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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Nov 4-6, 2022

Portland Book Festival, Black Podcast Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
November 4, 2022
Browse stacks on stacks and hear from renowned writers at the Portland Book Festival. (Literary Arts)
There's lots of keep you busy this weekend, from Portland Book Festival to The Black Podcast Festival and from OMSI's Native American Community Science Night to an Apple Juice Market at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider. Just remember to turn your clocks back this Sunday and vote next Tuesday! For more ideas, check out our guide to this week's top events.

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Sloppy Jane with Niis Add to a List
Led by vocalist Haley Dahl, the experimental pop project known as Sloppy Jane has included over a dozen band members since its formation in 2009, most notably indie-folk sensation Phoebe Bridgers, who provided bass and backing vocals on their first demo recordings. Bridgers has since left the band but continues to work with the project, recently signing them to her record label Saddest Factory. Catch the band just a day before the release of their new concept album, Madison, which explores “fantasy relationships." LA-based punk band Niis will open.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $15)

Take the Power Back: Genre Bending Hip Hop & World Music Add to a List
Respected emcee, rapper, spoken word artist, poet, activist, and educator Mic Crenshaw will spit some powerful bars alongside rappers Libretto, Swiggle Mandela, Opium Sabbah, singer-songwriter David Rovics, and jazz fusion ensemble Shvvvr for an evening of world music-infused hip-hop. 
(Jack London Revue, Downtown, $15)


Mother of Color Add to a List
Blending themes of social and ancestral trauma, this feature debut by queer Mexican American filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone follows a community organizer and single mother as she untangles mysterious messages from her ancestors. Keep an eye out for Luz Elena Mendoza of indie outfit Y La Bamba and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who both make appearances in the film; Mother of Color's cast and crew will also be in attendance for this special screening.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $10)


Friday Night Lecture: Terroir of Oregon Wine and Nordic Wineries with Dr. Scott Burns Add to a List
Dr. Scott Burns, who has spent over 30 years studying the terroir of wine in Oregon, will school attendees on the influence of geology, climate, grapes, soils, and soil biota on the flavors of wines.
(Nordic Northwest, Metzger, $10)


Art and Moving Sale Add to a List
In preparation for their move to a fresh location on NW Everett next month, Blackfish Gallery will host a moving sale this weekend. Name your own price on everything from artwork by gallery members to studio equipment, furniture, and even vintage LPs. (A handful of exceptional pieces will be sold through a silent auction.) The event supports the development of Blackfish's new gallery space and their cooperative mission.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, free)



Broke Gravy and Friends Add to a List
The Broke Gravy dudes (Chris, Leon, and Eric) have forged a unique path in improv comedy, using the off-the-cuff medium to inspire deeper conversations on their perspectives as Black Americans. (They're also funny AF.) For this performance, they'll be joined by improvisers Kara Moore and Rachel Rosenthal for an extra-special set.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $15)

Dropped Notes: An Outrageous Musical Revue Add to a List
The cast of Dropped Notes knows no more about what the evening will bring than the audience does—the musical revue promises to be a hilarious mash-up of song, dance, and storytelling entirely determined by audience suggestions. Each night they'll tackle new themes, so submit yours for a chance to see it translated on stage.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, $15-$20)


Native American Community Science Night Add to a List
What could be cooler than exploring a science museum at night?! We're stumped, so head to this community science night in celebration of Native American History Month for an evening of Indigenous knowledge-based science demos, a Navajo planetarium show, and Native vendors like Nizhoni Jewelry & Crafts.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, $8-$12)


Indecent Desires Add to a List
This lurid film by the most prolific female filmmaker you've never heard of will be introduced by Lisa Petrucci of Seattle-based distributor Something Weird Video. Over a four-decade career, Doris Wishman directed everything from nudie flicks to pulpy melodramas, and Indecent Desires fits right in with her dramatic, violent—and decidedly schlocky—oeuvre. Expect sin, skin, and a voodoo doll or two.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8 - $10)


DĂ­a de los Muertos Fall Fair Add to a List
Head to this recently opened, no-fuss taproom in South Tabor to celebrate DĂ­a de los Muertos with "witchy goods," tarot, handmade gifts, and a festive fall cider or two.
(Hindsight Taproom, South Tabor, free)

Yoga + Beer Portland Add to a List
Bend and stretch with a feel-good yoga practice led by instructor Christina McAlvey, then enjoy a pint of beer while reveling in the endorphin-induced high.
(Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., Northwest Portland, $15-$20)


Beaverton Symphony Orchestra Presents: A Concert For Travis Add to a List
For their season opener, the Beaverton Symphony will pay musical tribute to their cherished music director Travis Hatton, who passed away last month. The program includes Edward Elgar's "Nimrod," Saint Saëns' "Violin Concerto No. 3, B minor, op. 61," and Robert Schumann's "Symphony #2, C Major op 61."
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, $10-$15)

Folk in the Fall Add to a List
Beat the autumn chill with a cozy evening of acoustic folk tunes, dancing, and cups of comforting hot cider. Local Americana acts Bull Mountain and Moon Balloon will provide the soundtrack.
(The Ranger Station, Richmond, $10)

Michael Hurley, Be Present Art Group, and Larry Yes Add to a List
Legendary PNW outsider-folk artist and illustrator Michael Hurley, who has consistently released music for going on six decades, will play songs from his most recent album, The Time of the Foxgloves, which features guest vocals from trad-folk revivalist Josephine Foster. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from experimental artist collective Be Present Group and singer-songwriter Larry Yes. 
(Alberta Abbey, King, $12-$15)

Ten Million Lights with Black Nite Crash and 9:40PM Add to a List
Portland quintet Ten Million Lights will stop by the underground venue with a set of cathartic post-punk, dream-pop, and psych-tinged shoegaze alongside like-minded local outfits Black Nite Crash and 9:40PM.
(The SĂŻx, Sunnyside, $7-$10)


Mapping Home: An Evening with Corporeal Writing and Autofocus Lit Add to a List
Held at contemporary writing workshop center Corporeal Writing (it's local fave Lidia Yuknavitch's space), this evening of readings is an official Portland Book Festival Add to a List 2022 Cover to Cover event, with vibrant words from Colombia-born award-winner Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Rumpus managing editor and essayist Marissa Korbel, and others.
(Corporeal Writing, Downtown, free)

Portland Book Festival Add to a List  
Throngs of book lovers will flock to the Portland Art Museum on November 5 for the Portland Book Festival, which promises an unmatched lineup of buzzy wordsmiths like Esmé Weijun Wang, Karen Russell, Andrew Sean Greer, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Selma Blair(!) sharing their writing secrets, plus lots of folks with cool tote bags. We recommend stopping by to snag a book you're stoked about.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, passes $15/adv $25/day of)

This is Portland: An Evening of Poetry and Music Add to a List
For those that prefer their nightlife with a dash of poeticism, Independent Publisher Book Award recipients Buckman Journal and LGBTQIA+ artist collective Future Prairie will co-present this multi-genre poetry performance. This is Portland will include short readings supplemented by instrumental interludes, and audience members will be encouraged to participate in a "crowd-sourced poem" on the spot.
(Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman, free)


Art Is For Social Change Add to a List
Co-hosted by social justice education organization Don't Shoot PDX and PNCA's Print Media MFA program, Art is For Social Change includes a collaborative, youth-oriented mural workshop with artist Julian Gaines, whose work was featured on a New York Magazine cover in 2020. After the workshop, Gaines will chat with Don't Shoot PDX founder and activist Teressa Raiford.
(PNCA, Pearl District, free)



Art and Krimes by Krimes Add to a List
The Portland premiere of this remarkable doc follows Philly-based artist and past Art For Justice Fund fellow Jesse Krimes, who created a monumental body of artwork while incarcerated for six years in federal prison. (One piece is a multi-panel, 40-foot mural made entirely with bed sheets, hair gel, and newspaper, which Krimes couldn't view in its entirety until he returned home.) As part of the Portland Book Festival Add to a List ’s Cover to Cover series, this event will include a post-screening discussion with Portland-born Pulitzer Prize winner Mitchell S. Jackson.
(Whitsell Auditorium, Downtown, $12)

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Add to a List
Spotlighting terrifying international flicks directed by women and non-binary filmmakers, Germany's Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is committed to the monstrous and messy. This "Best Of" collection compiles seven spooky shorts from this year's festival—expect body horror, creepy kids, queer chills, and a dash of cannibalism.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$10)

Portland Latin American Film Festival Add to a List
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and support Latin cinema at the Portland Latin American Film Festival, which will feature flicks from ten countries on select dates through December. PDXLAFF continues this week with a screening of Carajita, a potent drama exploring relationships that transcend class boundaries.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8-$12)


Shannon Entropy, Reverb Hunter, and Wavicle Add to a List
Five-piece outfit Shannon Entropy combines indie rock, psychedelic soul, and hip-hop beats for a unique sound that cannot be contained by a single genre. They will be joined by ethereal singer-songwriter Reverb Hunter and prog-rock project Wavicle.
(Holocene, Buckman, $10)


Voices Like Thunder: An Afternoon of Poetry with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Add to a List
In celebration of the release of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's (NACF) first anthology, The Larger Voice – Celebrating Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows, they'll co-present this afternoon of readings with the Portland Art Museum. Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, former Oregon State Poet Laureate Liz Woody, and other Native poets will share their work, followed by a Q&A session and an open mic for BIPOC poets. While you're at the museum, make a day of it with Native-focused exhibitions Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire Add to a List and Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe Add to a List .
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, free)


Queer Mini Maker's Pop-Up Add to a List
On Sundays through November 20, queer artists and makers will head to rustic bakery Paper & Twine with handmade ceramics, jewelry, self-care goodies, and more. While you're there, don't miss the chance to snag a few cheddar garlic biscuits, seasonal scones, and chai cream cookies.
(Paper & Twine, Mount Scott-Arleta, free)



The Black Podcast Festival Add to a List
The Numberz Podcast Network, which curates programming by and for Black Portlanders, will host this free three-day festival at Alberta Abbey, where hosts and podcast guests will congregate for a packed weekend of live podcast sessions, Q&As, and DJ sets. Podcast topics will range from houselessness to mental health and education, so drop by to stay informed. (Bonus: the first 150 registered guests will receive a "limited edition podcast festival gift pack.")
(Alberta Abbey, King, free, 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)

Wendell and Wild Add to a List
Henry Selick, the downright brilliant director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, returns with more visionary stop-motion animation for this fun goth flick featuring the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Angela Bassett. Wendell and Wild follows two mischievous demons whose journey to the "Land of the Living" hinges on the help of a wry 13-year-old girl.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $7-$10, Saturday-Sunday)


7th Annual Apple Juice Market at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Add to a List
Reverend Nat's Apple Market returns, inviting you to come through and stock up on the finest apple juice in the region, perfect for fermentation, fresh drinking, or preservation. Choose between the "Rev Nat's Blend" (a customized mixture of five different varieties used in many of Reverend Nat's most popular ciders), a single-variety Newtown Pippin (an heirloom apple used in Nat's New Moon Mandarin and popular among home cidermakers) and a bracingly tart 100% Granny Smith juice. F.H. Steinbart Co. will be on hand selling home cidermaking supplies, so bring your own carboys, buckets, growlers, and other vessels, and you'll be all set to get into the cider-making game from the comfort of your own home when winter rolls around.
(Reverend Nat's Cidery & Taproom, Boise, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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, Hillsboro, free, Friday-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)

i gently place my brain in cold rice Add to a List
Presented by curatorial residents Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu of home school, i gently place my brain in cold rice compiles sculptures, video pieces, photography, and writing, grappling with tactility and ritual in virtual and "transmedia" realms. The inquisitive exhibition's eight artists include local creator and doula Ansar El Muhammad, Pittsburgh-based artist Khadijat Yussuff, Kigali-based collective Ibisazi Designers Nyabyo, and others. 
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, free, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Smolder: Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff Add to a List
Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff's Smolder looks closely at the simmering anxieties of the current zeitgeist through video and sculpture. Hopkins zeroes in on the climate crisis in Slow Burn, a video piece that also examines the patriarchy of the American West; Acuff's A Thing Burnt in its Entirety contains nods to sacrifice, alchemy, and the concept of nigredo, a Latin term referencing material that was burned in order to initiate transformation.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, free, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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