(courtesy of Gravitas Ventures)
(courtesy of Gravitas Ventures)


[BROMANCE FILM] The star of Grimm, the villain in Pitch Perfect 2 and the director of the Al-Jazeera documentary Borderland used to be roommates, and back then, they swore they would make a movie together. Buddymoon, opening today, makes good on that promise. It is a charming, bromance-in-nature comedy following David Giuntoli and German YouTube phenomenon Flula Borg as fictional versions of themselves. Read why Borg thinks Portland hiking is like lasagna here. See the movie at Living Room Theaters.


[SEE ART] Photographer Joe Rudko creates a series of assemblages out of photos he found in an abandoned shed. Sorting through thousands of images which were taken over 100 years, Rudko bridges the expanse of time by working with visual commonalities—water, shadows, sky—to create new compositions that speak to the universal human experience. The title of the series, Album, suggests that by culling elements from photos taken over a century by different people, in different parts of the world, one can create a photo album that includes everyone. PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 503-227-5111. Through July 2.

Barry Rothbart

[COMEDY] Like many young comedians on the come-up, Barry Rothbart began his career performing sketch and improv. Unlike many young comedians not named Jonah Hill, Barry Rothbart had a role in The Wolf of Wall Street. More UCB, less Scorcese on the whole, Rothbart has also appeared on Punk'd and The Tonight Show, and will very soon be seen on network television. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm. $15-$28. 21+.

Brian Blanchfield

[BOOKS] North Carolina poet Brian Blanchfield, winner of the 2014 James Laughlin Award and a professor at the Univerisity of Arizona, reads to celebrate his new collection of essays, Proxies: Essays Near Knowing. The essays explore the idea of knowledge, touching on everything from house-sitting to Br'er Rabbit. He'll be joined by poets Tyler Brewington, Zachary Schomburg and Jae Choi. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St., 827-0249. 7 pm. Free.

Caili O'Doherty Group

[PIANO FUTURE] Even after they've started paying New York's sky-high rents and performing with some of the biggest names in jazz, Portland's young jazz expats, like pianist Caili O'Doherty, make their way home often enough that local fans can track their progress. A forward-leaning bandleader whose complex solos are as creatively tangential as they are melodic, O'Doherty brings her New York trio back in front of the soon-relocating red velvet at Jimmy Mak's. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 8 pm. $10. Under 21 permitted until 9:30 pm.

Malachi Graham, Laura Curtis and Jack Martin, Nathan Earle

[NO-FRILLS AMERICANA] Malachi Graham knows how to tell a good story, and her 2015 debut, Selfish, is full of them. The EP shares tales of female antiheroes through bare-bones roots music that puts Graham's vocals front and center. Her matriarchal roots extend all the way back to the Oregon Trail, so such stories are practically part of her genetic makeup. Plus, her voice is just plain awesome. If you could sing like Malachi Graham, you'd want to start an Americana band, too. SHANNON GORMLEY. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. 9 pm. $8. 21+.


[LOUNGE LIZARDRY] Since 2008-ish, Rex Marshall has been slumped over in the darkest corners of Portland, not so much stalking its seedy underbelly as just sort of drunkenly leaning into it. Marshall's music has always alloyed lo-fi grit with electro-engineered precision and a crooner's confidence. But on latest release Looking For My People, the singer sounds more unhinged than ever. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., with Coronation and Dommengang. 9 pm. $5. 21+.

Portland Craft Beer Festival

[INNER CITY BREWS] For a second year, this fest will serve only beers brewed in the city limits. Buy your ticket in advance for extra pours. The Fields Neighborhood Park, 1099 NW Overton St., Through July 3. $25 for a mug and 15 beer tickets.

Reefer Madness

[HIGH SATIRE] "This is not the Keller," announced the Funhouse Lounge emcee on opening night. While 1936's anti-cannabis propaganda film Reefer Madness was essentially a boring public service announcement that was only tolerable to watch while high, it seems destined to fit the decommissioned carnival vibe at Funhouse. For this musical satire of the original film, I prepared myself with a Cherry Kush spliff. For those of us who opt for such a well-rounded experience, there's no risk of acting too high. The audience gasps and hollers along. Even if you don't consume beforehand, it's impossible to hold in giggles when Jesus (played by Doug Dean with a stoner surfer angle) ambles on stage in a gold lamé loincloth to say, "Try taking a hit of God, Jimmy. Do you think you can handle the high?" LAUREN TERRY. Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th, 503-309-3723. 7 pm Thursday-Saturday, June 23-July 23. $25-$30.

Waterfront Blues Festival

[BLUES PLUS] Yeah, it actually costs money now, and you have to navigate the sea of dads sprawled on the grass in lawn chairs. But the lineup is damn solid, especially at the top, with sets from N'awlins voodoo-funk high priest Dr. John, Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti, saxophone deity Maceo Parker and a special Prince tribute from Portland's own Liv Warfield. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison and Northwest Glisan streets. $10 single-day ticket, $40 weekend pass. Through July 4. See for schedule.


(Visitor 7 / Wikimedia Commons)
(Visitor 7 / Wikimedia Commons)

Hollywood Theatre turns 90

[LANDMARK BIRTHDAY] For the past 90 years, the Hollywood Theatre has been one of Northeast Portland's most recognizable landmarks. The nonprofit is a Cinderella story, growing from glorious movie palace to second-run shithole to under-attended art house over the course of nine decades, all before returning to its former glory as one of Portland's most unabashedly beloved institutions. The theater's 90th birthday celebration kicks off with a 70 mm screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey on the theater's newly minted projector, which the Hollywood is the only theater in the state and one of around 100 nationwide to use. Read AP Film's love letter to the Hollywood here.


[K.D. IS OKAY] The new, self-titled project by Case/Lang/Veirs—the esteemed Neko, K.D. and Laura, respectively—feels most like a Veirs solo joint with marquee guests. Case, for her part, seems to have filed down her flinty edge somewhat to play well with others, to fine result. For all three artists, this bold alliance feels like a career highlight. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, with Andy Shauf. 7 pm. $43.50-$73.50. Download code for new album included with each ticket. All ages.

King Black Acid, Fanno Creek, Johanna Warren

[SPACE-OUT KINGS] Admittedly, King Black Acid got me into Portland music in my younger years. Frontman Daniel Riddle's work with the Womb Star Orchestra was delightfully weird: equal parts psychedelia and spaced-out atmospheric wandering. Songs clocked in at 20 minutes without ever boring the listener. Riddle's newest work sheds the ever-present grungy edge for sparkly ambience that's far from giddy, but a little less dark and out there than its formative stuff. MARK STOCK. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

Loud n Lit

[BIKES] You missed the World Naked Bike Ride last weekend? Overcompensate with the year's loudest and most lit group ride, where thousands of bikes are wrapped with lights and rolling DJ booths blast classics at 300 watts. Last year, about 2,000 rode and it ended with an open-bar party. Irving City Park, Northeast 7th Avenue and Fremont Street. 10 pm. Free.

Russian Roulette

[GAME SHOW] Mix Wheel of Fortune, Moth storytelling, and Truth or Dare, and you'd have Back Fence PDX's Roulette. Seven performers spin a wheel to get a prompt, which they keep or pass, and then get five minutes to make it into an act. This round stars locals like Lez Stand Up comedian Caitlin Weyerhaeuser and Emmy-nominated drag star Sasha Scarlett, and one Seattleite, a city council member named John Roderick. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate Ave., 8 pm. $18. 21+.


[SEE ART] When you walk into Upfor to survey the exhibition as a whole, there is a vanished and unknowable quality to the work. You tell yourself that if you get closer, each piece will reveal itself to you. But strangely, surprisingly, gloriously, that never happens. Even when you look at the materials list for each of the 2-D pieces—which range from lithographic plates to pigment prints to wax paper—it's impossible to tell how the images were created. And this feels entirely freeing. Upfor, 929 NW Flanders St., 503-227-5111. Through July 9.

West End Block Party

[BUY PDX] Those khaki joggers look even hotter when they don't cost two days' wages. This party combines some of Portland's poshest NW boutiques, dropping the prices at West End shops including Parallel, Woonwinkel, Poler, Radish Underground, Hyden Yoo, Tender Loving Empire and the wild feminist shop Wildfang. West End Shops, 404 SW 10th Ave., 10 am. Free.


Mic Capes performing at the Thesis at Kelly’s Olympian. IMAGE: Renée Lopez.
Mic Capes performing at the Thesis at Kelly’s Olympian. IMAGE: Renée Lopez.

Old Grape God, Daniel Rafn, Sustentacula, DJ Eric Fury

[HIP-HOP ON THE EDGE] Old Grape God, Portland's most boundary-testing MC, unveils his newest project, the five-song Calamanac EP, on which he drizzles his sizzurpy, stream-of-consciousness flow over hallucinogenic production from local beat makers such as Philip Grass and DJAO. In addition, synth-R&B auteur Daniel Rafn performs solo and with his "soul crunk" outfit Sustentacula. The Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St. 9 pm. Contact venue for ticket information. 21+.

Dr. John & the Nite Trippers

[WATERFRONT BLUES] In the late 1960s, the former session musician, born Mac Rebennack, reinvented himself as a high-priest of New Orleans bayou funk with the spooky, uncategorizable Gris-Gris—an album that sounds like a field recording of a voodoo ceremony presided over by Wolfman Jack—and has since become a widely recognized ambassador for the blues and R&B traditions of his hometown. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 6:45 pm. $10 single-day ticket, $40 weekend pass. All ages.

Korean Brunch

[PRIX-FIXE] Portland's hip new Korean spot takes on brunch, with a prix-fixe menu of small plates like soy pickled sweet walla walla or koji salt baked pork belly. Coffee is included, gratuity is not. Han Oak, 511 NE 24th Ave., 11 am. $35.

Sun Angle, Ice Queens, Ghost Frog

[SPAZZ JAZZ] Sun Angle is back, which means summer is officially here. This power trio, consisting of minor-celebrity radio shock jocks Charlie Salas-Humara and Marius Libman, returns to the stage after an extended absence, a sabbatical of sorts for prodigal drummer of all trades, Papi Fimbres. After shooting toward the top of WW's Best New Band poll in 2013 on the strength of its debut album, Diamond Junk, Sun Angle's hyperactive fusion of math rock and tropical beats is retrofitted to take Portland by storm in 2016. Evoking SST Records touchstones by way of Sun Ra's Arkestra, with methed-out Pat Metheny riffs thrown in for good measure, Sun Angle is the rare psych band that can make an audience move. WYATT SCHAFFNER. Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

Swiss Army Man

[INDIE DARLING] Known as the "Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse boner movie" since its Sundance premiere, Swiss Army Man somehow makes flatulence and an erection even more preposterously important than that description suggests. They are water-based propulsion and a de facto compass, respectively. Together, they are symbols of body positivity, courtesy of a cadaver. Read the full review, in which we compare Radcliffe to an imaginary tiger, here.

Live Phish Webcast

[GONE FISHING] A video projection of Day Three of the Phish show in Saratoga. So either flock in, or steer clear. Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, 2845 SE Stark St., 239-9292. 4:30 pm Sunday, July 3. Free.

Venus and Adonis

[TOKOER'S CHOICE] Portland's first weed-and-theater pairing comes unexpectedly this summer from Northwest's demure CoHo Theater. CoHo is offering audiences a discount on 1-gram pre-rolls at nearby Thurman Street Collective (2384 NW Thurman St.) to pair with each performance. "They are full of laughter, usually a little bit rude, sometimes sexy," says Jess Drake, CoHo's marketing director, about the summer shows, which veer from the theater's monthlong productions during the regular season. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 503-220-2646. 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3. $20. Full schedule at


(Rick Vodicka)
(Rick Vodicka)

Celebrate the Fourth of July in Freedom Land

[AMERICOUVER] Most days, Portland is a fine place to be. But the Fourth of July is not most days. You should be celebrating this nation's legacies of interventionism, economic imperialism, and hard-won freedoms with barbecues, brewskis, Bruce Springsteen and fireworks. Yet Oregon lawmakers are always trying to dampen the party. As a result, many Portlanders are forced to make one very specific annual pilgrimage. Just across the Columbia lies a freedomland of pyrotechnical debauchery. Vancouver is a place where Roman candles whistle over your shoulder and stupid little sparklers are seen only in the hands of the most asthmatic of 11-year-olds. Would you like a piece of the American dream? Well, you can have it in Vancouver. Here's what you can do in the free state of Washington that you can't do here.

Bunk Beach

[FAMILY FRIENDLY] Get free American cheese on anything you want at Bunk's annual 'Merica party. It is kid friendly, also beer friendly, and will have frozen margaritas, Fifty Lick ice cream, kiddie pools and music by acts like Hawkeye. Bunk Bar Water, 1028 SE Water Ave., 2 pm-12 am. Free. All Ages.


[BEER THEATER] Blake Lively's currently fending off a gigantic CGI shark in The Shallows. Luckily, Jaws is returning to screens to show her what she should really be afraid of. For those who aren't surfing the coast on their day off. Mission Theater: Opens Thursday, June 30. Joy Cinema: Friday-Monday, July 1-4.

Pedalpalooza Awards

[IT'S NEVER OVER] We all know who won Pedalpalooza (see: Naked and Unafraid photo gallery). But why not gather all the biking gangs in one park and talk about who bikes best? The first annual awards ceremony kicks off with a picnic from Grilled by Bike riders. After the awards, for things like Epic-est and Rookie of the Year, there will be a mystery ride and campout. Vote here. Woodlawn Park, NE 13th Ave & Dekum St., 503-823-2525. 5 pm. Free.