Big Beer Fest
[BEER] Strong beers, up to 13
percent alcohol, including a long
list of barleywine and stouts from
Lucky Lab and other local brewers.
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE
Hawthorne Blvd., 236-3555. Noon
Friday-Saturday, March 8-9. $9,
$1.50 additional tickets. 21+.
Black 'n' Blue
[MUSIC] Portland’s answer to Anvil
has yet to experience its triumphant
second act, but the hair-metal footnotes
did have a song featured in
Vision Quest, so, y’know, that’s something. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE
Cesar Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 8 pm.
$20 advance, $25 day of show. 21+.
[MOZ] The Moz is in Portland, singin' stuff. Stuff 'bout bein' happy 'bout bein' sad. Here's our deeply stupid "interview
" with him.
Morrissey plays the Arlene Schnitzer
Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 9 pm. $53.50-$68.50. All ages.
[AVANT-RAP] Something’s in the
weed up in Seattle. In the past few
years, the hip-hop coming out of
the Emerald City has gotten increasingly
more weird and warped, and
spiked pot is the only logical explanation
for what morphed Digital
Planets jazzbo Ishmael “Butterfly”
Butler into Shabazz Palaces’ enigmatic
abstract gangster, Palaceer
Lazaro. On their 2011 debut fulllength,
Black Up—Sub Pop’s firstever
surrealistic street rhymes don’t so
much ride atop Knife Knight’s amorphous, minimalist production as
fold into it, creating a dreamy listening
experience unlike much else
in the genre. Reed College Student Union, 3203
SE Woodstock Blvd, 771-1112. 9 pm.
Free for Reed College students.
Limited $20 tickets for the public
available only at Paradox Olde
Shop on the Reed campus. 21+.
The star of the Comedy Central series
hits Helium. Helium Comedy Club, 1510
SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm
7:30 pm and 10
pm Friday-Saturday, March 8-9. $10-
Saturday, March 9
Truth and Betrayal
[DANCE] Seattle-based Khambatta
has a penchant for audience involvement. Before Truth and Betrayal
and three other dance pieces, audience
members will find a handwritten
note suggesting a lens through
which to experience the show.
Conduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill St.,
Suite 401, 221-5857. 8 pm. $15.
The Late Now
The Dadaist variety show hosts a special edition featuring interviews
with some March Music Moderne participants and a noise-inspired
take on The Rite of Spring by local group [NULL]. Saturday, March 9, at the Piano Fort, 1715 SE Spokane St., 9 pm. March Music Moderne runs March 7-23.
See marchmusicmoderne.org for a full schedule.
Smoke DZA, Yo X!
and Kid Kid, Stewart Villain,
Cassow and Nottus
[WEED RAP] Harlem MC Smoke
DZA has been labeled a “weed
rapper,” and deservedly so. His
songs have names like “K.U.S.H.”
and “Smoke-N-Dope,” and his
latest album is aptly titled Rolling
Stoned. This isn’t necessarily a
bad thing. DZA, along with fellow
endo smokers Curren$y and Wiz
Khalifa, has carved a niche out for
himself by creating lush, spacedout
hip-hop that floats somewhere
between ambient electronica and
“’93 Til Infinity.” Of course, this
type of music sounds best when
you’re stoned, so prepare to see
DZA through a thick veil of smoke
at the show, which is actually a
release party for Seattle rapper
AyeLogics. If a bunch of weed
rappers want to have a release
party, why not do it in Portland,
right? REED JACKSON. Branx,
320 SE 2nd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm.
Modern Home Tour
[ARCHITECTURE] A self-guided
romp through upscale homes
sure to make you feel like a slumdweller. Curated by Portland architectural
expert Brian Libby, the tour
includes a Mount Tabor home of
Portlandia notoriety and one of the
first residences built to Passir Haus
energy-efficiency standards. portland.modernhometours.com
. $30 in
advance, $40 day of show.
Raw Un-Cooking Class
[NOT COOKING] Local raw, organic,
gluten-free chef Betty Rawker leads
an “un-cooking” class for those
eager to make “sunflower ‘not
refried’ no-bean dip.” TaborSpace,
5441 SE Belmont St. 4-6 pm. $40.
Autre Ne Veut, Majical Cloudz
[MUSIC] The Turn Turn Turn
EP by Majical Cloudz is strong
enough to make me forget just
how bad the band’s name is. In
other words, the four-song synthand-soul
effort is really, really
good. Ample ambient noise and
simple chord progressions are
filled in by Devon Welsh’s towering
vocals. And while the project
sounds of the late-night bedroom
variety, Majical Cloudz also
sounds like a deserved member
of a certain arena of minimalistic
neo-R&B that acts like How
to Dress Well and Grimes have
brought to fore. Arthur Ashin’s
smooth and hypnotic Autre Ne
Veut, which released its second
album, Anxiety, in February, shares
in the evening’s spoils. MARK
STOCK. Bunk Bar
, 1028 SE Water
Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $10. 21+.
Sunday, March 10
The James Hunter
Six, The Relatives
[THE FUNKY GOSPEL] While
headliner James Hunter’s blueeyed
take on Sam Cooke balances
precariously between genuinely
pleasant and Starbucks bland—
Minute by Minute, his first record
in five years, leans toward the former—opener the Relatives heaps
praise on the Lord with the same
raw-throated joy Cooke employed
for his electric live performances.
Of course, Cooke didn’t live long
enough to discover psychedelic
guitars, but the Dallas-based gospel-funk
vocal quintet, came of
age in the era of Hendrix, and in its
1970s heyday used blistering sixstring
pyrotechnics and guttural
James Brown howls to communicate
the word of God. After a 30-year
break, during which founding brothers
Gean and Tommy West started
their own parishes, the group reconvened
this year for the utterly smoldering
The Electric Word . Imagine
Funkadelic as a church band—if that
doesn’t convert the hopeless sinner,
nothing will. MATTHEW SINGER.
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie
Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $20 advance,
$25 day of show. Under 21 permitted
with legal guardian.
The Whipping Man
The Whipping Man, under Rose Riordan’s
gutsy direction at Portland Center Stage,
traffics in direct emotion, carefully timed
revelations and visceral incident, including an
amputation scene. Lopez’s drama takes place in
Richmond, Va., just as the Civil War has ended.
Carter Hudson plays a wounded Confederate
soldier named Caleb, who has heaved himself
to his family’s gutted home. There he also finds
former slaves Simon (Gavin Gregory) and the
younger John (Christopher Livingston). Here’s
the twist: These men are Jewish, and it’s Passover. In reminding us of what we must not forget,
The Whipping Man leaves a powerful mark.
The Whipping Man is at the Gerding
Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm
Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays, noon
Thursdays through March 23. $39-$65.
One of the most impressive events
of the classical season commences
with this acclaimed young foursome’s
complete traversal of one of
the 20th century’s most monumental
musical achievements: Dmitri
Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets.
Each program contains three or four
of the Russian composer’s often
ferocious masterpieces. This landmark
Friends of Chamber Music/
March Music Moderne extravaganza
also boasts a borscht of free events,
including talks on the composer,
Soviet culture of his time and the
quartet cycle; at Multnomah County
Central Library on Saturday afternoon,
there will be a roundtable discussion
with the players, an open
rehearsal and more. Lincoln Hall,
Portland State University, 1620 SW
Park Ave., 224.9842. 3 pm Sunday,
7:30 pm Monday-Thursday, March