Arts & Culture

Event Calendar

Things to Do in Portland This Week

Looking for something to do in Portland, Oregon? Here's a list of upcoming Portland-area events, activities, exhibits, shows, and more.

01/26/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

Events

The Portland Winter Light Festival Sets the City Aglow

Discover a 16-foot-tall robot, a glow-in-the-dark mural, fire sculptures, projection mapping, and more at the February fest of light-based art installations.

01/25/2023 By Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Books

Catching Up with Oregon Book Award Finalist Emme Lund

Across her fiction and essays for the likes of Time magazine and the Rumpus, the Portland author elucidates trans and queer narratives.

01/24/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

Oregon Book Awards

Literary Arts Announces 2023 Oregon Book Award Finalists

A time-travel novel set in 2085, personal stories of immigration, queer coming-of-age tales, and more.

01/24/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

True Crime

Lifetime Movie Brings Daniel Brophy Murder to the Small Screen

Cybill Shepherd and Steve Guttenberg star in the ripped-from-the-headlines made-for-TV movie about the murder of a local chef and culinary instructor.

01/13/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Gallery Openings

Lisa Congdon’s New Show Opens Friday at Chefas Projects

A concurrent group show curated by Congdon features Anis Mojgani, Jen Hewett, and other local and national artists.

01/12/2023 By Matthew Trueherz

Interview

Catching Up with Katie Harman, Oregon’s First (and Only) Miss America

Crowned right after September 11, 2001, the theater kid turned beauty queen talks pageants, musicals, and memoirs.

12/30/2022 By Emily Chenoweth

Light a Fire 2022: Extraordinary Volunteer

This Arts Advocate Reminds Us There’s a Lot Happening in Rural Oregon

Baker City’s Ginger Savage helped steer millions in COVID relief funding to arts groups all over the state, not just to Willamette Valley heavy hitters.

12/29/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Movers & Shakers

Perfect Party: Winter 2023

From Pinocchio to Ryan Reynolds, here’s who we’re inviting to the dinner table to warm us up this season.

12/21/2022 By Conner Reed

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter 2022 Playlist

Fire tunes from Portlanders old and new to keep the season warm.

12/20/2022 By Conner Reed

Q&A

Ripping the City with Amanda Mailey

The entrepreneur and Women Supporting Women founder dishes on the organizations she cosigns, her go-to spots, and her outlook on the future of Portland.

12/19/2022 By Dalila Brent

Art Galleries

Chefas Projects Opens in a New Space with a Massive Group Show of Local and International Artists

The Southeast Portland gallery hosts a massive group show of local and international artists, including Lisa Congdon and Alex Proba.

12/15/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Books, Films, Music, Theater, and Art of 2022

From a Decemberist’s spine-chilling ghost story to a joyful album from an old Portland master, 2022 was the year the arts roared back to life.

12/14/2022 By Conner Reed

Food on TV

Q&A: Netflix’s Snack vs Chef Features Portland Chef and Baker Luna Contreras

Contreras, along with other chefs, food scientists, and bakers, recreated classic corner store snacks in the new TV cooking competition show.

12/07/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Events

The Best Holiday Shows in Portland This Season

‘The Nutcracker’ at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Yuletide drag shows, Pink Martini brings in the new year, and more

12/06/2022 By Conner Reed and Matthew Trueherz

Art Openings

On at Nationale: Charlie Salas-Humara Returns to Childhood, and an Almost-Blank Canvas

Northeast Portland's Nationale gallery shows the artist's mixed-media works that use found objects (even garbage) to depict scenes of childhood.

12/01/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Holidays

9 Sparkly, Must-See Holiday Lights Displays in Oregon

Twinkly shows at the Oregon Zoo, Peacock Lane, the Oregon Garden, and more

11/26/2022 By Cami Hughes With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Film

Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Portland-Made Pinocchio

The decade-in-the-making stop-motion spectacle sets Collodi’s classic tale against the backdrop of Fascist Italy. It opens in Portland November 23.

11/23/2022 By Conner Reed

Book Review

Katherine Dunn’s Posthumously Published ‘Toad’ Cuts Deep

'Toad,' the predecessor to one of Portland's most famous novels, was culled from the archives of Lewis & Clark College, where it sat unpublished for the last 50 years.

11/22/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Sports on TV

Where to Watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup in Portland, with Game Schedule

Some bars will open early for soccer games, while some open at 7 a.m. year-round. And it's the last hurrah for Toffee Club, which will close in December.

11/19/2022 By Margaret Seiler