This Week in Portland: 4.25 – 5.1

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given week, it can be taxing to sort through it all to find the perfect activities to fill that invaluable free time between work and other obligations. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of events that we think are most worthy of your time.


Bands for Bernie: Rock the Registration! at Hallowed Halls

If you’re of sound moral character and looking to cast your vote towards the most amazing Presidential candidate America has seen in decades – the man, the myth, the Bernie – then you’ll need to be registered to vote as a democrat in Oregon by no later than Tuesday, 4/26. In effort to help spread awareness of the voter registration deadline, and “rock the vote,” there will be a rare, free, all-ages hootenanny at the Hallowed Halls Monday night, featuring live music by And And And, Rio Grands, Brownish Black, Rick Bain and the Genius Position, The Reverberations, Silver Ships, and The Hustle Shoals, with a guest appearance by Portland mayoral candidate Bim Ditson. Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7pm. – T.L.

6:30, All Ages, Free, (link)


Michael Nau and Vikesh Kapoor at Bunk Bar

With the buzz of garage, psych and in general guitar-centric rock feeding back so loudly throughout most trending new music, clogging the ears of listeners, the art of genuine songwriting can feel like a lost practice. However, there are still some shining stars left on the horizon, they’re just harder to see over all the noise. Like Michael Nau for example, whose lyrically driven, easy-going melodies on his brand new album, Mowing (out 5.28 on Suicide Squeeze), calls to mind timeless songwriter greats like Lennon and Nilsson. Catch Nau this Thursday evening with support by fellow folk-inspired songwriter Vikesh Kapoor. – T.L.

9pm, 21+, $10 ADV $12 DOS, (link)


Kyle Craft (album release) with Mascaras and Animal Eyes at Doug Fir Lounge

Portland’s most recent breakout artist (by way of Louisiana), Kyle Craft, releases his brand new record “Dolls of Highland” Through indie-label-greats Sub Pop this Friday night at the Doug Fir. Available to stream in-full on Spin, the album is a Dylan-soaked, anthemic collection of music, which just earned itself an impressive review of 8.1 on Pitchfork. Rounding out the bill, Animal Eyes – who also have an impressive new album out themselves in a few weeks – open the night with their folk-tinged psychedelic pop, and instrumental psych rippers Mascaras play main support. – T.L.

9pm, 21+, $10 ADV $12 DOS, (link)

Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time (local film premiere) exclusive showing at Hollywood Theatre

I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t too sure what Neil Stryker was at first, but after brushing up on it a bit, this is definitely a film I’m stoked for — and it’s not just me! The film is highly anticipated having sold out its first showing, prompting the scheduling of a second screening, which is not sold out… yet. Neil Stryker is a local film, shot entirely in Oregon and Washington over the course of ten years. It’s a tribute to 1980’s throwback action films, and it features our hero traveling through time, battling goblins and killer penguins, to thwart the Mad Scientist’s plan and save the Earth. As if you needed any more reason to head to Hollywood Theatre on Friday night, keep in mind that every set, every effect, and every puppet were crafted by Portland artists — this film is truly a showcase of our local filmmaking community. And seriously — hurry and get your tickets! It’ll probably sell out (again)! – A.S.

7pm (sold out) and 10pm (tickets still available!), $9, (link)


Oregon Guitar and Musical Instrument Expo at the Washington County Fairgrounds

Musicians, collectors and tinkerers – are you sick of perusing the same old shit in local shops and haggling endlessly via text over prices of things you probably won’t actually buy? This Sunday at the Oregon Guitar and Musical Instrument Expo is your chance to dig through a 8,000 square foot room with over 30 vendors slinging gear that you likely haven’t seen in the local second hand market yet. If you’re definitely in the market to buy and want a good chance of snagging a good deal, it might be a good idea to pay the $10 early bird cover (regular admission is only $5) to get an hours jump on the rest of the shoppers. – T.L.

10am-4pm, All Ages, $10/early entry or $5/regular entry, (link)

All Week

Portland Artisan Festival

If you’ve ever left a Saturday Market wishing you could experience it every day, this is the week your wildest dreams come true — the Artisan Festival is upon us! Swing by Pioneer Square where forty artists from the Portland Saturday Market will be set up Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 6pm every day. You can find everything from visual art to woodworking to jewelry and more. On top of all that, Mother’s Day is creeping up preeetty quick, so this might just be the perfect place to grab your mom a great gift with some Portland personality. – A.S.

4/26-4/29, 11am-6pm, Free, (link)

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