Forgot to make plans this weekend? Fear not. As per usual, we've rounded up some choice picks to fill your free time that require little fuss. 2021 has been no less rough than 2020, but the Portland comedy scene is coming to the rescue and lightening the mood with outstanding free showcases like Dead Comics Society and Sorry Not Sorry. This weekend is also the first of two for the Portland Open Studios Tour, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to check out the inner sanctums of over 100 local artists. For more ideas, check out our guide to the best things to do this week or our guide to fall festivities.
Dead Comics Society: The 2021-ening!
Chase Brockett hosts yet another fresh installment of Rogue Eastside's free stand-up showcase, pairing sets from an array of local and national comedians with delicious Rogue beer. Portland finest comics will take the mic: Jake Silberman (Willamette Week Funniest 5 winner), Wendy Weiss (Portland Mercury Undisputable Genius of Comedy), and Adam Pasi (Portland's Funniest Person 2019 per Helium Comedy Club).
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, Buckman (free)
Power Hour is technically two hours—one to pregame on $2 cocktails (7-8 pm), then another to be entertained by local drag performers.
Local Lounge, King (free)
Tommy Ray, Feral Spells
This "experimental psych bedroom pop" band will feature singer/songwriter Tommy Ray (who also serves as guitarist for local band The Cry). Support will come from "magic band" Feral Spells, whose new album, Mana, Phase I, is "about being a wizard & conjuring a world of love & acceptance."
Kelly’s Olympian, Downtown ($5)
Part of Converge 45's Portland's Memorials and Monuments Project (PMMP), this exhibition starts a discourse on the intersection of artistry and civic engagement, imploring the public to ask not just who gets memorialized but by whom, when, why, and how? Explore a collection of artwork, projects, and proposals from over 30 artists who examine the past and future of public monuments.
Skanska USA Building, Pearl District (free; closing)
FOOD & DRINK
Portland Mercury’s Wing Week
Have a pile of napkins at the ready while you dig into a plate of $6 specially-sauced drums and flats at 24 of Portland's best bars and restaurants. Maybe have some carrot and celery sticks for good measure... or don't.
Various locations ($6)
An exploration of housing justice in the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, this exhibition features a video essay from multimedia artist Sarah Rara, who delivers a glimpse into the tenant-landlord relationship, anxiety, motherhood, and resilience. Explaining how the piece came to fruition, Rara writes: “Eight years ago, I began recording accounts of every interaction I had with landlords and developers, compiling a substantial multi-volume binder of photographs, notes, documents. I never intended for these notes to form the basis of an artwork, I was collecting evidence to protect myself and fellow tenants from illegal evictions. But after years of observing and documenting, I began adding poems to the binder as a way of processing, as a kind of power reversal."
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (free)
FOOD & DRINK
Moles & Stews Festival
In continuation of Portland Mercado's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the collective will offer complex and traditional moles from Oaxaca and stews from all over Latin America and beyond to warm your heart and soul. We can't think of a better way to start off soup season.
Portland Mercado, Mt. Scott-Arleta (free)
Apothecary Wellness Cafe Grand Opening Party
The Brothers Apothecary will celebrate the grand opening of its new Apothecary Cafe. Preview the menu of teas, fresh-pressed juices, superfood lattes, smoothies, and other beverages. The store will also feature games and give away over $100 in prizes.
The Apothecary Wellness Cafe, Mississippi (free)
Multitalented Joshy Soul wears a lot of hats, singer and model being chief among the list which also includes writer, producer, art director, stylist, and "roller-skating provocateur." His feel-good debut single "Celebration" will get you grooving during this show which will also include a performance from thom.ko.
Doug Fir Lounge, East Burnside ($12)
Rose City Band
Just one of guitarist Ripley Johnson's three musical projects, Rose City Band serves as a personal creative outlet and produces songs of the country rock variety. On his latest album, Earth Trip, he explores recurring themes "such as pining for summers spent in the company of friends to newer meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world." The hometown lineup will include Mouth Painter and Saloli.
Mississippi Studios, Mississippi ($15)
The Maker’s Fair
Makers Union PDX is putting together two of Portland's favorite things—beer and makers—in this street fair where you can shop locally made goods, enjoy some craft brews from co-hosts Hammer & Stitch, and grab a bite or two.
Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., Northwest (free)
Pomarius Plein Air’s Wild Roots Farm & Friends
Join Pomarius Nursery for their Plein Air market with local Wild Roots Farm and other members of the Portland food community. Browse fresh produce, artisan-made goods, indoor and outdoor plants, and other wares in a lovely leafy setting.
Pomarius Nursery, Slabtown (free)
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Gorge yourself on free all-you-can-eat pancakes (we love breakfast for dinner!) while you check out live art and body painting, booths from over 50 local artists, and DJ sets during this L.A.-based traveling art show. It'll be a flippin' good time.
Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne ($15)
Sorry Not Sorry Comedy Showcase
Portland comedians Marietje Hauprich, Julia Corral, and Eliza Butler host this monthly standup showcase featuring women, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC comics. This month, Dylan Carlino (Willamette Week's Funniest Five), Portland Mercury Undisputable Genius of Comedy Wendy Weiss, and Sabrena Contreras will coax laughs from the crowd. Folks will also be able to enjoy pints from host Leikam Brewing and pupusas from Salvi PDX.
Leikam Brewing, Mt. Tabor (free)
Hot Girl Summer: Cardi Party
It's now sad girl fall, but you can still relive hot girl summer during this dance party in honor of Libra queen Cardi B's birthday. DJ Ronin Roc and some special guests will be spinning all the songs of the summer from Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, City Girls, and more. Partial proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood to help in the fight against the Texas abortion ban.
Morrison Market, Buckman ($5)
Afrobeats Gyrate with DJs Nayiram, Anzo, Selectress Marco
Move your body to the beat at this global club sounds dance party with sets by DJs Nayiram, Anzo, and Selectress Marco.
Holocene, Buckman ($10 adv, $15 door)
A chamber ensemble—including three vocalists and five instrumentalists—will perform the music from a new chamber work about the eccentric 19th century composer Erik Satie. The organizers note that this is a "concert performance," rather than a staging of the work, so don't expect costumes or sets, but do expect music that "delves into the mind of a creative genius whose unique ability to think outside the box resonates as a precursor of neurodiversity today."
Imago Theatre, East Burnside ($15)
Gateway Green Dig Day
Lend the Northwest Trail Alliance a helping hand as they put the final touches on a new gravity line that has to be changed due to TriMet’s Better Red project (an extension of the MAX red line). Consider this your workout *and* good deed for the day, then enjoy the urban bike park afterward.
Gateway Green, Gateway District (free)
Portland Open Studios Tour 2021
Get an inside look at the studios of over 100 participating artists across the city who represent a vast variety of mediums. You'll get to take a glimpse at works in progress and chat with artists about their process in this unique and intimate opportunity.
Various locations (free)
The Superstar Divas get spooky in this seasonal edition of their megashow. Resident divas Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Hart, and Isaiah Esquire will be joined by Baby LaStrange, Johnny Nuriel, Nick Sinn, and more.
CC Slaughters, Old Town-Chinatown ($15+)