May 3rd, 2013 6:44 pm | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 12 Things to Do in Portland, May 3-5

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Friday, April 3

Stereo Total
[ELECTRO-POP] Imagine Peaches’ raunchy irony but made cuter and more lo-fi. This is the sound Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring have mastered over two decades in Berlin’s playful underground as Stereo Total. Amazingly, they have stayed their strange course over all these years. Their latest effort, 2012’s Cactus Versus Brezel , covers their usual ground from New Wave to jangly garage with lyrics in French, German and heavily accented English. “Die Frau in der Musik” has a driving beat, a synth line to rival any classic French cold wave and, of course, an uncouth reference to a certain Führer, while “Nympho-maniaque” goes full-on 8-bit obnoxious. The highlight of the album is “We Don’t Wanna Dance,” in which Cactus itemizes all the hilarious reasons why not: They hate discotheques, they hate to move, they hate to sing along, they aren’t in love, they aren’t in the right mood, they’re late and bored, they prefer to stay in bed, and their bed is big and square. Though sometimes intentionally annoying, Stereo Total’s music is certainly danceable, so if your bed is looking comfy, stay in it. MITCH LILLIE. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231- 9663. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

Soopah Eype
[HIP HOP] Hip hop artist Soopah Eype unleashes generous wordplay boasting of his lyrical dexterity while dropping in references to his love of reggae—his chosen handle, pronounced “Super Ape,” is a nod to dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry’s album of the same name—and a bumpy upbringing that has fueled his creative fire. Soopah Eype plays East End, 203 SE Grand Ave., with Dre C, C Villain, Dr. Goon, and Slick Devious, on Friday, May 3. 9:30 pm. $5.

Much Ado About Nothing
[THEATER] The Social Shakespeare project brings the Bard to your bedside. Over the weekend, performers will use Twitter and Facebook to tell the unfurling story of two pairs of lovers. This could be as good as the fake Downton Abbey Facebook newsfeed that went viral... or not. Visit for details. All day Friday-Sunday. Free.

Saturday, May 4

Oregon Trail Rally
[RACING] Cars, man. Cars. Goin' real fast. The Oregon Trail Rally begins at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., on Friday, May 3. 6 pm. $10. The rally continues Saturday, May 4, at Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wyeast Road, Odell. 9 am. $10. The rally ends on Main Street in Dufur on Sunday, May 5. 10 am. $10.

The Left Hand of Darkness
[THEATER] The stage version of local author Ursula K. Le Guin's original 1969 gender-bending sci-fi masterpiece. The Left Hand of Darkness is at Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 488-5822. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through June 2. $23-$32.

Portland Afoot Mystery Adventure Game
[GAMES] A game for the publictransportation savvy, Portland Afoot sends participants all over the city to solve the mystery of who killed the fictional Faire Lesquare. Teams will use TriMet and social media to track clues, intercept parcels and solve the mystery. Portland Afoot is offering a free one-year TriMet pass to a randomly drawn participant who completes a list of quests and other prizes to teams who finish the game. 10 am-4 pm. Preregistration required at

Best New Band Showcase
[MUSIC] Blue-collar post-punk, psychedelic freakouts and “moron rock”: Experience the sound of Portland music in 2013 in person, with performances from Best New Band finalists the Woolen Men, Sun Angle and the We Shared Milk. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

Sunday, May 5

Coming back for its eighth year, this birthday celebration is for legendary local beer writer Fred Eckhardt. The party at Hair of the Dog Brewing includes 18 craft beers from Oregon breweries, birthday cake and food pairings. Hair of the Dog, 61 SE Yamhill St., 232-6585. 2 pm. $75. 21+.

In Mulieribus, Phil and Gayle Neumann
[CLASSICAL] It’s too early for summer travel, but the superb women’s choral ensemble leads a musical journey through space and time. Accompanied by Portland veteran ancient-music experts who run the Oregon Renaissance Band and Ensemble De Organographia (and make most of their replica instruments), some of the city’s finest altos and sopranos sing music from two of the most famous musical manuscripts, The Red Book of Montserrat and the Codex Calixtinus, which contain a wealth of tunes sung by Renaissance and medieval pilgrims and other travelers. St. Stephen Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave., 283-2913. 7 pm Sunday, May 5. $15-$25.

[MUSIC] Enrique Ugalde is the best (ranked) non-native Tuvan throat singer in the world, and is going on a tour of Europe and Tuva after Sunday's show. Under the stage name Soriah, Ugalde’s efforts are more modern, combining shamanic ritual performance with what he describes as “big regalia and more contemporary instrumentation.” Soriah plays Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., with Church of Hive, on Sunday, May 5. 9 pm. $10 suggested donation. 21+. Follow Enrique Ugalde’s tour diary at

Cinco de Mayo
Drink, or sleep, or something. 

Safety Last!
[MOVIE REVIVAL] If you’ve ever wondered why so many film heroes dangle from skyscrapers and clock towers, it’s because of this 1923 silent film. The comedy stars Harold Lloyd as a country boy who—before dangling above moving traffic—tries to strike it rich in the big city. Cinema 21. Noon Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5.
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