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The Top 64 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 27-Mar 5, 2023

Bryce Vine, My Fair Lady, and More Top Picks
February 27, 2023
"Drew Barrymore" rapper Bryce Vine's show should be a carnival.
It's the top of another week, and like always, we're here to present you with the top events happening within that stretch, from Bryce Vine to the 18th Annual HUMP! Film Festival and from My Fair Lady to the Eighth Annual SheBrew Fest.

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History Pub - Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts Add to a List
Directed by Dru Holley of Vancouver, Washington, Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts details the efforts of the 19th-century African American regiment of the US Army as they faced both international military conflicts and civil rights struggles at home. (The documentary won the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Tacoma Film Festival.) Holley will attend this Black History Month screening presented by McMenamins History and Oregon Historical Society, and will offer a Q&A session after the film.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)


Indigo Sparke with Sam Burton Add to a List
Aussie indie folk artist Indigo Sparke will perform tracks from her latest release, Hysteria. Pitchfork wrote of the album: "Hysteria showcases Sparke’s ability to glide between minimalism and more forceful storms. While the surface of this album is glossier and broader than its predecessor, the most stunning moments are still ones of hushed reverence." Kindred singer-songwriter Sam Burton will open.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Static-X: Rise of the Machine with Fear Factory, Dope, and Society 1 Add to a List
Break out your Tripp pants because it's time to relive your late '90s nu-metal days. Spiky-haired legends Static-X, whose melding of industrial, metal, and disco might just be exactly what you need to kick off the work week, will headline. They'll be joined by fellow industrial headbangers Fear Factory, Dope, and Society 1.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" Add to a List
World-class cover band the Black Jacket Symphony will bring Fleetwood Mac's iconic 1977 album Rumours to life with all the flourishes and stage lighting you would expect from a nationally touring tribute act. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


National Geographic Live: How to Clone a Mammoth Add to a List
Centering the research of National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro, this presentation looks closely at how extinct species like mammoths and passenger pigeons might be resurrected, and all the sticky technical and ethical challenges entangled with cloning science. How to Clone a Mammoth will be presented as part of the National Geographic Live series, which shares the efforts of its diverse, adventurous contributors.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)



Jack Whitehall: Jackarse Tour Add to a List
Award-winning actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, who you may have spotted in Bad Education, Jungle Cruise, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and laugh-out-loud family travelogue show Travels with My Father, hits Portland with more deadpan British humor.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Alice Street Add to a List
Spencer Wilkinson's thoughtful 2020 documentary Alice Street follows Oakland artists Pancho Peskador, a Chilean studio painter, and Desi Mundo, a Chicago-born aerosol artist, as they form an unexpected alliance to complete an ambitious mural project. Wilkinson will be joined on stage for a post-screening panel discussion with Don’t Shoot Portland founder Teressa Raiford and Portland muralist Alex Chiu to investigate opportunities for community engagement in urban design and justice-driven public art.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
If you somehow haven't caught the explosive film that just earned 11 Academy Award nominations, here's your chance. From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," Everything Everywhere All at Once is a boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy that begins with an unlikely hero: an overworked laundromat owner struggling with her taxes. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, multiverse explorer, martial arts aficionado, and world saver.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Winter Group Exhibition Add to a List
Froelick's group exhibition of works by the gallery's represented artists starts 2023 on a colorful foot, with multimedia offerings by local faves like Emma Gerigscott, Holly Osborne, Rick Bartow, Laurie Danial, Benny Fountain, and others. 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District; closing)



Church of Film: The Fern Flower, a Collection of Ukrainian Animation Add to a List
Twentieth-century Ukrainian cinema was often psychedelic, surrealist, witchy, and even antifascist—truly a winning combination. This trippy collection showcases Soviet-era and post-Soviet Ukrainian animation favorites, including Efrem Pruzhanskiy's Alice in Wonderland (1981), Alla Gracheva's The Fern Flower (1979) and Viy (1996), and more.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Mother of Color Add to a List
Blending themes of social and ancestral trauma, this feature debut by queer Mexican American filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone follows a community organizer and single mother as she untangles mysterious messages from her ancestors. Keep an eye out for Luz Elena Mendoza of indie outfit Y La Bamba and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who both make appearances in the film.
(Cinema 21, Northwest Portland)


Claire Rosinkranz Add to a List
Riding the wave of her TikTok-famed self-released single "Backyard Boy," rising singer-songwriter (and noted pal of Olivia Rodrigo) Claire Rosinkranz will swing through town with the glossy indie pop tracks from her 2021 EP 6 Of A Billion (might this be a reference to Aaliyah's One in a Million?) Fellow pop artists DWLLRS and mehro will open.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Judith Hill Add to a List
On her latest album, Baby, I’m Hollywood, LA-born neo-soul artist Judith Hill glides through captivating piano ballads, danceable kaleidoscopic funk, and silky classic soul, that explore "pleasure, pain, celebration, and consequences" through an "excursion into the annals of Black music." Don't miss her as she performs songs from the album on the last leg of her US tour.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


High Desert Speaker Series Add to a List
Oregon Natural Desert Association's curiosity-sparking talks are a nature lovers' dream. Their new series, which focuses on the flora and fauna of Oregon’s high desert, continues on March 1 with a discussion on the brilliant wildflowers and endemic plant species of the region. You'll leave with plant identification tips and new knowledge on seed collection and native plant restoration.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)



David Cross: Worst Daddy in The World Tour Add to a List
Arrested Development actor, stand-up comic, and noted Creed hater David Cross will visit Portland with more staunch opinions and acerbic witticisms on the heels of a divisive 2022 Vox interview that tackled "cancel culture" in comedy.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Charlie Parr Add to a List
Long ago in 2014, former Mercury writer Rose Finn wrote: "It's hard to believe that country blues guitarist Charlie Parr is a modern-day musician from Duluth, Minnesota, but it's certainly encouraging that musicians like him still exist. The accomplished guitarist (and doppelganger for Cheech) is seemingly unaffected by our image-driven musical age, his weapons of choice being a resonator guitar, an acoustic 12-string, a fretless banjo, and a husky mid-range voice that complements his plucking." He will return to Portland with his poetic, complex musical stories with support from local experimental guitarist Marisa Anderson.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Hirie Add to a List
The Oahu, Hawaii-based singer-songwriter will bring her laid-back psychedelic reggae-pop sounds across the Pacific to head in support of their latest album, Mood Swing, offering you a little bit of sunshine amid this late winter chill. Fellow rays of sunshineKBONG, Johnny Cosmic, and Vana Liya will join.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Focus: A Dance Night Inspired by the Music of SZA Add to a List
Get amped up for the SOS tour with a SZA-centric dance party featuring your favorite songs from CTRL and SOS, as well as jams from collaborators like Beyoncé, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.
(Holocene, Buckman)


Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Dana Schwartz, Joseph Earl Thomas, Dessa, and Stephanie Anne Johnson Add to a List
Live Wire's 2023 offerings continue with this evening of honest, inspiring conversation between Noble Blood podcaster, television writer, and New York Times bestselling author Dana Schwartz, award-winning multi-genre writer Joseph Earl Thomas, and lauded writer and touring musician Dessa. Americana-influenced vocalist Stephanie Anne Johnson will help the audience "find [their] joy and go there.”
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



Viagra Boys Add to a List
Don't let their cringe-y band name deter you, the Swedish six-piece Viagra Boys craft shapeshifting post-punk and garage rock that has received acclaim from music critics like Pitchfork, Clash, and Exclaim! They will play songs from their new album, Cave World, which was inspired by the pandemic (you know the one).
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

White Denim Add to a List
Former Mercury writer Ned Lannamann once wrote: “There isn't a musical genre you can pitch at Texas band White Denim that they can't knock out of the park. When its members aren't busy backing up Leon Bridges, they're playing whirlwind rock 'n' roll, funk, folk, R&B, and much more, with catchy pop hooks embedded in their virtuosic shred." Their return to Portland will include support from Cascading Moms.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Shane Koyczan Add to a List
If there's such a thing as a spoken-word star, Shane Koyczan fits that description. The Canadian lyricist's performance of his anti-bullying poem "To This Day” has millions of views on YouTube, and his second book, Stickboy, was adapted into an opera by Vancouver Opera. Koyczan reportedly polished the script for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road—now that's an unexpected crossover. This evening with the celebrated Vancouver street poet will include an opening performance by Jewish American wordsmith Red O’Hare.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



August Burns Red Add to a List
What better way to worship the "big man upstairs" (for those who believe in that kind of thing) than headbanging to the melodic tunes of Pennsylvania-based Christian metal outfit August Burns Red? The band, who has gained secular appeal since appearing on the scene in 2003, will celebrate their 20-year band-iversary with tunes from their latest album, Death Below. Don't miss opening sets from screamo faves The Devil Wears Prada and Scottish heavy metal band Bleed From Within.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

FIDLAR Add to a List
Taking their name from the skate mantra "fuck it dog, life's a risk," garage punk band FIDLAR are a group of rowdy boys who write songs about cheap beer, surfing, and their deep existential feelings. And, if you're a certain breed of millennial, you probably had them on your iPod alongside bands like Wavves, King Tuff, and Best Coast. Considering that they haven't released new music in over four years, expect to bop along to the classics. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from fellow punks Liily and Reckling.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

MarchFourth's 20th Anniversary Extravaganza Add to a List
Portland’s own MarchFourth consists of 20+ performers who integrate their New Orleans-inspired marching band tunes with vaudeville theatrics, stilt-walkers, circus acrobatics, and more performance antics. The band will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a supersized performance alongside DJ Global Ruckus.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

The Music of Twin Peaks Add to a List
Local musicians of varying genres including Rachel Brashear, Aaron Tomasko, Rivkah Ross, Raymond Richards, Kyleen King, Ben Landsverk, Kate O’Brien, Adriana Wagner, and Matt Sulikowski will transport you to the black lodge with their renditions of Angelo Badalamenti's iconic Twin Peaks soundtrack. It'll be damn good.
(Alberta Abbey, King)

Portland Youth Philharmonic: Gipps Symphony No. 3 Add to a List
Although largely overlooked during her lifetime, English composer Ruth Gripps (1921-1999) wrote some of the most vibrant, ambitious symphonies of our time. The Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will honor the late, great composer by performing her inspiring Symphony No. 3 during Women's History Month. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Quasi Add to a List
After making a full recovery from an unfortunate car accident in 2019, the indie-rock duo consisting of PNW legends Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag) and Sam Coomes (of Heatmiser) are back on tour supporting their new Sub Pop-released album Breaking the Balls of History. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Small Million, Les Gold, and New Body Electric Add to a List
Newly signed to Portland’s Tender Loving Empire, Portland-based indie pop band Small Million just released its first single under the label on February 7, titled “The Overkill.” The creative merging of Ryan Linder and lead vocalist Malachi Graham is known for making deeply stirring, cinematic backdrops that are both epic and intimate (making the band’s oxymoron moniker make sense), and the two are fleshed out by drummer Ben Tyler (Small Skies), and Kale Chesney (Lo Pony) on bass and harmonies. A single liner note on BandCamp explains the song “is not about your fun night out but about stumbling home afterwards relentlessly churning on everything you overshared.” At the song’s peak, Graham emotively sings: “I’m drowning myself in the overkill, overkill/ Overnight at the club/ Overserved, sobered up/ Overcoat, in the cab/ Overplayed my own hand/ Overthought what I said/ It's a drug I regret/I regret I regret I regret.” For a tease of what that audience is in for, check out this stunning live performance video for “The Overkill” that was filmed and recorded at Portland recording studio The Rye Room. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


BETTY: A Queer Dance Party with Mistress Isabelle Brooks Add to a List
Mistress Isabelle Brooks, the self-described "heavyweight champ" of RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 will steal the show for this recurring dance party. Join the drag diva for a night of queer grooves, complete with DJ sets by Cody James, LĂśCHI, ALoSo, Zander, Dissolve, Emoji Heap, Veruca, and Dotlan.mp3, as well as additional drag performances from Lisa Limbaugh, Ruby Delish, and Ann Pyne.
(Produce Row Cafe, Buckman)

Dance Craze: Respected Ladyland Dance Party Add to a List
Beloved all-vinyl DJ Action Slacks will kick off Women's History Month with a vintage mix of multi-genre tunes from female voices (ranging from 1965 to 1980) with a mission of celebrating the "endurance, perseverance, talents, creativity, and humanity" of women.
(The World Famous Kenton Club, Kenton)



Eighth Annual SheBrew Fest Add to a List
Human Rights Campaign Portland and the Oregon Brew Crew presents the eighth installment of this annual festival celebrating local female amateur and professional brewers. Check out beers from "shebrewers" at Great Notion, Heater Allen, Leikam Brewing, Steeplejack, Von Ebert, pFriem, 10 Barrel, and more, and nosh on food from women-owned carts. All proceeds go to the Human Rights Campaign.
(The Redd on Salmon, Buckman)


Bryce Vine: Serotonin Tour Add to a List
NYC-hailing rapper Bryce Vine brings incorporates his varied musical background as a former Glee Project contestant, gospel choir singer, high school punk band member, and lifelong fan of rap music for his pop-tinged hip-hop tunes. Anticipate hearing songs from his most recent EP, Mixed Feelings, as well as from his debut 2019 album Carnival, after an opening set from R&B singer-songwriter bLAck pARty.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Frosty Fables with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
As spring approaches, the Oregon Symphony will give winter a proper send-off with a frosty family-friendly program of music from Disney’s Frozen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Tales of Love and Justice with Jennifer Higdon Add to a List
Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon will join the Metropolitan Youth Symphony for the West Coast premiere of her acclaimed opera, Cold Mountain Suite. Telling the emotionally stirring story of a Confederate soldier grappling with violence, love, and redemption, the piece received the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere when it debuted in 2016.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

Umphrey's McGee Add to a List
Umphrey's McGee purvey a heady, percussive-fleshed synthesis of jazz, funk, electro, metal, prog, and rock informed by both classic and modern influences, and salted with reggae, yacht-rock, pop, and blues. They also have a way of genre-jumping from one song to the next, or multiple times within the same song, while still remaining tight and focused. These guys don’t “jam,” but practice calculated improvisation, with pre-determined key changes and a series of hand gestures and signals they employ while on stage to communicate their next move. LEILANI POLK
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Sadie Dupuis in Conversation With Jessica Boudreaux Add to a List
Sadie Dupuis, guitarist and singer of acclaimed indie-rock outfit Speedy Ortiz, penned Cry Perfume over a four-year period while touring and struggling with the loss of loved ones to overdoses. Channeling her grief into advocacy work, Dupuis fundraised for overdose prevention resources and compiled the slick poems found in the new tome, drawing from her passion for justice work to reflect on "the virtues and evils that emerge when arts and tech collide." (Stephen Malkmus described the poems as "musical meters and flows cut with DIY realness"—we dig it.) Portland-based music producer and Summer Cannibals frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux will join Dupuis for this conversation.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



James Hood's BEAUTIFICA360 Add to a List
BEAUTIFICA360 is a bit difficult to pin down. Promotional materials describe the 360° immersive experience as a "euphoric journey" through "mind-blowing constellations [and] fantastical landscapes." It's pitched as both the perfect date night and a family-friendly affair. Also, it was designed by a guy who looks like this. Our advice? Pop an edible and enjoy the show, whatever it may be.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Thursday-Sunday)

This IS Kalapuyan Land Add to a List
Presented in collaboration with artist and curator Steph Littlebird (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya, Chinook), This IS Kalapuyan Land was first installed at Five Oaks Museum in 2019. The exhibition was adapted from a problematic 2008 show on the Kalapuyan people put forth by the Washington County Museum. Littlebird corrected the show's original explanatory panels, expanded them with historical input from Western Oregon tribe scholar David G. Lewis, Ph.D., and paired them with contemporary Indigenous artworks created by artists with connections to Kalapuyan land. Currently showing at Pittock Mansion, this fresh installment of the show includes a new collection of Native artworks.
(Pittock Mansion, Northwest Portland, Monday-Sunday)


Cascade Festival of African Films Add to a List
The "longest-running annual, non-profit, non-commercial, largely volunteer-run African film festival in the United States" features works by African directors, centering non-Western perspectives on African culture with films like Egyptian social drama Feathers. Live interviews with filmmakers and community conversations round out the exciting cultural event, with opportunities for virtual and in-person viewing. 
(PCC Cascade and Virtual, Thursday-Saturday)

Close Add to a List
Belgian director Lukas Dhont's coming-of-age film Close, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, is also an Academy Award nominee for Best International Film this year. The "heart-crushing" (The Hollywood Reporter) film follows teen friends whose deep, intimate bond is broken by the assumptions of their classmates.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Cocaine Bear Add to a List
Lots of cocaine!!! One bear!!!!!! A movie about a bear who consumed a buttload of cocaine. It's based, if you do not know, on a real bear. But cocaine, which fell from the sky, killed the real bear—a black bear who is spending eternity in a Kentucky mall. The movie bear does not die from an overdose but becomes larger than life and death. He goes on a rampage. He destroys this and that. Humans scream and die. And this is a comedy! How can we miss this movie? It sounds like top-notch trash. I hope it doesn't suffer the fate of Snakes on a Plane. STRANGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER CHARLES MUDEDE
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Feminist March 2023 Add to a List
Returning from a pandemic-related hiatus, Hollywood Theatre's Feminist March program will once again offer up a full month of screenings celebrating women in film. Presented in partnership with Portland State University's Center for Women's Leadership, Synth Library Portland, and Quest Center, this year's lineup includes 12 films directed by women, including multiple flicks by Black, Indigenous, and queer directors. (Standouts include Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman, Jamie Babbit's But I'm a Cheerleader, and Nyla Innuksuk's Slash/Back.)
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday-Friday)

18th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Add to a List
Dan Savage's pioneering erotic film fest will premiere an all-new lineup of sexy films featuring all genders and orientations at Revolution Hall this year. Since 2005, HUMP! has brought inclusive, creative, and kinky films to the big screen—scope out the sex-positive fest in person for a tantalizing treat.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, Friday-Saturday)

Studio Ghibli Film Festival Add to a List
Over the last 30 years, Studio Ghibli has become legendary for its lush visuals, emotional and affecting storytelling, and poetic, intelligent approach to nature and the more-than-human world. OMSI's Studio Ghibli Film Festival will return for its eighth (almost) annual presentation of audience faves like My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service, as well as underrated classics like Pom Poko and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Thursday-Sunday)

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival 2023 Add to a List
This international festival is celebrating its 10th year of spotlighting the best in queer and trans filmmaking with 50 original short queer films on the lineup. Four intriguing blocks of programming allow viewers to watch films within specific themes, including "Trying It On" (origin stories and new experiences), "Made to Measure" (intergenerational perspectives on queerness), "For Every Body" (dance films and "erotic entanglements"), and a West Coast film block.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Saturday-Sunday)

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, Monday-Thursday)


Northwest Black Restaurant Week Add to a List
Black Restaurant Week, a national culinary campaign founded in Houston in 2016 with the goal of shining a light on local Black-owned businesses, is returning for its third annual event in the Northwest region. Several local restaurants, such as Meals 4 Heels, Erica's Soul Food, and Trap Kitchen, are participating with prix-fixe menus, specials, and more.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

The Portland Mercury's Highball 2023 Add to a List
BEHOLD! It's the triumphant return of the Portland Mercury's HIGHBALL! That's correct: Get ready for an ENTIRE WEEK of specially crafted, original cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town… and get this, they're only $8 each! We've teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland—along with our cocktail-lovin' pals at Jim Beam—to bring you this one-of-a-kind booze-tacular! At each of Highball's locations, you'll find $8 specially crafted cocktails, and even better? They'll be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour)!
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

17th Annual Portland Seafood & Wine Festival Add to a List
Sip a lotta wine, eat a lotta fish! Sounds pretty simple, right? This annual celebration of coastal drinking and dining falls in the middle of Dungeness crab season, too, so there's definitely gonna be some seasonal delicacies to try, as well as other family-friendly activities, such as face painting, balloon artists, and more.
(Portland Expo Center, North Portland, Friday-Saturday)


​Forbidden Fruit Add to a List
Plumb the depths of original sin in this interactive performance, which invites audiences into eight installation rooms dedicated to different fruits, grains, and fungi. (Chaos ensues as each room reveals its secrets.) Forbidden Fruit's unique approach feels mystical and a tad mysterious, drawing from "feminine curiosity" across the ages—think Pandora's box and Alice in Wonderland—so channel your inner Eve for the experience.
(Shaking the Tree Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy, Saturday-Sunday)

My Fair Lady Add to a List
Lerner and Loewe's '56 stage musical is revived in this production directed by Bartlett Sher, which sees pedantic professor Henry Higgins attempt to woo Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle and turn her into a "lady." We know, barf, but this revival is apparently “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times).
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Oh, the Humanity, and Other Good Intentions, a play by Will Eno Add to a List
Playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno's distinctive voice has been likened to a less-dark Samuel Beckett. Oh, the Humanity, and Other Good Intentions compiles five short plays by the "supreme monologist," and uses a "distinctive, edgy blend of non-sequiturs and provisional statements to explore the fragility of our existence" (The Guardian). Tickets are only $15, so head to a performance if you're feeling philosophical.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

What I Learned in Paris Add to a List
Set amid a historic campaign win for Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, What I Learned in Paris follows a complex web of romance, truth-telling, and temptation in '70s Georgia.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday)

Where We Belong Add to a List
This contemporary solo piece follows an Indigenous theater-maker whose pursuit of a Ph.D. and a new life in England is rattled by the Brexit vote and the country's colonialist ideals.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

White Bird Presents: A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Add to a List
Back in 2012, Stranger theater critic Brendan Kiley wrote: "Critics talk about hip-hop theater and hip-hop dance-theater, but artists like Abraham are making that critical frame obsolete, demonstrating that hip-hop is an influence, not a cage." The sentiment holds true today. Abraham and his dancers will return to the stage with An Untitled Love, which pulls from Grammy Award-winning neo-soul legend D’Angelo's catalog to create a pulsating mixtape that exalts self-love and Black love.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Saturday)

Young Americans Add to a List
This world premiere by playwright Ă  la mode Lauren Yee takes audiences on two road trips, 20 years apart. Weaving together immigrant narratives and "intimate, music-led comedy," Young Americans looks closely at tough transitions and how we define home.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)


a community is a small town Add to a List
Head to the Reser to peep their latest exhibition, which compiles works from four regional neurodivergent art studios. Artists working across mediums at Elbow Room, North Pole, Living Studios, and Oregon Supportive Living Programs Arts & Culture Center will share their unique talents and expressive points of view, with everything from paintings and sculptures to book arts on display. It's a great opportunity to check out Beaverton's new-ish state-of-the-art performance center if you haven't yet visited.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize Exhibition Add to a List
Awarded every year to three PSU School of Art + Design students, the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize is a prestigious honor for up-and-coming artists. This year's winners include sustainable textile designer Johanna Houska, neurodivergent socially engaged artist Shelbie Loomis, and Nia Musuba, whose works respond to negative depictions of BIPOC within art and media. Drop by the exhibition for a creative boost.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, South Park Blocks, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

Chrysalis (Generativity): Fernanda D’Agostino Add to a List
As part of Site, Oregon Contemporary's ongoing series of "site-specific large-scale solo exhibitions by artists of the Pacific Northwest," this solo exhibition by Fernanda D’Agostino draws from an unusual inspiration—the nests of tent caterpillars. D'Agostino's curious installation of sculptural works blends materials like netting and found branches with creative coding and MadMapper to think carefully about sacredness, merging, and emerging with a childlike sense of marvel.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Sunday; closing)

Creative Diversity Abides: Two Group Shows by Blackfish Gallery Artists Add to a List
Blackfish Gallery will present a group exhibition featuring over 30 contemporary Oregon artists, launching a new era of programming after relocating to a larger space in the historic Otis Elevator Building. Catch the show, which features a diverse range of sculptures, works on paper, and photography, before it travels to the Visual Arts Center in Newport later this spring.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

Dinh Q. LĂŞ - Cambodia Reamker Add to a List
Dinh Q. LĂŞ continues to work with themes of displacement, war, and history in Cambodia Reamker, a series of photographic weavings depicting Reamker, the national epic of Cambodia, and portraits of incarcerated people in Tuol Sleng, a notorious Khmer Rouge prison. LĂŞ, whose family was forced to flee the Khmer Rouge in 1978, now creates "alternative narratives" that blend references to the country's rich cultural traditions and tragic recent history.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

I have done it again / One year in every ten / I manage it— Add to a List
Contemporary mainstay Adams and Ollman are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition, which compiles works by self-taught and boundary-pushing artists, important influencers, and special friends from the gallery's roster. Buzz-building favorites like Mariel Capanna, Vaginal Davis, and Jessica Jackson Hutchins will have works on display alongside visionary 20th-century painters Katherine Bradford, Charles Burchfield, and others.
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Mark R. Smith - Stress Formations Add to a List
In the solo exhibition Stress Formations, Mark R. Smith's textile paintings and laser engravings expand on his interests in social networks and crowds. Reflecting on the sociopolitical climate of the last few years, Smith noticed an interesting contrast between common pandemic pastimes—knitting, crochet—and the civil unrest unfolding in the wake of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's murders. Smith's intricate fabric works, including a "big tent," bring up questions: Who is kept safe and sheltered? How do we attempt to "organize the unruly?"
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Thursday-Saturday; opening)

Takahiko Hayashi Add to a List
A quarter century of works by lauded Japanese artist Takahiko Hayashi are on display in Shi Han Seiki: Trace the Drawn Lines, a retrospective of swirling, abstracted copperplate prints and collages.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; opening)

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