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My, What a Busy Week!

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

COMIC BOOKS—Two of the best artists working today, Brazilian twin brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have created some extraordinary comics, from Daytripper to De:Tales, and they've also brought vibrant life to Casanova (written by Matt Fraction) and The Umbrella Academy (written by Gerard Way). Tonight, they're in town for a rare signing—and there'll be free beer and appetizers. EH
Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 7 pm, FREE

MUSIC—Given the common ground they share, it should come as no surprise that Red Fang and Gaytheist find themselves on the same bill. Both put out pummeling, intelligent music that'll make you lose your shit, play destructively sweaty live shows, and enjoy the status of beloved local heroes for their troubles. Mullets encouraged. AR
White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, 9 pm, $15

THURSDAY, MAY 23

MUSIC—Nobody expected Vampire Weekend's third album to be this good, especially with the title Modern Vampires of the City. Yet the New York boat-shoe prep-poppers—who even recorded part of the new album on blue-blood resort isle Martha's Vineyard—have delivered their best work yet, a mature, nuanced, and of course, catchy work that makes good on all their early promise. NL
w/High Highs; Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 8 pm, $39.50, all ages

FILM—Gorgeous local film City Baby is a valentine to Portland wrapped around a smart, well-observed story about pretty young people trying to grow up. From the local bands on the soundtrack to the local actors in the film, this film captures Portland's "creative class" better than anything we've seen—without letting anyone off the hook. AH
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 7:30 pm, $8-10

FRIDAY, MAY 24

MUSIC—Steven Ellison, AKA Flying Lotus, makes sounds with his laptop you'd be hard pressed to duplicate with a bottle of Adderall and limitless magical powers. It's meticulous, vaguely experimental stuff—jarring on first listen, but familiar soon enough. And Lotus' work is only going to get more familiar—he'll have his own dedicated radio station in the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. DVH
w/Thundercat, Teebs; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20, all ages

ROSE FEST—Portland's annual Rose Festival is underway, which means a ton of excitement on the waterfront in the form of CityFair. TO WIT: concerts at the terribly named RoZone stage this weekend featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Saturday) and Fitz and the Tantrums (Sunday); tons of stomach-churning rides and elephant ears; live exotic animals (!!); and tonight, fireworks! WSH
Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito, Fri 5-11 pm, fireworks at dusk, $7; Edward Sharpe, Sat 6 pm, $25; Fitz, Sun 6 pm, $25; fireworks tonight at dusk

SATURDAY, MAY 25

MUSIC—Father John Misty is a somewhat arbitrary name plucked by former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman for one of his solo projects. But it fits a brilliant man who once wanted to be a pastor, presumably at a church where the sacraments are mushrooms and the sermon is a strange, vicious tale sung in a haunting, clarion voice. DCT
w/Pure Bathing Culture; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $15-17, 21+

COMEDY—For being one of the most quoted and respected comedians out there, a lot of people keep fucking up Patton Oswalt's name. So when you're accosting the loveable, curmudgeonly little comedy gnome after the show with your assy rendition of his "Famous Bowl" routine, remember: Oswalt with a T, not a D. BR
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $30-35

SUNDAY, MAY 26

MUSIC—The desert blues of Tuareg guitarist Bombino is rhythmic, melodic, danceable, and full of fireworks, and with his band's new album Nomad, it's reaching a bigger audience than ever before. This is truly global music that encompasses every single one of us. NL
w/Last Good Tooth, Mbrascatu; Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20

TV—Two huge TV shows on Sunday: (1) Arrested Development returns for a fourth season on Netflix. Watch them all in one day! But take a quick break to watch the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra directed by Steven Soderbergh (!), and starring Michael Douglas as Liberace (!!) and Matt Damon as his chauffeur/lover (!!!). Clear your calendar. WSH
Your TV, Arrested Development on Netflix, anytime today; Behind the Candelabra, HBO, 9 pm

MONDAY, MAY 27

MAUSOLEUM TOUR—Wilhelm's funeral home is hands down the coolest place in Portland. It's that humongous mural-painted building you can see from Oaks Park, and it contains miles of crypts, memorials, and beautiful, spooky hallways and chapels. Once a year they open their doors to the public for tours, music, vintage cars, and all the remains you can morbidly imagine. CF
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial, 6705 SE 14th, starts at 11 am, FREE

FILM—I can hear your eyeballs rolling from here, but as anyone who saw Fast Five can tell you—somehow, weirdly and miraculously—the Fast & Furious movies have morphed into the craziest, goofiest, tongue-in-cheekiest heist/adventure/action/comedy flicks in recent memory. By all reports, Fast & Furious 6 goes even further. LET'S DO THIS. EH
Various Theaters, see our review and Film Times

TUESDAY, MAY 28

GRINDHOUSE FILM—The 1988 Indonesian film Lady Terminator is a cuckoo crazy grindhouse flick. It's full of '80s wackiness, so much shooting, and a vengeful murderess. She's pretty classy, what with her leather jacket and her huge gun and her man-castrating vagina eel. Hahahaha, YES! A VAGINA EEL! CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, 7:30 pm, $8

SCIENCE!—A new series from the creator of the popular OMSI Science Pubs, Nerd Nite boasts experts talking expertly on topics ranging from tattoos to face recognition to stem cells. All YOU have to do is show up, sip a beer, and nod knowingly. AH
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 7 pm, $8

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