Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Nov 11-13, 2022

No Age, Gobble Up Portland, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
November 11, 2022
No Age's new album, People Helping People, is their first to be entirely self-produced and self-recorded. (Sub Pop)
This weekend is filled with plenty of low-cost, low-fuss events to check out, from No Age: People Helping People Tour to a DJ set by Phantogram and from Mike Bennett's The In-Between Market to Gobble Up Portland.

Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

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Portland Veterans Day Parade 2022 Add to a List
Established way back in 1974 by local businessman Vernon E. Ross, the Portland Veterans Day Parade honors veterans past and present with a lively procession from NE Beech Street to NE Sumner Street.
(NE Beech St & NE MLK Jr. Blvd, free)


Adam Green with Tchotchke Add to a List
Adam Green, New York-hailing singer-songwriter, artist, filmmaker, and co-founder of the anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches, will play a solo set in support of his new self-released album That Fucking Feeling, alongside alt-rock trio Tchotchke. 
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $15)


Jon Melrod Add to a List
Over the course of 13 years, Jon Melrod faced every roadblock imaginable—termination, FBI questioning, and lawsuits among them—while building a revolution on American Motors' assembly line. In Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War, the working-class hero digs into his experience bolstering a radical class-conscious movement from within the factory; the book contains archival photography, inspiration for labor organizers, and a giant middle finger to capitalist exploitation.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District, free)


Nordic Vintage & Treasure Sale Add to a List
Find a treasure trove of vintage Nordic collectibles, apparel, kitchenware, artwork, and more at this annual sale that benefits Nordic Northwest. Go early to get your hands on the good stuff or take advantage of deep discounts on Saturday; everything will be half-priced after noon, and after 2 pm you can snag everything you can fit in a bag for just a dollar.
(Nordia House, Metzger, free)



Portland Silent Reading Hour Add to a List
Doesn't reading in silence sound exciting?! (It does to us.) Head to Rose City Book Pub, a cavernous bar/used bookshop with an impossibly cozy vibe, to grab a drink and chill with a tome or two. If you're fresh out of reading material, you're sure to find something interesting in the stacks.
(Rose City Book Pub, Sabin, free)


Gobble Up Portland 2022 Add to a List
Just in time for Thanksgiving (and the subsequent holidays), Urban Craft Uprising will host this specialty food show for the fourth year, promising over 80 local vendors slinging everything from caramels to small-batch pickles to nut butters.
(Alder Block, Central Eastside, free)

Post Familiar Wine Release Add to a List
Be among the first to try two new wines from sommelier Brent Braun's winery Post Familiar—a hazy Chardonnay made in collaboration with Cutter Cascadia and a skin contact pinot gris made in collaboration with the Gorge-based winery Loop de Loop. Plus, partake in Cambodian comfort food provided by Sunshine Noodles.
(Upper Left Roasters, Ladd's Addition, free)


No Age: People Helping People Tour Add to a List
Long ago in 2013, former Stranger writer David Schmader wrote: "No Age is the two-man band that puts the art in art-punk. When they’re not releasing critically adored recordings on Sub Pop, they’re collaborating with Chloë Sevigny at some Greek art festival or installing a piece at LA MOCA." The duo, now releasing albums on Drag City, will support their latest release, People Helping People, alongside kindred experimental rockers Flaccid Mojo and Dim Wit.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Oh, Rose Add to a List
Led by chill-inducing lead vocalist and guitarist Olivia Rose, the Olympia, Washington group Oh, Rose fucking rocks! They haven’t released a new album since the excellent 2019 project, While My Father Sleeps, but we aren’t mad at it—we were touched by the guttural truths from front person and creative driver Olivia Rose Huebner’s life’s story, and the loss of her mom. Beyond albumhighlights like the angry “25 Alive” and “Politics,” or escapism tracks “Harrypotterjuana,” and “Phoenix,” the group has plenty of material to play as they embark on a co-headlining tour with seven-piece psychedelic rock band Evolfo. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman, $13-$15)


Tropitaal Desi-Latino Soundclash with DJ Anjali, The Incredible Kid and DJ Papi Fimbres 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 local selector DJ Papi Fimbres for a set of vintage cumbia and Afro-funk bangers.
(Goodfoot, Kerns, $12)


Oregon BIPOC Publishing Event: "What to Expect when You’re Expecting (a Book!)" and "Pitching, Submitting, and Proposing" Add to a List
Organized by Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University’s English department, this free event invites BIPOC-identifying writers to connect with presses, authors, and grantors while learning more about working with editors and writing successful submissions and proposals.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland, free)


Open Studios Add to a List
Pacific Northwest College of Art graduate students in the Applied Craft + Design and Visual Studies programs will throw open their studio doors for free public dialogue and art-sharing at PNCA's satellite glass building on N Kerby. Attendees will be invited to chat with 40 emerging artists working across mediums about craft-based practices, design, and more.
(PNCA Glass, Eliot, free)



Raphael: The Young Prodigy Add to a List
Using the artist's portraits of women as a unique framing device, Raphael: The Young Prodigy explores the life of the Renaissance mastermind through his commitment to beauty, his ability to capture psychological states through art, and (of course) his awe-inspiring painting techniques.
(Alberta Abbey, King, $10-$15)


Bitch Add to a List
Legendary queer music icon Bitch employs violins, synths, and autobiographical lyrics for her self-described "witchy poet pop." She’s rocked audiences for over twenty-five years and shared stages with feminist icons like Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls. She will support her ninth album (and debut on PNW label Kill Rock Stars), Bitchcraft, after an opening set from singer-songwriter Reverb Hunter.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

Night Heron Add to a List
Major slow jam vibes and chill bedtime sounds abound on 2021’s delightful Instructions for the Night, the most recent project from synth pop / neo soul group Night Heron. In fact, their setlist of grooves might just be encouraging enough to bring fans in from the cold night to the Doug Fir’s cozy basement. Composed of synth player Andy Lawson, bassist Grace Bugbee, drummer Tyler Vergin, and guitarist Cameron Spies, one of Night Heron’s coolest qualities is undoubtedly that almost all of them also offer soft and airy, simply sung harmony vocals to the tracks. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $13)

Phantogram (DJ Set) Add to a List
The New York-hailing electro-rock duo Phantogram will step off of the stage and into the booth for a rare DJ set with local support from DJ Sappho.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $15)

Piano Queen Add to a List
Portland's only live-singing, piano-playing drag queen Saint Syndrome will bring you an evening filled with classic covers, comedy, and original songs, all with her signature grace and vintage elegance. Fellow drag royalty The Eggboy will get the night started. 
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $12)


The In-Between Market Add to a List
Mike Bennett's fantastical new cafe-slash-adventure, Wonderwood Springs, will play host to this artsy market curated by local creative Lucci Flyy. Centering artists who embrace "nature, whimsy, and a spirit of adventure," the In-Between Market will feature Fairywulf, Liz Yerby, Honey Loom, and others. Take a peek at the magical wares, snag a butter brew latte, and don't miss Bennett's interactive exhibit Wonderwood: The Scourge of Castle Maplehold.
(Wonderwood Springs, St. Johns, free)



The Teacher Show: Period 2 Add to a List
It makes sense that some of our best local comedians are teachers—the profession seems to require a good sense of humor. Grab a hall pass and head to this stand-up showcase, which will focus on classroom dynamics relayed by real-life educators and funny folks Don Gavitte, Hannah G, Meanroth Ny, Jake Quanbeck, Carl Click, and Tina Högström.
(Show Bar, Buckman, $15, Friday-Saturday)


75th Anniversary Model Railroad Show Add to a List
For a weekend activity that Joe Pera would love, chugga-chugga over to the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club to witness their 75th annual model railroad show in all its tiny train glory. The club sets up the largest model train layouts in the Pacific Northwest, complete with teensy, detailed Columbia River Gorge sights like Multnomah Falls and Portland's Union Station.
(Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, Eliot, $0-$10, Saturday-Sunday)


Black in Oregon: 1840–1870 Add to a List
Presented by Oregon Black Pioneers, the only historical society dedicated to the preservation of African American experiences in the state, Black in Oregon: 1840–1870 is a traveling exhibition that spotlights Black historical figures who arrived in Oregon during times of legal racial exclusion.
(Pittock Mansion, Northwest Portland, $0-$14.50, Friday-Sunday; closing)


Oregon Heritage Farms Fall Activities Add to a List
Apples are king at this fourth generation-owned and operated orchard, but there are also pumpkins ripe for the picking at a "less mess" pumpkin patch run by the Hillsboro High School Spartan baseball team as part of their fall fundraiser. Pick up some apples by the pound and don't miss the farm's succulent apple treats, including mini apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, and caramel apples.
(Oregon Heritage Farms, free, Friday-Sunday)


In the Mirror of Maya Deren Add to a List
Ukrainian-born filmmaker and experimenter Maya Deren may be renowned for her contributions to avant-garde cinema, but In The Mirror of Maya Deren looks more closely at the artist's enigmatic dreamscapes. Told in her own words and through stories from her friends and colleagues, the film taps into the exploratory spirit of Deren's works, which remain fascinating eighty years later.
(Fifth Avenue Cinema, Southwest Portland, $0-$7, Friday-Sunday)

Tár Add to a List
Some have described the journey Tár takes us on as one about cancel culture: a phrase that can mean whatever one wants it to mean at this point, though this easy categorization feels far too neat and Internet-brained. A more apt comparison would be to 2014’s Whiplash, a film that explores ambition and power—though Tár contains more humor and a willingness to poke fun at its central subject. Without tipping off exactly what happens, those who stick out the two and a half hour film are treated to a final, fraught, and unexpected punchline. It cements. Field's tragicomedy uncovers the full picture of a unique figure in all her grim glory. PORTLAND MERCURY WRITER CHASE HUTCHINSON
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, $8-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Portland Holiday Food & Gift Festival Add to a List
Get a leg up on your Christmas shopping with the help of this annual festival attended by thousands of visitors. You'll be able to browse wares such as art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and more from hundreds of vendors. Plus, browse a large gourmet food area full of free samples of tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, salsas, oils, vinegars, honey, sauces, and other edible delights.
(Westside Commons, Hillsboro, $8, Friday-Sunday)


Champion Ten Minute Play Festival Add to a List
Local theater lovers Monkey With a Hat On present this fast, fresh festival two or three times a year, sharing new ten-minute plays written, directed, and performed by Portland artists. Cheeky alt-indie outfit Junglecorp will perform a rock opera in between each play for the 30th installment of the beloved fest, which will follow a "champion" theme. Prepare for a rowdy, quick-paced evening of theater and tunes.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $10, Friday-Saturday)

Frontieres Sans Frontieres Add to a List
Penned by playwright Phillip Howze and directed by theatermaker/social justice advocate Damaris Webb, Frontieres Sans Frontieres tackles "global culture imperialism and the commodification of human resource as capital." It's not for the faint of heart—the content advisory list is lengthy—but the play contains hints of dark humor that prod at self-absorbed actions of altruism and charity.
(Lincoln Hall, Southwest Portland, $6-$15, Friday & Sunday)

Love, Shakespeare Add to a List
If Shakespeare's theatrical works are feeling a little "played" out—hey, he did write them over 400 years ago—don thy feathered cap and head to this fully improvised take on an Elizabethan comedy. The off-the-cuff version will skew the Bard's themes and imagery for a fresh production with a rotating cast. 
(Curious Comedy Annex, King, $15, Friday-Saturday)


Like Liquid, Cut Loose Add to a List
In Like Liquid, Cut Loose, a new exhibition at Well Well Projects featuring works by Morgan Rosskopf and a sound installation by Ashlin Aronin, the art is submerged in a simulated grotto of undulating ultraviolet light and swirling, trippy sounds. For anybody prone to sensory overload, spending a long period of time in the space could be exhausting, but if you're up for it, the reward is a labyrinth of hidden treasures, appropriated images, and glowing interstices that feels like a theme park for inhabitants of a warming ocean. MARTHA DAGHLIAN
(Well Well, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday)

The Nexus of Here Add to a List
Portland art collective WAVE Contemporary presents this fresh exhibition featuring work by the group's members. The Nexus of Here explores "shifting horizons" in times of upheaval, technological shifts, urban development, and the "outrage economy." Local faves like Hannah Newman, Morgan Rosskopf, Katherine Spinella, and John Whitten will show new pieces alongside artists working in painting, sculpture, and more.
(WAVE Contemporary, Downtown, free, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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