Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 23–26

Whether you want to go bare (the World Naked Bike Ride) or barefoot (deep-voiced pianist Benjamin Clementine), this weekend's got a little somethin' for everyone.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann June 23, 2016

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Frequently barefoot pianist Benjamin Clementine takes the Wonder Ballroom stage on Friday.


Bill Lascher
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, FREE
Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific by local author Bill Lascher tells the daring tale of revered US war correspondent (and Lascher’s own cousin) Melville Jacoby, his wife, writer Annalee Whitmore, and their race across the Pacific during World War II. “A gripping, impressively researched debut,” says Kirkus.

Ruby McConnell
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, FREE
McConnell, a field researcher who has spent ample time outdoors, figured out long ago that field guides aren’t made with women in mind—so she wrote her own. A Woman’s Guide to the Wild is aimed at bringing women into a world whose voice, says the Portland-born, Eugene-based McConnell, “is predominantly male.” Enjoy her practical advice on everything from feminine hygiene to survival skills like navigation. For more, read our Q&A with McConnell.

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Friday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SOLD OUT
Your favorite NPR quiz show makes a Portland pit stop, with a different panel each day. Bring your tote bag and pray you’ll get Carl Kasell on your voicemail greeting.


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Bret and Jermaine are back.

Flight of the Conchords
8 p.m. Friday–Saturday, Keller Auditorium, SOLD OUT
New Zealand’s “former fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” launches their first tour since 2014—and they’re promising new material.

Weekend at Bernie's
8 p.m. Friday–Saturday, Siren Theater
A point will come, we presume, when Portland performers will have created a stage version for every ’80s cult classic out there (Road House? Check! The Lost Boys? Check!). This adaptation of 1989′s slapstick fave—in which two numbskulls carry around their dead boss’ body, trying to convince everyone he’s still alive—first hit the stage in 2013, to gleeful reviews, and now it’s back for a summertime run.


The Village 2016
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Winningstad Theatre
The Winnie hosts an energetic, family-friendly evening of West African dance, drumming, and storytelling.


Jewish Film Festival
Various times Thursday–Sunday, NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium
In its 24th year, the annual showcase of Jewish cinema features a documentary about Israeli cuisine, a coming-of-age comedy about a lovelorn German-Jewish boy, and a stylish French thriller about the search for Nazi-looted paintings.


Benjamin Clementine
9 p.m. Friday, Wonder Ballroom
Born to Ghanaian parents in London, 20-something singer/songwriter/pianist Clementine spent time as a teenager busking in Paris, where he was discovered by a label rep. He has a deep, breathy voice and is a commanding live presence—just check out this NPR Tiny Desk concert, which Bob Boilen called an "impressive, breathtaking performance." (He's also often barefoot onstage.)

Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival
Various times and locations Saturday–Sunday
Five weeks. 50 concerts. In its 46th year, the chamber music extravaganza returns to the halls of Reed and Portland State with a celebration of Beethoven, including performances of all 16 of the composer’s string quartets. Also promising: an expanded offering of Wednesday-evening concerts featuring percussion and jazz, BodyVox dancing to Shakespeare-themed chamber music, and a one-man theater piece about Brahms. For more picks, check out our Q&A with Third Angle's Ron Blessinger.

Dolly Parton Hoot Night
8 p.m. Saturday, Alberta Rose Theatre
Dolly Parton isn't just a country singer. She’s an icon, a walking, talking, glittery billboard for following your passion and making no apologies. There’s so much to celebrate when it comes to the 70-year-old legend, and Siren Nation's 11th annual Dolly Parton Hoot Night is just the place to do it. The event will be emceed by comedian Amy Miller, who has a very public love of Miss Dolly, and artists such as Gerle Haggard and the Rocky Butte Wranglers will play some of Dolly’s many hits. For more, check out our Q&A with Siren Nation co-founder December Carson.

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Rogue Wave is in full swing.

Rogue Wave
9 p.m. Saturday, Revolution Hall
With a near-preternatural knack for making music perfect for teen TV dramas—friendly, soft-spoken, with just the right amount of reverb—Rogue Wave has at times been pretty easy to dismiss. But with new album Delusions of Grand Fur, the Oakland band pushes for heavier beats and more synth-driven sounds.


OPENING CoHo Summerfest
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, CoHo Theatre
For the past few summers, CoHo has handed over its stage to solo and small-cast performances, each showing for one weekend. Expect interactive clown comedy, Shakespearean fanfic involving a vicious wild boar, and a one-woman play about anxiety.

OPENING Coriolanus
7 p.m. Saturday, Pettygrove Park, FREE
Current political climate not acrimonious enough for you? Turn to the Bard’s late, little-loved tragedy for a triple shot of manipulation, arrogance, and ineptitude. Bring a picnic blanket and snacks.

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Nikki Weaver and Todd Van Voris in Our New Girl.

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CLOSING Our New Girl
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Portland Actors Conservatory
Corrib Theatre, the small-but-mighty company that features productions both by Irish writers and about the Irish experience, stages Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl. According to Corrib, it’s a “startling psychological drama about the darker side of modern parenthood.”

CLOSING Stupid Kids
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Post5 Theatre
With the requisite soaring emotions and mortifying moments, this satire of teenagehood follows four students—two popular kids, two gay outcasts—at a suburban high school navigating romance, sexuality, and social hierarchies. Written by John C. Russell, who died of AIDS in 1994 at age 31, it’s a little John Hughes, a little Rebel Without a Cause.


Blake Andrews and Andrea Diefenbach
12–5 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
In Pictures of the Gone World, Andrews shows black-and-white photos of his wife and kids, while Land Ohne Eltern is Diefenbach’s photo essay of Moldovan migrant workers who’ve left home to find work. For more, check out our slideshow of Andrews’s work.

Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday–Saturday, Portland Art Museum
Allied Works Architecture—the local firm behind such spaces as Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum and PNCA’s light-bathed new digs—displays 15 years of scale models and drawings.

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Inspired by Hawaii.

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley and Francesca Berrini
11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, Waterstone Gallery, FREE
Like the world’s greatest projects, Obscured Realm was hatched while downing rum in Hawaii—and while exploring the archipelago’s tropical wilderness. Portlanders Dolphin-Kingsley and Berrini were inspired by Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano, and they began imagining the plants and animals of a make-believe island. The result? Drawings, watercolors, and mixed-media works depicting imaginary flora and the fossils of unreal animals.


Thursday–Sunday, various times and locations
Sure, the World Naked Bike Ride (Saturday, June 25) is the cornerstone event of this monthlong velostravaganza. But things don’t stop there. Name your obsession—tweed? Organic produce? Freddie Mercury? Wine? Mamma Mia? Coffee at sunrise? Potlucks and dance parties at sunset? High heels? Solar panels? Lube your chain, lucky cyclist: Pedalpalooza has a ride for you.

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