First he screws up and swings an election, and then he tries to bring down an illegitimate President, and then he writes a book about all of that, and brings it here. It's an interesting life Mr. James Comey has lived only for the former head of the FBI to arrive in a cannabis wonderland on the weekend of 4/20. Speaking of which, the Soul'd Out Festival is still going strong, as is Stumpfest, and Pizza Week gets nibbled down to its tasty, tasty crust, and all of those things go great with a smoky treat or two, if you're looking to celebrate cannabis' unofficial holiday. But even if you aren't, it's a ton of stuff to get up to this weekend; hit the links below and load your plate accordingly
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Friday, Apr 20
Lez Stand Up
You know that feeling you get when you come home, ditch your binding patriarchal garments for a loosely draped caftan, take a long sip from a goblet flowing with the tears of anti-abortion politicians, and decide over coven group text which powerful man to topple next, all while you watch Samantha Bee and slide into the 20 pillows you keep on your bed at all times? That’s what Lez Stand Up shows are like. Bless. MEGAN BURBANK
8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
National Day of Action Walkout and Columbine Anniversary
The Socialist Alternative Portland branch will host a walkout and rally in honor of the students gunned down 19 years ago at Columbine High School and the countless victims of gun violence since. Other schools including David Douglas and Reynolds high schools will also host walkouts to coincide with this nationwide day of action. EMILLY PRADO
noon, South Park Blocks, free, all ages
PJ Morton, Leela James
PJ Morton is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist out of New Orleans who is best known for his role as keyboardist in Maroon 5, and for his collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes. Tonight, the in-demand musician brings his blend of R&B, soul, and funk to the Aladdin Theater as part of the 2018 Soul'd Out Music Festival
7 pm, Aladdin Theater, $28
Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Soar
Vessel, the latest album from Frankie Cosmos (AKA singer/songwriter Greta Kline), sounds like one long poem set to music. Kline’s been playing music since she was a teenager, and released her debut studio album, 2014’s Zentropy, when she was just 19. Kline developed a cultish following in the years prior for the lo-fi bedroom recordings she shared on Bandcamp, which both reinforced and rejected the expectations surrounding teen girlhood. Kline is 24 now, and on Vessel, she already sounds like a jaded veteran rocker: “Looking around at 22/And so tired of myself around you/Maybe I don’t fit your ideals anymore/Or maybe I just grew up into a bore,” she sings on “Apathy.” On Vessel Kline flexes her inimitable songwriting muscles, and the result is still as painstakingly detailed and intimate as any of her earlier releases. ISABEL LYNDON
Noname, BJ the Chicago Kid, Gus Dapperton, Fountaine
Two of Chicago's brightest talents combine forces for a night of hip-hop, R&B, and neo soul as part of the 2018 Soul'd Out Festival.
9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $26.50, all ages
Portland EcoFilm Festival
There are lots of great movies out right now—A Quiet Place! Lean on Pete!—but they’ll be around for a while. The stuff you can only see this weekend is at the annual Portland EcoFilm Festival. As in past years, it’s well worth checking out, with offerings ranging from 1982’s experimental doc Koyaanisqatsi (which offers its remarkable visuals on Fri April 20, a date that is probably not a coincidence) to The Reluctant Radical, a doc about Ken Ward, who was threatened with a decades-long prison sentence for his climate activism. That one screens on Sat April 21, with its filmmakers and Ward in attendance. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Apr 20-22, Hollywood Theatre, click here for titles and showtimes, $6-10
Social Justice: A Vegetarian/Vegan Soul Food Pop-Up
Celebrate Earth Day early by exploring sustainable food practices and getting to know some local farmers and laborers at this vegan and vegetarian-friendly soul food pop up prepared by Rachelle Dixon. EMILLY PRADO
6 pm, Waverly Heights Congregational Church, $20
Two Flowers CBD Beer Festival
Cannabis couldn't have a recreational holiday of its own without beer shoehorning its way into the party and throwing itself another festival, featuring multiple CBD beers on tap, live music, food cart offerings, and a terpene sensory station, too.
3 pm, Coalition Brewing Co.
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
When he’s not holding down the trombone chair in the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Ryan Keberle is leading his modern jazz band Catharsis through a fascinating journey that’s taken them into the realms of Latin music, avant garde sounds, and some straight-up swinging bop. The latest album by this ensemble—last year’s Find the Common, Shine a Light—is their most unabashedly political work, reflecting the turbulent age we’re all suffering through with some especially unhinged freeform work and some sweetly melodic takes on ’60s classics “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Fool on the Hill” (a reference to the Voldemort in the White House). Key to the brilliance of that album is the vocal work of Camila Meza, who brings a crystalline directness to the work. She sadly won’t be in attendance at this Portland date, but the equally gifted singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles will be on hand to put her own spin on things. ROBERT HAM
8 pm, Mission Theater, $15-20
Beverly, Lubec, Havania Whaal
The Brooklyn indie pop quartet spearheaded by vocalist and guitarist Drew Citron make their way out to Turn! Turn! Turn! for an intimate Portland stop on a West Coast jaunt. Local noise-pop and rock staples Lubec and Havania Whaal provide support.
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $8
Action Slacks brings her treasure trove of classic 45s and drops a nuclear bomb of atomic age oldies radiating good vibes all night long.
9 pm, The Spare Room, $7
The Cave Singers, Red Ribbon
The Seattle-hailing trio bring their dynamic blend of Americana and folk-rock back down the I-5 to give Portland yet another chance to catch their acclaimed live show.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $18-20
Saturday, Apr 21
Record Store Day 2018
Happy Record Store Day! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for crate diggers, when artists drop rare vinyl releases at participating record stores across the globe. Lucky for us, four Portland shops are throwing celebrations with fantastic bills: Everyday Music always hosts the biggest show, and this year’s lineup is no different, with sets from local favorites like Bed. and Amenta Abioto. Tender Loving Empire is joining forces with Good Cheer Records at their Hawthorne location, with DJs from bands like Turtlenecked and Y La Bamba spinning records, plus free beer from Gigantic Brewing Company and 20 percent off all music purchases. Across the street, Jackpot Records will also have DJs soundtracking as you peruse, like Patterson Hood of Drive-by Truckers. That night, Music Millennium will host in-store performances from Sloan and Fernando. CIARA DOLAN
Various Stores and Locations, click here for participating venues and performers
The Portland Mercury's Pizza Week
This is the last day to get your pizza on. And who knows—maybe you're bold enough to try doing the whole damn thing in one day, in one run, one glorious last mad dash marathon of $2 slices from some of the finest pizza-making minds in Portland. Or maybe you're only looking to taste the best of the best (of the best). In which case: click here for the list of slices, and choose wisely.
Various Locations, click here for a list of participating venues and slices
Former FBI director James Comey has a new book out, and even the title—A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership—reads like a not-so-sneaky condemnation of his former boss. Tonight, Comey’s in town to discuss the book, which recounts a career that's included sending Martha Stewart to prison, digging into Hillary Clinton’s emails, and going toe-to-toe with the goddamn mafia. It’s been a real weird couple of years, in large part thanks to Comey’s contentious interactions with Clinton and Trump—and hearing him talk about it promises a perspective unlike anyone else’s. ERIK HENRIKSEN
noon, Revolution Hall, $40
By the 1990s, the term “power pop”—which began as a self-explanatory marriage of Who-ish crunch and Beatles-like melody—could apply to a range of artists. On one end of the spectrum was Weezer, whose self-deprecating edge and references to suburban pop culture ephemera served as the modern counterweight to singer Rivers Cuomo’s thinly veiled Pet Sounds fetishizing. On the other was Jellyfish, a technicolored ELO/Wings/Queen mashup that openly resisted musical trends of the era. Somewhere in the middle lay Halifax’s Sloan—a band that never seemed particularly self-conscious of their retro influences, but who executed pastiche with a nonchalance that catered to alt-rock sensibilities. Despite taking seven weeks and costing $120,000 to record, Sloan’s 1994 high-water mark Twice Removed is one of the most effortless-sounding power pop records ever released. Opening track “Penpals” is a Revolver sendup with lyrics lifted from actual fan mail addressed to the band’s then-labelmates Nirvana. And the catchiest couplet on the entire album, from the song “Coax Me,” happens to be, “If I drink concentrated O.J./Can I think Consolidated’s okay?” That’s really all you need to know. MORGAN TROPER
9 pm, Doug Fir, $20
Fuji to Hood: A Japan/Portland Collaboration Beer Fest
What goes better with sushi and ramen than beer? This brew fest features eleven partnerships between Japanese and Portland breweries to create new and unique recipes to try. SakeOne will also be there if beer’s not your speed. And yes, those quintessential Japanese snacks will be there too. KELLY KENOYER
11am, Culmination Brewing, $25-30
Despite its less-than-accessible price tag, TEDxPortland is actually worth your hard-earned money. Each year they curate an excellent panel of local and n organizers, leaders and thinkers to share their “ideas worth spreading.” This year’s event (themed “Br/dges”) has a very intriguing lineup, which includes journalist/news anchor Ann Curry, new Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, Peter Cho of the award-winning Han Oak restaurant, musician Edna Vazquez, and many more. Throughout the day you’ll get to snack on Salt & Straw, sip Stumptown coffee, and get access to the post-event happy hour with bites from Laughing Planet.
8 am, Keller Auditorium, $85-200
Cécile McLorin Salvant
The Soul'd Out Festival presents a headlining performance with the renowned Miami-hailing jazz vocalist who took home back-to-back Grammy Awards for her most recent albums, For One to Love and Dreams and Daggers.
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $25-40
Stumpfest 7: Night 3
Portland’s annual celebration of weighty, sludgy, proggy, thickly serpentine music returns to Mississippi Studios for three nights of full-volume heaviosity. Highlights Saturday night headliners Dead Meadow, whose lysergic psychedelia never fails to please. Get ready to rawk. NED LANNAMANN
7:30 pm, Mississippi Studios, $25-30
Down Gown, Rllrbll, Inny
Portland’s Down Gown play with wiry poise, exuding unhinged, manic ferocity one minute, then shifting to melodies so mired in dissonant structures they almost seem surreal. RYAN J. PRADO
9 pm, (The World Famous) Kenton Club, $5
Hoppy Earth Day Brew Fest
From the earth comes hops. From the hops comes beer. Beer that tastes tangy and bitter and bitey and all the other great things that Northwest drinkers have come to love. Portland Brewing celebrates Earth Day by throwing a party for the region's best hoppy beers, and providing you an opportunity to run off all that liquid bread with a 5K run, too.
1 pm, Portland Brewing Company, $15
Sedan: Haunted House Sleepover
Portland’s comedy scene gets EVEN MORE delightful with Sedan, a new sketch group featuring seasoned performers Shelley McLendon, Loren Hoskins, Paul Glazier, Chad Parsons, and the Mercury’s own Wm. Steven Humphrey. Though they did divulge that they were almost called the Crybaby Turtles, Sedan promises “action, adventure, and tears.” I call shotty! MEGAN BURBANK
8 pm, Siren Theater, $10-20
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Almost everything you could, should, and do love about Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avatar (both the blue-kitty-people version and the kid-with-the-arrow-on-his-head version) was already present in this 1984 anime classic, but made more visually interesting and emotionally engaging (if you can believe that, and you should), thanks to the beautiful mind of legendary storyteller Hayao Miyazaki. Part of the Hollywood Theatre’s Hayao Miyazaki Celebration series. BOBBY ROBERTS
2:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $6, all ages
Support Portland’s premier zine fest as they fundraise for the upcoming 18th annual Portland Zine Symposium by dressing in your best monster garb. While the pageant is closed to new submissions, over a dozen monster artists will duke it out to see who walks away with the title of Portland’s mightiest monster. Spectators who arrive in costume earn a discounted entry of just $5 for their efforts. EMILLY PRADO
6 pm, N Michigan & N Failing, $7-10
Healing the Healthcare Blues Inner City Blues Festival
Norman Sylvester's seventh annual inner city blues festival to help raise funds for Health Care for All Oregon, featuring an all-star cast of Portland's finest musicians pouring out their heart and soul to help provide the city some relief from our country's ongoing health care crisis.
5 pm, North Portland Eagles Lodge, $20-25
If you still haven’t checked out Izaak Opatz’s 2017 solo debut Mariachi Static, you’re doing your ears a disservice. It’s forgivable, though, considering the album was self-released by Opatz following his move from Missoula, Montana, to Los Angeles. You’ll be out of excuses soon enough, though, since venerable Portland label Mama Bird Recording is re-releasing Mariachi Static in July. Opatz’s self-described “dirtwave” aesthetic ought to fit right in to your summertime vibes; his songs are stuffed with effortless cool, vivid wordplay, and insightful, mischievous commentaries. It’s funny, too, which makes it all the more endearing, especially on tracks as hummable and sweet as “Not Yet” or “One Way or Another.” Opatz is bringing his full LA band up for a quick West Coast jaunt before the re-release drops. Believe the hype RYAN J. PRADO
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $10-12
Sunday, Apr 23
Twin Shadow, Yuno
“Saturdays (feat. Haim)” is the first single from Caer, the forthcoming LP from Twin Shadow (AKA George Lewis Jr.), and it captures everything that makes the Dominican American singer/synth master great: rhythms that build like the climax of a John Hughes movie, glossy pop hooks, soaring new wave guitar riffs, lyrics about stuff like moon-dancing, and Lewis’ satisfyingly Prince-like voice. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $20
De La Soul, Silent Heroes, DJ O.G. One
The Soul'd Out Festival brings the pioneering hip-hop trio out of Long Island to the Roseland stage for a rare Portland performance.
9 pm, Roseland, $38-55
#JusticeForQuanice: An All-Ages Hip-Hop Benefit Show
Portland Police killed 17-year-old Quanice “Moose” Hayes on February 9, 2017 even though the teenage boy was unarmed and on his knees. His family is now suing the City of Portland and need help with raising enough money for the hefty legal battle ahead. Rapper Glenn Waco will headline an all-ages showcase featuring a lineup of talented teen musicians and DJs including [E]mpress and G-Low. Cash or CashApp accepted for entry. EMILLY PRADO
7:30 pm, Funhouse Lounge, $5
Mike Donovan, Lavender Flu, Dragging an Ox Through Water
The San Francisco garage rocker and former Sic Alps frontman brings his latest solo stuff out to Turn! Turn! Turn! along with support from Portland staples the Lavender Flu and Dragging An Ox Through Water.
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $8
Wyclef Jean, Culture Crew, Moira Mack, Hannah Eggen
The Haitian singer/songwriter and hip-hop artist, best known for co-founding the Fugees alongside Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, brings his solo stuff to the Wonder Ballroom stage in support of his 2017 album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.
8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $32-45
Mujahedeen, Kal Marks, Loom
Ali Muhareb's Mujahedeen has come pretty far over the past few years. What started out as a solo project has since brought in more members and completely revamped its sound. Muhareb's vision began as a reverb-heavy outburst of electronic noise, but has since transitioned into jazzier psych territory. It also experiments with post-hardcore that’s as emotive as Mewithoutyou, with much groovier rhythms than Jawbox. CERVANTE POPE
8 pm, Rontoms, free
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Before J.J. Abrams resurrected Star Trek with his candy-coated 2009 adventure, the most popular Star Trek film was this big-screen sitcom from 1986, most commonly known as "The one with the whales." That sounds like a slam, but it's really not—sitcoms are a staple of pop-culture because people very much enjoy just spending time with beloved characters as they bounce off each other. A story doesn't need to be a fraught, revenge-soaked tragedy in order to mean something, and director Leonard Nimoy's decision to lower the stakes (sorta—the film is about impending world destruction), dispense with overt villainy, and just enjoy the company of the Enterprise's crew not only reminded longtime fans why they fell in love with the series, but inspired a lot of then-casual fans to become not-so-casual about that fandom afterwards. BOBBY ROBERTS
1:50 pm & 9:45 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4
Primer Regimen, Petite, Mr. Wrong, Prohibido
Most contemporary punk is about as safe and predictable as a Wednesday night book club. There’s nothing wrong with that; the current craze for the sights and sounds of ’80s street punk—boots and chains and dirt-simple anthems—might seem a little silly if you’re hooked on the notion that punk is synonymous with challenging convention. It’s a fine notion to cling to, and it still informs some radical sounds, but punk is basically folk music at this point, and borrowed signifiers are crucial. It’s all about execution, and the careful, skilled traditionalists of Bogotá, Colombia’s Primer Regimen are intent on keeping the sounds of 1982 alive until the next generation learns how to spit-shine Blitz’s boots. So don’t worry about this particular wing of the punk museum—Primer Regimen are keeping those three chords nice and warm and that raw voice cold and torn. CHRIS SUTTON
8 pm, Black Water Bar, $8, all ages
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