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Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 8–11

Mustachioed meditations from Marc Maron, belly laughs from Stumptown Improv Festival, art from trash in Glean and Footloose! Bring it, weekend.

By Rebecca Jacobson, Brendan Nagle, and Conner Reed August 7, 2019

Dark Side Of The Room improvises their way through classic movies at Stumptown Improv Festival. 

Books & Talks

Marc Maron

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, Revolution Hall, SOLD OUT
Marc Maron, he of Glow, Almost Famous, and that one episode of his podcast where Lorde blows his mind, hits Rev Hall for a pair of sold-out shows. Expect mustachioed meditations on aging, addiction, and the difficult business of vulnerability. 


Stumptown Improv Festival

 7 p.m., Thu–Mon, Curious Comedy Theater, $15–120

This perennially popular, tightly curated comedy fest showcases both killer homegrown talent—among others, expect Curious Comedy house team Filbert, the multigenerational Broad Selection, teen troupe Impulse, and Atlanta's "all pigmented" Dark Side of the Room—alongside groups from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and beyond. 


Portland Cello Project’s Extreme Dance Party

9 p.m., Fri, Doug Fir Lounge, SOLD OUT
Per the press release: “A night of mind-blowing dance madness featuring Portland’s finest...” cellists! The decade-old Portland Cello Project (known to friends and fans as PCP) hits the Doug Fir to play their signature mix of Western classical and contemporary pop sounds. 

Flying Lotus

9 p.m. Sat, Roseland Theatre, $30
The producer/filmmaker/Lynch-adjacent weirdo is touring with a stage designed by 3D Live that promises “virtual worlds of pulsing color that dance off the screen.” It’s a fitting treatment for Flamagra, his kaleidoscopic latest with hall-of-fame guest features from Solange to George Clinton to, yes, David Lynch.



2 p.m. Sat–Sun, 7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Broadway Rose Theatre, $20–48
Whether you’re brimming with nostalgia for Kevin Bacon losing it in a warehouse, or you’re like, “Oh yeah, Andie MacDowell was in the Footloose remake,” Broadway Rose’s late-summer crowd pleaser is for you. It’s the timeless (and, let’s face it, fairly incoherent) story of  a dance-free town and the rebel who shakes it up. Expect soft singalongs to “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” and a lingering affinity for leg warmers. 

In the Penal Colony

7:30 p.m. Thu, Sat, Hampton Opera Center, $75
Jerry Mouawad, best known as Imago Theatre’s inventive cofounder, directs Philip Glass’s one-act chamber opera based on Franz Kafka’s short story about an island prison and its vicious execution machine. See our review here.

Visual Art

Associated American Artists: Prints for the People

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $20
After the Great Depression, an organization called the Associated American Artists formed to make affordable art prints more accessible across the US, with original, limited-run lithographs sold for $5 a pop (that pencils out to about $88 today). This exhibit collects about 60 of those prints, whose creators included Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry, as well as works by Latin American artists and foreign printmakers living in America.


12 p.m.–5 p.m. Fri–Sun, Lovejoy Square, FREE
This long-running program provides five Portland-area artists, this year ranging from painters to sculptors to metalsmiths, with a five-month residency that asks them to build at least eight pieces from discarded materials at Metro’s massive central dump.

Dear Lucy

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu–Sat, Upfor Gallery, FREE
In this group exhibit, five artists—April Bey, Bean Gilsdorf, Michelle Grabner, Faith Wilding (with feminist collective subRosa), and Wendy Red Star—take on what it means to depict women and their “domestic arts,” exploring where the political and intimate realms converge. Expect work in a wide range of media, from fiber arts to sculpture to photography.

Special Events

Lents Chicken Beauty Contest

11 a.m.–4 p.m. 9330 SE Harold Street, FREE
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most beautiful clucker of them all? That’s up to visitors to the Lents Fair, which holds its fifth annual poultry pageant this month. Past years have featured a broad array of fowl, from dramatically crested Polish chickens to glam Silkies to Naked Necks (which cofounder Jonah Willbach says rarely come close to winning).

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