This Weekend in Portland: 12.11 – 12.13

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.


The Garden with Minden at Mississippi Studios

Most of the members of Minden have been working out of town for the past couple of months, so they’ve been unable to grace our eyes and ears with their majestic groove-pop performances. But alas, they’re back! Some may have caught them at Thursday night’s December To Remember show at the Crystal Ballroom opening for the Columbus-based Billboard-bangers, Twenty One Pilots, but for the rest of us, their show Friday night at Mississippi Studios with The Garden might be a more appropriate reunion for our missed loves anyway. – T.L.

10pm, 21+, $10 ADV $12 DOS, (link)


Grant Hottle – Throw Grant Hottle - Marsyas; Courtesy Carl & SloanMe
The Idol I Throw You The Whip (gallery closing reception) at Carl & Sloan Contemporary

This Saturday (12/12) is your final chance to see Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip, Grant Hottle’s solo exhibition at Carl & Sloan Contemporary. The gallery will be open late for the occasion from 6-9PM. This selection of new canvases continues the artist’s exploration into illusionary space, and is full of billowing abstractions and mottled surfaces. Drawing on his love of pop culture references and more traditional techniques, the paintings in this show burst through the picture plane only to enter a graphic space that hovers between the surface and our own reality. – G.B.

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


Party Boyz December To Forget: Wampire, Moon By You, and Everyone Is Dirty at the Liquor Store

Saturday night marks the second coming of Party Boyz’ ‘fuck you’ to sobriety (and KNRK’s December To Remember concert series) with the debaucherous December To Forget party. This year’s lineup brings extra weird to intoxicated ears, with Portland freak-psych-pop mainstays, Wampire, helming the trip. Main support, Moon By You, play southern-rock-inspired psych pop, and Oakland’s Everyone Is Dirty open the night. Wear your most inspired seasonal attire, there will be door prizes. If $5 isn’t enough of a deal, feel even better by bringing a canned food donation for the Oregon Food Bank and they’ll knock a dollar off the cover. – T.L.

8pm, 21+, $5, (link)


PDX Santacon

Nothing embodies the santaconChristmas spirit like hundreds of Santa Claus impersonators parading around the city (I guess I shouldn’t say impersonators — who knows, the real Santa may be somewhere among that crowd!). Saturday at noon, that will be exactly the sight you’ll see if you come to the Skidmore Fountain, the starting point for this year’s PDX Santacon. Want to participate? Dress up as Santa, buy a MAX day pass (there’ll be a field trip), and bring some toys and gifts to give to passer-bys — after all, that’s what Santa does best! – A.S.

Starts at noon at the Skidmore Fountain, All Ages, Free, (link)

All Weekend

NWFilm’s Japanese Currents: Japanese Film Festival at Whitsell Auditorium

While Japanese Currents technically started last weekend, you’ve still got time this weekend to catch some wonderful films from Japan, a nation that has consistently revolutionized filmmaking over the better part of the last century. There are four films left in this year’s Japanese Currents, including WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, the final film from the celebrated Studio Ghibli (which brought you all your favorite Miyazaki films). Saturday gives us an afternoon double-feature, which includes Daigo Matsui’s WONDERFUL WORLD END — a heavily-stylized piece (we’re talking text message overlays and emojis, people) about the teen fascination with fame. Sunday brings the more sobering NUCLEAR NATION II from Atsushi Funahashi, which concerns the aftermath of 2011’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. – A.S.

Friday: 8pm; Saturday: 2pm, 4:30pm; Sunday: 4:30pm; $9 per show, (link)