Cultural Calendar

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Events for December 14th 2017

All Day
December 9th to December 17th
Holiday Shorts and Songs
CoHo Theatre

A live-action mash-up of holiday toons, presented by Coho Productions. Directed by Philip Cuomo, with musical accompaniment by Eric Nordin. Featuring Susannah Mars as Vixen the Reindeer, and Isaac Lamb as the lovable misfit: Abominable Snowman! Along with the CoHo Clown Cohort: Emily “Hijinks”...more info



12:00 pm
November 18th to December 31st
A Christmas Memory paired with Winter Song
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and the memories they share of favorite holiday...more info



12:00 pm
December 5th to December 31st
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

For sheer hijinks, grab a seat at “Twist Your Dickens.” Originally created by the Chicago comedy improv group Second City, Portland Center Stage’s version of this holiday classic is the place to be. “Twist Your Dickens” is NOT for the younger set, though. – Oregon Arts...more info



7:00 pm
December 2nd to December 30th
A Christmas Carol
Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center

Portland Playhouse produced a straightforward, traditional account of the Dickens’ tale (with music) of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge a few years ago. It has since become a big hit. This year, it moves from the friendly confines of its renovated church to an opera center on the banks of the...more info



7:30 pm
November 18th to December 31st
A Christmas Memory paired with Winter Song
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

An autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood, A Christmas Memory is a tiny gem of a holiday story, offering an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls — one young and one old — and the memories they share of favorite holiday...more info



7:30 pm
November 24th to December 16th
An Act Of God
Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza

The One with the first and last word on everything has finally arrived to set the record straight. After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (assisted by His devoted angels) answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. Starring Norman Wilson as God, James...more info



7:30 pm
December 14th
Chance Hayden: With A Little Help From My Friends
McMenamins Mission Theater

Guitarist, producer, composer and arranger Chance Hayden unveils a carefully crafted tribute celebrating The Beatles' iconic eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band at its 50th anniversary. While jazz artists have long translated songs of the Fab Four, seldom have such specific...more info



7:30 pm
November 30th to December 23rd
Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol
Vault Theater

Artistic director Scott Palmer imagined what Dickens must have gone through one wild night as he tried to assemble the story he would call “A Christmas Carol.” Palmer’s channeling of the process became the most successful production in the company’s history—mostly because the humor and script make...more info



7:30 pm
December 9th to December 24th
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®
Keller Auditorium

Many of us know and love The Nutcracker, but had to miss last year’s show due to inclement weather. Oregon Ballet Theater is providing Portlanders the chance to replant the country’s most famous ballet in their memories. The company’s fantastic dancers and a multitude of students fill the stage...more info



7:30 pm
December 14th
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
Alberta Rose Theatre

Join Emmy award-winning host Luke Burbank for the taping of Live Wire, the fastest growing entertainment show on public radio. They’ve got a late-night stride, an Oscar Wilde wit, and the charisma of Ferris Bueller grand marshaling a parade. Music, comedy and conversation, live and packed with...more info



7:30 pm
December 14th to December 23rd
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Lakewood Center for the Arts

Directed by Benjamin Tissell By Barbara Robinson The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked rough and hit little kids and talked back to their teachers. So it surprised just about everybody when they...more info



7:30 pm
November 19th to December 17th
The Humans by Stephen Karam
Artists Repertory Theatre

A Tony winner for best play and a Pulitzer finalist in 2016, Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” arrives for the holidays. The tense family drama is set at Thanksgiving dinner and is leavened with humor and insight. This is the kind of theater that has made Artists Rep a central theater company in...more info



7:30 pm
December 5th to December 31st
The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

For sheer hijinks, grab a seat at “Twist Your Dickens.” Originally created by the Chicago comedy improv group Second City, Portland Center Stage’s version of this holiday classic is the place to be. “Twist Your Dickens” is NOT for the younger set, though. – Oregon Arts...more info



7:30 pm
November 22nd to December 23rd
Your Holiday Hit Parade
Broadway Rose New Stage

Presented by Broadway Rose Theatre Company. Enjoy holiday hits of yesteryear alongside contemporary charmers in this tuneful new revue created by Portland’s own musical theatre maestro Rick Lewis (creator of A Taffeta Christmas and Christmas on Broadway) and Broadway Rose co-founder Dan Murphy. In...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

Famous for such stop-action animated feature films as Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Coraline (2009), LAIKA is at the center of Portland’s extensive animation scene. This extensive exhibition at the Portland Art Museum takes the visitor into the meticulous process that...more info



All Day
October 28th to February 11th
APEX: Dawn Cerny
Portland Art Museum

Dawn Cerny’s works are at once formal and reductive while existing in a realm of the playful and ridiculous. The Seattle artist’s newest sculptures and works on paper resemble familiar forms that suggest furniture and domestic objects occupying our interior spaces. Sculptures created from...more info



All Day
November 11th to June 24th
CCNA: Interwoven Radiance
Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art takes a deep dive into the weaving practice of the Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers of the Northwest Coast. Organized by Tlingit artist and weaver Lily Hope, the show focuses on ceremonial robes. The exhibit showcases how today’s artists...more info



All Day
November 4th to April 1st
Craftsmanship and Wit
Portland Art Museum

This fall, the Museum will celebrate the legacy of Carol (1932–2015) and Seymour Haber (1929–2012), longtime friends of and donors to the Portland Art Museum. Drawn exclusively from gifts and promised gifts from the Habers, this exhibition explores their personal vision and brilliant, insightful...more info



All Day
December 9th to May 6th
In the Beginning
Portland Art Museum

Long before co-founding Aperture magazine or establishing the groundbreaking photography program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, renowned modernist photographer Minor White (American, 1908-1976) moved to Portland, where he sowed the seeds of what would become a forceful artistic vision....more info



All Day
December 2nd to May 13th
Kingdom Animalia
Portland Art Museum

Furry, fierce, majestic or sublime, animals have been featured in the graphic arts since the advent of printmaking. Mammals, fish, reptiles and birds act as rich allegorical symbols, precise scientific specimens and vehicles for pure formal expression. Drawn from the Museum’s collection, this...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 21st to April 22nd
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Portland Art Museum

This exhibition in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art features two videos by Rodrigo Valenzuela (born 1982 in Chile, lives and works in Los Angeles). Each explores a specific aspect of labor in the United States today. Prole (2015) follows a group of Spanish-speaking men as they...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



12:00 pm
October 19th to February 4th
I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

The Oregon Jewish Museum has taken over the sunny corner once occupied by the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibit “I Am This: Art by Oregon Jewish Artists” shows off all of the space’s possibilities. Organized by curator Bruce Guenther, it features four generations of Jewish-born artists who...more info



12:00 pm
December 7th to December 31st
Lorna Simpson from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

This exhibition is showing alongside Sylwia Kowalczyk's Lethe (continued). Exhibit on display December 7–31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: December 7, 6-9 p.m. Lecture: Looking for Lorna Simpson Artist and educator Lisa Jarrett explores embodiment by discussing influence, visibility and...more info



12:00 pm
November 2nd to December 31st
Sylwia Kowalczyk - Lethe
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Exhibit on display from November 2–December 31, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: November 2, 6-9 p.m. Artist talk with Sylwia Kowalczyk Saturday, November 4, 3 p.m. "Lethe is the river that cleanses Dante in Purgatory, the one that wipes memories of the dead as they drink from it or bathe...more info



7:00 pm
December 14th
An Evening With Gail Noonan
NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium

Presented by the Northwest Film Center. Vancouver, B.C., is home to some of the world’s great independent animators, including Gail Noonan. She studied animation at Emily Carr University of Art, and her early works featured hand-drawn cartoons confronting feminine issues related to media...more info