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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: March 15-21, 2021

Triggered Life, SXSW Online, and More
March 15, 2021
Two Black men relive their respective stories of abuse in John Oluwole's Portland Playhouse production Triggered Life, premiering online this Thursday. (Portland Playhouse)

It's been exactly a year since we put out our first roundup of virtual events to keep you from losing your marbles at home, and while a lot has changed since then, online happenings are going strong. While you chill at home this week to recover from the inexplicably brutal sleep-snatcher that is Daylight Savings, turn to our latest roundup of picks, from a Powell's reading with Whitney Otto and Lidia Yuknavitch to the Portland Revels St. Patrick's Celebration, and from the Portland Playhouse production Triggered Life to SXSW Online


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MONDAY

COMMUNITY

Consider This on the Klamath Basin
Native panelists from the Karuk, Klamath, and Yurok tribes will discuss the history and future of settlement and water use in the Klamath Basin for this Oregon Humanities event, which is co-presented with Lewis & Clark College's Environmental Studies Program and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

PERFORMANCE

Virtual Drag Queen Bingo
Portland drag star Poison Waters will host a round of bingo with cute prizes from local businesses. Tickets are free if you purchase two or more bottles of vino for local delivery from Hip Chicks Do Wine.

TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Art and Conversation: Resist COVID and the Artist Fund
Join curator Sara Krajewski and programs lead Jaleesa Johnston for a breakdown of the current Portland Art Museum exhibition Resist COVID/Take 6!, which press materials describe as "an artist-driven public awareness campaign" by internationally renowned artist and Portland native Carrie Mae Weems. 

READINGS & TALKS

Consider This with Leah Sottile
Leah Sottile, an Oregon journalist who's done extensive reporting on extremist right-wing movements in the western US, will talk about how fringe religious and political movements have grown and gained political power on this side of the Mississippi. 

Joanne B. Freeman: Virtual Hatfield Lecture
Following her award-winning book Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, Yale University history and American studies professor Joanne B. Freeman's The Field of Blood explores the impact and legacies of physical violence in the U.S. Congress in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Join her for a lecture with the Oregon Historical Society.

Ross Gay: The Book of Delights
Ross Gay, who recently won the Kingsley Tufts Award (a $100,000 purse for outstanding mid-career work), is "a poet who is the exact opposite of pretentious," writes The Stranger's Rich Smith. If you're feeling down, pregame for the author's virtual appearance in April by joining library staff for a conversation on his newest essay collection, The Book of Delights, which, as you might have guessed from the title, is a collection of things that bring him joy.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

2020 Oregon Literary Fellows Reading & Conversation
Join the 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients for a reading and conversation, followed by a Q&A. 

Re-imagining Portland: Parks, Public Space, Memory, Creativity, and Spatial Justice
Downtown Portland has been looking pretty bleak thanks to COVID, but that may not always be the case. Join the Portland Parks Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum, and Converge 45 for a lecture with designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist Liz Ogbu on the future of the city.

MUSIC

Flogging Molly
"For the past two-plus decades, Flogging Molly have been waving the flag of Celtic punk proudly, touring the world and providing thousands of devoted fans with a night of drunken, sweaty, sing-alongs," wrote former Stranger contributor Kevin Diers. While they're not touring the world at the moment (duh), the seven-piece band will crank up their bodhran, mandolin, accordion, banjo, and tin whistle for a lively online concert on St. Patrick's Day, live from Dublin. Check out the plethora of ticket options for merch bundles.

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presents Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in Conversation With Elissa Washuta
Theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein calls for a more just practice of science in her book The Disordered Cosmos, which she'll share tonight with Powell's alongside PNW memoirist Elissa Washuta.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show
Bill Whelan's Irish theatrical dance phenomenon Riverdance, which originated as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, will kick off Stagescreen's series of online musicals on St. Patrick's Day.

THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

Reflection Roundtable: The West and Congressional Fights before the Civil War
Brush up on your Oregon history with this edition of the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series, which will explore how events at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. influenced events in Oregon and the rest of the West Coast during the Civil War.

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presents Whitney Otto in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch
In her latest novel, Art for the Ladylike, the author of the generation-spanning How to Make an American Quilt (maybe you saw the '90s movie version starring Winona Ryder? It's good) limns the lives of eight pioneering women photographers (Sally Mann, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Ruth Orkin, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Madame Yvonne, and Grete Stern) and relates their experiences to her own journey as a writer.

VISUAL ART

Books that Bind: The Persianate Album and its Widespread Circulation in South Asia and Beyond
South Asian manuscript workshops created a large number of albums known as muraggas (which translates to "patched" or "mended" in Arabic) between the 16th and 19th centuries, which took a global approach to earlier album-making traditions associated with the royal courts of Iran and Central Asia. Learn more about the artform in this online presentation with the Portland Art Museum. 

FRIDAY

VISUAL ARTS

Myles de Bastion's Virtual Worlds Made Accessible Beyond Sound
Deaf "visual sound" artist Myles de Bastion presents a new virtual reality project, made as part of his New Media Fellowship residency at Open Signal, that responds to the lack of accessible technology in a world that increasingly relies on virtual spaces to interact in real time. 

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Rekindling our Ancestral Relations through Food with Michelle Week
On the eve of the spring equinox, farmer Michelle Week of x̌ast sq̓it Farm will share her thoughts surrounding food sovereignty and connection. Participants will get to explore their own heritages through activities and group conversation. 

FILM

Free Online Roast of The Return of the King
Add your most scathing jokes to those of bonafide Portland comedians during an online screening of The Return of the King, aka "the movie that made eating cherry tomatoes a gross thing to watch."

MUSIC

Oates Song Fest
John and Aimee Oates have rounded up their friends Bob Weir, Daryl Hall, Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, and others for an online mini-fest benefiting Feeding America.

Portland Revels St. Patrick's Celebration
Keep your St. Patrick's Day energy going with a night of rousing Irish tunes and sing-alongs led by Revels' own Betsy Branch and Mark Douglass on fiddle and piano, respectively, featuring special guests Audrey Knuth (fiddle and vocals) and Elizabeth Nicholson (harp and vocals). 

SUNDAY

FILM

That Diversity Thing - Short Film Premiere
See a new short film from the -Ism Project, adapted from monologues originally commissioned for a live theatrical performance. Each film will be accompanied by a pre-recorded panel discussion with the artists.

MULTI-DAY

FESTIVALS

SXSW Online
Austin's massive annual arts and music festival will hold some reduced capacity in-person events this year, but those who don't live in Texas can experience it online with keynotes, conference sessions, livestreamed concerts, screenings of features from its film festival, comedy shows, art exhibitions, and more. There's only one pass option for the entire event, but they do offer group and student discounts at slightly cheaper rates.
(Tuesday-Saturday)

FILM

F.T.A.
At the height of the Vietnam War in the early '70s, Francine Parker filmed movie stars Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland's anti-war comedy show that toured across Southeast Asia. Deemed as too politically risqué for a mainstream crowd, the film was taken out of circulation, but now it's available to watch again in 4K restoration via Hollywood Theatre and Cinema 21. 
(Friday-Sunday; opening Friday)

Wojnarowicz
At the height of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, the late queer artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz used his art as a means of confronting the establishment (healthcare providers, politicians) who viewed the epidemic with indifference. Chris McKim's documentary makes use of Wojnarowicz's little-seen paintings, journals, and films, including conversations with his friends Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, and Peter Hujar.
(Friday-Sunday; opening Friday)

MUSIC

Goldmund Quartet: Europe’s Rising Stars
Chamber music globetrotters the Goldmund Quartet will grace the Chamber Music Northwest digital stage with revived works by Puccini, Strauss, and Schubert.
(Saturday-Sunday)

READINGS & TALKS

OSU Authors and Editors Recognition
Publishing peer-reviewed work is an important feat for the faculty of any university, and Oregon State is no exception. As part of their annual lecture series that celebrates new literary and scholarly books by OSU staff, enjoy two online lectures with contributing writers and editors: John Antle (Sustainable Agricultural Development: An Economic Perspective), Brent Steel and Erika Wolters (The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands), Seri Craig Robinson (Living With Wood: A Guide for Toymakers, Hobbyists, Crafters, and Parents), and Sally Hacker (Ecology, 5th Edition) on Monday and Beth Alvarado (Jillian in The Borderlands), Janet Lee (Fallen Among Reformers: Miles Franklin, Modernity and the New Woman), Joshua Reeves (Killer Apps: War, Media, Machine), and Marjorie Sandor (The Secret Music at Tordesillas) on Wednesday.
(Monday & Wednesday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Profile Theatre: The Mineola Twins
Two almost-identical twins bicker their way through the Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan/Bush eras in Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins, which Variety describes as "The Carol Burnett Show with a political consciousness." See an online production from Profile Theatre.
(All week)

Triggered Life
Two Black men, Ishmael and Keith, relive their respective stories of childhood abuse in what press materials describe as a "multi-sensory, multimedia, post-traumatic story." Note that half of the performances in this run are reserved for Black and Brown audience members only, so be sure to purchase tickets accordingly if you're not a BIPOC viewer.
(Thursday-Sunday)