Weekend Guide

The Best In-Person Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: A Thousand Ways (Part Two), Naomi Pizza Kitchen, and More

May 14-16, 2021 Edition
May 14, 2021
The second installment of 600 Highwaymen's interactive performance A Thousand Ways begins its run at Portland Center Stage this weekend. (Boom Arts via Instagram)

Governor Brown announced this week that fully vaxxed Oregonians can stop wearing masks in most public spaces (yay!), but our roundup of weekend activities still keeps social distancing in mind. See our picks below, from a vintage sale at Nordic Northwest to 600 Highwaymen's interactive performance A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter, and from places to get smoked meat for Barbecue Day (like Matt's BBQ) to a nostalgic Naomi Pizza Kitchen pop-up at Pop Pizza. For even more options, check out our guides to the best online events this week and the best things to do all month long

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Try some new recipes from Gregory Gourdet's cookbook. Local chef Gregory Gourdet, who previously competed on Top Chef and is featured on the current season in Portland as a judge, released his debut cookbook, Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health, this Wednesday. The new book features approachable, globally inspired recipes with an emphasis on health and wellness, with dishes free from dairy, soy, legume, and gluten. Pick up a copy at Powell's or your other favorite local bookstore and whip up some flavorful dishes like slow-cooked salmon with Ti Malice sauce or grilled carrots with herby coconut yogurt and spicy beet vinaigrette.

Pick up some barbecue for Barbecue Day. This Sunday is National Barbecue Day, so grab some mouthwateringly smoky brisket and ribs and head to the beach or park for a picnic. Try cut-to-order barbecue with scratch-made side dishes at Botto's BBQ, Texas-style fare from Matt's BBQ, Oregon oak-smoked meats from Bark City BBQ, or some impressive vegan recreations from Homegrown Smoker

Celebrate National Salad Month. May is National Salad Month, an ideal time to channel your inner woman laughing alone with salad. Dive into a hearty bowl of leafy greens at Garden Monster, Crisp Salads, or Canteen, or opt for the popular, craveable ensalata bomba (baby lettuces, plum vinaigrette, avocado, apple relish, and aged Gouda) at the "reverse steakhouse" G-Love.

Get some cocktails for Chartreuse Day. Sunday, May 16 is Chartreuse Day, a holiday celebrating the pleasantly herbal French liqueur that's been made by Carthusian Monks since 1927. Despite famously lending its name to the pale green color, it also comes in a light yellow. Get your fill of the spirit with the Teardrop Cocktail Lounge's "Bishop" (TDL whiskey blend, yellow Chartreuse, Italian vermouth, and orange), Bit House Collective's "Manhawttan" (Dickel rye, Brugal 1888, cardamaro, green Chartreuse, vermouth, and bitters), or the "Last Word" at Blank Slate (Beefeater gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo, and lime).

Check out some outdoor patios. As the weather warms up and restaurants continue to offer socially distanced outdoor seating, there's never been a better time to dine al fresco. We've rounded up 20 patios in Portland where you can soak up the sun, from the party vibes at Tropicale to rooftop margaritas and tacos at Tope

Other notable weekend events:

Naomi Pizza Kitchen
If you're nostalgic for memories of digging into a barbecue chicken pie at California Pizza Kitchen after a long day of shopping at your local mall, here's a pop-up for you: Celebrated chef Naomi Pomeroy of Ripe Cooperative is paying homage to the chain and its most famous specialty with a special collaboration at Pop Pizza, featuring free-range chicken breast, mozzarella, smoked Gouda, red onion, and barbecue-marinara sauce, plus Ripe Cooperative's house-made "Hidden Willamette Valley Ranch" on the side. Proceeds will support Portland Garment Factory, which was recently a victim of arson. 
Pop Pizza, Southeast (Friday-Sunday)

Oregon Wine Month
Oregon Wine Month will offer a month of safe and socially distanced programming celebrating Oregon-grown vino, including self-guided tours, educational seminars, talks, tastings, and more programming. 
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)


Plan ahead for major in-person events. Post-COVID life is finally coming into view, making way for the return of major in-person happenings this summer. This week brings some exciting announcements on that front, including a music and film series presented by Hollywood Theatre at the Lot at Zidell Yards (May 28-June 28, tickets on sale now) and Oregon Ballet Theatre performances at OMSI (June 5-12, tickets on sale Thurs May 27).

Other notable weekend events:

Finding You
While abroad in Ireland, a young musician Finley (Rose Reid) meets a sexy movie star (Jedidiah Goodacre) who's shooting his latest medieval fantasy blockbuster. 
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

I Am My Story: Voices of Hope
The newest exhibition curated by the Immigrant Story—a volunteer-run organization based in Oregon, Washington, Indiana, and Tennessee—features a collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and his storytelling project, "What We Carried," which comprises annotated photos of objects that women brought with them to the U.S. from their homelands. "The objects, portraits and narratives connect viewers with the reflections, joys and fears of these young women," adds press materials. "They shine a light on different facets of the Black experience, including the multiple layers of adversity experienced by immigrant women of color and survivors of war."
Oregon Historical Society Museum, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

In an effort to expose a prolific ISIS recruiter, a British journalist pretends to be a recent convert to Islam who's flirting with the idea of becoming a Jihadi extremist. Over long video calls, she begins to develop complicated feelings for her hot recruiter, putting herself and her colleagues in danger.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Those Who Wish Me Dead
Angelina Jolie returns to her Salt-era days in this gritty Frontier thriller, in which she plays a firefighter forced to protect a teenage murder witness.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

A THOUSAND WAYS (Part Two): An Encounter
In the long-awaited second installment of 600 Highwaymen's interactive performance A Thousand Ways, you and a stranger meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. Using a script and props, you'll connect with the other person through simple gestures.
Portland Center Stage, Northwest (Friday-Sunday)

2021 University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition
University of Oregon MFA artists Sajad Amini, Claire Tierney Anderson, Devon DeVaughn, Eden V. Evans, Ian Sherlock Molloy, Tannon Reckling, Caroline Turner, and Nathan Alexander Ward show a wide range of work created over three years of study.
Disjecta, North Portland (Saturday-Sunday)


Celebrate Norway on Syytende Mai. Monday, May 17 is Norwegian Independence Day (aka Syttende Mai), which marks the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814. The city of Bergen likes to celebrate with a big parade, but here in town, opt for pop-up events at Nordic Northwest, like a vintage sale (Saturday-Sunday) and Nordic Kubb (Sunday), a lawn game that falls somewhere between bowling and horseshoes. If you work up an appetite, extend the festivities by picking up some Nordic-inspired fare at Broder or Maurice.

Go moon bathing on National Astronomy Day. There's nothing major happening in outer space this weekend (if there is, our invitation got lost in the mail), but Saturday brings a national call to go star-gazing anyway. Take your picnic blanket to areas with low light pollution, like Mt. Tabor Park, Council Crest Park, or Stub Stewart State Park.

Other notable weekend events:

Skatemobile at the Waterfront!
The Rose City Rollers are bringing their skating pop-up to the waterfront, a decidedly more scenic location than Lloyd Center. Reserve a spot online for any weekend in May (tickets are limited to 75 spots per session) and know that their skatemobile will be onsite if you forget your gear. 
Hampton Opera Center, Southeast (Saturday-Sunday)