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The Top 45 Events in Portland This Week: Oct 2–8, 2023

Taylor Tomlinson, Portland Mercury's Wing Week, and More Top Picks
October 2, 2023
Time to get saucy at Portland Mercury's Wing Week. (Hunnybeez PDX)
Wake up babe, new event picks for the week have dropped, from Taylor Tomlinson: The Have It All Tour to Portland Mercury's Wing Week and from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to HAIR. For a look ahead at what's in store this month, check out our October event guide.

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Portland Latin American Film Festival Past Event List
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and support Latin cinema in one fell swoop at the Portland Latin American Film Festival, which will return again this year with seven feature flicks that can be enjoyed by Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers. PDXLAFF continues on October 2 with Las Hijas, which sees teen sisters travel from Costa Rica to Panama to search for their absentee dad. Films will continue to screen through November 30. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Twin Peaks Mondays Past Event List
Hosted by "trans femme drag enigma" Violet Hex, this weekly series screens two episodes of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s 1990 creepy, cult-favorite show Twin Peaks every Monday at Black Water Bar, accompanied by themed drag and burlesque performances with a different special guest each time. I don't know about you, but watching talented performers embody the likenesses of Audrey Horne, Laura Palmer, the Log Lady, and other fan favorites sounds like, excuse me, a damn fine time. JB
(Black Water Bar, Irvington)



The Zombies: Different Game Tour Past Event List
If some know-it-all man asks me "Which is better, the Beatles or the Stones?" I usually respond with neither. If we’re talking British all-male rock '60s rock bands, there is only one answer in my mind: the Zombies. They might only have a handful of studio albums, but their 1968 baroque-pop masterpiece Odyssey and Oracle is flawless enough to outshine all other '60s rock albums. And, in my humble opinion, frontman Colin Blunstone has the sexiest voice of all time. It's sweet, pitch-perfect, and perfectly pouty. Please treat yourself to a listen to his outrageously underrated debut solo albumOne Year. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. AV
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Yeule Past Event List
Singapore-based non-binary hyperpop star Yeule takes inspiration from online communities, MMORPG gaming, and Tumblr for their ever-changing avatar presence. They will support their new album, Softcars, which moves between worlds of electronic pop, '90s alt-rock, and noise. The album received Pitchfork's "Best New Music" distinction, citing its "turbo-charged riffs and sticky melodies all but begging you to crank the volume up." Indie rock gem Sasami will open the night with songs from her 2022 album, Squeeze. AV
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)



Pumpkin Lane After Dark Past Event List
Pomeroy Farms is adding a new, cozy event this year: Pumpkin Lane After Dark. In this instance, "After Dark" doesn't mean scary, it means an adults only romp around the pumpkin patch with wine and s'mores. Bring your Hinge date, your long-time lover, or your platonic pal for peak fall vibes (hayride included). You can bring the kids to Pumpkin Lane during daylight hours. SL
(Pomeroy Farm, Yacolt)


Violet Hex Presents: The Hunger with Bauhaus and Bowie Pre-Film Drag Show Past Event List
For a film that is sapphic sexiness personified, look no further than The Hunger—the '83 goth horror follows Catherine Deneuve as a ravenous vamp torn between two extraordinary hotties, played by David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. (I'd have a hard time choosing, too.) Cult cinema vixen Violet Hex will host this glam screening, which boasts an extra-special pre-film drag show on a Bauhaus and Bowie theme, appearances by Dria Doré, Kafka X, and Obsidienne Obsurd, and a vinyl set by DJ Narcissus. LC
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


The Brian Jonestown Massacre Past Event List
San Francisco-based psych-rockers the Brian Jonestown Massacre are to thank for the booming wave of neo-psychedelia that followed their shoegaze-tinged 1995 debut, Methodrone. Though the band has gone through over 40 members and released almost two dozen albums since its start, their singular vision of keeping psych-rock alive lives on. They will play tracks off their critically acclaimed latest album, The Future Is Your Past, after an opening set from cosmic rock duo Color Green. AV
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

The Reser & Oregon Symphony Present: Stay On It - Minimalism Past, Present, & Future Past Event List
The Oregon Symphony will be joined by a group of young musicians for a performance of pioneering minimalist works with the intention of inspiring the next generation. Highlights of the program include Meredith Monk's voice-based, avant-garde compositions Early Morning Melody and Ellis Island and Julius Eastman's experimental baroque piece Stay On It. Other works include Shelley Washington's Middleground, selections from Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, Julia Wolfe's A Wild Furze, Andy Akiho's Three Shades, Foreshadows and Karakurenai, Reena Esmail's Darshan, and Sam Adams' Movements (for Us and Them). Whether you're a scholar of the innovative genre or new to it, prepare to be inspired. AV
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)


S P A C E - The Drag Show: JUPITER! Past Event List
Guided by cosmic host Isaiah Esquire and featuring performances by Lala Benet, Silvestre, Marla Darling, Blossom Drearie, and Foreign Bodies, this sliding-scale drag experience blends DIY energy with interstellar vibes for a unique exploration of Jupiter, the "jovial benefic of good luck and expansion." What better way to set some world-expanding intentions for the new season? I recommend heading to Black Water before the show starts to meet with local astrologers and peruse heavenly wares by local queer makers. LC
(Black Water Bar, Irvington)


Chords to Other Chords (Relative) Past Event List
Marie Watts, a Portland contemporary artist and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, unveiled the new neon sculpture Chords to Other Chords (Relative) for Converge 45. Pulling from Seneca oral history traditions, Watts's brightly blazing piece "is first and foremost an affirmation of the land and the Indigenous people who are ephemeral monuments to this territory." Its title is pulled from 23rd United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's poem Bird, which states "We are chords/to other chords to other chords, if we’re lucky, to melody." If you haven't already, the piece is a great reason to stop by the new-ish Center for Native Arts and Cultures. LC
(Center for Native Arts and Cultures, Central Eastside)



7th Annual Kennedy School Oktoberfest Brewfest Past Event List
In case you missed celebrating Oktoberfest in September (or just can't get enough), head on over to McMenamins Kennedy School and polka the evening away at their Oktoberfest bash. All ages are welcome, but only those 21 and up will get to indulge in two dozen different German-style craft beers and ciders. Food specials include a currywurst dog, Oktoberfest plate, and Schneuben sandwich, which is basically a Reuben but with chicken schnitzel instead of corned beef (we're intrigued). SL
(Kennedy School, Concordia)


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Past Event List
Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis mastered the works of classic jazz legends like Duke Ellington and John Coltrane before carving out a unique voice and becoming one of the biggest names in contemporary jazz. Marsalis will lead a 15-piece band for an unforgettable evening of music including originals as well as those definitive standards that started his career. AV
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Bewitched: Endora's Witch-Go Disco-tech Past Event List
All-vinyl DJs Action Slacks and Wildman James will summon your deadliest dance moves at this witchy Halloween sock-hop. Shake, rattle, and roll your bag o' bones to a rare mix of hex-cellent holiday jams from the '50s-'70s. Costumes and "wicked looks" are highly encouraged! AV
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton)



Claud: Supermodels Tour Part 1 Past Event List
After leaving dream-pop duo Toast, non-binary singer-songwriter Claud set out to craft the warmth of intimate lyricism and beat-driven synth-pop. Claud will play in support of their latest album, Supermodels, which was released by Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory label. Similarly to Bridgers, Claud is tender and personal in their lyrics while never taking themself too seriously (their music video for "A Good Thing" even features a cameo from ageless funnyman Paul Rudd). Indie rock duo Boyish and Canadian singer-songwriter Legwurk will open. AV
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


Ross Gay Past Event List
How often are you delighted? Occasionally? Never?! Sounds like a job for Ross Gay. The spirit lifter, lauded poet, and author of The Book of Delights, will visit Portland on the heels of a new publication—The Book of (More) Delights. The fresh collection of genre-defying pieces, written over the course of a single year, is a sweet addition to the writer's feel-good oeuvre; he chats all things delightful, from tiny dogs to fig trees to nostalgic song-blasting to rejecting scannable QR code menus. It's only corny if you say it is. We say: Get into it. LC
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)


Trail Blazers Fan's Fest Past Event List
The Portland Trail Blazers return for their first preseason game on October 10, but if you're anything like us, you can't wait that long for basketball. Head to the Fan's Fest two days before to see our rookies debut, check out the new basketball court, and lament Dame's departure with fellow fans. There will be Rip City merch, games, giveaways, food, and player appearances. Best of all, it's totally free! SL (Moda Center, Lloyd District)



The All Jane Comedy Festival Past Event List
Curious Comedy's 15th anniversary falls during the 10th edition of the All Jane Comedy Festival, which will also be the festival's last. Contrary to misogynist belief, women are hilarious (ask me how I know), and All Jane serves up sets from some of the wittiest and smartest women comedians around. The final All Jane will span two weekends and feature funny antics by headliners DeAnne Smith and movie podcasters Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus of The Bechdel Cast. LC
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, Thursday-Saturday)

Taylor Tomlinson: The Have It All Tour Past Event List
Age is just a number, but it can also work in your favor—just ask Taylor Tomlinson, who was a member of Forbes’ 2021 class of 30 Under 30. The now 29-year-old comedian first began performing stand-up at 16, an era in which I was busy being distinctly unfunny. On the heels of her Netflix specials Quarter-Life Crisis and Look at You, Tomlinson will return to the stage to continue slinging jokes for the millennial-and-under set. ("I don't know if you've tried to convince a dude on a dating app to wear a condom lately," says Tomlinson, "but it's kind of like convincing a five-year-old to wear a jacket over his Halloween costume.") LC
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Friday)


FashioNXT Past Event List
Ranked #1 by Forbes in their list of US City Fashion Weeks, FashioNXT celebrates ten years of bringing the latest in fashion to the biggest red carpet in the PNW. Attendees can check out upcoming collections by Project Runway winners Mondo Guerra and Seth Aaron Henderson as well as outfits by local designers like Jordan Kendrick and Gutter Girl, winner of last year's Emerging Designers development program, UpNXT. We can't wait to see what everyone wears to the after-parties. SL
(Union Bank Tower, Downtown, Thursday-Saturday)

Portland Cat Extravaganza and Rescue Awareness Past Event List
If there's anything cats deserve, it's an "extravaganza" planned in their honor. This one should do 'em proud—it comes complete with an "international cat competition," a literal "catwalk" for kitty strutting, and local charities and rescues on site. Shop kitty goods at the vendor village and witness feline greatness as prizes for best kitten, best cat, and best household pet are awarded. (All the other cats can go home, by the way—my cat wins best household pet all day, every day.) LC
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Saturday-Sunday)

13th Annual Portland Tattoo Expo Past Event List
The Portland Tattoo Expo will return for its 13th year, bringing together enthusiasts and professional ink-givers to peep impressive tattoo displays, shop counterculture vendors, and engage in a little lighthearted flesh adornment. The three-day celebration of permanently decorated bodies includes over a dozen tattoo contests and a stand-up set with comedian Terrence DeLane. Who'll be the winners of Best Tattoo of the Day and Show?! We're anticipating better imagery than blurry anchors and tribals from our ink-stained city. LC
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Friday-Sunday)


Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Past Event List
Every fall, Bella Organic Farms makes a statement with their corn maze, and this year they're targeting gun violence with "a simple message of love from a simple farmer.” Enjoy a hot cup of apple cider over a game of trivia about the maze, and compete with your family and friends inside the maze to win a Clue-inspired puzzle. Starting October 1, you can hitch a free hayride over to the pumpkin patch to pick out your own gourd for carving, painting, or simply placing on your porch for max autumnal vibes. If you're a thrill seeker, stop by after dark on Fridays and Saturdays to experience their haunted corn maze. SL
(Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch & Winery, Sauvie Island, Monday-Sunday)

The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch Past Event List
Shout "It's corn!!!" while exploring almost two miles of pathways through the famous MAiZE on Sauvie Island. This premier destination for fall enthusiasts pays homage to its 25th year in business with this year's design. The maze has two parts: warm up with the "easy" section before tackling the more difficult part, and don't forget your boots—it can get muddy out there. SL
(The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, Monday-Sunday)


Portland Greek Festival Past Event List
Opa! Celebrate 70 years of the largest Greek festival on the West Coast by immersing yourself in all things Greek. Check out traditional folk dance and musical performances, browse goods from craft and jewelry vendors, and enjoy an array of delicious food. Stock up on sweets like loukoumades (honey-drenched deep-fried dough balls), melomakarona (an orange and cinnamon cookie dipped in honey and sprinkled with nuts), pasta flora (a butter cookie with apricot filling), and bougatsa (custard-filled phyllo dough). Savory options include souvlaki, spanakopita, and more, and everything pairs well with Greek wine, beer, or a variety of non-alcoholic options. SL
(Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Kerns, $5, Friday-Sunday)


Bottoms Past Event List
Considering the glut of raunchy high school sex comedies that revolved around hetero teen boys attempting to pop their cherries in the '90s and early-aughts, it's about time we had a horny romp about queer girls trying to get laid. In this madcap dark comedy helmed by Emma Seligman (director of the nail-biter Shiva Baby), two hapless losers (played by Rachel Sennott and Ayo Edebiri) scheme to start a self-defense club for women in order to hook up with their cheerleader crushes (Havana Rose Liu and Kaia Gerber). Naturally, hilarity ensues. It's Book Smart meets Fight Club with acerbic shades of Heathers, and I for one can't wait to see Seligman's sapphic Gen-Z take on this campy genre, especially with the two leads' deadpan delivery. JB
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Dumb Money Past Event List
You're either going to be completely jazzed to see a film about the David-and-Goliath GameStop short squeeze of 2021, in which users of the subreddit r/wallstreetbets initiated a short squeeze on GameStop stocks and collapsed the investment firm Melvin Capital, or it's going to sound mind-numbingly dull. Those of you in the first camp will be pleased to know that Ben Mezrich’s book The Antisocial Network has been adapted into a film, so you'll get to witness a ragtag team of amateur investors and internet denizens topple Wall Street on a big screen. Even better, Dumb Money stars a cast of dudes born to play Redditors and hedge fund psychos, including Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sebastian Stan, and Nick Offerman. Bring your favorite finance bro. LC
(Cinema 21, Northwest Portland, Monday-Tuesday)

28th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon Past Event List
Hold on to your Shoggoth! The 28th annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon will return to the Hollywood's shadowy screens with "freshly minted cinematic horrors from all the dark corners of the earth." This year’s festival will showcase more than 50 short and feature-length freak fests, including Suitable Flesh, based on Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep” and starring Heather Graham, and the world premiere of Gods of the Deep, a deep sea submarine horror (gulp). Three days of macabre mayhem will also include author readings and Q&A sessions, appearances from guests of honor Clay McLeod Chapman and Rebekah McKendry, and a "Mall of Cthulhu." LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Stop Making Sense Past Event List
Calling it now: If you've seen Stop Making Sense, it's probably your favorite concert film. It's jangly and arty and all of the other words one might use to describe Talking Heads's catalog, and David wears the suit. Not feeling the Byrne? Listen, I know watching a concert movie for a band you don't listen to sounds like hell, but this one might be an exception. If you haven't seen it yet, anticipate looking back on the experience with a funny fondness later, like a good birthday party or the first time you smoked weed. Jonathan Demme (yes, the guy who went on to make The Silence of the Lambs) recorded all of the concert footage over the course of three days at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in 1983, during the height of the Heads' visionary fame. It's screening in a new restoration, so prep for a "once in a lifetime" experience. LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)


2023 PDX Fresh Hops Festival Past Event List
It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. This festival in its 19th year will feature ephemeral fresh hop creations from brewers across Oregon, including Breakside, Creekside, Fort George, Gigantic, Little Beast, Montavilla Brew Works, Stickmen, Threshold, Sunriver, and Wild Ride. JB
(Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood, Friday-Saturday)

Portland Mercury's Wing Week 2023 Past Event List
What, dear reader, was the greatest week of your life? Think back on that moment. Treasure its beautiful memory. Then THROW IT IN THE TRASH, because the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week is about to make every other week you’ve ever experienced look like GARBAGE. That’s right: From Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 8, the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week returns withone-of-a-kind chicken wings available at some of Portland’s favorite bars and restaurants! Even better? Each order of wings will only cost you a mere $8! PORTLAND MERCURY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Spirit of Halloweentown Past Event List
Unless you've already attended Spirit of Halloweentown, you might not know that aspects of aughts-era flicks Twilight and Halloweentownwere filmed in the charming lil' city of St. Helens, where the historic Old Town area looks like something straight out of, well, a Disney Channel Original Movie. When I visited last year, throngs of families dressed in fishnets and princess costumes lingered in line for churros while a giant pumpkin cackled menacingly in the distance. Later in the evening, I grabbed a beer next to a gargantuan animatronic werewolf in jorts, then attended a parade, where I was decked in the face by a Tootsie Roll hurled from a glowy-eyed black cat float. Listen, Spirit of Halloweentown is awesome, you just have to lean into it. The city transforms into a widespread themed attraction, complete with a ceremonial pumpkin lighting, circus performers, "haunted hot rods," and special guests from Twilight, Hocus Pocus 2, and Halloweentown stopping by on select dates. The parking is surprisingly ample, too. LC
(St. Helens, Saturday-Sunday)


Louie Louie 24 Hour Marathon Past Event List
I can't think of very many songs that I would choose to hear on a 24-hour loop, but there are certainly worse choices than the Kingsmen's 1963 party classic "Louie Louie." In honor of the song's 60th anniversary, dozens of musicians will attempt to perform a continuous 24-hour rendition of the song. And the best part? The iconic Portland-born garage rock band will be there in the flesh! The Kingsmen will open and close the marathon with a performance of—you guessed it—"Louie Louie." AV
(Afru Gallery, Buckman, Saturday-Sunday)

PDX Pop Now! 2023 Past Event List
PDX Pop Now! is your annual reminder of the vibrant music scene that exists within our city. The donation-based, all-ages festival is back for its 20th year with a week-long schedule of local musicians performing across multiple Portland venues. Highlights from this year's lineup include Brazilian folk-rock troubadour Johnny Franco, dream pop quartet Pool Boys, and community-minded rapper Bocha. Peep the festival's Instagram for last-minute adds to the already stacked lineup of local talent. AV
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)


HAIR Past Event List
If you're in search of a genre-defining musical, look no further than HAIR, which served to radicalize a whole generation when it hit Broadway in 1968. It's got drugs, nudity, free love, and notes of psychedelia, but beyond all the far-out energy, its songs also became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement. This fresh production serves as a reminder that history repeats itself, and we can still use art as a force for change. What could be groovier than that? LC
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical Past Event List
If Danny DeVito's '96 fantastical comedy Matilda is one of your core childhood memories (or maybe you're slightly more old school and prefer the '88 Roald Dahl book—I'll go to bat for either), levitate yourself over to Portland Playhouse for this musical adaptation. You know the story already: a big-brained, precocious misfit who's stuck with an anti-intellectual family and a straight-up psychotic principal, Miss Trunchbull, learns to navigate the mess with her teacher, Miss Honey, and a certain magical ability on her side. I'm hoping to see chalk fly through the air. LC
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday)

Stage Fright Festival Past Event List
Come for the macabre cabaret, stay for the homoerotic Goosebumps: Returning for its second year, this festival of oddball theatrics includes a rotating spectacle of "demonic theater occultists" delivering surreal, creepy, and hilarious horror hijinks across two weekends. Expect scary storytelling, vaudeville acts, and clownery; the antics include a community creepy story open mic and an appearance by Seattle's "psychedelic multidimensionalist" Queen Shmooquan. If you want to get even scarier with it, look no further than Orlando's own Bruce Ryan Costella, whose queer horror variety fantasia Spooky & Gay is "like Goosebumps, only gayer." As it should be. LC
(21ten Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Swan Lake Past Event List
Chances are good that you're already familiar with this ethereal story of love, agency, and good versus evil. Swan Lake is a must-see for the uninitiated, and a graceful reminder of ballet's power for die-hard fans. Crafted with precision, Christopher Stowell’s "highly acclaimed" adaptation of the wing-flapping masterpiece envelops viewers in the tale of Prince Siegfried and Odette, Queen of the Swans by incorporating previously unused sections of Tchaikovsky’s original score. LC
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Friday-Sunday)

Will Rawls: [siccer] Past Event List
You might've seen Will Rawls's work recently—the New York-based artist has popped up with installations and exhibitions at Adams and Ollman and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle over the last few years. As a choreographer, performance artist, curator, and writer, Rawls's work is wide-reaching, and [siccer] is no exception. It's part-live performance, part-stop-motion animation, and its title references the Latin adverb sic (you typically see it used in brackets to denote an “error” when quoting someone, underscoring the perceived inaccuracy of their speech). To Rawls, "[sic] is a useful metaphor for how the language and gestures of Black bodies are captured, quoted or misquoted, and circulated to appear strange in various media." As a writer, I'm excited to see how Rawls interrogates the limits of citation. LC
(PICA, Eliot, Friday-Sunday)

Young Frankenstein Past Event List
Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen"), grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, inherits some frankly creepy real estate in Transylvania, where he meets the hunchbacked Igor and finds himself filling the shoes of his weirdo scientist predecessor. You guessed it—this production is a musical rendition of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein, adapted by the creators of Broadway hit The Producers. Frankie's monster escapes again in this one, but it unleashes more hilarity than terror, so if you're looking for something on the tamer side of the scare spectrum this October, you've found your night out. LC
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)


Amjad Faur: A Spell for Letting Go Past Event List
Amjad Faur's precise, elaborately assembled photographs are created with a large-format camera, subverting the immediacy of iPhone snapshots and digital manipulation in favor of unedited, deliberate looking. (Each of his images can take weeks or months to create.) As a descendant of Scottish American and Palestinian heritage, Faur investigates his dual identities through varying, and sometimes unexpected themes: Renaissance paintings, Middle Eastern geo-political conflicts, "objects of armor and violence," fantasy art, Victorian Spiritualism, and more. Viewing his photographs as a form of spell-casting, Faur leans into the complexity of the process; the images seen in A Spell for Letting Go include traditional chainmail woven by the artist. LC
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, Wednesday-Saturday; opening)

Assembly Past Event List
This group exhibition explores, among other values, "ideas of identity, representation, inclusion, citizenship, labor, landscape, cityscape, ecology, trade, regionalism and globalism." If that sounds like a ton of ground to cover, you're right—but since Assembly is staged across three downtown Portland venues and features 13 artists, including consistently slick creatives like Vo Vo, Lisa Jarrett, and Sara Siestreem, I think it'll accomplish its goals. I recommend checking out the three-pronged show's installments at PNCA, where you'll find Jeremy Okai Davis’s heavy-hitting portraits and Adriene Cruz’s vibrant textiles, and Stelo Arts, where you'll find Judith Wyss's curious miniature dioramas and Jessica Jackson Hutchins's bulbous forms. LC
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday; closing)

The Life and Art of Bue Jack Kee: From Obscurity to Acclaim Past Event List
Developed in partnership with the Bue Kee family, the Hallie Ford Museum, and private collectors, The Life and Art of Bue Jack Kee: From Obscurity to Acclaim weaves the little-known tale of Bue Kee, a Portland-born Chinese American artist who studied at the Museum Art School (now known as PNCA) and whose work "captures an intimate view of Portland Chinatown and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest." Kee was awarded the school's inaugural Carey Award in 1929 and produced ceramic centerpieces for Timberline Lodge and Tongue Point Naval Air Station as part of the WPA's Federal Art Project. Dig further into Kee's uniquely Oregonian career at this exhibition, which includes "a dazzling array of watercolors, paintings, lithographs, drawings, and ceramics." LC
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday; closing)

Oregon Contemporary and Converge 45 presents Te Moana Meridian and One Hundred More Fires Past Event List
Here you will find two works shown alongside one another, both proposing a reenvisioning: Te Moana Meridian is an opera on a multi-channel video by Aotearoa / New Zealand-born / Portland-based artist Sam Hamilton / Sam Tam Ham, wherein the artist presents ideas about a new center of the world. Then, in neon sculptural work, Bahamian-born, New York City-based artist Tavares Strachan brings to light the story of young Cuban Revolution revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos. MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR ASHLEY GIFFORD
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Monday-Saturday; closing)

Portland TextileX Month Past Event List
Exploring a "mixed identities" theme this year, Portland TextileX Month (PTXM) is back to examine everything from myths and rituals to migration and resistance through diverse textile exhibitions and workshops. We're tied up in knots about Salvadoran American textile artist Orquidia Violeta's Guardian Spirit Series, Well Well Projects' Emotions of Home, Carnation Contemporary's Wild Peninsula: Color & Sound in North Portland, and costume designer Fuschia Lin's mask-making workshop, but you can find a full list of the month's events here. LC
(Various locations, Every day, from October 1–31)

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Garabatos Past Event List
The moody, gestural imagery of Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Garabatos was inspired by his research on the subcultures of Latin America’s music scene in the authoritarian aftermath of Operation Condor, a CIA-led initiative that organized South American military regimes to neutralize socialist agendas. Installed in PNCA's 511 gallery, the artist's new series of black and white photographs was developed from archival imagery, documentaries, and magazines, with a "vocabulary of gestures" translated into eerie sculptures. When photographed, the sculptures became representatives of a guttural, class-informed lexicon. LC
(PNCA, Pearl District, Monday-Saturday; closing)

Wild Peninsula: Color and Sound in North Portland Past Event List
If you've ever bopped around St. Johns, you may have noticed the neighborhood's plentiful "edge-of-wild spaces." Longtime residents Carolyn Hazel Drake, Michael Brooks, and Eric Jordan have taken note of them, too, finding resonance with the peninsula's landscape and exploring areas like the Baltimore Woods, Chimney Park, Smith & Bybee Wetlands, the Columbia Slough, and the St. Johns Prairie on daily walks. In Wild Peninsula: Color and Sound in North Portland, the trio reflects on the "strange interplay of nature, industry, preservation, disuse, and restoration" in the area through woven tapestries, soundscapes, and hand-appliqued textiles. LC
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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