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The Top 54 Events in Portland This Week: Nov 1-6, 2022

Lizzo, Portland Book Festival, and More Top Picks
November 1, 2022
Lizzo brings her Special tour to Portland this week.
Start the month off on a high note with some of our top picks of the week, from Lizzo to Post Malone and from Portland Book Festival to Kurtis Conner.

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Animals As Leaders Add to a List
Eight-string shredmeister Tosin Abasi started DC new age-y prog-metal band Animals as Leaders as a solo venture before recruiting a couple of like-minded noodlers to expand the band's sound. It's essentially music for those who prefer to fix their eyes on fretboards during live shows. Abasi will wow you with his finger flitting, so if that's your bag, then go forth. I'm sure it's something to behold. MARK LORE
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Osvaldo Golijov: Falling Out of Time Add to a List
Premiering at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim, Argentinian American composer Osvaldo Golijov’s new work Falling Out of Time turns the poetic work of Israeli author David Grossman into an eclectic song cycle that draws on Chinese, European, and Middle Eastern music traditions. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)



Whiskey Myers Add to a List
Billboard-charting southern rock outfit Whiskey Myers blossomed out of a love of country kings like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., and Waylon Jennings. They will play tracks from their new album, Tornillo, which utilizes heavy basslines and a wailing horn section. Kindred rockers Read Southall Band will come along for the ride.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Oregon Humanities Live Add to a List
As part of Literary Arts's Cover to Cover series, the editors of Oregon Humanities will present this evening of poetry and essay readings from recent contributors, including local talents like Daniela Molnar, founder of the Art + Ecology program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Pushcart Prize winner Sallie Tisdale.
(Rontoms, Buckman)

Penn Jillette Add to a List
In Random, a crime novel with a magical twist, a Las Vegas native entangled with a crime organization has to cough up some significant cash before his 21st birthday. It's a sly story by Penn Jillette—yes, that one—and he'll stop by Portland to discuss his writing process.
(Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton)



James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome Add to a List
English laugh master James Acaster, whose style Paste Magazine describes as "stand-up comedy for people turned off by stand-up comedy," will head to Portland with more of the eclectic, experimental style for which he's known and loved across the pond. Rumor has it that for this performance, he's "giving up control to let the audience do what they want," whatever that means!
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Kurtis Conner Add to a List
Sure, Kurtis Conner kind of looks like a comedian/YouTuber/podcaster you'd meet on Tinder and spend a tumultuous few weeks with, but he's actually...a comedian/YouTuber/podcaster, and he's hilarious, so that's fine by us. The mulleted sensation will "go cheesesteak mode" with fresh jokes for this performance.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler Add to a List
Sarah Millican, the bawdy Brit whose comedy style was once described as "gaspingly rude" by The Guardian, returns for her sixth international tour with more reflections on poop, unfortunate accidents, and more. (For those who aren't hip to Geordie slang, "bobby dazzler" is the highest of praise, oft bestowed on cute kids and ladies in fancy outfits.)
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Hyd: Clearing Tour Add to a List
Interdisciplinary artist Hayden Dunham, AKA Hyd, will head out on tour supporting her debut album, Clearing, which features contributions from the dearly departed hyper-pop artist SOPHIE, acclaimed producer A.G. Cook, and experimental pop gem Caroline Polachek.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Langhorne Slim Add to a List
Longtime Americana troubadour, whom former Stranger writer Erik Henriksen once described as "alternately raucous and heartbreaking," will play tracks from his acclaimed seventh album, Strawberry Mansion, alongside country-blues artistJeremie Albino.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Plate o' Shrimp: A Repo Man punk rock musical parody Add to a List
Buckle in for this fully staged punk rock musical rendition of the weathered, otherworldly sci-fi classic Repo Man. A punk band will perform the film's impossibly cool '80s soundtrack live (think Circle Jerks and The Plugz), and audiences can grab beers on tap for the raucous show.
(Chapel Theatre, Milwaukie)

Post Malone: Twelve Carat Tour Add to a List
After a spate of cancellations due to health issues, Grammy-nominated rapper/singer Post Malone is back on the road supporting his new album, Twelve Carat Toothache, which includes collaborations with Doja Cat, Fleet Foxes, the Weeknd, and more. Trap rapper Roddy Ricch (who appears on the new album) will open.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

XYLØ Add to a List
Back in 2019 Mercury writer Anna Kaplan wrote: "Chase and Paige Duddy, the brother and sister duo behind XYLØ, have been making music together on and off almost their whole lives. It wasn’t until 2014, when Chase was working on a song for a video advertisement, that the XYLØ project started. Chase needed a singer, and with the help of his younger sister Paige, finished the song and released the video, which resulted in utter pandemonium. To please their newfound fans, they released “America,” their eerie alt-pop, Lana Del Rey–esque debut single that critiques the state of the country. XYLØ have stayed political since, releasing “Fool’s Paradise” in response to Trump’s election and a slew of singles this year, all in their distinct corner of dark electronic pop." The pair will stop by to support their latest output, unamerican beauty, alongside pop singer-songwriter Molly Moore.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


Threat Level Midnight: The Office Rave Add to a List
With the rise of movie and TV-themed raves sweeping the nation (did you hear about the viral Shrek Rave?), this Office-themed dance party, based on the beloved workplace sitcom, is the latest capitalization on nostalgia. So slip into some business casual, get drunk off beet juice, and dance your heart out to the show's piano-tinkling theme song.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Peppermint Add to a List
RuPaul's Drag Race season nine contestant Peppermint, the first-ever queen to enter the competition as an openly trans woman, will head to the stage for more minty fresh realness alongside RuPaul fan favorite and fried chicken enthusiast Jujubee.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne)



Warren Miller's Daymaker Add to a List
If you're pining for the powdery slopes of British Columbia, Alaska, and Greece's Olympic Range, consider your day made. Ski and snowboarding superfans might recognize familiar faces like Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, and Katie Burrell as Daymaker journeys from adaptive backcountry rides to mountain peaks. A VIP ticket to the documentary screening packs sick bonuses like a custom Daymaker film poster, early entry to the venue, and more.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


12th Planet x Rusko - Dubplate Special Tour Add to a List
Unwind with an evening of dubstep headlined by the Los Angeles-hailing bass music pioneer 12th Planet alongside British electronic music producer/DJ Rusko, who will be spinning "loads of original and unreleased music."
(45 East, Central Eastside)

Drugdealer Add to a List
Los Angeles-based musician Michael Collins brings his constantly evolving psych-pop outfit Drugdealer back to Portland in support of the project's third album, Hiding in Plain Sight, which press materials describe as "an odyssey from philautia—the ability to love oneself —to philia, a greater ability to love and embrace the contributions of those around you." Indie singer-writer Reverend Baron will open.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Lizzo: The Special Tour Add to a List
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past three years, we're sure that you already love national treasure/pop superstar Lizzo. Known for her self-love anthems, genuine reliability, and jaw-dropping flute playing skills, her latest album, Special, embraces disco beats and '80s synths for smooth-as-hell R&B-pop loaded with lyrics about being a bad bitch and loving yourself. She will support the album alongside rising rapper Latto, best known for her infectious radio hit "Big Energy." 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Ty Segall (Solo Acoustic) with Emmett Kelly Add to a List
Beloved garage rock sage Ty Segall is back with a special acoustic tour, supporting his latest album, Hello, Hi, which Pitchfork described as a "quiet soundtrack for overcast days." The album's sweet melodies, sparse instrumentation, and folk inspirations bring Segall on a quieter and more understated ride. Indie rock artist and frequent Segall collaborator Emmett Kelly will join.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


The Lost Boys Live Add to a List
The Lost Boys Live celebrates their 10th anniversary this year, and the beloved parody show will hit the stage again with its original cast (including Mercury Editor-in-Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey) to poke more fun at a certain '80s teenage vampire flick. Expect blood, big hair, and some killer tunes, too.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)



Broke Gravy and Friends Add to a List
The Broke Gravy dudes (Chris, Leon, and Eric) have forged a unique path in improv comedy, using the off-the-cuff medium to inspire deeper conversations on their perspectives as Black Americans. (They're also funny AF.) For this performance, they'll be joined by improvisers Kara Moore and Rachel Rosenthal for an extra-special set.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Benefit for Cats of Odesa: Halloween with Chervona and Michelle Alany Add to a List
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, an Odesa shelter has become overwhelmed with over 500 cats who could use a helping paw. This benefit show by Eastern European-inspired party band Chervona aims to raise funds for veterinarian assistance and basic kitty needs—feline costumes encouraged.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise)

Bret McKenzie: Songs Without Jokes Tour Add to a List
On his aptly titled new solo album Songs Without Jokes, New Zealand renaissance man Bret McKenzie (best known as half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords) takes a breather from the funny stuff for a seriously serious piano-driven album reminiscent of classic troubadours like Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Dave Matthews Band Add to a List
Birkenstock-rock legend and number one dad bod Dave Matthews and company will crash into Portland for an evening of jam band magic, and for a good cause too! On this tour, DMB has partnered with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees program, funding the planting of over one million trees.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Ozuna: Ozutochi USA Tour Add to a List
Reggaeton/Latin trap sensation Ozuna will ignite the Memorial Coliseum with new material from his album, OzuTochi, a fluid exploration into genres like dembow, merengue, techno, Brazilian funk, EDM, and pop-rock.
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District)

Yuna Add to a List
With the smooth vocal timbre of Sade, Feist-y soft pop tones, and her own brand of dark angst, Yuna's sound is like candy for those of us that appreciate a prominent rhythm but have our introspective sides. ROSE FINN
(Holocene, Buckman)


Calling the Winter Court: A Samhain LARP and Night Carnival Add to a List
Attention fae friends—Portland's finest underground circus performers, fire dancers, and theater artists will flutter together for this faerie LARP, night carnival, variety show, and costume party. Head on down and abandon the mortal realm! All cryptids, crones, and "wee folk" will be assigned character outlines and plot goals with their general admission ticket, so you can take part in the story while merrymaking over dreamy libations and fantastical treats.
(The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Buckman)

Carmen Add to a List
This fresh translation of Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera shares the story of Carmen, a vivacious cigarette factory worker whose obsessed lover lashes out violently when she leaves him.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)


Andrea Gibson: You Better Be Lightning Tour Add to a List
Spoken word icon Andrea Gibson has radically reframed the poetry reading experience, creating a live show that touches on everything from gender and feminism to mental health and gun reform. Prepare to feel "seen, heard, and held" at this fresh performance by the frequent World Poetry Slam finalist.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: George Saunders, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Saeed Jones, and Samantha Crain Add to a List
In celebration of the Portland Book Festival, this special edition of Live Wire will include a candid conversation between literary master George Saunders, whose book Lincoln in the Bardo won the 2017 Booker Prize, Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and award-winning writer and poet Saeed Jones, with a performance by Indigenous Music Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Samantha Crain.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Portland Book Festival Add to a List
Throngs of book lovers will flock to the Portland Art Museum on November 5 for the Portland Book Festival, which promises an unmatched lineup of buzzy wordsmiths like Esmé Weijun Wang, Karen Russell, Andrew Sean Greer, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Selma Blair(!) sharing their writing secrets, plus lots of folks with cool tote bags. We recommend stopping by to snag a book you're stoked about.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Add to a List
Spotlighting terrifying international flicks directed by women and non-binary filmmakers, Germany's Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is committed to the monstrous and messy. This "Best Of" collection compiles seven spooky shorts from this year's festival—expect body horror, creepy kids, queer chills, and a dash of cannibalism.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Portland Latin American Film Festival Add to a List
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and support Latin cinema at the Portland Latin American Film Festival, which will feature flicks from ten countries on select dates through December. PDXLAFF continues this week with a screening of Carajita, a potent drama exploring relationships that transcend class boundaries.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Noah Kahan Add to a List
Having toured with artists like Ben Folds, George Ezra, and James Bay, Vermont-hailing singer-songwriter Noah Kahan brings his gentle folk-infused pop back to town for a headlining show supporting his new album Stick Season. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from like-minded artist Adam Melchor.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Terrible Tales Told in Beautiful Melodies: Tom Waits Tribute Add to a List
Considering that Tom Waits hasn't toured since 2008, it'd be wise to catch the next best thing at this tribute night featuring a rotating cast of local musicians and vocalists. Dan Gildea, Bre Gregg, Paul K Ward, James Latham, Donna Jones, and several others will take the stage with a varied set of his cherished tunes. 
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)


Voices Like Thunder: An Afternoon of Poetry with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Add to a List
In celebration of the release of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation's (NACF) first anthology, The Larger Voice – Celebrating Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows, they'll co-present this afternoon of readings with the Portland Art Museum. Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, former Oregon State Poet Laureate Liz Woody, and other Native poets will share their work, followed by a Q&A session and an open mic for BIPOC poets. While you're at the museum, make a day of it with Native-focused exhibitions Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire Add to a List and Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe Add to a List .
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



Murder Mystery Machine Add to a List
When improvised slasher flicks come to life, it's up to Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids to investigate. (Jinkies!) Based on audience suggestions, each night of the zoinks-worthy horror-comedy show Murder Mystery Machine will reveal a different caper and a new bloodthirsty maniac to catch, after a Scooby Snack or two.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


26th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Add to a List
Milagro's celebration of Día de los Muertos will include an original performance and a lobby altar display. Their theme this year is "bridging divides," so the cultural organization is working to build connections through the biggest divide of all: death! The ¡Viva la Muerte! performance promises to be a silly-yet-macabre dramatic comedy; they'll also offer altar-building activities, an "altar bike tour," and more throughout the month.
(Milagro Theatre, Buckman, Wednesday-Sunday)


The Banshees of Inisherin Add to a List
Martin McDonagh (who also directed In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) continues to develop his thoughtful, darkly comedic style in this tale of two lifelong friends on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland (played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who experience a startling rift in their relationship.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Decision to Leave Add to a List
Park Chan-wook, the visionary director behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden, won Best Director at Cannes this year for this stylish thriller. Decision to Leave begins with a man falling to his death from a Korean mountain peak, and unravels into a sensual noir with subtle nods to Vertigo.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)


7th Annual Apple Juice Market at Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Add to a List
Reverend Nat's Apple Market returns, inviting you to come through and stock up on the finest apple juice in the region, perfect for fermentation, fresh drinking, or preservation. Choose between the "Rev Nat's Blend" (a customized mixture of five different varieties used in many of Reverend Nat's most popular ciders), a single-variety Newtown Pippin (an heirloom apple used in Nat's New Moon Mandarin and popular among home cidermakers) and a bracingly tart 100% Granny Smith juice. F.H. Steinbart Co. will be on hand selling home cidermaking supplies, so bring your own carboys, buckets, growlers, and other vessels, and you'll be all set to get into the cider-making game from the comfort of your own home when winter rolls around.
(Reverend Nat's Cidery & Taproom, Boise, Saturday-Sunday)


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Add to a List
With life-sized superheroes, costumes and props, and hundreds of other Marvel artifacts (including original comic book pages), this exhibit is a run-don't-walk for Marvel enthusiasts big and small. The publishing company's 80-year history is about more than just the big-budget flicks we've been inundated with lately—Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes offers the complete story.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)


Blink Add to a List
This darkly comedic romance by Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Phil Porter includes a fox character named Scruffilitis. Sold! Blink was described by The New York Times as "everything you want in a relationship play: funny, painful, affecting."
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Sunday; opening)

Death by Hanging Add to a List
Set in an execution chamber(!), this philosophical chiller follows an incarcerated person who's been sentenced to death for his crimes. Gargantuan questions emerge when the first attempt to kill Prisoner J fails. Can he lawfully (and morally) be hung again? Yikes, we dunno! Death by Hanging is described as a dark comedy, but it sounds pretty intense to us—check out the pay-what-you-can production and come to your own conclusions.
(21ten Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Fucking A Add to a List
When an abortion provider plans to buy her incarcerated son's freedom, a complicated quest unfolds. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, pens this blend of tragic, vengeance-driven story and song.
(Shaking the Tree Studio, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday; closing)

King of the Yees Add to a List
The semi-autobiographical thrill ride King of the Yees tells the story of playwright Lauren Yee's father, Larry Yee, an intrepid leader within San Francisco's Chinese American neighborhood. When Lauren leaves her childhood home for good, her father goes missing, and she must return to Chinatown to better understand her family, embrace her heritage, and find Larry.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday; opening)

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord Add to a List
Inspired by her early pandemic days of sewing masks from bedsheets and bra straps, Chinese American feminist comedian and performance artist Kristina Wong shares the story of "The Auntie Sewing Squad" in Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord. Offering an autobiographical look at the early days of COVID with a side of razor-sharp humor and insights into community building, Time Out deemed the play "endearingly boisterous."
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday; opening)


Ann Hamilton: Sense Add to a List
Ann Hamilton is, by all accounts, an art star—the Yale-educated textile artist, performer, photographer, and videographer has built her career around site-responsive, tactile, larger-than-life installations since the '80s. While this recent body of work is smaller, it doesn't sacrifice any of Hamilton's signature sensuousness and attention to detail; Sense includes paper and cloth prints and collages developed from a unique process of flatbed scanning animal specimens, stones, fallen leaves, and more. 
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

i gently place my brain in cold rice Add to a List
Presented by curatorial residents Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu of home schooli gently place my brain in cold rice compiles sculptures, video pieces, photography, and writing, grappling with tactility and ritual in virtual and "transmedia" realms. The inquisitive exhibition's eight artists include local creator and doula Ansar El Muhammad, Pittsburgh-based artist Khadijat Yussuff, Kigali-based collective Ibisazi Designers Nyabyo, and others. 
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Jordanna Kalman: Jordanna and the Masters of Photography Add to a List
Photographer Jordanna Kalman's investigative practice aims to unravel the impacts of social media, the intricacies of femininity, and the challenges of creating as a woman in a male-dominated artistic medium. Placing her own photographs within cut-out windows inside the works of male master photographers, Kalman questions the gender hierarchy of art stardom in the historical photography canon.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Lee Materazzi: pushed in Add to a List
San Francisco-based artist Lee Materazzi uses her own body as a temporal "medium" and a "site for untamed reclamation," investigating autonomy, gesture, and the limits of the human form through a messy, splashy process of paint and clay play that is then documented via medium format photography.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Perspectives Add to a List
This justice-minded exhibition compiles works by local BIPOC photographers who documented the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Perspectives includes over 60 images by Emery Barnes, Joseph Blake, Linneas Boland-Godbey, Daveed Jacobo, Mariah Harris, and Byron Merritt, encouraging visitors to relive this transformative moment in social justice history and consider Portland's role in the ongoing dismantling of white supremacy.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

Smolder: Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff Add to a List
Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff's Smolder looks closely at the simmering anxieties of the current zeitgeist through video and sculpture. Hopkins zeroes in on the climate crisis in Slow Burn, a video piece that also examines the patriarchy of the American West; Acuff's A Thing Burnt in its Entirety contains nods to sacrifice, alchemy, and the concept of nigredo, a Latin term referencing material that was burned in order to initiate transformation.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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