[AFRICAN JAZZ] No other musician
has done more to bring the
sounds of Africa to a worldwide
audience than Hugh Masekela—
except for Fela Kuti, of course.
But while Kuti invented his own
genre and forced outsiders to
come to him, the South Africa born Masekela has spent much of his 74 years bouncing around both the globe and the musical spectrum, introducing his remarkably expressive trumpet playing to a wide array of styles, from bop to pop to fusion to soul to funk. His greatest achievement is in connecting American jazz back to its African roots, which he accomplished most seminally with 1972’s Home Is Where the Music Is. Here, Masekela pairs with freewheeling pianist Larry Willis, whose partnership began with the Home sessions and stretches all the way up to last year’s Friends.
[REUNION TOUR] Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness,
with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious,
bluesy and slightly drunken dance. With its overdriven, snaky guitars and Zedek’s beautifully weathered
voice and desperate worldview, Boston-based quartet Come
had a sound that was too dangerously sexy to achieve crossover
success. But they will be crossing over decades tonight in Portland. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi
Ave., with Rebecca Gates and the Consortium, and Sad Horse,
on Friday, June 21. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
Saturday, June 22
Evil Dead: The Musical
[THEATER] The musical adaptation of Sam Raimi’s cult hit returns, with severed limbs, chainsaws, shotguns, a gleefully rapey tree, zombies and a special plastic-lined Splatter Zone, for audience members looking to get sprayed with bloody goop. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7 and 10:30 pm. $19-$34.
Oregon Pacific Railroad Trail Ride
[CHOO-CHOO] See the city from vantage points few others have—along the freight-train railways in Southeast Portland. Oregon Pacific Railroad opens its rails to passengers for the first time this summer with its passenger ride days. Beginning near Oaks Park, the 40-minute ride travels north along the Willamette River, through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to a point near OMSI and back. Oaks Station, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 659-5452, oregonpacificrr.com. Noon-6 pm. $5-$10.
Cute cats on a big screen
[FILM] The Internet Cat Video Fest
is the Academy Awards of
Internet cat videos. Who will
take home a golden kitty?
, 4122 NE
Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. The festival
begins Friday, June 22,
with showings both days at
7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. $10.
Maida Withers Dance
[DANCE] The Washington, D.C., company
presents its surreal work Collision
Course aka Pillow Talk , a provocative
piece of dance theater that
deals with memories, dreams and
nightmares. White bed pillows are
incorporated into the scenes, in
which they are embraced, shared
and taped to dancers’ bodies. The
piece is conceptual and packed with
symbolism. Conduit Dance, 918 SW
Yamhill St., Suite 401, 221-5857. 8
pm Saturday, June 22. $15.
PDX Summer Showcase
[CLASSICAL] Since igniting in San Francisco in
2006, the movement that’s been
putting affordable classical music in
bars, coffee shops and other informal
settings has spread to nearly
40 other cities around the world.
But Portland’s chapter stands tall,
with its monthly chamber jams now
always filling the Waypost and new
music by local composers increasingly
featured. The Portland chapter
will host the second International
Classical Revolution conference, culminating
in this all-star showcase
concert hosted by The Late Now ’ s
Leo Daedalus and featuring new
music by local composers. The performances
include Damen Liebling’s
String Quartet No. 1 performed by
members of the DTQ Ensemble;
Emily Doolittle’s “Social Sounds
From Whales at Night” played by
Catherine Lee on oboe d’amore,
percussion and electronics; Brent
Weaver’s song cycle “Caminos”
setting texts by the early 20th-century
Spanish poet Antonio Machado
and performed by tenor Ken Beares
and pianist Maria Choban; CRPDX
director Christopher Corbell’s
settings of poems by Charles
Baudelaire for the a capella vocal
trio Bergerette; and more, including
some old dead guys like Haydn. Star
Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 345-7892.
8 pm Saturday, June 22. $5-$15.
Bernhoft, Sun Rai
[SOUL GONE SOLO] The bigger
the band, the bigger the bill.
Norwegian soul singer Bernhoft
knows this all too well. Though he
toured successfully with his previous
groups, Span and Explicit
Lyrics, Bernhoft went bankrupt on
tour with an eight-piece backing
band, even after Ceramik City
Chronicles, his solo debut, found
success across Europe. Venues
couldn’t afford him, and vice
versa. His solution was to grab a
loop pedal and take center stage
with his silky, ardent voice, trademark
blond pompadour and just a
few instruments, delicately layering
one atop the other. The resulting
sound is so smooth, it’s easy to
close your eyes and imagine some
quartet from the 1930s has been
transported to the present, given
a couple Stevie Wonder albums
to listen to in the green room and
thrown onstage. MITCH LILLIE.
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside
St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $15. 21+.
John Prine, Kendel
Carson, Dustin Bentall
[BONA FIDE LEGEND] It may
be easy to dub 66-year-old John
Prine one of the quintessential
folk singer-songwriters of the
early ’70s, but wrapping the man’s
legacy up in one title is difficult.
The Illinois native has been jumping
genres ever since Kris Kristofferson
helped thrust his eponymous debut
into the commercial limelight more
than four decades ago. Whether it
be the electrifying rockabilly punch
of Pink Cadillac or the countrified
swagger of German Afternoons,
Prine’s poetic, often humorous
wordplay has always carried his
simple and reflective songwriting. The man is more than just
stoner anthems and protest songs.
BRANDON WIDDER. Oregon Zoo,
4001 SW Canyon Road, 220-2789.
7 pm. $32.50-$52.50. All ages.
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About
[FILM] Simply put, Whedon’s take on the Bard is one
of the loveliest films we’ve seen this year. To be sure,
it’s at times slapsticky and screwball, but that’s in
keeping with the tone of the original play. Moreover,
the film doesn’t coast on its own cleverness. While
it has an off-the-cuff nonchalance, it’s grounded by
precise performances, careful camera work and a
sharp understanding of the gender politics at play.
The World Is Funny
[JEWISH FILM FEST] Shemi Zarhin’s quirky Israeli dramedy opens with Zafi, a student in a
writing workshop, as she tells a story and is encouraged to note interesting
secrets and moments about everyday people to use in her work. As a
housecleaner, this is easy—especially with three of her clients, estranged
siblings each dealing with their own unusual drama. Tied together by a
thread not unlike that in Love, Actually, the film follows people who are
bitter, angry, confused and dedicated as they try to figure out both themselves
and each other. Supported by strong performances (especially
Naama Shitrit as Zafi, who brings a bright charm to often serious subject
matter), The World Is Funny artfully explores love and family in a way
both funny and satisfying. KAITIE TODD. NW Film Center’s Whitsell
Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., nwfilm.org. 7 pm Sunday, June 23.
Bike and Swim
[BIKES] This two-wheeled endeavor is
part of Pedalpalooza. Riders
bike 10 to 15 miles in their
bathing suits to a total of three
pools. Bring a bike lock and
towel. Contact Maria Schur for
more information at email@example.com
Water Avenue Coffee, 1028 SE
Water Ave. 1:30-6:30 pm.
Isamu Noguchi: We Are
the Landscape of All We Know
[ART] The late Japanese-American sculptor
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was
a master of integrating natural and
industrial materials with dueling
Eastern and Western sensibilities.
To create this one-time-only, nontraveling
exhibition, the Japanese
Garden’s artistic curator, Diane
Durston, worked with Matthew
Kirsch at the Isamu Noguchi
Foundation in New York to bring
22 of Noguchi’s sculptures to
Portland. This is the perfect setting
for the work, amid the verdant hillside
landscaping, rock gardens and
sounds of birdsong and flowing
water. For a dose of tranquility and
high culture during the course of
a busy week, it doesn’t get much
better than this. Through July 21.
Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW
Kingston Ave., 223-1321.