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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 17–20

Portland's own Dodgr hosts an all-star Roseland show, Smokefall opens at Defunkt, and the 8th annual Portland Film Festival continues!

By Kiva Hanson, Olivia Wolf, Conner Reed, and Alli Weseman October 16, 2019

Bakkhai at Shaking the Tree.

Visual Art

Future Ancestors

1–7 p.m. Thurs–Sun, Ori Gallery, FREE
A collaboration between Portland’s Lisa Jarrett, Chamori writer and artist Lehua M. Taitano, and artist Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng that examines cross-cultural histories with audio and large-scale photographs. Check out our preview here.

Hank Willis Thomas

10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs–Fri, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, $17–20
Hank Willis Thomas’s work focuses on bias, institutionalized discrimination, and inequality through a pop culture lens—one of his most recognizable works, “Branded Head,” displays a Nike swoosh carved into the side of black man’s skull. All Things Being Equala new show that opens at PAM before heading to Ohio and Arkansas, will feature more than 90 multimedia works from the span of his career. 


Caleb Teicher & Company

8 p.m. Thurs–Sat, Lincoln Hall, $25–34
White Bird brings Caleb Teicher, world-renowned dancer/choreographer, to Lincoln Hall to showcase his company's unique blend of dance styles. The company, founded in 2015, brings together tap dance, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop to create theatrical, energetic performances.




7:30 p.m. Thurs–Sat, 5:30 p.m. Sun, Shaking the Tree, $15–35
The classic Greek Tragedy by Euripides is given new life at Shaking the Tree by poet and classicist Anne Carson and director Samantha Van Der Merwe. If you want to watch an almost 25 century old reality TV show, this is it: the play, outrageous for its time and still subversive today, explores gender and sexuality with the always-troublemaking Dionysus at the helm.


11 a.m. Thurs, 7:30 p.m. Thurs–Sun, 2 p.m. Sun, The Armory, $21–42
Former Profile artistic director Adriana Baer directs a reworked, all-female version of The Scottish Play, edited by buzzy New York Obie winner Lee Sunday Evans. Evans’s script has been produced before, and the New York Times called it an “irreducibe, transcendent” adaptation that “commands engagement.” 

OPENING: Smokefall

7:30 p.m. Thurs–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Defunkt Theatre, Pay what you will
It was the pull-quote heard ’round the world: “If Thornton Wilder had dropped acid, he might’ve written Smokefall.” So said Variety about Noah Haidle’s strange, beautiful play about one family’s intergenerational ripples when it premiered in Chicago in 2013. The proud weirdos at Defunkt are a promising match for the material (one act is set entirely inside of a womb). Friday's sold out, but there are limited seats left for the rest of the weekend.


Portland Film Festival

Thurs–Sun, Various Times and Locations, $10–12
This year, the Portland Film Festival will take over the Hi-Lo Hotel to screen over 120 films. Attendees and aspiring filmmakers will be able to participate in a series of workshops workshops and mingle with filmmakers during the weeklong event. Event times and locations vary; see website for details.


Andrew Bird

8 p.m. Fru, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $40.50–50.50
From Carnegie Hall to the Schnitz, formally-trained violinist and self-taught whistler Andrew Bird performs selections from his latest album My Finest Work Yet. Bird’s other recent activities include hosting a TED Talk, penning his opinions for The New York Times, and (less recently) lending his whistling talents to criminally underrated 2011 Muppets movie. 

Red Bull Presents: Dodgr

8:30 p.m. Sat, Roseland, $5–10
Portland’s own Dodgr (formerly “The Last, Artful”), who recently appeared on Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings beside Alicia Keys, pulls together an all-star lineup for her headlining gig at the Roseland. Hosted by Portugal. The Man (who met Dodgr on the set of the “Feel It Still” video), the lineup includes Seattle/LA duo Blimes and Gab, LA DJ Falcons, and Portland rapper Maarquii—we’re braced for a rowdy, queer glitter bomb.  

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