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The Best Things to Do from Home in Portland This Week: April 22-28, 2021

The Great Green Wall, a SPLIFF Watch Party, and More
April 22, 2021
The music-driven documentary The Great Green Wall, which explores an Africa-based project to build the largest greenbelt in the world, hits Hollywood Theatre's virtual screening room just in time for Earth Day. (Hollywood Theatre)

If you're not into yoga or getting caught in the rain, make yourself a batch of piña coladas and avoid the drizzle with our latest roundup of online events. Still with us after that shameless Rupert Holmes reference? Keep reading for details on a SPLIFF watch party with The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig, a concert with acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a Powell's talk with Jonny Sun and Samantha Irby, and more. 


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THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

Behind the Curtain: Secrets of The Whales with Brian Skerry
Following a watch-along of the new Disney+ documentary Secrets of the Whales, which follows National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry's deep dive (ha ha) into the hidden culture of whales, stay on for an inside look into Skerry's new book of the same name, as well as NatGeo's May issue, which is all about oceans.

Earth Day events with Friends of Trees!
Post up on Friends of Trees' Facebook page for a day of live virtual events like tree walks, talks about climate change, and a Q&A about equitably growing the urban canopy with Dr. Vivek Shandas of PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

KBOO's Special Earth Day: Thin Green Line
Northwest environmentalists haven't won every battle, but our region does have an impressive track record of resisting becoming a fossil fuel export hub. Celebrate these "thin green line" victories and learn about how they were won in this panel with local activists. 

READINGS & TALKS

Patrick Radden Keefe in Conversation With Lydia Polgreen
One of the richest families in the world, known for their philanthropic support of the arts and the sciences, made their fortune on Valium before OxyContin swooped in and shattered their reputation (and got millions of people addicted to prescription opiates, but that's another story). New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe's Empire of Pain follows three generations of the Sackler family and traces their downfall. 

SATURDAY

FILM

The Evil Dead II: With Live Commentary from Bruce Campbell
Watch along with beloved B-movie icon Bruce Campbell as Ash, the sole survivor of the first Evil Dead installment, returns to the cursed cabin in the woods and again unleashes the forces of the dead. Real horror heads can spring for the VIP Extreme option for an autographed event post and a two-minute virtual chat with Bruce (in addition to the VOD and livestream links).

MUSIC

Levitation Sessions : FUZZ
Charles Moothart, Ty Segall, and Chad Ubovich "[scorch] the earth with pure primitive rock" in Fuzz, a newfangled group who span the entirety of their fledgling discography live from Zebulon in Los Angeles in this pre-recorded set. 

Parker Quartet: Inventive & Inspired
The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will apply their imaginative virtuosity to compositions from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including Beethoven’s Heiliger Dankgesang string quartet.

Promises of Spring: A Virtual Concert
Take your headphones on a spring walk and enjoy these pre-recorded choir and solo performances from Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland singers, as well as a new piece from Portland-based Haitian American composer Sydney Guillaume. 

PERFORMANCE

The Vertical City
Turn your ears to a new audio drama—Diana Burbano's character study set in a future-Portland built to survive the effects of climate change—performed by second-year Conservatory students.

VISUAL ART

Creative Exchange Lab: Meet the Artists
PICA's prestigious Creative Exchange Lab invites emerging and established artists to share their latest work and engage in peer-to-peer dialogue. Don't miss your chance to meet the artists of this year's program, including Javaad Alipoor, Reese Bowes, Fernanda D’Agostino, and Sorour Darabi. 

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Rachel Barton Pine
Hear internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine perform live with Friends of Chamber Music, which will be free and virtual in place of her canceled IRL concert. 

PERFORMANCE

Sequestered Soliloquies Vii: Shot in The Arm
Ten teams of playwrights, actors, and directors will create, rehearse, and perform brand-new monologues streamed live on Bag & Baggage's Facebook and YouTube pages. 

MONDAY

FILM

Ye Olde Movie Quiz
This online trivia night hosted by Hollywood Theatre will center pre-1960s cinema.

TUESDAY

FILM

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. For the final installment of this three-week Movie Madness masterclass, the director will join you as you dissect the Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawk classic Before Sunset

READINGS & TALKS

An Evening with Elaine Weiss
Continue your celebration of the now post-centennial ratification of the 19th Amendment by queuing up this online talk with Elaine Weiss, the author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

Consider This with Astra Taylor
Continuing their series on democracy and civic engagement, Oregon Humanities will bring on Canada-born filmmaker Astra Taylor to break down her documentary What Is Democracy? and her book Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone. 

Jacqueline Keeler
Join Jacqueline Keeler for a reading of her new book, Standoff: Standing Rock, the Bundy Movement, and the American Story of Sacred Lands. She'll be joined by Bob Sallinger, the Director of Conservation at Portland Audubon Society.

Jonny Sun in Conversation With Samantha Irby
If you loved Jonny Sun's Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, a very funny and heartfelt illustrated story about a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, definitely tune in to hear him talk about his new collection of essays, poems, and illos, Goodbye, Again, which covers everything from mental health to belonging. Sun will be joined in conversation by fellow hilarious essayist Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Wow, No Thank You.

WEDNESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

John Grisham: Sooley
John Grisham, who usually hangs his hat on legal thrillers, "takes you to a different kind of court" in what is decidedly his first basketball novel, Sooley, which follows a South Sudanese teen who travels to the US to follow his hoop dreams just as a civil war is raging across his home country. Grisham will be joined in conversation by thriller writer J. T. Ellison, author of Her Dark Lies.

MULTI-DAY

COMMUNITY

Home Sweet Home
Bid on environmentally minded prizes like a two-night stay at an alpaca farm, wine and beer gift baskets, and handmade ceramics after downloading family-friendly activities revolving around bird nests. All proceeds go to support Ecology Outdoors' equitable ecology education and climate action programs for students in Oregon.
(Thursday-Saturday)

FILM

Beast Beast
Writer-director Danny Madden's portrait of teenhood in a Southern town intersects the stories of three Zoomers: Krista, a suburban theater geek; Nito, a skater scraping by with little support from his negligent dad; and Adam, a recent high school grad obsessed with guns and his fledgling target-shooting YouTube channel. While they come from disparate backgrounds, each character shares a desire to be seen and accepted in their alienated world, and when they do finally meet, the tone shifts from introspective to chaotic as the trio plots for viral fame on social media.
(Friday-Sunday)

The Great Green Wall
Renowned Malian singer Inna Modja guides this music-driven documentary about Africa’s Great Green Wall project, which advocates for an 8,000-kilometer greenbelt—that's three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef. This limited screening is presented by Hollywood Theatre and the Portland EcoFilm Festival.
(Thursday-Saturday)

2021 SPLIFF Film Festival
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 Saturday's live(streamed) viewing party with The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig to close out the fest. 
(Friday-Saturday)

MUSIC

Fear No Music Headliner Concert
Violinist Inés Voglar-Belgique, cellist Nancy Ives, percussionist Michael Roberts, and musicians from BRAVO! Youth Orchestras will perform an eclectic program of Jessie Montgomery's Rhapsody no. 1 for solo violin, Marcos Balter's Descarga for solo percussion, selections from Daniel Bernard Roumain's Hip Hop Studies and Etudes, and more. 
(Monday-Wednesday)

PERFORMANCE

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. 
(Friday-Sunday)

Manahatta
Harking all the way back to the first Native American tribe whose land was stolen by European colonizers, Mary Kathryn Nagle's 2018 play uses the story of the Lenape people to reflect on the injustice of the country's founding and ongoing treatment of Native peoples.
(Thursday-Saturday)