We've rounded the tinsel-covered bend on the holiday season, but with one weekend left before Christmas, Portland's holiday show schedule isn't slowing down. Looking for some entertainment between last minute shopping and sneaking into the kitchen for another half-glass of eggnog? Look no further than our comprehensive guide to the Rose City's holiday shows, including these great bets for this weekend:
- Portland Cello Project's Sweater Spectacular, Dec 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- Wanderlust Circus' A Circus Carol, Dec 20-22, Alberta Rose Theatre
- Natalie Cole, Dec 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- Oregon Symphony's Comfort and Joy, Dec 22, Alrene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- Nowell Syng We, Dec 20, St. James Catholic Church and Dec 22, St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church
Also, check out our reviews of some of the festive theater running through the weekend:
- Portland Playhouse's A Cristmas Carol
- Pixie Dust's Beauty and the Beast
- Bag&Baggage's It's a (Somewhat) Wonderful Life
- Portland Center Stage's Twist Your Dickens
- Artist Repertory Theater's Xmas Unplugged
"...a huge Broadway sing-along remounted with moxie by a cast of warm and lively local vets made special with truly fanciful sets and costumes. It’s an early Christmas present for musical lovers." Read our full review.
Formed in 1977 with singer Exene Cervenka as its namesake, X fast became Los Angeles’s leading punk band, putting out two records in the early ’80s, Los Angeles and Wild Gift, which Rolling Stone ranks among the 500 all-time greatest albums. Following a lengthy semidormant period, the aging punks reunited in the ’00s and are presently on a Xmas tour—get it?—with fellow scene stalwarts the Blasters.
Dec 20–21, Doug Fir Lounge
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside wrap up a massive year for the band—which has seen the release of their sophmore effort Untamed Beast to critical acclaim—by bringing their high-energy rock and roll romp to the Doug Fir. Ford and her band have grabbed attention nationwide for their assertive and dynamic vintage rock and rockabilly stylings, and these end-of-year shows come just before the upcoming release of a new EP, Summer. Check out our review of Untamed Beast from our February 2013 issue, as well as our feature on Portland's music liscencing industry that includes the band.
The versatile, genre-hopping, local string ensemble celebrates the release of a seasonally themed EP—the locally appropriate Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year)—with a special Holiday Sweater Spectacular featuring Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives, Tucson songwriter Howe Gelb, and Portland folkies Laura Gibson and Laura Veirs.
This collaborative performance piece—featuring music, visual projection, and art installation, in addition to coreography from Tracy Broyles—claims inspiration from the elemental cycle and the idea that the audience takes part in the creation of the work. The performance is supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.