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The Top 70 Events in Portland This Week: Oct 17-23, 2022

Carly Rae Jepsen, To Kill a Mockingbird, and More Top Picks
October 17, 2022
Carly Rae Jepsen will have the loneliest time if you don't make it to her show. (Carly Rae Jepsen via Facebook)
This week, the events calendar is delivering another batch of noteworthy things to do, from Carly Rae Jepsen to The Who Hits Back! and from To Kill a Mockingbird to Lewis Black. Plus, don't miss the Thorns host the 2022 NWSL Championship Semifinal and the Blazers' home opener. Scroll down for the full smorgasbord of options.

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Come Thru Market Add to a List
Come Thru Market serves as an incubator for Black and Indigenous farmers and makers. By buying from BIPOC growers, you can help in their small business development while shopping locally and sustainably. Pick up some produce for the week or grab a bite at their last event of the season.
(The Redd on Salmon, Buckman)


Alex G Add to a List
Back in 2019, former Stranger writer Andrew Gospe wrote: "A prolific young songwriter builds a following on Bandcamp and indie-rock “fame” swiftly follows. That’s more or less the trajectory of Alex G, 26-year-old Domino signee Alex Giannascoli, who’s put out records at a frightening rate since his teens. His story recalls that of Car Seat Headrest, the local KEXP darling and favorite of rock fans who want to party like it’s 1987. Giannascoli’s music is also a throwback, sure—it’s hard not to be when we’re talking dudes with guitars in 2019—but his doglegged song structures, offbeat production choices, and reticence to explain the meaning of his often elliptical lyrics make his work come off as a personal document instead of an homage." He will stop by with tracks from his new album, God Save the Animals, alongside indie rock artist Barrie.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $25)

Jukebox The Ghost Add to a List
Washington, DC-hailing power pop trio Jukebox the Ghost will bring their unique brand of piano-driven jams back to Portland for an all-ages show supporting their latest album, Cheers.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Tourist Add to a List
In a roundabout way, you’ve heard Tourist; the artist otherwise known as William Phillips cowrote Sam Smith's “Stay with Me” and won a Grammy for it. But his own solo work is subtly expressive, atmospheric, beat-light electro with the odd vocal splices and found sounds. LEILANI POLK
(Holocene, Buckman)



Ichiko Aoba Add to a List
The word "ethereal" tends to be overused when describing music. That being said, Ichiko Aoba's 2020 album, Windswept Adan, is actually ethereal. The Japanese singer-songwriter finds a sweet spot between folk, jazz, and classical music, employing swirling strings, ocean waves, windchimes, and delicate vocals to tell the story of a fictional expedition through the East China Sea. She will support the album alongside piano-centric indie pop artist Charlie Martin. 
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Lissie Add to a List
On her fifth album, Carving Canyons, singer-songwriter Lissie channels Rumours-era Stevie Nicks with her delicate yet gravely vocals and free-flowing lyrics about heartbreak atop airy folk-rock riffs. Like-minded indie-folk troubadour Cat Clyde will open.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Sophie B. Hawkins: Celebrating The 30th Anniversary of Tongues & Tails Add to a List
Pop singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her platinum-selling debut album, Tongues and Tails, which features the criminally underrated jam “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover."
(The Old Church, Downtown)


Hocus Pocus Halloween Bash starring Ginger Minj Add to a List
Everyone's favorite glamour toad will hop on stage for this Halloween spooktacular. Ginger Minj (who also appears in Disney+'s newly released Hocus Pocus 2) will bring the glitz and glam for this original script and musical tribute to the Hocus Pocus story, written by comedy queen Mr Ms Adrien and costumed by Gidget Galore. Slap on your own Halloween duds for a chance to win a prize!
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


Doris Kearns Goodwin Add to a List
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, whose book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln formed the basis of Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln, will visit Portland with a new lecture on the far-reaching impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and her time working with President Lyndon B. Johnson. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Pete Souza Add to a List
As the White House photographer during the Obama administration, Pete Souza saw his fair share of the Oval Office—he created nearly two million photographs over the course of Obama's eight-year term. In The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency, Souza shares a unique insider's perspective on democracy, depicting everyone from national security staffers to the White House groundskeeper. He'll present his rare photos and share stories from the book at this talk.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



The Crossword Show Add to a List
Zach Sherwin, perhaps best known for his writing and performances on the Epic Rap Battles of History YouTube series, tries something a lil' different in The Crossword Show. He'll host a panel of guest comics who are challenged to solve a crossword puzzle live on stage—each time they solve a piece of the puzzle, Sherwin will use the answer as a prompt to deep-dive into wordplay and trivia knowledge.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Reel Science: Seed to Sip: A New Hop is Born Add to a List
Merging Science Pub shenanigans with a film screening, OMSI's latest Reel Science event starts with beer tastings and a chat with Jim Solberg, craft beer connoisseur and CEO of Indie Hops, a local "hop development" company. Then, brew lovers can check out short film Indie Hops: Seed to Sip, followed by a Q&A panel for bubbling beer questions.
(OMSI), Central Eastside)


Big Wild: The Efferusphere Tour Add to a List
Former Stranger contributor Andrew Gospe once described Los Angeles-based electronic artist Big Wild's sound as "organic-sounding timbres via softsynths; features for anonymous, mononymic vocalists; beats that induce head-bobbing more than dancing." He will make his way back to the PNW for a two-night stint supporting his sophomore album, The Efferusphere, alongside Irish singer/rapper Biig Piig.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


The Halluci Nation Add to a List
The Halluci Nation, formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, is a Canadian electronic music group that blends instrumental hip-hop, reggae, moombahton, and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. They will be joined by nu-cumbia DJ El Dusty.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)



Alvvays Add to a List
Canadian indie pop jewels Alvvays will perform songs off of their critically acclaimed third album, Blue Rev; the release of which overcame several delays attributed to demos and flooding damage. They will be joined by Illinois-based rock quartet Slow Pulp.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

The Milk Carton Kids & Katie Pruitt Add to a List
Los Angeles folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their playful-yet-poignant pop stylings back to town to split a co-headline bill with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

The Who Hits Back! 2022 Tour Add to a List
One of the Big 4 original British Invasion groups whose back catalog has withstood the test of time, the Who return for perhaps the last time to give die-hard fans a stadium-sized wallop. They’ll be rooting on singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Pete Townshend, whose best songs—“Instant Party,” “My Generation,” “Can’t Explain,” “The Ox” (written with John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Nicky Hopkins), “Run Run Run,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Eminence Front,” etc.—swagger with more bravado than most from their peak era (mid ’60s–early ’70s) and country (England). For sheer sonic power and lyrical prowess, the Who are hard to beat. STRANGER WRITER DAVE SEGAL
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Slamlandia Add to a List
Join host and "professional daydreamer" Julia Gaskill for this free monthly open mic of poetry, which aims to cultivate a safe space for sharing work and building community.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

Telltale Presents: Creepshow Add to a List
Telltale, a local storytelling event for folks who like to get vulnerable and a lil' weird, will present a cast of performers sharing tales on a "creepshow" theme this month (you know, cuz Halloween). Expect refreshingly radical honesty with tinges of dark humor, plus a fun raffle.
(Chapel Theater, Milwaukie)



Lewis Black: Off the Rails Add to a List
What's under Lewis Black's skin this time? Every dad's favorite ranter will point fingers and name names in Portland this October, bringing more of the satirical skewering and brutal brilliance for which he's known and loved.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


An Evening with Simrit Add to a List
Neo-psychedelic and ethereal wave artist Simrit takes inspiration from ancient chants, roots reggae, R&B, and classic rock for her unique sound. She will be joined by a full band for an evening of new age-y bliss.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Dayglow: People in Motion Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of their new album, People in Motion, indie pop project Dayglow (led by singer-songwriter Sloan Struble) will headline an evening of catchy beats and melodic synths alongside kindred spirit Ritt Momney. 
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

flor: The Future Shine Tour Add to a List
Having racked up opening gigs for star-studded headliners like Halsey, COIN, and Colony House, the Hood River-originating band Flor continues to improve upon their sun-drenched dream-pop on their latest release, Future Shine. They will support the new album after opening sets from pop outfit The Wldlfe and hip-hop duo good problem. 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Delines Add to a List
Music fans who like Spaghetti Westerns should check out retro country-soul group the Delines, a seven-piece band that's borderline super group thanks to the name recognition of all of its members: author and musician Willy Vlautin (of Richmond Fontaine), vocalist Amy Boone, pedal steel player Tucker Jackson (also in the Minus 5), Cory Gray on keyboard / trumpet, percussionist Sean Oldham, bassist Freddy Trujillo, and baritone guitarist John Askew. You see what I mean. Their third album, the Sea Drift, which dropped in February, centers on Willy Vlautin’s and singer Amy Boone’s mutual love of the Gulf Coast. It showcases Vlautin’s literary songwriting style on songs like the somber “Surfers in Twilight,” and “Kid Codeine,” in which Boone sings about a “cool and easy” woman who never gets mad: “People call her Kid Codeine/ owns a lounge off Lombard Street/ Stuck by her boxer even when he went punch drunk and broke / hеard just buying milk she wears a full-length fakе fur coat.” PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

TOKiMONSTA: Unseen Forest Tour Add to a List
Los Angeles-based hip-hop and electronica producer TOKiMONSTA, known for her work with artists like Anderson .Paak, Earthgang, and Isaiah Rashad, will return to Portland as part of her Unseen Forest tour. Fellow DJs Cakes da Killa and Bad Tuner will support.
(The North Warehouse, Eliot)


Plate o' Shrimp: A Repo Man punk rock musical parody Add to a List
Buckle in for this fully staged punk rock musical rendition of the weathered, otherworldly sci-fi classic Repo Man. A punk band will perform the film's impossibly cool '80s soundtrack live (think Circle Jerks and The Plugz), and audiences can grab beers on tap for the raucous show.
(Chapel Theater, Milwaukie)


Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series: Jeanne Medina Le Add to a List
As part of Portland TextileX Month programming, LA-based fiber artist and professor Jeanne Medina Le will head to PNCA for a discussion of her profound installation practice, which she approaches as a continuous process of decolonizing the "fixed and fluid spaces of her filipina-american identity."
(PNCA, Pearl District)


Portland Trail Blazers 2022-23 Home Games Add to a List
Don't miss the the Trail Blazers' regular season home opener as they take on the Phoenix Suns. As the NBA's official blog points out, this will be the first opportunity "to see Portland native Jerami Grant take the court for the first time in the regular season in a Trail Blazers uniform along with rookies Shaedon Sharpe and Jabari Walker."
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)



Oddities and Curiosities Expo Add to a List
Fans of preserved animal specimens, archaic medical devices, and "funeral collectibles" should get their fill of macabre thrills at this creepy convention, which heralds Halloween with a celebration of all things off-kilter. Visitors will find Halloween- and horror-inspired artwork, too, plus antiques, skulls, and bones (natch). Ticket add-ons include admission to a two-headed duckling taxidermy class (duckling specimen included...) and a real-deal freak show.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District)


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)


King Princess with Dora Jar Add to a List
Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist King Princess will bring her silky vocals and pop beats to town after the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album, Hold On Baby, which features song titles like "I Hate Myself, I Want To Party" and "Sex Shop." Bedroom pop artist Dora Jar will start the night with tracks off of her new EP, Comfortably In Pain.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Plains Add to a List
Plains is the brand new partnership between indie-folk troubadours Katie Crutchfield (of Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson, who have embraced their Southern roots on their upcoming collaborative country album, I Walked With You A Ways. They will take the stage just days after its release alongside indie-rock artist MJ Lenderman.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Ural Thomas and the Pain Add to a List
In June, the eponymous Portland-based group Ural Thomas and the Pain—fronted by local soul and funk icon Ural Thomas—released an excellent third studio album, Dancing Dimensions, via British independent label Bella Union. Following up 2018’s The Right Time and 2016’s self-titled project. Dancing Dimensions is full of ’70s reminiscent soul music and smooth as honey from start to finish. In October, a super alluring show at Mississippi Studios gives us a chance to catch highlights from the album live, like the titular opening track, the deeply divine “Heaven,” “Do You Remember The Times We Had?” “Hung Up On My Dream,” and “Promises.” PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Zac Brown Band: Out In The Middle Tour Add to a List
Zac Brown and his multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning country rock band bring the Out In The Middle tour to the Moda Center for a performance featuring favorites from their discography along with material from their 2021 album, The Comeback, to keep things spicy.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap Returns Add to a List
Frankenstein's Comic Book Swap returns this year to a new location that's surprisingly generating a lot of comics-related buzz: the Lloyd Center. While they're no longer headquartered at the Eagles Lodge, the beloved crate-digging bonanza retains its low-fi charm with weirdo ephemera, hard-to-find VHS, classic comics, and dog-eared paperbacks.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District)



Fin de Cinema: Agnes Varda’s La Pointe Courte with Live Score by EMA and Kathy Foster Add to a List
As part of the ongoing Fin de Cinema live film score series curated by Holocene's Gina Altamura, this screening of Agnès Varda's first feature film, La Pointe Courte, was co-organized by POW Film Fest and the Portland artists behind the grassroots project Agnès Varda Forever. Local musicians Kathy Foster and EMA will perform an original score to accompany the screening of Varda's self-funded masterwork, which marked the start of the French New Wave movement.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Portland Latin American Film Festival Add to a List
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and support Latin cinema at the Portland Latin American Film Festival, which will feature flicks from ten countries on select dates through December. PDXLAFF continues this week with a screening of Home Is Somewhere Else, an animated documentary spotlighting the lives of immigrant youth and their undocumented families.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Carly Rae Jepsen: The So Nice Tour Add to a List
Carly Rae Jepsen is so much more than her Top 40 hit "Call Me Maybe." Just listen to her critically acclaimed album Emotions, which NPR called a "modern touchstone," to see what we're talking about. She will grace Portlanders two nights in a row on her So Nice tour, supporting her upcoming album, The Loneliest Time, which takes inspiration from '80s pop, '70s folk, funk, and disco.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Souvenirs: The Songs & Stories of John Prine Add to a List
Eight-piece tribute group The Not-Ready-for-Prine-Time Players will honor the music of dearly departed folk icon John Prine with authentic renditions of classic songs such as "Angel from Montgomery" and the always relevant "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore."
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)


Dog Man: The Musical Add to a List
Dog Man, the dog-slash-policeman invented by cartoonist Dav Pilkey and beloved by kids everywhere, will head to the stage for more crime-biting, furniture-chewing, and defending the city from evil cats. (Listen, ACAB, but we'll make an exception for the musical mutt.)
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


2022 NWSL Championship Semifinal Add to a List
In their sixth consecutive post-season campaign, the number two seed Portland Thorns will host the semifinal of the NWSL Championship on home turf against San Diego Wave FC. The club will donate a portion of ticket proceeds to local charities selected by Thorns players.
(Providence Park, Goose Hollow)



Murder Mystery Machine Add to a List
When improvised slasher flicks come to life, it's up to Scooby-Doo and those meddling kids to investigate. (Jinkies!) Based on audience suggestions, each night of the zoinks-worthy horror-comedy show Murder Mystery Machine will reveal a different caper and a new bloodthirsty maniac to catch, after a Scooby Snack or two. 
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Add to a List
With life-sized superheroes, costumes and props, and hundreds of other Marvel artifacts (including original comic book pages), this exhibit is a run-don't-walk for Marvel enthusiasts big and small. The publishing company's 80-year history is about more than just the big-budget flicks we've been inundated with lately—Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes offers the complete story.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)

Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project Add to a List
Created to serve underprivileged communities in southern and eastern Oregon, the award-winning grassroots initiative Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP) is celebrated in this pop-up exhibition. Blending public education, archaeological research, and local partnerships, OCDP does invaluable work to help preserve rural Chinese American history—learn more about it at the exhibit, which includes videos, project artifacts, and more.
(Portland Chinatown Museum, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday)


Decision to Leave Add to a List
Park Chan-wook, the visionary director behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden, won Best Director at Cannes this year for this stylish thriller. Decision to Leave begins with a man falling to his death from a Korean mountain peak, and unravels into a sensual noir with subtle nods to Vertigo.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)

Don't Worry Darling Add to a List
Between spitgate, Shiagate, and that nefarious "Miss Flo" quote, public interest in Don't Worry Darling has thus far revolved around its wacky off-screen drama. But Olivia Wilde's film sounds like a legitimately fun, chilly thriller—it stars Florence Pugh (Miss Flo herself) and Harry Styles (?!) as a '50s-era couple living in an experimental neighborhood rife with strange secrets.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

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)

Portland Film Festival Add to a List
With both virtual options and in-person screenings at Lloyd Center this year, the Portland Film Festival (and its crabby mascots, Shelly and Louise) will continue to celebrate independent cinema with a diverse lineup of films. Attendees can catch justice-minded flicks on mental health, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+ topics, and more, plus eerie films like Mother Superior and Double Blind (just in time for Halloween!) and short 'n' sweet films for kiddos like Moley.
(Lloyd Center and Virtual, Monday-Saturday)

Wendell and Wild Add to a List
Henry Selick, the downright brilliant director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, returns with more visionary stop-motion animation for this fun goth flick featuring the voices of Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Angela Bassett. Wendell and Wild follows two mischievous demons whose journey to the "Land of the Living" hinges on the help of a wry 13-year-old girl.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Friday-Sunday)


Black Lagoon Pop-Up Bar Add to a List
Break out your best goth finery: The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's stylish '70s-inspired bar Hey Love Add to a List is hosting Black Lagoon, a spooky Halloween-themed pop-up bar. The experience, dreamed up by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and deliciously ghoulish libations like the "Closed Casket" (Bruichladdich Classic, St. Remy, Giffard L’Abricot, passionfruit syrup, a d miso falernum) and the "Hellraiser" (Hornitos, Chairman’s Spiced Rum, Cointreau, and spiced oat orgeat).
(Hey Love, Buckman, Monday-Sunday)

Dine the Couve Add to a List
All October long, you'll have the opportunity to explore Vancouver's culinary scene with special menus that offer three items for $25 or $35. If you check in at five participating locations and order their menu, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the participating restaurant of your choice.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

Old Fashioned Week Add to a List
Try renditions of Don Draper's drink of choice, the classic old fashioned, at various participating locations like G-Love, Pacific Standard, and Pink Rabbit. The event, hosted by the bourbon brand Elijah Craig, will raise funds for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which aids food and beverage workers going through mental health struggles and other hardships.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Cinema of Horrors Drive-In Add to a List
Strobe lights, special effects, and a freaky crew of scare actors will transform this series of drive-in screenings into bone-chilling experiences to remember. Pick your poison: flicks on the schedule range from tame and kid-friendly (Hocus Pocus) to downright terrifying (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, anyone?) The series continues this week with Blair Witch, IT, and more.
(Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield, Thursday-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)

13 Days of Terror Add to a List
Lloyd Center, aptly described by Mercury writer Campy Draper as an "abandoned mausoleum," will host three haunts, including "blackout" and 3D scares, in its eerie halls throughout October. The attraction's promotional material promises that "from the time you pull into the parking garage, the screams will begin," which is kind of how we felt about Lloyd already. But hey, a VIP ticket to the event will land you a spooky free keychain.
(Lloyd Center, Lloyd District, Friday-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)


A-WOL After Hours Add to a List
A-WOL Dance Collective's After Hours is an innovative—and slightly creepy—blend of contemporary dance and aerial feats, showcasing talented company members and guest aerial artists in a titillating Halloween performance.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia, Friday-Saturday)

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)

26th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival Add to a List
Milagro's celebration of Día de los Muertos will include an original performance and a lobby altar display. Their theme this year is "bridging divides," so the cultural organization is working to build connections through the biggest divide of all: death! The ¡Viva la Muerte! performance promises to be a silly-yet-macabre dramatic comedy; they'll also offer altar-building activities, an "altar bike tour," and more throughout the month.
(Milagro Theatre, Buckman, Friday-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; closing)

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, Thursday-Sunday)

To Kill a Mockingbird Add to a List
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and required reading at schools everywhere, was translated into a record-shattering play by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin in 2018 (it's the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, according to Deadline). See what the fuss is about at this performance of the complex coming-of-age tale.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-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)

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, Monday-Sunday)

The Thin Place by Lucas Hnath Add to a List
The Thin Place, a bewitching new play by Obie Award-winner Lucas Hnath, contemplates whether we can talk with the dead. This chilling ghost story about a psychic and her client, full of illusions, twists, and turns, just might convince you that it’s possible.
(KEX, Kerns, Saturday-Sunday)

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


Cairnatopia: Nan Curtis Add to a List
Interdisciplinary artist Nan Curtis constructs found object and handmade assemblages inspired by cairn formations in this solo exhibition. Referencing material memory and subtle humor, Cairnatopia feels both playful and grounded.
(SATOR Projects, Central Eastside, Thursday-Saturday; closing)

Charlie Wilcox: Muybridge Studies in Stop-Motion Embroidery Add to a List
Inspired by Eadweard Muybridge, the pioneering moving image photographer you may never have heard of, animator and embroiderist Charlie Wilcox's Muybridge Studies in Stop-Motion Embroidery explores opportunities for seeing through fabric and floss.
(PLACE, Nob Hill, Monday-Friday)

Portland TextileX Month Add to a List
Exploring a "regeneration" theme this year, the Portland TextileX Month (PTXM) is back to explore everything from myths and rituals to community building and protesting through diverse textile exhibitions and workshops. We're tied up in knots about Charlie Wilcox's stop-motion embroidery explorations Add to a List and Francesca Capone's Material Memory Add to a List , but you can find a full list of the month's events here.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

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