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The Best Things to Do from Home in Portland This Week: April 8-14, 2021

Jeff VanderMeer Readings, a Richard Linklater Masterclass, and More
April 8, 2021
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The Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness series Elastic Time: A Richard Linklater Masterclass (featuring a live appearance from the director himself) kicks off this Tuesday with a screening and discussion of Boyhood. (Hollywood Theatre)

As your vaccine countdown continues (April 19, baby), cozy up at home with not one but two Jeff VanderMeer readings (one with Silvia Moreno-Garcia Add to a List and one with Karen Russell Add to a List ), the Portland Gay Men's Chorus a cappella debut Add to a List , an author talk with Ross Gay and Lidia Yuknavitch Add to a List , and more of our picks for online events this week. For even more options, check out our complete guide to COVID-safe April events Add to a List .


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THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Dawnie Walton in Conversation With Nadia Owusu Add to a List
After getting discovered at her local bar's amateur night in 1970s Detroit, an aspiring Black British singer-songwriter gets signed with a fledgling rock label and moves to New York City to make a record. There, she's met with unexpected hatred as a rival band on the label brandishes a confederate flag at a concert, leading to a whirlwind of clashes and discoveries about the racism of the popular music industry. Hear Dawnie Walton talk more about her new novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, alongside memoirist Nadia Owusu (Aftershocks).

Everybody Reads: Ross Gay Add to a List
This year's selection for Everybody Reads—an annual Multnomah County Library program that encourages community members to check out the same book from their local branch and join a series of discussions—is poet Ross Gay's essay collection The Book of Delights, which is comprised of odes to things that bring him joy. Per tradition, the author will join the library for a conversation with a fellow author (this time it's Lidia Yuknavitch), which will be streamed online. 

FRIDAY

FILM

małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore Add to a List
Spoken mostly in their native chinuk wawa, Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Merciers contemplate their own ideas of death and rebirth in Ferndale, Washington-born director Sky Hopinka's film. See it for one night only via Northwest Film Center. 

MUSIC

Alela Diane Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter Alela Diane will play a solo concert on piano and guitar from the candle-lit lounge at Holocene. 

READINGS & TALKS

Alumni Showcase Reading: Chelsea Bieker, Susan Leslie Moore, & Candace Opper Add to a List
Portland State University alums Chelsea Bieker (Godshot, Cowboys and Angels forthcoming), Susan Leslie Moore (That Place Where You Opened Your Hands), and Candace Opper (Certain and Impossible Events) will read new work.

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Virtual Maestro: Competitive Improv Add to a List
Players vie for audience approval while enduring kooky challenges in this "Survivor-style" short-form improv competition.

MUSIC

PYPFEST Vol. 2: The Orchestra Strikes Back Add to a List
Portland Youth Philharmonic presents 10 brand-new compositions by Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Tatev Amiryan, Jonathan Bingham, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, and others. 

READINGS & TALKS

The Poetry Box LIVE Add to a List
Celebrate National Poetry Month on the ubiquitous Zoom with local poet Penelope Scambly Schott and visiting troubadours Sally Taylor and David Belmont. 

MONDAY

MUSIC

Chanticleer Add to a List
Armed with the sword of harmony and a panoply of pristine voices, Chanticleer has been combatting toxic masculinity for more than 40 years. The San Francisco choral ensemble presents a program based off their most recent recording, a celebration of the group’s repertoire that encompasses the Renaissance polyphony of Palestrina, the jazz of Gershwin, hits from the Judeo-Christian tradition, and a host of music in between. BRIAN HORAY

TUESDAY

FILM

Chad Add to a List
Saturday Night Live stars really love Portland, huh? Following in the footsteps of Portlandia, the IFC satire series Documentary Now!, and the Lindy West memoir adaptation Shrill, SNL's Nasim Pedrad plays a 14-year-old boy struggling to accept his Persian identity in a sea of white classmates in the Rose City-set Netflix drama Chad.

Elastic Time: A Richard Linklater Master Class Add to a List
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 three-week Movie Madness masterclass, the director will join you as you dissect three gems from his filmography (which you can stream online or rent from Movie Madness): Boyhood, Dazed & Confused (this session happens to fall on 4/20, wink wink), and Before Sunset. 

READINGS & TALKS

Amanda L. Tyler: 2021 Hatfield Lecture Add to a List
As well as her full-time professor gig at UC Berkeley's School of Law, Amanda L. Tyler co-wrote the book Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; an outgrowth of Ginsburg’s 2019 visit to Berkeley Law, where she talked with Tyler about her life's work. She'll talk about that conversation at tonight's online Hatfield Lecture presented by Portland'5 Center for the Arts. 

Consider This with Clint Smith Add to a List
Tune in to a live Oregon Humanities conversation on education, memory, and race with Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.

Virtual OMSI Science Pub: The Science of Clean, Safe Drinking Water Add to a List
Kimberly Gupta, the Bull Run treatment and supply manager for the Portland Water Bureau, will let you in on what makes your Portland metro-area drinking water safe and clean. 

WEDNESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Add to a List
Pull up the Ledding Library YouTube channel once a month for online readings with local poets like Claudia Savage, Anis Mojgani, Paulann Petersen, and Emmett Wheatfall. 

National Geographic Live—Women and Migration Add to a List
Danielle Villasana, Miora Rajaonary, Saiyna Bashir, and Jennifer Pritheeva—photographers associated with National Geographic's Everyday Projects—will share work that documents the impact of migration on women around the globe. 

MULTI-DAY

MUSIC

Breaking the Silence Add to a List
Give the Portland Gay Men's Chorus's a cappella ensemble Cascade a warm welcome for their first performance, which will feature a melange of hit pop and Broadway songs.
(Saturday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Manahatta Add to a List
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.
(All week)

OBT RAW Add to a List
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.
(All week)

READINGS & TALKS

Jeff VanderMeer Add to a List
Writer Kristen Roupenian (of "Cat Person" fame) calls Jeff VanderMeer's new book Hummingbird Salamander "an existential mindfuck cleverly disguised as a thriller." In it, security consultant Jane Smith receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control. If you're intrigued, hear the author in conversation with Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexican Gothic) on Friday Add to a List and with beloved fiction writer Karen Russell (Swamplandia!) on Tuesday Add to a List .
(Friday & Tuesday)

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