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42 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Jan 7-9, 2022

A Reptile Expo, a Jim Jarmusch Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
January 6, 2022
You have been visited by the smiling axolotl. He wishes you would come to this weekend's Portland Metro Reptile Expo at Embassy Suites. (Northwest Reptile Expos LLC via Facebook)
If you've resolved to pinch your pennies and spend less time at home this year, you're in the right place. Read on below for $15-and-under events you don't have to pencil into your planner, from a birthday party for J.R.R. Tolkien to an appearance from R.E.M. drummer Peter Buck to a screening of the 1979 classic My Brilliant Career.

Stay safe out there, Portland! As always, get tested and stay home if you feel sick—and get your booster while it's hot. Speaking of omicron, we advise checking directly with venues for the latest updates—including health guidelines, postponements, and cancellations—before heading out.

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Clinton Cult Classics presents The Brood Add to a List
In David Cronenberg's "bloody tale of monstrous parenthood," a mother receives a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote institute while her young daughter is haunted by demonic beings back at home.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($6)

Jim Jarmusch Festival Add to a List
The NYC indie-film king with his shock of silver hair has a singular style that favors drifters, disaffected youth, and Tom Waits. Get a taste of his oeuvre during this three-week festival, whose program includes such classics as Night On Earth, Down By Law, Stranger Than Paradise, and Dead Man.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($6-$15)


Black Magdalene with Ruby Lustre Add to a List
Dark wave ensemble Black Magdalene, who just released their Sámi EP, will bring you a night of elegant soundscapes aside synth-pop duo Ruby Lustre.
Coffin Club, Buckman ($10)

Body Shame, Vardaman Ensemble, and Library Studies Add to a List
Enjoy an evening of experimental music with Portland-based group Body Shame, who released their album Quiet Pills back in April. Joining them will be Vardaman Ensemble and Library Studies.
The Fixin' To, St. Johns ($8)

Chicken $#!T Gamblers Add to a List
Bluegrass supergroup The Chicken $#!t Gamblers are known for their fast-picking pop-inspired jams.
Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, Beaumont-Wilshire ($10)

First Friday New Year Party Add to a List
The first official Friday of the new year brings a night of surfy grunge from Van's Child, The Deans, and The Kelevras.
Hawthorne Hideaway, Buckman ($10)

Kevn Kinney’s Travel and Magic Show with Peter Buck (of R.E.M.) & More Add to a List
The frontman of Atlanta rock band Drivin N Crying, which has seen multiple collabs with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck since its 1980s inception, will flaunt his new project with Buck in tow.
Al's Den, Southwest ($10)

Left On Tenth, The Banana Creatures, and Godzukey Add to a List
Portland's own Left on Tenth will bring a mix of reggae-influenced grooves, hard rock, and slow ballads. They will be accompanied by energetic rock band The Banana Creatures and eclectic metalheads Godzukey.  
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Legato Gusto with The Funbloods Add to a List
Local band Legato Gusto is known for their danceable and feel-good performances with soulful vocal harmonies and reflective lyrics. They will be joined by The Funbloods.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

Les Gold Add to a List
Les Gold is a Portland-based indie rock outfit known for their catchy melodies and sometimes dark lyrics, which they've coined as "bummer fun." Since the release of their sophomore EP The Gloom Room, the band is looking forward to multiple tour dates and their debut full-length album.
Mississippi Studios, Boise ($14)

Matthew Dear (DJ set) Add to a List
Avant-pop/electronic producer and artist Matthew Dear will bring you a special DJ set beside Andrew Paris & DJ Shi Shi.
Holocene, Buckman ($15)

Mbrascatu with Wren Add to a List
Mbrascatu is a Portland-based indie rock band that gets their unique sound by swirling together a variety of regional inspirations, danceable rhythms, and emotive lyrics in Italian. They will be joined by soul-folk band Wren.
Mississippi Pizza, Boise ($15)

SalsaNova Add to a List
Eleven-piece Latin jazz orchestra Salsanova will bring a fresh take on the best salsa songs of the last four decades.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($12-$15) 

Schaus & ePP Add to a List
Enjoy a night of local music with electronic/alt-pop band Schaus and hip-hop group ePP.
The Six, Sunnyside ($10)

Van's Child, The Deans, and The Kelevras Add to a List
Portland rockers Van's Child will help you celebrate 2022 with this New Year's party. Also on the lineup are The Deans and The Kelevras. Get ready to eat, drink, play pool, and dance!
Hawthorne Hideaway, Buckman ($10)



Nutcracker Cracked Returns Add to a List
The Portland Puppet Museum and the Olde World Puppet Theatre will team up once again for a magical Christmas tale set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, featuring over 84 rod puppets. 
Portland Puppet Museum, Sellwood ($15)


The Longest Leg Add to a List
"Does trauma take a singular point of view, like a monologue? Or does it stretch beyond the silo of the psyche, skulking into narrative environments, social interactions, and even conceptions of a fragmented selfhood?" These are the questions at the center of Emmanuela Soria Ruiz's new and recent work, which is largely composed of ideo installations.
Fuller Rosen Gallery, Nob Hill (free); closing

OSA and PAM Docents’ Group Show Add to a List
It shouldn't surprise you that many of the folks who lead museum tours for the Oregon Society of Artists and the Portland Art Museum are artists themselves. This exhibition features paintings, digital art, pastels, drawings, and more by PAM and OSA docents. 
Oregon Society of Artists, Goose Hollow (free); opening

Walking the World with this Fire Add to a List
This immersive, multimedia installation (including short films, physical installations, large-scale paintings, light and sound design, and 3D fabrication) from Portland artist Samuel Eisen-Meyers walks visitors through the psychology and deception of United States domestic imperialism.
CoHo Theater, Northwest (free)



Portland Metro Reptile Expo Add to a List
For one day each year, that one Holiday Inn by the airport is home to even more snakes, lizards, and rats than usual! It’s all thanks to the Portland Metro Reptile Expo, which goes down right across the parking lot at the Columbia Conference Center, and features every kind of cold-blooded, dead-eyed abomination of nature that you can imagine—and many of them are for sale! Featuring vendors like Ivy’s Axolotls, Bigfoot Exotics, and the exceedingly well-named ball python breeding company Girls with Balls Pythons and More, the Reptile Expo is the place to get a bunch of soulless, horrifying, impossible-to-care-for creatures that will feel nothing at all when they inevitably turn on you and brutally squeeze the life from your writhing body. Admission is only $10, and kids get in for half that, and probably won’t be eaten. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Embassy Suites Hilton, Northeast ($10)


My Brilliant Career Add to a List
Inspired by teenage author Miles Franklin's turn-of-the-century Australian coming-of-age novel, Gillian Armstrong's acclaimed 1979 debut film follows Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) as a backcountry girl who dreams of leaving home and becoming a famous writer. 
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($6)


J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday Add to a List
We wouldn't have Frodo, Legolas, Gollum, or any of those Middle-earth guys without J.R.R. Tolkien, so tip your hat to the late author with an evening of live music, food and drink specials, and screenings of the Lord of the Rings movies in his honor. Costumes are encouraged, Bilbo Baggins! 
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (free-$15)


Ben Graves Trio Add to a List
Portland-based jazz guitarist and composer Ben Graves will be joined by his trio, drummer Tim Rap, and bassist Brian Healey.
Lincoln Street Church, Mt. Tabor (free)

Brice and the Jackrabbits with Charles & Ritchie Add to a List
Brice and the Jackrabbits are a Portland-based folk band known for their rock and Americana influence. Accompanying them will be indie-folk duo Charles & Ritchie.
Kelly's Olympian, Downtown ($7-$9)

EB and The Satellites Add to a List
Beaverton-born rock band EB and the Satellites will be joined by classic rock tribute band One More Passion for a night of high-energy rock n roll.
EastSide Bar & Grill, Madison South ($10)

Get Dead with Special Guest Ceschi Add to a List
San Francisco-born punk band Get Dead, who recently released their album Dancing with the Curse on Fat Wreck Chords, will be joined by rapper Ceschi, known for his progressive blending of hip hop with folk and indie-pop elements.
Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown ($15)

Jesse Lee Falls & Tevis Hodge Add to a List
Portland's own Jesse Lee Falls carries on the tradition of blue eye's soul and funk with his 17-year long career. Tevis Hodge will add old-time American music into the mix bringing you a mix of traditional blues, folk, and ragtime.
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot ($11)

The Libertine Belles Add to a List
The Portland-based Libertine Belles churn out original songs and old standards alike, all with their signature vintage jazz style. 
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

The Lo-Hi, Desert Shame, Monty Vega & the Sittin' Shivas Add to a List
Enjoy an evening of local music with rock band The Lo-Hi, "western-wave" punks Desert Shame, and the Ramones-esque punk band Monty Vega & The Sittin' Shivas.
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Mary Flower & The BBQ Boys Add to a List
Renowned guitarist Mary Flower is known for her fingerpicking style and smooth vocals. Flower will be accompanied by The BBQ Boys, four-piece jazz- and blues-infused jug band.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

The Sellwoods, The Beat-On Brats, and The Apollo Four Add to a List
An evening of local retro-inspired tunes with garage rockers The Sellwoods, Ramone's tribute band The Beat-On Brats, and surf/spy/lounge instrumentals from The Apollo Four.
The Fixin' To, St. Johns ($8)

Splintered Throne - Wacken Metal Battle Add to a List
Portland's own Splintered Throne will bring a night of high-energy old-school progressive metal ahead of their performance at the Wacken Open Air metal festival in Germany later this year.
Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown ($12-$15)

Stars of Cascadia with The Bad Assets Add to a List
Stars of Cascadia, an alt-country band based out of Portland, will be hitting the stage with Americana-rock five-piece The Bad Assets.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

Tropitaal Desi-Latino Soundclash with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid Add to a List
Tropitaal blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique sound that will perfectly soundtrack this dance party. Resident DJs Anjali & The Incredible Kid will spin sets that focus on Latin, Caribbean, and South Asian music.
Goodfoot, Kerns ($10-$12)


The Queen's Variety: starring Honey Hart Add to a List
Portland legend and self-proclaimed evil queen Honey Hart leads this night of singing and dancing to darken your soul and brighten your spirits at the same time, paired with comedy from Dahlia Belle and Kat Buckley. 
The Queen's Head, Old Town-Chinatown ($5)



Music Movies at The Clinton: A Hard Day's Night Add to a List
The consummate rock ’n’ roll movie about the consummate rock ’n’ roll band. Richard Lester invented a language for combining what was then still a new musical form with a visual medium that was already undergoing a massive reinvention. The result is shockingly fresh more than 50 years later: four beautiful young men running around London, being simultaneously cool and silly, saying hilarious lines, and playing some of their best songs—which are, need it be said, some of the best songs. If you haven’t seen it, you should. If you have, you should see it again. SEAN NELSON
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($6)


Blockbuster's Revenge Add to a List
Enjoy a full night of '90s movies and local hip-hop in your best '90s movie costume.
Kelly's Olympian, Downtown ($10-$12)

Live Music at Hopworks with Stump City Soul Add to a List
Funk and soul band Stump City Soul, typically a 10-piece, are paring themselves down to a trio for a special unplugged performance of classic covers.
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Creston-Kenilworth (free)

Lynx DeMuth, AC Sapphire, and Sarah Clarke Add to a List
Triple headers Lynx DeMuth, AC Sapphire, and Sarah Clarke will bring you an evening of local indie/folk-rock with dynamic vocal performances.
Mississippi Studios, Boise ($13)

Pablo Culpepper, Kyle J. Glenn, & Alex Crowson Add to a List
Get ready for a full evening of pub grub and music from local singer-songwriters Pablo Culpepper, Kyle J. Glenn, and Alex Crowson.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

The Newport Nightingales Add to a List
The Newport Nightingales will bring you back to the 1930s with their harmony-driven swing sound.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

Vintage Soul Add to a List
Portland's own four-piece Vintage Soul will bring you an afternoon of smooth sounds evocative of their name.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($15)

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