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My, What a Busy Week!

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

FILMOut of Sight—Steven Soderbergh's 1998 Elmore Leonard adaptation—is quite possibly a perfect film. It's got George Clooney, Albert Brooks, Luis Guzmán, and Don Cheadle. It's got a phenomenal score. Its energy is crackling, hilarious, and sexy. And then there's Jennifer Lopez, who has never been better than she is in this. It's fucking great. EH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see Film Times, $4

COMEDY—After a breakout role on Arrested Development's new season—as Tobias' meth head girlfriend Debrie—comedian Maria Bamford is one step closer to the household-name status she deserves. She's one of the funniest, most original, and most important comics working today, and the chance to see her in the intimate confines of Helium should not be missed. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, 7:15 & 9:45 pm, $25-30

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

SOUL NIGHT—The monthly I've Got a Hole in My Soul dance night at Holocene (featuring the bottomless crate of DJ Beyondadoubt) has always been a night of sweaty fun for rare-soul enthusiasts and booty shakers alike. Tonight Lady B is joined by very special guest DJ Nick Waterhouse—best known as LA's foremost singer/guitarist of the R&B revivalist movement. You just know he's gonna be spinning some sweet deep tracks. WSH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 9 pm, $5

TBA KICKOFF—This might be the nicest present the Time-Based Art Fest has ever given Portland. A free, all-ages performance by Kathleen Hanna's band the Julie Ruin! EEEEEEEEEE! The kick-ass riot grrrl fronts this newly convened band at TBA:13's kickoff shindig, which will also feature performances by the kids in School of Rock and Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Just what we always wanted! CF
Con-Way, 2170 NW Raleigh, 10:30 pm, FREE, all ages

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

MUSIC—Refined people with discriminating taste know better than to titter over the name Diarrhea Planet. For you see, this Nashville combo perpetrates not some childish scatological joke; rather, they conjure up wicked awesome rawk. Their newest, I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, is a sterling masterpiece of high art, as well as being stonerific and, like, totally sweet. NL
w/the So So Glos, Boom!; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10-12

SILENT DISCO—Ring out the summer with an outdoor dance party that's decidedly different! Portland Mercury presents Silent Disco on the rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe—where you receive special headphones upon entry and dance your ass off to the internally raucous tunes of DJ Beyondadoubt, DJ TJ, and more! Wanna chat? Take off your headphones. Wanna dance? Put 'em on and shake the night away. WSH
Hotel deLuxe parking garage, 729 SW 15th, 10 pm-3 am, $20-25, 21+

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

RODEO—The Pendleton Round-Up ends today, meaning (a) you've missed some fine horse- and bull-based heroics over the past week, and (b) you've still got time to see plenty more of the rodeo. It's not a short trip—Pendleton's 200 miles east of where you're currently sitting—but, then, pageantry's always been worth a trek. DVH
1205 SW Court, Pendleton, through Sept 14, $18-25, pendletonroundup.com

COMEDY—Stand-up David Huntsberger is best known as a regular on Tig Notaro's great podcast Professor Blastoff, but as his recent appearance at the Bridgetown Comedy Fest demonstrated, he's pretty brilliant in his own right: His stand-up is brainy, intellectually engaged, and fucking hilarious. AH
w/Sean Jordan, Jason Traeger; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 7:30 pm, $8-10

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

MUSIC—It's a triple-scoop sundae of ass-kicking rock 'n' roll! Boston speed-demons Ramming Speed kick off the night with breakneck punk rock, then hometown heroes Lord Dying turn things heavy and bloody, and finally, Valient Thorr close things out with killer butt rock that's even sweeter than your brother's '79 Camaro. NL
Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 9 pm, $10

MAKER FAIRE—Check out the thriving community of people who make things in Portland, from 3D printing robots to sustainable artists to blacksmiths, jewelers, and rocket builders. The Portland Mini Maker Faire has a making mode for everyone, and should serve as a serious shop of DIY-project inspiration. MS
OMSI's north parking lot, 1945 SE Water, Sat & Sun, 10 am-5 pm, $12, all ages

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

MUSIC—Lee Fields can't stop. He's labored since the late 1960s on a catalog of rock-solid soul stretching all the way to last year's Faithful Man, a release that featured some of his more wistful, compelling songs to date. If you missed his last couple shows in Portland, go. If you caught them, you're probably already going. DVH
w/Brownish Black, DJ Steven Kray; Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 8 pm, $20-25, all ages

FILM—BFFs John Carpenter and Kurt Russell made three fantastic movies... and 1981's Escape from New York is one of 'em. In the far future of 1997, Air Force One crashes in Manhattan—which is now a brutal, no-holds-barred penal colony! Only one man can save the president: SNAKE PLISSKEN! Watch him do it with the Hollywood Theatre's slick new digital restoration. EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, see Film Times, $5-8

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

MUSIC—How'd you like to be up close and personal in a tiny little music venue with the sheer gale force of Leonard Cohen's tenor howling into your eardrums. You can have that with King Dude. The Seattle musician's got a similar soulful, haunting voice, and a devilish bent that cuts to the quick. CF
Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE César E. Chávez, 9 pm, $12

FILM—Seven years ago today, a beloved Portland man enduring schizophrenia, James Chasse Jr., died in a cop car after officers chased, tackled, and Tasered him—and then kept him from medical care. Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse—a loving portrait of the man Chasse was before his ignoble death—returns for a one-night showing and Q&A with director Brian Lindstrom. DCT
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, 7 pm, $8, 21+

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