I had to squint, but the Elvis impersonator in the back row at Sophia’s wedding looked awfully familiar. That forehead. That weird mouth. Yes, Quentin Tarantino was on The Golden Girls.
Oh, the things you notice while watching the antics of those great old broads, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. It’s easy to forget, in the midst of Betty White’s ironic pop-culture comeback, just how funny and moving this show could be. Someone was always getting married, or being hustled by some fast-talking, handsome octogenarian. Yes, life was fast for four ladies living in Dade County, Fla., in the 1980s. But life was also full of laughs. And 20 years after the show’s last episode, one wonders: What would the Golden Girls have thought about grunge music? About 9/11? About a black president? The world will never know.
On Wednesday, May 9, the Foggy Notion celebrates the Girls’ anniversary with a trivia night centered on the exploits of those sassy silver-hairs. The winners will be awarded cheesecake (the Girls bit into more than 100 of them during the show’s seven-year run) and, hopefully, a sweet light-blue blouse. Here’s a sample test to get you ready.
GO: Golden Girls Quizzery is at the Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard St., 240-0249, on Wednesday, May 9. 8:30 pm. Free.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9COMPAGNIE KÄFIG
[DANCE] Dancers and dancemakers from all over the world make connections at France’s La Biennale de Lyon Danse, where, in 2006, choreographer/Compagnie Käfig founder Mourad Merzouki discovered 11 young male dancers from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, whitebird.org. 7:30 pm. $25-$60.
THURSDAY, MAY 10MARTÍN PRECHTEL
[ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE] In history class, they make it sound like the original peoples of the Americas gave up when the European conquistadors arrived. Eh, not really. Small pockets of Mayan culture are still going strong in remote parts of Guatemala—even accepting recruits like Martín Prechtel. He talks about how indigenous cultures survived, why they’re now disappearing as fast as native plants and how we can stop the cultural deforestation. Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave., 541-488-1192, floweringmountain.com. 7 pm. $5-$25.
FRIDAY, MAY 11HEADHUNTERS
[MOVIES] Anchored by an intensely nerve-wracked lead performance, this wild Norwegian thriller teases itself as a sleek heist picture before turning, on a dime, into a blood-stained, shit-caked manhunt of The Most Dangerous Game variety. Cinema 21. 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. Multiple showtimes.
BEST NEW BAND SHOWCASE
[MUSIC] Radiation City, Pure Bathing Culture and Onuinu have been voted three of Portland’s best bands. See for yourself as to why. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
SATURDAY, MAY 12THE PROM YOU WISH YOU HAD
[NOT GROWING UP] Proms are wasted on the pimply. So grown-ass Portlanders will stage the formal dance our teens are too sober and sweaty to appreciate. Live music (not Marvin and the Starlighters) plus a DJ and a photo booth. Mother’s Day is Sunday; extra points for swinging by home so she can snap a Polaroid. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 248-4700, portlandsprom.eventbrite.com. $15. 9 pm. 21+.
BREAKSIDE BREWERY’S SECOND ANNIVERSARY
[BEER] Breakside celebrates two suds-soaked years with special-release beers, live music from Denver (the band, not the city), and “celebrity” chefs, including Podnah’s Pit’s Rodney Muirhead and Wildwood’s Paul Kasten, manning the grill. For $15, you get a commemorative tasting glass and five drink tickets. Breakside Brewery, 820 NE Dekum St., 719-6475, breaksidebrews.com. 1-7 pm. $15. 21+.