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Your Guide to January 2023 Events in Portland

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Lauren Groff, Portland Music Month, and More
January 3, 2023
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It's a brand-new year, and with it comes a fresh slate of events you can pencil into your new calendar or planner. We’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do this month below, from Moulin Rouge! The Musical to Portland Arts & Lectures: Lauren Groff and from Portland Music Month to YG: The Red Cup Tour.


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COMEDY

Pete Holmes Live: Where Were We Add to a List
Pete Holmes has a lot going on—he's a touring stand-up comedian, actor, “Christ-leaning spiritual seeker,” improviser, cartoonist, and podcaster. (You may have heard an episode of his hit podcast You Made It Weird, which features ultra-famous guests like Deepak Chopra and Seth Rogen.) Sarah Silverman describes Holmes as "like Hunter S. Thompson if he was square as shit and funny as fuck." He'll bring more of that thoughtful, yet still hilarious, style to this performance.
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Fri Jan 13)

Portland Mercury presents The 2023 Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy Add to a List
It's not often that you'll find crowd favorites like Sean Jordan, Arlo Weierhauser, Katie Nguyen, Jaren George, Imani Denae, the Broke Gravy dudes, and others all on the same stage. Portland’s funny legends will bring the laughs alongside hilarious rising stars for a night of improv and stand-up hosted by local knee-slapper Nariko Ott.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Fri Jan 13)

The Siren Theater Improv Giants Add to a List
Catch Portland's quick-on-their-feet improv experts for this evening of inventive, unscripted, no-limits fun. Longstanding comedy favorites Shelley McLendon, Tyler Quinn, Kristen Schier, Nicholas Kessler, and ​Jed Arkley will strut their hilarious stuff on stage.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Tues Jan 17)

Chris D'Elia: Don't Push Me Tour Add to a List
Smooth-brained creep Chris D'Elia of Netflix comedy special fame will head to Portland to (natch) joke about being canceled, which should surprise no one.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Fri Jan 20)

Anjelah Johnson-Reyes: "Who Do I Think I Am?" Add to a List
Comedian, former MADtv cast member, and one-time NFL cheerleader Anjelah Johnson-Reyes will hit the stage with more of the quippy impression-driven humor that's made her a viral sensation over and over again
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Fri Jan 27)

FESTIVALS

O-Shogatsu Festival: Japanese New Year Add to a List
The Portland Japanese Museum's O-Shogatsu Festival will celebrate the Japanese New Year with a jam-packed day of cultural activities, including the first hatsugama (tea ceremony) of the year, a traditional brush painting workshop, a shishimai (lion dance), and complimentary brew from Portland Coffee Roasters.
Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park (Sun Jan 8)

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair Add to a List
2023 is here! This year's Chinese New Year Cultural Fair calls in the Year of the Rabbit with a traditional lion dance, Chinese instrumental tunes, elegant calligraphy sessions, martial arts demos, and more.
Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd District (Sat Jan 21)

Lunar New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings Add to a List
Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at this Chinese New Year celebration, which will include several evenings of cultural programming, red lantern viewings, and more. Inspired by the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xian Jie, the nights of festivities will include a glowy dragon procession throughout the garden, a chopstick challenge, and tea and bites at the garden's teahouse.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown (Jan 26-Feb 5)

FILM

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday Add to a List
Everyone's favorite tree lover is turning 131 this year, and although J.R.R. Tolkien has long since departed this realm for the elvish afterlife, you can still celebrate the 20th-century visionary at Kennedy School with screenings of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. After sitting in the theater for eight hours of fantasy lore, you'll want to shake off the stiffness with live music by folk-pop trio The Junebugs.
McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia (Sat Jan 7)

Portland EcoFilm Festival Add to a List
The year-round Portland EcoFilm Festival will offer three screenings at the Hollywood this month in support of their ongoing mission to showcase the best in environmental cinema. On January 14, the Trees and the People Who Love Them program will include three short films centering tree-huggers from Madagascar to California; later that evening, the New Ecological Short Films program will share stories from the Canadian Arctic, the Albanian Alps, and elsewhere. Head back to the theater on January 15 for Beans, a feature-length flick starring Reservation Dogs cast members, inspired by the 1990 Indigenous uprising known as the Oka Crisis.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Jan 14-15)

Mississippi Record's 20th Anniversary: Coal Miner's Daughter Add to a List
In celebration of treasured record store/label Mississippi Records' 20th anniversary, this screening of '80s music biography Coal Miner's Daughter is a rare country-tinged treat. The film stars Sissy Spacek as twangy singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn (who passed in October), and it's a perfect fit—Spacek actually had country singing dreams before becoming a Hollywood star, and she shines in the soulful rags-to-riches role.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Thurs Jan 26)

PDX Motorcycle Film Festival 2023 Add to a List
Vroom vroom! Show your support for choppers and hogs at this two-day film festival, which will spotlight the best in motorcycle cinema and dedicate funds raised to the purchase of Air Fence barriers and safety equipment at Portland International Raceway for the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association. Rev your engines for OMRRA racing on both days of the festival, which will include screenings of leather-clad feature flicks and shorts.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Jan 27-28)

FOOD & DRINK

Sixth Annual Wassail Cider Fest Add to a List
Wassailing is an ancient custom that involves toasting to health and prosperity in the new year (often with cider-based beverages) and visiting an orchard to promote a bountiful harvest. McMenamins will put its own spin on the Old English tradition with a special toast, an orchard parade, live music, and of course, plenty of cider. Come dressed in "bright colors with medieval flair" for a chance to win a costume contest.
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro (Sat Jan 14)

Shinnenkai Add to a List
Take part in a shinnenkai (a traditional Japanese New Year's gathering), complete with osechi and sushi from Sho, ozoni soup from Chef Naoko, and sake from SakéOne. Additional festivities include fukubukuro (lucky grab bags), kimonos, games, card making, and live performances.
Ecotrust Building, Pearl District (Thurs Jan 19)

Fuyu Fest 2023 Add to a List
The inaugural edition of this new sake festival is here to brighten up your winter with over 70 types of Japanese craft sake, in addition to nonalcoholic drinks from Electrica PDX, Japanese snacks from Obon Shokudo, and cozy activities.
Olympic Mills Commerce Center, Buckman (Sat Jan 21)

Whiskey Dinner at Brix Tavern in Tualatin Add to a List
What could be more distinguished than a four-course prix-fixe dinner with whiskey pairings? Enjoy Blade & Bow, Bulleit 10 Year, Woodinville Straight, and Woodinville Port Finish alongside your meal.
Brix Tavern, Tualatin (Tues Jan 24)

LIVE MUSIC

Portland Music Month 2023 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 live 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 few years. Highlights from the series include a DJ set from electronic artist Com Truise Add to a List , jazz ensemble Christopher Brown Quartet Add to a List 's tribute to David Bowie, British pop singer/actress Suki Waterhouse Add to a List , and iconic indie rock band Luna Add to a List .
Various locations (Jan 4-30)

Lainey Wilson: Country With A Flare Tour Add to a List
Country music queen Lainey Wilson, who you may have seen acting in Paramount+'s neo-western drama Yellowstone, will play in support of her new album, Bell Bottom Country, which combines classic Americana with elements of '70s rock, funk, and soul. Like-minded artists Ben Chapman and Meg McRee will open.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End (Fri Jan 6)

Sofi Tukker Add to a List
NYC-based electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker will continue their trajectory to jungle-pop perfection with tracks off their new album, WET TENNIS, a hefty acronym for “when everyone tries to evolve, nothing negative is safe." Don't miss opening sets from house-infused pop artist Anabel Englund and dance troupe Bob’s Dance Shop (as seen on season 16 of America's Got Talent).
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Jan 6-7)

Black Tie/White Noise: Black Star with The Christopher Brown Quartet Add to a List
Celebrate the Thin White Duke's "golden years" with The Christopher Brown Quartet for a jazz tribute to David Bowie's final album, Blackstar, followed by a set of his greatest hits.
Jack London Revue, Downtown (Sat Jan 7)

Candlelight: A Tribute To Taylor Swift Add to a List
Break into your cottagecore era with this classical Taylor Swift tribute concert from the Listeso String Quartet, who will perform her beloved hits like "Cardigan," "Enchanted," "Invisible String," and "Love Story," all under the gentle glow of candlelight.
Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia (Fri Jan 13)

Pops Fernandez Add to a List
Dubbed the "Philippines Concert Queen," vocalist, TV personality, and fashion mogul Pops Fernandez will bring her soft rock, smooth jazz, and vocal pop to Beaverton for a benefit concert supporting the Calabarzon Foundation, which provides free dental care, supplies, and education to rural and impoverished communities in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Fri Jan 13)

Portland's Folk Festival Add to a List
Eight folk, Americana, blues, and bluegrass acts will set up shop at the historic theater for a three-day festival with performances from Hawaii-based blues troubadour Ron Artis II, cosmic folk artist Eddie Berman, bucket-banging rockabilly duo Hillstomp, dreamy indie folk trio Glitterfox, soulful roots ensemble The Get Ahead, hip-hop infused Americana outfit The Junebugs, folk-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Westfall, and neo-folk musician Karyn Ann.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Jan 13-15)

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute Add to a List
Emmy Award-winning tribute group The Fab Four will return to Portland with note-for-note renditions of The Beatles' classic songs, costume changes that reflect the band's distinct eras, and carefully coiffed mop tops that will make it seem like you're watching the real thing.
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Sat Jan 14)

Portland Chamber Orchestra: My Words Are My Sword Add to a List
Hailed by the Indianapolis Star as being capable of “pulling a palette of moods from every register,” pianist Kenny Broberg will bring his passionate and innovative style to the stage with an ardent program that includes Franck's Prelude, Fugue, and Variation in B Minor, Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, and Medtner's Sonata No. 7.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Sat Jan 14)

Suki Waterhouse Add to a List
Model/actress-turned-singer-songwriter Suki Waterhouse will headline with intimate Lana Del Rey-esque pop ballads from her debut album, I Can't Let Go, which was released on Sub Pop earlier this year. Like-minded pop artist Jane. will support.
Wonder Ballroom, Eliot (Sat Jan 14)

Dry Cleaning Add to a List
Formed after a rousing night of karaoke, London post-punk quartet Dry Cleaning is known for their spoken word vocals, intricate lyricism, and witty insights on mundane aspects of life like grocery shopping. They will support their critically acclaimed album, Stumpwork, alongside new wave rap project Nourished By Time.
Crystal Ballroom, West End (Thurs Jan 19)

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 performance of Bruch’s romantic Violin Concerto No.1, which has remained a classical music staple and audience favorite for over 150 years.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Thurs Jan 19)

Luna Add to a List
Longtime indie rock project Luna, fronted by husband-and-wife duo Dean Wareham (formerly of Galaxie 500) and Britta Phillips (she played the voice of Jem in the original '80s cartoon!), will return to Portland supporting their recently reissued albums Penthouse and Lunafied, which features covers like The Velvet Underground's "Ride Into The Sun," Blondie's "In The Flesh," and Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie & Clyde." 
Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn (Thurs Jan 19)

Cash'd Out with Radio Clash: Tribute to The Clash Add to a List
The San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out has been called “the next best thing to Johnny Cash,” by critics and praised by his daughter and producer for their authenticity. They will travel back in time with faithful performances fueled by genuine love and admiration for the late country singer.
Mississippi Studios, Boise (Sat Jan 21)

Fitz and the Tantrums: Let Yourself Free Tour Add to a List
Find out just how much Fitz and The Tantrums can make your hands clap with their energetic soul-influenced dance-pop and iPod-era hits (queue up "MoneyGrabber" if you want to be transported to 2010), which notably get the job done without a single guitar. They will support their latest album Let Yourself Free alongside pop aficionado BabyJake.
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Sat Jan 21)

Star Wars vs. Star Trek Add to a List
Whether you consider yourself a Jedi or a Trekkie, the Oregon Symphony has got you covered with an intergalactic concert featuring music from your favorite sci-fi franchises including John Williams' iconic "Imperial March" and music from all thirteen Star Trak films. Live long and prosper and may the force be with you!
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South (Sat Jan 21)

Portland Piano International: The Solo Piano Series Add to a List
This month, Portland Piano International will continue its solo piano series with renowned Russian pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy. Each performance will include unique material, including works from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, and Chopin.
PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, South Park Blocks (Jan 21-22)

J.I.D. & Smino: Luv Is 4ever Tour Add to a List
Atlanta rap star J.I.D. and St. Louis singer / rapper Smino both share the stage and perform separately for this co-headliner stop on their Luv is 4 Ever Tour—the name a mashup of J.I.D.’s excellent The Forever Story, and Smino’s recent Luv 4 Rent. Between the two, J.I.D. may be the bigger draw. In 2018, he was in XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class of 2018, then signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville label, before joining EarthGang’s Spillage Village music collective. Check out his recent appearance on Tiny Desk Concert for an idea of what his bouncy, poignant tracks are like in the flesh. On a local note, J.I.D. also worked with Portland rap queen Wynne on “Ego Check,” the lead single from her 2019 debut If I May.... But while we gush about J.,I.D., there's no denying that Smino is also a very charismatic performer, and a member of two super groups: Zoink Gang (with J.I.D.), and Ghetto Sage. We don't generally recommend sold out shows, but this may be the one to StubHub, if you can’t fight the FOMO. Check in with the merch table to see if Smino’s slinging any of those ingenious satin-lined hoodies. PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown (Thurs Jan 26)

sunn O))) Add to a List
Back in 2019, Stranger writer Dave Segal wrote: "sunn O)))’s records are nice, but you really need to experience the doom-drone duolive to fully appreciate the oppressive majesty of their music. When I saw them at Neumos in 2005, their sonic warfare electrified my ear hairs and rippled my pants nonstop." The pair will return to town on their Shoshin (初心) Duo tour, with press materials promising "profound valve amplification, spectral harmonics, distortion, and volume." If you're sunn O))) fan, then you probably understand what those words mean!
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Thurs Jan 26)

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Add to a List
Prolific singer and saxophonist Karl Denson will celebrate 25 years of his band Tiny Universe with an evening of funk, soul, rock, jazz, and blues—the group's storied career has included tours with artists like D'Angelo, The Roots, Public Enemy, and Parliament-Funkadelic.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Fri Jan 27)

PCSO Spectacular Add to a List
Portland Columbia Symphony will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a "knockout concert" to showcase the unique nature of this dynamic orchestra. With the help of acclaimed violin virtuoso Alexander Markov, the ensemble will perform rock-infused classical selections from Vivaldi to Massenet, as well as John Williams' acclaimed score to E.T
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton (Sat Jan 28)

Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn & Sarah Jarosz: Together In Concert Add to a List
Former Mercury contributor Rose Finn wrote: "Shawn Colvin will forever be etched in my memory from the time I was eight years old, dancing around my friend's living room as my friend stood on a chair lip-syncing "Sunny Came Home," with thunder and lightning striking outside in the mid-August heat. This song catapulted Colvin into the mainstream, winning her a Grammy for both Song and Record of the Year in 1998. Colvin has toured with Suzanne Vega and played with everybody from Joni Mitchell to Crosby, Stills & Nash, influences that shine through in her soft, ambient-folk-rock as well as her sweet, crackly, unaffected tone." For this triple-headlined show, Colvin will link up with "Walking in Memphis" singer Marc Cohn and bluegrass artist Sarah Jarosz.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Sun Jan 29)

YG: The Red Cup Tour Add to a List
Compton-born rapper YG, best known for his collaborations with artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, Meek Mill, and Snoop Dogg, will stop by on his Red Cup tour to support his new album, I Got Issues, which he described as an outlet to provide his fans with insights and updates on his life: "I feel like my people haven't heard from me in a real way, in a long time. So I'm giving them this album…I'm here with all my issues, you know what I'm sayin'?"
Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District (Sun Jan 29)

PERFORMANCE

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Add to a List
Baz Luhrmann's sparkly world hits the theatrical stage in this musical directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers. You probably already know the plot of the romantic drama set in turn-of-the-century Paris, so just sit back and thrill your eyeballs with the glamour of the show—Moulin Rouge! brings new meaning to the word "extra."
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Jan 4-15)

American Fast Add to a List
This Rolling World Premiere launch by director Kareem Fahmy follows a top-ranked college basketball player whose faith is challenged when March Madness falls during Ramadan. Khady Salama's religious mother expects her to fast during game days, and as she rises in the ranks and inspires other Muslim players, Khady must give careful consideration to what matters most.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Jan 5-29)

Bish Where? Add to a List
Bish, you betta get yourself to this star-studded debut of Portland's new quarterly queer+ party. Drag royalty like Laganja Estranja (RuPaul's Drag Race), Stacy Layne Matthews (RuPaul's Drag Race), Landon Cider (Dragula), and Geneva Convention (Camp Wannakiki) will kick off the new year with local stars Jayla Rose (Lizzo's Watch out for the Big Grrrls) and Flawless Shade (Painted with Raven).
The Get Down, Buckman (Sat Jan 7)

Puddles Pity Party Add to a List
The extremely popular seven-foot-tall "sad clown with the golden voice" Puddles Pity Party will stop by with his stage show featuring musical numbers, absurdism, and plenty of laughs.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Thurs Jan 12)

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B Add to a List
Penned by playwright Kate Hamill and adapted from the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this tongue-in-cheek feminist farce sees two female roommates stumble across mysteries and villains they never expected. Oregon Artswatch described Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt. 2B as a "buddy comedy," so expect more laughs and less Jack the Ripper-esque horror.
Portland Center Stage, Pearl District (Jan 14-Feb 12)

The Simon & Garfunkel Story Add to a List
This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the musical journey of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their meek beginnings, to their rise as one of the bestselling music groups of the '60s, and ultimately to their dramatic breakup in 1970. This unique show will include projections of original photos and film footage, as well as a live band performing the duo's iconic folk-rock hits. 
Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks (Sun Jan 15)

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix Add to a List
Legendary retro-fetish dazzler Dita Von Teese will woo the stage with the "most lavish touring burlesque show in history," which blends sumptuous, Swarovski-studded striptease with bespoke costuming by Jenny Packham, Christian Louboutin, and others. 
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Tues Jan 17)

Cabaret Add to a List
Former Stranger editor Christopher Frizzelle once wrote: "Cabaret is the best musical of all time, because Kander and Ebb were geniuses and because it neatly solves the problem inherent in musicals (why are these people breaking into song?). Its bawdy, funny, hedonistic songs aren't indulgent for indulgence's sake. What goes on inside the Kit Kat Klub, in Berlin in 1931, is ignorant bliss on amphetamines, a carnival of humanity not aware what's coming their way." This version of the Weimar Germany-set musical will be presented by the nonprofit musical theater company Stumptown Stages, which delivered a killer interpretation of Little Shop of Horrors last year.
Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks (Jan 20-Feb 12)

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook Add to a List
Blending musical revue and original musical elements, Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook features a "treasure trove" of beloved hits by composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). The performance follows a pair of empty-nesters whose yellowing photographs help them revisit fond memories and uncover unexpected secrets.
Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Tigard (Jan 26-Feb 19)

Penn & Teller Add to a List
Magical misfits Penn Jillette and the mononymous Teller will continue their label-defying brand of skeptical comedy at this performance, which follows their beloved, long-running stints on Broadway and in Las Vegas.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Fri Jan 27)

Judge John Hodgman Add to a List
Smarty-pants humorist John Hodgman will hit the stage alongside bailiff Jesse Thorn for this live edition of Judge John Hodgman, a Webby Award-winning podcast of fake legal wisdom and comedic close calls.
Revolution Hall, Buckman (Tues Jan 31)

READINGS & TALKS

Aubrey Gordon in Conversation With Sarah Marshall Add to a List
Pacific Northwest powerhouses Aubrey Gordon and Sarah Marshall aren't known to mince words—Gordon's podcast Maintenance Phase unpacks the mumbo-jumbo of modern wellness culture, while Marshall's podcast You're Wrong About attacks the myths embedded in modern history and pop culture. For this discussion, the duo will dig into Gordon's new book, You Just Need to Lose Weight, which debunks anti-fat misconceptions and offers tools for fat activism and liberation.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Fri Jan 20)

2022/23 Portland Arts & Lectures: Lauren Groff Add to a List
Three-time National Book Awards finalist Lauren Groff, whose mystical nun novel Matrix was one of Obama's faves in 2021, will head to Portland to discuss her direct, emotionally honest approach to writing.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks (Wed Jan 18)

Jeffrey Gibson in Conversation with Kathleen Ash-Milby Add to a List
Jeffrey Gibson, the visionary Mississippi Choctaw-Cherokee artist behind current Portland Art Museum exhibitions They Come From Fire Add to a List and To Name An Other Add to a List , will present this Alan Ostrow Memorial Lecture alongside Navajo curator Kathleen Ash-Milby. The duo will reflect on the origins of Gibson's multi-media, Indigenous-focused work, so drop by to catch the exhibitions and gain additional insight.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Sat Jan 21)

Under the Great Wave: Human Nature in Japanese Landscape Prints Add to a List
Helen Swift, Japan Foundation assistant curator of Japanese art at the Portland Art Museum, will deliver a lecture on landscapes as seen through Japanese woodblock prints of the 19th century. A persistent motif for contemporary Japanese artists, the landscape has been deeply meaningful to the people of Japan for centuries. Swift will investigate its lasting power through an examination of the museum’s comprehensive Japanese print collection.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Sun Jan 22)

The Smitten Kitchen Keepers Book Tour Add to a List
Deb Perelman has never worked in a restaurant, but her food blog Smitten Kitchen features more than 1,200 meticulously tested recipes and has won multiple awards. Based on the popularity of her accessible, dressed-up-comfort-food recipes, down-to-earth writing, and mouthwatering, sun-soaked photos she takes in her pint-sized New York apartment, Perelman has become a behemoth in the food-writing industry. She’ll come to Portland on her book tour for her third and much-anticipated cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Keepers: New Classics for Your Forever Files, which contains over 100 recipes that are destined to join your regular rotation.
Powell's City of Books, Pearl District (Tues Jan 24)

Consider This With Vanessa Veselka Add to a List
Oregon Book Award-winning writer Vanessa Veselka, whose book The Great Offshore Grounds was deemed "a magnificent beast of a novel" by Roxane Gay, leads this conversation about class, power, and labor. As part of the 2023–24 Consider This series, which has a "People, Place, and Power" theme, Veselka will chat about her background as a "teenage runaway, sex worker, musician, student of paleontology, union organizer, cab driver, and mother."
Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia (Thurs Jan 26)

TEDxPortland Salon Add to a List
Culture-shifting ad agency Wieden+Kennedy will host this intimate evening for TEDx enthusiasts, with an accomplished slate of speakers including Delia Grenville, Ph.D., a senior executive leader at Intel, who will explore "corporate mobbing" (AKA bullying at work). Sneakerhead entrepreneur Ian Williams will share how he left the corporate world to start Deadstock Coffee, a sneaker-themed coffee shop in Old Town, and musical troubadour Redray Frazier will set the vibes with a soul- and rock-influenced performance. Attendees can snag bites from Wild Child Pizza, plus chic cocktails at a hosted bar.
Wieden + Kennedy, Pearl District (Thurs Jan 26)

VISUAL ART

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos): looking for the land///found the weather Add to a List
Hanis Coos artist Sara Siestreem, who was recently awarded the 2022 Forge Project Fellowship, presents a new body of work focused on her ongoing themes of ceremonial tradition, ecological justice, and Indigenous feminism in looking for the land///found the weather. The solo exhibition includes bundles of suspended sweetgrass braids, video artworks, painted diptychs, and other experiments in immersion, confrontation, and metaphor to create "act[s] of refusal and resistance."
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District (Jan 6-Feb 26)

Flowstone Add to a List
WAVE Contemporary co-founder Hannah Newman and widely exhibited artist Susan Murrell "explore the end of day as it relates to the end of days" in Flowstone, a collaborative project. Through familiar lenses of landscape painting and figurative sculpture, Newman and Murrell delve into complicated territories of body and land, untold futures, and ecological dread.
Carnation Contemporary, Kenton (Jan 7-29)

InterACT! The Art of Creating Together Add to a List
JAMO's month of interactive art-making will include zine and printmaking workshops, guided conversations, and ample opportunities for collaboration, plus a performance and book talk by national performing artists Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama. InterACT! The Art of Creating Together offers an intentional way to move forward from the isolating years of the pandemic toward a renewed sense of unity, so head to their weekend programming throughout the month to create in community.
Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown (Jan 14-Feb 2)

Weaving Data Add to a List
Over the last few centuries, the technology of weaving design has made leaps and bounds, advancing from the Jacquard process of the 19th century to today's TC2 loom, which can weave everything from text to photographic imagery. The relationship between weaving and computing is a complex one, and whether or not you dig textile art, this exhibit isn't one to pass up—it includes intricate woven works by local pillars in the contemporary art community like Jovencio de la Paz, Kayla Mattes, and Shelley Socolofsky alongside art stars like Joan Truckenbrod, Faig Ahmed, and others.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, South Park Blocks (Jan 24-April 29)

Portland Fine Print Fair Add to a List
Leading national and international print dealers will converge on Portland Art Museum's historic Fields Ballroom for this elegant fair, where seasoned collectors and newbies alike can purchase fine prints and chat with erudite dealers. Expect a wide range of offerings—you might spy works by Old Masters alongside thought-provoking pieces by contemporary art stars.
Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks (Jan 27-29)

Chrysalis (Generativity): Fernanda D’Agostino Add to a List
As part of Site, Oregon Contemporary's ongoing series of "site-specific large-scale solo exhibitions by artists of the Pacific Northwest," this solo exhibition by Fernanda D’Agostino draws from an unusual inspiration—the nests of tent caterpillars. D'Agostino's curious installation of sculptural works blends materials like netting and found branches with creative coding and MadMapper to think carefully about sacredness, merging, and emerging with a childlike sense of marvel.
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (Jan 27-March 5)

home school: The shape of memory Add to a List
Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu of home school will present the second exhibition of their curatorial residency at Oregon Contemporary. The shape of memory includes sculptural and installation works by "decolonial experimental archaeologist" Star Feliz, Athens Biennale-exhibited artist Deborah-Joyce Holman, Johannesburg-based artist Nkhensani Mkhari, and others, each of whom shares conceptual interpretations of symbols and sigils.
Oregon Contemporary, Kenton (Jan 27-March 19)

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