January 6th, 2011 5:00 pm | by AARON MESH Movies & Television |

Portlandia Premieres Next Friday at Hollywood Theatre (Also, It's the Return of Beer and Movie)


Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's making-fun-of-Portland TV series that perhaps you 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 afterwards with music from Pancake Breakfast and Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper?

My god, you are demanding. And specific.

But you got your wish: The Hollywood Theatre announced today that it has teamed up with IFC and Beer and Movie (yep, that's the film festival I co-curate) to present a preview screening of Portlandia at 7:30 pm next Friday, Jan. 14. The screening 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. The show will also debut a new Portlandia beer, a European brown ale crafted by Rogue Brewing, on sale at the concession stand. The event is $15, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Humane Society and the Hollywood Theatre.

After the party, it's 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 (it's a commercial film-production studio off East Burnside) will feature musicians hand-selected by Brownstein: Pancake Breakfast, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, and spinning from DJ Whitney and DJ Nightschool (he's from the Gossip; for some reason, Brownstein knows a lot of musicians). The afterparty also has beer—free beer—from New Belgium Brewing. Tickets are $10.

But you might want to hurry: Justen Harn of the Hollywood Theatre says nearly 250 tickets to the premiere have already sold, and he expects the screening to sell out by tomorrow. Tickets are available at the Hollywood Theatre box office, which is online here.

If you don't get a ticket, don't fret: Beer and Movie is showing the full run of Portlandia at the Mission Theater every Friday night starting Jan. 21. Who needs cable? Also: You're welcome.

Here's the opening scene of the first episode:

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