Art in the Pearl, Symphony Waterfront Concert and Lucibela: 9 things to do this week

The Last Breath of Summer features time-tested events including Art in the Pearl, the Symphony Waterfront Concert and the Portland Grand Prix, as well as an outdoor festival that raises money for emergency supplies in Ukraine. Before heading back to school and welcoming the approaching fall weather, get outside and enjoy family fun, music, and community.

Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Grand Prix racing returns to the PIR over Labor Day weekend. File photo. J.T. Tami

Portland Grand Prix

The IndyCar racing series returns to Portland International Raceway for three days of speed and thrills. Various types of races are featured, including Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, USF 2000 Championship, and ARCA Menards Series West. Some of the biggest names in racing are set to compete in Portland this weekend, including Alex Palou, Will Power and Takuma Sato. The field will also include seven Indianapolis 500 winners.

Doors 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2-4, PIR, 1940 N. Victory Blvd; tickets start at $20, ages 12 and under get free general admission;

Art in the Pearl 2020

Art in the Pearl returns to the North Park Blocks on Labor Day weekend for a show featuring over 100 artists. File photo. Courtesy of Art in the Pearl

The art in the pearl

Portland will end the summer with the 26th annual arts festival that fills the park’s north blocks with color, texture and music over Labor Day weekend. This year, traveling musical performers replace the old songwriters stage. The juried exhibition features three days of artwork from over 100 creators in a variety of media. Art In The Pearl is Portland’s largest outdoor art fair, attracting thousands of people each year under the canopy of trees in the historic North Park blocks of the Pearl District. Meet the artists and buy original works of art.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2-5, North Park Blocks, Pearl District on Eighth Avenue between Northwest Davis and Flanders Streets; FREE ENTRANCE;

Tree sculptures outside a glass-walled museum

Stevenson’s Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is hosting a weekend “Show n’ Shine” car exhibit and swap meet. Oregon Archive Photo. Jamie Hale / The Oregonian

Motor show “Show n’ Shine”

The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum hosts its 25th Annual Auto Show and Swap Meet. More than 125 vehicles are expected to arrive at Stevenson for the show and set up along the lawn on the museum grounds. Come admire the classic cars and trucks, listen to live vintage music, and shop the gear-driven merchandise vendors. Food vendors will offer burgers, Polish sausages, popcorn, ice cream, drinks and strawberry shortcakes.

Trading hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., car show hours 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Wash.; free spectator entry;

Ukrainian PDX Day

The Ukrainian American Community of Oregon and Southwest Washington offers a Ukrainian Day with the help of the Ukrainian Foundation. Enjoy live music from Ukrainian musicians as well as local artists. Watch traditional dances and taste national dishes. Artists will demonstrate their skills, and workshops and classes are available for all ages. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of vital medical supplies for war-affected Ukrainians.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, Westmoreland Nature Playground, 7530 SE 22nd Ave.;

symphony musicians perform in a lighted outdoor concert tent

The Oregon Symphony performs at the annual outdoor music festival This image is from 2021. Image courtesy of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Concert and festival by the water

Oregon Symphony announces the return of Oregon’s largest free community concert. Each year, symphonic musicians take to the grass at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to perform a family concert of music from popular films such as “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”, “Hocus Pocus” and the Harry Potter films, chefs -works by iconic composers such as Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and pieces from distant lands. The concert begins with several performances by local artists, including Portland Taiko, MYSfits, singers Alonzo Chadwick and Zoulful, and blues and gospel singer LaRhonda Steele. The evening ends with a moving interpretation of the 1812 Overture – like fireworks for your ears.

1 p.m. Saturday, September 3, Tom McCall Waterfront Park in the bowl south of the Hawthorne Bridge; free;

The competition will crown the best impersonator

Bebe J won the 2007-2008 La Femme Magnifique International competition at the Portland Convention Center. Oregon Archive Photo. LC – The Oregonian

40 years of the Magnificent Woman Contest

Darcelle XV continues to bring some of drag’s most talented performers to Portland for the prestigious annual pageant. Celebrity judges voted in multiple categories, including formal wear, talent, and Vegas showgirl. Who will be this year’s winner? The evening also includes performances by former defending champions.

6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., tickets $50;

“Diamonds and Frogs: A Moving Piece”

Speculative drama and Susurrations present a play inspired by the classic tale of Charles Perrault, the stories of Baba Yaga and Appalachian folklore. What makes a family a family? And what is the difference between a curse and a blessing? Explore these questions and more in a production that offers a mix of standing room and improvised seating. The spectators move and the play unfolds around them. Accommodations are available. Please email [email protected] for accessibility details and to arrange accommodation.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through September 24, at the steep and thorny Path to Heaven, southeast of Second Avenue on Hawthorne Boulevard; tickets $20;


The West African-born singer performs songs from her latest album, ‘Amdjer’, during a rare North American tour. The 12-song album brings together music from composers and authors of different generations but who are all influenced by Cape Verdean traditions. Lucibela performs music that honors and builds on the Cape Verdean tradition in which she was trained. Cape Verdean music grew out of the experience of forced migration and originated in the ten-island archipelago created from the transatlantic slave trade in the 1400s.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.; $30 in advance, $35 on the day;

Best A&E Bets

The watercolor “Concert of Birds with Fruit and Pedestal” by Sherrie Wolf will be on display in the “Art of Food” exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Russo Lee Gallery, Portland.

Exhibition “The art of the table”

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University offers “The Art of Food,” an exhibit from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Family Foundation. The exhibition shows how some of the most eminent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have considered the universal subject of food. It features works including drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and ceramics by 37 artists. Discover the work of John Baldessari, Enrique Chagoya, Alex Katz, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol and four Oregon-based artists, Katherine Ace, Chris Antemann, Malia Jensen and Sherrie Wolf. The exhibition invites the public to consider not only the purpose of food as artistic inspiration, but also the complex place it occupies in our lives.

Opening reception and artist talk featuring Antemann 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, JSMA at PSU, 1855 SW Broadway; free. The exhibition remains visible during the opening hours of the museum until December 3. Details :

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—Rosemarie Stein

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