Page 1





VOL 42/45 9 . 7. 2 0 1 6

P. 41


You Can’t Be What You Can't See PAGE 12


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

amy martin


PagE 41


An East Portland elementary school might finally get a Satanic club. 6 You can rent a tent in North Portland for $20 a night on Airbnb. 7 The bucket may also be called the hole or the grave. 19

If you want to get artisan Hot

Beware of crossing either Suge Knight or the L.A. Times. 45 There’s a movie about Sully the bird-murdering pilot that’s much longer than you’d expect. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t die. 62 There are CBD-infused gummy bears and vegan brownies for sale online. 66

Pockets at a hipster mini-mart, there is a place. 40



Photo by lanakila macnaughton.

guy fieri came to Portlnd and ate at a bunch of places.

STAFF Editor & Publisher Mark Zusman EDiTorial News Editor Aaron Mesh Arts & Culture Editor Martin Cizmar Staff Writers Nigel Jaquiss, Rachel Monahan, Beth Slovic Copy Chief Rob Fernas Copy Editors Matt Buckingham, Maya McOmie Stage & Screen Editor Enid Spitz Projects Editor Matthew Korfhage Music Editor Matthew Singer Web Editor Sophia June

Books Zach Middleton Visual Arts Jennifer Rabin Editorial Interns Johanna Bernhard, Julia Comnes, Ellena Rosenthal ConTriBuTorS Dave Cantor, Nathan Carson, Grace Culhane, Peter D’Auria, Alex Falcone, Shannon Gormley, Jordan Green, Jay Horton, AP Kryza, John Locanthi, Walker MacMurdo, Mark Stock ProDuCTion Production Manager Dylan Serkin Art Director Julie Showers Special Sections Art Director Alyssa Walker Graphic Designers Rick Vodicka, Xel Moore

Our mission: Provide Portlanders with an independent and irreverent understanding of how their worlds work so they can make a difference.

Willamette Week is published weekly by

Though Willamette Week is free, please take just one copy. Anyone removing papers in bulk from our distribution points will be prosecuted, as they say, to the full extent of the law.

Main line phone: (503) 243-2122 fax: (503) 243-1115

City of Roses Media Company 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210.

Classifieds phone: (503) 223-1500 fax: (503) 223-0388

Illustration and Design Interns Jodie Beechem, Austin Kowitz Photography Interns Megan Nanna, Cait Pearson, Joe Riedl

muSiCfESTnW Operations Director Matt Manza General Manager Jane Smith

aDvErTiSing Director of Advertising Iris Meyers Display Account Executives Michael Donhowe, Kevin Friedman, Bruce Greif, Rich Hunter, Sarah Mason, Corinne Nelson, Kyle Owens, Matt Plambeck, Sharri Regan Classifieds Account Executive Matt Plambeck Promotions Manager Alie Kilts

DiSTriBuTion Circulation Director Spencer Winans

CommuniTy ouTrEaCH Marketing & Events Manager Steph Barnhart Give!Guide Director Nick Johnson

WWEEK.Com Web Production Brian Panganiban oPEraTionS Accounting Manager Chris Petryszak Credit Manager Shawn Wolf AR/Credit Assistant Kristina Woodard Accounting Assistant Kelsey Young Associate Publisher Jane Smith

Willamette Week welcomes freelance submissions. Send material to either News Editor or Arts Editor. Manuscripts will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. To be considered for calendar listings, notice of events must be received in writing by noon Wednesday, two weeks before publication. Send to Calendar Editor. Photographs should be clearly labeled and will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Questions concerning circulation or subscription inquiries should be directed to Spencer Winans at Willamette Week.


OUTLET 534 SE BELMONT 503.446.2205


Postmaster: Send all address changes to Willamette Week, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Subscription rates: One year $100, six months $50. Back issues $5 for walk-ins, $8 for mailed requests when available.

Willamette Week is mailed at third-class rates. Association of Alternative Newsmedia. This newspaper is published on recycled newsprint using soy-based ink.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Crusty, middle-aged, straight white guy here—and a Portland Thorns season-ticket holder since the team began [“Thorn This Way,” WW, Aug. 31, 2016]. I’ve bought into them just as much as with the Timbers. In fact, they had me at the name. The Thorns have world-class players and a game-day atmosphere unmatched in all of women’s footy. This past Sunday was the first home league match I had ever missed (I’m a musician, and had a gig that evening). I was gutted. —David K. Anderson

the Democratic Party base would be screaming for their heads. But with Democrats in charge, they bury their heads in the sand. —“HB guy”

Portland before the bridges. P.16




VOL 42/44 8.31.2016

As a female athlete just slightly too old to have benefited from Title IX, I fight tears of joy at every Thorns game I attend. The scoreboard is irrelevant. —“Ragua”

“The Thorns have a game-day atmosphere unmatched in women’s footy.”

The real question is why can’t this great atmosphere be transferred to other cities? In order for the National Women’s Soccer League (and, by default, the Thorns) to survive and thrive, the rest of the league needs to get here. —“babcock123”


Charlie Hales’ front lawn Capacity: 8-10 tents. Advantages: Well-manicured lawn will provide comfortable support. Hales will promise to cook them breakfast every morning. Disadvantages: Hales will fail to follow through on his promise to cook them breakfast every morning. Neighborhood does not generally like looking at, dealing with, or generally even acknowledging homeless people. —“pdan” Why are so many of the homeless being moved east of I-205—more dumping and destroying other neighborhoods. We need more shelters close, in Southwest Portland. —“Nancy”

What happened to the Portland “SlutWalk”? I thought this was going to be an annual thing. I’ve not seen any announcements for this wonderful cultural event.

surrounding sexual assault. SlutWalk was founded in response to these remarks: The “slutty” attire worn by marchers proudly asserts a woman’s right to wear (or not wear) whatever she chooses without being shamed for it. It’s a cause I’m happy to publicize. That said, K, I’d feel a little better about answering your question if you hadn’t sent me the same question last year. Twice. Sure, maybe you’re a committed feminist hoping to bring attention to a serious societal problem. On the other hand, you might also be that perv in a lawn chair next to the parade route with a tub of Vaseline and a poncho draped over his lap. (The fact that one of your previous letters was signed “Pop Eyeballs” doesn’t exactly help your case.) Thus, it with some unease that I tell you that, yes, SlutWalk Portland 2016 is Sunday, Sept. 18, starting at 2 pm in the Southwest Park Blocks at Salmon Street. The event’s Facebook page has more details. Please feel welcome to show your support—just, y’know, don’t be creepy, OK?

Before I answer, I should mention that KMA has written in before under other noms de plume, and my best email-address triangulation suggests he’s the weirdo who once dropped off a handmade step stool at the WW front desk, labeled “To Dr. Know,” that I still find surprisingly handy to this day. So, um, thanks! To bring the folks at home up to speed on SlutWalk: In 2011, a police officer named Michael Sanguinetti told a campus crowd in Toronto that female students “should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Everyone laughed politely, and then retired to the veranda for cucumber sandwiches. Oops, my mistake—actually, Sanguinetti’s comments went extravagantly viral as a nearperfect example of the victim-blaming culture Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


In Oregon, foreigners can give as much money as they want directly to a state politician [“Currency Exchange,” WW, Aug. 31, 2016]. Or, they can set up a dark-money nonprofit and funnel as much money as they want without anyone knowing. This is because Oregon has no campaign finance laws, and the Oregon Democratic leadership is opposed to reform. Democratic Party members should be appalled. If the GOP was in charge of the Legislature and opposed all campaign finance reform laws,





Limits to political contributions were made moot when expenditures were no longer limited. How do we know this? Because even as the federal limits on direct contributions remain, spending has increased. Citizens United got a wide-open loophole, and no direct contribution limits will stop it. —“D’ohrk”

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:

QUESTIONS? Send them to

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY Rich Burk ’88 is doing what he loves. Once a media arts student at Pacific University, today you can find Burk on-air — providing play-by-play for the Hillsboro Hops, covering the Olympics for NBC, and everything in between! Explore your passion and find your future with Pacific University! 800-677-6712

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Untitled-2 1

6/10/12 9:41 AM

After School Satan Club Proposed in East Portland

Opponents of an evangelical Christian children’s club in East Portland’s public schools have filed a request to start an After School Satan Club at Sacramento Elementary. In a facility-use request filed with the Parkrose School District on Sept. 5, the Portland chapter of a group called the Satanic Temple asks to host meetings on campus. The filing follows a WW report last month that Sacramento was one of three schools within Portland city limits hosting the controversial Christian after-school program called the Good News Club (“Good News, Bad News,” WW, Aug. 17, 2016). After School Satan Clubs have followed the establishment of Good News Clubs nationwide, including chapters in Seattle, Los Angeles and Nehalem, Ore. Finn Rezz, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, says the club won’t actually introduce children to the occult. “Our program isn’t trying to recruit kids into Satanism,” Rezz says. “The curriculum is more secular humanism. Our perspective is that Satan is a rebel, a questioner.” Parkrose Superintendent Karen Gray says she may assign the Satan Club to another school. “I get to make the decision as to which school we have room at,” she says.

Lithia Motors Faces Tax Threat and Lawsuit

Lithia Motors, the Medfordbased auto dealer that is one of Oregon’s largest publicly traded companies, faces pressure on two fronts. Lithia is a high-dollar, low-margin business: It sells a lot of cars but only makes a small profit on each. Last week, Lithia contributed $350,000 to


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales, bringing its total contributions to $505,000—more than any other opponent of Measure 97, which would impose a 2.5 percent tax on a company’s Oregon sales above $25 million. Lithia will record sales of about $8 billion this year at 139 dealerships in 15 states. It’s unclear what percentage of those sales will be in Oregon. On another front, Lithia faces a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court aimed at the most profitable part of its business—providing financing and insurance for customers. An amended complaint, filed on Sept. 1, says the company is “misrepresenting the large profits they make when arranging financing and providing products.” Lithia’s attorney, Jeremy Sacks, says his clients “strongly dispute the allegations.”


Jobs for the Food and Drink Industry Staffing solutions for owners and managers




Chloe Eudaly Trails Steve Novick in Cash Race

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and challenger Chloe Eudaly approach the November election for a City Council seat with vastly different resources. Novick, who first won election in 2012, has about $88,000 in his campaign account. Eudaly, owner of Reading Frenzy bookstore, has less than $6,000 on hand—an unusually low amount for a candidate trying to unseat an incumbent. But Eudaly’s campaign isn’t fazed. “We’re definitely going to get outspent,” says Marshall Runkel, Eudaly’s campaign manager. Instead, Eudaly’s campaign plans creative spending, including enlisting Portland cartoonist Joe Sacco to create a comic strip for her campaign literature.




Neighborhood: Mount Tabor

Unit: Two-bedroom house Cost per night: $118 for full house Why it’s illegal: No permit. Mel Hignell, 39, owns a company that manages Airbnb listings in Portland, Bend and New Orleans. She personally rents out properties—like her Tabor ranch house—in Portland and San Francisco, despite requirements by both cities that listers live in the units being rented. Hignell’s company White Spider manages the rentals for 35 Portland homes, only one of which lists having a city permit. Owner response: Hignell, who declined to comment, took down her San

Francisco listing. A White Spider representative says the company tells owners to get a permit, but it doesn’t consider it the company’s responsibility to check.




As Portland rents continue to climb, shortterm rental companies have turned 1,000 affordable homes into hotel rooms for tourists, the Portland Housing Bureau estimated last week. As WW reported last month, that’s because the city’s rules for companies like Airbnb are so laxly enforced that a company manager could flout them without consequences (“Air Supply,” WW, Aug. 24, 2016). The number of units taken off the rental market aren’t nearly enough to put a dent in the city’s rental crunch, but they stand out because they operate in defiance of city rules—and because the city has yet to fine Airbnb. Airbnb says it has shut down 44 illegal listings in the city, reviewed other listings with possible violations, and provided education on city rules to its hosts. “We are committed to working with the city to protect Portland’s long-term housing stock,” says Airbnb spokeswoman Laura Rillos. But it’s still easy to spot rentals on the company’s website that break the city’s rules or seem to mock the city’s housing crunch. RACHEL MONAHAN.

0.5 0






Neighborhood: Alberta

Units: Two in the same house. Two bedrooms on the main floor, two bedrooms in the basement. Cost per night: $125 for the main floor, $75 for the basement Why it’s illegal: No permit, exceeds maximum rooms, and neighbors have complained. The city has issued a $707 fine, but neither owner Sean Robbins nor Airbnb has removed the listing.


a letter from the city,” says Robbins. “Airbnb does not prompt you to fill out your permit app when you post an ad in Portland.” He says he sent in his application Friday, after WW contacted him.

Neighborhood: Lloyd District

Units: Three two-bedroom apartments Cost per night: Up to $345 a night Why it’s illegal: It might be legal—but the context makes it shocking. Last year, renters paid less than $1,450 a month (or less than $50 a night) for the two-bedroom apartments. A new owner came in and hiked rents to $1,800 despite complaints from tenants about the building’s conditions (“Power Goes Out. Rent Goes Up,” WW, Dec. 1, 2015). After the rent hikes, three tenants left and owner Mike Nuss turned the units into Airbnbs. Owner response: Nuss says the city’s regulations for Airbnbs only apply in residential neighborhoods. (That’s true, but the city has no record of him requesting the necessary permit.) “There’s nothing wrong with fixing up the properties,” he adds.



Unit: Two-bedroom Craftsman Cost per night: $157 for full house Why it’s illegal: No permit—and it’s operating against the will of the building’s owner. Elisabeth Jacobs, a doctor in Seattle, found out her tenant had listed the house for use for up to seven people, and complained to Airbnb. The company declined to remove the listing. “We’ve gotten to the point where Airbnb is big enough they can do whatever they damn please,” says Jacobs.

Owner response: “The first I heard of the permit process was when I received

2,565,026 2,116,883

Neighborhood: Sunnyside




Arbor Lodge Urban Farm on a lot on North Interstate Avenue. “It was a way to get people to the property to volunteer, and to make a little money,” he says. The tent camping will vanish next summer, he says. The nonprofit Central City Concern will start building affordable housing on the site within the next year.

Renter response: The tenant, Aaron Liss, took down the listing before press

Total Syringes Distributed


Units: Five tents Cost per night: As low as $20 for a tent Why it’s illegal: No permit. Also, tent camping isn’t allowed in the city. Owner response: Scott Davison of the nonprofit Vocoform runs the


Astonishing Airbnb Listings


Neighborhood: Arbor Lodge

A Sharp Increase

DEMAND FOR DRUG NEEDLES GROWS EVEN AS HEROIN DEATHS DECLINE. Last year, Multnomah County’s needle exchange program distributed a record number of syringes: more than 3 million. That’s a 59 percent increase from three years ago. The program, aimed at keeping intravenous drug users safe from HIV and other diseases, hasn’t expanded or received new funding. Demand has simply increased.

That number suggests intravenous drug use could be climbing even as the number of deaths from heroin overdoses has fallen in recent years. In the two years between 2012 and 2014, the availability of the drug naloxone to treat heroin overdoses helped decrease the number of heroin deaths in the country from 92 to 56.

The number could also be a sign that intravenous drug users are more likely to be destitute than they were three years before and are turning to the county for needles. In August 2016, 51 percent of people visiting the county’s syringe exchange were homeless—a 20 percentage-point jump from August 2010. RACHEL MONAHAN.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




Next month, Multnomah County will break ground on one of the most ambitious public projects Portland has seen in decades: a $300 million downtown courthouse. In that 17-story building, 38 circuit judges will ponder weighty issues, from murder cases to parental custody to evictions. But some of those judges have raised last-minute objections about the courthouse design, citing a more basic concern: It requires them to share restrooms. The judges squared off against Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury’s staffers in an Aug. 11 meeting to iron out final details of the courthouse. At the meeting, Kafoury’s chief of staff, Nancy Bennett, told judges that Kafoury had denied their request to each get a private restroom in the new building—a privilege they enjoy in the current courthouse. They didn’t like that. “It’s not going to work,” Judge Henry Kantor replied, according to a tape of the meeting WW obtained through a public records request. “Even though it would look nicer to be egalitarian.” The new courthouse, on the west bank of the Willamette River just south of the Hawthorne Bridge, will be the second-largest single project in county history, just shy of the new $320 million Sellwood Bridge. Presiding Judge Nan Waller says the new courthouse will serve the public better than the current courthouse, which is more than 100 years old, would crumble in an earthquake, is bug-infested, and is designed in such a way that prisoners on trial use the same hallways and sometimes the same elevators as the public. In addition, Waller says, the new building will offer

easier access, more public information terminals, day care and meeting rooms for defendants and their attorneys. “The most important thing is that the new building will be safe for the public,” Waller says. At the Aug. 11 meeting, however, judges wanted things the building won’t have: secure parking and an entrance that would shield them from public view. (Bennett and project staff had no solutions for them: Building a tunnel from an adjacent city parking garage isn’t feasible because there are too many underground utilities, and the city nixed a sky bridge. And judges’ desire for a private entrance conflicts with the current design, which is meant to provide a calming environment for members of the public as they enter the courthouse.) The conversation turned to restrooms—and got heated. Currently, each judge has private chambers and a private restroom attached to his or her courtroom. In the new configuration, chambers will be separate from the courtrooms. They will be clustered together, with four judges, each with two staff members, sharing three restrooms. That’s 12 people sharing three restrooms, a ratio Bennett referred to as “generous.” At the meeting, Bennett told the judges their request for individual restrooms in the new building would add $419,000 to the project’s budget and was “not justifiable.” That shouldn’t have been a surprise. In 2015, Chief Justice Thomas Balmer of the Oregon Supreme Court, who also heads the Oregon Judicial Department, signed off on a budget for the project in which four judges and their staffs would share three restrooms. (The Judicial Department is paying $125 million of the project’s cost.) “The chair really is looking at every dollar,” Bennett told the judges. “We get tremendous pressure from the public to build a million other things. They aren’t calling us about the courthouse. They don’t care.” The judges pushed back. They offered cost-saving suggestions, such as cutting restrooms from the jury rooms, each of which has two. The judges then asserted that fewer restrooms for them would actually be bad for the public.

Kantor said private restrooms were a matter of judicial efficiency, not personal comfort. He described a scenario in which all four courtrooms on a given floor all host trials simultaneously—and recess simultaneously for breaks and lunch. “I believe this is going to take the average break in whatever court proceeding and double or triple the length of it,” Kantor said. “This is going to be a problem.” (Kantor didn’t respond to a request for comment.) Judge Judith Matarazzo supported Kantor’s assertion. “The restroom issue is really important,” Matarazzo said. “It’s a functionality issue, not a ‘wouldn’t it be nice?’ issue.” Statistics don’t support that argument: Even as the county’s population has grown about 20 percent in the past dozen years, state figures show the number of cases filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court has plummeted by more than one-third. Reflecting a national trend, civil and felony trials are down even more—45 percent. In an interview, Matarazzo acknowledged the court’s caseload has declined, although she says it’s unclear how much, because state record-keeping is inconsistent. She says restrooms are less important than her perception that the project team failed to heed judges’ concerns. “For me, it was about ‘How many times do we need to tell people that something isn’t going to work before they listen?’” Matarazzo says. “The bathroom issue was just the final straw.” Judge Kelly Skye voiced a different objection to the proposed restroom layout. Although governments all over the country are moving away from single-sex restrooms, Skye said she did not want to share a restroom with men. “I should be entitled to a female bathroom in my workplace for all kinds of reasons,” she said. “The idea that I’m doing this job where I’m doing this important work for the public and the public can’t afford to give me a bathroom is offensive.” (Skye didn’t respond to a request for comment.) Judges hammered at Bennett. Was Kafoury’s decision final? “Yes,” Bennett said. “She feels very strongly about this.” Kantor vowed to fight on. But in an interview last week, Presiding Judge Waller conceded that shared restrooms are a done deal. “For a number of judges, the issue of bathrooms is very important,” she says. “It’s an issue of tradition and dignity. But when you look at the whole project, it’s going very well, and the most important thing is we’re finally going to have a safe courthouse.” Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


NEWS BETRAYED: Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader.

Inside Job A DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL CONSULTANT IS ACCUSED OF STEALING JEWELRY FROM HIS CLIENT. sometimes, to walk my dogs,” Schrader says. “He had a key to my house, and I trusted him.” When Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Shortly before the May primary, however, Schrader contemplated her 2016 re-election bid, Schrader returned to her Lake Oswego home she knew she’d face a tough race from conserva- from a political function in Milwaukie to find tive activist Steve Bates, who’d tapped into the a treasured ring on the floor—where it did not county’s strong anti-government sentiments. belong. She determined other jewelry she kept In Clackamas County, Schrader, 63, is a pillar in her bedroom was missing as well. of the political establishment. She served on the That evening, Proudfoot had volunteered to County Commission from 2003 to 2008. After walk her dogs while she was out. Schrader says that, she was appointed to fill then-husband that after she discovered the ring on her floor, Kurt Schrader’s state Senate she called him. seat when he was elected to the “I said, ‘Christopher, have U.S. House of Representatives. you been letting people into my She won election to the commishouse without my knowing it?’” sion again in 2012. she recalls. But even with that track She says Proudfoot told her record, Schrader needed an he’d come across some jewexperienced adviser to guide elry while walking her dogs and her re-election campaign. hadn’t realized it was hers. Political consultants hold “His story was that he found a perhaps the most powerful, least Tiffany’s bag on the side of the understood role in the electoral road, and there was a bunch of landscape. They learn the secrets jewelry in it,” Schrader recalls. and weaknesses of candidates to “Clearly, that was a bogus story.” shape campaigns and anticipate Police declined to comment, SIDELINED: problems. They craft messages but Schrader says they obtained Christopher Proudfoot for candidates to deliver as their security footage from a pawn own at nonstop community forums and debates shop of Proudfoot selling the jewelry for cash. and when door-knocking. Some of the jewelry was recovered, including “A political consultant needs to know and a ring from Tiffany’s and a Michele watch, but does know everything about the candidates they some family heirlooms—including a pearl ring, work for,” says Liz Kaufman, a consultant who a ruby ring and gold bracelets that Schrader has run numerous campaigns. “It’s a temporary planned to pass down to her children—were not. marriage of sorts.” She estimates the replacement value at more In the spring of 2015, Schrader hired Christo- than $50,000. Schrader says her insurance will pher Proudfoot for the job. not come close to covering her loss. Records show Proudfoot had worked for Proudfoot was arrested Aug. 8 on charges Jackie Pierce’s run for a Salem state Senate seat of aggravated theft in the first degree and theft in 2010; worked on Portland lawyer Nena Cook’s in the second degree for allegedly also stealing 2012 campaign for the Oregon Supreme Court; from Schrader’s friend Gretchen Amann. and worked for Marion County Commission Proudfoot declined to comment. candidate Diana Dickey’s campaign in 2014. Schrader defeated Bates in the May primary. Schrader not only hired Proudfoot, now 33, But the satisfaction of that victory is diminished she allowed him to move into her home for about by the betrayal she feels after giving Proudfoot eight months because he needed a place to stay. access to her home, her campaign account and (Their relationship was platonic.) her career. In December, she says, she replaced Proud“It’s deeply troubling to me when you give foot with another consultant and asked him to that kind of access to people and they take move out, although they remained friends. advantage of it,” she says. “I hope he gets the help “He’d stop by to chat about politics and, he needs.” BY NIG E L JAQ UI SS

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


Fall Arts Guide 12

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See In Portland, this was the year the arts got woke. Way before Colin Kaepernick’s jerseys started selling out, our arts communities were focused on justice—marching, painting and dancing for change. The summer’s hottest theater ticket was a show about racial profiling written by black playwrights. The Portland Art Museum hosted an educational tour marking the day the first African slaves arrived in Virginia. Some of the city’s most prominent art galleries, as well as our longest-running theater, regularly hold diversity dialogues, and Portland authors have banded together for a reading series focused on writers of color. Consider this year’s Fall Arts Guide our knee-down in solidarity. Every story in our annual preview highlights work by women or people of color. Every writer who wrote one of the articles is also female-identifying, a person of color, or both. As it turns out, there’s a lot of incredible art that isn’t made by white men. So inside this package, you’ll find scenes of 400 female motorcyclists descending on Mount Adams in photographer Lanakila MacNaughton’s pop-up gallery show (page 16). This fall in Portland, you can watch ex-inmates describe solitary confinement at a church-turned-theater (page 19). You can also witness New York’s pre-eminent black female choreographer translate her speaking patterns into dance (page 27), hear electronically looped opera at the Doug Fir Lounge (page 30) or see geometric shapes shattered into neon slivers at Portland’s newest all-female art gallery (page 14). To help you take full advantage of this arts-filled season, we’ve assembled a super calendar of performance, book readings, gallery shows and concerts covering every day from now until Thanksgiving (page 35). For those who don’t know, the phrase “You can’t be what you can’t see” refers to the need for role models from underrepresented groups to be visible in the media. The idea is, if you don’t see someone like you succeeding, it’s harder to believe you can succeed. Well, this fall is a good time for audiences to see something different in order to be something different. Here’s where to start. ENID SPITZ.





In the past four months, seven Portland galleries have closed. The city’s changing economic landscape is having very real consequences within the art world. As we muddle through our growing pains, six women are pioneering new models for seeing art, reshaping the scene by thinking outside the white box. Sam Hopple and Taryn Wiens, who founded the curatorial project S/PLI/T, met while working at Disjecta and quickly discovered they both wanted to

curate. Realizing they couldn’t agree on artists, the duo came up with the idea to do two-person shows. “It’s really fun to each pick an artist and to see how they organically connect,” Hopple says. S/PLI/T doesn’t have its own gallery space. Instead, Hopple and Wiens seek out established venues and guestcurate shows that feature the work of two artists side by side. Last month, they took over Old Town’s Duplex Gallery, and in October, they’ll show the work of video artist Rives Wiley and sculptor Allison Peck at the Portland Pataphysical Society, a social club in the Everett Station Lofts. Hopple and Wiens promote emerging artists, whose careers are often tenuous in the first five years. “That’s the point at which people become artists for the rest of their lives, or they drop it,” Wiens says. “Giving them one good exhibition is critical.” May Barruel and Gabi Lewton-Leopold are the curating team behind Nationale, a hybrid gallery/ shop on Southeast Division Street. Driven by a deep investment in their roster of artists (which includes Elizabeth Malaska, whose collagelike paintings, currently on display, challenge the representation of the female form), Barruel and Lewton-Leopold’s support extends beyond what most galleries offer. They even help their artists edit grant applications. They also provide a different experience for gallery visitors. Nationale exists apart from the gallery epicenter in the Pearl District, occupying a sunlit storefront in the

bustling Division/Clinton neighborhood. Half of the gallery serves as a shop, and the other is reserved for exhibitions. “A lot of people use the items in the shop to feel safe so they can explore the art,” Barruel says. “I don’t necessarily differentiate between a piece of original art, a well-written novel, a soap whose artisan recipe has been the same since the 14th century, or a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted bead necklace.” Zemie Barr and Shannon O’Connor, who met while working at the photography gallery Blue Sky, were dismayed by trends in contemporary art. “It was veering away from personal narrative and emotional depth,” Barr says. “Personal” is code for “female” work in the art world, and is often dismissed as not being as creatively rigorous as the more objective, conceptual or purely aesthetic forms of expression. So Barr and O’Connor opened Wolff Gallery (see “The Wolff Pack,” below) in Old Town earlier this year to champion female artists and encourage them to “embrace the personal as political.” The effort has paid off. “Visitors tell me that it feels good in our space,” O’Connor says. “If an artist is making something that’s really personal, people can feel it. Even if they are new to coming to galleries, they don’t have to intellectualize it. They will have an emotional reaction.” As our city reacts to the turmoil of change and we wait to see how it affects our creative class, these six women are the ones to watch.

The Wolff Pack


Rhetorical Geometric 9 by Liz Mares


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Despite the fact that almost 75 percent of Master of Fine Arts students are female, women make up only 30 percent of the artists represented by contemporary galleries. In the midst of a resurgent movement of womenonly art exhibitions aimed at correcting this imbalance, co-curators Zemie Barr and Shannon O’Connor have gone one step further by starting a gallery that only represents female artists. When asked what they would say to folks who think female artists shouldn’t pigeonhole themselves by gender and should try to establish themselves alongside their male counterparts, Barr, who understands the uphill battle women face in the art world, says: “I respect that opinion but don’t agree with it. You need to get your work seen.”

Barr and O’Connor started Old Town’s Wolff Gallery as an homage to Virginia Woolf, who famously claimed that “Anonymous was a woman.” “In literature or science, women’s contributions are hidden or stolen, and men write their name on it,” O’Connor says. “It happens a lot. Women are being dismissed and erased. And we’re taking the credit back.” According to its mission statement, Wolff is “dedicated to a feminist, collaborative organizational model,” which means rejecting certain things women have been told to believe. “In my curatorial program, I was taught by two men who said, ‘You tell the artist what to do,’” Barr says. O’Connor finds this curious. “The art world is where you’re supposed to be creative,” she says. “But it can be so

authoritarian. It’s not necessary to dictate to artists how to do things.” The collaborative model is about forging relationships with artists who allow for vulnerability. “Women are more comfortable showing people how they’re growing and learning,” O’Connor says. Adds Barr: “We’re conditioned to do that. Men have to have it figured out. It’s culturally acceptable for women to be more uncertain about what they’re saying, to create a conversation. Working with men, there’s less comfort with gray areas or creative chaos or things that aren’t figured out yet.” It is their hope that by providing a platform for female artists, by bringing to light what is personal and vulnerable and gray, Wolff Gallery will become a space that feels approachable to the community. Reflecting on the past year, Barr says, “Our dream for Wolff is that it can be a place that supports people when maybe there isn’t another means of support.” JENNIFER RABIN. SEE IT: Rhetorical Geometry by Liz Mares is at Wolff Gallery, 618 NW Glisan St., 971-413-1340. Through Oct. 29. New photography by Jamila Clarke is Nov. 3-Dec. 10.



NATIONALE: Gabi Lewton-Leopold (left) and May Barruel.

WOLFF GALLERY: Shannon O’Connor (left) and Zemie Barr.

S/PLI/T: Taryn Wiens (left) and Sam Hopple.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


WOMEN’S MOTO EXHIBIT SHOWS THE WORLD WHAT 300 PERCENT MORE FEMALES LOOKS LIKE. Portland photographer Lanakila MacNaughton describes her photos as a vehicle. Riding on the back of a motorcycle driven by another woman, she uses a Hasselblad camera—the same type of camera that immortalized the first man on the moon—to capture female motorcyclists in action. MacNaughton travels the world with her pop-up photography show, Women’s Moto Exhibit, to highlight “the new wave of modern female motorcyclists.” It’s a demographic that has more than doubled in the past decade. If you can’t be what you can’t see, MacNaughton is doing her best to show you. ENID SPITZ.

WW: Why did you start WME?

Lanakila MacNaughton: I was in my early 20s and newly sober. I was redefining who I was and I had some guy friends who rode motorcycles. I remember going to the river in the summer one day, seeing them ride in front of me and thinking, ‘I want that. That looks so freeing.’ So, I saved up some money and I bought a 1982 red Honda 250. It squealed when it turned on. I knew nothing about motorcycles.

What’s it like to tour with a biker group internationally?

It’s like being on a sports team. You eat, breathe and live the sport. There’s camaraderie and you have to have patience. It takes me out of my day-today and makes me appreciate everything because I see how small I am. It’s almost a spiritual experience.

What’s it like to work in motorcycling, which is mostly male?

What’s the best story you’ve found about a female rider?

There’s a woman who was a nurse and a single mom. She picked up a motorcycle and started riding, and it completely changed her life. She decided to quit her job as a nurse and become a bounty hunter. She’s in Southern California, and now she rides around as a bounty hunter and has a gun.

be an asshole, or if you’re tired… you have to be so aware of how you are each day. I haven’t had a spill, I just know a lot of people who have died.


“The future is female.”

What kind of bike do you ride?

I have a ’74 [Harley-Davidson] Shovelhead, just an old easy-rider. And a 2001 Evo chopper. I don’t have a car.

Is the danger of riding ever a deterrent?

There’s something to be said for being on the brink of death at all times and how that makes you feel more alive. It depends on the rider. If you speed and like to

The gear is designed by, like, all men, and some of it is really, really terrible. When I meet a woman in the industry, my mind is blown. Ninety percent of the time I’m talking to men. I talk to women at [public relations] agencies, but they don’t really drive or know anything about bikes. But there is definitely a change going on. The future is female.

Tell me about your big ride, the Dream Roll?

Every August we camp out by Mount Adams. We have more than 400 women registered. We have people flying in from Australia. Last year, we had DJs, waterfall slides and a 60-person topless dance party in the woods one night. There are women in their 60s and some who are just 21. SEE IT: The Women’s Moto Exhibit will be at Two Stroke Coffee, 8926 N Lombard St., 503-954-2339, on Friday, Oct. 28. Free.


Dream Rollin’


Visual Arts

How did you find other women who ride?

OkCupid! I would meet guys who liked motorcycles. I wouldn’t be interested in the guys at all, but we would connect through motorcycling. Then they’d say, ‘Hey, I know this girl who’s into motorcycling, and you guys would probably get along.’

How did this turn into a photography show?

I’ve always been a photographer. When I started an Instagram account, I felt like posting my daily life, like what I eat, was so lame. Why would anyone care? So I started posting women riding and the stories of women I met. I started getting invited to go around the country and photograph women. Since then, I’ve been published in Oprah Magazine, Elle, People.

Do you see more women riding now?

The demographic of women riders from when I started taking photos to now has practically quadrupled. It’s gone from around 5 percent to 15, up a staggering amount, like 300 percent. There’s been a huge shift. It’s been interesting to watch women finding a new sense of independence through traveling. SHIFT: Rn is one rider highlighted in Lanakila MacNaughton’s exhibit. 16

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Theater B o B P.

Fly a Kite


One of the most important theatrical events in Portland this fall won’t be on a main stage or star any bigname actors. It was created by prisoners in “the bucket, the hole, the grave.” Depending on which prison you’re in, there are different names for solitary confinement. “Each institution is a rarefied little society with its own dialect,” says Portlander Phil Stockton. Stockton volunteers at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem as a theater instructor and has been workshopping a piece about solitary confinement called The Bucket with a group of inmates for the past year. Recently approved for public performance by the Oregon Department of Corrections, The Bucket—approved excerpts from it, at least—will debut for the public this month as part of Stockton’s multimedia show about life in prison. “The first thing they ask you when you get into prison is what car you ride in,” says Stockton. “Who do you roll with, basically. It’s like your calling card, your credentials.” Stockton isn’t in any particular car. By building trust with inmates—some of whom spent up to nine years in solitary confinement—Stockton is privy to a usually sensitive side of these men. “The thing about doing theater inside a prison is, you have to build up trust and a following. They think, ‘That’s sissy territory.’” For inmates with long sentences, theater becomes a welcome relief from the reality of life in prison. “He’s like, ‘Screw that, let’s do something fun,’” Stockton says of one inmate, who is lobbying to stage a comedic play. For others, it is catharsis: “Our first play was about dying in prison. These guys get old, sick, and some die in prison. They’ll never see the light of day outside. They wanted to address that,” says Stockton. Prison rehearsals are an out, held in a chapel on the top floor of a four-story building, and inmates have to earn the privilege to attend. “Education is held out as a carrot for good behavior,” says Stockton. “There is not a guard with us.”

neW oUTLook: A prisoner’s rendition of his jail cell.

Fifteen years of doing theater inside prisons has taught Stockton not to count on anything. “It’s more an improv exercise for the teacher than the students,” he says. Violence, sickness or transfers take away his actors. Even when the actors stay, the trajectory of the shows morph. One project he did at California’s notorious San Quentin Prison started as a game of telephone. “We’d record audio at one place one week, then bring it to the other,” says Stockton. “It became a rap battle between the two groups.” The day before WW talked to Stockton, he was forced to cancel rehearsals due to a prisonwide fight between ethnic groups. “A hundred and ninety guys got sent away because of, basically, a riot. They ship them out to solitary at Snake River,” he says. “From the beginning of rehearsing this piece, I’ve lost seven or eight STockTon guys,” says Stockton. One inmate just disappeared. “Nobody knew where to, and I was never able to track him down. One guy got in trouble and got kicked away to the hole. One guy had a mental breakdown. Then there are the guys where the class is too much for them.” Stockton points out an irony in working with inmates: The ones with more serious offenses are the most eager to participate. “Because they’re here for so long, they are really invested in the group and education,” he says. “Any time you’re dealing with ‘short-timers,’ it’s more of a challenge.” When you’ve been in the

hole long enough, any connection is welcome. “Some guys see 23 hours in the cell, one hour out. Their only social interaction is to yell in their toilet bowl, which acts as a telephone.” In a scenario that seems borrowed from Hollywood, jailed inmates will use “kites” to communicate. “[Kites] are little notes attached to string,” explains Stockton. “Someone throws a string out with a note on it and another throws a weight out and tries to catch it. They call it ‘going fishing’. The correctional officers just kind of turn a blind eye. When you’re a correctional officer, how many battles are you going to fight? There’s serious stuff going on in there.” Those “kites” are the inspiration for Stockton’s theater company, Big House Kite, which he founded to produce the plays outside of jails. At Northeast Portland’s Cerimon House, his one-night event titled Within These Walls gives a glimpse inside the Salem penitentiary through excerpts from the inmates. “There’s everything from a portrait of a guy who has an imaginary affair with a star celebrity, to a threepart presentation of a guy who goes from being a really angry young man to a poet,” says Stockton. Within These Walls also includes a talk-back with state legislators and former inmates. It will be intimate—this is not Portland Center Stage. As one ex-inmate who contributed to the show told Stockton: He grew up going to Cerimon House on Sundays, back when it was a church. See IT: Within These Walls is at Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave., 503-307-9599. 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 28. $15.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


9/24 Master Lover Mindset For Men Who Desire to Be Better Lovers Early Bird Pricing • $100 off • Register by 9/17



Making a Monster THE YEAR’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL RAPE CASE MEETS CABARET IN THIS ALL-FEMALE FRANKENSTEIN. The image of a 9-months-pregnant woman stripping onstage, shrouded in light, revealing a huge belly smeared with red glitter and decorated with flowers like a triumphant Christmas tree—it’s an image that will stick with you. If you saw Frankenstein: A Cabaret will at the Fertile Ground Festival, you probably remember that. Laura Dunn avant-garde burlesque variety show turns Mary Gothic novel on its monster-green head, exploring women’s suppressed desires, sexual liberation and rape culture. A dark folk band provides the eerie soundtrack, anchored by a theremin, an other-worldly instrument on which the musician’s oscillating hands play force fields rather than touch keys or strings. Over the past six months, Dunn and the production crew have been reworking the play, in which she stars as Shelley. In that time, two other events rocked Dunn’s world: She became a mother, and Stanford swimmer Brock Turner;s light sentence for rape shocked the world. “When I was pregnant, I was asked over and over, ‘How are you going to keep writing and performing?’ and I was told things will be really different. Things will change,” she says. “It was as if because my body was being creative, there wasn’t space for my mind anymore. It felt really parallel to the idea of


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

female sexual desire.” Having a baby has not stopped Dunn from creating. Instead, it’s inspired her to collaborate with like-minded women, and now the play’s entire production crew is made up of women. “It’s a show specifically about a femaleidentifying experience, so we wanted a space where people who have that experience could give a voice and try art they’ve never done before in a professional setting,” she says. “The tech aspect especially so often gets filled with men.” When the Brock Turner rape case hit the news, Dunn felt compelled to incorporate it into the play. “Hearing the victim’s statement changed things for me,” she says. Frankenstein: A Cabaret gives voice to female experiences, with recordings of women talking about their experiences in patriarchal culture blaring through the dark theater as the show begins. This fall’s updated Cabaret adds one notable, male voice to the soundtrack. “We added [Turner’s] father’s quote about calling it ‘20 minutes of action,’” she says. “This phrase electrocutes me with anger.” SOPHIA JUNE. See IT: Frankenstein: A Cabaret is at Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 503-238-5588. 8 pm Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 pm Friday and 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 28-Oct. 2. $20.



Paleo Adolescence THE OREGON TRAIL CONNECTS FRONTIER FAMINE AND MILLENNIAL ANGST. Is the Whole Foods salad bar making you profoundly sad? This is an existential question that playwright Bekah Brunstetter wants you to think really hard about. The L.A. playwright’s new play, The Oregon Trail, is a brilliant coming-of-age story that hits Portland Center Stage this fall as part of its Northwest Stories series. On the same stage, two young women both named Jane live in perilous parallel universes. One might die of typhoid. The other is a smelly 13-year-old suffering through middle school. The “Then Jane” character is a pioneer inside the Oregon Trail computer game. It’s 1848 and she is headed on an epic, crosscountry journey from Missouri to the Willamette Valley in a covered wagon. She is fighting off disease, hunting for food and trying to make it through the day without losing another family member to snakebite, typhoid or cholera. “Now Jane,” is headed absolutely nowhere. She is smelly, awkward and about as brave as a sweat sock. The 13-year-old Jane has mastered the game, but she certainly has not mastered adolescence. The Oregon Trail deals with depression head-on as it negotiates time, space, weird circumstances and what it really means to struggle. “If you’re traversing the country with your family, you can’t say to your mom and dad, ‘I’m too sad to get out of the wagon today,’” says Brunstetter. “You’ve just gotta fucking keep going.” Being depressed wasn’t an option in Brunstetter’s family either, she says. “I was raised in a bootstrap family that didn’t indulge that sort of thing. You don’t go to therapy.” But when Brunstetter saw some of her closest friends struggling with depression, her outlook changed. “I started to see the other side of it,” she says, “that when you are going through depression there’s actually something kind of beautiful about how deeply you’re feeling your feelings.” She also became fascinated with epigenetics, the theory that trauma gets imprinted in our DNA. Enter The Oregon Trail. We no longer have to hunt buffalo. So, are we depressed simply because we have the too much time on our hands and can explore our emotional responses to life rather than looking for potable water? “The fact that we go to Whole Foods to get our salads frees up so much more space to just worry,” says Brunstetter, “which leads to this profound sadness.” The Oregon Trail, Brunstetter says, “is about all the people who died so we can sit in our apartments and worry existentially.” It’s a reminder that it is always darkest before the dawn—especially prior to the invention of electric lights. KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER. SEE IT: The Oregon Trail is at the U.S. Bank Main Stage at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., 503-445-3700. 7:30 pm TuesdayFriday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday. Extra matinees at noon on Thursdays. Nov. 4-20. $25-$70.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


Dance with destiny Maloy's oers a fabulous selection of antique and estate jewelry and fine custom jewelry, as well as repair and restoration services.


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Joni Kabana

Books Sugar High

wild: Cheryl Strayed. By S o p h i a J u n e

Six years ago, Cheryl Strayed’s writer friend Steve Almond approached her with a proposition. Would she like to take over an anonymous online advice column he’d been writing? Under the name “Dear Sugar,” Strayed interwove her own heart-wrenching, angry and fucked-up life experiences with answers to questions like: “What would you tell your 20-something self if you could talk to her now?” The column quickly developed a cult following, and in 2012, she received a letter from Hamilton director Thomas Kail. She did not answer right away. This was back before Wild took off, and before Strayed’s Oprah-approved hiker memoir became a Golden Globe-winning film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon. While still editing Wild, Strayed had compiled her columns into the full-length part memoir, part advice book Tiny Beautiful Things. Kail read the book and reached out to Strayed about adapting it as a play. She dragged his email into her “to-do” folder. “I don’t even know why I have a to-do box,” Strayed says. “Who ever does what they’re supposed to do?” She promptly forgot about the email. But seven months later, Nia Vardalos posted on her Facebook page that she wanted to work with Strayed and Kail, a friend of hers, to turn the book into a Broadway play. Both Strayed and Vardalos happened to be in L.A. that week, and when the two met for tea, they decided to go forward with the play. Strayed relinquished control


of the adaptation to Vardalos and Kail. Strayed had already practiced letting go of her own work. “What I found with Wild is to sit back and let those artists express themselves,” she says. “We read books differently than we sit in a room watching live theater. You can’t sit there all day watching the performance.” Many people probably would, though. The Broadway play, which opens in November, stars Vardalos as Dear Sugar, in what Strayed calls “columns brought to life.” The play sold out its sevenweek run in a few hours. The TV proposal was born not out of tea, but late-night drinks in London. Strayed, Witherspoon, Laura Dern and one of the producers of Wild were looking for another chance to work together, so they decided over cocktails to create an episodic TV drama about an advice columnist who lives in Portland and is in her 40s. It’s fiction, Strayed insists. “We’re completely free in the world of fiction. She’d be a friend of mine, but she is not me,” Strayed says. “The columns will be used in a different way...a little more sidelined. You’re not going to watch TV and have the column laid out before you.” But writing a TV pilot for HBO is a new challenge for the seasoned writer. “I sort of laugh at myself because I’m such a prose writer,” says Strayed. “I want to describe how the soap in the dish looks and the room smells. Then, I’m 10 pages in and nobody has said anything.” Strayed says she has to follow her own counsel when writing: “It’s me taking my own advice and saying, ‘OK, you can do this.’”

“I want to describe how the soap in the dish looks.”

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Books Authentic regional Italian cuisine.

Dinner service nightly • Lunch service Monday through Friday Reservations available

1601 SW Morrison St, Portland 503.688.5066 • We use organic, local and sustainable products as much as possible.

Portland Residue MITCHELL JACKSON’S ESSAYS RECALL GROWING UP IN A PRE-GENTRIFIED NORTHEAST PORTLAND. Portland writer Mitchell Jackson is best known for his award-winning debut, a semiautobiographical novel recounting the struggles of a poor black family in pre-gentrified Northeast Portland during the early-1990s crack epidemic. The Residue Years is an unapologetic, personal glimpse into the author’s relationship to this city. After the book was published in 2013, Jackson moved to New York and won a prestigious $50,000 Whiting Award, solidifying his literary stardom. But the author’s relationship with Portland hasn’t waned. It’s a connection that Jackson explores further in his upcoming collection of essays, Survival Math. “Most of what I produce is an attempt to answer one central question: “How did I get here?” he says. “Living in Portland… shaped the stories that I have to tell, the kind of writer that I am and the content that I write about.” As with The Residue Years, Jackson’s new essays address complex societal issues through personal anecdotes. In the short piece “Composite Pops,” recently published in a compilation of contemporary black essays and poems called The Fire This Time, Jackson reflects on fatherhood. The important men in his life—his mother’s boyfriend, his maternal grandfather, his uncles and, on occasion, his biological dad—provided a cumulative paternal role model. All of Jackson’s writing is personal, but because he is now a father, this piece takes on a particular sense of urgency. It’s also a complicated topic because black fatherhood has historically been so highly scrutinized. “I want people to have another perspec-

HOW DID I GET HERE?: Mitchell Jackson.

tive on fatherhood,” he says. “It’s really easy to condemn men for not being good fathers, and I’m not trying to excuse anyone for shirking their responsibilities. But you could sit around and mourn your father’s absence, or you could be productive in trying to make a life for yourself and not let a setback define who you become.” In addition to Jackson’s personal past, Portland’s history will play an even stronger role in his upcoming collection. “I’m excited for people from Portland to read [Survival Math], because it inspired me to learn about the city, state and culture.” From his current home in New York, Jackson says he hopes for a reason to return to his native city. “I want [Portland State] to offer me a job where I can teach one semester every year,” he says. “That’s my goal. You can put that in print.” He has yet to be offered a position at PSU, but Jackson will return to Portland this fall for speaking engagements at two Beaverton-area high schools. He’ll give a glimpse of what we can expect from Survival Math, and maybe a hint at how Portland past and future add up. CURTIS COOK.

“You can put that in print.”


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

SEE IT: Mitchell Jackson will speak at Jesuit High School, 9000 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, on Sunday, Sept. 25. Free. | 877.274.0410


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Eva Burton | Photos by James McGrew

Oct. 8 – Oct. 15, 2016 | Keller Auditorium


Featuring the OBT Orchestra and Portland Pianist Hunter Noack


Giants Before Us underwritten by The Boeing Company

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Serenade underwritten by Sue Horn-Caskey and Rick Caskey






Audiences across the country are looking to pieces like White Bird, the West Coast’s only all-dance presentation Brown’s to understand how to talk about these more concompany, just announced that the forthcoming season troversial issues. The reality is that this is not an etiquette will have one cohesive theme: diversity. This is new. guidebook for white people. “My hope through this piece is Worldliness may seem inbred in a company that has, since that black girls see their nuances, something we rarely see its inception in 1997, built a reputation for headhunting in the media. We are all things,” says Brown. “The question international troupes like the Batsheva Dance Com- of whether it’s an artist’s obligation to tell those stories has pany and Grupo Corpo, which might not otherwise make come up a lot. I don’t think so. Choreographers should be it to Portland from their homelands in Israel and Brazil, able to create the work they choose.” For Brown, it’s all about the language. Both respectively. As Portland’s top importer of high-profile dance acts, White Bird’s lineup Black Girl: Linguistic Play and her forthcomconsistently packs venues like Lincoln Pering show about the birth of hip-hop try to “This capture language in dance form to show formance Hall and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. But this year, the company is calling out how African-American communities can, in story is Brown’s words, “speak their truths.” diversity as its mission and highlighting three being African-American choreographers. “The racial tensions in the United States “Recent events make it clear to me that now call for our greatest attention and for all of us told by more than ever, we must all speak our truths,” to tell our stories exactly how we want,” says black Brown. “I am pulling from African tradition says Camille A. Brown, the New York choreogfemale rapher kicking off White Bird’s season with her and my own experiences in order to create the movement language.” most recent work. Black Girl: Linguistic Play bodies.” is a live-scored, explosive piece about what it Brown says she’s curious to see who joins means to discover your voice as a young, black the conversation in Portland. “Bravo to Paul female. This is the second in Brown’s Identity [King] and Walter [Jaffe, White Bird’s coTrilogy, following 2013’s Mr. Tol E. Rance and an upcom- founders] for challenging conversations about race in a city ing dance exploring the naissance of hip-hop, called Ink. that holds historic tension on the subject,” says Brown. Although Black Girl: Linguistic Play is personal, inspired At performances in other cities, the audience response by Brown’s own childhood experiences, she knows that has been vocal: “A black woman stood up and said, ‘This bringing a piece about race to a city known as one of the piece affirms that it’s good to be me!’” says Brown. “Then, whitest in the nation is a political statement in itself. she proceeded to take her wig off.” “Black Girl: Linguistic Play’s content isn’t ‘political,’” says Brown. “It’s about childhood and innocence. But SEE IT: Black Girl: Linguistic Play is at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335. 7:30 pm because this story is being told by black female bodies it Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15. $26-$68. automatically makes it political.”

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


On Screen “There aren’t really any tradeswomen films, unless you count Flashdance.” —Dawn Jones Redstone


era. For too long, men have been telling these stories.” Sista, which was co-written with Kjerstin Johnson (co-founder of Bitch Media), follows Sidony O’Neal as Laneice Johnson, a black female carpenter in the eighth term of her apprenticeship and starting her first day at a new job site in central Portland. It won Best Short Film at the 39th Portland International Film Festival, and has since earned a Spirit Award at the Reel Sisters Festival in New York and a Women of Vision Award for Jones Redstone from the Daily Journal of Commerce. “There’s a crossover between the two skill sets [filmmaking and carpentry],” says Jones Redstone. “It’s also been a weird kind of therapy, to write this and be inspired by actual moments in my life, and to direct these actors to be those jerks.” In the film, Johnson is met with dismissive frostiness by her supervisors and assigned menial tasks, while the white foreman’s inexperienced nephew shows up late and gets bigger responsibilities. Closeups of Johnson’s hands show her carefully aligning the boards with the same precision she does with a Skilsaw, allowing both Jones Redstone and O’Neal to demonstrate their technical skills. When she refuses SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD: help from a co-worker who offers to lift a few boards Dawn Jones Redstone. for her, the man erupts, insulted that she isn’t grateful for his paternal gesture. BY LAU R EN TER RY @LaurenYTerry Sista shows audiences the side eye and the smarmy If you ask Portland filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone, chuckles from the protagonist’s perspective, conveying there is only one cinematic forebearer to her short Sista how those subtle moments can compound and drive in the Brotherhood: Flashdance. women away from the building trades. “A national con“There aren’t really any tradeswomen films, unless you struction company is actually considering making it count Flashdance,” says Jones Redstone, “definitely none required viewing for new hires,” says Jones Redstone. made by actual tradeswomen.” So she made one. “You’ll hear Johnson called ‘Quota’ in the film, because She knows the field from experience. Jones Redstone on many federally funded sites, like the Sellwood Bridge was a journey-level carpenter who hung up her tool belt project [where Sista was filmed], contracts require a cerand left one male-dominated field for another—film. tain number of non-white individuals,” Jones Redstone Originally from Texas, Jones Redstone came to explains. Portland on a carpentry apprenticeship after college. For her own team, Jones Redstone hired an all-female Often the only Latina woman on a construction site, she crew with 50 percent women of color. After a successful observed the way traditionally male settings can feel Kickstarter campaign armed her team with $13,000 to hostile to female workers. During her nine years working make Sista, Jones Redstone could afford total creative conwith Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., which trains women for trol. “Because we held the purse strings, I didn’t experience work in the skilled trades, Jones Redstone cultivated her extra challenges from being a woman in the film industry,” filmmaking abilities on the side. She took the leap into says Jones Redstone, who is now working on a “tradesfull-time directing in 2013, when she founded Hearts and woman thriller,” a Sista-ish web series she’s developing Sparks Productions. Finally, her two professional lives with Kjerstin Johnson, and a mini documentary about converged when Roberta Hunte, an assistant professor of Living Cully, the group of nonprofits that bought the Sugar gender and sexuality studies at Portland State University, Shack strip club. As much as she wants to keep telling these signed on to co-produce Sista in the Brotherhood, a film stories, Jones Redstone looks forward most to seeing the based on Jones Redstone’s experiences in the construc- demographics of her own crew reflected in the actual contion field. struction industry and beyond. “I’m interested in lifting the voices that are least heard,” says Jones Redstone. “Not every story I tell will be about SEE IT: Dawn Jones Redstone will appear at the 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival’s “Equity in Filmmaking” tradeswomen, but it is part of my mission to put more panel at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW women and people of color in front of and behind the cam- Park Ave., 503-221-1156,, on Nov. 10.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


Music Like a Villain



The man to my right was clutching a Pabst can in one hand and crying a little into his beard the last time I saw Holland Andrews onstage. “I felt guilt, twisted with excitement, and had a hard time understanding how something I made could do that,” says Andrews, referring to how people tear up at her shows. The Portland classical artist, who performs under the name Like a Villain, is known for her unrehearsed, long-form noise sets, which mix jazzy and operatic vocals with experimental woodwind compositions. Andrews’ reputation for operatic vocal loops has found a place in the city’s renegade classical scene. Now, Andrews’ interdisciplinary yet steady approach to modern music is catching the attention of contemporary art circles, too. The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art recently invited her to do a residency and debut a piece at its largest annual event, the Time-Based Art Festival. With her TBA performance and a new album in the works, Andrews is poised to break from her roots in GarageBand, the digital audio program. “I’ve never been the kind of person to sit, write lyrics and think about the structures of songs,” she says. Andrews is serene, almost pensive, with a curly crown of black hair framing her face, and dark eyes that seem to be looking into the universe, not just the empty pint glass in front of her. “[Writing songs] always happened organically,” she says, “except for the album I’m working on now. It’s gothy as fuck.” One track on her upcoming album, which has the working title I Don’t Want to Be Here, alternates between ghostly crooning and Wagnerian waves of bass. “I was always into the more creepy stuff,” Andrews says. On her 2010 album, The Life of a Gentleman, she hit listeners with wall after wall of sound in choral blasts before switching to light, playful clarinet and snippets of spoken word. Andrews’ last album, 2014’s Bast, was a salute to taking charge. The title track opens with primal, growling vocals that crescendo to a piercing scream before folk riffs come in and then break into sing-songy lilts. The most magnetic, and unsettling, aspect of Andrews’ operatic loops might be the unexpected progression of sounds. It’s a push and pull that both Andrews and her audience feel palpably, PBR drinkers and all. “I learned to simultaneously welcome people in the audience like that and have inner walls up where I can interact safely,” she says. ORGANIC GROWTH: Holland Andrews.


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

SEE IT: Like a Villain plays Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 503-231-9663, on Wednesday, Oct. 12. 9 pm. $10. 21+.


KEY PLAYERS: Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu.

The XX

PORTLAND GETS THE CLASSICAL LATIN IT’S BEEN MISSING, COURTESY OF A GENRE-BENDING PIANO DUO. XX Digitus Duo wants you to remember that classical music performances started as a party. They were once all-inclusive and well-liquored social scenes. Momoko Muramatsu and Maria Garcia of XX Digitus Duo, a 20-finger piano duo, are joining a local circle of innovative performers like Third Angle to make the future of Portland’s classical scene look more like that. “This the future,” Garcia says. “The future of everything.” Muramatsu and Garcia have an irreverent, tight friendship that they weave into live performances with repartee when their fingers stop. After studying together at New England Conservatory and traveling internationally on their own, the two women reunited in Portland two years ago to mash up classical, world, rock and modern music, all inspired by their shared Latin American musical heritage. Portland fine arts, they noticed, has a shocking gap where non-Western classical compositions should be. Less than a year after releasing their debut album, Muramatsu and Garcia are about to drop a new, Regional Arts & Culture Council-funded record with a track list that reads like a back-and-forth between the 19th century and now. The album, 4+1, will include a piece written for a Puerto Rican dance orchestra in 1857 and a piece composed for XX Digitus Duo last year by Ken Selden, music director of the Portland State University Orchestra. The duo’s fall tour includes everything from alternative covers in collaboration with other composers to Argentine classical pieces. There will even be a piece with dance. It’s an almost dizzying party for listeners who equate classical with dry. “There’s a certain chaos that comes from making it all-inclusive,” Garcia says. “To say that we’re going to have only classical this or that excludes people. “In this context,” she adds, “maybe a little chaos is OK.” CHARITY MARCHANDT.




SEE IT: XX Digitus Duo plays at the University of Portland’s Mago Hunt Recital Hall, 5000 N Willamette Blvd., 503-943-8000, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. 12:30 pm. Free. The duo plays at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 503-719-6055, on Thursday, Nov. 3. 7:30 pm. $20.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Available at Powell’s Books




Ap r i l 20 1 6

Potlander n THE




W I LL AM E T TE WE E K’ S 2 0 1 6


T H E D I S C E R N I N G C A N N A B I S C O N S U M E R ’S G U I D E T O P O R T L A N D



W I L L A M E T T E W E E K´S 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 G U I D E T O





W W 2 015 P O T L A N D E R






2 016 / 2 017

Willamette Week’s Guides to Portland. 32

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016





We were looking for a house. Our Scout, Alia, helped us find a home.

- Actual Scout Realty Co. clients


want to advertise? email for details.

ALIA MARIE HAZEN, Broker 503.705.8414




Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

OCTOBER Oct. 1: See The Soul of Black Art challenge depictions of black America in the past century of art. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St. 11 am-6 pm. Free. Oct. 2: See Frankenstein: A Cabaret, an adultthemed reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 2 pm. $20, students and seniors $15. Oct. 3: See iconic film composer Fabio Frizzi perform scores from cult slashers Zombie and Gates of Hell, among others. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 8 pm. $25-$50. Oct. 4: Watch a group of sandwich artists attempt to make ends “meat and cheese” in the comedy American Hero. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $25.

Oct. 18: See 10 10-minute plays by 10 different playwrights at Portland in Play. Alder Stage, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $50, under 25 $25.

Oct. 17: Tour Through Rhoda’s Eyes to see paintings, drawings and clothes by Henry Pittock’s granddaughter. Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Drive. 11 am-4 pm. $10, seniors $9, youth 6-18 $7, kids and members free.

Oct. 16: Hear classics from Mozart and Mendelssohn performed by the Portland Baroque Opera. Reed College’s Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 3 pm. $24-$59.

Oct. 15: Watch The Wong Street Journal to find out how Kristina Wong became a hip-hop star in northern Uganda. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St. 7:30 pm. $20, students $12.

Nov. 8: See the largest single display of Andy Warhol prints ever in the Pacific Northwest. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free.

Nov. 7: See the Oregon Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $23-$105.

Nov. 6: Rub elbows with Project Runway winners at the Portland Fashion and Style Awards. Mercedes Benz of Portland, 1605 SW Naito Parkway. 6 pm. Free.

Nov. 5: Run around an art museum filled with books, writers and more than 8,000 readers at Wordstock, Portland’s biggest bookfest. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.,

Nov. 4: See Polaris Dance Company’s fall show Reclaimed. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave. 7:30 pm. $25, children and seniors $20, military and disability $17.50.

Nov. 3: See Portland’s most experimental theater company take on the Bard’s As You Like It. The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Southeast 2nd Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.

Nov. 2: See Arvie Smith’s glowing, expansive paintings reflect a lifetime of change for black Americans. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free.

Nov. 1: See Meryl Pataky’s abstract neon sculptures, inspired partly by the periodic table of elements. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 1-6 pm. Free.


Oct. 31: See the Halloween-appropriate thriller The Drowning Girls, a play about three murdered wives. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. 7:30 pm. $25-$30, students and seniors $20-$25.

Oct. 30: See newcomer PDX Contemporary Ballet kick off its second season in Portland with Incipio. N.E.W. Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. 2 pm. $75 for season pass.

Oct. 29: See Bright Half Life, a play about the love between two women near the end of their lives. Profile Theater, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30. $20-$36.



SEPTEMBER Sept. 7: See the Shanghai Acrobatics troupe, one of China’s (and the world’s) most famous circus acts. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $20-$55. Sept. 8: Check out Juliana Huxtable’s multimedia exhibit that blurs the line “between club and gallery” on the opening night of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 9:30 pm. $60 for festival pass. Sept. 9: Go to the opening reception for The Space Between, a bright, exuberant collaboration between a Pacific Northwest College of Art professor Ayumi Takahashi and a New York Times illustrator Ryan Bubnis. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 6-9 pm. Free. Sept. 10: Watch “Collection,” a fashion show/ performance art hybrid from Northwest Dance Project. Nel Centro, 1408 SW 6th Ave. 5:30 pm. $100. Sept. 11: See three female playwrights’ take on a classic at Antigone Project. Profile Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 2 pm. $13.50-$36. Sept. 12: Watch Keijaun Thomas explore the experience of a femme black person growing up on the street corner as part of the annual TimeBased Art Festival. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 8:30 pm. $60 for festival pass. Sept. 13: Enjoy a night of soulful harmonies and ’90s nostalgia with Boyz II Men and the Oregon Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $50-$120. Sept. 14: Spiritual Pop is a collection of radical ’60s-era screenprints by Corita Kent, the singular nun-activist-artist. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 10 am-5 pm. Adults $19.99, students and seniors $16.99, children and members free. Sept. 15: Watch a 200-pound chimp attempt to revive his showbiz career in the comic play Trevor. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $50, under 25 and students $25. Sept. 16: Rap along to The Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop reimagining of Shakespeare’s farcical play. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St. 7:30 pm. $20. Sept. 17: Hear unreleased scores from the Legend of Zelda game at Symphony of the Goddess. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $30-$105.


Special Pullout >


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


Sept. 18: See a kid-friendly version of Frida Kahlo’s life in Mijita Fridita, a new play from Portland’s only Spanish-language theater. Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. 2 pm. $18-$22.

Nov. 9: Sleep at the museum, then watch Superstar, a documentary that weaves together three decades of Warhol interview footage. Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. 7 pm. $9, seniors and students $8, kids $6.

Nov. 10: See Lauryn Hill perform with a surprise guest on her Diaspora Calling tour. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8 pm. $57-$202.

Nov. 22: If you’re not into Thanksgiving, skip one holiday ahead and go see A Civil War Christmas. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. $25.

Nov. 21: Hear pianist and MacArthur Genius grant recipient Stephen Hough perform SaintSaëns. Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $29-$105.

Nov. 20: See a stage production of The Oregon Trail, inspired by that computer game where everyone dies of dysentery. The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. 2 and 7:30 pm. $25-$55.

Nov. 19: Catch the play The How and the Why to find out why women menstruate (we already know how!). CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm. $28, under 30 and over 60 $22.50.

Nov. 18: See No Strings Attached, a performance that combines pole dancing, puppetry and acrobatics. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $24-$35.

Nov. 17: Watch Reggie Wilson’s Moses, a dance adaptation of the Zora Neale Hurston novel about the African diaspora. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 8 pm. $25-$34.

Nov. 16: See Michelle Ross’ minimalist pastel paintings featuring geometric designs. Marylhurst University’s Art Gym, 17600 Pacific Highway. Noon-4 pm. Free.

Nov. 15: Check out Christopher Michlig ’s bright silkscreen and paper 3-D collages. White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave. Noon-6 pm. Free.

Nov. 14: Hear digital animator and artist Jeremy Rotsztain tell you all about the future. We’re guessing the revolution will be animated. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 7 pm. Free.

Nov. 13: Watch the play Coyote on a Fence confront our society’s conflicted attitude toward death row. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St. 7:30 pm. $20.

Nov. 12: Catch the Portland Youth Philharmonic’s 93rd fall concert. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $5-$55.

Sept. 19: Explore bamboo garden sculptures by local and Japanese artists at Bending Nature. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave. Noon-7 pm. $9.50, kids under 5 free.

NOV. 1: Detail of Right Angle Into Double Back With Argon and Mercury by Meryl Pataky.

Oct. 28: See Chantal Akerman’s 1992 documentary, D’Est, a wordless montage of landscapes captured on a journey from East Germany to Moscow. NW Film Center, 934 SW Salmon St. 7 pm. $9, seniors and students $8, kids $6.

Oct. 27: Portland memoirist Martha Grover reads from her new book of essays, The End of My Career. Tender Loving Empire, 3541 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 5:30 pm. Free.

Oct. 26: Hear National Geographic photojournalist Lynsey Addario talk about her experiences documenting humanitarian crises. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $35-$55.

Oct. 25: See the play Hold These Truths about a Japanese-American struggling to reconcile his patriotism with the horror of WWII internment. The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm. $50; student, youth and wheelchair $30.

Oct. 24: Hear a lecture by Iranian-American art activist and educator Morehshin Allahyari. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 7 pm. Free.

Oct. 23: Watch Fly by Night, a darkly comic “rock fable” about a depressed sandwich maker. Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. 2 pm. $20-$40.

Oct. 22: See Assistance, a satirical play about overworked, underappreciated assistants. The Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave. 7:30 pm. $20, students $10.

Oct. 21: Get your pre-Halloween share of zombies, ghosts, vampires and dance theater at BloodyVox. BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave. 7 pm. Season tickets available at

Oct. 20: See an Israeli dance troupe explore the spectrums of color, space and sound at Wallflower. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 8 pm. $25-$34.

Oct. 19: Stop by the opening of Hank Bierbaum Fantasizes to see Jack Featherly’s psychedelic brushwork. Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St. 11 am-6 pm. Free.

Nov. 11: See a Group Exhibit featuring street art-inspired works, photography by Mako Miyamoto, drawings and more. Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 SE 3rd Ave. 1-6 pm. Free.

Oct. 5: Lady Dynamite creator Maria Bamford headlines the fifth annual all-female All Jane (no No Dick) Comedy Festival, which starts tonight. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7:30 pm. VIP festival passes $120, regular passes and individual show tickets will be released at

Oct. 14: See Northwest Dance Project give Maurice Ravel’s Boléro a modern update. PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 7:30 pm. $34-$58.

Oct. 13: See Black Girl, an exploration of black womanhood through original choreography and music. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $26-$68.

Oct. 12: Watch jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis perform with the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $40-$120.

Oct. 11: Hear former Bowie backup vocalist and Grammy-winning jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm. $20-$30.

Oct. 10: See Elizabeth Malaska’s eerie, surrealist nude paintings. Nationale, 3360 SE Division St. Noon-6 pm. Free.

Oct. 9: Hear the smooth, dulcet tones of Steve Lehman on the alto sax. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 7 pm. $20-$30.

Oct. 8: See Oregon Ballet Theatre take on Giants— George Balanchine and William Forsythe—and debut original choreography. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 7:30 pm. $25-$146.

Oct. 7: Watch Head. Hands. Feet, a theatrical take on tales of dismemberment. Shaking the Tree, 823 SE Grant St. 7:30 pm. $25, students and seniors $20, 19 and under $5.

Oct. 6: See White Bird Dance’s Diavolo integrate elements of hip-hop, ballet, gymnastics and acrobatics. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $26-$68.

Sept. 20: Meet Ann Patchett, the Faulkner Prizewinning author, as she reads from her new book, Commonwealth. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. 7 pm. Free. Sept. 21: See August Wilson’s one-man autobiographical play, How I Learned What I Learned. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St. 7:30 pm. $19. Sept. 22: The Gun Show kicks off CoHo’s 21st season, starring playwright EM Lewis and Portland mainstay Vin Shambry. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm. $20. Sept. 23: Hillsboro’s retro theater troupe, Bag & Baggage, redoes the cult classic The Graduate. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro. 7:30 pm. $25-$30, students and seniors $20-$25. Sept. 24: Catch the world premiere of Béla Bartók’s dark opera Bluebeard’s Castle, alongside glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm. $23$105. Sept. 25: Watch former Oregonian columnist Margie Boulé as fashion giant Diana Vreeland in the one-woman play Full Gallop. The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. 2 pm. $15$35. Sept. 26: Explore the photos and audio diaries of the I Am My White Ancestors exhibit. Clackamas Community College’s Alexander Gallery, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. 9 am-5 pm. Free. Sept. 27: See the U.S. premiere of Fukushima, Mon Amor at Portland’s German Film Festival. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. 7 pm. $10, $8 students and seniors, $6 children. Sept. 28: Head to Within These Walls, an evening of monologues, poetry and performances addressing the issue of solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system. Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave. 7 pm. $15. Sept. 29: See Bruce Conkle’s Surface Glitch, illustrations that depict the tiny, ominous “glitches” caused by climate change. White Box, 24 NW 1st Ave. Noon-6 pm. Free. Sept. 30: Jonathan Safran Foer reads from his first novel since 2005’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton. 7 pm. Free.


Simple ApproAch

Bold FlAvor vegan Friendly

open 11-10



want to advertise? email for details.

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

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


“If you believe the cameras, I’m always stepping out of a Rolls-Royce or scowling at my subjects.” page 67

HIPSTER MINI-MART: Three years after we first reported that Sizzle Pie would open a hipster mini-mart on East Burnside, Mini Mini finally opened Sept. 1 next to rocker dive the B-Side at Northeast 7th Avenue and Burnside. Mini Mini is easily the most high-profile designer mini-mart ever to open in Portland. It looks a bit like a selvedge-denim-clad Japanese tourist’s idea of what a Portland convenience store should look like—featuring prettily printed designer crowlers of craft beer and kombucha, a Finnriver cider tap, kombucha taps, Steven Smith Tea taps, Stumptown cold brew taps, Coava hot brew, a soda dispenser filled with Jones Soda and a selection of—wait for it—craft “Quickie Pie” hot pockets from Sizzle Pie. Salt & Straw is in the freezer, along with Ruby Jewel ice cream bars. According to staff, also aboard is internationally famous Portland designer Aaron Draplin, who designed logos for Sizzle Pie, Patagonia, and the Nike Air Max 360, among countless other brands. Oh—and the ATM is free to use. FISH FRY: The two fishing families that own Southeast Woodstock Boulevard’s Portland Fish Market will be serving a treat you normally only get to eat at the coast. Within the first couple weeks of September, the Fish Market will be serving fresh, seasonal, wild-caught, sea-to-fryer fish and chips out of a window facing its patio—alongside beer and wine. “Our staple is cod,” says co-owner Agnes Berkowitz. “Upgrade is halibut, and then seasonally salmon, albacore, and we’re messing around with deep-frying crab cakes.” Come winter, it will add a seafood chowder.



BLOW-MONT: Asian-fusion spot Smallwares—our 2012 runner-up for Restaurant of the Year—will close this month. Chef Johanna Ware broke the news through a heartfelt Facebook post. “I should have closed many times over the years but I just couldn’t because I loved it so much, maybe too much. I gave everything to it,” Ware wrote. “I don’t want to put any more money in,” she tells us, and beyond the bare minimum she needs to pay rent, she says she hasn’t drawn a paycheck in months. “I would give myself what I needed for rent, but I’d take myself on and off payroll. If I can’t even pay myself, it’s time.” The restaurant will continue service through Saturday, Sept. 24.


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

MCMENAMINS TO THE RESCUE: The 92-year-old Lotus cardroom, once a home of bootleggers and gamblers, closed Aug. 20 to make room for offices and a hotel. But a piece of the bar—which was visited by Madonna and frequented by the city staffers—will be preserved by the McMenamin brothers. The pair bought the Lotus’ century-old cherrywood bartop. “It was a great spot, a lot of great memories, but its time had come. I’m just excited that Brian and Mike McMenamin can be the stewards,” says John Plew, the Lotus’ owner. “They got a great piece of history, and, if I wanna show my grandkids a bit of the Lotus, they’ll at least keep the bar within a certain distance of Portland.”







[DOG SHOW] A trio of local writers—poet Annie Lighthart, novelist Joanna Rose, and novelist/dog memoirist Pauls Toutonghi—will all read poems, stories and prose about dogs, or inspired by dogs, or dog-eatdog. Corkscrew, 1665 SE Bybee Ave., 503-239-9463. 7 pm. Free.

THURSDAY SEPT. 8 The Drone Show


GLAM OF THE SMALL AND FURRY LOVE YOUR KITTIES? TURN YOUR BACKYARD INTO A FANCY CAT CAGE! This weekend, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is creating a self-guided tour of the coolest catios in the city. And yet, we’re pretty certain it missed the best one. Behind a midcentury house off Southeast Stark Street in Buckman, you’ll see a remarkably stylish catio—an enclosure befitting Harambe himself, were he a cat. An artist built this backyard fluff palace to accommodate up to 10 cats. It makes the standard enclosed outdoor cat area look like a wet playground during a Portland winter. While others have dedicated sections of their yards to their feline friends, this man made his entire backyard a giant enclosure—the habitat is covered, with netting going up about 15 feet. When you walk through the maze of the catio, you hear felines flopping to the ground from one of the many cat walkways, pedestals and tiny houses. We wanted to know every detail of the build-out.


GO: The fourth annual Catio Tour is Saturday, Sept. 10. 10 am-2 pm. $10 suggested donation. Register at

[DRONES] On the rooftop of the Hotel deLuxe, the people of TechPOP will be flying around tons of drones—quadcopters, Typhoon H, oh my!—and demoing virtual reality gadgets, plus serving free snacks, and beers from Breakside and Pfriem. Register at techpop. com. Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th Ave. 6 pm. Free.

SATURDAY SEPT. 10 St. Johns Nofest

[PORTLAND MUSIC] The St. Johns NoFest has made it a point to offer a variety of musical stylings as a means of baiting people into visiting the city’s northernmost hood. So far, it’s worked. This year’s lineup will be spread across the usual haunts, offering everything from Nasalrod’s freak-punk to the ambient harp stylings of Dolphin Midwives. Multiple venues in St. Johns, Free. 21+.

Late Night Action


GUEST HOME With rustic wooden planks and emerald-painted window panes, the timber cabin Guest Home is distinguished by its privacy. It’s north-facing for soft light and perfectly situated for cats to escape the rain or lick their parts.


TREE LADDER Designed for mobility, the five-level Cat Tree structure is built with faded wood planks. The diagonal, stained slabs provide a small obstacle for cats to stretch their back legs and practice dexterity. Having five levels allows one level for every two cats, so they can be cozy but not cramped.

[FOOD AND FUNNY] For the final season of Alex Falcone’s late-night talk show, the local comedian will grill Pok Pok founder Andy Ricker on chicken and the author of Adulting on how to grow up. Electro-crooner Logan Lynn will perform new songs from his forthcoming album, Adieu. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 7 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

SUNDAY SEPT. 11 Prophets of Rage

[SELF-TRIBUTE BAND] Members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill covering themselves on the anniversary of 9/11? Why, that’s like seeing Alice Cooper on Halloween! Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash. 7 pm. $20-$69.50. All ages.

MONDAY SEPT. 12 Julian Lage Trio


AERIAL RUNWAY Appearing to be inspired by Le Corbusier’s later Latin aesthetic, the runway provides a calming air perch. Cats are natural tree-climbers, so establishing vertical territory was key to keeping the kitties happy.


SKY GARDEN Pre-domestication, many cats lived in lush rainforests and among tall palms. The palms here help Kavan’s cats connect with their ancestors in the shadows of a tall, orange canna. It’s natural, organic and good for their sense of well-being.

[JAZZ AMERICANA] Lage has come a long way since he took the stage at the 2000 Grammys as a 13-year-old jazzguitar prodigy. When Lage’s hands strike the strings on his latest record, Arclight, they tell complex harmonic stories via heartwarming Americana melodies, evidence of the significant time he’s spent in the company of Wilco’s Nels Cline. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 8 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016





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



Fillmore Trattoria

Italian Home Cooking Tuesday–Saturday 5:30PM–10PM closed Sunday & Monday


Leaving aside that Stormtoberfest sounds a bit like celebrating the eternal fate of Belgium at the hands of Germany, Stormbreaker Brewing is getting a one-week jump on Oktoberfest with five German-style brews, including a märzen, a beer tent with sausage pairings (ha!), Bavarian food specials, accordion players and, uh, lederhosen-friendly policies. Stormbreaker Brewing, 832 N Beech St., 971-703-4516.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 Sour Beer Day

Northwest Portland will be a little sour this weekend, with two different bars—the Abbeys on both Northwest 21st and 23rd avenues— fully stocked with a lineup of sour beers ranging from Belgian (21st) to all over Europe (23rd), with taster flights available. Consider it the cheapest drunken European tour you’ll make this year. Abbey Bar, 716 NW 21st Ave. and 1650 NW 23rd Ave., Noon.

Tomato Tasting Festival

This is pretty much amazing. Taste 50 styles of tomatoes—including heirlooms—all in the same place,

1937 NW 23RD Place Portland, OR 97210

(971) 386-5935

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. Quaintrelle

3936 N Mississippi Ave., 503-200-5787, Quaintrelle is the bistro Mississippi Avenue has desperately needed for quite some time—with a lovely half roast chicken and squid-cucumber salad. $$$.


Satu Imp Auth and Live rday orte C e Mus 11a n Sun r d tic oa Poli m day ic Poli 12p – 10pm tian C sh B s m– u h isin eer Cuis 6pm e i

N.W.I.P.A. 4th Anniversary

N.W.I.P.A. has been on FoPo for four bitter years. It’s celebrating with Chicken and Guns’ Latin-style grilled chicken onsite, live music and— duh—IPAs, with $4 cheap pints of Block 15, Fat Head’s, Great Notion, Claim 52 and Cloudburst beers. Commemorative glassware will be involved. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Road, 503-805-7342.

Chill N Fill North Portland Beer Festival

Well, there will apparently be no Royale, Labrewatory or Upright (?!), but Northeast Portland’s Hi-Wheel Wine and Mead Co. will be included in Chill N Fill’s North Portland Beer Festival alongside NoPo brewers Ecliptic, Occidental, Widmer, Stormbreaker and Ex-Novo. Go figure. Anyway, $20 gets a bike bottle and four half-pint pours. Portland Abbey Arts, 7600 N Hereford Ave., 503-412-8899. 1-9 pm.

3. Poke Mon

1. Revelry

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

4. 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. $$$.

5. 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. $-$$.


The Pharmacist Old Tom (CANNON BEACH)

Polish Festival 3900 N Intertate Ave. Portland, Oregon ADMISSION FREE Questions: 503.281.7532

Saturday, Sept 17, 2016 11am - 10pm Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 noon - 6pm 42

for free, at all four Dennis 7 Dees nursery locations in the Portland area. It’s meant for gardeners, but this 12th annual event is basically a bonanza for cooks. You gotta register in advance, though: check for details. Dennis 7 Dees Portland, 6025 SE Powell Blvd., 503-777-1421. 10 am-2 pm. Free.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Cannon Beach Distillery doesn’t distribute outside its own shop, a tasting room that looks like the lobby of a youth hostel. It also makes some of the most distinctive and accomplished spirits in Oregon—including my favorite American-distilled rum, the aged and smoky Donlon Shanks. You can count on one hand the distilleries in Oregon that make every spirit from scratch, as Cannon Beach does—almost all locally branded gin started as neutral grain spirits made across the country before being redistilled and infused with botanicals here. But Cannon Beach’s the Pharmacist is scratch-distilled from sugar cane into a singular, subtle take on Old Tom gin, a sweeter style recently revived in America by Ransom Spirits. Ransom’s is woody and aged, but the licorice sweetness in the clear Pharmacist creates surprising depth. That licorice root comes on like the shadow cast by dominant notes of juniper and…oh shit, is that cedar? Wow. Make me a Negroni with this immediately, or serve it with lemon peel, bitters and a sugar cube as gin’s loud answer to an Old Fashioned. Recommended. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.




Dana Frank is unique enough to seem impossible—a Portland sommelier whose name carries weight in New York and London, gaining a level of acclaim rarely seen here. Last year, Bon Appétit and Food & Wine both placed her wine list at Ava Gene’s among the best in the country. The national press is about to come knocking again. Dame, the Northeast Killingsworth wine bar and restaurant Frank will open Sept. 14 with business partner Jane Smith, is Portland’s first true destination for natural wines—those made with minimal intervention and biodynamic agricultural practices, eschewing the chemical monkeying and Frankenwine centrifuging that’s common in commercial winemaking. Located in the former Cocotte space, Dame doesn’t just have the best natural wine list in the city. It’s the best for 500 miles, and one of the best on the West Coast—doing justice to Frank’s short list of inspirations, including London’s Brawn and Ducksoup restaurants as well as the Four Horsemen, LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy’s convivial natural-wine-and-culture hive in Brooklyn. To get an idea of Dame’s potential, look to the much-lauded wine list and vibe at Manhattan’s famed Wildair, which The New York Times’ Pete Wells said he wanted to pillage “like Genghis Khan.” Frank’s previous wine lists in Portland have each been themed after specific locales. At Ava Gene’s, she stocked only Italian wines. At now-closed seafood restaurant Riffle NW, it was coastal Mediterranean. And at Alpinethemed Grüner—which closed last year—the wines were likewise Alpine. But at Dame, there’s no such exclusion, resulting in what Frank calls “my favorite list—there’s nothing I’m not bursting at the seams to open.” The 140-odd bottles of natural wine come from France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, California and Oregon, where Frank and her husband, Scott, make wine as Bow & Arrow. The restaurant will open with 14 orange wines alone—white wines made with grape-skin contact, resulting in something halfway between red and white—including two from some of Oregon’s best natural-wine labels, Johan Vineyards and Minimus. If you’re a natural-wine geek, the list is stocked with dog whistles: Italian stars like Vino di Anna and Paolo Bea next to cult French producers like Dard et Ribo and Pierre Overnoy, plus Austria’s Strohmeier and Germany’s Beurer. But the list remains accessible to the neophyte—a major point for Frank. “We want to be part of a neighborhood here,” she says, “and part of that means making it accessible to everyone. If you want to come in and have a blowout and order Champagne, you can. If you want to come in for a snack and a glass of wine and leave for $20, you can do that, too.” You don’t have to know anything about these kinds of wines to enjoy them, and many of the coolest bottles hover in the $30-to-$50 sweet spot. A bottle of Philippe

HIGH BAR: Dame will soon be the city’s most interesting wine spot.

Tessier’s lush, delicious Cheverny rosé of pinot noir and gamay is priced in the low $30s. Cult Loire winemaker Quentin Borse, under the label Le Sot de L’Ange, produces one of the world’s most unique bottle-fermented sparkling wines—petillant naturel— from the nigh-extinct chaulnay grape, and it’s on Dame’s list for less than $40. Much more will be written as the restaurant opens. The interiors mix warmth with opulence, landing somewhere in the realm of Northwest forest deco. The food, from Seattle transplant Eli Dahlin (Damn the Weather, the Walrus and the Carpenter), promises a similar polyphony of influences, with French-, Italianand Pacific Northwest-inspired dishes hinted at on the opening menu. But, man, that wine list. If you’ve been looking for someplace to get your feet wet and check out this natural-wine thing, Dame is for you. If you’re just casually into wine, or feel like you don’t know if you care, then you should really go. Just don’t be surprised if you look down at your glass at some point and say, “Holy shit.” EAT: Dame, 2930 NE Killingsworth St., Opening date Sept. 14.

THREE TO TRY Radikon “Jakot”

Winemaker Stanko Radikon is like a pied piper of natural wine, winning converts with his gloriously unique orange wines and bringing attention to the historically overlooked Italian wine region of Oslavia, on the border with Slovenia. This one, made from the friulano grape, may cause you to rethink wine altogether.

Andrea Occhipinti “Alea Rosa”

This is delicious and utterly unique rosé from cult Lazio producer Andrea Occhipinti, who makes wine from the aleatico grape on the volcanic slopes of Lake Bolsena in central Italy. His rosé tastes of complex floral notes and cannabis tincture, is notoriously tough to find, and sits on Dame’s list for less than a deluxe pedicure.

Forlorn Hope “Suspiro del Moro”

Only a trickle of cool, California natural wine makes it to Portland—and this is some of the best. Winemaker Matthew Rorick creates a singular series of wines using rare and underloved grape varieties like alvarelhão, most typically used in making port. This red wine has sweet perfume for days, and drinks like a silky liquid plum.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016





resigned from the police department after protesting for some considerable amount of time that the police were involved in the cover-up of Biggie’s murder and, by extension, Tupac’s. So I finally found Poole. I go to meet him for lunch, we talk for a while, and I can just feel the guy was bursting at the seams—he needed to unburden himself and tell somebody. He takes me over to a storage unit, opens it up, and it’s filled with documents he basically took from the LAPD TUPAC when he left, the entire history into the investigation of Biggie’s murder and what they did on Tupac’s murder. So I wrote that article, and the article turned into a book, and the book has almost been turned into a movie a number of times, and now it looks like it’s going to be.

Without researching it too deeply, it’s probably safe to say Randall Sullivan is the only person in Portland ever to have been directly threatened by Suge Knight on television. “After the book came out, he was giving an interview, and somehow I came up, and he said, ‘I’m going to take care of that motherfucker,’” says Sullivan, author of LAbyrinth, the 2002 book implicating the once-fearsome rap impresario in the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. “He said, ‘Take care,’ not ‘I’m going to kill him.’ His defense was, ‘I’m going to sue him.’ In fact, he never did a damn thing.” In 2000, while researching a story on the Los Angeles Police Department’s notoriously corrupt Rampart Division as a staffer for Rolling Stone, Sullivan met Russell Poole, a retired detective convinced that the department had assisted in covering up Knight’s involvement in the slayPrior to your reporting, what was ings. As the title of the subsequent book your relationship to Tupac and suggests, it’s a labyrinthine conspiracy, Biggie as artists? involving not just crooked cops but dirty I really never gave either of them a politicians and news media complicit fair listen until I started working on in their timidity. As time has passed, this book, but then their music sort though, with no arrests in either crime, of became the soundtrack of the book the theory put forth in LAbyrinth has as I was working on it. I really didn’t been accepted as, if not quite fact, the understand what a significant figure closest thing to truth we might ever get. Tupac, in particular, was and how much SULLIVAN A decade and a half later, Knight is on he meant to so many young people. But trial for an unrelated murder, Poole is eventually, I realized that it really was “IT REALLY dead from a heart attack, and the assasas if Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin had sinations of Biggie and Tupac remain, WAS AS IF FRANK been killed by the Vegas mob and the arguably, the greatest unsolved murthing had just been covered up. It was SINATRA AND ders in modern American history. But the equivalent to that. To this day, I still Sullivan—who, in the intervening years, have a hard time believing these things DEAN MARTIN wrote about his spiritual conversion in have not only remained unsolved but HAD BEEN KILLED been so unattended to by the media. The Miracle Detective and hosted a show by the same name on the Oprah Winfrey BY THE VEGAS Network—has not lost his interest in the During the reporting, was there a MOB AND THE case, nor his beliefs. A movie based on “holy shit” moment, when the whole LAbyrinth is inching closer to reality, conspiracy became clear to you? THING HAD and he’s entertained the idea of writing a There were a number of moments conJUST BEEN follow-up. nected to the involvement of police With the impending 20th anniversary officers. I mean, there were cops there COVERED UP.” of Tupac’s death on Sept. 13, WW spoke to working for Suge in Las Vegas when —Randall Sullivan Sullivan about how his views of the killTupac was killed. Two cops on Suge’s payings have changed, being blackballed by roll were the ones who took Tupac’s ashes the Los Angeles Times, and the moment back to L.A.—and why he got cremated he thought Knight had come to make good on his promise. so quickly is another whole story. In terms of Tupac, I guess You can read an extended Q&A at the moment that most stunned me was when I found this secret report where Snoop Dogg had told the cops that Suge WW: From what I understand, you didn’t necessarily had Tupac killed. He made the statement to the L.A. County set out to write about the murders of Biggie and Tupac. Sheriff’s Department when they interviewed him after a riot Randall Sullivan: Far from it. I had no idea that’s where that broke out at a concert he was giving at an amusement it was going to lead. Back in 2000, Rolling Stone magazine park, Universal Studios. There was a written report produced asked me write an article about the so-called Rampart by the sheriff’s department captain who spoke to Snoop. scandal. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, but I said, “OK, I’ll go to L.A.” I went to the DA who prosecuted Rafael Why would Suge Knight want to kill Tupac? Perez, who was the instigator and really the source of the The putative motive for Suge wanting Tupac dead was Rampart scandal—as dirty a cop as there ever was. At some that Tupac had initiated the process of leaving Death Row point during the conversation, we started talking about the Records at a time when he was by far the biggest-selling Rampart Task Force, which was set up to investigate the artist in rap music. Tupac had just created his own producgrowing scandal. But he said it didn’t start as the Rampart tion company, and the attorney he hired to set that up Task Force, it started out as a unit headed up by a detective, worried publicly that Tupac’s life might be in danger after Russell Poole, who had some theories about the murder of he fired Suge’s attorney, David Kenner. Basically, it was Biggie Smalls. I said, “What?” I found out Russell Poole had money, pride and power.

Can you tell me about the harassment you received after the publication of the book and the article? I mean, Suge Knight threatened me on television. But being in Portland gave me some sense of distance from it, though there were moments when I was frightened by things that happened. One was completely absurd, which happened in my driveway in Portland. I have a long, private driveway, but I heard this screeching. Someone was going really fast and had spun out, and I wasn’t sure what had happened. I get to the top of the driveway, and there’s a white Mustang with a young black driver behind the wheel. I realized, in retrospect, that he’d spun out and probably banged his head and was sitting there stunned. But I got to the top of the driveway, and he looked up at me, and I thought, “Oh shit, this is it.” I ended up finally going up and making sure he was OK, and helped him out of the car just before the cops arrived to arrest him for stealing the car that he’d spun out in. That was a moment of comedy that had a few moments of panic in it. Going after the L.A. Times as harshly as you did in the book, were you ever worried about being journalistically blackballed? I certainly suffered consequences. The L.A. Times wouldn’t review the book. I was invited to speak at various events, at UCLA and places, and L.A. Times reporters threw fits, going around to various other media and badmouthing the story. Has anything changed for you regarding how you view the murders? Basically, no. The city of Los Angeles got fined a million dollars for hiding information that implicated the LAPD in Biggie’s murder. Also—the biggest single thing that’s happened, which certainly will be a significant part of the [next] book—is a young FBI agent, based on the Rolling Stone article before LAbyrinth was even published, undertook an investigation, and he was ready to make arrests. He was convinced he had the case, and basically the case was closed down from up above, and he was removed from it. He was so scared by whatever the threat was to his career that he would never talk to me again after that. So that was a shocking moment, to realize the stakes are so high, because the liabilities for the city of L.A. were enormous. I mean, it could’ve been half a billion dollars, and the damage to the LAPD’s reputation and all that. You know, this case is never going to be solved unless you look at the police officers involved. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




Music by DJ Short Change Retro Game Lounge by Ground Kontrol Food by PDX Sliders Thrive PacificNW


PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: 54-40 Baerlic Breakside Bridgeport Burnside Coalition Culmination Dean's Scene Drinking Horse Beer Ecliptic Ex Novo Fat Heads Feckin Fort George Great Notion Laurelwood 46

Lompoc McMenamins Edgefield Montavilla Ordnance Pints Rogue Sasquatch Stung Swift Cider Three Mugs Trusty Unicorn Uptown Market Vanguard Widmer Zoiglhaus

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

@ The North Warehouse 723 N Tillamook • 21+ $15, $25, $55


MUSIC = WW Pick. Highly recommended. Prices listed are sometimes for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and so-called convenience charges may apply. Event lineups are subject to change after WW’s press deadlines. Editor: MATTHEW SINGER. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, go to and follow submission directions. All shows should be submitted two weeks or more in advance of event. Press kits, CDs and especially vinyl can be sent to Music Desk, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Please include show or release date information with all physical mailings. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

[ELECTRO-POP] The Eternal Lonesome is Draemings’ proper debut for Sumerian Records, where she’s the lone pop act among a roster of metal bands like Born of Osiris and Tosin Abasi’s Animals as Leaders. The Eternal Lonesome sounds a bit like pop music produced by guys who think major pentatonic is as yawn-worthy as four-four time. It’s very clean and follows a paradigm long employed by anyone gunning for mass appeal, in which quiet verses build up to a bubbly, climactic chorus, and a relentless hook lays siege to everything. It comes off a little too cosmetic on record but should be enthralling to watch IRL, considering how well-rehearsed the guitar nerds in the band probably are. CRIS LANKENAU. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 8:30 pm. $7. 21+.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 Chuck Westmoreland, Mission Spotlight

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Most of us knew Mr. Westmoreland when he fronted indie-rock act the Kingdom. Now, after marriage, fatherhood and everything that comes with it, the musician has gone solo—and also somewhat rogue. Combing his personal site and Facebook page provides a vivid tour of a tenured musician amid serious reflection. He’s building guitars, writing songs in duck blinds so as not to wake his kid, and applying the finishing touches to what will surely be one of the more compelling and deeply personal Portland records of 2016. MARK STOCK. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9:30 pm. $5. 21+.

Subhumans, Kicker, Raukous, Rendered Useless

[SUBVERT CITY] Apart from creating a pretty iconic logo, Subhumans represented a flowering of crusty politico-punk amid a second wave of the genre’s British iteration. It also spawned ska-punk ensembles Citizen Fish and Culture Shock, each sporting more active release regimens during the past decade. Subhumans, though, issued 2007’s Internal Riot, finding the band working upped tempos and sleeker production to better jibe with contemporary punk acts. Nothing broaches the relative experimentation of standout work like ’80s cut “Subvert City,” which opens with acoustic guitar before moving into a disco beat and leaning into a spiraling electric melody. DAVE CANTOR. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. 8 pm. $15. All ages.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 St. Johns Nofest

[LOCAL-MUSIC SMORGASBORD] The St. Johns Nofest has made it a point to offer a variety of musical stylings as a means of baiting people into coming to the city’s northernmost neighborhood. So far, it’s worked. This year’s lineup will be spread across the fest’s usual haunts, offering up everything from Nasalrod’s freak-punk and the ambient harp stylings of Dolphin Midwives to the experimental jazz of bass clarinetist Paper Gates and the cacophonous spree of Consumer. With all this music afoot, hopefully everyone

TR/ST, Cold Cave, Caustic Touch

[DARKWAVE] Robert Alfons’ TR/ ST is still riding the victory wave of his 2014 electro-pop masterpiece Joyland. With a voice like Scott Walker impersonating Darth Vader and a wall of cool, synthetic sonic textures, the project balances the upbeat onslaught of pulsating bass drum with dramatic set-dressing to evoke a solitary ennui remedied only by strobe and vogue. The appeal is strong for indoor, bookish types, but Alfons’ voice is really his greatest asset. Similar things could be said of Cold Cave’s Wesley Eisold. If the Jesus and Mary Chain reprogrammed its drum machine and incorporated a melodic, ambient keyboard, it still wouldn’t attract the crowd of exhardcore kids now sporting eyeliner that Cold Cave counts as disciples. This show coincides with the release of its new, limited-edition “Idea of Love” picture-disc single. CRIS LANKENAU. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.


Prophets of Rage, Awolnation

[SELF-TRIBUTE BAND] Members of Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy covering themselves on the anniversary of 9/11? Why, it’s like seeing Alice Cooper on Halloween! Seriously, though. In this silliest of political seasons, there’s a certain warm familiarity in seeing these monsters of agitprop (plus B-Real of Cypress Hill) out on the road, alternately fighting the power and taking the power back. The concept (not to mention ticket prices) has inspired some to make “Profits of Rage” jokes, but the combination of Tom Morello’s guitar with Chuck D’s battering-ram baritone makes too much sense to completely dismiss this tour as a well-timed cash-grab in the guise of protest. MATTHEW SINGER. Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield, Wash. 7 pm. $20-$69.50. All ages.

pot lander N E W S L E T T E R

CONT. on page 49

Portland Black Music Festival

[BLACK ART MATTERS] Last week, The Fader published a piece highlighting five African-American Portland artists and their experiences living and creating in America’s whitest city, and the consensus seemed to be that, despite the city’s fraught racial history, black art is on the verge—if not in the midst—of a




Draemings, Psychic Love, Patricia Hall, DJ Honey O

will be distracted from noticing the McCondos going up near Nofest’s hub. CERVANTE POPE. Multiple venues, Noon. Free.



renaissance in the Rose City. Now, the first annual Portland Black Music Festival arrives to double down on that proposition. A collaboration between local funk master Tony Ozier, trumpeter Farnell Newton and DJ OG One, the event’s implied mission statement is to show a community united in its diversity. “Black music” means a lot of things, and many versions of it will be showcased here, from jazz (Andre St. James, Tyrone Hendrix), hip-hop (Mic Capes, Cool Nutz, Rasheed Jamal, Madgesdiq) and soul (Kimberly Monique, Saeeda Wright) to spoken word (Rochell D. Hart) and world fusion (Patrick Soraya). MATTHEW SINGER. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. 4 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.

Write a memoir, if I can remember anything.

2 Complete a solo album. I have hundreds of half-written ideas taking up space on my computer. 3 Travel. I love traveling and exploring new places. I want to take a train journey across the USA and Europe and go hiking in some of the national parks of America. 4 Read some of the 50-plus books I’ve accumulated since the tour began. 5 Spend time with my family and my dogs and cats. I have three grandchildren whom I’ve hardly spent time with, and I love taking my dogs for walks. SEE IT: Black Sabbath plays Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash., on Tuesday, Sept. 13. 7:30 pm. $24-$686. All ages.

Sign up to receive the latest cannabis news, events and more at Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

MUSIC MONDAY, SEPT. 12 Juliette Lewis

[NATURAL-BORN ROCKER] Despite a daunting IMDb roster of spunky-but-damaged film heroines, Juliette Lewis has long claimed music as her first love. Some seven years after fronting the Licks, she’s returned to the mic. “Hello Hero,” first single of a forthcoming solo EP helmed by Florence and the Machine member Isabella Summers, might veer slightly poppier, but recent live shows remain centered around her full-throated bluesy swagger. While not, perhaps, quite deserving of the billings and attention that celebrity awards—a Michael Rapaport-directed documentary about Lewis’ singing career was released this spring—she’s

far more convincing a rock star than Rapaport a documentarian. If it even needs to be said, she was born for the spotlight. JAY HORTON. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $16. 21+.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13 Tom Rush

[FOLK-ROCK ROYALTY] Tom Rush has a half-century of studio and performing experience to his name, with a seemingly endless list of big-name fans, from Garth Brooks to James Taylor. He helped revive folk in the ’60s and managed to move it cleanly into the next decade by broadening his band and adding rock elements. The 75-year-old is still

FIND A PAPER Find all oF our WW Box locations at

CONT. on page 50



Low Culture WHO: Chris Mason (guitar, vocals), Joe Ayoub (guitar, vocals), Sam George (drums), Jay Castaldi (bass). SOUNDS LIKE: Nineties pop punk getting better with age. FOR FANS OF: Scared of Chaka, Hickey, the Marked Men. After a dozen years in Las Cruces, N.M., where he played in bands, booked shows and ran a label, Low Culture cofrontman Chris Mason was ready for a change. “Me and a small group of people built a positive scene that was incredibly fun,” Mason says. “I was just kind of feeling like, at 34, I was ready to live somewhere that already had a flourishing scene.” So in 2014, about a year after Low Culture released Screens, one of the finest pop-punk albums of the decade, Mason moved to Portland, followed by drummer Sam George. Mason then claimed recent Chicago transplant Jay Castaldi as Low Culture’s new bass player, which left guitarist Joe Ayoub, who wrote and sang half the songs on Screens, in El Paso, Texas. This geography lesson is necessary to understand the greatness of Low Culture’s new album, Places to Hide. While it retains the keen melodic edge of Screens, which combined classic ’90s pop punk and the contemporary grit of the band’s label, Dirtnap Records, Places to Hide is a less frantic and more focused record—apparently the result of Mason being forced to go it alone in a new city. “The vast majority of this record was written without the band, because they weren’t here,” he says. “So I was demoing stuff in my basement with a drum machine. Often I would come up with the song structure, and while listening to it I’d come up with a vocal melody.” You can sense the added breathing room on Places to Hide. It’s still loud-and-proud punk rock, but Mason is clearly testing his melodic range. There’s not a dud on the record, and it should make Portland proud to call Low Culture its own. Mason will be OK if his band stays under the radar, though. “I love doing this,” he says. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. And I get to do it. How exciting is that? It’s never crossed my mind to stop.” CHRIS STAMM. SEE IT: Low Culture plays the Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 503473-8729, with Divers, Piss Test and Steel Chains, on Thursday, Sept. 8. 8 pm. Contact venue for ticketing information. 21+. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




addicted to the tour bus, sharing his creative guitar style and bluesy Americana with fans and fellow musicians alike. He hasn’t released an album in a few years, but given his résumé, he’s already done way, way more than his share. MARK STOCK. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. $25 general admission, $40 reserved seating. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

dates here


[ONE-MAN BAND] Feats of multiinstrumentalism are made more impressive without a loop pedal, but they become downright astonishing when one watches the balancing act performed by sightless musician Raul Midón. A one-man band whose bilingual voice imitates horns and woodwinds between bouts of passionately delivered Latin- and soul-influenced lyrics, Midón’s knack for captivating and down-to-earth delivery makes him a singular artist in the musical universe. Rather than using layered loops to imitate the various members of the band who appear on his latest pair of albums, this year’s Soul Eyes and En Español, Midón’s live performances show that he really doesn’t need a band at all. PARKER HALL. Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. 7:30 pm Friday, Sept. 9. $20 general admission, $25 reserved seating. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.

Renée Fleming

[UN-DIVA] Recipient of multiple Grammys and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama and the first classical singer to croon “Oh say can you see?” at the Super Bowl, the cream-voiced 57-yearold star soprano Renée Fleming has somehow managed to pull off the difficult trick of being an actual diva without coming across as a prima donna. Well, except onstage, of course, where she can certainly rock a sumptuous gown. Defying stereotype, the so-called “people’s diva” avoids haughtiness, singing show tunes as enthusiastically as opera arias. Fleming, who made her Broadway debut last year, is gradually moving away from fulltime opera performance into other vocal projects, and her mostly nonoperatic announced program—a Saint-Saëns song, Massenet arias, tunes from The King and I—is refreshingly short on warhorses, with the exception of Richard Strauss’ ravishing Four Last Songs, which no one should mind. BRETT CAMPBELL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 10. $65$275. All ages.

Trio Subtonic, Happy Orchestra

[JAZZ GROOVES] On Trio Subtonic’s new album, Fiction, Meters-motored organ funk still ripples through tracks like “Pinball,” the earthshaking “El Temblor” and “Riptide.” But on “Refraction,” “Chandelier” and others, keyboardist Galen Clark’s Portland jazz-funk trio also continues the more reflective (and refractive) shades that darkened its previous effort, Night Runners. A groovy cover of Elliott Smith’s “Tomorrow Tomorrow” manages both moods. For this CD release party, it’s joined by jazz-guitar eminence and sometime collaborator Dan Balmer. And speaking of funk, drummer Tarik Abouzied’s spirited opening act, Happy Orchestra, lives up its name thanks to sizzling contributions by Seattle punk-jazz saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Andy Coe (who plays with both Skerik and Abouzied in McTuff), Richie Aldente frontman Tim Kennedy, trumpeter Thomas Marriott and bassist Ian Sheridan. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark St. 10 pm Saturday, Sept. 10. $10. 21+.


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Joseph FRIDAY, SEPT. 9 Fo u r y e a r s a g o, M e e g a n Closner, of the folk-pop band Joseph, was fresh out of college, living back home in Portland with her parents and working at LA Fitness, with no clue what to do next. Now, strangers are getting a phrase she wrote in her journal—I’m Alone, No You’re Not, which is also the title of Joseph’s new album—tattooed on their bodies. “Someone just sent us a picture of it,” she says. “‘I’m alone’ on their left wrist, and ‘No you’re not’ on the other one. It’s so crazy.” She should start getting used to such displays of adoration. In the two years since Closner and her sister-bandmates selfreleased their homespun debut, the trio—named after the small Eastern Oregon town of Joseph—has become darlings-to-be of the New Americana scene. They’ve got a deal with Dave Matthews’ ATO Records and a sophomore record helmed by the producer of Bright Eyes. NPR has glommed onto them, and in June, they played The Tonight Show. So yeah, expect more fan tattoos in their future. It’s been head-spinning for everyone, but particularly for Meegan and her twin sister, Allison. None of this was their dream, exactly. Natalie, the eldest of the three, was the one with designs on a music career. She went to Nashville on a break from college and made some solo recordings, but the results underwhelmed her. So she asked her sisters if they wanted to start a band. “I had obviously no idea what that meant when she asked that,” Meegan says, “and I was like, ‘Yeah, sure, I’m literally not doing anything important.’” It was, to be truthful, a puzzling request. Neither Meegan nor Alison played instruments. And beyond spontaneous carpool karaoke sessions growing up in Estacada, they’d never sung together before—a fact that makes their immaculate harmonies seem even more like the product of some preternatural sibling ESP. “It feels like cheating sometimes,” Meegan says. “We didn’t hone this and practice it to sound so perfect. It just is.” In just about every other respect, though, they’ve had to learn on the job. Going into the recording of I’m Alone, No You’re Not with producer Mike Mogis, the band had lyrics and melodies but little idea how to fully realize them in the studio. “We basically came to the table, like, ‘Here are these vocal songs, create the landscape for them,’” Meegan says. Mogis kept their pristine vocals front and center while dressing them up in bold, sweeping arrangements. It is a much bigger record than 2014’s Native Dreamer Kin, but it still sounds natural—the result, perhaps, of their organic and unlabored songwriting process. For Meegan, that involves singing words directly from her journal, often while plucking a single guitar string. She admits it’s kind of silly. But, like everything else with Joseph, inexperience seems to be working in their favor. “I still have zero idea what I’m doing,” she says. “But I’m writing songs and they’re on a record, and people are listening to it and singing them.” MATTHEW SINGER. A Portland folk-pop sister act breaks big.

SEE IT: Joseph plays Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., with Duncan Fellows, on Friday, Sept. 9. 8 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

dates here

Joey Alexander

[JAZZ PRODIGY] We’re all a little suspicious—and maybe jealous— of young prodigies. Are they really that good, or just “good for their age”? Too many cute, pintsized, tiger mom-programmed robots infest recital stages, icily deploying flawless chops bereft of real passion. Then there’s Joey Alexander, who’s garnered Grammy nominations, performed at the White House, appeared on 60 Minutes and the Tod ay show and at the Monterey Jazz Festival. And yes, he just turned 13. Growing up in Bali—decidedly not a jazz stronghold—Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening to his dad’s classic jazz albums, and standards by Coltrane, Corea, Monk, et al., inform his style and repertoire. Yet if you think he’s all about cuteness and chops, authorities like Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and the major jazz magazines, plus The New York Times, will all vouch for Alexander’s originality, expressivity and old soul. BRETT CAMPBELL. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 11. $37.50-$45. All ages.

Julian Lage Trio

[JAZZ AMERICANA] Julian Lage has come a long way since he took the stage at the 2000 Grammy Awards as a 13-year-old jazz guitar prodigy. In the subsequent 16 years, the California native has aimed his technical prowess inward, jumping the hurdles of youth while transforming into one of the guitar world’s most unique voices. When Lage’s hands strike the strings on his latest record, Arclight, they tell complex harmonic stories without skirting the technical perfection underneath, with heartwarming Americana melodies that serve as evidence of the significant time he’s spent in the company of Wilco’s Nels Cline. PARKER HALL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm Monday, Sept. 12. $20. 21+.

For more Music listings, visit


Loch Lomond

[CHAMBER NOUVEAU] For the past decade-plus, the sprawling collective known as Loch Lomond has embedded itself in the lexicon of Portland (Hush) music. Talented ringleader Ritchie Young has married indie pop to classical music in a subtle and inclusive way, while working with a revolving cast of contributors. Unlike fellow baroque-pop artists such as Beirut and Grizzly Bear, Loch Lomond has always come across as a bit more accessible and less self-absorbed. Lately, the band has kept busy with creative side projects ranging from a split EP with garage-rock champion Ty Segall to scoring tracks for the Laika film The Boxtrolls. Loch Lomond’s newest full-length, Pens From Spain, is an elegant examination of distance, set to shuffling percussion, chamber instrumentation and simple but intoxicating melodies. There is so much geography and reaching across shores at play on this record that one track, “From Here to Iceland,” is little more than ambient whirs and Morse-code beeps. Much of the record, however, is denser. It starts full-bodied, with the stacked vocal harmonies, warm brass, icy keys and soft strings of opener “A String,” but the spareness of tracks like “Seattle Denver Arms” is countered by the suave and snowballing nature of the title track. Young’s gift of lyrical metaphor and personification shines throughout, and the fact that the record was partially recorded on the coast in Pacific City may contribute to its globe-trotting themes and fluid sound. The record rarely gets stuck in its own candlelit baroqueness, as it does on the overly Old World “Nocturnal Me.” The rest is lush and poetic—if a thoughtful gaze had a sound, Pens From Spain would be the equivalent of a long, dramatic stare at the ocean horizon. MARK STOCK.


SEE IT: Loch Lomond plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Small Million, on Friday, Sept. 9. 9 pm. $10. 21+. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



32 BEERS HOME BREWER + PRO BREWER TEAMS SATURDAY, 10 /15 NOON– 6:30 P.M . @ The North Warehouse 723 N Tillamook • 21+ $15, $25, $55


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


3000 NE Alberta St Ruthie Foster


350 West Burnside Josh Abbott Band

High Water Mark Lounge

6800 NE MLK Ave Modok, Mindshroud, Why Won’t You Die?


1001 SE Morrison St. Draemings, Psychic Love, Patricia Hall, DJ Honey O

Jimmy Mak’s

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

Laurelthirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St McCarthy Creek Band / Moonshine Mountain; Love Gigantic

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Tallulah’s Daddy

the Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Jane Deaux, The Go Ahead, Saving Aether

the Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Shafty

the Know

2026 NE Alberta St Casual Burn // Bobby Peru // VOG

the Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Fred & Toody, Jenny Don’t & The Spurs, Joshua McCaslin

the Old Church 1422 SW 11th Ave Dora Hazlett


232 SW Ankeny St Tahoma, Mike Spine

tHURS. SEPt. 8 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Mipso • Sam Lewis

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Lungs and Limbs, Survival Guide, Northern Allies, The Adnas

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Chuck Westmoreland, Mission Spotlight

Doug Fir Lounge

LAST WEEK LIVE Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

Laurelthirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters; Folkslinger

Muddy Rudder Public House

Kelly’s Olympian

6800 NE MLK Ave If These Trees Could Talk, Driftoff, Spotlights, Coastlands


1001 SE Morrison St. Moorea Masa and the Mood, Shaprece, Maiah Manser, Alexandra Becker Black

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave.

221 NW 10th Ave. Dan Balmer Trio 426 SW Washington St. Bunker Sessions with Joseph Waya, Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts, Tiny Matters, Power Castle

8105 Se 7th Ave. The Horsenecks

Portland Parks

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 1302 The Gordon Neal Herman Piano Vibes Trio

Mississippi Pizza

Star theater

3552 N Mississippi Ave Mr. Ben; Bingo & Bourbon with Brian Perez

the Analog Cafe

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Julian Lage Trio

13 NW 6th Ave. Dumpstaphunk

Mississippi Studios

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Victorian Halls, Pseudo Future, Bear Witness, Wild Ire

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

the Goodfoot

Produce Row Cafe

2845 SE Stark St New Orleans Suspects, Boys II Gentlemen

204 SE Oak St, Moongriffin Trio

the Know

2026 NE Alberta St Low Culture (rec release!) // Piss Test // Steel Chains //

the O’Neil Public House 6000 NE Glisan St. Dig Deep

the Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! Featuring The Swingtown Vipers, Joe Baker & the Kitchen Men

FRI. SEPt. 9 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St An Evening with Tracy Grammer

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Monolord, Beastmaker, Sweat Lodge

Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St. Eternal Warfare Fest

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Autonomics, Arlo Indigo, Devy Metal


350 West Burnside Amber Martin- Janis: Undead

Duff’s Garage

Kelly’s Olympian

High Water Mark Lounge

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd Kevin Seconds

Jimmy Mak’s

Duff’s Garage

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Subhumans, Kicker, Raukous, Rendered Useless

225 SW Ash St Dwight Church, Dwight Dickinson

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

830 E Burnside St. Chris Margolin & The Dead Bird Collection, Kasey Anderson, Tyler Stenson

Hawthorne theatre

MON. SEPt. 12 Ash Street Saloon

Hawthorne theatre

Mississippi Pizza

2530 NE 82nd Ave RB Stone

2530 NE 82nd Ave Cold Static

[SEPT. 7-13]

For more listings, check out


= WW Pick. Highly recommended.

Editor: Matthew Singer. TO HAVE YOUR EVENT LISTED, send show information at least two weeks in advance on the web at submitevents. Press kits, CDs and especially vinyl can be sent to Music Desk, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Please include show or release date information with all physical mailings. Email:

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Raul Midon 426 SW Washington St. The Wilder

Laurelthirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Woodbrain w/ Tevis Hodge; Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Loch Lomond

Muddy Rudder Public House 8105 Se 7th Ave. Reverb Brothers

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd. Jake Bugg, Syd Arthur

Ponderosa Lounge

10350 N Vancouver Way, Sacred Road

Star theater

NÜ WILCO: Not so long ago—last year, actually—it seemed Jeff Tweedy was satisfied with Wilco. After a decade of shifting sounds from the weather-beaten alt-country of A.M. to the fractured pop of Summerteeth, his band settled into a jammy groove with A Ghost Is Born, a mood that only intensified after guitarist Nels Cline joined the band. That’s Old Wilco now. Schmilco, the band’s new record, is downbeat and acoustic—as was Sept. 4’s show at the Schnitz, which included one song from each of the four records directly preceding Schmilco. Aside from an extended solo on “Impossible Germany,” which drew a standing ovation, Cline stood inconspicuously on the starboard side of the stage, strumming the simple chords of “Should’ve Been in Love” like a Ferrari rolling by a Wendy’s drive-thru. The stage itself, in fact, was just as much of a centerpiece—a dark and lush forest that recalled a Maurice Sendak illustration. The sparse, new material did highlight Tweedy’s remarkably well-preserved voice. His extraordinary ability to whisper and yell-sing on the same song without popping out of perfect pitch was especially obvious on “Pot Kettle Black.” Personally, I miss the old Wilco—the half-jazz Wilco, spaz-on-the-Ghost Wilco. But if Tweedy has shown us anything in the past two decades, it’s that he’s never going to stick with any sound for long. MARTIN CIZMAR. Star theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Luciano

the Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Garcia Birthday Band; Avoid The Void

the Firkin tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Moon Tiger, Killed By Health

the Know

2026 NE Alberta St Pushy, Donzis, Fuzzy Dice

the O’Neil Public House

6000 NE Glisan St. Pig Honey; La Rivera

the Raven

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Phobia, Nomads, Columbian Necktie, RKC, Rotting Slab

the Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Ken DeRouchie Band, Bottleneck Blues Band; Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Vie de Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave. The Libertine Belles

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. Joseph

SAt. SEPt. 10 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Back Fence PDX: Mainstage - Leap of Faith

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St East Forest & Friends

Muddy Rudder Public House

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

8105 Se 7th Ave. Terry Robb and Lauren Sheehan

Ash Street Saloon

8 NW 6th Ave The Mavericks

Community Music Center

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. THE MIGHTY, Dayshell, Artifex Pereo, Picturesque; Dungeon Drummer

1037 SW Broadway Renée Fleming 225 SW Ash St The Decliners, In Repose, Black Halo, The Long Goodnight

3350 SE Francis Street, Musica Maestrale

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave ThunderFunk

Hawthorne theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Stick To Your Guns

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Brownish Black / The Sentiments

Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St. Ryan Hutchens

Laurelthirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Billy Kennedy (all ages!); Kris Deelane & the Hurt; Low Bones / Wilkinson Blades

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Brad Creel & the Reel Deel; Paul Evans and Martin Zarzar

Roseland theater

the Analog Cafe

the Firkin tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Tigers Of Youth, Butterfly Breakdown

the Foggy Notion

3416 N Lombard St Stumblebum, Fruit of the Legion of Loom, The Carotids

the Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Trio Subtonic, Happy Orchestra

the Know

Vie de Boheme

1530 SE 7th Ave. The Strange Tones

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St. TR/ST, Cold Cave, Caustic Touch

SUN. SEPt. 11 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Ukulele Road Show

Ash Street Saloon

225 SW Ash St Enola Fall, Highchair Kings

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Curley Taylor

Hawthorne theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. EDEN - Futurebound Tour

Laurelthirst Public House

the Lovecraft Bar

the O’Neil Public House

1624 NW Glisan St. Portland Black Music Festival

the Secret Society

3552 N Mississippi Ave Shoot Dang

421 SE Grand Ave White Rooms, Sex Park

6000 NE Glisan St. Rachel Mann Band

116 NE Russell St Melao De Cuba Salsa Orchestra; The Jenny Finn Orchestra

8105 Se 7th Ave. Irish Music

Newmark theatre 1111 SW Broadway Joey Alexander

Oregon Zoo

2958 NE Glisan St Freak Mountain Ramblers; Open Mic hosted by Taylor Kingman; Hollerbodies

2026 NE Alberta St Zebra, Support Group, The Cut 45

Muddy Rudder Public House

Mission theater

Mississippi Pizza

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Death Valley Girls, the Shivas, Top Down

4001 SW Canyon Rd. Joe Walsh


13 NW 6th Ave. Juliette Lewis

the Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Sonic Forum

the Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Gentle Spirit


232 SW Ankeny St Lee and The Bees

tUES. SEPt. 13 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Tom Rush

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Boyz II Men

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St The Walcotts // King Radio

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Work Drugs

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave HiFi Mojo

600 E Burnside St Roselit Bone + Young Moon[SF]

Jimmy Mak’s

Skyline tavern

Mississippi Pizza

8031 NW Skyline Blvd Warren Pash & Dan Eccles

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA Prophets of Rage, Awolnation

the Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Wolves, Soccer Moms, Sad Rad

the Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St John Kadlecik Band

the Secret Society 116 NE Russell St Whim Grace, Willow House, Low Key


232 SW Ankeny St BRUT

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St. Boyce Avenue

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Septet 3552 N Mississippi Ave Baby Ketten Karaoke; Atlantis Underground: Songwriter Sessions

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Get The Led Out

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA Black Sabbath: The End

the Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Crooked Looks, Millstone Grit; Ultra Magnetic

the Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Farnell Newton and The Othership Connection

the Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Little Ears: Red Yarn


232 SW Ankeny St Lee Ellis, Dan Silver, Kyle Parisi, Janie Black

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


chopsticks express ii presents


the 18th annual 2016-17 CONCERTS SKYBOUND BLUE FRIDAY, SEP 23 7:30 PM AMERICANA I $15/$20


Terry Robb, Mark Hanson Doug Smith FRIDAY, OCT 7 – 7:30 PM FINGERSTYLE GUITAR I $18/$22

CARRIE NEWCOMER w/Pianist Gary Walters FRIDAY, OCT 21 – 7:30 PM SINGER + SONGWRITER I $22/$26 “Carrie is the touchstone of authenticity... a beautiful singer and songwriter.” – ROSEANNE CASH


FRIDAY, NOV 4 – 7:30 PM FOLK, VINTAGE COUNTRY I $18/$22 “Robbie Fulks is an Alt–Country Genius!” – TINA FEY






The Walters is only 2 blocks from the MAX Station!

Walters Cultural Arts Center 527 E. Main Street—Hillsboro, OR Box Office: 503-615-3485



th 10 PBR



CHOPSTICKS 3390 NE Sandy Blvd. no cover charge - 21+ over how can be!

Magnolia Bouvier Years DJing: I started in 2011 with a show on Portland Radio Authority, and then one on XRAY. Genre: Post-punk, New Wave, creep-o-rama. Where you can catch me regularly: I have a monthly at Lovecraft on second Saturdays called Musick for Mannequins, with DDDJJJ666 and WW designer DJ Acid Rick, where we try to make people dance to a wide variety of records, including ’80s Madonna, the Cramps, Heaven 17, Suicidal Tendencies, the Hollywood Persuaders, Killing Joke and the Gun Club. Occasionally, I play records at Beech Street Parlor, which is a great no-pressure gig where I can bust out weirder European jams and some David Lynch soundtracks. I also do a podcast on Mixcloud called Vampirella in Iridescent Teal, which is usually an hour of records I’ve been geeking out on recently. Craziest gig: At a Lovecraft gig, we once got some “run-off ” from the Naked Bike Ride thing, and the dance floor was half totally naked people with bike helmets on and half goths and death-rockers trying to pretend that everything was normal. My go-to records: George Michael’s “Too Funky”; ”Fine Time” by New Order; almost any song by Ministry; Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria,” especially the gloriously long 12-inch version. Don’t ever ask me to play…: People keep asking for something called Combichrist, but I don’t have it and probably never will. Beyoncé is another one I’m never gonna play. Really, anything with newfangled production values or crap that sounds like a Diet Coke commercial. NEXT GIG: Magnolia Bouvier spins at Musick for Mannequins at the Lovecraft Bar, 421 SE Grand Ave., with DDDJJJ666 & DJ Acid Rick, on Saturday, Sept. 10. 10 pm. Free. 21+.

FRI. SEPT. 9 45 East

315 SE 3rd Ave DJ Rap, The Dirt Merchant

WED. SEPT. 7 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Oxfist

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. TRONix (electronica)

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Hot Lips

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ BOOM!

The Lovecraft Bar

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



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Jimbo

Gold Dust Meridian 3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

DJ Matt Stanger


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. NorthernDraw (funk, hip hop, soul)

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ CJ

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Thursday Electronic

The Lovecraft Bar

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

The Raven

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Tetsuo (drum ‘n bass)

Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Murray The Why

Black Book

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

Crush Bar

1400 SE Morrison Wicked Craft: A Witch Themed Variety Show!

Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Tiger Stripes


1001 SE Morrison St. Dance Yourself Clean

Killingsworth Dynasty


18 NW 3rd Ave. Tube Thursday

832 N Killingsworth St Cake w/ DJs Troubled Youth, Lamar LeRoy & Automaton (hip hop, rap, r&b)



232 SW Ankeny St The 6th Annual Dub Champions Festival with Subatomic Sound System

3967 N. Mississippi Ave. King Tim 33 1/3 (aqua boogie, underwater rhymes)

Where to drink this week. 1.

Rum Club

e m i ly j o a n g r e e n e


720 SE Sandy Blvd., 503-265-8807, Dude. you know what’s back at rum Club? Peach blendies. if you haven’t had them, you’re an objectively inferior person to everyone who has. and you’re definitely unhappier.


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 old-school 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.

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Craceface

OLD DIVISION: Guarded by a wheelchair ramp big enough to double as a castle moat, Loon (2865 SE Division St., 503-477-9470, has become an unlikely thing since opening in March: an outpost of old Division Street tucked discreetly amid the new. The neutral-toned box of a space is more improvised than made-to-order, still recognizable as the Bluetooth speaker store it once was. But like equally improvised Eugenio’s down the street—which held a parade declaring the death of Old Portland when it shut its doors last year—the owners of Loon are now booking blues, soul and bluegrass for a disparate neighborhood crowd that ranges from biker to soccer fan to well-meaning granola. Sunday is always jazz, a recent Wednesday was bingo night, and when Dead & Company played, the bar streamed it live on a projected screen. Seven bucks will get you a pint glass filled with brandied sangria, and $5 brings a pint of craft beer—but mysteriously, only 8 ounces of Hop Venom, as if it were a double shot and not a double IPA. Meanwhile, a burger, brisket or pulled-pork sandwich goes for a mere $7, a lower-cost lunch than you’re likely to find at the food carts of Tidbit across the street. But food from Tidbit is welcome at the bar, and there’s a sign telling you so. Really, Loon has a heartening sense of community in an often-antiseptic part of the city whose food-tourist economy makes all notions of community confusing at best. Think of it as a locals’ bar in a rich beach town, but with better beer. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Crystal Ballroom

Star Bar

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

The Embers Avenue

2002 SE Division St. DJ Blind Bartimaes

The Goodfoot

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ King Fader

The Liquor Store

1001 SE Morrison St. Blessed: Future, Drake, Kanye Tribute Party

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Smooth Hopperator 100 NW Broadway Friday Night 80’s & Top 40 2845 SE Stark St Soul Stew w/ DJ Aquaman (funk, soul, disco) 3341 SE Belmont St, Subsensory presents DVS1

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave NecroNancy w/ Buckmaster (queer dance party)


232 SW Ankeny St DJ Matthew Berger

SAT. SEPT. 10 45 East

315 SE 3rd Ave Cedric Gervais, Jamie Meushaw, Eddie Pitzul

Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Hell Books

Double Barrel Tavern

Gold Dust Meridian


Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Jump Jack Sound Machine w/ Chanti Darling DJs


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. DJ Cuica

Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Billy Club

The Embers Avenue

100 NW Broadway Saturday Top 40 Remixed

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Believe You Me

The Lovecraft Bar

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


232 SW Ankeny St Devil’s Pie w/ DJ Wicked (hip hop, r&b, new jack swing)

SUN. SEPT. 11 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Never Forget

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

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Sharon Needles


18 NW 3rd Ave. Sundays w/ Hypham

White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave East Live & Direct

MON. SEPT. 12 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street

Save the Date

DJ Jen O.

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Big Ben

Ground Kontrol

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

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. Metal Monday

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Black Mass (goth, industrial, new wave)

TUES. SEPT. 13 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Allan Wilson

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Go With

Star Bar

639 SE Morrison St. DJ Robert Soxx

Upcoming Willamette Week Events 10/15/16 Beer Pro/Am 30 home and pro brewers debut new beers

2/28/17 oregon Beer AwArds The Academy Awards of Oregon Beer

11/28/16 Funniest 5 showcAse Portland’s five best faces in standup perform free

4/29/17 cultivAtion clAssic Celebrating craft, sustainable cannabis

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Recycle (dark dance)


18 NW 3rd Ave. Tubesdays

InformatIon and tIckets at Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


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


Profile Theatre’s five-part reimagining of the classic from five of America’s preeminent female playwrights— Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich—takes Sophocles back from the realm of old white men and juggernauts into present day. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 7-11. $36.

Boeing Boeing

North Portland’s community theater goes both retro and exotic with a farcical 1960s French play about a lothario with a thing for airline stewardesses. Barnard is a self-made Parisian bachelor with three fiancees. One Italian, one German and one American—all stewardesses. When one fateful layover brings them together in his apartment, merde hits the fan. Twilight Theater Company, 7515 N Brandon Ave. 8 pm FridaySaturday and 3 pm Sunday, Sept. 9-24. Additional show 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 22. $15.

The Gun Show

These are only five gun stories out of all America’s gun stories, says local playwright EM Lewis. That’s been enough. Her Gun Show has toured cities notorious for armed violence— L.A., Chicago, New Jersey—since its 2014 debut. Here, in its Northwest premiere, Portland actor Vin Shambry (who was voted Portland’s Bes Actor in WW’s Best of Portland Reader’s Poll this year) presents Lewis’s five stories as a one-man show. Talk-backs after each performance give audiences a chance to share their own gun stories, and an accompanying art installation in the lobby means the performance is guaranteed to keep engaging you even after you leave your seat. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 9-Oct. 1. $28 general, $22.50 under 30 and over 65.

Plan 10 From Outer Space

Picking up where Ed Wood’s film Plan 9 From Outer Space left off, this unhinged theatrical sequel jumps ahead 60 years. Aliens are roaming the Earth, but their plan to kill humans with armies of the undead, Plan 9, failed. Now, a clan of high schoolers must try to save the planet from Plan 10. Expect uninhibited actors doing their best to make the circus-themed Funhouse Lounge seem like even more of an alternate universe than it already does. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. 9:30 pm WednesdaySaturday and 8 pm Sunday, Sept. 8-17. $15-$85. 21+.


From Orange is the New Black writer Nick Jones, this comi-drama centers around a 200-pound chimp. As the animal, who was once a famous performer, tries to communicate with the people around him, both he and the humans speak in broken English and gibberish to highlight the animal/ human communication barrier. Trevor once starred beside Morgan Fairchild. He now has a human mom and family. It’s hilarious to watch...until it’s

really, really not. With Trevor, Jones takes aim at the lies we humans tell ourselves with the adamancy of Palahniuk circa Fight Club and the inventiveness of Enda Walsh. The theater already extended the show’s run once. We suggest buying your tickets in advance. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday. Sept. 10-Oct. 9. Additional shows noon Wednesday, Sept. 21; 7:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 27. 7:30 show only on Saturday, Oct. 8, and 2 pm show only on Sunday, Oct. 2 and 9. $50 general admission, $25 under 25.

BEER OR ART?: 7Ways by Geumhyung Jeong.


ALSO PLAYING The Bomb-itty of Errors

Post5 Theatre’s hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare has national clout. The script was nominated at the Outer Critics Circle Awards and won the Grand Jury Prize at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Turns out, theater people still like Shakespeare, even when the sonnets are rapped. Imagine The Comedy of Errors, where two sets of twins get delightfully twisted, but with Sellwood’s top actors channeling Yeezy. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 971333-1758. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, through Sept. 17. $20.

Steel Magnolias

A Southern beauty salon filled with lightning-fast repartee and verbal jousting becomes a surrogate for the entire world in this classic by Robert Harling. We get hen fights, tragedy and moral uplift. That’s from the script. From Clackamas Rep, you can expect consistency and familyfriendly entertainment. At this point in the summer, if you’re not up for existential crisis at Imago Theater, this might be your best bet on stage. Osterman Theatre, 9600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday and 2:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 9-Oct. 2. $30.

DANCE Death of Glitter

The runner-up for Best Drag Show in WW’s Best of Portland Reader’s Poll, Crush’s monthly show and dance party includes Portland mainstays like Zora Phoenix and always benefits a local LGBTQ cause. Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., 9:30 pm every second Saturday. $5-$10.

Magic Men Live!

Sunday is laundry day—hot and steamy, dripping wet, squeaky clean washboards, right? The Roseland rarely gets so much testosterone on stage and so little in the audience. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm Sunday, Sept. 11. Sold out. 21+.

The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Beijing’s preeminent circus performers have come all the way from China to headline the Schnitz for one night only. For those mourning that the Olympics have ended. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 7. $20-$55.

CONT. on page 59


have now been demolished or leased. Some were even converted into New Seasons. “For me, there’s this real sense of optimism and possibility,” says Mattox. “During this turbulent time, I think people are really struggling with Portland’s BY JACK R U SHA LL @jackrushallnow future. This festival gives people a place to gather. TBA is a place to lament and mourn; there are a lot of Portland has “art and culture in its DNA,” according to crazy things happening in the world.” Angela Mattox, artistic director of the Portland InstiThe festival is hardly an MTV Cribs episode for tute for Contemporary Art and one of the organizers PICA’s new digs, though. TBA is marketed as both a behind its 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival. safe space and a hub for sociocultural criticism. This Considering our resident Darth Vader unicyclist year, there will be an emphasis on gender, race and with the burning bagpipes, and those symbolic plastic sexuality. Juxtaposing identity with loss is perhaps penises that displaced entire families of crows from the winning formula that has attracted one of TBA’s their telephone poles last summer, we agree. (Were most diverse, educational roster of participants yet. the penises a metaphor for gentrification?) And even “There’s not a whole lot of returners, but the though we didn’t land one of those coveted statues performers and the ideas they’re tackling are very of a naked Donald Trump as Seattle did last timely,” says Mattox, who admits that she month, Portland is still something of a travels around the world in search of national ringleader when it comes to acts to bring home with her. artistic expression. Just ask Japan. And though many visiting per“TBA IS A The TBA Festival, like any formers are proud resources in PLACE TO LAMENT great art installation, is both terms of spreading culture that AND MOURN; THERE sensual and inclusive. It harmight not be so homogenous bors several of the world’s most ARE A LOT OF CRAZY to those born in the U.S., the innovative contemporary artists, TBA Festival still maintains a THINGS HAPPENING many of whom have never set homegrown Portland flair. This foot on U.S. soil before. TBA offers year’s event, for instance, will IN THE WORLD.” foreigners a chance to comment on feature a pop-up art museum, a —Angela Mattox the big issues facing local Portlandmovie screening where adults will be ers, and unsurprisingly, people seem to blindfolded and rely on schoolchildren universally understand people. This festival to narrate the films for them, and even a doesn’t need to be political, though it probably is. woman imitating her dad, faux facial hair and faded For those of you unfamiliar with the setup of plaid button-down and all. TBA, it’s a 10-day citywide guerrilla contemporary Another welcome change to this year’s TBA art show that’s a mesh of visual installations, stage includes its decision to ax its 21-and-over policy for performances, coveted speakers, film screenings and, late-night events. Now, aspiring art majors still in of course, late-night parties. high school can really taste what they’re up against. This year’s theme is based loosely on loss and its With prices that are generally amenable, perhaps consequences, not all of which are bad; in fact, PICA the most accessible aspect of the TBA Festival is that itself is symbolic of this year’s ethos. PICA is moving— the general public can pick and choose which spectahaving finally found a permanent home in Northeast cles they need to witness and which ones they might Portland. TBA festivals will continue for the foresee- reject for a sampling of new fall beers at 10 Barrel. able future, even as our housing crisis looms. In the Should you go? Do you want to be one of those past, the festival relied on empty or abandoned spaces people who prefers beer over art? Think about it. to manifest its seasonal cornucopia of intellectually triggering events. Many of the former event spaces SEE IT: PICA’s TBA Festival is at various venues, Sept. 8-18. Festival passes $60-$250. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




I’M KIND OF A BIG DEAL: Sean Doran and Todd Van Voris.


Banjo pioneer, author and Americana composer Dick Weissman celebrates the release of his seventh CD, titled Night Sky, and the release of an autobiography titled The Music Never Stops. Weissman is a veteran of the folk scene, having spent years playing with The Journeyman, a group which also featured John Phillips (Mamas & Papas) and Scott McKenzie. Additionally, Weissman has written 22 books on music and the music industry, and taught college courses on the subject.



Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. “Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before?” If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, take note. Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music. Once you’ve see her perform, you won’t forget her.



“In some ways (her new album is) a vivid distillation of the omnivorous folk-pop-bluegrass-indie-everything-else Watkins made with Nickel Creek, yet she makes audacious jumps that push against expectations in unexpected ways. These songs contain some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted. In other words, bold in all the right ways.”

“Jack White Listening Party”

Join us on Friday, September 9th at 7pm in our Vinyl Room as we spin a new collection of Acoustic Recordings from Jack White. All who attend will receive a limited edition album art poster, and one lucky attendee will take home an autographed test pressing of the album!


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


Your socially narcissistic tendencies are totally chill, according to playwright Eugene O’Neill, so long as you are a self-described first-rate gambler. O’Neill’s absurdist, existential play Hughie, currently onstage at East Burnside’s Imago Theatre, is a strapping demonstration of the fine line between the success of a production and the sturdy bones of a script. A moth-eaten Manhattan hotel is the backdrop for this two-person play, which, for the record, is more like a one-person monologue with intermittent trickles of white noise from the 1928 L train. A gambling man enters a sleepy hotel lobby where he discovers a new night clerk. The problem: The gambling man really liked the old night clerk, but he is dead. His resolve: He’ll just keep talking the new dude’s ear off until the conversation gets good. Hughie asks too much of the night clerk, and also the audience. The night clerk, a wiry and contemplative man named Charlie Hughes (Sean Doran), initially gives one-word responses to everything the gambling man, Erie Smith (Todd Van Voris), throws down at him. But things take an unnatural turn about 15 minutes before the curtain call. All too suddenly, Hughes is fascinated rather than disgusted by Smith’s

gambling and the fact that Smith might know other, even more famous gamblers than himself. This part of the script is jarring, considering how Smith has been slurring something about gambling for 30 minutes already, and then, out of nowhere, the two start merrily playing dice together (at Erie’s expense) atop the clerk’s desk. This sudden turn is perplexing. The guy I was sitting next to in the audience may have said it best. After the show, he told me he’d “have to think about that one for a while” to decide how he felt. I concur, dear sir. Something didn’t sit well, and it wasn’t the audience; the Imago is a very comfy theater. Luckily, the actors make up for their characters. Van Voris reminds us that Erie isn’t just a self-entitled douchebag, but actually does somewhat resemble the existential dreamer he spends far too much stage time promoting himself as. As for Doran, illustrating his character’s signature behavior—namely a lack of attentiveness— must have been either excruciatingly difficult or flawlessly easy to pull off, with so few lines. JACK RUSHALL.


SEE IT: Hughie is at Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 503-231-9581. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, through Sept. 18. $15-$25.







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. 8:30 pm TuesdayWednesday. Free.

Earthquake Hurricane

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

The Ranger Station Open Mic

Sign ups start at 8 pm for a weekly open mic night hosted by Victor Johnson, set in the whiskey-heavy bar WW once compared to “a Roosevelt-era public works cabin.” The Ranger Station, 4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 Addicted to Heroines

A late-night talk show where local comedian ladies discuss things like YA fiction, feminism, Star Wars and compassion. Featuring Lucia Fasano, Barbara Holm, Jen Tam and Caitlin Weierhauser, who give away prizes and do interviews with inspiring heroes and sheroes. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St. 8 pm. $5 suggested donation.

Christopher Titus

For his seventh 90-minute special, the creator of the titular Titus TV show gets personal. You’ve seem him on CSI: Miami and The Exes, and some Portlanders even boast seeing him three times at Helium already. This time, he’s opening up about why he hasn’t procreated in his new show “Born With a Defect.” Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10. $25-$30. 21+.

Open Court

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

Shane Torres

Shane Torres says he misses us. It’s been a while since we Portlanders saw the expat (he came from L.A. for Bridgetown), so he’s back and doing double-duty in the rave basement where all the coolest touring DJs headline. The early show features guests Whitney Streed, Alex Falcone, JoAnn Schinderle and Anthony Lopez. That’s two-thirds of the Earthquake Hurricane crew and a complete lineup of well-known locals. The late show has Barbara Holm, Zak Toscani, Gabe Dinger and Phil Schallberger. One ticket won’t get you in to both shows, so pick your lineup or shell out for both. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 8 and 10 pm. $10-$12.



5:00PM–7:00PM On Main Street between Broadway & Park Ave. Next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall



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

Thursday Night Throwdown

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

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9 Al’s Den Comedy Night

A late night weekend showcase of comics, mostly local stand-up comedians 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+.

Comedy and Cocktails

Jason Traeger hosts a roundup of local comedians like Gabe Dinger and Nariko Ott—Portland’s Funniest Person 2016—at New Deal’s monthly showcase. Cocktails start at 7, show at 8 pm. New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St. 7 pm. Free. 21+.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 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. 6 pm Sundays. $5 suggested donation.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




VISUAL ARTS = 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:


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., 503-225-0210. Through Oct. 2.

Morocco Photos 2015

The Art of Luv (Part 1): Elliot by Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble

Remember that psychopathic dude who couldn’t get laid, so he shot a bunch of people on the UCSB campus back in 2014? New York-based multimedia artists Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble unpack this for you by responding to this “wound to the body of Love” with an experimental ritual performance that is, at times, surprisingly hilarious. But rest assured, the darkness sets in. Reed College Black Box Theatre, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 7 pm SaturdayTuesday, Sept. 10-13. $25.

Blind Cinema

We don’t give kids enough credit. During a film screening at the Hollywood Theatre, adult attendees are blindfolded with rows of schoolchildren standing behind them, narrating the film. But this event is deeper than you think: it’s barely imposing on children—instead, it’s exploiting the limitations of human language. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 3 pm SaturdaySunday, Sept. 10-11, 7 pm Friday, Sept. 16, 3 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18. $20-40.

Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza

The no. 1 queer event of the social calendar is back, uniting MC Pepper Pepper with some of Portland’s liveliest (and bestdressed) partygoers. The selfproclaimed “A Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza” is first-andforemost a drag show, but with dope music and dance, it’s also a safe space that embraces both identity and absurdity. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 10. $10.

d’aprés une histoire vraie

Booking French artist Christian Rizzo and his all-male ten-member touring performers was no walk in the park. Imagine all the visas. However, this physical, visceral final product was inspired by Christian’s time in Istanbul, where he researched masculinity in traditional dance. Here, you’ll see a sensuality that is surprisingly traditional. PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., Room 75. 6:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10. $25.

Distance is Not Separation: Section 1. Selective Seeing: Corners, You, Section 2: Painted Images, Colored Symbols: She’s Hard, She Q

This timely performance, almost a series of cultural flashbacks, touches upon the black femme body and its characterization through sports, societal roles (such as occupations), and even language. Keijaun Thomas utilizes live performances and multimedia installations to explore how black identity ties in with black personhood. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 8:30 pm Sunday-Tuesday, Sept. 11-13. Free.

Don’t Get Me Started

Still think most people wouldn’t spout half of their opinions IRL if they weren’t hiding behind a keyboard? “Don’t Get Me Started ” brings trolls to life by rallying a group of local artists, activists, comedians and everyday citizens who will utilize the stage to discuss all the pressing local issues in as uncensored a fashion as pos sible. Expect some New Portland vs. Old Portland banter. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Monday, Sept. 12. $10.

Portland Museum of Modern Art: Houseguest

Finally, it happened: a pop-up art museum. Libby Werbel is an artist who wanted to create her own contemporary art museum – and for two days, you can witness its visual art installations and performances in the heart of PDX. This tiny, underground gallery is spontaneous but pertinent. (Currently, Portland doesn’t have an established major contemporary art museum of its own.) Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 11 am-7 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11. Performances begin at 1 pm. Free.

Portland Museum of Modern Art At The Works

Everything and anything goes during this intimate first-time collaboration between PICA and the Portland Art Museum. Mingle with reggae, house music, spirituals and Afrofuturist themes. Dynasty Handbag will add some absurdist humor and Strange Babes will DJ, so that your feet might levitate off the floor. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. 10:30 pm Friday, Sept. 9. $10.

A Smeary Spot

Narcissister is so much more than a pretty mask. The Brooklyn-based artist and performer supplies her audiences with a public intervention by highlighting the patriarchal portrayal of the female body through mixed media, live performances, and even pornography. Make sure to see her delve into her art as part of TBA’s Field Guide sessions. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St., 8:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 9-10. $20.

This science fiction-inspired video installation showcases our relationship with the sun as an “organizing principle of time, place, and ego.” Expect the juxtaposition of dreamy film from the deserts of Southern Utah with black box theater performers citing existential texts. Like the sun itself, the performers will express transition through stylized dance. Now there’s a metaphor. PICA at Hancock, 15 NE Hancock St. Installation: Noon-5:30 pm, Sept. 9-18. Noon-6 pm Thursday-Friday, noon-4 pm Saturday-Sunday Sept. 22-Oct. 20. Reception: 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 8. Free.

New Faithful Disco

Still Life

Narcissistic Advance

What does it mean to be a queer woman? Thanks to L.A.-based choreographer Meg Wolfe, a “power-trio” of queer dancers is going to explore this topic through an original interpretative dance piece. Highlights: there will be lots of disco music, as much of the soundtrack is sampled from the ‘70s. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 6:30 pm SaturdaySunday, Sept. 10-11. $25.


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, writerturned-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.

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., 503-963-1935. Through Oct. 1.

Rhetorical Geometry

Geometry is defined as the investigation of “shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of

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.

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-scale work with a new series of portraits. The lifesized 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, 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, 805 NW 21st Ave., 503-226-2754. Through 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, 929 NW Flanders St., 503-227-5111. Through Oct. 15.

For more Visual Arts listings, visit C O U R T E S Y O F S H A R I TA TO W N E

CritiCal MasCara: a Post-realness Drag extravaganza

There is a place in northern Morocco nicknamed “the blue city” because of the 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. Portlandbased 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., 503546-5056. Through Oct. 1.

space.” It is finite and quantifiable. Chicago-based 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 small-scale 2-D pieces to explore ideas of relational balance and discord.Wolff Gallery, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite R1, 971-413-1340. Through Oct. 1.

This ensemble dance cycle at the Portland Art Museum celebrates loss, physically and figuratively. The very choreography of this dance troupe will symbolize death, as with each new cycle, an element of the last will disappear. Here, dance is a “living and dying thing,” and as an audience member, you can also come and go. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 3-8 pm Friday, Sept. 9, noon-5 pm SaturdayWednesday, Sept. 10-14. Included with museum admission.

our City in stereo by SHarita toWne 60

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7 Patrick Duffy

Unless you are 50 or older, you probably have never heard of the 1978 TV show Man From Atlantis. But you probably recognize Patrick Duffy as the dad from Step by Step. He moved to an Oregon ranch in 2001 and decided to write down the history of his character from Man From Atlantis, Mark Harris, and the history of the Atlantean “race.” On his website, Duffy writes, “This story came to me almost wholly formed. It played out in my mind like a finished film.” Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

sions. The new book A Field Guide to Lies from Daniel J. Levitin, author of three New York Times best-sellers, seeks to teach people how to analyze data and truth claims for just such an occasion. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13 Carl Hiaasen

If you think about it, South Florida is pretty ripe territory in which to set a farce. Considering the drug-trafficking, the spring breakers, and the glandular sketchiness that permeates the culture, it’s no wonder Carl Hiaasen chose it for the setting of his newest absurdist-tinged novel, Razor Girl, which starts with a woman running a car-crash scam and spirals

wildly from there. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

Vanessa Veselka with Brooke Jarvis

Love and Ruin brings together 10 of the best stories from The Atavist magazine in one print edition, including the titular story “Love and Ruin,” which in 2015 became the first story in a digital-only publication to win a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. Contributors Vanessa Veselka and Brooke Jarvis will discuss their experiences writing long-form journalism for the magazine. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

For more Books listings, visit


Douglas Perry

When unknown assailants target a small town, local petty criminals take the opportunity to try to loot a bank. It’s up to Police Chief Hicks, his deputy, and a local teen to unravel the truth. Mammoth is the sixth book from Portland author Douglas Perry. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 Clemens Starck

Clemens Starck, three-time finalist and one-time winner of the Oregon Book Award, will read from his first collection in five years, Old Dogs, New Tricks. Also reading is local poet and novelist Harold Johnson. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726. 7 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9 Memoir From a Damaged Civilization

Every album made by the nowPortland-based punk band MDC forms an initialism of those letters, including Millions of Dead Cops, and now, as fathers, Magnus Dominus Corpus, which we presume translates to Montessori Day Care. Dave Dictor, the lead singer and only original member tells the story of how he got punk’d in his new book, MDC: Memoir From a Damaged Civilization. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.


Back Fence PDX returns for its ninth year of live storytelling. The fall season will open with Portland storytellers that include drag persona Sasha Scarlett, Alina Aliyar and Kelly Kitchel. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 503-719-6055. 8 pm. $16-$24.

Ezra Pound Talk from Paul Merchant

A selection of rare works by Ezra Pound, including signed editions, translations, and pre-World War I works, will be on display and for sale at Passages Bookshop. Reed College student Hank Smith and literary scholar Paul Merchant will give brief talks on Pound’s work. Passages Bookshop, 1223 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-388-7665. 7 pm. Free.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 Daniel J. Levitin

It’s election year, and the democratic process depends on people not making stupid, misinformed deci-

Roy Scranton, WAR PORN War Porn launches like a mortar, with a bit of disorienting poetry: “rage forth, bold hero & man of war you have no/flood documenting her lament, no legal recourse in re:/administrative decisions on the matter of/torture…” The callback to John Dos Passos’ World War I modernist masterpiece, 1919, is uncanny. But Oregon-born Roy Scranton’s debut novel (Soho, 339 pages, $26) pushes on to include the story of the real victims—the people whose land is being invaded. There’s a dissonance between the “bold hero” and “administrative decisions on the matter of torture.” The character Wilson, a bookish soldier who enlisted as much out of boredom as patriotism, seems to parallel the author’s own life: Both grew up in Oregon and enlisted after 9/11, and both drove the lead Humvee in Army convoys. But Scranton doesn’t make Wilson and his company into brave liberators. They’re bored young men who release their energy by working out incessantly and torturing camel spiders. The book’s middle is devoted not to American soldiers but to the perspective of the Iraqi people just before and during the 2003 invasion. The central story is about an Iraqi mathematician named Qasim who finds himself constantly jerked around by larger forces, from Saddam’s tyrannical police to the invading U.S. troops. But the book’s storylines reverberate outward from the middle in both directions, to characters farther away from the violence. And so the first storyline is set far from Iraq, centering on a group of friends in Utah having a cookout. One guest becomes heated as she imagines the atrocities that returning veteran Aaron may have committed, another is voyeuristically curious, while still another is attracted to Aaron’s dark and violent energy. But as Aaron begins to fulfill their interests—getting in a tussle with the first guest, showing images of torture to the next, and attempting to seduce the last—they each become disgusted by the very things they thought they wanted. The book seems designed to bring out this disgust and discomfort. In other writings, Scranton has called the invasion “an aggressive power grab executed with astonishing idiocy,” and he certainly doesn’t paint the American troops in a flattering light here. War Porn’s scenes of rape and torture, and the unrelentingly racist language of the troops should make you want to put the book down at points. There is a conflict of interest here: Should a white American soldier who participated in the invasion of Iraq tell a story from the perspective of the invaded? To whom do these stories belong? War Porn uses the very crimes we voyeuristically crave to implicate us in the crimes perpetrated in our name. ZACH MIDDLETON. SEE IT: Roy Scranton reads from War Porn at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., on Monday, Sept. 12. 7:30 pm. Free. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


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

For the Love of Spock

B Many know him simply as Spock, but Leonard Nimoy was also a beloved father, husband and brother. Directed by his son, Adam, this feature-length doc provides an extensive look into the elder Nimoy’s life, both on and off the Star Trek set. Because it’s difficult to cover a lifespan in the length of a documentary, at times this film seems rushed and disorganized. The director also inserts himself into the narrative in ways that occasionally seem more self-centered than provocative. But despite its flaws, For the Love of Spock is bound to entertain casual fans and warm the hearts of Trekkies everywhere. NR. CURTIS COOK. Laurelhurst.

When the Bough Breaks

A young couple who can’t conceive decide to hire a surrogate mother, who becomes dangerously obsessed with the husband in this psychological thriller, written by crime journalist Jack Olsen. Not screened for critics. PG. Clackamas.

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 fashionbackward wardrobes and attitudes are no help. PG-13. JAY HORTON. Academy, Laurelhurst.

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, 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, 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, Oak Grove, Tigard.

Café Society

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. Laurelhurst, Vancouver.


Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen is mud-splattered, 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.

Complete Unknown

B 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 Tom walks in and recognizes her as Jenny, whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. A dance ensues between Rachel Weisz’s Alice and Michael Shannon’s Tom at the center of Complete Unknown, the new film from Joshua Martson (Maria Full of Grace). In the nine lives Alice has lived since last seeing Tom, she’s been a hippie, a magician’s assistant, a nurse and, now, a biologist. She never keeps her name or profession more than a couple years. And right when you think there’s a violent seduction afoot, Complete Unknown changes its identity too, slowing into a meditation on the power of never committing to one path. R. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Living Room Theaters.

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.

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


WHAT THE FLOCK?: Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart.




Clint Eastwood can’t land this overblown mess. Sully, the director’s worst film since 2011’s J. Edgar, is weighed down by too many familiar actors and rote dialogue. Eastwood captains this plane like the veteran he is—without flashiness and at his best when applying a discreet guiding hand. But the melodrama is struck down with clunky acting and the most obvious product placement outside of a Michael Bay film. Everyone knows the story of commercial airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who in 2009 became a national hero when he landed a passenger plane in New York’s Hudson River after a bird strike shut down both engines shortly after takeoff. It was a rare, uplifting story at a time when the other headlines were all bad news, and this film won’t stop reminding you of that. Tom Hanks jogs into the role of Sully and brings his naturalistic low-key style into play. He literally jogs through the movie; around NYC landmarks, cars, news reporters and the city’s

notoriously cold winter. It may be a metaphor for Sully’s entire harrowing ride, or maybe I am looking too hard for depth in this otherwise light entertainment. Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s copilot delivers one of his every-other-film really good performances as he disappears into his role. The rest of the cast are sore thumbs. Clint Eastwood (or his casting director) stuffs the film with recognizable actors in walk-on roles that feel like cameos—Michael Rapaport as an anonymous bartender at a New York Irish pub, for example. Every interior scene seems to take place inside a different Marriott Hotel (Residence Inn, Courtyard, Executive Suites, etc.), and Eastwood can’t help himself from displaying a Times Square billboard for his 2008 film Gran Torino. While Hanks and Eckhart deliver, every other actor feels like a fillin for a staged re-enactment. Performances range from good to laughably bad and keep the viewer at arm’s length for the entire film, which leaves the feeling of a Lifetime TV movie, not a film by an Academy Awardwinning director. When the screenplay finally gets around to depicting the actual flight accident halfway into the film, it is well staged and appropriately stirring. But the water landing is neither the opening nor closing of this film. The climax is a Federal Aviation Administration hearing into Sully’s decision to land in the river rather than turn around. This sets up an improbable, cheesy standoff over the findings that elicits plenty of grandstanding and even a patriotic tear.


C- SEE IT: Sully is rated PG-13. It opens Friday at Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Vancouver.

C O U R T E S Y O F WA R N E R B R O S .


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 comedian 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 Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs, this movie brings together a group of talent on the verge of superstardom. R. ZACH MIDDLETON. Cinema 21.


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. Clackamas, Division, 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, Oak Grove, Vancouver.


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, Clackamas, Fox Tower.

Hell or High Water

Finding Dory

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, Cinemagic Theatre, Clackamas, Fox Tower, Hollywood, Oak Grove, St. Johns 1 & 2, Vancouver.

Florence Foster Jenkins

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 handheld 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, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

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, Beaverton, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Empirical, Kennedy School, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.


Jason Bourne

Kubo and the Two Strings

A Laika’s late-summer bid for ani-

mation 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)


CONT. on page 64


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. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Eastport, Fox Tower, Moreland, Oak Grove, Vancouver.



@WillametteWeek FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




MISS SHARON JONES! 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.

The Light Between Oceans


Monday, Oct. 10th @Revolution Hall


Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

B Derek Cianfrance has written and directed a pair of towering dramas about families splitting at the seams, Blue Valentine (2010) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2012). Adapting M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, in which a couple tending a remote Australian lighthouse is embattled over returning a beached baby to her mother, makes for quite the thematic trio. In this period melodrama, Michael Fassbender’s Tom has stoically escaped World War I but not his survivor’s guilt, and Alicia Vikander’s Isabel is so emotionally vulnerable as to be torturously sympathetic. It’s a saga of miscarriage, abandonment and betrayal steeped in such great pain the film can’t sustain it. Like Pines, it ends up feebly straying from its central story in the end, but that will bother only the portion of the audience not openly weeping. PG-13. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Eastport, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Vancouver.

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.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

C Based on a true story of hard-partying brothers Mike and Dave Stangle (Adam DeVine and Zac Efron), this summer comedy is a frat fantasy in which the Stangles use Craigslist to find parent-friendly dates for their sister’s wedding. R. LAUREN TERRY. Kennedy School, 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 two-time 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. Living Room Theaters.


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. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

A bookish girl (Emma Roberts) gets swept up in an online game of truth-or-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. Academy, Bridgeport. B+

Pete’s Dragon

A Pete’s Dragon deserves the hype. Effortlessly evoking the triumphant emotions of Disney’s best live-action outings, it 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, 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 Wunderland, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Empirical, Tigard, Vancouver.

Southside With You

The 13th Trek movie has been heralded as a return to good, oldfashioned fun for the series. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Bridgeport.

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-billion-dollar feature film or would you rather stay home reading Proust? PG-13. NATHAN CARSON. Empirical.

For more Movies listings, visit


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. Cedar Hills, Cinema 21, Clackamas, Tigard.


Star Trek Beyond

C O U R T E S Y O F WA R N E R B R O S , M E T R O - G O L D W Y N - M AY E R , 2 0 T H C E N T U R Y F O X , H O L LY W O O D P I C T U R E S , P A R A M O U N T P I C T U R E S





Pencils down: Today marks the final edition of AP Film Studies. For the past three years, I’ve had the pleasure to pen this weekly column, the purpose of which has always been to celebrate what makes Portland’s film scene better than pretty much any other city’s. That, and to sneak at least two Patrick Swayze references into each column. When I began covering movies here 10 years ago, I knew there was something special percolating behind the projectors, but it wasn’t… great. The Hollywood Theatre was still a half-full auditorium for Merchant-Ivory, with the occasional grindhouse curveball. The Bagdad and the Laurelhurst were places for broke Portlanders to drink and eat and be entertained as they waited for their DVDs to arrive in the mail (imagine that!). The Clinton…well, the Clinton was still the Clinton, God bless it. But it had a different owner. Things have changed. Ninety years in, the Hollywood is back to being a grand movie house, packed for everything from kung fu to 70 mm classics. The Badgad is first-run, but theaters like the Academy, Mission, Kennedy School and Portland State’s 5th Avenue Cinema have stepped up with an array of great revivals of classics. The NW Film Center has bolstered its programming yearly, catering to lovers of classics, art film and experimental alike, all while fostering local artists. Hell, even OMSI—with its big-ass screen—is getting into the movie game, interrupting its regularly scheduled nature docs with old-school sci-fi, kids’ and concert movies. There’s beer, too. There’s beer in pretty much every theater now. There has never been a better time to be a movie fan in Portland. But the fact of the matter is, what makes Portland’s movie scene so great is you. You, the audience, that has turned the once-solitary act of moviegoing

into a social experience, chucking spoons at Cinema 21 or attending a Q&A with a local filmmaker, or showing up week after week for Rocky Horror. You, the programmers who have the audacity to program with your heart, even if your heart tells you to show some fucked-up old movie nobody has heard of. If you screen it, they will come. You, the folks who read this column. Both of you. (Hi, Mom!) Our rooftops, cart pods and restaurants are movie theaters. Our trivia nights are cinematically themed. Our video stores are landmarks. Live stage versions of classics (and non-classics) are the norm. Tigard’s tiny Joy Cinema has reinvented itself as a cult cinema Joe Bob Briggs would be proud of. Church of Film is the best underground series you’ve never heard of. Our festivals cater to everybody, from snobs to slobs, goths, freaks, musicians and lit nerds. To the perverted and the pious. It’s fucking glorious. As a collective city, there’s a lot of rumbling about change. But the evolution of our movie scene has made it better. Infinitely better. We have a filmgoing community that has created a place for artists and fans alike, all united in their collective awe when the lights go down and the projector starts to flicker. It’s up to us to keep it alive. That means hitting up a second-run theater for a revival, even if you have three copies of Roadhouse on your mantle…that throat rip looks better on the big screen. That means hitting festivals and showing programmers you’re into what they’re presenting. It means supporting what our wealth of theaters have to offer—and compared to other cities, the sheer volume of quality screens here is staggering. Our city makes being a movie fan easy, and we need to thank the folks who make that happen. You haven’t seen the last of me in this paper, but the AP Film Studies office is now officially closed. Thank you for reading, even when we disagreed. But more importantly, thanks for your part in making this city a world-class cinema community. If you need me, I’ll be in the back of a theater, beer in hand, probably telling somebody to turn off his cellphone. Thanks for reading. Class is out. Vaya con Dios, bruh. SEE WWEEK.COM FOR THE FINAL “ALSO SHOWING.” Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016


end roll


Sweet Crossover BY MA RTIN CIZMA R

In America, sports has long been great for stirring social change. Which is why, as America argues over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s antics, it’s been great to see a few sports figures giving cannabis the crossover moments it needs—scenes that show the rest of the country a glimpse of the normalization happening in Portland, Denver and Seattle. There have been two such moments in the last month—occasions where regular ol’ non-stoners had a casual, positive cannabis experience. And, in one case, it’s actually leading to real commerce. In late August, Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott—you may remember him shoving Oregon Ducks defenders around like a playground bully in Ohio State’s victory in the 2014 national championship game—visited a Seattle pot shop called Herban Legends. Sadly, he didn’t buy anything and was later forced to apologize, because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no respect for our regional laws or culture. Still, it started a conversation. Why, exactly, is the NFL prohibiting players from using cannabis in places where it’s legal? A few days before that, the UFC provided a scene that may just lead to the first commercial crossover of the legal-weed era—CBD vapes. UFC fighter Nick Diaz strolled into the press conference following his loss to Irishman Conor McGregor hooting on a cannabidiol cartridge. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that,” Diaz told the assembled media. “So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.” CBD, most Portlanders probably know by now, is a compound that won’t make you high, but which is prized for calming nerves and reducing inflammation. Diaz’s cartridge was made by Tru, a California company that says it was started by an Afghanistan war vet who advocates CBD for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The company says Diaz’s comments were “organic, unplanned and a complete surprise.” That Tru cartridge came out of the California medical marijuana program, and is a lot like the cartridges non-medical users can now finally buy in Oregon. I’ve purchased cartridges from two companies, and enjoyed them both. And you 66

Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

don’t even need to visit a dispensary to get pure CBD—more on that in a second. Standard CBD cartridges available at Portland dispensaries contain a small amount of THC. Not enough to make you feel high, but some. If you ask at a dispensary, they’ll probably say CBD is more effective when paired with THC, something people call “the entourage effect.” But that effect may be a myth, according to Farma’s Jeremy Plumb, who is probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject in the state. Last year, Plumb met with an Israeli pharmacology professor widely considered the father of modern cannabis research. According to the professor, there is “not nearly enough substantive research yet to establish meaningful insights about the relationship between THC and CBD, or to lend any credence to the theory that either, or both, compounds are enhanced in each other’s presence.” “At this point, it’s clear to me that the best therapeutic outcomes come from a personalized understanding of cannabis,” Plumb says. “Patiently observe and study the effect to find the ‘keys’ that fit your ‘locks.’” On that note, it’s worth pointing out that CBD oil derived from hemp is effectively unregulated right now. Because there’s no THC, it’s technically an unscheduled drug. Most people who Googled Diaz’s chosen product probably discovered there are dozens of companies that mail vapable CBD oil. You can also find CBD gummy bears, CBD tincture and vegan CBD brownies. These useful cannabis products are available in Alabama or Arkansas—a potential game-changer. In fact, CBD is starting to pop up at non-dispensary shops in Portland. Last week, we went to Vapes 4 Less in East Portland and bought 140 milligrams of CBD, along with a hazelnut flavoring compound. I don’t like it nearly as well as the cartridge containing some THC, but that could just be the flavoring. Either way, Diaz’s open and unapologetic use of a cannabis product is a big crack in the wall of prohibition. Long after Goodell retires in disgrace and Elliot has his jersey number retired, we will remember this summer as the start of open and unapologetic cannabis use in athletics. Hopefully we’ll also remember to give some credit to Diaz, the warrior poet who told America that cannabis can “make your life a better place.”




Cat and Girl



I became aware that the Queen of England was living in Southeast Portland the night I saw her do a Wednesday open-mic set at Funhouse Lounge. They announced her as “Lizzi Windsor,” and I thought to myself, “Hmm, why does that name sound familiar?” I remember being of the opinion that she was funnier than you’d expect the Queen of England to be. Some of her material was very relatable, though most of it was not. Then again, you could say the same for any performer onstage that night. She finished with a guitar routine that reminded me of Dana Carvey. Later that night, I sidled next to her at the bar. “Pardon me, but I’d like to buy you a Rainier.” I asked her how long she had been in Portland. “Not for very long,” she replied, “though it already feels like home.” In many ways, she was the consummate Portlander before she moved here. She was used to long, wet winters. She enjoyed rose gardening. She had a headstrong streak, and was quick to fire off an unprovoked opinion. Her arrival in Portland was preceded by an exhausting few years as a royal, with Charles and Camilla (she had some choice words for her) appearing every day in the supermarket tabloids. Southeast Portland was her refuge from that notoriety. It was somewhere for her to never be noticed—as was, she quipped, doing standup comedy at open-mic nights. After five beers, I made the mistake of commenting on her son’s marital situation. It was like poking a bear in a cage. Immediately, the Queen bore her frighteningly sharp bicuspids at me. “What do you mean by that?,” she responded. “You honestly have no idea. Do you make it a habit of going around espousing your opinions about that which you do not know?” I stammered something about charity. “I do good things, too, but the cameras never see it,” she said. “Those damn cameras. They always seemed to be capturing Diana handing out blankets to poor, skinny children. And me? If you believe the cameras, I’m always stepping out of a Rolls-Royce or scowling at my subjects.” This double standard seemed to make her livid, and she grew redder in the face, and finally reared back and smashed her ruby-encrusted scepter into the bar, exhibiting extraordinary strength, splintering it in half. I didn’t get a chance to ask for her number so we might hang out again. She was 86’d from Funhouse Lounge—the first time I had ever seen anyone kicked out of that particular establishment. I did see her a few times after that riding around Montavilla on a recumbent bike with a safety flag emblazoned with St. George’s Cross. I ran into her another time at Dean’s Scene. She was smoking a Philly blunt and didn’t seem to remember me. I asked her how she had been, and she said great, she was starting a new job on Monday as a part-time cashier at Mr. Plywood. Dr. Mitchell Millar is president of the Olde Portland Preservation Society and a consummate collector of any gossip relating to rich and famous people making appearances in the city. Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Willamette Week SEPTEMBER 7, 2016





69 70 71




503-445-2757 •




COUNSELING ANNOUNCEMENTS BLVD Treatment Centers. New outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center on Hawthorne with hip, fun, and relaxed vibe! Accepts most private insurance. Call for an intake today!

ALL AREAS - ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit:


JOBS SHOCKMAN THERAPY, LLC COUNSELING SERVICES Extreme Stress Exposure Specialist Couple’s Therapy Rate: $85/hr 503-866-4806







EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES $1,000 WEEKLY!! MAILING BROCHURES FROM HOME Helping home workers since 2001. Genuine Opportunity. No Experience required. Start Immediately AIRLINE CAREERS BEGIN HERE Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Financial aid for qualified students. Housing and job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 800-725-1563

AUTO PROCESSORS Drive new cars Men and Women 18 yrs up Must drive stick Full & part time day and swing 360-718-7443

MCMENAMINS PORTLAND LOCATIONS ARE NOW HIRING LINE COOKS! Hiring locations include The Mission Theater, Greenway, Edgefield, West Linn Broadway and Wilsonville. Qualified applicants must be open to cooking in a high-volume and busy pub environment. Qualified applicants will have an open & flexible schedule including days/ eve/weekend/holiday availability, and a positive and professional demeanor. Previous kitchen experience is a plus, but we are willing to train the right applicant if you are eager to learn. Please apply online 24/7 at or pick up an application at any McMenamins location. Mail your complete application to: McMenamins attn: HR 430 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217 or fax to: (503) 221-8749. Please no phone calls or emails to individual locations!!! EOE


CLASSES AT BEE THINKING Meadmaking, Beeswax 101, Beekeeping, Honey Recipes, and more!!! Now Enrolling (877) 325-2221 www.beethinking. com Visit our retail space at 1551 SE Poplar.



VIAGRA 100MG, CIALIS 20MG 40 Pills + 4 FREE for only $99. #1 Male Enhancement! Discreet Shipping. Save $500. Buy the Blue Pill Now! 1-800-374-2619






Now Hiring Customer Service Representatives


Walk-ins Welcome!

Job Requirements:

9:00am - 3:00pm

• Must have high school diploma or GED

3054 NE 181st Avenue Portland, OR 97230

FOR FREE ADS in 'Musicians Wanted,' 'Musicians Available' & 'Instruments for Sale' go to and submit ads online. Ads taken over the phone in these categories cost $5.


New-Hire Bonus: $750!

Monday - Friday


Buying, selling, instruments of every shape and size. Open 11am-7pm every day. 4701 SE Division & 1834 NE Alberta.

• Must pass background

MUSIC LESSONS Play what you want to play.


With 2-time Grammy winner Peter Boe 503-274-8727

check & drug screen


Visit Us Online at:

Call (503) 907-1585


EOE M/F/Disability/Vet

HAULING/MOVING LJ’S HAULING ANYTHING Removal of Metal/Cars free 503-839-7222


40% OFF

TREE SERVICES STEVE GREENBERG TREE SERVICE Pruning and removals, stump grinding. 24-hour emergency service. Licensed/Insured. CCB#67024. Free estimates. 503-284-2077

©2016 Xerox Corporation. All rights reserved. Xerox® and Xerox and Design® are trademarks of the Xerox Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. BR19500




LEARN PIANO ALL STYLES, LEVELS With 2 time Grammy winner Peter Boe. 503-274-8727.




Up to $50 per box Call Becky 503-459-7352 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Willamette Week Classifieds SEPTEMBER 7, 2016




503-445-2757 •



by Matt Jones

“Your Daily Allowance”–some ration-al terms. 58 Bygone lemonlime soda 60 “Next to Me” singer ___ Sande 61 Rice from New Orleans 62 “Lord of the Rings” creatures 63 Passenger car 64 Insects with a waggle dance 65 “___ & Oh’s” (Elle King hit)


Try FREE: 503-416-7098 More Local Numbers: 1-800-926-6000 Ahora español 18+

Strike a LiveMatch!

Across 1 “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” topic, presumably 4 Dance in a pit 8 Chickens, ducks, and such 13 Org. which still has not detected any signals from outer space 14 “My mistake!” 15 In a whirl 16 Like a centaur or mermaid 18 Pastime requiring careful movements 19 Abbr. in a military

address 20 Like many trollish comments 21 Flora and fauna 22 Qualifies to compete in a tournament 25 Beehive St. capital 27 “American Horror Story: Freak Show” enclosure 28 Steaming mad 30 “Waterfalls” group 32 Company shares, for short 33 Mandarin hybrid used in Asian cuisine 34 Facebook meme

often paired with a non-sequitur image 39 Gardener’s gear 40 Pioneering filmmaker Browning 41 ___-mo 42 Common soap opera affliction 44 Marooning spot 47 “Amazing!” 48 Assistance 53 Trivial Pursuit edition 55 Elvis’s disputed middle name 56 “I Ching” philosophy 57 Hardly happy with

Down 1 Attack, tiger-style 2 Drive or putt 3 Short pulse, in Morse code 4 Hood or Washington 5 Extra somethin’somethin’ 6 Word after parking or safe 7 Buying channel on TV 8 Marinated meat in a tortilla 9 Dunkable dessert 10 Fell apart, as a deal 11 Allow 12 Kidnapping gp. of the ‘70s 13 Email folder that’s often automatically cleared 17 Move swiftly 21 Dick in the Pro Football Hall of Fame 23 Soup follower 24 Roman called “The Censor” 26 You’re looking at it 29 “Heavens to Betsy!” 31 Austin and Boston,

for two 32 Late Pink Floyd member ___ Barrett 34 “Austin Powers” verb 35 “Jeopardy!” in a box, e.g. 36 How some medicines are taken 37 Baby bronco 38 Adjusts, as tires 43 Naomi Watts thriller set for November 2016 45 Gender-neutral term for someone of Mexican or South American heritage, say 46 Establishes as law 49 “Common Sense” pamphleteer 50 “Fame” actress Cara 51 A and E, but not I, O, or U 52 “Easy ___ it!” 54 “The Lion King” lioness 57 “Au revoir, ___ amis” 58 Arm-raised dance move that some say looks like sneezing 59 “Brokeback Mountain” director

last week’s answers

©2016 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #JONZ796.



FREE 1on1 8-9PM daily

ALWAYS FREE to chat with VIP members

(Unlimited VIP membership $15/week. No worries about minutes.)

Portland 503-222-CHAT

Since 1955

Vancouver 360-314-CHAT

Open to 2:30 am 365 days a year

Salem 503-428-5748 • Eugene 541-636-9099 • Bend 541-213-2444 Seattle 206-753-CHAT •Albany (541)248-1481 • Medford (541)326-4000



Over 30 great dancers and a friendly all-female staff

Free Live chatrooms & forums! 503-222-6USA




Willamette Week Classifieds SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

129 SW Broadway




503-445-2757 • ©2016 Rob Brezsny

Week of September 8

The Ultimate Sports Bar

Buy More For Less 7am/2:30am Everyday ARIES (March 21-April 19) Two seven-year-old girls showed me three tricks I could use to avoid taking myself too seriously and getting too attached to my dignity. I’m offering these tricks to you just in time for the letting-go phase of your astrological cycle. Trick #1: Speak in a made-up language for at least ten minutes. Example: “Groftyp hulbnu wivgeeri proot xud amasterulius. Quoshibojor frovid zemplissit.” Trick #2: Put a different kind of shoe and sock on each foot and pretend you’re two people stuck in a single body. Give each side of you a unique nickname. Trick #3: Place an unopened bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips on a table, then bash your fist down on it, detonating a loud popping sound and unleashing a spray of crumbs out the ends of the bag. Don’t clean up the mess for at least an hour. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In accordance with the astrological omens, I suggest you spend less energy dwelling in profane time so you expand your relationship with sacred time. If that’s of interest to you, consider the following definitions. PROFANE TIME happens when you’re engulfed in the daily grind. Swarmed by a relentless flurry of immediate concerns, you are held hostage by the chatter of your monkey mind. Being in SACRED TIME attunes you to the relaxing hum of eternity. It enables you to be in intimate contact with your soul’s deeper agenda, and affords you extra power to transform yourself in harmony with your noble desires and beautiful intentions. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) About 1.7 million years ago, our human ancestors began using primitive hand axes made from rocks. This technology remained in use for over 60,000 generations before anyone invented more sophisticated tools and implements. Science writer Marcus Chown refers to this period as “the million years of boredom.” Its slow pace contrasts sharply with technology’s brisk evolution in the last 140 years. In 1880, there were no cars, planes, electric lights, telephones, TVs, or Internet. I surmise that you’re leaving your own phase of relatively slow progress, Gemini. In the coming months, I expect your transformations will progress with increasing speed -- starting soon. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Prediction #1: You will attract truckloads of good luck by working to upgrade and refine the way you communicate. Prediction #2: You will tickle the attention of interesting people who could ultimately provide you with clues you will need to thrive in 2017. #3: You will discover secrets of how to articulate complicated feelings and subtle ideas that have been locked inside you. Prediction #4: You’ll begin a vibrant conversation that will continue to evolve for a long time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You know you have a second brain in your gut, right? (If not, read this: During the past three weeks, I have been beaming telepathic instructions toward this smart part of you. Here’s an edited version of the message I’ve been sending: “Cultivate your tenacity, darling. Build up your stamina, sweetheart. Feed your ability to follow through on what you’ve started, beautiful. Be persistent and spunky and gritty, my dear.” Alas, I’m not sure my psychic broadcasts have been as effective as I’d hoped. I think you need further encouragement. So please summon more fortitude and staying power, you gutsy stalwart. Be staunch and dogged and resolute, you stouthearted powerhouse. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Is “Big Bang” the best term we can come up with to reference the beginning of the universe? It sounds violent and messy -- like a random, accidental splatter. I would much prefer a term that suggests sublime elegance and playful power -- language that would capture the awe and reverence I feel as I contemplate the sacred mystery we are privileged to inhabit. What if we used a different name for the birth of creation, like the “Primal Billow” or the “Blooming Ha Ha” or the “Majestic Bouquet”? By the way,

I recommend that you consider those last three terms as being suitable titles for your own personal life story in the coming weeks. A great awakening and activation are imminent. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The last few weeks have been fraught with rich plot twists, naked dates with destiny, and fertile turning points. I expect there will be further intrigue in the near future. A fierce and tender decision at a crossroads? The unexpected arrival of a hot link to the future? A karmic debt that’s canceled or forgiven? In light of the likelihood that the sweet-and-sour, confusing-and-revelatory drama will continue, I encourage you to keep your levels of relaxed intensity turned up high. More than I’ve seen in a long time, you have the magic and the opportunity to transform what needs to be transformed.

All Sports Packages • All Lottery Games • Free Ping Pong Table Internet Jukebox • Live DJ Fri/Sat • Over 20 HD TVs • Big Buck Hunter HD Check Out Our Facebook Page for Give Aways

1735 W Burnside • 503-224-1341

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In the coming days, you will have more than your usual access to help and guidance. Divine interventions are possible. Special dispensations and charmed coincidences, too. If you don’t believe in fairy dust, magic beans, and lucky potions, maybe you should set that prejudice aside for a while. Subtle miracles are more likely to bestow their gifts if your reasonable theories don’t get in the way. Here’s an additional tip: Don’t get greedy. Use the openings you’re offered with humility and gratitude. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) When my daughter Zoe was growing up, I wanted her to be familiar with the origins of ordinary stuff that she benefited from. That’s why I took her to small farms where she could observe the growth and harvest of organic food crops. We visited manufacturing facilities where cars, furniture, toys, and kitchen sinks were built. She saw bootmakers creating boots and professional musicians producing songs in recording studios. And much more. I would love it if you would give yourself comparable experiences in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. It’s an excellent time to commune with the sources of things that nurture you and make your life better. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Unless you were brought up by a herd of feral donkeys, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to embark on your second childhood. Unless you’re allergic to new ideas, the foreseeable future will bring you strokes of curious luck that inspire you to change and change and change your mind. And unless you are addicted to your same old stale comforts, life will offer you chances to explore frontiers that could expose you to thrilling new comforts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) These days, my dear, your eccentric beauty is even more unkempt than usual. I like it. It entertains and charms me. And as for your idiosyncratic intelligence: That, too, is messier and cuter and even more interesting than ever before. I’m inclined to encourage you to milk this unruly streak for all its potential. Maybe it will provoke you to experiment in situations where you’ve been too accepting of the stagnant status quo. And perhaps it will embolden you to look for love and money in more of the right places. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) I’m giving you an ultimatum, Pisces: Within the next 144 hours, I demand that you become at least 33 percent happier. Fifty percent would be even better. Somehow you’ve got to figure out what you can do to enhance your sense of well-being and increase your enjoyment of life. I’m sort of joking, but on the other hand I’m completely serious. From my perspective, it’s essential that you feel really good in the coming days. Abundant pleasure is not merely a luxury, but rather a necessity. Do you have any ideas about how to make this happen? Start here: 1. Identify your four most delightful memories, and re-enact them in your imagination. 2. Go see the people whose influences most thoroughly animate your self-love.

Homework Look in the mirror and tell yourself an edgy but fun truth you’ve never spoken. If you care to share, write

BECOME A HOMEOWNER Stop paying skyrocketing rent and build your own equity

What you need: 1. A job or verifiable income stream 2. Ok Credit (don’t need perfect) 3. Minimal down or nothing down. 4. Veterans or USDA borrowers put nothing down 5. A 5 minute phone call to me

ASK ME ABOUT DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS This is not a commitment to lend. Subject to qualifications.

JEFF TERHAAR / Mortgage Advisor MLO #158890 | NMLS 1071 | WA CL-1071

SERVICES OFFERED • Pap smears and annual exams • Sexually Transmitted Infection testing • Contraception including IUD insertions • Irregular bleeding • Menopause Management • Herbal Consultations both western and traditional Mayan herbs • Nutritional counseling Referrals and coordination of care as needed

check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes & Daily Text Message Horoscopes

The audio horoscopes are also available by phone at

1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 Willamette Week Classifieds SEPTEMBER 7, 2016



Stop Foreclosure, Garnishment, Lawsuits. I can help. Scott M. Hutchinson, Atty. Call today at 503-808-9032 FREE Confidential Consultation. Affordable Payment Plans. Visit:

$$$ CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS $$$ Paying up to $30/box. Help those who can’t afford insurance. Free pickup in SW WA and Portland Metro. Call 360-693-0185 ext 500

Guitar Lessons

Personalized instruction for over 15yrs. 503-546-3137

Comedy Classes



Improv, Standup, Sketch writing. Now enrolling The Brody Theater, 503-224-2227

Qigong Classes

Cultivate health and energy www. or 503-740-2666


Tired of creditors harassing you? I will kick their asses and help you get your financial life back on track Call Christopher Kane, Attorney at Law NOW! A debt relief agency kicking ass for 20 years. 503-380-7822.


Sept 10th & 11th Portland Expo Center Sat. 9-5, Sun 9-3. Admission $10. 503-363-9564 Combo Tickets w/PDX Roadster Show for sale - discounted price!

Marijuana Store & More *971-255-1456* 1310 SE 7TH AVE

4911 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97213 503-384-WEED (9333)

$$$$ WE PAY CASH $$$$ For Diabetic Test Strips, also Lanclets Up to $50 per box Call Becky 503-459-7352 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


Saturday, October 1st Live Band - Vendors Performances

Top 1% Portland Agent

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor Home Selling Specialist 13+ Years Experience 4.5% Max Commission Stellar service and marketing. Broker in OR at Premiere Property Group. 3636 NE Broadway St. 503-975-6853.

$Cash for Junk Vehicles$ Ask for Steven. 503-936-5923


9966 SW Arctic Drive, Beaverton 9220 SE Stark Street, Portland American Agriculture • PDX 503-256-2400 BVT 503-641-3500

CASH for INSTRUMENTS SE - 236-8800 NE -335-8800 SW -


Models Wanted. Females 18+. Natural/ Hairy/Hirsute, Fit Bodies. $300. 503-449-5341 Emma

Non-Profit Law Firm

Garnished? Eviction? Foreclosure? We can help. Call 503-208-4079 Bankruptcy - Tenant - Sliding-Scale


Quick fix synthetic urine now available. Kratom, Vapes. E-cigs, glass pipes, discount tobacco, detox products, Butane by the case Still Smokin’ Glass and Tobacco 12302 SE Powell 503-762-4219

SING WORLD MUSIC Join the Everyone Welcome Community Choir!


Get help from an experienced DUI trial lawyer Free Consult./ Vigorous Defense/ Affordable Fees David D. Ghazi, Attorney at Law 333 SW Taylor Street, Suite 300 (503)-224-DUII (3844)


Parties ~ Events ~ Private Appts.


Ground defense under black belt instruction or 503-740-2666


We Buy, Sell & Trade New and Used Hydroponic Equipment. 503-747-3624

MEDICAL MARIJUANA Card Services Clinic

New Downtown Location! • Gardening tools • Chicken feed

• Soil & Mulch • Plant starts & more!

728 NE Dekum Street (entrance on 8th Ave) 503-310-4578 •

503 235 1035

1501 SW Broadway

4119 SE Hawthorne, Portland ph: 503-235-PIPE (7473)

503-384-WEED (9333) 4911 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland Mon-Sat 9-6

Pizza Delivery

Until 4AM!

42 45 willamette week, september 7, 2016  
42 45 willamette week, september 7, 2016