WW Collage, Photo: Scott Green/IFC
Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s making-fun-of-Portland TV series that perhaps you’ve heard about, debuts on cable’s Independent Film Channel on Jan. 21. What’s that? You can’t wait that long? You want to see the series a full week early? You want to see it on a movie screen, while drinking a beer made specially for the occasion? You want to see two episodes at once? You want to see Brownstein in person? You want to party afterward with music from The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Pancake Breakfast and Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper?
My god, you are demanding. And specific.
But you got your wish: The Hollywood Theatre has teamed up with IFC and Beer and Movie (yep, that’s the film festival I co-curate) to present a pair of preview screenings of Portlandia at 7:30 pm and 10 pm on Friday, Jan. 14. The screenings will feature the first two episodes of the show, along with stand-up comedy from Ian Karmel and a Q&A session with Brownstein, moderated by me during the 7:30 pm screening. The show will also debut a new Portlandia beer, a European brown ale crafted by Rogue Brewing, on sale at the concession stand. Got tickets to the early screening? Then at 9 pm head to the afterparty, which also happens to be the opening-night blowout for this year’s Beer and Movie festival: We’ll be debuting a lineup for the next three months. The party, hosted by @Large Studios, will feature musicians hand-selected by Brownstein: Colin Meloy, Pancake Breakfast, Eric Earley and spinning from DJ Whitney and DJ Nightschool (he’s from Gossip; for some reason, Brownstein knows a lot of musicians). The afterparty also has beer—free beer—from New Belgium Brewing.
If you didn’t get a ticket, don’t fret: Beer and Movie is showing the full run of Portlandia at the Mission Theater every Friday night at 9 pm starting Jan. 21. Who needs cable? Also: You’re welcome.
GO: The Portlandia Preview Party takes place at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm and 10 pm Friday, Jan. 14. $15, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Humane Society and the Hollywood Theatre. The Portlandia/BAM afterparty takes place at @Large Studios, 807 NE Couch St. 9 pm Friday, Jan. 14. $10. Tickets for the 7:30 pm screening are sold out; inquire at the Hollywood box office or filmaction.org for 10 pm screening and afterparty tickets.
WEDNESDAY JAN. 12
[MUSIC] WILD FLAG
My, what a busy week for Carrie Brownstein. Just two days before the premiere of Portlandia, Brownstein’s new kickass rock ’n’ roll band crams into the tiny sandwich bar. Get here early. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $10 (tickets available at the bar starting at 8 pm). 21+.
THURSDAY JAN. 13
[DANCE] FRÄULEIN MARIA
Whereas the original Sound of Music featured pink-cheeked children cavorting in repurposed curtains, New York-based contemporary choreographer Doug Elkins’ Maria features 12 pros dancing a gender- and genre-bending mix of modern, ballet and hip-hop, layered with a bit of voguing for good measure—all set to the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Newmark Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6566. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 13-15. $27.50-$68.50.
[MUSIC] KURTIS BLOW
It’s crazy to think that 30 years ago, Kurtis Blow made hip-hop viable to the masses when his single “The Breaks” was the first rap song to go gold. He’s still going strong in 2011, with new material and all the old classics. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY JAN. 14
Sofia Coppola’s third examination of the miserable lifestyles of the rich and famous. The problem of leisure: what to do for pleasure. Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10, 846 SW Park Ave., 221-3280. Multiple showtimes. $7.50-$10.50.
[MUSIC] DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
Sure, you’re too cool for this show, but it’s not 2001 anymore, people, so embrace the emo and belt your heart out. You know the words: “Your hair, it’s EVVVVERRRYYWHEREEE!!!” Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $25 advance, $28 day of show. All ages.
SATURDAY JAN. 15
[CLASSICAL] OREGON SYMPHONY
The orchestra’s first performance of Color by French composer Marc-André Dalbavie, the poster boy for the so-called “spectralist” composers, who find more to explore in the colors, overtones, timbres and textures of orchestral music than in melody and rhythm. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 228-1353. 7:30 pm. $25-$95.