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thursday 29

Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil

ROCK 'N' ROLL—Have you ever gone to a show and realized that behind the spit and shine of the studio, the band sounds like those teenagers down the street putzing around in the garage? Yeah, that's not happening here. This Portland-based duo is 100 percent all-natural rock and roll. No fillers, no artificial flavoring, just raw, gritty blues-rock. 8 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $10 in advance.

friday 30

Winter Scotch Dinner

BOOZE AND FOOD—McMenamins pours a catalogue of exotic scotches aged 10-16 years that offer peaty, smoky layered flavors. The delicious drinks curated by whiskey master Breck Taylor will be paired with a five-course meal featuring clams, seared lamb chops, elk and a nectarine cheesecake. 7 pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis, 700 NW Bond St. $80, advance tickets required.

friday 30


ROCK—If Jack White and Jimmy Page had a rock and roll love child, it might sound—and perform—something like young head-bangers Patrimony. It takes guts to wear skin-tight, paisley bell-bottoms on stage in the year 2015, and for that, Patrimony, we salute you. 9 pm. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.

saturday 31

Caldera Arts Open Studio

ART—Every winter, from January through March, Caldera Arts Center hosts monthly artists in residence. January's installment features Brooklyn-based writer Amy Bonnaffons, 2013 Pushcart nominee Glendaliz Camacho, international artist Sonja Dahl, Portland artist Jeff Leake, Tamara Lynne, performance artist Kaila Farrell-Smith, and visual artist John Whitten sharing their work. 1-3 pm. Caldera Arts Center, 31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters. Free.

saturday 31

Jocks vs. Nerds

ROLLER DERBY—We can't help but root for the nerds in this Renegade Roller Derby bout that pits brains against brawns and promises to revisit our very worst high school nightmares. Will the jocks' sporty skills be sufficient to prevail against the smarty pants? Or will the nerds be wily enough to wrest a win from their former oppressors? There's only one way to find out. 7 pm. Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $8 in advance.

saturday 31

The Wrecking Crew

FILM—With 20 Feet From Stardom and Muscle Shoals, there has been an invigorated interest in the musicians behind the rock stars. The Wrecking Crew profiles an upbeat, good-natured group of L.A. musicians who lay down tracks for a diverse group from Frank Sinatra and The Ronettes, to the Tijuana Brass and Sonny & Cher. A special screening, includes a Q&A with the film's director. 7 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall. $14.

sunday 1

The Big Game

FOOTBALL—It is an East Coast-West Coast matchup, with the veteran pretty boy QB Tom Brady (appearing in his record-setting sixth Super Bowl) representing New England's established dynasty, against the West Coat upstarts, led by Russell Wilson (appearing in his second championship game out of three seasons playing in the NFL). 2 pm. Northside Bar and Grill, 62860 Boyd Acres Rd. No cover.

monday 2

Sage Francis

SMART HIP-HOP—Sage Francis doesn't rap about his car or his stack of cash. He's more likely to use his politically conscious and emotionally driven hip-hop as a form of self-examination, a deeply revealing spoken word diary. Hear his clever and cutting rhymes in your post-Super Bowl haze. 8 pm. Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $20.

wednesday 4

U of O Signing Day Dinner

MORE FOOTBALL—Oh sure, football season is now another eight months away, but get a sneak preview of the Ducks' upcoming championship season. With the stars moving on to the NFL, UO defensive and offensive line coaches are on hand to show videos and present their current crop of recruits. Includes dinner. 5:30-10 pm. Riverhouse Convention Center, 3075 Hwy 97. $100/person.

wednesday 4

Broken Top Bottle Shop Anniversary

PARTY—BTBS celebrates its third anniversary with five days of free live music, starting tonight with Arizona-based industrial rock band Moon Room. Upcoming shows include Kinzel and Hyde (2/5), Sink & Swim (2/6), Blackflowers Blacksun (2/7), and Rob Larkin & The Wayward Ones (2/8). All shows are all ages, but the grownups get to take advantage of drink specials. 7-9pm. Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln., Ste. 1. No cover.

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