September 21st, 2012 | by WW Arts And Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

11 things to do in Portland, Sept. 22-23

     
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Sorry Willamette Weekend is so late this week, folks. We trust you found something to entertain yourself with on Friday night.  

Saturday, Sept. 22

The We Shared Milk, Charts, Talkative, Old Age, Operation Mission, Log Across the Washer
[MUSIC] Instead of isolating itself in the studio, the We Shared Milk turned the recording into a kind of community project, inviting its friends—including And And And, Hustle and Drone, Grandparents and Tyler Keene’s Log Across the Washer—to each produce a different track on its full-length debut album. As a result, The History of Voyager and Legend Tripping serves as a de facto survey of the Portland underground in 2012, filtered through the smeary lens of a single band. Although it has a uniform sound—bright riffs channeled through woozy guitars, languorous melodies flooded with lightheaded euphoria—the group says each contributor exerted an influence on the record. Read our full write up here. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 22, with Charts, Talkative, Old Age, Operation Mission and Log Across the Washer. 8 pm. $6. 21+.

Portland Polish Festival
[FESTIVAL] Polish food, Polish beer, Polish dancing, Polish music, Polish vendors and Polish people. 3900 N. Interstate Ave. Saturday 11 am-10 pm, Sunday noon-6 pm. Free.

Grapestomping Festival at St. Josef's Winery
[WINE] Celebrate the beginning of “crush” with a very literal interpretation of the word, by stomping barefoot around a 1,200-gallon barrel of grapes. There will also be live German music and 400 pounds of St. Josef’s sausages and homemade sauerkraut. St. Josef's Winery, 28836 S Barlow Road, Canby. Noon-6 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23. $10, includes wine glass and wine tasting.

Portland Cello Project: OK Computer
[MUSIC] Although PCP leader Douglas Jenkins has written literally hundreds of smart arrangements of classical, rock, pop and hip-hop numbers for the cello ensemble, he thought the songs of Radiohead were perfect as-is. But the rare opportunity to team up with the award-winning Chicago-based wind quintet City of Tomorrow (two of whose members live in Portland), recent partners the Alialujah Choir and multitalented Portland singer Stephen Marc Beaudoin provided the multifaceted musical force needed to take on Radiohead’s 1997 breakthrough, OK Computer, and maybe even find a new perspective on a classic. BRETT CAMPBELL. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. 8 pm. $15. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Martyn, Max Cooper, Ben Tactic, Lincolnup 
[MUSIC] Resident Advisor is the source online for news, reviews and exclusive mixes from the world of electronic dance music. And to celebrate the site's 10th anniversary, it's hitting the road, bringing DJs to cities that boast vibrant club cultures. Lucky us, Portland is the tour’s first U.S. stop, and RA is bringing along two incredible DJs: Martyn, a Dutch producer who dabbles in everything from techno to dubstep, and U.K.-based Max Cooper, whose work has been slowly evolving from deep-house bangers into heady, glittering electro. ROBERT HAM. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Back Fence PDX
[WORDS] Celebrating all things geeky this go-around: Local storytelling showcase Back Fence PDX will host comic-book scribe Matt Fraction, thriller writer Chelsea Cain (Kill You Twice), Jezebel staff writer Lindy West, Nerdist writer Kiala Kazebee, former mathlete Gabe Carlton-Barnes and video-game creator Bruce Oberg for the theme of "Hashtag Nerd." PENELOPE BASS. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 223-4527. 8 pm. $12-$15. 21+.

Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolf Men
[VISUAL ART] Anna Fidler seductively re-imagines Oregon history in a terrific new show called Vampires and Wolf Men. What if the state’s founding fathers and mothers were actually vampires and werewolves à la Twilight and True Blood? Using sepia-tinted antique portraits as her source material, the artist has turned diminutive photos into large-scale, psychedelic-colored fantasias, full of woozy washes, intricate outlining and lots of beady, weirdly glowing eyes. The pieces are virtuosic and, apropos of the show’s fanciful conceit, more than a little unnerving. Through Sept. 29. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 NW 8th Ave., 287-3886.

The Master
[FILM] As you might have heard, The Master is the film Scientology maybe, sort of doesn’t want you to see. The Master makes deliberate allusions to L. Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi pseudo-religion, but that’s not what it’s actually about. It’s a picture that’s nearly impenetrable on first viewing. But few directors’ films are as worthy of their challenges as director Paul Thomas Anderson’s. With The Master, Anderson creates a mind trap that pulls tighter the more you try to solve it. It’s a film you’ll feel the need to watch again immediately out of sheer obligation. Read our full write up here. Multiple theaters and showtimes.


Sunday, Sept. 23

Stevie Jackson (of Belle and Sebastian)

[MUSIC] Stevie Jackson typically isn’t identified as one of the songwriting forces behind Glasgow-based twee-pop institution Belle and Sebastian, for which he supplies guitar and backup vocals. When it comes to his solo output, that plays to his advantage: (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson, his debut LP, simply has more guts than the work of his notoriously fey sister group. While maintaining Belle and Sebastian’s emotional insights, he manages to summon a sexuality, energy and wit entirely his own. The end result sounds like a mix of Beulah and the New Pornographers, both in its sophistication and abundant levels of fun. SHANE DANAHER. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Otep, Butcher Babies, One-Eyed Doll, Separation of Sanity
[MUSIC] The rumors of cannibalism and dark-arts chicanery that trailed Otep’s 2001 debut always smacked of marketing department hyperbole. After all, the quartet was signed to Capitol right out of the gate and enjoyed a brief run during which frontwoman and namesake Otep Shamaya marketed herself as the female Marilyn Manson. Though mainstream success never really panned out, the group has proven itself capable of surviving on its own terms, churning out a decade’s worth of slick pop metal with a unique vocal profile. Up through 2011’s Atavist, Shamaya has maintained a defiant political edge to her lyrics and a judicious singing-to-screaming ratio. SHANE DANAHER. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 7 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.

Compliance
[FILM] Writer-director Craig Zobel’s torture-chamber piece is most definitely a painfest—it is essentially a 90-minute rape sequence—but it smartly skirts titillation to get at unsettling truths about a species robbed, ruled and defeated by discipline and punishment. Based on a true story you are probably already familiar with, Compliance transpires over one long and terrible day in the back office of a fast-food restaurant, where manager Sandra (Ann Dowd), instructed by a sadistic caller posing as a police officer, holds one of her employees hostage on trumped-up theft charges and reluctantly plays the phony cop’s surrogate interrogator and torturer. Read the full review here. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. Multiple showtimes.
 
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