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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 16–19

Chadwick Stokes and King Princess come to town, Profile opens a Pulitzer-winner, and a pair of photo exhibits stay on at Blue Sky.

By Conner Reed and Olivia Wolf January 15, 2020

Boston-based weirdo Chadwick Stokes comes to the Doug Fir this weekend.


Chadwick Stokes

8 p.m. Fri, Doug Fir Lounge, $25–30
Chadwick Stokes and The Pintos is the burgeoning solo project of the Dispatch and State Radio front man. In it, Stokes assumes the POV from figures such as Joan of Arc and Chaska (a Native American killed in a mass execution in 1862). $1 from each ticket sold will go to Calling All Crows, Stokes’s non-profit that strives to end sexual violence against women at music events.   

King Princess

8 p.m. Sun, Roseland, SOLD OUT
“It’s very difficult [to be] stuck in, like, a vortex of straight shit,” says the queer pop singer from Brooklyn whose debut song “1950” reached a million views in under a week last year, launching her to instant stardom. Her first full-length album Cheap Queen explores relationships, heartbreak, and queer identity. True to her name, King Princess exudes contrasting energies, both feminine and masculine, vulnerable and bold. 

Special Events

We the People

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Thurs–Sun, Beaverton City Library, FREE
The folks at the Immigrant Story share two exhibitions at Beaverton City Library. Who We Are collects responses from Muslim women about the 2017 Portland MAX attack, and What We Carried showcases photographs of objects taken by Iraqi and Syrian refugees as they fled political violence at home.


Beckett Women

7:30 p.m. Thurs–Sat, Reed College Performing Arts Building, $20–30
The Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble weaves together four rarely produced, female-led shorts from the Irish master. It's challenging, thoughtful, and a visual knockout—in other words, classic PETE. Read our review here

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

11 a.m. Thurs, 7:30 p.m. Thurs–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Portland Center Stage, $42.50–85
In a word ... duh. John Cameron Mitchell’s glitter-streaked masterwork, as funny and moving and mind-bending now as it was 20 years ago, will always, always (always) be worth seeing. Portland Center Stage’s production lifts the script from the 2014 Broadway revival, complete with bookable onstage tables and new (good) jokes about Hurt Locker: The Musical.


7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Imago Theatre, $20–40
Profile Theatre is in the middle of a two-season program exploring the works of Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel, her Pulitzer-winning protégé Lynn Nottage, and her Pulitzer-nominated protégé Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins. Sweat, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, is the play that netted Nottage her prize—a simmering Rust Belt drama the New Yorker called “the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era.”

Visual Art

Arvie Smith

12–5 p.m. Fri–Sun, Disjecta, FREE
Portland painter Arvie Smith’s provocative, many-hued show 2 Up and 2 Back is on at Disjecta through the beginning of February. One of the city’s sharpest talents, Smith explores bias, racism, cultural consumption and more, with welcome humor and breathtaking skill.

Donna Gottschalk

12–5 p.m. Thurs–Sun, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Gottschalk’s black-and-white photography, by turns tender and furious, documents the day-to-day life of radical lesbian organizers in ’70s California and New York. This retrospective collection includes images from Gottschalk’s 50-year personal archive, with a special focus on early work.

Hannah Altman

12–5 p.m. Thurs–Sun, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE
Altman, a Jewish-American photographer from New Jersey, explores memory and lineage through the lens of Jewish thought in her latest exhibition. Dreamy, surreal images mix with straightforward portraits, all of them lit with startling directness. She’ll hold an artist talk on January 4th at 3 o’clock. 

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