November 23rd, 2012 | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

10.5 things to do in Portland, Nov. 23-25

     
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Friday, Nov. 23

Inviting Desire  
[THEATER] Actor Eleanor O’Brien, known for her frank and funny variety shows about sex, presents a fresh installment about sexual relationships and their many permutations. Those uncomfortable with candid conversations about strapons, group sex and kinky fantasies should best stay home. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 729-3223. 8 pm Friday-Saturday. $25. 

Devin the Dude, Alchemist (DJ set), MY-G, DJ Wicked and DJ Spark 
[MUSIC] The hip-hop game is a balancing act of polar opposites, but Devin the Dude is a rapper who throws the scale off through his notoriously avant-garde approach. Hailing from hip-hop’s lost coast, ranging from Houston to the Louisiana Delta, Devin is emblematic of the slowed-down, chopped-and-screwed style of Southern hip-hop that is becoming more and more influential in mainstream hip-hop. Hear that drawl in the chorus of the new Kanye song? Devin was one of the first to do it. DREW LENIHAN. Barracks, 1235 SW 16th Ave. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.

Ancient Heat 
[MUSIC] For a band that has released only one 12-inch single, the sizzling Oh...You Bad EP, Ancient Heat does not lack fans in its hometown of Portland. Portland music fans were apparently hungry for a high-octane funk-disco group that features an abundance of percussion, the electric pulse of modular synthesizers and a trio of sultry female singers. In the two years Ancient Heat has been on the scene, the young band has attracted hundreds of groove-hungry fans and been part of some remarkable experiences, including a raved-about set at the third anniversary of Manny Reyes’ monthly Supernature party, and being picked as the backing band for post-punk pioneer James Chance when he played East End in June. ROBERT HAM. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., with Coronation, Foreign Orange and DJ Broken Window, on Friday, Nov. 23. 9 pm. $5. 21+.


Saturday, Nov. 24

Jonathan Richman 
[MUSIC] Although he’s spent the last 40-some years refining a mellower, more elegant sound, the 61-year-old New England legend remains a punk at heart: When he walked into tiny dive the Know in 2010, he fell in love, and asked to play there. Now he’s returning for a three-night stand, offering a rare opportunity to spend an intimate evening with a distinctive songwriter. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+. 

Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
[THEATER] Pericles follows the play’s titular character (Tom Walton) as he travels the southeastern Mediterranean, eventually falling in love with and marrying Thaisa (Sydney Somerfield), whose hand he has won in a joust. They have a child, Marina (Brenan Dwyer), but their lives are ripped apart by a storm at sea, and they must fight fate and evil intent in order to reunite. Pericles presents 43 characters played by just six actors, and the actors’ ability to shift voices is flawless: These guys are pros. If that’s not enough, wait until you see the whole cast falling over each other in perfect emulation of a ship on rocky seas, or freezing midparty for a character to voice her inner monologue. MITCH LILLIE. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 971-244-3740. 7:30 pm. $18-$20.

Dethklok 
[MUSIC] Dethklok is not a band to be fucked with. For six years, the group has starred in Cartoon Network’s wildly popular Metalocalypse, an animated series following the adventures of gravelvoiced frontman Nathan Explosion and company. Now supporting its third record, the band has embarked on a national tour—in which it will stay hidden behind a massive screen, allowing its wellknown cartoon avatars to go totally metal before our eyes—that’ll surely make Gorillaz look like Monchichis. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 230-0033. 8 pm. $35 general, $50 reserved. 21+ balcony. All ages.

Michael Knutson: Layered Ovoid Lattices 
[VISUAL ART] Layered Ovoid Lattices is a ludicrously, comically dry title for this intensely felt, radically colorful show. Knutson’s geometric abstractions are made up of small, overlapping shapes that fan out extravagantly, like peacock feathers. At times candy-colored, jewel-toned in other passages, they emit a flat appearance from afar but luscious, creamy impasto up close. With its chromatic and textural overload, this opulent dessert of an exhibition proves the old Mae West adage: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 234-2634.


Sunday, Nov. 25

Portland Baroque Orchestra 
[CLASSICAL] Portland’s period-instrument orchestra is really an aggregation of all-stars in the American historically informed music movement, with many of its regulars also involved in other period-instrument ensembles up and down the West Coast and beyond. Cellist Tanya Tomkins and violinist Carla Moore direct their own Bay Area ensembles, and now the two familiar PBO musicians lead the orchestra in a concert of Italian Baroque music that goes way beyond Vivaldi (who’s on the program) to his 17th-century predecessors as well as contemporaries such as Locatelli, Geminiani and more. Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 3 pm. $5-$10.

Blood Beach, Assembly 
[MUSIC] If you’ve waffled about seeing Blood Beach live before, allow me to offer two reasons why now is the time to do it: Word around the campfire is bassist Ethan Jayne is going to leave the band and our city for California—a huge loss considering the steady anchor he provides, even when the rest of the group is wandering into noisier freeform territory; and you might be able to snag a copy of the band’s self-released 7-inch, a two-track platter emphasizing both the blistering rock and horror-movie soundtrack sides of Blood Beach’s collective personality. ROBERT HAM. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $5. 21+

Jonathan Richman 
[MUSIC] That's right. He's playing again. Go again. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+. 

Experimental Mini-Fest
 
[FILM] From the meditative to the mournful, Clinton Street will host a dozen avant-garde films from North America and around the world, starting today. Also included are discussions, cocktails and a Sunday afterparty at Boom Bap. Clinton Street Theater, 1-11 pm.
 
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