Virtual Events Roundup - Nov. 6, 2020

Oregon, and much of The United States, keeps setting depressing new milestones in terms of the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Oregonian/OregonLive, Oregon shattered its previous high-water mark for daily cases with 805 on Thursday -- the previous single-day record was set a week prior at 600 new cases. That means people are still not doing enough to stay home and stay socially distant. As a way of encouraging everyone to do their part, our event roundups are going entirely virtual.

This weekend, we’ve got plenty of remote musical showcases, virtual yoga classes (with beer and kittens), and even the annual book festival in Portland. Stay safe while still supporting local arts by choosing these remote options this weekend instead of going out. Help us spread the love of local artists and organizations by sharing this with all your friends on social media using the icons found at the end of this article.

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2020 Portland Book Festival

Friday, Nov. 6 - All Day

Virtual Festival - Portland, OR

Booklovers, unite! This annual festival of authors from all genres and formats is moving virtual this year and kicks off this weekend. The festival runs for most of November and features more than 100 authors, including giants like Margret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Brit Bennett (The Vanishing Half). Anyone can check out what’s streaming or already uploaded at the PDX Bookfest website.


Virtual Kitten Yoga - Free

Friday, Nov. 6 - 10 am

Remote Livestream - Portland, OR

We love featuring whacky yoga events in our roundups and there are several other recurring ones that you can check out from our previous articles. This virtual experience will unite two things that are sure to get your creative juices flowing: calming yoga and cute kitties. Thanks to the folks at the Oregon Humane Society, this all-levels yoga class will have adorable kittens roaming around on the screen as you enjoy the art of yoga. If you can’t catch this morning class, you can try next week’s Thursday evening session at 6 p.m.


Singer-Songwriter Night - Arran Fagan - Free

Friday, Nov. 6 - 7 pm

Remote Livestream - Portland, OR

Two Rivers Bookstore in Portland is hosting its monthly fall showcase of local musicians this weekend. The virtual stream will feature Portland acoustic songwriter Arran Fagan, who writes tender and personal ballads that are good whether you’re listening remotely or in-person. Enjoy a cozy venue and warm sounds from the comfort of your own home.


Portland Baroque Orchestra - Free

Friday, Nov. 6 - 7:30 pm

Remote Livestream - Portland, OR

The Portland Baroque Orchestra is moving its entire season online for 2020, which means even us non-season-ticket-holders get to experience their great musical showcases. This weekend’s livestream will feature works by Joseph Haydn, Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen. Even if you can’t tune in live, you can check out this and other live performances uploaded to this channel every month.


Yoga + Beer Livestreams - Free

Saturday, Nov. 7 - 10 am

Remote Livestream - Salem, OR

The second of our unusual yoga events is another recurring one that you might frequently find time for. This virtual all-levels yoga class encourages you to get more than just your muscles loose. While this particular event gears towards beer drinkers, this is an all-ages course where people can choose to sip along with some adult beverages, coffee or good old water. All classes are being offered to the public for free during this year where we could all use a relaxing space to escape our own confinement, even if it’s virtually. That said, donations are encouraged to support the local yogis who give us these creative and communal events.


Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - Feat. Awadagin Pratt ($30+)

Saturday, Nov. 7 - 6:30 pm

Remote Livestream - Vancouver, WA

There’s never been a better year to buy season passes to a local orchestra. For one, everything’s cheaper because demand is lower due to COVID, For another, you don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy a night of classy music. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is offering a virtual experience for its entire season, including this weekend’s performance featuring works by Mozart, Strauss and Mendelssohn. This weekend also has an added treat, with guest conductor and pianist, Maestro Awadagin Pratt, running the show in what’s sure to be a moving and electric night of masterpieces.


Northwest Talent Spotlight: Strawberry Roan - Free

Sunday, Nov. 8 - 7pm

Remote Livestream - Vancouver, WA

Our second highlight out of Vancouver is a show dedicated to spotlighting great local musicians. This weekend is Strawberry Roan, a band fronted by Oregon singer-songwriter Catherine Loyer. She’s an accomplished vocalist who’s been performing since she was a child, bringing her own personal flare to pop, country and blues tunes, from covers to self-written work. For a livestream that’s guaranteed to make you feel good about music from the Pacific Northwest, check out this show.


Tambuco - Free

Sunday, Nov. 8 - 3 pm

Remote Livestream - Vancouver, WA

Tambuco is a national sensation in Mexico, a renowned classical percussion ensemble that has some serious musical cred. Every member is a multi-instrumentalist who makes it all look easy, creating layered modern masterpieces and new takes on old ones. This performance will be available to stream on demand during the first part of next week, starting this Sunday. You get this acclaimed musical experience entirely for free through The Friends Of Chamber Music YouTube channel.


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