Andy Warhol’s Polaroids
Spring has sprung, and that means warmer weather and less clothes. If the prospect of ogling bared flesh at the neighborhood park creeps you out, take a more highbrow approach and check out the thought-piquing new show at Reed College’s Cooley Gallery. Scarecrow: Exhibitionism, Ritual and Theatricality examines the wildly differing ways artists have dealt with the exposing and hiding of the human body in all its glory and ignominy. From the heady rush of desire, hard muscles and soft curves to the indignities of aging, our bodies are mined for all they’re worth by artists Daniel Spoerri, Lynda Benglis, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Mary Bauermeister and Sol LeWitt. Many of these artists made their most challenging work during the 1950s and 1960s, when attitudes about nudity and sexuality were undergoing unprecedented flux. More than 100 original Polaroids by Andy Warhol—chronicling his friends’ shoes, faces, torsos and derrieres—are among the highlights of the show, curated by Stephanie Snyder.
GO: Scarecrow takes place at Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 777-7251. Show runs April 6-June 9. Opening reception 6-8 pm, Friday, April 9.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 31
[MUSIC] TITUS ANDRONICUS
Watch your back, Bruce. With its brilliant new album, The Monitor, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus looks to push the Boss for supremacy in the Garden State. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
THURSDAY APRIL 1
[AID] HANDS ON FOR HAITI BENEFIT AUCTION
Storm Large hosts this Mercy Corps Haiti benefit where Northwest artists and restaurants auction off art, meals, cooking classes and more while you swill micros and chow on $1 mini sandwiches from fancy local chefs. 1035 NW Lovejoy St. 6 pm. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or Eastmoreland Market, Siteworks, Ned Ludd or at the door. $15.
FRIDAY APRIL 2
[SCREEN] THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
While Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans opens everywhere, another French fantasy filmmaker resurfaces at the 5th Avenue Cinema. PSU’s 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., 725-3551. Multiple showtimes. $2-$3.
[SCREEN] REMEMBERING ROHMER
For French fantasies of the conversational sort, visit Eric Rohmer’s City of Lost Grown-ups, at NW Film Center’s tribute to the departed moviemaker. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 221-1156. Multiple films. $5-$8.
SATURDAY APRIL 3
[DANCE] ZIP ZAP ZOOM
Portland’s aerial dance troupe A-WOL presents a high-flying superhero comic-book show inspired by a fifth grader’s creative-writing assignment. A-WOL Studio, 920 NE Flanders St., 201-9798. 8 pm Friday, 2 and 8 pm Saturday, April 2-3. $12-$16 (kids under 12 pay their age). Tickets and info at a-woldance.org.
[MUSIC] SURFER BLOOD
Miss the days when indie rock meant Weezer more than Washed Out? The young Floridians of Surfer Blood fetishize power pop over dance music, and we’re all the better for it. Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9:30 pm. $9 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
MONDAY APRIL 5
[SHEEE-IT] THE WIRE: PUB QUIZ
ShanRock’s pub quizzery manages to combine the two things WW staffers live for: beer and the seminal HBO series The Wire. Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Place, 227-0116. 7 pm. Free, teams of five people or fewer.