Cultural Calendar

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Events for October 18th 2017

6:30 pm
September 27th to November 29th
Prompt: A Community Writing Workshop
Powell's City of Books

Prompt is a unique generative workshop designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities they traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community. Based on the acclaimed...more info



7:00 pm
August 16th to December 20th
Unchaste Readers
Literary Arts

The Unchaste Readers are women aged 14 to 71 who have read at the monthly Unchaste Readers Series between April 2012 and now. Unchaste is about creating a community, promoting writing that takes risks, that shows the raw, vulnerable, ecstatic, complicated lives of women. From the event organizer:...more info



7:30 pm
October 1st to October 29th
Caught
Artists Repertory Theatre

Chinese activist artists have devised a four-part theatrical installation to jar audiences out of their complacent acceptance of the daily onslaught of ‘alternative facts.’ With rigorous intellect and an impish spirit, Chen presents a disconcerting philosophical puzzle that leaves everyone in the...more info



7:30 pm
October 18th
Christian McBride's New Jawn
The Old Church

Presented by PDX Jazz. Five-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has...more info



7:30 pm
September 23rd to November 5th
Every Brilliant Thing
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

A kid makes a list for his mom. A list of everything worth living for in the world. He needs her to read the list so she doesn’t try to leave the world again. As the kid grows up and experiences more life, more love, and more loss, his list of every brilliant thing gets longer and more vital with...more info



7:30 pm
September 16th to October 22nd
Fun Home
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

"Praising its originality and emotional honesty, the Los Angeles Times called this Tony-winning show by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron show (based on a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel) “one of the best new musicals of our era.” A lesbian cartoonist plumbs the memories of family life with a closeted...more info



7:30 pm
October 18th
Take Me to the River - A Memphis Soul, Rhythm & Blues Revue
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

A live concert journey into the soul of American music with William Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, the Hi Rhythm Section, and the Stax Alumni Band. Presented by Oregon...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
October 14th to May 20th
Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA
Portland Art Museum

This fall, the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio. At the heart of every LAIKA film are the...more info



All Day
March 11th to October 29th
Connecting Lines
Portland Art Museum

Presented by the Portland Art Museum's Center for Contemporary Native Art (CCNA). In 1838, the Cherokee People were forcibly and illegally removed from their homelands in the southeast United States and resettled in northeastern Oklahoma. Some remained in the original lands (either by returning or...more info



All Day
October 6th to October 22nd
Good Night: 22 Floors
ANX Gallery

22 Floors is a continuation of a three-year-long series, Good Night, in which Emily Wobb builds replicas of affluent vehicles and dwellings and destroys them in spectacular ways. With the debris, new replicas are built that have the same opulent connotation -- and so the series continues to cycle....more info



All Day
July 29th to December 3rd
Representing: Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans
Portland Art Museum

"This newly-curated exhibition of personal and family photography goes as far back as the turn of the 20th century. The show prominently features images from a family album gifted by the estate of a prominent North Portland couple, Carl and Mercedes Deiz. Carl was a Tuskegee Airman during World War...more info



10:00 am
August 19th to August 19th
Picturing Oregon
Portland Art Museum

In conjunction with the Museum’s 125th anniversary, Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to celebrate the incredible geographic diversity of Oregon, and the artists whose work it inspired. With its wide-ranging climate and expansive range...more info



10:00 am
October 7th to January 28th
The Wyeths: Three Generations
Portland Art Museum

Drawing from the Bank of America Collection, The Wyeths: Three Generations provides a revealing survey of works by N.C. Wyeth, one of America’s finest illustrators; his son Andrew, an important realist painter; Andrew’s son Jamie, a popular portraitist; and members of the extended family. Visitors...more info



11:00 am
September 10th to December 10th
Bill Will: Fun House
Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College

Portland artist Bill Will has used the Hoffman Gallery as a venue for a site-specific interactive art experience he calls the Fun House. He has conceived a menagerie of mechanical artworks that, together, form a dramatic and cacophonous spectacle, where all elements intersect and overlap to create...more info



12:00 pm
October 5th to October 29th
Karolin Kluppel - Kingdom of Girls
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Karolin Klüppel Kingdom of Girls Thomas Roma Plato's Dogs October 5–29, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception October 5, 6-9 p.m. Pacific NW Drawers Artist Talk with O'Hara Shipe and Nolan Streitberger Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. Karolin Klüppel - Kingdom of Girls From 2013-2015, Karolin...more info



12:00 pm
October 5th to October 29th
Thomas Roma - Plato's Dogs
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Karolin Klüppel Kingdom of Girls Thomas Roma Plato's Dogs October 5–29, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception October 5, 6-9 p.m. Pacific NW Drawers Artist Talk with O'Hara Shipe and Nolan Streitberger Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. Thomas Roma - Plato's Dogs For over two years, Thomas Roma...more info



6:30 pm
September 27th to November 29th
Prompt: A Community Writing Workshop
Powell's City of Books

Prompt is a unique generative workshop designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities they traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community. Based on the acclaimed...more info