March 30th, 2012 | by WW Arts And Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

6 things to do in Portland, March 30-April 1

     
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Friday, March 30

Back Fence PDX 
[STAGE] A night of stories headlined by comedian Lauren Weedman and writer Beth Lisick, plus fashion designer Adam Arnold, defense lawyer Dayvid Figler, auctioneer Matt Smith, foosball champ Jeff Hardison and filmmaker Riley Michael Parker. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7:30 pm. $12-$15. 21+. 

Emancipator, Shigeto, Marley Carroll
[MUSIC] Naming his most recent mini-LP Lineage is only one layer of the nostalgic gloss that makes up Michigan-bred musician Shigeto's aesthetic. You'll find the same backwards-looking bent in the cover art—a picture of his grandfather's home in Hiroshima—and in song titles that provide small details from Shigeto's life: "Ann Arbor Part 3 & 4," "Field Trip." The music carries the rest of the burden, throwing small dusty samples of easy-listening records in with flickering downtempo jazz-hop. Portland's own electronic wunderkind, Emancipator, headlines. ROBERT HAM. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.


Saturday, March 31

Rubblebucket, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Sex Life DJs 
[MUSIC] Rubblebucket's Omega La La is kind on a Parliament trip via Mates of State's rose-colored glasses. Big, horny (like, featuring a horn section, you pervert) and world-influenced, this band is making some of the most danceable music of its era. Expect a big crazy party at Holocene tonight. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 8:30 pm. $12.00 advance. 21+.

[BEER] It's rainy and cold and miserable and it has cheap and delicious beer (something like $4 a glass for a fabulous farmhouse beer) in an inviting space filled with food barrels, which is only open Fridays and Saturdays. The Commons Brewery, 1810 SE 10th Ave., 343-5501. Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday 4-9 pm.

Sunday March 1

La Dispute, Balance and Composure, All Get Out, Sainthood Reps

[MUSIC] One of last year’s late surprises, La Dispute’s Wildlife is an ambitious, discomfitingly sincere and deeply affecting entry into the post-hardcore canon, an album that rewards careful listening and repeated exposure. It is ultimately frontman Jordan Dreyer’s show: Spitting dense literature over a serpentine soundtrack that recalls At the Drive In, the frontman is a captivating presence on record, a singer in thrall to language and its beautiful, baleful rhythms. He is a bundle of possessed glory, and if even half of his power is on display tonight, get ready to be blessed. CHRIS STAMM. Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave. 6:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 

Tweed Ride
[BIKES] Combining two of Portland’s favorite things—old-timey clothing and themed bike rides—the third annual Tweed Ride will parade through town Sunday afternoon. So don Grandpa’s blazer and Grandma’s crinoline and join the ride beginning at Kenilworth Park with an afterparty at Velo Cult bike shop with music, prizes, beer and silhouette portraiture. Kenilworth Park, Southeast 34th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard, tweedpdx.net. 1 pm. Free.
 
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