Friday, March 16
Bob Odenkirk and Tom Johnson in: A Load of Hooey
[COMEDY] The Bob half of Mr. Show
(and Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad
) comes to town to do some sketch comedy with his former Chicago stand-up buddy, Brody Theater director Tom Johnson. Should be great! Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 8:30 pm Friday, 7:30 and 10 pm Saturday, March 16-17. $22.50.
Vice Device, Deathday, ASSS, Sick Jaggers DJs
[MUSIC] Local label Sweating Tapes
, careful curator of synth-based gloom, celebrates the release of A Compilation. Volume 1: Portland
with three of its grimmer affiliates this evening. Portland’s ASSS and
Vice Device will be on hand with tenebrous throbs both danceable and
vaguely unsettling, and you can rest assured the heaviness will be
brought. Still, I’m betting the night’s going to belong to Los Angeles
quartet Deathday, whose newly released self-titled album hypnotizes and
intermittently shocks with droning, depressive post-punk. It is the
menacing sort of midnight music the Cure should have continued to pursue
. Which means it is great. CHRIS STAMM. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave.
9 pm. $6. 21+.
Saturday, March 17
All-Ireland Cultural Society's 73rd Anniversary and 71st Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration
[PADDY'S DAY] If you’re looking to avoid the drunken frat boys, this is the real deal
St. Patrick’s Day celebration with real-life Irish people. There will be
traditional dancing, music, a live parrot show (?) and a
corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner. Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Noon-8 pm; dinner 4:30-6:30 pm. $10 for adults, $5 for students 12-20, free for kids 11 and under with a paying adult.
NCAA Tournament in Portland
[SPORT] Watch it on your television and follow along with our wweek.com liveblog. Go sports!
The Raincoats, Grass Widow, Tombstalker, Stay Calm
[MUSIC] The story of the Raincoats is one that has
some fairly strong roots here in the Northwest. Thanks to one of the
post-punk outfit's most vocal fans, Kurt Cobain, the Raincoats' first
three LPs of angular, scratchy pop were reissued on a major U.S. label,
inspiring the original lineup to reunite for a stretch in the ’90s. And
it is local imprint Kill Rock Stars that helped bring The Raincoats back
to life in 2008 with a brand-new edition of its self-titled debut. This
time around, the group is doing another quick U.S. tour to support its
self-released remaster of the second LP, the dreamy and minimalist Odyshape
ROBERT HAM. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show.
Driven: The Films of
Nicolas Winding Refn: Valhalla Rising
[FILM] Nicolas Winding Refn populates his
world with scum: The neon-drenched,
narrow corridors of his best-known
works, Drive and Bronson, seethe with
junkies, pushers, pimps, killers, convicts
and sociopaths. Even the characters
of his most unlikely film, the 2009
Christian Viking freak-out Valhalla
Rising, share the same mindset: primal
impulse. The most verbose characters
eventually speak in simple grunts,
allowing violence to punctuate their
messages. At no point do they question
their purpose, or weigh consequences. Brutality is Refn’s language.
His 15-year arc as a director is one
of constant metamorphosis, and this
NW Film Center retrospective offers
a much better reason than PIFF to
spend two weekends in the Whitsell
Auditorium. It’s a chance to get
acquainted with all the nasty, impulsedriven
antiheroes spawned from one of
the most influential directors working
in Hollywood today. NW Film Center’s Whitsell
Auditorium, 1219 SW Park. Valhalla Rising screens
at 7 pm Friday and 9 pm.
Sunday, March 18
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
[FILM] The title tells you a lot about what sort of movie this
might be: downtrodden, acerbic, commuting between office parks and Mom’s
basement. And for the first 45 minutes, it confirms those suspicions in
spades. In fact, Jeff, Who Lives at Home
begins to feel like the apotheosis of the festival-shopped indie comedy. It’s directed by the Duplass brothers (The Puffy Chair
who are more famed for spasmodic camera zooms than for any jokes. It
features Hollywood clowns who’ve scrubbed off all their greasepaint to
show the troubled lines on their faces. The larger film, actually, feels
scoured with whatever industrial solvent they use at the end of the day
in Hooters restrooms... read our full write-up here
. Jeff, Who Lives at Home
opens Friday at Fox Tower and Clackamas.
Classical Revolution PDX String Quartet
[MUSIC] The classical music rebels and DTQ String Quartet will perform movements from 10 string quartets submitted by Oregon composers. A panel (performer, professor, and pundit) will choose one composer to receive a professional recording of the winning quartet. It’s a chance to hear what kind of music is emerging from the next generation of Oregon composers. Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., 823-3177. 7 pm Sunday, March 18. Donation.Frank Fairfield
[MUSIC] Frank Fairfield
was probably born spouting folk tunes. He's that good.
And luckily for us, he's about 90 years late—considering his tunes sound
like something that came out of Appalachia in the ’20s. Getting his
start while busking the streets of Los Angeles, the then-21-year-old
impressed Foreign Born frontman Matt Popieluch so much that he landed
Fairfield a spot on tour with Fleet Foxes and a home with record label
Tompkins Square. It's no wonder that opportunities just sort of find
Fairfield: He plays the fiddle, banjo and guitar with the kind of touch
that comes from a full lifetime of practice, if at all. Pulling from a
repertoire of traditional American folk ballads as well as an array of
befitting original songs, he is quite a sight to see live—and Portland
gets him for seven nights in a row, starting tonight.
EMILEE BOOHER. Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 SW 12th Ave. 7 pm. Free.