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Princess on the Stage! Prince on the Big Screen! Portland on the Runway! by Mercury Staff Portland is a damn hotbed of wonderfulness this week. Not just because a treasure of International Film is perpetually unfolding all week long, but because you have guitar gods like Mary Timony showing up, rock gods like Prince and David Bowie making appearances on local screens, Princess Nokia taking over at the Wonder, Willy Vlautin holding court at Powell's, and Fade to Light strutting and sparkling all over the Crystal. There is so much more to take in this week; hit the links below and load your plate accordingly Jump to: Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday Monday, Feb 19 Mary Timony Plays Helium, Allison Crutchfield Mary Timony is finally getting the credit she?s long deserved for being a guitar player and songwriter of rare vintage. There was an entire Pitchfork article devoted to that very subject, with folks like Sadie Dupuis and Timony?s Wild Flag bandmate Carrie Brownstein singing her praises as a shredder and innovator. Much of that came in the wake of Timony?s work with Wild Flag and Ex Hex, her brilliant power-pop band with Betsy Wright and Laura Harris. But where she truly came to the fore was in the ?90s, when she was the singer/guitarist for the art-rock trio Helium. During the band?s short time together, their two albums (1995?s The Dirt of Luck and 1997?s The Magic City) cut a dazzling path between the harder-edged work of her riot grrrl contemporaries and the more tender explorations of folks like Liz Phair. What Timony shares with all of these artists are songs that spell out her personal frustrations, particularly with the men in her past who treated her like a prude or a plaything. That she meshed them with mystical imagery (dragons and unicorns make prominent appearances) only confused some critics who wanted to frame her as a lost faerie princess. But as the music proves through all its knotted-up time signatures and mucky guitar tones, Timony was entirely earthbound and shouldn?t have been as far removed from stardom as she remains. ROBERT HAM 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $20 Portland International Film Festival As the robber barons in charge of America attempt to isolate our country from the rest of the world, the Portland International Film Festival makes its annual cinematic case for humankind?s inherent interconnectedness. The 88 feature films and 48 shorts that the NW Film Center has collected will pack Portland theaters, bringing a can?t-eat-it-all smorgasbord of movies from every corner of the globe. While the diversity of this year?s lineup outlines how privilege, race, and geography can divide us, the films themselves successfully argue that many of our struggles and ambitions are universal. NED LANNAMANN Various Theaters, click here for a full list of showtimes and locations, and read our guide to the 2018 Portland International Film Festival Shame, Dreamdecay The death of The Fall?s Mark E. Smith has left a huge hole in the post-punk firmament, waiting to be filled by another weedy, angry young singer who scowls brilliant stream-of-consciousness poetry into a microphone while evidencing pure pity and contempt for anyone watching. To that vaunted position, I nominate Charlie Steen, vocalist for the South London quintet Shame. While his bandmates steer their collective ship along a tension-filled route mapped out by forerunners like Bloc Party and Buzzcocks, Steen paces around, snarling out lyrics that verge on political commentary. Mostly he just seems disgusted with everything he lays his wide-eyed gaze on. ?I like you better when you?re not around,? he intones on ?Tasteless,? one of the most brutally tuneful tracks on Shame?s brilliant new debut, Songs of Praise. If you don?t know who the ?you? is in this scenario, chances are you?re it. ROBERT HAM 9 pm, Doug Fir, $12 Judah & the Lion, Colony House, Tall Heights An evening of "Folk Hop 'n Roll" with the quick-rising Nashville-based quartet, with support from the ethereal harmonies and trip-hop inspired beats of Tall Heights. 8 pm, Roseland, $25 Still Not My President's Day Show An array of Portland's finest stand-up comics and drag performers come together to perform in support of Planned Parenthood. The event will also feature a huge raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses in support of the cause. 7 pm, The Analog Cafe & Little Theater, $15 Anca L. Szilágyi, Susan DeFreitas Anca L. Szilágyi reads from Daughters of the Air, her debut novel about a young girl who was sent away to boarding school in New York City after her father was disappeared during Argentina's Dirty War. Szilágyi will be joined in conversation by Susan DeFreitas, author of Hot Season. 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free Purple Rain As a movie, Purple Rain isn?t much, honestly?basically a series of melodramatic (and often misogynistic) vignettes about a pouty brat (Prince) acting like a sour piece of shit to everyone in a five-mile radius (The Revolution, Apollonia) as a coping mechanism for having an abusive father (Clarence Williams III). But as a document of Prince?s talents as a musician and a live performer, (and to a lesser extent, Morris Day?s charisma and the Time?s chops), Purple Rain is like an atomic bomb powered by funk-rock fusion, whose radioactive fallout changed pop culture forever. SQUAWK! Hallelujah. BOBBY ROBERTS 7 pm, Clinton Street Theater Tuesday, Feb 20 Princess Nokia, Suzi Analogue, Karma Rivera New York-based Boricua rapper Princess Nokia?s studio debut 1992 Deluxe is beyond impressive: With her malleable flows and tones, Nokia?s gritty hip-hop is made refreshing by its progressive, empowering lyrics. Identifying as a bi-sexual ?Tomboy,? skater, and feminist, Nokia melds her influences of gothic punk and hip-hop while honoring her Afro-Latina heritage and celebrating femmes of color. On YouTube, her highlights include various insightful Q&As, footage from her visceral live shows, and an endless stream of visuals that?ll turn you into an instant Stan. JENNI MOORE 8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $22-24 The Man Who Fell to Earth Susan Compo?s new book, Earthbound: David Bowie and The Man Who Fell to Earth, goes behind the scenes of the 1976 Bowie-starring science fiction film, with a complete account of its making, from Walter Tevis? source novel to a breakdown of the movie?s multiple edits. Tonight, the Nicolas Roeg-directed masterwork screens at the Hollywood?in its intended, full-length version?with Compo in attendance. NED LANNAMANN 7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre The Album Leaf, Vákoum San Diego musician Jimmy LaValle began his career in SoCal hardcore bands like the Locust and Swing Kids, but changed course with his quiet, ambient, post-rock solo project the Album Leaf. Using a Rhodes piano and synthesizer, LaValle creates moody soundscapes in the same vein as Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. In 2016, he released his sixth studio album, Between Waves?a collision of instrumental Krautrock and synth-pop that proves that even after almost 20 years, the Album Leaf can still experiment. 9 pm, Doug Fir, $18-20 The NoSleep Podcast Not much that is positive can be sourced back to Reddit, but this scary stories podcast is one such thing, and host/producer David Cummings brings the show to Portland for a live episode. 8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $22.50-25, all ages Willy Vlautin Willy Vlautin made his mark with the superlative Portland band Richmond Fontaine, and their lonesome tales of hard luck and desolation in the American West. Vlautin?s brought his keen, humane eye for storytelling to a small shelf?s worth of just-as-wonderful novels?including Lean on Pete, which has been adapted into a devastating, marvelous film coming out this spring. Tonight Vlautin reads from his brand-new book Don?t Skip Out on Me, which also features a soundtrack by Richmond Fontaine. NED LANNAMANN 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free Pearl Charles Los Angeles singer/songwriter Pearl Charles brings her psych-tinged folk rock and Americana to the Bunk Bar stage for a headlining show supporting her new full-length, Sleepless Dreamer. 9 pm, Bunk Bar, $12-14 Celebrating 25 Years of PSU's Multicultural Student Center Rejoice as Portland State University?s multicultural student center turns 25 years old! What started as a petition with 300 signatures in 1991 has become a space where students of all backgrounds can share and explore intersecting identities. Arrive at noon to enjoy lunch before the retrospective (which includes a time capsule project!) EMILLY PRADO noon, PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, free Stacked 1st Anniversary Mash-Up Dinner Chef/Owner Gabriel Pascuzzi celebrates his first year in business (and business was good) with Stacked by putting together a unique one-night-only a la carte menu created in collaboration with Woodsman Tavern's chef Doug Adams, containing menu items such as black spring truffles, cold smoked elk tartare, duck egg toad in a hole, lamb t-bones, and more. 6 pm, Stacked Sandwich Shop Wednesday, Feb 21 Fade to Light: A Multidimensional Fashion Event There?s a simple secret to the glory of Fade to Light, the twice-yearly (and Mercury co-sponsored) showcase of local fashion design talent. It?s the catwalk. See, Fade to Light isn?t working with one of those brittle, constraining, Right Said Fred joints. Its models are sashaying down the middle of the Crystal Ballroom?s bouncy-ass dance floor. Translation: verve. DIRK VANDERHART 6:30 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $17-75, all ages Rostam, Joy Again An evening of electro-soul with Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of New York City-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend, and currently touring in support of his debut solo album, Half-Light. 9 pm, Doug Fir, $17-40.75 Sample Size Comedians Adam Pasi, Andie Main, Jay Shingle, and Corina Lucas spearhead the latest installment of "Sample Size", in which host Nick Walker mixes an array of carefully times audio drops over each comedian's performance to ensure things get a little stranger than your run-of-the-mill stand-up showcase. 9 pm, Siren Theater, free Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya Renowned South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim joins forces with Ekaya to perform a set of his best-loved pieces. 8 pm, Revolution Hall, $29-59, all ages Gogol Bordello, Lucky Chops Through almost two decades, the thickly-accented antics of Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hütz have come to embody the group's raucous stage presence. It's gotten to the point that Hütz is both a caricatured mascot for the New York gypsy-punk outfit and talented, musical bandleader. If the group's robust touring schedules over the years tell you anything, though, it's that Hütz isn't content just to lead. He wants you along for the ride. DIRK VANDERHART 8:30 pm, Roseland, $30-35, all ages The Holdup The California-based band bring their hip-hop- and pop-tinged reggae sounds back up the coast for an all-ages show at the Hawthorne Theatre. 8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $15, all ages Keith Rosson, Cat Rambo The author of The Mercy of the Tide returns with Smoke City, a magical realism story chronicling the reincarnated French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre and his journey for redemption. Rosson will be joined in conversation by Cat Rambo, President of The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free Mark Morris Dance Group The pioneering New York-based choreographer and his dance company swing through town to pay tribute to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in honor of the landmark album's 50th anniversary. 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $26-78 Thursday, Feb 22 Miguel, SiR, Nonchalant Savant One man, one name, one seriously unique take on how soul music can sound, coming to Portland as part of his "War & Leisure" tour with support from SiR and the Nonchalant Savant. 8 pm, Roseland, Good Luck on the Resale Sites! Sam Harris and the Waking Up Podcast Neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris brings his Waking Up podcast to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall where he'll explore curiosities of the human mind and current events topics along with a suprise guest. 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.50-150 Mat Kearney, Andrew Belle The Nashville-via-Eugene singer/songwriter brings his pop-tinged country sounds back to Oregon for a homecoming show at the Crystal Ballroom. 8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $30, all ages Grace VanderWaal The 14-year-old singer/songwriter and ukulele player known for winning the eleventh season of America's Got Talent brings her first-ever tour to the Hawthorne Theatre for a sold out show supporting her debut full-length, Just the Beginning. 7 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $22.50-25, all ages Real Estate, Bedouine Singer/songwriter Martin Courtney and his Ridgeway, New Jersey-hailing jangle pop and indie rock outfit return to Portland for an all-ages show supporting their 2017 album, In Mind. 9 pm, Revolution Hall, $25, all ages WIBG, Surfs Drugs, Penny Mart The wonderfully garage-y Portland favorites WIBG (FKA Wooden Indian Burial Ground) are a model of consistency. Frontman Justin Fowler?s manic guitar leads the charge, squirting bizarre squeals in walls of effects. The rhythm section is renowned, too, and bassist Samuel Farrell and drummer Daniel Galucki provide a rock-solid foundation for Fowler?s unrestrained six-string dalliances. 9 pm, The Spare Room, $8 Thirsty City Another month, another Thirsty City, spotlighting some of the best up-and-coming hip-hop and beat making from around the Pacific NW. This installment includes sets from Seattle's Diogenes, Olympia's Crockett King, along with local support from Speck, Yunsumz, and a showcase from the It's Future Time collective. 8:30 pm, The Know, $5-10 Carrington, Coltrane, Spalding: The Legacy of Geri Allen An all-star tribute to one of Portland's music legends, Geri Allen, a powerful figure in the city's jazz scene, and a direct inspiration on every one of the world-class artists performing in her shadow on the Newmark stage, including Terri Lynne Carrington, Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, and Darrell Grant. 7 pm, Newmark Theatre, $39-69 Portland Black Film Festival For years, the Hollywood Theatre's Portland Black Film Festival has brought some fantastic films to town?films from African American filmmakers, films that focus on Black lives and experiences, and films that are worth a look from everybody. The 2018 edition, curated by local comics writer, filmmaker, and educator David Walker, is no different, filling February with a wide-ranging selection of movies, including Charles Bradley: Soul of America (Thurs Feb 22), and more. ERIK HENRIKSEN 7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do! [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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