's weekly round-up of the nerdy events happening around Portland over the next seven six (sorry, running late again this week; don't worry, nothing happened yesterday) days:
Tuesday, Aug 21
OMSI Science Pub: Are Dogs Really Just Designer Wolves?
[EDUTAINMENT] Yup, the mitochondrial DNA of your little puggle is just 0.2 percent different from that of a wolf. But wolves aren't backyard dogs—so why are so many of them living in captivity? Dr. Ceiridwen Terill, associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University, explains the difference between wild and domesticated species. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. 7 pm. $5 suggested cover. 21+, or minor with adult.
Kick Ass Oregon History: Shanghaied in Portland
[EDUTAINMENT] Shanghaing was a real thing. The Shanghai Tunnels were a real thing. But what if Shanghaing didn't actually happen in
the Shanghai Tunnels? Set your minds to blown as the folks from the Kick Ass Oregon History
podcast discuss this controversial piece of Portland history. Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave. 7:30 pm. $5. 21+.
Thursday, Aug 23
Shakespeare Party: As You Like It
[THEATER] Surprise Party Theater
's "Shakespeare karaoke," where everyone gets a role and script at the door, and performs one of the Bard's plays in a bar. I actually spoke to SPT's Jonathan Owicki about this for a story earlier this week (it'll be in tomorrow's paper), and he promises lots of dancing and "queer gender bending fun." Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave. Starts at 7:30 pm, but get there at 7 pm to get a decent role. $5 suggested donation. 21+.'70s TV Sci Fi Double Feature
[FILM] The Hollywood screens two of Thuderbirds
producer Gerry Anderson's lesser works: UFO
, where a moonbase defends Earth from aliens looking to harvest human organs, and Space: 1999
, where the moon gets knocked out of the earth's orbit, and its inhabitants (hey, it's 1999, the moon has inhabitants) travel the universe in search of a new home. Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. 9:30 pm. $5.
Friday, Aug 24
Sophie Yanow, Francois Samson-Dunlop and Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau
[COMICS] Three members of Canadian independent comic book collective Colosse
are touring the west coast with "multimedia readings" and signings. Sophie Yanow
's In Situ
traces her life from Oakland, Ca. to Montreal, Canada, while Francois Samson-Dunlop and Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau's Pinkerton
, in which the two protagonists come to believe the titular Weezer album is "the root of all sentimental evil in their lives." Friday at the Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave. 8 pm. Free. Saturday at Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. 6 pm. Free.
Saturday, Aug 25
Trek in the Park: Journey to Babel
[THEATER] The last weekend of the Trek in the Park season. here's our review
. Live long and bring a picnic rug. Cathedral Park Amphitheater, N Edison St. and Pittsburg Ave. Saturday and Sunday. 5 pm. Free.
Sunday. Aug 26
Pwning Cancer: A Charitable Game Tournament
[GAMING] A video game tournament—games include Smash Bros, Rock Band, Halo and Pong—to raise money for OHSU’s Knight Cancer Research Institute. East Portland Eagles, 4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Noon-5 pm.
[GAMING] Major League Gaming's Summer Championship on the big screen: Starcraft for sure, plus possibly the Mortal Kombat and Soul Calibur finals, too. Yur's Bar & Grill, 717 NW 16th Ave. 10 am. Free.
Table Top Flashback
[GAMING] Portland Retro Roleplayers
are playing the 1979 edition of Boot Hill and 1982 edition of D&D Basic. Old school. Red Castle Games, 6406 SE Foster Rd. 4 pm. Free. RSVP here.
The listings here are written by WW, but we crib events shamelessly from the Geek Portland calendar. Go there for more events and information.