Friday, Aug. 15
Bad Movie Nite
[MOVIES] Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivious to such basic-cable titillation. Now 32 and perfectly capable of renting films like Chopping Mall and Frankenhooker without getting grounded, Hammond dedicates himself to re-creating his best sleepover memories at Bad Movie Nite, a monthly event in Columbus, Ohio, that will visit the Clinton Street for a screening of…well, that's a surprise. During the program, which sounds like a mishmash of the Hollywood's Hecklevision and Grindhouse series, viewers are invited to jabber at a nostalgic barrage of terrible fare, including old-school commercials and shorts. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 238-5588. 7 pm. $5-$10.
Stumptown Improv Festival
[COMEDY] Portland loves standup comedy. Mention improv, though, and you'll likely meet a chorus of groans from people imagining family-friendly schlock or scatological juvenilia. But improv is more than just Whose Line Is It Anyway?, even if the accessibility of the form—it's billed as an outlet for every yahoo who fancies himself a jokester, for every executive who imagines the inane games will catapult her performance in the boardroom, for every kid performer trying to overcome stage fright—has led to a lot of dreck. That's where the Stumptown Improv Fest comes in. This fest, in its inaugural year, isn't about universal participation. Festival organizers Jed Arkley, Erin O'Regan and Leon Anderson combed through nearly 70 submissions from across the U.S. and Canada, winding up with 15 groups that don't base their improv on hackneyed games or on goofball gags about poop or monkey farms or having sex with animals. Organizers promise long-form improv driven by story and character: "a solid, surprise-based form of comedy," Arkley says. Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., stumptownimprov.com. 7:30 and 9:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 14-16. $15 per show; $28 for all-night pass; $55 for festival pass.
Back Fence PDX
[STORYTELLING] Storytelling showcase Back Fence PDX will host musicians, artists and other creatively inclined folks telling true stories on the topic "Blindsided." Readers include John Roderick, Cole Kazdin, Andy Lindberg, Claire Willet and Val Mallinson. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 8 pm. $13-20. 21+.
A-WOL Dance Collective
[DANCE] Picture a tree-surrounded clearing in Forest Park, except in West Linn, and in the middle, dancers dressed like wood nymphs are suspended in the air, illuminated by theater lights as they perform an aerial ballet. This is A-WOL's annual Art in the Dark show, now in its 11th year, and for the first time, the show runs in the park for two weekends. The show is A-WOL's most popular, drawing about 1,600 people to Mary S. Young Park, where they sit on blankets and risers, eat picnic dinners and watch dancers dangle from trees (well, cables tied to trees). This year's theme is Ten Laws, based on a song by yoga studio favorite East Forest. The song is a practical list of tips for survival in the wilderness: "Always see the dangers first," "Always protect your feet," "Always know where good water or source is." The dancers interpret these rules as they navigate silks, a triple trapeze and a couple of water features. East Forest performs live with a keyboard, mixed tracks and a cellist. Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn. 8:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Aug. 14-15 and Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 21-24. $12-$33.
Saturday, Aug. 16
[MUSIC] It's a little festival on the waterfront, maybe you've heard of it. Girl Talk and Future Islands are today. Spoon and Haim are tomorrow. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway between Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. $65-$175, free for children under 8. All ages. See musicfestnw.com for complete schedule and ticket info.
Saraveza IIPA Fest
[BEER] Take it from our own personal experience: If you even look sideways at 30 Imperial IPAs, you're gonna feel a little funny. But given that this fest includes unique IIPAs brewed just for the fest from places like Block 15 and Gigantic, a "Freaky Nasty" collaboration between Saraveza and Breakside, stuff from Crux and de Garde, plus out-of-towners such as 120 Minutes from Dogfish Head on tap, you'll do more than look sideways. You'll go completely cross-eyed. You should probably have a double-bacon BLT to calm your stomach. Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern, 1004 N Killingsworth St. $20 for tasting glass and 10 tickets. 1-10 pm Saturday, 1- 8 pm Sunday.
Whitney Lowe: A Road and a Picnic
[VISUAL ART] Like erstwhile Wieden+Kennedy superstars Jim Riswold and Storm Tharp, W+K alum Whitney Lowe has made a successful transition from advertising wunderkind to fine artist. The glazed ceramic sculptures and wall pieces in his debut exhibition at Froelick Gallery betray his lineage in advertising: strong lines, clean compositions and an economy of visual storytelling. The show's most intriguing works belong to a series titled Eruption. The ceramic panels in Eruption No. 2 look like sheets of metal shot through with bullet holes. They recall the rifle-perforated metal plates of artist Margaret Evangeline. Some of Lowe's works are black, others milky white and others, like Eruption No. 10, a mélange of biscuit, rust and pearlescent hues that seem to shift as you regard them from different angles. Through Aug. 23. Froelick Gallery, 714 NW Davis St., 222-1142.
Stories From Home
[BOOKS] When home is far away, often the only way to reconnect is through our stories. Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council will host three writers and performers each reading from their books and reflecting on their home. Palestinian American author Mohammad Bader will read from The Traveler, West African singer and songwriter Parfait Bassale will present Where Is Home? and Bhutanese poet and writer Moti Rizal will read from Life at Refugee Camp in Bhutan. Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave., 988-5392. 2-4 pm. Free.
[DANCE] Portland and Los Angeles have seemingly little in common. Musicians and contemporary dancers from both defy odds by joining forces for a performance at a new art gallery that opened this summer. Performers include LA's Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O'Neil, and Portland's Heather Treadway and Lisa Schonberg. Dancer Takahiro Yamamoto has a foot in both cities. S1, 4148 NE Hancock St., s1portland.com. 7:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 16. $10.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
[MOVIES] Thankfully, we live in a city where Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo screens on a semi-regular basis. This time it's at Hecklevision, so be careful what you say around Ice-T. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 16.
Sunday, Aug. 17
[MUSIC] It's a little festival on the waterfront, maybe you've heard of it. Spoon and Haim are today. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway between Morrison and Hawthorne bridges. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. $65-$175, free for children under 8. All ages. See musicfestnw.com for complete schedule and ticket info.
Ice Cream Social
[ICE CREAM] One day a year, Pix Patisserie rooms out the fancy macarons and stocks its freezer with novelites such as banana splits, sundaes, housemade Push-Ups and Habanero Nut Crunch ice cream. Pix Patisserie, 2225 E. Burnside St., 971-271-7166, pixpatisserie.com. 2-10 pm.
The King of Marvin Gardens
[MOVIES] Reuniting Jack Nicholson and Five Easy Pieces director Bob Rafelson, 1972's little-seen The King of Marvin Gardens is a quiet crime drama featuring an atypically not-crazy turn by Jack. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Sunday, Aug. 17.