This Weekend in Portland: 1.15 – 1.17

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.


Vice Device, Shadowhouse, Lunch, and Spirit Host at Black Water

The dream of post punk is alive in Portland. And to celebrate the 60th birthday of DJ Dave Cantrell who host the darkwave/post punk program Songs From Under the Floorboard, XRAY has lined up an evening of local bands pivotal to that very scene. Headlining the evening, Vice Device play a haunting blend of kraut-infused post punk and experimental dark pop. The $8 cover goes to funding the XRAY-sponsored Out From the Shadows II music festival happening later this spring.

8pm, All Ages, $8, (link)


Candace (Formerly Is/Is), Draemhouse (Seattle), and Ah God at The Know

Much like the hateful right-wing extremist nut jobs camped out at the wildlife preserve in southern Oregon, nobody likes the hateful Islamic extremist group ISIS. So, nobody can blame Portland shoegaze / psych pop trio powerhouse Is/Is for changing their name. They now go by Candace, but they’re still an awesome band (read their official statement on the name change here). Catch them this Saturday at The Know along with Draemhouse (yes, that’s how they spell it) from Seattle and local floral-punk favorites Ah God.

8pm, 21+, $6, (link)


American Comedy: Tribute to Andy Kaufman featuring Andrew Michaan at Holocene

In a true tribute to everyone’s favorite wrestling, lounge singing, Elvis impersonating absurdist, Holocene will be hosting American Comedy this weekend featuring the likes of Andrew Michaan, Paul Schlesinger, and more. It’s part comedy show, part variety show, part narrative, and probably 100% ridiculous. There’s not really much to say — you just have to go experience it yourself.

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

All Weekend

Reel Music Festival 33 at NW Film Center

The 33rd installment of the Reel Music Festival kicks off this weekend at NW Film Center at PAM, and it looks like it’s going to be a doozie. We highlighted a few of our picks earlier this week, so be sure to go back and check those out. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with the full schedule. The festival runs until February 5th, so you’ll have plenty of time to see something in the next couple weeks if you don’t have time this weekend.

Showtimes vary, $9 (students $8), (link)


Synecdoche, New York at 5th Ave Cinema

Somehow 5th Ave Cinema always seems to fly under the radar when people talk about theaters in Portland, and I don’t understand why. The tickets are cheap, the popcorn is free, and the films they choose to screen are always killer. This weekend it’s Charlie Kaufman’s cerebral masterpiece Synecdoche, New York starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman. For more on the film, check out the trailer below, and make sure to have a look at 5th Ave’s full winter line-up.

$4 General, $3 Students, FREE for PSU Students; 7pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday, 3pm Sunday; (link)