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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 25–28

Dance tango in the park, jam to Y La Bamba on the roof, catch some beat-fueled Shakespeare, and head to Hawthorne for a street party. August, we're sending you out in style.

By Rebecca Jacobson and Lisa Dunn August 25, 2016

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Front woman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to Y La Bamba with a rooftop concert at Revolution Hall.


Adam Sawyer
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's City of Books
Summer isn’t over yet. Sawyer’s new guidebook, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon, will help you seize the rest of the season. Sawyer rounds up close to 40 excursions, from hiking to biking to boating to zip-lining to disc golf, all within an hour’s drive of the city. For more, check out our Q&A with Sawyer.

John Brant and Julius Achon
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's at Cedar Hills
Brant's new book, The Boy Who Runs, chronicles the life of Ugandan child soldier-turned-Olympic runner Julius Achon. Achon now lives in Portland, where he runs the Achon Uganda Children's Fund, a charity working to improve life for northern Ugandans.


Tango in the Park
6 p.m. Friday, Director Park
Come dance the Argentine tango to live music in the heart of downtown. Lessons for beginners start at 6 p.m.—a perfect opportunity to learn that most sensual of partner dances.


Top Down Rooftop Cinema
9 p.m. Thursday, Hotel deLuxe
As far as parking garages go, Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop lot is pretty swish, and the panoramic views pair well with the NW Film Center’s eclectic alfresco selections. Tonight, the last installment of the summer, is David Byrne's genre-defying True Stories, which the Talking Heads front man has described as "60 Minutes on acid."

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Yadira Baltier-Moreno shooting her documentary.

Image: Vox Siren

Produced By Her
5 p.m. Sunday, Hollywood Theatre
Sex trafficking. Black girls in Portland. LGBTQ safe spaces. Women street artists. A group of local teenage girls spent the summer making documentaries, which they'll screen today. For more, check out our preview.


Real Estate
8 p.m. Friday, Crystal Ballroom
The surf-rock band recently experienced a shakeup, with the announcement that guitarist and founding member Matt Mondanile would be leaving to pursue a side project. But with the teasing release of a few new songs, it seems like Real Estate will keep on movin’.

Y La Bamba
7 p.m. Friday, Revolution Hall
Front woman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to Y La Bamba after a two-and-a-half-year time-out with contemplative new record Ojos Del Sol. Her timeless vocals shine over folk-meets-indie-pop melodies on this Tender Loving Empire release (out September 2), while drawing deeply from her Latin roots.

8 p.m. Saturday, Revolution Hall
The ’90s alternative rock band reunites for their first tour since their breakup in 1996. Don your Doc Martens or jelly sandals and get ready for some catchy hooks.

MusicfestNW Presents Project Pabst
1–9:50 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Holy frankenfestival! Willamette Week’s long-running MFNW joins forces with the fledgling Project Pabst for shows at the waterfront and indoor venues around town. The lineup balances throwbacks—Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Ween—with Aussie psych rockers Tame Impala, party king Andrew W.K., and the hooky punk of Sheer Mag. Plus, check out our Q&A with Duran Duran bassist John Taylor.

Peter Bjorn and John
8 p.m. Sunday, Revolution Hall
We’re trying really hard not to hold the deathless appeal of whistle-crazed, coffee-shop earworm “Young Folks” against the Swedish indie trio. Really, really hard.


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Exes reunite in a Colorado trailer in Annapurna.

Image: Owen Carey

CLOSING Annapurna
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Imago Theatre
In a squalid trailer in the Colorado mountains, an ex-husband and wife—they haven’t seen each other in 20 years, and now he’s dying of emphysema—dissect the mystery of the night she left. The New York Times called Sharr White’s drama, presented here by Third Rail, “a scruffier version of a Lifetime television movie about love gone wrong.” For more, check out our Q&A with director Isaac Lamb.

OPENING The Bomb-itty of Errors
7:30 p.m. Friday–Sunday, Post5 Theatre
Before the red-hot Hamilton—even before 2001 hip-hopera Carmen (oh, Beyoncé, we knew you when)—there was this beat-fueled retelling of The Comedy of Errors, filled with bawdy lines and nimble rhymes.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
6 p.m. Friday, Marylhurst University; 6:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Washington Park
Fun fact: Shakespeare’s early comedy features the longest word in his entire canon (“honorificabilitudinitatibus”). The show roves to parks, wineries, and colleges.


CLOSING Harold Feinstein
Noon–5 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Feinstein, who died last year, was known for his animated, candid photos of Coney Island—teenagers grinning, musclemen flexing, kids splashing. This retrospective showcases the best of his black-and-white photography.

CLOSING Crafting the Future and MK Guth
10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, FREE
The gallery celebrates its 35th anniversary with a group show that dives into the role of labor and craft in contemporary art, especially as a response to digitization. In This Fable Is Intended for You: A Work-Energy Principle: Final, Guth exhibits woven ropes and sculptures made from donated bits of unusable fabric.

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Sasha LaPointe II, 2014

CLOSING Dene bāhī Naabaahii
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Portland Art Museum
In this exhibition at PAM’s Center for Contemporary Native Art, Demian DinéYazhi’ (of the Diné tribe) and Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena from Daylu on her father’s side and Jewish from Romania on her mother’s) present work that explores identity, gender, and sexuality. Their work crosses disciplines and probes themes of indigenous self-expression.


Jade International Night Market
5–10 p.m. Saturday, PCC Southeast
In its third year, this event features food vendors, live music, retail stands, and a beer garden.

Hawthorne Street Fair
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday, SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland’s original “shop local” district throws its annual street party, with more than 100 local businesses participating. Expect live music, fun for kids, and a few beer gardens for the grown-ups.

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