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The Top 82 Events in Portland This Week: Oct 24-31, 2022

Phil Rosenthal, Hocus Pocus in Concert, and More Top Picks
October 24, 2022
The last time Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil visited Portland, he stopped by Doe Donuts, Ruthie's, and more. (Phil Rosenthal via Facebook)
A frighteningly packed week lies ahead, but we've got some scary-good picks to guide you all the way through Halloween, from Karol G to An Evening with Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil and from Hocus Pocus in Concert to the Portland Erotic Ball. For more ideas, check out our full Halloween calendar.

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

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

L7: "Bricks Are Heavy" 30-Year Anniversary Add to a List
Northwesterners like to claim L7 as one of their own, squeezing them into the narrative of grunge and riot grrrl, despite their Los Angeles origins and early-mid '80s formation (which arguably pre-dates both of the aforementioned movements). Their roots in hard rock, blues, and sludge metal also set them apart from other bands of the era. Catch the group as they reunite once again to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Bricks Are Heavy. They will be joined by San Antonio-based punk band Fea.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



"Bring Music Home" In-Store Event with Strategy Add to a List
Co-author Tamara Deike will celebrate the release of her new book (written in partnership with Amber Mundinger), Bring Music Home, which documents the collective experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on live performance through interviews, photographs, and a venue archive. Gina Altamura (Holocene's talent buyer) and culture advocate Eric Hillerns will lead a Portland-focused conversation about music, culture, and entertainment, followed by a live performance from electronic artist Strategy.
(Floating World Comics, Lloyd District)

Music and the Machine: An Evening with YACHT Add to a List
Portland-born dance-pop band YACHT will support the release of the new documentary, The Computer Accent, which documents the making of the band’s 2019 album, Chain Tripping, and its use of AI technology. The evening will start with a discussion led by the band and filmmakers, followed by a screening of the film, and finally a live performance of Chain Tripping in its entirety.
(Whitsell Auditorium, Downtown)

St. Lucia Add to a List
Brooklyn-based ensemble St. Lucia, led by South African-born musician Jean-Philip Grobler, returns to town for an evening of dreamy, gauzy electropop from their new EP, Utopia I. Don't miss an opening set from Dutch pop artist Blanks.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Twin Temple Add to a List
The Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife duo will bring their "Satanic doo-wop" and rockabilly tunes through Portland for a performance that will feel right at home for spooky season. Folk-punk band Bridge City Sinners will support.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Amber Tamblyn in conversation with Lidia Yuknavitch, Dr. Mindy Nettifee, and Dr. Nicole Apelian Add to a List
Edited by actress-turned-activist Amber Tamblyn, the new anthology Listening in the Dark is a who's who of powerful women's voices; it includes essays by US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, America Ferrera, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Amy Poehler, Samantha Irby, Jia Tolentino, Jessica Valenti, and others, each sharing the varied ways in which they follow their gut. Digging into the complex topic of women's intuition, which is often ignored, cast aside, and demeaned, the writers wonder how their innate instincts might be reclaimed. Tamblyn will be joined in conversation by Listening in the Dark contributors Lidia Yuknavitch, Dr. Mindy Nettifee, and Dr. Nicole Apelian.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Giggles Gone Wild: Halloween Edition Add to a List
Hosted by local laughers Hewitt Pagenstecher, Imani Denae, and Rachelle Cochran, this monthly lineup of regional jokers will celebrate Halloween with so-funny-it's-scary comedy from Portland's Funniest Person 2015 Susan Rice, plus Drew Grizzly, Sabrena Contreras, Jordan Cerminara, and Sam Whitely.
(The Get Down, Buckman)


Church of Film: Viy (Spirit of Evil) Add to a List
Purported to be the first horror film ever made in the Soviet Union, the '67 gothic flick Viy is a retelling of Nikolai Gogol's eerie Ukrainian folk tale of witches, priests, and demons, blending folk aesthetics and special effects for maximum creepy impact.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Dan Savage's 2022 HUMP! Film Festival - Encore Screening Add to a List
If you didn’t catch HUMP! Film Festival’s 2022 offerings earlier this year, here’s your last chance to scope out Dan Savage's lineup of sexy films featuring all genders and orientations. Catch this final screening of the kinky, sex-positive fest before these vids go in the vault.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Rerun Theater: Thriller and More Add to a List
Ghouls and goblins can groove along to classic Halloween-themed music videos at this screening—yes, it'll include the entire 15-minute "Thriller" music video, plus MC Hammer's "Addams Groove," weirdo ads, vintage SNL skits, and much more.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


OMSI After Dark: Spirits Add to a List
Get ghoulish 21+ style at this spooky shindig, where costumes are encouraged and spirits (of the alcoholic variety) will be flowin'. If you prefer your descents into the spirit world with a side of hard science, check out the "ghost bubble" and slime demos, plus planetarium shows, DJ sets, haunting theremin music, and ghostly grub from Phat Cart and Elephants Deli.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)


An Evening with Phil Rosenthal of Somebody Feed Phil Add to a List
Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, has since developed an obsession with all things epicurean—he travels the globe to foodie-fave locations like Mexico City, Marrakesh, and our humble cityfor Netflix's Somebody Feed Phil, gobbling up whatever gourmet nosh he finds along the way. Rosenthal will celebrate the release of Somebody Feed Phil the Book: Untold Stories, Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Favorite Recipes: A Cookbook, sharing the deets on the tome's never-before-heard stories and viewer-fave recipes.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

BIPOC Reading Series October Add to a List
This recurring reading series, which is on a "shadow" theme this month, centers stories by BIPOC writers, prioritizing their safety and creativity. An open mic option will be available, and the reading will be followed by a community dialogue.
(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

Pop-Up Magazine: Love Stories Add to a List
Blending film, music, comedy, and more, Pop-Up Magazine is a "live magazine," designed to engage audiences through multimedia storytelling from top journalists and performers. This fall "issue" will include a talk with Chanel Miller, whose bestselling memoir Know My Name detailed her experience of sexual assault at the hands of Brock Turner. Other guests include writer and actor Ryan O'Connell, comedian Pamela Rae Schuller, radio producer Rachael Cusick, and filmmaker Nadav Kurtz.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Science On Tap: The Sounds Of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer To The Worlds Of Animals And Plants Add to a List
This sonic edition of Science on Tap features political ecologist Karen Bakker, who will share her research on "nonhuman sound" and its surprising potential for protecting endangered species. Sound pollution can also lead to devastating consequences for the natural world, so needless to say, it's a complicated field. Bakker dives even further into her bioacoustic research in her book The Sounds of Life, but this event offers an engaging aural preview.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Shane Burley in Conversation with Mic Crenshaw and Alexander Reid Ross Add to a List
Compiling writing from voices on the front line of the antifascist movement, Portland-based writer and filmmaker Shane Burley's anthology ¡No Pasarán! looks closely at the battle against white supremacy and the far right from varied perspectives. Burley will be joined in conversation by hip-hop artist and activist Mic Crenshaw and geographer and PSU adjunct professor Alexander Reid Ross.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Megan Stalter Add to a List
Hacks star and LA-based comedian Megan Stalter will stop by Aladdin Theater with a witty style that Harper's Bazaar once described as “a soothing comedy balm for a scathing grease fire of a year.” (That quote is from 2020, but doesn't "grease fire" kind of describe every year nowadays?) Check out the surreal oasis that is Stalter's sense of humor at this show.
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Whitmer Thomas Add to a List
Comic, musician, and unabashed 33-year-old Blink-182 stan Whitmer Thomas explores his own fate in this one-man comedy show set to his own music (expect "darkwave bangers"). Thomas blends millennial malaise and riffs on therapy-speak in this performance, reflecting on his own life trajectory in comparison with his mother's, a singer who "never made it out of the Flora-Bama Lounge in Gulf Shores." Sounds heavy, but also funny?
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Karol G: Strip Love Tour Add to a List
Renowned Latin trap star Karol G brings her Strip Love tour to Portland in support of her third album, KG0516, which features appearances from Ludacris, Ozuna, Anuel AA, J Balvin, and more. Rising DJ Agudelo 888 will get the party started. 
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)


Behind the Scenes of History: An Evening with David Hume Kennerly Add to a List
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Oregon History Maker David Hume Kennerly will share key moments from his remarkable career at this talk, touching on his experiences of the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, Jonestown, the Obama administration, and more as seen through a camera lens.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)



Mark Normand Add to a List
Punchy powerhouse Mark Normand knows comedy is all in a hard day's work—he's appeared on Conan seven times with rapid-fire jokes, and counts Jerry Seinfeld among his fans. The New Orleans native will stop by Portland to chat about the important stuff, like White Claw and being broke.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Jessie Reyez: The Yessie Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of her sophomore album, Yessie, Canadian singer-songwriter (she's penned songs for pop heavies like Kehlani, Dua Lipa, and Normani!) Jessie Reyez will bring her velvety R&B pop tunes about self-love and relationships to Portland. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from like-minded singer Ebhoni (FKA SadBoi).
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Spellling Add to a List
Experimental pop sorceress Spellling's enchanting tunes are perfectly represented by her notedfavorite albums, including Minnie Riperton's Come to My Garden, Kraftwerk's Computer World, and Iggy Pop's The Idiot. Her music is a perfect potion of orchestral pop whimsy, electronic experimentation, and punk freedom. She will perform songs from her critically acclaimed 2021 album, The Turning Wheel, after an opening set from art pop project Spacemoth.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Chills - Soft Bomb 30th Anniversary Tour Add to a List
Former Mercury writer Robert Ham once wrote: "Plotting the history of the Chills is a task that requires a conspiracy theorist’s level of obsession and attention to detail. Since its formation in 1980, dozens of musicians have joined and departed the ranks of this New Zealand pop group, including Luna bassist Justin Harwood, former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory, and Martin Kean, who also spent a brief spell in Stereolab. What makes this remarkable is how consistent the Chills have been during this nearly four-decade stretch. That has everything to do with Martin Phillipps, the singer/songwriter who is the only permanent member of the band. All the while, he has maintained a clear vision for this project, one that draws from the jangling looseness of the Byrds and the seamy force of the Velvet Underground." They will stop by to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their third studio album, Soft Bomb, with support from psych-folk artist Jane Weaver and instrumental rock outfit Unwed Sailor.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


'90s Halloween Costume Glow Ball Add to a List
Embrace your inner Spice Ghoul at this nostalgic Halloween dance party featuring your favorite '90s music videos from Nirvana, TLC, Spice Girls, and more, broadcast on a giant video screen. Plus, all partygoers will receive a glow necklace to light up the dance floor. 
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

SNAP!: Witches Ball Add to a List
This nostalgia-ridden Halloween dance party encourages you to channel your favorite Sanderson sister as you hex the dance floor to tunes of the '90s and early aughts. You better work, witch! 
(Holocene, Buckman)


Pink Elephant Cabaret Presents: Spookeasy Add to a List
Glamorous apparitions will head to the stage for this eerie edition of Pink Elephant Cabaret, which blends comedy, burlesque dance, and theater set to the psychedelic swing of Scarlett Siren & The Howlin’ Tramps. Expect a ghastly trip to a bygone era that's lavish, luxurious, and a little lurid.
(Mission Theater, Northwest Portland)


Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets Add to a List
This face-off against Rockets is also the Blazers' annual Viva Rip City Celebration, an occasion which celebrates "the rich and diverse culture of the Hispanic and Latinx community." Throughout the night, look out for special performances and exclusive product releases, and learn more about the team's fundraising efforts for the nonprofit Centro Cultural, the oldest culturally specific Latino organization in Oregon.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)



Portland Arbor Day 2022 Add to a List
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but one of the sad realities of climate change is that it has become difficult for trees planted during that time frame to succeed. As a bittersweet compromise, Portland now celebrates Arbor Day in October, so newly planted trees can "take advantage of nice wet winter months" as they get established. The day has now come, so join fellow tree huggers to help plant native trees, help care for Glenwood Park's existing trees, and pick up a tree for your own yard. 
(Glenwood Park, Lents)


Bauman's Cider Festival Add to a List
Avail yourself of apple-based libations from some of the Northwest's top local cideries at Bauman's sixth annual cider festival.
(Bauman's Farm and Garden, Gervais)


The 5th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl Add to a List
Don your most ghoulish costume and shamble like a zombie from watering hole to watering hole at this creepy-crawly bar crawl. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for the best costume, and you'll get to take advantage of beverages and shots, exclusive food and drink specials, professional photographers, after-parties, a custom Halloween badge, and more.
(Dante's, Old Town-Chinatown)

Killer Pumpkin Fest Add to a List
Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin beers, storytelling, costume contests, axe throwing, and even pumpkin smashing at this free and all-ages event. Sales benefit UKANDU, a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission is to "bring joy, hope, and connection to communities impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer."
(Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, Buckman)


Carla Rossi’s Hell House Halloween Add to a List
Gather 'round, It Girls—Carla Rossi's Hell House Halloween will be the spooky destination for Halloween gooping and gagging this month. Set within a less-hateful version of an evangelical Hell House, Portland's premier drag clown will host the evening of installations, performances, and moody tunes from DJ Orographiche. The party is also a mutual aid fundraiser, so you can get weird for a good cause.
(Oregon Contemporary, Kenton)

7 Deadly Sins: Haunted Add to a List
The 7 Deadly Sins storytelling show will rise from the grave this week for a spine-tingling twist on campfire stories. Five storytellers, writers, comics, and musicians will share their tales of being "haunted by the dead." Um, scary! Pizza, libations, and live music should bring the fear factor down to a manageable level.
(Mission Theater, Northwest Portland)


Lee Fields: The Sentimental Fool Tour Add to a List
Sexagenarian soul/funk singer Lee Fields is an American treasure. In 1969 he released his first single “Bewildered/Tell Her I Love Her,” and the man is still pumping out bangers—the most recent of which are on 2019’s It Rains Love. The soul veteran has worked with countless legendary artists—from B.B. King to Kool and the Gang—but the younger cats appreciate Fields’ work as well; Travis Scott’s mega hit “Antidote,” for instance, samples Lee Fields and the Expressions’ “All I Need” from 2014’s Emma Jean. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

The Knocks with Cannons Add to a List
Funk- and disco-inclined electronic duo The Knocks, who have worked with A-listers like Carly Rae Jepsen, X Ambassadors, and Wyclef Jean, will support their danceable new album, HISTORY. Indie electro-pop quartet Cannons will get the disco vibes started with tunes off of their luscious '70s-inspired album, Fever Dream.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


22nd Annual Portland Erotic Ball Add to a List
Emmy-nominated comedian/drag queen Sasha Scarlett will host Portland's sexiest event, taking up three floors of the Crystal Ballroom. Costumes (or stylized states of undress) are a must, so you might as well go all out in pursuit of costume contest prizes (over $5,000 in cash is up for grabs). Soul Vaccination will perform, DJ OG ONE—the official DJ of the Blazers—will keep bodies rocking, and you can admire circus performers and aerial and burlesque performances or get in on the action on the interactive fetish demonstration stage.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

'80s Video Dance Attack Halloween Party Add to a List
Prepare to be haunted by big hair and eyeliner at Revolution Hall's Halloween party, where they'll dig into the archive of '80s hits for gothic New Wave music videos from The Cure, Adam Ant, The Smiths, New Order, and more.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Beauty of Korea Add to a List
Oregon Korean Performing Arts presents a showcase of song and dance from ancient Korea featuring the traditional folk sounds of the gayageum (traditional Korean harp) and samulnori (a four-part percussion ensemble). The dance program will include buchaechum (fan dance), hwagwanmu (flower crown dance), nanta (chaotic drum dance), samgomu (dance with three drums), arirang dance, taepyeongmu (dance for peace), and jangguchum (hourglass-shaped drum dance). 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

Miz Kitty's Parlour Vaudeville Variety Show Add to a List
Miz Kitty’s Parlour kicks off their 21st season with this variety extravaganza, featuring live painting, comedy, magic, "jazz vamps" The Libertine Belles, juggler Rhys Thomas, and more.
(The Old Church, Downtown)



Buffy Sing-a-long: "Once More, With Feeling" Add to a List
Calling all Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatics! This special Halloween Eve screening of the beloved musical episode of Once More, With Feeling encourages you to let your demons out while scream-singing along to the spooky musical numbers. Stick around after the show for a reading of some saucy fan fiction inspired by the show.
(The 4th Wall PDX, Buckman)


Preoccupations with Cindy Lee Add to a List
Calgary-hailing post-punk quartet Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) will return to Portland in support of their first album in more than four years, Arrangements, which Pitchfork described as "grim, grey, and dour," and noting that "people in persistently foul moods need 'mood music' too." “Confrontation pop” artist Cindy Lee will open.
(Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


Harryween! - Harry Styles Halloween Dance Night Add to a List
If you ask me, Harry Styles is worth every bit of hype and admiration he receives. While the title “Harryween” is inadvisable, Harry Styles stans should definitely be aware of this seemingly epic dance party going down at Holocene, on the night before Halloween. Presented by What the Dance, attendees will celebrate the release of Styles’ sparkling May solo album, Harry’s House, as they dance the night away to melodious, soul-inspired singles like “Watermelon Sugar High,” and “As It Was,” and other danceable album stand-outs like “Music For a Sushi Restaurant,” “Late Night Talking,” “Cinema,” and hopefully an uptempo remix to “Little Freak,” in which Styles appropriately sings “Did you dress up for Halloween?/ I spilled beer on your friend, I’m not sorry/ A golf swing and a trampoline/ Maybe we’ll do this again.” Costumes are encouraged, and proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test) is required for entry. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Holocene, Buckman)


Trash Taste Add to a List
Anime lovers, assemble! Trash Taste digs into all things otaku culture with leading Tokyo-based anime YouTubers Joey Bizinger, Garnt Maneetapho, and Connor Colquhoun.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)



Melissa Villaseñor: Whoops… Tour! Add to a List
Melissa Villaseñor, the first-ever Latina cast member of Saturday Night Live and killer impressionist (even Seinfeld cracks up at her celeb interpretations), She'll head to Portland in advance of the publication of her creative self-help book, so if you go to her show, you might hear the most spot-on Dolly Parton impression ever while also feeling great about yourself. Win-win!
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)


Halloween at the Bronze!: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tribute Event Add to a List
For the fifth year in a row, Holocene will transform into The Bronze, the infamous nightclub from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Check out the decked-out digs and dress as your favorite character (a costume contest promises Buffy-themed prizes) while local bands Lesser Demons and Crowey perform songs from the show's soundtrack.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Jenzig (Jenny Don't and The Spurs as Danzig) Add to a List
Vintage country outfit Jenny Don't and The Spurs will trade in their western wear and cowboy hats for muscle tees and cross necklaces as they pay tribute to the iconic heavy metal band Danzig at this Halloween tribute night extravaganza. Members of the eight-piece Americana ensemble Roselit Bone will join as Truncheon Things, playing the music of The Clash.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)


Venomous House: A Ghost Story in Two Acts Add to a List
Penned by Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Steve Patterson, Venomous House: A Ghost Story in Two Acts was inspired by an infamously haunted estate in England. OoOoOo! No tickets are required for this donation-based, world-premiere concert reading on Halloween, but arrive on time for first-come, first-served seating.
(Milagro Theatre, Buckman)



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

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

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

Fright Night: A Halloween Circus Add to a List
If your ideal Halloween celebration includes an aerial circus act, well, you're in luck: this evening of impressive flips and spins pays tribute to classic horror movies. Set within a long-gone video rental spot, Night Flight Aerial’s Fright Night: A Halloween Circus follows a store employee as he battles dreadful flicks come to life.
(PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

Hocus Pocus in Concert Add to a List
Follow the spellbinding adventures of three badass witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who want to suck out children’s souls as the Oregon Symphony provides a live score to one of the most beloved Halloween films of all time.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Monday)

The Nitemare B4 Xmas Add to a List
Portland performance troupe The Saloon Ensemble returns to the Alberta Rose stage to perform Danny Elfman's iconic The Nightmare Before Christmas score, complete with sing-alongs, a costume contest, and, perhaps most importantly, a screaming contest. The Halloween performance was described as "a kid’s show, a variety show, a retelling of a seasonal myth, a big-band dance show, [and] an enthusiastic singspiel” by Oregon ArtsWatch.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia, Thursday-Sunday)

Spirit of Halloweentown Add to a List
You'll find it impossible not to get into the spooky spirit at St. Helens' annual tribute to Halloween. Leaning into the fact that the movies Halloweentown and Twilight were partially filmed there (Halloweentown cast members, plus Ashley Greene and Peter Facinelli of Twilight fame, will make appearances this year), the city transforms into a themed attraction complete with a giant pumpkin, circus performers, a haunted house, and more.
(St. Helens, Monday-Monday)

Underhill Haunted House Add to a List
Head to the basement of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, they said. What could go wrong?, they said. Well, the 40,000-square-foot space is teeming with morbid monsters and "creatures that stalk you," so watch your back! With three new terrifying plot lines, Underhill Haunted House will pump up the fear factor throughout October.
(Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Lloyd District, Friday-Monday)


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


Fall on the Farm Add to a List
Topaz Farm is busting out all of the autumnal and pastoral vibes for its annual celebration of the fall harvest. On weekends this year, the farm is reducing crowds by instituting a $20-per-vehicle entrance fee (weekdays remain free), which will grant access to sunflower mazes in early October, a ParaNorman-themed corn maze designed by Laika Studios, hayrides and a hay pyramid, pumpkin patches, and more.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island, Tuesday-Sunday)

The MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch Add to a List
Have a corntastic day navigating immaculately cut pathways through corn stalks at Portland's eight-acre corn maze. This year's theme is "Cinnamon and Sugar"—warm up with the "easy" section of the maze before tackling the more challenging section, and don't forget your boots!
(The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island, Monday-Monday)


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)

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)

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


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


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)


Freaky Deaky Portland Add to a List
Put on your spookiest rave attire for two nights of the freakiest floor-shaking, bone-rattling, and bloodcurdling EDM from dubstep demon Svdden Death, future bass wizard CloZee, hip-hop boogeyman Bloodsport, bass monster LSDREAM, and more.
(Expo Center, North Portland, Friday-Saturday)

Haunted House Party Add to a List
45 East presents two rooms and two nights of ghostly, ghoulish electronic and dance music. Heads will roll to local, national, and international artists such as J. Worra, Honeyluv, Kyle Kinch, Todd Jensen, and more. 
(45 East, Central Eastside, Friday-Saturday)


Chicken & Biscuits Add to a List
Family gatherings are complicated, but at least this new production directed by Cycerli Ash-Barlocker will have you laughing about it. When Beneatta and Beverly gather to celebrate the life of Daddy, family secrets reveal themselves, and any chance at a "peaceful" reunion flies out the window.
(Portland Playhouse, King, Wednesday-Sunday; closing)

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

Fucking A Add to a List
When an abortion provider plans to buy her incarcerated son's freedom, a complicated quest unfolds. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient and the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, pens this blend of tragic, vengeance-driven story and song.
(Shaking the Tree Studio, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Sunday)

Little Shop of Horrors Add to a List
Fans of carnivorous plants, aliens, and doo-wop will appreciate this sci-fi musical frolic, wherein a seemingly benign new plant at a flower shop develops an unfortunate fondness for human blood. Howard Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway classic with wide appeal, set to a swinging Motown soundtrack and possessing an unexpectedly pointed capitalist critique.
(Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Thursday-Sunday)

the ripple, the wave that carried me home Add to a List
Award-winning playwright Christina Anderson's poetic, immersive work the ripple, the wave that carried me home follows a woman whose return to her hometown brings up complicated memories related to segregation, integration, and political justice.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Monday-Sunday; closing)

Stage Fright: A New Horror/Comedy/Theater Festival Add to a List
This brand-new festival of oddball theatrics includes a rotating spectacle of surreal, creepy, and hilarious horror hijinks spread across five days. Expect spooky storytelling, vaudeville acts, and clownery; performances include an improvised mystery by The Nancy Boys, a macabre cabaret, and a ghost-huntin' physical comedy act by The Paranormal Pair.
(Curious Comedy Theater, King, Thursday-Monday)

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


Along these lines Add to a List
Artists Julia Bradshaw, Ron Linn, and John Whitten will present time-intensive new works focused on landscape in Along these lines. The show critiques "the authority of the grid," looking closely at maps and other gridded divisions imposed throughout history to consider how land is impacted by the sociopolitical sphere.
(Well Well, Kenton, Saturday-Sunday; closing)

Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe Add to a List
As one of the most expressive Native American painters of the 20th century, Yanktonai Dakota artist Oscar Howe blended modern trends in art-making with traditional Sioux aesthetics, challenging perceptions and helping to preserve Native artistic culture along the way. This exhibition follows Howe's work across 40 years of creative development, from his teenage beginnings to sophisticated, abstracted works made in the '50s and '60s.
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Jeremy Okai Davis: A Good Sport Add to a List
Jeremy Okai Davis's new collection of figurative paintings shines a light on the experiences of Black Americans in traditional sportsmanship roles within the rigid confines of athleticism and academia. Davis's derby jockeys, basketball players, and other subjects contain a rare emotional depth, due in part to the large size of the works—several of the paintings exhibited in A Good Sport are the largest the artist has ever created.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Julie Mihaly: Now Add to a List
New York-based photographer Julie Mihaly's Now, a collection of black-and-white photographs from "the most cloistered days of the COVID pandemic," reflects on a time when the safest way to engage with the outside world was from a distance. The quiet photographs maintain the isolated feeling of quarantine, but contain hints of human resilience.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

Matthew Picton: The Age of Kali, age of Belief Add to a List
In The Age of Kali, age of Belief, Ashland-based artist Matthew Picton merges current headlines with historical and spiritual symbology to create intricate paper sculptures that argue against an individualistic worldview. The detailed works feel weighty with meaning, encouraging a closer look and hinting at shrouded narratives.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

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

sandwiches for every meal Add to a List
Creative duo Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen draw from literature, art history, and philosophy in their ongoing visual investigations, never deviating from their humorous, warm approach. In sandwiches for every meal, they focus on everyday forms of knowledge, like YouTube videos and chats with cashiers, and moments of "quiet attention," translating these experiences into innovative sculptural forms.
(PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Slabtown, Tuesday-Saturday; closing)

Yolanda del Amo: Archipelago Add to a List
Yolanda del Amo's compelling photographs focus on the community impact of social structures like class, gender, and family. In her ten-year project Archipelago, del Amo constructs fused tableaus, blending familiar subjects with mysterious, theatrical elements that create senses of inner and exterior tension.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Pearl District, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

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