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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 23–26

Do your turkey (or tofurky) trot, then celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer with Portland Cello Project, catch holiday stories onstage, or take in some Day-Glo-tinged psychedelia.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Kayla Brock, Fiona McCann, and Tuck Woodstock November 21, 2017

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Portland Cello Project pays tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer, released 20 years ago.


Becky Robinson

8 p.m. Fri, Siren Theater, $15
The Portland-born, Los Angeles-based comedian performs her new solo show, Pez, an American F***Boi. Expect her to unroll all kinds of kooky characters, and to invite on a few special guests.


Portland Cello Project

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Revolution Hall, $20
The local ensemble celebrates the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer, joined by a full band, winds and brass, and vocalists. Each night will feature the full, iconic alt-rock album, but in different arrangements.

11th Annual Storm Large Holiday Ordeal

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Aladdin Theater, SOLD OUT
The one-time wild child and frequent Pink Martini collaborator brings back her annual holiday show, filled with songs, stage gags, and plenty of special guests.

King Black Acid

9 p.m. Fri, Mississippi Studios, $10–12
The local psych-rock stalwarts—fronted by Daniel Riddle since the late '80s, with a frequently shifting lineup—headline this benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, joined by dream-rocker Ezza Rose and singer-songwriter Rob Wynia.


OPENING A Christmas Memory/Winter Song

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–60
It’s fruitcake weather, so Truman Capote’s classic tale seems an apt addition to the holiday calendar. Portland Center Stage pairs it with a cycle of seasonal songs created by Merideth Kay Clark (a.k.a. Elphaba in the first touring production of Wicked) and PCS production associate Brandon Woolley.

OPENING The Humans

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Artists Repertory Theatre, $25–50
The winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, Stephen Karam's The Humans takes place in a New York City apartment on Thanksgiving as family secrets are unveiled and the pressures of the world bear down. The New York Times hailed it as "piercingly funny, bruisingly sad."

CLOSING Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat–Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–65
Playwright Luis Alfaro transplants Euripides’ drama to Los Angeles, with Medea—wronged wife turned vengeful murderer—now an undocumented Mexican immigrant working as a seamstress. After a six-month stint at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where Alfaro is currently resident playwright, the production arrives at Portland Center Stage.

Visual Art

CLOSING Tyler Mackie

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri–Sat, Wolff Gallery, FREE
In this collection of gouache paintings titled The Bleed Is Working, Portland-based artist Tyler Mackie explores the contradictions of womanhood, aiming to show that softness is power.

The King's Mouth

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri–Sun, PNCA, FREE
If you’ve ever seen a Flaming Lips show—if you’ve experienced the confetti, disco balls, unicorns, and massive inflatable things—you’ve peeked into the madcap mind of front man Wayne Coyne. Now you can fully crawl inside: The King’s Mouth is a floor-to-ceiling installation piece at Pacific Northwest College of Art that invites viewers to lie back on plush red pillows for a spectacle of light, sound, and Day-Glo-tinged psychedelia.


10 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, FREE–$19.99
PAM’s exhibit brings together photographs that were taken by, for, and of African Americans, spanning the late 1800s through the 1990s. Portraits from the estate of a prominent North Portland family appear alongside vernacular snapshots and found Polaroids—vivid glimpses into life over the course of more than a century. Plus: we’ve got a slideshow of images from the exhibit.

Special Events

Turkey Trot

8–11 a.m. Thu, Washington Park, $35
Gather the whole family for a pre-Thanksgiving jaunt through the Oregon Zoo and International Rose Test Garden. The four-mile course is untimed and open to walkers and runners of all speeds and abilities. Expect plenty of animals, fun events for kids, and pumpkin pie at the finish line.

Tofurky Trot

8:30–11:30 a.m. Thu, Oaks Amusement Park, $30
What better day than Thanksgiving to join forces with your fellow vegetarians? Celebrate the iconic tofu loaf on this 5K through Oaks Amusement Park, which promises tasty vegan snacks at the finish line and awards for best costume. Best of all, the event raises funds for several regional animal sanctuaries.

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