Stephanie’s Portland Picks for April

It’s still rainy and cold, but there are some signs that warmer months are on the way!

I can tell we’re headed to summer as the pace of events around town begins to ramp up. Sleep now!

Featured Events

It’s Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd. There are many events and opportunities to volunteer, so get out there.

The third annual Out From The Shadows Festival will be at The Panic Room Thursday, April 6th through Sunday April 9th. Don’t miss Puerto Rico’s Lust Era on Sunday. They were my favorite act at last year’s festival by FAR and it was the best performance I saw in 2016 overall.

Celebrate the 12th anniversary of the 80s Video Dance Attack, Friday April 7th through April 12th. Both Lola’s Room and Crystal Ballroom will host the standard and New Wave versions.

Friday, April 14th is Dan Savage’s Easter Extravaganza at Revolution Hall.

SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) presents a panel, “Let’s Talk About Sex(uality),” at the Beaverton Community Center Monday, April 17th, 6pm-8pm.

Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd, the Oregon Repertory Singers will be presenting “Love and Fire,” American and Spanish compositions from the Renaissance to the present day. First United Methodist Church downtown. 3pm both days.

Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

Saturday, April 1st is a tribute night to Fleetwood Mac’s album, Rumours, at Holocene.

Ural Thomas and The Pain will now always play first Mondays at the Goodfoot. Monday, April 3rd. 9pm.

It’s 90s night at Lola’s Room on Saturday, April 8th.

Holocene hosts the Do503 Music Showcase on Wednesday, April 12th. Always an interesting smash up of what’s new on the scene in PDX.

My favorite night at The Liquor Store is always Believe You Me. Every 2nd Friday hear a fantastic mix from local and global house and techno maestros. Friday, April 14th at The Liquor Store.

A dance night for LGBTQ folks and open-minded people, Slay, is at Holocene on Saturday, April 15th.

The excellent Two Door Cinema Club from Belfast will play The Roseland on Monday, April 17th.

Check out local group Fresh Track for FREE at The Goodfoot on Tuesday, April 18th.

Friday, April 21st is 70s versus 80s night at Lola’s Room.

Need a hot, sweaty basement dance party? It’s Tropitaal on Saturday, April 22nd at The Goodfoot with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid.

The mesmerizing There Is No Mountain will play Kelly’s Olympian on Wednesday, April 26th.

Come with your glitter, Minden will play Holocene on Thursday, April 27th.

Friday, April 28th you can satisfy the craving for 80s music at Lola’s Room or 90s music at Holocene.

I haven’t been yet, but I do want to try out the New Wave 80s night, so I might have my chance Saturday, April 29th at Lola’s Room.

Art

Plenty of gallery walks in Downtown, Old Town, Nob Hill, the Pearl, Slabtown and the NW District on Thursday, April 6th. Check out this link for all the details:

http://www.firstthursdayportland.com/

First Thursday is also free admission night at the Portland Art Museum from 5pm to 8pm.

Comedy

There’s a new weekly comedy night, Earthquake Hurricane Comedy, at The Liquor Store on Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

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