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, porcine cinema, and a rumination on public monuments. See you there.
6 p.m. Friday, Aug 20, 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.
7 p.m. Wed, Aug 25, Old Moody Stages, $20–60
This showcase from self-proclaimed "dance hub" Dance Wire will feature work from 10 dancers—the company's "dance ambassadors"—in a wide variety of styles. A sampling of items on the roster: ballet, fire dance, Bollywood, and Mexican folkloric. The performance will be held outdoors on the South Waterfront at the new, collaborative venue Old Moody Stages.
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 week includes festival opener Cléo from 5 to 7, perhaps Varda's most celebrated film, and her sexy 1970 metacinematic cut Lions Love (...and Lies). Opening night will include a talk with POW Film Fest executive director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
7:00 p.m. Tue, Aug 24, Cinemagic, $6–8
We have written rapturously of this hallucinatory sequel to the beloved 1995 film elsewhere on the site, so we'll spare you the treatise here, but here's the deal: in honor of Pig, Hawthorne mainstay Cinemagic is in the middle of a "Nicolas Cage and Pigs" screening series. Tuesday the 24th will see a matinee of Pig followed by a screening of Babe: Pig in the City, followed by a screening of Cage's insane metal revenge thriller Mandy. Do you want to see Mad Max mastermind George Miller's pig-starring anti-capitalist masterpiece on the big screen? You do.
7 p.m. Thu, Aug 19, The Lot at Zidell Yards, $60–75 per person
The ethereal singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will hit the Lot at Zidell Yards this week backed by his drug of choice: a whole bunch of strings. He'll support this year's poetic Emigrant EP. As always at the Lot, tickets are sold in distanced pods of 2, 4, or 6.
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.