Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Curbside Press superheated the sands of the internet into a molten slurry, blowing it up into the gorgeous, bulbous glass sculpture that is our weekly events roundup. There’s a transgender benefit concert online, comedy events in Portland and Eugene, and just one of the many Pride events around the state kicking off this weekend in Keizer. Find these great local events below and be sure to SHARE this article with all the art-lovers in your life.
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Live Stand-Up Picnic Style
All Weekend - 7:30 p.m.
Rose City Rollers Hanger - 7805 Oaks Park Way Bldg H - Portland, OR
Live comedy is hitting The Hanger, where the Rose City Rollers derby league normally tears it up. This weekend, five different comedians will be entertaining the masked and socially distanced outdoor crowd. The event is hosted by Amanda Arnold, who’s toured all over the country and opened for the likes of Dave Attell and Jeff Ross. If you’re looking for some laughs, consider this event tucked onto the Oaks Amusement Park grounds.
Keizer Pride Fair
Saturday, June 12 - Noon to 6 p.m.
Chalmers Jones Park - 930 Chemawa Rd. - Keizer, OR
If the tornado of rainbow-colored logos and social media posts lately didn’t clue you in yet, June is Pride Month. That means there will be events all over Oregon, in communities big and small. One of them is hitting Keizer this weekend, and there’s sure to be music, dancing and art of all kinds. So, if you’re looking to get a dose of creativity from the LGBTQ+ Community this weekend, it’s popping off at Chalmers Jones Park.
Harmonium & Chanting
Saturday, June 12 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Portland, OR (Remote Livestream)
The traditional Indian musical instrument, the harmonium, is known for its use in mantra meditation. That’s the aim of this online musical experience. The soothing sounds are meant to deepen meditation, and local group Open Heart Kirtan practices a sort of call and response style. For a unique and spiritual concert experience this weekend, try this free performance on for size.
Roaring Rainbow - $5
Saturday, June 12 - 2 p.m.
The idea for this show came out of a desire to show young trans people that art is about roaring loud and proud about who you are. Not only does this fit nicely into Pride Month, it also brings us a stellar lineup of local LGBTQ+ musicians. Not only do you get a show, the proceeds go to benefit Trans Families and the National Center Transgender Equality. Everyone can join in because it’s entirely online, so there’s no need to worry about a commute to experience this awesome event.
Comedy & Karaoke - $10+
Saturday, June 12 - 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Applegate Regional Theatre - 87230 Central Rd. - Eugene, OR
For those who don’t know, the ART Theatre is a local nonprofit that’s entirely run by volunteers. It provides quaint little performances and community showcases, including this super fun comedy and karaoke night. The afternoon starts with local stand-up comedians sharing three hours’ worth of material. Then, head into the evening with a karaoke event that lets you belt out your favorite tunes.
Sunday, June 13 - 2:30 p.m.
5th St. Market - Eugene, OR
What’s better than classical music? Free classical music! That’s what visitors to downtown Eugene will get with this showcase played from the outdoor confines of the Fifth Street Market. Members of the Eugene Symphony will be playing for no charge, with various instruments featured. Though, be warned that there is still limited attendance right near the stage to keep in line with social distancing.
Jim Quimby Live
Sunday, June 13 - 6 pm
Wild Goose Cafe - 2365 Ashland St. - Ashland, OR
Residents of the Rogue Valley may recognize Quimby as that smooth piano man who’s tickled out some jazzy background tunes during a dinner they ate once. That’s because this guy is a total venue favorite for classy restaurants looking to make the atmosphere even classier. Come support a local pianist while catching some grub if you find yourself in Ashland this weekend.
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