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The Top 28 Events in Portland This Week: November 1-7, 2021

Lizz Winstead, Northwest Dance Premieres, Demetri Martin, and More Top Picks
November 1, 2021
Demetri Martin will emit his brainy, humorous observations for two shows at Revolution Hall on Saturday. (Demetri Martin)

It's one of those rare occasions when the first day of the workweek aligns with the first day of a new month. Why is this significant? It's not, other than the fact that it affords you a symbolic fresh slate after this past weekend's ghoulish debauchery. If you're looking for ways to break from your routine and start November on the right foot, scroll our latest roundup of music shows, performances, readings, and more ways to keep busy this week, from a Día De Los Muertos concert with Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and Terror / Cactus to the final days of Portland Opera's Tosca to an evening with Lizz Winstead.


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MONDAY

COMMUNITY

For Esmé: Día de Los Muertos Pop-Up
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with this pop-up from former Nightingale co-owner and chef Luna Contreras and bartender Michelle Ruocco, who are currently running a residency at Magna Kusina. Load up on spooky treats, snacks, and drinks from Allie G's Pastries, Sweet Thing, Molly Erika, Victoria Ascencio, Lisa Horness, HeyDay, and Banhez Mezcal, plus cocktails, cemitas, tamales, and other street snacks.
Chelo (Southeast)

MUSIC

Hamilton Leithauser
Hamilton Leithauser's latest album "features songs about individual people he met through chance encounters (mostly in the tri-state area)." See what he's all about on this tour stop with Kevin Morby and Jess Williamson. 
Crystal Ballroom (Downtown)

Soccer Mommy
At only 24 years of age, indie rock darling Soccer Mommy is wise beyond her years. Lyrics confronting her ongoing mental health struggles and issues from her upbringing are set against creative sounds such as floppy disk samples, drum machines, and bubble sound effects in her critically acclaimed 2020 album color theory.
Revolution Hall (Southeast)

READINGS & TALKS

The Moth StorySlam
Storytellers will craft five-minute tales revolving around the theme "Lady Luck." Marvel at the different direction each speaker takes.
The Old Church (Southwest)

TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Milagro's 25th Original Día de Muertos Festival
Bilingual theatre Milagro presents their annual Día de Muertos festival, providing a joyous space for a reunion to celebrate and honor those who have passed. Exploring the concepts of rebirth and renewal, this month-long program will include an altar, craft workshops, concerts, poetry, readings, a Día de Muertos documentary, and more.
Milagro Theatre (Southeast)

MUSIC

Dia de Los Muertos featuring Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Terror / Cactus, Cerrero
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with local psychedelic cumbia group Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and Seattle's Terror/Cactus, plus DJ sets from Colombian artist Cerrero.
Holocene (Southeast)

$uicideboy$
Hip hop duo $uicideboy$ was founded in 2014 by cousins Ruby da Cherry and $crim. The duo found success on Soundcloud, gaining attention for their self-produced beats and no holds barred lyrics which often reference substance abuse and suicide. They'll be joined on tour by the likes of slowthai, TURNSTILE, and Chief Keef.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (North Portland)

WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

Finneas
Record producer and audio engineer Finneas has found time aside from his extensive work with sister Billie Eilish to plug away at his own solo career. The singer-songwriter will come to town on the heels of releasing his debut album, Optimist, with support from Marinelli.
Crystal Ballroom (Downtown)

Tokyo Police Club: 10th Anniversary of CHAMP Tour
Join Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club as they put on a little fanfare for the 10th anniversary of their seminal album Champ.
Mississippi Studios (North Portland)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Andrea Bocelli
World-renowned Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli will stop in Portland on his Believe North America Tour, which supports his new album of the same name that press materials describe as "a poignant and personal collection of songs, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul."
Moda Center (North Portland)

Dr. Dog
All things must come to an end, and the swelling, thrillingly anxious indie-rock of Philly's Dr. Dog is one of them. Give them a proper sendoff as they swing through town on their very last tour, where they'll be playing songs from their final album, Critical Equation.
Crystal Ballroom (Downtown)

FRIDAY

MUSIC

Evanescence + Halestorm
Amy Lee and Lzzy Hale ("two of the top women in rock") of Evanescence and Halestorm, respectively, will link up for a night of their biggest and baddest hits.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (North Portland)

Liberace and Liza
The ghosts of Liberace and Liza Minnelli will blast you with an evening of "musical fireworks and uproarious comedy," featuring tunes from Cabaret, I Love a Piano, and Liberace's Gershwin Medley, not to mention a "spunky" take on "Für Elise" and a blockbuster Liza medley. Ready your jazz hands.
The Old Church (Downtown)

PERFORMANCE

NW Dance Project - Fall Premieres
Be the first to see our Northwest Dance Project's newest company dancers and experience new works from Artistic Director Sarah Slipper and Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem.
Newmark Theatre (Southwest)

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour
A handsomer-than-average nerd, Demetri Martin emits brainy, humorous observations with effortless poise. In one set, he said, “I feel like there’s a parallel world right in front of us that’s revealed with a small shift in perspective.” Those words could stand as Martin’s mission statement. He scrutinizes the mundane activities and thought processes humans engage in every damn day and forces us to reassess them in ways that make you think, “Wow, I’ve never looked at it that way—but he’s totally right! Now I need to adopt this worldview in order to live a much more entertaining life.” Martin excels at slyly making the ordinary seem surreal. DAVE SEGAL
Revolution Hall (Southeast)

MUSIC

Wavves
Alt/surf rock band Wavves' seventh studio album Hideaway was released in July 2021. Their music has garnered praise from Paste, Spin, The A.V. Club, and Pitchfork.
Wonder Ballroom (Northeast)

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Band of Horses
Originally formed in Seattle, Band of Horses is now based in Charleston, SC, but they will return to the Pacific Northwest on their Been a Minute Tour. The band has released five studio albums, including 2010's Grammy-nominated Infinite Arms.
Roseland Theater (Southwest)

Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme
Eldridge Gravy returns to Portland with his 12-piece psych-funk juggernaut.
Goodfoot (Southeast)

She's Speaking - Live
As you might glean from the title, this uplifting show prioritizes women's voices and stories, helmed by local singer-songwriters like Edna Vazquez, Arietta Ward, Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger, and others. 
Alberta Rose Theatre (Northeast)

MULTI-DAY

ART SHOWS

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 spooky season. 
Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery, St. Johns (Monday-Friday)

FILM

Portland Film Festival
The Portland Film Festival will once again be streaming this year, with over 300 titles to keep your eyes glued to the screen in themed blocks such as Black voices, indigenous voices, LGBTQIA+ voices, veterans’ voices, and voices of mental health.
Online (all week)

FOOD & DRINK

Around the World in 82 Dishes
Sample international eats and drinks from the abundance of diverse restaurants across 82nd Avenue. Shop or eat at one of the participating locations and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #82Dishes from October 23-November 27 for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. 
NE 82nd Avenue (all week)

PERFORMANCE

The Birds
Four characters struggle to survive an ever-encroaching airborne apocalypse in Conor McPherson's staged spin on Alfred Hitchock's The Birds.
Imago Theatre (Southeast)

Elm Street: The Play!
With the Halloween season now upon us, the Siren Theater is putting on another one of their parody shows that is as spooky as it is silly. A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Play! is the brainchild of creator-director Shelley McLendon and is part of the theater’s growing number of satirical plays from Road House: The Play to the pandemic-made parody of the original Blair Witch Project. McLendon opened the Siren Theater back in 2015, and in a 2018 Mercury profile was hailed as “a driving force in Portland’s comedy scene.” The theater had previously done a run of this Elm Street show, though that was in the before-times (2019) when no one foresaw the pandemic that was about to hit us. How young we were. Freddy himself even seems like not so scary of a guy in comparison. Now, approaching the theater’s sixth anniversary and new in-person run of shows, McLendon is sharing what to expect of the show’s triumphant return, how the process of creating comedy from horror works, and what her favorite Elm Street movie is. Sadly, it wasn’t Dream Warriors. Read more from Chase Hutchinson here.
Siren Theater (Northwest)

Frida... A Self Portrait
Brazilian playwright and actress Vanessa Severo takes on double duty as the writer and performer of this intimate portrait of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. "Infused with music, movement, and Kahlo's words," the one-woman show bears witness to the artist's extraordinary life on the eve of her death. 
Gerding Theater at the Armory, Southwest (Wednesday-Sunday)

Murder Mystery Machine
The Funhouse Lounge brings back their Halloween show favorite, Murder Mystery Machine, in which improv actors will bring an audience-guided slasher story to life and then investigate the whodunit as the hijinks-prone Scooby Gang. Watch as they "puzzle over clues, jump to conclusions, chase monsters, and gobble up Scooby snacks. Zoinks!"
Funhouse Lounge, Southeast (Thursday-Saturday)

Portland Opera Presents: Tosca
The beloved three-act opera by Puccini tells the story of prima donna Floria Tosca as she fights to save her lover Cavaradossi from the clutches of Baron Scarpia, the corrupt chief of police. Set in Rome during Napoleon's invasion of Italy, the story includes plenty of political intrigue, romance, and tragedy.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Thursday & Saturday)

READINGS & TALKS

An Evening with Lizz Winstead
The co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead now splits her time between doing stand-up and advocating for the Abortion Access Front, an NYC-based reproductive rights organization that "uses humor and outrage to expose anti-choice hypocrisy and mobilizes people to take action in all 50 states." Join her for a live conversation. 
Siren Theater, Northwest (Wednesday-Thursday)