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The Top 47 Events in Portland This Week: July 5-10, 2022

Khruangbin, Cinema Unbound: Outdoor Movies, and More Top Picks
July 5, 2022
Hailing from Houston but drawing on global influences, Khruangbin will bring funky tunes and fashionable 'fits to the Edgefield stage. (Khruangbin via Facebook)
This week brings a steady supply of summer shenanigans from Khruangbin to Kraftwerk 3-D and from Cinema Unbound: Outdoor Movies to the first annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival. Read on for our picks for things to do through Sunday, or look ahead to the rest of this month's biggest happenings. 

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Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This? Add to a List
You might know actor, writer, rapper, and all-around funny dude Chris Redd as an Emmy-winning cast member on SNL, where he shares what's important on the "Weekend Update" segment. With an HBO comedy special in the works, Redd has lots of new material up his sleeve, which we'll hopefully hear at this fresh performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)


Psychotronic After School Special Add to a List
Psychedelic film compilations seem to be having a "moment" in Portland right now, and this mind-bending 16mm collection from local film archivist and programmer Greg Hamilton is a thrilling addition to the mix. Psychotronic Afterschool Special is a freaky mash-up of '70s and '80s educational films, animations, and commercials, so you just might learn a thing or two about where your food comes from or how to beat computer hackers. 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


!mindparade with Twingle & Paper Gates Add to a List
!mindparade will bring a kaleidoscope of rock sounds with orchestral elements with synthpop, jazz, and experimental touches. They will be accompanied folky art-rock trio Twingle and experimental classical artist Paper Gates.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


LRVS Lecture Series: Amber Husain Add to a List
Writer, academic, and publisher Amber Husain will visit PNCA as part of their low residency Visual Studies program, sharing a public lecture on her critical practice. Husain's first book, Replace Me, was published late last year, delving into concepts of human replaceability in long-form essay format, and her current research considers how literary and visual culture relate to ideology, emotion, and the mind and body.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland)



Astral Projections: Shrooms N' Space Add to a List
Local film archivists Ioana Cherascu and Garrett Schroeder present this trippy ride of 16mm shorts. The duo describes the collection as having a "quiet artistry," but it sounds pretty out there to us: the screening includes psychedelic animation, special effects that inspired 2001: A Space Odyssey, fungi education films, and Native American myths. Cool!
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Cheap Trick Add to a List
Classic rock relics Cheap Trick will host an evening of power chords and hard-edged throwbacks like "I Want You To Want Me" and "Dream Police" at the Clark County Fair.
(Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield)

Daisies, Ghost Feet, and Taranoya Add to a List
Olympia-based duo Daisies take their name from "England’s second-generation flower children," with a sound that brings to mind '90s dance and trip-hop heavies like Saint Etienne and Happy Mondays. Think baggy pants, early internet graphics, foggy New York raves, and Madonna's Ray of Light era. That's what Daisies sounds like. They’ll play melodies from their latest album, Sour Melody, alongside ethereal dream-pop trio Ghost Feet and ambient composer Taranoya.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Failure Add to a List
The reunited Los Angeles trio of Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, and Kellii Scott will bring their innovative and spacey blend of alternative rock back through town for a headlining show supporting their latest album, Wild Type Droid. 
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


The Portland Punk Princess Pageant Add to a List
In this eight-part competition, drag luminaries will work their magic and make their fairy tales come true through a series of special challenges. They'll be tested on their comedy, flexibility, teamwork, vulnerability, and leadership skills, collecting jewels along the way in the hopes of becoming Portland's punk princess. All genders are invited to join in on the wild drag adventure.
(The Queen's Head, Old Town-Chinatown)



Pix Pâtisserie's Movies at Dusk! Add to a List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pâtisserie's summer screenings of film favorites continue with Monty Python and the Holy Grailon July 7. Tickets to each Thursday night show include prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!
(Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns)

Ugetsu in 35mm Add to a List
Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1953 masterpiece is presented here in 35mm. The film, adapted from two 18th-century ghost stories, follows a pair of brothers whose greed, envy, and desires lead to dangerous obsessions in Sengoku-era wartime. Ugetsu is considered a masterwork from Japan's golden age of film, and was deemed "subtle, violent yet magical" by the late film critic Pauline Kael.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Chamber Music Northwest: Slavic Scenes Add to a List
The masterful musicians of Chamber Music Northwest will be accompanied by Protégé Project artists Zlatomir Fung and the Viano Quartet to shine a light on the passionate and inspiring works of Eastern European composers including Sergei Prokofiev, Anton Arensky, and Reinhold Glière.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Flight Facilities: Forever Tour Add to a List
Australian electronic music duo Flight Facilities have been churning out summer party anthems for more than a decade, with vocal features from superstars like Kylie Minogue, Reggie Watts, Broods, and more. The pair will play in support of their latest full-length, FOREVER, alongside soulful electronic group Two Another.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Gera MX: Triple 4 Tour Add to a List
Influential Mexican rapper Gera MX will swing through Portland on his first-ever national US tour, supporting his 2021 album, The Not So Sad, a country-meets-hip-hop collaboration with Latin singer-songwriter Christian Nodal that explores feelings of love and heartbreak.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Tango Alpha Tango with Daystar + Les Gold Add to a List
Since the founding of Portland blues-rock band Tango Alpha Tango by married duo Nathan Trueb and Mirabai Carter, they've gained fans all over the world from both music festivals and their KEXP in-studio performance. They will be taking the stage just after the release of their new "Enemy," with support from indie-rock quartet Les Gold.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)



Allah-Las Add to a List
Los Angeles quartet Allah-Las came up in the same fertile West Coast scene that spawned psych-rock juggernauts like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, but where those acts incorporate a double-drummer rhythm section or a terrifying baby mask to stoke the flames of showgoers, Allah-Las seem more than content to entrance audiences with deep, hypnotic grooves on their latest Mexican Summer-issued album, Lahs. Across its 13 tracks, the band shares songwriting and vocal duties; “Prazer Em Te Conhecer” finds drummer Matthew Correia crooning in Portuguese over a catchy slide guitar hook, while guitarist Pedrum Saidatian takes the lead on the sun-soaked psych-pop single, “In the Air.” You won’t find the same wild exuberance that defines the live shows of those aforementioned peers, but if you’re looking for a brief respite from all the cold and rain, Allah-Las might be just the warmth you seek. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Jason Mraz & Raining Jane Add to a List
Fedora-wearing acoustic-pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who rose to prominence during the era of Starbucks mix-CDs, will bring his Lalalalivesongs tour out to Bend in support of his new compilation album of the same name. LA-based folk-rock ensemble Raining Jane will join as his backing band. 
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)

Kraftwerk 3-D Add to a List
All the way back in 2015, Stranger music connoisseur Dave Segal wrote: "In sum, Kraftwerk have been electronic music's Beatles and Velvet Underground: They both popularized it and inspired thousands of people to create their own unconventional sounds with synths and computers." The iconic quartet will bring their multimedia 3-D concert through town, which began as a series at The Museum of Modern Art.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Mozzy Add to a List
Sacramento-born rapper Mozzy will play in support of his Billboard charting album, Untreated Trauma, a self-reflective series of songs with features from Babyface Ray and EST Gee.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Ural Thomas & The Pain (Album Release Show) Add to a List
Local legend Ural Thomas and his nine-piece band The Pain will have you movin' and groovin' as they celebrate their latest album, Dancing Dimensions, which blends a range of genres from "sweet Chicago soul to airy West Coast psychedelia to Sly funk." Brazilian singer-songwriter Johnny Franco will open the night with a set of folk, spaghetti Western, and rock and roll tunes.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Wolf Parade Add to a List
Wolf Parade, whom Mercury writer Jenni Moore once called "the Montreal art-rock band that’s not Arcade Fire," will play their 2005 debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in its entirety with former band member Hadji Bakara, marking his first shows with the band in 14 years.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)



iVIVA TUALATIN! A Celebration of Arts and Culture Add to a List
¡Viva Tualatin! honors the city's vibrant Latino, Pacific Islander, and Asian communities with crafts, performances, cultural vendors, and plenty of delicious food options to keep the hunger at bay. Don't miss beloved physical comedian Angel Ocasio as he clowns around on stage, followed by diverse dance performances by Ballet Folklórico, Danza Azteca, Paradise of Samoa, and White Lotus Dragon and Lion Dance Organization.
(Atfalati Park, Tualatin)


Outdoor Movies in Oregon State Parks Add to a List
If there's one thing Oregonians love more than watching movies, it's being in nature. Why not both? Hollywood Theater has teamed up with the Oregon State Parks Department to offer a series of screenings in scenic state parks throughout the summer, including July screenings of retro sci-fi comedies like Mars Attacks at Stub Stewart State Park and Back to the Future Part II at Milo McIver State Park. 
(L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton)


Chase Atlantic: Cold Nights Tour Add to a List
Australian alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic will get extra chill as they bring their Cold Nights tour to Portland, supporting their genre-fluid 2021 album, Beauty in Death, which blends trap beats with polished R&B melodies. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from pop vocalist Leah Kate and hip-hop artist Xavier Mayne.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Khruangbin Add to a List
Houston-based instrumental trio Khruangbin weaves together glossy indie rock, East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into a harmonious kaleidoscope of blissful psychedelia. Fasten your seatbelts (the band's name is Thai for "airplane") for tracks off of their critically acclaimed 2020 album, Mordechai, after an opening set from Quebecois indie rock band Men I Trust.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

MOsley WOtta Add to a List
Multi-media artist MOsley WOtta will bring you a captivating evening of digital animation, recorded video, sound design, spoken word, hip-hop, theater, and discussion, in support of his powerful new album, IT’s NOT THE YEAR IT’s YOU, which explores "identity prejudice, radically inclusive care, ecological stewardship, and the responsibility we have to each other." 
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Poliça Add to a List
Fresh off the release of their sixth studio album Madness, the shape-shifting Minneapolis synthpop outfit Poliça, fronted by vocalist Channy Leaneagh, will make their eagerly awaited return to Portland alongside Brooklyn dream-pop trio Wilsen.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Puscifer Add to a List
LA-based experimental rock project Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle), is an outlet for Keenan's "darker and more personal musings," which don't quite fit in with his other bands. Prepare yourself for what's described as a "theater-meets-concert" performance in support of the 2020 album, Existential Reckoning. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Slightly Stoopid Add to a List
The seven-piece Ocean Beach group Slightly Stoopid will generate their big-rock, reggae-inspired, canna-happy vibes to Bend alongside kindred reggae-rock groups Pepper, Common Kings, and Fortunate Youth. 
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)


Stella Zhong Add to a List
Stella Zhong's artistic practice is nothing if not complex—the NYC-based creator draws from astrophysics and anthropological concepts to engage with built environments, mysterious objects, and "worlds as propositions." Zhong's model worlds are imagined with radically different modes of power, empathy, and knowledge, separated from a human-centric perspective. How Zhong's futurist works will translate in this solo exhibition remains to be seen, but we're intrigued.
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland; opening)



Foamboy with Hard Yes and Up Is The Down Is The Add to a List
Portland-based post-disco duo Foamboy, consisting of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek will play in support of their debut album, My Sober Daydream, which Saint Audio called "succinct yet satisfying romp overflowing with danceable grooves and dazzlingly saturated soundscapes." Self-described "bicoastal indie" duo Hard Yes will start off the night alongside soulful electro-rock outfit Up Is The Down Is The. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


3 miles of possible (the second mile) Add to a List
In a world of ever-changing circumstances, imagining what's possible is a complicated task. Linda Austin considers the poetic and practical aspects of "the possible" in this durational performance, which began with Mile 1 last year. Now, she'll unveil Mile 2 of the three-mile work (Austin travels along spiral paths for each section of the piece, measuring her distance along the way). These spirals, imagined as drawings, spells, or runes, are interspersed with moments of interaction, sound, text, and more for a multimedia experience that encapsulates Austin's dreams of utopia.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell)


The Big Float X Add to a List
One of the funnest events of the summer is the Big Float, a yearly celebration of the Willamette River and the continuing efforts to keep it healthy! The premise is pretty simple: You bring your most flamboyant inflatable device and a life jacket, join the parade down the south waterfront, hop in the water, and have a leisurely float alongside thousands of other water-lovers while you listen to bands play, and just freaking RELAX. Then relax some more with the beach afterparty at Tom McCall Bowl with beer and food carts! That’s a lot of fun and good-time relaxing. This year is the last-ever Big Float, so don't miss out. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown)



East Portland Summer Arts Festival Add to a List
A new addition to Portland Parks and Rec's (PP&R) Summer Free For All programming, the first-annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival is themed "music and expression." Get hands-on with daytime arts activities and free drop-in mini music lessons before evening performances. Saturday's headline performance of reggae fusion and live painting comes from Aaron Nigel Smith and 1 World Chorus + Sora Shoda while Sunday brings Portland daughter and multi Grammy Award-winning bassist and singer/songwriter Esperanza Spalding.
(Ventura Park, Hazelwood, Saturday-Sunday)

Oregon Country Fair 2022 Add to a List
C'mon down for some bohemian fun at this year's Oregon Country Fair, where fairy costumes, floral crowns, and half-naked festivalgoers will abound. Planned as an in-person event for the first time in over two years, the fair boasts over 300 local artisans selling handcrafted wares, plus 17 stages packed with puppet shows, poets, jugglers, jam bands, and a "clown opera."
(Oregon Country Fairgrounds, Veneta, Friday-Sunday)


Cinema Unbound: Outdoor Movies Add to a List
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor film screening or two, but PAM CUT bumps up the sweet Portland tradition with funky giveaways, games, and treats. Throughout July, they'll screen a wide variety of movies (with everything from A League of Their Own to Magic Mike XXL, they've got options for all audiences to enjoy), then add in extras to amplify the experience. In the past, they've shared spooky stories before a screening of The Babadook and held a BYO stuffed animal sing-along for Sing 2, so expect interactive fun.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Thursday-Sunday)

Lost Highway Add to a List
When a saxophonist and his wife begin receiving creepy VHS tapes, everything is fine, and they all live happily ever after. Just kidding! David Lynch's '97 nightmare is (of course) a psychological freakout of epic proportions, where two stories intertwine and spiral into a web of murder and deceit. This screening of the brand-new restoration brings new life to the surreal neo-noir.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Add to a List
"Guess what I wear as a hat? A lentil." Remember Marcel, everyone's favorite demure lil' shell from way back in 2010? Well, he and his googly eye are back to remind us of simpler times in this feature-length film, starring character co-creator Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. The film investigates Marcel's perplexing origins—alongside his pet lint, Alan, he's the survivor of a strange tragedy. But in a twist of fate, a viral video might lead the tiny guy to his long-lost family.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday-Sunday)


Chamber Music Northwest 2022 Summer Festival Add to a List
Chamber Music Northwest will flex a wide-ranging repertoire of concerts for a five-week festival with highlights including Opening Night Celebration, Colors of Debussy & Crumb, and Folk Ingenuity.
(Kaul Auditorium, Reed, Tuesday-Sunday)

Harefest 10: The Mother Of All Tribute Festivals Add to a List
Calling all classic rock fanatics! Canby's annual two-day tribute festival Harefest will make your dreams come true with over twenty cover bands all playing the definitive hits of rock legends like Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N' Roses, and many more.
(Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, Friday-Saturday)


Cirque du Soleil: AlegrĂ­a in a New Light Add to a List
A reimagining of one of Cirque du Soleil's most iconic productions, AlegrĂ­a plays with surreality, humor, and joy, cultivating an infectious magic that the French Canadian performance company has perfected for decades.
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Tuesday-Sunday)

Rent Add to a List
Directed by Chip Miller, this rendition of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Broadway rock musical follows the story of young artists navigating the AIDS crisis with radical love in New York City.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)


Rose City Vintage Market Add to a List
Some of the West Coast's finest vintage dealers will hawk their wares at this market that will fill the Expo Center with antique, midcentury, and Americana treasures. Even if you're somehow unable to find something to your liking from the vast selection of decor, fashion, accessories and other collectibles, a trip to the market should make for a most epic game of "I spy."
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Friday-Saturday)


61st Annual Rose Cup Races Add to a List
It's off to the races at the 61st annual edition of this event. Keep your eyes peeled during six different high-speed races—Big Bore FOPIR Rose Cup feature race, vintage, spec racer Ford, small bore production, spec Miata, and open wheel/sports—and help salute this year's grand marshal, legendary local racer Bob Ames.
(Portland International Raceway, North Portland, Saturday-Sunday)


Barbara Sternberger: Emanating Add to a List
Barbara Sternberger's new series of abstract paintings channels "pure expression," attempting to embody utter immersion and avoid any predetermined aesthetic decisions. Layers of accumulated mark-making give Sternberger's works a palimpsest quality; barely-visible traces of past imagery reveal the story behind each composition.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Every Corner is Alive Add to a List
Like most students, PNCA's Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies candidates have been through a lot over the last few years. Their exhibition series, Every Corner is Alive, considers this cultural moment of grief and uncertainty through an expansive environmental lens. Stashia Cabral, Élan Chardin, Laura Jean Foster, Amy Gibson, Ondrea Levey, Kelly Marshall, lynn ruth stephens, Devon Pardue, Jenny Wilde, and Ahuva S. Zaslavsky ponder and cultivate embodied, shared environments in a wide range of mediums. Each week, a new solo exhibition or exhibition series will be installed, so pop by throughout the summer for a fresh dose of inspiration.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland, Tuesday-Sunday)

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition Add to a List
Who needs Vatican City when you have Pioneer Place? This exhibition of reproductions from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling will be conveniently installed inside the mall for an experience that might feel sorta like the real thing. Paired with a contextual audio narrative, a special collection of 34 simulated frescoes will be on display, including works you might recognize, like The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. (If you want the full Italian experience, MOD Pizza Add to a List is around the corner.)
(Pioneer Place, Downtown, Wednesday-Sunday)

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