October 25th, 2013 | MATTHEW KORFHAGE Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 11 Things To Do in Portland, Oct. 25-27

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Friday, Oct. 25

Haunted Pub Crawl
BeerQuest PDX’s latest pub crawl kicks off at Kells, runs through downtown and Old Town, and includes a tour of the Shanghai Tunnels. I took one of those tours years ago, and while the legend and lore they feed you is almost entirely bullshit, the tunnels could still be referred to as “creepy”—especially since The Big One could hit and you’d be sandwiched under Old Town for the rest of time. Ain’t nobody comin’ for ya. Multiple locations. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. Check beerquestpdx.com for details. $25. 

$10 Blind Wine Tasting
With a low-cost cover and reasonably priced contenders, this is a wine event for the proletariat. It also takes place at one of the city’s oldest wine shops. True story: My buddy stumbled upon some old gems at Woodstock Wine & Deli, including a 10-year-old Jubelale and an Anchor barley wine from the mid-’90s. I’m planning to murder him for both, but you would not believe how long it takes to plan murder. Woodstock Wine & Deli, 4030 SE Woodstock Ave., 777-2208. 6-9 pm. $10. 21+.

Modern Kin
[MUSIC] With his band the Pastors’ Wives, Portland’s Drew Grow built a reputation for writing idiosyncratic folk-rock with a penchant for coming completely unglued live. Now he’s starting over with a new name and an intense, strippedback new album. Grow is staging a release show consisting of seven sets in 24 hours, all streamed live on YouTube. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

Bonobo, Grey Reverend

[CLOUDY ELECTRONICA] Unlike far too many of Simon Green’s contemporaries, his work under the name Bonobo manages to mesh together the synthetic sounds of downtempo electronics with acoustic instrumentation. That spirit made his 2013 release, The North Borders, one of the year’s best albums, as he melds a drowsy string section and shuffling drums into the ghostly claps and swells coaxed from his computer. That’s also what makes his live shows such a treat. Green tends to bring along a full band, all the better to immerse fans even deeper into his thoughtful compositions. ROBERT HAM. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 9 pm. $22. All ages.


Saturday, Oct. 26 

Beer 101 at the Oregon Coast
[BEER] One of Oregon’s best-kept secrets is the Northern Coast in the fall, where the summer crowds have long dissipated and you can typically get by with a sweater if it isn’t raining. This event ranges from Astoria to Cannon Beach, and includes stops along the region’s burgeoning brewing industry. Boo! Multiple locations, 888-306-2326.

Great Pumpkin Event
[PUNKINS] As the legend I heard as a boy had it: In 1977, a young couple was brutally murdered and strung across the trees of the Park Blocks. At the base of each tree’s north side was a single pumpkin carved with bizarre numerals. The killer was never found. Commemorate the grisly anniversary with a kids’ costume party, pumpkin carving and other harvest-type events! Portland Farmers Market, South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets, 241-0032. 9 am-1 pm. Free.

Maria Minerva, Cherushii, Magic Fades
[ DISCO] Estonian-born singer Maria Minerva makes blurry, lo-fi pop that more pretentious critics than myself have labeled “hypnagogic,” referring to the spate of new artists whose music seems recorded directly from their own hazy memories of pop past. It all sort of sounds like dance music from a nightclub owned, operated and DJed by David Lynch, and Minerva has a more transfixing voice than the many others who’ve saddled up to the turntable mike. MATTHEW SINGER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Two Cow Garage, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House

[ROADHOUSE ROCK] If we were playing by Timecop rules, wherein the same matter can’t occupy the same space, the meeting of Columbus, Ohio, quartet Two Car Garage and Portland’s own I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House would be disastrous. The bands share almost every fabric possible, from their singers’ voices—which sound like the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik weaned on a steady diet of Old Crow and Newports—to their embrace of rowdy-as-hell country rock that could feasibly leave a trail of burnt-out roadhouses in their wake. Luckily, life isn’t a terrible Van Damme movie and these groups can come together to destroy a stage. The world is a better place for that. AP KRYZA. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $8. 21+

Oregon Brew Crew’s Fall Classic
[BEER] Homebrewers can enter their brews for awards in up to 28 categories of beer, cider and mead. I had a homebrew the other week that blew me away, which I wouldn’t say is a common occurrence. When I asked the brewer what his secret ingredient was, he told me “cardamom and souls.” I laughed because I thought it was a joke, but he just kind of smiled. Portland Brewing Co., 2730 NW 31st Ave., 228-5269. 9 am. Free.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
[THEATER] Theatre Vertigo, which ended up homeless when Southeast Belmont’s Theater! Theatre! closed last spring, begins its first season at the itsy-bitsy Shoebox Theater with a seasonally appropriate show: Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the spooky tale about a doctor with split personalities. In an intriguing twist, four actors share the role of Hyde. The Shoebox Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 306-0870. 7:30 pm. $20.

Sunday, October 27

Raise the Roof: Earl Thomas & the Blues Ambassadors, Duffy Bishop, Liv Warfield, Karen Lovely

[BLUES BENEFIT] The benefit, spearheaded by funky San Francisco soul-bluesman Earl Thomas, is in support of the Blues Foundation’s campaign to build a museum to the blues in Memphis, Tenn. Featured performers include Portland’s own Strangtones and Tony Furtado, along with power-belters Duffy Bishop, Pink Martini’s China Forbes and Prince collaborator Liv Warfield, the latter of whom will be appearing via satellite. MATTHEW SINGER. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 6 pm. $20 general admission, $50 VIP. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

 
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