Friday, April 13
Alcest, Amber Asylum, Eight Bells, Anne
Les Voyages de lâÃme
Les Voyages de lâÃme
Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
[SEX] TurkkuSex, ânorthern Europeâs largest sex festival,â is hosting a local competition to find Portlandâs most talented erotic performer with the TurkkuSex International Stripsearch. One lucky entertainer (ladies only!) will win a cash prize and a trip to Finland to perform at TurkkuSex 2012. Expect stiff competition. Danteâs, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Opera Theater Oregon
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 7 pm. $9-$12.
Saturday, April 14
Bridgetown Comedy Festival
[COMEDY] This weekend, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival will bring more than 200 comedians to nine venues along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. Thatâs a lot of funny people. Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15. $70-$150 festival passes, $10-$30 single shows. Full schedule and tickets at bridgetowncomedy.com.
Soul'd Out Festival: Curtis Salgado
[MUSIC] Blues is one of the few genres of music in which an artist can hit his or her stride around what would normally be considered retirement age. At 58 years old, Portland's Curtis Salgado is ramping up to his prime: New disc Soul Shot, his debut for the seminal Alligator label, is among his best-produced outings to date. The disc features Salgado's able band blasting through blues, soul and funk cuts, but it also features a number of notable contributions from artists like legendary Latin percussionist Lenny Castro and Pleasure/Dazz Band alum Marlon McClain. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave. 9 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
Best of the Northwest Filmmakersâ Festival
[FILM] The NW Film Center pulls together a highlight reel from the shorts it screened last fall. The best by a country mile is Basin, David Geissâ ominous, wordless travelogue of Albertaâs oil sands. Images of factories shooting flames into the sky make Canada look like Mordor. The longer, dramatic features donât resonate as deeply (though Woman Waiting tries damned hard to suffocate you in economic despond), and the overwhelming memory from this omnibus is of skittering stop-motion: unspooling cassette tapes in Strands, screen prints in Old-Time Film, and the time-lapse rain forest of Kurtis Houghâs placid giant-slug doc, Mossgrove. What kind of slugs are they? I donât know. Big-ass slugs. NW Film Centerâs Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday-Saturday, April 13-14.
Sunday, April 15
North by Northwest
[FILM] North by Northwest is not a suspense film, though those remembering the oft-homaged cropdusting attack and the climactic melee atop Mount Rushmore can be forgiven for remembering it as such. Those scenes are iconic. But theyâre also kind of stupid. So is NxNW, and thatâs the point. When most of us remember Hitch, we forget the master of suspense was also a cut-up, and the fourth and final pairing of Hollywoodâs greatest director and its greatest star is a gas from front to back, a mistakenidentity caper in which Cary Grant plays Cary Grant on a train-hopping adventure that serves as an excuse to watch the man crack wise in nice suits and romance a dame half his age. The charm of the whole goofy affair is augmented by Eva Marie Saint oozing sexuality, and amazing turns by James Mason and Martin Landau, who play it straight as the filmâs villains and score by layering nuance on top of stereotypical scumbaggery. AP KRYZA. Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. 7 pm, 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, April 13-14; 3 pm Sunday, April 15.
Guitar Wolf, The Transistors, Mean Jeans[MUSIC] In Japanese music culture, imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery. Over there, bands are judged less by artistic innovation than by how accurately they mimic their chosen Western source material. In the case of Nagasakiâs Guitar Wolf, the band has been pulling off a pretty great Ramones impression going on 25 years now. Wrapped in leather jackets that never seem to come off, the group basically put its collective head down in 1987 and charged through the proceeding two decades, releasing a dozen albums of dirt-simple punk rock. Even the death of its original bassist in 2005 barely slowed the band down. Its shows play out the same way its career has: loud and fast, with hardly any pauses in the action. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8 pm. $13.50 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.