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Portland Public Schools has ended its ban on playing rap music aboard school buses. 6 For some reason, it would cost $135,000 per month to open the doors of a never-used jail and let homeless people sleep there. 7

The venue formerly known as Panic Room Caution: High Volume Bar has a boring new name. 22 Nirvana once played a show at Portland’s horse track. 27

Providence Park has replaced the lesbian bar in Portland’s lesbian nightlife scene. 8

If you want to eat an authentic Chicago dog while admiring a bat signed by Barry Bonds, there is a place. 35

The Morrison is Portland’s oldest bridge. 16

There is a cannabis strain called Stephen Hawking Kush. 43



Nadia Nadim photo by Craig Mitchelldyer. Courtesy of Portland Thorns FC.

Portland’s short-term rental rules are such a joke that an Airbnb employee ignores them.

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How is it that the city of Portland is relying on complaints to identify Airbnb rentals that don’t have permits? [“Air Supply,” WW, Aug. 24, 2016.] There is literally a list of them online! How about crosschecking with your list of permittees and going from there? It doesn’t seem that hard, and actually enforcing the weak rules is a start. —Amy Van Saun Because of Airbnb, dwellings that would be occupied by long-term residents are disappearing from the housing inventory. Nobody’s saying it’s the main cause of rising housing prices, but it’s a factor. And it has all kinds of other negative impacts (livability, privacy, safety) on top of its impacts on housing affordability. —“K15”

If Chris Schaaf was the only one who didn’t understand he needed both licenses, then it would be on him. —“econoline” The majority of dispensaries navigated the licensing process quite successfully. We have speed limits, yet more than one person exceeds those speed limits daily. Does that invalidate the speed limit? No, it just means some people are less capable of understanding how things are done. —John Retzlaff

“Actually enforcing the weak rules is a start.”

The article fails to mention that many listings on Airbnb are hosted by individuals who are tenants themselves and not owners of the properties. I stayed at six Airbnb apartments while I was in the process of relocating to Portland. All of them were listed by tenants who were renting their units. I do not know if the owners consented. Clearly, these aren’t units that were taken off the rental market. —“Truth Be Told”


That multiple other Portland dispensaries had the same problem only highlights the fact that the city has failed at creating a licensing process that can be navigated successfully [“Tokin’ Resistance,” WW, Aug. 24, 2016].

How come the MAX has to slow down every time the temperature gets over 90 degrees? They have light rail in Phoenix, and it’s much hotter there. —Heat Miser

This question is a perennial summertime favorite with local newsfolk in search of a fun, fluffy, “betcha didn’t know”-type feature. (Technically, I suppose, this column is also a fun, fluffy feature—except I say “fuck” all the time, which is probably why those newsfolk pull down 80 bills a year and I get a bowl of beef jerky and a bed behind the Linotype machine.) The standard answer is that heat makes the rails expand. When they’ve expanded lengthwise as far as they can, they start to buckle sideways. This can create little jogs in the track called “sun kinks,” which will derail the train if it’s going too fast. And that’s usually that. Real Ed Murrow types may dig deeper to ask: What about cities where it’s even hotter? The answer is that those cities’ 4

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We are not L.A. We do not have the L.A. job market or salary range. The city needs to block these greedy vultures of landlords [“What’s the Deal With Portland’s Rising Rents?”, Aug. 19, 2016]. Portland might have been cool because we always had weird shit to do, but now we can’t afford to do any of that shit. Instead, we get to pay bills and die while the rich get richer. —“Valeriewhy” Markets always correct, and so will Portland’s. The word will get out about how expensive it is, so fewer people will move here. And there will continue to be more construction, because real estate people never know when to stop. But the new equilibrium will be higher than it’s been, and Portland’s allure for 20-something slackers will fade. —“New Columbian” LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:

rail systems work within an overall higher temperature range, so it’s no worse than here. The question no one asks is: What about cities that get way colder than us, but also way hotter, like the hell on earth of my childhood, St. Louis? Their light rail doesn’t buckle. Neither does Seattle’s, and they have the same weather as us. It turns out you can totally build track that resists sun kinks! Anchoring the ties in concrete instead of resting them in gravel pretty much takes care of it. We didn’t do that, presumably because it doesn’t get hot enough often enough in Portland to justify the expense. Now that it seems to be getting hotter, though, TriMet has a pilot program to anchor rails on the Red Line, and it seems to be working. If results are good, the transit agency will extend it, which could save everyone half an hour every day. I would tell you more, but I have to go fight a rat for the last piece of jerky.

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Steve Novick Wants to Tax Companies That Pay CEOs Big Salaries

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick is pushing a proposal to tax publicly traded companies that give big salaries to their CEOs. The idea is to add a surcharge to the business license tax that companies pay in Portland, if they pay their CEOs more than 100 times what they pay a typical employee— information that will be disclosed publicly starting in 2017 under federal Wall Street reforms. The proposal could generate about $2.5 million a year to help Portland address its homelessness problem, Novick says. Business leaders, including those at the Portland Business Alliance, aren’t on board. “We’re very skeptical,” says Sandra McDonough, PBA president, “that doing this is going to have any effect on pay equity nationally.” Novick’s proposal comes as he faces a tough re-election challenge from progressive candidate Chloe Eudaly—and the proposal looks like a defense of his left flank. But Novick says he’s proposing it to place a larger spotlight on pay inequality— and because he thinks he might lose to Eudaly, and wants to tackle the issue before December. “This, for me, is a legacy issue,” he says.

District Reverses Its Hip-Hop Ban on School Buses

Uproar over whether school bus drivers on duty should be allowed to play hip-hop has resulted in Portland Public Schools reversing its ban on rap. The district now allows bus

drivers to tune the radio to hip-hop, assuming they deem it appropriate. As first reported on last week, the district issued a memo in March ruling out stations that play rap or religious programs, but allowing those that play pop or jazz. The policy fueled charges of racism, and the district hastily withdrew it. A new memo, released Aug. 30, still urges caution. “It is our responsibility to limit the exposure of our students to religious teachings, profanity, violent lyrics and sexually explicit content while they are on our bus,” writes Teri Brady, PPS’s director of student transportation.

Oregon’s Senators Endorse Sharon Meieran

As the traditional Labor Day kickoff of fall election season approaches, the arms race for endorsements is heating up between Multnomah County Commission candidates Eric Zimmerman and Sharon W W S TA f f



Meieran. Zimmerman, chief of staff for Commissioner Diane McKeel, announced in July he’d been endorsed by former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts. Now Meieran, an emergency room doctor, says she has the support of U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Wyden and Merkley join U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici—meaning Meieran has swept Portland’s congressional delegation. “As an ER doctor, Sharon knows how to set priorities and make tough decisions,” Wyden said in a statement. “She’ll make the most out of our county’s limited resources.”




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Arguments over the location of homeless camps and shelters are a perennial feature of Portland life. But rarely have the fights been as loud as they were this month. On Sept. 1, Mayor Charlie Hales is poised to sweep the remaining homeless people out of the sprawling camps along East Portland’s Springwater Corridor—a site that ranks among the largest concentrations of tents in the nation. It’s not clear where people can go. Between the start of 2016 and mid-October, Multnomah County will have added more than 460 shelter beds, more than in any year in the past decade, say county officials. Yet that doesn’t cover the nearly 1,900-bed shortfall the county reported last year. Local officials are publicly squabbling over a few new ideas for large-scale shelters and organized camps—all demanding the same limited resources, all of them with vocal opponents. Meanwhile, smaller-scale shelters are provoking less backlash—and actually opening.

Proposed sites: TERMINAL 1 Capacity: 500 Advantages: Real estate developer Homer Williams is championing the site and promises to bring in private funding; it could offer social services at the same location. Drawbacks: Two legal challenges to the location are already underway from business groups; the scale of the project has already shrunk to initially serving 100 people. WAPATO JAIL Capacity: 525 Advantages: Already built, complete with beds; Multnomah County isn’t doing anything else with it; has a champion in County Commissioner Loretta Smith. Drawbacks: Operating expenses start at $136,000 a month; isolated and far from social services; opposed by County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury. REEDWAY Capacity: 100 Advantages: Money is earmarked in the city budget for organized outdoor campsites like this empty lot in Lents;

located near the Springwater Corridor. Drawbacks: Environmental pollution at the site; furious Lentils want fewer homeless in the neighborhood.

Opened recently: DO GOOD MULTNOMAH Capacity: 25 veterans Advantages: Welcomed by neighbors. Drawbacks: Small. HANSEN SHELTER Capacity: 200 Advantages: Came at a critical moment as a downtown shelter space closed. Disadvantages: Possibly temporary.

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Airbnb is catching political heat. Last week, WW reported that a manager at the company was flouting city rules by listing several of her properties as shortterm rentals (“Air Supply,” WW, Aug. 24, 2016). That revelation fueled criticism that scofflaw Airbnb listings are adding to the city’s rent crunch by removing units from the city’s housing stock. Airbnb has also been making political donations. In May, the company formally founded a political action committee in San Francisco called the Committee to Expand the Middle Class. It has donated to four Oregon campaigns—all in Portland. RM.

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This Sunday, Sept. 4, the seven Portland Thorns who played in the Rio Olympic Games have a homecoming at Providence Park—and with a city that loves women’s soccer more than any other American town. In the following pages, we talk to the U.S. Olympians about their early exit in Rio, meet the phenom striker who escaped the Taliban, and explore how Portland became a Thorns town.

SQUAD GOALS: Portland Thorns players acknowledge the fans at Providence Park after playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle in May.



The Portland Thorns were down by five goals when the singing started. It was June 7, 2014: a beautiful day for soccer at 75 degrees, the sun bouncing off the turf at Providence Park and beaming back on the faces of 13,838 spectators— almost all of them Thorns fans. The match against the Western New York Flash went badly. By the 51st minute, the Thorns trailed 5-0 and their goalie, Nadine Angerer, had been ejected for taking down a Flash player. Fans of most professional sports teams would have fled for the exits. But many of the Rose City Riveters, the Thorns’ die-hard supporters group, instead headed for the beer line. The singing began in the stadium’s north end with a few voices bellowing an old Bill Withers song: “Lean on me, when you’re not strong.” There was no miracle comeback: The Thorns lost 5-0. But the singing picked up momentum, made its way through Section 107, then 110. “We all neeeeed somebody to leeeean on.” “I think I maybe started crying a little bit,” says Thorns midfielder Mana Shim, reflecting on that moment. “There’s a sense of family, just that this group of people has your back. We’re all very hard on ourselves and want to do our best, and the fans never go away.” This week, five of the Thorns’ most talented players return from a fresh disappointment. They played for the U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team, which was favored to win gold in Rio de Janeiro, only to be 8

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knocked out in the quarterfinals. That was the earliest exit ever for U.S. women’s soccer at the Olympics. On Sunday, Sept. 4, the Thorns’ Olympians—including Christine Sinclair, who helped Canada win the bronze medal, and Amandine Henry, who competed for France— return to Providence Park for Portland’s game against the Boston Breakers. And they will be greeted as if they’d all won gold medals. The love between this club and its fans isn’t just passionate. It’s unprecedented in the history of women’s professional sports in the U.S. The Thorns’ average home attendance this season has risen to 16,772 a game. That’s more than double the turnout of all but one of the nine other teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. Even soccer-mad Seattle draws only 4,590 per game for Reign matches. No other U.S. city exceeds an average home attendance of 10,000 for any professional women’s sport. Portland surpasses it every other week. “It’s really special,” says Thorns midfielder Allie Long. “There are no other fans that support female athletes like they do.” In this country, women vote more than men, watch more movies, buy more books, commit fewer crimes, and graduate from college more frequently. The one thing they don’t do anywhere close to as much as men is watch pro sports. Except in Portland. Most other NWSL teams market their matches as a family night. In Portland, the games are mother-daughter bonding events, date nights for 30-somethings, and the city’s largest outdoor LGBTQ cocktail party—a scene so

thirsty that Providence Park has effectively replaced the lesbian bar in Portland’s nightlife scene. “If there’s a Thorns home match, I’m reorganizing my weekend around that,” says Ryan Brown, a season-ticket holder. “It’s where my people are.” The story of how it happened is a perfect storm of soccer fever, gay rights and feminist empowerment. And it started with a grizzled, gum-chomping man named Clive Charles. An integral player for early Portland Timbers teams, Charles coached both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Portland. He started coaching the men’s team in 1986 and added the women’s team in 1989, coaching both until his death in 2003. In the process, he transformed the Pilots from a middling program into a buzzsaw. Under his tutelage, the Pilots had a combined 439-14444 record, including the 2002 women’s NCAA championship in his final season. Charles recruited and coached some of the most recognizable and talented women’s soccer players ever to play the game—including Sinclair, who was named the NWSL Player of the Olympics in Rio after scoring the winning goal in Canada’s bronze-medal match against host Brazil. He put “the bluff,” as UP is called, on the map, and Portlanders turned out in droves to watch his teams. The Pilots’ women’s soccer team won a second NCAA title in 2005, cementing the small, Catholic university’s reputation as a national power. “Growing up, we didn’t have many pro sports teams— the Trail Blazers were the Jail Blazers—and it was really easy to go to UP games. And the women were better than

season, the Thorns were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2014. Last year, they won just six of 20 matches, failing to even reach the playoffs. Still, fans showed up—and more often. Average home attendance rose from 13,320 in the Thorns’ first season to 15,639 in last year’s dismal performance to 16,772 this season. (Disclosure: This author writes copy for Nike, which is a sponsor of the Thorns.) The Thorns’ biggest crowd this season at Providence Park was 19,231 on July 30, when Portland defeated the Seattle Reign 1-0 despite playing without its Olympians. The Thorns fielded a shorthanded team of 15 players, some of them unpaid amateurs, and the crowd cheered louder than ever. That kind of loyalty is requited.

Long, the Thorns midfielder who recently returned from her first stint on the U.S. Olympic team, recalls a fan tweeting about his 8-year-old daughter getting bullied for wearing a Thorns jersey to school. “I hate bullying,” Long says. “And they were making fun of her, and I was like, ‘Oh, heck no.” She reached out to the girl, got her tickets to a game, autographed gear, and met her after the match. “I just have so much respect for our fans,” Long says, her eyes flashing as she recounts the story. “Especially if some cute, little girl is getting bullied. She should be proud for wearing that jersey.”


the men,” says Hallie Craddock, a Thorns season-ticket holder. “Having Christine Sinclair for the Thorns is icing on the cake. It was the perfect storm to be like, ‘Of course women’s soccer is good.’” But Charles’ influence wasn’t limited to UP. He and many of his former teammates created a foundation of Rose City soccer via clinics, club teams and academies. Current UP women’s soccer coach Garrett Smith, who played for Charles, recalled how Charles began a summer league for female players. “He brought in all the players, tried to cut the living costs, so professional women would have a place to play,” Smith says. “It’s simple things like that that start falling into place. The Thorns are reaping the benefits of that now.” The Thorns played their first game in 2013, 10 years after Charles’ death at age 51 from prostate cancer. They joined seven other franchises in the National Women’s Soccer League—the third attempt to launch professional women’s soccer in the U.S. More than 16,400 spectators showed up to the Thorns’ first home game. Then-coach Cindy Parlow Cone said the atmosphere felt like a World Cup. Thorns matches are no typical family outings. Entire girls’ club teams will sit, focused and wide-eyed, only speaking to comment on the intricacies of strategy. Even teenage boys watch the match transfixed. Until, of course, the Thorns score. Then it’s a cacophony of screams and shouts, the Riveters chanting away, scarves fluttering en masse—as thick, red celebration smoke pours from the north end and settles like a fog. Then a badass young woman emerges from the haze to beat her own chest and celebrate her strength along with 17,000 other people. “The No. 1 reason I love the Thorns is, on a philosophical and ideological level, it was so important to me growing up to see these strong women,” says Sarah Krabacher, a die-hard fan who makes sure she sits in the same seat in the front row of the north end for every game. “It’s very exciting to see women athletes worshiped, by girls and boys.” Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was a fan of the Leeds United men’s professional soccer team while growing up in England, but her family loves the Thorns so much, it spent part of her son’s wedding day watching a live YouTube broadcast of a Thorns-Seattle Reign match. (Unfortunately for Fritz, the Reign won 3-1.) “When I was growing up, girls didn’t play soccer at all,” Fritz says. Attending Thorns matches “just reminds me every time of how far women have come in my lifetime. The whole experience is wonderful.” Another aspect of Thorns’ matches is even more rare at sporting events. Chris Henderson, a graduate student in American and sports studies at the University of Iowa, spent several days in Portland interviewing members of the Riveters for an academic paper titled “Two Balls Is Too Many: Stadium Performance, Gender, and Queerness Among Portland’s Rose City Riveters Supporters Club.” The recurring theme he found? The north end is “a safe space for queer people.” Craddock, a season-ticket holder who developed a friendship with Krabacher and several others after they met in the north end, says that’s a factor in attendance for Thorns matches. “I think there are several reasons, one of which is obviously lesbians,” she says with a laugh. “The pro-queer factor is huge for me,” Krabacher adds. “Honestly, a Thorns game is the largest lesbian convention in the world. “I’m from Idaho, and being a lesbian and being at a Thorns game, with all the pride flags and the tifo they did after the Orlando shooting and all these LGBTQ celebrations, it’s something Portland offers that some other places don’t.” Perhaps the most remarkable part of fans’ love affair with the Thorns is that it has grown stronger, even when the team’s performance has gotten weaker. After winning the NWSL championship in their first

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Nadia Nadim hammers the ball over a leaping goalie, and it ricochets off the post 30 feet into the air. A brief scowl flits across the 5-foot-9-inch, slightly built striker’s face as she sprints back into position on the Providence Park turf. It’s supposed to be light practice for the Portland Thorns before an Aug. 27 match at Seattle. But Nadim is striking the ball as if a World Cup berth were at stake. Dripping sweat in the 94-degree heat afterward, she talks about defying expectations. “As a Muslim, I was told not to play sports,” she says. “But just because you have a certain religion and culture, that should not define you as a person.” Yet Nadim’s story stands out. Many of her teammates followed a well-worn path to the Thorns, through suburban soccer clubs and elite university teams. Nadim’s family followed a different route, fleeing the Taliban and landing in a Danish refugee camp. Nadim, 28, is atypical in other ways: She’s fluent in five languages, is three semesters shy of completing her medical degree—and watches a lot of Bollywood movies. But what matters to the Thorns: She can play soccer. At the Thorns’ most recent home game July 30, Nadim headed in the contest’s only goal, to the delight of 19,231 fans. (She leads the team in goals with five.) The decisive header was evidence why the Thorns traded away a big chunk of their future for her. “When you’re on the field, nothing else matters,” she says. “The rush you get from scoring a goal is just amazing.” But Nadim’s journey from Afghanistan to Providence Park is a symbol of far more for observers who recognize the odds she faced. “To escape from the Taliban, it’s hard for me to imagine how she could live through that,” says Negina Pirzad, a 2016 University of Oregon graduate whose parents emigrated to the state from Afghanistan in the 1970s. “When my family heard there was an Afghan player on the Thorns, they were like, ‘That’s amazing.’” Nadim was one of five daughters born in Herat, Afghanistan, to a military general father and school principal mother. When Nadim was 11, she says, her father, a former member of the Afghan men’s national field hockey team, was summoned by hostile Taliban officials, who seized control of the country from the military. The family 10

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never saw him again. Nadim’s mother soon fled the country with five daughters in tow. They ended up at a refugee camp in Denmark. The journey out of one of the world’s most repressive societies—where women enjoy few rights and little freedom, including the opportunity to chase a soccer ball while wearing shorts—opened a new world to Nadim. She progressed rapidly from a scrawny refugee watching Danes play soccer through a wire fence to the first foreign-born player on the Danish national team. She says her life experience helped on the field. “I’ve seen a lot,” she says. When she gets hurt or her team loses, she understands there are bigger problems in the world. “It’s made me more mature,” she says. Nadim began her professional career in a Danish league, where she would come to score almost at will— as many as six goals in a game. In 2013, the National Women’s Soccer League launched in the U.S., bringing together many of the world’s top players. Nadim wanted in. “Women’s soccer is taken more seriously here than in Europe,” she says. “I wanted to see if it was for me.” Toward the end of the 2014 season, she came to the U.S., signing with the NWSL’s New Jersey Sky Blue. The adjustment to a more physical, higher-level league was difficult. For men, the highest level of play is in Europe; Major League Soccer—the league in which the Timbers play—is something of an afterthought. For women, the NWSL is the ultimate proving ground. “Here, every game is really challenging,” Nadim says. “Suddenly not being able to score all the time was emotionally hard.” But she did score seven goals in her first six NWSL games, putting herself on the Thorns’ wish list. After joining the team this season, she’s quickly carved out a place on the Thorns’ all-star roster, which features seven Olympians. Asked to describe her in one word, her teammate and roommate Dagny Brynjarsdóttir says, “Sunshine.” “She has been through a lot in the past as a kid growing up, and I think that defines who she is today,” says Brynjarsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic national team. “I haven’t met any other refugee that has made it this far in soccer and school and done this well.” After the six-month NWSL season ends and other players get to relax, Nadim heads back to Denmark to hit her medical books. She hopes to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Nadim says Islam plays an important role in her life. She prays daily, although she does not attend a mosque here. She acknowledges her life story gives her an opportunity to be an example for other Muslims, particularly young girls. Nadim says that’s a blessing rather than a burden. “I want people to know that everything is possible,” she says. “If I’m going to be able to change even one person’s life, that’s a huge accomplishment.” She’d like to help the Thorns win another NWSL championship and bolster the Danish national team in the Euro Cup next year. When her playing days are over, she hopes to practice medicine somewhere warm and near water. But that place won’t be Afghanistan. “I grew up with a different mindset and mentality,” Nadim says. “It would be hard for me to function there and stay alive.”

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Rio is still haunting the Portland Thorns. On Aug. 25, four of the five Thorns who competed on the U.S. women’s Olympic soccer team caught up with press outlets after practice. Just two weeks earlier, their dreams of medaling in Rio had been crushed by an unexpected loss to Sweden in the quarterfinals. After the game, hotheaded goalie Hope Solo (who formerly played for the Seattle Reign) called the Swedish squad “a bunch of cowards”—and was suspended from U.S. Soccer. The four players who spoke to WW—Allie Long, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg and Tobin Heath—all played significant minutes for the team in Rio. They discussed the hurt of not medaling, their goals for hometown redemption, and whether they stand with Solo. WW: What will you take away from the game with Sweden? Allie Long: I don’t think I’ll ever forget about that game, ever. Everyone’s taking that loss tough. Lindsey Horan: A shootout is always a terrible way to go out. But anything can happen. Obviously, Sweden had great tactics, and it worked for them. It shows that any tactical game can be played, [that] even if you’re on your game and doing your best and everything ’s going right for you, things can happen in the end.

What’s your take on Hope Solo’s comments and her suspension from U.S. Soccer? Meghan Klingenberg: U.S. Soccer is going to do what they think is correct. Obviously, I don’t feel like that the way that Sweden played was anything less than their best. What they were doing was trying to win a game. They were being tactically smart and technically smart, and credit to them for winning.

nization, that’s a credit to the fans for showing up. I mean, they can tell we play good quality soccer with a good bunch. I want that to spread throughout the rest of the league. Heath: We’re kind of that benchmark of where the league’s going and where we want the league to go. It’s great that it’s continuing to grow here in Portland.

Long: Everyone was disappointed. I can’t speak on Hope’s behalf. Losing in that way hurt, and people are emotional after games. I could be just as emotional. Just not everyone has a camera in their face or a reporter they’re talking to. How have you been handling the loss? Tobin Heath: It was difficult to swallow. I just wanted immediately to get out of there and go into hiding and punish myself for a little while. I guess anytime you end a tournament like that it takes a little while to get back on your feet and stop beating yourself up over everything. It took a few days. It’s kind of just part of being an athlete, being able to move on and kind of having that short-term memory to start again. Long: The next day was my birthday, so that wasn’t the best birthday. It wasn’t easy seeing other people fight for a gold medal when I felt like that’s what we came there for. Just sitting there and knowing we could have been there was really tough. Horan: It still hurts now. I think it’s going to continue to hurt. But I think the main thing for me was thinking of what’s coming with Portland, that we still have a trophy we can win this year. After the World Cup, attendance went up around the National Women’s Soccer League. Are you worried about the league losing momentum after the recent loss in Rio? Klingenberg: There were 19,000 people here [in July], and we didn’t even have national team players on the field. That’s a credit to the orga-


As the national league grows, women soccer players are becoming more outspoken about wage equity. Do you think that will continue? Klingenberg: I sure hope so. We’re the players living it. It’s only good for the NWSL. Having players like Alex [Morgan] and [Megan] Rapinoe and even players that aren’t on the national team be able to speak up about their situations is incredibly important for the league to be able to grow. How are you transitioning from the Olympics to focusing on the NWSL championship? Heath: I was incredibly proud of the team that was here [in Portland, during the Olympics]. It made us all inspired. Together now, I think we’re going to make that final push to do something big. Long: I think we’re all excited to get another game under our belts. Now the championship is the thing that’s on our minds. We want to win the league.


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Four years ago, American Pacific International Capital cast a long shadow over Portland—literally. The Chinese-owned investment company’s holdings included the 35-story KOIN Center skyscraper and the Oregon Pacific Building, a five-story downtown edifice that once housed the Greek Cusina nightclub and the iconic purple octopus perched above the front door. But American Pacific International Capital, or APIC, also made forays into another landscape: politics. From 2010 through 2012, Oregon campaigns and politicians—including Ted Wheeler, Charlie Hales, Tobias Read and John Kitzhaber—accepted nearly $25,000 in donations from APIC, which was incorporated in Portland. The company has since moved to San Francisco and sold its Portland holdings. But its political contributions now face renewed scrutiny, thanks to a federal elections complaint. It alleges APIC violated a federal law that prohibits foreign nationals from making campaign contributions. The complaint, filed Aug. 10 with the Federal Election Commission, claims that APIC violated these rules when Chinese nationals on APIC’s board decided to donate $1.3 million to Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential bid. “This is an extraordinary case,” Brendan Fischer, associate counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington, D.C., campaign finance reform nonprofit that filed the complaint against APIC. “We have the evidence. This was a contribution that violated the foreign national contribution ban.” In an emailed statement, APIC tells WW it did nothing wrong. “American Pacific International Capital takes compliance with federal campaign finance laws seriously,” the statement reads. “The company looks forward to discussing these allegations with the Federal Election Commission should the commission decide to proceed.” Local watchdogs say it’s unclear whether APIC broke any federal laws with its contributions to Wheeler, Hales and Kitzhaber. But they say the federal complaint raises questions about whether Oregon’s notoriously loose campaign finance laws are allowing foreign nationals to influence elections. “It’s a big deal,” says Daniel Lewkow, director of Common Cause Oregon, an election reform nonprofit. “This discovery about APIC is scary. It makes us all really nervous about the integrity of our elections.” Molly Woon, spokeswoman for the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, tells WW that unlike the feds, Oregon has no rules against political donations from foreign nationals. “Oregon election law is silent on the matter of foreign contributions,” Woon tells WW in an email. “Thus, there has been no clear violation of Oregon election law in this case.





“There was nothing to raise suspicion at the time of these contributions,” Woon adds. “They were received from a company with an Oregon address.” APIC moved its headquarters to San Francisco in 2014. Its last Oregon properties were sold in 2015, although Wilson Chen, its founder and longtime president, still owns a home in Lake Oswego. Chen, an American citizen, founded Wilson Environmental Consulting, the company that would become APIC, in 1998. Now, the company’s portfolio consists largely of factories and luxury hotels in China and residential and commercial real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chen did not respond to WW’s requests for comment. Campaign finance records show that between 2010 and 2012, APIC gave a total of $24,100 to Oregon candidates and campaigns. The donations included $3,100 to Mayor Charlie Hales, $1,000 to Oregon Treasurer and Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler, $1,000 to state Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton), and $6,500 to then-Gov. John Kitzhaber. Other recipients included mayoral candidate Eileen Brady, Metro candidate Helen Ying, Portland City Council candidate Mary Nolan, and state Rep. Brian Clem (D-Salem). Oregon politicians who received APIC’s money say they have no connections to the company. “Treasurer Wheeler does not recall anything in particular about APIC, aside from an introduction and donation in 2010,” says Michael Cox, spokesman for Wheeler. “There was no continuing contact.” Wheeler’s staff says he has no plans to return the money. “Had I known then what I know now, I would have directed my campaign not to take money from APIC in 2010,” Read, who is running for state treasurer, tells WW in an emailed statement. Hales’ office declined to comment because the mayor is traveling. The contributions to Bush’s campaign were first reported by the Intercept, an online media outlet that focuses on

government wrongdoing. APIC donated a total of $1.3 million to Right to Rise USA, a super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential run, in the spring and summer of 2015. The donation did not come out of the blue—Jeb Bush’s brother, Neil, sits on the company’s board. The complaint filed with the FEC alleges that the decision to donate to Right to Rise ultimately—and illegally—came from a board of directors that included Chinese citizens. Federal campaign finance laws bar foreign nationals from making any contribution, donation, or expenditure in any way associated with any U.S. election. Foreignowned companies may only contribute to U.S. elections if the donated money comes solely from business in the U.S. and if the decision to donate comes from a committee of legal U.S. residents. But it’s unclear if APIC’s committee followed those rules. The federal complaint alleges the board included Chinese citizens. APIC declined to discuss the makeup of its board, either at the time of the donation to Bush or when it gave money to Oregon candidates. “As for the company’s political donations, we will not discuss them beyond the required disclosures which we believe were made in compliance with federal campaign finance laws and regulations,” the company’s statement says. Though the FEC complaint does not concern APIC’s Oregon contributions, Fischer says there’s still cause for suspicion. “If APIC didn’t follow the correct procedures in making the contributions to the super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush, it’s reasonable to question whether they followed the proper procedures in making contributions to Oregon politicians,” Fischer says. Lewkow, of Common Cause Oregon, says his organization has never seen a case like this before in Oregon—and it shows the need for statewide elections reform. “People should be able to run and win based on the support they have from people that actually live in their districts,” Lewkow tells WW.

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When Portland Was Ferrytown Life in Portland has changed a lot in the last century. But if there is one facet of daily life that remains the same, it is that Portlanders have always been loath to cross the river. From even before the penny came up Pettygrove, giving this clearing on the Willamette its name, fording the 1,000-foot breadth of the river has been a bitter ordeal for all those living upon her shores. The travails of those earliest residents become ever more apparent to me upon the recent discovery of journals kept by my great-great-grandfather Rudyard Millar, who worked for many years as a ferryman of the Willamette River. Yes, a ferryman. In Portland’s earliest days, before the bridges, if you wanted to get across the river, you hired a ferryman to take you. Portland once had so many ferries that it was often called Ferrytown, a nickname that endured until sometime in the mid-1960s. Perhaps I should reintroduce myself. My name is Dr. Mitchell Millar, and I am president of the Olde Portland Preservation Society, which seeks to beat back the cultural decay wrought upon us good Portlanders by the likes of real estate opportunists, out-of-state transplants, hipsters, gym teachers and many other varied flavors of iconoclasts and ignoramuses. In recent weeks, I have been allowed to share some of my knowledge about Old Portland, discussing topics that include our defunct polo team, the Portland Berries, and our long-lost Piscotty Castle that once stood on the hill where the hospital is now. Lately, I have become immersed in the diaries of my great-great-grandfather. Papa Rudyard began keeping his diaries about the same time he drove his first ferry, at age 13. In doing so at such a young age, I have learned, he was not especially precocious. It was not uncommon at that time to see ferry-“men” just barely sprung into puberty. My impression is that Rudyard enjoyed the adventuresome aspects of the trade, though his enthusiasm was tempered by a healthy respect for the risks it routinely presented. “It is easy to die as a ferryman,” he wrote at age 15. Drowning, disease, drug and alcohol abuse, poisoning, accidental bleeding and homicide were all common causes of death among Willamette ferrymen. They passed a bottle through the encampment. I had just woken from a long nap after spending much of the day with my own bottle, and I wanted to go out again for more money. When the bottle came to me, I declined. The next man, offended, took a greedy swig and spat the mouthful at me, endearing a capacious brown stain of stinking whisky and tobacco to the front of my shirt. (Rudyard Millar, age 16, 1882) His journal is full of such delightful anecdotes, along with obscure and specific “slang” terminology that has long since passed to the ether. One such term that will give you a flavor for the era is “Ferryman’s Year.” A ferryman’s year is, quite simply, one season. There are four ferryman’s years in one calendar 16

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The rise and fall of the ferrymen of the Willamette.

SQUAD POLES: Rudyard (seated) with Thad, Broy and an unidentified ferryman.

year. The genesis of this euphemism, as far as I can tell, is that if a 25-year-old ferryman should expire unexpectedly, his comrades could try to cheer themselves by reminding each other that he lived to the ripe old age of 100—in ferryman’s years. In the morning, a passenger stiffed me. I tried to get him to pay, but he wrestled me to the ground and ran off. So I informed Thad and Broy and we tracked him to his farmhouse. When Thad pounded the door, the rube pretended he wasn’t inside, thinking maybe we’d go away unsatisfied. We lifted some patches of dry, dead grass and lit it on fire, broke a window and pushed the blazing chunk of grass inside. When repeated a couple times more, he ran to the door and pleaded with us to help put out the flames. “Pay double what you owe from earlier,” I said. He obliged, and handed the money to Thad. We let the fires continue for a bit longer to teach him the valuable lesson that you can’t hope to stiff people in the service industry and get away with it, then we put it out. On the way back, Thad ran ahead and threw the money into the latrine pit. (Rudyard Millar, age 17, 1883) It is estimated that at the height of Ferrytown, shortly before the first wave of bridge-building, Portland supported as many as 25,000 ferrymen and ferrywomen. Incredibly, that came to a ratio of two ferry operators for every Portlander who did not operate a ferry.

Despite the massive labor force, Portland in the 1880s managed a near-constant demand for ferry services. This was because Portland was in the midst of a population boom the likes of which it wouldn’t see again for another 13 decades. Chief among those coming to Portland at the time were homesteaders who tried settling in California but were driven away by overcrowding and skyrocketing land prices; emigrants from the eastern parts of the United States who dreamed of a slower pace of life or the ineffable mystique of the Pacific Northwest; others still were tempted by the proximity to our amazing hiking trails, or our underrated food scene. And then there was the hightech sector—pendulum clock-makers, cannery workers, distillers, zinc smelters, denim manufacturers. The demand for ferrying services led to fierce competition among ferrymen when it came to acquiring passengers. Today I saw something I had heard about but never seen. What started as a fairly common tiff between two ferrymen, an argument over a passenger, escalated into dramatic prizefight on the water. When the first ferryman shoved his raft from the bank with his passenger aboard, the second ferryman shoved with his empty raft. I watched the second ferryman chase down the first, board the raft, punch the first in the jaw, throw him overboard and drag the poor passenger to his raft like a sack of loot. When they arrived at the


other side of the river, the ferryman demanded money from the commandeered passenger, and probably more than the amount that had been agreed upon initially. (Rudyard Millar, age 18, 1885) It was during the early 1880s that the city began considering bridge projects. Bridge-building in the United States was all the rage at that time. For a small river city such as Portland, a bridge could be more than just an important piece of functional infrastructure. It could be a source of civic pride, an emblem of what the city hoped to become, an attraction in and of itself. I believe it was probably sometime in 1885 that Rudyard first became aware of plans to build a Willamette-spanning bridge in Portland, though the first mention of a bridge in his journal does not appear until 1886. In that instance, he refuses to properly refer to the structure as a bridge. Derisively, he calls it a “huge manmade log.” Lately, passengers have asked what I think of that huge manmade log. I tell them I don’t care, there’s no way it will have any intelligible effect on our business. In the hierarchy of things for a ferryman to worry about, the bridge rates somewhere between rope burn and remembering to tie up the raft at night after you’ve taken enough laudanum to make you able to forget about the rope burn. (Rudyard Millar, age 19, 1886) Though he did not say it then, I believe Rudyard had a growing sense of the disastrous effect the bridge would have on his profession. How much anxiety did it give him? It is difficult to say because he was deeply absorbed in a laudanum addiction. But if we judge by the frequency with which he mentioned the bridge (and bridges in general) in his journal as the date went closer to the public opening date, we would venture he worried quite a bit. In most of these entries, he disparages the bridge. Here is an example of his anti-bridge propaganda: Today, I took a man across. He was with four children, and told me they had recently moved to Portland seeking a fresh start. I did not wish to probe but he told me of his tragedy. He said all 10 of them—he, his wife, and their eight children— had been walking across a bridge one day. A safe-looking bridge, he emphasized. Brand-new, with very little wobble. He was halted in his tracks when he heard a horrific groan, and turned in time to see an explosion of wood splinters, and his bride and youngest four children scream and descend forever into the salivating rapids below. Destruction is the ultimate fate of every bridge that has ever been built, they say. The only uncertainty is when this total destruction will occur, and who might be walking across it when it does. (Rudyard Millar, age 20, 1887) The Morrison Bridge Grand Opening Celebration was the biggest party held in Portland in 1887. The whole city was invited to the riverbank near the Morrison Bridge to enjoy music, magicians, clowns, a petting zoo, and to drink for free and walk the bridge free of toll. Rudyard and his friends Thad and Broy did not plan to attend, but ominously were having trouble drumming up business that day. They changed their minds and crashed the party, but on principle they refused to try the bridge. They loitered near the entrance and stood guard so others couldn’t pass, telling people (among other things, I’m sure): “We’ve found a fatal defect in the design”; “One person already has fallen over the edge”; “We weren’t expecting so many people, and the bridge has already exceeded its daily weight capacity.” Even after turning out and seeing with his own eyes all of the people who showed up to glimpse this marvel of engineering, Rudyard later maintained his stubborn façade of skepticism. The novelty will recede and the people will walk away, I am confident. I have spoken to many with the same feelings. We like our city as it is. They say this is progress, but it is not. There is scarcely a way to describe the thing other than to

OPENING DAY: The Morrison Bridge drew crowds unlike Portland had ever seen.

“There is scarcely a way to describe the thing other than to say it is a terrible eyesore, a wound across the body of our majestic river.” say it is a terrible eyesore, a wound across the body of our majestic river. (1887) But the demand for ferry services declined immediately. Within a day, Rudyard estimated demand was down by half; within a week, it was one-tenth of what it had been. Suddenly, the city was thrust into a dangerous situation. It was full of restless ferrymen who had no money, serious chemical dependencies, limitless time and a shared belief that the sole cause of their problems was the new bridge. And so in August 1887, ferrymen took control of the bridge. For the next several weeks, sentries of ferrymen controlled access to the bridge. Anyone approaching was ordered to go to the riverbank and support the local economy by hiring a ferry. The siege helped the ferrymen stay artificially buoyant for a short time, but it did not have the overall effect they had hoped—that by depriving the citizens of Portland access to the bridge, people would gradually forget the bridge was there, and after enough time, they could simply lay down their arms and walk away, and it would be as if the bridge had never been built. Instead, scores of people kept showing up every day because they wanted to use the bridge, and every day it was a few more who had to be turned away than the day before. The Portland Evening Regular noted in its coverage of the second month of the Morrison Bridge siege: “Ironically, when one of the occupying ferrymen needs to get from one side of the river to the other, I watch him use the bridge rather than take a ferry.” Soon, ferrymen began abandoning the siege. It was a grand failure. But there was one more plot hatched to attempt to sabotage the bridge. If ferrymen couldn’t control access to it, it had to be destroyed. It had to be torn down, every piece of it washed away by the river so the entire city could see what

an ill-conceived monument to human hubris it was. “What about dynamite?” Rudyard reported suggesting as they were discussing the plan. “Anything can be exploded with dynamite. If we were to blow it up with dynamite, then they would just build another one. This bridge must go down in a fashion that proves to people what we’ve been telling them about it. “But are we sure the plan will work? If we use dynamite, we can be sure the bridge will be destroyed.” Rudyard’s suggestion that they use dynamite was ignored. This, I’d wager, is when he began to shift his perspective on the future of ferrying, though he never wrote of that. Shunning dynamite, the ferrymen adopted a subtler plan, and conspired with local ranchers who were sympathetic to the cause. The ranchers donated horses, asses and oxen. Ropes were tied to the trusses and yoked to the livestock. On the count of three, everyone pulled. One hundred men and a hundred more livestock pulled, and pulled. With all of their combined strength, they could not collapse the bridge. It was too structurally sound. That was when the police showed up, and started firing. For many ferrymen, that was it. They dropped their ropes and ran away. What happened to them? In most cases, I don’t know. Maybe they found new opportunities, or maybe they didn’t. Maybe they went to a different place, or maybe they stayed here. Maybe they died, or maybe not. Thad and Broy and I remained ferrymen. There were a few of us who did. With so many others gone, there wasn’t much competition. And though the demand was lessened, there were other places to cross the Willamette besides Morrison Street, and thank God, there was only the one appalling bridge to look upon. (1887) CONT. on page 19 Willamette Week AUGUST 31, 2016







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DRUNK AND ANGRY: Ferrymen laid siege to the Morrison Bridge using local livestock but could not bring it down.

Despite his bluster, Papa Rudyard never intended to be a ferryman his whole life. Driving rafts sated the thrill-seeking part of his spirit, but he also had the wisdom to know he could not keeping doing it forever. As he revealed only in his final entries, at some point he secretly undertook a savings program, squirreling away a penny of each fare and burying it in a canvas bag in the ground near the latrine pit. Eventually, he had saved enough to make a trip to City Hall to apply for his license to practice the fine art of foot massage. He wrote a long entry about the day he went to get his license—font of my family’s fortune for most of the last century and ultimately the source of our disgrace. When I woke, I didn’t have the luxury of wincing. Thad and Broy and I had celebrated the night before. I didn’t tell them what the occasion was because I fear how cruelly the coming years will treat them, and I didn’t want them to suspect they will be spending them without me. After a brief hike up Second Street, I stepped into the echoing, disconcertingly empty lobby of City Hall. I was overcome by the feeling that I was late. This was the first day of the year that they accepted applications to practice foot massage in Multnomah County, and they only awarded a finite number of licenses per year. If other aspirant reflexologists had arrived before me, submitted their applications, and been taken into rooms for their interviews, I might have had to wait until the following year. My feet filled with tension—the space between my trapezius and parathyroid gland tightening in a manner that would take a good five minutes of elbow work to loosen. If only I could have shed my boots and applied some moderate pressure to the calcaneus of my lateral arch, everything would have been fine. There was one clerk in the lobby whom I could have approached to ask if it was too late to apply for a license, but I did not want my fear confirmed. Instead, I surveyed the lobby and decided on one of the closed doors. The room beyond, I told myself, was the scene of one of the interviews with a prospective licensee. I would barge into the room and demand they consider my application. I turned the knob and pushed forward declaring with great confidence, “I will not be turned away!”

But my estimation was incorrect. It was not an interview. It was a roomful of veritable titans of industry—fat cats, I could tell by their barbershop beards, their new hats and shoes, the salty waft coming from their cans of fancy seafood. I started backing out of the room, but something pinned on the wall caught my attention. It appeared to be an architectural drawing of that gruesome Morrison Bridge. What was it doing there? But before I could answer myself, the clerk from the lobby had punched me in the back of the head, swept my legs, and I found myself on the floor. “You’re not allowed to be in here, ferryman,” his voice crackled in my ear. As he dragged me out, I looked at the architectural drawing. I realized it was not the Morrison Bridge. It was a different, equally hideous bridge. All the walls in the room had architectural drawings of bridges. The titans of industry glowered at me as I was forcibly removed from the room. Their brows doubted if anyone would believe me or care when I reported their evil enterprise. “Do you have any idea what you’re doing?” I screamed. “You’re jeopardizing the very soul of Portland!” (1887) The door slammed in front of Rudyard. He could no longer see the tycoons in the room, or their drawings, or the map of the city that showed exactly where they intended to put all of their bridges. They refused to review his application that day. They said he would have to come back another day, which he did. As longtime Portlanders surely know, he would go on to become Portland’s preeminent foot masseur of the early 20th century. He wrote of that day in his final entry, which I’ll share. I realize now there are probably always groups behind closed doors negotiating changes they want to make to the city. When on a raft, it has never bothered me that I had no control over the water—how cold it was on a given day, which way it heaved the raft, how it leapt up and stung me in the eye. A ferryman knows he cannot change the direction of the river to suit him, and accepts that he will travel with the current when he can, and work around it when he cannot. Why would I not do as thus in my present circumstance? (1887) Willamette Week AUGUST 31, 2016



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THE DOCTOR IS IN: David Tennant, best known as the whimsical Tenth Doctor on BBC time-traveling-alien-withtwo-hearts show Doctor Who, is coming to the Portland area later this year to film a movie, according to Deadline. Bad Samaritan—about two car valets who burglarize customers’ homes—will be directed by Dean Devlin of Portland-shot series Leverage and The Librarians. You can celebrate with local Whovians on Sept. 9 at the First Annual Meeting of Time Travelers at North Killingsworth’s Tardis Room, which will somewhat perplexingly feature a Delorean parked out front. >> The film version of Portland author Willy Vlautin’s Oregon TENNANT Book Award-winning novel Lean on Pete will shoot a big horseracing scene Sept. 2 at Portland Meadows, where part of the book also takes place. The movie will star Chloë Sevigny as a jockey and Steve Buscemi as a trainer; WW reported Aug. 26 that the film was still looking for extras—it’s fully cast now, and would like Portlanders to stop asking to be extras.


DON’T PANIC: Panic Room Caution: High Volume Bar is nevermore. The Northeast Sandy Boulevard music venue— which endured ridicule after TV show Bar Rescue rebranded the bar with a prison-apocalypse theme—began its new life as the Raven this month. “I felt very strongly that the name Panic needed to go away immediately,” says Chris Trumpower, the venue’s booker since January. “It’s a shame that such a great venue was operating with such a horrible aesthetic. And I knew that trying to book relevant underground music there would be an uphill battle with a name like that… There were bands that were too cool to play at the Penis Lounge.” Trumpower, who also books at Woodlawn’s High Water Mark, hopes to make the bar a clubhouse for heavy and dark underground music. “[Bar Rescue] did irreparable damage to the venue’s image,” he says, “and provided no benefits other than a small amount of decent furniture.” ACE IN THE WOODS: The owners of Ace Hotel Portland have created a Wes Anderson-style forest hotel in Oregon. The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse near Sisters is now taking reservations. The 15.5-acre resort includes a cocktail bar with drinks designed by a former Teardrop Lounge manager and bartender, boat rentals and a restaurant called the Boathouse, which is set to open next month with a menu created by Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s. “[It’s] been a source of nostalgic attachment for a large number of people,” says Donald Kenney, a partner at the Mighty Union, the company that runs the lodge and Ace Hotel. “We had number of people who wandered in and said, ‘I’ve been coming here since the early ’40s’ and eating at the boathouse with their parents.” SURF’S WAY UP: Portland will soon be home to not one but two surf-shop bars. Up North Surf Club will open on North Killingsworth Street as a board shop with a wine-andbeer bar featuring German taps—it hopes to open in late September. Unrelated surf/lifestyle shop Cosube will open in the former space of Armenian after-hours disco Ararat on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Cosube will open at 6 am and operate as a cafe, bar and growler fill station. 22

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Native Fashion Now

[FREE NIKE] Nike has infiltrated PAM, displaying its N7 line as part of the museum’s standout Native American fashion exhibit. This First Thursday talk is not only your chance to get into the museum for free, it’s also a fiercely relevant look at appropriation in everyday fashion. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811. 6:30 pm. Free.

Frances Quinlan

[THE VOICE] If you missed Frances Quinlan with her band, Hop Along, at Project Pabst, you can see her here by herself. And while she replaces the grungy guitars with a lonely acoustic, all the better to hear her voice—it’s simultaneously growling and vulnerable, and one of the best in indie rock. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.


FRIDAY SEPT. 2 Explosions in the Sky


Before reading any further, you must first get high. Now, get way, way more high than that. Are you able to read this sentence? Then you’re probably still not high enough to see Snoop Dogg perform with Wiz Khalifa at an amphitheater named after the country’s leading manufacturer of hydroponic supplies. But if you feel like you are, indeed, stoned far enough out of your gourd to attend this summit meeting of hip-hop’s most blunted, take the following test.

1. Snoop Dogg is to Snoop Lion as _____is to _____. (A) Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam (B) John Cougar Mellencamp/John Cougar/John Mellencamp (C) Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy/Sean Combs (D) Jenny From the Block/Gigli (E) Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines (F) Lil’ Bow Wow/Bow Wow/Bow Wow Wow/Wowee Zowee/Cabo Wabo (G) All of the above (H) None of the above (I) Wut

2. The title of the 2012 movie Snoop and Wiz starred in together was: (A) Zack and Miri Make a Porno (B) Mac & Devin Go to High School (C) Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (D) Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (E) My Dinner With Andre

3. Which of the following has never been the name of the venue where Snoop and Wiz are performing this weekend? (A) Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (B) Sleep Country Amphitheater (C) Panic Room Caution: High Volume Amphitheater (D) Amphitheater Northwest

SUNDAY SEPT. 4 Bridge Club

4. Put these quotes from the Kanye-Wiz Khalifa Twitter feud in chronological order: (A) “maybe I couldn’t be skinny and tall but I’ll settle for being the greatest artist of all time as a consolation” (B) #Wizwearscoolpants (C) “Hit this KK and become yourself” (D) “I like pictures and videos Me and my wife got the kind of love that can turn exes into best friends” (E) #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch

5. Snoop leaves Ridgefield, Wash., at 11 pm in a 1967 Pontiac Parisienne, traveling at 70 mph, heading for the concert after-party at TAO Event Center on Northeast Grand Avenue in Portland. Wiz leaves at the same time, driving a Dodge Challenger SRT8, at 80 mph. Upon arrival, they share four blunts measuring 4 inches in length, two 16-ounce cups of Alizé, and begin playing Madden NFL on the tour bus. The club closes at 2 am. What time do they appear onstage? (A) 1:45 am (B) 2:30 am (C) Time, man. What does it even mean, when you really think about it? (D) Oh snap, there was an after-party?

6. ESSAY QUESTION: Make a third-wave, sex-positive feminist argument in defense of Snoop’s brief interlude as a career pimp, incorporating the phrases “shiznit,” “sticky-icky ooh-wee” and “intersectionalizzlism.” FIND THE ANSWERS ON PAGE 49!

[DYSTOPIAN SOUND] With this year’s The Wilderness LP, Explosions in the Sky pulls back its bombastic attacks for a relatively tranquil collection more indebted to Brian Eno than Mogwai, and it is perhaps the Texas instrumentalists’ most mature album to date. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 503-225-0047. 8 pm. $27 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.

[DOUBLE CLUB] For its penultimate industry rager this summer, White Owl’s weekly patio rave Bridge Club is joining forces with the plantthemed DJs from Club Tropicana. The real news is that they’ve pushed the start time to 5 pm, meaning less messy drunks by evening and more enjoyment of the big-name Brooklyn DJ Justin Van Der Volgen. White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Ave., 503-236-9672. 5 pm. $5. 21+.

Black Lives Matter Cuban Dinner

[VEGAN STREET FAIR] Chef Aaron Adams of prix-fixe vegan spot Farm Spirit will pull out his Cuban grandma’s recipes—minus the pork—for a block party benefit for Black Lives Matter PDX, serving up Caribbean-style black beans, rice, picadillo and tropical vegetables. RSVP at facebook. com/farmspirit. Farm Spirit, 1414 SE Morrison St. 4-8 pm. $10-$20.

MONDAY SEPT. 5 Guardian Games Sale

[DON’T SETTLE] Drop your warhammers. Some games at Guardian have been sitting idle for too long, so the shop is cleaning house and having a parking-lot sale. Along with discounted old and new games, there will be Hotlips pizza, ice cream, a prize wheel and swag. Guardian Games, 345 SE Taylor St., 503-238-4000. Noon-7 pm.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 Sunriver Tap Takeover

How often do you get to witness the birth of a suddenly really good brewery inside a little chichi desert resort village? Anyway, Sunriver Brewing quickly became awesome under brewer Brett Thomas, and Imperial will tap six of their beers Thursday: hefe, blonde, Northwest ale, Vicious Mosquito IPA, imperial red and stout. Six-deep samplers, $9 cheap! Imperial Bottle Shop, 3090 SE Division St., 971-302-6899. 5-9 pm.

El Segundo Launch Party

When the people at N.W.I.P.A. tell you to be really excited that an out-of-state brewery’s IPAs are finally available in Portland— well, we find it’s best to listen. And drink. SoCal’s El Segundo will launch in PDX, with IPAs that include a Stone Cold Steve Austin collab called—of course—Broken Skull IPA. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Road, 503-805-7342. 6-9 pm.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 The BeerMongers’ 7th Anniversary

The BeerMongers has been bunker-aging on Division Street for 7 years—and it’s celebrating with a bunch of barrel-aged Firestone Walkers, whether Sucaba, Helldorado, Velvet Merkin, Bretta Rose or Sour Opal. Monday, the

’Mongers will host a potluck and bottle share of 7-year-old beers. Imperial Bottle Shop, 3090 SE Division St., 971-302-6899.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 Parking Lot Hatch Chiles

Hatch chiles from New Mexico are pretty much the best thing on earth, but rare in Portland outside of very few restaurants. Well, local company Los Roast will be fireroasting fresh Hatch chiles straight from New Mexico in the parking lot of Terwilliger butcher and sammie shop Block + Board—cooked to order, or sold by the peck or bushel. Block + Board, 421 SW Terwilliger Blvd., 503-206-7547. 5-8 pm.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 Black Lives Matter PDX Cuban Dinner

Chef Aaron Adams of prix-fixe vegan spot Farm Spirit will pull out his Cuban grandma’s recipes— minus the pork—for a block party serving up Caribbean-style black beans, rice, picadillo and tropical vegetables. No tickets needed, but RSVP at so he makes enough rice. Dinner’s $10 to $20, depending on ability to pay, and 100 percent of sales go to Black Lives Matter PDX. Farm Spirit, 1414 SE Morrison St., 4-8 pm.

3. Paiche

4237 SW Corbett Ave., 503-403-6186, Peruvian spot Paiche is now a dinner restaurant, and the menu has upgraded accordingly—with a wealth of lovely, spicy, citric seafood. $$$.

1. Revelry

210 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 971-339-3693. Seattle chef and Beard Award finalist Rachel Yang rolled in with brilliant Korean rice cakes and fried chicken with peanut brittle. $$$.

2. Poke Mon

1485 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-894-9743. Poke Mon is both peak Portland and peak poke, serving up bowls of delicious, sauced-up, sashimistyle albacore or octopus at an affordable price point, with a side of sake or La Croix. $$.

4. Botto Barbecue

2204 NW Roosevelt St., 503-354-7748, Texas-style brisket and ribs and kickass kolaches, in a parking lot surrounded by barbed wire. God bless ’Merica. $-$$.

5. Rue

1005 SE Ankeny St, 503-231-3748, French “neo-bistro” Rue toes the line on two very dangerous ingredients and wins big with a terrific Sharknana banana cocktail and delicate lavender carrots. $$$.




Blueberries are a rare beer addition—the flavor is subtle, and often brewers end up making cloyingly sweet syrup with a blueberry aura. Pfriem went a whole different direction with its Blåbær blueberry lambic. The Hood River brewery has been churning out bottles of barrel-aged, Belgian-style beers this year—including one of my favorites, a cherry-rich, elegantly structured Oude Kriek. But the Blåbær veers way too hard toward dry and sour. The bottle touts the beer’s tobacco and woodsy notes, but the dominant flavor is straight-up acid, with the beer’s perilously low pH unchecked by depth of flavor that blueberries frankly don’t have. It’s a bit like the acid bath of certain de Garde beers—with a steep asking price of $12 for a 12-ounce bottle. Even Pfriem’s rare missteps are interesting, but I wouldn’t go back to this batch. Not recommended. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. 24

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and pistachio ($12) cut through with a beautifully simple oil-and-vinegar dressing. Individual bites of the dish’s components vied with composed forkfuls, but I relished the squid alongside the crunch of pistaBY JO R DA N M I C H E L M AN chios and the totally different crunch of cucumber. The measure of any real food city isn’t the hyped Two other great appetizers nod to Wallender’s destination spots. It’s the neighborhood bistros time at Italian spot Ava Gene’s: a fritto misto variaserving solid, considered food to people who tion pairing fried squash blossoms with pepper maybe didn’t drive to get there. The brand-new, honey ($12), and a goat-cheese-and-sweet-pepper Continental-inspired Quaintrelle may not pull in toast ($10). Both tasted great with a glass of sparBeavertonians, but it should be a godsend for those kling Blanquette de Limoux ($9). near North Mississippi Avenue—aside from Lovely’s But a charred-corn, walnut and chanterelle dish Fifty Fifty and Interurban, the was like a really complicated street is best known for tourist Order this: Half roast chicken ($22), creamed corn. A plate of duck taco lines, Moonie sushi joints ham was generously portioned, cucumber and squid salad ($12), fried squash blossoms ($12). and a revolving door of brunch but unfortunately greasy, and the I’ll pass: Charred-corn and klatches. restaurant’s veggie entree—deliduck ham appetizers. Under chefs Bill Wallender cate sheep’s cheese dumplings in (Little Bird, Ava Gene’s) and Matt a saute of cherry tomatoes, zucHensel (who worked with Spanish celebrity chef chini and basil—felt out of place in the August heat. Jose Andres), the onetime haute mac-and-cheese The cocktails were hit and miss. A housemade parlor has been overhauled into a farm-to-table ginger soda was way too sweet, and a cocktail with restaurant with an industrial feminine chic vibe: amaro, scotch and lemon lacked balance and was roll-up garage doors, soft candlelight, and photo-art dominated by the citrus. By contrast, the bar’s daily Prohibition Punch ($6 at happy hour, 5-6:30 prints of heirloom pigs along the back hallway. The real test of an ingredient-driven restaurant pm Tuesday-Friday) comes garnished with fresh like Quaintrelle—the sort with long lists of farms on produce—the Campari-and-gin version on offer the menu—is whether the chefs can transcend the was delightful. raw beauty of the ingredients to make something The wine list, chosen by noted Portland sommeunique. The half roast chicken entree ($22)—all lier and winemaker James Rahn, is better than one fresh vibrancy and summer teeth—passes this test expects from a neighborhood spot, including a by-thehandily with electric green wax beans, wonderful glass Beaujolais gamay from Clos de la Roilette that radishes, and tarragon aioli like some long-lost pairs nicely with pretty much all the food, and interearth element. The chicken was perfectly cooked esting local whites like Fausse Piste’s gewürztraminerin juicy suspension with a crisp, deeply herbal skin. grüner veltliner blend. There’s some gems lurking on It’s the most avowedly French dish on the menu Rahn’s bottle list as well, including wine-geek whites and my favorite entree by a comfortable margin. I from California natural-wine wizards like Wind Gap, can’t wait to see how it changes with the seasons. Donkey & Goat and Forlorn Hope. But despite the rarThe pork confit plate ($24) was less successful, ity of some wines, only one bottle cracks $100. however. The pork was brined and massaged but While there was some inconsistency a month still essentially a steak—a little sweet, smothered in into the restaurant’s tenure, I look forward to mostarda and served with acidic grilled peaches. But fall; the menu should work well with autumn vegthe bushel of radishes that came with it were utterly etables and proteins. Sadly, Quaintrelle was the fresh, sauteed with the heads on to create varied least-busy restaurant on the block during each of textures in a single bite. I was lukewarm on the pork my visits. This is the bistro Mississippi needs, but judging by the dudes chugalugging in tank tops but would eat an entire plate of those radishes. Small plates, appetizers and veggie plates likewise outside Crow Bar, I’m not sure it’s the bistro Misveered between interesting and inconsistent. The sissippi deserves. best was the weirdest: a Mediterranean-influenced mélange of cucumbers, purslane, squid, jalapeños EAT: Quaintrelle, 3936 N Mississippi Ave., 503-

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 Morgan Heritage, Steady Riot, DJ Cansaman

[JAH BREAKER] If Morgan Heritage—a quintet comprised of pioneering Rasta artist Denroy Morgan’s children— has veered further and further from their father’s R&B leanings over the past two decades, “the Royal Family of Reggae” has never shied away from the mainstream. Over the past year, the group has won a Grammy, toured with Blackalicious, announced a reality series featuring the Morgan sisters and topped reggae charts with 10th studio LP Strictly Roots, which is also, pointedly, the first release for their own label Cool To Be Conscious. But that album’s title feels more than a bit misleading. With a litany of super-producers at the helm

and bursting with guest stars (Shaggy, Chronixx, Jo Mercer Marley), the family band’s ever-joyous vocals preside over a sun-dappled, genre-skipping jaunt past traditionalism to skank atop dancehall, ska, dubstep and that true world music, pop. JAY HORTON. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $18 general admission, $30 VIP balcony seating. 21+.

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THE FIVE GREATEST PORTLAND MEADOWS CONCERTS EVER No on 9 Benefit: Nirvana, Poison Idea, Helmet, Calamity Jane, hosted by Jello Biafra (Sept. 10, 1992)

At the height of its post-Nevermind powers, Nirvana played the biggest show it’d ever do in its second home—screw it, we’re claiming them—in opposition to an appallingly homophobic ballot measure that would’ve made North Carolina’s bathroom bill seem progressive. (The concert was originally scheduled for Aug. 22 but was moved to accommodate the birth of Frances Bean Cobain, forcing Mudhoney to drop off the bill.)

2 The Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry (May 28-29, 1995) Sure, Jerry was at the end of his long, strange trip—he’d die three months later—and the shows from the last year of his life aren’t well-regarded among hardcore Deadheads. But these were the band’s first Portland gigs in a decade (and last, as it turned out), and according to media reports from the time, the whole city turned into a giant, two-day hippie tailgate party. 3 Lollapalooza ’93 (June 20, 1993) The only installment of Perry Farrell’s traveling alt-rock carnival to pass through Portland boasted the super-aggro trifecta of Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains and Tool—and, because the early ’90s were so wacky, Timothy Leary. “You’re going to learn how to reprogram your brain, how to turn chaos off and on,” The Washington Post reported him telling the crowd. “Then we’re going to talk about Socrates.” 4 Metallica (July 20, 1994) “When they finally did get around to playing ‘Fade to Black,’ there was a kid in a wheelchair that got lifted up and was being passed around crowdsurfing style,” one attendee recalled on Reddit. “Also I puked.” 5 Tie: Warped Tour (July 6, 1999); KUFO Rockfest (July 17,



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KNRK Big Stink (Aug. 8, 1999)

Summer of ’99 was an embarrassment of riches for Portland teenagers with anger issues. In the span of a month, you could’ve moshed the pain away to Eminem, Blink-182, Deftones, Rob Zombie and System of a Down. And also Moby. What a time to be alive and pissed at your parents and secretly into vegan techno. MATTHEW SINGER. SEE IT: Bad Company plays Portland Meadows, 1001 N Schmeer Road, with .38 Special, on Wednesday, Aug. 31. 7 pm. $40 general admission, $100 reserved VIP seating. All ages.


I’ve got a weird theory about Wilco’s downbeat and heavily acoustic new record, Schmilco. After a dozen or so listens, the only way this sharp turn back toward alt-country makes sense to me is if it’s supposed to be concert filler—a way to give a break between the soaring guitar solos of the Dad Rock era without simultaneously stimulating the raw nerve of nostalgia that accompanies the strummy stuff from the band’s first two records. Regardless, Schmilco marks the end of an era for Wilco. Twenty years after Being There, the band has again unplugged, retreating to the subdued sound of its earliest days. To mark the occasion, here’s the definitive ranking of Wilco records, from best to worst. 1. Sky Blue Sky (2007) Upon its release, the Dark Side of the Moon of American Dad Rock was the most harshly reviewed record of Wilco’s career—Pitchfork called it “the stylistic equivalent of a wardrobe change into sweatpants and a tank top.” And yet, a decade later, the first record with Cline is pretty much perfect, with some of the band’s best tracks in “Impossible Germany,” “Hate It Here” and “You Are My Face.” 2. A Ghost Is Born (2004) Tweedy was hopped up on goofballs while making this record and played the twitchy solos himself after firing Jay Bennett, who later died from a painkiller overdose. That lends the album an almost disorienting dynamism, with tracks like “At Least That’s What You Said” and “Handshake Drugs” meandering before exploding into chaotic soloing. 3. The Whole Love (2011) If you like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, its spiritual sequel has loads of humming electronic loops (“Art of Almost”) and dalliances with arena rock (“Standing O,” “Born Alone”) but presented with the polish you only get from the band’s post-opiate works.

4. Being There (1996) This double album—it runs 76 minutes; a CD of that era held 74—is the most varied in the catalog, with honky-tonk (“Forget the Flowers,” Wilco’s bestever country song) and cacophonous noise rock (“Misunderstood”) somehow sitting easily next to each other. 5. Wilco (The Album) (2009) The goofiest Wilco record has a definite midperiod Dead vibe to it. You can pretty much boil it down to three songs, though: “Country Disappeared,” “I’ll Fight” and “Wilco (The Song).” 6. Star Wars (2015) Apparently the last album of the Dad Rock era, Star Wars soars with tracks like “Taste the Ceiling” and “King of You.” It appears to have been heavily influenced by Tweedy’s wife’s cancer diagnosis, with an instrumental noise opener, “EKG,” and the intense ballad “Magnetized.” 7. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001) Overpraised, but the era gave us some incredible B-sides, like “A Magazine Called Sunset” and “Venus Stop the Train.” 8. Summerteeth (1999) The weird, Byrds-y, Bennett-and-morphineinfluenced pop album seemed to make sense at the time but now feels wildly out of place in the catalog. The creepy murder ballad “Via Chicago” and the moody “A Shot in the Arm” are common live offerings. 9. A.M. (1994) This is really the final record of Tweedy’s previous alt-country band, Uncle Tupelo, which split into Wilco and Son Volt. The best songs are mostly good for opening an encore set. 10. Schmilco (2016) It sure seems like filler to me—we’ll know more after Sunday’s show. SEE IT: Wilco plays Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, on Sunday, Sept. 4. 7:30 pm. $39.50-$69.50. All ages.

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MUSIC 5 Seconds of Summer

[KIDZ BOP EMO] Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer blew up huge in the tweenosphere working an obvious but under-explored premise—that Blink-182 was actually a boy band all along. Playing a strain of pop-punk that doesn’t even feign interest in winning any credibility contests, but still exudes enough genuine garage-borne spunk to differentiate it from total studio creations like One Direction, the young quartet knows exactly who’s in its audience and doesn’t fight it, aiming every roof-raising chorus straight at their screeching teenage hearts. Sounds Good Feels Good, 5SOS’s second album, imagines Green Day before masturbation lost its fun, with gleaming songs about the girls they love, the girls they hate, and the girls that

leave them in “The Space Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” Bet you there’s, like, 15 bands on this year’s Warped Tour kicking themselves for not coming up with that title first. MATTHEW SINGER. Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash. 7:30 pm. $18-$80. All ages.

into Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky territory. If Trump’s got you down, these guys will pick you up, hard. MARK STOCK. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. All ages.

Russian Circles, Cloakroom

Explosions in the Sky, Preoccupations

[INSTRUMENTAL METAL] Chicago trio Russian Circles sum up the speechless rage one can’t help but feel in this strange political year. The chugging, trainlike guitars, punishing drum work and colossal chord changes of latest release Guidance combine into one big, assaulting exhale that feels almost therapeutic. And just when things come to a boil, Russian Circles goes on one of its signature atmospheric journeys

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 [POST-APOCALYPTIC SOUNDSCAPES] With this year’s The Wilderness LP, Explosions in the Sky reserves its bombastic attacks of volume for precisely placed climaxes in an otherwise tranquil collection of evocative movements more indebted to Brian Eno than Mogwai or Godspeed You!

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The Shondes SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 THE SHONDES GET FUCKING VULNERABLE. The Shondes’ new album, Brighton, opens with an unadorned expression of joy that will ring true for anyone who’s spent even a second in thrall to the One. “You are everything good,” singer Louisa Solomon declares, as the sweet sweep of Eli Oberman’s violin merges with the roar of Courtney Robbins’ guitar and the rumble of Alex Smith’s drums. It is the sound of sea meeting land and straining to stay there for as long as possible. It is the sound of Solomon finding home. “As the main songwriter, I write what’s happening for me,” she says, “and since [2013’s] The Garden, I have found myself in the most stable, safe, happy place I’ve ever been in life.” Solomon recently married Oberman’s brother, poet Miller Oberman, and her first child will be born a couple months after the Brooklyn band’s current tour wraps up. So the core of the Shondes is officially a family affair now, and the album represents an attempt at evoking this sense of sanctuary. “We wanted to create a soundscape that felt like love,” Eli Oberman says. “Lush, warm, inviting, safe.” As on previous Shondes albums, it’s a soundscape composed of seemingly incongruous parts that console and startle in turns. Because, sure, love is lush and warm and inviting and safe, but it is also frightening. And even though Solomon might feel more secure than ever, the thrill of friction survives in the Shondes’ polyglot musicality. “Eli was raised in a folk scene, I came up through riot grrrl and loved Broadway and pop as

a little kid, and we both found a place in radical Jewish New York, and its music, as young adults,” Solomon says. “Exploring what has made these different sounds move us at different points in our lives has really informed how we write, even if the final product tends to be recognizable as pop rock.” The album rings familiar—every song on Brighton could find a place on commercial radio—but it remains odd and uncanny. It is the kind of album that makes music writers wonder aloud what might happen if “Let It Go” got reimagined by Team Dresch after listening to a ton of Bruce Springsteen. Solomon is right, though: It’s just pop music, because pop music is everything and anything you want it to be. The Shondes are better than ever at hitting pop highs. Having logged 15 years as friends and 10 years as bandmates (and about a year as inlaws), Eli Oberman and Solomon are as tight as creative partners can be. But this tour brings a new set of challenges. “Pregnancy moves all your inside parts around,” Solomon says, “and there’s not as much room or strength for my breathing, so when I’m running all over the place playing, the air isn’t always there for singing! I’m learning. I’ll be learning onstage in front of everyone! It’s fucking vulnerable.” As for Oberman, he’s already thinking about the next tour. “I look forward to Miller working the merch table with a baby,” he says. CHRIS STAMM. SEE IT: The Shondes play the Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., with Summer Cannibals, Creature to Creature and Husky Boys, on Saturday, Sept. 3. 8 pm. $8. 21+. Willamette Week AUGUST 31, 2016



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TEXAS FOREVER: Explosions in the Sky play Crystal Ballroom on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1-2. Black Emperor. Utilizing a fluid palette less reliant on quiet-loud dynamics and abrupt changes, and incorporating more ambient sonic textures, the cinema-scoring Texans have achieved their most mature LP to date. Calgary’s Preoccupations, meanwhile, have already shared several tracks off their forthcoming self-titled album—their first LP since becoming the Band Formerly Known as Viet Cong—which follow the same paranoid, Joy Division-meetsKafka dystopian dance party template as its politically incorrect predecessor. CRIS LANKENAU. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $27 advance, $30 day of show. All ages. Through Sept. 2.

Father John Misty, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

[L.A. FOLKIE] Josh Tillman is a cynic to the bone. At least, that’s how he portrays himself and his worldview under the Father John Misty moniker. He’s one of the few musicians whose solo work almost surpasses his early collaborations—he played drums in Fleet Foxes, once upon a time—and his second LP, Love You, Honeybear, is an open-hearted ode to America’s recent blunders and the disillusionment of marriage. While the ornate album functions as a collection of bitter sentiments and tired expletives veiled beneath a blanket of warm, ’60s-inspired pop, his observations rarely ring hollow. Tillman’s deft musicianship is what makes it sound sublime, but his humor makes it real. BRANDON WIDDER. Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale. 6:30 pm. $33 advance, $38 day of show. All ages.

Frances Quinlan, Haley Heynderickx

[ONE ON ONE] You don’t often get to see Frances Quinlan without her band, Hop Along, behind her. But then again, if you did see her with her band, there’s a pretty high chance she’d be the only member you’d notice. It’s hard to get past her voice, which is a persona all of its own—growling and vulnerable, and loud enough to compete with the grungy guitars, if not overshadow them completely. But when it’s just Quinlan and an acoustic guitar, her music is a whole other level of personable. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence yet of a solo album, but perhaps if these scattered solo shows continue to go well, we’ll get lucky. SHANNON GORMLEY. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Blank Range

[RAW&B] To borrow a phrase, “You don’t have reinvent the wheel to make a really nice set of tires.” Austin’s Black Joe Lewis doesn’t have any pretensions toward innovation—the music he makes with his band, the Honeybears is vintage 1960s garage soul, raw and fullthroated—but damn if it isn’t a wellcrafted throwback. Across four albums, Lewis has specialized in resurrecting the sound of Stax, with grungy guitars and gutbucket hollering. It’s nothing that hasn’t been heard before, but it’s made with heart, passion and sweaty energy. It’s unclear what’s taking him so long to followup 2013’s Electric Slave, but maybe he’ll preview some new material tonight. MATTHEW SINGER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 Swans, Baby Dee

[SWANS SONG] It’s impossible— and perhaps irresponsible—to discuss Swans without first mentioning the rape allegations levied against frontman Michael Gira earlier this year by former collaborator Larkin Grimm. The alleged incident, which Larkin says took place in 2008, has not been adjudicated in court, and Gira has vehemently denied the accusation. But it nonetheless casts a disheartening pall over what should be a triumphant final victory lap for this current incarnation of the pioneering noise band, touring together one last time in support of this year’s The Glowing Man, an album which, viewed entirely on its musical merits, is an absolute behemoth. Whether or not you continue to support Gira and his band is ultimately up to the individual listener, but the fact that one even has to wrestle with such a decision is painful enough. MATTHEW SINGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 8:30 pm. $28 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY, SEPT. 5 Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pomo, Duckwrth

[FUTURE RAP] It’s only been a year since 30-year-old Anderson .Paak broke into the mainstream by virtue of a series of key features on Dr. Dre’s Compton album, but he’s already cemented himself as

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MUSIC a pillar in the world of contemporary beat music. And contrary to what one might assume given such a pedigreed collaboration, most of that success came via his second full-length album, Malibu, released just months after Compton first hit store shelves. An extremely talented curator, whose music blends neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop influences, Paak’s rhythmic vocal music is bolstered by a world-class skill on the drums and a gifted backing band, making Paak and his Free Nationals one of the most exciting live acts around. PARKER HALL. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 7:30 pm. Sold out. All ages.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6 Red Bull Sound Select: Baths, Fine Animal, Old Wave

[BAROQUE BEATS] Will Wiesenfeld’s head hasn’t exactly been in a great place as of late, but his music has only gotten better because of it. A debilitating bout with a particularly violent strain of E. coli resulted in one of the best electronic albums of 2013, one that tackled his own mortality and the limitations of his psyche over a bed of overgrown production. His latest, Ocean Death, examines the same themes, but from a broader perspective. There’s heavy pageantry to the EP’s five tracks, lifted by the sound of the sea and punctuated by a steady, four-on-the-floor kick that would pair just as well with the gentle hum of a street light as Wiesenfeld’s wavering falsetto. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $12. $3 with RSVP at, $12 without. 21+.


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[ON THE WATERFRONT] The annual outdoor kickoff to the fall classical-music season includes not just the Oregon Symphony’s closing performance of classical favorites with its percussion partner, the Oregon Army National Guard 218th Field Artillery, in Tchaikovsky’s ever-over-thetop “1812 Overture,” but also short afternoon performances by young orchestras (Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, BRAVO Youth Orchestras), new music ensembles (Third Angle, FearNoMusic), Irish fiddle legend Kevin Burke and singer-songwriters Edna Vazquez, Stephanie Schneiderman and Tony Furtado, among others. Plus, food carts, 20,000 other Portlanders, and did we mention cannons? Also: fireworks. BRETT CAMPBELL. Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 12:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 1. Free. All ages.

George Winston

[SOOTHING PIANO] If you’ve been to a mall around Christmastime, you’ve probably been serenaded by the gentle sounds of pianist George Winston’s 1982 hit record, December. A calm and melodic solo artist whose cool-weather version of Pachelbel’s Canon is among the most recognizable ever recorded, Winston spent the better part of the 1980s and ’90s creating seasonal or scenery-based albums that paint gentle backdrops to everyday life. Now in his late 60s, he remains a quality entertainer in his own style, crafting his works using the same soothing demeanor with which Bob Ross painted trees. PARKER HALL. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 8 pm Saturday, Sept. 3. $25 advance, $28 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

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[NOTHING BUT FLOWERS] The first time you h e a r vo c a l s o n A g e s and Ages’ third album, Something to Ruin, you might think the band has a new lead singer. It doesn’t—it’s just that Tim Perry sings most of this album sounding like he just woke up. Instead of the crisp pop of 2014’s Divisionary, the band has found a newly organic sound, built from twinkling guitars, tambourines and even some feedback. To borrow the metaphor depicted on the album’s cover, the sound of Ages and Ages is like flowers growing out of modern ruins. So if you’re tuning in for the band’s signature resilient optimism, you won’t have to wait very long. The album kicks off with Perry singing, “If they want more than what you wanna give ’em/ It’s all right” on euphoric opener “They Want More,” which displays the band’s remarkably effective ability to write a self-help tip that gets stuck in your head. The band’s existential optimism leans a little heavier on the existential side this time around, and the tone is more laid-back than upbeat. Even so, there’s unabashed hope nestled in every song. That’s still the best part of any Ages and Ages album: The band will reassure you that whatever it is you’re doing, you’re doing all right. SHANNON GORMLEY. SEE IT: Ages and Ages play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Chris Pureka, on Saturday, Sept. 3. 6 pm (all ages) and 9 pm (21+). $13 advance, $15 day of show.



[SAFE SPACES] The only thing in the Rafn brothers’ basement you need to beware is a broken heart. Seance Crasher is Kevin Rafn’s project. His brother, Daniel, backs him up, and their vocal harmonies contain the subtle creepiness that siblings singing together tend to conjure. Overall, though, Basement Behavior is a highly crafted display of classic, two-minute pop rockers captured in a clean, unpretentious production style. Romanticism is the theme of Seance Crasher’s fourth album, painted thick over its omni-amorous opening clarion call, “I Even Love You More,” which sounds a bit like Sean Lennon singing over a Belle and Sebastian tune. “Headstrong” nods toward Love and Rockets, but in a way that’s devoid of nervous tension. “Life Is Hard” has a vocal cadence that pleasantly stands on the shoulders of Paul McCartney’s first solo album. “Play the Field” is a waltz with a taste of coconut on the rim, until it goes all Brian Wilson with a theremin solo, and the guitar leads throughout are prayers to Walter Becker. Basement Behavior never gets weird or pushes buttons beyond love and longing, but it’s comforting music that is designed to make young romantics swoon—even if the band members’ brand of retro pop will likely appeal far more to their parents. NATHAN CARSON. SEE IT: Seance Crasher plays Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Jackson Boone, Wave Action and DJ Rocky Tinder, on Wednesday, Aug. 31. 8:30 pm. $7. 21+.

MUSIC CALENDAR WED. AUG. 31 Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St The Atomic Bitchwax, Dirty Streets

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St Pi+fire, Piranha Dog

Blitz 99W

10935 SW 68th Pkwy Beth Willis Duo


1665 SE Bybee Blvd Mike Winkle and Craig Snazelle - Bass and Face


1001 SE Morrison St. Seance Crasher, Jackson Boone and Wave Action

Jimmy Mak’s

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

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Star Witness

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Sam Cooper/James Hawkeye Pierce; Anita Margarita & the Rattlesnakes

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Tallulah’s Daddy


Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. The Wild Body, Down Gown, Deathlist

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Morgan Heritage, Steady Riot, DJ Cansaman

Stein-Boozier Barn at Memorial Park

8100 SW Wilsonville Rd. Hunter Noack

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA 5 Seconds of Summer

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Daniel Green Show, Guilty Smokes

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Shafty

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Thirsty City

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Kyle Craft, Surfs Drugs, Weezy Ford

The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave Zachary Lenox


232 SW Ankeny St Helens, Adult Mauling, Average Pageant

White Eagle Saloon 836 N Russell St Josh Nielsen Band

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St. Russian Circles, Cloakroom

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Too Slim

Cathedral Park

Jimmy Mak’s

8676 N Crawford St. Hunter Noack

221 NW 10th Ave. Dan Balmer Trio


LaurelThirst Public House

2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale OR Father John Misty, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

2958 NE Glisan St Portland Country Underground

Mississippi Pizza


3552 N Mississippi Ave Mr. Ben

1001 SE Morrison St. Tender Age, Soft Kill, Haste, Warm Hands

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Twelve Gardens, Real Real Talk

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

The Goodfoot

Kelly’s Olympian

Ponderosa Lounge

1001 N Schmeer Rd. Bad Company, .38 Special

1332 W Burnside St Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Pomo, Duckwrth

Crystal Ballroom

Mississippi Studios

Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 Se 7th Ave. Sleepy Eyed Johns

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa: The High Road Tour

CHECK YOURSELF: Ice Cube has heard your Are We There Yet? jokes, and he’s none too pleased. “A lot of people got mad that I was doing too many movies,” he bellowed to the tightly packed crowd at MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst. “A lot of people got mad that I was doing those dumbass Coors commercials—I should’ve been doing Pabst commercials!” Well, can you blame us? In 20 years, “the [epithet redacted] you love to hate” went from Amerikkka’s Most Wanted to America’s dad, from selling malt liquor on the promise of its aphrodisiacal properties to allowing a bottle of beer to blast him in the face with a load of frost. Cash those chickity-checks, but don’t be surprised when people assume you’ve gone too Hollywood to go back to rapping about sawed-offs and sexual conquests. At Waterfront Park, though, Cube showed no concern for reclaiming his gangsta bona fides. Instead, he proved that, at this stage in the game, he no longer needs them. Coming out to the menacing squeals of “Natural Born Killaz,” he delivered each line like a chin-check, running through a greatest-hits set—including an N.W.A. mini-set with cameos from MC Ren and DJ Yella—that touched on all the aspects of his multifaceted career, from brash voice of protest (“Fuck tha Police,” accompanied by images of Michael Brown) to dance-club profiteer (“We Be Clubbin’,” “You Can Do It”), and apologizing for none of it. He even doubled down on his parental image, bringing out his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and referring to him as “a chip off the old cube.” Yes, at age 47, Ice Cube is as embarrassing as your own father. And if you ask him, he’d surely tell you he doesn’t give a fuck. MATTHEW SINGER. See our full Project Pabst recap at

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 2 O’Clock Courage, Overdrive, Saving Aether, Noise Brigade; Emby Alexander

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave Avalanche Lily, Jonny Ampersand, CITYPOOLS

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Timberline Effect

The Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave The Lowest Pair

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! Featuring Baby & The Pearl Blowers, Everything’s Jake

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

SW Harrison St and NW Glisan St Oregon Symphony

FRI. SEPT. 2 Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St Cobalt, Mantar

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Explosions In the Sky, Preoccupations

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St.


Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Explosions in the Sky, Preoccupations

LaurelThirst Public House

128 NE Russell St. Swans, Baby Dee

225 SW Ash St Dwight Church, Dwight Dickinson

3003 SE Milwaukie Ave, Bobby McFerrin We Love You Concert and Community CircleSong

426 SW Washington St. The Thesis

Wonder Ballroom

Ash Street Saloon

Classic Pianos

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Frances Quinlan, Haley Heynderickx

Portland Meadows


225 SW Ash St No More Excuses

Mississippi Studios

10350 N Vancouver Way, Rick Elliot

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Ash Street Saloon

2958 NE Glisan St Mojo Holler; Mimi Naja & Jay Cobb Anderson

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Dreckig, Moon Tiger, Shadowlands

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2845 SE Stark St Sonic Forum

TUES. SEPT. 6 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Session Americana

Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St Tahoma

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave LA Edwards

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Septet

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jackstraw

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Taylor Kingman

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Blank Range

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave JR Sims & Texas Special Blues; Rockin’ Ricki

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Seffarine with Randy Porter

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Samuel the 1st, Drew Locs, Brookfield Duece, Chief, Nick B, Lang

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Baby Gramps

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Old Flames

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Swansea, Foxtails Brigade, Mondegreens

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Karyn Ann

Panic Room

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Mars Red Sky

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Barns Courtney

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Hail Sagan (Powerman 5000), Amerikan; Cellar Door / Frame by Frame / End of Kings; Austin Jones / Trophy Wives / Run 2 Cover / Curses

The Firkin Tavern 1937 SE 11th Ave My Siamese Twin// Naked Luck

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Child, Blackwater Holylight, Young Hunter

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Well Swung; White Polar Bear Tundra CD Release, Two Planets, Ellis Pink

Tony Starlight Showroom

1125 SE Madison St, The Tony Starlight Show Anniversary Party and Salute to The Maestro


232 SW Ankeny St Mars Dietz with Carly Barton

SAT. SEPT. 3 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave George Winston

Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Sam Baker, The Good Time Travelers

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Eclisse, Young Hunter, Rader, Salo Panto

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Pigs On The Wing (Pink Floyd Tribute)

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Lightening Kings

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Bayside

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Zac Boggis

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Jawbone Flats; GitRight Gospel Revue; The Resolectrics

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Tallulah’s Daddy

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave Ages and Ages, Chris Pureka

Ponderosa Lounge 10350 N Vancouver Way, Matt Hundley

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Josh Garrels

Star Theater

Crystal Ballroom

Mississippi Pizza

The Analog Cafe


Mississippi Studios

LaurelThirst Public House

Panic Room

13 NW 6th Ave. David Nelson Band 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Gin, Tillyanna

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Mobilities, Yacolt Burn, Violetera; The Yacolt Burn

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Summer Cannibals, The Shondes, Creature to Creature

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Volt Divers

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St The Libertine Belles; The Waysiders, Leslie Lou & The Lowburners, Medallion


1332 W Burnside St Desi Valentine 2126 SW Halsey St Troutdale OR 97060 Ray LaMontagne

2958 NE Glisan St Open Mic hosted by Taylor Kingman; Freak Mountain Ramblers; Doc Slocum’s Old-Time Jam

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Santino Cadez and the Pharisees


600 E Burnside St Tango Alpha Tango + Astro Tan

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA Counting Crows & Rob Thomas

Al’s Den at Crystal Hotel

The Analog Cafe

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Goodfoot

303 SW 12th Ave Justin Farren Hold’s

1037 SW Broadway Wilco

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St City, Sacrifice to Survive

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Assemblage 23, Among The Weeds Crimes AM 2845 SE Stark St Jans Ingber and Friends

3552 N Mississippi Ave Baby Ketten Karaoke 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Red Bull Sound Select: Baths, Fine Animal, Old Wave 3100 NE Sandy Blvd Gavlyn w/ Blimes Brixton

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Jake Shimabukuro

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave Brian Fallon and the Crowes, Chris Farren

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Ultra Magnetic

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Farnell Newton and The Othership Connection

Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell RVIVR


232 SW Ankeny St Dirty Sidewalks, The Reverberations, DJ Rescue

The O’Neil Public House 6000 NE Glisan St. Sky in the Road

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Laura Lynn Years DJing: Seven.

Genre: Music that has soul or makes you feel tingly inside. Where you can catch me regularly: I have a party called Modern Ritual at the Liquor Store that used to be monthly, but now is moving to quarterly. Craziest gig: I played at a secret party in Zurich one time that was in an old underground bomb bunker. A collective of artists had converted it into one of the most bizarre and coolest clubs I have ever been to. You had to be invited via text by someone that was part of the collective, as the parties only happened randomly and were announced the night of. When you arrived, you had to check in with a classy secretary at the front door after you knocked on a foot-thick metal door. The DJ booth was a combination pirate ship, giant sea shell and couch. There were different areas surrounding the dance floor that were their own little hangouts, including a tiny house with a lawn and picket fence, a bed that hung from the ceiling and a small bar that looked like an old Western saloon. They hired stylists to make over friends of the collective, so the crowd was extremely interesting and beautiful. It was by far the most amazing crowd I ever played to. My go-to records: Hot Chocolate, “Cadillac (The Revenge Edit)”; Tiger & Woods, “Gin Nation”; Suzanne Kraft, “Morning Come”; Motor City Drum Ensemble, “Raw Cuts #3.” Don’t ever ask me to play…: “Something with a beat.” NEXT GIG: Laura Lynn spins at Fomo Disco at the Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St., with Maxx Bass, Andy Warren and Montel Spinozza, on Thursday, Sept. 1. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

FRI. SEPT. 2 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Musique Plastique

Black Book

WED. AUG. 31 Black Book

20 NW 3rd Ave Fever Fete (afro-caribbean)

Euphoria Nightclub

Euphoria Nightclub

315 SE 3rd Ave AC Slater, Dj Sliink, josh pan


Ground Kontrol

The Embers Avenue

511 NW Couch St. TRONix (electronica)

100 NW Broadway Thursday Electronic

The Lovecraft Bar

The Liquor Store

THURS. SEPT. 1 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Easy Ian

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736 SE Grand Ave. Strange Babes

315 SE 3rd Ave Nero, Sidestep // Night City

421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon (darkwave, industrial, synthpop)


Dig A Pony

3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Sappho (disco)

3341 SE Belmont St, Fomo Disco

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay (goth, industrial, EBM)

Urban Studio

935 NW Davis Street First Thursday: DJ Turbulence

20 NW 3rd Ave The Cave (rap)

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St 80s Video Dance Attack

Euphoria Nightclub

315 SE 3rd Ave Hernan Cattaneo, Evan Alexander // Dan Crocket

Hawthorne Eagle Lodge 3256

4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd. In The Cooky Jar (RnB, soul, 45’s)


1001 SE Morrison St. Verified


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Frankeee B (Scandinavian synthetic funk)

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. Uncontrollable Urge

Where to drink this week. 1.

Yamhill Pub

223 SW Yamhill St., 503-295-6613. Bask in the MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabstermath at Portland’s greatest PBR bar by sales volume— it’s as graffitied as a ’70s subway station and as cheap as a Trump joke.




Occidental Wursthaus

6635 N Baltimore Ave., 503-719-7102. St. Johns is an oldschool river district with surprisingly few views of the river and bridge— except here, with a patio facing the St. Johns Bridge, bratwurst and a decent dunkel.



1006 N Killingsworth St., 503-852-1125, Ardor’s array of natural wine pours—popping up funnily inside Red E Cafe at night—can seriously be found at only, like, Four Horsemen in New York and in Paris, France. Enjoy.



930 SE Sandy Blvd., Century is the sports bar with the best hair in all of Portland, and also the best shirts and pants, the best roof, and the best late-hours nightclub.



2865 SE Division St., 503-477-9470, Neighborhood bar Loon has turned into an unlikely Division Street home for live music that might’ve once hit Eugenio’s—with a pretty decent pint glass of sangria for $7.

BEER-BATTERED BASTARDS: The Portland Mavericks—led by Kurt Russell’s dad, Bing, and staffed by Snake Plissken himself—were a pack of lovable baseball miscreants who spat, smoked, drank, said unscripted things and invented Big League Chew. The Independent (225 SW Broadway, No. 100, 503-206-6745, is a huge downtown sports bar in a space previously occupied by two other sports bars, but the fact the owners dedicated the bar to the original Battered Bastards of Baseball—with blow-up Mavericks wall art alongside Timbers, Thorns and Blazers memorabilia—points to why it might succeed where others failed. It’s a simple matter of sweating the small stuff. Although the walls’ sports mementos—including a bat signed by disgraced legend Barry Bonds—approach theme-park density and the bar’s got more screens than some casinos, the cavernous wraparound-bar and pooltabled spot feels like Planet Portland rather than Planet Hollywood, devoted to small-bore local legends like Steve Prefontaine. Owned by the same local history buffs who own Circa 33 and the Station, the Independent has a whiskey selection that is admirably deep and weird, and—wonder of wonders in a sports bar—a considered 20-tap beer list featuring the Commons Farmhouse, Breakside IPA and the underrated Lompoc Pamplemousse, not to mention rotating beers that include Pfriem and Firestone Walker. The bar is priced for the hotel district, with a $15 Blanton’s Old Fashioned and $6 crafts. But it’s a rare sports bar that makes a damn good Old Fashioned, not to mention a Chicago-style red hot that tastes much like my memories of them, right down to the poppy-seed bun. At happy hour (3-6 pm Monday-Friday), the drafts are a buck off, alongside a $5 burger and $6 nachos, making the Independent a more reasonable after-work stop. And hell, you might meet a Maverick. Apparently a few have stopped by. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

The Embers Avenue


The Goodfoot


1001 SE Morrison St. Bey Day: A Celebration for the Queen

Star Bar

13 NW 6th Ave. Hive (goth, industrial)

100 NW Broadway Friday Night 80’s & Top 40 2845 SE Stark St First Friday Superjam (funk, soul, disco)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Darkness Descends (goth, industrial, dark dance)

The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven

SE 2nd Ave. & Hawthorne Blvd. Brickbat Mansion (dark danse)

SAT. SEPT. 3 Crush Bar

1400 SE Morrison Pants OFF Dance OFF: SportsBALL

Crystal Ballroom

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

Euphoria Nightclub

315 SE 3rd Ave Prince Fox, Pacific Patterns // Matthew McFerrin

1001 SE Morrison St. Family (house music) 3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Roane (hip-hop, soul, boogie) 639 SE Morrison St. DJ OverCol

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Get On Up: 40 Years of Funk Re-Mixed and Re-Imagined


Star Theater

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Latino Night (latin, cubono, salsa)

The Lovecraft Bar

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 (goth, industrial, new wave)

TUES. SEPT. 6 Black Book

The Liquor Store

421 SE Grand Ave Sad Day: VH1’s Divas Dead

Star Bar

The Lovecraft Bar

232 SW Ankeny St DJ King Fader Goes Into Labour

White Owl Social Club

The Embers Avenue


1305 SE 8th Ave East Bridge CLUB Tropicana (house, disco, techno)

3341 SE Belmont St, Waves featuring Sharam Jey (indie dance, nudisco, house) 421 SE Grand Ave Expressway to Yr Skull (shoegaze, goth) 232 SW Ankeny St Summer Love (re-live 2004)

SUN. SEPT. 4 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Bad Wizard


MON. SEPT. 5 Beech Street Parlor

412 NE Beech Street DJ Cuica & Sahelsounds

Ground Kontrol

20 NW 3rd Ave Pop Out (dance party) 639 SE Morrison St. DJ Bonecrusher 100 NW Broadway Recycle (dark dance)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Coma Toast (future, glitch, electro)


18 NW 3rd Ave. Tubesdays

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her paws—it’s all really impressive stuff. The show is faithful enough to its source material that it gives you a feeling of déjà vu throughout—so much so that the added scenes and songs feel jarringly out of place. A little padding is a necessity when adapting an 89-minute film into a Broadway play, but so much of the play is dedicated to remaking the sound, look and feel of the film that scenes like Simba breaking down from PTSD while Timon is being attacked by a crocodile undercut that experience. On stage in Portland, the show accomplishes exactly what it set out to do. Maybe Pumbaa was more than just a fart joke in the film, and maybe Scar was less of a wheezing gasbag. But this is The Lion King alright. Hakuna matata. JOHN LOCANTHI. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 503-2411802. 7:30 pm Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, 1 and 6:30 pm Sunday, through Sept. 4. $30-$150.


Eugene O’Neill’s taut, emotional portrait of two men who seem frozen in time in a divey NYC hotel at 3 am; it’s not the place you want to be. But with O’Neill’s talent for gut-punching dialogue and Portland actor Todd Van Voris playing the lead, you do want to be watching at Imago. In the play, Erie is a visionary dreamer staying at the hotel, accompanied only by Charlie, the dismal night clerk. Don’t expect high-impact action, but do expect to see an iconic play in the vein of Harold Pinter. Our hopes are high, though director Jerry Mouawad’s recent productions, like The Lady Aoi, left something wanting. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 503-231-9581. 7:30 pm FridaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 2-18. $15-$25.


Labor Pains

Gypsy Heart at Art in the Pearl

Celebrate Labor Day with a storytelling showcase about crappy jobs. It’s kind like drinking on Clinton Street with your down-and-out friends, except you don’t get to talk, and your friends are professional playwrights like Brianna Barrett, whose short play debuts at Artists Repertory Theatre this fall, and Pickathon veteran Jacob Morehead. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 8 pm Saturday, Sept. 3. $12.

The Pearl’s biggest outdoor art fest all summer is this weekend. Sadly, the annual Corgi Walk can’t rival it. But here, you get the improvisational belly dancing of Gypsy Heart, a Portland-based troupe, who will parade through the street and perform on the World Music Stage while you browse art (and maybe walk your corgi). Northwest Davis Street and 8th Avenue. 11 am Saturday, Sept. 3. Free.

Romeo and Juliet

The Poetry Brothel

The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear


Imagine sonnets doled out like sex acts. On stage, a rotating cast of burlesque and vaudeville performers dance to live jazz. Aerialists swing and fortunetellers do crowd work. But this Brothel’s claim to fame is that its “poetry whores” will take you aside for a private reading. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside., 9 pm Wednesday, Aug. 31. $25-$65. 21+.

Oregon Practice Shakespeare believes that Shakespeare should be a little dangerous, so the troupe usually performs rain or shine in Portland parks. For this staging of Romeo and Juliet, they’ll come inside for a real stage. And you get beer, because Shakespeare should also be a little boozy. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 6: 30 pm Friday, Sept. 2. Free.

A young, bitchy shrew and an old, dastardly king are the stars of Oregon Adventure Theatre’s 2016 season. Over the next two months, the traveling theater will stage King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew in Portland, West Linn, Canby and La Grande. The kick off is on Alberta Street this weekend and families and picnics are encouraged. Expect to camp out on a private lot for the outdoor show, and maybe walk five blocks up to Old Gold for a whiskey nightcap after. Shrew is on Friday and Saturday, Lear is on Saturday. 2315 N Alberta St., 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4. Free.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 The Brody Open Mic

Twice-weekly, Portland’s most prolific improv venue opens its stage to everyone for 3-minute bits. Sign up online day of before 1 pm. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 503-224-2227. 8:30 pm. Free.

Earthquake Hurricane

Some of WW’s favorite funny Portlanders showcase famous and not-so-famous, local and not-so-local comedians. Hosted by Alex Falcone, Anthony Lopez and Bri Pruett inside a pretty epic bike shop. Velo Cult Bike Shop, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 503-922-2012. 9 pm. Free, $5 suggested donation. 21+.

ALSO PLAYING The Lion King was daring when it came out 22 years ago. The story of regicide, revenge and coming of age was nothing new, but it was Disney’s first Africainspired story. The colors were more vibrant, the music less familiar, and it featured a black voice actor in a role more prominent and positive than any Disney flick before. In the Broadway adaptation, the wildlife is just as bright and exotic, and the songs are pulled straight from the film. The Lion King stage production never fully separates itself from the experience of watching the movie in a theater as a 6-year-old. It doesn’t really want to. The play opens the same as the movie: the sun rising over the desert as animals from all across the savannah come to serenade the new king with “The Circle of Life.” From birds that fly like kites at the end of a fishing line, to the two-person elephants stomping down the orchestra-level aisles, to the cheetah licking



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O.G. SLIM SHADY: Blake Stone, Anya Pearson, Joel Patrick Durham, Melissa Whitney.




bike-messenger character to the blue-dreadlocked, Jamaican Dr. Pinch, the play keeps accumulating more strange and relatively insignificant characters. Since they have no mics, the actors have to compete with the beat to be heard. This seems unfair BY SHA N N ON GOR MLEY since it’s probably already hard to breath properly while rapping almost every line and sweating in a As you near the end of Post5 Theatre’s haphazard- theater without air conditioning. So it can be difly absurd production of The Bomb-itty of Errors, ficult to understand what they are saying, which, you might wonder if the August heat is starting of course, exacerbates the whole confusing thing. to make you see things. So you should know that Still, fear of spending precious breath doesn’t stop everyone else sees rapping-inept bike mesMelissa Whitney as one of the two Antipholussenger (Anya Pearson) flailing on the es from grinding on the front row, or ground beneath a gorilla and a giant Blake Stone from dropping it low “YOU’LL Shakespeare head, too. while wearing heels, a purple faux If you’ve ever complained fur coat and leopard leggings. FIND VERY LITTLE about Shakespeare being confusIf you are a Shakespeare SHAKESPEAREAN ing, you’ll be in good company traditionalist, you’ll find very HERE BEYOND here, because in The Bomb-itty little Shakespearean here of Errors (a twist on The Comedy beyond plot construction, PLOT CONSTRUCTION, of Errors), confusion is a major word play and the occasional WORD PLAY AND plot point: Two identical sets dick joke. Oh, and the depicTHE OCCASIONAL of twins separated at birth find tion of the one Jewish characthemselves in the same town, and ter: He wears a mix of Hasidic DICK JOKE.” naturally, chaos ensues in the form clothing and an Adidas track suit; of wife-swapping and debts doled out to Whitney plays the character as T.the wrong twin. But The Bomb-itty of Errors rex-armed and derpy, with a mock New is an “add-rap-tation,” so most of the lines are rapped York Jewish accent that sounds part caveman. It along to retro hip-hop beats played by a DJ standing is uncomfortable to watch. above the set’s graffiti- and newspaper-covered walls. With as much chaos written into the play, In the sweat lodge that is Post5 Theatre, the four Post5’s production can feel overwhelmingly disactors playing the 10 characters have to dance, per- ordered. It is entertaining to watch the energetic form multiple costume changes and wear low-crotch, performers and their ability to play off the crowd acid-washed capris that look very hard to move in, (Joel Patrick Durham is particularly capable). all while rapping wordy lines. It is chaotic, to say They just need to turn down the music a bit. And the least, but director Sam Dinkowitz’s production preferably the Jewish stereotyping, too. embraces the chaos with absurdist, slapstick humor, which gets progressively more absurd as the play goes SEE IT: The Bomb-itty of Errors is at Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971-333-1758. 7:30 pm Fridayon. From bubble-blowing sports nuns to Pearson’s Sunday, through Sept. 17. $20.

Every Wednesday, pizza and comedy come together for this standup showcase from Caitlin Weierhauser of Lez Standup, Portland’s Funniest Winner Nariko Ott and Matt Monroe of Comedyworks. In case you needed another excuse to eat pizza and be happy. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3231. 9:30 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 Open Court

This weekly, long-form improv show combines performers from many Portland theaters and troupes. Newbies are welcome and teams are picked at random, then coached by an improv veteran before taking the stage. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-477-9477. 7:30 pm. $5.

Curious Comedy Playground

It’s basically free time for comedians. Acts run the gamut, from improv to video and musical comedy, and you never know who’s coming out to play. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-4779477. 9:30 pm every first, third and fifth Thursday. Free.


Brody’s students showcase their improv, sketch and standup skills—a different class each week. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 503-224-2227. 7:30 pm. $5.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Al’s Den Comedy Night

A late night weekend showcase of comics, mostly local stand-up come-

dians and Seattleites passing through. 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+.


You’re Welcome Comedy Show

Friday Night Fights

Curious’ twice-monthly improv competition pits teams that won last week’s Thursday Night Throwdown against one another. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 9:30 pm every first and third Friday. $10.

Mike Epps

This Friday, meet Mike Epps. Known as Day-Day in Next Friday and the eponymous uncle in ABC’s short-lived Uncle Buck, he’s on the big screen now in Meet the Blacks and on his way to bigger things with T.I. and Queen Latifah. They’re are partnering with Epps for the new movie he wrote, an Atlanta restaurant drama where Epps and T.I. play brothers. We’ve got the BGs, the bubble guts, but in the good way. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. 6:30 and 9:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4. Tickets online only. $35. 21+.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 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. $5 suggested donation.


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

Our City in Stereo

Newspace continues its provocative and thoughtful programming with artist Sharita Towne’s investigation of gentrification in Portland. By using stereoscopic photography and audio interviews, she brings the stories of our community into three dimensions. Towne fills the gallery with historical information, including a timeline of how laws from the past century have shaped the problems we are trying to navigate today, balancing it with the deeply personal by expanding the exhibition to include all of us. A typewriter waits to record our testimonies about how gentrification has affected us, which Towne will incorporate into the exhibition, creating a living record of our city, our hopes for it, and our disappointments. Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., 503963-1935. Through Oct. 1.


Artists all over town are familiar with Pushdot Studio as a place to have their fine art prints made. But few people know that the front of the shop serves as an art gallery. This month, writer-turned-painter Thérèse Murdza explores the vulnerability involved “as a body of work reveals itself.” In addition to the monumental-scale abstract canvas that anchors the series, Murdza opens up her sketchbook to us, showing bright, quick, gestural paintings on paper that blend abstract expressionism with a pop palette. Together, they offer the viewer a fuller notion of process and a window into an artist’s creative practice. Pushdot Studio, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite 104, 503-224-5925. Through Sept. 30.

Spiritual Pop

Sister Corita Kent was an artist, an activist and a nun. This chronological retrospective of her work allows the viewer to track the progression of her colorful screenprints, from ornate, overtly religious works on paper to abstract pop-y compositions that marry secular writing with imagery from advertising and corporate propaganda. What is most notable about Kent’s work is that regardless of its changing styles and cultural influences, she manages to infuse every piece with messages of love, peace, and fellowship that speak to the best in all of us. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811. Through Jan. 27.


The group show at Stephanie Chefas Projects feels like a hot fuck in the middle of an August afternoon in Los Angeles after you’ve come home sticky from the beach with the taste of salt still on your tongue. It is exceptionally difficult to put together a cohesive group show around a single theme—in this case an ode to the days of summer—but Chefas has managed to take work in a wide range of styles and media, from eight different artists, and make it feel like they are speaking to us in a collective voice about the same luscious, sun-soaked idea. There are beautiful abstracts, geometrical phenomena, precise paper cuts, and feats of undulation and symmetry waiting to leave you hot and bothered. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave., Suite 202, 310-990-0702. Through Sept. 3.

Morocco Photos 2015

There is a place in northern Morocco nicknamed “the blue city” because of the

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VISUAL ARTS cobalt wash applied to the exteriors of homes. It is believed that the tradition began when the Jews immigrated there, applying the pigment as a way to mirror the heavens, reminding them to live a life of reverence. Portland photographer Stu Levy brings back from the blue city a series of photographs suffused with that impossibly rich color and with the history of place. Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St., 503-546-5056. Sept. 1-Oct. 1.


We have all fantasized about running away, about leaving behind our troubles and shedding the conventions of society. Russian documentary photographer Danila Tkachenko’s tells the story of a group of men who have done just that, who have fled civilization for the wilderness of Eastern Europe to live in hermitic solitude. Tkachenko’s series of color portraits captures each individual in their surroundings, and gives the viewer a window into the ways that they live, apart from the rest of us. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 503225-0210. Sept. 1-Oct. 2.

See Me See You

Artist Samantha Wall, who was included in this year’s Contemporary Northwest Art Award exhibition at Portland Art Museum, continues her arresting large-

who is of Korean descent, experiments with materials, making aqueous drawings into which black ink is introduced. The resulting lines and waves and eddies created when the pigment hits the water give the figures a texture not unlike the surface of the earth. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 503-226-2754. Sept. 1-Oct. 1.

The Soul of Black Art: A Collector’s View

Upfor’s third-anniversary exhibition is guest curated by collector John Goodwin, who presents to us a survey of the depictions of black culture over the past century. The pieces range from abstract expressionist collage to black-and-white photos, and the artists stretch from Andy Warhol to Portland’s own Arvie Smith, who currently has a solo exhibition at Portland Art Museum. Through the work of these artists, who are separated by race, era and geography, we get a deeper understanding of how the passing of time changes our perceptions and our culture. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St., 503-2275111. Sept. 1-Oct. 15.

Rhetorical Geometry

Undercurrent 1 by Samantha Wall scale work with a new series of portraits. The life-sized monochromatic drawings and prints seek to explore the discordant nature of being a woman of color, specifically the experience of being simultaneously invisible and hypervisible. Wall,

Geometry is defined as the investigation of “shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.” It is finite and quantifiable. Chicagobased artist Liz Mares is interested in all of the same questions, but her inquiry is abstract and intuitive. “Everything starts with a line as the base, then each placement after is a relationship to the first,” she says. “There is never a plan, rather a feeling of connection. How does each line, color and form speak to the other? The end result is either a harmony or a conflict.” Mares works with acrylic and ink in her smallscale 2-D pieces to explore ideas of relational balance and discord. Wolff Gallery, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite R1, 971-413-1340. Sept. 1-Oct. 1.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 Dmae Roberts

With a family that’s part Taiwanese and part Oklahoman, Dmae Roberts was never quite sure where she belonged. She explores the feeling of being a “secret Asian woman” in her new book, The Letting Go Trilogies, a series of personal essays on identity, loss and reconciliation written over a 10-year period. Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave., 503-208-2729. 7 pm. Free.

Lucy Bellwood

If Lucy Bellwood’s new nauticaleducation comic, Baggywrinkles, proves one thing, it’s that Portlanders’ interest in sailing extends beyond the anchor forearm tattoo they got while drunk in 2009. Nearly 1,300 backers raised $45,000 for the project, which is now available in full color. The launch party will include a gallery of wall art pulled from the book. Floating World, 400 NW Couch St., 503-241-0227. 6 pm. Free.

Sabaa Tahir with Laini Taylor

O L I v E B E v E R LY

Under the rule of an oppressive regime known as the Martial Empire, a sister goes to great lengths to save her brother from captivity as he faces charges of sedition. A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which became a runaway New York Times bestseller. These stories have an addictive quality that’s been compared to Game of Thrones, and author Sabaa Tahir has already committed to writing books three and four in the series. Tahir will be in conversation with Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

Reading Frenzy 22nd Anniversary

Chloe Eudaly is taking time out from her spirited City Council bid to celebrate her crowdfundingrebooted Mississippi Avenue bookstore’s 22nd anniversary selling zines and art books. Apparently, 22 is the copper anniversary, so bring plenty of bracelets, electrical wiring and/or old pennies to celebrate. Anyway, details are slim, but the Frenzy promises “surprises,” “special guests,” book signings and refreshments. Reading Frenzy, 3628 N Mississippi Ave., 971-2718044, 11 am. Free.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Mortified

You know those memories of some dumb thing you did as a teenager that surface at night as you lie in bed, and make you involuntarily convulse so your partner wakes up and you have to say, “Nothing, nothing, just a weird breathing thing”? And then you try to intentionally block that memory out, which only forces your brain to approach it from a different angle and unearth some part of the horror you didn’t even know your brain retained? Which proves to you that your brain is more amazing than you could ever know but only in harmful, selfdestructive ways? At Mortified, people share those memories in front of a room full of strangers. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 503-719-6055, 10 pm. $16-$23.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 Invisible Spectrum Stories

Portland’s newest storytelling event focusing on the stories of people of color is Invisible Spectrum Stories. For the first installment of the series, storytellers from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds will gather to tell personal stories that are loosely connected by the theme “fish out of water.” Service, 2319 NE Glisan St., 971-267-9269. 6 pm. $10.


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Kids grow up fast in the Boxes, the fictional neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles that sets the scene for Bill Beverly’s new novel, Dodgers. After seeing untold numbers of murders, violence and drug addiction, a young boy named East develops quickly into a respected gang member. But the real tests of his manhood come when he goes on a road trip across the country and sees life outside his neighborhood for the first time. Beverly’s formidable debut has been compared to the work of Jack Kerouac and J.D. Salinger. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

Chasing Portraits

Having created a portfolio of more than 800 paintings and sculptures, Moshe Rynecki’s art career was cut short when he was killed in the Majdanek concentration camp. Decades later, his greatgranddaughter Elizabeth talked to art historians and collectors to find as much of Rynecki’s art as possible, and documented the trip in her memoir, Chasing Portraits. Elizabeth Rynecki will be in conversation with Judy Margles, executive director of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.


Bill Beverly


Bill Beverly

In Run Fast, Eat Slow, four-time Olympic long-distance runner Shalane Flanagan teams up with nutritionist Elyse Kopecky to prove that “fast food” should really be called, wait for it, “slow death”! Hey, where’s everybody going? Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

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will vindicate your frustrations with millennials. NR. CURTIS COOK. Laurelhurst.


To Keep the Light

B A group of senior citizens travel

the country to train and compete for a national tennis championship in this feelgood documentary. It’s a hopeful film that sets out to prove you’re never too old to follow your dreams—even if pursuing those dreams means having knee surgery, a hip replacement, and sleeping in a van in between championship matches. While watching old men reflect on their heyday and engage in some healthy competition provides some harmless fun, the film’s most productive moments are the enlightening glimpses into the history of tennis that are scattered throughout the documentary. NR. CURTIS COOK. Laurelhurst.

The Light Between Oceans

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance has made a pair of towering dramas about families splitting at the seams: Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Adapting M.L. Stedman’s romance about a lighthouse-dwelling couple who aren’t sure what to do with an abandoned baby makes for quite the thematic trio. Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans looks like the height of tearful, lovesick acting showcases. Screened after deadline. See for Chance Solem-Pfeifer’s review. PG-13. Cedar Hills, Vancouver.

Miss Sharon Jones!

B After decades of being told that she was “too black, too short, [and] too old” to succeed, Sharon Jones fought her way to becoming a Grammy-nominated soul singer. But when she’s diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Sharon faces an entirely new battle. Directed by twotime Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (American Dream, Harlan County USA), this documentary humanizes the tragic hardships of a deadly disease by capturing intimate moments such as Sharon holding back tears as she clings to the clumps of hair she’s lost to chemotherapy. The film also showcases the full range of Jones’ uplifting talents and features footage from her inspirational live performances. NR. CURTIS COOK. Hollywood.


C+ Though not a unique story, Morgan has a plot much like a fine craft cocktail: There is a twist. Filmed in a forest that you might mistake for our own backyard, Morgan showcases an apathetic “corporate troubleshooter” who is sent to yea or nay the mass production of a synthetic human (Morgan), a confined adolescent who dreams of visiting “the lake.” Good metaphor. Trouble ensues when a bigwig shrink (was that Paul Giamatti?) arrives to measure Morgan’s emotional restraint. Despite the rabid Twilight vibes, you’ll find a few good memes here. “Everybody likes lasagna” is sure to find itself on Tumblr, eventually. R. JACK RUSHALL. Cedar Hills, Vancouver.

My Millennial Life

C If you want to watch as five North American millennials look for work and live like typical 20-somethings, this documentary will deliver. While the film features youths in both Canada and the United States, very little class or racial diversity is represented, and the film seems to purposefully focus on the subjects who best uphold millennial stereotypes. Ultimately, the documentary asks viewers to reluctantly sympathize with five specific young people rather than empathize with the unique conditions of an entire generation. If you’re a 20-something, skip this movie and just keep living your life. If you’re a bitter Gen-Xer, this


B Abbie is the wife of an ailing lighthouse keeper on an isolated island off the coast of 1867 Maine. When a stranger washes up on her shore, she’s forced to confront her life and desires. Based on the approximately 300 women who served as lighthouse attendants in the 1800s, this film offers a glimpse into the lives of often forgotten heroines. Slow pacing sets an appropriately oppressive atmosphere, and the repetitive scenes of Abbie’s daily routine (tending chickens, cooking breakfast, tidying the house, preventing sailors from crashing their ships and sinking to watery graves, etc.) reflect the tedious yet demanding workload of a determined woman. NR. CURTIS COOK. Laurelhurst.

The Unseen

A Misconceptions of blindness go

out the window within the first five minutes of Miroslav Janek’s fly-on-thewall documentary. The film centers on Jaroslav Jezek School, a school for the blind in Prague. When the kids are introduced to cameras, they become consumed by photography, almost addicted to their new ability to capture a moment. We see their photography throughout the film in impressive, mostly silent, montage sequences, in which the silence reinforces the punk nature of blind photography. An omniscient camera glides around the school, witnessing creativity bloom as the kids experiment. As their photography begins to fuse with music, sports and creative writing, their blindness becomes less an obstruction and more their guiding inspiration. The film’s quiet, mesmerizing tone makes for total immersion, daring us not only to rethink photography but blindness as well. NR. CODY DEAN. Laurelhurst.

STILL SHOWING Absolutely Fabulous

C For fans of the old BBC series, the further adventures of buffoonish publicist Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and perma-soused fashion editrix Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) shouldn’t seem all that different from a favored punk band’s reunion tour. While Hollywood’s relaxed attitudes toward drugs and drinking might blunt the impact of Edina’s debauchery, the film’s fat-shaming, transgender-mocking, racially insensitive gags still hit. But the film version lingers cruelly on slower stretches and magnifies the inabilities of Britcom director Mandie Fletcher to stage set pieces, and sketch queen Saunders to craft a proper screenplay. The fashion-backward wardrobes and attitudes are no help. PG-13. JAY HORTON. Academy.


B- Though its title suggests a sci-fi thriller, Anthropoid instead transports us to the cobbled streets of Nazi-occupied Prague. The story is based on the reallife assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking Nazi who was a chief architect of the Holocaust. It follows exiled soldiers Josef Gabcík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan) as they parachute back into their homeland of Czechoslovakia on a secret mission named Operation Anthropoid. Muddled by inept Slavic accents and a monotonous buildup toward the anticipated assassination of Heydrich, who was nicknamed the “Butcher of Prague,” the film doesn’t build suspense until its second half. R. MICHELLE DEVONA. Bridgeport.

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The Portland Phase


ever they’re trying to do. Changing identity ends up being a means to some other purpose, like robbing someone or infiltrating some network. We were much more interested in ruminating about identity—the balance between staying in one life long enough to be good at something versus opting out of boredom and risking being a dilettante. It seemed much more interesting than whether someone’s going to get away with a heist.

Alice is 20 minutes into being the most interesting guest at a dinner party—she’s been to Tasmania and has just discovered a new species of frog—when How did you craft a lead who could be Tom walks in and recognizes her as Jenny, psychologically mysterious but never whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. A dance really unhinged? ensues between Rachel Weisz’s Alice and We were very aware of avoiding presenting Michael Shannon’s Tom at the center of her as crazy. It’s an extreme premise. I Complete Unknown, the new film from think one of the most important things Joshua Martson (Maria Full of Grace). was getting the audience to take it seriIn the nine lives that Alice has ously and ask the question, “Is it actulived since last seeing Tom, she’s been ally possible to live this lifestyle?” If she’s a hippie, a magician’s assistant, a nurse just crazy, it doesn’t provoke someone to and, now, a biologist. She never keeps her wonder. You go back home and think, name or profession more than a couple “Well, I’m going back to my job years. And right when you think that I hate in the morning, and there’s a violent seduction afoot, obviously it would be great to Complete Unknown changes make a change in my life but… its identity too, slowing into she was crazy.” a meditation on the power of never committing to one path. “ASK THE QUESTION: Weisz and Shannon are Before the film’s opening in ‘IS IT ACTUALLY playing against type. Weisz, Portland, we talked to Martson POSSIBLE TO LIVE who’s often very steady, is a about Pacific Northwest wandervolatile, and Shannon, lust, Shannon’s comedic chops THIS LIFESTYLE?’” little who’s often mysterious, is and veering away from the thrillostensibly ordinary and er version of Complete Unknown. —Joshua Martson even charming. How did you WW: In the film, Portland is where Alice first decide this would be a good casting fit? feels at home in her extreme lifestyle choice. I had just seen Rachel onstage in Betrayal, opposite her husband, Daniel Craig, and I was reminded of Why here? Joshua Martson: Portland seems like a place how alluring she is and the sense of mystery she’s able someone might go to liberate themselves from an to evoke. Both [Weisz and Shannon] have a natural overly urban lifestyle. That’s part of the allure. We quality that when you put them onscreen, the audiwould constantly use the word “Portland” to stand ence leans forward; you want to know what’s going on in their heads. That’s a rare quality. For Michael in for a whole phase of her life. Shannon, I knew there were aspects of Tom that were While watching, I felt this could have been funny. I’d seen him do a play called Mistakes Were a straight thriller. Did you consider making Made where he was the only character onstage, and I’d never laughed so hard in a theater. it one? Absolutely. The question in a thriller becomes B SEE IT: Complete Unknown is rated R. It opens whether [the protagonist] can get away with what- Friday at Living Room Theaters. HENNY GARFUNKEL


Bad Moms

C Hangovers loom large in the films of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (21 & Over, The Change-Up, The Hangover). Not just actual ones, but the lingering haze as youthful passions awaken to the throbbing responsibilities of adulthood. Bad Moms opens with one of our titular heroines reciting her daily litany of First World problems. Cue the inexplicably raucous party, supermarket-destruction montage, dreamy young widower (Jay Hernandez) and chief antagonist (Christina Applegate as supermom Gwendolyn). R. JAY HORTON. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, 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. PG. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Academy, Avalon, Kennedy School, Vancouver.


B- From the writer of 12 Years a Slave, the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and producers of, gulp, the miniseries The Bible comes the third filmic spectacular adapted from the 19th-century bestseller Ben-Hur. If unlikely to leave the same cultural sandal print, it’s surely the fastest and most furious. PG-13. JAY HORTON. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

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Captain Fantastic

A Viggo Mortensen is mud-splat-

tered, idealistic and good at killing things...again. But this time with six kids in tow. He raises his kids in isolation, schooling them in killing deer, the Bill of Rights and the banjo. When he leads the brood into society for their mother’s funeral, the film becomes a quirky, emotional quest that outshines Little Miss Sunshine R. ENID SPITZ. Fox Tower.

Don’t Breathe

B+ Don’t Breathe makes no bones about its intent. A trio of serial burglars (Jane Levy, Dylan Minette and Daniel Zovatto) gets trapped in an isolated Detroit home after their mark, a blind vet played with quiet menace by Stephen Lang, turns out to be a brutally efficient badass. The film’s sole mission is to ratchet tension. And in that sense, it’s a master class. Breathing, for much of this thriller, isn’t even an option. R. AP KRYZA. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Don’t Think Twice

A- The newest feature from come-

dian Mike Birbiglia follows members of a comedy troupe yearning to get on Weekend Live, a thinly veiled SNL surrogate. It might me their big break, and this film might be Birbiglia’s. It has already been called Birbiglia’s Annie Hall, and with the help of KeeganMichael Key and Gillian Jacobs, this movie brings together a group of talent on the verge of superstardom. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21.


C A sleek romantic thriller set on Wall Street, Equity pointedly reverses traditional gender roles—Anna Gunn plays the bigwig staving off her younger rival. But good intentions cannot overcome lackluster characters and narrative doldrums. Greed is good; Equity’s just lazy. PG. JAY HORTON. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Fox Tower.

Finding Dory

B+ The sea has become a little more existential since Nemo got found. For 13 years, the entire world eagerly awaited Pixar’s sequel and the return of Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful Dory. This time, Dory is on a quest to find her family. There’s tears to fill a tide pool, wit to keep adults amused, and laughs for any audience with a short attention span. You will (hopefully) remember a majority of this film. PG. AMY WOLFE. Academy, Avalon, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Empirical, Tigard, Vancouver.

Florence Foster Jenkins

B There is singing flat. There is off-key caterwauling. Then, there is Mrs. Jenkins’ operatic singing. Search YouTube for recordings of her real-life singing. In the film, Streep has a great deal of fun as her loving husband St. Clair (Hugh Grant) pays off attendees. Making fun of terrible singing is cheap and easy, but Florence Foster Jenkins avoids cheap shots. PG-13. JOHN LOCANTHI. Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Eastport, Fox Tower, Moreland, St. Johns 1 & 2, Vancouver.


A It’s been 32 years since the release of the original, and the Ghostbusters reboot has no chill. The script from Paul Feig and Kate Dippold hammers home the message that it’s 2016 and rebooting a classic Dude Comedy with an all-female cast will make people mad. The movie is maximalist. It’s glorious, and if it ruined your childhood, sorry bro. PG-13. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cedar Hills, Eastport, Tigard, Vancouver.

Hands of Stone

Usher and Edgar Ramirez star as boxing rivals and Robert De Niro is a heroic, septuagenarian coach. Not screened for critics. R. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Fox Tower, Vancouver.

Hell or High Water

B+ Was No Country for Old Men

too smart and slow for you? Loved the gunfights and the misanthropic cowboy glamour, but maybe Javier Bardem’s haircut made you uncomfortable? Try Jeff Bridges’ new Western genre vehicle. R. GRACE CULHANE. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Fox Tower, Vancouver.

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C- In Woody Allen’s 47th feature, the doe-eyed Bobby arrives in 1930s Los Angeles looking more for an experience than a calling. New York is no life. His mother and father bicker. His sister is married in the suburbs. In California, he knows no one but his uncle Phil (Steve Carrell), an indemand film agent, though he soon begins rubbing elite shoulders and courting Phil’s assistant, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). The annual Woody Allen production machine has assembled 90 very recognizable minutes here, with self-aware industry commentary, platitudes about New York and L.A., Jewish parentage, infidelity and a male ingénue looking for approval. There’s no body in this shell. R. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Fox Tower.

Captain America: Civil War

A- 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. Your move, DC. PG-13. AP KRYZA. Academy, Valley, Vancouver.



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Jason Bourne


A- Bourne never had an identity issue.

Robert Ludlum’s series has always been the real-world response to a genre of CGI stunts. For the fifth installment, director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon make a welcome return and deliver on-brand thrills via hand-held footage of riots in Athens, a motorcycle chase down a gazillion nard-punching stairs and, of course, many scenes in which assassins splash cold water on their faces and reflect in a mirror. PG-13. ENID SPITZ. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Cinemagic, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

Kubo and the Two Strings

A Laika’s late-summer bid for animation


Tears of a Clown BY AP KRYZ A


Perhaps Wes Anderson’s best ensemble effort, 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is a whimsically melancholy storybook tale of flawed genius and complex familial relations. For all intents and purposes, it’s as wonderful as Anderson gets. But the film had unintended consequences. Not just in the sudden appearance of track-suited bros in Afro wigs at Halloween parties—those are bad enough. Worse, it brought us the era of Sad Bill Murray. Look, everybody loves Bill Murray these days. He’s become a modern legend. People whisper his name into the wind in hopes he’ll creep up behind them in a golf cart, buy them shots and disappear into the night, but only after filling their tanks with gas and hiring a maid service to clean up the next day. But it wasn’t until Murray ’s re-emergence as a dour, depressed character actor that millennials began to grasp the actor’s manic spirit. That’s pretty weird, considering this is a man who spent the beginning of his career maniacally hamming it up in broader comedies, only to be resurrected as a youthful folk hero once he largely ceased making rollicking, smart comedies like What About Bob? and Ghostbusters. With his portrayal of Margot Tenenbaum’s depressive husband, Raleigh St. Clair—perhaps the most downtrodden character in a movie full of depressed goofballs—Murray began to pull a screwball Pagliacci. Sure, in Rushmore his Herman Bloom wasn’t without depressive issues, but you could still recognize that same old Bill Murray asshole archetype underneath the veneer. Bloom came off like a more serious version of Murray’s other cantankerous goofballs: From Groundhog Day’s bitter Phil Conners to his bah-humbug exec in Scrooged, Murray has always excelled at finding the heart in crusty dickheads. St. Clair, though, is sad through and through. He is a character more tragi- than comic (despite his weird experiments with Dudley), and one that seems to have opened the door to Murray’s late-day renaissance as a total downer. The stronger films of the Sad Bill Murray phase 42

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are often cited as highlights of Murray’s career, with fans ranking his performances in Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers among the best. The worst of the lot include a great performance in the cloyingly shitty St. Vincent and the wank jobs Monuments Men and Hyde Park on the Hudson. All point to an actor who tapped into his tear ducts and has seldom looked back when it comes to starring roles. With Rushmore, Anderson opened that very serious door for the first time since the misbegotten 1984 passion project The Razor’s Edge. The Royal Tenenbaums kicked him right through it. Hipsters loved it (of course they did; it’s Wes Anderson with Elliott Smith songs). Murray was canonized. But in the era of Sad Bill Murray, it’s hard not to long for a late-period What About Bob? or, hell, even a Quick Change. That’s not because Sad Bill Murray can’t be great. But sometimes, we want to see one of the world’s favorite goofballs be goofy beyond a cameo. When even A Very Murray Christmas special was a downer, it’s hard not to lose a little hope. But hey, at least Raleigh St. Clair makes the rest of the Tenenbaums seem like rays of sunshine! Sigh. SEE IT: The Royal Tenenbaums is at Cartopia. 9 pm Sunday, Sept. 4. Free. ALSO SHOWING:

The great underground Church of Film series celebrates three years with a takeover of Killingsworth Dynasty featuring a live score of Italian occult oddities Il Fauno (1917) and Rapsodia Satanica (1915). Come for the Faustian nightmares, stay to learn what you’ve been missing from one of the city’s most daring film series. Killingsworth Dynasty. 8 pm Wednesay, Aug. 31. Rocky commemorates 40 years of terribly choreographed boxing and showing people how awesome losing can really be. Pix Pâtisserie. Dusk Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Lo and Behold

A When you hear Werner Herzog’s resinous, Bavarian voice, you know that this man is almost certainly incapable of changing the desktop background on his MacBook. His new movie about the internet is more interested in fringe stories than in developing a line of hard criticism. Herzog films aren’t about criticism. They are about Herzog’s sense of wonder. NR. ZACH MIDDLETON. Hollywood, Kiggins.

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 parentfriendly dates for their sister’s wedding. R. LAUREN TERRY. Jubitz, Kennedy School, Vancouver.


B+ A bookish girl (Emma Roberts) gets swept up in an online game of truthor-dare with a mysterious stud (Dave Franco), and the film gets swept up in an EDM-tinged soundtrack, lots of desktop computer screen shares, and visuals that meet somewhere between Tron and Spring Breakers. PG-13. ZACH MIDDLETON. Bridgeport.

Nine Lives

Trapping Kevin Spacey inside a tabby cat’s body so he can’t continually ignore and bone his gorgeous wife (Jennifer Garner) is a delightfully feminist and felinist plot in itself. Casting Christopher Walken as an eccentric pet store owner named Felix Perkins is the cherry on top. Not screened for critics. PG. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

Pete’s Dragon

A Pete’s Dragon

deserves the hype. Effortlessly evoking the triumphant emotions of Disney’s best liveaction outings, it

Often overshadowed by the likes of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 adventure Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind plays like a precursor to Princess Mononoke as it spins the gorgeous tale of a pacifist warrior princess drawn into the middle of a war. Academy Theater. Sept. 2-8. A lesser-known John Waters classic, 1970’s Multiple Maniacs once again casts Divine as a traveling exhibitionist fronting a gang of psychos. Hippies of the era, suffice to say, were harmed in the making of this fucked-up gem. Hollywood Theatre. 9:30 pm FridaySunday, Sept. 2-4.



domination manages multiple triumphs. It’s an original story that feels lived in, a kid-focused fable with real stakes, and it’s a high-octane spectacle full of whiteknuckle action and terrifying creatures that’s matched every step of the way by heart. In telling the tale of a one-eyed boy (Art Parkinson) in an ancient Japanese village, the Portland studio throws a lot at the screen. There are battles with building-sized skeletons, morbid floating apparitions and snarling beasts. Yet amid the eye-popping visuals, the film still takes time for small moments of tenderness. It’s glorious. PG. AP KRYZA. Bagdad, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Hollywood, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Roseway, St. Johns Pub and Theater, Tigard, Vancouver.

also provides a somber examination of the death of innocence,. Your kids will cry through the majority of the film, and you probably will too. PG. MIKE GALLUCCI. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

Sausage Party

A- Sometimes, a dick joke is just a dick

joke. But sometimes, a dick joke can be an existential meditation on atheism butting up against organized religion, false gods and politics. That’s where Rogen and Goldberg’s Sausage Party transcends other R-rated animated provocations (Fritz the Cat, Heavy Metal) to become something more. This is a thinking person’s 90-minute dick joke. And shit, if we can’t ponder big issues while giggling at the sight of a talking, used condom or a sentient douchebag with the voice of Nick Kroll, maybe we’ve lost something in society. R. AP KRYZA. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

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. PG. Beaverton, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Cinemagic Theatre, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

Southside With You

B+ In this story of the first couple’s first date, writer-director Richard Tanne shows the young lawyers discussing workplace dynamics, white ex-girlfriends and daddy issues. Tanne focuses on showing who they are, not telling us through wordy dialogue. PG-13. LAUREN TERRY. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Cinema 21, Clackamas.

Star Trek Beyond

The 13th Trek movie has been heralded as a return to good, old-fashioned fun for the series. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Suicide Squad

C- As the saying goes, you either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become Ben Affleck. Following the dismal Batman v Superman with Suicide Squad, DC seemed intent on injecting some Slurpee-colored mischief back into its monochromatic veins. But it rushes through an incoherent two hours and pureeing everything into a slush of clichés, albeit one rendered in the garish palette of a Warped Tour merchandise table. PG-13. MATTHEW SINGER. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

War Dogs

C+ War Dogs is the true story of two 20-something potheads, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller) who scored a $300 million Pentagon contract. Dull narration, racist stereotypes and uninspired weed jokes turn what could have been a humorous tale of ineptitude in the Bush administration into a haphazard rehashing that’s probably really funny if you’ve never smoked marijuana before. R. CRYSTAL CONTRERAS. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

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. Factions on the internet will inevitably find reasons to hate this movie. The question is: Do you want to have fun and enjoy a comic book turned into a quarter-billiondollar feature film or would you rather stay home reading Proust? PG-13. NATHAN CARSON. Academy, Empirical, Valley.


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In the legal-weed era, having your own brand of marijuana is the ultimate musician status symbol. As you might have guessed, both Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa—whose co-headlining High Road Tour, sponsored by the cannabis lifestyle blog Merry Jane, hits the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., this week (see page 23)—have their own strains. We wanted to sample them, but unfortunately neither is available in Oregon. So instead, we asked four local musicians about their own favorite strains. MATTHEW SINGER.


“Green Crack is my favorite by far. Indicas make me so sleepy that I have to stick to a sativa. Knowing that, a friend of mine at a dispensary said she had just what I needed and introduced me to the strain. It keeps me super-awake and helps me focus, helping me write whenever I need a little pick-me-up. Rolling in a J, you catch the full flavor, and it’s really my preferred way to smoke. If you haven’t tried it, you need to.”


“As I get older, I find that weed just makes me really dumb and tired—which I do like, but only in the appropriate time and place. Otherwise I just can’t function. I never perform onstage or do any real work stoned; I just can’t really. But a friend of mine grew some Cherry Pie in his yard and gave me some, and I really like it. It’s perfect for once in a while at the end of the night when I

want to zone out and go to bed. And of course, it always gets the Warrant song stuck in my head. So that’s a plus.”


“A little puff of Royal Chem indica lifts your spirits and calms your mind. I DJed a biker wedding like that last weekend and had a great time. Since I was asked to write about a favorite strain of mine, I decided to explore further and have more to report. I huffed that vape hard. What a grooooooovy high. I got under the covers and promptly became part of my mattress. It didn’t knock me out like my preferred bedtime indicas, and once I remembered my daughter had a stash of candy downstairs, I couldn’t think of anything else. I gave in, grabbed a couple Reese’s mini-cups and some Hot Tamales. I must have crashed out soon after because I woke up with melted chocolate crumbs on my arm. Typical.”


“Mean Jeans are not ones to hit the bong on its own and watch a movie. We like to keep an even BWC (beer-weed combo) to keep partying all night long. That being said, I gotta give it up for that Stephen Hawking Kush. It gets you stoned like we used to in high school. Like when people actually smoked grass instead of heating up pot molecules in a goddamn science lab in their living room. What the shit is a dab? A tiny taste of Stevie, a few cold Coors—nothing like it.”


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“Ageless”–and hopefully timeless, too. what was always covered with a sock until just now? 53 Org. with lots of clubs 56 Portugal’s part of it 57 See 51-Across 59 Firming, as muscles 60 Suffix for the extreme 61 Choral voice range 62 Benny Goodman’s genre 63 “Dude ... your fly” 64 Bust’s counterpart

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Across 1 ___ de gallo (salsa variety) 5 Home of the Bills and Chargers, for short 8 Extinguishes birthday candles 13 Federal org. that inspects workplaces 14 Day-___ colors 15 Canadian dollar coin nickname 16 Identical online message, but sent backwards? 18 Fragrant evergreen

with starlike flowers 19 “Gangnam Style” performer 20 Did some tricks at a skate park? 22 Biter on the bayou 24 Get out of debt 25 Three-dimensional figures 27 Competes on eBay 29 “A Boy Named Sue” songwriter Silverstein 30 “F–r ___” (Beethoven dedication)

32 Misfortune 35 Do some drastic wardrobe reduction? 39 She’s your sibling 40 Die-___ (people who won’t quit) 41 Chichen ___ (Mayan site) 42 ___ mojado (Spanish side of a “wet floor” sign) 43 Drop it already 45 Be in the driver’s seat 48 Hollow-centered muffin 51 With 57-Across,

Down 1 “___ and Circumstance” 2 Spy agency on “Archer” 3 LeBaron and Pacifica, for two 4 Rower’s blade 5 Concurs (with) 6 City with a contaminated drinking supply 7 Count in French? 8 Chef on cans 9 Actor Peter and TV producer Chuck, for two 10 Ready to drink 11 Pebbles Flintstone’s mom 12 Oozing 15 K-O combination? 17 Carried a balance 21 Trips for Uranus, e.g. 23 Narc’s weight 25 Mach 2 fliers, once 26 “Fancy meeting you here!” 28 Somewhat, in

suffixes 30 “The Final Countdown” band 31 British version of Inc. 32 Olympic team game with a goalkeeper 33 Granular pasta 34 “Voice of Israel” author Abba 36 Sounding like a ceiling fan 37 ___ in “Oscar” 38 Buckle under pressure 42 Look through a window, maybe 43 “Kick-Ass” star Chloe Grace ___ 44 Kitchen unit 45 Fits of pique 46 Quarterback known for his active knee 47 “___ wouldn’t do that!” 49 “Masters ___” (Showtime drama since 2013) 50 Verse-writing 52 Reusable grocery purchase 54 Visit 55 Infinitesimal bit 58 Awesome

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Week of September 1


ARIES (March 21-April 19) Truth decay is in its early stages. If you take action soon, you can prevent a full-scale decomposition. But be forewarned: Things could get messy, especially if you intervene with the relentless candor and clarity that will be required for medicinal purification. So what do you think? Are you up for the struggle? I understand if you’re not. I’ll forgive you if you simply flee. But if you decide to work your cagey magic, here are some tips. 1. Compile your evidence with rigor. 2. As much as is humanly possible, put aside rancor. Root your efforts in compassionate objectivity. 3. Even as you dig around in the unsightly facts, cherish the beautiful truths you’d like to replace them with. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Are you willing to lose at least some of your inhibitions? Are you curious to find out what it feels like to cavort like a wise wild child? If you want to fully cooperate with life’s plans, you will need to consider those courses of action. I am hoping that you’ll accept the dare, of course. I suspect you will thrive as you explore the pleasures of playful audacity and whimsical courage and effervescent experiments. So be blithe, Taurus! Be exuberant! Be open to the hypothesis that opening to jaunty and jovial possibilities is the single most intelligent thing you can do right now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) What’s the current status of your relationship with your feet? Have you been cultivating and cherishing your connection with the earth below you? The reason I ask, Gemini, is that right now it’s especially important for you to enjoy intimacy with gravity, roots, and foundations. Whatever leads you down and deeper will be a source of good fortune. Feeling grounded will provide you with an aptitude for practical magic. Consider the possibilities of going barefoot, getting a foot massage, or buying a new shoes that are both beautiful and comfortable. CANCER (June 21-July 22) A woman in the final stages of giving birth may experience acute discomfort. But once her infant spills out into the world, her distress can transform into bliss. I don’t foresee quite so dramatic a shift for you, Cancerian. But the transition you undergo could have similar elements: from uncertainty to grace; from agitation to relief; from constriction to spaciousness. To take maximum advantage of this blessing, don’t hold onto the state you’re leaving behind -- or the feelings it aroused in you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) In one of my dreams last night, a Leo sensualist I know advised me to take smart pills and eat an entire chocolate cheesecake before writing my next Leo horoscope. In another dream, my Leo friend Erica suggested that I compose your horoscope while attending an orgy where all the participants were brilliant physicists, musicians, and poets. In a third dream, my old teacher Rudolf (also a Leo) said I should create the Leo horoscope as I sunbathed on a beach in Maui while being massaged by two sexy geniuses. Here’s how I interpret my dreams: In the coming days, you can literally increase your intelligence by indulging in luxurious comforts and sensory delights. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Play a joke on your nervous anxiety. Leap off the ground or whirl in a circle five times as you shout, “I am made of love!” Learn the words and melody to a new song that lifts your mood whenever you sing it. Visualize yourself going on an adventure that will amplify your courage and surprise your heart. Make a bold promise to yourself, and acquire an evocative object that will symbolize your intention to fulfill that promise. Ask yourself a soul-shaking question you haven’t been wise enough to investigate before now. Go to a wide-open space, spread your arms out in a greeting to the sky, and pray for a vision of your next big goal.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The Illuminati do not want you to receive the prophecy I have prepared for you. Nor do the Overlords of the New World Order, the Church of the SubGenius, the Fake God that masquerades as the Real God, or the nagging little voice in the back of your head. So why am I going ahead and divulging this oracle anyway? Because I love you. My loyalty is to you, not those shadowy powers. Therefore, I am pleased to inform you that the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to evade, ignore, undermine, or rebel against controlling influences that aren’t in alignment with your soul’s goals. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The dictionary says that the verb “to schmooze” means to chat with people in order to promote oneself or make a social connection that may prove to be advantageous. But that definition puts a selfish spin on an activity that can, at least sometimes, be carried out with artful integrity. Your assignment in the coming weeks is to perform this noble version of schmoozing. If you are offering a product or service that is beautiful or useful or both, I hope you will boost its presence and influence with the power of your good listening skills and smart conversations.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) If you are attuned with the cosmic rhythms in the coming weeks, you will be a source of teaching and leadership. Allies will feel fertilized by your creative vigor. You’ll stimulate team spirit with your savvy appeals to group solidarity. If anyone can revive droopy procrastinators and demonstrate the catalytic power of gratitude, it’ll be you. Have you heard enough good news, Sagittarius, or can you absorb more? I expect that you’ll inspire interesting expressions of harmony that will replace contrived versions of togetherness. And every blessing you bestow will expand your capacity for attracting favors you can really use. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The fictional character known as Superman has one prominent vulnerability: the mineral kryptonite. When he’s near this stuff, it weakens his superpowers and may cause other problems. I think we all have our own versions of kryptonite, even if they’re metaphorical. For instance, my own superpowers tend to decline when I come into the presence of bad architecture, cheesy poetry, and off-pitch singing. How about you, Capricorn? What’s your version of kryptonite? Whatever it is, I’m happy to let you know that you are currently less susceptible to its debilitating influences than usual. Why? Well, you have a sixth sense about how to avoid it. And even if it does draw near, you have in your repertoire some new tricks to keep it from sapping your strength. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It’s quite possible you will receive seductive proposals in the coming weeks. You may also be invited to join your fortunes with potential collaborators who have almost fully awakened to your charms. I won’t be surprised if you receive requests to share your talents, offer your advice, or bestow your largesse. You’re a hot prospect, my dear. You’re an attractive candidate. You appear to be ripe for the plucking. How should you respond? My advice is to be flattered and gratified, but also discerning. Just because an inquiry is exciting doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Choose carefully.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Would you like to become a master of intimacy? Can you imagine yourself handling the challenges of togetherness with the skill of a great artist and the wisdom of a love genius? If that prospect appeals to you, now would be a favorable time to up your game. Here’s a hot tip on how to porceed: You must cultivate two seemingly contradictory skills. The first is the capacity to identify and nurture the best qualities in your beloved friend. The second is the ability to thrive on the fact that healthy relationships require you to periodically wrestle with each other’s ignorance and immaturity.

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