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The Top 66 Events in Portland This Week: Jan 23-29, 2023

Smitten Kitchen, TEDxPortland Salon, and More Top Picks
January 23, 2023
Deadstock Coffee owner and sneakerhead Ian Williams will give a talk at the TEDxPortland Salon. (TEDxPortland via Facebook)
We know your free time is precious, so that's why out of all the events going on this week, we're bringing you only the hits, from TEDxPortland Salon to YG: The Red Cup Tour and from Cabaret to The Smitten Kitchen Keepers Book Tour.

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Alison Mariella Désir in Conversation With Peter Bromka Add to a List
In Running While Black, Alison Désir digs into an athletic practice that she credits with giving her life meaning and structure, but that also was "largely built with white people in mind." Désir, an endurance runner, activist, and mental health advocate, explores how one of history's oldest sports has never been "truly open" to Black people (the murder of Ahmaud Arbery is one horrific example). Unpacking how the fitness industry might offload its white supremacist underpinnings, Désir will be joined in conversation by Peter Bromka, a runner and writer from Portland.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Wheels on Reels: Auto Films on 16mm Add to a List
Zoom on over to Hollywood Theatre this week, where they'll put the pedal to the metal with another showcase of local film collector Ian Sundahl's automobile-related film archive. Attendees can catch a gas-powered blend of 16mm shorts, vintage European car ads, home movie footage, and the best "rarely seen creative filmmaking" on four wheels, with highlights including a '70s South American car rally flick and the "hypnotically meditative" film How to Park Your Car.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Crispy Gai Pop-Up Add to a List
Portland, Maine will join forces with Portland, Oregon at this one-of-a-kind pop-up collaboration. Chef Cyle Reynolds of the Maine-based Thai restaurant and cocktail bar Crispy Gai will team up with Colin Yoshimoto of Eem to present a special menu with dishes like brisket khao soi gai, pad pet goong (shrimp, Chinese celery, dry curry, krapow), and no fewer than three types of fried chicken wings (extra crispy Hat Yai wings with fried shallots, Thai-Sichuan wings with numbing spices, and gaeng pet wings with red curry and makrut lime leaf). Of course, there will be plenty of colorful tropical libations to wash everything down. Only walk-ins will be accepted, and everything will be available à la carte.
(Eem, Boise)

Whiskey Dinner at Brix Tavern in Tualatin Add to a List
What could be more distinguished than a four-course prix-fixe dinner with whiskey pairings? Enjoy Blade & Bow, Bulleit 10 Year, Woodinville Straight, and Woodinville Port Finish alongside your meal.
(Brix Tavern, Tualatin)


The Smitten Kitchen Keepers Book Tour Add to a List
Deb Perelman has never worked in a restaurant, but her food blog Smitten Kitchen features more than 1,200 meticulously tested recipes and has won multiple awards. Based on the popularity of her accessible, dressed-up-comfort-food recipes, down-to-earth writing, and mouthwatering, sun-soaked photos she takes in her pint-sized New York apartment, Perelman has become a behemoth in the food-writing industry. She’ll come to Portland on her book tour for her third and much-anticipated cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files, which contains over 100 recipes that are destined to join your regular rotation.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Church of Film: The Year 01 Add to a List
Jacques Doillon’s TheYear 01 features a slogan we can all get behind: "Quit Everything." The French director's '73 seriocomic utopia of liberation from productivity and the market economy was inspired by the civil unrest of May ’68 in France and the revolutionary organization Situationist International.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)


OMSI After Dark: Fantasy & Folklore Add to a List
Get charmed at this spirited 21+ shindig, where attendees will be transported to a time of bards and brews with traditional Irish music, a live storyteller, and sword-fighting demos.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)


BABERS, Shy Honey, and Caragold Add to a List
LA-based dark pop duo BABERS employs complex harmonies and distinctive guitar riffs to create a sound much larger than two people. They will celebrate the release of their new single and forthcoming debut EP with help from rising electro-pop outfit Shy Honey and indie rock band Caragold.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Blind Boys of Alabama Add to a List
Spend an evening with five-time Grammy award winners and Gospel Hall of Fame inductees The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)


Kevin Maloney in Conversation With Jon Raymond Add to a List
Kevin Maloney's latest novel, which was described as "a beautiful ode to being a fucked-up pathetic virgin" by author Chelsea Martin, promises a rollercoaster of laughs. The Red-Headed Pilgrim follows a middle-aged wreck whose web development job in Portland propels his existential crisis. From "angst-ridden Beaverton to the beaches of San Diego," our unlikely hero embarks on a strange series of misadventures. Maloney will be joined in conversation by Jon Raymond, author of Denial.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Mississippi Record's 20th Anniversary: Coal Miner's Daughter Add to a List
In celebration of treasured record store/label Mississippi Records' 20th anniversary, this screening of '80s music biography Coal Miner's Daughter is a rare country-tinged treat. The film stars Sissy Spacek as twangy singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn (who passed in October), and it's a perfect fit—Spacek actually had country singing dreams before becoming a Hollywood star, and she shines in the soulful rags-to-riches role.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


J.I.D. & Smino: Luv Is 4ever Tour Add to a List
Atlanta rap star J.I.D and St. Louis singer / rapper Smino both share the stage and perform separately for this co-headliner stop on their Luv is 4 Ever Tour—the name a mashup of J.I.D’s excellent The Forever Story, and Smino’s recent Luv 4 Rent. Between the two, J.I.D may be the bigger draw. In 2018, he was in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class of 2018, then signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label, before joining EarthGang’s Spillage Village music collective. Check out his recent appearance on Tiny Desk Concert for an idea of what his bouncy, poignant tracks are like in the flesh. On a local note, J.I.D also worked with Portland rap queen Wynne on “Ego Check,” the lead single from her 2019 debut If I May.... But while we gush about J.,I.D, there's no denying that Smino is also a very charismatic performer, and a member of two super groups: Zoink Gang (with J.I.D), and Ghetto Sage. We don't generally recommend sold out shows, but this may be the one to StubHub, if you can’t fight the FOMO. Check in with the merch table to see if Smino’s slinging any of those ingenious satin-lined hoodies. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

sunn O))) Add to a List
Back in 2019, Stranger writer Dave Segal wrote: "sunn O)))’s records are nice, but you really need to experience the doom-drone duolive to fully appreciate the oppressive majesty of their music. When I saw them at Neumos in 2005, their sonic warfare electrified my ear hairs and rippled my pants nonstop." The pair will return to town on their Shoshin (初心) Duo tour, with press materials promising "profound valve amplification, spectral harmonics, distortion, and volume." If you're sunn O))) fan, then you probably understand what those words mean!
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Tropical Fuck Storm Add to a List
Melbourne art punks Tropical Fuck Storm aren’t just a collective driven by a provocative band name; they’re also potentially one of the more enigmatic experimental post-rock acts in the world today. Fronted by Garreth Liddiard of the Drones and rounded out by an all-star lineup of Australia’s raddest female rockers, TFS strips the four-minute rock song to its studs and refashions it as a poetic, gloomy, ofttimes beat-heavy reinvention on both their 2018 debut, A Laughing Death in Meatspace, and follow-up, Braindrops. Both are big, brooding records, absolutely gushing with strange sonic overtones, and the saccharine salve of twisted melodies churning throughout. RYAN J. PRADO
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Consider This With Vanessa Veselka Add to a List
Oregon Book Award-winning writer Vanessa Veselka, whose book The Great Offshore Grounds was deemed "a magnificent beast of a novel" by Roxane Gay, leads this conversation about class, power, and labor. As part of the 2023–24 Consider This series, which has a "People, Place, and Power" theme, Veselka will chat about her background as a "teenage runaway, sex worker, musician, student of paleontology, union organizer, cab driver, and mother."
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

TEDxPortland Salon Add to a List
Culture-shifting ad agency Wieden+Kennedy will host this intimate evening for TEDx enthusiasts, with an accomplished slate of speakers including Delia Grenville, Ph.D., a senior executive leader at Intel, who will explore "corporate mobbing" (AKA bullying at work). Sneakerhead entrepreneur Ian Williams will share how he left the corporate world to start Deadstock Coffee, a sneaker-themed coffee shop in Old Town, and musical troubadour Redray Frazier will set the vibes with a soul- and rock-influenced performance. Attendees can snag bites from Wild Child Pizza, plus chic cocktails at a hosted bar.
(Wieden and Kennedy, Pearl District)



Anjelah Johnson-Reyes: "Who Do I Think I Am?" Add to a List
Comedian, former MADtv cast member, and one-time NFL cheerleader Anjelah Johnson-Reyes will hit the stage with more of the quippy impression-driven humor that's made her a viral sensation over and over again
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Jadu Heart with Goon Add to a List
British dream pop duo Jadu Heart pulls inspiration from bands like the Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, and Belle and Sebastian for their synth-infused shoegaze and psych-rock sound. They will support their latest EP, Freedom, after an opening set from dreamy rock band Goon. 
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Add to a List
Prolific singer and saxophonist Karl Denson will celebrate 25 years of his band Tiny Universe with an evening of funk, soul, rock, jazz, and blues—the group’s storied career has included tours with artists like D'Angelo, The Roots, Public Enemy, and Parliament-Funkadelic.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Melissa Carper with Kassi Valazza Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of her fourth album, Ramblin' Soul, Western swing queen Melissa Carper will bring her soulful vocals and homespun acoustic melodies back through Portland alongside local folk artist Kassi Valazza.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Penn & Teller Add to a List
Magical misfits Penn Jillette and the mononymous Teller will continue their label-defying brand of skeptical comedy at this performance, which follows their beloved, long-running stints on Broadway and in Las Vegas.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)



Ukrainian Cultural Festival and Fundraiser Add to a List
Drop by Lloyd Center on select Saturdays in January for this celebration of Ukrainian culture. Attendees can immerse themselves in Ukrainian culture with artist talks, a guided virtual tour of a Ukrainian cultural site, one-act plays, and perhaps best of all, a latke cooking demonstration.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District)


St. Johns Winter Beer Fest 2023 Add to a List
Gulp wintry seasonal beers from StormBreaker Brewing and a range of other local breweries.
(StormBreaker Brewing, St. Johns)


Dirtwire, Lapa, and Bloomurian Add to a List
Hoedown to mix of Americana, blues, and "electro-acoustic swamptronica" with Oakland-hailing trio Dirtwire. They’ll be joined by electro-classical project Lapa and folktronica DJ Bloomurian.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Every Orchestra Add to a List
Join Portland-based composer Matt Butler as he conducts an impressive cast of local musicians includingLiz Chibucos (Far Out West), Farnell Newton, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), and many others, for a night of "truly collaborative music-making."
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Mindy Gledhill: The Head Full of Songs Tour Add to a List
Self-proclaimed "indie pop darling" Mindy Gledhill will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her fifth studio album Pocketful of Poetry with a performance of favorites from the album as well as other fan-loved classics. Like-minded pop artist Dune Moss will open.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

PCSO Spectacular Add to a List
Portland Columbia Symphony will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a "knockout concert" to showcase the unique nature of their dynamic orchestra. With the help of acclaimed violin virtuoso Alexander Markov, the ensemble will perform rock-infused classical selections from Vivaldi to Massenet, as well as John Williams' acclaimed E.T. score.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Add to a List
This renowned tribute group will have you believing that Neil Diamond himself is in the house when Randy Cordeiro (aka "The Surreal Neil") leads you in a rendition of "Sweet Caroline" and other hits alongside his full band.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


This Party Is Killing You: The Robyn Party Add to a List
This Party Is Killing You is the longest-running dance night paying tribute to Sweden’s favorite daughter, Robyn. Get ready to hear her hits, B-sides, remixes, and rarities along with more party bangers to cry to by the likes of Lady Gaga and Carly Rae Jepsen. 
(Holocene, Buckman)



Kevin James Thornton Add to a List
TikTok showstopper Kevin James Thornton, who has amassed over 700,000 followers with his unique brand of sometimes-cringy self-reflection, will head to Portland for a one-man show (sans autotune). Thornton will touch on his life experiences growing up gay in a tiny religious town, so expect heartfelt hilarity.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)


Portland Lesbian Choir Presents: Breaking the Ice Add to a List
The Portland Lesbian Choir will return to the stage for a cozy seasonal concert that aims to get you out of your winter slump with songs about winter, relationships, and uncomfortable situations.
(Alberta Abbey, King

Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn & Sarah Jarosz: Together In Concert Add to a List
Former Mercury contributor Rose Finn wrote: "Shawn Colvin will forever be etched in my memory from the time I was eight years old, dancing around my friend's living room as my friend stood on a chair lip-syncing "Sunny Came Home," with thunder and lightning striking outside in the mid-August heat. This song catapulted Colvin into the mainstream, winning her a Grammy for both Song and Record of the Year in 1998. Colvin has toured with Suzanne Vega and played with everybody from Joni Mitchell to Crosby, Stills & Nash, influences that shine through in her soft, ambient-folk-rock as well as her sweet, crackly, unaffected tone." For this triple-headlined show, Colvin will link up with "Walking in Memphis" singer Marc Cohn and bluegrass artist Sarah Jarosz.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

YG: The Red Cup Tour Add to a List
Compton-born rapper YG, best known for his collaborations with artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, Meek Mill, and Snoop Dogg, will stop by on his Red Cup tour to support his new album, I Got Issues, which he described as an outlet to provide his fans with insights and updates on his life:"I feel like my people haven't heard from me in a real way, in a long time. So I'm giving them this album…I'm here with all my issues, you know what I'm sayin'?"
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)



Lunar New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings Add to a List
Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at this Chinese New Year celebration, which will include several evenings of cultural programming, red lantern viewings, and more. Inspired by the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xian Jie, the nights of festivities will include a glowy dragon procession throughout the garden, a chopstick challenge, and tea and bites at the garden's teahouse.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown, Thursday-Sunday)

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


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


Infinity Pool Add to a List
Not all nepo babies spend their lives hanging poolside—Brandon Cronenberg, son of body horror master David Cronenberg, has begun to follow in his cool dad's footsteps, directing visceral, gross-out horror flicks like 2020's Possessor. Fans of The White Lotus will dig his new direction; Infinity Pool soaks up the sun at a pristine beach resort, where two guests encounter a mysterious seductress (played by new fave Mia Goth) and become entwined in a hedonistic puzzle.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Thursday-Sunday)

PDX Motorcycle Film Festival 2023 Add to a List
Vroom vroom! Show your support for choppers and hogs at this two-day film festival, which will spotlight the best in motorcycle cinema and dedicate funds raised to the purchase of Air Fence barriers and safety equipment at Portland International Raceway for the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association. Rev your engines for OMRRA racing on both days of the festival, which will include screenings of leather-clad feature flicks and shorts.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Saturday)

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

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

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)


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


ESG Add to a List
Trailblazing sister-led dance-punk band ESG will play their first (and last) set of Portland performances with percussion-led tunes that have been sampled by TLC, Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, and Grandmaster Flash (just to name a few). They’ll take the stage for two nights ahead of the documentary, Are You Serious?: The ESG Story, which is set to premiere this spring.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, Friday & Sunday)


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

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

The Americans Add to a List
Since 2020, Miles—co-artistic director of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)—had been dreaming up a theatrical presentation that would capture the way she felt when she first encountered Swiss photographer Robert Frank’s 1959 series The Americans, via an episode of The Daily, which noted their thematic overlap with that year's unstable summer. The high-contrast black-and-white images, taken by Frank in an attempt to untangle the “real” America from its manicured image, inspired her to draw a link between the respective powers of photography and the body as instruments of social critique. In her own words, she “started to see dance.” CONNER REED
(Alberta House, Concordia, Tuesday-Sunday)

Cabaret Add to a List
Former Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle once wrote: "Cabaret is the best musical of all time, because Kander and Ebb were geniuses and because it neatly solves the problem inherent in musicals (why are these people breaking into song?). Its bawdy, funny, hedonistic songs aren't indulgent for indulgence's sake. What goes on inside the Kit Kat Klub, in Berlin in 1931, is ignorant bliss on amphetamines, a carnival of humanity not aware what's coming their way." This version of the Weimar Germany-set musical will be presented by the nonprofit musical theater company Stumptown Stages, which delivered a killer interpretation of Little Shop of Horrors last year.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

Dragons Love Tacos Add to a List
Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon by Adam Rubin, this dance-infused interpretation of Dragons Love Tacos is a wiggle-in-your-seat story of hungry dragons who—if you can believe it—really, really love tacos. PDX Parent described the show as "fun, silly, and everything a little kid could ask for in a production."
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B Add to a List
Penned by playwright Kate Hamill and adapted from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this tongue-in-cheek feminist farce sees two female roommates stumble across mysteries and villains they never expected. Oregon Artswatch described Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B as a "buddy comedy," so expect more laughs and less Jack the Ripper-esque horror.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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

Serious Cupcakes Add to a List
BodyVox's oven-fresh batch of Serious Cupcakes blends company dancers' premieres with explorations from newly inspired choreographers. The company's signature spice incorporates athleticism, humor, and theater; this showcase will include choreography by Bo Brinton, Mr. Bobby Fouther, Jenelle Gaerlan, and other talents.
(BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Saturday)

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook Add to a List
Blending musical revue and original musical elements, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook features a "treasure trove" of beloved hits by composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). The performance follows a pair of empty-nesters whose yellowing photographs help them revisit fond memories and uncover unexpected secrets.
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Tigard, Thursday-Sunday)

White Bird Uncaged Add to a List
Kicking off the 2022/23 season of dance organization White Bird's outside-the-box performance series White Bird Uncaged, the historic Dallas Black Dance Theatre ensemble will perform award-winning choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie's powerful work LIKE WATER. 
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Saturday)


Portland Fine Print Fair Add to a List
Leading national and international print dealers will converge on Portland Art Museum's historic Fields Ballroom for this elegant fair, where seasoned collectors and newbies alike can purchase fine prints and chat with erudite dealers. Expect a wide range of offerings—you might spy works by Old Masters alongside thought-provoking pieces by contemporary art stars.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)


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

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; opening)

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

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

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

home school: The shape of memory Add to a List
Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu of home school will present the second exhibition of their curatorial residency at Oregon Contemporary. The shape of memory includes sculptural and installation works by "decolonial experimental archaeologist" Star Feliz, Athens Biennale-exhibited artist Deborah-Joyce Holman, Johannesburg-based artist Nkhensani Mkhari, and others, each of whom shares conceptual interpretations of symbols and sigils.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Sunday; opening)

I have done it again / One year in every ten / I manage it— Add to a List
Contemporary mainstay Adams and Ollman will celebrate 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; opening)

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

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

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

Weaving Data Add to a List
Over the last few centuries, the technology of weaving design has made leaps and bounds, advancing from the Jacquard process of the 19th century to today's TC2 loom, which can weave everything from text to photographic imagery. The relationship between weaving and computing is a complex one, and whether or not you dig textile art, this exhibit isn't one to pass up—it includes intricate woven works by local pillars in the contemporary art community like Jovencio de la Paz, Kayla Mattes, and Shelley Socolofsky alongside art stars like Joan Truckenbrod, Faig Ahmed, and others.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, South Park Blocks, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

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