The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Jan 27-29, 2023

Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration, Portland Fine Print Fair, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
January 27, 2023
A 150-foot dragon will wind through Chinatown during the Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration. (Portland Chinatown Museum via Facebook)
Get into this weekend's events for free or an otherwise small chunk of change, from the PDX Motorcycle Film Festival 2023 to Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration and from Flowers for Black Elders to the Portland Fine Print Fair. For more ideas, check out our top picks of the week.

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Butter: The Comedy Show Add to a List
The silliness continues! This edition of Butter, a recurring comedy show that brings open-minded laughs to Funhouse Lounge all year long, features gag lovers Nariko Ott, Devi Kirsch, Adam Tiller, Ryan Danley, Dylan Jones, and James Hartenfeld. Portland-grown comic Cam Strong will host, and Brett "Breadstick" Sisun will turn up for some groovy tunes, too.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, $5)


In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 Add to a List
What began as a film honoring the 50th anniversary of cult prog-rock band King Crimson has contorted into something as experimental as the band's exploratory psych oeuvre. The 2022 documentary In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50 is an intimate—and sometimes uncomfortable—film meditating on "time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives. But with jokes."
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


New Nordic Cuisine Add to a List
Nordic food culture has captured the imagination of everyone from Michelin-starred chefs to humble home cooks. Learn more about the cuisine and its manifesto at this interactive exhibit organized by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. (Nordia House, Metzger)


Glorious Garbage: A retrospective of Richard E. Jones’ Punk Rock and Roll Posters Add to a List
Graphic designer and Portlander extraordinaire Richard E. Jones will share a wide range of rock 'n' roll posters he's designed over the last six years. High-quality prints will be up for grabs for 10 bucks a pop, so stop by See See for a new piece of art and jangly tunes by garage punkers GAR GAR and Baby Gravez.
(See See Motorcycles, Kerns, Ffree)


Once In A Lifetime: A Talking Heads Dance Party Add to a List
DJs Ben Tactic and Freaky Outty will burn down the house with a blend of the Talking Heads albums, rare remixes, side/solo projects collaborators, diverse musical influences, and artists influenced by the groundbreaking group. Supersized suits not included!
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman, $8-$11)

SNAP! - '90s vs '00s Dance Party! Add to a List
Calling all millennials to the dance floor—DJs Colin Jones and Introcut will mash up hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop throwbacks from the '90s to the early '00s that will transport you back to your first school dance.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10-$15)


Gabrielle Bates in Conversation With Luther Hughes Add to a List
Seattle-based poet Gabrielle Bates's new tome Judas Goat is surrounded by buzz—the Tin House-published debut collection earned Bates the description of "wise, tender witness to the parts of ourselves we rarely expose" by Vulture. She'll chat about the electrifying release with Luther Hughes, author of A Shiver in the Leaves and co-host of The Poet Salon podcast with Bates and Dujie Tahat.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District, free)



Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration Add to a List
The seventh annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade and Celebration will roar through downtown to welcome the Year of the Rabbit, complete with lion dancers, performers, a community parade, and a colorful 150-foot dragon.
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, free)


Psycho Add to a List
Film historian Elliot Lavine's screening series of horrifying Hitchcock favorites continues with Psycho, which follows ghoulish motel manager Norman Bates as he cowers under his mother's dominance and savagely hacks up a mysterious guest in the shower. (It's not a spoiler if the film is 63 years old.)
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $9)


Kookido Mochi Cookies Pop-Up Add to a List
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to start off your Saturday than with a cup of hot coffee and some freshly baked mochi cookies from Kookido—choose from miso chocolate chip, ube, strawberries and cream, and s'mores.
(Nico’s Coffee, Vernon)


Doylefest Add to a List
Local artists including indie-Americana duo Glitterfox, electronic musician Stephen Fisk, soulful singer-songwriter Christopher Worth, "tender rock" soloist Jacob Westfall, and rockabilly project Wood Butcher will come together to raise money to cover medical costs for Doyle Moore, a longtime champion of the local music scene.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise, Sliding scale $15–$30)

Jenny Don't and The Spurs Add to a List
Playing vintage country and western straight out of the lonesomest corners of mid-20th century America, Jenny Don't and her cohorts sound nothing like a museum piece; rather, there's grit, sadness, and an edge of danger to these rumbling-boxcar country songs. They will support their new album, Lovesick Crawl, after opening sets from dream pop project Ezza Rose and folk troubadour Lindsie Feathers.
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman, $11-$13)


This Party Is Killing You: The Robyn Party Add to a List
This Party Is Killing You is the longest-running dance night paying tribute to Sweden’s favorite daughter, Robyn. Get ready to hear her hits, B-sides, remixes, and rarities along with more party bangers to cry to by the likes of Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen. 
(Holocene, Buckman, $13-$15)

Tropitaal Desi-Latino Soundclash with DJ Anjali, The Incredible Kid, and Lapaushi Add to a List
Tropitaal blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique sound that perfectly soundtracks this recurring dance party. This time around, resident DJs Anjali and The Incredible Kid will be joined by Portland-via-Ecuador selector Lapaushi for a set of Latin rhythms, feminist hip-hop, reggaeton, and cumbia bangers. 
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $12)


InterACT! The Art of Creating Together Add to a List
JAMO's month of interactive art-making will include zine and printmaking workshops, guided conversations, and ample opportunities for collaboration, plus a performance and book talk by national performing artists Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama. InterACT! The Art of Creating Together offers an intentional way to move forward from the isolating years of the pandemic toward a renewed sense of unity, so head to their weekend programming throughout the month to create in community.
(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, free)



Free Sundays at World Forestry Center's Discovery Museum Add to a List
Thanks to a generous grant, the Discovery Museum is throwing open the doors to its wood-filled space for free through the end of January. Learn about the Northwest's forests and their role "as a habitat, a place for recreation and reflection, a critical resource, and more" through an engaging variety of exhibits and documentaries. 
(World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum, Washington Park, free)


Barbarella in 35mm Add to a List
Few things can top Jane Fonda in silver go-go boots with a cool space gun, so this 35mm screening of the '68 cosmic thrill ride Barbarella shouldn't be missed. Roger Vadim's lavish sci-fi follows a groovy space adventurer who must stop a diabolical scientist's plot to destroy humanity.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)


BAES x Kinnamons Giveaway Add to a List
Here's a reason to roll out of bed early on a Sunday morning: The fried chicken joint BAES and Kinnamons are teaming up to give away free food. BAES' recently opened brick-and-mortar location will give away 300 cinnamon rolls, with a choice of fried chicken-topped rolls with honey butter or blueberry bourbon cinnamon rolls with spiced pecans.
(BAES Fried Chicken, Alberta, free)


Julia Logue Add to a List
Rising vocalist Julia Logue belts out neo-soul harmonies backed by a funky three-piece band. She will celebrate the release of her new single "Fort" alongside kindred classical-infused pop artist SHEERS.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $13)

Love Hiss with Soft Cheese Add to a List
Mercury contributor Jenni Moore wrote: "While Rontoms’ patio shows are absolutely lovely in the summer, the actual best time to go to Sunday Sessions (in this critic’s opinion) is in the cooler months. Take advantage of Rontoms’ big, cozy interior room and the chill, intimate sets that unfold in full view of East Burnside. Concertgoers can cuddle up on couches by the fireplace, order grilled cheese sandwiches, and clutch mugs of mulled wine." This week, the series will continue with infectious indie-rock outfit Love Hiss and local grunge project Soft Cheese. 
(Rontoms, Buckman, free)



Lone Wolves: Solo Sketch Comedy Add to a List
The final show at Siren Theater's current location (they're moving to N Mississippi Ave!) will offer a howl of smart, sharp sketch comedy with the return of Lone Wolves, a seasoned local comedy team directed by Shelley McLendon.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $12-$15, Friday-Saturday)


Lunar New Year Add to a List
Lan Su becomes even more colorful for their traditional 16-day Lunar New Year programming, which will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit for 2023. Drop by for cultural performances, festival decorations, craft activities, audio tours, and scavenger hunts, or head to the garden on select evenings Add to a List for shadowy, meditative lantern viewings.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, $0-$14, Friday-Sunday)


Flowers for Black Elders Add to a List
Organized by City of Portland artists-in-residence Onry and Joni Whitworth (founder of Future Prairie), Flowers for Black Elders is a multimedia oral history and financial reparations project that honors those who have mentored Onry, one of the only Black male professional opera singers in the region. The project is comprised of portraits and oral history interview recordings by Whitworth that "challenge the predominantly white and able-bodied art scene...[and] address gentrification in Portland." Participating musicians include Mel Brown, Alonzo Chadwick, Libretto Jackson, Derrick McDuffy, and Saeeda Wright.
(Nationale, Buckman, free, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Navajo Skies Add to a List
Navajo folklore comes to the domed Kendall Planetarium this month, with awe-inspiring celestial stories told in Navajo and English, plus brilliant imagery set to traditional songs and Native American flute music.
OMSI, Central Eastside, $7.50, Friday-Sunday)


Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
If you somehow haven't caught the explosive film that just earned 11 Academy Award nominations, here's your chance. From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," Everything Everywhere All at Once is a boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy that 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.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Friday-Sunday)

Infinity Pool Add to a List
Not all nepo babies spend their lives hanging poolside—Brandon Cronenberg, son of body horror master David Cronenberg, has begun to follow in his cool dad's footsteps, directing visceral, gross-out horror flicks like 2020's Possessor. Fans of The White Lotus will dig his new direction; Infinity Pool soaks up the sun at a pristine beach resort, where two guests encounter a mysterious seductress (played by new fave Mia Goth) and become entwined in a hedonistic puzzle. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Friday-Sunday)

PDX Motorcycle Film Festival 2023 Add to a List
Vroom vroom! Show your support for choppers and hogs at this two-day film festival, which will spotlight the best in motorcycle cinema and dedicate funds raised to the purchase of Air Fence barriers and safety equipment at Portland International Raceway for the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association. Rev your engines for OMRRA racing on both days of the festival, which will include screenings of leather-clad feature flicks and shorts.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $15, Friday-Saturday)

Skinamarink Add to a List
This eerie directorial debut by Kyle Edward Ball only cost $15,000 to make, but it's been spooking TikTokers since the trailer dropped. The flick borrows a distressed, grainy quality from '70s cinema to tell a bizarre bump-in-the-night tale with a surprisingly experimental edge.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10, Friday-Sunday)


Soup Festival 2023 Add to a List
Warm up with steamy, restorative Latin American soups from a variety of Portland Mercado businesses, including Alecocina, Tierra Del Sol, La Carreta Pura Vida, Principe Maya, Tita's Kitchen, Havana Station, Fernando's Alegría, Qué Bacano, and Xocotl. Plus, vote for your favorite for a chance to win a $100 Portland Mercado gift card.
(Portland Mercado, Mount Scott-Arleta, Friday-Sunday)


Portland Fine Print Fair Add to a List
Leading national and international print dealers will converge on Portland Art Museum's historic Fields Ballroom for this elegant fair, where seasoned collectors and newbies alike can purchase fine prints and chat with erudite dealers. Expect a wide range of offerings—you might spy works by Old Masters alongside thought-provoking pieces by contemporary art stars.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, free, Friday-Sunday)


a community is a small town Add to a List
Head to the Reser this weekend to peep their latest exhibition, which compiles works from four regional neurodivergent art studios. Artists working across mediums at Elbow Room, North Pole, Living Studios, and Oregon Supportive Living Programs Arts & Culture Center will share their unique talents and expressive points of view, with everything from paintings and sculptures to book arts on display. It's a great opportunity to check out Beaverton's state-of-the-art new performance center if you haven't yet visited.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, free, Friday-Saturday)

The Architecture of L’Ancien Village: A Memorial Exhibition Add to a List
Just one segment of late photographer David Pace's practice of documenting life in Bereba, Burkina Faso, The Architecture of L’Ancien Village captures the rural village's hardships, beauty, and unique sense of community. Hoping to "challenge the negativity about African life and culture dominant in the Western imagination," Pace aimed to create colorful, vivid compositions that told an honest, optimistic story of the region.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Chrysalis (Generativity): Fernanda D’Agostino Add to a List
As part of Site, Oregon Contemporary's ongoing series of "site-specific large-scale solo exhibitions by artists of the Pacific Northwest," this solo exhibition by Fernanda D’Agostino draws from an unusual inspiration—the nests of tent caterpillars. D'Agostino's curious installation of sculptural works blends materials like netting and found branches with creative coding and MadMapper to think carefully about sacredness, merging, and emerging with a childlike sense of marvel.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Corey S. Pressman: The Light at the Center Add to a List
Artist and University of Oregon professor Corey S. Pressman presents this solo exhibition inspired by his personal philosophy, which he describes as "the essential irreality of regular consciousness and by occasional encounters with the fundamental, unitary timelessness that underlies all of experience." Okay, then! The Light at the Center features Pressman's experiments in asemic writing and works on paper, incorporating powdered pigments, beeswax, and tree resin.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, free, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Eli Durst: The Community Add to a List
Photographer Eli Durst's initial practice of capturing church basements on camera expanded to look closely at "the fundamental search for community in America," from Boy Scout meetings to corporate team-building sessions and New Age spaces. In Durst's documentary-style exhibition of black-and-white photos, aptly titled The Community, Durst seems to ask: What might we do to feel more in connection with others? How are these seemingly ubiquitous practices still imbued with ambiguity and strangeness? 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Flowstone Add to a List
WAVE Contemporary co-founder Hannah Newman and widely exhibited artist Susan Murrell "explore the end of day as it relates to the end of days" in Flowstone, a collaborative project. Through familiar lenses of landscape painting and figurative sculpture, Newman and Murrell delve into complicated territories of body and land, untold futures, and ecological dread.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; closing)

Harley Gaber’s DIE PLAGE Add to a List
American Jewish minimalist composer and visual artist Harley Gaber's DIE PLAGE represents a decade of on-site research in European concentration camps, where the artist photocopied hundreds of archival images from the Weimar era and the Holocaust. Gaber's collaged arrangements of these images invite his audience to consider the individual and collective aftershocks of "the plagues of our times."
(Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Pearl District, $0-$8, Friday-Sunday; closing)

home school: The shape of memory Add to a List
Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu of home school will present the second exhibition of their curatorial residency at Oregon Contemporary. The shape of memory includes sculptural and installation works by "decolonial experimental archaeologist" Star Feliz, Athens Biennale-exhibited artist Deborah-Joyce Holman, Johannesburg-based artist Nkhensani Mkhari, and others, each of whom shares conceptual interpretations of symbols and sigils.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Illuminating Time Add to a List
Illuminating Time centers the work of Portland Chinatown Museum's 2022 artists-in-residence and celebrates Chinese communities from Old Town-Chinatown to Eastern Oregon. The exhibition's emotional weight is expressed in poetry, paint, and movement, with exhibited works by Chinese American painter and muralist Alex Chiu, transracial/transcultural multimedia creator Sam Roxas-Chua, and painter and book artist Shu-Ju Wang.
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, $0-$8, Friday-Sunday)

Kris Hargis: There Are No Roads Here Add to a List
Created while living in an "off-grid cabin in the Oregon coastal range," Kris Hargis's There Are No Roads Here explores a new sense of stillness and quietude in the artist's process. Meditating on the life cycle with softness and a sense of calm, Hargis's paintings contain a subtle sadness expressed through thoughtful human faces and bundles of flowers. 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Rick Bartow: Frog Talk Seriously Add to a List
Rick Bartow, an enrolled member of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, Vietnam War veteran, and leading voice in the contemporary Native American art movement, passed in 2016. Those unfamiliar with his work shouldn't miss this multimedia solo show—Bartow's expressive, gestural style comes to life in brilliant mark-making and naturalistic storytelling.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

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