The Northwest Psychofest!
It's time to change your oil and get lubed up for the NW Psychofest this weekend at Sabala's and Solid State. It's a sexy, smokin', can't miss lineup featuring over 30 of the West Coast's finest rock 'n' roll, psychobilly, and punk bands. Plus, we're talking DJs, heavily tattooed burlesque dancers, swimming pools full of beer, and--mmm, yeah--hot rods! It all kicks off Friday at Sabala's at 6 pm with an eight-band bill headlined by San Francisco's Hellbillys. Saturday's action includes hot rods in the Eagles Lodge parking lot--feel free to show yours off--and another 12 bands at Sabala's with headliners The Rocketz and The Slanderin' from LA. If you've got any strength left, head to Solid State on Sunday for the noon matinee, then cap off your weekend with the final seven bands back at Sabala's. The event is being billed as "Three Days of Hell"--and if you make it through this beast in one piece, it's a safe bet you'll need at least that long to recover. SAM GRAYSON
Sabala's at Mt. Tabor, 4811 SE Hawthorne, and Solid State, 215 SE 9th. July 8-10, $15 each day @ Sabala's (Friday 6 pm, Saturday 3 pm, Sunday 7 pm), with Sunday matinee @ Solid State, $10, noon. For the complete lineup visit www.raininblood.com.
Dennis Nyback at the Clinton St.
Whether you're bored and looking for a good time or just looking to fill time, you can't go wrong by hitting the Clinton St. Theater any night (or every night) this week. At a time when repertory and calendar houses have shifted away from nightly double features in favor of weeklong runs of established "independent" films, leave it to ex-Clinton St. owner/film collector Dennis Nyback to bust open his assortment of camp, industrial, and archival films to show us the kind of stuff we've been missing all these years.
Some of you may want to look at a schedule and plan what you want to see or what you don't want to miss, but the more adventurous among you should just pick a night or two (or seven) and show up without knowing what the heck is going to play. With a different crazy double feature every night, you may find yourself watching Mormon educational films or a Marcia Brady fetish night--and the other programs range from historical Dada films to pornography from the '20s to racist animation from family-oriented studios to cigarette and beer commercials. It's hard to know what you'll be in for, which is part of the charm. ANDY SPLETZER