Willamette Weekend: Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders, Day Drinking and 11 Other Things To Do and See In Portland June 23-25

Plus, Shakespeare in the park and Batman before he became a revenge obsessed capitalist.


(Christine Dong)

Portland International Beerfest
From imported German helles to Japanese espresso stouts, 200 of the world's rarest beers complete a lengthy journey to the North Park Blocks this weekend, in an event that always ranks among the year's best drinking excursions. Northwest Park Ave. and Everett St. 4-10 pm. Continues noon-10 pm Saturday and noon-7 pm Sunday, June 24-25. $25, includes a glass and 10 drink tickets.

Nuggets Night
Started as something of a lark 10 years ago, the annual Nuggets Night—named after the sanctified box-set collection of one-hit wonders from "the First Psychedelic Era"—has grown into a two-night affair, attracting not just descendents of obscure '60s garage rock, but some of the originators as well. This year's celebration features expert revivalists like the Pandoras and the Woggles, but the guests of honor are Chicago's the Shadows of Knight, who landed in the Top 40 in 1969 with a strutting cover of Bo Diddley's "Oh Yeah." Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., 503-248-4700, startheaterportland.com. 7 pm. $25 per night, $40 weekend pass. 21+. Through June 24. See nuggetsnight.com for complete lineup.

Hard to believe that there was a time when Batman was defined as a goofy masked crime fighter rather than an insane libertarian billionaire hellbent on revenge. In honor of Adam West, who passed away on June 9, the Hollywood screens the first Batman film starring West as the Caped Crusader and Burt Ward as Robin, who take on the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and the Riddler. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 SE Sandy Blvd, hollywoodtheatre.org. 7:30 pm. $9.

Spectravagasm X
Spectravagasm X starts with a compilation of network news clips set to a string quartet rendition of "We Didn't Start The Fire." Then, the cast of nine comes onstage to sing a song with the hook "Hey Mr. Trump, eat a bag of dicks," in which ensemble members Jessica Tidd and Phillip J. Berns leap across the stage, smiling and singing "Dicks! Dicks!" The interest is dick jokes, not social commentary. Still, Spectravagasm's lack of interest in any kind of message is one of their strengths. Read our full review hereFunhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., funhouselounge.com. 10 pm. $10. +21.


(Jeff Walls)

To Be Or Not To Be
People were not happy when, in the middle of World War II, Ernst Lubitsch released this comedy about a troupe of Polish actors who outwit the Nazi occupiers of Warsaw. Today, it's considered a pitch-black comedy classic. Starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, it screens as part of the 25th Portland Jewish Film Festival. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., nwfilm.org. 4 pm. $10.

Naked Bike Ride
Bikes and naked people are two of Portland's defining features. Ride around with your clothes off and enjoy striking views of both your fellow riders and the city—not to mention the sensation of feeling the breeze through your pubic hair. Fernhill Park, 6010 NE 37th Ave., 503-823-2525, pdxwnbr.org. 8 pm. Free. All ages.

Head Cat
Between Motorhead tours, the late Lemmy Kilmister would get together with Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom and guitarist Danny B. Harvey to play faithful Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry songs as Head Cat. Now that he's gone, his bandmates have recruited David Vincent of Morbid Angel to carry on in tribute to one of rock's true legends and the music he loved. Dante's, 50 W Burnside St., 866-777-8932, danteslive.com. 9 pm. $17. 21+.


(KKelly Photography)

Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
Whatever way you want to frame it, Portland and Seattle are desperate to have a rivalry. But Seattle has no basketball team, and Portland has no football or baseball. And so we've resorted to soccer. When the Timbers and Sounders face off on Sunday, June 25, it's the only time we actually get to keep score between the two cities. Read our feature on Seattle vs. Portland in everything here. Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison St., timbers.com. 1 pm. Tickets go on sale in early June; check website for availability.

The Tempest
In the summer, theater season slows down in every way except one—outdoor productions of Shakespeare. Original Practice Shakespeare, one of the city's most prolific producers of park plays, ends its first week of programming with the Bard's trippiest play. Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Ave., opsfest.org. 1 pm. Free.

Portland Cider Invitational
If the Cider Summit is Cider Week's industry show, the Invitational is the nerdfest—a bunch of rare and limited and weirdball ciders from Nat's, Baird & Dewar, Wildcraft and others, and especially a bunch of ginger, plum or spruce ciders from host Cider Riot. The Timbers-Sounders game will, of course, be on the TV. Cider Riot, 807 NE Couch St., ciderriot.com. 1-8 pm. Starts Saturday.

Shannon Entropy, Mood Beach, Shears and The Wild War
Shannon Entropy is a collision of tradition and irreverence. Jesse and Libby Hamlin, the band's two guitarists, follow in the great tradition of songwriting couples like Jack and Meg White or pretty much anyone involved in the halcyon days of Fleetwood Mac. Read our full feature on the band hereHolocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., holocene.org. 8 pm. $7 advance, $8 day of show. 21+.

Abronia, BlackWater HolyLight
On Abronia's debut album, Obsidian Visions Shadowed Lands, the sprawling instrumental intro "The Great Divide" showcases the group's nimble ability to mix spaghetti-Western soundtrack music with Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd psychedelia. "Smoke Fingers" showcases saxophonist Keelin Mayer as the band's de-facto lead singer, giving him plenty of room to stretch out over a bed of tremolo guitars and heartbeat drumming. Read our full review hereRontoms, 600 E Burnside St., rontoms.tumblr.com. 9 pm. Free. 21+.

Radkey, Piss Test
Radkey is like if your teenage punk band stayed together past high school and, y'know, didn't totally suck. The three young brothers from Missouri channel the Misfits in their horror-inspired lyrics, whoa-oh-oh choruses and singer Dee Radke's demonic bellow, but play with an instrumental muscle their forebears couldn't muster until their devil locks started to go grey. New album Delicious Rock Noise—actually a reissue of 2015's Dark Black Makeup—doesn't mess with the formula established on the band's introductory EPs. Arctic Monkeys producer Rob Orton does beef the sound up a bit, but the radio-ready sheen is never so polished that it glosses over the adolescent exuberance that gives Radkey their spark. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave., 503-328-2865. 9 pm. $10. 21+.

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