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The Top 47 Events in Portland This Week: June 10–16, 2024

Portland Book Week, Cavetown & Mother Mother, and More
June 10, 2024
Lit lovers can play bookstore bingo as part of the inaugural Portland Book Week. (Powell's Books via Facebook)
It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new week...and we're feeling good. Go forth and enjoy yourself at events from Portland Book Week to Juneteenth Oregon and from Cavetown & Mother Mother at Edgefield to John Malkovich in The Music Critic at the Symphony.

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Mississippi Records Music & Film: Chess of the Wind Past Event List
If Chess of the Wind doesn't sound intriguing to you, I don't know what will: Mohammad Reza Aslani's banned and forgotten gem of the pre-Revolution Iranian New Wave (literally, it was found in an antique shop in 2014) is a fashionable, queer murder mystery. The film follows the venomous heirs of a matriarch's estate as they connive each other from the shadowy wings of a candlelit mansion (as a Succession fan, I'm listening) and features an eerie Sheida Gharachedaghi score. Thanks, Mississippi Records! LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Psychotronic After School Special Past Event List
Pop your edibles, people! This mind-bending 16mm collection from local film archivist and programmer Greg Hamilton is a thrilling addition to the mix of psychedelic film compilations that's been hitting the indie cinema scene lately. Psychotronic After School Special is an all-new freaky mash-up of weirdo animations, commercials, glass-making, anti-smoking propaganda, and more. Cowabunga! (Wanna learn more about the man behind the madness? Check out this 2022 profile on Hamilton.) LC
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Vision of Place Past Event List
In celebration of 65 years of Portland's sister city relationship with Sapporo, Japan, this group exhibition brings together works by Portland photographer Sandra Chandler and Hokkaido-based photographers. Chandler's minimalist, serene works, which capture Hokkaido's winter landscapes, will be exhibited in the Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center’s Calvin and Mayho Tanabe Gallery, while poetic perspectives by the Hokkaido-based group The North Finder will be displayed in the Pavilion Gallery. The North Finder aims to “raise the image of Hokkaido through photography and help people to know Hokkaido more deeply." Cool! LC
(Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park; closing)



Anastacia-Reneé in Conversation With Reagan E. J. Jackson Past Event List
Former Seattleite, formidable poet, genre-crossing artist, TEDx speaker, and podcaster Anastacia-Reneé's funky, feminist collection Side Notes from the Archivist: Poems illuminated Black femme culture through coming-of-age poems set in '80s Philly, and it had me awe-inspired just last year. ("The deft tonal shifts of Anastacia-Reneé’s words and delivery amuse, disarm and devastate," said the Seattle Times.) She's somehow already back with Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere, a "bold hybrid collection of poetry, flash fiction, and Afrofuturism sci-fi," which sounds incredible. Show up to her talk with poet and musician Gary Copeland Lilley to become a superfan. Anastacia-Reneé will be joined in conversation by Reagan E. J. Jackson, who penned Still True: The Evolution of an Unexpected Journalist. LC
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Mandy Past Event List
The electrified, freaked-out world of Mandy is challenging to describe, but picture a giallo flick set to a drone metal soundtrack featuring a demonic biker gang, and you're maybe 10% of the way there. Misunderstood king Nicolas Cage is at the absolute top of his game here. He plays an '80s-era Pacific Northwest logger-turned-chainsaw-wielding-revenge-hound, and director Panos Cosmatos's phantasmagoric vision is the visual equivalent of a lucid dream. Just trust me on this one. Come prepared for the kind of ultraviolence of a "disintegrating rock opera"—seriously, there are several scenes that'll drop your jaw with their visceral terror—but watch it anyway. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill)


Babehoven with Stephen Steinbrink Past Event List
Regardless if you recognize the gift of Maya Bon's songwriting, it's undeniable that Babehoven are blissful ballers live. When we saw them with Indigo De Souza in December, they threatened to steal the show, as they enveloped the crowd in warm melody. Ryan Albert played guitar with vigor, whipping his axe like a hula hoop, while their touring bassist Cole Brossus appeared comically opposite, unmoving in a black turtleneck. Now based out of Hudson, New York, Bon used to once call Portland home, and local indie label Good Cheer released Bon's 2018 EP, Sleep. Mercury music critic Ben Salmon saw the potential therein, writing: "Maya Bon knows her way around a beautiful melody. Several of them, actually... Babehoven's potential is sky high." Last month's brand new Water's Here in You builds on their debut full-length, 2022's Light Moving Time, proving Babehoven is only getting better. This tour of North America offers the chance to see them headline dates in support of the new album. PORTLAND MERCURY ARTS AND CULTURE EDITOR SUZETTE SMITH
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


John Malkovich in The Music Critic at the Symphony Past Event List
Academy Award-winning actor John Malkovich (I bet you know him from the 1999 cult favorite Being John Malkovich) will stop by with his part-classical concert, part-theater performance, and part-comedy show The Music Critic. This wit-filled satirical dramatization takes on the vicious (and fictitious) music critiques written about history's greatest composers and works of music. Malkovich plays the role of the evil critic/narrator, who believes that the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev is "weary and dreary." Classical music funnymen Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo (of the comedy duo Igudesman & Joo) lodge a protest. Who will win in the end? Witness the world premiere of Malkovich's stage production with an orchestral accompaniment by the Oregon Symphony. AV
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)



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. LC
(Kickstand Comedy, Ladd's Addition)


Pride 2024 Film Series Remind List
Portland officially celebrates Pride in July, but a little pregaming never hurt anyone. Go on ahead and celebrate gay stuff (and gender/sexuality in all its gloriously fluid forms) with this month-long screening series; it's also a pointed "fuck you" to the flagrantly fascistic who would try to censor our media choices. Clinton Street Theater's month of Pride films includes some of my favorites, like Grey Gardens,But I'm a Cheerleader (delightfully deemed "vulgar" by Movie Guide: Movie Reviews for Christians), Paul Verhoeven’s young-and-hungry eleganza Showgirls, and gaggy wasteland The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Church of Film will also chime in with a buried masterpiece—Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers, a Warhol-era raunch-fest that somehow features Bette Midler on the soundtrack. And Desert Hearts will screen on June 18, a film that elicited a concise review from EverOut food and drink editor Julianne Bell: "I am very gay." LC
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)



Death Becomes Her Bingo with Violet Hex Past Event List
Death Becomes Her features cinema history's sassiest cast (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, and Isabella Rossellini) and tells a cautionary tale that might come in handy someday—when your archrival marries your crush, you can plan to kill her, but a magic potion might interfere. This Tomorrow Theater screening will up the ante in everyone's favorite way: through a game of bingo, hosted by cult cinema starlet Violet Hex. Bring your daubers for a moment that'll make life worth living. LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)


Cavetown & Mother Mother with Destroy Boys Past Event List
What were you doing at age 25? English singer-songwriter, record producer, and YouTuber Cavetown has already released five studio albums with a masterful blend of indie rock, indie pop, and bedroom pop enriched by their mellow use of ukulele. Expect to hear songs from their 2022 album, Worm Food, which features collaborations with Pierce the Veil, Beabadoobee, and Chloe Moriondo. Don't miss an opening set from Canadian indie rock band Mother Mother. AV
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Parliament Funkadelic feat. George Clinton Past Event List
Musical innovator and rainbow-haired legend George Clinton will ignite the Crystal Ballroom with help from his pioneering psychedelic-funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. Prepare for the show by revisiting their seminal albums Maggot Brain, One Nation Under Funk, and Mothership Connection. This is reportedly Clinton's last tour, so it's not to be missed! Plus, New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk will open. Free your mind...and your ass will follow! AV
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


The Tesla City Stories Past Event List
Calling all ducky shincrackers—dust off your zoot suits and liquid stockings, 'cuz Tesla City Stories is offering up another ultra-unique night out featuring live "radio" drama straight from the '40s-era archives of the fictional Tesla City. Part performance art, part pop archeology, the shindig boasts live sound effects, prizes, and plenty of post-Prohibition era booze. This rendition's gonna be a gas, with a Wilde Card Mysteries episode, a rom-com romp, and sounds by Portland's own Little Big Band. LC
(The Old Church, Downtown)



Wildcat with Leni Zumas Past Event List
It's hard to appreciate a blatant nepo baby, but something about Maya Hawke's love of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O'Connor makes me sigh, throw up my hands, and say "Fine." In Wildcat, Maya stars as the iconic author of Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and her dad (yeah, Ethan) directs. The film follows O'Connor's deep exploration of the writing craft in the aftermath of her lupus diagnosis. Before this screening, local novelist and Portland State University fiction professor Leni Zumas (Red Clocks) will share a reading and "touch on the impact of O’Connor’s work." LC
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)


Drag Brunch at Freeland Spirits Past Event List
Dig into brunch and imbibe boozy beverages while the fabulous queens Boujee Cherry, Kharisma, Jocelyn Knobs, and Jayla Rose stun with their jaw-dropping performances. We queer people love our multiple beverages, so it's extra fitting that Freeland Spirits has concocted a fruity little rainbow-hued pride cocktail flight, featuring the passion fruit-flavored "Dancing Queen," pineapple-flavored "Born This Way," blueberry-flavored "Over the Rainbow," and dragonfruit-flavored "Unicorn Gimlet." A percentage of proceeds from the event and from flight purchases will go to Basic Rights Oregon, the state's leading LGBTQ2SIA+ advocacy group. JB
(Freeland Spirits, Northwest Portland)

Kindness Farm Pride Party Past Event List
Get dolled up in your most cottagecore ensemble to frolic amongst your fellow queers in the idyllic pastoral setting of Kindness Farm, a community farm led by queer, immigrant, and refugee volunteers. The festivities will include a tea tent with blends made with herbs grown on the farm, outdoor games like cornhole and giant Jenga, picnic table painting, flower printing, farm tours, dancing, and freebies (including kombucha, CBD soda, and snacks). You're also welcome to help participate in building a pride altar—bring candles and offerings. JB
(Kindness Farm, Pleasant Valley)


Juneteenth Oregon Past Event List
Oregon's first Juneteenth celebration was organized by Vanport shipyard worker Clara Peoples, who used to observe the historic day on shift breaks with her friends. Now in its 52nd year, the community joins together in the Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade to march down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Avel Gordly, the first African American woman to be elected to the Oregon State Senate, will serve as the grand marshal. More details on a sure-to-be-stacked entertainment lineup will be released soon, but you can expect local vendors, delicious food, and non-stop grooves. SL
(Lillis-Albina Park, Eliot)


Black to Drag Dance: Juneteenth Celebration Past Event List
DJs Mawmie and Dissolve pump the beats for a Juneteenth celebration honoring Black drag artists. Local queens Kimber Shade and Coco Jem Holiday host headliner (and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna) A’Keria Chanel Davenport, with support from Mona Chrome, Wonderful, Viper, Oliver Clothesoff, Lala Benet, Cody James, and Cruz Daniels. BIPOC are eligible for a $10 discount with the code BLACKLIVESMATTER. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR ANDREW JANKOWSKI
(The Get Down, Buckman)

FLAME Vintage Vinyl Dance Party Presents: Queer Country Junction Past Event List
In honor of Pride Month, mid-century vinyl specialist DJ Action Slacks revives her defunct dance night "Queer Country Junction" for one night only, shining a light on pioneering queer voices in American roots music. Stomp your boots to a classic mix of country, Americana, and rockabilly tunes from the '50s-'80s (think Lavender Country, Wilma Burgess, and k.d. Lang) in your best, sparkliest Western wear. Now can I get a "yee-haw?!"AV
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton)



Love Lies Bleeding // Dress Up Night Past Event List
In sophomore director Rose Glass’ queer melodrama Love Lies Bleeding, Kristen Stewart plays Lou, a chain-smoking dirtbag dyke and gym manager who splits her time between unclogging toilets, fending off the unwanted advances of her overzealous admirer Daisy (Anna Baryshnikov), worrying about her sister Beth (Jena Malone), reheating frozen dinners in a drab apartment, and masturbating on a faded couch in full view of her cat. When she meets ambitious muscle mommy Jackie (Katy O’Brian), who’s passing through town on her way to a bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas, the star-crossed sapphic lovers immediately fall into a spiral of toxic U-haul infatuation. Glass, who directed the 2019 psychological horror flick Saint Maud, brings a startlingly singular and stylish vision to life. She’s cited David Cronenberg’s Crash and Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls as influences for Love Lies Bleeding, and the carnal obsession of those films shines through in her work. The result is a seedy, sexy, high-octane ride that holds its own amongst the erotic thriller canon. My advice? Give them daddy at this Father's Day screening—sweatpants, mullets, and muscle tees are highly encouraged. JB
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond)


8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo Past Event List
Born in Kansas City and currently living in Portland, photographer Ivan McClellan was inspired to bring the legacy of Black rodeo to the Northwest after documenting its energy and impact across the country for his book Eight Seconds: Black Rodeo Culture. On Juneteenth weekend, you can experience the legacy of Black rodeo with impressive riders, tasty foods, and beats from Trail Blazers' DJ OG One as the event gives today's stars the recognition they deserve and inspires the next generation of cowboys and cowgirls. Eight seconds is the amount of time a bull rider must stay on a bull while it bucks without getting thrown off—on paper, it's very little time, but in reality, the way a crowd holds its breath and gasps or cheers depending on the fate of the rider is electrifying. Last year's inaugural event sold out, and I heard attendees could even join roping lessons or ride a mechanical bull. Don't forget your boots! SL
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District)


Drew McDowall (of Coil) with {arsonist} Past Event List
Holocene recently announced an experimental show, as is their habit, featuring unmissable ambient electronic musician Drew McDowell—who you either haven't heard of or are fiendishly sweaty about. Best known for either his time with Psychic TV or as a member of Coil during the '90s, McDowell has populated his career with impressive collaborations, working with composers like Caterina Barbieri and Halcyon Veil label-owner Eric Burton, AKA Rabit. He's only playing a handful of shows in the US to support his latest release A Thread, Silvered and Trembling, so this one should be looked upon as a rare treat. Opener {arsonist} is an electronic composer-producer who generally traffics in soundscapes built with software that sound like robot dreams of electric sheep. PORTLAND MERCURY ARTS AND CULTURE EDITOR SUZETTE SMITH
(Holocene, Buckman)

The Fruits of Our Labor Past Event List
The Fruits of Our Labor is a concert that spotlights trailblazing musical works by living Chinese American composers who have impacted the artistic landscape of our time. The show will open with a celebratory lion dance from Portland Lee’s Association followed by music from Pulitzer Prize winners Zhou Long and Du Yun, Grammy-winning film composer Tan Dun, Guggenheim Fellow Chen Yi, renowned political music composer Melissa Dunphy, genre-bending musician Huang Ruo, film/video game composer Christopher Tin, and Emily Lau (of music collective Big Mouth Society). AV
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Boulet Brothers' Dragula Season 5 Past Event List
If you prefer your alt-drag shows with a side of gore and guts, you probably already revel in the chaos of the Boulet Brothers, whose punkish brand of eleganza often features bugs, gauged needles, pig brains, and live burial. (Contestants on The Boulet Brothers' Dragula don't exactly sashay away—they're "exterminated" in a freaky death scene. Okay then!!) Grab your hello uglies fan and gag for the duo's ghoulish glam when they drop by Portland with the show's season five divas. They'll share the stage with the hot-yet-terrifying Niohuru X, the world's reigning Drag Supermonster. LC
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Encore: A Festival of Staged Readings Past Event List
Artists Repertory Theatre suspended its 2023/24 season last year, citing a lack of funding and the rejection of House Bill 2459 as a primary cause. Great news, though: They’ve returned withEncore: A Festival of Staged Readings, a five-night festival of 90-minute staged readings that guide attendees on a “trip through ART’s origin story” by focusing on a different decade each night. Nods to the theater's history begin in the '80s with Replay: An 80s Flashback, followed by the 1994-95 season's Keely & Du and two aughts-era entries. Lava Alapai's Sunny's Gifts and Things will conclude the festival and "take [ART] into the future." LC
(Artists Repertory Theatre, Goose Hollow)


Khushbu Shah in Conversation With Erin DeJesus Past Event List
With her debut cookbook Amrikan: 125 Recipes From the Indian Diaspora, Food & Wine writer and editor Khushbu Shah asks the question, “What is Indian food in America?” She delves into the answer not only with irresistible-sounding recipes I'm eager to add into my rotation, like saag paneer lasagna, achari paneer pizza, spinach tadka dal with rice, panipuri mojitos, and masala chai Basque cheesecake, but also with images and essays that meditate on the connection between food and identity. As Shah told the New York Times in a 2019 interview, "Food is undeniably intersectional. It’s impossible — it’s irresponsible — to deny it." She'll chat about the release with Eater executive editor Erin DeJesus. JB
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Leah Rudick Past Event List
Tinseltown-based actor, comedian, and fry enthusiast Leah Rudick will swing by Portland to share her troubling time management hacks and thirst for horse boys. She's a viral hit on TikTok and Instagram, which seems to be a requirement for comics these days; nonetheless, I think Rudick might be the real deal, based primarily on our mutual predilection for "hard-hitting abortion jokes." LC
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Wednesday-Thursday)


Fathom Remind 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)


Oregon Renaissance Faire 2024 Past Event List
Whether you're there for the Middle Ages vibes or the unbeatable people-watching, the Ren Faire at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (the "Vale of Dunrose" for these purposes) is always a mead-guzzlin' good time. Harkening back to when musicians, jugglers, and falconers all reveled together, this fantasy-loving festival (led by Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots) will take place for three consecutive weekends in June, celebrating fairies, pirates, Celtic culture, and everything in between. Nothing says summer like chainmail and wool tunics, so head to the fair to catch jousting knights and snag trinkets and treats from a long-gone era. LC
(Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, Saturday-Sunday)


Babes Remind List
Quick, sardonic script-flipper Michelle Buteau holds her own amid the current pack of aging dude comics bickering over whether human rights are funny, and Ilana Glazer is rapidly becoming a legendary millennial freak. (Yes, the batshit angel from Broad City still exists, she's still hilarious, and she's spoken up about the genocide in Gaza. Try to keep up!) It's only natural that the two should join forces in Babes, the one-night-stand comedy and directorial debut from Pamela Adlon, aka the voice of Bobby on King of the Hill. Women rock. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Challengers Past Event List
Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino's latest follows Zendaya as Tashi, a prodigy tennis player-turned-coach whose training transformed her husband into a national champion. Things get weird and maybe horny when she forces him to play a pro-tournament "Challenger" event alongside her former boyfriend. Do I care about tennis? No, of course not!! But I don't ask for much—Zendaya and a psychosexual plotline are enough for me. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Evil Does Not Exist Remind List
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow-up to the Murakami-inspired Oscar winner Drive My Car follows a father and daughter who spend their days gathering wild foods for a local udon restaurant. Their livelihood might be threatened when a city agency plans to create a bougie "glamping" site not far from their rustic hamlet. (Fuck glampers, am I right?) Evil Does Not Exist won the 2023 Venice Silver Lion; I'm intrigued by the film's quiet, snowy cinematography and its naturalistic approach. LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

I Used to Be Funny (with Matinee Baby) Remind List
I never anticipated needing to explain that Rachel Sennott is "currently funny," but this flick's title leaves me eager to confirm that she's hilarious. (Although, if you've seen Shiva Baby or Bottoms, you're already well aware.) In Ally Pankiw's I Used to Be Funny, a stand-up struggling with PTSD seeks out a missing teen who she used to nanny. Sennott always understands the assignment, so I'm anticipating something vulnerable and comical and a little weird. The screening will be paired with Portland-born filmmaker Thom Hilton's Matinee Baby, a fresh queer short centering two Clinton Street Theater employees and a cast of their "increasingly wacky, genre-tinged suitors." LC
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Friday-Sunday)


Bu-Tai-Tian Dessert Nights Past Event List
It's a common refrain that the highest praise for a dessert in Chinese culture is that it's "not too sweet." In celebration of that sentiment, you won't find any cloyingly sugary confections at this tasting—just perfectly balanced treats from over 10 local AANHPI vendors. Enjoy the peaceful, verdant ambience of Lan Su Garden as you stroll around and marvel over the not-excessively-saccharine creations. JB
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Saturday)

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. JB
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island, Saturday-Sunday)

SnackFest Remind List
I don't know about you, but I feel that humanity really peaked when we came up with the concept of snacking. This festival from the people who brought you Portland Night Market is of the same mind, featuring hot food vendors, food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, demos, educational breakout sessions, special pop-ups, and much more, all revolving around bite-sized munchies. Go forth and live deliciously. JB
(Alder Block, Central Eastside, Friday-Saturday)


The Damned Past Event List
UK punk pioneers the Damned's 1977 debut album, Damned Damned Damned, has withstood the test of time with its raucous raw style, biting guitar hooks, and playful sense of humor. When I worked at a record store in college, this album still sold like hotcakes to young punks in tattered leather jackets. Don't miss the band as they embark on their first North American tour in 35 years featuring their '80s lineup of Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies, and Paul Gray. Fellow '70s punk band the Avengers will open. AV
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, Saturday-Sunday)


Clyde's Remind 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)


Portland Book Week Past Event List
Brace yourself for a literary onslaught: The week-long inaugural Portland Book Week promises a bookstore crawl, lit events, games and raffles, giveaways, discounts, and more merch than your tattered tote bag can hold. Over 50 bookstores across Portland, Vancouver, and Southwest Washington will participate, so it's as good a time as any to stop by your typical stomping grounds or head to a bookstore you haven't yet discovered. I'll be hitting Bishop & Wilde, where Melissa Febos, Kimberly King Parsons, Jules Ohman, and Caitlin Delohery will gather for a reading on June 10, but check out my recent themed bookstore article for the Mercury for some other ideas. LC
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

18th Annual Rose City Book & Paper Fair Past Event List
Maps! Rare tomes! Miscellaneous paper ephemera!!!!! Now that I've got your attention, listen up: The Rose City Book & Paper Fair is back with a mountain of unusual goodies from dozens of vendors. You'll find underground zines, quirky vintage photo albums, and antiquarian tomes from the local book haunts and further-flung book hawkers on site. Added bonus—I attended last year, and the people-watching is choice. LC
(Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District, Friday-Saturday)


Alyson Provax: To know what we say we know Remind 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)

Justin L’Amie: Living in the City Remind 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)

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 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 Remind 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)

William Matheson: The Glow Remind 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-Sunday)

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