April 5th, 2013 4:57 pm | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do in Portland, April 5-7

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Friday, April 5

Wine Rush
Indie, artisan wineries from the West Coast—the Willamette to Napa valleys—rush Portland with their rare and hard-to-find bottles of pinot noir to primitivo. Taste unknown vintages alongside bites from local chefs. Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler St. 5:30-8:30 pm. $75. 21+.

Brent Weaver
The George Fox University faculty member, one of the city’s most accomplished composers, presents a wide-ranging survey of his music. The performance includes pieces for electronic instruments, piano, saxophone (a response to school shootings a decade ago), tenor and piano (a song cycle setting the poetry of 20th-century Spanish poet Antonio Machado) and a brass ensemble (inspired by a scene from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books). Bauman Auditorium, 414 N Meridian St., 554-3844. 7:30 pm Friday, April 5. Free.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
[MUSIC] On UMO’s sophomore effort, II, the funky, cut-andpaste sound experiments of the Portland trio’s debut have been replaced by 7-minute stoner jams and tricky pop songs that could almost pass as late-period Beatles B-sides. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

Low, Thalia Zedek
[PIONEERING SLOWCORE] The notion that bands must continually expand and build upon what they’ve established, brick by brick, in order to endure is a farce—one that Minnesota’s Low makes evident. The band’s 10th album and most recent release, The Invisible Way, finds core members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker crafting the same melancholy, acoustic rustle that has more or less defined the band for more than two decades. Previous albums that dabbled in distortion and synths seem to have been merely a digression from the band’s hallmark sound, a stark yet short-lived contrast to the glacial guitar work, delicate harmonies and profuse piano that distinguish the band’s latest effort. And with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at the helm as producer, the skeletal mix of finely constructed songs put forth an eerily familiar and natural Americana feeling. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $18. 21+.

Tech N9ne
[HIP-HOP] There’s a simple reason why it seems Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne is always in town: The 41-year-old MC tours more than any other rapper in the game. Last year alone, Tecca Ninna performed 90 shows in 99 days—that’s a lot of shitty tour food to consume. On top of his performances, which are sweat-slathered romps fueled by battle chants and face paint, Techhas an amazingly consistent track record on wax. Many of his songs— “Einstein,” “I’m a Playa,” “That Box”—are shadowy club anthems as danceable as they are disturbing. The cover for his newest album, Something Else , which is set to drop this summer, depicts a black-eyed Tech on fire, his heart adorned with angel wings. I’m not sure what this means, but it undoubtedly signifies more good music is on the way. REED JACKSON. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $32. All ages.

Saturday, April 6

Clybourne Park
Portland audiences got a taste of Bruce Norris’ particular brand of prickliness with Third Rail’s The Pain and the Itch last season, and now Portland Center Stage presents his 2011 Pulitzer-winning drama. The play, helmed by PCS artistic director Chris Coleman, is set in the same neighborhood as Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 work, A Raisin in the Sun, and it explores issues of racism and gentrification. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays- Sundays, 2 pm Sundays and select Saturdays, noon Thursdays through May 5. $39-$65.

Kinski, Mark McGuire
[RIFF ROCK, NOW WITH LYRICS] It’s been six years between drinks for Seattle rock veterans Kinski (assuming the band only drinks when it puts out a new album), and a few changes have taken place in the intervening period. For one, the band left Sub Pop and has just released its first album on Kill Rock Stars. For two, the new disc, Cosy Moments , marks a pointed sonic shift for the four-piece—from psychedelic noise rock to a far more pop-oriented sound. The crunchy riffs, sludgy bass and guitar freakouts are still there, but songs are shorter, more traditional in structure and—where previous records were almost entirely instrumental— there are actual vocals on most of the tracks. And those vocals are great. Lead single “Conflict Free Diamonds” sounds like the kind of garage gem that might have come out of Seattle 20 years ago, with a glorious fuzzy hook and guitarist Chris Martin displaying some surprisingly tuneful pipes. RUTH BROWN. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Shovels and Rope, Denver
[RETRO AMERICANA] The husband-and-wife duo Shovels and Rope—Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst—offers up an earthy mishmash of sounds on its debut album, O’ Be Joyful , incorporating folk, country, rock and Americana together in an engaging if slightly familiar way. Hearst’s scratchy, occasionally Janis Joplin-like vocals mirror the sometimes arid emotional and visual landscape of their songs, while Trent’s steady vocal presence keeps the tunes grounded when Hearst threatens to overpower the music every now and then. Sounding like a throwback to a bygone era, with talk of Bonnie and Clyde and lamenting someone leaving the South for New York City, the album yearns for a simpler time, and these musicians make you yearn right along with them. BRIAN PALMER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12 advance, $14 day of show. 21+.

Sunday, April 7

Tweed Ride
[BIKES] Break out the tweed and wax your mustache for a classy, leisurely ride from Mount Tabor to the Velo Cult after-party. Now in the event’s fourth year, dapper Victorian garb is required. Meet at Mount Tabor Park basketball court at 2 pm. tweedpdx.net. Free.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

[ELECTRONIC] The English synth-pop pioneers have pulled off the rarest of coups in the music world: staging a reunion of the original lineup and producing new music that sounds as vibrant and vital as the group’s well-known work from the ’80s. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8:30pm. $27 advance, $29 day of show. 21+.
Jeff Bridges and the Abiders
The Abiders, the mumbly Jeff Bridges country revival band that comes to the Aladdin this week, is not named for Bridges’ most musical role (Crazy Heart), first Oscar nomination (The Last Picture Show) or highest-grossing flick (Iron Man) but for a 1998 flop that makes use of so very few of his acting skills. Jeff Bridges & the Abiders play the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., on Sunday, April 7. 8 pm. Sold out, but scalpers available.

Sky Ferreira, How to Dress Well, High Highs
[SMOOTH JAMS] Academic journeyman Tom Krell is the personification of time management. The part-time philosophy graduate student and part-time experimental R&B artist sounds like Justin Timberlake covering Jamie Lidell, or vice versa. Under stage name How to Dress Well, Krell shook the indie world with freshman release Love Remains in 2010. The titillating pop structures and impassioned vocals helped create a whole new genre that folks like Autre Ne Veut and the Weeknd continue to sculpt. With sophomore release Total Loss, we see Krell’s insides, torn up by loss but elegant in delivery, thanks to a fondness for ’90s R&B. Synthpop princess Sky Ferreira shares the bill. MARK STOCK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 8 pm. $10. 21+.

Richard Fuller
Unless you’ve heard Joseph Haydn and C.P.E. Bach’s fine piano sonatas on the instrument and in the tunings they were composed in, you haven’t really heard them. Here’s a rare chance, courtesy of the award-winning American- Austrian forte pianist (and UO dis tinguished alum) who’s worked with some of classical music’s greatest performers. Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave., 503-282-0965. 4 pm Sunday, April 7. $15.

Sister Spit Literary Road Show
[BOOKS] For more than 20 years, San Francisco-based lit event Sister Spit has been bringing queer and feminist ideas to the stage throughreadings and performance. Catch the literary road show in Portland featuring author and event cofounder Michelle Tea; awardwinning author Ali Liebegott, promoting her newest novel, Cha- Ching! ; artist and writer Cristy C. Road; Australian artist TextaQueen; Bay Area writer and performer Daniel LéVesque; and accordion-wielding costume designer and performance artist DavEnd. It’s gonna be weird and fabulous. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 306-5217. 7 pm. $10.
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