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The Top 52 Events in Portland This Week: June 20-26, 2022

Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week, Bleachers, and More Top Picks
June 20, 2022
All of these sandwiches are ripe for the eatin' at Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week.
Summer is coming in hot in more ways than one: there's 90 degree weather in the forecast AND the first official day of summer is tomorrow! To help you have a great start to the season, we've selected this week's hottest events, from Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week to Portland Beer Week and from Bleachers to Summer Luau Block Party

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Steven Wilber's SPAGHETTIWALL Add to a List
Former Portlander and current funny guy Steven Wilber, who won the Portland's Funniest Person accolade back in 2014, is back from LA and ready to complain about it. Since doing stand-up in the City of Angels is tough, Wilber will share his new material, rare bits, and fresh twists on old jokes in this wacky, experimental show. He's bringing local comic pals Simon Gibson, Katie Nguyen, and Jaren George to the stage, too, so it'll be a quadruple dose of jokes.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


The Dog Add to a List
This fascinating documentary dives into the aftermath of Dog Day Afternoon, Sidney Lumet's 1975 film which portrayed the real-life story of John Wojtowicz, a man who attempted to rob a bank to pay for his partner's sex reassignment surgery. The Dog looks closely at Wojtowicz's emergence from prison after six years; he became known as "The Dog," and went on to play an active role in the gay liberation movement of the era. Proceeds from this screening will benefit the prison abolition and LGBTQIA2S+ liberation organization Black & Pink.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Norah Jones Add to a List
On her new album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones brings her husky-toned lounge vocals to a myriad of genres, including jazz and pop, with an added zest of Americana thanks to production from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. This tour also celebrates the 20th anniversary of her breakout album Come Away with Me
(Edgefield, Troutdale)


Ruth Ozeki Add to a List
You've probably already seen the bright red cover of author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki's newest novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness, stacked on the shelves of your fave bookstore. Blending everything from jazz music to climate change in one luminous plot, the hardcover release of the book was a quick hit, beloved by fellow authors like Matt Haig and David Mitchell. Now, Ozeki will return to Portland for the release of the paperback edition of her novel, sharing a little more about her work for new readers and diehard fans alike.
(Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton)



Psychotronic TV Oddities in 16mm Add to a List
Curator Ian Sundahl's gargantuan collection of 16mm television clips brings forgotten shows, behind-the-scenes content, weirdo outtakes, canned laughter, and more to the big screen in this mash-up program. Sundahl's gift for sniffing out TV rarities results in one hallucinogenic screening of everything from sci-fi to Johnny Cash, so come prepared to thrill your eyeballs.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Sebastiane Add to a List
Film provocateur and gay rights activist Derek Jarman explores the homoeroticism of biblical epics in Sebastiane, an ambitious undertaking that was also the director's first feature film. St. Sebastian's martyrdom becomes an erotic, earthy tale of mysticism set against the sunny, windswept Mediterranean, with an inimitable score by cult composer Brian Eno. If the premise isn't bold enough for you, the pioneering film is also spoken entirely in Latin. 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Jesse McCartney Add to a List
Those born in the mid-late '90s will remember child actor-turned-singer Jesse McCartney as the dreamy Tiger Beat centerfold with blonde highlights who hit the Radio Disney airwaves with his 2004 debut single "Beautiful Soul." Since then, he’s gone on to voice characters in a handful of family-friendly blockbusters as well as placing runner-up on season three of The Masked Singer. He’ll hit the stage in support of his introspective new album, New Stage, but our fingers are crossed that he’ll dust off some of his old stuff, too.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Science Pub Portland: Sea Otters: Bringing Oregon’s Climate Change Warriors Back Add to a List
Furry sea otters seem like they'd fit right in on Oregon's rocky coastline, but they've been gone for a long time, having been hunted to near extinction at the height of the fur trade. The Elakha Alliance, a local nonprofit of tribal, conservation, and nonprofit leaders, is doing vital work to return sea otters to Oregon, but it's for stronger reasons than wanting to see them float cutely on their backs. The reintroduction of sea otters would have widespread cultural, economic, and ecological benefits. Learn more about it at this edition of Science Pub, where Elakha Alliance director and marine biologist Chanel Hason will explain why sea otters are a keystone species in the nearshore marine ecosystem.
(Kennedy School, Concordia)


LRVS Lecture Series: Kyung-Me Add to a List
Yale MFA graduate Kyung-Me will visit PNCA as part of their low residency Visual Studies program, sharing a public lecture on her curious artistic practice. The Korean American artist creates meticulous pen drawings that evoke surreal, mysterious worlds, reminiscent of Edward Gorey, William Blake, and Japanese woodcuts. Kyung-Me's drawings can take seven weeks to create, and she uses dozens of pens to create each work—learn more about her intensive process at this talk.
(PNCA, Pearl District)



The Fixx Add to a List
A chart-topping new wave band out of London, The Fixx is known for their '80s hits like "One Thing Leads To Another,” “Red Skies,” and “Saved By Zero.” They will swing back through Portland supporting the new album, Every Five Seconds, their first release in ten years.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Third Eye Blind Add to a List
Nineties alt-pop rockers Third Eye Blind (or 3EB if you're a real fan) achieved success with their 1997 hit "Semi-Charmed Life," which arrived just in time, between the eras of '90s grunge and early aughts pop-punk. They will return to Portland on their Summer Gods tour with support from emo-rock heavies Taking Back Sunday.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)



Bill Burr (Slight Return) Add to a List
Grammy-nominated comic Bill Burr pops up everywhere—you might've caught him in the Judd Apatow film The King of Staten Island, or on The Mandalorian, Reservation Dogs, Breaking Bad, or F Is For Family. The multi-talented dude will swing by Portland for punchy, contrarian lampooning and brutal honesty.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


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 Office Space on June 23. Tickets to each Thursday night show include prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!
(Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns)


Reyna Tropical with Xiuhtezcatl Add to a List
Los Angeles-based duo Reyna Tropical, comprised of Fabi Reyna and Sumohair, will serve up a night of tropical indie and electronica inspired by champeta and traditional Latin sounds, alongside like-minded hip-hop group Xiuhtezcatl.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Ricky Hil Add to a List
At first glance, you might not expect that rapper Ricky Hil, with his leather jacket, acid-green hair, and ink-covered skin is, in fact, the offspring of the preppy fashion mogul, Tommy Hilfiger. He will support his latest album, Suicidal Hil, which explores somber themes through controversial one-liners and emo-tinged hooks.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


Science On Tap: Making Memories: Using Neuroscience To Enhance Teaching And Learning Add to a List
The brain is a mysterious place, but scientists are beginning to understand more about the neural mechanisms of perception and learning. How might advancements in neuroscience help us better understand how students learn? Mark Pitzer, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Portland and award-winning educator, might have an idea or two. In this edition of Science on Tap, he'll demonstrate how brain circuits can be "recruited" by educators to improve learning, and how neuroscience-supported strategies can create emotional connections that spark enthusiasm, curiosity, and deep learning in students.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



Lindsay Clark (Album Release) with Michael Hurley and Luke Wyland Add to a List
Singer-songwriter Lindsay Clark will celebrate the release of her new album, Carpe Noctem, which brings to mind '70s folk greats like Nick Drake, Judee Sill, and Joni Mitchell with its glittering strings, finger-picked guitars, and delicate country twang. Plus, arrive in time to catch the legendary PNW outsider-folk artist Michael Hurley, who has consistently released music for nearly 60 years, as well as a performance from experimental multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Mary Chapin Carpenter Add to a List
Grammy-winning Americana singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is still going strong after over thirty years. Catch her on tour supporting her 2020 album, The Dirt and the Stars, as well as her latest output, One Night Lonely (Live), which earned her a nomination for Best Folk Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire: Miraculous Supernatural Tour Add to a List
Guitarist Carlos Santana is unfortunately remembered by many for his slightly embarrassing 1999 hit "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas, but he's so much more than that! Go ahead and listen to Illuminations, his 1974 free-jazz masterpiece with Alice Coltrane, and you'll see what we mean. The bonafide guitar god will be joined on tour by jazz-soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire, who have been described by Rolling Stone as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing."
(RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield)


All About Evil with Peaches Christ Add to a List
Deluxe drag clown Carla Rossi will host this screening of garish gorefest All About Evil, starring Natasha Lyonne and underground drag performer Peaches Christ. In celebration of Pride, Peaches will also be in attendance! Stay after the screening for kiki and autographs with the scream queen, and don't miss the special preshow performance by local drag stars to get your mood right.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Dapperlesque Add to a List
This daring evening of gender-bending burlesque, boylesque, and drag king performances celebrates Pride with dapper digs and sensual style for one tantalizing evening of cabaret.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



Summer Luau Block Party Festival Add to a List
The local nonprofit Feed the Mass will team up with Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co. and other local vendors to host this summer block party, with food and drinks, live music, hula dancing lessons, hula hooping, magic tricks, storytime, a raffle, a silent auction, and other activities. Hammer & Stitch will serve an exclusive specialty beer, with all funds going towards Feed the Mass's mission of fighting food insecurity in Portland.
(Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co., Northwest Portland)


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. On June 25, they'll screen Jurassic Park at Rooster Rock State Park—don't worry about the leaves rustling behind you, that's just a velociraptor.
(Rooster Rock State Park, Corbett)


5th Annual Clackamas on Tap & Uncorked Add to a List
People in Portland definitely love to make their little jokes about that big ol' county to the Southeast of the city, containing more than its fair share of boonies. But you know what, Clackamas uses those boonies quite well, to craft some of the state's most delicious spirits, and among the roses in the Sara Hite Memorial Garden, you can discover for yourself just how many great beers, wines, ciders, and spirits there are in Clackamas. This year's festivities include a performance by the Rae Gordon Band, lawn games, and summer barbecue fare like pulled pork sliders and fruit cobbler. Proceeds benefit Meals On Wheels and the Social Services Programs at the Milwaukie Community Center.
(Sara Hite Rose Garden, Lake Road)

29th Annual Hillsdale Brewfest Add to a List
Usually, this beer festival is held under heated tents in the winter, but this year, McMenamins is breaking with tradition and hosting it in their parking lot as an outdoor summer celebration, with 20 brews on tap and official tasting glasses. Enjoy live music performances from High Deductibles and My Siamese Twin, and cast your vote for your favorite beer—one brewer will emerge victorious.
(Hillsdale Brewery and Public House, Southwest Portland)

Moroccan Farm to Plate Dinner Add to a List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal on the farm where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs Christian and Janelle Ephrem will highlight Moroccan flavors at this family-style al fresco feast.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

Rip City Ale Fest Add to a List
Sip beer from nearly two dozen breweries, including Great Notion, Little Beast, StormBreaker, Steeplejack, Pono, and Ex Novo. Plus, check out games, sample food truck fare, and listen to live music.
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District)


Prof: Big League Tour Add to a List
Minnesota-based MC Prof is bringing his unique brand of satire-fueled hip-hop to town on the Big League tour, following the release of his new single "Devil's Gate" featuring acclaimed rapper Kevin Gates. The "game" start with performances from fellow rappers Mac Turner, Tae Supreme, and Willie Wonka.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Let's Pride Together Block Party Add to a List
Welcome to the future: an augmented reality mural will make its debut on the side of the Badlands Building (formerly home to the iconic gay bar and club Embers). Portland Arts Laureate Joaquin Lopez will host a block party in celebration bursting with local color, including a Pride-themed flash mob, a drag queen show, vendors, and a performance of the original song "It's Rainin' Love" by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Portland Lesbian Choir, and Maybelle Community Singers.
(Couch St between Broadway and 6th Ave)

Pantheon: A Mythic Night Carnival Add to a List
In an evening fit for Dionysus, this Night Carnival celebrates a return from the underworld with a free, all-ages block party of mythical proportions. It'll be a libation lover's dream, with mixologists on site for the costumed bacchanal, and DJs and performers will set the mood for a night of revelry. Members of The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven score a ticket to a Hestian lounge with burlesque and aerial circus performances. Don't forget your toga!
(The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Central Eastside)



Bleachers Add to a List
Shaping the sound of 2010s pop, Jack Antonoff has written and produced music for Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Clairo, and more. His solo project Bleachers started as a creative outlet while on the road as part of pop trio fun. With the album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, he mixes equal parts ‘80s synth-pop, Springsteen-esque arena rock, and rockabilly sounds, for a delightful brew that Rolling Stone called his "most cohesive album yet.”
(McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove)

Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett Add to a List
Fifties rock 'n' roll revivalist Chris Isaak will stop by for a double headliner with fellow crooner Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. The evening promises pompadour hairstyles, quivering tunes about heartbreak, and lots of nostalgia for those alive in the mid-'80s.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Crawlers with Madde Add to a List
Without even a full-length album out yet, Liverpool-based quartet Crawlers have secured a record deal with Polydor and an impressive level of viral fame. Not actually surprising, once you hear their seething alt-rock tunes about identity, trauma, and mental health that harness the growling vocals of Courtney Love while maintaining the Gen-Z relatability of labelmates Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo. Catch the rising band after an opening set from riot grrrl-inspired singer-songwriter Madde.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Haiku Hands with Schaus Add to a List
On their debut self-titled album, Australian collective Haiku Hands explores themes of technology, relationships, and social critique through whimsical lyricism and bold electronic beats. They’ll get you dancing with tracks off of the album along with local support from electro-pop project SCHAUS.
(Holocene, Buckman)

The Beaverton Community Band: A Salute to the National Pastime Add to a List
The Beaverton Community Band, with vocalist Lisa Neher and narrator Hale Thornburgh, will "take you out to the ballgame" with a program of baseball-inspired compositions. Step up to the plate to hear tunes like the Field of Dreams theme, “The National Game” March, "Oh you Tigers," and more. Play ball!
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

"Weird Al" Yankovic: The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Add to a List
Weird Al will hit the stage again with this long-anticipated tour, pulling from his 14-album catalog to perform a different set each night. Rather than singing his top hits, he'll focus on deeper cuts for a more intimate, fan-focused performance without theatrics, props, or costumes. He'll be joined by legendary comedian and paraprosdokian lover Emo Philips.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)



Margaret Cho Add to a List
Margeret Cho is a household name, so listing all of the accolades that the trailblazing comedian, actress, and LBGT activist has acquired over her three-decade career feels unnecessary. If Cho's brand of dry, unapologetic, and often crude comedy appeals to you, you probably already know it and have followed her work for years. She'll return to the stage with more candid, sure-footed thoughts on everything from world politics to womanhood for this performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Friday-Sunday)


Festival of Balloons Add to a List
Admire a bevy of hot air balloons either as they take to the morning skies or are grounded and lit up for the Night Glow event. In between the buoyant main events, the festival also includes craft and vendor booths, carnival rides and games, food, the Rogue Ales beer garden, live music, a car show, and more.
(Cook Park, Tigard, Friday-Sunday)

Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival Add to a List
The 29th edition of this multicultural festival boasts performances by soulful serenaders Glen Jones and Andy Stokes, plus plenty of mouthwatering meal options and booths sharing local resources.
(King School Park, King, Friday-Sunday)


The Room with Tommy Wiseau Live Add to a List
"Oh hi, Mark!” Go see the best worst film ever made in the presence of the auteur himself, Tommy Wiseau. Following the screening, the international man of mystery will host a Q&A, discuss his latest project, and take photos with fans "in a special device for safe mingling."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Friday-Saturday)


Portland Beer Week Add to a List
The annual celebration of all things beery and beautiful in the Pacific Northwest returns in grand style, stretching the definition of "week" to encompass 10 whole days, and sprawling all over the city like a freshly shaken can of lager popped with no regard, featuring a wide range of events at notable breweries and venues.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week 2022 Add to a List
IT'S A FACT: The pinnacle of human ingenuity is undoubtedly THE SANDWICH. And at long last, it's time to celebrate humankind's greatest feat with DC Structures presents the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week! And if you love sandwiches, you are gonna lose your damn mind, because from Monday, June 20 to Sunday, June 26, Portlanders will be feasting on delectable, original sandwiches built by 30 of the city's most creative sandwich makers... and if that's not enough, each of those sammies can be had for a mere $8! Are you dreaming? NO, YOU ARE NOT! The Mercury's Sandwich Week is not only a perfect excuse to shove a delicious sandy (or 10... or 20) into your mouth, but it's also a great way to support and introduce yourselves to local restaurants who might not be on your radar. (Check out our Sandwich Week map to plot your sandwich-eating path!) 
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Cats Add to a List
Don't let the disastrous 2019 film interpretation fool you—Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS is actually pretty cool. It tells the story of a tribe of kitties gathering for a mysterious annual ball, which absolutely sounds like something my cat would love to do. This rendition of the record-breaking musical includes Webber's original score, plus all-new sound and lighting design and fresh choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). 
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Cirque du Soleil: Alegría in a New Light Add to a List
A reimagining of one of Cirque du Soleil's most iconic productions, Alegría 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, Monday-Sunday)

The Music Man Add to a List
Gather 'round for barbershop harmonies and surprising romance! A cast of six women and non-binary performers and instrumentalists will bring this contemporary interpretation of the Tony-winning musical The Music Man to life.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Sunday)

Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto Add to a List
Opacity of Performance, Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto's new dance installation, uses collaborative methods to investigate the impacts of visibility and attention on an extended performance. Throughout the European art wing at the museum, three performance areas divided by curtains will allow dancers to hide and reveal themselves, creating ever-changing experiences of the solo works performed in these spaces. In this way, Opacity grapples with the tensions inherent to being seen or unseen, which relates to wider themes of control, otherness, and repression.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Thursday-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)

Walking Through Portland With A Panther: the Life of Mr. Kent Ford Add to a List
Don Wilson Glenn's solo play honors the legacy of Kent Ford, a renowned Black Panther Party member who co-founded Portland's chapter of the '60s-era Black empowerment organization. The play offers important cultural context for the neighborhoods in which we live—incorporating archival footage and storytelling, Walking Through Portland With A Panther helps audiences rediscover the lost history of Panthers in the area and their crucial activism. If you want to meet Ford face-to-face, you just might be able to—at 79, he still offers occasional walking tours in Northeast Portland.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Thursday-Sunday)


Dinolandia Add to a List
Whimsical illustrator Mike Bennett presents his latest installation, a two-story immersive museum filled with illustrated life-size dinosaurs. Who needs a trip to Jurassic Park when we've got Dinolandia in the heart of Portland?
(710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

El Césped del Otro Lado (The Grass on The Other Side) Add to a List
Photographer Luis Manuel Diaz highlights the complexities of immigration and post-migration consciousness through lenses of the familial and the everyday in El Césped del Otro Lado (The Grass on The Other Side). The exhibition touches on mundane ritual, relationships, and the American dream with black-and-white photographs that are gentle, vulnerable, and profound all at once. 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

LATINX PDX Add to a List
Celebrating local Latin American artists, this juried multimedia exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, music, and more from over 20 Portland-area creatives.
(Multnomah Arts Center, Southwest Portland, Monday-Saturday)

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, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Naturalists of the Long Now Add to a List
All of those pesky, ultra-important reports from leading scientists about the impending doom of the climate crisis have radically shifted common perceptions of time. We're now thinking more critically about human and geologic time scales, and in response, photographer Ian van Coller's Naturalists of the Long Now seeks to conceptualize "deep time" through visual investigations of glacial ice and "earthly archives." Collaborating with scientists, van Coller's art is a challenge. It asks that the viewer consider the vastness of past and future geologic time, imagining a potential future for humanity beyond our immediate desires. In this way, the work serves as an important exercise in selflessness and hope.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

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