Damien escobar q5kxj3

Virtuosic hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar performs in Portland on Saturday.

Books & Talks

Lisa Ko

7:30 p.m. Fri, Powell's City of Books, FREE
In Ko’s The Leavers, a Chinese immigrant disappears, leaving her son alone and ultimately at the whims of the white academics who adopt him. It won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, for its “rich and sensitive portrait of lives lived across borders, cultures, and languages.”

Risk!

9 p.m. Fri, Revolution Hall, $20
Calling all busybodies and eavesdroppers: if you’re into people’s darkest secrets and most revealing tales, Kevin Allison’s show—a live event and podcast since 2009—is for you.

Ira Glass

7:30 p.m. Sat, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $32.50–54
The public radio megastar and This American Life host spills seven things he’s learned (think he’ll arrange ’em as acts?) via video, music, and stories mixed live onstage.

Comedy

Michael Ian Black

9 p.m. Fri, Doug Fir Lounge, $25
Two members of famed ’90s alt-comedy group the State in Portland on the same night? For real: as Kevin Allison takes Risk! to Revolution Hall, his onetime partner in crime brings his stand-up act to the Doug Fir.

Dance

Summer Splendors

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Newmark Theatre, $34–58
NW Dance Project’s annual ode to the sunny season is always one of the arts scene’s sweet harbingers of summer. This year’s Summer Splendors promises a world premiere from artistic director Sarah Slipper, as well as the return of the Chopin Project, where choreographers—Slipper, Lucas Crandall, Rachel Erdos, and Tracey Durbin—have interpreted Chopin’s 24 Preludes, with the dancers performing to the live accompaniment of local pianist Hunter Noack. 

Film

17399 1 1100 dp4vad

The Portland Jewish Film Fest opens with Joshua Goldstein's Menashe, set in a New York Hasidic community.

OPENING Portland Jewish Film Festival

7 p.m. Sun (continues thru June 25), Whitsell Auditorium, $10
The venerable fest, a coproduction of the Northwest Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies, hits its 25th year with a varied slate of features and documentaries. Highlights include Menashe, a drama set in a New York Hasidic community—with a script almost entirely in Yiddish—and The Settlers, a doc about Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Music

Puddles Pity Party

8 p.m. Thu, Alberta Rose Theatre, SOLD OUT
The "Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” does marvelously woeful covers of your favorite songs, from Lorde’s “Royals” to Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Puddles will have you in tears from a combination of laughter, pity, and wonderment—consider yourself warned.

The Parson Red Heads

9 p.m. Thu, Mississippi Studios, $10
The beloved folk-rock outfit got its start in Eugene, did a soul-toughening tour of duty in LA, and has peddled warm harmonies and jangly joy in Portland since 2010. It’s been a minute since their last album, but prepare your tambourine and put on your sing-along pants, because this Portland show marks the release of their fourth full-length LP, Blurred Harmony.

Damien Escobar

8 p.m. Sat, Aladdin Theater, $45–95
The virtuosic hip-hop violinist was admitted to Juilliard at age 10, performed for Barack Obama at his first inauguration, and joined Oprah Winfrey on tour a while back. He turns 30 next year. And what have you done today?

Theater

OPENING Good with People

8 p.m. Thu–Sun, Performance Works NW, $15
Set in a Scottish seaside hotel, David Harrower’s drama finds two characters confronting a brutal chapter from their past. The New York Times called it a “beautiful, deceptive wisp of a play.”

OPENING Man of La Mancha

7:30 p.m. Fri and 2 p.m. Sun, Keller Auditorium, $28–220
Chivalry! Rebellion! The Spanish Inquisition! This mid-’60s musical refashions Don Quixote as a play within a play, with author Miguel de Cervantes corralling his fellow dungeon-bound cronies for a dramatic mock trial.

Artists rep earnest kailey rhodes linda alper crystal ann munoz ayanna berkshire photo by david kinder yvhlaq

Artists Rep puts an all-lady spin on The Importance of Being Earnest.

CLOSING The Importance of Being Earnest

7:30 p.m. Thu–Fri, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Artists Repertory Theatre, $25–50
Boy bye: Oscar Wilde’s satire of Victorian social mores gets an all-lady cast in Artist Repertory Theatre’s season closer.

CLOSING Constellations

7:30 p.m. Thu–Fri, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–70
Grimm star Silas Weir Mitchell returns to Portland Center Stage in Nick Payne’s two-hander about theoretical physics and love, which the New York Times said “may be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen.”

CLOSING The Language Archive

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, CoHo Theater, $15–34
Esperanto enthusiasts, unite! That utopian international language gets some stage time in Julia Cho’s play about a linguist with some emotionally debilitating communication troubles. Portland Playhouse’s usual venue is under construction, so they’re bringing this show to CoHo.

Visual Art

Group Exhibition

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri–Sat, Adams & Ollman, FREE
In this exhibit—its unwieldy title is I Was a Wall, and My Breasts Were Like Fortress Towers // Her Eyes Are Like Doves Beside Streams of Water—artists of different media, painters to sculptors, explore the representation and objectification of the female body.

Sam Hamilton

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, FREE–$19.99
In Standard Candles, the New Zealand artist bridges film, music, performance, and installation. The exhibit, Hamilton’s first solo showing in the US, also features the premiere screening of his feature-length film, Apple Pie

Filed under
Show Comments
In this Article

Art

Sam Hamilton

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

In Standard Candles, the New Zealand artist bridges film, music, performance, and installation. The exhibit, Hamilton's first solo showing in the US, also fe...

Art

Group Exhibition

FREE Adams & Ollman

In this exhibit—its unwieldy title is I Was a Wall, and My Breasts Were Like Fortress Towers // Her Eyes Are Like Doves Beside Streams of Water—artists of di...

Theater

The Language Archive

2:00 PM $15–34 CoHo Theatre

Esperanto enthusiasts, unite! That utopian international language gets some stage time in Julia Cho’s play about a linguist with some emotionally debilitatin...

Theater

Constellations

7:30 PM and 2:00 PM $25–70 Gerding Theater at the Armory - Main Stage

Grimm star Silas Weir Mitchell returns to Portland Center Stage in Nick Payne’s two-hander about theoretical physics and love, which the New York Times said ...

Theater

The Importance of Being Earnest

2:00 PM and 7:30 PM $25–50 Artists Repertory Theatre

Boy bye: Oscar Wilde’s satire of Victorian social mores gets an all-lady cast in Artist Repertory Theatre’s season closer.

Theater

Man of La Mancha

$28–220 Keller Auditorium

Chivalry! Rebellion! The Spanish Inquisition! This mid-’60s musical refashions Don Quixote as a play within a play, with author Miguel de Cervantes corrallin...

Theater

Good with People

8:00 PM $15 Performance Works NorthWest

Set in a Scottish seaside hotel, David Harrower’s drama finds two characters confronting a brutal chapter from their past. The New York Times called it a “be...

Concerts

Damien Escobar

$45–95 Aladdin Theatre

The virtuosic hip-hop violinist was admitted to Juilliard at age 10, performed for Barack Obama at his first inauguration, and joined Oprah Winfrey on tour a...

Concerts

The Parson Red Heads

$10 Mississippi Studios

The beloved folk-rock outfit got its start in Eugene, did a soul-toughening tour of duty in LA, and has peddled warm harmonies and jangly joy in Portland sin...

Concerts

Puddles Pity Party

SOLD OUT Alberta Rose Theater

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” does marvelously woeful covers of your favorite songs, from Lorde’s “Royals” to Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Pu...

Film

Portland Jewish Film Festival

12:00 PM $9–10 Whitsell Auditorium

The venerable fest, a coproduction of the Northwest Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies, hits its 25th year with a varied slate of features and ...

Dance

Summer Splendors

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $34–58 Lincoln Performance Hall

NW Dance Project’s annual ode to the sunny season is always one of the arts scene’s sweet harbingers of summer. This year’s Summer Splendors promises a world...

Comedy

Michael Ian Black

$25 Doug Fir Lounge

Two members of famed ’90s alt-comedy group the State in Portland on the same night? For real: as Kevin Allison takes Risk! to Revolution Hall, his onetime pa...

Books & Talks

Ira Glass

$32.50–54 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The public radio megastar and This American Life host spills seven things he’s learned (think he’ll arrange ’em as acts?) via video, music, and stories mixed...

Books & Talks

Risk!

$20 Revolution Hall

Calling all busybodies and eavesdroppers: if you’re into people’s darkest secrets and most revealing tales, Kevin Allison’s show—a live event and podcast sin...

Books & Talks

Lisa Ko

FREE Powell's City of Books

In Ko’s The Leavers, a Chinese immigrant disappears, leaving her son alone and ultimately at the whims of the white academics who adopt him. It won the 2016 ...