Dirty Revival Band
Friday at 8 pm, Doug Fir Lounge
Hot off their freshman album and a sold-out CD release party at Mississippi Studios, the Portland-based soul and funk group has crawled their way from obscurity to notoriety with glowing local reviews from the likes of Portland Mercury and We Out Here Magazine.
Storm Large's Holiday Ordeal
Friday at 8 pm, Aladdin Theater
Portland’s cussy, charismatic chanteuse calls this quasi-annual music revue a “crazy Christmassy Holiday-y Solstice-ish Quaanzesque, Hannukkabulextra fabulosis party.”
Saturday at 9 pm, Revolution Hall
Front man Eric Earley described 2013’s VII as “hillbilly gangster.” New album All Across This Land plays more like classic Bob Dylan, riding a slow train home.
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club
Lauded as the funniest person in Portland—he literally won the title in 2011—Karmel is has appeared on Portlandia and is currently a writer (LA-based, these days) for Chelsea Lately, the Chelsea Handler-helmed comedy talk show on the E! Network.
Friday—Sunday at 5 pm, Clinton Street Theater
Norwegian filmmaker Tonje Schei launched this ambitious project while living here in Portland several years back; now, the award-winning documentary—a study of the rise of "militainment" programs in step with the War on Terror—makes its Portland premiere following US screenings last week in New York and LA.
OPENING A KBNB Kristmas Karol
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Venetian Theatre
Bag&Baggage’s third annual holiday farce flashes back to the 1940s studio of KBNB Radio Classics, where the actors are derailed on their last night of taping.
OPENING Book of Merman
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Triangle Productions
As the punnish name would imply, Mormons AND a beehive-coiffed Ethel Merman form the plot of Triangle Production’s musical comedy from Leo Schwartz.
CLOSING Ain't Misbehavin'
Wednesday–Sunday at 7:30 pm, Gerding Theater
Fats Waller could tickle a piano like nobody’s business. This PCS-produced musical revue culls two dozen early jazz gems from the Harlem Renaissance hero’s discography—from “Cash for Your Trash” to the titular song.