At The Drive-In IMAGE: Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy
Although you may not know his name, Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy has created some of Portland's most compelling moving images. As both a director of commercials and music videos, he's shot everything from the infamous viral Nike ad in which Kobe Bryant jumps over a moving Aston Martin to videos for the Gossip, Panther and the Thermals. Even though he's been taking pictures of rock bands since the early '90s, McConnaughy has never held a show for his own concert photography. Until now.
"I wanted it to be more of an event than an art show where I'm trying to sell prints for money," McConnaughy says of his gallery debut, set for Thursday, Sept. 3, at East End.
The Exploding Hearts IMAGE: Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy
A great number of the shots—featuring the Exploding Hearts, At the Drive-In, Run-DMC, Girls Against Boys and more—McConnaughy took at local haunts, many of which, like Blackbird and 17 Nautical Miles, have since closed. McConnaughy promises some of the prints will be close to 4 feet tall, and that all will kick ass. "Hopefully these photos come across so you feel like you...were there for a moment, as opposed to some weird, surreal subjective thing," he says.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 2
Portland's totally dada comedy talkshow is now running the first Wednesday of every month at Curious Comedy. For the kick-off show, the Famous Mysterious Actor is throwing a street fair with games, a petting zoo and a kissing booth manned by sidekick John Schmidt.
THURSDAY SEPT. 3
PICA's massive TBA Fest opens with a night of free visual art installations and live noise from Gang Gang Dance at the Works, the fest's late-night headquarters at Washington High School.
[MUSIC] EXTRA GOLDEN
Mixing the traditional Kenyan benga with heavy American influences like go-go and funk, Extra Golden creates some of the best dance music in any continent. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY SEPT. 4
After canceling his DJ gig in May, the Norwegian producer (and Space Age disco creator) is back to shake up the dance floor one bongo hit at a time.
[MUSIC] DE LA SOUL
Can you believe 3 Feet High and Rising is turning 20? To celebrate, De LaSoul is back on the road, keeping vintage hip-hop alive. Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.
SATURDAY SEPT. 5
Quiz mistress ShanRock helps you memorialize the recently passed
director—by drinking beer and testing your knowledge of '80s teen flick minutiae.
MONDAY SEPT. 7
This wildly physical dance-theater gang has a penchant for rock music, explosions of passion, bandages and tighty-whities.