November 29th, 2013 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do in Portland, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

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Friday, Nov. 29

Bridgetown Sextet, Phil Favorite 
[RETRO JAZZ] As long as we’re entering the season of honoring traditions, how about celebrating the stomping, vintage jazz that was America’s first great contribution to music history? The local Bridgetown Sextet, featuring some of the city’s top jazzers, has lost trumpeter-pianist Andrew Oliver to London but welcomes new trumpeter Thomas Barber, who’s performed with Wynton Marsalis, Brian Blade, Paul Simon and other stars. BRETT CAMPBELL. Duff’s Garage, 1635 SE 7th Ave., 234- 2337. 9 pm Friday, nov. 29. $10.

Rudolph: On Stage
[THEATER] With riotously clever film-to-stage adaptations of Road House and The Lost Boys already under its belt, Bad Reputation Productions has a track record that belies its name. This live-action version of the 1964 stop-motion animation classic should be an ideal antidote to all the eggnog-drenched schlock being dispensed elsewhere. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., badreputationprods.com. 7:30 pm. $20-$24.

Cat Power
[MUSIC] Chan Marshall’s latest record, Sun, is not just another feather in her well-decorated cap but a career triumph, echoing her chilling powers as a singer-songwriter. Here, she plays by herself, in a venue much more intimate than those she graces with a full band. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 8 pm. $30 advance, $35 day of show. 21+.

Pearl Jam
[MUSIC] “Dude, that’s the best ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ I’ve heard since Saskatoon ’02!” Moda Center, 1401 N Wheeler Ave., 235-8771. 7:30 pm. $69.50. All ages.


Typhoon, Wild Ones, Lake
 
 

[ORCHESTRAL POP] Trying to write about a band as layered and versatile as Typhoon means confronting a series of contradictions. How can double drums be so heavyhitting one moment then gentle and restrained the next? How are horn arrangements so pulsing and booming so easily sent swirling off into the background? Most importantly, how do all of those things actually work in a single song? Typhoon’s most recent full-length album, White Lighter, skillfully answers each of those questions just as soon as they’re asked. It’s a study in how intricate layers of strings, horns, guitar, bass, piano and probably at least a dozen other things, when carefully arranged, can make for a very fun indie-pop album. KAITIE TODD. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages

The Dickies, Mean Jeans, the Decliners, Ruff Hausen
[POWER POP PUNK] Opening their Satyricon set 17 years ago with the pointed jeer, “In case you haven’t noticed, we’re really fucking old,” the Dickies exhibit a sheer endurance that beggars reason. Novelty covers and penis puppets are rarely pillars of longevity, after all. But with so many of their class of ’77 cohorts consigned to cautionary tales or miscast as elder statesmen, the venerable Los Angeles troupe has aged better than anyone could’ve dreamed. They always had a musicianship above and beyond their peers—snottily sped-up classic rock demands such—and, embracing caricature from the outset, had no relevance or cachet to lose. Maybe they never quite fit in with the teenagerebellion crowd, but middle-aged tastes and infantile humor are evidently forever. JAY HORTON. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238- 0543. 9:30 pm. $22 advance, $27 day of show. 21+.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Bikecraft
[SHOPPING] Your favorite fixie rider or beloved bike commuter doesn’t need any more tattoo-parlor gift certificates or padded spandex. This year, buy them something they really need: chain-ring earrings, fenders made from recycled skateboards, or a leather can-holder for their handlebars. Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave., 922-2012. 11 am-6 pm.

Waxahatchee
[MUSIC] You might think you’re over the ’90s revival, but just try resisting the fuzzed-out bliss of Katie Crutchfield. If you’re too young to have fond memories of taping Belly and Throwing Muses singles off the radio, consider this an effective primer. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7:30 pm. $12. All ages.


Wine Country Thanksgiving
[WINE] The weekend after Thanksgiving, pretty much every winery in the Willamette Valley—A Blooming Hill through Z’Ivo—opens its doors to visitors. For many, it’s the only time of the year. Tasting fees vary and, whatever you do, make a careful map before you get lost on the dirt roads and vine-covered hillsides of Newberg. Continues through Sunday, Dec. 1. willamettewines.com.

Soft Metals
[MUSIC] Both of Soft Metals’ full-length albums—2011’s self-titled debut and this year’s Lenses, released on tastemaker Brooklyn label Captured Tracks—feature two pairs of lips a split-second away from a make-out session. “I don’t know if people are expecting sex jams or something to play on your first date in a row boat,” singer Patrica Hall says. Expecting nothing more than that would be a mistake. Lenses ranges from the shimmering, acid-tinged title track to “Interobserver,” an instrumental spaceship ride through the krautrock galaxy. Soft Metals play Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Nathan Detroit and Natural Magic DJs, on Saturday, Nov. 30. 10 pm. $6. 21+.

Menomena
[MATH ROCK SUPERSTARS] If an outsider didn’t learn about Portland music via the Decemberists, it was probably through Menomena. These giants of avant-pop (literally: giants—they’re built like stiltwalkers) make cut-up art-rock that never seems to go where it think you will. The band’s debut record, 2004’s I Am the Fun Blame Monster, ushered Portland into the modern indie era. The group has changed a bit in recent years, most notably losing founding member Brent Knopf in 2010, but its last record, 2012’s Moms, proves Menomena remains a puzzle worth figuring out. MATTHEW SINGER. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284- 8686. 8 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. All ages.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Radkey
[TEEN-MADE PUNK] With indie rock and EDM now the dominant sounds of millennial youth culture, Radkey recalls a time, not long ago, when being a teenager meant diving into the pit and screaming along to whoa-oh-oh choruses. Who needs St. Joseph when you’ve tapped into the shared adolescence of the entire country? Weaned on their father’s Misfits records—Dee’s demon bellow is a dead ringer for Danzig’s—the brothers got together in their shared bedroom three years ago and began writing speedy songs inspired by anime, comic books and the occasional real-world concern (see the raging semantics lesson “‘N.I.G.G.A.’ Is Not OK”). Of course, the difference between Radkey and, say, your high-school punk band, is that Radkey is really, really good. Wonder Ballroom, 128 N Russell St., with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. 7:30 pm. $18 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

Fred & Toody Unplugged, Jenny Don’t & the Spurs, Freak Mountain Ramblers
[PUNK ROYALTY] After birthing Portland punk with the Rats, defining it with Dead Moon and then refining it with Pierced Arrows, no one would’ve begrudged Fred and Toody Cole if they retired to a little house in the country once they hit 60. But then, a little house in the country—otherwise known as Clackamas—is where they started, and it’s where they’ve stayed, so what’s the point of retirement? This acoustic show, a precursor to the long-anticipated Dead Moon reunion in January, is certainly a rarity, but if anyone deserves the Storytellers format, it’s the royal grandparents of the PDX underground. MATTHEW SINGER. LaurelThirst, 2958 NE Glisan St., 232-1504. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

A-WOL, Circus Project, Polaris
[DANCE] [A trifecta of Portland dance companies join forces to raise money through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. Aerialist company A-WOL Dance Collective, circus act the Circus Project and contemporary dance troupe Polaris Dance Theatre perform in Thankful: A High-Flying Holiday Benefit. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at no extra charge. Arciform Warehouse, 2303 N Randolph. 6 pm Sunday, Dec. 1. $15.
 
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