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The Top 66 Events in Portland This Week: Mar 13-19, 2023

SZA, Everybody Reads 2023, and More Top Picks
March 13, 2023
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Now that we're freshly sprung forward, it's time to make the most of that "extra hour" of sunlight. Get out of your house and into the world with worthy events from Carrie Underwood to SZA and from Everybody Reads 2023: Ruth Ozeki to the Worst Day of the Year Ride.

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Agnès Varda Forever Festival Add to a List
Founded by Portland artists Laura Glazer and Jennifer "JJ" Jones, the grassroots project Agnès Varda Forever has blossomed from a pandemic-era street art endeavor to a month-long film festival celebrating Agnès Varda's trailblazing oeuvre. The late director's style was summarized by Martin Scorsese as "big and small, playful and tough, generous and solitary, lyrical and unflinching." If you haven't yet marinated in Varda's brilliant French New Wave films, now's the time. The festival continues this week with Daguerréotypes, followed by Mur Murs and The Beaches of Agnès later this month. An all-inclusive festival pass is only $20. It's a no-brainer—or, as the French would say, c'est une évidence.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Kimbra with Tei Shi Add to a List
You surely know of the New Zealand singer-songwriter from her feature on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," which took the world by storm in 2011, but Kimbra is an accomplished artist in her own right. With a career spanning more than two decades, she will support her latest effort, A Reckoning, which infuses polished pop jams with R&B, hip-hop, electronic, and rock elements. NYC-based indie pop gem Tei Shi will open.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

NAV: Never Sleep Tour Add to a List
Toronto-born rapper NAV's career kicked off in 2015 after co-producing fellow Canadian Drake's diss track "Back to Back," and he has since worked with heavy hitters like the Weeknd, Travis Scott, Offset, and Gucci Mane. He will support his new album Demons Protected by Angels, with opening sets from SoFaygo and RealestK.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


A Conversation with Comics Creator Maia Kobabe Add to a List
Portland State University will celebrate Will Eisner Week with a conversation with Maia Kobabe, whose 2019 graphic novel Gender Queer was the most widely banned book in the United States last year. (That means it must be good. Confirming our suspicions, School Library Journal described the book as "a great resource for those who identify as nonbinary or asexual as well as for those who know someone who identifies that way and wish to better understand." Always trust librarians.)
(Portland State University, South Park Blocks)

Jessamine Chan in Conversation With Sarah Marshall Add to a List
In Jessamine Chan’s buzzy dystopic debut The School for Good Mothers, moms who stand accused of even minor parenting infractions must face a Big Brother-like government institution that measures maternal devotion with a cruelly sharp eye. Chan will read from and discuss the novel, which thinks carefully about notions of "perfect" parenting, alongside Sarah Marshall, whose podcast You're Wrong About attacks the myths embedded in modern history and pop culture.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Darren Aronofsky’s Pi: 25th Anniversary Add to a List
"Something's going on. It has to do with that number." This Pi Day screening of Darren Aronofsky's demented, surreal '98 thriller Pi brings new dimension to the film, which has been restored in 8K to emphasize its grainy, high-contrast effect. A24's 25th anniversary rerelease of the film will include this one-day-only screening and a live-from-LA Q&A sesh with the divisive director himself alongside actor Sean Gullette, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, and composer Clint Mansell.
(Regal Bridgeport Village & IMAX, Tigard)


Educated Guess: Trivia at OMSI Add to a List
Factoid freaks are invited to OMSI's on-site restaurant, Theory, to show off their Japanese animation prowess while enjoying waterfront views of Portland's skyline. Prizes come straight from the museum's science store, so true trivia nerds stand to win a cool gadget or two. This time around, questions will revolve around Studio Ghibli history, in celebration of the museum's Studio Ghibli Film Festival, so brush up on all things Miyazaki and Takahata. (If trivia isn't your forte, you can head to a screening of Pom Poko in the Empirical Theater instead.)
(OMSI, Central Eastside, $8)


Elle King: A-FREAKIN-MEN Tour Add to a List
Elle King hails from Brooklyn, but her twangy badassery could be confused for an "Austin-tatious" Texan. Part Southern rockabilly, part blues-pop, King's music constantly keeps you on your toes, and makes you dance a few different styles along the way. Though King is the offspring of Rob Schneider and model London King, she does her own thing; she taught herself how to play the banjo, she writes her own tunes, and she got herself signed with no help from pops. ROSE FINN
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Ibeyi: Spell 31 Tour Add to a List
French twin sister duo Ibeyi uniquely blends traditional West African, French, and Afro-Cuban sounds with jazz, electronic, and pop elements. Their 2017 tour was described by former Stranger writer Zach Frimmel as "chills-inducing, charming, and healing," so don't miss the opportunity to see them support their latest album, Spell31, after an opening set from soulful singer-songwriter Ojerime.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Nguyá»…n Phan Quáşż Mai in conversation with Julie Stevenson Add to a List
Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, whose latest novel Dust Child was described as "rewarding…with a cinematic clarity" by Publishers Weekly, will be joined by literary agent Julie Stevenson for this conversation co-sponsored by the Portland chapter of Veterans for Peace. Dust Child, which is set during the Vietnam War and in present-day Vietnam, is the second novel by the internationally bestselling author—fans of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing will dig its sweeping, reflective style.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Close Encounters of The Third Kind with Dark Horse Comics Add to a List
Milwaukie-based comic book connoisseurs Dark Horse Comics and Batman writer James Tynion IV's Tiny Onion Studios will co-present this screening of Spielberg's quintessential sci-fi Close Encounters of The Third Kind. After the flick, Tynion, comic book artist Michael Avon Oeming, and Marvel comic book writer David F. Walker will chat about their weird-out new comic book series Blue Book, which follows the infamous alien abduction of Betty and Barney Hill.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


EXTC Add to a List
In case you were wondering, this is not some cheesy XTC tribute band. EXTC is the project of legendary original drummer Terry Chambers who leads a gaggle of talented musicians through the influential British band's classic new wave hits along with some more recent material.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Music Millennium's 54th Anniversary Celebration with The Church Add to a List
The iconic Portland music hub will celebrate its 54th year in business with a free in-store concert from Australian psych-rock legends the Church, who are currently touring on their 26th (!) studio album, The Hypnogogue. The evening will begin with birthday cake and beverages along with The Beatles' “All Too Much,” which was the first song to play when the store opened in 1969.
(Music Millennium, Kerns)


We can all agree that Beyoncé's latest album, Renaissance, was made for the dance floor. So, don't miss this opportunity to "release your stress" by dancing to the album front-to-back along with the old-school disco and techno bangers that inspired it.
(Holocene, Buckman)


RedHanded Add to a List
Hosts Suruthi Bala and Hannah Maguire will hop across the pond for this live edition of RedHanded, their British Podcast Award-winning show that serves up strange and surprising true crime cases each week. If you're into true crime, you probably dig all sorts of creepy stuff, like hauntings, possessions, and weirdo whodunits. Never fear (or maybe you should!)—Bala and Maguire cover everything from well-known serial killers to mysterious things that go bump in the night. Say your prayers.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

White Bird Presents: Ballet Hispánico Add to a List
Founded in 1970, the innovative dance company Ballet Hispánico reflects on the experiences of Hispanic and Latino Americans through culture-driven choreography straight from Spain and Latin America. For this performance, the dancers will perform Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabella Lopez Ochoa's Doña Perón, which pays tribute to former First Lady of Argentina and Female Peronist Party founder Eva Peron, aka Evita.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Christine Byl in Conversation With Molly Gloss Add to a List
Trail-stomping writer Christine Byl will celebrate the release of Lookout, a "slow-burning and poignant debut novel" (Publisher's Weekly) set in Montana, alongside Molly Gloss. (Those who love writing set in the American West will be no stranger to the hometown heavyweight—Gloss penned award-winning homesteading tome The Jump-Off Creek, as well as 2007's The Heart of Horses.)
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Hot Pockets! Juicy Readings from Rock Bios Add to a List
For a celebration of all things sweaty and questionable, head to Turn! Turn! Turn! for this series of readings from famous rock biographies. Local authors like Alex Behr and Karleigh Brogan will drum up the excerpts, and DJ Maaxa will set the vibes.
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, Humboldt)

Portland Opera presents a discussion with Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz Add to a List
Thumbprint composer Kamala Sankaram, “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country" (Washington Post), will explore the creative process behind her contemporary operatic work alongside librettist and co-creator Susan Yankowitz. (Thumbprint heads to Newmark Theatre later this month; the forward-thinking production blends traditional Hindustani and western classical music to tell the story of pioneering Pakistani human rights activist Mukhtar Mai.) This conversation will be moderated by Priti Gandhi, Portland Opera's artistic director.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)



Harlan County USA Add to a List
If you're pro-union, you should watch Harlan County USA. If you've ever been slightly agitated at your boss, you should watch Harlan County USA. If you like bluegrass tunes crooned by old ladies, you should watch Harlan County USA. Let's say you don't fit into any of those categories—you should still watch Harlan County USA (and maybe develop a little class consciousness while you're at it). Barbara Kopple's legendary '76 documentary, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary and has since ranked on Sight & Sound's critics' poll of the greatest films of all time, will screen at Clinton Street Theater for free this week in support of the New Seasons Labor Union. It follows a grueling coal miners’ strike, complete with murderous bigwigs, shitty cops, and no-nonsense wives that keep guns in their bras. You will despise capitalism even more once you're done watching it. Enjoy.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Zupan's Irish Beer Dinner with Gigantic Brewing Add to a List
Zupan's Markets and Gigantic Brewing will invoke the luck of the Irish at this St. Patrick's Day-themed dinner. Gigantic's brewmasters will guide you through a tasting comparison of Irish beers and corresponding Gigantic brews, paired with hearty, comforting dishes like beef short rib and cabbage stew and chocolate porter cake with clotted cream.
(Cellar Z, Goose Hollow)


Caragold with Bikini Drone and New Body Electric Add to a List
Indie rock locals Caragold headline a triple-threat bill at Lollipop Shoppe (FKA Dig A Pony) next week, giving alt rockers lovers a sweet opportunity to shake out the March “meh” to the band’s high-energy live style. Caragold’s indie rock is partially powered with psychedelia, also pulling from genres like disco and pop for party-ready hits. Tracks like the consecutive “Down Down Down,” and “Green Eyes,“—found on the group’s 2022 self-titled debut—make an excellent backdrop for zipping around town, getting a working out in, or rigorously washing dishes. Guitar-driven Tropicana four-piece Bikini Drone and groovy electropop from New Body Electric round out this energy-laden show. Might want to take it retro and wear a sweatband or two. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Lollipop Shoppe, Buckman)

Carrie Underwood: The Denim & Rhinestones Tour Add to a List
I was nine years old when Grammy-winning country queen Carrie Underwood released "Jesus, Take The Wheel," and although she was not my favorite American Idol contestant of season four (I was rooting for dreamy rocker Constantine Maroulis, obviously), it was the first song to ever make me shed a tear. Despite disliking most country music at the time, It's easy for me to understand why I connected to the devastating lyrics about a young woman that gets into a car accident on Christmas (my favorite movie was the 2004 Hilary Duff drama Raise Your Voice, after all). To this day, the song's delicate strings and tear-jerking vocals still give me goosebumps. And, her break-up anthem "Before He Cheats" is still in my regular rotation. Underwood will return to Portland to promote her new album Denim & Rhinestones, which dances through genres like '80s synth-pop, classic soul, and rootsy country. I'm telling you, she has a song for every mood. AUDREY VANN
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

The Dandy Warhols with The Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Esteemed Portland-bred neo-psychedelic rock band the Dandy Warhols will be joined by the Oregon Symphony for the first time ever, performing orchestral renditions of new favorites and old classics alike from the band's nearly 30-year-long career. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Mania The ABBA Tribute Add to a List
Billed as "the world’s no. 1 touring ABBA tribute show," the group has actually been sued by the real ABBA, who have denigrated the group as “parasitic." Despite this, MANIA lives on, performing the Swedish pop supergroup's iconic jams around the world for starving fans. We wonder what it must be like to make your living impersonating a band that actively despises you...regardless, this show will be a fascinating, sparkly spectacle. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

The Residents Add to a List
While still weird, the Residents’ music has become somewhat sentimental and soft around the edges—maybe even a bit too professional, if you compare the newer works to their otherworldly and absurdly warped 1970s output. Sure, there’s no going back to the bad-mushroom-trip sonics of the Third Reich ’n’ Roll/Fingerprince/Duck Stab/Not Available days, and for geezers pushing 70, the Residents—whoever they are—are still far, far from your typical night of entertainment. Long may they subvert. STRANGER WRITER DAVE SEGAL
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Everybody Reads 2023: Ruth Ozeki Add to a List
Author, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki's trailblazing novel A Tale for the Time Being, a finalist for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, was also the chosen book for the Multnomah County Library's 2023 Everybody Reads program. This culminating talk with the author will double as a celebration of "the power of books to create a stronger community."
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)



Everything in Between Anniversary Show Add to a List
This femme-focused comedy showcase offers an alternative to the all-too-typical white male lineups. Join in on the diversified laughs at cinema lounge The 4th Wall, where Everything In Between will celebrate its one-year anniversary with jokes from top-tier local talents like Katie Nguyen, Danelle Porter, and Tory Ward.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman)


Paddy’s St. Patrick’s Festival 2023 Add to a List
Tuck into some corned beef and cabbage, sip Guinness and Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, and take in live Irish music and performances from bagpipers and Irish dancers. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to the Children's Cancer Association.
(Paddy's Bar & Grill, Southwest Portland)


PUP & Joyce Manor Add to a List
This two-night shindig of 2010s indie rock will be co-headlined by Canadian punks PUP and emo heroes Joyce Manor. Expect to hear songs new and old as PUP supports their 2022 album The Unraveling of PUPTheBand and Joyce Manor plays tracks from 40 oz. to Fresno. Rising emo band Pool Kids will open.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Tank and The Bangas Add to a List
Tarriona "Tank" Ball is the founder and frontwoman of the funky, gospel-inspired hip-hop troupe Tank and the Bangas, who you may know from their wildly popular NPR Tiny Desk Concert (seriously, the video has over 13 million views!) Don't miss this local tour stop as they play tracks off their latest release Red Balloon.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



Retro Themes for Grown-Up Kids with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Yabba dabba doo! The Oregon Symphony will travel back in time to the good ol' days of Saturday morning cartoons for a nostalgia-fueled performance of TV and film scores from The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, and James Bond.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Robyn Hitchcock Add to a List
Whether playing with the Egyptians, the Venus 3, or his seminal group the Soft Boys, Robyn Hitchcock is one of the most prolific songwriters, surrealists, poets, and folk-rock purveyors in contemporary music. Expect to hear songs from his 2022 album, Shufflemania!, which was recorded in various locations around the world over the course of the pandemic.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

SZA Add to a List
The last time that SZA played a headlining show in Portland was six years ago at the modest Roseland Theater (capacity 1,410) while supporting her sophomore album, CTRL. Now embarking on her first solo arena tour, the rapidly rising neo-soul sensation will ignite Moda Center (capacity 19,980!) with songs from her new album SOS, which dances between cheeky TikTok-friendly bops about murdering your ex ("Kill Bill") to heartwrenching folk-infused ballads (e.g. "Ghost in the Machine" ft. Phoebe Bridgers and "Nobody Gets Me"). Fellow R&B pop heavy Omar Apollo will open the night with tracks from his acclaimed debut album, Ivory.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Laffy Taffy: One Year Anniversary! Add to a List
In honor of this recurring dance night's one-year anniversary, resident DJ BNick will be joined by Father Fannie, Jack, KMarie, and Maddchill for an evening of booty-busting twerk, trap, R&B, dancehall, and reggaeton. Get ready to twerk the night away in "all ass-sorted flavors."
(Holocene, Buckman)


Resonance Ensemble: Portland Protests Add to a List
With the intention of meditating on our city’s history, collective grief, and visions for a better future, the Resonance Ensemble will reflect on Portland's racial justice protests of 2020-2021. Audiences can anticipate a moving and informative evening of vocal music accompanied by poetry, visual art, and photography from local artists. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the featured artists, including writer A. Mimi Sei, poet S. Renee Mitchell, and spoken word artist Vin Shambry.
(Alberta House, Concordia)

Thumbprint Add to a List
This harrowing operatic piece is inspired by the story of pioneering Pakistani human rights activist Mukhtar Mai, who "defied expectations to take her own life" after a gang rape, instead aiming to open a girl's school that would teach young women to read and write. Composed by Kamala Sankaram, “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country" (Washington Post), Thumbprint maintains remarkable optimism and advocates for restorative justice.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


This is She: Joyce Chung Add to a List
At this free talk, Joyce Chung, the founder and self-proclaimed "shopkeep" of the multicultural snack emporium Goodies Snack Shop, will share her story of moving to Portland in 2021 and how she ultimately found her community.
(Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown)



Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift Add to a List
Break into your cottagecore era with this classical Taylor Swift tribute concert from the Listeso String Quartet, who will perform her beloved hits like "Cardigan," "Enchanted," "Invisible String," and "Love Story," all under the gentle glow of candlelight.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

dvsn: Working On My Karma Tour Add to a List
Toronto-based duo dvsn blends Nineteen85's futuristic R&B production with Daniel Daley's velvety falsetto vocals for a sound that is both new and nostalgic. They'll play tracks from their most recent album, Working on My Karma, which lyrically examines issues with fidelity and relationships.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Morgan Wade: No Signs Of Slowing Down Tour Add to a List
Rapidly rising country queen Morgan Wade is known for her emotionally raw songwriting and passionate vocal chops, which The Fader likened to a jagged blade, writing that her voice is "sharp enough to draw blood but lustrous under the light." She will support her sophomore album, Reckless, which employs pop music sparkle without compromising the rough edges of her classic country sound.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Sunny Day Real Estate Add to a List
Seattle-born emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate have embarked on their first tour since 2010, playing all of the old fuzzed-out, moody indie rock that made them perennial favorites in the genre. See them during their Portland stop, where longtime Kansas rockers the Appleseed Cast will open.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Anti-Capitalism At Work: A Discussion Series Add to a List
Fed up with the capitalist grind? (If you didn't answer "yes," what's your secret?) Conducted by "people-first management expert" Marina Martinez-Bateman, this thoughtful six-session discussion series continues this month with a talk on real self-care (we're guessing that doesn't mean crystals and yoga retreats.)
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


Worst Day of the Year Ride 2023 Add to a List
I like to call February and March the "sludge months"—as the last vestiges of winter give way to spring, all one can typically expect is overcast drizzle, mud, and still-bare trees. It is horrid. But this appropriately named 16- or 45-mile odyssey through Portland's best bikeways is a solid way to laugh about it. The bike ride commemorates the last day of winter, so hop on two wheels to cruise alongside fellow riders (some of whom will be elaborately costumed) before enjoying a finish line chocolate fountain, an after-party at Lucky Labrador, and more. Sludge it up! LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, Buckman)



Talk of the Town Add to a List
March is not an ideal month to live in Portland, weather-wise, but if gray skies have you feeling blue, Talk of the Town has your back. The recurring improv show will hit the stage again with rotating guests sharing what makes Portland great—good art, great food, and hilarious, off-the-cuff conversation. Each guest will inspire a ragtag team of improv experts to create fresh scenes and characters on the spot. (Just don't bring your umbrella—it's gauche.)
(Curious Comedy Annex, King, Friday-Saturday)


Irish Festival 2023 Add to a List
The bagpipes will honk, the beer will flow, and Portland will get a lil' greener for this year's Irish Festival. Shamrock Run Portland and Kells Irish Pub & Brewery are teaming up to organize a “bigger and better” event this year—the collaboration will include tipsy emerald-hued festivities that will take place at Kells' downtown location this weekend.
(Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Saturday)


Cocaine Bear Add to a List
Lots of cocaine!!! One bear!!!!!! A movie about a bear who consumed a buttload of cocaine. It's based, if you do not know, on a real bear. But cocaine, which fell from the sky, killed the real bear—a black bear who is spending eternity in a Kentucky mall. The movie bear does not die from an overdose but becomes larger than life and death. He goes on a rampage. He destroys this and that. Humans scream and die. And this is a comedy! How can we miss this movie? It sounds like top-notch trash. I hope it doesn't suffer the fate of Snakes on a Plane. STRANGER SENIOR STAFF WRITER CHARLES MUDEDE
(Every day, through Mar 16, Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

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

Feminist March 2023 Add to a List
Returning from a pandemic-related hiatus, Hollywood Theatre's Feminist March program will once again offer up a full month of screenings celebrating women in film. Presented in partnership with Portland State University's Center for Women's Leadership, Synth Library Portland, and Quest Center, this year's lineup includes 12 films directed by women, including multiple flicks by Black, Indigenous, and queer directors. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday & Saturday)

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


Portland Brewery Dining Month Add to a List
Nine Portland breweries will prove that they're not just a one-trick pony by showing off enticing food options in addition to their beer. All participating locations will offer a $35 three-course meal with an appetizer, entree, dessert, a drink (beer, house wine, or non-alcoholic beverage), and a $10 voucher for your next meal.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Common Ground Add to a List
NW Dance Project will make its debut at the Reser with a trio of works by lauded contemporary female choreographers. The program includes internationally renowned choreographer Yin Yue’s Common Ground, which blends Chinese traditional folk dance and modern movement, plus world premieres by artistic director Sarah Slipper and Caroline Finn, former artistic director of National Dance Company Wales. Common Ground is a great opportunity to catch up on NW Dance Project's slick offerings, which the Oregonian dubbed “an essential part of the Portland arts scene.”
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Friday-Saturday)

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

PassinArt: A Theatre Company Presents August Wilson's Seven Guitars Add to a List
Playwright August Wilson, often referred to as the "theater's poet of Black America," penned this bluesy, Pulitzer-nominated play in 1995. Seven Guitars, which is the fifth installment in Wilson's 10-play, decade-by-decade American Century Cycle, follows a cast of African American characters in the aftermath of a young guitarist's death.
(Brunish Hall, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

The Seafarer Add to a List
Pregame with a pint of Guinness and settle in for this Mephistophelian comedy set in a dingy Dublin house at Christmastime. It's all brotherly love and binge-drinking in Irish playwright Conor McPherson's masterpiece The Seafarer—that is, until the cast starts a poker game with a debonair stranger, who may or may not be the Devil himself. 
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Time & Time Again Add to a List
Local theater ensemble Hand2Mouth Theatre's latest performance work considers the collective experience of time through poetry, improvisation, and synchronized choreography at Zidell Yards, an open-air structure on the industrial waterfront.
(Zidell Yards, South Waterfront, Thursday-Saturday)

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

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

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


Frank Frances: Remember the South Add to a List
Artist Frank Frances's Remember the South reimagines colonialism through a contemporary eye, creating a fictitious environment within which racism, blackface, Confederate symbols, and crops from the American South are referenced in "meticulous" collages and unsettling, yet visually stunning photographs. 
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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; closing)

Pour the Water as I Leave: Installation, Vol I: Film In Progress Add to a List
Portland's strong Bosnian community includes many former refugees who immigrated to the United States after the Balkan Wars. Bosnian-born director Daniela Repas's animated documentary Pour the Water as I Leave, which is currently in production, tells their important stories. This exhibition will feature behind-the-scenes photography by multidisciplinary artist Simone Fischer alongside hand-drawn animation cels and excerpts from the film.
(SATOR Projects, Central Eastside, Saturday-Sunday)

Sou'wester Arts Week 2023 Add to a List
Each year, the historic Sou'wester Lodge invites artists to experiment with materials, works-in-progress, and the environment for a week-long residency that culminates in a weekend of studio tours, installations, and performances. Celebrate a shift toward brighter spring days with a day trip to Seaview and engage with new works by over 30 diverse artists—all events will be open to the public.
(Sou'wester, Seaview, Friday-Saturday)

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

Welcome to My Happy Place Add to a List
Curators Rose, a fifth grader at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, and Dr. Kiara “Kiki” Hill, a professor in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University, present this exhibition on the quirky magic of KSMoCA. What is KSMoCA, you ask? The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) is a "museum-as-artwork project within the walls of a functioning Pre K-5th Grade public school located in the historically rich Alberta Arts district in NE Portland." It's a collaborative art project that deserves your attention—founded by artist-professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, KSMoCA is one of the most exciting catalysts for social change in the city. Learn more about it at Welcome to My Happy Place, an exhibition of student work from KSMoCA's permanent collection.
(Littman Gallery, Downtown, Monday-Friday; closing)

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