The Builders & The Butchers
They came from the cold, damp streets of Portland. Starting out busking on rainy corners and playing small shows in pizza shops and galleries, The Builders & The Butchers has progressed to bigger stages and higher wattages. In its recent albums, the group attempts to harness its raucous live sound, but the best way to experience the dark folk or The B&B is in living color. There's something about lines like, "Someday you'll just be the dirt in the ground" that take on a different life—or death, as it were—when it's up close and personal. 9 pm. Doug Fir. $12.
King Dork Approximately
From Frank Portman, author of "King Dork," comes the long awaited sequel to the cult classic novel. "King Dork Approximately" follows protagonist Tom Henderson, who after the fist novel is up a head wound, and a load of memory loss. Portman's work is adored by many including John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars," who said, "Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, "King Dork" will rock your world." Hear Portman read from part two of his series. 4 pm. Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. Free.
Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien: The Strange Tones
There are currently nearly 20 available hours of films based on the worlds and books of J.R.R Tolkien, almost 1,500 pages in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and 300 more in "The Hobbit," with detailed maps, languages and worlds that have sparked millions of fans worldwide. Needless to say, Tolkien is a cultural icon who deserves a big, fat, day-long birthday party. The LOTR trilogy will show in the theater at 11 am, 4 pm and 8 pm and the bar will host Hobbit themed drink and food specials. We'll take an extra order of lembas bread for second breakfast. 7 pm. Kennedy School.
friday 9– sunday 18
The Know 10th Anniversary
Over the past decade, Portland has undergone a massive facelift, growing up from a gritty 20th century port town into a swank hipster hangout—and along with those demographic shifts, many of the punk clubs that served as gathering points in the past have been transformed into foodie cafes and record stores. But there are still some hold-outs, notably The Know, which nestled its gritty, indie-self into Alberta Street about the same time that the city was tacking in a different direction, a music venue that feels more like a clubhouse—and, as part of their tenth anniversary celebration they are hosting a 10-day party, with bands like Red Fang and Hurry Up (which includes members of The Thermals). 8 pm. The Know.