Friday, Oct. 11
Dave Douglas Quintet
[JAZZ GENIUS] Having just turned
50, the peerless New York-based
belongs in the first sentence of any
discussion regarding the greatest
jazzmen of his generation. From his
work with John Zorn, Joe Lovano,
his brass quintet that scorched the
2010 Portland Jazz Festival or his
many other varied projects documented
on 40 albums to his collaborations
with dancers, filmmakers,
poets and singers or his classical
covers, Douglas has expanded the
possibilities of music in a way that
invites more listeners in rather than
excluding them. His current quintet—with
bassist Linda Oh, drummer
Rudy Royston, saxophonist Jon
Irabagon and pianist Bobby Avey—is
one of his jazziest, and this is its first
Portland visit. BRETT CAMPBELL.
Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-
6542. 7 and 9:30 pm Friday, Oct. 11.
$20 general admission, $25 reserved
seating. Under 21 permitted with
legal guardian until 9 pm.
[MUSIC] This duo’s ingenious mix
of arena-quaking butt-metal guitars
and gum-snapping girl-pop ’tude
seemed built to collapse beneath
the weight of its own concussive
crunch. But the just-released Bitter
Rivals finds the band cranking the
volume up even more, even as it
increasingly sounds like it belongs
on a Jock Jams compilation.
Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave.,
971-230-0033. 9 pm. $22.50-$32.50.
[BOOKS] Ward's Men We Reaped
is a rotten fucking
story. Ward grew up poor and black in rural Mississippi, and she
lost, over the course of four years, five young men she knew well.
The good news, at least for readers, is that Ward tells a rotten
fucking story fucking brilliantly. Her prose is conversational and
unadorned. It’s deceptively simple, until a moment of wrenching
tragedy—or, surprisingly often, one of astounding beauty—arrives
with dangerous propulsion, knocking you off the footing that had
seemed so secure. Powell’s City of Books, 1005
W Burnside St., 228-4651, on Friday, Oct. 11. 7:30 pm. Free.
The so-called “African King of
and adopts a slight accent when
performing—brings his punch lines
and dashikis to Helium. Helium
Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave.,
888-643-8669. 7:30 and 10 pm
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12. $20-$30.
RP Boo, DJ Manny, Massacooramaan
[EDM] RP Boo is the founder of footwork,
the polyrhythmic electronic dance music
style that’s allowed DJs like Rashad and Slugo
to build successful, internationally recognized
careers. Until this year, though, the 41-year-old was
unknown outside his hometown of Chicago, and
working in receiving at the home-improvement
retailer. With the May release of his album, Legacy,
Boo is finally being recognized.
Yale Union, 800 SE 10th
Ave. 10 pm. $12. All ages.
Rocky Horror Pastie Show
[BURLESQUE] A burlesque remake of the popular
midnight movie, this show cuts out
most of the dialogue but leaves all
of the T&A. Whoever did the casting
should be commended for the
choices of Zora Phoenix as Frank-N-
Furter and Isaiah Esquire as Rocky.
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 8 pm
Friday, Oct. 11. $15-$20.
Saturday, Oct. 12
[BALLET] The introductory show under new
artistic director Kevin Irving is a
mix of familiar and new. In Dream ,
the company revives former artistic
director Christopher Stowell’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream , one
of his best works, and pairs it with
Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero . Both
pieces are contemporary in style
and have a fanciful air about them:
Stowell’s features elaborate fairy
costumes, while Duato’s paints a
dark, romantic picture of 15th- and
16th-century Spain. The selection of
Duato, a world-renowned choreographer,
has Irving’s fingerprints all over
it—the two have close ties, so the
piece should offer a taste of what’s
to come. Keller Auditorium, 222
SW Clay St., 800-745-3000. 7:30
pm Saturday, Oct. 12 and Friday-
Saturday, Oct. 18-19; 2 pm Sunday,
Oct. 13. $25-$142.
Bonnie Raitt, Marc Cohn
[ROOTS ROCK] Sixteen studio
albums to her name and still sending
shivers down spines with her trademark
whiskey-tinged twang, Bonnie
Raitt is a living legend. Latest effort
Slipstream shows Raitt comfortable
in her blues-meets-country comfort
zone, but also reinventing herself
once more, per the stellar reggaeesque
Gerry Rafferty cover, “Right
Down the Line.” Raitt ranks within
a choice group of aging musicians
(Neil Young, David Byrne) who are
not only still relevant but continue
to pave musical trails. If her voice
doesn’t gently break your heart, her
slide guitar will. Soft-rock crooner
Marc Cohn opens. MARK STOCK.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037
SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8 pm. $55-
$112.50. All ages.
Dead Prez, Wise Intelligent,
Speaker Minds, Mic Crenshaw
[POLITICAL GANGSTERS] Dead
Prez’s Stic Man and M-1 are the
kind of cats who would storm the
postmaster general’s house for
raising the price of stamps, so
they’re probably not exactly calmly
writing to their congressmen
over all the bullshit going on in
Washington right now. For nearly
two decades, the duo has been
one of the most prolifically angry
groups in hip-hop, directing their
ire not at fellow MCs but at the
system itself. Keeping their gangster
lean fully intact, the group is
more Black Panther than Black
Star in its militant politics. The tiny
setting of Mississippi Studios offers
the perfect spot for the group to
assault your eardrums while laying
waste to ideology. And as a bonus,
you can hear tracks from the
upcoming Information Age album,
while also benefitting the Journey
to Freedom Project Foundation,
which focuses on black history.
Education: Keep it gangster. AP
KRYZA. Mississippi Studios, 3939
N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 5 pm.
$15 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.
[COMEDY] Known for her frank style—
her standup act covers birth
control, vegan cookbooks and
breast implants (which she calls
“giant awkward bags of low selfesteem”)—the
lesbian comic makes
her first-ever stop in Portland.
Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave.,
841-6734. 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 12.
Sunday, Oct. 13
[BOOKS] Whatever your opinion
of his horde, there’s no denying
the tremendous influence of Alexis
Ohanian, co-founder of reddit.com
. His new book, Without Their
Permission, includes his philosophy
and suggestions for how to
use the power of the Internet for
good. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills
Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 4 pm. Free.
[THEATER] Not everyone enjoys going to the
theater. Some find it slow, overly
cerebral, pretentious. That’s why
Spamalot is a great starter show. It’s
the Kraft macaroni of musical theater—a
guilty pleasure but impossible
to hate. Since premiering on
Broadway in 2005, the show has been
produced in 20 countries and continues
to tour the globe, which speaks
strongly to the universal appeal of
fart jokes and men in drag. If you’ve
seen Monty Python and the Holy
Grail, you already know the story.
(And if you haven’t seen it, what’s
wrong with you?) The first act more
or less mirrors the film, with some
added songs and dance routines.
The second act is a jumbled mess of
plot twists intended to wrap things
up within the running time. Some
additions fit well within the Monty
Python brand of humor, such as Sir
Robin (Norman Wilson) performing
the catchy number “You Won’t
Succeed on Broadway (Without Any
Jews).” While most of the gags are
meant to slap you in the face, what
really sells the humor are the facial
expressions of this Lakewood Theatre
Company cast, able to elicit laughs
with a well-timed lip curl or raised
eyebrow. Humor, after all, is all about
subtlety—even when you’re farting
into a trumpet. PENELOPE BASS.
Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368
S State St., Lake Oswego, 635-3901.
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and
some Sundays; 2 pm Sundays through
Oct. 13. $36.
Akira Kurosawa’s late masterpiece takes King Lear
to feudal Japan…and it’s incredible. NW Film Center’s
Whitsell Auditorium. 2 pm Sunday, Oct 13.