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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: Jan 11-18, 2021

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Riffing, Major Biden’s Virtual Indoguration Party, and More Top Picks
January 11, 2021
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Before Joe Biden the human gets sworn in as the 46th President of the United States next week, pay tribute to incoming First Dog Major Biden at a Virtual Indoguration Party with the Delaware Humane Association this Sunday. (Stephanie Gomez Carter / Delaware Humane)

When you need a break from refreshing your various news feeds in anticipation of Joe Biden's inauguration, turn to our picks for online events happening this week (plus an extra day for MLK Day!), from a night of riffing with Mystery Science Theater 3000's the Mads to the dark burlesque fest Burlynomicon, and from the MLK tribute retrospective Bridge Over Troubled Water to the New York Social Justice Film Festival. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 


Jump to: Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday | MLK Day | Multi-Day


MONDAY

FILM

Collide-O-Scope: 11th Anniversary Spectacular!
This special 11th-anniversary edition of your favorite trippy video mashup series will bring an extra dose of lunacy to your Monday night. 

FOOD AND DRINK

Let's Dish with Carly Knowles MS, RDN, LD
Registered dietitian and nutritionist Carly Knowles will chat with The Oregonian's food writer Grant Butler about her new book The Nutritionist's Kitchen, which aims to promote "culinary medicine" with vibrant, nutrient-dense meals like whole wheat apple galettes and spicy sriracha mung bean bowls with pickled daikon and carrots.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Evan Thomas
The latest in Oregon Historical Society's Mark O. Hatfield lecture series features a night with author Evan Thomas, discussing his latest First: Sandra Day O'Connor, a biography of the history-making Supreme Court Justice.

FILM

The Mads: A Night of Shorts 2 - Live riffing with MST3K's The Mads!
Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (aka Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV’s Frank) will riff on "vintage" short films and cartoons live on the internet. Stay logged on afterward for a post-show Q&A with the hosts and Mary Jo Pehl (aka Pearl Forrester).

READINGS & TALKS

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates will present the paperback edition of her bestselling book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (which Brené Brown calls "an urgent call to courage") with Powell's.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Burlynomicon 2021
This annual dark burlesque festival has moved to the internet, a place that is decidedly just as freaky as its usual haunt at the iconic goth bar Coffin Club (née Lovecraft). Bear witness to the sexy talents of local stars Willow Wraith, Harlow Quinzel, Calypso, and Egypt Blaque Knyle.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

Michalangela - Farewell Portland!
Local R&B singer Michalangela is 1) getting married 2) celebrating her birthday, and 3) leaving Portland, which will make for quite the celebratory online concert. Tune in via Left Door Streaming.

READINGS & TALKS

Incite: Queer Writers Read—January 2021
Take a nice big breath and listen to four queer writers (Clair Rudy Foster, Samson Syharath, Sarah A. Chavez, and Wayne Gregory) explore the topic of relief. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Brian Komei Dempster and Jennifer Perrine
Brian Komei Dempster’s latest book of poems, Seize, focuses on his experience of raising a son who suffers from intractable epilepsy and pervasive developmental delays. He'll be joined in virtual conversation by Portland author Jennifer Perrine. 

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Chris Gonzalez
This edition of the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic ("LGBTQ+ Friendly, Pro-Science, Anti-Fascist, All Ages, and Uncensored Since 2004") will feature a headlining set from Portland slam poet and musician Chris Gonzalez.

Livestream Reading: Lori Tobias with Laura Stanfill
Join Oregon author Lori Tobias for a reading of her new book, Storm Beat: A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast, alongside Portland writer and publisher Laura Stanfill.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

FILM

A Conversation with Actors from The West Wing, Scandal, and Designated Survivor
Start celebration Biden and Harris's inauguration early with an online panel moderated by Designated Survivor actor and Obama Administration alum Kal Penn and featuring The West Wing and Scandal stars Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, and Bellamy Young. 

MUSIC

80s New Wave Video Dance Attack Livestream!
This long-running throwback dance party will continue to dive into the archives for a night of videos from artists like Depeche Mode, Yaz, the Cure, A-ha, Siouxsie & The Banshees, New Order, and the like. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SATURDAY

COMEDY

CoHo NIGHTLIFE Presents: The 'Give-Franks for 2021' Telethon
The 16th edition of the collaborative entertainment series CoHoNIGHTLIFE will welcome globe-trotting comedian Emily June Newton as she takes on the persona of Frank, the lost member of the Rat Pack who will bring a "life retrospective" to the virtual stage to ring in the new year. We'll be honest: We're not quite sure where frankfurters come in, but they seem to be a central part of the act. 

MUSIC

Shared Horizons: Volume Two
Portland Chamber Orchestra principal strings Lily Burton and Katherine Schultz will team up with PCO's principal bass Marc Bescond, violist Shauna Keyes, and pianist Maria Garcia for Volume Two of the Shared Horizon concert series. 

Tyrone Hendrix & Friends Featuring Tahirah Memory LIVE STREAM
Portland-based dummer, composer, and producer Tyrone Hendrix has worked with the likes of Prince and Stevie Wonder, and now you'll get the chance to see him live (on the internet) for a night of jazz, funk, and hip-hop stylings with support from Portland soul singer Tahirah Memory.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Major Biden’s Virtual Indoguration Party
Soothe your anxiety over the possibility of right-wing riots on the day of Joe Biden's inauguration at the Capitol next week with this no-stress "indoguration" hosted by the Delaware Humane Association and Pumpkin Pet Insurance, which invites you and your pup to celebrate the shelter's first-ever First Dog, Major Biden, and to raise money for other doggos in need of homes.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


MONDAY

FILM

Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
See a retrospective of performances, speeches, and more that have been recorded from past iterations of the World Arts Foundation's annual Portland MLK Jr. Day celebration.


MULTI-DAY

FILM

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival
Films, conversations, and special events that inspire social change when it comes to broad themes of inequality, injustice, and accountability drive this New York-based film festival, which opens with Sam Pollard's MLK/FBI, an "archival tapestry" that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he is investigated and harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
(Thursday-Monday)

MUSIC

The 22nd Annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering
Throw a hoedown at home with four days of online zydeco and honky-tonk concerts with the Foghorn String Band in place of this annual IRL square dance.
(Thursday-Sunday)

Tiny Desk Meets GlobalFEST
The coveted NPR live music series Tiny Desk is teaming up with the long-running New York music festival globalFEST for a country-spanning showcase hosted by African superstar Angélique Kidjo and featuring Canada's Elisapie, Japan's Minyo Crusaders, Haiti's Vox Sambou, the United States' Dedicated Men of Zion, and other exciting guests. 
(Monday-Thursday)

VCO January Livestream
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra continues its 42nd season with a concert conducted by guest conductor Maestra Sarah Ioannides of Symphony Tacoma.

SEX & DATING

The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Want to Fall In Love
Nice people looking for socially distant romance with other nice people can gather at this singles' night on Zoom that promises to provide a respite from "cruise-y bar scenes and soulless dating apps." Be sure to have a notebook handy for some writing exercises. Sunday's event is LGBTQ-focused! 
(Saturday-Sunday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Under the Radar
The New York Public Theatre's annual festival, which has premiered works by the likes of Elevator Repair Service, Oklahoma's Nature Theater, Tania El Khoury, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, Toshi Reagon, Taylor Mac, and Daniel Fish, will continue its tradition of bringing contemporary theater to the people with an online program that includes 600 Highwaymen's interactive performance A Thousand Ways: A Phone Call, which will have a second virtual run at Boom Arts this month, as well as Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall's Capsule, Teatro Anónimo's Espíritu, and Alicia Hall Moran's The Motown Project. The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and its Artistic Director and Curator of Performance, Erin Boberg Doughton, are global partners of this year's event.
(Monday-Sunday)