Gladys Knight, ‘The Band’s Visit’ and Mystery Science Theater: 7 Things To Do This Week

As we say goodbye to 2021, some bands will be welcoming the New Year with gigs and performances. If you don’t feel like being indoors with the crowds, Oregon State Parks offers first-day hikes with guides to take you through some of the state’s best outdoor spaces. Bundle up and walk outside.

Remember, COVID mandates requiring indoor masks are still in place. Check with the sites for other COVID security requirements.

Organists Bruce Neswick and Katie Burk perform at the Trinity Music New Years concert. Photo file. The simple merchantThe simple merchant

Trinity Music’s annual New Year’s Eve concert

This annual New Years tradition is in person for the first time since 2019. Guest performers include jazz singer Jessica Israels, poet Brandt Maina, the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir, organists Bruce Neswick and Katie Burk, and Renegade Opera with the bagpiper Mark Mullaney. Warren Black of all classic radio hosts. All proceeds will go to the Trinity Food Pantry, a program that serves hundreds of food insecure Portland residents every week.

7:00 PM, Friday December 31, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave .; tickets range from $ 15 to $ 50;

Gladys Knight in a golden jacket

New Years Eve with Gladys Knight and the Oregon Symphony (Courtesy of the Oregon Symphony)

Gladys Knight with the Oregon Symphony

Empress of Soul and incisive comedian on NPR Fresh air, Gladys Knight revealed a teenage anecdote to cut it up with a punchline: “And I wasn’t taken to the ball – I worked the ball,” said Knight, whose scheduled date with the Oregon Symphony rings in 2021.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; tickets: $ 49 to $ 125.

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Silver Falls State Park

One of the parks included in the state’s list of day one hikes is Silver Falls State Park near Silverton. Oregon file photo. (Jamie Hale / Staff)Jamie Hale / Staff

Guided hikes of the first day 2022

Several Oregon state parks will host guided or self-explore hikes on January 1. Regular parking fees of $ 5 for daily use are waived at 25 parks, including Silver Falls, Cottonwood Canyon, Bullards Beach, and Champoeg. Get the full list, including meeting times and locations, at

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 arrives on stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in early January.Cody york

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live

The critically acclaimed Emmy-nominated comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 offers a live-onstage version of the show in Portland. The cast of the 2019 “Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour” is back and includes Emily Marsh, Conor McGiffin, Nate Begle and Yvonne Freese, as well as the world’s only movie riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow and GPC.

7 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; tickets start at $ 35;

The North American Tour Company of “The Band’s Visit”.

“The group visit”

Broadway in Portland presents the critically acclaimed and award-winning live musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. The show is the quirky story of a group of Egyptian musicians who show up lost in a woman’s cafe in a sleepy little town and nowhere. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives are unexpectedly intertwined.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 4 and continues at various dates and times through January 9, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St .; tickets start at $ 29.50;

“To walk in the world with this fire”

Portland artist Samuel Eisen-Meyer offers an “immersive multimedia installation that guides viewers through a meditation on the psychology and deception of inner imperialism in the United States.” The installation includes short films, light projection, large-scale paintings, sound design and 3D fabrication in a tour experience hosted by CoHo Theater.

Opens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (sold out) and continues during theater hours until Jan. 15; at 2257 NW Raleigh St .; free, but timed tickets are required;

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Jacelen Pearson’s “Old Timer” is on the Oregon Society of Artists Docent show until January.

Docent group art exhibition

The Oregon Society of Artists and the Portland Art Museum docents are offering a group exhibit to kick off 2022 with paintings, digital art, pastels, drawings and other work by regional artists. Watch the show in person or online until March 2.

The 6 to 8 p.m. opening reception on Thursday, January 6 continues during gallery hours until January 26, Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 SW Park Place; free;

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