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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: Feb 22-28, 2021

A South African Jazz Concert, OMSI's Winter Ale Fest, and More Picks
February 22, 2021
Artists featured on the South African jazz compilation Indaba Is will take over the PDX Jazz Festival this weekend, live from Johannesburg. (Courtesy PDX Jazz Festival)

Freshen up your at-home routine with our latest roundup of picks for online events, from a conversation with Roxanne Gay and other Kink contributors to a screening of BAM! Chicago's Black Arts Movement to OMSI's virtual Winter Ale Fest. 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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MONDAY

FILM

Collide-O-Scope: Stimulus Package
Stimulate your senses with Collide-O-Scope's latest compilation of trippy video footage.

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TUESDAY

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.

MUSIC

Pretty Gritty
Rootsy Americana duo Pretty Gritty will do their thing on Facebook Live. 

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presents Roxane Gay, Larissa Pham & Kim Fu in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch
Edited by R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries) and Garth Greenwell (Cleanness), Kink features short fiction that explores love, desire, and sexuality by all-star contributors like Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, and Carmen Maria Machado. Gay, Larissa Pham, and Kim Fu will be joined in conversation by another incredible author, Lidia Yuknavitch, for this virtual Powell's reading.

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WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

National Geographic Live: Reimagining Dinosaurs
National Geographic explorers Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla will share new scientific discoveries from the Moroccan desert on dinos. Spoiler: Spinosaurus used crocodile-like jaws and a unique paddle-like tail to actively pursue prey in the water.

OMSI: Virtual Life and Legacy of Genghis Khan Tour
Hark back to the 13th-century Mongol Empire and all its grasslands, nomadic cultures, trade routes, and battlegrounds in this online tour of OMSI's Genghis Khan exhibit. 

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?

FILM

BAM! Chicago's Black Arts Movement
Interviews with Haki Madhubuti, Safisha Madhubuti, Eugene Redmond, Mwata Bowden, Angela Jackson, and others punctuate Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan's documentary BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement, which at large reflects on the extensive national and international impact of Chicago's Black writers, musicians, and community organizers. See a screening and stick around for a panel discussion. 

MUSIC

Over the Rainbow
Join Oregon Repertory Singers for an online concert in honor of Ethan Sperry's 10th year as the director of choral activities at Portland State University. For the full experience, preorder a three-course meal from caterers Vibrant Table to enjoy during the event.

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THURSDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Celebrate Purim: Stories of Courage with Leaders of the Brooklyn Liberation March and Rabbi Samantha Frank
Raquel Willis and Eliel Cruz, the leaders of the Brooklyn Liberation March ("an action demanding justice for Black Trans lives cut short by police brutality and civilian violence"), and Rabbi Samantha Frank will apply the themes of Purim to current events. 

MUSIC

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

READINGS & TALKS

Books in Common NW: Bruce Byers
Discover the science of biospheres, the sum of all ecosystems on a given planet, from ecologist Bruce Byers, who will join Books in Common NW with insight from his book The View from Cascade Head.

Powell's Books Presents Naomi Klein in Conversation With Miko Vergun & Isaac Vergun
Climate journalist Naomi Klein (This Changes Everything, On Fire) empowers young readers to fight for the planet in How to Change Everything, the topic of tonight's conversation with Miko and Isaac Vergun, two young federal plaintiffs in the Juliana v. U.S. case (whose complaint asserts that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources) and the co-founders of Youth Acting for our Earth.

Ridgerunner: Gil Adamson in Conversation with S. Tremaine Nelson
Gil Adamson will read from her new novel, Ridgerunner, for which she won the 2020 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Set against the backdrop of a distant war raging in Europe and a rapidly changing landscape in the West, the novel is "steeped in the wild of the natural world," according to press materials. Adamson will be joined in conversation with S. Tremaine Nelson, editor of Northwest Review.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

A Celebration of Black Women in Dance
In partnership with the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Jackson Foundation, and Collins Foundation, White Bird presents an online dance performance that reflects four artists' (Virginia Johnson, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Ausia Jones, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar) perspective on the black female experience.

VISUAL ARTS

Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize Virtual Opening & Conversation with Artists
The winners of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize, which is awarded every year to three students attending the PSU School of Art + Design, will talk about their recent projects at this online reception. 

Global Arts Festival: India and the Aravani Art Project
Over a dozen storytellers and dancers from Portland and Bangalore, India will perform their interpretations of the ancient Hindi text Bishma Duranta, which tells the story of one of the first transgender characters in Indian mythology. 

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FRIDAY

FOOD AND DRINK

Virtual OMSI After Dark: Winter Ale Fest
Add some science magic to your beer tasting adventures (and vice-versa) at this virtual night out at OMSI, where you'll get to witness experiments, chat with brewery experts, play trivia, and, most importantly, sip some sample-sized winter brews at home.

READINGS & TALKS

BIPOC Reading Series
Hear from BIPOC Portland writers Valerie Yvette and Juan Antonio Trujillo at this edition of Literary Arts' bimonthly reading series. 

See Also: Multi-day events


SATURDAY

FILM

Free Online Roast of Labyrinth
Even the most benevolent among us shouldn't have a hard time making fun of David Bowie's Goblin King outfit, fabulous as it is. Flex your heckling skills in this live roast of the cult classic Labyrinth on Vimeo and Twitch.

MUSIC

Fleur Barron & Julius Drake: Winter Journey (Winterreise)
Mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, praised by the New York Times as a "collaborator gifted with sensitive phrasing and insight," will share the virtual stage with renowned pianist Julius Drake for a performance of Schubert’s enchanting Winterreise.

A Post Malone Concert and Pikachu Distribution for the Pokémon 25th Anniversary Celebration
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Pokémon is hosting an online concert with Post Malone, a man who makes hip-hop for people who love pop music and hate hip-hop. The event will include the distribution of a Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a "nostalgic event" in Pokémon GO, and a collection of music-themed Pokémon the Series episodes on Pokémon TV.

Verzuz TV: D'Angelo v. Friends
Neo soul god D'Angelo will go head-to-head against his friends in this edition of Verzuz TV's musical competition series on Instagram.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Pandemic Pandemonium: Gala Show
For the 22nd year, Clowns Without Borders will host a pay-what-you-can benefit show with an array of Portland talent. 

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SUNDAY

FILM

Golden Globes 2021
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Golden Globes for the 78th time, on the date originally indented for the Academy Awards, broadcasting live on NBC with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the proceedings. Currently streaming films like Nomadland, Trial of the Chicago 7, Promising Young Woman, Hamilton, and The Prom are among the nominees. 

READINGS & TALKS

Black History Month - A Celebration of Black Poetic Voices
Three distinguished Black poets from Oregon (Emmett Wheatfall, Paulann Petersen, and Christopher Luna) will read their own work and work by those they admire.


MULTI-DAY

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 Mercury 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?
(Saturday-Sunday)

Buster Williams: Bass to Infinity
In partnership with the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival, this film spotlights legendary bassist Buster Williams, who's shared the stage with such jazz legends as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Here, he trades stories and jams with musicians like Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Lenny White, Herbie Hancock, and Christian McBride.
(Monday-Wednesday)

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.
(All week)

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.
(All week)

MUSIC

2021 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
The 18th annual PDX Jazz Festival will prevail online with a week of shows highlighting Rose City artists and ensembles.
(Monday-Saturday)

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)