If you were picking words to describe a typical string quartet, "rocking" probably wouldn't be anywhere near the top of the list. But the Carpe Diem String Quartet is anything but typical, as evidenced by concert repertoire ranging from tango to folk, pop, rock, jazz and traditional works -- or the fact that they're probably the only string quartet to be called "fun and sexy" in the Washington Post. Boasting an eclectic group of past collaborators that includes Willy Porter, Jayme Stone and Yo Yo Ma, this group of versatile virtuosos is coming to the Winningstad Theatre in Portland to perform The Eight Seasons: Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
Get dolled up and join some sassy gals for a vintage burlesque and variety show that supports hospitalized veterans at American Legion Post 134 in Portland. Pin-Ups On Tour works to recreate the bawdy fun of vaudevillian theaters so popular across America during and post-WWII. From the moment guests enter the event, they will be treated to something special. Pin-Ups on Tour's goal is to recreate the magic of the Hollywood Canteen that operated during the 1940s as a club offering dancing, drinks and entertainment for servicemembers, usually on their way overseas. The evening will feature dancing showgirls, comedy, variety acts, soulful lounge singers, vintage tray girls, and more than a few surprises! With entertainment and atmosphere around every turn, you'll feel like you stepped into another era.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the most fondly remembered cult shows in the history of American television. This series about a man and his robots making snappy commentary about terrible movies sent to them by mad scientists ran for ten seasons throughout the 1990s and now finds new life in MST - The Mystery Science Tribute at Portland's CSz. At this live comedy show, performers improvise a B-movie based on an audience suggestion, while a trio of wisecrackers mock it mercilessly.
The Oregon Ducks land back at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene after a high-flying trip to the Final Four in 2017, where they fell in a heart-breaker to top-ranked North Carolina by just one point. Poised to make another run at the championship, head coach Dana Altman leads high-scoring guard Payton Pritchard. top rebounding freshman Troy Brown Jr. and the 6 ft., 10-inch, 230 pound Israeli forward Roman Sorkin against Pac-12 and non-conference opponents, who'll find themselves deep in the woods on one of college hoops' most distinctively-designed courts.
Set in rural New England 1910 -- where women have yet to earn the right to vote -- Parnassus On Wheels tells an ever-timely tale of female empowerment, as a strong, smart woman looks to start a new chapter in life after years spent taking care of her family. Her opportunity arrives in the form of a traveling bookseller, who she joins on a romantic adventure spreading the gospel of a good story and literary enlightenment to rural folk, while finding unexpected love. This world-premiere adaptation of Christopher Morley's novel comes to the stage in Lake Oswego courtesy of the Lakewood Theatre Company.
A gentleman caller, a collection of fragile glass animals and Isaac Lamb as a Southern belle in a big dress. Elements of silent film, physical comedy and the music of Philip Glass highlight this poignant, hilarious and whimsical telling of Tennessee Williams' story of family facades, dreams of escape and the reality of the everyday. Supported by a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the CoHo Clown Cohort was created to cultivate an experimental ensemble of clown performers and recontextualize clowning in the modern theatre landscape. Philip's Glass Menagerie explores whether or not Williams' emotionally intimate story can be told truthfully and powerfully through the extreme physical expression of clowning. Enjoy the show at Portland's CoHo Theatre.
Whether it's the dangers of eating spicy food or the perils of using one too many staples, the improv comedy wizards of Russell 2 Russell have got you covered. Paying homage to the classic ABC after-school specials of the '70s, '80s and beyond, John and Matt Russell come to CSz Portland to perform a totally improvised tale of the trials and tribulations of whatever the audiences happens to suggest. (And just like real after-school special, they keep the show appropriate for all audiences.)
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 / 10:00pm ("Concerto for Piano and Mime" - Silent Improv Set to Live Piano)
SVER play grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Savannah-born singer/songwriter Austin Quattlebaum opens the concert at Portland's Alberta Rose Theatre with his swampy songs. With their new album "Fryd," SVER aims for new heights with freshly composed fiddle hits, mixed with old tunes in new form. Norwegian-Swedish SVER has since 2008 put on countless performances at festivals and clubs all over Europe. The last four years SVER has collaborated with the Swedish dance-hall artist Snakka San, and created the new genre Folkhall, playing in Scandinavia and have had multiple songs on the radio charts in Norway and Sweden.
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)