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The Top 59 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 6-12, 2023

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, The Second City, and More Top Picks
February 6, 2023
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations features Grammy Award-winning tunes and Tony Award-winning moves. (Emilio Madrid)
There are a number of great events on deck this week to keep you busy and entertained, and we've rounded them up here, from Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations to The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to The Ultimate Date Night and from SINTH: Dark Elektro-Synth Music Festival to Unwound.

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Eraserhead in 35mm Add to a List
In heaven, everything is fine. David Lynch's debut feature cemented the director as an unmatched force in enigmatic, haunting cinema, inspiring endless contemplation over the last 45 years. This 35mm screening will only enhance the gloomy beauty of Eraserhead's black-and-white photography.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)



Bluey's Big Play Add to a List
Rascally heelers Bluey and Bingo have big plans to get lazy Dad off his bean bag chair in this fresh theatrical adaptation of the Emmy-winning series Bluey. The show's creator, Joe Brumm, penned this original tale, which is set to new music by Bluey composer Joff Bush.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Chuck Klosterman Add to a List
Chuck Klosterman, noted culture critic, columnist, and award-winning author, returns with a novel-length analysis of the '90s. Delving into the love-it-or-hate-it decade, The Nineties reckons with slacker apathy, glossy magazines, MTV, and more.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Science Pub Portland: This Woman, This Warrior: Comics and Women's Liberation Add to a List
OMSI's Science Pub continues its comic book-centered programming this week with a chat on the intersections of feminism, capitalism, and culture led by Susan Kirtley, Ph.D., the director of Comic Studies at Portland State University. Dr. Kirtley has some thoughts on how women's liberation is marketed to the masses, so put down the trades and floppies and put on your thinking caps.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)



David Nihill Add to a List
Irish-born comic Dave Nihill draws from his vast international experiences—he's been to 70 countries, and lived in 12—to reflect on cultural norms, drinking sessions, and his life as a slightly confused US immigrant. Nihill's unconventional rise to comedy fame began when he crashed festivals and comedy clubs, pretending to be a successful comic named "Irish Dave." We hope to see more of Nihill's enterprising spirit, and hear that cool accent, in this performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)


New Found Glory: Make The Most Of It Acoustic Tour Add to a List
Bust out your eyeliner and studded accessories and sing along to New Found Glory's pop-punk classics like “My Friends Over You” and "Head on Collision," stripped down for this special unplugged tour. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from viral singer-songwriterLeanna Firestone.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Pop Fever: A Multi-Dimensional AAPI Music & Arts Showcase Add to a List
Show up for your AAPI neighbors with a sampling of Portland's top voices in pop music. Thythy will get you on your feet with her Y2K-inspired pop grooves alongside captivating rapper Real3AM, dance-pop hit machine Alana Rich, hip-hop mastermind GI Rich, R&B artist Piscee, and DJ chingooz. In addition, there will also be a showcase of visual art from local AAPI creators.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Rubblebucket Add to a List
Psychedelic art-pop duo Rubblebucket includes trumpets, saxophones, and other brass instruments for their unique funk-infused sound. They will jam tracks from their new album, Earth Worship, which is inspired by dissolving the "imaginary lines between the natural world and its inhabitants." 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


It's Not Me, It's You. Add to a List
Nothing says Valentine's Day like reproductive justice and embarrassing storytelling, so head to this benefit organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to support their freedom-driven mission while basking in the glory of other people's mortifying memories. Oregon's most sharp-witted storytellers will share their awkward tales of lost love, so you'll either come away more grateful for your partner, or more grateful to be single.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



Black Joe Lewis & Pimps of Joytime Add to a List
With inspirations like James Brown, Lightnin' Hopkins, and MC5, blues/funk/soul singer Black Joe Lewis will be sure to bring the house down with his high-energy performance style and classic soulful sound. He will be joined by the Pimps of Joytime with their unique fusion of soul, Afrobeat, and punk.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Cheryl Strayed, Iliana Regan, Margo Cilker and more! Add to a List
Live Wire's 2023 offerings kick off with this evening of honest, inspiring conversation between #1 New York Times bestselling author and Portland gem Cheryl Strayed and Iliana Regan, a Michelin-starred chef and National Book Award nominee. Oregon-raised singer-songwriter and festival favorite Margo Cilker will provide the Western-inspired tunes, which some describe as similar to Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Pop Up Poetry in Portland with Ebony Stewart Add to a List
International touring poet, performance artist, and 2017 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion Ebony Stewart will stop by Honey Latte Cafe to share poems from her publications Home.Girl.Hood and BloodFresh. The decorated wordsmith often pens poems that contend with gender, sexuality, and race in relation to the Black lived experience.
(Honey Latte Cafe, Buckman)


Ahree Lee Workshop: Pattern and Code Add to a List
Presented in tandem with the current exhibition Weaving Data Add to a List , this free workshop led by new media and textile artist Ahree Lee invites participants to explore women's vital role in coding development and the surprising connections between weaving and computing. (Spoiler: one of the first computers was inspired by the Jacquard loom!) Lee will lead a hands-on weaving activity to examine the relationships between warp, weft, and code.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, South Park Blocks)



The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to The Ultimate Date Night Add to a List
The Second City, Chicago's oldest ongoing improv theater troupe (and original stomping grounds of greats like Chris Farley, John Candy, and Amy Poehler) will head to Portland with an evening of caliente comedy and naughty hilarity that your Tinder date will dig.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Archers of Loaf Add to a List
The beloved Chapel Hill-hailing quartet Archers of Loaf will bring their anthemic and gritty indie rock back to town for a two-night stint to support their long-awaited album,Reason in Decline, their first release since 1998. Toronto-based jangle-pop band Ducks Ltd. will open.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Black Belt Eagle Scout Add to a List
Portland’s Katherine Paul is the queer and Indigenous musician behind the Black Belt Eagle Scout moniker. In 2020, Paul made the journey from Portland back to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Reservation, where she grew up, about 20 minutes south of Anacortes, Washington along the Skagit River. That’s where she eventually became a jingle dress dancer—wearing traditional powwow regalia made with 365 tobacco can lids curled into cone-like shape, and sewn closely together with ribbons. On her forthcoming album The Land, The Water, The Sky, Paul will serve as a storyteller over the course of 12 tracks, evoking feelings of deep sadness, but also joy and hope, as Paul remembers the land, wisdom, knowledge, and traditions passed down by her ancestors—and weaves those inspirations in with her grunge and riot grrrl sounds. The album is expected to drop on February 10 via indie label Saddle Creek, but you can listen to two singles from the record RIGHT NOW: opening track “My Blood Runs Through This Land,” and “Don’t Give Up.” On the day of the project’s release, Black Belt Eagle Scout will play an album release show at Aladdin Theater—tickets are a mere $20 and guaranteed to evaporate. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Nick Hakim Add to a List
Hot on the heels of his new album, COMETA, NYC-based singer-songwriter Nick Hakim will bring his meditative, soulful, and dreamy indie rock to Portland with support from indie-folk artist June McDoom. 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Wood Brothers Add to a List
Chris Wood is the bassist of exceptional avant-jazz and space-funk makers Medeski Martin & Wood. But he also plays in a band with his elder brother, Oliver. Their sound differs greatly from MMW’s; it’s a mix of folk-blues and gospel-tinged Americana—warm, upbeat, and made for driving on dusty rural roads or nursing whiskey on a back porch at twilight, as crickets serenade you from the shadows. Chris’s fat, buoyant double-bass grooves complement his brother’s easy-going guitar strums, choppy slide work, and velvety country-soulful vocals, while drummer/percussionist Jano Rix holds down the rhythms, but also provides occasional accompaniment on shuitar (a guitar modified into a percussion instrument), keys, and vocal harmonies. LEILANI POLK
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Your Song: A Valentine’s Singalong Tribute to Elton John Add to a List
No need to be alone this Valentine's Day; fellow members of the Rocket Club are here to help you get through it with a singalong celebration featuring Sir Elton John’s hits about love and loss. You may also hear some tunes from his friends and frenemies, too (*cough* Madonna *cough*).
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


OMSI After Dark: PROMSI Add to a List
Leave the kids at home for this adults-only blast from the past, where you can dress up in your polyester best, take an awkward photo with your date, and boogie down. Science demos on sex cells and electrostatics will attract your nerdy crush, and on-site vendors will have sex toys, romance novels, and more up for grabs.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)

S P A C E: The Drag Show, destination: Earth! Add to a List
Guided by cosmic host Mafeta Crumble and featuring performances by Baba Yusef, Sugarpill, Given, Ellie Leblunt, and Max Little, this sliding-scale drag experience blends DIY energy with interstellar vibes for a unique exploration of planet Earth. Head to Black Water before the show starts to meet with local astrologers and peruse heavenly wares by local makers.
(Black Water Bar, Irvington)


Mortified Add to a List
A valiant roundup of Portlanders will air out their most shameful moments on stage for this edition of Mortified, a podcast and live event series that celebrates the utter embarrassment of childhood. (Newsweek deemed the show a "cultural phenomenon.”)
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia,)



Nigerian Cultural Festival | International Art Festival Add to a List
This two-weekend celebration of all things Yoruban culture will include an art display by prolific painter O. Yemi Tubi and a youth toy-crafting workshop, plus a puppet show, dance performances, and lectures on Orisha-Ifá spiritual practices and Yoruban folklore.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District)


Fright-B-Wary Horror Film Festival Add to a List
This ghoulish compilation of unique, mainstream-be-damned horror flicks from Vietnam, Germany, France, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States is a "celebration of the profane" that promises a jam-packed night of fright.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Kitchen Dwellers Add to a List
The Montana-bred outfit Kitchen Dwellers will bring their high-energy trippy bluegrass to Portland, promising "a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues." Don't miss an opening set from soulful Americana artist Lindsay Lou.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Portland Gay Men's Chorus Presents: "It's Complicated" Add to a List
In the wise words of Avril Lavigne, "why do you have to go and make things so complicated?" The Portland Gay Men's Chorus (one of the longest-running gay men's choruses in the country!) will explore the many complex moods of love with uplifting choral renditions of pop tunes (think: Whitney Houston, Gloria Gaynor, Cher, Dolly Parton, etc).
(Alberta Abbey, King)

Under The Covers: A Pre-Valentine's Affair Add to a List
This Valentine's weekend, get cozy with local sweethearts the Moody Dudes, Pulp Western, and Falcon Heart as they cover classic love songs by artists like Hall & Oates, Beyoncé, and Boyz II Men that highlight the ups and downs of romance. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


Ciao Amore: A White Lotus 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 White Lotus-themed dance party, based on the beloved HBO mystery, is the latest capitalization on pop culture. So pretend you're on a luxury vacation with Italo-disco bops, house hits, and the iconic theme song.
(Holocene, Buckman)


Yvie Oddly presents Strange Love Add to a List
She's odd, but like, in a good way—avant-garde drag diva, RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 winner, and "authentic weirdo" Yvie Oddly will slay in Portland in this one-woman show of songs and tea-spilling. Bring your curious crushes along for the ride, and prepare to fall in strange love.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


This is the Future: An Artist Talk with Hito Steyerl Add to a List
German filmmaker and futuristic thinker Hito Steyerl's This is the Future Add to a List blends video projections, sculptures, and an augmented reality (AR) experience to create a "vibrant, imagined garden" caught within the sticky web of capitalism and tech advancements. Steyerl's "spatial interventions" are informed by humanity's deep desire to predict the future using AI—in this talk, the forward-thinking artist will examine our failures to achieve these goals.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees Add to a List
When asked to give a quick summary of her one-woman show Get On Your Knees, comedian Jacqueline Novak offers up her marketing tagline: “The most highbrow show about blowjobs you’ll ever see!” It’s not really about blowjobs—or at least, not exclusively. Rather, GOYK uses the blow job as “this recurring thing I revisit to talk about a lot of other things,” Novak says in a 2021 interview with the Mercury, which is peppered with the mile-a-minute commentary and generous, honest humor fans of Novak would recognize. BLAIR STENVICK
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Portland Comedy Film Festival Add to a List
Head to historic haunt Clinton St. Theater for this all-day screening of the buzziest comedy flicks, music videos, and series episodes on the film festival circuit.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)



Symbiosis Add to a List
Inspired by ecofeminist scholar Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble, Symbiosis is quite possibly the most immersive—and coolest—art experience to hit Portland in a long time. The "performative, multiuser, and multisensory installation" outfits visitors in specially designed, soft robotic suits, transforming both physical and sensory perceptions with VR sensors. The experience engages all five senses, and even includes vegetarian snacks designed by master chefs. Created by Dutch collective Polymorf and deemed "one of the first fully sensory Extended Reality (XR) storytelling experiences," Symbiosis imagines a futuristic biosphere of human-animal hybrids.
(PAM CUT, Downtown, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)


Portland Winter Light Festival Add to a List
The Portland Winter Light Festival is an after-holiday reminder that the best lights of the year don't illuminate until February. Brighten up from the winter blues with dozens of free art installations and interactive spaces on either side of the Willamette; don't miss the "fire-based sculptures," illuminated bike ride, and 16-foot-tall robot!
(Various locations, Monday-Saturday)


Assault on Precinct 13 Add to a List
This fresh restoration of thrill master John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 brings new life to the cult film, which follows members of a South Central LA gang as they exact revenge on the LAPD for a series of murders. Unexpected alliances form among cops and prisoners at a soon-to-be-shuttered precinct. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Cascade Festival of African Films Add to a List
The "longest-running annual, non-profit, non-commercial, largely volunteer-run African film festival in the United States" features works by African directors, centering non-Western perspectives on African culture with films likeThe Blue Caftan and You’re My Favourite Place. Live interviews with filmmakers and community conversations round out the exciting cultural event, with opportunities for virtual and in-person viewing. 
(PCC Cascade and Virtual, Thursday-Saturday)

Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a 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)

Infinity Pool Add to a List
Not all nepo babies spend their lives hanging poolside—Brandon Cronenberg, son of body horror master David Cronenberg, has begun to follow in his cool dad's footsteps, directing visceral, gross-out horror flicks like 2020's Possessor. Fans of The White Lotus will dig his new direction; Infinity Pool soaks up the sun at a pristine beach resort, where two guests encounter a mysterious seductress (played by new fave Mia Goth) and become entwined in a hedonistic puzzle. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)


“Drift Boat” Pop-Up Brunch Add to a List
Spokane-based chef and James Beard Award semifinalist Jeremy Hansen, who has worked at the Michelin-starred Cafe Gray in New York, will serve a preview of his upcoming breakfast and brunch spot Drift Boat, which will focus on produce and seafood. Bantam Tavern bar manager Amy Tegge will provide a special cocktail menu to complement the specials.
(Bantam Tavern, Nob Hill, Saturday-Sunday)


SINTH: Dark Elektro-Synth Music Festival Add to a List
Calling all goths! The Coffin Club and YES Music Productions have teamed up for a dark moody music fest showcasing some of Seattle and Portland's most promising dark electronic and synth bands and DJs. Night one will feature performances from EDM project -ism, electronic rock outfit Hospital Lies, synth duo Graveyard Gossip, noise composer Swish Blade, and various on-theme DJs. Night two will include darkwave heroes HexHeart at the top of the bill along with Dancing Plague, Nuda, Ruby Lustre, and more.
(Coffin Club, Buckman, Friday-Saturday)

Unwound Add to a List
Back in 2015, VICE wrote, "Unwound will never reunite so get over it.” The Olympia, WA-born post-hardcore quartet will defy all odds, heading out on their first tour in twenty years with a three-night stint in Portland, playing songs from their seven-album catalog. Bassist Jared Warren (of Karp, The Melvins, and Big Business) will fill the shoes of founding member Vern Rumsey, who passed away in 2020.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, Monday-Wednesday)


Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations Add to a List
We're not too proud to beg for this 12-time Tony-winning jukebox musical, which weaves the story of the Detroit Motown band's rise to fame through foot-tapping tunes and killer dance moves. Obie-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Tony-winning director Des McAnuff, and Tony-winning Sergio Trujillo join heads for Ain't Too Proud, which moves to the beat of “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and other hits.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Boom Arts presents US Premiere of OKINUM by ONISHKA productions Add to a List
Following its run at the International PuSh Festival in Vancouver, BC, and Berlin, Boom Arts and interdisciplinary artist Émilie Monnet will present the US premiere of solo theater performance OKINUM. The hypnotic experience blends French, Anishnabemowin, and English spoken word with a live score by musician Jackie Gallant to "investigate the impacts of colonialism and the stories of Indigenous women through a narrative and documentary lens."
(Hampton Opera Center, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Cabaret Add to a List
Former Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle once wrote: "Cabaret is the best musical of all time, because Kander and Ebb were geniuses and because it neatly solves the problem inherent in musicals (why are these people breaking into song?). Its bawdy, funny, hedonistic songs aren't indulgent for indulgence's sake. What goes on inside the Kit Kat Klub, in Berlin in 1931, is ignorant bliss on amphetamines, a carnival of humanity not aware what's coming their way." This version of the Weimar Germany-set musical will be presented by the nonprofit musical theater company Stumptown Stages, which delivered a killer interpretation of Little Shop of Horrors last year.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

Dragons Love Tacos Add to a List
Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon by Adam Rubin, this dance-infused interpretation of Dragons Love Tacos is a wiggle-in-your-seat story of hungry dragons who—if you can believe it—really, really love tacos. PDX Parent described the show as "fun, silly, and everything a little kid could ask for in a production."
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

The Mad Ones Add to a List
Performed by Oregon Children's Theatre's Young Professionals Company, this funny, whip-smart production "speaks volumes about what it is to come of age in 21st century America" (National Alliance of Musical Theatre). The Mad Ones follows an adolescent at a crossroads who must decide between following her mother's legacy or forging her own with a capricious friend.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Friday-Sunday)

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B Add to a List
Penned by playwright Kate Hamill and adapted from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this tongue-in-cheek feminist farce sees two female roommates stumble across mysteries and villains they never expected. Oregon Artswatch described Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B as a "buddy comedy," so expect more laughs and less Jack the Ripper-esque horror.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Ronald Reagan Murdered My Mentors Add to a List
Presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble and BlaQ OUT, this pensive new play looks closely at the roadblocks to love and happiness experienced by gay American men. Ronald Reagan Murdered My Mentors follows a queer Latine man whose lack of role models in the wake of the AIDS epidemic leads him to seek solace with an anonymous connection.
(Back Door Theater, Sunnyside, Thursday-Sunday)

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook Add to a List
Blending musical revue and original musical elements, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook features a "treasure trove" of beloved hits by composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). The performance follows a pair of empty-nesters whose yellowing photographs help them revisit fond memories and uncover unexpected secrets.
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Tigard, Thursday-Sunday)

Trinity Irish Dance Company Add to a List
Dance advocates White Bird will return to the Reser withTrinity Irish Dance Company for a performance that merges mesmerizing traditional Irish step dance with contemporary innovations to the form.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Thursday-Saturday)

Welcome to Arroyo’s Add to a List
Award-winning actor and theater-maker Bobby Bermea directs this ode to hip-hop, street art, and family, set within the graffitied walls of the struggling Arroyo’s Lounge.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

What I Learned in Paris Add to a List
Set amid a historic campaign win for Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, What I Learned in Paris follows a complex web of romance, truth-telling, and temptation in '70s Georgia.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday)

Young Americans Add to a List
This world premiere by playwright à la mode Lauren Yee takes audiences on two road trips, 20 years apart. Weaving together immigrant narratives and "intimate, music-led comedy," Young Americans looks closely at tough transitions and how we define home.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday)


Portland Night Market Add to a List
Stroll beneath twinkling lights while browsing over 175 vendor booths, selling food, drink, clothing, accessories, flowers, home goods, beauty products, arts and crafts, and more. The Valentine's Day edition of the market will feature baby goats, a "Blind Date With a Book" activation, and a Break Up Bar with cocktails inspired by break-up anthems.
(100 SE Alder, Buckman, Friday-Saturday)


Flowers for Black Elders Add to a List
Organized by City of Portland artists-in-residence Onry and Joni Whitworth (founder of Future Prairie), Flowers for Black Elders is a multimedia oral history and financial reparations project that honors those who have mentored Onry, one of the only Black male professional opera singers in the region. The project is comprised of portraits and oral history interview recordings by Whitworth that "challenge the predominantly white and able-bodied art scene...[and] address gentrification in Portland." Participating musicians include Mel Brown, Alonzo Chadwick, Libretto Jackson, Derrick McDuffy, and Saeeda Wright.
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Hito Steyerl: This is the Future Add to a List
German filmmaker and futuristic thinker Hito Steyerl will bring a "vibrant, imagined garden" to Portland Art Museum, blending short film, "video sculptures," and an augmented reality (AR) experience in This is the Future to think critically about the tangled web of global capitalism and digital advancements.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Lisa Congdon: The Opposite of Sorrow Add to a List
Portland-based favorite Lisa Congdon shares more of her snazzy visual language of luminous color, patterning, and folk art influence in The Opposite of Sorrow, which hints at her personal creative journey and struggles with depression through themes of growth, perseverance, and transmutation. Turns out there are many layers of meaning embedded in Congdon's joyful compositions—take a closer look at this solo exhibition.
(Chefas Projects, Central Eastside, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Welcome to My Happy Place Add to a List
Curators Rose, a fifth grader at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, and Dr. Kiara “Kiki” Hill, a professor in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University, present this exhibition on the quirky magic of KSMoCA. What is KSMoCA, you ask? The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) is a "museum-as-artwork project within the walls of a functioning Pre K-5th Grade public school located in the historically rich Alberta Arts district in NE Portland." It's a collaborative art project that deserves your attention—founded by artist-professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, KSMoCA is one of the most exciting catalysts for social change in the city. Learn more about it at Welcome to My Happy Place, an exhibition of student work from KSMoCA's permanent collection.
(Littman Gallery, Downtown, Monday-Friday)

Winter Group Exhibition Add to a List
Froelick's group exhibition of works by the gallery's represented artists starts 2023 on a colorful foot, with multimedia offerings by local faves like Emma Gerigscott, Holly Osborne, Rick Bartow, Laurie Danial, Benny Fountain, and others. 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

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