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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: June 10-16, 2021

Han Hwang on Food Network, a Sandcastle Contest, and More
June 10, 2021
Portland's own Han Hwang (of Kim Jong Grillin) appears on The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars, Sundays on Food Network. (MarshallsHauteSauce via YouTube)

Virtual events may be slowing down, but there are still things to do on the internet that mustn't be missed. Read on for this week's picks, from the Cannon Beach Virtual Sandcastle Contest to a talk with Columbian American memoirist and essayist Daisy Hernández

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Jonathan Evison in Conversation With Thomas Kohnstamm
The respected local author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and Lawn Boy will read from his new novel, Legends of the North Cascades, about an Iraq War veteran coping with the onset of PTSD. Evison will be joined by Lake City author Thomas Kohnstamm.



The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars
We're confident that chef and food truck owner Han Hwang (Kim Jong Grillin) will do Portland proud on the latest season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars, which challenges seven teams of newfangled food truck operators to use ingredients and culinary methods that would've been used in the Wild West (queue theme song). Tune in on Sundays to see who will come away with the $50,000 prize.

Uncovering the Secrets of Rosé
Ponder the enigmas of everyone's favorite pink-hued wine at this online class led by wine writer Martin Skegg and Mallory Smith of 1856 Beer Wine Cider.



Ars Poetica at Eastern Oregon University: Featuring Oregon Book Award Winners
The Eastern Oregon University MFA program will host this virtual reading and Q&A with 2021 Oregon Book Award winners Vanessa Veselka (The Great Offshore Grounds), Sierra Crane Murdoch (Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country), and Nicholas Buccola (The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America).

Daisy Hernández in Conversation With Amy Stewart
It wasn't until her thirties that Columbian American essayist and memoirist Daisy Hernández learned that her aunt died from a rare infectious disease called Chagas (she had previously been led to believe the culprit was a rotten apple). Also known as the "kissing bug disease," Hernández discovered that Chagas is more prevalent in the States than the Zika virus; today, more than 300,000 Americans have it. In her new book, The Kissing Bug, the author questions why some infectious diseases make headlines while others fall by the wayside.



Cannon Beach Virtual Sandcastle Contest: Summer of Sandcastles
The 57th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will go virtual this year, giving you—a person with a yen for turning piles of sand into architectural masterpieces—the chance to shine while staying physically distant. To participate, register for a $25 sandcastle kit for pickup or delivery, build your castle, and take a high-res photo to submit to the judges.  
(All week)


Hot ‘n’ Throbbing
A single suburban mom writes feminist erotica to help pay the bills in Paula Vogel's latest production for Profile Theater.
(All week)

Magellanica Audio Drama
Portland's Artist Repertory Theatre's five-part audio drama is adapted from Mellon Playwright-in-Residence and Steinberg Award-winning playwright E.M. Lewis' epic play Magellanica, which Artist Rep premiered in 2018. It's set in 1986, when scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky.
(All week)

The Vertical City
This audio drama, written specifically for seven students by acclaimed playwright Diana Burbano and directed by ART Executive Artistic Director Dámaso Rodríguez, is a character study set in a future Portland built to survive the perils of climate change. 
(All week)


So Much Together: The People's Park: Reclaiming Spaces for Our Communities with Lauren Everett
Fed up with the number of unused Portland parking lots whose condominium projects had given way to forgotten piles of gravel, Lauren Everett turned one of them into People's Park, which now serves as a nice little green space in St. Johns. In this So Much Together workshop, she'll share the story of how the park came to be and touch on the challenges she encountered along the way. 
(Monday & Wednesday)