August 30th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 11 Things to do in Portland August 30 - September 2

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Friday, August 30

REO Speedwagon at the Oregon State Fair
[MUSIC] You can fight the feeling, but should you? Give in, drive to Salem to hang out with rural Oregonians and eat fried food. Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, 947-3237. 8 pm. $30-$50. All ages. Fair through Monday, Sept. 2; admission $3-$11. oregonstatefair.org.

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. Through Oct. 13. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 226-0973.

Lemuria, Our First Brains, Hemingway, Soft Skills
[MUSIC] Lemuria tends to get pegged as a punk band, based solely on the Buffalo, N.Y., trio’s early agitated efforts. But the group has since grown into itself as players and songwriters, becoming one of the best purveyors of pop around. Lemuria’s third album, The Distance Is So Big, recorded with former Jawbox leader J. Robbins, is further testament to those abilities, featuring the kind of glimmering riffs and sharply honed melodies that would make Cheap Trick and the Posies grimace with envy. Get to this show early and take in the similarly strong punk-tinged pop of local quartet Our First Brains. ROBERT HAM. Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th Ave., 236-2893. 8:30 pm. $7. All ages.

Heart, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
[MUSIC] Between Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, Heart is Seattle’s ultimate classic-rock band. With a slew of inspired hits in the ’70s and a remarkable canon of ’80s pop hits—many of which you may not even recognize as being Heart songs—the group can easily fill a two-hour set with wheat. Sometimes a bit of chaff comes up (i.e., more recent acoustic ballads pleading for peace and harmony). But Heart’s latest album, 2012’s Fanatic, proves the blood is still pumping, and the Wilson sisters can still go crazy on you. Heart’s sets always end with some Zeppelin worship, and wouldn’t you know this show will also end with some Zep, compliments of Jason “Son of Bonzo” Bonham. NATHAN CARSON. Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash., 360-816-7000. 8 pm. $20-$199. All ages.

Saturday, August 31

Eola-Amity Hills Wine Tour
[WINE] The Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area—a 39,000-acre stretch of wine country surrounded by the Willamette Valley AVA—offers tours of many of its 95 wineries this weekend. 11 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. $25 for an Encompass Guidebook that grants access to free tasting flights at 20 wineries. eolaamityhills.com.

Incredible Cattail—From Survival to Pancakes
[FOOD] John Kallas leads a hands-on outdoor wild-food workshop on “swamp-to-kitchen” fare. Identify, gather, peel and make flour from cattails. It all ends with pancakes. There will be a carpool to the swamp from the venue. Wild Food Adventures, 4125 N Colonial Ave. , 775-3828. 9 am-3 pm. $25-$50 sliding scale. Registration required.

Recent Acquisitions: Modern and Contemporary Prints
[ARTS] In Augen’s front gallery, George Johanson’s dreary monotypes make little impression. Gallerygoers who venture farther back into the space, however, will be rewarded with an astonishing collection of prints by world-renowned historical artists. Highlights are works on paper by two second-generation Abstract Expressionists, Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis. Both prints are small masterpieces of jubilant color and form, superimposing organic shapes atop immaculate backgrounds. Mitchell’s and Francis’ work differed from first-generation Ab-Ex exemplars such as Jackson Pollock, in that their compositions exploited the figure/ground relationship rather than the “all-over-ness” of filled-tothe-gills picture planes. Mitchell and Francis were among the top talents of the Ab-Ex movement, and therefore of modern art itself. Through Aug. 31. Augen DeSoto, 716 NW Davis St., 224-8182.

Henry Horenstein: Animalia
[ARTS] If you’re not an animal-rights advocate, you might be by the time you’re finished walking through Henry Horenstein’s show, Animalia. The Boston-based photographer’s images of animals capture such individuality and intelligence, it’s hard not to anthropomorphize them and empathize. Whether dog, pig, fish or hippo, the animals we see through Horenstein’s lens are so endearing, you can hardly imagine killing and eating them. Through Sept. 1. Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., 963-1935.

Marne Lucas: Mandwich
[ARTSIn 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 bestknown 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, September 1

Gary Numan
[MUSIC] While it’s true that “Cars” is Numan’s only single to hit the Top 10 in the U.S., calling the 55-yearold Englishman a “one-hit wonder” is frustratingly dismissive. He is one of the most consistent artists to emerge from the post-punk era, and his recent albums—including the upcoming Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)—have embraced modern electronic music in smart and thrilling ways. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 7:30pm. $25 advance, $28 day of show. All ages.

Monday, September 2

Matt Pond
[MUSIC] Newly shorn of the “PA” that’s long followed his name, despite moving from Philly to New York a decade ago, and the pretense of a band— really, it’s little more than a revolving lineup of sidemen—Matt Pond appears to be at last embracing his inner solo artist. And judging from altogether cheerful new release The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, his first under the streamlined imprimatur and 10th proper, the single life agrees with him. While no one would confuse the just-this-sideof-anthemic guitar pop spun by his touring quartet with troubadour ditties, the newfound positivity shining through the sun-kissed melodies speaks to baggage blissfully left behind. JAY HORTON. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231- 9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
 
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