August 23rd, 2013 4:23 pm | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 11 Things to do in Portland August 23-25

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Friday, August 23

Everest, the Breaking, Aaron Lee Tasjan
[MUSIC] Despite promising chops, Everest hasn’t quite been able to make the big leap to widespread acclaim. The super-quintet, comprising members from Earlimart, Slydell, Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, have the stylizing of My Morning Jacket and Wilco: a band that twists comfortably between psych rock, indie, classic rock and alt-country and somehow brings it all back around to sound like it fits together in some divine, music-of-the-gods fashion. And yet, Everest has largely remained a supporting act throughout its six-year career. Though the group closed out 2012 opening for Neil Young and Crazy Horse, it’s high time the band took center stage as a headliner. Word to the wise: Take in this show before the rest of the world’s ears catch on and you’re paying $50 to seem ’em in an arena. GRACE STAINBACK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

The Brew Haha
[COMEDY] Because standup is almost always improved by freely flowing booze, a cadre of Portland and L.A. comedians—including Shane Torres, Kristine Levine and Rick Wood—have teamed up for a backyard comedy show-cum-drinking game. Only the audience knows how the game works, but whenever a comic breaks one of the rules, a light signals that it’s time for everybody to drink. Drinks provided, so take the bus. Going House, 4752 NE Going St., 603-770-7235. 9 pm $5 suggested. 21+.

(Recurring) Dreams
[MUSIC] Akira Kurosawa’s hallucinogenic masterpiece gets a live score from eight experimental musicians—including Skyler Norwood’s new Pontianak project, K Records’ Ruby Fray and Bud Wilson of Aan—while playing on an outdoor screen. The Mad Haus, 3737 SE Madison St. 9 pm. Free.

Stones Throw Soul Tour
[MUSIC] L.A.’s Stones Throw Records is known for its roster of crate-digging rappers and producers, but this tour showcases its growing cadre of neo-soulsters, including vocal duo Myron & E, psychedelic R&B trio the Stepkids and a DJ set from new-school boogie master Dam-Funk. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Saturday, August 24

’80s Post Bingo
[BINGO] This is bingo for your uncle with the cocaine problem, not your grandma. Win a Rubik’s Cube, a Swatch Watch and who knows what else—a vile of Anthony Michael Hall’s tears? ALF?—at this New Wave-themed battle of the boxes. Stick around for the Prince-intensive dance party. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8 pm. Free until 10:30 pm, $5 after.

Paintallica: Smell the Bar Oil...
[ARTS]The artist collective known as Paintallica is so hipper-than-thou, Rocksbox’s press release doesn’t even list the names of the group’s members. (For the record, they are: Dan Attoe, Jamie Boling, Jesse Albrecht, Jeremy Tinder, David Dunlap, Jay Schmidt, Shelby Davis, Gordon Barnes and 13 other occasional contributors.) From this almost completely male assembly, we get a highly testosteronic, staggeringly sophomoric grouping of sculptures and drawings, replete with depictions of dicks, balls, pussies and turds. Many are adorned with text such as “SHIT SNAKE,” “PRECIOUS KING SHIT ASS KING PUMPKIN” and “RIDE HOT. RIDE HARD. RIDE WET. WITH LASER BEAMS N’ SHIT.” It is either a credit to Paintallica or a discredit to the Portland art scene that this is one of the most compelling shows recently mounted in the Northwest. Through Sept. 15. Rocksbox, 6540 N Interstate Ave., 971-506-8938. Rocksbox, 6540 N Interstate Ave., 971-506-8938.

Steve and Steve’s Tea and Cheese Show
[FOOD] Steve Jones from Cheese Bar and Steve Smith from Steven Smith Teamaker team up for five courses of cheese and tea pairings. Space is extremely limited, so make sure to reserve your spot. It’s going to be a gouda time. Steven Smith Teamaker, 1626 NW Thurman St., 719-8752. Pairings at 10:30 am and noon. $35.

Beginning Kombucha Class
[DRINK] Learn how to brew kombucha, as well as identifying which teas make the most successful product. Jared Englund, owner of Lion Heart Kombucha, will lead the way. The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants, 724 NE 22nd Ave., 236-3539. 5-6 pm. $30 registration required.

Scout Niblett, P.G. Six, Hungry Ghost
[MUSIC] As Scout Niblett takes tunes from her latest release, It’s Up to Emma, to the stage, concertgoers, beware: She may spit fire. The album is chock-full of material about romance gone sour, and Niblett spares none of the turmoil. The Brit-turned-Portlander is known for her intimate, bare-bones performances, so expect candid renditions of music that’s already painfully sincere. Niblett will be joined by Drag City label peers P.G. Six and fellow melodramatic Portland rockers Hungry Ghost. GRACE STAINBACK. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Marne Lucas: Mandwich
[ARTS] In addition to Michael Alago’s portraits of musclebound stud-muffins, Cock Gallery features the latest entries in Marne Lucas’ Mandwich series. Lucas works across a gamut of media, but some of her best known works are pin-up portraits of glamorous women. A corollary series, Mandwich, portrays male subjects with the same mingled sense of playfulness and sensuality. The portrait Christopher, Giraffe, for example, shows a tall, bearded redhead standing on a New York stairwell, wearing nothing but a pair of red-and-black tube socks and yellow-striped underwear. The man is hugging a giant inflatable giraffe, which just happens to match the pattern of his briefs. It’s a sexy non sequitur, which only an artist with Lucas’ chutzpah could pull off. Through Aug. 31. Cock Gallery, 625 NW Everett St., No. 106, 552-8686.

Sunday, August 25

Pinback, Survival Knife
[MUSIC] Pinback may never change. For over a decade, the San Diego duo of Rob Crow and Zach Smith has been making polite, nuanced pop music that’s often more than meets the ear. By flipping the register of melodies and plucking out arpeggios on bass rather than guitar, Pinback achieves a dense field of melody that seems like multitracked studio trickery at first. Paired with crisp electronic beats, it works incredibly well live and is often several BPMs faster than the recorded output—not just background music for buying jeans or ordering a latte. Although it’s great for that, too. AP KRYZA. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8:30 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.

In a World…
[MOVIE] Lake Bell is on a crusade against “sexy baby voice.” She’s lamented this “pandemic” with Conan O’Brien and Terry Gross and even on BuzzFeed. For those unfamiliar with this obnoxious tic, imagine if Betty Boop incorporated some of Ke$ha’s vocal fry—that low, guttural vibration—and ended every sentence as if it were a question. That’s Bell’s pet peeve, and she lampoons it to pitch-perfect effect in In a World…, which she wrote, directed, produced and stars in. But as funny as that sendup is, it’s still far from the best thing in the film, which takes us into the idiosyncratic and competitive realm of voice-over artists. Bell plays Carol, an aspiring voice-over artist with a bear of a father (Frank Melamed) who’s big in the biz. But rather than help Carol get her foot in the door, he’s as vain and sexist as the rest of his industry. “Women are flying planes now!” he gasps, lounging poolside in a velvet leisure suit. But Carol, a graceless but tenacious 30-year-old who favors overalls and babydoll dresses, ends up vying for voice-over work on the trailers for an action “quadrilogy,” a hilarious Hunger Games-style spoof starring Cameron Diaz. The movie is overstuffed—a subplot about Carol’s sister’s marital woes feels tacked-on— but its unassuming tone, its generosity of spirit, and Bell’s skillful performance redeem the uneven pacing and bumpy storytelling. But most of all, In a World… succeeds for the way it calls bullshit on Hollywood’s gender dynamics and the dreck that passes for feminist cinema. R. Living Room Theaters.
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