Friday Jan 6.
[TV] New season, new catchphrase. It involves pickles, and we’d rather not spoil it, even though The New Yorker
did. William Shawn would never have allowed his writers to spoil Portlandia pickle catchphrases. Read our review here
. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. Free.Silver State Sinners
[FILM] Portland curator Ian Sundahl shows off his collection of vintage Vegas footage that didn't stay in Vegas. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. 7 and 9 pm. $7.Blu, Nu Era, Tiron, TxE
[MUSIC] Los Angeles MC Blu
is as erratic as he is prolific. Since
bursting onto the underground hip-hop scene in 2007 with Below the
Heavens—a collaboration with MPC master Exile—he’s released six
full-length albums and countless other projects, many of which (kinda
like this show) came out of nowhere. His ability to spit introspective narratives
of the everyday man over top-notch production—from Exile’s melodic vocal
chops to the humming buzz beats of Flying Lotus—has helped create some
of the most intriguing hip-hop projects, underground or otherwise, of
the past decade.
REED JACKSON. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 248-1030. 9 pm. $10.Treasures From the UCLA Film & Television Archive
[FILM] The NW Film Center's annual raid of UCLA's celluloid drawers becomes even more crucial as the loss of film accelerates. Here is one of the few occasions to see 35 mm films you haven't seen before. The most celebrated reel here is Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
(7 pm Friday and 2 pm Sunday, Jan. 6 & 8), and the most promising is the Dick Powell noir Cry Danger
(7 pm Saturday, Jan. 7). AARON MESH. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium. Friday-Sunday and Tuesday, Jan. 6-8 & 10.Saturday Jan. 7Winter Farmers Market
[FOOD] Rejoice, lovers of fine produce and Hessian shopping bags, your
Christmas wishes have been granted: The Portland Farmers Market is
running a winter market. There will be tents and covered seating to
protect shoppers and the approximate 45 vendors (including Groundwork
Organics, Gathering Together Farm, Jacobs Creamery, Pine Mountain Ranch
and Tastebud) from the elements. RUTH BROWN. Shemanski Park, Southwest Park Ave. and Southwest Salmon St. portlandfarmersmarket.org. 10 am-2 pm. Free.
The Woods' Special Celebration
[MUSIC, TEARS] OK, here's what we know: The Woods will cease operations as a proper venue after tonight, and to celebrate, a handful of fine local acts—some of which may or may not have topped WW
's annual Best New Band polls in the past few years—are volunteering their time for a goodbye gig. The future of the Woods itself is just as much a mystery—co-owners said, as of deadline, that they were still in talks with their landlords, but that the Woods as we know it is most certainly dead. CASEY JARMAN. The Woods,
6637 SE Milwaukie Ave., 890-0408. 8pm. Free.
New Works by Eowyn Emerald
[DANCE] The new year opens, fittingly enough, with new works by BodyVox-2 founding member Eowyn Emerald. Among these are the sultry duet blurred, which BV2 premiered last season; a bluesy solo performed by Claire Olberding to live vocals by Eden Hana; and an ensemble piece dedicated to romance, punctuated by a drum-heavy score. And, while we’re on the subject, the ensemble consists of like-minded contemporary dancers, including show co-producer Rachel Slater, BodyVox alum Jonathan Krebs and others. HEATHER WISNER. BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 229-0627. 6 and 8 pm. $10.
Sunday Jan 8
Log Across the Washer, Leviticus Appleton, Surf Drugs
[MUSIC] We expect big things from Log Across the Washer
in 2012, which makes it rather fitting that Tyler Keene's project—the live incarnation of which now features cello and saxophone—is kicking off the new year at Rontoms. These Sunday shows are always fun and low-key, and Keene's woozy, trippy, lyrically twisting jams (do you see that I'm struggling to describe them?) are nothing if not fun. Opener Leviticus Appleton
, whose wordy and elegant pop is also growing stranger by the second, is another fella to watch as the new year starts to sink in.
CASEY JARMAN. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., 236-4536. 9 pm. Free.