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Monday Jul 11
Mitski, Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som “One morning this sadness will fossilize/And I will forget how to cry.” So sings Mitski on Puberty 2, her soul-bearing collection of orchestral indie rock mini-masterpieces that burn with gentle intensity. Don’t skip the openers—Japanese Breakfast’s glittery, effervescent pop and Jay Som’s complex riffs really can’t be missed. CIARA DOLAN
The Analog Cafe and Little Theater, 720 SE Hawthorne, 7pm, $13-15, all ages
Chicago poet and novelist Jesse Ball reads from his latest novel, How to Set a Fire and Why, which tells the story of a struggling teenage girl who learns that her new school has a secret Arson Club.
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 7:30pm
DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid
Setting the dance floor on fire with sustained, bassy Bhangra explosions.
Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 9pm
2001: A Space Odyssey
Did you miss your chance to check out one of the most mind-blowing visual experiences in the history of film last weekend? I'm not talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (although I guess I could be, now that I think of it,) I'm talking about that pristine 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic, 2001 that was shown at the Hollywood Theatre. Luckily, they've decided to run that cinematic gold through the sprockets for an encore screening tonight. Rectify last weekend's mistake, and do the right thing: See this movie the way it was meant to be seen.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7pm, $12
We Are Scientists, The Palms
The California based electro rock and post-punk duo consisting of guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray and bass guitarist Chris Cain return to Portland in support of their 2016 album, Helter Seltzer.
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9pm, $15-17
Tuesday Jul 12
If you don’t love Tacocat, you might want to have a doctor check on that cold, dead heart of yours. The Seattle punk-pop-party-band-with-a-message (that message? Have fun, and don’t be a dick) is playing a free, intimate, all-ages in-store at the great Jackpot Records on the heels of the release of their splendid new collection of jams, Lost Time. NED LANNAMANN
Jackpot Records, 3574 SE Hawthorne, 6pm, free, all ages
Kung Fu Theater: Snake Deadly Act
This month's installment in Dan Halsted's ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is the only known 35mm print of 1980's Snake Deadly Act, which makes up for the basic lack of sense in its title with an abundance of satisfyingly violent revenge, delivered with more style and less mercy than a Cobra Kai sensei. BOBBY ROBERTS
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30pm, $9
This guy damn near stole the entire Django Unchained soundtrack out from under everyone else on it. That's saying something considering that list includes John Legend, Rick Ross, Ennio Morricone, Tupac and James Brown.
Duff’s Garage, 2530 NE 82nd, 7:30pm
The bestselling novelist and screenwriter comes to Broadway Books to read from his newest novel, Undermajordomo Minor.
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 7pm
Boss Hog, Hurry Up
The New York City-based punk and blues band featuring the husband and wife duo of Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez hit the Doug Fir Lounge in support of their 2016 album, Brood X.
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9pm, $15-18
Stumptown Stories: Law & Disorder
Learn about the seedier side of Portland's history with a pair of tales from local historians Joe Streckert and Finn JD John, including how Oregon managed to get the Supreme Court to make an exception to the 13th Amendment (that's the one banning slavery), and how the Sandy Chief of Police wound up on the FBI Most Wanted list.
Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th, 7pm
Wednesday Jul 13
ROBOT DOUBLE FEATURE!
Okay, so it's not technically a double feature, but still: Tonight you can stay home with the season two premiere of the brilliant hacker drama Mr. Robot (seriously, if it's even half as good as the first season, it'll be fucking great), or you can head to OMSI for their Sci-Fi Film Festival—which tonight features Pixar's Wall•E, introduced by Intel Senior Technologist Dave Shinsel and his robot pal Loki! Or if you really like robots (RAISES HAND, WAVES IT IN THE AIR) you can do both. (Robot note: There are no actual robots in Mr. Robot. Or are there?) ERIK HENRIKSEN
Mr. Robot Season Two Premiere: Your TV, or a friend's TV, or a screen of some sort, 9pm (or whenever you get around to downloading/streaming/torrenting it), free; Wall•E: OMSI Empirical Theater, 1945 SE Water, 6:30pm, $6-7, all ages
Portland's Funniest Person 2016: The Finals
Past winners of this contest have pretty much all promptly packed their shit, moved to Los Angeles, and gotten steady work making people laugh a lot on a national stage. Tonight you will see who from our comedy community is about to make that leap for themselves.
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 8pm, $20
Fear of Men, Puro Instinct, Patricia Hall
The Brighton, England-based indie pop band bring their dreamy twee and minimalist shoegaze back to Portland in support of their 2016 album, Fall Forever.
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9pm, $12-14
Mount Joy, Little Star, Oh Rose
A cursory listen to Portland's Mount Joy reveals four-part harmonies at the heart of the melodically savvy quartet. Less obvious is their affinity for soulful subtlety, masked in the guise of a folk-rock foundation. "Centerpiece" could essentially be an a cappella tune, a beautiful symbiosis of vocals from Aubrey Ament, Madi Becker, Emily Jacob, and Leslie Robert. This isn't to say the band is some one-trick pony: Mount Joy revels in that subdued songcraft that makes them as dynamic as they are inherently harmonious, with flecks of jazz, R&B, folk, and pop dipping in and out of their oeuvre with ease. RYAN J. PRADO
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30pm, $7
Thursday Jul 14
Fashion in Film: The Fifth Element
Eden Dawn and former Mercury fashion maven Marjorie Skinner present a special screening of a film that belongs just as much to Jean-Paul Gaultier as it does Bruce Willis, The Fifth Element. When not marveling at Milla Jovovich's costume (apparently made entirely of seatbelts) or Gary Oldman's hair (which is, amazingly, now the preferred hairstyle of choice for
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 6:45 pm, $9
Willis Earl Beal, Jandek
Two one-of-a-kind musicians share the stage tonight: Pacific Northwest-based Willis Earl Beal unites his full, soulful voice with sparse, ominous soundscapes, while blues deconstructionist Jandek carries on the tradition of old, weird Americana via atonal folk songs. NED LANNAMANN
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9pm, $15-20
Bastille Day Bop: Masonique, Rllrbll, Susurrus Station, Child PM
The first of hopefully many annual Bastille Day celebrations that take the the form of piling a whole bunch of awesome people into the American Legion hall on Alberta and enjoying some of the best local artists (such as Rllrbll, Masonique, and more) as they do their thing.
American Legion Local 134, 2104 NE Alberta, 8:30pm, free w/ food donation
Haters have their tighty-whities in a bunch over the new Ghostbusters. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… all because their nostalgia’s getting ladified. You know what you can do with that mass hysteria? Turn it into hysterical laughter with funny-as-fuck comedians Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. This oughta be fun! COURTNEY FERGUSON
Various Locations, see Movie Times for theaters and showtimes
The Cool Kids Patio Show
The first installment in a new bimonthly showcase hosted by comedian Andie Main. Take advantage of an extended happy hour that runs until 8pm while taking in an evening of free comedy and music on the Doug Fir patio. Featuring stand-up by Bri Pruett, Caitlin Weirhauser, and Adam Pasi, with live music from Lee & The Bees.
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 6pm, free
Montreal-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and artist Laurel Sprengelmeyer, better known by her stage name Little Scream, brings her blend of pop, folk, and art rock to the Bunk Bar stage in support of her 2016 full-length, Cult Following.
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9pm, $12-14
Top Down: Rooftop Cinema—Plan 9 from Outer Space
It's your opportunity to gather atop the Hotel DeLuxe parking structure, stuffing yourself with sandwiches, chasing them with gourmet beer, and listening to live music as a charmingly delightful prelude to the magic of a Northwest sunset blooming, the surrounding Portland skyline twinkling into illuminated life all around you, all of which comprises the beautiful backdrop behind the outdoor screen upon which will be projected one of the single biggest pieces of pure shit that ever gracelessly fell from cinema's butthole.
Hotel DeLuxe, 729 SW 15th, 7pm, $7-12