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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: Feb 15-21, 2021

Ibram X. Kendi, a Mercury Music Series Concert with YAWA, and More Picks
February 15, 2021
Amenta Abioto (aka YAWA) will headline the second installment of the online Mercury Music Series this Thursday. (Courtesy of the artist)

If you're lucky enough to have power, stay entertained indoors with our latest roundup of picks for online events. See them all below, from a talk with Ibram X. Kendi to an evening with Michael Pyle and David Cross, and from Tag! Queer Shorts Festival to the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 


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TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Consider This with Hahrie Han
Hahrie Han, director of the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, will talk with Oregon Humanities about how groups who have historically faced systemic barriers to democratic participation have become engaged in activism and built political power.

Fly Like an Eagle: Exploring Winter Gorge Eagle Migration
While the rest of the creatures and critters of the Columbia Gorge are hibernating, winter signals migration season for the American bald eagle. This live program will explore the species' behavior and biology, as well as the history of the Gorge Eagle Watch program.

FILM

Art and Conversation: Programming the Portland International Film Festival
Join Northwest Film Center staffers Amy Dotson and Ben Popp and Portland International Film Festival guest curators Shrihari Sathe, Jim Kolmar, and Gina Duncan for a sneak peek into this year's programming. 

GEEK

Virtual Science Pub: Can You Smell Me Now? How COVID-19 Affects Our Sense of Smell and Taste
We've all been warned that the loss of taste and smell is one of the primary symptoms of COVID-19, but how does that symptom arise, and what other conditions cause it? Neuroscientist Denesa Lockwood will share research on the subject in this online OMSI event. 

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presents Julia Kaye in Conversation With Shena Wolf
Following Super Late Bloomer, her acclaimed collection of autobiographical comics, transgender artist Julia Kaye shares her transition experience over a six-month period in My Life in Transition. "After the nerve-wracking, anxiety-ridden early transition period has ended and the hormones have done their thing, this book shows how you can be trans and simply exist in society," reads press materials. The author will be joined in conversation by Shena Wolf of Andrews McMeel Syndication. 

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WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Silent Reading Party
A lot of people are taking the opportunity to turn the online version of The Stranger's super-successful words 'n' vibes experience into a weekly online destination, a respite from (waves hands exasperatedly at basically everything) and an opportunity to simply... slow up, sit down, and just listen to live piano music while sinking into a good book. If you haven't tried it out yet, tonight's the night, and we'll see you at 6pm. If you have tried it out before? Welcome back. It's a damn nice oasis of low-key bliss, isn't it?

MUSIC

American Strings: An Evening with Shemekia Copeland
Daughter of Johnny Copeland and a powerful belter in her own right, Grammy-nominated blues wailer Shemekia Copeland updates the history of blues with her own idiosyncratic take on the genre: opening it up to modernity without undermining the earnestness and humor inherent to the genes of the thing. 

Tibet House US - 34th Annual Benefit Concert
NYC's 34th Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert will move online this year with live and pre-recorded performances from a stellar lineup featuring Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Annie Lennox, Phoebe Bridgers, Flaming Lips, Brittany Howard, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, and many others. Oh, and the Dalai Lama himself! 

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presents Nicole Perlroth in Conversation With John Markoff
In her new book This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends, New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth compiles years' worth of reporting on "zero days," a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. She'll be joined by fellow NYT journalist John Markoff in this Powell's talk. 

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

The Broadway Cast Reunion Series: Frozen
Meet Caissie Levy, Patti Murin, and the rest of the original Broadway cast of Frozen on the Portland5's Center for the Arts' virtual stage. 

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THURSDAY

MUSIC

Mercury Music Series presents: YAWA (Formerly Amenta Abioto)
"I just can't shut my trap when it comes to Amenta Abioto, whose work is a fluid combination of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and African music," wrote Mercury contributor Jenni Moore. Catch her performing live under her new moniker, YAWA, as part of The Mercury's new online music series.

Trampled By Turtles Livestream Series
Wonder Ballroom presents four pre-recorded concerts with fast-and-dirty Duluth bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles.

READINGS & TALKS

Ibram X. Kendi
Literary Arts presents an evening of conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, the acclaimed author of 2019's How to Be an Antiracist (which followed his National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America).

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Slamlandia
The slam poetry open mic Slamlandia invites troubadours of all stripes to gather online, courtesy of Literary Arts. February's featured poet is Julia Gaskill.

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FRIDAY

READINGS & TALKS

An Evening With Nature Writer Robert Michael Pyle and Actor David Cross
Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, the beloved and prolific nature writer who wrote the book that inspired the film The Dark Divide, will join actor David Cross (who portrayed Pyle in the film) for a virtual talk hosted by Powell's.

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SATURDAY

FESTIVALS

Duckchella - Black History Month Creative Showcase
Get in festival mode with the University of Oregon Ducks for three hours of online performances by Black musicians, DJs, poets, and visual artists like Noreen Juliano, DJ Sworth, and Angelina Montez.

FILM

Free Online Roast of Willy Wonka
Make fun of Charlie, his beloved chocolate factory, and the kooky overlord in pinstriped trousers that is Willy Wonka in this online roast and drinking game with local comedians. 

FOOD & DRINK

Virtual Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Fest
The Suttle Lodge is going virtual for their second annual winter beer fest, which aims to raise $50,000 for the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon (a group formed in response to COVID-19 to help independent bar and restaurant owners weather the pandemic). The festivities will include beer panels, drag bingo with queen Peachy Springs, live music from Loch Lomond and Jeremie Albino, and cooking tutorials with chefs like Diane Lam of Sunshine Noodles and Thuy Pham of Mama Dút.

COMMUNITY

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Portland Chinatown
The Portland Chinatown Museum's 150-foot dragon is "sheltering in place," as it were, but they won't let the Chinese New Year go uncelebrated. Join them for a virtual event reviving footage and photos of past drag dance parades, fireworks, and drumming performances.

FOOD AND DRINK

Zwickelmania
Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 100 breweries open their doors online stores for your drinking pleasure, promising tons of beer releases. Think of it as a virtual open house.

MUSIC

2021 Gala: Celebrating the Spirit of Mardi Gras
Portland Columbia Symphony will celebrate Mardi Gras with an auction and livestreamed concert. Opt for their Party Package for a delivered meal complete with fine wine and festive décor.

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SUNDAY

MUSIC

Sybarite5
In place of its canceled in-person concert, which was originally scheduled for March 5, string quintet Sybarite5 will treat you to an evening of music online. 


MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

5th Annual NW Black Comedy Festival: All Stars Edition
Portland’s Funniest Five winner the Real Hyjinx will host the fifth annual NW Black Comedy Festival on the Harvey's Comedy Club virtual stage, joined by other past winners and also featuring music by DJ Wildchild.
(Friday-Sunday)

My Funny Valentine: Great Comic Love Songs from Musicals You May Have Missed
Lakewood’s star performers will lead an evening of funny songs, theatrical mishap stories, and audience participation games this Valentine's Day.
(Monday-Thursday)

FILM

31st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films
This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will move online this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes buzzy new features like You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan’s first Oscar submission) and Sam Soko's Softie, about a human-rights activist and provocative photojournalist who decides to run for office in a regional election in his native Kenya.
(All week)

2021 HUMP! Film Festival
Every year, The Stranger puts out the call to sex-havers everywhere to submit a homegrown amateur porn film depicting whatever they're into (barring poop, kids, and animals, of course). The result is an incredibly diverse representation of human sexuality in all its straight, gay, trans, queer, kinky, funny, pissy, painful, and pretty forms. Let's see what wild spins people put on their submissions that were created during the lockdown, shall we?
(Friday-Saturday)

Indie Film Series: Black Voices
The first month of this new series in partnership with the Portland International Film Festival will highlight Black voices in honor of Black History Month, featuring Dwayne Logan's Black Thoughts, Martin Hawk's A Litany for Survival, and Bayer Mack's No Lye: An American Beauty Story.
(Thursday-Sunday)

McMinnville Short Film Festival
Our nearby neighbors to the south will present winning films from the past decade of McMinnville Short Film Festivals, along with filmmaker Q&As.
(Thursday-Sunday)

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival 2021
Take in sexy shorts that eschew the cis/straight/white gaze by QTBIPOC directors, presented by Tag! Queer Shorts Festival.
(Thursday-Sunday)

MUSIC

2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
With an opening concert from the Pink Martini Cabaret with China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale, the 18th annual PDX Jazz Festival will prevail online with a week of shows highlighting Rose City artists and ensembles.
(Thursday-Sunday)

Celebrating Black Voices in Classical Music
Throughout February, All Classical Portland will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting composers and performers of African heritage, including Joseph Bologne (1745-1799), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), and R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943). To kick off the series, program director John Pitman will give an overview.
(All week)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

NWCT presents: Desvelado
In Northwest Children’s Theater’s latest digital play, Desvelado, a child named Little One finally gets to sleep with the help of personified versions of the moon, music, the imagination, and a mysterious turtle.
(All week)

The Story of My Life
With music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and a story by Brian Hill, the two-person musical The Story of My Life weaves songs and stories together to "explore the unseen ripples we make in each other's lives." This online production is brought to you by Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre.
(All week)

VISUAL ARTS

Calm Under the Waves in the Blue of My Oblivion
Raised in NYC by way of the USSR, Yulia Pinkusevich uses salvaged common materials to find an intersection between rural and urban economies. Check out her latest collection of drawings in this virtual exhibition.
(Friday-Sunday)