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portland

friday 2

Hip Hatchet

Portland transplant Philippe Bronchtein studied dance and music at Middlebury College, and the influence of the former on the latter is clear. His simple folk music has a perpetual motion akin to circular breathing. The push and pull of his deep, rich and slightly gruff voice as it crescendos and falls in harmony with plaintive strings over incessant finger picking is as easily the stuff of a dreamy show at the local dive as it is the accompaniment to lumberjack-inspired lyrical dance. 7 pm. Al's Den. Free.

saturday 3

The Jefferson Dancers

Don't be fooled by the age of the dancers or the fact that they hail from a Portland public school. These students benefit from the instruction of talented professionals and a nearly four-decade-strong program, making the Jefferson Dancers the longest running dance program in Portland. Proficient in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, tap and African, the dancers perform locally, nationally and even internationally, including shows in Russia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. 2 pm., 7:30 pm. Newmark Theatre. $18-$28.

seattle

friday 2

Godzilla: The Japanese Original

With a new Godzilla movie coming out, it's a great time to revisit the classic. The Seattle International Film Festival presents the 1954 Japanese original with an additional 40 minutes of cut footage and revised subtitles. This could be a game-changer, since the cut footage apparently includes a strong anti-H-bomb message missing from the version most Americans have seen. In honor of Godzilla, the fest will screen other monster movies, including Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Mothra, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All-Out Attack, King Kong, King Kong vs. Godzilla, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Gorgo and Infra-Man. 5:15 pm., 7:30 pm (additional show times through May 8). SIFF Cinema Uptown. $6-$11.

saturday 3

Free Comic Book Day

The only thing better than spending your Saturday reading comic books is nabbing a free one, and maybe sharing your love for comics with an uninitiated friend or family member. Seattle has plenty of shops to choose from, including Phoenix Comics & Games (which will also be celebrating its one-year anniversary), Zanadu Comics, Comics Dungeon and Arcane Comics. Whether you're looking for Archie, Hip Hop Family Tree, or The Tick, there's likely to be something for everyone. Not to mention the specials stores are setting up around the day's events. (Customers in cosplay get a 10 percent discount at Comics Dungeon.) So throw on your cape and make a day of it. All day. Various locations. Free.

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