It is summer; time to relax and unwind with some light hearted entertainment. Music, craft and food festivals will soon pop up all over town, and backyards will replace the living room as a place where everyone congregates. Too much beer is sure to be consumed and the rivers of Oregon are sure to run wild with tipsy tubers, raft adventurers and daring kayakers. The coast is sure to see and abundance of the white pasty flesh that Portanders have been growing since fall.
Those lazy days and hours spent lying in the sun can make a person’s mind daffy, pliable and ready for some fun and some action. Portlanders will be tempted to put down that Plath and pick up that trashy novel and the theaters are sure to be packed with action and horror movies. There are several film and theater events in Portland, this summer that celebrate the grand tradition of fluffy mindless entertainment.
This July recreational pot dispensaries will begin springing up all over Portland, and with it will come the espousing of many cannabis infused political and sociological philosophies and a possible, if not likely Captain Crunch shortage.
On Sunday, June 21 Helium Comedy Club will present this live podcast hosted by marijuana advocate, Doug Benson. Mr. Benson is best known for the VH-1 show Best Week Ever, in which comedians’ critic recent pop culture events. The podcast features Mr. Benson interrupting other comedian as they attempt to play movie trivia.
The show starts at 4:20 p.m. and tickets are $22.00
In the summer a young person’s mind turns to thoughts of bloody, murderous revenge and nothing sates those thoughts like The Grindhouse Trailer Apocalypse which will take place at the Hollywood Theater on Tuesday, June 23. The event is an offshoot of The Grindhouse Film Festival and will feature 35 millimeter trailers from the heyday of horror which took place in the 1970’s and 80’s. The Hollywood warns that some of the trailers may be offensive, as they feature scenes from blaxploitation, sexploitation and hicksploitation.
Grindhouse classics include Coffey staring a young Pam Grier as an avenging angel, with a great body, a nursing degree and the steady hand of a diamond cutter, as well as Too Hot to Handle, about a very attractive, often naked secret agent.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $8.00.
No summer would be complete without a little theater in the park and this variety show features some of Portland’s most talented female impersonators in review at the Washington Park Amphitheater.
Although admission to the event is technically free, you may want to pony up with a donation as proceeds will benefit the Audria M. Edwards scholarship fund for gay, lesbian and transsexual students. In addition to some very funny drag there will be music and dancing.
The show takes place on Sunday, June 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Steven Spielberg’s tale of a beachcombing, flesh loving shark is the ultimate camp classic and was the film that introduced a young Richard Dryfuss to America. This live, musical send up of the film, is presented by the Alberta Rose Theater and features a neurotic shark inspired by Woody Allen, who sings, dances and enjoys his meals with a giant knife and fork.
The show runs from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday June, 28 and again on Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3. The shows start at 9:30 p.m. each night and there is a Sunday matinee at 3:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.