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August 12th, 2009 RICHARD SPEER | Headout
 

Visceral Art

Grass Hut wants to do bad things with you.

     
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IMAGE: Hellen Jo

Skeleton arms reaching out of a grave, fondling a terrified, half-naked woman; a ghostly geisha girl having sex with a freaked-out teenage boy; an innocent baby being spirited away by a vampire with blood dripping from her mouth and guts spilling out of her rib cage.... Sounds like a teaser for next week’s episode of True Blood, right? Wrong! It’s the winningly, grinningly gruesome imagery you’ll find in INKWADS, the ink-drawing show currently at East Burnside gallery Grass Hut. Artists Hellen Jo, Brent Wick, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, John Black and Tom Neely show what they can do with wads of ink and a knack for comics-inspired phantasma-gore-ias. Charmingly lowbrow, these whacked-out drawings are guaranteed to make your skin crawl. Personally, we wanna buy one and hang it in the kitchen.


GO: INKWADS at Grass Hut, 811 E Burnside St., 445-9924. Free. Show closes Aug. 30.

Headout Picks

WEDNESDAY AUG. 12


[MUSIC] A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Brian Mumford of Dragging an Ox Through Water curates a night of experimental music, art, and a “wearable-sculpture procession.” We’re still not sure what that means, but it sounds awesome. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 7 pm. $6. 21+.

THURSDAY AUG. 13


[FEST] WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER FESTIVAL
Ride the MAX, tote a picnic basket (or buy food onsite) and bring the offspring for a free, three-day, outdoor music and dance party. Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 SW Kingston Ave., portlandonline.com/parks. 6 pm Thursday-Saturday Aug. 13-15. Free.

FRIDAY AUG. 14


[MUSIC] HORNET LEG
After rejiggering its lineup, punk-blues powerhouse Hornet Leg is back with a new album and a new attitude. Worksound, 820 SE Alder St., myspace.com/worksoundpdx. 9 pm. Cover. All ages.

[VIS ARTS] MANOR OF ART
A hundred-plus artists, musicians and actors turn a former nursing home on 82nd Avenue into an aesthetic free-for-all. Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Ave., 998-4878. Exhibition runs Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-23. Free. Hours, band schedules and info on guided tours, visit milepostfive.com. See story here.

SATURDAY AUG. 15


[MUSIC] ROCK THE BELLS TOUR
Though this all-star hip-hop tour is saddened by the sudden passing of Slum Village’s Titus “Baatin” Glover, the bill still sees a lot of heavyweights (Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Supernatural) who will no doubt commemorate his greatness. Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $25. All ages.

[BIKES] TOUR DE FAT
New Belgium Brewing’s costumed bike carnival rolls through PDX: One Portlander will be crowned King of the Liberals and trade in their car for a Black Sheep commuter bike for one full year of emission-free travel. Tom McCall Waterfront Park near the Steel Bridge, Northwest Glisan Street and Naito Parkway, 296-5749. 10 am-5 pm; See newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat for details.

SUNDAY AUG. 16


[DISH] PORTLAND PIE-OFF
The city’s crust and filling masters face off in a contest of epic pie domination. Taste the berries, the custard and the salty, salty tears of the defeated. Peninsula Park, Site B, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. 1 pm. Free.
 
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