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Solange headlines this weekend's Soul'd Out Music Festival.

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Books & Talks

Edie Meidav

7:30 p.m. Thu, Powell's City of Books, FREE
Meidav’s new short story collection, Kingdom of the Young, spans genres and cultures, from a love-struck wanderer in the caves of Granada to a civilian fighting to escape the constraints of a dictatorship. Kirkus praised its “warmth and easy brilliance.”

Robin Romm in Conversation with Camas Davis

7:30 p.m. Fri, Apr 21, Powell’s City of Book, FREE
Local writer and editor Robin Romm has gathered thinkers from Roxane Gay to playwright Sarah Ruhl to talk about glass ceilings, leaning in, and feminism in Double Bind: Women on Ambition

Comedy

Marc Maron

7:30 p.m. Fri, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sat, Aladdin Theater, $30 (some shows sold out)
Maron isn’t just a master of unvarnished, aggressively personal stand-up. The comedy veteran also hosts one of the best interview podcasts out there, WTF—the dude invited Barack Obama into his garage for a candid hourlong chat, for goodness sake.

Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette

7:30 p.m. Sat, Curious Comedy Theater, $16–20
In this off-the-cuff storytelling show, participants spin a wheel for a prompt and then craft a true five-minute tale. Tellers tonight include former Live Wire host and generally hilarious Portlander Courtenay Hameister and Los Angeles writer Joey Slamon, who counts Arrested Development among her TV credits.

Dance

Terra

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Newmark Theatre, $29–102
Oregon Ballet Theatre follows Swan Lake with a more contemporary spring lineup: four works uniting around themes of earth and the natural world, with two pieces each from revered Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato and one of America’s hottest ballet tickets, Helen Pickett. For more on OBT, check out our recent story on the company’s ambitious new approach and promising future. 

XPOSED

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat and 2 p.m. Sun, Polaris Dance Theatre, $25
For the seventh annual XPOSED, Polaris brings together past favorites by Gerard Regot and M’Liss Quinnly alongside exciting new works by Robert Guitron, Barbara Lima, and Jess Zoller.

Film

Portland EcoFilm Festival

7:30 p.m. Fri and 6:30 p.m. Sat, Apr 21–22, Hollywood Theatre, $9
Celebrate Earth Day with screenings of two eco-minded documentaries. Friday brings Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, a documentary about the farmer-activist, and Saturday features Chasing Coral, a Sundance Audience Award winner about the planet’s rapidly disappearing coral reefs.

Music

Soul'd Out Music Festival

Various times and locations thru Sunday, prices vary
Damn—this is a lineup. Headlining the eighth annual fest is Solange, who, yes, is Beyoncé’s sister, but who also put out one of 2016’s smartest, most stirring albums, A Seat at the Table. Also on board: gender-bending New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia (who has her own Bey connection), Afrobeat band Antibalas, Italian disco legend Giorgio Moroder, funk icons the Ohio Players, and lots of locals, including trumpeter Farnell Newton, and space age-y jazz act Coco Columbia.

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Coco Columbia's barrette game is strong. She plays the Star Theater on Thursday as part of Soul'd Out.

I Love the '90s Tour

7:30 p.m. Fri, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, $38–215
Do you wish you could teleport back to the glory days of hip-hop and R&B? Look no further, my ’90s-loving friend. This tour brings you the most bangin’ acts of the decade: Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, All 4 One, Tone LOC, Rob Base, and Young MC.

San Fermin

8 p.m. Sat, Doug Fir Lounge, $16
Classically trained Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s ensemble returns with the layered, lush arrangements of new album Open, and vocal assistance from Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye.

The Ukeladies

6 p.m. Sat, Secret Society, $6
This local 11-piece all-lady band brings everything from beachy vibes to folky country to the stage. Christening themselves “Portland’s Sexiest Mother Pluckers,” these ladies truly know how to jam, promising to convert all those in earshot to honest plucking fans.

The XX

8 p.m. Sun, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, $39.99–$45
UK dance beats and whispered, intimate pop meet in stripped-down form in this mega-selling English trio, now touting their third album, I See You.

Theater

OPENING Mary's Wedding

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–55
Stephen Massicotte’s dreamlike two-hander is a story of young romance cruelly interrupted by World War I.

OPENING Medea

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, Imago Theatre, $19–39
Imago Theatre resurrects its tilting set—a deck suspended three feet off the stage floor that sways and leans as actors move—for Ben Power’s 2014 adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy. Local favorites Anne Sorce and Todd Van Voris star.

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Dahlak Brathwaite brings his spoken-word tale of race, drug addiction, and criminal justice to Disjecta.

Spiritrials

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sun, Apr 21–23; 7:30 p.m. Thu–Sun, Apr 27–30, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, $12–20
Spoken-word poet Dahlak Brathwaite performs a verse-fueled exploration of race, drug addiction, and the criminal justice system. For more from Brathwaite and local hip-hop artist Mic Crenshaw on why Portlanders need to see this show, read our interview

Rodney King

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sun and 2 p.m. Sun, Apr 21–23, Artist Repertory Theatre, $15–30
This month marks 25 years since four LAPD officers were acquitted for their part in the brutal beating of Rodney King, a verdict that sparked riots claiming the lives of more than 50 people. Actor, playwright, and longtime Spike Lee collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith explores the story of what he calls “the first reality TV star” in his one-man show Rodney King. Now Smith ends the piece’s four-year-run in Portland, before the work goes onto Netflix in the form of a Spike Lee film, with Smith at the center. For more, check out our Q&A with Smith.

Visual Art

Portland Photo Month

Various times and locations thru April, FREE
Local arts nonprofit Photolucida hosts Portland Photo Month, with photography events and exhibitions running throughout April, and a photobook fair—a celebration of all sorts of photography publications—on Friday, April 21.

Dominant Form

10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Thu, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri–Sun, Newspace Center for Photography, FREE
This group photography and video exhibit explores how physical gestures intersect with social systems, such as finance, labor, and law enforcement.

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Robots! Whoa! Robots! Aaaah!

Roboyat

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu–Sat, Blackfish Gallery, FREE
A new installation by brother-sister duo Geordie and Merridawn Duckler pays homage to the Rubaiyat by 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam via poetry, a chorus line featuring actual robots, and, per the artists, “other cray stuff.”

Special Events

Inaugurada La Primavera

Fri–Sat, Apr 21–22, Melody Ballroom/Crystal Ballroom, prices vary
The creators of the Beloved Festival partner with Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project for two nights of food, music (including Edna Vasquez and Las Cafeteras), live art, and ecstatic dance. All Saturday proceeds go directly to Voz, an organization that works to empower migrants and day laborers.

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Art

Roboyat

11:00 AM FREE Blackfish Gallery

A new installation by brother-sister duo Geordie and Merridawn Duckler pays homage to the Rubaiyat by 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam via poetry, a ch...

Art

Dominant Form

10:00 AM FREE Newspace Center for Photography

This group photography and video exhibit explores how physical gestures intersect with social systems, such as finance, labor, and law enforcement.

Art

Portland Photo Month

10:00 AM FREE PDX Contemporary Art

Local arts nonprofit Photolucida hosts Portland Photo Month, with photography events and exhibitions running throughout April, and a photobook fair—a celebra...

Theater

Rodney King

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $15–30 Artists Repertory Theatre

This month marks 25 years since four LAPD officers were acquitted for their part in the brutal beating of Rodney King, a verdict that sparked riots claiming ...

Theater

Spiritrials

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $12–20 Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Spoken-word poet Dahlak Brathwaite performs a verse-fueled exploration of race, drug addiction, and the criminal justice system.

Theater

Medea

Editor’s Pick $19–39 Imago Theatre

Imago Theatre resurrects its tilting set—a deck suspended three feet off the stage floor that sways and leans as actors move—for Ben Power's 2014 adaptation ...

Theater

Mary's Wedding

7:30 PM $25–55 Portland Center Stage

Stephen Massicotte’s dreamlike two-hander is a story of young romance cruelly interrupted by World War I.

Concerts

The XX

$39.99–$45 Veterans Memorial Coliseum

UK dance beats and whispered, intimate pop meet in stripped-down form in this mega-selling English trio, now touting their third album, I See You.

Concerts

The Ukeladies

$6 The Secret Society Lounge

This local 11-piece all-lady band bring everything from beachy vibes to folky country to the stage. Christening themselves “Portland’s Sexiest Mother Plucker...

Concerts

San Fermin

$16 Doug Fir Lounge

Classically trained Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s ensemble returns with the layered, lush arrangements of new album Open, and vocal assistance from Alle...

Concerts

I Love the '90s Tour

$38–215 Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Do you wish you could teleport back to the glory days of hip-hop and R&B? Look no further, my '90s-loving friend. This tour brings you the most bangin' a...

Concerts

Soul'd Out Music Festival

$250 all-access pass; see website for individual ticket prices Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Damn—this is a lineup. Headlining the eighth annual fest is Solange, who, yes, is Beyoncé’s sister, but who also put out one of 2016’s smartest, most stirrin...

Dance

XPOSED

$25 Polaris Dance Company

For the seventh annual XPOSED, Polaris brings together past favorites by Gerard Regot and M’Liss Quinnly alongside exciting new works by Robert Guitron, Barb...

Dance

Terra

$29–102 Newmark Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre follows Swan Lake with a more contemporary spring lineup: four works uniting around themes of earth and the natural world, with two pie...

Comedy

Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette

$16–20 Curious Comedy Theater

In this off-the-cuff storytelling show, participants spin a wheel for a prompt and then craft a true five-minute tale. Tellers tonight include former Live Wi...

Comedy

Marc Maron

Editor’s Pick $30; some shows sold out Aladdin Theatre

Maron isn’t just a master of unvarnished, aggressively personal stand-up. The comedy veteran also hosts one of the best interview podcasts out there, WTF—the...

Books & Talks

Robin Romm in Conversation with Camas Davis

Editor’s Pick FREE Powell's City of Books

Local writer and editor Robin Romm has gathered thinkers from Roxane Gay to playwright Sarah Ruhl to talk about glass ceilings, leaning in, and feminism in D...

Books & Talks

Edie Meidav

FREE Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Meidav’s new short story collection, Kingdom of the Young, spans genres and cultures, from a love-struck wanderer in the caves of Granada to a civilian fight...