August 14th, 2009 | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.

2008 Tour de Fat by Flickr user Anomalily

Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers.

FRIDAY

6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park
[MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival.
Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 SW Kingston Ave., portlandonline.com/parks/. Free


8 pm: Watch The Bullet Round at Theater! Theatre!
[THEATER] A darkly hilarious world premiere by New York playwright Steven Drukman, about a punk-ass white rapper who loses a gun. It's a fast-paced 90 minutes featuring awesome performances by Gary Norman and Chris Murray—worth the $15 and then some. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St. bulletround.com 8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. Closes Aug. 23.

10 pm: Catch Live and Direct with Rev. Shines, Tre Hardson, DJ Nature

[HIP-HOP] Though Portland is known for its indie rock stars—both homegrown and imported from around the world—our berg isn't usually considered a hotspot for big names in hip-hop. But please, and I mean please, don't tell that to Tre "Slimkid" Hardson. Hardson, a founding member of ultra-influential hip-hop outfit the Pharcyde, relocated to Vancouver some time ago and he's been quietly spinning around Rose City ever since. Live and Direct is Hardson's highest-profile local outing to date, and it's also one of the most interesting "DJ" nights in Portland. The monthly Rotture gig finds him side-by-side with Lifesavas' Rev. Shines and scene staple DJ Nature, rebuilding and remixing classic hip-hop jams from their original pieces with help from their turntables and samplers. Shines described last month's Live and Direct debut as "a work in progress," but hinted at some very big surprises for tonight's installment. While Live and Direct Volume Two may not be—to steal an old lyric—"the most incredible shit in Slimkid history," it's sure to please the crowd make a lot of local DJs question their ingenuity. CASEY JARMAN. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683.

SATURDAY

10 am-5 pm: Check out Tour de Fat
[BIKES] New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat bike tour rolls through town this week with a costumed bike carnival open to the public and a challenge that separates the suburban Democrats from the NoPo radicals: One lucky Portlander will be crowned King of the Liberals and trade in their car for a Black Sheep commuter bike for one full year of emission-free travel. Maybe by the time they get their 1998 Ford Taurus back it will be ironically hip. Or maybe not. Tom McCall Waterfront Park near the Steel Bridge, Northwest Glisan Street and Naito Parkway, newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat.

1-7 pm: Check out The Manor of Art at Milepost 5
[VISUAL ARTS] A hundred-plus artists, musicians and actors turn a former nursing home on 82nd Avenue into an aesthetic free-for-all. Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Ave., 998-4878. Exhibition runs Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-23. Free. Hours, band schedules and info on guided tours, visit milepostfive.com. See story here.

8 pm: Rock out at International Pop Overthrow
[MUSIC] It's the second trip through Portland for the International Pop Overthrow's movable fest—a journalist's hand-picked tribute to all things power pop that originated round Los Angeles 11 years ago and somehow not only survived but franchised likely outposts from B.C. to Liverpool—and the fifth IPO for Throwback Suburbia after past years' touring led them to L.A. and S.F. stints. The local quartet's stylish, hook-strewn tunecraft caught the ear and eventual heavy rotation of legendary DJ and "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" Rodney Bingenheimer before sailing victorious through Budweiser's national garage-band competition toward national airplay. The Northwest vets remain relatively anonymous 'midst their hometown, but isn't that the reason global pop administrations exist? JAY HORTON. East End, 203 SE Grand Ave. 232-0056

11 pm: Watch The Room
[BEST WORST MOVIE EVER] "I am an American. And before people see the movie, I always say, ‘You can laugh, you can cry, you can express yourself, but please don't hurt each other.'” See explanation in the Screen section. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave. 11 pm Saturday, Aug. 15. $6.

SUNDAY

9 am-4 pm: Ride the Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways
[BIKES] The city closes down nine miles of streets from Buckman to Mount Tabor, passing through Laurelhurst Park and the Hawthorne Street Fair along the way. Check out portlandonline.com for a map and more details.

11 am: Hear William Byrd's Mass for Three Voices
[CLASSICAL MUSIC] The William Byrd Festival peforms his choral masterpiece. St. Stephen's Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave., 295-2811. Donation

11:30 am: Eat dogs and watch the game at Wayne's Chi-Town Throw Down
[FOOD/SPORTS] For all the Midwest transplants lurking around Portland, masquerading as natives, it's time to reveal yourself as the ferocious Cubs fan you really are and roll out to Wayne's for the Chi-Town Throw Down. The hot dog haven opens early for the Cubs game and provides Old Style and T-shirt giveaways throughout the day. Wayne's, 3901 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 493-4537. Free.

1 pm: Taste pies at the second-annual Pie-Off
[FOOD] The city's crust and filling masters face off in a contest of epic pie domination. Taste the berries, the custard and the salty, salty tears of the defeated. Peninsula Park, Site B, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. 1 pm. Free.

7 or 9 pm: Watch You, The Living
[SCREEN] "A series of comedy sketches, performed on what look like sound stages, in which the punch line is existential dread. For example: A couple walks into a rug store. They ask to see a green rug. The salesman shows them a red rug. Then he breaks down crying because his wife hates him. End of scene. If the Kids in the Hall staged a production of The Sickness Unto Death, this is what it would look like. And yet You, the Living is more than a gimmick—the bleakest set pieces are also the funniest, as when an officious poohbah is called away from a state dinner to answer a phone call from his desperate parasite of a son. Life, as the man said, is a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy to those who think. Do most movies bother to attempt either? You, the Living does." NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. 7 and 9 pm Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-16. $8.

8 pm: Catch John Vecchiarelli's Open Mic Night
[MUSIC] For the past five years, local singer-songwriter John Vecchiarelli has hosted an open-mic night at the historic White Eagle. But throw away everything you know about the term "open-mic night," because Vecchiarelli's is a small-but-supportive community more than it is an assembly line of amateurs. The Vecch invites friends to come and play, makes connections between artists and generally molds the evening to be somewhat of a curated affair. The occasional crazy shows up as well, but that's what makes things fun. Tonight's five-year anniversary special features sets from some of Portland's best artists and alumni of Vecchiarelli's show. Here's to another five years! White Eagle Saloon, 836 N Russell St. 282-6810 8 pm.
 
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