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The Top 71 Events in Portland This Week: Nov 14-20, 2022

Tegan and Sara, George Lopez, and More Top Picks
November 14, 2022
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Don't be a crybaby, Tegan and Sara are coming to town. (Tegan and Sara via Facebook)
We're guiding you through the entire week, with daily top picks from Tegan and Sara to The Flaming Lips and from George Lopez to Snowvana.


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MONDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Faouzia: Citizen Tour with Carmen Deleon and Georgee Add to a List
Moroccan Canadian singer-songwriter Faouzia is known for her synth- and R&B-infused pop that utilizes intimate lyricism and emotional vocal delivery. Expect to hear songs from her latest album, CITIZENS, after opening sets from like-minded pop artists Carmen Deleon and georgee.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Phantogram Add to a List
The New York two-piece led by musicians Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter purvey electro-rock that culls elements of trip-hop and dream pop, but has surprising teeth. Their synth textures are thick, fuzzy, and room-filling; the pair makes three times as much sound in a live setting as you expect from just two people. Barthel's sweet soprano can be both ethereal and commanding, while Carter's occasional contributions range from straightforward to pitch-shifted and warped (see: "Turn It Off," "Running from the Cops"). LEILANI POLK
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

Laird Hunt Add to a List
Historical fiction master and style chameleon Laird Hunt, who penned the bewitching psychedelic freakout In the House in the Dark of the Woods, returns with the Midwestern ballad Zorrie. He'll chat about the book, which the National Book Foundation described as a "satisfying orb of a novel," at this event.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

TUESDAY

FILM

Comics and Comix on Film: Vision Quest Benefit Show Add to a List
This collection of 16mm flicks inspired by comic strips, comic books, and underground comix culture was compiled by Repressed Cinema curator Ian Sundahl. Stick around after screenings of rare TV shorts and early cinema surprises for an interview with Portland comix master Bobby Madness (presented on video); a portion of proceeds from the night of lo-fi DIY excellence will benefit Portland's own underground comics newspaper, Vision Quest.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Dada Dada Dada: A Tribute to Dennis Nyback Add to a List
Once described by the Mercury as "the P.T. Barnum of Cinema," the beloved Portland film archivist Dennis Nyback passed in October. Nyback's kooky screenings became the stuff of legend over the course of his career—catch Dada Dada Dada, a collection of classic surrealism set to a live, audience-created soundtrack, at this celebratory tribute. (Bring your own instruments to keep the tunes flowing—it's what Nyback would have wanted.)
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Blu DeTiger with Tiffany Day Add to a List
Described by Bass Player magazine as "the future of bass," Blu DeTiger has played with eclectic artists like Bleachers, Caroline Polachek, and Blue October. She will take center stage supporting her solo debut, How Did We Get Here?, which blends shiny pop hooks with funk basslines and witty lyrics like "He looks so good showing up at karaoke night, he knows all the words to Mr. Brightside." Don't miss an opening set from rising singer-songwriter/YouTube sensation Tiffany Day.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Flaming Lips Add to a List
With four decades of otherworldly live performances in their back pocket, psych-rockers The Flaming Lips have gotten putting on a show down to a science. Expect to see costumes, balloons, confetti, video projections, and plenty of stage antics to accompany their cinematic rock arrangements. Particle Kid, fronted by Willie Nelson's youngest son Micak, will get the party started. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

PERFORMANCE

Wheel of Fortune Live! Add to a List
Get ready to scream out the alphabet at this live production of Wheel of Fortune, where audience members will be randomly selected to spin the wheel on stage for cash and prizes. (Come on, you know you want to.) 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

WEDNESDAY

FILM

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 Plaza Catedral, Panama’s official submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

LIVE MUSIC

AWOLNATION: Falling Forward Tour Add to a List
Boom-clap electro-rock project AWOLNATION will bring their all-American ad spot jams to Portland on their Falling Forward tour, promoting their new album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers, and Me. They will be joined by British alt-rock band The Mysterines and LA-based hard rockers Badflower.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Portland Opera Resident Artist Series: Public Recital Add to a List
Here's your chance to get a sample of the Portland Opera's 2022-2023 season—this free program of solos, duets, and ensemble pieces will feature resident artists including soprano Judy Chirino Yannini, mezzo-soprano Cloe SanAntonio, tenor Matthew Cerillo, and bass-baritone Keanon Kyles.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Add to a List
Hear your favorite classic rock tunes performed live, with no time machine necessary! British tribute Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (who have been personally endorsed by founding member Mick Fleetwood) will play the iconic 1977 album, Rumours, in its entirety. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

The Lowest Pair Add to a List
The Lowest Pair, the duo of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, is strong in their simplicity—two whispering banjos making a bed for Lee and Winter's clear, modest harmonies. It's easy on the ear, the kind of thing you could hear night after night. ROBIN BACIOR
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Your Brain on Pleasure and In Love: A Discussion and Concert Add to a List
OHSU neuroscientist Larry Sherman will be joined by singer-songwriter/composer Naomi LaViolette for a multimedia discussion and concert that explores how the brain experiences pleasure. Look forward to an evening of retro jazz tunes, comedy, and science that promises to be both educational and entertaining.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

READINGS & TALKS

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Lecture Series: Astria Suparak Add to a List
Oakland-based artist and curator Astria Suparak will stop by PNCA as part of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies lecture series. The award-winning creative's cross-disciplinary practice is worth a close look—Suparak investigates racism, colonialism, and feminism through pop culture perspectives, vacillating between art and scholarly activism by creating public databases, murals, and more.
(PNCA, Pearl District)

Ross Gay Add to a List
Spirit lifter and lauded poet Ross Gay, author of The Book of Delights, will visit Portland on the heels of a new publication. Inciting Joy digs into practices of joyful connection and mutual aid during challenging times, which sounds like a much-needed addition to the writer's insightful oeuvre.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

VOICES Lecture Series Add to a List
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, VOICES Lectures continues to share the stories of fascinating women this fall and winter, continuing on November 16 with a talk from Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's STEM-savvy director of photography for lighting. She'll take audiences behind the scenes of beloved faves like Finding Nemo and Brave to look closely at how Pixar blends art, math, and science to create convincing worlds.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

THURSDAY

FILM

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Add to a List
Willamette Riverkeeper's annual adventure film festival returns this year with more stellar environmental filmmaking and thoughtful storytelling on ecological activism, earth restoration, and human communities. This year's program features 12 short films and enticing raffle packages for Willamette Valley getaways and locally made munchies. Festival proceeds will support Willamette Riverkeeper's efforts to keep the river clean and healthy, so throw on your Patagonia fleece and support a good cause.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

LIVE MUSIC

Illuminati Hotties Add to a List
Producer and engineer Sarah Tudzin is the creative mind behind Illuminati Hotties, a playful indie rock group that delves into themes of love, loss, skateboarding, and encroaching adulthood. They will support their latest album, Let Me Do One More, alongside Tacoma rockers Enumclaw and singer-songwriter Eliza McLamb (who you may know as the co-host of feminist pop culture/psychology podcast Binchtopia).
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Men I Trust Add to a List
In 2019, Mercury writer Anna Kaplan wrote: "Men I Trust was one of the only dream-pop acts on the 2018 lineup for Tyler, the Creator’s music festival Camp Flog Gnaw, and the band later spilled that the rapper personally asked them to perform. The Canadian trio has remained independent of any record label or PR company since forming in 2014, and they produce, mix, and master their jingly melodies, smooth rhythms, and subdued vocals themselves." They will play tracks from the ironically titled, Untourable Album, after an opening set from Dutch psych-pop duo Feng Suave.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

thuy Add to a List
Bay Area singer-songwriter Thuy pulls inspiration from cherished childhood idols like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for her nostalgic R&B pop bangers. Dance along to tunes from her new album, girls like me don't cry, after kindred gem Ashley Mehta. 
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

PERFORMANCE

Dapperlesque: A Gender Bending Burlesque Cabaret Add to a List
This daring evening of gender-bending burlesque, boylesque, and drag king performances promises to seduce with dapper digs and sensual style for one tantalizing evening of cabaret.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

READINGS & TALKS

2022/23 Portland Arts & Lectures: Anthony Doerr Add to a List
Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist Anthony Doerr will head to Portland to discuss his lyrical, non-linear writing style, made famous in lauded works All the Light We Cannot See and Cloud Cuckoo Land.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

From the Trenches: Updates from The Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project with Chelsea Rose Add to a List
Hear about the latest developments in the award-winning grassroots initiative Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project (OCDP) at this virtual talk with archaeologist Chelsea Rose. Blending public education, research, and local partnerships, OCDP is doing invaluable work to help preserve rural Chinese American history—Rose will share how the project is gathering data on Chinese heritage in Oregon.
(Virtual via Portland Chinatown Museum)

FRIDAY

COMEDY

George Lopez: OMG Hi! Comedy Tour Add to a List
Wherever you look, George Lopez is there with clever self-deprecation and witty reflections on Mexican American culture. The multi-talented comic's career spans television, film, standup, and podcasting. Fresh off two nationwide comedy tours and a recent Netflix special, Lopez returns with the laughs on the OMG Hi! tour. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Ian Karmel Add to a List
Ian Karmel, former Mercury columnist, beloved Beavertonian, Emmy Award-winning comic, and The Late Late Show with James Corden writer (he's fancy now), will drop by his old stomping grounds with more of the lighthearted comedy that's earned him a loyal fanbase 'round these parts.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Improv Comedy with The Reunion Add to a List
Improv vets will reunite for a night of "smart and sexy" off-the-cuff comedy inspired by their decades of experience. Expect the best from this seasoned cast, which includes Shelley McLendon of The Aces alongside Rachel Rosenthal, Sam De Roest, Jed Arkley, and Erin Jean O'Regan.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

FOOD & DRINK

OMSI After Dark: Uncorked Add to a List
Your school field trip just got a grown-up makeover. Geek out over regional wines and learn the science behind booze at this event hosted by OMSI. You'll get to explore exhibits, enjoy live music and DJ tunes, witness demos, sample vino from 14 different wineries, and grab nosh from food and drin kvendors 
(OMSI, Central Eastside)

LIVE MUSIC

Filthy Friends with Party Witch Add to a List
The rock 'n' roll supergroup consisting of Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and Pacific Northwest indie rock stalwarts Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, and Linda Pitmon will play a hometown show with songs from their Kill Rock Stars releases Invitation and Emerald Valley. Dark and dreamy rock trio Party Witch will get things started.
(Show Bar, Buckman)

Lucius: Feels Like Second Nature Tour Add to a List
Acclaimed indie rock and pop outfit Lucius will swing through town with tunes off of their new album, Second Nature, which was produced by the renowned Dave Cobb and beloved singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Texas-via-Athens, Greece-based blues-rock artist Abraham Alexander will open.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Trap Kitchen Weekend Add to a List
Back in May, celebrity-acclaimed soul food cart Trap Kitchen was opened a restaurant inside the Roseland Theater’s Peter’s Room space on the ground floor, serving up things like pineapple bowls filled with teriyaki steak or seafood, Rich Boy and Rich Girl sandwiches, mac and cheese, fried shrimp and fried chicken. On November 18, the restaurant and venue will launch the inaugural Trap Kitchen Weekend. Despite the event’s name suggesting there’s two days worth of live music, the event only takes place on Friday, but the lineup for the evening is absolutely packed with local rappers: Jay Worthy, G Perico, Saviii 3rd, Cool Nutz, Maniac Lok, Niro Gotti and more. DJs Fatboy and Jerry Bandito will spin the 1s and 2s. Plus! There’ll be a fashion market with booths from local retail brands like Creme & Co, Black Mannequin, Stackin Kickz, and Chocolate Dope. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Taylor's Version Add to a List
Dance like you're 22 to a mix of Taylor's Version hits and remixes for this all-T Swift, all-night dance party. This is probably the only acceptable place to request "All Too Well (10-minute version)" at the DJ booth.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

PERFORMANCE

Smokus Pocus Add to a List
Life is hard, and sometimes the only thing better than a THC-induced chill sesh is being stoned while performers do trippy magic tricks. (If staying sober is more your speed, Smokus Pocus still promises to be pretty damn cool.) Shrug off a long week of stress at this performance, where you'll watch mind readers, disappearing acts, and other magical mysteries.
(Bossanova Ballroom, Buckman)

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Tom Papa Add to a List
You might describe Tom Papa as a comic with wide appeal—he's a regular on both NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and The Joe Rogan Experience. The comedy veteran, who released his second book, You’re Doing Great! And Other Reasons To Stay Alive, in 2020, will bring more of his level-headed style to the stage for this performance.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

LIVE MUSIC

Ana Roxanne with Rachika Nayar Add to a List
With varied inspirations like R&B divas and Catholic choral music, New York-based musician Ana Roxanne crafts ambient dream pop in the same musical universe as Grouper, Emily A. Sprague, and Sarah Divachi. Expect to hear songs from her two albums, Because of a Flower and ~~~, with whimsical titles like "It's a Rainy Day on the Cosmic Shore," and "I'm Every Sparkly Woman." Don't miss an opening set from acclaimed experimental composer Rachika Nayar. 
(Holocene, Buckman)

Tegan and Sara: Cry Baby Tour Add to a List
Things never slowed down for twin sister duo Tegan and Sara after their 2004 stunner So Jealous, which packed iconic hits like “Walking with a Ghost,” and “Where Does the Good Go?”—the latter of which became a staple on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack after premiering in the fourth episode as Meredith and Cristina’s “dance it out” song. In 2019, the sisters—who are both openly gay—wrote a memoir, High School, that’s been turned into a TV show, premiering this fall. On Friday, October 21, the duo will release their highly anticipated 10th album, Crybaby, via their new label Mom + Pop. Then a month later, Tegan and Sara will embark on their first tour in three years, with one of their last shows going down at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom for a crowd of avid fans. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

PERFORMANCE

Hayden Childress: Magician & Mentalist Add to a List
Penn & Teller: Fool Us featured comedian and TED talk mentalist Hayden Childress will bring his psychological sleight of hand to the stage for this interactive mind-melt. Expect tricks with borrowed smartphones and close-up stunt projections.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks)

READINGS & TALKS

Christine Sinclair Add to a List  
Christine Sinclair, Olympic gold medalist, Canadian soccer star, and coolest team captain of the Portland Thorns FC, will head to Powell's to sign copies of her fresh memoir, Playing the Long Game. The Oregonian described the book as "an essential read" and "a unique approach to a memoir for someone who never thought she'd write one."
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Anti-Capitalism At Work: A Discussion Series Add to a List
Fed up with the capitalist grind? (If you didn't answer "yes," what's your secret?) Conducted by "people-first management expert" Marina Martinez-Bateman, this thoughtful six-session discussion series continues this month with a talk on consent at work.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

LIVE MUSIC

Dora Jar with Sam Austins Add to a List
Fresh off a tour opening for King Princess (and before that, Billie Eilish!), bedroom pop fairy Dora Jar will stop by for a headlining show in support of her new EP, Comfortably In Pain. She will be joined by alt-R&B artist Sam Austins.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Let's Eat Grandma Add to a List
Back in 2018, British pop duo Let's Eat Grandma made waves with their sophomore album, I'm All Ears, which received widespread acclaim from music criticsfor its poignant lyricism and daring avant-pop production. They will stop by promoting their latest release, Two Ribbons, which NME described as one part "glowing synth-pop" and one part "tripped-out acoustic and moving balladry."
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

PERFORMANCE

All Fantasy Everything Add to a List
Hosted by beloved Portlander and former Mercury columnist Ian Karmel alongside funny folks Sean Jordan and David Gborie, the hit podcast All Fantasy Everything riffs on pop culture and zeitgeisty topics to create fantasy drafts that promise a marathon of laughs.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

MULTI-DAY

EXHIBITS

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)

Symbiosis Add to a List
Inspired by ecofeminist scholar Donna Haraway’s Staying with the Trouble, Symbiosis is quite possibly the most immersive—and coolest—art experience to hit Portland in a long time. The "performative, multiuser, and multisensory installation" outfits visitors in specially designed, soft robotic suits, transforming both physical and sensory perceptions with VR sensors. The experience engages all five senses, and even includes vegetarian snacks designed by master chefs. Created by Dutch collective Polymorf and deemed "one of the first fully sensory Extended Reality (XR) storytelling experiences," Symbiosis imagines a futuristic biosphere of human-animal hybrids.
(PAM CUT, Downtown, Wednesday-Sunday)

EXPO

Snowvana Add to a List
Snowvana is the Pacific Northwest's premier festival focused on fresh pow and all of the snow sports that accompany it. Check out the latest gear from local and national brands, peep Mt. Hood Film Festival's lineup of ski movies, snag a free pair of Next Adventure kid’s skis, and more.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)

FILM

The Banshees of Inisherin Add to a List
Martin McDonagh (who also directed In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) continues to develop his thoughtful, darkly comedic style in this tale of two lifelong friends on an isolated island off the coast of Ireland (played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who experience a startling rift in their relationship.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

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, Monday-Thursday)

The Menu Add to a List
Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes bump heads in this horror satire of gastronomic proportions. The Menu roasts the hoity-toity culture of haute cuisine while folding in some unexpected ingredients.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Thursday-Sunday)

Portland Queer Film Festival Add to a List
Championing queer perspectives and filmmakers, the Portland Queer Film Festival (PDXQ) will return after a two-year pandemic hiatus with more short films, features, and documentaries showcasing the queer cinema community worldwide. 
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Tuesday-Sunday)

Tár Add to a List
Some have described the journey Tár takes us on as one about cancel culture: a phrase that can mean whatever one wants it to mean at this point, though this easy categorization feels far too neat and Internet-brained. A more apt comparison would be to 2014’s Whiplash, a film that explores ambition and power—though Tár contains more humor and a willingness to poke fun at its central subject. Without tipping off exactly what happens, those who stick out the two and a half hour film are treated to a final, fraught, and unexpected punchline. It cements. Field's tragicomedy uncovers the full picture of a unique figure in all her grim glory. PORTLAND MERCURY WRITER CHASE HUTCHINSON
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

FOOD & DRINK

BrewLights Add to a List
Revel in the illuminated wonderland of ZooLights with an exclusively grown-up crowd, and enjoy food truck fare and live music. You'll get to choose from a hundred beer, seltzer, and cider options from 45 Northwest breweries and cideries while you feast your eyes on twinkling trees and glowing 3-D sculptures.
(Oregon Zoo, Washington Park, Friday-Saturday)

Portland’s Fall Cider Fest Add to a List
Savor over 20 ciders on tap and other autumnal sips at this event hosted by the Pine Street Taproom.
(Pine Street Market, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday)

Wine Country Thanksgiving Add to a List
Wineries scattered across Willamette Valley will offer special tastings, food pairings, live music, holiday discounts, and other wine country experiences.
(Various locations, Willamette Valley, Friday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

Blink Add to a List
This darkly comedic romance by Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Phil Porter includes a fox character named Scruffilitis. Sold! Blink was described by The New York Times as "everything you want in a relationship play: funny, painful, affecting."
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Sunday)

Death by Hanging Add to a List
Set in an execution chamber(!), this philosophical chiller follows an incarcerated person who's been sentenced to death for his crimes. Gargantuan questions emerge when the first attempt to kill Prisoner J fails. Can he lawfully (and morally) be hung again? Yikes, we dunno! Death by Hanging is described as a dark comedy, but it sounds pretty intense to us—check out the pay-what-you-can production and come to your own conclusions.
(21ten Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday; closing)

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, Saturday-Sunday)

Frontieres Sans Frontieres Add to a List
Penned by playwright Phillip Howze and directed by theatermaker/social justice advocate Damaris Webb, Frontieres Sans Frontieres tackles "global culture imperialism and the commodification of human resource as capital." It's not for the faint of heart—the content advisory list is lengthy—but the play contains hints of dark humor that prod at self-absorbed actions of altruism and charity.
(Lincoln Hall, Southwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Add to a List
In this production, classic Christmas tale It's a Wonderful Life heads to the stage as a reimagined '40s-era radio broadcast, complete with period costumes and immersive music.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Jagged Little Pill Add to a List
Written by punchy Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno), Jagged Little Pill is based on the fearless heartache of Alanis Morissette's music. The jukebox musical follows an imperfect American family and "sustains the best hopes of Broadway," according to The New York Times, with lyrics written by Morissette herself. (And yes, you'll hear both "Ironic" and "You Oughta Know.")
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

King of the Yees Add to a List
The semi-autobiographical thrill ride King of the Yees tells the story of playwright Lauren Yee's father, Larry Yee, an intrepid leader within San Francisco's Chinese American neighborhood. When Lauren leaves her childhood home for good, her father goes missing, and she must return to Chinatown to better understand her family, embrace her heritage, and find Larry.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord Add to a List
Inspired by her early pandemic days of sewing masks from bedsheets and bra straps, Chinese American feminist comedian and performance artist Kristina Wong shares the story of "The Auntie Sewing Squad" in Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord. Offering an autobiographical look at the early days of COVID with a side of razor-sharp humor and insights into community building, Time Out deemed the play "endearingly boisterous."
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Radical System Art Add to a List
Established in 2014, Radical System Art blends dance, theater, and martial arts with interactive technology for original, enthralling performances. Artistic director Shay Kuebler’s latest performance, Momentum of Isolation, was created pre-COVID, but presciently grapples with feelings of seclusion in a digital era.
(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Saturday)

Union PDX Festival of Contemporary Dance Add to a List
Contemporary dance company push/FOLD presents this fresh festival, featuring performances and master classes in West African and Afro-Brazilian dance, Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance), modern ballet, and more. With both in-person and virtual viewing options, Festival:22 also features world premieres by local choreographers Samuel Hobbs and Sweta Ravisankar.
(Hampton Opera Center, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-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, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Saturday)

SHOPPING

My People's Market 11 Add to a List
My People's Market will celebrate their fifth birthday with more of what they do best: boosting BIPOC businesses, creatives, and culinary masters. (They'll also have free cupcakes up for grabs for the first 500 market visitors). The weekend festivities will include over 120 vendors, plus a "wellness retreat" with workshops and mini treatments, a craft area for kiddos, and musical vibes curated by YGB Portland.
(Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District, Saturday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Emily Counts: Field Studies Add to a List
Emily Counts's ceramic style is always a little mystical, reflecting on nature and the fragility of life through curious sculptural busts and wall pieces that are sometimes lit from within. In Field Studies, Counts casts her gaze toward growth, decomposition, and transformation, exploring aging through flowers, matriarchs, insects, fruit, and other sensory oddities.
(Nationale, Buckman, Monday & Thursday-Sunday)

Emma Gerigscott: For The Love of Duck Add to a List
Emma Gerigscott, whose previous paintings often focused on four-legged friends, takes a dip into a duck pond for this solo exhibition. For The Love of Duck also includes playful textile works made from hand-dyed linen and fabric paint.
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Laurie Danial: I'm This, I'm That Add to a List
Laurie Danial describes her bright abstractions as "unscripted and process-driven," inspired by a stream-of-consciousness practice she's employed since childhood. I'm This, I'm That reflects on her "hopscotch" approach, embodying a multitude of styles, palettes, and inspirations (including this Moondog song). 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Like Liquid, Cut Loose Add to a List
In Like Liquid, Cut Loose, a new exhibition at Well Well Projects featuring works by Morgan Rosskopf and a sound installation by Ashlin Aronin, the art is submerged in a simulated grotto of undulating ultraviolet light and swirling, trippy sounds. For anybody prone to sensory overload, spending a long period of time in the space could be exhausting, but if you're up for it, the reward is a labyrinth of hidden treasures, appropriated images, and glowing interstices that feels like a theme park for inhabitants of a warming ocean. MARTHA DAGHLIAN
(Well Well, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday)

Making a Mark: Contemporary Drawings Add to a List
Gifted to the museum by art collectors Werner H. and Sally Kramarsky, this exhibition of drawings includes works by 23 process-oriented artists, including William Anastasi, Arnold Kemp, Marco Maggi, Allyson Strafella, and Joan Waltemath. Centering '60s contemporary minimalism and conceptual art, Making a Mark is both playful and technique-driven.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

Smolder: Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff Add to a List
Carolyn Hopkins and M Acuff's Smolder looks closely at the simmering anxieties of the current zeitgeist through video and sculpture. Hopkins zeroes in on the climate crisis in Slow Burn, a video piece that also examines the patriarchy of the American West; Acuff's A Thing Burnt in its Entirety contains nods to sacrifice, alchemy, and the concept of nigredo, a Latin term referencing material that was burned in order to initiate transformation.
(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday)

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