This Weekend in Portland: 5.1 – 5.3

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.

Friday, May 1 – LA Font, Shark?, Lubec, Arlo Indigo at Habesha – 9pm, 21+, $5 (link)

Kick off your weekend with a bi-coastal collection of sweet tunes, featuring a killer line-up involving California’s LA Font, New York’s Shark?, and local favorites Lubec and Arlo Indigo. The bill spans a variety of indie-pop styles (for lack of a better term), ranging from shoegaze to garage to electronic. For five bucks, you really couldn’t ask for more, so make sure to get out to this show.

Saturday, May 2 – Hustle & Drone, Psychomagic, and Talkative at Doug Fir – 9pm, 21+, $12 (link)

If Friday night is the night to catch a couple rad touring acts, then Saturday is the local show to balance it all out. If there’s a common thread amongst the acts, it’s got to be something along the lines of psychedelia and danceability. On top of that, this will be Hustle & Drone‘s first show back in town after a month out touring in Europe, so come on out and welcome them back.

Sunday, May 3 – Wishyunu, Jackson Boone and Cambrian Explosion at Mississippi Studios – 9pm, 21+, $5, (link)

Rounding out a weekend of great shows is Wishyunu‘s 7″ release show at Mississippi Studios. They’ll be accompanied by Jackson Boone (quickly becoming one of our favorites of the past year) and Cambrian Explosion, which should make for an excellent night. It’s only five bucks, and it’s at one of the best venues in town — definitely worth it.

All Weekend – The Iron Giant at 5th Ave. Cinema – Multiple Showtimes, $4 General / $3 Students / free for PSU Students (link)

This weekend is your chance to relive your childhood by catching The Iron Giant down at 5th Ave. Cinema. It’s a touching tale, not to mention of the best non-Disney animated films of the past 30 years… not to take anything away from it, of course — it definitely stands up to the animation behemoths that are Disney and Pixar. Don’t forget, 5th Ave is cash only, which is fine because it’s totally affordable.

All Weekend – Norm Macdonald at Helium Comedy Club – 7:30 and 10pm shows, 21+, (link)

The legendary Norm Macdonald will be at Helium this weekend, armed with his trusty brand of dry, honest, and at times non-sensical comedy. Former host of SNL’s “Weekend Update”, Macdonald is a master story teller, and although he may be somewhat of a cult figure, in a nutshell, Norm Macdonald is the man.