THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Portland 2019 Biennial
Since 1949 the Portland Biennial has invited distinguished visual and performing artists to examine narratives of the Pacific Northwest. Expect works from over a dozen contemporary artists and check disject.org/portland2019 for special events, such as Sabina Haque’s mobile projections on 82nd Avenue, and Anthony Hudson’s historical walking tour of Harvey Milk corridor (née Vaseline Alley). Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, exhibit open Fri-Sun through Nov 3, noon-5 pm, FREE

Right 2 Survive 10th Anniversary Celebration
Right 2 Survive is a non-profit focused on informing housed and houseless people about their rights. Their counterpart, Right 2 Dream Too, has provided access to a safe, peer-led shelter site since 2011. Listen to speakers, watch films, and join organizers for a 10-year retrospective. Proceeds benefit Right 2 Survive and KBOO. (Tune into KBOO every second Wednesday from 6-7 pm to listen to Right 2 Survive’s radio show.) Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, 7-9 pm, $15-20 suggested donation


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

I Wanna Be a Drag When I Grow Up: A Drag Fundraiser for Marrow
Catch a very special night of drag performances hosted by The Eggboy and Prince Lavender—two of the many talented youth who are active at Marrow PDX, a youth-centered community space in St. Johns. Entry gets you one raffle ticket, and all money raised benefits Marrow’s radical programming for people ages 10-24. This event is 21+. The Fixin’ To, 8218 N Lombard, 9 pm, $10

Ecology Trivia
Test your nature knowledge at this trivia fundraiser benefitting Wild Diversity, which works to provide access to the outdoors for POC and LGBTQ+ folks of all ages, and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, which seeks to protect the Columbia River. Categories are wild places, wild creatures, and wild people! Vegan, omnivore, and gluten free pizza available for purchase. Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, 6 pm, $10-100


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Oregon Nikkei Endowment’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Oregon Nikkei Center is in the midst of a major renovation for their new museum space. Check out the reveal in Japantown with food, drinks, and more, and do your part to support the next 30 (or 300) years of their work. Oregon Nikkei Endowment, 411 NW Flanders, 4 pm, $30-50

Antoanet’s Surgery Support Party
Vegan food blogger and chef Ant Aburto is throwing a party with a purpose (and a healthy dose of dark humor). As they prepare to undergo a hysterectomy, they’re inviting people to play games like “Pin the Eviction Notice On the Humpy” and drinks like “[I want to] Punch [my uterus in the face].” Studio E by VMAC, 1901 SE Grand, 9 pm, FREE

Gotxs: Antojos Sureños
Bilingual press Letra Chueca will present a transcontinental exhibit pairing graphic art from nine South American artists with some of those artists’ favorite dishes, to complement each piece in a show they say is meant for you to experience with “both eyes and mouth.” ADA accessible. Milepost 5, 8155 NE Oregon, 6 pm, FREE


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Climate Legislation: Where Do We Go from Here?
Join Shilpa Joshi (Renew Oregon), Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, and Dylan Kruse (Sustainable Northwest) for a panel discussion examining climate legislation and how to get bills passed both in Oregon and nationwide. Food and drinks available for purchase. Chapel Theatre, 4107 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, 6 pm, FREE

CRPDX & STROLL Prisoner Correspondence Night
Critical Resistance’s monthly letter writing and informational mailing event will join forces with STROLL PDX to focus on supporting sex workers who are incarcerated in Oregon and Washington prisons. As always, mailing supplies and monetary donations are welcomed. Dismantle Change Build Center, 14 NE Killingsworth, 5:30 pm, FREE


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Organizing Meet Up: Teressa Raiford for Mayor 2020
The Teressa Raiford for Mayor campaign is seeking volunteers, and they’re especially keen on connecting with people who don’t have political campaigning experience but have interest. Learn how you can get involved. Belmont Library, 1038 SE César E. Chavez, 6 pm, FREE


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Street Books Celebration & Fundraiser
Street Books takes access to information one step further by bringing literature directly to people living on the streets via their mobile bicycle library. Show up to commemorate their ninth year and support their continued existence for our community. Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, 6 pm, $30


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Global Climate Strike
Youth activists are calling on adults to show up and march alongside them in a rally calling for the cessation of fossil fuels in Oregon. Following the demonstration at City Hall, march together to the Eastbank Esplanade near OMSI for a Climate Strike Festival centered on civic action, trainings, and entertainment. This local strike is one of many global actions occurring from September 20-27. Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th, 10:30 am, FREE

Bucks for a Truck: A Benefit Concert for Friends of Noise
Friends of Noise supports youth by offering opportunities to gain knowledge about the local music industry. Check out youth performers and artists, with sound engineering by emerging youth technicians. Funds go toward buying a box truck to transport the nonprofit’s audio equipment. Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, 6 pm, $5-10 suggested donation


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

‘Reparations: How Much is Owed?’ Workshop and Fundraiser
In this workshop led by Uhuru Solidarity Movement—a group of white allies fighting in support of Black liberation and working directly with the African People’s Socialist Party—participants will watch films, explore the history of reparations, and discuss action-oriented solutions. Proceeds benefit the Day of Reparations to African People speaking tour. Dismantle Change Build Center, 14 NE Killingsworth, 6 pm, $5-10 suggested donation


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Confronting Antisemitism & Intolerance
This interactive workshop provides tools for Jewish educators, parents, and students (grades 6-12) to combat and respond to antisemitism and hate. Attendees must register at jewishportland.org/antisemitism. Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, 1 pm, FREE

Depressed Cake Shop Pop-Up
The Portland chapter of Depressed Cake Shop hosts several pop-ups every year to raise awareness of mental health with baked goods. All treats are donated by local bakers and colored black and gray on the outside (and sometimes colorful on the inside) as a representation of mental health issues. The Portland pop-up benefit Baby Blues Connection, which serves mothers and families navigating perinatal mood disorders. Opal 28, 510 NE 28th, 1 pm, FREE


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