Things to Do Friday!

Stephen King 35mm Double Feature
It's Stephen King's 71st birthday—and the Hollywood is celebrating with a 35mm double feature of two movies penned by the horror and literary mastermind! First up is 1982's pulpy anthology flick Creepshow, directed by Night of the Living Dead's George Romero; second is 1985's Cat's Eye, directed by Lewis Teague and featuring James Woods, Drew Barrymore, and, of course, an evil troll. Hail to the King, baby. (7 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9) ERIK HENRIKSEN

The Avett Brothers
Back in July, the Avett Brothers postponed the third of three consecutive shows they were scheduled to play at the Edgefield after a man claiming to be an out-of-state police officer entered the venue with a gun and disappeared into the crowd. Though unnerving, nothing came of the incident, and the beloved North Carolinian folk rockers made good on their promise to reschedule the cancelled concert—tonight they’ll perform to a sold-out Edgefield audience to close out the final day of summer. (7 pm, Edgefield, Good luck on the ticket resale sites) CIARA DOLAN

Slothrust, Summer Cannibals
Slothrust’s extraordinary new LP, The Pact, is a wild beast of a record, alive with sadness, fear, defiance, and joy. The album plays like a tour of night’s most tender zones, those places that hum with thoughts that don’t belong in the light. On “The Haunting,” the album’s centerpiece and one of 2018’s best songs, singer/guitarist Leah Wellbaum paints a picture of existential uncertainty that could double as a band motto: “Not sure if I am asleep or awake, so I’ll treat this body like I think that it’s a fake and see how much it can take.” We’ve all been to that terrible in-between—Slothrust has just figured out how to thrive there. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $14-16) CHRIS STAMM

Aaron Neville Duo
The chart-topping R&B and soul singer out of New Orleans brings his stuff to the Revolution Hall stage for a special stripped-down performance. (9 pm, Revolution Hall, $42.50-45)

Candi Pop
Candi Pop returns to Holocene to bring you another night of glitter, lollipops, rainbows, unicorns and all the bubblegum pop hits you could ever want. (10 pm, Holocene, $5)

Gaytheist, Ice Queens, Help
If the music of Gaytheist were a vehicle, it would be a semi, late on its delivery, blazing down I-5, the speed limit only a laughable suggestion as the trucker begins to have Tron-like hallucinations from 38 hours of no sleep and caffeine-pill cocktails. With only three members, Gaytheist leaves you wondering how they create such a heavy, intricate layering of sound. (9 pm, Bunk Bar, $5) CAMERON CROWELL

Quasi, Dreckig
Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss bring their seminal indie rock outfit through Portland's newest venue for a can't-miss hometown show. (8:30 pm, Polaris Hall, $10-15)

John Prine, Todd Snider
The Tree of Forgiveness is John Prine’s first collection of new material in over a decade, and it contains some of the legendary folksinger/songwriter’s most playful tunes to date. At 71, Prine doesn’t spend too much time mulling over the end of life and the great beyond, but when he does, it’s with a twinkle in his eye: On the excellent closing track “When I Get to Heaven,” he sings of being reunited with family and smoking “a cigarette that’s nine miles long” amid a chorus of kazoos, saloon piano, and hooting backup singers. The Tree of Forgiveness is sweet, silly, and a little sad, meaning it’s the perfect kind of John Prine record. (8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $82.50-128, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Only one weekend's worth of performances left for this touring Broadway musical smash, with songs by Sara Bareilles, based on the lovely 2007 romantic comedy written and directed by the gone-way-too-soon Adrienne Shelly. (Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 pm & 6:30 pm, Keller Auditorium, $25-100)

DeVotchKa, Orkesta Mendoza
Beloved Denver-based quartet DeVotchKa bring their sweeping blend of orchestral pop to the Wonder Ballroom stage for the Portland stop on a North American tour supporting their latest full-length, This Night Falls Forever. (8 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $25-75)

Huffington Post Declares Diets Are Over! They Never Worked Anyway!

GettyImages-157399380.jpgDiets are over! We're not doing them anymore!
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Yesterday Huffington Post's Highline dropped a beautifully researched long form piece by Seattle journalist Michael Hobbes explaining the grand misconceptions we—but more importantly our m-f-ing doctors—have about the health risks associated with obesity. From the article:

About 40 years ago, Americans started getting much larger. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 percent of adults and about one-third of children now meet the clinical definition of overweight or obese. More Americans live with “extreme obesity“ than with breast cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and HIV put together.

And the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing that strains our health care system, shrinks our GDP and saps our military strength. It is also an excuse to bully fat people in one sentence and then inform them in the next that you are doing it for their own good.

The piece, titled "Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong," is a well-written, empathetic read that reports the demeaning experiences many overweight people have had, when trying to get advice from their doctors about non-weight-related concerns. Furthermore, it asserts that pressuring patients to diet doesn't work because diets don't work. Doctors should know about this but "according to a 2015 survey, [medical] students receive an average of just 19 hours of nutrition education over four years of instruction."

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Weekday Trumpdate: Soft Touches Addition

Good hair day.
Good hair day. Win McNamee/Getty

SIGH. It's my turn to dig into Donald's latest fuck-ups again. Let's get this shit show started, shall we?

On a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Donald said, "For many years countries have been taking total advantage of the United States on trade. Whether they are allies or not, they looked at us really as a bunch of soft touches. That's not what's happening anymore."

Correct! Instead of looking at us really as a bunch of soft touches they are looking at us as a bunch of fucking idiots who somehow let this goon be president. Moving on!

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Aaron Ross and Jordan Paladino to Premiere Portland-Based Sitcom, Training Wheels


Based on their real-life adventures in adulting, Aaron Ross and writing partner Jordan Paladino’s YouTube series Training Wheels is along the same lines as Broad City and Workaholics. The first episode sees Ross and Paladino playing themselves, their heads in the clouds as they try to create comedic genius on the long-running evening talk show WHO’S the ROSS?. While the two are great at dreaming big, progressing in reality is a rockier endeavor—the two lack regular income and struggle to pay their bills, maintain relationships, and move out of their family’s house. There’s a lot of funny, relatable stuff here—like watching Ross fully commit to a downward spiral in Pioneer Square after his girlfriend Rachel breaks up with him for not being adult enough, or the hilarious dialogue that ensues when Ross and Paladino each attempt to get day jobs. Even the peripheral characters are rounded out by solid lines and excellent delivery. I particularly liked friend/actor Rachel Lynn Meyer (as herself) and Ross' almost-boss, played by Brett Smith. On top of being genuinely funny and enjoyable, it’s always fun to see Portland and its many landmarks in an on-screen narrative. Plus donuts and strippers. Lots of strippers. It'll be fun to see how much the show mirrors reality as Ross' character moves forward (or not) without training wheels.

The 10-episode season makes its debut on September 30, with new episodes dropping every Sunday. However, right now there's a sneak preview of the pilot on

A Field Guide to Old Portland

Cameron’s Books and Magazines
Cameron’s Books and Magazines Kathleen Marie

Some of you noobs may hear us old-timers wax nostalgic about how great this town was before you came and sanitized it with your energy-efficient scooters and pristine terrarium shops. It’s hard to clearly define Old Portland, but we do know that its death coincided with the new millennium, and was very different 20 years ago. It was less shiny and more real (whatever “real” means), but lucky for you, some of it still exists!

Our tour begins in the birthplace of Old Portland, where nearly nothing has changed in 150 years. Even though the X-Ray Cafe and Ozone Records are long gone, from stem to stern West Burnside, our original skid row, is still blessedly raw. East Burnside is also still a pretty good representation—at least until about 20th Avenue, when everything good and pure bleeds out into condoland.

Right in the beating heart of downtown is Cameron’s Books & Magazines (336 SW 3rd), the bizarro Old Portland analog to Powell’s, where porn comes the way God intended: in print. Get more of the same across the river at Armchair Books (3205 SE Milwaukie), just a stone’s throw from the Aladdin. Throughout the 1980s, when it was no longer a reputable theater and not yet a hip music venue, the Aladdin’s marquee read “XXX Mature Audiences Only.” Deep Throat ran there for nearly eight years! Fortunately, Oregon Theater (3530 SE Division) has managed to stay open in spite of that street’s ham-fisted attempts to gentrify it into oblivion—a defiant reminder that no matter what Salt & Straw has to say about it, Old Portland isn’t going anywhere.

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Lizzie Review: Grisly Murder and Queer Romance, Together at Last


In a revealing interview with the Huffington Post, Chloë Sevigny said she’d hoped Lizzie—the new film in which she portrays Lizzie Borden, who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892 Massachusetts—would be a “rousing, smash-the-patriarchy piece,” and admitted that director Craig William Macneill’s final product isn’t what she’d imagined.

Building off the wealthy family’s battle over inheritances and the rumor that Borden killed her parents after they discovered her relationship with the Irish maid Brigid (Kristen Stewart), Lizzie tries to find the seemingly impossible balance between family drama, murder mystery, and queer romance. Though it’s a compelling idea, it doesn’t work—the forbidden love story isn’t fleshed out enough for that motive to be believable. And in 2018, when depictions of queer romance are just starting to get mainstream attention with films like Moonlight and Call Me by Your Name, I’m not sure this hypothetical lesbian link to a grisly murder is really necessary.

It’s valuable to reexamine history with the knowledge that women weren’t always granted the opportunity to tell their own stories, but Lizzie is more like a rogue spitballing session that reframes Borden’s infamous crime as a justifiable rebellion against injustice.

Lizzie opens Fri Sept 21. Movie times here!

Read more of the Mercury’s award-winning* movie and TV coverage here!

*not actually award-winning


TBA: Sanity TV Puts Autumn Knight's Audience on the Spot

Courtesy of the artist / PICA

Stepping up to the door of Sanity TV, I was handed a chair. Once I entered that door, my chair and I were thrust into the world of a fictional daytime talk show. Autumn Knight performed as the talk show's host, and she also guided people (and their chairs) into constructions around the room: a few rows, people seated at angles, people on risers, some (myself included) faced a wall. Video projected onto the wall I was facing, taken from cameras filming the unfolding show.

Once Knight placed the audience into her desired configurations, Sanity TV commenced. Anyone in the studio audience could be forced into the role of an interview subject. For the hour or so that followed, Knight hilariously terrorized attendees, putting them on the spot in unexpected ways. The performance was playful, imaginative, occasionally fun, and often a little mean-spirited.

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Good Morning, News: A Kavanaugh Stalemate, Ticketmaster Scalps Own Tickets, and LeBron in Space Jam Reboot

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Guys. We have to stop Kavanaugh at all costs. Ready? BREAK!
"Guys. We have to stop Kavanaugh at all costs. Ready? BREAK!" Courtesy Warner Bros.

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Let's not get too soft and gentle. Am not feelin' in no mood to play around. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

According to an autopsy, Jason Washington was shot nine times by PSU campus officers while trying to break up a fight outside of the Cheerful Tortoise. The officers were cleared by a grand jury.

A neighborhood group calling themselves "Enough is Enough PDX" (taking their name from another, already existing group) has gathered a 1,900 signature petition that calls for Mayor Wheeler to do more policing of the homeless. An important point the Oregonian makes in this article: "The petition follows an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive of city arrest data that found 52 percent of the arrests Portland police made in 2017 were of homeless people, who make up less than 3 percent of the population."

The suspect accused of walking into the pet adoption service, Pixie Project, smoking a bowl, and stealing a kitten has been arrested... but the kitten has yet to be found.

A stalemate has been reached between the GOP, who are supporting Trump's lying SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh (who's credibly accused of attempted rape), and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who so far has smartly refused to play the Republicans game and be roped into a kangaroo court on Monday. Unless something drastically changes, however, Kavanaugh could be appointed as soon as next week.

That being said, Republicans are privately fretting that their overbearing misogyny—and refusal to hear Christine Blasey Ford's story—will murder their chances of reelection in November.

Trump is claiming that the FBI is unable to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's accusation. But he's lying, again. Of course they can.

Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly feeling more frustrated and vulnerable behind the scenes as the Mueller probe grows ever closer, and even his most powerful friends are refusing/helpless to stop it. HA HA HA.

Former national security adviser/Trump co-conspirator Michael Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced in December, signaling that Mueller's probe has finished with him.

Today's long read: The New York Times' interesting piece on "The Plot to Subvert an Election" which creates a timeline of all the crimes perpetrated by Russia (and a certain political campaign) to overthrow our government.

This just in: Another mass shooting, this time at a Rite Aid support center in Maryland. So far three are reported dead, and two are injured. Details are scant, stand by for more.

Texas gun activist Cody Wilson has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.


Here's a headline you may give a shit about (I don't, but you might): "LeBron James is officially doing ‘Space Jam 2’, a sequel to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny original."

Now how about this WEATHER we've been having: Another cool, sunny day with highs ramping up to 70.

And finally, the beloved Samantha Bee has a searing takedown of those defending Kavanaugh, just to remind you YOU'RE NOT CRAZY, and this situation is legitimately FUCKED UP.

Things to Do Thursday!

DeRay Mckesson
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson is an easy-to-recognize face (thanks to his blue Patagonia vest) and voice (via his Crooked Media radio show Pod Save the People) in the modern resistance revolution happening right now. Touring to support his first book On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, McKesson will engage local civic leaders in a “no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion and community.” (7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $15-40) SUZETTE SMITH

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Paul Cherry
On their last record, 2017’s Backlash, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears’ soulful, infectious blues met riff-heavy funk, with the focus shifting from Lewis’ noted fretwork to peppy brass and a steady rhythmic pocket, as heard on the excellent “Global.” As evidenced by their status as veterans of pretty much every major American music festival, the band is known for engaging performances that orbit around Lewis’ unhinged vocal delivery that sounds inspired by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown. It’s the kind of guitar hero-centric act that’s not unlike the unifying allure of Jimi Hendrix or Lenny Kravitz (if that’s your thing). Their sixth studio LP, The Difference Between You and Me, is due out this month. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $18-20) RYAN J. PRADO

Table Sugar, Nick Normal, Collate
Olympia-hailing art punk quartet Table Sugar bring their shapeshifting sounds down the I-5 for an all-ages show at Speck's, with likeminded locals Nick Normal and Collate on hand to round out the proceedings. (7 pm, Speck's Records and Tapes, $5)

Hurry Up, Savak, Goddamned Animals
Hurry Up is the unholy trinity of Maggie Vail (bass), Kathy Foster (drums), and Westin Glass (guitar). It’s also kind of a super-group: Vail fronted the now-defunct Bangs, she and Foster represent two-thirds of the Strange Babes DJs, and Foster and Glass play in the Thermals. On their debut self-titled EP, Hurry Up sounds fluent in the lo-fi punk tradition of Dead Moon—all three sing (and scream) over big, razor-edged guitar riffs and drum attacks more intimidating than a charging rhinoceros (8 pm, Kenton Club, $7) CIARA DOLAN

The Wailers
Pioneering reggae rock bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett and the rest of the reunited Wailers make their way thorough the Aladdin Theater for the Portland stop on their North American tour. (8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25-30, all ages)

The Doubleclicks, Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Angela and Aubrey Webber bring their beloved geek-folk outfit down to the Siren Theater for a headlining show with support from like-minded Fort Collins, Colorado singer/songwriter Danielle Anderson. (7 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!


TBA: Demian DinéYazhi' Wrote "An Infected Sunset" For Indigenous Persons and People of Color

Courtesy of the artist / PICA

On the anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, transdisciplinary artist Demian DinéYazhi' read an ekphrastic, long-form poem about one of America’s deepest traumas: indigenous genocide. DinéYazhi' explained that the poem, "An Infected Sunset," was published by, designed by, written by, and performed for people of color—contrasting with other TBA works that were performed with white audiences in mind.

In their opening statement, DinéYazhi’ read a land acknowledgement and then contextualized "An Infected Sunset" as their #noDAPL version of Joni Mitchell's “Woodstock." The statement contained significant, catchy phrases like: “Nothing is more punk than indigenous and people of color” and “the sanctity of sex is as sacred as water.”

Andrew Jankowski

Earlier this year, DinéYazhi’ read sections of "An Infected Sunset" at the Whitney, and toured the poem through U.S. cities like Tulsa, St. Louis, and Philadelphia and Indigenous reservations like the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation and Sioux land at Standing Rock.

DinéYazhi’ is among the first artists I worked with in college and they made an especially powerful work immediately following the Pulse Massacre and the exo-judicial murders of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling. Their work is poignant, arresting, and ultra contemporary, moving the past into the present without pretension.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Group Sex With Her Fiancé Is Great But She Can't Come During and Feels Guilty After


I’m 30, a cis female, romantically attracted to men and sexually attracted to men and women. (Whatever that is? Heteroflexible?) Anyway, I’m engaged to the absolute love of my life, it blows me away everyday how compatible we are, he’s the fucking best person I know.

My question is in regards to this: we are both sexually attracted to women and have been interested in exploring other people together. We’ve had a number of experiences, threesomes/orgies and while on the whole I feel like they were positive experiences, I always walk away with a certain degree of troublesome negative emotions from it. I feel a fair amount of shame/guilt when I participate in what society tells me is slutty/a-typical sexual behavior. I was also shamed as a kid for “playing doctor” with both boys and girls which has contributed to my feeling guilty about experiencing sexual pleasure in general. I’ve also been with plenty of guys that affirmed that my sexual pleasure was not as important as theirs, so it's safe to say I have some emotional baggage when it comes to sex. (Doesn't everyone? Thanks, religion and patriarchy.)

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Ethan Hawke Biopics Singer/Songwriter Blaze Foley with Blaze


Directed by Ethan Hawke, Blaze explores the legacy of country singer/songwriter Blaze Foley, who belonged to the same scene as Townes Van Zandt, but was murdered before many people got to know his name. There’s plenty of mythology surrounding Foley and his hillbilly charm—he was known for wearing duct tape on the tips of his cowboy boots—but Ben Dickey’s raw performance makes the focus the flawed, tender man behind the songs (Lucinda Williams once called Foley “a genius and a beautiful loser,” which pretty much nails it).

Blaze’s best moments involve his relationship with actress Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat) and the time they spent living together in a treehouse in Georgia, but those get cut off due to frequent jumps to sepia-toned flashbacks. That nonlinear narrative also kind of makes sense, though, given the fact that Blaze’s history was lived by people who were often engulfed in a cloud of cigarette smoke and suffering from whiskey amnesia.

It’s not the first time Hawke has made a film about a forgotten musician—his 2014 directorial debut Seymour: An Introduction retraced the life of classical pianist Seymour Bernstein. Blaze isn’t particularly remarkable, but the attention given to Foley’s love story and the toll of his addiction are quietly gripping.

Blaze opens Fri Sept 21. Movie times here!

Read more of the Mercury’s award-winning* movie and TV coverage here!

*not actually award-winning

Autopsy Finds Jason Washington Shot 9 Times By PSU Officers


Two Portland State University (PSU) campus officers shot and killed Jason Washington with nine bullets on June 29, 2018.

According to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner, who released Washington's autopsy this morning, the 45-year-old Navy veteran ultimately died from multiple gunshots to the torso. He was also hit by bullets in the chest and side of his head.

Washington was shot outside of the Cheerful Tortoise bar on PSU campus while trying to break up a drunken brawl between a number of men. PSU officers shot at Washington after he fell onto the sidewalk, causing a gun to fall out of his holster. While Washington had a license to carry a concealed weapon, police reports collected by the Oregonian found that Washington was carrying his intoxicated friend's gun that evening.

The county toxicology report shows that Washington had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24 percent when he died. He had no controlled substances or prescription drugs in his system at the time.

Last week, a Multnomah County grand jury cleared the PSU officers, James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie, of any criminal wrongdoing, ruling that the men acted in self defense. Both officers have returned to work. Last week, PSU announced its plans to hire two outside contractors to more thoroughly investigate Washington's death and the purpose of armed officers on campus.

Vancouver Democrat Carolyn Long Packs a Candidate Forum in Trump Country

Long shaking hands with supporters at a forum in Woodland, WA.
Long shaking hands before facing off against Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler at a forum in Woodland, WA.

A noon forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce in a county Trump carried by 14 points should be hostile territory for a Democrat. But when Carolyn Long walked into a room at the back of The Oak Tree restaurant in Woodland, WA, a crowd of about 300 people clapped and chanted her name. "Caro-lyn! Caro-lyn! Caro-lyn!"

I heard no such chanting for incumbent Republican Jaime Herrera Buetler, who's seeking her fifth term in a surprisingly tight race against Long in Washington's 3rd Congressional District. That's not to say Herrera Buetler didn't have some any support in the room—she did—but they weren't so vocal.

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A Conversation with Kayela to the Muthafuckin J

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By the looks of her web presence and colorful music videos, 22-year-old Portland rapper KayelaJ (AKA Makayela Johnson) is the real deal. But the young MC doesn’t have a big team behind her—since April, she’s just chosen to invest in herself and take music seriously. It’s a lesson many artists could benefit from: looking legit online attracts opportunities.

Johnson, a Northeast Portland native, has been rapping since she was seven years old, and performed at PDX Pop Now! for the first time when she was just 15. Now using the KayelaJ moniker, she’s been making appearances on outlets like KGW, giving interviews to KBOO community radio, playing shows at Holocene, and headlining the Thesis at Kelly’s Olympian—and that’s just in the last month.

After her breakout PDX Pop Now! performance in 2012, Johnson says she started getting more attention from fans and the media, but at that time she simply wasn’t ready for alladat. “I was starting to get the emails of people wanting to interview me, and starting to get a little bit of buzz, but at the time I couldn’t handle it because I was going through so many growing pains in high school and just going through a lot with my family, and it all just kind of overwhelmed me,” she explains over coffee, wearing a T-shirt that says “Queer and Black Is Beautiful.”

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