Things to do before you die, decompose
Because the end of your college career might equal death to your social life, no?
31 Knots, Nice Nice, Point Line Plane
31 Knots, what kind of music is that? You might ask. Well, the “post-rock” tag has gone too far, and is a misnomer in most cases anyway. To be precise, we’ll call 31 Knots “post-emo,” and leave it at that. We still can’t get enough of Nice Nice. You’ll never hear a start-stop, stutter-stumble, all-improv duo sound so fluid. And Jason has way too many effects pedals for a mere record store employee. You need to go before the dancing hippies take over. The Blackbird, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 9 p.m., 21+ w/ID
Centered around the marriage of two upper-caste types and the drama surrounding it, “Monsoon Wedding” offers a breathtakingly colorful glimpse of modern India, and is as lively as the nation and its people themselves. From the director of films such as “Mississippi Masala,” it is in turns intense and humorous.
Fox Tower 10, Southwest Park & Taylor, call 503-224-5555, ext. 4604 for showtimes
B>DJ Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein, guitarist for PDX rock superstars Sleater-Kinney takes control for your dining pleasure in the fourth installment of Madame Butterfly’s rock-stars-spin-records series. Expect anything, but be warned: don’t be a geek and ask for an autograph, and it’s probably not a good idea to request “Call Me.” (Or maybe it is.)
Madame Butterfly, 425 S.W. Stark, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 21+ w/ID
Bittersweet documentary of Tallahatchie County, Miss., that attempts to capture the legacy of slavery, institutionalized racism and human hope. Told principally through the observances of LaLee Wallace, mother of 11, grandmother of 38, great-grandmother of 15, and of school administrator Reggie Barnes, it is both shocking and sad. But before all hope is lost we are shown the small victories that serve to give us all a bit of idealism. Angering, sad, but beautiful – like life itself. SEE FULL REVIEW IN TOMORROW’S VANGUARD.
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Sat. 7 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.
eX- Girl, Stereo Crush, Pinq
Japanese bands have a beautiful history of absorbing American pop culture and redefining it at its most absurd and over-the-top. eX- Girl is no exception. The three piece boasts matching wigs and outlandish costumes and its sound is like a ’60s girl group (if the ’60s girl group were raised on a steady diet of the Butthole Surfers and Bongwater).Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St., 9 p.m., 21+ w/ID
Imperial Teen, KaitO, Fiver
Imperial Teen are an unapologetic pop band. The boy-girl harmonies are impeccable, the songs are short and catchy, and their performances are always professional. A band more suited to be playing a larger venue – and blowing the alternative headliner off the stage – than the small confines of the Blackbird. Great band, great venue, great night.
The Blackbird, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 9 p.m., 21+ w/ID
Crush with Rasta Cuetip and guests
The Sunday Jungle Night at Ohm keeps getting more and more popular as kids realize the D&B is where it’s at. This week features Rasta Cuetip from San Fransisco. Expect breakbeats aplenty and show up early – not just because it’s a school night, but because it’s five bucks before 10 p.m. This dance-all-night thing is overrated anyway, right?
Ohm, 31 N.W. First Ave., 9 p.m., 21+ w/ID
“Diamond Men” features Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg as jeweler and apprentice selling jewelry to small stores in Pennsylvania. The relationship is a strained one – Forster is a curmudgeon and Wahlberg’s a lady’s man. Like most lady’s men, Wahlberg thinks sex is a cure for everything, and sets out to cure the curmudgeon.
Roger Ebert say this one is “A real discovery – funny, touching, sexy and deviously surprising.” Check it out.
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St. 7 and 9:10 p.m. nightly, plus 2 p.m. Sunday $6