Things to do in Portland this week: January 24-30

While the omicron variant has kept Portland’s social calendar on shaky ground for the past few weeks, plenty of events are brewing and the worst of the cancellations may(?) be behind us. (Here’s a friendly redirect to our guide to encore shots.) For the more comfortable, this week offers some riches: Aminé at Moda Center, a pair of films about women on the fringes, new dance pieces at A – WOL (including a set on Pink Martini), lots of visual art, and more. Here’s what we have our eyes on.

The comedy

Jeanne Garofalo

8 p.m. Thu, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fri–Sat, Jan. 27–29, Helium Comedy Club, $25–33

You might recognize Garofalo’s quick and sardonic wit hot and humid american summer and or The Larry Sanders Show. With five Helium shows over three days, there’s plenty of time to take in the comedic styles of this funny lady in the Pink City.

To dance

Solo travels

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 26-30, A-WOL Dance Collective, $21-35

Contemporary choreographer and dance teacher Graham Cole presents three new plays alongside performers Lindsay Dreyer and Jordan Christon. In addition, the pieces will be accompanied by musical artists from Portland pink martini and Ryan Wolfe.


Karen Dalton: At My Pace

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, Hollywood Theater, $8-10

For its Sonic Cinema series, Hollywood is preparing this 2020 documentary about Karen Dalton, the ultra-distinctive folk and blues singer idolized by Bob Dylan and Nick Cave. Largely forgotten by history, his two albums (particularly the second, which gives the doc its name) have resurfaced in recent years – anyone interested in reclaiming a key track from the ’60s Greenwich Village scene would do well. get a ticket.


7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, Clinton Street Theatre, $5-8

This recently found gem of independent cinema, the only film by Barbara Loden, that the New Yorkerby Richard Brody compared to Cassavetes – is the truth tale of its main character (played by Loden) as she crosses the lonely and gritty Rustbelt, late in divorce proceedings and eventually falling into thrall of a menacing bank robber. Filmed largely without a script, wanda is a hypnotic, daring document, whose influence on many “Great American Films” of the 70s is undeniable.



8 p.m. Sat, Jan. 29, Moda Center, $42-605

Fresh off his fourth mixtape, TwoPointFiveand an appearance on HBO Unsafelocal prodigy Amine returns home for a triumphant performance for sure at the Moda Center. Considering all the repressed material from the 2020s Limboit’s a must see show.



7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday to January 30, Imago Theater, $35 to $45

After a surprise late summer start to the season on the South Waterfront, Profile Theater returns to Imago for the latest installation in its Branden Jacobs-Jenkins series. Gloria2016 Pulitzer finalist by Jacobs-Jenkins, is a (very) dark workplace comedy about magazine writers that confuses our violence-hungry culture.


Multiple times through Feb. 27, Portland Playhouse, $19-38

Thurgood—the true story of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, opens at the Portland Playhouse this Friday, January 21. Directed by Lou Bellamy, the autobiographical one-man show spans Marshall’s entire career, from his early days as a lawyer on the Brown v. Board of Education file until his SCOTUS appointment. Broadway world praised star Lester Purry’s performance, saying he “convincingly changes his voice and stage presence to reflect the many chapters of the man’s life without losing his manners.

visual art

Dear friend

12-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday until January 29, Blue Sky Gallery, FREE

Assembled largely using collages of postcards, this surreal exhibition by Japanese artist Kensuke Koike rearranges existing figures to delight, disarm and challenge the way we present ourselves and communicate with others.

In my skin

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Feb. 27, Portland Art Museum, $22-25

Local radio station Numberz has run its own gallery at PAM since August, and this current show features a series of portraits by Portland photographer Jason Hill that chart the black diaspora in Oregon. From Technicolor shots in collaboration with local Afro-pop singer I$$A to stunning paintings of touring members of the Lion King cast, Hill’s photos are rich, lavish, and beautifully lit. The gallery also has a bodega, open from noon to 5 p.m., selling works by local BIPOC artists.

Mirror MirrorMira Mira

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through January 30, Well Well Projects, FREE

A collaborative exhibition between two self-proclaimed “partners in crime” Mirror Mirror, Mira Mira is an eclectic collection of multimedia art. Laura Camila Medina’s anthropomorphic watercolors “transport viewers into an indistinct space”, according to the artist, while Angela Maree Saenz’s free-form oil-on-canvas portraits bring us back to reality. Medina and Saenz’s artistic goal is to ask questions about the nature of our relationships and “to involve the familiar way in which faces, objects and patterns can transport the viewer to a dreamlike place and state.”

A soft landing

Several times until January 30, building 5, FREE

Portland artist Julie Rall’s latest gallery installation, A soft landing, is now housed in Building 5 of the Northwest Industrial District. Built only from repurposed objects, including recycled linens, painted globes and an antique parachute, the large-scale project – chewing on lofty thoughts about the state of our social contract – is on view until the end of the day. at the end of January.

winter formal

12-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through February 12, Holding Contemporary, FREE

Featuring works by Emily Bixler, Jovencio de la Paz, Kassandra Howk, Kellie Romany, Stacy Jo Scott and Sarah Wertzberger, this multimedia exhibition showcases everything from sculpture to printmaking to textiles. Focusing on the formal elements of abstract art, expect unconventional approaches like fabrics made from digital looms and interlocking chainmail sculptures.