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Your Guide to January 2022 Events in Portland

Aminé's Best Tour Ever Tour, Beyond Van Gogh, Cathy Park Hong, and More
January 6, 2022
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The immersive exhibit Beyond Van Gogh has been extended due to popular demand. (Beyond Van Gogh)
A new year is here, and with it comes an exciting new slate of events you can add to your brand-new calendar or planner. We’ve rounded up our top picks below, from the Oregon 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration to Beyond Van Gogh Immersive Experience and Aminé: The Best Tour Ever Tour to Washed Out. For more ideas on what to check out this January, check out our guide to Portland Music Month.

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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.

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, and musical and devised theatre. 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

PODCASTS

Doughboys Add to a List
This cult podcast hosted by comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger reviews fast food and sit-down chains, but folks also tune in for banter about movies and sports, plus listener segments. The boys often invite fellow comedians and celebs to the pod—they've even hosted Portland-based TV writer and the "Gordon Ramsay of fast food" Bill Oakley.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun Jan 9)

HOLIDAYS

Oregon 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration Add to a List
Usher in the year of the tiger at this multicultural Lunar New Year celebration which will bring performances by a Guinness World Record-holding acrobat, award-winning singers, international Wushu champions, and various local groups. You'll also be able to marvel at art exhibits and live portrait drawing, and take part in craft workshops.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Sat Jan 29)

O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year Add to a List
In honor of the New Year and O-Shogatsu (or "standard month"), the Portland Japanese Garden celebrates the arrival of 2022 with a full afternoon of activities, including a New Year’s-style tea ceremony, a Koto harp concert, and more. Elsewhere in the Garden, an ink-wash brush drawing session and Hyakunin Issyu (poetry game) will be held in the Yanai Classroom. To cap off the festivities, attendees will share Mochitsuki (pounded rice cake) before they depart.
Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park (Sun Jan 9)

FOOD & DRINK

For Esmé Pop-Up Add to a List
Welcome 2022 with this pop-up from chef Luna Contreras and bartender Michelle Ruocco, featuring wood-fired Mexican bar snacks and cocktails.
Cafe Olli, King (Mon Jan 24)

Portland’s Barrel Aged Beer Fest Add to a List
This event will grant you ten taster tickets to sample all of the barrel-aged beers your heart desires, with a selection from a variety of breweries on tap.
Pine Street Market, Old Town-Chinatown (Jan 21-23)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Keep It Tight, Betty White Add to a List
This 100th birthday celebration was planned before the showbiz titan's recent passing, but despite the bittersweet tone that the dance party will surely take on, we can think of no better way to honor America's golden girl. Beloved local retrofuturist Chanti Darling will headline with a special DJ set, with the party crew also including DJ Veruca, MCs Ruby Delish and Zander, and performers Cody James, Lala Benét, and Valerie DeVille. The event will be ASL interpreted.
Shine Distillery & Grill, Boise (Sat Jan 15)

MUSIC

Aminé: The Best Tour Ever Tour Add to a List
Aminé, the best rapper Portland has ever produced, kicks off his Best Tour Ever tour with a triumphant hometown arena show a mere 10 minutes from where he grew up. The Benson High School and PSU alum's latest project is his mixtape TwoPointFive. He'll have support from Cochise, AJ Tracey, and 454.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat Jan 29)

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 (Fri Jan 14)

Bowie's Birthday Bash w/ BowieVision and S.O.S Add to a List
Celebrate the dearly departed Ziggy Stardust's birthday the way he would want you to—with a night of music and dance. Tribute band Bowievision will run through hits from their idol's long and storied career. Not to be outdone, Portland-based S.O.S. will also be rocking their tribute to fellow Brits The Police.
Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman (Sat Jan 15)

Built to Spill Add to a List
Built to Spill was the band that all my dude friends in junior high said they listened to before they started a band of their own. In that way, maybe Built to Spill are the West Coast's answer to the Velvet Underground. Okay, I'm mostly kidding about that one, but now that I'm thinking about it, 1999's Keep It Like a Secret seems to be the progenitor of so much of modern indie rock's sound, that it's almost like I've seen the band live before. But I haven't. Go and luxuriate in the sounds of flannel, beanies, and earnest angst. JAS KEIMIG
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Jan 29-30)

Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise Tour Add to a List
Rule-breaking progressive rock band Circa Survive will take the stage to celebrate their acclaimed 2010 album Blue Sky Noise, which marked their transition to a major label. Although they've gained mainstream success, the band has never sacrificed their experimental hard-hitting sound.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Sat Jan 22)

Deep Sea Diver Add to a List
Seattle-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Dobson leads the band Deep Sea Diver, which will bring their doo-wop and pop-infused indie rock down to Portland in support of their latest album, Impossible Weight.
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Jan 29-30)

Dorian Electra: My Agenda World Tour Add to a List
Pop star Dorian Electra has gained a queer cult following and critical acclaim after the release of their 2019 debut album, Flamboyant, and often tours with eclectic artists such as Charli XCX and Pussy Riot.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Sat Jan 22)

Flight Facilities - Forever Tour Add to a List
Australian electronic duo Flight Facilities are back with their long-anticipated sophomore album and a show at Wonder Ballroom with support from London-based international duo Two Another.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Thurs Jan 27)

Itzhak Perlman with the Oregon Symphony Add to a List
Violin virtuoso and 16-time Grammy Award winner Itzhak Perlman will be joined by the Oregon Symphony for a program of classical favorites including selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs Jan 20)

Kane Brown: Blessed & Free Tour Add to a List
Kane Brown initially gained a following through social media for his distinctive low register and has since garnered a massive fan base. The Tennessean made the 2021 TIME 100 and has been called "the future of country" by Billboard, which you can hear for yourself on his latest single One Mississippi.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Thurs Jan 27)

Lomelda with alexalone Add to a List
Lomelda is a project started by Texas-born singer-songwriter Hannah Read and her teenage friends. With five studio albums under their belt, the band has shown their ability to shapeshift while always maintaining their gentle yet emotional sparkling indie-folk sound. Joining them from the Lone Star State is joyfully moody shoegaze-influenced rock band alexalone.
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Thurs Jan 13)

Lonnie Holley and Guests Add to a List
Beloved musician Lonnie Holley, sometimes called "the cosmic Stevie Wonder," is known for genre-defying music that ranges from soul to jazz to rock to gospel. For the first night of his two-night stint, Holley will be backed by pedal steel guitarist Barry Walker and later by Ethiopian jazz group The Tezeta Band. On the second, he will be backed by percussionist Papi Fimbres, rock 'n' rollers Peter Buck & Scott McCaughey, and art-punk aficionado LOX. Expect surprises on both nights—this presentation is part one of the After The End Of The World Festival, which features Mississippi Records' favorite music acts co-presented with films and projections on the big screen.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Jan 19-20)

Mother Mother: The Inside Tour 2022 Add to a List
Vancouver (B.C.)-based indie-rockers Mother Mother, known for their dark lyrics and upbeat tone, exploded with success during the pandemic when their song "Hayloft" took off on TikTok, despite being released more than 10 years ago. The five-piece will hit the stage in support of their eighth studio album Inside.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Mon Jan 17)

Portland Music Month 2022 Add to a List
Portland Music Month is a (you guessed it) month-long celebration that aims to revive the vibrant local music industry. Fans are encouraged to snap out of their mid-winter hibernation to help Portland's independent venues and artists by seeing shows, buying merch, winning prizes, and supporting the Independent Musicians Empowerment Grant. Come out and honor the musicians that helped us all get through the darkness of the past year.
Various locations (Jan 1-31)

Remi Wolf Add to a List
Unless you held on to the end and watched season 13 of American Idol, you might not know that California-born singer Remi Wolf was sent along to Hollywood by judges JLo, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban. Despite being sent home shortly afterward, Remi Wolf has earned far more critic and fan acclaim compared to what most Idol stars receive. With her unique vocal style, psychedelic pop sound, and colorful maximalist fashion, she has cemented herself as a distinctive voice in the pop universe.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Mon Jan 31)

Stephen Malkmus & Trad Tech w/Sir Richard Bishop Add to a List
Stephen Malkmus (most well known as the singer of the influential '90s indie-rock band Pavement), who you can sometimes spot at a Blazers game, went a new direction on his most recent album Traditional Techniques. Malkmus dabbles in the folk music tradition, centering his distinct vocals and philosophical lyricism around a unique 12-string guitar. This creates a glittering symphony of organic instruments that will no doubt sound beautiful when played live. Malkmus will be joined by Sun City Girls guitarist and composer Sir Richard Bishop.
Alberta Abbey, King (Sun Jan 16)

Washed Out Add to a List
Chillwave jack of all trades Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr. aka Washed Out will tour in support of his 2020 album Purple Noon. Despite our fervent rejection of Portlandia, we’re willing to bet that he’ll play the show’s theme song “Feel It All Around.”
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Mon Jan 24)

Wonderly: Story We Tell CD Release Add to a List
Wonderly consists of duo Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk, who create music for films, podcasts, and radio shows, most notably New York Times’ The Daily podcast. They will be performing in celebration of the release of their latest album Story We Tell.
Polaris Hall, Humboldt (Sat Jan 22)

COMEDY

Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Relapse Tour Add to a List
It may be cold outside, but award-winning comedian and podcaster Bert Kreischer will likely be performing shirtless (as he is wont to do) for his latest tour. Watch with mirth as the notorious party animal, also known as "The Machine," relays exceedingly funny anecdotes about his family, fatherhood, and more.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Jan 14, 18)

Janeane Garofalo Add to a List
The Wet Hot American Summer star will take over Helium for three nights with her incendiary comedy. A longtime progressive activist, leading voice in alternative comedy, and pillar of New York City's local comedy scene, Garofalo's whip-smart observations are not to be missed. 
Helium Comedy Club, Hawthorne (Jan 27-29)

Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour Add to a List
Taylor Tomlinson is proof that while age is a number, it can also be your superpower. Part of Forbes’ 2021 class of 30 Under 30, the comedian first began performing stand up at the ripe ol' age of 16. In 2020, her debut hour-long Netflix special "Quarter-Life Crisis" resonated with younger millennials, with commentary “wise beyond her years” (Newsweek).
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Jan 13-14)

Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour Add to a List
In his latest comedy tour, the host of MTV's Jackass explains how he takes standard bucket-list items like skydiving to an absurdly ill-advised level.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sat Jan 8)

FILM

17th Annual MLK Tribute: KING: A FILMED RECORD Add to a List
Join the Clinton Street Theater as they honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with their annual screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1971). You'll learn about the life and works of the influential figure through dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, and others, along with newsreel and archival footage.
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Mon Jan 17)

CST and Boy Harsher present THE RUNNER Add to a List
Dark wave duo Boy Harsher's new album The Runner (Original Soundtrack) drops towards the end of the month and with it comes a companion horror film/meta "documentary" that "explores lust, compulsion, and the horrific tendencies of seduction." Vocalist Jae Matthews and producer Augustus Miller met in film school, so you can expect the film's visuals to pair seamlessly with the non-traditional soundtrack, which will "balance cinematic instrumentals with pop songs." 
Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy (Thurs Jan 20)

The Room with Tommy Wiseau Live Add to a List
"Oh hi, Mark!” Go see the best worst film ever made in the presence of the auteur himself, Tommy Wiseau. Following the screening, the mysterious actor and filmmaker will host a Q&A, discuss his latest project, and take photos with fans "in a special device for safe mingling." 
Cinema 21, Nob Hill (Jan 6-8)

Sundance Short Films Add to a List
These seven short films were selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, giving folks who aren't able to make it out to Park City, UT "a taste of what the festival offers." With a feature-length runtime, the program includes international films that demonstrate masterful storytelling across genres such as fiction, documentary, animation, and more. 
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Jan 22-23)

READINGS & TALKS

2021/2022 Portland Arts & Lectures: Cathy Park Hong Add to a List
Best known for the Pulitzer Prize finalist Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong also lends her wisdom as the poetry editor of The New Republic and a professor of creative writing at Rutgers. Don't miss what's sure to be a perspective-shifting lecture from the 2021 TIME 100 honoree and AAPI advocate.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Virtual (Thurs Jan 27)

Consider This with Omar El Akkad Add to a List
The novelist and journalist will discuss the theme of "American Dreams, American Myths, and American Hopes" for Oregon Humanities' Consider This program. Akkad's second novel, What Strange Paradise, is a recent PNBA 2022 Book Award winner and "explores the lives and desires of displaced people seeking safety."
Virtual via Oregon Humanities (Tues Jan 11)

Michelle Tam in Conversation With Gregory Gourdet Add to a List
New York Times bestselling author and recipe developer Michelle Tam is back with a new addition to her Nom Nom Paleo collection. Co-written with Henry Fong, Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go! covers simple feasts for weeknights, weekends, and celebrations with illustrations and step-by-step instructions. Top Chef star and author of Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health Gregory Gourdet will join Tam for a delicious conversation.
Virtual via Powell’s Books (Tues Jan 18)

National Geographic Live - Secrets of the Whales Add to a List
Nat Geo explorer and photographer Brian Skerry will share his nearly four decades of oceanic expertise, focusing on whales in particular, with curious minds. You'll learn the fascinating ins and outs of whale culture across four different species, including their "hunting techniques, international cuisines, multi-generational childcare systems, singing competitions," and more through Skerry's firsthand stories and spectacular visuals.
Newmark Theatre, Downtown (Tues Jan 25)

PERFORMANCE

Harlem Globetrotters: Spread Game Tour Add to a List
The world-famous basketball exhibition team is back at it with a new "modernized" tour, where they plan on showing out with "ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks." Check out their unique blend of street ball and interactive family entertainment, and stick around for new premium fan experiences.
Moda Center, Lloyd District (Sat Jan 22)

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 (Jan 1-Feb 12)

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Add to a List
Learn about the royal life of the revered (and highly educated for the time) Queen Nefertari, wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Curated by the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition examines the role of women in ancient Egypt through over 220 works of art, including the Queen's elaborately decorated burial chamber, sculptures, and everyday objects.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Jan 1-16; closing)

Numz Bodega Add to a List
Highlighting local artists and underrepresented global communities, this market is a partnership between the museum and The Numberz FM's AUX/MUTE Gallery, featuring work by Zero8one5, RootsNRooftops, Mister OK's Essentials, and many others.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Jan 1-30)

OSA and PAM Docents’ Group Show Add to a List
It shouldn't surprise you that many of the folks who lead museum tours for the Oregon Society of Artists and the Portland Art Museum are artists themselves. This exhibition features paintings, digital art, pastels, drawings, and more by PAM and OSA docents. 
Oregon Society of Artists Gallery, Goose Hollow (Jan 6-26)

Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints Add to a List
Dramatic shifts in Japan's social, political, and economic culture between the mid-19th and early 20th centuries are depicted through woodblock prints by late artists Toyohara Kunichika and Kawase Hasui.
Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park (Jan 1-30; closing)

THEATER

The Band’s Visit Add to a List
One of the winningest musicals in Broadway history, The Band's Visit, pays a visit to Portland. Based on the Israeli film of the same name, the joyful story follows the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who end up in a town off the beaten path and end up bringing it to life "in unexpected and tantalizing ways." See why this production, which has been praised for its positive Middle Eastern representation, took home the "Big Six" Tony Awards.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Jan 4-9)

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 (Jan 15-Feb 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 (Jan 22-Mar 6)

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 (Jan 21-Feb 27)

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