This Week in Portland: 5.2 – 5.8

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.


Andi Zeisler: We Were Feminists Once Book Release and Reading at Powell’s Books

Andi Zeisler, the founding editor and creative director of Portland-based, internationally renown feminist publication, Bitch Media, argues that feminism has sold out. Monday evening at Powell’s, Zeisler will read from her brand new book, We Were Feminists Once, in which she draws from nearly 20 years covering pop culture from the forefront of the feminist movement.

7:30pm, All Ages, Free, (link)


Derek Sheen “Tiny Idiot” Album Release at Helium Comedy Club

Underground comedy great, Derek Sheen, will perform at Helium Comedy Club this Wednesday to celebrate the release of his brand new album Tiny Idiot. Sheen has been a performer at the Bridgetown, Cape Fear and S.F. Sketchfest Comedy Festivals, and has toured with the likes of Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofolo and more. His last album, Holy Drivel, has some great arguments for how Portland is better than Seattle, and why going to strip clubs at night beats morning visits. Pick up your work week with some laughs courtesy of Derek Sheen.

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


First Thursday (Free Admission Day) at PAM

With summer kicking into full swing and First Thursday art walks happening each month, the Portland Art Museum has jumped on board, changing the scheduling of their free-admission days from Fridays to coincide with NW Portland’s notoriously boozy celebration of art. This week is also your last chance to catch the 2016 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and Contemporary Native American Photographer exhibitions on display at PAM, so why not check ‘em out for free this Thursday!

5-8p, Free, (link)


Kentucky Derby

Derby Day is the perfect celebration of summer: heavy drinking, swanky hats, smoking stogies with your crew, and gambling on the horses. Luckily for those of us not in Kentucky to watch the ponies IRL, there are a couple stellar celebrations in Portland on Derby Day this Saturday. Portland’s own horse racing tracks, Portland Meadows, will be doing it up big, showing the races on the big screen, while hosting an Oregon Craft Beer festival with over 40 vendors, as well as a hot rod show, live music, and a poker room on the second floor. Closer in town, the White Owl Derby Day celebration looks like a damn fine time as well with complimentary brunch, a beer pong tournament, live music hosted by Aaron Ross, a photo booth, prizes for the best dressed (including tickets to this summer’s Project Pabst), and more.  

White Owl Social Club: 10am-6pm, 21+, $20; and, Portland Meadows: 7am-close, All Ages, Free

Monarques, Minden, and Boone Howard at Mississippi Studios

This Saturday night at Mississippi Studios marks the return of Portland’s 60’s inspired jangle rock band, Monarques, after a three year hiatus. With plans for recording a follow up to their 2012 debut, Let’s Make Love Come True, frontman Josh Spacek and crew are taking back to the stage in a series of Portland shows, with the first return performance on Saturday night. Support for the evening by Minden with their seductive, groove-heavy and harmony-filled pop, and solo crooner Boone Howard and band opens things up.

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


All Weekend

Filmed By Bike Festival at Hollywood Theatre

This weekend marks the 14th annual Filmed By Bike Festival, taking place at the historic Hollywood Theatre. We chatted with Ayleen Crotty, the founder of the FBB, about the festival’s growth over the years and what she’s most excited for about this year’s celebration of film and adventuring by bike – read the full interview and get the lowdown on what not to miss, here.

Various Showtimes, $11/showing or $55/vip pass, (link)