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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: December 2018

Alela Diane plays the Old Church, Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher hit Helium, and NW Dance Project draws inspiration from fables and fairy tales.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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11 Things to See and Do in Portland: November 2018

Tom Hanks and Abbi Jacobson come to town, Tank and the Bangas play the Roseland, and the Oregon Symphony mashes up Tchaikovsky and Drake.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: October 2018

Kamasi Washington plays the Crystal, Rebecca Traister hits Powell's, Oregon Ballet Theatre tackles aquatic romance, and Pop-Up Magazine returns to Revolution Hall.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: August 2018

What's on deck this month? Junk sculptures, heterodox hip-hop, and a Parisian comedy of manners by a Canadian living in North Portland.

07/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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12 Things to See and Do in Portland: July 2018

Jazz in the Chinese Garden, outdoor movies galore, a sketch comedy bonanza, and the beautiful portraits of Borderland—summer’s got plenty in store.

06/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: June 2018

Pop star Frankie Simone drops her debut EP, Soweto Kinch plays genre-crossing jazz, and Masha Gessen talks straight about Trump and Putin.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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13 Things to See and Do in Portland: May 2018

From an exploration of black hair to a poetic tribute to Janet Jackson and nacho cheese, here's what you can't miss this month.

04/24/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

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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