Cultural Calendar

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Events for April 23rd 2017

All Day
April 13th to April 30th
Berlin Diary by Andrea Stolowitz
CoHo Theatre

The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of...more info



7:30 am
April 13th to May 14th
Beehive
Broadway Rose New Stage

Presented by the Broadway Rose Theatre Company. A hair-raising musical tribute to the women who rocked the '60s. A fun, frothy flashback to the fabulous females of 1960s pop music, Beehive features non-stop hits from early decade bubble gum classics to the explosive late ‘60s soul sound. Paying...more info



12:00 pm
April 22nd to May 21st
Robin Hood
Northwest Children's Theater and School

"Watch the hero from Sherwood Forest battle some corrupt politicians in an original adaptation of the classic. (It may be your last chance to see this established children’s company play in their longtime home, as the theater is in the process of being sold.)" - Oregon Arts Watch Get ready for...more info



12:00 pm
April 23rd
Rock and Roll Walking Tour
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

Before being the cradle of indie music, Portland housed an active grunge and punk scene. Before that, The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders put Portland on the rock and roll map. Before them, Jazz music filled the streets of Old Town. See the places where these musicians walked and rocked for...more info



1:00 pm
April 23rd
SOBT Annual School Performance
Newmark Theatre

Join the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) for an afternoon of incredible performances, including George Balanchine's glorious Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Nicolo Fonte's hauntingly beautiful Claire de Lune and the delightful A Great Britten choreographed by OBT's Alison Roper and Anthony Jones to...more info



2:00 pm
April 23rd
Adapting History: Hip Hop History for Kids
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Presented by Boom Arts. You love Hip Hop music. But do you know where it came from? Experience the musical and social history out of which Hip Hop emerged in this family-friendly performance by acclaimed theater and Hip Hop artist and National Poetry Slam winner Dahlak Brathwaite. Beats, rhymes,...more info



2:00 pm
April 13th to May 14th
Beehive
Broadway Rose New Stage

Presented by the Broadway Rose Theatre Company. A hair-raising musical tribute to the women who rocked the '60s. A fun, frothy flashback to the fabulous females of 1960s pop music, Beehive features non-stop hits from early decade bubble gum classics to the explosive late ‘60s soul sound. Paying...more info



2:00 pm
April 23rd
Camerata PYP
Wieden+Kennedy

Camerata PYP welcomes special guests Hossein and Bobak Salehi, Nat Hulskamp, and Matt Hannafin of ArtMax Academy, for an intimate performance in Portland’s Pearl District. PYP Musical Director David Hattner invites audiences to experience an adventurous program of contemporary chamber music...more info



2:00 pm
April 22nd to April 24th
Debussy's La Mer
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Presented by Oregon Symphony, Debussy’s most sensuous work powers an evening of oceanic currents, with sea-going works by both Hosakawa and Mendelssohn. Renowned violinist Simone Lamsma returns to perform Britten’s Spanish Civil War-inspired Violin...more info



2:00 pm
April 23rd to May 28th
Mary's Wedding (Matinee)
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

Presented by Portland Center Stage. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their fates to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times during the First World...more info



2:00 pm
April 20th to April 30th
Sh*t Show: A Story of Invisible Illness
Mister Theater

Anna Sell, a gifted clown, storyteller and songwriter, bravely performs a magic act in reverse: making invisible illness visible. When she was diagnosed with a chronic illness, Sell fought inner demons and social stigmas with the same courage, vulnerability and charisma that makes her a world-class...more info



2:00 pm
April 1st to April 30th
Tomás and the Library Lady
Winningstad Theatre

"Oregon Children’s Theatre presents an inspiring true story about a child of migrant workers who befriends a librarian and opens up a new world of books. This play uses both Spanish and English and is suitable for ages 5 and up." - Oregon Arts Watch Some relationships are so special they have the...more info



2:00 pm
March 16th to April 30th
Wild and Reckless
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

"Wild & Reckless, an original rock musical written and performed by prominent Portland band Blitzen Trapper, melds a Twilight Zone–like plot scenario with a star-crossed love story. This is one of two fiercely independent shows with local ties on the main stage at Portland Center Stage at the...more info



4:00 pm
April 22nd to May 21st
Robin Hood
Northwest Children's Theater and School

"Watch the hero from Sherwood Forest battle some corrupt politicians in an original adaptation of the classic. (It may be your last chance to see this established children’s company play in their longtime home, as the theater is in the process of being sold.)" - Oregon Arts Watch Get ready for...more info



7:00 pm
April 14th to April 30th
Orphans
YP Studio Theater

Suspenseful, bizarre, humorous and intense! This Tony-nominated show tells the story of siblings – sensitive recluse, Phillip, and violent pickpocket, Treat. When Treat kidnaps a mysterious businessman, the tables are turned on the two brothers in a strange, hilarious and moving way. The YP’s...more info



7:30 pm
April 23rd
Frontier Series - Rodney King
Artists Repertory Theatre

In this riveting performance, Smith unravels the myth of “the first reality TV star.” Rodney King tells the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman - from his harsh entry into the national spotlight to a lonely death at the bottom of his swimming pool. Twenty-five years after King’s memorable plea...more info



7:30 pm
March 17th to April 30th
Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

"Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore features the dynamo solo performer behind Bust and The People’s Republic of Portland coping (albeit amusingly) with perhaps her most vulnerable subject yet — her real divorce and middle age — through a fictional TV variety show. This is one of two fiercely...more info



7:30 pm
April 15th to May 27th
Mary's Wedding
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

Presented by Portland Center Stage. When Mary and Charlie unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their fates to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times during the First World...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
February 11th to May 28th
American Photographs
Portland Art Museum

“The humor, the sadness, the EVERYTHING-ness and American-ness of these pictures!” Jack Kerouac’s introduction to Robert Frank’s 1957 book The Americans captures the spirit of Frank’s groundbreaking images and harnesses the unrelenting enthusiasm for photographs depicting diverse aspects of...more info



All Day
April 2nd to April 25th
An Iris Stands Tall: A Mother's Journey, A Daughter's Transition
Cerimon House

View this art installation of 46 pieces of original art - with an accompanying narrative - by local artist Annette Sabater, whose child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. This unique exhibit traces the experience of a parent as she...more info



All Day
March 25th to August 12th
APEX: Sam Hamilton
Portland Art Museum

For the summer 2017 APEX exhibition, the Portland Art Museum presents a body of work by Sam Hamilton, in his first solo exhibition in the United States. Originally from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hamilton has recently made Portland his home. Describing his practice as interdisciplinary, or...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
January 28th to June 18th
Constructing Identity
Portland Art Museum

“Constructing Identity” is drawn from the extensive collection of the Petrucci Family Foundation’s collection of African American art, assembling work by 80 artists, from the 1930s to the present. The artists represented include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis,...more info



All Day
March 25th to July 9th
Reunited: Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece
Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present an exhibition that brings together eight dispersed 14th-century paintings, and a recreated missing panel, so that the altarpiece can be seen and appreciated as one magnificent work of art. This reunion offers visitors a special opportunity to see the...more info



10:00 am
March 15th to April 28th
Annexation & Assimilation: Exploring the Archives East of 82nd Ave
Open Signal

Artist Sabina Zeba Haque’s yearlong residency at the Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) culminates in an exhibition that focuses on the tumultuous and fraught process of annexation and growth of East Portland’s incredibly diverse population. Collaborating with neighborhood residents and...more info



10:00 am
March 1st to May 31st
Lan Su in Bloom Botanical Art Exhibition
Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su in Bloom, a botanical art exhibition inspired by the beauty of Lan Su, highlights the unique plant collection at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Rich in history and culture, the majority of Lan Su's plants are native to China and have been used in Chinese gardens for centuries. The Lan Su in Bloom...more info



12:00 pm
April 6th to April 30th
Cristián Ureta: Volviendo a la Tierra (Returning to the Land)
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

2016 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award in collaboration with Photolucida: Ervin A. Johnson #InHonor Cristián Ureta Volviendo a la Tierra April 6–30, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception April 6, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk by Cristián Ureta with special Drawers artist talk by Stefan Lesueur:...more info



12:00 pm
April 6th to April 30th
Ervin A. Johnson #InHonor
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

2016 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award in collaboration with Photolucida: Ervin A. Johnson #InHonor Cristián Ureta Volviendo a la Tierra April 6–30, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception April 6, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk by Cristián Ureta with special Drawers artist talk by Stefan Lesueur:...more info



12:00 pm
April 8th to April 30th
Sensory Gymnastics
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Disjecta is pleased to announce Curator-in-Residence Michele Fiedler’s fourth and final exhibition, Sensory Gymnastics: (Movies for Blind People, Harry Smith connections, layering of information, pattern language, poals, wrestling, frozen juice, resting, watching and listening.) Featured Artists:...more info



7:00 pm
April 23rd
Ratcatcher
Whitsell Auditorium

Taking place during a 1970s garbage strike in Glasgow, Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher follows young James (William Eadie) who lives in a world of poverty and decay. Following the accidental death of his friend Ryan (Thomas McTaggart), for which he feels responsible, James tells no one of his guilt,...more info



7:00 pm
April 23rd
The Grandmother
Whitsell Auditorium

In this early short film by David Lynch, a young boy grows a grandmother in his...more info