Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 25–28

Lewis Black puts on his angry face, New Orleans funk comes to the Crystal, and Romeo and Juliet do some pirouettes. Send February out with a bang.

By Ramona DeNies and Rebecca Jacobson February 25, 2016

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Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Xuan Cheng and Peter Franc with choreographer James Canfield in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet.


Chris Offutt
7:30 pm Thursday, Powell's City of Books
A parent's death can bring revelations. But Offutt got quite the doozy: when his father Andrew died, he left behind 400 pornographic novels. In My Father, the Pornographer, Offutt attempts to make sense of the enigmatic man who raised him.

Claudia Rankine
7:30 pm Thursday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SOLD OUT
Born in Jamaica, the award-winning poet is the author of, most recently, Citizen: An American Lyric.


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Lewis Black brings his angry face to the Schnitz.

Lewis Black
8 pm Friday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
This “pissed-off optimist” and Daily Show commentator is the wit behind TheEmperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour.

OPENING Aces National Forest
8 pm Friday-Saturday, Siren Theater
Rock-solid sketch-comedy duo the Aces—composed of Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters—stage a new, backcountry-inspired show.


OPENING Romeo and Juliet
7:30 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Keller Auditorium
It’s been more than 15 years since OBT last staged James Canfield’s adaptation of composer Sergei Prokofiev’s classic.


Buster Keaton's One Week & Go West
2 pm Saturday, Hollywood Theatre
The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society gives silent films some sound, with organist Dean Lemire providing live accompaniment to a pair of Buster Keaton flicks. 

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Silent no more—Buster Keaton gets some live organ accompaniment.

CLOSING Portland International Film Festival
Various times Thursday-Sunday, various venues
Screening upwards of 130 films and luring more than 45,000 cinephiles, Oregon’s largest film confab features global indie favorites alongside works from the likes of Irene Taylor Brodsky, Michael Palmieri, and Donal Mosher. Multiple screenings occur daily at various theaters including Cinema 21 and Regal Fox Tower. Check out some of our picks here.


Keys N Krates
7 pm Thursday, Roseland Theater
Canadian band Keys N Krates tours for fifth EP Midnite Mass—flooding the Roseland with irresistible trap electronica you may have heard in collaborations with Diplo and Flosstradamus.

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Dustbowl Revival brings Americana swing to Portland.

Dustbowl Revival
8 pm Friday, Mississippi Studios
Voted LA Weekly’s Best Live Band in 2013, these eight New Orleans–style troubadours swing hot from the first wail of Ulf Bjorlin’s funky trombone.

8 pm Saturday, Crystal Ballroom
A “first-rate funk band” from New Orleans, Galactic invited guests like Mavis Staples and Macy Gray into the studio to round out new album Into the Deep.

PDX Jazz Festival
The city’s grooviest gather for this 13th annual cross-town celebration, this year paying tribute to the legacy of John Coltrane.
Chuck Israels
7:30 pm Thursday, Jimmy Mak’s
Billie Holiday. Coleman Hawkins. Herbie Hancock. The Portland-based bassist has played with them all, even the Trane himself, when he was a lesser-known tenor sax player in the Miles Davis Quintet. The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra released latest album Joyful Noise: The Music of Horace Silver this past summer. Noise: let’s have some more!
Universal Consciousness: A Tribute to Alice Coltrane
7 pm Saturday, Newmark Theatre
Ravi Coltrane and special guest Pharoah Sanders (he of Sun Ra fame) tag-team this concert honoring Ravi’s mother Alice.
John Scofield and Joe Lovano Quartet
6:30 pm Sunday, Revolution Hall
A master of improv jazz guitar, Scofield joins multireed legend Lovano for the festival’s closing concert.


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Susan Hyon and a bear take the stage at Portland Playhouse.

Image: Brud Giles

CLOSING You For Me For You
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Portland Playhouse
Two sisters attempt to flee North Korea; just one makes it to the States. Playwright Mia Chung’s dual narratives draw on the real-world stories of recently captured sibling Asian American journalists as well as Jaycee Dugard, kidnapped in California and held for 18 years.

7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, Post5 Theatre
In Post5 Theatre’s first show of 2016, Tobias Andersen stars as Shakespeare’s maddest king.

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Defunkt Theatre
On its 1995 premiere, Sarah Kane’s brutal drama was itself blasted, for shock value. (After all, it’s a story of war, rape, and death.) Years after her 1999 suicide, the late playwright gets critical nods for her fearless exploration of humanity’s darkest corners.

Contigo Pan y Cebolla
7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Milagro Theatre
This Spanish-language comedy takes place just prior to the Cuban Revolution; in Héctor Quintero Viera’s 1962 play, money-hungry matriarch Lala is hell-bent on faking it till she makes it.


CLOSING Gail Tremblay
10:30 am-5:3o pm Thursday-Saturday, Froelick Gallery
A member of the Onondaga and Micmac tribes, Tremblay—a professor at the Evergreen State College—weaves metallic braids, red leather, and other mixed media into her powerful, elegant basketry.

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Sweating it out at Upfor.

Image: Ralph Pugay

CLOSING Pain Tero Flight
11 am-6 pm Thursday-Saturday, Upfor Gallery
What can we learn from Thomas Kinkade and his gumdrop-sweet landscapes? Six artists take on subjects like authenticity, art markets, and the Romantic ideal.

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards
10 am-8 pm Thursday-Friday and 10 am-5 pm Saturday-Sunday, Portland Art Museum
Prejudice, war, technology, and the environment are some of the issues addressed in the works on show at the Portland Art Museum’s fourth biennial awards exhibition. This year’s celebration is an eclectic showcase of eight of the region’s most significant artists working in all manner of media—among them, Portland artists Dana Lynn Louis and Samantha Wall. Expect large-scale installations, neon figures, ceramic portraits, and metaphorical, moody landscapes.

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