Cuss words, cleavage, and other weekend curiosities

May 13, 2009

I’m having a great Wednesday so far. The fluttering butterflies of the Lost season finale in my gut and the surprise stream of the new Wilco album … If, somehow, the Millennium Falcon toy my mom threw away sometime back in the early 80s travels through time and lands in my office, OR if somebody buys me a monkey butler, this might well be the best Wednesday ever.

Speaking of music (which we just were) … have you heard the new Shins song?

And speaking of iPhone apps (which we weren’t, but whatever), have you seen the iSnort? [Caution: Computerized drug use. But we’re all big boys and girls here, right?]

And speaking of the weekend …

Film: Slap Shot
When I was a kid in the late 1970s and early 80s (sorry, didn’t mean for this post to turn into a nostalgia trip, but there you go) a whole slew of classic comedies came out. None of which I saw. Porky’s. Stripes. Meatballs. Revenge of the Nerds. And while most young’uns had older, cooler brothers and cousins around to sneak them in to the theater, all my cool older brothers and cousins were (like me at the time) good Christian boys. So I was screwed. No hilarious profanity and gratuitous nudity for my eyes and ears. So suffice it to say I STILL haven’t seen Slap Shot, which is playing tonight at the Clinton Street Theater as part of its Paul Newman appreciation series. It seems like the perfect time to catch up some cuss words and cleavage. [7 & 9:15 p.m./Clinton Street Theater/$6]

Theater: The Hobbit
With a big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit already in the works, the time seems right to brush up on your knowledge of Middle Earth with this presentation by Northwest Children’s Theater. Get reacquainted with the rambunctious dwarves, the mysterious wizard, and the titular hobbit, a reluctant thief called Bilbo Baggins. Surely the name has a familiar ring to it? [2 p.m./Northwest Children’s Theater/$16-20]

Music: Portland Symphonic Choir
After a weekend of hockey fights and pipe-smoking, furry-footed little people, why not catch a little religion with the Portland Symphonic Choir’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s "All Night Vigil"? Rachmaninoff wasn’t an enthusiastic churchgoer, but his fascination with Russian Orthodox chants served him well during the composition of this 1915 liturgical masterpiece. Considered to be among his most beautiful works, "All Night Vigil" will be rendered in all of its beatific glory by the Portland Symphonic Choir, with solos by local singers Scott Tuomi (tenor) and Sherry Olson (alto).

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