John Magaro in First Cow

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This week in local culture: interactive theater, a slew of films, a chamber music festival, and an art gallery, all at your fingertips.

Visual Art

PAM at Home

Each day, the Portland Art Museum highlights a piece in its collection or one chosen by a staff member and provides interviews with its maker or details about its creation. It doesn’t stop there: from podcasts to films to photography to paintings, the PAM website is stacked with content to keep your creative mind stimulated behind closed doors. Free

Alberta Animal Art Walk

Take a stroll down Alberta this weekend with the help of a new map that highlights animal-featuring murals on nearly every street corner. Created by the owners of local shops Bunny with a Toolbelt and Green Bean Books, you can access the map on the shops’ websites or pick up hard copies from the shops themselves. Free

What Needs to Be Said at Disjecta

North Portland's Disjecta Contemporary Art Center presents this year's Hallie Ford Fellows exhibition What Needs to Be Said, originally scheduled to open in March, on its website. The collection of work from 13 artists includes videos, interviews, photographs, and more. Free, $5 suggested donation 

Theater

OCT Summer Acting Classes

Plenty of summer camps are canceled this year, but Oregon Children’s Theatre is offering virtual acting classes for ages 4 to 18 throughout the summer. Weeklong, drop-in, all-day, and half-day classes are up for grabs—you can view a full list with details on age recommendations and dates at the OCT website. $25–180

Claudia, a Viral Love Story 

Profile Theatre brings you Claudia, a Viral Love Story, an audio drama by a group of nine writers, brought to life by a nine-person cast. All five episodes are currently available to stream. The podcast is free, but Profile is accepting donations from listeners to raise money for Cascade AIDS Project and Prism Health. Free 

PETE’s All Well Alone

Originally produced in 2015, PETE presents a 2020 “isolation version” of All Well (inspired by the 1847 arctic expedition of the HMS Terror) that includes prerecorded audio and a number of ways to participate throughout the listening experience. “Ingredients” range from writing a note to yourself to listening in a dark room and a homemade lantern to mixing a preshow cocktail, and listeners are encouraged to choose at least three. Free

Film

First Cow at the Northwest Film Center

This weekend, the Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow. The film follows two travelers in the Northwest during the 1820s and their attempt to get rich on the milk of a dairy cow that belongs to an unwitting landowner. After it wraps at the NW Film Center, the film will be available on other VOD platforms, including Film at Lincoln Center's virtual cinema$9.99

John Lewis: Good Trouble at the Hollywood Theatre

John Lewis: Good Trouble, a new documentary about the legendary civil rights activist and longtime Georgia congressman, is now streaming at the Hollywood Theatre’s virtual cinema. The theater will split ticket proceeds with nonprofit Don’t Shoot Portland. If you’re so inclined, you can pick up concessions from the theater—masked up, of course—à la carte or in packages, to supplement the viewing experience. $6.99

The Last Tree at The Clinton Street Theater

The Clinton Street Theater, Portland’s Rocky Horror Picture Show haven, has a wide range of films in its virtual cinema including, most recently, The Last Tree. This British film follows a young man who moves from his rural home to inner London and must navigate growing into adulthood in the city. $10 

Music

Essential Sounds 

Storytelling and music intersect to spotlight a group of essential workers every other Sunday at 5 p.m., brought to you by the Oregon Symphony. “In times of joy or sorrow, we express through music,” says symphony president and CEO Scott Showalter. These bi-monthly performances include personal stories, span a variety of musical genres, and integrate video graphics. The third episode will be available Sunday, July 12. 

Chamber Music Northwest Virtual Summer Festival

Chamber Music Northwest is currently in the middle of its five-week summer music festival. Through July 26, the group will post new virtual performances to stream every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. Concerts are available to watch until 11:59 pm the following day. Free

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