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The Ghost Show: A Telltale Production

Alberta Abbey 126 NE Alberta Street #205, Portland, OR

It’s been another strange year. Let’s make it even stranger with Telltale’s first special production, The Ghost Show, a night of celebration, mourning, community building, and creepiness. For us, ghosts can represent all the grief and loss of these bizarre and heavy years, the way the things and people we love are never really gone, and a way to get your heart racing in the middle of the night. Ghosts help us tell important stories and hold onto things we can’t let go of yet. Telltale promises to bring you a makers market selling odd things, an opportunity to make your own ghost, live music, storytelling, opportunities to participate in the show if you like, ghost shaped snacks, and perhaps a few ghosts in attendance…

$18

The Moth: StorySLAM: Costumes

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

COSTUMES: Prepare a five-minute story about playing the part. Holidays, parties or the school play. Stories of wearing the clothes to conform or stand out. Imposter syndrome or uniforms that itch. From ComiCon to Mardi Gras— Santa Clause to Spock, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to Sexy Zombie Cat. Reveal yourself! COVID Requirements: See Holocene's COVID Policy for details. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 21+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary Arts

$15

The Moth: GrandSLAM Championship

Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR

The Moth presents the Portland GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words - fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking and all points between. The Moth is dedicated to finding people from all walks of life to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, winners from our StorySLAM series compete to determine The Portland GrandSLAM Story Champion.

$25

Pop-Up Magazine: The Fall Issue

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

An unforgettable live multimedia experience. “Sweeping the nation with live performances of human interest stories…like an emotionally intellectual rock concert.”—Playbill Pop-Up Magazine is the acclaimed live magazine show, a multimedia storytelling spectacle performed onstage for tens of thousands of people at grand, historic venues across North America. Pop-Up Magazine features original and unforgettable true stories, art, music, and performance from the world’s great and emerging storytellers and journalists, accompanied by illustration, animation, film, photography, and an original score performed onstage by our musical collaborators, Magik*Magik Orchestra. Imagine a comedy show, play, concert, podcast, and film—all wrapped into one night. The full list of contributors will be revealed soon! Stay up-to-date on the latest news at popupmagazine.com. Audience members for this event are not required to…

$39 – $90

Harbingers of Halloween

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

The Living Shadows are Coming! Rhyming weird poetry and marionette puppetry foreshadowing All Hallows Eve! Featuring John Shirley, winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and Adam Bolivar, winner of the Rhysling Award.

Free

Tales from the Other Side: Bone-chilling Stories, Poems, Songs and Lore

Ledding Library of Milwaukie 10660 SE 21st Avenue, Milwaukie, OR

Storyteller Will Hornyak will perform Tales from the Other Side: Bone-chilling Stories, Poems, Songs and Lore for Mature Audiences (14 and older) in Celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Samhain (Halloween). A wild and harrowing romp through classic Mexican folktales, Irish and Scottish legends, poems and historical lore. A nationally touring storyteller, Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of oral traditions into lively, engaging and well-crafted performances.  He has performed at the National Storytelling Festival MainStage in Jonesboro, Tennessee and at numerous regional festivals around the United States. “Storyteller par excellence…transports audiences young and old into an amazing world of imagination.”  The Oregonian “Warmth, wit, wisdom…that’s Will Hornyak.”  Rebecca Hom  Director Forest Storytelling Festival Room Location: Community Room

Free

The Art of the Protest Song

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Join us to celebrate the art of the protest song with four activist musicians. This event is in anticipation of Election Day, and it is a fundraiser to support people in Ukraine.

Free

This is Portland: An Evening of Poetry & Music

Honey Latte Cafe 1033 SE Main St, Portland, OR

Perhaps the most wild and unique reading Portland has seen in years. Clear your calendar for this event! Presented collaboratively by Buckman Journal and Future Prairie, This is Portland brings together creativity across medium, making for a multi-genre performance. Local poets will share short-form work and will be joined by musicians offering instrumental accompaniment and interludes throughout the evening. All in attendance, including the audience, will be encouraged to contribute to a collaborative piece of writing, by offering a line in a crowd-sourced poem which will be composed in real-time during the event and then compiled and printed in the next issue of Buckman Journal. We believe poetry belongs in nightlife! Doors at 7:00pm. Show 7:30pm-9:30pm

Free

PBF Cover to Cover: Lit-Mondo

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Lit-Mondo is an improv comedy show inspired by prose, poetry, and other writing by local and traveling authors. A team of experienced improv comedians listen to short readings by authors and pull from the themes and ideas in their work to create hilarious original comedy scenes on the spot!   

Free

PBF Cover to Cover: SPEKTRUM Tea Service

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Nick Jaina is an author and musician living in Oakland, California. His 2015 memoir Get It While You Can was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Atlantic Monthly, Wilderness House Review, Somnambulist, Oregon Journal of the Humanities, and many other places. He has composed music scores for feature films, such as the indie comedy All Sorts and the forest fire documentary Elemental. He also co-founded a ballet collective in New York City, in which he was the musical composer and worked with dancers from Julliard and New York City Ballet and performed works at the Baryshnikov Center and BAM Center for the Arts. His new book, SPEKTRUM, is a literary re-creation of an immersive light and sound exhibit…

$25