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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 10–13

Elton John hits the Moda, a world-premiere play follows an Oregon judge's inspiring story, an all-star percussion ensemble plays Mississippi Studios, and Richard III gets a teenage twist.

By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann January 10, 2019

Is the Moda Center ready for Elton John?


Sebastian Maniscalco

7:30 p.m. Fri, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $39.75–59.75
Once upon a time, according to the LA Times, Maniscalco waited on Jerry Seinfeld while working at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. These days, the Chicago-born comic—with his colorful facial expressions, exaggerated sense of exacerbation, and splashy physicality—counts Seinfeld among his biggest fans.


Secret Drum Band

9 p.m. Fri, Mississippi Studios, $10–12
The Portland-based percussion ensemble, founded in 2006 by Lisa Schonberg of Explode Into Colors, features four drummers—and if that weren’t enough sound for you, the group adds altered vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, which often mimic nature sounds. The goal, the band says, is to "draw attention to issues concerning endangered species, habitat loss, and other environmental issues,” from endangered bees in Hawaii to logging in Mt Hood National Forest.

And And And

9 p.m. Fri, Doug Fir Lounge, $10–13
The Portland rockers burst onto the scene nearly a decade ago, winning the crown in Willamette Week’s annual Best New Band poll in 2011 and going on to become one of the city’s most reliable acts. This show—featuring fellow locals Woolen Men and Help—is a benefit for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a decades-old, Santa Cruz-based nonprofit that helps scientists study the role of psychoactive substances in mental health treatment.

Elton John

8 p.m. Sat, Moda Center, SOLD OUT
The music legend is playing the Moda Center on his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour, and when tickets went on sale last year, they were snapped up in less than 30 minutes. What more do you need to know?


OPENING Judge Torres

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, $10–27
Based on the real-life story of Oregon judge Xiomara Torres, Milta Ortiz’s world-premiere bilingual play follows a girl from El Salvador as she crosses into the U.S., navigates the foster care system, and eventually lands confirmation on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

OPENING Teenage Dick

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Artists Repertory Theatre, $30–60
This modern-day Richard III takes place in a high school, where a bullied 17-year-old with cerebral palsy in the full winter of his discontent will stop at nothing to achieve his goal of becoming class president.

Visual Art

Rebecca Reeve

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu–Sat, Upfor Gallery, FREE
In Sun Breathing, the New York-based British artist showcases new landscape photos, taken over the course of a single summer in upstate New York. Some feature Venetian blinds, which add a strict grid to the image, while in others Reeve paints new features—like fuchsia ferns—in the landscape.

Field of View

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu–Sun, Wolff Gallery, FREE
Field of View—which places visual artists with developmental disabilities in three-month-residencies in spaces across the city—culminates with this exhibit. The work, by Portlanders Alma Bate, Job Erickson, John Griffiths, and Michael Sherman, cuts across painting, photography, and video.

CLOSING The Earth Will Not Abide

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu–Sat, PNCA, FREE
If you’re distraught at rising global temperatures, The Earth Will Not Abide provides an aesthetic critique of the rapidly transforming implications of extractive land use—the costs of supporting “an agricultural economy based on monoculture.” This PNCA exhibit features the work of several talented local artists, including Ryan Griffis and Sarah Ross, and includes video, paintings, installation, and creative mapping.

CLOSING Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $20
Curated by PAM’s Maribeth Graybill, this exhibit showcases Japanese poetry and the visual form it’s taken throughout the centuries. Expect to see a rare fragment of a Buddhist sutra, a painting of an immortal summoning his dragon, and countless meditations on nature. 

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