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The Top 62 Events in Portland This Week: Apr 4-10, 2022

Freestyle Love Supreme, Tyler, The Creator, and More Top Picks
April 4, 2022
Tyler, The Creator's all-star tour guests include Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, and Teezo Touchdown.
Buckle up for one helluva week, y'all. There's no reason to stay at home when events from Olivia Rodrigo to Tyler, The Creator (both newly minted GRAMMY winners!) and Freestyle Love Supreme to Banff Mountain Film Festival 2022 are coming in hot. Read on for more top events of the week. 

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Tyler, The Creator: Call Me If You Get Lost Add to a List
California rapper and pop culture polymath Tyler, The Creator needs no introduction at this point in his career. His musical output, which began in his teen years, started out with dark themes and controversy before it began exploring the softer parts of himself. On Tyler's latest album, Call Me When If You Get Lost, this trajectory continues with heavy raps woven together with vibrant pop hooks. And with the visually appealing Wes Anderson-esque music videos he’s been releasing lately, the live show is bound to follow suit.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Wallows: Tell Me That It's Over Tour Add to a List
The rising Los Angeles-based indie rock trio fronted by actors and singer/songwriters Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why) and Braeden Lemasters (Men of a Certain Age) returns to town for a headlining show supporting their recently released second studio album, Tell Me That It's Over.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)



B-Movie Bingo: No Escape No Return Add to a List
Spot the straight-to-video cliches and compete to win prizes! For this round of B-Movie Bingo, No Escape No Return will tell the tale of a vengeful drug kingpin who frames a couple of LA cops for murder. The boys in blue are in for a few surprises on the path to clear their names.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Grouper Add to a List
Oregon-based artist Liz Harris, also known as Grouper, creates hushed ambient sounds that emanate feeling, despite her lyrics and instrumentation being slightly obscured by echoes and reverb. Her latest release, Shade, is a collection of unreleased recordings from throughout her musical career that shows another side with intimate stripped-down folk songs.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Olivia Rodrigo: Sour Tour Add to a List
Pop-star-of-the-moment Olivia Rodrigo rose to fame over the pandemic with the release of her breakup anthem "Driver’s License" and subsequent debut album, Sour. Her powerful vocals, relatable vulnerability, and effortless cool-girl style turned the album into a vibe that defied age or demographic. Rodrigo’s influences are very clear, ranging from her Taylor Swift obsession to her parents' favorite alt-rock bands like The White Stripes and Green Day, which, depending on your age, might make you feel very old. But this much is certain: Despite having not even hit age 20, she offers a promising glimpse into the future of pop.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Superchunk with Quasi Add to a List
Throughout their more than 30 year career, indie rock quartet Superchunk have experimented with the sweet release of loud aggressive music as well as the ease of soft indie pop. On their latest album, Wild Loneliness, they move away from the politics-driven aggression of their previous album, What a Time to Be Alive, and into a sense of peace that Pitchfork writer Steve Kandell described as "a deep sigh after their Trump-era primal howl."
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Chelsea Bieker in Conversation With Kimberly King Parsons Add to a List
Acclaimed Portland-based writer Chelsea Bieker presents brand-new tales of reckless desire and toxic love in Heartbroke. She'll be joined in conversation by Kimberly King Parsons, who wrote Black Light, a 2019 short story collection that was longlisted for the National Book Award.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Church of Film: The Fern Flower, a Collection of Ukrainian Animation Add to a List
20th-century Ukrainian cinema was often psychedelic, surrealist, witchy, and even antifascist. This enchanting collection showcases Ukrainian Animation's Soviet-era and post-Soviet projects, including Efrem Pruzhanskiy's Alice in Wonderland (1981), Alla Gracheva's The Fern Flower (1979), and many more.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Beach House: Once Twice Melody Tour Add to a List
Dream-pop duo Beach House stops by to support their eighth studio album, Once Twice Melody, which creates a magical overgrowth of blooming melodies, glittering strings, and hypnotic drum machines. Singer Victoria Legrand's breathy vocals come to the forefront, cooing lyrics about dreams, memories, and fairy tales. 
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)


Shawn Levy in Conversation With Chelsea Cain Add to a List
Shawn Levy's In on the Joke reveals the untold stories of women who broke barriers in stand-up comedy so today's Schumers, Haddishes and Wongs could have a shot on stage. Levy's research is exhaustive, covering everything from the rise of Black vaudeville to Elaine May’s role in the invention of improv comedy and sharing how women comics laughed right past the notion that they "aren't funny." Levy will be joined in conversation by Chelsea Cain, author of One Kick and Heartsick.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Live Wire with Luke Burbank Presents: Cecily Wong, Gregory Gourdet, and No-No Boy Add to a List
Foodies, assemble! This edition of Live Wire features a lineup from an epicure's dreams: Cecily Wong, author of Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide, will be joined by Gregory Gourdet, author of Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health and the restaurateur behind Portland's highly anticipated Haitian restaurant Kann. Music from Smithsonian Folkways songsmith and Vietnamese American scholar No-No Boy will round out the evening's sensory delights.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)


Denzel Curry: Melt My Eyez Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of his fifth studio album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, Florida rapper Denzel Curry will take the spotlight playing the new rock-infused tracks that contrast his classic trap beats with the occasional swirling pianos and fuzzed-out guitars from a live band. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Lindsey Buckingham Add to a List
Certified guitar god Lindsey Buckingham is back on the scene as a solo artist after a messy breakup with Fleetwood Mac. His new self-titled solo album, his first in 10 years, stands as a reintroduction to the legend’s gift of masterful pop-rock melodies and inventive fingerpicking guitar style. Anticipate hearing tunes from across his seven studio albums filled with addictive hooks and guitar solos galore.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Meute Add to a List
Have you ever wondered what a techno marching band might sound like? Meute, out of Hamburg, Germany, is an eleven-piece ensemble of drummers and horn players who play techno tunes with their acoustic instruments. Get ready to feel the bass IRL and experience what club music sounds like with no electricity.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Thesis: Kadren, Kahlil Khalil, Don Knock, LIV†, and Verbz Add to a List
Portland's premier hip-hop showcase makes its monthly return, hosted by Verbz as always, but this time around featuring flows from Kadren, Kahlil Khalil, Don Knock, and LIV†.
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown)


John Sibley Williams, Ashley Toliver, Amie Zimmerman, Sara Lupita Olivares Add to a List
Celebrate National Poetry Month by listening to a quartet of fascinating contemporary poets, including John Sibley Williams, Ashley Toliver, Amie Zimmerman, and Sara Lupita Olivares.
(Annie Bloom's Books, Multnomah Village)

Resisting Cultural Erasure in America Add to a List
Author Barrett Holmes Pitner and historian Jennifer Fang lead this discussion on ethnocide, defined as the systemic erasure of a people’s ancestral culture. Pitner and Fang will examine how knowledge of ethnocide can help reframe and increase understanding of racial and cultural issues in the United States. Specifically, they'll highlight the erasure that Black and Chinese Americans have faced for generations.
(Oregon Historical Society, South Park Blocks)

An Evening with Slam Poet Alex Dang Add to a List
Internationally-renowned poet, slam poetry champ, and TEDx speaker Alex Dang will offer a thought-provoking performance, followed by a contemplative dialogue on identity and lived experience in our community.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)



Aly & AJ: A Touch of the Beat Tour Add to a List
Sister duo Aly and AJ Michalka found early success on the Disney Channel, making appearances in a wide variety of made-for-TV movies and tween sitcoms. It was easy to be cynical when they began pursuing a music career, but now, 15 years after the release of their album Insomniatic, you can still hear "Potential Breakup Song" randomly blasting at a karaoke night or throwback dance party. The pair are back on the scene under their original "Aly & AJ" moniker to celebrate the release of A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Federale with Jenny Don’t & The Spurs Add to a List
Portland septet Federale features ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre bassist Collin Hegna and evokes the florid, dusty melodrama of spaghetti western soundtracks. Catch their Our Side of Their Story EP release show with Jenny Don't and the Spurs, who draw inspiration from classic country greats like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams and follow suit by performing with rawness and sincerity.
(Alberta Abbey, King)

JxJury Presents: DhopeDealer. with Blossom, Mal London, Rasheed Jamal, and Farnell Newton Add to a List
This official album-release show for Portland-born rapper/producer JxJury’s 2021 concept album, DhopeDealer, packs an excellent hometown lineup, a promising show from start to finish. Remarkably, acclaimed jazz trumpeter Farnell Newton will open the show, on a bill that also includes a rare live appearance from epic Portland-based emcee Rasheed Jamal. Seattle-to-Portland hip-hop artist Mal London and San Bernardino emcee Cam Archer will make the trip to Portland for the show and neo-soul singer Blossom steps up to show us what she’s been working on. Since every one of the above billed artists appear on JxJury’s DhopeDealer, audiences should expect to vibe-out to live renditions of tracks like: “Lethal Weapon,” “Gold Chainz,” “Fodahomies,” and “Motion Sick.” JENNI MOORE
(Kelly's Olympian, Downtown)

Spiritualized Add to a List
There is a chance that you know Spiritualized from the short but memorable tapping of their music in Vanilla Sky. (“Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space” played during Tom Cruise’s elevator ride toward his fate.) That track spurred me to seek out more by the Jason Pierce–driven space rock group, and it’s why I continue to follow them today even though, eight albums deep, they haven’t put out anything else that has touched my heart so deeply and profoundly. One thing that has remained the same between then and 2018 LP And Nothing Hurt is Pierce’s near-symphonic style of composing, his richly textured music encompassing multi-voice choruses and lush instrumentation, from brass to strings to an array of axes, bass guitars, and synthesizers. Also, its lead track, “A Perfect Miracle,” could be the happy-go-lucky kid sister to “Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space”—both in cadence and melodic framework. LEILANI POLK
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Steve Gunn & Jeff Parker Add to a List
LA-based songsmith Steve Gunn braids together country, folk, and psychedelic rock, for delicate guitar-oriented arrangements that feel just as timeless as they do innovative. Catch him on tour supporting his latest album, Other You, alongside guitarist and composer Jeff Parker.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Teddy Swims Add to a List
Internet wonder Teddy Swims initially gained a following by sharing his intimate soulful covers online and performing his original genre-blending jams around the world. He will bring his signature smoky vocals to the PNW all the way from Conyers, Georgia on his Tough Love World Tour, supporting his EP of the same name.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Thunderpussy with Hillstomp Add to a List
Revel in some cool-as-hell rock 'n' roll with Seattle's Thunderpussy, who Dave Segal has described as "a foursome of fierce speed queens who are the rare Seattle rock group signed to a major label," whose self-titled debut LP "revamps familiar classic-rock power moves and hard-rock hooks to put some led in your zeppelin and some depth in your purple." Punk-blues duo Hillstomp will kick off the night with some speedy traditional tunes live you've never heard before.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Powell's Books Presents: J. Kenji López-Alt with Bill Oakley Add to a List
Famed chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt will chat about his new book The Wok and the fundamentals of wok cooking with former Simpsons writer/showrunner (and notable fast food fan) Bill Oakley.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Science on Tap – Different: Gender Through the Eyes of A Primatologist Add to a List
World-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal navigates slippery territories of gender, biological sex, and cultural norms in Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist, drawing from lifelong observation and studies of both humans and animals to find connections. De Waal argues that despite the links between gender and biological sex, biology does not intrinsically support gender roles within human societies, and it certainly doesn't reinforce patterns of inequality. Hear him expand on these thoughts in this fascinating talk.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)


Opening Reception: Water Briefed Add to a List
Emily Kepulis's Water Briefed takes a close look at humanity's impact on watersheds and ecosystems through painting. The artist's environmentally-focused painting project was recently funded by a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant, and a book of the paintings will also be available for purchase at the exhibition.
(Lolo Pass, Southeast Portland)



Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias - Back On Tour Add to a List
As one of America’s most-loved stand-up comics, Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias is best known for his sly, self-deprecating humor and witty observations on everything from celebrity to cultural relations. Iglesias presents this sidesplitting show as a return to comedy after a string of voice-acting roles in Space Jam: A New Legacy, Coco, and UglyDolls.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Tilda-Whirl Add to a List
Everyone's favorite ultra-talented, shape-shifting cinema queen is celebrated in this film series, brought to you by the newly renamed Center for an Untold Tomorrow (FKA Northwest Film Center). Soak up some Swinton with screenings of Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love and Boon Jong-ho's Okja.
(PAM CUT, Downtown)


Floydian Slips Add to a List
One of the Pacific Northwest's premier Pink Floyd tributes, Floydian Slips, returns for a night full of classic gems, deep cuts, and laser lights.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Sasami with Jigsaw Youth Add to a List
Singer-songwriter and former Cherry Glazerr keyboardist Sasami Ashworth made her solo debut with the synth-based self-titled album in 2019. Now on her sophomore album, Squeeze, Sasami gracefully moves between seething nu-metal and relaxed folk-rock as she explores a spectrum of emotions with the overall goal of preaching "anti-toxic positivity." NYC-based punk trio Jigsaw Youth (yes, named after the Bikini Kill song) will kick off the evening. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

The Oregon Symphony 125th Anniversary Gala Add to a List
Join the Oregon Symphony as they celebrate their 125th anniversary with a special concert conducted by music director David Danzmayr and hosted by Grammy-winning mandolinist Chris Thile. If you can't make it IRL, tune in virtually to the live stream.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


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, North Park Blocks)

Melissa Ann Pinney: Signals & Mysteries: Photographs from Chicago Public Schools Add to a List
Melissa Ann Pinney's Signals & Mysteries honors the current challenges of Chicago Public School students and celebrates their potential futures. Pinney's portraits of the Chicago teens were informed by the many forces currently impacting their world, including the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, gun violence, and more. The photographer sought to challenge her own privilege within the supremacist politics of public schools, and along the way, found many small moments worth immortalizing in this series of photographs: hairstyles and makeup, t-shirt imagery, and childhood totems.
(Blue Sky Gallery, North Park Blocks)


Show Me Love - '90s Queer House & Club Music Dance Party Add to a List
Resident DJs Sappho and Silversound will be joined by guest DJ Chelsea Starr to fill your Saturday night with nothin' but queer house and club jams from the '90s, so show them some love. 
(Holocene, Buckman)



Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Suba Trio Add to a List
Grammy-nominated, Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora expert and vocalist Seckou Keita will play in support of their new jazz-world fusion album and second collaboration, SUBA, which made the NPR Music's "20 Best Albums of 2021" list. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Voices Raised for Ukraine - A Benefit Concert Add to a List
Folk singer-songwriter and "modern-day troubadour" Beth Wood will join hands with Bre Gregg of local soul outfit Red Bird, Kristen Grainger of bluegrass-pop quartet True North, Americana artist Darka Dusty, and indie-rock songsmith Kathryn Claire to raise money for Mercy Corps’ humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
(Artichoke Music, Richmond)



Portland Japanese Garden Cherry Blossoms Add to a List
This serene garden is home to several cherry blossom (sakura) trees, which are a "deeply symbolic flower of Japan." The blooming of the flowers signifies the arrival of spring, and to time your visit and catch them at their peak, the garden is conveniently posting daily updates on a "Cherry Blossom Watch" page of their website.
(Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park, Monday-Sunday)

38th Annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Add to a List
Gazing at 40 acres of tulips lined up in orderly rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood never gets old. In previous years at least, the traffic tends to be pretty bad on weekends, but it’s worth the wait if your eyes are starved for color after a dull, gray winter. Peak blooms are expected to come in early to mid-April.
(Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Monday-Sunday)


Banff Mountain Film Festival 2022 Add to a List
The iconic Canadian outdoor film festival takes a world tour! Honoring significant achievements in outdoor filmmaking, this international festival highlights critical environmental issues, stories of distant lands, gripping mountain sports, and much more. Each night will feature a different program, aptly themed larch, maple, and spruce. 
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Thursday-Saturday)


/ə ˈsɪŋgəl pɪŋk klɑʊd/ - Linda Austin and Allie Hankins Add to a List
Dancers Linda Austin and Allie Hankins draw inspiration from surrealist greats like Gertrude Abercrombie and Leonora Carrington for this performance. Blending movement, spoken word, and song to contend with the erratic nature of the world, Austin and Hankins find room for play and the unexpected.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell, Friday-Sunday)

Beautiful Decay Add to a List
Lauded choreographer Nicolo Fonte first presented Beautiful Decay to critical and audience acclaim in 2016. The performance returns with a signature blend of athleticism, thoughtful design, and evocative music, performed by Portland contemporary dancer Gregg Bielemeier, former principal ballerina and New York Theatre Ballet founder Diana Byer, and OBT company members.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, 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, Saturday-Sunday)

Clue: An Unscripted Mystery Add to a List
Clue: An Unscripted Mystery puts an improvisational twist on the classic whodunnit of board game and movie fame. Six house guests, one victim, and only the killer knows the truth. Audience suggestions will help shape the trajectory of this fun, interactive mystery.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Dreamland Add to a List
This dreamy program begins with Matjash Mrozewski’s ritualistic, surreal The Lost Dance, an eerie performance that evokes David Lynch. It's followed by two OBT premieres: Trey McIntyre's In Dreams, inspired by the romantic crooning of Roy Orbison, and Australian choreographer Danielle Rowe's Dreamland, an energizing work that evokes the feeling of crawling free from a nightmare.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)

El apellido comienza conmigo/The name begins with me Add to a List
The Lima-based interdisciplinary company Fílmico presents this multimedia performance of autofiction, mystery, and political corruption. While documentarian Chaska Mori began researching Peruvian political corruption, her father's death led her to purchase land in Lima. But when smugglers invaded the space, a monumental legal battle saw Mori swept up in a crooked legal system that exposed a family secret. Through film, images, sound, and storytelling, this performance documents the confluences of patriarchy and corruption that Mori continues to navigate.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Friday-Sunday)

Freestyle Love Supreme Add to a List
Predating the phenomena of Hamilton and In the Heights, Broadway performance Freestyle Love Supreme is a Tony Award-winning show that combines hip-hop, comedy, and crowd improvisation to create a completely unexpected experience. Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme is never the same show twice.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Friday-Sunday)

In the Name of Forgotten Women Add to a List
Melding together poetry, music, movement, ritual, and projection, In the Name of Forgotten Women "bears witness to the global oppression of women and testifies to their resilience." Described as a dynamic "choreopoem," the performance is inspired by real-life incidents that span over 15 countries, features the voices of seven women, and culminates in a compelling call to action.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Sunday)

The Queers Add to a List
Playwright Mikki Gillette’s The Queers is a landmark event. The first-ever trans ensemble drama by a trans writer to premiere in Portland, The Queers centers three trans women grappling with their careers, finances, and love lives amid transition and the complicated, omnipresent transphobia they navigate.
(Back Door Theater, Sunnyside, Thursday-Saturday)

Tinderella: The Modern Musical Add to a List
What if meeting Prince Charming was as simple as a swipe right? This modern twist on the Cinderella story follows Meg, who's introduced to an all-too-familiar dating app by her fairy-god-roommate, Dylan. But love becomes a balancing act when Meg must make it to the party and catch the MAX before midnight. 
(Brunish Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Add to a List
The enduring magic of Eric Carle's children’s classic emerges from its cocoon in this stage show adaptation. With kaleidoscopic colors and an eye-popping array of large-scale puppets, this performance shares the significance of creativity, growth, and imagination.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)


Christine Bourdette: Mantle/Dismantle Add to a List
Christine Bourdette's newest sculptures, drawings, and prints pull visual and sensory inspiration from earth's erosion. Bourdette studies geologic phenomena to consider the upheaval and instability we face in the current era, reflecting on the precarity of our world and its capacity for resilience. The visual artist frequently crafts work around themes of social or political predicament, using a sculptural sensibility and a wide variety of materials.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Corporeal Gestures - An International Exhibition of Contemporary Collage Add to a List
This exhibition of 100 collage artists across 21 countries was organized by local maker Clive Knights. Artists were asked to respond to the nine “muses” of breathing, nourishing, sleeping, discharging waste, procreating, resisting the earth’s pull, communicating, aging, and dying, resulting in a densely layered response to the experience of being alive.
(PSU's Shattuck Hall, South Park Blocks, Monday-Friday; opening)

Eksod Add to a List
This pop-up show by TV and film sound recordist J. Fernando Valls illustrates Balkan landscapes and Albanian ways of life through photography, printmaking, and field recordings. Described as a "short film where cinematography is replaced with visual art," the installation is housed in an open-air structure on the waterfront, presenting an intimate perspective of one Albanian’s journey toward emigration to the United States.
(Zidell Yards, South Waterfront, Monday-Sunday)

Julia Mangold: Works on Paper Add to a List
Munich-born minimalist sculptor Julia Mangold presents a series of complex, controlled graphite drawings in this exhibition, emphasizing her meticulous formal technique. Softly glowing geometric shapes are rendered in hazy gradations, appealing to the eye with a subtle sense of physical depth.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Lily Seika Jones: Tails Add to a List
Vancouver-based artist Lily Seika Jones creates detailed, narrative-driven watercolors and ink paintings. Pulling from childhood tales and the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest to inform her works, Seika Jones's imagined worlds explore how myth and fairytale gain significance in our lives. The artist's solo exhibition, Tails, marks Nucleus's grand opening of their new location.
(Nucleus Portland, Alberta, Friday-Sunday)

Painters Painting Add to a List
Curator Melanie Flood presents fresh, energizing artworks for this spring show. Painters Painting, loosely inspired by the 1973 documentary of the same title, features works by buzzy artists like⁣ Martha Daghlian⁣, Rose Dickson⁣, John Houck, and Sarah Wertzberger.
(Melanie Flood Projects, Downtown, Friday-Saturday)

The Quick Add to a List
Featuring multimedia works by Diedrick Brackens and D'Angelo Lovell Williams curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, The Quick calls on weaving and sketching as metaphors for relational love, applying symbols of Black domesticity to larger concepts of kinship, interiority, and "the home" as an inspirational site for Black artists.
(lumber room, Pearl District, Friday-Saturday)

Ryan McLaughlin Add to a List
Ryan McLaughlin vacillates between subjective fragments and clear signifiers in this series of painted and stenciled works, compiled for the artist's third solo exhibition at Adams and Ollman. McLaughlin blends contrasting methods of mark-making to form compositions that allow for diverse interpretations.
(Adams and Ollman, North Park Blocks, Wednesday-Saturday)

Second Honeymoon Add to a List
Second Honeymoon's dyed silk tapestries and audio works reveal the colorful, humorous inner landscape of artist Dana Robinson, who drew inspiration from '70s and '80s era Ebony mags to create blurred scenes of middle-class Black life. Recordings of sounds from her grandmother's bell collection serve as a continual punctuation of time.
(Fuller Rosen Gallery, Northwest District, Thursday-Sunday)

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults Add to a List
Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabre have traveled the country for over five years to research and document the stories of trans and gender non-conforming older adults. Their resulting exhibition shines a light on the struggles and triumphs this underrepresented group has experienced, offering both a thoughtful, nuanced perspective and a robust historical record.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, South Park Blocks, Tuesday-Saturday)

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