I've found dessert heaven, and it tastes like pig fat. Buried on the bottom of the menu at the Fishwife, a two-decades-old family seafood restaurant on a stretch of North Lombard Street just before St. Johns, is the perfect carnivore's delight: a giant, rich and intensely salty chocolate brownie made with bacon fat instead of oil or butter, served with a scoop of Cascade Glacier vanilla ice cream all topped off with housemade caramel sauce, whipped cream and caramelized bacon bits. The sundae ($5) also has bacon pieces inside the brownie. So, yes, nearly every part of the dessert uses a little pork, which proves the (exhaustively tested but still worthy) theory that there is nothing in the world that doesn't taste better with bacon.
OINK: The Fishwife, 5328 N Lombard St., 285-7150, thefishwife.com. 11 am-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm Friday, 4-10 pm Saturday. $-$$ Inexpensive-moderate.
THURSDAY JAN. 20
White Bird wraps up its Celebration of American Women Choreographers series with one of our own: Conduit Dance Studio co-founder Mary Oslund. She and her cohorts have collaborated on the world premiere of
[MUSIC] ROCK OF AGES: FRUITION, PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT, WATERTOWER BUCKET BOYS, TWISTED WHISTLE
Being a folk-rock superstar may seem a contradiction, but Gillian Welch has cast a long enough shadow over the flannel-clad genre to induce four excellent local bands to expend a night in tribute to her work. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY JAN. 21
Action Adventure Theatre, the minds behind the excellent live sitcom
turns to reality TV and sci-fi in a new semi-improvised serial, in which a bunch of would-be reality stars discover they have been abducted by beings from another world.
[MUSIC] FREEWAY & JAKE ONE, BIG POOH, TANYA MORGAN, ILLMACULATE AND MORE
The third night of Portland's Poh-Hop festival has the strongest end-to-end lineup, including a set from Philadelphia MC Freeway and Seattle DJ-producer Jake One, a duo that kinda killed it with last year's Stimulus Package record. Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave., 248-2900. 8 pm. $14 advance, $16 day of show. All ages.
[SCREEN] THE WAY BACK
Peter Weir's new escape-from-the-gulag epic feels like Lord of the Rings, without all that stupid elf shit. Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema, 1510 NE Multnomah St., 287-0338, and other locations. Multiple showtimes. $7-$10.
SUNDAY JAN. 23
In 1971, when Clarence Reid first recorded a set of X-rated song parodies and put himself on the cover disguised as a sort of thrift-store superhero, he probably never imagined anyone would want to hear it 40 years later. His humor has never risen above eighth-grade level, but the career move was a stroke (heh) of genius.