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Your Guide to February 2022 Events in Portland

Portland Winter Light Festival, Zwickelmania, Bad Bunny, and More
February 1, 2022
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Bad Bunny has achieved staggering global success in recent years, and will bring his El Último Tour Del Mundo to the Moda Center this month.
In defiance of its status as the shortest month of the year, this February is looking absolutely stacked. There are highly anticipated annual events such as the Portland Winter Light Festival and Zwickelmania, plus some of the biggest names in entertainment, like Bad Bunny and Brit Bennett. For more ideas on how to celebrate this jam-packed month, check out our guide to Lunar New Year, and look out for our upcoming guides on Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.


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Stay safe out there, Portland! As always, get tested and stay home if you feel sick—and get your booster while it's hot. Speaking of omicron, we advise checking directly with venues for the latest updates—including health guidelines, postponements, and cancellations—before heading out.

FOOD & DRINK

Dumpling Week Add to a List
The Oregonian/Oregon Live's annual Dumpling Week celebrates comforting, pillowy pockets of goodness in all of their forms with specials from over 30 participating restaurants, from sweet potato dumplings with green curry, herb oil, and crispy shallots at Oma's Hideaway to chicken parm dumplings from Grassa. Print off a passport from the website and set out to try them all.
Various locations (Jan 30-Feb 5)

Hillsbrew Fest Add to a List
Taste pilsners, stouts, porters, IPAs, sour beers, ciders, and more, including plenty of new releases and exclusive brews, from 30 of Oregon's top breweries. Plus, nosh on food from Ochoa’s Mexican Food, Coyote’s Bar & Grill, and Flying Barracuda BBQ, and listen to live music from The Denominators.
Wingspan Convention Center, Hillsboro (Feb 25-27)

Oregon Craft Spirits Festival Add to a List
Taste over 120 varieties of whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, aquavit, and other spirits from over 30 Oregon craft distillers, complemented by food from chef Johanna Ware of Smallwares, Pink Rabbit, Shine Distillery & Grill, and Botto’s BBQ.
The Redd on Salmon, Buckman (Sat Feb 26)

Walla Walla Wine on Tour: Portland Grand Tasting Add to a List
Savor vino from over 40 Walla Walla Valley wineries and winemakers.
Leftbank Annex, Lloyd District (Mon Feb 28)

Zwickelmania Add to a 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. The first weekend is open throughout the Portland area, while the second is held all over the state.
Various locations (Feb 19 & 26)

FESTIVALS

Fertile Ground Festival 2022 Add to a List
Spearheaded by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA), this arts festival highlights new works in a variety of disciplines, such as dance, puppetry, circus, animation, improv, spoken word, stop-motion animation, musical and devised theater. A platform for cultivation, the 13th iteration of the event will present 38 projects via online programming with select in-person companion events. 
Virtual and various locations (Feb 1-6)

Portland Winter Light Festival 2022 Add to a List
The holidays are behind us, but the Portland Winter Light Festival is here to remind you that the city’s best winter lights tradition actually happens in February. The celebration features dozens of illuminated art installations, along with unique performances and live events to help brighten up the Northwest winter doldrums. With massive interactive spaces to explore on both sides of the Willamette River, the Portland Spirit will be working overtime to offer complimentary cruises between the festival’s East and West hubs, and who doesn’t love a free boat ride?
Various locations (Feb 4-12)

COMMUNITY 

Fall in Love with Lents Fest Add to a List
The East Portland neighborhood is vying for your affection during this multi-day event that will build community and showcase art. On the festival's first evening, "bring what you can and take what you want/need" at a mutual aid-inspired event that will also feature live music and performances. Mid-weekend, SOLVE will lead a community clean-up at Lents Town Center and local businesses will welcome folks in for open houses and demonstrations during the East Portland Art Fest. To cap it all off, Sunday's Community Connections Fair will keep the momentum going by connecting folks with local nonprofits for future volunteer opportunities.
Lents Town Center, Lents (Feb 11-13)

In My Shoes: Walking Tour Storytelling Project Add to a List
In honor of Black History Month, Word Is Bond (an organization whose goal is "creating positive relationships between young Black men and law enforcement") presents a storytelling campaign featuring nine walking tours in neighborhoods across Portland designed to highlight the "voices, dreams, and experiences of rising Black men" and the neighborhoods they call home.
Various locations (Feb 5-26)

THEATER

Anastasia Add to a List
This Broadway musical is an adaptation of the 1997 animated film, a fictionalized fantasy about a young amnesiac woman who falls in with a pair of con men trying to pass her off as the Russian duchess Anastasia. But who is she really?
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Feb 8-13)

The Great Leap Add to a List
Penned by playwright Lauren Yee, this comedic production "traverses history both personal and political." Set in 1989 San Francisco, Manford Lum dominates the basketball courts of Chinatown. Using her father's basketball background as a template, Yee catapults her teenaged protagonist to China for a "friendship" game, resulting in a story with unexpected outcomes.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Feb 2-13)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Add to a List
The quintessential rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a four-time Tony winner that's "part rock concert, part cabaret, and part stand-up comedy routine." The life story of Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer German singer of a fictional rock and roll band who's "one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage," will unfold as she searches for love and stardom.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Feb 2-27)

Thurgood Add to a List
Actor Lester Purry and director Lou Bellamy, founder of Penumbra Theatre (the largest African-American theater in the country), return to the Portland Playhouse to tell the story of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice to serve on the Supreme Court. The one-man show spans Marshall's 58-year career, from his beginnings as a civil rights lawyer arguing Brown v. Board of Education to his SCOTUS appointment.
Portland Playhouse, King (Feb 1-27)

PODCASTS & RADIO

Armchair Expert presents Armchaired & Dangerous LIVE Add to a List
Armcherries assemble! Armchaired & Dangerous, a series contained within Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s wildly popular podcast Armchair Expert, will hit the road (armchairs and all) to explore enthralling conspiracy theories with journalist and filmmaker David Farrier.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Wed Feb 2)

Live Wire: Curtis Cook, DESSA and More! Add to a List
The first show in Live Wire’s spring season Add to a List will see host Luke Burbank chat with stand up comedian and writer of the rebooted series Crank Yankers Curtis Cook, rapper/author/public speaker/podcast host/former record exec Dessa, plus more as yet unannounced guests.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Alberta Arts District (Thurs Feb 17)

MUSIC

Bad Bunny: El Último Tour Del Mundo Add to a List
We've all seen a whole lot of Bad Bunny across phone screens over the last year, with his signature sunglasses, high-fashion style, and smooth Latin trap anthems. After winning multiple Grammys and becoming the first non-English language act to be Spotify's most streamed artist of the year (in 2020 AND 2021), he will return to the stage on his El Último Tour del Mundo in support of his 2020 album of the same name.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Mon Feb 28)

Best Coast Add to a List
The indie surf rock duo returns to Portland for their Finally Tomorrow tour in support of their 2020 album, released just before the pandemic. Always Tomorrow shows the band's evolution from California-inspired pop songs to something deeper, touching on newfound sobriety. Still, the band maintains their signature sunny sound. Joining Best Coast is singer-songwriter Rosie Tucker, known for their poignant lyricism and catchy hooks.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Sat Feb 19)

Caribou Add to a List
Canadian music producer Dan Snaith will be joined by a live band for his tour, with Ela Minus opening. Caribou’s 10th studio album, Suddenly, was released in February 2020 and received a Juno Award nomination for Electronic Album of the Year in addition to appearing on many “Best of” lists.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Mon Feb 21)

Cate Le Bon Add to a List
Welsh musician and producer Cate Le Bon was hailed as "one of the best out there making music now" by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for her angular, self-assured, art-rock-infused pop songs with lyrics rooted in the surreal. She will take the stage just after the release of her forthcoming album, Pompeii, out this week. The night will start out with a never-boring performance by PNW's own Mega Bog whose whimsical tunes have been compared to artists such as Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Wed Feb 16)

Cautious Clay Add to a List
Have we graduated from the PBR&B subgenre, which is a very specific, sort of boring stripped-back style I could never quite get behind? I guess Josh Karpeh, aka Cautious Clay, from Brooklyn, belongs in that class, although his music feels so much more compelling. He draws on hip-hop production qualities and experimentation, his sound hinting at elements of gospel, island, pop, and soul. He has a creamy caressing vocal timbre that can hit falsetto notes (so I forgive his use of Auto-Tune), he mixes digital programming with organic instrumentation, and his sonic arsenal includes the sax and flute. The motherfucking flute. Neither is overused in his music. LEILANI POLK
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Fri Feb 25)

Dessa Add to a List
Dessa's hefty list of accomplishments would be impressive even if they were split between four people. Her career has shapeshifted constantly, from Billboard charting singer/rapper, to bestselling author of her memoir My Own Devices, to public speaker with an acclaimed TED Talk, to the host of the popular science podcast Deeply Human. For this performance, she will wear her musician hat and bring her uplifting and upbeat tunes to the stage.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Fri Feb 18)

Dinosaur Jr. Add to a List
Dinosaur Jr. are a blessed hard-rock institution at this point. True, their best work occurred in the last half of the 1980s, peaking with the one-two punch of You’re Living All Over Me and Bug. But J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph are still issuing robust guitar-hero showcases and blustery melodic gems. They’ve honed their formula to a science and, against odds, it’s still moving as hell.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Feb 11-12)

Galactic with Too Many Zooz Add to a List
Proud New Orleans quintet Galactic have held their own as a successful funk-rock jam band for over 25 years, seamlessly collaborating with artists such as Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, and most recently with Juvenile on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! New York City brass band Too Many Zooz will join with a collection of covers and originals.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Fri Feb 11)

Goth Babe Add to a List
Slacker rocker/dream-popper Goth Babe, now based in the mountains of Washington, takes inspiration from his outdoor hobbies and off-the-grid lifestyle, hence why his lo-fi indie rock sound could be described as "surf."
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Fri Feb 4)

Hip Hop Fighting Cancer Add to a List
This benefit concert for OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute will feature local hip hop talent including singer and poet Veana Baby, rapper Rony, singer and event founder iamjordan, rapper and vocalist Sotaé, and producer and DJ Drae Slapz.
Kelly's Olympian, Downtown (Sat Feb 5)

JAM’N 107.5 Presents Heartbreak Jam Add to a List
Heal your wounded heart with this all-star lineup of old-school and contemporary hip-hop legends. If you love a good throwback (or a family-friendly road trip movie), you'll be pleased to hear that Ice Cube will be headlining the event. Joining the heartbreak brigade is 2 Chainz, self-proclaimed "King of R&B" Jacquees, Paul Wall, Three 6 Mafia frontman turned popular pop collaborator Juicy J, and Houston MC Slim Thug.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat Feb 19)

Jazmine Sullivan - The Heaux Tales Tour Add to a List
R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan's velvety vocals and poignant lyrics have brought relatable and emotional hits about womanhood since her debut album Fearless in 2008. Her latest EP Heaux Tales has made waves, earning her the 2021 BET Award for Album of the Year and Best New Music on Pitchfork, who writes that she "is in full command of her spectacular voice and totally delivers on an ambitious concept."
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Tues Feb 15)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Add to a List
Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis mastered the works of classic jazz legends like Duke Ellington and John Coltrane before carving out a unique voice and becoming one of the biggest names in contemporary jazz. Marsalis will lead a fifteen-piece band for an unforgettable evening of music including originals as well as those definitive masterworks that started his career.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed Feb 9)

JoJo Add to a List
Those born in the mid-late '90s will remember the first time they heard 14-year old JoJo sing her 2004 chart-topping hit "Leave (Get Out)," the quintessential tween break-up song that made you want to recklessly get your ears pierced at Claire's. Her R&B-inspired production, emotional lyrics, and sassy side ponytail stood out against the upbeat bubblegum pop that commanded the charts at the time. After appearing in a handful of movies and being featured in a memorable episode of MTV Cribs, JoJo seemed to disappear from the limelight. Now, she's back on the road just after her recent appearance on The Masked Singer.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Thurs Feb 24)

Kaki King Add to a List
Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer Kaki King has made a name for herself as one of the greatest living guitar innovators with her percussive style and jazz-inspired melodies. Known for her vibrant live performances and guitar projection mapping, she will take the audience on an audiovisual journey in support of her 2020 album, Modern Yesterdays.
Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks (Sun Feb 20)

Kishi Bashi with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard will be joined by Seattle-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi (Jupiter One and Of Montreal) for a performance to honor and explore the stories of Japanese internment survivors on the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs Feb 24)

Manchester Orchestra Add to a List
In the 2010s, Atlanta-based band Manchester Orchestra bridged the gap between emo and indie with their reflective alt-rock sound. Their 2021 album, The Million Masks of God, tries something grander and more cinematic with towering melodies that meditate on the highs and lows of life.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Mon Feb 21)

Marina: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land Tour Add to a List
Let your Tumblr-era cybergirl shine through with Welsh pop superstar Marina (fka Marina and the Diamonds), who will return to Portland in support of her critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land, which draws on feminist themes of the divine feminine, the Salem witch trials, and the #MeToo movement.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Sat Feb 5)

PDX Jazz Festival Add to a List
Biamp PDX Jazz Festival is back for its 19th annual celebration of Portland jazz music and culture. This absolutely stacked lineup features a jaw-dropping mix of award-winning masters and the current generation of musicians who are innovating the genre. Highlights include the most-recorded jazz bassist in history Ron Carter, critically-acclaimed contemporary free-jazz master Angel Bat Dawid, a performance and free beat-making workshop from psychedelic soul/jazz wizard MNDSGN, Tom Waits' Rain Dogs collaborator/guitarist Marc Ribot, and the Grammy-winning all-female Mariachi group Flor de Toloache.
Various locations (Feb 17-26)

A Pink Martini Valentine Add to a List
Whether you're looking for the perfect date night or to be cheered up on this dreaded holiday, Pink Martini has a certain je ne sais quoi that puts everyone in a good mood. Portland's "little orchestra" features over a dozen musicians who perform a multilingual repertoire that seamlessly switches between jazz, classical, pop, and global music sounds. They don't just perform a show, they know how to throw a party.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Feb 12-14)

serpentwithfeet: DEACON’S TOUR Add to a List
Fresh off a collaboration with Björk for her Cornucopia tour, serpentwithfeet will bring his otherworldly tenderness to the stage in support of his 2021 album, Deacon. The album is a passionate study in love, particularly Black queer love, which flourishes with his soaring vocals, '90s influenced melodies, romantic lyricism, and experimental production.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun Feb 27)

Shinedown Add to a List
The Jacksonville-hailing alt-rock/post-grunge outfit have a massive committed fanbase that have made them a multi-platinum and record-breaking band over the last two decades. Shinedown will make their way back to town ahead of their seventh studio album, Planet Zero, which is set to come out this spring.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Tues Feb 8)

Ty Segall & The Freedom Band Add to a List
Beloved garage rock sage Ty Segall is back with his Freedom Band in support of their latest album, Harmonizer, which Pitchfork called "simultaneously sleek and sludgy." The album's tight beats, lustrous harmonies, and sometimes glitzy qualities bring Segall on a smoother and more polished ride.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Fri Feb 4)

33rd Annual Winterfolk Add to a List
An array of talented folk singer-songwriters, including Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, Kristen Grainger and True North, Michael Henchman, Mary Flower, Ben and Heidi Sadler, and Tom May with Donny Wright and Matt Snook, make their way to the Alberta Rose stage to celebrate the Portland community. This event will raise money for JOIN PDX and their ongoing effort to assist folks in finding and maintaining housing in the metro area.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia (Sat Feb 5)

Ural Thomas & the Pain Add to a List
Local legend Ural Thomas and his nine-piece band The Pain will have you movin' and groovin' with a setlist "compiled from the gilded age of soul and R&B." Their appropriately named 2018 album, The Right Time, is a collection of timeless soul. Much of the album’s tracklist pulls from material that’s decades old, but the vast majority feels relevant and in tune with the current vintage-soul renaissance.
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Sat Feb 5)

The War on Drugs Add to a List
There’s a paradox at the heart of the War on Drugs. For a band so baldly influenced by the freewheeling Americana of Springsteen, Petty, and Dylan, their music can sound strangely tense and stultifying. The most obvious cause is WoD mastermind Adam Granduciel’s reputation as a fastidious studio obsessive. Most War on Drugs songs are rich with detail: layers upon layers of guitar and synth, carefully calibrated vintage effects. But the music, though frequently gorgeous, rarely has room to breathe. Instead, it bellows—Granduciel’s work has increasingly taken on an anthemic, shouting-toward-the-cheap-seats quality. ANDREW GOSPE
Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District (Wed Feb 23)

Y La Bamba with Frankie Simone Add to a List
Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Luz Elena Mendoza, Y La Bamba's singular fusion of Mexican folk music and dreamy indie-pop has been a city treasure for over a decade. Jump on at least one of these two opportunities to see them with Borinquen musician Frankie Simone.
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman (Feb 17-18)

COMEDY

Chelsea Handler: Vaccinated and Horny Tour Add to a List
The raunchy comic has done her duty to public health and is hitting the road once again. Since she's now in a committed relationship with her longtime friend and fellow comic Jo Koy, our fingers are crossed that she'll dish on their cutesy antics. 
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Fri Feb 4)

Deon Cole Add to a List
With acting credits ranging from Black-ish to The Harder They Fall and award-winning co-writing for Conan O'Brien's late night shows, Deon Cole has established himself as a versatile actor, writer, and comedian. Couple that talent with his charisma and unique delivery, and Cole has the stylings of a true comedy Renaissance man.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun Feb 20)

Mike Birbiglia Add to a List
With over a decade’s worth of stand-up specials, one-man shows, and feature films to his credit, comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia has earned his household name status in the world of comedy. Don't miss him as he swings through town on his latest tour.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Thurs Feb 3)

The 6th Annual NW Black Comedy Festival Add to a List
The most expansive iteration yet, this year's festival features 11 showcases and two live podcasts with over 60 Black comics from all over the world. Showcases will run the gamut, from "Young Gunz," which brings "newer but polished comics" to the stage to "House of Hyjinx Heavy Hitters," bringing on seasoned headliners.
Alberta Abbey and Curious Comedy Theater (Feb 17-20)

Tig Notaro: Hello Again Tour Add to a List
Check out Tig Notaro's Grammy-nominated standup special, Live; her Emmy-nominated HBO special, Boyish Girl Interrupted; and the intense Netflix documentary, Tig, to prepare for what will surely be a wildly popular Portland tour stop.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs Feb 3)

READINGS & TALKS

2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Brit Bennett Add to a List
New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett’s two novels, the coming-of-age tale The Mothers and multi-generational family saga The Vanishing Half, have received critical acclaim and been optioned for TV and film adaptations. Last year, Bennett was named to the TIME100 Next List.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Thurs Feb 17)

Chuck Klosterman Add to a List
In The Nineties, bestselling author and essayist Chuck Klosterman gives his take on the much reminisced upon decade, examining "wholesale shifts" in society such as the rise of the internet and the "paradoxical belief that nothing was more humiliating than trying too hard." Klosterman runs through the film, music, sports, TV, politics, and culture of the era with his signature precision, delivering a "fascinating examination of a period still remembered by most, refreshingly free of unnecessary mythmaking." (Kirkus)
Virtual via Powell’s Books (Tues Feb 8)

Dana Schwartz in Conversation with Ian Karmel Add to a List
Journalist, author, and Noble Blood podcaster Dana Schwartz presents her fourth book, Anatomy, A Love Story, a gothic romance/mystery that follows aspiring surgeon Hazel Sinnett and “resurrection man” Jack Currer as they uncover dark secrets in 19th-century Scotland. Schwartz will be joined in conversation by (her fiancé!) stand-up comedian, co-head writer for The Late Late Show, and former Portland Mercury columnist Ian Karmel.
Virtual via Powell’s Books (Tues Feb 15)

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz Add to a List
Hailed as a “modern day Dorothy Parker,” (New York Times) cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz is known for delivering social commentary with her signature sardonic wit. Her Scorsese-directed docuseries Pretend It's a City was released on Netflix last year. This stimulating evening will be moderated by Live Wire’s Luke Burbank.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed Feb 16)

Laura Coates in Conversation With Soledad O'Brien Add to a List
Former DOJ prosecutor and current CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates' experience with our legal system gave her deep insights into how "Black communities are policed differently, Black cases are prosecuted differently, and Black defendants are judged differently." Her second book Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness "explores the tension between the idealism of the law and the reality of working within the parameters of our flawed legal system, exposing the chasm between what is right and what is lawful." She will be joined by award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien. Fun fact: Coates has Alex Trebek's seal of approval—she was suggested by the late Jeopardy! host as a possible replacement for his vacant post. 
Virtual via Powell’s Books (Mon Feb 7)

FILM

32nd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Add to a List
This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will offer a mix of in-person and virtual screenings this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes acclaimed films like Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance, Sundance favorites like Suzannah Mirghani Al-Sit, and many others.
Virtual via Portland Community College (Feb 4-Mar 5)

2022 HUMP! Film Festival Add to a List
Keep it in your pants during this delightfully dirty program curated by prolific sex columnist Dan Savage. The HUMP! Film Festival features an indie showcase of sex-positive short films running the gamut of body sizes, shapes, ages, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. 
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Feb 24-26)

Love Struck! Drive In Add to a List
Order some nosh to go from one of Washington Square's restaurants then cozy up with your honey, Galentine, or undefined loved one for a drive-in double feature of some of the greatest rom-coms to ever hit the big screen. The event will have a food cart pod conveniently stocked with light meals, candy, and popcorn.
Washington Square Mall, Tigard (Feb 11-13)

Oscar Shorts 2022 Add to a List
See this year's Oscar-nominated short films in three different categories—animation, documentary, and live action—so you can impress your family or housemates with educated predictions on Hollywood's biggest night (Sun Mar 27).
Living Room Theaters, West End (Feb 25-ongoing)

Summer of Soul in 35mm Add to a List
Portland Black Film Festival presents a brand new 33mm print of Questlove's directorial debut Summer of Soul (2021). The documentary, which is part music film and part historical record, celebrates Black history with found footage of the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. Never-before-seen performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King, and more are sure to get you groovin', even in the confines of your theater seat. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Feb 11-12)

VISUAL ART

Beyond Van Gogh Immersive Experience Add to a List
Modeled after similar installations that have toured Europe in recent years (although it is not the same as the one featured in Emily in Paris, in case you were wondering) and comprising a 360-degree floor-to-ceiling rig that unfetters paintings like "The Starry Night" from the borders of their original canvases (who can forget that "Wheatfield with Crows" allegory in Greg Araki's Mysterious Skin?!), this traveling exhibit leaves viewers to literally bask in their light. Beyond the main room, smaller galleries will provide context on the artist's life alongside "larger than life" re-creations. There's also a virtual reality component at the end of the show (for which you can get front-of-line access if you purchase VIP tickets), a 10-minute journey billed as "a day in the life of the artist" that's designed to make you feel as if you're strolling alongside Vincent as he discovers scenes that would inspire eight of his seminal paintings. 
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (Feb 1-12)

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Add to a List
This traveling exhibit showcases Mexican postwar identity from the early 20th century through the eyes of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. While Frida Kahlo's surrealist art is an exploration of her personal Mexican identity through painting and fashion, Diego Rivera's political murals chartered conversations of national identity. On view are several works by both artists, as well as a collection of artworks featuring Frida Kahlo, and other Mexican modernist artists.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Feb 19-June 5)

Mizna Wada's Kowaii Club II: Neon Add to a List
Japanese illustrator Mizna Wada "materializes creepy and cute girls by using various techniques," including drawing, painting, paper cutting, print gocco, and cloth doll making.
Nucleus Portland, Alberta Arts District (Feb 11-Mar 7)

EXHIBIT

Mandela: The Official Exhibition Add to a List
Created in collaboration with Nelson Mandela's family, friends, and colleagues, this global exhibition tells the story of the anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader through personal memorabilia. With the freedom fighter's wisdom still remaining relevant in today's politically tense society, this look into the recent past can help us create a better future.
OMSI, Central Eastside (Feb 1-13)

PERFORMANCE

The 23rd Annual Portland Clowns Without Borders Show Add to a List
Well, this is one event where no one will tell you to quit clowning around. Strap in for an evening of comedy and variety acts that will benefit Clowns Without Borders USA (yes, there is such a thing). The Northwest's most curious artists, such as former BodyVox dancer Alicia Cutaia, aerialists Larke and Bentley, comedy cowboy Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, and juggler Rhys Thomas are here to entertain you with their talents. 
Alberta Rose Theatre, Alberta Arts District (Sat Feb 19)

Portland Opera presents When the Sun Comes Out Add to a List
Leslie Uyeda's poetic chamber opera tells the story of Solana, who falls in love with a woman from her past in a state that oppresses fluid expressions of gender and sexuality. With libretto by Rachel Rose, the production features a quintet of violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano.
Hampton Opera Center, Hosford-Abernethy (Feb 3-12)

SHOPPING

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. This month, the market will be swathed in red and pink decorations, making it the perfect place to find a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for your honey. 
100 SE Alder, Central Eastside (Feb 11-12)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Portland Timbers Preseason Tournament Add to a List
PTFC gears up for another season by hosting a preseason tournament consisting of three doubleheaders between the Timbers, Minnesota United FC, Real Salt Lake, and Norway's Viking FK. 
Providence Park, Goose Hollow (Feb 13-19)

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