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Dirty Revival singer Sarah Clarke schools us in soul-hop this Friday. Image courtesy Dirty Revival Band.

MUSIC

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RAC is back. Image courtesy Jon Duenas.

RAC with Big Data
Wednesday at 8 pm, Crystal Ballroom
Portugal-to-Portland indie-dance darling RAC brings his cerebral house style to a set of original singles. More on the man behind the mixes here.

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.

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Storm Large's Holiday Ordeal: "gags, gifts, and some very special guests."

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.”

Blitzen Trapper
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.

COMEDY

Ian Karmel
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. 

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FILM

Drone
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.

THEATER

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Opening this weekend: a "1940s holiday radio massacre—Bag&Baggage style!"

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.

 

 

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