The Best Things to Do in Portland: June 22-25 2020

June 22, 2020

In addition to supporting black-owned businesses, educating yourself through anti-racism resources, and donating to social justice causes, here are our picks for the best Phase One-okayed and social distancing-friendly Things to Do this week!

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Monday, June 22

2020 Oregon Book Awards
Literary Arts and OPB come together to present a special broadcast of the 2020 Oregon Book Awards (Mon June 22, 7 pm), which is sticking to its scheduled June 22 date but moving hosts Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello behind a pair of microphones to announce this year's winners, and celebrate the state's greatest literary achievements.

2020 Ain't Cancelled!
PDXWOC and B.Her present this ongoing livestream conversation series aimed at "shifting your mindset, becoming the best version of yourself, and game planning." (Mon June 22, 5 pm)

State Champs Ten Year Anniversary Variety Show
"Albany, New York-hailing pop-punk quintet State Champs celebrate a decade of music with this 10-Year Anniversary Variety Show online for fans (June 22, 2020 4 pm), including the exclusive premiere of new music from the EP State Champs Unplugged, and a brand new webisode of "Shot Boys."

Mondays with the Maestro
Artslandia presents this weekly hangout with Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, who spends happy hour (Mon June 22, 5 pm) with you sharing stories and "exploring the connections between emotionality and music," using highlights from the Oregon Symphony's 2020/2021 season.

Out of Sight
Steven Soderbergh is great at stories centered on people stealing shit. Logan Lucky even references Ocean’s Eleven, and both of which—great as they are—pale when compared to Out of Sight (Now Streaming, Hulu), Soderbergh’s best blend of indie adventurousness and pop sensibility (and arguably his best film, period). Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel, Out of Sight is the story of a bank robber caught up in a jailhouse scheme to rob a millionaire crook, while also managing to seduce the cop on his tail. Thanks to the unbelievable chemistry of leads George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, and a stacked supporting cast that plays not even one false note, Out of Sight is of the smoothest, most charming film experiences of the ’90s.

Tuesday, June 23

Queer Town Hall: Policies, Reforms & Police
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joins a panel of local and statewide community leadersto discuss policies and reforms surrounding policing. Hosted by Basic Rights Oregon, Tues June 23, 12 pm.

Pedalpalooza: Bikes Mean Business
The Pedalpalooza theme of the day is all about supporting local businesses with your biking. Not just the cycle-based endeavors, but any local business who needs a little extra support this year (and that's basically all of them). Get on your bike and see if you can accept the challenge of only buying local products from local vendors today.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Prolific Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison dishes on a life spent busting up the white male literary hegemony in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's documentary, with appearances by Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks, and Angela Davis, among others. (Tues June 23, 8 pm, free)

The "glam-folk" sounds of Glitterfox have been a staple at Mississippi Pizza since moving to Portland in 2018, and now they're headlining this livestream, supporting the release of their latest LP, Fringe.

At the Video Store Benefit Livestream
Portland-based filmmaker James Westby's first documentary—he’s best known for his comedies Film Geek, The Auteur, and Rid of Me—perfectly captures the shambolic nature of the early home video age, boasting interviews with the proprietors of shops like Ivan’s Alley in New York and Video Americain in Baltimore. There are also a slew of marquee names—like Barry’s Bill Hader, legendary film editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Irishman), and writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Please Give, Enough Said, Parks and Recreation)—who jump at the chance to profess their love of their favorite stores. Proceeds from this special weeklong engagement will help keep Revolution Hall open. ROBERT HAM

Judah Friedlander
Maybe you know him as "That dude with the stupid glasses from 30 Rock," or maybe you know him as "That dude from that one Dave Matthews video where he just hugs a bunch of people," but you should probably get to know him (Tues June 23, 7:30 pm, $15-20) as "that dude who really knows how to tell some funny-ass jokes."

Artslandia Happy Hour: Mike Bennett
"Former ice-cream-scooper, preschool teacher, real estate assistant, and now full-time artist Mike Bennett (he's the guy who makes those cool wooden cutouts that pop up all over the city) sits in front of the camera as part of Artslandia's livestream happy hour series. (Tues June 23, 5 pm)

Nowheres Wolf Screening & Panel Discussion
A special work-in-progress screening of NOWHERES WOLF (Tues June 23, 4 pm) followed by a conversation from the creator, and a panel discussion on the role of art in activism with representatives from the Portland EcoFilm Fest and Crag Law Center.

Stay in Your Damn House Party
Steve Aoki headlines Dim Mak's Twitch Tuesday streams for the rest of June, with a rotating cast of special guests, and a simple command: Stay in Your Damn House! He'd also like for you to celebrate the Neon Future IV remixes album, too. If you could. Thanks! (Tues June 23, 5 pm)

Wednesday, June 24

Arresting Power Walk-In/Bike-in Screening
Mobile Projection Unit hosts this live screening on the Eastbank Esplanade of Arresting Power, a documentary about the history of police violence in Portland. Attendees are asked to bring a portable FM Radio to facilitate the drive-in-style audio. (Wed June 24, 10 pm)

Celebrate Pride Together
SAGE Metro Portland, Pride NW, and AARP Oregon present this online celebration of Pride, with performances from stand-up Marga Gomez, pianist and educator Tammy L. Hall, and the evening's host, Paul Iarrabino of Our Bold Voices. (Wed June 24, 6 pm)

The Stranger Presents: 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? (Wed June 24, 6 pm, $5-20)

The OUTwright Festival
Fuse Theatre's annual series of performances and workshops highlighting the power of art to help comment on and change our surroundings goes online for 2020, with a specific focus on trans and gender non-conforming communities. Visit Fuse's Facebook page every night at 7 pm June 24-28 to watch readings, discussions, and fully staged productions from writers including Mikki Gillette, Rebecca Jae Petchenik, Rusty Newton Tennant, MJ Kaufman, and Jane Comer.

Brandy Clark
The acclaimed country music singer and songwriter from Morton, Washington takes to her Insta once again for the latest installment of her "You Can't Come Over, But You Can Come In" weekly livestream. (Wed June 24, 4 pm)

Infamous: Tiger King Book Release
A book release party for the comic adaptation/explainer of the drama behind our quarantine's most viral Netflix documentary, Tiger King.

Knowing Oregon's Bees
An illustrated exploration of Oregon's diverse bee species by August Jackson, with a focus on educating viewers on how important bees are to our ecosystem. (Wed June 24, 6 pm)

Thursday, June 25

Literary Power Hour
The title isn't hyperbolic when the list of professionals offering to share their power with you include Cheryl Strayed, Bella, Reema Zaman, Claire Rudy Foster, Lidia Yuknavitch, Samiya Bashir, and Leni Zumas. (Thurs June 25, 7 pm, $50)

ACLU of Oregon Pride Webinar
"ACLU of Oregon clients, staff, and ally organizations come together (Thurs June 25, 5:30pm, free w/ rsvp) to discuss their ongoing work in the community, as well as providing updates on advocacy initiatives and ACLU cases, and exploring what it means to build safe and inclusive spaces.

Mic Check: Under Quarantine 4-Year Anniversary
One of Portland's best hip-hop showcases turns four, and even though the Crystal Ballroom isn't quite ready for everyone to set their floor bouncing, they are letting local legend Cool Nutz put on a show, with another local legend, DJ O.G. One on the decks, and DJ Klyph supporting, and they'll livestream this celebration on their Facebook page at 6 pm.

Electric Blockaloo: A Rave Family Experience
OK, we're just going to set aside that name for a sec, nobody goes to festivals because of their names, really, you're not listening to the name for days straight. You're listening to the artists, and that's what's important here, and this four day Minecraft festival (Thurs-Sun June 25-28) is calling itself "the world's largest virtual music festival," taking place in "the most epic festival venue ever created," featuring EDM all-stars including A-Trak, Diplo, Anjunabeats, JAUZ, and so many more.

Oregon Zoo Live: Golden Eagle
A chance to (virtually) meet rescued golden eagle Deschutes and connect with the Zoo's animal-care staff in this livestream video (Thurs June 25, 10:30 am, free, all ages)! Includes at-home activities for younger viewers.

Depeche Mode: LiVE SPiRiTS
To seven-year-old me—for like three months at least—nothing was more alluring or badass than the “Enjoy the Silence” video, which was little more than Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, gussied up in regal garb, traversing the wilderness with a folding chair. Where was he headed? Of whom was he ruler? All those questions will at last be answered in LiVE SPiRiTS, filmed at the iconic Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”) in Berlin. DIRK VANDERHART

Happy Hour with the Unipiper
Artslandia's "Standing By" livestream series continues with a happy hour stream starring one of Portland's most notorious local celebrities, the Unipiper. Will he belch flame from his mighty pipes live on camera while serenading you with... whatever sound it is that comes out of bagpipes? Tune in at 5 pm and see!