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Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: June 17–22

A curated, incomplete guide to the coolest stuff on offer in the Rose City.

By Nick Campigli and Conner Reed June 17, 2021

Thom Hilton (left) and Udo Kier in Swan Song, screening this week as part of Pride Pics at Zidell Yards.

Events are back, baby! This week brings Tori Spelling, shiny new contemporary art, and more. 


Pride Pics

Various times Weds–Thurs June 16–17, The Lot at Zidell Yards, $35–50 per person

In collaboration with the directors of QDoc, PrideNW’s two-day drive-in film fest at Zidell Yards that will screen a mix of queer tentpole titles and smaller works, all with a local connection. As with all of Zidell Yards’s programming this summer, viewers can choose from a slate of two-, four-, or six-person seating pods. Check out the full slate here—ranging from an animated short to a cottagecore romance to an Ozian Ohio voyage—and take a peek at this interview with Udo Kier, star of one of the fest's marquee titles.

Troop Beverly Hills

7:15 Tuesday, June 22, The Lot at Zidell Yards, $35–50 per person

Just a few weeks before it reopens its own doors, the Hollywood Theatre will present a screening of this Shelley Long and Tori Spelling-starring cult classic at Zidell Yards, with an opening set by Portland psych-pop wizards Plastic Cactus.


Polka Dot Downtown

12 p.m. daily (plus additional times, see here) through August, Pioneer Courthouse Square, FREE  

Portland artist Bill Will has unleashed a set of more than 100 colorful 12-foot vinyl dots throughout downtown, setting a wide variety of stages for local musicians and artists. The dots were created last summer, and designed to provide a safe entertainment space for Portlanders to enjoy local music during the pandemic. Upcoming performers at Pioneer Courthouse Square include jazz pianist Stephanie Cooke, rock/funk/blues hybrid the Colin Trio, Americana performers the JT Wise Duo, jazz vocalist LaRhonda Steele, pop singer JoAnna Lee, acoustic blues guitarist Ben Rice, R&vocalist Jermaine, funk instrumentalists Machado Mijiga, and the indie-pop duo Fox and Bones. 

We Hold Your Names Sacred

5 p.m. Sat, June 20, resonancechoral.org, FREE

The reliably groundbreaking vocal ensemble will close its 2020–21 season with this piece by decorated composer Mari Ésabel Velverde and writer Dane Figueroa Edidi. It’s the final entry in Resonance’s “Commissions for Now” series, which funded three new works by nationally recognized composers that were captured and streamed by Resonance.

Special Events

Double Dipped Brunch

Sundays through June 27, Local Lounge, $10 plus food

Who doesn’t love a little entertainment with brunch? To that end, MLK queer bar Local Lounge presents Double Dipped, a weekly brunch drag showPrevious Double Dipped performers include the former amateur winner of Local Lounge’s Lavish Pucker Pageant Anne J. Tifah and renowned local drag performer, Blondie. The Local invites anyone and everyone to sit down and enjoy a mimosa or two while local drag performers do their thing.

Vanport Mosaic Festival

Thurs May 26–Weds June 30, Various locations & prices

The Vanport Mosaic Festival, a mix of in-person and virtual events this year centered around the theme "We the People," runs through the end the month. Highlights this weekend include a presentation of performance piece SOUL’D and a screening of four short films by local filmmakers at the Echo Theater on Hawthorne.

Visual Art

Ansel Adams in Our Time

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Weds–Sun. through August 1, Portland Art Museum, $17–20

Clearing Winter Storm by Ansel Adams

This exhibition (originally from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston) revitalizes the work of legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams, successfully reminding us that his legacy spans far beyond postcards. Putting Adams’ photographs—particularly shots of the Bay Area and the Southwest—in conversation with contemporary images of the same landscapes, the show underlines his considerable influence on our collective understanding of the West. And crucially, it treats the contemporary work as more than just a foil, with enough variety per room to hold down several individual shows. 

I Am My Story: Voices of Hope

 12–5 p.m. Weds–Fri & Sun, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat, through August 22, Oregon Historical Society, FREE–$10

A photo of the shirt Olive Bukuru wore when she immigrated to Oregon, accompanied by handwritten recollections


The latest collaboration between The Immigrant Story and Oregon Historical Society focuses on six women who’ve come to Oregon from Burundi, Congo, and Eritrea. Featuring their portraits, words, and photographs of the objects they brought with them from Africa to Oregon, the exhibition is an extension of Jim Lomasson’s What We Carried series.

Time Being

12–5 p.m. Fri–Sun, June 18–August 8, Oregon Contemporary, FREE


This group show—the first to open at North Portland’s newly renamed Oregon Contemporary (formerly Disjecta)—features works by Lisa Jarret, Bean Gilsdorf, and several others that distort the figure to tease out questions about our physical relationship with time.

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