But I'm a Cheerleader
Jamie Babbit’s ahead-of-its-time satire tells the story of a teenage girl sent to rehab for being gay, only to discover that rehab for being gay is a giant load of bullshit. How ahead of its time was it? When it released in 1999, it was initially rated NC-17 until trims were made to limit the homosexual content in the film, and myopic, cynical film critics couldn’t process it as anything other than a labored John Waters knock-off. Now it’s considered one of the best examples of the late ‘90s teen comedy renaissance, a clever blend of cute, corny, and cutting, containing two of the best ever performances by both Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne. In other words, it’s the perfect choice for the Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series, and a perfect opportunity for newcomers to discover its gaudy charms, and for the already-converted to rediscover them on the big screen. BOBBY ROBERTS
7 pm, Portland State University Parking Structure 2, $7-10
There are so many reasons to love Pickathon—its location on Happy Valley’s gorgeous Pendarvis Farm, its postcard-worthy view of Mount Hood, its reusable silverware, its hammock village, but most of all, its music. This year’s lineup features veterans like Built to Spill and Broken Social Scene alongside promising artists like Colter Wall, making his Pickathon debut.
Thurs-Sun, Pendarvis Farm, Click here for a complete schedule of performances, $160-320, all ages
The Parson Red Heads, Mo Troper, Ryan T Jacobs
This may be a bold statement, but I think the Parson Red Heads are one of my favorite Portland bands. Their sound is just magic—honeyed harmonies fall together seamlessly, with slide guitars and organs stepping in at times to create sonic gems. The Parson Red Heads' music harkens back to nostalgic, '60s-era American folk pop—but not in the inauthentic, trendy style of late. CIARA DOLAN
9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10-12
The Cool Kids Patio Show
Andie Main's Cool Kids Patio Show returns to the Doug Fir patio, pairing top-notch stand-up with music from some of the finest singer/songwriters in town. This time, Emily Overstreet provides the sounds, while Nariko Ott, Steven Wilber, and Adam Pasi bring the laughs.
6 pm, Doug Fir, free
Create Your Summer Tour
YouTube creators Karina Garcia, Wengie, and Natalies Outlet host an interactive workshop where they'll share some of their favorite DIY hacks, crafts, and tips for producing fun and fresh content that will help take your own channel to the next level.
6 pm, Revolution Hall, $35, all ages
The Robert Cray Band
Oregon doesn't get to lay claim to too many bonafide music legends. Robert Cray's technically from Georgia. But his blues got big here.
8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $45, all ages
Cody Andrews & Coco
Okay, maybe the parking lot at Village Square isn't technically a park, per se, but that doesn't mean the 2018 Concerts in the Park series isn't coming there anyway, with local hip-hop from Cody Andrews, and a free screening of Pixar's beautiful tearjerker Coco (with Spanish subtitles) on Portland Parks' portable big screen.
6:30 pm, Village Square Parking Lot, free, all ages
Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!