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63 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: May 13-15, 2022

Bans Off Portland, Oregon Rises Above Hate, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
May 13, 2022
Wish DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid a happy anniversary to their long-running dance night Tropitaal. (DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid)
Despite the ominous narrative of Friday the 13th, it’s actually your lucky day—we’ve got a packed roundup of weekend events that won’t break the bank and will save you the stress of planning. Read on for all of the options, from Bans Off Portland with Planned Parenthood to Oregon Rises Above Hate and from Portland Art Picnic to Tropitaal 9-Year Anniversary Party.

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Butter: The Comedy Show Add to a List
The silliness continues! This edition of Butter, a recurring comedy show, features Seth Allen, Lee Tillman, Jamie Carbone, Jamar Pitts, and "house nonsense collective" Victor and James. Brett "Breadstick" Sisun will turn up for some groovy tunes.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, $5)


Wyrd War presents Soylent Green Add to a List
The future is now! Snag some yummy(?) "Soylent Green" in the lobby before settling in for this screening of Richard Fleischer's 1973 dystopic sci-fi thriller. Soylent Green takes place in 2022, in a world where climate change has led to ecological disaster and rich elites are mysteriously sustained despite the crisis. (Doesn't sound familiar at all.) 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


Alexandra Savior Add to a List
With a voice that sounds like it was cut straight from the era when Nancy Sinatra reigned supreme, the music of Portland-based singer-songwriter Alexandra Savior conjures haunted dolls, patterned carpet, and the chill of a forest in winter. It’s cinematic and full of longing. After working with Alex Turner on her 2017 debut Belladonna of Sadness (which admittedly sounds Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino-adjacent), her latest album, The Archer, borrows all the old-school synthesizers and pairs it with a ’70s Italian-horror mood. “Crying All the Time” purrs with a woozy sophisticated sadness while “Howl” shimmers with synths, held down by an ominous bass line. JAS KEIMIG
(Mission Theater, Northwest Portland, $10-$12)

Bestial Mouths + Licorice Chamber + S.L.U.T. Add to a List
This dance night of dark music will include spellbinding live sets from electro-goth artist Bestial Mouths, dark pop soothsayer Licorice Chamber, and glam-industrial gem S.L.U.T. (that stands for Sweet Love Under Tyranny), as well as some goth, industrial, electro, '80s, and EBM from bops from DJs Crankenstein and Formaldehyde.
(Coffin Club, Buckman, $13)

Cellotronik Add to a List
Sit back and enjoy the captivating sounds of the cello from skilled cellist Skip von Kuske, known for his textural arrangements that sprinkle in mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals, digital elements, and programmed beats for a unique twist on the classical instrument.
(Edgefield Winery Tasting Room, Troutdale, free)

Dan Balmer's Quiet Trio Add to a List
One of only five musicians to be a member of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and The Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame, guitarist Dan Balmer has established himself as a staple of the Portland jazz scene. He will be accompanied by bassist Bill Athens and drummer Chris Lee for an evening of contemporary jazz.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Doink!, Sweet N' Juicy, and Soul Vibrator Add to a List
Eugene-based hip-hop quartet Doink! spit quick narrative rhymes backed by nostalgic soul rhythms. Fruit-themed comedy-rock band Sweet N' Juicy will start off the night alongside groovy brass band Soul Vibrator.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $10)

Freak Daddy, athing (DJ Set), & Jan Julius Add to a List
Electro-pop artist Freak Daddy, the project of artist Uriel Metzger, pulls inspiration from experimental heroes like Björk, Sophie, and Nine Inch Nails for his shapeshifting tunes that aim to "reclaim the transphobic trope of the gender-bending anti-hero." The night will get started with a set from DJ athing and Rhode Island hyperpop artist Jan Julius.
(The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Laryssa Birdseye Add to a List
Revel in an evening of Portland-based singer-songwriter Laryssa Birdseye's emotional Americana-influenced ballads and pop anthems in support of her latest EP, Wildfire.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $15)

Left On Tenth, Analog Brass, and BR Mount and the Doubt Add to a List
Portland's own Left on Tenth will play an eclectic mix of reggae-influenced grooves, hard rock, and slow ballads with support from pop-funk group Analog Brass and "folkadelic" rockers BR Mount and The Doubt.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10-$12)

Makeshift Casual + Avocado Tuna Add to a List
Dance your cares away to some "moody & groovy" rock from Corvallis-based quartet Makeshift Casual whose influences include The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Blink-182. Fellow Oregon State University alum Avocado Tuna will start the evening off with their funkified indie rock.
(White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

Noah Simpson Organ Trio Add to a List
Settle in for an evening of post-bop jazz and neo-soul stylings from trumpet player Noah Simpson and his backing band, which includes organist George Colligan and drummer Alan Jones.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Pura Vida Orquesta Add to a List
Hang out with the masterful musicians from the Latin and tropical music ensemble Pura Vida Orquesta who will be jamming salsa music through the night.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, $15)

Sontag Shogun x Lau Nau with Wild Card Add to a List
NYC-and Montreal-based electronic trio Sontag Shogun will celebrate the release of their new experimental collaborative album with Finnish composer Lau Nau, Valo Siroutuu, a meditation on place, time, nature, home, play, and language. Ambient electronic project Wild Card will get the tunes flowing.
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, Humboldt, $5-$15)

The Mistons, Hollow Sidewalks, and Club Deluxe Add to a List
Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Sean Croghan (Crackerbash, Jr. High, Pynnacles) and drummer Micah Kassell make up this garage duo that dips into "the stratosphere of urgent rock needed in this crazy time." Post-punk band Hollow Sidewalks and indie rockers Club Deluxe will support.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $10)

The Pack A.D. with See Night & The Weaklings Add to a List
Back in 2019, Mercury contributor Emily Vankoughnett wrote: "Vancouver's The Pack A.D. is a duo of fire-breathing, whiskey-slugging badass babes. They blend heavy, rushing guitar, smoky vocals, and thundering lyrics that tell stories of dark pasts and looming revenge. The combination's guaranteed to turn any venue into a stadium show." The pair will ignite the stage after opening sets from San Francisco indie-rock project See Night and Portland garage punks The Weaklings.
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)

Veradas, Dead Silhouettes, and Time Theft Add to a List
Get transported into a world of swirling psychedelia with local psych-garage rockers Veradas after opening sets from gothy electronic project Dead Silhouettes and indie rock quartet Time Theft. 
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)


Leave Me On Read Add to a List
Read receipts leave a trail of socially awkward chaos in their wake. (Who invented read receipts, anyway? We just wanna talk.) Performance artists will discuss the pressing issue plaguing modern-day dating, sharing their stories of being vulnerable and getting ghosted. See, you're not alone.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $13-$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)


Nordic Vintage and Treasure Sale Add to a List
Hygge your heart out at this market of Nordic goodies like dishes, linens, apparel, and collectible treasures. Chances are good that you'll find a cool new addition for your living space, and it's for a good cause—all proceeds benefit Nordic Northwest's year-round cultural programming.
(Nordic Northwest, Southwest Portland, free)


Here and Now Add to a List
This exhibition celebrates ten years of painterly pottery by LA-based ceramics studio K&R. Here and Now includes a series of vessels, platters, and ceramic tiles that embody the earthy, textural aesthetic of Kat Hutter and Roger Lee's work.
(Eutectic Gallery, Kerns, free)



Oregon Rises Above Hate Add to a List
Join the Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community in celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month with performances from Leela Indian Dance and Rose City Island Dance, speeches by Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal and Metro Councilor Duncan Hwang, open houses at cultural heritage institutions in Old Town-Chinatown, an evening vigil honoring ancestors, and much more.
(Flanders Festival Street, Old Town-Chinatown, free)


Bans Off Portland with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Add to a List
The Supreme Court's recently leaked draft opinion might lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Stand up and sound off for safe, legal reproductive health care at this event hosted by Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. 
(Location TBA, free)


Sorry Not Sorry Add to a List
This monthly showcase centers stand-up from women, LGBTQIA+, and POC comics. Headlined by Willamette Week's Portland's Funniest Five awardee Noah Watson, the audience will also hear from funny favorites Patti Mansbach, Carlos Kareem Windham, and Andrea Menchaca.
(Leikam Brewing, Mount Tabor, free)


Black Sabbath Add to a List
I once watched this '63 anthology horror alone at home, and I best recall the first tale of a woman terrorized by killer phone calls, which echoes *that* Drew Barrymore scene in Scream with an eerie familiarity. Directed by the macabre Mario Bava and introduced by creepy icon Boris Karloff, the trio of scary tales also includes a story of a weirdo Russian count and the haunted corpse of a woman who dies during a seance. Have fun!
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


Acoustic Minds + ReverbHunter Add to a List
Gear up for an adventurous night of local music headlined by the soulful dance-pop group Acoustic Minds after an ethereal set from singer-songwriter ReverbHunter.
(White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)

Brigid's Crossing Add to a List
IRL husband-wife-daughter trio Brigid's Crossing out of Hood River, OR began playing their Irish fiddle-fueled folk/bluegrass at local farmers' markets before releasing three albums and touring around the PNW. Join them for an evening of playful Celtic tunes while you take a peek at Edgefield's impressive wine selection. 
(Edgefield Winery Tasting Room, Troutdale, free)

Heaven Skate & Mr Beautiful Add to a List
Portland-based singer-songwriter Heaven Skate will bring his country-tinged alt-rock sounds out for a hometown show alongside like-minded seven-piece Mr. Beautiful. (The Sïx, Sunnyside, $10)

Machado Mijiga Trio Add to a List
Classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Machado Mijiga will take a seat at the drum set alongside pianist Dylan Hayes and bassist Garrett Baxter for a sonic melding of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Malcolm Noble & Cool Breeze Add to a List
Local group Cool Breeze, led by local legend Malcolm Noble (of the pioneering '70s funk outfit Shock) will play all the funkiest R&B, boogie, and classic soul that your heart desires.
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $12)

No. 2 Add to a List
'90s supergroup No. 2, which consists of Neil Gust of Heatmiser, Gilly Ann Hanner of Calamity Jane, and Paul Pulvirenti of Eyelids, pulls from the "fuzzy hooks of T-Rex, the heart-cracking harmonies of X, and the pole vaulting riffs and queer subtext of The B-52s" for their pioneering queercore sound. The trio will light up the stage alongside "art trash" outfit Desír and indie rock outfit Tenlons Fort.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $12)

Pablo Rivarola Add to a List
Rising Portland trumpet player Pablo Rivarola will recreate the classic sounds of '90s hip-hop with the help of keyboardist Rob Araujo, bassist Sam Arnold, and drummer Machado Mijiga.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Pigeon Milk Scores a Movie!: Stalker Add to a List
Wanna hear something trippy? This screening of Andrei Tarkovsky's post-apocalypse Soviet sci-fi Stalker will feature a live soundtrack by Pigeon Milk, Portland's "hypofunk space freakout synth trio." Mind blown.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman, $5)

Radio Clash (Clash Tribute) with Luther’s Boots Add to a List
The West Coast's premier Clash cover band Radio Clash will "rock the casbah" with a night full of faithful renditions of the British punk band's iconic hits. Singing duo Luther's Boots will start the night with originals as well as covers from the one and only Johnny Cash.
(The Fixin' To, St. Johns, $12)

Shaylee, Public Pool, and Wing Vilma Add to a List
Shaylee is an indie rock project that creates dreamy lush music that’s been coined "chamber rock." They will be playing just after the release of their album, Short​-​Sighted Security, with support from indie rockers Public Pool and singer-songwriter Wing Vilma.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown, $8-$10)

Static Shadows, Forest Ray, and Zero Angle Add to a List
Enjoy several different shades of rock with grit 'n' soul quartet Static Shadows, trippy garage rock outfit Forest Ray, and '90s inspired folk-rockers Zero Angle. 
(No Fun, Buckman, $8)

Street Cleaner + Moris Blak + Watch Out For Snakes Add to a List
San Diego's Street Cleaner brings his dark blend of synthwave up the coast with help from industrial dance wizard Moris Blak and video game music-inspired artist Watch Out For Snakes.
(Coffin Club, Buckman, $12-$15)

The Israelites and The Cascadians Add to a List
Mellow out with the Oregon-by-way-of-Southern California ska, rocksteady, and reggae outfit The Israelites alongside kindred spirits The Cascadians.
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10)

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 Warm Up: Kahlil Khalil, Majik9, Wavy Josef, Sotae, and Verbz Add to a List
After going on a hiatus and closing its doors back in December 2021, Northeast Portland’s Church Bar recently resurrected under new management. The Southern- and church-themed drinking and dancing spot is finally back on its beloved “eat, drink, repent” bullshit. What better way to celebrate Church’s return than by getting lit with a night of live music from Portland native rapper Kahlil Khalil’s The Warm Up—a stellar hip-hop bill he curated—featuring producer/rapper/singer Majik9, producer/songwriter/engineer Wavy Josef, and rapper/singer/songwriter Sotae. JENNI MOORE
(Church Bar, Kerns, $10)

Waterfront Blues Festival Community Concert Add to a List
Get an early taste of this year's Waterfront Blues Festival Add to a List with an afternoon of soul, funk, and blues from Portland legends the LaRhonda Steele Band, Norman Sylvester, Outer Orbit, Sarah Clarke, and Tevis Hodge Jr.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free)

Tropitaal 9-Year Anniversary Party with Anjali and The Incredible Kid and World Hood Add to a List
Shake your booty in celebration of the ninth anniversary of Tropitaal, a dance party that blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique and energizing flavor. Resident DJs Anjali, The Incredible Kid, and Daniela Karina along with guests World Hood and Adam McCollom will spin sets with a focus on Latin, Caribbean, and South Asian music.
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $15)


Broadway Books 30th Anniversary Celebration Add to a List
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved Sullivan's Gulch bookshop at this lit-loving party and sale. (There'll be cupcakes, a photobooth, and a Broadway Books jigsaw puzzle!) Throw on your Broadway Books t-shirt or hoodie for an additional discount.
(Broadway Books, Sullivan's Gulch, free)


Portland Art Picnic Add to a List
The forecast predicts rain clouds this weekend, but hey, Portland weather isn't known for its consistency. You might want to grab a blanket and some snacks for this cute picnic event anyway! Free to the public, you'll find an outdoor gallery and sale featuring over five dozen local artists in Alberta Park. Expect paintings, wearables, stickers, and more.
(Alberta Park, Concordia, free)



Church of Film: Pulgasari Add to a List
North Korea makes monster movies, too. In this 1985 flick, a dying blacksmith forges a dreadful creature in iron. The Godzillaesque beast might just come in handy when a gaggle of oppressed villagers seeks to overturn their feudal overlord. Rumor suggests that director Shin Sang-ok was kidnapped and forced to make films such as this by fun-loving cinephile and future DPRK dictator Kim Jong-il.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt, free)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 35mm Add to a List
Keenen Ivory Wayans writes, directs, and stars in this 1988 blaxploitation satire. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka follows a cool dude and a team of has-been crime fighters seeking revenge against a white crime boss causing havoc in the neighborhood. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)

Rude Boy Add to a List
In this part-narrative, part-documentary flick, a Soho sex-shop ruffian links up with Joe Strummer and abandons his post to become a roadie for The Clash. The 1980 film sees the band at the height of its success, featuring extensive footage of the punk legends on tour and in the studio.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10)

The Decline of Western Civilization Add to a List
This landmark punk doc put director and rock 'n' roll expert Penelope Spheeris on the map (she went on to direct Wayne's World in 1992). The Decline of Western Civilization is an unflinching portrayal of the Los Angeles punk scene, featuring interviews and performances by X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Germs, and Alice Bag Band.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


Davi & Chitty Add to a List
Bring your weekend to a close with some soul and R&B throwbacks sung by local vocalist duo Davi & Chitty, who are known for crooning classics from Aaliyah to Sam Cooke.
(Alberta Street Pub, King, $8)

DJ Kitty McKlaine Add to a List
PNW native Kitty McKlaine will soundtrack your Sunday evening with '80s synth-pop, dance, and contemporary electronic tunes pulled from her extensive vinyl collection.
(Produce Row Cafe, Buckman, free)

Galen Clark Trio Add to a List
Portland-based keyboardist and composer Galen Clark will step out from his role in soul-jazz ensemble Trio Subtonic for an intimate performance rounded out by guitarist Trent Baarspul and drummer Micah Hummel.
(The 1905, Boise, $15)

Heaven/Heavens Add to a List
Organist Katherine Burk will perform a meditative program of celestial sounds inspired by "images and ideas of what lies beyond our earthly realm." Anticipate hearing compositions by Erik Santos, Cecilia McDowall, Nicolas de Grigny, Marcel Dupré, and Olivier Messiaen.
(First Presbyterian Church, Downtown, free)

Odonis Odonis with Gel Set Add to a List
Boasting of their inclination toward "post-apocalyptic experimentation," Toronto darkwave trio Odonis Odonis will come to town supporting their latest release, Spectrums. The evening will open up with a performance from "weirdo synth" artist Gel Set.
(Holocene, Buckman, $13)

Ophelia with DJs Lu & kp Add to a List
Embrace the dark side with Ophelia, a monthly dance party with witch house and other dark sounds from DJs Lu & kp.
(No Fun, Buckman, free)

Sundae Jams Add to a List
Within Lake Oswego's hub of beloved Portland restaurants, donut shop Fills will host a weekly music series for you to enjoy while you fill up on sweet treats, and partake in tastings of spirits, beer, and wine. This weekend, boogie down with ragtime and jazz band Boy & Bean while sipping on some Fast Penny Spirits.
(Mercato Grove, Lake Oswego, free)

Sunday Sessions: Night Heron & CHAD Add to a List
Rontoms’ Sunday Sessions have been truly killing it this spring, with expertly-curated Sunday evening shows that look even better now that warmer weather is right around the corner. This weekend Rontoms’ features the neo-soul, psychedelic, and synth pop-infused sounds of Portland-based five-piece Night Heron. After indie pop-rock band CHAD open show, Night Heron will, no doubt, treat listeners to live versions of their most recent vibey full-length, Instructions For the Night, which dropped last May. All 10 songs feel like an ultra-smooth soundtrack, ideal for late night drives. The sounds on this project are so damn relaxing, and perfect for setting the mood for wind-down time, smoke sessions, and of course, coitus. Indeed, Instructions for the Night will create lovely bar atmosphere, while you sip on a citrus-forward Rontoms’ Sour or go to town on one of their excellent grilled cheese sandwich plates with housemade tomato bisque. JENNI MOORE
(Rontoms, Buckman, free)

The Columbians Add to a List
Listen to a mix of acoustic bluegrass and Americana sounds courtesy of Spud Siegel on mandolin, Joel Marshal on guitar, and Bill Uhlig on upright bass.
(Edgefield Winery Tasting Room, Troutdale, free)

Triple Rainbow, June Magnolia, and High Heat Add to a List
Triple Rainbow, a trio consisting of Tender Loving Empire's co-founder Jared Mees and his two daughters July and Piper, explore the "silly and sensitive sides of childhood" through a delightful mixture of acoustic folk, indie-rock, pop, and danceable beats. Folk-infused indie-pop project June Magnolia will join alongside rock 'n' rollers High Heat. 
(White Eagle Saloon, Eliot, $10)



Celebrate Our Stories: AANHPI Heritage Month Add to a List
Expect Cantonese opera costumes, a Polynesian dance troupe, mahjong, origami, and more at this celebration of AANHPI heritage. Throughout May, over 20 AANHPI organizations, performers, and artists will share their cultural traditions with garden guests through informal storytelling, a community photo board, performances, demonstrations, and more.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, $14, Friday-Sunday)


Hamlet Add to a List
In a present-day, feminist take on the iconic play, this production of Hamlet asks new questions of its iconic characters and highlights the sly humor embedded in the story. (Check out The Northman Add to a List afterward for a looser interpretation of the tale.) (The Headwaters Theatre, Piedmont, $15, Friday-Sunday)

Twelfth Night Add to a List
The Young Professionals at OCT will take to the stage for a 90-minute adaptation of the Bard's slapstick tale of mistaken identity. The raucous comedy will be performed by a small, six-person cast.
(Brunish Hall, South Park Blocks, $12-$15, Friday-Sunday)


Calling Invisible Doctors Add to a List
Self-taught oil painter James Lavadour's Calling Invisible Doctors is the first exhibition in PDX Contemporary Art's new Slabtown location.
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, free, Friday-Saturday)

Henk Pander, The Artist as Eyewitness to History Add to a List
Portland-based artist Henk Pander responds to 2020's racial justice protests in this exhibition of four large-scale works. Born in the Netherlands in 1937, Pender is an experienced painter of historical events, having drawn inspiration from his memories of World War II, the Vietnam War, September 11, and more in his works.
(Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, North Park Blocks, $5-$8, Friday-Saturday)

Pacific Northwest Lens Summit Add to a List
I'm no cinema lens aficionado, but this sounds pretty inspiring. The Lens Summit is back as an in-person event this year, showcasing the coolest new cinema lens technology from nearly 30 local and international manufacturers. Bonus: it's free! (Koerner Camera Systems, Hosford-Abernethy, free, Friday-Saturday)

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