Friday, Sept. 13
Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St., 274-1717. 7:30 pm Thursdays- Fridays and 2 pm Sunday, Sept. 15. Through Sept. 21. $15-$18.
Saturday, Sept. 14
5th Quadrant, 3901-B N Williams Ave., 288-3996. Noon-5 pm.
Campo (Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido), Still Standing You
Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 6:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14. $20-$25. All ages.
Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball
Con- Way, 2170 NW Raleigh St., 224-7422. 10:30 pm. $8-$10.
Julia Holter, Nedelle Torrisi
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7:30 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
Sunday, Sept. 15
Dennisâ 7 Dees, 6025 SE Powell Blvd., 777-1421. 10 am-4 pm. Free.
Reel Bad Arabs
Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., 988-5123. 2 pm. Free.
The Legendary Pink Dots
[PSYCHEDELIA] The Legendary Pink Dotsâestablished in 1980âhave been around long enough to safely live up to their lofty moniker. The band has achieved mythical status on the strength of an awe-inspiring discography of psychedelic pop and gothic-leaning drama that doesnât shy away from discordance. Even more impressively, the Dots have rarely flagged in terms of quality, up to and including their 2013 release, The Gethsemane Option, an album that finds harmony with Syd Barrett-esque whimsy, bucking drum machines and leader Edward Ka-Spelâs enticing purr of a voice. ROBERT HAM. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. 21+.
Haymarket Squares, Fast Rattler
[PUNK FOLK] Like an Americana counterpart to the Pogues with a very real chip on their shoulders, Phoenix, Ariz., quintet Haymarket Squares have taken old-school Appalachian folk and bluegrass and infused it with fuck-all puckishness. âI guess I donât give a shit about giving a shit,â John Luther Norris snarls on one track from the groupâs third record, Wild Ruckus , which also includes the requisite song about getting fucked up (âLetâs Get Fucked Up,â as it were), reluctantly falling for a Republican (âForbidden Loveâ) and a polkafied cover of Pink Floydâs âHey Youâ you would be forgiven for mistaking for Weird Alâand thatâs a compliment. Itâs rowdy, goofy, wiseass stuff, a welcome infusion of angst and smarm in a genre often too self-serious to have any fun with tradition. AP KRYZA. White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St., 282-6810. 7 pm. Free. 21+.
The Blow, We Put It Together So We Could Take It Apart
[PERFORMANCE POP ART] Khaela Maricich writes songs in order to explode them. Under the moniker the Blow, the ex-Portlander (now of Brooklyn, natch) has produced six albums of bang-up electro pop, accessible enough to win over Pitchfork and The New York Times. But in truth, the Blowâwhich started out of Olympia, Wash., in the early 2000sâis more ongoing performance-art piece than true pop group. Integrating monologues and concept-driven visuals into its performances, the bandâs music is often just an excuse to put on a show, existing only to be mangled, contorted and reshaped live. Maricich and her creative partner, Melissa Dyne, just spent the last seven years crafting the self-titled follow up to 2006âs Paper Television, an âodyssey of experimentationâ slated for release Oct. 1. And now, before it even comes out, theyâre planning to destroy it. Little is known about what the Blowâs performance at TBA will entail exactly, but judging from the title, We Put It Together So We Can Take It Apart, there might not even be an album left to release come October. MATTHEW SINGER. Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. 8:30 pm Sunday-Monday, Sept. 15-16. $15-$20. All ages.
[CABARET] Although both Portland Opera and Portland State recently produced his âStreet Sceneâ and Storm Large sang his âSeven Deadly Sinsâ with the Oregon Symphony last year, 20thcentury composer Kurt Weill is still best known for his Threepenny Opera and its hit song, âMack the Knife.â But thereâs so much more smart, seductive and sometimes searing Weill music that deserves hearing, and in this Classical Revolution PDX cabaret-style show with Wild West overtones(!), former Portland Opera resident studio artist Caitlin Mathes will sing 90 minutes of it, accompanied by pianist David Saffert. Judging by her win at the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition, her dazzling and theatrical vocal recital last year, as a compelling turn in Opera Theater Oregonâs The Cunning Little Vixen this summer, this young mezzosoprano is a star on the rise. BRETT CAMPBELL. Vie de Boheme, 1530 SE 7th Ave., 360-1233. 7:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 15. $5 suggested donation. 21+.