Lost Lander front man Matt Sheehy brings his show Aberdeen to Disjecta.

Books & Talks

Robert Macfarlane

7:30 p.m. Thu, Powell's City of Books, FREE
The author lauded by the Wall Street Journal as “the great nature writer of this generation” will be joined in conversation by fellow environmental writer and Oregonian Barry Lopez as he reads from his latest book. Underland: A Deep Time Journey promises an experiential exploration of our world’s landscape, and a piercing examination of the darkness that lies beneath its surface.

Comedy

Kyle Kinane

8 p.m. Thu, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fri–Sat, Helium Comedy Club, $22–28
Once famous (on the Internet, at least) for getting embroiled in an elaborate prank involving a fake Pace Salsa Twitter account, Kinane is a sharp, self-deprecating stand-up comic who delights in poking at life’s absurdities.

Dance

The Americans

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Newmark Theatre, $29–105
This new annual repertory program from Oregon Ballet Theatre was launched with the intent of highlighting unique voices in American choreography. The inaugural showcase features the work of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey set to Duke Ellington, a piece by Trey McIntyre set to Fleet Foxes, and the world premiere of Big Shoes, choreographed by BodyVox cofounders Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland.

Summer Premieres

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Lincoln Hall, $34–58
NW Dance Project caps its 15th season with a trio of world-premiere works from artistic director Sarah Slipper, German choreographer Felix Landerer (theme: polar bears), and Oregon Ballet Theatre founder and perennial tradition-buster James Canfield, who’s adapting A Streetcar Named Desire, complete with miniature props and set pieces. Curious about that Canfield piece? We visited rehearsal and reported back.

Film

OPENING 27th Portland Jewish Film Festival

7 p.m. Sun, Whitsell Auditorium, $8–10
The NW Film Center’s annual festival, co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies, is back with 13 films released between 2017 and 2019. Titles range from a documentary about Israel’s national baseball team to a brooding noir set in mid-’30s Budapest. 

Music

Folk You, Too

Noon Fri, The Old Church, $10
Portland-based contemporary music ensemble Fear No Music presents a re-airing of last season’s bonus concert, a showcase meant to highlight the work of composers from countries that have been vilified in our national conversation. The concert, which pointedly coincides with Donald Trump’s birthday, is free for all immigrants and refugees.

Aberdeen

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, $24
This one-man show from Portland musician Matt Sheehy is billed as “part rock concert, part podcast, and part The Twilight Zone.” In addition to touring with bands like EL VY, Sheehy is the front man of electro-pop group Lost Lander. This wide-ranging performance, inspired by Sheehy’s time living and working as a forester in Aberdeen, Washington, runs about 80 minutes and includes live-action and animated projections.

Kishi Bashi

8 p.m. Fri, The Old Church, SOLD OUT
The former Of Montreal member rolls through town fresh on the release of his fourth solo album, Omoiyari, which reflects on both the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in the 1940s and our present-day sociopolitical tumult.

Patty Griffin

8 p.m. Fri, Revolution Hall, SOLD OUT
The folk singer-songwriter brings wisdom and warmth to her self-titled 10th album, released earlier this year. The 13 tracks, written while Griffin was battling and recovering from breast cancer, draw on earthy blues and Celtic balladry, fueled by tender vocals.

Team Dresch

9 p.m. Fri–Sat, Mississippi Studios, SOLD OUT
The members of Team Dresch are so wound up in the Northwest’s family tree of punk bands and labels and zines (Hazel, Chainsaw, Kill Rock Stars…) it’s hard to imagine the ’90s without them. Relive the queercore legends’ heyday (and maybe your own) with reissues of Personal Best and Captain My Captain, as well as a singles compilation, swerving from the wall-of-sound rage of “Hate the Christian Right!” to the sweetly poppy “She’s Amazing” and “Hand Grenade.”

Theater

Arlington [a love story]

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, CoHo Theatre, $25–45
Irish playwright Enda Walsh is a singular force. In addition to penning a mountain of plays, he’s worked in opera and film and devised haunting theatrical installations (another notable credit: adapting Roald Dahl’s The Twits for the stage). Third Rail takes on his 2017 play Arlington, a dreamlike, dystopian tale of solitary confinement that also features a wordless, movement-filled second act.

OPENING SoLow Fest

Various times and locations Thu–Sun, prices vary
The Philadelphia-forged theater festival makes its way to Portland, with venues ranging from a swamp in Forest Park to a living room on Southeast Belmont. The focus is on low-budget devised work, with a hefty emphasis on dance and movement. 

CLOSING The Barber of Seville

7:30 p.m. Thu & Sat, Keller Auditorium, $35+
Rossini’s famed 19th-century opera revolves around scheming barber Figaro as he attempts to help a young count vie for the hand of the lovely Rosina. Metropolitan Opera baritone John Moore stars as Figaro, and Christopher Mattaliano directs this Portland Opera production of the comic masterpiece.

CLOSING Let Me Down Easy/Well

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Portland Playhouse, $20–36
Profile has devoted the last 18 months to playwrights Anna Deavere Smith and Lisa Kron, and the company now closes this double season with two shows in rotating repertory. In Let Me Down Easy, Smith brings her signature form of documentary-style theater to the health care debate, piecing together interviews with subjects ranging from former Texas governor Ann Richards to cyclist Lance Armstrong to a doctor who was in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Kron’s Tony-nominated Well, meanwhile, is an autobiographical play about a mother-daughter relationship, illness, and community—evidently with plenty of humor. The shows feature the same six-person casts.

Visual Art

Associated American Artists: Prints for the People

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $17–20
After the Great Depression, an organization called the Associated American Artists formed to make affordable art prints more accessible across the US, with original, limited-run lithographs sold for $5 a pop (that pencils out to about $88 today). This exhibit collects about 60 of those prints, whose creators included Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry, as well as works by Latin American artists and foreign printmakers living in America.

Barry Johnson

11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thu–Fri, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat, Russo Lee Gallery, FREE
The Seattle-based, self-taught artist makes use of a wide range of formsfrom painting to sculpture to photographyas a means of exploring race, identity, and culture. As part of the gallery’s “In The Office” series, Russo Lee hosts hosting a collection of Johnson’s work, largely consisting of his vibrantly colored mixed-media portraits.

Special Events

Portland Pride Festival

Sat–Sun, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, FREE (VIP passes available for $75)
The annual LGBTQ+ Waterfront fest, which dates back to the mid-’70s, is basically a weekend-long, fiercely inclusive street party, crowned by one of the city’s largest (and most fabulously rambunctious) parades.

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Special Events

Portland Pride Festival 2019

FREE; VIP passes available for $75 Tom McCall Waterfront Park

The annual LGBTQ+ Waterfront fest, which dates back to the mid-’70s, is basically a weekend-long, fiercely inclusive street party, crowned by one of the city...

Art

Barry Johnson

11:00 AM FREE Russo Lee Gallery

The Seattle-based, self-taught artist makes use of a wide range of forms—from painting to sculpture to photography—as a means of exploring race, identity, an...

Art

Associated American Artists: Prints for the People

10:00 AM $17–20 Portland Art Museum

After the Great Depression, an organization called the Associated American Artists formed to make affordable art prints more accessible across the US, with o...

Theater

Let Me Down Easy/Well

$20–36 Portland Playhouse

Profile has devoted the last 18 months to playwrights Anna Deavere Smith and Lisa Kron, and the company now closes this double season with two shows in rotat...

Theater

The Barber of Seville

$35+ Keller Auditorium

Rossini's famed 19th-century opera revolves around scheming barber Figaro as he attempts to help a young count vie for the hand of the lovely Rosina. Metropo...

Theater

SoLow Fest

7:30 PM Some events free, others priced on a sliding scale Multiple locations; visit solowpdx.com for details

The Philadelphia-forged theater festival makes its way to Portland, with venues ranging from a swamp in Forest Park to a living room on Southeast Belmont. Th...

Theater

Arlington [a love story]

Editor’s Pick $25–45 CoHo Theatre

Irish playwright Enda Walsh is a singular force. In addition to penning a mountain of plays, he’s worked in opera and film and devised haunting theatrical in...

Concerts

Team Dresch

SOLD OUT Mississippi Studios

The members of Team Dresch are so wound up in the Northwest’s family tree of punk bands and labels and zines (Hazel, Chainsaw, Kill Rock Stars…) it’s hard to...

Concerts

Patty Griffin

SOLD OUT Revolution Hall

The folk singer-songwriter brings wisdom and warmth to her self-titled 10th album, released earlier this year. The 13 tracks, written while Griffin was battl...

Concerts

Kishi Bashi (June 2019)

SOLD OUT The Old Church

The former Of Montreal member rolls through town fresh on the release of his fourth solo album, Omoiyari, which reflects on both the incarceration of Japanes...

Concerts

Aberdeen

Editor’s Pick $24 Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

This one-man show from Portland musician Matt Sheehy is billed as “part rock concert, part podcast, and part The Twilight Zone.” In addition to touring with ...

Concerts

Folk You, Too!

$10 The Old Church

Portland-based contemporary music ensemble Fear No Music presents a re-airing of last season’s bonus concert, a showcase meant to highlight the work of compo...

Film

27th Portland Jewish Film Festival

7:00 PM $8–10 per screening Whitsell Auditorium

The NW Film Center's annual festival, co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies, is back with 13 films released between 2017 and 2019. Titles range ...

Dance

NW Dance Project Summer Premieres

Editor’s Pick $34–58 Lincoln Performance Hall

NW Dance Project caps its 15th season with a trio of world-premiere works from artistic director Sarah Slipper, German choreographer Felix Landerer (theme: p...

Dance

The Americans

$29–105 Newmark Theatre

This new annual repertory program from Oregon Ballet Theatre was launched with the intent of highlighting unique voices in American choreography. The inaugur...

Comedy

Kyle Kinane (June 2019)

10:00 PM and 7:30 PM $22–28 Helium Comedy Club

Once famous (on the Internet, at least) for getting embroiled in an elaborate prank involving a fake Pace Salsa Twitter account, Kinane is a sharp, self-depr...

Books & Talks

Robert Macfarlane

FREE Powell's City of Books

The author lauded by the Wall Street Journal as “the great nature writer of this generation” will be joined in conversation by fellow environmental writer an...