Plus: Your guide to the next 72 hours
Sometimes the whole concept of a festival can be overwhelming enough to make you stay home. Here's one that was designed to be as user-friendly as possible to attendees (and the environment, too).
Homegrown roots-music festival Pickathon is celebrating its eighth year of existence. This year, the two-day proceedings have moved closer to town and set up at nearby Pendarvis Farm. It's a mere 20-minute drive, but organizers are encouraging carpooling and public transportation (see www.pickathon.com for details and a full schedule of events.)
From headliners Iris Dement and Kelly Joe Phelps to local luminaries like the Danny Barnes Collective and Little Sue, Pickathon offers a full spectrum of roots music. There's a smattering of more traditional twang from folks like the Wailin' Jennys, while the Avett Brothers offer up a manic blend of what could rightly be called 'black-and-blue-grass' and zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier is guaranteed to bring the house down.
Camping, workshops, kids' activities, hiking and - of course - plenty of picking are available.
- Barbara Mitchell
Noon Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4-5, Pendarvis Farm, 503-488-5544, $55 (Friday), $65 (Saturday), $85 (weekend pass), all ages (under 12 free)
The Influence of Motorcycles on Contemporary Art
The Mark Woolley Gallery and the Guest- room Gallery unite to honor motorcycles in art, motorcycles on film and, yes, motorcycles. Curator Rachel Sanders has it all covered - she's an interior designer and painter who blasts around Portland International Raceway on a Ducati 748 in her spare time.
DJ Mr. Mumu and DJ Teenage spin the wax at a free, all-ages dance party following the opening.
- Eric Bartels
6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-3636, free
'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' (PG-13)
Y'all best be bustin' out yer redneck phrase-books, because the world's first NASCAR comedy is coming round the bend.
Ricky and Cal (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) have been best buds since they were both knee-high to a polecat. They may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, but they're faster 'n greased lighting down at the race track.
Ricky in particular is famous for not being a-feared of nothing. … That is until some dang ol' namby-pamby Frenchy frog comes along, threatening to whup his hide, and throwing his self-regard every whichaway. See Page 5.
- Anne Marie DiStefano
Mt. Hood Jazz Festival
It sometimes seems hard to keep track of jazz festivals in Portland, but this one is the original, and it turns 25 this year.
In celebration, the festival offers one of Oregon's own, trumpeter and international heartthrob Chris Botti. Nobody has generated more buzz in the instrumental music world of late than the 34-year-old Corvallis product, who's gigged with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Sting.
Also on board for the three-day festival is living saxophone legend David Sanborn, the Hilton Ruiz/Dave Valentin Latin Jazz Ensemble and an outfit headed by drummer Louis Hayes, former sideman to the great Cannonball Adderly.
6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Gresham Center for Arts, 200 N.E. Hood Ave., Gresham, 11 p.m. Sunday, various venues and times, Aug. 4-6, www.mthoodjazz.com for times and venues, $15-$20
Bones and Brew Festival
Take a walk through the Pearl District and enjoy some of the tastiest barbecue this side of Texas, along with Pacific Northwest microbrews at the 12th annual, all-ages benefit for the Oregon Food Bank.
Three theme-driven streets will be dedicated to the event - one for barbecue, one for microbrews and one for activities and entertainment.
Barbecue vendors feature smoky, tangy and sweet options from My Brother's Barbecue, Smokin' Swine, Uncle Wally's BBQ Restaurant and Catering, and more.
Roots Organic Brewing, Off the Rail Brewery, Terminal Gravity Brewing Company, Mia and Pia's Pizzeria and Brewhouse provide the suds.
Kids can enjoy balloon artists, Italian ice and elephant ears, then burn off sugar-induced energy making street art with sidewalk chalk.
- Suzie Ridgway
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5-6, Rogue Brewery, 1339 N.W. Flanders St., 503-222-5910, www.rogue.com, $2 donation