August 21st, 2009 5:33 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Recess! WW’s Top Picks for the Weekend of Aug. 21-23


5 pm-late: Rock the fuck out at SMMR BMMR
Tired of wimpy folk rock? The first day of the SMMR BMMR festival features some of the noisiest bands around, including Thee Oh Sees, Eat Skull and Sic Alps. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 5 pm. $12. 21+.

5:30 or 8:30 pm: See Ingluorious Basterds at St. Johns Twin Cinemas & Pub.

A hymn to the crass, disreputable power of cinema. With Nazi-scalpin'. So, pretty much everything this paper stands for. Why make the trek to NoPo? Because tickets are just $4 ($6 for the 8:30 screening) and it's the only theater in the city where you can toast the Nazi-scalpin' with a pitcher of microbrew. 8704 N. Lombard St., 286-1768.

6:30 pm: Feel the steamy Latin heat at Washington Park.
For non-scalpin' cineasts, the World Affairs Council of Oregon screens Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a film not nearly so salacious as its premise (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson both get it on with Javier Bardem), in the Washington Park Amphitheater. Before the movie, La Guardia Civil, the party ensemble of local Spanish band Al-Andalus, will perform tangos, rumbas and pasodobles. Washington Park, head of Southwest Park Place, Music at 6:30 pm, movie at 8 pm Friday, Aug. 21. Free.

10:30 pm: Make a fool of yourself at the Brody Theater's open mic night.
Talented Portlanders perform 10 minutes of comedy, music, magic or what have you. Things are bound to get a little strange. The Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway., 224-2227. 9 pm Thursday, 10:30 pm Friday, Aug. 20-21. $5 for non-performers.


10 am-4 pm: Watch the Adult Soap Box Derby
39 handmade cars, some of them rickety art projects, some of them marvels of engineering, all of them piloted by dedicated maniacs, will careen a half mile down Mount Tabor at up to 40 mph for the amusement of the Adult Soapbox Derby's 3,000 expected spectators. It's fast, it's dangerous and most of the fans are drunk. It's the best Saturday of the year. Mount Tabor Park, Southeast 64th Avenue and Salmon Street. Races begin at 10 am and continue until 4 pm. See for details.

Noon-9 pm: Get buck-nutty at the Montavilla Brewfest
Another week, another brewfest. Good thing beer never gets old—no matter how many times you drink it, it still gets you drunk. Come visit your most reliable friend at Montavilla Brewfest, the typical live music and barbecue shindig in honor of America's real favorite pastime. Event takes place in the parking lot behind Thatcher's, and proceeds benefit the Montavilla Neighborhood Association. Thatcher's Restaurant & Lounge, 7906 SE Stark St., 254-2918. Noon-9 pm. Free admission.

5 pm-late: Continue the headbanging at SMMR BMMR.
Tonight: Teenage Cool Kids, Prison, Time Copz, Eegos, Gestapo Khazi, Ebonics, Wild Thing, Fergus & Geronimo, White Fang, Pure Country Gold. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 5 pm. $12. 21+.

8 pm: Attend Live Wire!
Portland's favorite live radio variety show hits the big, big stage at the Armory's Gerding Theater. This round of Live Wire! will feature Dr. Brian Druker, the man responsible for getting the cancer drug Gleevec to those who need it; artist Reggie Watts; Reno 911! star Wendi McLendon-Covey; sustainability champion Dennis Wilde; and Thomas Lauderdale to preview bits of the updated musical Oregon! Oregon! Tickets at Portland Center Stage box office or Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 8 pm. $20-$30. All ages.


Spend all day sleeping off your hangover, then

5 pm-late: Go back to SMMR BMMR.
And catch Thee Manipulators, Mean Jeans, Unnatural Helpers, Intelligence, Christmas Island, Graffiti Island, Pens, Personal & the Pizzas, Head and Pierced Arrows. Rotture 5 pm. $12. 21+.
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