IMAGE: Leslie Montgomery
Everybody loves Road House, the super-trashy 1989 film in which Patrick Swayze plays a throat-rippin’ bouncer who takes on a small-town crime boss, but most of us wouldn’t think to adapt it for the stage. Shelley McLendon, who performs around town with the Liberators improv troupe, is not like most people. “About a year ago, every time I turned on the TV, on some channel Road House was on,” McLendon says. “Although I’d seen it so many times, I would have to finish watching it. And every time I saw it, I thought, ‘This would make a great play.’” As it turns out, she wasn’t alone in her opinion. McLendon and her co-adapter,Live Wire! host Courtenay Hameister, have assembled a cast of some of the city’s top improvisers (Tony Marcellino, Nicholas Kessler) and radio talent (Ted Douglass, Sean McGrath, Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts) to bring the script, plus original songs, to Someday Lounge. McLendon even obtained the blessing of screenwriter David Lee Henry: “[I] asked him if he required any compensation, and he said he did not.”
SEE IT: Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays. Closes March 27. $12. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/98560.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 17
[MUSIC] BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA
If your only interaction with world music is through NPR or Vampire Weekend reviews, then be sure to check out Kouyate, one of the world’s preeminent players of the ngoni, a traditional African string instrument. Berbati’s Pan, 231 SW Ankeny St., 248-4579. 8 pm. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
THURSDAY MARCH 18
[LECTURE] HISTORY OF BLACK PANTHER PARTY IN PORTLAND
If you know why this talk by Jules Boykoff and Martha Gies is important, you already plan to be there. If you don’t know why it’s important, you really need to go. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Ave., 231-7264. 7 pm. Free. All ages.
[SINGALONG CINEMA] HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Put on some makeup, turn up the tape deck, and pull the wig down on your head. The 35 mm print is accompanied by a glam-rock dance party and (of course) a costume contest. The Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., fleurdelethal.com. 8 pm doors, 9 pm film. $5. 21+.
SATURDAY MARCH 20
Meet the minds that have been blurring yours on Portland’s first meet-the-brewers pub crawl. Victory Bar, 3652 SE Division. 236-8755. Noon. See brewpublic.com/events for a full list of destinations.
SUNDAY MARCH 21
[PUPPETS] MEESES PEESES
An idea so terrible it can’t help but succeed: CastIron Carousel presents a new puppet-theater adaptation of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Watershed, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave., castironcarousel.org. 6 pm. $6.
[GENRE] SINGALONG MARY POPPINS
For those of you too pussy to take your kids to singalong Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. 1 pm Saturday-Sunday. $5-$6.
[MUSIC] TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
One of the most dependable songwriters around, Leo returns to town sporting his best new record in six years. Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 5 pm. $15. All ages.
TUESDAY MARCH 23
[MUSIC] GRAILS, TU FAWNING
Two of Portland’s best experimental-rock bands team up for a night of local love. Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10. 21+.