Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Mar 1–3, 2024

CSA Share Fair, Nuestra Arte Art Crawl, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
March 1, 2024
The Pacific NW CSA Coalition's CSA Share Fair will offer resources on community-supported agriculture, feature cooking demos, and more. (Pacific NW CSA Coalition via Facebook)
You can hit any of the happenings we've listed in this weekend guide without your wallet taking a big hit. Fill your free time with events from a CSA Share Fair to Portland's Shortest Parade and Mills Ends Beer Release Party and from Nuestra Arte: Art Crawl to the Portland Chinatown Museum's 10th Anniversary Party. For more ideas, check out our guide to this week's top events.

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Swiped Out! Remind List
Because nothing's less funny than the prospect of eternal singledom, loneliness, and despair, Kickstand will snatch up real audience dating profiles and lend a helping hand with a team of "professionally trained dating experts" (aka improvisers) on stage. You'd have to be the perfect blend of brave and desperate to participate in such a thing, but I mean, "I'm sending this message with the help of nine comedians" is a hell of an opener, right? LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition, $15 or PWYW)


Portland's Shortest Parade and Mills Ends Beer Release Party Past Event List
This is what they're talking about when they say "keep Portland weird": Local celebrity/bagpiper/Darth Vader-helmeted unicyclist the Unipiper will lead a procession from Mill Ends Park, known for being the world's smallest park, to Paddy’s Bar and Grill, a mere 400 feet away. There, you'll be able to sample Gigantic Brewing's new Mills End Red (an Irish red beer) and win free swag and raffle prizes. JB
(Paddy's Bar & Grill, Southwest Portland)


If you live for your daily Co-Star messages, this art gallery opening is for you. The Zodiac Show features works celebrating the characters, lore, and magic of astrology. Over 25 local artists have pieces on display, with a section of the gallery featuring new work by students in the Art4Life program. Live piano from Robert Bomstad and astrology readings from Emerson Bourgeau will help maximize the vibes—Thai-style wings and papaya salad from Sang Nuua Catering will be available if you're feeling peckish. SL
(Splendorporium Gallery, Brooklyn, free)



10th Anniversary Party Past Event List
If you haven't yet visited the Portland Chinatown Museum, here's an excellent reason—they'll celebrate the 10th anniversary of their founding organization, the Portland Chinatown History Foundation, with live music by Yat Sing Music Club, a lion dance by International Lion Dance, a silent auction, an artist-led tour of Re:Generation – Manifesting at the Peach Blossom Spring, and complimentary tea and treats from Taiji Teahouse. Best part? Admission is free. LC
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, free)

Owl Fest Past Event List
I had a life-altering experience spying a Northern spotted owl on Mount Hood last summer, and I want a similar experience for you. You'll have a hoot (sorry, had to) at Tryon Creek State Natural Area's celebration of Strigiformes, which will include an owl pellet dissection, crafts, button making, presentations, and guided owl-themed nature walks. The best attendee will inevitably be Dmitri, the Eurasian eagle-owl who will swoop by for a Q&A session with the Cascades Raptor Center. LC
(Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Southwest Portland, free)

Tree Summit 2024 Past Event List
When's the last time you hugged a tree? Learn about our urban forests and how you can help care for and grow the number of trees in our community. Morning activities include info sessions from Portland's Street Tree Inventory Project on how you can locate trees in your neighborhood and community partnerships that empower people through green jobs training and planting trees where they're needed most. After lunch, go on a tree walk through the Rigler Arboretum. This event is happening rain or shine, so layer up! SL
(Rigler Elementary School, Cully, free)


The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 1 Past Event 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. LC
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10)


Johnny Franco & His Real Brother Dom Past Event List
Portland-via-São Paulo troubadour Johnny Franco, who recently released his new single "... E NA DERROTA," will bring his timeless Brazilian-inspired folk and psychedelic rock tunes to the neighborhood music hub alongside his Real Brother Dom (it's yet to be confirmed if they're actually related). The evening promises a 90-minute program packed with music, theatrics, comedy, and plenty of special guests. AV
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman, $10)


Respected Ladyland: Vintage Vinyl Dance Party Past Event List
On a mission to celebrate the "endurance, perseverance, talents, creativity, and humanity" of women in music, beloved all-vinyl DJ Action Slacks will kick off Women's History Month with a vintage mix of multi-genre tunes from female voices (ranging from 1965 to 1980). If the poster is any indication of what you might hear, then expect trailblazing queens like Aretha Franklin, Patsy Cline, Grace Slick, and Eartha Kitt, as well as some lesser-known divas. AV
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton, $10-20 sliding scale)


First Saturday Open House Past Event List
Artsy mainstay Oregon Contemporary will throw another open house on Saturday evening, celebrating the upcoming CAP Art Auction Anniversary Collection exhibition and Georgie Friedman's current show, BREATHING -LIGHT. Drop by for an exhibit walkthrough with Friedman and curator Dustin Williams, then grab drinks in the quaint Kenton neighborhood—the wood-paneled Kenton Club is just a block away. LC
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free)

Nuestra Arte: Art Crawl 2024 Past Event List
Juntos PDX's all-ages art crawl is the organization's first quarterly event of the year, promising "amazing collaborations, dynamic workshops, and a unique scope of Latina artists." The crawl will kick off at the Flow In The City studio on NW Davis, trickle over to Froelick Gallery, and finish at Portland Center Stage, with several pit stops along the way. Come ready for a scavenger hunt and a screen-printing workshop, plus opportunities to build a low-rider bike and help paint a mural. LC
(Various locations, $10)



Mississippi Masala Past Event List
Mira Nair's 1991 film Mississippi Masala featured two extremely beautiful people on a big screen, but more importantly, it paved the way for important cultural conversations by depicting a romance between an Indian-Ugandan woman (Sarita Choudhury) and a Black Southerner (Denzel Washington). Roger Ebert described the film as "surprisingly funny and cheerful...generat[ing] a full-blown romanticism." Go lift your spirits. LC
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


CSA Share Fair Past Event List
If you've ever aspired to be the type of virtuous person who receives a local CSA share, here's your chance: The Pacific Northwest CSA Coalition will host this free, family-friendly fair where you can learn about community-supported agriculture programs, sign up for one, and watch a series of seasonal cooking demonstrations by local chefs, including De Noche executive chef Dani Morales, Masala Lab PDX and DesiPDX chef/owner Deepak Saxena, and Elise Moore and David Propst of the pop-up ROAM. (Plus, we hear there will be samples.) JB
(The Redd on Salmon, Buckman, free)



34th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Past Event List
The "longest-running annual, non-profit, non-commercial, largely volunteer-run African film festival in the United States" features works by African directors, centering non-Western perspectives on African culture with films like Burkinabé award winner Sira. Join in on the Connection, Centerpiece, and Women Filmmakers-themed weekends, or head to a Family Fest matinée screening of the French film Hawa. The after-screening Q&A sessions with directors round out the cultural event, with virtual and in-person viewing opportunities. LC
(PCC Cascade, Humboldt, free, Friday-Saturday)

Drive-Away Dolls Past Event List
A Margaret Qualley-fronted flick directed by Ethan Coen? Okayyyy, I'm listening. Drive-Away Dolls stars Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan as two friends aiming to "loosen up" by driving to Tallahassee. (This was their first mistake—trust me, I'm from Florida.) The pair meet up with a bunch of idiot criminals, and things spiral from there. One Letterboxd reviewer deemed the film a "zippy queer joyride," and they weren't kidding—the best thing about Drive-Away Dolls might be its tight 84-minute runtime. Take notes, Christopher Nolan. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10-$12, Friday-Sunday)

Feminist March 2024 Past Event List
Happy Women's History Month! Hollywood Theatre's Feminist March program will once again offer up a full month of screenings celebrating women in film. Programmed by Hollywood Theatre community programmer Anthony Hudson and Hollywood staff members Destynee Norwood and Cable Wells, this year's lineup "delves unflinchingly into the dark and seedy depths of female experience" (oOoO!) with 19 films. The wide-reaching festival kicks off with Crossroads, which hits different now that Britney is finally free, followed by Jumana Manna's A Magical Substance Flows Into Me, which "explores the diverse musical traditions of Palestine via the archives of Robert Lachmann, a gay German-Jewish ethnomusicologist." Grey Gardens, Bring It On, and the Lily Gladstone-fronted film Certain Women will follow later in the month. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Live Action Oscar Nominated Short Films Past Event List
If you typically watch the Oscars with a passing interest in the nominated short films, perhaps feeling intrigued but knowing that you'll never get a chance to see them on screen, have I got the opportunity for you. Hollywood Theatre will screen the nominees in the live action, animation, and documentary categories, so you can predict the winners and scope out standouts like Wes Anderson's The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar, which was based on a Roald Dahl story. Pepper that into conversation later, your friends will think you are cool. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10-$12, Friday-Sunday)

Palestinian Film Festival Past Event List
From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free! This Palestinian film festival was co-programmed by 5th Avenue Cinema, La Casa Latina Student Center, Disarm PSU, and several other local organizations. If you haven't stopped by the state's only student-run cinema, now's the time. Among the four screenings planned is 5 Broken Cameras, which was shot almost exclusively by the Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat and tracks nonviolent resistance efforts in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by Israeli military occupation and encroaching settlements. LC
(Fifth Avenue Cinema, Southwest Portland, $0-$7, Friday-Sunday)

Perfect Days Past Event List
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders, who directed Wings of Desire and a mysterious terrain of canyons and neon in Paris, Texas, is known for his deliciously "slow" cinema and emphasis on desolation. Interestingly, this film (which was shortlisted for Best International Feature at this year's Oscars) feels a little more lighthearted, but I suspect that I will still come away feeling somehow devastated. Perfect Days follows a Tokyo toilet scrubber, Hirayama, whose days are filled with contentment, cassette tapes, books, and photos of trees. May we all be so blessed. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $9-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Chris Chandler: Elemental Forms Past Event List
Drawing from the bold compositional style of the Bauhaus and Constructivist movements, Chris Chandler's Elemental Forms features geometric, monotype relief prints created on a rare Vandercook proofing press. The results include letters, words, and shapes layered in "abstracted assemblies of laminated prints," so expect to get lost in each work for a while. My suggestion? Elizabeth Leach Gallery is mere steps away from lumber room, so make it a particularly artful day and check out Nona Faustine: She was a culmination of all things in Heaven and Earth, too. LC
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, free, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Joseph Past Event List
Curated by Jeroen Smeets of The Jaunt, this group exhibition spotlights five artists who took part in the organization's "summer camp" program: painters Tim Biskup, Jillian Evelyn, and William LaChance, multimedia artist Macarena Luzi, and folk art-inspired artist Stevie Shao. The artists converged in Joseph, Oregon, a small town at the base of the Wallowa Mountains, to create amid the scenic atmosphere. Joseph showcases the "collective fruits of their creativity" and includes a limited edition silkscreen print. LC
(Chefas Projects, Central Eastside, free, Friday-Saturday)

Las Vegas Ikebana: Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi Remind List
Las Vegas Ikebana centers the cross-genre practices of Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, whose artistic paths have been entwined since the pair met in 1977. They've developed an extensive body of time-based performance works informed by choreography, sculpture, and "conceptual correspondences" amid institutional neglect. In other words, they are perhaps the coolest best friends ever. The exhibition's absurdist title is pulled from "Hassinger’s experience working in a flower shop in Los Angeles and Nengudi’s exploration of Japanese aesthetic forms," and speaks to the duo's interest in improvisation, pop culture, humor, and the natural world. Programming for Las Vegas Ikebana includes “Don’t be Scared”: A Talk on the Art of Collaboration by Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi, with thoughts from exhibition curator Allie Tepper, Dr. Leslie King Hammond, and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, and See-See Riders, a performance choreographed by Nengudi and danced by sidony o'neal and keyon gaskin. LC
(Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Reed, free, Friday-Sunday)

Lee Materazzi: ¢a$h&¢arry Past Event List
Lee Materazzi's inaugural show at Nationale is also a traveling exhibition—it was previously presented at San Francisco's 1599fdT, and will be shown at San Diego's Quint Contemporary in the future. ¢a$h&¢arry compiles 250 archival images that chronicle the last five years of Materazzi's practice, including portraiture and reflections on the precarity of the human body. Materazzi shares her studio space and practice with her children, Mia and Brook, so the works on view in this show were "completed between the ages of 37 and 41 and 3 and 11, respectively." LC
(Nationale, Buckman, free, Friday-Sunday)

Meteorite Mama: Jessie Rosa Vala Past Event List
Jessie Rose Vala's latest installation pulls from mythic storytelling to erect a stoneware and neon "effigy" to hybridity and connectivity across the ages. The work includes glass pomegranates and is surrounded by sound and video elements that amplify Vala's focus on ancient histories and "future ways of being." Meteorite Mama also offers an opportunity to make your own talisman on March 9—effigies, beads, and string will be provided. The exhibition will conclude with a ritual event on March 30, which will include an acapella performance by devotional artist Willow Gibbons and a natural arrangement workshop led by floral designer Hilary Horvath. LC
(Well Well, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Policing Justice Remind List
Guest curated by University of Oregon associate professor Nina Amstutz and local social design artist Cleo Davis, Policing Justice probes Portland's policing practices and their relationship to "longer local and national histories of oppression." The exhibition centers Portland artists who have seen and documented police brutality, including the George Floyd protests, and includes commissioned installations by Don't Shoot Portland, Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr., Cleo Davis, Kayin Talton Davis, and others. Works on loan by Alfredo Jaar, Sandy Rodriguez, and Carrie Mae Weems lend a wider scope to the exhibition, and Forensic Architecture's video installation details an investigation into PPB's use of tear gas during the 2020 protests. Show up for abolition and take part in one of the exhibition's several accompanying programs, including a community conversation symposium, a series of film screenings at the Clinton Street Theater, and an ethical visual storytelling workshop. LC
(PICA, Eliot, free, Friday-Sunday)

Re:Generation – Manifesting at the Peach Blossom Spring Remind List
Artists Lark Pien, Josh Sin, and Yuyang Zhang blend their own stories with Chinese immigrant history in the Pacific Northwest to reflect on the "complex and nuanced psychological landscape of being ethnic Chinese living in America." Re:Generation – Manifesting at the Peach Blossom Spring pulls from a fifth-century Chinese fable of utopian discovery to describe how the artists are pursuing "personal utopias" through their provocative work, which varies from conceptual world-building to political satire. The exhibition is a great opportunity to check out the Portland Chinatown Museum if you haven't yet—you can also catch Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns, the museum's permanent exhibition. LC
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, $0-$8, Friday-Sunday)

Scrapbook Past Event List
In last year's Pathways at Seattle's Winston Wächter Fine Art, Joe Rudko focused on "hyper-specific abstraction" through found photo collages that created curious networks of memory. In Scrapbook, the Washington-based artist continues to pull at the threads of collective memory through Bauhaus-influenced photo collages and sculptures that reference textiles, mosaics, and paintings. I'm intrigued by Rudko's use of found photographs collected from shops, which he layers with scraps of his personal ephemera. LC
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Terra Fondriest: Ozark Life Past Event List
If you've got any roots in the rural South, Terra Fondriest's Ozark Life will feel heartbreakingly familiar—the documentary photographer's compositions reveal the steady cadence of life in the Arkansas Ozark region, full of summer rain, mud puddles, butchering chickens, and backyard weddings. "This project has been a way for me to embrace the slow and quiet beauty that I’ve always been drawn to," says Fondriest of the series; she has a familial connection to the community she documents in the series, and says that it "already feels as though the trees around our home know our children’s names." LC
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

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