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43 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Feb 18-20, 2022

MAITA, BlackOut: Celebration of Urban Music and Experience, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
February 18, 2022
MAITA's new album, I Just Want To Be Wild For You, is out today and you can catch them at Mississippi Studios tomorrow! (MAITA)
There's plenty of things to do this weekend that won't result in your bank account taking a big hit. Check them all out below, from BlackOut: Celebration of Urban Music and Experience to a hometown show with indie rock band MAITA. For more ideas, head to our roundup of this week's top events

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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Bright Raven with Katelyn Convery Add to a List
Portland singer-songwriter Bright Raven will grace you with her soaring vocals and dazzling imagery after soothing guitar-picked gems from Katelyn Convery.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Glitterfox, Eric Stalker, and Jacquie Henry Add to a List
Local glam-folk duo Glitterfox will bring you tunes fit for a late-night campfire party in support of their latest release, Night. The pair will be joined by Americana rocker Eric Stalker and plugged-in singer-songwriter Jacquie Henry.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $12)

Jacob Miller Add to a List
Minimalist pop aficionado Jacob Miller will take the spotlight with his timeless sound, rooted in American traditional music with inspiration from his homeland of Wisconsin.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $12)

Lore Noir with Trent Price & The Midnight Rodeo Add to a List
Pianist and vocalist Lore Noir crafts piano pop with a hint of darkness, bringing to mind the sharp wit of Fiona Apple and the soft melancholy of Lana Del Rey. Tent Price & The Midnight Rodeo will kick off the night with cosmic country tunes inspired by Price’s West Texas roots.
(Al's Den, West End, $10)

Monica, Crooked Valley, and Ashtray Jr. Add to a List
Relish in an evening of lofi indie-pop vibes with Oregonians Monica, Crooked Valley, and Ashtray Jr. 
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $8)

Paul Mauer Add to a List
An intimate evening with local singer-songwriter Paul Mauer and his soulful style of folk-rock reminiscent of the '70s Laurel Canyon sound will help you decompress from the work week. 
(Edgefield, Troutdale, free)

Rhapsody in Red Add to a List
Portland deadheads, are you there? Rhapsody in Red will pay tribute to legend Jerry Garcia by performing songs from throughout his prolific career.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

Sonidero Rose City: Cumbia Night Add to a List
Move your feet with the help of resident DJ Sonido Dead Steady who will be spinning cumbia jams all night long.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

The Flood of 1984, Summer Houses, and Lucion Hall Add to a List
The quintessential PNW alt-rock brought by The Flood of 1984 will make you want to walk down a foggy beach with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Local support comes courtesy of lofi rockers Summer Houses and Lucion Hall.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)


Holly Osborne: "Wildflowers" Reception Add to a List
Oregon-born artist and teacher Holly Osborne drew from the natural world as inspiration for Wildflowers, a painting exhibition. Osborne aims to elicit peace and a sense of the unexpected in her acrylic and oil works, creating lush landscapes that encourage the eye to roam and wander.
(Stumptown Coffee, Downtown, free)


The Queens Keys Add to a List
Drag queens Nicole Onoscopi and Saint Syndrome bring live singing and piano playing for a campy yet elegant evening filled with classic covers, original songs, comedy, and storytelling.
(The Queen's Head, Old Town-Chinatown, $5)

RuPaul's Drag Race Viewing Party Add to a List
The 14th season of RuPaul's Drag Race has already seen Lizzo and Alicia Keys as guest judges, so we're excited to see what else the producers (and queens) have in store. Sashay your way to the bar for viewing parties every Friday. 
(Scandals, West End, free)



Big Black Bonus Show Add to a List
Hosts Coco Jem Holiday and Mx. Dahlia Belle will converge at the Queen's Head for a night of bountiful comedy and drag as part of the 6th Annual NW Black Comedy Festival Add to a List .
(The Queen's Head, Old Town Chinatown, $5-$10)

BlackOut: Celebration of Urban Music and Experience Add to a List
Isaiah Esquire and Kimber Shade will team up to celebrate Black culture through music, dancing, and drag. DJ Michael Morris will be spinning hip-hop jams all night alongside rapper Roulette Delgato.
(CC Slaughters, Old Town-Chinatown, $13)

The Color Purple Add to a List
Inspired by the novel by Alice Walker, this film tells the sweeping, lifelong tale of Celie, a Southern African-American woman who maintains hope, strength, and selfhood despite profound racism and constant hardship. The all-star cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Laurence Fishburne, and Danny Glover.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $6)

In My Shoes: Walking Tour Storytelling Project Add to a List
In honor of Black History Month, Word Is Bond (an organization whose goal is "creating positive relationships between young Black men and law enforcement") presents a storytelling campaign featuring nine walking tours in neighborhoods across Portland designed to highlight the "voices, dreams, and experiences of rising Black men" and the neighborhoods they call home.
(Various locations, free)


Saturday Morning Cartoons Add to a List
Relive your childhood as this cinema-themed cafe serves up a morning of new and old cartoon classics with their favorite sugary cereals, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman, free)


Winter Makers Mercado Add to a List
Portland's hub for Latino culture hosts this weekly in-person market at their plaza, where you can enjoy food and drink, live music and performances, and local community craft vendors.
(Portland Mercado, Mount Scott-Arleta, free)


2000's Dance Flashback Add to a List
Calling all millennials to the dance floor—this dance party will play music videos from the aughts on a giant screen for your viewing pleasure. Expect to hear throwback hits from tastemakers of the time like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, MGMT, OutKast, and so much more.
(Lola's Room, West End, $10)

Bang-A-Rang: The Bandulus, The Israelites, and Buddy Jay's Jamaican Jazz Band Add to a List
The Bandulus promise to "steal your heart and always leave you smiling," so don't  miss their set of soulful reggae jams with additional support from fellow ska greats The Israelites and Buddy Jay's Jamaican Jazz Band.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

Brent Follis Trio Add to a List
Wind down with a glass of wine and a performance by accomplished jazz drummer Brent Follis and his trio, known for their engaging live performances.
(Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, Montavilla, free)

Courtney Freed Five Add to a List
Dynamic vocalist Courtney Freed will bring her band along for a night of soulful jazz. 
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Dream Shark, Reisender, and Ragon Linde Add to a List
Local solo project Dream Shark will send you into a psychedelic hypnosis with their swirling dream-pop. Indie rockers Reisender and Ragon Linde will lend their support.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $7)

Kendl Winter Add to a List
While living in Olympia, I once wandered into a Kendl Winter show with a friend who was visiting from out of town. For me, the show was a pleasant surprise but not especially shocking; Winter played in a half-dozen bands, and I'd seen her on a stage more times than I could count on my fingers and toes. But my friend, having never seen her before, spent the rest of his visit talking about that voice—how we just walked to the back of a dive bar and experienced something so casually profound. And he was right: There's no one with a voice quite like Winter's. It's somehow a little country, a little punk, and sweetly twee all at once. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
(Al's Den, West End, $10)

MAITA Add to a List
The day after releasing their latest full-length, I Just Want To Be Wild For You, indie rockers MAITA will play a homecoming show at one of Portland's favorite intimate venues, Mississippi Studios. MAITA, the Portland-based full-band project of singer/songwriter Maria Maita-Keppeler, has already released five stellar singles from the 11-track album, like beautiful, soft and moody project opener “Loneliness,” and the epic “Honey, Have I Lost It All?” According to Maita-Keppeler herself, fans can look forward to seeing the band perform the entire project. Let’s hope they also have time for older cuts from 2020’s acclaimed record Best Wishes, like “Japanese Waitress,” or “Broken Down Boys.” JENNI MOORE
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $12)

My Siamese Twin Add to a List
Relive your moody teen years with a night dedicated to alternative music of the '80s, with a tribute set covering the likes of The Smiths, The Cure, New Order, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs, The Church, and more.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

RLLRBLL (Cassette Release) with Lord Master Add to a List
Portland psych trio RLLRBLL are celebrating the release of their new EP (on cassette!) by giving you a taste of their deep dark textural grooves. Avant-rock quartet Lord Master will get the ball rolling.
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, Humboldt, $5-$10)

Ruby Lustre & Body Shame Add to a List
Darkwave synth-pop duo Ruby Lustre, who just released their self-titled debut EP, will bring you a night of elegant goth tunes alongside synth-punks Body Shame.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

The Chair Project, Rosey Dust, and John Sutherland Add to a List
One-man soul machine The Chair Project will energize you with powerhouse vocals. Singer-songwriters Rosey Dust and John Lee Sutherland lend support with solo acoustic sets.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Wamba & Friends: World Beat Add to a List
Members of Obo Addy's Kukrudu, Wamba, POPgoji, Shvvvr, and more link up for a lively dance party fueled by percussive jazz and funk packing a strong world beat influence.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $15)


Twilight Rummage Sale Add to a List
It's the return of Rose City's "most social" rummage sale! Comb through fab finds at budget friendly prices while bopping your head to a DJ. The sale promises records, books, retro fashion and jewelry, and more.
(TaborSpace, Mount Tabor, free)



LA Rebellion - A Collection at the Red Fox Add to a List
This screening presents short films by the Los Angeles school of Black filmmakers, including HaiIe Gerima, JuIie Dash, CharIes Burnett, and many more. These filmmakers made vital work in the wake of the Watts rebellion that examined Black identity within political consciousness, aiming to create a film language that countered anti-Blackness and increased Black representation on film.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, Free)


BIPOC Improv Jam Add to a List
Join Black, Indigenous, and other people of color to learn about improv comedy! This event emphasizes fun and connection, and no expertise is needed to attend. Not interested in trying improv comedy yourself? Attendees are welcome to simply sit back and enjoy the show.
(Curious Comedy Annex, King, free)


Davi & Chitty Add to a List
Get your dose of soul and R&B for the week from local vocalist duo Davi & Chitty.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $8)

Emotional Intelligence ft. Mirin Doja & Bimbo Hypnosis Add to a List
Squeeze one more party into your weekend with Emotional Intelligence, an evening of deep and dark grooves brought to you by DJs Mirin Doja and Bimbo Hypnosis.
(No Fun, Buckman, Free)

Rose Tinted and Yuckgod Add to a List
Local hip-hop project Rose Tinted mixes the classic hip-hop style of boom bap with unique instrumental breaks and improvisation. Hip-hop duo Yuckgod will start off the night with their harmonious blend of rap and indie rock. 
(Holocene, Buckman, $11)



32nd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Add to a List
This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will offer a mix of in-person and virtual screenings this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes acclaimed films like Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance, Sundance favorites like Suzannah Mirghani Al-Sit, and many others. 
(Virtual, free, Friday-Sunday)

We Had Jazz Add to a List
A collection of 30 images by local photographer Carl Henniger depicts Portland's golden age of jazz, circa 1948-1956. During this era, Henninger photographed the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie for Down Beat magazine.
(Collins Gallery at the Central Library, Downtown, free, Friday-Sunday)


Great Art on Screen Add to a List
This documentary series investigates the impact of historically innovative art masters. The 2022 series will explore a wide range of art history, including the works of Modigliani, Napoleon's relation to art and power, and overlooked Impressionist masterworks.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest District, $7-$15, Friday-Sunday)


Quality of Death Add to a List
In this daring play, several families facing the death of a loved one navigate the pain, humor, and grace involved in the process. To accurately depict the relationship dynamics of end-of-life journeys, playwright Ruth Jenkins drew on a wealth of experience working in hospice care and interviewed medical professionals familiar with assisted death processes.
(Twilight Theater Company, Kenton, $13-$15, Friday-Saturday)


Hallie Ford Fellows in the Visual Arts 2017-19 Add to a List
This exhibition showcases the fifteen artists honored with Hallie Ford Fellowships in the Visual Arts from 2017-2019, including Corey Arnold, Avantika Bawa, Pat Boas, Bruce Burris, Julie Green, James Lavadour, Niraja Cheryl Lorenz, Elizabeth Malaska, Demian DinéYazhí, and Harrell Fletcher.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday)

OSA's 2nd Annual Portraits, Figures, and Selfies Exhibition Add to a List
Featuring portraits, figures, and selfies of all sorts (I wonder if any "MySpace angles" are in the mix), this Oregon Society of Artists show celebrates the "resilience and fragility of the human body through pigment, line, and contour." The human form has been a common theme throughout the history of the arts, and time has told that we are still as interested as ever in capturing its mystique. Come see artists' varying interpretations in different mediums such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, and photographs.
(Oregon Society of Artists, Goose Hollow, free, Friday-Sunday)

Possessions, Possessions a solo exhibition by Olivia Faith Harwood Add to a List
Harwood’s inaugural solo exhibition features a series of paintings that reflect on "the burdens of adolescent dilemmas, shame, and the deconstruction of identity," often leaning on references to the occult and feminist horror tropes.
(Fuller Rosen Gallery, Northwest District, free, Friday-Sunday)

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