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Northwest Dance Project brings the body paint in Bolero + Billie.

Books & Talks

Danielle Centoni

7:30 p.m. Fri, Powell's City of Books, FREE
In her new cookbook, Portland Cooks, the James Beard Award-winning writer shares 80 recipes from 40 of this city’s most popular restaurants and bars.

Dan Rather

3 and 7 p.m. Sat, Powell's City of Books, SOLD OUT
The 86-year-old icon of broadcast journalism recently returned to the fray as an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, blasting the president’s volatility and his blatant disregard for facts. Rather’s new essay collection, What Unites Us, muses on patriotism in turbulent times. 

Slant: Live Queer Storytelling

7 p.m. Sat, Mississippi Studios, $13–15
Drag clown Carla Rossi hosts an evening of queer-themed storytelling, featuring six raconteurs sharing seven-minute tales.

Comedy

The Siren Theater's Brand New Best Christmas Ever

8 p.m. Fri–Sun, Siren Theater, $10–18
Eight crack sketch artists—including Shelley McLendon, Erin Jean O’Regan, and Jed Arkley—vow to give “100 percent holiday cheer” in this variety show modeled on holiday specials of yore.

The Mystery Box Show

7 p.m. Sun, Alberta Rose Theatre, $20–55
Portlanders unleash their juiciest, kinkiest, and most scandalous sex stories. In other words, a great first Tinder date.

Dance

Bolero + Billie

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, Lincoln Hall, $34–58
Northwest Dance Project’s holiday show features a revival of resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem’s Bolero—set to Ravel’s ubiquitous Spanish-tinged score, the energetic piece debuted last December—alongside pieces choreographed by company members and set to songs by Billie Holiday.

OPENING The Nutcracker

2 and 7:30 p.m. Sat–Sun, Keller Auditorium, $23+
It’s not December without the pirouetting sugarplum fairies and sword-wielding mice of Balanchine’s beloved ballet. If you don’t like your Tchaikovsky canned, make sure to seek out one of 10 performances this season featuring a live orchestra.

Music

Gospel Christmas

7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 4 p.m. Sun, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35–115
The 19-year tradition returns with the Northwest Community Gospel Choir joining the Oregon Symphony for a multicultural, interfaith celebration.

Valerie June

8 p.m. Fri–Sat, Aladdin Theater, $27.50–29
The Tennessee-raised musician straddles rootsy twang and Southern gospel, infusing her voice—which is nasal and a little weird—with melancholy.

Grizzly Bear with serpentwithfeet

8 p.m. Sat, Roseland Theater, SOLD OUT
The talented serpentwithfeet gave a  mesmerizing opening for Perfume Genius at Revolution Hall earlier this year. Now the Baltimorean with the ethereal voice and operatic R&B sounds is back to support Brooklyn indie rockers Grizzly Bear. 

Shook Twins

9 p.m. Sat, Wonder Ballroom, $20–22
Based in Portland, the identical twin sisters make folky, haunting music that straddles the space between bouncy and bleak.

Patterson Hood

9 p.m. Sun, Doug Fir Lounge, $18–20
The co-founder of  Drive-By Truckers—the Southern rockers have of late been busy rebuking Donald Trump in songs like “The Perilous Night”—plays a solo show in his adopted hometown.

Theater

CLOSING Belfast Girls

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sat, 2 p.m. Sun, Shaking the Tree, $20–25
Corrib Theatre’s new season launches with Jaki McCarrick’s drama, which follows five young Belfast women fleeing the Great Famine on an Australia-bound ship. Things go south (and not just literally).

Chang(e)

7:30 p.m. Thu–Sun, Headwaters Theatre, $12–50
On an October morning in 1996, an artist and activist named Kathy Change—born Kathleen Chang—walked onto the University of Pennsylvania campus, doused herself in gasoline, and set herself on fire. This show, created by Suzi Takahashi and Soomi Kim (who was raised in Beaverton), explores Change’s complicated life and message.

A Christmas Memory/Winter Song

Noon and 7:30 p.m. Thu, 7:30 p.m. Fri–Sat, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun, Gerding Theater, $25–60
It’s fruitcake weather, so Truman Capote’s classic tale seems an apt addition to the holiday calendar. Portland Center Stage pairs it with a cycle of seasonal songs created by Merideth Kay Clark (a.k.a. Elphaba in the first touring production of Wicked) and PCS production associate Brandon Woolley.

Visual Art

OPENING In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Portland Art Museum, FREE–$19.99
In 1938, the Works Progress Administration hired 30-year-old Minor White to photograph the architecture of downtown Portland. Some images—expect about 70 in this exhibit—show grand façades, while others reveal the effects of the Great Depression: run-down buildings soon to be demolished, or men huddled outside a junk shop, hoping to make a sale.

Portland Art Museum 125th Birthday Party

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun, Portland Art Museum, FREE
Celebrate PAM's 125th (!) birthday with art-making activities, special guided tours, improv comedy, a very large cake, and a performance from the one-and-only Moshow, Portland's favorite cat rapper. Check the website for the day's full lineup.

The King’s Mouth

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri–Sun, PNCA, FREE
If you’ve ever seen a Flaming Lips show—if you’ve experienced the confetti, disco balls, unicorns, and massive inflatable things—you’ve peeked into the madcap mind of front man Wayne Coyne. Now you can fully crawl inside: The King’s Mouth is a floor-to-ceiling installation piece at Pacific Northwest College of Art that invites viewers to lie back on plush red pillows for a spectacle of light, sound, and Day-Glo-tinged psychedelia.

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Art

The King's Mouth

FREE Pacific Northwest College of Art

If you’ve ever seen a Flaming Lips show—if you’ve experienced the confetti, disco balls, unicorns, and massive inflatable things—you’ve peeked into the madca...

Art

In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

In 1938, the Works Progress Administration hired 30-year-old Minor White to photograph the architecture of downtown Portland. Some images—expect about 70 in ...

Theater

A Christmas Memory/Winter Song

$25–60 Gerding Theater at the Armory - Main Stage

It’s fruitcake weather, so Truman Capote’s classic tale seems an apt addition to the holiday calendar. Portland Center Stage pairs it with a cycle of seasona...

Theater

Chang(e)

7:30 PM $12–50 The Headwaters Theatre

On an October morning in 1996, an artist and activist named Kathy Change—born Kathleen Chang—walked onto the University of Pennsylvania campus, doused hersel...

Theater

Belfast Girls

$20–25 Shaking the Tree Studio

Corrib Theatre’s new season launches with Jaki McCarrick’s drama, which follows five young Belfast women fleeing the Great Famine on an Australia-bound ship....

Concerts

Patterson Hood

$18–20 Doug Fir Lounge

The co-founder of Drive-By Truckers—the Southern rockers have of late been busy rebuking Donald Trump in songs like "The Perilous Night"—plays a solo show in...

Concerts

Shook Twins (December 2017)

$20–22 Wonder Ballroom

Based in Portland, the identical twin sisters make folky, haunting music that straddles the space between bouncy and bleak.

Concerts

Grizzly Bear with serpentwithfeet

SOLD OUT Roseland Theater

If you missed serpentwithfeet’s mesmerizing opening for Perfume Genius at Revolution Hall earlier this year, you’re in luck: the Baltimorean with the etherea...

Concerts

Valerie June (December 2017)

8:00 PM $27.50–29 Aladdin Theatre

The Tennessee-raised musician straddles rootsy twang and Southern gospel, infusing her voice—which is nasal and a little weird—with melancholy.

Concerts

Gospel Christmas 2017

$35–115 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The 19-year tradition returns with the Northwest Community Gospel Choir joining the Oregon Symphony for a multicultural, interfaith celebration.

Dance

The Nutcracker (2017)

7:30 PM and 2:00 PM $23+ Keller Auditorium

It’s not December without the pirouetting sugarplum fairies and sword-wielding mice of Balanchine’s beloved ballet. If you don’t like your Tchaikovsky canned...

Dance

Bolero + Billie

$34–58 Lincoln Performance Hall

Northwest Dance Project's holiday show features a revival of resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem's Bolero—set to Ravel's ubiquitous Spanish-tinged score, the...

Comedy

The Mystery Box Show (December 2017)

$20–55 Alberta Rose Theater

Portlanders unleash their juiciest, kinkiest, and most scandalous sex stories. In other words, a great first Tinder date.

Comedy

The Siren Theater’s Brand New Best Christmas Ever

$10–18 Siren Theater

Eight crack sketch artists—including Shelley McLendon, Erin Jean O'Regan, and Jed Arkley—vow to give "100 percent holiday cheer" in this variety show modeled...

Books & Talks

Slant: Live Queer Storytelling

$13–15 Mississippi Studios

Drag clown Carla Rossi hosts an evening of queer-themed storytelling, featuring six raconteurs sharing seven-minute tales.

Books & Talks

Dan Rather

SOLD OUT Powell's City of Books

The 86-year-old icon of broadcast journalism recently returned to the fray as an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, blasting the president’s volatility and hi...

Books & Talks

Danielle Centoni

FREE Powell's City of Books

In her new cookbook, Portland Cooks, the James Beard Award-winning writer shares 80 recipes from 40 of this city's most popular restaurants and bars.