December 28th, 2012 5:37 pm | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend

12 things to do in Portland, Dec. 28-30

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Friday, Dec. 28

Food 4 Less Memorial Shopping Spree
[FOOD] Get your ajvar on for one of the last times at Oregon's last Food 4 Less store. It'll be closing soon, date TBD. The franchise [read: local] store, for the time being, remains dense with Russian, Hispanic and Asian goods serving its highly diversified neighborhhood. Quoth chef/restaurateur Nick Zukin on Twitter, "It was my source for oddities like turkey tails & gizzards, mamey, duck hearts, etc. I used it a lot when writing the deli cookbook because of ingredients like smoked fishes, kasha, ajvar, etc. My menu will get more boring when it's gone." Open till 1 am till it closes for good. 7979 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

[MOVIES] Scandinavia has a lock on sinister cinema, and nothing showcases it better than this 1922 silent horror film. Essentially a pictorial study of witchcraft, this version features deadpan narration by William S. Burroughs, but the sadistic images remain as unsettling as ever. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 238-5588. Midnight. $5.

Reva Devito, Natasha Kmeto
[MUSIC] The week between Christmas and New Year’s tends to be a chilly zone, but these two ladies ratchet up the heat index. The sultry, jazzy chanteuse DeVito will have a hard act to follow in the case of Kmeto, a jewel of Portland’s vivacious dance-music scene. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231- 9663. 9 pm. $8. 21+.

Funny Over Everything
[COMEDY] The popular monthly standup series welcomes home Portland-raised Matt Braunger, ex- MADtv cast member and star of the Web series IKEA Heights, among a zillion other things. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281- 4215. 8 pm. $10. 21+.

Saturday, Dec. 29

[MUSIC] After an extended hiatus, the self-proclaimed “greatest rock- ’n’-roll band in the world” is back to touring its live cavalcade of twang, grit and rather fewer laughs than you’d expect. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

Pierced Arrows, the Suicide Notes
[MUSIC] Another turn of the calendar and another chapter written to the legend of Fred and Toody Cole. The sexagenerian and former Dead Mooners’ latest act, Pierced Arrows, spent late spring logging 13,000 miles on a cross-country tour (and the trio’s drummer, Kelly Halliburton, just returned from a Euro jaunt with his own band, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.), and a new album of its inimitable garage stomp has been announced for the coming year. Also, 2012 saw the birth of openers Suicide Notes, and though the vets of countless local groups have only released a pair of 7-inches thus far, they have similar plans to record a full-length offering of their distinct girl-group-meetsgrizzled-punk, methed-crystals sound. JAY HORTON. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. 8 pm. $8. 21+.

Rewild Skillshare
[SURVIVE] Many things have changed since the Mayan calender flipped. Sneak and fight your way the Rewild Skillshare to learn the ancient storytelling techniques we shall use post-television. The Waypost, 3120 N Williams Ave., 3-5 pm. Bring stories to read. $5-$10 donation suggested.
Oregon Renaissance Band 
[CLASSICAL] For more than two decades, Phil and Gayle Neuman have added a vital dimension to Portland’s classical-music scene: Renaissance music performed on authentic replicas of archaic instruments—spinettino, sackbut, rackett, tartold, cornamuse, krummhörn, bells, tabor, plus more familiar early recorders, violin, viol, lute and guitar—from the time the music was written. Their dozenmember ensemble’s annual concert includes music by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Michael Praetorius and others— including a Magnificat by one Charles Pachelbel, spawn of the Canon fodder, and selections from their splendid new CD of Renaissance Christmas music and other celebratory sounds, Now Make We Joye. Sunday’s performance is at Aidan’s Episcopal Church (17405 NE Glisan St., Gresham). Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., 823-3177. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 3 pm Sunday, Dec. 28-30. $12-$15. 

Sunday, Dec. 30 

Radiation City, Ancient Heat
[PDX PRIDE AND JOY] Portland has fallen in love with Radiation City. Aside from the high praise the band received for both 2011’s The Hands That Take You LP and 2012’s Cool Nightmare EP, the five-piece swept WW’s Best New Band poll this year. While this is all old news, there’s something to be said about a self-recording group that takes a city and its music critics by storm. Playing a fusion of infectious retro pop with electronic elements and quirky production idiosyncrasies (such as clanging and clacking on all parts of an old piano), Radiation City not only melds a wonderful blend of influences, it does so with straight-up soul. EMILEE BOOHER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

[PERFORMANCE] Last chance, people. After this weekend, Imago Theatre will end ZooZoo's many-year run of anthropomorphic penguins, frogs, cats and not-so-inanimate objects goofing off at Imago Theatre. If you've got some kids you're a daisy if you do, and a sucker if you don't. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 231-3959. Many showtimes through Jan. 1. See for schedule. $16-$31.

Gwenn Seemel: Crime Against Nature
[ART] Portraitist Gwenn Seemel turns her attention to the animal kingdom in the exhibition Crime Against Nature and draws whimsical but politically relevant parallels between animal and human sexuality. She offers up a picture of a genderqueer biosphere populated by promiscuous squirrels, infertile camels, lactating male bats, lesbian dolphins, bisexual bonobos and an array of other freak-flag-flying beasts of surf and turf. As fun as the imagery may be, the show powerfully rebuts right-wingers who point to the animal kingdom as “proof” that sex in nature is uniformly vanilla.Through Jan. 12. Place Gallery, Pioneer Place, third floor, 700 SW 5th Ave.

Promised Land
[MOVIES] There are shots in Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land that could be mistaken for shots in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho: beautiful pastoral scenes, rolling country roads, the filmmaker’s signature timelapse clouds. But where Idaho evokes Shakespeare in its language and surrealist painting in its dreamlike images, Promised Land sounds a subtler and more humble note. It’s a quiet drama of social and personal heft, about a corporate salesman, Steve (Matt Damon), who travels to small American towns and buys up land to drill for natural gas. But as he goes door to door convincing the blue-collar Pennsylvania townsfolk that natural gas promises an economic windfall, he begins to question his own silver-tongued pitch. Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Avenue.
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