Busy: What to do in Portland this week, inside and out

LOOK: Cruise and Knife + Heart

We’re now halfway through Pride Month, so continue the celebration with a screening of some stellar LGBTQ + films – and because it’s not all sun and rainbows, make it a two-part evening. with these dramas that explore the dark side of desire. In Cruise, Al Pacino stars as an undercover detective tasked with catching a serial killer targeting gay men in New York’s underground S&M scene. Directed by William Friedkin of The Exorcist, this controversial 1980 crime thriller was criticized for its portrayal of gay culture upon its release, but has since found a staunch cult. Mainly influenced by Cruise and giallo cinema, Knife + Heart (2018), a surreal NC-17 horror film, centers around a gay porn producer (Vanessa Paradis) who embarks on an ambitious new venture after his girlfriend-editor leaves. But when one of her actors is murdered, she is plunged into a bloody and perverse mystery. Streamed on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Criterion Channel, Google Play, Kanopy, Shudder, Vudu, YouTube.

STREAM: Don’t sting the messenger

The Grants Pass-based podcast Don’t Quill the Messenger takes listeners into the rabbit hole of what host Steven Sabel politely calls “the question of Shakespeare’s fatherhood,” suggesting that William Shakespeare, the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, did not write the most famous plays in the Western world. Sabel is a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, an international organization which postulates that Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true writer of Shakespeare’s canon and the legitimate source of the pen name “William Shakespeare”. Although this is a rejected belief and deemed far-fetched or irrelevant in most academic circles, Don’t Quill the Messenger makes its case by questioning what it considers to be an undocumented and made-up story of Shakespeare of Stratford and probing the life of de Vere. for textual connections. Agree or disagree, it’s always fascinating listening. Flow to dragonwagonradio.com/dontquillthemessenger.

WATCH: Church of Film Presents The Devil’s Queen

After 15 long months, Church of Film is back at the Clinton Street Theater. Hosted by local curator Muriel Lucas, the series is devoted to never-before-seen art-house gems that were never distributed in the US Church of Film’s second screening since Return to Clinton promises to be particularly interesting. The Devil’s Queen is a violent, vividly-colored Brazilian film from the 1970s that follows a power-obsessed female crime queen and her plot to protect one of her police team members. If you cannot come in person, or if you are not yet ready to sit inside with strangers, The Devil’s Queen is already streaming for free on Church of Film’s Vimeo page. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., cstpdx.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday June 18. $ 6.

Before the pandemic, Kelly’s Olympian established itself as one of the best places in town to see sets from up-and-coming hip-hop artists from Portland. So it makes sense that the venue’s first in-person show in over a year is filled with local emcees. Headlining faith-based rapper KayelaJ, the lineup features a wide range of artists, from punchy social commentary by Jordan Fletcher to the R&B and house-centric sets of DJ Chuckk Pasta. Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SE Washington St., kellysolympian.com. 8 p.m. Friday, June 18. $ 8. 21+.

GO: Juneteenth Oregon Livestream by Jack London

Oregon lawmakers only recently voted to officially recognize Juneteenth – the day in 1865 when Texas finally heeded the Emancipation Proclamation and thus confirmed the end of slavery in the United States – as a public holiday, but commemorative events have been going on in Portland for almost the half-century. This year, the nonprofit Juneteenth Oregon is teaming up with the Jack London Revue to mark the day with a crowded concert broadcast live from the downtown basement jazz club. Performers include veteran Portland rappers Cool Nutz, Libretto and Mic Crenshaw, sound artist Amenta Abioto, R&B singer Parisalexa and DJ OG One of the Portland Trail Blazers, with appearances by Governor Kate Brown, US Senator Jeff Merkley and jazz legend Mel Brown, among others. Flow to juneteenthor.com and pdxjazz.com, and on Facebook and Instagram. 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 19.

DO: Pride Night Monster Ball

Drag queens and DJs pay homage to Lady Gaga, serving up the best of Mother Monster discography with a group listening night for Chromatic, which fell in the midst of the pandemic and therefore was never properly celebrated – you’ll finally hear the transition from “Chromatica ii” to “911” in a noisy, sweaty room, as God intended. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 8 p.m. Saturday June 19. $ 10. 21+.

STREAM: Second Annual Digital Pride Parade and Dykes by Bike Rally

This year’s Digital Pride Parade and Dykes on Bikes Rally will be taped on June 4 at the Portland International Raceway. Whether it’s because of the downtown doom merchants or the ongoing pandemic is unknown, but it’s at least a fresher version of a prerecorded parade than last year’s Zoom talent show and the archival footage from the 1999 Gay Pride parade. See portlandpride.org to disseminate information. 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30. Free. All ages.

GO: A celebration of pride in the Lot

Most of this year’s high-profile Pride events still take place online, so this gathering, hosted at Portland’s new social-distanced outdoor entertainment venue, effectively replaces the big shebang that typically takes place upstream. from the river to Waterfront Park in 2021’s centerpiece celebration. Stones-y rockers Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters “headline”, while local legend Poison Waters conducts a mid-afternoon drag performance and Bollywood masters DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid open with a set of jams dance world. Remember: keep the groove of your designated pods, please! Til Lot at Zidell Yards, 3030 S Moody Ave., thelotatzidellyyards.com. 6 p.m. Sunday 20 June. $ 35- $ 50 per person. All tickets are sold as seating modules for two, four and six people. VIP seating modules available. All ages.

GO: It’s Brittany, Buddy Pedalpalooza Ride

Now that a decade and more of fan protests to end Britney Spears’ tutelage are about to culminate in an audience, it’s obviously a very stressful time to be a Britney stan. Fortunately, on the eve of the pop icon’s testimony in court Zooming in on her father’s legal control over his life and finances, you can commune with the very specific demographic of people who love Britney as much as they love. the bike. Part of Pedalpalooza, this leisurely 5 mile loop will, of course, be filled with the timeless melodies of the princess of pop. But it will also include stops for snacks and discussions about the #FreeBritney movement and justice for people with disabilities. Ladd’s Circle Park and Rose Garden, South East Harrison Street and Ladd Avenue, shift2bikes.org. 6 p.m. Tuesday June 22.

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