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The Top 45 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 5–11, 2024

Ilana Glazer, SAVØR: Rose City's Zero Proof Week, and More
February 5, 2024
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Funny broad Ilana Glazer lands in Portland this week.
See what's in store for this week with our handy guide. We're suggesting events from Ilana Glazer to The Temptations & The Four Tops and from SAVØR: Rose City's Zero Proof Week to Portland Mardi Gras Ball. For a look at the month ahead, check out our February event guide.

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MONDAY

COMEDY

Siren Theater Improv Giants Past Event List
Catch Portland's quick-on-their-feet improv experts for this evening of inventive, unscripted, no-limits fun. Longstanding comedy favorites Shelley McLendon (artistic director of the Siren Theater), Jed Arkley (co-founder of the Stumptown Improv Festival), Nicholas Kessler (seen in Portlandia), Kristen Schier (of Philly Improv Theater), and Tyler Quinn (of Curious Comedy Theater) are reportedly "some of the smartest, fastest, funniest, and quite frankly the tallest" comics in town. Find out what the fuss is about when they strut their hilarious stuff on the Ellyn Bye Studio stage. LC
(Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, Pearl District)

LIVE MUSIC

The Kills Past Event List
With the Cold War Kids, Grouplove, Silversun Pickups, and now the Kills touring, it’s shaping up to be a big month for indie sleaze. Throw on any song by the Kills, new or old, and be transported to a grimy underground club circa 2008 with glitter particles floating through the air and American Apparel disco pants abound. The duo will play songs from their first album in six years, God Games, which guitarist Jamie Hince described as "godless spirituals." AV
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

TUESDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Superchunk & Fucked Up Past Event List
Throughout their 35-year-long career, indie rock quartet Superchunk has experimented with the sweet release of loud aggressive music as well as the ease of soft indie pop. On their 2022 album, Wild Loneliness, they move away from the politics-driven aggression of their previous album, What a Time to Be Alive, and into a sense of peace that Pitchfork writer Steve Kandell described as "a deep sigh after their Trump-era primal howl." Canadian psychedelic hardcore outfit Fucked Up will open with tracks from their critically acclaimed album One Day. AV
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

It's Not Me, It's You - Stories from the Dark Side of Dating Past Event List
Nothing says Valentine's Day like reproductive justice and discomfiting storytelling, so head to this longtime yearly benefit organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to support their freedom-driven mission while basking in the glory of other people's mortifying memories. Oregon's most sharp-witted storytellers will share their awkward tales of lost love, so you'll either come away more grateful for your partner, or more grateful to be single. LC
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Kelly Lytle Hernández: 2024 Hatfield Lecture Past Event List
Kelly Lytle Hernández, a UCLA history professor, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and major voice of authority on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, will head to Portland for a Hatfield lecture on her book Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands. The book details the rise of magonistas, the migrant rebels who inspired the 1910 Mexican Revolution and "gave birth to the Mexican American population," but have been largely bypassed in textbooks. Head to this talk to learn more about our borders and the forces that have shaped modern American identity. LC
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

WEDNESDAY

PERFORMANCE

Bluey's Big Play Past Event List
“I slipped on ma' beans!” Rascally heelers Bluey and Bingo have big plans to get lazy Dad off his bean bag chair in this fresh theatrical adaptation of the Emmy-winning series Bluey. The show's creator, Joe Brumm, penned this original tale, which is set to new music by Bluey composer Joff Bush. LC
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

THURSDAY

COMEDY

Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski Past Event List
Joe Dombrowski's viral spelling test prank may have landed him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but the creative stand-up had been working crowds for 20 years before his rise to fame. Often regaling audiences with his experiences as an elementary school teacher, the Seattleite also produces the Social Studies podcast, where he shares wackadoo stories from teachers near and far. LC
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Secret Aardvark Remind 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, so it should warm your chilly bones at this time of year. LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition)

FILM

Top of The Heap Past Event List
Christopher St. John's oft-overlooked, subtly Afrofuturist thriller Top of the Heap follows George, a Black cop in DC whose experiences with racism on the force lead him to pursue vigilante justice. Sound like a straightforward enough plot? Wrong!! Just wait for George's trippy astral dreams—he has a penchant for visiting alternate galaxies. LC
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

The Temptations & The Four Tops Past Event List
My cat Whisper loves the oldies station. Every night, I tune into KIXI (880 AM) and observe his reaction to solid gold classics. Some of his favorites include Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," Henry Mancini's "Moon River," the Temptations’ "My Girl," and the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." For that reason, I like to imagine an alternate universe where cats are allowed to attend concerts. In that fantasy, Whisper is joined by fellow kitties who share his affinity for Motown. Alas, I may have to attend this concert in his honor. Be grateful that you're not a feline so that you can witness iconic vocal groups the Temptations and the Four Tops, both of which still have at least one founding member several decades into their careers. AV
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Tourist & Amtrac Past Event List
You may not think you're familiar with English electronic artist Tourist (aka William Phillips), but in a roundabout way, I bet you are. Remember Sam Smith's 2014 tearjerker "Stay with Me"? That was written by Phillips—in fact, it won him a snazzy Grammy Award for Song of the Year. His solo project Tourist experiments with atmospheric electronics and sound collage while staying true to his pop roots. He will be joined by indietronica producer Amtrac. AV
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

READINGS & TALKS

A Journey Through the Owyhee Canyonlands Past Event List
Oregon Natural Desert Association's curiosity-sparking talks are a nature lovers' dream. Their High Desert Speaker Series, which focuses on the flora and fauna of Oregon’s high desert, will continue with this online discussion led by ONDA board members Elisa Cheng and Natasha Bellis, who will reflect on their adventure rafting down the Owyhee River and the "awe-inspiring natural landscapes, rich culture and history, key wildlife habitats, and many recreation opportunities." Tune in for some travel inspiration and to learn more about the organization's conservation advocacy initiatives. LC
(Virtual)

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Ilana Glazer Past Event List
"Never has she ever read a newspaper," but batshit Broad City angel Ilana Glazer will still head to Portland to spread the good news. (What's the good news? That she still exists and she's still hilarious. Try to keep up.) Ilana has been voicing the plucky deuteragonist on Netflix's Green Eggs and Ham for the last few years, a role that feels somehow perfect for her. I'm hoping she shares the details on her toy collection and love of sandwiches. LC
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

Slumber Party Remind List
Throw on your bunny slippers and beg your mom to give you a ride to Kickstand's Slumber Party, a jumbo bag of gummy bears in the form of improvised sleepover scenes. Kickstand CVLT members Jones Pitsker, Lauren Sigler, Steven Marocco, Jerilyn Armstrong, and others will team up for the hormone-raging nostalgia fest—expect prank calls, Truth or Dare sessions, and Phish Food binges. I'm bringing my e-Kara. LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition)

LIVE MUSIC

Eric Bellinger Past Event List
R&B singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger is known for his unbelievably silky vocals and knack for writing soul hits. Over the past couple of years, he has become a go-to songwriter for big names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Usher. Bellinger will honor the 10th anniversary of his debut album, The Rebirth, with support from fellow neo-soul artist Zae France. AV
(Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman)

Meet Me @ The Altar Past Event List
Following on the path paved by female-fronted pop-punk heavies Paramore, the high-energy trio Meet Me @ The Altar brings a level of raw emotion and empowerment that is generally lacking in the male-dominated genre. The band will play tracks from their sophomore album (and Fueled by Ramen debut), Past // Present // Future. In an interview with Exclaim! the band described the album as a "homage to the music we loved growing up while reflecting our modern-day lives, sounds, and experiences." Arrive in time to catch opening sets from the LA-based pop-rock duo Honey Revenge, punk soloist John Harvie, and dark pop artist Elliot Lee. AV
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

SATURDAY

FILM

Foxy Brown with Pam Grier Past Event List
In the '70s, Blaxploitation films kicked Hollywood's doors off their hinges with productions that showcased Black talent, catering to Black audiences for the first time. Foxy Brown (screened here in a fresh restoration) is a great example of the subgenre's proclivity for shock, excess, and feminism—it stars living goddess Pam Grier, who poses as a prostitute to claim vengeance against a murderous gang of hit men and mob bosses. In honor of the film's 50th anniversary, Grier is coming to the Hollywood(!!!) and will offer a Q&A session after each screening, so prepare to be in the presence of greatness. (Does she still have her black belt in barstools?) LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Memphis with Yawa Performance Past Event List
Tim Sutton's 2013 drama Memphis tells the story of an eccentric singer (played by IRL musician Willis Earl Beal) who floats through the titular city seeking self-discovery. The film has been hailed for its quiet intensity with Variety calling it "digressive" and "daringly experimental." Accompanying the film will be a live performance from Memphis-born artist Yawa, whose genre-bending sound ranges from jazz, to hip-hop, to electronic. AV
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)

LIVE MUSIC

Dark Star Orchestra Past Event List
Dark Star Orchestra keep the indomitable legacy of the Grateful Dead twinkling with their spot-on tribute concerts. They plunder the mother lode of the jam-band progenitors' vast output for Deadheads who miss the real deal or for those unfortunates who never had the chance to witness them live. DSO's MO is to replicate momentous Dead set lists from the group's deep archives, and then nail every facet of the music. Clearly, DSO have their inspiration's wonderfully tight/loose chops, fluid sense of time and space, and that all-important stamina to keep on truckin' through the transitive nightfall of diamonds. STRANGER CONTRIBUTOR DAVE SEGAL
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

LUNAR NEW YEAR

Lunar New Year at Kolectivo Past Event List
The event space Kolectivo will present a community fundraiser with a collaborative food and drink menu provided by some of Portland's favorites, including Heyday, Matta, Sunrice, and Portland Cà Phê. Plus, look forward to AAPI vendors and games for kids and adults. Proceeds from sliding scale donations will go towards future community-centric programming from Kolectivo. JB
(Kolectivo, Hosford-Abernethy)

Lunar New Year Celebration Past Event List
Since the Year of the Dragon represents strength and progress, it seems appropriate that the Sports Bra, the nation's first bar dedicated to celebrating women's achievements in athletics, will go all out for the holiday. Enjoy themed food and drink specials, mooncakes from HeyDay, and a lion dance performance from White Lotus. JB
(The Sports Bra, Sullivan's Gulch)

MARDI GRAS

Portland Mardi Gras Ball Past Event List
The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus will return to offer up another round of Fat Tuesday shenanigans, complete with mystical costumes, crawfish and king cake, and live tunes by TooLoose Cajun Zydeco Band, Northside Bone Gang, and BrassRoots Movement. This year's ball will be out of this world with a futuristic Mardi Gras Galaxy theme. AV
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

READINGS & TALKS

Mortified Past Event List
A valiant roundup of Portlanders will air out their most shameful moments on stage for this edition of Mortified, a podcast and live event series that celebrates the utter embarrassment of childhood. As it turns out, those awkward moments you've shoved to the back of your mind might actually be clout-worthy—Newsweek deemed the show a "cultural phenomenon” that's "better and cheaper than therapy." I'll be hanging on to my therapist, thank you very much, but Mortified is certainly a rare opportunity for catharsis. LC
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

PERFORMANCE

Imposter/Switch #5 Past Event List
Marissa Rae Niederhauser and newly appointed co-curator liz HOWLS will present the first 2024 edition of this quarterly showcase, which spotlights six artists working in randomly assigned disciplines outside of their typical practices. Experimenting for two weeks, each artist's new work is then spotlit in a public exhibition to "celebrate imposter syndrome" and poke fun at the whole notion of artistic mastery. This time around, participating artists Hannah Krafcik, Sarah Eaton, Stephanie Leet, The Bone Goddess, Yaara Valey, and Joe John Sanchez III will share their new pieces in contemporary dance, painting, stand-up comedy, and more. LC
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell)

VALENTINE'S DAY

Gnar Is For Lovers Past Event List
Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a bitter cynic, this Valentine's Day-themed market purports to have something for everyone: drinks from Swan Dive, vegan comfort food from GNARLYS, a cathartic-sounding emo/pop punk music video dance party, and even a kissing booth with GNARLYS mascot Dang the Gorilla. Plus, skip the cheesy Hallmark cards and heart-shaped Russell Stover boxes in favor of cool gifts from small business vendors like vegan treat purveyor Kitty Eat World, small-batch fudge producer Mudge Fudge, watercolor artist Tatiana L. Phelan, watercolor and pressed flower artist Little Leaf Ink, jewelry maker Antsy Products, DIYer Living Life Crafty, and plant-based cheesemaker Fru Fru Terra. JB
(Swan Dive, Buckman)

SUNDAY

FILM

Mambar Pierrette with Habiba Addo Performance Past Event List
Presented in partnership with the Cascade Festival of African Films, this screening of Rosine Mbakam's 2023 docudrama Mambar Pierrette (which follows a seamstress and single mother in Douala) will include a performance piece by teaching artist Habiba Addo, whose work serves as a "window to ancient and contemporary African artistry and culture." Following the film, Botswana-born visiting filmmaker Mmakgosi Anita Tau, who directed For Them That Prey, will offer a 30-minute discussion. "Mbakam’s instincts as a documentarian are put to good use in this unique character study," says Tomorrow Theater, which "foregrounds common struggles and bonds among women in Africa, too often overlooked in mainstream cinema." LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)

MULTI-DAY

LUNAR NEW YEAR

Lunar New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings Remind List
Hello, Year of the Dragon! Lan Su's Lunar New Year celebration (inspired by the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xian Jie) pulls out all the stops with its glowy hanging red lanterns—the garden's sweeping rooflines cast warm shadows, and floating lanterns glide across Lake Zither, including "four never-before-seen installations of the Four Gentlemen Floral Lanterns from China." This year, Lan Su is offering two ways to celebrate; visitors can take part in the Chinese dragon dance procession, or be among the first to explore the newly reopened Lan Su teahouse, which will serve a special tasting menu on select evenings. LC
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Saturday)

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Birds for Gaza Portland Past Event List
As the siege on Gaza continues, many are feeling the heaviness of the ongoing fight for Palestinian liberation. This community grief event, organized in solidarity with Palestinians, invites participants to craft birds in honor of the children (8,000 and counting) who have been killed in Gaza. Check out Birds for Gaza's calendar for bird-making workshops, then head to the art installation on February 10, which will display the flock of paper birds created by local participants. LC
(Various locations, Monday/Wednesday/Saturday)

FESTIVALS

Portland Winter Light Festival: What Glows Under Pressure Past Event List
The Portland Winter Light Festival is an after-holiday reminder that the best lights of the year aren’t illuminated until February. Brighten up from the winter blues with the ninth edition of the fully lit fest, which includes various free art installations on either side of the Willamette on a deep sea, bioluminescent theme this year. (You'll find art pieces inspired by coral, jellyfish, and more.) The "Glowing Under Pressure" theme encourages attendees to "explore the wonders and dangers of the deep," which "reminds us of our own insignificance in the face of nature's forces." Sound, like, kinda scary? Never fear. Just head to the disco fungus, or Tomorrow Theater's celebratory screening of TRON, which will include an electro-luminescent performance of Rainbow Dance Theatre's iLUMiDance. LC
(Various locations, Monday-Saturday)

FILM

All Of Us Strangers Past Event List
The bisexual lighting is hard at work in All of Us Strangers, a film that stars Andrew Scott (the hot priest on Fleabag) and Paul Mescal in cute sweaters. The film follows two Londoners living in the same near-empty tower block, where they find each other, do ketamine, and vibe before memories of past traumas begin to interrupt their romance. The film is based on the eerie, hypnotic 1987 novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada. LC
(Cinema 21, Northwest Portland, Monday-Thursday)

34th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Remind List
The "longest-running annual, non-profit, non-commercial, largely volunteer-run African film festival in the United States" features works by African directors, centering non-Western perspectives on African culture with films like Burkinabé award winner Sira. Join in on the Connection, Centerpiece, and Women Filmmakers-themed weekends, or head to a Family Fest matinée screening of the French film Hawa. The after-screening Q&A sessions with directors round out the cultural event, with virtual and in-person viewing opportunities. LC
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

Paprika Past Event List
Anime Expo Cinema Nights will present this flick by psychotropic anime and manga auteur Satoshi Kon. In Paprika (screened here in Japanese with English subtitles), a wacky new piece of technology allows therapists to observe the dreams of their patients. The gadget's creator, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, also moonlights as a "dream detective" named Paprika—cool job alert—but when the device is stolen by a "dream terrorist," nightmares and reality begin to merge. Paprika has been widely acknowledged as one of cinema's best animated films, and the flick reportedly inspired Christopher Nolan's Inception. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Friday-Saturday)

Studio Ghibli Film Festival Remind List
Over the last 30 years, Studio Ghibli has become legendary for its lush visuals, emotional and affecting storytelling, and poetic, intelligent approach to nature and the more-than-human world. OMSI's Studio Ghibli Film Festival will return for its ninth presentation of audience faves like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, as well as underrated classics like Pom Poko and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. LC
(Empirical Theater at OMSI, Hosford-Abernethy, Wednesday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

SAVØR: Rose City's Zero Proof Week Past Event List
The app BuzzCutt aims to make it easy to pursue a "sober-curious" lifestyle by displaying nearby bars, restaurants, markets, and grocery stores serving non-alcoholic options. On the heels of Dry January, they're throwing a week-long zero-proof extravaganza in partnership with the Portland Mercury, Dhōs Spirits, and The Sports Bra, with non-alcoholic craft cocktails for $8 at all participating locations. (Various locations, Monday-Saturday)

PERFORMANCE

Goodnight Moon Past Event List
The best part of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon is its impeccable vibes—I mean, check out this image and tell me you don't long to be Bunny, delightfully cuddled in bed, surrounded by kittens and yarn and bear paintings and a cozy fireplace. This theatrical production is the closest thing to entering Bunny's comfy, dreamy, imaginative world, where we'll hopefully see all the jumping cows and dancing bears our hearts desire. I'm getting sleepy already, but in a good way. LC
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

What the Constitution Means to Me Past Event List
How might the Constitution impact generations to come? Playwright Heidi Schreck, who won debate competitions defending the Constitution across the country as a teen, digs into it in this funny, insightful play. What the Constitution Means to Me traces the relationship between four generations of women, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and "culminates in a live debate with an actual teen," so brace yourself to get told what's really up. LC
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Africa Fashion Past Event List
London's Victoria and Albert Museum curated this major exhibition, bringing dozens of well-dressed mannequins to the Portland Art Museum for an exploration of African fashion culture and history from the mid-20th century to the present. Africa Fashion includes "garments, textiles, adornments, personal testimonies, photographs, film, and catwalk footage," with artifacts pulled straight from the archives of legendary African designers like Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, Kofi Ansah, Naïma Bennis, and Alphadi and contemporary creatives Imane Ayissi, IAMISIGO, Moshions, Thebe Magugu, and Maison Art. Not sold? The exhibition was featured in Vogue, Forbes, and CNN, which deemed the show "an archive of achievement." LC
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

AIDS Memorial Quilt Past Event List
Conceived in 1985 by human rights activist Cleve Jones, the AIDS Memorial Quilt aimed to honor those who died of AIDS and document the lives of those living with the devastating impacts of the disease. Today, it's a 54-ton tapestry and a living symbol of a lost generation. "As we have recently experienced, science communication, information sharing, and awareness building are crucial in combating pandemics," says OMSI in this exhibit's promotional materials. Selected panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at OMSI; the quilt can also be viewed in its entirety online. (Before you head to OMSI, I suggest reading Duane Puryear's powerful quilt panel.) LC
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Monday-Sunday)

Kenji Ide: American Friend Past Event List
If you caught Kenji Ide's first Portland exhibition (A Poem of Perception at the Portland Japanese Garden) back in 2022, you're in luck—the Japanese artist will return to the city to showcase new wood and found object sculptures that "theatrically weave a narrative based on both the artist’s imagined and real-life experiences." American Friend takes its title from the '77 Wim Wenders film, which Ide had heard of growing up in Japan, but never seen, only imagining what the film might be about. Paralleling his experience of creating an alternate storyline for an unseen film, Ide's sculptures create space for the viewer to project their own narratives within the frameworks of puzzles, built environments, and poetic abstractions. The result is a "stylized landscape" that's both meditative and brain-tickling. LC
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Pace Taylor: Before the Doors Open Past Event List
In Pace Taylor's 2022 Nationale exhibition Breathe when you need to, the painter developed a warm-hued dialogue with the surrealist gender-nonconforming artist Claude Cahun, exploring the mask as an identity-driven self-preservation tool and domestic spaces as sites for unmasking. Now, in Before the Doors Open, Taylor draws from references to Joan Didion(!) and Shirley Jackson(!!!), reckoning with "self-imposed isolation, agoraphobia, and their cyclical impact on the creative process." The series of framed paintings and smaller watercolors is lush and smooth—previous fans of Taylor's work won't be disappointed. LC
(Nationale, Buckman, Monday/Thursday-Sunday)

Ruined Windows: Jessica Jackson Hutchins with Marley Freeman Past Event List
Jessica Jackson Hutchins's tactile works transform everyday objects into art forms that are both intimately familiar and reverently heightened, and her ambitious, raw, playful style, which runs the gamut from massive sculptural installations to clothing pieces, is easily recognizable. The artist often employs castoff household objects to create her earth-toned, figurative, and vessel-like forms. Her process has expanded since 2016 to include collage-like window pieces in fused glass, and in Ruined Windows, Adams and Ollman showcases glass sculptures created in collaboration with painter Marley Freeman. The exhibition's pièce de résistance is Presence, a 2017 sculpture that blends fused glass with ceramics to create a "rich assemblage of texture, color, light and imagery." LC
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Terra Fondriest: Ozark Life Remind List
If you've got any roots in the rural South, Terra Fondriest's Ozark Life will feel heartbreakingly familiar—the documentary photographer's compositions reveal the steady cadence of life in the Arkansas Ozark region, full of summer rain, mud puddles, butchering chickens, and backyard weddings. "This project has been a way for me to embrace the slow and quiet beauty that I’ve always been drawn to," says Fondriest of the series; she has a familial connection to the community she documents in the series, and says that it "already feels as though the trees around our home know our children’s names." LC
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

What Was Lost and What Remains: Marcus Fischer Past Event List
Marcus Fischer's What Was Lost and What Remains closes on February 11, so now's the time to catch it. The Portland-based artist, musician, and 2019 Whitney Biennial contributor collects and transforms sound through layering, site-specific installations, tape loops, and restrained melodies, and he explores generational loss in this exhibition, which has issued a trigger warning for mass shootings and spent bullet shells. The show marks a continuation of Oregon Contemporary's Siteprogram, an exhibition series originally conceived to replace the Portland2021 Biennial during the pandemic. Having successfully hosted solo exhibitions by Natalie Ball, Rick Silva, and Willie Little, Oregon Contemporary opted to establish Site as one of its core ongoing programs. LC
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Sunday; closing)

WINTER

Woodsy Winter Village and Ice Rink Past Event List
Channel your inner Tonya Harding (minus the knee-bashing tendencies) and take to the ice at Portland's open-air skating rink this winter. Après-skate, warm up in the cozy winter village with hot bevvies and snacks from local vendors like Momo Cocoa, Where's Coffee Girl, La Casa de Mamá, and more. Pro tip: spend at least $20 at a central city business (peep the map to see what qualifies), bring your receipt, and receive a $5 discount on your skate ticket. JW
(Morrison Bridgehead, Downtown, Monday-Sunday)

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