These days, almost every hobby, obsession and food gets its own holiday. April is full of especially weird celebrations—it's National Pecan Month, in case you forgot about the existence of the "all-American nut"—and Saturday, April 16, is no exception: It's National Eggs Benedict Day (mmm, hollandaise sauce), National Stress Awareness Day, and most importantly for Portland's music nerds, Record Store Day.
Started in 2007 by a group of vinyl geeks, Record Store Day is now an internationally celebrated observance at over 700 independent record stores, and most of our favorite local shops are selling goodies (limited-edition 7-inches from Wild Flag and Blitzen Trapper!) and hosting rad in-store concerts for free. Here's our guide to the nerdiest holiday around.
Jackpot Records Downtown
203 SW 9th Ave., 222-0990,
Things start early at 10 am with a set from DJ Dollar Bin, a.k.a. Steven Turner of Mudhoney, and the Voodoo Doughnut van is hanging out all morning. Kickass metal-punk band Red Fang plays at 2 pm, and there should be plenty of free beverages and prizes left by then.
Everyday Music Downtown
1313 W Burnside St., 274-0961,
It's like a mini "Best New Band" reunion! Music by Sallie Ford and Hosannas, a DJ set from Nurses, lots of free goodies, and a chance to nab the Decemberists' Live at Bull Moose EP before it sells out.
8 NE Killingsworth St.,
Bands! DJs! Food carts! (Hungry Hearts Cupcakes and Saucy's barbecue). Events all day, starting with a noon DJ set by Jenny Hoyston, a performance by 1939 Ensemble (featuring Breeders drummer Jose Medeles) and a few pieces of limited-edition vinyl.
GO: Record Store Day events will be taking place at record stores around the city on April 16. Go to recordstoreday.com for a list of participating venues.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
[MUSIC] DAS RACIST
Well whaddya know, a hip-hop group that's actually funny! Das Racist is like your stoned next-door neighbor, only they get high and rap about race and class and Dwight Schrute instead of starting another drum circle. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $15. All ages.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
[SOCCER] PORTLAND TIMBERS VS. CHICAGO FIRE
Dust off your vuvuzela: The newly major-leagued Portland Timbers FC play their first real home game at PGE Park. Er, we mean Jeld-Wen Field. Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison St. 8 pm. $12-$125.
[MUSIC] EL TEN ELEVEN
Instrumental rock is not just Mogwai and the Friday Night Lights soundtrack, guys. Los Angeles duo El Ten Eleven makes voiceless music that's grandiose and danceable and only slightly pretentious. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15
[MOVIES] ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART I
A new drama extolling the virtues of free enterprise and corporate railroads. Based on a book by Ayn Rand. Opening on tax day. We're mentioning this convergence not as a recommendation so much as a warning that you may want to avoid Fox Tower on Friday. Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10, 846 SW Park Ave., 221-3280. Multiple showtimes. $7.50-$10.50.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
[COMEDY] FLY-ASS JOKES
Ian Karmel's comedy showcase goes on a pre-Bridgetown bender with a massive lineup of local comics: Whitney Streed, Phil Schallberger, Sean Jordan, Richard Bain, Ian Karmel, Solomon Georgio and Mike Drucker, plus a "surprise guest" host. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 225-2227. 8 pm. $8-$10.
[WORDS] MICHAEL POLLAN
Author and food activist Michael Pollan speaks at the University of Portland. The event has sold out, but a limited number of "rush" tickets will be released 30 minutes beforehand, at the Chiles Center box office. University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd., 224-8499. Tickets on sale 6:30 pm, talk begins at 7 pm. $20, cash only.
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
[PINBALL] PINBRAWL 2011
Ground Kontrol hosts its third annual pinball tournament, featuring some of the fastest index fingers in the Pacific Northwest. Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St., 796-9364. 10 am. Spectators free, $20 to compete. Pre-register at groundkontrol.com. 21+.