August 17th, 2012 5:16 pm | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

13 things to do in Portland, Aug. 17-19

Friday, August 17

Experimental Noise Fest: Daniel Menche, John Wiese, The Rita, Black Air, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Kakerlak, Rusalka, Okha, Scard

[MUSIC] Stretched over two evenings, the Pure Harsh Noise Worship Festival brings some of the North American noise/power electronics scene's heaviest hitters to the cozy confines of Ella Street Social Club. And when we say noise, we mean noise: huge rumbling walls of untethered sound pumped out at a teeth-rattling volume. Highlights include the riot grrrl-inspired Mass Marriage, Seattle's slow-burning Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, and the roughly connected pieces of body noise and feedback unleashed by John Wiese. There's plenty of local fare to be enjoyed, too, including Daniel Menche, Redneck and Smegma offshoot the Tenses. ROBERT HAM. Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Place. 8 pm. $8. 21+.

The Great Mistakes Tour

[COMEDY] Rising L.A. comic Kyle Kinane headlines a bill also featuring regional talents Ian Karmel, Bryan Cook and Barbara Holm. The show will be followed at 10 pm by Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction (see more about that here), featuring the same comics plus many others. Tickets must be purchased separately. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 8 pm. $10.

Nobody Else but You 
[FILM] Marilyn Monroe is getting a lot of play in the golden anniversary since her death. At first blush, Nobody Else but You threatens to add to the flooded field of morbid Marilyn tributes. But the setting—lovingly referred to as  France’s “Little Siberia”—and the set-up mark this as an aesthetically pleasing murder mystery in the writer’s block genre. SAUNDRA SORENSON. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St. 9:15 pm Friday-Tuesday, Aug. 17-21.

Brian Posehn 
[COMEDY] Comedy’s preeminent “angry nerd”— perhaps best known for his role as one half of a highly atypical gay couple on The Sarah Silverman Program—returns to Portland. Helium Comedy Club. 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-18. $15-$25.

Saturday, August 18

Denver, Bear & Moose, Barna Howard

[MUSIC] Denver sounds as if it were birthed from 25 years of LaurelThirst jam sessions, but the band is a relatively new enterprise, and its ensemble cast of singer-songwriters are proving themselves as skilled as they are drunk and lovesick. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Def Con 5
[MUSIC] To celebrate 20 years in hip-hop, the Def Con 5 crew—known best for producing talented b-boys, though its tentacles clearly reach well into all four elements of hip-hop—is throwing a little party. And by "little party," I mean they have amassed a pretty flooring lineup that includes the great New York City DJ Neil Armstrong, hell-raising Seattle duo Don't Talk to the Cops and just about anyone who's anyone from the Portland hip-hop scene, including a battalion of skilled turntablists. A host of b-boy crews and artists will also be on hand for this free, all-ages show. Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St. 5 pm. Free. All ages.

[DANCE] What does home mean to you, and what is it like to leave it behind? These are the questions driving a collaboration between Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest and Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company. Duckler does site-specific dance works, and this one, called Expulsion, is no exception: It will be staged in a vacant lot on three stories of scaffolding, and will allude to the tale of Cain and Abel. It’s designed as a cross-cultural exchange with Painted Sky, which specializes in traditional Native American dance done in full regalia. River Street Studios, 820 N River St. 8 pm. $5-$10.

Adult Soapbox Derby
[SPORT] Watch racers roll down a volcano on homemade, wheeled contraptions. Unlike the kiddie versions powered by gravity alone, this one is fueled by sweet, sweet ethanol. Mount Tabor Park, Southeast 60th Avenue & Salmon Street. 10 am-4 pm. Free to watch.

Martin Waugh: Liquid Sculpture II
[VISUAL ART] “Gee whiz!” is a perfectly valid reaction to Martin Waugh’s photographs of water droplets. Waugh uses ultra-fast exposures to capture the beauty of droplets as they appear suspended in space and time. He also colors the water with food coloring and other materials to create swirling or striped effects. Although these images could never be seen with the naked eye, they are unabashed eye candy that celebrates the ephemeral moment. i witness gallery, Northwest Center for Photography, 1028 SE Water Ave., Suite 50.

Sunday, August 19

[MUSIC] People make music with retro video game consoles. It's better than you think: read this week's music feature.  Micropalooza begins at Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave., with McFiredrill, Daddy Long Legs, Electric Children and Plain Flavored. 5 pm. $5. All ages. It continues at Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St., with Mechlo, Operation Mission, Andreas and Producer Snafu. 7 pm. $5. 21+.

Portland Century
[BIKES] Ride 100 miles without braving the hinterlands. The Portland Century follows riding routes of 40, 80 or 100 miles with stunning views of Portland from Bull Run, Marine Drive and Smith and Bybee lakes. Oh, and it’s catered, with refreshments along the way. Ride begins at Portland State University. Check-in times 6-9 am, depending on route. $71.50 adults in advance, $10 under age 10.

[FILM] Is ParaNorman as good as its predecessor, Coraline? No, it’s not. It doesn’t have the depth of imagination, nor the emotional pull. As long as we’re measuring the films against each other, though, let it be said: ParaNorman is a lot more fun. It’s supernatural caper not far removed from an old Scooby Doo episode. It is also much funnier. For all of Coraline’s gothic beauty, it never induced much laughter (which tends to happen in movies involving ghost children with buttons sewn over their eyeballs). But a streak of sly, subversive humor charges the screenplay. If nothing else, ParaNorman has a healthy sense of mischief. Sometimes, that’s all a film needs... read our full review here. Multiple cinemas and showtimes.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 
[FILM] Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) lead a life of exceptional blandness. Drunk on misery and red wine, they scrawl characteristics of their imaginary child on slips of paper, stuff them listlessly into a wooden yard along with their hopes of ever becoming parents. And then something less depressing happens: A 10-year-old child comes busting out of the ground where the box was buried, slathered in mud and sprouting leaves around his ankles. The ensuing story, albeit saccharine and silly, is genuinely adorable. It’s a squeaky-clean, super-sweet watch that’s perfect for kids and parents. EMILY JENSEN. Multiple cinemas and showtimes.

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