Friday, April 6Best Sex Writing 2012
[BOOKS] In a world where every genre requires the annual release of a “best of” book, it was only a matter of time before sex-writing joined the crowd. Contributors Kevin Sampsell, Lidia Yuknavitch and Tim Elhajj will join editor Rachel Kramer Bussel for the reading. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St. 7:30 pm. Free.
Douglas Detrick, Kenny Feinstein and (not that) Sam Adams
[MUSIC] One of the University of Oregon’s most exciting recent jazz grads, trumpeter/singer/composer Detrick, who’s now working his way up the New York City jazz ladder, will join Cherry Poppin’ Daddies guitarist Bill Marsh in folk-song arrangements and originals. Fellow UO alum guitarist/mandolinist Kenny Feinstein (the former Foghorn String Band member who now leads Water Tower) and Portland singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/not-mayor Sam Adams will also perform in duo settings. Camellia Lounge
, 510 NW 11th Ave., 221-2130. 8 pm. $5. 21+.
Cull, Spectral Tombs, Hang the Old Year
[MUSIC] Like the passage of time, like the snake swallowing its tail, Cull
performs its final concert and releases an album to commemorate its existence. This plodding, plaintive eco-doom quartet exudes aching sadness at maximum volume, lamenting for a world overrun by a hopeless race of ruiners. Hard to argue with that. Also on the bill is local black-metal act Spectral Tombs—a band that’s been taking major strides of late, thanks in part to a recent album of mid-fi, crust-inspired darkness. NATHAN CARSON. Plan B, 1305 SE 8th Ave .8 pm. $5. 21+.
Saturday, April 7Filastine, Heyoka, AfroQBen, Claetron
[MUSIC] Spanish-based DJ, activist and poor speller Filastine shares his top five favorite cities to play with us here
. The Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st Ave. 10 pm. $15. 21+.
In the Red and Brown Water
[THEATER] In the Red and Brown Water is the first of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s three interrelated “Brother/Sister Plays.” (Portland Playhouse is presenting all three in repertory. The remaining two open April 21.) The 31-year-old playwright’swords flow as if they’d been passed down from generations long forgotten, sometimes unintelligible but always moving. The cast is among the finest I’ve seen on stage this season. Ramona Lisa Alexander sweeps up the audience in Oya’s bad decisions while Damian Thompson, full of erotic menace, seduces and repulses. Jones seems to float delicately through the scene, his angular frame astonishingly graceful. Their performance is entrancing; days later, I feel I’ve yet to awake. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 205-0715. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays through April 15; 4 pm Saturdays and 7:30 pm some Fridays April 21-May 13. $12-$23.Star Wars Costume and Trivia Competition
[TRIVIA] An all-Star Wars trivia night to raise money for Free Geek. In attendance will be Portland’s very own Stormtrooper legion, the Cloud City Garrison, and the Unipiper, who will play “The Imperial March” on the bagpipes while dressed as Darth Vader. There will also be a costume contest. The winning team get really fancy lightsabers. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 6 pm. $10. 21+.
Sunday, April 8Easter Egg Hunt in Your Backyard
[EASTER] Because the awesome Alpenrose Dairy hunt that's been going on for 50 years was canceled due to saturated fields. Sad face.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
[MOVIES] As the title hints, it’s a kind of Western: A small-town posse (police chief, prosecutor, stenographer and coroner) drive by night through the Turkish steppe, trying to illuminate the shallow grave where a confessed murderer dropped his victim. Cannes darling Nuri Bilge Ceylan zooms toward his actors’ weathered, warped faces for Leone-iconic close-ups, but the showdowns are all internal. Read our full review here
. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 493-1128. Multiple showtimes. $6-$9.
Datura Blues, Wah Wah Exit Wound, Rllrbll
[MUSIC] Seattle prog-rock outfit Wah Wah Exit Wound
exercises its instrumental prowess on surprisingly groovy, laid-back and cohesive psychedelic explorations. Of course, the occasional freakout also sneaks in just long enough to introduce a riff that sounds like a spy theme with a dash of Mike Oldfield-style “electric guitar!” There’s something beautiful about sandwiching these cats between the Datura Blues
collective—a local group that’s had dozens of members pass through its ranks—and Rllrbll
, which has now pared down to its brllnt original core trio from the mid-’90s, and even shed the vowels from its name. Rock in opposition, indeed. NATHAN CARSON. Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny St. 9 pm. Cover. 21+.