September 11th, 2009 | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Recess! Our top picks for the weekend of Sept. 11-13

Photo by Kenneth Aaron

FRIDAY
6:30 pm: Catch AMYO's crazy moves in Too.
Seattle choreographer Amy O'Neal melds an education in ballet with crazy hip-hop chops (Kelly Clarke explained it better than I can) (Update: So can Matt Korfhage, who just reviewed Too). She's a joy to watch, and in this show she brings in friends from all over the world via video to join in her duet with Ellie Sandstrom. Good stuff! The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave. 6:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $20.

8:30 pm: Watch Erik Friedlander work miracles with a cello
Friedlander has bowed, plucked, strummed and stroked his carbon-fiber cello in performances with everyone from John Zorn to John Darnielle (not to mention Courtney Love). He can make his instrument wail, thump and moan. In this solo performance he plays hauntingly beautiful tunes inspired by the annual summer roadtrips he took with his family as a child, with photos of the same by his father, famed photographer Lee Friedlander. Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway., 248-4335. 8:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $15-$20.



10 pm: Catch the end of The Knife Shop's opening bash
Kelly's Olympian is the third-oldest bar in downtown Portland, but tonight marks a new era. For the first time, the music venue attached to the bar will get a facelift and a new name. Rechristened "The Knife Shop" in honor of George and Son's Cutlery, which resided in the space for 40 years, the venue is also getting a serious upgrade, with an expanded stage, new sound and light equipment, and remodeled main room. Tonight's big kickoff show—featuring the Morricone-inspired Western boogie of Federale and the chiming, underrated rock of the Rainy States—is also doubling as a benefit for the Community Transitional School, and all the money from the door will go to the organization. MICHAEL MANNHEIMER. The Knife Shop, 426 SW Washington St., 228-3669. 8 pm. $5. 21+.

SATURDAY
Morning: Go for a hike.
There's not a lot of summer left, and you'll be too tired from MusicfestNW next weekend to enjoy the last of the sun.

Dusk: Catch a double feature in Newberg
The 99 West Drive-In is showing Grease and Raiders of the Lost Ark back to back. Has there ever been a better double feature? Highway 99W, west of Springbrook Road, 99w.com. $7. Begins at dusk.

SUNDAY

12:30 pm: Eat pancakes at Washington High School
PICA closes out the 2009 TBA Festival with blueberry pancakes on the lawn at Washington High School. If you haven't yet had a chance to see the inside of the long-shuttered Buckman neighborhood school filled with art, this is the perfect time. 531 SE 14th Ave., pica.org/tba. 12:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 13. $5 per plate.

7:30 pm: See Patton Oswalt
Oswalt's new movie sucks, but his stand-up comedy is the finest in the land. Newmark Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway., 800-745-3000. 7:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 13. $25-$27.50.
 
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