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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 23–26

Head to a night market in the Jade District, catch a classic film on a downtown rooftop, and take in an earful of local music, from Wild Ones to Moorea Masa to Pure Bathing Culture.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Natasha Tandler August 23, 2018

Portlander Moorea Masa brings her rich, sultry sound to the Aladdin Theater on Saturday.

Books & Talks

S. J. Sindu

7:30 p.m. Thu, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, FREE
Sindu’s debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, follows the complicated marriage of Lucky and Krishna, two closeted queer Sri Lankan Americans from conservative families. When a family emergency calls Lucky home and she rekindles a romance with her first lover, she’s challenged to put an end to the marital charade. Kate Carroll de Gutes, author of The Authenticity Experiment and recipient of the 2016 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction, joins Sindu in conversation.


Earthquake Hurricane

8 p.m. Thu, Ford Food & Drink, FREE
Funny Portlanders Alex Falcone, Katie Nguyen, Anthony Lopez, and Mohanad Elshieky host a weekly stand-up night featuring sets from both local and out-of-town comedians.


Top Down Rooftop Cinema

9 p.m. Thu, Portland State's PS2 parking structure, $9–12
Need a respite from lackluster summer blockbusters? Find it at the NW Film Center’s annual alfresco summertime film series. This week, catch Cary Grant-Katherine Hepburn classic Bringing Up Baby, screened from the top of a Portland State parking garage.


Portugal. The Man

6:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, McMenamins Edgefield, SOLD OUT
Last fall, the Alaska-formed, Portland-based band shot to national popularity with the indelibly hooky “Feel It Still.” The song spent a record-breaking 20 weeks at no. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart last year, raking in 125 million YouTube views and 355 million Spotify plays.

Wild Ones

9 p.m. Fri–Sat, Mississippi Studios, $15
Bummer news: the local quintet just announced it's calling it quits after eight years. The band's most recent album, last fall's Mirror Touch, dug into loneliness, empathy, and isolation via smart, dreamy electro-pop. Catch them before it's too late.

Moorea Masa & The Mood

9 p.m. Sat, Aladdin Theater, $17–20
Watch this Portland-based R&B-cum-folk singer and you’ll understand what other musicians hope to harness: under a flop of curls, she brings rich, gospel highs, and measured, sultry lows that simmer with earnest emotion. (She's also one of our 10 Portland bands to know right now.)

Pure Bathing Culture

9 p.m. Sat, Doug Fir Lounge, $13–15
The Portland duo makes lush, lo-fi pop that draws on a diverse set of inspirations, from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to early-20th-century poet Hilda Doolittle.

Visual Art

The Shape of Speed

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu and Sun, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Portland Art Museum, $19.99
Take a joyful ride back in time and see some of the finest streamlined automobiles and two-wheelers from the 1930s. Throughout the summer, PAM displays 19 rare US and European vehicles and motorcycles—including a classic 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt and the unrivaled BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle—all of which show how auto designers back in the day were able to incorporate the concept of aerodynamic efficiency into car manufacturing.

R. B. Kitaj

11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thu, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Fri, noon–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Oregon Jewish Museum, $8
Known for his strong figurative work as well as his role in the British Pop Art movement—he was good friends with David Hockney—Kitaj had a tumultuous career before his 2007 suicide at the age of 74. A Jew Etc., Etc. collects work from the last 20 years of his life, a time when Kitaj was exploring Jewish heritage and identity in his art.

Special Events

Jade International Night Market

5–10 p.m. Sat, PCC SE Campus, FREE
The annual event in Southeast Portland’s Jade District seeks to educate people about issues affecting the neighborhood, celebrate the diversity of its communities, and support small local businesses. Expect multicultural foods, shops, and performances.

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