Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1505-1-.html Tue, 29 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_wws_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_albums_of.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> Fable Master - Bill Willingham modernized fairy tales before modernizing fairy tales was cool. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20556-fable_master_bill_willingham_modernized_fairy_tales_before_modernizing_fairy_tales_was_cool.html What if the Big Bad Wolf gave up chasing Little Red Riding Hood to take up yoga and become a clocksmith? He has, of course, on NBC’s Portland-filmed TV series, Grimm. Meanwhile, on ABC’s Once ]]> Headout: Underdeveloped - You will have made a terrible mistake if you go to an <i>Arrested Development</i> party without knowing these references. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20602-headout_underdeveloped_you_will_have_made_a_terrible_mistake_if_you_go_to_an_arrested_development_pa.html After years of rumors and speculation, once-dead Fox sitcom Arrested Development returns via Netflix later this month. To mark the occasion, Holocene is...]]> George Rozwick, Accordion Master - At age 94, Portland’s accordion king is still pushing buttons. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20624-george_rozwick_accordion_master_at_age_94_portlands_accordion_king_is_still_pushing_buttons.html The accordion has 233 buttons, 41 keys and 8,888 chords. George Rozwick won’t claim he knows all the chords off the top of his head. Pretty much everything else, though? He’s got it. Of cour]]> Ries Above - Testing 11 grocery-store-bought Oregon rieslings. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20632-ries_above_testing_11_grocery_store_bought_oregon_rieslings.html Oregon rieslings are not like German rieslings. Grown in the cool climates along the Rhine river, traditional German rieslings are sweet and fruity. Though the Willamette Valley is also known fo]]> Augusten Burroughs, <i>This Is How</i> - He ran with scissors and lived to tell the tale. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20547-augusten_burroughs_this_is_how_he_ran_with_scissors_and_lived_to_tell_the_tale.html “Wipe that fucking smile off your face.” So begins the new book by Augusten Burroughs, a darkly comedic and sincere self-help book titled This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (Picad]]> Album Review: Ages and Ages - <i>Divisionary</i> (Partisan) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22045-album_review_ages_and_ages_divisionary_%28partisan%29.html [CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing ]]> Lil’ Cooperstown: Hey There, Sport - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20571-lil_cooperstown_hey_there_sport_.html For what is ostensibly a sports bar, Lil’ Cooperstown (1831 SW River Drive, 719-5394, lilcooperstown.com) sure has a large and eccentric cocktail list. Along with bottled Michelob Ultra ($3.50) ]]> Pass The Sniff Test - If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20761-pass_the_sniff_test_if_youre_just_looking_at_the_roses_youre_missing_half_their_charm.html All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is]]> Book Review: <i>Tai Pei</i>, by Tao Lin - Hit refresh again http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20771-book_review_tai_pei_by_tao_lin_hit_refresh_again.html As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur]]> Headout: Mud Rush - What you need to know to watch this weekend’s 100-mile rally race. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20577-headout_mud_rush_what_you_need_to_know_to_watch_this_weekends_100_mile_rally_race.html Logging trucks and mushroom hunters, beware: This weekend, souped-up Subarus will be spinning up gravel and flying over potholes in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Oregon Trail Rally, a se]]> Laurie Notaro, <i>The Potty Mouth at the Table</i> - Concerning all those hobos and foodies. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20677-laurie_notaro_the_potty_mouth_at_the_table_concerning_all_those_hobos_and_foodies.html What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o]]> Album Review: Fanno Creek - <i>Monuments</i> (SoHiTek) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21591-album_review_fanno_creek_monuments_%28sohitek%29.html [INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.  ]]> The Gospel According to Liz - Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22524-the_gospel_according_to_liz_liz_vice_battles_stage_fright_to_bring_a_message_of_hope_to_a_secular_ci.html Hope is a common theme when speaking with Liz Vice about her debut album, There’s a Light. Rich with throwback R&B influences, the album features 10 tracks of Vice’s dynamic, soulful vocal]]> Album Review: Shook Twins - <i>What We Do</i> (Curlypinky) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22384-album_review_shook_twins_what_we_do_%28curlypinky%29.html [INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls ]]> Theater Review: <i>The Lion in Winter</i> - We’ll never be royals. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21630-theater_review_the_lion_in_winter_well_never_be_royals.html Northwest Classical Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter might as well be called Game of Thrones: Christmas Edition. Director Elizabeth Huffman has given James Goldman’s play modern scen]]> Album Review: Bombs Into You - <i>Shake</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21645-album_review_bombs_into_you_shake_%28self_released%29.html [HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus]]> Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22 - If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22140-perfect_pussy_saturday_march_22_if_the_name_makes_you_uncomfortable_dont_worry_this_buzzing_new_york.html Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f]]> <i>The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)</i> - The Bard gone batty. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22669-the_complete_works_of_william_shakespeare_%28abridged%29_%28revised%29_the_bard_gone_batty.html If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William]]> Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19 - Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22412-hurray_for_the_riff_raff_saturday_april_19_alynda_lee_segarra_may_have_settled_down_but_her_music_ha.html [FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co]]> Show Preview: Lucius, You Won’t - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21969-show_preview_lucius_you_wont_.html [RETRO POP] Haim wasn’t the only group to get attention for its retro-pop sound last year. Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, turned heads with its debut LP, Wildewoman, crafting 1960s-inspired tune]]> A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono - Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22749-a_comedy_dance_party_with_kyle_mizono_jokes_jigs_and_boozy_squirt_guns.html Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie]]> Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts - <i>Blue Skies for Black Hearts</i> (Velvatonic) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22770-album_review_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_%28velvatonic%29.html [THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length, ]]> Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29 - Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22825-rare_monk_tuesday_july_29_started_from_eugene_now_heading_beyond_the_stars.html When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro]]>