Portland entertainment venues ramp up COVID reopening with mixed approaches

Some venues, like Helium Comedy Club, are welcoming big-name performers for in-person events. Others are opting for outdoor options.

PORTLAND, Ore. — As Oregon’s COVID vaccination rates increase and risk levels decrease, many entertainment venues are coming back to life.

Helium Comedy Club is already welcoming big-name comedians to perform live for in-person audiences. 

George Lopez performed in Portland last weekend, and actor-comedian Aries Spears is scheduled to perform June 25-27.

Spears is known for his role in the old hit show MadTV. He said he’s excited to come back to Portland.

“Portland and I have danced the dance so

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