Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 6–8
BOOKS & TALKS
Friday at 7 pm, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Barrymore first wrote about her turbulent Hollywood life at age 14, in 1991’s Little Girl Lost. Now she looks back on the wild ride from recovery to motherhood in new memoir Wildflower.
Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, various South Park Block locations
Back from a hiatus, the city’s famed book festival now spans just one day but packs quite a punch, with a line-up of speakers that includes heavy hitters like John Irving, Cheryl Strayed, and Jon Krakauer. Read our interview with Irving here—and get the happening's full story here.
Thursday at 3 pm, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm, Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
Kobb, head of Music Theory at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Olso (oh yeah, and a killer pianist) heads to Portland for performance and lecture/demonstration. Her studies in historical piano technique alter the interpretation of music for a radical take on the classics.
Saturday at 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Pianist Kirill Gerstein braves the Russian composer’s notoriously difficult set of variations on Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices.
Here We Go Magic
Sunday at 9 pm, Mississippi Studios
The NYC indie band’s bright keyboards and existential lyrics somehow evoke both Brian Eno and Dick Dale; new album Be Small rides a rollicking wave of erratic surf rock. Catch album hit single "Falling" in our highlights playlist of Portland's November concerts.
Sunday at 8 pm, Revolution Hall
The snap-crackle-voiced diva known for edgy, chart-topping “retro disco” keeps it raw on tour for her eighth studio album, The Way.
Sitka Art Invitational 2015
Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, World Forestry Center
The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology showcases more than 140 Pacific Northwest artists—alongside 400+ works made from mediums including carved alder, gouache, even horsehair—at this annual event that partially benefits the coastal center's prestigious residency program.
OPENING Tom Cramer and Pamela Green
Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, Augen Gallery
In Cramer’s first Augen show, the carved wood “canvases” of New Wood Reliefs are brightened by swirls of oil paint and metal leaf. With the arrival of winter, the leafless trees in Green’s New Drawings reveal the intricate beauty of the season of decay.
OPENING Paige Powell: The Ride
Thursday & Friday from 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, Portland Art Museum
In the 1980s, this Oregon photojournalist partied with, befriended, and recorded—in photographs and videos—New York art icons like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. (Click here for our interview with Powell.)
OPENING Femme Fatale
Saturday from 3–6 pm, 209 Gallery
Make yourself at home in this gallery—it's literally a living room. This solo show, which runs through Dec 18 (by appointment only, following Saturday's opening reception) features Leslie Vigeant's gif-centric challenge to the mainstreaming of female sexiness and success.
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Artists Repertory Theatre
Virginia Woolf’s friend Vita Sackville-West inspired this gender-bending 1928 tale. Profile enlists a team including Crystal Munoz and Ted Rooney to play the metamorphosizing Orlando.
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Portland Center Stage
Fats Waller could tickle a piano like nobody’s business. This PCS-produced musical revue culls more than two dozen early jazz gems from his discography, from “Cash for Your Trash” to the titular song. There's nary a break between these refreshing, rollicking, and occasional raunchy numbers—prepare yourself for a wild ride through the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.
CLOSING Carrie the Musical
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Stumptown Stages
For spooky season, Stumptown Stages turns to the master Stephen King, with a musical version of his horror novel Carrie—about a bullied high school teenager who uses telekinetic powers to wreak havoc on her tormentors—adapted for stage by the screenwriter of the 1979 movie, with music from Academy Award winner Michael Gore.
CLOSING The Homecoming
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm, Imago Theatre
Director Jerry Mouawad has made the staging of Harold Pinter’s tense, minimalist early works something of a specialty. For The Homecoming’s fall run at Imago, Mouawad animates what some critics have called the best of Pinter’s “plays of menace.”