Local radio revue broadens its frequency
When Robert Altman makes a film about live radio, as he has with the recently released 'A Prairie Home Companion,' the genre must be on the way up. That's a news flash and a good one for the folks at 'Live Wire,' Portland's own irreverent on-air venture.
The long-range plan for 'Live Wire,' which has taped and aired monthly on Oregon Public Broadcasting for two and a half years, is to go weekly, then go national. A milestone was reached last month when, for the first time, two one-hour shows were created at one live taping.
Has the show's loyal live audience responded well to the transition? 'They have to yell 'Live Wire!' twice,' says co-producer Robyn Tenenbaum. 'That's all we ask of them.'
The popular show now will air on the first and last Saturday of each month. 'Being on the air more can only be a benefit,' Tenenbaum says. 'The enthusiasm just gets greater and greater. It's just steamrolling.'
Tonight's taping features triple-threat actor Wade McCollum, novelist and funnywoman Karen Karbo and Throwing Muses founder Kristin Hersh, among others.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Friday, June 16, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $10 advance, $12 at door, all ages; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'
The electric cello meets classic German cinema. Gideon Freudmann works in a musical category all his own; he calls it 'cello bop,' and it combines elements of classical music, jazz, folk and world music, all channeled through a most unusual instrument.
Freudmann has composed and performed soundtracks for silent films such as 'Metropolis' and 'Nosferatu,' and now presents a textured and atmospheric live interpretation of another of the great films of the silent era, the deeply disturbing tale of the deranged Dr. Caligari.
- Anne Marie DiStefano
7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.hollywood theatre.org, 503-281-4215, $8-$10
Built to Spill
The Northwestern indie-rock pioneers Built to Spill celebrate the release of their new album, 'You in Reverse,' with back-to-back performances at the Crystal Ballroom. The band, which got its start in Boise, Idaho, has had a huge influence on artists like Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse with its uniquely off-kilter sensibility.
Over the years, Built to Spill have delved deeper into Neil Young territory - epic, ragged-yet-beautiful songs punctuated with squalling guitars and singer Doug Martsch's imperfect-yet-expressive vocals (which have always been reminiscent of Young).
Like Wilco, Built to Spill is a band that seems to be settling more comfortably into itself with each passing year.
- Barbara Mitchell
9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $17 advance, $20 day of show, all ages
More than 100 big-drum artists converge this weekend for what local organizers are calling 'The Gathering.' Expect booming business when Portland Taiko is joined by Uzume Taiko of Vancouver, British Columbia, and One World Taiko of Seattle for two concerts, the second celebrating Father's Day.
8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17-18, St. Mary's Academy Auditorium, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., 503-288-2456, $17-$20, also available at www.portlandtaiko.org, subject to service charges
Show support for gay/lesbian/bi/trans (GLBT) friends and family members and pride in yourself, if applicable, this weekend at Portland Pride. The festival offers food, information, music, dancing and performances, most of which is suitable for all ages.
The annual Pride Parade kicks off the Sunday festivities and includes a colorful array of social groups, drag queens, men in leather and bare-chested Dykes on Bikes, winding from the North Park Blocks through downtown to the riverfront.
Parade Grand Marshal Grethe Cammermeyer, a retired Army colonel and a 31-year military veteran, Bronze Star recipient, respected military nurse and immigrant from Norway, made history by challenging the military when she outed herself as a lesbian, thereby causing her dismissal in 1992.
- Suzie Ridgway
Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17-18; Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Naito Parkway between Southwest Harrison and Northwest Glisan streets, parade departs at 11:15 a.m. Sunday from the North Park Blocks, 503-295-9788, www.pridenw.org, $5 donation suggested
Tigard Festivalof Balloons
Early-morning launches will be followed by a pancake breakfast, with the rest of the day featuring carnival rides, games, live music, local crafts, baseball and soccer tournaments, the Haggen 5k Run/Walk With the Balloons and the Landmark Ford Auto Cruise-in.
The largest hot-air balloon in the nation, the Energizer Bunny Hot Hare Balloon - 15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty - will make an appearance and undoubtedly cast rabbit shadows on spectators.
6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16-18, Cook Park, 17005 S.W. 92nd Ave., Tigard, 503-612-8213, www. tigardballoon.org, $5 weekend pass, free for kids 6 and under