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8 Days a Week: The Undead, The Timeless, and the Stone Aged

THURSDAY 19 HUMBLE BOWS | Some say the world has already been built, that its great artists have already sung their songs, its coliseums hosted their finest battles, and that we're just here to interpret and rearrange the existing cultural vocabulary into affinity groups. That's horseshit, of course. But the tradition of singing tributes to the world's favorite artists is unflappable, in Portland as it is anywhere, and tonight, several noteworthy Portland musicians and singers abandon their…

8 Days: Small Town Horrors, Uncovered Gems, and Art Dissections

THURSDAY 12 BEST IN THE BIZ | A big reason why Portland — unlike some rapidly growing American cities — retains its unique and hyper-local charm, is because of the success of its small businesses. Without out them, Congress St. would likely resemble Main Street USA: a soulless strip packed with chain restaurants, big box stores, and corporate kitsch. Today Portland honors its vibrant independent business community at the annual Indie Biz Awards. Although we…

8 Days a Week: American troubadours, Intelligent Senators, and Peace efforts

THURSDAY 5   BASIC ECSTASIES | One of the myriad highlights of last weekend's Waking Windows festival was watching artist Chani Bockwinkel deliver a passionate, scripture-driven lecture as Justin Bieber. Styled as a "Ted Talk" — please don't sue us or her, Ted — the dance-artist explained to a rapt Apohadion audience the hidden religious and sapphic undertones to Bieber's renaissance. It was mighty. Presently an artist-in-residence at SPACE Gallery, Bockwinkel pivots from the Bieber…

8 Days: Questionable Comedy, High-Flying Dancers, and a Whole Bunch of Rats

THURSDAY 28   GET VERTICAL | If you’re in the area, make sure to spend your lunch break in Congress Square Park today, because you’ll get to witness something exciting and unusual: acrobats, tethered on ropes, dancing on the side of the Westin building. The Bandaloop troupe is coming to town and is quite a sight to behold. A fear of heights is not a hindrance for these brave acrobats; they’ve danced on the side…

8 Days a Week: Dark Crystals, Half Moons, All Black Everything

THURSDAY 21 FOISTED EAST | One of the summer's successful music series, Are You Kidding Me? Tapes' Thursday night showcases of weird, experimental, and next-wave rock, has moved from Geno's Rock Club to Bayside's Urban Farm Fermentory. Besides bands of unpredictable and high-personality musicians, the prime virtue of this series, the project of a DIY tape label project by musician Chris Gervais and Jason Engler, is its ubiquity. A cheap weekly showcase of local rock…

8 Days a Week: Posi-Jams, Lawn Hangs, and Street Talk

THURSDAY 14 HERE'S YOUR CHANCE | Tell you what. You could skip this whole weekend and drive to New York right now to see the Fall, the legendary post-punk band from Manchester, UK, fronted by the brilliant and asinine Mark E. Smith. They play the first of five consecutive nights in Brooklyn tonight, a mere six-hour drive. No? Okay, then. Closer fantasies at hand, the fine folks at Bayside’s elevated barbecue joint Terlingua get weird…

8 Days a Week: Six-Fingered Men, Victorian Revivals, and Badass Poets

THURSDAY 7   TO BLAVE | One of the most quoted, celebrated, and influential movies of a generation, the '80s fantasy film The Princess Bride gets a one-night-only screening at the Nickelodeon tonight. Some of this film's lines have been embedded in my vernacular so long I'd forgotten where they came from. (I've been addressing my entire family the way Andre the Giant calls up to Princess Buttercup for about 20 years now.) The late…

8 Days A Week: Ear Candy, Brain Food, and Sublime Moments

THURSDAY 31 IN MEMORIAM | Almost 100 people are dying every day from drug related accidents or overdoses. Experts say that half a million Americans will die from opiates in the next decade. The problem isn’t going anywhere, and we’ve heard disturbingly little out of both LePage and Trump’s administration on strategies to alleviate this deadly crisis. For now, Mainer’s will gather in Monument Square for International Overdose Awareness Day, to do the one thing…

8 Days A Week: Time Machines, Politically Conscious Comedy, and the Fight of a Generation

THURSDAY 24 FLASHBACK | In these anxiety-inducing times, where it seems that World War III, Civil War II, or domination from technological overlords could each easily be over the horizon, many of us are missing our youth. If you’re a '90s kid like me, you probably yearn for those simpler times, back when your only concern was pulling a rare Pokémon card from a booster pack and making it home from school on time to…

8 Days a Week: Disney Burlesque, Haitian Pop, and Showin' Up

THURSDAY 17   FINGERS CROSSED FOR URSULA | In a reckless world, onight's burlesque show is something you can put some faith in. Produced by the smart, silly, multimedia-friendly Voulez-Vous Cabaret, who've become one of the foremost such troupes in the city, audiences by now know they're not getting an old-school, male-gazey show complete with hot cars, leopard prints, and pin-up girls. Tonight's act has broader designs. And, titled Bippity Boppity Boobs, it packs a…
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