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The Top 61 Events in Portland This Week: July 11-17, 2022

Portland Nacho Week, Fleet Foxes, and More Top Picks
July 11, 2022
Scarf down six-dollar piles of nachos at restaurants across town during Portland Mercury's Nacho Week. (Teote Mezcaleria)
No matter where your tastes run, there's something spectacular for you to check out this week, from the Portland Mercury's Nacho Week to the World Athletics Championships in Eugene and from the wisecracking Michelle Wolf to the return of the summer series Music on Main.

Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

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The Siren Theater: Improv Giants Add to a List
Catch Portland's quick-on-their-feet improv experts for this evening of inventive, unscripted, no-limits fun. Shelley McLendon, Jed Arkley, Nicholas Kessler, Kristen Schier, and Tyler Quinn will strut their hilarious stuff on stage.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)


ConCocktail Add to a List
Watch bartenders show off their shaking and stirring skills in three timed rounds at this competition hosted by Dr. Xander Gerrymander. Local bartenders, including drag pianist Saint Syndrome, will judge the finished products, and musician Skip VonKuske of the Portland Cello Project will set the mood.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Jack Habegger's Celebrity Telethon, The Mona Reels, and Small Things Go Add to a List
Portland-based alt-country outfit Jack Habegger's Celebrity Telethon employs warm guitars, harmonious twangs, and occasional synths that would please fans of Smog, Will Oldham, or The Silver Jews. They'll support their debut EP, Oy Vey!, alongside local folk project Small Things Go and Olympia pop band The Mona Reels, who will play tracks off of their new album, Without Love.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown)



Chastity Belt with Coral Grief Add to a List
On their latest EP, Fake / Fear, beloved feminist indie rock quartet Chastity Belt employs dream-like imagery, repetitive mantra lyrics, and buzzing guitars for an emotionally stirring pair of songs about life's unknowns, vulnerabilities, and catharsis. The Seattle-based band will dip down South to play alongside psychedelic dream-pop duo Coral Grief.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Fleet Foxes Add to a List
The PNW indie-folk group led by Robin Pecknold will bring their breezy harmonies back through town in support of their Grammy-nominated album, Shore. The album follows their trajectory toward pastoral bliss complete with choir accompaniments, ethereal acoustics, and oceanic imagery.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Grayscale + Guardin Add to a List
Philly-based pop-punks Grayscale will come through town on The Summer Dream tour, supporting their third album, Umbra, alongside emo project Guardin, Toronto punk outfit Bearings, and indie-pop trio The Ivy.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


Tiana Clark, Vanessa Friedman and Shayla Lawson in Conversation With Katherine Morgan Add to a List
Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl is outdated by today's standards, but the book was a huge success upon its 1962 release, selling millions of copies and promoting the radical idea that life wasn't all about finding a husband. Editors Eliza Smith and Haley Swanson have compiled a timely anthology, Sex and the Single Woman, paying tribute to Brown's original work while compiling fresh insights on abortion, queer and trans womanhood, consent, race, disability, single parenthood, and more from today's feminist thinkers. Sex and the Single Woman contributors Tiana Clark, Vanessa Friedman, and Shayla Lawson will come together for this panel moderated by Katherine Morgan, author of No Self-Respecting Woman.
(Virtual via Powell's Books)


LRVS Lecture Series: Jessica Jackson Hutchins Add to a List
Prolific Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins will visit PNCA as part of their low residency Visual Studies program, sharing a public lecture on her expressive studio practice. The artist will unveil more about her intuitive mode of working; while she creates everything from massive sculptural installations to clothing pieces, all of her work is united by a distinct sense of raw materiality and ambitious, playful mark-making.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland)



Music on Main Add to a List
This free outdoor summer music series is back for its 15th year with an impressive schedule of local talent, kicking off this week with Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz sounds from Salsa fusion ensemble Melao de Cuba.
(SW Main Street between Broadway and Park)

REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy: Live and UnZoomed Add to a List
This illustrious lineup will blast you back in time to the late '70s with performances from beloved rock bands REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy. The evening promises guitar solos galore, soaring arena-rock vocals, and plenty of nostalgia.
(RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield)

Robben Ford Add to a List
Unwind with an intimate evening of jazz and blues with legendary guitarist Robben Ford, who has worked alongside icons like Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, and many others throughout his long and critically acclaimed career.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)



Pix PĂątisserie's Movies at Dusk! Add to a List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pñtisserie's summer screenings of film favorites continue with National Lampoon's Vacation on July 14. Tickets to each Thursday night show include prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!
(Pix PĂątisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns)


Alejandro Escovedo with Casey Neill Add to a List
Legendary Mexican American guitarist and singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, who has worked with icons like Bruce Springsteen and John Cale, will bring his signature blend of roots rock and country back through town supporting his latest album, La Cruzada. He will be joined with an opening set from Portland-based folk-punk artist Casey Neill. 
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

CAAMP: Lavender Days Tour Add to a List
The Ohio-based duo headed up by childhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier will bring their banjo- and guitar-fueled indie-folk to town for an outdoor show supporting their new album, Lavender Days. Named after the scent that can, as Meier put it, "remind you of your grandmother’s perfume or maybe the air freshener in your mom’s car," the album explores the mundane joys of uneventful days that often go overlooked. 
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Colors of Debussy & Crumb Add to a List
The talented musicians of Chamber Music Northwest Add to a List will take on the vibrant impressionist harmonies of Claude Debussy along with the compositions of trailblazing composer George Crumb, which explore the "heart and soul" of Black American spirituals through vocals and over a hundred instruments.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Mariah the Scientist: The Experimental Tour Add to a List
Singer-songwriter (and lover of biology) Mariah the Scientist rose to fame under the mentorship of controversial rapper Tory Lanez, who produced her debut full-length album, Master. Now, on tour supporting her second album, RY RY WORLD, and subsequent EP, she will light up the stage with her relatable R&B slow-jams that have drawn comparisons to SZA and Frank Ocean.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


Golden Girls Live Add to a List
Miami's silver foxes are hitting the road in this drag tribute to a legendary TV show. Return to Shady Pines to reprise the best of Golden Girls—complete with cheesecake, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, Blanche's sex life, and subtle shadiness. This uproarious performance stars leading San Francisco drag comics Heklina, Jef Valentine, D’Arcy Drollinger, and Holotta Tymes.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Science On Tap: How Do Scientists See Black Holes? Add to a List
Black holes. What're they all about? Well, they're formed from dying stars, and they're pretty dense—sometimes millions to billions of times more massive than the sun. That's all we know, so get the full scoop from Dr. Abbie Stevens at this cosmic edition of Science On Tap. Dr. Stevens is a leading astronomer and expert on black holes and neutron stars; she'll share ways of finding black holes and discuss their extreme physics at this talk.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Summer Of Sound Add to a List
Albina Music Trust has assembled a dynamic lineup of live concerts, art showings, and storytelling events that connect attendees to the music and culture of Albina, the historic epicenter for Black Portlanders. This week will kick off with an oral history panel with some of Albina's veteran musicians.
(Alberta House, Concordia)


Mad Madder Maddalena Add to a List
Isaac Yoder's Mad Madder Maddalena blends reds, pinks, and browns in an earthy interpretation of devotional art. Centering the contentious figure of Mary Magdalene, Yoder used madder plants to create a rusty hue that was popular among textile dyers of medieval Europe. The ancient dye plant blends with glitter, screenprinted text, and Polaroid images for a push-pull between traditional and contemporary mediums, bringing new life to ancient imagery.
(after/time collective, Irvington)



Clownin' Add to a List
The clown comes back to bite in this comedy romp featuring Chris Ettrick, G Wade, Imani, and Amanda Lynn Deal. Produced and hosted by Portland entertainer Shrista, Clownin' also includes musical vibes from hip-hop diva Karma Rivera.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown)

Tim Heidecker Live! Add to a List
Tim Heidecker blends his distinctive brand of absurdist meta-humor with original music for this two-act performance. The legendary weirdo behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and On Cinema at the Cinema is nothing if not polarizing—Vice describes his work as "failure-centric"—but if you "get" his work, you're probably a huge fan. Heidecker will be joined by the Very Good Band for the second half of the show, sharing darkly witty songs from his entire musical catalog.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Friday Add to a List
Either you're a Friday fan, or, well, bye, Felicia. Catch the '95 classic and relive loveable slacker Craig Jones's very complicated day.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Blind Pilot Add to a List
The beloved Astoria-hailing indie-folk outfit Blind Pilot will play a variety of songs from their nearly fifteen-year career, which have earned them big-name gigs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, the Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and more.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

Jesse Colin Young – Highway Troubadour Tour Add to a List
Roots-rock pioneer Jesse Colin Young has had multiple lives as a music icon, first in the classic rock group The Youngbloods and then as a Billboard-charting solo artist and Grammy-winning songwriter, with artists such as Three Dog Night and Robert Plant covering his songs. Anticipate a sampling of tunes from his nearly six-decade-long career with classics like "Darkness, Darkness," and "Morning Sun."
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

SĂĄvila with Blossom Add to a List
The local fusion trio headed up by guitarist Fabiola Reyna (founder of She Shreds magazine), vocalist Brisa Gonzalez, and percussionist Papi Fimbres, will get the crowd on their feet with their lively blend of cumbia, Latin, and R&B. Neo-soul gem Blossom will get things started.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Scarface: Farewell Tour Add to a List
If there were a Mt. Rushmore for gangsta rap icons, one could definitely make a case for the inclusion of Scarface. His iconic voice and knack for consistently delivering soulful vitriol through a hardcore Houston, Texas, lens have made Scarface a virtual deity in the South, and his influence on hip-hop is celebrated just about everywhere else. Any lyricists who dabble in audacity, insanity, or reality owe him at least a nod of recognition—and only a precious few will be able to match his intelligent, street-level storytelling. Timeless classics like "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" from his Geto Boys days and solo anthems like "My Block" prove that his ghetto psychosis never strays from Southern-fried funk, making Scarface's hall-of-fame rĂ©sumĂ© all the more sonically potent. CHRIS SUTTON
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Legacy: Panel Discussion Add to a List
Ursula K. Le Guin—science fiction master and hometown hero—thought deeply about oppression, weaving elements of pacifism and environmentalism into the vast speculative worlds of her books. Contemporary fiction writers Becky Chambers, Juhea Kim, and Michelle Ruiz Keil will dive into Le Guin's literacy legacy in this panel discussion moderated by Le Guin's son, Theo Downes-Le Guin.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)



20th Annual Bastille Day Festival Add to a List
LibertĂ©, fraternitĂ©, egalitĂ©! That's French for liberty, fraternity, and equality, three values that France holds dear as their revolution "marked the birth of the modern French nation." This Bastille Day fĂȘte thrown by the Alliance Française de Portland celebrates that momentous occasion with live music, delicious food ranging from pastries to charcuterie, a wine garden, a used book sale, a costume contest, and more.
(Jamison Square, Pearl District)


Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 with Bill Moseley Add to a List
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a bit of a departure from the non-stop terror fest of the first film—Tobe Hooper's sequel tells a story that's somehow even weirder (and a lot funnier). The flick kicks off with the grisly murder of two football fans, and an unhinged Texas Ranger (played by Dennis Hopper) goes on a grimy mission to knock off the ultra-creepy Sawyer clan forever. Good luck, dude! Cult actor Bill Moseley, who plays nasty crackpot Chop-Top Sawyer in the film, will be present for the screening, and a chili cook-off contest before the film might land you a killer prize.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Domaine Roy Willamette Valley Chardonnay Release Party Add to a List
Need a break from it all? Abscond to gorgeous Willamette Valley wine country and be among the first to try Domaine Roy & Fils' 2020 Willamette Valley Chardonnay. Better yet, the new release will be paired with wood-fired pizza from local spot Wooden Heart.
(Domaine Roy & Fils, Dundee)

TeaFest PDX Add to a List
Taste the finest leaf-infused waters at this festival devoted to all things tea. Steep yourself in knowledge with a selection of workshops and classes on topics like matcha, oolong, tea lore, and more.
(Estate Gardens at Lewis & Clark College, Riverdale)


Michael Hurley, AC Sapphire (Album Release), and Isabeau Waia'u Walker Add to a List
Legendary PNW outsider-folk artist and illustrator Michael Hurley, who has consistently released music for nearly sixty years, will likely play songs from his new album, The Time of the Foxgloves, which features guest vocals from trad-folk revivalist Josephine Foster. Plus, arrive in time to catch singer-songwriter, Lindsay Clark, as she celebrates the release of her new album, Carpe Noctem, along with local songsmith Isabeau Waia'u Walker.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

The Avett Brothers Add to a List
Folk familiars The Avett Brothers, led by IRL brothers Seth and Scott Avett, will break out their signature Americana tunes filled with fiddles, banjos, and pleasant harmony-riddled messages of good and evil. 
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

The Zombies: Life Is A Merry-Go-Round Tour Add to a List
British psych-pop heroes The Zombies are still active after more than six decades, charming audiences with their breathy vocals and orchestral pop whimsy. Catch them as they "take you on a journey through time," tackling new material and old classics alike, alongside contemporary folk singer-songwriter Olivia Klugman.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)



Tiger Tiger: A Celebration of Our AAPI Community Add to a List
Turn up for your local AAPI community at this newly established family-friendly celebration, which includes performances by AAPI musicians like folk darling June Magnolia, dance-driven multi-instrumentalist SURRIJA, and jazzy, violin-looping rockers Joe Kye & the Givers. Poets Ami Patel and Kevin Aipopo will share their stories, and local chefs from Matta, Baon Kainan, and HeyDay will be on site with delectable cultural cuisine.
(Fernhill Park, Concordia)


Rose City Sneakerfest Add to a List
Powered by Portland Gear, this event aims to further establish Portland as the sneakerhead capital of the world. Sneak over to Castaway where you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade rare and exclusive kicks while building community with fellow sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts.
(Castaway, Slabtown)


2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm Add to a List
A strange black monolith transcends time, witnessed by early man and 21st-century scientists alike. Sent on a shrouded mission to uncover the structure's origins, a team of astronauts encounter bizarre issues with a supercomputer. This 70mm screening of Stanley Kubrick's '68 poetic sci-fi epic will be accompanied by a live pre-show pipe organ performance by Dean Lemire.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Horsegirl with Dummy Add to a List
Chicago-based teenage indie-rock prodigies Horsegirl will play tracks off of their new album, Visions of Modern Performance, which The Guardian called "masterclass in a new kind of classic rock." LA-based avant-pop outfit Dummy will support.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Old Crow Medicine Show Add to a List
The Grammy Award-winning Americana string ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show will bring their old-time folk tunes through town for an outdoor performance, just ahead of their upcoming album, Paint This Town. The hootenanny will kick off with an energetic performance from punk-blues duo Hillstomp.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

Portland Cello Project Presents: Elliott Smith, Prince, and Radiohead Add to a List
The Pacific Northwest's "premiere alt-classical ensemble" will pay tribute to an eclectic group of artists, including Portland indie-folk legend Elliott Smith, the beloved "High Priest of Pop" Prince, and English art-rock heavies Radiohead, with orchestral covers of their classic songs. Don't forget to bring blankets, chairs, and sunblock so you can be comfy at this outdoor show.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

S. Carey Add to a List
S. Carey, best known as the drummer of beloved indie-folk outfit Bon Iver, will play songs from his new solo album, Break Me Open, an emotional set of songs fueled by synths, loops, and vocal effects, that are inspired by his own experiences with grief and heartbreak. Colorado-born folk singer-songwriter Courtney Hartman will get the heartfelt tunes flowing.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)



Michelle Wolf Add to a List
Michelle Wolf's wisecracks about Sarah Huckabee Sanders were so effective that the White House Correspondents’ Association ended the decades-long tradition of having a comic at their annual dinner. Impressive stuff! She'll hit Portland on the heels of her latest Netflix comedy special, sharing more of the no-holds-barred comedy that The Daily Beast described as "the future of stand-up."
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Tuesday-Wednesday)


La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival Add to a List
Hillsboro's La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival invites attendees to engage directly with prominent and upcoming artists as they create daring, vibrant chalk drawings (each piece will be a whopping 10'x10' on average when completed). Don't run off once you've seen the main attraction—the free festival also boasts jazzy performances by local musicians, bites and beverage options, art vendors to browse, and kid's activities. 
(Downtown Hillsboro, Saturday-Sunday)

Paseo Add to a List
This fresh festival and community gathering is inspired by the Spanish tradition of paseo, which translates to "leisurely evening stroll." Created by BIPOC justice and arts leaders, the three-day event includes performances by Chilean/Mexican hip-hop duo Alta Vocez and jazz multi-instrumentalist Machado Mijiga, plus tango milonga by Tango Berretin, yoga offerings, community information booths, and more. Shemanski Square will be entirely devoted to Indigenous vendors and performances—don't miss the two-spirit drag show and a reading by elder poet and storyteller Ed Edmo.
(South Park Blocks, Downtown, Friday-Sunday)


Cinema Unbound: Outdoor Movies Add to a List
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor film screening or two, but PAM CUT bumps up the sweet Portland tradition with funky giveaways, games, and treats. Throughout July, they'll screen a wide variety of movies (with everything from A League of Their Own to Magic Mike XXL, they've got options for all audiences to enjoy), then add in extras to amplify the experience. In the past, they've shared spooky stories before a screening of The Babadook and held a BYO stuffed animal sing-along for Sing 2, so expect interactive fun.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Thursday-Sunday)

Lost Highway Add to a List
When a saxophonist and his wife begin receiving creepy VHS tapes, everything is fine, and they all live happily ever after. Just kidding! David Lynch's '97 nightmare is (of course) a psychological freakout of epic proportions, where two stories intertwine and spiral into a web of murder and deceit. This screening of the brand-new restoration brings new life to the surreal neo-noir.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Add to a List
"Guess what I wear as a hat? A lentil." Remember Marcel, everyone's favorite demure lil' shell from way back in 2010? Well, he and his googly eye are back to remind us of simpler times in this feature-length film, starring character co-creator Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. The film investigates Marcel's perplexing origins—alongside his pet lint, Alan, he's the survivor of a strange tragedy. But in a twist of fate, a viral video might lead the tiny guy to his long-lost family.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)


Filipino Street Food Event Add to a List
Sample street foods like fresh juices, shaved ice, and grilled and skewered meats at this outdoor festival—no plane ticket to the Philippines necessary.
(Fork And Spoon Food House, Parkrose Heights, Friday-Saturday)

The Portland Mercury's Nacho Week 2022 Add to a List
QUERY: Do you like or LOVE nachos? ANSWER: You flippin' LOVE 'EM! So get ready to get very excited, because the Portland Mercury is celebrating the return of NACHO WEEK (brought to you by your favorite booze, Hornitos Tequila, and this amazing event site, EverOut)! For one week only, Portland's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos! And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most CREATIVE nacho combinations imaginable! And best of all? Every delectable plate is only a measly $6 each! TUMMIES, START YOUR ENGINES!
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Add to a List
Crowds will sprawl out on Cathedral Park's sloping lawn for the 42nd annual edition of this jazz festival presented by the Jazz Society of Oregon. Pack a picnic or enjoy food from onsite food carts as swingin' sounds waft through the summer breeze from the likes of Portland jazz greats Mel Brown Trio, Brown Calculus, The 1905 Orchestra, Bridge City Soul, Pura Vida Orquesta, and more.
(Cathedral Park, St. Johns, Friday-Sunday)

Zoo Nights Add to a List
The Oregon Zoo is inviting you in after hours for five sun-kissed evenings of local music, enticing food carts, refreshing brews, all-ages activities, and a rare opportunity to catch the animals during twilight. The series kicks off this week with a performance from the Garcia Birthday Band, playing the classic tunes of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
(Oregon Zoo, Washington Park, $19-$24)


Cirque du Soleil: AlegrĂ­a in a New Light Add to a List
A reimagining of one of Cirque du Soleil's most iconic productions, AlegrĂ­a plays with surreality, humor, and joy, cultivating an infectious magic that the French Canadian performance company has perfected for decades.
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Monday-Sunday)

Golden Girls Live Add to a List
Thank you for being a friend! That's right, there are two Golden Girls events hitting Portland this week, so pick your poison. For this performance, local drag faves Honey Bea Hart and Loretta Lordchild will reinterpret two episodes of the classic show on stage. They'll throw in some corny '80s commercials and a live rendition of the theme song for good measure. 
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series Add to a List
Tin House's prestigious summer workshop will resume in-person readings this year. The event series is free and open to the public, so if you're a contemporary literature fan, these buzzy readings shouldn't be missed. Each of the six performances features a different lineup—Lidia Yuknavitch, Ruben Quesada, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Omar El Akkad, and others will make appearances—followed by author signings after each event.
(Reed College Cerf Amphitheater, Reed, Monday-Saturday)


World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 Add to a List
The world's most elite track and field athletes will descend on Eugene's storied Hayward Field for this global experience, which is taking place in the United States for the very first time. Cheer on Team USA on the world stage as athletes test their strength and skill in events like the steeplechase, javelin, shot put, hurdles, and more.
(Hayward Field, Eugene, Friday-Sunday)


Betsy Walton: Habitats Add to a List
Betsy Walton draws from the Pacific Northwest as an inspiration for her imaginative, detailed compositions. The artist's acrylic and gouache paintings are like mystical treasure hunts in which the viewer might find references to natural phenomena, weather, and motherhood. In Habitats, a solo exhibition, Walton's vivid forms are a little moody—they're tinged with purples and teals in a strange blend of symbolism and realism that feels like entering someone else's dream.
(Stephanie Chefas Projects, Central Eastside, Thursday-Saturday; closing)

Books and Prints by Ian van Coller Add to a List
Photographer Ian van Coller conceptualizes "deep time" through visual investigations of glacial ice and "earthly archives." Collaborating with scientists, van Coller's art is a challenge; it asks that the viewer consider the vastness of past and future geologic time, imagining a potential future for humanity beyond our immediate desires. In this way, the work serves as an important exercise in selflessness and hope. Van Coller's prints and artist books, which feature his eclectic exchanges with scientists, will be on display for this exhibition, so stop by to broaden your perspectives.
(Passages Bookshop, Northeast Portland, Monday-Friday)

Mariel Capanna Add to a List
Philly-born painter Mariel Capanna's works feel like busy moments frozen in time. Using imagery from documentaries and home videos, Capanna "indexes" brief instances, capturing the spirit of the scene in quick, gestural compositions. The results feel like recalled memories, centering sensory input, colors, and moods as central aspects of experience.
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

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

Ritsuko Ozeki: Awai Add to a List
Tokyo-based artist Ritsuko Ozeki's intriguing practice blends painting and printmaking, combining a spare aesthetic with subtle remnants of the hand. Although little has been revealed about the artist's upcoming solo exhibition, we know it's inspired by Japanese "boundary-blurring" architectural forms like verandas and shoji screens. How might these inspirations relate to Ozeki's interest in mutual relationships and liminal spaces?
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

Stella Zhong Add to a List
Stella Zhong's artistic practice is nothing if not complex—the NYC-based creator draws from astrophysics and anthropological concepts to engage with built environments, mysterious objects, and "worlds as propositions." Zhong's model worlds are imagined with radically different modes of power, empathy, and knowledge, separated from a human-centric perspective. How Zhong's futurist works will translate in this solo exhibition remains to be seen, but we're intrigued.
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

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