Friday, Jan. 27
Into the Woods' 2nd Anniversary: Nightmoves, Grandparents, 1939 Ensemble
[MUSIC] It didn’t take long for Into the Woods to expand beyond its arboreal namesake into the grassroots media micro-empire it is today. With 10 ongoing, devastatingly stylish video series, plus intermittent show sponsorships, Into the Woods has made good use of its scant two years of existence. This anniversary party will feature a representative group of standout acts, all of whom fit nicely into ITW’s local and scarcely below-the-radar brand. Indie-psychedelic coven Grandparents is fresh off the release of its immaculate Fumes EP, and Nightmoves might be the only band in Portland that can cite the Police as an influence without suffering from the inevitable comparison. SHANE DANAHER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
Something’s Got Ahold of My Heart
[THEATER] Hand2Mouth Theatre presents an early look the company’s upcoming show inspired by love and singing duos, featuring choreography by Seattle’s awesome Allie Hankins. The Mouth, Inside Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St., hand2mouththeatre.org. 7 pm Friday-Sunday. Jan. 27-29. $8.
Saturday, Jan. 28
Late Night Action with Alex Falcone
[LIVE ON STAGE] Action/Adventure, the folks behind Fall of the House, move to fill the hole in our hearts left by Ed Forman’s move to L.A. with a new live talk show featuring local luminaries, bands and comedians. Action/Adventure Theater, 1050 SE Clinton St., 380-8679. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays, through Feb. 18. $7.
An Evening With Joanna Priestly
[FILM] Rendered in lovely 3-D animation with retro cartoon graphics, Portland animator Joanna Priestley’s new short Dear Pluto is Pixar-meets- Schoolhouse Rock with the titular planet personified as an outcast struggling to find his place in the universe. He’s an adorable rubber ball with a frown. Slam poet Taylor Mali provides indignant narration, making his case for Pluto’s return to planethood with his poem “Pizza.” After all, he points out, without Pluto to represent the pizza in the planetary mnemonic device (“my very educated mother just served us nine pizzas”), children everywhere would starve. PENELOPE BASS. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 934 Southwest Salmon St. 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 28. Joanna Priestley will attend the screening.
Wow and Flutter, Orchids, Fellwoods
[MUSIC] The arrival of new music by Wow and Flutter is exciting not only for the aural treats on the new Double Deuce EP but also for how the band is releasing it: as a download accessible only after buying a bottle of a specially brewed Double Deuce Imperial Ale from Alameda Brewing. The combination is fitting considering how far the band has moved from a spacier sound that worked best under the influence of psychoactive drugs. [read the whole Double Deuce review here]. ROBERT HAM. Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St. 9 pm. $5. 21+.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Hieroglyphics, Animal Farm, Living Proof
[MUSIC] Oakland rap collective Hieroglyphics is legendary for so many reasons: Its founder, Del the Funky Homosapien, is blessed with one of the most commanding voices in hip-hop and has been a part of a number of important groups—from the experimental Deltron 3030 to the genre-bending Gorillaz. Four of the collective’s other members make up the Souls of Mischief, a group responsible for creating one of the most beloved rap songs (and my personal favorite) in history: “93 ’til Infinity.” Collectively, its members have not released anything since 2003’s stellar Full Circle. But, with so many classics under their belts, witnessing Hiero is still something special. REED JACKSON. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show.
The Red Shoes
[FILM] A showbiz fairytale with a sting, this British classic by filmmaking duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is so satanic and dreamy that it inspired many people to become dancers, and others—Brian De Palma, Dario Argento—to make horror movies. The Red Shoes is certainly something to see on the big screen, a ripe old chestnut roasting on an open fire. If you like ballet, it’s probably already a favorite. ALISTAIR ROCKOFF. 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. 7 and 9:30 pm, Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28. 3 pm, Sunday, Jan 29.