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The Top 30 Events in Portland This Week: Jan 18-23, 2022

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sundance Short Films, and More Top Picks
January 17, 2022
Portland Center Stage will thrill audiences once again with a remount of their popular production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Owen Carey/Portland Center Stage)
There’s no shortage of things to do on this short work week, from the opening weekend of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to a chat between Nom Nom Paleo author Michelle Tam and local celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet and national tour stops from the Harlem Globetrotters and the Sundance Film Festival's shorts program. Read on for other highlights happening this week. 

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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Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour Add to a List
It may be cold outside, but award-winning comedian and podcaster Bert Kreischer will likely be performing shirtless (as he is wont to do) for his latest tour. Watch with mirth as the notorious party animal, also known as "The Machine," relays exceedingly funny anecdotes about his family, fatherhood, and more.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)


Michelle Tam in Conversation With Gregory Gourdet Add to a List
New York Times bestselling author and recipe developer Michelle Tam is back with a new addition to her Nom Nom Paleo collection. Co-written with Henry Fong, Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go! covers simple feasts for weeknights, weekends, and celebrations with illustrations and step-by-step instructions. Top Chef star and author of Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health Gregory Gourdet will join Tam for a delicious conversation.
(Virtual via Powell's Books)

Paul Pastor and Joe Wilkins Add to a List
Oregon authors Paul Pastor and Joe Wilkins will join together for a conversation that centers their newest releases (Bower Lodge and the Oregon Book Award finalist poetry collection Thieve, respectively). 
(Virtual via Literary Arts)



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 "Friends" themed evening. 
(The Moon Room, Buckman)


Lonnie Holley and Guests Add to a List
Beloved musician Lonnie Holley, sometimes called "the cosmic Stevie Wonder," is known for genre-defying music that ranges from soul to jazz to rock to gospel. For the first night of his two-night stint, Holley will be backed by pedal steel guitarist Barry Walker and later by Ethiopian jazz group The Tezeta Band. On the second, he will be backed by percussionist Papi Fimbres, rock 'n' rollers Peter Buck & Scott McCaughey, and art-punk aficionado LOX. Expect surprises on both nights—this presentation is part one of the After The End Of The World Festival, which features Mississippi Records' favorite music acts co-presented with films and projections on the big screen.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)



CST and Boy Harsher present THE RUNNER Add to a List
Dark wave duo Boy Harsher's new album The Runner (Original Soundtrack) drops towards the end of the month and with it comes a companion horror film/meta "documentary" that "explores lust, compulsion, and the horrific tendencies of seduction." Vocalist Jae Matthews and producer Augustus Miller met in film school, so you can expect the film's visuals to pair seamlessly with the non-traditional soundtrack, which will "balance cinematic instrumentals with pop songs." 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Black Joe Lewis & Cedric Burnside Add to a List
With inspirations like James Brown, Lightnin' Hopkins, and MC5, blues-funk-soul singer Black Joe Lewis will be sure to bring the house down with his high-energy performance and classic soulful sound. He will be playing alongside electric-blues singer, guitarist, and drummer Cedric Burnside, who carries on a family legacy of authentic blues from his father Calvin Jackson and grandfather R.L. Burnside.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Japanese American Incarceration - My Mother's Experience Add to a List
Join Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) for an online presentation by Toby Asai Loftus, who will discuss his own Hood River-based family's stories of survival during the WWII-era mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. 
(Virtual via Take PART)

Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation With Wanuri Kahiu Add to a List
The third book of Nnedi Okorafor's widely acclaimed YA fantasy series follows Sunny Nwazue, a girl who discovers she has mystical energy flowing in her blood and seeks to understand and control her powers. If you breezed through Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, don't miss the author in conversation with filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.
(Virtual via Powell's Books)



D Smoke Add to a List
You may know Inglewood, CA-based rapper D Smoke if you binge-watched Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow in 2019. Since becoming the show's main breakout star, he has received a Grammy nomination for his debut album and a NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding New Artist. He will take the stage just after the release of his sophomore album War & Wonders.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)



Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking Tour Add to a List
Following the success of her viral video "Nail Salon," LA-based Anjelah Johnson-Reyes has been all over the stand-up, TV, and comedy film circuit, including a spot as a series regular on MADtv and four hour-long specials. Join her tonight for some laughs as she swings through town on her Technically Not Stalking tour.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Andre Day: A Nickatina Experience Festival Add to a List
A killer lineup of primarily west-coast hip-hop legends will post up at the Roseland during this all-day affair. Andre Day will feature Cali-born rapper and festival namesake Andre Nickatina, Afroman of "Because I Got High" fame, Devin The Dude hailing from Texas, former 2Pac collaborator B-Legit, and West Coast gangsta-rap group RBL Posse.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town Chinatown)

Best Night Ever Add to a List
Calling all Directioners! This 2010s pop dance party will have you singing along to all of your guilty pleasures with a special focus on the legacy of British boy band One Direction.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne)

Bumpin Uglies Add to a List
Throughout their decade-long career, Maryland-born punk reggae band Bumpin Uglies has taken what they’ve learned from their humble upbringings of small gigs filled with friends and brought that fine tuning to larger audiences, always maintaining their free-spirited attitude and DIY ethic.
(Star Theater, Old Town Chinatown)

Dorian Electra: My Agenda World Tour Add to a List
Pop star Dorian Electra has gained a queer cult following and critical acclaim after the release of their 2019 debut album, Flamboyant, and often tours with eclectic artists such as Charli XCX and Pussy Riot. 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway Add to a List
California-born singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle, known for her effortless blend of bluegrass spirit and contemporary rock/pop sound, called by NPR Music as “handsomely crafted melodies that gently insinuate themselves into the memory". She will be taking the stage with her new backing band of bluegrass masters, Golden Highway. Starting the night will be Canadian singer-songwriter Bella White
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Harlem Globetrotters: Spread Game Tour Add to a List
The world-famous basketball exhibition team is back at it with a new "modernized" tour, where they plan on showing out with "ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks." Check out their unique blend of street ball and interactive family entertainment, and stick around for new premium fan experiences
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)



Rose Tinted Add to a List
This show marks the first performance of local hip-hop project Rose Tinted's winter residency at Holocene. The group mixes the classic hip-hop style of boom bap with unique instrumental breaks and improvisation.
(Holocene, Buckman)



Sundance Short Films Add to a List
These seven short films were selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, giving folks who aren't able to make it out to Park City, UT "a taste of what the festival offers." With a feature-length runtime, the program includes international films that demonstrate masterful storytelling across genres such as fiction, documentary, animation, and more.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Saturday-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, Tuesday-Sunday)

OSA and PAM Docents’ Group Show Add to a List
It shouldn't surprise you that many of the folks who lead museum tours for the Oregon Society of Artists and the Portland Art Museum are artists themselves. This exhibition features paintings, digital art, pastels, drawings, and more by PAM and OSA docents. 
(Oregon Society of Artists, Goose Hollow, Tuesday-Sunday)

Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints Add to a List
Dramatic shifts in Japan's social, political, and economic culture between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries are depicted through woodblock prints by late artists Toyohara Kunichika and Kawase Hasui.
(Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park, Wednesday-Sunday)


Duende de Lorca Add to a List
Written by Dañel Malán and directed here by Lawrence Siulagi, this bilingual production traces the early career of the Spanish poet, musician, and playwright Federico García Lorca, whose travels through New York and Cuba became a quest for cultural integration and gender acceptance. The story begins on the opening night of the successful play Mariana Pineda, followed by the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York
(Milagro Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Gloria Add to a List
A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's play centers a not-so-ordinary work day for an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes to achieve literary fame before they turn 30. 
(Profile Theatre, Goose Hollow, Wednesday-Sunday)

The Great Leap Add to a List
Penned by playwright Lauren Yee, this comedic production "traverses history both personal and political." Set in 1989 San Francisco, Manford Lum dominates the basketball courts of Chinatown. Using her father's basketball background as a template, Yee catapults her teenaged protagonist to China for a "friendship" game, resulting in a story with unexpected outcomes.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Add to a List
The quintessential rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a four-time Tony winner that's "part rock concert, part cabaret, and part stand-up comedy routine." The life story of Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer German singer of a fictional rock and roll band who's "one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage," will unfold as she searches for love and stardom.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday)

Leave The Light On: An Improvised Play Add to a List
Improvisers will create a new play every night based on the theme of returning home after a long absence. Depending on the night you go, it'll be either tragic or uplifting. 
(Shoebox Theater, Friday-Saturday)

Thurgood Add to a List
Actor Lester Purry and director Lou Bellamy, founder of Penumbra Theatre (the largest African-American theater in the country), return to the Portland Playhouse to tell the story of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice to serve on the Supreme Court. The one-man show spans Marshall's 58-year career, from his beginnings as a civil rights lawyer arguing Brown v. Board of Education to his SCOTUS appointment.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Friday-Sunday)

USS Improvise: the Next Generation: the Musical Add to a List
See your favorite Star Trek characters in a new, unscripted light as a group of Portland's nerdiest musical comedians riffs on The Next Generation. 
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

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