Halloween parties, local art and Darrell Grant’s MJ New Quartet: 10 things to do this week

It’s Halloween weekend! You’ve got your costume, route planned, and candy bag ready to go. But maybe you’re looking for some non-scary options for fun or possibly expanding your haunted spots before the holiday. We have your list. For more Halloween options, check out this list of haunts, mazes, shows and pumpkin patches: oregonlive.com/events/2022

Although the nationwide COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions. Check website location information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Lollipop Shoppe Halloween Show

Oregon’s Reptaliens, a pop duo that draws inspiration from the spontaneous energy of the ’90s alternative canon, is putting on a Halloween show at The Lollipop Shoppe, formerly Dig a Pony Bar. The show will offer cover and original music with bands including Buddy Wynkoop, Bijoux Cone and DJ Susan Saranwrap – all playing in costume. The crowd is encouraged to come in costume as well.

8 p.m. Friday, Lollipop Shoppe, 736 SE Grand Ave.; $10 in advance, $12 day of; facebook.com/reptaliensruleearth

Space Circus – Halloween Dance Party

This weekend’s late-night circus party promises entertainers, aerialists, jugglers, alien carnival games and karaoke. There’s even a drag show with space clowns. 21 and over only.

9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St.; tickets start at $49; events.humanitix.com/cosmic-circus

Oscar Howe’s casein on paper painting, Sioux Women’s Haircuts, 1967, University Art Galleries, University of South Dakota.
Fine Art Through Photography LLC. Photography by Lee Stallsworth

“Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe”

The Portland Art Museum is opening a new exhibit featuring more than 60 paintings by local artist Oscar Howe. The works are collected from museums, historical institutions and private collections. Many of the paintings have never been shown publicly. Explore photos, films, graphics, and artwork that provide context and biographical information. Howe was a Yanktonai Dakota artist from South Dakota who died in 1983. He is considered to have influenced contemporary Native American art while honoring the aesthetics of traditional Sioux culture.

The show opens Saturday, October 29, and continues during museum hours through May 14, 2023. A “Team Howe” panel discussion is open to the public at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 30, in Whitsell Auditorium. The panel includes exhibition curator Kathleen Ash-Milby and colleagues who contributed to the exhibition and publication of Dakota Modern. Museum hours 10am-5pm Wed-Sun, 1219 Park Ave.; general admission $25; portlandartmuseum.org

Halloween Organ Spooktacular

The public is invited to arrive in costume and join Portland drag icon Claire Obvious for Trinity Music’s Halloween Organ Spooktacular, a free spooky-creepy Halloween organ concert. Classical music often does a great job of being spooky. A team of organists including Katie Webb, Paul Flieger and Grego McGee offer Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. The program also includes music from Böellmann’s eerie “Suite Gothique” and other musical surprises. Great for all ages. Compete in the costume contest and enjoy silly Halloween humor.

7 p.m. Saturday, October 29, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave.; free, but donations encouraged; trinity-episcopal.org/music-series

Carla Rossi’s Hell House

Oregon Contemporary invites you this Saturday to a fundraiser that might also make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Portland drag clown Carla Rossi hosts a gospel house in hell, but with more laughs. Artists bring their favorite sins to life in this captivating night of performances. Walk through the exhibits – if you dare. There’s also a costume contest, spooky dance tunes and tantalizing drinks and cocktails.

7-10pm Saturday, October 29, Oregon Contemporary, 8371 N. Interstate Ave; tickets $20; givebutter.com/CarlaRossiOxHalloween

In women

The Portland Women’s Choral Ensemble opens its season this weekend with a program of early and contemporary Latin American music. Works by 17th-century composers Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Juan García de Zéspedes are featured, among others.

19:00, Saturday, October 29, Church of St. Philip Neri, 2408 SE 16th Ave. and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, Catholic Church of St. Matthew, 475 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro; tickets $30-$40; inmulieribus.org

A&E best bets

Speculative Drama and Susurrations present a live outdoor performance adaptation of their 2020 production of Macbeth.

“On This Cursed Waste: An Hour’s Macbeth”

Speculative Drama and Susurrations present a live outdoor performance adaptation of their 2020 production of Macbeth. This gripping theatrical performance highlights some of Shakespeare’s most sinister moments and features a series of vignettes chronicling the characters’ bloody and ruthless reign and descent into madness. The show takes place outside the Steep and Thorny Road to Heaven and starts about an hour before sunset.

4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 30, meet in the Southeast Second Avenue and Madison Street parking lot; donation; eventbrite.com

Portland jazz musician Darrell Grant. Oregonian file photo.

Darrell Grant’s New MJ Quartet

Friends of Chamber Music welcome Portland jazz legend Darrell Grant and the MJ New Quartet in a program that blends classical and modern jazz. The concert includes selections from the new album “MJ New” and offers music that travels the world from Vienna to Brazil.

3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets $32-$57; focm.org or call 503-224-9842.

Melissa Villaseñor: Oops… Tour

Melissa Villasenor, Saturday Night Live’s first Latina cast member, is an expert comedy impersonator who has done well from Lady Gaga to Adam Sandler and Dolly Parton. She’s also an acclaimed voice actor with roles in Toy Story 4 and Wreck It Ralph 2. She’ll also be talking about her new book, Wow…I’m Awesome. Do you prefer Halloween to be more cheerful than terrifying? This could be the show for you. 21 and over only.

8 p.m. Monday, October 31, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave.; tickets start at $30; hawthornetheatre.com/event/melissa-villaseñor

A&E best bets

The Walters Cultural Arts Center celebrates Dia de los Muertos on November 1st.Image courtesy of Walters Cultural Arts Center

Celebrate the Day of the Dead

The Walters Cultural Arts Center welcomes Huehca Omeyocan Eduardo Cruz as he hosts the annual Day of the Dead celebration during the monthly Hillsboro Art Walk. Highlights include a traditional ofrenda (altar) in the lobby, a pop-up art exhibit, art activities, live music, dancing and information about this cultural celebration.

5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, Walters Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro; Free; Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ArtWalk

painting of two musicians with stained glass background

Chagall Jazz Blues by Randall Vemer is featured during the Washington Society of Artists Fall Art Show.Randall Wemmer

Washington Society of Artists Fall Art Show

The Society of Washington Artists is celebrating its 60th year in Clark County as a multifaceted visual arts organization that fulfills its mission through virtual and established locations in and around Vancouver and Clark County. The Fall Art Show will feature a wide range of works in all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, ink, charcoal, photography, digital, ceramics, glass and wood.

Showtimes noon-7pm Wednesday-Thursday, November 2-3, noon-7:30pm Friday, November 4, 10am-5pm Saturday, November 5, United Church of Christ, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver; entrance free.

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