The Andy Warhol Collection
Portland Art Museum
One of the most prolific and strange artists of the past century, Andy Warhol’s examination of mixed-media pop art continues to entrance and enthrall. Open until Jan. 1, 2017, this 250-picture, two-floor extravaganza will track his power to subvert, collect and mesmerize. Andy Warhol is more than just the soup can guy and this collection should not be missed.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
This free, all-female exhibit curated by Susie Ghahremani focuses on female-identified work that tackles the subject of texture and intimacy seen through various medium like graphite, fabric and wood.
Sauvie Island corn mazes
Sauvie Island is known for its illustrious corn maze (this year’s theme is Charlie Brown’s “The Great Pumpkin” at Bella Organic), but be wary. There are two farms right next to each other; you’ll probably buy your weight in pumpkins, and you may drink a lot of presumably ghost-made apple cider. Runs until Halloween. Spooky night mazes are available as well.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Rock Climbing 101
PSU Member Services
Fee: Free! (student fees pay)
Start with the orientation video and quiz and then transcend to the next level (literally, it’s up the stairs) to get to the rock wall. Throughout the year, you can learn to climb, belay and impress your friends with a multitude of new back and side muscle groups.
Armies of the Dead
Lincoln Hall 75
This free lecture by Professor Bruce will focus on early incarnations of what fantasy literature deems the armies of the damned. If you’re a fan of the “Evil Dead,” come and find out the tradition they originate from. Spoiler alert: The Crusades are involved. The 12th century was a crazy time.
Friday, Oct. 7
Free and brought to you by PSU Stage, this super relaxed bingo event will help you to score some free gift cards, get some free food and meet your fellow students. Stage is a SALP-recognized organization, and all events will always be free and open to the public. Check them out on Facebook or on their orgsync.com page.
Villains & Vixens Musical Cabaret
Twilight Theater Company
8 p.m.–12 a.m.
Fee: $20 (at door), $15 (pre-sale)
This event for ages 10 and up is a great way to start off your Halloween season if you haven’t already. The popular Torchsong Entertainment company is proud to present your favorite pop culture evildoers from Disney and beyond, gloating and seducing in their very best evil finery. Warning: The show may be too spooky for superheroes.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Gorge Cider Adventure
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
You’ll spend the day with the Gorge Cider Society learning and touring different cider-making facilities. Beginning at the lodge at Stevenson and ending at Skamania Lodge’s Celebration of Beer, this beautiful and sinfully delicious event is sure to delight all tastebuds 21 and over.
Journey to Space
Take the streetcar or Max to the OMSI and experience an exhibit endorsed by NASA that asks questions about the future of space travel. Both the extraordinary and the everyday will be addressed and will delight space travelers of all ages.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Lakewood Center for the Arts (Lake Oswego)
Before there was “Hamilton,” there was “1776.” You may have seen the movie version featuring Mr. Feeny as Ben Franklin. In any case, this inspiring musical revolving around the signing of the Declaration of Independence is one event not to be missed. Matinees also available.
It’s been a productive few years for the reinvention of pop standards through classical means. This trio of classically trained musicians is approved by such standard bearers as the Boston Philharmonic and has been performing as one since 2010.