August 10th, 2012 | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

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15 things to do in Portland, Aug 10-12

     
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Friday, Aug 10

The Chicharones, Champagne Champagne, the Knux

[MUSIC] The Chicharones are best experienced live. This isn’t likely to change, barring the release of a high-budget 3-D live show on Blu-ray, because so much of what makes the Chicharones the Chicharones—the dance moves; the frenetic live band; DJ Zone’s pig-masked hijinks; the band’s innate ability to perform its silliest songs with heartbreaking earnestness—has to be seen to be believed. Ted’s (at Berbati’s), 19 SW 2nd Ave. 9:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

The Jim Henson Legacy
[FILM] A series celebrating the life and work of the visionary puppeteer. Programs include: Muppet History 101 (7:30 and 9:30 pm Friday, Aug. 10), a collection of early Muppet footage; Inside the Sesame Street Vault (5:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 11), a reel of classic and rare clips from the Children’s Television Workshop; Commercials and Experiments (7:30 and 9:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 11), unearthing material from the far-out wing of the Henson vault; Muppet Fairytales (7:30 and 9:30 pm Sunday, Aug. 12), highlighting Kermit et. al.’s various interpretations of classic folk stories; and Muppet Music Moments (7:30 and 9:30 pm Monday, Aug. 13), which is fairly self-explanatory. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

The Ed Forman Show
[COMEDY] Aaron Ross, who relocated to Los Angeles after three years of sleazeball comedy at Dante’s, returns to Portland for a weeklong set of shows as his alter-ego Ed Forman. Expect oversexed humor and interviews with a variety of guests, including mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith, musician Laura Veirs and Blazers broadcaster Antonio Harvey. Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel, 303 SW 12th Ave., 972-2670. 7 pm nightly through Saturday, Aug. 11. Free.

Vancouver Brewfest

[BEER] Vancouver (the little one over the border; not the good one way up north) is starting its own beer festival. The first annual Vancouver Brewfest will offer beers from local (Oregon and Washington, for the most part, but no actual beer list yet) breweries. There also will be food vendors (including something called Foody Blues BBQ; Yeah, we LOLd) and live music. Esther Short Park, 801 W 8th St., Vancouver, Wash. 3-9 pm Friday, noon-9 pm Saturday, Aug. 10-11. $16-$21.

2012 Galaxy Dance Festival
[DANCE] A world—a universe, really—of dance awaits at the Galaxy Dance Festival, a weekend-long showcase of Portland talent. You’ll find everything from tap to tango here: The guest list includes Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble, A-WOL Dance Collective, Portland Flamenco Events and Beat Bangerz, plus student performances from Do Jump!, NW Fusion and Portland Festival Ballet. If this generous helping of dance talent makes you want to move your feet, you’ll be glad to know that DJ Prashant Kakad will lead a Bollywood dance party on site. Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave. 10:45 am-8 pm Friday, 10 am-6:15 pm Saturday, Aug. 10-11. Free.


Saturday, Aug 11

The Great Idea: Quasi, Typhoon, The Builders and the Butchers, Hustle and Drone, Tango Alpha Tango, The Peculiar Pretzelmen, Porches, Apheliotropic Orchestra, Symmetry/Symmetry

[MUSIC] Typhoon and the Builders and the Butchers each have perfect musical pedigrees to rock run-down roadside attraction the Enchanted Forest. Headliner Quasi's powerful, blues-inspired keyboard pop is probably a bit more Thrill-Ville USA than Enchanted Forest, honestly, but the time for crying over spilled amusement parks has passed. Fuck Thrill-Ville. You're a big kid now, and it's time to get your ass down to Storybook Lane. The Enchanted Forest, 8462 Enchanted Way SE. 2 pm. $22. All ages. See Facebook page for more details.

Portland Zine Symposium
[WORDS] Celebrating Portland’s culture of creativity, DIY-attitude and willful unemployment, the 12th-annual Portland Zine Symposium will bring together hundreds local zinesters, writers, comic makers and artists to share, sell and trade their work. Take a dip in the “Sea of Zines”—this year’s theme. Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill St. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday, Aug. 11-12. Free.

Alberta Street Fair
[BLOCK PARTY] Folks on Alberta Street worked long and hard to make their street a collection of bars and curio shops. Toast their success with a children’s parade and beer garden. Northeast Alberta Street between 10th and 30th avenues. 11 am-7 pm. $2 suggested donation. albertamainst.org.

Where's Waldo Benefit for Portland Public Schools
[FUNDRAISER] A live-action version of Where's Waldo? where instead of finding Waldo in a book, you have to find him in downtown Portland. Yeah, get Portland's kids out of the library and back on the streets where they belong! Pioneer Courthouse Square, Southwest 6th Ave and Morrison St. 11 am. $5 for kids 8 and adults, $3 for kids under 8, $15 for families. 

Annemieke Alberts: See You When I Get There
[VISUAL ART] Netherlands-based painter Annemieke Alberts has a knack for abstracted cityscapes that lead the viewer on escapist reveries to far-flung capitals. In her show, See You When I Get There, she juxtaposes perpendicular planes to represent architectonic motifs across a broad range of urban features. The painting Night Fly, its teal hues offsetting periwinkle lines and diagonal slashes of camel and pink, evokes the interior of a swanky hotel designed by Philippe Starck or Marcel Wanders. The works exude a sexy, cosmopolitan vibe that dims slightly in the more quotidian subway-station views such as Platform or streetscapes such as Roads and Railways. Victory Gallery, 733 NW Everett St.

Tales From Dell City, Texas
[FILM] Dell City, Texas, is a dusty desert town 80 miles from El Paso. About 500 people live there, and the population is shrinking. It looks, as one resident notes, like a ghost town. New York-based filmmaker Josh Carter gives four residents the chance to share Dell City through the lens of their own short films. Like the town itself, they’re uncomplicated and sincere—sheepherder T.D. Pope just wants to show his baby lambs “run and play” (it’s adorable); Rosita Martinez reflects on years cooking chile rellenos for the local farmers at her aging breakfast joint; and town artist Bonny Larreau captures a mostly dialogue-free day on the ranch, roping and branding cattle (less adorable)—but together, Carter and his subjects successfully capture the life and heart of a place most folks drive through without even noticing it exists. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. 7 pm.


Sunday, Aug 12

Providence Bridge Pedal
[BIKES] Once a year, the bikes get the bridges. Nearly 20,000 bicyclists and pedestrians will cross the Willamette River’s bridges. Routes from three to 35 miles include the top decks of the towering Fremont and Marquam bridges, offering breathtaking views. The celebration continues at Jeld-Wen Field for a Providence Health and Wellness Expo. Starting location and time varies by route. $15-$50. bridgepedal.com.

Anonymous Theatre: The Good Doctor
[THEATER] The Anonymous Theatre Company has a distinctive way of doing business: The cast members audition and rehearse individually, arriving at the theater in stage clothes. They don’t know their fellow actors until the first line is uttered from the house. This year, the group tackles Neil Simon’s dramatization of seven wry Chekhov stories. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 306-0870. 7 pm. $25.

Filmusik: Plan 9 from Outer Space
[FILM, MUSIC] A top candidate for all-time “so-bad-it’s-good” film honors, Ed Wood’s notorious Plan 9 from Outer Space has often spawned new soundtracks. This one is composed by veteran Portland electronica artist Heather Perkins, who blends electronic with acoustic string sounds. Portland professional voice actors will dub the original, cringe-worthy lines, which should send giggles echoing through the park amphitheater. Washington Park, Head of Southwest Park Place. Show begins at dusk Sunday. Free.

Good Willsmith, Sombre Reptile, Mary Sutton
[MUSIC] Chicago-based trio Good Willsmith released one of the more enveloping experimental releases of 2012 with The Food Your Family Eats Slowly. Recorded in one afternoon session in May of this year, the album's six tracks squish together ghostly vocals and spiraling electronic drones and squiggles, with guitar and bass providing atmospherics in place of rhythm or melody. The combined result is a blobby and beautiful mass that maintains a steady calm as it unfurls slowly before you. Also on the bill tonight are brilliant local violinist Mary Sutton and Sombre Reptile, a collaboration between John Rau and Eternal Tapestry's Dewey Mahood. ROBERT HAM. Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny St. 9 pm. $3. 21+.
 
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