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So, as part of Surprise Party Theatre’s mission (“Here to make friends!”) we’re going to try rolling out a feature highlighting a few events this week put on by other people that we think SPT fans would dig on. It’s kind of a vague set of criteria, but we’re looking at stuff that defies easy categorization, that takes nerdy shit and makes it fun, and just generally the kind of events that smart, attractive people like yourselves might enjoy.
So here we go for the week of Monday, July 16th-Sunday, July 22nd!
The Mission Theater and the Bagdad Theater
Now this is just intriguing. McMenamins is hosting a series of “rendezvous” that combine art, science and history to explore humanity’s interaction with the Antarctic. Monday evening at the Mission a collection of Antarctic scientists wow us with their storytelling, as well as their poetic and musical ability. Tuesday, again at the Mission, a bunch of short documentaries and discussions with scientists working on climate change. And on Thursday at the Bagdad, a history of music in the Antarctic (including live performance) and more short documentaries.
We’re huge art/history/science nerds, kids, and we love nothing more than programs that combine them—especially when they also have free admission and easy access to booze. We don’t know anything about the people putting this series together, and the Facebook page has a meager 10 likes, but this is a neat enough concept that it’s worth taking the chance on.
ShanRock “Beer Night” Trivia
15th Ave Hophouse, 8:00
Hawthorne Hophouse, 9:00
If you don’t love bar trivia, we seriously don’t even want to hear about it. ShanRock is one of Portland’s triviology masters—creative, engaging, and not afraid to experiment with the form. You can catch them around town most nights, but we’re pretty excited to bust out some beer trivia (did you know that a collector of beer bottles is called a “labeorphile”?), and of course tasting beer as a “physical challenge” is living the dream.
Kick Ass Oregon History: Famous Oregon Jail Breaks
Jack London Bar, 7:30
Surprise Party Theatre’s good friends (and *SPOILER ALERT* future collaborators) do local history right—all mayhem, sex, violence, and liberal usage of, as their ribald resident historian puts it, “the fuck word”. This show should be no different, with a survey of Beaver state prisoners who just couldn’t be kept locked up. There’s even going to be free cake! Just don’t choke on the file that’s been baked into it.
Portland Symphonic Choir: “Summer Sing” Verdi’s Requiem
PCC Cascade Campus, 7:00
It’s a lot like our Shakespeare Parties, really, only instead of busting out some sweet iambs about love or whatever, you’re these people:
Filmusik: Modern Times
Hollywood Theatre, 8:00
Filmusik combines live music with classic movies in exciting, fun and unexpected ways. So “Organ Grinders”, their series of silent film screenings, could seem pretty uninspired—after all, silent films were already made for live accompaniment. But the musicians that perform always bring something new to the table. That’s what it looks like with Retake’s original score to this Charlie Chaplin classic about the problems of industrialization and unemployment (hilarious!). Check out the trailer on Filmusik’s website.
Portland Cello Project: Extreme Cello Dance Party
Doug Fir Lounge, 9:00
It’s that time of year again, kids. Portland’s biggest crossover act is pairing up with all their indie rock friends for two nights of boogying and hardcore pizzicato. Always a blast.
Original Practice Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It
Milepost 5, 12:00
We like to think of OPSFest as simpatico to our Shakespeare Parties. We both believe that including the audience in the process brings Shakespeare’s plays to life in a special way. OPSFest’s productions are low-rehearsal, high-improv, high-energy takes on the Shakespeare in the Park model, and they’re always really fun. Since Surprise Party Theatre is doing As You Like It on August 23rd (*shameless plug alert*), you should check ‘em both out!