This Weekend in Portland: 3.18 – 3.20
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.
Radiation City (album release) with Moon By You and Smokey Brights at Mississippi Studios
With the release of Radiation City’s highly anticipated third LP, Synesthetica, the Portland indie pop favorites overhauled their approach, lineup and sound, and created a whole new demon even more powerful than the last. Increased prevalence of retro futuristic synthesizer and funkier grooves are only a taste of what the album has to offer. Join the long-time local homies in celebrating the release of Synesthetica this Saturday night at Mississippi Studios with support from Moon By You and Seattle’s Smokey Brights. For folks under 21, or those less inclined for late nights, there’s an all ages matinee show at 6pm as well. – T.L.
9:30pm, 21+, $13 ADV $15 DOS, (link)
Bim for Mayor Campaign Rally w/ Cool Nutz and The Domestics at Hawthorne Theater
It isn’t often that a candidate for public office is a true man or woman of the people. Not a career politician with conflicting interests making backdoor deals, but a product of society in decline, with a real-life virtues and an understanding of local culture and what makes a community thrive. I’m talking Bernie Sanders, fucking Jello Biafra, Bud Clark, and now Portland’s newest gleam of mayoral hope, Bim Ditson. As a longtime local business owner and musician, Ditson knows what makes the Portland the destination it is – acceptance of alternative lifestyles, rampant artistic expression, (historically) low costs of living, and proximity to outdoor recreation. But he also knows what’s bleeding us out – increased costs of living, misregulation of corporate actions and interests, overdevelopment, predatory enforcement of noise ordinances against music establishments, etc, etc. A vote for Bim is a vote for keeping Portland the way it’s supposed to be, the way we love it. Stand up to politics as usual and show your support for Bim Ditson becoming our next Mayor by joining him Saturday evening at the Hawthorne Theater for a free, all ages campaign rally with musical performances by Cool Nutz and The Domestics.
7:30pm, All Ages, Free, (link)
On Deadly Ground in Hecklevision at Hollywood Theater
If you’re always the one in your friend group making terrible jokes during movies and ruining them for everybody else (aka me), you’re going to love Hecklevision. In a nutshell, you get to badger everyone (unobtrusively, via text) with your off-the-cuff jokes — type in your joke, hit send, and it’ll appear instantly on screen! On Deadly Ground is a seriously ridiculous film. Of course there’s Steven Seagal throat-chopping bad guys, throwing them through tables, and even taking a shotgun to them from time to time, but there’s also Michael Caine as the evil leader of an oil company trying to make sure “the oil rights” don’t “revert back to the Eskimos”. Oh, and there’s some classic moments from John C. McGinley (aka Dr. Cox) as an oil company henchman — think of him as an evil Bob Slydell. – A.S.
9:30pm, 18+, $9 (link)
XRAY.FM’s 2nd Birthday Party w/ Mic Capes, Summer Cannibals, and The Ghost Ease at Mississippi Studios
When the city’s best radio station has a birthday, you help celebrate, dummy! Last weekend, one of Willamette Week’s “best new bands,” Mic Capes, tore the house down at Mississippi Studios with huge beats, tight rhymes, crowd interactivity, and Notorious B.I.G. throwback jams – and this weekend they’re back to do it again in honor of XRAY. Joined by Summer Cannibals and The Ghost Ease, and hosted by comedians Bri Pruett and Curtis Cook, the terrible two’s only happen once, so expect this bday banger to be a bonafide bonanza. – T.L.
8pm, 21+, $8 ADV $10 DOS $5 for members, (link)
The Music That Makes Us: Kenton at Disjecta
While this event is actually an on-going thing until April 24, it should be sunny for at least a little bit of this weekend, and that would be a great time to get down to Disjecta and check out The Music That Makes Us. My favorite part of the whole thing? The Kenton Audio Walk. Now, before you write it off (yes, audio tours can be pretty lame), let me explain: this isn’t your usual audio tour. Complete with music from the Kenton neighborhood and interviews with long-time Kenton residents, the Kenton Audio Walk is designed to be listened to as you stroll around Kenton. It makes for an hour-long jaunt, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. And why not prep with our Man On The Street: Kenton episode beforehand? Mmmm, Po’Shines. – A.S.
Fri-Sun noon-5p, free, (link)