Event listings for March 30-April 3

Featured Event
An Evening With Jodi Darby
Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum
Wednesday, March 30
7 p.m.
Fee: $9
Jodi Darby is a well-known filmmaker around these parts. Back in January, “Arresting Power,” a documentary about police violence in Portland, was enthusiastically accepted at the Whitsell. Now, Darby is having a night of shorts including films about the Civil War Stonewall as seen through queer lens, Los Alamos, action movies with male-centric stories, and more. For an 80 minute screening, there’s certainly a lot to see.

Wednesday, March 30
School of Art & Design Open House
6 to 10 p.m.
Portland State Art Building
The three concentrations of our own A&D join forces to present a special exhibit of their work. Come and experience art history, art practice, and graphic design through a home-grown lens.

City Council Meeting
9:30 a.m.
City Hall
If you’re civically minded, then you’ll find it’s a great idea to attend city council meetings and learn who runs your city and what their beliefs are—not just because you want them to coincide with yours, but because it is indeed an election year.

Thursday, March 31
Auto Swap Meet
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Portland International Raceway
Fee: $7 at door, $10 parking
Take the MAX yellow line for free out to the Raceway to experience the 11th year of this vintage and unique auto part swap. The meet is laid out over five miles with 1500 vendors to choose from. (This is separate from the auto celebration at the Expo Center.)

The Umbrella Festival
8 p.m.
Alberta Rose Theatre
Fee: $25 at the door, $80 for general festival pass
After five years of performances, this festival of circus, burlesque and old-school-weird invites you to join them under the protective cover of the big top and experience the revelrie for yourself.

Friday, April 1
Friday Flat Fix
12 to 12:30 p.m.
PSU Bike Hub
Fee: $5 walk-ins, free for members
Did you just get a bike and want to learn to fix it or just want to meet the Bike Hub staff? This is a great opportunity to learn or refresh your skills as well to ask about other services they offer.

Portland Swap Meet
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Expo Center
Fee: $7 (Fri/Sat), $4 (Sun)
This weekend long extravaganza of thrift will be full of surprises as it fills all five of the Expo halls. Board games, mugs, creepy dolls, books and more will on be on display for very reasonable prices!

Saturday, April 2
Between the Strings
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Rec Center Auditorium
Part of the Asian Studies First Saturday Free series, this particular lecture will present information on the instruments zheng and erhu, a zither and a bowed instrument.

Portland Women’s Expo
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oregon Convention Center
Fee: $6 (bogo offer available)
For the more feminine minded, the Portland Women’s Expo is a day filled with manicure, massages, food, wine and beauty bars. There will also be raffles, so bring your friends to win some exclusive prizes.

Sunday, April 3
Buena Vista Social Club
4:30 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium
Fee: $9
The soul-filled group of musicians from Havana got their ultimate start thanks to this musical documentary that helped them launch a worldwide career back at the end of the old millennium.

Rhododendron & Daffodils
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
This event is hosted by the Portland Chapters of Rhododendron & Daffodils. Come and get expert advice and buy some new plants for your garden, just in time for spring.