Friday, June 7
Freak Mountain Ramblers, Bingo and Friends, Lewi Longmire, Fernando, Little Sue, Dan Haley, Tree Frogs
[FOLK] Performing as a founding member of the beloved Freak Mountain Ramblers, with various friends or under his own name, rock-’n’-roll true believer Jim Boyer has employed his happy-golucky and sometimes soul-baring style to charm and move Portland audiences for decades. Now, following a shoulder injury requiring emergency surgery and a resulting infection requiring intensive in-home care, Boyer is in need of some help from those longtime fans. One of a handful of benefits convened for the singer, tonight’s show features Boyer’s fellow Freaks and a bevy of other long-serving Portland roots rockers. JEFF ROSENBERG. LaurelThirst, 2958 NE Glisan St., 232-1504. 9 pm. $10-$20 sliding scale. 21+.
Luz Elena, Star Anna, Sara Jackson-Holman
[PIANO POP] The quirky piano-rock thing has been done to death, so pianist-songwriter Sara Jackson- Holman is content to take things in more of a pop direction by way of hip-hop, while tossing in a dash of sass and surprise along the way. It’s not every day someone dares to give you a hip-hop-flavored track that derives its base from “Für Elise.” That takes some serious balls. Jackson-Holman’s soulful singing is reminiscent of a less-smoky ZZ Ward, and that ain’t a bad thing. BRIAN PALMER. The Analog, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 432-8079. 7 pm. Call venue for ticket information. All ages.
Saturday, June 8
The Portland Fruit Beer Festival
[BEER] Judging by the six samples poured at a media preview last Friday, there will be some great one-off beers poured at this festival. If you go, don’t miss Burnside’s rum-barrel-aged creation with blueberries, golden figs, mission figs and dates. Burnside Brewing, 701 E Burnside St., portlandfruitbeerfest.com, on Saturday (11 am-9 pm) and Sunday (11 am-6 pm), June 8-9. $20. 21+.
Never-Nude Bike Ride (Pedalpalooza)
[BIKING JORTS] Not everyone likes riding bikes naked. Some people never like being naked at all. And others are just big fans of recently revived sitcom Arrested Development. For them, there’s the Never-Nude bike ride, a more modest alternative to all perv-friendly, clothing-optional Pedalpalooza rides. Literally dozens of never-nudes will gather in their jean cutoffs for a 2½-hour ride. Coe Circle, 3900 NE Glisan St., shift2bikes.org. 12:45–3:15 pm. Free.
Dolly Parton Hoot Night
[MUSIC] With her rootsy origins, pop savvy and brilliant songwriting, the Mayor of Dollywood is a fitting role model for women’s arts organization Siren Nation, which puts together this annual tribute—featuring a diverse array of Portland performers—as a fundraiser for its yearly music and film festival. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Seventh Species New Music Concert
[NEW CLASSICAL] Long before Cascadia Composers were presenting showcases of homegrown contemporary classical music, CC member and Portland composer Gary Noland was doing something similar with his Seventh Species composers collective. The series continues with a trio of Florida-based guest artists—pianist Jihye Chang, clarinetist Deborah Bish and violist Pamela Ryan—plus local musicians. They’ll play works (including premieres) by eight local composers, including the venerable Tomas Svoboda, Jeff Winslow and former Turtle Island String Quartet member Katrina Wreede, as well as Noland’s own tribute to the late novelist David Foster Wallace. Michelle’s Piano Company, 600 SE Stark St., 295-1180. 4 pm Saturday, June 8. Donation.
Ceremony, Survival Knife
[EVOLVED HARDCORE] You can take the hardcore out of the band, but you can’t take the band out of the hardcore. Ceremony started out in the mid-2000s playing spazzy, aggro punk with little to discern it from the other spazzy, aggro-punk bands found in its Bay Area hometown and, well, everywhere else in America. Then, with little warning, on last year’s Zoo , the group began folding heavy dollops of moody, British-style post-punk into its angry milieu. Normally, the shortsighted hardcore community would turn its back on such an evolution, but Ceremony has kept one steeltoed boot planted in that scene by keeping its live shows every bit as spazzy and aggro as they were originally. Only now, they’re much more interesting. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 5 pm. $10. All ages.
[HIP HOP] Cappadonna is at the very bottom of the Wu-Tang hierarchy, and not even the collective’s most ardent acolytes will argue with that fact. Heck, it’s never been clear whether he’s even an official member of the crew or a hanger-on brought in to record a verse when someone else calls in sick. But he's still hungry, figuratively and, possibly, literally. Aside from the somewhat affordable ticket price, he deserves your attention for once. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., on Saturday, June 8. 8 pm. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
Sunday, June 9
Milk Carton Boat Race
[BOATS] Despite what the name might bring to mind, this isn’t a race of single milk cartons—participants build their own human-size floats with nothing but milk cartons and jugs. A time-honored Rose Festival tradition, participants compete for trophies in design and racing categories. Westmoreland Park Casting Pond, Southeast McLoughlin and Bybee boulevards, rosefestival.org. 11 am. Free.
Beaux Arts Club
[THEATER] Beaux Arts Club opens with a strange sort of duet. Actress Anne Sorce, clad in a mod minidress and a fluffy brown wig, shimmies and swivels around an unnamed man who’s been gagged and handcuffed. At one point, she removes a shoe and whacks him with it. Sorce’s bumbling awkwardness—there’s something seductive about the way she moves, but it couldn’t be called sexy—doesn’t disguise the more sinister undercurrents lurking beneath. As she lashes the man behind a web of bungee cords and white fabric, Sorce offers coy glances to the audience. Finally tossing a tablecloth over his head, she turns back to us. “Well, that oughta do it!” she squeals. And like that, we’re complicit in the dark absurdity of this Imago Theatre production, written and directed by Carol Triffle. Beaux Arts Club raises questions about art, taste, criticism and voyeurism in a way that topples expectations, drawing the audience into a twisted, delightful fever dream of a play. “I went to every First Thursday this year,” says a character. “Turns out everything is art.” The premise is simple enough: Three thirtysomething female friends gather yearly to show off their art, read poetry and drink red wine. But Triffle’s designs are unconventional, and the play swings between hilariously overwrought dialogue and hallucinatory songand-dance breaks. The capable cast answers Triffle’s demands with exaggerated physicality and unreserved embrace of their preposterous roles, which elevates the action to something more than camp. Sorce steals scenes throughout. She jackknifes from feline slinkiness to feral recklessness, gesturing like Vanna White at one point and growling like a dog at another. It’s a wildly unusual portrait of a downtrodden and lonely artist, but the electric Sorce makes it work. By play’s end, the mysterious man isn’t the only one trapped in her web. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 231-3959. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sunday, June 6-9. Free, $10-$20 suggested.
Northwest Dance Project
An original work by Portland choreographer Minh Tran is the only world premiere in this year’s installment of the Northwest Dance Project’s Summer Splendors , a show that is usually nothing but new work. No matter, though; Tran is a provocative choreographer influenced by his Vietnamese roots and training in modern dance, and the reprised works are good choices from past Summer Splendors shows. Among those is Sarah Slipper’s dramatic duet MemoryHouse, which juxtaposes relationships and flour throwing. Also returning to stage is Loni Landon’s disjointed trio Covered , as well as Carla Mann’s elegant Illumine , in which dancers gracefully maneuver around a ballroom scene. Northwest Dance Project Studio & Performance Center, 833 N Shaver St., 421-7434. 7:30 pm Wednesdays- Saturdays and 4 pm Sundays through June 16. $30-$40.
Night is Simply a Shadow
[BOOKS] Showcasing the work of late Oregon poet Greta Wrolstad, Tavern Books will host a book release for the posthumous publication of Wrolstad’s second collection of poetry, Night is Simply a Shadow. Local poets will read a selection of her work, and the editors of the project will discuss the process of assembling a posthumous collection of work. Division Leap, 6635 N Baltimore St., Suite 132, 206-7291. 7:30 pm. Free.
The Futro Kit 2.0
The official album-release party is June 9 at Holocene, featuring performances from the entire group, as well as from many “Futro friends.” The new comp includes Boyce’s latest invention, Audiothing, allowing for all sorts of chopping and screwing, along with videos and other “visual arts/secrets.” Consider it a futuristic family photo album from Futro’s nonstop vacation. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639, with Dual Mode, Sexbots, Futro Fam, HAR-1 and Rap Class, on Sunday, June 9. 9 pm. Free. 21+.
Method Man & Redman
Method Man is, arguably, Wu-Tang’s No. 1 seed, a rugged rhymer so charismatic and telegenic your mother recognizes him and thinks he’s charming. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., with Serge Severe and DJ Wels, on Sunday, June 9. 8 pm. $32 advance, $35 day of show. All ages.
Uncle Tupelo Tribute Night: Coffee Creek Collective, Hook and Anchor, Mbilly, Lewi Longmire, Nate Wallace
[MUSIC] Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Uncle Tupelo, a short-lived band out of Illinois that left a lasting imprint on the world of alt-country before ever achieving mainstream success. The band, featuring songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, combined elements of down-home traditional country and blistering, distorted punk before disbanding in the mid- ’90s due to the frontmen’s soured relationship. For whatever reason, our local star-studded Americana players have decided to celebrate the band’s binge-drinking, downtrodden tales of despair and working-class hardship. Hopefully, the bands will leave Tupelo’s historical turmoil at the door. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $5. 21+.