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Readings & Talks
Rose City Book & Paper Fair
Featuring thousands of used, rare, and collectible books, prints, postcards, and paper ephemera. Door proceeds benefit children's literacy organizations.
Fri 2pm, Sat 10 am, Doubletree Hotel, $3
Coolth + Dirt Eaters: Book Release Celebration
Celebrate the release of Coolth (Big Lucks) and Dirt Eaters (Tupelo Press) with an evening of poetry from Nathan Wade Carter, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Eliza Rotterman, and Hajara Quinn.
Thurs 7 pm, Outlet
The Wired senior editor reads from Future Presence, exploring impact that the future of virtual reality could have on our daily lives and interactions.
Mon 7:30 pm, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, free
Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin
The Le Guin family and Literary Arts pay respects to one of great fantasy and science fiction writers of our time, with tributes coming in from Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older. Andrea Schulz, Le Guin's editor at Viking Books, and Julie Phillips, Le Guin’s biographer, will also be on hand to share stories along with rare documentary footage and photos from her life.
Wed 7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, free w/ rsvp
Turkey Club #4 Release Party
The local zine celebrates the release of its latest issue, focused on the artistic process, with special guests Kulululu performing live, with support from Cheapo Deejay, and free drinks.
Thurs 7 pm, Grapefruits Art Space
Windowcat Release Party
Big Hug Publishing celebrates the release of the second issue of Windowcat with a party and reading at Mother Foucault’s.
Thurs 8:30 pm, Mother Foucault's
So you may recall that back in 2017, comedian Kathy Griffin snapped a pic of herself holding the decapitated head of Trump. But as it turned out, that was not Trump’s actual head, guys! And we know this because he continues to make the world a terrible, awful place. And yet, Kathy—who regularly entertains the troops, and sticks up for women and LGBTQ+ rights—was the person who was publicly shunned? FUCK THAT NONSENSE. Well I’m thrilled to say that Kathy is BACK, and with a caustic, hilarious vengeance and sense of humor that has never and will never take any prisoners. (Oh, and the name of her return performance? The “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour.” ‘Nuff said.) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Sun 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35.50-125, all ages
Cage, Wolff, and Ichiyanagi: Composed Improvisations for Music & Dance
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Notice Recordings, the almost decade-old record label that specializes in experimental fare from around the world. The imprint has gone through some shifting dynamics, not least of which came when one of its co-founders, Evan Lindorff-Ellery, relocated from Portland to New York’s Hudson Valley. This year, Notice has slowly been coming back online and taking a bold step forward, specifically with the forthcoming release of a recording of four John Cage pieces, performed by local percussionist (and curator of the quarterly Extradition Series) Matt Hannafin. It’s a stunning realization of these modern classical works; challenging but generous interpretations replete with incident and moments of unsettling volume. Lindorff-Ellery will be back in Portland tonight to celebrate the release of this tape with performances of three Cage pieces and Christian Wolff’s sputtering “Play,” along with dance accompaniment. ROBERT HAM
Wed 7:30 pm, Performance Works NorthWest
Portland Dance Showcase
Three Portland-based choreographers share their works at BodyVox, including pieces by Tahni Holt, Minh Tran, and skinner|kirk.
Wed 3:30 pm, BodyVox Dance Center, $15
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Third Rail presents Alice Birch's energetic incisive and frequently hilarious interrogation of modern womanhood. They really outdid themselves on this one. I want everyone to see this play, not only for its important questions, but because it’s fun and funny as hell! It is, I dare say, a riot. SUZETTE SMITH
Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, CoHo Theater, $45
Profile Theatre's latest (all-female) production is this black comedy by Five Lesbian Brothers, about a newcomer to a homicidal secretarial pool in Big Bone, Oregon.
Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, Artists Repertory Theatre, $20-36, Through Jul 1
Road House: The Play!
Patrick Swayze gave my friend a ride home once when she was too drunk to drive. He was a true hero and a staple of manly Americana. Road House, the 1989 film, celebrated Swayze’s gentle machismo as a “cooler” brought in to civilize a rowdy Missouri nightclub. Road House: The Play!, adapted for the stage in 2010 by Shelley McLendon and Courtenay Hameister, is an uproarious, no-holds-barred, slapstick homage to the film, performed by an outstanding cast of Siren Theater comedy favorites. You’ll laugh 'til it hurts! Nobody ever wins a fight, but this show always sells out. SUZETTE SMITH
Fri-Sat 8 pm, Siren Theater, $18-22, Through Jun 23
Revolution Comedy mastermind Andie Main hosts a new brunch-based stand-up gathering, featuring some of the city's funniest people telling jokes while you feast on a prix fixe menu. For the inaugural serving, Main hosts Becky Braunstein, Milan Patel, Barbara Holm, and Corinna Lucas.
Sat 11 am, Night Light Lounge, $22
Pint-sized comedian Kevin Hart has at least two hilarious comedy specials still on Netflix that you should definitely watch. (You should also check out Dave Chappelle’s bit from The Age of Spin, in which Chappelle tells the story of his son idolizing Hart. It is pure gold.) Hart is also a health and wellness promoter, and has a new YouTube series called What the Fit in which he does obscure workouts with his celebrity friends. This week he’ll perform his self-deprecating comedy to a massive crowd at the Moda Center; it’ll be a giggle riot and well worth your money. JENNI MOORE
Fri 7 pm, Moda Center, $35-125
Lez Stand Up: PRIDE
If any regular stand-up showcase is going to do Pride right, it's gonna be this one: Lez Stand Up makes sure to celebrate "the high holy homosexual holidays" with sets from Carlos the Rollerblader, Corina Lucas, Alayna Becker, Laura Anne Whitley, and Katie Piatt, as well as a new segment called Lez Sit Down, all hosted by Bob Wolf and Kirsten Kuppenbender.
Thurs 8 pm, Siren Theater, $12-15
The Library is Open
Poison Waters hosts this ribald and raunchy reading event that doubles as a fundraiser for Peacock in the Park and the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund, featuring a collection of Portland's quippiest queens taking each other to task, with pauses in the action for lip sync performances. Readers include valerie DeVille, Cheralyn Michaels, Syra St. James, Roxie Hart, Flawless Shade, and more.
Wed 7 pm, Siren Theater, $10-20
Lee Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn
Six Decades is a retrospective of the sculptures, paintings, and works on paper that make up the prolific carreers of artists Lee Kelly and Richard Diebenkorn.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Through Jul 14
The Book is a Body that Bends
An exhibition of new works from artists Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen.
PDX Contemporary Art, Through Jun 30
Don't I Know You?
Luke's Frame Shop shares a collection of large format film portraits from photographer Jeff Rooney.
Luke's Frame Shop, Through Jun 27
No One Really Knows What They're Doing
Faith Brown's vividly colorful paintings use human faces and their expressions to help express her own anxieties.
Stumptown Coffee 2, Through Jun 26
That Which Is
An exhibition of recent works by artist Brad Winter, focused on immediacy and abstract imagery.
Roll Up Photo Studio, Through Jul 28
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