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The Top 20 Events in Portland This Week: Jan 3-9, 2022

O-Shogatsu at the Japanese Garden, Tango Alpha Tango, and More Top Picks
January 3, 2022
Sunday's O-Shogatsu celebration at the Portland Japanese Garden will bring all sorts of New Year's festivities. (Portland Japanese Garden)
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new batch of events! The first week of 2022 brings comedy nights with Yamaneika Saunders and Steve-O, a concert with local blues-rock favorites Tango Alpha Tango, the hit Broadway musical The Band's Visit, and more. Read on for all of our picks. 

Stay safe out there, Portland! As always, get tested and stay home if you feel sick—and get your booster while it's hot. Speaking of omicron, we advise checking directly with venues for the latest updates—including health guidelines, postponements, and cancellations—before heading out.

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Redray Frazier & Ezra Holbrook, Sarah King, and Bright Raven Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter/musician Redray Frazier headlines this solid bill as part of Portland Music Month Add to a List . Portland Mercury music columnist Jenni Moore writes: "Frazier has established a sound for himself that often pays homage to ’60s and ’70s R&B, while also infusing elements of rock and hip-hop. The artist’s vocals tend to be somewhat understated yet sleek, edgy, and at times reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz."
Alberta Street Pub (Alberta Arts District)


Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE: Time Bubble Tour Add to a List
Those irrepressible connoisseurs of godawful movies (Emily Connor, Crow T. Robot, Servo, and GPC) are back on tour with live riffs on the cinematic stinker Making Contact. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Downtown)



Jessamine Chan in Conversation With Rachel Yoder Add to a List
After a series of banal-yet-unfortunate events, a woman with a shitty husband becomes a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion—a test that could cost her the only joy in her life: her daughter, Harriet. Hear Jessamine Chan read from and discuss her debut novel, The School for Good Mothers, alongside Rachel Yoder.
Online via Powell's Books


Drag Bingo Add to a List
Ecliptic Brewing's new-ish outpost debuts their drag night series hosted by Nashville Hott and Syda Pickles. Prepare yourself for food specials and fun prize giveaways, including "best theme ensemble," at this galaxy-themed evening.
Moon Room (Buckman)



The Thesis Add to a List
Portland's monthly hip-hop showcase stars Prince Hyph, Majik 9, The Gard3n, Northside Tego, and D.O.E. to kick off the new year. Look out for special guests Mic Capes and Vinnie Dewayne, and as always, the proceedings will be anchored by your host Verbz.
Kelly's Olympian (Downtown)



Yamaneika Saunders Add to a List
From The Meredith Viera Show to Oxygen’s Funny Girls to Comedy Central’s In Security, comedian Yamaneika Saunders is staking out a space beyond the New York City scene.
Helium Comedy Club (Hosford-Abernethy) 


Matthew Dear (DJ set) Add to a List
Avant-pop/electronic producer and artist Matthew Dear will bring you a special DJ set beside Andrew Paris & DJ Shi Shi.
Holocene (Buckman)

Super Diamond - The Neil Diamond Tribute Add to a List
You'll think Neil Diamond himself is in the house when Randy Cordeiro (aka "The Surreal Neil") leads you in a rendition of "Sweet Caroline" and other hits alongside his full band. 
Crystal Ballroom (West End)



Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour Add to a List
On his latest comedy tour, the host of MTV's Jackass explains how he takes standard bucket-list items like "skydiving" to an absurdly ill-advised level.
Revolution Hall (Buckman)


Brett Dennen Add to a List
Brett Dennen is a singer-songwriter with a career lasting for more than a decade. His seventh and newest album, See The World, showcases the vulnerable yet witty songwriting that he's known and beloved for.
Aladdin Theater (Brooklyn)

Get Dead with Special Guest Ceschi Add to a List
San Francisco-born punk band Get Dead, who recently released their album Dancing with the Curse on Fat Wreck Chords, will be joined by rapper Ceschi, known for his progressive blending of hip hop with folk and indie-pop elements.
Dante's (Old Town-Chinatown)

Glitterfox Add to a List
Local glam-folk duo Glitterfox, in preparation for their forthcoming release Night, will bring you tunes fit for a late-night campfire party. Glitterfox will be joined by folk-pop twins Acoustic Minds.
Mississippi Pizza (Boise)

Tango Alpha Tango Add to a List
Ever since Portland blues-rock band Tango Alpha Tango was founded by married duo Nathan Trueb and Mirabai Carter, they've gained fans all over the world from both music festivals and their KEXP in-studio performance. They will be taking the stage in celebration of their new single Enemy. 
Mississippi Studios (Boise)



O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year Add to a List
In honor of the New Year and O-Shogatsu (or "standard month"), the Portland Japanese Garden celebrates the arrival of 2022 with a full afternoon of activities, including a New Year’s-style tea ceremony, a Koto harp concert, lion dances, Kadomatsu displays, and more. 
Portland Japanese Garden (Washington Park)


Lynx DeMuth, AC Sapphire, and Sarah Clarke Add to a List
Triple headers Lynx DeMuth, AC Sapphire, and Sarah Clarke will bring you an evening of local indie/folk-rock with dynamic vocal performances.
Mississippi Studios (Boise)



The Room with Tommy Wiseau Live Add to a List
"Oh hi, Mark!” Go see the best worst film ever made in the presence of the auteur himself, Tommy Wiseau. Following the screening, the mysterious actor and filmmaker will host a Q&A, discuss his latest project, and take photos with fans "in a special device for safe mingling." 
Cinema 21, Nob Hill (Thursday-Saturday)


The Band’s Visit Add to a List
One of the winningest musicals in Broadway history, The Band's Visit pays a visit to Portland. Based on the Israeli film of the same name, the joyful story follows the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who end up in a town off the beaten path and end up bringing it to life "in unexpected and tantalizing ways." See why this production, which has been praised for its positive Middle Eastern representation, took home the "Big Six" Tony Awards.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Tuesday-Sunday)


Beyond Van Gogh Immersive Experience Add to a List
Modeled after similar installations that have toured Europe in recent years (although it is not the same as the one featured in Emily in Paris, in case you were wondering) and comprising a 360-degree floor-to-ceiling rig that unfetters paintings like "The Starry Night" from the borders of their original canvases (who can forget that "Wheatfield with Crows" allegory in Greg Araki's Mysterious Skin?!), this traveling exhibit leaves viewers to literally bask in their light. Beyond the main room, smaller galleries will provide context on the artist's life alongside "larger than life" re-creations. There's also a virtual reality component at the end of the show (for which you can get front-of-line access if you purchase VIP tickets), a 10-minute journey billed as "a day in the life of the artist" that's designed to make you feel as if you're strolling alongside Vincent as he discovers scenes that would inspire eight of his seminal paintings. 
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (through Sunday)


Oregon ZooLights Add to a List
The Oregon Zoo's annual display of over half a million lights is a beloved activity for any and all who love exotic animals and holiday spirit, and this year they're continuing the tradition in COVID-safe fashion with a drive-through pathway. 
Oregon Zoo, Washington Park (through Sunday)

Silverton Christmas Market Add to a List
Head south to Silverton for the Oregon Garden's annual holiday celebration where you'll find a dazzling display of over a million lights, an authentic German Christmas market, roving carolers and live bands, Santa and his creepy counterpart Krampus, and snowless tubing. 
Oregon Garden, Silverton (through Sunday)

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