CHEER: The mighty New Mexico State Aggies will play basketball against a bunch other schlubs as part of the NCAA men’s tournament. Portland’s regional games are Thursday and Saturday, March 15 & 17, at the Rose Garden, 1 Center Court. First tipoff is 10:40 am Thursday. Martin Cizmar will be blogging for WW from the Rose Garden.
THURSDAY MARCH 15BRAINSTORM
[MUSIC] Portland’s favorite duo of groove merchants, Brainstorm, has been keeping quite busy for the past few months. The group pulled off a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund its sparkling new album, Heat Waves, and tonight it will debut a new lineup with bassist Tamara Barnes. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
FRIDAY MARCH 16RAYMOND BONNER
[BOOKS] In 1982, a black South Carolina man named Edward Lee Elmore was sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. In Pulitzer Prize-winner Raymond Bonner’s new book, Anatomy of Injustice, Bonner discusses what went wrong in the Elmore case, as well as what he sees as the injustices of our justice system. For his Powell’s appearance, Bonner will discuss executions with Oregon pro-death-penalty prosecutor Josh Marquis. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD
[MOVIES] Nothing cramps a teenager’s style more than a familial blood feud. Quietly compelling, director Joshua Marston’s first film since 2004’s Maria Full of Grace presents coming of age under the threat of sudden, swift death as not much different than any other adolescent trauma. Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave., 222-2010. Multiple showtimes. $6-$9.
SATURDAY MARCH 17PSU FARMERS MARKET
[SHOPPING] Portland’s biggest farmers market is back. Kale is in season! PSU Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between Southwest Hall and Southwest Montgomery. 8:30 am-2 pm. Free.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
[HOLIDAY] In addition to musical acts and its St. Patrick’s Day golf tournament, Edgefield will be celebrating Paddy’s Day all over its property by serving Irish food and drink specials like Irish coffee, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, Irish Reubens and Dubliner cheese salad. It also promises “roving leprechauns with candy,” which sounds incredibly creepy. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. All day Friday-Saturday, March 16-17. Free. All ages.
[MOVIES] What, you haven’t seen Valhalla Rising? Are you one of those people who go around talking shit about Drive even though you haven’t seen Nicolas Winding Refn’s film about Vikings tearing each other’s guts out with their bare hands? Rectify this oversight immediately. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., 221-1156. 9 pm. $6-$9.