There are many live, local theater performances happening all over Oregon this weekend, as well as local music showcases that includes an LGBTQ concert in Portland. It's also the last chance to go do something to support black artists during this month when we celebrate all the cultural and societal contributions of some of our fellow Oregonians. If you want to read more about black pioneering artists in Oregon, check out our story this week about Thelma Johnson Streat.
Be sure to share this roundup with your fellow Oregonians to let them know what's happening in their streets!
Have a safe and fun weekend, Curbsiders.
Out Loud - Marquii // Amenta Abioto // Jame Doe - $10
Friday, Feb. 28 - 8:30 pm to 1 am
Kelly’s Olympian - 426 SW Washington St.
This recurring showcase of LGBTQ+ artists is returning for its first show of 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited. Black artists will be highlighted to end Black History Month, with genderqueer hip hop/R&B act Marquii and solo loop vocalist Amenta Abioto. Jame Doe, who we’ve already written a feature on (link), will bring sultry vocals and pop tracks to the stage, too.
Black Arts Festival - Free
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 2 pm to 8 pm
Reed College - 3202 SE Woodstock Blvd.
This annual concert put on by Reed College is one of the biggest to highlight Black artists this month, with over six local musicians (including Maarquii, mentioned above) on the bill. Art vendors from area galleries and studios will also be on hand at a marketplace and food court on campus as well.
KidFest - $30+
Saturday, Feb. 29 & Sunday, March 1 - 10 am to 5 pm (closes 4 pm Sunday)
Portland Expo Center - 2060 N Marine Dr.
While sports and recreational activities of all kinds are a main feature of this weekend-long festival, there are plenty of artsy and creative activities to enjoy, too. Lego sculptures, costumes, demonstrations and performances are sure to pique some artistic interests. Daylong family passes are still available.
Disenchanted - $30
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 2 pm
Elsinore Theatre - 170 High St. NE
This show features music and scenes from your favorite Disney adaptations of Grimm Fairytales, including Snow White, The Little Mermaid and more. This all-local production is a great way to support community theater, and the historic venue will provide a nice touch of atmosphere.
Midsummer - $20
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 2 pm
The Verona Studio - 189 Liberty St. NE
No, this isn’t an adaptation of the popular Shakespeare work, but rather an original piece written by English playwright Duncan Macmillan. One part contemporary comedy and one part classical tragedy, this story takes place during a raucous weekend in Edinburgh and contains adult themes. Maybe don’t bring the kids.
Steampunk Ball III - $30
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 8 pm
Reed Opera House - 189 Liberty St. SE
The second offering coming out of the Reed Opera House this weekend is a steampunk ball, where cosplayers and vintage aesthetic artists can thrive. For adults only, this event will feature music, circus-style performances and games of all kinds. If you AREN’T sticking out like a sore thumb, you didn’t dress right.
Cat Video Fest - $8
Sunday, March 1 - 1:30 pm
Bijou Art Cinemas - 492 E 13th Ave.
A family-friendly, 70-minute assortment of cat videos sent in from local pet owners, this annual showcase of the funny behavior of furry felines is for more than just cat lovers. A percentage of the proceeds go toward local animal shelters and awareness programs. Ears encouraged.
The 2020 Eugene Record Show - $3-20
Sunday, March 1 - 10 am to 5 pm
Graduate Eugene - 66 E 6th Ave.
This large record and memorabilia market will feature 100 local vendors hawking their most valued collections. Early attendance costs more, since you’ll get the early pick of the best albums and merchandise, so if you’re planning on coming, get there early!
Death Cafe - Free
Sunday, March 1 - 3 pm
Spectrum - 150 W Broadway
Not all creative events are focused specifically on art, but rather can help us to connect to the feelings that art helps us channel. This event is a free resource for anyone who’s struggling with, or just curious about, personal loss and death. This free-wheeling discussion seeks to shine a light on the fears, pains and anxieties that come from confronting death in our lives. It sounds heavy, but the mood is light.
MARCHFOURTH // Yak Attack - $22
Friday, Feb. 28 - 8:30 pm
The Domino Room - 51 NW Greenwood Ave.
Big, bouncing tunes are the theme of this show in downtown Bend. MARCHFOURTH is a group consisting of over 20 musicians dishing out everything from rock and jazz to acrobatic displays (you read that right). Complimenting this “funk circus party” is local DJ trio Yak Attack, who spin funky, trippy jams to dance to. This is the spot to dance in Bend this weekend.
Mountainfilm On Tour - $22
Friday, Feb. 28 - 6 pm to 10 pm
The Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall St.
This is a showcase of the best work submitted at the Mountainfilm Fest in Telluride, CO this year. The festival is stopping off in Bend and Portland this month, so do some more research on extra dates if you’re curious about where else it will be.
High Desert Museum Free Day - Free (duh)
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 10 am to 4 pm
High Desert Museum - 59800 S Hwy 97
Every year, thanks to fundraising by local partners, the High Desert Museum offers its exhibits of Oregon’s natural and cultural history for free one Saturday. That Saturday is upon us, so anyone who’s been hankering to check out this museum, or who wants to add a little education to their weekend, should seize this free opportunity.
A Murder Mystery Dinner To Die For - $45
Friday, Feb. 28 - 7 pm to 10 pm
Randall Theatre - 20 S. Fir St.
This is more than just dinner and a show -- it’s an interactive theater experience where the audience influences the course of the night. With a full three-course meal and local actors featured, this is quite the night out.
The Revolutionists - $15
Friday, Feb. 28 - 7:30 pm
Collaborative Theatre Project - 555 Medford Center
This comedy takes place during the height of the French Revolution, imagining a fictional encounter between four of the most prominent female pioneers of their time. Based on real women, real transcripts and real executions, this play is, nonetheless, not to be taken as a tragedy.
Revenge Of The Space Pandas - $18
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 7:30 pm
Barnstormers - 112 NE Evelyn Ave. - Grants Pass, OR
This sci-fi odyssey by French playwright Mamet is a raucous show about space travel and the pursuit of perfection. It is being put on by the local troupe at Barnstormers, which Southern Oregonians have known for family-friendly fare for more than 60 years. Support local theater and check out a bizarre story this weekend.
OCMA String Concert Benefit - $40+
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 2 pm to 4 pm
Coos History Museum - 1210 N Front St. - Coos Bay, OR
This annual benefit helps support Youth Music Programs offered through the Oregon Coast Music Association. It will feature instrumentalists from the OCMA’s Festival Orchestra, with special guest duo Michelle Mathewson and Sharon Eng of the Madrona Viola Duo. A reception will follow the performance.
Saturday, Feb. 29 - 8 pm
Seadogs - 839 SW Bay Blvd. - Newport, OR
Local rock group ISH Phoenix, from the small Yamhill County town of Carlton, will be bringing its music to Seadogs this weekend. Lovers of blues and country rock should stop on by if you’re on the Central Oregon Coast.
Fox and Bones - Free
Sunday, March 1 - 7 pm
Seaside Brewing Company - 851 Broadway St. - Seaside, OR
Portland-based americana band Fox and Bones’ music comes from the road -- as all good folk music oughtta. Not only will there be pleasant, rustic tunes, but adult beverages and a gorgeous view to boot. There are worse ways to enjoy a beer.
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