Chapter Mag's Creative Cultivation Dance Party V
Chapter Mag and the Pabst Sound Society join forces to put on the fifth Creative Cultivation dance party. Besides excellent DJ/producer Jared Jackson (of the Soulection collective), the rest of the lineup comprises regional gems. Hosted by Fountaine, the show will feature Seattle’s space-aged soul singer SassyBlack, 22-year-old rapper KayelaJ and Portland stalwart DJ VNPRT. There will also be an art installation created by Santigie of local R&B/hip-hop act Tribe Mars. JENNI MOORE
Sun 8:30 pm, Holocene, $7-10
8th Annual Arab Mahrajan Festival
For the eighth straight year, the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon transforms Oaks Park into a jubilant celebration of Arab heritage, featuring authentic food, live music from Raid Alasmar, dance, art exhibitions, poetry readings, kids activities, and much more.
Sat 11 am, Oaks Amusement Park, free, all ages
Soul Vibrator & Wonder Woman
Do not let summer escape without going to at least one flick from the great Portland Parks and Recreation’s Summer Movie Series. And my personal suggestion? Watch 2017’s Wonder Woman (starring the great Gal Gadot) outside at the (also great) Overlook Park! This hilly, bucolic park literally overlooks the Willamette and city skyline, making it one of my parks of choice. Pair that with that amazing beach battle scene where Amazonian warriors make mincemeat out of some real nasty rat bastards, and you’ve got a summer night worth remembering. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Sun 6:30 pm, Overlook Park, free, all ages
Iconoclast: Old Town PDX Street Festival
The Old Town Community Association throws a two day street fair celebrating the culture of the neighborhood, with over 40 vendors and makers and live music from local artists and musicians.
Fri 4 pm, Sat 2 pm, Old Town/Chinatown, free
Taste of Latinoamérica
What better way to usher in the last days of summer (September is still summer in Oregon, right?) than with a belly full of delicious food from across Latin America? Oaxacan tlayudas, fried plantains, Haitian beef stew, mole, tamales, churros, cubanos—the only problem with Portland Mercado's fourth annual Taste of Latinoamérica is knowing where to begin. This year, the event will feature Aztec dancing, salsa lessons, live cumbia music, and a variety of other performances by Latino artists. ALEX ZIELINSKI
Sat noon, Portland Mercado, free, all ages
A recording of the Symphony performing Gabriel Kahane's commissioned work emergency shelter intake form, a piece created after researching poverty and homelessness, featuring vocalists Holcombe Waller, Holland Andrews, Measha Brueggergosman, Kahane, the Maybelle Community Singers, and the Chorus of Inconvenient Statistics.
Fri 6 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, free, all ages
Alien Boy, Surfer Rosie, Drowse
Alien Boy’s debut LP, Sleeping Lessons, wastes no time letting you know what you’re in for. Like the panicked swirls that introduce the Cure’s Pornography or the dense rush that yanks listeners into My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, the plangent cry of overlapping guitars in the first minute of “Somewhere Without Me” erases uncertainty: There are heavy feelings here, and they will devastate. CHRIS STAMM
Fri 7 pm, Black Water Bar, $6, all ages
The Show PDX
The Show PDX brings an array of the city's best hip-hop talent through Peter's Room for an all-ages showcase. With performances from Cool Nutz, Mic Capes, Serge Sever, Mic Crenshaw, Sleep, Vursatyl, and more.
Fri 8 pm, Peter's Room at the Roseland, $7, all ages
Deathlist, Dovecotes, Elizas
Portland music scene staple Jenny Logan brings prolific guitar-driven rock outfit to Turn! Turn! Turn! to celebrate the release of the band's latest EP.
Sat 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, $7
Ezra Bell, Kiki & the Dowry, Maurice & the Stiff Sisters
Longtime local scene staple Ezra Bell bring their soulful blend of swing and R&B-tinged folk back to Mississippi Studios for a hometown headlining show.
Sat 9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $10