Cultural Calendar

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Events for October 1st 2016

10:00 am
September 13th to February 26th
CCNA: 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) to pass down his traditional techniques to four accomplished Salish weavers still practicing today. In...more info



10:00 am
September 13th to October 30th
Leroy Setziol: Sculptures in Wood
Portland Art Museum

A composer in wood, Leroy Setziol created lyrical sculpture that honors the beauty of a material strongly identified with the Northwest. The black walnut, teak, fir and other woods he employed enhanced his complex gridded compositions, bringing them to life. A self-taught, intuitive worker, Setziol...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

Drumroll (1998) is a kinesthetic wonder, an innovative portrait of New York City, and a dynamic metaphor for urban life. This immersive video installation by renowned artist Steve McQueen surrounds the viewer with sound, flashes of light and discombobulated images. To create it, McQueen modified a...more info



10:00 am
September 24th to October 23rd
The Cat in the Hat (Morning Showtimes)
Northwest Children's Theater and School

Presented by Northwest Children's Theater (NWCT). When the city is wet, and the sun is not sunny, join the Cat in the Hat, for good fun that is funny! Enter a world of magic and mischief as Conrad, Sally and their very grumpy goldfish follow the Cat in the Hat on an adventure through the limitless...more info



2:00 pm
September 22nd to October 23rd
Fly By Night
Broadway Rose New Stage

Presented by the Broadway Rose Theatre Company. A Rock Fable conceived by Kim Rosenstock. Written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock. A gypsy prophecy pulls melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection....more info



6:00 pm
September 30th to October 22nd
Rock The Presidents
Northwest Children's Theater and School

Presented by Northwest Children's Theater (NWCT). For hundreds of years, the United States Secret Service has lived up to the name, never divulging the spectacular events they witnessed during their time in the White House ... until now. Join NWCT on a multi-media, rock n roll extravaganza through...more info



7:30 pm
September 9th to October 15th
1776
Lakewood Center for the Arts

Directed by Kurt Raimer Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards Book by Peter Stone A musical dancing around today's issues. American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. John Adams teams up with Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson in an...more info



7:30 pm
October 1st
Dark Moon/Narrow Escapes
Hipbone Studio

Presented by the Portland Storytellers Guild. Anne Rutherford, Norm Brecke, Will Hornyak, Ken Iverson and Barbara Fankhauser conjure tales of troubles met and troubles … well, come and discover the resolutions for...more info



7:30 pm
October 1st
Emerson String Quartet (Newmark Theatre)
Newmark Theatre

“... with musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity." — The Times (London) One of the most acclaimed ensembles in the world, the Emerson String Quartet has won nine GRAMMY Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and more with their unparalleled virtuosity and are...more info



7:30 pm
September 15th to October 8th
Full Gallop
Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza

"Portland theater grande dame Margie Boulé kicks off Portland Fashion Week in style, stepping into the shoes of famous Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue fashion columnist Diana Vreeland at the midpoint of her 53-year career. Should she start her own magazine, or work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art?...more info



7:30 pm
October 1st to November 12th
Hold These Truths
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

As the U.S. joins World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi agonizes over government orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he fights to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Hirabayashi journeys...more info



7:30 pm
September 10th to October 16th
Little Shop of Horrors
The Armory

"Shy guy Seymour is forced to stick up for himself after adopting an unusual carnivorous plant that thrives off of draining his lifeblood. This light-hearted pulp comedy also carries a cautionary tale about hobbies and relationships that turn into obsessions. The Portland show offers a rare...more info



7:30 pm
September 8th to October 2nd
The Graduate
Venetian Theatre

"The iconic Mrs. Robinson is indeed “trying to seduce” the 21-year-old son of her husband’s coworker in this 2000 stage play adapted from both the 1963 cult novel by Charles Webb and the 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman. Bag&Baggage’s treatment won’t shy away from the sexual overtones of this...more info



7:30 pm
September 30th to October 22nd
The Nether
Third Rail @ Imago

The Nether is: a) the next generation of the Internet b) an expansive world of virtual realities and lifelike sensation c) a frontier of endless exploration with no laws and limitless possibilities d) your worst nightmare e) all of the above Morris has been assigned to investigate rumors of...more info



7:30 pm
September 6th to October 9th
Trevor
Artists Repertory Theatre

"Plenty of scripts have been penned about show business, but how many sympathize with the industry’s animal stars? In this hot new play by Orange is the New Black writer Nick Jones, Trevor is an out-of-work chimpanzee actor living with his (human) “mom” as he looks for a way back into the...more info



9:30 pm
October 1st
Looking for Tiger Lily
Hollywood Theatre

“Touching on Disney’s Peter Pan, mid-century cigar-box Indian depictions, the absurdity of racial classification, and poignant family memories, Looking for Tiger Lily promises to be one of those rare identity-oriented shows that might actually appeal to audiences much broader than those directly...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
September 1st to October 15th
Bruce Conkle: Surface Glitch
The White Box

Exhibition of 2D and 3D work by Bruce Conkle, including a pepto-bismol fountain and paintings on gilded...more info



All Day
October 1st
Exhibition: Sharita Towne | Our City in Stereo
Newspace Center for Photography

Our City in Stereo, a project led by local artist Sharita Towne, combines the old medium of stereo views with stereo interviews to explore the topic of gentrification in Portland. The project relies heavily on community collaboration and site-specific conversation, featuring extensive interviews...more info



All Day
September 9th to December 4th
Five Buddhas: A Korean Icon’s Journey through Time
Portland Art Museum

During the three decades when he lived in Seoul, Robert Mattielli often visited the cluster of antique shops in Mary’s Alley (Anguk-dong). One day in the early 1970s, he was browsing when a “picker” came into a shop with a cart loaded with chests. The shop owner bought the cartload. Mattielli was...more info



All Day
July 23rd to November 13th
Josh Kline: Freedom
Portland Art Museum

Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation, Josh Kline (American, b. 1979) focuses on the ways technological innovations affect politics, labor and the human body. Josh Kline: Freedom examines politicians, protest movements and surveillance tactics in our digital...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



10:00 am
July 30th to November 13th
APEX: Arvie Smith
Portland Art Museum

Portland artist Arvie Smith paints beautifully, with luscious glowing color and fluid brushwork. His large, ambitious canvases reveal a baroque sensibility. His adept use of flowing line and animated figurative compositions appear to draw inspiration from artists like Jean-Antoine Watteau and...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



10:00 am
June 25th to October 9th
Splashes of Color Chinese Woodblock Prints
Portland Art Museum

Woodblock prints from the You Wei Du Zhai Collection. Many Americans are familiar with Japanese woodblock prints, which have been widely collected in the West since they were first admired by the French Impressionists. Few realize that China has an older and equally sophisticated tradition of color...more info



12:00 pm
September 1st to October 2nd
Danila Tkachenko - Escape
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Along with Selected Works by José Diniz. On view September 1–October 2, 2016. First Thursday Opening Reception: September 1, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with José Diniz: Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m. “I am concerned about the issue of internal freedom in the modern society: Is it at all reachable, when...more info



12:00 pm
September 1st to October 10th
Elizabeth Malaska // When We Dead Awaken II
Nationale

While contemporary media’s blatant objectification of the female form remains a constant narrative within feminist debate, the history of the male gaze courses deep. The passive poses and bare skin seen routinely on billboards and television is only a reworking of the supine nudes favored for...more info



12:00 pm
September 1st to October 2nd
José Diniz - Selected Works
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Along with Danila Tkachenko's Escape On view September 1–October 2, 2016. First Thursday Opening Reception: September 1, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with José Diniz: Thursday, September 1, 5 p.m. For many years, Brazilian photographer José Diniz has been swimming and photographing along the coast of...more info



12:00 pm
September 30th to October 30th
Structures & Feelings
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Disjecta announces the inaugural exhibition of their sixth Curator-in-Residence season with Michele Fiedler. The first in a set of four exhibitions, Structures and Feelings brings together works by Mexican artist Adriana Lara and Portland-based Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen. The exhibition...more info



4:00 pm
October 1st
Hamlet Goes Business
Whitsell Auditorium

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Deadpan humor abounds in this tongue-in-cheek noir adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal Hamlet. When Hamlet (the delightfully named Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, munching incongruously on a slice of ham) happens upon his father’s deceased body, he soon finds...more info



6:00 pm
September 30th to October 26th
Organic Encounters
c3:initiative

Organic Encounters presents work from 2015–2016 c3:initiative and Pulp & Deckle Papermaking Residency artists Ellen George, Laura Foster, Tyler Peterson and Ryan Woodring. Culminating from their experiences in the Pulp & Deckle studio, each artist utilized handmade paper as a medium to create new...more info



7:00 pm
October 1st
Je tu il elle
Whitsell Auditorium

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Like her spare, haunting portrait of a wandering filmmaker Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (1978), Akerman originally wrote Je tu il elle as a short story, and her imposition of a set of minimalist constraints creates space for an exploration of utter dissociation....more info