The Chicharones, Champagne Champagne, the Knux
Saturday, Aug 11
The Great Idea: Quasi, Typhoon, The Builders and the Butchers, Hustle and Drone, Tango Alpha Tango, The Peculiar Pretzelmen, Porches, Apheliotropic Orchestra, Symmetry/Symmetry
[MUSIC] Typhoon and the Builders and the Butchers each have perfect musical pedigrees to rock run-down roadside attraction the Enchanted Forest. Headliner Quasi's powerful, blues-inspired keyboard pop is probably a bit more Thrill-Ville USA than Enchanted Forest, honestly, but the time for crying over spilled amusement parks has passed. Fuck Thrill-Ville. You're a big kid now, and it's time to get your ass down to Storybook Lane. The Enchanted Forest, 8462 Enchanted Way SE. 2 pm. $22. All ages. See Facebook page for more details.
Portland Zine Symposium
[WORDS] Celebrating Portlandâs culture of creativity, DIY-attitude and willful unemployment, the 12th-annual Portland Zine Symposium will bring together hundreds local zinesters, writers, comic makers and artists to share, sell and trade their work. Take a dip in the âSea of Zinesââthis yearâs theme. Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill St. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-4 pm Sunday, Aug. 11-12. Free.
Alberta Street Fair
[BLOCK PARTY] Folks on Alberta Street worked long and hard to make their street a collection of bars and curio shops. Toast their success with a childrenâs parade and beer garden. Northeast Alberta Street between 10th and 30th avenues. 11 am-7 pm. $2 suggested donation. albertamainst.org.
Where's Waldo Benefit for Portland Public Schools
[FUNDRAISER] A live-action version of Where's Waldo? where instead of finding Waldo in a book, you have to find him in downtown Portland. Yeah, get Portland's kids out of the library and back on the streets where they belong! Pioneer Courthouse Square, Southwest 6th Ave and Morrison St. 11 am. $5 for kids 8 and adults, $3 for kids under 8, $15 for families.
Annemieke Alberts: See You When I Get There
[VISUAL ART] Netherlands-based painter Annemieke Alberts has a knack for abstracted cityscapes that lead the viewer on escapist reveries to far-flung capitals. In her show, See You When I Get There, she juxtaposes perpendicular planes to represent architectonic motifs across a broad range of urban features. The painting Night Fly, its teal hues offsetting periwinkle lines and diagonal slashes of camel and pink, evokes the interior of a swanky hotel designed by Philippe Starck or Marcel Wanders. The works exude a sexy, cosmopolitan vibe that dims slightly in the more quotidian subway-station views such as Platform or streetscapes such as Roads and Railways. Victory Gallery, 733 NW Everett St.
Tales From Dell City, Texas
Sunday, Aug 12
Providence Bridge Pedal
Anonymous Theatre: The Good Doctor
[THEATER] The Anonymous Theatre Company has a distinctive way of doing business: The cast members audition and rehearse individually, arriving at the theater in stage clothes. They donât know their fellow actors until the first line is uttered from the house. This year, the group tackles Neil Simonâs dramatization of seven wry Chekhov stories. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 306-0870. 7 pm. $25.
Filmusik: Plan 9 from Outer Space
[FILM, MUSIC] A top candidate for all-time âso-bad-itâs-goodâ film honors, Ed Woodâs notorious Plan 9 from Outer Space has often spawned new soundtracks. This one is composed by veteran Portland electronica artist Heather Perkins, who blends electronic with acoustic string sounds. Portland professional voice actors will dub the original, cringe-worthy lines, which should send giggles echoing through the park amphitheater. Washington Park, Head of Southwest Park Place. Show begins at dusk Sunday. Free.
Good Willsmith, Sombre Reptile, Mary Sutton
[MUSIC] Chicago-based trio Good Willsmith released one of the more enveloping experimental releases of 2012 with The Food Your Family Eats Slowly. Recorded in one afternoon session in May of this year, the album's six tracks squish together ghostly vocals and spiraling electronic drones and squiggles, with guitar and bass providing atmospherics in place of rhythm or melody. The combined result is a blobby and beautiful mass that maintains a steady calm as it unfurls slowly before you. Also on the bill tonight are brilliant local violinist Mary Sutton and Sombre Reptile, a collaboration between John Rau and Eternal Tapestry's Dewey Mahood. ROBERT HAM. Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny St. 9 pm. $3. 21+.