Sweet buttery lord is this weekend fuckin' packed. Pride is the primary culprit of course, with so many dance parties people are gonna barely make it to Monday with about a thousand ankles turned to powder. But there's also two world-class comics hitting the city, the Portland Timbers taking on Los Angeles, a Juneteenth celebration come rain or shine, a big-ass BrewCamp down in Silverton, and like... it's just so much wonderfulness on tap; hit the links below and (over-) fill your cup.


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Friday, Jun 15

On Cinema at the Cinema LIVE!
Take it from a Professional Film Critic™: Ninety-nine percent of film criticism is worthless trash! The other one percent is made up of (1) Mercury movie reviews, and (2) On Cinema, the hilarious, increasingly elaborate podcast and web series starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington, who eagerly and contentiously offer rankings of the week’s hottest releases. (“I’m giving it six bags of popcorns and six cans of soda… uh, cups of soda,” Tim raved about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! “Well, the scale only goes up to five,” Gregg added, “but I’ll give it five bags of popcorn and a big hobbit hug.") On Cinema fans know that Tim and Gregg are not currently speaking to each other, and that Tim is currently running for District Attorney of San Bernardino, yet despite these obstacles, they’re still doing a live tour of On Cinema. See you at the movies! I mean, Revolution Hall. It is at Revolution Hall. ERIK HENRIKSEN
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30

Kevin Hart
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
7 pm, Moda Center, $35-125

Extra: Pride Dance Party
Get your weekend started off glamorously at Holocene. Whether you’re there to get down to DJ Tank Top and DJ Don’t or just oggle the assemblage of every fashion choice and taboo imaginable, don’t forget to memorialize your own Pride ’18 look in the photo booth. Farrah Moan from season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race and NYC’s Rify Royalty host this massive Pride weekend kickoff. SUZETTE SMITH
9 pm, Holocene, $10-50

Justin Townes Earle, Lydia Loveless
Justin Townes Earle has been awfully quiet lately. About a decade ago, the 36-year-old Nashville-born singer-songwriter was as famous for his struggles with addiction, fights with club owners, arrests, and all-around fuckedupedness, as he was for his music. Somehow, during all this tumult and repeated attempts at self-destruction, Earle managed to write some of the most beautiful and touching Americana songs of recent years, included on his back-to-back landmark albums, 2009’s Midnight at the Movies and 2010’s Americana Music Award-winning Harlem River Blues. Earle has since gotten sober, married, had a child, and slowed down considerably. He also moved to Portland last year, living a quiet, under-the-radar life with his new family. Earle’s recorded output, too, has mellowed, nearly to the point of stagnation. His most recent album, 2017’s Kids in the Street, while containing some exceptional moments, is virtually indistinguishable from previous efforts. Regardless, as a country and blues guitar player and storyteller, Earle remains one the best. Be sure to arrive early to tonight's show—a rare and intimate solo performance—to catch the blistering country music of rising star Lydia Loveless. SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25, all ages

Nicki Bluhm, Vikesh Kapoor
The San Francisco singer/songwriter and front for the Gramblers bring her alt-country, soul, and folk music back through the Doug Fir in support of her latest album, To Rise You Gotta Fall.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $20

Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy (U.S. Open Cup)
The Timbers play host to the LA Galaxy in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Providence Park. Due to ongoing stadium construction, the east side of the stadium will be closed and all seating will be general admission.
8 pm, Providence Park, $25

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

Bowie Legacy Ride
In response to the numerous requests that Pedalpalooza pull together and offer up a tribute to the Thin White Duke, behold: The Bowie Legacy Ride, starting at Sewallcrest Park, crashing the Dropout Prom at Col. Summers Park, and ending with singing and late night dancing (in the street) at the Bowie Bike Lane.
6:45 pm, Sewallcrest Park

Møthership: Planet LGBTQA
DJ Anjali, Shallin, Sonwell, and Cash Only pilot a special Pride Week kick-off party at the No Vacancy Lounge.
9 pm, No Vacancy Lounge, $10-15

Club Kai Kai: Pride Friday
Club Kai Kai celebrates Pride Friday in style with a visit from renowned drag performers and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 stars, Aquaria and Eureka O’Hara. Shitney, Kahn, Diva Dott, Lisa Limbaugh and the House of Flora round out the proceedings. Hosted by Ann Pyne and Buckmaster.
9 pm, Dante's, $27-50

Hollow Sidewalks, Airport, A Certain Smile
A trio of Portland's finest purveyors of dreamy and jangling indie pop and rock gather at Turn! Turn! Turn! to celebrate the release of Airport's latest single.
8:30 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $5

Bizarre Love Triangle: '80s New Wave & Synth Pop
DJs Gregarious, The Art of Hot, and Narcissus My Reflection dig into their crates and pull out only the finest in new wave and synth pop for your listening pleasure.
9 pm, The Liquor Store, $6

Z-Trip
A set from one of the greatest DJs that ever lived. That pretty much sums it up.
10 pm, 45 East, $15


Saturday, Jun 16

Pride Dance Parties!
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s Pride weekend! There are tons of cool, inclusive dance parties to choose from but here are a few we think look super steamy and fun: Speaking of steam, the basement show space of Liquor Store is bound to get sweaty on Saturday night for local queen/performance artist/host Pepper Pepper’s spicy Circuit Breaker, where DJs Orso, The Prey, and DJ Don’t spin a wide variety of techno to get hot to, in a haze of fog and flashing lights. Also on Saturday, Judy on Duty will be a haven for those who trend towards all things smooth. Chill with hip-hop and other club music tracks from resident DJ Troubled Youth and guests DJ Ii Trill, DJ Casual Aztec and DJ Asmara (LA). SUZETTE SMITH
See our Pride Calendar for a full list of Pride events, including even more dance nights

The Lavender Flu, Sleeping Beauties, Navy Gangs
Tonight, the Lavender Flu celebrates the release of their new record Mow the Glass, the follow-up to their sprawling (and beloved) 2016 debut Heavy Air. Led by former Hunches guitarist Chris Gunn, across 13 tracks the Portland rock band delivers more of what they’re best at: spaced-out, lo-fi, Kinks-inspired pop hooks that are tethered to earth by plenty of heavy guitar riffs. CIARA DOLAN
8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $8

Oregon Garden BrewCamp
The 2018 installment of BrewCamp brings 3 days of craft beer and wine tasting, camping, and live music to Silverton's scenic Oregon Garden. Enjoy beverages from over 40 breweries, along with a wide array of food options, all while browsing retail and art vendors and taking part in outdoor activities and workshops for the whole family. Plus, you'll be treated to nonstop live music spread across two stages from Vintage Trouble, Ozomatli, Blitzen Trapper, Dirty Revival, Diego's Umbrella, and more.
Sat 8:30 am, Sun 8 am, Oregon Garden, $25-200

Taking Pride on Stark
Scandals throws a three-day block party as part of Portland Pride 2018, featuring live music, the best DJs, drag shows, and more, all benefitting the Cascade AIDS Project and the Audria M. Edwards scholarship fund. There is no cover for entry, but donations are much appreciated and will help support the local beneficiaries.
Sat-Sun 2 pm, Scandals, free

Juneteenth Oregon Celebration 2018
What better way to celebrate Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery and uplifting Black communities, than with a cook out and parade? Bring your crew, blankets, and lawn chairs to this family-friendly affair and enjoy the 11 am parade beginning at the NE Ainsworth Safeway and ending at Emanuel Hospital Field. Rain or shine! EMILLY PRADO
noon, Legacy Emanuel Field, free, all ages

Violent Femmes, Ava Mendoza
Violent Femmes’ triumphant 2016 comeback album We Can Do Anything was both a reunion and a statement of intent. The longstanding folk-punk icons have had their share of ups and downs, culminating in some unsavory lawsuits and a contentious four-year breakup. It flies in the face of the band’s buoyant songcraft, helmed by the fantastic songwriting tandem of guitarist/vocalist Gordon Gano and bassist/vocalist Brian Ritchie. If you’ve ever been to a professional sports game, it’s impossible not to have heard their omnipresent opus “Blister in the Sun,” but the Femmes’ catalog runs deep. Now in their fourth decade of writing, recording, and touring, the band has hit an effortless stride that’s endearing, but also important in an increasingly murky cultural landscape. The band played the Oregon Zoo just last year with Echo and the Bunnymen, but you really shouldn’t ever miss a Violent Femmes show. RYAN J. PRADO
7 pm, Oregon Zoo, $35-95, all ages

The Deep Dark Woods
The Deep Dark Woods are one of the most aptly named bands around. Born originally from the expansive Canadian Prairie—Saskatoon, to be exact—their music is a dusky marriage of modern folk, traditional country, easygoing rock, gentle blues, old soul, elegant melodies, and spooky stories. Frontman Ryan Boldt is a nuanced vocalist and a writer of gloriously unhurried songs, as evidenced by the band’s most recent album, Yarrow, which came out last fall. Its nine songs shimmer and slither through an endless supply of references to the natural world—leaves, floods, birds, and winter—with Boldt’s macabre imagery never far from the surface. BEN SALMON
9:30 pm, Bunk Bar, $15

Jump Jack Sound Machine: Pride Party
A special Pride edition of the Jump Jack Sound Machine dance party, featuring a headlining set from disco legend Fonda Rae, DJ sets from JJSM residents Natasha Kmeto, Chanti Darling, Claudia Martinez, and Buckmaster, along with drag performances by Alexis Campbell Starr and Cody James. Hosted by Shitney.
10 pm, Mississippi Studios, $20-25

Gaylabration Pride Party: Go Gay or Go Home
Gaylabration celebrates Portland Pride in style with a massive dance party fundraiser at the Crystal Ballroom headed up by the Perry Twins and featuring a special appearance by Sasha Scarlett and live performances from the Aerial Muse Collective.
9 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $14.99-49.99

Gaytheist, Maximum Mad, Law Boss
If the music of Gaytheist were a vehicle, it would be a semi, late on its delivery, blazing down I-5, the speed limit only a laughable suggestion as the trucker begins to have Tron-like hallucinations from 38 hours of no sleep and caffeine-pill cocktails. With only three members, Gaytheist leaves you wondering how they create such a heavy, intricate layering of sound. CAMERON CROWELL
9 pm, (The World Famous) Kenton Club, $10

Woodlawn Block Party
Breakside Brewery throws an all-day block party to celebrate the Woodlawn neighborhood and community, with live music, games, vendors, and gallons and gallons of tasty beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Woodlawn Elementary & Ockley Green Middle School.
8 pm, Breakside Brewery, free

The United States of Broadway
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus does their part for Pride via this celebration of showtunes, performing some of the biggest hits from Avenue Q, Chicago, Oklahoma, and many more.
7 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $20-52

The Portland Trans Pride March 2018
This Pride, choose to honor the countless trans folks who have paved the way for others to be free and thrive in this world. The organizers note Trans is used with the intention of being inclusive to all genders on the spectrum including those who are two spirit, intersex, nonbinary, and more. Show your support by centering trans voices and remember the killer tagline: “Transform, transcend, transgress the (cis)tem!” EMILLY PRADO
2 pm, North Park Blocks

Tequila and Margarita Summer Festival
If ever you wanted to discover who in Portland really does make the best Margarita, this festival aims to provide the answer, with local bars and spirit-makers offering up their twist on the classic drink, and your tastebuds will help decide the winner.
4:30 pm, Ecotrust Building, $15-85


Sunday, Jun 17

Kathy Griffin
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
8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35.50-125

Portland Pride Parade
It’s back! The Portland Pride Parade is sure to be big, beautiful, and queer as fuck. Keep an eye out for the singing Raging Grannies, the queer youth communities who are grand marshaling the parade, Dykes on Bikes, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the beloved nuns of the gay community.
11 am, North Park Blocks, free, all ages

Husky Boys, Cool American
The latest installment of Sunday Sessions at Rontoms doubles as a release show for Portland garage rock quartet Husky Boys, who are set to unleash their brand new full-length, Year of the Wolf. Local indie rock outfit Cool American round out the proceedings.
8 pm, Rontoms, free

To Kill a Mockingbird
This is not the court movie where Samuel L. Jackson screams "Yes they deserve to die and I hope they burn in hell!" This is the older court movie about racial injustice in the South. The one where Gregory Peck very politely harrumphs at things and Robert Duvall just sorta... radiates energy. Also he's got a full head of hair and that's just fuckin' weird. Anyway, If you haven't watched this one, you really should. It's a beloved classic for multiple reasons. Even better—watch this, and then read the Harper Lee book it's based on. BOBBY ROBERTS
6:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9

Harm's Way, Soft Kill, Old Hounds
Chicago punks Harm's Way bring their hardcore and metal leaning sounds through the Hawthorne for the Portland stop on a Pacific NW tour supporting their latest full-length, Posthuman.
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $15-16, all ages

Void Omnia, Isenordal, Addaura, Burials
Void Omnia is one of the best heavy metal bands out there that you (probably) haven’t heard of yet. Comprised of current and former members of groups like Tombs, Mutilation Rites, Ulthar, and Ruine, the Oakland band plays atmospheric black metal at the breakneck pace of punk rock, and the results are thrilling. Check out their 2016 album Dying Light, where strangled howls, hellish growls, and nonstop blast beats collide with a guitar attack that’s somehow melodic, savage, and space-bound all at the same time. Tonight’s bill also includes Isenordal, a Seattle-based funeral-doom act that also rules. The two bands are touring to support their brand-new split release, out now on cassette and later this year on vinyl. BEN SALMON
8:30 pm, Tonic Lounge, $10

Moon Tiger, Pool Boys
Moon Tiger bring their infectious blend of harmony-driven rock and noise-pop back through the Doug Fir for a hometown headlining show celebrating the release of their new EP. Newly-minted indie rock quartet Pool Boys (featuring members of Rare Diagram, Lubec, and DMN) round out the bill.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $8

Men in Blazers Across America: Road Trip 2018
The beloved British podcasting duo of Roger Bennett and Michael Davies celebrate the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a North American tour that stops off in Soccer City, USA tonight.
7 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $20-60

Bridge Club: Pride Edition
For Pride 2018, Bridge Club imports not one, but two titans of the queer dance floor: San Francisco's Bezier, and Detroit's Holographic, supported by some of Portland's absolute finest.
3 pm, White Owl Social Club, $20

Harm's Way, Soft Kill, Old Hounds
Chicago punks Harm's Way bring their hardcore and metal leaning sounds through the Hawthorne for the Portland stop on a Pacific NW tour supporting their latest full-length, Posthuman.
8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $15-16, all ages

Big Gay Boat Ride VI: All Stars!
The very fun Big Gay Boat Ride returns bigger and gayer than ever before, with some of the shiniest queer celebrities on deck, including Bendelacreme and Joslyn Fox from Ru Paul's Drag Race, as well as local stars Honey Bea Hart, Kitty Kariall. Hosted by Poison Waters.
2:30 pm, Portland Spirit, $40

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!