From Hopper to Hitchcock
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'New Trajectories II: Expansions'
Photographer Gregory Crewdson has said he aims for 'a sense of complicated beauty: not a beauty that is purely seductive or elegant.' His huge photos of confusing scenes from suburban life take photography to a new level. They invite you to linger, look for story lines, project emotions and enjoy well-lit surfaces, all as you would in front of a great painting.
Crewdson acknowledges he has been inspired by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and David Cronenberg, and he makes his pictures like a movie director. The seven photos on display at Reed College's Cooley Gallery were staged using a crew of up to 40 people, including set dressers, makeup artists and a cinematographer.
Lighting technicians ambitiously mix incandescent and fluorescent lights, and although the pictures look gloomy at first, each uses multiple light sources to dramatic effect. For instance, see the glow from the bathroom in 'Untitled (Vanity),' or the pool of light coming from inside a car abandoned by its driver in 'Untitled (North by Northwest).'
Maybe you can figure out what's going on in 'Untitled (Sunday Roast).' Or maybe you're just happy to know the kitchen has been painted to minimize shadows, and the clapboard house visible through the window is eerily in focus. This is one art show that will remind you of the pleasure of looking.
Also see Page B6.
Ñ Joseph Gallivan
Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-SUNDAY, through June 11, Reed College, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-777-7251, web.reed.edu/gallery
'Filmed by Bike'
Pedal on down to the Clinton Street Theater for a collection of bicycle-themed short films. Local filmmakers join with bike activists from around the world to create an evening that veers from hilarious to harrowing.
Coast along through scenic British Columbia, an outlaw street race through Los Angeles, and a memorial ride for traffic-accident victims in New York City.
Proceeds will benefit June's Multnomah County Bike Fair. See www.filmedbybike.org for a schedule.
Ñ Anne Marie DiStefano
7 p.m. (all ages) and 9 p.m. (21 and over) Friday, April 14, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, $5-$10 sliding scale
If a good time is what you're looking for, Diamond Nights is your ticket. This New York City four-piece cranks out good old-fashioned, hip-thrusting, fist-shaking, radio-ready rock 'n' roll that sounds straight out of the '70s (in the best possible way).
Songs like 'The Girl's Attractive,' 'Drip Drip' and 'Destination Diamonds' have the perfect combination of glam and grit, not to mention hooky, singalong choruses.
Forget the newfangled trend of raising your cell phones in tribute to the power of rock Ñ dig out those lighters and prepare to kick off your weekend old-school style.
Ñ Barbara Mitchell
With Living Things and the Adored, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $10
Portland Art Museum's definitive survey of Northwest bronze sculptor Hilda Morris (1911-1991) contains 50 of her works and opens Saturday.
She mixed abstraction with organic forms before it was fashionable. That's her 'Ring of Time' in the outdoor foyer of the Standard Plaza at 1100 S.W. Sixth Ave. Chunky, clunky, big and funky.
Typical Portlander, she remained defiantly indie and willfully obscure.
Ê10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Saturday, April 15, through July 16, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, www.pam.org; $6-$10
Spring Beer & Wine Fest
If the blooming flowers and sunshine we've been having lately puts you in the mood for a drink, you're not alone. At the nation's largest springtime drinking event, sample handcrafted beers, wine, cider, mead and distilled spirits from 50 regional breweries, 20 well-respected wineries and a handful of burgeoning microdistilleries. Listen to live, danceable music and eat 'spirited' gourmet food to your heart's content, including crepes, seafood, pizza and brats.
Ñ Suzie Ridgway
Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-235-7575, www.springbeer fest.com, free admission noon to 2 p.m., $5 admission afterward, $3-$6 mug or glass, $1 per token