Friday, June 15
spent the majority of its first two EPs (Eidolons and Wolf Den, both released last year) paring the fat from its laconic, guitar-based influences. China, which the band is marketing as a 10-track EP, represents a step forward for the local quartet: It combines its combating preferences for freak folk, slacker rock and alt-country into a beast more distinctly of its own making. Dan Byers’ whispered vocals unite the album, and though the loose jamming that defined Eidolons’ earlier efforts makes a return visit here, the group has developed a talent for abbreviation. Bands of greater ambition and intensity might haunt the Portland wilderness, but you’d be hard pressed to find a group able to match Eidolons’ refined sense of its own style. SHANE DANAHER. SoHiTek Records, 625 NW Everett St., Suite 102. 8 pm. $3-$5. All ages.
Portland Regional Air Guitar Championships
[MIME] Contestants are judged on technical merit, stage presence and airness, defined as the “extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself.” Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 at door. 21+.
Northwestern Black Circle Festival
[MUSIC] Another year of the earth marching toward its inevitable demise, and another Northwestern Black Circle fest is upon us. Hirax returns to top the opening-night bill over SoCal thrash crew Witchaven and local undersung metal burnout heroes Wild Dogs. Relentless Swedish black-metal legend Marduk headlines Saturday night, raising the ante significantly higher this year. The final night shifts these dark proceedings from the hoary Bossanova Ballroom into the dungeon of Branx. Norway’s 1349 will rip through a professional black-metal set and Satyricon's drummer, Frost, will be the Satanic superstar in residence. It's Atlanta’s Withered, though, that may be the real show-stealer. NATHAN CARSON. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St. 12:30-6:30 pm Friday, noon-6:25 pm Saturday. $15 day one, $20 day two. Branx, 320 SW 2nd Ave. Noon-5:55 pm Sunday. $8. All ages.
New Czech Cinema Series
[FILM] The NW Film Center’s survey of contemporary Czech cinema opens on a high, chill note with Radim Spadcek’s Walking Too Fast
(7 pm Friday, June 15), a terribly despairing study of ’80s paranoia and the sexual politics of power. Ondrej Maly’s star turn as a tightly wound secret agent bent on ruining everything and everyone in his vicinity (himself most of all) is an enthralling act of physical menace. The films that follow Walking Too Fast
—the two I was able to screen in advance, at least— center on similarly if not quite so tragically lost men, dudes writhing at the ends of ropes they ever-so-carelessly braided themselves. CHRIS STAMM. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. See nwfilm.org for a complete schedule.
Saturday, June 16
Pedalpalooza: Jeff and Jodi's North Portland Bike Move
[BIKES] The Pedalpalooza
bike festivities continues. Our pick for this weekend: Jeff and Jodi are moving house, so they're exploiting the goodwill of Portland bike riders by asking them to help them move their stuff and calling it a Pedalpalooza "ride." There will be free doughnuts, at least. N Vancouver and Killingsworth. 10:30 am.
[MUSIC] Raina Rose
does not front. None of those affected little-girl mannerisms or growly-throated blues tics mar her sturdy, elastic singing. Her lyrics are direct and plainspoken, though penned with a poet's ear. She's not afraid to be herself onstage—goofy, unpretentious and real. Of all the local folkies I've watched blossom over the past decade and a half, she's the one who seems to have maintained the clearest-eyed trajectory toward broader acclaim, decamping to Austin when she felt it was time to spread her wings beyond Stumptown. Rose is a dedicated road warrior whose occasional hometown visits are welcomed by a loyal and still-expanding following. One of these days, she may well headline on bigger stages; meanwhile, she's sure to make the most of this intimate space. JEFF ROSENBERG. Alberta Street Public House, 1036 NE Alberta St. 7 pm. 21+.
Free RPG Day
[GAMING] Gaming stores across the country give away free RPG material. It's all a great conspiracy by the game publishers to hook you on even more games, but hey—free stuff! At some stores, game and dungeon masters will be running demos and intros to their RPGs of choice. Guardian Games, 303 SE 3rd Ave. Cloud Cap Games, 1226 SE Lexington St.
[ART] Highlighting the humor, wit and snarky superiority of classic American journalism, Yale Union will open its summer 2012 exhibition: Steinberg, Saul. The New Yorker. New York, 1945-2000
. (Harold, William, Robert, Tina, David, Eds.). The exhibit spotlights five decades of Steinberg’s work in The New Yorker
, including 200 of his 1,000-plus published contributions. Yale Union (YU), 800 SE 10th Ave., 236-7996. Noon-8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, June 16-Aug. 10. Free.
Sunday, June 17
[FILM] Class division is omnipresent
in Russian cinema, but Andrei
excels in finding a
unique intersection between the rich
and working class. The film focuses
on its titular character (the powerful
Nadezhda Markina), a former nurse
whose marriage to wealthy Vladimir
(Andrey Smirnov) is more indentured
servitude than marital bliss. Love is
there, but understanding is not. When
Vladimir suffers a heart attack and
decides to retool his will to prevent
Elena from financially aiding her troubled
grandson, she is faced with a daunting moral conundrum. This is a
drama of quiet grief that succeeds due
to its sympathetic performances and
overarching sense of uncertainty. AP
KRYZA. Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave. Multiple showtimes.
[FILM] It is absolutely true that many Victorian-era doctors would masturbate their female patients. It wasn’t a fetish marketed as legitimate treatment but a widely accepted cure-all for the blanket diagnosis of “hysteria.”
We encounter this strange world of clinical sex acts through Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), loosely based on the Mortimer Granville who invented the electric vibrator. For our purposes, Granville is an idealistic doctor fighting for progress in a field that still deals in leeches. Unfortunately, through his eyes we end up with a steampunk caricature of 1880s England, with more figurative winking at the camera than a sense of authenticity. As Granville stumbles uncomfortably into a gig of physician-prescribed fingering, it’s as though director Tanya Wexler is screaming at us: “Isn’t it great how we now know that female orgasms are real?! And that mental disorders are nuanced?!”... Read the full write-up here
. Regal Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Multiple showtimes.