SEE : Filmmaker
When Leon Vitali passed away last month, he left behind a largely unrecognized but incredibly influential legacy in the film industry. Vitali was so dedicated to Stanley Kubrick that he dedicated his career to the director after they met in 1974, filling an array of roles from artist Foley to Full Metal Jacket orgygoer in Eyes wide closed (and he continued to work on Kubrick’s films after the director’s death in 1999, overseeing re-releases and ensuring the integrity of Kubrick’s vision). So, in homage to Kubrick’s often underrated right-hand man, the Hollywood Theater is screening Tony Zierra’s 2017 documentary Filmmakerwhich delves into the bond between the two greats. Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-493-1128, hollywoodtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8. $8-$10.
GO: Time-Based Art Festival
For those not yet rooted in the contemporary art scene, TBA:22 (which marks the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned festival) promises a quick and meaningful dive into what’s happening right now. For seasoned artists and art lovers, it’s a chance to engage deeply with colleagues and vanguards. On the menu, an exploration of number 3 in an Aboriginal futuristic concert, a discussion of the place of the four medieval humors in contemporary black life and a chance to activate sensory memories through modern dance. When it’s time to reflect or relax, head to the bar located at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art headquarters at 15 NE Hancock St., which will be open throughout the festival. Performance times and locations vary, 503-242-1419, pica.org/tba. Thursday to Sunday, September 8 to 18. $75 to $500.
GO: Curtis Salgado
Portland soul singer-songwriter Curtis Salgado has won the 2022 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, the seventh time he has landed the prestigious honor (he is also credited with inspiring the Blues Brothers characters and shared the scenes with Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt and Muddy Waters). You certainly don’t want to miss his skills as a harmonica player when he plays in the Venetian ballroom. Venetian, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 503-352-4450, venetianhillsboro.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 9. $20 to $40.
GO: Circus Flynn Creek: balloons, birds and other flying objects
This season, Flynn Creek Circus’ production Birds, Bees and Other Flying Things collects and interprets the real memories of spectators in acrobatics and stunts that push the limits of human ability. The vignettes are brought together as part of an overarching story about the illusory nature of time, seasoned with humor and set to live music by Eric McFadden and Kate Vargas. It’s a welcome performance for all ages with specially priced social bubble seats for those particularly germ-averse. The Lot at Zidell Yards, 3030 SW Moody Ave., flynncreekcircus.com. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 22-25. $45 to $416.
LISTEN: Fortress of Pleasure
Does anyone remember flipping through the yellow-tinted pages of Choose Your Own Adventure books in elementary school? One minute you were flying high as the newly appointed apprentice of a powerful wizard, only to find yourself inevitably gutted by a minotaur after an ill-chosen turn of the page. Portland indie post-punk trio J. Graves recount the highs and lows of that experience on their latest album, Fortress of Pleasurewhich will be released on September 30. Each of the seven tracks and corresponding music videos represents a different path in the journey – and it’s up to you to decide who wears the chain mail. publicdisplaypr.com/epk/jgraves-lp.html. Release date: Friday, September 30.
GO: Chad Deity’s Elaborate Entrance
Find out what a super kick in the face has to do with the American dream and neoliberal capitalism in Profile Theater’s production of Chad Deity’s Elaborate Entrance. Protagonist Macedonio Guerra grapples with racial issues while pursuing his passion, professional wrestling, in playwright Kristoffer Diaz and Obie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning saga. The play explores BIPOC’s themes of identity and disenfranchisement through comedic satire and, of course, body slapping. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 503-231-9581, profiletheatre.org/chaddeity. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5 to 23. $35 to $55.
GO: Pearl Dive Live
Chiseled abs, singlets and gyrating limbs aren’t the only things coming together at BodyVox in October – the multimedia dance company’s Pearl Dive Project returns with live performances of the year’s five striking dance collaborations last. The project asked leading artists and innovators working outside of dance to choreograph entirely new pieces, which were, in large part, developed remotely. Find out what comes to mind from Matt Groening, Poison Waters, Ludovico Einaudi, Lois Greenfield and Yiyun Li. BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., 503-229-0627, bodyvox.com/performance/pearl-dive-live. 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, October 6 to 14; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15. $25 to $70.
GO: Foolish Mortals: a haunted mansion burlesque cabaret
As the “most gothic of seasons” approaches, the Alberta Rose Theater offers a spooky addition to Portland’s seasonal events calendar: Foolish Mortals, a burlesque production featuring a cabaret troupe of ghosts. A full bar and pies from Pacific Pie Company will be on hand, so attendees can enjoy an evening of scares alongside favorite drinks and expertly crafted savory pastries. Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9. $25 to $40.
GO: Reformers present: The owner’s game
Visit the margins of contemporary theater with the latest production of The Reformers, The owner’s game. The pandemic-delayed immersive performance draws visitors into the quirky created world of Lizzie Borden (hiding from the repercussions of her dishonored reputation) and ambitious game designer and inventor Lizzie Magie. The Reformers’ original productions have earned them a cult following, but the band are quick to remind audiences that it is not, in fact, a true cult following. Location revealed during registration, theformerspdx.com. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-Nov. 6. Ticket sales begin September 8.
GO: Portland Book Festival
The Portland Museum of Art welcomes bibliophiles, writers, and other types of books to the annual Portland Book Festival of Literary Arts. Ephemeral readings, author conversations, an exhibitor lounge, workshops and more will transform PAM’s galleries into more verbose spaces. Stay tuned to find out which big names in literature will be attending (the organizers will announce them later this month). Portland Museum of Art, 1219 SW Park Avenue, 503-227-2583, literary-arts.org. Saturday 5 November. $15-$25.