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The Top 60 Events in Portland This Week: May 9-15, 2022

Sigur Rós, Doggie Dash, and More Top Picks
May 9, 2022
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If planning isn't your strong suit, look no further than our roundup of the best things to do this week, from Sigur Rós to mxmtoon and from Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash to McMenamins UFO Fest.


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MONDAY

FILM

The Virgin Suicides Add to a List
It's no surprise that The Virgin Suicides was Sofia Coppola's directorial debut—it set the stage for her moody, ethereal films for decades to come. The dreamy 1999 flick interprets Jeffrey Eugenides's novel by the same name, telling the story of the five Lisbon sisters and their ultimate rebellion. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

An Evening With Hrishikesh Hirway and Jenny Owen Youngs Add to a List
Podcast hosts and musicians Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder) and Jenny Owen Youngs (Buffering the Vampire Slayer & Veronica Mars Investigations) will join forces for an evening of music and storytelling. Expect individual sets from each musician, plus collaborative duets and storytelling from the two friends.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Fear No Music: Asian Resilience and Joy Add to a List
Join chamber music ensemble Fear No Music in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a vibrant performance of new works by Asian composers.
(The Old Church, Southwest Portland)

Mastodon + Opeth Add to a List
Georgia-based heavy metal giants Mastodon will support their latest album, Hushed and Grim, for a monstrous double-headed show with Swedish death metal masters Opeth.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Slayyyter with LoveLeo Add to a List
Hyperpop diva Slayyyter initially found success on Soundcloud before collabs with like-minded gems like Kim Petras and Charli XCX. She will bring her glitchy early aughts-inspired bops through town supporting her debut album, Troubled Paradise, alongside electro-pop artist and son of actor John C. Reilly, LoveLeo.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

The Mountain Goats Add to a List
When I was 18, a friend played me the Mountain Goats’ just-released 2000 album The Coroner’s Gambit, a gloriously uneven collection of noisy lo-fi folk songs recorded, largely, on a boombox. As we chopped breakfast-scramble vegetables in his Olympia apartment, I fell in love with the “band”—or rather, the occasionally accompanied songwriting project of John Darnielle—and their brief vignettes that hinted at longer stories, complete mythologies: characters living lives of isolated despair, in claustrophobic partnerships, wandering disoriented through the airports and back alleys of the world. So I was shocked when, in 2004, the sharply produced, autobiographical We Shall All Be Healed came out via 4AD and propelled the group to a sort of indie stardom. Though I stopped being a fan when the sound changed, to this day I still believe there’s no one who views or writes about the world like Darnielle. He’s a truly singular oddball, and I’m so happy that now everyone knows it. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

READINGS & TALKS

Story Time for Grownups: Italo Calvino Add to a List
Grab a beer and a sammy while David Loftus, local voice actor and host of Story Time for Grownups, regales the audience with tales from Cosmicomics and other works by the hugely influential experimental writer Italo Calvino.
(Rose City Book Pub, Sabin)

TUESDAY

PODCASTS & RADIO

Black Podcast Festival Add to a List
The Numberz, Portland's Black-owned and operated radio station, will present this podcast fest from Pioneer Square's new Welcome Dome. Each week, live podcast sessions will feature a different show—The Bruce Poinsette Show, hosted by the local community organizer, will kick off the festival, followed by sessions of Chloe Said It, Klyph Notes, and more.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

MUSIC

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Add to a List
Clarksdale, Mississippi-based blues prodigy, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, rose to prominence as a teenager with his baffling guitar riffs, leading him to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama at just fifteen years old. Now with two albums, a Grammy win, and tours with iconic artists under his belt (Keb’ Mo’, Buddy Guy, and Vampire Weekend, just to name a few), the young star will stop by on tour supporting his latest release, 662. Baltimore-based country artist Brittney Spencer will come along for the ride.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Story So Far with Joyce Manor, Mom Jeans, and Microwave Add to a List
This evening of 2010s indie royalty will be headlined by longtime pop-punk five-piece The Story So Far alongside emo heroes Joyce Manor, indie-rock outfit Mom Jeans, and post-hardcore quartet Microwave.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

READINGS & TALKS

Annette Gordon-Reed Add to a List
In her New Yorker piece "Growing Up with Juneteenth," Harvard history professor and award-winning writer Annette Gordon-Reed began reflecting on the Texas holiday's rise to a national celebration. Gordon-Reed's new book, On Juneteenth, takes an even deeper dive, melding memoir and history to describe the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and the continued fight for Black equality.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

WEDNESDAY

MUSIC

Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer) with AAN Add to a List
After indie rock trio Yeasayer split in 2019, co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Anand Wilder found himself acclimating from a life of consistent touring to quarantining with his family in their Brooklyn home. It was in this climate that Wilder began recording his debut solo album, I Don't Know My Words, a homespun acoustic album that takes cues from '70s folk-rock to tell vulnerable tales of the pandemic panic and confinement-driven romantic challenges. He will play in support of the album alongside local experimental music ensemble AAN.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Sigur Rós Add to a List
Although Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós have not released a proper studio album in nearly a decade, the band has been busy with projects such as the first-time release of their 2002 orchestral work Odin's Raven Magic, a slew of multimedia experiments/ambient sound baths, and now a world tour.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Son Lux Add to a List
The experimental NYC-based trio Son Lux, who recently composed the soundtrack for the sci-fi blockbuster Everything Everywhere All at Once, finds a unique sound by combining equal parts post-rock and electronica. The band will play songs off of their album, Tomorrows III, after a set from Brooklyn rapper Nappy Nina.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

QUEER

Incite: Queer Writers Read—Awkward Add to a List
This curated bi-monthly reading series centers queer writers, with a fresh theme for each event. Get ready to cringe (in a good way)—for May, Portland-based writers Emme Lund, Denise Chanterelle DuBois, and Andrea Deeken will share their works on the theme of "awkward."
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

READINGS & TALKS

Jeff VanderMeer in conversation with Hank Green Add to a List
Annihilation author Jeff VanderMeer's newest speculative thriller takes on the climate crisis as a central aspect of the narrative. I'd expect nothing less from the New Yorker-described "King of Weird Fiction," whose works often grapple with impending doom and ecological distress. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by Hank Green, the vlogger, podcaster, and sci-fi author who penned An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor.
(Virtual via Powell's Books)

THURSDAY

FILM

The Pickle and the Deer Add to a List
The Portland Pickles are beloved for their fermented mascot and exquisite internet presence, but did you know they've got a stellar female player on the team? The Pickle and the Deer is a new documentary following the briny minor league players on their first trip to Mexico, where the Pickles (including Kelsie Whitmore) play against pro team Venados de Mazatlán. This film premiere will include a Q&A sesh hosted by West Coast League commissioner Rob Neyer, plus merch, food specials (pickles, of course), and mascots Dillon T. Pickle and Lil' P on site.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise Add to a List
Robert Mugge's 1980 documentary peeks into Sun Ra's colorful world through interviews, lectures by Ra, and rare performance footage. Missing the typical cliches of a music documentary—there are no voice-overs or cheesy graphics here—Mugge illuminates the Arkestra's world, seen through scenes on rooftops, among Egyptian artifacts, and at their store, The Pharaoh's Den.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

Fontaines D.C. Add to a List
Irish rockers Fontaines D.C. have had a big past few years with a Grammy nomination, multiple television performances, and headline arena shows across the UK. Now, in support of their critically acclaimed album Skinty Fia, the quintet will bring their adventurous post-punk back to our neck of the woods. Fellow Irish rock band Just Mustard will get the noisy tunes flowing.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Vieux Farka Touré Add to a List
Many have called Touré “the Hendrix of the Sahara,” but if so, it's the Hendrix of “Little Wing” and “One Rainy Wish,” not of “Fire” or “Love or Confusion.” Generally, though, the comparison's a stretch, because Vieux's touch is so beguilingly feathery and fluid and averse to the wild distortions that marked Jimi's work. Both musicians are virtuosi, obviously, but in quite different idioms. Touré doesn't need to bask in the reflected glory of saint Jimi, but if the tag draws more people to explore the former's music, that's cool. DAVE SEGAL
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PODCASTS & RADIO

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Jon Mooallem, John Craigie, and more! Add to a List
This edition of Live Wire features New York Times Magazine journalist and This American Life contributor Jon Mooallem alongside former Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe and John Craigie, who The Stranger once described as “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg." Luke Burbank will host the evening of honest, hilarious conversation.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

PERFORMANCE

Sex on the River Add to a List
It's 1880, and you're chilling on the bank of the Willamette River. A lively barge floats into view—it's Nancy Boggs's floating bordello, complete with a saloon and dance hall. Boggs, a divorced mom with few prospects, kept her finances afloat by gaming the system in more ways than one. The offbeat, inspiring true story comes back to life in this musical production, complete with can-can and nine original songs. (Triangle Productions, Kerns)

READINGS & TALKS

2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Edwidge Danticat Add to a List
Edwidge Danticat's long list of accolades paints a clear picture of her influence on the literary world. The Haitian American writer, National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and National Book Award finalist often probes themes of identity, Haitian diaspora, and familial relationships in her works. Danticat's latest book of short stories, Everything Inside (2019), was called "breathtaking" by Roxane Gay.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

FRIDAY

FILM

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Add to a List
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is the quintessential Czech New Wave flick. Strangely sensual, surreal, and psychedelic, the film (loosely) follows a teen girl facing womanhood. After donning a pair of magical earrings, she becomes locked in a bizarre dream of vampires, witches, and mystical threats.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

Big K.R.I.T.: Digital Roses Tour with Elhae and Price Add to a List
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. (that stands for King Remembered In Time) is known for his sincere rhymes and booming production that riffs on ’90s Southern rap style. On his latest output, Digital Roses Don't Die, he finds new ground with polished retro-funk production that Pitchfork described as  "love-soaked retrofuturism." Catch him after opening sets from fellow rappers Elhae and Price. Plus, come early to grab some grub at the grand opening of Trap Kitchen Add to a List 's new Roseland Theater outpost.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Funklandia: Celebrating the Godfather of Soul - James Brown Add to a List
Funk ensemble Funklandia, led by prominent trumpeter Farnell Newton, will pay tribute to Mr. Dynamite himself by serving up his iconic hits with the work ethic and perfectionism that made James Brown one of the tightest musical acts of all time.
(Stage 722, Buckman)

Saba with femdot., Amindi, and Joseph Chilliams Add to a List
On his new album, Few Good Things, posi-vibe rapper Saba takes his influences from growing up on the west side of Chicago and his newfound wealth and success. He will headline in support of the album alongside rapper femdot., singer-songwriter Amindi, and Joseph Chilliams of hip-hop group Pivot Gang.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

READINGS & TALKS

Henry Rollins: Good to See You 2022 Add to a List
Any attempt to accurately describe Henry Rollins would be futile, but The Washington Post once described him as "enthusiastic and engaging chatter," which seems as good a label as any. For this tour, the legendary provocateur will dish on the details of his life lately with characteristic intensity.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

SATURDAY

AANHPI MONTH

Oregon Rises Above Hate Add to a List
Join the Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community in celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month with performances from Leela Indian Dance and Rose City Island Dance, speeches by Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal and Metro Councilor Duncan Hwang, open houses at cultural heritage institutions in Old Town-Chinatown, an evening vigil honoring ancestors, and much more.
(Flanders Festival Street, Old Town-Chinatown)

COMEDY

Hampton Yount Add to a List
Hampton Yount, writer and performer for the revived, endlessly wacky Mystery Science Theater 3000, hits the stage without his typical puppet persona (he's the voice of Crow T. Robot). Yount's also written for The Eric Andrew Show, so we know he'll bring some weird-but-brilliant millennial sarcasm to the stage.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Teo González and Rogelio Ramos: Uni-2 Tour Add to a List
Two of Mexico's comic masters, Teo González and Rogelio Ramos, will perform together for the first time in the United States on their Spanish language comedy tour.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

FILM

Shakespeare's Shitstorm with Lloyd Kaufman Add to a List
This screwball interpretation of The Tempest is exactly what you'd expect from Troma Entertainment, famous for their weirdo splatter gore and tongue-in-cheek crude humor. Lloyd Kaufman, director of Shakespeare's Shitstorm and several twisted Troma classics, will join in on the fun with a Q&A after the screening.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

An Evening with Eagle Eyes - Tribute to Eagles Add to a List
Take it easy with Canadian Eagles tribute group Eagle Eyes who will wow you with their precise renditions of the legendary country-rock tunes.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of their new album, Let It Be Blue, Nic Offer and his NYC-based dance-punk troupe bring their kaleidoscopic sounds back to town with local support from indie-pop artist Kingsley.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Homeshake with Salami Rose Joe Louis Add to a List
Homeshake’s uncluttered yet beguiling bedroom R&B pairs singer/songwriter Peter Sagar’s undeniable goofiness with the slow-motion groove of songs that feel like someone pulled apart a Prince record and smoked one too many lavender spliffs before trying to put it back together. NATHAN TUCKER
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Kalmar Conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 Add to a List
Oregon Symphony music director laureate Carlos Kalmar will return to conduct a performance of Mahler’s "Ninth Symphony," known to be the composer's final symphonic statement, as well as Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne’s "Within Her Arms," a poignant meditation on loss, love, and life.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

mxmtoon Add to a List
The artist known as mxmtoon (pronounced “em-ex-em-toon,” n00bs) has, like so many musicians her age (21), found her fame on the internet. It started with cute footage of family vacations on her YouTube channel. Then, it was clips of adorably awkward confessionals and tart original songs played on ukulele. Years later, she has amassed a global fanbase and has a debut full-length that blends her quaint, diary entry-like tunes with lush, textured pop. She may be a mystery to you olds but best believe your adorable nieces and nephews know all the words to “seasonal depression” and “prom dress.” ROBERT HAM
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Warm Up: Kahlil Khalil, Majik9, Wavy Josef, Sotae, and Verbz Add to a List
After going on a hiatus and closing its doors back in December 2021, Northeast Portland’s Church Bar recently resurrected under new management. The Southern- and church-themed drinking and dancing spot is finally back on its beloved “eat, drink, repent” bullshit. What better way to celebrate Church’s return than by getting lit with a night of live music from Portland native rapper Kahlil Khalil’s The Warm Up—a stellar hip-hop bill he curated—featuring producer/rapper/singer Majik9, producer/songwriter/engineer Wavy Josef, and rapper/singer/songwriter Sotae. JENNI MOORE
(Church Bar, Kerns)

Tropitaal 9-Year Anniversary Party with Anjali and The Incredible Kid and World Hood Add to a List
Shake your booty in celebration of the ninth anniversary of Tropitaal, a dance party that blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique and energizing flavor. Resident DJs Anjali, The Incredible Kid, and Daniela Karina along with guests World Hood and Adam McCollom will spin sets with a focus on Latin, Caribbean, and South Asian music.
(Goodfoot, Kerns)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Dance Like a Mother Add to a List
Let your hair down and shake it like your mama gave ya to a stream of feminist dance tracks from DJ Daniela Karina. The bar will be slingin' custom cocktails during Mother PAC and Family Forward's annual dance party in support of pro-women, pro-family candidates ahead of the 2022 election.
(Holocene, Buckman)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash Add to a List
Run (or walk) with your favorite furry friend at Portland's "biggest party for pets and people," which includes canine contests for your very good boy or girl to show off. If you're not a pawrent, that's okay, too! You can still participate and check out vendor booths, live music, food, and more while helping the Oregon Humane Society reach their fundraising goal of $780,000.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown)

VISUAL ART

It's Often a Performance and Little Star Add to a List
In this two-person exhibition, Brittany Connelly considers the relationship between viewer and performer in It's Often a Performance, while Leslie Vigeant's Little Star ruminates on the prolonged collective grief experienced over the last two years. (Carnation Contemporary, Kenton)

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Andrew Marlin of Watchhouse Add to a List
North Carolina-based musician and half of Americana duo Watchhouse (FKA Mandolin Orange), Andrew Marlin, will play an intimate show in support of his two latest albums Witching Hour and Fable & Fire. Having recordedthe albums during lockdown, Marlin explored new sounds such as bluegrass and Irish roots music.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Curtis Harding Add to a List
Former backup singer to the stars Curtis Harding has stepped into the spotlight with his lustrous potion of classic soul, gospel, R&B, and psych-pop that he's dubbed "slop 'n' soul." Harding will play some kaleidoscopic soul tunes from his latest album If Words Were Flowers, after an opening set from LA-based vocalist Joshy Soul.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Julianna Barwick with Malibu Add to a List
Using instruments and detectable lyrics sparingly, electronic composer Julianna Barwick primarily employs layers and loops of her voice to create puddles of emotion that Mercury contributor Raquel Nasser noted as being “enough to leave you sobbing over a loved one or reveling in a sense of calm.” Like-minded French composer Malibu will start off the evening with her emotive ambient soundscapes.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

PERFORMANCE

The Thin Place Add to a List
The Thin Place, a bewitching new play by Obie Award-winner Lucas Hnath, contemplates whether we can talk with the dead. This chilling ghost story about a psychic and her client, full of illusions, twists, and turns, just might convince you that it’s possible.
(KEX, Kerns)

MULTI-DAY

AANHPI MONTH

I Am an American Add to a List
Hate crimes targeting Asian Americans are on the rise—if you don't know about it, you haven't been paying attention. In collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and artist Roberta Wong, The Immigrant Story presents this exhibition of photographs, objects, and artwork to bring awareness to the current experiences of Asian Americans. The show's title, I Am An American, became a rallying cry after Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps in WWII. While trends of xenophobia and discrimination continue, this exhibition speaks to the endurance of strength of Asian Americans in the face of generations of adversity.
(PLACE, Nob Hill, Monday-Friday)

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

COMMUNITY

West Coast Halloween Convention Add to a List
Ghosts, ghouls, and Halloween lovers converge! This spooky convention features a scream-worthy haunted house, a Halloween costume ball (who cares if it's not October yet?), a trade show, and workshops that'll pump up your fear factor.
(Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

McMenamins UFO Fest Add to a List
An event truly out of this world, this festival honors the 1950 Trent sighting in McMinnville, which yielded some of the most credible UFO photos to date. Encompassing two days of expert speakers, an alien costume ball, a cosmic costume contest, and more, this extraterrestrial event is the second largest of its kind in the country after one held in Roswell.
(Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, Friday-Saturday)

FILM

CineVox Dance Film Festival Add to a List
Oregon's leading dance film festival returns for its sixth year of artistic feature-length films and shorts. This year, CineVox will screen a selection of works by BIPOC film artists, as well as Dancing Over Borders, a compilation of international films. The festival will conclude with A Swan Lake, choreographed by Alexander Ekman of the Norwegian National Ballet.
(BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Saturday)

The Northman Add to a List
Robert Eggers's masterful brand of psychological storytelling blends myth, folklore, and tireless historical research. The visionary director of The Witch and The Lighthouse has set his sights on Viking lore, telling the story of a prince who must avenge his father’s brutal murder. Among the all-star cast is Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Björk as a mysterious seeress.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

PERFORMANCE

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Add to a List
When three combative siblings converge on their late father's estate to settle his affairs, their own baggage gets in the way, leading to an explosive reveal. Winning the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Appropriate was deemed "gut-punching" and "exceptionally brilliant" by Time Out.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Friday-Sunday)

The Children Add to a List
This frighteningly timely look at the realities of climate change follows retired nuclear physicists Robin and Hazel, who live a meager existence without electricity or potable water. When an old colleague makes a disturbing proposal, they are faced with a deep ethical dilemma, and begin to question their responsibility to future generations.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Current/Classic Add to a List
This mixed-repertoire program showcases modern and classical pieces performed by refined company dancers. With August Bournonville's Italian romance Napoli, Nick Le-Jurica's brand-new work Q, legendary Oregon dancer Dennis Spaight's passionate Gloria, and more, the performance will also include guest pieces by Shaun Keylock Company.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Friday-Saturday)

Last Stop on Market Street Add to a List
Infused with hip-hop, Motown, and rap, this moral-infused musical is like Hamilton for kiddos. When CJ and his Nana take a bus ride, they share a sing-along experience of thankfulness and unexpected beauty.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Amanda Wojick: Small Shields and Other Shapes Add to a List
Amanda Wojick's playful, geometric style hits a fever pitch in Small Shields and Other Shapes, a selection of gouache paintings and multimedia sculptures. The artist explores the abstract and undefinable through vigorous use of color, origami-inspired constructions, and tactile paper fragments.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Barbara Sternberger: Emanating Add to a List
Barbara Sternberger's new series of abstract paintings channels "pure expression," attempting to embody utter immersion and avoid any predetermined aesthetic decisions. Layers of accumulated mark-making give Sternberger's works a palimpsest quality; barely-visible traces of past imagery reveal the story behind each composition.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Federico Estol: Shine Heroes Add to a List
Uruguayan artist Federico Estol began the project that would become Shine Heroes three years ago when connecting with shoe shiners in Bolivia. A recent influx of 3,000 shoe shiners of all ages works the streets daily, using ski masks to avoid being recognized. In this way, they avoid discrimination in their neighborhoods, schools, and even within their families. Estol's photobook project has become an ongoing fight against social stigma; proceeds from the book are now helping Bolivian shoe shiners make their living.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Kirk Charlton: My Personal Experience Add to a List
Formerly incarcerated artist Kirk Charlton presents a series of drawings based on his experience in prison for this exhibition, which also includes drop-in drawing sessions with the artist. The founder of Art Inside Out, a prison program offering art classes and conversation to inmates (including those in disciplinary segregation), Charlton is well-versed in the healing, transformative power of visual art.
(Paragon Gallery, North Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

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