The Top 60 Events in Portland This Week May 9-15 2022

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The Top 60 Events in Portland This Week: May 9-15, 2022

byAudrey VannJaney Wong, andLindsay Costello

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If planning isnt your strong suit, look no further than our roundup of the best things to do this week, fromSigur Rstomxmtoonand fromOregon Humane Societys Doggie DashtoMcMenamins UFO Fest.

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The Virgin SuicidesLikeAdd to a ListIts no surprise thatThe Virgin Suicideswas Sofia Coppolas directorial debutit set the stage for her moody, ethereal films for decades to come. The dreamy 1999 flick interprets Jeffrey Eugenidess novel by the same name, telling the story of the five Lisbon sisters and their ultimate rebellion.(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

An Evening With Hrishikesh Hirway and Jenny Owen YoungsLikeAdd to a ListPodcast hosts and musicians Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder) and Jenny Owen Youngs (Buffering the Vampire Slayer&Veronica Mars Investigations) will join forces for an evening of music and storytelling. Expect individual sets from each musician, plus collaborative duets and storytelling from the two friends.(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Fear No Music: Asian Resilience and JoyLikeAdd to a ListJoin chamber music ensemble Fear No Music in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a vibrant performance of new works by Asian composers.(The Old Church, Southwest Portland)

Mastodon + OpethLikeAdd to a ListGeorgia-based heavy metal giants Mastodon will support their latest album,Hushed and Grim,for a monstrous double-headed show with Swedish death metal masters Opeth.(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Slayyyter with LoveLeoLikeAdd to a ListHyperpop diva Slayyyter initially found success on Soundcloud before collabs with like-minded gems like Kim Petras and Charli XCX. She will bring her glitchy early aughts-inspired bops through town supporting her debut album,Troubled Paradise,alongside electro-pop artist and son of actor John C. Reilly, LoveLeo.(Hawthorne Theatre, Hawthorne District)

The Mountain GoatsLikeAdd to a ListWhen I was 18, a friend played me the Mountain Goats just-released 2000 album The Coroners Gambit, a gloriously uneven collection of noisy lo-fi folk songs recorded, largely, on a boombox. As we chopped breakfast-scramble vegetables in his Olympia apartment, I fell in love with the bandor rather, the occasionally accompanied songwriting project of John Darnielleand their brief vignettes that hinted at longer stories, complete mythologies: characters living lives of isolated despair, in claustrophobic partnerships, wandering disoriented through the airports and back alleys of the world. So I was shocked when, in 2004, the sharply produced, autobiographical We Shall All Be Healed came out via 4AD and propelled the group to a sort of indie stardom. Though I stopped being a fan when the sound changed, to this day I still believe theres no one who views or writes about the world like Darnielle. Hes a truly singular oddball, and Im so happy that now everyone knows it.JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Story Time for Grownups: Italo CalvinoLikeAdd to a ListGrab a beer and a sammy while David Loftus, local voice actor and host of Story Time for Grownups, regales the audience with tales fromCosmicomicsand other works by the hugely influential experimental writer Italo Calvino.(Rose City Book Pub, Sabin)

Black Podcast FestivalLikeAdd to a ListThe Numberz, Portlands Black-owned and operated radio station, will present this podcast fest from Pioneer Squares newWelcome Dome. Each week, live podcast sessions will feature a different showThe Bruce Poinsette Show, hosted by the local community organizer, will kick off the festival, followed by sessions ofChloe Said It, Klyph Notes,and more.(Pioneer Courthouse Square, Downtown)

Christone Kingfish IngramLikeAdd to a ListClarksdale, Mississippi-based blues prodigy, Christone Kingfish Ingram, rose to prominence as a teenager with his baffling guitar riffs, leading him to perform at the White House for Michelle Obama at just fifteen years old. Now with two albums, a Grammy win, and tours with iconic artists under his belt (Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, and Vampire Weekend, just to name a few), the young star will stop by on tour supporting his latest release,662.Baltimore-based country artist Brittney Spencer will come along for the ride.(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

The Story So Far with Joyce Manor, Mom Jeans, and MicrowaveLikeAdd to a ListThis evening of 2010s indie royalty will be headlined by longtime pop-punk five-piece The Story So Far alongside emo heroes Joyce Manor, indie-rock outfit Mom Jeans, and post-hardcore quartet Microwave.(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Annette Gordon-ReedLikeAdd to a ListIn herNew Yorkerpiece Growing Up with Juneteenth, Harvard history professor and award-winning writer Annette Gordon-Reed began reflecting on the Texas holidays rise to a national celebration. Gordon-Reeds new book,On Juneteenth, takes an even deeper dive, melding memoir and history to describe the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States and the continued fight for Black equality.(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Anand Wilder (of Yeasayer) with AANLikeAdd to a ListAfter indie rock trio Yeasayer split in 2019, co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Anand Wilder found himself acclimating from a life of consistent touring to quarantining with his family in their Brooklyn home. It was in this climate that Wilder began recording his debut solo album,I Dont Know My Words,a homespun acoustic album that takes cues from 70s folk-rock to tell vulnerable tales of the pandemic panic and confinement-driven romantic challenges. He will play in support of the album alongside local experimental music ensemble AAN.(Holocene, Buckman)

Sigur RsLikeAdd to a ListAlthough Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rs have not released a proper studio album in nearly a decade, the band has been busy with projects such as the first-time release of their 2002 orchestral workOdins Raven Magic,aslew of multimedia experiments/ambient sound baths, and now a world tour.(Theater of the Clouds, Lloyd District)

Son LuxLikeAdd to a ListThe experimental NYC-based trio Son Lux, who recently composed the soundtrack for the sci-fi blockbusterEverything Everywhere All at Once, finds a unique sound by combining equal parts post-rock and electronica. The band will play songs off of their album, Tomorrows III, after a set from Brooklyn rapper Nappy Nina.(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Incite: Queer Writers ReadAwkwardLikeAdd to a ListThis curated bi-monthly reading series centers queer writers, with a fresh theme for each event. Get ready to cringe (in a good way)for May, Portland-based writers Emme Lund, Denise Chanterelle DuBois, and Andrea Deeken will share their works on the theme of awkward.(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

Jeff VanderMeer in conversation with Hank GreenLikeAdd to a ListAnnihilationauthor Jeff VanderMeers newest speculative thriller takes on the climate crisis as a central aspect of the narrative. Id expect nothing less from theNew Yorker-described King of Weird Fiction, whose works often grapple with impending doom and ecological distress. VanderMeer will be joined in conversation by Hank Green, the vlogger, podcaster, and sci-fi author who pennedAn Absolutely Remarkable ThingandA Beautifully Foolish Endeavor.(Virtual via Powells Books)

The Pickle and the DeerLikeAdd to a ListThe Portland Pickles are beloved for theirfermented mascotandexquisite internet presence, but did you know theyve got a stellar female player on the team?The Pickle and the Deeris a new documentary following the briny minor league players on their first trip to Mexico, where the Pickles (includingKelsie Whitmore) play against pro team Venados de Mazatln. This film premiere will include a Q&A sesh hosted by West Coast League commissioner Rob Neyer, plus merch, food specials (pickles, of course), and mascots Dillon T. Pickle and Lil P on site.(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)

Sun Ra: A Joyful NoiseLikeAdd to a ListRobert Mugges 1980 documentary peeks into Sun Ras colorful world through interviews, lectures by Ra, and rare performance footage. Missing the typical cliches of a music documentarythere are no voice-overs or cheesy graphics hereMugge illuminates the Arkestras world, seen through scenes on rooftops, among Egyptian artifacts, and at their store, The Pharaohs Den.(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

Fontaines D.C.LikeAdd to a ListIrish rockers Fontaines D.C. have had a big past few years with a Grammy nomination, multiple television performances, and headline arena shows across the UK. Now, in support of their critically acclaimed albumSkinty Fia, the quintet will bring their adventurous post-punk back to our neck of the woods. Fellow Irish rock band Just Mustard will get the noisy tunes flowing.(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Vieux Farka TourLikeAdd to a ListMany have called Tour the Hendrix of the Sahara, but if so, its the Hendrix of Little Wing and One Rainy Wish, not of Fire or Love or Confusion. Generally, though, the comparisons a stretch, because Vieuxs touch is so beguilingly feathery and fluid and averse to the wild distortions that marked Jimis work. Both musicians are virtuosi, obviously, but in quite different idioms. Tour doesnt need to bask in the reflected glory of saint Jimi, but if the tag draws more people to explore the formers music, thats cool.DAVE SEGAL(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Jon Mooallem, John Craigie, and more!LikeAdd to a ListThis edition of Live Wire featuresNew York Times Magazinejournalist andThis American Lifecontributor Jon Mooallem alongside former Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe and John Craigie, whoThe Strangeronce described as the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg. Luke Burbank will host the evening of honest, hilarious conversation.(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Sex on the RiverLikeAdd to a ListIts 1880, and youre chilling on the bank of the Willamette River. A lively barge floats into viewits Nancy Boggss floating bordello, complete with a saloon and dance hall. Boggs, a divorced mom with few prospects, kept her finances afloat by gaming the system in more ways than one. The offbeat, inspiring true story comes back to life in this musical production, complete with can-can and nine original songs.(Triangle Productions, Kerns)

2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Edwidge DanticatLikeAdd to a ListEdwidge Danticats long list of accolades paints a clear picture of her influence on the literary world. The Haitian American writer, National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and National Book Award finalist often probes themes of identity, Haitian diaspora, and familial relationships in her works. Danticats latest book of short stories,Everything Inside(2019), was called breathtaking by Roxane Gay.(Literary Arts, Southwest Portland)

Valerie and Her Week of WondersLikeAdd to a ListValerie and Her Week of Wondersis the quintessential Czech New Wave flick. Strangely sensual, surreal, and psychedelic, the film (loosely) follows a teen girl facing womanhood. After donning a pair of magical earrings, she becomes locked in a bizarre dream of vampires, witches, and mystical threats.(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

Big K.R.I.T.: Digital Roses Tour with Elhae and PriceLikeAdd to a ListMississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. (that stands for King Remembered In Time) is known for his sincere rhymes and booming production that riffs on 90s Southern rap style. On his latest output,Digital Roses Dont Die, he finds new ground with polished retro-funk production that Pitchfork described as  love-soaked retrofuturism. Catch him after opening sets from fellow rappers Elhae and Price. Plus, come early to grab some grub at the grand opening ofTrap KitchenLikeAdd to a Lists new Roseland Theater outpost.(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Funklandia: Celebrating the Godfather of Soul - James BrownLikeAdd to a ListFunk ensemble Funklandia, led by prominent trumpeter Farnell Newton, will pay tribute to Mr. Dynamite himself by serving up his iconic hits with the work ethic and perfectionism that made James Brown one of the tightest musical acts of all time.(Stage 722, Buckman)

Saba with femdot., Amindi, and Joseph ChilliamsLikeAdd to a ListOn his new album,Few Good Things,posi-vibe rapper Saba takes his influences from growing up on the west side of Chicago and his newfound wealth and success. He will headline in support of the album alongside rapper femdot., singer-songwriter Amindi, and Joseph Chilliams of hip-hop group Pivot Gang.(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Henry Rollins: Good to See You 2022LikeAdd to a ListAny attempt to accurately describe Henry Rollins would be futile, butThe Washington Postonce described him as enthusiastic and engaging chatter, which seems as good a label as any. For this tour, the legendary provocateur will dish on the details of his life lately with characteristic intensity.(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

Oregon Rises Above HateLikeAdd to a ListJoin the Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community in celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month with performances from Leela Indian Dance and Rose City Island Dance, speeches by Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal and Metro Councilor Duncan Hwang, open houses at cultural heritage institutions in Old Town-Chinatown, an evening vigil honoring ancestors, and much more.(Flanders Festival Street, Old Town-Chinatown)

Hampton YountLikeAdd to a ListHampton Yount, writer and performer for the revived, endlessly wackyMystery Science Theater 3000, hits the stage without his typical puppet persona (hes the voice of Crow T. Robot). Younts also written forThe Eric Andrew Show, so we know hell bring some weird-but-brilliant millennial sarcasm to the stage.(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Teo Gonzlez and Rogelio Ramos: Uni-2 TourLikeAdd to a ListTwo of Mexicos comic masters, Teo Gonzlez and Rogelio Ramos, will perform together for the first time in the United States on their Spanish language comedy tour.(Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Shakespeares Shitstorm with Lloyd KaufmanLikeAdd to a ListThis screwball interpretation ofThe Tempestis exactly what youd expect from Troma Entertainment, famous for their weirdo splatter gore and tongue-in-cheek crude humor. Lloyd Kaufman, director ofShakespeares Shitstormand several twisted Troma classics, will join in on the fun with a Q&A after the screening.(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

An Evening with Eagle Eyes - Tribute to EaglesLikeAdd to a ListTake it easy with Canadian Eagles tribute group Eagle Eyes who will wow you with their precise renditions of the legendary country-rock tunes.(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)LikeAdd to a ListFresh off the heels of their new album,Let It Be Blue,Nic Offer and his NYC-based dance-punk troupe bring their kaleidoscopic sounds back to town with local support from indie-pop artist Kingsley.(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Homeshake with Salami Rose Joe LouisLikeAdd to a ListHomeshakes uncluttered yet beguiling bedroom R&B pairs singer/songwriter Peter Sagars undeniable goofiness with the slow-motion groove of songs that feel like someone pulled apart a Prince record and smoked one too many lavender spliffs before trying to put it back together.NATHAN TUCKER(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

Kalmar Conducts Mahlers Symphony No. 9LikeAdd to a ListOregon Symphony music director laureate Carlos Kalmar will return to conduct a performance of Mahlers Ninth Symphony, known to be the composers final symphonic statement, as well as Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clynes Within Her Arms, a poignant meditation on loss, love, and life.(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

mxmtoonLikeAdd to a ListThe artist known as mxmtoon (pronounced em-ex-em-toon, n00bs) has, like so many musicians her age (21), found her fame on the internet. It started with cute footage of family vacations on her YouTube channel. Then, it was clips of adorably awkward confessionals and tart original songs played on ukulele. Years later, she has amassed a global fanbase and has a debut full-length that blends her quaint, diary entry-like tunes with lush, textured pop. She may be a mystery to you olds but best believe your adorable nieces and nephews know all the words to seasonal depression and prom dress.ROBERT HAM(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

The Warm Up: Kahlil Khalil, Majik9, Wavy Josef, Sotae, and VerbzLikeAdd to a ListAfter going on a hiatus and closing its doors back in December 2021, Northeast Portlands Church Bar recently resurrected under new management. The Southern- and church-themed drinking and dancing spot is finally back on its beloved eat, drink, repent bullshit. What better way to celebrate Churchs return than by getting lit with a night of live music from Portland native rapper Kahlil Khalils The Warm Upa stellar hip-hop bill he curatedfeaturing producer/rapper/singer Majik9, producer/songwriter/engineer Wavy Josef, and rapper/singer/songwriter Sotae.JENNI MOORE(Church Bar, Kerns)

Tropitaal 9-Year Anniversary Party with Anjali and The Incredible Kid and World HoodLikeAdd to a ListShake your booty in celebration of the ninth anniversary of Tropitaal, a dance party that blends Latin American tropical sounds with rhythms from India to create a unique and energizing flavor. Resident DJs Anjali, The Incredible Kid, and Daniela Karina along with guests World Hood and Adam McCollom will spin sets with a focus on Latin, Caribbean, and South Asian music.(Goodfoot, Kerns)

Dance Like a MotherLikeAdd to a ListLet your hair down and shake it like your mama gave ya to a stream of feminist dance tracks from DJ Daniela Karina. The bar will be slingin custom cocktails during Mother PAC and Family Forwards annual dance party in support of pro-women, pro-family candidates ahead of the 2022 election.(Holocene, Buckman)

Oregon Humane Societys Doggie DashLikeAdd to a ListRun (or walk) with your favorite furry friend at Portlands biggest party for pets and people, which includes canine contests for your very good boy or girl to show off. If youre not a pawrent, thats okay, too! You can still participate and check out vendor booths, live music, food, and more while helping the Oregon Humane Society reach their fundraising goal of $780,000.(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown)

Its Often a Performance and Little StarLikeAdd to a ListIn this two-person exhibition, Brittany Connelly considers the relationship between viewer and performer inIts Often a Performance, while Leslie VigeantsLittle Starruminates on the prolonged collective grief experienced over the last two years.(Carnation Contemporary, Kenton)

Andrew Marlin of WatchhouseLikeAdd to a ListNorth Carolina-based musician and half of Americana duo Watchhouse (FKA Mandolin Orange), Andrew Marlin, will play an intimate show in support of his two latest albumsWitching HourandFable & Fire.Having recordedthe albums during lockdown, Marlin explored new sounds such as bluegrass and Irish roots music.(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Curtis HardingLikeAdd to a ListFormer backup singer to the stars Curtis Harding has stepped into the spotlight with his lustrous potion of classic soul, gospel, R&B, and psych-pop that hes dubbed slop n soul. Harding will play some kaleidoscopic soul tunes from his latest albumIf Words Were Flowers,after an opening set from LA-based vocalist Joshy Soul.(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

Julianna Barwick with MalibuLikeAdd to a ListUsing instruments and detectable lyrics sparingly, electronic composer Julianna Barwick primarily employs layers and loops of her voice to create puddles of emotion thatMercurycontributor Raquel Nasser noted as being enough to leave you sobbing over a loved one or reveling in a sense of calm. Like-minded French composer Malibu will start off the evening with her emotive ambient soundscapes.(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

The Thin PlaceLikeAdd to a ListThe Thin Place, a bewitching new play by Obie Award-winner Lucas Hnath, contemplates whether we can talk with the dead. This chilling ghost story about a psychic and her client, full of illusions, twists, and turns, just might convince you that its possible.(KEX, Kerns)

I Am an AmericanLikeAdd to a ListHate crimes targeting Asian Americans areon the riseif you dont know about it, you havent been paying attention.In collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and artist Roberta Wong, The Immigrant Story presents this exhibition of photographs, objects, and artwork to bring awareness to the current experiences of Asian Americans. The shows title,I Am An American, became arallying cry after Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps in WWII. While trends of xenophobia and discrimination continue, this exhibition speaks to the endurance of strength of Asian Americans in the face of generations of adversity.(PLACE, Nob Hill, Monday-Friday)

Na Omi Judy Shintani: Dream Refuge for Children ImprisonedLikeAdd to a ListSan Francisco-based artist Na Omi Judy Shintani presents this installation as a sacred space within which to explore the trauma of incarcerated children. Shintanis images of children drawn on mattresses reference a devastating web of youth imprisonment throughout history, including the Japanese American children sent to internment camps in WWII, Indigenous American children sent to abusive boarding schools, and the Central American children who have faced familial separation and detention at the US border.(Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Old Town-Chinatown, Friday-Sunday)

West Coast Halloween ConventionLikeAdd to a ListGhosts, ghouls, and Halloween lovers converge! This spooky convention features a scream-worthy haunted house, a Halloween costume ball (who cares if its not October yet?), a trade show, and workshops thatll pump up your fear factor.(Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd District, Friday-Sunday)

McMenamins UFO FestLikeAdd to a ListAn event truly out of this world, this festival honors the 1950 Trent sighting in McMinnville, which yielded some of the most credible UFO photos to date. Encompassing two days of expert speakers, an alien costume ball, a cosmic costume contest, and more, this extraterrestrial event is the second largest of its kind in the country after one held in Roswell.(Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, Friday-Saturday)

CineVox Dance Film FestivalLikeAdd to a ListOregons leading dance film festival returns for its sixth year of artistic feature-length films and shorts. This year, CineVox will screen a selection of works by BIPOC film artists, as well asDancing Over Borders,a compilation of international films. The festival will conclude withA Swan Lake, choreographed by Alexander Ekman of the Norwegian National Ballet.(BodyVox Dance Center, Northwest Portland, Thursday-Saturday)

The NorthmanLikeAdd to a ListRobert Eggerss masterful brand of psychological storytelling blends myth, folklore, and tireless historical research. The visionary director ofThe WitchandThe Lighthousehas set his sights on Viking lore, telling the story of a prince who must avenge his fathers brutal murder. Among the all-star cast is Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, and Björk as a mysterious seeress.(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-JenkinsLikeAdd to a ListWhen three combative siblings converge on their late fathers estate to settle his affairs, their own baggage gets in the way, leading to an explosive reveal. Winning the 20142015 Obie Award for Best New American Play,Appropriatewas deemed gut-punching and exceptionally brilliant byTime Out.(Imago Theatre, Buckman, Friday-Sunday)

The ChildrenLikeAdd to a ListThis frighteningly timely look at the realities of climate change follows retired nuclear physicists Robin and Hazel, who live a meager existence without electricity or potable water. When an old colleague makes a disturbing proposal, they are faced with a deep ethical dilemma, and begin to question their responsibility to future generations.(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Current/ClassicLikeAdd to a ListThis mixed-repertoire program showcases modern and classical pieces performed by refined company dancers. With August Bournonvilles Italian romanceNapoli, Nick Le-Juricas brand-new workQ,legendary Oregon dancer Dennis Spaights passionateGloria,and more, the performance will also include guest pieces by Shaun Keylock Company.(Lincoln Hall, South Park Blocks, Friday-Saturday)

Last Stop on Market StreetLikeAdd to a ListInfused with hip-hop, Motown, and rap, this moral-infused musical is likeHamiltonfor kiddos. When CJ and his Nana take a bus ride, they share a sing-along experience of thankfulness and unexpected beauty.(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

Amanda Wojick: Small Shields and Other ShapesLikeAdd to a ListAmanda Wojicks playful, geometric style hits a fever pitch inSmall Shields and Other Shapes, a selection of gouache paintings and multimedia sculptures. The artist explores the abstract and undefinable through vigorous use of color, origami-inspired constructions, and tactile paper fragments.(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Barbara Sternberger: EmanatingLikeAdd to a ListBarbara Sternbergers new series of abstract paintings channels pure expression, attempting to embody utter immersion and avoid any predetermined aesthetic decisions. Layers of accumulated mark-making give Sternbergers works a palimpsest quality; barely-visible traces of past imagery reveal the story behind each composition.(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday)

Federico Estol: Shine HeroesLikeAdd to a ListUruguayan artist Federico Estol began the project that would becomeShine Heroesthree years ago when connecting with shoe shiners in Bolivia. A recent influx of 3,000 shoe shiners of all ages works the streets daily, using ski masks to avoid being recognized. In this way, they avoid discrimination in their neighborhoods, schools, and even within their families. Estols photobook project has become an ongoing fight against social stigma; proceeds from the book are now helping Bolivian shoe shiners make their living.(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Kirk Charlton: My Personal ExperienceLikeAdd to a ListFormerly incarcerated artist Kirk Charlton presents a series of drawings based on his experience in prison for this exhibition, which also includes drop-in drawing sessions with the artist. The founder of Art Inside Out, a prison program offering art classes and conversation to inmates (including those in disciplinary segregation), Charlton is well-versed in the healing, transformative power of visual art.(Paragon Gallery, North Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

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