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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: July 26-Aug 1, 2021

Drive-In Movie Spectacular, the Portland Vintage Market, and More
July 26, 2021
The Hollywood Theatre's Drive-In Spectacular kicks off this week with screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Repo Man, and The Wizard of Oz at the Portland Expo Center. (Alamy)

Those with a yen for outdoor movies are in for quite a treat this week with the Hollywood Theatre's Drive-In Spectacular at the Portland Expo Center, not to mention the continuing Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series and Feast Flicks at Zidell Yards. Read about those and more of our picks through Sunday (like the final days of the Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies and the opening of Sharita Towne's Black Art Ecology of Portland at the Portland Art Museum).

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Orfeo in Underland: An Immersive Opera
Renegade Opera's latest production follows the journey of Orfeo, a young musician whose partner, Euridice, has passed away. Presented at twilight in the First Presbyterian Church's outdoor plaza, the work features English dialogue, a chamber orchestra, and fantastical puppetry. 
First Presbyterian Church (Downtown)



Rockin' the Walk Concert Series
West Coast League baseball team the Portland Pickles will team up with local record label/gift shop Tender Loving Empire for a series of pre-game live concerts at select Friday home games throughout the summer, including this week with easy-rolling, reverb-laden rockers The Shivas.
Walker Stadium (Lents)



Zuckercreme presents: Summer Camp
Embrace your inner child at this summer camp-themed weekend series, where you'll find purveyors of sugary sweets, a bakery and camp store with morning treats and craft supplies, Sunday brunches, and more.
Kuchenhaus (Brooklyn)


Madison Plaza Summer Series
This pop-up series presented by the Portland Art Museum, The Numberz FM, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation continues with an exercise in "art and healing" with Subashini Ganesan. 
Madison Plaza (Downtown)


Bring your own skates or rent a pair from Rose City Rollers' Skatemobile at this pop-up, where Carlos the Rollerblader will DJ live. 
North Park Blocks (Downtown)



Big Mouth Society presents Precious Fruits: A Picnic Concert
In commemoration of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, the local music collective Big Mouth Society will perform music based on the Italian literary genius's poetry. Each show will take place at a private residence, so you'll have to RSVP to get the exact location.



Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
The Northwest Film Center's genre-spanning Cinema Unbound program will carry double duty this year with an open-air rooftop series at Lloyd Center (this week: Knives Out on Saturday and Sherlock Holmes on Sunday) and a drive-in series at OMSI (this week: A Wrinkle in Time on Thursday and The Water Man on Friday). 
Lloyd Center & OMSI (Thursday-Sunday)

Drive-In Movie Spectacular
Warm summer evenings call for outdoor movie nights, and the Hollywood Theatre is here to deliver with drive-in screenings on the Portland Expo Center's 60-foot mounted screen. To bolster the already enticing notion of seeing gems like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Wizard of Oz en plein air, the screenings will be paired with live bands and/or DJ sets. 
Portland Expo Center, North Portland (Thursday-Saturday)

Feast Flicks
Since no movie is complete without snacks, Feast Portland and the Hollywood Theatre have teamed up for an outdoor film series that pairs classics like Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate with special menus from various local chefs, all from the comfort of an al fresco seating pod with views of the Tilikum Crossing and the Willamette River.
The Lot at Zidell Yards, South Waterfront (Thursday-Sunday)

Portland Horror Film Festival
Stay home or go out to see screenings of over 80 short and feature-length chillers at this sixth annual horror fest.
Hollywood Theatre and online, Hollywood District (Wednesday-Sunday)


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $5 a pop. Check out this convenient slushie map to see which bars have the goods.
Various locations (Monday-Saturday)


Lavender U-Pick
Pick your own bundle(s) of fragrant lavender throughout the month of July.
Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, Newberg (Monday-Saturday)

Portland Vintage Market
Shop clothes and more from nearly 30 vendors in the Hollywood Vintage parking lot.
Hollywood Vintage, Kerns (Saturday-Sunday)


Ansel Adams in Our Time
Making its only West Coast stop, this traveling exhibit brings over 100 photographs spanning the acclaimed American landscape photographer Ansel Adams's five-decade career to the Portland Art Museum. 
Portland Art Museum, Downtown (Thursday-Sunday; closing)

Have You Had a Burger?
Korean artist Hyun Jung Jung's latest body of work combines kinetic, interactive, and performance art, reflecting on the various "mundane yet charged" questions she has received during her time in the United States, including (but not limited to) "Have you had a burger?" and "Can you paint my nails?" The pieces are a response to these questions, which she was unable to answer in the past. 
Well Well, Kenton (Saturday-Sunday; closing)

M L Casteel
M L Casteel's photographs of the interiors of cars owned by U.S. veterans reflect the psychological repercussions of war and military service.
Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest (Wednesday-Saturday; closing) 

Mountain Madness
See watercolor and reclaimed woodwork renderings of majestic mountains by artists Michelle Purvis and Heather Kolbo. 
Alberta Street Gallery, Alberta Arts District (Thursday-Sunday; opening)

Sharita Towne: Black Art Ecology of Portland
See work by transdisciplinary Sharita Towne, whom you might know for her 2019 initiative A Black Art Ecology (a project dedicated to "creating, reclaiming, and redefining spaces for Black art and audiences in Portland"), in PAM's APEX gallery. 
Portland Art Museum, Downtown (Saturday-Sunday; opening)