensive, and requires a lot of patience. But it also gut-punches you with all the tenderness of a streamliner. That’s thanks to Wenders’ unparalleled knack for understatement. After goalie Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) kills the unsuspecting Gloria (Erika Pluhar), there is only silence, the sound of coins as Bloch picks change up off the table, then a sudden stab of violin strings and the scene cuts out. In order to re-release a restored version of Goalie two years ago, Wenders created a band to record six new tracks for the film. They try for authenticity, using ’50s and ’60s instruments and analog recording techniques, but it’s impossible to know what we’re missing. Buying the rights for the original songs would’ve cost more than it had cost to make the film, and the original magnetic tapes were destroyed by vinegar syndrome by the time of film’s re-release. Look to Wenders’ filmography for a tease of what might have been. Twenty years after Goalie, his soundtrack for Until the End of the World dropped new tracks by Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Patti Smith, K.D. Lang and U2 (whose 1993 music video for “Stay [Faraway, So Close!]” he went on to direct). This man knows his bands, making the original Goalie a sad loss, but I’ll argue that a second-string keeper is better than no keeper at all. ENID SPITZ. A SEE IT: The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday, March 4. Willamette Week MARCH 2, 2016



B+ Director David O. Russell takes his formula for American Hustle, wraps it in Christmastime and casts America’s ass-kicking sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence as the woman who invented the self-wringing Miracle Mop. PG-13. Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Mt. Hood.

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, Tigard.

The Martian

B- 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. Empirical, Vancouver, Valley.


The Jesse Owens story long-jumps from biopic favorite to big-screen drama, with Degrassi veteran Stephan James as the AfricanAmerican 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, 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, Bridgeport, City Center, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Tigard.


Risen goes big with the Jesus story, telling a swords-and-sandals epic about pagans trying to solve the resurrection mystery. 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). Not screened for critics. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Tigard.


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

Son of Saul

A- Son of Saul may be the most

visceral, intimate take on the Holocaust ever made, and it’s the first Hungarian movie to win a Golden Globe. In it, 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. Academy, Cinema 21, Laurelhurst.




has been booby-trapped with hot oil, lasers, and an army of lizard people. PG-13. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Vancouver, Joy, Valley.

A- Spotlight inverts the usual comparison: It’s a movie that feels like prestige television. Specifically, it feels like The Wire. Recounting how a Boston Globe investigative team uncovered an epidemic of pederast priests abetted by the archdiocese, the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture borrows the rhythms of a propulsive TV procedural and resists the temptation for self-congratulation. R. AARON MESH. Clackamas, Lake Theater, Bridgeport, Fox Tower.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A- If there’s one thing we know about Star Wars fans, it’s that they’re as resistant to change as any religious zealot. And so, the best thing that can be said about The Force Awakens is that it’s almost old-fashioned. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Forest Theatre, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, Evergreen, Lloyd Center, Tigard.

Triple 9

C+ This star-studded heist film combines ex-Special Forces (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus), current cops (Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr.), and one floundering former policeman (Aaron Paul) for a crackerjack bank take-down that quickly goes awry. When Kate Winslet, playing a mafia empress, challenges them to pull a triple 9 (officer down, in cop lingo), young pup Casey Affleck appears a heaven-sent fall guy. The script maximizes momentum with minimal exposition and no extraneous beats, but it feels like the husk of a blockbuster hasbeen. Direcor John Hillcoat channels the bleakness of The Road, but every scene also has tints of cerulean or hot pink, like a Miami Vicethemed porno. It’s an unpleasant experience, really. Winslet’s “Kosher Nostra” grande dame and Woody Harrelson as a Major Crimes Trueish detective deserve nods for acting skill, but there are no believable characters or coherent world view. Cut away all the Hollywood bullshit from a star-studded heist, and you’re left with the thudding wrongness of ordering salads from Burger King. There’s every reason to rail against the escapist slaughter—but when in Rome, maybe just enjoy the gladiators? R. JAY HORTON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Bridgeport, City Center, Division, 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. Fox Tower.

Zoolander 2

D Ben Stiller’s sequel falters, as so many sequels do, when it tries to be little more than a repackaging of the original, with more celebrity cameos. Occasionally, there are inspired moments—the mid-’90s aqua vitae commercial— but it ends up as 100 minutes of a movie trying to be dumber than a brain fart. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Clackamas, Bridgeport, Division, Evergreen, Fox Tower, Lloyd Center, Tigard.

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I emerged from the Academy Theater 10 years ago, shaking, and lit a cigarette. I propped myself against the wall of Flying Pie and inhaled, silently, as I realized I was glistening with sweat. Rarely has a film hit me as squarely as Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 masterpiece, Children of Men, which is being resurrected this week as part of the Academy’s audience-picked 10-year anniversary series. From the film’s opening moments of jarring violence to its placid finale, it’s a stressful, gorgeous vision of a world gone mad. In it, the human race has become inexplicably infertile. When a pregnant woman surfaces, it’s up to an activist-turned-pessimistic bureaucrat (Clive Owen) to protect her from militants looking to politicize her womb. Embraced by film nerds and critics but shrugged off by the general public, Children of Men is a visceral experience highlighted by two single-take sequences—a car chase and a voyage through a war-torn hellscape—courtesy of Emmanuel Lubezki. The cinematographer is now a three-time Oscar winner from whom you expect this kind of thing, but his work was revelatory a decade ago. The film thrusts you headlong into the action, but that’s not even the half of what makes it so enthralling. The real trick is how Cuarón takes a highconcept sci-fi premise and grounds it in reality with a mastery to rival Kubrick’s. The story of humankind’s impending extinction—based on a novel by P.D. James—seems basic enough. It’s the background details that make the film alarming, as this alternate reality mirrors ours. Terrorists are bombing public spaces at random. Immigrants are rounded up like vermin at the border. Deranged guards cover their captives’ heads with black hoods and ridicule them. And the world is heartbroken at the death of “Baby Diego,” its youngest citizen, who is actually 18 and sounds more like a Kardashian than a paragon of hope. These background details would be heavy on

their own. Here, they’re window dressing on an already intense story, an action fable that’s both brain food and white-knuckle adrenaline fix without seeming fake. This isn’t some stylized vision of the future with flying cars. It’s one in which a teenager enjoys what look like Google Glasses from the safety of a guarded apartment block. Nothing is forced as commentary, it’s just incorporated into the everyday of Cuarón’s world. Ten years ago, Children of Men was the most timely movie on screens, with its allusions to reality TV, homegrown terrorism, Abu Ghraib, and technology’s encroachment on relationships. Ten years later, it’s just as relevant. In hindsight, some of its bleak images of society seem like prophecies of our current geopolitical minefield. It’s the kind of thing that makes you shake outside a theater. SEE IT: Children of Men is at Academy Theater. March 4-10. ALSO SHOWING:

The Hollywood launches its new Queer Commons series with the 1995 Canadian drama When Night Is Falling, the tale of a professor at a religious college who falls into a romance with a circus performer. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 2. Before he was whitewashing Africa with the horrid-looking Gods of Egypt, director Alex Proyas was the man behind Dark City, a hallucinogenic piece of sci-fi noir that many heralded as visionary. Laurelhurst Theater. March 4-10. Todd Haynes’ strange and fascinating Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, is the second film in which a white dude is born a small black child. Only this time he grows up to be Bob Dylan rather than invent the Opti-Grab. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, March 4-6. The forgotten Orson Welles classic Chimes at Midnight—featuring Welles as Shakespeare’s Falstaff—gets restored and revived. Cinema 21. Opens Friday, March 4. Triangle Productions spearheads a revival of Arthur. The charming Dudley Moore version from 1981, not the shitty Russell Brand one we try to ignore. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Friday, March 4. Oh, hey! Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. He probably should’ve won one 10 years ago, when he offered a jangled performance that held The Departed together. He was nominated that year for The Blood Diamond, which gets a celebratory anniversary screening nowhere. Mission Theater. March 6-8.

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Kelly Hickman, co-founder of Portland Homegrown with a kit.

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IT’S ALMOST TIME TO PLANT SOME POT IN YOUR RAISED BEDS. Instead of growing arugula this spring, why not grow cannabis? This is your first full growing season of legal home gardening—cannabis officially became legal last July, meaning you had to start your plants in a dingy basement. We talked to longtime local grower Joe Peg, who developed the Grow and Cure Herb Kit to get first-time growers started. The kits, sold by Portland Homegrown, which was co-founded by Kelly Hickman, include a burlap pot, organic nutrient blend, drying rack, jeweler’s loupe, trimming shears and a humidity controller, all stored in a curing jar that will eventually hold your homegrown nugs (one-plant kit $99, two-plant kit $160 at portlandhomegrown. org). Here are Peg’s tips for first-time growers. SOPHIA JUNE. WW: When is the best time to start growing? Joe Peg: Anytime between the middle of May and the middle of June. You’re not going to see a size differe n c e — t h e y ’r e b a s i c a l l y going to be limited by their own genetics at that point. You don’t want to put them out early because it’s still too cold. If you put them out too late, you’re not going to get the full advantage of all the sun.


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Where is the best place to grow your plant? Ideally, you want to put it somewhere where it’s going to get the most sun. Ideally, southfacing is best, that just lets it get the most light during the day. Don’t put it right next to a fence where there’s mildew concerns or mold concerns. It needs a good amount of sun, a good amount of wind, and enough space to look at each side of the plant.

What are some common mistakes first-time growers make? The first mistake people make is overanalyzing it and overdoing it. It’s not rocket science; you’re growing a flower. It’s a really simple process. People are prone to overwater, overfeed, overtrim, do everything too much. Especially in Oregon, we have a fantastic growing season; all you have to do is put it outside, make sure it has enough water and make sure it has enough nutrients, and then wait until the middle of October. What kind of soil is best for growing? Something organic, something rich in worm castings. Some of the soils I recommend are Black Gulch; it’s a good quality soil. Fox Farms makes really good soils. They’re rich in nutrients but not too many to kill your plants. If you get something too rich, it will kill your plant right off the bat. How much does one plant yield? That’s a big variable because that depends on the genetics of the plant, but they can yield anywhere from a quarter of a pound to 5 or 6 pounds. How do you know when it’s ready to harvest? We’re gonna have a week of rain and then give or take six days of dry toward the middle of October. You want it to be dry for a few days and then harvest it. You never want to go until Halloween, because that’s when people run around with masks and bags. After you harvest, you hang it on the drying rack. You trim it at that point and then put it in your curing jar, wait a couple weeks, opening the jar up every day, and then after that, it’s ready to go. You do it once a year and have a lot to last you.





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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Actress Blythe Baird writes about the problem that arises when her dog sees her eating a peanut butter and chocolate chip bagel. Her beloved pet begs for a piece and becomes miserable when it’s not forthcoming. Baird is merely demonstrating her love, of course, because she knows that eating chocolate can make canines ill. I suspect that life is bestowing a comparable blessing on you. You may feel mad and sad about being deprived of something you want. But the likely truth is that you will be lucky not to get it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “I do not literally paint that table, but rather the emotion it produces upon me,” French artist Henri Matisse told an interviewer. “But what if you don’t always have emotion?” she asked him. This is how Matisse replied: “Then I do not paint. This morning, when I came to work, I had no emotion. So I took a horseback ride. When I returned, I felt like painting, and had all the emotion I wanted.” This is excellent advice for you to keep in mind, Taurus. Even more than usual, it’s crucial that you imbue every important thing you do with pure, strong emotions. If they’re not immediately available, go in quest of them. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Some night soon, I predict you’ll dream of being an enlightened sovereign who presides over an ecologically sustainable paradise. You’re a visionary leader who is committed to peace and high culture, so you’ve never gone to war. You share your wealth with the people in your kingdom. You revere scientists and shamans alike, providing them with what they need to do their good work for the enhancement of the realm. Have fun imagining further details of this dream, Gemini, or else make up your own. Now is an excellent time to visualize a fairy tale version of yourself at the height of your powers, living your dreams and sharing your gifts. CANCER (June 21-July 22 It’s not always necessary to have an expansive view of where you have been and where you are going, but it’s crucial right now. So I suggest that you take an inventory of the big picture. For guidance, study this advice from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: “What have you truly loved? What has uplifted your soul, what has dominated and delighted it at the same time? Assemble these revered objects in a row before you and they may reveal a law by their nature and their order: the fundamental law of your very self.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Sportswear manufacturer Adidas is looking for ways to repurpose trash that humans dump in the oceans. One of its creations is a type of shoe made from illegal deepsea nets that have been confiscated from poachers. I invite you to get inspired by Adidas’s work. From an astrological perspective, now is a good time to expand and refine your personal approach to recycling. Brainstorm about how you could convert waste and refuse into useful, beautiful resources -- not just literally, but also metaphorically. For example, is there a ruined or usedup dream that could be transformed into raw material for a shiny new dream? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “There isn’t enough of anything as long as we live,” wrote Raymond Carver. “But at intervals a sweetness appears and, given a chance, prevails.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Virgo, you’ll soon be gliding through one of these intervals. Now and then you may even experience the strange sensation of being completely satisfied with the quality and amount of sweetness that arrives. To ensure optimal results, be as free from greed as you can possibly be. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “For a wound to heal, you have to clean it out,” says author Yasmin Mogahed. “Again, and again, and again. And this cleaning process stings. The cleaning of a wound hurts. Yes. Healing takes so much work. So much persistence. And so much patience.” According to my analysis, Libra, you should be attending to this tough but glorious task. Although the work might be hard, it won’t be anywhere near as hard as it usually is. And you are likely to make more progress than you would be able to at other times.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “The other day, lying in bed,” writes poet Rodger Kamenetz, “I felt my heart beating for the first time in a long while. I realized how little I live in my body, how much in my mind.” He speaks for the majority of us. We spend much of our lives entranced by the relentless jabber that unfolds between our ears. But I want to let you know, Scorpio, that the moment is ripe to rebel against this tendency in yourself. In the coming weeks, you will have a natural talent for celebrating your body. You’ll be able to commune deeply with its sensations, to learn more abut how it works, and to exult in the pleasure it gives you and the wisdom it provides. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In his “Dream Song 67,” poet John Berryman confesses, “I am obliged to perform in complete darkness operations of great delicacy on my self.” I hope you will consider embarking on similar heroics, Sagittarius. It’s not an especially favorable time to overhaul your environment or try to get people to change in accordance with your wishes. But it’s a perfect moment to spruce up your inner world -- to tinker with and refine it so that everything in there works with more grace. And unlike Berryman, you won’t have to proceed in darkness. The light might not be bright, but there’ll be enough of a glow to see what you’re doing.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Here’s the dictionary’s definition of the word “indelible”: “having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface; incapable of being canceled, lost, or forgotten.” The word is often used in reference to unpleasant matters: stains on clothes, biases that distort the truth, superstitions held with unshakable conviction, or painful memories of romantic break-ups. I am happy to let you know that you now have more power than usual to dissolve seemingly indelible stuff like that. Here’s a trick that might help you: Find a new teacher or teaching that uplifts you with indelible epiphanies. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) According to poet Tony Hoagland, most of us rarely “manage to finish a thought or a feeling; we usually get lazy or distracted and quit halfway through.” Why? Hoagland theorizes that we “don’t have the time to complete the process, and we dislike the difficulty and discomfort of the task.” There’s a cost for this negligence: “We walk around full of half-finished experiences.” That’s why Hoagland became a poet. He says that “poems model the possibility of feeling all the way through an emotional process” and “thinking all the way through a thought.” The coming weeks will be a favorable time to get more in the habit of finishing your own feelings and thoughts, Aquarius. It will also be more important than usual that you do so! (Hoagland’s comments appeared in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Unless you work at night and sleep by day, you experience the morning on a regular basis. You may have a love-hate relationship with it, because on the one hand you don’t like to leave your comfortable bed so early, and on the other hand you enjoy anticipating the interesting events ahead of you. But aside from your personal associations with the morning, this time of day has always been a potent symbol of awakenings and beginnings. Throughout history, poets have invoked it to signify purity and promise. In myth and legend, it often represents the chance to see things afresh, to be free of the past’s burdens, to love life unconditionally. Dream interpreters might suggest that a dream of morning indicates a renewed capacity to trust oneself. All of these meanings are especially apropos for you right now, Pisces.

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