Portland Radler Festival
August is hot. Too hot to bike, breathe, or do anything with your life, really. Except drink beer, and there’s no beer more refreshing than a shandy or a radler. Some beer snobs may think, "adding juice to beer? What are you, a child?” And the answer to that is to flip them off and enjoy your fruity, refreshing beverage in peace with the knowledge that the summer drink has a long history in Germany, Beer’s homeland. KELLY KENOYER
noon, StormBreaker Brewing
Okay, so Jack White’s new album Boarding House Reach isn’t very good (to be honest, I haven’t enjoyed an album of his since 2012’s Blunderbuss). But he’s still Jack White—former White Stripe and current rock ’n’ weirdo. And in true rock ’n’ roll weirdo fashion, he won’t be allowing any cell phones at this show. CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, $40-70
Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Tonight’s Cascadia Cup matchup between the Timbers and the Whitecaps brings the Alphonso Davies farewell tour to Portland. The 17-year-old Canadian winger will finish out the season with Vancouver before making his career-altering move to European giants Bayern Munich. It’s a landmark moment for the MLS, and the chance to see one of the top prospects in the world take on the Timbers in a rivalry match at Providence Park is worthy of top billing. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
8 pm, Providence Park, $42-175
Lavender Country, Jenny Don't & the Spurs, Soft Butch
Country music is still overwhelmingly heterosexual, even with the success of openly gay acts like Little Bandit and Brandy Clark. Forty-five years ago, the situation was even worse, with the Nashville establishment opening their minds just enough to allow an African American artist Charley Pride through the gates. Stepping out of the closet and onstage at the Grand Ole Opry? That would have been a death sentence. That’s what makes the lone album by Seattle outfit Lavender Country such a remarkable outlier. Released initially as a private press LP in 1973, it was the first gay country album ever, beating out Peter Grudzien’s The Unicorn by a year. But where Grudzien’s work was steeped in the psych-folk underground of his New York home, led by singer/songwriter Patrick Haggerty, Lavender Country attempted to keep up with the sleepy honky tonk balladry and jumped-up boot-stompers of the time. Even though the band played shows up and down the West Coast, Lavender Country didn’t make a dent in the cultural consciousness of the time. Haggerty hung up his spurs for the next four decades, concentrating on activism and raising a family. The project has finally gotten its due in recent years, thanks to a reissue of the album by North Carolina label Paradise of Bachelors, which has inspired Haggerty to dust off his guitar and cowboy hat and play shows around the US. The messages in the music sadly still resonate to a modern audience, but they no longer have to be delivered from the shadows. ROBERT HAM
9 pm, The Fixin' To, $10
Summer Cannibals, Mini Blinds
Summer Cannibals have been living proof of the greatness of Portland’s indie rock scene since releasing their 2013 debut No Makeup. The band has grown into their moody rock ’n’ roll sound on two full-lengths released on their own record label, and another on iconic Portland label Kill Rock Stars. Summer Cannibals’ unapologetic, empowered lyrics, fuzzed-out guitar riffs, and power-pop hooks will get stuck in your head all day. DELANEY MOTTER
5 pm, Green Noise Records, free, all ages
Ganja & Hess
One of the more unique takes on vampire mythology ever filmed, 1973’s Ganja & Hess returns to theaters for the first time in a few decades with this “director’s cut” version that restores the breadth of director Bill Gunn’s vision of the film, which was commissioned to be a cheap Blacula ripoff. Gunn was not interested in being a party to something so simple, and instead took the $350,000, cast Night of the Living Dead’s Duane Jones, and made a fever-dream of existential horror. Producers saw all this monologuing and angst linking scenes of sex and violence, decided that about 40 minutes of all that could just go away, and proceeded to hack the film down to 76 minutes. All that stuff is back now, and the already rich, kaleidoscopic messiness is just that much deeper. BOBBY ROBERTS
9:30 pm, NW Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium, $8-9
Bizarre Love Triangle: '80s New Wave & Synth Pop
DJs Gregarious, The Art of Hot, and Narcissus My Reflection dig into their crates and pull out only the finest in new wave and synth pop for your listening pleasure. Hosted by Anna Jenkins.
9 pm, The Liquor Store, $6
1939 Ensemble, Blue Cranes, Amenta Abioto, DJ Derek Smith
The Portland-based instrumental quartet known for playing a blend of percussion-driven krautrock, post-rock, and jazz return to Mississippi Studios to unleash their brand new full-length. Fellow locals Blue Cranes, Amenta Abioto, and KMHD DJ Derek Smith round out the proceedings.
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10-12
Eternal Summers, Souvenir Driver
The Roanoke-based trio bring their dreamy and shapeshifting indie rock and pop back through Portland for a headlining show supporting their latest full-length, Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying....
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $12-14
Farm to Fork Dinner
A dinner benefitting Portland State University's Learning Gardens Lab, featuring a multi-course meal prepared by PSU Eats Executive Chef Matt Steele, made from freshly grown produce at the Learning Gardens. Dinner includes wine and beer pairings, live entertainment, and live storytelling from PSU students.
6 pm, Learning Gardens Laboratory, $75
Solo: A Star Wars Story was not the first Lucasfilm project Ron Howard directed. In 1987, George Lucas, who created a world-changing film series 10 years prior because he couldn't get the rights to Flash Gordon, asked Howard to replicate that phenomenon after not getting the rights to Lord of the Rings. Thus: Willow, starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer as pseudo-Frodo and Asshole Aragorn, off to fight evil witches, skull-faced enforcers, and rescue baby princesses. Willow is an ungainly little family film, pinballing between pulp fantasy, awkward romance, cornball kid's flick (ugh, the fucking Brownies), and Harryhausen-esque adventure, but thanks to Kilmer's charm, Davis' pluck, and one hell of a score from James Horner, Willow—while getting nowhere near the resonance of Lord of the Rings, ends up being a mostly-okay fantasy pastiche. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9
That's What She Said: Emotional Labor Day
What better way to celebrate summer than to enjoy some brilliant comedy by feminist comedy collective, That’s What She Said. Hear from Dannie Rae Cannon, Samhita Reddy, Shannon Sales, and Katie Piatt amongst others and rest easy knowing your dollars are going directly to a local nonprofit serving immigrants and refugees.
7 pm, Siren Theater, $10
The beloved '90s alternative rock and jangle pop quartet fronted by former Throwing Muses and Breeders member Tanya Donelly return to the Revolution Hall Stage in support of Dove, the band's first new album since 1995's King.
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30-35
Dylan Carlson, Mary Lattimore
If instrumental music were a coin, Dylan Carlson and Mary Lattimore would be its two sides. Carlson is from the Pacific Northwest, he's old enough to have roomed with Kurt Cobain, and he has spent the past couple of decades wrangling doomed drones and dusky tones out of his guitar in an effort to explore the fringes of American sound. His main gig, Earth, is one of the most influential heavy instrumental bands in recent memory, and his new album Conquistador is his first under his own name. Lattimore is from the East Coast, she’s a rising young talent, and her exquisite and ethereal approach to the harp has made her an in-demand accompanist for artists like Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and Jarvis Cocker. Her new-agey new album Hundreds of Days is one of the prettiest and most calming releases of 2018—a year when pretty and calming music is so very welcome.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $12
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