March 21st, 2014 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do and See in Portland, March 21-23

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. And Comedy.

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Friday, March 21


Beth Stelling

[COMEDY] Stelling, a Midwestern-born comic with a flair for dry jokes about tilted uteruses and her stepmother’s drinking habits, is a woman to watch. Catch her live as part of Sean Jordan and Shane Torres’ reliably great Funny Over Everything showcase, which also features a few local openers. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 9:30 pm. $10. Read our interview with Stelling here.

Sherry and Tea Tasting

[BOOZE] A tasting of a six Emilio Lustau sherries, from dry to the nearly criminal raisiny sweetness of Lustau’s cream sherry. The bar will also offer a $12 sherry and tapas pairing, featuring boquerones, sherry-garlic mushrooms and housemade chocolate alongside appropriate libations. Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166. 2 pm-2 am, 7-8 pm complimentary tasting. $12 sherry and tapas pairings.

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

[PERCUSSION DISCUSSION] Already a legendary tabla prodigy in his native India by the time he was in his 20s, Zakir Hussain gained worldwide fame in the West thanks to his collaborations with Ravi Shankar, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Van Morrison, George Harrison, John McLaughlin (in the pioneering world music/jazz-fusion band, Shakti) and more. Hussain regularly tours with fellow percussion virtuosos, resulting in frequently astonishing and explosive fusillades of beats. This time, he brings prizewinning co-percussors from various North and South Indian traditions, plus sitar and sarangi masters, and the first Western drummer to join the party: Steve Smith, formerly of Journey. BRETT CAMPBELL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Friday, March 21. $10-$75. All ages.

Yellow Ostrich, Pattern Is Movement, Thumpers

[MODULAR POP] Yellow Ostrich is technically a solo project, but there’s no way loop pedals can orchestrate the galactic visions of Alex Schaaf’s latest offering, Cosmos. A casual listener may not hear much more than a polite fusion of Local Natives’ choral yearning and Menomena’s wonky rhythms, but as a casual listener myself, I must admit the results are nothing short of pure indie-pop bliss. PETE COTTELL. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

Ikonika, Magic Fades, Ben Tactic, Lincolnup

[ETERNAL SYNTH] South London producer Ikonika’s Contact, Love, Want, Have exploded notions of what bass and dubstep could be in 2010. Now, Sara Abdel-Hamid has turned her flair for experimentation to food. 2013’s Aerotropolis is oddly inspired by cuisine, with songs like “Mise en Scene,” “Mr. Cake,” “Manchego” and the stylistically sweeping closer, “Zen Sizzle,” working that theme. That’s not to say it isn’t intriguing, though. Musically, it’s more concerned with 1980s Italy than the futuristic city of its title. Whatever her flavor, Ikonika’s talent is as eternal as the synths she loves. MITCH LILLIE. The Rose, 111 SW Ash St., 971-544-7330. 9:30 pm. $8. 21+.


Saturday, March 22

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

The Nerdist-approved event, which involves 11 comics writing and performing original stories about Harriet the Spy and Hamlet, returns to Portland. It’s a wonderfully bizarre and predictably profane affair, and audience suggestions are encouraged, so bring your raunchiest literary fantasies. The Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont St., 595-0575. 6 pm Saturday, March 22. $10.

Raiders of the Lost Archives 

For 24 hours beginning at 10 am this Saturday, amateur librarians at the Independent Publishing Resource Center will play Indiana Jones. It’s not quite as exciting as it sounds. There will be no rolling boulders, Nazis or dancing cobras. Actually, you’ll just be helping the IPRC pen abstracts, stick on barcodes and add an ancient trove of 20,000-plus zines into a database. In exchange for all that free labor, the IRPC will give “fun prizes” to the volunteers who catalog the most pages and zines, and to the group that shows up with the best costumes. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., 827-0249, irpc.org. 10 am Saturday-10 am Sunday, March 22-23. 

Saintseneca, Vikesh Kapoor, Battlehooch

[DOOM HYMNS] Saintseneca frontman Zac Little should have a good deal on his mind, assuming New Age Appalachian folk with an indie-rock leaning doesn’t end up being merely a fad. With an excellent debut LP and surefooted follow-up, Dark Arc, his band is on the verge of breaking big. Lead single “Uppercutter,” wrapped in intricately layered harmonies and faint dapples of piano, scuffles along at a pace akin to Low, whereas the hesitant optimism of “Happy Alone” chugs with detuned electric guitar and light post-punk percussion. “I’ll be alone,” sings nasal-throated Little before the rising synth plinks. “So happy alone.” BRANDON WIDDER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.


Sunday, March 23


Maz Jobrani

One of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, the Iranian-born Jobrani is known for a bridge-building style of standup that mines misconceptions about the Middle East. He brings his new solo tour, My Lion Is Moist, to the Aladdin for a one-night stand. For a Q&A with Jobrani, visit wweek.com. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 7 pm Sunday, March 23. $39.50-$99.50.

Linda Perhacs

[MUSIC] Parallelograms, the psych-folk singer’s obscure 1970 debut, was a trippy, elliptical spin through high-hippie-era Topanga Canyon. Its Internet-age rediscovery has led to Perhacs’ follow-up album, The Sound of All Natural Things, which, though less anarchically arranged than its predecessor, finds the dental hygienist by day’s soprano well-preserved. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031. 8:30 pm. $17. All ages.

Afternoon High Tea

Man, when my friends in college said “afternoon high tea” they meant something totally different. But OK, I get it. This is more of a scones/corned beef/quinoa fritter/radicchio sort of thing than Doritos and a vaporizer. Apparently it’s the afternoon that’s high, not really the people drinking the teas. The British, you see, fill up their stomachs and their caffeine receptors midday, daintily sipping pinkies-up and chomping cheesecake bars and radicchio coleslaw, while America toils endlessly through the afternoon. No wonder they’ve long since given up their dreams of empire, while we can’t even unwind our spools enough to leave Afghanistan. TeaZone and Camellia Lounge, 510 NW 11th Ave., 221-2130. 11:30 am-4 pm. $22.95-$25.95.

Slint Documentary w/ local Filmmaker Lance Bangs

In 1991, at an underground music club in Asheville, N.C., Lance Bangs heard an album so weird and wondrous it would obsess him for the next two decades. That record, Spiderland, was by Slint, a band from Louisville, Ky., that had already broken up by the time the now Portland-based music-video director discovered it. Breadcrumb Trail, Bangs’ documentary on the post-rock pioneers, germinated in that moment. Twenty-three years later, it’s finally done.  Breadcrumb Trail is at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., on Sunday, March 23. 7 pm. $8. Read our interview with Bangs here.

Bertrand Chamayou Plays Chopin

[PIANO CONCERTO] The Oregon Symphony is helping nurture the next generation of classical superstars. Even younger than last week’s featured violinist, Hilary Hahn, is pianist Bertrand Chamayou. This award-winning French ivory-tickler joins the symphony for a presentation of the moody Chopin classic Piano Concerto No. 2, dreamed up in 1830, when the composer was only 20. Tonight’s program also starts with an early work by Olivier Messiaen, the distinctly edgy “Forgotten Offerings and ends on a more staid note with Brahms’ Symphony No 4. NATHAN CARSON. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23. $27-$110. All ages.

Daniel Rossen, William Tyler

[SPEAK IN ROUNDS] In terms of pure songwriting merit, I’d argue that Daniel Rossen—Grizzly Bear co-songwriter and Department of Eagles frontman—deserves a spot on the Mount Rushmore of 2000s songsmiths. Rossen’s slippery, elliptical jams never stay in the same place twice. Even sparse ballads like “Saint Nothing,” from his 2012 solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile, have a movement on the surface that only heightens the beauty underneath. These are intricate, heady folk-pop songs, but his talent lies in the way he can take a tune like Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute”—which sounds like Steely Dan covering the 13th Floor Elevators—and make it warm and welcoming. Rossen is touring solo for the first time, so hopefully we’ll hear all of Silent Hour/Golden Mile and a few new masterpieces to add to the canon. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $13.50 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

 
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