This year's first spate of supremely sunny days is upon us, but before you unzip the bottom half of your cargo pants and swan dive into the Willamette, remember that vaccine eligibility for all Oregon residents over 16 is just days away, and that staying isolated now is your best bet at touching your face at the beach in the near future. So, for now, open all your windows and scroll through this week's most noteworthy online events, from the stoner film fest SPLIFF to readings with Joy Harjo and this year's Oregon Book Award fiction finalists. For even more options, check out our complete guide to COVID-safe April events.
A Climate of Change
Learn how the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is addressing the calamities of climate change by adopting new Climate Crisis resolutions and growing its grassroots movement to protect Gorge communities from dangerous fossil fuel transport.
READINGS & TALKS
The renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku will lay out the concepts outlined in his book The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything in laypeople's terms.
The Pacific Northwest College of Art's MFA and MA Critical Studies programs will host this online talk with Ocean Vuong, whose latest novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, centers on a son writing a letter to his illiterate mother.
Light the Way
Take in performances from local theater artists Josie Seid, Lo Steele, Vivan Scarlett, and Jenn Mundia (plus other special guests) at this online fundraiser for Portland's Profile Theatre.
Make Waves Virtual Concert and Auction Fundraiser
Try out your favorite TikTok dance during live performances from Northwest artists Mimi Naja (of Fruition), Moorea Masa, Stephanie Anne Johnson, and greaterkind at this fundraiser for the local nonprofit Musicians in Solidarity, which helps provide music scholarships for kids in underserved communities. There will also be a silent auction whose items include original artwork by Portland artist Mike Bennett, a weeklong hot tub rental, and gift certificates to local businesses like Good Foot.
BIPOC Runway: Movement, Community, Culture
Local BIPOC designers will flaunt their latest runway designs in this livestream presented by Streamworks Media Collective.
Gala 2021: The Music Plays On
This live concert hosted by Scott Showalter and resident Oregon Symphony musicians will honor Carlos Kalmar in his 18th and final season as Music Director.
Reverdie: The Return of Spring
Award-winning violinist Hanami Froom and pianist Maria Garcia will join forces for the Portland Chamber Orchestra's spring concert at Nordic Northwest, celebrating the season with vibrant works by Chopin, Bach, Grieg, Vitaly, and others.
Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale
Recorded live from Disjecta, the Portland Columbia Symphony will revive Stravinsky’s virtuosic fairytale rags-to-riches story for the digital stage, complete with a cast of actors.
READINGS & TALKS
Oregon Book Award Fiction Finalists Reading
Join Chelsea Bieker, Genevieve Hudson, Mark Savage, Vanessa Veselka, and Lidia Yuknavitch, the 2021 Oregon Book Award finalists for the Ken Kesey Award, for an online reading.
READINGS & TALKS
Kim Stafford and John Morrison
Sign up for an evening of poetry, music, and "possibly even a little film" with Portland wordsmiths Kim Stafford and John Morrison, who will be reading from their new collections Singer Come from Afar and Monkey Island, respectively.
Elastic Time: A Richard Linklater Master Class
As the pandemic continues to skew our individual and collective sense of time, it's as good a time as any to delve into the work of Gen-X director Richard Linklater, for whom the passage of time has always been a theme worth investigating. In this Movie Madness class, the director will join you as you dissect Dazed & Confused (which happens to fall on 4/20, wink wink).
READINGS & TALKS
With nine poetry collections, a memoir, and several plays and children's books under her belt (not to mention four albums—she's also an accomplished saxophonist), Literary Arts poet laureate Joy Harjo (a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation) will read some recently published poems featured in American Sunrise, as well as excerpts from her aforementioned 2012 memoir, Crazy Brave.
Join Annie Bloom's and Portland author Levi Rogers for the release of Utah, his debut novel set in the not-so-distant future that follows a couple and their daughter as they flee from wildfires and the imminent threat of a Yellowstone volcano eruption to Utah, where they plan to attend a wedding in Zion National Park.
Paula McLain in Conversation With Sue Monk Kidd
From the author of The Paris Wife comes a new mystery novel about a seasoned missing-persons detective in San Francisco who flees to Mendocino after the tragic death of a loved one. Instead of the downtime she was hoping for, she finds herself embroiled in an off-duty case of a missing teenager. Hear more from the author at this Powell's talk with Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees).
Re-imagining Portland: Parks, Public Space, Memory, Creativity, and Spatial Justice
Downtown Portland has been looking pretty bleak thanks to COVID, but that may not always be the case. Join the Portland Parks Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum, and Converge 45 for a lecture with designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist Liz Ogbu on the future of the city.
Portland-born, Los Angeles-based comedian Ron Funches will step in as the host of this weed-centric cooking show inspired by Food Network's Chopped. Like its predecessor, the contestants—all up-and-coming cannabis chefs—will be tasked with dishing up an appetizer, entrée, and dessert using unpredictable ingredients, this time with weed- or CBD-infused flair. Will the judges (chef Esther Choi, drag performer and cannabis activist Laganja Estranja, chef Luke Reyes, chef Sam Talbot, and comedian Tacarra Williams) get too stoned to form coherent sentences? Watch and see.
(On-demand starting Tuesday)
As everyone's favorite day to smoke weed draws near, it's time for another installment of short cannabis-themed films made for and by stoners just like you! You'll have a grand old time watching the screenings themselves, but you'll be even more delighted by this year's live(streamed) viewing parties hosted by various dynamic weed-loving duos, from The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig to Seattle drag stars Cookie Couture and Betty Wetter to comedians Alyssa Yeoman and Erin Ingle.
Journeys To Justice
Portland Opera presents compositions about love, justice, and the Black American experience, including Jasmine Barnes's "Songs for the African Violet" and Carlos Simon's Night Trip.
THEATER & PERFORMANCE
Catch Oregon Ballet Theatre excerpts of well-known works by George Balanchine, William Forsythe, August Bournonville, Nacho Duato, OBT Resident Choreographer Nicolo Fonte, and Marius Petipa, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals.
Calm Under the Waves in the Blue of My Oblivion
Raised in NYC by way of the USSR, Yulia Pinkusevich uses salvaged common materials to find an intersection between rural and urban economies. Check out her latest collection of drawings in this virtual exhibition.
Gender non-conforming artists Ebenezer Galluzzo, Tabitha Nikolai, Pace Taylor, and Maya Vivas show work about identity and existence in this mixed-media online show.