Friday, Feb. 28
12 O’Clock Boys
[MOVIE: ONE NIGHT ONLY] Documentary filmmaker Lotfy Nathan apparently began creating 12 O’Clock Boys with one question in mind: Who are these gangs of kids barreling around Baltimore on dirt bikes?The short documentary follows 12-year-old Pug, a small kid with a big, cheeky mouth who dreams of riding with the “flock.” Pug’s mother, naturally, would prefer he didn’t, but the hyperactive tween will not be deterred, and over the course of three summers, we watch him grow from a fairly sweet kid to a foulmouthed punk and fully fledged 12 o’clock boy. With so many advocacy documentaries on screens of late, Nathan’s unwillingness to take a side is refreshing—most of the film features Pug fooling around or pontificating about his life, interspersed with slow-mo footage of the bikers zooming about town. RUTH BROWN. Hollywood Theatre. 7 pm Friday, Feb. 28.
[MUSIC] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished to the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasn’t quite forgotten: Only a fool would deny the pervasive influence forged by their genre-bending, hip-hop-dappled, food-obsessed art pop. New release Hotel Valentine organizes tropicalia-digitalist flourishes around a concept album devoted to a ghost’s impressions of an afterlife stranded amid upscale lodgings. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $20 advance, $22 day of show. 21+.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Carly Ritter
[AMERICANA SOUL] Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers may have first entered the folk-rock limelight with a rendition of Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” recorded in their tour van, but such viral cover videos sell the San Franciscan troupe short. Bluhm and company, which includes Nicki’s husband, Mother Hips guitarist Tim Bluhm, effortlessly deliver the kind of honest-to-goodness country rock fit for Southern FM radio of the early ’70s. The band’s self-titled debut shuffles with twanged doo-wop, Skynyrd-esque guitar and Nicki’s tender vocals while ruminating on burning regrets, fleeting desires and the long trek home. BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.
Saturday, Mar. 1
You thought the Brazilians and Cajuns had the market cornered on pre-Lent celebrations? At Karneval and Fasching, the Germans go apeshit with the beer and sausage. And beer. And more beer. The sleepy town of Mount Angel wakes up each year for a big ol’ German hoedown of bier and wurst and oompah. One minor quibble: If this were actually Germany, they’d be playing schlager music, which sounds like a drunken Wayne Newton with a kick drum. Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Highway, Mount Angel, mtangelwurstfest.com. 11 am-11 pm. $5, $10 with specialty stein. 21+ after 9 pm.
Saturday Market Kickoff
Where were you getting your elephant ears before now? Arts, crafts, music, firebreathers and 21 carts’ worth of total junk food, twixt Skidmore Fountain and the waterfront. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Morrison Street and Southwest Naito Parkway, 823-2223. 9 am-1 pm Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2.
Mel Katz: Wall Works
[VISUAL ARTS] One of the Northwest’s reigning object-makers, Mel Katz has a gift for combining sexy, biomorphic forms with luxuriant materials. He’s primarily known for his large-scale sculptures, but in Wall Works he continues a recent exploration of pieces that hang on the wall like paintings, even though they remain essentially sculptural. Katz’s forms hark back to Henri Matisse’s late-career gouache cutouts, their playful, childlike shapes seemingly floating in zero gravity. In works such as Two of a Kind, Katz keeps his color scheme simple—yellow on blue—superimposing the forms atop a background of anodized aluminum. Through March 1. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st Ave., 226-2754.
One Flea Spare
[THEATER] Samantha Van Der Merwe, artistic director of Shaking the Tree, has proven herself adept at kid-appropriate fare, as well as more adult stuff. Here, she swings decidedly toward the latter, directing a pitch-black comedy by Naomi Wallace that explores politics, class and sex in its story of a plague in 17th-century London. Shaking the Tree Studio, 1407 SE Stark St., 235-0635. 7:30 pm. $18-$22.
[COMEDY] Amy Miller learned from the legendary Tony Sparks—he’s hosted open-mic nights at an Oakland laundromat for 14 years—and she brings those chops to this monthly showcase. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. Midnight Saturday, March 1. Free.
Sunday, March 2
[FOOD FIGHT!] Willamette Week presents the fourth annual mobile-eatery-themed scavenger hunt and urban footrace. Working in teams of five, participants will have four hours to: decipher riddles, eat, ride Tri-Met, find landmarks, eat, complete random tasks, take photos, and eat. Price includes beer, food and a party invitation. The grand prize is free cart food for a year. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 445-2764. Willamette Week, 2220 NW Quimby St. Noon. $60 per team.
The Motherfucker With the Hat
[THEATER] Artists Rep presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ exhilaratingly raucous, highly profane comedy about an ex-addict trying to stay clean. The cast is killer, with John San Nicolas as the former druggie, Val Landrum as his strung-out girlfriend and Victor Mack as his bullshit-spouting A.A. sponsor. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 241-1278. 7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Sundays, Feb. 25-March 30. $25-$55.
[BOOKS] As founder and editor of Hip Mama magazine, Ariel Gore helped spawn the “maternal feminism” movement. Now in her new memoir, The End of Eve, Gore explores the experience of becoming her dying mother’s caretaker. Dubbed a cross between Terms of Endearment and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, The End of Eve is dosed with dark humor and a re-evaluation of love. Reading Frenzy, 3628 N Mississippi Ave., 274-1449. 4 pm. Free.
[GOTH INDUSTRIAL] Skinny Puppy is widely regarded as one of the most famous and influential bands in the history of industrial music. In fact, in its early days, Nine Inch Nails used to open for them. This Canadian-American trio pulls out all the stops live, with envelope-pushing antics and full-on light shows that somehow still leave the crowd feeling shrouded in darkness. The band recently saw a huge surge of press after discovering its music was being used to torture inmates at Guantanamo Bay. Rather than stage a protest, the band invoiced the government for $666,000. CAT JONES. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8:30 pm. $27.50-$30. All ages.
Carlos Hernandez takes pleasure in harming the things he cherishes most. In his band, Ava Luna, the Brooklyn-based musician defaces the classic soul music he grew up on, stabbing it with dissonant post-punk guitars, bending the rhythms at odd angles and burning the edges with abrasive noise. Considering his father has made a living spinning R&B records around New York, Hernandez’s compulsion to damage the music of his youth might suggest unresolved daddy issues. In fact, it’s the opposite: Ava Luna is his admission that, no matter how far you run from it, your DNA will always catch up.There aren’t many artists in general daring enough to apply the self-destructive tendencies of No Wave to the elegant grooves of Motown. Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny St., with Krill, Modern Marriage and Half Shadow, on Sunday, March 2. 9 pm. Call venue for ticket information. 21+.
[MUSIC] Colin Jenkins chronicles Portland weirdness through Rio Grands’ forthcoming A-Z, an album in which every track takes its title from a girl’s name, one for each letter of the alphabet. Imagine “My Cherie Amour” tailored to 26 songs charting the various types of Pacific Northwest-specific relationships—like, for example, the song “Quinn,” about a hippie who frequents Reed College’s Renn Fayre and gets lost in “Burning Man-crowd cuddle puddles.” Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., with Smokey Brights, on Sunday, March 2. 9 pm. Free. 21+.