Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 27–30

Image credit: Jenny Hval. MUSIC Jenny HvalThursday at 9 pm, Mississippi StudiosThe sweet, moody lyricism of Hval’s latest album, Apocalypse, Girl, literally scores her challenge: the Norwegian singer freights her songs with provocative questions (e.g., “what is soft dick rock?”) and sarcastic observations made more surreal by the underlay of harps and gentle electropop beats. Image credit: Y La Bamba. Y La BambaFriday at 7 pm, Revolution HallBack from a two year break, Portland-based Luz Elena Mendoza says she’s gained “greater self-awareness as a Mexican-American female”—now translating that to a new album (the band’s fourth) called Ojos del Sol. What’s
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Out Is Very In At The Portland Film Festival

Right now, pink shirts line the windows of the former PF Chang’s outpost just north of Burnside. “Out is in,” they read—commemorating the Portland Film Festival’s commitment to LGBT issues. But! The slogan also goes a long way to explaining how this upstart, unapologetically wild, far-from-the-spotlight, still-green event—which sprawls across seven venues for all of next week—is suddenly so very, very IN. This IS the Portland you’ve been looking for. There are films about Mars-bound lady-nauts, mysteriousness on the Oregon Coast (starring our own Corrina Repp), armless airplane pilots, WWE’s Jake the Snake, Morphine AND Twisted Sister. And like, 100 more screenings,
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Fall Arts Guide 2015: 45 shows keeping Portland creative this autumn

The creative culture in Portland is truly thriving. In the worlds of theater, dance, music and visual arts, there are thousands of working artists offering glimpses into their diverse perceptions of the world. From the outside looking in, our local arts scene can seem overwhelming. Where do you even begin? We don’t have a comprehensive map to offer – quite frankly, that flood of information would be unbearable. What we can give you is a guide, curated with the best of our instincts and knowledge, to just some of the best local art this fall. Don’t take our word for
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Lecture on Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, on display at PAM (photo Jeff Jahn) Portlanders love a good lecture and it can’t hurt that wildfire smoke has made outdoor activities difficult so a lecture on Ai Weiwei by Lilian M. Li on The Zodiac Animals in the Garden of Perfect Brightness: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and Cultural Patrimony in a climate controlled museum might be just what you need this weekend. We interviewed Mr. Ai here years ago but it should be interesting to most to find out how this art piece is more of a reflection on the rest of the world’s
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What color is calm? Join the crowd of adult coloring fans and find out (photos, video)

Sitting near the end of a table with a coloring sheet in front of her, Lauri Neumann-Grable used her left hand to steady the paper and her right to fill in its small flower patterns with a light-blue colored pencil. Coloring, she said, calms her down and helps her focus. It’s therapeutic, she said. She’s among the masses of adults who hail coloring — in all its childlike simplicity — as a way to wind down, relax and wash away the rigors of everyday life. Internet searches for adult coloring yield thousands of results, printout pages and news articles about the
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THIS WEEKEND: Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection

Recent Museum News THIS WEEKEND: Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection August 21, 2015 Center for Contemporary Native Arts August 19, 2015 $5 after 5pm Friday, tours, and final artist demonstration August 14, 2015 Museum hosts national art history teaching seminar August 10, 2015 Artist Demonstration, Tours, And Exhibition Opening August 7, 2015 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Film Collections About the Collections American Art Asian Art European Art Graphic Arts Modern and Contemporary Art Native American Art Northwest Art Photography Silver Search Online Collections Now on
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This Weekend: Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection

Recent Museum News This Weekend: Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection August 21, 2015 Center for Contemporary Native Arts August 19, 2015 $5 after 5pm Friday, tours, and final artist demonstration August 14, 2015 Museum hosts national art history teaching seminar August 10, 2015 Artist Demonstration, Tours, And Exhibition Opening August 7, 2015 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Film Collections About the Collections American Art Asian Art European Art Graphic Arts Modern and Contemporary Art Native American Art Northwest Art Photography Silver Search Online Collections Now on
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Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection

Recent Museum News Monster Drawing Rally, lecture, and personalizing works from the collection August 21, 2015 Center for Contemporary Native Arts August 19, 2015 $5 after 5pm Friday, tours, and final artist demonstration August 14, 2015 Museum hosts national art history teaching seminar August 10, 2015 Artist Demonstration, Tours, And Exhibition Opening August 7, 2015 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Film Collections About the Collections American Art Asian Art European Art Graphic Arts Modern and Contemporary Art Native American Art Northwest Art Photography Silver Search Online Collections Now on Display Acquisitions
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Portland to get 19 new murals during weeklong Forest for the Trees event

Portland is fast becoming known for our street murals, and it’s largely thanks to Forest for the Trees. The three-year-old nonprofit started in Portland in 2013 with the idea of bringing together an international group of artists for one week to work on a series of murals around the city. This year the event will expand to include 29 different artists working on 19 murals in Portland neighborhoods. The project will begin Aug. 24, and while most of the work will be finished within the week, some artists will continue through September and into October. It’s all a way of
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