Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 27–30

Cirque du Soleil opens, the Eagles go on sale, Grimm star David Giuntoli hopefully doesn't kill anything on Live Wire but 'it,' Chanticleer takes a sonic voyage from Joni Mitchell to Johnny Cash, and so much more.

By Portland Monthly Staff and Danielle Klenak March 27, 2014

Win Tickets

We're giving away tickets to the opening night of the touring Broadway production of Sister Act on Tuesday and then the men in tutus, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, on Wednesday. Enter here.

Ticket Alert

The Eagles will play the Moda Center on Aug 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 am.

Other big acts coming to the Moda Center (it still hurts to say that name): James Taylor on May 30 (now on sale), Cher and Cyndi Lauper on June 30 (now on sale), Katy Perry and Tegan and Sara on Sept 12 (now on sale), and Fleetwood Mac on Nov 22 (on sale Apr 7 at 10 am).


Cirque du Soleil's Totem

Cirque du Soleil: Totem
Mar 27–May 4, Portland Expo Center
Cirque du Soleil brings back its blue-and-yellow big top for its latest cavalcade, described as “somewhere between science and legend.”

Mar 28–Apr 19, CoHo Theater
Third Rail flirts with its first musical in this two-person romance about trying desperately not to fall in love. “It’s super funny, beautiful, romantic, sexy, [and] foul-mouthed,” says Isaac Lamb, one of the show’s two actors. What more do you need?
Thru Mar 30, Artists Repertory Theatre
"Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherfucker with the Hat is a chest-shaking bass line on a sweaty dance floor, a back-alley drug deal, and a broken heart lost in between. It is bombastic, hilarious, and smart, and director Kevin Jones cranks its volume to full with a powerhouse ensemble and direction that is as tight as a Wu-Tang beat..." Read our full review.

Closing  The Light in the Piazza
thru Mar 30, Portland Playhouse
Centered on a wealthy Southern woman whose emotionally stunted daughter falls in love with a local during a summer in Italy, this contemporary musical showcases a heavily orchestrated neoromantic score in an intimate chamber music setting.
"The cast soars (as do their voices) under Brian Weaver’s graceful direction and with Adam Guettel’s almost operatic score." Read our full review.



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Friday, Crystal Ballroom
Portlander Doug Appling, front man for the chill/trip hop group Emancipator, expertly sutures progressions from his early classical training with house music to keep audiences engaged and bobbing on the dance floor. NYT dubbed this group, which is often accompanied by live banjo, violin, and horns, “simmering, thoughtful and steady."

The War on Drugs
Sunday, Wonder Ballroom
The band’s follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed Slave Ambient is called Lost in the Dream, which is a good description of Adam Granduciel and company’s equally acclaimed live performances.

special events

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Live Wire!
Saturday, Alberta Rose Theater
Live Wire
, Portland’s own nationally syndicated radio variety show, celebrates 10 years on air this month. Guests include Grimm star David Giuntoli, author/screenwriter Vendela Vida (Away We Go), author/actress/host of Dinner and a Movie Annabelle Gurwitch (her new memoir is I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories From the Edge of 50), Seattle-based rock band Cumulus, and new local music powerhouse Love Gigantic, whose bandleader Sarah King is a Portland secret that needs to be discovered (her pipes would make Stevie Nicks proud).


Mar 28–29, Gerding Theater at the Armory
Presented by Slingshot, which promises “smart and innovative theatrical comedy installations” at PCS, Love Wolves is a night of solo sketch comedy featuring Bad Reputation mastermind Shelley McLendon, Paul Glazier  (The Lost Boys- Live!, Live Wire!), Tony Marcellino (The Liberators, Rudolph- On Stage!), Janet Rivera (Administration, Rudolph- On Stage!, The Brody), Erin Jean O'Regan (Administration, Rudolph- On Stage!, The Brody), and Nicholas Kessler (The Liberators, PCS's Twist Your Dickens).


Friday, Kaul Auditorium
The world’s preeminent male a cappella chorus (and a Portland favorite) is renowned for their impressive musical range, interpreting works ranging from Renaissance classics to reworked modern pieces. This evening's lineup explores the duality of the sexes, from the classical feminine ideals of Hildegard von Bringen to the sexual tension and harmony of Maurice Ravel to to modern works re-arranged for a cappella from artists like Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash.


Portland2014 Biennial Saturday Series: Panel Discussion
Saturday, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
As part of the Portland2014 Biennial, Mary Beebe, Director of the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego, and former director of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts (1973–1981), along with Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at Los Angeles' Hammer Museum, will talk with Portland2014 Curator Amanda Hunt about Portland's creative past, present, and future. (Read our profile of Hunt).


Thru Mar 30, The Headwaters
Through the medium of the grotesquely beautiful butoh dance style, zen riddles, and a profound notion of the ordinary comes Rhinoceros from the creative mind of choreographer Meshi Chavez.





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