APR 24, 2013


Nicolai Fechin

Why: Born in Russia in 1881, Nicolai Fechin was a painter who traveled the world showing his art and kept company with the likes of Arshile Gorky. He died in 1955, and several of his early works are in the permanent collection at the Frye, which has now organized its second retrospective of his work (the first was in 1976). No, your eyes are not fooling you: He could be pretty great, and he could be pretty absurdly bad. His drawings are exquisite. His women run the gamut. See if you can find his young Woody Allen look-alike and the stout dandy with one emerald earring. (Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave,, 11 am–5 pm, free, through May 19)

APR 25, 2013


Eamon Espey

Why: It’s tough for authors to figure out what to do at a graphic-novel reading: Do you show slides? Talk about the book? Jump straight to the Q&A? Cartoonist Eamon Espey presents a unique solution: a shadow puppet show adapting a chapter of his newest book, Songs of the Abyss, that is “based on the true story of a man that has often been referred to as ‘the last wild Indian.’” The rest of Songs of the Abyss features Egyptian gods, biblical figures, and the revelation of Santa Claus’s true job: agent of Satan. (Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave,, 7 pm, $5)


The Thermals

Why: I love the Thermals! Their consistently infectious fuzzy pop rock never fails to beat out a bad mood, and their new album, Desperate Ground, might just be their best (I need a few more listens before I can make that call—it’s gonna be real hard to top The Body, the Blood, the Machine). Even if you’ve never heard a single Thermals song, though, you must experience them live—the Portland trio is relentlessly energetic, always whipping the crowd into a deliriously happy, pogoing frenzy. Come get sweaty. With Wimps and La Luz. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $15 adv, all ages)

APR 26, 2013


‘The Trial’

Why: This new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial will actually shock you from time to time—there is bureaucratic horror, of course, but also bloody violence, sex, lingerie, frightening comedy, and the haunting feeling that what Kafka wrote as an existential parable 100 years ago is edging closer and closer to documentary truth. Darragh Kennan plays Josef K. with the sad, bewildered innocence of a Chaplin clown, and everything else—from the actors playing dumb, grinning cops to the set design, which extends into the seating—is ace work. (New Century Theater Company at Inscape Arts, 815 Airport Way S,, 8 pm, $30, through April 28)

APR 27, 2013


Hama Hama Oyster Rama

Why: The Hama Hama Oyster Rama is a party on Hood Canal at the family-owned shellfish farm of the same name—it’s still small and low-key but really fun, with oysters done every which way, plus tons more seafood, and paella, and ice cream, and beer. Also: live music, a tidal flat tour, a trivia contest (first prize last year: a 20-year-old oyster!), and more, more, MORE. Get there early, wear boots, and bring a cooler with a bag of ice to bring more, more, MORE oysters home. (Hama Hama Co., 35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup,, 11:30 am–4 pm, $10/free under 15, food/drink additional)

APR 28, 2013


‘Sun Don’t Shine’

Why: Back after a featured run in NWFF’s American.Film.Week., Sun Don’t Shine is the sly, sharp neo-noir written and directed by Amy Seimetz (if the name sounds familiar, she’s the star of Megan Griffiths’s The Off Hours). Coming on like a mumblecore Blood Simple, Sun Don’t Shine follows two seemingly decent people in central Florida as they struggle to contain a shared evil deed. The film is slow and obstinately elliptical, but its creeping sense of guilt and complicity will steadily rope you in. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St,, 5, 7, and 9 pm, $8, April 26–May 2)

APR 29, 2013


Emily Bazelon with Dan Savage

Why: “For centuries if not forever, children have bullied each other, and for almost as long, adults have mostly ignored them,” Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon writes in her anti-bullying treatise Sticks and Stones. Tonight, Bazelon appears in conversation with Stranger editorial director Dan Savage, whose It Gets Better Project has permanently changed the discussion about bullying. (When Republican politicians start claiming they’re being bullied by gay-rights advocates, that’s how you know you’ve won.) We’ve waited millennia for this conversation to happen, but now that it’s finally taking place, expect things to change quickly. (Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave,, 7:30 pm, $5)

APR 30, 2013


Killing Joke

Why: British rockers Killing Joke have used their 34-year obsession with apocalypse to create a sprawling catalog scattered with potent peaks. Lead vocalist/paranoiac Jaz Coleman’s virulent, phlegmy barks compete with some of the tensest, most splenetic guitar sorties of the post-punk era. While they peaked with their self-titled 1980 debut LP—a classic of scorched-earth rock and desolate dub—Killing Joke have enough smart, bombastic tunes in their arsenal to keep a crowd on exhilarating edge all damn night. (Neumos, 925 E Pike St,, 8 pm, $25 adv, 21+)

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