It's a great weekend for live, local theatre, with festivals in Portland and Medford, as well as local productions of acclaimed plays in Salem and Eugene. As always, we've got a sampling of some of the cool local bands that are playing all over Oregon, too.
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Fertile Ground Festival - Prices Vary
Jan. 30 - Feb. 9
All Over Portland
This annual festival of live performances of all kinds features dozens of local artists and orators. With live theatre, comedy, literary readings and workshops of all kinds, this is a week of art that you won’t want to miss. Festival passes are available at $70, but individual tickets for events are offered at participating venues all over, and some of these performances -- and the street artists you can find all over Portland -- are totally free!
The New Pornographers - $35+
Friday, Jan. 31 - 8 pm
Roseland Theater - 10 NW 6th Ave.
The Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, BC is touring all over in support of a new album titled, In The Morse Code of Brake Lights. The group got big with hits like “Together” and “Whiteout Conditions” and are sure to bring a rousing show to the Roseland.
Paula Poundstone - $38+
Friday, Jan. 31 - 7pm
Revolution Hall - 1300 SE Stark St.
Longtime comedian Paula Poundstone, known for her observational humor and comedic writing, will bring her talents to Portland this weekend. Known for appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Poundstone is a seasoned and witty talent in the national comedy scene. Come for laughs and deep thoughts!
Louder Oceans // Devy Metal // Casual Boyfriends - $7
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Alberta Street Pub - 1036 NE Alberta St.
As always, the Alberta Street Pub has local groups on display and this weekend features lots of smooth rock. Louder Oceans, an eclectic rock group that blends sounds from multiple eras, released its debut album Megaphone Tsunami in 2018. Groove rockers Devy Metal and psychedelic rock and jazz band Casual Boyfriend will get kick things off as supporting acts.
Murder on the Orient Express - $25
Jan. 17 - Feb. 8 - 7:30 pm
Pentacle Theatre - 324 52nd Ave.
This classic Agatha Christie tale features iconic detective Hercule Poirot journeying to London aboard the titular train. Of course, hilarity and crime ensue and it’s up to the passengers aboard to solve the mystery. For those not already familiar with the great local plays put on by the Pentacle Theatre Company, trust us, this will be a good time.
Polk Flea Market
Sunday, Feb. 2 - 9 am to 6 pm
Polk County Fairgrounds - Rickreall, OR
This recurring market is billed as the largest and oldest in Polk County. While it features lots of trade goods like tools and equipment, there are also handcrafted goods and art made by local business owners and collectors. Come and support some local artisans with some of your time, if not your money.
One Slight Hitch - $21
Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 - 7:30 pm
The Very Little Theatre - 2350 Hilyard St.
This contemporary play, written by acclaimed comedian Lewis Black, is being put on by the folks over at The Very Little Theatre, a quaint little venue in South Eugene. Not only will this farce feature the writing genius of a seasoned comedian, it will have a fully local cast and crew.
Yak Attack - $10
Friday, Jan. 31 - 10 pm to 2 am
Sessions Music Hall - 44 E 7th Ave.
Portland trippy-beats trio Yak Attack will put on a breakbeat clinic in downtown Eugene. Yak Attack is touring all over the Pacific Northwest, so if you can’t catch the show in Eugene, maybe you can see the group in Bend the following night at the Volcanic Theatre Pub.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone: In Concert - $60+
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 2 pm
Hult Center for the Performing Arts - 1 Eugene Center
Is it a high ticket price? Yes. But can you put a price on the sweeping and prolific symphonies composed by John Williams? Not really. Add onto that the fact that this performance will feature talented local, high-caliber musicians and this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Corinne Sharlet // Bill Powers
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 7 pm to 9 pm
The Commons - 875 NW Brooks St.
This is a debut EP release party for Corinne Sharlet, a solo act tour de force who creates hauntingly beautiful songs. She is touring for the release of her debut EP, Deceiver, which is out this weekend, and this show is musical party to celebrate the occasion. She is supported by Bill Powers, one half of Colorado-based bluegrass band Honey Don’t.
Winter Pridefest: Dance Party
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 9 am to 4 pm
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort - Mt. Bachelor
This weekend-long festival will offer free and ticketed events, but this dance party is apparently free, as is a snow cone “snocial” in the morning. Join all of Central Oregon in celebrating the LGBTQ community and welcoming inclusivity.
Friday, Jan. 31 - 8pm to midnight
Grape Street Bar and Grill - 31 S Grape St.
The weekend kicks off in Medford with a night of local jams downtown at this bar venue. The Bouray is a local group that combines many genres and sounds, with a setlist that’s sure to be filled with both soft, soulful ballads and up-tempo rowdy rock.
Oregon Jest Fest - $15
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Bellview Grange - 1050 Tolman Creek Rd.
This annual showcase of 10-minute comedy plays, all written by local artists, is an awesome way to spend an evening. It will feature the work of eight different playwrights, with four local directors and an all-local cast. It doesn’t get much more “in your backyard” than this for Southern Oregonians.
Friday, Jan. 31 - 11 am to 4 pm
Salishan Marketplace - 7760 N Hwy 101
This weekly event at Salishan Resort features local artists and crafters, all on the beautiful Central Oregon Coast. Not only can you support some local vendors, but there are plenty of other activities and attractions nearby if the rain is too torrential this weekend.
Steven McVay // Parish Gap
Friday, Jan. 31 - 7 pm and Saturday, Feb. 1 - 5 pm
Yachats Underground - 125 Ocean View Dr. - Yachats, OR
It’s back-to-back nights of bluesy local rock at the favorite local water hole in Yachats. Steven McVay brings his love of classical rock to the stage on Friday and local act Parish Gap follows it up with a setlist on Saturday night.
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