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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: May 13-19, 2021

Yaa Gyasi, a Melvin Van Peebles Classic in 4K, and More
May 12, 2021
Hollywood Theatre will show Melvin Van Peebles's 1968 film The Story of a Three-Day Pass in their virtual screening room starting Friday. (Everett Collection)

Portland will soon graduate to the Oregon Health Authority's "Lower Risk" tier on its path to reopening, but in the meantime, we've got another roundup of online events to keep you entertained at home. Read on for the crème de la crème of options this week, from a reading with Yaa Gyasi to Hollywood Theatre screenings of the '60s classic The Story of A Three-Day Pass. Plus, look ahead to the best things to do in Portland all month long.


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THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

Immerse
Learn how Portland's Freshwater Trust is working to improve the quality of rivers and aquifers in the Northwest and beyond at this virtual fundraiser, which centers a panel discussion with Freshwater Trust President Joe Whitworth, Salt & Straw co-founder Kim Malek, and entrepreneur Kevin Surace. 

MUSIC

Ben Rosenblum Trio
New York City-based jazz pianist and accordionist Ben Rosenblum and his trio will perform live from The 1905 as part of their three-stop Pacific Northwest virtual tour.

READINGS & TALKS

Airlie Press May Mixer
Regional, nonprofit poetry publisher Airlie Press will unveil their upcoming titles, bolstered by readings from contributing troubadours Megan Alpert, Brittney Corrigan, Amelia Díaz Ettinger, Jennifer Perrine, David Pickering, Jennifer Reimer, and Connie Soper. They also promise a raffle and "special surprises."

Joseph Fink & Meg Bashwiner in Conversation With Symphony Sanders
Powell's will host the creator of the spooky podcast Welcome to Night Vale in a presentation of his new memoir, co-written with his wife, the writer and performer Meg Bashwiner. In it, the couple chronicle the first 10 years of their relationship "from both sides," starting with their meet-cute at an East Village theater. 

FRIDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Resilience and Solidarity
Local AAPI leaders Khanh Pham (House Representative for District 46), Manumalo Ala’ilima (of UTOPIA PDX), and Cynthia Choi (of San Francisco's Chinese for Affirmative Action) will share insight on building a safe and just world for all Asian American, Pacific Islander, and BIPOC communities. 

READINGS & TALKS

Stacey Abrams in Conversation With Katie Couric
Between her work as an anti-voter suppression activist and a leader of the Southern Economic Advancement Project, which is currently focused on addressing pandemic recovery in the Deep South, Stacey Abrams has penned a new book. While Justice Sleeps steers away from her previous genre (did you know she's a prolific romance novelist?) and tells the story of a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, who slips into an untimely coma and turns the woman's life upside-down. Abrams will join Powell's and journalist Katie Couric for an online reading.

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Sweet Taste of the Arts
PassinArt: A Theatre Company—the longest-running Black American theatre company in Oregon—will raise funds for future programming at this online fundraiser boasting performances by West African dancer and drummer Derrell Sekou Somah Walker, spoken-word artist S. Renee Mitchell, jazz musician and composer Marvin F. Cockrell, and others. There will also be a silent auction bearing local weekend getaways, fancy wine, and other goodies.

MUSIC

Kenari Quartet: Transforming Perceptions of the Sax
The Oregon-based all-saxophone Kenari Quartet will give you a new appreciation for the bronze woodwind instrument. This performance will feature both modern and contemporary pieces, as well as some improvisational jamming for good measure.

TUESDAY

MUSIC

John Reischman
Don't miss legendary mandolinist John Reischman in this rare solo concert presented by the Experience Music Project. 

READINGS & TALKS

Yaa Gyasi
The Ghana-born, Alabama-raised author of the epic Homegoing will discuss her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, with Literary Arts.

WEDNESDAY

FILM

Who Am I To Stop It
Hollywood Theatre will show Cheryl Green's documentary Who Am I to Stop It, which centers a community of survivors recovering from traumatic brain injuries, as part of HEART, a monthlong virtual series "illuminating the intersection of women, mental health, and art." A group discussion will follow the screening.

MULTI-DAY

COMMUNITY

COVID Relief for India Fundraiser Raffle
Veganizer director Waz Wu is organizing this raffle fundraiser with hundreds of dollars worth of prizes from sought-after local restaurants like Boxcar Pizza, Nightingale, Kate's Ice Cream, Mirisata, Mama Đút, and more—each package is worth a minimum of $150.  Proceeds will benefit the increasingly dire COVID-19 crisis in India, which is facing a rise in rates and hospitalizations. Chef Deepak Saxena of DesiPDX matched the first $5000 of donations.
(Thursday-Saturday)

FILM

HUMP! Greatest Hits - Volume 3
The HUMP! team is bringing back some fan-favorite amateur porn shorts from 2015-2018 in the third volume of the festival's streamable compilations. 
(Friday-Saturday)

Punk the Capital
Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, and Ian MacKaye make appearances in this doc that traces the early days of punk in Washington, D.C.
(Starting Friday)

The Story of A Three-Day Pass
You may know him better for his 1971 blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, but Melvin Van Peebles's 1968 directorial debut The Story of a Three-Day Pass deserves equal attention in the canon. Shown here in 4K restoration, it follows a Black American soldier who's given three days' leave in Paris, where his romance with a French woman is dampened by his impending departure and an onslaught of racial prejudice all around him.
(Starting Friday)

MUSIC

Chamber Music Northwest Presents Jason Vieaux: Eloquent & Eclectic
Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux, lauded by Gramophone as "among the elite of today’s classical guitarists," makes his Chamber Music Northwest debut in this virtual concert.
(Saturday-Wednesday)

PERFORMANCE

Clever Little Lies - Triangle Productions
A woman grows suspicious of her husband's behavior when he returns home from a tennis match with their son in a funny mood. Determined to nail down the truth, she invites her son and his wife over for drinks and dessert, leading to a veritable feast of gossip.
(All week)