With a new string of COVID cases threatening a fourth wave of the virus in Portland, getting the bulk of your entertainment from the internet is still the move. Here's a new batch of picks to carry you through the week, from a book talk with Oprah Winfrey to The Mercury's I, Anonymous Livestreaming Show to Lauren Yee's play The Great Leap. Plus, if you like to plan ahead, check out our guide to the best things to do in Portland all month long.
READINGS & TALKS
Elissa Washuta: White Magic
Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things), Tommy Pico (Junk, Nature Poem), and Morgan Parker (Magical Negro)—some of the freshest Saggitarian poets and fiction writers in the biz—will gather under one virtual canopy for a chat with Washington State Book Award finalist Elissa Washuta on her new book, White Magic.
Powell's Books Presents Michelle Zauner in Conversation With Ben Gibbard
Michelle Zauner, known for making dreamy indie-pop under the name Japanese Breakfast, will discuss her searingly poignant new debut memoir Crying In H Mart, which details her Korean American upbringing in Eugene, Oregon, losing her mother to terminal pancreatic cancer, and finding connection through food. She'll be joined in conversation by fellow Northwest music-maker Ben Gibbard.
#virtualandia! 2021: Youth Poetry Slam Championship
Ten youth slam poets selected from a pool of 300 candidates will have their original poems recorded, aired, and scored by five judges. The winner will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card (and the honor of being a publicly recognized talented teen).
CHILL'D OUT! with DJ Small Skies
Close your "lo-fi hip-hop beats to relax/study to" tab and queue up this set of live downtempo tunes courtesy of DJ Small Skies, coming to your living room from the Holocene stage.
Commemorating Carlos: An Oregon Symphony Retrospective
As Carlos Kalmar celebrates his 18th and final season as music director of the Oregon Symphony, All Classical Portland presents a new eight-part series celebrating some of the most memorable performances under his baton.
Parker Quartet: Inventive & Inspired - Chamber Music Northwest
The Grammy-winning Parker Quartet will apply their virtuosity to Thomas Adès's magical Arcadiana and Beethoven’s reflective Opus 132 string quartet.
Portland State Steinway Piano Series featuring Anton Nel
Deemed an "uncommonly elegant pianist" by the New York Times, the South Africa-born virtuoso Anton Nel is the Portland State University Steinway Piano Series' latest headliner.
READINGS & TALKS
Artists in Conversation: Racial Stereotypes in Popular Media and Opera
For this installment of Renegade Opera's artist conversation series, Texas-born Soprano and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Kristen Buabin will talk about racism in popular music and opera.
FOOD & DRINK
WTF Is Orange Wine?
Thanks to the natural wine movement, orange wine is currently de rigueur. Learn all about the style at this online class with Mallory Smith of 1856 Beer Wine Cider and wine writer Martin Skegg.
READINGS & TALKS
Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD in Conversation With Arianna Davis
Oprah Winfrey and the well-known brain and trauma expert Bruce D. Perry explore the impact of childhood events on our adult lives, both internally and externally, in What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. Join the co-authors for a conversation with Powell's and Oprah Daily Senior Director Arianna Davis.
READINGS & TALKS
Kristin Hersh in Conversation With John Doe
Kristin Hersh reflects on her days in the '90s indie-rock band Throwing Muses all the way up to her current days as a mother in her new memoir, Seeing Sideways: A Memoir of Music and Motherhood. Join her for an online talk with X founder John Doe.
The I, Anonymous Live-streaming Show!
If you're desperately needing some top-notch comedy, then the I, Anonymous Show is for you! Here's how it works: We get the funniest local and national comedians to riff and heckle the wildest, jaw-droppingly wrong, and uncensored I, Anonymous submissions from the famous Stranger and Portland Mercury column, and in return you laugh yer buttz off! Joining your delightful host Kate Murphy (a Mercury "Undisputable Genius of Comedy") will be the following murderers' row of hilarious, nationally beloved comedians: Steph Tolev, Sam Tallent, and Neeraj Srinivasan. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
HUMP! Greatest Hits - Volume 3
The HUMP! team is bringing back some fan-favorite amateur porn shorts from 2015-2018 in the third volume of streamable compilations.
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.
Mt. Hood Jazz Festival
Immerse yourself in jazz culture with masterclasses from artists like Ingrid Jensen and performances from the Mel Brown Septet, Tia Fuller, and others. This three-day festival will move its locale from Mt. Hood to the internet.
THEATER & PERFORMANCE
Kressman Taylor’s short epistolary story "Address Unknown," which, written in 1938, brought American readers' attention to Nazi invasions in Europe, will get a dramatic reading courtesy of Cygnet Radio Hour.
The Great Leap
Desdemona Chiang directs this online production of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap, which centers the star of the sidewalk basketball courts in San Francisco's Chinatown who strong-arms his way onto an American college team traveling to Beijing for a "friendship" game in 1989.
The Last Five Years
Jason Robert Brown's musical love story with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, pre-recorded on the Broadway Rose stage, The Last Five Years is a non-linear story about the brief marriage between two artists.