Comedian and Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish hits the Keller on Saturday.

Books & Talks

Helen Oyeyemi

7:30 p.m. Thu, Powell's City of Books, FREE
A village near a giant shoe, talking dolls, and a community that insists on upholding financial inequality—Helen Oyeyemi combines folkloric allusions and modern storytelling in her eighth book, Gingerbread, a story of three generations of women and a passed-down gingerbread recipe.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

7:30 p.m. Thu, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SOLD OUT
The Nigerian writer—she penned the scorching Americanah and the TedX talk-turned-book We Should All Be Feminists, among other works—brings her vital intelligence to the Schnitz for the county library’s Everybody Reads program.

Peter Rock

7:30 p.m. Sun, Powell's City of Books, FREE
The local author of My Abandonment (which was adapted into the film Leave No Trace, about the real-life father and daughter who lived in Forest Park) presents his latest work of autobiographical fiction, The Night Swimmers, a tale of the mysterious relationship between a young man and a widow who meet in the evening to swim in Lake Michigan.

Comedy

Tiffany Haddish

8 p.m. Sat, Keller Auditorium, $50–150
The irreverent comedic gem, who stole scenes from her high-wattage costars in 2017’s Girls Trip, brings her full-body funnies to town on her She Ready tour.

Dance

Ordinary Devotions

8 p.m. Thu–Sat, 5 p.m. Sun, Performance Works NW, $12–20
In the latest solo dance work by Portland mainstay Linda Austin, she asks the viewer to consider the aging body. As Austin often does, she’ll incorporate the use of everyday items in her performation, from spools of thread to rocks to a lamp she’ll wear on her body.

Music

Metric

8:30 p.m. Thu, Crystal Ballroom, $33–36
On seventh album Art of Doubt, Canadian rock quartet Metric combines front woman Emily Haines’s shimmery vocals with the glittery-punk riffs of guitarist James ShawWith Joshua Winstead on bass and Joules Scott-Keyon on drums, the group delivers synth-pop melodies and lyrics of protest. 

Better Oblivion Community Center

9 p.m. Sat, Doug Fir Lounge, SOLD OUT
Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst unite as Better Oblivion Community Center, with an eponymous debut album that mixes laidback vocals, folk-rock vibes, and dark lyrics.

Theater

OPENING Crowns

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Portland Playhouse, $19–75
Playwright Regina Taylor based this musical on a photos of African American women in their church hats, transforming those dramatic images into a story of a young woman who leaves Brooklyn for South Carolina after a family tragedy. Portland Playhouse takes on the gospel-fueled show, which the New York Times called “delightfully celebratory.”

OPENING Kiss

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, CoHo Theater, $25–45
Chilean dramatist Guillermo Calderón’s first English-language work, presented here by Third Rail, is a twisty play-within-a-play about a troupe of American actors staging a Syrian soap opera—raising thorny questions about art, politics, and the limits of understanding.

CLOSING Tragedy: A Tragedy

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Back Door Theater, pay-what-you-will
Defunkt presents Will Eno’s satire of the television news biz, which follows a team of journalists on a day when the sun doesn’t rise. Literally. (How’s that for a metaphor, folks?)

CLOSING Leonard Cohen Is Dead

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Imago Theatre, $15–20
Apologies to fans of Leonard Cohen—Jerry Mouawad’s latest original work has nothing to do with the legendary musician. Instead, the Imago cofounder draws inspiration from sci-fi, Reservoir Dogs, and Jean Genet’s Splendid’s (a police drama that was never staged in the French writer’s lifetime). Mouawad, ever the theatrical iconoclast, promises a kinetic, visceral world in which “crime is acceptable and dead singers lead the world.”

CLOSING Made to Dance in Burning Buildings

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Shaking the Tree, $10–30
Playwright and actor Anya Pearson’s Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a vivid choreopoem that combines biting and lyrical spoken word with visceral, almost brutal contemporary dance. It’s the story of a young girl, raped by her boyfriend’s friends, who fractures into five women representing different facets of her personality to cope with posttraumatic stress. For more, check out our story on the show.

Visual Art

Jake Scharbach

10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Froelick Gallery, FREE
The Washington-raised, Brooklyn-based painter’s latest exhibit, Hand to Hand, mashes up ancient Greek and Roman imagery with modern symbols of technology and consumerism—think classical figures in togas being stormed by Pringles cans and shopping carts and plastic flamingos, or Prometheus juxtaposed with a car on fire. Says Scharbach in an artist’s statement: “I believe our intensely capitalistic techno-industrial civilization is poised on the brink of the greatest collapse in human history.”

CLOSING Think of Me

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu–Sat, Adams & Ollman, FREE
This group exhibition explores the meaning of keepsakes and mementos, with work from artists Anthony Campuzano, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Paul Lee, Em Rooney, and Dennis Witkin. Expect both 2-D and 3-D pieces, ranging from abstract drawings to folk-art collages to mise-en-scène displays.

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Think of Me

FREE Adams & Ollman

This group exhibition explores the meaning of keepsakes and mementos, with work from artists Anthony Campuzano, Felipe Jesus Consalvos, Paul Lee, Em Rooney, ...

Art

Jake Scharbach

10:30 AM FREE Froelick Gallery

The Washington-raised, Brooklyn-based painter's latest exhibit, Hand to Hand, mashes up ancient Greek and Roman imagery with modern symbols of technology and...

Theater

Made to Dance in Burning Buildings

Editor’s Pick $10–30 Shaking the Tree

Playwright and actor Anya Pearson's Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a vivid choreopoem that combines biting and lyrical spoken word with visceral, almo...

Theater

Leonard Cohen Is Dead

$15–20 Imago Theatre

Apologies to fans of Leonard Cohen—Jerry Mouawad's latest original work has nothing to do with the legendary musician. Instead, the Imago cofounder draws ins...

Theater

Tragedy: A Tragedy

Pay-what-you-will Back Door Theater

Defunkt presents Will Eno's satire of the television news biz, which follows a team of journalists on a day when the sun doesn't rise. Literally. (How's that...

Theater

Kiss

Editor’s Pick $25–45 CoHo Theatre

Chilean dramatist Guillermo Calderón’s first English-language work, presented here by Third Rail, is a twisty play-within-a-play about a troupe of American a...

Theater

Crowns

$25–39 Portland Playhouse

Playwright Regina Taylor based this musical on a photos of African American women in their church hats, transforming those dramatic images into a story of a ...

Concerts

Better Oblivion Community Center

SOLD OUT Doug Fir Lounge

Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst unite as Better Oblivion Community Center, with an eponymous debut album that mixes laidback vocals, folk-rock vibes, and da...

Concerts

Metric

$33–36 McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom

On seventh album Art of Doubt, Canadian rock quartet Metric combines front woman Emily Haines's shimmery vocals with the glittery-punk riffs of guitarist Jam...

Dance

Ordinary Devotions

8:00 PM $12–20 Performance Works NorthWest

In the latest solo dance work by Portland mainstay Linda Austin, she asks the viewer to consider the aging body. As Austin often does, she'll incorporate the...

Comedy

Tiffany Haddish

Editor’s Pick $50–150 Keller Auditorium

The irreverent comedic gem, who stole scenes from her high-wattage costars in 2017’s Girls Trip, brings her full-body funnies to town on her She Ready tour.

Books & Talks

Peter Rock (March 2019)

FREE Powell's City of Books

The local author of My Abandonment (which was adapted into the film Leave No Trace, about the real-life father and daughter who lived in Forest Park) present...

Books & Talks

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

SOLD OUT Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Nigerian writer—she penned the scorching Americanah and the TedX talk-turned-book We Should All Be Feminists, among other works—brings her vital intellig...

Books & Talks

Helen Oyeyemi

FREE Powell's City of Books

A village near a giant shoe, talking dolls, and a community that insists on upholding financial inequality—Helen Oyeyemi combines folkloric allusions and mod...