With the hyper-abundance 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 our invaluable free. To help make planning a little easier, Noise & Color puts together a list of events that we think are most worthy of your time each week.
United with Bernie: Campaign Fundraiser with OPT, Edna Vazquez, Luz Elena Mendoza, Sinless + more at Doug Fir
Oregon has shown tremendous support for Democratic Presidential candidate hopeful, Bernie Sanders, including his only senatorial endorsement from our State Senator, Jeff Merkley. This Monday night at the Doug Fir, Portlanders are taking their support a step further, uniting for a Sanders campaign fundraiser with an eclectic music lineup of local favorites, featuring Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Edna Vazquez, Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba, Tiburones), The Chicharones, Adrian H and the Wounds, Lee and the Bees, Bevelers, and Sinless. Even if you’re voting for Hillary in the primaries, this is still a night of music well worth attending. However, if you’re on the other side of the fence (or wall) and side with that crummy, lying businessman with tiny fingers who is running for the Republican party, you should stay at home and contemplate why you’re such a miserable person. Admissions is free, but bring a credit card to donate directly to the Sanders (The Man-ders) campaign. – T.L.
6pm, 18+ in lounge, Free, (link)
Strange & Vicious War Cartoons at Hollywood Theatre
I’m sure we’ve all seen some of those banned cartoons — you know, the ones with humor that was, at one time, seen as perfectly sensible, but as social standards evolved became off-color to say the least? Well, this night of cartoons at Hollywood Theatre is conceptually related to that sort of thing. As animation was developing, the US was intermingling with the world on the warfront, leading to a treasure trove of inspiration for animators and artists all over. Monday night’s 16mm program features four cartoons from Ted Eshbaugh, Winsor McCay, Chuck Jones, and Bob Clampett, all inspired by World Wars I and II — definitely an interesting snippet of history. – A.S.
7:30pm, $9, (link)
Cat Hoch, PWRHAUS (album release), Brumes, and Radiation City DJs at Holocene
Things are about to get sexy this Wednesday night at Holocene for the album release celebration of Portland’s PWRHAUS, led by prolific avant-pop/soul artist Tonality Star. Star and his band, made up of a rotating lineup of other celebrated local musicians, play something akin to Harry Nilsson, with genuine songwriting and dreamy production. And with Cat Hoch headlining (look out for her on our Cake Away Show this week!), Brumes opening, and Radiation City spinning jams betwixt, one should begin to understand why things are bound to get steamy. – T.L.
8:30pm, 21+, $6, (link)
Onry Ozzborn, Wool See, and Myke Bogan at Hawthorne Lounge
In a show that should undoubtedly be held in the full theater next door, this Thursday, Seattle’s Onry Ozzborn will perform in the Hawthorne Lounge. On tour in support of his fifth and newest album, Duo, which features a different special guest on each track (including Portlanders Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and Theory Hazit), Ozzborn is joined Thursday night by local hip hop luminaries Wool See and Myke Bogan (who we featured on our Best Local Albums of 2015 list). Support hip hop in the PNW! –T.L.
8:30pm, 21+, $10 ADV $12 DOS, (link)
Charles Bradley at the Crystal Ballroom
Charles Bradley is among those leading the charge to bring Motown-revival sounds back into the mainstream, along with similarly gut-wrenchingly soulful heavy hitters Leon Bridges and Alabama Shakes (who were both featured on our Best Albums of 2015 list). Catch Bradley and his band this Thursday night at the Crystal Ballroom and you’ll be transported back to a time when people were too self-conscious to not dance at the clubs. – T.L.
9pm, All Ages, $25 ADV $28 DOS, (link)
16th Annual Pug Crawl (Star Wars: The Pug Awakens) at Portland Brewing Company
It’s no secret. When you gather 700 +/- pugs dressed up as Star Wars characters and have them march around a brew pub to raise funds for the Humane Society, you couldn’t keep me away if my life depended on it. It’s just too damn cute. Last year’s “Pug Crawl” drew the event’s largest crowd to date – approximately 1,700 people – and raised nearly $16k for pets in need. With the Star Wars theme this year, I have a feeling we can beat last year’s numbers. Let’s do it for the doggies! – T.L.
12-4pm, All Ages, $10 ADV $15 DOE, (link)
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change at Cinema 21
In How to Let Go, award-winning director Josh Fox asks a question that’s fundamentally different from that which most climate-change documentaries ask — he wonders not what climate-change will destroy, but what can’t climate change destroy? The journey takes Fox around the world to the tune of 12 countries on 6 continents, and throughout the film, we’re exposed to some of the world’s strongest, most lasting traditions. In a nutshell, the film is at once a stunning showcase of humanity and resilience, but also a reminder of the importance of renewable energy. – A.S.
7pm, $8.50, (link)