July 26th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 13 Things to Do in Portland, July 26-28

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Friday, July 26

Wilder Schmaltz: Night Lands
[ARTS] In Wilder Schmaltz’s drawing Catalan, a sunken-eyed old man confronts the viewer as he stands before an eerie background of arched windows and lapping waves. It’s the strongest image in Schmaltz’s exhibition, Night Lands. In this and other single-figure portraits, Schmaltz’s sense of compositional drama blazes forth, although it tends to dilute when he includes more figures. The works’ high-gloss finish also distracts from their overall appeal. Schmaltz’s luxuriant, chalkylooking marks—made with colored pencils, markers and wax pastels— would benefit from a more direct sight line; there is nothing here to hide and everything to show off. Through July 28. Gallery 6 PDX, 131 NE 6th Ave., 206- 7280.

JAW: A Playwrights Festival
[THEATER] Portland Center Stage’s annual Just Add Water festival features four inprogress works drawn from a national search. This year’s lineup is smaller than normal and unusually dark, with plays about mass murder at an apartment complex, a fire that destroys a young artist’s work and cruel McDonald’s managers. Plays workshopped at JAW often pop up on regional stages across the country, so this is a chance to see the theater of the future. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 4 and 8 pm Friday-Saturday, July 26-27. Free.

Randy Newman
[MUSIC] Upon his April induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, before a roomful of past-due zombie rockers, the most brilliant satirist of the era let loose 1999’s “I’m Dead (but I Don’t Know It),” skewering those assembled dinosaurs with lines that can’t be argued with like, “Each record that I’m making/Is like a record that I’ve made/Just not as good.” But that rendering underscored the delicate artistic temperament balancing act Newman performs, to practice his scathing satire while remaining his affable self, as his gags visibly curdled on the smugly sneering lip of Don Henley—who’d joined Newman for the song as though being on the receiving end of the message would somehow render him immune to it. JEFF ROSENBERG. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, 220-2789. 7 pm. $28- $48. All ages.

Kobo Town, Brother
[MUSIC] Canada is not the first country to come to mind when you think of calypso, yet that’s exactly the kind of music frontman Drew Gonsalves and his eight-piece band of Trinidadian expats channel on their sophomore effort, Jumbie in the Jukebox . Gonsalves, a Port of Spain native until he relocated at age 13, has always had a soft spot for his homeland. The result of his nostalgia is a swinging piece of modernized calypso that bobs between folky Caribbean pop and lax reggae on the cusp of hip-hop. Brass-heavy choruses and West-Indian percussion swamp the album, while Gonsalves’ wry vocal delivery and droll commentary tackles controversial matters of vagrancy and the apocalypse. BRANDON WIDDER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.

Saturday, July 27

Off Black
[ARTS] When you think of crumpled paper, you tend to think of creative screw-ups: the proverbial novelist, frustrated at not conjuring the right words, wadding up a sheet of paper and chucking it in the garbage. But for artists Ellen George and Jerry Mayer, crumpled paper is a wellspring of inspiration and invention. Since 2008, the two have collaborated on installations at Nine Gallery, using paper to create minimalist artworks with maximal impact. Their current project, Off Black, is their most astonishing and disturbing to date. It’s an enormous sheet of black paper crumpled and twisted into an irregular shape, 7 feet high and 11 feet across. Hanging from the ceiling by an aluminum rod attached to a small motor, the dark mass slowly rotates, like an oversized disco ball. Off Black is at Nine Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 225-0210. Through July 28.

Big Black Delta
[MUSIC] Since Melodrone’s last F L A S H B A C K full-length record in 2009, front man Jonathan Bates has spent his time making spacey music under the name Big Black Delta. The new self-titled album is a collection of loud techno-pop songs that alternate between nuanced synths and insistent beats; it all kind of sounds like Julian Casablancas singing over a helicopter. BBD’s first single,“Side of the Road,” layers electro vocals over cosmic noise and a chugging bass and vocals that are often fragmented and muddled. JOE DONOVAN. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 894-9708. 10 pm. $10. 21+.

Sauvie Island Barn Dance and Barbecue
[FOOD] Grab a picnic blanket and dancing shoes for a quintessential summer night on Sauvie Island. A scavenger hunt will kick off the festivities at 5 pm in which participants will walk away with, at the least, a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread. A buffet-style dinner and dessert will be paired with Widmer Brothers beer and Oregon wine. Square dance the rest of the night away to the folk tunes of Caroline Oakley. There will also be a silent auction for gift certificates to Laurelhurst Market and Le Pigeon. Howell Territorial Park, 13605 NW Howell Park Road, Sauvie Island. 5 pm. $25 adults, $5 children under 12.

William Tyler
[MUSIC] “Folk” is an inaccurate term to describe the Nashville guitarist and ex-Silver Jew’s excellent 2013 release, Behold the Spirit. His spare, reverb-drenched soundscapes, expressionist finger-picking and high, lonesome twang are in a class all their own. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 7 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.

Flaming Lips
[MUSIC] Musically, the Lips peaked 14 years ago with The Soft Bulletin, but their stage shows seem to grow more grandly weird with every tour. Expect inflatable things, laser things, floaty things and joyful, life-affirming racket. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St., Troutdale, 669-8610. 6:30 pm. $42-$43. All ages.

Sunday, July 28

Letters From Argentina
[DANCE] The late Lalo Schifrin is probably doomed to be remembered only for his immortal Mission: Impossible theme, but the fourtime Grammy winner has also composed “classical” concert works for major orchestras, including this tango-charged suite—led by Lalo’s distant cousin David Shifrin on clarinet—that closes Chamber Music Northwest’s summer festival. Kaul Auditorium at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 294-6400. 4 pm. $15-$50.

EL-P & Killer Mike
[MUSIC] The Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez of hip-hop have come together for their first proper group release and made one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. On Run the Jewels, the two rappers go apeshit, trading bars over El-P’s bass-heavy, synth-laced production, spitting about their greatness while honoring the traditions of vintage hip-hop. Word is, their live shows are even more entertaining. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., 233-7100. 7 pm. $18. All ages.

Daughn Gibson, Steve Gunn, Cairo Pythian, WC Beck, Barna Howard
[MUSIC] Daughn Gibson is the Colin Stetson of vocal delivery, charting highly experimental journeys set in a low, low register. His voice seems to stem from the core of the earth, channeling up through ancient lava flows before bursting onto land as a dark, sinister cloud. Last year, Gibson released All Hell , one of the year’s more interesting records, a hybrid of dark electronica, Americana, blues and his signature bellowing. Now with Sub Pop, Gibson has released Me Moan , solidifying the Pennsylvania musician’s menacing presence as a deep, dark troubadour. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

The Tamer Tamed
[THEATER] To complement its production of The Taming of the Shrew, Portland Shakespeare Project presents a staged reading of John Fletcher’s play, which was written—likely in the early 1600s— as a sequel to the Bard’s comedy. The Tamer Tamed finds that Kate, the shrew, has died, and Petruchio now has a wife even more ornery than the first. In a turning of the tables, the women now tame the man. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesdays and Sundays and 2 pm Saturdays through Aug. 4. $15.
 
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