The Essentials

From a New Shins Album to a Blitzen Trapper Musical, March's Pop Culture Hot List

The album, book, musical event, and poetry collection to know this month

2:58pm By Fiona McCann

Music

Meet Kevin Burke, Portland's Giant of Traditional Irish Music

For 37 years, the fiddle player has called the Rose City home.

2:58pm By Stephen Phillips

Dance

With Fresh Talent and Energy, Oregon Ballet Theatre Makes a Big Leap

OBT was all but pronounced dead near the start of the decade. Now, very much alive, it forges ahead into a bold, ambitious future.

2:57pm By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Nick Iluzada

Long Story Short

Why Movie Madness Owner Mike Clark Doesn't Feel Threatened by Netflix

Belmont's beloved 26-year-old video store stocks the largest VHS and DVD rental collection in Oregon.

2:51pm By Jason Buehrer

Theater

Oregon Shakespeare Fest Opens with Political Charge and Period Drama

Head to Ashland for Julius Caesar, a modern-day Medea through a Latino lens, and more.

10:01am By Rebecca Jacobson

Music

Billy Joel Hits the Moda Center in December for First Solo Portland Concert in a Decade

Sing us a song (or a few), you're the Piano Man.

02/17/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Jazz

PDX Jazz Celebrates the Centurions, Sans Jimmy Mak’s  

This year’s festival fetes three jazz legends—Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and Buddy Rich—all born 100 years ago.

02/16/2017 By Jason Buehrer

Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre's Airport Cinema Opens February 23

PDX travelers can soon watch short movies by Oregon filmmakers. For free. Squeeeee!

02/16/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 16–19

Edna Vazquez. Swan Lake. Argentine tango. The Northwest's first black comedy fest. Arctic photography. Portland's got it going on.

02/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Jason Buehrer

Community

Portland Action Agenda: Ways to Make a Difference, Feb 13–26

From marches on Salem to dance parties for Planned Parenthood to comedy fundraisers for Don't Shoot Portland, here's how to get engaged right now.

02/13/2017 By Portland Monthly Staff

Film

A Portland Filmmaker's Personal Cold War Connection

In 1964, a B-52 carrying nuclear bombs crashed 90 miles from Washington, DC. That's the subject of Buzz One Four, a new film by Matt McCormick—whose grandfather was the pilot.

02/09/2017 By Jason Buehrer

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 9–12

Listen to Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen gab about Real Housewives, squirm at Portlanders' most embarrassing stories, and take in some Arvo Pärt, adventure films, and contemporary ballet.

02/09/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jason Buehrer, and Lauren Kershner

Love Happenings

Spread the Love: 14 Valentine Events for the 14th

From live music to steamy stories to dirty runs to anti-V-Day bashes, we've got you covered.

02/08/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Comedy

Bridgetown Announces Initial 2017 Lineup—Plus Bonus Patton Oswalt Show

In addition to stand-up stalwarts like Janeane Garofalo, Baron Vaughn, and Karen Kilgariff, Oswalt hits the Schnitz for a special pre-fest show.

02/07/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Get Out

How Looking out the Window Can Help You Survive a Concrete World

In her new book, environmental journalist Florence Williams digs into nature’s potent healing properties. See her at Powell’s on February 14.

02/06/2017 By Regan Breeden

Portland Music

A New Elliott Smith Podcast Hits Your Earbuds

Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast promises interviews with Jack Black, Gus Van Sant, and Anderson Cooper as well as a previously unheard conversation with the late Portland singer-songwriter himself.

02/03/2017 By Fiona McCann

Read 'Em and Eat

Get Funky with Fermentation Folk Hero Sandor Ellix Katz

The Wild Fermentation author will speak at two Portland events February 11–12.

02/02/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Playlist

February: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

Like an overstuffed mailbox full of Valentines, Portland’s concert scene is about to explode. Get ready with our playlist.

02/02/2017 By Jason Buehrer and Rebecca Jacobson

Visual Art

This PAM Exhibit Puts African American Art Front and Center

Constructing Identity features more than 80 artists, with work from the 1930s till now.

02/02/2017 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 2–5

Warm up your winter with a citywide light festival, a Tuareg-language tribute to Purple Rain, sexy saxophone solos, true crime tales, and Sting.

02/02/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lauren Kershner