What do you picture when you think of a feminist? Power suits? Black leather? Hipster flannel? Whatever it is, odds are, Madonna has done it. Which makes the larger-than-life blond pop icon a surprisingly appropriate avatar for In Other Words' Thursday, Feb. 26, fundraiser, "Madonnathon."
In Other Words is one of the country's last nonprofit feminist bookstores, and like other nonprofits, it's dependent on community support. Part of that community will be coming together at the Hollywood Theatre for an all-Madonna cover bash. As Felina's Arrow, CJ the Dolls, and others perform some of Madonna's greatest hits, the costume contest will reward whoever is brave enough to show up in her black latex bodysuit from 1992.
"It's a tribute to a woman who's opened a lot of doors," says Katie Carter, program director at In Other Words. "She doesn't apologize for who she is. She does what she wants because she likes it." Latex it is, then.
Karaoke lounge Voicebox throws a singalong benefit for Bike Build, a nonprofit that plans cross-country bike trips to raise funds for affordable housing.
It may have lost at the Oscars, but this schoolhouse drama still rocks. By "rocks," of course, we mean "inspires thoughtful consideration of the French educational system."
[WORDS] COLORED PENCILS
No more hipsters reading sad song lyrics; this open mic's devoted to immigrants of all different backgrounds. Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St., 287-4117. 5:30 pm. $2 donation.
Taking its name from an early incarnation of Black Sabbath, metal purveyors Earth sound like the tundra melting into arctic seas. Dante's, 1 SW 3rd Ave., 226-6630. 9:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
One of the leading vocal groups devoted to rare manuscripts of music that crossed the ocean with the conquistadors.
[PARTY] CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO
Celebrate Fat Tuesday a few days late with a Rio-style costume blowout with New York's Brazilian Grupo Saveiro. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. $20 advance, $25 door. carnavalpdx.com.
[DANCE] OREGON BALLET THEATRE
It's all about the Bach and African-beat mashup Lambarena and a razor-edged new ballet from OBT's Christopher Stowell. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 248-4335. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Feb. 27-28. $15-$150. Call 222-5538 or visit obt.org or ticketmaster.com.
Two of Portland's loudest—and best—pure rock 'n' roll bands share stories and rip the Someday Lounge to shreds.
Led by songwriter Kurt Wagner, alt-country outfit Lambchop has been one of America's most consistent acts for years. Catch the band before it's too late.