Jessica Hopper in conversation with Ann Friedman
Jessica Hopper was already in contention for the title of Best American Music Journalist before releasing The First Collection of Criticism By a Living Female Rock Critic in 2015, but seeing all of her work in one place confirmed it – and the new double reissue. Literally, the second edition is almost twice as many pages, with new material, an introduction by comedy-writer Samantha Irby, and a new afterword that Hopper describes as a “therapeutic document and / or fanzine on Fugazi, the culture of rape and what it means to be from the Midwest. She will discuss it tonight with podcaster Ann Friedman. 5 p.m. Wednesday July 14. See powells.com/events for registration information.
Maybe it was the long standing presence of Brasserie Montmartre in the heart of downtown, or maybe the Portlanders are secret Francophiles, but for some reason we’ve always been a city that celebrates the day. of the Bastille. Last year most traditional festivities were canceled due to COVID, but now that we’re freshly vaccinated it’s time to dust off your beret, pop the champagne, and chain-smoke cigarettes for 24 hours. . To make up for lost time in 2020, Stem Wine Bar invites you to party as if you were in Paris for three whole days. On Wednesday, July 14, try a guided tasting of white, rosé, red and sparkling wines from across France, then return this weekend for more special flights accompanied by decadent macaroons on the cobblestone patio. The live accordionist should give you the impression of having been transported to the Champs-Élysées. Stem Wine Bar, 3920 N Mississippi Ave., 503-477-7164, stemwinebarpdx.com. The July 14 tasting will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 14. $ 50. The Meet Me in Paris weekend will take place from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday July 16 and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday July 17.
Zidell Yards doesn’t have a roof, but if he had one, Liv Warfield would blow it into the stratosphere. One of Portland’s true vocal powers, the voice of the R&B slayer speaks for itself, but when it comes to superstars co-signatures, there’s nothing better to have on your resume than Prince’s. . After stumbling across a video of Warfield crushing the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”, Purple One recruited her from the New Power Generation and produced her 2014 album, The Unexpected. He’s gone now, sure, but Warfield is more than self-sufficient – and his rock’n’soul live show gives off some heavy Tina Turner vibes. It’s best to check the Ross Island Bridge for structural damage afterwards, just to be sure. The Lot at Zidell Yards, 3030 S Moody Ave., thelotatzidellyyards.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday July 14. $ 50 to $ 75 per person. All tickets are sold in modules of 2, 4 and 6 people.
Lewi Longmire and the Roasters of the Left Coast
Live music is slowly returning to Portland. This now includes the oldest concert hall in the city. After a perilous year, the Laurelthirst Pub is back with free shows every day a week. This Thursday you can see Lewi Longmire, local mainstay and pub co-owner, on the stage he’s been running behind shuttered doors for a year. Even before the pandemic, the Americana Hall has long provided a sense of intimate comfort for musicians and regulars – after all, there is still a lot of overlap between these two crowds. If you want to vibrate on a guitar with country accents while being moved by the fact that you missed the live music, this show is for you. Laurelthirst Pub, 2958 NE Glisan St., laurelthirst.com. 6 p.m. Thursday July 15. Free. 21+.
41st Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Following its virtual first year in 2020, the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival will once again host live sets in its eponymous park below the St. Johns Bridge. Over three days, North Portland’s Cathedral Park will host over a dozen jazz, blues and soul acts, including Lloyd Jones, the Oregon Music Hall of Famer, electro-jazz duo Korgy & Bass, and a tribute to Chick Corea, who passed away in February. As always, the open-air festival is free. But this year there will be a regulated entry. Masks will be required while waiting to enter the event, and social distancing within the venue is encouraged. Cathedral Park, N Edison Street, and Pittsburg Ave. From Friday to Sunday, July 16 to 18. Release. See jazzoregon.org for the full schedule.
Mississippi Studios Welcome Open House
Concerts were thought to be the last thing to come back after the pandemic, but even though there has been some semblance of live music in Portland over the past few months, it still hasn’t quite felt ‘returned to’ the normal “. That might not happen until the clubs fully reopen, but Mississippi Studios is near. The venue’s concert schedule won’t really pick up until August, but consider this preview a return to the usual routine. The first part of the evening, with sets by Wonderly and May Arden and the screening of a new short by comic book artists the Pander Brothers, is free, while the after party, with a performance by experimental improvisers THMPR , costs $ 10. Wow, the afters. You remember ? Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., mississippstudios.com. 6 pm-8pm Saturday July 17th. Free. The after party starts at 9 p.m. $ 10. 21+.
Portland Cello Project’s Extreme Cello Summer Dance Party Extravaganza
If nothing else, over the past 15 years the Portland Cello Project has done more to showcase the versatility of their titular instrument than any classic ensemble, skillfully spanning everyone from Britney Spears to Kanye West to Pantera – and with their annual summer dance jam, they’ve proven that you can start a party with it, too. Certainly, however, to really blow up the place, you can’t come armed with cellos alone. Here, the string ensemble will also be joined by several session musicians who have traveled extensively, including trumpeter Farnell Newton and drummer Tyrone Hendrix, and vocalists Saaeda Wright, JANE and Steven Bak, to browse a set of pop hits ranging from the 60s to today. The Lot at Zidell Yards, 3030 S Moody Ave., thelotatzidellyyards.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday July 18. $ 50- $ 75 per person. All tickets are sold in modules of 2, 4 and 6 people.
Cinema Unbound Outdoor Cinema presents Distraught
“As if!” This loose, modern adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, a wealthy and stylish teenager who is determined to makeover the new ‘tragically unhip’ girl at school (Brittany Murphy). Paul Rudd stars as Cher’s ex-brother-in-law / love interest. Note the “ex” and the “step” before totally buggin ‘! Lloyd Center rooftop cinema, 2201 Lloyd Center. 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 18. $ 20. See nwfilm.org/film-series/cinema-unbound-summer-movies-open-air-experiences for tickets.
Luca (Jacob Tremblay) is a sea monster, but there is nothing monstrous about him. That’s the premise of this dynamic adventure from Pixar Animation, a studio specializing in telling deeply human stories about non-human characters, from tormented toys from the Toy Story movies to robots in love with WALL-E. Like these films, Luca is an allegory for children. The ideal audience for the film will be interested in both the clues that Luca is gay and the kinetic pleasures of the plot, which include Luca and his best friend, Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer), teaming up with a valiant human. (Emma Berman) for a cycling race. There is a winner, but the real winners are the young moviegoers who will learn that Luca respects them and cares enough for them to challenge them while giving them a good time. Broadcast on Disney +.