September 4th, 2009 5:33 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Recess! Our Top Picks for the Weekend of Sept. 4-6

Tags: TBA, music, weekend

5 pm: Pre-party with the kiddies with Starfucker
For a band whose name wouldn't even be printed in lesser publications, it's pretty awesome Starfucker is playing an all-ages show. Let us reassure you, hip parents, that the name is the only controversial aspect of this band. Now is the perfect time to cement your status as World's Greatest Dad and take your little one to enjoy the extremely danceable, smooth electronic spirit of, let's say, Starhugger. IAN RASMUSSEN. Doug Fir Lounge 5 pm. $10. All ages.

6:30 pm: Laugh at ethnic identity issues in The Shipment
Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee, whose play Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays was a hit at the 2007 TBA Festival, has gone out on a limb with her newest work, an irreverent theater piece about black American culture. But don't worry—this isn't so much an examination of black identity as a skewering of media representations of the same. It's very funny. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 224-7422. 6:20 pm Friday, noon Saturday, 8:30 pm. $20.

7 pm: Dance with the kiddies at the Artistery's b-day bash
All-ages venue the Artistery is throwing a bash for its eighth anniversary (it's now almost half as old as its average concertgoer!) with Jonny X and the Groadies, White Fang, Eternal Tapestry, Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Guantanamo Baywatch and BOOM! The Artistery 7 pm. Free. All ages.

8 pm: Get oriental with Rajeeb Chakraborty and Reena Srivastava
The Kalakendra series opens the season with the acclaimed brother-and-sister duo performing Hindustani classical music on sarod and sitar. First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., 499-1153. 8 pm. $25.

9 pm: Röck out with Prins Thomas
After canceling his DJ gig in May, the Norwegian producer (and Space Age disco creator) is back to shake up the dance floor one bongo hit at a time. Holocene 9 pm. $10. 21+.


Noon-9 pm: Check out the art at PICA's TBA Festival
The majority of the visual arts works under the umbrella of PICA's massive TBA Fest open this weekend at the fest's late-night headquarters. Look for works from a wild array of multimedia instigators, from Johanna Ketola and Fawn Krieger to Ethan Rose and Antoine Catala. 531 SE 14th Ave., Other TBA shows take place at Pacific Northwest College of Art and other local venues. Most shows run through September or mid-October.

7 pm: Remember John Hughes, trivially.
Quiz mistress ShanRock helps you memorialize the recently passed Ferris Bueller director—by drinking beer and testing your knowledge of '80s teen flick minutiae. Peter's 19th Hole, 5701 NE Fremont St., 460-0544. 7 pm. Free. 21+.

8 pm: Get jazzed up with Chris Mosley and Blue Cranes
Taking pointers from guys like John Scofield and Pat Metheny, Mosley works in elements of rock and West African guitar without hitting listeners over the head with anything that requires the word "fusion" to describe. New disc Semi Somnus continues where Voices left off, with Jed Wilson's Wurlitzer giving the composition a newfound soul and toughness. The fantastic local quintet Blue Cranes—which should probably author a handbook on how to promote jazz to young audiences in the Rose City—headlines the party. CASEY JARMAN. Jimmy Mak's 8 pm. $8, or $12 with new Mosley CD. 21+.

10:30: Get bite-sized bits of movement at Ten Tiny Dances
Given the wealth of performances PICA brings from all around the world, it's heartening to know that one of the fest's high points is often Ten Tiny Dances, local choreographer Mike Barber's 4-by-4 plywood-square dance challenge. He started the series, which invites artists to make work atop, yep, a tiny space, back in 2002. Come TBA, the roster swells to include performers from every idiom, leading to a fun, diverse buffet of short and sweet performance wonders. This time the lineup includes Janet Pants, Fever Theatre and Cydney Wilkes, to name a few. KELLY CLARKE. The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave., 10:30 pm. $10.


9:30 pm Check out Portland Makes Music with Catherine Feeny
It's not often we have a guest at WW's monthly Portland Makes Music Showcase who has been on The O.C. soundtrack. In fact, I'm pretty sure it has never happened. But Catherine Feeny is much more than a flavor-of-the-week pop diva. The songwriter's voice is alternatingly whispy and bold, her songs pumped with sentiment both saccharine and bittersweet. Her big hit, “Mr. Blue,” evidences all these traits, plus a fine ear for catchy pop hooks. Feeny, a veteran of the popular Hotel Café tour, has studied her craft from the East Coast to L.A. and the U.K., but she's living in Portland to prep her forthcoming major-label debut. Her latest EP, Empty Buildings, is full of her smartest and most adventurous work to date. CASEY JARMAN. Backspace 9:30 pm. Free. All ages.

10:30 pm: Take a trip with C.L.U.E.
The Andy Goldsworthys of the dance world, movement-art duo Layla Childs and Sonya Robbins focus on vibrant color and the texture of their surrounding landscapes to inform their dance works. The quirky pair have created pieces involving the sea and the desert, concrete skateparks and highways in the past. For TBA, they're performing C.L.U.E.—their video collaboration with A.L. Steiner and Seattle rock band Kinski—live in and around the grounds of a defunct American high school. KELLY CLARKE. The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave., 10:30 pm. $10. All ages.


Noon-4 pm: Gorge yourself at Planted!
Who doesn't love a picnic? Slow Food Portland teams up with PICA's Time-Based Art Festival this Labor Day for a huge outdoor food-love in on the lawn of TBA's new The Works at Washington High School. Bring a blanket and some grub (preferably something you or a local farmer grew) and plop down in solidarity for Slow Food USA's big Time for Lunch campaign, which is all about reforming what kids eat in school. It's an excellent cross section of art and food. There'll be creative “ungames” alongside info tables from local food advocacy groups. Tastebud's Mark Doxtader will serve flatbread hot from his wood-fired oven at the bash while local artist Tricia Martin will help locals participate in a “Bread Friend Map,” an art piece by Alexandre Bettler that “tracks friendships through a communal loaf of bread.” Sounds tasty. Noon-4 pm. The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave., Free.

6:30 pm: Get crushed by Locust
“Dance isn't about just being in the studio,” Seattle choreographer Amy O'Neal explained in an interview with a Washington cable-TV channel. “It's about...the way you walk down the street, the way you wash your dishes, the way you put your clothing on, the rituals you have to feel like yourself as you go throughout your day.” That viewpoint holds true with locust, her live/video collaborations with musician Zeke Keeble. Their shows pingpong from pedestrian to fantastical and back again, using everything from live beatbox sessions to scritch-scratching Velcro straps for musical accompaniment. The pair's new work for this year's T:BA is all about the “notion of being blindsided.” If that means we get to be caught unaware by O'Neal's sinuous mix of hip-hop and modern dance, that's just great, thank you very much. KELLY CLARKE. The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave., 6:30 pm Monday-Tuesday. $$20.

8 pm: Witness Witness Relocation
This wildly physical dance-theater gang has a penchant for rock music, explosions of passion, bandages and tighty-whities. Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Ave., 729-3223. 8 pm. $10. Cash only. Info at

9 pm: Get fuzzy with Vivian Girls
Brooklyn's Vivian Girls gave us the best debut album of 2008: a 22-minute self-titled effort that blended garage-rock throttle and punk amateurism with '60s girl-group melodies. The all-girl trio is back on the road to support a follow-up, Everything Goes Wrong, a longer, more nuanced—though can we not call it “mature,” please?—sugar rush that still owes its sound to the Wipers, the Shangri-Las and the Ramones. Berbati's Pan 8 pm. $12. 21+.
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