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🎤 A trypto-fun time for all
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Comics from Portland and around the country will put on shows for all ages and 21 and over. | Photo by @hahaharvestfest
Did you know that laughing actually burns calories? If you find yourself a tad overstuffed after all the Thanksgiving feasting — but could still use a good belly chuckle — you should check out the Ha Ha Harvest Comedy Festival, returning to Portland for its fifth year.

Besides being a great excuse to get away from the relatives for an hour or two, you can expect to see 100+ comedians, 40 short comedy films, variety and stand-up shows, drag performances, games, podcast recordings, tarot readings, and more across 11 venues.

Tickets to shows range from free to $25 and there are limited three-day passes remaining. Various proceeds will go to the Oregon Food Bank. Here are some highlights to gobble up.

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Venues range in size from Kelly’s Olympian to My Father’s Place.

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Photo by @hahaharvestfest

Friday, Nov. 24

Hecklevision | Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St.
Have you ever wanted to heckle but were too shy? Well, at 7:30 p.m. you can send jokes to the screen (via text message, of course).

Comedy Cornucopia | Show Bar at Rev Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Ste. 101
Only headliners will be taking the stage at 9:30 p.m. — the big names bring the big laughs.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Babes Benedict: A Comedy Brunch | Lolo Pass, 1616 E. Burnside St.
Crawl out of bed and get some avocado toast with a side of giggles at this lady-centric 12:30 p.m. show.

Eden Sher: I Was On a Sitcom | Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
If you thought Sue Heck from “The Middle” was funny, she’s going to crack you up in real life. Starts at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Hear You Loud and Queer | White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE Eighth Ave.
Celebrate Trans Awareness Month with this lineup of all-trans comics at this 3 p.m. show.

Paint & Laugh | Lolo Pass, 1616 E. Burnside St.
Good luck holding your brush still while you’re ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing). Starts at 4 p.m.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Let’s Dance Portland | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-10:30 p.m. | Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland | Free | Do the hustle — no previous experience or partner is needed for this night of swing, two-step, and waltz with an average of 150 attendees.
  • This Is Important Live | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 8 p.m. | Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., Portland | $39.50-$69.50 | Be a fly on the wall to hilarious conversations between the creators and co-stars of “Workaholics” as they discuss wild and wide-ranging societal topics.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Gem Faire in Hillsboro | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro | $7 | If you’d rather be shiny, dazzling like a diamond in the rough so you can strut your stuff, then this is a must-see show.
  • Portland Winterhawks vs. Prince Albert Raiders | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7 p.m. | Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 North Winning Way, Portland | $28.50+ | Flock to the ice as the hometown ‘Hawks tell the visitors to hit the road, Jack.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Handwovens for the Holidays | Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland | Free | Prepare for cozy season with locally made products ranging from clothing to rugs and more.
  • Lights, Camera, Connection: a femme and nonbinary networking affair | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center, 2766 NE MLK Blvd., Portland | $10+ donations | Aaand action: This meet and mingle for media professionals showcases diversity in film work while providing connections between those looking for a career in the industry.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • “Dirty Dancing” in Concert | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 7 p.m. | Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., Portland | $42.40-$95.40 | Have the time of your life watching the classic film come to life with a five-piece band and vocalists on stage.
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News Notes
 
Community
  • Portland’s leaders hope to land a triple axel with their plans for “Woodsy Winter Village,” an outdoor ice skating rink and holiday marketplace coming to the west end of the Morrison Bridge. From Dec. 16 until Jan. 28, downtown visitors can frequent pop-up shops and do their best Michelle Kwan. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Holiday
  • We need your help answering an important question — if Portland is the turkey at a Thanksgiving feast, then what side dishes correspond with each of its suburbs? Chew on it a bit and let us know what you think. We’ll share the best responses in a newsletter next week.
Plan Ahead
  • Speaking of food to be thankful for, Fermenter will put together entirely vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving meal kits to enjoy at home. For $125, you’ll get fare to feed two that includes mushroom stuffed tempeh roast, roasted squash soup, and more. Make your reservation through Tock.
Transit
  • From Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, two downtown SmartPark garages (4th and Yamhill + 10th and Yamhill) will offer free parking on Saturdays and Sundays to encourage people to patronize nearby restaurants and businesses. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has also committed to increased safety and cleanliness.
Edu
  • It’s been 16 years since a University of Oregon student was selected to be a Rhodes Scholar, but Portland native Nayantara Arora has broken that streak. Beginning October 2024, Arora will pursue two master’s degrees at the University of Oxford: modeling for global health and international health and tropical medicine. (KOIN)
Number
  • 100 out of 100. That’s Portland’s score for the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index, which dives into municipal laws and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. In case you missed it, that’s the same score as last year.
Cause
  • Windermere Real Estate’s annual Share the Warmth drive is now collecting gently used or new coats and blankets for those less fortunate this winter. Donations can be dropped off at the company’s offices in Portland and Southwest Washington now through Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. View participating locations.
Wellness
  • Did you know? Internal Family Systems is a therapy approach focused on healing parts of our personality that were created to protect us from past wounds. In therapy, patients can learn to thank those parts of themselves for keeping them safe, while also working toward something new. Megan Samsel, MA at the Couples Clinic of Portland, can help.*
Eat
  • Fruit can be one of the healthiest things you can put into your body, but the majority of Americans are making this single mistake that can counteract all the health benefits of fruit. Here’s why one heart surgeon is asking Americans to “stop doing this to your berries.”*
 
 
Shop
 
🛍️ Shop small for big prizes
A storefront for Pacific Holiday in Portland shows a poster for Win Big.
Keep an eye out for Win Big! posters in storefronts. | Photo by Small Shops Big Hearts
This year’s Win Big! holiday shopping campaign has a prize bag that puts Santa to shame, including air travel, vacation stays, Trail Blazers and Thorns tickets, gift cards, and more.

What do you have to do for a chance at this? Just something everybody can get behind — supporting local small businesses now through Dec. 10. Here’s how it works:
  • First, download the Win Big Shop Small app, either on Apple or Google Play.
  • Then browse the Small Shops Big Hearts directory or pick up a guide at participating small businesses to plan your retail route.
  • Every purchase means three entries into the prize raffle; those double after three purchases, triple after six, and quadruple after nine.
  • Winners will be announced the week following the conclusion of the event.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
The rebuild of the Portland Timbers will start with a fitting new shirt sponsor. DaBella, a Hillsboro-based interior and exterior remodeling firm, and its butterfly logo, will adorn the front of the jerseys for the upcoming 2024 season and beyond thanks to a multi-year deal.
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