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Bad Bunny: El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo Like Add to a List We've all seen a whole lot of Bad Bunny across phone screens over the last year, with his signature sunglasses, high-fashion style, and smooth Latin trap anthems. After winning multiple Grammys and becoming the first non-English language act to be Spotify's most streamed artist of the year (in 2020 AND 2021), he will return to the stage on his El Último Tour del Mundo Tour in support of his 2020 album of the same name.  (Moda Center, Lloyd District)

Coucou Chloe Like Add to a List French multidisciplinary artist and producer Coucou Chloe will turn the place into a dance club straight from the future with the drop of a bass. Her danceable high-energy compositions bring a spectrum of underground electronic sounds that can be heard on her remix of Lady Gaga's "Stupid Love," which was featured on the Dawn of Chromatica album. As a founding member of the influential collective NUXXE, Chloe runs side-by-side with fellow hyper-pop trendsetters like Sega Bodega and Shygirl. (Holocene, Buckman)

King Woman with Death Parade Like Add to a List King Woman, led by NYC-based Iranian vocalist and songwriter Kris Esfandiari, redefines what metal can be with the contrast of breathy ethereal vocals woven with pounding drums and roaring reverb. Their latest album, Celestial Blues, blossomed out of the desire to reshape biblical archetypes of Esfandiari’s past into a "theatrical tale of rebellion, tragedy, and triumph." Portland-based four-piece Death Parade will open things up with their dreamy doom alt-rock. (Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


Garrett Hongo in Conversation With Luis Alberto Urrea Like Add to a List In The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo, audiophile Garrett Hongo writes of his quest for the perfect speakers, surf sounds in Hawai'i, his connection to doo-wop and soul as an adolescent, the jazz stylings of Coltrane, and more. Joining Hongo in conversation is Mexican-American poet, novelist, and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels and The Hummingbird's Daughter. (Virtual via Powell's Books)


Portland Mardi Gras Parade 2022 Like Add to a List Get your beads ready for the most authentic Louisiana experience in the PNW—Mysti Krewe of Nimbus' annual Portland Mardi Gras Parade. This year's proceedings will be led by Motown musician and Portland legend Mel Brown, who will serve as the 2022 parade's grand marshall. (N Mississippi N Humboldt, Boise)


Still Woozy Like Add to a List Oakland artist Still Woozy brings his much-needed sunny tunes to town in support of his debut album, If This Isn't Nice, I Don't Know What Is . The album's homespun ethic radiates through his breezy guitar pop and hushed vocals in a way that can only be described as nice.  (Crystal Ballroom, West End)


Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Like Add to a List The Oregon Historical Society’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series will continue its legacy of honoring some of the country's most prominent historians, biographers, and public officials. In this edition, "narrative non-fiction master" Erik Larson presents  The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During The Blitz, detailing the iconic prime minister's first year in office. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Rainbow Girls Like Add to a List Santa Barbara trio Rainbow Girls claim to be a "gang of sweet angels punching you in the heart." With their heart-wrenching harmonies and poignant lyrics, they explore themes of love, self-reflection, and social justice, all of which are woven through a harmonious bed of emotive guitar riffs. (Polaris Hall, Humboldt)


Deap Vally Like Add to a List LA-based rock duo Deap Vally brings you their ‘70s inspired glam sound in support of their latest album, Marriage , which begs the question: How are all of these sounds coming from just two people?  (Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Oregon Symphony Like Add to a List Tony Award-winning actor and vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr. of Hamilton fame, will be accompanied by the Oregon Symphony for a compelling evening of jazz standards and Broadway hits. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

March First Thursday with Moorea Masa Like Add to a List The Pearl District's destination First Thursday event will include this free opportunity to see Portland gem Moorea Masa. The singer/songwriter/guitarist is "known for transporting listeners from lush green forests to dimly-lit juke joints with her songs," and will do just that during this intimate performance. (Portland Center Stage, Pearl District)

Naked Giants with Enumclaw Like Add to a List While Naked Giants don't take themselves overly seriously, they're always self-aware and aiming for progression. They're one of the rare Seattle bands keeping rock alive, while simultaneously transforming the genre into what they envision it’s capable of being: conscious and attentive. ANNA KAPLAN (Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)


Glitter Wizard with R.I.P Like Add to a List The Bay Area quintet Glitter Wizard brings their heavy blend of psych-tinged glam tunes to Portland for a night of loud-ass freak-rock. Plus, you can count on like-minded hard rockers R.I.P to start the night off with a bang. (Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Like Add to a List To describe Alabama native Jason Isbell as a thoughtful, progressive country artist does a disservice to the genre, since he’s hardly alone in that regard, but the former Drive-By Trucker has become as much of a standard-bearer as Steve Earle or Johnny Cash. Granted, Isbell’s music has also been categorized as roots rock and Southern rock, but he seems less concerned with labels than those who bestow him with awards, like the Grammy he won for best Americana album in 2016. KATHY FENNESSY (Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

Louis Tomlinson: World Tour Like Add to a List X-Factor star turned One Direction member Louis Tomlinson lifted off his solo career with the debut of his solo album, Walls . The album hones in on Tomlinson’s gift of writing sappy-sweet pop hooks, which you might have heard on One Direction hits penned by him, like "Story of my Life." Though the pop singer has left his boy band days behind him, it’s a safe assumption that his audience remains devotees of the 1D army.  (Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Maxo Kream Like Add to a List Since breaking out of the Houston scene with his 2018 album, Punken , gangsta rapper Maxo Kream has gained mainstream success and a major label deal with RCA. On his major label debut, Brandon Banks , features from rap heavy hitters like Megan Thee Stallion, Travis Scott, and ScHoolboy Q have firmly secured him as an acclaimed storyteller with raves from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone , and more. (Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


An Evening with Bruce Dickinson 2022 Like Add to a List Bruce Dickinson is perhaps best known as the lead singer of Iron Maiden, but over the course of his career, he's also added pilot and airline captain, beer brewer, podcaster, film scriptwriter, best-selling author, TV actor, sports commentator, and international fencer to his resume. Delving into the twists and turns of his polymathic life with characteristic charm and wit, Dickinson will also accept questions from the audience for this event. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)


Chelsea Handler: Vaccinated and Horny Tour Like Add to a List The raunchy comic has done her duty to public health and is hitting the road once again. Since she's now in a committed relationship with her longtime friend and fellow comic Jo Koy, our fingers are crossed that she'll dish on their cutesy antics. (Keller Auditorium, Downtown)

The Aces present Lives of the Party Like Add to a List The Aces' 10th anniversary show celebrates the nuanced, physical technique of sketch comedy duo Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters. Audiences describe their long-lasting act as "comedy for smart people," revealed through the duo's part-contemplative, part-wacky style. (Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)


The Music of Twin Peaks Like Add to a List Local musicians Rachel Brashear, Wisteria Lodge, and Jenny Conlee (of Decemberists fame) will transport you to the black lodge with their renditions of the iconic Twin Peaks soundtrack. It'll be damn good. (Alberta Abbey, King)


Circle Jerks Like Add to a List Hardcore punk legends Circle Jerks, led by Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, are stopping by as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of their landmark album, Group Sex. (Both are phrases that should be Googled with caution.) With support from fellow heavies of the early ‘80s hardcore scene Adolescents and Negative Approach, this show will surely be a reminder of their everlasting influence. (Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Lido Pimienta with DJ Mami Miami Like Add to a List Colombian Canadian singer-songwriter Lido Pimenta rose to fame after her debut album, La Papessa , won the Polaris Music Prize. On her trailblazing follow-up album, Miss Colombia , recorded in her home studio, Pimenta boldly blends traditional cumbia with contemporary synth pop and electronica. DJ Mami Miami will start off the night with one of her mood-driven sets. (Doug Fir Lounge, Buckman)

Martin Barre Performs Classic Jethro Tull Like Add to a List Martin Barre, the lead guitarist of the classic rock band Jethro Tull, celebrates 50 years since the release of the band's pinnacle album, Aqualung. Barre will be joined by fellow founding fathers of prog Dee Palmer and Clive Bunker for a night of historic riffs and melodic solos.  (Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn)

The Marías Present: CINEMA Like Add to a List Named after Puerto Rican lead singer María Zardoya, The Marías fuse elements like jazz percussion and sultry vocals into their brand of indie-pop and soul. Their debut album CINEMA speaks to their love of film. (Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)


Dolly Parton James Patterson Like Add to a List It's difficult to ignore the household names behind this fresh thriller. Superstar Dolly Parton and bestselling author James Patterson have joined up to write about a young singer-songwriter on the run from a murky, dangerous past. They'll be in attendance for this virtual event in celebration of Run, Rose, Run. (Virtual via Powell's Books)


Women's Travel Fest Like Add to a List At long last, it's safe-ish to get back out there and explore the world. Gain some inspiration and empowerment to finally take that dream trip you've been planning for years, and connect with like-minded women at this annual conference which will include speakers, panels, vendors, and travel giveaways. (World Forestry Center Museum, Washington Park, Saturday-Sunday)


Judy Collins Like Add to a List Since her 1961 debut album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, graceful songstress Judy Collins has released and collaborated on over 50 albums, with additional career successes as an author, filmmaker, social activist, guitar designer, and record label founder. She's been gigging for over 50 years, so this two-night set of romantic pop, cabaret, and folk classics will be a drop in the bucket for her. (Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia, Monday-Tuesday)


32nd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films Like Add to a List This local film festival, which shows African films made by African filmmakers and encourages Western viewers to engage authentically with African cultures, will offer a mix of in-person and virtual screenings this year. The program, which lasts for over a month, includes acclaimed films like Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance, Sundance favorites like Suzannah Mirghani Al-Sit, and many others.  (Virtual, Monday-Saturday)

2022 HUMP! Film Festival Like Add to a List Keep it in your pants during this delightfully dirty program curated by prolific sex columnist Dan Savage. The HUMP! Film Festival features an indie showcase of sex-positive short films running the gamut of body sizes, shapes, ages, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes. (Revolution Hall, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday)

Not Content To Be Contained: Work by the Cinema Unbound Awardees 2022 Like Add to a List This weekend matinee programming marks the reopening of Whitsell Auditorium and includes films by the nonconformist, boundary-breaking directors nominated for Cinema Unbound awards. These awards are presented by the Northwest Film Center to diverse directors whose work expands viewer perspectives and embraces exploration. (Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Saturday-Sunday)

Oscar Shorts 2022 Like Add to a List See this year's Oscar-nominated short films in three different categories—animation, documentary, and live action—so you can impress your family or housemates with educated predictions on Hollywood's biggest night (Sun Mar 27). (Living Room Theaters, West End, Monday-Sunday)

TAG! Queer Shorts Festival 2022 Like Add to a List This international festival spotlights queer and trans filmmakers, with a particular focus on the intersectional experiences of QTBIPOC creators. Tune in for documentaries, experimental works, music videos, and more; the 2022 festival's streaming program will feature a whopping 60 short films from 20 countries. Six intriguing blocks of programming allow viewers to watch films within specific themes. (Virtual via Hollywood Theatre, Monday-Sunday)


August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean Like Add to a List Lauded playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning Pittsburgh Cycle begins with Gem of the Ocean. Set within the tense, racist environment of 1904 Pittsburgh, the play follows Citizen Barlow, who seeks assistance from an ancient, mystical healer. From there, Citizen embarks on a redemptive voyage to the mysterious City of Bones in the Atlantic Ocean. (Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Saturday-Sunday)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Like Add to a List The quintessential rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a four-time Tony winner that's "part rock concert, part cabaret, and part stand-up comedy routine." The life story of Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer German singer of a fictional rock and roll band who's "one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage," will unfold as she searches for love and stardom. (Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Like Add to a List The enduring magic of Eric Carle's children’s classic emerges from its cocoon in this stage show adaptation. With kaleidoscopic colors and an eye-popping array of large-scale puppets, this performance shares the significance of creativity, growth, and imagination. (Winningstad Theatre, South Park Blocks, Monday-Sunday)


Alex Proba: Gemstone Groceries Like Add to a List Alex Proba is the founder of Portland- and Brooklyn-based design house studioPROBA, creating everything from Google's basketball court to a large-scale mural for Dropbox's headquarters. This new exhibition from the artist/designer centers color, pattern, and sensory delight in paintings and wall sculptures. (Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday)

Feeling Documents: A Liberated Archives Experience Like Add to a List Feeling Documents: A Liberated Archives Ex perience, presented by Don’t Shoot Portland, creates a chronology of art within political movements, illustrating the ongoing convergence of music, aesthetics, culture, and social justice. As part of the University of Oregon's Center for Art Research (CFAR) program series Habits of Denial, this installation includes robust research, exhibitions, and access-themed programming. (HOLDING Contemporary, Pearl District, Thursday-Sunday)

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Like Add to a List This traveling exhibit showcases Mexican postwar identity from the early 20th century through the eyes of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. While Frida Kahlo's surrealist art is an exploration of her personal Mexican identity through painting and fashion, Diego Rivera's political murals chartered conversations of national identity. On view are several works by both artists, as well as a collection of artworks featuring Frida Kahlo, and other Mexican modernist artists. (Portland Art Museum, South Park Blocks, Wednesday-Sunday)

System as Object Like Add to a List Created by Portland-based sound/installation artist Crystal Cortez (aka Quartez), sound/intermedia artist Francisco Botello, audio/visual artist Benjamin Johnson, and AAPI multi-disciplinary artist General QU, this installation functions as a site-specific, generative, and regenerative entity, transforming itself without any outside intervention. Auditory and visual decomposition will occur over the entity's one-month lifespan. System as Object will conclude with a final performance and deactivation. (Oregon Contemporary, Kenton, Friday-Sunday)


Monster Jam Like Add to a List The dirt will be flying at this rip-roarin', four-wheelin' motorsports event that's fun for the whole fam. Marvel at freestyle feats, classic tricks like donuts and wheelies, and more daredevil action from world-class Monster Jam trucks and drivers. (Moda Center, Lloyd District, Saturday-Sunday)