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September 30th, 2009 CASEY JARMAN | Headout
 

Raw Meat

The hilarious and terrifying carnal art of Thermals frontman Hutch Harris.

     
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No one can accuse Hutch Harris’ primary artistic endeavor, razor-sharp local punk trio the Thermals, of lacking meat. But to make that claim against Harris’ visual art would be even more ludicrous, as this month’s show at Tiga (appropriately christened Meatmen) features cut-and-paste images of terrified and terrifying characters built almost entirely of raw pork and beef. The images are striking: Most of Harris’ characters seem stranded on dangerous alien planets a la Captain Kirk in early Star Trek episodes, with an equally (forgive me) hammy range of expression. But Harris, who has done the art for all of the Thermals’ releases, has a fine eye for composition, and his Frankensteined clippings come from what must be an impressive collection of ’50s and ’60s food and science magazines. Harris’ lovingly constructed, oversaturated subjects are surprisingly human and entirely unappetizing. So, why meat? “To some, it’s sustenance; to me, it’s entertainment,” Harris writes via email. That will have to suffice for an artist’s statement.


SEE IT: Hutch Harris’ Meatmen opens at Tiga, 1465 NE Prescott St., 288-5534. 9 pm Tuesday, Oct. 6. DJ KM Fizzy (the Thermals’ Kathy Foster) will provide the music. Free. 21+.

Headout Picks

WEDNESDAY SEPT. 30


[MUSIC] AVERAGE WHITE BAND
One of the preeminent (and most overlooked) funk groups in history shows up to rock one of the least funky venues in town. Aladdin Theater, 3116 SE 11th Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $25. All ages. Minors must be accompanied by parent.

[WORDS] DAVID BYRNE
The Talking Head rolls into town in support of his ode to two-wheeled travelin’, Bicycle Diaries. Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-9234. 7 pm. $26 (includes a copy of Bicycle Diaries).

FRIDAY OCT. 2


[CLASSICAL] DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA
The Duane Allman of Indian classical music, Bhattacharya designs and plays six- and 12-string slide guitars that allow him to evoke a range of sounds from bass to lute. First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., 8 pm. $15-$25.

[MUSIC] DETHKLOK, MASTODON, CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE
Dethklok’s Brendon Small appears live in the shadows beneath a giant monitor displaying his cartoon creations. Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 6:30 pm. $35 advance, $40 day of show. 21+.

SATURDAY OCT. 3


[SCREEN] SING-ALONG HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Here’s a theory: It’s impossible to remain a homophobe after just 30 minutes of Hedwig. The Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival puts this hypothesis to the test. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515, plgff.org. 10 pm. $9.

[DISH] THE WEDGE
Cheesehead alert: Oregon’s cheese fest returns with 25 artisanal cheese makers, a grilled-cheese bar and cheese-wheel bowling. Southeast 9th Avenue between Belmont and Yamhill streets. 10 am-4 pm. Info at oregoncheeseguild.org.

SUNDAY OCT. 4


[MUSIC] GARETT BRENNAN & THE GREAT SALT LICKS
For his latest album, Huckleberry Tree, Portland singer-songwriter Brennan has assembled an all-star cast of local sidemen. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 753-4473. 8 pm. $10. 21+.

TUESDAY OCT. 6


[WORDS] VIVA LAS VEGAS
The book launch for one of Portland’s most famous disrobers includes readings from members of the Dandy Warhols. And strippers, of course. Dante’s, 1 SW 3rd Ave., 226-6630. 7:30 pm. Free.
 
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