This summer is all about the readings. Carter Sickels, local author of 2012 novel “The Evening Hour,” will give a roof deck reading at 7 p.m. July 20 on the top of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. The reading is free and a short open mic will follow.
The next day (July 21), there are more literary pursuits with The Thank You Writers Present: Val Garrison, Rachel Cotton, Lindsey Kugler, Dexter Flowers, and Liz Moyer. A.M. O’Malley hosts at 7 p.m. at the Waypost.
An indy book tour will be coming through Portland featuring Anna Joy Springer (author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love, and punk singer in Bay Area bands Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow), Janice Lee (author of “Daughter” and editor of “[out of nothing]”), Leon Baham (author of “Ponyboy” and “Sigh: A Word Problem”), as well as local guest Cooper Lee Bombardier (a Sister Spit alum whose essay on trans identity and competitive facial hair is coming out soon on The Rumpus) at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.
Author Jack Donovan (“Androphilia,” “Blood-Brotherhood and Other Rites of Male Alliance”) presents a reading from “The Way of Men,” his new book on “manliness and tribalism” at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at CounterMedia.
Pioneering gender theorist and performer Kate Bornstein will stop by Powell’s Books at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 as part of the tour for her recently released memoir “A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.”
And if that’s not enough book-loving good times for you, be sure to check out the block party celebrating Powell’s Books 41st birthday on Aug. 25. In addition to authors (obviously), there will be music and games. Proceeds will support the Independent Publishing Resource Center. So much literary love.
Looking for something less verbose, more visual? The Vespertine Circus is swinging through the Alberta Rose Theater at 7:30 p.m. July 19 with its Suessian aesthetics, acrobatics, and clowning. Tickets are available at albertarosetheatre.com and at the door (with a $5 discount if you arrive in circus animal costume).
On July 20, the queer cabaret Peep Show returns after a short break. Hosted by Little Tommy Bang Bang, the 10 p.m. show will feature performances by Carla Rossi and Kaj-anne Pepper, Zora Pheonix, Slim Pickins and Gula Delgatto, Mr. E, Saturn, Marla Singer, Kitty (Chi Chi and Chonga), Asia Ho Jackson, Hammercise, and more.
Queer variety show Homomentum is getting the musical treatment. While the work is still in process, creator Max Voltage is offering a sneak peek performance of the sci-fi fantasy musical at 3:30 p.m. July 28 at the Portland Center Center lobby. Expect dancing unicorns and plenty of glitter as well as appearances from Riley La Roux, Carla Rossi, Dina Isis, Frankie Bean, Xander, Mr. E, and more. Free, all ages, and on time.
A number of shows and events are bringing the summer jams. Portland’s Queer Music Festival kicks off its second year July 22 with a full day of shows at two locations (one all-ages, one 21+). Headliners include Imperial Teen (SF) and Sacha Sacket (LA).
Kritik and the Beatz performs July 28 at 9 p.m. at The Escape Bar. You can preview the band’s sound at soundcloud.com/kritikpdx.
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art celebrates its sweet 17 Aug. 2 with a late-night, two-floor dance party at its downtown headquarters featuring sound and visuals by MAXXIMUM VOLUME, MASSACOORAMAAN (Juke, Chicago Dancehall, of the Fade to Mind collective), DUBAI (Utopian dance music by Nadia Buyse of Ghost Mom, Adrian Piper Cover Band), REZNOREKTION, CONCRETE FLOOR (Crushing House, members of ASSS), and special guests. PICA members who attend will be entered to win a TBA:12 pass.
Need a feel good belly laugh? Local comic Belinda Carroll is hosting a night of comedy July 18 at Crush to benefit the family of Carmen Trineece, who recently lost her battle with thyroid cancer. Featured comics include Jen Allen, Tynan De Long, Devin Monaghan, Carmen Garrison (Yakima), Joe Hieronymus, and Leah Mansfield (Seattle).