Feb 1, 2024 - Things to Do

Weekend Guide: Dumplings, Slick Rick and more

An image of a plate full of pierogis.

The buffalo chicken pelmeni with blue cheese you can eat during Dumpling Week. Photo: Courtesy of Kachka

With highs in the 50s all weekend long (and only a slight chance of showers), there's really no excuse not to indulge in all the special events Rose City has to offer this weekend.

  • But maybe pack an umbrella just in case.

🏀 If you missed Wednesday's game, you can still watch Rip City Remix take on the South Bay Lakers at the Chiles Center Friday — it's also '90s night, and local vendors will be slinging vintage wear. Tickets are $10 and the game starts at 7pm.

ğŸŽ¤ Esther Povitsky of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Dollface" fame is bringing her stand-up to the Aladdin Theatre on Friday at 8pm. Tickets start at $30.

📖 Poet Kaveh Akbar is debuting his new novel at Powell's Books on Friday. The main character's "obsession with martyrs leads him to examine the mysteries of his past." There's a lesson in there for everyone. 7pm, free.

ğŸŽžï¸ The 34th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins Friday, and the opening night film is "Goodbye Julia" — a story of ethnic divisions in South Sudan. Reels will roll at 6:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre.

ğŸŽ¶ Celebrate George Gershwin, the famed pianist and composer, at Arlene Schnitzer Hall on Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Portland State University's chamber choir and the Oregon Symphony will perform his classic jazz tunes and favorites. Tickets start at $25.

🥟 Dumpling Week kicks off Sunday, with participating restaurants dishing out specialist dough-wrapped delights for dine-in or take-out.

  • Standouts include a chicken and shrimp wonton soto with pickled Chinese mustard and chili at Gado Gado and Kachka's buffalo chicken pelmeni with blue cheese.

🐉 Chinese Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Keller Auditorium on Friday and include performances by singer Xiaoshu Wang and face-changing artist Long Yun, as well as craft workshops and exhibitions. Tickets are $29, doors open at 6:30pm.

🪩 Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Slick Rick performs at The Get Down Sunday at 8pm. Don't let the "Sunday Scaries" scare you away from experiencing one of the most successful rappers in music history.


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