This Weekend in Portland: 11.27 – 11.29

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.

Friday

Black Lives Matter March at Holiday Park

With all the distressful events that have occurred as of late (both domestically and internationally), it’s understandable if all you want to do is lay in bed all day and draw the covers up over your head. But take some solace in the fact that you can be part of the change you want to see. While corporate America is busy peddling discount televisions, you can avoid the ill-founded hype and participate in an event that will hopefully bring awareness to the harsh reality of ongoing social injustices happening in our own community. – A.S.

1pm-10pm, All Ages, (link)

The Domestics, Esme Patterson, and Sunbathe at Mississippi Studios

Shake off your tryptophan hangovers Friday night at Mississippi Studios with ear candy from The Domestics, who will be playing their first hometown show after a month long US tour with Blitzen Trapper. Word on the street is this will also be the Domestics last show of the year and they’ll be unveiling a new tune. Bingo bango. Maggie Morris of Genders opens the night with her new project Sunbathe, and Esmé Patterson of Denver’s Paper Bird plays support. – T.L.

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

Saturday

Gaytheist, Acid Tongue, and Ice Queens at Bunk Bar

Portland has a small handful of really great heavy rock bands and Gaytheist is without a doubt one of them, playing loud, aggressive, vivacious rock and roll. Join in on their debauchery this Saturday at Bunk Bar, along with Seattle’s British invasion revival/garage dogs Acid Tongue and new favorite local heavy hitters Ice Queens (Check out their first single “Bow” here). T.L.

9pm, 21+, $7, (link)

Ian Karmel at Music Millennium

Whether you know him from his stand-up, his writing on Chelsea Lately, his column in the Mercury, or his cameo in Gaytheist’s “Stomach Pains” music video (above), chances are good that you’ve laughed at something from Portland’s own Ian Karmel. This Saturday at Music Millennium is your chance to catch him for free at an all-ages (gasp!) show… will he pull punches? Or will he expose the kids to the brutal truth behind this thing we call life? No one knows! But honestly, an all ages event is a great thing to see, so kudos, Ian, for that. And if that’s a bit too early in the day/not enough booze for you? No problem — check him out at Helium this Friday or Saturday. – A.S.

5-6pm, All Ages, Free, (link)

Sunday

Seance Crasher, Little Star, and Haste at Rontoms

This weekend’s Rontom’s Sunday Session is going to be a gem. Headlining the evening, Kevin Rafn’s brainchild, Seance Crasher, play thoughtful indie rock that’s somewhere between Elvis Costello and UMO. Little Star, the new project by croon-king Dan Byers of Eidolons have a new album hot in the kitchen almost ready to plate, so a betting man might assert that their performance will be studio-tight. Arrive early to be wooed by dreamy, ambient basement pop from Haste. – T.L.

9pm, 21+, Free, (link)

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