This Weekend in Portland: 3.4 – 3.6

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

Summer Cannibals and Months at Bunk Bar

It’s the first show of the year for the newly-minted Kill Rock Stars signees Summer Cannibals, and it’s bound to be a doozie. Other than the massive KRS announcement, it has been a fairly quiet few months for Summer Cannibals, and after a slight re-shuffling of the line up, they’re ready to go again, with a new record out in May and a boatload of dates coming up (plenty of them with The Thermals, might I add). Joining them will be Months, who will be hitting Destination: Universe later this month to start recording a follow up to their absolutely killer self-titled debut. – A.S.

21+, 9pm, $10 ADV $12 DOS, (link)

Saturday

Roselit Bone and Old Age at Alberta Street Pub

Offering a distinctly unique sound to Portland’s musical landscape, Roselit Bone, play epic spaghetti western acoustic tunes with terrifically appropriate horn accents and lumbering, baritone vocals. While RB are gearing up to release a follow up to their fantastic 2014 debut, Blacken & Curl, this Saturday they’ll take over the Alberta Street Pub, accompanied by the soulful-classic/indie-rock heartthrobs of Alsea/Philomath/Corvallis, Old Age. It’s been awhile since Old Age has graced a stage in Portland, so let’s show them some love – and stick around for Roselit Bone to dance gently with your sweetheart. – T.L.

21+, 9pm, $7, (link)

Sunday

DoveDriver and Rare Diagram at Rontoms

Rontom’s Sunday Sessions are always a safe bet. No cover, cheap drinks, dynamite eats, surprisingly helpful staff amidst crowded chaos, and typically beautiful patrons. And this weekend’s lineup offers a refreshingly different taste of Portland music, featuring progressive jazz from DoveDriver and psychedelic chamber pop from Rare Diagram. Both groups boast more traditional musical talent in an arguably less smug/typical delivery than most local indie acts. – T.L.

21+, 9pm, Free, (link)


All Weekend

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival at Hollywood Theater

POWFest is back, and it’s better than ever. Although, yes, the festival technically started on Thursday, it’s still worth catching the rest of this weekend. And honestly, we’re going to have to rethink our format for Staff Picks — we’re missing too many killer weeknight events! Enough about that, though — POWFest: shorts, panels, double-features, they’ve got it all. A couple specific picks from yours truly include the crowdfunding panel (Friday, 3p) and the Q&A with Catherine Hardwicke (Saturday, 6p)… yes, the very Catherine Hardwicke who directed Lords of Dogtown. Don’t miss it! – A.S.

All Ages, Varying Showtimes, $60/weekend pass or individual ticket prices vary, (link)

Japanese Gardens

This past Tuesday, March 1, Portland’s Japanese Gardens reopened after being closed for the last six-months during offseason. Although construction is still underway for expansions of the grounds – which is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2017 –  the original gardens remains untouched and are now open for members and visitors alike. And a prime time for viewing it is, as the garden’s 75 year old cherry tree is in full bloom, and the Koi fish awaken from hibernation. If you “live” in Portland and have never visited the Japanese Gardens, you’re missing out. It’s far from just a tourist attraction.  – T.L.

All Ages, 10am-4pm, $9.50/Adults, $7.75/Seniors and Students, $6.75/6-17, Free for Kids under 5, (link)

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