tuesday 26 - monday 1
Portland Film Festival
Already a top-notch event, Portland Film Festival has upped its game this year, with screenings in the city's best and funkiest theaters, and on rooftops. Closing night is at Waterfront Park, with a wonderful documentary about an unemployed man from the Bronx who, in 2008, is discovered as a lookalike for Barack Obama and rides the coattails of that politician's climb to fame. A well laid-out and truly interactive website lists all the screenings and events; pay special note to the seminars and coffee meetings with directors and actors. This week-long event is truly pushing the film festival into the upper echelons. Various times. Various venues. PortlandFilmFestival.com. Tickets vary from free to $199 for the all-access VIP pass.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
Weeeeee! Trent Reznor and Chris Cornell in the same room? This is going to be like Spring Break '99 all over again! 7 pm. Sleep Country Amphitheater. $37.70-116.85.
The Head & The Heart and San Fermin
Seattle-based band The Head and the Heart are throwing folk music back to its roots—no fancy pedals, no screaming guitar solos, just pure harmonies, basic-but-full rhythm guitar and good ol' fashioned storytelling. San Fermin is an up-and-coming group of baroque pop musicians, easily the most lovable and the infectious you'll hear this year. 6:30 pm. Edgefield. $35.
Cascadia Rainingman Festival
Finally, a Northwest answer to the Burn. Sort of. Instead of hippies taking over the desert to dance with fire and trip out on unidentified psychedelics, earnest environmentalists gather on a 100-acre permaculture farm to learn about the role of fungi in soil conservation while listening to folk and socially-conscious hip-hop. A different kind of wild time. Inspired by a shared interested in the Cascadia bioregion, the festival continues through Labor Day Weekend. 5 pm. Finney Farm. $35 suggested donation.