Cultural Calendar

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Events for January 18th 2018

7:30 pm
January 11th to January 20th
Bi-
Milagro Theatre

Inspired by the book Flatland by Edwin Abbott. Set in the year 2089 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls and all sorts of boxes, Bi- will break open the boxes of selective classification. Ajai Terazzas Tripathi and the Teatro Milagro touring cast tell a tale of the spaces in between...more info



7:30 pm
January 5th to February 11th
Parnassus On Wheels
Lakewood Center for the Arts

A World Premiere. Directed by Stephanie Mulligan. By C.S. Whitcomb. Based on the novel by Christopher Morley. Helen has spent all of her forty-something years taking care of the family farm. Fed up and itching for adventure, Helen impulsively buys a caravan filled with books from a wiry Irishman...more info



7:30 pm
October 12th to May 8th
Portland Arts & Lectures
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists and thinkers to the community. The series begins on October 12 with George Saunders, author of four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays, whose most recent novel Lincoln in the Bardo is a New...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

"Although there are larger shows ongoing at the Portland Art Museum (including an immersion experience into the LAIKA animation studio and paintings by three generations of the Wyeth family), animal lovers will gravitate toward “Kingdom Animalia.” The print show spans 500 years, from Dürer to...more info



All Day
January 12th to January 30th
Reel Music Festival
NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium

Welcome to the 35th annual edition of Reel Music. Whether your passion is jazz, blues, folk, rock, electronic, world, classical — or anything between — the NW Film Center hopes you find something to discover and inspire in this eclectic mix of films that celebrate great artists, sound, and image,...more info



All Day
January 16th to March 4th
Endings
The Art Gym at Marylhurst University

The Art Gym presents Endings, an exhibition featuring new work by Srijon Chowdhury and Bobbi Woods. Chowdhury and Woods source a combination of recognizable objects and narrative imagery to investigate the structures of myth and materialism. Commonplace storytelling devices are laid bare in the...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
January 10th to February 25th
Migration Patterns: Mapping Our Journey
Multnomah County Central Library

Migration Patterns: Mapping Our Journey is an installation featuring the work of a social practice project co-created by participants housed in the Human Solutions Family Center and Rachel O'Rourke, social action artist. Photographs, maps and sacred objects capture stories of forced migration,...more info



12:00 pm
January 4th to February 25th
Robert Frank - Books and Films: 1947–2017
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

This exhibition will be on display from January 4 to February 25, 2018. There will be a First Thursday Opening Reception on January 4, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. A lecture by Gerhard Steidl will be held prior to the opening: Print Is Not Dead. The Beauty of Analogue Media in a Digital World - Thursday,...more info



5:00 pm
January 8th to February 2nd
Illuminated Wilderness: Memory
Littman and White Galleries

Kindra Crick’s multimedia exhibition explores the intersection between the two cultures of science and art that share a common wonder at the creative possibilities which emerge from the cross-pollination of the material and natural worlds. Audiences will find themselves enveloped in, and invited to...more info



7:00 pm
January 18th
Bill Frisell: A Portrait
NW Film Center/Whitsell Auditorium

Franz’s affectionate salute to archetype guitar hero Bill Frisell provides an overdue immersion into the creative world of one of American music’s most important artists. A unique and masterful musician, prolific composer and bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Downbeat Guitarist of the Year for...more info



7:00 pm
January 18th
Reel Music: Northwest Music Video Showcase
Skype Live Studio

A new installment of an annual showcase of great new music videos made by filmmakers from Portland and around the Northwest for bands from around the globe. The program includes recent collaborations with bands such as Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Reyna Tropical, Secret Drum Band, EMA, Ashlin Aronin,...more info