Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 31-Nov 3

A decapitated head at the opera, a mortifying movie at the Mission, a scary-danceable band at the Roseland—who says Halloween ends Thursday?

By Portland Monthly Staff Edited by Nathan Tucker October 31, 2013


Haven't had your fill of horror movies? Looking for an excuse to go the whole "bowl of candy on the porch" route? Never fear (unless you want to): Halloween festivities barrel through the weekend. For the best of the bunch, make sure you check out our Halloween guide.


Cut Copy

Cut Copy
Nov 1, Roseland Theater
When this Australian indie electronic act put out its first record, 2004's 
Bright Like Neon Love, the synthpop revival was just getting started. Cut Copy haven't seemed to be in any rush to capitalize on a trend, though: they've taken their time crafting albums with as much emotional gravity as fistpumping. Their upcoming effort, Free Your Mind, will be only their fourth in nearly a decade. The band rolls through the Roseland just days before its November 5 release date. Check out our Q&A with the band.

Shelly Short and the Sure Shots Album Release/Adam Selzer Graphic Novel Release
Nov 1, Alberta Rose Theatre 
Local singer-songwriter Shelley Short is backed by the dynamite Sure Shots band—which includes members of the Decemberists and Norfolk & Western—as they perform songs from their new record, Wake the Dreamers. A collection of covers ranging from the ‘50s to the present day, the album was recorded entirely in live takes. This is likely the only chance you’ll get to hear the band play this material. Tonight's concert is also the release show for former Norfolk & Western frontman Adam Selzer's new graphic novel, Ami Go Home, about his experience touring with a German Christian band in 2003. He'll read from the book as the corresponding pages are projected onto the theater's big screen and perform songs as the narrative requires. Check out our Q&A with Selzer.

Iron & Wine
Nov 2, Crystal Ballroom
Indie-folk luminary Sam Beam brings his restrained vocals and understated songwriting to the Crystal to promote his fifth album as Iron & Wine, 
Ghost on Ghost, which expands on the pop influences found on 2011’s critically acclaimed Kiss Each Other Clean


Thru Nov 3, Portland Playhouse
It's the last weekend to catch Portland Playhouse's production of this Pulitzer-finalist, Obie-winning play by Lisa D'Amour. We found it to be a well-acted and impressively designed play that stumbles slightly in its second half, but doesn't fall. Read our full review here.

Mortified Nation World Premiere
Nov 1, Mission Theater
Mortified, the national storytelling series in which adults share embarrassing artifacts and humiliating tales from their awkward childhoods, has gained a major audience since its beginnings in the late '90s, and one of its most successful chapters is right here in Portland. Now, the team behind the storytelling phenomenon has made a documentary to celebrate it, and they're giving the film its world premiere at the Mission Theater, where the local chapter hosts its shows. This comedic document of awkward adolescence was not only shot partly in Portland, but prominently features several local storytellers.


Nov 1–9, Keller Auditorium
Powerful, intense, salacious—since its premiere in 1905, Strauss’s operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s retelling of this biblical tale continues to shock and thrill audiences. Portland Opera will create a new, modern, main-stage production (its first since 2007), starring soprano and Metropolitan Opera regular Kelly Cae Hogan in one of the form’s most demanding roles.  

Vienna Boys' Choir
Nov 2, First Baptist Church
You'd be hard pressed to find a performing group of child musicians with more renown than the Vienna Boys' Choir. You'd also have a hard time finding one that's been around as long: the famed boy choir was founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries of tradition combine with a repertoire spanning from the medieval to the contemporary for a truly incomparable vocal performance. 

Nov 2–3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Combining poetry by World War I–era English officer Wilfred Owen, the Latin Mass for the dead, and orchestral and choral forces large enough for a Mahler symphony, British composer and pacifist Benjamin Britten’s epic 1962 protest against war is just as poignant today.  


X-Philes: 10 Years of Polaris

X-Philes: 10 Years of Polaris
Nov 1–10, Polaris Dance Theatre
To commemorate its 10th anniversary, local contemporary-dance company Polaris is retracing its steps. In X-Philes: 10 Years of Polaris, the ensemble, under the direction of cofounder Robert Guitron, will perform excerpts from its most popular pieces of the past decade.  


Nov 1, PNCA Swigert Commons
MacArthur “genius” Ann Hamilton gives a lecture in advance of her Elizabeth Leach Gallery exhibit, The Reading, a collection of videos, prints, and sculpture from the Asia-inspired Guggenheim Museum show The Third Mind.

Nov 2, the Lumber Room
This series from new arts organization Zena Zezza "brings together artists, curators, and writers who have a fascination for ideas and have been talking about a subject over a period of time,” Percival told us in our Fall Arts Preview. The first of these events will be a conversation between artist Ann Hamilton and University of Washington professor Jessica Burstein about the abstract body, mechanization, and fashion. 

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