This Weekend in Portland: 9.4 – 9.6

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.



Bey Day: A Celebration for the Queen at Holocene

beydayFor over 15 years now, Beyonce Knowles-Carter has been plying her trade on an increasingly global stage, and this Friday is her birthday — not that she doesn’t already have everything she needs. Regardless, it’s a great excuse to party. In her honor, Holocene will be throwing a party, complete with costume contest… which means a bunch of people will be dressing up as Beyonce? Celebrities… our modern day gods.

8pm, $10, 21+, (link)


The Thing Itself (or Not): Opening at Cameo Gallery

This weekend brings us the opening of The Thing Itself (or Not) at Cameo. The show is a two-person show with a “process” theme, featuring the work of local artists Natalie Jenkins and Anderson Funk. Both artists find common ground in abstraction built upon detail, whether that detail comes from intimate craftsmanship or scientific observation and experimentation. The Thing Itself (or Not) opens Saturday and runs through the end of the month.

6pm-9pm, (link)



Mick Learn Benefit Show: Tango Alpha Tango, Portland Cello Project, Brandon Summers (Helio Sequence), Like A Villain, and Sama Dams at Doug Fir

This Sunday night brings together a plethora of popular Portland acts, and what’s all the better is that it’s for a good cause — to help support long-time, local audio engineer Mick Learn. Mick has been mixing sound since the Satyricon days and has worked with some important names (Dharma Bums, The Decemberists, Yo La Tengo, and more). Get out to Doug Fir this weekend and support a true pillar of your local music scene.

6:30pm, $15 ADV $5-15 sliding scale DOS, 21+, (link)

All Weekend

Portland Film Festival 2015

Even though this year’s Portland Film Festival is already well underway, you can still catch a bunch of great flicks at this weekend’s shows. Screenings before 5pm are only $5, and screenings after 5pm are $12. A few picks of ours include Theory of Obscurity, Made in Japan, and Mega Summer Hit — see the full schedule here.

12+ locations, various times, $5/midnight show – $99/all conference pass, (link)

Oregon State Fair

OSF_2015_Logo_CLR-TagThere’s nothing more American than a state fair, and as this summer winds down, you can celebrate the last days in truly American style. Want to see whose pigs, chickens, and cows are best? There’s a contest for that! Want to see who makes the best bread, “retro dishes”, or chocolate layer cake? There’s a contest for that! What about homebrews and amateur wine? Of course there’s a contest for that, too! Come celebrate the spirit of Oregon — who knows, maybe you’ll end up inspired to create a recycled container garden of your own.

10am-11pm, $8, All Ages, (link)