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Florence + The Machine with Japanese Breakfast, Portland Wing Week, and More Top Picks
October 3, 2022
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Ethereal musicians Florence + The Machine will be joined by Oregon-hailing Japanese Breakfast for an unforgettable show. (Florence + The Machine via Facebook)
October is coming out swingin'! This week is stacked with stellar acts like Florence + The Machine with Japanese Breakfast and Amy Schumer, and not-to-be-missed local events like Portland Wing Week 2022 and the inaugural PDX Design Festival.


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MONDAY

FILM

The Lure Add to a List
This twisty, feral fairytale by Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska centers two mermaid sisters pulled ashore by the allure of glamorous nightclubs, music, and performance. When one of the sisters falls in love with a human, their lives on land unravel into a chaotic, grimy game of survival. 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Bear's Den Add to a List
The London-based folk rock band comprised of guitarist Andrew Davie and bassist Kevin Jones is coming back across the pond to support their new album, Blue Hours, which explores themes of mental health through confessional lyricism and electronic experimentation. Folk singer-songwriter Izzy Heltai will open.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Eloise with Sophie James Add to a List
Pop artist Eloise takes inspiration from her parents' classic rock and folk-heavy record collection for her delicate folk-tinged soul-pop that Billie Eilish once described as "music that sounds like the way that falling in love feels." She will play tracks from her debut album, Somewhere In-Between, alongside kindred musician Sophia James.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

READINGS & TALKS

2022 Calvin & Mayho Tanabe Address: Sheryl Wudunn Add to a List
Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, will present a lecture on the weighty issues facing America's working class, and how specific pathways to equity, access, and healthcare could improve outcomes for struggling folks nationwide.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

Julian Aguon in Conversation With Karen Russell Add to a List
Chamorro climate activist and human rights lawyer Julian Aguon will present his cross-genre book, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies, at this talk. The coming-of-age tale blends Aguon's childhood stories with myriad calls for justice—he writes with urgency on topics of Indigenous rights, nuclear weaponry, global warming, and more. Lenika Cruz at The Atlantic described the book as "the most tender polemic I’ve ever read”—hear Aguon discuss it with beloved author Karen Russell at Powell's.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

TUESDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Bonny Light Horseman Add to a List
Folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman—the project of Tony-winning singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, the National's Josh Kaufman, and Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson—will play downtempo jams off of their new album, Rolling Golden Holy, which reimagines centuries-old folk standards. They will be joined by indie-Americana artist Alela Diane.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Imarhan Add to a List
Algerian quintet Imarhan blends traditional Taureg sounds with contemporary funk and pop for a danceable psychedelic explosion of sound. Catch them on tour supporting their new album, Aboogi, with Portland-based psych-rock ensemble Abronia.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

In This Moment Add to a List
Looking like a Lady Gaga-fronted Rob Zombie side project, In This Moment concoct metal out of blues traditions, operatic drama, and straight-up sludge. Their seventh full-­length album, Mother, combines both covers and original songs, with unique renditions of Queen's "We Will Rock You" (featuring Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen) and Mazzy Star's "Into Dust."
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Add to a List
Aussie rock sensations King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, whom Mercury contributor Chris Sutton described as combining "Thee Oh Sees' aggressively raw work ethic with the Flaming Lips' visionary shape-shifting," will take the stage just ahead of releasing their 21st (!) studio album, Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Loudon Wainwright III with Tony Furtado Add to a List
There's a whole generation of folks (myself included) for whom Loudon Wainwright III is more familiar as an actor (having appeared in M*A*S*H, three Judd Apatow productions, and G-Force—2009's Jerry Bruckheimer production about guinea pig secret agents). Wainwright the actor, while delightful, is nowhere near as interesting as Wainwright the musician, who's been recording and performing sardonic folk commentaries since his beatific 1970s self-titled debut. His long and storied career is still going strong, even if his new material is no longer about growing old (like his early stuff was) so much as it just plain sounds old (now he sings about things like "Cash for Clunkers"). Still, it would be worth it to hear some of Wainwright's older gems. JASON BAXTER
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Melt-Banana with Wand and Deaf Club Add to a List
Japanese noise rock duo Melt-Banana are known for their fast-tempo grindcore that combines electronica, experimental, and pop sounds. LA-based psych-rock outfit Wand will start the night alongside hardcore punk ensemble Deaf Club.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Tortoise Add to a List
Long ago in 2016, Mercury writer Robert Ham wrote: "How does a band survive more than 20 years without a scratch on them or their discography? With Tortoise, some of that is due to the fact that its six members remain busy outside the fold: Guitarist Jeff Parker resides in LA, where his career as a jazz player thrives, and bassist Doug McCombs records on his own as Brokeback and with his other longtime band Eleventh Dream Day, to give but two examples. This allows everyone involved individual space and time to find new creative influences to bring back to the band. Once the sextet is together at last, the results are explosive and thrilling." The band will stop by on their brief US tour with local support from noise rock outfit Smokey Kingdom.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Live Wire's Annual Gala: Fancy Pants with Anis Mojgani, Casey Parks, and Musical Guest Jimmie Herrod Add to a List
Support Live Wire's longstanding commitment to independently produced radio and funny, insightful conversation at their annual benefit show and live auction. The "fancy pants"-themed gala will feature Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, Washington Post journalist Casey Parks, and singer Jimmie Herrod, whose voice was described as "like a beacon of hope" by The Seattle Times.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)

READINGS & TALKS

Neil Cochrane Add to a List
Neil Cochrane's The Story of the Hundred Promises is embedded with "queer optimism," exploring the story of a trans sailor who has found acceptance in a magical realm. When Darragh Thorn must reconcile with his ill father, however, he seeks a strange magician who helped him long ago. Lauded writer Charlie Jane Anders described the book as "the trans fable the world needs right now."
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

WEDNESDAY

BIPOC

History Hike: Oregon’s Black Pioneers Add to a List
Zachary Stocks, executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers, will lead this easy guided interpretive hike through leafy Forest Park. Lace up your hiking shoes to learn more about key Black pioneer figures during the years of Oregon's legalized racial exclusion, also featured in Pittock Mansion's Black in Oregon: 1840-1870 Add to a List .
(Pittock Mansion, Northwest Portland)

FILM

Church of Film: Darker Than The Night Add to a List
Church of Film's program of Mexican terror master Carlos Enrique Taboada's films continues this week with Darker Than The Night. The '75 supernatural flick follows four gorgeous gals as they head to a recently inherited (and definitely haunted) estate with only one living occupant: Bequer, a cute kitty who holds a certain power over the place.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Amythyst Kiah Add to a List
Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, whom Rolling Stone called "one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets,” will play tracks off of her Southern gothic-inspired Americana album, Wary + Strange, which examines sorrow, alienation, and self-acceptance.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Heaven 17 Add to a List
British new wave legends Heaven 17 will jam out while you sing along to their classics like "Save It For Later" and "Mirror In the Bathroom." Considering that keyboardists Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh formed the group after leaving '80s synth-pop band The Human League, you may even hear their megahit "Don't You Want Me."
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

The Afghan Whigs Add to a List
Beloved alt-rock outfit The Afghan Whigs will hit the stage shortly after the release of their first album in five years, How Do You Burn?, which Pitchfork described as boasting "mixtape-like eclecticism, communal bonhomie, and psychedelic texture that feel untethered to the Whigs’ past playbooks." They will be joined by Canadian psych-rock band Pink Mountaintops.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Paper Kites Add to a List
Melbourne-hailing folk-rock quintet The Paper Kites, known for their tender harmonies and delicate finger-picked guitar, will return to Portland for a headlining show supporting their 2021 album, Roses. British singer-songwriter Rosie Carney will come along for the ride.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

READINGS & TALKS

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series: Gabrielle Civil Add to a List
Gabrielle Civil, a Black feminist performance artist hailing from Detroit, will stop by PNCA for a lecture as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies's lecture series. She'll read from her "performance prose" work the déjà vu and discuss the project and her writing practice with Imagine a Death author and shamanic healer Janice Lee.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland)

THURSDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Todd Snider Add to a List
Trapped in that between-rock-and-a-country place that hobbled Lucinda Williams for so long, Todd Snider is the best American songwriter you've maybe never heard of. The Williams comparison is an imperfect one: Snider doesn't seem driven to strive for a career culmination/breakthrough à la Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (he makes great records, not masterworks), plus he's 10,000 times funnier than Williams could ever be, even if she were wearing a rainbow wig and chasing a dog with a ham in its mouth. Along with his killer wit, Snider's signature is a miraculous lack of sentimentality. As a weathered, perceptive, fortysomething working artist, Snider's subjects often come from the hard-luck American underbelly. But Snider's heroes aren't beautiful losers—they're day-labor construction workers who pay by the week at roadside motels. STRANGER WRITER DAVE SEGAL
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Vladimir Feltsman Add to a List
Russian American pianist Vladimir Feltsman will kick off Portland Piano International's second season Add to a List with a program of "miniature masterworks" including Beethoven's lively Seven Bagatelles and Chopin's dreamy nocturnes.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

PERFORMANCE

Drunk Herstory Add to a List
Drunk Herstory may be modeled after the ultra-famous Funny or Die web series Drunk History, but frankly, it's way cooler. Hosted by Dahlia Hearts and "walking glitter bomb" Shandi Evans, the live sketch show stars local drag divas Betty Poops, Bobby Lugosi, Sue from Corporate, and others as they get twisted on stage and chat about queer history. 
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Alex Cameron Add to a List
Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron will bring his off-kilter synth-pop and indie rock back to Portland supporting his new concept album, Oxy Music, which explores the story of a man suffering from opioid addiction.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Emergence Add to a List
The tranquil banks of the Columbia at Kelly Point will transform into a blissed-out sonic event during this "outdoor projection spell" by collaborators Fernanda D'Agostino and Sarah Turner. With accompaniment by trippy sound bath musicians Moss Wand, Emergence should be a truly hallucinatory ride. (It's officially fall, so pack a sweater and some blankets to stay comfy-cozy while you take in the sensory experience.)
(Kelly Point Park, North Portland)

Florence + The Machine with Japanese Breakfast Add to a List
On their latest album, Dance Fever, ethereal pop heavies Florence + the Machine pull inspiration from eclectic sources such as 1973's The Wicker Man, the pre-Raphaelite sisterhood, choreomania, and alt-folk artists like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. They will be joined by beloved alt-pop band Japanese Breakfast, supporting their critically acclaimed third album, Jubilee.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Keb' Mo' Add to a List
Five-time Grammy-winning blues artist Keb' Mo'—whose '60s upbringing serves his contemporary protest songs well—will be joined by Oregon State University rock historian Bob Santelli for an interview followed by a live performance. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Lake Street Dive Add to a List
Boston-based pop group Lake Street Dive will bring their dance party-ready tunes, rooted in R&B, blues, and jazz, to the Edgefield lawn in support of their latest release, Obviously, which explores themes of climate change and womanhood.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

The 2nd Annual George Harrison Celebration Add to a List
Local recording studio SonicbutterPDX presents the second annual George Harrison Celebration concert honoring the underrated Beatle with two evenings of his era-defining tunes played by a who's who of talent from Portland's music scene. Night one will honor the 50th anniversary of the legendary Concert for Bangladesh while night two will pay tribute to his landmark album All Things Must Pass. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

SATURDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Cider and Fall Harvest Experience Add to a List
Local sightseeing tour agency The Good Vibes Tour will transport you to two local cideries for an afternoon of tasting and food. From there, you'll be conveyed to a local farm, where you'll have the opportunity to pick and hand-press apples and take home a jug of your very own fresh cider. Other festivities include campfires, hot dogs, s'mores, cornhole, and music.
(Portland Cider Co., Beaverton)

LIVE MUSIC

15th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction Concert Add to a List
The 15th Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame ceremony, concert, and auction honors those who have significantly influenced the world of music from here in Oregon. Don't miss performances from influential surf band Satan's Pilgrims and Scott McCaughey's pop-rock project Minus 5—proceeds from the auction will go to OMHOF's music education program
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

ANTIfest with Anti-Flag, Good Riddance, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and More Add to a List
This deep-lineup punk show is the perfect place to mosh out your frustrations with a headlining set from veteran political punk band Anti-Flag joined by kindred thrashers Good Riddance, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Last Gang, Alien Boy, and The Macks.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Daði Freyr Add to a List
Reykjavík-based pop aficionado Daði Freyr, who represented Iceland in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, will stop in Portland on his Fabulous, Wonderful, & Nice tour with local support from artist/educator Colin Jenkins.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

SUNDAY

FILM

Trailermania Monsters Edition on 16mm Add to a List
Self-described film geek Greg Hamilton and guest archivist Stuart McPherran lead the way on another exploration of rare 16mm movie trailers and television spots, this time with a focus on ultra-creepy classic horror and science fiction. Spanning the '30s through the '60s, the Trailermania collection includes everything from big-name flicks to forgotten B-movie bombs from the great beyond.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Alec Benjamin Add to a List
Shortly after the release of his sophomore album, (Un)Commentary, rising pop singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin will return to town with support from TikTok star and musician Sara Kays.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Alexander 23 Add to a List
Grammy-nominated producer and pop troubadour Alexander 23 is known for his work with stars like Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, John Mayer, and more. He will take the stage in support of his debut album, Aftershock, an acoustically charged collection of songs with witty one-liners about heartbreak e.g. “I wonder if your therapist likes me, I guess it depends on how much of the truth you tell to her." Canadian singer-songwriter Renforshort will open.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Bridge City Block Party: Diplo Add to a List
DJ heavyweight Diplo will continue this outdoor music series with dance-pop tunes from his new self-titled album, which features appearances from Miguel, Leon Bridges, Busta Rhymes, Lil Yachty, and more. Arrive in time to catch opening DJ sets from selectors Major League DJz, Francis Mercier, Sidestep, and Eddie Pitzul. 
(Bridge City Block Party, Central Eastside)

Clutch Add to a List
When people talk about stoner rock (or whatever you wanna call it), and its practitioners, Clutch is all too often left out of the conversation. Which is asinine. Starting with 1993's Transnational Speedway League, the Maryland four-piece has been dropping sinewy Zep-and-Sabb riffs that are worth their weight in gold. And Neil Fallon's gravelly bark spins tales that retell history, drop the occasional pop-culture reference, or take you to another world entirely. MARK LORE
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Scorpions: Rock Believer World Tour Add to a List
Leather-clad hard rock relics Scorpions have been consistently releasing albums and touring the world for over fifty years. They will take off on their Rock Believer tour supporting their nineteenth studio album of the same name, while surely sprinkling in crowd pleasing classics like "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Wind of Change."
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

Amy Schumer: Whore Tour Add to a List
Aside from her weird reputation for insensitivity, Amy Schumer has certainly made her mark on comedy over the last few years, winning several Emmy awards for Inside Amy Schumer and hosting this year's kerfuffle-filled Oscars. She'll land in Portland with more wisecracks, hopefully keeping the racism at bay.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Friday)

FALL

Fall on the Farm Add to a List
Topaz Farm is busting out all of the autumnal and pastoral vibes for its annual celebration of the fall harvest. On weekends this year, the farm is reducing crowds by instituting a $20-per-vehicle entrance fee (weekdays remain free), which will grant access to sunflower mazes in early October, a ParaNorman-themed corn maze designed by Laika Studios, hayrides and a hay pyramind, pumpkin patches, and more.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island, Tuesday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

PDX Design Festival Add to a List
This newfangled festival brings together design experts and enthusiasts for exhibitions, performances, and keynote lectures with Joe Carolino, chief creative officer at Thesis agency, and Julie Andrews, vice president and managing director at R/GA Portland. The week of design-centered offerings includes workshops on scent design, zine-making, habit-forming, and more, plus parties and happy hours, networking opportunities, and a panel talk featuring artist-turned-author Lisa Congdon.
(Various locations, Monday-Saturday)

FILM

27th Annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival Add to a List
Returning to an in-person format, the 27th annual H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival will hit all three of the Hollywood's screens with a Re-Animator double feature, the Pacific Northwest premiere of supernatural Sundance darling Something in The Dirt, and more. Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs will appear at the festival all weekend, and attendees will find vendors on site with delightfully macabre goodies.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Moonage Daydream Add to a List
Brett Morgen's technicolor odyssey stays true to the tour de force that was David Bowie. Centering his experimental, forward-thinking vision, Moonage Daydream, the first "officially sanctioned film" about the artist, includes rare and never-before-seen footage guided by narration from Bowie himself.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

6th Annual Portland Dance Film Fest Add to a List
Spotlighting somatic performances from all over the planet, this year's Portland Dance Film Festival will include 29 picks from 12 countries. Each screening program includes a curated blend of thoughtful films—attendees can catch movement-based flicks from Portland's own 82nd Avenue, Egypt, China, Poland, and beyond.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience Add to a List
Xico's getting curiouser and curiouser in this boozy 90-minute journey down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. The Alice, an "immersive cocktail experience," combines riddle-filled theatrical performance with interactive elements—you'll gulp down magical cocktails, devour an “Eat Me” cookie, and more on your trip through the looking glass.
(Xico, Richmond, Wednesday-Sunday)

Portland Wing Week 2022 Add to a List
What, dear reader, was the greatest week of your life? Think back on that moment. Treasure its beautiful memory. Then THROW IT IN THE TRASH, because the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week is about to make every other week you’ve ever experienced look like GARBAGE. That’s right: From Monday, October 3 to Sunday, October 9, the Portland Mercury’s Portland Wing Week returns—with 27 one-of-a-kind chicken wings available at some of Portland’s favorite bars and restaurants! Even better? Each order of wings will only cost you a mere $6!
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

HALLOWEEN

Foolish Mortals: A Haunted Mansion Burlesque Cabaret Add to a List
The floorboards are creakin', there's a chill in the air, and the veil is ghoulishly thin. At this creepy cabaret, ghosts are getting down and dirty in a haunted mansion, and they're in search of one mere mortal to join in on the fun. If you head to a performance of Foolish Mortals, they just might choose you. OoOoO!
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia, Saturday-Sunday)

Spirit of Halloweentown Add to a List
You'll find it impossible not to get into the spooky spirit at St. Helens' annual tribute to Halloween. Leaning into the fact that the movies Halloweentown and Twilight were partially filmed there (Halloweentown cast members, plus Ashley Greene and Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame, will make appearances this year), the city transforms into a themed attraction complete with a giant pumpkin, circus performers, a haunted house, and more.
(St. Helens, Monday-Sunday)

Underhill Haunted House Add to a List
Head to the basement of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, they said. What could go wrong?, they said. Well, the 40,000-square-foot space is teeming with morbid monsters and "creatures that stalk you," so watch your back! With three new terrifying plot lines, Underhill Haunted House will pump up the fear factor throughout October.
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)

LIVE MUSIC

Portland Piano International: The Solo Piano Series Add to a List
This month, Portland Piano International will kick off its solo piano series with a performance from renowned Russian American pianist (and guest curator for the series) Vladimir Feltsman Add to a List . Each performance will include unique material, including works from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, and Chopin.
(PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Chicken & Biscuits Add to a List
Family gatherings are complicated, but at least this new production directed by Cycerli Ash-Barlocker will have you laughing about it. When Beneatta and Beverly gather to celebrate the life of Daddy, family secrets reveal themselves, and any chance at a "peaceful" reunion flies out the window.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday)

CoHo Clown Festival 2022 Add to a List
Whether you're a literal clown or a simple clown appreciator, you'll want to honk your horn and slap on a gigantic pair of shoes for this fringe festival of all things clownery. CoHo Clown Festival includes an absurdist mix of physical comedy, workshops, and movement performances, building community between artists and audiences with a wide range of jolly performances.
(CoHo Productions, Slabtown, Monday-Sunday)

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Add to a List
This beefy play directed by Josh Hecht heads into the ring to look closely at racial stereotyping and manipulation in the bizarre world of professional wrestling. The thoughtful comedy tells the story of Mace, a decent wrestler who struggles against discrimination in the industry he's passionate about.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Wednesday-Sunday)

The Evolution of Mann Add to a List
This rom-com musical would be a cute night out with your Tinder boo. Featuring an original score by composer Douglas J. Cohe, The Evolution of Mann follows a New York thirty-something whose invite to a contentious wedding leads him on a lofty quest for the perfect meet-cute.
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Bull Mountain, Thursday-Sunday)

Fucking A Add to a List
When an abortion provider plans to buy her incarcerated son's freedom, a complicated quest unfolds. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, pens this blend of tragic, vengeance-driven story and song.
(Shaking the Tree Studio, Hosford-Abernethy, Saturday-Sunday)

The Hombres Add to a List
Lured in by the titillating view from their construction site, a trio of Latino workers head to a yoga studio, and their macho mentality is put to the test by a gay instructor. Fans of male bonding and New Jersey will dig The Hombres, a hilarious, yet nuanced play by Tony Meneses.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Little Shop of Horrors Add to a List
Fans of carnivorous plants, aliens, and doo-wop will appreciate this sci-fi musical frolic, wherein a seemingly benign new plant at a flower shop develops an unfortunate fondness for human blood. Howard Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway classic with wide appeal, set to a swinging Motown soundtrack and possessing an unexpectedly pointed capitalist critique.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Friday-Sunday)

The Lost Boys Live Add to a List
The Lost Boys Live celebrates their 10th anniversary this year, and the beloved parody show will hit the stage again with its original cast (including Mercury Editor-in-Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey) to poke more fun at a certain '80s teenage vampire flick. Expect blood, big hair, and some killer tunes, too.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Saturday)

Midsummer Night's Dream Add to a List
Oregon Ballet Theatre will offer a joyful, magic-tinged program for fall. Each performance will begin with a premiere of Christopher Bruce's light-hearted circus tale Hush, followed by George Balanchine’s highly technical eight-minute sparkler Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Then, they'll head to the forest for​ some prank-heavy, fairy-tinged comedy with Christopher Stowell’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set to Mendelssohn’s cherished score performed by the OBT Orchestra.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Saturday-Sunday)

Parsons Dance Add to a List
Hailing from NYC, the renowned Parsons Dance troupe will bring more fiery, funky energy to the stage in this athletic musical dance program (where you can expect to see classic Parsons work like “Caught” and “The Envelope”).
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Saturday)

Pearl Dive Live Add to a List
Blending movement and unexpected incorporation of ideas across mediums, Pearl Dive Live will translate themed episodes of Pearl Dive Project live on stage. The project involves a wide range of collaborators, including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, drag diva Poison Waters, thought-provoking writer Yiyun Li, and others.
(BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Saturday)

the ripple, the wave that carried me home Add to a List
Award-winning playwright Christina Anderson's poetic, immersive work the ripple, the wave that carried me home follows a woman whose return to her hometown brings up complicated memories related to segregation, integration, and political justice.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Benny Fountain Add to a List
Benny Fountain's dreamy oil paintings in Landscapes: Palouse and Provence feel blissful and meditative—almost like you're spending an afternoon among the rolling dunes of the Palouse region, or vacationing in the south of France. Fountain's muted, subtle color palette and emphasis on light and form are just enough to transport the viewer, but still leave a little room for mystery.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

FashioNXT Add to a List
Couture lovers won't want to miss this runway production, which claims to rival New York Fashion Week in its cutting-edge perspective. Attendees can check out upcoming collections by Project Runway winners Mondo Guerra and Seth Aaron Henderson alongside silhouettes by local designers like Koryphae and Vien To.
(Union Bank Tower, Downtown, Thursday-Saturday)

Portland Open Studios Add to a List
Catch an insider's glimpse of over 100 participating artists' studios at this city-wide event. Over two weekends, art lovers can scope out works in progress across a variety of mediums, chat with artists, learn more about the business of creativity, and build community.
(Various locations, Saturday-Sunday)

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