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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Month: July 2024

Project Pabst, Portland Pride Parade, and More
June 28, 2024
Project Pabst returns to Portland after a seven-year hiatus, with festival vets STRFKR on the bill. (Project Pabst via Facebook)
Whether July makes you think of hot dogs and fireworks, air-conditioned movie theaters, outdoor concerts and performances, or ice-cold beverages, you'll find tons of things to do this month that will allow you to soak up that coveted Portland sunshine now that summer is in full effect. As we do every month, we've compiled the biggest events you need to know about in every genre, from Project Pabst to blink-182 and from the Portland Pride Parade to the inaugural Portland Thai Festival.

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My Straight Friends Past Event List
Are the straights okay? LGBTQ comics will chat gay culture with their hetero comic friends in this show, which spills the proverbial tea on the queer experience and permits the straights to ask their most pressing questions. Local millennial and sweet potato brownie critic Ricci Armani will be on deck with something giggle-worthy, too. LC
Siren Theater, Boise (Thurs July 11)

Colin Jost Remind List
"Punchably faced" legend Colin Jost, aka that Staten Island-born dude who has been on Saturday Night Live since forever, will head to our neck of the woods for more absurdity, self-deprecation, and maybe a "weekend update" or two. I'm hoping for more details on that ferry he recently co-purchased with Pete Davidson. ("Now I’m stuck with a fucking boat," reports Davidson. “It’s kinda funny that this will be a lifelong problem for me and Colin.”) I'm poor and can't relate, but I'm happy to laugh at/with them. LC
Elsinore Theater, Salem (Wed July 17)

Jackie Kashian Remind List
Dry, geeky Portland fave Jackie Kashian stays busy, appearing on 2 Dope Queens, hosting two podcasts, and even voice acting on an episode of Bob's Burgers. Okay, so she's hit the big time, but Kashian will still clear space in her busy schedule to drop by Portland. Lucky us! I'm hoping for more insight on the rapture. LC
Siren Theater, Boise (Fri July 19)

Joe Pera: The PERAs Tour Remind List
A devastating reality I'm currently facing is that I'm out of town for the upcoming Joe Pera show. Joe Pera is my transcendentalist poet hero, and if you don't know who he is, you should fix that. He is America's sweetheart. I can prove it if you set aside two minutes and 40 seconds to watch the most soothing clip of all time. Pera's calm, helpful, and more-than-slightly grandfatherly schtick made his woefully canceled HBO series Joe Pera Talks With You my favorite sleepytime show. His sense of humor jibes with millennials who are suddenly into birdwatching, so don't expect anything remotely snarky or fast-paced. In fact, I figure he'll delve further into tomatoes and pancake breakfasts for this performance, and that's the point—you might actually feel a glimmer of hope by the end. LC
Revolution Hall, Buckman (July 19–20)


Pedalpalooza 2024 Remind List
This summer-long festival of bikey fun is an annual highlight for pedal-powered Portlanders. From June through August, riders of all ages are invited to join hundreds of events independently organized by community members like you. Although the famous World Naked Bike Ride is on hiatus this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded bikers at events like a climate adaptation ride, an e-bike pride ride, and a Lord of the Rings ride. JW
Various locations (July 1–31)

Picnic in the Pearl Past Event List
July's First Thursday celebration falls on the Fourth, so why not celebrate in the Pearl? Picnic in the Pearl makes it easy—the fam-friendly event will spread across seven blocks, where you'll find vendors sharing artsy wares and treats, plus live music, games, and (natch) a picnic area. My suggestion? Spread out a blanket and indulge in some subtle people-watching. LC
NW 13th and NW Everett, Pearl District (Thurs July 4)

22nd Annual Bastille Day Festival Past Event List
"Ooh la la" alert!! This Bastille Day fête thrown by the Alliance Française de Portland celebrates the momentous occasion when the storming of the Bastille prison birthed the modern French nation. The delectably French day is typically held in a park, but this year, visitors can escape the heat with indoor live music and a French-English used book sale, plus a wine garden on Castaway's covered patio. BYOB (bring your own baguette), or don't—last year's offerings included jambon pizza, merguez sausages, and tons of other delicious bites. LC
Castaway, Slabtown (Sun July 14)

La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival Remind List
Because few things are better than gypsum art adorning the sidewalk, Hillsboro's La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival invites attendees to engage directly with buzzy and upcoming artists as they create vibrant chalk drawings (each piece will be a whopping 10'x10' on average when completed). Don't run off once you've seen the main attraction—the free festival (which typically draws over 40,000 attendees) also boasts jazzy performances by local musicians, bites and beverage options, art vendors to browse, and kids' activities. LC
Downtown Hillsboro (July 20–21)

Sneaker Week PDX Remind List
Portland's sneakerhead community likes to proclaim the city the "sneaker capital of the world," and with titans like Nike and Pensole Footwear Design Academy in town, the assertion holds up. This week-long festival celebrates the global sneaker community and Portland's booming footwear industry with workshops and themed festivities. JW 
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown (July 26–Aug 1)


MaXXXine Past Event List
Indie horror ace Ti West (The Sacrament, The House of the Devil) returned in 2022 with a southern-fried A24 slasher. Following a gang of youth cruising through rural Texas in the '70s, X drew clear inspiration from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but still managed to craft a pretty fresh story centered around a psychopathic elderly villain. West made the best of it, quickly releasing the follow-up backstory Pearl, and MaXXXine will conclude the freaky trilogy. Who's the common denominator? Mia Goth, our 21st-century version of Shelley Duvall. She'll reprise her role as Maxine, a porn starlet hellbent on real fame in a serial killer-ridden Los Angeles. LC
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (July 3–11)

NOIR CITY: Portland Remind List
Sultry dames and secondhand smoke make me nervous in real life, but they're a recipe for great cinema. Just ask Film Noir Foundation founder, Turner Classic Movies host, and "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, who produced this year's Noir City festival. The fest will return for a moody weekend of the best film noir offerings that the shadowy back alleys of Hollywood have to offer, including Gilda, In a Lonely Place, and a recent restoration of Argentinian thriller Never Open That Door. LC
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (July 19–21)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Low Bar Chorale Remind List
Adapted from a hit '98 glam rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows a genderqueer German singer who lands in the rural Midwest after a botched sex reassignment surgery. John Cameron Mitchell wrote, directed, and starred as Hedwig in the punky, ingenious masterwork of queer cinema. Haven't seen it? You should. Even Roger Ebert admitted that it was "strange how the movie seems to be loud, flashy and superficial, yet gives a deeper dimension to its characters." Plus, this special screening includes a pre-show sing-along with Low Bar Chorale. LC
Tomorrow Theater, Richmond (Sat July 20)

Troll Tales on the Lawn Remind List
Whether you're in Oslo or the Pacific Northwest, no summer is complete without catching an outdoor movie screening (or three). Nordic Northwest agrees, and their hygge film programming offers a little something for everyone's cinema tastes, as long as those cinema tastes include trolls. On July 21, the Troll Tales on the Lawn series will grumble to life with the 2001 Finnish flick Rölli and the Spirit of the Woods. Attendees can sip on a range of Oregon wines, beers, and non-alcoholic options during the film, and resident troll expert (yes, that's a thing!!) Britte Rasmussen Marsh will chat trolls beforehand, offering a wide context of "discord and history" pulled from her ample troll research. LC
Nordic Northwest, Metzger (Sun July 21)


Portland Craft Beer Festival Past Event List
Unlike similar craft beer events, this annual festival focuses primarily on beers brewed within the city limits of Portland, making it an excellent opportunity to avail yourself of plenty of local suds in one place. If beer isn't your thing, there's also a selection of cider, wine, and mead. This year's gathering will be held at the picturesque Elizabeth Caruthers Park, with food, live music, vendors, games, and other entertainment. Best of all, you can rest easy knowing your ticket supports a good cause: Together with its partner CaskAide, Inc., the festival has raised nearly $40,000 for local nonprofits. JB
Elizabeth Caruthers Park, South Waterfront (July 4–6)

Past Event List
Channel your inner Uncle Iroh at this annual festival dedicated to tea in all of its many forms. You'll get to connect with other connoisseurs of camellia sinensis (though you don't have to know the technical name for tea plants to attend) and learn about tea culture, history, health benefits, varieties, brewing methods, teaware, and more. Plus, peruse booths from vendors such as Smith Teamaker, Tao of Tea, Mizuba Teahouse, Sugimoto Tea Company, Floating Leaves, Oregon Tea Traders, and Mountain Rose Herbs. Who knows—you might just go home with a new daily ritual. JB
World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum, Washington Park (Sat July 13)

Portland Thai Festival Past Event List
This brand new festival, created as a collaboration between the Yard Apartments, the Thai Royal Consulate, and Prosper Portland, aims to uplift Thai culture and cuisine and shine a light on Portland's Thai culinary scene. The inaugural edition will feature dishes from local businesses such as Nong Kao Man Gai, Khao Moo Dang, Farmhouse Kitchen, Kati Thai Vegan, Somtum Thai Kitchen, BKK PadThai, and more. JB
Yard Apartments, Kerns (July 13–14)

Ice Cream Social Past Event List
Pastry chef Cheryl Wakerhauser's famed French dessert emporium Pix Pâtisserie closed its brick-and-mortar doors in 2022, but its legacy lives on in the form of the 24-hour Pix-O-Matic vending machine, which dispenses everything from macarons to berets to sourdough starter. And now, devotees who are nostalgic for the bakery's heyday will have a chance to revisit it for one afternoon with the spot's annual summer ice cream social. The business will join forces with Can Bar to host a soirée complete with banana splits, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and unique flavors like tawny port, coconut sorbet, and "Pixies & Cream." I'm particularly intrigued by the beer float, featuring Pfriem Belgian Strong Dark Ale and coffee bean ice cream. In between bites, play a casual game of pétanque. JB
Pix Pâtisserie/Can Bar, Kerns (Sun July 14)

Fuji to Hood: Japan/Oregon Beer, Cider & Culture Fest Remind List
Did you know that Portland and Sapporo have been sister cities since 1959? This annual all-ages festival, which alternates between Japan and Oregon each year, celebrates the special bond between these two cultures and the natural beauty of each region's mountain (Mt. Hood and Mt. Fuji) with a plethora of craft beer, cider, and food, and 2024 is Portland's turn. Scope out 22 exclusive collaboration beers and three collaboration ciders created by 50 breweries and ciders from Oregon and Japan—each concoction will highlight an ingredient sourced directly from Japan. Plus, enjoy art, music, dancing, and other entertainment. JB
The Redd on Salmon, Buckman (Sat July 20)

BuzzCutt's First Annual Summer Fest: PDX's Alcohol-Free Pride Party Remind List
Just because you're abstaining from alcohol doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a tame existence (unless that's what you want, in which case, more power to you!). This event from the team behind the app BuzzCutt, which helps you find bars, restaurants, markets, and grocery stores serving non-alcoholic options, proves that you can have all of the revelry with none of the booze. Festivities will include your choice of three free canned non-alcoholic beverages, tastings, food available for purchase, tunes from DJ Jess the Ripper, a photobooth, raffles, and even a Jell-O wrestling tournament. Going zero-proof has never been so fun. JB
For Bitter For Worse, Piedmont (Sat July 20)


LeakyCon 2024 Portland Past Event List
LeakyCon not only celebrates the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but also "engages critically with the content we love," which includes fostering an inclusive space especially for trans and non-binary folx. For three days, you're invited to join your fellow fantasy fans to shop the vendor marketplace, discuss theories, listen to wizard rock, and forge unbreakable vows bonds. Workshops and lectures include "Way of the Wand: Movements for Defensive Wand Work," "Behind the Death Eater Mask: The Psychology of Hate and the Nature of Extremism," and "Pretty Guardians: The Enduring Legacy of Magical Girls." Cosplay is encouraged, and you can hear from and meet some of your favorite stars like Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley, and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble in Doctor Who). SL
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (July 5–7)

8th Annual Portlandia Mermaid Parade Remind List
If you're a fan of Portlandia, the larger-than-life river goddess sculpture that looms above downtown's Portland Building, you'll probably dig this fin-flapping celebration of Portland's rivers and port history. The Portlandia Mermaid Parade and Festival is a body-positive, fam-friendly event that encourages all of the city's fantastical creatures to splash around together, and this year's "Under the Sea of Dreams" theme encourages even more reality abandonment than usual. Throw on your most colorful aquatic attire (shells, bobbles, sequins, pearls, and eco-friendly glitter encouraged) in her honor. LC
Downtown (Sun July 21)

WasabiCon PDX 2024 Remind List
Wasabi Anime has been hosting pop culture conventions since 2001, and WasabiCon returns to Portland this year for two days to celebrate fans of anime, cosplay, and gaming. Celebrity guests include partners Brandon McInnis and J. Michael Tatum, Kimiko Glenn, and Lindsay Seidel, all of whom have voiced numerous beloved anime characters. There will be a maid café, vendor fair, and spaces for gaming (both video and tabletop). Break out those cosplay 'fits, Portland! We know you have 'em. SL
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Downtown (July 27–28)


Todd Rundgren: ME/WE Past Event List
Prog rock wizard Todd Rundgren will stop by on his ME/WE tour with songs from his nearly six-decade-long music career. During that time, Rundgren has recorded 27 solo albums (plus dozens more with his bands Utopia and Nazz); produced iconic albums like New York Doll's debut, Patti Smith Group's Waves, Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell; and composed several scores for TV and film including that of Dumb and Dumber, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and Crime Story—how's that for a resume? My fingers are crossed that he'll play some songs from his 1972 glam-rock masterpiece Something/Anything? AV
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Wed July 3)

Waterfront Blues Festival 2024 Past Event List
The Waterfront Blues Festival will celebrate its 37th year as one of the Pacific Northwest's most beloved and anticipated music events with over 100 diverse and multigenerational musicians who carry on the traditions and various shades of the definitive genre. This year's headliners include national treasure/folk-rock icon Lucinda Williams, Americana string ensemble Greensky Bluegrass, blues rock heavies Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, eight-piece soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones, contemporary country queen Margo Price, and electric blues icon Bobby Rush. AV
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 4–7)

blink-182 Past Event List
Hear, hear, elder emos, mainstream punk fiends, and skater boys who bullied me in middle school—the original blink lineup of Travis Barker, Tom DeLonge, and Mark Hoppus are bringing their One More Time tour to Portland this month. Despite its name, this isn't a farewell tour—rather, it's named after the band's ninth album, which marks the return of founding guitarist Tom DeLonge (who took a hiatus in 2014 to conduct alien research, but I digress...) Pop-punk outfit Pierce the Veil will open. AV
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat July 13)

Smokey Robinson Past Event List
In today's edition of "Why The Hell Is This Person Playing the Casino Circuit?" we have living legend and trailblazing singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson. Not only has he thrived as both a solo performer and with Motown vocal group the Miracles, but he has also written countless American standards like "My Girl," "Tracks Of My Tears," "My Guy," "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," and literally hundreds of others. AV
ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield (Sat July 13)

Iris DeMent Remind List
On her first album in eight years, Workin' on a World, singer-songwriter Iris DeMent tackles religion, gun control, and the 2016 election. It takes guts to tackle such themes, which can easily come off as cringy and virtue-signaling, but DeMent brings a striking level of sincerity and thoughtfulness to her songs. This is best captured in the protest anthem "Going Down To Texas": "It's been way too long comin' but I want to thank The Chicks / They found out what it's like to be a woman and defy the establishment / Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, any guy in a cowboy hat / Woulda walked away unscathed takin' a stand like that." AV
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Tues July 16)

Hiatus Kaiyote Remind List
Aussie jazz-funk ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote will take to McMenamins' Grand Lodge in support of their fourth album, Love Heart Cheat Code, which embraces spontaneity with improvised tracks like "Sparkle Tape Break Up" and "And We Go Gentle." However, the show's real draw is that Digable Planets, the greatest hip-hop group of all time (in my opinion), is opening. The trio of rappers, who have adopted the insect alter-egos Butterfly, Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug, will perform classic tracks from their influential jazz-rap albums Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and Blowout Comb. If you're not familiar with the group, I suggest listening to their 1993 track "La Femme Fetal," which tackles the persistent issues of abortion rights and fascism. 
McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove (Thurs July 18)

44th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Remind List
Crowds will sprawl out on Cathedral Park's sloping lawn for the 44th annual edition of this jazz festival presented by the Jazz Society of Oregon. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from onsite food carts as swingin' sounds waft through the summer breeze. This year's lineup includes a plethora of Portland-based jazz talent like Lauren “Lo” Steele,  George Colligan, Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, and Alan Jones’ Social Music. AV
Cathedral Park, St. Johns (July 19–21)

Portugal. The Man Remind List
The Portland-via-Alaska transplants Portugal. The Man have made themselves easy for us Pacific Northwesterners to embrace with their infectious hooks, commitment to activism and philanthropy, and fierce support of the Blazers. And, love it or hate it, their 2017 earworm "Feel It Still" continues to ring through Top 40 radio. Don't miss the rock-pop ensemble as they stop by Troutdale with songs from their latest album, Chris Black Changed My Life. The album features big names like Black Thought, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Edgar Winter. 
Edgefield, Troutdale (Sat July 20)

Project Pabst Remind List
The linup for the resurrected Project Pabst might just top every other Portland music fest this year. Billy Idol holds Saturday's headlining spot, and you won't want to miss the opportunity to twirl around to "Eyes Without a Face" (real ones know that it's his best song). Plus, autotune auteur T-Pain will amaze with his dance moves along with performances from Violent Femmes, Gossip, STRFKR, Shannon & The Clams, Dehd, La Luz, Home Front, and Alien Boy (side note: can we get a Shannon & the Clams and Gossip collab please?) Indie folk phenoms Big Thief will headline on Sunday alongside Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Jeff Rosenstock, Soccer Mommy, Militarie Gun, Kenny Mason, Miya Folick, Sweeping Promises, and Glitterfox. AV
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 27–28)


Original Practice Shakespeare Festival Remind List
The Original Practice Shakespeare Festival brings its productionsoutdoors each summer, interpreting the Bard's ​work in the classic First Folio style (that means limited rehearsal, an onstage prompter, and a fast-paced, improvisational feel). "Shakespeare should feel a little dangerous," the fest's promotional materials explain, and nothing sounds more dangerous to me than hopping on stage in front of a crowd to perform a barely rehearsed Elizabethan play. Check out the calendar for dates and locations of plays performed in parks across the city, including Succession-esque tragedy King Lear and forbidden love folktale Cymbeline this month. LC
Various locations (July 5–Aug 26)

Nothing Left to Lose: A Multimedia Summer Festival Remind List
Shaking the Tree's theater productions have a reputation for being boundary-pushing, relatable, and just plain cool. Their upcoming summer festival is a solid opportunity to find out what the buzz is about: On two weekends in July, you can attend everything from the theater company's birthday party and yard sale (with set pieces, props and costumes up for grabs) to its latest "fashion performance brand launch" led by Josh Sin. I'm stoked for Moon Bloom, a play reading by local "honey-and-grass-fed" Kenyan writer Brandt Maina. LC
Shaking the Tree Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy (July 12–20)

Old Gods of Appalachia Past Event List
I'll go ahead and ask what we're all wondering: What eldritch horrors loom in the shrouded hills of old Appalachia?! Steve Shell and Cam Collins may be the only folks who know for sure. The co-creators of the fictional horror anthology podcast Old Gods of Appalachia summon a Lovecraftian level of macabre imagination to weave the web of an alternate, or "shadow" Appalachia. Historical elements may feel familiar, but Shell and Collins' hills and hollers are just a smidge off-kilter. The duo's live show will take the form of an old-timey radio play, which is already a pretty creepy format if you think about it. A rotating cast of actors and musical performances will enhance your shivers. LC
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun July 14)


Portland Dyke March 2024 Remind List
Celebrating 30 years of raising visibility for dyke culture, the Portland Dyke March showcases “dykes of all persuasions,” including "trans and nonbinary dykes, dykes of color, bi and pan dykes, lesbians, disabled and deaf dykes, kink dykes, and dykes with children." Break out the magic markers and make your rowdiest signs, then head over to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to take to the streets with raucous cheers and protest chants. SL
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (Sat July 20)

Portland Trans Pride March Remind List
With the theme "Agitate and Celebrate," this year's Trans Pride rally and march promises to do plenty of both. Take the time to honor the trans folx who have paved the way while recognizing the work ahead to achieve a world in which all are free to be who they are. The event is organized by Greater Portland Trans Unity, whose website header shouts the message, "anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-cop, and pro fucking trans." Sounds like a revolution worth joining! In a country that's increasingly passing laws restricting the rights of trans folx, it's more important than ever to be visible as we come together and celebrate trans lives. SL
North Park Blocks, Downtown (Sat July 20)

Dollapalooza 3000: C*****R THAN EVER Remind List
Katya’s two-night, multi-site drag rave promises scores of performers from across the PNW and Drag Race alumni Anetra, Olivia Lux, Mirage, and Willam. We’re talkin’ full shows, mini shows, pop-up numbers—how else can Portland’s favorite horsegirl and event producer plan to keep the energy up? The fun starts with brunch at Barrel Room on Saturday before the party moves to the newly opened food cart pod and venue WonderLove. Plan your outfit—Saturday's category is: “big gay rodeo”; Sunday's is “neon futures.” PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR ANDREW JANKOWSKI
WonderLove, Central Eastside (July 20–21)

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival Remind List
The pride of Portland and Queens of All Queens Jinkx Monsoon will treat us plebs to their musical stylings as the headliner at this year’s Pride Waterfront Festival—it may be summer, but it's monsoon season, baybee! Pride Northwest, the nonprofit behind Portland’s flagship Pride event, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and has declared a “Feast and Love” theme for the occasion. Consider a $10 donation, which goes toward Pride Northwest’s year-round programming, or splurge on a VIP pass to unlock extras like exclusive meet-and-greets, lounge access, and more. JW
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown (July 20–21)

Portland Pride Parade Remind List
Sure, the Pride Parade may include corporate companies and their rainbow-washing ways, but that doesn't mean you should sit it out. This raucous expression of queer joy also features dozens of community groups that support the LGBTQIA2S+ community year-round. Plan ahead, as tens of thousands of people will flood into downtown for the biggest parade in the state—once it's over, head to the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival to keep the party going. JW
Downtown (Sun July 21)


A Mouth Holds Many Things: A De-Canon Hybrid-Literary Exhibition Remind List
Expanding upon the print hybrid-literary anthology A Mouth Holds Many Things created by Portland-based literary-social art project De-Canon, this group exhibition centers "visual-textual" works by women and nonbinary BIPOC writers. A Mouth Holds Many Things includes pieces by Samiya Bashir, Carolina Ebeid, Vi Khi Nao, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Paisley Rekdal, Sasha Stiles, Anna Martine Whitehead, and many others. Head to Stelo to fill your artistic cup: You'll spy interesting hybrid visions in video poems, textile books, and poetry/painting collaborations. LC
Stelo, Pearl District (July 1–28)

Juneau Black: Summers End Past Event List
When I shelved books at Powell's during the pandemic, the coziness of Juneau Black's Shady Hollow series stood out against the more brutal entries in the mystery stacks. A sweet vulpine sleuth, framed by spindly trees, decorates each cover; if your literary interests fall somewhere between Phoebe Wahl's folk magic charm and Agatha Christie's whole vibe, you'll likely dive head-first into the woodland realm of Shady Hollow. The latest entry in the series invents a "dark academia" twist, with an "ancient tomb built by an early woodland culture" and a still-warm body that intrigues a local fox and raven. LC
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton (Thurs July 11)

Julia Phillips in Conversation With Kimberly King Parsons Remind List
Julia Phillips' debut novel Disappearing Earth tracked two sisters gone missing in the remote tundra of Eastern Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and earned her a finalist spot for the National Book Award. In Bear, Phillips spins a very different narrative of two sisters, whose lives on a remote Pacific Northwest island are upended by the sudden arrival of a swimming bear. I'm listening! Joining Phillips in conversation is Portland-based author Kimberly King Parsons, whose collection Black Light also garnered a National Book Award nomination. LC
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton (Wed July 17)


Pissarro to Picasso: Masterworks on Loan from the Kirkland Family Collection Remind List
Pulled from the collections of Los Angeles' Kirkland family, the Portland Art Museum showcases 14 paintings, many of which haven’t been available for public viewing in decades. Spanning the last century of visual art, Pissarro to Picasso: Masterworks on Loan from the Kirkland Family Collection includes Martin Johnson Heade's "monumental 1887 canvas of Jamaica," rare landscapes by Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe, a late-career piece by Marc Chagall, and two Cubist still lifes by Picasso, among other big-name works. Make time to visit the museum if you're hoping to see names you recognize: Monet to Matisse: French Moderns is also on view. LC
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (July 5–Sept 15)

Lonnie Holley: The Movement of Thought Remind List
Beloved original Lonnie Holley, aka the "cosmic Steve Wonder," doesn't just defy musical genres—he also vacillates between artistic mediums, and has created a variety of visual artwork over the last 40 years. The self-taught artist will share works made with gesso, spray paint, and oil sticks in The Movement of Thought: Paintings & Works on Paper, his third solo exhibition at Elizabeth Leach. "Each work employs a laborious stenciling technique that unites fragmented silhouettes into wonderfully optical compositions," the gallery writes. Anticipate a multimedia selection that echoes Holley's musical compositions—urgent, exploratory, and ceaseless. LC
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (July 11–27)

Emma Gerigscott: Ruminators Remind List
I'm a long-time fan of Emma Gerigscott's painting practice, which often focuses on four-legged friends (or two-legged: Her last solo exhibition at Froelick took a refreshing dip into a duck pond). The artist's summer series of paintings on water-resistant Tyvek are glowy and contemplative, featuring horses, another duck, and elongated human forms. Yet-to-be-revealed paper compositions and plaster sculptures will supplement the works. LC 
Froelick Gallery, Pearl District (July 18–31)

Brianna Spencer: Moon Eyes Remind List
I last wrote about Brianna Spencer's work during her 2023 solo exhibition at Chefas Projects, Can You Get Me Something From the Store?, which expanded on her enduring interest in California culture, street art, and motherhood with confident forms and vibrant, joyful compositions. Spencer tragically passed in March, leaving her partner George, her baby daughter Ene, and a treasure trove of colorful artworks that remain true to her warm, wonder-eyed aesthetic. If you haven't seen Spencer's work before, I can promise that you will become a forever fan after viewing this show. And if you're already a lover of Spencer's work, Moon Eyes is for you—the memorial exhibition will celebrate her life through her art. LC
Chefas Projects, Central Eastside (July 19–Aug 17)

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