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31 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: November 5-7, 2021

New Gallery Shows, the Akira Kurosawa Film Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
November 5, 2021
Two new photography shows open at Blue Sky this weekend, including Steven B. Smith's landscape study Your Mountain is Waiting. (Blue Sky)

Oh boy, would you look at the clock, it's almost Daylight Savings Time! That means you'll get an extra hour of sleep and wake up nice and rested on Sunday, which is all the more reason to go out on the town this weekend. If you're short on cash and don't have time to plan, read on for our latest roundup of last-minute events under $15, from Mike Bennett's Pokémon Govember to the Clinton Street Theater's Akira Kurosawa Film Festival to a night of psych-rock with WEEED. For even more options, check out our top picks for the week.

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Calm Cool Creative Presents: Black Label
Celebrate Black voices in the world of sports and luxury goods at this special shopping event complete with music, food, and wine.
Laundry, Old Town-Chinatown (free)


Revel in a brand-new restoration of the 1979 countercultural classic that the theater calls a "dimension-shattering blend of heroin, sex, and Super-8." It follows horror movie director José who, as he reaches the completion of his second film, is struck by the reappearance of his ex-girlfriend and a mysterious package from a past acquaintance. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)

The Howling
After a bizarre and near-deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. Starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, and Elisabeth Brooks, this Joe Dante flick was penned by John Sayles.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Dub Orquestra Duval
Dance nice and smooth to instrumental dub reggae, downtempo beats, and traditional reggae rhythms from the likes of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Bob Marley, Bill Frissel, and Bill Laswell.
Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, Roseway ($10)

Greenseeker, Humungo, Asteroid Witch
Straddle the realms of psych-rock and doom metal with Greenseeker, right after tunes from Humungo and Asteroid Witch. 
No Fun, Buckman ($10)

Jenny Don't And The Spurs
Jenny Don't and the Spurs play vintage country and western straight out of the lonesomest corners of mid-20th century America. Don't and her cohorts sound nothing like a museum piece; rather, there's grit, sadness, and an edge of danger to these rumbling-boxcar country songs. NED LANNAMANN
Polaris Hall, Humboldt ($15)

Kacy Hill
Perhaps you remember the year 2014, when Kacy Hill's self-released single "Experience" went viral while she was on tour on Kanye West's YEEZUS tour. Now she's swinging through town on her own tour with a host of new material.
Holocene, Buckman ($15)

Live Band Karaoke with Hans & the Wanted
Take all of your shower and/or car singing skills to the next level and hit the stage. You'll feel like a bonafide rockstar singing your favorite karaoke tunes with top 40 cover band Hans & the Wanted providing live backing... Hopefully you'll hear cheers and not jeers.
Kells Brewery, Nob Hill (free)

Singer-Songwriter Night with The Wules
"American old-time string band" the Wules join Collin Stackhouse for a limited in-person show and virtual broadcast. They promise "rip roarin' fiddle and mandolin."
Two Rivers Bookstore, St. Johns ($10); and online

Bainbridge Island-formed psych-rock quartet WEEED has been keeping things cosmic since 2009. Jam to their loud, rhythm-heavy sound. 
Bunk Bar, Buckman ($15)


Red, Black, Green: Embracing Black Identity, Black Power and Black Love with Flags and Symbols of Nationhood
Portland-based artist Christine Miller advocates for the union of all people across the Black diaspora in this solo show that highlights the Pan African flag. Stop by the opening reception for a meet-and-greet, tunes from DJ Passport, and snacks.
One Grand Gallery, Buckman (free)



Carl Bower: Private Fears
After overcoming a years-long personal struggle wherein he was forced to take out a restraining order against a former partner, photographer Carl Bower asked complete strangers to share their fears and be photographed. "For some, the experience is cathartic," writes the gallery. "This series examines the dichotomy between who we are and who we appear to be and how little we know of those around us, and what they carry."
Blue Sky Gallery, North Park Blocks (free); opening

Jinie Park: Windows
Expand your perspective by checking out abstract paintings and sculptures by Jinie Park, featuring radiant color washes on cut-out canvases.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (free); opening

Steven B. Smith: Your Mountain is Waiting
The photographer explores how we as a culture value and shape our landscapes. He created this project in Utah, where he grew up, after years of living on the East Coast, with the goal of showing the "complicated relationships" that denizens of the west have with their surrounding environment. "Whether they are recreating or building a new home, their love of the landscape is expressed through conspicuous consumption," writes the gallery.
Blue Sky Gallery, North Park Blocks (free); opening



Around the World in 82 Dishes
Sample international eats and drinks from the abundance of diverse restaurants across 82nd Avenue. Shop or eat at one of the participating locations and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #82Dishes through November 27 for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.
82nd Avenue (free)


Dennis Foster: Spiritual Good Time
Inspired heavily by his Los Angeles surroundings, this series of new and recent paintings by Dennis Foster was largely created after dark, with evening sunsets fresh in his mind.
Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books, Alberta Arts District (free); opening

Mk Guth: Touching Matter
In this interactive exhibit, visitors are invited to write answers to questions posed inside five books titled 5,000 Pages on Love, which are displayed on a table at the center of the room. As a further examination of the power of participatory objects, the show also features the artist's hand-drawn menus for communal meals, as well as ink drawings that "collectively reiterate the ways that objects possess memory and meaning."
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (free); opening

WATER:NFS | Natalie Ball with collaborator Annelia Hillman pue‑leek‑la’
As the first exhibition in Oregon Contemporary's new large-scale program Site, this show will replace the gallery's 2021 Biennial. It's a collaboration between Natalie Ball (a Betty Bowen Award winner who makes sculptures out of found objects, cloth, and other unusual materials, refashioning perceptions of Native American history) and Annelia Hillman pue-leek-la', who have created a space that highlights water wars, drought, and land rights across Oregon and California.
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (free); opening



Comedy: The Musical
Stand-up comedy meets musical improv in this staged romp wherein musicians make up songs on the spot after hearing a participating comic's punchline.
Cruzroom Annex, Concordia (free)


Akira Kurosawa Film Festival
Renowned modern Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa imparts a distinctly Western twist on his postwar tales. Whether you're a longtime fan or you're new to his work, check out a career-spanning sampler at this monthlong film fest, including this weekend's Stray Dog (1949).
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($10)

Who's on Top?
Who’s On Top follows a small group of LGBTQ Oregonians whose stories of personal struggles are interspersed with their journey towards Mt. Hood’s summit. The documentary triumphantly challenges the stereotypes and archetypes of mountaineers and adventurers, seeking to carve out a safe space for people of all genders and sexualities. In the opening minutes, the comparison between the struggles LGBTQIA+ folx face and the challenge of summiting a mountain is drawn. “Coming out and climbing Mt. Hood are incredibly similar in the fact that they’re both pretty hard climbs,” says summit hopeful Ryan Stee. At this point, Miley Cyrus’ classic power ballad “The Climb” pops into my head; it would definitely be my soundtrack of choice were I ever to muster up the physical and mental fortitude needed to complete this Herculean task. The metaphor is referred to multiple times throughout the film, as members of the team recount their lived experiences. JANEY WONG
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Bodysnatcher with Boundaries, Left to Suffer and Mouth for War
A night of "deathcore" awaits thanks to headliners Bodysnatcher with Boundaries (whose name is apparently inspired by the notorious serial killer Ed Gein), Left to Suffer, and Mouth for War.
Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown ($13)

Global Based Presents: Noche De Perreo
Portland’s house of Perreo returns with a night of reggaeton, Latin trap, hip-hop, and moombahton, brought to you by DJs Deltatron, El Cucuy, Sinaloa, and MIJO.
Holocene, Buckman ($10-$15)

Hot Buttered Rum with Fox and Bones
The "souped-up, left-coast string band" Hot Buttered Rum will warm up your Saturday night with bluegrass-leaning folk and jazz, with additional support from Americana duo Fox and Bones. 
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman ($14)

Quiet!, The Yannica Set, Part Time Perfect
Falling somewhere between psych-rock and chamber pop, Quiet! keeps it mellow with occasional punk-y outbursts. Catch their set after openers The Yannica Set and Part Time Perfect get things going. 
No Fun, Buckman ($8)


Live Art & Cocktails At Hyatt Regency Portland
Portland artist Mike Bennett, a powerhouse of interactive cutout installations (including, most recently, Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery) will create a large-scale painting inspired by his favorite anime characters before your very eyes. While you're there, you can sample specialty drinks and check out a scavenger hunt in pursuit of hidden creations you can take home with you. Oh, and the final painting will be auctioned off at the end of the night, with all proceeds benefitting Blanchet House.
Spoke & Fork, Lloyd District (free)



Pokémon Govember
On Saturdays and Sundays at 6 pm, Portland artist Mike Bennett and 2025th Street will drop an original Pokémon cutout in a secret location in town. Gather your Pokémon hunting crew and try to catch 'em all.
Various locations (free)

The Clark County Open Studios Tour
Clark County artists will open their studios to the public for two days of self-guided tours. Visitors can chat with their favorite artists and buy their pieces made specifically for this event.
Various locations, Clark County (free)



Labyrinth of Cinema
The late Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi's final film centers Japan’s history of warfare, taking place in an Onomichi movie theater screening an all-night marathon of regional war films on the last night in business. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men are transported into the world onscreen where they experience the violent battles of several wars leading up to the bombing of Hiroshima.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)

The Alchemy of Sulpher
A writer's imagination takes over her reality when she writes herself into her own short story as the love interest of the protagonist in this Akira Kurosawa film. 
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($10)


Spooky Boys, Van's Child, 25i-NBOMB
Pop-punks Spooky Boys will take over Hawthorne with support from Van's Child and 25i-NBOMB.
No Fun, Buckman ($8)