February 15th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do or See in Portland, Feb. 15-17

     
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Friday, Feb. 15

The Silence of the Goat
Look, no promises or anything, but last time we were there at Simply Vietnamese they said the goat came in on Friday. That was last week. But if they're doing it again this Friday, we advise you get down there for some tenderloin. Because damn. Simply Vietnamese, 2218 NE 82nd Ave., 208-3391. 7 am-10 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse
[FILM] Infuriating, tragic, heartbreaking and incendiary in equal measures, Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom’s Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is a documentary that plays out like a horror film and leaves you absolutely breathless. The story is one familiar to any Portlander who has picked up a newspaper any time in the past seven years: Chasse, crippled by schizophrenia but by all accounts harmless, was beaten by Portland police, died in custody and was the subject of a massive cover-up that portrayed him as a monster. Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse premieres at the Portland International Film Festival at Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., at 7 pm Friday, Feb. 15. It also plays at Cinema 21 on Feb. 24-28.

The Box Marked Black
[THEATER] When completing college applications, Damaris Webb checked her race as “other.” This label also applies to her solo show, which fuses dance, sock puppetry and metafictional storytelling. In the absence of easy description, “delightful” will have to do. Webb, In a quick hour, addresses the muddy topic of diversity with grace and dexterity. Even more commendable, she avoids diatribe. A simple chest is the entire set, but Webb traverses states with her Baptist grandparents on their move to Oregon. She travels to South Africa and a Minnesota bathhouse. She weathers discrimination and Thanksgiving dinners, all the while drawing out details to transport the audience as well. We hear the gum-smacking stylists at her Dominican salon in Portland and the buzz of lakeside mosquitoes in Minnesota. While bouts of interpretive dance at first seem confused, they serve to break up what might otherwise plod. Puppets, too, provoke skepticism, but Webb’s mini re-enactments of the television miniseries Roots are well placed. By the time Little House on the Prairie, Roots and Barack Obama share the stage, it’s charming. Taking the audience on an endearing personal journey, Webb goes beyond the uncertainty of “other.” ENID SPITZ. Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 283-8467. 7:30 pm Fridays and Sundays, 3 pm and 7:30 pm Saturdays through Feb. 24. $10-$15.

Jason Vieaux
[CLASSICAL] The prize-winning guitarist has swept most of the fretboard awards in his field, performed with major orchestras, topped the classical charts with solo recordings and even branched into acoustic interpretations of jazz guitar great Pat Metheny’s music. You won’t hear a more adept guitarist this year. Marylhurst University, 17600 Highway 43, 654-0082. 8 pm Friday, Feb. 15. $30-$49.

The Sonics, Pierced Arrows, the Pynnacles
[ROCK] In the 1960s, there wasn’t a scarier band in the Northwest than the Sonics. With lyrics about psychos, witches, and drinking strychnine for kicks, the Tacoma-based proto-punks confirmed every parent’s perceptions of rock-’n’-roll depravity. It wasn’t just their lyrics, either: The band played harder, faster and nastier than any of its regional peers—which, considering Washington’s garage-rock legacy, is saying something. The crater it left behind is wide enough that its occasional latter-day reunion gigs seem less like desperate cash grabs than vital reminders of an age when a few crazy guys with guitars could frighten the bejesus out of an entire country. And even after 40-some years, the Sonics are still plenty terrifying. MATTHEW SINGER. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. 8 pm. $25. 21+.

Steelhead, the Resolectrics, Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel
[MUSIC] Missing that CCR sound? Skip John Fogerty’s upcoming self-tribute and hearken to the Resolectrics’ debut album, High Water. That chooglin’ beat and crunchy guitar sound evoke classic Creedence Clearwater, while the presence of keyboards keeps it from a straight Revival. Both lyrics and singing work well, as do the band’s harmonies. Another new debut comes from Steelhead, led by Sloan Martin, late of Celilo. Here, he leaves that band’s more rootsy approach for a more complex soundscape featuring synths and treated guitars. JEFF ROSENBERG. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.


Saturday, Feb. 16

Steampunk Film Festival
[FILM] Tighten that corsetw and ready your ray gun: This steam engine is bound for the Clinton Street Theater, where the city’s finest neo-Victorian moving pictures—featuring detectives, dinosaurs and dirigibles—await. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 238-5588. Various times through Sunday, Feb. 17. $10-$17.

Zwickelmania
[BEER] Alemakers across the state, including approximately 40 of our fine city’s establishments, throw open their doors and allow the public to ogle their brewpots and sample the concoctions straight from the fermentation vessels. The chaps at Rogue Public House and the Green Dragon will be serving brunch and running buses between breweries on either side of the mighty Willamette, and thus might be a fine place to begin your day’s festivities. 11 am-4pm. Free. Information at oregonbeer.org/zwickelmania.

L. Subramaniam
[CLASSICAL] The master of South Indian violin returns with percussion accompanists to perform mostly Carnatic classical music. Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7 pm Saturday, Feb. 16. $20-$37.

Buke and Gase, Ahleuchatistas, Incredible Yacht Control
[MUSIC] Aron Sanchez and Arone Dyer have a propensity for marrying the dissonant with the beautiful just because they love a challenge. This duo, whose name derives from the unusual instruments they play—Sanchez a guitarbass hybrid known as a “gase” and Dyer a baritone ukulele, or “buke”— makes music that employs a host of surprising time signatures, off-kilter sonic qualities and vocals from Dyer that go from low and brooding to rapturous and melodic. The stomping, guttural, almost primal feel and tone of the tracks are juxtaposed with memorable chords and Dyer’s vocals, which makes these songs strangely hypnotic as the duo navigates its way through carefully constructed chaos, one track at a time. BRIAN PALMER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

DJ Vadim, Barisone, Spekt 1 
[DJ/HIP HOP] Straight outta Leningrad, Russian DJ Vadim is perhaps the greatest proponent of hip-hop ever to emerge from the former Soviet Union. Since the mid-’90s, the producer born Andrey Gurov has been showcasing just how far rap culture has spread, touring the world with his hard-hitting, Space Age beats, which he’s used to remix everyone from Public Enemy and the Roots to Stevie Wonder and Paul Weller. He’s clearly not a purist: While hip-hop is the backbone of his work, Vadim blends it with liberal amounts of electronica, soul, dub and trip-hop. Next-level shit? Vadim’s been on it for years. MATTHEW SINGER. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $8. 21+.


Sunday, Feb. 17

All You Can Eat Spaghetti and Meatball Sunday

[EATIN'] A whole 10 hours of meatballs. Wear your stretchy pants and leave your self-respect at home. 24th and Meatballs, 2329 NE Glisan St., 282- 2557. 11 am-9 pm. $12.

Mad About the Mai Tai
[DRINKIN'] Learn way more about the mai tai than you thought was possible at this drink-centric event. It may leave you enlightened and saying Maita’i (“good” in Tahitian). Or it may leave you slurring and sick of rum. Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway. 5 pm. $40. 21+.

Samothrace, Vassafor, Knelt Rote, Burials
[THRASHIN'] The only thing in 2012 sadder than Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction was Samothrace canceling its tour with Pallbearer. While Pallbearer took the world by storm last year, Seattle’s Samothrace continued its slow-burning simmer, churning out bleak, turgid doom on the longawaited Reverence to Stone. Before Renata Castagna’s guitar leads bring you to tears tonight, you’ll be subjected to an opening set from Burials, which now features “Fester” from Humors (née Mongoloid Village) on second axe. And did I mention Vassafor is a black-metal band from New Zealand? Bet that got your attention. NATHAN CARSON. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $8. 21+. 
 
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