Cultural Calendar

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Events for December 15th 2018

12:00 pm
December 7th to January 6th
ZooZoo
Imago Theatre

"Imago’s durably delightful mask-and-puppet creations live up to the all-too-often-hollow promise of “fun for the whole family.” Joining the Imago family of fanciful frogs, cats, penguins, polar bears and other creatures will be the Magic Cloth, a new collaboration between Imago and The Lion King...more info



1:00 pm
December 15th
The Barber of Seville
Hampton Opera Center

Portland Opera To Go (POGO) presents a bilingual adaptation of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Set in Alta, California in the 1830s, this production has retained all of Rossini’s buoyant good humor and added a fresh twist for audiences of all ages. Rosina is new in town. Fresh from México, she...more info



2:00 pm
December 1st to December 29th
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

"A decorated tree in the living room. Some colorfully wrapped presents. Maybe a Midnight Mass. But other than that, what characterizes the winter holidays more than the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol? For the past several seasons, Portland Playhouse has been presenting that familiar tale...more info



2:00 pm
November 24th to December 30th
A Christmas Memory & Winter Song
Portland Center Stage at The Armory

"Truman Capote’s autobiographical short A Christmas Memory — recollections from his poor, Southern boyhood — is vivid and touching, but a tad slight for a full evening of theater. So Portland Center Stage pairs it with the musical potpourri Winter Song, a blend of seasonal tunes and tales that...more info



2:00 pm
November 27th to December 23rd
Twist Your Dickens
Portland Center Stage at The Armory

"The Christmas holiday marks arguably the most impactful event in the history of Western Civilization. But that’s no reason to take it seriously! Go the other direction and into the silliness of the Second City’s improvisatory parody of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol." - Oregon Arts Watch...more info



3:00 pm
December 7th to January 6th
ZooZoo
Imago Theatre

"Imago’s durably delightful mask-and-puppet creations live up to the all-too-often-hollow promise of “fun for the whole family.” Joining the Imago family of fanciful frogs, cats, penguins, polar bears and other creatures will be the Magic Cloth, a new collaboration between Imago and The Lion King...more info



7:00 pm
December 1st to December 29th
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

"A decorated tree in the living room. Some colorfully wrapped presents. Maybe a Midnight Mass. But other than that, what characterizes the winter holidays more than the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol? For the past several seasons, Portland Playhouse has been presenting that familiar tale...more info



7:30 pm
November 24th to December 30th
A Christmas Memory & Winter Song
Portland Center Stage at The Armory

"Truman Capote’s autobiographical short A Christmas Memory — recollections from his poor, Southern boyhood — is vivid and touching, but a tad slight for a full evening of theater. So Portland Center Stage pairs it with the musical potpourri Winter Song, a blend of seasonal tunes and tales that...more info



7:30 pm
November 29th to December 23rd
Bell, Book and Candle
Vault Theater & Event Space

Usher in the holidays with a classic romantic comedy filled with magic, charm and just a little touch of witchcraft. John Van Druten’s 1950 play inspired the hugely popular film starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart, and one of the most popular television shows in history: Bewitched! Gillian...more info



7:30 pm
November 25th to December 30th
Everybody
Artists Repertory Theatre

"Everybody dies, but nobody knows for certain when it will be their time. For the brilliant Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s update of the 15th-century morality play Everyman, an ensemble of nine actors — including such Artists Rep stalwarts as Michael Mendelson, Sarah Lucht and John San Nicolas — take on...more info



7:30 pm
December 6th to December 30th
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Artists Repertory Theatre

"The story of George Bailey and his life in small-town Bedford Falls gets a slight twist here, presented as in audio-oriented radio-play style — complete with an onstage Foley artist (the person who adds in sound effects to make your make-believe more believable)." - Oregon Arts Watch The beloved...more info



7:30 pm
December 15th
JAG Company
BodyVox Dance Center

Join JAG Company, the elite performance-focused group within the Junior Artist Generator Program, for a winter showcase of dance. These talented young dancers will present works by BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland as well as pieces by Sarah Fuhrman, Jenelle Gaerlan and...more info



7:30 pm
November 30th to December 22nd
John
CoHo Theatre

"If you believe in ghosts, what place in America is more likely to be haunted than Gettysburg? This is where Pulitzer-winning playwright Annie Baker sets this story of a relationship on the brink, along with the elusive deeper meanings coursing through the everyday. The Washington Post called it “a...more info



7:30 pm
November 27th to December 23rd
Twist Your Dickens
Portland Center Stage at The Armory

"The Christmas holiday marks arguably the most impactful event in the history of Western Civilization. But that’s no reason to take it seriously! Go the other direction and into the silliness of the Second City’s improvisatory parody of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol." - Oregon Arts Watch...more info



7:30 pm
December 15th
Who's Holiday
Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza

Triangle Productions presents the West Coast premiere of Who's Holiday, starring Daria. Matthew Lombardo's hysterically funny, wildly irreverent and heartfelt parody is an absolute must-see for adult theater-goers this holiday season. Residing in a beat-up trailer in the snowy hills of Mount...more info



8:00 pm
December 15th
Sounds et al: Wndfrm, Christi Denton and Francisco Botello
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

The second show in a new series of sound-focused events at Disjecta, Sounds et al presents an immersive listening experience and album release, featuring three Portland-based sound artists. Primarily, Wndfrm will be presenting new work titled anticube, an exploratory experience originally...more info



Exhibits, Festivals, and Films

All Day
December 8th to January 6th
Alumbrados: Winter Lights at the Mercado
Portland Mercado

The "Alumbrados" is a traditional feature in many cities in Colombia and other parts of Latinoamérica. The streets are filled up with lighted sculptures and landscapes that recreate fantastic worlds. To welcome the holiday season, on the first night there will be a "Noche de Velitas" (Little...more info



All Day
August 18th to February 10th
APEX: Avantika Bawa
Portland Art Museum

APEX presents a new body of work by Portland-based artist Avantika Bawa. Looking at a singular Portland architectural structure, she presents her ongoing series of drawings, prints and large panel paintings of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Bawa combines her long interest in architecture and...more info



All Day
September 8th to June 9th
CCNA: Not Fragile
Portland Art Museum

Though often associated with delicacy, glass is forged through intense and violent forces—a meteorite impacting the earth, a nuclear bomb detonating or a 2,000 °F crucible. Not Fragile features artists from across the Pacific Northwest who use glass in innovative ways to impart messages of...more info



All Day
November 1st to December 30th
In Transit
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

Curated by Peggy Sue Amison, this group exhibition features the works of George Awde, Daniel Castro Garcia, Gohar Dashti, Tanya Habjouqa and Stefanie Zofia Schulz. A First Thursday opening reception event occurs for this exhibition on November 1, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. In Transit is a...more info



All Day
October 13th to January 13th
Poetic Imagination: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles
Portland Art Museum

Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover and a means to express...more info



All Day
July 28th to January 20th
The Shape of the Land: Topographical Painting and Maps in Late Joseon Korea
Portland Art Museum

This special installation in the Museum’s Korean Gallery is inspired by one of the most important Korean works in our collection: a large folding screen depicting a bird’s-eye view of the city of Pyeongyang. The painting is brimming with information about the city—fabled for its architecture, food...more info



All Day
November 17th to December 30th
We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments
Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum welcomes a dynamic, artist-led experiment that will transform the fourth floor of the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art through December 2018. We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments. is a series of five exhibitions developed in partnership with artists and art...more info



10:00 am
October 27th to February 24th
Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross
Portland Art Museum

“I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.” — Henryk Ross Together, Memory Unearthed at the Portland Art Museum and the Last Journey of the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE) will offer...more info



10:00 am
October 20th to April 28th
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Smithsonian's Sara Roby Foundation Collection
Portland Art Museum

"This is a blockbuster of a show featuring a who's-who of post-World War II American representational painting. Big names like Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, Nancy Grossman and Paul Cadmus are just some of the highlights of this excellent show, which includes preeminent Northwest artists like Mark...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



12:30 pm
December 15th
Art Museum Public Tour: Women In Art
Portland Art Museum

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life. Public tours depart from the Park Avenue...more info



2:30 pm
December 15th
Documentary Film Screening: Stinky Chicken Dog 2
New Expressive Works

New filmmaker Jenni Funk screens the RACC-funded film Stinky Chicken Dog 2. The film explores the complex relationships between people with disabilities and special needs and their animals. Open Captions, Open Audio Description, ASL Interpretation, wheelchair accessible venue. Please be scent...more info