St. Patty's Day Steel Tip Dart Tournament
[DARTS] In that most wholesome of entirely misguided sports, a bunch of people get together for a drinking holiday and marathon-launch deadly weapons with ever-decreasing accuracy. Everyone's invited. D’s Bar, 6732 NE Sandy Blvd. Sign-ups 6:30 pm, starts 7:30 pm.
Arnica String Quartet
[CLASSICAL] In this March Music Moderne concert,
the Portland-based string quartet presents
one of the season’s best chamber
music programs, including music of
the great contemporary Argentine-
American composer Osvaldo Golijov,
former L.A. Philharmonic conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Europe’s greatest
living composer Arvo Pärt, and 20th-century
genius Béla Bartók. The Old
Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031.
7 pm Friday, March 15. $10.
Me Siento con Vallejo
[DANCE] That hammock isn’t just
for lounging—Luciana Proaño turns
the modest piece of netting into a
bed, swing and even a prison gate in
her tribute to the surrealist Peruvian
poet César Vallejo. Studio 14, 333
NE Hancock St., 971-275-0595. 8 pm.
Mazamas Used-Gear Sale
[GEAR] Mazamas membership
requires summiting a glaciated
peak. No climbing is necessary to
shop the group’s used-gear sale.
Members sell used adventure gear:
snowshoes, camping supplies and
climbing equipment to outfit your
next ambitious outing. REI and the
Mountain Shop will bring deals, too.
Mazama Mountaineering Center, 527
SE 43rd Ave. 6-8 pm.
Plastic Ono Band Tribute
[MUSIC] When John Lennon left the
Beatles, he truly went solo. Plastic
Ono Band, his first post-Fab Four
album, is a record made only for
himself and those willing to travel
with him to deep, dark, alarmingly
personal places his previous group
never dared. Fanno Creek, the We
Shared Milk and Old Age perform
the record in full along with other
Lennon material. Mississippi Studios,
3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895.
9 pm. $5. 21+.
Hong Kong Banana
[COUNTRY] It’s easy to
imagine PDX duo Hillstomp as the
house band at some rowdy smalltown
bar, playing its blend of
rootin’ tootin’ country and blues
as a soundtrack to endless fights
that eventually get broken up by
Patrick Swayze. A longtime fixture
of the city’s alt-country scene, guitarist
Henry Christian and drummer
John Johnson have crafted a
sound rooted in the rowdiest of
Americana. The band has a habit
of disappearing for long periods
of time, so consider this two-night
stint at the Doug Fir a chance to
let loose before letting your inner
Appalachian ass-beater go into
hibernation. AP KRYZA. Doug Fir
Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-
9663. 9 pm. $10.
Saturday, March 16
[SPORTS] You too can be one of
those baffling walkers using ski
poles for propulsion. Learn all the
health and eccentricity benefits
of Nordic walking at this group
walk. Register by Friday, March 15.
Next up: the lesser-known nordic
walk competition in the Portland
Marathon. Salmon Fountain at
Southwest Salmon Street and Naito
Parkway. 7:30-8:30 am. $25,
poles $5. wondersofwalking.com
St. Joseph’s Day Pig Roast
[EATIN'/DRINKIN'] A grand brew release and pig roast
in honor of Mary’s hubby. Occidental
will reveal its Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Lucubrator Doppelbock and turn two
pigs on the spit. Occidental Brewing
Co., 6635 N Baltimore Ave., 719-7102.
The Merry Wives of Windsor,
or the Amorous Adventures of the
Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff
[THEATER] Bag & Baggage’s
Merry Wives of Windsor begins with
a tap-dancing pack of cigarettes,
an outrageous opener even for the
bawdy bard. But this Merry Wives isn’t
Shakespeare. It’s a 1647 rewrite by
unsung playwright John Dennis, reimagined
by director Scott Palmer as a
1950s black-and-white television show.
Think I Love Lucy, slapstick shticks
and circle skirts, with Shakespearean
vernacular. The production goes fullthrottle
‘50s with comedic overacting,
a flashing applause sign and cheesy
product placement (as one character
pauses to pull out a pack of Old Gold
cigarettes, he touts them as “a treat
instead of a treatment”). But Falstaff
and the cuckolds of Windsor are
Shakespearean as ever, as two young
lovers hatch a marriage plot and the
merry mistresses fall into their own
amorous caper. Michael Kutner’s irritating
overacting distracts, but when
done well this reinvention is delightfully
entertaining. Gary Strong impressively
balances ye olde comedie and
retro melodrama as the famously fat
seducer. Who knew the 1950s and the
1500s would make such a good pair?
ENID SPITZ. The Venetian Theatre,
253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 345-9590.
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm
Sundays through March 4. $18-$26.
On Serial Hawk’s Buried in the
Grey EP, the Seattle power trio
unleashes monolithic tunes that
recall early Unsane, Godflesh and
Helmet. Muscular riffs, sleek production
(compliments of local boy
Adam Pike and Toadhouse Studio)
and patient unfolding of apocalyptic
vibes are all on display here.
Nuanced touches, like the whispered
vocals on “Silence Means Nothing,”
help break Serial Hawk out of the
standard approach of keeping the
volume on 11 at all times. Local upand-coming
group Barrowlands tops the bill.
Its 2012 demo focuses on storms,
mountains and inner turmoil, with a
frosting of cello just to stay classy.
NATHAN CARSON. Club 21, 2035
NE Glisan St., 235-5690. 10 pm.
Sunday, March 17
With old men, in a tiny room, at the Leaky Roof
. 1538 SW Jefferson St., 222-3745, theleakyroof.com
St. Patrick’s Irish Festival
Drink enough on St. Patrick’s Day, and you
may think you’re seeing leprechauns dance
for you. But those aren’t leprechauns:
They’re kids from local dance studios, whose parents are happy to let
them Flatley as you Farrell. Kells, 112 SW 2nd Ave., 227-4057.
Various times. Free-$25.
Murs, Prof, Fashawn, Black
Cloud Music, Saint Warhead
[HIP-HOP] In recent years, rappers
like Kendrick Lamar and Lupe
Fiasco have earned acclaim for presenting
a second-person narrative
on life in the hood. It’s not a
new phenomenon for the genre:
California rapper Murs, for example,
has been doing it for years. And,
like those previously mentioned,
Murs is gifted at depicting the pain
and hardships of others through his
own words. Last summer, he took
it to a new level when he released
“Animal Style,” a song written from
the perspective of a young gay male
in love with his best friend. REED
JACKSON. Hawthorne Theatre, 3862
SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. 7:30
pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show.
Kevin Seconds, Sean
Croghan, Sorta Ultra
[ALL AGES MUSIC] Kevin Seconds and
Sean Croghan each brought the
spirit of punk rock to very un-punk
places: Seconds in Reno with his
fabled early hardcore band, 7
Seconds, and Croghan in Portland
with a handful of outfits that were
just a little too heavy and passionate
for their drab Stumptown surroundings. But the most inspiring
thing about these local legends
isn’t that they stuck around their
respective scenes. It’s that they
stayed engaged and relevant while
making their local scenes better.
Both dudes can still kick out the
jams, but expect to hear their
quiet sides—Seconds just released
a very folky and catchy acoustic
EP called Van Songs, and Croghan
has been focused on his visual art
and bands the Needful Longings
and the Pynnacles—at this intimate
and inspiring all-ages alternative
to all the St. Patty’s bullshit downtown. CASEY JARMAN. Slabtown,
1033 NW 16th Ave., 223-0099. 8
pm. Call venue for ticket information. All ages.