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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 11–14

New work by Wendy Red Star. An elaborate homage to Nikola Tesla. Honky tonk from Charley Crockett. Beauty and the Beast with a live score. And a shipwreck!

By Hannah Bonnie, Kayla Brock, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Eleanor Van Buren January 11, 2018

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In Grandmothers (I Come As One But I Stand As Ten Thousand), Portlander Wendy Red Star superimposes portraits of Crow Nation women onto mirrors.

Books & Talks

Lacy J. Davis & Jim Kettner

7:30 p.m. Thu, Powell's City of Books, FREE
In her graphic memoir Ink in Water, Portlander Lacy Davis—a writer, podcaster, and owner of Liberation Barbell, a body-positive, queer-centric gym—tells her story of overcoming eating disorders. She’s joined by illustrator Jim Kettner, who also happens to be her husband.


Maria Bamford

7 p.m. Sat, Revolution Hall, SOLD OUT
The Minnesota-raised comedian and star of Netflix’s Lady Dynamite has made a career of channeling her own mental health issues—she’s struggled with bipolar disorder and OCD—into bizarro, brainy stand-up. Last fall, she further burrowed her way into our hearts with a frank New York Times essay about learning to be loved for who she is.


Fin de Cinema

9:15 p.m. Thu, Holocene, $10
Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film version of Beauty and the Beast gets a brand-new live score, composed and performed by a half-dozen local musicians, including Like a Villain, Noah Bernstein, and Amenta Abioto.


Charley Crockett

8 p.m. Thu, Mississippi Studios, $10
A descendant of American folk hero Davy Crockett, Texas-born blues singer Charley Crockett brings country tunes to Mississippi Studios. His newest album, Lil G.L.’s Honky Tonk Jubilee, was released in September as an ode to good-old honky tonk.

1939 Ensemble & Golden Retriever

9 p.m. Fri, Mississippi Studios, $8–10
Drawing inspiration from krautrock, no wave, and jazz, Portland-based instrumental quartet 1939 Ensemble celebrates its latest EP, Beats & Saints. They’re joined by experimental electronica duo Golden Retriever.

Wolf Parade with Charly Bliss

8 p.m. Sun, Crystal Ballroom, $28–30
In October 2017, the Canadian indie rock quartet—known for big choruses and grandiose guitars—dropped Cry Cry Cry, their first full album in seven years. They’re supported by Charly Bliss, a four-piece power-pop band from New York. Pitchfork called the group’s debut album, Guppy, “both wry and sincere in its expression of the endless crap conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.”



7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Milagro Theatre, $7–40
What is your bi-dentity? In this bilingual world premiere, Teatro Milagro’s touring cast uses interviews, poetic narrative, and movement to explore the pressures to identify as a single race.

OPENING Lifeboat

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Northwest Children's Theater, $20–25
When Bess Walder and Beth Cummings were being evacuated as children from Britain in 1940, a torpedo hit their ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The two survived and solidified a lifelong friendship while hanging on to a lifeboat for 16 hours, awaiting rescue. This true story of fortune and fortitude premieres here in a coproduction between Corrib and Northwest Children’s Theater.

Visual Art

Wendy Red Star

6 a.m.–7 p.m. Thu–Fri, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat–Sun, Stumptown Downtown, FREE
In Grandmothers (I Come As One But I Stand As Ten Thousand), the Portland multimedia artist superimposes portraits of Crow Nation women, taken by photographer Richard Throssel around 1911, onto mirrors. The result, Red Star says, is that “the viewer becomes a part of the artwork and solidifies the link between past and present realities and people.”

In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $19.99
In 1938, the Works Progress Administration hired 30-year-old Minor White to photograph the architecture of downtown Portland. Some images—expect about 70 in this exhibit—show grand façades, while others reveal the effects of the Great Depression: run-down buildings soon to be demolished, or men huddled outside a junk shop, hoping to make a sale.

Special Events

Tesla: Light, Sound, Color

8 p.m. Sat, Newmark Theatre, $30–50
Learning meets fun in this mixed-media performance, which explores the genius of inventor Nikola Tesla through live physics demonstrations and contemporary dance set to an original score.

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