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.



For many of us, Monday night will be the finale to a long weekend. Rather than spending it resting up before getting back to the grind, treat yourself one last time. Abstract Earth Project is hosting a convincing DJ night at Holocene featuring Toro Y Moi, Nosaj Thing and local Nathan Detroit. Even if you think you’re not into dancing, come and socially experiment to sexy music. – C.P.


Kurt Vile at Revolution Hall

I can think of a few spots in Portland other than Revolution Hall that might be more grandiose to experience a Kurt Vile performance, but having the opportunity to catch him in the intimate, renovated historic high school auditorium, is so much better. Making the event even more #boss is that it’s put on by local volunteer community WavePDX, and tickets are only available by volunteering two hours or donating $20 to a local non profit. Paring sweet sweet music with sweet sweet community building. – T.L.

8pm, All Ages, 2 volunteer hrs or $20 donation through WavePDX, (link)


Live Wire! With Luke Burbank – Featuring Sebastian Junger and La Luz at Mississippi Studios

If you’ve never witnessed a taping of Life Wire! With Luke Burbank, you’re doing yourself an injustice. The radio variety show is broadcast around the country, but is also the best live talk show Portland has to offer and has the chops to compete with the shows on prime time tv. This week’s episode features award winning journalist and author Sebastian Junger whose first book, The Perfect Storm, you may remember from the epic movie starring sex god George Clooney. Musical guest for the evening is La Luz, a Los Angeles by way of Seattle group whose dreamy surf tunes will offer the perfect ebb and flow of energy interspersed throughout the rest of the show. – T.L.

7pm, All Ages (minors w/ parent/guardian), $20, (link)

Wednesday and Thrusday

Portland Horror Film Festival at Hollywood Theatre

Portland does a handful of things very well. Food/drinks, bikes, tattoos, strip clubs, but also horror. Aside from the annual horror convention and horror themed magazine locals are endowed with, we also have a Horror Film Festival with enough interpretations on keeping it spooky, that there’s bound to be at least a few films that’ll make you wish you’d brought a spare pair of undies. Some highlights of this year’s festival include The Dark Tapes and Daylight’s End, but check out the full list of films here to see what might pique your interest most. Many of the screenings include a Q/A session with the film’s directors, so if you’ve got any questions on how they keep it spooky, there’s no opportunity like the present. – T.L.

6:30pm-Midnight, $20/single day or $35/2-day pass, (link)

Wednesday through Sunday

Bridgetown Comedy Festival

The ninth annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival is back this week, taking over venues across the city from Revolution Hall to Hollywood Theater and many in between. This year’s featured performers include Golden Globe and Critic’s’ Choice award-winner Rachel Bloom, as well as Oscar nominee Aimee Mann, rock legend Ted Leo, as well as stand-up greats Eddie Pepitone, Matt Braunger, Baron Vaughn and many more. If you don’t want to flip the bill for a full-festival pass, check out the lineup here to find individual shows to catch. – T.L.

Various locations and times, $119/festival pass, (link)


First Thursday Art Walk

This Thursday marks another First Thursday art walk in Portland’s NW Pearl district, and this month there’s a wide range of intriguing looking exhibits on display. The Center for Architecture is hosting a public reception of the exhibition featuring Snøhetta’s work: “People, Process, Projects.” This focuses on work in the US, inviting the public to take a look into their culture and design philosophy. Named for its social focus, the exhibition screams exploration. Snøhetta is notable for the National September 11 Memorial in NYC and the new SMOMA expansion. Additionally, P:ear gallery is featuring work of student artists as well as some of the biggest names in local visual arts, all paying interpretive tribute to cult classic B movies. If you get burnt out on going into the Pearl’s fancier galleries and shops, look out for a red 90’s Ford Bronco (aptly titled the Bronco Gallery) parked somewhere outside the main galleries, as it’s interior has been converted to a miniature mobile gallery and currently features work by Ryan Scails and Emily Kendal Frey. – C.P.