July 19th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 13 Things to Do in Portland, July 19-21

     
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Friday, July 19

Greater Tuna
[THEATER] The best thing about Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of Greater Tuna isn’t the fact that just two actors successfully play a combined 21 different characters (22 if you count an invisible dog). Nor is the best thing the script’s biting wit, every intentionally mispronounced word delivered perfectly by both men. What’s really amazing is how an improvised scene with audience involvement manages to fit seamlessly into the overall production, a credit to the actors’ skill: They turn the audience into the congregation of the local Baptist church, commenting on the crowd’s clothing in a very funny, very hokey way. Directed by Steve Knox and starring Gary Brickner- Schulz and Jay Randell Horenstein, Greater Tuna takes audiences into the world of 1980s Tuna, the “third-smallest town in Texas,” a place where the local Klan leader makes PSAs over the radio and the “Smut Snatchers” want to ban Shakespeare for corrupting youth. A series of satirical vignettes loosely connected by the town radio station OKKK, the play has a huge cast of characters, requiring the actors to change into radically different costumes quickly, something Brickner-Schulz and Horenstein do with seemingly inhuman speed (in as little as five to eight seconds in some cases). If you’re looking to spend your evening watching two expert actors perform a hilarious little piece of theater, look no further. RICHARD GRUNERT. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901. 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 and 7 pm some Sundays through Aug. 18. $32.

PDX Pop Now!
[MUSIC] The all-ages, all-local, allfree summer tradition turns 10 this year, and to celebrate, organizers have done what they always do: put together a stellar, eclectic lineup of Portland music, including all 10 of WW’s 2013 Best New Band finalists. Eastbank lot at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. Through Sunday, July 21. Free. All ages. See pdxpopnow.com for complete schedule.

Danava, Lecherous Gaze, Long Knife, DJ Dennis Dread
[MUSIC] Anyone who still believes in the power of the electric guitar owes it to themselves to see Graham Clise shred. From the rhythm and blues of Chuck Berry to the punk-infused rock of the Damned to the furious onslaught of RKL, Clise has fused decades of rock guitar into one seamless whole called Lecherous Gaze. It’s the Stooges on steroids with a lysergic twist. The Oakland quartet’s rhythm section ably backs up Clise, and mysterious vocalist Zaryan Zaidi often wears menacing masks and makeup, making this revelatory rock even more confrontational. Tonight is also the debut of Acid Wash, a new local group boasting members of Bi-Marks and Autistic Youth. NATHAN CARSON. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9 pm. $7. 21+.

Lucy Skaer
[ARTS] Scotland-based artist Lucy Skaer traveled to Iowa to pick out large chunks of limestone for her installation at YU. The rocks were so heavy, she had to have them shipped to Portland in an 18-wheeler. The stones are strategically placed in YU’s spectacular, light-bathed exhibition hall, complemented by a myriad bricksized terra-cotta sculptures. Skaer is well known internationally, having represented Scotland in the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2007, and she works across a wide range of media, not only sculpture but also film, drawing and video. The YU show promises to number among the most memorable Portland installations of the year. July 19-Sept. 12. YU Contemporary, 800 SE 10th Ave., 236-7996.

Harvey
[THEATER] It’s not every day you come across a 6-foot, boozing, talking rabbit. But in Mary Chase’s 1944 play Harvey, that’s exactly who you’ll meet. Harvey is the (presumably) imaginary friend of Elwood P. Dowd (Jason Shanafelt), who is also unseen to the audience. Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s rendition of this slapstick comedy is lighthearted and very funny, despite the dated cheesiness. As Harvey opens, Elwood’s socialite sister Veta (Amanda Valley) and her daughter are fed up with Elwood embarrassing them, so they decide to have him committed to a sanitarium. Veta believes her brother’s insanity is rubbing off on her, and between her hysterical weeping and madman cackling, Valley conjures the biggest laughs from the audience. Elwood is eccentric and amiable, with some of his slyest comments the funniest in the show, and there’s a sense he may be more in control than those trying to tame him. “In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant,” Elwood says. “And I got tired of being smart.” HALEY MARTIN. Clackamas Community College, Osterman Theatre, 19600 S Molalla Ave., 594-6047. 7:30 pm Thursdays- Saturdays and 2:30 pm Sundays through July 21. No show Thursday, July 4. $26.

Saturday, July 20

Lifesavas
[MUSIC] Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up. Lifesavas celebrate the 10th anniversary of Spirit in Stone at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., with TxE, on Saturday, July 20. 9 pm. $16 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

Myq Kaplan

[COMEDY] This vegan atheist is one of the sharpest and most cerebral comics currently working the standup scene, and his nerdy jokes should land well in Portland. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday and 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, July 18-20. $15-$25.

Back Fence PDX
[STORYTELLING] Taking performance storytelling to the not-quitelife-or-death extreme, the eight featured guests of Back Fence PDX will play their own version of Russian roulette. Each storyteller spins the wheel of juicy prompts and then has five minutes to prepare a true story, with the audience picking a winner. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 286-9449. 8 pm. $16-$18. 21+.

Oregon Lavender Daze Festival
[FLOWERS] It’s the peak of Oregon lavender season. Celebrate the purple plant at the ninth annual festival in Hood River. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, barbecue and local wines as well as six live bands and 30 art vendors. Oh, and there’s you-pick organic lavender. Hood River Lavender, 3801 Straight Hill Road, Hood River, 541-354-9917. 10 am Saturday- Sunday, July 20-21.

Sunday, July 21

Vegan Iron Chef Presents Pop up! Taco Shop!
[COOK-OFF] Know of a great vegan chorizo or tofu taco recipe? The Portlandbased Vegan Iron Chef is hosting a community taco cook-off. Bring your own animal-free fillings. Corn and flour tortillas, hot sauce, salsa and vegan queso will be provided. Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church Dining Room, 5441 SE Belmont St. 2:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 door.

Peter Murphy, Ours
[MUSIC] For 35 years, Peter Murphy has stood as the lithe, spooky icon for goths and Twihards the world over, thanks almost entirely to his days fronting the pioneering post-punk band Bauhaus. Despite a healthy solo career that includes eight fine full-lengths dabbling in electronic, world beat and jazz textures, Murphy is spending this tour looking backward, with a set list comprising nothing but his former band’s classic material. It’s sure to be a trippy ride down a fogcovered memory lane. ROBERT HAM. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.

Sherrie Levine
[ARTS] Art superstar Sherrie Levine made a name for herself in the 1970s and ’80s as part of the “Pictures Generation” and appropriationist movements. Essentially, she has based her career on reproducing and recontextualizing the work of other artists, and the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition of her work illustrates this tactic well. On display are two vintage Levine pieces and three that were made during the past two years. But the pièce de résistance is a series of 16 paintings riffing on Claude Monet’s famous and ubiquitous Water Lilies. Viewers unfamiliar with Levine will benefit from this thoughtfully conceived introduction. Through Oct. 13. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-0973.

The Memories: Love Is The Law
[MUSIC] Love Is the Law isn’t just some stoned goof. Not entirely, anyway. Although the arrangements often sound held together by packaging tape, the ’50s-derived melodies, spindly C86 guitar jangle and cardboard-box drums are sticky enough to register through the hiss. The Memories play PDX Pop Now, at the eastbank lot at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street, on Sunday, July 21. 7:35 pm. Free. All ages.
 
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