“Don’t forget to close the flaps!”
That’s the last thing you’ll hear as you climb into the rectum of a 20-foot elephant. Don’t worry: It’s art. Oscar’s Delirium Tremens is the star attraction at TBA’s the Works, the late-night social hub of the festival held at Washington High School.
The vision of conceptual artist Patrick J. Rock, it’s a giant inflatable pink elephant, lying on its back, legs in the air, with a bouncing castle in its stomach. And the only way in or out is a big slit in its rear end.
After bouncing dizzily and without inhibition, shielded from onlookers inside the belly of the beast, participants must force their way back out through the narrow bum flaps, tumbling out awkwardly onto the grass in front of a crowd of strangers.
It probably represents something very profound about the nature of birth and death and post-processual theory in South Asian archaeology. It’s also a lot of fun.
GO: The Works at Washington High School (the elephant is outside, around the side of the building. It’s hard to miss). Southeast Stark Street and 14th Avenue, pica.org. Closes Oct. 30. Free.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 14[DANCE] OFFSITE DANCE
Japan’s Offsite Dance Project is plunking three choreographers down in the heart of the Central Eastside Industrial District in Edges, in which Offsite members will perform under bridges, at loading docks and in developing buildings, exploring Portland’s rough edges, both geographic and social. Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington St., 224-7522, pica.org. 7 pm Wednesday-Saturday. $20. Reservations required.
[COMICS] BUFFY SEASON NINE
The TV show may be over, but the Buffyverse lives on in two-dimensional comic-book form. Season nine launches with a signing and Q&A with editor Scott Allie and artist Georges Jeanty, plus free food, beer and “Buffy swag bags.” Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy Blvd., 284-4693. 7 pm. Free. All ages.
THURSDAY SEPT. 15[WORDS] LITERARY MIXTAPE
Writers read their favorite literature by other writers—while you drink booze! This edition’s headliner is Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century and “literary detective” on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St., 248-1600. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
FRIDAY SEPT. 16[MUSIC] BOB LOG III
Our favorite masked and wasted one-man band returns for another night of boobs and blues. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
SATURDAY SEPT. 17[SHOP] PORTLAND FLEA MARKET
In an effort to capture the spirit and convenience of the excellent open-air markets of London and Paris, a local has created Portland Flea, which aims to bring the city’s best vintage retailers to one place. 931 SE 6th Ave. 8 am. Info at facebook.com/portlandflea.
MONDAY SEPT. 19[THEATER] BE CAREFUL! THE SHARKS WILL EAT YOU!
Actor Jay Alvarez performs his solo show about the Cuban revolution and his family’s escape to Miami in 1964. Alvarez’s performance is presented here as part of Miracle Theatre’s La Luna Nueva festival of Latin music and theater. Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 7:30 pm Monday-Wednesday. $15-$17.
TUESDAY SEPT. 20[MUSIC] THE FLAMING LIPS
Even if you can’t stand the Flaming Lips’ psychedelic pop, you have to admit a certain curiosity: What kind of crazy shit will Wayne Coyne and company dream up this time? Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8 pm. $49.50-$64. All ages.