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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 18–21

Hear The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj recount high school horror stories. Hurtle down Mount Tabor in a soapbox. Catch new tunes from Federale. Pick up comics by the pound. It's gonna be a hot one, folks.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann August 18, 2016

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Twangy Portland folk-rockers the Builders and the Butchers bring their apocalyptic lyrics to the Doug Fir on Thursday.


Sarah Jaffe in Conversation with Matt Bors
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's on Hawthorne, FREE
Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, is joined by Matt Bors, editor and cartoonist of comics site The Nib, for a discussion about social activism and political justice. 

Floating World Comics 10th Anniversary Celebration
11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday, Floating World Comics
One of the country's best comics stores turns 10, and it's throwing itself a well-deserved birthday bash, featuring a sidewalk sale (with books priced at $1 per pound), book signings, and raffle prizes.


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Probably not the suit Hasan Minhaj wore to his high school prom.

Hasan Minhaj
7 p.m. Friday, Aladdin Theater
In his show Homecoming King, the Daily Show correspondent recounts his experiences growing up Indian American and Muslim in the US, from an ill-fated high school prom date to his white friends’ overwhelmed reaction to his traditional Indian wedding.


Top Down Rooftop Cinema
9 p.m. Thursday, Hotel deLuxe
As far as parking garages go, Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop lot is pretty swish, and the panoramic views pair well with the NW Film Center’s eclectic alfresco selections. Tonight is Hairspray (the John Waters version with Divine and Ricki Lake, to be clear).

Flicks on the Bricks
7 p.m. Friday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE
Portland’s living room gets extra cozy every summer, with Friday-night flicks played on a gargantuan inflatable screen. Tonight: The Sandlot. Bring a pillow and snacks for maximum chill vibes.

The General
7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Hollywood Theatre, SOLD OUT
Buster Keaton’s The General, released in 1926 to lackluster reviews, now regularly makes the classics lists. (Orson Welles said it might be the greatest film ever made.) Much of it was shot in Cottage Grove, Oregon, including the most expensive silent movie scene ever: a train derailing and crashing into the river below. To celebrate The General’s 90th birthday, the Hollywood Theatre (also 90 this year) has commissioned a brand-new score from local composer Mark Orton, and plans to tour the film throughout the state with live musicians and a Foley artist.


CLOSING William Byrd Festival
Various times and locations, Thursday–Saturday
For the 19th year, Portland liturgical choir Cantores in Ecclesia celebrates the work of the English Renaissance composer, with choral concerts, organ music, lectures, and more.

The Builders and the Butchers
8 p.m. Thursday, Doug Fir Lounge
The twangy Portland folk-rockers manage to shirk aw-shucks earnestness, thanks to their penchant for apocalyptic lyrics and front man Ryan Sollee’s nasal yowl.

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Bonus points for Los Tigres del Norte fans who show up in matching button-downs.

Los Tigres del Norte
8 p.m. Friday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The legendary norteño band—they’ve logged nearly 40 years of accordion squeezing and bajo sexto plucking—is known for energetic audience interaction and potent political messages. At the Latin Grammy Awards last November, the San Jose, California–based ensemble appeared alongside Guadalajara pop-rock band Maná to protest Donald Trump, with a sign that read (in Spanish), “Latinos united. Don’t vote for racists.”

People Under the Stairs
8 p.m. Friday, Mississippi Studios
Since breaking onto the scene in the late ’90s, the Los Angeles hip-hop duo has taken their DIY ethic seriously: they’re devoted crate diggers, sampling everything from jazz to funk to psych rock.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mississippi Studios
The Portland’s band darkly vampy, atmospheric anthems have found their way into films from Iranian noir A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to The Lego Movie. Tonight’s gig promises the stories of how these songs ended up onscreen, as well as new material from their new album, All the Colours of the Dark.

Montavilla Jazz Festival
Various times Saturday–Sunday, Portland Metro Arts
In its third year, the fest tosses the spotlight on Portland-based artists, including vocalist Jeff Baker, pianist Darrell Grant, and guitarist Dan Balmer. They’re joined by a handful of out-of-towners—most notably composer and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan (pictured), who’ll headline both evenings.


Love's Labour's Lost
7 p.m. Friday–Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday, Ponzi Winery
Fun fact: Shakespeare’s early comedy features the longest word in his entire canon (“honorificabilitudinitatibus”). The show roves to parks, wineries, and colleges.

The Lion King
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Keller Auditorium
Simba and Nala and the rest of the gang return in the perennially popular, extravagantly costumed, puppet–filled musical, which has been running continuously on Broadway since 1997. The circle of life, man—it moves us all.


Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday–Saturday, Portland Art Museum
Allied Works Architecture—the local firm behind such spaces as Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum and PNCA’s light-bathed new digs—displays 15 years of scale models and drawings.

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Harold Feinstein
Noon–5 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Feinstein, who died last year, was known for his animated, candid photos of Coney Island—teenagers grinning, musclemen flexing, kids splashing. This retrospective showcases the best of his black-and-white photography.


Adult Soapbox Derby
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Mount Tabor
Portlanders’ favorite excuse to behave like reckless children, the annual race invites full-grown humans to climb into homemade vehicles and hurtle down Mount Tabor.

Jade International Night Market
5–10 p.m. Saturday, PCC Southeast
In its third year, this event features food vendors, live music, retail stands, and a beer garden.

Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Park Ave from NW Hoyt to SW Market
Portland's proposed Green Loop could remake the city center, with a six-mile carless path linking Portland's quadrants. Today, a stretch of the Park Blocks will be cleared of cars, offering a peek at what the future could hold.

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