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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: Jan 4-10, 2021

A Blue Sky Gallery Discussion, a Contemporary Theater Festival, and More Top Picks
January 4, 2021
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Wednesday brings an online discussion centering new work by photographers Widline Cadet, Jasmine Clarke, and Nadiya I. Nacorda featured in the current Blue Sky Gallery exhibit Women of the African Diaspora: Identity, Place, Migration, Immigration (which you can view IRL from the sidewalk and by appointment). (Widline Cadet, Courtesy of Blue Sky Gallery)

The first week of the new year may not seem very ~new~ since our lives are still restricted by the global pandemic 2020 left behind, but we can still shake up our routines in a small way by tuning in to virtual concerts, panel discussions, and other events from our homes. We've rounded up our picks for this week below, from the Under the Radar contemporary theater festival to 45th Parallel Universe's multi-disciplinary Shostakovich tribute Currents, and from Rolling Live Studios' David Bowie celebration to a Roger Corman Master Class presented by Movie Madness University and the Hollywood Theatre. 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

PERFORMANCE

Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical
This crowd-sourced, community-written musical adaptation of the Pixar film about a tiny rat chef is made possible by the plethora of Broadway stans on TikTok. Proceeds from this one-time online premiere will benefit out-of-work performs through the Actors Fund.
Access to this event ends at 4 pm PST; tickets must be purchased by 2 pm

TUESDAY

FILM

Roger Corman Master Class
Every Tuesday in January, Movie Madness University and the Hollywood Theatre will bring you online screenings and in-depth analysis of low-budget sci-fi and horror gems by trailblazing filmmaker Roger Corman, starting with 1962's The Intruder.

READINGS & TALKS

Pandemic Perspectives: Stories Through Collections
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is bringing on curators and historians for a series of online panel discussions exploring the ongoing pandemic using historical archives. The first installment, featuring Princeton's Keith Wailoo, U Penn's Paul Offit, National Museum of American History's Diane Wendt, and Vaccine Dynamics' Col John Grabenstein, will focus on the COVID-19 topic du jour: vaccine distribution. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Panel Discussion: Women of the African Diaspora
Sit in on an online discussion with Blue Sky Gallery and Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts about the current exhibit Women of the African Diaspora: Identity, Place, Migration, Immigration, which features photography by Widline Cadet, Jasmine Clarke, and Nadiya I. Nacorda. 

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?

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

MUSIC

Bach Sonatas: Part III
Portland Baroque Orchestra presents the third and final part of Bach's six sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord, performed by Artistic Director Monica Huggett and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman.

A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!
This week marks five years since the death of glam-rock king David Bowie, which calls for a big ol' online concert hosted by Studio City's Rolling Live Studios. This global stream will bring tribute performances by nearly 50 artists, including Zach Alford, Duran Duran, Yungblud, and Adam Lambert. VIP tickets even include a shoutout and/or digital hang sesh with pianist Mike Garson, who often accompanied Bowie onstage.

Currents, a collaborative project featuring film, dance, and the music of Shostakovich
45th Parallel Universe will take a fresh approach to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 with a sextet arranged by Viktor Derevianko, captured by filmmaker Scott Ballard and featuring the talent of BodyVox Dance Studio.

READINGS & TALKS

Night Hunters x Titan digital conversation with Alexis Ziritt, Dave Baker & François Vigneault
Alexis Ziritt, Dave Baker and François Vigneault, the creators of Night Hunters and Titan, two new comics depicting "the bloody struggles of humanity’s future" on Earth and beyond, will join Floating World Comics for an online conversation and book party. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SATURDAY

COMEDY

Free Online Roast of The Karate Kid
Comedians from Netflix's Cobra Kai will wax on about The Karate Kid (see what we did there?) in this online roast. You can add your snarky comments to the mix, too.   

READINGS & TALKS

Quarantine Book Club: 'To the Lighthouse'
After parsing through works by authors like Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin, Christopher Frizzelle's remote six-week book club continues with Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse—a symbolic choice for the darkest time of the year.


MULTI-DAY

MUSIC

FERUS Festival
The Williamsburg music institution National Sawdust presents its sixth annual contemporary music festival FERUS for all to enjoy at home. Tune in for online events with Ash Koosha and the futuristic AI project YONA (Jan 7) and a re-imagining of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor by the electronic composer Jlin, in collaboration with Kyle Abraham's contemporary dance company A.I.M. (Jan 9).
(Thursday-Saturday)

SPORTS

BodyVox Free Virtual Dance Week
Join local studio BodyVox for a week of free online dance classes that run the gamut of levels and genres, from modern jazz to advanced ballet. 
(Monday-Saturday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Profile Theatre Presents Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas (An Audio Play)
Tune your ears into Profile Theatre's audio rendition of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas, which is set in the court of Louis XIV and tells the "probably true" story of Spain's Queen Marie-Thérèse and her affair with Dahomey's Nabo Sensugali.
(Monday-Tuesday)

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.
(All week)