Those who want to escape to a small, idyllic town without encountering the current complexities of Oregon (anti-masking and massage hospitals) can find some consolation in the brand new video game of life. lake, which presents the true fictional city of Providence Oaks, Oregon, as invented by Dutch game developers Gamious. In general, the cliché of an almost cheerful provincial cast is that some supernatural element is bound to emerge. However, brothers Jos and Pim Bouman maintained the contemplative course. lake It seems like it’s really mostly about sending mail. Yes No animals has made one thing very clear, is that people like the tasks of video games. Have it! Available on Steam starting Wednesday, September 1st.
Venice VR expanded
In the midst of the pandemic, the Portland Art Museum reached an alliance with one of the most important events in the art world. Last September, the museum and the NW Film Center hosted the only American exhibition at the Venice Biennale. For ten days, PAM hosted the Venice Biennale virtual reality contest, Venice VR Expanded. Now, the competition is about to return to Portland for the second year in a row. More than 30 virtual reality films from 21 countries are screened at this year’s show. Immersive works range from animations to non-fiction and stories focused on abstract experiences. Portland Museum of Art, 1219 SW Park Ave., portlandartmusuem.org. September 1-19. $ 35
Wild root distillate tasting room
Sometimes fruity alcohol has a bad rap. It evokes memories of Boone’s Farm adolescence or peach chunks from the lower deck — probably fallen into an irresponsible place like the back of a pickup truck or an abandoned parking lot — and the accompanying hangover afterwards. But Wild Roots fruit-infused vodkas don’t look like the saccharine broom of your youth. Made with real berries, apples, peaches and pears, their spirits offer the earthy complexity and pie of the real offering and a balanced sweetness so that blood sugar doesn’t rise. Now, guests can re-taste Wild Roots vodka and gin in its spacious tasting room on the east side. Opened a few months before the pandemic closures, the space welcomed customers just this month. Take the tasting flight or the seasonally inspired mini-cocktail to one of the living areas, everything seems to be taken from a Crate & Barrel showroom, a scene that would surely impress your youngest child and illegal. Wild Roots Tasting Room, 77 NE Grand Ave., Suite F, 971-254-4617,wildrootsspirits.com/visit-us. Noon-6pm daily.
Written and directed by John “Pope of Trash” Waters, this cult classic of black comedy of 1994 stars Kathleen Turner as a seemingly perfect suburban housewife … who is fond of killing anyone that spoils his family. He shows up early: comedian Becky Braunstein performs live before the screening. Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-493-1128, hollywoodtheatre.org. 19:30 Wednesday, September 1. $ 8 to $ 10.
He Bitchuation Room
Correspondent and comedian Francesca Fiorentini (Red, white and who?) brings his political comedy podcast He Bitchuation Room in Portland for a unique live recording. The one-hour show will focus on Portland’s current political landscape and whether it deserves the reputation it has nationwide. Fiorentini interviews activist journalist Mac Smiff and Western States Center executive director Eric K. Ward. Comedian Matt Lieb provides the necessary pressure breaks. Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St., albertaabbey.org. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. $ 12.
Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert
While almost any other Portland tradition has been canceled over the past two years, one is making a long-awaited return. This weekend, after a four-year hiatus, the Oregon Symphony recovers its oceanfront concert. It’s still free, but you need face masks and vaccination tests or negative COVID tests. Directed by the new musical director of the symphony, David Danzmayr, the program includes the equivalent of classical music to the 40 best hits. The concert includes Beethoven, some of John Williams Star Wars score, Oregon Ballet Theater performing part of Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty, and, as always, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 opening, with cannon fire from the Oregon Army National Guard. Of course, even in the best of times, it’s a little awkward to hear a display of military strength set on a jingoistic anthem that his own composer hated, but also — explosions! Tomfront Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway, orsymphony.org. 13:00 Saturday, September 4th. Free.