July 27th, 2012 | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

9 things to do in Portland, July 27-29

     
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Friday, July 27

Sometimes a Great Notion Festival

[MUSIC] A strangely curated and truly random music festival, featuring acts from all over the globe, including the Felice Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Ed Kuepper and White Fang. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave. sometimesagreatnotion.weebly.com. $25 daily or $50 weekend pass. Doors 5 pm Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday. All ages.

Oregon Brewers Festival
[BEER] The best of the summer beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival celebrates its 25th year, bringing 80 craft breweries from across the country to Waterfront Park. Though many of the breweries are local, you’ll find some that are extremely hard to find in this neck of the woods, including the West Coast’s best IPA (according to the office beer nerd), Ballast Point’s Sculpin. There’s also grub from local eateries, vendors flogging beer-related products (because novelty T-shirts are much funnier after your 15th taster) and live music all weekend. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Noon-9 pm Friday-Saturday, noon-7 pm Sunday. Free admission; $6 souvenir mug required for tastings; tasting tokens $1 each.

Extraterrestrial
[FILM] Following up on 2007’s much-venerated, sordid metaphysical puzzle box Timecrimes, director Nacho Vigalondo again cracks the genre box wide open in Extraterrestrial. Across all of Spain, 4-mile-wide flying saucers have appeared above the cities. But rather than allow the film to descend into an alien think piece or shoot-’em-up, Vigalondo uses the saucers as an excuse to empty the entire city of Madrid aside from a terrifically human, comedic love quadrangle in which everyone—including the poor, impotent viewer—is in helpless love with the same woman... read our full write-up here. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Friday, 9 pm Saturday, July 27-28.

JAW: A Playwrights Festival
[THEATER] Portland Center Stage’s invigorating, annual festival of new works features readings of six full-length plays drawn from a national search. Highlights include The People’s Republic of Portland by former The Daily Show cast member Lauren Weedman and Elizabeth Heffron’s one-woman show Bo-Nita, about a 13-year-old girl with an unsavory family. The festival also features shorts from four high-school students and an evening of mini-plays by eight Oregon playwrights. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave. 4 pm and 8 pm Friday-Sunday, July 27-29. Free.


Saturday, July 28

Glendi Greek Festival
[FESTIVAL] St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church celebrates its annual Greek festival, featuring music, vendors, raffles and, of course, loads of Greek food. St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 14485 SW Walker Road, Beaverton. Noon-9 pm July 27-28, noon-7 pm July 29. glendigreekfestival.com.

Step Up: Revolution
[FILM] Occupiers: Step it up. Your campouts are for Cub Scouts. Y’all need to learn to dance. Aggressively. Get up. Get down. Pop. Lock. Spin on your head. Do the worm. The world will stop and listen. For proof, look at the Step Up series... read our full write-up here. Multiple cinemas and showtimes.


Sunday, July 29

The Big Float
[TOOBIN'] Float down the Willamette with hobo pirates and cancer fish. Didn't you see our amazing graphicRegister between 10 am and noon at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. $5. thebigfloat.com.

Wolf Hotel, IAME, Gepetto, Good Cop/Bad Cop, DJ Spark
[MUSIC] Those familiar with the sprawling Oldominion crew know that much of its output can be classified into categories of "dark" and "brutally fucking bleak." The rainy weather has left its mark on many of Oldominion's finest MCs, from Onry to Smoke. Wolf Hotel's Barfly—whom you may know from the more colorful Saturday Knights crew—is the latest to come down with a hard case of seasonal affective disorder, as he proves on the debut EP for his new group, Wolf Hotel, with producer Graves. The Good Bye EP moves in sticky, lo-fi slow motion across four tracks that have more in common with minor-key-fueled Northwest pre-grunge than they do with Macklemore or Cool Nutz. Despite the downer mood, Barfly and Graves show an abnormally strong grasp of songwriting that will appeal to those tired of repetitive rap hooks, and the former's delivery—half spit and half sung—remains impeccable. A handful of fine and significantly less bummed Portland MCs open the show. Mount Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 9 pm. $7. 21+.

Craft
[FILM] Star Karine Teles sparks this small, casually heartbreaking Brazilian film about the mercurial world of professional acting. Set against the backdrop of middle-class Rio de Janeiro, Teles plays Bianca, an actress making do impersonating Marilyn Monroe and Carmen Miranda for a talent agency and appearing in community-theater productions. She nails a dream audition for a role in a film by a noted French director, who’s so impressed he rewrites the part specifically for her. Teles herself exudes a natural, everyday vibrance, which makes the movie’s denouement of disappointment unexpectedly jarring. It’s no big revelation that catching the elusive “big break” has more to do with happenstance than talent, but Teles makes that well-worn truth sting like hell. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, July 29.

 
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