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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: February 1-7, 2021

The Cascade Festival of African Films, I, Anonymous, and More Top Picks
February 1, 2021
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Amjad Abu Alala's You Will Die at Twenty, Sudan's first-ever Oscar submission, kicks off the online Cascade Festival of African Films on Friday. (Film Movement)

You made it to February! Congrats. If your quarantine routine is getting stale, see below for our picks for virtual events this week, from All Classical Portland's Celebrating Black Voices in Classical Music series to the I, Anonymous Live-streaming Show, and from the Cascade Festival of African Films to the final days of the Fertile Ground Festival. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 


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MONDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Samantha Power and Laura Dern – The Education of an Idealist
Beloved actress Laura Dern will join Samantha Power, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, for the virtual release of Power's memoir, The Education of an Idealist. By purchasing a ticket, you'll be supporting independent booksellers like San Francisco's Bookshop West Portal and Ann Arbor's Literati.

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TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Leaders Like Us: Building BIPOC Power in Oregon
Keeping in mind the great deal of work that still needs to be done to address racial inequities in Portland and nationwide, this virtual event with some of Oregon's Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and AAPI elected officials will kick off Black History Month by focusing on some hard-fought local victories.

MUSIC

Beer, Pizza, Cellos!
The 1905 invites you to get beer or wine to go from 503 Distilling, Bierly, Brewery 26, Modern Times, or Portland Wine Company, order a pizza, and tune in to a cello concert on Facebook Live.

Rewind-Pre 2K Industrial Livestream
Crank up a healthy dose of nostalgia by dancing to '80s-era bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, Psychic TV, and Severed Heads with DJ NoN. 

READINGS & TALKS

Consider This with David French
Oregon Humanities' Consider This conversation series, which focuses on democracy and civic engagement, will continue with David French, senior editor of The Dispatch and the author of Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation. 

A Different Sort of Gilead: Marilynne Robinson
The work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Marilynne Robinson will fill out Literary Arts' newest six-session online seminar, focusing on her most famous texts, Housekeeping and Gilead. 

Powell's Books Presents Thom Hartmann in Conversation With David Korten
The latest installment of Thom Hartmann's Hidden History book series, which explores the history of policies that helped shape harmful systems in America, is subtitled American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class. He'll talk more about it in this virtual event with Powell's and fellow author David Korten.

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WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

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: David Gborie, Irene Tu and Dave Ross. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

COMMUNITY

Silent Reading Party
A lot of people are taking the opportunity to turn the online version of The Stranger's super-successful words 'n' vibes experience into a weekly online destination, a respite from (waves hands exasperatedly at basically everything) and an opportunity to simply... slow up, sit down, and just listen to live piano music while sinking into a good book. If you haven't tried it out yet, tonight's the night, and we'll see you at 6pm. If you have tried it out before? Welcome back. It's a damn nice oasis of low-key bliss, isn't it?

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THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

Promising Young Woman: Emerald Fennell, FLETCHER and Carey Mulligan in Conversation with Brittany Spanos
If you loved Promising Young Woman, the new movie starring Carrie Mulligan and directed by Emerald Fennell (who worked on Killing Eve and had a starring role in The Crown), then don't miss them in a virtual conversation moderated by Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos. Fennell will first chat with FLETCHER, who is featured on the movie's soundtrack.

The Street Trust Presents Love in Motion
Love in Motion, an online storytelling event benefiting the Street Trust, invites local leaders to share their walking, biking, and public transit stories. This week's lineup includes Pam Slaughter (founder of People of Color Outdoors), Augusto Carneiro (founder of Nossa Familia Coffee), Candace Avalos (board member for Portland: Neighbors Welcome), and Paul Buchanan  (former vice president of West Seattle Bike connections).

MUSIC

Mike Doughty: Ghost of Vroom Improv Set 2021 Livestream
Craving some spontaneity? Enjoy some "stream-of-consciousness music" from Mike Doughty’s new improvisational band Ghost of Vroom, pre-recorded at the Memphis Magnetic Recording Company. 

Trampled By Turtles Livestream Series
Wonder Ballroom presents four pre-recorded concerts with fast-and-dirty Duluth bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles. 

READINGS & TALKS

Jared Blank
Oregon author Jared Blank writes about his experience with dyslexia in his memoir, Running the Distance. Join him for a livestreamed talk with Annie Bloom's Books, Miguel De La Rosa, and Jane Cooper. 

Salem Reads Author Talk with Eric O'Grey
If you love heartwarming dog-human friendship stories, join the Salem Public Library to hear Eric O'Grey share bits from his memoir Walking with Peety, about his experience adopting a shelter dog. 

See Also: Multi-day events


SUNDAY

MUSIC

Super Bach Sunday: Mozart Visits Leipzig - Virtual Lecture ft. Dr. Michael Maul
Not a football fan? Skip the Super Bowl and opt for Super Bach Sunday, Bach Cantata Choir's online lecture series about classical composers. This edition, led by Leipzig Bach Festival Artistic Director Dr. Michael Maul, will focus on Mozart's visit to Leipzig in 1789. 


MULTI-DAY

FILM

31st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films
This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will move online this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes buzzy new features like You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan’s first Oscar submission) and Sam Soko's Softie, about a human-rights activist and provocative photojournalist who decides to run for office in a regional election in his native Kenya.
(Friday-Sunday)

2021 HUMP! Film Festival
Every year, The Mercury puts out the call to sex-havers everywhere to submit a homegrown amateur porn film depicting whatever they're into (barring poop, kids, and animals, of course). The result is an incredibly diverse representation of human sexuality in all its straight, gay, trans, queer, kinky, funny, pissy, painful, and pretty forms. Let's see what wild spins people put on their submissions that were created during the lockdown, shall we?
(Friday-Saturday)

MUSIC

Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan: The Singing Cello
Deemed "technically flawless and deeply expressive" by the New York Times, cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join pianist Inon Barnatan for a Chamber Music Northwest program featuring Manuel De Falla’s Spanish folk-inspired Suite Populaire Espagnole and Rachmaninoff’s dramatic Cello Sonata.
(Monday-Saturday)

Celebrating Black Voices in Classical Music
Throughout February, All Classical Portland will celebrate Black History Month by highlighting composers and performers of African heritage, including Joseph Bologne (1745-1799), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), and R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943). To kick off the series, program director John Pitman will give an overview on February 1.
(All week)

Nevertheless, She Persisted
This concert of early music by and about women—featuring sopranos Christine Johnson and Madeline Ross, harpsichord and organ player Hannah Brewer, and viola da gamba and cello player Adaiha MacAdam-Somer—is brought to you by Portland's Celebration Works Concert Series and Rose Haven.
(Saturday-Sunday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Fertile Ground Festival
"Fertile Ground is delightfully uncurated, which means it can be insane. More importantly, it’s one of Portland’s most accessible and affordable arts festivals," wrote Megan Burbank last year. This year's online program promises 11 days of world premieres from dozens of Portland artists streaming on Facebook and YouTube.
(All week)

The Story of My Life
With music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and a story by Brian Hill, the two-person musical The Story of My Life weaves songs and stories together to "explore the unseen ripples we make in each other's lives." This online production is brought to you by Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre.
(Friday-Sunday)