This Weekend in Portland: 8.21 – 8.23

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.


Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum

When science fiction meets Portland’s visual arts community, great things happen. Especially when it comes to creating monsters. Friday evening at the Portland Art Museum, over 75 artists will gather for the PAM’s first ever Monster Drawing Rally fundraiser event. Groups of 25 artists at a time will compete in three one-hour rounds to complete a piece of original monster artwork. Finished works will be immediately hung on display and available to purchase for $35 each. Some of the event’s visual creatures may come from distant dimensions, or perhaps of they’ll be of this world and tragic victims of toxic mutation. Whatever each artist’s inspiration may be, may the best monster win.

6-9pm, All Ages, Free, (link)


Fucked Up, And And And, Wimps at Star Theater

Lets be honest, the main curation of MusicfestNW this year (like last year) is a flop. The night shows however boast a few golden nuggets. Curated by Kill Rock Stars, Friday night’s MFNW Red Bull Sound Select show is by leaps and bounds the show of the night. Canadian experimental punk legends Fucked Up will help you bang out any lingering lamentation over how MFNW used to be better. Portland melancholic power pop favorites And And And, and Seattle’s Wimps and open.

9pm, 21+, $3 with RSVP, (link)



Boone Howard, No Lala, and Surfs Drugs (Trimple album release!) at Pals Clubhouse

Trimple the pleasure, trimple the fun… This Saturday night join the trimpede of homies heading down to Pals Clubhouse for the party show of the summer, featuring trimpadelic bff bands Boone Howard and the Weirdos, No Lala, and Surfs Drugs. Glowing testimonials have already been rolling in on the event page of how each artist on the bill have helped folks improve their business leadership practices. Shut up and take my money.

9pm, All Ages, Free, (link)



Magic Sword, Willis Earl Beal, and Transistor Send at Star Theater

If a raging house show isn’t what you’re looking for in your Saturday night live music consumption, consider the checking out the second golden nugget of of MFNW’s night showcases at Star theater. The mysterious duo behind Magic Sword’s electronic dance meets sci-fi arcade music reminiscent to Daft Punk will have you dancing like it’s the 1980’s again. Tender Loving Empire’s newest weirdo (possible magician?) Willis Earl Beal plays support with his lo-fi take on classic soul music.

9pm, 21+, $10, (link)



Festicide 2: F.U.

What better way to say F.U. to MFNW than to skip it entirely, and spend the weekend celebrating the second year of Portland’s own anti-fest which boasts no wristbands, no sponsors, and no BS. Festicide 2 brings 30 bands to 9 different stages throughout the weekend – three shows each night, including one all-ages show a night, and all for free of $5. Highlights (for us) include: a Saturday 3pm all ages matinee show at Anarres Infoshop featuring Nasalrod, Blowout, Sancho and Mall Caste; as well as free 21+ show Sunday night at the World Famous Kenton Club featuring The Woolen Men, Sad Horse, Bobby Peru, and Faith Twain.

9 shows at 9 venues over 3 days, 30 bands, Free to $5, 21+ and All Ages, (link)