Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 21–24

Chuck Palahniuk puts on his PJs for Bedtime Stories for Adults, Johnny Depp falls for Winona Ryder on the roof of Hotel deLuxe, Beck does whatever he wants at Edgefield, and much more.

Edited by Aaron Scott By Portland Monthly Staff and Schuyler Keenan August 21, 2014


Wes's World: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Friday–Saturday, Whitsell Auditorium
Lovers of all things twee, rejoice! Track the evolution of one of modern filmmaking's most distinctive aesthetics with screenings of every Anderson film from 1996's Bottle Rocket through 2012's Moonrise Kingdom, paired with the works that influenced every high school hipster's favorite director. Fantastic Mr. Fox screens this weekend, paired with The Tale of the Fox on Saturday and King Kong on Sunday. Take our Wes Anderson quiz before heading out to the screenings to test your knowledge of Wes's World.

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema: Edward Scissorhands
Thursday, Hotel deLuxe
Edward Scissorhands was the first time Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborated on a film. In a nod to teenaged awkwardness, the movie follows a mad scientist's abandoned project (Depp) as he attempts to fit in, fall in love, and all those things we failed miserably at in our teens—oh, except he has scissors for hands. Pre-show music by the band Alameda.

Books & Talks

Chuck Palahniuk's Bedtime Stories for Adults
Friday, Aladdin Theater
When Chuck Palahniuk toured in support of 2013's Doomed, he let his obsession with chaos and social experimentation spill out into his events with Adult Bedtime Stories. Readings would be regularly interrupted by antics like impromptu games of dodgeball with glow stick-filled beach balls. Now Adult Bedtime Stories are back, this time in support of Chelsea Cain's new novel, One Kick (which recently nabbed a glowing review in the New York Times). Performers other than Palahniuk and Cain include Lidia Yukavitch, Monica Drake, and surprise guests. Put on your finest silk robe and get ready for the strangest author presentation you've ever experienced.


Thursday, McMenamin's Edgefield
The breakthrough 1993 single "Loser" and the subsequent unclassifiable lo-fi genius of 1996's multiplatinum Odelay catapulted Beck and his eccentric sonic collages to deserved worldwide acclaim, but it was his 2002 Sea Change that set the tone for his most recent, beautifully gloomy album, Morning Phase. This tour is reportedly a retrospective, covering Beck's many zany faces, although you might have to shapeshift yourself to get into the sold out show.

Pink Martini
Friday–Saturday, Oregon Zoo
On the heels of March's Dream a Little Dream, a collaboration with the von Trapps, the locally beloved "little orchestra" brings its unique repertoire mixing world, lounge, and jazz music back to the animal kingdom for a two-night musical safari.


Emo Philips
Saturday, Bossanova Ballroom
The Bridgetown Comedy Festival ended in May, but they're doing their best to keep the laughs going all year with shows sprinkled throughout the Bridgetown downtime. The first post-festival show features Emo Philips, the seasoned comedian with an odd, falsetto delivery that has audience members chuckling even before the punchline. If you haven't seen him perform before (including at this year's Bridgetown Comedy Festival) you might recognize his voice from cartoons like Space Ghost: Coast to Coast and Adventure Time

Special Events

Festa Italiana
Thursday–Saturday, Pioneer Courthouse Square
While anyone defending the virtues of Italian-American culture could probably stand on the meatball sub alone, this three-day celebration is here to remind us of everything else, from food and wine to the pizza toss to opera on Thursday night.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
Thursday–Sunday, Esther Short Park
Our neighbor to the north celebrates cultures both vino and musical with this annual fest of rock, pop, and jazz luminaries. Headliners this year include Don McLean, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Blind Boys of Alabama.

What's It Worth?
Sunday, Oregon Historical Society
Why did Portland tear down a beautiful streetcar system to build highways? What are your grandma's china or your childhood comics worth? Why can a bottle cap sell for $1,000 on E-bay? Explore these questions at the Oregon Historical Society's exhibition Worth/Worthless and get your old junk (treasures?) appraised at Sunday's event.


Pendulum: High Art/Full Circle
Friday–Sunday, Newmark Theatre
For its 15th anniversary, Pendulum Aerial Arts reimagines its High Art production—inspired by famous paintings like Pablo Picasso's Girl Before a Mirror and Salvador Dali's Birth of the New Man—with music by New York singer Sasha Lazard and Grammy-nominated cellist Dave Eggar.

A-WOL: Art in the Dark
Thursday–Sunday, Mary S. Young Park
The aerial collective A-WOL Dance dangles from the trees in West Linn's Mary S. Young Park at its 10th annual outdoor, nighttime performance series.


Forest for the Trees
Thursday–Saturday, Various Locations
If you see a 20-something perched on a metal platform 30-feet in the air spray-painting a wall this week, do not be surprised; do not call the cops. This is Forest for the Tress—the second-annual, city-approved, week-long outdoor mural festival that unites artists from around the world with large-scale concrete canvasses in a battle against blank walls across Portland. Check out our post on Forest for the Trees for mural locations, pictures, and a video.


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