Friday, Aug 3
[MUSIC] As in years past, the fifth installment of SMMR BMMR
crams a staggering number of top-notch practitioners of punk, garage and guttersnipe pop into two beer-fueled days and nights at Plan B. Let’s call this “The Year of Dirtnap Records,” which will be represented by Canadian power-pop wonder White Wires, local surf-punk sleazebags Guantanamo Baywatch, and fake-dumb party dudes Mean Jeans, who will be backing Kepi Ghoulie through a set of Groovie Ghoulies classics on Friday before blessing Saturday with a set of perfect Portland pop punk. Go early, stay late and take Sunday off. CHRIS STAMM. Plan B, 1305 SE 8th Ave. August 3-4. $13 or $22 for weekend wristband. 21+. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
[FILM] As portrayed in Alison Klayman’s
moving documentary Ai Weiwei: Never
, Chinese artist and troublemaker
Ai Weiwei is a complicated, deeply
charismatic figure: puckish, brazen,
empathetic, narcissistic, deeply politically
committed but often immune
to the concerns of those closest to
him—his fearful mother and cuckolded
wife, for example. Most protesters who
become powerful symbols are similarly
complicated—Martin Luther King Jr.
and Gandhi were no saints—but rarely
does one get to view the charms and
faults of a revered iconoclast at so intimate
a scale. Weiwei, as an artist, has
a mostly aphoristic and provacateurish
intelligence, a knack for visually pithy
renderings of simple or even hamfisted
concepts. But still, his statements are
made no less beautiful by their often
pointed simplicity. MATTHEW
KORFHAGE. Living Room Theaters, 341 SW 10th Ave. Multiple showtimes.
Saturday, Aug 4
Velella Velella, Don't Talk to the Cops, OC Notes, Copy
[MUSIC] Velella Velella’s music might best be described as psychedelic synth-funk—something pumped lovingly into listeners’ ears through a labyrinth of drum machines, vintage keyboards, bass, guitars and cool-cat attitude... read our full write-up
. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave. $10. 21+.
Trek in the Park: Journey to Babel
[PERFORMANCE] Now in its fourth year, Atomic Arts
’ geeky annual performance has outgrown its original Woodlawn Park location and will find a new home at Cathedral Park, under the St. Johns Bridge. This summer’s episode finds the Enterprise en route to a peace conference, with a rogue assassin at large. Cathedral Park, North Edison Street and Pittsburg Avenue. 5 pm Saturdays-Sundays through Aug. 26. Free.
[MUSIC] With Major
, Fang Island has attempted to craft the greatest balls-out rock album of all-time. The band didn't succeed in doing so, but that's not the point: The point is that rock ’n’ roll seldom gets this bombastic and overwrought and stylistically confusing and right-the-fuck-on all at the same time. The Brooklyn outfit has spent the last seven years crafting increasingly epic records, but Major
is a back-to-basics game-changer, churning through candy-colored riffage that reminds of Andrew WK, Weezer, Sensefield, Heart or Cheap Trick, depending on which moment of which of the youthful power trio's songs you tune in for. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. All ages.
Bones and Brew Festival
[BEER] Now in its 18th year, Rogue’s Bones and Brew Festival celebrates the blissful marriage that is barbecue and beer. Along with beers from over 30 craft breweries, there will be a barbecue competition, the kobe bleu ball-eating competition, a charity dog wash and, of course, a lot of barbecue to eat. Green Dragon, 928 SE 9th Ave., 517-0660. noon-9 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm. Sunday.
[FILM] This is a movie in which a man
poses with a little boy’s micropenis
as leverage for blackmail, and
also ejaculates in the eye of his
sleeping girlfriend’s mother as an
attempted gesture of love. (She
wears a patch now, and her eye’s
healing fine, thanks.) Which is to
say, this is a grotesquely comedic
shame the Brothers Farrelly and
team Hangover into submissiondominance
one’s filmed in grainy verité style
and unflattering light suitable
more for a ’90s Dogme film, which
means every punch lands hard in
the uncomfortable gut rather than
sliding off the polish. If you have no
shame whatsoever, you will nonetheless
discover it while watching
this film. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Multiple showtimes.
Sunday, Aug 5
Astronomy Day and Mars Landing Viewing
[SPACE] Apparently Astronomy Day is a thing. More importantly, Curiosity is landing on Mars! OMSI is throwing a whole day of festivities, representatives from "local clubs and organizations" will be leading discussions and hands-on activities, and an inflatable model of Curiosity will be on display. Then from 9 pm, screens in the auditorium and planet-arium will show the live feed of NASA TV. OMSI, 945 SE Water Ave. 10 am-4 pm, then 9 pm (the actual landing happens at 10:30 pm).
[MUSIC] Ride your skateboard (or your mom’s minivan) down to the Rose Quarter for Warped Tour
, which this year features Rise Against, Pierce the Veil, Taking Back Sunday and a bunch of kids who look vaguely like Justin Bieber but are actually totes HRDCRE! Rose Quarter Riverfront, Aegean Lot, North Thunderbird Way. Noon. $31.50.
Farewell, My Quee
[FILM] Farewell, My Queen, Benoît
Jacquot’s upstairs-downstairs look
at the last desperate gasps of the
French monarchy, finds Léa Seydoux
(who appeared in everything from
Mysteries of Lisbon to Mission:
Impossible—Ghost Protocol last
year) as the underling and not-sosecret
admirer of Marie Antoinette
(Diane Kruger). Yes, it’s a film oozing
with sexual tension and willful subservience—not
to mention power
plays, brinkmanship and backdoor
politicking—but more front and
center is a certain visual moodiness
that compels all on its own. The aesthetic
is both lush and understated,
dolled up and softly lit. MICHAEL
NORDINE. Fox Tower. Multiple showtimes.