Friday, June 22
Mark Gardener, Sky Parade, Hawkeye
[MUSIC] Mark Gardener
has no new album, but he has managed to keep busy. The 42-year-old former member of shoegaze dynamos Ride spends most of his days in the studio working with other bands from the U.K., or participating in a audio-visual collaborative project with abstract artist Simon Welford. His return to Portland is a welcome one, even with no new merch to pick up. Gardener has moved past the overdriven guitars of his former band, replacing them with electro-acoustic textures and some gorgeous melodics inspired by the rich tradition of English folk music. ROBERT HAM. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $10. 21+
The Skabbs, Deep Fried Boogie Band, Magnetic Health Factory
[MUSIC] While most of the supposed tragedies culling the first generation of L.A. punk hordes appear in retrospect the furthest thing from senseless—overdoses, suicides and pick’ems may be sad, but are hardly unavoidable—the death at 26 of Skabbs
frontman Steve Salazar from complications related to a lifelong heart condition so shook the SoCal troupe that it immediately disbanded for just over three decades. Re-forming for a brief West Coast tour to support the (long-, long-, long-awaited) release of their original 17-track demo through Jackpot Records, the Skabbs were the act that should've bridged the high-energy, lowlife Class of ’77 provocateurs with the jittery rhythms and artful strivings soon to come. JAY HORTON. Dante's, 350 W Burnside St. 9 pm. $7. 21+.
Music from the Big House
Saturday, June 23
[FILM] Blues is the musical crystallization of melancholy and sadness. In no place is this music more fitting than prison, and there is no prison more fitting than Angola prison farm, the former home of Leadbelly and one of the birth places of the genre. Music from the Big House
follows Canadian blues and roots artist Rita Chiarelli as she organizes a concert not just for, but with, the inmates at Angola. The members of the bands that join Chiarelli onstage run the gamut from gospel to blues to country, but they have one thing in common: They are all serving 30 years to life. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Various time.
NW Cider Summit
[CIDER] Portland’s cider festival
is back for a second year. More than 70 ciders from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, California, England, France and Spain will be available to taste, plus food from Lebanese restaurant Ya Hala, live music and cider-pressing demonstrations. Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody. 11 am-7 pm. $20-$25.
Afrobeat Michael Jackson Tribute
[MUSIC] Local wunderkind Ben Darwish
can do most anything, whether it's tickling the keys during jazz sessions, making the floor shake with his world beat-funk group Commotion or remolding classics, as he's done with his now-infamous Afrobeat Michael Jackson tribute and will do again tonight. Not content to simply add shitloads of drums and horns behind songs like "Thriller," Darwish spent hundreds of hours rethinking MJ's catalog through the perspective of Fela and King Sunny, carving out intricately balanced compositions that completely morph the songs. Anyone can form a cover band. Darwish poured his heart into a true tribute not just to the King of Pop but to the Nigerian masters of getting down. AP KRYZA. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 8:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
[THEATER] Bringing Dr. Seuss off the page and onto the stage, AMP Theater
will present four classics—The Cat in the Hat, Fox in Socks, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose and Horton Hears a Who!—through music, acrobatics and other theatrics. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St., 206-7630. 5 pm (all ages) and 9:30 pm (21+) Saturday, 7:30 pm (all ages) Sunday, June 23-24. $15 advance, $20 at the door.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
[FILM] In a world where the Armageddon plan of attack didn’t work and the asteroid is still coming for us, a dialed-down Steve Carell sits listening to a forecast of the end of the world. His wife flees the car without a word, and Carell throws himself into a feature-length existential crisis with a shrug and a “so it goes” attitude... read our full write-up here
. Various cinemas and times.
Sunday, June 24
White Rainbow, Heavy Hawaii, Megazord, Eye Myths
[MUSIC] This has been a good year for Adam Forkner. Already riding a wave of glowing press and fantastic live shows with his nu-soul project Purple and Green, he started off 2012 with a loud, wobbly splash via White Rainbow
, his expansive melding of psychedelia and dance music. Forkner's Infinity Beat Tape
was a straight-up mind fuck, sinking into the central nervous system via warped, tunnel-vision beats and slippery vocal samples. His latest effort, a two-track single called Trick Shot,
goes one step further with an opening track that rivals Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" in achieving a cinematic dynamism through 20 full minutes of electronic sound. ROBERT HAM. Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Place. 9 pm. 21+.
NT Live: Frankenstein
[THEATER] Third Rail
presents an encore screening of the popular, arresting National Theatre Live production, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, who alternate the roles of the doctor and the creature. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St. 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday; 1 pm and 5 pm Sunday. $15-$20.
Can't Stop the Serenity
[FILM] How is it that a show that's almost a decade old and only lasted one season is still so watchable? Crazy but true: Firefly
never gets old, no matter how many times you watch that scene where Nathan Fillion gets naked over and over and over again. Every year, browncoats (that's Firefly
fans, in fandom lingo) world-wide screen the Firefly
, to raise money for Equality Now
. The Portland screening will also feature the Firefly episode "Out of Gas" (it's that prequel episode) and a performance by the Doubleclicks
. Bagdad Theater, 3702 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd. 12:30 pm. $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door.