Cultural Calendar

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Events for February 22nd 2017

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
February 16th to February 26th
PDX Jazz Festival
Multiple venues

The PDX Jazz Festival is a multi-venue series of jazz events presented each February within Portland, Oregon. Nationally and regionally supported as a cultural tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month, PDX Jazz Festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art form by...more info



All Day
February 8th to March 5th
Pen/Man/Ship
Portland Playhouse

At the cusp of the 1900s, amid rising American efforts to send slaves "back to Africa," a group of African Americans embark on a voyage to Liberia in an old whaling boat. Once on board, a widower struggles to connect to his sensitive son, while a bold woman traveling alone fearlessly anticipates...more info



7:30 pm
February 22nd
Bridgetown Sextet
McMenamins Mission Theater

Presented by PDX Jazz. Over the past decade, Portland’s own Bridgetown Sextet has become a pillar of the Pacific Northwest’s robust vintage hot jazz and blues scene. The ensemble performs authentic, energetic roots jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with a sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp...more info



7:30 pm
February 22nd
Centre Choréographique National—Ballet de Lorraine
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Centre Choréographique National (CCN)—Ballet de Lorraine is one of Europe’s most acclaimed companies with a rich and extensive contemporary repertory. Making its West Coast debut with White Bird, the company of 26 dancers will offer a wide-ranging program, set to classical and modern scores, by...more info



7:30 pm
February 4th to March 18th
His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Portland Center Stage at the Armory

Presented by Portland Center Stage. From a rough and spirit-breaking childhood to being an unwilling teen bride, Ethel Waters became a Vaudeville success, a recording sensation and crossed racial barriers to emerge as a Broadway and Hollywood star. But a reputation for being difficult and her own...more info



7:30 pm
February 7th to March 5th
Marjorie Prime
Artists Repertory Theatre

In the not-so-far-off future, 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to hold onto her memories while another force — artificial intelligence — gently offers to shoulder that burden for her. Questions about life, consciousness and what makes us uniquely human are compelling enough in their own right, of...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
February 9th to February 23rd
Portland Black Film Festival
Hollywood Theatre

This February, the Hollywood Theatre is proud to present the 2017 Portland Black Film Festival. Curated by the Hollywood Theatre and Portland writer/filmmaker David F. Walker; the guest of honor this year will be screen legend Pam Grier, in attendance on Saturday, February 11th! The Portland Black...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



8:00 am
February 21st to March 17th
Table of Elements (and Minerals)
The Portland Building Installation Space

Drawing on her previous work exploring materials with unusual and interesting physical properties, Stephanie Simek will install her deftly crafted, hand-built “table of holograms” in the Portland Building Installation Space beginning February 21, 2017. Simek’s project, titled Table of Elements...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
January 21st to April 16th
Rodin: The Human Experience Selections
Portland Art Museum

From the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. One of the greatest artists of his time, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) revolutionized the art of sculpture with works that probe expression with the human figure and face. While his sculpture always remained faithful to nature, he departed from...more info



12:00 pm
February 2nd to February 26th
Katrina Kepule: Sit Silently
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Katrina Kepule: Sit Silently along with Magda Biernat: Adrift Exhibit on view: February 2–26, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: February 2, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with Magda Biernat: Thursday, February 2, 5 p.m. Katrina Kepule: "You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your...more info



12:00 pm
February 2nd to February 26th
Magda Biernat: Adrift
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Magda Biernat: Adrift along with Katrina Kepule: Sit Silently Exhibit on view: February 2–26, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: February 2, 6-9 p.m. Artist Talk with Magda Biernat: Thursday, February 2, 5 p.m. Magda Biernat: Adrift “My photography often explores the notions of home,...more info



12:00 pm
January 19th to March 16th
Out of the Drawers Exhibition: Signs
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Featuring photographs by: Skyra Beveridge Lauren Grabelle Sandee McGee Christopher Rauschenberg Shawn Records Exhibit runs: January 19–March 16, 2017. First Thursday Opening Reception: February 2, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. This past September, Blue Sky turned their Library wall into a Drawers exhibition...more info