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The Top 20 Events in Portland This Week: Nov 22-28, 2021

Trevor Noah, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and More Top Picks
November 21, 2021

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The Tony-gobbling play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time starts its run at Portland Center Stage this weekend. (Owen Carey)

Thanksgiving week has arrived, which means the spirit of the approaching holidays will be off and running come Thursday evening. Whether you want to make room for your feast at the Oregon Zoo's Turkey Trot, dive headfirst into the jingle-jangle spirit with Portland's Singing Christmas Tree, or avoid the holidays altogether with The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, our roundup of things to do around town this week has something for everyone.

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C'mon C'mon
An emotionally stunted radio journalist (Joaquin Phoenix) who makes a living interviewing kids about the world and their future is tasked with caring for his young nephew, who brings new meaning to the man's life as the pair travel together from state to state. A New York Times review calls Mike Mills's latest film "a story about love and the eternal tug of war between self-interest and caring for others."
Hollywood Theatre (Hollywood District)


Trattoria Nights at Ava Gene's
A new bi-weekly dinner series brings a Roman-inspired three-course menu to the upscale Italian joint, highlighting locally sourced produce, meat, and seafood.
Ava Gene's (Richmond)


SAINt JHN - In Case We Both Die Young Tour
"Roses" hitmaker and Beyoncé collaborator SAINt JHN pulls up to Portland for his In Case We Both Die Young Tour.
Roseland Theater (Old Town-Chinatown)



Turkey Trot at the Zoo
This four-mile, untimed run between the zoo and the International Rose Garden will help you rev up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. 
Oregon Zoo (Washington Park)



Alton Brown
The guy who (a little manically) used to teach Food Network viewers about the science of cooking is back with a live variety show for what is reportedly his farewell tour with music, comedy, and unusual cooking demos. Don't miss out on witnessing "potentially dangerous sciencey stuff" in the flesh. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (South Park Blocks)


Claw your way through droves of Zoomers to see Filipino British songstress Beabadoobee sing brightly over jangle-pop riffs about breakin' hearts and bein' a teen. She'll be joined on this tour stop by special guests Christian Leave and BLACKSTARKIDS.
Crystal Ballroom (West End)

Former Stranger music contributor Robert Ham wrote, "If you seek to understand even a sliver of what the internet has wrought on youth culture, pop music, and celebrity, you're going to need to spend some time with Poppy. The online world created and nurtured Poppy, helping turn her from a curiosity into a sensation whose YouTube videos have logged more than 450 million views and whose work is debated and analyzed on Reddit by fans and detractors alike. She's unavoidable, and she's setting a template for how pop stars create and market their image online."
Roseland Theater (Old Town-Chinatown)



Trevor Noah: Back to Abnormal World Tour
South African-born comedian Trevor Noah's insightful and tactful YouTube videos responding to the myriad dumpster fires of 2020 gave us a virtual shoulder to lean on during lockdown, and by the sound of his new tour's name, he's sure to provide comedic insight to the dumpster fires of this year.
Moda Center (Lloyd District)


The General
Buster Keaton's 1926 masterpiece, shot on location in Cottage Grove, Oregon, features the most expensive stunt ever filmed in the silent era: an iconic shot of a real locomotive crashing off a collapsing bridge and into the ravine below. Tom Cruise could never!
Hollywood Theatre (Hollywood District)


Disney in Concert: A Magical Celebration
Revel in the Oregon Symphony's instrumental renditions of soaring ballads and adventure themes from The Lion King, Frozen, Tangled, Coco, and other Disney favorites. 
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (South Park Blocks)

Portland Cello Project: Purple Reign Record Release Party
The Pacific Northwest's "premiere alt-classical ensemble" will honor the High Priest of Pop with a tribute to Prince's seminal album Purple Rain
Revolution Hall (Buckman)



Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories
As Joseph Schafer has it, "Trans-Siberian Orchestra's jolly blend of electric-guitar shredding and Christmas music is like the flu: It comes around every year and it's extremely catchy." The multi-platinum progressive rock group will celebrate the anniversary of its landmark album Christmas Eve and Other Stories.
Moda Center (Lloyd District)



The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal
The renowned local singer-songwriter and recent America’s Got Talent semi-finalist returns with her annual Christmas concert, enlisting conductor Norman Huynh and the Oregon Symphony to assist her in delivering song, story, and charm to spare. 
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Friday-Saturday)


A Christmas Carol: The Ballet
John Clifford's balletic rendition of the classic holiday ghost story makes its world premiere on the Portland stage. 
The Studio Theatre in Lincoln Hall, Southwest (Saturday-Sunday)

Come On In
In her dance works, New York-based choreographer Faye Driscoll has always aimed to "activate the dynamic space between artist, performers, and audience." The artist's first solo exhibition bifurcates the subjectivity of the performing arts by depicting the experience of both a performer on stage and an audience member. 
PICA, Eliot (Thursday-Saturday)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Tony-gobbling play based on the novel by Mark Haddon follows Christopher, an autistic 15-year-old boy who, seven minutes after midnight, comes under wrongful suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog with a garden fork. Determined to find the real killer, Christopher diligently records the events of the crime and finds himself on a deeply personal quest. 
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Saturday-Sunday)

Die Hard the Musical Parody
Andy Barrett and the musically-minded comedy crew at the Funhouse decide to set sights on a modern-day Christmas classic, with 15 original songs helping reinterpret the adventures of John McClane.
Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy (Friday-Sunday)


Artists on the Autism Spectrum
Complementing their production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Portland Center Stage partnered with North Pole Studio to feature work from artists and students who are on the autism spectrum or living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. View the show in person at the Armory's PGE Gallery, or check out the virtual gallery.
Gerding Theater at the Armory, Pearl District (all week)


Oregon ZooLights
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 (all week)

Portland's Singing Christmas Tree
In a state flush with forests, of course we would have a tradition called the Singing Christmas Tree. The ultimate Christmas carolers return with new show-stopping numbers, special guest artists Katie Harman and the Jefferson Dancers, and an appearance from Ol' Saint Nick himself. Performing traditional and contemporary holiday music, the youth and adult choirs will fill you with cheer. 
Sunset Presbyterian Church, Oak Hills (Saturday-Sunday)