FRIDAY, NOV. 10
Found Footage Festival
Part stage production and part Mystery Science Theater 3000, the festival, which will play at this week at the Hollywood Theatre, showcases strange finds from the VHS underground. The festival has strict rules regarding content, including a guideline that states all showcased videos must be from physical media. It makes the outlandish finds-—someone out there actually produced a tape called How to Have Cybersex On the Internet—even more hilarious. Read our feature on the festival here. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org. 7:30 pm. $13.
Just in time for the chilliest part of fall, the British band that basically owns the term "autumnal" has returned after a seven-year absence to wrap Portland in the psych-folk equivalent of a wool sweater. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., mississippistudios.com. 9 pm. $16 advance, $18 day of show. 21+.
Polaris Dance Theatre opens its season with new choreography set to the music of David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince. The contemporary performance isn't so much mourning the recently departed icons as paying riotous tribute to the boundaries their work continues to push. Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 NW 18th Ave., polarisdance.org. 7:30 pm. $25.
Fernando Viciconte, Old Joe Clarks, Little Sue
Fernando Viciconte is getting the band back together. Specifically, the band that helped the roots-inspired singer-songwriter record his breakthrough album, 1997's Widows. To mark the record's 20th anniversary, and its vinyl reissue, Viciconte is going to play it in full with the musicians who helped him make it for the first time in 19 years. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave., startheaterportland.com. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Wordstock is the biggest, baddest, most ridiculously great book festival on the West Coast—a mess of over 100 local and big-name authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates taking over pretty much every cultural institution downtown, from art museums and churches to the Schnitz. It's nice. Check out our Wordstock schedule here and our Wordstock bingo here. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-227-2583, literary-arts.org. 9 am-6 pm. $15-$18.
Last year's Belgianfest had one of the best damn beer taplists of the year, with unholy piles of Oregon brewers doing their takes on Belgian farmhouses, wilds, sours, barrel beers and krieks. Why should this year's be any different? Bailey's Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, baileystaproom.com. Noon-midnight.
Propagandhi, RVIVR, Bad Cop Bad Cop
Propagandhi—everyone's favorite Chomsky-quoting Canucks—released their new LP, Victory Lap, earlier this year. Combining blistering licks, concussive rhythms and a death-metal drum pummel with biting lyricism, the political punk veterans offer up another insta-classic to their heralded discography. Their progression into an even harder hardcore continues but also retains the melodic sugar that makes their cold-served truth so much easier to swallow. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd., 503-233-7100. 8 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.
SUNDAY, NOV. 12
Stanley Kubrick's visual masterpiece never gets old. No matter how many times you've seen it, it's still always scary thanks to Jack Nicholson and all those spooky shots of long hallways. For this screening, your ticket comes with a Bloody Mary, which is kind of gross but also very fitting. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., mcmenamins.com/mission-theater. 11 am. $11. 21+.
Division Fall Release
One of the best winemakers in Oregon is having its fall release party at a sausagehouse. Kick-ass. Pay $15 at OP Wurst and try the new fall line-up of Division Winemakers' excellent bottles, or buy a bottle and pay nothing for the tastes. OP Wurst, 3384 SE Division St., 503-384-2259, opwurst.com. 2-5 pm. $15.
Director Peter Bratt has effectively compressed Dolores Huerta's history-making life into a rousing 95-minute documentary. Dolores chronicles not only the battles of Huerta's activism, but her struggle to raise a family even as she led a crusade for America's farm workers. The film recounts Chavez and Huerta's founding of the United Farm Workers union, Huerta's crucial role in a nationwide boycott of abusive grape growers during the 1960s and her courageous decision to call out sexism among her allies. NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., nwfilm.org. 4:30 pm and 7 pm. $9.
Neil Young's psychedelic comedy about a small-town gas station is made all the more surreal by the fact that it stars the likes of Dennis Hopper, Devo's Gerald Casale and Young himself. Casale will attend the Portland screening. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.com. 7:30 pm. $15.
Year of the Rooster
A play about a down-on-his-luck McDonald's employee who gets into cockfighting, this pitch-black comedy shakes you up by humanizing difficult-to-like characters, even when their behavior is downright disturbing. CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, cohoproductions.org. 7:30 pm. Through Nov. 18. $20-$32.
Philly quartet Beach Slang are sort of like Foo Fighters minus the distraction of Dave Grohl. Last year's aptly titled A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is full of jumpy, punk-inspired pop, with lyrics that swing through hormonal highs and lows. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd., hawthornetheatre.com. 8 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.