This Weekend!


I haven’t made it to the Twilight Bar and Cafe in quite a while, but TheTenFiveSixty sounds beautiful. w/ Ellis Pink, Ike Fonseca. 1420 SE Powell * 9 pm * $5

There is voice, and there is vision. Most singers seem so focused on tone and pitch, their words are unintelligible. Keegan Heron sounds more like a storyteller, and he’s got my attention. Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny * 9 pm? * free?


The Bridgetown Comedy Festival cranks up this weekend, moving from upper Hawthorne down to Lower Burnside. The festival has trimmed the number of comics from about 200 down to 130, with more of a focus on up-and-coming artists. Various venues * May 7 – 10 * $99 weekend pass

The Clinton Street Stomp features “acoustic performances from some of Portland’s hottest roots acts.” w/ The High Water Jazz Band (20s-40s hot jazz & blues), Zach Bryson (hillbilly yodeling and pre-war blues), The Moonshine (5-piece Cascadian string band), Trashcan Joe (new old-time jazz featuring homemade instruments), The Coupe Duet (early americana). Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton * 7 pm – 10 pm * $10 * all ages



You’ve only seen the tips of icebergs (or my head above the clouds) on this site so far… Soon we’ll have the full build of The Village put together. I’m still out there seeing shows, following the news, and stoked for the opportunity to offer a new voice. I scoured the Internet and the local weeklies, and here’s what looks interesting in Inner SE this weekend.

Comedian John Caparulo is at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. 1510 SE 9th * Fri: 7:30 pm, 10 pm, Sat: 7:30, 10 * $25 GA, $33 reserved


I’ve never heard of him before today, but I like what Ethan Tucker’s putting out there. The following is a fun video of him with G Love and Michael Franti. Opening: Joy Pearson Jazz Band + Chris Carpenter Band. Alhambra Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne * $8 adv, $10 door * 9 pm 

Don’t forget about bluegrass / old time at Laurelthirst Tavern. (Do you really need a link? It’s bluegrass— you probably either like it or you don’t.) James WallaceAustin Quattlebaum  2958 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * $5


Portland Soundcheck III, at the Aladdin Theater, is a mixed-genre “selection of musicians on the cusp and national successes” in Portland. This show features: Liz Vice (video below), Samsel & the Skirt, Nate Botsford, Brant Colella, Harper 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. * 8 pm * $15 adv, $16 doors

Fireballs of Freedom rock ably. They’re playing with Crush Hazard + The 63 Fremonts. Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan * 9 pm * free



First Friday folks! The FB page lists several events, including an art show at One Grand Gallery to commemorate Magic Garden’s closing, and an opening from Michelle Maule at Redux PDX. Also, the shops at 811 E. Burnside are throwing a holiday party. Check the FF FB page for a special discount.

First Friday also brings the Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfeit Cash to The Nest. 2715 SE Belmont * 8:30 pm * free?

A week ago at Conquistador, I ended up talking to the door guy at the bar after his shift and my date. He told me his surf-rock band was playing at The Verne (AKA Hanahan’s) for First Friday. I couldn’t find much online besides promo for their open mic and complaints about their bartender… Thus Portland promo. 2622 SE Belmont * ?? * ??


The Family Funktion, a rotating group of musicians who host charity shows, is paying tribute to NOLA funk band The Meters. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark * 10 pm * $7


There’s a reggae-rock band from Eugene coming to town! How unique. There is quality musicianship and songwriting from One Dollar Check… (and the video filmed with help from the Eugene Film Society is interesting) So yeah, might be fun. Eastburn, 1800 E. Burnside * 9 pm? * free 


Redefine Magazine and Holocene presents: “a night honoring the full moon in Gemini and feminine energy, as part of our recurring interdisciplinary art event series INTUITIVE NAVIGATION. Bands are paired with costume artists and video artists, and we’ll have other mystic treats in store, including a full moon ritual and an interactive altar by Sageitarians and vVv Stardust. In addition to some PDX synth-pop and disco talents, we’re elated to host LA based psych pop group PEAKING LIGHTS as our very special guest headliner.”  1001 SE Morrison * 8 pm * $10

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is playing at Laurelhurst Theater. It’s thriling and hilarious. There’s a dancing Groot figurine available, apparently. I’ve been hoping for one that’s solar powered like those little flowers… 2735 E. Burnside * daily: 4:15 pm, 7 pm, 9:30 pm * $4

Portland seeks input on Mt. Tabor reservoirs, and video from the project’s first meeting

After a dramatic meeting on the issue earlier this month, the deadline for comments on plans for the Mt. Tabor reservoirs post-disconnection is 10 am, 12/1. Take the survey here.

Friends of the Reservoir is asking the public to choose option #1: Fill the reservoirs and maintain them. The full description of options for the reservoirs is described here; a description and video of how our drinking water will be re-directed is here.

Earlier this month, reservoir activists stormed the first meeting, and it was broadened to discuss the entire issue— not just what should be done with the historic reservoirs after disconnection. Activists made impassioned claims of corruption, and city leaders promised to follow up on what was alleged.

It seems strange that the comments are due before the second meeting on 12/10, but after attending the first meeting 11/18, it seems like there’s been a lack of process throughout the entire ordeal. My post started a good conversation on Reddit/Portland, and the new information brought to the table probably deserves a post of its own. There’s an un-sourced but interesting look at claims of inside dealing, and here Scott Fernandez, scientist and water activist, addressed the issue of radon in Portland’s water.


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Adam Ferrara is at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. Purchase tickets here1510 SE 9th * Fri: 7:30 pm, 10 pm, Sat: 7:30, 10 * $20

Zindu (tribal funk and psychedelic rock fusion) w/ Slim Bacon. Slim Bacon’s “I’m Not Feelin’ the Love Lately” is super cute. Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm *  free

The Resolctrics‘ (50s rock) HOLIDAY JUBILEE w/ guests. 2958 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free


Portland’s Shy Girls (beats & soul) is at Doug Fir Lounge830 E Burnside * 9 pm * $10 adv, $12

Boys II Gentlemen: members of Quick and Easy Boys (rock trio) and the Excellent Gentlemen (R&B, funk) team up for a dance party. Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark * 9:30 pm * $7


Romtom’s on Sunday is always a good bet. The Fur Coats (this video‘s ambitious and worth a look) w/ Appendixes. 600 E Burnside * 9 pm * free



Warm beats, pretty voice… Akaba‘s at the Jade Lounge2342 SE Ankeny * 7 – 8 pm * ??

You like jammin’ Southern rock? Poor Man’s Whiskey seems up to the task… Alhambra Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $10 adv, $12 door


I’m liking the smooth beats of Blockhead… w/ Elaquent, Muneshine. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. * 9 pm * $12

Can web links kill music journalism? I hope so. Pinehurst Kids w/ Bricks. Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free

I need more theatre in my life. Unlike music, you can’t just find a clip to figure out what to check out… Anyway, this Comedy Sportz Puppetz vs. People improv event (cage match? rap battle?) looks interesting. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. * 8 pm Fri, Sat * $15 adv, $22 door 


This could be fun: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, performed at the Funhouse Lounge— a venue I’ve yet to visit. 2432 SE 11th Ave * 8 pm * $10

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish promises to investigate corruption claims after angry Mt. Tabor reservoir activists crash 11/18 meeting

This was the craziest, angriest, public meeting I have ever attended in Portland. For a moment, I thought one gentleman with a jaunty moustache and fedora was going to physically attack Fish.

The meeting was planned to discuss options for Mt. Tabor Park after its historic reservoirs are de-commissioned. I missed the beginning of the meeting, but apparently the activists made enough noise to change the entire agenda and broaden the conversation. KOIN 6 said the activists were upset just because the reservoirs were being disconnected, but they left the meeting early and didn’t report on the activists’ claims of corruption.

The activists believe the EPA rules that required Portland’s new $137 million underground water storage tanks are unnecessary, and were made to enrich a company called Montgomery Watson Harza Global. It looks to them like another example of the shameful-yet-commonplace revolving door between government and private industry: a former Portland Water Bureau official went to work for MWH, the company that won the no-bid, no-cap contracts to build the city’s over-budget, cracking underground water storage tanks. MWH Global employees were also on the Environmental Protection Agency committee that crafted the new rules that required the new storage tanks

It’s a complicated issue, and I’m fairly new to it, but it’s laid out pretty clear at the Friends of the Reservoirs website. The activists are asking the city to delay the de-commissioning of the reservoirs— partly because the EPA is reviewing the rule requiring it. New York City received an EPA extension on its reservoir upgrades, and other communities are also fighting the rule.

The two-hour-plus meeting got extremely emotional, and we’re working on editing the video to make the case as clearly and succinctly as possible. Fish didn’t directly address the claims of corruption, but said he would answer all written questions on the city’s website. There’s another public meeting hosted by Commissioners Fish and Amanda Fritz on 12/10/14, I expect it to be just as intense.

Is this an issue well-known by Portlanders? I do my best to keep up with these kind of things, but I didn’t really understand the issue until I attended the meeting last night.


An aerial view of the Mt. Tabor Park reservoir system.