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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: May 27-June 2, 2021

deadbird, HUMP! Greatest Hits, and more
May 27, 2021
Choreographer Devynn Emory's film deadbird, which explores grief and nursing during the COVID-19 crisis, is available to watch online through Sunday. (Reilly Horan)

A new spate of online films, art shows, and concerts are hitting the decks this week, from the final days of HUMP! Greatest Hits - Volume 3 to a live performance with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

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Listen Up, Lovers! 17th Century Italian Love Songs
Whether you're in love or you're flailing around in the throes of heartbreak, this Portland Baroque Orchestra program promises a medley of " love, loss, and everything in between," helmed by Soprano Arwen Myers and theorbo player John Lenti. Expect works by Italian masters like Barbara Strozzi and Claudio Monteverdi.

Vanport's Siren Song
As part of the annual Vanport Mosaic Festival, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble will convene for a live presentation of a new song by lyricist S. Renee Mitchell, vocalist Marilyn Keller, and composer/pianist Ezra Weiss, as well as a discussion of the former Oregon towns of Vanport and Maxville. The song "celebrates the creativity and resilience of [Black Oregonians] who persisted in Portland by forming new communities despite the resistance of racist Portland leaders and residents, in addition to recounting the terror of the flood," according to a press release.



The Movie Quiz: Mayhem
Action-movie buffs can test their dedication to the genre in this online trivia night hosted by Hollywood Theatre. 



Bethany C. Morrow in Conversation With L. L. McKinney
Bethany C. Morrow's new YA novel A Chorus Rises follows a teen influencer who's gifted as an Eloko, "a charismatic person gifted with a melody that people adore." But after she exposes a fellow Siren to the world, she's cast as a villain and forced to flee Portland for the Southwest. Hear Morrow read alongside L.L. McKinney, the author of the Nightmare-verse series.

Emerging From Our Homes: How We Experience Safety and Vulnerability Moving Through Our Communities
For many of us, the excitement of reentering the post-lockdown world comes with a lot of anxiety, too. Join Oregon Humanities facilitator LeeAnn O’Neill for an online conversation that will question how the way we move through our community affects our sense of safety and vulnerability.



Journeys To Justice
Portland Opera presents compositions about love, justice, and the Black American experience, including Jasmine Barnes's "Songs for the African Violet" and Carlos Simon's Night Trip.


Deadbird / Can Anybody Help Me Hold This Body
In the film version of their live performance that was slated to premiere in NYC last spring, choreographer Devynn Emory creates a space for grieving, using their own body as a "spirit medium" that serves to reflect on nursing during the COVID-19 crisis (Emory is a registered nurse in real life). Inspired in part by the medical mannequins that Emory encountered in nursing school, the film envisions "an ideal care team for a body who’s passing," the artist told the New York Times. It's being presented online courtesy of Danspace Project, accompanied by a physical altar honoring those lost to the virus, created by artist Maya Vivas (which you can visit at PICA’s Back Lot on NE San Rafael). 

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. 

In Silico
A brilliant but disaffected neuroscientist and his audacious 10-year quest to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers fuel this documentary by newcomer Noah Hutton.


The Arts & Culture Leadership Incubator Digital Showcase
Visual art and ecology collide in this digital exhibition featuring environmentally focused work by Lyndsey Blythe, Jamie Cormier, Kameron Messmer, Alicia Moya-Méndez, Lynnette Oostmeyer, Joseph Nguyen, Justin Rueff, Shelby Silver, and Debra Tappendorf.

Unmuted: PCC Art Student Exhibition
Portland Community College's Helzer, North View, Paragon, and Southeast art galleries, each located one of their four campus locations, play host to a virtual juried exhibition of works by PCC students.(All week)