Arrr! Ahoy, off we be to St. Johns
Brush up on your limericks and ability to see through one eye without squinting, then head to Portland's first day devoted entirely to America's favorite scallywags: pirates, of course.
Cathedral Park, believed to be a Lewis and Clark landing site in 1806, and where James John, the founder of St. Johns, settled and operated a ferry across the Willamette River to Linnton, provides a perfect setting for the day.
Great entertainment is the highlight of Saturday's adventures. Thryce Wycked Wenches, a trio of lassies, sing sassy a cappella arrangements and encourage bawdy crowd singalongs, broken up with innuendo-filled jokes. They'll perform in the 21-and-over 'Rogue Tavern.'
On the other end of the spectrum are Northwest favorites Captain Bogg and Salty, a band whose huge fan base of elementary-schoolers has earned them rave reviews in both Parenthood magazine and Entertainment Weekly.
In between are crews of chantey-singers, traditional colonial dancers and yarn spinners from all the high seas.
Tours on the 122-foot schooner, the Lynx, offer a taste of life during the War of 1812.
Daggers, pirate pots, giant tumblers and pirate outfits in infant through adult sizes are for sale, as are plenty of scurvy-preventing snacks from Salvador Molly's and other local restaurants. Rogue Brewery is the main grog supplier.
- Stutterin' Lucy Slaughter
(pirate name for Brooke Myers, according to gangstaname.com/pirate_name.php)
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Cathedral Park, North Edison Street and Pittsburgh Avenue, 503-292-3418, www.portlandpiratefestival.com, $12 advance, $15 at gate for adults, $6 advance, $8 at gate ages 2-12, free for kids under 2, advance tickets at www.ticketalternative.com
'…clats de Rire' (Laugh Out Loud)
When Americans think of French cinema, humor probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But French film is more than cigarettes, wayward gamines and existential despair, and this series of witty, satirical and screwball comedies, presented by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is out to prove it.
This week, tourists have a wild time in 'Les Bronzés' (which means 'the tanned ones' but has been translated as 'French Fried Vacation'), and medieval knights are confronted with modern Paris in 'Les Visiteurs' ('The Visitors').
- Anne Marie DiStefano
'French Fried Vacation' 7 p.m. Friday and
6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 and 24; 'The Visitors'
8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156, www.nwfilm.org, $6-$7
Pierre Huyghe: 'This Is Not a Time for Dreaming'
In 1963, Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier - a pioneer of the modernist architecture known as the International Style - was commissioned to design Harvard University's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the only building the great one would design in the United States.
In 'This Is Not a Time for Dreaming' French artist Pierre Huyghe (pronounced Weeg) uses puppets to tell the story of the commission and recount his own artistic frustrations, not unlike Le Corbusier's, in working with the university's administration.
The 24-minute film shows a live performance of a puppet musical featuring compositions by Iannis Xenakis and Edgard Varèse. Carpenter Center, by the way, was named for Harvard donors Alfred and Helen Carpenter of Southern Oregon.
- Joseph Gallivan
10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday, Sept. 23, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 1, Portland Art Museum, Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-0973, $6-$10
Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter's masterly study, based on well-publicized events in his own life, is told in the kind of unorthodox timeline favored by Imago Theatre Artistic Director Jerry Mouawad.
'It's kind of like peeling an onion,' he says. 'You know what it is, but every time you take another layer off, you get to know more.' Peter Campbell, Maureen T. Porter and Todd Van Voris star; Mouawad directs.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday,
7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 15, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave.,
503-231-9581, $16-$26; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges
With 50 Top 40 hits to his name and more than 250 million records sold, Sir Elton John needs no introduction.
The flamboyant piano-rock pioneer has been delighting audiences and critics alike for decades with his incredible catalog of material and larger-than-life persona.
Although he's on the road supporting a new album, 'The Captain and the Kid,' you can be assured that the eternally youthful and exuberant crown prince of pop won't neglect the favorites that have made him such an enduring musical legend.
- Barbara Mitchell
8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, Rose Garden Arena, 1 Center Court, 503-235-8771, $45-$145, all ages