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The Top 70 Events in Portland This Week: Apr 11-17, 2022

Hamilton, H.E.R., SPLIFF, and More Top Picks
April 11, 2022
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Bask in the presence of the effortlessly cool H.E.R.
Winter weather may have decided to make a sudden reappearance, but you can still spring into action and out of your house for the best events happening this week, from Hamilton to the immersive art exhibit Banksyland and from H.E.R.: Back of My Mind Tour to the 2022 SPLIFF Film Festival.


Although
Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.


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MONDAY

MUSIC

Conan Gray Add to a List
Gen Z heartthrob and MTV-dubbed "Prince of Pop" Conan Gray will return for a night of bedroom pop in support of his debut album, Kid Krow, which garnered praise from both Taylor Swift and Sir Elton John. German-Canadian pop singer Bülow will start off the night.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Pup Returns: Thank F***ing God Add to a List
“Scorpion Hill,” a track on PUP’s third studio album Morbid Stuff, rings out, “I’ve been having some pretty dark thoughts. I like them a lot.” That fucked-up, sick-in-the-head point of view sums up the album perfectly. It’s a black comedy. It’s a snuff film with a laugh track. To PUP, life is a cruel joke, but it’s a good-ass joke.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Yola - Stand For Myself Tour Add to a List
A versatile singer-songwriter and musician, Yola infuses soulful vocals into the genres she experiments with, breezily switching between country, rock, R&B, and Americana. The British artist's latest release, Stand For Myself, is an exercise in fully standing in her own power. She’ll have support from Jac Ross.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

READINGS & TALKS

Maggie Doyne in Conversation With Cheryl Strayed Add to a List
Maggie Doyne's journey from suburban New Jersey student to owner/operator of a Nepali children's home takes center stage in Between the Mountain and the Sky. But far from being a how-to book for philanthropy hopefuls, Doyne's book is a coming-of-age tale of loss and healing. She'll be joined in conversation by author, adventurer, and Portland local Cheryl Strayed.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

TUESDAY

FILM

Kung Fu Theater: Master of The Flying Guillotine in 35mm Add to a List
When a blind kung fu expert's students are killed by a one-armed boxer, he vows revenge, and begins a violent rampage with a flying guillotine that makes heads roll. It's up to the boxer to disarm and defeat the armed master in this legendary kung fu film. Get your tickets early—this screening of an ultra-rare 35mm print might sell out. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Touki Bouki Add to a List
Djibril Diop Mambéty's stunning naturalistic portrait of '70s Senegal was inspired by the French New Wave. While two lovers plan a glamorous escape from Dakar to France, they grapple with abandoning their roots in a rapidly-changing country. Dazzling and frenetic, with jump cuts and spatial shifts inspired by African oral traditions, Touki Bouki is widely considered one of the most important films from the continent.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

Bob Mould: Distortion and Blue Hearts Tour Add to a List
Former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould will play a solo electric set of songs from his 40+ year career in support of his retrospective box set Distortion and latest album Blue Hearts.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Koffee: The Gifted Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the release of her new album Gifted, singer-songwriter and rapper Koffee, who made history in 2019 as the youngest and first female Grammy winner of the Best Reggae Album, will ignite the stage with her feel-good mix of contemporary reggae, Afrobeat, and dancehall.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Pinegrove, Katy Kirby, and Drench Fries Add to a List
New Jersey-based experimental rock band Pinegrove moves into alt-country territory on their latest album, 11:11, with frontman Evan Stephens Hall singing his signature heartfelt lyrics with a light twang on top of the band's free-flowing alt-rock instrumentation. Nashville singer-songwriter Katy Kirby and DIY psych-folk project Drench Fries will get fervent tunes flowing.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

The Aquadolls + Sitting on Stacy Add to a List
California trio The Aquadolls will illuminate the stage with their sun-kissed psych-rock, surf, and grunge alongside kindred indie rock trio Sitting On Stacy for all-around retro night.
(Holocene, Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

Burlynomicon - A Darkly Decadent Burlesque Revue Add to a List
Each month, this gothic showcase presents rotating cabaret and performance art with a spellbinding, darkly funny twist. Hosted by Natasha Riot, this edition of Burlynomicon will feature decadent performances by Lola Coquette, Diva Dott, Lacey Knightly, and Viper.
(Coffin Club, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Add to a List
The Oregon Historical Society’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series will continue its legacy of honoring some of the country's most prominent historians, biographers, and public officials. In this lecture, American historian and Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson will present her most recent book How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Virtual)

WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

Weeding Out The Stoned - The Game Show of Sobriety Tests Add to a List
Test your skills of perception by weeding out the stoner comedians to find the sober "narc." A series of sobriety tests led by "detective" Alex Grubard will provide the audience with clues, and might lead to some wicked prizes.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)

FILM

Cabaret Add to a List
Bob Fosse's Oscar-sweeping classic stars Liza Minnelli as '30s cabaret singer Sally Bowles, whose chance encounter with British academic Brian Roberts leads to a whirlwind romance. While Brian grapples with his sexual identity, a German playboy rolls into town, and a tricky love triangle forms against the backdrop of the Nazi party's insidious rise.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

MUSIC

Baby Keem: The Melodic Blue Tour Add to a List
At just 21 years young, Las Vegas-based rapper Baby Keem has already made a splash in the mainstream music world with collaborations with megastars like Kanye West, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar (who happens to be his cousin). Baby Keem will take the stage in support of his debut album, Melodic Blue, a bold introduction to his lyrical capabilities and infectious trap production.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) with Plankton Wat and Dolphin Midwives Add to a List
LA guitarist Ben Chasny (AKA Six Organs of Admittance) will play an acoustic set of instrumental psych-folk serenades from his new album, The Intimate Landscape, released on legendary library music label KPM Music. Kicking off the night will be fellow cosmic guitarist Plankton Wat and experimental artist Dolphin Midwives.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Black Midi Add to a List
Black Midi made headlines for their electric live performances before their debut album even hit the stands. Now just after the release of their sophomore album, Cavalcade, they’ve managed to keep the intrigue afloat with their unique genre-contesting jumble of post-punk, reggae, hip-hop, free-jazz, and avant-rock.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Gayle + Justus Bennetts Add to a List
By now, you've without a doubt heard Gayle's breakup-song-for-the-ages "abcdefu," which seemingly turned from a 30-second acoustic song posted on TikTok to a top 40 radio hit overnight. The seventeen-year-old pop splendor will surely play the hit amongst other relatable teenage anthems like "ur just horny" and "sleeping with my friends," after an opening set from fellow rising star Justus Bennetts.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Sampa The Great Add to a List
After two rounds of show cancellations, the rising Zambian Australian Sampa The Great is finally able to make her way across the Pacific for a North American tour supporting her critically acclaimed 2019 album, The Return, a meditation on the concept of “home” propelled by ‘90s soul-inspired production and jazz flourishes.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PERFORMANCE

Freedom of Speech Add to a List
Over 30 years ago, voice actor and dialect coach Eliza Jane Schneider quit her job on an Emmy-winning sitcom for a journey of self-discovery in a second-hand ambulance. During that time, Schneider conducted interviews and cataloged dialects from across the United States. She weaves together the most salient aspects of her conversations in this fascinating one-woman play.
(Alberta Abbey, King)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Altin Gün with Pachyman Add to a List
Amsterdam-based six-piece Altın Gün has earned a reputation for reviving the psychedelic-folk sound of mid-century Turkey, often fuzz-ifying traditional Anatolian songs and turning them into trippy grooves full of wah-wah guitars and retro organs. The band will support their latest album, Yol, which adds to their signature sound with airy '80s synths and dancefloor-ready beats. Early roots reggae-inspired artist Pachyman will get the night started with some feel-good dub.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Deftones Add to a List
The Grammy-winning alternative metal act out of Sacramento will return to Portland to support their ninth studio album, Ohms, along with support from French heavy metalheads Gojira and nu-metal influenced pop sensation Poppy.
(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Gabriel Kahane: Magnificent Bird with The Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Help kick off the spring season at Patricia Reser Center for the Arts with the Oregon Symphony’s performance of Gabriel Kahane's Magnificent Bird, a song cycle composed during his year-long hiatus from the internet. Kahane's work "toggles between personal loss and a series of public crises," exploring our relationship to technology and the consequences that we will inevitably endure.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Viagra Boys Add to a List
The Swedish six-piece bring their shapeshifting post-punk and garage rock to town to support their fourth album, Welfare Jazz, with an opening set from LA punk trio Kills Birds.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Vonnie Kyle (Album Release Show) with Gwythaints and Strange and the Familiars Add to a List
Portland singer-songwriter Vonnie Kyle will celebrate the release of her new album, Imperfect Parts, which explores self-love and transformation through catchy indie-rock influenced by her love of Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, and St. Vincent. Cinematic alt-rockers and singer-songwriter Strange and the Familiars will join the party. 
(Holocene, Buckman)

FRIDAY

MUSIC

Cavetown Add to a List
What were you doing at age 22? English singer-songwriter, record producer, and YouTuber Cavetown has already released four studio albums with a masterful blend of indie rock, indie pop, and bedroom pop enriched by his mellow use of ukulele. Expect to hear songs from his most recent album, Sleepyhead.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Joy Oladokun Add to a List
Ever since Nashville-based singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun saw Tracy Chapman on TV at age ten, she has been under the spell of the acoustic guitar, churning out folky R&B, rock, and pop songs about her experiences as a queer woman of color. She will play in support of her critically acclaimed third album and major-label debut, in defense of my own happiness, which was named one of the best albums of 2021 by Variety and Rolling Stone.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Oregon Symphony - Be As Water Add to a List
Dive into this musical meditation on water with the Oregon Symphony which features five contemporary works that draw inspiration from Hadel's Water Music.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

PERFORMANCE

Most Excellent: A Circus Adventure Add to a List
Dude! Journey back to the bodacious '80s in this circus tribute to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, featuring talent from Portland, Vegas and Los Angeles.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

SATURDAY

FILM

Critters 2: The Main Course Add to a List
It's a strange, shapeshifting Easter celebration with this screening of Critters 2: The Main Course. This sequel to the 1986 hit revisits the story of a race of space critters, and this time they're bent on Easter destruction. It's up to space bounty hunters Ug and Lee to put a stop to their nonsense. Director Mick Garris will be in attendance for a chat after the screening, and an adult egg hunt before the movie might land you a prize from Portland-based record label Wyrd War. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust Add to a List
Director Ann Kaneko braids together the memories of women across generations: Native Americans, Japanese American WWII incarcerees, and environmentalists who each share a common journey to defend their land and water. This screening will be followed by a water rights panel discussion between Kaneko, Bishop-Paiute Tribe member Sky Vasquez, and Director of Environmental and Special Projects Joel Moffett from Native Americans in Philanthropy.
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks)

2022 SPLIFF Film Festival Add to a List
This by-stoners, for-stoners festival compiles a kaleidoscopic collection of weird, contemplative, and laugh-out-loud films.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

FOOD & DRINK

Portland Cider Co. 9th Anniversary Party Add to a List
Help Portland Cider Company commemorate 9 years of business with over 30 ciders on tap, plus six new releases and anniversary heritage ciders. The pub will offer expanded indoor and outdoor seating for the occasion.
(Portland Cider Company, Clackamas)

MUSIC

Colin Meloy Add to a List
Singer-songwriter Colin Meloy will take a break from his job as frontman of indie-folk heroes The Decemberists and author of children's fantasy novel series The Wildwood Chronicles to play a solo set of acoustic tunes. Expect songs from his EP cover series of the likes of The Kinks, Morrissey, Shirley Collins, and Sam Cooke, and maybe even a few Decemberists songs, too. 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

H.E.R.: Back of My Mind Tour Add to a List
Since the immensely talented Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter H.E.R. first landed in the public eye, she has cemented herself as the “anti-star” of the future, never allowing her personal life to overshadow her artistry and expertly crafted R&B gems. H.E.R. makes relaxed songs that could soundtrack just about any mood, with a voice that puts anyone at ease.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Kyle Add to a List
Cali-born rapper Kyle is known for his optimistic rhymes and feel-good production that have led him to collaborations with big names like Chance the Rapper, Lil Yachty, G-Eazy, and Kehlani.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Love Letters: Cellist Sophie Webber and Pianist Ines Irawati Add to a List
British cellist Dr. Sophie Webber will join hands with Indonesian-born pianist Ines Irawati for Love Letters, a varied selection of romantic pieces for cello and piano that explore the many meanings of love.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Michael Namkung – Good Pain: The Art of Being Hurt Add to a List
Poet Michael Namkung explores the possibilities for joy and happiness within painful experiences in this evening of poetry, storytelling, and music. Local musician Steven Gosvener will set the vibes with an opening performance, and the audience will hear from Namkung's recent book Good Pain.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Pond (LP Release Show) with Eyelids Add to a List
Shortly-lived Portland alt-rock trio Pond released three albums in their heyday, before disbanding in 1998. Now that their final album and major-label debut, Rock Collection, is getting a snazzy new vinyl reissue, the band is getting back together to celebrate. Fellow PDX royalty eyelids will get things started with their lively power pop.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Ten Grands Add to a List
Have you ever wondered, "What do ten grand pianos sound like all played at once?" Good news: Ten world-renowned pianists will show you alongside guest vocalist Julianne Johnson. The result will blow your mind.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

VanPort Jazz Spring Dance Add to a List
Celebrate the blooming of spring with VanPort Jazz for an exciting evening of live big band music and many styles of dancing with finger foods and alcohol nearby in case you need some fuel. 
(Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, Sellwood)

VISUAL ART

Nothingbeing: A Virtual Symposium Add to a List
In anticipation of their upcoming live performance NOTHINGBEING, collaborators David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead, Samita Sinha, and Takahiro Yamamoto present this symposium of three recorded performance presentations, a roundtable conversation, and a public Q&A session. Presented virtually, the symposium will include an excerpt from Whitehead’s FORCE! An opera in three acts and Yamamoto’s project with filmmaker Roland Dahwen. NOTHINGBEING ponders questions of unity, connection, acknowledgment, and the social self.
(Virtual via PICA)

SUNDAY

MUSIC

DakhaBrakha Add to a List
Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha reframes classic Balkan music by utilizing traditional Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian instruments to reflect the "fundamental elements of sound, soul, and 'ethno-chaos.'" 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Tempers with Leya Add to a List
Not to be mistaken for New York's Tempers (which I did, nonetheless), Seattle's the Tempers sound like a 21st-century version of Lene Lovich's cheeky, goth-inflected, new-wave disco flamboyancy. Their music whisks you away to a decadent European bat cave and makes you feel about 38 percent more glamorous than you actually are while listening to it. DAVE SEGAL
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

MULTI-DAY

EXHIBIT

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

The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List
This inventive exhibition brings da Vinci's creative pursuits in engineering and visual art to life. View authentic folios from the Codex Atlanticus up close, as well as replicas of da Vinci's designs for boats, flying machines, musical instruments, and more. After seeing the exhibition, stop by The Inventor's Workshop, a play space encouraging experimentation with portraiture and machinery.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)

SPRING

2nd Annual Golden Egg Hunt Add to a List
Keep an eagle eye on Downtown Portland's official social media channels for daily clues on where to find a golden egg basket within the city center. It's finders keepers, and you must be 21 to claim one, so it sounds like some boozy treats may await basket hunters.
(Various locations Downtown, Wednesday-Saturday)

FESTIVALS

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

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YIMBYtown National Abundant Housing Solutions Conference 2022 Add to a List
YIMBY, or "Yes In My Backyard," comes to Portland in support of local grassroots community organizers, educators, activists, and more. The burgeoning pro-housing movement seeks to find solutions that support plentiful, affordable housing and sustainable development. Standout events include a Moth-style housing-themed story slam Add to a List and a panel discussion Add to a List on community design for housing affordability and justice.
(Portland State University, South Park Blocks, Monday-Wednesday)

FILM

Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," this boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy 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)

X Add to a List
Indie horror director Ti West (The Sacrament, The House of the Devil) has returned with an atmospheric A24 slasher. Following a gaggle of youth driving through rural Texas in the '70s, X draws clear inspiration from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but we're confident that West has crafted a story that's entirely his own.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

You Won't Be Alone Add to a List
Fans of 2015's The VVitch will sink their teeth into this haunting, atmospheric film. When a young woman is transformed into a witch in 19th century Macedonia, she begins to exert a dangerous, violent power in her quest to understand humanity and the corporeal form. First premiering at Sundance earlier this year, You Won't Be Alone is Goran Stolevski's directorial debut.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

PERFORMANCE

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

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

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

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

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

In the Name of Forgotten Women Add to a List
Melding together poetry, music, movement, ritual, and projection, In the Name of Forgotten Women "bears witness to the global oppression of women and testifies to their resilience." Described as a dynamic "choreopoem," the performance is inspired by real-life incidents that span over 15 countries, features the voices of seven women, and culminates in a compelling call to action.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Sunday)

Tinderella: The Modern Musical Add to a List
What if meeting Prince Charming was as simple as a swipe right? This modern twist on the Cinderella story follows Meg, who's introduced to an all-too-familiar dating app by her fairy-god-roommate, Dylan. But love becomes a balancing act when Meg must make it to the party and catch the MAX before midnight. 
(Brunish Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

/ə ˈsɪŋgəl pɪŋk klɑʊd/ - Linda Austin and Allie Hankins Add to a List
Dancers Linda Austin and Allie Hankins draw inspiration from surrealist greats like Gertrude Abercrombie and Leonora Carrington for this performance. Blending movement, spoken word, and song to contend with the erratic nature of the world, Austin and Hankins find room for play and the unexpected.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster-Powell, Thursday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

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

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

Eksod Add to a List
This pop-up show by TV and film sound recordist J. Fernando Valls illustrates Balkan landscapes and Albanian ways of life through photography, printmaking, and field recordings. Described as a "short film where cinematography is replaced with visual art," the installation is housed in an open-air structure on the waterfront, presenting an intimate perspective of one Albanian’s journey toward emigration to the United States.
(Zidell Yards, South Waterfront, Monday-Sunday)

Federico Estol: Shine Heroes Add to a List
Uruguayan artist Federico Estol began the project that would become Shine Heroes three years ago when connecting with shoe shiners in Bolivia. A recent influx of 3,000 shoe shiners of all ages works the streets daily, using ski masks to avoid being recognized. In this way, they avoid discrimination in their neighborhoods, schools, and even within their families. Estol's photobook project has become an ongoing fight against social stigma; proceeds from the book are now helping Bolivian shoe shiners make their living.
(Blue Sky Gallery, North Park Blocks, Wednesday-Saturday)

Kablooey! Reimagining the Self Add to a List
Kablooey! Reimagining the Self considers identity through conceptual and theoretical frameworks, exploring selfhood in varying artistic mediums. The exhibiting artists, including Maria Guzmán Capron and Wayne Hodge, seek to reimagine their own representation in an open-minded, accepting space.
(Elisabeth Jones Art Center, Pearl District, Monday-Friday)

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

2022 Pacific Northwest Drawers Add to a List
Blue Sky's annual Pacific Northwest Drawers exhibition showcases jury-selected new photography via flat file drawers on site. For this round, photographs by 58 regional artists will be on view.
(Blue Sky Gallery, North Park Blocks, Wednesday-Saturday)

Painters Painting Add to a List
Curator Melanie Flood presents fresh, energizing artworks for this spring show. Painters Painting, loosely inspired by the 1973 documentary of the same title, features works by buzzy artists like⁣ Martha Daghlian⁣, Rose Dickson⁣, John Houck, and Sarah Wertzberger.
(Melanie Flood Projects, Southwest Portland, Friday-Saturday)

The Quick Add to a List
Featuring multimedia works by Diedrick Brackens and D'Angelo Lovell Williams curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, The Quick calls on weaving and sketching as metaphors for relational love, applying symbols of Black domesticity to larger concepts of kinship, interiority, and "the home" as an inspirational site for Black artists.
(lumber room, Pearl District, Friday-Saturday)

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

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