THIS WEEKEND!

Friday:

It must be done. I have to fill my van with a rowdy crew for The Mercury’s Hecklevision showing of Red Dawn (get tickets here) at Hollywood Theater. The deal with hecklevision: throughout the show, people’s texted zingers will appear right there on the screen! It’s a neat idea, but thanks anyway— I’ll just heckle the old fashioned way and yell at the screen. Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard * 7:30 pm * $7

I cannot over-stress the awesomeness of this: free reggae / African music at the pirate sports bar. Every Friday the Jolly Rodger offers free reggae, and tonight it’s Ghanaian-born Chata Addy, master drummer, dancer and performer with his six-piece band. Jolly Roger, 1340 SE 12th Avenue * 10 pm – 2 am * free

Occupy Portland is having their first movie night since the occupation ended. If you didn’t get a chance to visit during the open house at their new space, this would be a good time to drop by. This film “A Little Bit of So Much Truth” is about a peaceful social justice uprising in Mexico. St Francis Church, 311 SE 12th Avenue * 7 pm * free

Saturday:

On days like today it’s hard to imagine Hawaii is just a five-hour plane ride away. Share a bit of the sweet sounds of the islands with Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele player who shot to prominence with this viral YouTube video. My go-to Hawaiian musician is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, even though this video has an “Elvis in Vegas” feel to it. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue * 8 pm * $23.50, $25

Margo Tufo is a blues musician from San Francisco playing free at Halibut’s on Alberta. I’ve never seen her live, but she seems awesome. Halibuts, 2525 NE Alberta Street * 8 pm * free

This looks like a fun rock show: Blue Iris, The Tomorrow People, Bubble Cats. Slabtown, 1033 NE 16th Avenue * 9 pm * $5

Dig it y’all.

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