Things to Do This Week

Cheap, Free, & Fun: Your 23 Best Bang For The Buck Events in Portland, March 6-12 2020

March 4, 2020

Respect! Ladies of Vintage Soul!
Respect! returns loud, brash, bold, and full of timeless soul for 2020 with DJ Action Slacks at the helm—one of the very best at reminding this city that nobody did it like Ruth Brown, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Nina Simone, Betty Wright, and of course, Aretha Franklin. (Sat March 7, 9 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $7-10)

La Chute's Mark E. Smith Birthday Celebration
Fans of the Fall, and that band’s cranky and impassioned lead singer Mark E. Smith, in the US are few but they are a dedicated crew. Just a few days after Smith’s actual birthday—and a month after the one-year anniversary of his death—his legacy will be honored anew by one such gang of enthusiasts: the Fall tribute band La Chute. This early evening, all-ages show at Kenton neighborhood record (and tape) shop Speck’s will open with another post-punk racket performed by Plastic Harmony Band. And it’s your last chance to hear La Chute with founding guitarist Ross Morgan. (Sat March 7, 7 pm, Speck's Records & Tapes, $5, all ages) ROBERT HAM

Portland Mayoral Climate and Environmental Justice Forum
In case you didn’t know, we’re in a state of environmental emergency. So it’s fitting that the first 2020 debate to feature all the major mayoral candidates—including Mayor Ted Wheeler—will focus on one issue: the climate. This debate is being hosted by the youth-led organization Sunrise PDX, 350PDX, and the Harriet Tubman Middle School Environmental Justice Club. Topics will likely include the planned expansion of the Interstate 5 freeway in the Rose Quarter, what the city can do to reduce fossil fuel reliance, and, um, maybe plastic straws? (Sun March 8, 7 pm, Revolution Hall, $10, all ages) BLAIR STENVICK

Petunia & The Vipers, Jenny Don't & The Spurs
In the tradition of first-wave rock 'n' roll, Vancouver, BC's Petunia and the Vipers offer slick steel-guitar leads Ă  la Don Helms, stand-up bass, kazoos, and some of the best goddamn yodeling you're ever going to hear. The Vipers' live penchant for exploding into dynamic Western swing is infectious and invigorating. (Fri March 6, 8:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $10) RYAN J. PRADO

MĂžtrik, Party Witch, Slanted Floors
Mþtrik belongs to the massive faction of American bands that have copped Germany’s more otherworldly musical elements. But on Safety Copy, the group expertly ties those sounds together with decades of greasy rock ’n’ roll mutations. Mþtrik’s sincerity, and their respect and love for the music, seals the deal. (Sat March 7, 8 pm, The Fixin' To, $7) MARK LORE

Ceremony of Sludge
The Ceremony of Sludge mini-fest closes in on a decade strong, bringing you a landslide of headbang-worthy heavy metal and doom from near and far played at ear-melting volumes at the Kenton Club. (Fri March 6, 8 pm, The World Famous Kenton Club, $10)

The Brainiax, The Avery Wolves, Raw Dogs
The Brainiax link up with Seattle's Raw Dogs and Alaska's the Avery Wolves as part of a Friday night psychobilly takeover at the Twilight Bar. (Fri March 6, 8:30 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $7)

Mr. Wrong, Gustaf, Collate, Noxeema
The Firkin Tavern serves up an array of raw, angular, and catchy post-punk and art-punk courtesy of Portland's own Mr. Wrong, Collate, and Noxeema and NYC's Gustaf. (Fri March 6, 8 pm, Firkin Tavern, free)

Cheers to Seven Years
Portland Cider Company throws itself a big ol' birthday party in their Clackamas taproom, including special tappings of over 40 favorites pulled from the cellar, cidery tours, anniversary releases, unique merch, and more. Free to attend, commemorative glass and drink tickets start at $20. (Sat March 7, 3 pm, Portland Cider Company, free)

Drunken Discourse
The March installment of the comedy showcase in which stand-ups get drunk before delivering big keynote speeches to the audience brings you presentations from Kellie Irwin, Ash Joyner, George Rosenbaum, and NurseLau Zsa Zsa. (Sat March 7, 5 pm, Kelly's Olympian, free)

Eisner Week After-Party
Things From Another World closes out Will Eisner week with a big party gathering some of Portland's best comics-making talent for a signing, some drinking, some dancing, and an opportunity to buy limited edition prints, proceeds from which will help support the comics education program at Portland State University. Guests include Brian Michael Bendis, Steve LIeber, Matt Wagner, Michael Avon Oeming, and Nick Derington. (Sat March 7, 3 pm, Things From Another World, free)

Loop Madness: 5th Anniversary
The local electronic music showcase throws itself a bigger, loopier 5th birthday party celebrating five years shining a light on the more adventurous loopers, producers, poets, and sonic experimentalists in the region. (Sat March 7, 7 pm, The Lombard Pub, free)

Arteries, Rip Room, Sad Horse
Portland's Arteries bring their shapeshifting post-punk and noise rock out to Turn! Turn! Turn! for one final show. San Francisco art punks Rip Room and like-minded locals Sad Horse round out the bittersweet proceedings. (Sat March 7, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $7)

30th Buckman Art Show & Sell
Featuring over 110 artists and craftspersons selling new and original works, including paintings, furniture, textile, photography, and more, as well as activities for younger children, food carts, a zine making session from Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, and entertainment by student performance groups. (Sat-Sun March 7-8, 10 am, Buckman Arts Elementary School, $2-5, all ages)

Kickstand Class Show & Graduation
The young up-and-comers looking to contribute to (and/or take over) Portland's comedy scene get a showcase in honor of making through the Kickstand Training Center. (Sun March 8, 6 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space, $5)

Donnie Horn, Darcelle
Donnie Horn’s Darcelle: Looking From My Mirror chronicles the life and career of Walter W. Cole, aka Darcelle, the beloved Portland entertainer and Guinness World Record holder for oldest drag queen performer. Horn will be joined in conversation by Walter W. Cole. (Sun March 8, 2 pm, Powell's City of Books, free)

Black Fruit, Neck Romancer, Mad Honey
Portland's Black Fruit bring their arsenal of soulful garage jams out to the St. Johns for a hometown show, with fellow local psych and darkwave bands Mad Honey and Neck Romancer rounding out the bill. (Sun March 8, 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $7)

Dim Wit, Cryogeyser, Sour Widows, Surfer Rosie
Portland's Dim Wit and Surfer Rosie roll out their new lineups as part of a stacked bill at the Black Water Bar, with like-minded California indie rock and dream pop outfits Cryogeyser and Sour Widows rounding out the all-ages show. (Mon March 9, 8 pm, Black Water Bar, $6-10, all ages)

JonnyX & the Groadies, EdwĂžrd
Portland’s premiere space-age black metal band links up with fellow metal rippers Edwþrd to bring the Tonic Lounge's much-missed Heavy Tuesdays series back to life at the Twilight Bar. Heavy Tuesdays = two bands, two-dollar entry, and two-dollar beers all night long. (Tues March 10, 8:30 pm, Twilight Cafe & Bar, $2)

Music Trivia Night
Women in Music Portland set up shop at Dig a Pony for a one-off night of music trivia. Gather a team of up to 6 minds and plunk down $5 to reserve a table and compete for fabulous prizes while sipping special cocktails mixed up just for this Women in Music event. Don't have a team but still want to compete? Feel free to RSVP as a single-player and link up with other Women in Music members at the event, or play solo and keep all the prizes for yourself. (Wed March 112, 6 pm, Dig a Pony, $5)

Fringe Class, Seance Crasher, Pleasure Curses
Fringe Class brings their high-energy, retro-tinged synth-pop to Dynasty to kick-start the Ides of March Fest and celebrate the release of their latest single, with like-minded locals Seance Crasher and Pleasure Curses rounding out the bill. (Thurs March 12, 8 pm, Killingsworth Dynasty, $5)

Ice Princess, Pinkzilla, Stöller
A band of hooded druids who possess solid chops that equal the vocals of their possessed leader, the Ice Princess—a half-dark/half-light nymph-witch with an impressive vocal range. For proof, check out "Eternal Night" on Bandcamp and revel in the rock. Part of the Ides of March Fest. (Thurs March 12, 9 pm, The Fixin' To, $7)

Davis Galvin, tofu, NOLID
S1 promises "a night of off-kilter bliss" when Davis Galvin takes over the space and fills it with wall-to-wall dance music. (Thurs March 12, 9 pm, S1, $10)

There's even more to do in our Cheap, Free, & Fun calendar, and don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!

As you're considering going out in Portland, remember that it's important to always wash your hands and stay home if you're sick. Currently, Oregon and Multnomah County have not put any restrictions in place regarding group gatherings due to the coronavirus, but it's a good idea to double-check event websites directly for cancellations or postponements before leaving the house.