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Queer Eye for the Magi, Storyville Confidential NYE Bash, and More Top Picks
December 26, 2021
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The Ne Plus Jass Orchestra will strike a swanky soundtrack to burlesque performances at the Storyville Confidential NYE Bash. (Ne Plus Jass Orchestra)
If you need a break from checking the snow/ice forecast this week, your options extend far beyond your usual routine. Scroll down for our final batch of picks for 2021—from the holiday cabaret Queer Eye for the Magi to New Year’s Eve with Gladys Knight and the Oregon Symphony—plus a few things to do on the first days of the new year.

 

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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TUESDAY

MUSIC

Straight No Chaser Add to a List
The professional a cappella group which originated in 1996 at Indiana University and is currently signed to Atlantic Records, will swing through Portland.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Downtown)

WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

Dakota Theim with Phone Voice Add to a List
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dakota Theim will play song experiments that he wrote during lockdown, recently released as his second album Tangled Heart. Portland's own Phone Voice will start off the evening with lo-fi bedroom pop. 
Holocene (Buckman)

The Apricots with La Fonda + Lo Steele Add to a List
The Apricots are an indie rock band with alt-funk tendencies known for their candy-sweet and polished harmonies and melodic rhythm section. They will be accompanied by La Fonda and Lo Steele.
Doug Fir Lounge (Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

Queer Eye for the Magi, a Holiday Cabaret Add to a List
If you're of the opinion that the holidays are a drag, spice up the season with this cabaret starring Dru Rutledge and Jimmy Wilcox. The duo will run through "sublime standards to delicious duets to very uncensored surprises," putting the "X in Xmas" with their naughty hijinks. They'll be joined by pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith and special guest Nana Tuckit, who will be making her Portland debut.
Alberta Rose Theatre (Concordia)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

High on Fire Add to a List
Since forming in 1999, heavy metal band High on Fire has gained mainstream popularity as well as respect amongst metal fans. Their stripped-down sound remains a unique take on modern metal.
Hawthorne Theatre (Hawthorne)

Polyrhythmics Add to a List
Polyrhythmics' music is both tight and loose, mellow and boisterous, as the players intricately interlock with one another on groove workouts that sway toward the equatorial, mood-wise. They'll jam you into a new year with special guests Cytrus.
Stage 722 (Buckman)

FRIDAY

MUSIC

New Year’s Eve with Gladys Knight & the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Motown's inimitable “Empress of Soul” will be backed by the Oregon Symphony for what will perhaps be the classiest close to 2021 in Portland.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Downtown)

New Year's Eve with Mic Crenshaw Add to a List
Emcee, rapper, spoken word artist, poet, activist, and educator Mic Crenshaw heads up this bill including Shrista, Swiggie Mandela, DJ Wicked, and other special guests as they pop bottles and lead the charge of getting down in “true Portland fashion.”
Alberta Abbey (King)

Performance Image XXXtraterrestrial: Close Encounters of the Queer Kind - A NYE Extravaganza ft. FREAK DADDY! Add to a List
Blast off into the new year with pioneering musician Freak Daddy for the premiere of his forthcoming album. Plus, out-of-this-world queer club rave hits from special guest DJs Art of Hot, Carissa Illy, Orso, The Prey, Sappho, and StormyRx. Dress for the occasion with your flashiest "alien-life-form" fashion! 
Holocene (Buckman)

The Polish Ambassador New Year's Eve Add to a List
"The world's funkiest diplomat" will descend on the Crystal in his trademark jumpsuit to throw an EDM-infused party with two different sets.
Crystal Ballroom (West End)

PARTIES

Lulu New Year's Eve Black Tie Party 2022 Add to a List
Dress to the nines for this swanky black-tie party with a complimentary welcome cocktail (Herradura Tequila or Finlandia Vodka), a drink (a Woodford Reserve old fashioned or Fords Gin 50/50 Martini), a champagne toast at midnight, a live countdown ball drop, a photo booth, and confetti cannons, with tunes by DJ Sworth and a Peruvian-Japanese food menu by Jarana PDX.
Lulu (Buckman)

Moonlight Masquerade 2021 Add to a List
Ring in the new year with a heart-pounding EDM lineup including Seven Lions, Ganja White Night, Kill the Noise, Jason Ross, Peekaboo, Dirt Monkey, and more over two nights.
Portland Expo Center (North Portland)

A Totally Rad New Years Add to a List
Flash back to the '80s with this kitschy-fun bash from the hip hostel Lolo Pass. The festivities will include era-appropriate cocktail snacks like pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail, and cheese logs, plus beer, wine, punch, astrology readings, throwback hip-hop mixed with modern tunes, and a midnight champagne toast.
Lolo Pass (Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

On the Boardwalk New Year's Eve 2022 Party Cruise Add to a List
Live the VIP life aboard the Portland Spirit yacht, taking in stunning skyline views during this two-and-a-half-hour cruise up and down the Willamette. Pop a Dramamine and dance the night away on three different decks as a DJ spins top 40 and EDM hits. This Gatsby-themed fĂŞte will also include passed appetizers, Grey Goose cocktails, and festive party favors.
Portland Spirit Cruises (Central Eastside)

ROYALTY • New Year's Eve Bollywood Party with DJ Prashant Add to a List
A gilded getup is encouraged to attend this event where you'll get down to the best Bollywood, Bhangra, and global club hits. DJ Prashant’s 14th annual NYE blowout will include performances, complimentary champagne when the clock strikes 12, party favors, a photo booth plus a professional photographer, and access to a variety of food carts representing global cuisines.
Morrison Market (Buckman)

Storyville Confidential NYE Bash Add to a List
As we travel forward into 2022, the venue plans on traveling back through history to the Golden Age of Cabaret. The fabulous Miss Arietta Ward and the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra will channel Jazz Age decadence while dancers Resa Le Revv, Lily La Fauve, and Harlow Quinzel strut their stuff.
Jack London Revue (Downtown)

MULTI-DAY

FOOD & DRINK

Miracle at Deadshot Add to a List
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. The pop-up phenomenon has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world, including Portland's stylish cocktail bar Deadshot. The specialty cocktails are no ordinary cups of cheer: Beverages are housed in tacky-tastic vessels and christened with names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F**r,” and the “Jolly Koala.”
Deadshot, Hosford-Abernethy (Monday-Friday)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

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 (all week)

Peacock Lane Add to a List
A beloved tradition since 1926, Portland’s “Christmas street” returns after last year’s hiatus. Take a leisurely car ride down the lane (there won't be any pedestrian-only nights this year) to marvel at Tudor houses bedecked with lights and lawns taken over by nativity scenes and life-sized replicas of Santa, Frosty, The Grinch, and more. 
Peacock Lane, Sunnyside (Monday-Friday)

Re:New - A Magical New Years 2022 Celebration Add to a List
Reset your energy for a new year at this mindful celebration which will include exhilarating live music, a rejuvenating tea lounge, an art gallery with live painters, performers, an intention altar space, a photobooth, and more.
Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman (Friday-Saturday)

Safeway Winter Wonderland Add to a List
Boasting itself as the largest light show in the Northwest, this drive-through affair spans the track at Portland International Raceway. It's also open on New Year's Eve and Day.
Portland International Raceway, North Portland (Monday-Saturday)

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 (all week)

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