Cultural Calendar

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Events for December 7th 2016

All Day
November 23rd to December 22nd
A Very Merry PDX-mas
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Take a sleigh ride through everything that makes Portland, well, Portland. An audience favorite created exclusively for Broadway Rose, A Very Merry PDX-mas celebrates (and pokes loving fun at) all the quirks of our “ever green” city with beloved holiday pop songs, classic carols and original...more info

All Day
November 26th to December 24th
The Santaland Diaries
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

"A lot went on behind the scenes at Macy's Santa's Village...until David Sedaris, a struggling writer, took a holiday job as an elf and spilled his secrets. This elf-aware satire explains everything, from how the tights are laundered to where the cameras are hidden, all with a wry wink and a pinch...more info

All Day
November 18th to December 18th
Wage/Working Jukebox Project
Portland Community Media

Stop by to check out Wage/Working, a jukebox-based oral history project celebrating labor and examining income inequality, as it begins its one-month residency at Portland Community Media. This opening features stories produced by workshop participants from the Media Institute for Social Change and...more info

10:00 am
September 13th to March 12th
Photography and Contemporary Experience
Portland Art Museum

Whether reflecting the visible world or an artist’s interior thoughts, the contemporary photograph actively participates in almost all aspects of modern life. This exhibition demonstrates the photographic medium’s ability to encompass a dizzying range of reactions to social change, political...more info

10:00 am
September 13th to December 11th
Steve McQueen: Drumroll
Portland Art Museum

"This immersive 22-minute video illustration "rolls" the viewer through a different time and place (the streets of Manhattan in 1998) thanks to a camera-mounted barrel the artist rigged up. In 1999, McQueen won the Turner Prize, and in 2013 he made the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave. " - Oregon...more info

6:30 pm
December 7th
Write Around Portland's Prompt Workshops
Powell's City of Books

For writers and aspiring writers alike: Prompt at Powell’s City of Books is your chance to write in community with others following the acclaimed Write Around model, while at the same time supporting the communities traditionally served. Prompt meets weekly for 10 Wednesdays: September 28 -...more info

7:00 pm
November 30th to December 30th
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

"A consistently excellent annual production of the Christmas classic with all the trimmings: period costumes, carol-singing, the full complement of spirits, and the intense gravity and joy that overwhelm Ebenezer Scrooge's rapidly-changing heart." - Oregon Arts Watch The enduring tale of Ebenezer...more info

7:30 pm
November 22nd to December 23rd
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
Artists Repertory Theatre

"Think our current political climate is divisive? It's got nothing on The Civil War, our nation's greatest rift. Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel deftly interweaves musical interludes between characters from all sides of the conflict to show "humanity’s potential for compassion,...more info

7:30 pm
November 30th to December 30th
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

Presented by Portland Center Stage. Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: “Irving Berlin … IS American music.” In this tour de force performance by award-winning pianist and performer Hershey Felder, the remarkable story of “America’s Composer” takes us from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist...more info

7:30 pm
November 4th to December 10th
One Man, Two Guvnors
Lakewood Center for the Arts

Directed by Don Alder By Richard Bean With songs by Grant Olding Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Easily confused Francis is trapped working for two bosses who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He has to keep them from discovering each other. The inspired insanity and...more info

Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
October 8th to January 1st
Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer
Portland Art Museum

"From the private collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, this exhibition offers the most complete account of Warhol’s printmaking ever shown in one exhibit. From the celebrity prints of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to his endangered species series, Warhol brought visual excitement through an...more info

All Day
September 20th to February 26th
Restoring the Breath - Sacred Relationship
Portland Art Museum

"The Center for Contemporary Native Art, or CCNA, showcases the revival of Coast Salish weaving, enabled by the efforts of the late master weaver and teacher Subiyay (aka Gerald Bruce Miller). Subiyay passed down his traditional techniques to four accomplished Salish weavers still practicing today....more info

8:00 am
November 14th to December 9th
Alex Luboff Installation: Pipelines
Portland Building Installation Space

Artist Alex Luboff will present an installation at the Portland Building that offers visitors a timely reminder of how extractive energy infrastructure is confronting communities in Oregon and across the continent. His series of meticulously hand-crafted wooden pipelines, unavoidable as they cleave...more info

10:00 am
October 14th to December 18th
Bus 75: Hidden Portland Photographs by Geoffrey Hiller
Concordia University, George R. White Library

Welcome to Bus 75: Hidden Portland, a photo exhibition that explores the great unknown of Portland via the #75 TriMet bus. This long, winding eastside line is a vein of life stretching close to 20 miles with 131 stops. From upper St. Johns to downtown Milwaukie, the 75 passes a vast array of places...more info

10:00 am
August 13th to January 29th
Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop
Portland Art Museum

"What does it look like when an activist nun from Los Angeles paints pop art? This utterly unique collection of screenprints produced in the 1950s and '60s was surely colored by the late artist’s unusual experience, featuring titles like As a Cedar of Lebanon and Benedicto." - Oregon Arts Watch...more info

12:00 pm
December 1st to December 30th
Calvin Chen - Cómo Juegan los Niños
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

“From a pediatrician’s perspective, play is such a critical part of children’s development. It’s where they learn to socialize, problem solve, and create. I am curious to know what effects different types of play have on our youth.” Throughout his travels, photographer Calvin Chen has focused his...more info

12:00 pm
December 1st to December 30th
Patricia Lay-Dorsey: Tea for Two
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

“As I look through the lens of my iPhone camera, I see Eddie’s and my day-to-day life together against the backdrop of his playing 'Tea For Two’ on the piano and my singing along almost every night for the past 50 years. The ‘now’ blends into ‘then’ with soft washes of black and white memories.”...more info

2:30 pm
November 9th to December 31st
Tapestry of Hours Exhibit
Multnomah County Central Library

Portland artist, Anne Greenwood's latest project Tapestry of Hours is an artist's book inspired by the life and work of the late Oregon poet and seamstress, Hazel Hall. The creator of this work republished Hall's Needlework poems from Curtains (1921) and created a limited edition textiles book...more info