September 6th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 12 Things to do in Portland September 6 - 8

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Friday, September 6

Nighthawks
[THEATER] Push Leg’s last production was Mr. Darcy Dreamboat, a delightful and emotionally rich celebration of literary crushes. Now comes the company’s second performance, an original ensemble work inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper that merges physical theater, clowning and dance. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St., 274-1717. 7:30 pm. $15-$18.

MusicfestNW: Friday
[MFNW] Already bummed about missing MFNW bands due to schedule conflicts? Time to break out your Transverse Temporal Gyrus. That’s the name of the Animal Collective installation at the Guggenheim in 2010. Pick one up at the Pioneer Courthouse Square merch booth, and wave your temporal worries goodbye! (Author’s note: The TTG is neither tangible nor TSA-certified for time travel.) The device will really come in handy later in the evening, with post-rock pioneers Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Roseland, Superchunk at the Crystal, and Bonnie Prince Billy at the Aladdin, all playing their sets right around 10 pm. The indie-music gods have not completely frowned upon you, though: Washed Out, the South Carolina-based bliss-waver, is playing Mississippi Studios without much competition. Now, what to do with that Gyrus late in the evening, when shaking your drunken, carefree bottoms to Flume or Cody Chesnutt? Two words: beer bong. MITCH LILLIE. Multiple venues. See musicfest.com for schedule and information on how to purchase a wristband.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
[DANCE] When the historic U.S. Custom House was successfully auctioned off last year to become office space, dreams of the building becoming anything cool or exciting were essentially squashed. But the building has a last hurrah in it, as dancers are going to leap and twirl in front of its light gray granite before the suits move in. Heidi Duckler, a Portlandborn choreographer who’s been living in Los Angeles, is big on site-specific dance; she previously did shows at the Reed College Performing Arts Building and on the roof of the Twelve West Building. The U.S. Custom House was built in 1901 as a place to do the paperwork for imports and exports. Most recently, it was the set of the police station for Grimm. In this performance, which Duckler calls Something to Declare, she wants to “awaken the site’s long-standing structural, cultural and historical memory.” Custom House, 220 NW 8th Ave. 8 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7. $25.

Clifford Rainey: In the Beginning Was Black
[ARTS] After a year of harrowing personal losses, Clifford Rainey transmuted grief into a suite of mournful but gorgeous glass and mixed-media sculptures. The show’s iconic work, Mourner , is a 2-foot-high stylization of the Grim Reaper. The sculpture depicts only the figure’s black robe; there is nothing inside except empty space and shadow. It’s a powerful piece, impeccably executed, deeply unsettling. Through Nov. 2. Bullseye Gallery, 300 NW 13th Ave., 227-0222.

Isaac Layman: Funeral
[ARTS] Large in scale, fastidious in execution, Isaac Layman’s photographic prints glorify the banal. In the past, his images of ice trays, clothes dryers, ovens and hot-dog wrappers have made mountains out of molehills, elevating quotidian objects to objects of veneration. Although a cool minimalism suffuses his work, it is more Pop Art than minimalist. Like Warhol with his soup cans, Layman believes that anything, no matter how humble its station, can become the stuff of glamor and import, if only it is presented as such. Through Sept. 21. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 224-0521.

Saturday, September 7

Matt Cosby: Immaculate Confection
[ARTS] To call Matt Cosby’s new paintings “eye candy” would be redundant. Their subject matter is candy: looping ribbons of bubble gum, circus peanuts lined up side by side and round bonbons that look like scattered flower petals. Cosby takes the confectionary conceit further by layering his acrylic paint atop shiny aluminum, then topping the whole thing off with a glossy resin finish, like a glaze atop a German torte. The M.C. Escher-like illusionism of these repeated candy forms are a feast for the eyes—and for the mind’s mouth. Through Sept. 28. Augen DeSoto, 716 NW Davis St., 224-8182.

Something To Declare
[DANCE] When the historic U.S. Custom House—most recently the set of Grimm’s police station—was auctioned off last year to become office space, dreams of the building becoming anything cool or exciting were essentially squashed. But the building will have a last hurrah before the suits move in, thanks to choreographer Heidi Duckler, who’s created a site-specific work that draws on the building’s history of trade and commerce. Custom House, 220 NW 8th Ave., heididuckler.org. 8 pm. $25.

NT Live: The Audience
[THEATER] After a successful run earlier this year, the NT Live series—which brings highdef broadcasts from London’s National Theatre to screens across the country—brings back Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth in Peter Morgan’s supersmash hit. World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., 235-1101. 2 and 7 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8. $15-$20.

Anon & On & On...
[COMEDY] Shakespeare-inspired improv from a capable cast. Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, 224-2227. 7:30 pm Saturdays through Sept. 7. $10-$12.

Lily Tomlin
[COMEDY] The comedic legend, whose career has taken her across heaps of stages and screens, spends an evening at the Schnitz. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 7. $53-$100.

Sunday, September 8

MusicfestNW: Sunday
[MFNW] This is the comedown day—the point in the festival when you either feel bone-tired and ready to curl up into a ball for 12 hours of sleep, or are so hooked on modern sounds you need just one…more… hit. Well, MFNW has both camps covered. You can finish off the weekend with a salve to the system: Neko Case, who brings her soaring, stirring voice to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Or you can rave against the dying of the light at the Crystal Ballroom with the spine-straightening bass drops and the Zappstyle synth breaks of Big Gigantic. ROBERT HAM. Multiple venues. See musicfesnw.com for schedule and information on how to purchase a wristband.

Adam Ant, Prima Donna
[MUSIC] Adam Ant is the dandy highwayman your punk history’s too scared to mention. As with Billy Idol—another 100 Club survivor whose early ’80s ubiquity owes much to a strong profile, stronger lead guitarist and implicit understanding of the tongue buried in pierced cheeks—all awkward stabs at ’90s relevance have been removed from the permanent record. To ridicule his past few decades’ output or the now overly familiar outfits ignores all that was daft and glorious about Kings of the Wild Frontier, Prince Charming and Friend Or Foe. He’s hardly burnished that legacy, but after singularly hoisting a flag of towering élan above the silliness of political creeds or personal revelations only to see the battle won by the po-faced and puerile, what would you do? ’Tis Antmusic, after all. There needn’t be someone inside. JAY HORTON. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $25 general admission, $40 reserved balcony, $340 VIP balcony. 21+.
 
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