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The Top 76 Events in Portland This Week: Sept 26–Oct 2, 2022

The Fresh Hops Festival, My Chemical Romance, and More Top Picks
September 26, 2022
Don't miss the PDX Fresh Hops Festival this weekend. (Oregon Brewers Guild)
Looking for things to do this week? Look no further than our top picks, ranging from the PDX Fresh Hops Festival to My Chemical Romance to Chicken & Biscuits at the Portland Playhouse. 

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Arlo Parks: Collapsed in Sunbeams Tour Add to a List
With noted inspirations ranging from Radiohead to Joni Mitchell, British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks crafts emotionally stirring indie pop songs with relatable lyrics such as "read him Sylvia Plath, I thought that that was our thing, you know I like you like that, I hate that son of a bitch." Parks will support her critically acclaimed debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, alongside soulful pop artist Puma Blue. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $29.50 - $40)

Arooj Aftab Add to a List
New York-based Pakistani singer-songwriter (and recent Grammy Award-winner) Arooj Aftab blends traditional Sufi devotional poetry with gentle folk guitar, new age production, and minimal electronic elements that perfectly cradle her ethereal vocals.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn, $35)

Broken Social Scene Add to a List
Toronto indie pop heavies Broken Social Scene (who have a total of 27 members) will reunite once again in honor of their debut album, Feel Good Lost, a delicate and cinematic masterwork that employs experimental electronic elements and sparse vocals. The album includes contributions from A-list indie artists like Leslie Feist, Emily Haines (of Metric), and Evan Cranley (of Stars). 
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot, $35)

Jack Johnson: 2022 Summer Tour Add to a List
Patron saint of chill Jack Johnson will keep the summer vibes going a little longer with tracks off his new album, Meet the Moonlight, which Pitchfork called "his best album yet," and noted as pushing "beyond feel-good stereotypes to look for small joys amid vexing times." Brotherly duoRon Artis II and Thunderstorm Artis will support.
(McMenamins Edgefield, $81.50)

ODESZA - The Last Goodbye Tour Add to a List
Electronic duo ODESZA will make way to Bend with material from their new release, The Last Goodbye. The album features contributions from a wide variety of artists, including electronic composer/vocalist Julianna Barwick, pop singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu, legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette, and more. Don't miss opening sets from like-minded electronica artists Sylvan Esso, Elderbrook, and Nasaya.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Southern Crossing, $33)

The Season Premiere: Renée Fleming and the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
The Oregon Symphony will kick off its new season with soprano superstar Renée Fleming and baritone Rodney Gilfry performing Kevin Puts' The Brightness of Light, which tells the story of artists Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz's passionate relationship. Music director David Danzmayr will also lead the symphony in a performance of Elgar's Enigma Variations.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Southwest Portland, $25 - $71)



Earth II Add to a List
Anonymous collective The Anti-Banality Union creates astonishing feature-length films that are entirely comprised of existing Hollywood film footage. The results are surprisingly poetic. For their fourth feature, Earth II, the mysterious group channeled climate grief with an action-packed blend of disaster flick footage—expect Keanu Reeves, Will Smith, and Matt Damon to make appearances.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)

Kevin Smith, Clerks III: The Convenience Tour Add to a List
Ready to take another trip to the View Askewniverse that Kevin Smith first created way back in 1994? Well, here's another Clerks, if that's still your thing! The Convenience Tour will feature a screening of the upcoming flick Clerks III and a Q&A with the indie auteur himself; true mallrats can score VIP tickets with extra perks like a signed screenplay and photo op with Smith.
(Elsinore Theater (Salem), $49 - $99)


Dehd Add to a List
Chicago-based indie-rock trio Dehd will support their new album, Blue Skies, which Pitchfork described as evoking "youthful abandon and the ache of distantly-recalled bliss." Alt hip-hop artist EXUM will open the show.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $20)

Marcus Mumford Add to a List
Mumford & Sons frontman (and husband of actress Carey Mulligan) Marcus Mumford will play in support of his debut solo album, (Self-Titled), which features collaborations with Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, and Brandi Carlile. Don't miss an opening set from genre-blending singer-songwriter Danielle Ponder. 
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, $39.50 - $99.50)


National Geographic Live: Wild Cats of India Add to a List
A wide range of wild cats call India's dry plains and lush jungles home, and photographer Sandesh Kadur makes it his mission to share documentation of the extraordinary creatures with the world. Kadur's photographs and films depict everything from the tiny-yet-fierce Pallas's cat to the elegant, secretive clouded leopard—see them all at Wild Cats of India, presented as part of the National Geographic Live series, which shares the efforts of its diverse, adventurous contributors.
(Newmark Theatre, Southwest Portland, $25 - $250)



Church of Film: Even the Wind Is Afraid Add to a List
Carlos Enrique Taboada's gothic supernatural fright fest Even the Wind Is Afraid is a cult fave in Mexican horror, set within one of the world's creepiest locations—a secluded boarding school. The ghostly "girls only" tale is anything but dour; it's a youthful take on the horror genre, complete with pop music and bright school uniforms.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, $8)

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 kicks off this week with a screening of Mexican period drama Poderoso Victoria. The festival will feature flicks from ten countries on select dates through December 7.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8 - $12)


OMSI After Dark: Forest & Flannel Add to a List
Cozy up for this forest-themed edition of OMSI's After Dark series, which features some delightfully gross science demos on owl pellets and fungal decomposition, plus a live DJ, trippy planetarium shows, and lectures on animal tracking and old growth forests. With treats from 1927 S'mores and Momo Cocoa, you'll feel like you're camping with a flock of like-minded science lovers.
(Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Central Eastside, $25)


Bomba Estéreo: Deja World Tour Add to a List
Former Mercury contributor Daniela Serna wrote in 2016: "Colombian band Bomba Estereo makes psychedelic electro-cumbia, ranging from tropical party-starters to champeta-influenced folk ballads. Charismatic singer Liliana Saumet and multi-instrumentalist Simon Mejía are pioneers in the scene that also spawned acts like Dengue Dengue Dengue and Chancha Via Circuito. They’ve been working together for [17 years], combining traditional Colombian instrumentation with modern electronic sounds." Anticipate hearing tracks from their Grammy-nominated 2021 album, Deja.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Ibibio Sound Machine Add to a List
Nigerian singer Eno Williams fronts Ibibio Sound Machine, a London-based band that blends West African funk with post-punk and electronica. The Guardian praised Williams on their latest album, Electricity, noting her "fiery delivery atop a razor-sharp synth line and angsty beat."
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $25)

Kikagaku Moyo Add to a List
From humble beginnings busking on the streets of Tokyo, Kikagaku Moyo (whose name translates to "geometric patterns") is now touring the world with their folk-inflected psychedelic space jams. Considering that the band announced their disbandment earlier this year, you won't want to miss the opportunity to hear the kaleidoscopic tunes performed one last time.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $25)

Madison Cunningham Add to a List
California-born singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham, whose sound was described by Rolling Stone as "a new spin on West Coast folk-rock, with classical tendencies, electric guitars, jazz-school chord changes and alt-rock strut all living under the same roof," will take the stage in support of her latest album, Revealer.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot, $22)

Matisyahu Add to a List
Grammy-nominated reggae artist and beatboxer Matisyahu, who came up in the Bend, OR jam-band scene, brings his live show to Portland just after releasing his self-titled seventh album, which Riff Magazine called "deeply personal and pointedly composed."
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

The Avengers Add to a List
Despite releasing only two EPs during their time as a band, '70s punk pioneers The Avengers' classic songs have stood the test of time with their fierce vocals (thanks to frontwoman Penelope Houston), biting guitar hooks, and infectious rhythm section. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has even cited them as one of his favorite bands. The quartet will reunite once again with support from art-punk outfit Nasalrod.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $15)

The Wallflowers Add to a List
Roots-rock heavies The Wallflowers (led by Bob Dylan's offspring Jakob Dylan) will ignite the stage with their guitar-driven tunes from their first album in over a decade, Exit Wounds.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn, $55)


SW!NG OUT: White Bird's 25th Anniversary Special Opening Event and Fundraiser Add to a List
White Bird's 25th anniversary season starts with a swing at SW!NG OUT, a fundraiser for the longtime dance advocates. Support the organization and get ready to swish with Lindy Hop performances by Caleb Teicher, Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Eyal Vilner, and others, set to a live soundtrack by the Eyal Vilner Big Band. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Southwest Portland, $32 - $75)



PDX Recovery Film Festival Add to a List
Presented by Portland nonprofit Bridges to Change, this festival spotlights films centered around homelessness, substance use, mental health, and incarceration, aiming to increase visibility, create space for storytelling, and inspire hope.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, $15)


Anna Lee with Amadeus Chamber Orchestra Add to a List
Seoul-born violin prodigy Anna Lee made her professional debut at just six years old with Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Now in her twenties, she will dazzle Portland with a performance of Alistair Coleman’s Moonshot and Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins with accompaniment from Amadeus Chamber Orchestra.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, $14 - $66.50)

Chet Faker: Hotel Surrender Tour Add to a List
Australian singer-songwriter and producer Nicholas Murphy revived the Chet Faker moniker in 2020 after four years of releasing material under his birth name. His second album under his Chet Faker persona, Hotel Surrender, employs textural grooves and infectious drum machines for mellow electronica-infused pop that just makes you, as one of the album's singles says, "Feel Good."
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $30)

Low Bar Chorale Presents: Back to Schoolhouse Rock Add to a List
The Low Bar Chorale will bring the educational earworms of School House Rock to life for an all-ages sing-a-long concert featuring guest vocalists, dancers, video projections, and more.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia, $20)

Sudan Archives: Homecoming Tour Add to a List
Back in 2019, Mercury writer Leilani Polk wrote of Sudan Archives: "Her combination of earthy and electro sounds is reminiscent of trip-hop, though instead of jumping off from jazz and hip-hop, it's rooted in R&B and African sounds. Its ethereally groovy, pared-back production is magnetic, a mix of bowing and pizzicato plucking that's often layered, looped, and/or effected to add texture and dimension to her compositions, though her violin limit-pushing and experimentation remain accessible." She will take the stage in support of her latest release, Natural Brown Prom Queen, after an opening set from indie-folk band Dirty Bird.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

The Avalanches Add to a List
Australian electronic group and sample masters The Avalanches will make their long-awaited return to Portland with tracks off of their acclaimed 2020 album We Will Always Love You. The band is known for their electric live shows, so hydrate well and lace up your dancing shoes. 
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $30 - $45)

The Midnight Add to a List
The L.A.-based synth-pop duo captained by Danish songwriter/producer Tim McEwan and New York-hailing songwriter/vocalist Tyler Lyle returns to Portland for a headlining show with alt-pop trio Nightly.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $32.50)



Bo Johnson Add to a List
Comedy Central hooligan, Seattle native, and funny festival regular Bo Johnson will head to Portland just for laughs—you'll be a fan if you enjoy the idea of a "golden retriever in a Mormon's body."
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $20 - $25)


DOC-O-RAMA Add to a List
PAM/CUT will screen five bold documentaries for this series, centering stories of radical change told through personal growth, social justice, and more. DOC-O-RAMA continues this weekend with Moonage Daydream.
(Whitsell Auditorium, Downtown Portland, $12 - $55)


Back to School: All Ages Drag Bingo with Poison Waters Add to a List
This recurring family-friendly game of drag bingo is hosted by sparkly crowd fave Poison Waters. Play along and you might win a chic staycation at Hotel Vance.
(Hotel Vance, Downtown Portland, $15 - $20)


DakhaBrakha Add to a List
Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha reframes classic Balkan music by utilizing traditional Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian instruments to reflect the "fundamental elements of sound, soul, and 'ethno-chaos.'
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, $35 - $55)

Gwar: The Black Death Rager World Tour Add to a List
Longtime heavy metal act Gwar, out of Richmond, Virginia, will bring their theatrical and gore-soaked live show back to the Roseland on The Black Death Rager world tour with support from hard rock trio Crobot and ghoulish metal group Nekrogoblikon.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $30 - $50)

Magdalena Bay: Mercurial US Tour Add to a List
Synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay, known for their ethereal vocals, colorful Y2K aesthetic, and informational TikTok videos will stop by on their Mercurial US tour in support of their critically acclaimed debut album Mercurial World.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot, $20)

Matt Nathanson Add to a List
Massachusetts-hailing singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will soothe your soul with his acoustic rock, folk, and pop tunes such as the 2008 coffee shop staple "Come On Get Higher." Arrive in time to catch an opening set from Canadian folk artist Donovan Woods.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, $45 - $55)

Miya Folick Add to a List
Miya Folick produced the song that all of us need to hear at some point, the poppy and bright "Stop Talking" which finds Folick telling us to shut up about that dumb boy who we're obsessed with and can't stop chattering about even though he never calls us back when we need him and is a general low-life not worth our time. She just wants us to know that she cares about us! JAS KEIMIG
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman, $17)

Nataly Dawn Add to a List
Indie-folk artist Nataly Dawn (of Pomplamoose) will stop by on a solo tour, playing tracks off of her new album Gardenview, which explores themes of self-acceptance, religion, and belonging. LA-based singer-songwriter Bella Porter will get things started.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt, $18)

William Basinski Add to a List
Holocene presents a rare and intimate show with renowned avant-garde/ambient composer William Basinski (best known for his album The Disintegration Loops). Portland's own Methods Body rounds out the proceedings alongside The Garbage Man, the DJ alias of Liz Harris (of Grouper).
(Holocene, Buckman, $30)


15th Annual Dancing in the Square Powwow Add to a List
Head to Pioneer Square for the 15th annual Dancing in the Square Powwow, which celebrates the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board's 50th anniversary with a showcase of their ongoing projects. Although there will be a drum ceremony and performance, attendees won't find vendors and food carts this year—the event centers NPAIHB's powerful work to eliminate health disparities for American Indians and Alaska Natives. 
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown, free)



WE DISS=NT - Resonance Ensemble Add to a List
Portland's own Resonance ensemble will kick off its 2022/2023 season with a concert dedicated to reproductive justice and bodily autonomy. Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon will conduct the ensembles' sopranos and altos in a performance of Melissa Dunphy’s LISTEN, as well as music from Mari Esabel Valverde, Suzanne Vega, the Wailin’ Jennys, and patriarchy-smashing voices.
(Alberta House, Concordia, $35)


Adrián Uribe & Adal Ramones: Chavorucos Tour Add to a List
Mexican comedy mainstays Adrián Uribe and Adal Ramones will strut their hilarious stuff onstage for this show, complete with monologues, musical numbers, and some of their signature sketches.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown Portland, $45 - $150)


David Bowie Double Feature Add to a List
Who better to play a unique, newly Earth-bound extraterrestrial than David Bowie? (After all, he released the eerie masterwork Station to Station the same year that freaky fantasy The Man Who Fell To Earth was released.) Nic Roeg's '76 fever dream is the perfect finisher if you catch "officially sanctioned" Bowie doc Moonage Daydream Add to a List at the Whitsell on Friday; pair it with Labyrinth in this double feature for a hallucinatory thrill ride that could only feature Ziggy Stardust himself.
(Whitsell Auditorium, Downtown Portland, $12 - $20)


Boo Bomb VIII: Ice Cube, Ja Rule, Warren G, and More Add to a List
Portland's "number one radio station for hip hop and throwbacks" JAM’N 107.5 presents their 8th annual Boo Bomb concert with a scary good lineup including gangsta rap pioneer Ice Cube, East Coast hip-hop star Ja Rule, Long Beach legend Warren G, hip-hop duo The Dogg Pound, Atlanta pair Ying Yang Twins, bilingual rapper MC Magic, and R&B vocalist Amanda Perez. 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Chris Botti with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Amidst career high points like playing alongside Sting and Paul Simon, Grammy Award winner and pop-jazz showman Chris Botti will head back to Portland with his trumpet for a showstopping performance with the Oregon Symphony. 
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Southwest Portland)

Com Truise Add to a List
Com Truise is the perfect music to smoke to. Well, all music is, if you really try—but hitting a joint while listening to “Memory” or new single “Existence Schematic” feels like you’re getting high inside of a really advanced computer. Tron-level advanced. Maybe I’m influenced by the fact that “Alfa Beach” off his 2012 album In Decay was used by HBO stoner comedy series High Maintenance in an old trailer for some of its webisodes. (Music supervisor Liz Fulton has great taste.) The LA-based musician’s chill, synthy sounds are a perfect way to usher in the weekend. JAS KEIMIG
(The Get Down, Buckman, $23 - $25)

Nancy Wilson of Heart Add to a List
Legendary guitar hero Nancy Wilson (half of sister duo Heart) will perform the classic rock hits like "Barracuda," "These Dreams," and "Crazy on You," with the help of Seattle-based vocalist (and recent contestant on The Voice) Kimberly Nichole, taking the place of Ann.
(ilani Casino Resort, Free)

The Comet is Coming Add to a List
Generally speaking, the Comet Is Coming embed more psychedelic, electronic sounds in their instrumental tracks than do Sons of Kemet, and their overall thrust skews more toward the cosmic end of the jazz and dance-music worlds. For TCIC, fusion is their natural habitat, but it’s not so much about showboating virtuosity à la much ’70s jazz fusion as finding fresh, hybridized modes with which to express a transcendent spirituality... and without the help of a vocalist. DAVE SEGAL
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



The Biggest Clothing and Costume Swap in the Northwest Add to a List
The pandemic transformed our approach to fashion—for several years, leggings were the name of the game, and everything else was called "hard pants." But hey, times have changed since March 2020, and all of our wardrobes are probably in need of a little boost. Bring your clean, gently-worn duds (no holes, odors, or previously-worn undergarments—gross) for this exchange, which will include shoes, accessories, plus-sized and non-binary sections, and a bar. This time around, there'll be some Halloween costumes in the mix, too, so bag up your old prom dresses and weirdo duds!
(Crystal Ballroom, West End, $10)


Julia Jacklin with Katy Kirby Add to a List
Australian indie rock artist Julia Jacklin will stop by in support of her new album, Pre Pleasure, which contains lyrically focused tracks about relationships, pleasure, and beliefs. She will be joined by Nashville singer-songwriter Katy Kirby.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman, $20)

Laura Veirs Add to a List
Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs sits most comfortably in the indie-folk camp, but the breezy, forward movement in her songs suggests her appreciation for good old four-four pop. She will support her new album, Found Light, but fingers crossed that she'll toss in a few tunes from her collaborative album with Neko Case and k.d. Lang, aptly titled case/lang/veirs.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise, $20)

My Chemical Romance Add to a List
Just in time for spooky season, Black Parade leaders My Chemical Romance will bring their theatrical brand of pop-punk to Portland for the first time in over a decade on their reunion tour. Don't miss opening sets from emo rock legends Taking Back Sunday and EMB/metal duo Youth Code. 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Nova Twins: Supernova US Tour Add to a List
British duo Nova Twins combine elements of punk, rap, pop, rock, and more for a unique style that has led them to push for a new category at the MOBO Awards that honors BIPOC rock artists. They will play songs off of their new album, Supernova, alongside Minneapolis indie-rock quartet Gully Boys. 
(Holocene, Buckman, $17)


Theresa Caputo Live! Add to a List
The bigger the hair, the closer to the spirit world, right? LongIsland Medium star Theresa Caputo will share the deets on her "psychic gifts" at this performance, delivering healing messages to audience members who have lost loved ones.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Southwest Portland, $44.75 - $169.75)



Chapman Swift Watch Add to a List
Every September, thousands of Portlanders flock to Chapman Elementary School to witness the phenomenon of Vaux's swifts funneling into the school's chimney to roost. Arrive early to snag a prime birding spot, settle in, and enjoy the early fall evening while you wait for the sun to descend. Close to sunset, the birds begin their sky show before tucking in for the night. Plus, Portland Audubon will be on hand most nights of the week with info about the swifts.
(Chapman Elementary School, Northwest Portland, free, Monday - Friday)


69th Annual Portland Greek Festival Add to a List
Opa! Celebrate all things Greek culture at the largest Greek festival on the west coast—it often draws crowds of 15,000 or more. Head to the agora for imported merch, flokati rugs, cookbooks, and more, and don't miss the mouth-watering cooking demonstrations, traditional Greek tunes, and Hellenic dancers in cultural costumes.
(Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Kerns, free, Friday - Sunday)


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, $8 - $10, Monday - Sunday)

Pearl Add to a List
If you dug indie horror ace Ti West's southern-fried slasher X earlier this year, you won't wanna miss Pearl, which delves into the sordid past of X's elderly villain. Set during the Spanish Flu pandemic, West pulled from an unusual source of inspiration for the flick—classic Disney movies. He describes Pearl as having a "naiveté that matches a Disney movie...except it’s much darker and more demented." Sign us up!
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, $8 - $10, Monday - Thursday)


Beaverton Restaurant Week Add to a List
Try menu items created exclusively for Beaverton Restaurant Week at an array of restaurants across Beaverton, including 1st Street Pocha, Afuri Izakaya, Ex Novo Brewing, Hapa Pizza, Top Burmese Bistro Royale, and more.
(Various locations, Monday - Sunday)

PDX Fresh Hops Festival Add to a List
It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. This festival in its 18th year will feature over 30 fresh hop creations from brewers across Oregon, plus live music and more festivities.
(Oaks Amusement Park, Southeast Portland, $20)

Portland Night Market Add to a List
Sip, snack, and peruse Portland's finest local vendors and makers at this indoor/outdoor market which tends to draw 'round-the-block lines.
(100 SE Alder, Buckman, Free, Friday - Saturday)


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, $10 - $165, Monday - Sunday)


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, $5 - $52.50, Wednesday - Sunday; opening)

The Hombres Add to a List
Lured in by the titillating view from their construction site, a trio of Latino workers head to a yoga studio, and their macho mentality is put to the test by a gay instructor. Fans of male bonding and New Jersey will dig The Hombres, a hilarious, yet nuanced play by Tony Meneses.(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, $25 - $135, Wednesday - Sunday)

CoHo Clown Festival 2022 Add to a List
Whether you're a literal clown or a simple clown appreciator, you'll want to honk your horn and slap on a gigantic pair of shoes for this fringe festival of all things clownery. CoHo Clown Festival includes an absurdist mix of physical comedy, workshops, and movement performances, building community between artists and audiences with a wide range of jolly performances. 
(CoHo Productions, Slabtown, Pay-what-you-can, Thursday - Sunday)

The Evolution of Mann Add to a List
This rom-com musical would be a cute night out with your Tinder boo. Featuring an original score by composer Douglas J. Cohe, The Evolution of Mann follows a New York thirty-something whose invite to a contentious wedding leads him on a lofty quest for the perfect meet-cute.
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Bull Mountain, $30 - $50, Thursday - Sunday)

Linda Austin: 3 miles of possible (the first 2 miles) Add to a List
Exploring notions of "the possible" in an ever-fluctuating political and artistic sphere, Linda Austin's longform solo performance 3 miles of possible has been slowly unveiled over the last year. She'll share the first two "miles" for this performance, traveling along a spiral path woven with song, sound, texts, and other interventions that grapple with utopian dreams and possible worlds.
(Performance Works NorthWest, Foster - Powell, $5 - $25, Friday - Sunday)

Much Ado About Nothing presented by The Canon Shakespeare Company Add to a List
Shakespeare's feisty comedy is the definition of "extra": it revolves around two couples who fall in and out of love (and then back in love again), and deception, homewrecking, and witty banter are par for the course. Buckle in for screwball antics and zingy one-liners in this rendition of the classic production directed by Ira Kortum.
(Twilight Theater Company, Kenton, $18 - $20, Thursday - Sunday)

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


Adam Sorensen: Water Color Add to a List
Adam Sorensen's paintings may seem dreamy and fantastical, but they're rooted in real climate anxieties. Sorensen's works, inspired by everything from 19th-century romanticism to ukiyo-e Japanese woodcuts, seem to illustrate the continued idealization of our rapidly-changing world. His sublime, rainbow-tinged interpretations of landscapes suggest that we're still in denial about the dire state of the planet, but Sorensen's ambiguous approach prompts more questions than answers.
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, free, Monday - Saturday; closing)

Garden of Resonance: The Art of Jun Kaneko Add to a 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, Southwest Portland, $0 - $19.95, Saturday - Sunday; opening)

In My Own Little Corner: Willie Little Add to a List
The final exhibition in Oregon Contemporary's Site program, an exhibition series that replaced the Portland2021 Biennial, Willie Little's In My Own Little Corner explores the artist's North Carolina hometown and childhood. Revealing the shrouded stories of rural Black childhood through found objects, photographs, and a sound installation, Little delves into the turmoil that gay children faced in the '60s and '70s, a time of repression and radical hope.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Free, Friday - Sunday; closing)

Nā́rī - Threads of Identity: Spandita Malik Add to a List
Spandita Malik's embroidered portrait project, Nā́rī, was made in collaboration with women in India to illuminate the gendered violence and fight for women's rights in the country. Malik explains that the Sanskrit word Nā́rī’ translates to "woman, wife, female, or an object regarded as feminine, but it can also mean sacrifice." Interested in the power of embroidery as both a visual language and a traditionally feminine handcraft, Malik traveled to regions in India known for their distinct embroidery styles, meeting with women to discuss their experiences of oppression and photographing them to share their stories.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Free, Wednesday - Saturday; closing)

Nene Sin Patria (Our mother's hands became our homes): Amarise Carreras Add to a List
Amarise Carreras, a "photo-based performance artist," draws on photography to facilitate performative conversations that reference the artist's connection to Boricua womxn. Currently investigating Santeria practices, Carreras considers the densely embedded histories found within symbolic objects and altars.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Free, Wednesday - Saturday; closing)

People Will Go Take Their Bags and Their Wheelchairs and Go Shopping: Doug Wing and Elmeater Morton Add to a List
Local faves Doug Wing and Elmeater Morton will share bright new works in this collaborative exhibition between progressive art studios North Pole Studio and Elbow Room.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Free, Friday - Sunday; closing)

Straight from the Studio: Tanner Lind: Riff Add to a List
Tanner Lind’s abstract paintings appear through October 2. The show, titled Riff, works within the context of a three-part group exhibition called Straight from the Studio, which explores the inspirations and experimentations in one’s studio. A recent graduate MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Lind’s artistic practice memorializes change and creates a unique and varied lexicon of repeated brushstrokes, lines, and patterns. ASHLEY GIFFORD
(Nationale, Buckman, free, Thursday - Sunday; closing)

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