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48 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Jan 21-23, 2022

Rose Tinted, Portland Mercado's Winter Soup Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
January 21, 2022
The bumpin' new beat music project Rose Tinted begins their winter residency at Holocene this Sunday.
And just like that... we're back at the weekend. Read on for weekend plans you don't have to commit to until the last minute, including socially distanced events like Portland Mercado’s Winter Soup Festival To Go and a guided Sauvie Island bird walk. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events this week.

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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RuPaul's Drag Race Viewing Party Add to a List
The 14th season of RuPaul's Drag Race has already seen Lizzo as the guest judge, 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)


Border Radio Add to a List
Co-directed alongside her fellow UCLA film students Kurt Voss and Dean Lent, Allison Anders's 1987 debut is a semi-improvised post-punk diary that took four years to complete. It follows a musician (played by Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters) who goes missing after stealing stuff from a club, leaving his wife (Luanna Anders), a rock journalist, to track him down with the help of his friends (John Doe from X and Chris Shearer).
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $6)

Dark Star Add to a List
A digital restoration of John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon's 1974 classic opens the theater's new sci-fi series. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10)

Drive My Car Add to a List
Adapted from the short story by Haruki Murakami, Ryusuke Hamaguchi's latest feature (Japan's official 2022 Oscar submission) follows a widowed theater director and a chauffeur who meet in Hiroshima and face their dark pasts together during long drives. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10)

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)


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)


Ænigmatum with Abiosis Add to a List
Mosh along to a night of death metal with Portland-based quartet Ænigmatum, known for their roaring high-velocity sound. They will be supported by local metalheads Abiosis.
(High Water Mark, Woodlawn, $10)

Always a Hoot with Trent Price Add to a List
Eugene-based folkies Always a Hoot will bring their own acoustic interpretations of classic Grateful Dead songs with a bluegrass twang and an emphasis on vocal harmonies. Texas-born Trent Price will add some outlaw country, folk, and rock to the evening with a unique psychedelic twist.
(Al's Den, West End, $5)

ArcoPDX Presents: Incantation at Revolution Hall Add to a List
Relish in a serene evening of captivating music by 21st-century composers including the U.S. premiere of “Train” by Russian composer Alexey Kurbatov, along with the music of Arvo Pärt, David Baker, Durwynne Hsieh, and Alan Hohvahness. Unlike a typical classical concert, ArcoPDX provides a casual setting where the audience is encouraged to chat and dance along to the music. If you can't make it tonight, you can try again tomorrow at Holocene Add to a List .
(Show Bar at Revolution Hall, Buckman Neighborhood, $10)

Bird Bennett with Fountaine and Refugio & Gaia Add to a List
Local 21-year-old hip-hop star Bird Bennett used to perform out of the back of U-Haul trucks before making it to stages like this one. He will bring his old-school style with influences such as Notorious B.I.G. and James Brown.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $8-$15)

Dancehall Days Add to a List
Portland-based tribute band Dancehall Days play faithful renditions of an eclectic list of covers with their dazzling talent and crowd-pleasing energy. 
(Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, North Portland, $10-$15)

DMN & Mood Beach Add to a List
Dance along to electro-pop and synth grooves with local groups DMN (Default Mode Network) and Mood Beach.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

The High Deductibles with FooVana Add to a List
Local four-piece The High Deductibles will rock the house with special guests FooVana, Oregon's own Foo Fighters and Nirvana tribute band.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

Lions of the Interstate, Risley, & Silvertongue Add to a List
On their latest album Hug Point + Death​/​Love, Portland's own Lions of the Interstate blend shimmering psychedelia with infectious indie-pop jangles. They will play beside fellow local alt-rockers Risley and Massachusetts-born folk-rock trio Silvertongue.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Mickelson with Nathan Earle Add to a List
Enjoy a night of contemporary folk tunes with Bay Area musician Scott Mickelson whose sound was described by Paste Magazine as a "balance between strong, subtle, unexpected, and sophisticated." Also on the bill is PNW-based singer-songwriter and member of The Get Ahead, Nathan Earle, who blends folk songwriting traditions with his soulful vocal delivery.
(Strum Guitars, Buckman, $10)

Mike Danner Trio Add to a List
Along with his trio, Portland's own Mike Danner will bring a night of memorable music with his talents on piano, accordion, organ, and vocals.
(Studio One Theaters, Richmond, Free)

Wallace Add to a List
Portland natives Wallace are a bluesy rock six-piece that are sure to get you moving with their soul-tinged jams and pop-influenced lyricism.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)


Winterhawks Community Skate Add to a List
While the team is away, the fans will play! Take over the Winterhawks turf for a community skate as the team takes the ice up in Washington against the Tri-City Americans. The away game will be screened on the video board inside the bowl at 7 pm. 
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District, free)



Lady Snowblood Add to a List
Set in late 19th-century Japan and clocked by Quentin Tarantino as a major inspiration for his Kill Bill saga, Toshiya Fujita's Lady Snowbird follows the path of revenge taken by a young woman whose parents were killed by a gang of criminals. 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $6)


Arthur C Lee with The Loved Add to a List
Portland multi-instrumentalist Arthur C. Lee makes indie rock with a heavy influence from PNW music of the '90s. He will be joined by local rock quartet The Loved, who evoke Elvis Costello with their jangly pop melodies.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Age of Majority, White Shark Cafe, Dive Club, and Trent Toney Add to a List
Local psychedelic rock quartet Age of Majority will lay down hard-hitting grooves beside Seattle-based pop-psych group White Shark Cafe. Also on the lineup are PDX indie rockers Dive Club and singer-songwriter Trent Toney.
(The Big Legrowlski, Pearl District, $10)

Audrey Aiken Band Add to a List
Portland's own Audrey Aiken Band will give you a night of high-energy classic rock-inspired jams to lift your spirits.
(EastSide Bar & Grill, Madison South, $10)

Bumpin Uglies Add to a List
Throughout their decade-long career, Maryland-born punk reggae band Bumpin Uglies has taken what they’ve learned from their humble upbringings of small gigs filled with friends and brought that fine tuning to larger audiences, always maintaining their free-spirited attitude and DIY ethic.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Descending Pharaohs, Doug Theriault, and {[(gang radio)]} Add to a List
Portland three-piece Descending Pharaohs will bring trippy instrumentals that swirl together Middle-Eastern electronic sounds, spiritual jazz, traditional Gamelan, UK Psych, and Krautrock. Also on the bill is experimental electronic musician Doug Theriault and droney ambient sounds from {[(gang radio)]}.
(High Low Art Space, Hawthorne, $8)

Get On Up - Capricorn Celebration Add to a List
Take a night to celebrate all the Capricorn babies in your life (just a few days late) with a funk, soul, and hip-hop dance party. DJ Takimba will be spinning remixes, rarities, and mash-ups through the night with some special live originals thrown in
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $10)

Grimiss + Violetera Add to a List
Local rock duo Grimiss play trippy "glitch rock" that hopes to "melt hearts as well as faces." They will be joined by Violetera, a Portland-based three-piece who blend light and hefty instrumentation for post-rock magic.
(No Fun, Buckman Neighborhood, $8)

La Nuit Add to a List
La Nuit serves up another late night of deep house and disco, headed up by resident selectors Kala and Simon Howlett, with special guest Josh Romo.
(Starday Tavern, Foster-Powell, free)

Muddy Souls Add to a List
Muddy Souls from Eugene will have your feet moving with their original upbeat bluegrass tunes.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $11)

Nowhere Fast with French Letters, Flying Whammy, and Similar Damage Add to a List
Portland pop-punks Nowhere Fast will be celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album, out January 23. Also on the lineup is Seattle-based Americana-inspired rock band French Letters, local punk trio Flying Whammy, and four-piece rock outfit Similar Damage.
(Hawthorne Hideaway, Buckman Neighborhood, $10)

Pura Vida Orquesta Add to a List
Hang out with the masterful musicians from the Latin and tropical music ensemble Pura Vida Orquestra who will be jamming salsa music through the night.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise)

Sander van Doorn Presents: Purple Haze Add to a List
Influential electro house DJ Sander van Doorn will be stopping by from the Netherlands for an exhilarating set of Dutch dance jams.
(45 East, Central Eastside, $14.98)

Smut City Jellyroll Society Add to a List
Smut City Jellyroll Society is keeping that Prohibition-era sound alive with their authentic performances of blues, early jazz, and ragtime.(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)


Sauvie Island (Bald Eagles & Winter Waterfowl) Guided Walk Add to a List
Naturalist Elaine Murphy will guide budding bird enthusiasts on a birding quest around Sauvie Island in pursuit of bald eagles and winter waterfowl. The grassy peninsula between Sturgeon and Steelman Lakes is sure to provide a bounty of birds, including grassland, upland, and riparian species for your viewing pleasure. Advance registration is required.
(Gillihan Layover Terrace Parking Lot on Sauvie Island, free)


PDX Art Market Add to a List
If you're still feeling disappointment from receiving lackluster holiday gifts, head over to Portland Dance Exchange's first-ever art market and treat your damn self. You'll find vendors like The Nail Mystic, Divine Artworks, Kirra's Jewelry, and more as you help stimulate the local creative economy.
(Portland Dance Exchange, Hosford-Abernethy, Free)



Gimme Shelter Add to a List
This landmark rock doc follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 tour across the U.S.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $6)


Last Laugh Sundays Add to a List
Close your weekend with laughter and dancing at this two-in-one concert and comedy show featuring an ever-changing list of PNW talent. This unique monthly event is hosted by singer and promoter F.I.Y.A. 
(Rainbow City, Buckman, $10-$15)


Annette Lowman Trio Add to a List
Enjoy lunch and music provided by The Annette Lowman Trio, who will liven up your afternoon with jazz vocals and storytelling.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

DJ Green Room Add to a List
DJ Green Room will be spinning a mixed bag of vinyl records including contemporary, '60s-'70s soul, rock, prog, and jazz.
(No Fun, Buckman, free)

Rose Tinted Add to a List
This show marks the first performance of local hip-hop project Rose Tinted's winter residency at Holocene, with VNPRT kicking off the night. The group mixes the classic hip-hop style of boom bap with unique instrumental breaks and improvisation.
(Holocene, Buckman Neighborhood, $11)

Songbirds in the Round with Blair Borax, Hayley Lynn, Sarah Wild, & Kendall Lujan Add to a List
Witness four Portland-based singer-songwriters showcase their talents for an intimate evening of live music, featuring emotional folk tunes from Blair Borax, classic country vocals from Sarah Wild, relatable bangers from Kendal Lujan, and effortless indie pop from Hayley Lynn. This unique event will go "in the round" as the artists take the stage together and take turns playing their original songs in a circle.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

Vintage Soul Add to a List
Portland's own Vintage Soul are a talented mix of musicians who come together to make funky blues anthems.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

V.O.I.D. (Visions Of Inner Darkness) Add to a List
DJs Rota and Ashen return for their monthly night of dark synth, industrial techno, and other such genres that go well with leather ensembles.
(The High Dive, Buckman, $5-$10)



Portland Mercado’s Winter Soup Festival (To-Go) Add to a List
Warm up with steamy, restorative Latin American soups available for pickup, delivery, or covered outdoor dining from a variety of Portland Mercado businesses, including Xocotl, Tierra Del Sol, Fernando's Alegría, Kaah Market, Que Bacano, Havana Station, Tita's Kitchen, Principe Maya, La Carreta Pura Vida, and Alecocina.
(Portland Mercado, Mt. Scott-Arleta, prices vary, Friday-Sunday)


Dean Wong: The Future of Chinatown Add to a List
This exhibition will feature original photography by Seattle-based photojournalist Dean Wong that depicts gentrification and displacement in four West Coast Chinatowns. It's part of a larger "place-based initiative" called Finding Chinatown, which includes a series of in person and virtual events and public programs.
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, $8, Friday-Sunday)

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, Friday-Sunday)


Sundance Short Films Add to a List
These seven short films were selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, giving folks who aren't able to make it out to Park City, UT "a taste of what the festival offers." With a feature-length runtime, the program includes international films that demonstrate masterful storytelling across genres such as fiction, documentary, animation, and more.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7, Saturday-Sunday)


USS Improvise: the Next Generation: the Musical Add to a List
See your favorite Star Trek characters in a new, unscripted light as a group of Portland's nerdiest musical comedians riffs on The Next Generation. 
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, $14, Friday-Saturday)


Rose City Classic Dog Show 2022 Add to a List
I’ve wondered how closely actual dog shows resemble Christopher Guest's Best in Show (and now I wonder how annoyed dog-show people are when Best in Show gets brought up—probably a lot). So let’s find out together this week at the four-day event hosted by the Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon (that’s a real name), the Tualatin Kennel Club, and others. It’s one of the biggest and best dog shows out there, apparently, with canine competitors and judges coming in from around the country. ERIK HENRIKSEN
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, $10-$15, Friday-Sunday)

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