ONE QUESTION For...Sarah McLachlan
PoMo: Your guest appearance on Portlandia remains one of our all-time favorites—so unexpected, so perfect. How did you end up on the show, and what was it like to watch Fred and Carrie destroy a piñata of you in effigy?
Sarah McLachlan: They called me up and asked, and this felt like a bit of a stretch for me, as I don’t have any aspirations to act. Aimee Mann was lovely and put me at ease. I actually didn’t get to see them destroying the piñata ... I only heard about it.
June 22 | McMenamins Edgefield
THEATER: Jawz—The Musical in 3-D
Portlanders love ironically remaking the movies of their childhoods, but few recent productions can match Jawz for sheer twisted audacity. Members of the band Saloon Ensemble rewrote the script to include original songs (“We Need a Bigger Boat”), a Woody Allen–esque shark with a neurosis about eating people, and singing buckets of chum. What beats singing buckets of chum?
June 26–29 | Alberta Rose Theatre
CONCERTS: Cher and Cyndi Lauper
With a no. 1 Billboard hit in each of the past six decades, all her many incarnations, and all her hairstyles, Cher turns back time with every performance. And special guest Cyndi Lauper keeps the hits going time after time.
June 30 | Moda Center
Classical Mash-up: Giasone and the Argonauts
Francesco Cavalli’s 1649 opera Giasone, performed live onstage by Opera Theater Oregon
A silent screening of the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts, with its then-cutting-edge stop-motion animation (skeletons!)
An inspired night of highbrow camp
May 30–June 7 | Hollywood Theatre
VISUAL ART: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden
Paris’s famed Tuileries Garden has weathered queens and emperors, revolutions and world wars to become one of the most beautiful and significant public parks in the world. Now it’s being brought to Portland in the first touring exhibit of some 100 of its works of art by maestros like Manet and Pissarro.
June 14–Sept 21 | Portland Art Museum
Peacock in the Park
For 18 years, Peacock in the Park was Portland’s gay equivalent of the Super Bowl: thousands from the queer spectrum flocked to Washington Park’s ampitheater, spread out blankets and coolers of beer, and mingled before a stage of drag and music performances. Ten years after Peacock folded up its tail, the spectacle returns. We suspect it’ll be more colorful than ever.
June 29 | Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater