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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 15–18

The Portland Biennial says bye-bye, a carnivorous plant hits the stage, Bloc Party returns, and 16 more ways to slay the weekend.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Michelle Porter September 15, 2016

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Little Shop of Horrors hits Portland Center Stage this weekend.


Adam Bray
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell's Cedar Hills
Bray contributed to a brand-new book titled Marvel: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know. And that should be everything you need to know.

Peter Ho Davies
7:30 p.m. Friday, Powell's City of Books
The Fortunes, the latest from the British-born Davies, tells four stories of Chinese-American immigrants. Each story is a lyrical, emotionally charged meditation on the immigrant experience in America and the long-standing cultural transactions between China and America.

Benjamin Bergen
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Powell's City of Books
Linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin Bergen’s funny, well-researched What the F focuses on why people swear and how swearing can actually tell us a lot about language itself. It’s bound to be a good f**king talk.


Speechless: Competitive Improvised PowerPoint Presentations
8 p.m. Saturday, Siren Theater
While you might have left the nightmare of ill-prepared PowerPoint presentations back in the dust of high school, you can watch some of Portland’s best and brightest try not to choke while they give TED Talks, self-help seminars, and pitch presentations, with topics chosen by the audience.


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Hey look! It's Molly Shannon!

Queer Film Festival
Various times Saturday–Wednesday, Cinema 21
Since 1996, this event has been a showcase for short, feature-length, and documentary films by the LGBTQ community, from here and afar. This year’s festival kicks off with Other People, the directing debut of SNL and Broad City writer Chris Kelly (added bonus: Molly Shannon stars). To celebrate its 20th anniversary, PQFF also looks back on some of the greatest hits of the last two decades.

Adult Swim Drive-In
5 p.m. Saturday, Portland Meadows
The late-night entertainment channel takes its show on the road with a five-week, 10-city cross-country tour. Its final stop: Portland Meadows. Fans of the quirky network—in its 15th year on air—will have an opportunity to see unaired episodes, shorts, and never-before-seen pilots and specials on a 40-foot inflatable screen, for a one-night-only drive-in screening. For more, check out our preview.


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Bloc Party is back.

Bloc Party
8 p.m. Thursday, Wonder Ballroom
Three years and two band members down, Bloc Party’s new (breakup) record is here. With two new members, their style has spun into something more restrained and soulful.

Sara Watkins
8 p.m. Friday, Aladdin Theater
The fiddle player and founding Nickel Creek member describes her third album, Young In All The Wrong Ways, as a breakup record with herself. 

Bonnie Raitt
6:30 p.m. Saturday, McMenamins Edgefield, SOLD OUT
Back in February, the redheaded rock and country diva released 20th studio album Dig In Deep—a self-produced recording with five tracks penned by Raitt herself.

7 p.m. Sunday, Roseland Theater
Garbage's newest album, Strange Little Birds, brings grunge back, with a lead single, "Empty," about imposter syndrome.


OPENING Little Shop of Horrors
7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Gerding Theater
As usual, Portland Center Stage kicks off its season with a big ol’ musical, this year the beloved tale of a timid flower shop worker and a crazy carnivorous plant.

Time-Based Art Festival
Various times and locations, Thursday–Sunday
Every year, for 10 or so nights, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art imports heady companies and creators from around the world and showcases some of the city’s most challenging contemporary artists. For this 14th annual installment, running through Sunday, PICA finally has a home of its own—more on that here. Plus, check out our picks for this year’s fest, from meditative juggling to blindfolded moviegoing. 

CLOSING 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.

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 Portland Biennial
Noon–5 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, FREE
The Portland Biennial pulls from across Oregon’s creative landscape to showcase work in 25 venues across the state. The anchor is the 12,000-square-foot former bowling alley that’s the home base of Disjecta, the eternally scrappy North Portland nonprofit that orchestrates the whole production. For more, check out our story on the exhibit.

Sharita Towne
10 a.m.–6 pm Thursday–Sunday, Newspace Center for Photography, FREE
In Our City in Stereo, Towne uses stereographs—a form of 3-D photography pioneered in the mid-19th century—to explore gentrification and displacement today.

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Malaska's "Some of Us Did Not Die" is on view at Nationale.

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.

Photography and Contemporary Experience
10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday–Saturday, Portland Art Museum
From Penelope Umbrico’s iPhone-processed nature shots to Richard Mosse’s hot-pink-hued images of war, this show draws together a wide range of modern photography.


End of Summer Rummer House Tour
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Oak Hills, Beaverton
Robert Rummer built about 1,000 homes in the Portland area during the 1960s and ’70s, recognizable for their low profiles and A-frame roofs. And now, Restore Oregon gives you the keys to six of them with a walking tour through Oak Hills, located north of the US-26 in Washington County. Best of all, Rummer himself will be in attendance. For more, check out our preview.

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