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The Best Things To Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Portland Events for November 2-8, 2020

The Portland Book Festival, Patty Griffin, Election Night, and More Top Picks
November 2, 2020
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The Portland Book Festival kicks off online this Thursday with an appearance from prolific author Jess Walter, who will discuss his buzzy new historical fiction book Cold Millions. It's one of the few not-free events of the festival, but tickets include a copy of the book. (Factory Town on Vimeo)

For when you need a break from refreshing your Twitter feed and studying infographics this election week, choose from our picks for online events in every genre—from Comedy Crossing: The Animal Crossing Standup Comedy Show to a concert with Patty Griffin benefitting Revolution Hall, and from the Portland Book Festival to HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 2. Plus, peruse our complete in-person and streaming calendars, and look out for a roundup of socially distanced things to do in the flesh this weekend.


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MONDAY

MUSIC

Laura Veirs
In 2016, fresh off a collaborative album and tour with a supergroup rounded out by Neko Case and k.d. lang, Portland singer/songwriter Laura Veirs went on to write a picture book chronicling the life of American folk legend Elizabeth Cotten. This is all to say that Viers is cool and we like her. Join her for a show on Music Millennium's virtual stage. 

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TUESDAY

COMEDY

Comedy Crossing: The Animal Crossing Standup Comedy Show
Your two favorite COVID-coping activities, playing Animal Crossing and watching live comedy, will merge for some much-needed laughs, hosted by the hilarious  Jenny Yang, who writes for Last Man Standing. 

COMMUNITY

Election Day
If you haven't already, use The Mercury's endorsement cheat-sheet and spare no time dropping your ballot in the nearest ballot box. Once you've done that, watch the first round of results come in online with the Democratic Party of Oregon.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

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?

See Also: Multi-Day Events


THURSDAY

COMEDY

Speakeasy!
Do you love to make cocktails? Do you love to draw? Want to chat with ‘Police Reports Illustrated’ creator Callan Berry? Join the party at Speakeasy!— the talkshow where you get to make cocktails!— every other Thursday! You’ll learn how to make a cocktail, draw a small comic, and get any questions asked— ANY questions!— by the one and only Callan Berry!

MUSIC

Outer Orbit on the Portland Music Stream
Funk/soul music collective Outer Orbit will treat you to a night of music influenced by everyone from Sly Stone and the Meters to Aretha Franklin and Emily King.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

FILM

HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 2
The HUMP! team is bringing back some fan-favorite amateur porn shorts from years past in the second volume of streamable compilations.

MUSIC

The Businesswoman, the Swordsman, and the Servant
Portland Baroque Orchestra presents an evening of early classical string quartets by Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen and Chevalier de Saint-Georges, as well as Joseph Haydn’s “Sunrise” quartet.

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SATURDAY

MUSIC

The Cabin Project on the Portland Music Stream
Womxn-composed indie-rock band the Cabin Project will bring haunting choruses, two-part harmonies, pedals, synths, and string sections to your ears via the Alberta Rose Theatre. 

2020 Induction Ceremony
Celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductees (Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff) during this special HBO program packed with special guests from Iggy Pop to Alicia Keys to Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Patty Griffin - Live from The Continental Club
"Chances are you've already heard the music of Patty Griffin. Her songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, even Bette Midler. But you haven't really, truly experienced Griffin until you hear her perform her own stellar originals," wrote former Stranger contributor Kurt B. Reighley. She'll "stop" at Revolution Hall as part of a series of livestreamed concerts benefitting indie music venues around the country. 

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SUNDAY

MUSIC

Red Bird on the Portland Music Stream
Press materials describe the sound of soul band Red Bird as a "musical love child" between Tom Waits, Prince and Brandi Carlile. Catch them live from the Alberta Rose Theater stage. 

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Drag Queen Bingo
Join local drag queen Poison Waters for a couple rounds of prize-bearing bingo on the internet. If you buy at least four bottles of wine for delivery from Hip Chicks Do Wine, you won't have to pay admission. 

PWNW Retrospective: Linda Austin Dance—Ensemble Works
Performance Works NorthWest will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a look back at the group choreographies of its director, Linda Austin.  


MULTI-DAY

FILM

Portland Latin American Film Festival XIV
The Hollywood Theater is moving the Portland Latin American Film Festival online, which is bittersweet. Bitter: Everyone loves a big screen, especially at this historic gem. Sweet: You'll have a full 48 hours to watch a film once you hit play. From September to November, the festival will present six movies from Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Switzerland, and Belgium that celebrate and honor the cultural diversity of Latin America. The upcoming film is Juliana Fanjul's Radio Silence (starting Thursday), about a journalist who fights misinformation at the radio station where she's worked for years.
(All week)

MUSIC

Mini Concert 1
Fear No Music directors Kenji Bunch and Monica Ohuchi will kick off the season with a virtual program of music by Black American composers, including Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s "Sonoran Storm" and Regina Harris Baiocchi’s "Azuretta."
(Monday-Wednesday)

READINGS & TALKS

Portland Book Festival
Literary Arts' annual book and author extravaganza will be extended into not one but over 20 days of online events with over 100 authors from Oregon and beyond, and all but three are free to attend. Presenters include Cold Millions author Jess Walter, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar, National Book Award honoree Bryan Washington, acclaimed Black history scholar Isabel Wilkerson, and Margaret Atwood.
(Thursday-Sunday)

SPORTS

Virtual Kitten Yoga
Oregon Humane Society kittens will roam across the screen as you stretch your way through an easy flow class.
(Thursday-Friday)

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

Hot ‘n’ Throbbing
A single suburban mom writes feminist erotica to help pay the bills in Paula Vogel's latest production for Profile Theater.
(Wednesday-Sunday)