What to do in Portland this week (July 6-12, 2022)

GO: The big float X

Grab a life jacket and the floating boat of your choice (perhaps a giant inflatable unicorn) and put those years of swimming lessons to good use. It’s the 10th and final Big Float parade/beach party, which isn’t just about celebrating the Willamette; the event also raises funds for the Human Access Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve Portlanders’ relationship with their central river. Live music and nine food carts will be available. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Parkway, thebigfloat.com. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday July 10. $13 in advance, $15 at the door.

LISTEN: The Dusty Boys

Get a midweek boost by heading to thriving downtown Hillsboro to listen to live music at DAnu Wine Bar. This Wednesday, the tasting room hosts the Dusty Boys who play American hits, old school country and mid-20th century rock. In addition to DAnu’s regular small bites menu, a more substantial nighttime special is available, such as Southwestern Smoked Pork Salad or Grilled Roast Beef Sandwiches. Non-wine drinkers, this bar sees you: Customer taps are always reserved for beer and cider. Danu Wine Bar, 173 NE 3rd Ave., Suite #107, Hillsboro, 503-746-4773, danuwines.com. 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.

DO GOOD: Kindness Farm Summer Volunteer Parties

Kindness Farm, a non-profit organization practicing sustainable agriculture, provides healthy food to homeless and low-income community members. The operation is only 18 months old and is still looking for volunteers to help work on its 1 acre of donated land in southeast Portland. Roll up your sleeves and join one of the volunteer parties for as little or as long as you want this summer. It only takes a few minutes to realize that putting your hands in the dirt can regenerate your soul. Kindness Farm, 7101 SE 127th Ave., thekindnessmodel.org. 9am-2pm Thursday-Friday and Sunday 7-9 and 11 July. Free.

LOOK: A-ha: the movie

Whether you remember the ’80s or not, the universe made it hard to avoid 1985’s catchy Top 40 song, “Take on Me.” Watch a documentary shown at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival exploring how Norwegian band A-ha dealt with the song’s popularity and the aftermath of sudden fame. There’s phenomenal hair, jaw-dropping cheekbones and, of course, music. Fogelbo Lawn at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Road, 503-977-0275, nordicnorthwest.org/a-ha-screening. 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 8. $5-$25.

LISTEN: Harefest 10

Considered “the mother of all tribute festivals”, Harefest 10 features 23 bands on three stages spanning everyone from Tom Petty to the Beastie Boys. And unlike some multi-day music events, this one has a pretty good range of food and drink vendors (Deschutes Brewery, Chop Chop Chicken Sundaes, The Smokin’ Oak, Wayward Sandwiches). Travel 25 miles south for the day or camp overnight with a special pass. Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, 503-266-1136, harefest.com. 4-11.30 p.m. and 9 a.m.-11.30 p.m. from Friday to Saturday 8-9 July. $39 to $225. 21+.

LOOK: Front/Off

When Nicolas Cage and John Travolta commit to impersonating each other, you know it’s going to get weird (especially when slow-motion and dove maestro John Woo is directing). Before the movie, there’s a Nicolas Cage impersonation contest, which will probably be completely normal and not at all terrifying. OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave., 503-221-1156, pamcut.org. 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. $20.

LISTEN: The Viennese Wunderkinds

With a career that included The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood, Erich Wolfgang Korngold has been hailed as one of the greatest composers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Like Mozart, he was from Vienna. Chamber Music Northwest is teaming up with artistic director Gloria Chien and the Viano Quartet for a concert that celebrates the two mavericks of Austrian music. Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Kaul Auditorium, 3017 SE Woodstock Blvd. 8 p.m. Monday, July 11. 503-223-3202, cmnw.org. $10 to $62.50. Available virtually from July 22 to August 22. 31.

DRINK: Bingo & Bourbon

A classic game becomes even more interesting with an alcoholic drink. North Portland’s iconic Mississippi Pizza has been hosting this weekly event every Monday for 11 years. It might be time to see what it is. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave., 503-288-3231, mississippipizza.com. 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 11. $5. 21+.

LOOK: Revenge of a Blonde

“Bend… and break!” » Twenty-one years later Revenge of a BlondeReese Witherspoon’s maniacally charismatic performance as Elle Woods is always a force to be reckoned with (as is Selma Blair, who nearly steals the show as the austere, soulful Vivian Kensington). Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-493-1128, hollywoodtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11. $8-$10.

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