PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 27–30

The Tempest meets Cuban operetta, Joseph plays the Crystal, spoken-word poets vie for top lyrical laurels, dance hits the big screen, and Patti Austin pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Meagan Nolan April 27, 2017

Pomo 0816 pop culture joseph band zhtzud

The Portland sisters who call themselves Joseph play the Crystal Ballroom on Friday.

Books & Talks


7 p.m. Thu, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $10–30
For the sixth year running, teenage spoken-word poets from local high schools perform original work in a bid for top lyrical laurels, this time in the plush surrounds of the Schnitz.

Silent Reading Party

3–5 p.m. Sun, Mother Foucault's Bookshop, FREE
Portland’s Silent Reading Party is a monthly-ish attempt to reclaim time for literary serenity. Bring a book and prepare for some ambient tunes, tea, and cookies.


Appalachian Spring Break

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Performance Works NorthWest, $12–20
This first-time collaboration between Bessie-winning choreographer Scotty Heron and composer Brendan Connelly, both based in New Orleans, toys with and blurs the relationship between musician and performer. Expect “sound-generating” movements, incorporating everything from adult diapers to water pails to toe shoes.


7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat, Polaris Dance Theatre, $25
For the seventh annual XPOSED, Polaris brings together past favorites by Gerard Regot and M’Liss Quinnly alongside exciting new works by Robert Guitron, Barbara Lima, and Jess Zoller.


Contact Dance Film Festival

Various times Thu–Sat, BodyVox Dance Center & Whitsell Auditorium, $10+
BodyVox and the NW Film Center team up for the second annual Contact Dance Film Festival, featuring collaborations between award-winning dancers, directors, and choreographers—from a collection of short films celebrating the intimacy of creative movement to a documentary following a performer facing a career-ending injury.

Dance 30fps photo by james adamson fayp6k

Dance hits the big screen at the second annual Contact Dance Film Fest.

Overlook Film Festival

Thu–Sat, Timberline Lodge, prices vary
There could be no better venue for a horror film festival than Mount Hood’s Timberline Lodge, which Stanley Kubrick used for exterior shots in The Shining. That’s the home for this immersive spookstravaganza, which features screenings of films new and old, as well as a live radio play, a weekend-long mystery game, interactive installations, music shows, panel discussions, and more. For more, check out festival preview and film picks.


Laura Marling

8 p.m. Thu, Wonder Ballroom, $20–23
On her latest album, Semper Femina, the English folk singer offers hypnotizing and transporting tunes that explore modern-day femininity.


8 p.m. Fri, Crystal Ballroom, $26–28
These three Portland siblings (big sis Natalie and twins Allison and Meegan) bring energy and attitude to bear on their folk-pop sensibilities. Joseph—named for a grandfather born in that Eastern Oregon town—hit the national radar thanks to a 2016 appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight show.

Helio Sequence

8 p.m. Sat, Doug Fir Lounge, $25
Beaverton-born indie rock duo Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel bring a night of upbeat keyboards and soothing vocals on top of steady, bumping drums. Their most recent album, 2015′s self-titled LP, was inspired by what they call the “20-Song Game”—in which musicians spend all day recording 20 full songs. The pair produced as much music as they could in a month, leading to what Eric Swedlund of Paste Magazine called a “career-defining album.”

Patti Austin's Homage to Ella Fitzgerald

7:30 p.m. Sat and 3 p.m. Sun, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $29–76
The Grammy-winning singer takes on the jazz legend’s most enduring hits. 

Sondre Lerche

8 p.m. Sun, Star Theater, $18
From the land of A-ha and Royksöpp (thanks, Norway!) comes Sondre Lerche—known for dabbling in folk, jazz, bossa nova, and what Pitchfork calls “polite power pop”—with his 10th album, Pleasure.



7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat and 2 p.m. Sun, Milagro Theatre, $20–27
Promising “the biggest production ever seen on a Milagro stage,” this original Spanish-language musical riffs on both Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the Cuban zarzuela, a form of operetta.

OPENING The Talented Ones

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Artists Repertory Theatre, $25–50
Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi’s dark comedy, an Artists Rep commission, charts the challenges faced by an immigrant couple in America. Timely, no?


7:30 p.m. Thu–Sun, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, $12–20
Spoken-word poet Dahlak Brathwaite performs a verse-fueled exploration of race, drug addiction, and the criminal justice system. For more, check out our Q&A with Brathwaite and local hip-hop artist Mic Capes.

CLOSING Wild & Reckless

7:30 p.m. Sat–Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–75
Folk rockers Blitzen Trapper are behind a “new musical event” at Portland Center Stage, a fantastical tale about “ordinary Americans” melding music, storytelling, and some serious theatrics. Yeah. You might just have to be there.

33561204295 45f043c328 k xsinqp

Last chance for Lauren Weedman (or, umm, Tami Lisa?).

CLOSING Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore

7:30 p.m. Thu–Fri and 2 p.m. Sat–Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–75
Dynamic, funny performer Lauren Weedman unveils a song-filled solo show, with musings on love, heartbreak, and big hair.

Visual Art

CLOSING Dan Gluibizzi

11 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Thu–Fri, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat, Russo Lee Gallery, FREE
The Portland-based artist trawls Tumblr—often for nudes, amateur porn, and the like—which he then reworks into what Juxtapoz magazine called “delicious, sorbet-colored smut.”

CLOSING Ervin A. Johnson and Cristián Ureta

Noon–5 p.m. Thu–Sun, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
#InHonor, a portrait series by young Chicago artist Ervin A. Johnson, pays tribute to victims of police brutality and racism via photographs manipulated with solvents, acrylic paint, and ink. Cristián Ureta’s Volviendo a la Tierra, meanwhile, documents a Chilean mining camp from 2003 to 2005.


11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu–Sat, Blackfish Gallery, FREE
A new installation by brother-sister duo Geordie and Merridawn Duckler pays homage to the Rubaiyat by 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam via poetry, a chorus line featuring actual robots, and, per the artists, “other cray stuff.”

Special Events

Pop-Up Strip Club for Planned Parenthood

8 p.m. Thu, Apr 27, Paris Theatre, $20
The "two strippers and sex therapist” of Unzipped PDX host a live podcast taping followed by a volunteer “pop up” strip show, with all stage tips earmarked for Planned Parenthood. Organizers note: “Amateurs, pros, singles, couples, thrupples; everyone is welcome to dance.”

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat, Apr 29, PNCA Library, FREE
Want to help close Wikipedia’s gender gap? A 2011 survey found that less than 10 percent of the online encyclopedia’s contributors identify as female, which has led to the spread of these edit-a-thons, where folks gather for in-person, communal editing jams to expand Wikipedia entries on art and feminism. Computers are available, but bring your laptop if you have one. Tutorials and reference materials provided.

Filed under
Show Comments