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12 Things to Do and See in Portland: April 2018

Soul'd Out brings the likes of Erykah Badu and Wyclef Jean to town, Portlander Anis Mojgani drops new poetry, and young composers reimagine the music of Elliott Smith.

03/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: March 2018

Portlander Haley Heynderickx drops her debut album, Patton Oswalt swings by Powell's, and Northwest Dance Project takes on Henrik Ibsen.

02/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: February 2018

A dance tribute to Sgt. Pepper, jazz master Dr. Lonnie Smith, and tiny sculpted cats—here's what you can't miss this month.

01/30/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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12 Things to See and Do in Portland: January 2018

Photographer Pete Souza makes us nostalgic for the Obama days, the Oregon Symphony mashes up Brahms and Radiohead, and Oliver Twist gets a hip-hop spin.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to Do and See in Portland: December 2017

From Hillary Clinton to Ian Karmel, Explode Into Colors to serpentwithfeet, here's what you can't miss this month.

11/20/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Portland Shows, Events, and Pure-Genius Things to Know This November

From Joe Biden to Ibeyi to Ta-Nehisi Coates, here’s what you can’t miss this month.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Portland Shows, Events, and Pure-Genius Things to Know This October

From George Saunders to a comedy about cockfighting to a major museum exhibit about Laika, here's what you can't miss this month.

09/13/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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12 Portland Shows, Events, and Pure-Genius Things to Know This August

See a different kind of eclipse, get your family heirlooms assessed at the Antiques Roadshow, and belt tunes from the Revolution Hall roof.

07/10/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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From Boone Howard to a New Graphic Memoir by Nicole Georges, July's Pop Culture Hot List

The book, festival, record, and dog you can't miss this month

06/12/2017 By Fiona McCann

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From Beth Ditto to Wonder Woman, June's Pop Culture Hot List

The records, dance show, and books you can't miss this month

05/15/2017 By Fiona McCann

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From Bridgetown Comedy Fest to PDX Supergroup Eyelids, May's Pop Culture Hot List

The comedy shows, record, and play you can't miss this month

04/17/2017 By Fiona McCann

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From Lidia Yuknavitch's New Novel to a Berlin Quest-Turned-Portland Play, April's Pop Culture Hot List

The singers, books, and play you can't miss this month.

03/20/2017 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

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PDX Jazz Festival to the Last Artful, Dodgr: February’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, festival, show, and book you need to know this month.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

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Kyle Morton’s Solo Album to Grimm, January’s Pop Culture Hot List

The show, album, book, and TV series you can't miss this month.

12/20/2016 By Fiona McCann

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Joseph to Buster Keaton’s Oregon-Shot Silent Film: August’s Pop Culture Hot List

The festival, album, book, and film you can’t miss this month

07/12/2016 By Fiona McCann

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Anthony Lopez to Moby’s Memoir: June’s Pop Culture Hot List

The festival, album, and books you can’t miss this month.

05/19/2016 By Fiona McCann

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Summer Cannibals to Phil Knight: May’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, book, festival, and play you can’t miss this month

04/22/2016 By Fiona McCann

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Singer-Songwriter Laura Gibson to Essayist Sally Tisdale: April’s Pop Culture Hot List

The concert, web series, and book you can’t miss this month.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

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February's Pop Culture Hot List

The art, the film festival, the concert, and the book you can't miss this month.

01/27/2016 By Fiona McCann

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January’s Pop Culture Hot List

The concerts, the book, the talk, and the movie you can’t miss this month.

12/21/2015 By Fiona McCann