28 must-see shows and events are coming to Portland in Fall 2022

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So many art events, so little time. As you start marking your fall calendars, let us step in – here are the concerts, screenings, book launches, gallery shows, plays and other arts events you won’t want to miss.

MOVIE

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert

The Oregon Symphony will come out in full force (get it?) to play John Williams’ iconic score live over everyone’s favorite Ewok vehicle. 16-18 Sept., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

PDX Recovery Film Festival

Portland nonprofit Bridges to Change is hosting its first-ever film festival, highlighting titles about addiction, homelessness and mental health. 29 Sept, Hall of Revolution

HP Lovecraft Film Festival

The annual Creep show returns, filling the screens with cosmic horrors and the Hollywood Theater lobby with costumed superfans. The jury is still out, organizers say, whether admission will depend on proof of the wax or a sacrifice for Nyarlathotep. 7th-9th October, Hollywood Theater

Portland Film Festival

As of midsummer, focus groups have narrowed down more than 3,000 submissions for this non-profit film festival. Check out who made it this October. 10-22 October, venues still open

Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s always the season to see the Clinton Street weekly Rock horror performance, but the mood and crowds always ramp up around Halloween, culminating in a massive Halloweenend show. Every Saturday, Clinton Street Theater


BOOKS

Brian Michael Bendis

Portland’s king of comics, Peabody and Eisner Award-winning co-creator of Miles Morales, Jessica Jones and Naomi, comes to Powell’s on the back phenomena, his new fantasy adventure series created with André Lima Araújo. It follows a group of lost orphans who embark on a quest in a magical world. September 13, Powell’s City of Books

Abdulrazak Gurnah

The 2021 Nobel laureate and Tanzanian-born author of acclaimed novels paradise and afterlifehis confrontation with the German-colonized East Africans in the early 20th century reaches the Schnitz stage. 22 Sept, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tales of a seventh grade lizard boy

Local cartoonist and illustrator Jonathan Hill follows his critically acclaimed graphic novel Odesa With Tales of a seventh grade lizard boy (September 27, Walker Books), the story of a boy who struggles to fit into middle school — not surprising considering he’s secretly a lizard.

Portland Book Festival

After two years of data crawling — in 2020 the festival offered a two-week virtual sprawl, up from just five days last year — the jam-packed, ultra-condensed, day-long bibliophile bonanza is back in person. Locally – including Mat Johnson, Fonda Lee, Colin Meloy, Lidia Yuknavitch – nationally and internationally auThors and readers will once again gather in and around the Portland Art Museum for page turning galore. November 15, South Park Blocks

Garrett Hongo and Richard Tillinghast

Two major poets – a Pulitzer finalist dropped the Oregon Book Award winner and former Guggenheim Fellow – come together like a rhyming couplet in Mother Foucault’s delightfully musty, aanalogue store of literary treasures. November 10, Mother Foucault’s Bookstore


CONCERTS

Lose Yr Mind Fest

The Dandy Warhols are headlining the eighth edition of this seedy festival, which will span Central Eastside venues both old and new: Bunk Bar, Vitalidad, The Get Down and Lollipop Shoppe. 1st-3rd Sept, various venues

The shins

A little over 20 years later Ah, reverse worldJames Mercer’s tireless indie rock project will play two shows in Portland’s living room. 15-16 September, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Sudanese Archive

Brittney Parks is one hell of a violinist, and she also makes some of the most compelling pop music out there as Sudan Archives – music worth checking out on her cozy late September date in Portland. September 29, Mississippi Studios

Ice Cubes, Ja Rule & Warren G.

An NWA founder, Fyre Fest co-conspirator and G-Funk pioneer enters an arena show. You too, if you know what’s going on. 1 October, Moda Center

Ringo Starr

If we were to write the words, “Former Beatle Ringo Starr released two EPs last year, one of which contained a cover of ‘Rock Around the Clock,'” would you believe us? We’re not sure we’d believe us. But here we are, facing Ringo’s Schnitz date in support of those very EPs. 12.10., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Carly Rae Jepsen

The tastemaker’s favorite pop star will make up for a canceled April 2020 (RIP) gig by appearing in late October with Empress Of in Old Town, new tunes off LP 5 The loneliest time in tow. October 23, Roseland Theater

spelling, orthography

The spelling is sparkling, baroque The spinning wheel was one of the most underrated records of 2021 and you can catch the artist live in all her majesty during Halloweekend. October 28, Star Theater

Gabriel Kahane & Oregon Symphony

The symphony will embrace Beethoven’s boldness Eroika Symphony, and Gabriel Kahane, the org’s creative chairman, will create a song cycle entitled ” The right to be forgotten about our obsession with digital efficiency. 5th-7th Nov., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


DANCE

Time-based arts festival

It’s not strictly a dance festival, but the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual performance freakout is always reliably filled with weird, wonderful, body-related projects. 8th-18th September, various venues

Pearl Dive Live

In 2021, BodyVox asked non-dancers (including local drag legend Poison Waters and Simpsons creator Matt Groening) to create dance pieces for a video project called Pearl Dive. In October, the company will present them live in its Slabtown area. 6th-8th & 13th–15th Oct, BodyVox

Midsummer night’s dream

To open the season, OBT will present former Artistic Director Christopher Stowell’s interpretation of this classic Shakespearean comedy alongside a new work called Christopher Bruce silence and an eight-minute Tchaikovsky pas de deux marathon. 8.-15.10. basement auditorium

Dallas Black Dance Theater

Presented by White Bird, the Texan contemporary dance company – Dallas’ oldest – will perform a multi-part program at the Portland State University venue, including the acclaimed recent commission like water. 20-22 October, Lincoln Hall


VISUAL ART

Front x Four

Sixteen works by 16 artists fill the Pearl District’s lumber room for an intergenerational exhibition on ‘Resilience and Support’. Until 24.9

In my own little corner

Willie Little’s solo show at Oregon Contemporary is titled by Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and explores growing up gay near rural Little Washington, North Carolina. Until 2 Oct

heat wave

Trippy, psychedelic textiles is the name of Sarah Wertzberger’s game, featured in full in this Holding Contemporary exhibition. Have you ever wished that weaving evoked a touch with the divine? It’s your lucky month. 10 Sept – 23 Sept Oct

Fay Jones

The Seattle painter and muralist, whose playful, colorful work is featured at that city’s Opera House, makes his way to PDX for a solo show at Russo Lee Gallery in Nob Hill. 6th-29th Oct

The plague

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is showing this 4,200-canvas photomontage, covering German history from the Weimar Republic to World War II for the first time since its creator Harley Gaber committed suicide in 2011. 12 Oct – 22 Oct Jan

The Art of Eating

Eat 100 Ways as showcased from Hockney to Holzer to Warhol at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University all season long. Until Dec 3

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