Things to Do Friday!

Tacocat, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Plastic Cactus
A visit from Tacocat is like a shot of vitamin D. The Seattle posi-punk band’s last album, 2016’s Lost Time, is packed with upbeat odes to Seattle, Plan B, horse girls, and X-Files heroine Dana Katherine Scully. They’ll be joined by Portland’s own Black Belt Eagle Scout (AKA Katherine Paul), who just dropped her debut LP Mother of My Children on Saddle Creek Records. (8 pm, Polaris Hall, $18-20, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

Albina Soul Revue
Portland's soulful past has been repeatedly painted over with boxy condos, upscale boutiques, and e-scooters. But the Rose City's "lost era of soul" refuses to be forgotten. Come listen, wiggle, and shake to Portland's heavy-hitting soul musicians of the ’70s, including Shirley Nanette, Gregg Smith, and the Legendary Beyonds, at the Alberta Rose this month. (7:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $20) ALEX ZIELINSKI

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The Plot to Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Is Thick, and Excruciatingly Detailed. Fans Will Love It.

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At the end of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter stories, Hogwarts magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) had helped capture Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who’d been running rampant in New York City. The two parallel romantic storylines were both left open ended.

In the first few minutes of David Yates' second installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the dark wizard escapes from prison and is on the loose again (because, of course). Young professor Dumbledore calls on Newt Scamander to meet him in London, where the great wizard does what Dumbledore does best: asks the impossible of a young, sloppy-haired, unlikely hero. Even though Dumbledore is apparently Grindelwald’s only equal on the planet, Dumbledore manipulates Newt Scamander and pressures him to go to Paris to try to defeat defeat Grindelwald. Meanwhile there’s Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) who’s vulnerable to being seduced over to the dark side due to a parasite inside of him called an Obscurus.

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OHSU Graduate Students Fight For Union Recognition

Breanna Caruso was among the OHSU graduate students at Thursdays rally, which was meant to put pressure on OHSU to drop its formal objection to the students unionizing.
Breanna Caruso was among the OHSU graduate students at Thursday's rally, which was meant to put pressure on OHSU to drop its formal objection to the students unionizing. BLAIR STENVICK

Breanna Caruso spends her days searching for a cure for cancer.

As a second-year Ph.D student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Caruso researches how the immune system interacts with cancer cells, with the hope of finding a way to fight cancer more efficiently and with fewer patient side effects. She spends about 70 hours a week in the lab.

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Tavern Books Revives and Republishes Killing Floor, a Powerful Collection by a Poet Known SImply as Ai

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Ai in 1972 Photograph by LaVerne Harrell Clark, courtesy of The University of Arizona Poetry Center

In 1979, a book of poetry by a writer known simply as Ai caused a small sensation in the literary world. Killing Floor—Ai's second book of poems—won the Lamont Poetry Prize of the American Academy of Poets, an award chosen by such peers as Philip Levine and Maxine Kumin. It launched the her into the upper echelons of literary society, where she earned further awards, endowments, and a position teaching at Oklahoma State University.

The power of this early work has diminished and fallen out of discourse over the years because Killing Floor went out of print. But ever since Carl Adamshick, main editor of Portland non-profit poetry press Tavern Books, stumbled across a copy, he and his team have been working to republish the book and bring Killing Floor to contemporary readers.

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Trans Activists to Protest Trump's Anti-Trans Memo Friday

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Activists from Portland's transgender community plan to gather in front of Portland City Hall Friday to respond to President Trump’s recently leaked, deeply anti-trans memo, and to demand equitable treatment for trans people in Portland.

Won’t Be Erased PDX, a new trans activist group, is organizing the rally to coincide with International Standing Up to Bullies Day. The group formed a few weeks ago in direct response to the Trump memo.

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Mayor Invites "Fair and Balanced" Reporters to Cover Protest From Police HQ

Mayor Wheeler announces his proposed ordinance at an October press conference.
Mayor Wheeler announces his proposed ordinance at an October press conference. Alex Zielinski

Members of Patriot Prayer will return, yet again, to downtown Portland this weekend to protest women who accuse men of sexual abuse or rape. (I know, it's terrible). Rose City Antifa has already organized a counter-protest. Patriot Prayer supporters have called the event "another opportunity to kick some Antifa ass," on the event's Facebook page.

Based on their history alone, its likely the clashing groups will become confrontational, if not violent. In the past, that violence hasn't just come from aggravated protesters—several peaceful protest attendees have been injured by Portland police officers who tossed "flash bang" grenades or shot pepper balls into a crowd.

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The Front Runner Review: The Politics of the Past Can Teach Us Nothing

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The Front Runner doesn’t really know what to make of Gary Hart. That’s to the movie’s credit, I think—the Colorado senator who made a bid for the presidency in 1987 is neither hailed as a mistreated, martyred political genius nor condemned as a sleazebag whom the press caught cheating on his wife. Played by Hugh Jackman, Hart’s just kind of a blank slate, so director Jason Reitman focuses on the campaign staffers and journalists who surround him, by way of impressively staged Altmanesque tracking shots with overlapping dialogue.

The large, great cast makes The Front Runner worth watching—Mamoudou Athie as the Washington Post’s A.J. Parker and Steve Zissis as the Miami Herald’s Tom Fielder are especially good—so long as you ignore the movie’s promotional campaign that insists Hart’s downfall was the moment American history changed forever, marking the precise instant politics devolved into tabloid sensationalism. Now that’s a bullshit headline.


Blitzen Trapper Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Furr

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TYLER KOHLHOFF

A decade after its release, Blitzen Trapper’s breakthrough LP Furr plays like an artifact from the lost (and perhaps mythological) city of “Old Portland.” It’s ironic how the album’s cover depicts the band’s name carved into a tree trunk—like they always knew it’d eventually preserve the memory of a bygone era.

“When we first started touring, people wouldn’t even know where Portland was half the time, or even where Oregon was,” frontman Eric Earley explains from a ferry on the way to Victoria, BC, the first stop of the band’s fall tour in support of Furr’s 10th anniversary reissue. “It used to be a much stranger place. You just didn’t know what you were going to come upon.”

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Portland Book Festival 2018 Report: Panels Are the Highlight, but the Lines Are Better Too

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Suzette Smith

This year’s Portland Book Festival really seemed to work. The weather was outstanding! (That’s not something Literary Arts could control, but it was still nice.) The festival was crowded, but more manageable than previous years. At festivals this popular, attendees sometimes can’t even stop at booths because the river of people sweeps them along, but I was able to stop at tables and talk to the local and visiting presses. All this manageability was not due to a lack of crowds or new faces. The passionate readers of the Pacific Northwest showed up for literature (and Tom Hanks).

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Widows Review: Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller Is a Full Meal of a Movie

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Arriving a week before Thanksgiving, Widows is an overflowing plateful of entertainment, piled high with juicy plot, buttery performances, and plenty of sweet genre pie. It’s a mash-up of pulp and prestige that shouldn’t work well on paper, but plays out tremendously well onscreen.

Director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) co-wrote the twisty script with novelist Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects), and while the interconnected webs of Chicago’s crime underworld and its racially charged local politics contain more than enough intrigue, the performances are what’ll grab you. I mean, just look at this cast: Harry (Liam Neeson) leads a crew of career criminals (including Jon Bernthal and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) in a heist that goes disastrously wrong, leaving their widows Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) with a serious problem when crime boss Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry) and his enforcer brother Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya) demand they return the stolen money. Meanwhile, Jamal is running for alderman against slimy carpetbagger Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell), whose father (Robert Duvall) is even slimier. And I haven’t even mentioned that Carrie Coon and Cynthia Erivo are also in this thing.

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Hey Sexy People! It's the FINAL WEEKEND OF HUMP!

HUMP! host Dan Savage invites you to stick your ballot into the appropriate hole.
HUMP! host Dan Savage invites you to stick your ballot into the appropriate hole. Tracey Cataldo

Since I know you're interested in all things related to S-E-X, I feel it's my sworn duty to remind you that this weekend marks the final screenings of HUMP! 2018. DON'T PANIC—JUST GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND HERE! But for the love of all that's holy, HURRY. Because, as of this writing, three of the remaining seven screenings are already sold out! And the rest will surely sell out as well, because all these screenings will be hosted in person by America's most darling sex advice columnist DAN SAVAGE.

Are you a person that's heard about HUMP! from your sexy friends, but aren't sure if this film festival of 5-minute sex-positive dirty movies are right for you? Check out this "Beginner's Guide to HUMP!"

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Good Morning, News: Mayor's Protest Ordinance Flops, Burgerville's Union Expands, Trump Supports Sentencing Reform

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

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Tyler Gross

Good morning, Portland! Keep your beanies on, we're in for another day with a cheery high of 53 degrees. P.S. We are all looking so cute with our winter clothes on these days, great job. Now, some news to start your day.

Avenatti Cuffed: Michael Avenatti, the drama-hungry attorney representing Stormy Daniels, has been arrested on domestic violence charges in Los Angeles. As always, TMZ has a juicer, less-verified story than the police report.

Trump Did a Not Awful Thing: Donald Trump announced his support of a bipartisan prison sentencing reform bill that, according to the New York Times, "would begin to unwind some of the tough-on-crime federal policies of the 1980s and 1990s that incarcerated African-American offenders at much higher rates than white offenders."

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Things to Do Thursday!

August Greene
Fresh off their NPR Tiny Desk Concert, the hip-hop and R&B supergroup headed up by Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins make their Portland debut in support of their debut self-titled album. (8:30 pm, Roseland, $45-65)

David Sedaris
If you think you’re too cool for David Sedaris—the first of his name, brother of Amy, author of NPR’s old reliable holiday mainstay (c’mon, the Santaland Diaries is GOOD) and such humorist delights as Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim—you’re lying to yourself and you need to stop. Sedaris’ dry wit is indispensable in trying times. Go get some! (7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $32.50-57.50, all ages) MEGAN BURBANK

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TriMet Board: Fare Checks Are Constitutional

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Not paying for a TriMet ticket isn’t a crime—but TriMet officers can still ask to see your ticket.

That’s the key takeaway from an amendment the TriMet Board passed today, clarifying that failing to pay transit fare is not a criminal offense, but that it is still constitutional for transit officers to request proof of payment.

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Hawthorne Burgerville Workers Want a Union

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Burgerville employees working at the chain's Hawthorne location are the latest to ask management to formally recognize their store's union.

“Burgerville corporate likes to say that they’re excited to work with the union and listen to us workers,” said James Curry, a worker at the Hawthorne Burgerville, in a press release. “This is their chance to do the right thing and prove it."

According to Burgerville union spokesperson Emmett Schlenz, 80 percent of those employed at the Hawthorne store have signed a petition supporting unionization, which was delivered to their store manager this afternoon. These workers join two other Burgerville stores—one on SE 92nd and Powell and another in Gladstone)—in pushing to unionize.

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