Remember how last week we told you all about the best weird and wonderful bands, dancers, circus performers and llamas in Portland? Of course you do. Well, this week you can see all (well, most) of the performers and fuzzy South American mammals featured in the 2010 Best of Portland issue live onstage at Willamette Week's first-ever Best of Portland Extravaganza. We've got rappers, we've got rockers, we've got acrobats, we've got llamas, and we've got Stormtroopers. Insert dirty joke here. With a lineup including Circus Artemis, Cat Stalks Bird, hula-hooper Skye Mazur, Eye Candy Video, Cloudy October, B-boy Huy Pham, Tony Ozier and the Doo Doo Funk Allstars, Palo Verde, Cloud City Garrison and Wampire, you can't not go.
WEDNESDAY JULY 28
Leon Russell has played with everyone from the Beach Boys to the Rolling Stones. His own discography is littered with classic tunes ("A Song for You" being the most enduring), and lately he's been hanging out with Elton John.
FRIDAY JULY 30
The Flicks on the Bricks sunset screenings continue with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short in a heartfelt parable of illegal immigration.
[MUSIC] PDX POP NOW! FESTIVAL
Au, Tu Fawning and And And And headline the first night of the annual free, all-ages, all-awesome music fest. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 6 pm. Free. All ages.
[PINBALL] SHOWDOWN AT SLABTOWN
Some competitions test brute strength or endurance; a pinball tournament tests faith. The player's interaction is limited to two little buttons (and a shove here and there)—the machine has to do the rest. This weekend's showdown will test that faith on a grand scale, as many of the world's best players converge on Portland to play for three long days. Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th Ave., 223-0099. Open tryouts start 3 pm Friday. See crazyflipperfingers.com for info.
SATURDAY JULY 31
Smuggled into town by the grindhouse guru Dan Halsted, this rare, delicious 1973 Italian mob picture picks up where
left off: It opens with fiery mass slaughter in a movie theater. Then comes the nymphomania!
[DRINK/EAT] BONES AND BREW FESTIVAL
The 16th annual Bones and Brew Festival brings 30-plus microbrews from Oregon craft breweries and delicious grilled items from local barbecue authorities. Plus, kids and dogs. Pearl District, Northwest 15th Avenue between Everett and Glisan streets. 11 am-9 pm Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1. $3.
TUESDAY AUG. 3
The Tony-sweeping revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic comes to town thanks to Broadway Across America.