Best Things To Do

The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: Aug 30-Sept 5, 2021

Claima Stories: Feast Edition, POW Film Fest, The Thesis, and more.
August 30, 2021
Host Bimma Williams sits down with local BIPOC luminaries in Portland's food & bev space for his careers-oriented podcast Claima Stories. (Janey Wong)

Another week is here and there is a lot of interesting stuff to do for those looking to get out to enjoy the last gasps of summer. There's the podcast series Claima Stories: Feast Edition rounding out the Summer of Feast, the end of the Agnès Varda Forever Festival, a parody performance of Road House, plus much more. 

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Claima Stories: Feast Edition
Hosted by Portland rising media star Bimma Williams, this live podcast event series will feature inspiring stories from BIPOC food and beverage trailblazers like CJ McCollum (McCollum Heritage 91), Megan Sanchez (Güero), Diane Lam (Prey + Tell), and more. Each evening will begin with a happy hour to fuel the conversation before diving into an hour-long interview and closing out with a DJ set.
Oregon Center for Contemporary Art (Kenton)



Agnès Varda Forever Festival
Don't miss the final screening of the Agnès Varda Forever Festival, a series of films showing off the works of one of the greatest directors of all time. The Clinton Street Theatre will be showing The Gleaners and I, a film that is described as a "wonderfully idiosyncratic, self-reflexive documentary in which the ever-curious French cinema icon explores the little-known world of modern-day gleaners: those living on the margins who survive by foraging for that which society throws away." 
Clinton Street Theatre (Hosford-Abernethy)


Amigo The Devil
A master on the guitar and the vocals, the Austin-based Amigo the Devil (also known as Danny Kirano) will play from his new album, Born Against, which cites influences such as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Fiona Apple.
Roseland Theater (Downtown)

Counting Crows
The veteran alt-rockers are out with the first part of their new album, Butter Miracle, so keep an ear out for the new single "Elevator Boots." Musical guests Matt Sucich and Sean Barna will also be in attendance.
Edgefield (Troutdale)



Jonas Brothers: The Remember This Tour
Remember The Jonas Brothers? Camp Rock? The short lived Disney Channel show Jonas? Revel in that nostalgia at this outdoor show, which country singer Kelsea Ballerini will open.
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (Ridgefield)

Deep Sea Diver
The critically acclaimed Seattle-based band consisting of Jessica Dobson (vocals, guitar, keys), Peter Mansen (drums), Garrett Gue (bass), and Elliot Jackson (guitar, synthesizer) is touring for their new album "Impossible Weight." The album was voted KEXP Seattle Listeners' Top Album of 2020, and now you'll be able to hear the group give a performance in-person that is described as a work of "sublime highs and mesmerizing lows."  
The Lot at Zidell Yards (South Waterfront)



September First Thursday featuring VNPRT and Friends
Portland Center Stage is putting on a night of good vibes from Portland-based DJ, producer, and curator VNPRT (pronounced Vanport). He will be putting on a "collaborative DJ set" that offers a "unique, improvised, call-and-response performance, informed by jazz, hip-hop, RnB, and musical experimentation." Let the music, and some complimentary beer from Deschutes Brewery, flow through you.
The Armory (Pearl District)

Flo Rida
Need more late 2000s nostalgia in your life? Head to the Oregon State Fair and hope Flo Rida plays "Club Can't Handle Me."
L.B. Day Amphitheater at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (Salem)

The Thesis
Veana Baby, Mal London, C3, and Ms. Elle will headline this hip-hop showcase of some of the best artists from near and far, hosted by Verbz. Make sure to come ready to jam out into the early hours of the morning.
Kelly's Olympian (Downtown)


The Bitchuation Room LIVE
Fan of the The Bitchuation Room podcast? This is your chance to see a live edition with Francesca Fiorentini and friends. Described as "one part comedy, one part news, and one part scheming for the revolution, The Bitchuation Room is a thoughtful look at leftist politics with a heavy dose of humor." They also will be welcoming local artist, journalist and activist Mac Smiff to discuss how he was hit in the head by an impact munition during last year's protests.
Alberta Abbey (King)



One of the most revolutionary directors of his generation, Werner Herzog's work is as varied as you will ever find in a filmmaker, so you'll get something different every night of this Hollywood Theatre film series. This Thursday, they'll be showing the 1972 classic Aguirre, the Wrath of God, a story of the ruthlessly insane Don Lope de Aguirre who leads an expedition in search of El Dorado. On Sunday, they'll be showing the troubled Fizcarraldo, about an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.
Hollywood Theatre (Hollywood District)



Road House: The Play
A musical parody that is one of a kind, the beloved Portland theater show is returning with its take on the classic film about "a mysterious bar bouncer with a past, small town politics, big hair, and karate in the 1980s." Described as being "a throat punch right to your face," the show promises original songs from "some of the funniest people in Portland."
Siren Theater (Old Town-Chinatown)



POW Film Fest
POW Film Fest amplifies the voices of underrepresented women and non-binary directors. This year's program will open with the documentary Faya Dayi, which examines Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop. It will also show a diverse slate of short films broken up into programs with themes like "misogyny," "rise," and "empirical."
Clinton Street Theater (Hosford-Abernethy)


D.L. Hughley
Actor, radio host, author, and (of course) comic D.L. Hughley will deliver his signature rapid-fire jokes on politics and the controversial topics du jour with a deftness honed during his decades in entertainment. 
Helium Comedy Club (Hosford-Abernethy)



Portraits of Them Opening Party
After a year of documenting their experience with low dose testosterone through monthly portraits, artist Ursa Nüffer-Rodriguez presents this multimedia exhibition which includes video, photos, audio experiences and sculptures, offering a different narrative of (trans)gender becoming than the idealistic, linear portrayal that is often fed to us.
Tips on Failing (Boise)


Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival
To see summer off with a bang, the Oregon Symphony is bringing back its popular Waterfront Concert and Festival. New music director David Danzmayr will lead the symphony through a lively program of works from popular films, masterworks by the world's finest composers, and classical favorites, culminating in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with cannon fire courtesy of the Oregon Army National Guard and a grand fireworks display. Other featured performers include the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Darrell Grant's PDX Jazz Masters Trio, Portland Taiko, singer songwriter Saeeda Wright, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Corazones Alegres Ballet Folklórico, Chris Pureka, Joaquin Lopez with harpist Antonio Centurion, and more.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park (Downtown)

Shannon and the Clams: Year of the Spider Tour
Touring with their sixth album, Year of the Spider, the music from Shannon and the Clams is described as raging "against death and disease with the power of a thousand angry Ronettes." They'll be playing songs that "pulse with girl-group elegance and punk ferocity," like "All Of My Cryin'," "Mary, Don't Go," and "Year Of The Spider."
Crystal Ballroom (West End)


Be My Swayze! A Dirty Dancing-themed Dance Party
Looking to have the time of your life? You're going to want to check out this themed dance night taking place on Kenton Club's patio. DJ Action Slacks & special guest DJ Bad Wizard will play music from the '80s classic interspersed with film and dance records from the early '60s. Just make sure you don't let anyone put you in the corner during this party.
The World Famous Kenton Club (Kenton)