Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 21–24

Grimm stars make their PDX stage debuts, Ai Weiwei opens at the Portland Art Museum, and Robert Plant hits Bend for his only Oregon summer show. We need clones, stat!

By Ramona DeNies May 21, 2015

Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz of Grimm make their Portland stage debut this Friday in PCS's Three Days of Rain. Photo Credit: Patrick Weishampel/www.blankeye.tv.


OPENING Three Days of Rain
Friday–Sunday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Portland Center Stage
Grimm actor Sasha Roiz (Captain Renard) was already a regular audience member for PCS productions when he approached artistic director Chris Coleman. “Sasha and I had coffee a couple of times, talking about projects it might be fun to work on together,” recalls Coleman. Three Days of Rain—a play from Pulitizer-prize-winning Richard Greenberg about siblings trying to solve the mystery of their architect parents—“was one that we got all excited by: complex, smart, meaty, challenging.” Grimm castmate Silas Weir Mitchell came on board, agents gave the nod, and now the two silver screen pros make their Portland stage debuts.

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play
Thursday–Sunday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Portland Playhouse
Guggenheim fellowship recipient and Reed alumna Anne Washburn mythologizes the work of another former Rose City resident, Simpsons creator Matt Groening. In a postapocalyptic landscape, survivors retell an episode of Groening’s cult cartoon, passing the story down until it becomes the literal stuff of legend. Check out our review.

CLOSING The Phantom of the Opera
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Thursday at 1 pm, Saturday at 2pm, Keller Auditorium
It's Broadway in Portland with Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical. Directed by Cameron Mackintosh, the lavish show includes a cast/orchestra of 52 and stars Chris Mann (of TV's The Voice) as The Phantom. It's the long-running thriller's 25th anniversary; hear the "music of the night" for yourself. 

Bill Kreutzmann, drummer for the Grateful Dead, brings his book tour to Portland.


Bill Kreutzmann
Thursday at 7 pm, Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing
From 1965 to 1995, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, now a famously unpretentious local of Kauai and a digital artist, played over 2,300 Grateful Dead shows. That’s plenty of sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll to fill 400-plus pages of his new memoir Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead. (Load up with our preview.) Kreutzmann hits Powell's with co-writer Benjy Eisen of Rolling Stone.


OPENING Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, Portland Art Museum
Beijing’s most (in)famous activist/artist has long engaged themes of authenticity and suppression. This installation re-creates the magnificent bronze and gold-patina animal heads that festooned Chinese Emperor Qianlong’s Old Summer Palace until looted during the Second Opium War of 1860. We've got a slideshow here!


Filmed by Bike
Friday–Sunday, various times, Hollywood Theatre and Velo Cult
Scavenger hunts. Street parties. Speed raffles. Beer tours. The quirky annual pedal-centric festival, now 12 years strong, gains speed with ever-more off-camera events along with screenings of the “world’s best bike movies.” This year's film line-up includes selections on Slovenian cyclocross, a BMX tribute to Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and a Portuguese goat riding a guy riding a bike. Read our picks here.


Cosmosis: BodyVox and the Amphion String Quartet
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm, BodyVox
Dance theater meets live chamber music as BodyVox artistic directors Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton pair their signature choreography with “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” from this young East Coast quartet. (Music includes works from Maurice Ravel, Samuel Barber, and Portland's own Elliott Smith.)


Robert Plant
Monday at 6:30 pm, Les Schwab Ampitheater, Bend
At 66, the former Led Zeppelin front man outstruts stars half his age (we’re looking at you, Adam Levine), and his talent seems as limitless as his vocal range. Lately the bluesy Brit has lent his multioctave yowls to stunning projects with Alison Krauss and one-time flame Patty Griffin. Last year Plant released his tenth solo album, Lullaby and … The Ceaseless RoarRolling Stone calls it his “hardest-rocking set in a decade.” 

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