Friday, July 11
Patricia Lockwood and Emily Kendal Frey
[POMES] Well-known for her trans-genre style of poetry, such as her series of Twitter sexts and her prose poem "Rape Joke," Patricia Lockwood's new collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, poses deep, philosophical questions like, "Is America going down on Canada?" Joining her will be Portland poet Emily Kendal Frey reading from her own new collection, Sorrow Arrow. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free.
[DANCE PLUS] Experimental dance seems fringey, but it's one of the most prolific movement forms in Portland. So much so that Conduit's Dance+ program, now in its third year, hardly needs the "plus" anymore. Audiences should expect a little something extra from Portland's independent performers, whether it's multimedia, odd props or nutty theatrics. Usually, though, the movement is saturated with thought. Or maybe void of it—sometimes it's hard to tell. In the first of two weekend programs, Seattle dancer Anna Conner and her company perform what she calls "a dark and delicately violent work" about roles in society. Roland Toledo and Paul Clay have each created works with multimedia: Toledo with digitized sound and Clay with a video tour of consumer culture. Jen Hackwork, typically a fan of props, presents a piece with Meghann Gilligan. Conduit Dance, 918 SW Yamhill St., Suite 401, 221-5857. 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12. $17-$20.
[COMEDY] Funny Over Everything, the next-to-unimpeachable comedy showcase produced by Sean Jordan and Shane Torres, presents an evening of standup from David Huntsberger, perhaps best known for appearing on Professor Blastoff, the podcast with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. In addition to sets from Jordan and Torres, expect standup from Whitney Streed and Andie Main. Curious Comedy, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477. 10 pm Friday, July 11. $10-$12.
[MUSIC] The first few moments of Amen Dunes' latest record, Love, may well sum up the band. There's a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm being chased by another lumbering guitar that can't quite find its footing. And just as those two worlds mingle—one timeless and efficient, very much in the vein of classic folk, the other a product of human creativity and adaptation—frontman Damon McMahon sings. And when McMahon sings, not much else in the room matters. He's got one of those voices, a bewitching blend of Jim James, Father John Misty and even David Gray. Perhaps that's why the Brooklyn musician has mostly kept to himself and a few trusted bandmates over the years: He is in custody of a voice so big it might crush anybody else in the studio. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., with Axxa/Abraxas, on Friday, July 11. 10 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.
Le Castle Vania, Party Favor
[ELECTRO BACKLASH] Though he calls ATL his hometown, there is not an ounce of Atlanta in Dylan Eiland's sound: no crunk, no trap, not even the Miami bass that's been getting a lot of traction in both hip-hop and electro-house. Le Castle Vania, though, is not an attempt to hop on Zedd and Kaskade's glossy festival bandwagon. Eiland's style—especially on the freshly dropped EP Feels Like Fire—is something like the chain saws in Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction" paired with whirring surgical saws. Portland's vibe may not qualify us to be Dylan's adoptive home, but there's always a place for him in Rotterdam. DAVE CANTOR. Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th Ave., 221-7262. 9 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.
Saturday, July 12
Oregon Lavender Festival
Hops of the future! Which, more excitingly, means beers of the future. Remember when suddenly everybody was clamoring for Mosaic? Well, Indie Hops and OSU's hop-breeding program will share some of the next wave of hops that are still years from actually being commercially available. But! Base Camp has been given the chance to brew very limited quantities of these proto-hops, and will be sharing them with a limited number of people. Thirteen experimental hops, 13 experimental beers. To the future! Base Camp, 930 SE Oak St., 764-9152. 12-6 pm. $20-25.
Chamber Music Northwest
[CLASSICAL] Wednesdayâs first Club Concert brings the Chamber Music Northwest festival some much-needed young blood (violinist Bella Hristova, pianist Dan Schlosberg, clarinetist Ashley William Smith, bassist Samuel Suggs) to play music by Suggs, 2012 Pulitzer winner David Lang, and Ravel and covers of Regina Spektor, Sinatra and others. On Thursday, CMNW veterans, led by the superb singer Sasha Cooke, perform music by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and the distinguished American composer John Harbison, before playing Schubertâs famous (and fabulous) quintet based on his song about a fish. On Saturday, one of the worldâs most celebrated chamber champs, the Emerson Quartet, brings its new cellist for another Schubert masterpiece, his piercing âDeath and the Maidenâ Quartet, plus Shostakovichâs final, death-obsessed final string quartet. Sundayâs Emerson show featuring music by Beethoven and Mozart is sold out, but tickets remain for Mondayâs concert of larger scale music by Wagner, Schoenberg and Hindemith, plus Prokofievâs sonata for two violins. Tuesdayâs annual free concert, featuring the award-winning young Dover Quartet, includes French music (to coincide with the museumâs exhibit), including Debussyâs sublime quartet. BRETT CAMPBELL. Multiple venues. 8 pm Wednesday-Thursday, Saturday and Monday, July 9-10, 12, 14. $10-$50. Event at Portland Art Museum free.
[JAZZ TROMBONE] You've probably never heard a trombone sound like this before. Vancouver-born and Juilliard-trained, Javier Nero has won several international trombone contests with impeccable technique and a buttery high range. But for all Nero's virtuosity, his compositions are both singable and soulful, influenced by classic bop as well as fusion. In addition to his own tunes, the trombonist fills his sets with the music of jazz heroes like Chick Corea and J.J. Johnson. Expect an evening of high-caliber, no-nonsense jazz, rooted in tradition and full of youthful exuberance. TREE PALMEDO. Bijou Cafe, 32 SW 3rd Ave., 222-3187. 7 pm Saturday, July 12. Free.
Here's the deal. The Tiki Kon weekend and day passes and Sunday basement tiki-lounge tour sold out in March. March! So a lot of this fest, devoted to all things rum and tiki torch and ticky-tacky, is just flat off-limits to those who did not plan far, far ahead. But there are still a group of free and door-only tiki parties at the Red Lion in Vancouver—plan those cab rides early, because that hotel's probably booked. At 7 pm, $15 door admission will get you in to see a mermaid fire dancer, which sounds like an impossible thing! Oh, and there will be a B-52s tribute band in the afternoon around 4 pm, for free, which doesn't sound very impossible, but certainly unlikely. Check tikikon.com for details. Red Lion at the Quay, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver, 360-694-8341.
Bastille Day Celebration
[FRENCH FETE] For whatever reason, Portland plays home to the largest Bastille Day celebration on the West Coast. Commemorate the stormy kickoff of the French revolution with Lillet cocktails, buttery pastries from St. Honoré and a very refined race among tray-carrying waiters. Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave., afportland.org. Noon-6 pm. Free.
Mississippi Street Fair
The Mississippi Street Fair is one of Portland's quintessential neighborhood parties for 13 years running and draws about 30,000 people. Expect ribs and beer and music. Wear deodorant. North Mississippi Avenue between North Fremont and Skidmore streets, mississippiave.com. 10 am-9 pm. Free.
Sunday, July 13
This new series of multimedia performance offers a little of everything—text, dance and film. It also happily leaves you alone if you're not into it; admission is free, and the audience is non-captive. The effect at similar events, to borrow a word from the masses, has been "chill"—what everyone, everywhere, doing anything aspires to be. For the inaugural program, veteran performance artist Linda Austin performs a yet-unannounced work (expect funny props), Michael Harper reads poetry and Roland Dahwen Wu shows a film. Tell the guy sipping neat bourbon next to you that you prefer Austin's old stuff: "You know, like in the '80s when people weren't afraid to crawl across a dining room table and get food all over themselves." Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny St., 248-1600. 7 pm Sunday, July 13. Free. 21+.
[EMERALD CITY SIREN] One of Seattle's best-kept secrets, Shelby Earl is gradually entering the national conversation via the soulful songwriting of last year's Swift Arrows, which was produced by Damien Jurado. She travels down the I-5 and settles into a weeklong Portland residency here, where she will be joined on different nights by Jason Dodson of the Maldives, Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger and members of Portugal the Man, among others. Al's Den, 303 SW 12th Ave., 972-2670. 7 pm. Free. 21+. Through July 19.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
[MUSIC] For their latest album, Sea When Absent, the band turned its amps up to the max, burying the twin angel voices of Annie Fredrickson and Jen Goma under a blanket of swirling synths and roaring guitar, but its blindingly bright melodies shine through the fuzz. It's the pop album My Bloody Valentine will never make. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.