May 2nd, 2014 | by WW Culture Staff Features | Posted In: Willamette Weekend

Willamette Weekend: 17 Things to Do and See in Portland, May 2-May 4

     
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lede_4007(combination)WINNING COMBINATION: Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge (above center) is having an MVP-type season playing under coach Terry Stotts (below left), who also relies on the steady play of Nicolas Batum (below right). - Photos by Ryan Prouty, Portland Trail Blazers
Friday, May 2 

Blazers!
[BLAZERS] Blazers! Moda Center. 7:30 pm.

Cappella Romana, Third Angle New Music
[ENVIRO ORATORIO] If those Earth Day vibes are already fading, re-experience respect for the natural world in Oregon composer Robert Kyr’s powerful A Time for Life. Better known for its performances of centuries-old music, Cappella Romana commissioned this hourlong “environmental oratorio” for eight singers and three instrumentalists from the University of Oregon prof, and its 2007 premiere was one of the year’s most impressive contemporary classical music events. Inspired by the Greek Orthodox Service for the Environment and invocations of nature praise from Navajo, Pawnee, Osage, Sioux, Eskimo, Chinook, Ojibway, biblical and other prayers and songs, it’s a dramatic musical play based on ancient sources, addressing, in undidactic fashion, a very current crisis. BRETT CAMPBELL. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1739 NW Couch St. 8 pm Friday, May 2. $22.

The Aces
[IMPROV] The Aces, a sketch-comedy duo comprising Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters, are aptly named: They’re damn good at what they do, and they’re back with a new show. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave., 306-5217. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays through May 3. $15.

Cool Nutz
[HIP-HOP MAYOR] Terrance “Cool Nutz” Scott has been called “the ambassador of Portland hip-hop” for so long it’s easy he’s not a selfappointed diplomat but a tough MC who earned that title through blue-collar rhyme skills and an indefatigable work effort. The dude is perpetually promoting new projects, the latest of which, titled EMO, drops a few days after tonight’s birthday celebration. Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430. 9:30 pm. $7. 21+.

Boat, The Comettes
[ANTHEMS FOR A 33-YEAR-OLD RECORD CLERK] For a certain strain of indie-rawk fans, Seattle outfit Boat is the greatest band nobody (OK, almost nobody) has ever heard. There’s a reason these dudes named a compilation of early material 50 Sweaty Boat Fans Can’t Be Wrong . Few live acts I’ve ever seen earn such a passionate, devoted and drunken love like D. Crane and company. Boat is the type of band that appeals to the kind of person who wakes up at 7 am on a weekend to get in line for the local record convention, and I mean that as the greatest compliment. 2013’s Pretend to Be Brave doesn’t move the needle far from the band’s Fountains of Wayne-style power pop-meets- Pavement’s “Stereo” vibe, but like every Boat record, it contains at least five songs that sound absolutely perfect at midnight after five beers and two questionable text messages to your ex. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

Learn to Be a Latina 
[THEATER] An aspiring Lebanese- American pop star tries to reinvent herself as a Latina bombshell while coming to terms with her sexual identity. The play has earned praise for hilariously puncturing racial and gender stereotypes—and for its bombass dance sequences. Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253. 8 pm. $22-$26.

Standup at the 4th Dimension 
[COMEDY] If the thought of brassy, blue-collar comic Kristine Levine telling jack-shack jokes while drinking grape slushies at a booze-free sober club isn’t enough of a draw, tonight’s showcase also features standup from Nathan Brannon, JoAnn Schinderle and Andy MacDonald. 4th Dimension Sober Club, 2410 N Mississippi Ave. 9:30 pm. $5 suggested.


Saturday, May 3

Natasha Leggero
[COMEDY] Comedian Leggero has the air of a debutante—her penchant for fur and e-cigarettes adds to that vibe— but her sharp and nervy standup goes beyond her glam persona to hit heights of sarcastic brilliance. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday and 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, May 1-3. $20-$32. 21+. 

Langano Send-Off
Langano is turning into an apartment complex. And so on this, the final day of the bar, a rager of a music party: Tender AgeClawfoot SlumBer, The DandelyonsHappy Prescriptions, the Minders, a re-formed HAWKEYE, and a re-formed 1776 at midnight. First band starts at 6 pm. Langano Lounge. 1435 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Pardon My Fringe: Burlesque As Fuck
[BURlESQUE] Burlesque group the Fringe Benefits debuts new pieces in a show of extreme vice. The performers —Angelique DeVil, Babs Jamboree, Claire Voltaire, Lily Le Fauve and Zora Von Pavonine—want to push the limits of decency, demonstrating that a little intensity isn’t a bad thing. Among the acts, a band of sideshow circus freaks transforms an unwitting visitor. And performers, armed with bedsheets and pillows, play out a morning-after scene. Pianist Kevin Hardy rolls in between acts with an electronic keyboard and a toy piano. In addition to ballads and original songs, he pairs classic works with pop lyrics. Von Pavonine also promises a “metric fuck ton of confetti.” Crush, 1400 SE Morrison St, 235-8150. 7 pm Saturday, April 26; 8:30 pm Friday, May 2. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $65-$80 tables. 21+.

3 Leg Torso, Shoestring Trio
[WEST COAST ECLECTIC] Like some kind of strange but benevolent virus, Portland’s 3 Leg Torso is spreading its deliciously oddball blend of world music, jazz and chamber music down the West Coast, the vector being former 3LT bassist Michael Papillo. Papillo moved to Los Angeles and formed his own category-defying outfit, Shoestring Trio, which also par takes of its parent organism’s gypsy jazz and tango, but adds samba and French chanson stylings. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222- 2031. 8 pm Saturday, May 3. $15 advance, $17 day of show. All ages.

Paradise, The Upsidedown, The Suicide Notes
[ORGAN GRIND] While Soldiers of the Modern Age, the second full-length from Portland combo Paradise, arrives ready for battle, the quartet’s notion of modernity decidedly centers on “mod”— note the lush cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men.” But the hard-charging, backward-leaning, Farfisa-fueled grooves are pushed ever so slightly from ’60s garage by frontman Steven Denakis’ punky Richard Hell-scapes. Local shoegaze troupe the Upsidedown, now counting Go Fever’s Tony Hilsmeier among its psych-blues swirl, opens with its first show since last fall. JAY HORTON. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231- 9663. 9 pm. $10. 21+

Fu Manchu, Electric Citizen, Satyress
[SIMPLE STONERS] Along with any stoner-rock band comes a boatload of regret—balanced, of course, by ridiculously heavy riffs. Hearing Scott Hill sing, all deadpan and vacant, almost ruins every song Fu Manchu’s recorded. Luckily, each composition sounds pretty much the same, so wait long enough and the Southern California ensemble is likely to find some deep, spacedout groove to enjoy. Being around for almost 25 years hasn’t expanded the group’s approach to smoky rock stuff, even as 2009’s Signs of Infinite Power embraces production flourishes more than the band had in the past. But if shame in that kind of embellishment doesn’t inhibit enjoyment, there’s an embarrassment of riches in Fu Manchu’s work. DAVE CANTOR. Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 226-6630. 9 pm. $15. 21+.

Ingrid Michaelson, Storyman, the Alternative Routes
[PIANO POP] “Girls Chase Boys,” the first single off Ingrid Michaelson’s latest album, features the cutesy sweetness established on her previous singles, laden with hand claps and quirky guitar and a chorus of fluttery “ohs.” But she drops the sugary pop early on Lights Out, opting for darker, piano-driven ballads. One song in particular, “Handsome Hands,” showcases Michaelson’s impressive range along with low, peaceful strings that build like an oncoming storm, pierced by bright, intense strikes of trumpet. It’s here that the album title becomes fitting. But while Michaelson has shed some of her infectious brightness, the simple, soaring choruses manage to balance the dark with the light. KAITIE TODD. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 7:30 pm. $28. All ages.


Sunday, May 4 

Blazers?
[BLAZERS] We sincerely hope that there is no Blazer game on Sunday. But if it must be, it'll be at 12:30 pm on the tee-vee.

Cider Dinner
Piles and piles of Finnegan cider are promised in a four-course, Spanish-style dinner, including steaks grilled by the Parish, cider-cooked chorizo, salt-cod omelets and Idiazabal cheese. They ask you in their press materials to grab cider from the barrel when you hear the word “Txotx,” a Basque toast that sounds exactly like a 4-year-old saying “church.” It sounds a lot like a 21-year-old saying “church,” too. Bar Vivant, 2225 E Burnside St., 971-271-7166. 4 pm. $55 all inclusive.

9th Annual Fredfest
The famed Fred Eckhardt, immortalized in suds, is celebrating his 88th birthday at Hair of the Dog with a load of rare beers you probably won’t otherwise find, with cheese, chocolate, candy and cereal offered to help grain up your stomach as you ring him in. The party will happen in two three-and-a-half-hour sessions. Apparently, Fred’s got some stamina at 88. Funds go to charity, and to beer. Hair of the Dog, 61 SE Yamhill St., 232-6585. 1-4:30 pm, 5:30-9 pm. $60.

Garrick Ohlsson
[CLASSICAL PIANO] Charles Griffes was one of the most promising American composers of his generation, but he died too young (age 35) and too soon (1920) to achieve lasting prominence. Pity, as the New Yorker’s colorful music, influenced by the French Impressionists, still has much to offer. The New York-born, San Francisco-based Garrick Ohlsson, who’s been near the top of the classical piano world since becoming the only American to win the International Chopin Competition in 1970, will devote most of his Portland Piano International recital to a quintet of Griffes’ works, plus a pair of sonatas by one of Griffes’ major influences, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, and some Chopin. BRETT CAMPBELL. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 4 pm Sunday, May 4. $45-$54. All ages.
 
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