The Best Things to Do in Portland This Week: June 29-July 2 2020

June 29, 2020

The last days of June might be grayer and a little cooler than expected, but that's okay because even though we're in the midst of Phase One, there's still a lot of Things to Do that don't require leaving your house (or your car, in some cases.) If you are heading out, remember to do as our Editor-In-Chief says: Wash Ya Damn Hands and Wear Yer Damn Mask—otherwise, hit the links below and plan your week accordingly

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Monday, June 29

2020 Ain't Cancelled
PDXWOC and B.Her present this ongoing livestream conversation series (Mon, 5pm) aimed at "shifting your mindset, becoming the best version of yourself, and game planning." This week's installment? "White Men, Do Better: Make Room for Black Women."

Kennedy School Virtual History Pub
Tonight's installment of the online lecture series all about Oregon's rich (and weird) history (Mon, 7 pm, free) focuses on "The Obscure Oregonian Who Changed American History." Oregon Historical Society director Kerry Tymchuk leads this online presentation about the life of Oregon attonrey Wallace McCamant, who played a pivotal role in deciding who would become America's 30th president.

March and Vigil for Jason Washington
The Washington Family will lead this vigil and march in remembrance of Jason, and advocating for disarming PSU, with a meet-up at SW 6th and College starting at 7 pm.

Quarantine Cat Film Festival
An opportunity to make staying home a little bit fuzzier and a lot more entertaining via this VOD presentation of the Quarantine Cat Film Fest, featuring a curated list of only the very most finest and adorable-est kitty videos, and even better: Half of your ticket price will go directly to the Hollywood Theatre!

Black on Both Sides: A Vigil and Dance Party for Black LGBTQIA
A two-night vigil, protest action, and dance party, featuring artists, speakers, Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter representatives.

Avery Hill, Jaspar Lepak, Leela Grace
The Waypost hosts an online night of acoustic folk and Americana (Mon, 7:30 pm, free) with these three established singer-songwriters.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Last night, HBO premiered the first episode of their new documentary series based on the late Michelle McNamara's true-crime book, a book that played a very key role in actually discovering the identity of the Golden State Killer and bringing him to justice just this past month. Directed by Liz Garbus, and using interviews, archival footage, and police files, all narrated using original recordings of McNamara and actor Amy Ryan reading from her book. Catch up today on HBO Max.

Tuesday, June 30

Madame Gandhi, Cynthia Erivo
Erivo, a Broadway legend, a musical powerhouse, and a lock to win an Oscar for acting in the next five years, teams up with musician and activist Madame Gandhi on her Instagram (Tues June 30, 3 pm, free) for a livestream sure to raise spirits, awareness, and pulse-rates.

Fight Back for Fair Courts Virtual Rally
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Alicia Garza, and Dan Pfeiffer come together for this online virtual rally/town hall discussion on court reform, a much-needed discussion to have the week after the Republican-led Senate confirmed our idiot president's 200th federal judge to a permanent appointment in our courts system. Presented by Take Back the Court, Indivisible, and Demand Justice, starting at 5 pm on June 30.

Pride Virtual Cookout
Freedom to Thrive, Familia TQLM, Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, and Queer Detainee Empowerment Project present this online Pride after-party, celebrating queer & trans history as well as Black futures. DJ NO.BI.ES provides the sounds for the festivities, including a Pop Ed Jeopardy game, costume contest, and more.

Artslandia Happy Hour: Storm Large
The renowned local singer-songwriter, award-winning one-woman-showstopper, reality-show survivor, and Pink Martini vocalist brings her special blend of skills, sass, and extravagance to Artslandia's happy hour series (Tues June 30, 5 pm, free).

Stay in Your Damn House Party
Steve Aoki headlines Dim Mak's Twitch Tuesday stream for last day of June, with a 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!

Big Hearts for Big Kids
The annual benefit concert from Tenille Townes goes online for 2020 (Tues June 30, 5 pm, free), featuring songs from her debut LP The Lemonade Stand, and including at-home performances from Dierks Bentley, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Andy Grammer, Mickey Guyton, Caylee Hammack, Ashley McBryde, Lori McKenna, Chrissy Metz, John Osborne and Lucie Silvas. Proceeds will go to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Community Potluck and Protest
A community potluck starting at 3 pm, followed by a protest action at 6 pm, organized by Direct Action Alliance, PDX Youth Liberation Front, Femmes Strike Back PDX, and Revolution Rising.

The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast: Live!
Greg Proops is the smartest man in the world... well, at least according to the name of his popular podcast. The witty, irreverent stand-up thematically darts between topics like the literal genius of Hedy Lamarr to San Fran's most famous stripper Carol Doda, and Martians to Michael Crichton. Hang on! It's going to be a funny ride. (Tues June 30, 7 pm, $10-25)

Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Curiosity Rover
The live version of OMSI's very popular series combining science with sipping on drinks (you'll have to provide the drinks this time) continues online with a presentation titled "Moving the Joystick: What it Really Takes to Operate a Rover on Mars" from Gregory G. Villar III, Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Wednesday, July 1

Pedalpalooza: Historic Portland Ride
The theme for today's Pedalpalooza rides involves taking in Portlands rich, weird, troublesome, and fascinating history. Check the dedicated Historic Portland ride page for updated routes and ideas.

Unsolved Mysteries
The latest docuseries coming in hot on Netflix is a re-imagining of the classic spooky-stories series hosted by Robert Stack. This version (Streaming Wed, July 1) has declined to go chasing after that specific style of magic (there is no host at all, the mysteries "will speak for themselves" according to producers) but the theme song is still here, still raising goosebumps, and the mysteries presented will hopefully live up to their predecessors standards.

Eva Holland, Ferris Jabr
Powell's presents this virtual live reading and conversation (Wed, July 1, 6pm, free), starring author/journalist Eva Holland as she discusses her book Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear, where she uses herself as a test subject to investigate the notions of trauma and anxiety. Joining her on the sttream is New York Times Magazine and Scientific American writer Ferris Jabr.

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?

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
"Eddie Glaude Jr. and Cornel West discuss the enduring legacy of James Baldwin and lessons from his work for confronting racism today." Presented by Haymarket Books and Labyrinth Books.

Live from the Tony Starlight Showroom: Belá Belá
This installment of Tony's new livestreaming series (Wed July 1, 7 pm, free) features special guest star Belá Balogh from 3 Leg Torso, lending the showroom some of the finest fiddling it's ever heard.

What's Cooking w/ Gavin Rossdale
Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Champion of Glycerine Gavin Rossdale is also a cook, and Haute Living is letting him spend the first day of July teaching you how to make "a mean chicken cacciatore" while he talks about his upcoming solo LP, The Kingdom.

Canada Day House Party
Trying to figure out your plans for Canada Day! BOY HOWDY ARE YA! Well, Air Miles Canada's just gonna do all that figurin' for you, with this online house party featuring performances from Kelly Prescott, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Dear Rogue, Storry, Caveboy, and more. Proceeds benefit the CMHA.

Thursday, July 2

HUMP! Greatest Hits - Vol 1
Have you just watched your first HUMP! and are now in a post-coital glow, wondering just what the hell the past festivals must have looked like? Well GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE: After getting permission from filmmakers to bring their films online, we're bringing you several volumes of our (and audience) favorites from 2005-2018. Get ready for HUMP! Greatest Hits! (Thurs July 2, 8 pm, $25) You will see films that shock you, that make you laugh, that turn you on, and ou will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!'s main mission is to change the way America sees-and makes and shares-porn.

THANK YOU to the Frontline Workers
A comedy benefit for all the COVID-19 frontline workers out there, with a PK Kim-hosted Q&A panel preceding all the ha-has being served up by stand-ups (Thurs July 2, 6 pm, $10-15) including Danny Cho, Zahra Ali, Pritesh Shah, Rajiv Satyal, Atsuko Okatasuka, and more. Proceeds will go towards Angel of Hope and Guerrilla Mask Movement.

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! (Thurs July 2, 7 pm, $1-10) 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!

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
If music were food, Portland's funk and soul scene would be a rich tomato soup: tangy and fun, with maybe a little kick of cumin. New Orleans, however, would be gumbo, and you don't fuck with gumbo. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the prime examples of a real New Orleans second line band, defined by a swinging rhythm and heavy use of the offbeat. The Dirty Dozen is a 40-year institution; they've traveled with everybody from the Black Crowes to Widespread Panic, and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Elvis Costello, and numerous others. Polished and always well-seasoned, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is what true gumbo should taste like. ROSE FINN

Abolish Policing, Not Just the Police
"Join abolitionist organizer Mariame Kaba and journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law, authors of the forthcoming book Prison By Any Other Name for a discussion of the urgent need to use this moment for transformative change."

For years, the five folks in Fruition have been some of the region’s most reliable road warriors, spending as much time gigging in other towns as they do at home in Portland. All that hard work is paying off: Artistically, Fruition just keeps getting better and better, blending string-band bluegrass, rustic roots-rock, Northwest soul, and a sharp pop sensibility into a particularly likable brand of Americana. BEN SALMONLewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters
One of the most ubiquitous and charismatic musicians around town, Lewi Longmire has played with nearly every able-bodied picker in Portland. Longmire's namesake band plays rustic Americana with some classic-rock electricity and a smattering of West Coast hippiedom for good measure. Free-wheelin' country-folk numbers sit beside peppy, Petty-esque rockers, and it all sounds great—probably even better after a joint or two. (Thurs July 2, 7 pm, $20) NED LANNAMANN

Yacht Rock Revue
Do you find yourself adrift in bad vibes? Wish you could steal away to a place where you can simply sail the seas of the smoothest of grooves? Well, guess what pleasure cruise just docked? The Yacht Rock Revue brings the finest soft rock sounds of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s to life. You think you're going to find a night that promises smoothness such as this anywhere else? That's what a fool believes, Kenny. That's what a fool believes.

Mayer Hawthorne: The Wine & Vinyl Hour
There's something endearingly cheesy about sonic seducer Andrew Cohen, who performs under the moniker Mayer Hawthorne. With song titles like "Lingerie & Candlewax" and a voice like Curtis Mayfield, you might not expect to find a nerdy white guy from Michigan behind Hawthorne's throwback sound. But the guy can actually sing, and he confidently pulls off the whole schmaltzy, red wine-stained, sex-on-a-faux-fur-area-rug vibe. That vibe is exactly the whole point of his weekly livestream, "The Wine & Vinyl Hour," so why not treat yourself tonight at 6 pm?