Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude was bound to become a cult hit with its quirky storyline of a suicidal young man who has the hots for a free-spirited grandma four times his age. But it was folk troubadour-turned-batshit crazy Muslim evangelist (turned international peace and love guru) Cat Stevens' heartstring-twanging soundtrack that lifted the 1971 film from intergenerational sex romp to an enduring hymn to nonconformity. A special "pre-Valentine's" screening of the film at the Hollywood Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 12, adds a new twist to the affair: Harold and his old-lady love will be serenaded by the audience. A live band, including electro-wizard Solovox and local musician Dale tha'Nail, will play the movie soundtrack live as the film rolls, leading moviegoers in a singalong of Cat classics like "Where Do the Children Play?" and "Don't Be Shy." The movie/music event is the brainchild of party organizer Christian "Krishna" Parkinson, who swears he's seen the film more than 100 times. "[The movie's] one of the most fabulous love-story metaphors I've ever encountered," gushes tha'Nail, whom Parkinson tapped to organize the live band. "We want to make it a fuzzy-bunny-sparkle-pony-love fest."
SEE IT/SING IT: Nice Won! Presents the Harold and Maude Squad with live soundtrack from Dale tha'Nail, Miss Sarah King, Solovox and Stereovision's Dave Camp. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7 and 9 pm Thursday, Feb. 12. $10 if you bring a donation for the Oregon Food Bank (canned or packaged foods). $15 without a donation.
WEDNESDAY FEB. 11
Two fine ladies of folk, one singing ethereal songs in Spanish and one sweet folk songs spawned from our own Lone Fir Cemetery.
FRIDAY FEB. 13
The annual erotic bash to benefit NARAL Pro Choice Oregon features burlesque by Charlotte Treuse and Baby Le'Strange, plus DJs.
[CIRCUS] CIRQUE L'AMOUR
A live tribute to Charlie Chaplin's The Circus with a meal by Le Pigeon, music by the Stolen Sweets and performances by the Bellini Twins, Tommy Twimble and others. Bossanova, 722 E Burnside St., bossanovaballroom.com. 6:30 pm dinner, 7:30 pm curtain Friday-Sunday, Feb. 13-15. $76 with dinner, $37 without.
SATURDAY FEB. 14
The Working Theatre Collective performs a new 30-minute play by Nate Harpel in 14 spots around the city.
[SEX] BONDAGE FOR LOVERS
An introduction to erotic rope restraint for couples, taught by Noble. The Conservatory, firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 am. Reservations required. $65 per couple.
Tears of Joy Theatre puppeteers perform short plays on the subject of love. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557. 8 pm. $14.
[PARTY] SESQUICENTENNIAL SOIRÉE
A benefit for Oregon 150, with food, a full hosted bar, state birthday cake and Seski the Sasquatch. The Treasury, 326 SW Broadway, 225-1717, oregon150.org. 8 pm-midnight. $50. 21+.
SUNDAY FEB. 15
John Coltrane's piano player has always been relevant, avoiding the pitfall of post-'60s jazz to create his own bold solo works.
MONDAY FEB. 16
Part multimedia cabaret, part neuroscience lecture, this show pairs classic love songs (sung by Valerie Day accompanied by pianist Darrell Grant and the Portland Chamber Orchestra) with scientific commentary by OHSU's Larry Sherman and film shorts by Jim Blashfield.