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Lorde, One Moto Show, PTFC for Peace, and More Top Picks
April 25, 2022
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Lorde will bring some sorely needed Solar Power to Portland.
There's no time for boredom this week, what with a stacked itinerary including music from Lorde to Syd, sports and recreation events from the One Moto Show to PTFC for Peace, and readings from culinary TV personality Alton Brown to novelist Jennifer Egan


Although
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

Fashion in Film: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Add to a List
In celebration of Fashion in Film's 8th anniversary, this screening revisits the wacky glamour of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. Romy and Michele realize they haven't achieved as much as they'd hoped in adulthood, and craft a lie to boost their confidence at the titular reunion that spins out of control. Janeane Garofalo and Alan Cumming are in this film, which is reason enough to watch, but there's also some truly aspirational '90s fashion and a glorious dance scene. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

Parquet Courts Add to a List
Like most contemporary indie rock bands eventually do, NYC quartet Parquet Courts has moved away from their Americana post-punk sound and into experimentation with electronic instruments. Their seventh album, Sympathy For Life, is a surprisingly danceable collection of Depeche Mode-esque jams fueled by tense drum machines and vocal layering goodness that will have you moving and grooving through the night.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

The Hu: Black Thunder Tour with The Haunt Add to a List
Mongolia-based quartet The Hu are stopping by just after their Coachella performance to blow your mind with their folk-rock-infused heavy metal that utilizes traditional Mongolian instruments and throat singing.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

READINGS & TALKS

2022 Oregon Book Awards Add to a List
For the first time in three years, the Oregon Book Awards will be presented in person! This annual award ceremony honors the best in Oregon poetry, fiction, nonfiction, YA, and graphic literature. Kesha Ajose Fisher, 2020 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction winner and social justice advocate, will host the event.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)

TUESDAY

PODCASTS & RADIO

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)

FILM

Maniac in 35mm Add to a List
A mannequin-loving psycho is loose on the streets of '80s NYC! That's the plot! But Maniac isn't a casual slasher—it's influenced by intense giallo flicks of the era, with special effects courtesy of gore aficionado Tom Savini. I watched this movie as a teen and I still think back on it with a mix of terror and disgust, which is the most solid horror film endorsement I can provide.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

The English Beat Add to a List
British new wave ska legends The English Beat will jam out while you sing along to their classics like "Save It For Later" and "Mirror In the Bathroom." Considering that frontmen Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger went on to form '80s supergroup General Public, you may even hear their megahit "Tenderness."
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

Alton Brown Add to a List
Legendary gourmand Alton Brown presents Good Eats: The Final Years, the last volume of his bestselling Good Eats cookbook series. Promising over 175 flavor-packed new recipes, the book boasts Alton's signature mix of the experimental and the methodical, filled to the brim with notes, tips, and culinary history.
(Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton)

Portland GrandSLAM: Between The Lines Add to a List
The Moth presents this quick-witted word battle, where winners from previous StorySLAM events will compete to earn the title of Portland GrandSLAM Story Champion. Attendees will receive a copy of How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth, The Moth's new field guide to the storytelling craft.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

WEDNESDAY

SPORTS & RECREATION

PTFC for Peace Add to a List
The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns will go toe-to-toe in a historic mixed-team charity match to raise funds for Ukrainian children and families affected by the war. Tickets are available free of charge, but fans are encouraged to make a donation to UNICEF, which will be matched by the club up to $100,000.
(Providence Park, Goose Hollow)

COMEDY

Mick Foley Add to a List
Mick Foley—yes, the WWE Hall of Famer—is back with a show 20 years in the making. Hailing the 20th anniversary of his bestselling memoir Have a Nice Day, Foley will return to the stage (this time without a wrestling ring) to share stories and relive the wildest moments of his career. The retired wrestler is known for his warmth and wisdom, so bring your burning questions to the Q&A following the show.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

Chelsea Cutler Add to a List
Originally creating lo-fi dance tracks in her dorm room, singer and producer Chelsea Cutler now plays her infectious pop to sold-out stages. On her sophomore album, When I Close My Eyes, she brings her confessional lyrics to new territory, writing about hope, joy, and coming into her own. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Folk Magik Presents: Fuzz Add to a List
The noisy side project of indie-rock royalty Ty Segall, Fuzz is the answer to the question: "How hard would it be to write a hard rock song?" With Charles Moothart on guitar, Chad Ubovich on bass, Ty playing drums, and all of them contributing to vocals, the trio blends equal parts glam rock, early metal, power pop, and hard psych for their jammy care-free sound. 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Ace Frehley Add to a List
As a founding member of iconic rock band KISS, Ace Frehley (he's the one with the silver face paint) is best known for his intricate guitar solos and towering stage presence complete with glittering platform boots. Though he left the band more than ten years ago, Ace is still lighting up stages with his solo career this time supporting his 2020 album, Origins Vol. 2, which features guest appearances from fellow hard-rock legends like The Runaways' Lita Ford and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Anjali & The Incredible Kid - Vintage International Add to a List
There’s less than two months left of Dig A Pony being Dig a Pony. (Read the full story on Dig A Pony’s incoming, promising owners.) As part of outgoing bar and nightlife spot’s farewell programming, eclectic Global Bass DJ duo and Portland institution, Anjali & the Incredible Kid, will say goodbye to Dig as we know it by spinning vintage Bollywood vinyl records in the bar’s hip space on SE Grand. Pull up a chair, grab a burger or some ricotta gnocchi in vodka sauce, and one of the bar’s signature cocktails while you still can, and help the popular hangout spot go out with a bang by grooving the night away—at least as well as anyone can on a weeknight. JENNI MOORE
(Dig a Pony, Buckman)

Bakar Add to a List
London-born singer-songwriter Bakar makes breezy hip-hop-influenced indie-pop that makes you want to put the top down and drink a milkshake in the sunshine. He will support his brand new debut album, Nobody's Home, with support from fellow pop envelope-pusher YEEK.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Chicano Batman with Divino Nino Add to a List
If there were an award for music that’s “the best reminder to give your Mexican dad a phone call,” or one that makes you “most nostalgic for a time you never knew,” Chicano Batman would definitely win both. The Los Angeles-based quartet smoothly integrates two wistful genres: the romantic ’60s psychedelia so many brown kids grew up listening to on Saturday mornings, and the inescapably sun-soaked sound of Southern Californian indie. And nobody rocks the soulfulness of the organ like Chicano Batman. With appearances at big festivals like SXSW and Coachella under their belt, the band has amassed a fanbase that extends far beyond its Latino cult-following. GUADALUPE TRIANA
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Matt Costa + Sea Wolf Add to a List
This bill featuring early aughts songsmiths Matt Costa and Sea Wolf may give you flashbacks to your first-generation iPod. However, the pair have continued releasing cozy-sounding indie-folk treasure throughout the decades. Catch up with Matt Costa as he supports his latest album, Yellow Coat, as Sea Wolf plays from Through A Dark Wood.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Rose Tinted with Fountaine Add to a List
Rose Tinted’s monthly residency at Holocene sees the titular Portland-based hip-hop band playing a slew of classic tunes and collaborating with local DJs, beat-makers, MCs, and R&B artists; this month the artist being showcased just happens to fit into each one of those categories. Whether he’s hosting, DJing, producing, rapping about anime, or singing irresistibly groovy, danceable soul tunes, playing witness to Fountaine’s live act is always a fun, invigorating experience. Fans can hope to hear the multi-talented artist play and/or perform tracks from his 2021 projects South of Nowhere and Blue? II, like the radio-ready “Lil B,” and “Finessin.” JENNI MOORE
(Holocene, Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

Graveyards and Gardens Add to a List
Graveyards and Gardens is a sound and dance performance piece that aims to "hit a sweet spot between experimental and nostalgic" with the juxtaposition of movements from dancer/choreographer Vanessa Goodman and live music from Grammy-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
(Bodecker Foundation, Northwest District)

READINGS & TALKS

Jennifer Egan Add to a List
Jennifer Egan made major waves with A Visit from The Goon Squad, a series of intertwined narratives surrounding an aging punk rocker and his assistant. The 2011 novel won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle award. Egan's new novel, The Candy House, is a "sibling" to Goon Squad; Egan continues to weave narratives that interlock and entwine in increasingly experimental ways.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship Add to a List
Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during Literary Arts’ annual Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship. This inspiring event draws more than 1,000 attendees as they cheer on students from Portland and East Multnomah County public high schools competing for poetic glory.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

FRIDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Good Food Mercantile 2022 Add to a List
This self-proclaimed "Un-Trade Show" created in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture highlights the best food crafters and vendors in the country, with a focus on artisans from the Pacific Northwest.
(Portland Night Market, Central Eastside)

COMEDY

Minority Retort presents Papp Johnson Add to a List
Funny guy Papp Johnson, whose "thoughtfully stupid" brand of humor won San Francisco’s Death at a Funeral comedy contest, will be joined by Ikes, The Mad Bus Driver, Brandon Lyons, and "comic evangelist" Rissa Riss for this performance. The show is presented by Minority Retort, Portland's leading stand-up comedy showcase for Black and brown comedians.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

READINGS & TALKS

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Kathryn Schulz, Sean Patton, Sasha LaPointe, and more! Add to a List
Kathryn Schulz's New Yorker article "The Really Big One," covering seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest, should be required reading for everyone in the region—impeccably researched, the piece won a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Her new memoir, Lost & Found, is shaped by the human experience of loss and discovery. She'll be joined in conversation by Sasha LaPointe, Indigenous writer of Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk, and actor and comedian Sean Patton.
(Hult Center, Eugene)

MUSIC

Beach Bunny Add to a List
Beach Bunny frontwoman Lili Trifilioi is often described as the "Liz Phair for the TikTok generation." Her indie-pop quartet's 2020 full-length Honeymoon is full of bops that are hard not to jump around to, so get your ya-ya's out at their Portland tour stop with North Carolina shoegaze outfit Wednesday and dream-pop artist Ky Voss.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Mudhoney Add to a List
Not only have local garage masters Mudhoney remained a band for 25 years, they’ve managed to do so without succumbing to the jazz-fusion ambient dance phase, dabbling in Auto-Tune, or replacing their original members with Peter Gabriel.Mudhoney still sound like Mudhoney! EMILY NOKES
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

The Flaming Lips Add to a List
With four decades of otherworldly live performances in their back pocket, psych-rockers The Flaming Lips have gotten putting on a show down to a science. Expect to see costumes, balloons, confetti, video projections, and plenty of stage antics to accompany their cinematic rock arrangements.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

New Year in the Park Add to a List
This annual community gathering marks new year celebrations for a handful of Southeast Asian cultures—Moha Songkran for Cambodians, Pii Mai for Laotians, Songkran (meaning "passage of time" in Sanskrit) for Thai people, and Thingyan for Burmese people all share many cross-cultural similarities and usually fall around mid-April, per the ancient Hindu calendar. The timing "marks the end of the harvest season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the monsoon season." Join in on the festivities, which will include plenty of food, performances, sports activities, and more.
(Glenhaven Park, Roseway)

FOOD & DRINK

Chef's Tasting for No Kid Hungry Add to a List
Snack on bites from five of Portland's most sought-after chefs, including Karl Holl of Smith Teamaker, Carlo Lamagna of Magna, Troy Maclarty of Bollywood Theater, Thomas Pisha-Duffly of Gado Gado, and Scott Dolich of Stone Soup PDX, and partake in local beer, wine, cocktails, and zero-proof drinks. 100% of proceeds will benefit ChefsCycle’s No Kid Hungry fundraiser.
(Finex Cast Iron Cookware, Northwest District)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Rose City Rollers Junior Roller Derby Bout Add to a List
Rose City Rollers' junior team the Rosebuds will divide and conquer during this dynamic exhibition bout. Cheer on the budding derby stars, who are all aged 13-17.
(Oaks Park, Sellwood)

Rose City Rollers: Wreckers Team vs. Cherry City Derby Bout Add to a List
The Rose City Rollers' "comeback season" continues as their exhibition team the Rose City Wreckers faces off against Salem's Cherry City Roller Derby.
(Oaks Park, Sellwood)

MUSIC

Key Glock: Yellowtape Tour Add to a List
Memphis rapper Key Glock began his musical career as the protégé of his cousin, the late rapper/label owner Young Dolph. He will support his debut two-part album, Yellow Tape, which Pitchfork described as "a street-rap saga peppered with such trenchant insights, narrating the lonely world of a 22-year-old who has been through more bad times than any 22-year-old deserves."
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Rufus Wainwright: Unfollow the Rules Add to a List
Rufus Wainwright—the belting vocal pop composer and songwriter with baroque and operatic persuasions and finely honed piano chops—has an eclectic resume that includes seven original albums in the pop-rock genre, nine Shakespeare sonnets set to music, and a song on the Shrek soundtrack. He will serenade you with pieces off of his latest album, Unfollow The Rules, which Pitchfork writer Zach Schonfeld described as “an opulently crafted highlight reel, a career-spanning sampler of the singer’s many styles and guises.”
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Syd with Destin Conrad Add to a List
Singer-songwriter/producer Syd is known for her seemingly effortless R&B vocals both as a solo artist and head of the neo-soul group The Internet, as well as initial success in Odd Future, a music collective featuring fellow hip-hop/soul innovators Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, and Earl Sweatshirt. Syd will perform just ahead of her newly announced sophomore album, Broken Hearts Club, after fellow R&B singer and YouTube star Destin Conrad.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Thao with Black Belt Eagle Scout & Quinn Christopherson Add to a List
Singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen of indie-folk project Thao & the Get Down Stay Down’s live shows are always an energetic delight with vibrant renditions of her angular post-punk infused avant-pop. Expect to hear songs off of the band’s latest release, Temple, alongside folk-rock luminary Black Belt Eagle Scout and Alaska-based songmaker Quinn Christopherson.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Washed Out (DJ Set) Add to a List
Chillwave jack of all trades Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr., aka Washed Out, will step off of the stage and into the booth for a rare DJ set.
(The Get Down, Buckman)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

State of Being Add to a List
PICA's State of Being might be the buzziest fundraiser in town. The indoor/outdoor event will include a DJ set, live auction, "All-Star Karaoke" with a guest appearance by Lindy West, and (of course) art installations. The contemporary art institution encourages attendees to dress in their finest "dopamine duds" for this event, which I assume means you should wear the coolest thing in your closet.
(PICA, Eliot)

PODCASTS & RADIO

Welcome To Night Vale: The Haunting of Night Vale Add to a List
This eerie, innovative podcast has found cult status in its narrative depictions of the tiny, isolated (fictional) town of Night Vale. Episodes take the form of community updates, complete with local weather, Sheriff’s Secret Police announcements, and news reports of supernatural, unexplained occurrences. From the minds of Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome to Night Vale blends the bizarre and macabre with Lynchian imagination.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

The Mystery Box Show: True Stories All About Sex Add to a List
The Mystery Box Show says its goodbyes in this final performance, with storytelling from sex educator Javay daBAE (The Millennial Sexpert) and Allison Moon (Girl Sex 101, Getting It), confessions from the audience, and more. The sex-centric show will be greatly missed, but its legacy of positivity lives on.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

SHOPPING

Spring Garden Fair Add to a List
This annual event is strategically held the weekend before Mother's Day (moms love plants) and boasts 140 vendors, free pH soil testing and plant checks, a potting station, a "plant taxi" service that will tow your purchases, and more. Two of the fair's biggest draws for gardeners of all levels are the opportunity to "Ask an OSU Master Gardener" and the Greater Portland Iris Society's early show.
(Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Portland Thorns Home Games Add to a List
The Portland Thorns kicks off their 2022 regular season, which marks their 10th anniversary, with a match against Kansas City Current.
(Providence Park, Goose Hollow)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Dave Attell Add to a List
Pottymouth Dave Attell is a comic's comic, drawing praise from Bill Burr and Patton Oswalt for his off-color schtick. Expect shrewd-yet-filthy reflections on American culture, sex, and recreational drugs in this performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

John Craigie Performs The Beatles "Let It Be (Lonely)" Add to a List
"Modern-day troubadour" John Craigie will bring his tender folk sound and comedic storytelling to the classic tunes of the fab four with his take on the Beatles' seminal 1970 album, Let It Be. 
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Lorde: Solar Power Tour Add to a List
New Zealand pop wunderkind Lorde is back in town in support of her latest album, Solar Power. The Jack Antonoff-produced album embraces an ethereal laurel canyon singer-songwriter vibe full of breezy vocals and soft guitars with song titles like “Stoned at the Nail Salon," as well as backing vocals by indie-folk stars Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Royal Blood Add to a List
West Sussex drum/guitar duo Royal Blood plays danceable rock anthems that continually beg the question, "how are those sounds coming from just two instruments?" See for yourself as the pair stop by on tour in support of their third studio album, Typhoons.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Voices for Ukraine Benefit Concert Add to a List
Five of the city's finest choirs, The Portland Symphonic Choir, Cappella Romana, Oregon Repertory Singers, PSU Chamber Choir, and Grant High School's A Cappella Choir will join forces to raise funds for Mercy Corps' emergency responses in Ukraine. Anticipate hearing some of Ukraine's best-known choral works, the country’s national anthem, Mikola Lysenko's "Prayer for Ukraine," and more.
(First United Methodist Church, Goose Hollow)

PERFORMANCE

Last Stop on Market Street Add to a List
Infused with hip-hop, Motown, and rap, this moral-infused musical is like Hamilton for kiddos. When CJ and his Nana take a bus ride, they share a sing-along experience of thankfulness and unexpected beauty.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

MULTI-DAY

EXPO

The One Motorcycle Show Add to a List
Get revved up for the 13th annual One Moto Show, which as always will be hosted by the family behind See See Motor Coffee Co. Born in the PNW, a region known for enthusiastic ridership and breathtaking riding opportunities, the show has made a name for itself as one of the world's largest and best-known custom motorcycle/biker culture events. This year's show will take place inside the historic Zidell Barge Building; this rustic structure was used to build ships in the 1930s and will provide the perfect gritty backdrop to all things moto.
(Zidell Barge Building, South Waterfront, Friday-Sunday)

SHOPPING

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market Add to a List
One of Portland’s OG indie markets, Crafty Wonderland is back for a spring shopping extravaganza including over 200 artists, designers, and crafters. Tickets for the event’s Friday preview night are pricier than Saturday admission (which will have an hourly timed entry), but you’ll get a first go at the goods and enjoy a free drink from the bar.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, Friday-Saturday)

ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

I Am an American Add to a List
Hate crimes targeting Asian Americans are on the rise—if you don't know about it, you haven't been paying attention. In collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and artist Roberta Wong, The Immigrant Story presents this exhibition of photographs, objects, and artwork to bring awareness to the current experiences of Asian Americans. The show's title, I Am An American, became a rallying cry after Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps in WWII. While trends of xenophobia and discrimination continue, this exhibition speaks to the endurance of strength of Asian Americans in the face of generations of adversity.
(PLACE, Nob Hill, Monday-Friday)

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children Imprisoned Add to a List
San Francisco-based artist Na Omi Judy Shintani presents this installation as a sacred space within which to explore the trauma of incarcerated children. Shintani's images of children drawn on mattresses reference a devastating web of youth imprisonment throughout history, including the Japanese American children sent to internment camps in WWII, Indigenous American children sent to abusive boarding schools, and the Central American children who have faced familial separation and detention at the US border.
(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

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

FILM

The Northman Add to a List
Robert Eggers's masterful brand of psychological storytelling blends myth, folklore, and tireless historical research. The visionary director of The Witch and The Lighthouse has set his sights on Viking lore, telling the story of a prince who must avenge his father’s brutal murder. Among the all-star cast is Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Björk as a mysterious seeress.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

PERFORMANCE

The Children Add to a List
This frighteningly timely look at the realities of climate change follows retired nuclear physicists Robin and Hazel, who live a meager existence without electricity or potable water. When an old colleague makes a disturbing proposal, they are faced with a deep ethical dilemma, and begin to question their responsibility to future generations.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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

Don't Hug Me Add to a List
This Fargoesque musical comedy follows the trail of a greasy karaoke salesman who's making waves in the chilly small town of Bunyan Bay. LA Weekly deemed the show "terrifically silly."
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Tigard, Thursday-Sunday)

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

Hamilton Add to a List
Smash-hit Hamilton meldship-hop, jazz, and R&B in an unprecedented take on one of American history's key figures. Based on Ron Chernow's lauded biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, this revolutionary musical penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name, winning Tony and Grammy awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Monday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Banksyland Add to a List
Immerse yourself in Banksy's strange, elusive world with this touring exhibit, which features over 100 of the mysterious artist's works, including never-before-seen installations, salvaged street art, and original studio pieces.
(The Factor Building, Central Eastside, Monday-Sunday)

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

Dan Lam: Personal Legend Add to a List
In college, Dan Lam was told by a professor that her work was "too pretty." The artist now explores the notion of excessive beauty through globular clouds, vibrant bubbles and drips, and translucent embryonic forms, using foam, acrylic, and resin to bring life to her trippy vision. Like colorful aliens, Lam's sculptures are both alluring and repulsive at once, challenging the viewer's notions of desire and disgust.
(Stephanie Chefas Projects, Central Eastside, Thursday-Saturday)

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

Putin's Big Parade Add to a List
Artist Jim Riswold channels his razor-sharp satire in Putin's Big Parade, taking ultra-snarky aim at the Russian prez. Riswold's prints often feature plastic toys and dolls, targeting history's biggest "bullies" with nuance and subtle humor. Proceeds from the sale of Riswold's works in this exhibition will go to the Hallie Ford Museum's Ukrainian Relief Fund, which supports Ukrainian refugees through ICOM (International Council of Museums) Poland.
(Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Tuesday-Saturday)

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

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

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