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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 22–25

Sticking around Portland over the holiday weekend? Here's how to fill your calendar.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Luthy, Fiona McCann, Allison Place, and James Stevens November 21, 2018

Blue Sky's current exhibit explores the challenges of identity and citizenship through the lens of mass migration, featuring work by the likes of photographer Tanya Habjouqa.


Thanksgiving Day Ecstatic Dance

10 a.m.–noon Thu, location TBA, $20–25 
If the afternoon is about consumption, make the morning about catharsis. Give your gratitude an outlet with dance instructors Meshi Chavez and Winky Wheeler as they lead a two-hour session of movement and mindfulness.


Singing Christmas Tree

2 p.m. Fri, 2 and 7 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Keller Auditorium, $20–60
Since 1962, members from local choirs (now representing over 130 congregations) have come together to sing in the season, weaving in a heartfelt holiday story. These rousing solos, dances, and traditional standards will have you saying “Hallelujah.” Literally.

Storm Large

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Aladdin Theater, $40–55
The onetime wild child’s Holiday Ordeal returns, with the frequent Pink Martini collaborator performing songs and unleashing stage gags, with assistance from special guests.

Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers

7:30 p.m. Sun, Crystal Ballroom, $25–28
The duo, frequent collaborators and always thought-provoking, co-headline at the Crystal, touring on their own respective albums, Baker’s Turn Out the Lights and Bridgers’s Stranger in the Alps. Joining them is opener Lucy Dacus, who’s also one-third of Boygenius (a recent joint venture with Baker and Bridges).

The Tallest Man on Earth

8 p.m. Sun, Revolution Hall, SOLD OUT
Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson (a.k.a. the Tallest Man on Earth) continues his When the Bird Sees the Ground tour at Revolution Hall. The tour bears the same name as Matsson's most recent project, a five-track EP rolled out one rich song at a time, each with an accompanying, visually compelling music video.



7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 5 p.m. Sun, Chapel Theatre, $15–30
The 2001 Pulitzer-winning story of sibling rivalry by Suzan-Lori Parks makes its way to Milwaukie’s new Chapel Theatre. Brothers Lincoln and Booth (dark humor thrives in this show) compete to be the best in what the New York Times chose as the best American play of the past 25 years—a decision that required “very little debate,” according to chief theater critic Ben Brantley.

Visual Art

In Transit

Noon–5 p.m. Fri–Sun, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Curated by Peggy Sue Amison, In Transit explores the challenges of identity and citizenship through the lens of mass migration. The exhibit reflects on both the physiological and psychological aspects of forced migration, and features work from George Awde, Daniel Castro Garcia, Gohar Dashti, Tanya Habjouqa, and Stefanie Zofia Schulz.

Ty Ennis

Noon–6 p.m. Fri–Sun, Nationale, FREE
For his third solo exhibition at Nationale, The Marble Fountain, the Portland artist reflects on nostalgia and aging via mostly black-and-white paintings, characterized by loose brushwork and a distinct sense of melancholy.

Books & Boxes

Noon–5 p.m. Fri–Sat, Roll-Up Photo Studio & Gallery, FREE
This whimsical exhibition presents 10 individual artists’ unique approaches to book arts and assemblage—think mixed-media collages and sculptural scenes. Maybe it’ll even inspire you to tackle that unread stack by your nightstand (or just take scissor and paint and transform them into something new...).

Special Events

Pioneer Square Tree Lighting

5:30 p.m. Fri, Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE
Join thousands downtown for the city’s unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, complete with sing-a-longs, musical performances, and a 75-foot Douglas fir bright enough to light your way into 2019.

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