Friday, Dec. 7
Found Footage Festival
[MOVIES] This is way better than
YouTube: Talented dudes Joe Pickett
(of The Onion) and Nick Prueher
(Late Show with David Letterman)
salvage videos from thrift stores
across the country and patch
together the most absurd and hilarious
clips. Laurelhurst Theater, 2735
E Burnside St., 232-5511.
9:30 pm. $10.
The Charlie Hunter
and Scott Amendola Duo
Scott Amendola and guitarist Charlie
Hunter have been bouncing in and
out of each other’s orbits for decades.
The two are Bay Area jazz luminaries
who have collaborated on stage
and on record over the years, including
a stretch when they were members
of T.J. Kirk, a project that melded the
work of James Brown, Thelonious
Monk and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The
duo circled back together again
recently and recorded one of 2012’s
best jazz LPs, Not Getting Behind
Is the New Getting Ahead, a warm,
groove-heavy paean to the struggles
of the 99 percent. ROBERT HAM.
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi
Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $20. 21+.
How to Dress Well, Beacon, Hustle and Drone
[MUSIC] The genre of ’90s R&B has many wonderful qualities: It’s heartfelt and polished, and features some booming choruses. One thing it is not, however, is subtle. That’s where producer How to Dress Well (real name: Tom Krell) has made his niche. Krell sucks the life out of ’90s R&B, creating songs with similar lyrics but built on ghostly backdrops and reverbdrenched vocals. It’s a remorseful and harsh take on the glitz and glam of the decade, but it has a similar purpose to the genre, in that it establishes a tone of heartbreak. That ache goes two ways when Krell decides to combine his breakup lyrics with actual samples of ’90s groups like INOJ, a cold slab of nostalgia to make you realize how long ago that time really was. REED JACKSON. Doug Fir Lounge
, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Vancouver Winter Brewfest
[DRINK] Missed last weekend’s Holiday Ale Festival? Scrooge still got your holiday bonus? No problem, because Vancouver has brewed up a serious competitor to Portland’s celebration. For $10 less, you get the same package at the door: a commemorative mug and 10 tasting tickets. Though you only get half of the beers offered last week in Portland, we’re betting crowds and general beer snobbery will be halved, too. Brewvana
is even running an interstate shuttle service from the Widmer Brothers Pub in Portland to the festival. Esther Short Park, 801 W 8th St., Vancouver. Noon-10 pm. $15-$25. 21+.
Tuba Christmas Concert
[MUSIC] Pretty much every time we
clip on our bowties to see the symphony,
we think what everybody
thinks: not enough tuba. That will
not be a problem here. A solid 225
of the brass band’s fattest horns
will bellow their dulcet bass belches
alongside euphoniums and baritone
horns at this free Christmas concert.
It’s like dubstep for the big-band
set. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701
SW 6th Ave., 223-1613, tubachristmas.com. 1:30 pm. Free.
[MUSIC] Antibalas has evolved into the United States’ premier Afrobeat orchestra. Along the way, the band picked
up pieces of other genres, from Latin jazz to hip-hop, to the point that, by the time of 2007’s Security, it was using Afrobeat merely as a jumping-off point. On its new self-titled album, however, the band resets after a four year
break—several members took time off to work on the Fela! musical—returning to the pure, protest-minded funk of classic Kuti.
Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., with Stay Calm. 7 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of
Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble
[DANCE] Shapes and sculptures,
sHape-shifters: Dancers channel Russian Constructivism.
The essential building blocks of dance—
shapes—are deftly deconstructed in a new
contemporary dance program from the
Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble. Co-founders Eric Skinner and Daniel
Kirk (also founding members of BodyVox) dance the program’s two
works alongside their BodyVox colleagues Holly Shaw and Zachary Carroll,
and former Oregon Ballet Theatre soloist Brennan Boyer.
Skinner’s new work, Juxtaposition, unfolds in and around two conical,
corrugated plastic structures set at center stage. The title refers to the contrast between two types
of lines: soft (the human body) and stark (mechanical sculpture). Suspended in Mid-Air (And About to Collapse), the program’s second
piece, is inspired by the Russian Constructivism philosophy of art (if
you’re not intimately familiar, a program note describes its “bold shapes
and geometric lines” and its use of art for social purposes). Some sections have a balletic formality, others the playful feel of
abstract forms springing to life. There is a pleasing geometry to this piece as
well as to Juxtaposition, a combination of well-structured dance performed
with musical and technical rigor. Geometry itself should be so
enjoyable. HEATHER WISNER.
BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave.
7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 6-8. $36-$59.
The Tragically Hip
[MUSIC] Ontario’s the
Tragically Hip couldn’t be more
Canadian if the band dressed like
mounties and sang about socialized
medicine and tapping maple trees
for syrup—meaning, they sound like
an American band, just slightly more
congenial, and a bit paler. Basically
the R.E.M. of the Great White North,
the band has been kicking around
since the early ’80s, performing
anthemic, vaguely rootsy rock ’n’
roll with an undercurrent of collegerock
jangle. Fourteen albums into
their careers, the Hip are legends up
there and well-regarded cult figures
down here, but the band continues
to produce strong albums—
the latest being this year’s Now for
Plan A—that play well on both sides
of the border. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $30. 21+.
Wanderlust Circus, 3 Leg Torso
[CLASSICAL] Two Portland institutions impossible
to categorize, the wild circus troupe
and the accordion- and violin-driven
join forces for the third time in a
new, original version of Dickens’ A
Christmas Carol. The show features
circus performers, Vagabond Opera
leader Eric Stern as the Ghost of
Christmas Past and Wanderlust
ringleader Noah Mickens as Scrooge.
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE
Alberta St., 719-6055. 8 pm Friday-
Saturday, Dec. 7-8. $15-$30.
Oregon Ballet Theatre
[DANCE] A source of nostalgia and parody
both in and outside the ballet world,
The Nutcracker has its charms, particularly
the enduring Tchaikovsky
score (performed live), the saberrattling
battle between toy soldiers
and giant mice and the cast
of colorful characters who whirl
through the Land of Sweets. Oregon
Ballet Theatre does the George
Balanchine version of the piece, with
all the formalism and sparkle that
entails. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW
Clay St., 800-745-3000. 7:30 pm
Wednesdays-Fridays, 2 pm and 7:30
pm Saturdays-Sundays through Dec.
Sunday, Dec. 9
The State of RieslingThe Santaland Diaries
[DRINK]The home country of Riesling is China. Well, no, but if food pairings have anything to say about origins, then Riesling might as well hail from the Yangtze, not the Rhine. Local vintners Ransom, Coeur de Terre, Brooks and Love & Squalor will present their Rieslings alongside Hop & Vine chef Sam J. Reed’s Chinese buffet with pork belly char siu (barbecue) and scallop and ham egg-drop soup. Tickets get you two glasses and a ottomless belly full of food. The Hop & Vine Bottle Shop, 1914 N Killingsworth St., 954-3322. 6 pm. $50. 21+.
[PERFORMANCE] The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’
brutally comedic account of a stint
playing wage-slave elf “Crumpet”
for Macy’s annual Yuletide installation,
always seemed an odd evergreen
to brighten the theatrical season
of giving. Amid nastier moments
(talk of special children with one in
the fifth row, say), it’s a Christmas
miracle that the spirit never dims. For
this fourth Portland Center Stage run,
Darius Pierce dons the striped leggings
for the first time, and the local
stage and television veteran navigates
the poles of impish self-deprecation
and scathing misanthropy
with an eye toward sheer momentum. JAY HORTON.
Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave.,
445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays,
2 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 12 pm
Thursdays. Through Dec. 30. $30-$59.
[PERFORMANCE] Don’t let the farewell run of Imago
Theatre’s ZooZoo pass you by, particularly
if you’ve got little ones at
home. This colorful menagerie of a
show features oversized housecats,
springy frogs, competitive penguins,
lazy polar bears and long-tongued
aardvarks in a comic and interactive
dance party. Imago Theatre, 17 SE
8th Ave., 231-3959, imagotheatre.com
. 2 pm. $16-$31.
King Tuff, White
Fang, Mean Jeans
[MUSIC] This guy
looks like he should be roadying
for the next hip-hop show at the
Roseland, but don’t let the gold
teeth and bling fool you: King Tuff
(born Kyle Thomas) is a softie with a
bluesy soul, and the music he makes
is simply fun. Imagine Dr. Dog and
Woody Guthrie making love, having
a child, and then driving from Tuff’s
native Vermont to Los Angeles and
abandoning the baby there, with
nothing but a guitar to comfort him.
The results—evident on his self-titled
Sub Pop debut—are hopeful, cutesy
lyrics, clean acoustics and a West
Coast, feel-good, bobblehead vibe.
DREW LENIHAN. Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St., 231-9663.
A Bit of the Old
Ultra-Kubrick: Four Definitive
Films by Stanley Kubrick
[FILM] While Stanley
Kubrick has long been a highly
vaunted filmmaking titan, his films
were rarely embraced at the time
of their release. Highlights from this
series include Peter Sellers being brilliant
(Dr. Strangelove), trippy wormhole
journeys in space (2001: A Space
Odyssey), the opening on Alex’s eyes
set to an amazing Moog score (A
Clockwork Orange) and a whole lot of
painterly compositions lit by candle
(Barry Lyndon). ERIK MCCLANAHAN.