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The Top 56 Events in Portland This Week: Mar 27-Apr 2, 2023

Hairspray, Michelle Zauner, and More Top Picks
March 27, 2023
Good morning, Portland! Hairspray's in town. (Broadway Across America)
We believe you deserve the best, which is why we're cutting to the chase and recommending only the best things to do this week, from Hairspray to David Spade and from Michelle Zauner to Ari Shapiro in Conversation With Thomas Lauderdale.

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Agnès Varda Forever Festival
Past Event List Founded by Portland artists Laura Glazer and Jennifer "JJ" Jones, the grassroots project Agnès Varda Forever has blossomed from a pandemic-era street art endeavor to a month-long film festival celebrating Agnès Varda's trailblazing oeuvre. The late director's style was summarized by Martin Scorsese as "big and small, playful and tough, generous and solitary, lyrical and unflinching." If you haven't yet marinated in Varda's brilliant French New Wave films, now's the time. The festival concludes this week with a screening of The Beaches of Agnès.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Remind List Having recently won an Oscar for Best Original Song, RRR will return to the big screen for a "one-night-only #encoRRRe" of the Telugu-language thrill ride. Set in the '20s, the "epic bromance" (NPR) mythologizes two real-life freedom fighters who led the way during India’s fight for independence from the British Raj.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Violinist Blake Pouliot Past Event List
Described by the Toronto Star as a "once in a lifetime" talent, violin virtuoso Blake Pouliot will bring his signature fervor to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)



Mapache Past Event List
LA-based duo Mapache take cues from Gram Parsons for their cosmic country tunes full of polished harmonies, glittering lap steel guitar flourishes, and laid-back lyrics suited for a road trip through Joshua Tree. They will play tracks off their brand new album, Roscoe's Dream, inspired by the 14-year-old Boston terrier that’s toured the country with them.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Tortoise Past Event List
Long ago in 2016, Mercury writer Robert Ham wrote: "How does a band survive more than 20 years without a scratch on them or their discography? With Tortoise, some of that is due to the fact that its six members remain busy outside the fold: Guitarist Jeff Parker resides in LA, where his career as a jazz player thrives, and bassist Doug McCombs records on his own as Brokeback and with his other longtime band Eleventh Dream Day, to give but two examples. This allows everyone involved individual space and time to find new creative influences to bring back to the band. Once the sextet is together at last, the results are explosive and thrilling." The band will stop by on their brief US tour with local support from noise rock outfit Smokey Kingdom.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Discovering Psychedelics: An Intro and Community Forum Past Event List
Research on the healing potential of psychedelics is becoming broader and more well-respected, Goop staffers are popping mushrooms on Netflix, and scientists are spouting ideas that Indigenous peoples have understood for generations. Whether you're ready to hop aboard the trip train or you've been microdosing for years, you're bound to learn something interesting at this introductory lecture and community forum led by the Portland Psychedelic Society, where local experts will come together to discuss emerging research, psychedelic harm reduction, brain science, the current psychedelic landscape in Oregon, and more.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Mae Ngai: 2023 Hatfield Lecture
Past Event List Mae Ngai, a US legal and political historian, Columbia University Lung Family professor of Asian American Studies, and former labor union organizer, will visit Portland to discuss her Bancroft Prize-winning book The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics. The book pulls from Ngai's interests in citizenship, nationalism, and the Chinese diaspora to investigate Chinese immigration as a result of widespread capitalism in the 19th century.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

National Geographic Live: Deadliest Lifesavers
Past Event List Zoltan Takacs collects venom, and lots of it—but don't worry, he has a good reason. The Hungarian-born adventurer, biomedical scientist, and inventor uses "cutting-edge genomics" to create "combinatorial venom libraries" of toxic venom from snakes, scorpions, jellyfish, and other animals for research on new medicines. He’s also allergic to both snake venom and antivenom, so it's safe to say he's a risk-taker. Find out more at Deadliest Lifesavers, presented as part of the National Geographic Live series, which shares the efforts of its diverse, adventurous contributors.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)



Church of Film: The Savage Hunt of King Stakh
Past Event List Church of Film's latest screening conjures Halloween in March with the full-length cut of 1980 folkloric nightmare The Savage Hunt of King Stakh. The gothic Belarusian tale tells of spectral figures, ancestral curses, and a long-dead king stalking in the gloom of a ruinous manor. OoOoOoOo!
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Homegrown Gameshows: Movie Jeopardy with Portland Movie Club Past Event List
Portland Movie Club, the largest film club in Oregon, will host this cinematic installment of Homegrown Gameshow with a nerd-out round of Movie Jeopardy. Channel your inner Ken Jennings for only five bones, and you might walk away with a prize.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman)


Betty Who
Past Event List Heavily biting on the dance-pop balladeers of the '80s and ’90s, Betty Who has cruised through her 13-year-long career holding tight to the influences of her icons. She will take a pause from her gig as the host of Amazon dating show The One That Got Away to support her uplifting and anthemic new album, BIG!, alongside drag superstar Shea Couleé (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season five).
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Oregon Book Awards Finalists Reading: Poetry and Fiction
Past Event List Fiction and poetry lovers won't want to miss this roundup of the 2023 Oregon Book Award finalists for the Ken Kesey Award in Fiction and the Stafford/Hall Award in Poetry, including former Guggenheim fellow Matthew Dickman, fretwork poet Michele Glazer, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest novelist Emme Lund, journalist Sindya Bhanoo, and queer Vietnamese poet Eric Tran. 
(Literary Arts, South Park Blocks)



Oregon Screams Horror Film Festival
Past Event List With a spooky slate of new independent films, this evening of horror includes an awards presentation for the freakiest flicks, networking opportunities, and screening introductions with filmmakers.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Brooks Nielsen Past Event List
Singer-songwriter Brooks Nielsen, best known as the frontman of the psychedelic surf rock band the Growlers, will support his first solo album, One Match Left, which weaves together theatrical humor and vintage rock ‘n’ roll à la Television Personalities or Jonathan Richman (his noted influences).
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift Past Event List
Break into your cottagecore era with this classical Taylor Swift tribute concert from the Listeso String Quartet, who will perform her beloved hits like "Cardigan," "Enchanted," "Invisible String," and "Love Story," all under the gentle glow of candlelight.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Folk Magik Presents: Charlie Hickey
Past Event List At just 23 years old, Pasadena-based artist Charlie Hickey has already received praise for his folk-tinged indie rock from trusted critics at Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Pitchfork, The FADER, Stereogum, Paste, and more. Not only that, indie rock queen Phoebe Bridgers has cited signing Hickey as one of the reasons for launching her Saddest Factory label. He will support his debut album, Nervous at Night, after an opening set from indie-pop artist Kristiane.
(Bunk Bar, Buckman)

The War & Treaty
Past Event List One unmissable show coming through town features powerhouse singers The War & Treaty. Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter make an irresistible blend of roots, soul, gospel, and folk music. The married duo put on a phenomenal show at Pickathon’s Woods Stage back in 2018, and I have been hankering for a chance to hear them live again ever since. Even better: The show only cost $24! See them while tickets are still cheap because this couple is going places. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Past Event List Trap rapper Yeat is known for his auto-tuned vocals, distinctive production choices, and amusing, song-stealing bars (like "Yeah, these kids is some motherfuckin' burgers, I'm callin' them Five Guys" and "We not books to read, we not Cat in the Hat, no Sam-I-Am, I cook that lil' shit up, Green Eggs and Ham"). He will support his new album Afterlyfe, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)


White Bird Presents: Paul Taylor Dance Company Past Event List
Founded in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is a veteran troupe led by critically acclaimed dancer Michael Novak. In celebration of White Bird's 25th anniversary, they'll return to Portland with a program of classic works by master choreographer Paul Taylor.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Alle C. Hall with Emme Lund Past Event List
Portland-based novelist Emme Lund, whose 2022 coming-of-age tale The Boy with a Bird in His Chest was hailed as “poignantly rendered and illuminating” by the Washington Post, will join Seattle writer Alle C. Hall for a discussion on Hall's new girl-and-her-backpack bildungsroman As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back.
(Annie Bloom's Books, Multnomah Village)

Craig Seligman: Who Does That Bitch Think She Is? Past Event List
While Tennessee pushes bonkers legislation that seeks to ban drag shows, Craig Seligman's biography of Doris Fish is a breath of fresh, sparkly air. In Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag, the lauded book critic and editor deep-dives into Fish's life as an anarchic post-Stonewall-era creator, drag queen, and sex worker in Australia. He'll be joined by Silvana Nova, Seligman’s husband, activist, performance artist, and former drag queen, for this conversation on Fish's driving force in drag during one of queer history's most dynamic eras.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Christina P.
Past Event List Christina P's razor-sharp comedy focuses on all things mom—her first Netflix special, Christina P: Mother Inferior, zooms in on the realities of life with two barbaric young boys, and she co-hosts the hit podcast Your Mom’s House with her husband, comedian Tom Segura. Hot on the heels of her newest special, Christina P: Mom Genes, she'll bring no-nonsense Gen X jokes to Portland, with a side of hatred for low-rise jeans.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Drunk Herstory Past Event List
Drunk Herstory may be modeled after the ultra-famous Funny or Die web series Drunk History, but frankly, it's way cooler. Hosted by Dahlia Hearts and "walking glitter bomb" Shandi Evans, the live sketch show stars local drag divas as they get twisted on stage and chat about queer history. 
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)


Adi Oasis
Past Event List French-Caribbean singer-songwriter and bassist Adi Oasis employs crystalline vocals, funky bass lines, and danceable grooves for infectious neo-soul tunes that have led her on tours with Anderson .Paak, Lee Fields, Chromeo, and Big Freedia. Give her latest album, Lotus Glow, a listen so that you can sing along at the show.
(Jack London Revue, Downtown)

Hungry Hungry Hip Hop 12 Year Anniversary: Doink!, Rush Hour Glass, and Something Something Brax
Past Event List Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop is a monthly showcase dedicated to spotlighting the many flavors and styles in Portland's hip-hop community, including live music, spoken word, and audio/visual art. This month, they'll celebrate their 12th anniversary with performances from jazz-infused hip-hip project Doink!, rap duo Rush Hour Glass (featuring local legends Old Grape God and Eric Fury), and art-rap artist Something Something Brax.
(Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, Boise)


Obitchuary Podcast Live! Past Event List
Is there anything more perversely satisfying than a scathing obituary about some dead guy that sucked when he was alive? No, you're right, there isn't. Best friends and co-hosts Spencer Henry and Madison Reyes understand this phenomenon well, and their hit podcast Obitchuary compiles the best of the best—prepare for the wackiest, most outrageous, and occasionally vicious obits out there, with a side of macabre history and "funeral facts." We've never been more on board.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Michelle Zauner
Past Event List Released in April 2021, Crying in H Mart tells the story of Zauner growing up in Eugene with a Korean immigrant mother whose love manifested in unyielding expectations, knife-like criticism, and the most delicious and attentively-prepared meals. In her mother’s final months with pancreatic cancer, Zauner once again used food to show love and process grief. After delaying promoting the book in-person due to the pandemic, the 33-year-old musician will begin her first book tour at the end of the month to promote the book’s paperback release. ROSE WONG
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



David Spade: Catch Me Inside
Past Event List Seasoned jokester and SNL vet David Spade, who now co-hosts the podcast Fly on the Wall alongside fellow SNL alumnus Dana Carvey, will bring his snide, self-deprecating style to Portland.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


AG Club Past Event List
AG Club is a Bay Area-based hip-hop collective that consists of lead vocalist Baby Boy and rappers Jody Fontaine and Mick Anthony, plus 777MEDIA providing visuals. With their impossibly energetic stage presence and in-your-face rap style, the group is often compared to fellow collectives like A$AP Mob and BROCKHAMPTON. While there are some similarities, there is something undeniably fresh about this rising group. See for yourself as they support their latest mixtape, Imposter Syndrome, after an opening set from Nigerian-born hip-hop artist Igwe Aka.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Aly & AJ: With Love From Past Event List
Sister duo Aly and AJ Michalka found early success on the Disney Channel, making appearances in a wide variety of made-for-TV movies and tween sitcoms. It was easy to be cynical when they began pursuing a music career, but now, 15 years after the release of their album Insomniatic, you can still hear "Potential Breakup Song" randomly blasting at a karaoke night or throwback dance party. The pair are back on the scene with a new album, With Love From, which Pitchfork described as "a breezy album defined by warm harmonies and easygoing pop melodies."
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Inhaler Past Event List
It makes sense that the Irish indie rock band Inhaler is successful and talented (frontman Elijah Hewson is the son of U2's Bono, after all). But despite the nepo baby of it all, the band is genuinely endearing and humble, with their band name referencing Hewson's teenage struggle with asthma. They will play tracks from their new album, Cuts & Bruises, which NME called "a bold step forward."
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


10th Annual Brazilian Carnaval Ball: A Decade of Light! Past Event List
The 10th annual installment of the Bossanova Ballroom's Carnaval Ball pays tribute to Brazil's African heritage, with performances from the Mandela Dance Monster, drumming troupe Bloco Alegria, and DJ Dígo Dalí spinning a hot mix of samba, funk carioca, forró, pagode, and more.
(Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman)

Dance Craze: Zodiac Dance Party Past Event List
Beloved all-vinyl DJ Action Slacks will welcome Aries season with a vintage mix of multi-genre tunes from the golden age of astrology (the late '60s-'70s). DJ Hell Books (of XRAY.FM) will join with a blend of soul, pop, rock, and other grooves to make you dance. Don't forget to come dressed as your zodiac sign, this is a costume party!
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton)



Bill Maher
Past Event List If you're reading this, you probably disagree with Bill Maher on a lot of things, but in the words of Stranger writer Dave Segal, "Maybe that’s the key to his success—outrage everybody and you’ll gain substantial mindshare in the attention economy." He'll undoubtedly continue to press buttons at this performance.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Creed Bratton
Past Event List "Do you want to see a foot with four toes?" Legendary weirdo and Renaissance man Creed Bratton will stop by Portland to share a few chuckles, and hopefully a song or two from his 2020 album Slightly Altered
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Candlelight: A Tribute to Beyoncé Past Event List
"Release your stress" with a multi-sensory musical experience as  Beyoncé’s iconic hits are performed by a live orchestra — you’ll bask in the sounds inside a room lit entirely by candles.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Cruel Diagonals, Crystal Quartez, {arsonist} Past Event List
Oakland experimental musician Megan Mitchell (aka Cruel Diagonals) brings her cinematic and exploratory sounds, which Pitchfork called "ambient music that's both expressive and empathetic," to the Holocene stage for an intimate performance featuring support from like-minded locals Crystal Quartez and {arsonist}.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Keshi: Hell & Back Tour Past Event List
Rapidly rising singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist Keshi will bring his hushed falsetto vocals, lush instrumentation, and glossy soul-pop tunes out to Portland in support of his debut album, Gabriel.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Ari Shapiro in Conversation With Thomas Lauderdale Past Event List
Ari Shapiro, award-winning Portland-raised NPR journalist and host of All Things Considered, will head to his old stomping grounds for this conversation with Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale in celebration of his new book, The Best Strangers in the World. The "witty, poignant book" (Ronan Farrow), which follows Shapiro as he globe-trots in cool leather jackets, chats with Obama on Air Force One, and hits the pavement with social justice activists, serves as a testament to the journalist's passion for connection. Alan Cumming described Shapiro as "a beacon of idiosyncratic frankness," which is as strange and wonderful an endorsement as they come.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



2023 Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Past Event List
I once attended the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival with a pregnant friend, and the winding line of traffic leading to the parking lot was so lengthy that she bolted out of the car and ran all the way to a neighboring farm to pee. What I'm saying is this: prepare yourself for an all-day affair, and if you're going on the weekend, bring plenty of car snacks. But 40 acres of tulips arranged in neat, color-coded rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood makes it all worth it. Tickets are only available online this year, so snag yours in advance to recuperate from the winter doldrums with some well-deserved Willamette Valley magic. LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Monday-Sunday)

Waterfront Park Cherry Blossoms Past Event List
At the north end of Waterfront Park, 100 cherry blossom trees pop pink blooms each spring at the Japanese American Historical Plaza. Tourists and locals alike stroll the tree-lined stretch to partake in stunning photo-ops, bask in the delicate falling petals, and reflect on the history of Japanese Portlanders.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, Monday-Sunday)


Dyketopia Past Event List
"Delightfully unhinged" queer comedy show Dyketopia will head to Portland from its Denver stomping grounds, where co-creators Lee Robinson and Kate McLachlan have cultivated a strong following. Dyketopia's quirky variety show format brings audiences a groovy, technicolor blend of interactive games, drag, and "extremely gay" stand-up.
(Siren Theater, Boise, Friday-Saturday)


Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
Remind List Exploring how individual and group identities are forged through tattooing, Nordic Northwest's latest exhibition, Tattoo: Identity Through Ink will, of course, feature a Scandinavian element. Head to Nordia House to scope out tattoo designs by Norwegian artist Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian American artist Amund Dietzel, plus information on Viking tattoos (badass), Neo-Nordic tattooing technique, and more.
(Nordic Northwest, Metzger, Saturday-Sunday; opening)


Everything Everywhere All at Once
Past Event List If you somehow haven't caught the explosive film that just earned 11 Academy Award nominations, here's your chance. From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," Everything Everywhere All at Once is a boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy that begins with an unlikely hero: an overworked laundromat owner struggling with her taxes. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, multiverse explorer, martial arts aficionado, and world saver.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Feminist March 2023
Past Event List Returning from a pandemic-related hiatus, Hollywood Theatre's Feminist March program will once again offer up a full month of screenings celebrating women in film. Presented in partnership with Portland State University's Center for Women's Leadership, Synth Library Portland, and Quest Center, this year's lineup includes 12 films directed by women, including multiple flicks by Black, Indigenous, and queer directors. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday-Friday)

Studio Ghibli Film Festival Past Event List
Over the last 30 years, Studio Ghibli has become legendary for its lush visuals, emotional and affecting storytelling, and poetic, intelligent approach to nature and the more-than-human world. OMSI's Studio Ghibli Film Festival will return for its eighth (almost) annual presentation of audience faves like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, as well as underrated classics like Pom Poko and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)


Easter Candy & Wine Pairing Past Event List
If you've aged out of the Easter basket crowd but still want to satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy five wine pairings with traditional Easter candies, plus a seasonal sangria. Tastings are available for dine-in or as to-go kits.
(Hip Chicks Do Wine, Reed, Saturday-Sunday)

Portland Brewery Dining Month Past Event List
Nine Portland breweries will prove that they're not just a one-trick pony by showing off enticing food options in addition to their beer. All participating locations will offer a $35 three-course meal with an appetizer, entree, dessert, a drink (beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic beverage), and a $10 voucher for your next meal.
(Various locations, Monday-Friday)


BODIES and THIRST TRAP Past Event List
Ray Young, the inaugural winner of the Eclipse Award, will present two parts of an ongoing investigation on water's role in climate justice: BODIES, an immersive water, light, and soundscape environment set in a swimming pool, and THIRST TRAP, a "sound and instruction-led" theatre piece that the audience member experiences from their own bathtub. (Instructions will be mailed to participants after purchasing a ticket.)
(Delivered to you, Saturday-Sunday)

​Forbidden Fruit
Past Event List A longstanding Midgard of Portland theater, Shaking the Tree makes both boundary-pushing and wonderfully relatable projects. We expect grand things, and the company consistently delivers. With Forbidden Fruit, Shaking the Tree has raised the bar once again. The hybrid play/installation is ambitious in scale—the product of twelve performers, six playwrights, one choreographer, with multiple cast members devising their own scenes, and at least one actor (Joellen Sweeney) composing her room's music. That's not even getting into the director Samantha Van Der Merwe, the show's creative team, and incredible set makers. Not to be capitalist, but the show feels valuable. PORTLAND MERCURY ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR SUZETTE SMITH
(Shaking the Tree Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Past Event List It always seems to be up to the teens to challenge outdated, discriminatory bullshit. Enter Tracy Turnblad, a '60s-era teenybopper who lands her dream role on an American Bandstand-inspired variety show and becomes an overnight sensation, but is disgusted by the show's racist practices. Based on the cult '88 musical comedy by cherished slimeball John Waters, this rendition of the Tony award-winning musical Hairspray proves that "you can't stop the beat." It was directed and choreographed for new audiences by unflappable Broadway duo Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell, and features RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 contestant Nina West (aka Andrew Levitt) as a shimmery Edna Turnblad.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

PassinArt: A Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's Seven Guitars Past Event List
Playwright August Wilson, often referred to as the "theater's poet of Black America," penned this bluesy, Pulitzer-nominated play in 1995. Seven Guitars, which is the fifth installment in Wilson's 10-play, decade-by-decade American Century Cycle, follows a cast of African American characters in the aftermath of a young guitarist's death.
(Brunish Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)


Frank Frances: Remember the South
Past Event List Artist Frank Frances's Remember the South reimagines colonialism through a contemporary eye, creating a fictitious environment within which racism, blackface, Confederate symbols, and crops from the American South are referenced in "meticulous" collages and unsettling, yet visually stunning photographs.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Once More in the Rain: Queer Futures
Past Event List Curated by Future Prairie, Joni Whitworth, and opera singer Onry Henreid, Once More in the Rain: Queer Futures takes the concept of a "museum of queer art" for a test drive. The installation creates a gathering space to investigate written works, visual art, and oral history from the city's LGBTQ+ community and doubles as a capitalism-be-damned "haven for reflection and repose." 
(1609 SE 3rd, Hosford-Abernethy, Saturday-Sunday)

2022 Pacific Northwest Drawers
Past Event List Blue Sky's annual Pacific Northwest Drawers exhibition showcases jury-selected new photography via flat file drawers on site. For this round, photographs by 58 regional artists will be on view.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Friday; closing)

Sam Geballe: Self-untitled
Past Event List Bay Area-based trans genderqueer artist Sam Geballe explains that they created the photographs in Self-Untitled to "help alleviate shame I had for my body, build connection, and humanize myself to others." The exhibition's black-and-white self-portraits grapple with the aftermath of Geballe's gastric bypass surgery, in which they lost a "drastic" amount of weight and felt a defensive sense of depersonalization as a result.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Still Life: Sung Eun Park
Past Event List Sung Eun Park's narrative-driven installations in Still Life feel like surreal theater sets, drawing from Japanese creator Akira Kurosawa's magical realist series of short films, Dreams, to explore the complex notion of a “good death.”
(Well Well, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

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