Top Things to Do in Portland This Week: Aug 26–Sept 1
We're in the thick—the dog days, even—of a summer that has gone by way too quickly. Time to carpe the remaining diems with outdoor comedy, Agnès Varda, and a rumination on public monuments. See you there.
Comedy in the Park
6 p.m. Friday, Aug 27, Laurelhurst Park, FREE
Incredibly reliable local comedy collective Kickstand will perform free shows every other Friday in Laurelhurst park throughout the summer. We’ve been, and can fully attest to the therapeutic value of gathering with a hundred or so fellow Portlanders and their adorable, anxious dogs to laugh outdoors near a duck pond.
Agnès Varda Forever Festival
7 p.m. various dates through Aug 31, Clinton Street Theater, $8–35
This five-film mini-fest, inspired by the public art project that's taken over the city's utility poles, mixes classics by the mother of the French New Wave with some lesser-known fare. This final week includes Vagabond, one of Vàrda's best-known works, and her idiosyncratic 2000 doc The Gleaners and I.
7:30 p.m. Thu, Aug 26, Hollywood Theatre, $8–10
The Hollywood will kick off its new quarterly Comedy 101 series, programmed by creative director Sarah Mulligan Williams, with perhaps the fundamental text of movie comedy: 1980's Airplane! The mile-a-minute disaster movie parody is sure to satisfy any laugh-huungry filmgoers looking for something to do on a Thursday night. And don't call me Shuretoo. Wait—
Deep Sea Diver
7 p.m. Wed, Sept 1, The Lot at Zidell Yards, $45–60 per person
The Seattle indie rockers will welcome September at the Lot at Zidell Yards in support of their latest LP, last year's woozy Impossible Weight, which American Songwriter called their "strongest and most powerful statement yet." As always at the Lot, tickets will be sold in distanced pods of 2, 4, or 6.
Polka Dot Downtown
Noon 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, created last summer, were designed to provide a safe entertainment space for Portlanders to enjoy local music during the pandemic.