This Weekend in Portland: 10.16 – 10.18

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 and Saturday

Michael Ian Black at Helium Comedy Club

You know him from his roles in the brilliant sketch comedy series The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer and Burning Love, among many others. It’s no doubt that Michael Ian Black is one of the finest comedians of the past few decades. Catch the ambiguous funny fuck at Helium this weekend before he’s back to making amazing new TV and too busy to tour.

7:30pm and 10pm shows, 21+, $25, (link)


Cassette Store Day at Beacon Sound

Cassettes may be back in vogue now that Urban Outfitters has begun stocking their shelves with them and fashionably manufactured (read: poor quality) “retro cassette players,” but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still celebrate the charming sound of tape and the fact that they’re exponentially cheaper for artists to make and consumers to enjoy than vinyl. And to that end, this Saturday marks the third annual International Cassette Store Day, with the infamous Burger Records at the helm of US releases and events. Apparently only three shops in town are participating in CSD, and of those, Beacon Sound appears to be the only place hosting any actual celebration – but it’ll be a good one. Kicking off at noon, the event begins with a bazaar of local labels peddling goods, cassette swapping, and DJs, and concludes with live performances by local experimental cassette artists The OO-Ray, Ant’lrd, and Sundial. Don’t forget to check out our list of 15 recommendations to pick up before heading down.

Noon-11pm, All Ages, Free, (link)

Saturday and Sunday

Portland Retro Gaming Expo at Oregon Convention Center

If you grew up in the 80’s or even the 90’s, you probably have an affinity for the simple joy that comes from things like the Arari system, Pacman and Tetris. Thanks to Portland Retro Gaming Expo, you can relive your glory days as champion of the arcade. This Saturday and Sunday join thousands of others, who, like you, prefer pinball to human interaction. Event highlights include Nintendo and Tetris World Championships, various tournaments open to attendees, a cosplay contest, and a live performance by hip hop legend Mega Ran. Check out the full schedule here.

10am-Midnight Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, All Ages, $27/Sat $21/Sun or $35/Weekend, (link)


Fur Coats (album release), Moon By You, and Feel Young at Rontoms

There’s something sexy about the lusty, depressed pop music of Portland’s Fur Coats. Their single “Desperate” which made an appearance on the 2014 PDX Pop Now! compilation is finally at home with the release of an EP by the same name this Sunday night at Rontoms. The five tracks on Desperate blend elements of R&B and psychedelic pop into their unique, sultry rock and roll. Fellow local psych doo-wopers Moon By You and Feel Young play support. Don’t worry about the weather as this will be the first indoor show of the season for Rontom’s Sunday Session showcases.

8:30pm, 21+, Free, (link)

Death with Guantanamo Baywatch at Mississippi Studios

Detroit protopunk band Death has arguably the most tear-jerkingly amazing success story, 40-some years in the making. If you haven’t yet watched the 2012 documentary A Band Called Death about the three brothers Hackney and their long-overdue rise to popularity, I highly recommend dropping everything and giving it a view immediately. This Sunday, for the first time ever, Death will play Portland at Mississippi Studios with locals Guantanamo Baywatch as support. This is a show for the history books and it’s about damn time.

9pm, 21+, $17 ADV $20 DOS, (link)