August 28th, 2009 5:33 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Recess! Our top picks for the weekend of Aug. 28-30


6:30 pm: Get seduced by Al Green at Edgefield
Forty years and running, Al Green remains a pre-eminent source of baby-makin' with his forceful voice and slick grooves. The secret to Green's staying power is the timelessness of his butter-smooth vocals, the kind of voice that will remain on bedroom mix tapes eternally. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St. 669-8610 6:30 pm. $40.

7:30 pm: See The Cuban Missile Tango at Imago Theatre
Jerry Mouawad's movement-based theater piece about the Cuban missile crisis is a lot more fun than you might expect—and it's cheap! See our review. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 231-3959. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 27-29, 2 pm Sunday, Aug. 30. $10 at the door.

8:00 pm: Bit-bop at Micropalooza '09 at Ground Kontrol
Ground Kontrol ends a week of 10th anniversary parties with a night of chiptune bands who make music with specially hacked video-game hardware. Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St., 796-9364. 8 pm. $5 advance, $6 day of show.


11 am-6 pm: Watch some dance for free at Fall.Art.Live.
Get up close and personal with a wild array of movers from Portland's dance scene this Saturday at Oregon Ballet Theatre's new, free Fall.ART.Live event. The company's invited a huge number of local dancers to come show off their moves all day on a big open air stage outside OBT's Southeast Portland digs—from OBT's own ballerinas and Northwest Professional Dance Project to Polaris and Linda Austin just to name a few. Oregon Ballet Theatre Studios, 818 SE 6th Ave. 227-0977 11 am-6 pm Saturday, Aug. 29. Free.

11 am-11 pm: Mangia at the Festa Italiana
Slurp up platters of fresh pasta, purge pent-up anger at the grape stomp, and terrify the kiddies with traditional marionettes at the 18th annual Festa Italiana. The event also features live music, including Opera Night on Thursday, and strolling accordionists to serenade festivalgoers. Be sure to get involved in the pizza toss, too—we're not exactly sure how it works, but are intrigued by the idea of airborne melted cheese. 4-11 pm Thursday, noon-11 pm Friday, 11 am-11 pm Saturday. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., . Free.

9 pm: Attempt to decode Ramona Falls at Doug Fir
Menomena's Brent Knopf debuts Ramona Falls with help from a few familiar friends. Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

11 pm: Experience The Room at Cinema 21
The Room, by all accounts, was intended as a serious drama about Johnny (director, writer and producer Tommy Wiseau), a San Francisco banker struggling with an unfaithful fiancée; a backstabbing best friend; a drug-using, adopted ward; and a pushy, balding psychologist who is always giving Johnny unsolicited, emotionally blunt advice. But what started as a bland tragedy instantly became a sublime comedy in the eyes of audiences in 2003. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. $8. 9:15 pm Friday, 9:15 and 11 pm Saturday. All ages, 11 pm show 21+.


Take in some art!

Check out the MusicfestNW Poster Show
We all know MusicfestNW is a feast for the ears, but what about the eyes? Got that covered, too. For the third year, the coolest posters from MFNW shows are collected in one spot for some first-rate graphic goodness. And while you'll have to wait until Sept. 16 for Musicfest to begin, you can take in the poster show now at Backspace through next Wednesday. Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave. 248-2900.

Get grossed out by INKWADS
While Hellen Jo's blood-'n'-guts zombie vampire baby-abductors are sexier, and Tom Neely's mock-comic monsters have more kitsch appeal, the unexpected stars of the INKWADS group drawing show are Kiyoshi Nakazawa and John Black's works. Nakazawa's prints have charm to burn, with their fluorescent colors and iconic imagery of stars and skulls, doves and demons. Black's work is almost too witty for its own good. His media—skateboards and tacky wooden souvenir plates—drolly complement the imagery of dorky high-school yearbook photos, vintage mid-'80s, heavy on the stoner dudes, feathered mullets and heavy-metal T-shirts. This is your worst 11th-grade bad-hair nightmare come back to life. And that's ever so much scarier than baby-stealing vampires, don't you think? Grass Hut, 811 E Burnside St. 445-9924 Closes Aug. 30.

Consume Obsessive Consumption
Kate Bingaman-Burt is inspired by consumerism to create—she draws products, purchases and even receipts. For her exhibit Obsessive Consumption, she has "practically [created] a store within a store" at Reading Frenzy, complete with window displays and copies of her zine What Did You Buy Today? Her work questions the relationship between person and product, but it does not condemn it; we all of us consume, Bingaman-Burt just takes it to another level. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak St. 274-1449 Closes Aug. 31.

Ogle Three Muses
In the intriguing three-woman show, Three Muses, Elena Cronin, Lindsay De Armond and Julia Gfroerer present differing visions of the female form. Cronin renders her own nude body, bending and twisting in sensual poses, drawing and painting strictly from her perspective—meaning from the neck down. The works provide an artist's-eye view of a lithe body in its prime. This would be an interesting series to revisit in later stages of life. De Armond's disturbing portraits layer acrylic paint on her subjects' faces until they protrude like warts and moles. Grotesquely fascinating, the works question the relationships between beauty, ugliness, and identity. Gfroerer's works are the least compelling in execution and viewpoint. Bamboo Grove Salon, 134 SE Taylor St. 236-0386 Closes Aug. 31.
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