Lez Stand Up
You know that feeling you get when you come home, ditch your binding patriarchal garments for a loosely draped caftan, take a long sip from a goblet flowing with the tears of anti-abortion politicians, and decide over coven group text which powerful man to topple next, all while you watch Samantha Bee and slide into the 20 pillows you keep on your bed at all times? That’s what Lez Stand Up shows are like. Bless. MEGAN BURBANK
8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
National Day of Action Walkout and Columbine Anniversary
The Socialist Alternative Portland branch will host a walkout and rally in honor of the students gunned down 19 years ago at Columbine High School and the countless victims of gun violence since. Other schools including David Douglas and Reynolds high schools will also host walkouts to coincide with this nationwide day of action. EMILLY PRADO
noon, South Park Blocks, free, all ages
PJ Morton, Leela James
PJ Morton is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist out of New Orleans who is best known for his role as keyboardist in Maroon 5, and for his collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes. Tonight, the in-demand musician brings his blend of R&B, soul, and funk to the Aladdin Theater as part of the 2018 Soul'd Out Music Festival
7 pm, Aladdin Theater, $28
Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Soar
Vessel, the latest album from Frankie Cosmos (AKA singer/songwriter Greta Kline), sounds like one long poem set to music. Kline’s been playing music since she was a teenager, and released her debut studio album, 2014’s Zentropy, when she was just 19. Kline developed a cultish following in the years prior for the lo-fi bedroom recordings she shared on Bandcamp, which both reinforced and rejected the expectations surrounding teen girlhood. Kline is 24 now, and on Vessel, she already sounds like a jaded veteran rocker: “Looking around at 22/And so tired of myself around you/Maybe I don’t fit your ideals anymore/Or maybe I just grew up into a bore,” she sings on “Apathy.” On Vessel Kline flexes her inimitable songwriting muscles, and the result is still as painstakingly detailed and intimate as any of her earlier releases. ISABEL LYNDON
Noname, BJ the Chicago Kid, Gus Dapperton, Fountaine
Two of Chicago's brightest talents combine forces for a night of hip-hop, R&B, and neo soul as part of the 2018 Soul'd Out Festival.
9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $26.50, all ages
Portland EcoFilm Festival
There are lots of great movies out right now—A Quiet Place! Lean on Pete!—but they’ll be around for a while. The stuff you can only see this weekend is at the annual Portland EcoFilm Festival. As in past years, it’s well worth checking out, with offerings ranging from 1982’s experimental doc Koyaanisqatsi (which offers its remarkable visuals on Fri April 20, a date that is probably not a coincidence) to The Reluctant Radical, a doc about Ken Ward, who was threatened with a decades-long prison sentence for his climate activism. That one screens on Sat April 21, with its filmmakers and Ward in attendance. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Apr 20-22, Hollywood Theatre, click here for titles and showtimes, $6-10
Social Justice: A Vegetarian/Vegan Soul Food Pop-Up
Celebrate Earth Day early by exploring sustainable food practices and getting to know some local farmers and laborers at this vegan and vegetarian-friendly soul food pop up prepared by Rachelle Dixon. EMILLY PRADO
6 pm, Waverly Heights Congregational Church, $20
Two Flowers CBD Beer Festival
Cannabis couldn't have a recreational holiday of its own without beer shoehorning its way into the party and throwing itself another festival, featuring multiple CBD beers on tap, live music, food cart offerings, and a terpene sensory station, too.
3 pm, Coalition Brewing Co.
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
When he’s not holding down the trombone chair in the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Ryan Keberle is leading his modern jazz band Catharsis through a fascinating journey that’s taken them into the realms of Latin music, avant garde sounds, and some straight-up swinging bop. The latest album by this ensemble—last year’s Find the Common, Shine a Light—is their most unabashedly political work, reflecting the turbulent age we’re all suffering through with some especially unhinged freeform work and some sweetly melodic takes on ’60s classics “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and “Fool on the Hill” (a reference to the Voldemort in the White House). Key to the brilliance of that album is the vocal work of Camila Meza, who brings a crystalline directness to the work. She sadly won’t be in attendance at this Portland date, but the equally gifted singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles will be on hand to put her own spin on things. ROBERT HAM
8 pm, Mission Theater, $15-20
Beverly, Lubec, Havania Whaal
The Brooklyn indie pop quartet spearheaded by vocalist and guitarist Drew Citron make their way out to Turn! Turn! Turn! for an intimate Portland stop on a West Coast jaunt. Local noise-pop and rock staples Lubec and Havania Whaal provide support.
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $8
Action Slacks brings her treasure trove of classic 45s and drops a nuclear bomb of atomic age oldies radiating good vibes all night long.
9 pm, The Spare Room, $7
The Cave Singers, Red Ribbon
The Seattle-hailing trio bring their dynamic blend of Americana and folk-rock back down the I-5 to give Portland yet another chance to catch their acclaimed live show.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $18-20
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