Here are our top picks for Portland’s 2022 weather-based arts festival

The summer heat is winding down, which means it’s time for Portland to do it enter the festival season. Bookworms, cinephiles, and music lovers all get pieces of the pie during this annual outpouring from the city’s arts scene, but just one event sweeps nearly every discipline under its wing: The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Time Festival for Art.

Back for your 20sth year, TBA 2022 will be the first fully in-person iteration of the boundary-pushing festival from 2019. The lineup, which includes local, national and international names, boasts celebrations, lectures, films, dance works, sculptures and more, all spread across the Rose City from September 8-18. Passes cost $150 for the entire festival, $75 for a weekend, or a whopping $500 for VIP access, but you can attend most individual events with single tickets.

To help deal with material saturation, we’ve highlighted five events we’ve got our eye on this year, ranging from experimental theater to drag and more.

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14:00 Sunday, September 11, Hollywood Theatre

This program of five short films, from fiction about legendary activist Marcia P. Johnson to a deep recreation of the Everglades, highlights the work of acclaimed New York and South Florida-based artist Sasha Wortzel. Wortzel will appear after the audience question-and-answer program.

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18:00 Friday–Saturday 9–10 September and 16:00 Sunday 11 September, Winningstad Theater

Drawing from his book of the same name, Philadelphia artist Sylvan Oswald presents this “performance text about a trans man whose insomnia sparks a fantastical search for his estranged half-brother” to TBA audiences. Presented as a monologue with video elements and an “electro-acoustic” score, he pulls his bedtime story from the page to the heights of the Winningstad Theater in the city center.

Radio III

4:00pm Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18, BodyVox Dance Center

Oftentimes, the exquisite “what could lead to” feeling you get from certain TBA listings can foretell some of the most memorable viewings of your life. No promises, of course, but Radio IIIAn interrogation of Western dance traditions seems like a prime candidate to fit this formula. According to the listing, this performance by dancers Hanako Hoshimi-Keynes and Zoe Poluch and composer Eliza Harkins “pursues the recognizable toolkit of abstraction, form, repetition and pattern.” Consider our interest duly piqued.

Clown Down 2: Clown Out of Water

6pm Thurs-Fri 15-16 Sep 2pm Sat-Sun 17-18 Sep PICA

Portland swipe prop Carla Rossihost of Hollywood Theatre’s Queer Horror Series, presents a follow-up to his 2019 solo show with a little help from his friends. Incorporating puppetry, death metal, sculpture and video, this self-titled drag farce finds Carla stranded on a cliff as sea levels rise, and features local performers David Safet and Gillian Snow Harris in their well-known Liberace and Lisa act.

Black Holiday: Black Images

1-4pm Sunday 18th September, location TBA

To round out the festival, Chef Salimatu Amabebe will join forces with photographer and dancer Intisar Abioto, writer and dancer Akela Jaffee and artist Annika Hansteen-Izora to present a special iteration of their Black Feast dinner series. At a yet-to-be-determined farm somewhere in the metro area, Amabebe will prepare a multi-course vegan and gluten-free meal inspired by the other artists’ work; they will in turn perform a piece of movement called Black image. The dinner is limited to 40 seats — black attendees can attend for free or by donation, others pay $80 — and currently offers waitlist availability only.

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