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Cheap, Free, & Fun: The 17 Best Bang For Your Buck Events in Portland, Nov 29-Dec 5 2019

November 27, 2019
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Amenta Abioto, Noah Simpson Group Add to a List
I just can’t shut my trap when it comes to Amenta Abioto, whose work is a fluid combination of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and African music. To see her perform live is a real treat—Abioto has been at the top of her game recently, having perfected her soul-stirring vocals, improvised song-construction, and spot-on comedic timing. (Fri Nov 29, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5-10) JENNI MOORE

Sleepover Club, Dress Forms, Ex-Kids Add to a List
Everett's Sleepover Club link up with Portland's Dress Forms and Ex-Kids for a Friday-night punk, garage and post-punk bill at No Fun. (Fri Nov 29, 9 pm, No Fun, $5)

Snap! Y2K: The Missy Elliott Party Add to a List
The November installment of the beloved monthly '90/'00s dance night invites you to come down and work off that Thanksgiving hangover with a little help from the sounds of Missy Elliott, along with resident DJ's Freaky Outty, Colin Jones, and Introcut. (Fri Nov 29, 9 pm, Holocene, $6-7)

Starving for Laughs: A Benefit for the Oregon Food Bank Add to a List
Forget the buying and consuming part of Black Friday, and instead celebrate the laughing and helping part at this holiday comedy stand-up showcase benefitting the Oregon Food Bank, hosted by Jono Gindhart, Bryan Bixby, and Chase Anderson, with sets from Zehava Glazier, Chris Johnson, Cam Strong, Kandyce August, and Will Weldon. (Fri Nov 29, 7:30 pm, Kelly's Olympian, $10)

Full Send: #Blessed Add to a List
DJs Curriculum, Superfishal, and Permanentgoodone head up a post-Thanksgiving installment of this monthly festival style dance night, bringing a cornucopia of house music infused with electronic, hip hop, R&B, and funk to the Holocene dance floor. (Sat Nov 30, 9 pm, Holocene, $5-10)

Iron Kingdom, Time Rift, LeathĂĽrbitch, Solicitor Add to a List
Fresh off the release of their latest album, On The Hunt, Vancouver, B.C.'s Iron Kingdom bring their classic heavy metal sounds to the High Water Mark stage for the Portland stop on the "Road Warriors" Tour. (Sat Nov 30, 8 pm, High Water mark, $10)

Donte Thomas, King Wess Add to a List
The latest installment of Sunday Sessions at Rontoms doubles as a music video premiere and release party for "Off White," the latest from Portland hip-hop artist Donte Thomas. Fellow rising local rapper King Wess rounds out the proceedings. (Sun Dec 1, 8 pm, Rontoms, free)

Dead Lee, Danny Newcomb, Erin Rubin Add to a List
Seattle-based alt-country rocker Danny Newcomb splits a co-headline bill at Mississippi Studios with Dead Lee, the local folk duo comprised of Brian Koch (Blitzen Trapper) and singer/songwriter Kara Harris. (Sun Dec 1, 8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $5)

The Benson's Annual Gingerbread Unveiling Add to a List
The Benson's Annual Gingerbread Unveiling
Pulling back the sheet on a 40-plus year-old Portland tradition, a tradition made out of 200 pounds of gingerbread, 30 pounds of white chocolate, 15 pounds of dark chocolate, and 30 pounds of marzipan. Attendeeds are encourage to not only marvel at this feat of baking, and enjoy delicious gingerbread treats, but to donate new, unwrapped toys for the Children's Cancer Association. (Mon Dec 2, 4 pm, The Benson Hotel, free, all ages)

Story Time for Grownups: Christmas Eve Rescue Flight! Add to a List
David Loftus' long-running storytelling series returns once again to the Rose City Book Pub, this time with a holiday tale that trades in the sort of holly-jolly geniality for a more thrilling and dangerous sort of vibe, courtesy a taciturn county sherriff from Wyoming by the name of Longmire. (Mon Dec 2, 8 pm, Rose City Book Pub, free, all ages)

Drag Queen Bingo: Benefit for Animal Aid and Project Pooch Add to a List
Poison Waters presents a special edition of Drag Queen Bingo benefitting Animal Aid and Project POOCH, because 'tis the season to give, and what better gift to give than to help puppers in need. Plus, you know, drag queens and bingo is always a recipe for good times. (Tues Dec 3, 6 pm, Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, free)

Relentless Splendor's 99-Minute Comedy Fest Add to a List
Suki's plays host to this comedy smorgasbord from Relentless Splendor, packing a whole comedy festival's worth of entertainment into 99 minutes, with sets from Simon Gibson, Whitney Streed's Rants Off Dance Off, Chris Khatami's Spec Script, and more. (Tues Dec 3, 7:30 pm, Suki's Bar & Grill, $5)

The I, Anonymous Show Add to a List
If you love sick secrets, crazy rants, and side-splitting laughs, have we got a show for you! The I, Anonymous Show stars the fabulous Kate Murphy, who selects the wildest, strangest submissions from the beloved Mercury column and reads them live on stage. Joining Kate is a panel of whip-smart comedians—this month it’s Tory Ward, Jake Silberman, and Dylan Jenkins—who dissect these submissions with hilarious precision. If you’re looking for serious fun, the I, Anonymous Show is the place to be! (Wed Dec 4, 7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10)

Tents, Cataldo, Nyles Lannon Add to a List
Fresh off the release of their latest album, Medicine, local quintet Tents bring their synthy and soothing indie-pop through Holocene to head up a hometown show along with support from Seattle's Cataldo and San Francisco-based artist Nyles Lannon. (Wed Dec 4, 8:30 pm, Holocene, $8-10)

Broke Gravy & Friends: Season of Giving Add to a List
Portland's own Chris Williams, Eric Simons, and Leon Anderson (AKA Broke Gravy) invite a few special guests down to the Kickstand Comedy Space for a special holiday showcase, with improv, games, and more. Plus, in conjunction with Comedy Really Cares’ 3rd Annual Winter Fundraiser, all proceeds collected at the event will benefit the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC) and their focus on Oregon incarceration issues—including the rights of POC, women, immigrants, and more. (Thurs Dec 5, 7 pm, Kickstand Comedy Space, $10, all ages)

Loop Madness Add to a List
Another installment of the local electronic music showcase dedicated to the more adventurous loopers, producers, poets, and sonic experimentalists in the region, including Exosphere Project, Twenty Three Suns, In the Branches, and Clodewerks. (Thurs Dec 5, 8 pm, The Lombard Pub, free)

Fire Nuns, Lo Fives, Quenten Wall of Sound, BARB Add to a List
Portland glam and garage rock outfit Fire Nuns head up an all-ages show at the Black Water Bar, with Arcata's Quenten Wall of Sound and locals Lo Fives and BARB lending their own experimental sounds to the proceedings. (Thurs Dec 5, 8 pm, Black Water Bar, $6, all ages)

There's even more to do in our Cheap, Free, & Fun calendar, and don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!

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