August 9th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 13 Things to Do in Portland, August 9-11

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Friday, August 9

National Nerd Night
[BOARD GAMES] Settle Catan once and for all at this year’s annual latenight board-game event. Beer sales support a charity that provides table-top games to youth. Guardian Games, 303 SE 3rd Ave., 238-4000, ggportland.com. 21+.

Avett Brothers
[MUSIC] Seven years ago this month, the Avett Brothers turned Pickathon on its ear, establishing Portland as a Northwest beachhead in their ultimate national conquest. Now major-labeled and Rick Rubin-ed, the group is a bona fide phenomenon that has seemingly spawned a genre all its own. But don’t blame them for the lameness they’ve unwittingly wrought in the form of the Mumfords or the Lumineers. That’s like holding Nirvana accountable for Creed. The Avetts are in another league entirely, writing surprising, incisive songs that are brought home by Scott Avett’s singular delivery—at once casual and pregnant with emotion—and brother Seth’s sweet sincerity. One minute they’ll rock at a breakneck pace. The next they’ll break your heart instead. JEFF ROSENBERG. Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash., 360-816- 7000. 8 pm. $40-$65. All ages.

Northwest Black Circle Festival
[METAL] Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are different today. Relapse Records has an office in town. Sizzle Pie names pizzas after Motörhead and Slayer albums. Red Fang is poised to chart with its next album. We even have regional festivals celebrating the metallic arts, including the Northwestern Black Circle Festival, now in its fifth year. Metal is hip—which means it’s the perfect time to do an autopsy on Portland’s extreme past. Here, we turn over the stones beneath which lurk the bands that helped clear a path through the city’s overgrowth of cardigans and folk music, blasting out a niche that’s allowed this current crop of brutalists to thrive.  Branx, 320 SE 2nd Ave., on Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 8-11. 5 pm. $14 advance, $16 day of show per day, $56 weekend pass. All ages.

Saturday, August 10

Portland Zine Symposium
[ZINES] Celebrating Portland’s passionate DIY publishers, the 13th annual Portland Zine Symposium will feature more than 150 exhibitors and dozens of hands-on workshops. Discover zines you never knew existed, and finally get the inspiration you need to finish your own zine, Breakfast Meats of the World. Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 239-9921. 10 am-6 pm. Continues Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Free.

Third Annual Txakparti
[DRINK] While perusing the Alberta Street Fair, stop by Cork for a celebration of Basque wines during its Txakparti. The purchase of a glass will get you a taste of six different wines and two “bites” from each of the three participating restaurants, Aviary, Bar Lolo and Ración. Cork, 2901 NE Alberta St., 281-2675. Noon-4 pm. Must buy ticket prior to event. $5-$15.

Saraveza’s IIPA Festival
[DRINK] One of our favorite bottle shops in town, Saraveza, is hosting its fourth annual IIPA festival, featuring over 30 rotating Imperial IPAs, live music and BBLTs (that’s double bacon, lettuce and tomato). The tap list includes Pliny the Elder, Hopworks Ace of Spades, and Firestone Walker Double Jack, to name a few. Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern, 1004 N Killingsworth St., 206-4252. 11 am-11 pm. $20 for a glass and 10 drink tickets. Advance ticket purchase encouraged.

Red Fang, Audios Amigos
[MUSIC] The stoner-metal mountain men in Red Fang play their hometown so often it’s hardly worth mentioning in these pages anymore. You know ’em, you love ’em, you’re going to the show, what do you need from me? Except for the fact that, well, there’s hardly a more powerful live band around, in Portland and anywhere else, and thus it deserves a “WW Pick” symbol for life. This show, though, is particularly deserving, given that the bruising quartet just announced its third album, Whales and Leeches, which arrives in October, and this’ll be the last chance for Portland to have its eardrums pummeled by previews of those new tracks before the band embarks on a fall tour. In addition, this gig represents an installment of comic Ian Karmel’s farewell to PDX tour as he prepares to move to Los Angeles. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

Red Cube: BT, Jamie Meushaw, Evan Alexander
[MUSIC] Over the past 15 years, BT—that’s producer Brian Transeau—has done more to influence the direction of EDM music than virtually any other artist. His visionary musical outlook helped birth the trance genre, and he’s created multiple pieces of technology that have allowed him and many other artists to do things with edits, breaks and sound that were previously unimaginable. He’ll release a trance record, follow it up with a pop album, fuse hip-hop with trance, create pulsepounding rock-tronica, then completely turn the tables on you with an album that includes heavy doses of jazz and classical music. A maverick if there ever was one, his latest album, A Song Across Wires, comes out Aug. 16. BRIAN PALMER. The Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st Ave., 227-0405. 10 pm. $15. 21+.

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, Loveness Wesa and the Bantus
[MUSIC] After joining—and then replacing—the great Thomas Mapfumo in the Zimbabwean band Wagon Wheels, the 61-year-old Oliver Mtukudzi became one of southern Africa’s most popular singers. Mtukudzi rasps his uplifting lyrics in his native Shona language (as well as Ndebele and English) over a bubbling beat that mixes compulsively danceable mbaqanga and other African rhythms with grooves influenced by American R&B. Using mostly acoustic traditional instruments, his band will play songs from his more than five-dozen albums, including some from his latest, the first since the untimely 2010 car-crash death of his 21-yearold son and musical collaborator, Sam. But then, Mtukudzi’s music has always stood for overcoming difficulties—whether corruption, AIDS or repression—through dance and music. Portland’s own Zimbabwean music maven and Mapfumo collaborator, Loveness Wesa, opens with her own songs and dances inspired by southern Africa. BRETT CAMPBELL. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 8:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 10. $25. 21+.

The Singley/ Fimbres Orchestra
[MUSIC] One of Portland’s paragons of quirky contemporary pop, Alan Singley cheerfully turned his attention to more ambitious musical forms last year, using classical instruments to create his first classical compositions, which he premiered last fall in an impressive benefit for the city’s invaluable music venue, the historic Old Church. Now, after a year of continued study and musical development, Singley is back with fellow composer and longtime collaborator Papi Fimbres and a nonet (featuring horns, flute, vintage synths, piano, organ, electric bass, drums) to present a new 40-minute “genre-fusing, avantgarde, future-funk symphony.” Singley says the piece is inspired by the music of 1960s composer David Axelrod and the brilliant, irascible midcentury post-bop jazz genius Charles Mingus, as well as infused with contemporary tropical rhythms and electronic textures. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031. 8 pm Saturday, Aug. 10. Free-$25 sliding scale. All ages.

Sunday, August 11

My Fair Lady
[THEATER] Producing what has been called the perfect musical—as My Fair Lady has been lauded—is no small feat. But Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre sets out to meet the challenge with its lively staging of the 1956 production. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower girl taught to speak like an aristocrat by wealthy phonetician Henry Higgins. Along the way student and teacher develop an unlikely attachment to each other, arguing their way through their differences. In the lead roles, Jazmin Gorsline and Kevin Connell deliver practiced and precise performances— from Connell’s careful shuffle away from Eliza’s space-invading father to the palpable joy on Gorsline’s face as she dances around the study. Darius Pierce also shines as Higgins’ alternately awkward and endearing friend, Colonel Pickering, and his welcome kindness and beautifully timed comic relief counterbalance Higgins’ insensitivity and self-importance. Director Sharon Maroney delivers both humor and big-scale dance numbers (like the enthusiastic “Get Me to the Church on Time”) to the stage with ease. With a talented ensemble and grand set and costumes, this My Fair Lady might not be perfect, but it’s a fun and engaging rendition of the classic musical. KAITIE TODD. Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Road, Tigard, 620-5262. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays and some Saturdays through Aug. 18. $20-$37.

Hayley Barker: My Dark House Is Full of Comets
[ARTS] Following her recent sunshine-themed show at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, talented painter Hayley Barker exhibits a suite of nine works that originated during a recent residency at Caldera in Central Oregon. While there, Barker made outdoor drawings at dawn and dusk, later using those drawings as the basis for paintings, which she created afterward in her studio in Portland. The works explore the neither-here-nor-there feeling inherent in these transitional times of day, when light and dark commingle and diametric worlds seem to merge. Through Aug. 30. Gallery 214, 1241 NW Johnson St., 821-8969.
 
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