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62 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Apr 22-24, 2022

Record Store Day, Nuestro Camino Nuestro Antepasados, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
April 22, 2022
Early bird gets the worm at Record Store Day at Music Millennium tomorrow! (Music Millennium)
This Earth Day weekend, celebrate with events from Earth Day Night Market to Every Day is Earth Day and stay outside with fun activities from Nuestro Camino Nuestro Antepasados Street Fair to Craft Service Grand Reopening. For more ideas, check out our full guide to Earth Day happenings and Record Store Day calendar.

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Every Day is Earth Day Add to a List
Join "Earth's coolest PR company" Making Earth Cool for this all-day celebration in honor of our precious home. The event, which will include activities, speakers, live music, a "funeral procession for the Earth," a screening of Earth-themed short films at Clinton Street Theater, and a dance party, will raise funds for the Sunrise PDX offshoot community organization Youth Vs. ODOT.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, free; $10 for film screening)


Butter: The Comedy Show Add to a List
This edition of the comedy show series features Brent Lowry, Tory Ward, Jamal Coleman, Elena C. Hayden, and Irish-born funny guy Dave Nihill. "House nonsense collective" Victor and James will get the laughs rolling.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, $5)


Filmed By Bike Ticket Launch Party Add to a List
Get the inside scoop on the upcoming two-wheeled film festival Add to a List ’s 20th anniversary celebration, with a sneak peek of one of the films, discounted festival passes, merchandise, beer, munchies, and a free poster for the first 50 pass purchasers.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, free)

Goodbye Dragon Inn Add to a List
Before a dilapidated, possibly haunted Taipei theater shut its doors for good, its employees plan to show one final film: the 1967 wuxia flick Dragon Inn. An eccentric group gathers for an affectionate, funny farewell to the historic cinema. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10)


Covenhoven + Alexis Mahler Add to a List
Covenhoven, the moniker of Colorado-based multi-instrumentalist Joel Van Horne, aims to create immersive indie rock inspired by the locations in which they were written. This path remains clear on his latest album, IV, which transports the listener to an acoustic world full of "burning fires and flickering lanterns, aching hearts, and quivering violins." Singer-songwriter Alexis Mahler will start the evening with reflective folk songs played on cello.
(Al's Den, West End, $12-$15)

Crooked Looks with The Macks & Wild Ire Add to a List
Stoner-rock quartet Crooked Looks will headline an evening of fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll with support from bluesy jammers The Macks and pop-rock outfit Wild Ire.
(Stage 722, Buckman, $15)

Dylan May & The Message Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter Dylan May and his backing band The Message bring a healthy dose of harmony-driven funk-rock and folk-soul to your weekend.
(Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, Beaumont-Wilshire, $10)

Hailey Whitters with Kassi Valazza Add to a List
Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters will play in support of her latest album, Raised, a landmark album in her ten-year career that throws away the glossy modern country standards and embraces rawness, imperfection, and vulnerability. Kindred spirit Kassi Valazza will get the ball rolling with some twangy folk rock.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Holly Resnick + George Colligan Add to a List
Unwind from the work week with a relaxing evening of modern jazz soundtracked by vocalist Holly Resnick and pianist George Colligan.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Jeffery Silverstein, Smoke Bellow, and Maria Dehart Add to a List
Get swept away by Jeffery Silverstein's floaty free-form folk tunes, which are built with slide guitar, soft percussion, and reflective lyrics. Australia-born duo Smoke Bellow will start off the night with some experimental krautrock tunes along with local singer-songwriter Maria Dehart.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $5)

Lavender Blush, Vacant Stares, and No Attempt Add to a List
San Francisco-based five-piece Lavender Blush finds the intersection of dream-pop and noise-pop with their fuzzy warm sound. Local bands Vacant Stares and No Attempt will get the indie-electronic tunes flowing.
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Lo Steele & Friends Add to a List
Talented Portland singer-songwriter and poet Lo Steele will be joined by some of her talented musician friends for a late night of neo-soul.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

mehro + Faith & Majesty Add to a List
Press materials insist that rising singer-songwriter and indie-pop artist mehro is an old soul, cut from the same cloth as legendary songsmiths like Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, and Rufus Wainwright. While this is quite the bold claim, there’s no arguing that he's gained fans of all ages with both a large social media following and features on NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series. Arrive in time to catch South Florida-based indie-folk sister duo Faith & Majesty.
(Mission Theater, Northwest Portland, $12-$14)

Michael Raynor Quintet Plays the Music of Wayne Shorter (ft. Renato Caranto) Add to a List Portland/Chicago-based drummer Michael Raynor’s quintet will be joined by saxophonist Renato Caranto to play the compositions of jazz legend Wayne Shorter.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

MØAA, Rayon, and Shadowhouse Add to a List
Local darkwave artist MØAA will play some tunes off of their latest album, Jaw, after opening sets from fellow Portland punks Rayon and Shadowhouse.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Rosey Dust, Drooler, and Hell Nancy Add to a List
"Dream-pop warrior" Rosey Dust takes cues from '90s bands like Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine for his fuzzed-out indie rock. He will take the spotlight after Portland punk and powerpop outfits Drooler and Hell Nancy.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

The Brothers Jam + Jawbone Flats Add to a List
The Brothers Jam bring their Americana roots-rock style to any song they cover, with their songbook ranging from the Grateful Dead to Talking Heads. Gritty alt-country outfit Jawbone Flats, named after the Oregon ghost town, will get things started.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)


"Come As You Are" - '90s Dance Flashback Add to a List
Party like it's 1999 with a flashback of wide-ranging hits from the likes of Nirvana, Snoop Dogg, TLC, Beastie Boys, and more.
(Lola's Room, West End, $10)


Drag Bingo with Poison Waters Add to a List
This family-friendly game of drag bingo will be hosted by sparkly crowd fave Poison Waters. Play along and you might win a chic staycation at Hotel Vance.
(Hotel Vance, Downtown, $15)

The Queen's Keys with Nicole and Saint Add to a List
Live music, comedy, and storytelling come together in one epic drag show with Miss Gay Oregon XLVIII Nicole Onoscopi and Saint Syndrome, the Pacific Northwest's premier piano-playing queen. Hashtag blessed.
(The Queen's Head, Old Town-Chinatown, $5)


Earth Day Night Market Add to a List
Sustainable furniture and art shop Metalwood Salvage is celebrating their favorite holiday with a night market which will include local artists and makers, a community garden start swap, a Thirsty Bird fundraiser for Friends of Trees, and a silent auction with exclusive items benefitting Friends of Tryon Creek. Plus, it wouldn't be a proper night market without plenty of food, beer, and music.
(Metalwood Salvage, Cully, free)


2022 Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour Add to a List
This wide-ranging artist studio tour offers opportunities to meet artists throughout the Mid-Columbia Gorge area for a close-up look at their diverse processes and inspirations. Over 30 artists in Hood River, Mosier, The Dalles, Klickitat, White Salmon, Carson, and Stabler will open their studios for free, self-guided visits. 
(Various locations, free)



Celebrate Earth Day in Multnomah Village Add to a List
The ever-charming pocket of Multnomah Village will celebrate Earth with a full day of art (open galleries, an art sale, and a mural painting), live music, community activities including a clean-up and scavenger hunt, and Earth Day-themed food and drink specials at participating neighborhood businesses.
(Multnomah Village, free)

Earth Day Oregon 2022 Add to a List
Forest Park Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day with multiple stewardship opportunities throughout the park on major trails like Wildwood, Leif Erikson, and the Birch trailhead. Everything you'll need for the day will be provided, including training, tools, materials, and snacks and coffee. Registration is required and open to all.
(Forest Park, Northwest Portland, free)

SOLVE's Oregon Spring Cleanup Add to a List
The environment-focused nonprofit continues its over 50-year-old tradition by hosting dozens of cleanups at project sites across the state so we can keep Oregon clean and green for generations to come.
(Various locations, free)


Craft Service Grand Reopening Add to a List
This Record Store Day, local creative hub Craft Service is opening a snazzy new location inside of Baerlic Brewing Company. There’s much to celebrate, so buy some records, drink some beer, have a slice of pizza, and feast your eyes on some art.
(Baerlic Brewing Company, Hosford-Abernethy, free)

Record Store Day at Music Millennium Add to a List
Drag yourself out of bed bright and early this Record Store Day to get your hands on special releases, a snazzy gift bag, and a commemorative poster. Plus, coffee and granola bars will be supplied to those willing to bear the morning dew.
(Music Millennium, Kerns, free)


Center for Native Arts and Cultures Open House Add to a List
Portland, meet the Center for Native Arts and Cultures! Housed in the former Yale Union Laundry building, this brand-new gathering space celebrates Indigenous artistry and culture with ceremonies, workshops, exhibitions, and more. Check out the CNAC's inaugural exhibition, Where the Waters Come Together, and hear about the future of the dynamic space at this open house event.
(Center for Native Arts and Cultures, Central Eastside, free)


Isn't She Great: When Harry Met Sally... Add to a List
Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal gallivant around New York, wondering whether they can stay platonic pals without romance getting in the way. Portland humorists Elizabeth Teets and Anthony Hudson host this screening of writer Nora Ephron’s quintessential quip-ridden rom-com, which will open with stand-up from Lana Schwartz, author of Build Your Own Romantic Comedy.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


Annie Sea (Single Release) with Ronnie Carrier Add to a List
Soak up local vocalist Annie Sea's velvety acoustic soul sound, which is rooted in empowerment, captivating storytelling, and eco-conscious messaging. She will play in celebration of her latest single "Quarantine" alongside folk-rock singer-songwriter Ronnie Carrier who has been described as "Sarah McLachlan meets Nirvana."
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Boys 2 Gentlemen Add to a List
Boys 2 Gentlemen is a six-piece supergroup made up of members of local bands The Quick & Easy Boys and The Excellent Gentlemen with the addition of vocalist Megan Martinez. Together, they make humorous yet funky psych-rock that they describe as "booty jam."
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $12)

Exotic Physics, Truck, and Edd Party Add to a List
Portland's own Exotic Physics are an indie rock project that creates harmonious shoegaze with raging elements of metal and post-punk. They will be playing alongside like-minded noise-rock duo Truck and "pop-punk party boys" Edd Party.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $6-$8)

Ezra Weiss Sextet Add to a List
Local composer/pianist Ezra Weiss will be joined by alto saxophonist John Nastos, tenor saxophonist Devin Phillips, trumpeter Justin Copeland, bassist Jon Shaw, and drummer Alan Jones for an evening of contemporary jazz. 
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Ladies of the Rose Presents: Daughters of Melody ft. Vega Black, Sarah Clarke, Lily Wecks, and iVY Add to a List
Daughters of Melody is a genre-spanning showcase of local femme talent that aims to support, connect, and uplift artists in the community. This edition features local pop artist Vega Black, dynamic singer-songwriter Sarah Clarke, indie-pop maker Lily Wecks, and genre-defying songsmith iVY.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $12)

Nathan Earle & Guests Add to a List
PNW-based singer-songwriter and member of The Get Ahead Nathan Earle blends folk songwriting traditions with his soulful vocal delivery. He will play just ahead of the release of his debut solo album, What Are You Afraid Of?, due this fall.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $10)

Sit Pretty, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Bug Seance, and Blushing Add to a List
Feline-loving David Lynch-influenced pop quartet Sit Pretty are coming out to support their new EP, The Out Crowd Seven Inch. Dream pop group Letting Up Despite Great Faults will start things off along with shoegaze rockers Bug Seance and indie rock quartet Blushing.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

The Margos + Jake William Capistran Add to a List
Portland mainstays The Margos will transport you to another planet with their spacey alt-pop in support of their freshly released self-titled album. Soulful folk-rocker Jake William Capistran will start off the night with the help of his backing band.
(Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman, $12)

The Reason Our House is Haunted, To Bloom, Jake Soffer Trio, and Dinosaur Dance Party Add to a List
Portland's four-piece The Reason Our House is Haunted will serve up some proggy math-rock jams alongside post-hardcore quartet To Bloom, instrumental folk/roots outfit Jake Soffer Trio, and synthpop artist Dinosaur Dance Party. 
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)


Nuestro Camino Nuestro Antepasados Street Fair Add to a List
Don't miss this Latinx-focused street festival, boasting 25 local vendors, a low rider showcase from local car clubs, live mariachi music, Aztec dance performances, and mouthwatering offerings from Mexican American pop-up Lo's Burgers.
(140 NW 4th Ave, Old Town-Chinatown, free)


Zine Release: This House of Mine: Kelly Fry, Arch Cape, Jenny Conlee, Dan Hunt, and Drum Improv Add to a List
Come out for snacks and conversation in celebration of This House of Mine, a collaborative zine about our emotional relationship with our physical bodies. Zine contributors will be present for this release shindig, and copies will be available for purchase!
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, Humboldt, free)



House of Hyjinx Heavy Hitters Add to a List
Comedian and actor Curtis Cook, who once appeared as a perilous parker in a Portlandia skit, headlines this night of laughs. Comics Jamal Coleman, Kayla Evans, Mickey Gibson, Rachelle Cochran, and Amanda Lynn Deal will join in on the fun, and DJ Wildchild will set the musical vibes.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $12-$15)


Church of Film: The Boxer Add to a List
Psychedelic and Rockyesque, legendary director/counterculture king Shuji Terayama's The Boxer follows Tenma, a young boxer who accidentally kills ex-boxing champ Hayato's brother. The two form a weird bond when Hayato agrees to become Tenma's boxing coach. The Boxer might be Terayama's most accessible film; most of his work veers toward the arty and avant-garde.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)

To Bear Witness Add to a List
Presented by The Immigrant Story and NW Documentary, this compilation of five documentary shorts will be screened in observance of Genocide Awareness Month. The films share first-person accounts of genocide, each with a strong throughline of survival. Sankar Raman, president of The Immigrant Story, will moderate a panel talk with Emmanuel Turaturanye from Rwanda, Saron Khut from Cambodia, and genocide studies scholar Dr. Amanda Byron Singer after the screening.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, free)


Bryant Allard's "Antidotes" Sextet Add to a List
Portland trumpeter Bryant Allard will breathe new life into swinging straight-ahead jazz classics with the help of his talented sextet. 
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Eric Fury Add to a List
Portland-via-Brooklyn DJ/producer Eric Fury will help close up your weekend with some house, experimental dance, and alternative hip-hop jams.
(Produce Row Cafe, Buckman, Free)

French Jessica and the Trash Champagne, duo lux, and Haunting Chad Add to a List
Alaska-based art-rock duo French Jessica and the Trash Champagne will fill your night with off-beat tunes they describe as "music for sad people at a carnival" beside local singer-songwriter duo lux and Haunting Chad.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $5-$7)

The Gold Souls Add to a List
Northern California's The Gold Souls will jam some groovin' funk, blues, and soul in support of their latest album, Downtown Sound.
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $15)

Goose Hollow, El Sobrante, and Gata Galática Add to a List
Portland trio Goose Hollow brings their Americana-tinged indie rock filled with banjo picking, electric riffs, and heavy-hitting rhythms. El Sobrante and Gata Galática will round out the proceedings with some bilingual punk and garage rock.
(McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

HIVE 18 Year Anniversary Add to a List
HIVE, one of Portland's longest-running goth, industrial, and darkwave nights, is celebrating its 18-year anniversary with live performances from experimental synth-pop duo Xibling, death-rock outfit Atriarch, dark ambient project The Wheal, local goths Box, and spooky artist Bobby Lugosi. Plus, anticipate sets from DJs Skully and Nervosa, go-go dancers, and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight. 
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $10)

Mueven con DJ Aloso & Chaach Add to a List
Dance the night away to a mix of Latin, house, cumbia, electronic, and dance bangers from DJs Aloso and Chaach.
(No Fun, Buckman, free)

Penny Wishes (Album Release Show) with The Rare Forms and Nick Normal Add to a List
Bounce around Penny Wishes' Breeders-like jangly alt-rock as they celebrate the release of their new album, Gibberish Words, with support from Portland punks five-piece The Rare Forms and Nick Normal.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)

Rhythm Wreckers Dance Band Swing Night Add to a List
Portland-based ensemble The Rhythm Wrecker Dance Band will continue their mission of making danceable bops suitable for lindy hop and swing.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

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)


Drag Show Add to a List
I mean, the name of this event really cuts straight to the chase. C'mon down to the saloon to see some comedy and drag from some of Portland's finest entertainers hosted by Coco Jem Holiday and Autumn Rainz Hart.
(Montavilla Saloon, Montavilla, free)


Miller Family Free Day Add to a List
Free opportunities to view Frida Kahlo's paintings don't come along every day. At this month's Miller Family Free Day, you can see Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Add to a List (timed-entry ticket reservations highly recommended)and catch up on the rest of the museum's current offerings, too. Fresh merchandise from local artists can be found in the Numz Bodega Add to a List .
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, free)



Earth Day Policy Ride Add to a List
Saddle up your two-wheeler and join BikeLoud West and Bureau of Environmental Services tree expert Lea Wilson as they guide you on a two-hour ride during which you'll learn about bioswales and street trees. These two urban features are quiet workhorses for the environment and in making cities more livable, plus research has shown that the presence of trees along streets provides a "traffic calming effect."
(Director Park, Downtown, free, Friday & Sunday)


Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," this boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy begins with an unlikely hero: an overworked laundromat owner struggling with her taxes. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, multiverse explorer, martial arts aficionado, and world saver.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Dan Lam: Personal Legend Add to a List
In college, Dan Lam was told by a professor that her work was "too pretty." The artist now explores the notion of excessive beauty through globular clouds, vibrant bubbles and drips, and translucent embryonic forms, using foam, acrylic, and resin to bring life to her trippy vision. Like colorful aliens, Lam's sculptures are both alluring and repulsive at once, challenging the viewer's notions of desire and disgust.
(Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman, free, Friday-Saturday)

Kurtis Hough: New Brain Add to a List
For two years, Kurtis Hough grew and photographed nearly half a million time-lapse images of slime molds. The result? A 17-minute experimental film that evokes neurons, fractals, and galaxies. Really makes you think!
(Art at the Cave, Vancouver, free, Friday-Saturday)

MOsley WOtta: Black Matter Add to a List
Artist MOsley WOtta's new mural at Souvenir covers all four walls of the gallery space, enveloping viewers in graphic visuals and poetic text fragments.  The installation marks the final show of the Black Matter Showcase series in Portland, which spotlit Oregon-based Black artists. WOtta's mural was curated by Oregon City-based artist and curator Tammy Jo Wilson with Art in Oregon.
(Souvenir Gallery, Alberta, free, Friday-Sunday)

Rick Silva: PEAKING Add to a List
Brazilian American artist Rick Silva's PEAKING marks the second exhibition in Oregon Contemporary's Site series. Silva's solo exhibition centers his video work, which considers the "geologic deep-time" of the Cascade mountain region and beyond through references to graphing and data sets. Ashley Stull Meyers curated this exhibition—the writer and public programmer continues to bring diverse, cool, and challenging exhibitions to the West Coast.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday)

Told and Untold: Heather Lee Birdsong and Rachael Zur Add to a List
Heather Lee Birdsong and Rachael Zur create paintings that hold fragments of grief and domestic life simultaneously, depicting architectural spaces and Pacific Northwest forests as narrators of lives lived and lost.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; closing)

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