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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: March 8-14, 2021

Rebecca Solnit and Jia Tolentino, a Fountaine Concert, and More
March 8, 2021
The Mercury's online music series will continue this Thursday with Portland-based rapper/producer Fountaine. (Courtesy of the artist)

Consider Portland's bizzarro early-spring weather as an invitation to stray from routine this week, using our latest roundup of the best online events as your faithful guide. Find all our picks below, from a Powell's talk with Rebecca Solnit and Jia Tolentino to a Mercury Music Series concert with Fountaine, and from the continuation of the Portland International Film Festival to a live reunion with the cast of Broadway's The Lion King. For even more options, check out our guide to the best things to do in Portland all month long. 


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MONDAY

COMMUNITY

Science Pub: The Moral Terrains of Science Activism and Environmental Justice
If you're curious about the intersection of social and environmental justice, queue up this installment of the OSU Science Pub to hear Professor Robert Figueroa dissect the concept of science activism, which, he explains, "is initiated once conscious scientific reasoning is employed or avoided in environmental justice contexts or disputes."

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TUESDAY

MUSIC

Delgani Presents: Pieces of America
The local Delgani String Quartet will continue its sixth season with a "kaleidoscopic look" at 20th-century musical styles, from George Chadwick's folk-like simplicity to the experimental genre-bending of Elliot Carter and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

READINGS & TALKS

Phillip Margolin
Attorney Robin Lockwood has her life on the line thanks to a challenging new case in Phillip Margolin's new courtroom thriller, classically named A Matter of Life and Death. Join the author for a reading with Annie Bloom's if you're in the market for a juicy little escapist read.

Rebecca Solnit with Jia Tolentino
Rebecca Solnit's memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence, which expands on many of the experiences outlined in her hit essay collection Men Explain Things to Me, "gives the Beats the drubbing she felt she couldn't give them back in the day, tells the stories of the people and places that inspired her writings, and compares the violence women faced then to the violence they still face today," writes The Stranger's Rich Smith. The author will appear in conversation with New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino. 

Sex•People
Abandon your Reddit forum and turn your kinky or otherwise sex-related questions to a panel of experts: porn legend Paul Thomas, self-proclaimed "fetish model" Kelli Provocateur, RISK! podcast host Kevin Allison, and Mystery Box resident Reba Sparrow. "Our goal is to normalize the conversation around sex and sexuality, end othering attitudes, and provide an evening of great entertainment along the way," add the organizers. 

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WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

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?

MUSIC

Inaugural Black Music Collective Grammy Week Celebration
In anticipation of the Grammy Awards, which, like most awards shows, don't always do an adequate job of representing BIPOC artists, the Recording Academy's newfangled Black Music Collective will host its inaugural Grammy Week event celebrating Black creators' and professionals' countless contributions to the music industry. Guests include Quincy Jones, Yolanda Adams, Freddie Gibbs, H.E.R., and many others. 

READINGS & TALKS

Incite: Queer Writers Read
This edition of the queer-focused monthly reading series Incite will revolve around the theme "repair/rebuild," featuring local writers Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, Megan Alpert, Nastashia Minto, and Daniel Gyu.

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THURSDAY

MUSIC

Ceiliúradh: A St. Patrick's Day Concert by CCÉ OREGON
Pretend you're nursing a Guinness at T.C. O'Leary's for a night of traditional Irish music, poetry, and dancing, livestreamed on Facebook. 

Mercury Music Series presents: FOUNTAINE
The Mercury's online music series will continue with Portland-based anime-loving rapper/producer Fountaine, who sings and raps behind aqueous beats that are sometimes dazed and unsettling and sometimes reverberating with danceable, Prince-inspired funk.

Pandora Live Countdown to the Grammy Awards
Join Grammy nominees HAIM, Brittany Howard, and Chika for a countdown to the awards show on Sunday. 

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FRIDAY

MUSIC

Phytophilia: PUS Laptop Ensemble & PSU School of Film
The PSU School of Music Laptop Ensemble, PSU School of Film, and Seattle's Northwest Film Forum will bring you short-film screenings accompanied by original scores, livestreamed via Holocene. 

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Sea of Noise Livestream
Soulful rockers St. Paul & the Broken Bones will perform their album Sea of Noise in its entirety, streamed live from the Alabama Theatre and presented by Wonder Ballroom. 

READINGS & TALKS

Powell's Books Presentation Michelle Nijhuis in Conversation With Elena Passarello
In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the history of the animal conservation movement, from early battles to save species like the American bison and bald eagle to today's global effort to defend life on a larger scale. She'll join Live Wire's Elena Passarello for an online chat. 

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SATURDAY

COMEDY

Free Online Roast of Big Trouble in Little China
A film that stars 1980s-era Kurt Russell as a hard-boiled truck driver on a righteous mission to save his best friend's fiancee from a San Franciscan crime lord is made to be dragged. Get drunk with your household and join this online roast of the film with local comedians. 

FILM

PIFF 44: A Closer Look at Improv: A Portland Masterclass
Using the Portland International Film Festival feature For Madmen Only as inspiration, Infinite Improv! comics Aden and Eric Nepom will lead this online workshop and performance to help you hone your on-the-spot-entertainment skills. 

MUSIC

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Virtual Spring Concert
Be the first to see world-premiere works by composers from the Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative at this annual spring concert, livestreamed on YouTube and centering women and BIPOC composers.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

JUNCTION
Local Portland companies A-WOL Dance Collective, Tempos Contemporary Circus, Ela FaLa, and push/FOLD will join forces for their second annual show at (or streamed from, in this case) the Alberta Rose Theatre. 

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SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Siren Nation Speaks: Creating with Cannabis with Samantha Montanaro
Explore the possibilities of cannabis as a creativity aid and stretch your creative muscles with Tokeativity and Prism House founder Samantha Montanaro, the special guests of this second-Sunday series that spotlights women creators.

MUSIC

Grammy Awards 2021
Taylor Swift, BTS, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, Burna Boy, and Harry Styles are just a few stars slated to perform at the 2021 Grammys, which honors the best music of the year according to the panelists (whose system is as flawed as most other award shows, FWIW). Watch it live on GRAMMY.com or on CBS.

READINGS & TALKS

Søren Kierkegaard: What Is Our Situation?
Swan dive out of your smooth-brain content loop and into the heady works of the 19th-century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard for Literary Arts' six-session online course grounded in Howard and Edna Hong's anthology The Essential Kierkegaard. Portland State history and philosophy professor Bennett Gilbert will be your teacher. 

VISUAL ARTS

Oklahome: Bury the Hatchet Panel Discussion
John Hitchcock will join Native scholars Dustin Tahmahkera, T. Christopher Aplin, and Nancy Marie Mithlo to discuss how art, music, and Oklahoma are represented in his current Portland Art Museum virtual multisensory exhibit, Bury the Hatchet.


MULTI-DAY

COMMUNITY

International Women's Day: Special Day of Programming on KBOO Radio
Portland's KBOO Community Radio will dedicate today's programming to music by and about women. They even made a limited-edition t-shirt to mark the occasion.
(Monday-Tuesday)

FILM

31st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films
This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will move online this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes buzzy new features like You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan’s first Oscar submission) and Sam Soko's Softie, about a human-rights activist and provocative photojournalist who decides to run for office in a regional election in his native Kenya.
(Monday-Wednesday)

Portland International Film Festival
The Northwest Film Center is partnering with Cinema Unbound to bring you a partial drive-in version of the Portland International Film Festival, featuring IRL screenings of feature films (including the animated favorite The Iron Giant on Saturday) and short film blocks, as well as virtual screenings. Raya Martin's Death of Nintendo, Skye Fitzgerald's documentary Hunger Ward, and Mylissa Fitzsimmons's Everything in the End are just a few that The Mercury staff recommends.
(All week)

MUSIC

Reflections Revisited
Instead of their originally planned live concert, the Portland Gay Men's chorus will treat you to a montage of videos from their 41-year history of performances.
(Saturday-Sunday)

PODCAST

Protocol: Episode 1
Phil Johnson's "Afro-futurist sci-fi audio thriller" produced by Portland Center Stage takes place aboard the space cruiser Elegua IV, where the crew members are thrust into a situation that threatens their mission to preserve humanity. The premiere on March 9 will include a post-show Q&A with the podcast team.
(Tuesday-Sunday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Address Unknown
Kressman Taylor’s short epistolary story "Address Unknown," which, written in 1938, brought American readers' attention to Nazi invasions in Europe, will get a dramatic reading courtesy of Cygnet Radio Hour.
(All week)

The Broadway Cast Reunion Series: The Lion King
Join Heather Headley (Nada), Bradley Gibson (Simba), and the rest of the original cast of Broadway's The Lion King for a live reunion, where you'll get to hear all the backstage gossip your theater-loving heart can handle. The event will be available to watch on-demand for a few days after.
(Wednesday-Sunday)

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)