BOOKS—Contemporary science-fiction authors don't get much bigger than John Scalzi, and for good reason: His books are exciting, clever, and speed by in a blur of emotion and laser blasts. Tonight he's in town to talk about his latest, The Human Division—and if past readings are any indication, Scalzi will be as engaging and charming as ever. EH
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills, Beaverton, 7 pm, FREE
ONE-MAN SHOW—Ever since Mike Daisey's whole "lying to everyone" scandal regarding his research of Apple product factories in China, his standing with former devotees has been shaky, and we've heard him speak of little other than justifying himself since, which his new show Journalism does formally. Could he win us back? We're not certain, but we're curious. MS
Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison, 7 pm, $20-45
MUSIC—Enigmatic Pittsburgh oddballs Black Moth Super Rainbow's hushed, synth-led experiments with psychedelic electro-pop are engrossing, sinister, and strangely accessible on their most recent effort Cobra Juicy. If you can fight your way through their die-hard fans to see them at the Hawthorne, there's every chance you'll get an unsettling yet blissful contact high. AR
w/the Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 8 pm, $15-18, all ages
Holocene–White Rainbow, Jordan Dykstra, Caspar Sonnet, Spectral Boogie Voyages, 9:30 pm, $5
Aladdin Theater–Shout Out Louds, Haerts, 8 pm, $16, all ages
Bunk Bar–And And And, Sama Dams, 9 pm
Dante's–The Detroit Cobras, Pangea, No Good Lovers, 9:30 pm, $13
Hawthorne Theatre–Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug, 7 pm, $15-18, all ages
Keller Auditorium–Pink Floyd Tribute: Brit Floyd, 8 pm, $39.50
Mississippi Studios–Corb Lund, Michael Hurley, 8 pm, $12-15
Valentine's–Pwrhaus, 9 pm
On Sunday I attended the third installment of Association, a monthly dinner/discussion event launched by UNION/PINE, Merit Badge, and Ned Ludd. At each event, a different food/booze/dessert purveyor caters and a local person of interest gives a brief, casual talk. Discussion is encouraged, networking and introductions are easy in the intimate atmosphere, and dinner is served at communal tables that are conducive to such things.
This month featured paella from Crown Paella—we were greeted, on approaching the venue, to the dish being cooked under a tent on the sidewalk in one of those massive pans for the purpose. Inside we were given the first of a series of included drinks, this time from the soon-to-be-opened Union House Bottle Shop moving into the SE Grand space next to Dig A Pony, while Marushka Chocolates was on dessert duty.
The food was awesome, and was a nice opportunity to be introduced to Crown, which is a catering business rather than a brick 'n' mortar. Run by husband and wife team Scott and Emily Ketterman, Scott also took to the mic to give an introduction to the dish and to describe the Socarrat, the crust of rice that forms of the bottom of the pan, AKA the best part. Likewise, Marushka describes itself as "an online pop-up shop," which seems like a counter-intuitive way to market foodstuffs, but they're worth seeking out. I'm not a dessert person at all, but the chocolate mousse in dainty chocolate cups was undeniably delicious, as was a marzipan-infused slice of baked goodness.
FILM—Cinema 21's excellent noir series Return to Noir Ville is back for another year, and today's films are some great ones: the Coen brothers' Texas noir Blood Simple, 1944's Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews flick Laura, and Fritz Lang's 1953 classic The Big Heat. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see cinema21.com for showtimes, $6 ($40 for 13-day pass)
THE "HIPHOP"—Two nice men named "Fabulous" and "Pusher Tee" [He means Fabolous and Pusha T. Sigh.—Eds.] will perform an uplifting array of danceable tunes. They also are good at wordplay. AKA "rap," like what you do when you go to your friend's apartment and the door is locked and you hope they didn't fall in the bathtub and die. I'm old! DCT
w/Portland Express, Supanova, & more; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $27, all ages
Rotture–Stay Calm, Week of Wonders, Surfs Drugs, 9 pm, $5
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall–Brahms' First Symphony: Oregon Symphony, 8 pm, $21-95, all ages
Kelly's Olympian–Eye Candy: VJ Norto, Phantom Hillbilly, 8 pm, free
LaurelThirst Public House–Portland Country Underground, 6 pm; Kung Pao Chickens, 9 pm, free
Roseland–Fabolous, Pusha T, Portland Express, SupaNova, Mr. C, 8 pm, $25, all ages
Those of us who took the whole ride through this year's four-night series of Open Season fashion shows are probably still convalescing—I know I am, and so is Marissa Sullivan, whose last recap of each night of shows over on MOD is a tiiiny bit delayed. But while it's still top of mind I wanted to get in a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came, selling out every single night (holy crap)!
It takes a village to accomplish these shows, and most of the people who busted their asses to make this happen did so as volunteers. It literally would not have happened without them, and it really would not have happened without the (mostly) local businesses who stepped in as sponsors: Eastside Distilling, Bishops Barbershops, Gilt, Imelda's & Louie's, Viso, Crossroads Trading Company, and 220 Salon all deserve huge props for pitching in, not to mention the venues, designers, models, hair and makeup stylists, co-producers, rope light/pipe 'n' drape/riser installers, flag makers, musicians and DJs, ticket takers, dressers... you get the idea.
COMEDY—While he's a Tony-nominated actor (most recently for his role on Broadway in Porgy and Bess), author, and comedian, David Alan Grier will always be beloved for his multifaceted characters in the groundbreaking TV show In Living Color—and yes, he's still hilarious. Check out his high-energy, infectious stand-up tonight at the Bagdad. WSH
w/Tristian Spillman; Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 9 pm, $25
BIKING!—If you don't already bike to work, you've got your reasons. Put them all aside for Bike to Work Day, the one arbitrary day out of the year when you're REALLY encouraged to give bike commuting a go. Feeling adventurous? Ride to work all week! Like how that feels? Cast off your vehicular chains for good! DVH
Your home to your workplace, whenever you work, FREE
SPACEY SURF MUSIC—One of the most prolific bands of the '90s, Man or Astro-man? is still successfully blurring surf punk with spacey synth to produce an entirely original sound. Their latest release is called Defcon 5... 4... 3... 2... 1, and while still sporting their trademark space surf vibe, they seem to be heavier and goofier (in a good way) than ever. WSH
w/Audacity; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $16-17
Doug Fir–Man or Astro-Man?, Audacity, 9 pm, $16-17
Biddy McGraw's–Lynn Conover, 6 pm, all ages; Counterfeit Cash, 9:30 pm
East End–The Paul Collins Beat, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, The Cry, Thee Four Teens, 9 pm
The Know–Gun Outfit, Nucular Aminals, Industrial Park, 8 pm
Landmark Saloon–Hank Sinatra, 6 pm; Pete Krebs & His Portland Playboys, 9 pm
LaurelThirst Public House–The Yellers, 6 pm; Red Cotrell & the Outlaws, The New Iberians, 9:30 pm
The Lovecraft–Perforce: Ortrotasce, DJ Barry Convex, DJ Sharpie, Musique Plastique, 10 pm, $5
Mission Theater–A Simple Colony, Swansea, Ritchie Young, 8 pm, $10-12
Record Room–Havania Whaal, Ron Wayne, Silent Numbers, 8 pm, $5
Rotture–Shut Up & Dance: DJ Gregarious, 9 pm, $5
Wonder Ballroom–The Quick & Easy Boys, Sassparilla, World's Finest, 9 pm, $11-12
DREAMY MUSIC—Oh happy day! Yo La Tengo want to spend the evening with you. The dreamily venerable trio has gotten you through all sorts of peaks and valleys in their lustrous career—so bring 'em some flowers for all the kick-ass covers they've bestowed upon you, and how about some enthusiastic dancing for all the originals they've written for your ears? CF
Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $18.50-20, all ages
PODCAST COMEDY—Ever since Tig Notaro's breakout stand-up set last summer, where she worked through her fresh emotions about being diagnosed with cancer, it's become difficult to get a ticket to one of her shows. Tonight's no exception. She's joined by her fellow Professor Blastoff podcasters, the very funny David Huntsberger and Kyle Dunnigan, for a live version of the popular show. CF
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $17.50-20 (beg, borrow, etc., to get those tix!)
Yes, I just combined a fashion show with a Harry Potter reference. This is how you know I am tired.
But fuck tired! Tonight we're capping of Open Season's successful run of happy hour fashion shows with a secret new collaboration between two heavy hitters on the local scene, called Immaculate Martin. Even I don't know exactly what to expect, but I'm vibing that it's going to be a little irreverent, a little non-traditional, and in the spirit of fun. Clearly others are feeling the same way (or just can't resist their curiosity), because online tickets sold out this morning. But don't freak out! There will be a limited amount of tickets being sold for $7 at the door, and we'll do our best to get as many people in as the fire marshal allows.
That said, doors open at 6 at tonight's venue, Dig A Pony, and while the show won't start until 7, you'll want to get there early to nab a good spot and ticket if you waited too long! Also, stick around for a set from the awesome DJ Cooky Parker and live that "Thursday is the new Friday" dream. We'll sleep when we're dead.
Doug Fir–Morning Ritual, De La Warr, 9 pm, $10
Alhambra Theatre–Mobb Deep, 8 pm, $18
Backspace–White Rainbow, The Memories, Donnie Blossoms, Dani Shivers, Unkle Funkle, Rob Walmart, 9 pm, $6, all ages
Bunk Bar–Black Pus, Deep Fried Boogie, 10 pm, $8-10
East End–Autopilot Is for Lovers, Bubble Cats, Armorada, 9 pm
The Know–Steve Adamyk, Needles & Pins, Youthbitch, 8 pm
Rotture–Eidolons, Bike Thief, Noble Firs, 9 pm
Savoy–Anne-Marie Sanderson, Margaret Wehr, 9 pm
Star Bar–DJ Overcol, 10 pm
Star Theater–Laura Marling, 9 pm, $17
Tony Starlight's–The Satin Chaps, 7:30 pm, $15
Wonder Ballroom–Yo La Tengo, 8:30 pm, $18.50-20, all ages
MUSIC—Shooting pleasure levels rocket-high, Colleen Green's new album Sock It to Me dips sparkly mall pop in thick layers of guitar crunch, resulting in something like deep-fried ice cream—crispy, sweet, messy, and both hot and totally cool. Green shares the bill with heart-warmingly degenerate rockers White Fang, who really, really want to party with you. NL
w/Heavy Hawaii, Coma Serfs; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $8
LECTURE—Washington, DC, is once again trying to take up immigration reform, a feat akin to catching sand through your fingers, made even more difficult in a time of toxically partisan gridlock. Let's have a more productive conversation here. Oregon Humanities' regular Think & Drink happy hour lecture takes up the tangle of changes and what it means to be an American. DCT
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 6:30 pm, FREE, all ages
We've had two successful nights of Open Season fashion shows, so why stop now? Nope, not gonna!
Tonight features some of the city's heaviest hitters in Pendleton's The Portland Collection, designed by Rachel Turk, Nathaniel Crissman, and John Blasioli. In case you've been living under a fashionless rock, when Pendleton tapped these local designers—riding the crest of a resurgence in popularity and projects with everyone from Opening Ceremony to Adidas—to translate the historic company's aesthetic for the Rachel Comey and A.P.C. set, it... went really well. Their first collection was hotly anticipated and received with international adoration. Now on their third, I feel like they're getting better and better, and we are so stoked to be hosting the fall collection debut.
Continuing our venue roving, tonight we'll be set up at Rontoms (21+, doors at 6, show at 7 or so—word to the wise: come on the earlier side to get a good spot/drink/ticket. Pre-sale is sold out but there will be a limited number of tickets being sold at the door.) This is also the only show for which there will be live music—in the form of the beloved Lovers! And, the show will be immediately followed by a set from DJ Flash Gordon. And another pair of drink specials using Eastside Distilling's Portland Potato Vodka and Burnside Bourbon. Says Ron of the 'toms, "We will be doing a Moscow Mule with the vodka (muddled lime & ginger, vodka and ginger beer) and a Sour Cherry Old Fashioned with the whiskey (whiskey, kirsch, sugar, and sour cherry garnish)." So there you go.
Kelly's Olympian–Oker, A Volcano, Steel Hymen, 9 pm, $5
Aladdin Theater–Milk Carton Kids, Barefoot Movement, 8 pm, $15
Holocene–PDneXt: Objekt, SPF666, Graintable, Plumblyne, Danny Corn, Natasha Kmeto, 9 pm, $5
The Know–Eternal Tapestry, Family Stoned, 8 pm
Revival Drum Shop–Unico, 8 pm, $5-15, all ages
Star Theater–White Fang, Colleen Green, Heavy Hawaii, Comaserfs, 9 pm, $8
Valentine's–Sweeping Exits, City Squirrel, No Parachutes, 9 pm
Wonder Ballroom–The Black Angels, Hanni El Khatib, Wall of Death, 8:30 pm, $16-18
THAT VOICE—You know him as the singer of My Morning Jacket, or as one of the Monsters of Folk, or as Yim Yames... get to know the man behind that high lonesome voice, as Jim James hits the Crystal Ballroom in support of his first solo album, the majestic sounding and extravagantly titled Regions of Light and Sound of God. NL
w/Cold Specks; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $25-29, all ages
FILM—There are some movies that need to be seen on the big screen. Aliens is one of them. James Cameron's sci-fi action classic is still as exhilarating, creepy, and cool as it was in 1986. Behold it all—from Sigourney Weaver's Oscar-nominated performance, to Newt's whiny whining, to Alien Queen's oozing egg sac—in 35mm! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see Film Times, $7
This evening at Produce Row (21+, doors at 6, show at 7-ish, with plenty of time to get your weeknight beauty rest—or not) we are presenting two up-and-comers on the scene: Lindsey Reif is nipping at the heels of longer-established designers in town, and quickly becoming one of the savviest design talents in the city. Joining her is Brady Lange, who's been haunting the design community for years, but only last summer launched the first of his bright, versatile, sassy collections. This one's going to be fun.
Oh! And there are fashionable drink specials going as well: 1) Fierce Voodoo: Portland Potato Vodka, mango juice, fresh mint, lime, sugar and soda, served on the rocks in a pint. 2) New Fashioned: Burnside Bourbon, St Germain, Amaretto, Dandelion Bitters and Lemon Peel, served on the rocks in a bucket. Now you know!
Valentine's–Bath Party, Talkative, Couches, 9 pm, $3
Backspace–The Appleseed Cast, Hospital Ships, Ugly Colors, For the Life of Me, 7 pm, $12, all ages
Beech St. Parlor–Dorian Duvall
East End–Leopold & His Fiction, Bike Thief, 9 pm
LaurelThirst Public House–Portland Country Underground, 6 pm; Kung Pao Chickens, 9 pm, free
Roseland–Big Boi, Killer Mike, 8 pm, all ages
Open Season, the four-evening series of fashion shows featuring some of the most exciting design talent in town, kicks off tonight with three of the city's heavy hitters: Holly Stalder, Emily Ryan, and Liza Rietz. Additionally, you'll also get to see jewelry from Sword + Fern and bags by Seaecho paired with Stalder's looks, and BOET jewelry buddied up with Rietz's.
Plus! As you may know, Rietz is also a talented musician—you probably know her best for her work in Tu Fawning along with Toussaint Perrault (also from Babydollars), who has composed an original soundtrack for tonight's runway show. Rietz says, "It is bad ass! Something different and exciting for runway!"
Sounds good to me. Doors at the White Owl Social Club open at 6 this evening, with showtime scheduled at 7. There are still some tickets left–-buy now and you won't have to take your chances at the door!
Who knew I would be the ambassador of all things Mother's Day weekend (example, example), but this event sounds like a home run. It's vintage footage of synchronized swimming at the Hollywood Theatre! My head is emitting a tiny puff of glitter at the thought of watching synchronized swimming* on a huge screen. GUYS, IT'S AMAZING—your mom will lose her mind over this. (You two can endlessly quote, "Noooo, you're not angry at her. You're just pointing at her, 'Hey, I know you. I know you.'") Let's have the enthusiastic organizer, Minka of the synchronized swimming troupe the Olivia Darlings, give you the skinny:
Bring your mom to an Aquatic Arts Revival!
Rare historic screening of synchronized swimming: Esther Williams, Busby Berkeley, footage of the Modern Mermaids from the 1936 World's Fair! I didn't want to overwhelm you but we are also showing a music video we made for Y La Bamba last summer! Shot on 16mm... in the Redwoods, the Oregon Coast, and Puget Sound... synchronized swimming in the Puget Sound in gold lame is the best.
Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, 5-7 pm
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy
$6 for kids and seniors/$8 for adults/$5 groups of 3
Proceeds benefit the aquatic arts revival
* I might have spent an entire day of my recent vacation in a pool, choreographing and performing a synchronized swimming routine. There might have been 5 to 8 mimosas involved. Maybe.
I'm perpetually catching up on my TV stories, so it wasn't too long ago that I got my first lovestruck glimpse at Don and Megan's bitching pad in Season 5 of Mad Men. That shit is the bomb! If you're at all interested in mid-century doodads, decor, or architecture, you're in luck this weekend, my friend. You can take your mama. (She loves that stuff, right? It's kinda her era. I mean, your mama's so atomic, her first bikini was an A-bomb.) There's a nifty-sounding self-guided driving tour of a handful of mid-century houses in Northeast Portland on Sunday, complete with a post-tour reception at the 1958 "Home of Tomorrow." It'd be way more fun if you could bike it or walk it, but shrug, what ya going to do... modernism calls. Here's the deets from the Portland Mid-Century Modern League:
It’s a self-guided driving tour through some of our favorite mid-century neighborhoods, detailing homes, architects and builders of notoriety, and finishes with a catered reception at the 1958 Wedgwood “Home of Tomorrow,” designed by Blair and Fletcher!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Price: $10 for map & reception, $5 for map only
Tours: Driving tours begin @ 2 or 4 pm. Tour takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours
Purchase Tickets: 2-4:30 pm @ 1300 NE 117th (Home of Tomorrow)
Reception: Come back to the Home of Tomorrow at end of tour for a catered reception from 3-7 pm
On Monday, the first in a four-evening series of Open Season fashion shows featuring some of the greatest designers in the city will kick off (I know, weekdays, but they're early shows, with doors at 6, show at 7-ish each night), and we're giving away a pair of passes good for each night of the shows! To win 'em, email me by 4 pm and I'll choose a winner at random. In the meantime you can find out more about the shows here, including lots of great photos by Ray Gordon. And hey, if you don't win? Tickets are just five bucks!
White Eagle–The Reverb Brothers, 5:30 pm, free, all ages; Red Jacket Mine, Steelhead, Don of Division St., 9:30 pm, $8
Aladdin Theater–Richard Thompson, 8 pm, $35
Al's Den–Richmond Fontaine, 7 pm, free
Blue Monk–Rare Monk, Damn Divas, The World Radiant, 9 pm
Dante's–The Vandies, Kings & Vagabonds, 9 pm
Doug Fir–Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Fresh & Onlys, Steve Gunn, 9 pm, $15
Eagles Lodge–In the Cooky Jar: DJ Cooky Parker, 9 pm
Habesha–Old Light, Virgil Shaw, Sad Horse, 9 pm, $5
Holocene–Ecstasy: Kim Ann Foxman, Willie Burns, DJ Beyondadoubt, DJ Maxx Bass, 9 pm
The Know–Stovokor, Wartorn, Night Nurse, 8 pm
Langano Lounge–Havania Whaal, Tiny Knives, Smoke Rings, Magic Mouth, 9 pm, free
Mississippi Studios–Sun Angle, Nice Nice, Like a Villain, 8:30 pm, $6-8
Portland Spirit–KPSU Kruise: Onuinu, Grandparents, 10:30 pm, $10-15, all ages
Record Room–Night Mechanic, The Rarities, DJ Charles Austin, 8 pm, $5
Rotture–Live and Direct: Rev Shines, Slimkid3, DJ Nature, 9 pm, $5
Star Theater–Born Ruffians, Moon King, 9 pm, $11, all ages
I'm writing this from the near past, when the sun is beating its wizard rays down on many a pasty Portlander. I'm sitting here wishing Hale Pele's Polynesian Plaza event was happening this weekend, but hopefully Ol' Sunny is still making with the freak freak for this event. The gathering sounds like a tiki-filled good time, with music by DJ Drew Groove and the Men from S.U.R.F., a pig roast and coconut chopping, and a marketplace filled with tropical goodies. AND COCKTAILS ON A ROOFTOP! I'll turn the reins over to tiki-bar Hale Pele for the press release details:
Hale Pele will be expanding into the upstairs parking lot for our first POLYNESIAN PLAZA! Join us for a cavalcade of vendors of tropical wares! For the big time collectors out there, we'll even have some of the decor from the former Thatch Tiki Bar available for sale! Come get your own piece of Portland's tiki bar history!
- B.G.Reynolds' hand-crafted Syrups
- Former Thatch decor and tikis
- The Spliced Mainbrace nautical bar decor
- Sputnik Housewares
- Sandy Bottom
- Jane 'Maluhia' Shaw photography
- Frog Island Tikis
Polynesian Plaza, the parking lot up the ramp behind 2717 NE Broadway
Sat, May 11, 2-9 pm, free, all ages
POP OFF—PDX Pop Now!'s annual fundraiser, Make It Pop!, is a great way to support local all-ages music, and it's a terrific concert, this year with Kelli Schaefer, Monarques, Grandparents, Ezza Rose, and DJ Jeremy Petersen. Throw in a raffle, free hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and the announcement of this year's PDX Pop Now! compilation tracklist, this is the feel-good party of the season. NL
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, 7 pm, $20, all ages
COMEDY—Remember back in the '90s, when MTV had a dating show? This one guy, Chris Hardwick, made fun of all the meathead contestants, like, all the time. I don't know where he's been for the past 20 years, but I guess he does stand-up now! I bet it's pretty good. BR
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $20-30
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