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The Best Things To Do in Portland This Week: Sept 20-26, 2021

Marc Maron, Alanis Morissette, Portland Flea, and More
September 20, 2021
The popular Sunday market Portland Flea is celebrating 10 years this week. (Portland Flea)

The weekend is over, though that doesn't mean the week doesn't have plenty of fun to offer. Whether you're looking to have a laugh with the legendary comic Marc Maron, celebrate Stephen King's birthday with a horror double feature, or catch a show from the ironic queen herself Alanis Morissette, there are plenty of exceptional events to get you through the work week. 


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MONDAY

MUSIC

Marc Rebillet
Known as the “Loop Daddy,” Marc Rebillet is a chaotic force of music and sexual allure all wrapped into one. With shows that heavily focus on Rebillet laying it all out by improvising most of his set, every show of his is a unique experience that won't soon be forgotten.
Crystal Ballroom, West End

TUESDAY

FILM

Stephen King "Pets Gone Wild" Double Feature
It’s Stephen King's birthday, and Hollywood Theatre is celebrating with a "Pets Gone Wild" double feature from the master of horror himself. You might not look at your doggo the same way after seeing 1983's Cujo, a terrifying tale of a rabid dog that begins to terrorize two families in rural Castle Rock. You won’t have much time to gather your wits about you because right after is 1989's Pet Sematary (thank god they’re showing the original) about a haunted burial ground behind a small house in Maine that begins to cause problems for the family who just moved in.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood

MUSIC

James Blake: Friends That Break Your Heart Tour
Singer and producer James Blake's music sits at the intersection of electronic, soul, and post-dubstep. He'll bring his haunting and expansive sound to Portland, where it's bound to blow your mind as it's filtered through the Schnitz's newly upgraded sound system. Whether you're there to hear tracks off his new studio album Friends That Break Your Heart, or old ones like "Retrograde," Blake's music is sure to reverberate through your entire being.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks

Pat Metheny
A veteran performer who can play from most any instrument, Pat Metheny has performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock to David Bowie. He is known for his work on the guitar, various electric and acoustic instruments, and most everything in between.
Revolution Hall, Buckman Neighborhood

WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

Herbie Hancock
Considered a “true icon of modern music,” Herbie Hancock has won over 14 Grammys including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. No matter the show, he brings his “unmistakable voice” that has transcended limitations and genres.
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale

City and Colour
Canadian musician Dallas Green began City and Colour in the late 2000s as an outlet for his acoustic work. It has only grown from there, becoming an acclaimed solo act that, lucky for us, has since become his primary focus.
Crystal Ballroom, West End

Willow Smith
Willow Smith breaks into the punk and alt-rock genres with her new album and tour.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown

Jukebox the Ghost
Formed in college in 2006, Jukebox the Ghost has developed a cult following with upbeat performances and music that leans heavily on incorporating the piano with powerful vocals.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot

FILM

Y tu mamá también
The Portland Latin Film Festival presents Y tu mamá también, director Alfonso Cuarón's breakthrough film—celebrating 20 years—about two teenage boys (played by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) coming of age on a road trip through Mexico.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Waterfront Blues Festival Presents The Dip
The Seattle group known as The Dip has a musical style that they call a mixture of "vintage rhythm blues and blues with classic pop storytelling." 
The Lot at Zidell Yards, South Waterfront

Armand Hammer
The hip-hop/rap duo known as Armand Hammer is made up of Billy Woods and Elucid. Together, they have produced some of the best albums of the last decade and have carved out a name for themselves. Their latest effort, Haram, is a collaboration with record producer the Alchemist.
Mississippi Studios, Boise

COMEDY

Minority Retort presents Dhaya Lakshminarayanan & Karinda Dobbins
The NW’s premier stand-up comedy showcase featuring Black and brown comedians will host Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and Karinda Dobbins this week. Both acclaimed comedians who have opened for some of the biggest in the business, this show is sure to bring the chuckles with their engaging storytelling and observational humor.
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown

FRIDAY

SHOPPING

Street Bazaar
The folks who brought you Portland Flea, Roux Portland, and Portland Bazaar present last-Friday-of-the-month markets in the parking lot of the Nova Building, complete with live DJs and treats from local food vendors. Don’t miss the bazaar’s last event of the year, with live mural painting by Salomée Souag, and food by Allie G’s Pastries, Fuego All Day, and more.
Electric Blocks, Central Eastside

MUSIC

Lord Huron
The indie rock band Lord Huron is the brainchild of guitarist and lead singer Ben Schneider with Mark Barry (drums, percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass, keyboard, theremin), and Tom Renaud (guitar). They are known for their combining of a variety of different genres from surf rock to pop to create a cocktail of music all their own. 
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale

Quasi + Slang
The Portland two-piece indie outfit known as Quasi is made up of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss who are known for their "distinctive perspective, vocal harmonies, and off center personal lyrics." They will be preceded by an opening set by another Portland group, the four-piece band Slang. 
The Lot at Zidell Yards, South Waterfront

COMEDY

Marc Maron
This comedy titan, known for his long-running and wildly successful podcast
WTF with Marc Maron, will bring self-revelatory anecdotes, biting cultural analysis, and (one hopes) in-depth updates on his cats to the stage.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Iliza: Back In Action Tour
See the comedian, show host, and first female winner of Last Comic Standing get back to what she does best: provide searing commentary on the female condition, embody a repertoire of boisterous characters, and above all, make us laugh until our faces hurt.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks

MUSIC

Alanis Morissette with Garbage and Cat Power
Zip up I-5 for the evening to see three female rock powerhouses as they hit the stage in Ridgefield. Keep your ears peeled for Morissette’s new track “Rest,” which she released on May 20 in honor of Mental Health Action Day.
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield

SUNDAY

SHOPPING

Portland Flea
This month's edition of the vintage market is sure to go all out in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Get ready to score some sweet finds at over 75 different vendors while DJ ALoSo brings the vibes, Fried Egg I'm In Love supplies the eats, and Stacked Sandwich Shop stocks the bar.
Electric Blocks, Central Eastside

FILM

Los Lobos
The Portland Latin Film Festival presents Los Lobos, a film that tells the story of two children and their mother who are living as undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Locked in a shabby room, the two brothers escape tedium by inventing stories and listening to tapes their mom has made for them.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood

MULTI-DAY

VISUAL ART

Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery
Whimsical illustrator and woodworker Mike Bennett presents his most ambitious project yet: an entire museum full of monsters just in time for Halloween.
7410 N Chicago, St. Johns (Monday-Sunday)

COMEDY

Wild Wild Christian
Fans of the 2018 Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country, this one’s for you. This comedy show takes you through comedian Simone McAlonen’s journey through puberty, spiritual evolution, and sexual frustration....all while living at a Christian summer camp. Written with material from McAlonen’s middle school journals, get a glimpse of what happened to the sprawling property that infamously used to be known as Rajneeshpuram.
Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Friday & Saturday)

FOOD & DRINK

Fresh Hop Pop-Up Beer Fest
The 6th Annual celebration of fresh hops and food trucks, this event will run for 17 days with special events happening throughout the week. 
Prost! Marketplace, Mississippi (Monday-Sunday)

GEEK

GeekCraft Expo PDX
Kit out your geeky lifestyle at this crafty pop culture marketplace offering one-of-a-kind goods from local makers.
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (Saturday & Sunday)

FILM

Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series
Catch the end of this outdoor movie series as the summer comes to a close. Thursday is Brokeback Mountain, Friday is Selena, Saturday is Mars Attacks!, and Sunday closes out with Shrek
Lloyd Center Rooftop, Lloyd District (Thursday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

Time-Based Art Festival
If quarantine had you asking "what is time?" within the last year, then perhaps PICA's cutting edge annual contemporary art festival can answer that question. Expand your mind by taking in experimental art by local and international artists ranging from ephemeral performance pieces to print projects to artist lectures.
PICA, Kenton (Monday-Sunday)

McMenamins UFO Festival
An event truly out of this world, this festival honors the 1950 Trent sighting in McMinnville, which yielded some of the most credible UFO photos to date. Encompassing two days of expert speakers, an alien costume ball, a cosmic costume contest, and more, this extraterrestrial event is the second largest of its kind in the country after one held in Roswell.
Hotel Oregon, McMinnville (Thursday-Saturday)

Spirit of Halloweentown
You'll find it impossible not to get into the spooky spirit at St. Helens' annual tribute to Halloween. Leaning into the fact that the movies Halloweentown and Twilight were partially filmed there—Ashley Greene aka Alice Cullen will even make an appearance this year—the city transforms into a themed attraction complete with a giant pumpkin, circus performers, a haunted house, and more.
St. Helens (Monday-Sunday)

COMEDY

Ron Funches
The sharp comedian with a voice as sweet as can be, Ron Funches will be taking the stage throughout the weekend. The stand-up comedian, actor, and writer is known for his steady delivery that is wrapped in his unique voice that comes complete with his signature giggle. 
Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy (Friday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Prototypes
Part of Converge 45's Portland's Memorials and Monuments Project (PMMP), this exhibition starts a discourse on the intersection of artistry and civic engagement, imploring the public to ask not just who gets memorialized but by whom, when, why, and how? Explore a collection of artwork, projects, and proposals from over 30 artists who examine the past and future of public monuments.
Skanska USA Building, Pearl District (Thursday-Saturday)

Mia Farrington | Place
This new collection from painter Mia Farrington draws inspiration from Oregon’s vibrant natural wonder the Painted Hills in her visual exploration of place.
Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman (Thursday-Saturday)

MUSIC

Mdou Moctar
Described as "one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music," Mdou Moctar performs his own modern adaptations of traditional Tuareg guitar music. Originally gaining acclaim through word of mouth, he is now on his sixth studio album, Afrique Victime, that Rolling Stone called "how free rock & roll should sound."
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Saturday & Sunday)