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January 20th, 2010 NATHAN CARSON | Headout
 

Bowling With The Devil

Jessie Rogers’ heavy-metal bowling league is changing lives.

     
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Last fall, Jessie Rogers had a dream. In her dream, good, metal-loving people bowled among friends while Mercyful Fate and High on Fire tunes kept the party heavy. The dream became a reality last October, at Southeast Portland’s AMF Pro 300 Lanes. “We thought it would be fun if we created our own league, where we could play metal, bowl with our friends and drink beer,” says Rogers, a seamstress by day and metal fan by night. “It’s about putting all of our favorite things together and having fun.”

Last year’s Portland Metal Bowling League featured about a dozen teams of four (with a remarkably even gender split) that competed every Tuesday night, culminating last December in a big win for the members of local rock group Nether Regions. The victory was commemorated with a spiked silver skull trophy (see photo, above) designed and built by local artist and Metal Bowling co-founder Martin Ontiveros. Great times were had at the season finale party on Dec. 22, where bowlers toasted each other’s metal health as winter hiatus commenced.

Rogers learned a lot from that first tournament. Next season, which begins Tuesday, dues will be cheaper ($7 per week for shoes and lanes, down from $8) and the season will be shorter (eight weeks, down from 11), with a ninth-week party featuring performances from local heavy metal bands.

Judging by the smiling faces, devil signs, rock T-shirts and empty bowling pin-shaped Budweiser bottles present at the season finale party, heavy metal bowling is a hit. For league member Laura Claar—proudly sporting a Dio shirt and custom-drilled Spider-Man bowling ball—it’s more than that. “Metal Bowling has changed my life,” she says.


BOWL: The Portland Metal Bowling League’s second season starts at AMF Pro 300 Lanes, 3031 SE Powell Blvd., 234-0237. 9:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26. $7. All ages. “Skill level is unimportant,” but new four-person teams “must consist of lovers of metal.” Info at myspace.com/portlandmetalbowling.

Haiti Relief Benefits

What can you do to help people affected by the horrific earthquake in Haiti? Eat, shop and watch shows—all the events below benefit Haiti relief. Visit wweek.com/haitirelief for an expanded list of local benefits. Know another local way to help? Email kclarke@wweek.com.

WEDNESDAY JAN. 20


[EAT] LE PIGEON
Dine at the eastside staple tonight and 15 percent of your tab goes to relief efforts. Le Pigeon, 738 E Burnside St., 546-8796, lepigeon.com. Regular dinner hours and menu prices.

[CLASSICAL] PORTLAND OPERA
Vocalists from the upcoming production of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte sing opera arias and ensembles. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the concert will go to Mercy Corps for Haiti aid. Scottish Rite Center, 1512 SW Morrison St., 241-1802. 7 pm. $10-$50.

THURSDAY JAN. 21


[MUSIC] SONGS FOR HAITI
This mega music benefit boasts performances from everybody—including Thomas Lauderdale, Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, Oregon Symphony peeps, Flash Choir and Storm Large. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 7:30 pm. $30.

SATURDAY JAN. 23


[MUSIC] GROOVE MOVEMENT HAITI RELIEF CONCERT
The Groove Movement, a local nonprofit that uses music to raise money for humanitarian efforts, focuses on Haiti with live tunes from Voltronic, Intervision and Chervona. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 9 pm. $8. 21+.

SUNDAY JAN. 24


[MUSIC] CLASSICAL REVOLUTION & OPERA THEATER BENEFIT
The Haiti catastrophe has a personal connection for the revolutionaries: One of their members is searching for her missing father, who was working on a project to improve the delivery of energy to Haitian healthcare facilities. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. 7 pm. Donation.

[GRAB BAG] HELPING HAITI
Expect DJs, bands, crafts from local vendors and tasty Haitian grub all to benefit Haiti. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 5 pm. $5+ sliding-scale donation. 21+.

TUESDAY JAN. 26


[EAT] BEAST BENEFIT DINNERS
The staff at the dining room donates its time and antes up a pair of four-course French-Haitian dinners paired with donated wines, as well as DJs spinning Haitian beats and a silent auction. Beast, 5425 NE 30th Ave. 6 and 8 pm Tuesdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. $100. Reservations by phone only: 841-6968. 21+.

Headout Picks

WEDNESDAY JAN. 20


[MUSIC] YUMMY FUR
You might not know Scottish post-punk pioneers Yummy Fur, but you probably know the band’s rhythm section: Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand. Come on and dance with me, um, Yummy. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $5. All ages.

THURSDAY JAN. 21


[MUSIC] WHITE HINTERLAND
Casey Dienel’s project White Hinterland has always been a bit quirky, but now the band channels her coos into slinky love jams. Imagine the Dirty Projectors or Bat For Lashes, only with more loops. The Artistery, 4315 SE Division St., 803-5942. 8 pm. $6. All ages.

FRIDAY JAN. 22


[CLASSICAL] THE ROMEROS
For three generations, members of this Spanish classical-guitar dynasty have graced innumerable recordings and concert programs, including gigs at the White House and the Vatican. The most famous Romero, Angel, has rarely performed with other members of the clan in the past couple of decades, so this reunion of all the living members who’ve played in the group (Celin, Pepe, Angel, Celino and Lito Romero) is pretty special for anyone who appreciates classical guitar. Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Road, Tualatin, 654-0082. 8 pm. $30-$49.

SATURDAY JAN. 23


[SCREEN] LATE-NIGHT EUROPEAN HORROR SERIES
The Grindhouse Film Festival’s presentation of Continental terror continues with 1973’s Torso, which itself features miniskirts, chic music and a hacksaw. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. 11:30 pm. $5-$8.

SUNDAY JAN. 24


[MUSIC] PHOENIX
Yeah, it’s sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can stand outside the Crystal screaming, “Je t’aime!” at the boys of Phoenix. Who doesn’t love perfectly constructed French pop songs? Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. SOLD OUT. All ages.

MONDAY JAN. 25


[STAGE] MORE FOREPLAY AT THE SOMEDAY
Seven short plays about sex by local writers, performed by the Bump in the Road acting ensemble. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 5 pm Sunday, 7 pm Monday-Wednesday. $8-$10.
 
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