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The Top 63 Events in Portland This Week: Jan 17-22, 2023

Dita Von Teese, Itzhak Perlman, and More Top Picks
January 17, 2023
Strap in for some showstopping numbers by burlesque babe Dita Von Teese. (Dita Von Teese via Facebook)
Whether it's burlesque, orchestral sounds, an author reading, or colorful performances that tickle your fancy, there's plenty of talent hitting Portland stages this week, from Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix to Itzhak Perlman with the Oregon Symphony and from 2022/23 Portland Arts & Lectures: Lauren Groff to the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair.

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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. Longstanding comedy favorites Shelley McLendon, Tyler Quinn, Kristen Schier, Nicholas Kessler, and ​Jed Arkley will strut their hilarious stuff on stage.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)


Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix Add to a List
Legendary retro-fetish dazzler Dita Von Teese will woo the stage with the "most lavish touring burlesque show in history," which blends sumptuous, Swarovski-studded striptease with bespoke costuming by Jenny Packham, Christian Louboutin, and others. 
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)


OMSI Science Pub: The Science of Comics | The Comics of Science Add to a List
Comic book nerds, take note! This graphic edition of OMSI's Science Pub programming will feature talks by University of Oregon professor Kate Kelp-Stebbins and Portland Community College instructor Audra McNamee. They'll probe the "peculiar formal grammar of comics" to consider how the medium might communicate scientific information. (Did you know that comics were once viewed as dangerous by anti-communist alarmists? They're still censored today—the most banned book in 2022 was Maia Kobabe’s graphic memoir Gender Queer. Head to this talk to learn more about their cultural power.)
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Add to a List
In celebration of their recent move to the Lloyd Center (a mere MAX stop away from the Hollywood Theatre), Floating World Comics will present this screening of the 1990 mutated humanoid turtle classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sam Ashurst of the film discussion podcast Arrow Video will play host, and you'll find Floating World staff on site with sick comic book recommendations and ninja-adjacent goodies. Cowabunga!
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Tenille Townes Add to a List
Alberta, Canada-born country queen Tenille Townes will perform songs from her latest album, Masquerades, which grapples with themes of "duality, self-reflection, and embracing flaws." Don't miss an opening set from whiskey-soaked Americana artist Chris Margolin.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Renaissance/Renaiddance: Celebrating Beyoncè’s Latest Masterpiece Add to a List
I think we can all agree that Beyoncé's latest album, Renaissance, was made for the dance floor. So, don't miss this opportunity to "release your stress" by dancing to the album front-to-back along with the old-school disco and techno bangers that inspired it.
(Holocene, Buckman)


2022/23 Portland Arts & Lectures: Lauren Groff Add to a List
Three-time National Book Awards finalist Lauren Groff, whose mystical nun novel Matrix was one of Obama's faves in 2021, will head to Portland to discuss her direct, emotionally honest approach to writing.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Curtis White Add to a List
Lauded cultural critic Curtis White looks toward the future of Buddhism in Transcendent, which was described as a "provocative...convincing case that will resonate with progressives seeking to free ourselves from the [capitalistic] world that we were born into and change the way we live" by Publishers Weekly. He'll chat about the climate crisis, infectious disease, and social collapse—and how Buddhism fits into the whole mess—at this talk.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Shinnenkai Add to a List
Take part in a shinnenkai (a traditional Japanese New Year's gathering), complete with osechi and sushi from Sho, ozoni soup from Chef Naoko, and sake from SakéOne. Additional festivities include fukubukuro (lucky grab bags), kimonos, games, card making, and live performances.
(Ecotrust Building, Pearl District)


Educated Guess: Trivia at OMSI Add to a List
Factoid freaks are invited to OMSI's on-site restaurant, Theory, to show off their pop culture prowess while enjoying waterfront views of Portland's skyline. Prizes come straight from the museum's science store, so true trivia nerds stand to win a cool gadget or two.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)


Dry Cleaning Add to a List
Formed after a rousing night of karaoke, London post-punk quartet Dry Cleaning is known for their spoken word vocals, intricate lyricism, and witty insights on mundane aspects of life, like grocery shopping. They will support their critically acclaimed album, Stumpwork, alongside new wave rap project Nourished By Time.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Itzhak Perlman with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Violin virtuoso and 16-time Grammy Award winner Itzhak Perlman will be joined by the Oregon Symphony for a performance of Bruch’s romantic Violin Concerto No.1, which has remained a classical music staple and audience favorite for over 150 years.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Jeffrey Silverstein + Credit Electric Add to a List
At the end of January, country-folk musician Jeffrey Silverstein and Bay Area lofi indie folk outfit Credit Electric will kick off a short Pacific Northwest tour, starting at the Doug Fir. Silverstein submerges his audience into calm and cinematic soundscapes from his EP Torii Gates (released via Arrowhawk Records in 2021), which featured an atmospheric lyric-free lead single “Trip Sitter.” Credit Electric—songwriter Ryan LoPilato and guitarist Cameron Iturri-Carpenter—are in the process of touring their project Out Of Love In The Face Of Shadow, which dropped in October. Local music fans will want to arrive early to hear electronica- and R&B-infused pop songs from synth-heavy, beat-maker Dana Buoy. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Luna Add to a List
Longtime indie rock project Luna, fronted by husband-and-wife duo Dean Wareham (formerly of Galaxie 500) and Britta Phillips (she voiced Jem in the original '80s cartoon!), will return to Portland in support of their recently reissued albums Penthouse and Lunafied, which feature covers like the Velvet Underground's "Ride Into The Sun," Blondie's "In the Flesh," and Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie and Clyde."
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Constellation: A Reading Series Add to a List
Tin House Books will host this free reading with award-winning up-and-comers, including Rutgers MFA grad, poet, and avid fisherman Armin Tolentino, Beasts of a Little Land novelist Juhea Kim, and Tenderness: An Honoring of My Queer Black Joy and Rage author Annika Hansteen-Izora. The reading is planned as part of Constellation, an ongoing series centering underrepresented writers.
(Tin House Books, Northwest District)

Slamlandia Add to a List
Join host and "professional daydreamer" Julia Gaskill for this free monthly open mic of poetry, which aims to cultivate a safe space for sharing work and building community.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)



Chris D'Elia: Don't Push Me Tour Add to a List
Smooth-brained creep Chris D'Elia of Netflix comedy special fame will head to Portland to (natch) joke about being canceled, which should surprise no one.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Mitchell Tenpenny Add to a List
Country-pop singer Mitchell Tenpenny will swing through Portland in support of his new album, This Is the Heavy, alongside like-minded cowboy Tyler Braeden.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Sam Grisman Project Presents: Garcia/Grisman Add to a List
Bay Area-based bassist Sam Grisman will pay tribute to his father, Americana musician David Grisman, with a performance of the timeless acoustic tunes the elder Grisman recorded with Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in the early '90s.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Will Sheff (Okkervil River) Add to a List
The New Hampshire-hailing troubadour Will Sheff, best known as the frontman of the beloved indie-folk band Okkervil River, will head out on his first-ever solo tour in support of his compelling debut album, Nothing Special. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from Brooklyn-based pop duo mmeadows.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Aubrey Gordon in Conversation with Sarah Marshall Add to a List
Pacific Northwest powerhouses Aubrey Gordon and Sarah Marshall aren't known to mince words—Gordon's podcast Maintenance Phase unpacks the mumbo-jumbo of modern wellness culture, while Marshall's podcast You're Wrong About attacks the myths embedded in modern history and pop culture. For this discussion, the duo will dig into Gordon's new book, You Just Need to Lose Weight, which debunks anti-fat misconceptions and offers tools for fat activism and liberation.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Ukrainian Cultural Festival and Fundraiser Add to a List
Drop by Lloyd Center on select Saturdays in January for this celebration of Ukrainian culture. On January 21, families will find puppeteers sharing cultural tales and workshops on copper pin and pysanky (decorated egg) making. The holidays may be over, but attendees won't want to miss the traditional Ukrainian Christmas program from 2-3 pm, performed by the educational nonprofit Ukrainian School of Knowledge.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District)


Fuyu Fest 2023 Add to a List
The inaugural edition of this new sake festival is here to brighten up your winter with over 70 types of Japanese craft sake, in addition to nonalcoholic drinks from Electrica PDX, Japanese snacks from Obon Shokudo, and cozy activities.
(Olympic Mills Commerce Center, Buckman)

Ye Olde BarleyWine Festival Add to a List
Barleywine is a particularly potent style of beer, boasting a whopping 6 to 12 percent alcohol by volume. This festival will feature eight different cellared versions of the full-bodied brew, available by the glass or as flights of four for $15 or all eight for $25.
(Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, Richmond)


Cash'd Out with Radio Clash: Tribute to The Clash Add to a List
The San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out has been called “the next best thing to Johnny Cash,” by critics and praised by his daughter and producer for their authenticity. They will travel back in time with faithful performances fueled by genuine love and admiration for the late country singer.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Dark Side: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics Add to a List
Vintage soft rock sextet Love Gigantic will perform the kaleidoscopic tunes off Pink Floyd's landmark album, Dark Side of the Moon, alongside an equally trippy aerial dance performance choreographed by Brandy Guthery.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Fitz and the Tantrums: Let Yourself Free Tour Add to a List
Find out just how much Fitz and The Tantrums can make your hands clap with their energetic soul-influenced dance-pop and iPod-era hits (queue up "MoneyGrabber" if you want to be transported to 2010), which notably get the job done without a single guitar. They will support their latest album Let Yourself Free alongside pop aficionado BabyJake.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Gill Landry (of Old Crow Medicine Show) with Mark Lemhouse Add to a List
Former Portland Mercury writer Santi Elijah Holley once wrote, "If you only know Gill Landry from his decade-long association with Old Crow Medicine Show—or as his early alter ego, Frank Lemon, with the busking jug band, the Kitchen Syncopators—you don't really know Landry. While the darlings of Nashville have been traveling the world, winning Grammys, and being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Landry has been quietly writing his own subdued, pensive music, which couldn't be further from the string band sound of OCMS." He will return to Portland alongside Americana troubadour Mark Lemhouse (best known for his collaborations with Pixies frontman Black Francis). 
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Ladies of the Rose Presents: Daughters of Melody Add to a List
Daughters of Melody is a genre-spanning showcase of local femme talent that aims to support, connect, and uplift artists in the community. This edition will feature performances from pop, soul, and hip-hop artists Cadillac Montè, Jai Baby, AlasiaJanelle, and Tia Emari, with DJ Ashé spinning tunes in between sets. 
(Alberta Abbey, King)

Star Wars vs. Star Trek Add to a List
Whether you consider yourself a Jedi or a Trekkie, the Oregon Symphony has got you covered with an intergalactic concert featuring music from your favorite sci-fi franchises including John Williams' iconic "Imperial March" and music from all thirteen Star Trek films. Live long and prosper and may the force be with you!
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Chinese New Year Cultural Fair Add to a List
2023 is here! This year's Chinese New Year Cultural Fair calls in the Year of the Rabbit with a traditional lion dance, Chinese instrumental tunes, elegant calligraphy sessions, martial arts demos, and more.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District)


Epic Shorts: Sea Change Add to a List
Pacific Northwest playwrights Valerie Asbell, Nancy Campbell, Tim Krause, John McDonald, Raven Thornton, Scott Stolnack, and Mia Tierney will debut juried 10-minute plays for this showcase, performed by the Sea Change ensemble. Each work responds to the theme of “sea change,” so prepare to explore the roiling waters of displaced mermen, lost ships, and more. 
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland)


Jeffrey Gibson in Conversation with Kathleen Ash-Milby Add to a List
Jeffrey Gibson, the visionary Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist behind current Portland Art Museum exhibitions They Come From Fire Add to a List and To Name An Other Add to a List , will present this Alan Ostrow Memorial Lecture alongside Navajo curator Kathleen Ash-Milby. The duo will reflect on the origins of Gibson's multi-media, Indigenous-focused work, so drop by to catch the exhibitions and gain additional insight.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



Church of Film: Litan Add to a List
Church of Film returns to its regular haunt this week with Litan, Jean-Pierre Mocky's sinister '82 horror. The delightfully campy film is a uniquely French blend of freaky nightmares, nonsensical plot twists, zombies, mad scientists, glow worms, and surreal cemeteries.
(The Red Fox, Humboldt)


Mr. Tuna x Magna Kusina Add to a List
Portland, Maine will join forces with Portland, Oregon at this one-of-a-kind pop-up collaboration. Chef Jordan Rubin of the Maine sushi favorite Mr. Tuna will team up with chef Carlo Lamagna of Magna Kusina to create a Filipino-Japanese tasting menu highlighting seafood from both the East and West coasts, plus "a little meat here and there."
(Magna Kusina, Hosford-Abernethy)


Junior Boys with Claire Rousay Add to a List
Junior Boys are a couple of nice Canadian dudes, Jeremy Greenspan and Mark Didemus. Together they create fresh, smooth, electro-indie pop with danceable beats and Jesse Boykins III-style vocals. Junior Boys hit the ground running in 2003 with their first single, "Birthday"/"Last Exit," which featured a remix by Fennesz and earned critical acclaim. Caribou remixed a track on 2004's High Come Down EP, and they've been known to remix other artists' music, too. Though it's easy for Canadian pop duos that make tracks in their basements to get lost in the maple syrup/toque/grizzly bear shuffle, these boys have held their own. Greenspan and Didemus reveal their humble Hamilton, Ontario, beginnings in industrial beats, sonic backdrops, and quiet yet angsty melodies, accompanied by soft, velvety vocals. ROSE FINN
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


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)


Under the Great Wave: Human Nature in Japanese Landscape Prints Add to a List
Helen Swift, Japan Foundation assistant curator of Japanese art at the Portland Art Museum, will deliver a lecture on landscapes as seen through Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th century. A persistent motif for contemporary Japanese artists, the landscape has been deeply meaningful to the people of Japan for centuries. Swift will investigate its lasting power through an examination of the museum’s comprehensive Japanese print collection.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



Rachel Feinstein Add to a List
You might've caught touring comedian and actress Rachel Feinstein on Judd Apatow’s HBO comedy Crashing, or on one of her several Inside Amy Schumer appearances. The A.V. Club hails Feinstein's performances, describing her observational comedy style as "subtly, exquisitely attuned to her audience." Find out what the fuss is about at this set, where you might hear more about her mother.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

USS Improvise: Star Trek Musical Improv Add to a List
Live long and prosper at this fan-favorite Funhouse Lounge show, which will return with more off-the-cuff "unscripted" episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Expect a melodious twist on the sci-fi phenomenon; each performance will include fully improvised songs that send audiences where no man has gone before.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


Navajo Skies Add to a List
Navajo folklore comes to the domed Kendall Planetarium this month, with awe-inspiring celestial stories told in Navajo and English, plus brilliant imagery set to traditional songs and Native American flute music.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Friday-Sunday)

Our Unfinished Past: The Oregon Historical Society at 125 Add to a List
The Oregon Historical Society is a history-maker in itself—founded in 1898, OHS has become a vital source of perspective on our region's story, sharing critical context with visitors for 125 years. Featuring over 100 objects and archival materials from its museum and library collections, Our Unfinished Past: The Oregon Historical Society at125 examines the institution's complex history and its unique mission to "advance knowledge and inspire curiosity" about Oregon history.
(Oregon Historical Society, South Park Blocks, Tuesday-Sunday)


The Menu Add to a List
Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes bump heads in this horror satire of gastronomic proportions. The Menu roasts the hoity-toity culture of haute cuisine while folding in some unexpected ingredients.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Tuesday-Thursday)

Skinamarink Add to a List
This eerie directorial debut by Kyle Edward Ball only cost $15,000 to make, but it's been spooking TikTokers since the trailer dropped. The flick borrows a distressed, grainy quality from '70s cinema to tell a bizarre bump-in-the-night tale with a surprisingly experimental edge.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Tuesday-Thursday)

The Whale Add to a List
True to his provocateur style, Darren Aronofsky's latest flick has already generated a polarizing response. Roxane Gay described The Whale, which follows a withdrawn English teacher's endeavors to reconnect with his estranged daughter, as "a gratuitous, self-aggrandizing fiction at best" with "a demeaning portrayal of a fat man." The Daily Telegraph disagreed, giving the film a perfect rating and praising Brendan Fraser as "seal[ing] his comeback in a sensational film of rare compassion." 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Tuesday-Thursday)

Women Talking Add to a List
Miriam Toews's bestselling 2018 novel Women Talking unraveled the tense tale of a group of women clawing to escape from an isolated Mennonite colony. This film adaptation boasts an all-star cast including Claire Foy, Frances McDormand, Jessie Buckley, and Rooney Mara; The Los Angeles Times described director Sarah Polley's approach as "an artful, incisive distillation of Toews’ arguments."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Tuesday-Thursday)


Portland Piano International: The Solo Piano Series Add to a List
This month, Portland Piano International will continue its solo piano series with renowned Russian pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy. Each performance will include unique material, including works from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, and Chopin.
(PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)


Lunar New Year Add to a List
Lan Su becomes even more colorful for their traditional 16-day Lunar New Year programming, which will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit for 2023. Drop by for cultural performances, festival decorations, craft activities, audio tours, and scavenger hunts, or head to the garden on select evenings Add to a List for shadowy, meditative lantern viewings.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, Saturday-Sunday)


5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche Add to a List
As members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are busy enjoying their quiche, they hear atomic bomb sirens. You'll have to taste the award-winning recipe of 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche yourself to find out what happens next—the production was a hit at the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival, and this interpretation doesn't shy away from its hysterical tone and sexual innuendoes.
(Twilight Theater Company, Kenton, Friday-Saturday)

Artists Repertory Theatre: American Fast Add to a List
This Rolling World Premiere launch by director Kareem Fahmy follows a top-ranked college basketball player whose faith is challenged when March Madness falls during Ramadan. Khady Salama's religious mother expects her to fast during game days, and as she rises in the ranks and inspires other Muslim players, Khady must give careful consideration to what matters most.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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, Friday-Sunday; opening)

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)

Semillas Add to a List
Written and directed by Uruguayan playwright Alicia Dogliotti, Semillas is "a hymn to life, to struggle, and to salvation of the environment." The eco-conscious play follows a young man who abandons his 9-to-5 to pursue reforestation technology with the help of his wife and a monk with a green thumb. 
(Milagro Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)


The Architecture of L’Ancien Village: A Memorial Exhibition Add to a List
Just one segment of late photographer David Pace's practice of documenting life in Bereba, Burkina Faso, The Architecture of L’Ancien Village captures the rural village's hardships, beauty, and unique sense of community. Hoping to "challenge the negativity about African life and culture dominant in the Western imagination," Pace aimed to create colorful, vivid compositions that told an honest, optimistic story of the region.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday)

Eli Durst: The Community Add to a List
Photographer Eli Durst's initial practice of capturing church basements on camera expanded to look closely at "the fundamental search for community in America," from Boy Scout meetings to corporate team-building sessions and New Age spaces. In Durst's documentary-style exhibition of black-and-white photos, aptly titled The Community, Durst seems to ask: What might we do to feel more in connection with others? How are these seemingly ubiquitous practices still imbued with ambiguity and strangeness? 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday)

Flowstone Add to a List
WAVE Contemporary co-founder Hannah Newman and widely exhibited artist Susan Murrell "explore the end of day as it relates to the end of days" in Flowstone, a collaborative project. Through familiar lenses of landscape painting and figurative sculpture, Newman and Murrell delve into complicated territories of body and land, untold futures, and ecological dread.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday)

Harley Gaber’s DIE PLAGE Add to a List
American Jewish minimalist composer and visual artist Harley Gaber's DIE PLAGE represents a decade of on-site research in European concentration camps, where the artist photocopied hundreds of archival images from the Weimar era and the Holocaust. Gaber's collaged arrangements of these images invite his audience to consider the individual and collective aftershocks of "the plagues of our times."
(Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Illuminating Time Add to a List
Illuminating Time centers the work of Portland Chinatown Museum's 2022 artists-in-residence and celebrates Chinese communities from Old Town-Chinatown to Eastern Oregon. The exhibition's emotional weight is expressed in poetry, paint, and movement, with exhibited works by Chinese American painter and muralist Alex Chiu, transracial/transcultural multimedia creator Sam Roxas-Chua, and painter and book artist Shu-Ju Wang.
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday)

InterACT! The Art of Creating Together Add to a List
JAMO's month of interactive art-making will include zine and printmaking workshops, guided conversations, and ample opportunities for collaboration, plus a performance and book talk by national performing artists Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama. InterACT! The Art of Creating Together offers an intentional way to move forward from the isolating years of the pandemic toward a renewed sense of unity, so head to their weekend programming throughout the month to create in community.
(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, Saturday-Sunday)

Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire Add to a List
Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson will transform the Portland Art Museum's exterior facade with a fiery combination of text, photography, and suspended glass panels, forming a bridge between the museum’s contemporary and Native American art collections. They Come From Fire, which coincides with Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe Add to a List , was created with help from Indigenous, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists to celebrate Portland’s Indigenous history and contemporary culture. 
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other Add to a List
Installed in tandem with They Come From Fire Add to a List , Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson's To Name An Other centers "community, empowerment, and visibility" with a large-scale installation inspired by his ongoing performance work. Alongside a video of past performances, 50 tunics and drums are embellished with challenging, empowering phrases, creating inquiries into identity, race, and gender expectations.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

Kris Hargis: There Are No Roads Here Add to a List
Created while living in an "off-grid cabin in the Oregon coastal range," Kris Hargis's There Are No Roads Here explores a new sense of stillness and quietude in the artist's process. Meditating on the life cycle with softness and a sense of calm, Hargis's paintings contain a subtle sadness expressed through thoughtful human faces and bundles of flowers. 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Rick Bartow: Frog Talk Seriously Add to a List
Rick Bartow, an enrolled member of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, Vietnam War veteran, and leading voice in the contemporary Native American art movement, passed in 2016. Those unfamiliar with his work shouldn't miss this multimedia solo show—Bartow's expressive, gestural style comes to life in brilliant mark-making and naturalistic storytelling.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

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