Books & Talks
7:30 p.m. Powell's City of Books, FREE
Once upon a time (a.k.a. in the late ’90s and early ’00s), the Portland Trail Blazers won a lot of games—and did some pretty shady stuff off-court. Think dog fights, threats to referees, fistfights at practice, and numerous citations for marijuana possession. Longtime sports writer Kerry Eggers takes a look back at this era in in his new book, Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball, which explores events on and off the court, including the racial elements at play.
8 p.m. Sat, Siren Theater, $10–15
For this live show, Shane Mauss, best known for hosting the Here We Are podcast, brings together comedians and scientists for an evening of stand-up. He bills it as—wait for it—"equal parts ahas and hahas."
9 p.m. Sat, Doug Fir Lounge, $20
Still mourning the Thin White Duke? Of course you are. Join this David Bowie tribute band for a night of tunes, drawn from all phases of his career.
8 p.m. Sun, Mississippi Studios, $8–10
Portlander Holland Andrews, who performs under the name Like a Villain, is an experimental vocalist and musician with virtuosic, genre-defying chops. Onstage, Andrews builds wild loops and arrangements—it's the kind of music that demands to be experienced live.
7 p.m. Fri, 3 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Imago Theatre, $15.50–34.50
The wonderfully wacky, critically acclaimed show is back from an extended world tour. Expect work by superstar puppet designer Michael Curry (whose credits include Cirque du Soleil, Olympic ceremonies, and Broadway’s The Lion King), as well as Imago’s special brand of vaudeville, acrobatics, and eccentric animals.
OPENING Ashley Miller
Noon–9 p.m. Thu, noon–5 p.m. Fri–Sun, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Miller’s highly stylized still lifes depict the Sweet Things of this exhibit’s title in disturbing, incongruous tableaux: a heavily frosted and sprinkled baby-doll perches with a birthday candle on its head; two giant bugs attack a toppling tower of doughnuts against a deep purple crushed velvet.
OPENING Karen Wippich
11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun, Waterstone Gallery, FREE
What inspires Portland artist Karen Wippich? Vintage images—and cats. For her new show, Living with Kittens, she draws from her vast archive of images to make mixed-media collages featuring feline heads on human bodies. Read more in our Q&A with Wippich.
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $20
See the arc of the century and modern realist representations of a changing America in this wide-ranging exhibit—think Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence—on loan from the Smithsonian.