Friday, April 20
Soul'd Out Festival: Bombino
[MUSIC] Omara âBombinoâ Moctar managed one of the top 50 records of 2011, according to NPR, and you probably donât even know who he is. The North African guitarist fast-forwards American rockâs lengthy journey from tribal ritual to arena spectacle in a single sitting. Moctar crafts bluesy, â60s-era rock atop a backdrop of stunning traditional Saharan musical phrasing. The result is Agadez, a collection of scampering percussion, multilayered guitar melodies and incredibly infectious verses sung in his native Tuareg tongue. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 7 pm. $15. 21+.
Rock ânâ Roll High School[FILM] Essentially the Ramonesâ A Hard Dayâs Night, 1979âs Rock ânâ Roll High School takes place in a parallel dimension to our own, a Bizarro World where preppy pretty boys pine after weirdo punk girls and Joey Ramone is a teen idol. Itâs self-consciously campy, but the musical numbersâparticularly the bandâs grand entrance, performing âI Just Wanna Have Something to Doâ from the back of a convertible while simultaneously gnawing on fried chickenâare legit awesome. Fun fact: Roger Corman originally wanted to name the film Disco High. After changing the script to focus on a rock band, the directors were unsure who the starring group should be. As if there was any question: Who else but the Ramones could occupy such a brilliantly stupid universe? Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Portland Blvd. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, April 20-21.
Saturday, April 21
Record Store Day
Soul'd Out Festival: Delhi 2 Dublin, Dj Anjali & The Incredible Kid
722 E Burnside St.
9 pm. $15. 21+.
Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers
[BEER] Now, in its sixth year, Cheers to Belgian Beers will see 50 Oregon breweries making one-off Belgian-style beers from the same strains of yeast. Mmm, incestuous. Drinkers may vote on their favorite beer, and the winner will have the honor of choosing the yeast strains for next yearâs festival. Metalcraft Fabrication, 723 N Tillamook St. Noon-9 pm. $15 for five drink tickets and a tasting glass, $20 for 10 tickets and a tasting glass. $1 for additional tastes. 21+.
Somethingâs Got a Hold of My Heart
[THEATER] Hand2Mouth Theatre presents two work-in-progress performances of the companyâs new show about love songs, falling in love and â70s folk music. The first performance, in February, was excellent. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 286-9449. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, April 20-21. Free.
[COMEDY] Americaâs leading comedy podcaster and confessional poet is in town for three nights. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, April 19-21. $20-$25. 21+.
Sunday, April 22
The Salt of Life
[FILM] An enjoyably droll little satire about a retired Charlie Brown surrounded by football-pulling Lucys, when all he wants is his fair share of Berlusconiâs Age of Bunga Bunga. Director and lead actor Gianni Di Gregorioâwho also did the besieged Roman everyman routine in Mid-August Lunch âplays the abashed old goat, whose efforts to score a little strange on the piazza are undermined by his hesitancy, his mother (Valeria De Franciscis, same as in Mid-August Lunch) and his fondness for white wine. It is essentially a sophisticated Italian version of The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Living Room Theaters, multiple showtimes.
Loop 2.4.3, 1939 Ensemble, Hot Victory
[MUSIC] When performing together as Loop 2.4.3, Lorne Watson and Thomas Kozumplik stand facing each other, often meeting each other's eyes while giving silent cues about where a particular piece is going. It's an unusual setup and can be slightly intense to watch. But they ease the situation through their music, an all-percussion barrage of rhythm and electronics. You can dance to it, but you might be better off immersing yourself in the audio-visual experience of watching two master musicians face off for one common musical goal. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
Ground Kontrol, 411 NW Couch St. Competition starts 10 am, spectators welcome from 4 pm. $20 to enter, free to watch. 21+.