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The Top 54 Events in Portland This Week: Aug 29-Sept 5, 2022

Leon Bridges, Lose Yr Mind Fest, and More Top Picks
August 29, 2022
Leon Bridges 'fit check. (Leon Bridges via Facebook)
As August fades into September, there's plenty of late summer happenings on the calendar to turn your attention to. Read on for the top events through Labor Day, from Leon Bridges to Lose Yr Mind Fest and from the Grand Prix of Portland to the Oregon State Fair.

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Laura Marano Add to a List
Actress/singer Laura Marano, best known for her role as the timid songwriter sister on the Disney Channel sitcom Austin & Ally, will perform radio-ready pop tunes from her new EP, Us.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Leon Bridges: The Boundless Tour Add to a List
Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges is known for bridging the gap between '60s soul and contemporary indie rock with smooth and soulful croons reminiscent of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. He will support his latest release Gold-Diggers Sound, named after the East Hollywood "studio, hotel, and bar/speakeasy" where he lived while writing and recording the album. Swedish electronic group Little Dragon will support. 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Sunbathe with Skirts and Palm Sunday Add to a List
On Monday, August 29, indie pop four-piece Sunbathe—the solo band project of Cali-to-Portland transplant Maggie Morris (Genders, Youth)—will headline a show in the Doug Fir basement. It's hard to believe that we haven't heard many tracks from their most recent album Something In Between live, but it was released March 20, 2020, the week after COVID rampaged everyone’s 2020 plans. There’s also a good chance fans will get a taste of any so-far unreleased material from their next forthcoming album. The bill gets some more dreamy support in the form of Dallas indie folk pop band Skirts, and New Orleans genre-fluid artist Palm Sunday.  Be advised: Even with air conditioning, the venue’s basement can get hot—so be wise and dress in cool clothes. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)



Shaggy Add to a List
Pioneering reggae and dancehall icon Shaggy will amp up the crowd with throwback hits like "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" in his signature cadence. 
(Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem)

Yves Tumor Add to a List
Yves Tumor is the project of Florida-born, Italy-based Sean Bowie. The experimental electronic music producer's moody songs can invoke disorientation—sporadic beats, screeching stringed instruments, Tumor's voice careening through the fuzz straight to your eardrums. But there are undeniable layers of punk, hip-hop, and soul throughout. STRANGER STAFF WRITER JAS KEIMIG
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)



Church of Film: Palestinian Resistance Cinema Add to a List
As Palestine continues to fight for freedom amid violent colonist occupation, directors from the region have turned to filmmaking as a way to widely share their viewpoints and stories. This screening compiles powerful Palestinian perspectives, including experimental narrative short The Visit, guerilla films by the PLO Film Unit, and films by recently passed Lebanese director and journalist Jocelyne Saab.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Wanda Add to a List
Barbara Loden, once described as "the female counterpart to John Cassavetes" by The New Yorker, directed the groundbreaking independent film Wanda in 1970. You don't hear her name very often, though, perhaps due to a combination of sexism and her early death in 1980. To overlook Wanda would be a grave error—it won Best Foreign Film at the Venice Film Festival the year it was released, and it's inspired manythinkpieces since. Discover Loden's intimate vérite style in this screening of Wanda in a fresh restoration.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Alicia Keys: The World Tour Add to a List
The classically-trained pianist and 15-time Grammy Award-winner brings her soulful blend of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz to the Theater of the Clouds for a rare Portland performance supporting her 2021 album, Keys.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

The Concerts At The Barn Add to a List
This chamber music series promises heavenly views and exquisite tunes with a rotating cast of musicians performing on the lawn of this 200-acre berry farm. This week, the series comes to a close with the Arcturus Wind Quintet. 
(The Butler Barn at Hoffman Farms, Beaverton)

Echo & The Bunnymen Add to a List
You can easily identify the illustrious post-punk quartet Echo & The Bunnymen from their full-bodied vocals, ethereal instrumentation, and wind-tossed hairstyles (set in place with lots of hairspray, of course). Let them add some moodiness to your summer with songs like "The Killing Moon" and "Lips Like Sugar." 
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Get Up Kids Add to a List
Second-wave emo pioneers The Get Up Kids will dart through on their Four Minute Mile tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album of the same name, which Rolling Stone hailed as one of the greatest emo albums of all time.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Nouvelle Vague Add to a List
French cover band Nouvelle Vague will perform the crème de la crème of '70s/'80s new wave hits infused with '60s bossa nova and lounge with a rotating cast of vocalists. Fellow French duo Marc Collin & Chrystabell will start the night with tracks off of their new album, Strange As Angels, which features the songs of The Cure.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

SYML with Alela Diane Add to a List
Musician/producer Brian Fennell, aka SYML (previously of indie-rock group Barcelona), has gone in the ambient direction, mixing elements of dream-pop, synth, and folk together for floaty acoustic tunes that are perfectly suited to the idyllic landscape of Topaz Farm. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from the angelic folk singer-songwriter Alela Diane.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)


OMSI After Dark: Out of this World Add to a List
This cosmic edition of OMSI After Dark offers spacey delights like planetarium shows and spectroscopy demos, plus lectures on upcoming eclipses and the James Webb Space Telescope. Chow down on freeze-dried vegan treats from The Sour Martian and decadent burgs from Stoopid Burger, then quench your thirst with floral bevvies by Hibisbloom and boutique wines from Catman Cellars.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)



Incubus Add to a List
Incubus, a key rock group of the early '00s, will return for a night of what will surely be some very intense high school recollections for certain millennials. They'll be joined by reggae rock legends Sublime, now fronted by singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez.
(RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield)

Sammy Hagar & The Circle Add to a List
Hard rock icon Sammy Hagar has nearly five decades worth of classic material under his studded belt and he's not afraid to use them. Alongside his backing band The Circle, with Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bohnam) and Michael Anthony (founding bassist of Van Halen), the supergroup will perform classics like "I Can't Drive 55" and "Heavy Metal," along with a slew of Led Zeppelin and Van Halen covers.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)

September First Thursday featuring Isabeau Waia'u Walker Add to a List
Portland-based, Maui-raised singer-songwriter Isabeau Waia'u Walker will kick off the fall season with a solo acoustic set alongside a rotating cast of live dancers and fellow musicians. Plus, feast your eyes on new works from painter Valentino Oscar Quijano-Moeckel and mural artist Daren Todd, which will be on display during the performance.
(Armory Lobby and Cafe, Pearl District)

Shellac with Shannon Wright Add to a List
All the way back in 2009, Stranger music critic Dave Segal wrote: "Shellac frontman Steve Albini is one of those sharp-witted curmudgeons who's always seemed older than his years. Shellac—which also includes drummer Todd Trainer and bassist Bob Weston—has wrenched out five riveting albums of immaculately analog-recorded dissonance and white-knuckled dynamics. Go for the tightly executed molten rock; stay for the barbed between-song witticisms." The trio will perform three consecutive nights with support from indie-rock artist (and collaborator of Steve Albini) Shannon Wright. 
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

TLC Add to a List
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the release of TLC's final album 3D, followed by the trio's initial disbandment, and the tragic loss of Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. These days, the duo of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are soldiering on, performing their iconic cool-girl hits to the masses in their signature silk PJs.
(Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem)


Nourish: The Stories of Justice That Feed Us Add to a List
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, a nonprofit advocating for systemic change and increased access to food, hosts this evening of live music, tasty treats from Pix Patisserie, a raffle, and storytelling to celebrate all that nourishes us. Attendees will hear from community members and local food justice leaders, and saxophonist BrandonLee Cierley will set soulful vibes.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Science On Tap: How’d They Film That? Behind the Scenes of Science Communication at OPB Add to a List
Scientists work tirelessly to figure out what's happening on our rollercoaster of a planet, and they often only have a few moments to convince us of their findings via TV spots or brief headlines. In this edition of Science on Tap, Jes Burns and Brandon Swanson, the production duo behind OPB's All Science. No Fiction., will share their secrets of science communication—in other words, how they get people to pay attention. (One such way is through their show's "Holy Crap That's Cool" test, which rates inventions, technology, and ideas based on the elusive cool factor.)
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Shed Talks Creative Reuse Series: Curtis Reid Henderson Add to a List
Aiming to inspire Portlanders through discussions at the intersection of sustainability and art, ReBuilding Center's Shed Talks will welcome artists working in carpentry, architecture, urban and interior design, and more. First up is reuse artist and ReBuilding Center lead instructor Curtis Reid Henderson, whose handcrafted works make use of salvaged materials to question the "material conditions brought about by decades of forged reliance on consumerism."
(ReBuilding Center, Boise)



Alice In Chains with Breaking Benjamin and Bush Add to a List
PNW grunge heroes Alice in Chains will tear it up like it's 1987 with William DuVall (formerly of Awareness Void of Chaos) filling in for the late great Layne Staley. We’ll wager that classics like "Would?" and "Man in the Box" make it into the setlist alongside tracks from their 2018 album, Rainier Fog. Post-grunge rockers Breaking Benjamin and Bush will support.
(RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield)

Dashboard Confessional & Andrew McMahon Add to a List
High off the fumes of their eighth album, All The Truth That I Can Tell, alt-emo artifact Dashboard Confessional will return to Portland along with rock pianist Andrew McMahon (of Jack's Mannequin). 
(McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove)

Sir Mix-A-Lot Add to a List
You know, there's something special about a man who really loves ass. I think it reveals a lot about his character—moral rectitude, family values, unshakable faith. And that's why I'm so thankful that Seattle's patron saint of hip-hop and King of Ass, Sir Mix-A-Lot. Roll through to pay tribute to our own titan of PNW rap. STRANGER STAFF WRITER JAS KEIMIG
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)



Mid-Autumn Moonlight Market Add to a List
Lan Su Chinese Garden's first-ever Moonlight Market celebrates one of the most important Chinese holidays of the year, the mid-autumn festival. During this evening celebration, the garden will be illuminated with lanterns while festivalgoers enjoy live music, lion dances, mooncakes (a traditional festival treat), and check out local AANHPI vendors.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown)

Ukrainian Day PDX Add to a List
Celebrate the embattled country and its rich culture with live music and dancing, traditional Ukrainian food, and other activities. The profits raised from the event will go towards medical and military safety equipment for Ukraine.
(Westmoreland Park, Westmoreland)


Cully Central Street Food Fest 2022 Add to a List
Scoop up some Asian street foods, sip local beers and specialty cocktails, participate in activities, and enjoy live music performances at this outdoor community event.
(Cully Central, Cully)


The Beach Boys Add to a List
Are the Beach Boys past their prime? That's up for debate (we're leaning towards yes), but it's hard to pass up the opportunity to kiss summer goodbye while swaying along to "Kokomo" and "Surfin' USA," even if sung by the notably evil frontman Mike Love.
(Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem)

Bridge City Block Party: Adventure Club, Trivecta, Nurko, Yetep, Nill, and Say Linds Add to a List
Canadian electronic duo Adventure Club will kick off this outdoor music series with the pop-punk-infused dubstep mixes off of their new album, Love // Chaos. The dance tunes will get flowing with opening sets from fellow beatmakers Trivecta, Nurko, Yetep, Nill, and Say Linds.
(2545 SE 4th Ave, Central Eastside)

Cults with Reptaliens Add to a List
NYC-based indie-pop duo Cults sound like stepping into an Urban Outfitters circa 2011, in the best way possible. Their debut self-titled album saw mainstream success with songs like "Go Outside" and "Bad Things," which likely played alongside bands like Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, and Metric on your lime green iPod Nano. The pair will play alongside Portland synth-pop outfit Reptaliens.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Waterfront Concert and Festival Add to a List
To see summer off with a bang, the Oregon Symphony is bringing back its popular Waterfront Concert and Festival with a lively program of works from popular films, masterworks by the world's finest composers, and classical favorites, culminating in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Other featured performers include drum ensemble Portland Taiko, powerhouse vocalist Alonzo Chadwick and his band Zoulful Muzic, blues and gospel queen LaRhonda Steele, renowned flutist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, and psychedelic cumbia group Orquestra Pacifico Tropical.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown)



BLK ODYSSY: The BLK Revolution Tour Add to a List
Houston-based artist Blk Odyssy fuses together contemporary hip-hop, R&B, '70s rock, and jazz for some of the smoothest sounding songs in existence. He will support his latest album, BLK VINTAGE, which Alternative Press described as "a tale of how music can be more than a fleeting moment of fun and challenge us to question the world we live in."
(Holocene, Buckman)

Heritage Soulfest 2022: Alonzo Chadwick & Zoulful Muzic Add to a List
Show up to support local musicians, community, and unity at this fundraiser concert featuring vocal powerhouse and Oregon Symphony soloist Alonzo Chadwick along with his band Zoulful Muzic. Proceeds will be donated to Black United Fund, Cascade Blues Association, Music Portland, and others.
(Alberta Abbey, King)


Wow In The World Pop-Up Party: Laboratory of Bad Ideas Add to a List
Hit podcast Wow in the World will bring an energetic blend of STEM-themed games, bouncy comedy skits, and science-themed ditties to the big stage for an ultra-interactive show that will definitely keep kiddos entertained. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz talk all things science, tech, and innovation, so you might learn a thing or two, too.
(Newmark Theatre, Downtown)



Nelly Add to a List
On his most recent album, Heartland, St. Louis-born rapper Nelly traded in his signature sweatband for a cowboy hat and features from country stars Kane Brown, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, and more. Expect to hear tracks from the album as well as his pinnacle Y2K bangers like "Hot In Herre" and "Dilemma."
(Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem)

The Pretty Reckless Add to a List
Hard rock quartet The Pretty Reckless, led by singer-songwriter and former actress Taylor Momsen (whom you might remember as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas? or Gossip Girl’s Little J), are back after a five-year hiatus with a new album, Death by Rock and Roll. They’ll play tracks off of the new album alongside blues-grunge artist Ayron Jones. And no, they will not be playing "Where Are You Christmas."
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)



Comedy of Terrors Add to a List
You know what's missing from classic Shakespearean dramas? Monsters. Old-school movie monsters, to be precise. Over at Funhouse Lounge, a gang of free-wheelin' improvisers will devise an on-the-spot Bard-style play, peppering in some monstrous appearances based on audience suggestions. (We'd like to see a version of Romeo and Juliet starring Dracula and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.)
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


Chapman Swift Watch Add to a List
Every September, thousands of Portlanders flock to Chapman Elementary School to witness the phenomenon of Vaux's swifts funneling into the school's chimney to roost. Arrive early to snag a prime birding spot, settle in, and enjoy the early fall evening while you wait for the sun to descend. Close to sunset, the birds begin their sky show before tucking in for the night. Plus, Portland Audubon will be on hand most nights of the week with info about the swifts.
(Chapman Elementary School, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Monday)


Oregon State Fair 2022 Add to a List
Save room for corn dogs and funnel cake this month—the Oregon State Fair will return with performances by TLC, Nelly, Shaggy, and more, plus livestock displays and horse shows, classic carnival rides, tasty treat competitions, and all the quintessentially American fried foods your heart desires.
(Oregon State Fairgrounds. Salem, all week)


Bodies Bodies Bodies Add to a List
If you find Gen Z culture even remotely interesting, you won't wanna miss this buzzy A24 horror starring Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott, and Pete Davidson with a vape. Set to a hyperpop soundtrack, the film follows a group of wealthy youngins whose hurricane party at a remote mansion turns from TikToks and astrology discussions to backstabbing and murder.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Emily the Criminal Add to a List
Emily might be a contender for "world's most relatable thief"—played by Aubrey Plaza, she takes on increasingly shady gigs after being saddled with student loan debt and a minor criminal record. Things get a little out of hand as Emily becomes further enmeshed in a stolen credit card scheme. Lovers of Plaza's deadpan darkness and haters of capitalism will dig this debut feature by John Patton Ford.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Three Thousand Years of Longing Add to a List
George Miller takes a break from desert dystopia in Three Thousand Years of Longing, which stars Tilda Swinton as—what else—a stylish academic, and Idris Elba as a djinn who grants her three wishes in exchange for his freedom from a cramped bottle. As you might have guessed, things get fantastical and utterly complicated. If the premise sounds a little chintzy, just remember, this is the guy who somehow directed both Mad Max and Happy Feet—maximalism is his middle name, so at the very least, this'll be a visual magic carpet ride.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)


Lose Yr Mind Fest 2022 Add to a List
Lose Yr Mind brings Portland acts, ex-Portland acts, and more together along with regional food trucks, booze suppliers, and beer peddlers. Bands across eras, such as '90s psych-pop heavies The Dandy Warhols, contemporary “sad rock” stars Soft Kill, trailblazing '80s post-punk outfit Bush Tetras, and many more are guaranteed to deliver memorable sets.
(Various locations, Friday-Saturday)

Walnut City Music Festival Add to a List
Bring your summer to a close with McMinnville's one-of-a-kind indie music fest featuring performances from San Francisco rockers The Stone Foxes, punk-blues duo Hillstomp, psych-rock twins The Black Tones, and plenty more.
(Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Saturday-Sunday)


HOME/LAND Add to a List
A collaboration between Portland’s Hand2Mouth Theatre, France's Begat Theater, and NYC’s WaxFactory, this live performance installation thinks critically about some of the most pressing issues of our time. In response to rampant economic instability, displacement, and forced migration, HOME/LAND assigns audiences a unit within a government-run shelter village, inviting them to travel through the immersive installation while considering their own relationship to home and safety.
(Zidell Barge Building, South Waterfront, Thursday-Monday)

tick, tick … BOOM! Add to a List
Fans of Rent will love this hilarious rock musical, a semi-autobiographical tale of playwright Jonathan Larson's struggle to make his mark in the theater industry. (Larson went on to shake the world with Rent, for which he won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, so get ready to feel inspired.)
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)


Grand Prix of Portland Add to a List
Zoom over to Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix, which features the NTT Indycar Series and marks the winding down of the 2022 motorsports season.
(Portland International Raceway, North Portland, Friday-Sunday)


The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation Add to a List
Ah, food. Is there anything more worthy of artistic interpretation? We don't think so. In this wide-reaching showcase of 20th- and 21st-century artists, food is celebrated in drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other mediums. You might spy some ultra-famous aesthetics you recognize—John Baldessari, Alison Saar, Andy Warhol, and other art stars are included in the exhibition, as well as prominent Oregon-based artists Katherine Ace, Chris Antemann, Malia Jensen, and Sherrie Wolf.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Downtown, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

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)

Jeremy Okai Davis: A Good Sport Add to a List
Jeremy Okai Davis's new collection of figurative paintings shines a light on the experiences of Black Americans in traditional sportsmanship roles within the rigid confines of athleticism and academia. Davis's derby jockeys, basketball players, and other subjects contain a rare emotional depth, due in part to the large size of the works—several of the paintings exhibited in A Good Sport are the largest the artist has ever created.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned Add to a List
San Francisco-based artist Na Omi Judy Shintani presents this installation as a sacred space within which to explore the trauma of incarcerated children. Shintani's images of children drawn on mattresses reference a devastating web of youth imprisonment throughout history, including the Japanese American children sent to internment camps in WWII, Indigenous American children sent to abusive boarding schools, and the Central American children who have faced familial separation and detention at the US border.
(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday; closing)

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844–2021 Add to a List
Political propaganda used to be a lot more visually stimulating than those emails from Nancy Pelosi with melodramatic subject lines. Witness the rise of the American political poster in this exhibition, which compiles and showcases a range of poster styles, design trends, and printing methods from 1844 to 2021.
(Oregon Historical Society, Southwest Portland, Thursday-Monday; opening)

To the River Add to a List
Created over the summer by a gathering of multimedia artists, this six-week sculptural site incorporates a "matrix of waveforms" that lead visitors on an immersive journey from the base of the Portland Aerial Tram to the Willamette River. The salvaged wood sculptures are accompanied by wind-activated soundscapes, considering rivers as connective networks that unite us across geography and time.
(Zidell Yards, South Waterfront, Saturday-Sunday)

The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List
This inventive exhibition brings da Vinci's creative pursuits in engineering and visual art to life. View authentic folios from the Codex Atlanticus up close, as well as replicas of da Vinci's designs for boats, flying machines, musical instruments, and more. After seeing the exhibition, stop by The Inventor's Workshop, a play space encouraging experimentation with portraiture and machinery.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, all week; closing)

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