This Week in Portland: 4.4 – 4.10

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


RBSS Presents Diarrhea Planet, Music Band and Boone Howard at Doug Fir

If you found yourself in Boise, ID, at Treefort a little over a week ago, chances are good that you saw Diarrhea Planet. If you were one of the unlucky few who didn’t at least catch a bit of their set, you have another chance this Tuesday for the measly price of three bucks. Joining the unhinged garage rockers will be the un-Googleable Music Band and the perpetually drunk, but always genius Boone Howard. The show is curated by the wonderful Banana Stand Mediadon’t forget to RSVP to get in for $3! – A.S.

8pm, 21+, $3 w/ rsvp, (link)



Sonic Cinema Presents: They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile at Hollywood Theater

No matter how much we complain about the current state of the nation, it’s always nice to remember that we’re allowed to play any kind of music we want without fear of persecution. That is the wretched situation for those living under Sharia law in Mali, but through music there is hope, and that’s what They WIll Have to Kill Us First sets out to prove. The touching documentary highlights Malian musicians in a time when they’ve been forbidden to play any Western music. Catch it this Thursday at Hollywood Theater. If you’re free Monday night as well, catch the band that’s featured in the film, Songhoy Blues, performing live at the Doug Fir Lounge. – A.S.

7:30pm, All Ages, $9, (link)


XRAY Records Launch Party with Sun Angle and The Ghost Ease at Bunk Bar

Sometimes when you start a radio station from scratch, and it receives such overwhelming community support that it’s heralded as the best new (or otherwise) station in town, and then takes over a competitor’s broadcast signal and transmitter station in just year one, the next logical thing to do is to expand. And that is precisely what XRAY.FM is doing with the launch of their very own record label, XRAY Records. Catch the launch party for XRAY Records at Bunk Bar this Friday night featuring one of the label’s first signees, Sun Angle, and The Ghost Ease. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free postcard and digital download of the Best of Heavy Breather album which is being released by XRAY. – T.L.

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

Secret City Vol. 1 Comp Release with The Woolen Men, Lithics, Mope Grooves + more at the American Legion

In another important documentation of Portland’s DIY punk music culture, as of February of 2016 at least, See My Friends Records is releasing the Secret City Vol. 1 12” vinyl compilation featuring two tracks each from Mope Grooves, Honey Bucket, Super Hit, and Lamebrain. The compilation’s release soiree happens this Friday night at the American Legion on NE Alberta and 21st and will feature music by The Woolen Men, Lithics, Mope Grooves, Honey Bucket, Super Hit, Wave Action, Ladywolf, Seance Crasher, and Marcy’s Band. Nine bands for seven bucks? Shut up and take my money already. – T.L.

7pm, All Ages, $7, (link)

Mayoral Candidate Forum on Housing, Tenant Protections and Homelessness at First Unitarian Portland

If we had to pick one hot-button issue that has had a decided effect on nearly everyone in Portland over the past few years (and there have been more than a few of those), we would pick — to put it broadly — housing. Our housing situation has been nothing short of a crisis, with skyrocketing rents, non-stop development, and a lack of affordable housing to offset the development, and this Friday, we’ll get to hear what our PDX mayoral candidates would do about it. If you’re free between 3-5p, head down to the Eliot Chapel (SW 12th and Main) and dig into our local political process at the grassroots level. – A.S.

3-5pm, All Ages, Free, (link)


The Force Awakens Special Screening with Fon Davis at OMSI

For the past 20 years, Fon Davis has been a go-to man for creating models and visual effects for feature films, having worked on such iconic masterpieces as Star Wars, Pearl Harbor, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, the Matrix series and more. If you’re the type, like me, who grew up nerding out with models and toy replicas from your favorite movies (I still have my Star Wars collection), this Saturday is your chance to meet a nerd legend. Following a showing of The Force Awakens, hang out and watch a presentation by Davis on “The Secret Models of Star Wars.” – T.L.

7:30pm, All Ages, $10, (link)


Haley Heynderickx, Briana Marela, and Lilac at Rontom’s

This weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session features some of the best female musicians in the Northwest. Briana Marela and Lilac, on tour together from Seattle, bring elements of ambient, experimental electronic pop, while Portland’s Haley Heynderickx brings more of an acoustic haunting self described as doom-folk, with vocals that could send chills down the backs of even the most curmudgeonly. If you’re tired of seeing the same old indie rock dudes all over town, here’s a great chance to mix it up. – T.L.

9pm, 21+, Free, (link)