The following photographs, taken as a public service in Old Town on St. Patrick’s Day, feature people trying to do their jobs, surrounded by assholes. Photos by Matt Wong.
MARK ROSS, FOX 12 NEWS REPORTER: Files an 11 pm report from Kells, supposedly to encourage viewers not to drive drunk. It goes exactly as expected.
JAMES EARLY, PEDICAB DRIVER: Parks at St. Patrick’s Festival tent at Kells. People pile confusedly in and out of his cab before this party pays for a ride to Davis Street.
DEL INGRAM, XV DOORMAN: Physically removes very short, very drunk man from premises.
THOMAS BROWN, STREET MUSICIAN: He does not know this girl.
UNIDENTIFIED PORTLAND POLICE OFFICERS: Respond to report of fake IDs at Thirsty Lion.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 24
[WORDS] BACK FENCE PDX
An MTV producer, a game-show contestant, and a Portland Mercury reporter walk onto a live storytelling show—sounds like the beginning of, say, a funny story. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7:30 pm. $12 advance, $14 door. All ages.
THURSDAY MARCH 25[CLASSICAL] DAVID FINCKEL, WU HAN AND PHILIP SETZER
Franz Schubert’s two 1827 piano trios played by three of today’s finest chamber players: violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel, from Emerson Quartet, and pianist Wu Han. Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 294-6400. 7:30 pm. $10-$45.
[SCREEN] THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN
Will Vinton’s odd claymation opus features Sam Clemens taking Huck Finn to see Halley’s Comet. Really. It’s strange. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 221-1156. 7 pm. $5-$8.
Before there was 2 Live Crew—or Peaches—there was the great blue wonder of R&B, Blowfly. Between his costumes and finely executed pastiches of classic soul (“Shittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” being one such classic), he’s a pioneer with a surprisingly strong legacy. East End, 203 SE Grand Ave., 232-0056. 9:30 pm. Cover. 21+.
FRIDAY MARCH 26
[SCREEN] RED RIDING: 1974
The Yorkshire of this movie (the first in a bleak trilogy) is a place where baby rapers, serial killers and psychopaths with badges rule the wet streets beneath northern England’s threatening skies. Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave., 222-2010. Multiple showtimes. $6-$9.
[MUSIC] SCOUT NIBLETT, HOLY SONS, GHOST TO FALCO
A handful of PDX favorites in the form of the sweet-’n’-surly feedback crooner Scout Niblett, the dark and moody Holy Sons and temperamental Ghost to Falco. A night where the lyrics are worth listening to and the jams are heavy. Berbati’s Pan, 231 SW Ankeny St., 248-4579. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY MARCH 27
[MUSIC] QUASI, EXPLODE INTO COLORS
The legendary rock trio Quasi and the funky, tranced-out Explode Into Colors make an ideal combo because they represent the absolute best of what this town has to offer—past, present and, whenever that Explode Into Colors full-length arrives, future. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.