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The Top 57 Events in Portland This Week: Aug 8-14, 2022

John Mulaney, Mitski, and More Top Picks
August 8, 2022
We're more than ready for Mitski to drag us through laurel hell. (Mitski via Facebook)
There's plenty of excellent events worth your time this week, from Comedy Bang! Bang! to John Mulaney, from Banks to Mitski, and from the Providence Bridge Pedal to the 5th Annual PDX Hot Sauce Expo. Read on for more noteworthy options through Sunday.

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Ex Novo 8th Anniversary Celebration Add to a List
Ex Novo Brewing is toasting to eight years of business with a free party and a trio of anniversary beer releases (a sparkling IPA, hazy IPA, and a Brewers Amber Rye). The event will also feature a ticketed eight-course dinner with eight beer pairings, including the three anniversary brews and some special barrel-aged beers plucked from the depths of Ex Novo's cellar.
(Ex Novo, Eliot)


Banks: The Serpentina Tour Add to a List
The cover of her 2016 album The Altar presents Banks unadorned by the trappings of the typical pop diva. It’s this starkness that permeates her complex, emotional songcraft, with startlingly raw concepts that push and embrace the incredibly intelligent production into a genius elixir of technology and human drama. Her mastery of poetic openness draws the listener inside modernist beats by sprinkling trembling ribbons of libido over every emboldened chorus. The resulting magic is both addictively accessible and introspectively enlightening. Some critics may try to tag her sound as "alternative R&B" because of her white skin, but this label is just an extremely glib interpretation of what Banks' music represents—it’s an exciting expression of electronic soul injected with a warrior’s wisdom that breathes with an essential quality that is achingly absent from most mainstream avenues. CHRIS SUTTON
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Psychedelic Furs: Made of Rain 2022 Tour with Special Guest X Add to a List
We could all use a little escapism right about now. Your best bet is to sink into the soft, forgiving nostalgia of the Psychedelic Furs—“Love My Way” and “Pretty in Pink” remain evergreen post-punk gems of the ’80s—and see if you can forget the past three years ever happened. NED LANNAMANN
(McMenamins Grand Lodge, Forest Grove)



Invincible Shaolin in 35mm Add to a List
Fans of kung fu won't wanna miss this "extremely rare" 35mm print screening of the '78 classic Invincible Shaolin. Directed by Chang Cheh, the flick follows a group of fighters training for a kung fu smackdown against the evil General Pu. Snag a Kung Fu Theater t-shirt in Hollywood's lobby and throw it on—folks wearing the shirts are eligible to win special movie memorabilia. 
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)


Mitski: Laurel Hell Summer Tour Add to a List
After the release of her critically acclaimed fourth album, Be The Cowboy, Mitski turned from cult favorite to one of the biggest names in indie rock. On her new album, Laurel Hell, she tackles the complexities of success, transformation, and contradictory realities through built-up tensions that bloom into '80s dance beats with synth flourishes. Mitski has that special gift of turning the saddest song you've ever heard into a dance floor anthem, and if her live shows are anything like her songs, you’d better be ready to cry and dance simultaneously.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

The Chicks Add to a List
Adored country trio The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks) will ignite stage with the empowering feminist anthems from their 2020 album, Gaslighter, which is the group's first record in fourteen years. The night will get started with a performance from the legendary country-folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)


Chantel Prat in Conversation With Andrea Stocco Add to a List
In celebration of the release of her book The Neuroscience of You: How Every Brain is Different and How to Understand Yours, University of Washington professor Chantel Prat will discuss brainy business and more with computational cognitive neuroscientist Andrea Stocco.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



The Concerts At The Barn Add to a List
This chamber music series promises idyllic views and exquisite tunes with a rotating cast of musicians performing on the lawn of this 200-acre berry farm. This week will resume with Oregon Symphony cellist Nancy Ives.
(The Butler Barn at Hoffman Farms, Beaverton)

Daddy Yankee: La Ăšltima Vuelta World Tour Add to a List
Puerto Rican rapper and "king of reggaeton" Daddy Yankee is hitting the road for one last world tour before retiring from the music industry for good. Celebrate (or mourn) his three-decade-long career with bangers from his conclusive album, Legendaddy, which he describes as encapsulating "all the styles that have defined me."
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Music on Main Add to a List
This free outdoor summer music series is back for its 15th year with an impressive schedule of local talent, continuing this week with nostalgic '80s classics from tribute band My Siamese Twin.
(SW Main between Broadway and Park, Downtown)


Brian Doherty Add to a List
The '60s-era "comix" movement shifted the comic book genre from Sunday funnies and superheroes to transgressive sex, gross-out imagery, and drug use. Brian Doherty's Dirty Pictures tells the whole story. Hippies and creatives dug the medium's new direction, and comix thrived in zines and underground publications, with panels drawn by weirdo masterminds like R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and Harvey Pekar. What started with wacky humor made a lasting cultural impression—comix reframed popular thinking on the war, racial justice, gender expression, and more.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)



Comedy Bang! Bang! Add to a List
Reliably hilarious podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! probably predates your fave—funnyman Scott Aukerman has hosted the show for over 13 years. Blending interviews, improv, and silly, surreal antics, Comedy Bang! Bang! has heard from guests like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen, so you know the jokes will be on point for this live performance.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Pix Pâtisserie's Movies at Dusk! Add to a List
They've mastered the macaron—why not movie screenings, too? Pix Pâtisserie's summer screenings of film favorites continue this week with Footloose. Tickets to each Thursday night show include prearranged seats, movie trivia, and all the popcorn you can eat!
(Pix Pâtisserie, Kerns)


Animal Collective Add to a List
Kings of experimental indie rock Animal Collective will bring their whimsical and at times chaotic sounds to town supporting Time Skiffs, the quartet’s first album in six years. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from the Baltimore future-pop project Tomato Flower.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

La Luz: 10th Anniversary Show Add to a List
"I will never cease to extol the immeasurable brilliance of La Luz," wrote former Portland Mercury writer Ciara Dolan. "The now-LA-based four-piece's doo-wop harmonies are beguilingly sweet, hypnotizing listeners until guitarist/singer Shana Cleveland's agile shredding solos strike with unmerciful venom." Don't miss the quartet for an intimate show as they celebrate ten years as a band, surrounded by the pastoral views of Sauvie Island. Locally sourced food and drinks will be available on-site, but bring a blanket or lawn chair if you want to get extra comfy.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Add to a List
Denver-based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff and his band will bring their signature blend of whisky-soaked rock, soul, and roots music back through town supporting their album, The Future, which Rateliff wrote "from a place of hope" in the midst of the pandemic. Indie-folk singer-songwriter Bahamas will start the show with tracks off of his latest album, Sad Hunk.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)


Live! Prophets! Live! Add to a List
Local nonprofit theater company The Broken Planetarium presents this fresh cabaret musical, which pulls inspiration from the myth of the ancient Greek prophet Cassandra and the true story of 19th-century scientist Eunice Newton Foote (she discovered that atmospheric carbon contributes to climate change). Set in an "underworld roadhouse," a cast of furious femme prophets from across the ages share their sorrows and passions. Local musicians provide a stellar soundtrack for the scrappy, end-of-the-world performance.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)



John Mulaney Add to a List
Ah, John Mulaney—if you're familiar with his buttoned-up comedy style, you probably love him, and if you really love him, you already know that he's been through...a lot of changes lately. Catch the contemporary legend's massive tour and you might hear him spill the tea. (We'd check it out ourselves, but "we are very small, and we have no money, so you can imagine the kind of stress that we are under.")
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Minority Retort presents Mateen Stewart Add to a List
Detroit native Mateen Stewart, who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and recently competed on NBC’s The Weakest Link, will head to Portland to share some jokes (will we get an update on his ghost mom?) Lee H. Tillman, Julia Corral, and Anthony Robinson will join Mateen for the show presented by Minority Retort, Portland's leading stand-up comedy showcase for Black and brown comedians. 
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Nimesh Patel Add to a List
Emmy-nominated writer and funnyman Nimesh Patel has been a common face in NYC's comedy scene for the last decade—he's a regular at the famed Comedy Cellar, and has opened for Chris Rock and Aziz Ansari. Patel brings more chill, open-minded comedy to this performance. (Will his parents find out?)
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)


Cryptozoo Add to a List
The film industry has churned out 29 Marvel movies we didn't ask for, so it's nice to see that there's still some funding left for visionary, wackadoo projects like this. Comic book writer-turned-director Dash Shaw's Cryptozoo tells of a dream-eating creature and the cryptozookeepers who hope to find it. Set in '60s San Francisco, a pair of lovers become entangled in the tale's experimental, kaleidoscopic imagery. (Seriously, pop an edible and watch the trailer.)
(Whitsell Auditorium, South Park Blocks)


2022 Vancouver Summer BrewFest Add to a List
Enjoy beers from 25 different Washington breweries within the stunning surroundings of Vancouver's Esther Short Park. You'll also be able to grab nosh from food trucks like Big Dogs Grill, Poblano Pepper Mexican Food, and Southern Girl Delights and take in live music performances.
(Esther Short Park, Vancouver)


Billy Strings Add to a List
Staying true to traditional bluegrass while never abandoning his Michigan metal band origins, 26-year-old guitar prodigy Billy Strings boosts his roots jams with electric instruments and touches of psychedelic rock that have earned him national acclaim and a Grammy win.
(Edgefield, Troutdale)

Joseph with Palm Sunday Add to a List
We can't think of a better place to hear the harmonious folk tunes of Portland-born sister trio Joseph than this intimate show beneath Topaz Farm's magical historic oak tree. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from singer-songwriter Palm Sunday. Plus, bring a blanket to get extra cozy while you soak up the music and stargaze.
(Topaz Farm, Sauvie Island)

Mahalia: Letter to Ur Ex Tour Add to a List
British Jamaican singer/songwriter Mahalia comes through on Monday, September 12, in support of her recent EP, Letter To Your Ex, which dropped in May. Fans can also look forward to hearing her slay earlier tracks like “Sober,” “I Wish I Missed My Ex,” and hopefully an acoustic rendition of 2016 track “Marry Me.” PORTLAND MERCURY CONTRIBUTOR JENNI MOORE
(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

Mt. Joy Add to a List
Fresh off the release of their new album, Orange Blood, the Los Angeles-via-Philadelphia indie quintet will return to town with glistening psych-folk that’s perfectly summed up by the title track's lyrics: "Acid took us on a date, orange blood dripping from the sun."
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

My Morning Jacket Add to a List
Indie-rock five-piece My Morning Jacket crafts tunes that are just as pleasant as their name implies, swimming with soulful vocals, blissful psychedelic jams, and cathartic lyricism. They will support their self-titled ninth studio album alongside singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun, who will play tunes from her acclaimed release, In Defense of My Own Happiness.
(Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend)

Sum 41 & Simple Plan: The Blame Canada Tour Add to a List
This lineup is what Hot Topic circa 2009 dreams are made of. Canadian pop-punk hold-outs Sum 41 and Simple Plan will join forces for an evening of skater boy anthems like "In Too Deep" and "Perfect."
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Hamlet Add to a List
If you dug The Northman's loose interpretation of the tale, trace the classic tragedy Hamlet back to its roots in this performance. The quintessential Shakespearean play, enacted here in a stripped-down style, is chock-full of heartbreak, murder, ghosts, and political intrigue. Sign us up.
(Shaking the Tree Theatre, Hosford-Abernethy)



Amanda Seales Add to a List
Amanda Seales is no ordinary comic—the Columbia University grad tackles serious topics like racism, rape culture, and police brutality with humor and intelligence. You might know Seales from her role as Tiffany DuBois on HBO's Insecure; she's also the host of NBC's Bring the Funny and the Small Doses podcast. Expect a blend of laughs and uplifting Black advocacy in Seales's performance—she founded Smart Funny & Black Productions to produce and create art as "edu-tainment."
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Sorry Not Sorry Add to a List
This monthly showcase centers stand-up from women, LGBTQIA+, and POC comics. The audience will hear from funny favorites Dianna Potter, winner of the 2021 Western Oregon Comedy Competition, and Kelly Ryan, winner of Portland’s Funniest Person in 2021, plus others.
(Leikam Brewing, Mount Tabor)


5th Annual PDX Hot Sauce Expo Add to a List
If you're the kind of person who always craves a little more heat and keeps a bottle of Cholula stashed in your bag like Beyoncé, then you definitely won't want to miss this hot sauce extravaganza. The spicy festivities also include wrestling, craft beers, specialty cocktails, and plenty of food.
(OMSI, Central Eastside)

SlushFest Saturday Tap Takeovers Add to a List
Cool off this summer with this slushie-centric street party from Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom. They'll feature a four-tap kegerator and slushie machine, with four beers on tap from a different local brewery each week, a different housemade slushie, and "ice bergs" (beer pours with slushie floats).
(Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, Richmond)


Bombino Add to a List
In 2019, former Mercury senior editor Ned Lannamann wrote: "Bombino has been a star in Portland since 2012, when the Tuareg guitarist and his terrific backing band, bedecked in bazin robes and tagelmust scarves, played a fervently exciting set of Saharan desert blues amid the lush greenery of Pickathon festival’s stage in the woods. Since then, the rest of the world’s caught on, with Bombino recording albums with the likes of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth." For this show, the Nigerian singer-songwriter will be joined by folktronica artist Shovelman.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

MUNA Add to a List
Los Angeles-based "dark pop" trio MUNA, who recently signed with Phoebe Bridgers' label Saddest Factory, returns to Portland for a headlining show supporting their brand new self-titled album. Fellow Californian singer-songwriterJensen McRae will open the night with alt-folk serenades from her debut album, Are You Happy Now?
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Backseat Lovers Add to a List
After the success of their 2019 single "Kilby Girl," Utah-based indie rock quartet The Backseat Lovers will hop in the front seat for a headlining show with support from kindred rockers Mercury.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


MEGA presents: The Awesome Pod Tour Add to a List
Get ready to sing praises for Mega, a serial satire podcast that imagines a mega-church with a rotating cast of colorful characters (Fans of The Righteous Gemstones will dig it.) At this live performance, attendees will peek inside the strange world of Twin Hills Community Church—hosted by Holly Laurent and Greg Hess, the podcast has included funny guest stars like Ashley Nicole Black, Thomas Middleditch, Louie Anderson, and Jason Mantzoukas in the past.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


Ichi-go ichi-e: An Evening of Japanese Artistry Add to a List
Ichi-go ichi-e expresses the cultural concept of "treasuring the unrepeatable nature of a moment," which is exactly what this temporal evening of Japanese creativity aims to do. Renowned pottery artist Shozo Michikawa will share his unique, sculptural process of wheel-thrown vase-making, both in a demonstration and a conversation with Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art at the Portland Art Museum. Accompanied by traditional Japanese music played by local duo Takohachi Collab Project, ikebana teacher Nana Goto Bellerud will then create an original flower arrangement for display in Michikawa's vase. 
(Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks)



India Festival Add to a List
Spearheaded by the India Cultural Association of Portland, this outdoor festival brings India's vibrant culture to Portland's living room with music, dance, fashion, art, history, and tasty food. Now in its 28th year, the annual event is always held in mid-August to celebrate India's independence day.
(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)


Portland Columbia Symphony: Stage & Screen in the Park Add to a List
Steven Byess will conduct Portland Columbia Symphony for a free outdoor program to kick off the season. You’ll be pleased to hear some of "your favorite tunes from the shows and movies you love," including works by Sondheim, Gershwin, Bernstein, and more.
(Nadaka Nature Park & Garden, Wilkes East)


The Bar[d] Party: UNPLUGGED Add to a List
This Shakespearean showcase features four separate stages where short scenes and monologues will be performed throughout the evening. Attendees can take a break from the theatrical commotion with art-making sessions and community dialogue inspired by oral storytelling traditions. All tickets are pay-what-ya-can, and the event is for a good cause—four organizations supporting youth education, LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive rights, and racial equality are the stars of the show, with opportunities to donate to their missions.
(CoHo Productions, Northwest District)


Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride Add to a List
Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are invited to Providence's annual celebration of biking on bridges. Different routes are available, ranging from crossing two to nine Willamette River bridges, and including a unique chance to bike across car-free upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont. If a leisurely stroll sounds more your speed, take part in the Bridge Stride, a five-mile walk across the Fremont and Steel bridges.
(Various locations)


TransFIGURE: Trans Figure Drawing Add to a List
Trans artists can practice their skills drawing from trans models at this new monthly event in an inclusive environment. Organized by The T4T Art Collective, the donation-based sessions invite artists of all skill levels to draw along. This time around, local artist Pablo Cazares will provide a short artistic demo at 4:30 pm.
(Parallax Art Center, Pearl District)



Sneaker Week Add to a List
Positive vibes only at this week-long festival, which celebrates the global sneaker community and Portland's booming footwear industry with workshops and themed festivities.
(Various locations, Monday-Wednesday)


It’s Not Over: Forty Years of HIV/AIDS in Oregon Add to a List
It's 1981, and a strange new disease is causing respiratory attacks and unusual skin cancers in otherwise healthy young people. Soon linked to gay men, HIV/AIDS fueled a fire of fierce discrimination. In Oregon, activists formed organizations like Cascade AIDS Project and Our House of Portland to offer support. Nonetheless, HIV/AIDS killed over 700,000 Americans between 1981 and 2021. 4,613 of them lived in Oregon. This exhibition centers the work of Cascade AIDS Project and Our House of Portland as a reflection on 40 years of HIV/AIDS in our state.
(Oregon Historical Society, Southwest Portland, Monday-Sunday; closing)


Clark County Fair Add to a List
Spotlighting the region's heritage with agricultural and educational programs, the Clark County Fair also includes performances by Daughtry, Cheap Trick, Martina McBride, and others. Stick around for the monster truck rallies and the diaper derby.
(Clark County Fairgrounds, Ridgefield, Monday-Sunday)


Bodies Bodies Bodies Add to a List
If you find Gen Z culture even remotely interesting, you won't wanna miss this buzzy A24 horror starring Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Sennott, and Pete Davidson with a vape. Set to a hyperpop soundtrack, the film follows a group of wealthy youngins whose hurricane party at a remote mansion turns from TikToks and astrology discussions to backstabbing and murder.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Thursday-Sunday)

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song Add to a List
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never shied away from deep emotion, probing the depths of politics, religion, depression, and love in a haunting bass voice for almost 50 years. This film takes a close look at his life through the lens of his instantly recognizable hymn "Hallelujah."
(Cinema 21, Nob Hill, Monday-Thursday)

I Love My Dad Add to a List
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature and Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award at SXSW, I Love My Dad stars (ultra-lovable) Patton Oswalt as an estranged dad who desperately wants to reconnect with his son, Franklin. Things get weird when he starts catfishing Franklin, causing him to fall in love with an imaginary woman. (Haven't we learned yet that catfishing is wrong?!)
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

The Portland 48 Hour Film Project Add to a List
Featuring dozens of short films created by Portland talent over 48 short hours in July, this fast-paced, pressure cooker film series honors the best of the best. Each screening of the Portland 48 Hour Film Project includes opportunities to vote for your favorite flick, plus Q&A sessions and post-show parties where audiences can interact directly with filmmakers.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy, Monday-Tuesday)

Punk Kidz Double Feature Add to a List
Since Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World came out 12 years ago (wow, we're ancient), the film has become a cultural touchstone for millennial misfits and anyone who identifies with Michael Cera. We hesitate to call it a "cult classic" yet, but it's headed in that direction. Catch the film alongside neon-hued Japanese black comedy We Are Little Zombies in this double feature for "punk kidz."
(Fifth Avenue Cinema, Downtown, Friday-Sunday)


Portland Mercury's Summer of Slushies 2022 Add to a List
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $6 a pop. 
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)


Tito: A Modern, Interactive Adaptation of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito Add to a List
This modern, interactive adaptation of Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito imagines the titular character as the US President. Attendees will take on the role of White House press, touring President Tito's offices as the story progresses. Traditionally set in Rome, La clemenza di Tito is a sordid tale of unrequited love and murder—head to humanities nonprofit Cerimon House to see how this contemporary political version unfolds.
(Cerimon House, Vernon, Thursday-Sunday)


1,000 Moons: Emily Jung Miller Add to a List
In an effort to remain grounded, artist Emily Jung Miller began creating sculptural works after losing both of her grandparents due to COVID complications. Her hand-formed paper works incorporate kelp, sheet music, and other connections to her grandparents' lives; each piece links together in this installation to form a corridor or pathway of memories. As part of the meditative making practice for 1,000 Moons, Jung Miller's paper works were cut into moon shapes, representing each full moon in her grandmother’s 94 years of life.
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton, Wednesday-Saturday; closing)

ENCHIRIDION: aisle, spline, resort by sidony o'neal Add to a List
ENCHIRIDION: aisle, spline, resort is Portland-based writer, performance artist, and dramaturg sidony o’neal’s first major solo exhibition in North America. Not much contextual information has been revealed about the exhibition, but knowing o'neal's style, there will be references to post-digital, mathematical, and synthetic methodologies embedded in the works.
(PICA, Eliot, Thursday-Sunday; closing)

Every Corner is Alive Add to a List
Like most students, PNCA's Low Residency MFA in Visual Studies candidates have been through a lot over the last few years. Their exhibition series, Every Corner is Alive, considers this cultural moment of grief and uncertainty through an expansive environmental lens. Stashia Cabral, Élan Chardin, Laura Jean Foster, Amy Gibson, Ondrea Levey, Kelly Marshall, lynn ruth stephens, Devon Pardue, Jenny Wilde, and Ahuva S. Zaslavsky ponder and cultivate embodied, shared environments in a wide range of mediums. Each week, a new solo exhibition or exhibition series will be installed, so pop by throughout the summer for a fresh dose of inspiration.
(PNCA, Northwest Portland, Monday-Sunday)

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