Do This Now: June
Join your rainbow-friendly pals at the Portland LGBTQ Pride Festival and Parade (June 15–16). Proud of something else? Show it off at the PDX World Naked Bike Ride (June 8); or if June-uary sends you indoors, cheer on the Rose City Rollers as they burn rubber (actually, polyurethane) during roller derby’s Home Season Championships at the Rose Garden that same evening.
Seeking an early Father’s Day present? The Moth StorySLAM at the Secret Society makes fathers (good and bad) its theme. Elsewhere, Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and And the Mountains Echoed, discusses humanitarian work in Afghanistan with the World Affairs Council of Oregon (both June 3). And spirit channeler Theresa Caputo (below) puts the maximum in medium to deliver messages from beyond the grave during her appearance at the Schnitz (June 12).
Bucket lists get shorter thanks to the Big Sling, a human catapult that launches daredevils almost 25 stories, at the Rose Festival CityFair (weekends through June 9). If you need a drink afterward (you will), hit PDX Beer Week (June 6–16), a 20-venue celebration of our most noble product. And if you’re thirsty for more (you will be), the North American Organic Brewers Festival (June 27–30), Portland’s biggest little hops fest, has quenched thirst in the name of sustainability for nine years.