Top Things To Do This Weekend: August 22-25

Ballerinas spin from trees, dogs fly through the air, ventriloquist dummies impersonate Lady Gaga, trash turns to gold, and jazz fills Vancouver. You can do it all!

By Portland Monthly Staff Edited by Claire Gordon August 22, 2013

2011 Oregon State Fair

Special events

Oregon State Fair
Aug 23–Sep 2; Oregon Exposition Center, Salem
Baby tigers! Mini horses and mini cows! Ventriloquist dummies impersonating Lady Gaga! “X-treme Air Dogs”! Country singer Brantley Gilbert and throw-back rockers REO Speedwagon and Loverboy! Go for the spectacle, stay for the funnel cake. If you need more convincing, check out our eight reasons to brave the State Fair.


Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival
Thu–Sun; Esther Short Park
Sample great grapes and sway to sultry jazz with thousands of like-minded culture lovers at this sophisticated soirée, which serves as a coda to another sizzling summer. A lineup of musical notables (headliners include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Marcia Ball, and David Beniot) will set the mood as the world becomes just a bit more tolerable with each pour of the pinot. 


A Midsummer Night's Somnambulism
Sat–Sun; Bagby Hot Springs
Get a camping party together, and embark on an adventure involving two days of fully experiential theatre. Located at the beautiful Bagby Hot Springs, Fuse Theatre Ensemble's second annual performance of A Midsummer Night's Somnambulism will bring Mt. Hood's own enchanted forest alive as you wander the forest paths with actors and other campers, getting swept away in the tale of four lovers as they cross paths with the fairy king and queen. Although this will be Fuse's particular spin on Midsummer: they've reversed two of the lovers genders to celebrate the overturn of DOMA.

Trek in the Park
Sat–Sun; Cathedral Park
"If you remember the Shatner-narrated title sequence that opened most episodes of Star Trek, you’ll recall that the starship Enterprise’s mission—'to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations,' yada yada yada—was only ever a five-year one. So, too, the mission of Trek in the Park, theater company Atomic Arts’ annual series of live recreations of classic Star Trek episodes. Over the [last four years], Trek in the Park’s audiences grew into the four-digit range, requiring the productions to move from Woodlawn Park to Cathedral Park, and drew notice from the likes of National Public Radio and Portlandia. This month, Atomic Arts completes its mission with performances every weekend of one of Trek’s best/worst episodes, 1967’s 'The Trouble with Tribbles.'” Read our review.


Ondi Timoner

2013 Summer Documentary Series
Aug 23–Aug 30; Mission Theater

POWFest and NW Documentary team up for a week-long documentary series that will include family programming, new documentaries, and a collection of POWFest favorites from the past six years. The series concludes with renowned documentarian Ondi Timoner, who won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize not once, but twice. First for her 2004 doc, DIG!—about the infamous rivalry between hometown bands the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre—and then for her 2009 doc about Internet visionary Josh Harris, We Live in Public.

Dive-in Movies: The Lorax
Thu–Sun at 8; Various Locations
Nothing says summer like swimming and feel-good films, and Portland Parks and Rec has found a way to combine the two! This summer, The Lorax is the chosen film for their "Dive-In Movies" series, so bring your floaties and put your feet up while you enjoy a beloved classic from the late, great Dr. Seuss.  


Image: Nick Dawes

A-wol Dance Collective: Art in the Dark
Thu–Sun at 8:30; Mary S. Young Park
Whether swooping through trees or spinning from a silken strand, the members of this fearless aerial ensemble never fail to dazzle an audience with their soaring acrobatics. This year, troupe members will be clothed in raiment suggestive of 1960s black-and-white science-fiction television. 

The Portland Ballet Masters Performance
Sun at 4 & 7:30; BodyVox
The Portland Ballet recently won a $40,000 grant to fuel a $170,000 expansion of its studios to be completed in September. Help the booming school celebrate at this year's Masters Performance, where the most advanced students, under the tutelage of leading national dancers, including choreographer John Clifford (founding artistic director, original Los Angeles Ballet, dancer/choreographer New York City Ballet), perform to Bach’s entrancing Goldberg Variations. The program also includes a second Clifford ballet, Bolero, and excerpts from three classic ballets, Le CorsaireSleeping Beauty, and La Sylphide. 

Light Noise
Fri–Sun at 8; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
As a work of gender and race bending experimental dance, Light Noise works under the notion that our bodies are not completely ours but always subjected to the eyes of others. Curator Lucy Lee Yim has been choreographer in residence at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and recently was selected as an Artist in Residence at Performance Works Northwest. 

Visual Arts 


Fri–Sun from 12-5; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
Is it possible to spin trash into gold? A unique partnership between Metro, crackedpots, and Recology (an employee-owned company that manages resource recovery facilities) thinks so. Each year, the Glean program chooses five artists and gives them six months, studio space, and $2,000 to make 10 works with material they "glean" from garbage facilities. The results are always imaginative, to say the least.

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