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The Top 72 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 20-26, 2023

Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, and More Top Picks
February 20, 2023
The Boss Bruce Springsteen is back in town.
We've combed through all of the events in our calendar to bring you this week's cream of the crop, which you'll find below, from Bruce Springsteen to An Evening with The Roots and from The Portland Mercury's Highball to Hillsbrew Fest.

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Cléo from 5 to 7
Past Event List Agnès Varda's Cléo from 5 to 7 is nothing if not a French New Wave masterpiece—it even includes cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina. The film blends vivid vérité and melodrama to follow a troubled pop star who wanders Parisian streets while awaiting the results of a biopsy.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Bayside: Just Like Home Past Event List
Although I'm not eager to admit it, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Bayside. They're reliably the best band on awful pop-punk tour packages, and their covers of songs like the Smoking Popes "Megan" and "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel indicate a strong pop sensibility and appreciation percolating under that Warped Tour luster. MORGAN TROPER
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Jungle Brothers
Past Event List With their Afrocentric lyrics and jazz samples, NYC hip-hop trio Jungle Brothers helped pave the way for alt-hip-hop and jazz-rap legends like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Queen Latifah, who would later all join forces to found the Native Tongues collective.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Yo La Tengo: This Stupid World Past Event List
Dreamy Hoboken rockers Yo La Tengo will support their newly released album, This Stupid World. The effort was produced and mixed solely by the band, and press materials describe it as "the most live-sounding Yo La Tengo album in years."
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Garden of Resonance: The Art of Jun Kaneko Past Event List
Award-winning sculptor Jun Kaneko's large outdoor works will stand out against eye-popping fall foliage in Garden of Resonance, Portland Japanese Garden's last exhibition of 2022. Kaneko's ceramic works explore the relationships between art, nature, and people, so the Japanese Garden is a perfect fit—the exhibition will also include selected paintings and works on paper from across the artist's 60-year career.
(Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park; closing)



Portland Mardi Gras Parade Past Event List
Mysti Krewe of Nimbus will lead the charge down Mississippi as jugglers, dancers, and bead-tossing partiers participate in the city's most authentic Fat Tuesday experience with marching bands, a kid's costume contest, and plenty of Louisiana charm.
(Mississippi Ave, Humboldt)


Ganja & Hess
Past Event List This experimental horror from visionary director Bill Gunn, which will be screened in a fresh restoration, reconstructs the vampire mythos in '70s Hudson Valley. When Dr. Hess Jones, a wealthy Black anthropologist, is stabbed with a ceremonial dagger by his crazed assistant, he acquires a sudden, voracious lust for blood. Variety described the landmark indie film as "an ingenious metaphor for Black assimilation, white cultural imperialism, and the hypocrisies of organized religion."
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)


An Evening with The Roots
Past Event List One of the best and most legendary live acts in show business today, the Roots, will bring their tour through Portland’s Crystal Ballroom for a spectacular show audiences won’t soon forget. Led by prolific lyricist Black Thought—ahem, one of the most skilled emcees of all time—and drummer Questlove, the Roots put on an electrifying and soulful live show that’ll send delightful chills down your spine. It's definitely worth making the trip downtown on a Tuesday night. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Hiatus Kaiyote with Butcher Brown
Past Event List Aussie jazz-funk ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote will take the stage in support of their new remix album Mood Variant, which press materials describe as a "collection of flips, reworks, and remixes of their world-acclaimed Mood Valiant." They will be joined by Richmond, VA-based project Butcher Brown with a set of hip-hop-, funk-, rock-, and soul-infused jazz.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Mardi Gras After Party with Lucky Beaucoup Past Event List
Cajun-spiced swamp-funk party band Lucky Beaucoup will oversee this annual Mardi Gras parade after party, lending Portland some of their Louisiana flair. Local group Too Loose will join the party with their Cajun and zydeco dance hall sounds.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Mod Sun Past Event List
Minnesota-born emo rapper Mod Sun, or as we know him Avril Lavigne's IRL sk8r boi, will roll through town supporting his new album, God Save the Teen, which features intriguing (and questionable) song titles like "Avril's Song" and "Courtney Fucked Kurt." Indie rock ensemble Stand Atlantic and rapper Pardyalone will open.
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


Memphis Jookin’: The Show featuring Lil Buck Past Event List
World-renowned performance artist Lil Buck brings his signature style of "Memphis jookin'" to the stage for this 90-minute show, which chronicles the emergence of the Tennessee dance form as an international sensation.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Erica Berry in Conversation With Casey Parks Past Event List
Fans of Mary Roach, Helen MacDonald, and Patagonia fleece will likely dig Erica Berry's Wolfish, a buzzy new book that's toppingmost-anticipatedlists. The tome blends coming-of-age memoir with the charted trail of legendary wolf OR-7 in the Wallowa Mountains to "peel back the layers of what scares us." For this conversation sponsored by Oregon Wild, Berry will chat with Casey Parks, journalist and author of the memoir Diary of a Misfit.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

The Moth: Love Hurts Past Event List
If your Valentine's Day was less than swoon-worthy, you're not alone, and the iconic storytelling competition The Moth can prove it. This time around, participants are invited to prepare a five-minute story on heartbreak and hurts-so-good romantic anguish for their chance to spill the tea and offer some serious schadenfreude to a live audience.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Science Pub Portland: Automata: Curious Arts with Moving Parts
Past Event List Samantha Cobb, sculptor, practical effects artist, and automata builder, will kick off this curious edition of Science Pub. Leading with a discussion on the fascinating history of figurative mechanical art, from "Talos, the mythical mechanical guardian of Crete" to contemporary contraptions, Cobb will also share her own process for creating complex moving sculptures.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)



Shabazz Palaces with Moor Mother Past Event List
Stranger writer Dave Segal wrote that Shabazz Palaces frontman Ishmael Butler "has the unparalleled nonchalance of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Lou Reed—people so gifted, they don't ever need to get in your face about their talents." Butler will offer you some of his brilliance at a rare music workshop followed by a live set of his experimental jazz- and electronic-influenced hip-hop tunes. He will be joined by like-minded avant-rap artist Moor Mother.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Tourist Past Event List
In a roundabout way, you’ve heard Tourist; the artist otherwise known as William Phillips co-wrote 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)


OMSI After Dark: Books & Brews
Past Event List Literary types won't want to miss this bookish edition of OMSI After Dark, where attendees 21 and over can scope out a new favorite tome, learn more about self-publishing, and sip on local brews with fellow readers.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)


2022/23 Portland Arts & Lectures: Patrick Radden Keefe Past Event List
Patrick Radden Keefe, award-winning New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, will bring his "obsessive report[ing] and research[ing]" (Rolling Stone) to the stage for this literary discussion.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Matt Ruff
Past Event List Hold on to your Shoggoth! Matt Ruff, who penned the critically acclaimed novel-turned-TV show Lovecraft Country, will time travel to Portland in celebration of the book's newly released sequel, The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country. The highly anticipated tome was described as a "virtuoso blend of horror, action, and humor" by Publisher's Weekly.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



The Wiz - RACE TALKS: Movies + Conversations Past Event List
"Ease on down the road" for this Black History Month celebration of glittery '78 musical The Wiz. Don't miss the introductory discussions and community dialogue after the screening—and Diana Ross lovers, you're encouraged to belt out the film's groovy musical hits.
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)


Storm Large's Burlesque Big Band with The Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra
Past Event List Renowned singer-songwriter, Pink Martini member, and former America’s Got Talent contestant Storm Large will return with a splashy evening of jazz ballads and cabaret magic with her Burlesque Big Band, the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, and Storyville Confidential.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)


Lisa Dodson in Conversation With Andrea Paluso
Past Event List In Getting Me Cheap, sociologists Lisa Dodson and Amanda Freeman spotlight the low-paid workers—typically women—who fulfill our online orders, provide childcare, and make other overlooked aspects of the American lifestyle possible. While well-off families benefit from the services of women in poverty, these workers—and their own children—suffer. (As usual, capitalism is bogus and rich people are bad.) There's hope, though—the revelatory book offers vital policy solutions and a "keen moral vision for organizing women across class lines." Learn more through this conversation with Dodson and community activist Andrea Paluso.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Dave Holland Trio with Derrick Hodge Trio
Past Event List David Holland is an ever-evolving jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader who has lent innovations to the genre for more than fifty years. With multiple Grammy awards, he has participated in many trailblazing projects including his acclaimed big band, avant-garde quartet Circle (with Chick Corea and Barry Altschul), and most notably in Miles Davis' fusion-era electric band. Catch the living legend accompanied by jazz-fusion guitarist Kevin Eubanks (former leader of Jay Leno's Primetime Band) and celebrated drummer Eric Harland. Derrick Hodge Trio will get the night started. 
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

Dumpstaphunk with Jon Cleary
Past Event List New Orleans-based funk ensemble Dumpstaphunk, led by cousins Ivan and Ian Neville (offspring of the Neville Brothers), will bring a slice of the Crescent City to the PNW just in time for Mardi Gras. British funk artist Jon Cleary will open.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

J Boog Past Event List
Samoan singer-songwriter J Boog combines the music of his Polynesian upbringing with Jamaican reggae and a sprinkle of rock and hip-hop for a unique sound that transcends genre. He will be joined by Hawaii-born reggae artist Likkle Jordan.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Ballroom Thieves
Past Event List Supporting their latest album, Clouds, Boston-based folk-rock duo the Ballroom Thieves will bring their contrasting sunny-sounding tunes and melancholy lyricism to Portland. Indie-rock project MAITA, led by local singer-songwriter Maria Maita-Keppeler, will get the night started with a solo performance.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Thee Sacred Souls with Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
Past Event List With a smooth sound that takes cues from vintage R&B, San Diego-based trio Thee Sacred Souls landed a record deal with legendary neo-soul Daptone after their first handful of live performances. They will support their debut self-titled album, which earned them A-list fans like Gary Clark Jr., Princess Nokia, and Timbaland, alongside vintage cumbia ensemble Orquestra Pacifico Tropical.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Taylor Rave
Past Event List Take Tay Tay's advice about "getting down to this sick beatwith a rave dedicated to the beloved pop princess. Expect a blend of Taylor Swift's beat-driven jams (think: Reputation- or 1989-era tracks) along with remixes, lasers, neon decor, and strobe lights to keep you in a lavender haze.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Illum World Premiere—push/FOLD Dance Company Past Event List
Contemporary dance company push/FOLD will present this energizing winter showcase of athletic originals, including the highly anticipated world premiere of Illum, an ethereal ode to home and belonging. Also on the program is Wolf, a duet that grapples with loneliness and evolves toward empowerment, and comedic, jazzy noir Dark Wings.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)



Frangela Album Recording
Past Event List You might've caught Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, aka Frangela, on NBC's Bring The Funny, VH1's Best Week Ever, or on their pop culture and politics podcast The Final Word. The unstoppable LA-based comedy duo will drop by Curious Comedy Theater to record a hilarious new album for indie label Kill Rock Stars.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King)


Zwickelmania® 2023 Past Event List
Prime your liver for Zwickelmania, the annual event where more than 120 breweries open their doors for your drinking pleasure, with free samples, tastings, meet-the-brewer events, pairings, tours, and beer releases.
(Various locations)


Bruce Springsteen
Past Event List Ever since Jon Bon Jovi tragically died of a bad medicine overdose, New Jersey has had one, and only one, poet laureate: Bruce Motherfucking Springsteen. The Boss graces Portland for one of his marathon shows, with the legendary E Street Band in tow. Expect nothing less than a rollicking, rocking tour through some of the greatest music America's ever known. ERIK HENRIKSEN
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Cass McCombs with Weak Signal
Past Event List Mercury writer Leilani Polk wrote: "Cass McCombs has that vocal quality that sounds like he’s not trying hard at all, effortless and occasionally breathy and spacious. He makes singer-songwriter fare that feels dusty and worn and warm, whose maker you can picture having that sort of tousled, just-out-of-bed, never-brushed-but-probably-washed sort of hair. It’s easygoing folkadelia, not hard to like, and maybe you’ll love it, because it reminds you of something on the tip of your brain that you just can’t place. RIYL: John Cale, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent." He will play tracks from his latest album, Heartmind, alongside New York-based indie rock band Weak Signal.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Damien Jurado with Chris Pureka
Past Event List Acclaimed Seattle-born singer-songwriter Damien Jurado will bring his melodic and shapeshifting indie-folk back to the Pacific Northwest in support of his latest release Reggae Film Star. Chicago-based artist Hannah Frances will open the celebration with a set of dreamy folk tunes before local indie-Americana artist Chris Pureka takes the stage for his opening set of acoustic tunes.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Elderbrook: Little Love Tour
Past Event List British electronic musician Elderbrook, who has toured with acts like Odesza, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Jungle, will head out on a headlining tour to showcase his emotive, dance-focused tunes that explore the "sensitive and introspective themes of identity, mental well-being, and parenthood." Don't miss opening sets from kindred beat wizards NASAYA and Erez. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Hubert Laws Quintet with Brian Jackson Past Event List
Renowned flutist Hubert Laws is a rare example of a classical artist who managed to master jazz, pop, and R&B, playing with an eclectic list of artists throughout his six-decade-long career including Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones, and on film scores for The Wiz and The Color Purple. He will perform alongside fellow jazz legend Brian Jackson, best known for his work with poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

Samia: Honey Tour Past Event List
Singer-songwriter Samia gained widespread acclaim for her impressive vocals and confessional songwriting—her wit and self-deprecating humor shine through on her debut album, Baby. On her latest album, Honey, she tapped into something more emotional by taking inspiration from themes of mental health and self-help, which we can all relate to after the past few years.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Skeggs Past Event List
Australian garage rock trio will lend Portland some much-needed sunshine with their laid-back riffs and surf style. They will support their acclaimed 2021 album, Rehearsal, which draws lyrical inspiration from their favorite stand-up comedians as well as their pets.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Tove Lo: Dirt Femme Tour Past Event List
The Swedish princess of dark pop Tove Lo (pronounced Too-veh-Loo) will bring her Dirt Femme tour to Portland, supporting her new album of the same name, which Pitchfork called "the first Tove Lo album you can play for your grandparents." Don't miss an opening set from electropop artist Slayyyter.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


I have done it again / One year in every ten / I manage it— Past Event List
Contemporary mainstay Adams and Ollman will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special exhibition, which compiles works by self-taught and boundary-pushing artists, important influencers, and special friends from the gallery's roster. Buzz-building favorites like Mariel Capanna, Vaginal Davis, and Jessica Jackson Hutchins will have works on display alongside visionary 20th-century painters Katherine Bradford, Charles Burchfield, and others.
(Adams and Ollman, Northwest Portland; opening)



Portland Black Film Festival: Greased Lightning in 35mm
Past Event List Starring Richard Pryor and Pam Grier, Greased Lightning tells the tale of Wendell Scott, America's first African American NASCAR driver. When Scott returns from serving in World War II to find his town fueled by racism and hatred, he hits the racetrack to try and fight the system. The Hollywood will screen a rare, dreamy 35mm print of the criminally overlooked '77 classic.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Winter Waters x Veganizer x Plant Based Papi
Past Event List Vegan food wizard Jewan Manuel of Plant Based Papi will team up with Veganizer, Blue Evolution, Oregon Seaweed, and Mestizo to present a "seaweed cuisine experience" as part of the Winter Waters regenerative seafare series, with dishes such as heart of palm tartare, vegan clam bisque, king oyster mushroom calamari, and kombu tres leches cake. Ten percent of sales will benefit Oregon Kelp Alliance.
(Mestizo, Richmond)


Stephen Marley: Old Soul Unplugged Past Event List
The winding road of musical history is paved with the sons and daughters of icons, who (often through nepotism, sometimes with talent) gave a shot at their own careers, never to step out from the shadow of their legendary parents (see: Sean Lennon, that poor so-and-so). What sets reggae icon Bob Marley’s brood apart is their undeniable hit-making abilities: Damian’s blistering 'Welcome to Jamrock' was pretty much inescapable the summer it was released, and Stephen’s a Grammy-winning, critically lauded artist in his own right. His is a dressed-up, omnivorous take on reggae, incorporating hip-hop drum breaks, record scratches, and pop-leaning female backup singers, along with the requisite mentions of Jah. It’s sort of a globalized, millennial take on reggae, and while it lacks the rootsy charm of his father's classic records, it’s nice to see the Marley clan doing their own thing and doing it well. KYLE FLECK
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)


And That’s Why We Drink: On the Rocks Tour Past Event List
Fans of creep-out comedy will dig the mega-successful podcast And That's Why We Drink, which blends research into real-life true crime cases with tales of the paranormal for a spine-tingling good time.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



Date Night Double Feature
Past Event List Keep the Valentine's Day vibes going at this double-trouble night of improv, which includes Til Death Do Us Part: An Improvised Love Story, in which a team of comics portray a random couple from the audience (by the end, one of them is dead), and Secrets, Lies & Alibis: An Unscripted Drama, a fully improvised dinner party scene in which hidden desires unfold over hors d'oeuvres.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)


Cascade Festival of African Films
Past Event List The "longest-running annual, non-profit, non-commercial, largely volunteer-run African film festival in the United States" features works by African directors, centering non-Western perspectives on African culture with films like DRC drama Juwaaand imaginative Kenyan film Baba. Live interviews with filmmakers and community conversations round out the exciting cultural event, with opportunities for virtual and in-person viewing. 
(PCC Cascade and Virtual, Thursday-Saturday)

Past Event List Belgian director Lukas Dhont's coming-of-age film Close, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, is also an Academy Award nominee for Best International Film this year. The "heart-crushing" (The Hollywood Reporter) film follows teen friends whose deep, intimate bond is broken by the assumptions of their classmates.
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Past Event List If you somehow haven't caught the explosive film that just earned 11 Academy Award nominations, here's your chance. From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," Everything Everywhere All at Once is a boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy that 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)

Women Talking
Past Event List Miriam Toews's bestselling 2018 novel Women Talking unraveled the tense tale of a group of women clawing to escape from an isolated Mennonite colony. This film adaptation boasts an all-star cast including Claire Foy, Frances McDormand, Jessie Buckley, and Rooney Mara; The Los Angeles Times described director Sarah Polley's approach as "an artful, incisive distillation of Toews’ arguments."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)


Hillsbrew Fest 2023
Past Event List Taste pilsners, stouts, porters, IPAs, sour beers, ciders, and more, including plenty of new releases and exclusive brews, from a flock of Oregon's top breweries. Plus, nosh on food from Ochoa’s Mexican Food and Flying Barracuda BBQ.
(Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, Friday-Sunday)

Northwest Black Restaurant Week Past Event List
Black Restaurant Week, a national culinary campaign founded in Houston in 2016 with the goal of shining a light on local Black-owned businesses, is returning for its third annual event in the Northwest region. Several local restaurants, such as Meals 4 Heels, Erica's Soul Food, and Trap Kitchen, are participating with prix-fixe menus, specials, and more.
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)

The Portland Mercury's Highball 2023 Past Event List
BEHOLD! It's the triumphant return of the Portland Mercury's HIGHBALL! That's correct: Get ready for an ENTIRE WEEK (February 20-26) of specially crafted, original cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town… and get this, they're only $8 each! We've teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland—along with our cocktail-lovin' pals at Jim Beam—to bring you this one-of-a-kind booze-tacular! At each of Highball's locations, you'll find $8 specially crafted cocktails, and even better? They'll be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour)!
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

Suttle Lodge's Winter Beer Fest Past Event List
Channel après-ski vibes with this wintry Bavarian-inspired beer festival, which will feature over 25 craft breweries, food, snacks, live music, and a cozy fireplace. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit CASA of Central Oregon, which "recruits, trains and supports volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system."
(The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Sisters, Friday-Sunday)


2023 Biamp Portland Jazz Festival Past Event List
Biamp PDX Jazz Festival is back for its 20th annual celebration of Portland Jazz music and culture. This absolutely stacked lineup features a jaw-dropping mix of award-winning masters and a new wave of musicians who are innovating the genre. Highlights include Aussie jazz-funk ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote, legendary flutist Hubert Laws, and Afrofuturist hip-hop project Shabazz Palaces.
(Various locations, Monday-Saturday)


La Sylphide
Past Event List This sparkly gem of the Romantic ballet era follows a betrothed young man who is mesmerized by the presence of the evasive Sylphide. His newfound obsession leads to encounters with venomous witches and otherworldly forest spirits, and an ultimate tragedy. A live score performed by OBT's orchestra will set the magical atmosphere.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Friday-Saturday)

The Mad Ones Past Event List
Performed by Oregon Children's Theatre's Young Professionals Company, this funny, whip-smart production "speaks volumes about what it is to come of age in 21st century America" (National Alliance of Musical Theatre). The Mad Ones follows an adolescent at a crossroads who must decide between following her mother's legacy or forging her own with a capricious friend.
(CoHo Theater, Northwest Portland, Friday-Sunday; closing)

Ronald Reagan Murdered My Mentors Past Event List
Presented by Fuse Theatre Ensemble and BlaQ OUT, this pensive new play looks closely at the roadblocks to love and happiness experienced by gay American men. Ronald Reagan Murdered My Mentors follows a queer Latine man whose lack of role models in the wake of the AIDS epidemic leads him to seek solace with an anonymous connection.
(Back Door Theater, Sunnyside, Thursday-Sunday)

Welcome to Arroyo’s Past Event List
Award-winning actor and theater-maker Bobby Bermea directs this ode to hip-hop, street art, and family, set within the graffitied walls of the struggling Arroyo’s Lounge.
(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday)

What I Learned in Paris Past Event List
Set amid a historic campaign win for Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, What I Learned in Paris follows a complex web of romance, truth-telling, and temptation in '70s Georgia.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday)

Where We Belong
Past Event List This contemporary solo piece follows an Indigenous theater-maker whose pursuit of a Ph.D. and a new life in England is rattled by the Brexit vote and the country's colonialist ideals.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday)

Young Americans
Past Event List This world premiere by playwright à la mode Lauren Yee takes audiences on two road trips, 20 years apart. Weaving together immigrant narratives and "intimate, music-led comedy," Young Americans looks closely at tough transitions and how we define home.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)


Benjamin Mefford: Materia
Past Event List Emerging artist Benjamin Mefford's extensive material explorations make this solo exhibition a tactile treat. The multimedia works featured in Materia include a sculpture made of Scotch tape, pencils, pencil shavings, and Elmer's glue.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Diego Moreno: In My Mind There is Never Silence
Past Event List Staged within domestic spaces, Diego Moreno's work is often imbued with a slightly uneasy calm; the photographer looks closely at how monster protagonists, or panzudos mercedarios, might exist within everyday scenes. Moreno calls upon these characters (pulled from the folklore of La Merced, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas) to wonder about a "different corporeality" and his own childhood fixation on anomalous figures.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Flowers for Black Elders
Past Event List Organized by City of Portland artists-in-residence Onry and Joni Whitworth (founder of Future Prairie), Flowers for Black Elders is a multimedia oral history and financial reparations project that honors those who have mentored Onry, one of the only Black male professional opera singers in the region. The project is comprised of portraits and oral history interview recordings by Whitworth that "challenge the predominantly white and able-bodied art scene...[and] address gentrification in Portland." Participating musicians include Mel Brown, Alonzo Chadwick, Libretto Jackson, Derrick McDuffy, and Saeeda Wright.
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday; closing)

Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire
Past Event List Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson will transform the Portland Art Museum's exterior facade with a fiery combination of text, photography, and suspended glass panels, forming a bridge between the museum’s contemporary and Native American art collections. They Come From Fire, which coincides with Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe, was created with help from Indigenous, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists to celebrate Portland’s Indigenous history and contemporary culture. 
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

Jeffrey Gibson: To Name An Other Past Event List
Installed in tandem with They Come From Fire, Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson's To Name An Other centers "community, empowerment, and visibility" with a large-scale installation inspired by his ongoing performance work. Alongside a video of past performances, 50 tunics and drums are embellished with challenging, empowering phrases, creating inquiries into identity, race, and gender expectations.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

John Vitale: What Has Gone Wrong Becomes an Opening Past Event List
John Vitale's first solo exhibition at Nationale documents the Illinois-born artist and skateboard brand founder's "ongoing search for new beginnings and moments of exploration," thoughtfully revealed through abstract compositions and intuitive meditations on sensory stimuli.
(Nationale, Buckman, Thursday-Sunday; closing)

Kevin Bennett Moore: George
Past Event List Inspired by his experience of queerness, Kevin Bennett Moore's George draws from mid-century masculine ideals, enigmatic Americana, and performative gender norms to question how culture has—and hasn't—changed over the decades. Aiming to "create a safe space for the narrative to unfold," the photographer's works in this solo exhibition create subtle subversions with a voyeuristic edge.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Myra Clark: Pictures of No Things
Past Event List Painter Myra Clark contemplates the idea of a "no thing" in her latest series of works, inviting viewers to resist notions of significance, meaning, and recognizable imagery in favor of more personal, intuitive responses. The artist's works on paper are created with layered watercolor, sumi ink, and acrylic, with varied surface textures created with Chinese calligraphy brushes and other tools.
(Blackfish Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos): looking for the land///found the weather Past Event List
Hanis Coos artist Sara Siestreem, who was recently awarded the 2022 Forge Project Fellowship, presents a new body of work focused on her ongoing themes of ceremonial tradition, ecological justice, and Indigenous feminism in looking for the land///found the weather. The solo exhibition includes bundles of suspended sweetgrass braids, video artworks, painted diptychs, and other experiments in immersion, confrontation, and metaphor to create "act[s] of refusal and resistance."
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Winter Group Exhibition
Past Event List Froelick's group exhibition of works by the gallery's represented artists starts 2023 on a colorful foot, with multimedia offerings by local faves like Emma Gerigscott, Holly Osborne, Rick Bartow, Laurie Danial, Benny Fountain, and others. 
(Froelick Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

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