[FILM] Thereâs no doubt that Daniel Craig is Bond. All he needed to prove himself was a classic adventure that harks back to the past while bringing the character full tilt into the present. Skyfall manages to do that and more, offering one of the yearâs most crackling adventure films, one of Bondâs most satisfying outings, and proof that you can indeed teach an old horndog new tricks. Read our full write-up here. AP KRYZA. Playing everywhere and at everywhere's mother's house.
Thrill Jockeyâs 20th Anniversary Show
[MUSIC] Trans Am, Liturgy, Eternal Tapestry, Barn Owl, Mike Scheidt, Golden Retriever and Jason Urick round out a list of pioneers, experimental musicians and all-round head-wringers celebrating the 20th birthday of the luminary Chicago record label Thrill Jockey, which has newly picked up a capacious Portland wing. If the sound's this crazy now, imagine what it'll be like next year when the label's allowed to drink alcohol. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Friday, Nov. 9. 7:30 pm. $12. 21kknd.
[MUSIC] Itâs a shame Chicano-rock elder statesmen Los Lobos are mostly known for their version of Ritchie Valensâ âLa Bamba.â If people knew anything, Kikoâthe groupâs brilliant, alternately dreamy and rollicking 1992 album, which it is playing in full to celebrate the recordâs 20th anniversaryâwould be thought of along the same lines as Pet Sounds: as a product of towering artistic vision, and a singular achievement in the history of American rock ânâ roll. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $40 advance, $45 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Siren Nation Friday: Alela Diane, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher, Antje Duvekot
[MUSIC] Singer-songwriter Alela Diane lives in Portland nowââwith her cat,â according to Wikipediaâbut as far as her music is concerned, the California native has never left her home state. Even though she was born in tiny Nevada City, in the northern part of the state, Dianeâs indie-folk sound is steeped in the bittersweet warmth of â70s Laurel Canyon. With last yearâs Alela Diane and Wild Divine, the hushed and often solo 29-year-old went and got herself an honest-to-goodness backing band, muscling up her music with a strong, rootsy backbone, but the lovely coastal pastoralism thatâs marked her previous work remains. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 9 pm. $12 advance, $15 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Third Angle: Reich-analia
[CLASSICAL] The cityâs oldest new-music ensemble has been celebrating Americaâs greatest living composer, Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Reich, even before he worked with them here a few years ago. This performance features the most ecstatic and powerful work of contemporary classical music created in the second half of the 20th century: Reichâs 1976 epic, Music for 18 Musicians. The Atrium at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St. 7:30. $5-$30.
Siren Nation Saturday: Jolie Holland, Edna Vazquez, Like a Villain
[MUSIC] Jolie Hollandâs slow-burning career has allowed her to adopt as second nature the shorthand of country, jazz, folk and gallows swing. Even prior to 2011âs Pint of Blood, her lush, macabre songwriting was garnering comparisons to Tom Waits (some of which originated from Waits himself), and her subsequent work has proven she not only has Waitsâ talent for Americana aberrations, but also does him one better by providing a depth of emotion comparable in scale to her auditory camp. SHANE DANAHER. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 9 pm Saturday, Nov. 10. $15. All ages.
[VISUAL ART, THEATER] Kara Walkerâs art explores slavery, racism and violence. Christina Andersonâs new one-woman play, Hollow Roots, investigates race, gender and the possibility of divorcing contemporary identity from historical legacy. In a fitting convergence, Boom Arts presents a staged reading of Andersonâs play inside an exhibition of Walkerâs work. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., boom-arts.blogspot.com. 7 pm. Free, reservations required.
The Onion Book of Known Knowledge
[BOOKS] One of the last trustworthy news sources in the country, The Onion, is now sharing its insights with the world in the new, comprehensive book The Onion Book of Known Knowledge. Presented by The Onion editor Will Tracy. Powellâs City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 2 pm. Free.
Sherrie Wolf: Looking Back
[VISUAL ARTS] Itâs a rare artist who invigorates not one but two fusty tropesâlandscapes and floral still lifesâwith jolts of fresh spunk. Sherrie Wolf can, and in Looking Back: New Paintings, she proves anew that she is one of the Northwestâs finest, wittiest realist painters. Key to her success are her senses of anachronism, displacement and illusionism: combining pictorial elements that are chronologically and spatially incongruous. In pieces such as Still Life With Lake Lucerne, vases and silver cups in the foreground hold sprays of vibrant tulips, while the background recedes with reproduced landscapes by historical painters. The showâs piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance is Self Portrait, in which the artist reimagines herself as the protagonist of Gustave Courbetâs The Painterâs Studio (1855). RICHARD SPEER. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754. Through Dec. 11. Free.
Sunday, November 11
[MUSIC] They say, âWork like you donât need the money.â Four years into an improbable, late-career reincarnation as a road warrior, Leonard Cohen must be doing it not just due to fiscal victimization at the hands of his former business manager but out of love. Once again, audiences can marvel not only at Cohenâs peerlessly poetic catalog, but also at how damn classy he is, not to mention amazingly spry, jogging on and off stage and dropping to his knees repeatedly (and, seemingly, effortlessly) throughout. Tonightâs show is sure to be sublime. JEFF ROSENBERG. Rose Garden, 1401 N Wheeler Ave., 235-8771. 8 pm Sunday, Nov. 11. $39.50-$250. All ages.
[THEATER] People with Aspergerâs syndrome are often said to lack empathy. But no matter how emphatically the playâs character Jared denies such a diagnosis, his social aptitude certainly comes up short. Playwright Annie Baker, however, has empathy in spades. Thatâs on full display in this engrossing and humorous production, which examines how we attempt to understand those around usâand how spectacularly we sometimes fail. Bakerâs characters are idiosyncratic, flawed and instantly relatable. Deftly juggling emotion and reason, Body Awareness slyly tugs at the heartstrings but is too smart to pander to sappy sentiment. The CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 205-0715. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 11. $20-$25.
Beauty Is Embarrassing
[FILM] The puppets and set for Pee-weeâs Playhouse. A music video for Peter Gabriel. Commercials for Old Spice. They all owe their creation to a bearded man in his 50sâthe subject of this documentaryâwith a banjo under his arm. Growing up in Tennessee and coming into his art in 1980s New York, Wayne White makes more than just pictures, as he shows the audience on playful slides: a massive LBJ mask with an insane smile, for example, and a painting of white landing craft spelling the words âFUCK YOUâ invading a coastline. But itâs Whiteâs humorous immaturity that makes the film. Beauty Is Embarrassing balances his style of cult comedy and his creative significance to create a beautiful and (yes) embarrassing portrait of a modern pop-art icon. MITCH LILLIE. Clinton Street Theater. 7 pm Friday-Monday, Nov. 9-12; 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 14.