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The Top 65 Events in Portland This Week: June 6-12, 2022

Grand Floral Parade, HAIM, and More Top Picks
June 6, 2022
A trail cat riding a dragon?! Such stupendous sights can be seen at the Grand Floral Parade. (Portland Rose Festival)
The official first day of summer may not be for a couple of weeks yet, but this week brings a welcome preview with some sunny weather and events from HAIM to Hannah Gadsby and from the Grand Floral Parade to the Oregon Midsummer Festival.

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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OregonMade: Twilight in 35mm Add to a List
Ah, Twilight—the sparkly first entry in a saga that no one asked for. A 35mm print of the film will screen at the Hollywood, just in case you want to revisit the green glamour of Forks, Washington and the roles that likely left poor Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart mortified as they became big ol' movie stars. You better hold on tight, spider monkey.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Paris is Burning Add to a List
Jennie Livingston's landmark 1990 documentary shone a light on New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene, creating a rarely-seen portrait of fashion "houses," warlike contests, and valiant house mothers. It should be noted, though, that some participants felt exploited by the film, and feminist scholar bell hooks wondered about its voyeuristic aspects. Amid times of intense homophobia, transphobia, racism, poverty, and HIV/AIDS, there were voguers, drag queens, and trans women who forged community despite near-insurmountable odds—and despite valid criticisms of Paris is Burning, it does celebrate these pioneer figures.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Crown The Empire: The Fallout 10 Year Anniversary Tour Add to a List
Post-metalcore hitmakers Crown the Empire will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their debut full-length, The Fallout, which earned them the title of "best breakthrough band" by Alternative Press. The high-energy album will be played in its entirety along with opening sets from fellow metalheads D.R.U.G.S., The Word Alive, and Until I Wake.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Jack White: The Supply Chain Issues Tour Add to a List
Garage-rock revivalist, real-life vampire, Third Man Records founder, and half of The White Stripes Jack White, will light up Portland with the Supply Chain Issues tour in support of his new album Fear of the Dawn, which dabbles in blues-rock, circus music, and prog sounds.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)



Rex Orange County Add to a List
English bedroom-pop prince Rex Orange County initially caught the attention of Tyler, the Creator with the textural lo-fi sound on his self-released album, Bcos U Will Never B Free, leading to a string of collaborations, including a couple on Tyler’s 2017 album, Flower Boy. He will support his freshly squeezed album, Who Cares?, a breezy and sentimental array of infectious pop songs.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Sunflower Bean with Palehound Add to a List
New York-based psych-pop trio Sunflower Bean will swing through Portland in support of their latest album, Headful of Sugar, a breezy and polished collection of accessible indie tunes that explore disillusionment in the modern world. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellen Kempner, AKA Palehound, ​will start off the evening with some feminist indie rock.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Tori Amos: Ocean to Ocean Tour Add to a List
Your favorite mezzo-soprano Tori Amos, known for her poignant feminist lyrics and unique playing style on the piano, will stop by to play some songs from her latest album, Ocean to Ocean, which tackles grief, nihilism, and hope. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

ZZ Top Add to a List
Classic rock relics and legendary beard connoisseurs ZZ Top will play an evening of hard-edged throwbacks and roaring new material just ahead of their upcoming album, RAW.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)


Black Podcast Festival Add to a List
The Numberz, Portland's Black-owned and operated radio station, will present this podcast fest from Pioneer Square's new Welcome Dome. Each week, live podcast sessions will feature a different show—The Bruce Poinsette Show, hosted by the local community organizer, will kick off the festival, followed by sessions of Chloe Said It, Klyph Notes, and more.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)



Bike-In Movie Night and Comedy Show: Pride Edition Add to a List
If you're looking for a movie, some laughs, and kickass cuisine all in one verdant locale, look no further than this bike-in event at an urban farm in Cully. For Pride month, they'll be screening Hedwig and the Angry Inch followed by stand-up sets from local queer funny folks Mx. Dahlia Belle, Scott II, Rachelle, and Chris Ettrick, hosted by Jenna Eliel and Quinne Salameh. If that's not enough to entice you, Alley Mezza chef Kal Alshehab will be serving up dishes from SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) foodways, and Laina Yoswein of Omija Home Bakes will be slingin' sweet treats like doenjang blondies with candied perilla leaf and injeolmi (Korean rice cakes) in black sesame, strawberry, and butterfly pea flavors.
(The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, Cully)


Broncho Add to a List
It seems like every other band that captures more than its fair share of buzz comes from a big city. This is understandable, but it also means acts like Broncho—a fine pop-rock combo from little ol' Tulsa, Oklahoma—are often left to toil in the shadows. The solution? Record killer albums and tour like crazy so people have no choice but to pay attention. For nearly a decade now, Broncho has been one of America’s great (if underappreciated) purveyors of poppy guitar rock, and their 2018 album Bad Behavior finds them mixing in more beats, more ’80s vibes, more echo, and more danceableness. That’s not a word, but then again, neither is Broncho. BEN SALMON
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Modern English Add to a List
The thought of seeing Modern English causes me to grin as stupidly as the vest-without-shirt-wearing Nicolas Cage alongside Deborah Foreman in Valley Girl's love montage. Such a visceral reaction is alarming for a band whose 1982 hit "I Melt with You" is pretty much the only thing anybody cares about. Modern English were number seven on VH1's Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the'80s, and it's precisely this that makes Modern English's perseverance so purely beautiful. Once given the title "One Hit Wonder" there's no turning back; it's a cementation of their legacy. Still, 40 years later, Modern English are touring. Touring, and free to do whatever they wantCAMERON CROWELL
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Stars: Capelton Hill Add to a List
Longtime Canadian indie-pop band Stars have found success in their exceptional ability to tell honest tales of life and love, delivering both the "hard and soft edges," as press materials describe. Anticipate a set of songs from throughout their prolific career along with material from their latest album, From Capelton Hill. Singer-songwriter Nicholas Krgovich will support.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


David Duchovny in Conversation With Kristi Turnquist Add to a List
The far-fetched alien devotee and FBI agent we all know and love is also a solid novelist. David Duchovny's The Reservoir follows Ridley, a broody dude whose Rear Windowesque habit of gazing out at the view from his apartment leads to some weird questions. A flashing light sends Ridley on a surreal spiral through the city. (The truth is out there!) For this conversation, Duchovny will be joined by Kristi Turnquist, TV critic and pop culture reporter for The Oregonian and
(Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton)



Brendan Schaub Add to a List
Stand-up comic, podcast host, and TV personality Brendan Schaub, AKA Thicccboy, is touring the world with his unique brand of gravelly, slick humor. If you Google him, you'll discover that Schaub is also a former professional mixed martial artist, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a very big dude, so we suggest laughing at his jokes.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension in 35mm Add to a List
It's got John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum in a cowboy costume, but you might never have heard of it. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was the definition of a flop upon its release in 1984—it only earned back half of its production costs—yet the film's experimental chutzpah earned it a semblance of cult status. See what the fuss is about at this screening in glorious 35mm.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Pix Pâtisserie's Movies at Dusk! Add to a List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pâtisserie is showing a summer of film favorites. Tickets to this week's screening of Big Night includes prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!
(Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns)


Haley Johnsen (Album Release) with Wesley Dean & Sophie Dorsten Add to a List
Portland-based singer-songwriter Haley Johnsen's soulful blend of acoustic rock, country, and pop has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kacey Musgraves, HAIM, and Maggie Rogers. She will hit the stage in celebration of her new album, GONER, with support from Americana artist (and Australian Idol season six winner) Wesley Dean and indie-pop singer Sophie Dorsten.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Rochelle Jordan Add to a List
R&B vocalist Rochelle Jordan's latest album Play with the Changes draws inspiration from UK soul, acid house, and dance beats of the '80s and '90s, for melancholic bangers made to dance through the pain. Catch her supporting the new album with help from like-minded singer Blossom.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Yann Tiersen - Live A/N Tour 2022 Add to a List
Despite acclaimed French musician Yann Tiersen’s iconic film scores including Amélie and Good Bye Lenin!, he does not consider himself a composer, explaining to The Gauntlet back in 2016: "I'm not a composer and I really don't have a classical background.” Tiersen will support his synth-infused album, Kerber, after an opening set from English singer-songwriter Charlie Cunningham.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)



Cola Add to a List
Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy, members of Montreal-based quartet Ought, teamed up with US Girls drummer Evan Cartwright to embark on this new project. Cola's debut album, Deep in View, employs melodic guitars, David Byrne-esque vocals, and off-beat percussion for post-punk gems that tackle everyday tensions.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Eyelids’ Almost Record Release Party Add to a List
Due to the ever-annoying COVID delays, Portland indie rock mainstay Eyelids’ forthcoming album, A Colossal Waste Of Light was delayed, along with their record release party. (Eyelids’ highly anticipated album is now set to release this October.) Now that the band—which comprises former and current members of Guided By Voices, Stephen Malkmus/Jicks, The Decemberists, Camper Van Beethoven, and Boston Spaceships—is on tour, they’re gearing up for their “Almost Record Release Party,” a grand “weirdo” night that will see them handing out commemorative posters, playing songs from the past that they’ve never performed live, as well as some other pretty mysterious surprises that’ll be announced along with even more mysterious instructions the night of the show. What I can tell you is that you’re not going to want to miss the band playing at Mississippi Studios on June 10, with Herman Jolly (AKA the frontman from Sunset Valley) offering some excellent support for the bill. JENNI MOORE
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Orville Peck: Bronco Tour Add to a List
After taking the world by storm with his Sub Pop-released debut album, Pony, the mysteriously masked cowboy known as Orville Peck found himself collaborating with country-pop queen Shania Twain, modeling for fashion labels such as Dior and Ivy Park, and rubbing elbows with mainstream names on the Grammy red carpet. Now, supporting his highly anticipated second album, Bronco, Peck will lasso his way right into your heart with his deep baritone vocals and cinematic queer-anthems.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Sarah McLachlan with Indigo Girls Add to a List
For those born in the 1990s, singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan's featherlight piano ballads may bring to mind heartbreaking images of sheltered animals gazing longingly into the camera. However, fans of Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, or Sinead O’Connor should consider revisiting  McLachlan’s largely forgotten 1988 debut, Touch, a touchstone of ethereal chamber-infused synth-pop. The night will begin with none other than the iconic folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, supporting their 2020 album, Long Look.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)

Son Volt Add to a List
'90s rockers Son Volt, who started this new project after leaving the alt-country group Uncle Tupelo, are back on tour with their 10th studio album, Electro Melodier. The new album draws from relatable subject matter over the last couple of years, such as isolation and social protest. Frontman Jay Farrar's nephew Jesse Farrar will start off the evening with some mellow acoustic tunes.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Stevie Nicks Add to a List
Former Fleetwood Mac frontwoman and beloved good witch Stevie Nicks will return to the Portland area for the first time in five years. If you watched her 2020 concert film, Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert, then you know what to expect: her classic hits, a sprinkling of deep cuts, and her signature whimsical garb.
(RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, Ridgefield)

The Builders and the Butchers with Help Add to a List
Known for their high-energy fourth-wall-breaking performances, folk-rock band The Builders and the Butchers will jam some new tunes in support of their fifth album, The Spark. Always happy to assist, fellow Portland punk trio Help will get things started. 
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


PRIDE at the Museum Add to a List
This all-ages, science-centered Pride celebration has a little something for everyone. Laser light shows will catapult music by Lady Gaga and Queen to trippy new heights, and the museum's newest exhibit, The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List , will be open with the artist's authentic folios and replicas of his greatest inventions on display. For those whose ideal Pride includes hard science, there'll be demos and lectures in the Empirical Theater, too.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)


Professor Brian Cox - Horizons: A 21st Century Space Odyssey Add to a List
If you've got questions about quantum theory, black holes, and cosmology, world-renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox is ready to explore them. His world tour utilizes LED tech to light up venues with cinematic imagery of distant galaxies and strange worlds, examining the nature of space, time, and life from an optimistic viewpoint. (Get ready to feel like an infinitesimal blip within the vastness of the unknown universe, but like, in a good way.) Professor Cox will be joined by co-host of the science comedy series The Infinite Monkey Cage Robin Ince.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)



Oregon Midsummer Festival Add to a List
This Midsummer celebration is a little less "Ari Aster folk horror," and more "Nordic summer delicacies and yard games." But yes, you can still wear a flower crown. Warm up to the summer sun with maypole decorating, Scandinavian traditional dancing, Nordic vintage vendors, and Viking history. You'll find cinnamon sugar lefse, Danish æbelskiver, pølser, and other delicious unpronounceables available for snacking, too, plus a beer and wine garden. Skål!
(Oaks Amusement Park, Sellwood)


The Bloody Mary Festival Add to a List
Get your fill of everyone's favorite savory tomato juice cocktail at this brunch extravaganza featuring unlimited bloody Marys from local bars and restaurants, plus food and beverage samples, temporary tattoos, photo opportunities, and more. You'll get to cast your vote for your favorite bloody Mary for the People's Choice Award.
(The Redd on Salmon, Buckman)

Cask Fest at Away Days Brewing Add to a List
Cask-conditioned beer, a time-honored tradition in English brewing, is unfiltered and unpasteurized beer racked into casks to fully mature, resulting in a mellow brew with less carbonation than your usual draft beer. If you'd like to try it for yourself, this festival will offer versions from Away Days, Level, Gigantic, Machine House, Upright, Steeplejack, and Porter. Classic British grub from Away Days' sister company The Toffee Club will also be available for sale.
(Away Days Brewing Co., Hosford-Abernethy)


HAIM: One More HAIM Tour Add to a List
Between their massively popular and critically acclaimed third album, Women in Music Pt. III, roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming of age film, Licorice Pizza, and social media expertise, sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim seem to be taking over the world. The band will finally embark on their One More HAIM tour supporting the album with an opening set from eclectic singer-songwriter Sasami, formerly of indie rock group Cherry Glazerr.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Joe Purdy Add to a List
Prolific Arkansas-hailing singer-songwriter Joe Purdy brings his soulful voice and acoustic folk-rock to town shortly after the release of his new album, Coyote. Recorded in the middle of the desert, he embraces the lonesome cowboy aesthetic with songs like "Ramblin Boy" and "Heartbreak in the Key of Roger Miller."
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Sofi Tukker Add to a List
NYC-based electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker will perform tracks off their new album, WET TENNIS, a hefty acronym for “when everyone tries to evolve, nothing negative is safe," that continues their trajectory to jungle-pop perfection. House/techno artist Mary Droppinz will get the party started. 
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade Add to a List
Beloved for over a century, this procession celebrates more than just flowers—it's a testament to the beauty in local, regional, and international communities, with floats of all sizes decked out in dazzling blooms. Alongside the parade of floats, you'll find musicians, equestrians, marching groups, drill teams, vintage vehicles, dancers, llamas, and more. There's a lot to celebrate!
(Various locations)


Drag Me To SCRAP! A Creative Reuse Fashion and Drag Show Benefit Add to a List
This two-day Pride dragstravaganza will include a "trash-to-fashion" open studio, which invites drag enthusiasts to build community and work together on wearable art, as well as a drag show hosted by "monstrously fashionable" local queen Sue from Corporate. Raffles and silent auctions will support SCRAP and local LGBTQ+ organizations Sexual/Gender Minority Youth Resource Center and Beyond These Walls.
(Gallery Go Go, Downtown)

Hillsboro Pride Party Add to a List
Drag diva Poison Waters and dance-pop bunch The CJ Mickens Band will make this a Pride party to remember. The free, all-ages, family-friendly event will also include art vendors, surprise performances, resource sharing, and plenty of snacks to nosh on.
(Jerry Willey Plaza, Hillsboro)



Joe Mande Add to a List
As a writer for Parks and Recreation and The Good Place and an actor on Hacks, Modern Family, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Joe Mande's brand of pithy snark has mass appeal. He'll hit Portland with more low-key, spot-on reflections.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Portland Comedy Film Festival Add to a List
This knee-slappin' comedy fest was founded in 2016 by filmmaker Mikel Fair, compiling the best humorous submissions curated by nearly 100 active judges. With a round-up including web shorts, music videos, TV episodes, dark comedy, romance, mockumentaries, commercials, slapstick horror, and more, you're bound to see something that gives you a chuckle.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


A Bubbly Spectacular: Summer Edition! Add to a List
Pour all the fizzy, bubbly wine you like down your gullet at this soiree dedicated to all things effervescent. The event will feature over 60 wines, including champagnes, proseccos, crémants, sekts, cap classiques, and more, from 15 different countries, plus an oyster raw bar, music from DJ Action Slacks, and a $50 Pix-O-Matic gift card for the best-dressed guest. You can also pick up a new party trick with a champagne sabering lesson and enter a raffle to win an official champagne saber of your own.
(Pix Pâtisserie/Bar Vivant, Kerns)


Blackwater Holylight Add to a List
Portland quintet Blackwater Holylight contrasts shimmering harmonies with sludgy instrumentals that are, according to press materials, "heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying, and beautiful all at once." They will take the stage in support of their latest album, Silence/Motion, after an opening set from kindred souls Spirit Mother. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Broods with Tei Shi Add to a List
The New Zealand indie-pop duo consisting of lead vocalist Georgia Nott and her brother, multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott will return to town supporting their recently released album, Space Island, which uses heartbreak and heartache as fuel for cathartic dance-pop bangers. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from indie electronic gem Tei Shi.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne Theatre)



Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work Add to a List
Hannah Gadsby really shook things up with her 2018 Netflix special Nanette, which landed the furious, courageous comic an Emmy, a Peabody, and a newfound audience who resonated with her brutally honest stand-up style. This brand-new performance stems from Gadsby's time to "ponder" during the pandemic. What might she have come up with this time?
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Wednesday)


It’s Not Over: Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon Add to a List
It's 1981, and a strange new disease is causing respiratory attacks and unusual skin cancers in otherwise healthy young people. Soon linked to gay men, HIV/AIDS fueled a fire of fierce discrimination. In Oregon, activists formed organizations like Cascade AIDS Project and Our House of Portland to offer support. Nonetheless, HIV/AIDS killed over 700,000 Americans between 1981 and 2021. 4,613 of them lived in Oregon. This exhibition centers the work of Cascade AIDS Project and Our House of Portland as a reflection on 40 years of HIV/AIDS in our state.
(Oregon Historical Society, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)


The 7th Vanport Mosaic Festival Add to a List
Vanport, the largest WWII federal housing project in the United States and once Oregon's second-largest city, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. With performances, film screenings, exhibitions, tours, and conversations, the Vanport Mosaic Festival commemorates the city's founding through an activist, community-minded lens.
(Various locations, Monday-Tuesday)


Crimes of the Future Add to a List
Uh oh! Cronenberg's back—prepare for body horror and freaky mutations. In Crimes of the Future, the human species is adapting weirdly to synthetic environments, and a celeb performance artist documents his bodily metamorphosis in avant-garde performances. Sounds gross but cool! But in Cronenberg's typical gut-twisting fashion, a mysterious group is hangin' out in the shadows, hoping to use the artist's fame to expose a new shift in human evolution.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Filmed By Bike Festival Add to a List
Hop on two wheels for this festival of bike-friendly films celebrating Portland's robust cycling culture. Filmed by Bike celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with six film programs, in-person and virtual viewing options, parties, raffles, and a special bike ride.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday-Sunday)


Cider Summit Portland Add to a List
Portland's annual cider extravaganza will make a triumphant return after its two-year hiatus with over 150 selections from more than 40 cider producers, including mead, cider cocktails, apple-based spirits, and more. The event will also feature live blues music, food pairings, and a dog lounge for your furry companion.
(The Fields, Pearl District, Friday-Saturday)

Portland Margarita Week 2022 Add to a List
Gulp down salty, limey elixirs from nearly two dozen locally owned bars and restaurants. Two dollars from each margarita sold will be donated to the nonprofit organization El Patojismo, and sponsors will match each donation. 
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

Tacos in the Park Add to a List
Scoop up tortilla-wrapped offerings from Los Alambres, Nom Nom, The Taco Dudes, The Smokin' Oak, Las Cazuelas, Phat Boi Tacos, and other vendors and sip over 35 types of craft brews, cider, and agave tequila. Plus, enjoy live music performances from American Idol's Britnee Kellogg, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust, Madson Band, Chris Carpenter, Trippy Lipps, Ryan Antoine, Tom Mann, Bordertown, Seth Myzel Band, and more.
(Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Friday-Sunday)


Typhoon Add to a List
The critically acclaimed local rock orchestra Typhoon, noted for their massive size and even bigger cinematic sound, will stop by on tour for two hometown shows supporting their latest album, Sympathetic Magic. Olympia-based pop duo Ancient Pools will start the show alongside experimental pop artist Nelson Kempf.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, Friday-Saturday)


Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein Add to a List
Tony-winning actor, screenwriter, and playwright Harvey Fierstein penned this Broadway play, which follows a gaggle of guys who congregate at a Catskills resort to dress and act like women. Based on a true story, the group of white-collar business bros with female alter-egos must decide whether it's worth going public with their hobby, risking personal ruin amid '60s-era discrimination.
(Twilight Theater Company, Kenton, Friday-Sunday)

CROSSINGS Add to a List
Performance Works NorthWest, Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, and Buckmxn Journal have joined heads to select stellar creatives for a series of three collaborative performances. Dancers Sophia Tweed Ahmad, Danielle Ross, and Akela Jaffi, musicians Michael Gamble, Machado Mijiga, and Cyrus Nabipoor, and poets Rich Perin, Emmi Greer, and Carolyn Supinka will create hand-in-hand despite not knowing each other. The results are bound to be surprising, defying genre in an experimental reflection on the power of Portland's creative scene.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell, Friday-Sunday)

The Legend of Georgia McBride Add to a List
We're pretty sure this hip-shakin' drag jamboree would be Trixie Mattel approved. When a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator struggles to pay the bills and keep his landlord at bay in small-town Florida, his chance encounter with a second-rate drag show gives him a glamorous idea.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Sunday)

NW Dance Project Summer Premieres Add to a List
Always on the cutting edge of contemporary dance performance, NW Dance Project will premiere two new works and a special revival work from artistic director Sarah Slipper. Andrea Parson, NW Dance Project's leading dancer for 11 years, will perform March, her unique take on Little Women. Yoshito Sakuraba's Nocturnal is a "beguiling" and "cinematic" performance by the winner of NW Dance Project's 2015 Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. Sarah Slipper will close out the show with A Fine Balance, a duet piece featuring Viktor Usof that was previously performed at Bolshoi Theatre as a finalist for the Benois de la Danse award.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Friday-Saturday)

On Stage Add to a List
Tomorrow's star ballet dancers will showcase their talents in this performance. OBT2 company dancers and the students of the OBT School often join professional companies post-graduation; this show is a testament to their skills, artistry, and dedication thus far.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

Rent Add to a List
Directed by Chip Miller, this rendition of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Broadway rock musical follows the story of young artists navigating the AIDS crisis with radical love in New York City.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash Add to a List
The Man in Black comes back to life in this toe-tapping musical. You'll hear all of Cash's soulful hits—“I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire,” and more—and learn about his rowdy, raucous skyrocket to success, too. Ring of Fire, the Music of Johnny Cash paints a jangly portrait of Cash's life and salutes the singer-songwriter's musical legacy.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

Weekend at Bernie's Add to a List
Throw on a Hawaiian shirt for this sick '80s adventure. You know the story—in Weekend at Bernie's, two dudes try to play it cool because their boss, Bernie Lomax, totally isn't dead, like, at all. This silly stage production stars some of Portland’s best comic talent and brings back the iconic film's mob bosses, beach babes, and speedboat hijinks.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, Thursday-Saturday)


CityFair Add to a List
As the kick-off event and hub for the Portland Rose Festival, CityFair will take over Waterfront Park for three consecutive weekends of carnival rides, fair food vendors, interactive exhibits, live music, and more.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, Friday-Sunday)

Dragon Boat Races Add to a List
Since 1989, the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races have brought a thrilling Chinese tradition right to the Willamette River. Over 60 teams are set to compete with ferociously colorful boats provided by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown, Saturday-Sunday)


Dinolandia Add to a List
Whimsical illustrator Mike Bennett presents his latest installation, a two-story immersive museum filled with illustrated life-size dinosaurs. Who needs a trip to Jurassic Park when we've got Dinolandia in the heart of Portland?
(710 SW Yamhill St., Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Jessica Jackson Hutchins Add to a List
Jessica Jackson Hutchins is a mainstay in the Portland art scene, sharing tactile works that transform everyday objects into art forms that are both intimately familiar and reverently heightened. The new sculptures in this exhibition combine ceramics with cast glass in earth-toned, figurative, vessel-like forms that seem to be held in embrace.
(Adams and Ollman, North Park Blocks, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

2022 PNCA BFA + MFA Thesis Exhibition Reception Add to a List
PNCA's BFA and MFA candidates will share the culminating projects they've worked on this year in a joint exhibition. True to PNCA's contemporary style, there'll be boundary-pushing works in everything from animated arts to printmaking, publication, immersive installations, and textile. Check in and see what the students have been up to as part of the public opening on First Thursday.
(PNCA, Pearl District, Monday-Sunday; closing)

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