The best art for your buck in Portland, for the week of June 24th–30th, 2019

In this week's episode of Artpunk Club, it's summertime, and we're ready to get experimental.

Friday, June 28th @ 7:30pm

Risk/Reward Festival

@ Imago

17 SE 8th Ave


The 2019 Risk/Reward Festival showcases six new works by indie performing artists from across the region. Come celebrate our 12th year blurring the boundaries of theater, music, dance, and performance art in new and surprising ways.



Dance (Portland, OR)


Media/Performance (Vancouver, BC)


Mediated Performance (Vancouver, BC)


Dance (Seattle, WA)


Music/Movement/Poetry (Portland, OR)

The Risk/Reward Festival runs June 28th-30th.

Why We’re Excited: You know those subscription boxes where you can try little makeups you might not spring for at Sephora, or that have exotic snacks from other countries you don't usually find at the store? Risk/Reward Festival is kind of the arts version of that. You get to try six different indie artists in a single, two hour show, each doing performance art that is... well outside the box, actually. We are particularly excited to check out Body Home Fat Dance, a Portland-based dance collective that celebrates fat bodies and is taking the entire region by storm. And with PWYC tickets, this Portland tradition is a can't miss!

Tickets Here!

Saturday, June 29th @ 7:30pm

Our Ruined House

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

@ Reed College Performing Arts Building 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd


Spy Vs. Spy meets Electro-Pop dance party

S: I think victory is not getting killed. Not getting blown up.

K: I don’t think that’s called winning. I think that’s called still playing.

Examining the geopolitical through the lens of the interpersonal, Our Ruined House summons a world in which the audience’s perception becomes the principal arbiter of what is ‘true’. Featuring a giant octopus, a tiny meatloaf, and the poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, Our Ruined House investigates a world driven more by the appearance of winning than any central truth. By contrasting the slippery, subjective narratives of both romantic and geopolitical relationships, we point at the sacrifices made in order to ‘win’ in both arenas. What narratives will we create and what secrets will we bury in order to come out on top, in both love and war? What are we willing to ruin on the road to victory?

Our Ruined House runs June 27th - July 13th.

Why We’re Excited: Our Ruined House *might* be related to their 2017 show Deception Unit, which was in turn spectacular, shocking, funny, gripping, disturbing, and wildly rewarding (yeah, we heckin’ loved it). PETE’s 2018’s Uncle Vanya was transformative; a fresh translation and spirited staging gave the boot to stuffy old Checkhov in favor of rich, earthy, passionate drama. To be blunt, PETE shows are events, and you should not miss a single one.

Tickets Here!

Sunday, June 30th @ 7:30pm

Witch Hunt

CoHo Summerfest

@ CoHo Theatre 2257 NW Raleigh


With extreme physical comedy and minimal dialogue, Witch Hunt playfully examines the thrilling boundaries between Puritan repression and libertine freedom while challenging Satan to a game of musical chairs and sneaking a cookie when nobody’s watching. Even though somebody is always watching. Last seen in workshop form during January’s Fertile Ground Festival, Witch Hunt is the second full production developed by the CoHo Clown CoHort.

Why We're Excited: What can we say? This is the hottest week in Portland theatre in ages. Clowning is experiencing an enormous renaissance in Portland performance art right now (think Baskets, not Bozo), with elements of physical humor weaving their way through dance and theatre alike. Someday we will go into all the reasons we love CoHo artistic director Philip Cuomo, but for now we will just say that we're stoked to see his famously fabulous clowning work for the first time. Witch Hunt is kicking off CoHo Summerfest, and SPOILER ALERT: we're recommending all of these shows, so spring for the pass if you can! It's $75 for four shows, so it's like getting one free!

Tickets Here!