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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Portland This Weekend: Sept 24-26, 2021

Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery, GeekCraft Expo, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
September 24, 2021
Check out all manner of illustrated creatures at Mike Bennett's Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery! (Mike Bennett Art)

Even though fall officially started this week, it looks like we’ll be able to squeeze in one last bit of summer this weekend. And there's a whole host of fun things to do both outdoors and in without spending the big bucks. The acclaimed comedy show Wild Wild Christian tells one woman’s wild experience at a Christian summer camp, the GeekCraft Expo offers an impressive selection of pop culture-related handmade merch, plus so much more. Read on for all the convenient and affordable offerings at your disposal this weekend. 

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Wild Wild Christian
Fans of the 2018 Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country, this one’s for you. This comedy show takes you through comedian Simone McAlonen’s journey through puberty, spiritual evolution, and sexual frustration....all while living at a Christian summer camp. Written with material from McAlonen’s middle school journals, get a glimpse of what happened to the sprawling property that infamously used to be known as Rajneeshpuram. The Portland Mercury’s Blair Stenvick writes, “Some of the biggest laughs come when McAlonen’s references the Rajneeshees—she thanks God for starting a fire that burns down a key cult leader’s home on the camp property—but the most effective parts of the play focus on the inherent contradictions that come with being an adolescent in any kind of devout culture.
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown ($10-$15)


Madam GoLong + MonoNeon
Crystal JaVell Martin aka Madam Go-Long will jam out on the drums while Dywane Thomas, Jr. aka MonoNeon slaps the bass (left-handed and upside down!) for a night of funky good tunes all around.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($15)

Pondo Presents: The Boondock Boys
A small town band that boasts a big sound, this group’s wheelhouse is classic/southern rock and country. They'll be playing a mixture of covers of everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Chris Stapleton along with original music.
Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, Bridgeton($15)


Portland Opera: From Puccini to Porter & Everything in Between
Portland Opera singers will be dressed to the nines for this show that’s as "effervescent as the bubbles in your favorite champagne." Come for the recognizable arias and stay for the lesser-known Broadway hits.
Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro ($5 - $8)



Portraits of Them
After a year of documenting their experience with low-dose testosterone through monthly portraits, artist Ursa Nüffer-Rodriguez presents this multimedia exhibition which includes video, photos, audio experiences and sculptures, offering a different narrative of (trans)gender becoming than the idealistic, linear portrayal that is often fed to us.
Tips on Failing, Boise (suggested donation)

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)

Mia Farrington | Place
This new collection from painter Mia Farrington draws inspiration from Oregon’s vibrant natural wonder the Painted Hills in her visual exploration of place.
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman (free)



Frog Pond Farm Pumpkin Patch
Get up close and personal with over 80 animals of 15 different species at this McMinnville farm, which will also offer over 20 different fun farm activities for the autumn season. Stick around 'til night time for Frog Pond's spooky farm walk, which will take you through a quarter-mile of forest and farm trails with scares aplenty along the way.
Frog Pond Farm, Wilsonville (free)


Dark vs. Light
Portland-based artist Samantha Fisher uses watercolor, acrylic, pen, and ink for her interpretation of classic tarot cards. Although you won't be able to do a reading with the meticulously handcrafted card deck, the vibrant illustrations might still speak to you.
Blind Insect Gallery, Concordia (free)

Dinh Q. Lê - Monuments and Memorials
Monuments and Memorials 
is a fascinating series of large-scale photo weavings by Dinh Q. Lê. Meant to reflect "on collective memory and architectural commemoration" the photographic artworks grapple with the past as well as our present.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (free)

Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery
Whimsical illustrator and woodworker Mike Bennett presents his most ambitious project yet: an entire museum full of monsters just in time for Halloween.
Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery, St. Johns (free)



Portland Rally for Basic Income
Over the past year, the pandemic further exposed our country’s widespread economic inequalities. Portlanders will take action to create a more just society during the 3rd Annual Rally for Basic Income. DJ Cee White, DJ Deena Bee, Faustina Masigat, and Bitches of the Sun will perform, King Taco and a Filipinx baker will be onsite with food, and community orgs Brown Hope, Portland DSA, Yeondae, Taking Ownership, and more will connect folks with more opportunities to stay involved. The event will also feature an interactive art installation.
Peninsula Park, Piedmont (free)



Teton Gravity Research’s Stoke the Fire Premiere
Let the feature length ski and snowboard film Stoke The Fire hype you up for ski season. Experience some of the most exciting places to hit the slopes around the world without the next-day soreness.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn ($7-$15)


Deadstock + Friends 1V1 B-Boy Battle
Bust out your breakdancing moves (or just come watch the action) at this competition at Deadstock Coffee, which will award a $100 prize to the most impressive entrant. Plus, Matta will sling pandan sandos, and vintage vendors will hawk their wares.
Deadstock Coffee, Old Town-Chinatown (free)


Jujuba - Ridiculously Danceable Afrobeat with 10-piece band
Spend some pent-up energy at this show which will bring a "feel-good brand of funky Afrobeat and Juju music," and feature talking drum master Nojeem Lasisi along with a boisterous horn section.
Goodfoot, Kerns ($12)

Monophonics 'It's Only Us' Tour + Alanna Royale
The Bay area based psychedelic-soul band Monophonics is touring with a new album, It's Only Us, that brings the group’s signature deep reflections on the world around them to the stage.
Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown ($15)

Moon Music
A showcase of soothing work by guitarist Dan Duval and saxophonist/singer Chelsea Luker, they describe moon music as "music from the cosmos, filled with delay driven ambience and dreamy melodies."
Tomorrow's Verse Taproom, Beaumont ($10)

Rekless Kompany
Rekless Kompany is a cover band that dabbles in everything from classic rock to pop. You can count on hearing 80's hits as well as some originals.
Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, Bridgeton ($10-$15)


Soul House's 1 Year Anniversary Celebration with Bergmönch, Nate Aries, Sol Elicio and Rex Morgan!
Soul House is celebrating their first birthday by hosting four DJs—Bergmönch, Sol Elicio, Rex Morgan, and Nate Aries. Dance the night away with some groovy tunes.
The Big Legrowlski (free-$10)



GeekCraft Expo PDX
Come and kit out your geeky lifestyle at this crafty pop culture marketplace offering one-of-a-kind goods from local makers.
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District ($5)



SWTRSZN Comedy Show
Celebrate the beginning of sweater season with some good (and FREE) chuckles. Tory Ward hosts this local lineup of Dylan Jenkins, Wendy Weiss, Sean Jordan, Shain Brenden, and Jake Silberman while you eat, drink, and chill on Twenty First Ave’s back patio.
Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar, Nob Hill (free)


Cryogeyser + Girl Friday
This co-headlined show from two up and coming alternative indie bands out of Los Angeles will bring dark, vocal-forward music from Cryogeyser and thematic post-punk and noise-rock from Girl Friday.
Doug Fir Lounge, East Burnside ($13)

PAINT (of Allah Las) + Jared Mattson + PALMIYELER
From the light-psych and proto-punk work of PAINT to the synth work of Jared Mattson to the psych-surf-pop sounds of Palmiyeler, this eclectic show will bring a variety of vibes.
Jack London Revue, Downtown ($12)


Los Lobos
The Portland Latin Film Festival presents Los Lobos, a film that tells the story of two children and their mother who are living as undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Locked in a shabby room, the two brothers escape tedium by inventing stories and listening to tapes their mom has made for them.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood ($10 - $12)


Portland Flea
This month's edition of the vintage market is sure to go all out in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Get ready to score some sweet finds at over 75 different vendors while DJ ALoSo brings the vibes, Fried Egg I'm In Love supplies the eats, and Stacked Sandwich Shop stocks the bar.
Electric Blocks, Central Eastside (free)