On campus events: May 30–June 5

Featured Event

Tower and The Puppeteer
May 30–31, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Performance Hall
$8–20, all ages

Two kabuki productions presented in English, featuring folk dance and drums. Tower is about goblin Princess Tomi & her phantom ladies in waiting, and her romance with a handsome samurai. The Puppeteer is about a traveling puppeteer’s puppets who magically come to life and get involved in other people’s romances and conflicts. Click here for our coverage of Tower and The Puppeteer.

Tuesday, May 30

Erasure of Black Trans Women and Femmes Through History
2 p.m.
Pan-African Commons
Free, all ages

Vita Eya Cleveland (TWOC Poetry) discusses major figures in history erased in activist movements, and how their work informs civil rights issues today. Food served by Miss’ipi Chefs.

Student Film Showcase Call for Entries
5 p.m.
Lincoln Performance Hall
Free, all ages

Contact Prof. Dustin Morrow for information on how to enter a <10-minute film in a screening of short films by film program students on June 9. The official announcement says, “Wednesday, May 30” so you can ask him about that as well (I would submit on Tuesday to be safe).

The Ethnic Cleansing Solution? Partition & Population Exchange in Syria & Iraq
5 p.m.
SMSU 327/8
Free, all ages

Dr. Laura Robson presents on the 20th century history of partition and forcible population exchange as politically idealized “solutions” to fundamentally sectarian conflicts between the countries, arguing that these proposals, “originated not from humanitarian concern for victimized communities but as concrete strategies for external political and military intervention in the Middle East.”

Wednesday, May 31

Queer Resource Center
Free, all ages

Pride edition of the QRC’s regular potluck event. Bring a dish and meet or catch up with LGBTQ and ally students.

Dance Because We Can
6:30 p.m.
SMSU Ballroom
Free, all ages

SOR Dance Club showcases numerous diverse dance styles on a single stage, including hip hop, ballet and more.

Whitman @ 200
7 p.m.
The Old Church
Free, all ages

Curator Mitchell Santine Gould speaks about Walt Whitman on the poet’s 200th birthday.

Thursday, June 1

Brass Area Recital
Lincoln Hall 75
Free, all ages

Spring recital for the PSU Brass Area, which will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

Storks (2016)
5 p.m.
SMSU 238
Free, 6 weeks—12

Kids under twelve and their parental plus-ones are invited to RSVP for a family-friendly screening of the animated 3D film (activities available elsewhere for kids six weeks to 3 years old) featuring games and dessert. RSVP here.

In Conversation with Mickalene Thomas
6 p.m.
Portland Art Museum
Free, all ages

The multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker has exhibited at (among others) The Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Hammer Museum, and comes to Portland to discuss her large-scale work focusing on femininity, beauty, and racial representation combining art-historical, political, and pop-cultural references.

Andrew Endres Collective, Catherine Feeny
7 p.m.
Parkway North
Free, all ages

Parkway North Project’s final event of the term features fine jazz and hors d’oeuvres.

Friday, June 2

1st Annual Gatorade Pong Tournament
5:30 p.m.
Academic Student and Recreation Center
$5, all ages

Fee covers entry for two-player team. 64-team elimination tournament that most definitely isn’t teaching you skills for those off campus house parties. Register by 2 p.m. June 2 to participate.

The Hobbit
7 p.m. (also showing June 3–4)
Brunish Theatre
$12, all ages

Metropolitan Performing Academy of the Arts stages a theatrical adaptation that spawned Tolkein’s expansive branded literary/cinematic empire.

Saturday, June 3

A Dream is What You Wake Up From (1978)
4:30 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium
$6–9, all ages

Docu-drama chronicling the experiences of three New York City-based black families: their day-to-day survival experiences that weaves between the historical and the then-contemporary New York’s metropolitan struggles.

Meat Lovers (2017)
9:30 p.m.
5th Avenue Cinema
$4–5 (free w/PSU ID), all ages

PSU student Philip Zevenbergen screens his short horror film ahead of the second Saturday screening of Big Trouble in Little China.

Sunday, June 4

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
3 p.m. (also screening June 2–3)
5th Avenue Cinema
$4–5 (free w/PSU ID), all ages

John Carpenter’s not-a-horror classic features kung fu, monsters and mullet magic. PSU film professor Dustin Morrow introduces the first Friday screening. Visit 5thavecinema.com for full screening schedule.

Global Rhythms VI
4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
$12 general, $7 students and seniors

PSU’s various choirs present their sixth annual concert of music from around the world. Also Friday at 7:30.

Saori Erickson
6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Recital Hall
Free, all ages

The soon-to-be PSU alumna’s vocal concert shows her singing the works of Alessandro Scarlatti, Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss, Samuel Barber and more. See sidebar for a complete listing of upcoming School of Music recitals.

Monday, June 5

JumpStart Writing Program
Free, all ages

PSU’s Graduate School of Education professor Dannelle Stevens schools you in successful academic writing.