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If you want to make your neighbors happy, blare Bey instead of Britney. 7

Dude came for Azealia Banks on Twitter and ended up getting called “a spicy taco.” 30

There may soon be a new blog “mapping the massive hobo sites across Portland.” 9

Portland’s newest comedian noticed the city’s scene is “very safe-spacey,” with “trigger words and all that.” 34

Haitians celebrate their nation’s independence day with pumpkin soup. 18 “Cocktail ryes” were what people ate at parties before they had bruschetta. 19


A “heterosexual athletic endurance activity” may also be a gay fetish. 38 Light bulbs are fine for meth, but cannabis users need knives. 42


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A punk club that opened on Alberta Street amid gentrification has now been displaced.

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Decline of the Oregon strawberry The idea that Carole Smith, who has thus far I live in Dallas, Texas, so I think I can give an shown such incompetent communication skills objective opinion [“Squished,” WW, June 29, and has betrayed the trust of parents, teachers 2016]. I don’t think I have ever had better straw- and students, is to have such a heavy hand in her berries than the ones I’ve gotten in Oregon replacement shows just how tone deaf School Board members Tom Koehler, Pam when we visit. Knowles and Amy Kohnstamm are. California growers have done to the strawberry what was done to the I cannot imagine how they think they are going to sell this bond to the tomato—they have taken a fruit full public when it has been proven that of flavor and tinkered with it so it they lack the skills to manage our looks pretty, ships well, and stores public buildings effectively. well, but tastes like cardboard. The berries we get in Texas have —Tom Beckett definitely been picked green and shipped green, and when they do for the love of the Know I fell in love at the Know [“The have taste, they taste green. “California Is Closing,”, —Glenn Edward growers have Know July 1, 2016]. It was one of my This was a fabulous article regard- done to the life’s sweetest stories. We were ing the Oregon strawberry dilem- strawberry just two broken baby birds who ma. They are delicate, delicious, what was found solace in one another for a few years. It was intense, passionand seasonal. When the Hoods done to the come out, I go to farms and pick up ate, loving, and metal as fuck. Thank tomato.” a half-flat, which is just about all I you, the Know, for being one of the want to deal with for the next few last places that a normal weirdo in hours. I like to freeze some of them. Portland can fall in love. I do not buy California strawberries. I have, —Shelly Christine English but the regret comes with the first taste. I go to farms enough times to have Oregon strawberries correction once or twice a week for the entire year. The bril- A story in last week’s paper, “Worldwide Wager,” liant red berries look fabulous on some Greek incorrectly said the Oregon Lottery provided $2.5 million to address Portland air-quality yogurt in February. And they taste like summer! —“KatieThinks2Much” issues. In fact, the agency provided no money, and instead loaned an employee to DEQ. WW regrets the error. smith staying for another year There are plenty of potential interim Portland Public Schools superintendents who could step in LEtters to the editor must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. while the search for a competent superintendent Letters must be 250 or fewer words. is made [“Saved by the Bell,” WW, June 29, 2016]. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. WHY CAROLE SMITH WON’T LEAVE.


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Disneyland moves us closer to open hostility. We know you’re geeked on karma. Do you really want to spend your life absorbing the bad vibes of a million rain-hardened souls?


What should we do about all these new arrivals and the concomitant damage they do to the local housing market? Do we just resign ourselves to 20 percent rent hikes, every year, forever? —Someone in Portland, Probably

In recent columns, we’ve been arguing that the solution to Portland’s housing crisis isn’t more housing, it’s fewer people. Persuade the nation that Portland sucks, throw in a few well-timed smallpox outbreaks, and the problem solves itself. And finally, with your help, we’ve come up with the three best arguments to dissuade new arrivals. No. 3: We hate you. Moving here won’t make your life better; it’ll just make Portland worse. Every blithely oblivious, 415-area-code-having brogrammer who moves to Portland and treats our actual tall-bikers/punk rockers/street crazies like theme characters in some ersatz hipster 4

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No. 2: The big one. You read that New Yorker article about the coming megaquake. Isn’t starting a family in Portland equivalent to premeditated negligent homicide? When Portland turns into a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic wasteland, all your CSS expertise and beard-straightening skills won’t help you. Do you really want to look down at the broken, lifeless bodies of your children, knowing they’d still be alive if you’d been willing to live in a town with a little less kale? No. 1: Portland is over. You’re a cutting-edge millennial itching to relocate to a happening town that will be the au courant envy of your RISD classmates. Portland it is! Or is it? Sure, Portland has been hip for a while. Quite a while, in fact. Didn’t Portlandia just finish its SIXTH season? I heard Carrie Brownstein doesn’t even live here anymore. How much longer before Portland becomes old news? Do you really want to be the guy who moved to Seattle in 2001 to get in on the whole grunge thing? Everyone who entered is a winner! Send me your mailing info and receive a Dan Saltzman mask, suitable for infiltrating City Council meetings, and get your “Portland Is Over” T-shirt at makeportlandshittyagain. Questions? Send them to

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is trying to overturn the conviction of Mohamed Mohamud, the Beaverton man convicted in 2013 of attempting to bomb the holiday tree-lighting ceremony at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Alongside Mohamud’s public defenders, the ACLU of Oregon and the Electronic Frontier Foundation argue that the conviction resulted from evidence gathered in a federal warrantlesswiretapping program. They say the source of the evidence wasn’t disclosed until after Mohamud’s conviction and should be thrown out. “It has become increasingly apparent that the NSA and FBI have implemented the law in the broadest possible way, and that the rules that supposedly protect the privacy of innocent people in fact do the opposite,” ACLU lawyer Patrick Toomey said in a statement. “Surveillance conducted under this statute is unconstitutional.”

Bernie Sanders Wins the Democratic Nomination?

Bernie Bros have found a friend in the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) trounced Hillary Clinton in Oregon’s May 17 primary, 56 percent to 42 percent. He didn’t do as well in other states and thus will not win his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention later this month in Philadelphia. But you’d never know Sanders’ dream is over from the secretary of state’s electronic campaign finance reporting system, ORESTAR.

As of the morning of July 5, that system showed two party nominees for the Nov. 8, 2016, presidential election: Republican Donald J. Trump—and Sanders. Laura Terrill Patten, chief of staff to Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, says Sanders won Oregon’s nomination— temporarily: “Once the secretary of state receives the delegate pledge from the Democratic National Committee, then that candidate’s name will be printed on the general election ballot.”

Portland Too Expensive? There’s Always Vegas

The July report from real estate website Zumper contains the typical bad news: Portland is the 15th-most expensive rental market in the nation. Median rent for a Portland one-bedroom apartment climbed 3.8 percent in June to $1,300 a month. That puts Portland in elite—if undesirable—com-

pany. The New York Times reported July 3 that zoning rules designed to protect “neighborhood character” are creating increasingly unequal tiers of American cities: places where only people with money and prospects can move, and other places where the less-moneyed can afford to go. As Harvard public policy professor Daniel Shoag told The Times: “We’ve switched from a world where everybody educated and uneducated was moving from poorer parts of the country to the richer parts of the country to a world where the higher-educated people move to San Francisco and lower-educated people move to Vegas.” (The median rent in Las Vegas in June: $790 a month.)







For much of Portland, July 4 means barbecues and sparklers. In the city’s emergency dispatch center, it’s the busiest night of the year. Call takers and dispatchers at Portland’s 911 center—which answers police, fire and medical calls for the region, not just the city—have been stretched to the limit in recent years as call volume has increased and their ranks have decreased, due to burnout and retirements (“Call Waiting,” WW, March 16, 2016). The Bureau of Emergency Communications hopes money for 13 additional dispatchers will reduce the time Portlanders wait when they call 911. The 911 call center looms over Southeast 99th Avenue in the Lents neighborhood, across from a TriMet bus garage. Its desks can be filled by as many as 36 people taking calls and dispatching cops and firefighters. This July 4, WW spent five evening hours at the 911 desk. These are the most interesting calls we heard.

9:03 pm Strongest sense of déjà vu Length of call: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: A man says his neighbors have 30 people over, all of

whom are shooting off illegal fireworks. “My dog is going crazy, there’s crap on my roof, and every year I clean it,” he says. “What’s wrong with these people? It’s like Iraq out here!” THE RESPONSE: The call taker gives the information to an area officer.

10:05 pm Vaguest request for help Length of call: 2 minutes, 7 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: A man in Southwest Portland calls to report a

10:55 pm

woman screaming. “I can’t tell, [but] I think it’s connected to fireworks and very large explosions,” the man says. He says the screaming has been going on for some time, intermittently. “The thought that came to my mind, I have no evidence, but it sounds like someone is in stress—either a person or an animal that is freaking out over these explosions.” THE RESPONSE: The call taker sends officers to check the area.

Most frightening call Length of call: 2 minutes, 27 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: A man in Northeast Portland calls to report that


Number of calls about illegal fireworks between 8:30 pm and midnight on July 4.

11:58 pm Best holiday party

while he and his wife were having a dispute, he grabbed her and his hands were around her throat. “We got into an argument, and I’m honestly not sure what happened,” the man reports. “I woke up and we were fighting.” The wife is also on the phone at the time the man calls. “I don’t think I’m injured; we’ve both been drinking today,” the man says. THE RESPONSE: The call taker tells the man to stay away from his wife—“I’ve got officers headed that way. Stay away from her if she comes back; go to another room.”

Length of call: 3 minutes, 19 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: A woman in Southeast Portland calls to file a noise

complaint against the kids throwing a party next door. “Now they are singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ those loud bastards!” she says. “I feel so old right now.” The woman says Britney Spears is playing and says if it were Beyoncé, she’d “rock that shit, but it’s Britney Spears.” THE RESPONSE: The call taker says Britney Spears is a universal language, but anything past “Toxic” is bad. The call taker let’s the woman know that her complaint has been filed.

12:24 am

Dumbest request for 911 Length of call: 12 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: “Some guy is hanging out in front of my

store, but it looks like he’s leaving so never mind.” THE RESPONSE: “All right, thank you.”

12:01 am

Most bizarre call Length of call: 7 minutes, 30 seconds

THE COMPLAINT: A man was praying at a mosque off Northeast



Average wait time for 911 calls on July 4.

Glisan Street when he says a white man came in wearing a mask. The intruder said, “I want it shut down.” The man says the suspect has left the scene but people inside are scared: “We have to protect our families, maybe something might happen, we don’t know.” THE RESPONSE: The call taker cannot understand the man’s thick accent, and offers him the option of a translator. “He’s violating the mosque,” the man replies, “why can’t you understand?” The call taker turns the volume up on her headset and tells the man that a sergeant and two police vehicles are on the way to the mosque.

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ON BOARD?: Portland School Board member Paul Anthony has become Superintendent Carole Smith’s most outspoken critic.

Equal Time

A School Board member complains to the feds about the quality of education for minority kids in Portland. By R AC H E L M O N A H A N


It was the moment Portland School Board member Paul Anthony had been waiting for. On Jan. 26, on a table in Superintendent Carole Smith’s office, Anthony placed evidence of a serious problem—the marked disparities between the classes Portland Public Schools offers white students and those it makes available to their black and Latino peers. He showed Smith spreadsheets indicating students at predominantly white schools were getting as much as three times as many course options as schools where most students are black or Latino. Anthony asked Smith to take a closer look at the numbers. “She wiggled her fingers at them and giggled and said, ‘I know all about them,’” Anthony recalls. “She completely fails to get the point.” Now Anthony has raised the stakes: On May 26, he filed an incendiary complaint with the federal government. In the complaint, newly obtained by WW, Anthony alleges that poor, black and Latino children, as well as immigrant kids, don’t get the same quality education as rich, white kids in the city. “Access to school programming in Portland Public Schools is disproportionately determined by race and national origin,” Anthony says in the complaint. Anthony is asking the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to intervene in how Portland distributes school funding. The feds hold the purse strings for millions of dollars in education funding. Anthony is asking them to step in—and ultimately to withhold money unless PPS corrects what he sees as civil rights violations. It’s not unusual for someone to complain about school inequities to the feds. But it’s rare for a sitting school board member to file such a complaint against his own district— and especially against a superintendent who has made 8

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“equity” her byword. Anthony says he has no choice but to take his case to the feds: “The issue is too important. I went to the feds because I could not get anyone to take the issue seriously.” Smith declined to comment on the specifics of Anthony’s complaint, instead saying in a statement, “I’m not

“Access to school programming in Portland Public Schools is disproportionately determined by race and national origin.” —Paul Anthony going to use the media to address concerns from individual board members.” She also notes that the district’s budget was subjected to a public vetting before approval. “It was a very public process in which the board had the opportunity to make amendments, and they ultimately adopted it,” she notes. “My door has always been

open and remains open to discussing the concerns of individual board members.” Anthony’s complaint adds to the troubles of a beleaguered Smith, who also faces an investigation into the district’s handling of lead testing of school drinking water. He’s also the only School Board member to call for her resignation in the wake of the lead scandal. Anthony’s decision to file a civil rights complaint has drawn criticism from some of his fellow board members. “I wish he hadn’t done that,” says Pam Knowles. Steve Buel is still deciding what to make of Anthony’s complaint. “I think it’s an interesting move—basically you’re suing yourself in a way,” Buel says. “It shows a little frustration with the School Board and the administration.” He’s an unlikely figure to play Public Enemy No. 1 of the state’s largest school district. Anthony was elected to the School Board last year as part of a wave of dissatisfaction with Portland Public Schools’ leadership. He started as chairman of the Humboldt Neighborhood Association during the fight over closing the Humboldt K-8 School in North Portland and as a parent activist when he saw problems at Beach K-8. “He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met,” says North Portland schools activist Rita Moore. “He’s almost certainly the hardest-working person I know or at least very high up there on the list. He’s remarkably persistent. He does his homework. When he says something, it’s because he thought about something and he’s researched it.” For much of this year, Anthony has been a voice of dissent but not a rabid one. After weeks of bad news about lead in the water, though, that changed. When the superintendent announced she was retiring but would stay on until next June, Anthony demanded she leave sooner. Similarly, he has lost faith that PPS can correct the disparity in course offerings without a push from the outside. At high-poverty George Middle School in North Portland, where just over half the students are black or Latino, kids can choose from 27 classes. At predominantly white West Sylvan Middle School on the westside, students pick from 55 different courses. At Harrison Park K-8, one of the most diverse schools in the city, students in the middle-school grades have six electives—while students at nearby, whiter schools get as many as 11 electives. “That’s not an OK thing to be giving the kids at Harrison Park,” he says. “They’re serving a desperately poor community.” The complaint asks the Office of Civil Rights to force the district to fix the inequity. Anthony’s complaint has yet to move to a formal investigation, a process that generally takes 30 days but can sometimes take much longer, U.S. education officials say. Investigations can sometimes drag on for years, but they can also be highly effective at getting school districts to act because of the threat of lost funding. Currently, the Education Department’s civil rights division is formally investigating 15 separate complaints about PPS, including two filed by parent activist Kim Sordyl over a series of contracts for services aimed at kids on the basis of their race and in some cases their gender. (It’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender, even if the intent is to help at-risk kids, Sordyl argues.) In years past, the department has reprimanded the district for its handling of a student government election at Sellwood Middle School and a principal’s race-based investigation of a theft. In fiscal year 2015, the department’s Office of Civil Rights received 10,400 complaints nationwide, investigated 3,000, and found in one out of three of those cases at least some civil rights problems. PPS has received upward of $50 million in funding from the federal government in years past, all of which could be at risk if the complaint is upheld and the district fails to act. Anthony is resolute in his plan to make a federal case out of inequity. “It’s not like they’re going to silence me just because I’m on the board,” he says.

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Boat vs. Drone The transient boater who pulled a gun on a drone says his privacy was invaded. By JU L I A CO M N E S





















Donald Yates says he was taking an afternoon nap when he heard the buzzing sound. He glanced outside the two-story motorboat where he’s lived for five years, currently moored on the eastern bank of the Willamette River in St. Johns. Outside his window was a drone. “I just sat up and looked, and it was right there in my face,” Yates recalls. “That’s an invasion of privacy.” What Yates did next—aiming what he says was an empty BB gun at the drone, and pulling the trigger— made him the unwitting star of a modestly viral YouTube video. An anonymous Reddit user calling HOBO PIRATES’ COVE: About a dozen transient boaters live just west of himself “Drone Man” posted the video June the St. Johns Railroad Bridge, in a spot called Willamette Cove. 28, claiming “river hobos” were “shooting at my 30B e g drone from their floating bike chop shop.” id br s The footage has 14,700 views and counting. gun as a last-ditch effort to make the drone go away, but it hn o . j st Drone Man has been posting videos of homeless wasn’t loaded. W ill camps in North and Northeast Portland since “It’s a 1936 BB gun—it doesn’t even fire BBs anymore,” am et te June 16, and now promises to expand his surveilYates says. “I keep it around because when people come Ri ve r lance across the city. and harass me, I scare them away by pointing it at them.” In a town with a housing crisis and an increas Sgt. Mark Herron of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s ingly visible homeless population, Drone Man’s video Office River Patrol says he doesn’t believe any laws were has become a flash point for people who feel that the broken. “We don’t have a crime at this point,” he says. “We 30 Portland city’s powerful are ineffectual at keeping order and don’t even have somebody who’s complained of a crime.” reducing the number of people living on the streets. Other public officials are already sick of the topic. But the video also exposes a deep divide among Port- lived on a sailboat, then moved onto his current boat about “We’re trying to work hard to help people find permanent landers about how to treat homeless people. Drone Man’s a year later. He now lives on the boat with his girlfriend housing, for which there is an unprecedented need,” says footage raises a question of who is the real scofflaw: the and his mother. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin. “We don’t transient boater who pulled an air rifle on a drone, or the He moves the boat from place to place along the Wil- have time to get caught up with people who have the luxury anonymous vigilante filming him from the sky? lamette, not paying any mooring fees. For the past month, of time on their hands to play games with fancy toys.” Drone Man, who declined WW’s requests for his name he’s been docking at a spot in North Portland near the St. Drone Man says he plans to start a blog “mapping the or an in-person interview, says he’s been filming boat Johns Railroad Bridge called Willamette Cove. massive hobo sites” across Portland. camps along the Willamette River and Columbia Slough to Yates likes living on the river—there are views of osprey “The website will try to count the bikes and piles of document destruction of natural areas. and a colorful graffiti wall, and he can walk to grocery waste at each site,” he says. “I’ll then do multiple passes of “There is a reason this has touched a nerve, and I under- stores and laundromats. He laughs at the idea he’s running an area to document how it changes over time. I don’t care stand the views of the people who dislike what I’m doing,” says a chop shop: “I’ve got three bikes on my boat.” about tents on sidewalks downtown. I care about heavy Drone Man via email. “It is very valid to read the situation as John, who lives on a wooden sailboat near Yates and metals, petro chemicals, and human waste being spilled in man and his toy doing harm to those in society who are most declined to give his last name, said any pollution created our wetlands and riverbanks.” vulnerable. But an equally valid interpretation is: man and by people on the river is a moot point. “The entire city shits Yates says he feels demonized by the video. He’s not his toy exposing out-of-control environmental destruction in the river,” he says. “You notice there’s no garbage on this even homeless, he points out—he owns his boat. funded by organized bike theft and shake-and-bake meth.” beach, like every other beach has. We pick up the garbage “They call us homeless, but if you ask me, that’s a Yates, 43, the boater Drone Man monitored June 28, whenever we see it.” home,” he says. “I got a stove, an oven, a refrigerator, started living on boats in 2010 after losing his job as a Yates says the drone that filmed him hovered around a sink, a shower. I have a bathroom. I have a bedroom. stagehand and no longer being able to afford rent. He first his boat for at least 90 minutes. He says he aimed the BB That’s a home.”

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On a muggy, overcast Halloween night in 2013, the lights went out at Backspace, an all-ages club in Old Town. In a city with few places where kids can watch live music, the sweaty coffeehouse defined Portland’s underage music scene for six years. The club’s closure left a void that hasn’t been filled by any venue since. Local music luminaries mourned the club’s demise. “Backspace was huge for my generation of musicians,” says Bim Ditson, drummer for the group And And And. “It wasn’t just a big deal locally, it was known nationally as a hub for all-ages shows.” What most people didn’t know: Backspace closed because of a crackdown by City Hall demanding that more than a dozen nightclubs install new sprinkler systems. Now, WW has obtained details of an extraordinary state investigation shedding new light on the circumstances behind the closure of Backspace and another club. An investigator for the Oregon Building Codes Division is unambiguous in his conclusions: By enacting a 2013 sprinkler ordinance, the city broke state law, unfairly forced business owners to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, and ultimately put two nightclubs—including Backspace—out of business. “Many property and business owners paid from two to five times the city’s [cost] estimate, resulting in costs for some businesses approaching $100,000,” says a report obtained by WW on the state investigation. “At least two shuttered their doors, citing the costs of compliance with Portland’s ordinance as the reason.” Portland business owners often bemoan heavy-handed regulation by the city—but the investigative report presents a new twist: A state agency is accusing the city of knowingly breaking the law in its zeal to regulate nightclubs. The investigation is nearing a conclusion just as a new fire chief, Mike Myers, takes over the city’s second-largest bureau. The report reaches damaging conclusions about the city’s actions: • City officials knew they lacked the legal authority to require nightclubs to install sprinklers, yet chose to bypass the steps that might have allowed such a code change. “Portland was keenly aware of this procedure but chose to ignore it,” the report says. • They made the change without first notifying the club

owners, despite mandating costs that would run to hundreds of thousands of dollars. “The very individuals who would be most affected by the ordinance received no advance warning,” the report says. • Having enacted the new rules, the city enforced them selectively, forcing some clubs to comply immediately while turning a blind eye to others. “The city treated similarly situated businesses differently,” the report says. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, architect of the city’s 2013 sprinkler ordinance, says the state investigation is way off base. He strongly defends his decision, saying it was a “fundamental issue of public safety” and not an overreach. “I thought it was the right thing to do then,” he says, “and I still think it was the right—and legal—step to take.” In 2013, Mayor Charlie Hales put Saltzman in charge of Portland Fire & Rescue. Saltzman’s first act: proposing a new sprinkler requirement. City code at the time said that any new nightclub with a capacity of 100 or more had to have a sprinkler system—but older clubs that opened before sprinklers were required were grandfathered in, meaning they could operate legally without them. Saltzman wanted to change that. His ordinance required all nightclubs serving more than 100 patrons to have sprinkler systems, regardless of when they opened. The new rule would impose significant costs on some clubs. Saltzman says no specific incident in Portland moved him to propose the change, just his general sense that nightclubs without sprinkler systems were dangerous. In the summer of 2013, Saltzman’s office began communicating with Fire Marshal Nate Takara about the commissioner’s desire for sprinklers in nightclubs. But that plan immediately encountered a legal hurdle. In an email to a Saltzman aide, Takara pointed out that unless a nightclub made structural changes that increased its occupancy, it only had to comply with whatever building code requirements were in force when it began operating. “Since these businesses were legally permitted,” Takara wrote, “Portland Fire & Rescue has no authority to require retroactive fire sprinklers in these businesses unless modifications are made that increase occupancy load.” So the city set about adding to its authority. CONT. on page 12

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“Portland Fire & rescue has no authority to require retroactive Fire sPrinklers in these businesses unless modiFications are made that increase occuPancy load.”

After the vote, fire officials notified 14 nightclubs that they needed to install sprinklers within the next 16 months. That was new information to almost all of them, since most were unaware the council was even considering a rule change. It was also an expensive proposition. Jeff Plew, a partner in two affected clubs, Duke’s Country Bar and Grill and the Dixie Tavern, quickly realized he would have to spend nearly $130,000 to install the sprinklers. Plew says fire officials threatened him with fines and possible closure if he didn’t comply in time. “It’s not right what they did,” he says now. “I’m not some guy from Las Vegas rolling around in a three-piece suit. I can’t afford this.” The new ordinance hit nightclub impresario Frank Faillace particularly hard. Faillace operates two Old Town clubs, Dante’s and the Star Theater. He tried to negotiate with the city for more time. Emails show

his pleas were rejected. “We either come up with the money and get it done, or we are out of business after December 31 of this year [2014],” Faillace wrote in an email to his landlord. In an email to Takara, Faillace said he spent “close to $100,000 installing these sprinkler systems.” He said he had to borrow the money, rather than pay for it out of operating cash flow, because Takara, the fire marshal, insisted the work be done by Jan. 1, 2015. Philip Ragaway, the owner of buildings containing two eastside clubs, Biddy McGraw’s and the now-defunct Alhambra Theatre, also faced a cash crunch. He spent about $173,000 to install sprinklers in both buildings. Ragaway, who has operated numerous nightclubs in Portland since 1993 and dealt with city and state regulators on numerous issues over the years, tells WW he’s never experienced a jolt as unexpected and unaffordable as the sprinkler ordinance. He says the cost of the new sprinklers forced him to raise the rent at the Alhambra Theatre from about $4,000 to about $7,000 a month—which caused the club to go out of business. “The moment I put sprinklers in, the rent had to go up,” Ragaway says. “My tenant was already behind and he couldn’t afford the sprinkler cost, so I had to pay and lost the tenant.” At least one club on the city’s list escaped the costly renovations. Silverado, a gay bar and strip club downtown, was informed by the city that it had to install sprinklers. Tom Breazeale, owner of Silverado, told an investigator he obtained bids for a sprinkler system that would have cost about $100,000 to install but that the city never responded to the plans he submitted for a permit. “Silverado never has installed the system and has never received a letter or a fine,” says Dixie Tavern owner Plew. “I think it’s unequal enforcement.” (Breazeale could not be reached.) On Sept. 18, 2014, records show, the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association approached the state Building Codes Division to complain about Portland’s new sprinkler ordinance. As its name suggests, the Building Codes Division sets statechristine dong

—Oregon Building Codes Division

In preparation for briefing the City Council, then-Fire Chief Erin Janssens emailed Takara seeking information to include in an FAQ document. “What public outreach was performed on this regulation?” Janssens asked. “None,” Takara replied. At a Sept. 4, 2013, council hearing on the sprinkler ordinance, Janssens talked about decades of nightclub fires all over the world and presented a brief video of the 2003 Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., which left 100 people dead at a Great White concert. “The fire has spread exponentially now at this point,” Janssens told the council, apologizing for the graphic nature of the footage. “People are getting burned.” City officials were alarmed. “I’m convinced one day we’re going to convene as a City Council after a tragedy has occurred, and we’ll do the same thing that I’m proposing,” Saltzman said. “So I hope we can do it now and hopefully save some lives.” A week later, the City Council passed the ordinance unanimously.

SUNNY, CHANCE OF SPRINKLES: When patrons climb up on the bar to dance at Dixie Tavern in Old Town, they are protected by a new sprinkler system. 12

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Today, the city of Portland and the Building Codes Division are at an impasse. Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Lt. Rich Chatman says Fire Marshal Takara cannot comment because of the division’s continuing investigation. “The fire marshal acted out of a desire for public safety,” Chatman says. “There was no intention to be punitive.” Building Codes Division officials also declined to comment on the case because it remains unresolved. In the conclusion of his report, however, Blechman lays out recommendations for next steps, including assessing penalties against the city and suing to compel it to cease enforcement of the 2013 sprinkler ordinance. Sean O’Day, general counsel for the League of Oregon Cities, says it’s rare for a state agency to sue a city. “In my experience, it is not common,” he says. Saltzman says he’s aware of the state investigation but was not interviewed for it. He says he’s convinced the sprinkler ordinance was the right step, and that it has made club patrons and employees safer. “There have been tragedies around the country and around the world,” Saltzman says. “I wasn’t going to have a tragedy on my watch when I had the authority to do something.” Although Saltzman says he’s confident the city’s legal position is sound, the club owners who collectively spent hundreds of thousands of dollars are not so sure. “There are more than 100 school buildings in this city that don’t have sprinklers or meet seismic code,” says Ragaway, the landlord of Biddy McGraw’s. “There are churches and nonprofits the city doesn’t go after. When I complain, they say, ‘Just raise the price of your drinks.’ It doesn’t work that way.”


wide standards for residential and commercial structures. Agency director Mark Long met with a representative of the city attorney’s office to discuss whether the city had the authority to force nightclubs to install sprinklers. The meeting did not go well. On Jan. 28, 2015, Long told the city attorney in writing he had “reason to believe that Portland’s ordinance may not be in conformance with Oregon law,” and said his division was opening a formal investigation. Oregon law prohibits cities from imposing rules that conflict with state building code. Yet Portland had done just that. The Building Codes Division began a formal investigation conducted by an employee named Adam Blechman. WW obtained a copy of Blechman’s report, which is dated April 14, 2016. As he began gathering documents from the city, including emails between fire officials, Blechman soon found evidence that city officials had known they were on shaky ground. Takara, the city fire marshal, had sent emails in 2013 to the state Fire Marshal’s Office in which he acknowledged that the city needed permission from the Building Codes Division before making any changes to the sprinkler code. “Takara acknowledged that existing structures cannot be required to add sprinkler systems,” Blechman writes in his report. “The state building code cannot be modified by a local jurisdiction.” But the city never sought nor received such permission. “Portland was keenly aware of this procedure,” Blechman writes, “but chose to ignore it.”

RISKY BUSINESS: The city wanted clubgoers and strippers at Silverado to be protected by sprinklers, but allegedly never got around to approving owner Tom Breazeale’s plans.

Bar Tabs

At least 14 Portland nightclubs were affected by the city’s 2013 sprinkler ordinance—an ordinance the state Building Codes Division now says is illegal. NIGEL JAQUISS.




Biddy McGraw’s

Founding publican Patricia “Biddy McGraw” O’Neill.

Philip Ragaway, who owns the building that houses Biddy’s, told a state Building Codes Division investigator he spent about $83,000 installing a sprinkler system in the buildings.

6000 NE Glisan St.

Ragaway, who also owns the Alhambra Theatre, says he spent about $90,000 putting in a sprinkler system there. In addition, he says the systems in both of his buildings cost about $7,000 a year to maintain.

Alhambra Theatre

Closing in 2015.

Duke’s Country Bar

Country dancing, Taylor Swift’s 2006 set.

Co-owner Jeff Plew told a state investigator he spent $94,000 on a sprinkler system for Duke’s.

Dixie Tavern 32 NW 3rd Ave.

Female patrons dancing on the bar, goldfish races.

Plew is also a co-owner of Dixie Tavern, where he spent about $35,000 installing sprinklers. He says he borrowed money at 14 percent interest to do so.


Karaoke From Hell.

The owner of the buildings that house Dante’s and the Star Theater shared emails with a state investigator in which Frank Faillace, the clubs’ owner, said he spent “close to $100,000” installing sprinklers at both venues.

Star Theater

Burlesque shows.


Electronica, Damian Lillard’s first live hip-hop show.

Co-owner Jarkko Cain told the state investigator the cost of installing a sprinkler system was $42,475.


Owner Patricia Greenlee told an investigator that 10 businesses shared the cost of installing sprinklers. Her share came to $11,000.

One of the city’s two gay strip clubs.

Owner Tom Breazeale said the bids for installing sprinklers came in at $70,000 to $80,000, with another $20,000 to hook up to city water. He never installed the system, he told an investigator, because the city never OK’d the plans he submitted.

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

14601 SE Division St.

350 W Burnside St.

13 NW 6th Ave.

1001 NE Morrison St.

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St.


310 SW 3rd Ave.

Faillace told his landlord he had to borrow money for sprinklers in both of his clubs, and complained to him about “some places operating as normal without the required fire sprinklers.”

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The Oil Boom

No Dab Rig? No Problem. Page 42.

On 710, a dab’ll do ya. By G R AC E C U L H A N E



In simpler times, July 10 was just the day before Free Slurpee Day. Nothing suspicious or marijuana-related or subversive to see here, folks. But the number 710, when viewed upside down, spells “OIL,” and those crazy kids decided to dedicate it to dabs—concentrated cannabis that you vaporize and inhale for a hit that’s stronger, cleaner and shorter-lasting than smoked flower. What will they think up next? Well, this is the first 710 that regular folks can participate in—recreational cannabis concentrates went on sale in Oregon only last month—and so, to prepare for the big dab day, we tested a variety of local products that fall under the umbrella term “cannabis concentrate.” Oil takes many forms, and we did our best to come up with a list that runs the gamut from shatter to crumble to live resin and more. If none of these words means anything to you, don’t worry, we defined them all as we reviewed each product.

SHATTER (Snap-and-Pull)

Golden Pineapple by Dr. Jolly’s ($35) 68.65% THC, 0.57% CBD Snap-and-pull is a form of hash oil that isn’t a liquid, but isn’t quite solid, either. Think of it as the texture of flattened caramel, but slightly sticky to the touch. Dr. Jolly’s snap-and-pull lives up to its name: It smells and tastes so strongly of pineapple that even a neophyte could pick it out of a lineup. There’s not much else going on here, just a kick in the face and PINEAPPLE in all caps. Notes: “Good! Full faceful PINEAPPLE.”

Shatter (Stable)

Headband OG by NW Kind ($30) 69.2% THC, 0% CBD If snap-and-pull feels like caramel, stable shatter is peanut brittle. There’s nothing sticky about it, and true Willamette Week JULY 6, 2016

to its name, it breaks into clean little pieces. NW Kind’s Headband shatter smells like juniper and tastes like black licorice. It’s so piney, you’ll feel just like a kid again, running naked through the forest under a harvest moon with nothing but a whittled flute, a handful of berries and your coyote pup for companionship. Notes: “Tastes like forest.”

Shatter (Unstable)

Pennywise Nug Run by White Label Extracts ($40) 42.24% THC, 16.96% CBD This unstable shatter looks and feels like sap; it’s gooey and sticky and clings to the paper when you unfold it. A nug run is a special type of concentrate produced by picking and choosing more desirable parts of the plant to run through butane extraction. With the second-lowest THC content of our concentrates, we were hoping that Pennywise would calm us down and make us feel less like we were about to die or light something on fire—unclear if it accomplished either. To prolong the candy metaphor, though, we’d describe it as the cannabis equivalent of a lemon Skittle that someone sat on by accident. Notes: “Flat 7Up.”

Shatter (Live Resin)

Wedding Cake by Liontree Farms ($50) 88.7% THC, 0.37% CBD Live resin is created by harvesting cannabis and immediately flash-freezing it before processing, rather than curing the buds first. Wedding Cake has the highest THC content of any of the concentrates we sampled. In other words, our Everest. We may have detected notes of celery and lemon, or that might just’ve been the riotous abyss of our minds playing tricks on us. It was pretty late in the game, so we’ll never know for sure. Notes: “CELERY with lemon, tuna sandwich with olive oil, lemon, lemon.”


Gorilla Glue #4 by Lunchbox Alchemy ($30) 58.2% THC, 0% CBD Crumble is made by whipping the hash oil, adding air and creating a lighter, flakier, waxier texture than other concentrates have. It’s often used as a bowl topper for this reason. Lunchbox Alchemy’s Gorilla Glue #4 was our last concentrate with a significant THC content. It tasted cold, bubbly, and pleasantly citrusy. Notes: “Tingly. Tingles the nostrils, smells like sea salt.”

CO2 Oil

Shark Shock by CO2 Company ($25+) 3.5% THC, 52.7% CBD This type of oil is extracted under high pressure on pricey industrial equipment. Usually available in cartridges attached to batteries for vaping, these are the pens everyone keeps sucking on at parties. The soft, sticky, taffylike substance is a pain to dab normally. We used it to balance out our THC high with some body-calming CBD. Notes: “Tyler says this will make me less high.”

CO2 Oil Twax Joint

Plushberry wrapped with Purple Afghani ($20) 21.9% THC, 0.1% CBD/54.09% THC, 1.65% CBD Twaxed joints are, sadly, still not available to recreational customers in Oregon. But we have a source. Created by stuffing a cone with flower grind and wrapping that with a thin sheet of CO2 oil-covered hemp paper, it’s a far less messy version of the long-popular joint that’s dipped in butane hash oil and rolled in hash. Meant for sharing at parties, or for experienced stoners who understand the trade-off between effects and terpenes. Notes: “The indica will put you out, the sativa will send you into the clouds, the hybrid is a roller coaster.”

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July 2 was supposed to be the day Slabtown restaurant The Bent Brick began a grand experiment by eliminating tips, as part of the gratuity-free THE BENT BRICK restaurant movement also joined by Le Pigeon, Farm Spirit, Luce, Navarre and Park Kitchen. Instead, chef-owner Scott Dolich announced the Bent Brick was closing, effective the same day. “Despite a fantastically talented and dedicated staff over the years, I was unable to create a consistently strong identity for the Bent Brick,” Dolich wrote, “and as a result our financials suffered.” After opening with modernist food under current Holdfast Dining chef Will Preisch, Bent Brick morphed into a sausage bar and then served nouveauAmerican fare before closing its doors.


PUNK IS DEAD: The Know, the Northeast Alberta Street punk-rock dive bar and concert venue, is closing later this year. Owner Ryan Stowe confirms the club’s final show will take place Nov. 30. For 11 years, the Know stood as Portland’s premier bastion of noise, filling its calendar with all manner of punk, metal and garage rock. As the neighborhood grew up around it, the Know served as Alberta’s lone holdout of dirty Old Portland. Stowe says his landlord recently raised the rent “150 percent,” making it impossible to remain in the current location. But he adds the venue is looking to relocate. “The yuppies won this round,” Stowe says, “but we’ll reopen in a better place, away from ‘Division Street Northeast.’”

B L O W P O N Y. C O M

FISH ARE JUMPING: There are three pieces of fishy news in Portland this week. First, Alberta Street Fish and Chips, which closed this March after building owners decided to remodel, will reopen in mid-July on Northeast 42nd Avenue just south of Killingsworth Street. Its new name will be 42nd Avenue Fish and Chips. >> In the former location of Hawthorne Lobster House at the edge of Ladd’s Addition, Portland native and former Las Vegas nightlife promoter Vase Georgiev plans to open a brunch-friendly sports bar this August called Vice Bar and Grill, serving crepes, bruschetta and American comfort fare. >> Meanwhile Le Pigeon sous chef Andrew Mace’s sustainable-seafood cart Maritime quietly opened June 14 at the Ocean food mall, serving clam sliders and head-on popcorn shrimp. Mace then told Portland Monthly on June 23 the cart was closing permanently, then told The Oregonian on June 28 that Maritime would pop up Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays inside the Ocean’s Han Oak event space this July, with a restaurant to follow sometime in 2018.


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monthly queer dance night Blow Pony has found a new home at Bossanova Ballroom on East Burnside Street after BLOW PONY being ejected from a nine-year residency at Euphoria/Branx in the eastside industrial district. Blow Pony and gay night Bearracuda were told their nights were ending at Euphoria, The Portland Mercury reported, after current Euphoria owner Mike Wolfson (who also owns queer-friendly North Portland club Killingsworth Dynasty) said incoming Euphoria business partner Paul Song of Red Cube wanted to end queer nights at the club in favor of consistent EDM programming. Blow Pony’s first night at Bossanova will be July 16, and it will return on the fourth Saturday of each month.



THURSDAY JULY 7 Amy Miller Live Album


[NO DICK JOKES] Kill Rock Stars brings the former queen of Portland comedy back from SoCal, just three months after her re-Californication. Joining Amy Miller in the Alberta Street Pub’s stellar recording space is Lydia Popowich, a “unique voice in a sea of dick jokes.” Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St., 503-284-7665. 7:30 and 10 pm. $12. 21+.

SATURDAY JULY 9 Mississippi Street Fair

[THE FAIREST] Possibly the summer’s biggest and best street fair, Mississippi becomes a river of humans, dogs, artisan vendors and pop-up patios offering barbecue or boozy slushies. North Mississippi Avenue between Fremont and Skidmore streets. 10 am. Free.

SUNDAY JULY 10 The Big Float

[FLOATERS] For the sixth year, Portlanders swarm the wide Willamette instead of driving over it. Three bands play the Bowl, and another will float on a barge, while you enjoy beers, free chair massages and 100-foot-long slip ’n’ slides on the west bank. Tom McCall Bowl, Waterfront Park, thebigfloat. com. 11 am. $10.

P.R.E.A.M. Bubble Brunch

The city’s best hip-hop pizzeria will sadly close July 23, but ease your pain by day drinking there, with brunchtime Veuve Clicquot, Hennyspiked sparklers and pizzas with flavors like Monte Cristo, strawberry-bechamel, and sausage-and-gravy. P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 503-231-2809. 11 am.

Todrick Hall’s stage musical Straight Outta Oz is the latest Wizard of Oz adaptation. Here’s other notable interpretations—ranked. BY M AT T H E W S I N GE R

For over a century, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has proven to be one of the most strangely malleable stories in all of American literature. Singer Todrick Hall is the latest to find pieces of his own autobiography in the tale of a murderous farm girl and her imaginary friends. It’s too early to say if the American Idol semifinalist’s traveling musical Straight Outta Oz will enter the pantheon of other notable interpretations we’ve ranked below.

1. Return to Oz (1985)

More likely to sync up with a Siouxsie and the Banshees album than Dark Side of the Moon, Disney’s nominal sequel to the 1939 classic— from that period in the ’80s when Hollywood released a rash of live-action fantasy adventure flicks intended to scar the childhoods of its target audience—recasts the Technicolor dream world of the MGM original as a postapocalyptic nightmare populated by creatures out of Sid and Marty Krofft’s worst acid trips. Dystopian fun for the whole family!

2. The Wiz Live! (2015)

Sure, Sidney Lumet’s 1978 post-disco retelling had Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, but NBC’s live production from last year had Mary J. Blige throwing shade, and enough gay innuendo to power a Miami Pride parade.

3. Aysecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (1971)

No-budget Turkish knockoffs of American cinematic classics always find ways to improve the source material—like, say, having the Lollipop Guild massacre a tribe of hammer-wielding cavemen with a cannon. It’s lit, as the kids say.

4. Not the Wizard of Oz (2013)

And then there’s the porn parody, which features almost as much singing as boning. (I’m told.) So it gets points for ambition. A million points off for the uninspired title, though, especially since The Jizzer of Oz was right there for the taking.


5. Oz (est. 1901)

As in Australia, a country that might as well have been founded as a giant Wizard of Oz theme park. They’ve got flying monkeys there, right?

6. The Wizard of Oz (1939) It’s aight.

7. Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) A prequel no one asked for, starring James Franco, the wizard of projects no one asked for.

8. Oz (1997-2003)

HBO’s gritty remake replaces Emerald City with a maximum security prison, “Dorothy” with a timid lawyer doing time for manslaughter… and, well, that’s sort of where the comparisons stop. Anyway, have you tried watching Oz lately? It hasn’t aged well. GO: Todrick Hall’s Straight Outta Oz is at Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., on Saturday, July 9. 7:30 pm. $27.50-$100. All ages.

[POST-EVERYTHING POP] Mitski Miyawaki’s new album, Puberty 2, is one of the year’s best records. The New York songwriter’s latest is a peerless glimpse into millennial malaise: wanting everything, needing nothing, getting something in between. Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-7439. 7 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. All ages.


[SLEAZE ROCK] Formed in 1989 from the ashes of Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez’s scuzz-rock outfit Pussy Galore, New York’s Boss Hog embraced pop hooks, dance groove and sex appeal. Its first record in 16 years, the Brood Star EP, was released this May, and it sounds like the band hasn’t missed a beat. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.

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= WW Pick. Highly recommended. By MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Editor: MARTIN CIZMAR. Email: See page 3 for submission instructions.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Dogfish Minute by Minute

Simple ApproAch

Bold FlAvor vegan Friendly

open 11-10


Famed Delaware brewery Dogfish Head makes three IPAs continuously hopped throughout the boiling process, leading theoretically to ultimate hoppiness. The first was its 90 Minute IPA—then Dogfish upped its game to 120, then dialed it back to 60. All three will be on tap at Saraveza for comparison, and a rep from Dogfish Head will be on hand to talk about what they do. Saraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth St., 503-206-4252, 6-9 pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 Weird Beer on the River

About 25 breweries—including plenty from Washington not available on Oregon taps—will make special weird beers for a party along the Columbia in Washougal. For $20 at the door, get a day pass and six tasters, or for $30 hang out both days. Marina Park, Washougal, Wash. 4-10 pm Friday, 2-10 pm Saturday. $17-$30.

SATURDAY, JULY 9 Champagne Safari

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

Cyril’s wine bar will do its best impression of nearby White Owl Social Club all afternoon with house and disco beats thumping on its spacious patio, plus Japanese grill meats from Biwa and Champagne cocktails. Organizers suggest you dress up in safari clothes. Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery, 815 SE Oak St., 503-206-7862. 2:30-8:30 pm. $10.

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Spanish Sherry Dinner

Sherry can go from desert-dry to wild funk to quaffs that might as well be butter—which makes it very suited to food pairings. Elevated tapas spot Ataula will host five sherries from famed Spanish producer González Byass paired with five courses that will include sherry-Marcona foie, octopus escabeche, and ribeye steak. Call for tickets. Ataula, 1818 NW 23rd Place, 503-477-9521. 6 pm. $120.

Bubble Brunch

Sigh, Portland’s greatest hip-hop pizzeria, P.R.E.A.M., is closing July 23 because you didn’t visit enough. Ease your pain by day drinking there at brunch, with $18 Veuve Clicquot and $12 Hennyspiked sparklers. The pizzas come in flavors like Monte Cristo, strawberry-bechamel, and sausageand-gravy. Don’t consider Bubble Brunch the hair of the dog that bit you—it’s a whole new dog, and the P.R.E.A.M.-free hangover is forever. P.R.E.A.M., 2131 SE 11th Ave., 503-231-2809. 11 am.

AIN’T HATIN’: Chicken, pikliz and diri ak pwa.

Jouk Li Jou

Pikliz is the kimchi of Haiti, a searingly hot habanero-pickled cabbage-and-carrot salad that becomes an immediate obsession after the first taste. It looks harmlessly cool and refreshing, then it lights up your tongue like night baseball. But unless you catch chef Gregory Gourdet on the right day at swanky rooftop restaurant Departure, there’s only one place in Portland you can find homestyle Haitian pikliz. Northeast Alberta Street’s Jouk Li Jou food cart is the only dedicated Haitian eatery in town—perhaps even the first. At the 3-month-old cart—named after a Haitian saying that means working hard to make a better life—Mathilde Aurelien Wilson cooks the food she grew up with in the impoverished Beaumont region of southern Haiti. The menu ranges from goat curry to beef stew to the lightly peppery Haitian pork loin dish called griot ($8), served with a startlingly good bitter-orange dipping sauce every bit as addictive as the pikliz, plus fried green plantains and basmati rice beautifully savory with meat drippings. Haitian fare betrays a wild mix of influences, from African to French to Spanish to Taino. At Jouk Li Jou, you can find a subtly curried bone-in goat dish ($7) redolent with meat flavor, accompanied by rice and sweet-potato salad, and a Continentally herbed pork tenderloin plate that somehow only costs $5 with pikliz and that wonderful gravied rice. The plates are no-frills, no-nonsense country-style cooking—though Wilson ran an eco-resort in Saint Croix for a decade—but however humble the presentation, that $5 chicken rice-and-pikliz plate offers a slow-roasted thigh that’s as moist and tender as any in town, pungent with garlic and the warm acidic notes of roasted citrus. On our recent visit, all dishes came with basmati. But on other days, dishes may come with a side of diri ak pwa, Haiti’s ubiquitous scotch-bonnet red beans and rice staple. If you’re luckier than we were, you’ll arrive on a day when Wilson is serving up joumou, the pumpkin soup served on Haitian independence day. But you can’t go wrong here, especially at low prices that seem to fly in the face of all accepted food-cart economics. Jouk Li Jou may help support the Haitian school charity the Wilson family founded, but it’s easy to feel like the sole beneficiary while piling into a $5 plate of tender pork loin. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. EAT: Jouk Li Jou Haitian Cookshack Cafe, 1505 NE Alberta St., 340244-4802. 11 am-8 pm Monday-Friday, 11 am-8:30 pm Saturday.

3. Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth St., 503-764-9701. Thai chicken and fresh, earthy, complex flavors. $$.

MONDAY, JULY 11 Obon Vegan Kaiseki

Obon chefs Fumiko Hozumi and Jason Duffany will pop up at Portobello for a $60, seven-course formal Japanese dinner that will include small plates like stuffed shishitos, pea and corn tofu, seared eggplant with house-made miso, plus an optional $30 drink pairing. Seatings are at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. RSVP at Portobello Vegan Trattoria, 1125 SE Division St.,503-754-5993. 6:30 pm. $60.


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1. Please Louise

1505 NW 21st Ave., 503-946-1853. The basic, modern pizzeria that Slabtown needed—with restrained cocktails and well-made dough. $$.

2. Sadie Mae’s

10530 SE Washington St., 503-257-0660. Reel M Inn chicken, but uncrowded and in Gateway. Great. $.

4. Garagiste

1225 N Killingsworth St., 503-954-3959, A great spot in food-starved North Portland, with hyper-fresh local ingredients like Oregon-caught steelhead trout. $-$$.

5. Laurelhurst Market

3155 E Burnside St., 503-206-3097, Near-perfect, spicy parking-lot chicken. $.



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THE PEARL OF SANDY: Classic cocktails and even more classic food at Clyde’s.


upset that we got rid of one of our cocktail ryes,” said our server on the bar side during one visit, referring to the obscure ’60s party snack of melted cheese on rye with fondue dip. But the new protein on that voluminous Cobb is a rare and lovely thing, a house-smoked turkey BY M AT T H E W KO R F H AGE that’s tender, moist, and full of oaky flavor. And that stroganoff ($16)? The noodles are now thick, fresh At Clyde’s Prime Rib, time seemingly has no sway. and a bit al dente. The meat atop it is prime rib, It’s like an episode of Doctor Who where dinosaurs with a richly flavorful gravy. It’s the best version of the fucked-up TV-dinner food I ever expect to have make friends with robots. The sprawling, 62-year-old Sandy Boulevard in town—leaving aside the much-different beefsteak house the shape of a castle rampart—com- tongue stroganoff at Russian spot Kachka. Clyde’s trademark 28-day aged prime rib is now plete with a full suit of armor at the door—is the only place in Portland you’ll ever see nattily dressed also dry-aged an additional five days, and the same 70-year-olds arrive at a dim and packed lounge to meat as in the $19-to-$37 slabs pops up in surprisingly inexpensive places. The eat beef stroganoff at 10 pm on a $13 prime rib bites swimming Sunday, while in the next booth a Order this: Beef stroganoff ($16), 25-year-old with a braided man prime rib bites with mushrooms ($15). in au jus come with wonderful garlic mushrooms for $2 more, bun and tattoos digs into a $15 Best deal: 20 wings for $14. and a $12 French dip comes 8-ounce prime rib special. I’ll pass: Dessert in general. stacked with tender prime rib. A new owner took over But there’s still plenty at Clyde’s Clyde’s at the end of last year, and while the food menu remains a deeply anach- that needs fixing. A $29 12-ounce, medium-rare ribronistic mélange of ’50s-era dishes like prime rib eye was unpleasantly tough at its price point, and soup and oysters Rockefeller, the eatery has been an overtorched, milky-middled creme brulee failed quietly upgrading the way the food is made, keep- completely. The young should avoid the sedately ing the familiar items but improving the sourcing white-tableclothed dining room, where septuagenarians sup under smoke-stained replicas of Verand making more ingredients from scratch. The restaurant’s previous owner, Clyde Jenkins, meer paintings. On our visit, service was so bizarre had already revived the place a decade ago by bring- and slow, it felt like an episode of John Cleese’s ing live music to the dimly lit, red-walled lounge— Fawlty Towers—a parade of forgotten orders and whether packed Sunday night jazz or a grinding disappearing acts, in which each (excellent) sidecar R&B dance floor on weekends—rescuing the Prime cocktail was carried singly and wobblingly with two Rib from its moldering afterlife as a poor man’s cupped hands, at five-minute intervals. “Some people are really talented and can RingSide and retirement home away from home. But the one thing Jenkins didn’t seem to bring two drinks at a time,” said our server. “But that’s not me.” upgrade was the food. But that deep-boothed lounge maintains its In December, Clyde’s was bought by Alex Bond—who also owns Saint Cupcake and Nob Hill beautiful, almost sultry vibe even when there’s a Italian spot Serratto. Bond told WW he loves the Monday piano man singing the Lion King theme restaurant’s old-school atmosphere—and expanded with no traces of irony, let alone during a rollicking the lounge’s live music to all week—but alongside Wednesday blues set. Order a classic-recipe daisome new paint and a new patio out front, he’s also quiri or Manhattan, and impress your Tinder date with the best American-style stroganoff in town. gradually giving the menu some subtle sprucing. Any change at all is, of course, a very dangerous business proposition in a place where 30-year cus- EAT: Clyde’s Prime Rib, 5474 NE Sandy Boulevard, 503-281-9200, tomers voice terrified outrage when you swap the Noon-midnight Monday-Thursday, noon-1 am proteins in the Cobb salad. “Somebody was really Friday, 5 pm-1 am Saturday, 5 pm-midnight


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Alice in Chains, the New Regime

[GRUNGE METAL] Seattle’s Alice in Chains may be routinely lumped in with grunge due to geographic proximity, but the band actually signed to a major label a year before Nirvana made its leap to Geffen. Its sound was darker and more metallic than any of its regional contemporaries, yet its flare for melodic hooks sold tens of millions of records throughout the ’90s. Doomed riffs and dark themes characterized the music, but Layne Stayley’s harmonic yarling was the make-or-break point for most fans. He finally succumbed to an inevitable overdose in 2002, giving the band an opportunity to work with presumably healthy and reliable vocalist William DuVall. Comeback single “Check My Brain,” from 2009, was heavy as hell, primarily based on a single bending note. Alice in Chains is touring now in advance of its sixth album in nearly 30 years. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Ave. 8 pm. $45-$65. All ages.

Oklahoma’s answer to Radiohead. Ever since the group’s excellent debut, frontman Jesse Tabish has been ruminating on the same technological paranoia as Thom Yorke, though with fewer surprises and less time between albums. The group’s third, Rituals, features equal parts acoustic and electronic orchestrations, with opulent strings, futuristic blips and labyrinthine melodies immediately recalling Kid A. The ghostly harmonies and Tabish’s falsetto add to the resemblance. In the end, though, Other Lives lament their own way. BRANDON WIDDER. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

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Other Lives, Sandy Loam

[FUTURE-FOCUSED OKIES] It once seemed as though Other Lives were poised to become





Garth Brooks

My parents went to see him in Kentucky when I was a kid. My dad said it was the best concert he’d ever seen, which made me know he was a pussy. They hung Garth’s fat ass from a crane and flew him over the audience just to make his songs bearable.

2 Sam Hunt Why this is considered “country” is beyond me. It’s fucking pop rap. Vanilla Ice already did this. And did it better. And that’s not a compliment. This is everything that’s wrong with modern country music. 3 Kenny Chesney He played Philly the same night we played there, and he sold 50,000 tickets. We sold…less than that. Am I jealous? Of course. Everyone’s saying he’s the next Jimmy Buffett, and I hated the first Jimmy Buffett. 4 Pitbull Pitbull played the CMT Awards last month. Let that sentence sink in. That’s how fucked country music is nowadays. And I had to sit through that shit. At a fucking country show! 5 Reba McEntire I just wanted to put her name on this list because I’d like to make love to her. I thought for sure becoming a major country star would get it done, but so far, nothing. But in case she has a Google alert and sees this—Reba, call me. SEE IT: Wheeler Walker Jr. plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Birdcloud, on Thursday, July 7. 8 pm. $17.50 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.


attempting to approximate something from that era, Stooges-y, inspired by David Bowie.” “We recorded [2014’s] La Isla Bonita in Ed’s basement in Portland while we all stayed at his house,” Saunier says, attempting to find some through line BY DOM SIN ACOLA @SinacoLad to Deerhoof’s process. “Ed had double duty—making smoothies and accounting for everyone’s coffee-verDeerhoof is indie’s Rosetta Stone. sus-tea preferences—and also get us set up to record. For the past 20 years, the San Francisco band has “On The Magic, it was John who had to do all that. He been pulling at all the semantic threads of rock music, set up recording equipment in a rented office space in diagramming a language unmistakably its own from Albuquerque and made breakfast and played guitar.” the grammar of garage, surf, pop, avant-garde and Rarely has a band so egalitarian managed to punk. Deerhoof is beloved by weirdos and technical survive for so long, especially with members scatwizards alike, self-producing its albums while seem- tered across the country. Dieterich and Saunier ingly never compromising the prerogative to conduct acknowledge that this is how it has to be. “We have all business on its own terms. The band has four songwriters in the band, so there’s no been regarded as peers by every manner pattern to it,” Saunier says. “The only of icon, from Yoko Ono to Radiohead, way we know if [a song is] right is if from Sonic Youth to David Bowie all four of us says it’s right, which to David Byrne, proving over the almost never happens, because course of 14 albums and countless we have totally different taste.” ancillary projects that it’s capable There’s no secret to being of bewitching anyone. Deerhoof, then? And, as with every record “ When I first joined the —DEERHOOF’S to come before, on latest album band in ’99,” Dieterich says, JOHN DIETERICH The Magic, the group drills ever “there was this feeling in popuinward toward an essential Deerhoof lar culture that there’s a short sound—whatever that means. shelf life for when [a band] is per“The trick is, if you’ve made 15 ceived as being in their creative prime. records—or whatever, I have no idea how We didn’t believe that. We have to keep writmany—what is there still to say?” says guitarist John ing, we have to keep getting better at our craft, Dieterich.“What are you going to do next?” we have to get smarter and stay curious.” Dieterich, singer-bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, For musicians who quit their day jobs together guitarist Ed Rodriguez and drummer Greg Sau- in 2003 to focus on touring, it’s taken over a decade nier approached The Magic as they have pretty to confirm that such intimacy is what keeps them much everything else: ready to define themselves vital. “The more we tour—you really get this sense by seeing how many expectations they could undo. that a close connection [with fans] can only happen Or, as Dietrich puts it, “taking advantage of happy between people in a room together,” Dieterich says. accidents—or even unhappy accidents.” “More and more, you sense the importance of that.” “We received an email on a Friday saying that a He stops, quickly asking, “Is our show all-ages? We TV show, which turned out to be Vinyl, was look- try to play all-ages whenever we can.” ing for music,” he says. The show needed music It is. “Yes!” Dieterich exclaims, finally providing by Monday. “None of us had any idea if anyone some clarity to his band. “We’re the good guys!” else was working on it, so I wrote something, Greg wrote something, and Ed wrote something. None SEE IT: Deerhoof plays Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110, with Skating Polly and Savila, on of it got used, so we ended up with songs that were Thursday, July 7. 9 pm. $13. All ages.


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for a double-platinum collection of emote-along anthems that forged the blueprint for “Iris,” the most-played song of 1998. Meanwhile, a succession of hook-laden bubblegum-grunge singles pushed the eponymous sophomore LP from Georgia’s collective Soul triple platinum and inadvertently helped birth nu-metal. Remarkably, the groups persevered through the remaining decades as lost battalions forever touring new albums of damnable consistency and dimming rewards. JAY HoRton. Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. 6 pm. $44-$83. All ages.

Big Thief, Luke Temple

[BRooKLYn’S FInESt] Singersongwriter Adrianne Lenker knows how to pen a good song. She’s been doing it for several years alongside her longtime collaborator, guitarist Buck Meek. But only under Big thief—a Brooklyn buzz band if there ever was one—has her lo-fi folk and stark imagery been given the full-band overhaul. on their Saddle creek debut, Masterpiece, the quick-fingered Meek plays musical counterpoint to Lenker, whose fragile voice consistently seems as if it might buckle under the sheer weight of her epiphanies and the band’s muscular feedback. Her surefooted nature ensures it never does, though, which makes the group’s examinations on what it means to be human both tender and completely volatile. BRAnDon WIDDER. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Too $hort

[GoDFAtHER oF tHE WESt] “You see I got all my game from the streets of california,” too Short rapped on 1996’s “Gettin’ It.” the streets of california could say the same about Short. the L.A.-born, oakland-made legend has been a pioneer of the california rap sound since the mid‘80s, laying deep funk samples over 808-heavy, synth-driven beats. But it’s Short’s cadence that captivates the ear—clear and confident, the rapper has never wasted a syllable. In his historic career the 50-year-old Mc has gone toe-to-toe with everyone from the notorious B.I.G. to Jay-Z, E-40 to Lil’ Jon, spitting raw, pimp-powered stories and ass-worshipping club hits. His catalog is deep and classic because he has never wavered. too Short is a hip-hop’s living landmark. Go pay your respects. MAttHEW ScHonFELD. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm. $25. All ages.

Yumi Zouma, Calm Candy

[DREAM PoP] the four members of new Zealand’s Yumi Zouma are illustrated sans facial features on the cover of their debut full-length, Yoncalla, but that doesn’t mean the album is impersonal. Under the multilayered synths and christie Simpson’s crystalline, electronically processed voice lies a deeply intimate album. After all, it’s the first project the band has composed while they were all in the same room instead of oceans apart. But you won’t be pondering their backstory when you’re bopping along to their well-crafted stacks of moody, bubblegum synths. You’ll be too busy floating along in their warm, glittery sound. SHAnnon GoRMLEY. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 8:30 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

SATURDAY, JULY 9 Lubec, Curse League, Two Moons, Quone

Lena Willikens, Isabella, Natural Magic

TV Heads, Souvenir Driver, Meringue

[ALL tHInGS InDIE] tV Heads open their debut EP, Total Fucker, with folksy guitar and droning, lo-fi synths. Maybe that combination would have seemed strange a couple years ago, but in 2016, it makes perfect sense. Total Fucker is like a collage of everything going on in indie rock right now, from folk rock to pop rock, with co-ed harmonies, touches of dreamy keys, gravelly female vocals and nasally male vocals. But all those musical interests seem as if they’re working toward the common goal of climactic songs with euphoric ambitions. SHAnnon GoRMLEY. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $8. 21+.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society

[ALt contRoL DELEtE] on March 14, 1995, a pair of unheralded bands from forgotten club scenes simultaneously released landmarks that would soon shape Alternative nation. on fifth full-length A Boy Named Goo, Buffalo punkers the Goo Goo Dolls softened their Replacements crunch

[SHoEGAZE noISE] For those of us lucky enough to actually grow up in the ’90s, the sounds that carried us through that seminal era of angst are returning, reimagined by a more emo-

The Dickies, the Queers, My New Vice

[BRonZE cHUcK tAYLoRS] the passage of time has done a number on the goofy gross-out sense of humor that once seemed so jovial over at now-defunct Lookout Records, home to the Queers and spiritually descended from the Dickies. Since the ’90s pop-punk Goliath went under, many of the label’s most admired bands now seem a little crude in retrospect, but for those of us who can still take a joke made in poor taste, plenty of hooks remain to ease the absence of political correctness. When pop in punk still implied that it sounded like a distorted Phil Spector cover, both these bands delivered consistently. cRIS LAnKEnAU. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 9 pm. $18. 21+.


[FRYInG tHE cooP] It’s the classic rock’n’roll biography: a boy raised in a chicken coop dons a white mask and a KFc bucket, picks up a guitar and ventures into the unknown to alert the world of the ongoing poultry genocide being committed in our nation’s fast-food kitchens. Along the way, he meets and jams with everyone from Les claypool and Bootsy collins to a cornrowed being resembling Axl Rose. Homer himself couldn’t have written a better odyssey. As archetypal as Buckethead’s story is, his musical output is anything but, cutting a swath from prog-metal to jazz-funk to bluegrass, all linked by his preter-

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[oUtERnAtIonAL RHYtHM] S1’s resident collective Women’s Beat League is dedicated to flipping the paradigm of dance music. through workshops and a vast synth library, the stated goal is to enable women and individuals who identify outside the gender binary to find a voice through electronic music, hosting world-renowned DJs to provide extra motivation. German producer and DJ Lena Willikens’ take on techno is less indebted to four-on-the-floor rhythms than it is to the cinematic gaze of industrial club music. ominous by design, her minimal compositions are brassy and low-toned, with hits like “Phantom Delia” integrating electro-bass within a mechanical groove. Fresh off a MoMA PS1 spectacular with theo Parrish, Williken’s hypnotic live sets are obtuse yet funky, making local beat merchants natural Magic an ideal complement for the night’s showdown, which also features a punishing live hardware performance by Boston’s Isabella. WYAtt ScHAFFnER. S1, 4148 NE Hancock St. 9:30 pm. $15. 21+.

tionally driven generation. In place of Sonic Youth and Slowdive, you’ve got Lubec and two Moons. Blend Refused and the Get Up Kids and you’ve got Seattle’s curse League and locals Quone. And in this one bill, we’ve got the present-day representation of what guided us to the bitter existence we live today. cERVAntE PoPE. Anarres Infoshop, 7101 N Lombard St. 9 pm. $5. All ages.

Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som [POST-EVERYTHING POP] Mitski Miyawaki packages ornate gestures in ramshackle boxes. She asks big questions, pondering her purpose in the universe and her meaninglessness on the planet by wondering where the rent money is going to come from in the same breath that she wishes she could backpack through Europe, or whatever it is that recent college grads do. Which means that, as much as you may wish Mitski would abandon her angst and grow up—i.e., give up—already, accepting that adulthood has no room for wanderlust, that endless vein of dissatisfaction makes her fourth album, the perfectly titled Puberty 2, one of the year’s most essential records. From flaky electro-pop (“Happy”) and seething garage rock (undoubtedly the year’s best guitar song, “Your Best American Girl”) to an ironic motorik ditty (“Dan the Dancer”) and achingly sincere bloodletting (“My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars”), the New York songwriter’s latest is a peerless glimpse into millennial malaise: wanting everything, needing nothing, getting something in between. Her live show will undoubtedly work the same way—it may not be everything you want, but it’ll definitely be what you need. Also: lots of awesome-sounding guitars. DOM SINACOLA. Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-7439. 7 pm Monday, July 11. $13 advance, $15 day of show. All ages. Willamette Week JULY 6, 2016



naturally shredtastic six-string wizardry. Beginning in 2010, he entered a period of prolificacy that would make Robert Pollard’s head spin, releasing 234 individual albums in six years. Why? When you’re most famous for wearing a chicken bucket on your head, the question is always, why not? MATTHEW SINGER. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St. #110. 7:30 pm. $22.50. 21+.

Mark Lanegan, Sean Wheeler

[SCREAMING TREE] It’s hard not to root for Mark Lanegan. The Ellensburg, Wash., native co-founded Screaming Trees, one of the best grunge acts to come out of the Pacific Northwest, before famously moving on to Queens of the Stone Age in a guest-star role. Lanegan has carved out a busy solo career since, built around his gravelly voice and propensity for brooding rock ’n’ roll. His most recent release, Phantom Radio, is a stirring, bluesleaning LP, an album showing a legend maintaining his good form. MARK STOCK. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $28.50. 21+.

Dixie Chicks, Anderson East, Josh Herbert

[NEW DEAL COUNTRY] While far from the only celebrities to speak out against the Iraq war, the Dixie Chicks were the first superstars to slam the president from the realm of New Country. If their heel turn incurred the wrath of Toby Keith and saw their records dumped from a few outlets, the trio still walked away the most successful female band in American history (13 Grammys, 30 million albums sold). This tour, their first stateside headlining jaunt since 2006, glosses over their earliest and most conventional hits for a wide-open showcase of incendiary bluegrass and goofy agitprop, projecting images of a horned Donald Trump amid husband-murder ballad “Goodbye Earl.” A boatload of covers, meanwhile, skips Nashville entirely to interpret Beyoncé, Ben Harper, Lana Del Rey and Prince. One suspects they never much liked Cracker Barrel anyhow. JAY HORTON. Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash. 7 pm. $43-$137. All ages.

Believe You Me: Octo Octa, Mightykat

[INTERSECTIONAL HOUSE] Octo Octa knows firsthand how inclusive the club can be. Having made a transition as a transgender artist over the past few years, Maya BoudryBoulson finds her retro-leaning house tracks and the crowds they frenzy as closure, slowly integrating her dualistic persona into the public sphere. After breaking out through the 100% Silk label, questions of identity only seek to affirm her status as a soughtafter electronic artist, lending additional credence to tracks like “Who Will I Become,” from 2013’s Between Two Selves. Despite Boudry-Boulson’s tumult, Octo Octa’s labyrinthine rhythmic patterns and shimmering synth washes remain intact. WYATT SCHAFFNER. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 9 pm. Contact venue for ticket information. 21+.

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Judy Collins

[FOLK-ART SONG] Crystalline in its purity of tone, capable of delicacy or stridency depending on the song, Judy Collins’ voice was one of the signature sounds of the ’60s folk revival. No less essential was her ear for a great songwriting voice: Collins introduced the likes of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen to a wider public. One of her latest such nods, on last year’s duet collection Strangers Again, is to dearly departed Portland bard Dave Carter, who died 13 years ago this month. Collins summoned no less a legend than Willie Nelson to cover one of Carter’s and partner Tracy Grammer’s definitive duets, the eerily prescient epitaph “When I Go.” It’s a belated honor for Carter, and reassurance that both Collins’ voice and ear remain in excellent shape. JEFF ROSENBERG. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie


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Wave Collector WHO: Neal Wright (keyboards, production, vocals). FOR FANS OF: The Album Leaf, Múm, Brian Eno’s Music for Airports series. SOUNDS LIKE: An MDMA fever-dream flashback of early adulthood’s chill-out tent. Neal Wright has no problem living in the moment. He isn’t just minding the small, fleeting details of his life, either. He’s hunting for them with a recorder and committing them to tape. And with his sparse, melancholic electronic project Wave Collector, Wright is actually repurposing those trivialities— the sounds that come from inanimate objects, like the squeal of friction when you move wood or metal against itself, or the drone of something you hear almost constantly in a workaday situation, like a humming AC unit or a squeaking door—into sonic Polaroids that exist somewhere between a diary entry and a dream. Wright’s foray into ambient electronica was initially intended as a respite from Burner Courage, the full-band project he formed soon after moving to Portland from Boulder, Colo. Suffering from the usual indie-rock pitfalls of struggling to book gigs and get each member to the same level of dedication, Burner Courage amicably split a year before its record was released. “We’d lost momentum,” Wright says. “I was so new to the business of booking and promotion. It was overwhelming.” After getting the Burner Courage LP pressed and released on his own, Wright was able to absolve himself of the ambitions he’d carried from his hometown. Getting the album out acted as a gesture of closure for one project that eventually offered the spark for his next venture. “I was in this new place where I suddenly didn’t have bandmates,” he says. “It was so freeing to record something and not have to translate it for a band. That really got me excited— to have that outlet of just raw output and full control over when I play shows and what the final composition sounds like.” On Catalog of Stolen Worlds, his first album as Wave Collector, Wright employs found sounds in minimal, restrained flourishes. Snippets of conversation make appearances in and out of their original context, the voyeuristic element lost in a soothing ambient haze of simple, synthetic chord progressions. The bumps, slips and throwaway lines are subsumed back into sparse collages so deceivingly simple you wonder how you could be moved so much by so little. It might not be obvious to the listener, but in that collection of somber notes and tones, Wright is authoring a kind of autobiography, allowing him to relive small moments in time—first as archivist, then later as artist. “Our memories as human beings kind of take on a life of their own once you add a few years,” he says. “I’ve almost thought of these songs as the way memory is distorted over time. I’m taking something that was fresh and didn’t have a lot of context and didn’t have time to have emotions attached to it as it was recorded. But as I went back and listened to it, I’m reliving it through the lens of time— looking back on the past with this nostalgia.” CRIS LANKENAU. SEE IT: Wave Collector plays Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Copy and Dylan Stark, on Wednesday, July 6. 8:30 pm. $6 advance, $7 day of show. 21+.

DATES HERE Ave. 8 pm. $42 advance, $45 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Ducktails, the Lavender Flu

[AMBLING INDIE] Matt Mondanile can’t seem to shake his comfort zone, which remains a blessing and a curse for Ducktails. The New Jersey native (and former Real Estate guitarist) has smeared his wistful bedroom pop with airy vocals and feathery string arrangements for a solid decade, resulting in a collection of breezy tunes that never flutter from their foundation. St. Catherine, an LP aided by Elliott Smith producer Rob Schnapf, is another to add to the books. The glistening guitars ebb and flow alongside the musician’s drowsy nuances, carrying listeners through the same sonic daydream Mondanile began churning out on his vintage Jazzmaster in the early aughts. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9:30 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY, JULY 11 Slaid Cleaves

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Raised in Maine but long since moved to Austin, Slaid Cleaves has earned the mantle of a great Texas songwriter, aided by a voice that lances your heart and makes you bleed empathy. One has to respect his apparent attention to craft at the expense of prolificacy. Three years on from his last album, the Billboard countrycharting Still Fighting the War, all Cleaves has to offer for a new release is a digital grab bag of demos and instrumental versions. On the plus side, that might mean he shows up at the Rose with a few new tunes to share. JEFF ROSENBERG. Alberta Rose, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

We Are Scientists, the Palms

[INDIE PUNK] Ten years ago, NYC duo We Are Scientists turned out With Love and Squalor, a record so of its time that it still seems to fit almost too well. While the world had been beaten over the head with indie-rock acts that left fans discontent, We Are Scientists added fuzz and an attractive carelessness to the genre, with anthemic jams like “Can’t Lose” that managed to avoid coming across as too serious and self-reflective without sacrificing tooth. The band is still at it, having released Helter Seltzer earlier this year, and though it’s not quite the soundtrack of an era, it still bows to the searing guitar and general swagger that separated the band from the pack early on. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

Heaven for Real, Havania Whaal, Golden Hour

[INDIE GARAGE] Heaven really is for real. At least, it is when you hail from the beautifully landscaped maritime province of Nova Scotia, like Heaven for Real. The Mint Records noobs drop new LP Kill Your Memory just days after they flow through Portland, and if “Subliminal” is any sort of indicator, the boys are still doling out experimental pop rock sprinkled with alt-jazz arrangements and poetic wordplay à la the Microphones. CERVANTE POPE. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $7. 21+.

TUESDAY, JULY 12 Boss Hog, Hurry Up

[SLEAZE-ROCK REUNION] New York’s Boss Hog formed in 1989 from the ashes of Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez’s seminal scuzzrock outfit Pussy Galore. By that time, the married duo had reached the limits of lo-fi blues deconstruction, and began embracing pop hooks, dance groove and sex appeal. Naughty album covers featured Martinez in the buff, but that

was beside the point. Boss Hog rocked. Its first release in 16 years, Brood Star, was released this May, and despite Martinez and Spencer’s divorce, it sounds like the band hasn’t missed a beat. NATHAN CARSON. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.

Margaret Glaspy

[TOUGH SHIT] Don’t let the pigtail braids and big eyes fool you: Margaret Glaspy’s got grit. “You haven’t got a clue, so don’t tell me what to do,” the songwriter growls over primal drums and a rough, bluesy guitar on her recent album, Emotions and Math. She slugs through a dozen songs in a mere 34 minutes without letting up on her instrumental or lyrical ferocity, but that doesn’t mean her music isn’t vulnerable or candid. Glaspy’s songs have the unique ability to sound seriously tough while still coming across like an outstretched hand. SHANNON GORMLEY. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Mel Brown B3 Band 20th Anniversary

[LOCAL LEGENDS] Portland’s best (and almost only) jazz club celebrates 20 years in business this week with all-star performances from some of its best regular performers, the best of which will be the sopping, groovy power that emanates from Mel Brown’s organ band. A powerhouse headed by Portland’s drummer king, the band had fans lined up around the block when it debuted two decades ago, and has continued to enthrall on Thursday nights ever since. In addition to its current lineup, original members like local hero Thara Memory will be on hand to join in the festivities, simmering over standards from Jimmy Smith and beyond. See for a full list of Jimmy Mak’s anniversary concerts. PARKER HALL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. 7 pm Thursday, July 7. $15 general admission, $20 reserved seating. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.

The Miscreants

[FLEETING TRIO] Some of the greatest jazz bands in history have been fleeting amalgamations of all-stars. They are musical pop-ups that create stunning melodies and solos while they last, but with members that dissolve into other sonic settings just a few short months later. Such is the case with the Miscreants, a trio consisting of three of the jazz world’s most accomplished non-marquee names: drummer Scott Amendola, bassist Trevor Dunn and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Old friends, the three speak a groovy, innovative common tongue, performing original compositions and classics before fading into the musical ether. PARKER HALL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm Friday, July 8. $20. 21+.

Wayne Horvitz’s Zony Mash

[GROOVY JAZZ] When acclaimed New York avant-jazz keyboardist Wayne Horvitz moved to Seattle a couple decades back, he started a quartet named after an obscure Meters song, and it quickly became one of the Northwest’s hottest jazzfunk-groove bands. As the everrestless Horvitz moved onto various acoustic projects, Zony reunions have been infrequent and usually confined to Seattle. So it’s a too-rare treat to see this incendiary combination of Horvitz’s sizzling B3 or electric piano and Timothy Young’s roaring guitar, goosed along by the propulsive rhythm section of Andy Roth and Keith Lowe. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St. 10 pm Saturday, July 9. $10. 21+.

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Azealia Banks FRIDAY, JULY 8 In a time when artists arguably have a greater platform than ever to speak their minds, New York-born rapper Azealia Banks refuses to let anyone shut her up. The 25-year-old has become infamous for her constant commentary on everything from the appropriation of hip-hop to the falseness of Beyoncé. If you think taking shots at Queen Bey is blasphemy, you probably won’t like what Banks stands for, which is saying whatever the fuck she wants. And I mean whatever. The woman has no chill, which has gotten her into some hot water but also earned her a diehard throng of followers who love her precisely for her brashness. To help you determine which side of the fence you fall on, here are some of her most high-profile beefs to date. A brief history of beefs involving hip-hop’s most unchill Twitter troll.

Sarah Palin

This was technically caused by a miscommunication when Banks reacted, shall we say, passionately to a fake online article that quoted Palin as saying slavery wasn’t forced on African-Americans—which, to be fair, doesn’t sound like too much of a stretch for Palin. Upon hearing that the quote was fabricated, Banks apologized, but Palin didn’t accept and instead threatened to sue for defamation, to which Banks responded, “My only mistake was insinuating that SP might have sex with anyone but her cousin.”

Kendrick Lamar

Even hip-hop’s critical darling isn’t safe from Banks’ wrath. King Kendrick drew her ire when, in an interview with Billboard, he said black people have to respect themselves before police could. It’s an extremely complex issue, so I won’t begin to determine who was right here. What I do know is that, somehow, corny Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco joined the convo and, amid all the headiness, got called a “spicy taco” by Banks.

Zayn Malik

This is an example of Banks at her worst. After accusing the former One Direction band member of stealing elements from one of her music videos, Malik responded via a subtweet, leading Banks to fire back with multiple homophobic and racist slurs. Malik, who’s of Pakistani descent, shrugged it off—as many of Banks’ sparring partners do—but the dweebs at Twitter weren’t as passive and promptly suspended Banks’ account. Let this be a lesson: Even the blue check mark can’t shield you from the repercussions of being a dick.

Skai Jackson

It’s never a good idea to get in an argument with a child. Banks evidently hasn’t learned that lesson, because soon after the Malik incident, she got into it with 14-year-old actress Skai Jackson. After Jackson told her to “simmer down a little,” Banks responded by calling her a “thot in training.” Jackson’s reaction, which I imagine she typed out from a bejeweled throne being carried by overgrown manservants, was perfect: “Worry about your career. Get one.” Finally, Banks has a worthy opponent. REED JACKSON. SEE IT: Azealia Banks plays Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., on Friday, July 8. 8 pm. $32.50 advance, $35 day of show. All ages. 30

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3000 NE Alberta St Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival: The Beethoven of Tomorrow

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Spleens, Arrows In Orbit, Lindsay Clark

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Alice in Chains

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Big Thief, Luke Temple


350 West Burnside Dookie Jam

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. The Hill Dogs

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Cletis Carr; Bloodshot Bill


2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale OR 97060 Freak Mountain Ramblers

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St J. Diggs, Rydah J Klyde, Masta X-Kid, Rob Mack, MDot80

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St. Days N Daze / Juicy Karkass / Cliterati / Fools Rush

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Little Tybee

High Water Mark Lounge

6800 NE MLK Ave FRIGS (Toronto) // Force Publique // Somber at High Water Mark


1001 SE Morrison St. Wave Collector, Dylan Stark, Copy

Jimmy Mak’s

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

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St The Quick & Easy Boys; Bill Carson/Anywhere West/Zach Bryson

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Tallulah’s Daddy; Noam Pikelny: One Man, One Banjo, One Joke

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Salo Panto, Under the Antlers, Les Symbolistes, Daniel Greiner

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Other Lives, Sandy Loam

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Folk Family Revival; The Animal In Me / Set to Stun; Piracy Conspiracy / Collection of Lone Souljahs / DJ Shortchange

The Goodfoot

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. Yumi Zouma, Calm Candy

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B3 Band 20th Anniversary

1422 SW 11th Ave Richard Dobrow

THURS. JULy 7 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Lee Ann Womack

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St. Live Addicted to Heroines

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Tell It On The Road with Runaway Satellite, Abby K & Evan Hulse

High Water Mark Lounge

6800 NE MLK Ave OPT // La Inedita // Dreckig

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. 20-Year Anniversary: Thara Memory

LaurelThirst Public House

0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd Sukhawat Ali Khan

LaurelThirst Public House

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Mo Phillips; Live in the Depths 2 / Ras Mix Tape Release

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Wheeler Walker Jr.

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Deerhoof w/ Skating Polly, Savila


3552 N Mississippi Ave Kaelie Earle Band

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. The Miscreants featuring Ben Goldberg, Trevor Dunn and Scott Amendola

Mother Foucault’s 523 SE Morrison St Rockoon

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Barrowlands, Falls of Rauros, Wayfarer, Iron Scepter

Roseland Theater

4148 NE Hancock St. Lena Willikens, Isabella, Natural Magic

8 NW 6th Ave Too $hort

Spare Room

13 NW 6th Ave. Azealia Banks

4830 NE 42nd Ave pdx or 97218 Karaoke From Hell

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Daydream Tour featuring Jonah Marais, Sebasitan Olzanski

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Wicked Shallows, Heavy Wood

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Rumpke Mountain Boys

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St TV Heads, Souvenir Driver, Meringue

The Secret Society

The Old Church

Hawthorne Theatre

2958 NE Glisan St Malachi Graham

The Liquor Store

421 SE Grand Ave Destroyed For Comfort, ManifestiV

2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale OR 97060 Goo Goo Dolls & Collective Soul

Lewis and Clark College

The Lovecraft Bar

The Lovecraft Bar


LaurelThirst Public House

Mississippi Pizza

421 SE Grand Ave Orryelle with Soriah 116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! Featuring Baby & The Pearl Blowers, Everything’s Jake


232 SW Ankeny St The Upper Strata, Snail Mate, Sea Green

FRI. JULy 8 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Whiskey Shivers


350 West Burnside Redwood Son

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St.


2530 NE 82nd Ave Theater of Sheep

2958 NE Glisan St Feather + guests; Woodbrain

2958 NE Glisan St Melissa Ruth/Olivia Awbrey

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Duff’s Garage

426 SW Washington St. The Thesis

Kelly’s Olympian

2845 SE Stark St Gene Evaro Jr. & The Family, Aniana 3341 SE Belmont St, The Ransom / Slutty Hearts / Dartgun and the Vignettes

Rick Bain & The Genius PositionThe Hugs

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CONSTANT K.D.: The debut Portland concert from newly minted hometown heroes (well, two out of three, anyway) Case/Lang/Veirs at the Oregon Zoo on July 2 kicked off—if that’s the word—with a tedious half-hour from wan Canadian songwriter Andy Shauf that recalled laid-back ’70s smoothies Bread. Not that the energy level exactly skyrocketed once the headliners took the stage. But then, K.D. Lang herself had enough energy for at least half the house—or enough to make up for her two relatively reserved co-stars. Not that Laura Veirs or Neko Case weren’t perfectly chatty and welcoming throughout the show. They’re just of a generation, and genre, that expects fans to come to the artist, instead of reaching out and roping them in. Opening with the first three songs from the trio’s self-titled debut album revealed how a bit of practice and roadwork has helped the band fill the spaces in the arrangements that were evident in its debut performance last month on OPB. After a half-dozen tunes from the album came a few set-list surprises, starting with a date-appropriate take on Veirs’ “July Flame,” complete with haunting vocals from Lang and Case that made one wish these women had always been available to each other as a harmonic resource. Next, though, Lang practically stuck the whole show into her back pocket, unleashing a truly titanic version of fellow Canadian Neil Young ’s “Helpless.” Even the crowd’s standing ovation seemed almost too meager a response. JEFF ROSENBERG.

Star Theater

The Analog Cafe

The Dickies, the Queers, My New Vice


Duff’s Garage

The Analog Cafe


2530 NE 82nd Ave Boyd Small Band; Warthog Stew

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. School of Rock Concert; Arise Roots, Iya Terra, Ital Vibes

2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale OR 97060 McMenamins Edgefield celebrates 105 Years!

The Firkin Tavern

High Water Mark Lounge

1937 SE 11th Ave Radio Hot Tub Showcase: The Hoons, 100 Watt Mind, Introvert

The Know

6800 NE MLK Ave Vats // Mini Blinds // Mr.Wrong

Jimmy Mak’s

2026 NE Alberta St Pinkwash, Drunken Palms, Cockeye, The Bedrooms

221 NW 10th Ave. 20-Year Anniversary: Bobby Torres Ensemble!

The Old Church

426 SW Washington St. Happy Dagger, Extra Spooky, MoondreamzzZ, Boreen

1422 SW 11th Ave Friday Night Live: A New Way Home

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys; Fernando, Those Pretty Wrongs, the Parson Red Heads

White Eagle Saloon

836 N Russell St Hugo Hans // Ezra Bell

SAT. JULy 9 Anarres Infoshop

7101 N Lombard St. Lubec, Curse League, Two Moons, Quone


350 West Burnside

Kelly’s Olympian

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Ron Rogers & the Wailing Wind

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Buckethead

Star Theater


The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Comanchee Joey/// Avalanche Lily //Stars End

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Wayne Horvitz’s Zony Mash

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Believe You Me: Octo Octa, Mightykat

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Volt Divers

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St 12th Avenue Hot Club; The Jenny Finn Orchestra; Glass of Hearts, The Broad Strokes, My Siamese Twin

SUN. JULy 10

13 NW 6th Ave. Mark Lanegan, Sean Wheeler

Aladdin Theater

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Alberta Rose

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 98642 Dixie Chicks, Anderson East, Josh Herbert

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Judy Collins 3000 NE Alberta St Malheur: Seasons of Change

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway

Season 8: The Queens

Bossanova Ballroom

722 E Burnside St. Papermoon Cabaret July

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Holus Bolus & Spun Honey at Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Freak Mountain Ramblers

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Open Mic hosted by Taylor Kingman

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Calamity; Marianne Fleming Band

Mississippi Studios

MON. JULy 11 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St An Evening With Slaid Cleaves


350 West Burnside KARAOKE FROM HELL

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. We Are Scientists

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. 20-Year Anniversary, Dan Balmer!

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Kung Pao Chickens; Portland Country Underground

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Mr. Ben

The Analog Cafe

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Ducktails, the Lavender Flu

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. MITSKI


The Goodfoot

600 E Burnside St Rontoms Sunday Sessions: Tiburones // Seance Crasher

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Bandulus The Holophonics (Denton, TX) Be Like Max (Las Vegas, NV) Irie Idea

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Rockoon // Panzer Beat // Twelve Gardens

2845 SE Stark St Sonic Forum (Open Mic Night)

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Heaven for Real, Havania Whaal, Golden Hour

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St David Luning Band

Vienna Teng

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Boss Hog, Hurry Up

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Brother Dege

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. 20th Anniversary, The Mel Brown Septet

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Lynn Conover & Gravel; James Low

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Baby Ketten Karaoke; Carrie Cunningham, Morgan Alexander

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Margaret Glaspy, Søren Juul

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Why These Coyotes ; THE FALCON The Copyrights / Sam Russo / Mikey Erg

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Jimmy Russell’s Party City 2034

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, The Toads, Câlisse, The Century

TUE, JULy 12 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St

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Drew Groove Years DJing: My family always had an LP collection and I was into records as a kid, so I’ve been collecting vinyl forever. But I guess I’ve been actually “DJing” since, oh, the early ’90s, so 25-plus years or so? Gah, I’m old. Genre: The more I’ve DJed, the more I’ve actually loosened up when it comes to the kind of music I will play. Sure, I’ll always dig rare soul, R&B, lounge, exotica, ’60s garage, tiki, jazz and boogaloo, but I’ve recently been doing New Wave, post-punk, synth pop, boogie funk and Italo-disco nights as well. Where you can catch me regularly: Every first Saturday at Star Bar, every fourth Saturday at Killingsworth Dynasty, sometimes Dots, sometimes Conquistador, sometimes Tryst, sometimes Plaza del Toro. Craziest gig: I DJed a big party for Portland Cocktail Week at the Jupiter Hotel a few years back, and the theme was “Robots vs. Humans.” They had robot bartenders and crazy alcohol mixer machines and tons of cocktails. It was really interesting and pretty wild. My go-to records: The Moving Finger’s “Higher and Higher,” Ella Fitzgerald’s “These Boots Were Made For Walking,” Sugar Pie DeSanto’s “A Little Taste of Soul,” Tommy James & the Shondells’ “Hanky Panky,” Freddie Scott’s “(You) Got What I Need.” Don’t ever ask me to play…: Well, I don’t mind requests, but be cool about it. Not saying I will have it or play it, but sure, I’ll listen to what you wanna hear, but again, be cool, man. NEXT GIG: Drew Groove spins at No Fun, 1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd., on Friday, July 22.

FRI. JULY 8 Black Book

20 NW 3rd Ave The Cave w/ Massacooramaan (rap)

WED. JULY 6 Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Blind Bartimaeus (gospel/ soul - 50s, 60s, 70s)

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. TRONix (electronica)

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Hot Lips

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon w/ DJ Straylight & Miss Q (darkwave, industrial)

THURS. JULY 7 Crush Bar

1400 SE Morrison Rainbow Nights: Groovy Dance Party

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Strange Babes (post-punk, soul)


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Crystal Ballroom Double Barrel Tavern 2002 SE Division St. DJ Easy Fingers

1332 W Burnside St 80s Video Dance Attack

Dig A Pony

Gold Dust Meridian

736 SE Grand Ave. Maxx Bass (boogieoogieoogie)


East Burn

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Flight Risk 3967 N. Mississippi Ave. DJ Sappho

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Tetsuo: Grym’s Bachelor Party (drum n bass, house)

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Thursday Electronic

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Fomo Disco w/ DJs Maxx Bass and Montel Spinozza (disco, soul, funk, boogie)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay w/ DJ Carrion (goth, industrial)

1800 E Burnside St. Rhythmic Shock w/ DJs Kryptic & Brainfood (oldschool, funk, breaks)

Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Gregarious

Hawthorne Eagle Lodge 3256

4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd Cascadia Soul Alliance w/ DJs Soul Survivor & Hippie Joe (soul)


1001 SE Morrison St. Dance Yourself Clean

Killingsworth Dynasty 832 N Killingsworth St Y.G.B. w/ DJ Lamar LeRoy (hip hop, rap)

1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 971-254-9518, Wales vs. Portugal, noon on Wednesday, will pit two of the world’s best soccer strikers—from two of Europe’s most bedraggled countries—in the Euro semifinal. Drink here, where people will care.


1. Toffee Club

2. Century

930 SE Sandy Blvd., As American sports goes into July garbage time, Century has started highlighting its roof and showing movies on its gigantic pull-down screen and DJ-ready sound system. We vote for lots and lots of explosions.

3. Gestalt Haus

3584 SE Division St. German bier, bikes and local brats are a pretty simple formula for a bar—and this is a pretty simple bar, which makes it a very welcome addition to its fancy Division Street neighborhood.

4. Division Wines

3564 SE Division St., 503-234-7281, One of the finest wine shops in town—especially if your tastes run toward the natural, oddball and aperitif—Division now has a highly pleasant wine bar within to happily while away your happy hours.

5. Tap Union Freehouse

100 Washington St., Vancouver, 360-726-6921, You have to admire the historical spirit that made Tap Union Freehouse post the accounting license of Tilden W. Randall, the accountant whose desk haunted the space before it became the ’Couv’s newest beer bar.


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Diamond Stylus w/ King Tim 33 1/3 (finest vinyl)

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Smooth Hopperator

The Embers Avenue

100 NW Broadway Friday Night 80s & Top 40

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave NecroNancy: Courtney Lovefest w/ DJs Buckmaster & Prince$$ Dimebag (queer dance party)


232 SW Ankeny St Surface Noise Vinyl Invitational Happy Hour (bring your own records)

SAT. JULY 9 Crystal Ballroom

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

Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery 815 SE Oak St, Champagne Safari

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave.

NEW JACKS: There’s a surprisingly romantic story behind the new Crackerjacks (2788 NW Thurman St., 503-222-9069). Thirteen years ago, the Slabtown dive was the first place new manager Lizzy Spanbauer got a job. A bit after that, she started dating her now-fiance, Sean Brazie—they live in the neighborhood, so their first date was at the only other nearby dive, Joe’s Cellar. About two weeks into the relationship, Spanbauer was serving and Brazie was drinking. The bar’s former owner, “who was kinda notorious for being an asshole,” she says, yelled at Spanbauer in front of Brazie, who stood up for her and got 86’ed from the place for life. “Sean said, ‘If you leave right now, I’ll take care of you,’ so I grabbed my tip jar and walked out,” Spanbauer says. But Brazie wasn’t done making promises. “I’m going to buy you that bar someday,” he told her. Well, it took a while, but Brazie and business partner Jason Vaden did just that. Spanbauer took over the moribund Crackerjacks on March 14 and immediately started working to change the vibe—refurbishing the patio, bringing back Jell-O shots (sour cherry, recently), adding a pingpong table, and planning monthly parties. The dim, paneled pub looks much the same, and the staff is the same, but the energy is different. And the bottom line is different, too—the bar went from doing $700 of business a day to an average of $1,600, she says. “I worked here on and off for 6½ years,” Spanbauer says, “so I’m trying to bring it back to the good, old-school vibe.” So far, she’s doing a great job. MARTIN CIZMAR.

Montel Spinozza (the noise, the funk)

Killingsworth Dynasty

832 N Killingsworth St Cake (hip hop)

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Jump Jack Sound Machine w/ Chanti Darling DJs & DJ Hold My Hand (house, garage, disco)


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. DJ Cuica

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Craceface

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Dennis Dread

The Embers Avenue

100 NW Broadway Saturday Top 40 Remixed

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Musick For Mannequins! w/ DDDJJJ666, Magnolia Bouvier & DJ Acid Rick (eclectic dance)


232 SW Ankeny St Devil’s Pie w/ DJ Wicked (hip-hop, R&B, feel-good jams)

SUN. JULY 10 Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Sunday Selects w/ Ante Up (throwback rap, R&B)

The Embers Avenue

100 NW Broadway Latino Night w/ DJ Leo (latin, cubono, salsa)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Glam Rock Trash Bash

MON. JULY 11 Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Over Cöl

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Anjali & The Incredible Kid (vintage international)

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. Reagan-o-mix (new wave, hip-hop, soundtrack)

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. Metal Monday

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Black Mass (dark dance)

TUES. JULY 12 Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Smooth Hopperator

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Lowlife (garage, rockabilly, doo wop)

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Robert Soxx

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Recycle w/ DJ Tibin (dark dance)


18 NW 3rd Ave. Tubesdays w/ DJ Jack


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Started as a collaboration between acrobatic clowns Amica Hunter and David Cantor, the performance duo A Little Bit Off has created “Downton Abbey meets the Three Stooges.” Watch as two housemaids struggle to complete the daily chores around the Edwardian manor where they’re employed. The two veteran clowns will perform completely dialoguefree, emphasizing the slapstick hilarity inspired by vaudeville and the work of French artist James Thiérrée. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 7:30 pm WednesdaySaturday, July 6-9. $21.

Coriolanus, or the Roman Matron

Last week, Comedy Central’s Midnight show made #RuinShakespeare a trending topic. The Bard can still be hot shit. See this all-female production of the forgotten Roman drama, put on by Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage. It is “the first in recorded American history” to do the 1749 adaptation by Thomas Sheridan with all women. In it, Coriolanus, an arrogant general who hates his subjects, gets banished and plots revenge, but his mother has other plans. B&B is the little-Hillsborotheater-that-could, known for its satirical Christmas Carol and retro, black-andwhite comedies, and Coriolanus kicks off its 2016 season. Warning: all shows are outside and there is no seating, so bring your camp chairs like a true Shakespeare fan. The Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza, 150 E Main St., Hillsboro, bagnbaggage. org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 7-23. $20.

Eugene Onegin

Russia was not a lovers’ paradise the year after Communism fell. But that didn’t stop Tatiana and Onegin from singing their hearts out. Tchaikovsky’s genre-bending opera is next up from the Portland Opera, which has been killing it this season, with Sweeney Todd and set designs by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. Eugene Onegin was never meant to be an opera, though: Tchaikovsky wanted to keep it small, insisting that it be called “seven lyrical scenes” instead. A tiny, youthful quartet carry the show about two doomed lovers, a Russian “La Bohème.” Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-2484335. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, July 8-15; Saturday, July 23; and Tuesday, July 26. 2 pm Sunday, July 10 and 17. $35-$200.


The world’s largest touring production comes to Portland, featuring over 70 horses and 45 artists. The spectacle promises equestrian performance, acrobatics, aerial acts and the world’s largest big-top circus tent. Enter the dream world of Odysseo, where the beauty of man and horse are celebrated and explored in a circus-like extravaganza. And find out what on earth is going on beneath the eye-catching 124-foot tent being set up in Zidell Yards. 7 pm show Wednesday, July 13, and Friday, July 22. 7:30 pm Wednesday, July 20. Zidell Yards, 3121 SW Moody Ave. 8 pm Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, July 7-24. $49.50-$129.50.

Season 8: The Queens

The queens are coming! The fiercest drag stars from Season 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will walk the catwalk in downtown Portland and host a Q&A session afterward. Highlights include the season’s first-place finisher, Bob the Drag Queen, who will perform along with


Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne and others. Fans can pay extra for a photo session and meet-and-greet with their favorite stars before the show. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335. 8 pm Sunday, July 10. $22.25-$265.

NEW REVIEWS Coriolanus

With plebeians taking selfies, iPhone videos of Roman general Caius Martius ranting, and a drunk singing Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” as he stumbles through ancient Antium, Portland Actors Ensemble’s outdoor production of Coriolanus draws winking comparisons between Shakespeare’s military drama and present-day politics. The Ensemble’s pop-culture additions jerk audiences away from the 17th-century world of the play. Even without these nudges, though, it’s hard to ignore the resemblance to present day: a commander who can’t drum up support from the common people, a rash populace that makes shortsighted choices in the wake of a famine. Even the tenuous peace between Rome and its former rival looks uncomfortably familiar. The tight, twohour production was beautifully acted, with particularly stellar performances by Ken Yoshikawa as Aufidious and Allison Anderson as Volumnia, but technical issues held it back. Strange acoustics in the Pettygrove Park courtyard, which is located in a noisy pocket of downtown, made much of the dialog inaudible. Any time an actor wasn’t facing the audience and half-yelling, it was impossible to hear. It is a testament to Anderson’s dynamism and Yoshikawa’s booming voice that the production never felt longer than it was. This is the first show of PAE’s 12th annual “Twilight Tragedie” summer series. July 8 performance held at Marylhurst University. Pettygrove Park, Southwest 2nd Avenue and Harrison Street., 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, through July 31. Free.

ALSO PLAYING One Slight Hitch

Written by the grumpy comedian Lewis Black, who frequented The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, this farcical production is a series of unfortunate events that occur on Courtney Coleman’s wedding night. The zany farce takes place in Cincinnati in the ’80s during a lavish wedding ceremony that is going just perfectly until, of course, the bride’s flaky ex-boyfriend shows up and her family begin to show their true colors. This is also a good chance to support local talent Jayne Stevens in her second-ever production as director at Clackamas Repertory Theater. Osterman Theatre, 19600 Molalla Ave. 7:30 pm ThursdayFriday and 2:30 pm Sunday, through July 24. $12-$30.

Reefer Madness

“This is not the Keller,” announced the Funhouse Lounge emcee on opening night. While 1936’s anti-cannabis propaganda film Reefer Madness was essentially a boring public service announcement that was only tolerable to watch while high, it seems destined to fit the decommissioned carnival vibe at Funhouse. In this musical satire of the original film, the pot-crazed characters are the worst imaginable humans: torturing animals, groping their mothers, selling their own baby for weed. It’s all played with maximum comedic value in this enthusiastic production by John Monteverde. Star-crossed lovers Jimmy and Mary Lane (Sean Ryan Lamb and Lydia Fleming) are drawn asunder by the devil’s lettuce. The scene following

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Sipping a neat drink at the Sweet Hereafter, Tyler Boeh looks slightly out of place—black motorcycle jacket, Adidas AR 2.0 high tops, hair shaved on the sides. It has been 10 years since the Portland native moved away, and now he looks like he’s from California. Boeh is the newest standup comedian in town, moving back to Portland from L.A. at a time when most comedians are doing the opposite. He grew up on Northeast 43rd Avenue, did improv at Grant High and met his wife while working downtown at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. At the University of Oregon, he was in the school’s a cappella group. “That was pre-Pitch Perfect,” Boeh says. “I don’t know if it’s cool now, but it definitely wasn’t then.” After 10 years as a successful standup in Boston and L.A., Boeh is coming back home with his family to get free baby-sitting from the grandparents. We asked Boeh what’s changed since he first lived in Portland. ENID SPITZ. WW: What was the comedy scene in Portland like when you started here? Tyler Boeh: The first open mic I did was at Fireside Coffee Lodge on Powell. I was doing comedy at strip clubs. There was an open mic at this place called Devils Point. Is that still in business? They would have stripping from open to close, but they’d stop from like 7 to 9 for an open mic, which was terrible. [Susan Rice] was at the first open mic I ever did. After the show, she pulled me aside and said, “You’ve got something; keep at it.” What do you think about all these comics moving to L.A.? [L.A.] is like this light. Like moths to the flame, they see this glowing Hollywood sign. Everyone in L.A. is trying to act. I’m more into standup. When you look at all the standup greats, what sets them apart is honesty and truth. All I want to do is be myself onstage, and you go to L.A. and everyone is trying to act and be someone else. I mean, I did some acting down in L.A. I did some commercials.

Do you feel like the new kid here? I have to start from scratch. Almost all the comics that I knew are gone. I’ve had a lot of success in Boston and L.A. Not so much that my reputation precedes me, but I have that experience. You give me a few weeks, I’ll find out every venue, every booker and I’ll meet every comic. I can do that in a couple of weeks. You can’t get 10 years of comedy experience in two weeks. I know it’s a lot of work, but I’m not worried. I’m coming home. One of my buddies was like, ‘It’s prime time. All the cool kids just left town.’ Am I not a cool kid? Maybe there is a void I can fill. How does Portland look after 10 years? It’s so great to be back in Portland, where there’s an abundance of moisture and liquids. There’s water everywhere, and beer and coffee. In California, people are watering their lawns with cheap chardonnay. That whole state is going up in flames this summer, I guarantee you. There are some culture-shock things like that. People are just smiling at me for no reason and saying hi. It’s also very tip-toey in the comedy scene. People are very safe-spacey, trigger words and all that. Is there a scene you are eager to get into? People will say, “You’re not quite right for this scene,” but a truly funny comic can perform anywhere. I’ve done a biker bar in Montana. I’ve done a Catholic church in Massachusetts. I’ve done cruise ships where a lot of people don’t speak English. I’ve done birthday parties. I’ve done a barn in Sandy, Oregon. In Boston and L.A., I performed all over. I’ve done all-black crowds, Latino crowds. I did shows where I was the only straight comic. It’s fun, I love the challenge. Some comics can perform for anybody. Funny is funny. We’re more alike than we are different. What’s your comedy style? The thing that people always remember is me beatboxing in my set. My comedy is very positive. I think Maya Angelou said, “People won’t necessarily remember what you said but how you make them feel.” I don’t want to bash anybody. I’m not dark. I’m not depressed. I’ll do 45 minutes and not swear once the entire time. SEE IT: Tyler Boeh is at The Slate: Standup Comedy Showcase at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, on Thursday, June 7. 8 pm $10.

Jimmy’s first puff is a laugh riot, the rest of the cast gyrating in grass skirts and chanting with bongo drums as he laughs maniacally in his higher state. I had prepared myself with a Cherry Kush spliff, and for those of us who opt for such a well-rounded experience, there’s no risk of acting too high. The audience gasps and hollers along. Even if you don’t consume beforehand, it’s impossible to hold in giggles when Jesus (played by Doug Dean with a stoner surfer angle) ambles on stage in a gold lamé loincloth to say, “Try taking a hit of God, Jimmy. Do you think you can handle the high?” LAUREN TERRY. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 503-309-3723. 7 pm ThursdaySaturday, through July 23. $25-$30.

Weekend at Bernie’s

Not that Bernie. This might the the longest-running summer show in Portland, but the comedic buddy tale won’t last until election night. Instead, Portland’s top improv talents stage the bumbling tale of two guys trying to convince the world that their boss is not dead. Think Office Space with 1980s Hawaiian shirts, mob bosses and super hot babes, inside Portland’s best new comedy venue. After the show, enjoy the fragrant Old Town scene outside. The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 10 pm Friday-Saturday, through July 30. $16.

West Side Story

Whether in Shakespearean England, racially divided New York City or Tigard, ill-fated and star-crossed lovers have always been a hit on stage. Tony and Maria struggle to find a place for their love amidst the street gangs and racial violence of 1950s New York City in this local take directed by Peggy Taphorn, a New Yorker with 22 years in the theater scene. Drammy Awardwinning choreographer Jacob Toth codirects. 9000 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, 503-620-5262. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, through July 24. $30-$50.


Papermoon Cabaret

Equal Mics

The 3rd Floor Reunion

Known as a theatrical sketch-comedy troupe, the 3rd Floor was doing comedy in Portland long before comedy was a thing being done in this city. Having performed their final official show in 2015, the 3rd Floor is coming together for a reunion show that will feature cast members with credits on Portlandia, The Martin Short Show, KATU News, MTV’s Undressed, and Leverage. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St., 503-241-1278. 8 pm Saturday, July 9. $18-$20.

Al’s Den Comedy Night

Danny Felts brings comics, mostly local stand-up folk and Seattleites passing through, for an hour long showcase. Sometimes the best part is watching Crystal Hotel guests awkwardly sidle by the stage, wearing only a swimsuit and towel, on their way to the pool behind this basement bar. Al’s Den, 303 SW 12th Ave, 10:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Free. 21+.

Amy Miller Live Album Recording

Kill Rock Stars brings the former queen of Portland comedy back from SoCal, just three months after her re-Californication. Joining Miller in the Pub’s stellar recording space is Lydia Popowich, a San Francisco storyteller and “unique voice in a seas of dick jokes.” Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St. 7:30 and 10 pm Thursday, July 7. $12. 21+.

The Brody Open Mic

Twice-weekly, Portland’s most prolific improv venue opens its stage to everyone for three-minute bits. Sign up online day of before 1 pm. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 8:30 pm Tuesday-Wednesday. Free.

Control Yourself: A Showcase Of Funny

Joann Schinderle’s weekly showcase of traveling national comedians an local up-and-comers is followed by an open mic, making it a crowdpleaser that has won WW’s Best of Portland readers poll twice. Alberta Streeet Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St. 9 pm Mondays. 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 Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 4779477. 8 pm Sundays. Free.


Monthly burlesque revivals at the Bossanova pay tribute to the golden era of Hollywood pinup girls and the art-deco glam of the 1920s with a night of rhinestones, feathers and Prohibition-era cocktails. This show features Portland locals Sandria Doré, Tana the Tattooed Lady and Holly Dai, the headmistress of All That Glitters Burlesque Academy and the runner up for New Zealand Burlesque Festival’s Hottest Piece of Ass. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St., 503-2067630. 9 pm Sunday, July 10. $10-$20.


Portland’s only gender equality standup show, Equal Mics, promises that at least 50 percent of the lineup will always be female-identifying comics. Sign-ups start online the day before the show, with 15 spots for three to five-minute sets. It’s curated to ensure the ratio, so no guarantees. Hosted by Ario Lynch, Kristen Steward and Ruthie Bridges monthly, with headliners Adam Pasi and Laci Daze for the July show. Turn Turn Turn, 8 NE Killingsworth St., 503-284-6019. 8 pm Thursday, July 7. Free. 21+.

Friends with Benedicts

Bri Pruett does late-night comedy in a bike shop and happy hour comedy in the WeWork office, but this is her only show with bottomless mimosas. This month’s guests include Ben Harkins, Daniel Martin Austin, San Francisco lady things comedian Lydia Popvich and Amy Miller, visiting (again) from L.A. for her live Kill Rock Stars recording. For those who believe in laughter as hangover medicine. The Lamp, 3023 SE Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-7000. 1 pm Saturday, July 9. $5 suggested donation.

Lavell Crawford

Possibly the last time you saw Lavell Crawford was in the role of Huell Babineaux; in a little show called Breaking Bad, he was patiently waiting on a safe house couch for DEA agents Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez. Maybe you last saw him as first runner-up on Last Comic Standing’s fifth season or on the panel for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Regardless of where you last saw him, Lavell Crawford will be in Portland for a five-shot, three-night engagement. There’s a good chance he’ll know what happened to Huell. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday and 7 pm Sunday, July 8-10. $25-$35. 21+.

Neil Hamburger

If you can connect us with Neil Hamburger’s mother to talk about Neil Hamburger, please reach out to us. Star Theater, 13 NW Sixth Ave., 503-248-4700. 8 pm Friday, July 8. $18. 21+.

Portland’s Funniest Person Contest Semifinals

The search for Portland’s Funniest Person is almost over. The penultimate showdown includes sets from, among others, local comedy juggernauts Don Frost, Jason Traeger, and Alex Falcone, along with the next generation of Rose City comics—guys like Dylan Jenkins, JoAnn Schinderle, and Jeremy Eli. One of these very funny people will soon hold the title of Funniest Person in town. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888643-8669. 7 and 10 pm Wednesday, July 6. $15. 21+.

Stand Up for Orlando

In response to politicians who continue to use the tragedy in Orlando to promote hateful agendas, a queer and allied lineup of Northwest comedians wants to create an evening of fun, laughter and healing for the LBGTQ community in Portland. All money from ticket sales will benefit One Orlando, a fund for victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families. Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis St. 8 pm Wednesday, July 6. $15.

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.


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Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction

Architect Brad Cloepfil and his architecture firm Allied Works Architecture (AWA) are responsible for the Wieden + Kennedy headquarters, the redesign of new PNCA mothership, and international projects such as The National Music Centre of Canada. Portland Art Museum is showing a retrospective of their work in which a fabricated steel structure, like the skeleton of an unfinished building, houses the firm’s concept models—as aesthetically beautiful as any sculptures you have ever seen—made from wood, brass, resin, metal and concrete, to name a few. Displayed alongside the models are the corresponding material studies for each project, which give us insight into how the architects use things like resin, pinecones, wooden dowels, printed plastic, and stone to play with texture, luminosity and surface. The firm’s original sketches for each project are hung around the gallery, highlighting the importance of process and showing us how an idea can materialize into form. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811. Through Sept 4.


Photographer Jenny Olsen’s latest series is a collection of color portraits of her home in North Portland where she lived after getting sober. “I found humility, honesty, and compassion for myself and others in this house,” says Olsen. “I became human in this house.” Olsen shows us how it is possible to capture images of a place as lovingly, faithfully, and with as much gratitude as one might photograph a person who has kept them safe, guided them, and loved them into being. It is a meditation

on how certain places in our lives can shape the people we turn out to be. Wolff Gallery, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite R1, 971-413-1340. Through July 30.

Out West Back East

Entering Adams and Ollman feels like walking into painter Sarah McEneaney’s diary, where she chronicles, with naive technique, the experiences of her daily life. Water features prominently in selfportraits of the artist camping along the banks of the river, night swimming in a fenced pool, and rafting under a starred sky. Out West Back East also gives us a glimpse into McEneaney’s domestic life: curled up with a book on a friend’s sofa or at home with her animals. McEneaney’s intimate and autobiographical canvases feel distinctly feminine in the way that they draw is into her world and capture the ephemeral moments that might otherwise pass us by. Adams and Ollman, 209 SW 9th Ave., 503-7240684. Through July 8.

Reactive Matters

This might be the first time you see a photo show in which one of the photographers never touched a camera. Newspace’s thoughtful exhibition features the work of three photographers about the effect of nuclear energy on our environment. Shimpei Takeda exposes photo-sensitive paper to soil samples from Fukushima, capturing latent images of radioactivity that look like the night sky. Abbey Hepner photographs nuclear waste facilities using a vanished processing technique involving uranium that lends an acid-orange cast to her images. Jeremy Bolen buried his film near nuclear reactors before unearthing it to document the surrounding landscapes. The work of these three artists is a powerful testament to conceptual photogra-

phy. Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., 503-963-1935. Through July 23.

Read It and Weep

Christian Rogers’ figurative monotypes range from black-and-white to bright color and are, notably, printed on the distinctive pink newsprint of the Financial Times. In some pieces, the paper is obscured more than in others, but it remains a fleshy background for Roger’s figures. And given the human brain’s desire to find meaning, narrative and connection even where there is none, the words that peek through offer some sort of commentary on what is happening in the composition. Nationale, 3360 SE Division St., 503-477-9786. Through July 25.


When you arrive at Hap Gallery this month, the space will be completely empty save for a pair of enormous black goggles hanging on the wall, trailed by a long chord. Putting them on transports you into an immersive virtual reality installation, designed by artist Damien Gilley, that resembles the digital future promised to us by sci-fi films of the ‘80s (think: Tron). Neon green and fuchsia lines, like laser beams, define the planes of the room, giving you the impression that you are inside a threedimensional blueprint drawn by an architect on hallucinogens. Gilley developed the installation during a residency with the interactive software company dotdotdash, which coded the program so that Gilley could draw and edit the environment himself, in three dimensions, using wireless remotes in both hands. Gilley employs such economy of gesture, giving us so much to navigate with so little. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 503-444-7101. Through July 9.

A Stand of Pine in the Tilled Field

PDX Contemporary, one of Portland’s most revered blue-chip galleries, is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a group show featuring work by over 30 of its

artists. The title of the exhibition, A Stand of Pine in the Tilled Field, draws a poetic parallel between an artist and a tree that thrives after a fire. But it is also a metaphor for the gallery itself, able to grow through the cultural and economic rain and drought over the last two decades. PDX Contemporary, 925 NW Flanders St., 503-227-5111. Through July 30.


When you walk into Upfor to survey the exhibition as a whole, there is a vanished and unknowable quality to the work. You tell yourself that if you get closer, each piece will reveal itself to you. But strangely, surprisingly, gloriously, that never happens. Even when you look at the materials list for each of the 2-D pieces—which range from lithographic plates to pigment prints to wax paper— it’s impossible to tell how the images were created. And this feels entirely freeing. Upfor’s ambitious mission to show time-based and new media work that often centers around technology, can cause its exhibitions to feel disjointed. But with Subduction, a threeperson show featuring the work of artists Sharon Koelblinger, Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo, Upfor has created a beautifully cohesive show that will sink into your bones if you let it. Upfor, 929 NW Flanders St., 503-227-5111. Through July 9.

The United States v. Tim DeChristopher

Some artists devote themselves to creating objects, others to creating awareness. Andrea Bowers, an artist and social activist, falls into the latter category with her documentary short The United States v. Tim DeChristopher. The film, projected in the back gallery at Elizabeth Leach,


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Conceptual study for the National Music Centre, part of Case Work tells the story of DeChristopher’s protest of an oil and gas auction in Utah’s untouched Red Rocks region. In an attempt to prevent drilling, DeChristpher bid on 22,000 acres of land totaling $1.8 million dollars and, upon winning, refused to pay. There are setbacks and triumphs to how things turn out—and I don’t want to spoil it—but Bowers shows us how the average person can take on powerful forces to change great swaths of our country. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 503-224-0521. Through July 16.


In artist Cat Del Buono’s video installation, small monitors throughout the gallery play testimony from abuse survivors. The videos are cropped around each woman’s mouth, their identities protected. Only by leaning in close and listening can you single out individual stories. Step back and you will hear a clamor of sound, a collective testimony that serves as a reminder of the insidiousness of this problem, which does not discriminate by race, age, religion, or social status. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 503-225-0210. Through July 31.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Indie-Pendence Celebration with Your Local Indies

Another Read Through celebrates Indie-Pendence Day, not Independence Day: it’s a little less about chest-beating nationalism, more about the literary nativism that allows presses and authors to take real risks. Helping them celebrate will be local authors Eliot Treichel, Katie Chase, Stevan Allred and James Bernard Frost, who will be reading and signing. U-S-A! U-S-A! Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, 503-208-2729. 7 pm. Free.

Rikki Ducornet with Lidia Yuknavitch

Orphaned teenager Stub lives in the storeroom of a college library, steals his food and pretends to be a student. But, despite himself, Stub finds family on campus: a fusty professor emeritus and the child of a history professor named Asthma. It’s Brightfellow, the latest from Rikki Ducornet—as it happens, the rumored titular Rikki of “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” She’s going to be speaking with Lidia Yuknavitch, author of the critically acclaimed The Small Backs of Children. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Spencer Kope with Chelsea Cain

Magnus “Steps” Craig is one of the FBI’s top trackers, but he’s got a secret: he’s actually able to see everything people have touched through some psychic ability. But on a new victim’s remains, he finds the same psychic fingerprints as the last crime scene. It’s Spencer Kope’s debut mystery, Collecting the Dead. He’ll be speaking with local mystery writer Chelsea Cain. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World

I want to believe that we’ve reached a nadir in Americans’ collective understanding of Arabs, Muslims and people that live in the Middle East in general, but the cesspit that is 2016 is also bottomless. Anyway, if you feel like being part of the solution, go listen to Zora O’Neill discuss her new book, which follows the travel writer on a voyage across the region, where she explores the ways in which different cultures speak Arabic. Maybe swap it with the Glenn Beck book on your racist uncle’s nightstand. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 Sen. Barbara Boxer

First elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and voted into the U.S. Senate a decade later, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has made a career of backing reproductive rights, protecting the environment and fighting homophobia. In her memoir, The Art of Tough, which arrives as she retires, she tells the story of the conversations and machinations behind the fights and legislation that made headlines. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

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SATURDAY, JULY 9 Sherman Alexie

Since the publication of his first short-story collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie has been one of the leading voices of the Native American experience, and one of the leading authors from the Pacific Northwest. He’s also won the National Book Award for his YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and a PEN Award for his short-story collection War Dances. His latest book, Thunder Boy Jr., tells the story of a little boy who has anxiety about finding a name. It’s illustrated by children’s book author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 2 pm. Free.

MONDAY, JULY 11 Jesse Ball

Lucia lives in her aunt’s garage— her father is dead and her mother is institutionalized—and keeps getting kicked out of school. But she finds a reason to like her new one: it has an arson club. It leads to her composition of a pamphlet, which shares a title with Jesse Ball’s new book: How to Set a Fire and Why. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment

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A lot of things are threats to the Earth, but there are only so many that actually shake it apart. Fracking—a fossil-fuel collection method whereby water and sand are injected into the ground—is just that. It’s started a wave of earthquakes in Oklahoma. In her latest book, activist Wenonah Hauter makes the case against fracking. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, JULY 12 Patrick deWitt

Portland’s Patrick deWitt (Ablutions, The Sisters Brothers) wrote one of the best books of 2015: Undermajordomo Minor. Dewitt’s novel tells the story of a sullen teen who takes up work in a spooky old castle with some dark secrets. It’s full of humor and colorful characters. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726. 7 pm. Free.

Sarah Kuhn with Amber Benson and Seanan McGuire

Evie Tanaka is the frazzled PA to her friend and San Francisco-based superheroine Aveda Jupiter. But when she has to pose as Jupiter for a night, she finds that she has powers of her own. Now she has to start her own heroic beat, all while raising her teenage sister. It’s Heroine Complex, the first book in a trilogy by Sarah Kuhn. She’ll be speaking with Amber Benson (The Last Dream Keeper) and Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway). Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

Douglas Brinkley

With 2009’s The Wilderness Warrior, Douglas Brinkley documented President Theodore Roosevelt’s championship of the environment. In Rightful Heritage, he follows the environmental legacy of Roosevelt’s younger family member, Franklin Delano, in his protection of the environment. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

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C- This is a throwback mystery, set in a present-day Buffalo that looks like 1985, with a North by Northwest homage and a whiskey-blooded P.I. so hardboiled he references Mike Hammer. But its influences also extend to ’90s cable movies, reminiscent of a TNT or USA genre piece that relishes its shoestring budget, making up for slipshod CGI and editing with jaded wit and underrated actors. But despite supporting parts from Matthew Broderick and Robert Forster, this Nikola Tesla-inspired conspiracy shoots for too much wonder and darkness at once, too wed to Greg Stuhr’s gullible gumshoe to make a memorable noir on the cheap. NR. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Laurelhurst.

The Great Game

B When disillusioned author Pierre Blum becomes a pawn in a plan to start a revolution led by political puppeteer Joseph Paskin, he finds himself in a hidden world of manipulation and secret agendas. Writer-director Nicolas Pariser’s feature debut is a dialoguedriven, philosophical film that asserts a well-presented idea can change a nation’s political landscape. This slowburning French language film’s most action-packed scene is a foot chase at a jogger’s pace in which thugs pursue Blum. But despite the lack of action, the somewhat convoluted element of suspense is bound to keep viewers intrigued. NR. CURTIS COOK. Clinton.

Len and Company

B A famous rocker-turned-music producer named Len (Rhys Ifans) retires from his hard-rocking glory days and reverts to a shut-in lifestyle. Director Tim Godsall’s familiar comedy-drama follows the burnout, his sensitive son Max (Jack Kilmer), and a pop-star train wreck named Zoey (Juno Temple), who lives with them, as they navigate relationships worthy of love-song lyrics. The funnier moments involve Len awkwardly interacting with society, like his careerday speech acknowledging he is rich in money and T-shirts but full of bitterness. Through the basic storyline and predictable father-son onscreen tiffs, Ifans and Temple embody the fatigued musicians usually seen on TMZ covers and entering hospitals for “exhaustion.” NR. AMY WOLFE. Cinema 21.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

C Based on a true story of hard-partying brothers Mike and Dave Stangle (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron), this summer comedy is a frat fantasy in which the Stangles use Craigslist to find parent-friendly dates for their sister’s wedding. Writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien rely on the dynamic between Efron’s straight man and DeVine’s screeching tantrums, but their lack of comedic chemistry fails to carry the simple storyline. Anna Kendrick plays the neurotic sweetheart, Alice, whose best friend (Aubrey Plaza) sees the Hawaiian wedding as a free vacation. They play their girl-next-door parts well, until marijuana smoke starts rolling out of their room. But switching the roles would’ve been funnier here, with Kendrick as the bad girl who trades oral sex for Rihanna tickets, and Plaza as a twittering mess who falls for DeVine’s soft side. R. LAUREN TERRY. Cedar Hills, Living Room Theaters, Vancouver.

The Music of Strangers

B Within the first few moments of this film, some of the world’s best musicians are seen playing an eclectic tune in an open-air market adjacent to the sea, defying any notions one might have had about an orchestral docu-


mentary. Morgan Neville (director of 20 Feet From Stardom) returns to a musical theme while following Yo-Yo Ma’s unlikely international supergroup through the struggles of war, bigotry, isolation and cultural exchange. As the musicians devise new takes on old traditions, they also find themselves questioning art’s effectiveness against man’s capacity for evil and passivity toward hate. PG-13. CURTIS COOK. Fox Tower.

The Secret Life of Pets

Louis C.K. voices a pampered terrier who gets sucked from his NYC home into a tough gang of pets set on punishing the people who’ve wronged them. It looks heart-rending like Pixar and candy-colored like Minions, with Kevin Hart as the cherry on top. Screened after deadline. PG. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Zero Days

A- Without respite this decade, Alex Gibney has plumbed himself a reputation as perhaps America’s best investigative documentarian. Now he takes on Enron, Jack Abramoff, Scientology and Lance Armstrong. Here Gibney finds his lane amid Errol Morris’ talent for the probing interview and Michael Moore’s flare for the topical. His latest, Zero Days, is a breakneck primer on cyber warfare, hinging on the 2010 revelation of the U.S.- and Israel-created Stuxnet malware attacking Iranian nuclear facilities. The film glides through code and jargon, expanding from diagnostic detective work to anonymous National Security Agency interviews and a denouement on overclassification culture. For many viewers, this will be crucial viewing from the technological and military frontier. PG-13. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Cinema 21.

STILL SHOWING The Angry Birds Movie

Perhaps the greatest Finnish-American collaboration this decade is this movie based on a game based on anger management therapy and avian flu. PG. Joy, Academy, Avalon, Kennedy School, Vancouver.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

D Batman and Superman are fighting, and it’s hard to choose a side. The new Superman is boring 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 tries 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. PG-13. ALEX FALCONE. Vancouver.


B- Like all Roald Dahl books, it’s an ecstatic mix of the sentimental and cruel—the story of a young orphan named Sophie abducted by a lovable Big Friendly Giant who catches and releases dreams. It is also a cavalcade of bodily functions rendered funny and an encyclopedia of brutality at the hands of other, evil giants like Bonecruncher and Fleshlumpeater. Dahl’s book is devoted to wonderment and the clanging together of jabberwocky gobblefunking words…and so is much of the movie. The BFG’s first hour is a shamblingly slow and it makes ill use of one of the most splendid animated cre-

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defamation lawsuit from his subjects. After contacting Jane O’Brien Media, Farrier (an openly queer man) was told by representative Debbie Kuhn that the American company had no BY CU RTIS COOK @curtis_cook desire to associate itself with a homosexual. The internet has done some amazing things for Apparently, Jane O’Brien Media views male-onmale competitive tickling as an “exclusively hetsociety. It has given us Netflix, Google and erosexual athletic endurance activity.” new Facebook layouts that no one ever Kuhn then proceeds to send Farrier enjoys. It has grown a global coma series of needlessly bigoted per“AN munity full of rude memes and sonal and legal attacks. hurtful YouTube comments. It EXCLUSIVE has also allowed for a degree The homophobic slurs and HETEROSEXUAL of anonymity in today’s wild threats of legal action make two and crazy times of web-based things crystal clear: Jane O’Brien ATHLETIC anti-conformity and sexual Media has deeper pockets than any ENDURANCE expression. Because, in cybertickle-based organization should, ACTIVITY.” space, everybody has a fetish. and there is no way David Farrier In a world where words like can give up on this story. Thus begins “cuckold” and “analingus” are one New Zealander’s journey into the slowly but surely being added to our underground world of professional tickling. pop-culture lexicon, Tickled is a documentary To say much more would spoil the movie. Rest that reminds us that some fetishes are still far assured, though, Tickled is a compelling docufrom normalized and that the internet can be a mentary with all the twists, turns, excitement dangerous place, even with regards to something and reveals of a Chinatown-style neo-noir. as seemingly harmless as tickling. It should also be noted that the documentary David Farrier is a New Zealand journalist does not intentionally shame tickle fetishists. known for tackling offbeat topics. As Farrier puts While Farrier and his crew are given free range it, he’s made “a career out of looking at the weird to respond with shock and intrigue as they learn and bizarre side of life.” So, when he stumbled about the hidden world of tickling, the fetish itself across a video by Jane O’Brien Media featuring is never the subject of demonization. Tickled is a a fit, fully clothed man in bondage being tickled solid movie. It’s also incredibly uncomfortable or by a slew of other fully clothed athletic dudes, intensely erotic. Farrier knew he’d found his next peculiar story. A SEE IT: Tickled is rated R. It opens Friday at Fox The documentary goes beyond tickle fights to Tower and Living Room Theaters. reveal the scandal that got Farrier nailed with a


B+ The star of Grimm, the villain in Pitch Perfect 2 and the director of the Al-Jazeera documentary Borderland used to be roommates, and back then, they swore they would make a movie together. Buddymoon makes good on that promise. It is a charming, bromancein-nature comedy following David Giuntoli and German YouTube phenomenon Flula Borg as fictional versions of themselves. The trio filmed in Oregon, ad-libbing most of the dialogue in this unscripted film about a morose actor who gets dumped right before his wedding and agrees to go on his honeymoon hike with his eccentric foreign friend Flula instead of his would-be wife. NR. LAUREN TERRY. Living Room Theaters.

Captain America: Civil War

A- 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 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. Your move, DC. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Fox Tower.

B+ The sea has become a little more existential since Nemo got found. The Nemo clan’s all here— the SoCal sea turtle still stoned— plus the introduction of a likable, pessimistic octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill) and catty sea lion (Idris Elba). The film keeps its Nemo charm and comedic voices while offering a more serious tone for Pixar’s message: We are all special, in our own way. PG. AMY WOLFE. Bagdad, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Moreland, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Roseway, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

Peter Kasen is a Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter who began his solo music career in 2005. Having studied music theory and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, dynamic shifts and changes in a single piece of music, and the time signatures that accompanied those shifts, became a minor obsession, to later take form in Peter’s songwriting in use currently.


For fans of Portland’s country supergroup Denver, Birger Olsen is known as the one with that voice. His vocal singularity has an undeniable power. His strikingly low delivery is leisurely yet precise, while his straightforward lyrics hold a subtle humor often laced in sweet sentiments, not unlike Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett and John Prine.

first feature film, The Fits, introduces a young, tomboy boxer named Toni (Royalty Hightower) and her struggle to fit in. When Toni pivots from boxing and joins an all-girl dance team, the Lionesses, she’s lost in the lip gloss and girly-girl attitude of the dancers. Holmer’s film never loses its punch, though. Drawing on slow-motion shots of workouts, dance scenes, and mysterious fainting spells that begin to afflict the dancers, the director avoids the cutesy approach to preteen struggles that we usually expect from such films. In the best scenes, dancers take over urban areas, like a highway overpass, with their heavy breathing echoing across the cityscape as the camera pans out. NR. AMY WOLFE. Living Room Theaters.

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Everybody Wants Some!!


A- Director Anna Rose Holmer’s

The Conjuring 2

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


The Fits

C A buddy action comedy that relies on cheesy stunts, penis jokes and bro buffoonery—like most of its genre brethren—Central Intelligence is a far cry from anything resembling intelligence. Dwayne Johnson, once the overweight target of bullies in high school, shows up 20 years later as a steroid-ridden CIA agent who recruits former classmate Kevin Hart, now a number-crunching desk jockey, to help him solve a case. PG-13. MICHELLE DEVONA. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

B- First thing’s first: The Conjuring 2 is often very scary. The story of a downtrodden British family in Enfield tormented by the vengeful spirit of an old cockney man ups the voltage slowly but steadily. Never mind that the true story is reportedly a hoax: Scary’s scary, and for at least its first hour, C2 delivers an old-school haunted-house experience of the Poltergeist variety. R. AP KRYZA. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Division, Fox Tower, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

Those who subscribe to the notion that only age and a lifetime of hardships can produce a blues musician have probably never heard Ty Curtis play guitar, sing, or listened to the powerful lyrics of just one of his songs. Ty, being one of Oregon’s youngest blues musicians, has already released five award-winning CDs at the age of 28.

Finding Dory

B The trailer smacks of another story of a “great white man” pushed over the edge. Matthew McConaughey is a Mississippi farmer who turns against the Confederacy in what amounts to a less cliché retelling of a truly fascinating, forgotten bit of history. The bad guys are not the South, war or slavery (although they are all bad). The real enemies in this movie are the haves and the have nots. The film’s struggle for liberty outlasts the main character, Newt Knight, and the Civil War, staying relevant to modernday issues but happily devoid of any references to the present day. It’s a true epic that should sit alongside films like Glory. R. EZRA JOHNSONGREENOUGH. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

Central Intelligence



B Thomas Wolfe’s novels have largely faded from public memory, and Genius is more interesting for it. Despite a couple “Welcome to literary history!” banners unfurling in the form of Hemingway and Fitzgerald asides, it’s a movie of timeless artistic arguments between writer and editor—about the nobility and pitfalls of prose and pruning that prose. Played loudly by Jude Law, Wolfe is flamboyantly Southern and verbose. The historical drama’s heart, however, belongs to Colin Firth guardedly portraying editor Maxwell Perkins. Housed mostly in a drab, Depressionera office at Scribner, Genius fails like so many author movies to make the creation of brilliant fiction compelling. PG-13. CHANCE SOLEMPFEIFER. Fox Tower.



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. Laurelhurst.




ations in filmdom—the BFG himself (Mark Rylance). Luckily, the movie’s second half redeems the early languors with a slapstick comedy of farting dogs and queenly manners. PG. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, St. Johns Pub and Theater, Tigard, Vancouver.

Those Pretty Wrongs are Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways. Jody was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star and now helps run equally legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and is now an acclaimed solo artist and producer.








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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. The outcomes are unpredictable, shocking, grisly and really fun. PG-13. EZRA JOHNSONGREENOUGH. Laurelhurst

The Huntsman: Winter’s War B It’s been called an unnecessary sequel, and it actually does a competent job of completely leaving out Snow White. The thing is, Kristen Stewart as Snow White was the worst thing about the first film. Her 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. Avalon.

Independence Day: Resurgence

Director Roland Emmerich waited 20 years to revisit Independence Day. Will Smith won’t be back in his star-making turn, but Jeff Goldblum and other essential cast members are back to stammer and stare wide-eyed as monuments go boom once more. Not screened for critics. Not a good sign. PG-13. Beaverton Wunderland, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

The Jungle Book

B+ Director Jon Favreau may have been out to show off the latest in special effects, but his reverence for the classic 1967 cartoon shines through all the digital rendering. He probably should’ve thought twice before having Bill Murray sing a warbly, soulless version of the “Bare Necessities,” but even I felt a shiver of childhood nostalgia when the familiar drum beat played in the opening credits. PG. LAUREN TERRY. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Kennedy School, Valley.


B- 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 KeeganMichael Key, the comedy duo from


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the gone-too-soon sketch show Key and Peele and the not-gone-soonenough MADtv. It’s essentially a movie extrapolation of that bit about “White Sounding Black Guys,” which leads to some hilarious moments. At the same time, it’s a skinny framework for carrying a movie. R. JAMES HELMSWORTH. Academy, Laurelhurst, Vancouver.

The Lobster

B+ The Lobster is one of those dystopian sci-fi movies that needs to spend the first 30 minutes laying down the ground rules of the setting. David (Colin Farrell) is single, which is outlawed, so he goes to a singles retreat. But there is one catch: If you don’t find a mate within 60 days, you will be turned into an animal. On the plus side, you get to pick your animal. David chooses the lobster. Interesting concept, though this vision of the future mostly involves Farrell, John C. Reilly, Rachel Weisz and the rest of cast speaking in a dull, passionless monotone. R. JOHN LOCANTHI. CineMagic, Cinema 21, Hollywood.

Love & Friendship

B+ Kate Beckinsale stars in Whit Stillman’s vicious comedy of manners as Lady Susan Vernon, an accomplished flirt and recent widow who guilts her sister-in-law into hosting her and then brings a maelstrom of drama into the household, mainly in the form of would-be suitors and a runaway daughter. Lady Susan may have no shame, but Beckinsale plays up her character’s propriety, always pronouncing her witty, backhanded comments with a composed pout. R. LAUREN TERRY. Fox Tower.

Maggie’s Plan

B As evidenced in Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig’s go-to acting move is convincing us of her character’s unbearable superficiality before letting the humanity surface. Playing a chronically single woman who falls for a wannabe novelist, she pulls off a similar feat with the help of a terrifically severe performance from Julianne Moore as the novelist’s wife. From writer-director Rebecca Miller, the film’s ambience is the heir to ’70s Woody Allen, right down to the gypsy jazz. R. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Clackamas.

Me Before You

D Take me back to before I witnessed the train wreck that is Me Before You. Based on Jo Jo Moyes’ bestselling novel, it’s no surprise the film’s death with dignity plot is already suffering backlash ranging from angry twitter hashtags to picketing outside film screenings. PG-13. AMY WOLFE. Bridgeport, Clackamas.

Money Monster

C- George Clooney stars as a financial TV show host in the vein of Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, with Julia Roberts as his capable director and Jack O’Connell as the gunman who takes the studio hostage during a live broadcast. The plot devolves into an unbelievably absurd investigation

into the nefarious management of a stock that went tits up, treating the audience like the same fools the rich and powerful think we are. R. EZRA JOHNSON-GREENOUGH. Academy, Laurelhurst, Living Room Theaters, Vancouver.

The Neon Demon

C You know what’s better than Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film? The trailer. Anyone who argues that The Neon Demon is a masterpiece—or worthless trash—is not to be trusted. Refn weds the stylishness of Drive with the brutality of his earlier, better movies, yielding mixed and often frustrating results. In Refn’s latest male fantasy flick, Elle Fanning spins her beatific turn as Maleficent’s Aurora into a starring role as the fatal beauty Jesse. The 16-year-old fashion model’s innocence is tested as she rapidly scales the peaks of success. What does work are the many slowmotion beauty sequences, set to a scintillating synthesizer soundtrack. Unfortunately the end credits fall prey to a Diplo song that already dates this film. Patient fans of eye candy may get their money’s worth from The Neon Demon, but those craving a good story will be better served with another viewing of Black Swan. R. NATHAN CARSON. Cinema 21.

The Nice Guys

A- The Nice Guys exists in some

weird, hyperviolent mirror image of Los Angeles—one that looks a lot like Atlanta. It’s like Roger Rabbit’s Toontown, but populated with cartoons that bleed. The movie plays like a 1970s spiritual sequel to writerdirector Shane Black’s 2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a winking landmark of self-aware grit that revitalized Robert Downey Jr.’s career. And it’s kind of perfect. The plot is inconsequential, involving a dead porn star, a bunch of gangsters, a missing student, some more gangsters and the auto industry. But all of that is just an excuse to get its perfectly cast stars lobbing insults.This movie starts at full speed and never stops. R. AP KRYZA. Academy, Bridgeport, Fox Tower, Jubitz, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Valley, Vancouver.

Now You See Me 2

C- A hyperbolic spectacle more than anything else, Now You See Me 2 supersedes its predecessor on every level of absurdity. Jesse Eisenberg leads the Four Horsemen in his usual irritatingly haughty fashion as the gang goes on a mission to steal a computer chip that can control the world. Ex-Hogwarts wizard Daniel Radcliffe, whose creepy bearded grin seems a permanent fixture on his face throughout the film, plays the “narcissistic little man-boy” villain who attempts to outwit the smug magicians. Trying too hard to be cool with a string of tricks each more ridiculous than the next, the flashy caper proves anything but magical. PG-13. MICHELLE DEVONA. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters, Tigard, Vancouver.

C- Kudos to filmmaker Penny Lane

and writer Thom Stylinski for the clever approach they take to their new highconcept documentary, Nuts!, about John Romulus Brinkley, a real-life Kansas doctor who in 1917 attempted to cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles in men. Too bad, though, the onscreen result is less than stimulating—much, much less funny or cute than it thinks it is. R. LUKE JOHNSON. Cinema 21.

Our Kind of Traitor

B- It is not great like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but Our Kind of Traitor satisfies in a pinch. The everyman anchoring Traitor is poetry professor Perry Makepeace (Ewan McGregor), who looks less like the chinless wimp his name implies and more like Movie Star McGregor with longish hair. If Makepeace were the recluse his name implies, we might be more engaged when he is thrown into the company of dashing MI6 agents and burly Russian mafiosos. While parlaying with fiery MI6 agent Hector (Damian Lewis), Russian mafia informant Dima (Stellan Skarsgård) and company traipse through beautiful scenery in North Africa, Paris and the French Alps. This is probably the weakest of le Carré film adaptations to date. But hey, it’s still chicken. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Fox Tower.


C From the music parody trio the Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer), the mockumented rise and fall of fame-mongering musician Conner4Real is a sketch’s sensibility spread thinly, or simply repeated, across a film’s length. R. CHANCE SOLEMPFEIFER. Fox Tower, Vancouver.

The Purge: Election Year

C- This third installment finally delivers

the fleshed out storyline the Purge series deserves, but our violent reality offscreen makes this fiction a lot less appealing. Veteran director James DeMonaco this time broadens the story to show us the world that thought up this one day a year when you can commit any crime. Protesters blame the New Founding Fathers for creating the Purge to wipe out the homeless, and Sen. Charlie Roan steps up as an anti-Purge presidential hopeful with a target on her back. The story would be more entertaining if the script exercised greater subtlety. Instead, one-dimensional characters spell out health insurance reform and Trump rhetoric, combined with nightmarish imagery of murder tourists from Germany and sadistic girl gangs waving AK-47s. Election Year is the best of the trilogy in terms of visuals and concept, but the idea of the Purge itself is losing edge as real-life mass shootings screen regularly. R. LAUREN TERRY. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

The Shallows

C+ In spite of the worrying combination of Blake Lively, a computer-generated shark, and director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax), many critics welcomed The Shallows as a relief from the sequels and summer superhero flicks. But drone shots of an aquamarine coastline do not a good film make. The story follows basic action-movie format: Nancy (Blake Lively) is taking time off from med school to retrace her late mother’s surfing tour through Mexico. Once you make it past the ill-fitting techno music as Nancy paddles into the break and a hungry shark strands her on a rock, the film grows into a decent thriller. Lively plays the everywoman without gratuitous sexuality, using quick thinking to survive. The Shallows is at its best when teasing the audience with underwater shots, only occasionally showing Nancy tumbling into coral-crusted rocks as her shark bite emits red clouds of blood. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Swiss Army Man

B+ Known as the “Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse boner movie” since its Sundance premiere, Swiss Army Man

somehow makes flatulence and an erection even more preposterously important than that description suggests. Together, they are symbols of body positivity, courtesy of a cadaver. The living member of this two-man show is Hank (Paul Dano), who opens the movie in preparation to hang himself on a deserted island. What stops him is a dapper corpse (Radcliffe) washing ashore. Hank will come to call the body “Manny,” and it will start farting almost immediately. This debut feature from Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert finds its keel with Dano carrying the corpse inland, convinced of its magic. In gorgeous, intense montage sequences, the actors make their own world from flotsam and litter. The intellectual message of Swiss Army Man is merely passable. But underscored by madness, starvation and a bunch of farting, that talk grips you with fearless irony. Swiss Army Man is surrealist like Calvin & Hobbes is. R. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Fox Tower, Hollywood, Vancouver.



Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

A- Ada Ushpiz’s black-and-white doc about the colorful life of German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt carefully combines interviews of supporters and haters, love affairs and her think pieces such as Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963) on the big screen in a way 21st-century audiences can relate to. Actress Alison Darcy reads excerpts from Arendt’s personal diary and love letters to her married professor, though Arendt’s theories are displayed archaically in 40-year-old television footage. Vita Activa will make you an Arendt expert in a mere 125 minutes, in case you wanted to skip reading her work or a boring biography. NR. AMY WOLFE. Living Room Theaters.


D+ With Warcraft, writer-director Duncan Jones has managed to squander the creative momentum and critical goodwill he’s amassed, presenting another generic and listless excursion into a wasteland of storytelling misery. A tremendous ensemble of pretty-boy Humans and CGI Orcs play out petty concerns to no resolution for over two hours of meandering story that’s only function is to set up sequels. PG-13. MIKE GALLUCCI. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Division, Vancouver.


A His name is Anthony Weiner, and he’s

been busted for dick pics (again). “And for that, I am profoundly sorry,” he says over and over, trying to affect the perfect tone of sincerity. Weaving together clips from cable news shows, YouTube videos, and footage filmed onsite at crucial moments, the new documentary shows the rise and eventual implosion of Weiner’s 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City. It’s the unprecedented level of access to the subject that makes Weiner a necessary and unflinching look at how the sausage of modern politics gets made. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21.

X-Men: Apocalypse

B+ The latest in the X-franchise proves that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not the only home for A-grade superhero fare. With Apocalypse, writer Bryan Singer has finally steered the ship back on course, crafting one of the greatest comics pictures to date. Factions on the internet will inevitably find reasons to hate this movie. The Egyptians will be too pale for some. The question is: Do you want to have fun and enjoy a comic book turned into a quarter-billion-dollar feature film or would you rather stay home reading Proust? PG-13. NATHAN CARSON. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Tigard.


B 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. There’s a lesson under every hoof, inside every snout, and behind every bubbly buttocks. PG. AMY WOLFE. Academy, Valley, Vancouver.

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OMSI has always been a place to gaze at the stars, thanks to its planetarium, which doubles as a place to listen to loud-ass Floyd tunes in a halfdome reeking of residual doob. This week, though, stars collide at OMSI, the only science museum where you can watch an alien get diabetes from Reese’s Pieces, a future California governor mow down a room full of cops, and David Lynch totally botch a cult sci-fi flick, all in one day. The second annual OMSI Sci Fi Film Fest is upon us, and boy, is it a doozy, offering up eight days of sci-fi classics from Fantastic Planet (Friday) and E.T. (Saturday) to full-blown visions like A Clockwork Orange (Tuesday), The Road Warrior (Sunday) and They Live (Friday). Let’s take a step back. Five years ago, the prospect of OMSI’s Empirical Theater becoming one of the best places to see a movie seemed a pipe dream. Now, it is one of Portland’s best-kept secrets. It serves beer. It has one of the state’s biggest screens, and the sound is bar none the best. Imagine John Carpenter’s blues stomp rattling your nethers as Rowdy Roddy Piper kicks ass and chews bubblegum. Once known for showing nature docs—to be fair, the nature docs are great— OMSI has been piling on features, becoming the city’s best place to catch a spectacle. With VP of marketing Russ Repp taking the lead on programming, we’ve seen increased repertory screenings, plus tie-ins with exhibits. Some of the best included a series timed to the museum’s guitar exhibit that featured everything from concert films to The Sound of Music and Pulp Fiction. What makes this sci-fi series so spectacular is its range. Families (or, let’s face it, me alone) can catch WALL-E and an accompanying talk with robotics expert Dave Shinsel and his humanoid robot, Loki (July 13). Or, scare the shit out of your family with Alien (July 14). Or, do a triple feature of Termina-

tor, Robocop and Blade Runner (July 15). I mean, what else were you going to do that Friday? “We selected these particular films because they really stand out as influencers in the field, pictures that can withstand the test of time,” says Repp. “There is a mix of films that are well-known and well-loved with selections that are a bit more esoteric but no less influential.” This is a chance for audiences to finally see why the Empirical is essential for fans of nature docs and bombastic, mind-blowing entertainment alike. Grab a beer and climb those huge-ass stairs to get a good seat. You may have seen Alien a million times, but until you witness the Xenomorph projected to the size of a building, its growl blowing your hair back, well, you haven’t seen Alien. SEE IT: The OMSI Sci Fi Film Fest is July 8-15. Visit for full listings. alSo showiNG:

The Hollywood’s 90th anniversary celebration welcomes D.A. Pennebaker, the legendary rock documentarian who laid the groundwork for every single music and film collaboration from Warhol to MTV, for two of his most profound works: Don’t Look Back and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. At the risk of sounding unprofessionally biased: Holy fucking shit. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Wednesday, July 6. Church of Film’s Queer Cinema series dials it back to 1931 for the pioneering German drama Mädchen in Uniform, largely considered film’s first lesbian love story. North Star Ballroom. 8 pm Wednesday, July 6. First Manchurian Candidate. Then Network. Now Laurelhurst is showing the 1972 paranoid thriller (that is scarier now than it was back then) The Odessa File. It’s…like…something’s afoot in the U.S.… Laurelhurst Theater. July 8-14. An early breakout role for Al Pacino, 1971’s The Panic in Needle Park rattled audiences with its gritty, realistic take on drug addiction, a topic that, in previous decades, was deemed too intense and unsavory by conservative censors. 5th Avenue Cinema. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, July 8-10. The Princess Bride makes its required appearance at Cartopia’s Night Movies, paired with an episode of The X-Files that features no rodents of unusual size. Cartopia. 9 pm Sunday, July 10. Willamette Week JULY 6, 2016



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people can find one lying around the house, and in theory, all you have to do is open it up with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, take out all of the innards, give it a little rinse, heat it up, and put a piece of wax or shatter in the bottom, Unfortunately, opening up a light bulb is not as easy as the videos suggest. Despite multiple attempts on multiple bulbs, the casing simply would not budge. And when one of my light bulbs shattered so violently that I nearly took a shard to the eye, it was time to accept that this method was deeply flawed. As I returned to the drawing board, it quickly became evident that the simplest approach was the best. The knife hit employs common household objects, minimizes risk of bodily injury and functions just as it’s supposed to. For people who don’t have a fancy rig, the the knife hit is a classic trick—all you need is a metal knife, a paper clip or pen, and a disposable plastic water bottle. Cut the plastic water bottle in half, and notch the bottom of the top half of the bottle. Take off the cap and stand the half bottle on a flat surface. Put a li’l dab of cannabis oil on your paper clip, or any other small, pointy metal object. Heat up a butter knife, preferably with a blowtorch—a stove top, Bunsen burner or campfire will also suffice. When you’re ready to take your hit, stick the hot knife through the slot you’ve made. Touch the oil to the hot knife, and inhale through the top of the bottle.



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I don’t go to strip clubs anymore. Not that I cast aspersions on strip clubs or their patrons. When I was younger, my buddies and I would go often to an old place near Southeast Holgate and 82nd, near Walmart and Regal Cinema. The beer was 75-cent tallboys, the dancers were tight and the food was pretty good. The place was called the Atlantic Club, and as you might guess, there was a water theme. The club had a silly little moat and drawbridge that you had to walk across to get inside. There was also a video poker room, and a room where they let you smoke weed. Downstairs, there was a hot-tub room where you could pay the dancers to get in with you. Next to that was a room outfitted with row after row of cots. Occasionally, you would see a drunk passed out on one of the cots, and supposedly the room functioned as an opium den during the day, but I never saw or smelled anything like that. There was another room in the basement with a card table and six chairs where I once saw a group of people, including one of my buddies, play Russian roulette. My buddy survived that night, and said the whole thing was very much like the scene from The Deer Hunter. I probed further, asking in vague terms if anything had happened to anyone, but he declined to elaborate. He only said it was against “house rules” to discuss results of the game. However, this was not a one-time thing—it happened a few times a year, and I could get on the waiting list if I wanted. I considered my friend’s offer, but it ended up being moot. The Atlantic was raided by the police. Shortly after, the entire building disappeared, under circumstances that remain very perplexing. One night, it was open, and then later that night neighbors said they heard a series of loud booms. The next morning, on the site where the club had been, there was nothing. No moat, no walls, no lottery machines—just a razed dirt lot. It was as if the Atlantic had sunk into Southeast Portland. It was really a shame that overreaching regulation led to the demise of the club, and with it one of the Portland ideals that I had most valued, which is that consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want in the basement of a strip club. Dr. Mitchell Millar is president of the Olde Portland Preservation Society, which holds in its collection the men’s room urinal from Magic Garden and what is purported to be the G-string Courtney Love wore during her final shift at Mary’s Club. Willamette Week JULY 6, 2016









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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Events in the coming week may trick your mind and tweak your heart. They might mess with your messiah complex and wreak havoc on your habits. But I bet they will also energize your muses and add melodic magic to your mysteries. They will slow you down in such a way as to speed up your evolution, and spin you in circles with such lyrical grace that you may become delightfully clear-headed. Will you howl and moan? Probably, but more likely out of poignant joy, not from angst and anguish. Might you be knocked off course? Perhaps, but by a good influence, not a bad one. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In the book A Survival Guide to the Stress of Organizational Change, the authors tell you how to raise your stress levels. Assume that others are responsible for lowering your stress levels, they say. Resolve not to change anything about yourself. Hold on to everything in your life that’s expendable. Fear the future. Get embroiled in trivial battles. Try to win new games as you play by old rules. Luckily, the authors also offer suggestions on how to reduce your stress. Get good sleep, they advise. Exercise regularly. Don’t drink too much caffeine. Feel lots of gratitude. Clearly define a few strong personal goals, and let go of lesser wishes. Practice forgiveness and optimism. Talk to yourself with kindness. Got all that, Taurus? It’s an excellent place to start as you formulate your strategy for the second half of 2016. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Normally I’m skeptical about miraculous elixirs and sudden cures and stupendous breakthroughs. I avoid fantasizing about a “silver bullet” that can simply and rapidly repair an entrenched problem. But I’m setting aside my caution as I evaluate your prospects for the coming months. While I don’t believe that a sweeping transformation is guaranteed, I suspect it’s far more likely than usual. I suggest you open your mind to it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) As I gaze into my crystal ball and invoke a vision of your near future, I find you communing with elemental energies that are almost beyond your power to control. But I’m not worried, because I also see that the spirit of fun is keeping you safe and protected. Your playful strength is fully unfurled, ensuring that love always trumps chaos. This is a dream come true: You have a joyous confidence as you explore and experiment with the Great Unknown, trusting in your fluidic intuition to guide you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) “You can only go halfway into the darkest forest,” says a Chinese proverb. “Then you are coming out the other side.” You will soon reach that midpoint, Leo. You may not recognize how far you have already come, so it’s a good thing I’m here to give you a heads-up. Keep the faith! Now here’s another clue: As you have wandered through the dark forest, you’ve been learning practical lessons that will come in handy during the phase of your journey that will begin after your birthday. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) My devoted contingent of private detectives, intelligence agents, and psychic sleuths is constantly wandering the globe gathering data for me to use in creating your horoscopes. In recent days, they have reported that many of you Virgos are seeking expansive visions and mulling long-term decisions. Your tribe seems unusually relaxed about the future, and is eager to be emancipated from shrunken possibilities. Crucial in this wonderful development has been an inclination to stop obsessing on small details and avoid being distracted by transitory concerns. Hallelujah! Keep up the good work. Think BIG! BIGGER! BIGGEST! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) After years of painstaking research, the psychic surgeons at the Beauty and Truth Lab have finally perfected the art and science of Zodiac Makeovers. Using a patented technique known as Mythic Gene Engineering, they are able to transplant the planets of your horoscope into different signs and astrological houses from the ones you were born with. Let’s say your natal Jupiter suffers from an uncongenial aspect with your Moon. The psychic surgeons cut and splice according to your specifica-

tions, enabling you to be re-coded with the destiny you desire. Unfortunately, the cost of this pioneering technology is still prohibitive for most people. But here’s the good news, Libra: In the coming months, you will have an unprecedented power to reconfigure your life’s path using other, less expensive, purely natural means. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In high school I was a good athlete with a promising future as a baseball player. But my aspirations were aborted in sophomore year when the coach banished me from the team. My haircut and wardrobe were too weird, he said. I may have been a skillful shortstop, but my edgy politics made him nervous and mad. At the time I was devastated by his expulsion. Playing baseball was my passion. But in retrospect I was grateful. The coach effectively ended my career as a jock, steering me toward my true callings: poetry and music and astrology. I invite you to identify a comparable twist in your own destiny, Scorpio. What unexpected blessings came your way through a seeming adversary? The time is ripe to lift those blessings to the next level. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Do you remember that turning point when you came to a fork in the road of your destiny at a moment when your personal power wasn’t strong? And do you recall how you couldn’t muster the potency to make the most courageous choice, but instead headed in the direction that seemed easier? Well, here’s some intriguing news: Your journey has delivered you, via a convoluted route, to a place not too far from that original fork in the road. It’s possible you could return there and revisit the options -- which are now more mature and meaningful -with greater authority. Trust your exuberance.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) I love writing horoscopes for you. Your interest in my insights spurs my creativity and makes me smarter. As I search for the inspiration you need next, I have to continually reinvent my approach to finding the truth. The theories I had about your destiny last month may not be applicable this month. My devotion to following your ever-shifting story keeps me enjoyably off-balance, propelling me free of habit and predictability. I’m grateful for your influence on me! Now I suggest that you compose a few thank-you notes similar to the one I’ve written here. Address them to the people in your life who move you and feed you and transform you the best. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) After an Illinois man’s wife whacked him in the neck with a hatchet, he didn’t hold a grudge. Just the opposite. Speaking from a hospital room while recovering from his life-threatening wound, Thomas Deas testified that he still loved his attacker, and hoped they could reconcile. Is this admirable or pathetic? I’ll go with pathetic. Forgiving one’s allies and loved ones for their mistakes is wise, but allowing and enabling their maliciousness and abuse should be taboo. Keep that standard in mind during the coming weeks, Aquarius. People close to you may engage in behavior that lacks full integrity. Be compassionate but tough-minded in your response.


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