Top Things to Do This Weekend

Romance: whether you prefer it smokey, doomed, or very scientific, this Valentine' Day weekend has your perfect match. Light it up, Portland!

By Ramona DeNies February 12, 2015



Milo Greene
Friday at 8 pm, Doug Fir Lounge
With four lead singers, Los Angeles–based “cinematic” pop act Milo Greene’s new album, Control, is all lustrous, airy harmonies anchored by thrumming percussion. It’s a departure from previous folk stylings but well suited to a band named for a fictitious British booking agent (whom they once described as a monocled, muttonchopped albino in a three-piece suit). 

Smokey Robinson
Saturday at 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Who better to serenade your sweetie than Motown legend Smokey Robinson? Woo your cherub with “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” then guilt them into picking up the check with “Tracks of My Tears.” 


9 Dreamy Date Ideas for Valentine's Day PDX 
From orca-watching to rose-sniffing and beer-sloshing, we round up a a colorful asssortment of adventures for you and yours to enjoy on this most romantic of weekends.

Books, Talks & Comedy

David Treuer
Thursday at 7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books
Treuer’s steamy historical fiction Prudence explores the dynamics of desire at the conclusion of World War II, as a young American soldier returns home to a world divided by race and class.  

OMSI After Dark: Sex
Saturday at 7 pm, OMSI
Surely your (no doubt inadequate) middle school sex ed class left you with burning, intimate questions for the last several decades of your adult life. From mammalian private parts to the chemistry of condoms, OMSI experts answer your coitus queries with a special Valentine's Day edition of OMSI After Dark

Mortified: Doomed Valentine's!
Saturday at 7 pm & 10 pm, Sunday at 7 pm, Alberta Rose Theater
Expect romance to go horribly, horribly wrong in Mortified’s annual roundup of stories drawn from childhood artifacts (teenage diaries, love letters, poems) that should have been burned long ago. 

Hannibal Buress
Monday & Tuesday at 7 pm, Aladdin Theater
The Emmy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, and Adult Swim and Louie veteran is known for off-kilter observational humor and what the New York Times calls a stage presence that falls somewhere between “cerebral and swagger.” 


OPENING Skinner | Kirk Ensemble
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, BodyVox
Founding BodyVox dancers Eric Skinner and Daniel Kirk introduce the world premiere of a collaborative work with pianist Tim Ribner—and reintroduce Skinner’s Urban Sprawled, a physical meditation on the qualities of city living’s “hectic pace.”  


38th Annual Portland International Film Festival
Thursday–Sunday, various times and locations
For 38 years, the Portland International Film Festival has brought rare cinematic gems from across the world to Portland's local theaters. This year, PIFF's roster of 97 features (and 60 shorts) includes a Spanish-language showcase, more than two dozen Oscar-submitted flicks, and short animated cuts curated by LAIKA's Mark Shapiro.


Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945
Thursday–Sunday, Portland Art Museum
Exploring the evolution of Italian style from the devastation of postwar Italy to the modern era of Gucci and Armani, this traveling exhibition from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum lands at PAM for its only West Coast stop. Immerse yourself in seventy years of Italian finery while glimpsing the future of Italian style.  


CLOSING The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Shoebox Theatre
Lukas Barfuss’s dark comedy tackles the modern sexuality through the story of a young girl’s sexual awakening after being weaned off medication for her erratic behavior. The Shoebox Theater is mercilessly small—prepare to embrace the awkwardness.  

Thursday–Sunday at 7:30 pm, Artists Repertory Theatre
Through the story of a deaf man raised by hearing parents who meets a hearing woman born to deaf parents, and consequently is introduced to the deaf community, this British drama explores ways that “families,” both related and otherwise, pass down ideologies, hierarchies, and unique languages. 

Closing The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Lakewood Center for the Arts
The latest from longtime local playwright C. S. Whitcomb tells the tale of a young American woman exploring the Emerald Isle with (what else?) a barman as her guide. The play, which receives its world premiere from Lakewood, originated last year at Portland’s Fertile Ground festival of new works.  

OPENING Precious Little
Saturday & Sunday at 7:30 pm, Defunkt Theatre
Madeleine George’s fiction rules the New York YA market, but her latest play is all grown up—and pregnant. Brodie, a single, gay, fortyish doctor of linguistics, must decide if she can accept that her unborn child might lack the ability to speak. Along the way, she finds support from friends, lovers, strangers, and a gorilla. 


Third Angle: Mozart, Revisited
Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm, Studio Two
What’s the sound of a “river with Mozart islands”? Find out as a Third Angle quartet (flute, violin, viola, and cello) flows selected flute movements from the classical master into contemporary American composer Steve Mackey’s 1997 work Humble River. 

Portland Baroque Orchestra: Mozart's Clarinet and Grand Sextet
Friday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm, First Baptist Church and Kaul Auditorium  
Renowned period clarinetist Eric Hoeprich, backed by a powerhouse string sextet, brings to life Mozart’s acclaimed 1789 Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581 (also known as the Stadler Quintet). Locations vary by performance.  




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