Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Mar 8–10, 2024

Your Fat Friend, Buckman Art Show & Sell, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
March 8, 2024
Your Fat Friend charts the meteoric rise of writer and podcaster Aubrey Gordon.
Our cheap and easy guide is delivering all of the fun and none of the fuss with events from Your Fat Friend to Roselit Bone and from the Buckman Art Show & Sell to an Open Mic for Gaza Relief. And speaking of things to do this weekend, don't forget to set your clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday!

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Slumber Party Remind List
Throw on your bunny slippers and beg your mom to give you a ride to Kickstand's Slumber Party, a jumbo bag of gummy bears in the form of improvised sleepover scenes. Kickstand CVLT members Jones Pitsker, Lauren Sigler, Steven Marocco, Jerilyn Armstrong, and others will team up for the hormone-raging nostalgia fest—expect prank calls, Truth or Dare sessions, and Phish Food binges. I'm bringing my e-Kara. LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition, $15 or Pay-What-You-Can)


Roselit Bone Past Event List
A local nine-piece ensemble fronted by vocalist and guitarist Charlotte McCaslin, Roselit Bone pulls inspiration from Roy Orbison, the Gun Club, and Mexican ranchera music to produce their unique brand of “psychotic, apocalyptic cowgirl music." Join them for this high-energy show with the gothy post-punk band Strzyga. AV
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $16)


Days of Bowie Presents: The Hunger - A Bowie Themed Dance Night Past Event List
If you haven't seen the 1983 erotic vampire flick The Hunger, let me lay out the opening scene: a vampire couple—played by David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve—hunt for their prey at an underground NYC discotheque as eerie industrial music plays. The scene is somewhat of a blueprint for goth clubs, so it only makes sense that Portland's own Coffin Club would embrace it in honor of the Thin White Duke's birthday. DJs Gregarious and Disorder will play Bowie's darkest dance hits, along with ‘80s underground tunes. Don't forget to dress in your best David Bowie-inspired outfit—I suggest getting your hands on a pair of circular sunglasses. AV
(Coffin Club, Buckman, $10)


If you live for your daily Co-Star messages, this art gallery 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. SL
(Splendorporium Gallery, Brooklyn, free)



SNEAK PEEKS // Problemista Past Event List
If you count yourself among the ever-expanding subset of movie-goers whose ideal flick features Tilda Swinton and a side of surreal quirk, then Julio Torres's Problemista (an A24 film, obviously) has your back. The film follows a Salvadoran toy designer in NYC whose work visa runs out as he works as an assistant for an art-world weirdo. This advance screening means you'll know the story before all your friends–expect something freaky and wonderful that also grapples with the broken US immigration system. LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond, free)


Freeland Spirits Women's History Month Celebration
The woman-owned distillery Freeland Spirits is (naturally) throwing a big bash in honor of Women's History Month. Get your day drink on with complimentary tastings all day and swing by at 1 pm for a tour from master distiller Molly Troupe. The distillery is making a case to visit even if you're a seasoned Freeland connoisseur; the party will include the release of a brand-new limited-edition spirit, which you can be among the first to try. JW
(Freeland Spirits, Northwest Portland, free)


Tokyo Pop with Low Bar Chorale Past Event List
The Future of Film is Female will present this screening of the glittery '80s gem Tokyo Pop, which hasn't gotten nearly enough credit given everyone's newfound love of city pop. Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui (who went on to make Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the comedy musical breezes through effervescent Tokyo with little nods to the Americana influence of the era. Before the screening, Portland's own Low Bar Chorale will get the good vibes flowing with an '80s-themed sing-along. LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond, $15)


2024 Buckman Art Show & Sell Past Event List
The Buckman Art Show and Sell has raised money to support arts education at Buckman Elementary for 34 years. Check out wares from over a hundred local artisans hawking visual art to ceramics and jewelry. There will also be some student and alumni art for sale, plus face painting and "fairy hair" stations for the kiddos. Fuel up at the food trucks stationed in the parking lot! SL
(Buckman Arts Elementary School, Buckman, $5 Suggested Donation)

Spectrum Spring Art Market Past Event List
Show off your pride (and gear up for Pride Month!) with some fresh duds and housewares at this LGBTQ2SIA+ pop-up market, where local artists hawking ceramics, art, textiles, apparel, jewelry, and accessories will celebrate spring by keeping things rainbow-hued and sparkly at Lloyd Center. I'm stoked for the market's sequined pieces, zines about leather culture, and upcycled accessories. LC
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District, free)



Open Mic for Gaza Relief Past Event List
Open mics are so underrated. Seriously, they're like talent shows for adults—and I love a good talent show. That's why it's wonderful to see an entertaining, community-oriented event take things a step further by raising money for the American Near East Refugee Aid, a national organization supporting refugees in Palestine and beyond. It can feel daunting, especially for people with limited funds, to make a difference in this devastating humanitarian crisis. However, this is a perfect opportunity to come together with like-minded creators to pool money together for good. Bring any songs, poems, comedy routines, or other hidden talents to the stage—or, just show up to support! AV
(Speck's Records and Tapes, North Portland, $5-$15 sliding scale)


Poppy Shop Fruity Pastries & Desserts Pop-Up Past Event List
In keeping with the projections of one Punxsutawney Phil, spring seems to be arriving early this year—I've already spotted some blossoming cherry trees and even a robin. The plant-based bakery pop-up Poppy Shop is taking advantage of seasonal produce with a "fruity pastries and desserts" pop-up. Past events have featured treats like lemon lavender scones, strawberry shortbread bars, orange cardamom buns, and grapefruit crinkle cookies, so expect some fun, fruit-kissed baked goods. JB
(Zuckercreme, Montavilla)


Ac Sapphire with Weezy Ford Past Event List
For her new album Dec. 32nd, local singer-songwriter Ac Sapphire collected tiny moments from her everyday life to compose an audio scrapbook of soothing, meditative folk songs. The album's instrumentation is largely stripped down, giving her soulful, powerful vocals the chance to truly shine. She will support the album alongside the like-minded Americana artist Weezy Ford. AV
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

TOC Moon Series: New Moon with Nadah El Shazly & Moss Wand Past Event List
Cairo-born sound artist Nadah El Shazly brings her expressive, forward-thinking electronics and ethereal vocals to traditional 19th-century Egyptian music. She will perform alongside the local ambient project Moss Want in honor of this month's new moon in Pisces. AV
(The Old Church, Downtown, $18)


Coffin Club Dark Market Past Event List
The goth bar Coffin Club is hosting a macabre market this weekend with two floors of vendors selling art, jewelry, home decor, books, and more. There will be tasty baked goods for sale and vegan food from the Coffin Cart on the back patio. I wouldn't say I'm a goth, but I've found the community to be incredibly welcoming and inclusive—also, gotta love that they're supporting local vendors. SL
(Coffin Club, Buckman, $2)



Dune: Part Two Past Event List
A sweeping sci-fi film with origins right here in the Pacific NorthwestDune: Part Two is a sequel that surpasses the first by leaps and bounds as it transports us back to the world first created by the late local author Frank Herbert. Picking up where its predecessor left off, it follows the young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he aligns himself with Chani (Zendaya) and the rest of the Fremen who have found a way to survive in the harsh desert climate of Arrakis. As they battle against the forces of the galaxy looking to mine the valuable resources that the planet holds, there is soon a growing sense that the greatest dangers are only just beginning. The film also digs into fears Herbert explored about the hazards of giving power to leaders who talk a big game even as they may be the villains of their own stories. Readers of said books know how this ends, but the film offers just as much to those who are going in blissfully unaware, and its stunning visuals deserve to be seen on the big screen. In all of 2024, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a film as immense and well-crafted as Dune: Part Two. STRANGER CONTRIBUTOR CHASE HUTCHINSON
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, 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 continues this weekend with a 35mm screening of the angsty aughts-era fave Thirteen and the eccentric cinema verité doc Grey Gardens. Bring It On and the Lily Gladstone-fronted flick 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)

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)

The Zone of Interest Past Event List
If you've been keeping up with A24's films by international directors lately, including solid entries like After Yang and Dream Scenario, you're probably already jazzed for The Zone of Interest, which is a co-production between the US, the UK, and Poland. Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (who directed the Scarlett Johansson-as-an-extraterrestrial flick Under the Skin) tells the story of a Nazi commandant and his family, who attempt to build a happy life near the Auschwitz concentration camp. Call me presumptuous, but uh, I'm not rooting for them. The film has been nominated for Best International Feature at this year's Oscars. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Friday-Sunday)

Your Fat Friend Past Event List
Jeanie Finlay's Your Fat Friend documents the rise of writer and self-described "very fat person" Aubrey Gordon, who cut her teeth as an anonymous blogger and has since become a bestselling author. I'm a big fan of the loud-laughing, Portland-based fat acceptance activist, whose podcast Maintenance Phase pokes fun at Goop-driven garbaggio and widens my perspective on what it means to be healthy. "It is a real paradigm shift to look at someone my size and think...that person may have put in a great deal of effort, and that may have been what got them here," says Gordon in the film. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10-$12, Friday-Sunday)


The Fullness of the Seeming Void Past Event List
What is art for if not to explore the unknown? Frankly, I'm always seeking a little bit of spiritual enlightenment when I duck into a gallery. Adams and Ollman gets it—this cross-generational group exhibition manifests the mystical through a "lineage of personal and sensory investigations" from the '60s to the present. We're talking cosmologies, voids, and world-building, people! We're diving into the magic of the mundane and the enormity of everyday minutiae. Get into it. The Fullness of the Seeming Void (which pulls its title from a Helena Blavatsky quote—sick) includes works by supernova-conjuring art pioneer Lee Bontecou, iconoclastic painter Cynthia Carlson, Heidi Lau, whose work pulls from ancient Taoist mythologies, and Bettina, who lived at the Chelsea Hotel from the '70s until her death, among several others. LC
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, free, Friday-Saturday)

Georgie Friedman: BREATHING- LIGHT Past Event List
Boston-based artist Georgie Friedman creates videos, sculptural installations, and site-specific projects that "focus on our personal and societal relationships to severe environmental circumstances," and BREATHING– LIGHT is no exception—the video and sound installation (Friedman's first solo exhibition in the Pacific Northwest) ponders "tiny and immense things that connect us all" with NASA imagery of the sun and an immersive soundscape. LC
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday; 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)

MÉLANGE curated by Jeremy Okai Davis Past Event List
You might have seen Jeremy Okai Davis's work in his 2022 solo exhibition A Good Sport, which saw the painter investigate the experiences of Black Americans in traditional sportsmanship roles within the rigid confines of athleticism and academia. This time around, Davis has taken on a curatorial role—Mélange pulls together an "array of voices and creative expressions" from printmaker Rebecca Boraz, North Carolina-based artist Maria Britton (who uses used bedsheets, dry permanent markers, and newspapers as artistic material), Bronx-born collage artist Anthony R. Grant, and Chris Lael Larson, who "culls riches from the everyday absurd." 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)

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