Stephanie’s Portland Picks for September

Though we might think we’re going to blast our little window unit air conditioners for the rest of our lives, soon we’ll wake up and feel the chill and smell the coming of fall in the wind. September and October are my favorite months in Portland.

Featured Event

My dear friends Sadie and Ricky are my heroes. They left it all behind and now devote themselves full-time to their art. They have collaborated on several kickass musicals — and you can catch a Matheatre double feature of Curie Me Away! and Calculus: The Musical! at ComedySportz on Sunday, September 10th. Having been one of the beta readers for Curie Me Away!, I can tell you this will be a wonderful and transporting show full of humor and science. (And wigs and corsets)

From their event page:

“Curie Me Away!” is the AWARD-WINNING radical story of Marie Curie, a persistent woman who changed our understanding of the universe. Core chemistry concepts become lyrical metaphor in a biography of discovery.
~intermission/snack break~
“Calculus: The Musical!” is the classic review of the concepts and history of Calculus. Isaac Newton joins forces with Ada, a modern math student, for a hilarious journey through the peaks and troughs of Calculus.

Join us for a back-to-back event FOR SCIENCE! The Salt Lake Tribune raves that Matheatre “combines art and education in a completely unique and entertaining way.” The products of theatrical professionals working closely alongside math and science educators, our creations are imaginative works that ignite potential for compelling cross-discliplinary discussion.”

Tickets are on sale now and reservations are recommended! Mark your calendar for this ONE-TIME ONLY event today!

More info:

Live Wire

Live Wire returns after their summer break. I went to their last show before they went on break with a friend after having ignored it for, oh, the last 9 years or so. Sometimes there is so much noise, I forget about the good old tried and true Portland events like this one. Thursdays in September: 7, 14, 21.

More info here:

Belmont Street Fair

Saturday, September 9th is the venerable Belmont Street Fair. Always a huge variety of homemade goods, music and food – not to mention people-watching. I will greatly miss sitting in Zupan’s beer garden, as that building remains empty. I’ve heard rumors it will be an Asian market, which sounds amazing. But looking in the windows, every speck of dust remains where it’s been for months.

Portland’s Summer Free For All

There are three more free concerts in the park in September – go catch them!

Concerts begin at 6:30 pm and movies begin after dusk.

Check out Concerts in the Park:

Here’s the link for Movies in the Park:

Sunday Parkways

The Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkway will be September 24th.

More info here:

Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

I was very impressed with Small Millions at this year’s PDX Pop Now! At the volunteer appreciation concert for PPN, Small Skies played. Though I’d heard them before and thought they were okay, upon the second hearing, I really dig them. Both will be playing Mississippi Studios on Tuesday, September 5th.

Another standout for me this year at PDX Pop Now! was Sex Park. They are an excellent melodic goth synth dance outfit. They’ll be playing the White Owl Social Club on Wednesday, September 6th.

An electronic dream – Dylan Stark, Palm Dat and Noah Bernstein will play at Holocene on Monday, September 11th.

One of my favorites, what I would call a truly spiritual experience – A Tribe Called Red will play the Wonder Ballroom on Wednesday, September 13th.

The Liquor Store will host a Michael and Prince tribute night on Friday, September 15th.

Natasha Kmeto will play Holocene Wednesday, September 20th.

Come and hear my friend, DJ Jasmine Rain, spin at The Liquor Store on Tuesday, September 26th starting at 7 p.m.

If you missed Leo Islo‘s set at PDX Pop Now, remedy that mistake by catching him at Doug Fir on Wednesday, September 27th.


Zeitgeist Northwest highlights German cinema every month at the Clinton Theater. Wednesday, September 13th it’s Sissi die Junge Kaiserin. You should really catch a Sissi film if you’re into German-language cinema, because it’s a cultural touchstone.

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