The Mammals are back! Mike & Ruthy, touring American folk act and founders of The Mammals, are bringing back the band name that energized crowds in the '00s and gave them their start. For their set at Portland's Alberta Rose Theatre, they'll be joined by Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms of Foghorn Stringband, old friends of Mike & Ruthy's.
Over the course of his career, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Tommy Castro -- a six-time Blues Music Award winner -- has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans. Castro and his band The Painkillers -- featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown -- play music that is guaranteed to fill the floor and raise the roof. With seemingly telepathic musicianship, the Painkillers bring an unmatched passion to Castro's blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Delivering the songs from his brand new Alligator release Stompin' Ground, Castro looks back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, melding contemporary lyrics with blistering blues-rock. Don't miss Castro's "soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar" (Washington Post) when he hits the stage at Portland's Alberta Rose Theatre.
When people wax poetic about those golden times and places they wish they could've experienced, there's one scene that inevitably comes up: Greenwich Village in the early '60s. A bohemian paradise that would become the breeding ground for the soon-to-explode counterculture, the Village was home to Beat writers like Kerouac and Ginsberg and folk singers like Bob Dylan, hosted just about every modern jazz great, and brought together countless other iconoclasts and trailblazers that would change the world. Now, you can experience this magical time and watch as the Village evolves through the decades, set to a soundtrack of the era's hit songs, as Stumptown Stages presents the world premiere of Folk City: The Musical at Portland's Brunish Theatre.
Take a nostalgic visit to Colchester, a small town where everybody knows each other and love blossoms in unlikely nooks and crannies. Your tour guide is photographer Suzanne, who shares her view into her neighbors' private lives and romantic entanglements. A world premiere play, developed from one of the Armory's 2015 JAW festival entries, Kodachrome's evocative snapshots will remind you of the power of love, the changing of the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye.
The struggles of a capitalistic society in post-WWII America are explored through the lens of family relationships in All My Sons, a drama that won the 1947 Drama Critics' Award for Best New Play and established playwright Arthur Miller as a bona fide American theater icon. If your sense of right and wrong has been shattered by any number of disturbing recent events, you can find genuine emotional healing in Arthur Miller's chilling story, which feels just as relevant today as it did when it debuted more than 70 years ago. Experience this gripping new production by the Portland Actors Conservatory, presented at the Shoe Box Theater at Vertigo Theatre in Portland.
Say what you will about the last millennium, but those last few decades knew how to par-tay. Now you can party like it's 1999 (and even earlier) at this fun Flashback Dance Cruise featuring the best dance hits from the '80s, '90s and more. This two-hour cruise aboard the Portland Spirit provides everything you need for a rockin' late night on the river, with a live DJ on deck spinning the biggest hits of the three greatest party music decades ever. Retro outfits are encouraged, so break out those leisure suits, neon leg warmers and Members Only jackets and have a blast.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 11:00pm
This fabulously fun song-and-dance sensation follows sugary-sweet sorority sister Elle, known for her all-pink wardrobe and her chihuahua Bruiser, whose unlikely plan to win back her Ivy League boyfriend involves putting down her credit cards, picking up the books and setting out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. This unlikely academic not only ends up teaching the intellectual elite a thing or two, but she finds true love along the way. Nominated in 2007 for seven Tony Awards (including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score), the bright and bubbly Legally Blonde: The Musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the subsequent hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon. New Century Players Community Theatre in collaboration with Rex Putnam High School brings the show to the Rex Putnam Main Stage near Portland.
Come check out the Rose City's most riotous night of laughs with ComedySportz, which has been providing big-time laughs to Portland for more than 20 years. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot. A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive show, and willing volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage!
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm
British author P.G. Wodehouse became one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century for his iconic duo of feather-brained playboy Bertie Wooster and his resourceful, long-suffering valet, Jeeves. Now, Wodehouse's trademark wit comes to the stage of Vancouver's Magenta Theater in Jeeves Intervenes. When his Aunt Agatha forces Bertie to cancel his holiday to the French Riviera, it's only the beginning of his troubles. Now he's stuck attending a family reunion while Agatha attempts to engineer his engagement to the overbearing Gertrude. Meanwhile, Bertie's school chum Eustace is about to be sent to a tragically respectable job in India. Now, it's once again up to Bertie's trusty manservant, Jeeves, to save the day.
In Seussical Theater for Young Audiences, cats wear hats and audiences wear smiles -- both two sizes too large. It's almost impossible not to start grinning when this all-ages musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' stories plunges you into the whimsical world of Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The stories are linked together by a young boy who is a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Seussical's cast of favorite characters, including the Whos of Whoville, the Grinch and the Cat himself, brings a sense of wonder and fun to this entertaining production specially tailored for young audiences at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.
A terrible snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a quaint boarding house in The Mousetrap. To everyone's horror, it soon becomes clear that a murderer is hiding among them. A policeman arrives to investigate, and as the characters testify and re-enact the events of the night, the trap is set to catch the murderer. This thrilling mystery by Agatha Christie is one of the most popular whodunits of all time and you'll find yourself in the middle of the action -- there's no stage for this fully immersive show, so the intense action plays out all around you. Get in on the sleuthing at the Cady Building in Beaverton.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing is an expressive, cyclical fable fit for all ages, especially for the brave, curious ones who follow their heart to find home. "Once ... Twice ... Thrice upon a time, a girl was born." 10-year-old triplet sisters are abandoned in the woods by their heartbroken father on a snowy night. Beatrix follows the direction of her departed dad and the setting sun, believing her own bright energy can warm anyone's heart. Albienne has a strong appetite for cakes and battle, and goes off in the opposite direction to explore the unknown. Carmen cannot move forward or back, she is best at staying still, oddly silent, helpful to others in need. So the sisters separate, but remain connected, while facing fantastical, touching adventures: they wage wars, win wealth, make homes and travel in lighthouses under the sea. Seasons change, years pass, and they become grown women -- eventually returning to the same but different place, reunited as family. See CoHo Theater's production of Finegan Kruckemeyer's unique work in Portland.
The NoSleep Podcast began as an online forum for people to post first-person stories about frightening experiences. As it rapidly gained readership as an online version of telling spooky stories around the campfire, host and producer David Cummings turned it into a podcast. Five years in, the award-winning podcast has evolved into one of the biggest digital horror brands in the world, with over 18 million downloads, averaging at 275,000 downloads per week, along with a five-star rating on iTunes. The podcast was titled as USA Today's "Summer Scare" and reaped praise from the AV Club as "enjoyably creepy and consistently interesting." Cumming's deep, haunting voice brings the stories and characters to life in this live recording at Portland's Aladdin Theater, making you feel as if you're experiencing the horror first-hand.
Portland's Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza hosts a triangle productions! double bill, featuring The Madness of Lady Bright and the world premiere of TRANS-formation. The first play traces the mental breakdown of Lesley Bright, an aging homosexual whose past returns to haunt him. Gary Norman stars in this short play by Lanford Wilson, a pioneer of the gay theatre movement. TRANS-formation is inspired by the true story of George Jorgensen, one the first people in the U.S. to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Back by popular demand, Choral Arts Ensemble returns to Lincoln Performance Hall with another CAE Pops! concert, From Broadway to the Met, the Sequel. The concert features famous choral works from musical theater and Broadway, including songs from Ragtime, Candide, Chorus Line, Book of Mormon, and Guys & Dolls. They'll also give their regards to the opera stage with choruses by Verdi, Wagner, Weber, Beethoven, Mozart, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance Jr. opens with a group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic, who has reached his milestone 21st year. Finally having served the full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen -- which may mean bringing his pirate friends to justice. This turns out to be a tricky prospect indeed, especially when Frederic's freedom is called into question! See this fun jr. version of the hit musical performed by a cast of youths ages 8 to 18 at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium.
Experience family-friendly ComedySportz's late-night alter ego at their after hours when you witness Magic of the Mind's whiz genius/mentalist Curt. With a wide variety of offbeat talents in defense, computer technology and theater, he shows audiences what he's made of with any kind of problem solving -- most of which take under two minutes to accomplish. The man has 20 years of performing experience that will challenge your mind and inspire you to take advantage of your own strengths, too. Each show welcomes a CSz Portland improv opening act.
Working with acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris has been described as "about as much fun as you can have legally and in public" -- and that sense of almost dangerous delight spreads from the stage to the audience during every performance of his world-famous company. Now the Mark Morris Dance Group dances their way into Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to perform their latest work, Pepperland, which celebrates The Beatles' groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Just in time for the album's 50th anniversary, this special homage will feature breathtaking movement -- all set to an original score inspired by the album's unforgettable hits.
It's Friday night, and instead of spending it with strangers at the bars, why not spend it laughing with William Shakespeare? ComedySportz brings Elizabethan comedy back to life with ShakesProv, a 50-minute burst of improvised jokes and sketches, all in the style and mindset of Shakespeare himself! You get to create the experience as the ComedySportz Portland players craft bawdy humor based off your suggestions.
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.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 8:30pm (vs. Arizona State Sun Devils)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:15pm (vs. Arizona Wildcats)
What happens when we can no longer trust our leaders to guide us in the right direction? Do you accept the unknown or do you hold fast to your beliefs and reject what is new? In The Christians, faith leader Paul begins to question what he has always known to be true. The divide amongst members of the same church address questions that to some could be the determining factor to their afterlife. Prophetic in its exploration of the commercialization of religion, this play spotlights the sensitive and challenging obstacles of all successful organizations. Lucas Hnath's award-winning play makes its Portland premiere at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Ticket proceeds from this Voice for Voiceless Theatre production benefit Water 1st International.