Friday, April 3
[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
[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 socialshakespeare.org
for details. All day Friday-Sunday.
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.
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 wweek.com.
Cinco de Mayo
Drink, or sleep, or something.
[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.