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52 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Nov 19-21, 2021

The Pickle Jar Grand Opening, the Portland Holiday Market, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
November 19, 2021
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Baseball fans can celebrate the grand opening of the official Portland Pickles clubhouse and team store on Saturday. (Portland Pickles)

According to our exclusive weather source (Google), the rainy skies will give way to a brief window of sunshine this weekend. When you're not strolling through your local park taking in the autumn leaves, check out the latest batch of easy-breezy goings-on that won't cost more than 15 bucks, from the Portland Holiday Market to the Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival, and from a screening of Melvin Van Peebles's blaxploitation classic Watermelon Man to a Mrs. Claus Tree Lighting Celebration at Lloyd Center. See them all below, and check out this week's top picks for even more options. 


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FRIDAY

FILM

Clinton Cult Classics presents Samurai Cop
Matt Hannon (who, fun fact, was once Sylvester Stallone’s bodyguard) plays the titular samurai cop, a glutton for the punishment of criminals who kinda sucks at his job because he kills dozens of innocent people in the process of hunting down bad guys.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($6)

Eating Raoul
As a tribute to the late Ray Tillotson (the founder of the iconic Portland vintage store Ray's Ragtime), the Hollywood will screen his favorite film, the cult-classic dark comedy starring and directed by Paul Bartel. It follows a prudish couple who, irritated by the many swingers in their apartment complex, come up with a plan to unsex their building that also involves opening a restaurant. But when a burglar named Raoul breaks into their apartment, he wants a piece of the action. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)

Parkway of Broken Dreams Portland Premiere
Through interviews and archival footage, Parkway of Broken Dreams spotlights the artists, poets, musicians, and DJs who helmed the influential (albeit short-lived) art scene along one road in the then-cultural wasteland of 1990s Las Vegas. This one-night-only screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with the director, PJ Perez, along with Portlanders (and Vegas expats) Frank DeFrancesco, Dena Rash Guzman, and Chad Simmons.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($7-$10)

MUSIC

Casey Neill & the Norway Rats
Portland five-piece Casey Neill & The Norway Rats blend "haunting reveries and high energy rave-ups built around narrative songwriting."
Mississippi Studios, Boise ($12)

Dakota Theim (Record Release), Charts
Portland singer-songwriter Dakota Theim makes use of the catchy melodies and "classic pop sensibilities" as an antidote to Portland's dreary tendencies. He'll play songs from his new album with support from local garage-pop duo Charts. 
Bunk Bar, Central Eastside ($10)

Jesse Dayton
Having contributed to albums by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, Texas musician Jesse Dayton brings his own country-Western style to Portland in support of his new album, Mixtape Volume 1.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($15)

Songs for Snowplow Drivers, The Hoons, Vista House
Portland solo act Songs for Snow Plow Drivers (aka Alex Geizler) will make you want to go home and write in your journal with his lyric-heavy jams. He'll round out the night after sets from The Hoons and Vista House.
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Spend the Night Presents: Baltra, Physical Therapy, Leeonn
New York-based DJ and producer Baltra will come to town on the heels of a new release, bringing high-energy techno and house beats alongside Physical Therapy and Leeonn.
Holocene, Buckman ($15)

The Campfire Boys
Join local bluegrass band The Campfire Boys for '60s- and '70s-inspired toe-tappers.
Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, Beaumont-Wilshire ($10)

Video Game Metal Shredventure
Fans of video game music and thrashing mustn't miss FamilyJules and ToxicxEternity's night of chiptune metal covers with support from special guests Super Guitar Bros.
Holocene, Buckman ($15)

Vinyl Night w/Nick Waterhouse
Hang out in KEX Hotel's swanky library for a free live DJ set from Nick Waterhouse.
KEX, Kerns (free)

QUEER

Transgender Day of Remembrance Community Healing
Take a couple of hours out of your day to hear speakers, eat snacks, and contribute to a community art display in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. 
Q Center, Boise (free)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

Professor Jekyll and Miss Hyde: A Modern Adaptation
Robert Louis Stevenson's Gothic novella gets a gender-flipped refresh, swapping out the original story for one that comments on the moral hangups and hypocrisies of the #MeToo era. 
Twilight Theater Company, Arbor Lodge ($15)

SHOPPING

MUJI Portland Anniversary Weekend
Head to the heart of downtown to help the Portland outpost of Japanese minimalist store MUJI celebrate its third anniversary. All weekend long, MUJI passport holders can enjoy complimentary melonpan from Oyatsupan Bakers, shoppers will receive a limited edition pin designed by Portland-based artist Sunny Eckerle with any purchase, and you can check out vendors like Nani Nani Studio, Akari Pottery, and Nightingale Astrology as part of the MUJI Community Market.
MUJI, Downtown (free)

Northwest Ceramics Pop Up Shop
Forty-five Northwest artists will come together to support your ceramics habit. 
300 SW Yamhill St, Downtown (free)

Portland Holiday Market
Looking for that special gift for your loved ones? You’ll find it at the Northwest’s premier holiday food, craft, and gift show. There are over 100,000 square feet of display space with hundreds of local makers selling unique, one-of-a-kind items. Shop outside the big box and do ALL your holiday shopping in one place, at one time, under one roof. 
Portland Expo Center, Lloyd District ($10)

A Vintage Christmas Show 2021
Charm the socks off your gift recipients or housemates by picking up antique Christmas bits and baubles. 
Monticello Antique Marketplace, Montavilla (free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Snowvana 2021
The weekend-long celebration of all the things that make winter fun returns, courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing and Toyota. This year's events include "largest ski swap in the Northwest," film premieres from snow-sport production companies like Teton Gravity Research, kids' dog-sled rides with Cascade Dog Sledding, ski pass raffles, live music, and more. 
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District ($10-$20)

SATURDAY

FILM

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 screening of his 1985 film Ran on the last day of this mini-festival. 
Clinton Street Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy ($10)

Donnie Darko
Former Stranger writer Sean Nelson has written, "Having studied Donnie Darko carefully a few times, I still can't tell if the plot's weird calculus—what actually happens, to whom, and where, and when—actually adds up to anything more than a semi-random sequence of related but unconnected events. What I can say, however, is that the film resonates with a uniquely American kind of sadness."
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)

Kubo and the Two Strings: Presented by LAIKA Director of Practical Effects Ollie Jones
LAIKA Studio's 15th-anniversary celebration at OMSI continues with a screening of its acclaimed 2016 release Kubo and the Two Strings, an epic adventure set in fantastical Japan. The animation company's Director of Practical Effects, Ollie Jones, will stay on to discuss the film. 
Empirical Theater at OMSI, Central Eastside ($7-$8)

Nightmare Alley
Before you see the forthcoming remake by Guillermo Del Toro, check out the original 1940s noir based on the William Lindsay Greshman about a mind reader (Tyrone Power) who ascends from a mere carnival sideshow to the grand Chicago stage.  
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($7)

MUSIC

Cathedral Bells
Enjoy a night of synth-y dark-wave from Florida.
Polaris Hall, Humboldt ($12)

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

Folk Magik Presents Forty Feet Tall/The Bobby Lees with Queen Chief
LA rockers Forty Feet Tall have been together since high school. Billing their sound as "hard and riff-based, aggressive and expansive," they channel bands like The Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age. Dance to their set after openers The Bobby Lees and Queen Chief.
Bunk Bar, Buckman ($13)

JD Simo & GA-20
Born in Chicago and residing in Nashville, songwriter, guitarist, and producer JD Simo finds inspiration across genres, from the fuzzy rock of The Stooges to the psychedelic warbling of CaptainBeefheart. He'll take the stage after Chicago blues trio GA-20. 
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($15)

Jujuba - Afrobeat Dance Party!
Renowned talking drum maestro Nojeem Lasisi leads this 10-piece super group of blazing horns, wild percussion, and funky rhythm.
Goodfoot, Kerns ($12)

Penny Wishes, Club Deluxe, Dean The Dog
Bounce around to Penny Wishes' Breeders-like jangly indie-rock, Bouquet's bluesy garage tunes, and Dean the Dog's country-twinged stylings at this local showcase.
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Rad Max // Linda From Work (SEA) // Grimiss
Linda From Work will bust out of the 9-to-5 grind for some messy indie surf-rock. They'll be joined by dance-rock outfit Rad Max and local rock duo Grimiss.
The Fixin' To, St. Johns ($10)

Tonstartssbandht, Paul Jacobs
Two white brothers from Florida with the last name White, Tonstartssbandht can sound as brilliant and as baffling as their compound name. Ostensibly a psych-rock group, they squirm stylistically from the Grateful Dead’s pastoral/astral extrapolations to Faust’s form-busting abstractions to Pärson Sound’s stark trance rock. Random dips into their canon reveal a group conversant with experimental weirdness and beautiful melodies. Tonstartssbandht exist in their own world, immune to modern music-biz trends, eccentric to their core. DAVE SEGAL
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman ($13)

WARISH + R.I.P., Deathchant, Kadabra
Sign up for "low-budget horror rock" from the newly formed Warish, plus more from genre mutuals R.I.P., Deathchant, and Kadabra.
Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne ($12)

SHOPPING

The Pickle Jar Grand Opening
Celebrate the unveiling of the official Portland Pickles clubhouse and team store with live music, art shows, live sports broadcasts, holiday festivities, a tattoo bus, and more.
The Pickle Jar, Downtown (free)

Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival
Support the work of the Portland Audubon Society by shopping for nature-themed works, meeting your favorite nature writers, and bidding on items in a silent auction.
Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center, Downtown ($10)

Twilight Rummage Sale
Portland's longest-running indoor swap meet returns with a host of records, books, vintage clothing, and more, plus vinyl tunes from DJ Steven D and desserts from Rose City Sweets.
TaborSpace, Mt. Tabor (free)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Cranksgiving, Ca$hgiving edition
In the spirit of giving, ride your bike around town searching for clues, knowing that your sliding-scale admission ticket is benefiting Portland Street Medicine. As a reward, you'll get to enjoy beer and costume prizes in a heated outdoor area at Hopworks Urban Brewing.
Willamette Park, Johns Landing ($10+)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Mrs. Claus Tree Lighting Celebration
Mrs. Claus herself will make an appearance at the skating rink for the mall's tree-lighting ceremony, where she'll be joined by her betrothed and a gaggle of elves. 
Lloyd Center, Lloyd District (free)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Hello Sucker! A Comedy Showcase
Join hosts Joyce Nance and Todd Basil for a night of laughs from (predominantly) POC, queer, and women comics.
Dig a Pony, Buckman ($8-$10)

FESTIVALS

Rose Quarter Guitar Festival
Buy, trade, or sell vintage and new guitars, plus amps, pedals, and other accouterments at this third annual festival.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District ($15) 

FILM

35th Anniversary Special: RAD
This 1986 thrill ride about a young man determined to win a treacherous BMX race called Helltrack is celebrating its 35th anniversary, hence this screening.
Clinton Street Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy ($6-$10)

Clinton St. Theater and Stage Russia present Boris
Instead of feeling sad at home all day, add some culture to your Sunday hangover at this series presented in partnership with Stage Russia, kicking off with Dmitry Krymov's film based on the Alexander Pushkin play Boris Godunov.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy ($10)

ParaNorman: Presented by LAIKA Production Designer Nelson Lowry
LAIKA Studio's 15th-anniversary celebration continues with a screening of the 2012 film Paranorman. After the film, LAIKA production designer Nelson Lowry will take the stage to discuss the animation company's innovative filmmaking process and answer audience questions. 
Empirical Theater at OMSI, Central Eastside ($7-$8)

Watermelon Man
Comedian Godfrey Cambridge plays a loudmouthed, bigoted white insurance salesman whose sitcom-like suburban existence is upended when he wakes up to discover that he has become a Black man, giving way to a satire of Western society’s racist double standards and transforming into "an empowering portrait of awakening Black consciousness." This screening is part of a series celebrating legendary blaxploitation director Melvin Van Peebles. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District ($10)

MUSIC

Barrio Manouche
The San Francisco-based acoustic ensemble will come to town with their repertoire of globally influenced originals courtesy of French Flamenco dancer Fanny Ara, African Brazilian dancer Emaye Ama Mizani, and Colombian singer Iván Rondón.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($15)

Blossom, AC Sapphire and The Shoulderpads, Eric Stalker
Illustrious Portland singer-songwriter Blossom is musically influenced by her upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago, having played steel drums in a band with her family members. Don't miss her set after warm-ups from AC Sapphire and The Shoulderpads and Eric Stalker.
Alberta Street Pub, King ($10)

Cabana Club
Fend off the icy grip of Father Winter at this tropical brunch party complete with an island-inspired menu, Tiki cocktails, and breezy tunes from DJ Drew Groove.
Alibi Restaurant and Lounge, Boise (free)

Frozen Soul + Sanguisugabogg, with Vomit Forth, Inoculation and Coffin Rot
Thrash responsibly to sets from metal bands Frozen Soul, Sanguisugabogg, Vomit Forth, Inoculation, and Coffin Rot.
Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne ($15)

Inhalant, No (sf), Sniff
Inhalant, Sniff, and San Francisco's No will gather for a night of synth-y post-punk. 
No Fun, Buckman ($8)

Open Jam at The Big Legrowlski
Bring your instrument of choice or choose from what's on stage at this free-for-all jam sesh. 
The Big Legrowlski, North Park Blocks (free)

Vinyl Record Party
Wear your funkiest, slinkiest, grooviest getup for this all-vinyl '70s dance party.
Cruzroom, Concordia ($5)

SHOPPING

Hive Night Market
Linger on the patio to shop for leather goods, metalwork, prints, and jewelry.
Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown ($5)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Hanukkah Craft Fair
Instead of giving your family members pairs of socks like every other year, pick up some fun crafty gifts for Hanukkah.
Leikam Brewing, Mt. Tabor ($5)

Jewish Makers Market
Support Jewish and BIPOC vendors and scoop up goods for the holidays.
13th Moon Gravity Well, Creston-Kenilworth (free)