We're in the thick—the dog days, even—of a summer that has gone by way too quickly. With another heat wave ripping through town, plus a new mask mandate that goes into effect on Friday, staying cool and healthy are the twin names of the game. Maybe try to beat the heat with some cool movie theaters or galleries this weekend, and when the temps taper off, hop on the bike to the tune of some Missy Elliott.
As always during extreme temps, be sure to check event websites and social feeds to ensure things haven't been cancelled or postponed. See you there.
8 p.m. Thurs, 7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 4:30 & 10 p.m. Sat, Aug 12–14, $33–41
The longtime SNL cast member, who also made memorable turns in Weeds, Happy Gilmore, and that insane Nick at Nite show about a stop-motion dentist, will hit Helium this weekend for four shows. Watch him hike with Lily Tomlin below. Not feeling the whole "being indoors with others" situation at the moment? No problem—Helium will kick off its outdoor "Lot Laughs" series in its parking lot on Sunday.
Various times through Aug 19, Cinema 21, $8–11
Pablo Larraín's long-delayed psychosexual freakout, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 and screened for a single day on Mubi last spring (when we caught it) has finally received a theatrical release, and we could not be more excited. This movie has everything: flamethrowers, reggaeton, sex-revenge plots, Gael García Bernal. It's like Marriage Story meets Basic Instinct by way of a Rosalía music video. This isn't technically an event—it's part of Cinema 21's regular programming—but we would be remiss if we did not draw your attention to one of the best films of the year.
2:30–6 p.m. Sun, Aug 15, Clinton Street Theater, $25
The Clinton will screen 25 short docs and TV episodes, representing work from 20 different states and countries, at this film festival on Sunday. Two more festivals from the same organizers will hit the theater later this month: the Portland Comedy Film Festival and Oregon Short Film Festival.
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.
Sat–Sun, Aug 14–15, The Lot at Zidell Yards, $60–75 per person