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My, What a Busy Week!

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

SOUL TRAIN SCREENING—One of the most groundbreaking TV shows of the '70s was the weekly dance party Soul Train, which brought the "hippest trip in America" into honky living rooms across the nation. Soul Train Express is an uproariously fun compilation of dance lines, hot performances (from Stevie Wonder and more), and the "Dick Clark of Soul" himself, Don Cornelius. WSH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

MEMOIR READING—The United States had a kick-ass, glass-ceiling-punching secretary of state a long time before Hillary Clinton flew the globe as America's top emissary. Madeleine Albright, born abroad, also has stories about Nazis. She's telling them tonight at a reading from her book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. DCT
Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $15.99 (good luck finding tickets though)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

MUSIC BENEFIT—Sadly, Portland musician Pete Krebs has had the unfortunate diagnosis of a rare form of cancer. On the plus side, a wealth of the city's most luminous musicians are rallying to his side with three incredible nights like this (tonight featuring Black Prairie, Colin Meloy, and more) to drum up much needed support. It'll be a powerful night, in more ways than one. MS
w/Casey Neill, Lewi Longmire, & more; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 5:30 pm, $25

FILM—At last year's Portland International Film Festival, one film amazed and/or horrified everyone who saw it: Ben Wheatley's amazing/horrific thriller Kill List. For this year's PIFF, he's back with Sightseers—a shocking black comedy about a couple on vacation. Who, you know, do some other stuff too. Go. EH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, Thurs Feb 21, 6 pm, Sat Feb 23, 3:15 pm, $11

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

MUSIC—The two most prominent Latina voices in Portland music, Luz Elena Mendoza and Edna Vazquez, team up this evening for what's sure to be a spectacular night of mariachi-based music blended with everything from folk to indie rock to witchy soul. One part old-world and two parts new, this is some of the best original songwriting you'll find on stage tonight. MS
w/Leo; Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, 8 pm, $12-15, all ages

FUNNY MOVIE—Screamy New York comic Eddie Pepitone thrives on bitterness and heckles, but this go-round he's taking questions at a screening of his stand-up-studded documentary The Bitter Buddha. Regularly featured on Conan and Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Pepitone has a set at Helium the night before, but tonight's the night for serious inquiries. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $7

ART & MUSIC—Do you ever want to listen to some awesome music, see local art, and support homeless youth all at once? Well... for the event Works, the Intown Church and People's Art of Portland are presenting an evening of music from Lost Lander and the Alialujah Choir, alongside a showcase of local artists' works, and a portion of the proceeds go to p:ear; a nonprofit that mentors homeless youth. RF
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th, 7 pm, $10, all ages

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

HECKLEVISION—It's Nicolas Cage's biggest, loudest, most explosion-iest epic: Con Air! As a Jesus-haired hero on a plane that's been seized by vicious convicts (Steve Buscemi! John Malkovich! Dave Chappelle?), it's up to Cage to save the day. HE FUCKING DOES. Tonight, see this preposterous action classic as it was meant to be seen—with your smartass texts beamed directly from your phone onto the movie screen! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $8

DANCE PARTY—Dust off your best fringe dress for Portland a Go-Go, the danciest night of dancing. It's '60s-inspired tunes from Portland's favorite go-go makers, the Satin Chaps, and a whole host of girl group songs from San Francisco's the Bang Girl Group Revue. I sure hope you've been brushing up on your Watusi or at least your Mashed Potato. CF
w/Brownish Black, the Moonspinners, the Pynnacles, & more; The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, 8 pm, $10-12

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

STRINGS 'N' THINGS—Although he sounds like a fluttering army of angels, Kishi Bashi is merely one man with a violin. His magnificent 151a was one of the best albums of 2012, and he's able to transform those gorgeous symphonies into one of the best one-man live shows in the world. This show has already sold way out, so find that one friend of yours who always has extra tickets. NL
w/Shugo Tokumaru, Tall Tall Trees; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 7:30 pm, all ages

THEATER—We're calling it a trend: Portland can't seem to get enough of seeing beloved camp films staged live in front of an audience. Now Weekend at Bernie's gets the live theater treatment, and some of Portland's funniest people have signed on to the cast, including cast members of the 3rd Floor comedy troupe and The Lost Boys—Live! AH
Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th, Thurs-Sun 8 pm, plus Sat March 2, 10 pm, through March 3, $15-18

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

MUSIC—In the past 45 years, home recording savant R. Stevie Moore has written and recorded more songs than you've had hot dinners, but it's only recently that the man has started performing live. Catch his inexact pop gems, which will be contrasted perfectly tonight with the precise, brilliant pop of LAKE. NL
w/Paleo; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $10-12

FILM—Every citizen of Portland should watch the blistering documentary Alien Boy—exploring the tragic life and death of James Chasse Jr. (who died at the hands of Portland police). Besides highlighting the obvious flaws in Portland's mental health system, this film shines a harsh light on the bad apples in the police bureau—and what's not being done about them. WSH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, see Film Times, $9

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

MUSIC—Can I spend this whole listing talking about my terrible crush on Patti Smith? Would that be silly? Because I have a terrible crush on Patti Smith. She's equal parts poetess and punk goddess, and holy shit, have you read her fucking book? And now, you mean, she's coming to town and I can see her live? SWOOOOON. DCT
w/Saint Maybe; Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $32.50-35, all ages

THEATER—Before it was Steven Spielberg's Battle Pony, it was the Broadway show War Horse, a tearjerker about a cavalry horse in World War I. Presented by Broadway Across America, the real draw here is the remarkable, life-sized horses created by Handspring Puppet Company, which will redefine your conception of the word "puppet." AH
Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 7:30 pm, daily through March 3, $25 & up, broadwayacrossamerica.com/portland

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