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The Top 68 Events in Portland This Week: Sept 6-11, 2022

Rose City Comic Con, Time-Based Art Festival, and More Top Picks
September 6, 2022
These aren't the droids you're looking for... But if they were, you could find them at Rose City Comic Con. (Rose City Comic Con via Facebook)
Summer's not over yet! The first full week of September is bringing the heat, with top notch events from Rose City Comic Con to Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival and from RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World 2022 Tour to Wanda Sykes. For more ideas, check out our guide to September events.

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Kristin Ohlson in Conversation With Lee van der Voo Add to a List
We tend to think of nature as pretty cutthroat—it's a survival of the fittest, dog-eat-dog world, and so on. But what if nature is a lot more collaborative and less aggressive than we realize? (Indigenous groups have been sayin' this for a long time, but it seems scientists are finally paying attention.) Kristin Ohlson thinks about it in Sweet in Tooth and Claw, which looks closely at the deeper connections between everything from microbes to mammals. She'll be joined in conversation by Lee van der Voo, author of As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Geometric Forms in Nature in 16mm Add to a List
This nature lovers' collection of 16mm flicks is a kaleidoscopic addition to the mix of psychedelic film compilations hitting the scene. Thanks to local film archivists Ioana Cherascu and Garrett Schroeder, you'll spot spider friends, wolf packs, and colorful gardens, then take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Sunrice x Deadshot One-Year Anniversary Add to a List
The Filipino pop-up Sunrice is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a scaled-down version of "boodle fight"-style feast, a cultural tradition in which food is heaped over banana leaves on the table and guests dig in with their hands. Their mini boodle fight menu for two includes a choice of crispy pata or soft-shell crab, served with bangus (milkfish), kinilaw, corn, shishito peppers, atchara, rice, and peaches. A portion of proceeds will benefit Cascades Abortion Support Collective and Northwest Abortion Access Fund.
(Deadshot, Hosford-Abernethy)


Dirty Honey: California Dreamin Tour Add to a List
Rising Los Angeles quartet Dirty Honey will bring their blues-tinged hard rock through town with tracks off of their debut self-titled album, which Rolling Stone described as taking cues from "Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses as it taps into new sources of rock & roll inspiration." Kindred rockers Dorothy and Mac Saturn will open.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Nine Inch Nails Add to a List
Industrial rock wizards Nine Inch Nails, led by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, will take a break from their busy schedules as film composers (most recently composing the score for Disney's Soul) for a US tour alongside experimental artist/producer Yves Tumor.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Placebo with Deap Vally Add to a List
Known for their pioneering lyrical content that explores sexuality, mental health, and addiction, British rock band Placebo has collaborated with music icons like David Bowie and Michael Stipe. They will flaunt new material off of their eighth album, Never Let Me Go, after an opening set from LA-based garage rock duo Deap Vally. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Let's Get Physical!: A Celebration of Olivia Newton-John ft. DJ Gregarious, VJ Disorder, and DJ Rescue Add to a List
DJs Gregarious, Disorder, and Rescue encourage you to "get physical" at this high-energy dance party honoring the legacy of Olivia Newton-John. Anticipate edits and remixes from her classic catalog as well as music videos and footage projected onto the walls. But first, get warmed up with an aerobics-inspired set featuring '80s-'90s workout jams accompanied by retro workout videos for you to follow along to. Oh, and don't forget to pull out your leg warmers and leotards, over-the-top workout wear is encouraged!
(Holocene, Buckman)



Minority Retort presents Quincy Johnson II Add to a List
LA-based comic Quincy Johnson II will pop by Portland, hopefully with more interpretations of fairy tales. Laugh lovers Ian Durias, Anchor Soong, and Vanessa Dawn will join Johnson for the show presented by Minority Retort, Portland's leading stand-up comedy showcase for Black and brown comedians. 
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Filmworker Add to a List
A tribute to the recently passed Barry Lyndon actor Leon Vitali, this screening of Filmworker follows Vitali in his role as Stanley Kubrick's right-hand man, which sounds like a pretty challenging gig to us. Vitali gave up a promising acting career to help Kubrick develop some of the most impactful films of the 20th century, and this documentary digs into the complex dynamics of their friendship and working relationship.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Bikini Kill Add to a List
Riot Grrrl progenitors Bikini Kill will hark back to their Pacific Northwest roots on their first tour since disbanding in 1997. Mosh along to feminist punk anthems like "Rebel Girl" and "Double Dare Ya" after an opening set from Olympia-based post-punk band Table Sugar, who could be their musical offspring. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Girlpool Add to a List
In 2019 Stranger writer Jas Keimig wrote: "I feel like I grew up with Girlpool. I first listened to them in my late teens when I started experimenting with high-waisted jeans and being more open and vulnerable. Girlpool pair with this stage of life surprisingly well." The duo, who recently announced their breakup, will embark on one last tour promoting their new electronic-driven album, Forgiveness, produced by experimental artist Yves Tumor. 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Lucibela Add to a List
Brazilian samba singer Lucibela will show off her unique vibrato-heavy vocal style in this performance of original songs from her new album, Amdjer. The album focuses a lyrical lens on female experiences, specifically on women from Cape Verde.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Murder by Death & Amigo the Devil: Tour from the Crypt Add to a List
In 2018, Mercury writer Leilani Polk wrote: "Indiana-spawned Murder by Death have been plying their blend of brawny yet poignant indie rock and folk roots for nearly [22 years], giving it gothic dramatic overtones with heavy strains of cello and infusing it with old-timey western appeal while fleshing out the mix with mandolin and banjo." They will stop by for a two-night jaunt on their Tour from the Crypt alongside Austin-based country-metal outfit Amigo the Devil and cinematic rockers Katacombs.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Sebastián Yatra Add to a List
Latin pop star Sebastián Yatra will swing through town on his Dharma tour, supporting his new album of the same name, which peaked at number one on Billboard’s Latin Streaming charts.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Ziggy Marley: A Live Tribute To His Father Add to a List
Reggae giant Ziggy Marley will pay a tribute to his dearly departed father Bob Marley, with a live performance of his legendary classics including "Is This Love," "Get Up, Stand Up," and "Three Little Birds."
(Edgefield, Troutdale)



Madeline Ostrander in Conversation With Michelle Nijhuis Add to a List
Prolific Seattle-based science journalist Madeline Ostrander's debut nonfiction work, At Home on an Unruly Planet, examines communities coping with the climate crisis in Washington, California, a Yup’ik village in southwest Alaska, and a historic city in Florida. (Kirkus Reviews called the book "A hopeful, urgent, and universal message about our collective ability to face the climate changes we can no longer ignore.") Ostrander will appear in conversation with Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)


TBA: San Cha - Opening Night Add to a List
Kick off this year's Time-Based Art Festival in style with this opening night performance by Los Angeles musician San Cha, whose mariachi-influenced jams will be followed by DJ sets from Dez Ramirez AKA La Cosmica and Diana Suarez AKA Buena Suerte, both of Portland’s Noche Libre Latine femme DJ collective. 
(PICA, Eliot)



Oysters & Bottomless Champagne Social Add to a List
An unlimited supply of crisp champagne is the perfect complement to a dozen briny bivalves from Hama Hama Oysters. If bubbles aren't your thing, opt for four drink tickets good for any beer, cider, or wine of your choice.
(The Civic Taproom & Bottleshop, Goose Hollow)


Alice Glass: Trauma Bond Tour Add to a List
As the former frontwoman of electronic duo Crystal Castles, Alice Glass left an everlasting impact on pop music with her fierce live performances and dark lyricism. Glass continues this trajectory on her recently released debut solo album, Prey//IV, which Pitchfork described as "a dark, extreme pop record about abuse, power, and regaining control," mirroring abuse that she endured at the hands of ex-bandmate Ethan Kath.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Johnny Franco Add to a List
Portland-via-São Paulo troubadour Johnny Franco, who was recently featured on the Jam In The Van YouTube series, will bring his timeless Brazilian-inspired folk tunes to the Doug Fir.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Matt Mayhall Septet Plays the Soundtrack to Blow-Up by Herbie Hancock Add to a List
Experience Michelangelo Antonioni’s psychedelic mod masterpiece Blow-Up as local drummer/composer Matt Mayhall leads this live performance of Herbie Hancock’s iconic soundtrack, blending elements of post-bop, modal jazz, lounge, surf, and psych-rock.
(Jack London Revue, Downtown)

No. 2 (Album Release) Add to a List
Nineties supergroup No. 2, which consists of Neil Gust of Heatmiser (Elliott Smith's first band), Gilly Ann Hanner of Calamity Jane, and Paul Pulvirenti of Eyelids, pulls from the "fuzzy hooks of T-Rex, the heart-cracking harmonies of X, and the pole vaulting riffs and queer subtext of The B-52s" for their pioneering queercore sound. The trio will light up the stage in celebration of their new album, First Love, alongside Seattle rockersFloored Faces and local bedroom-rock project Phone Voice.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Osees Add to a List
Now on their twenty-sixth album (!), long-running experimental band Osees (formerly known by variations such as The Ohsees, Thee Oh Sees, and Oh Sees) have transformed over time through phases of garage rock, psychedelia, freak-folk, and now punk. Their latest release, A Foul Form, takes inspiration from the classic punk bands that raised them with speedy riffs and aggressive percussion. LA-based post-punk trio Automatic and hypnotic rock band Bronze will support.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Tesla City Stories: Live Vintage Radio Add to a List
Each month, Tesla City Stories offers an ultra-unique night out featuring live "radio" drama straight from the '40s-era archives of the fictional Tesla City. Part performance art, part pop archeology, this inventive event also includes live music and prizes.
(The Old Church, Downtown)



Joe Pera Add to a List
If you haven't heard of America's sweetheart Joe Pera, well, set aside two minutes and 40 seconds to watch the most soothing clip of all time. Pera's calm, helpful, and slightly grandfatherly schtick makes his HBO series Joe Pera Talks With You our favorite sleepytime show. Settle in for more discussion of tomatoes and pancake breakfasts for this performance—you might actually feel a glimmer of hope by the end.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Wanda Sykes Add to a List
Comedy longtimer Wanda Sykes really needs no introduction—she earned an Emmy for her writing on The Chris Rock Show all the way back in 1999, and has been an unstoppable force of sharp-witted, loud-mouthed laughs ever since. She's also an LGBT rights activist—we hope to hear more about her family life in between the cutting cynicism for this performance.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


10th Annual Catio Tour Add to a List
Love cats? Think they should have their own clever little apartments where they can hang out, watch birds, and do assorted cat stuff in complete safety? We do too. This tour of funky catios installed throughout Portland might give you some ideas for your own kitty constructions. Tour participants will peep Backyard Habitat-certified spaces, pandemic DIY projects, crafty catio solutions, and more. Plus, you'll probably spot some cute cats, which is reason enough to do anything.
(Various locations, $15)

2022 Community Farm Festival Add to a List
Practice land stewardship and mingle with likeminded community members at this day-long celebration at Zenger Farms. You'll get to participate in family-friendly activities, and Zenger Farms will provide snacks, a farm-fresh lunch prepared by community chefs, and goodie bags.
(Zenger Farm, Powellhurst-Gilbert)


Our Bodies, Our Doctors Screening and Q&A Add to a List
Just in time for the SCOTUS overturn of Roe v. Wade, Portland documentarian Jan Haaken's Our Bodies Our Doctors fights abortion stigma with a close look at the process from doctors' viewpoints. The film might not be for the squeamish—it describes procedures in clear language, no sugarcoating here—but one in three women in the US have had an abortion, so it offers valuable information. Listen up, and stick around after the screening for a panel discussion with Haaken, Portland abortion rights activist Sierra Romesburg, and featured providers Dr. Andrea Chiviarini and Judith Arcana.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


6th Annual Kennedy School Oktoberfest Brewfest Add to a List
Polka the evening away at this Oktoberfest bash, featuring live music from the honky-tonk group Mawlee Jones Band and indie rockers Falcon Heart, plus 24 German-style craft beers and ciders. Once you've worked up an appetite from dancing, enjoy some freshly grilled brats and warm pretzels.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)


BowieVision with S.O.S. (A Tribute to the Police) Add to a List
BowieVision are a well-regarded local seven-piece of Bowie appreciators/musicians (led by singer Stefan Mitchell) who deliver note-perfect, showmanship-savvy selections spanning from earlier career cuts (“Space Oddity,” “The Man Who Sold the World”) to 1970s and ’80s era jams (“Young Americans,” “Fame,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Modern Love,” “China Girl,” “Let's Dance”) to 1995’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” (which is so relatable). And there are, indeed, some deep cuts! "Beauty and the Beast," "Slow Burn," "Never Get Old," "New Killer Star," "Slip Away," and "Boys Keep Swinging" among them. They even tap a few tracks off Bowie's brilliant swan song, Blackstar ("I Can’t Give Everything Away" and "Lazarus"). I'm duly impressed. Should be a grand old time. LEILANI POLK
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Bowling For Soup & Less Than Jake: Back For The Attack Tour Add to a List
This lineup will give millennials flashbacks to their CD collection with radio-friendly pop-punk outfit Bowling for Soup and ska revivalists Less Than Jake. Brush up on the lyrics to songs like "1985," "Girl All the Bad Guys Want," and maybe even the Bowling for Soup-penned Phineas and Ferb theme song "Sonic Unleashed". Plus, arrive in time to catch an opening set from New Jersey's Keep Flying.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

I Put A Spell On You: Nina Simone Tribute With Larhonda Steele and the Adrian Martin Sextet Add to a List
LaRhonda Steele, lauded as one of the Northwest's best blues and gospel vocalists, will pay tribute to the one and only High Priestess of Soul by bringing her emotive vocal style to Nina Simone's timeless hits.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Niki Add to a List
At just 15 years old, Indonesian singer-songwriter Nicole Zefanya (AKA Niki) kicked off her music career by opening for Taylor Swift on the Red tour, after winning a singing competition arranged by Swift. Now in her early 20s, she will embark on her first headlining tour promoting her sophomore album, Nicole, which explores high school recollections through gentle folk-pop melodies.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Roger Waters: This Is Not a Drill Add to a List
Roger Waters is, of course, a founding member of Pink Floyd, one of the greatest psychedelic rock bands of all time, genre pioneers that formed in the 1960s and came up hard in the 1970s with albums like The Wall, Animals, and The Dark Side of the Moon. Both Waters and former bandmate and sporadic foe David Gilmour have issued original solo material (actually, Gilmour released a few albums and toured under the Pink Floyd flag until 1994, which is partially why he and Waters were at odds), but both have continued to hit the road on the Floyd gravy train, because everyone still wants to hear those old songs in a live setting. LEILANI POLK
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Summer Cannibals Add to a List
Here's former Stranger music editor Sean Nelson with a past endorsement: "There's no delicate way to say it: Summer Cannibals fucking rule. They play with the punishing urgency of young Superchunk, songs full of power and abandon but also set alight by excellent pop instincts and shrewd songwriting. Their third album, Full of It, has been a mainstay since its 2016 release, and their live shows are exciting in a way rock bands often don't even bother aspiring to anymore. Too bad for those losers." The beloved local band will be joined by dream pop duo Shady Cove and shoegaze outfit Soft Cheese.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Two Feet Add to a List
You might know Two Feet (the project of singer-songwriter Bill Dess) for his viral smash "Go Fuck Yourself," an Imagine Dragons-esque electronic-rock track that features booming bass alongside his breathy vocals. He will play tracks from his newest release, Shape & Form, after an opening set from electronic duo Brothel.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Show Me Love: '90s Queer House & Club Music Dance Party Add to a List
DJs Hyeonje, ALoSo, and Silversound will fill your Saturday night with nothin' but queer house and club jams from the '90s (think: Dee-Lite, CeCe Peniston, Livin’ Joy, etc), so show them some love. 
(Holocene, Buckman)


Great Moments in Weed History Live! Add to a List
Cannabis has become a ubiquitous part of PNW culture, but it's not all about us—the plant has a fascinating history of human usage that spans over 10,000 years. Here's your chance to learn about it! Hit podcast Great Moments in Weed History invites you to "get high on history" with hosts Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock, who explore a different artifact of cannabis culture in each episode. If you're anything like us, there's nothing more fun than going down a Wikihole after smoking a bowl—Great Moments in Weed History does the work for you.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)


Belmont Street Fair Add to a List
Held annually on the second Saturday of September, the Belmont Street Fair is one of the city's most well-attended street fairs. Stroll down the main stretch of Belmont, which will be closed off to cars for the event, while checking out wares from local vendors and taking in eye-catching performances. The family-friendly outing will also include activities geared toward all ages.
(SE 33rd & Belmont, Sunnyside)


Portland Dragon Boat Festival 2022 Add to a List
Watch colorful Hong Kong-style dragon boats cut through the water at Portland's annual dragon boat festival, which is making a fiery return after a two-year hiatus. Local and visiting teams will race a 500-meter section of the Willamette River adjacent to the RiverPlace Marina as spectators cheer them on and enjoy food vendors, a beer garden, and more entertainment.
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown)


TBA: Sasha Wortzel: Dreams of Unknown Islands Add to a List
Drawing from an ancient Aramaic prayer, shifting ecologies, and animal migrations, Sasha Wortzel’s Dreams of Unknown Islands transforms the Cooley Gallery space to confront our current reckoning of political and climate crisis. The result is visual poetry, both gentle and evocative of widespread mourning. The immersive installation includes a soundscape, film elements, and restful "listening islands." 
(Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Reed)



Shine the Light: A Community Celebration Add to a List
If you haven't scoped out Beaverton's ultra-modern performing arts center, here's your chance to explore the shiny new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts—we hear the theater's construction was inspired by a beaver dam. While you're there, enjoy multicultural performances by local groups like Ballet Folklorico Academia, Murray School of Irish Dance, the Maasai Dancers, and more. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)


Farm to Plate Brewer’s Series Dinners Add to a List
It doesn't get much fresher than eating a meal on the very farm where the ingredients were grown. Topaz Farm's resident "farm-to-plate" chefs Christian and Janelle Ephrem will craft three multi-course, farm-to-plate dinners this summer, each featuring five specially selected beer pairings from a different local brewer: Fort George Brewing, Migration Brewing, and Foreland Beer. Guests will get to dine al fresco below the farm's historic oak tree (or under a tent, depending on weather).
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)


Coast Contra: Apt. 505 Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of a performance on The Tonight Show and opening for controversial comedian Dave Chappelle, the hip-hop quartet Coast Contra (led by twin brothers Ras and Taj Austin, the sons of West Coast rap star Ras Kass) will swing through Seattle supporting their debut album, Apt. 505
(Holocene, Buckman)

Flasher with Hot Gum & Collate Add to a List
After the success of their 2018 post-punk-tinged album, Constant Image, the DC-based duo Flasher is back with a sophomore album, Love Is Yours, which employs textural synths and vibe-y melodies for surprisingly danceable electro-pop tunes. They will support the new album alongside like-minded punk bands Hot Gum and Collate.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World 2022 Tour Add to a List
In this drag tour for the gods, Gottmik, Jaida Essence Hall, Naomi Smalls, Violet Chachki, and finalists from season 14 of RuPaul's Drag Race converge to spill the historical tea. Werq the World hurtles audiences through time, with the queens landing in iconic historical periods to turn looks and heads. (We imagine corset-loving Chachki's got this one in the bag.) But will they make it back to 2022 in time for brunch on Sunday?
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)


Danielle Walker’s Healthy In A Hurry Tour with Special Guest Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo Add to a List
Three-time New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker will chat about her most recent release, Healthy in a Hurry, which details speedy gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes, with cookbookauthor and recipe developer Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo. Besides an interview, the event will feature a live demo, a Q&A, and exclusive merchandise for sale, plus a VIP cocktail hour. 
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)



The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch Add to a List
Have a corntastic day navigating immaculately cut pathways through corn stalks at Portland's eight-acre corn maze. This year's theme is "Cinnamon and Sugar"—warm up with the "easy" section of the maze before tackling the more challenging section, and don't forget your boots!
(The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, Tuesday-Sunday)


Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival 2022 Add to a List
Deemed “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, PICA's Time-Based Art Festival is your yearly reminder to question everything. Buckle in for ten days of experimental art, temporal performances, and interactive lectures from local and far-flung artists who'll challenge your preconceived notions of art. (There are always some pretty cool dance parties, too.) This year, the festival will introduce new Night School programming, modeled after alternative education methods and late-night learning and led by artist-educators Pepper Pepper, Zach Blas, Nana Adusei-Poku, and Kite.
(PICA, Eliot, Thursday-Sunday)


Blue Velvet Add to a List
David Lynch's jazzy '86 dreamscape stars screen beauties Isabella Rossellini and Kyle MacLachlan in a strange investigation that all starts with the discovery of a severed ear. Blue Velvet will be screened in a fresh 4K restoration.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Bodies Bodies Bodies Add to a List
If you find Gen Z culture even remotely interesting, you won't wanna miss this buzzy A24 horror starring Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott, and Pete Davidson with a vape. Set to a hyperpop soundtrack, the film follows a group of wealthy youngins whose hurricane party at a remote mansion turns from TikToks and astrology discussions to backstabbing and murder.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Tuesday-Thursday)

Emily the Criminal Add to a List
Emily might be a contender for "world's most relatable thief"—played by Aubrey Plaza, she takes on increasingly shady gigs after being saddled with student loan debt and a minor criminal record. Things get a little out of hand as Emily becomes further enmeshed in a stolen credit card scheme. Lovers of Plaza's deadpan darkness and haters of capitalism will dig this debut feature by John Patton Ford.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Tuesday-Thursday)

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song Add to a List
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never shied away from deep emotion, probing the depths of politics, religion, depression, and love in a haunting bass voice for almost 50 years. This film takes a close look at his life through the lens of his instantly recognizable hymn "Hallelujah."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Wednesday-Thursday)

Portland Deaf Film Festival and Art Fair Add to a List
Centering compelling works by Deaf filmmakers and artists, this film festival and art fair includes a full day of screenings on Saturday, including documentaries and family-friendly flicks, followed by an art fair and display by Deaf-focused accessibility nonprofit Cymaspace on Sunday. 
(Holiday Inn Airport, Sumner, Saturday-Sunday)

Return to Wonderland Add to a List
Despite being a theater, Portland Playhouse—the community-focused nonprofit in Portland’s King neighborhood—elevates short films from time to time. Back in 2020, they held a virtual film festival called Wonderland that showcased four local shorts from different artists. Now, they’re following that up with a new installment, Return to Wonderland, which will screen collections of shorts from four new filmmakers. PORTLAND MERCURY ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR SUZETTE SMITH
(Portland Playhouse, King, Thursday-Saturday)

Three Thousand Years of Longing Add to a List
George Miller takes a break from desert dystopia in Three Thousand Years of Longing, which stars Tilda Swinton as—what else—a stylish academic, and Idris Elba as a djinn who grants her three wishes in exchange for his freedom from a cramped bottle. As you might have guessed, things get fantastical and utterly complicated. If the premise sounds a little chintzy, just remember, this is the guy who somehow directed both Mad Max and Happy Feet—maximalism is his middle name, so at the very least, this'll be a visual magic carpet ride.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Tuesday-Thursday)


Johnstoberfest 2022 Add to a List
The local craft beer and wine mecca John's Marketplace will celebrate Oktoberfest at both of its locations with a mix of "international classics and local festbiers," plus live music. Entry is free, and $30 ($35 at the door) gets you a custom glass and six drink tickets.
(John's Marketplace, Creston-Kenilworth and Multnomah Village, Friday-Saturday)


Rose City Comic Con 2022 Add to a List
Scope out the cosplay talent and try to stay cool in the presence of LeVar Burton—it's the 10th anniversary of Rose City Comic Con, where nerds gather to celebrate the comics, characters, and creators that make their community great.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)


Diamonds and Frogs: A Play in Movement Add to a List
Speculative Drama's first in-person production in two years is a delightful mash-up of fairy tales, silent films, Appalachian folk stories, and Baba Yaga lore. Diamonds and Frogs ponders witches, curses, and blessings, staged in an intimate, ultra-contemporary format with rich soundscapes and a focus on immersion. (Tickets are standing room only with "improvised seating.")
(The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday)

Heart of Stone Add to a List
Blending musical theater and dance, Heart of Stone tells the story of celebrated Russian choreographer Alisher Khasanov, a Muslim Uyghur artist who grew up in a small village in Kazakhstan and dreamt of Moscow's illustrious stages. Khasanov directed and choreographed the work by playwright Karen Polinsky.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Friday-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, Saturday-Sunday)

HOME/LAND Add to a List
A collaboration between Portland’s Hand2Mouth Theatre, France's Begat Theater, and NYC’s WaxFactory, this live performance installation thinks critically about some of the most pressing issues of our time. In response to rampant economic instability, displacement, and forced migration, HOME/LAND assigns audiences a unit within a government-run shelter village, inviting them to travel through the immersive installation while considering their own relationship to home and safety.
(Zidell Barge Building, South Waterfront, Tuesday-Sunday)

Lumen Odyssey Add to a List
If the gargantuan mother-daughter quagmire in Everything Everywhere All at Once resonated with you, check out Lumen Odyssey, which interprets the difficulties of family dynamics through a metaphysical sci-fi adventure. Penned and directed by Jerry Mouawad, the play follows a galactically ego-driven matriarch and her down-to-earth daughter on a journey of cosmic conflict and reflection.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

Shroom Show: A Foraging Tour Add to a List
Mycology nerds, we know you're out there. You're probably identifying Boletus edulis right this second. Well, take a breather to check this out—inspired by fungal ecology, Shroom Show: A Foraging Tour blends educational elements with opera, treasure hunting, and more for an organic take on the hero's journey. The show will take place at Tryon Life Community Farm, with ADA-accessible performances also planned at Back Door Theater. Wear your boots, dress for the weather, and bring a basket for the farm performance.
(Tryon Life Community Farm, Forest Highlands, Friday-Saturday)

tick, tick … BOOM! Add to a List
Fans of Rent will love this hilarious rock musical, a semi-autobiographical tale of playwright Jonathan Larson's struggle to make his mark in the theater industry. (Larson went on to shake the world with Rent, for which he won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, so get ready to feel inspired.)
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Trudy and Mona Add to a List
Khristal Curtis and Jessica Zodrow's "whirlwind junkyard spectacular" Trudy and Mona follows two disembodied spirits who possess a couple of rando bodies they come across at a horse-themed winery. (Stay with us.) They'll manifest in this performance for a live talk show at their rundown studio (aka the Curious Comedy Theater stage) for chain-smoking, disco dancing, and other lipstick-smearing hijinks. 
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, Friday-Saturday)


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

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