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36 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Dec 17-19, 2021

Animated Christmas Shorts, Dickens Carolers, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
December 16, 2021
The annual Animated Christmas program returns to the Hollywood Theatre this Sunday with The Snowman and other cutie classics.
Christmas Day cometh next week, but there's still time to hit up a holiday market or watch your lover's eyes twinkle as they gaze upon a light display if you haven't already done so. We've rounded up the latest batch of $15-and-under events you don't have to plan too far ahead for, many of which are full of yuletide cheer. (But if you're looking to 86 the holidays and go about your business, there's plenty of non-holiday fun to be had too.) See all the options below, from a Maniac Cop Double Feature (with special guest Laurene Landon!) to the Dickens Carolers at Edgefield, and from Gigantic Brewing's Gigantic Holiday Market to Christmas is a DRAG....Brunch, and find even more things to do in this week's top picks

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Minority Retort presents Keith Johnson Add to a List
In an interview Stranger contributor Dave Segal conducted with Central Comedy Show co-host Isaac Novak, he observed that most comedy bills in Seattle still consist of about 80-percent white males. "One imagines that is also the case in Portland—or perhaps it’s even greater, seeing as the Rose City’s population has a higher Caucasian percentage than the Emerald City’s," writes Segal. "With this statistic in mind, Portland-based stand-up comedy event Minority Retort offers a platform to redress this imbalance by championing comics of color." This edition will feature the very funny LA-based Keith Johnson, who "pushes boundaries, defines culture and relays his worldly point of view," according to the organizers.
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown ($15)


Mondo Trasho: Dial Code Santa Claus Add to a List
This recently unearthed 1989 French thriller-comedy takes the plot of Home Alone (which would come out a year later) and freaks it up a bit: Thomas, a typical kid who loved Rambo, RPGs, and his dog, and his grandpa are trapped at home as a maniacal Santa raids neighborhood homes by way of chimneys.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Mothership: Vaxx to the Future Add to a List
Dance to DJs Sappho and Roses's bass and future-house stylings as if you're dancing toward a future with no COVID (which will be made possible by getting vaxxed, which you need to be in order to get down at this party).
Holocene, Buckman ($10-$12)

Time Theft, Kid Ferris, and HB & the HB's Add to a List
Sign up for a night of indie rock with Portland's own Time Theft, who will be ushered on stage by openers Kid Ferris (providing smooth R&B and chillwave) and HB & the HB's (a solo indie hip-hop project).
No Fun, Buckman ($8)



Zäanderberger Add to a List
Comedians Anne Zander (HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival, Chicago Sketchfest) and Phil Schallberger (SF Sketchfest, Bumbershoot) will team up for a night of duo and solo sets in this show that promises to "take audiences right to the edge of absurdity and beyond."
Shoebox Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($15+)


Brian Pater Presents: Sea Wall Add to a List
In this solo work written by Simon Stephens (who wrote the award-winning stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and directed by Tom Williamson, a man (Brian Pater) speaks directly to the audience about "love and scuba diving, the possibility of faith, and being the polar opposite of Daniel Craig." 
Shoebox Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($12)


Night Market Vancouver Holiday Market Add to a List
Enjoy live music, DJ sets, half-hour dance lessons, and holiday festivities over two days at this lively market which boasts over 70 vendors.
The Vic, Vancouver ($5-$6)



Nightmare Alley Add to a List
If anyone can deliver a freshly twisted reenvisioning of the 1947 classic Nightmare Alley (based on William Lindsay Gresham's scandalous novel), it's Guillermo del Toro. The circus-set noir stars Bradley Cooper as a manipulative, success-driven carny who partners up with an equally manipulative psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett). Joining the leading duo is Willem Dafoe as a sideshow proprietor called Clem, Rooney Mara as a runaway who awes the crowd as Electrified Girl, and Toni Collette as the phony fortune-teller Madam Zeena. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Portland Bazaar Add to a List
Now in its 11th year, this highly curated holiday market (by the same producers as the Portland Flea) features the cream of the crop of Portland’s maker scene. This year, expect over 150 vendors, custom gift wrapping, and a raffle with proceeds going towards a local nonprofit.
Premier Gear & Machine Works Building, Northwest (free)



Maniac Cop Double Feature Add to a List
Spawned from the rampant crime and corruption in 1980s New York City (and shot onsite in Manhattan), William Lustig's supernatural slasher franchise follows a violent cop-zombie who returns from the dead to exact his revenge on the system that betrayed him. The Hollywood is showing the first two installments back to back, because why the hell not? Special guest Laurene Landon, who appears in both films, will be in attendance. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($15)


Britnee Kellogg Add to a List
Having shared the stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Eric Paslay, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, and Keith Urban, American Idol contestant Britnee Kellogg is stepping out on her own. Join her for an intimate night of folk and country ballads. 
Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, North Portland ($15+)

Carols for a Cause Add to a List
Join Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective as they usher in the winter season with an afternoon of seasonal songs benefiting the local org Arts for All Ages: Deepening Intergenerational Roots.
The Fixin' To, St. Johns (free); also online

Darkswoon & Salo Add to a List
Get gloomy with goth shoegaze from Darkswoon and "death disco" from Salo.
The Six, Sunnyside ($10)

Dickens Carolers Add to a List
You'll feel like you're living a charmed life in Victorian England when you hear costumed singers singing Christmas ditties around the festive property. Stroll around and warm your blood with a pint of Kris Kringle Seasonal Ale while you enjoy the music.
Edgefield, Troutdale (free)

It's an all-vinyl funk, disco, and soul dance party with DJTrashCans. 
No Fun, Buckman (free)

Get On Up - Sagittarian Soiree Add to a List
Get fiery and saucy for Sagittarius season at this soul- and funk-infused dance party with TAKIMBA and friends, who will be remixing the sexiest grooves for five straight hours. 
Goodfoot, Kerns ($10)

Kinghorn Add to a List
Portland punk trio Kinghorn, who just released their self-titled album, will play along with Apres Moi Le Deluge and Still/Form.
Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown ($10)

Las Posadas at the Portland Mercado Add to a List
Enjoy live music, vendors, free champurrado, food, and drinks at this family-friendly event, which will offer a vaccination clinic with first and second doses, booster shots, and vaccines for kids 5 and older from 1-6 pm. Guests who get vaccinated will receive a box of non-perishable food, a first aid kit, gifts for children, and virtual gift cards.
Portland Mercado, Mt. Scott-Arleta (free)

Non-Binary Girlfriend & Folian Add to a List
Bliss out to bedroom grooves from the members of Cry Babe that now comprise Non-Binary Girlfriend, plus a little doom-pop from Folian for good measure.
The Six, Sunnyside ($10)

Silvertongue, Tremor, and DJ TrashCans Add to a List
With their alt-rock instrumentation and folk-inspired lyrics and harmonies, Portland's Silvertongue will have you bobbing your head in a melancholy manner after sets from Tremor and DJ TrashCans. 
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Solid Gold Dance Party Add to a List
Solid Gold is a dance party that celebrates disco and soul of the '70s through the '90s. Learn some new moves from era-appropriate go-go dancers, and don't forget to wear an outfit that honors your favorite retro era.
Holocene, Buckman ($10-$15)


Gigantic Holiday Market Add to a List
Neighborhood craft brewery Gigantic will host 12 local makers in their barrel room for a last-minute, 21+ shopping experience for all of you procrastinators and boozehounds. Expect wares such as art books, ceramics, stained glass, handmade soaps, paper goods, resin art, textiles, and more.
Gigantic Brewing Company, Reed (free)

HOLIDAY HUSTLE Night Market Add to a List
Fifteen Jailbreak vendors will sell their apothecary goods, ready-to-hang art, jewelry, apparel, baked goods, and more. While you're there, don't forget to snap a photo in front of a festive booth installation and enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Jailbreak Studios.
Lolo Pass, Buckman (free)

Portland's Old Town Holiday Market Add to a List
Pick up last-minute gifts and enjoy holiday music, tasty food, and festive photo ops in Old Town. 
SW 3rd & Ash, Old Town-Chinatown (free)

10th Annual Procrastinators Holiday Market Add to a List
Hightail it to Happy Valley to finish up your holiday shopping at this indoor/outdoor market featuring over 350 local vendors, artisan items, fresh produce, live music, appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more. 
Clackamas High School (free)


Winter Wonderland Add to a List
Walk your kiddos to this winter wonderland where you all can create ornaments, snap photos with live animals, listen to storytime, and take part in holiday cheer.
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Hillsboro ($5)



Slabtown Makers Market Add to a List
Kill two birds with one stone at this indoor and outdoor market where you can cross people off your shopping list while supporting the community. “The market that gives back” donates five to 10 percent of sales to nonprofits such as North Pole Studios, Raphael House, The Pixie Project, Urban League, and Village Gardens.
Northwest Marine Artworks, Northwest (free)



9th Annual Animated Christmas Add to a List
Curated by Portland archivist Greg Hamilton and Re-Run Theater's Phantom Hillbilly, this program of vintage cartoons will transport you to Christmases long, long ago. On the family-friendly bill are the silent films The Snowman and A Garfield Christmas Special, plus shorts "Holidayland" and "Max's Disappearing Bag."
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($7)

Die Hard Add to a List
A year after Fox Plaza, a 35-story tower in Century City, Los Angeles, was completed (1987), it starred in a film that brought it and Bruce Willis fame, Die Hard. Fox Plaza plays Nakatomi Plaza, a building owned by a Japanese corporation, and Bruce Willis plays John McClane, a white NYC cop whose estranged white wife not only lives in LA but appears to have gone to the other side, the Japanese side. While McClane visits his wife at Nakatomi Plaza, things go crazy and we enter the world inside of the building: its elevator shafts, air ducts, and structural spaces. Here, postmodern architecture meets Reagan-era Hollywood cinema and makes lots of movie magic. CHARLES MUDEDE
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)


Donna Jones & The Delegation Holiday Bash Add to a List
Enjoy an evening of jazz and blues classics with vocalist Donna Jones & The Delegation and special guest Christopher Brown.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($12+)

June Magnolia, Blair Borax, and Bright Raven Add to a List
June Magnolia uses her classical piano training, her gauzy voice, and her trusty Moog synthesizer to her full advantage in her self-titled indie-pop project. Catch her set after openers Blair Borax and Bright Raven.
Holocene, Buckman ($12)

Simba Puma & The Roaring Lions Add to a List
Combat the Sunday Scaries with a night of reggae with both a live band and a DJ.
Cruzroom, Concordia ($5-$7)


Gräs Cannabis & Lifted NW: 2021 Year End Holiday Jam Add to a List
Join Gräs Cannabis and Lifted Northwest for an evening of stoner-friendly food, drinks, and entertainment from DC Capital, Weez Beats, and HV Gutter.
The Melody Event Center, Central Eastside ($15)


Christmas is a DRAG....Brunch! Add to a List
The dazzling Sequin McQueen and other pillars of the local drag scene will get holly and jolly for this holiday edition of Mixed B.A.G BRUNCH.
Escape Bar & Grill, Sumner ($15)

CTRL_alt_QUEER: An Alternative Drag Show Add to a List
Channel Pete Wentz, your favorite Neopet, or your inner goth hacker for this night of Hot Topic-inspired drag with your host, Xero Converted, and special guests like Cruz Daniels, Babylon Brooks, Ellie leBlunt, and Kisses Ash.
Mississippi Pizza, Boise ($10)


CORE Holiday Market Add to a List
Come for the last-minute holiday gifts from local BIPOC vendors, stay for a bite to eat in the heated food cart pod.
Collective Oregon Eateries, Lents (free)

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