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The Top 39 Events in Portland This Week: June 24–30, 2024

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June 24, 2024
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This week, Yeat will be coming to us live from 2093. (Yeat via Facebook)
We've combed through everything happening in Portland this week and curated this guide with the best events, from Yeat - Live From 2093 to Maria Bamford and from the Oregon Midsummer Festival to Street Bazaar.

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MONDAY

FILM

The Linguini Incident Past Event List
In The Linguini Incident, underpaid waitress and aspiring escape artist Lucy (Rosanna Arquette) relies on her pals (David Bowie and a bra designer?!) to help stage a robbery. The phrase "screwball comedy" applies here, and the fashion alone is worth showing up for. This brand-new director's cut of the '91 comedy features never-before-seen footage in glorious 4K. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

FOOD & DRINK

No Bones Beach Club x Norah Past Event List
Plant-based food lovers mourned when the tropical bar No Bones Beach Club closed the doors of its Portland and Seattle locations in 2020. Former Stranger staff writer Angela Garbes wrote of the establishment in 2016, "At No Bones, you won't find any soy-rizo, mock chicken, or portobello mushrooms doing their best impersonation of hamburger patties. Instead, you'll find tacos loaded with beer-battered and fried avocados, sandwiches stuffed with sesame-seed-crusted taro cakes, and poke (Seattle's current favorite dish) made not with raw fish but smoked golden beets. MacKenzie DeVito describes her menu as 'Southern California–style food—fresh, with lots of vegetables, herbs, and great textures.' After just a few bites, you'll be grateful that DeVito, who adopted a vegan diet seven years ago, has spent all her time since developing such flavorful, satisfying, and surprising food." Luckily, you'll have a rare chance to catch Devito's cuisine, including crispy cauliflower wings, Caesar salad, jackfruit flautas, panko-breaded "amazeballs," "F-N-C" (panko-breaded tofu fish with nori, served with slaw, old bay fries and tartar sauce), and coconut mojito ice cream balls, at one her first pop-ups in Portland since the closure. Norah will offer refreshing alcoholic and zero-proof cocktails to pair with the food, featuring spirits from Mezcal Union, and a portion of brunch sales will benefit Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary. JB
(Norah, Belmont District)

LIVE MUSIC

Juana Molina Past Event List
Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina has lived many lives. The daughter of famed parents (tango singer Horacio Molina and actress Elva “Chunchuna” Villafañe) made a name for herself as a popular comedic actress before pursuing a career as an experimental musician. Although her debut album perplexed Argentinian fans and media, Molina eventually moved to LA where she released her sophomore album, Segundo, an experimental folk masterpiece that utilizes electronics and looping. This week, she returns to Portland on a solo tour performing old and new material with lots of improvisations, some of which will be crowd-directed. AV
(Mission Theater, Northwest Portland)

READINGS & TALKS

History Pub - Defining Moments: LGBTQ+ Stories from Past to Present Past Event List
Paul Iarrobino, storyteller, Our Bold Voices founding director, and author of the fresh anthology Defining Moments: Essential Queer Stories, will head to the stage to share "pivotal moments of struggle...and journeys toward self-acceptance and empowerment from the intergenerational LGBTQ+ community." Iarrobino's just-released anthology spotlights LGBTQ+ perspectives from varying age groups; panelists at this talk will include book contributors Stacey Rice, Heidi Bruins Green, Jamison Green, and Joshua Thomas. Show up for the feel-good vibes, and stick around for the panel's emphasis on the resilience of queer folks across generations. LC
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)

TUESDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Judy Collins Past Event List
After deep-diving into the catalogs of legendary songstresses like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King, I finally found my way to the discography of Judy Collins. I was already aware of her iconic voice, but given the number of her albums in record store dollar bins, I did not expect her exploration of different genres. Her music isn’t straightforward vocal pop, but swims around trad-folk, country, and jazz, incorporating the occasional experimental flourish (such as the ethereal ocean sounds in “Farewell to Tarwathie.”) Collins has released and collaborated on over 50 albums in her lifetime, with additional career successes as an author, filmmaker, social activist, guitar designer, and record label founder. She's also been gigging for over 50 years, so this stop in Beaverton is a drop in the bucket for her. AV
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

WEDNESDAY

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Portland Trail Blazers Draft Party Presented by Ticketmaster Past Event List
Disappointed in the Blazers' lackluster finish in the 2023-24 season? Brush it off, because there's always next year, and the team is already building toward brighter days. The 'Zers have the seventh and 14th picks at this year's draft, so head to the Moda Center with fellow fans to see which players Portland snags. This free draft party promises photo ops (with Blaze, I hope!) and party hats for the first 500 attendees. JW
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

THURSDAY

COMEDY

Secret Aardvark Past Event List
Over 30 of Portland's best improvisers will gather again for this who's who of Rose City comedy. Each Secret Aardvark event features an extra-special mystery guest (past guests have run the gamut from David Lynch to random high school theater students), and the show's so spicy that it's named after the organizers' fave local hot sauce. LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition)

FILM

D.E.B.S. Past Event List
Calling all gay spies! D.E.B.S. may have been a box office bomb, but it's a well-deserved millennial cult classic following a queer relationship between a teen crimefighter and an alluring villainess. Back in '05, Roger Ebert wrote, "At some point during the pitch meetings for D.E.B.S. someone must certainly have used the words Charlie's Lesbians," as if that's supposed to be a bad thing. Imagine early-aughts greats Meagan Good, Devon Aoki, and Jordana Brewster wearing cute plaid skirts—you tell me what could be better. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Movies at Dusk: The Big Lebowski Past Event List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pâtisserie's summer screenings of film favorites start this week with The Big Lebowski, a boozy bowling ball of a flick. Bar specials for this screening include white Russians and a "Dude trifle," and tickets to each Thursday night show include reserved seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat. If you wear a robe, you'll also score free "Dude macaron," a white Russian-flavored treat in "bowling ball formation." LC
(Pix Pâtisserie / Can Bar, Kerns)

LIVE MUSIC

Jessica Pratt Past Event List
Jessica Pratt is known for her otherworldly, stripped-down acoustic folk songs which sound simultaneously of the past and the future. Her 2012 self-titled debut has a magical quality that's hard to name—her voice echoes like a mermaid humming in a damp alcove or a fairy singing her friends a lullaby. Pratt's new album Here in the Pitch enters the world of the 1960s with orchestral pop songs reminiscent of Marianne Faithfull, the Walker Brothers, and Dusty Springfield. Don't miss an opening set from San Francisco-based indie rock artist Tony Molina. AV
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

SHOPPING

Street Bazaar Remind List
If you dig the Portland Flea, you'll love this colorful mash-up of the city's food, drink, music, and art scenes coming to Pioneer Courthouse Square once a month this summer. Street dance community the Beautiful Street kicks off the first installment with a 7-to-Smoke dance battle DJed by local beatmaster NorthernDraw, and dozens of creators will share their wares, from visual art to streetwear and jewelry. Cool off with a refreshing watermelon coconut agua fresca from Straightaway Cocktails and scoops from Kate’s Ice Cream alongside other delicious bites from Whit’s Pizza Pies, Long’s Vietnamese Kitchen, Spice of Africa, and more food trucks. SL
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

2024 Americana Harvest Fest Remind List
Topaz Farm is amping up its Americana Harvest Fest series this year with a mix of nationally and internationally renowned folk, country, and bluegrass artists on Thursday nights until the end of August. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to lounge on the pastoral farm surrounded by farm animals, fruit fields, freshly grilled food, and a beer garden. This week, the series will kick off with a performance from five-piece Americana string band, the Brothers Comatose. AV
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

Perfume Genius Past Event List *CANCELED*
Stranger contributor Sean Nelson once wrote: "When 'genius' is right there in your band name, you’re going to have to deliver. Fortunately, Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas figured out how to summon the goods." And boy, does he keep summoning! His sixth album, Ugly Season, is his most experimental yet with a warm embrace of the industrial sound that subtly shines in his past albums. However, the album includes plenty of catchy moments as well, like the aptly titled "Pop Song." He will swing through town alongside fellow pop experimentalist 1010benja.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Portland Indie Book and Art Fair Past Event List
Discerning literary types, this one's for you—the Portland Independent Book Fair will return to support resourceful small presses like Microcosm Publishing, University of Hell Press, and Fonograf Editions. You'll find everything from DIY bike zines to poetry chapbooks at the free event, plus stickers, prints, and ice cream by Brain Freeze Treats. Drop by to support the mighty lineup of zinesters and artists, too. LC
(Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman)

FILM

Hollywood Theatre Outdoor Movies Remind List
We live in Oregon, dammit, and if there's one thing Oregonians love more than watching movies, it's being in nature. ¿Por qué no los dos?! Hollywood Theatre has teamed up with the Oregon State Parks Department to do just that, offering up a series of screenings in scenic state parks throughout the summer. The series will kick off with Return to Oz at Rooster Rock State Park, perfect for those who enjoy being frightened of both mosquitoes and guys with jack-o-lanterns for heads at the same time. Throw on some DEET and have a blast. LC
(Rooster Rock State Park, Corbett)

FOOD & DRINK

2024 Farm to Plate Series Remind List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal in the very place where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs and culinary power couple Christian and Janelle Ephrem will craft a series of five-course meals sourced from Topaz itself, with menus designed mere days in advance and produce harvested just hours before the dinner. You'll get to take a seat at a long communal table and dine beneath a 500-year-old oak tree, so c'mon down this week for an exploration of cherries, greens, and alliums. JB
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

The Flip Side Vegan Pride Market Past Event List
A group of scrappy vegan vendors will sell their wares at this queer POC-organized event. This month's festivities feature over 30 booths, face painting, antics from Haha the Clown, ink from Liv of Awake N Woke Tattoo, and more. While you're there, grab a gooey "cinnasnail" from Hail Snail and a crisp beverage from Arbor Beer Lodge. The nonprofit Green Acres Farm Sanctuary will also be present to talk about their work caring for rescued animals. JB
(Arbor Beer Lodge & Brewery, Arbor Lodge)

LIVE MUSIC

Marissa Nadler with Jesse Sykes Past Event List
If you worship at the altar of Taylor Swift's Folklore and Evermore, then I want you to queue up Marissa Nadler right now. The Massachusetts-raised singer-songwriter has been creating ethereal country-tinged folk songs for over two decades, which in my opinion, paved the way for Swift and Lana Del Rey's breathy piano ballads. Don't miss Nadler’s performance of new songs, deep cuts, and archival favorites at this intimate dive bar venue. Fellow goth-country gem Jesse Sykes will open. AV
(The Showdown, Hosford-Abernethy)

SUNDAY

FILM

Sasquatch Sunset Past Event List
If you aren't riveted by the prospect of this film, well, we're two very different people. David and Nathan Zellner's Sasquatch Sunset follows a family of Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) over the course of one year, as they wander, grunt, and munch mushrooms in North America's foggy forests. Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg star, and they look like this. We owe it to them to go see this film as payment for the zillion hours they spent having prosthetics applied. LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)

FOOD & DRINK

Carioca Bowls 9th Anniversary Party Past Event List
The açaí cafe Carioca Bowls, which Portland Mercury arts and culture editor Suzette Smith has praised in the past, is celebrating its ninth birthday with an all-out extravaganza that features free yoga, music from Life After Jeff and Johnny Franco & Friends, and tons of specials and freebies, including $8 açai bowls, two house-made Brazilian cheese breads for $3, and complimentary Happy Mountain Kombucha with the first 300 bowl purchases. Plus, there'll be raffles and giveaways for gift cards, bomba bowls, merch, açai seed jewelry, cookies, and the grand prize—a year's worth of free Carioca Bowls. JB
(Carioca Bowls, King)

Queer Wine Fest 2024 Past Event List
The LGBTQ+ community doesn't often get its due in the wine world, and that's where this annual wine festival comes in. The picturesque Willamette Valley winery Remy Wines will host 15 queer-owned wineries from across the country at this al fresco tasting and Pride celebration, featuring food from Renegade Catering, live music from the local New Wave duo Camp Crush, ice cream from Salt & Straw, and an art show with a lineup of queer artists curated by designer and illustrator Zab Shavrick. JB
(Remy Wines, Dayton)

LIVE MUSIC

Yeat - Live From 2093 Past Event List
Trap rapper and one-time Portlander Yeat is known for his auto-tuned vocals, distinctive production choices, and amusing, song-stealing bars (like "Yeah, these kids is some motherfuckin' burgers, I'm callin' them Five Guys" and "We not books to read, we not Cat in the Hat, no Sam-I-Am, I cook that lil' shit up, Green Eggs and Ham"). He will support his new album, 2093, alongside his regular collaborator, producer BNYX. AV
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

PRIDE

Pride Beaverton 2024 Past Event List
The seventh annual edition of Pride Beaverton is channeling cosmic energy with the theme "We are all made of stars." The festivities kick off at 11 am with a parade through downtown Beaverton, but the fun will continue all day. Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus, drag musician Saint Syndrome, and '80s girl wave tribute band Blonde Neon are slated to bring their superstar energy to the stage. Plus, a vendor fair will showcase pride gear and other goods from local artisans. JW
(Beaverton City Park, Beaverton)

MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

Maria Bamford Past Event List
You've probably already caught Maria Bamford's comedy, a surreal medley of voice impressions, deadpan jokes, vulnerable storytelling, and high-energy, rapidly changing characters, on Comedy Central or Netflix. (She’s also played roles in BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, and Kung Fu Panda.) Fresh off the release of Judd Apatow's latest flick The Bubble, a COVID-era comedy, Bamford will backflip back to the stage for more weird-out comedy and earnest conversations about mental health. LC
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday–Saturday)

EXHIBIT

Fathom Past Event List
For better or worse, Meow Wolf-esque experiences have proliferated across the country in recent years, and after the success of Hopscotch, Portland has earned one more immersive pop-up. Fathom is staged as a temporary undersea adventure, but creators Roboto Octopodo have a "much larger vision" for the experience's future. Head downtown for selfie opportunities with glowy coral reefs, giant whales, and "the dazzling insides of a sparkly angler fish." LC
(Central Plaza, Downtown, Friday–Sunday)

Tree People: Puiden Kansa Remind List
Works by Finnish artists Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo will come together for this photography exhibition, which draws from forest-based mythology to reflect on ancient customs and beliefs in rural Finland, Estonia, and East Karelia. To capture the images in Tree People, Kovalainen and Seppo researched and traveled for a decade; the results feel both sacred and familiar. After all, most of us have felt a close connection to a tree at some point in our lives. Head to the exhibition to learn more about the forest spirits and stories, then explore the World Forestry Center and Discovery Museum's wood-filled space. LC
(World Forestry Center & Discovery Museum, Washington Park, Wednesday–Sunday)

FESTIVALS

Oregon Midsummer Festival Past Event List
This Nordic festival is basically all the nice, dreamy, floral parts of Ari Aster's Midsommar and none of the disturbing shit. You can meet Vikings, make flower crowns, participate in a "friendly" tug-of-war, complete a gnome-themed scavenger hunt, and learn the rules to Kubb, a lawn game I once watched three generations of Danes play in a park in Copenhagen. And don't forget the food—The League of Swedish Societies, Broder Söder, and Carina's Bakery will be serving up delicious bites alongside Nordic beer on tap from Ridgewalker Brewing and everyone's favorite honey tipple from Oran Mor Artisan Mead. Don't miss the decoration, dance, and parade around the Midsummer Pole on Saturday, celebrated "when the sun reaches its zenith" to welcome the new season. SL
(Nordic Northwest, Metzger, Friday–Saturday)

FILM

Kinds of Kindness Past Event List
I know what you're thinking. You just recovered from Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos' dystopian, unorthodox answer to Rochelle, Rochelle. But as I noted while writing about his last film, "Real Lanthimos heads know that he doesn't direct anything without making audiences ponder why they're on the planet at all. He is weird, as directors should be, and you're either in or you're out." He's already back and more bizarre than ever, people! Kinds of Kindness is billed as a "triptych fable," following three stories of intrigue that suspiciously star the same cast that populated Poor Things (Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Margaret Qualley). Do you think they were just like, "Fuck it, let's hang out some more?" Because that's what it seems like, and they've brought everyone's favorites (Jesse Plemons, Hong Chau, and Hunter Schafer) along for the ride. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Thursday–Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Clyde's Past Event List
As a Pulitzer Prize winner and 2007 MacArthur genius, Nottage often centers working-class people in her storytelling—her 2015 play Sweat centered small-town Pennsylvania factory workers facing job insecurity, racism, and class disparities. This time around, she had me at "play about a sandwich." Nottage's Clyde's follows a team of formerly incarcerated kitchen staff who navigate life after lock-up while on a "quest to create the perfect sandwich," so I hope you brought napkins. Check out this interpretation of the play for a funky cross between The Bear and Abbott Elementary. LC
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday–Sunday)

She's Like The Wind: A Musical Parody Past Event List
From the folks who brought you the sold-out trash classic Road House: The Play, She's Like the Wind stars Portland's funniest (including the Merc's own Wm. Steven Humphrey) as they fall in love at a '60s resort in the Catskills. They'll practice their dancing—both dirty and clean—with help from a live band. Funny fave Shelley McLendon adapted the musical parody for the stage, so you know there won't be any babies in any corners. LC
(Siren Theater, Boise, Thursday–Saturday)

VISUAL ART

Alyson Provax: To know what we say we know Past Event List
Prolific letterpress artist Alyson Provax is always up to something artistic, so her latest solo exhibition comes as no surprise. To know what we say we know presents new letterpress works by Provax, referencing spoken language and diaries to reflect on "the limitations of language to express our individual perceptions and the way that this affects connection between us." Provax adopts a repetitive "drawing" style to help the viewer notice their own experience of reading, but don't expect a novel: Her work more closely resembles concrete poetry. LC
(Well Well, Kenton, Saturday–Sunday)

Designing Women Past Event List
Curator-photographer Melanie Flood and artist Matt Morris come together in Designing Women to address (and critique) a polarizing question: What is a woman? When Flood’s photography is paired with Morris's paintings, textiles, and perfumery, a multimedia experience floods the senses and conjures yet another question: Who is the designer of women? "Though the assertion that women can be designed establishes an aesthetic project and a subject position, it is unknown what actors are at play," the artists explain. I'm intrigued by Flood's beach ball breast and Morris's digital prints on ruched satin. LC
(ILY2, Pearl District, Wednesday–Saturday)

Ivan McClellan: Eight Seconds Past Event List
When photographer Ivan McClellan attended the country's longest-running Black rodeo back in 2015, he described it as "like going to Oz — there was all this color and energy." The experience led McClellan on a trek across the US to discover all things Black rodeo culture, from Texan stables to LA ranches. In his Eight Seconds long-form photography project, McClellan documents "the lives of Black men and women who live a Western lifestyle across the United States." LC
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday–Saturday; closing)

Justin L’Amie: Living in the City Past Event List
I'll be honest: At first, I wasn't certain what Justin L'Amie's watercolor and gouache compositions had to do with city life. They're fun to observe, though. Stems of star-shaped flowers squiggle and form faces, while grasshoppers, spiders, and colorful moths land on the paper for a moment of rest. "Living in the city, a churning, hectic place...Pigeons sharing chicken bones. Laughter from the stairwell. Sobbing from under a tarp. The indifference of a machine. Find a support system. Rent raised again," the show's promotional materials read. Living in the City seems to nod toward the other-than-human life occupying urban spaces, hinting at the need for moments of respite, sanctuary spaces, and quiet noticing. LC
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, Tuesday–Saturday; closing)

Monet to Matisse: French Moderns Remind List
With 60-ish masterpieces pulled from the Brooklyn Museum’s illustrious European art collection, the Portland Art Museum's latest exhibition centers the modernist accomplishments of French artists. You might've already guessed that Monet to Matisse: French Moderns features pieces by Monet and Matisse, but visitors can also spy works by Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, and Renoir...you know, pretty much every creator mentioned in your Art History 101 class, all curated one place. My advice? Make a super-sensory day of it: Dress fancy, feast your eyeballs, then pick up some runny cheese from Providore on the way home. LC
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Thursday–Sunday)

Noah’s Out-of-Order Ark-ade and Reliquary: Maria Lux Past Event List
Research-driven artist Maria Lux, an associate art professor at Whitman College, creates "installation-based works" that center species loss, conservation, and "the ways animals are used to generate human knowledge and understanding." Interesting, no? In Noah’s Out-of-Order Ark-ade and Reliquary, Lux constructs an arcade-turned-shrine, where lost and revived animals are revered. It's sort of a roadside curiosity, and sort of a holy site—expect Catholic visual excess with tinges of the darkly humorous and absurd. LC
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday–Sunday; closing)

Pissarro to Picasso: Masterworks on Loan from the Kirkland Family Collection Remind List
Pulled from the collections of Los Angeles' Kirkland family, the Portland Art Museum showcases 14 paintings, many of which haven’t been available for public viewing in decades. Spanning the last century of visual art, Pissarro to Picasso: Masterworks on Loan from the Kirkland Family Collection includes Martin Johnson Heade's "monumental 1887 canvas of Jamaica," rare landscapes by Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe, a late-career piece by Marc Chagall, and two Cubist still lifes by Picasso, among other big-name works. Make time to visit the museum if you're hoping to see names you recognize: Monet to Matisse: French Moderns is also on view. LC
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Thursday–Sunday)

Rob Lyon: Also Votives Past Event List
British painter Rob Lyon's second exhibition with Adams and Ollman explores landscape through a spiritual lens. Also Votives is also the first display of the artist's drawings, and an accompanying zine makes the show an unusual treat for fans of his deceptively simple charcoal and oil compositions. Drawing inspiration from the chalk hills of England's coastal South Downs, Lyon "conjures its unique spirits, which he then uses as a gateway to transcend the logic and limitations of the physical world in pursuit of spiritual or metaphysical connection." The results are bold and portal-like, full of sharp angles and genuine curiosities referencing everything from Neolithic burial mounds to celestial forms. LC
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday–Saturday)

William Matheson: The Glow Past Event List
William Matheson may be Portland-based, but his paintings have been shown all over the world, from Mongolia to the Czech Republic. His sixth solo exhibition at Nationale might also be his most metaphysical—the artist thinks carefully about the concept of "the glow," from its connection to wildfires and ecological peril to something more elusive. Painted on jute, Matheson's compositions are innately textural, sinewy, and hazy, streaked with summery hues and hints of smoke and fumes. LC
(Nationale, Buckman, Monday/Thursday–Saturday; closing)

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