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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 1–4

Fireworks and Tchaikovsky. A "truth booth" video confessional. Ages and Ages in a hometown show. A century-spanning collection of black art. Ready to send summer out, Portland?

By Rebecca Jacobson and Kailla Coomes September 1, 2016

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Beloved Portland quintet Ages and Ages hits Mississippi Studios for two hometown shows on Saturday.


Reading Frenzy's 22nd Anniversary
11 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday, Reading Frenzy, FREE
Catch a glimpse of City Council candidate/Reading Frenzy owner Chloe Eudaly as the bookstore celebrates 22 years peddling indie books and zines. 

Invisible Spectrum Series
8 p.m. (with a potluck beginning at 6 p.m.) Sunday, Service (2319 NE Glisan)
Portlanders of color get the spotlight in this new storytelling series, tonight featuring the theme "fish out of water."


Mortified Portland
7 p.m. Thursday and 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, Alberta Rose Theatre
Portlanders take to the stage to read diary entries about their high-school crushes or poems about their first periods. Think The Moth, but for your most embarrassing childhood moments.


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Not a bad spot for some Tchaikovsky.

Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert
12:30 p.m. Thursday (Symphony program starts at 7 p.m.), Tom McCall Waterfront Park, FREE
With cannons, fireworks, and Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture, the Oregon Symphony sends out summer with a literal bang. It’s all free, too, with performances earlier in the day by Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Portland Opera, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic.

Father John Misty
6:30 p.m. Thursday, McMenamins Edgefield
The singer-songwriter (real name: Joshua Tillman) comes to grace the alfresco Edgefield stage. His self-described genre is “post-modern, self-reflexive, semi-ironic, renunciation of originality,” which doesn’t mean a whole lot, but does pretty well encapsulate the folk-rock provocateur’s satirical bent.

Explosions in the Sky
8 p.m. Thursday, Crystal Ballroom
New album The Wilderness is Explosions in the Sky’s first non-soundtrack in five years, and sees the four-man instrumental band exploring new (but still epic) sonic territory.

Ages and Ages
6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Mississippi Studios
The Portland quintet, known for big vocal harmonies and catchy handclaps, has just released Something to Ruin—their third album and most pensive so far, with a move toward synth grooves and electronic textures.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The Chicago rockers return to Portland just days before the release of their 10th album, the pretty delightfully titled Schmilco.


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Todd Van Voris (right)  yaks to Sean Doran.

7:30 p.m. Friday–Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Imago Theatre
Imago's Jerry Mouawad directs Eugene O'Neill's lean two-hander, set in New York in the summer of 1928. The powerful Todd Van Voris stars as a garrulous, small-time hustler recounting his stories to a hotel night clerk.

CLOSING The Lion King
7:30 p.m. Thursday–Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Keller Auditorium
Simba and Nala and the rest of the gang return in the perennially popular, extravagantly costumed, puppet–filled musical, which has been running continuously on Broadway since 1997. The circle of life, man—it moves us all.

CLOSING Love's Labour's Lost
3 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Reed College, FREE
Fun fact: Shakespeare’s early comedy features the longest word in his entire canon (“honorificabilitudinitatibus”). The show roves to parks, wineries, and colleges.


CLOSING Native Fashion Now
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday–Saturday, Portland Art Museum
Haute couture meets North American Native culture (Navajo to Luiseño) in this touring exhibit of nearly 100 high-fashion pieces from 69 designers. Don’t expect a history lesson: each of the pieces on show was created within the past 50 years. Items range from the Christian Louboutin stiletto boots Jamie Okuma embellished with thousands of vibrant, turquoise beads and pops of gold and coral to the embroidered pink silk gown Frankie Welch tailored for First Lady Betty Ford to wear to a White House Christmas bash.

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In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Portland Art Museum, FREE
For six hours on Saturday, the Cause Collective invites you to enter a huge, inflatable, speech bubble-shaped structure and answer a simple prompt: "The truth is..." Think of it as a video confessional booth for the real world.

OPENING Elizabeth Malaska
12–6 p.m. Thursday–Sunday, Nationale, FREE
In When We Dead Awaken II, the Portlander—who draws from both classical painting and Surrealism in her images—continues her exploration of the nude female body and the often patriarchal ways ways it’s been represented in art.

OPENING The Soul of Black Art
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Upfor Gallery, FREE
Upfor marks its third anniversary with an exhibition guest curated by collector John Goodwin. The work spans 100 years of black culture in the US, from an abstract expressionist collage of North Carolina to lushly colored paintings by Portlander Arvie Smith to photography by Pulitzer winner Damon Winter (you've certainly seen some of his images of Barack Obama).

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