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The Top 58 Events in Portland This Week: Apr 3-9, 2023

Oregon Book Awards, Impractical Jokers, and More Top Picks
April 3, 2023
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If you ever find yourself lamenting missing a really cool event you only found out about after the fact, we’ve got your back. We've listed all of this week's top things to do here, from the 2023 Oregon Book Awards to your last chance to see Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes and from Impractical Jokers: The Drive Drive Drive Drive Drive Tour to Sasha Velour - The Big Reveal Live Show.


Venues may have health guidelines in place—we advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.


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MONDAY

FILM

Bad Girls Go To Hell Past Event List
Sexploitation master Doris Wishman is at her most iconically vulgar in this pulpy gutter-noir epic, which follows a housewife's attempts to stave off the police after she's assaulted while taking out the trash. Head to this screening of Bad Girls Go to Hell for the subversive feminist themes; stay for the dream sequences and experimental DIY spirit.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears? Past Event List
Hot off a Grammy win in 1970, Americana jazz rockers Blood, Sweat & Tears ducked behind the Iron Curtain to play shows in Yugoslavia, Romania, and Poland on a US State Department-sponsored tour. When they returned home, they found a polarizing shift in the sociocultural landscape and lost support from both right- and left-wing Americans. What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears? compiles footage from their Iron Curtain tour, once thought to be lost, and illuminating present-day interviews with the band.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

LIVE MUSIC

Vanessa Carlton: Future Pain Tour
Past Event List We'd wager that pop pianist Vanessa Carlton has enough star draw to fill a hall larger than the intimate and aurally superb Mississippi Studios, but as part of her Future Pain Tour, she’ll treat a small audience to An Evening with Vanessa Carlton, in April of 2023. Could she deny us a live rendition of the ear worm hit single "A Thousand Miles" (which still holds up)? Who cares, this show sounds magical! As long as we get something from her 2002 studio debut—like the similarly effervescent "Ordinary Day," "White Houses" from 2004’s Harmonium, and / or certainly "Future Pain," the lead single from her most recent album Love is an Art, we'll walk a thousand miles—and buy those tickets right now! Speaking of right now, eager fans can revisit the ultra calm vibes on her 2011 Christmas EP, Hear the Bells. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

READINGS & TALKS

2023 Oregon Book Awards
Past Event List To add even more titles to your TBR list, don't miss this annual award ceremony, which honors the best in Oregon poetry, fiction, nonfiction, YA, and graphic literature. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by much-loved emcee Luke Burbank, and finalists include names you might recognize from talks at Powell's, like Emme Lund, Lidia Yuknavitch, Casey Parks, and Janice Lee.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)

Brian Lowery in Conversation With Darrell Wade
Past Event List You may have been hanging out with yourself since the moment you were born, but that doesn't mean you know who you are. Baffled? Social psychologist and Stanford professor Brian Lowery elaborates in Selfless, which posits that the little voice in your head is actually a social construct. Inequity, race, gender, politics, and power structures all transform our view of the world, and therefore, our sense of self—learn more about it at this conversation, where Lowery will be joined by Darrell Wade, founder and director of Black Men's Wellness PDX.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

TUESDAY

COMEDY

Girl God Past Event List
Surreal and interactive, Girl God's performances are tag-teamed by comedy duo April Clark and Grace Freud. The jokesters approach the stage from trans and queer perspectives, selling out shows in New York, Chicago, and LA with witty, truthful reflections.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

READINGS & TALKS

Author Talk: Alison Roman, Sweet Enough Past Event List
You've probably seen food writer Alison Roman's viral recipes, like #TheCookies and #TheStew, on your Instagram feed. The author of Dining In and Nothing Fancy, known for her unfussy approach to cooking and her strong culinary opinions, is now returning to her pastry chef roots and turning her attention to dessert with her first baking book Sweet Enough. She'll discuss the new release at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing.
(Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton)

Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher
Past Event List Kesha Ajọsẹ-Fisher will celebrate the rerelease of her Oregon Book Award-winning collection No God Like the Mother with this discussion of the "gorgeously rendered, poetic and sure-handed" (Chelsea Bieker) tome. She'll be joined by Omar El Akkad, whose debut novel American War also won an Oregon Book Award for fiction.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Science Pub Portland: Beyond The Woof—What Your Dog is Actually Saying
Past Event List Do you know what your dog is "saying" when they bark? No, you don't. You don't speak dog. None of us do. Case closed, right? WRONG! Liz Everling and Valerie Peck, animal behavior experts at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, can totally speak dog. It's complicated, of course. Learning canine body language is a first step, as is understanding how doggy emotions drive their behavior. But head to this edition of Science Pub, and you'll come away with a clearer sense of how to connect with your pup. 
(OMSI, Central Eastside)

WEDNESDAY

FILM

Church of Film: Before the Revolution—Film and Poetry in Iran
Past Event List The cinematic legacy of the Iranian New Wave is poetic and self-aware, informed by cultural folklore, visual art traditions, and socioeconomic strife. This program includes film works from the first independent film studio in Iran, the Golestan Film Workshop, including an inferno of "film poems" by Ebrahim Golestan and Forugh Farrokhzad, as well as French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse's The Lovers Wind, a prized documentary on the Iranian landscape that led to Lamorisse's death in a helicopter crash while filming.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Black Flag
Past Event List Punk luminaries Black Flag have taken on many forms over the years, most notably forming with vocalist/Circle Jerk frontman Keith Morris before being replaced with perennial high school bully Henry Rollins. One thing that has stayed consistent is guitarist (and primary songwriter) Greg Ginn, who’s the sole continuous member of the band. On this tour, pro-skater-turned-punk vocalist Mike Vallely will front the band in a performance of the seminal, grunge-infused 1984 album, My War, in its entirety.
(Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman)

Gracie Abrams: The Good Riddance Tour Past Event List
Singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams (we’ll save you a Google—director J.J. is her dad) makes emotional pop songs about heartbreak full of quivering vocals and sparse arrangements. She’s gained notoriety in recent years for her close friendship with Olivia Rodrigo and mutual admiration from big names like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish. Although her nepo baby status has helped her break through to the mainstream, her sheer talent for songwriting stands on its own. Prepare for the show by listening to her stirring sophomore EP, This Is What It Feels Like.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Snow Tha Product: The Quince I Never Had Tour Past Event List
San Jose-born hip-hop artist and actress Claudia Alexandra Madriz Meza (aka Snow Tha Product) will bring her lightning-speed, razor-sharp bilingual raps back to Portland as a part of her Quince I Never Had tour ahead of the release of her upcoming album, Valemadre.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown; rescheduled from Tues Apr 4)

THURSDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Epik High
Past Event List South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High is credited with being one of the main groups to globally popularize their genre. They'll perform tracks from their ten studio albums, including their latest work, Epik High Is Here
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

PERFORMANCE

Joey Arias Strange Resume Tour with Eliot Douglass and Brandon Seabrook
Past Event List Joey Arias, a legendary collaborator of Klaus Nomi, David Bowie, and Thierry Mugler, actor in Big Top Pee Wee, and cast member in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, is a revered figurehead of NYC's burgeoning '80s performance art scene. Don't miss this chance to bask in his glamourous greatness at this performance, where he'll be joined by longtime collaborator Eliot Douglass and jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook.
(Darcelle XV Showplace, Old Town-Chinatown)

Latrice Royale Past Event List
"Jesus is a biscuit! Let him sop you up!" Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars competitor and congenial diva extraordinaire Latrice Royale requests that you "excuse the beauty" for this glam musical comedy performance celebrating her 30th year in show biz. (We hope to hear some piping hot industry tea.)
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves Live From Outer Space Past Event List
Milwaukie's Chapel Theatre will celebrate its fifth anniversary with this '80s teen sci-fi-horror-comedy cabaret, which follows a gaggle of sultry cheerleaders in the aftermath of a parasitic alien crash-landing. Expect dance numbers and puppets!
(Chapel Theater, Milwaukie)

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Covet
Past Event List Self-identified as an "emotional nerd rock" band, the California-based trio Covet will swing through town just two days after the release of their new album, catharsis. Pomona-based rock project (led by former American Idol contestant Alejandro Aranda) Scarypoolparty and New York electropop quartet Altopalo will open.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

TOC Moon Series: Full Pink Moon ft. Tarta Relena & Lindsay Clark
Past Event List Barcelona-based duo Tarta Relena seamlessly binds together their voices with sparse percussion and electronic flourishes that reframe and re-work traditional music of the Mediterranean. Familiarize yourself with their unique sound by listening to their acclaimed 2021 album, Fiat Lux. They will join the TOC Moon Series, celebrating the full pink moon, alongside folk singer-songwriter Lindsay Clark.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Yaeji Past Event List
"Occupying the lush soundscape between relaxation and revving up for a night out, Yaeji’s richly textured lo-fi beats are perfect for a cool walk home after partying the night away. Brooklyn-based Kathy Yaeji Lee’s addictive, ASMR-like blend of house, hip-hop, and English-Korean lyrics has all the fun of a DIY affair, and the cool confidence of a music sensation who knows that she’s killing it every step of the way," wrote former Stranger writer Sophia Stephens. Expect to hear songs from her glossy, pop-fuelled debut mixtape, What We Drew, along with new tracks from her follow-up, With A Hammer, which will conveniently be released the day of the show.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PERFORMANCE

Black Lodge Burlesque Past Event List
Lynch lovers will unleash their lust for Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Wild at Heart, and other cult cinema faves on stage, paying tribute to the oddball director with burlesque and drag performances that'll have you making this sound, but like, in a good way.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Impractical Jokers: The Drive Drive Drive Drive Drive Tour
Past Event List Hidden camera reality show Impractical Jokers will stop by Portland with more daredevil antics and a round-up of wacky never-before-seen videos. Expect behind-the-scenes stories from madcap hosts Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, and Staten Island sweetie Sal Vulcano. 
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Rachel Bloom
Past Event List Rachel Bloom, co-creator, producer, and star of the CW musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, will stop by Portland to remind us why “antidepressants are so not a big deal.” 
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

EASTER

Easter Bake Sale Past Event List
Your Easter Basket will runneth over with treats from Little Red Bakeshop, Alchemy Desserts, Twin Leaf Bakers, After School Market, and Montelupo chef Sedona Lily Kusler. Plus, each vendor will conceal an Easter Egg somewhere and post hints on their Instagram page—the lucky finder will get to claim a delicious prize.
(Montelupo Market, Kerns)

Easter Weekend on the Farm Past Event List
What better way to celebrate Easter weekend than a trip to a pastoral farm? Topaz Farm will offer freshly baked doughnuts, coffee, hot chocolate, cow train rides, "mini-digger" sessions, farm animals (including baby lambs and a bunny named Mr. McGregor!), a scavenger hunt with prizes for kids, coloring activities, and Ukrainian egg decorating demos. Parents can also indulge in mimosas made with house-made marionberry lemonade, in addition to beer, wine, hard cider, and non-alcoholic beverages.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

FILM

RRR
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)

LIVE MUSIC

100 gecs
Past Event List The unhinged hyper-pop of 100 gecs, one of the internet's favorite bands, has been praised as propelling the genre forward, with the New Yorker calling their sound "an impressively precise maximalist exercise with no rules." They've grown exponentially, from their acclaimed 2019 debut 1000 gecs to their recently released album 10,000 gecs. Catch the pair supporting the new album alongside Long Island-based electronic project Machine Girl. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Blackwater Holylight Past Event List
Local metal quintet Blackwater Holylight contrasts their shimmering harmonies with sludgy, psychedelic instrumentals for a product that is haunting, beautiful, cathartic, and scary all at the same time. I don't listen to very much metal, but I love this band. Consider them your gateway into the genre! They will play tracks from their latest album, Silence/Motion, after opening sets from kindred spirits Cold Gawd and Abronia. AUDREY VANN
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Chiiild Ages with Isaia Huron
Past Event List On his sophomore album, Better Luck In The Next Life, Canadian psychedelic soul artist Chiiild gives an autobiographical account of his life through lyrics drenched in emotion and sincerity, which are layered with distorted vocals and wobbly guitars. He will support the album alongside the like-minded Isaia Huron.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Fred and Toody Cole Retrospective Past Event List
The local record label Mississippi Records, who has made "vital but often overlooked music" of all genres accessible for 20 years now, will celebrate their anniversary by paying tribute to Portland legends Fred and Toody Cole. Toody herself will take the stage beside country-rock band Jenny Don't And The Spurs to perform a retrospective of music from the duo's career, covering tunes from beloved projects like Dead Moon, the Rats, the Lollipop Shoppe, Pierced Arrows, and many others. Jenny Don't And The Spurs will also perform a full set along with folk-rock band Cruise Control and DJ Erin Yanke.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Key Glock: Glockoma Tour
Past Event List Memphis rapper Key Glock began his musical career as the protégé of his cousin, the late rapper/label owner Young Dolph. He will support his debut two-part album, Yellow Tape, which Pitchfork described as "A street-rap saga peppered with such trenchant insights, narrating the lonely world of a 22-year-old who has been through more bad times than any 22-year-old deserves." 
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Lady Sings the Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday Past Event List
Curated and emceed by powerhouse vocalist (and 2018 Jazz Hero Award winner) Marcia Hocker, this concert will tap the talents of LaRhonda Steele, Arietta Ward, Dani B., Rita Marquez, and Carey Campbell to pay tribute to "the lady in satin" Billie Holiday by performing her legendary jazz hits.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Oregon Symphony: The Blue Hour in Concert
Past Event List Composer/vocalist Shara Nova will lead the musicians of the Oregon Symphony in a heartfelt performance of The Blue Hour, a song cycle written collaboratively with Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The multi-sensory piece takes excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth to explore memories of childhood, war, love, and loss through a female perspective.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Ten Grands
Past Event List Have you ever wondered, "What do ten grand pianos sound like all played at once?" Good news: Ten world-renowned pianists, including Portland's own new age virtuoso Michael Allen Harrison, will show you how it's done. The result will blow your mind.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

The Get Down One-Year Anniversary with BoomBox and David Hohme Past Event List
We love to see Portland’s independently owned music venues win whenever possible. If you’re in the mood to move your body, head to the Get Down on Saturday, April 8, when the relatively new music venue is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a concert starring electronic music duo BoomBox. Originally founded by producer Zion Rock Godchaux, BoomBox now comprises his brother Kinsman MacKay. The evening will showcase the indulgent grooves of the Muscle Shoals-based brothers, who play an eclectic and euphonious mix of house, soul, funk, rock, and blues. Considering the many changes to Portland’s small business landscape since 2020, the fact that the Get Down is still rocking a year later is worth celebrating. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(The Get Down, Buckman)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Mike Dunn Past Event List
Don't miss the rare opportunity to shake your booty to the Chicago house jams of legendary DJ/producer Mike Dunn, who is widely credited with shaping the genre over his over 30-year-long career. Fellow DJs Jason Burns, Peter Sheppard, Floyd Vader, and Cee Blanco will get the party started.
(Holocene, Buckman)

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Party Past Event List
Enter your "Eras" era by dancing like you’re 22 to a non-stop set of T-Swift's love songs, breakup bangers, and revenge anthems. Are you ready for it?
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

All Boats PDX 2023
Past Event List Returning for its third iteration, All Boats will showcase artists working in theater, dance, music, film, comedy, and performance art for a genre-bending, experimental evening of "artist-audience connection." Founded in New York in 2015, All Boats eludes the often hierarchical, insular nature of the art world through a nomination-based format that allows artists to elect others for inclusion in the program. Playwright Joseph Merlo described the event as "a place to get lit up inside."
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland)

VISUAL ART

16th Annual Art First Artists’ Auction
Past Event List Oregon Contemporary's largest fundraiser of the year includes a silent art auction, after party, and tasting menus from the buzziest restaurants in Portland's food scene. Singer and performance artist Amenta Abioto will jump-start the evening with a mystical one-woman concert, and pop-up gallery collective Ethereal Reflections will bring the glow with floral and light installations. Attendees can nosh on bites from Tortilleria y Tienda De Leon, La Arepa, El Pilón, and Cachito de Cielo while rubbing elbows with art lovers.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton)

SUNDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Edna Vazquez with Mariachi Tradicion Past Event List
Behold: an exciting evening of Latin music held at downtown’s intimate music club Jack London Revue. Get there on time to catch Mariachi Tradición fever. Lesslie Nuñez started the Mariachi Tradición music program as an after-school club at Neil Armstrong Middle School in 2016, but the program’s popularity grew into a high school and middle school elective course. Forest Grove High School’s excellent audition-based ensemble will warm up the downtown basement with the troupe’s eight violins, two trumpets, one guitarron, one vihuela, two guitars and, of course, vocals. Stay to hear singer-songwriter Edna Vazquez tear up the mic with her iconic, emotive covers like Consuelo Velázquez’s bolero song “Bésame Mucho,” and Daddy Yankee’s “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó.” There’s also the option to make it a super swanky night out, by reserving a three- or six-person VIP table or booth. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Jack London Revue, Downtown)

MULTI-DAY

EXHIBITS

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
Past Event 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; closing)

FILM

Air
Past Event List Ben Affleck directs this sporty dramedy that follows shoe salesman-turned-Nike-exec Sonny Vaccaro's pursuit of then-rookie Michael Jordan for a partnership that would define the sneaker brand. Viola Davis plays MJ's uncompromising mom, which elevates the film to a must-see, and Affleck also appears on screen as Nike co-founder Phil Knight, whose contradictory interests (Buddhism and the bottom line) become a running joke.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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)

PERFORMANCE

American Girl Past Event List
Trans playwright Mikki Gillette, whose production The Queers sold out at Fuse Theatre Ensemble in 2022, will return with American Girl. Through extensive interviews with those closest to her, the production unveils the harrowing story of trans teen Nikki Kuhnhausen, who was killed in a hate crime in Vancouver, Washington in 2019.
(Back Door Theater, Sunnyside, Thursday-Sunday)

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 your address, Monday-Sunday)

Firebird Past Event List
Experience Yuri Possokhov’s Russian folkloric ballet, set to a powerful Stravinsky score, at this production of Firebird, which will also include performances of Stanton Welch’s "high-octane" Indigo and a world premiere by former New York City Ballet star Lauren Lovette as part of the program.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Friday-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)

Sasha Velour - The Big Reveal Live Show
Past Event List Genderfluid drag artist and RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 winner Sasha Velour will present a magical evening of drag, storytelling, and performance art in celebration of her forthcoming book The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag. The book blends drag history with Velour's own story, and was described as "one manicured middle finger to the world" by Beyond the Gender Binary author Alok. Velour will head to the stage for a spellbinding show, which will include a conversation with a special guest star and an audience Q&A session.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Friday-Saturday)

Speculative Drama Presents: Titus Andronicus Past Event List
The Bard's violent tragedy Titus Andronicus will unfold on stage with a brand-new look inspired by cyberpunk aesthetics and Hellraiser imagery. (Our favorite cenobite, Butterball, would approve.) The Speculative Drama production will incorporate "immersive soundscapes" and site-specific storytelling for a unique take on Shakespeare's darkest work.
(The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday)

The SPIN Past Event List
With 20 different dance programs prepped and a game wheel at the ready, The SPIN brings an improvisational component to the stage and blends movement, theater, and comedy for an element of surprise at each show.
(BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Saturday)

SPRING

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)

VISUAL ART

Angela Anh Nguyen: How We Hegemony Past Event List
LA-based textile artist Angela Anh Nguyen will showcase her graphic tufted rugs in How We Hegemony, the artist's first solo exhibition. Book an appointment to scope out the subtly comical works, which "document the reaching effects of authority" with bold, head-on sincerity.
(One Grand Gallery, Buckman, Friday-Sunday; opening)

Homemaker Past Event List
If you haven't visited Archer Gallery at Vancouver's Clark College, you're missing out—the exhibition space consistently showcases strong contemporary work from regional and far-flung artists. Homemaker is no exception; the domesticity-inspired group exhibition features works by PNW favorites like mixed-media sculptor Emily Counts and flora lover Amy Bay alongside Mark Takiguchi, whose works are inspired by Pottery Barn catalogs, and daring "expanded painter" Rachael Zur.
(Archer Gallery at Clark College, Vancouver, Monday-Saturday)

Making Earth Cool Remind List
Do-good Gaia lovers Making Earth Cool will bring some environmental joie de vivre to Parallax Art Center this spring with two months of earthy activities staged within an "immersive handmade setting." As part of their artist residency program, visitors will be invited to participate in repair workshops, educational storytelling, and calls to action informed by Indigenous and youth-led activist groups.
(Parallax Art Center, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Michael Brophy
Past Event List PNCA graduate and instructor Michael Brophy has exhibited extensively in the Pacific Northwest across his 40-year career. In this solo exhibition, he depicts faceless solo hikers exploring larger-than-life flora and lonely, winding roads in gouache and oils.
(Russo Lee Gallery, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Sunday; opening)

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)

Shiela Laufer: Six More Weeks
Past Event List Shiela Laufer's warm, swirling compositions evoke dappled light, wrought-iron decor, and tangled flora. Inspired by her rural Pennsylvanian upbringing, the Portland-based painter draws her dreamy motifs from Pennsylvania Dutch folk art and hex signs, which you've probably seen decorating a barn or two. 
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Takahiko Hayashi
Past Event List A quarter century of works by lauded Japanese artist Takahiko Hayashi are on display in Shi Han Seiki: Trace the Drawn Lines, a retrospective of swirling, abstracted copperplate prints and collages.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

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