Friday, April 27
Action Comics No. 2
[COMEDY] Stand-up comedy by Shane Torres, Bri Pruett, Philip Schallberger and Manuel Hall, hosted by Jessie McCoy. Action/Adventure Theater, 1050 SE Clinton St. 10:30 pm Friday, April 27. $5
Youth Avoiders, Acid Fast, Autistic Youth
[MUSIC] France’s Youth Avoiders
have come a long way to be with us tonight, and punk politeness pretty much demands we pack the Know to offer our moral support to such dedicated road warriors. Our sense of duty will be handsomely rewarded, as Youth Avoiders has mastered a fairly tricky and potentially venue-destroying formula, an adrenalizing mixture of the Flex Your Head compilation, “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and the melodic pop punk ’n’ roll produced by the Marked Men crew of Denton, Texas. I don’t about you, but what I’ve just described pushes nearly every still-functional pleasure button in my brain. CHRIS STAMM. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St. 8 pm. Cover. 21+.
[COMEDY] Remember when Conan O’Brien was charmingly awkward and kinda funny, before the ginger-martyr shtick? That’s about where Craig Ferguson is now. The Late Late Show
host will not go anywhere near any sort of edge in his standup, but if it’s harmless chuckles and a charming Scottish accent you want, he’s got it. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 233-1994. 10 pm. $42.50-$55.
The Deep Blue Sea
[FILM] Not to be confused with the movie in which Samuel L. Jackson got eaten by a motherfucking shark, this Deep Blue Sea
is about a woman devoured by something else entirely: adulterous lust. It’s probably no coincidence that her name is Hester (Rachel Weisz). Trapped in a passionless marriage, she begins an affair with a handsome flyboy (Tom Hiddleston), and the guilt drives her to attempt suicide. Then things really go downhill. Adapting Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, Terence Davies gives the postwar British drama a gauzy, painterly translation. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. Multiple showtimes.
Saturday, April 28
Dolorean, The Parson Red Heads, Aaron Embry
[MUSIC] You'd think I was on Dolorean
's publicity team by the way I pimp them in these pages, but I'm just a true believer: The Portland outfit crafts tunes that scratch that nagging Neil Young itch better than just about anyone but Neil. It has been almost two years since Dolo's last record, The Unfazed, hit my inbox, and that fine effort is still in rotation alongside the group's powerful previous albums (not that you asked, but 2007's defeated but Zen-like You Can't Win is still my favorite). Frontman Al James should teach songwriting seminars at PSU—trust me, there's a need for it in Portland—and his band is a local treasure. Tonight Dolorean shares the stage with one of James' own favorite bands, the excellent Parson Red Heads. The evening will be mellow and warm—you'll have to ask James what kind of wine that's best paired with; he's a bit of a renaissance man. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Northwest New Music
[MUSIC] The intrepid new-music ensemble goes royally crazy with a compelling program comprising one of the 20th century’s most powerful music-theater works, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, starring baritone Douglas Webster; Charles Wakefield Cadman’s A Mad Empress Remembers, about Mexico’s tragic Empress Carlota; Thomas Larcher’s My Illness Is the Medicine I Need, which uses texts from institutionalized mentally ill patients; and Morton Feldman’s King of Denmark. Some of the city’s most prominent musicians perform on cello, percussion, flute, violin, piano and clarinet. Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 753-3357. 8 pm Saturday, April 28. $5-$25.
TOAST: The Oregon Artisan Spirits Tasting
[BOOZE] Some 40 local and visiting artisan-spirit producers will be pouring in one spot, while local bartenders turn their products into cocktails at this now-annual event. The best part of TOAST
is there’s one flat tasting fee—no annoying drink tickets, and you get to taste everything you can legally handle. World Trade Center Sky Bridge Terrace, 121 SW Salmon St. 3-8 pm Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29. $40-49 for one day, $75 for two days.
Stumptown Comics Fest
[COMICS] This year’s fest features big names like underground legend Pete Bagge and Portland royalty like Nate Powell and Steve Lieber, but Stumptown
is really more about discovery than stargazing. This isn’t comic-con, it’s a fest as grown-up as the medium itself is these days. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $7. Continues Sunday.
Sunday, April 29
Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy)
[MUSIC] One of the finest songwriters of the past 20 years, Jason Lytle
is best known as the founding father of Grandaddy. His near-flawless effort Sophtware Slump
, now 12 years old, is one of the most underappreciated recordings of the new millennium. A solo resident of Al’s Den this go-round, the part-time skateboarder, part-time musician is still up to his brilliant old low-fi, space-rock ways. His unofficial new release, Music Meant to Accompany the Art of Ron Cameron
, is a collection of new material and Grandaddy leftovers, and is allegedly already sold out. Chances are good you could scrounge a copy at this intimate, not-to-be-missed show. MARK STOCK. Al's Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 SW 12th Ave. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
Band of Misfits
[FILM] After detouring into conventional
CGI with last year’s Arthur Christmas,
Aardman Studios—home to Wallace
and Gromit and 2000’s Chicken
Run—returns to the vibrant claymation
and madcap humor of founder
and director Peter Lord. With The
Pirates!, Lord leaves the English
countryside for a romp on the high
seas, but he maintains his distinctly
British sense of silliness. Following
a not-so-fearsome pirate captain
named the Pirate Captain (Hugh
Grant, whose droll comedic timing is
long underrated) on his quest to win
the top prize at the Pirate of the Year
Awards, the film fully earns its title’s
exclamation point with whiz-bang
action sequences to rival Spielberg’s
similarly globetrotting Adventures
of Tintin, the most fun involving a
runaway bathtub, an Easter Island
statue and a monkey in disguise.
The jokes and visual gags, deployed
at the expense of swashbuckling
clichés (and Charles Darwin), fly
by at an equally breakneck pace,
with even more lurking in the background. PG. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Pioneer Place, City Center,
Hilltop, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville. Multiple showtimes.
[FILM] Willem Dafoe hunts a rare tiger in the jungles of Tasmania? Sign me the
fuck up! Like The Grey
, whose trailer
insinuated Liam Neeson would spend
the movie killing wolves with his bare
hands, a one-line synopsis of Daniel
Nettheim’s outback thriller suggests a
man-versus-wild free-for-all that may
or may not end with Dafoe devouring
the still-beating heart of his fourlegged
foe. It doesn’t quite turn out
that way. Instead of depicting a crazed descent
into primal madness, The Hunter
up the story of regained humanity,
with Dafoe giving a largely internalized
performance, played through his eyes
and the deep trenches carved into his
skin. And while the climax never escalates
into a blood orgy, it nevertheless
achieves a stirring, quiet poignancy.
Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave. Multiple showtimes.