March 14th, 2014 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do in Portland, March 14-17

Extra-Special Four-Day Groggy Irish Edition

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Friday, March 14

The Grand Budapest Hotel
[MOVIES] Holy crap! Wes Anderson! Mania and bereavement, flimflam and dignity. See here for review involving cologne, sadness and pink-frosted castles. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515, cinema21.com. Daily pm showings 12:00, 12:30, 2:15, 2:45, 4:30, 5:00, 7:00, 7:30, 9:15, 9:30, plus late shows Fri-Sat at 11:15.

Lear
[THEATER] Bag & Baggage's Lear is a stripped-down, corseted-up retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy. “This ain’t your grandmother’s King Lear,” and art director Scott Palmer, and he wasn’t kidding. In Palmer’s adaptation, there’s no mention of Edgar, Edmund, Kent or Gloucester. Five actors handle the whole story, which focuses on Lear’s complicated love for his three daughters, Regan, Goneril and Cordelia. This production drops the political for the personal, and the results are often stunning. The costumes are steampunk Elizabethan, and the gorgeous (and sometimes needlessly distracting) lighting design is a scrim-lover’s wet dream. Given that King Lear is a sprawling and complicated mess-terpiece, trimming it down to its essentials makes good sense. In this case, it also makes great theater. DEBORAH KENNEDY. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 345-9590. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through March 23. $20-$30.

Luciana Proaño
[DANCE] Dressed like a circuit-party alien in silver lycra and feathers, Peruvian dancer Luciana Proaño loosely embodies the life cycle of an insect. The solo piece, first performed in 2001, is set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a popular piece with dance artists, but one with which Proaño has a long relationship—as a child, her father always wanted her to dance to it. It’s inspiring, too, of course: the apparent chaos, the dissonance and multiplication of rhythms. Likewise, she says she’s always felt very close to insects (insects and birds, actually). “I guess being an insect is my way of transcending and transgressing the human condition,” she says. Studio 14, 333 NE Hancock St., 971-275- 0595. 8 pm Fridays March 14-28 and April 11-25. $10-$15.

Jugapalooza
[OLD TIME MUSIC] Last month we said goodbye to Dean’s Scene, the local speakeasy that became a little bit too popular for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s liking. But another fixture of Prohibition America is still alive and well in Portland. And plus, it’s totally legal. I’m talking about jug-band music, of course. Jugapalooza will be a meeting of, well, jugs, but also plenty of string instruments, kazoos and washboards. Local acts Smut City Jellyroll Society, How Long Jug Band, Tevis Hodge Jr., Blue Flags and Black Grass, Zach Bryson and His Natural Born Easemen, and the Jug Band Jammers will share the stage in a nod to feel-good Americana. GRACE STAINBACK. Secret Society Ballroom, 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600. 9 pm. $10. 21+.


Saturday, March 15

PSU Saturday Farmers Market
[FOOOOOOOD] Dude. Springtime. It’s back. Don’t let the wind and rain and falling trees and general awfulness of the sky fool you. A hundred stalls of farm stuff and foodstuff and libationary stuff from eggs to veggies to fish to pickles to wine to cheese to bread. Get out that basket you’ve been weaving all winter and get to crackin’ those fresh nuts. And for Pete’s sake, stop shivering. Portland State University Farmers Market, Southwest Park Avenue and Montgomery Street. 8 am.

Ryan Reggiani: Sculpture
[ART] New York City artist Ryan Reggiani presents one of the most materially and conceptually sophisticated exhibitions seen in the Northwest in at least four months. His sculpture, Untitled (Hanging), is made of steel bent into the contours of a curtain, for an inexplicable optical melding of the hard and the soft. Meanwhile, his metal-framed light-bulb sculptures have structural rigor, lowbrow curb appeal and wry humor. And that’s just the beginning. To see the breadth of Reggiani’s practice, you have to see the show in person. Through March 29. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 444-7101.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
[MUSIC] Wig Out at Jagbags, the newest album from indie-rock’s favorite fantasy-sports nerd, finds the 47-year-old slacker icon embracing his dorkiness, singing about cinnamon, Tennyson, venison and obscure NBA players, while ditching the extended classic-rock jams of past Jicks records for hummable melodies and a lovable brand of white-boy soul. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 345-7892. 9 pm. $24. 21+.

XRAY.FM Launch Party
[MUSIC] Several years in the making, Portland free-form radio station KXRY is finally hitting terrestrial airwaves, and it’s celebrating with two of Portland’s best bands: local soul legend Ural Thomas and the Pain and rock-’n’-roll adventurers Old Light. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15-$30 sliding scale. 21+.

Buffy! A Parody Play
[COMEDY/THEATER] If the smell of county-fair corn dogs isn’t a dead giveaway, then consider this fair warning: Buffy! A Parody Play is not a highbrow evening at the theatah. This Funhouse Lounge production is more like an R-rated carnival ride funded by Mel Brooks on food stamps. Whereas the original 1992 film could never quite tell whether it was playing the joke on itself, this version takes the inherent corniness to town, crowns it and proclaims it king. Punches are met with mistimed “pow” sound effects, like an audible comic book. Gymnastics are replaced with stagehands flipping cardboard cutouts of the actors. In this case, self-awareness is certainly a boon. Landy Steckman’s turn as Buffy comes with the perfect amount of valley-girl cheese, stuffed with enough shrill lines like “That’s so fetch!” and “As if!” to fill Venice Beach. If only the parody portion of the play were similarly robust. With just a few ad-libs and a Twilight reference to distance itself from the original screenplay, Buffy! A Director’s Cut might have been a more appropriate title. But to complain that this parody lacks originality is like bemoaning a corn dog for being too greasy. ANDREW STEINBEISER. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., 841-6734. 7 pm Thursdays-Saturdays through March 29. $12-$18.


Sunday, March 16

Kells Smoker
[BOXING] Americans and Irishmen beat the tar out of each other at an Irish pub for St. Patrick’s Day. Except this time, they’re sober. Amateur boxing bouts between the West Portland Boxing Club and the Holy Family Boxing club of Ireland. Black-ties own the tables by the ropes, but you can stand in the peanut gallery. Kells Irish Pub, 112 SW Second Ave., 227-4057, kellsirish.com. 5 pm. $20 general admission. 21+. 

Stripparaoke
[MUSIC/PERFORMANCE] This is the strip-club event that people who don’t go to strip clubs always tell you they’ve been meaning to attend: You perform your karaoke, while the dancer does her own set on the same stage. But please! Do not get carried away and think the high note on “Don’t Stop Believin’” is a good time to grab the dancer on any part of her body, including the pinkie. Because it is not. Devils Point
5305 SE Foster Rd., 774-4513. For a special strip club night for every single day of the week, see here. For our just-minted guide to local strip clubs and culture, go here.


The Cry
[ROCK] The members of Portland pop-punk band the Cry live and breathe rock ’n’ roll, and you can tell just by looking at them. The group’s songs are rich in three-part harmonies and classic guitar riffs, unabashedly inspired by the bands they love, such as the Rolling Stones and the Clash. Imagine the Ramones with the fashion sense of T-Rex, and that’s close to the Cry’s aesthetic. Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny St., with Chanterelles and the Verner Pantons, on Sunday, March 16. 9 pm. $5. 21+.


Monday, March 17

St. Patty’s Day Rip
[LAZY INEBRIATION] Hey look, a St. Patty's Day bar bus! How rare! This one, however, tours dive bars, less divey bars and Vietnamese dive bars, and avoids the frat-riddled Irish-British mafia. So you might actually make it to the well for a drink before the bus leaves again. Multiple Locations, portlandshortbus.com. 7 pm. $35. 21+.

W. Kamau Bell
[COMEDY] One of the sharpest voices on race and politics in comedy, Bell has had time to recover from the unjust cancellation of his TV series, Totally Biased, and he’s put together a standup tour called Oh, Everything! Expect astute, funny observations. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $23. 21+. 

The Sword
[MUSIC] Apocryphon, the 2012 album from these Austin-based Sabbath worshippers, reveals that despite some questionable aesthetic choices—lyrics seemingly ripped from a D&D campaign, a logo that would look great airbrushed on a 1983 Club Wagon—the Sword is the real deal. Think of it as Mastodon for the Dazed & Confused set. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave., 233-7100. 7 pm. $20. All ages.

Scary Citywide Monday Day-Drink
[DRINK] A senseless, endless marathon of whiskey—punctuated by Timbers chants, bagpipes and Linda Blair impressions. Closes 2:30 am. 21+. Hide your children. 
 
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