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The Top 63 Events in Portland This Week: Nov 7-13, 2022

Aminé with the Oregon Symphony, Quentin Tarantino, and More Top Picks
November 7, 2022
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Modern auteur Quentin Tarantino will share his nonfiction debut, Cinema Speculation, over two nights at the Hollywood.
Midterm election week is upon us! After you make sure to vote by Tuesday, treat yourself to a fun night out—or four—there's plenty of events to hit up, from Aminé with the Oregon Symphony to Phantogram and from QDoc Film Festival to Quentin Tarantino: Cinema Speculation Book Tour.


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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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MONDAY

FILM

Tout Va Bien Add to a List
In the '72 political drama Tout Va Bien, Hollywood glamazon and rising social activist Jane Fonda joined heads with cinema auteur Jean-Luc Godard (RIP!) to explosive, radical results. The film lashes out at the capitalist establishment with a caustic plot revolving around a wildcat strike and the American journalist who documents its development.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Flo Milli Add to a List
Rap wunderkind Flo Milli initially rose to fame with "Beef FloMix," (a freestyle over Ethereal's 2014 track "Beef") which quickly exploded on TikTok. She has since released her debut album, You Still Here, Ho?, which includes features from Rico Nasty, Babyface Ray, and Tiffany Pollard (you probably know her as "New York" from VH1's Flavor of Love). 
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne)

The Joy Formidable with Cuffed Up Add to a List
Live, the Welsh band really rips. As someone who doesn’t seek out alternative rock music, I found out about the Joy Formidable because I happened to be passing through their mainstage set at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party a few years ago. After hearing them bring a relentless barrage of guitars and crashing drums, I was sold. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

SHOPPING

Boozy Book Fair Add to a List
Experience all of the excitement of the Scholastic Book Fairs of your youth with a decidedly grown-up twist: This fair will feature libations, literature, and gifts for sale.
(Migration Brewing, Gresham)

TUESDAY

FILM

Seven Grandmasters in 35mm Add to a List
The only known 35mm print of a kung fu cinema masterpiece will come to life on a Hollywood screen this week. In Seven Grandmasters, an aging kung fu expert aims to prove his worth by fighting the legendary seven grandmasters, who each duke it out in a different "animal style." Don't forget to snag a Kung Fu Theater t-shirt in the lobby—those wearing tees are eligible to win snazzy memorabilia.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

LIVE MUSIC

Brothertiger Add to a List
New York electronic artist Brothertiger will harness his uber-chill '80s synth sounds at this Portland stop in support of his latest self-titled album. Experimental electronic artist/harpist Sheers will open.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

WEDNESDAY

FILM

Church of Film: The Mad Fox Add to a List
Church of Film brings the fantastical '62 flick The Mad Fox to the screen this week. The dreamy, expressionist fable, inspired by an 18th-century bunraku (Japanese puppet theater) play, follows the aftermath of an astrologer's omen and the strange occurrences under an emperor's reign. (Expect white rainbows and a potential fox demon.) The film pulls from butoh, kabuki, and noh theater traditions, but pushes a stylish visual feel that evokes Kurosawa's Kagemusha.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Aminé with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Portland-raised rap star Aminé—who now lives in Los Angeles—is set to play an epic homecoming show at the Schnitz, with the Oregon Symphony, in November. His last hometown show was the stop at Moda Center for his “Best Tour Ever,” back in January, and the artist showed off an appropriately cartoony, exceedingly Portland-inspired stage design. Even though the rapper doesn’t live in Portland anymore, it’s cool to see him constantly showing love to the Rose City in grandiose ways. And it’ll be interesting to hear him deliver his famous “Caroline” lyrics in a regal setting, along with newer tracks like “Charmander” and “Colors” from his 2021 album TWOPOINTFIVE, while making his orchestral debut. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Dominic Fike: Out Of Order Tour Add to a List
In 2017, indie rapper-turned-Euphoria star Dominic Fike put out a Soundcloud album, Don't Forget About Me, while on house arrest, which scored him a $4 million deal with Columbia Records the following year. Of his latest album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Fader writes, "The new songs, even in their unfinished state, are more sophisticated than those on Don’t Forget About Me without being indulgent or overwrought."
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Duckwrth with Elujay Add to a List
Mercury writer Jenni Moore wrote of Duckwrth: "The singer/rapper/graphic designer reps and credits the Bay Area for his artistic influences, and is regarded as a creative visionary for his progressive hip-hop and vibrant, expressive style—just watch his visual for “Get Uugly” and you’ll see why." He will stop by on tour supporting his latest album, SG8, after an opening set from neo-soul artist Elujay.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Son Little with Moorea Masa & The Mood Add to a List
We love seeing rising, local artists get stellar touring opportunities! Singer-songwriter (and one-time Portlander) Moorea Masa will join Philly R&B crooner Son Little on his fall tour to support his brand new album, Like Neptune. Masa will open more than a dozen of the dates—including one at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge—giving fans of her 2021 EP, Heart In the Wild: Side A a chance to hear the tracks live. We interviewed Masa about the vulnerable and intimate record, which unpacks her "complicated relationship with her estranged mother, a Black queer woman who suffers from debilitating mental illness." She's a real treat to experience live, especially when her thoughtful harmonies are fleshed by her backing band, the Mood. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

Blink Add to a List
This darkly comedic romance by Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Phil Porter includes a fox character named Scruffilitis. Sold! Blink was described by The New York Times as "everything you want in a relationship play: funny, painful, affecting."
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland)

READINGS & TALKS

Incite: Queer Writers Read – November Add to a List
Hosts Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine will return to present this curated bi-monthly reading series, which centers queer writers with a fresh, thought-provoking theme for each event. (This month's theme hasn't been announced yet!) 
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

THURSDAY

LIVE MUSIC

American Strings: An Evening with Rickie Lee Jones Add to a List
Cherished singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, who has roots in the PNW (did you know that she spent some of her childhood in Olympia, WA?), will be joined by blues and rock historian Bob Santelli for an intimate evening of music and conversation.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Kevin Morby Add to a List
Back in 2016, Mercury writer Ned Lannamann wrote: "Carrying high the tradition of New York City cool, Kevin Morby's leather-clad tunes evoke Television, Sonic Youth, and the godheads themselves, the Velvet Underground. Morby's first two solo albums, Harlem River and Still Life, deserve shelf space alongside Ramones, Bookends, and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan as part of any proper collection of New York classics." Morby will support his latest release, This Is a Photograph, which draws inspiration from the musical history of Memphis, where the album was recorded. New York-based rock trio Coco (fronted by Maia Friedman of Dirty Projectors) will open.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Lizzo: The Special Tour Add to a List
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past three years, we're sure that you already love national treasure/pop superstar Lizzo. Known for her self-love anthems, genuine reliability, and jaw-dropping flute playing skills, her latest album, Special, embraces disco beats and '80s synths for smooth-as-hell R&B-pop loaded with lyrics about being a bad bitch and loving yourself. She will support the album alongside rising rapper Latto, best known for her infectious radio hit "Big Energy." 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

PERFORMANCE

Channel 5 Live with Andrew Callaghan Add to a List
Andrew Callaghan, whose Seattle childhood included interviewing Juggalos and enough shroom usage to trigger hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, is considered a pioneer of YouTube-style gonzo reporting. He'll bring his "digital journalism experience," Channel 5, to the stage—we hope to hear more about that wild Alex Jones interview.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne)

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Foil Arms & Hog Add to a List
Heading back to the US with viral online sketches like "Getting Past US Immigration" and "When Irish People Can’t Speak Irish" under their belt, Irish sketch group Foil Arms & Hog will present fresh sketches and improv scenes with musical accompaniment. Their Edinburgh Fringe show received rave reviews in 2018 and 2019, so you're in for a raucous time. Sláinte!
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

The Wait Wait Stand Up Tour Add to a List
Wait Wait panelist regulars, who somehow manage to be both hilarious and whip-smart, will hit the stage for an evening of stand-up that'll get you thinkin'. Hosted by Last Comic Standing season three winner Alonzo Bodden, this all-ages performance will feature fellow Wait Waiters Cristela Alonzo, Maeve Higgins, and Helen Hong.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

LIVE MUSIC

Adam Green with Tchotchke Add to a List
Adam Green, New York-hailing singer-songwriter, artist, filmmaker, and co-founder of the anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches, will play a solo set in support of his new self-released album That Fucking Feeling, alongside alt-rock trio Tchotchke. 
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

 

Bret Michaels Add to a List
Poison frontman and reality TV star (do yourself a favor and watch VH1's Rock of Love) Bret Michaels will stop by ilani with his nostalgic jams "Every Rose Has It’s Thorn," "Go That Far," and "Nothing But A Good Time."
(ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield)

Caroline Shaw and SĹŤ Percussion Add to a List
Brooklyn, NY-based quartet Sō Percussion, known for their use of non-standard instruments like scrap metal, rocks, and flower pots, will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw for a performance of their new co-composed piece, Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, along with Jason Treuting’s ravishing work, Amid the Noise.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Ella Jane: The Marginalia Tour Add to a List
On her new album, Marginalia, rising star Ella Jane sings about growing up, coming into her sexuality, and overcoming insecurities through layered harmonies and danceable bedroom-pop beats. She will support the album alongside kindred pop gem Alix Page.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Isobel Campbell Add to a List
Scottish singer-songwriter Isobel Campbell rose to fame at age nineteen as a founding member of the legendary twee pop group Belle & Sebastian. Since leaving the band in 2002, she has released five solo albums and three collaborative albums with the dearly departed grunge troubadour Mark Lanegan. Campbell will hit the stage in support of her 2020 album, There Is No Other, which adventurously moves between Laurel Canyon-inspired psychedelia and gospel-tinged ballads.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Lucy Dacus Add to a List
In 2019, Stranger writer Ryan J. Prado wrote: "It makes sense that Lucy Dacus has catapulted to such high acclaim; the directness of her writing, and the subdued music she drives it with, is a great study in earnest songwriting. Her 2016 debut, No Burden, the forming of Boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, her follow-up LP Historian basically flooring everyone who’s heard it and landing at or near the top of numerous Best of lists—if you haven’t invested any time listening to Dacus yet, what the fuck are you waiting for?" She will play tracks from her newest release Home Video, which reflects on childhood, faith, and adolescent love.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PERFORMANCE

Blue's Clues & You! Live on Stage Add to a List
Sit down in your thinkin' chair at this live Blue's Clues adventure, where the audience will follow clues, skidoo with Blue and Magenta, float in outer space, and jam out to Broadway-style tunes with newcomer Rainbow Puppy. (We're hoping for an appearance from Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper.)
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

READINGS & TALKS

Jon Melrod Add to a List
Over the course of 13 years, Jon Melrod faced every roadblock imaginable—termination, FBI questioning, and lawsuits among them—while building a revolution on American Motors' assembly line. In Fighting Times: Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War, the working-class hero digs into his experience bolstering a radical class-conscious movement from within the factory; the book contains archival photography, inspiration for labor organizers, and a giant middle finger to capitalist exploitation.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

SATURDAY

FILM

Live Scoring of Buster Keaton’s The General Add to a List
Did you know that the Echo Theater first opened its doors as a silent film cinema? Yep, that curious little venue off Hawthorne has been around since 1911, but when talkies hit Bagdad Theater, Echo rebranded as a dance hall. Since then, the space has housed a moving company and a plumbing supply store, and is now an "alternative performance space" with aerial and acrobatic acts and classes. But we digress. Take a trip back to early-20th-century Portland at this screening of Buster Keaton's inventive silent comedy The General, supplemented by a live score by cellist and Portland Cello Project founding member Gideon Freudmann.
(Echo Theatre, Richmond)

FOOD & DRINK

Gobble Up Portland 2022 Add to a List
Just in time for Thanksgiving (and the subsequent holidays), Urban Craft Uprising will host this specialty food show for the fourth year, promising over 80 local vendors slinging everything from caramels to small-batch pickles to nut butters.
(Alder Block, Central Eastside)

The Portland Cheese & Meat Festival Add to a List
The world is your cheese plate at this celebration of all things cured meat and fromage. At the door, you’ll be greeted with a tasting glass and charcuterie board, and then left to your own devices to wander around curating the platter of your dreams with samples from vendors.
(The Leftbank Annex, Lloyd District)

LIVE MUSIC

Algernon Cadwallader Add to a List
Philadelphia-based outfit Algernon Cadwallader will revive their methodical math-rock and emo-revival jams for the first time since their 2012 disbandment with support from local power pop trioShaylee and Olympia-based punk band Bad Sleep.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Oh, Rose Add to a List
Led by chill-inducing lead vocalist and guitarist Olivia Rose, the Olympia, Washington group Oh, Rose fucking rocks! They haven’t released a new album since the excellent 2019 project, While My Father Sleeps, but we aren’t mad at it—we were touched by the guttural truths from front person and creative driver Olivia Rose Huebner’s life’s story, and the loss of her mom. Beyond albumhighlights like the angry “25 Alive” and “Politics,” or escapism tracks “Harrypotterjuana,” and “Phoenix,” the group has plenty of material to play as they embark on a co-headlining tour with seven-piece psychedelic rock band Evolfo. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman)

SG Lewis Add to a List
Emotive dance music artist SG Lewis, best known for producing Dua Lipa's smash hit "Hallucinate," will stop by ahead of his upcoming album, AudioLust & HigherLove, with support from like-minded electronic artist Mindchatter.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Surf Curse Add to a List
The LA-via-Reno quartet Surf Curse, who found success during the revival of surf rock back in the 2010s, are still catching waves with their new album, Magic Hour, which takes a more polished approach to their signature post-punk sound. They will support the album alongside Oakland bedroom-pop group Toner.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

READINGS & TALKS

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

SUNDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Depressed Cake Shop Add to a List
This one-day pop-up bakery sells gray-colored cakes, cookies, and other goods (all donated by local bakers) to raise awareness and encourage conversation about mental health issues. The goodies, though dismal looking on the outside, are bright and colorful on the inside to symbolize hope. Proceeds benefit Baby Blues Connection, which provides free support for parents and families dealing with perinatal mood disorders.
(Opal 28, Kerns)

LIVE MUSIC

Fletcher Add to a List
Witness a superstar in the making with a performance by Cari Elise Fletcher, known simply by her surname, who has stood out with her confessional songwriting delivered in a pop package that oozes sincerity and warmth. She will support her debut album, Girl of My Dreams, after an opening set from dark pop artist Chappell Roan.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

FOALS: Life Is Yours Tour Add to a List
British rockers FOALS, whom Mercury writer Ned Lannamann once described as "[leaping] between slowly sad and jumpily danceable," will play tracks from their newest album, Life Is Yours, their first as a trio (without keyboardist Edwin Congreave). Don't miss opening sets from indie-rock ensemble Inner Wave and art-punk outfit Gustaf.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Night Heron Add to a List
Major slow jam vibes and chill bedtime sounds abound on 2021’s delightful Instructions for the Night, the most recent project from synth pop / neo soul group Night Heron. In fact, their setlist of grooves might just be encouraging enough to bring fans in from the cold night to the Doug Fir’s cozy basement. Composed of synth player Andy Lawson, bassist Grace Bugbee, drummer Tyler Vergin, and guitarist Cameron Spies, one of Night Heron’s coolest qualities is undoubtedly that almost all of them also offer soft and airy, simply sung harmony vocals to the tracks. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Os Mutantes Add to a List
Revolutionary Brazilian group Os Mutantes are known as pioneers of the Tropicália movement with their distinctive blend of pop music, experimental sounds, and traditional Brazilian rhythms. The ensemble, led by founding member Sérgio Dias (sorry, no Rita Lee at this show!) will hit the road once again, performing mind-melting classics like "A Minha Menina" and "Panis Et Circenses." They will be joined by nostalgic pop singer Claude Fontaine.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Phantogram Add to a List
The New York two-piece led by musicians Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter purvey electro-rock that culls elements of trip-hop and dream pop, but has surprising teeth. Their synth textures are thick, fuzzy, and room-filling; the pair makes three times as much sound in a live setting as you expect from just two people. Barthel's sweet soprano can be both ethereal and commanding, while Carter's occasional contributions range from straightforward to pitch-shifted and warped (see: "Turn It Off," "Running from the Cops"). LEILANI POLK
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Smashing Pumpkins with Jane’s Addiction Add to a List
Are The Smashing Pumpkins past their prime? That's up for debate (we're leaning towards yes), but it's hard to pass up the opportunity to hear timeless alt-rock classics like "1979" and "Today." Plus, founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin have reunited with frontman Billy Corgan for this tour, making it the closest thing to the original lineup since their initial disbandment in 2000. Assuming that lead vocalist Perry Farrell is feeling up for it, alt-metal pioneers Jane's Addiction will open the show.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

Joe Dombrowski Add to a List
Joe Dombrowski's viral spelling test prank may have landed him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but the creative stand-up had been working crowds for 20 years before his rise to fame. Often regaling audiences with his experiences as an elementary school teacher, the Seattleite also produces the Social Studies podcast, where he shares wackadoo stories from teachers near and far.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

FILM

The Banshees of Inisherin Add to a List
Martin McDonagh (who also directed In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) continues to develop his thoughtful, darkly comedic style in this tale of two lifelong friends on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland (played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who experience a startling rift in their relationship.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Tuesday)

Decision to Leave Add to a List
Park Chan-wook, the visionary director behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden, won Best Director at Cannes this year for this stylish thriller. Decision to Leave begins with a man falling to his death from a Korean mountain peak, and unravels into a sensual noir with subtle nods to Vertigo.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Tuesday)

QDoc Film Festival Add to a List
The only festival in the US devoted exclusively to LGBTQ+ documentaries, QDoc engages with diverse queer perspectives on politics, diversity, sexuality, family, and more with three days of screenings and community connection. This year, QDoc runs in conjunction with the Portland Queer Film Festival Add to a List at Cinema 21—you can snag a combo pass to all of the programming at both festivals for $150.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Tár Add to a List
Some have described the journey Tár takes us on as one about cancel culture: a phrase that can mean whatever one wants it to mean at this point, though this easy categorization feels far too neat and Internet-brained. A more apt comparison would be to 2014’s Whiplash, a film that explores ambition and power—though Tár contains more humor and a willingness to poke fun at its central subject. Without tipping off exactly what happens, those who stick out the two and a half hour film are treated to a final, fraught, and unexpected punchline. It cements. Field's tragicomedy uncovers the full picture of a unique figure in all her grim glory. PORTLAND MERCURY WRITER CHASE HUTCHINSON
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

GEEK & GAMING

Kumoricon Add to a List
Named after overcast Pacific Northwest skies (kumori means "cloudy" in Japanese), this geeky con brings together die-hard fans of anime and Japanese pop culture for three days of karaoke, cosplay, workshops, a "Japanese maid cafe experience," and more.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Add to a List
With life-sized superheroes, costumes and props, and hundreds of other Marvel artifacts (including original comic book pages), this exhibit is a run-don't-walk for Marvel enthusiasts big and small. The publishing company's 80-year history is about more than just the big-budget flicks we've been inundated with lately—Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes offers the complete story.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)

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

PERFORMANCE

Carmen Add to a List
This fresh translation of Georges Bizet's 19th-century opera shares the story of Carmen, a vivacious cigarette factory worker whose obsessed lover lashes out violently when she leaves him.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Friday & Sunday)

Death by Hanging Add to a List
Set in an execution chamber(!), this philosophical chiller follows an incarcerated person who's been sentenced to death for his crimes. Gargantuan questions emerge when the first attempt to kill Prisoner J fails. Can he lawfully (and morally) be hung again? Yikes, we dunno! Death by Hanging is described as a dark comedy, but it sounds pretty intense to us—check out the pay-what-you-can production and come to your own conclusions.
(21ten Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Dog Man: The Musical Add to a List
Dog Man, the dog-slash-policeman invented by cartoonist Dav Pilkey and beloved by kids everywhere, will head to the stage for more crime-biting, furniture-chewing, and defending the city from evil cats. (Listen, ACAB, but we'll make an exception for the musical mutt.)
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

Frontieres Sans Frontieres Add to a List
Penned by playwright Phillip Howze and directed by theatermaker/social justice advocate Damaris Webb, Frontieres Sans Frontieres tackles "global culture imperialism and the commodification of human resource as capital." It's not for the faint of heart—the content advisory list is lengthy—but the play contains hints of dark humor that prod at self-absorbed actions of altruism and charity.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

King of the Yees Add to a List
The semi-autobiographical thrill ride King of the Yees tells the story of playwright Lauren Yee's father, Larry Yee, an intrepid leader within San Francisco's Chinese American neighborhood. When Lauren leaves her childhood home for good, her father goes missing, and she must return to Chinatown to better understand her family, embrace her heritage, and find Larry.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Wednesday-Sunday)

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord Add to a List
Inspired by her early pandemic days of sewing masks from bedsheets and bra straps, Chinese American feminist comedian and performance artist Kristina Wong shares the story of "The Auntie Sewing Squad" in Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord. Offering an autobiographical look at the early days of COVID with a side of razor-sharp humor and insights into community building, Time Out deemed the play "endearingly boisterous."
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

READINGS & TALKS

Quentin Tarantino: Cinema Speculation Book Tour Add to a List
Love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino has made a splashy, sometimes ingenious impact on modern film, and the auteur/egotist loves chattin' cinema at a rapid clip. Here's your chance to watch him do it in person! In celebration of his nonfiction debut Cinema Speculation, a blend of film criticism and theory covering key '70s American films, Tarantino will hit Portland for a talk with Hollywood Theatre head film programmer Dan Halsted and a book reading on November 9. The following night, Tarantino will read another excerpt from his book and screen '77 revenge thriller Rolling Thunder. (Tickets include a copy of Cinema Speculation.)
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Wednesday-Thursday)

VISUAL ART

Emily Counts: Field Studies Add to a List
Emily Counts's ceramic style is always a little mystical, reflecting on nature and the fragility of life through curious sculptural busts and wall pieces that are sometimes lit from within. In Field Studies, Counts casts her gaze toward growth, decomposition, and transformation, exploring aging through flowers, matriarchs, insects, fruit, and other sensory oddities.
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Francesca Capone: Material Memory Add to a List
Weaving artist Francesca Capone's latest solo exhibition at Nationale explores zero-waste opportunities for art creation through fabric scrap compositions inspired by her family lineage of Sicilian American fashion industry workers.
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-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, Thursday-Sunday; opening)

Ourselves, a Resurrection. Add to a List
Writer A Hunter Sunrise and photographer Marico Fayre's Ourselves, a Resurrection. was inspired by the pair's multimedia publication And Then the Flash. Blending text, audio, and visual art forms, the two creatives dig deep into personal transformation, connection, love, and grief in both the exhibition and the book. Plus, the show is a great reason to pop by the brand-new Strange Paradise Gallery housed within Oregon Contemporary.
(Strange Paradise Gallery at Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Saturday; closing)

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, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

Smolder: Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff Add to a List
Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff's Smolder looks closely at the simmering anxieties of the current zeitgeist through video and sculpture. Hopkins zeroes in on the climate crisis in Slow Burn, a video piece that also examines the patriarchy of the American West; Acuff's A Thing Burnt in its Entirety contains nods to sacrifice, alchemy, and the concept of nigredo, a Latin term referencing material that was burned in order to initiate transformation.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday)

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