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The Top 34 Events in Portland This Week: Jan 10-16, 2022

Taylor Tomlinson, Stephen Malkmus, and More Top Picks
January 9, 2022
The delightful Taylor Tomlinson will head up back-to-back stand-up sets at Revolution Hall this Thursday and Friday. (Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg/Netflix)
We know it's another cold and rainy week, but your mid-winter doldrums could meet their match with appearances from indie-rock king Stephen Malkmus or party-hard comic Bert Kreischer, plus other noteworthy events like a screening of the food-film classic Babette's Feast and a Profile Theatre production of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-finalist play Gloria.

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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REEL Feminism Double-Feature: Adoption & Je Tu Il Elle Add to a List
Pretend you're in a feminism survey course by sitting in on this double-feature of masterpieces by women filmmakers, starting with Chantal Akerman's sexually audacious Je Tu Il Elle and ending with Márta Mészáros's slice-of-life drama Adoption. 
Clinton Street Theater (Hosford-Abernethy)


Jonathan Evison Add to a List
Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison (All About Lulu, West of Here, and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!) will read from his latest novel, Small World, alongside local writer Eileen Garvin. 



Fly Kin Mountain, Sticker, and Julius Theory Add to a List
Zone out to a night of textural electronic and ambient sounds with local artists Fly Kin Mountain and Julius Theory along with Sticker from LA.
No Fun (Buckman)


Consider This with Omar El Akkad Add to a List
The novelist and journalist will discuss the theme of "American Dreams, American Myths, and American Hopes" for Oregon Humanities' Consider This program. Akkad's second novel, What Strange Paradise, is a recent PNBA 2022 Book Award winner and "explores the lives and desires of displaced people seeking safety."



Forty Feet Tall with Bodies On The Beach & Beverly Crusher Add to a List
Indie-rock quartet Forty Feet Tall started as Los Angeles teens obsessed with post-punk and grunge. Nowadays the band, now based out of Portland, wows crowds with their psychedelic and punk-infused sound. Their latest album A Good Distraction is out now.
Mississippi Studios (Boise)

The Unlikely Candidates Add to a List
Texas-based indie rock band The Unlikely Candidates, who recently released their newest single Gemini, started as an acoustic duo and have since expanded, turning into a five-piece rock band with a polished sound.
Doug Fir Lounge (Buckman)


Incite: Queer Writers Read Add to a List
This curated, bi-monthly reading series hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine returns, this time on the topic of "volume."



Painted with Raven: Viewing Party by BeautyBoiz Add to a List
Can't get enough of the Drag Race universe? Mama Ru's makeup artist, the Emmy Award-winning Raven, is spearheading her very own show, Painted with Raven. Portland's very own Flawless Shade has made the finals and is hosting this finale viewing party with help from special guest King Bash and performances from Party Monster, Kharisma, and Lenda Jo.
CC Slaughters (Old Town-Chinatown)


Deep Like: Soulful House / Afro House Dance Party with Floyd Vader, Coflo, Cee Blanco Add to a List
Join selectors Floyd Vader, Coflo, and Cee Blanco who will be spinning music for the dance floor, tracing the roots of house music with an emphasis on soulful Afro/Latin sounds.
Holocene (Buckman)

Lomelda with alexalone Add to a List
Lomelda is a project started by Texas-born singer-songwriter Hannah Read and her teenage friends. With five studio albums under their belt, the band has shown their ability to shapeshift while always maintaining their gentle yet emotional sparkling indie-folk sound. Joining them from the Lone Star State is joyfully moody shoegaze-influenced rock band alexalone.
Mississippi Studios (Boise)



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)


The Get Ahead Add to a List
After a two-year hiatus, The Get Ahead, known for their emotionally moving lyricism and gritty soulful sound, are returning to the stage. Joining them will be garage rockers The Macks and neo-soul singer-songwriter Lo Steele.
Mississippi Studios (Boise)

Mama Sam & The Jam, Eugenia Riot, and Annie Vergnetti Add to a List
This full lineup of local music includes folk-pop group Mama Sam & The Jam who draws inspiration from bands like Mazzy Star and Fleetwood Mac. Also playing will be indie folk singer Eugenia Riot and singer-songwriter Annie Vergnetti.
Alberta Street Pub (King)



Babette's Feast Add to a List
When a French exile shows up penniless in a village of god-fearing Danish farmers, two sisters take her in as their housekeeper. After winning their trust with a satisfactory pot of bread soup, she introduces them to her mysteriously vast arsenal of culinary treasures, all culminating in an epic dinner party for the whole town using the money she (small spoiler) wins in the lottery. Turtle sacrifices notwithstanding, Gabriel Axel's 1987 classic is an enchanting fixture of the food-movie canon. 
Clinton Street Theater (Hosford-Abernethy)


Bowie's Birthday Bash w/ BowieVision and S.O.S Add to a List
Celebrate the dearly departed Ziggy Stardust's birthday the way he would want you to—with a night of music and dance. Tribute band Bowievision will run through hits from their idol's long and storied career. Not to be outdone, Portland-based S.O.S. will also be rocking their tribute to fellow Brits The Police.
Doug Fir Lounge (Buckman)

Cash'd Out Add to a List
Cash'd Out, a San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band has been called “next best thing to Johnny Cash,” by critics. Transporting audiences back in time with faithful performances, the group is fueled by genuine love and admiration for the late country singer. They've even been praised for their authenticity by Cash's daughter Cindy and his producer Lou Robin.
Dante's (Old Town)

Keep it Tight, Betty White Add to a List
This 100th birthday celebration was planned before the showbiz titan's recent passing, but despite the bittersweet tone that the dance party will surely take on, we can think of no better way to honor America's golden girl. Beloved local retrofuturist Chanti Darling will headline with a special DJ set, with the party crew also including DJ Veruca, MCs Ruby Delish and Zander, and performers Cody James, Lala Benét, and Valerie DeVille. The event will be ASL interpreted.
Shine Distillery & Grill (Boise)

Lithics, Gen Pop, and Hot Gum Add to a List
Portland-based minimalist punk band Lithics, who released their latest album Tower of Age back in 2020, hit the stage for the first time in two years along with punk bands Gen Pop (from Olympia) and Hot Gum.
Mississippi Studios (Boise)

Mare and Railing Add to a List
Look forward to an evening of Portland-based hardcore with self-proclaimed "horse girl" metal band Mare accompanied by punk rockers Railing.
The Six (Sunnyside)

Proper Sound with Tony H, Jason Burns, & Disco Penny Lane Add to a List
Get down to an ever-changing lineup of DJs on a Covid-safe patio for Proper Sound, a bi-monthly event. This month will feature Seattle-based label owner Tony H (Desert Hearts, Dirty Bird) who will bring a mix of Panamanian house & techno along with eclectic sounds from local DJ Jason Burns and San Diego-born treasure Disco Penny Lane.
Produce Row Cafe (Buckman)

Shaylee, Truck, and Exotic Physics Add to a List
Portland's own Shaylee is an indie rock project that creates dreamy lush music coined as "chamber rock." They will be playing just ahead of their forthcoming album Short​-​Sighted Security, out in March. Joining them is local noise duo Truck and shoegazers Exotic Physics.
Kelly's Olympian (Downtown)

Tigerbite, Utility, and Hot Won't Quit Add to a List
Portland-based indie-rock four-piece Tigerbite will bring you an evening of sweet hooks, fuzzy guitars, and emotional lyricism with support from local rock duo Utility and punk trio Hot Won't Quit.
No Fun (Buckman)



Khemmis Add to a List
Khemmis is a Denver-born doom metal band who has gained notoriety since the release of their 2015 album Absolution. Since then, they've been given accolades by major music publications such as Decibel and Rolling Stone. After being on hiatus during the pandemic, Khemmis is back with a new album titled Deceiver.
Doug Fir Lounge (Buckman)

Pool Boys, Twingle, and Monica Add to a List
Portland-based rock quartet Pool Boys are known for their noisy guitars and sparkling harmonies. They will be joined by local acts Twingle and Monica.
Holocene (Buckman)

Stephen Malkmus & Trad Tech w/Sir Richard Bishop Add to a List
Stephen Malkmus (most well known as the singer of the influential '90s indie-rock band Pavement), who you can sometimes spot at a Blazers game, went a new direction on his most recent album Traditional Techniques. Malkmus dabbles in the folk music tradition, centering his distinct vocals and philosophical lyricism around a unique 12-string guitar. This creates a glittering symphony of organic instruments that will no doubt sound beautiful when played live. Malkmus will be joined by Sun City Girls guitarist and composer Sir Richard Bishop.
Alberta Abbey (Buckman)


Pink Elephant Cabaret Add to a List
Pink Elephant's bohemian cabaret is in hot pursuit of love, freedom, truth, and beauty—join them on this quest with an evening of circus and live performances.
Star Theater (Old Town-Chinatown)



Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour Add to a List
Taylor Tomlinson is proof that while age is a number, it can also be your superpower. Part of Forbes’ 2021 class of 30 Under 30, the comedian first began performing stand-up at the ripe ol' age of 16. In 2020, her debut hour-long Netflix special Quarter-Life Crisis resonated with younger millennials, with commentary “wise beyond her years” (Newsweek).
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Thursday-Friday)


Ravel & Sibelius: Bridging Culture and Sound Add to a List
Finnish folk influences meet Romantic-era Russian stylings in Sibelius's Symphony No. 1, which will be brought to life by piano soloist Louis Schwizgebel after his rendition of Revel's American jazz-inspired Piano Concerto.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Downtown (Saturday-Sunday)


Dark Side – A Piece for Assorted Lunatics Add to a List
If blissing out to Pink Floyd's unrestrained guitar solos before heading to a Cirque Du Soleil production sounds like your idea of a great night, don't miss this twofer presented by aerialist and choreographer Brandy Guthery and featuring live Floyd covers by Love Gigantic and other special guests.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia (Friday-Saturday) 

Gloria Add to a List
A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's play centers a not-so-ordinary workday 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 (Thursday-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 (Saturday-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)


Come On In Add to a List
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); closing

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Add to a List
Learn about the royal life of the revered (and highly educated for the time) Queen Nefertari, wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Curated by the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition examines the role of women in ancient Egypt through over 220 works of art, including the Queen's elaborately decorated burial chamber, sculptures, and everyday objects.
Portland Art Museum, Downtown (Wednesday-Sunday); closing

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