Oregon's reopening means virtual events are quietly backing away, making this our final roundup of online events. (Don't worry, our streaming calendar is here to stay.) For now, take a moment to thank the internet for its service by checking out this week's mini lineup of happenings, from the Magellanica Audio Drama to the Good in the Hood Festival.
READINGS & TALKS
Paul Neilan in Conversation With Marissa Levien
The author of Apathy and Other Small Victories will discuss his new novel set in the near future, where an augmented-reality version of the internet called the Grid steps in after a wave of cyber-attacks.
Science on Tap: Corvid Intelligence, Culture, and Communication
In a follow-up to her popular talk "Corvid Behavior, Play, and Funerals," Dr. Kaeli Swift will feed your obsession with crows by diving into research on their intelligence, culture, and communication methods. Crack open your beverage of choice and have a pen handy to jot down your next spate of party facts.
Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too August Wilson)
Set on the heels of a racially divided civil war in the fictional Bronx Bay, Fuse Theatre Ensemble's final show of the season—the winner of the 2021 Yale Drama Prize—reveals the hierarchies that exist even within organizations fighting for equality. "It's a utopia but enforcing utopia proves to be tricky when it comes to defining who is Black and who isn't," writes the ensemble. Catch it on YouTube for one night only!
Booklover's Burlesque: To Tease or Not to Tease
"The world's sexiest literary salon" will flex their dual passion for Shakespearean sonnets and saucy spectacles.
OFELIO: A Borderline Story
A former border patrol guard is haunted by the faces of the children he helped detain at the U.S.-Mexico border as he now cares for his own newborn. See Andrew Siañez-De La O's play online and stick around for a panel discussion with the playwright, lead actor, and Jhona Monroy from the Immigrant Solidarity Project at Adelante Mujeres.
READINGS & TALKS
Brandon Taylor in Conversation With Phil Klay
Relationship tensions between lovers, friends, and family members are a recurring theme in Filthy Animals, a new book of short stories from Man Booker finalist Brandon Taylor. Join him for a reading on Powell's virtual stage, where he'll be joined by fellow author Phil Klay.
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.
Take Your Shot Oregon
Get vaccinated to take part of the state’s Take Your Shot initiative, which will give Oregonians a shot at winning $1 million. Any Oregonian who receives their first dose by June 27 will be eligible to win the grand prize. Additional cash prizes up for grabs are $10,000 for one lucky vaxxed Oregonian from each county and a $100,000 college scholarship for five vaccinated Oregonians from 12 to 17 years old.
Good in the Hood Festival
Billing itself as a multicultural music festival, this two-day online affair is perfect for families still looking to stay entertained at home, promising a marketplace, a virtual parade (composed of video submissions of people dancing and singing), and more.
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.
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.