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Don’t believe the hype, you can roller-skate in city restrooms. 4 Blue blazers are the season’s must-have fashion accessory for Oregon candidates. 7

Charlie Hales did not recruit his wife’s underling to run for mayor. And if you say he did, you’re basically calling her a liar. 8 Oregonians are ramping up for Civil War II by launching water balloons at Trumpistas. 13


The Oregon Trail is probably the longest continuously available video game in history. 18 If you want soft-serve ice cream flavored with Kool-Aid and a really good fried chicken sandwich, there is a place 20 On Fugazi’s advice, the Thermals use tiny, battery-powered amps to get a big sound. 23 Meathead and his kid made a movie about white privilege. 45


Photo by Emily Joan Greene.

Mount St. Helens is recharging with magma.

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Another year of endorsements showing that the WW staff is all from out of state, all live in Portland, and still can’t tap into Oregon [“The Good Fight,” WW, May 4, 2016]. Endorsement after endorsement for incumbents. You used to show us who the brave new voices were; now it’s just a who’s who of good old boys. You guys are all sold out and bunk. —Jamie Allen WILLAMETTE WEEK PORTLAND’S


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After hearing about how secretary of state candidate Val Hoyle is accepting huge amounts of money from out of state, but telling voters “we need to get money out of politics,” well, I don’t see how any reasonable person could vote for her with a straight face. —“Barney”


I recently read that there’s a Portland law making it illegal to wear roller skates in a public restroom. Yet more nanny-state BS? I say let people break their necks if they want—this herd could use thinning. —Mean Mr. Mustard

I’m sympathetic to the complaint that the state too often stifles freedom in the name of safety, but I’m not convinced this particular law would qualify as an example of the nanny state run amok. For starters, wearing skates in the john doesn’t sound particularly dangerous (though I can imagine an off-balance mishap at the uriWillamette Week MAY 11, 2016


“A president needs to lead through compromise, not by pouting.”

I voted for Steve Novick in the last election. Now, no way. WW is right on the failures of Novick and wrong on the endorsement. After three and a half years of on-the-job training, he can’t do the job. He hides behind a wall of staffers. His public calendar is weeks out of date. He never misses a photo op, but does not carry out his basic responsibilities. My experience is, he is all slogan and no production. —“Born in Portland”





I agree with most of your picks, but Bernie Sanders is not presidential material. He is a one-trick pony who pouts when he doesn’t get his way. There has never been, nor will there ever be, any compromise in his makeup. A president needs to lead through compromise, not by pouting if he doesn’t get his way. —Joel M. Waltz Sr.

Is including a candidate’s favorite restaurant or food cart supposed to be cute? Because it strikes me as just stupid. Come to think of it, that makes perfect Portland sense. —Bart Stilt


This deal is a winner? There’s a lot of gravy here on the backs of taxpayers [“Goooooooooal!” WW, May 4, 2016]. We had a perfectly good stadium before Merritt Paulson and his money rolled into town. We had the Timbers. We had minor league baseball. Tickets were just $10. When the Timbers joined Major League Soccer, they lost their non-professional fans. All of this happened at the height of the recession. What if all the money had gone to housing? —“Wilbur 1903”

The problem with Providence Park being a financial success is that it gives the city commissioners the idea that they are, indeed, geniuses, and will thus try it again. If only they had the discipline to refrain from crony capitalism. —“Gary”


Last week’s endorsement issue incorrectly said former state Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) resigned his House District 26 seat in 2012 following the revelation of an affair with an aide. In fact, he served out his term and chose not to run for re-election. WW regrets the error. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:

nal that could require a lot of time-consuming cleanup). I do agree, though, that it’s troubling to see the skids of society being greased to allow safe and trouble-free passage for even the most extravagantly stupid individuals. There’s now an entire universe of consumer products being marketed to solve problems you never knew anyone could be dumb enough to have. (“Finally! A fork you don’t have to have a Ph.D. in physics to understand!”) I exaggerate, but there is literally a company called Simplehuman (a name that makes me feel like I’m being sneered at by a superintelligent robot), which has made a name for itself solving the problem of the trash can. Because, you know, regular trash cans are so hard to use! You try to put stuff in the top hole thing, but you get confused, and before you know it you’re sitting in the corner eating paste again. As to your question, Mustard: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. There’s nothing in the city code forbidding skates in the restroom. (It is, however, still illegal to take a shit in the middle of a roller rink.) A section of the city code called “Misuse of a Public Restroom” does say you can’t “stand, climb, sit upon, or lay down on any fixture or floor” not intended for that use. That probably means no parkour in the crapper (planking, of course, is right out), but—if you must—skates are perfectly legal. QUESTIONS? Send them to

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Roberta PhillipRobbins Faces Elections Complaint

Roberta PhillipRobbins is running into trouble in a hotly contested Democratic primary against Tawna Sanchez for North and Northeast Portland’s House District 43. On May 6, WW reported that PhillipRobbins was ineligible under federal ethics laws to run for partisan office because her job at Multnomah County was funded by a federal grant. Phillip-Robbins resigned her position that night so she could continue to run for office. But on May 9, Sean Cruz, a former legislative staffer who has endorsed Sanchez, filed an elections complaint against Phillip-Robbins, arguing that because she was ineligible to run between her Dec. 17, 2015, candidate filing and her May 6 resignation from the county, she illegally—if inadvertently—collected nearly $100,000 in campaign contributions during that time. “Election laws have been broken and an impartial investigation is called for,” Cruz wrote. Phillip-Robbins says the point is moot. “As far as I’m concerned, this issue is over,” she tells WW.

City Council Rejects Hales’ Business-Tax Hike

Three city commissioners have killed Mayor Charlie Hales’ proposal to raise Portland’s business income tax by 14 percent—scuttling the mayor’s 2016-17 proposed budget, which depended on the estimated $8.7 million in new business tax revenue. Commissioner Nick Fish, who was abroad when Hales released his budget, joined Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Steve Novick in rejecting the idea of raising the business tax from 2.2 percent to 2.5 percent. “Three members of council

Two Unions Call for Staton to Resign

Two of the three unions that represent Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office employees called this week for embattled Sheriff Dan Staton to resign. Both the Deputy Sheriff ’s Association, which represents law enforcement deputies, and the civilian employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88 have called for Staton’s resignation. “Sheriff Staton has abandoned our core values of professionalism and integrity,” Matt Ferguson, president of the deputies’ union, said May 9. Staton did not respond to a request for comment.

Homeless Sweep Along Springwater Corridor Frustrates Lents

Portland’s new, more permissive street-camping policy doesn’t mean the end of police sweeps. Since January, Portland cops have dispersed 40 homeless camps on city property. On May 5, police cleared out a roughly half-mile section of the Springwater Corridor, which has become a campsite for hundreds. But residents of the East Portland neighborhood of Lents say that sweeping the trail has caused new problems. “In short, the people they moved have spread into the neighborhood,” says Lents Active Watch organizer Robert Schultz. It’s an effect the mayor’s office acknowledges as likely—and says is one reason the city has not swept the entire trail. Sara Hottman, spokeswoman for Mayor Charlie Hales, says several area cities are seeking “a regional solution whose outcome is no camping along the Springwater, but also not a sudden influx of people onto cities’ streets.”




Secretary of State Mailers

Two of the three candidates in the hotly contested Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state are being disingenuous in their campaign mail.

Val Hoyle CLAIM: “We can trust Val to stand up for us as Secretary of State on the things that matter most: Limiting big money in politics, to level the playing field for working families.”

Reading the Candidates’ Mail BY N I GEL JAQ UI SS

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FACT: In the past two weeks, Hoyle accepted a $100,000 check from Washington, D.C.-based EMILY’s List and a record-setting $250,000 check from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (The latter appears to be the largest single donation ever to a secretary of state candidate.) Hoyle’s opponents howled, but campaign manager Cody Chasteen says she’s playing by the rules that exist today—and hopes to change them.

Brad Avakian CLAIM: “Brad is a progressive champion for working Americans, fighting successfully for education, civil rights, equal pay, and good-paying jobs.” —Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator, on Avakian mailer.

The May 17 primary means Portland mailboxes are overflowing with glossy selfies from candidates seeking your vote. We examined 16 separate pieces of campaign mail that arrived in the past two weeks, and spotted a few trends.

FACT: Merkley did say this, but contrary to the appearance of the mailer, he has not endorsed in the race.



This year’s fashion statement: Secretary of state candidate Brad Avakian, Democratic House District 43 candidate Roberta Phillip-Robbins, Portland mayoral candidate Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commission District 1 candidate Eric Zimmerman (at right) all sported blue blazers. (We like to think it was the same blue blazer, kept on hand by a frugal photographer.) It’s still casual Portland, though—no neckties.


It’s the buzzword of the year. Four candidates used the word to describe themselves, putting “progressive” in bold type. Even Wheeler—the blueblooded darling of the business community—emblazoned it down the side of a nearly 2-foot-long door hanger, hyping “progressive policies that work.” Opponents of the city’s proposed 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase highlighted the word’s value with the meanest slam they could muster: “For a proudly progressive city, Portland sure seems to love regressive taxes,” reads a mailer from the No PDX Gas Tax committee.


The scare tactic is back! Multnomah County Commission District 1 candidate Brian Wilson dedicated one entire side of a mailer (at right) to a photo of a forlorn man toting cardboard boxes—presumably holding his belongings. House District 43 candidate Tawna Sanchez illustrated her mailer with an eviction notice and dire housing news. Phillip-Robbins devoted one mailer to rising home prices, and another to air pollution—complete with a toddler covering her mouth. “Phillip-Robbins won’t breathe easy,” it says, “until our community isn’t being poisoned.”

Tawna Sanchez Even in tattoo-friendly Portland, it’s unusual for a candidate to display personal ink in campaign ads— we can’t remember ever seeing a tattoo in a mailer before. (When we asked every office-seeker in 2012 to imagine getting a tat, many of them visibly recoiled.) But House District 43 candidate Tawna Sanchez not only shows a forearm tattoo on her campaign mailer—she crosses her arms, providing a more prominent display. Sanchez says tattoos on both forearms memorialize dreams she had as a child. “On my right arm, there are roses recognizing the earth,” she says, “and on the left are moons, recognizing the sky.” Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016




IN THE MARKET OF IDEAS: Sarah Iannarone came out of nowhere to run a credible mayoral campaign filled with bold ideas, despite raising less than half of the $100,000 she expected. The daughter of a factory worker, she says she’s used to scraping by. “For me, doing more with less isn’t a platitude,” she says. “It’s how I make ends meet.”

An Outside Shot

Iannarone was born Sarah Stacy. The child of a Nestlé factory worker and a stay-at-home mom in Fulton, N.Y., she found herself drawn to cooking at a young age. She attended but did not graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., where she studied baking and pastry arts. She then embarked on a culinary career that took her to numerous cities, including Charleston, S.C., New Orleans and Branson, Mo., where she cooked for country musician Mel Tillis. She faced hard lessons in her 20s. A bad check for $76.95 date. She has called for a citywide rent freeze and a car-free downtown, and she supports organized homeless camps in South Carolina turned into an arrest warrant in 1995, when she was 22. Iannarone says she doesn’t remember the like the one in Lents. “Ideally, we’d be deploying them in neighborhoods incident, but court records in Charleston show she repaid the debt and $94 in court costs. across the city,” she says, “from EastmoreTwo years later, in 1997, North Charlesland to Irvington to Multnomah Village to ton police arrested Iannarone after a fight the West Hills.” with her boyfriend, and booked her into a She can say almost anything, and because Charleston County jail. she has no track record in public office, “I was a victim of domestic violence, there’s no way to assess whether she might and because of Charleston’s zero tolerachieve what she’s pitching. As Bernie Sandance, I was taken into custody along with ers and Donald Trump have shown, 2016 my assailant,” Iannarone says, after initialvoters want to hear bold promises. ly denying any arrest. “If you’re a 24-yearIannarone says her lack of political expeold woman getting beat up by a man today, rience doesn’t matter because unlike her he would go to jail and I would not.” better-funded and more politically expeA 1997 police report does, in fact, identify rienced opponents, she understands how Iannarone as a victim, but cites “signs of Portland works—or doesn’t—for citizens. Iannarone in a 1997 mutual combat” as the reason for arrest“There’s an authenticity to what I booking photo. ing her. She had bite marks on her arm; the bring,” she says. “There’s something to be boyfriend had a bloody lip. North Charlessaid for real-life experience when you’re ton police say Iannarone wasn’t charged with a crime making decisions.” Jodi Jacobson-Swartfager, a director of Bike Walk Vote because her then-partner declined to prosecute. She and a new boyfriend, Nick Iannarone, headed west and an Iannarone supporter, says Portlanders want that too. “There are a lot of people in Portland who are hungry in 1998, stopping at a Las Vegas chapel to get married. for something different,” she says. “She has no debts to Word of Portland’s devotion to public transit lured the pay, so she has the flexibility to go out there and put forCONT. on page 11 ward these bold ideas.”


Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone spent Mother’s Day on a neglected patch of grass in Lents, helping set up an unauthorized homeless camp on a city-owned lot. Activists felt that Mayor Charlie Hales was too slow to find property for the homeless women—so on May 8, they took over the site. And Iannarone was there to help. Direct action isn’t typical behavior for a mayoral candidate. But it goes a long way to explain how Iannarone, a Portland State University program administrator and cafe co-founder, has appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to fill a void. The 2016 mayoral race was supposed to be a faceoff between two established politicians—Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey. Instead, Iannarone, a candidate nobody had heard of four months ago, has captured the imagination of some progressive voters. Polls show her chances of nosing past Bailey into second place are slim—but with a large percentage of voters undecided, she may draw away left-wing voters from both of the front-runners. Iannarone’s emergence says as much about the two men who were supposed to dominate this race as it does about her. Both Wheeler and Bailey are known quantities—Ivy Leaguers who graduated from Lincoln High School and have been in elected office for the past decade. Iannarone, 43, comes across as a less cautious candi8

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NEWS couple to Oregon. “I had heard the buses were an annual budget of $200,000. Iannarone’s salary free, and I thought, ‘What kind of place is it?’” is $50,000. She isn’t paid at the cafe. she recalls. At candidate forums, Iannarone has spoken of Iannarone landed at now-defunct Lucy’s Table the struggles of meeting payroll at the Arleta Cafe on Northwest 21st Avenue, where she worked as and of what’s she’s learned squiring foreign planners the pastry chef. Then-owner Peter Kost was won around Portland. Wheeler managed thousands of over by her self-assured nature. “She displays a employees as chairman of Multnomah County and confidence, not a cockiness,” he says. “She said, oversees a portfolio worth $90 billion at the state ‘This is what I’ll do,’ and I believed her.” treasury. Bailey, a former lawmaker, wrote major Among the things she did was push Kost to legislation. offer health insurance to his staff, something he Iannarone says it’s her real-life experience did after Iannarone left to care for a newborn. coupled with her international work at PSU that Eighteen months later, Iannarone learned animates her campaign. “My view is global,” she how crucial health insurance was when doctors says, “but my activity and my heart are at the gave her a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. “It was a street level.” pretty traumatic time, worrying if I would be around to raise my kid,” On Feb. 12, candidates for Portshe says. land mayor met at the Union GosWhen she emerged from the pel Mission in Old Town to discuss other side of treatment, she started homelessness. Iannarone had taking classes at Portland Commubeen in the race for three weeks. nity College, which led her to PSU, In that time, one of her biggest where she earned an undergraduchallenges was teaching people ate degree in liberal arts in 2005. to pronounce “Eye-an-uh-rohn.” Around that time, she was (Even her campaign sent out an walking her dog near Mt. Scott erroneous pronunciation guide.) Park near her home and noticed So when Iannarone declared at an empty storefront along Souththe forum, “I believe hands down I east 72nd Avenue. “There should “My view is have the best working knowledge be a restaurant there,” she recalls of this city of anyone at this table,” global, but thinking. she was met with chuckles. My activity In 2005, she and her husband “When she jumped into the race, opened the Arleta Library Bak- and My I wasn’t super-interested,” says ery & Cafe at the spot, across the activist Nick Caleb, who earned heart are at street from the Mt. Scott Commu19 percent of the vote in his 2014 the street nity Center. race against City Commissioner Although Iannarone refers to Dan Saltzman. level.” herself as co-owner of the cafe, But Iannarone’s pitch to voters her name does not appear on the seemed increasingly appealing, state business registration or any of the paper- Caleb says, adding that he liked how the candiwork from the Oregon Liquor Control Com- date linked social justice with urban planning mission that granted the cafe a beer and wine to talk about moving Portland to 100 percent license. She and her husband separated in 2008 renewable energy. “She’s trying to marry those but haven’t divorced. approaches in a way the other candidates can’t,” She struggled financially after the separation. he says. Iannarone failed to pay Oregon personal income A poll released by Oregon Public Broadcasttaxes on time in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, result- ing on May 10 puts Iannarone in fourth place ing in a $4,500 lien, according to The Oregonian. with 2 percent of likely voters, behind perennial She paid off the lien in March, records show. candidate Bruce Broussard. The poll, conducted Around the time the Arleta Cafe opened, by DHM Research, shows Wheeler holding a Iannarone and other neighbors noticed there comfortable lead with 33 percent of the vote, and were no safe crossings on 72nd near the park. Bailey in a distant second with 9 percent. Neighborhood activists took over an empty trafBut with a 4.9 percent margin of error and 39 fic island at 72nd and Woodstock Boulevard that percent of respondents saying they’re undecided, had once been used as a turning point for a Port- the race could break in an number of ways. What land streetcar. They converted it into a traffic- seems certain is that Wheeler and Bailey can’t calming oasis and gathering spot. discount Iannarone. “I don’t know too many people who are as Carl Abbott, an urban historian and Iannenergetic as she is,” says Meghan Humphreys, a arone’s Ph.D. thesis adviser at PSU, says he member of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood plans to vote for her, because she’s talking about Association, who credits Iannarone with seeing ideas for transforming Portland that Bailey and the project through from beginning to end. Wheeler aren’t addressing. Iannarone didn’t ask In 2008, Iannarone helped launch the PSU his opinion before declaring she’d run. program First Stop Portland, where she works “She told me she was going to do it,” Abbott today, helping private funders such as devel- says. “Ted Wheeler has the reputation of being oper Dike Dame create a destination for visiting the smartest man in the room. I’m not sure that delegations that want to learn about Portland’s would be the case if Sarah was in the room.” sustainable infrastructure. One day after volunteers erected the unauNancy Hales, wife of Mayor Charlie Hales, is thorized camp for homeless women, Mayor her supervisor at First Stop Portland. Yet Iann- Hales announced it would have to move. The arone bristles at the idea that she’s a stand-in for Portland Development Commission planned to the Hales family in the mayor’s race. sell the parcel. “Charlie Hales did not recruit me,” she says, Iannarone was unfazed. She says radical action “and if you say otherwise, you’re basically calling is the way to get an entrenched City Hall to make me a liar.” real changes. The mayor has pledged to find a new Her experience at First Stop Portland is her home for the camp. primary professional experience, yet it is a mod“We need to empower communities,” she says, est operation with students and a staff of two and “to solve problems.” Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016



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Trump in Town

DONALD, DUCKS: A May 6 visit to Eugene by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump drew a loud and partisan crowd.



The water balloon landed with a splat at Hunter’s feet. The 22-year-old man in a white baseball cap turned toward the source of the balloon—a group of protesters in their early 20s who were standing a few feet behind him. “You wanna throw water balloons at me?” Hunter asked one of the people he suspected. “Do it, you fucking pussy. Do it.” It was 7:30 pm on May 6, and Donald Trump had been in Eugene for one hour. Inside the Lane Events Center at the Fairgrounds—a sprawling, multihall building—Trump was 13 minutes into a rambling stump speech delivered to more than 4,000 people, in which he pledged to defeat Hillary Clinton in November and bring Oregon back its timber jobs. Outside, as many as 75 supporters were locked outside a 7-foot chain-link fence, separated by the Eugene fire marshal from seeing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee make his first appearance in the state. They were locked outside with roughly 500 protesters— one of whom had just launched the second water balloon in three minutes at Hunter and his five Trump-backing buddies. The crowd mocked him. “I’m gonna get in my monster truck and go back to my ranch!” someone yelled. “Go home, fascist!” another person shouted. Eventually, having stood his ground, Hunter smiled

and walked away. The brief appearance of Trump in Eugene, a college town famed for environmental activism, unspooled without violence or even a single arrest. Yet in some ways, the atmosphere at the gate to the sun-drenched fairgrounds offered a gloomy preview of this summer’s election cycle: Trump’s fans were fervent, his detractors were sanctimonious, and both sides seemed to relish the release of shouting at each other. The Trump supporters were easy to spot—thanks to their hats and shirts, pledging to Make America Great Again. Nearly all of the “Trumpers” were white. Most of them were men. The few locked outside the rally were outnumbered almost 6-to-1 by the protesters. “How do you feel about the mass deportation of 11 to 20 million people,” a female protester asked a male Trump supporter, “that would break up families like mine?” A dragonfly tattoo circled her neck. On the man’s arm, Jesus watched over two elephants. The setting sun was in everyone’s eyes. “It’s fully possible,” he replied, “but if your family came here illegally, you knew the consequences.” “Not all of them did,” she said. Her name was Amber, and she said her husband, who’s undocumented, had been in the U.S. for 15 years. She said they had two kids, and paid to put his two brothers through college in Mexico. “So we’ve saved two more Mexicans from coming to America,” Amber says. “I should be getting a thank-you from Trump.”

A police negotiator watched from nearby. A man in an ape costume held a sign reading, “Build the wall!” A woman holding three tickets to the rally begged police for more than an hour to let her inside to see Trump. They never did. As dusk fell over Gate A and Trump’s speech ended, police started ordering protesters to clear the road, suggesting that supporters were about to start coming through in their cars. The protesters did the very opposite—they crowded against the gate, trying to delay the departure of the rallygoers inside. But the cars were being let out through another gate a few blocks to the east. Cousins Brian Havelock and Preston Berry watched the fruitless blockade dissipate. It had grown dark, the protesters were thinning out, and the cops were leaving. Both cousins work in building demolition, and both wore Trump hats. Berry, 22, voted in his first election four years ago, and he’s not shy about whom he picked. “Obama,” he said. The Democratic message of change had resonated, he said, when he was struggling to make ends meet. So why the switch to Trump? “Because you learned to think for yourself!” his cousin interjected. “Obama’s helped the wrong people out,” Berry answered, saying that no matter how hard he worked when he was 18, he felt like he could never catch up. “It’s definitely not one person’s fault.” The cousins stayed at the fairgrounds until nearly 10 pm, and even shared cigarettes with one of the protesters. Yet Havelock, the older of the cousins, was pessimistic. He felt most people weren’t interested in listening to each other, or even attempting a conversation. “I just feel like we’re on our way to a civil war of some sort,” he said. This distressed him. “Everybody wants a good life,” he said. “You aren’t going to get it by fighting.” Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016




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(East Portland)

Diego Hernandez (D)

Bernie Sanders (D) John Kasich (R)

District 51

(Clackamas, Happy Valley, Damascus and portions of Southeast Portland)

U.S. Senate

Ron Wyden (D) Faye Stewart (R)

Janelle Bynum (D)

District 52

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(Hood River, Cascade Locks and Corbett)

Suzanne Bonamici (D) Brian Heinrich (R)

U.S. House, 5th District

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Kurt Schrader (D) Colm Willis (R)



Kate Brown (D) Bud Pierce (R)

Ted Wheeler

City Council, Seat 1 Amanda Fritz

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Val Hoyle (D) Dennis Richardson (R)




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District 5 Sam Chase

Kathleen Taylor (D)

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(Wilsonville and Sherwood)


Craig Dirksen

(Milwaukie, Oak Grove and Southeast Portland)




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Sharon Meieran

Richard Vial (R)

District 28

(Aloha, parts of Beaverton)

Gary Carlson (R)

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(Gladstone and Oregon City)

Mark Meek (D)


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(North and Northeast Portland)

Tawna Sanchez (D)

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PIZZA PIES VS. BLACK LIVES: A mural memorializing slain African-American teen Michael Brown will be replaced with logos for bars and a pizzeria if Travis Miranda of Bonfire Lounge and Baby Doll Pizza has his way. The artist who painted the mural on the side of the Southeast Stark Street building broke the news via Facebook last week, sparking a dayslong


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flame war. “I was met by him with anger and aggression telling me that he fucking hated it…and the neighborhood fucking hated it,” wrote artist Ashley Montague. That’s a misquote, says Miranda, though he does want to paint over the image of Michael Brown releasing a dove. Part of the mural was covered back in 2014, when Bonfire’s then-owner asked Montague to paint over a depiction of police in SWAT gear. Miranda now wants the whole thing covered, citing its patchwork look, including recent tagging. He’s not racist, he says. “It’s time for a change,” Miranda says. “I am a Puerto Rican, so I have been racially profiled in my life.” Montague is waiting for city lawyers to research laws protecting public art works. >> In happier news, Montague completed a Prince mural May 7 on Northeast Prescott Street. It depicts Prince surrounded by purple doves and a cosmic vortex. EDIBLES FOR ALL: Cannabis edibles and extracts will be for sale to adults in less than a month. Starting June 2, Oregonians won’t need a medical marijuana card to purchase “marijuana-infused edibles, extracts and non-psychoactive topical products” at a dispensary. That includes “one low-dose cannabinoid edible to a retail customer per day,” “nonpsychoactive medical cannabinoid topicals” and “one prefilled receptacle of an extract to a retail customer per day that does not contain more than 1,000 milligrams of THC.” These “lowdose” edibles must have no more than 15 milligrams of THC, and the topicals can be no more than 6 percent THC, so many products currently available to medical marijuana users still won’t be for sale to recreational customers. BAO BAR: Despite earlier exploration of redevelopment by its landlord, Asian-influenced bao spot The Baowry in St. Johns is not getting torn down after all. It will reopen as an izakaya-style “sci-fi sushi bar” run by Patrick Neal, owner of psychedelic beer bar Plew’s Brews. The bar will keep the Baowry name. Neal also plans a crowdfunding campaign to buy the Baowry building and surrounding buildings in an effort to stave off redevelopment in St. Johns, Neal tells WW. “If we can keep businesses in downtown run by kids with tattoos and piercings, I think that’s cool,” he says. YOU DIDN’T DIE OF DYSENTERY: On May 5, the National Museum of Play inducted The Oregon Trail into the Video Game Hall of Fame. The game was created in 1971 to help Minnesota schoolchildren learn American history and has gone through many iterations, from an MS-DOS version in three shades of green to a Facebook app. “The Oregon Trail is perhaps the oldest continuously available video game ever made,” says the museum. “But more importantly, it pioneered a blend of learning and play that showcases the valuable contribution games can make to education.”




Yoga and cannabis share more than 2,000 years of history, going back to before the ancient Upanishad texts split into “modern” Hinduism and Buddhism, before Sri T. K r i s h n a m a c h a r y a ’s devotees brought yoga to the Western world and before Madonna plugged Mayurasana. Yes, yoga and cannabis go back long before Oregon legalized the combination last October. Yoga Union is the first Portland studio to capitalize on the concept. Every Friday, the Southeast studio’s 4 pm class is “High on the Roof ” yoga, on top of the new, greener-thangrass Breathe Building. It’s like having slow sex, in the womb, on a little bit of E, so everything is smooth— or so I told a co-worker after hitting the inaugural class on 4/20 after a few hits of vaped CBD and half of a Mango Kush pre-roll. Full disclosure: I am a yoga instructor who works at several Portland studios and has practiced at most of them. I am not recommending that you put yourself in an unsafe situation or be disrespectful to any instructor. Balancing is tough, and your sweat will smell earthy. But…if you are going to smoke and stretch, here’s where I would start. ENID SPITZ.

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THURSDAY MAY 12 Gild Grand Opening

[BADA-BLING] Division’s newest sleek boutique opens with gold manicures for all. It’ll also raffle off Baleen jewelry—the minimalist metals you’d see at Noun or Woonwinkel—and OTBT shoes that would normally burn a $150sized hole in your calfskin wallet. Gild Shoes, 3370 SE Division St., 503-236-8209. 6 pm. Free.


[PITCHIN’] Without any idea what they’re getting in to, local comedians give an improvised PowerPoint presentation. As the pre-prepared slides roll, Shannon Graves, Chad Parsons, Brad Fortier and the hilariously unfiltered Caitlin Weierhauser will attempt TED Talks, startup pitches and seminar speeches, goaded on by Lez Stand Up’s Kirsten Kuppenbender as emcee. The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St., 8 pm. $16.

P.R.E.A.M. Ecliptic Dinner

Class: Vinyasa and Yin.

6:30 pm Saturdays at Yoga Pearl, 925 NW Davis St.

Class: Shake Your Asana Power Vinyasa. 7:15 pm Fridays at Hot Yoga for Life Portland, 714 N Fremont Ave.

You want to balance in tree pose—maybe sway just a little—but feel giddy enough to enjoy blissing out in the long holds and floor poses at the end.

With the right euphoric strain and the Top 40 soundtrack, you’re amped for Pincha Mayurasana, and you might actually stick it.

Strain: Harle-Tsu—like the class, it balances a heady buzz with a long, slow chill.

Strain: Ghost OG, a less cerebral version of Ghost Train Haze that’s just as energizing.

Class: Mornin’ Joe. 6:30 am Fridays at YoYoYogi, 1306 NW Hoyt St., Suite 101. Smoking doesn’t have to make you a couch-bound snacker. Rally for Friday with a mix that’s better than coffee and leaves you time after work to go straight to happy hour. Strain: Pineapple Thai, the high CBD and lemon zing are like a wellness shot without the wheatgrass burn.

[BEER] Right on the heels of John Harris’ 30th anniversary of brewing beer, the hip-hop pizza shop will be making beer cocktails from his Ecliptic beers—gin and gose, a tequila-mezcal cocktail with Orbiter IPA—paired still further with cookout fare like a meatball burger and chickenfried potato chips (!). P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 503-231-2809. 6-9 pm.

FRIDAY MAY 13 Richmond Fontaine

[FADING AMERICANA] Yet another Portland institution is being put to rest: Richmond Fontaine’s 11th LP, the bittersweet You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To, will be the band’s last. As ever, it’s rapt with images taken from the fringes of Oregonian life— too-young strippers, too-full houses in Felony Flats—serving as a eulogy not just to the band, but to Portland itself. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 9 pm. $12. 21+.

SATURDAY MAY 14 St. Johns Bizarre

[STREET FAIR] The only Portland street festival that matters, the Bizarre saved its strongest music lineup yet for its 10th anniversary, with longrunning crash-pop duo Quasi, late-night R&B throwback (and reigning WW Best New Band) Chanti Darling and Mean Jeans spinoff Patsy’s Rats among the highlights. North Lombard Street at Philadelphia Avenue, Free. 10 am.

Class: Restorative. 7:30 pm Sundays at North Portland Yoga, 55 NE Farragut St., Suite 1. NoPo Yoga has a teacher named Sweethome Teacup, and used to play host to Queer/Trans Yoga on Fridays. Here, you can be yourself. Relax into the bliss of restorative poses that make your muscles feel like starlight. Strain: Monster Cookies, and make sure you have a ride home.

Class: DIY. in your living room. It’s just you and Richard Freeman. The good news is you can follow the creative vibes to whatever asana feels juicy. The bad news is the kitchen is just so damn close. Strain: U.K. Cheese, for the giggly pain relief and the smell. Best done in private.

Class: Bikram. 6:30 pm Thursdays at I Am


It’s almost Friday. Fuck this week. No matter what you smoke or don’t smoke, you are going to burn. Burn!

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Strain: You will feel high already from lack of oxygen while drowning in your own sweat. Cherry Pie, an anxietymelting strain that tastes like eating a jam pot, doesn’t suck.

[BETTER THAN THE BINS] No kids, no bras, no weird smells. The Crystal’s sixth annual clothing swap lets you take home as many clothes as you can stuff in your bag. How much you enjoy this “naked lady” party for the entire Portland metro area will depend on how many mimosas you get at the bar. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 11 am. $9 and a bag of clothes.

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THURSDAY, MAY 12 P.R.E.A.M. Ecliptic Dinner

On the heels of John Harris’ 30th anniversary of brewing beer, hip-hop pizza shop P.R.E.A.M. will be making beer cocktails from his Ecliptic beers—gin and gose, a tequila-mezcal cocktail with Orbiter IPA—paired still further with cookout fare like a meatball burger, lamb spaetzle and chicken-fried (!) potato chips. No prix-fixe: Just show up and order stuff. P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 503-231-2809. 6-9 pm.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Cheers to Belgian Beers

Do you prefer blondes? Tarts? This is your beer fest, with 70 Belgian-style beers all made in Oregon. Most of these will use the same yeast strain, with “white fruit esters that are balanced with clove phenolic aromas.” Some won’t, like Pfriem’s Flanders Red. $20 nets a glass and 10 drink tickets. The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., 1-9 pm. Saturday, May 14, noon-8 pm. $20. 21+.

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Whiskeytown USA

Gigantic booze fest Whiskeytown will host 200 whiskeys amid shitkicker live music, pig races and cocktail competitions. Choose wisely and expensively: Go for aged single-malt, single casks, and spirits with names like “Yamazaki” that cost $20 or more at a bar. Portland Night Market, 100 SE Alder St., whiskeytownusa. com. $30 for 4 tokens, $50 for 8. Through Sunday, May 15.

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1. Little Bird

215 SW 6th Ave., 503-688-5952, We’re still stoked about Little Bird’s all-day Sunday happy hour: $5 double-stacked brie burgers, $1.50 oysters, and $3 off wonderful cocktails, all damn day. $ at happy hour, otherwise $$$.


2. Wild Hunt

500 NW 21st Ave, (503) 208-2173



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3303 SE 20th Ave., 971-282-2181, Why do wine bars have to be French and Italian? Answer: They don’t. Viking Soul Food cart spinoff the Wild Hunt is in front of German-style wine bar Teutonic, serving up lamb meatloaf with a side of lingonberries. It’s all pretty great. $-$$.

3. Arrosto

2340 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-446-7373, Providore’s chicken spot is up and running, with juicy birds slathered in delicious Calabrian-chili sauce and potatoes slathered in drippings from the chicken. $$.

Shandong 4. Wiz Bang Bar

126 SW 2nd Ave., 503-384-2150, Check in on that Ritz pie sundae. Hope it’s there. $.

5. Marukin

609 SE Ankeny St., 503-894-9021, The lines are long, but the ramen is very, very good, especially the tonkotsu shoyu, paitan shio and miso. And at the Pine Street Market location downtown, Tokyo executive chef Sakai is making the ramen personally for a short span. $.

ROOSTED UP HIGH: Basilisk’s sandwiches are tall and tasty.

Hangry Birds BASILISK FINALLY FRIES ’EM RIGHT. It was supposed to be the golden-fried era of the chicken sandwich. Back in February, Bon Appetit’s Andrew Knowlton declared that “We’ve Officially Reached Peak Fried Chicken Sandwich Mania.” He was late to the party in Portland, which has seen a slew of high-profile new shops. And yet, until last week, I thought the best in the area was (gulp) Order this: Fried chicken Chick-fil-freakin’-A. Then I tried sandwich ($8) and fries ($3). Basilisk—named after the legendary I’ll pass: Fried tofu sandwich. chicken monster made famous by Harry Potter. Taking over the Rua space—it has the same owner, and the guy running food is still wearing a Rua hoodie—at the Zipper food court on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, this coop serves a towering fried chicken sandwich ($8) with a crisp crust and drippy, juicy flesh. It gets a few bright pickled cucumbers made in-house and a butter-kissed bun. The whole thing gets stabbed with a steak knife, and the finished thing is too tall to stand steadily on its own. Pair it with a bag of sturdy, salty fries—they’re twice-fried, absorbing enough oil to have the heft of a gummy worm, meaning the $3 paper sack weighs about as much as a softball and will feed three. The other thing Basilisk does pretty well, and which no one else has bettered, is the hot chicken ($8). I ordered mine extra-superduper hot, hoping for an approximation of the stuff you get in Music City—it wasn’t, but the dark maroon sauce does offer a sample of the creeping heat. It’s the right drug, if not the right dosage. That platter also offers a hefty portion, pretty much covering two slabs of Texas toast. You can douse the heat with the house’s Kool-Aid-flavored softserve—on my visit, greenish mixed berry with a soft sugariness. What not to get? The airy fried tofu sandwich ($7). The silky tofu isn’t pressed long and hard enough to have a texture resembling meat, and loses half its batter on the first bite. If you want a vegetarian sandwich, there’s already a great frenchfry po’boy next door at Bywater Grocery. MARTIN CIZMAR. EAT: Basilisk, 820 NE 27th Ave., 503-234-7151. 11 am-10 pm daily.




Zima was the original alcopop. Riding the coattails of Crystal Pepsi, the cloudy white precursor to Smirnoff Ice was introduced in 1993 as a Spriteflavored alternative to the aggressively fruity Bartles & Jaymes. Well, alcopop is back. Not Zima, which is only available in Japan, but the wild success of Not Your Father’s Root Beer has spawned imitators, including a line from Henry Weinhard’s. At Paydirt, the bar inside the Zipper food court on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, they know their roots. Paydirt has a cocktail called Xima, served in a brown bottle with a glass of ice. “Xima is a truly unique alcohol beverage and of no relation to the similar sounding Zima (R.I.P),” the bottle says. “Please don’t sue us.” It tastes, well, like Zima—down to the slightly overbearing sweetness. Not bad, Paydirt. Why not get some powdered caffeine and retro-engineer Four Loko next? MARTIN CIZMAR.



RICE RICE BABY: The Chesa paella (above); chef Jose Chesa (right) prepares the Costilla rib dish.


charcuterie. Chesa has a seemingly endless supply of the fabled jámon ibérico de belIn a lifetime of charred Korean kalbi and lota, Spanish country ham aged for years Southern spareribs, I have never had ribs and made from pigs raised wild amid fields quite like the Costilla rib plate at Chesa, the of acorns. It’s $19 an ounce off-menu—or Northwest Broadway paella spot that opened $28 as part of a three-meat plate—and worth in late February. The ibérico ribs’ copious every damn cent, an indulgence you should marbled fat and oregano-pimentón rub have write off once a year as a culinary vacation. been torched into delicate crispness, with Rather, the heart of the menu is the paelonly moist and smoky tenderness within. la, the shallow-pan crispy saffron rice dish The unexpected delicacy of texture recalls served in six varieties and cooked here on a dessert—a savory creme brulee made only high-dollar grill called a Josper. The Josper is of pork confit rib. It’s touched off with a side a cross between a high-temperature charcoal salad of tart fennel and chickpeas that are grill and an oven, with the ability to imbue likewise startlingly crisp and the food with smoke without airy within, like highbrow Beer allowing flavor and moisture to Order this: Costilla ribs, Nuts. It’s one of my favorite escape. That same grill is used bocata “hot dog,” plates I’ve had all year. for those splendid ribs. croquetas, bravas, Lacuesta This abrupt, seemingly reserva vermut, any dessert. But the fancy Josper seems I’ll pass: Until the oven’s impossible juxtaposition of to be at the center of the resdialed in, get your paella textures was already a halltaurant’s troubles. at Ataula. mark of chef Jose Chesa from The paella recipes have his Northwest Portland Spanbeen, for the most part, lovely— ish restaurant Ataula—named one of our top especially the namesake Chesa paella ($25) five restaurants in town after its opening in cooked with jámon ibérico and wonderful 2013—especially in his modernismo-inflected sherry-cooked rabbit of delicate spice that patatas bravas. Those bravas have traveled in allows the gamy flavor of the meat to surface, different form to his new namesake restau- with beautifully balanced salt. The Barcerant, an echoing space adorned with action loneta ($26) is a striking seafood stew that drawings of Spain, white walls and a vast includes cuttlefish and lobster broth mixed open kitchen set up like the stage at a theater. with paella’s trademark sofrito spice, a whole Most nights chef Chesa stands athwart crawfish nestled on top like a preening king that kitchen inspecting each plate as it exits, of the mountain. his back to the dining room like a conductor But two months after opening, the resof culinary opera. But if it’s opera, it’s a con- taurant has had a hard time managing the fusing one—a mix of stunning arias, goofy charcoal grill’s temperature and maintaining slapstick and some tragedy. consistency on all plates. Chef Chesa says as Chesa is not a meat-and-potatoes restau- of last week new paella pans have alleviated rant, though you’d be a fool to pass on the this problem.

We’ve had four different paella pans in three visits, and received four different results. On that wonderfully spiced Chesa, the paella pan came charred on one side— with bellota ham abused into dryness—and shiny-clean on the other. But nowhere in the middle did it attain that beautiful quality of just-so pan-cooked rice called socarrat—the deeply satisfying caramelized, crackly crispness at the pan’s edge also familiar from Korean bibimbap. The Barceloneta, ordered twice, was salty on one visit and beautifully balanced on another—but both times it arrived still juicy and stewy in lobster broth, with more moisture still in the rice than I’d usually expect. It felt in some cases like the grill was running too hot. A lovely spiced pork-shoulder-andsausage Mallorca paella ($22) had an eighthinch of char around its side but was moist at its bottom. Meanwhile, a Josper-cooked mussel dish ($10), highly recommended by servers on multiple visits, arrived with a startling proportion of its mussels half-glued shut, with a busy tomato and pickled-pepper broth that seemed a bit confused, as much distraction as accompaniment. Chesa is a lot more fun when it’s goofing around on the appetizer menu. A beetlayered yogurt cup ($8) foamed with froth of idiazabal cheese, a lighthearted and very welcome treat, as is the goofily named “Xip” (pronounced “chip,” natch, $6), with ricepaper chips so light it’s as if air were given the ability to crunch—essentially an excuse to eat the copious angel-hair cloud of manchego cheese floating atop them. Those patatas bravas ($8) are now blanched and fried, but are still a marvel of piquant tomato topper and wafer-thin crispness around a soft middle, dense with earthy potato flavor that has lost none of its sugar. The vegetarian croquetas ($9) do the same, except that every aspect of them is doused in porcini mushroom, doubled down with a porcini-sage aioli—a dairy-gluten cloud impressively full-throated in its savor.

The tiny bocata ($10), meanwhile, would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn good—a chistorra sausage hot dog wrapped in a Chinese-style steamed bun made Spanish with the addition of olive oil, and topped with teriyaki mayo and a “ketchup” made with dates and sherry. It is a whirlwind of soft textures, with unexpected spice as light as a tickle. Desserts veer from beautifully constructed, fennel-laden torta to coffee-ground ice cream that’s richer than chocolate and a rich banana scoop—with saffron the only flavor we weren’t mad about. The cocktails, on the other hand, show a remarkable consistency on a list marked with uncommon ingredients—for the most part, complex showcases of well-chosen sherry, vermouth and gin. Even the simple gin and tonic is a marvel of craftsmanship. While other housemade tonics are often undercarbonated brown stews, here bar manager Tony Gurdian went crazy with quinine sulfate procured from a chemistry supplier to make a refined version of the classic clear mixer—and while $11 may be steep for a Tanqueray drink, the pour is generous and it’s quite simply the most lovely classic British gin and tonic I’ve had in town. For an equally light tipple, a spring-menu Preparando was a lovely, lightly citric showcase for excellent Lacuesta white vermouth, and a Flamenco cocktail mixed amontillado sherry with genever and orange flavor to create a beautiful approximation of getting drunk in the Alhambra grove. But for now, unlike the dialed-in Ataula across the river, Chesa is still getting its legs under it—with astonishing feats of culinary fancy marred by failures of execution. It’s a confusing push-pull that keeps the restaurant both interesting and very risky, a place where I may for now end up enjoying a few wonderful bites and sips at the bar rather than committing to an over-$100 meal for two. EAT: Chesa, 2218 NE Broadway, 503-477-9521, 5-10 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016



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Quiet Life, the Hill Dogs, Edmund Wayne

[FOLK FOR THE SOUL] Portland act Quiet Life may call itself Americana, but there’s something decidedly blue-eyed and soulful about these guys. The crooning lyrics and occasional brass and piano burst out and away from the obvious Tom Petty and Neil Young influences. In fact, Quiet Life comes off more like early Shins than anything else—which is nice, given that band’s push toward the pure pop end of the indie spectrum. There’s twang, but this is not your father’s country music. Quiet Life is road-trip ready, soulful folk rock. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Julianna Barwick, Mas Ysa

[ETHERAL ELECTRONICA] Julianna Barwick’s music belongs in a church. Not in terms of its lyrics, which are quite difficult to decipher beneath so many layered and looped vocal tracks, but in terms of how the choir-like sounds echo and reverberate inside both speakers and souls. Barwick, who grew up in a religious home in rural Louisiana,

now makes this looping, ambient music from Brooklyn, as if still inspired by her youth. Luckily, her songs will sound right at home in this sacred setting. HILARY SAUNDERS. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 8 pm. $17. All ages.


THURSDAY, MAY 12 Yuna, Bosco

[COFFEE SHOP POP] Yuna features just about everything on her 2013 album, Nocturnal—from rain sticks to violins, to folksy picked guitars and pianos to whomping beats. She samples bits and pieces from a bunch of different genres, mainly R&B, folk and synth-pop. But that doesn’t mean the album sounds overworked or overly ambitious: Yuna—a Muslim


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I played guitar, Kathy Foster played drums, and we split bass duties. Most days in the studio it was just the two of us with Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, who produced.

2 All the guitar overdubs were recorded with a distorted acoustic guitar. This is a trick Kathy had used in some of her solo recordings, and we had also heard of Kim Deal doing this in the Breeders. It made for a very thick, fuzzy tone that we loved.

3 We mostly used tiny, battery-powered amps. This is something I do when I’m recording at home as well. A tiny, battery-powered Marshall can often sound a lot bigger and crazier than a Marshall stack. Brendan told us Fugazi often did this on their own records. 4 I originally wanted to name the record Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing.

I felt the title was too similar to the Gossip’s amazing Standing in the Way of Control. I’m glad we chose The Body, the Blood, the Machine as I feel it’s incredibly grand and iconic.

5 There’s a good deal of censored artwork from the record. Not quite “censored,” but there are some images that we or Sub Pop deemed unusable or not cool. Among them were photos of a White House Easter egg hunt and a collage of Jesus Christ with swastika eyes. SEE IT: The Thermals play Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., with Summer Cannibals and Little Star, on Friday, May 13. 9 pm. $15. All ages.





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Call it a comeback if you want. Bob Mould just calls it work. With this year’s Patch the Sky, the veteran punk songwriter is three albums into what many consider a creative resurgence, one that’s found him tapping back into the signatures of his angry youth spent fronting the most ambitious band in the ’80s indierock underground, Hüsker Dü. But at age 55, with almost four decades of touring and recording behind him, Mould has gone through the music industry’s cycle of irrelevance and rediscovery before. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just doing what he’s always done, seizing upon whatever inspiration happens to strike was good,’” he says. “It affected all these people, and him at any given period. It’s up to everyone else if they it’s OK for me to do what I do.” Invigorated, in part, by his own history, Mould want to pay attention. “I’ve been doing this my whole life, and there are wrote 2012’s Silver Age in one month. It’s been an times when your stock is down, so to speak, when ongoing blitz ever since. Although each was written people maybe take you for granted,” he says by phone under different circumstances, the three albums from a tour stop in Toronto. “People don’t notice what he’s put out in the past five years feel almost like an unofficial trilogy. Part of that has to do with I’m doing, but I still keep doing my work.” As much as he may brush it off, though, Mould’s his band: In eight years of touring, the rhythm current renaissance doesn’t seem like a fleeting section of bassist Jason Narducy and drummer moment of revival: It feels like a confirmation of his Jon Wurster has developed a buzzsaw rush on par legacy. A good many of his peers are still out there, with any of the storied power trios from Mould’s on the road and in the studio, but they aren’t getting past. But the albums are also unified by a sense of profiled on CBS This Morning, or having tribute con- sorrow and loss. In between Silver Age and 2014’s Beauty & Ruin, Mould’s father passed away; certs thrown in their honor. It’s a testament in the process of making Patch the Sky, to the lasting power of the records he he lost his mother. As a result, each made decades ago, but it’s an even is filled with reflections on aging greater statement on the vitality of “PEOPLE DON’T and death, while simultaneously what he’s doing now. NOTICE WHAT I’M being shocked full of life by the It is true, though, that for a speedy aggression of the music while, most had stopped listenDOING, BUT I STILL and Mould’s soaring melodies. ing, perhaps because Mould KEEP DOING MY “I’ve been super-busy the last tired of giving them what they five years doing this one singular wanted to hear. After Hüsker Dü WORK.” sound, because things are good and flamed out in a blaze of acrimony, —Bob Mould everybody’s having a great time, and and after two albums of masterful everything always ends,” he says. “It’d power pop with Sugar, in the late ’90s be nice to do as much of this as physically Mould abandoned the loud-fast-melodic and emotionally possible before things end.” dynamic he made his name on. “It really wasn’t If that sounds like someone who’s spent some where my heart was at,” he says. Absorbing club culture in New York as a recently out gay man, he took time mulling over his own mortality, well, it’s hard not up DJing, and briefly detoured into electronica with to when you’re a musician these days. With the death 2002’s Modulate. “That may have been a spot where a of someone like Prince—who came up in Minneapolis at the same time, and whose career ebbs and flows lot of people jumped off,” he says. But Mould just kept working, drifting into softer, paralleled Mould’s, albeit on a drastically different folkier territory on a string of albums he says he’s still scale—it’s inevitable that Mould would start to think proud of. He admits, however, that to a certain degree, about an end which, right now, seems awfully far off. he was denying his own strengths. Mould began to Not that it’s going to make him work any harder or reconnect with his past in 2011, writing a memoir faster. He doesn’t need the extra motivation. “I’m pretty driven with or without the clock ticktouching on the days of the burgeoning American indie scene that he helped create. But it took a tribute ing,” he says. “I just think sometimes, when the clock concert, orchestrated by Dave Grohl, to convince chimes, I become more aware that the hands never him that plugging his guitar back in would not mean stop moving.” conceding to nostalgia. “When your peers are getting together for a tribute show and singing your praises SEE IT: Bob Mould plays Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., with Mike Kroll, on Wednesday, May 11. and singing your words, it’s like, ‘Oh, I guess this stuff 7:30 pm. $22 advance, $25 day of show. All ages. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016



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Julianna Barwick plays the Old Church on Wednesday, May 11. feminist-fashion icon in her native Malaysia—manages to neatly fit it all of it into songs that would feel perfectly at home in a Prius commercial. Her new album, Chapters, is out May 20. SHANNON GORMLEY. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

Pallbearer, Norska, Hand of Thieves

[BLACKEST SABBATH] Not since Electric Wizard wielded guitar distortion like a sledgehammer in the early 2000s has a doom band been as well-received as Arkansas’ Pallbearer. Instead of a smothering fog of noise, Pallbearer neatly combines gigantic, Sabbathian riffs with Brett Campbell’s soaring vocals to an effect that makes it feel like you’re listening to a dragon mourning the decline of its ancient kingdom. Bonus points to anyone who shouts at them to play “Gloomy Sunday” at the show. WALKER MACMURDO. The Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8 pm. $15. All ages.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Violent Femmes, Phoebe Bridgers

[AFFABLE INDIE] The Violent Femmes’ inability to shake the influence of 1983’s “Blister in the Sun” is a testament to the group’s songwriting and Gordon Gano’s eminently engaging vocals. With We Can Do Anything, its first disc in about 20 years, the ensemble is still putting together work indistinguishable from its past, with nods to a then-burgeoning indie scene as well as sly Jamaican rhythms. “Issues” would fit seamlessly onto one of the trio’s earliest efforts, as Gano mocks an overwrought acquaintance atop the band’s shuffle. It’s tough to gauge the singer’s sincerity, but that only adds to contours of a simplistic trio. DAVE CANTOR. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. Sold out. All ages.

The Nth Power

[NOLA JAMS] Four years ago, the Nth Power formed by accident. It was 3 am at New Orleans’ famed Jazz Fest, and several of the nation’s most talented musicians found magic during a late-night jam session. An all-star quartet whose members have played with Beyoncé, Chaka Khan and Big Daddy Kane—to name a few—the band stuck together after that first serendipitous meeting, slowly releasing new material between extensive individual touring. On its recent debut full-length, Abundance, the quartet uses cleancut beat music as a base for gospel-influenced pop. Its production is shiny and clean, but the grooves keep each cut firmly rooted in the dirty-funk tradition. PARKER HALL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $14. 21+.

Dropdead, Magrudergrind, Tragedy, Yautja

[HARDCORE PUNK] There are faster bands than Dropdead. There

are louder bands than Dropdead. There are meaner bands than Dropdead. But there are few bands as skin-peelingly intense as Dropdead. The long-running punk outfit, which turns 25 this year, has limited its 21st-century output to a handful of split EPs, and the scarcity of new material underlines just how good the Providence quartet has always been. Give Dropdead five minutes, and it will spin you through a short history of the gnarliest crust, the most ferocious d-beat, the fastest powerviolence and the most rousing hardcore. It’ll knock the wind out of you—and you’ll be better for it. CHRIS STAMM. Panic Room, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

Tangerine, Bitch’n, Candace

[GARAGE POP] Comprised of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn, Tangerine bops with the gleeful energy of a new band jamming in a parents’ garage, but the sisters’ sweet vocals and retro call-and-repeat phrasing give the band’s songs a more light-hearted feel. The Seattle trio headlines this showcase of Northwest talent, which also features groovy Portland group Bitch’n and dream-rock trio Candace, formerly known as Is/ Is. HILARY SAUNDERS. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $8. 21+.

Believe You Me: Axel Boman, Andy Warren, Gingko

[DEEP HOUSE] Axel Boman is house music’s resident prankster, along with being an enduring visionary of neoclassical disco. As a producer certified by Red Bull Music Academy, DJ-Kicks and DFA Records, Bowman’s Swedish levity translates well to the global lounge, providing an appropriately disorienting mix of deep house and retro club burners. As a musician best known for the woozy single “Purple Drank,” Bowman’s Studio Barnhus is the most lauded “in-house” recording label and haven for Boiler Room talent to cut original tracks with a unparalleled arsenal of hardware and synths. With tonight’s show presented by Tokyo’s Mule Musiq, count on some of the world’s best oblique house music talent to be represented in the room, with grooves to prove. WYATT SCHAFFNER. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 10 pm. $15. 21+.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 St. Johns Bizarre: Quasi, Chanti Darling, Minden, The Domestics, Patsy’s Rats, DJ Dirtynick, Henrik Bothe

[STREET FAIR] The only Portland street festival that matters, the Bizarre saved its strongest music lineup yet for its 10th anniversary, with long-running crash-pop duo Quasi, late-night R&B throwback Chanti Darling and Mean Jeans spinoff Patsy’s Rats among the highlights. North Lombard Street at Philadelphia Avenue, stjohnsbizarre. com. Free. 10 am.

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MUSIC SUNDAY, MAY 15 Damien Jurado & the Heavy Light, Ben Abraham

[HEADY FOLK] The final installment of a trilogy is rarely its best—ahem, The Godfather: Part III—but Damien Jurado’s Visions of Us on the Land is an exception. The haunting, 17-track story arc follows the same unnamed protagonist that Jurado first conceived in 2012, but with denser orchestrations and fewer words setting the scene. The Seattleite has always been great at exploring metaphysical questions through various alter egos, but recently, he’s taken the wearied framework of his songs and introduced bone-rattling bass and enough echo to fill the Grand Canyon twice over. His psychedelic musings work wonders, though, resulting in one of the best albums in the veteran folk singer’s robust catalog. BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. Free.

PDX Pop Now! Compilation Release Party: The Minders, Months, Kulululu

[PDX COMP NOW] To celebrate the release of its annual two-disc compilation—featuring 42 tracks from emerging Portland artists— PDX Pop Now has gone into its own Wayback Machine and booked suddenly resurgent indie-pop sensations the Minders, who played the very first edition of the allages local music festival in 2004. Post-hardcore rockers Months and avant-garde punks Kululu will join them, giving a full view of the past, present and potential future of the Portland music scene. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 7 pm. $8 with digital download, $10 with physical CD. All ages.


DATES HERE this slightly nostalgic act. Expect swelling acoustic riffs, howling vocals and the moody, anthemic builds of a movie’s most poignant scene. MARK STOCK. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $18. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Horse Lords, Blesst Chest, Abronia

[KNOTTY MINIMALISM] Baltimore’s Horse Lords is the kind of band that confuses, if only on first listen. The ingredients are simple—guitar, drums, bass, alto saxophone—but it’s the way the avant-garde quartet twists and stretches time signatures and notes that gives albums like Interventions, the band’s latest, an innate peculiarity. Sometimes the sub-Saharan guitars and polyrhythms can sound primitive. At other times, the onslaught of electronic beeps and bloops make it sound as if you’re listening to a TV channel in the midst of “technical difficulties.” Regardless, it’s ambitious and hypnotic, reliant on refretted guitars and listeners who don’t balk at the term “math rock.” BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

The Who, Slydig

[THE TWO] One of the most important rock bands of all time, the Who needs little introduction on its 50th anniversary tour. At the time they started, surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were a stone’s throw from the mod scene, but not long after, they’d perfected the rock opera with Tommy, played Woodstock and issued a seemingly endless run of energetic hits that would forever bolster FM radio—and the occasional truck commercial. Now the group tours as an eight-piece unit, with deceased rhythm section Keith Moon and John Entwistle being

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Portland Symphonic Choir and Portland Sinfonietta

[2OTH CENTURY CHORAL] In the wake of 1938’s horrific Kristallnacht pogroms, a British composer writes a new oratorio, inspired by the 18th-century choral-orchestral music of J.S. Bach and Handel, and weaves AfricanAmerican spirituals throughout. In its diverse origins, Michael Tippett’s powerful A Child of Our Time embodies the kind of universal humanism its pacifist composer (himself a persecuted minority, like most gay people before World War II) saw besieged by Nazis and slaveowners alike. As a visual accompaniment to Tippett’s hour-long 1944 masterpiece, the Oregon Jewish Museum is providing projected images of individual resistance to oppression, stretching from the Civil War to the present. BRETT CAMPBELL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 11. $25-$75. All ages.

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Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti

[KIDS THESE DAYS] Contemporary rap music evolves so fast that it is almost impossible to keep up. You thought Young Thug was new? Philadelphia’s Lil Uzi Vert and Atlanta’s Playboi Carti take Thugger’s upbeat Atlanta sound and double down, creating hypersaccharine, slang-loaded anthems that are as much PC Music-style high-concept art projects as they are strip-club bangers. WALKER MACMURDO. Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 5 pm. Sold out. All ages.

piped in via audio recording at points of the set. While Townsend is still windmilling with the best of them, Daltrey had to cancel several months of shows due to a virus he contracted last fall. Hopefully the rest means more energy and fewer shredded vocal cords. Support for this tour last September was stellar, but now ticketholders seeking Joan Jett will be subjected instead to bluesy Brit-rock poser act Slydig—an immeasurable downgrade. NATHAN CARSON. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 7:30 pm. $139.50. All ages.

Wild Belle, James Supercave

[SYNTH POP] Siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman can drop the bass hard enough to get a crowd full of EDM fans bumping. But as classically trained musicians, the Bergmans integrate guitars, keyboards and drums—real ones, and sometimes even steel ones—resulting in a synth-pop pastiche. While the group’s 2013 debut, Isles, tends to focus on the poppier elements of that designation, the songs from forthcoming follow-up Dreamland foreshadow more experimental leanings. HILARY SAUNDERS. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 Alberta Cross, Grand Canyon, Sky White Tiger

[ALTERNATIVE] Alberta Cross is a pleasant reminder that alt-rock is not dead. Sure, it isn’t enjoying the limelight of 20 years ago, but a handful of strong purveyors have kept the genre alive and well. The band started in London and settled in New York, bringing with it that special ability to switch gears between sad ballad and fullthrottle rock outburst in a matter of seconds. Alberta Cross released a proper self-titled album last year, and it’s the perfect calling card for

Open Mike Eagle [ART RAP] “Dark comedy cold as the ocean/ Add a LOL ’cause nobody seems to know when I’m joking,” Open Mike Eagle rapped on the opener of his last full-length, 2014’s Dark Comedy. The couplet, spit slowly over a simple guitar riff with a light beat, is a fitting intro to Eagle’s style: eccentric enough to question, but genuine enough to trust. Cut from the same thrift-store cloth as Das Racist and MC Paul Barman, Open Mike Eagle has tagged his output as “art rap.” In labeling his own genre, the Chicago-born MC creates a world where anything goes, constantly blurring the lines between performance art, standup comedy and hip-hop. On wax, Open Mike Eagle might sound like a fringe-rapper cracking satirical lines to get a laugh. But if you listen back, you’ll catch glimpses of a gifted lyricist letting life-worn stories sneak through his smirk. MATTHEW SCHONFELD. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 503328-2865. 9:30 pm Friday, May 13. $10. 21+. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016



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[AFRICAJUN] For almost four decades, fiddler-singer Michael Doucet has managed to reconcile what could have been the conflicting roles of ethnomusicologist and dance band leader. His Grammy-winning BeauSoleil revived the French-Canadian rooted Cajun music of his south Louisiana elders before it faded away. Not content with a musical museum, Doucet has kept it a living tradition, mixing Acadian sounds with Creole, zydeco, Tex-Mex, delta blues, country, jazz, bluegrass, rock and, on their latest album, From Bamako to Carencro, even Malian protoblues. Yet when the accordion and guitars get pumping, somehow it still sounds like a dance party, not an anthropology project. BRETT CAMPBELL. Aladdin Theater, 3017 Milwaukie Ave. 8 pm Friday, May 13. $25. Under 21 permitted with parent or legal guardian.

Tyrone Hendrix

[SOUL BEATS] As soon as he hits the first drumhead onstage, local drummer Tyrone Hendrix is instantly recognizable. A longtime drummer for some of the best soul, funk and jazz musicians in Portland, Hendrix’s sound is clean and precise. He’s a tasteful master who uses gospel chops to create interesting musical statements rather than busy, shreddy noise. Tonight, Hendrix hits the stage to celebrate his debut album, Rhythm of Life Vol. 1, an amalgamation of beatdriven jams that showcases talented transplants like producer Tony Ozier and trumpeter Farnell Newton. It should be an awesome effort, one which—to borrow a phrase from Ozier—might get drippy. PARKER HALL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. 7 pm Friday, May 13. $15. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.

Ohlsson Plays Brahms

[CLASSICAL] Due to its difficulty, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 is considered the “Everest” of Romantic concertos. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be on hand to sweat through the challenge presented by this 50-minute finale workout. The “Overture” to Schumann’s lone opera Genevevo kicks things off, with music from Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler providing the centerpiece. While Schumann’s opera was a failure, Hindemith’s enjoyed great acclaim—until it was banned by the Nazis. Once again, this is the sort of adventurous modern work that makes the symphony worth attending. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm Monday, May 16 $105. All ages..

Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad

[MUSIC AND ART FOR SYRIA] The catastrophe in Syria prompted two of its finest artists, Damascusborn composer-clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Aleppo native and visual artist Kevork Mourad (both now based in Brooklyn) to create their newest collaboration: an hourlong audio-visual performance called Home Within. Like their previous project, Gilgamesh, it’s more impressionistic portraits than narrative documentary, illuminating particular moments since the Arab Spring via projected images of Mourad’s black-and-white ink drawings, animations and collage, accompanied by Azmeh’s haunting clarinet over electronic textures. It’s a powerful, nonverbal evocation of how tragedy feels, and how hope somehow survives. Proceeds benefit the Syrian American Medical Society. BRETT CAMPBELL. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 7 pm Monday, May 16. $35-$50. Under 21 permitted with parent or legal guardian.

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David Yow SATURDAY, MAY 14 David Yow has kept active in retirement. There have been reunion concerts (or “re-enactments,” as he calls them) for his legendary noise-rock band the Jesus Lizard, which initially dissolved at the turn of the millennium, along with his pioneering Austin troupe Scratch Acid. He toured with veteran Bay Area punk group Flipper and Los Angeles experimentalists Qui. Gallery shows in New York and Berlin have exhibited his mixed-media pieces, and a pun-laden collection of his cat illustrations was published by Akashic Books. For 2013 solo debut Tonight You Look Like a Spider, the challenging soundscapes were released on specialedition vinyl inside concrete sculptures handmade by the artist. Mostly, though, the iconic post-hardcore provocateur has embraced a second career of supporting roles. “I don’t have much interest in music,” he admits. “It takes so much time. All I wanna do is act.” Although Yow had acted sporadically in high school and college, his current spate of film work was largely sparked by appearances in the micro-budgeted shorts of indie director Jim Sikora. Moving to Los Angeles following the dissolution of his primary gig, he began taking classes and devoted himself to the craft. In many ways, of course, the dramatic life seems a natural progression for a ballsout showman whose notoriously unhinged live shows depended as much on theatrical physicality as sheer vocal prowess. But Yow insists the varying strains of performance remain discrete. “When I was onstage with the band, that was not a character,” he says. “With the Jesus Lizard, I could, at any time, do anything I wanted to do. I could make up new lyrics or fuck ’em up or jump in the crowd or punch a guy or kick somebody. It was complete freedom. But with acting, there are certain parameters, you know?” To play the miserable title character of director Peter Bolte’s short Walden Pink, screening this weekend alongside another Bolte-Yow feature, 2013’s All Roads Lead, Yow incorporates little of the caustic raconteur persona he has cultivated for public life. Although he did ask old friend Gibby Haynes to serve as his costar, and likely helped convince Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle to compose the score, the hallowed alt-rock poster boys otherwise disappear into their roles absent vanity or smugness. Most recently, Yow was cast as the primary antagonist of an original Netflix feature helmed by Green Room and Blue Ruin actor Macon Blair. The as-yet-untitled film, also starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood, was shot in Western Oregon this spring, bringing him back through Portland. Some 29 years after a Scratch Acid tour first brought him to town, Yow noted signs of a similarly unexpected rebirth. “Portland’s changed a whole lot,” he says. “Where Satyricon was back then, Old Town and the Pearl District, I remember thinking, ‘That’s where junkies come from. Portland is where junkies come from.’ And now, the area over there is really nice—new restaurants, new bars. I think Portland should be proud of itself. I think it kind of kicks ass. I like its attitude.” JAY HORTON.

Take a bow, Mr. Yow.

SEE IT: Walden Pink and All Roads Lead screen at Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., on Saturday, May 14. 7 pm. $10 general admission, $25 VIP. Q&A with David Yow and director Peter Bolte will follow the films.

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Mean Jeans TIGHT NEW DIMENSION (Fat Wreck Chords) [POP PUNK] The dudes in Mean Jeans might party hard, but they are also secret perfectionists. Over two albums and a bunch of singles, Portland’s pop-punk savants have carefully constructed their own twisted world. Rendered in perfectly spaced-out stoner poetry, it is a place ruled by junk food, booze, ’90s nostalgia and the Ramones, and its creators have yet to make a single misstep in its management. Tight New Dimension, Mean Jeans’ first album for Fat Wreck Chords, is another faultless addition to the band’s expanding universe. The shadows of Joey and Johnny (as well as fellow glue-sniffers like Ben Weasel and Joe Queer) stick close, but like 2012’s On Mars, Tight New Dimension is brightened by the band’s deep love of polished power pop. Imagine if everything on Subterranean Jungle was as spectacular as “I Need Your Love,” or if everything on Anthem for a New Tomorrow was as amazing as “Claire Monet.” Those are brilliant songs on very good albums, but Tight New Dimension sustains its flight through the rarefied air of genius for nearly 30 minutes. Pop punk doesn’t get better than this. Pop doesn’t get better than this. The world doesn’t get better than this. CHRIS STAMM. SEE IT: Mean Jeans plays the Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St., with Fire Retarded and Mister Tang, on Thursday, May 12. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Richmond Fontaine YOU CAN’T GO BACK

IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO (Fluff and Gravy/Decor)

[HOMESICK HYMNS] Yet another Portland institution is being put to rest: Richmond Fontaine’s 11th album, the bittersweet You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To, is the band’s last, and like every entry in the seminal Americana outfit’s catalog, it goes out with a prolonged whisper, aching for a city and a way of life that no longer exists. For a band that enjoyed its biggest success in the U.K., its oeuvre is rapt with the fringes of Oregonian life, finding bandleader Willy Vlautin talking about people and landmarks— a too-pregnant ex, too-young strippers at Mary’s, a too-full house in Felony Flats—as no more than sickly shadows. Between ramshackle micro-burners (“Wake up Ray,” “Let’s Hit One More Place”), gorgeous weepers (‘Whitey and Me”) and oases of pristine melody (“Two Friends Lost at Sea”), Vlautin is obviously trying to cap the band’s career with something amounting to closure, bringing in familiar names such as producer John Askew and keyboardist Jenny Conlee. Which means You Can’t Go Back sounds as solid as previous efforts, only now it’s not just mourning the end of Richmond Fontaine—it’s eulogizing the end of Portland as we know it. DOM SINACOLA. SEE IT: Richmond Fontaine plays Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., with the Minus 5 and Mike Coykendall, on Friday, May 13. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Animal Eyes WHERE WE GO (Self-Released) [VISION QUEST] When it comes to Animal Eyes, feel free to judge the album by its cover. That’s especially true of Where We Go, which depicts an animated land mass floating seemingly in orbit, just waiting to be explored. The band has grown significantly since it moved to Portland from Alaska five years ago, and Where We Go is the quintet’s most complete record to date, with clean production that manages to set free— not stifle—the inherent wildness of the band. In a city with a healthy psych- and prog-rock presence, this effort is right at home filed next to the likes of Bearcubbin’, Mothertapes and Boone Howard. “Zeke Wizard” bridges distant planes with raucous lifts chased by soft keyboards, while the heavy and heaving “Una” functions as a colossal head rush. The Animal Collective comparisons start to make sense with this release, at least in terms of the underlying bounciness throughout, but it’s a distinctly West Coast interpretation: less strung-out and busy, much more relaxed and casually exploratory. MARK STOCK. SEE IT: Animal Eyes plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Fauna Shade and Sama Dams, on Thursday, May 12. 9 pm. $5. 21+. 32

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For more than 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has worked to educate, entertain and empower youth around the world through music. His latest recording ‘One’ is a collection of lively, original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican & African folk songs.



Soul Vaccination remains at the top of the Portland charts, and is one of the tightest Funk & Soul Bands in the PNW. As the Rose City’s favorite, Soul Vax infuses the stage with the greatest soul standards, and has been a fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 20 years.


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Sony Music Masterworks releases Sing Me Home, the latest album by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Featuring guest artists Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Frisell, Sarah Jarosz, Abigail Washburn, and Gregory Porter, among others, Sing Me Home examines the ever-changing idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble’s unique collective of global artists. SALE PRICE VALID THROUGH 6/8/16

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MUSIC CALENDAR WED. MAY 11 Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St KMUZ Local Roots Live Series

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway A Child of Our Time


1665 SE Bybee Blvd Anandi and John Stowell

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Quiet Life, the Hill Dogs, Edmund Wayne

Hawthorne Theatre

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Aaron Carter, Young Love, Chandler P, Smokey Charles; Megafauna, The Wild War, Lightning Rules (lounge)

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St, The Davenport Brothers


3552 N Mississippi Ave Red Yarn, Mo Phillips, Johnny & Jason

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. The Christopher Brown Quartet; Mel Brown Quartet

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Rachael Miles, Shootdang, Jen Young

Landmark Saloon

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

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St The Mutineers, Michael Dean Damron

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Tallulah’s Daddy

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Bosse De Nage / So Hideous / Drowse / Uada

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Timberline Effect

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Julianna Barwick, Mas Ysa; the PSU Brass Ensemble

Valentines 232 SW Ankeny St Benjamin Blake with Yosef, Les Symbolistes

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Bob Mould, Mike Krol

THURS. MAY 12 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Howie Day

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Aaron Baca, Seth Myzel Band


1665 SE Bybee Blvd Jonathan Smith Trio


350 West Burnside Black Sabbitch

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Yuna

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Canadian Airship

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Eufórquestra and Jimmy Russell’s Party City 2034

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Andy Rumsey, Paul Abner, Mineral Springs; Karaoke 451º

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Souvenir Driver // Vibragun // Leading Psychics

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St DoveDriver meets Klozd Sirkut

The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave Justin Klump

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Moon Tiger // The Wild Body // Dan Dan

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Jenny Finn Orchestra; The Verner Pantons, Cigarette McQueen

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Mean Jeans, Fire Retarded, Mister Tang

White Eagle Saloon

836 N Russell St The Light’s Out and Walking Stalking Robot

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing!



232 SW Ankeny St MACHINE

White Eagle Saloon

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway The Blind Boys of Alabama

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Stumblebum, Not a Part of It, Oddball

Bossanova Ballroom

722 E Burnside St. Striker / Spellcaster / Weresquatch / Sanctifyre

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Open Mike Eagle

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Violent Femmes, Phoebe Bridgers

Yuna plays Doug Fir Lounge on Thursday, May 12. Dante’s

350 West Burnside Whitey Morgan, Cody Jinks

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Lily & Madeleine

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Mitch Kasmar

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Katchafire; Papermachine (lounge)

High Water Mark Lounge

6800 NE MLK Ave Lo’ There Do I See My Brother, Madam Officer, LIght Creates Shadow; Dropdead, Magrudergrind, Yautja (all ages matinee)

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Tyrone Hendrix

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St,

Shorty and The Mustangs; The Oregon Valley Boys

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Prairie Dogs

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Woodbrain

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Kris Deelane

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. The Nth Power

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Dropdead, Magrudergrind, Tragedy, Yautja

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Richmond Fontaine, The Minus 5, Mike Coykendall

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

The Black Dahlia Murder / Simon Says Die/ Fallujah / Disentomb; FMLYBND / Olivver The Kid / Dark Waves

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave The Hugs, Stunning Rayguns, Somerset Meadows

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Tangerine, Bitch’n, Candace

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Friday Night Live with Julianne Johnson

The Secret Society

The Get Ahead, Waxwings and Jody ‘n Nick

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. The Thermals, Summer Cannibals, Little Star

SAT. MAY 14 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Leon Russell, Jefferson Grizzard

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Dr. Scott’s Electric Hairbrush; Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday Tribute Show

116 NE Russell St Pink Lady Presents The Cat’s Meow; Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Bossanova Ballroom


Crystal Ballroom

232 SW Ankeny St Surface Noise*: A Vinyl Invitational

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St

722 E Burnside St. Ecstatic Fire! A SuperHero Fire Adventure 1332 W Burnside St Sawyer Fredricks


350 West Burnside Cate Le Bon, Mega Bog

1300 SE Stark St #110 Andy Hull / Kevin Devine


600 E Burnside St Risley // Alina Bea // Moonchild

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave Cryptic Wisdom

The Old Church

The Secret Society

1937 SE 11th Ave The Welfare State, Gin & Tillyana, Dartgun and the Vignettes

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Wamba; Pallbearer, Norska, Hand of Thieves

Revolution Hall

Mississippi Studios

The Firkin Tavern

The Analog Cafe

3552 N Mississippi Ave Eliot Chamberlain, Family Almanac, Comanche Joey

1422 SW 11th Ave Hamilton Cheifetz’s Annual Student Recital: A Tribute to Starker

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Arabrot, Helen Money, Insect Ark, Rabbits

13 NW 6th Ave. Modern English, Soft Kill, Underpass, Lunch

2958 NE Glisan St Open Mic hosted by Taylor Kingman

Mississippi Pizza

Panic Room

Star Theater

2958 NE Glisan St Freak Mountain Ramblers; Jack Dwyer

Mississippi Pizza

221 NW 10th Ave. Tahirah Memory

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Sean Watkins, Petra Haden & Jesse Harris

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Mienne, Urkel, David Van Sant, A1-Nutboy

LaurelThirst Public House

Jimmy Mak’s

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Orchards & Amos Val

3552 N Mississippi Ave Green Tambourine

Panic Room

Ian Miller and Friends

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Kris Deelane & the Hurt; Elwood, Simon Tucker; Billy Kennedy

Mississippi Studios

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Hawthorne Theatre

LaurelThirst Public House

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Animal Eyes, Fauna Shade, Sama Dams

Aladdin Theater

2530 NE 82nd Ave Spank

4847 SE Division St, Chuck Hawthorn; The Oregon Trailers

Mississippi Pizza


Duff’s Garage

Landmark Saloon

1624 NW Glisan St. EmiSunshine w/ The Talbott Brothers

836 N Russell St Salsa Konviviaal with DJ ME

830 E Burnside St. BowieVision (David Bowie Tribute)

2025 N Kilpatrick St Watch List Record Release

2958 NE Glisan St Richard Cranium & the Phoreheads; Cosmic Rose, Elle Robitaille

Mission Theater

Doug Fir Lounge

Kenton Club

LaurelThirst Public House

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. The Metal Alliance Tour ft. Dying Fetus & The Acacia Strain; Thieves Of Sunrise 1001 SE Morrison St. Humanoid Freak Out Party: Fog Father, Weird Fiction, Reptaliens, Surfs Drugs

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116 NE Russell St Old Mill, Tales Untold, Dirty Looks, Here Comes Everybody; The Comedy Bull

Turn! Turn! Turn!

8 NE Killingsworth St Kela Parker, Koorisa Jercio, and Indira Valey

MON. MAY 16 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad

Alberta Street Pub 1036 NE Alberta St Geeks Who Drink

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Ohlsson Plays Brahms

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Dwight Church, Dwight Dickinson


350 West Burnside In The Whale with Shawn James & The Shapeshifters


350 West Burnside Karaoke From Hell

Hawthorne Theatre

Alberta Rose

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. The Rocket Summer

Ash Street Saloon

Jimmy Mak’s


Landmark Saloon

Doug Fir Lounge

LaurelThirst Public House

3000 NE Alberta St Soul y Pimienta! 225 SW Ash St Gun, Altus, Thistle-Stalk 1665 SE Bybee Blvd Jet Black Pearl 830 E Burnside St. Damien Jurado & the Heavy Light, Ben Abraham

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Rocky Butte Wrangler

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. MC Yogi


1001 SE Morrison St. PDX Pop Now! Comp Release Party

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Sleeping with the Earth, Oil Thief, HIVE MIND, M Ax Noi Mach

221 NW 10th Ave. Jaleel Shaw Quartet 4847 SE Division St, The Tumblers

2958 NE Glisan St Portland Country Underground; Kung Pao Chickens

Mission Theater

1624 NW Glisan St. Radical Face with The Little Books

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Mr. Ben

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Wild Belle, James Supercave

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St,

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Horse Lords play Mississippi Studios on Tuesday, May 17. The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Sonic Forum


232 SW Ankeny St Cult of Orpheus: Sonnets w/ The Sarcastic Dharma Society

TUES. MAY 17 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Alberta Cross, Grand Canyon, Sky White Tiger

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St SKOLD, Dead Animal Assembly Plant


350 West Burnside Soulfly

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Hamilton Loomis


1001 SE Morrison St.

WED. MAY 11 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Center for Cassette Studies


2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Fritzwa

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Atom 13

Euphoria Nightclub 315 SE 3rd Ave EPROM

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. TRONix

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon


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Radical Face with The Little Books

Jimmy Mak’s

Mississippi Pizza

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Septet; Mt Hood CC Jazz Band

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. DJ Gray

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St, Honky Tonk Union

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St, Casey Miller and The Barnyard Stompers

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Will West & friends

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

Mission Theater

3552 N Mississippi Ave Elke Robitaille, Annie Bethancourt; Baby Ketten Karaoke

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Horse Lords, Blesst Chest, Abronia

Moda Center

1 N Center Court St The Who, Slydig

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Night Demon, Hellbringer, Mutilacion, Mangled Corpse

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Ultra Magnetic

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Boys 2 Gentlemen

1624 NW Glisan St.

THURS. MAY 12 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Soul Dim Sum

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Strange Babes


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. NorthernDraw

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay

FRI. MAY 13 Beech Street Parlor

412 NE Beech Street Cowboys From Sweden

Black Book

20 NW 3rd Ave The Cave

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Maxx Bass


1001 SE Morrison St. Dance Yourself Clean

Jack London Bar 529 SW 4th Ave, Decadent 80s


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Diamond Stylus

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Soul Stew

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Believe You Me: Axel Boman, Andy Warren, Gingko

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Necronancy


Where to drink this week. 1. Teote

1615 SE 12th Ave., 971-888-5281, on a sunny day, saunter past the long line for the food, take a left and go up some stairs and down a few others and find yourself in a back bar patio where you can order boozy agua frescas made with mango, habanero and lime, in a garden completely removed from the city. hello, summer.

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No Cover Charge

2. Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, 503-288-3895, you notice it’s sunny out? Well, there’s a rooftop here as a topside adjunct to basement bar marthas in the huge former Washington high School. And it’s finally open to the public, on sunny-day show nights. Git some.

3. Teutonic Wine Co.

3303 SE 20th Ave., 503-235-5053, Some of the finest, most singular urban wine, from riesling to complex pinot noir, is now available in a handmade bar, and often served by its winemakers and owners to the soundtrack of ambient Stereolab or German butt rock.

4. Neat

2637 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-267-2800. the former Prettyman’s General opened out its space, got seating that made sense, and has begun filling its bar with barnwood, portraits of mustached ladies and a vast selection of wellmade cocktails and very fine whiskeys. canadian whiskey is banned, but Pappy 12-year is $18.

5. Railside

5301 NE Portland Highway, 503-282-8000. railside is a beautiful sleeper of a dive bar nestled next to passing sleeper cars on nearby train tracks, with cheap-as-sin Buoy beer that’s $3 at happy hour and a camaro on jacks permanently pointed at the bar’s patio like a drawing on a Pee-chee.

SAT. MAY 14 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Papi/Upper/Cuts


2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Chookie Crisp

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Come As You Are - 90s Dance Flashback

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Montel Spinozza

East Burn

1800 E Burnside St, Rhythmic Shock


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. DJ Cuica

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Portland’s Prom: The Prom You Wish You’d Had

HIGH FLYING: Day-drinking gets a bad rap unless there are mimosas or bloody marys—which, let’s face it, are less cocktails than half-hearted nutritional justifications for drinking. But at the Flying Fish oyster bar at Providore Fine Foods (2340 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-232-1010), the cheeky day-sip feels like a refined European tradition—a wholesome interlude in a day punctuated by extramarital affairs. I’ve been to the store 10 times now without buying a single fancy chocolate bar or $20 olive oil. Instead, I always find myself at the sunny horseshoe of a bar at the far corner from the entrance, knocking back two or three oysters and a fine beer. Along with $2 Nevor farm oysters on standing order—and usually some Hama Hamas or Sea Cows or Blue Pools—Flying Fish owner Lyf Gildersleeve has ties to oyster farmers up and down the coast, so you end up with a taster tray of rarely seen varietals. Note that while the wine pours are decent table fare, the oyster bar’s notion of beer is more like a cookout in Eugene—a couple of bottles that include Ninkasi. So get the beer from the wine bar instead. After ordering your wonderfully fresh oysters, which probably arrived that day from the farm, kick out to the backroom wine section, which is likely to pour pints of Buoy or Pfriem. If it’s the weekend, have a couple free sips of wine while you’re in the back just because you can; there almost always seems to be a wine tasting. Then bring your beer back to the oyster bar; you pay only once, at the checkout counter. While most oyster halls in Portland make stopping by feel like more of a production—a prelude to a wholly different meal—here you’re in and out. Pop the oysters, drink a glass, and after 20 minutes you’re released into the day, refreshed and high on oyster. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Booms & Claps presents: M!NT

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Super Fun Happy Kawaii Party

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Musick For Mannequins



Beech Street Parlor


Dig A Pony

232 SW Ankeny St Devil’s Pie 232 SW Ankeny St DJ Wicked

SUN. MAY 15 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Andy Maximum

412 NE Beech Street DJ Ramophone 736 SE Grand Ave. Lamar

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. Reagan-o-mix

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Murder Mass

Karaoke nightly till 2:30am

(503) 234-6171 3390 NE Sandy Blvd 535 NE Columbia Blvd

Black Book

20 NW 3rd Ave Turnt Up Tuesdays


2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Montel Spinozza

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Marti

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Baby Ketten Karaoke

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Mood Ring


18 NW 3rd Ave Tubesdays


2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Overcol

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. MC Yogi

TUES. MAY 17 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Kitty Bot

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


Since its 2002 premiere, the dreamy romantic comedy Almost, Maine has become popular—so popular, in fact, that it recently surpassed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the most performed play on North American high school campuses. And like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it combines heartache, comedy and a labyrinth of romantic plots in one surreal story. Except this time it takes place in a small town in northern Maine in the dead of winter. Shaking the Tree Warehouse, 823 SE Grant St. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, May 12-28. $17 online, $20 at the door.

Ecstatic Fire

A superhero-themed fire circus in which Northwest flamethrowers and acrobats attempt live-staging what looks like The Avengers at Barnum and Bailey. Stilt walkers and DJ Ate21 provide pre-show entertainment before the glowing hula-hoopers and chicks in fishnets with flaming nunchucks perform. Early show is all ages, late show is 21-plus, costume contest at both. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St., 206-7630. 7 and 11 pm Saturday, May 14. $20.


TFW you’re sitting alone in a dimly lit bar, nursing a pint while rain glides sadly down the windows and streetlights glow amber, your eyes downcast, silent and still, but inside you’re twisted: haunted by the past, perplexed by the present, determined to solve the existential mystery of life before last call. Action/Adventure knows those noirish feelings, and spent the last year making a play about them with an impressive team of devisers and performers. JESS DRAKE. Action/ Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St. 8 pm Thursday-Sunday, May 12-June 4. $15-$18.

The Heidi Chronicles

Throw out your tampons and pick up your picket signs. NoPo’s community theater relives the many waves of feminism from the past fifty years in this Pulitzer Prize winner from Wendy Wasserstein. Extra show Thursday, May 19. Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave., 7:30 Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, May 13-21. $15.

I’ll Be Looking at the Stars, Too

This student showcase focuses on the narrative pattern of the hero’s journey, drawing inspiration from such tales as The Little Prince, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Waking Life. Made up of student-acted and -directed segments focusing on personal quests through the unknown, I’ll Be Looking at the Stars, Too is the culmination of a yearlong training program under Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Institute for Contemporary Performance. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, May 13-15. $5-$20.

Shakespeare’s Fools

You know the fool as the guy who either dies first or outlives them all in Shakespeare’s plays. Packing 12 fools from eight plays into two hours, Commedia dell’arte teacher and Clowns Without Borders veteran Michael O’Neill workshops his new showcase of the Bard’s most bawdy and bitched-out characters. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Southeast

2nd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, May 12-15. $15.

The Udmurts

Kicked out by his fundamentalist Floridian family, Nate heads for NYC. He finds shelter with a mysterious, once-glamorous actress, also exiled from her home in Udmurtia (don’t bother Google mapping it) to a tiny apartment in Queens. Until Clem, prince of the 1 percent, lures him to Manhattan with promises of an easy escape from poverty. A world premiere script by award-winning playwright David Zellnik, who will be present on opening night for Defunkt’s next-season announcement. JESS DRAKE. Defunkt Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-974-4938. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, May 13-June 18. Pay what you will Thursdays and Sundays, $15-$25 Fridays and Saturdays.

Up Close and Personal

Portland Storytellers’ Guild’s Moth-like showcase focuses on extraordinary discoveries in ordinary places, with storytellers Barbara Fankhauser—the Spoken Tales founder with a penchant for puppy love and riffing on midlife crises—Edward Hershey, Steven Henegar and Thomas Schroyer. Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside St., Suite 104, 7:30 pm Saturday, May 14. $10.

NEW REVIEWS Desdemona, a Play About a Handkerchief

The fight scene in Post 5’s Desdemona follows a drunken, topless chill-sesh and ends in an offstage scream and a white cloth stained red. Why should Shakespeare’s dudes get all the violent outbursts? Playwright Paula Vogel imagined what Othello’s ladies were doing in their castle chambers. Just like the men, they are into betrayal and murder. Desdemona (Elizabeth Parker) has a wine bottle as her weapon of choice and Emilia (Lucy Paschall) brandishes a crucifix. Bianca (Shannon Mastel), Cyprus’ top sex worker, is the only one ready for a real fight, pulling a curved dagger from her leather boot, plus a hoof pick (once used to mockingly measure certain pricks). No one wins in this fight or in this play, where frustrated ambition or jealous mistrust destroys every relationship that could have offered Desdemona an escape from her fated death bed, driving home the point that friendship between women is impossible. JESS DRAKE. Post 5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-333-1758. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, May 13-15 and 20-22, ThursdaySaturday, May 26-28. $20.

Gilbert Road


FOPO’S GROTESQUE MIXES MONKEYS WITH CORN DOGS AND MARAT/SADE. Something strange is going on in FoPo. At the Old step down, but she always executes it.” Gilbert Road Tavern, a cavalcade of artistic freaks The monkey acts as The Gong Show’s shepherd’s descends each second Friday to out-weird unsus- crook—yanking a character offstage—as the beast pecting patrons—and each other. The ringmaster of shrieks and challenges performers. As Cook puts it, this sideshow is the purple-fedora-sporting author “I wanted this to be a place where you can fall flat on Garrett Cook, who won Bizarro literature’s Wonder- your ass…because there’s this whole thing nowadays land Book Award for his comic smut book Time that fame is a quintessential human right.” Pimp. “You do not deserve respect for making art,” “I want to create a place where basically Cook says. “I know this is an unpopular thing in anything could happen,” says Cook. “You Portland, but I’m from the East Coast. We don’t don’t hear people crinkling pages. You get that.” don’t hear people reading poems about Cook puts himself in the spotlight as “You do ducks and aerosol cans.” well, taking risks and throwing down. In This is no mild-mannered reading not deserve his words: “The grotesque is sort of the event. Poets are the most likely to hear uncanny. It’s the twisted and the wrong. crickets; performance is key. “One of the respect for I like to cultivate a sense of wrongness big inspirations, of course, is BizarroCon making art.” in the books I write and in the sorts of and the Ultimate Bizarro Showdown,” performances that I like to see put on. says Cook. That annual contest is held I’d like to see more chaos…I hope Portat Edgefield and breaks all boundaries of what is land opens up and we have people who just have like common practice in literary reading circles. “In a giant ghetto blaster and someone gets up and does Bizarro fiction, we have very high standards for per- the robot and just fails. Or mimes. I want to see more formance. A lot of us are not typical MFA writers. We unmitigated disasters. I want to see more character are spazzes and we are theater kids.” building.” Just how wild have things become at Cook’s Grotesque is a testing ground for foolish ideas, a event? “The craziest thing I’ve seen happening thus place to fall flat on your ass, pick up some attention far has been a reading of Marat/ Sade where the or maybe win some crappy prizes. performer was pelted with cold hot dogs.” If that In a nutshell, Cook says: “This is like The Muppet whets your appetite, try throwing a singing monkey Show for smart perverts.” NATHAN CARSON. into the mix. “We have Deanna Bananas of Monkey Business PDX—she’s not just like having a young SEE IT: Gilbert Road Grotesque is at Old Gilbert Road Tavern, 5501 SE 72nd Ave., oldgilbertroad. lady dressed up as a monkey, this is a person who com. 9 pm Friday, May 13. Free. 21+. embodies being a monkey…I mean, we’re apes. It’s a

Liza! Liza! Liza!

Judy Garland—superstar singer, actress, vaudevillian and America’s quintessential girl next door—left some big ruby red slippers to fill. While growing up in the shadow of a volatile, drug-addled mother may have haunted Liza Minnelli for her entire life, it also prepared Minnelli to dominate the entertainment industry. Triangle Productions explores the many contradictions of Minnelli through three different portrayals of the actress: teenaged Liza, Liza in her Oscar-winning prime and the Liza of present day. These three iterations share the stage, reminiscing on various heartbreaks and triumphs in a flurry of f-bombs, innuendo, vodka and musical numbers. The play’s unusual structure turns into a drag, though, as the repetitive accounts of Minnelli’s various personal upheavals start to feel inter-

changeable. That being said, all three actresses deliver strong performances, and young Liza has some serious pipes. GRACE CULHANE. Triangle Productions, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd., 503239-5919. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday May 5-28, 2 pm Sunday, May 15 and 22. $15-$35.

ALSO PLAYING Grand Concourse

Working at a Bronx soup kitchen, Shelley is a nun in crisis and doubting her faith. When a renegade college dropout (newcomer Jahnavi Alyssa) shows up to volunteer, it gives Shelley hope. New Artists Rep resident Ayanna Berkshire plays Shelley in her first show as a company member,

joined by mainstays John San Nicolas, as a Dominican immigrant security guard, and Allen Nause, as a bumbling regular. With tickets selling out, Artists Rep extended the show’s run before opening night. Artists Repertory Theater, 1515 SW Morrison St., 503-2411278. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 2 and 7:30 pm Sunday, through June 5. $48.

James and the Giant Peach

Oregon Children’s Theater stages a song-and-dance adventure with massive produce and plastic bug props that are larger than some of the cast members. Lucky for James and his bug friends, when a mutant peach falls from it’s tree, the fruit sweeps them away on a magical adventure instead of crushing them. OCT is a sweet portal into the theater world for little

actors and audiences. Only 2 pm shows on May 28 and 29. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-828-8285. 2 and 5 pm Saturday; 11 am and 2 pm Sunday, May 7-29. $14-$32.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Like a Disney movie exploded inside a tiny theater, Peter and the Starcatcher packs a zillion plot twists, puns and staging tricks into the Portland Playhouse for this prequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. When Peter (Nick Ferrucci) meets Wendy’s mother (Jennifer Rowe) for the first time, the duo battle pirates and pubescent awkwardness to save a treasure chest of starstuff from the bumbling pirate

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GRAND CONCOURSE: Jahnavi Alyssa & Ayanna Berkshire Black Stache (Isaac Lamb with an epic ’stache). Ferrucci nails the 13-year-old orphan’s role, as does Darius Pierce as the sniveling Smee and Lamb as the gargantuan buffoon Black Stache. The dozen cast members fly around stage nonstop for nearly three hours, doing the cancan dressed as mermaids and miming chase scenes through the jungle in what looks like a live-action Mario Kart race. The labyrinthine set, live musicians and theatrics rarely seen outside Portland Center Stage make Starcatcher the biggest spectacle—if not the most nuanced production—on any Portland stage right now. Read the full review at ENID SPITZ. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 503-488-5822. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, through May 29. $20$36.

COMEDY & VARIETY All Comics Are Bastards

The people of Kickstand Comedy and the Hard Times believe that All Comics Are Bastards. To that effect, they will be presenting a star-studded local showcase featuring Hunter Donaldson, Dylan Reiff, Jeff Kelsay, Ben Harkins, Nariko Ott, and Curtis Cook. Kickstand Comedy Space, 315 NW Davis St. 8 pm Wednesday, May 11. $5 suggested donation.

Animal Kingdom

All the animal-themed sketches that Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters have done in their five years as the Aces combine in one show. Portland’s best improv duo play bees trapped in cars, raccoons that are up to no good, gorillas and many other animals, like maybe the mosquito from their National Park show last month. “These are not parodies,” McLendon told WW about the creatures in that show, “we actually play them.” The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St., 8 pm Friday-Saturday, May 6-14. $20.

Bae Cliche’s Mixxed Bag o’ Nuts: The Prince Edition

A burlesque, comedy and musical showcase honoring the purple and paisley Prince. Serenades by 2014 Portland Idol winner Danie Ward and standup by sexism silencer Jen Tam and the classic Portland comedian Adam “Power of Pasitivity” Pasi. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 503-309-3723. 9:30 pm Friday, May 13. $15.

The Brody Open Mic

Twice-weekly, Portland’s most prolific improv venue opens its stage to everyone for 3-minute bits. Sign up online day of before 1 pm. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 2242227. 8:30 pm Tuesday-Wednesday. Free.

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


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Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 8 pm Sundays. Free.

David Cross

The Arrested Development and Mr. Show veteran kicked off his first comedy tour in six years last January. Cross brings his biting sarcasm through Portland with a two-show run of Making America Great Again, a show that’s equal parts satire, political commentary and observational comedy. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, 8 pm, Tuesday-Wednesday, May 10-11. Sold out.

Earthquake Hurricane

Some of WW’s favorite funny Portlanders—and sometimes contributors—showcase famous and not-so-famous, local and not-solocal comedians. Hosted by Curtis Cook, Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez and Bri Pruett inside a pretty epic bike shop. This week, Idaho native Eli Nary Boise is visiting, plus Funniest Five veteran Nariko Ott and Alana Eisner. 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.

Geoff Tate

One of comedy’s newest upstarts, Geoff Tate, has made a name for himself through his performances on Mike Birbiglia’s “Secret Public Journal Live” tour and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave.. 8 pm. Free.

Graham Elwood

First, the comedian got a booboo, and then he threw a palmstrike dance party. Graham Elwood loves surfing, samurai swords and vegan stuff. He also tells jokes for a living, co-hosts the Comedy Film Nerds podcast, is one of the creators of Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary and the Los Angeles Podcast Festival, and has appeared as the sober friend in a number of Doug Benson pot-umentaries. Helium Comedy Club. 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, May 12. $15-$23. 21+.

Iliza Shlesinger

The only woman ever to win Last Comic Standing is also the youngest comic to ever claim the title. Iliza Shlesinger’s standup special War Paint put her on the map in 2013, and her follow-up Freezing Hot dropped to outstanding reviews in 2015. Shelsinger’s onenight engagement is sure to be a highlight of the 2016 comedy calendar. Revolution Hall, 1300 Stark St., 808-5094. 7:30 pm Saturday, May 14. $25. 21+.

Open Court

This weekly, long-form improv show combines performers from many Portland theaters and troupes. Newbies are welcome and teams are picked at random, then coached by an improv veteran before taking the stage. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 4779477. 7:30 pm Thursdays. $5.

Speechless: Improvised Competitive PowerPoint Presentations An Office Space bub’s worst nightmare: You show up to the conference room, ingeniously crafted PowerPoint at the ready, pitch practiced, one-liners perfectly timed with the fade-in transitions between slides. Power on. That’s not my PowerPoint. What is this fucking exposé on chimpanzee extinction? Cold sweat. Improvise. Improvise. Speechless makes local comedians improvise a presentation on the spot, with the genre—TED Talk, Shark Tank pitch, seminar—chosen by the audience. Lez Stand Up’s Kirsten

Kuppenbender hosts, featuring the hilarious Caitlin Weierhauser, Brad Fortier, Shannon Graves and Chad Parsons. The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 8 pm Thursday, May 12. $16.

Sunday School

Workshop students, veteran crews and groups that pre-register online perform long form improv every Sunday. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 6 pm Sundays. $5 suggested donation.


Brody’s students showcase their improv, sketch and standup skills— a different class each week. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm Thursdays. $5. The Brody, 16 NW Broadway Portland OR 97209. Thursday. Free.

Thursday Night Throwdown

Curious’ twice-monthly competition pits teams that apply in

advance online against one another for a chance to compete in Friday Night Fights the next week. It’s first come, first served, and every groups gets 17 minutes. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 9:30 pm every second and fourth Thursday. Free.

Todd Armstrong Variety Hour

Permanent Comedy’s Todd Armstrong is headed back to Helium for the next edition of the Todd Armstrong Variety Hour, featuring comedy from some of Portland and Seattle’s finest including Carl Lee, Jamal Harrington, Freddie Walker, Christian Ricketts, Jason Traeger, Adam Dahl, and Belinda Carroll! Also featuring musical guests, surprises, and much more! Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave.. 8 pm. Free.

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X-POSED: Polaris’ spring showcase.

Post-Traumatic Dance Polaris Dance’s annual spring show, X-Posed, is darker than normal this year. Now in its sixth year, the showcase highlights emerging choreographers and gives them “a platform to hone their skills and craft,” according to Robert Guitron, artistic director and co-founder of the 14-year-old contemporary dance company. Without giving the choreographers a specific theme to follow, this year’s X-Posed is surprisingly cohesive, centering on darkness, dream states and—in one case—a frightening personal experience. That trauma is detailed in “Pre-Then-Post,” a work-in-progress by former Polaris and Moxie company member Briley Neugebauer that explores the effects of an unexpected grand mal seizure that hospitalized Neugebauer last January. It was her first seizure and came without warning at age 26. “It was a blackout moment for me,” Neugebauer says of the attack, which happened suddenly while she was sleeping. Her roommate found her and called 911. “To this day, I still have no idea what happened,” Neugebauer says. “When I started creating the Polaris piece, I was in the midst of it all,” says Neugebauer. After A former Polaris dancer returns, as a choreographer.

multiple tests, hospitalization and doctor visits, the causes of her seizure are still unclear. “I developed this weird fear of my own brain and not knowing when I was going to have another attack.” Neugebauer, who recently founded her own dance company, PDX Contemporary Ballet, after departing Polaris, mixes her classical training with Polaris’ modern, athletic style. In it, one female soloist dances ballet surrounded by a company of dancers performing chaotic, modern choreography. “The idea is to expose the dancers to new ways of movement and to expose the audience to that,” says Guitron, listing the six choreographers, all of whom are Northwest-based but few of whom are trained in Polaris’ usual, mixedcontemporary style. “Pre-Then-Post” is one of five dances premiering in this week’s show, giving audiences a sampling of Portland’s rising choreographers. “There are little pools and eddies of amazing stuff going on in every city,” Guitron says of his visits to see dance in places like Los Angeles and New York City. “But for a city this small, there’s more interesting work going on here.” KAITIE TODD. SEE IT: X-Posed is at Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave., 7:30 pm Thursday, May 12, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 14 and 21. $25. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016


VISUAL ARTS = WW Pick. Highly recommended.

The Ambassadors

The Museum’s Ghosts

There is no separation between artist Hayley Barker’s creative practice and her spiritual practice in the series The Ambassadors. Her paintings are explorations of the sacred and some of her amorphous unstretched canvases serve as prayer mats, inviting viewers to consider their own relationship to the divine. Before the exhibition begins, Barker will conduct a personal ritual to bless and complete the series, imbuing it with something that will never be seen but will perhaps be felt. Carl & Sloan, 8371 N Interstate Ave., No. 1, 360608-9746. Through May 29.

Photographer Andrés Wertheim uses consecutive in-camera exposures to merge images of museum visitors with the artworks they have come to see. The resulting photographs range from hilarious—like the image of a bored visitor sitting in the hallway inches away, it appears, from two peasants fighting to the death—to tender, as when Wertheim juxtaposes a teenage boy lying on a museum bench unknowingly mid-cuddle with a cherub who is sleeping in his lap. Sometimes it is hard to determine which parts of the final composition belong to which exposure, blending art and life in a way that makes us question if there is any separation between the two. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 503-225-0210. Through May 29.

Coalesce; Above and Beneath

If you only saw the world from an airplane window at 10,000 feet, it would look a lot like Ann Lindsay’s abstract paintings. Using limestone clay on panel, Lindsay captures the tight grids, the swirling circles, and the meanderingly wild landscapes that can only be appreciated from above. In contrast, sculptor Joseph Conrad’s rough and pitted stone carvings make us feel as though are feet are firmly planted on the ground. Taken together, their work in the twoartist show Coalesce; Above and Beneath gives us the land at opposites. Waterstone Gallery, 124 NW 9th Ave., 226-6196. Through May 29.

Nothing Lasts Forever

Toronto artist Brian Donnelly paints photorealist portraits of disembodied heads against optimistic backgrounds of cloudless baby blue skies. Once completed, he applies corrosive materials, like turpentine or hand sanitizer, to his subjects’ faces so that their features melt down the canvas in dripping trails of color. He could easily paint them this way from the start, but in the act of destroying something perfect, his work talks to us about loss, letting go, mortality and the inevitability of time. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave., Suite 202, 310-990-0702. Through June 4.

Lest we get too uppity in the art world, lest we concern ourselves too much with the commercial machine, the Pacific Northwest College of Art gives us an exhibition of work from 100 artists, ages 4 to 18. As part of its youth program, PNCA invited budding artists to produce works on paper that represent their ideas of community. So let’s check it out, be happy, and maybe get a couple of autographs. You never know who’s going to be a famous artist one day. Hammer Corridor Gallery at PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, 503-226-4391. Through May 31.


Community Project

Hidden Narratives

Four glass artists present work that combines printmaking techniques with kiln-glass, further pushing the boundaries of both processes. Michelle Murillo explores her ancestry and identity in a standout installation comprised of rows and rows of ghostlike pieces of identification—travel documents, driver’s licenses—that are missing the faces of the people to whom they belong. Each was made by screenprinting glass powder and then kiln-firing it, resulting in objects so fragile, they look like they might dissolve if you touched them. Bullseye Projects, 300 NW 13th Ave., 503-227-0222. Through June 18.


Interior on a secret mission to bring back a thousand refugees from Europe. She photographed everything along the way, often sneaking into places she wasn’t allowed. The most affecting photos from the exhibition are those that document the unfathomable conditions that the refugees were subjected to on their way to finding a permanent home. Though the images were captured 70 years ago, they are painfully relevant during the current refugee crisis. Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 1953 NW Kearney St., 503-226-3600. Through June 13.


You may have the urge to pull Emily Bixler’s sculptures down off the wall. Using substantial and utilitarian materials like sailing rope, and creating forms from wood and horsehair bristles that evoke hand tools, Bixler’s sculptures scream to be held and put to use. But the wood that might otherwise serve as a handle boasts a raw wood edge and a luminous finish. And the rope that could be used to hitch or heave or pull has been wrapped with cotton thread, obscuring its original purpose while retaining the braided undulations of its form, now purely decorative. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to go to a gallery to see well-curated art; this month, the best sculpture show in town is at a coffee shop. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 4525 SE Division St., 230-7702. Through June 8.

Twin Feather Meditations

The Fallen Fawn

If you walk into Charles A. Hartman Fine Art this month, don’t be surprised if it takes you a couple tries to leave. Holly Andres’ narrative series of color photographs, about two sisters who find a mysterious suitcase that they hide from their parents, will keep you lost in an imaginary world of the artist’s creation. Each image feels like a still from a film, capturing a moment that suggests more than it reveals—like a pink stiletto drowning in a lake, two lipstick-ringed cigarette butts stamped out in an ashtray, or an old car abandoned along a forest trail. Andres uses mid-20thcentury costumes and production design to stage a series that feels deeply reminiscent of the secrets and magic of childhood. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886. Through May 28.

Eclipse by Brian Donnelly, part of Nothing Lasts Forever

Now I Am Myself

For its grand opening, Wolff Gallery is presenting a group show of five female photographers whose portraits of themselves and other women subvert the male gaze. In so doing, the work excludes the dominant perspective, the lens through which representations of women have always been presented to us. That said—and here’s the tricky part—in order to change the culture, in order to shift the balance and give female artists their voice, it is imperative that we evaluate Now I Am Myself, not as work made by women, but as work made by artists. Wolff Gallery, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite R1, 971-413-1340. Through May 13.

Ruth Gruber

The International Center for Photography (ICP) presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for photojournalism to Ruth Gruber on her 100th birthday. Now approaching her 105th birthday, a retrospective of her work, curated by the ICP, has made its way to our fair city. The exhibition unfolds the story of her serendipitous career, from her assignment to shoot the thenunknown Alaskan frontier, to being sent by the Department of the

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When an artist presents a series that is in stark contrast to the type of work he has produced before, it is important to pay attention and be curious about what has caused his practice to mature. Since coming out after a life of being closeted, Emilio Lobato’s sharp rectilinear and geometric compositions have given way to the soft, layered monotype prints in Twin Feather Meditations. The incorporation of organic forms and the act of freer mark-making represent a more intuitive way of working for the artist. The feather imagery throughout the series serves as a personal totem for Lobato as he explores a belief in certain Native cosmologies that transgender and homosexual members of a community—so called “two-spirit” people— are highly spiritual beings. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 2240521. Through May 28.


On assignment from the Musée Carnavalet in Paris to educate the public about the people who care for the museum’s collection, photographer Thomas Bilanges made portraits of each member of its staff. He then photographed each person’s favorite work of art in the same style and with similar lighting that he had used for that person’s portrait. Displayed side by side as diptychs, it can be difficult to tell which is the commissioned portrait and which is the work of art. And by allowing the style of the sitter’s portrait to dictate the style in which the art is photographed, Bilanges sends a clear message that those who care for art are as important as the art itself. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 503-2250210. Through May 29.

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A Haiku for Your Dead Childhood Upon seeing artist Ellen Goldschmidt’s series of graphite portraits on paper, Surrounded by Feeling, my First Thursday companion, a writer, whispered, “They’re like haiku.” I let out the groan of appreciation you make when someone puts words to a thought you didn’t know you had. That was it: Goldschmidt captures moments like a poet—simply, but always alluding to something greater and further beyond. In Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner (Me), a finely rendered figure of a small girl is cropped almost entirely out of the composition, except for in the bottom right corner. She extends her chubby arm diagonally across the paper into a vast plain of negative space, the expression on her face also reaching for something. The same subject appears in Tweak, similarly cropped, but she is slightly older and more roughly drawn. Her arm is pulled back, like the string of a bow, in a mischievous gesture that suggests she is about to flick someone in the face. In another portrait, the little girl sits alone in the middle of the composition trying to buckle her shoe, its mate nowhere in sight. Goldschmidt conveys so much to the viewer—isolation, longing, otherness, playful antagonism—not by what she includes in her drawings, but by what she leaves out. It is the elliptical nature of her work that makes it so powerful because the viewer is left to fill in everything we can’t see. Much of the series revolves around Goldschmidt’s relationship with her older sister. The artist chose to de-emphasize the technical aspects of portraiture, allowing her hand to be guided by something less cerebral. “Feeling is too often subordinated in life and in art,” she says. “I’m interested in reasserting balance by privileging emotion in my work.” One particularly affecting piece, Bad Seed, is a frenetic sketch in which an older sister in the foreground looks directly at the viewer, without expression, while a younger sister gazes up adoringly at her elder. In the background, the outline of a third, enormous face looms, the way it feels as a kid to have a parent constantly looking over your shoulder. Goldschmidt says that the portraits “are created by inhabiting, rather than depicting, emotion,” and as such, the process of making them was sometimes fraught, thinking back on old hurts and traumas. But in doing so, Goldschmidt gives us a visceral window into the pains and rivalries of siblinghood. JENNIFER RABIN. Ellen Goldschmidt’s empty portraits will fill you with feelings you didn’t know you had.

SEE IT: Ellen Goldschmidt’s Surrounded by Feeling is at Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 503-224-2634. Through May 28.

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, MAY 11 Jeremy Scahill

The very word “drone” conjures images of either the third Terminator movie or a robot utopia, depending on your persuasions. But Jeremy Scahill, founder of the investigative website and former Democracy Now! producer, argues what people should be concerned about is not drones themselves, but drone policy. Using new information, Scahill and his Intercept colleagues make the case that, under the Obama administration, drones have been used as an unprecedented and illegal assassination tool. This summer’s beach read. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 Poetry and Politics in Asian America

Three Asian-American poets come to Literary Arts for a discussion about identity and poetry. Lee Herrick is Fresno’s poet laureate and author of the collection This Many Miles from Desire. Wendy Chin-Tanner, was a 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist for her collection Turn. Brynn Saito’s 2013 collection, The Palace of Contemplating Departure, won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and was a finalist for a North Carolina Book Award. Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., 503-227-2583. 7 pm. Free.

Reprobate Books Authors

Three poets who have released or are releasing books with Gobshite Quarterly/Reprobate Books assemble for a reading. Coleman Stevenson, whose work has appeared in The Seattle Review and Paper Darts, and last year released a collection called Breakfast (Gob Q/Reprobate). Jill McKenna Reed, who’s also a beekeeper, has had work appear in Drive magazine and American Mead Maker. Headliner Dena Rash Guzman will be releasing a new collection called Joseph with Gob Q/Reprobate later this year. Mother Foucault’s, 523 SE Morrison St., 503-236-2665. 7 pm. Free.

Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency

From Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson’s PR scuffle over who was more of an elitist prick to our current president’s viral videos, presidential relations with the media have morphed rapidly over the last century into as much a subject of discussion among voters as presidents themselves. Former New Republic managing editor David Greenberg, who already proved his presidential mettle with Calvin Coolidge and Presidential Doodles, also turns to the wisdom of scholars to answer the question: “Is it even that wrong?” Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 Eileen Myles Record Release Party

If you’re into underground lesbian poetry of the late ’70s and early ’80s, you’ve probably known who Eileen Myles is for a while. The rest of the world was introduced to her when Ecco released a collection of her work, I Must Be Living Twice, late last year. Our fair city’s vinylonly Fonograf Editions will be releasing an LP of her poem “Aloha/Irish Trees.” Myles will not be in attendance, but attendees are invited to read their favorite Myles poem after the record plays. Mother Foucault’s, 523 SE Morrison St., 503-236-2665. 8 pm. Free.

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SATURDAY, MAY 14 Walking With Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland

It’s not every city that names its schools after its most beloved children’s book author, but it’s also not every children’s book author that draws so heavily on their city for inspiration as ol’ Bev Cleary. In the above-named book, Laura O. Foster takes you through Cleary’s Portland, showing readers where Ramona got stuck in the mud and where Henry found nightcrawlers. If she keeps this up, we might even name a middle school after her. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800878-7323. Noon. Free.


SUNDAY, MAY 15 Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore

Look, I get it: It’s not easy to cook a family meal when your father’s into slaughtering the animals he hunts, your older sister and her polyamorous life partner are vegans and your little brother’s a vegetarian because he’s never been able to commit to anything. Luckily, Anna Thomas, best known for her Vegetarian Epicure books, has you covered. In the above-named book, she offers recipes that are adaptable to a wide variety of dietary restrictions. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 4 pm. Free.


MONDAY, MAY 16 The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

Cycling in America is almost as old as the U.S. itself, dating back to 1819. Since then, it’s gone through as many identities as it has years: For men, then for women; for rich, then for poor; for children, then for soldiers. Margaret Guroff, executive editor of AARP The Magazine, tells the story of the love affair between a nation and a vehicle. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.


TUESDAY, MAY 17 How to Smoke Pot (Properly)

When backers said that legalizing weed would boost the economy, you probably didn’t realize that they were specifically talking about the coffeetable book economy. They were. In this one, former Vice and High Times contributor David Bienenstock gives advice about smoking techniques, a run-through of marijuana history and resources for activism (see feature, page 50). Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

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OUTDOOR GUIDE This year we head to the Oregon coast! Our team has curated the best hiking trails, camp sites, food, drink and even the crabbing spots needed for your next coast adventure! Plus, all the gear you’ll need before you hit the road! WILLAMETTE WEEK's OUTDOOR GUIDE


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B- Based on J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name, High-Rise follows Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) as he adjusts to living in an all-inclusive apartment building designed by the Architect (Jeremy Irons). The luxuries of Dr. Laing’s new domicile rapidly deteriorate as his neighbors begin to wage a literal class war, succumbing to their animalistic instincts, until people are having sex in the hallways and roasting dogs on a spit. If you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, forgo the luxury of a cohesive plot and stomach the heavy-handed metaphor for contemporary classism and urbanization, then director Ben Wheatley will take you on a visually captivating journey through an orgy of violence and mayhem. R. CURTIS COOK. Cinema 21, Kiggins.

The Meddler

C Just as her thick eyeglasses turn her brown eyes into saucers, Susan Sarandon magnifies all angles of her worrywart mother character, the titular Meddler. In the long wake of her husband’s death, Sarandon’s Marnie is a boundary obliterator dogging her screenwriter daughter (Rose Byrne). The incessant voicemails are hard to take, but Sarandon’s unmistakable gentleness is a crucial obstruction to The Meddler, saving clueless Marnie from any harsh judgement. From writerdirector Lorene Scafaria (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), the script’s bones are a meaningful reversal of motherdaughter grief and recovery, but they’re forced to support Blues Traveler cameos, a weed-eating gag and a clique of Angeleno bridesmaids. Like a daughter to her prying mother, the film should toss up a palm to broad comedy tropes and ask to live its life. PG-13. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Fox Tower.

Money Monster

George Clooney cashes in on his infallibility as Lee Gates, the shining star of a TV financial network helmed by Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts, also cashing in, with less collateral). When Gates gives Wall Street the wrong tip, a rabid wolf of Wall Street takes the two stars hostage and broadcasts it live. Clooney and Roberts must fight for their lives when big money and screen time collide. Screened after deadline. See for a review. R. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

Walden Pink

C David Yow (of Flipper, the Jesus Lizard, and Scratch Acid) and Gibby Haynes (of the Butthole Surfers) star in this short film from writer-director Peter Bolte, which deals with the disheveled misery of existence in general. If you’re a particularly big fan of the first few minutes of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, in which he details in neurotic frustration the issues and goings-on in his day-to-day life as a middle-aged man, then this black-and-white short is for you. NR. CURTIS COOK. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Saturday, May 14. David Yow will attend.

The Way We Talk

A- It’s National Stuttering Awareness Week. Hence Mike Turner’s locally made, moving documentary that follows people struggling with the speech impediment. Turner’s film is more of an open conversation than a narrative, spotlighting individuals that live with stuttering and how they work toward self-acceptance. From support-group conversations to in-depth interviews,

there’s strength in stuttering numbers to finally talk about something that has been so “mum’s the word.” A beautifully documented peek into the life and thoughts of those overcoming an emotional and communicative battle, powerfully spoken and narrated by stutterers themselves. PG-13. AMY WOLFE. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 pm FridaySaturday, May 13-14.

STILL SHOWING 10 Cloverfield Lane

C+ The motto of J.J. Abrams’ latest thriller is, basically, don’t text and drive. Also, don’t break up with your fiance, or else you’ll get in a terrible car accident, be abducted by a Lolita-inspired murderer and watch your whole family die in the alien apocalypse—in one night. 10 Cloverfield Lane falls victim to the usual thriller clichés: It doesn’t come close to passing the Bechdel test and contains numerous gratuitous shots of Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) in her underwear, a cheap thriller soundtrack and, of course, aliens. Despite the clichés, Abrams shows for the first hour and 20 minutes that he’s almost capable of a smart psychological thriller. The last 10 minutes, however, confirm he’s not. The majority of the film creates a claustrophobic, paranoid world inside a bunker designed to survive the apocalypse, and Howard (John Goodman) is the seemingly friendly ringleader. The bunker is surprisingly homey, equipped with games, DVDs and enough food to last for years. For a second, you wonder: Is this really so bad? That’s a question Abrams makes sure to answer. PG-13. SOPHIA JUNE. Fox Tower, Joy, Valley, Vancouver.

Barbershop: The Next Cut

D It’s been 14 years since we first entered Calvin’s Barbershop in South Side Chicago, and along with shiny, bald additions like Common, J.B. Smoove and Nicki Minaj’s bosom, there’s a new “No Guns Allowed” sign on the wall. The writing is too childlike to make an impact or come close to the subtle wit that brought up themes of masculinity, black America and class conflict in the original Barbershop. I’m not sure which is less natural: hearing the characters exclaim, “#BarbershopSaves TheNeighborhood is trending on Twitter,” or Calvin calling a red bandanna “gang paraphernalia” when talking to his son about his new friends. LAUREN TERRY. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Division, Lloyd.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

D Batman and Superman are fighting, and it’s hard to choose a side. The new Warner Bros. Superman is classically boring, overpowered and out of place in the 21st century. Batman, on the other hand, has been reinvented as a huge dickhead. Played by Ben Affleck with a characteristic lack of gravitas, Batman walks around in a silly metal suit killing people. You know how Batman never kills people? He does now. Even when he doesn’t have to. He even assigns himself the task of killing Superman because, you know, “he might be bad later.” With nobody to root for, BvS:DoJ is just an unconscionably long slugfest simultaneously attempting too much and accomplishing almost nothing. Despite the rare bright spots—like Jesse Eisenberg’s intriguingly outlandish Lex Luthor and Amy Adams as a strong international war reporter version of Lois Lane—I left feeling bored and slightly concussed from giant men punching each

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NOT SORRY, CHARLIE: Nick Robinson.





drug-dealing BFF, Adam (Devon Bostick) offer much-needed comic relief with their gallows humor. In a friendly effort to encourage Charlie. Adam drops a Nazi slogan in casual conversation. The joke works in context, but it should be noted that if this type of humor offends your PC sensibilities, maybe you shouldn’t be watching a movie about heroin addiction.

Charlie (Nick Robinson) is the newly 18-yearold son of an ex-movie star politician named In one of the film’s darkest moments, Charlie David Mills (Cary Elwes). David is cold, distant freebases with a soda can in a dingy restroom and more focused on his gubernatorial as his family crumbles under the weight campaign than his family. Charlie, of a son’s addiction. The tension in on the other hand, is a heroin moments like this is bolstered by addict. A smart, sardonic, the fact that Being Charlie was oddly good-looking heroin directed by Rob Reiner and co“...being a rich, addict who does things like written by his now-22-year-old stand up to authority, listen son, Nick Reiner (along with white teenager to Moms Mabley albums and Matt Elisofon), who struggled might not be that engage in a romantic fling with drug addiction and homebad after all.” with another smart, sardonic, lessness as a teenager. oddly good-looking heroin While the semi-autobiographaddict (Morgan Saylor). ical nature of the film makes some Films about addiction face of Charlie’s more charming characunique obstacles because drugs can teristics seem a bit suspicious, there’s easily play into countercultural motifs, and something to be said for an artist’s ability to counterculture will always seem at least a little work with such personal subject matter—and the appealing. Even in an anti-drug film, the addict Reiners’ ability to work together on a film about often comes across as cool and rebellious. It’s a a father and son who hate each other. struggle to make a central character who is likThe vast degree of personal and familial able enough to garner audience support, but far strength that went into making this film should gone enough to accurately represent the desola- be respected. That said, this is a movie about a tion of addiction. Being Charlie is no exception. rich, white teenager giving up heroin and slowly Complete with a long, pensive walk along the realizing that being a rich, white teenager might oceanfront, the film falls into well-worn devices not be so bad after all. found in many coming-of-age stories, but it’s not C+ SEE IT: Being Charlie is not rated. It opens without charmed performances. Charlie and his Friday at Fox Tower. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016




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HigH-Rise other into buildings for no reason. PG-13. ALEX FALconE. Beaverton Wunderland, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Empirical.

Born to Be Blue

B+ Rather than awkwardly cramming chet Baker’s entire life into a film, Robert Budreau focused on a period in the 1960s when Baker’s career saw a rebirth following his brief recovery from heroin addiction. It opens with black-and-white footage of Baker’s dark hallucinations and the temptations of sex and heroin, but those scenes are just the setup for a big f-you for anyone expecting another customary biopic. A little improvisation here works just fine. R. cURtIS cooK. Academy, Laurelhurst.

The Boss

B- this time, Mccarthy stars as Michelle Darnell, a self-made tycoon whose confidence is rivaled only by the height of her turtlenecks. Although crude in comparison to more polished Mccarthy films, it is fair to say it is her funniest project without Paul Feig at the wheel. R. LAUREn tERRY. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Oak Grove, Vancouver.

Captain America: Civil War

A- After the letdown of Avengers:

Age of Ultron and the emo antics of Batman v Superman, audiences are increasingly numb to overstuffed superhero ensemble pieces. Captain America: Civil War, though, is proof you can jam pretty much every superhero in your roster into one film and still let individuals shine. In pitting team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) against team cap (chris Evans) over a suspiciously fascist registration law for “enhanced humans,” directors Joe and Anthony Russo could have just put the heroes—familiars like Ant-Man, Black Widow and War Machine, plus newcomers Black Panther and a truly amazing Spider-Man—in a big-ass sandbox and let them duke it out. they do that, and it’s spectacular. But there’s nothing redundant in the action here, from a Bourne-esque opening chase to close-combat thrills reminiscent of The Raid to a surprisingly subdued and heartfelt finale. the Russos have heard your complaints about universe-building at the expense of story. Civil War is fun. It’s smart. It’s coherent. And, most importantly, it allows its heart to beat strongly amid the chaos, with character moments and set pieces working in tandem to create perhaps Marvel’s best film so far. Your move, Dc. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Bagdad, Bridgeport,


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D to be remotely successful, Criminal needs to realize the absurdity of its premise. A cIA agent’s memories are injected into the frontal lobe of a nothingto-lose convict (Kevin costner). complete with the prisoner going rogue from government grasp, it’s a plot worthy of ’80s Stallone or Schwarzenegger face-lifted by an overqualified cast (Gary oldman, tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot) and updated with a few cybercrimes. Looking a haggard 61 with an involuntary growl, costner refuses to wink at the preposterous proceedings, playing it deadly serious or unhinged as his character reckons with a surgically enhanced consciousness that makes him feel normal human emotions. Criminal lands as a transparently bad action flick, housing an unintentional tragedy about this violent homeless man lost in London. R. cHAncE SoLEM-PFEIFER. Bridgeport.


B Within the first 10 minutes. the titular “merc with the mouth” 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. Fox Tower, Vancouver.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Part 1

D Undistinguishable from its counterparts, Part 1 ’s excessively dull proceedings are punctuated by generic action scenes in which the Bureau of Genetic Welfare uses a bunch of weirdo army shit to kidnap little kids and wipe their brains clean. If you are over 17, there is exactly zero reason for you to waste your money on this. PG-13. MIKE GALLUccI. Avalon, Vancouver.

Elvis & Nixon

A- In 1970, Elvis Presley showed

up at the White House asking to meet President Richard nixon. He had decided to become a federal agent for the Bureau of narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and to lend support to the country in

any way it needed. that meeting went better than expected. What’s great about this story is that it focuses on a very short period of time—a couple of days, culminating in an hourlong meeting—and manages to extrapolate from those few hours a completely different version of these icons than you’re used to seeing. Kevin Spacey plays a charming and smart nixon who seems like he’d be fun to hang out with. Meanwhile, Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) plays a brooding, gun-obsessed Elvis between his heyday and Fat Elvis phases who seems as if he would be a bummer to be around. Despite what the phrase “based on a true story” leads you to believe, Elvis & Nixon is fascinating and really fun. R. ALEX FALconE. Living Room Theaters.

Everybody Wants Some!!

A- Richard Linklater’s newest film doesn’t have a plot. But you’ll hardly realize it—and you probably won’t care. Everybody Wants Some!! says “fuck that” to Hollywood convention, which makes sense for the filmmaker who stunned the world with Boyhood’s artful filmmaking techniques that still broke the box office. this “fuck it” attitude also makes sense for a film that follows a college baseball team in 1980s texas through the three days before school starts. R. SoPHIA JUnE. Fox Tower.

Eye in the Sky

C+ the year’s first movie on the ethics of drones and the last film featuring Alan Rickman, misses its mark. British col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) tracks infamous terrorists to a house in nairobi, Kenya. to stop the suicide bombing they’re planning, Powell orders a Predator drone to destroy the house. the only problem is a small, hula-hooping neighbor girl. the plot arc is more of a plot sine wave. Every 15 minutes, the girl’s life seems doomed. then some new circumstance delays the strike. this pattern is an exasperating running joke, with the withering Lt. Gen. Frank Benson (Rickman as a wandless Professor Snape in olive drab) throwing up his hands and staring down the people who just refuse to blow that little girl up already. It’s not Rickman’s fault (RIP) that his dry humor is out of place in a movie about the ethics of vaporizing people with missiles. R. ZAcH MIDDLEton. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters.

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The Family Fang

B In this strange, challenging

film about art and family, Jason Bateman directs and co-stars with Nicole Kidman as siblings whose parents used them as unwilling actors in public performance art. In the first of many flashback scenes, they perform a fake bank heist in which their mother pretends to be shot in front of horrified onlookers. Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett play the judgmental, present-day parents, who disappear and leave signs of a bloody struggle. While Kidman’s character insists that her parents faked their deaths, Bateman is ready to let them go. The Family Fang is an intriguingly original adaptation with outstanding performances, a sometimes depressing and occasionally funny film that takes it’s quirky story and characters seriously. Unfortunately, trying to balance three time frames with interspersed documentary footage strains anyone’s attention span. R. EZRA JOHNSON-GREENOUGH. Cinema 21.

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. 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 firebreathing snakes; and why the characters are all so white. This is Egypt! PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Vancouver.

Green Room

B+ Patrick Stewart plays the

big bad leader of a backwoods gang of white supremacists. The punk-rock band that falls into his clutches is loosely led by Anton Yelchin (Scotty in the new Star Trek films), and the band is on an unsuccessful tour, taking a detour to play a paying gig at a neo-Nazi compound. There, the band witnesses a murder that these guys won’t let them walk away from. The characters on both sides are loosely drawn but smart enough not to make stupid decisions, which makes the delay of action last longer than expected. Like Akira Kurosawa, Saulnier finds the anticipation of violence more cinematic than its outcome, which are brief but gratuitous acts that leave a stain. The outcomes are unpredictable, shocking, grisly and really fun. PG-13. EZRA JOHNSONGREENOUGH. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Cinema 21, Clackamas, Hollywood, Vancouver.

Hail, Caesar!

B+ The Coens’ funniest film since The Big Lebowski combines a


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zany caper, a communist plot, ’50s studio politics and a touching story about one man’s calling in life into a cohesive, lighthearted and quipheavy comedy. It’s a neat package like only the Coen brothers can tie up. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst.

Hello, My Name is Doris

B Enter the mind of Doris, where 20-something men with waxed chests rip off their shirts and slam her passionately against the wall. Until someone wakes her from the daydream. Doris is a whip-smart comedy that pokes fun at the ultracurated youthful lifestyle, while avoiding the recent trope of seniors finding a place amid the nostalgic fascination of millennials. You can almost feel John trying not to laugh as he offers custom-blended artisanal cocktails to Doris during Friendsgiving at his place. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Living Room Theaters, Tigard.

A Hologram for the King

B You might’ve expected a film aimed at politically centrist and optimistic parents from Tom Hanks’ production company (Larry Crowne, Charlie Wilson’s War). A fish-out-of-water tale about an obsolete American salesman peddling IT to Saudi royalty, the film’s telegraphed cultural clashes aren’t xenophobic or exploitative, just safe and sentimental. Quips about forbidden alcohol in the Kingdom here, a polite misunderstanding about the CIA there. If you can buy the tone—and Hanks is doing his everyman damndest to convince you of this endeavor’s beating heart—it falls back on the clever flourishes of Dave Eggers’ source material. R. CHANCE SOLEMPFEIFER. Bridgeport, Clackamas, Fox Tower.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

B It’s been called an unnecessary sequel. And it may be, but as a steadfast lover of swords and sorcery films, I must steadfastly protect it like the Citadel Guards of Gondor. This sequel functions as both a prequel and sequel to the first film, and it actually does a competent job of completely leaving out Snow White. That makes it feel trite at first, and for some a waste of time. The thing is, Kristen Stewart as Snow White was the worst thing about the first film. She functioned almost solely as a lightly emoting MacGuffin with too much screen time. Snow White’s absence is more than made up for by a very game Jessica Chastain as the huntsman’s feisty partner, who is a lot of fun as a badass warrior, and Chris Hemsworth does

Hemsworth well as the over-cocky, macho title character. Compared to similar genre entries recently, like The Last Witch Hunter, 47 Ronin and Seventh Son, it’s practically a masterpiece, and if I was 13 years old, it might be my favorite film. PG-13. EZRA JOHNSONGREENOUGH. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

The Invitation

B+ This dinner-party thriller evokes

the Manson murders in present-day L.A., where Will and Kira attend a grating dinner party thrown by Will’s ex-wife and her new husband—at Will’s former home. Will’s irking suspicions balloon into psychological thrills, neatly edited and dimly lit by director Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body), with a not so subtle nod to Scientology, too. This film’s mind games play rough, though the action drags at times. See a Q&A with Kusama on page 46. PG-13. MERYL WILLIAMS. Laurelhurst.


B- The most troubling things about Keanu are also the best things about it. The movie is named after the adorable escaped pet of a Mexican drug lord, and the poster is of said kitten, but the film’s real draw is clear: Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, the comedy duo from the gone-toosoon sketch show Key and Peele and the not-gone-soon-enough MADtv. Key (the bald, tall one) plays neurotic family man Clarence, while Peele plays Relle, his desperate, recently dumped cousin. Relle finds Keanu, only to have the cat stolen in a Lebowskian drug mixup. This sends the cousins on a quest to rescue the kitty, which involves posing as assassins, doing a terrifying drug and some coldblooded murder. That’s the first troubling/great thing: The quest for an adorable kitten racks up a huge body count. Depending on your mood, barometric conditions and which planet is in your house, it’s either disgusting or hilarious. Thing two: The duo retread a lot of ground from their show. It’s essentially a movie extrapolation of that bit about “White Sounding Black Guys,” which leads to some hilarious moments, like one-upmanship over who got beaten up by tougher guys. At the same time, it’s a skinny framework for carrying a movie. It would be just a C+, but Luis Guzman is in it. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

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. Academy, Avalon, Kennedy School, Vancouver.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

C+ Indian mathematician and autodidact Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) struggles through racism and cultural bigotry along his way to solving the secrets of fancy theorems with formally trained English mathematician G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) in writerdirector Matt Brown’s second feature film. While math may be a glorious concept that binds us all to the fabric of the universe, chalkboards full of algorithms are not particularly cinematic. Thus, the film’s formulaic scenes feel less like dull moments and more like necessary pieces to keep the audience involved with the story. That said, the performances are delightful, and there’s nothing wrong with a pleasant movie about a fascinating genius. PG-13. CURTIS COOK. Fox Tower.


Midnight Special

The premise of a magical boy running from the government sounds trite. But add a clever, light-handed screenplay, take away the kitschy magic, and include a dark take on the increasing flow of data through satellites, and you’ve got a fresh, modern science-fiction film. Writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud) uses sparse dialogue to maintain an air of mystery around the calm, young Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), carefully using every word and glance to tell a little more about this electromagnetically charged child. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Cinema 21.

Miles Ahead

B Fans looking for a solely reverent portrait of Miles Davis won’t get it in Miles Ahead, the new, loosely biographical film on the jazz legend. Instead, Don Cheadle, who wrote, produced, directed and stars in the film, delivers a more complete picture of Davis as a groundbreaking musician who was also an abusive drug addict. Whether he’s snorting cocaine, shattering a glass table during a fight with his wife or being arrested and beat up by a policeman for smoking in public, the audience is reminded of Davis’ best and worst moments all at once. R. SOPHIA JUNE. Cinema 21, Hollywood.

Mother’s Day

D Unless you’re anticipating something other than Garry Marshall’s recent soulless romcoms (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve), this is exactly what you’d expect. The two-dimensional characters represent a range of maternal strife, from an orphaned young mother (Britt Robertson) seeking to reconnect with her birth mom, to the Home Shopping Network empress (Julia Roberts) hiding a predictable secret. Jennifer Aniston’s comedic chops are wasted on the role of Sandy, an insecure wreck who explains to her sons that, “just like you don’t want to share your Lego pirate ship, it’s hard for me to share you guys.” Rather than balance the traditional feminine roles, Jason Sudeikis stumbles through a lobotomized version of the “I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’ll do my best” single-dad story line as Bradley, wincing at tampons. It is too bad, because more laughter might’ve distracted from the awkward demographics in this caucasian version of Atlanta. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Fox Tower, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Fourteen years after the big fat wedding bells, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett are back, with a ton of familiar faces. Remember Joey Fatone of ’N Sync in the original? Neither did we. PG-13. Bridgeport, Clackamas.

The Revenant


A- In terms of pure spectacle and cin-

ematic 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. Academy, Valley, Vancouver.

Sing Street

B- A New Wave rock-’n’-roll fairy tale set in early-’80s Dublin, for fans of quality nostalgia fare like Freaks & Geeks. A 15-year-old boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) seeks to escape the harsh reality of his brutal schoolmasters and splintering home. Under the tutelage of his hash-smoking, dolesurfing older brother, he discovers Duran Duran videos and Cure albums. The story is about as believable as Almost Famous or School of Rock, but that’s not the point. This film fondly recalls John Hughes, tips its hat to Wes Anderson, and repeatedly nods to Back to the Future and “Thriller.” Aside from a touch too much sentimentality in the third act, Sing Street is a heartwarming achievement in the modern (retro) rock musical canon that is held back from a place on the top shelf only because it stands on the shoulders of giants. PG-13. NATHAN CARSON. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, 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. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Laurelhurst, Mission, Valley.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

C+ Tina Fey stars in this light comedy about the war in Afghanistan, based on the book The Taliban Shuffle by Chicago Tribune writer Kim Barker, who was sent to cover Afghanistan with no prior experience in a war zone. Fey’s portrayal of Barker is the same as other characters you’re used to seeing from her, bumbling yet surprisingly competent, awkward in life, awkward in love. She’s funny for sure, but something just feels off with the 30 Rock-style humor interlaced with the horrific violence of Kabul circa 2004. Mix in some friend drama with Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and a really uncomfortable sexual encounter in which Bilbo Baggins puts his fingers in her mouth, and WTF ends up an awkward teenager of a movie, not sure who it is or why it feels the way it does. It’s occasionally brilliant but never seems comfortable. R. ALEX FALCONE. Academy, Laurelhurst, Vancouver.


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 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. There’s a lesson under every hoof, inside every snout, and behind every bubbly buttocks. PG. AMY WOLFE. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.


Of all the villains that emerged in summer 1996—terrorist Marines in The Rock, aliens in Independence Day,, Tom Cruise’s sweat in Mission: Impossible— none proved more formidable than the roaring, Van Halen-blasting bitch that is Mother Nature in Twister. The movie was the perfect storm of ’90s environmental horror and hackneyed blockbuster nonsense, featuring Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman as storm-chasers on the trail of a cow-tossing, truckexploding, building-crushing category F5. On Thursday, Hecklevision is heralding the 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, we look back on cinema’s most notable tornados.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

A Midwestern girl with the fashion sense of a geriatric librarian gets lifted from Kansas by a tornado and plopped into a quirky land where weirdos thrive despite their extremely limited skill sets. She goes back to Kansas and tells everybody about it. Basically, Portland transplants circa 2004.

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

The same thing as The Wizard of Oz, except instead of a sweet Midwestern girl, the tornado brings the quirky land of weirdos an opportunistic huckster in a vintage suit who decides that what the city needs is more modern buildings. So, Portland now?

Into the Storm (2014)

This recent found-footage film is basically Twister with shitty, shaky cam work and the main dwarf from The Hobbit. Except it has fire tornados. At one point, a twister rips through a gas station and turns into a flaming funnel cloud of death. How that wasn’t just the whole movie is beyond me, though I generally think any movie would be better with constant fire tornado action.

Where the Heart Is (2000)

The tornado at the climax of this early Natalie Portman clunker about a redneck girl who has a baby while living in an Oklahoma Walmart isn’t particularly spectacular. You are legally required to feature a tornado in a movie set in Oklahoma, which is why Hollywood doesn’t make many of them. But, Heart is proof that Portman can survive anything: a movie about a Walmart mama facing down a tornado? Shit, she’s invincible.

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Kung Fu Panda 3

Tornado? Destructive. Tornado that touches down in shark-infested waters, sending hundreds of poorly rendered CGI sharks raining down on a city where chainsaw-strapped D-list celebrities get hacked,

flung by wind and instilled with a sense of purpose that hadn’t existed since 90210 was canceled? It marks the point in time when SyFy became selfaware, like Skynet, but with subsequent Sharknado movies and not Schwarzenegger reboots.

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Nobody remembers this Disney movie, mainly because it fits in somewhere between the Elijah Wood Huck Finn and eating at Fuddruckers, in terms of things you were forced to endure with your dad if you were a kid in the ’90s. But it is hugely important, mainly because Patrick Swayze rides a tornado while dressed as Pecos Bill. Fact is, a tornado containing one Swayze could run roughshod through all three Sharknados, then make you breakfast while quoting Plato the next morning. GO: Twister is at the Hollywood Theatre. 9:30 pm Thursday, May 12. ALSO SHOWING:

For Young Frankenstein, Pix could’ve impressed with homemade Ritz crackers. We’ll understand if they stick with macaroons. Pix Pâtisserie. Dusk Wednesday, May 11. By virtue of being the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, 2012’s Wadjda is essential viewing for film fans. That it’s a clever, defiant, feminist comingof-age powerhouse makes it essential for everybody. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, May 13-15. The Academy’s excellent run of classic ’70s noir arrives at the Raymond Chandler adaptation The Long Goodbye, that most Robert Altman of potboilers featuring Elliott Gould as the seminal Philip Marlowe. Academy Theater. May 13-19. John Steinbeck’s sprawling East of Eden was, at the time, deemed unfilmable. That was before the great Elia Kazan came along, cast a kid named James Dean in a pivotal role, and set the bar for all sprawling dramas to follow. Laurelhurst Theater. May 13-19. Willamette Week MAY 11, 2016



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David Bienenstock thinks cannabis should transform capitalism. Not on a small scale, either. The author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High (Plume, $15, 288 pages) believes this newly legal plant has the potential to remake the global economy. Since his first puff from an apple behind a bowling alley, Bienenstock credits cannabis with helping him learn to question well, just about everything. “Cannabis has taught me that it’s society that’s fucked up, not necessarily me,” Bienenstock says. “Being weird in a society that’s so off course in so many ways… hyper capitalistic competition over everything and doesn’t value the strange beauty of existence.” Bienenstock spent a decade as an editor at High Times, and is now at Vice,, which recently brought him through Portland to film a reprisal of Willamette Week’s ’s Puff Puff Pizza party with P.R.E.A.M. He has a very Portlandy outlook, too: “ Weirdness is something to be valued and cultivated. It’s something we need to hold on to and promote.” Bienenstock says the roots of this book trace back to 2014, when he waited in line to buy the nation’s first legal weed in Colorado on New Year’s Day. He asked the rapidly growing crowd where they were from and why they were there. Most weren’t from Colorado, and many already had access to cannabis in their home states. But these people were here to be part of history, Bienenstock realized. That’s when he decided to share his 15 years of experience with not only growers, dealers and smugglers, but also artists, scientists and doctors. “The people who care about cannabis need

to educate themselves really well, to be ambassadors of this plant and ambassadors of this culture,” Bienenstock says. That’s where How to Smoke Pot fits in. More than something to give to the reluctant but interested potential cannabis user, it’s a collection of cannabis culture values he hopes will be shared and adopted by small businesses so they can rewrite the rules to provide living wages, good environmental policies and market cannabis positively—unlike the big-business model used by alcohol. In five years, after the cannabis industry proves its model works, Bienenstock wants to use it as a template for everything else. Lofty hopes, but Bienenstock points to results from now-legal states. “Everything they said that was going to be terrible clearly hasn’t happened, everything good we said was going to happen did, including lower crime rates and traffic crashes,” he says. Even positive results haven’t helped the cannabis industry much. A disappointed Bienenstock talks about how people with prohibitionist mindsets are usually the ones in charge of regulating cannabis. To him, being wrong is not a qualification, it’s a disqualification. “Maybe the ones that have been right all along should be the ones figuring out how to regulate cannabis,” Bienenstock says. The next frontier? Bienenstock will be trying to help create spaces, like bars, for cannabis users to toke. “We live in a society that’s alcohol-saturated,” Bienenstock says. “Alcohol is how we celebrate a birth, how we celebrate a wedding, commiserate over a funeral. I enjoy alcohol myself, but it’s important to give people an alternative—especially one that is a lot safer.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Russian writer Anton Chekhov was renowned for the crisp, succinct style of his short stories and plays. As he evolved, his pithiness grew. “I now have a mania for shortness,” he wrote. “Whatever I read -- my own work, or other people’s -- it all seems to me not short enough.” I propose that we make Chekhov your patron saint for a while. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you are in a phase when your personal power feeds on terse efficiency. You thrive on being vigorously concise and deftly focused and cheerfully devoted to the crux of every matter. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Approximately 30,000 sites on the Internet attribute that quote to iconic genius Albert Einstein. But my research strongly suggests that he did not actually say that. Who did? It doesn’t matter. For the purposes of this horoscope, there are just two essential points to concentrate on. First, for the foreseeable future, your supreme law of life should be “creativity is intelligence having fun.” Second, it’s not enough to cavort and play and improvise, and it’s not enough to be discerning and shrewd and observant. Be all those things. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) In Western culture, the peacock is a symbol of vanity. When we see the bird display its stunning array of iridescent feathers, we might think it’s lovely, but may also mutter, “What a show-off.” But other traditions have treated the peacock as a more purely positive emblem: an embodiment of hard-won and triumphant radiance. In Tibetan Buddhist myths, for example, its glorious plumage is said to be derived from its transmutation of the poisons it absorbs when it devours dangerous serpents. This version of the peacock is your power animal for now, Gemini. Take full advantage of your ability to convert noxious situations and fractious emotions into beautiful assets. CANCER (June 21-July 22) “Clear moments are so short,” opines poet Adam Zagajewski. “There is much more darkness. More ocean than terra firma. More shadow than form.” Here’s what I have to say about that: Even if it does indeed describe the course of ordinary life for most people, it does not currently apply to you. On the contrary. You’re in a phase that will bring an unusually high percentage of lucidity. The light shining from your eyes and the thoughts coalescing in your brain will be extra pure and bright. In the world around you, there may be occasional patches of chaos and confusion, but your luminosity will guide you through them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) “Dear Smart Operator: My name is Captain Jonathan Orances. I presently serve in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. I am asking for your help with the safekeeping of a trunk containing funds in the amount of $7.9 million, which I secured during our team’s raid of a poppy farmer in Kandahar Province. The plan is to ship this box to Luxembourg, and from there a diplomat will deliver it to your designated location. When I return home on leave, I will take possession of the trunk. You will be rewarded handsomely for your assistance. If you can be trusted, send me your details. Best regards, Captain Jonathan Orances.” You may receive a tempting but risky offer like this in the near future, Leo. I suggest you turn it down. If you do, I bet a somewhat less interesting but far less risky offer will come your way. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “Some things need to be fixed, others to be left broken,” writes poet James Richardson. The coming weeks will be an ideal time for you to make final decisions about which are which in your own life. Are there relationships and dreams and structures that are either too damaged to salvage or undeserving of your hard labor? Consider the possibility that you will abandon them for good. Are there relationships and dreams and structures that are cracked, but possible to repair and worthy of your diligent love? Make a plan to revive or reinvent them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Once every year, it is healthy and wise to make an ulti-

mate confession -- to express everything you regret and bemoan in one cathartic swoop, and then be free of its subliminal nagging for another year. The coming days will be a perfect time to do this. For inspiration, read an excerpt from Jeanann Vernee’s “Genetics of Regret”: “I’m sorry I lied. Sorry I drew the picture of the dead cat. I’m sorry about the stolen tampons and the nest of mice in the stove. I’m sorry about the slashed window screens. I’m sorry it took 36 years to say this. Sorry that all I can do is worry what happens next. Sorry for the weevils and the dead grass. Sorry I vomited in the wash drain. Sorry I left. Sorry I came back. I’m sorry it comes like this. Flood and undertow.” SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) According to the British podcast series “No Such Thing as a Fish,” there were only a few satisfying connubial relationships in late 18th-century England. One publication at that time declared that of the country’s 872,564 married couples, just nine were truly happy. I wonder if the percentage is higher for modern twosomes. Whether it is or not, I have good news: My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you Scorpios will have an unusually good chance of cultivating vibrant intimacy in the coming weeks. Take advantage of this grace period, please! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “Some days I feel like playing it smooth,” says a character in Raymond Chandler’s short story “Trouble Is My Business,” “and some days I feel like playing it like a waffle iron.” I suspect that you Sagittarians will be in the latter phase until at least May 24. It won’t be prime time for silky strategies and glossy gambits and velvety victories. You’ll be better able to take advantage of fate’s fabulous farces if you’re geared up for edgy lessons and checkered challenges and intricate motifs. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Author Rebecca Solnit says that when she pictures herself as she was at age 15, “I see flames shooting up, see myself falling off the edge of the world, and am amazed I survived not the outside world but the inside one.” Let that serve as an inspiration, Capricorn. Now is an excellent time for you to celebrate the heroic, messy, improbable victories of your past. You are ready and ripe to honor the crazy intelligence and dumb luck that guided you as you fought to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. You have a right and a duty to congratulate yourself for the suffering you have escaped and inner demons you have vanquished. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “To regain patience, learn to love the sour, the bitter, the salty, the clear.” The poet James Richardson wrote that wry advice, and now I’m passing it on to you. Why now? Because if you enhance your appreciation for the sour, the bitter, the salty, and the clear, you will not only regain patience, but also generate unexpected opportunities. You will tonify your mood, beautify your attitude, and deepen your gravitas. So I hope you will invite and welcome the lumpy and the dappled, my dear. I hope you’ll seek out the tangy, the smoldering, the soggy, the spunky, the chirpy, the gritty, and an array of other experiences you may have previously kept at a distance. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) “A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.” That’s from a Coleman Barks’ translation of a poem by the 13th-century Islamic scholar and mystic known as Rumi. I regard this epigram as a key theme for you during the next 12 months. You will be invited to shed a host of wishy-washy wishes so as to become strong and smart enough to go in quest of a very few burning, churning yearnings. Are you ready to sacrifice the mediocre in service to the sublime?

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