Monday, Feb. 26
Stand Up to Feed the People
Curious Comedy Theater
$5–10, all ages
Revolution Comedy is a monthly comedy fundraiser hosted by the hilarious Andie Main. This month, the show will be raising funds for Home PDX, which shares meals, supplies and hope with houseless neighbors. Come have a laugh for a good cause. Main is dedicated to bringing quality comics to perform to benefit local organizations doing important work to meet the needs of Portlanders from all walks of life.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Writers on Climate Change Contest Reception
Literary Arts (925 SW Washington st.)
Free, all ages
Student writers, guest judges and nonprofit leaders discuss the role of writers in times of climate chaos. The winners from Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions writing contest will be announced and celebrated. There will be snacks, but you’ll have to buy your own bevs.
Currents: New Video Art
Free (pre-registration required), all ages
Audiovisual compositions of local landscapes and experimental narratives. Open Signal is a community resource that seeks to elevate local voices with community programming and education, allowing local artists to flourish and create interesting new art using video as their primary medium.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Left Bank Annex
$17–100, all ages
Image Comics and Shadowline Comics have teamed up to bring the Image Expo to Image Comics’ new hometown of Portland. An all-day affair of comic writers and artists for fans, retailers, librarians and anyone else interested in the comic scene. And yes, there’s an afterparty.
Portland Views n’ Brews: Montserrat
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall NW
$5 suggested donation, all ages
Sonja Melander and the Mount St. Helens Institute take you on a virtual journey of the tiny island Montserrat, nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. It has Irish heritage, turtles, lush rainforests, calypso music and a nasty volcano.
The Kandinsky Effect
Jack London Revue
This trio of experimental musicians follows a long legacy of pushing the limits of jazz. With influences from Jaga Jazzist to Flying Lotus and Bon Iver to Meshuggah, these Paris-based humans bring their expertise and compositions into a space where improvisation may take songs in unexpected directions.
Thursday, Feb. 22
The Fixin’ To
Portland hip-hop featuring conscious MCs. Davis is releasing a new mixtape and Mic Crenshaw will be among the many supporting MCs.
$25, all ages
I don’t know anything about real estate, but $25 for it sounds like a steal. It’s probably just some concert, but why miss out on this potentially exciting opportunity. Bedouine will also be performing.
Friday, Feb. 23
Alberta Rose Theater
$25 adv. $35 door
Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu became famous for ripping apart bad movies on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and they are here to do it for you live. They may make the movie characters say silly things or fart, only time will tell.
No Vacancy Lounge
The event features an opening speech by Ndaba Mandela honoring the legacy of his grandfather, Nelson Mandela. A Haitian band and a DJ from Ghana will add to the richness of a night dedicated to celebrating Black history and culture.
Strong Female Protagonist
$5–25, all ages
A queer solo performance prioritizing the power of femininity and sass. Elements of autobiography, nostalgia and drag fantasy celebrating powerful feminine role models.
Sat, Feb. 24
2018 Portland Polar Plunge & 5K Fun Run/Walk
Free, all ages
Participants are asked to raise at least $50 to support Special Olympics Oregon. Get a crew together and jump into some real cold water. It’ll be terrible, but then you’ll get out of the water and laugh about it. Get a crew and take the plunge.
1 p.m. (multiple crushings through Feb. 25)
$25–95, all ages
Big trucks make a lot of noise and jump and smoosh tiny ant-like cars leaving destruction in their wake. Sometimes the big trucks flip over and the drivers get hurt; most times they soar through the air like an American Bald Eagle Patriot pumping exhaust into the lungs of thousands of screaming fans eating nachos and drinking Bud Light.
It wasn’t that long ago, but this music will take you back to the start of the century when Beyonce, Brittany, Nelly and Justin Timberlake were the pop kings and queens—Beyonce still, is and Justin is tryin’ real hard to hold on.
Sun, Feb. 25
Filament Reading Series: w/ Guest Reader Sophia Shalmiyev
Independent Publishing Resource Center
Free w/ PSU ID, $4–5 gen., all ages
Shalmiyev is the author of the forthcoming book Mother Winter and PSU alumna. The evening will also feature readings from current PSU MFA students.
Destruction Dance: Robert Frank
Blue Sky Gallery
$15, all ages
Robert Frank Books & Films 1947–2018 retrospective exhibition was never built to be permanent, and unlike Frank’s legacy, the prints are going to be destroyed. Dancers will be ripping up the printed works around the gallery in a performative tribute to Frank and his publisher’s middle finger to the so-called rotten art market.
Mon, Feb. 26
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
$7–9, all ages
A compilation of moments from the Black Power movement with leaders including Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver. The footage was compiled to a soundtrack featuring Questlove with commentary from Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Melvin Van Peebles. A powerhouse of snippets from an empowering time period of intense struggle.