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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: May 6-12, 2021

Poetry Readings, In Silico, and More
May 6, 2021
Noah Hutton's neuroscience documentary In Silico is now available to watch via the Northwest Film Center's virtual screening room. (Northwest Film Center)

We're here to guide you through a new week on the internet, from the virtual grand opening of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon to a reading with Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani to the final season of the Portland-set comedy Shrill. See those and more of our picks below, and plan ahead with our guide to the best things to do in Portland all month long.


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THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Larissa Pham in Conversation With Mary H.K. Choi
Drawing on everything from Agnes Martin’s abstract paintings to James Turrell’s transcendent light works to Frank Ocean's Blonde, Larissa Pham's debut nonfiction novel, Pop Song, is a reflection on falling in love. She'll be joined in conversation by Mary H.K. Choi (author of Emergency Contact, Permanent Record, and Yolk) for this Powell's event.

Wordplay Festival: Alison Bechdel with Cheryl Strayed
Alison Bechdel—the legendary cartoonist who wrote the comic Dykes to Watch Out For from 1987 to 2008 and went on to become a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—will chat about her new graphic memoir with Cheryl Strayed.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

The Last Five Years
Jason Robert Brown's musical love story with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, pre-recorded on the Broadway Rose stage, is a non-linear story about the brief marriage between two artists. 

VISUAL ART

Japanese American Museum of Oregon Grand Opening
Formerly known as the Nikkei Legacy Center, the Japanese American Museum of Oregon will take up residence in a bigger and brighter space in Old Town. While they're not open to the public just yet, they'll celebrate their move with a virtual event unveiling various exhibits and featuring singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi, as well as Portland Taiko.

FRIDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Mary Jo Bang, Joshua Beckman & Zachary Schomburg
Oregon Book Award winner Zachary Schomburg is out with another collection of poetry, Fjords Vol. 2, which he'll celebrate alongside fellow esteemed poets Joshua Beckman and Mary Jo Bang (whose gorgeously illustrated translation of Dante's Inferno is not to be slept on, figuratively speaking). 

Wordplay Festival: Intercontinental Series Featuring Helen Oyeyemi
Two lovers are changed forever by an unusual train journey in Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, Peaces, which follows her succulent fairy tales Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Hear her read as part of the Loft's virtual Wordplay Festival. 

TUESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Gregory Gourdet in Conversation With Michelle Tam
Top Chef star Gregory Gourdet shares how food and cooking played a role in his journey to getting sober in his new book, Everyone's Table, which also includes 200 recipes focused on superfoods and highlighting techniques from his Haitian upbringing and his French culinary education. He'll be joined in conversation by Michelle Tam (Nom Nom Paleo).

Jon Meacham: 2021 Hatfield Lecture
Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham draws on decades of wide-ranging interviews with the late Congressman John Lewis in His Truth is Marching On. He'll join the Oregon Historical Society for an online lecture on his research. 

WEDNESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Incite: Queer Writers Read
This curated, bi-monthly reading series hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine returns, this time on the topic of "wayfinding."

The Milwaukie Poetry Series: Anis Mojgani
Prolific author and slam poet (and Oregon Poet Laureate) Anis Mojgani will give a reading on the Ledding Library's YouTube channel.

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 Dut, and more—each prize 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 will match the first $5000 of donations.
(All week)

MUSIC

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.
(All week)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Clever Little Lies
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. This online play comes courtesy of Triangle Productions. 
(All week)

The Great Leap
Desdemona Chiang directs this online production of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap, which centers the star of the sidewalk basketball courts in San Francisco's Chinatown who strong-arms his way onto an American college team traveling to Beijing for a "friendship" game in 1989.
(All week)

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 streamable compilations.
(Friday-Saturday)

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.
(All week)

Shrill: Season 3
Annie Easton returns as a fictionalized version of former Stranger writer Lindy West in the final season of this Portland-set comedy series, which picks up right after she has dumped her unworthy boyfriend.
(Starting Friday)

SLAY 2020
The 2020 edition of The Mercury's own amateur horror short-film festival is available to watch any time you need a thrill and a chill. 
(All week)