PoMo Picks: May 2014

Whitney Houston Tribute, Lizzie Borden's ax-wielding musical, the World Horror Convention, and the rest of the month's best bets for things to see or do

By Aaron Scott May 1, 2014 Published in the May 2014 issue of Portland Monthly


Fact-Checking Lizzie

Although no one can verify whether the real Lizzie Borden could sing, this musical sets the transcripts from her trial to a beat, turning her early tabloid stardom into a rock-‘n’-roll legend. 

Lizzie: The Musical  May 24–June 29 | Portland Center Stage 


She Has Everything

South African singer Belinda Davids allegedly beat out 15,000 auditioners to perform in this touring Whitney Houston tribute concert—but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sing along. Hone your pipes with one of local karaoke castle Voicebox’s top five Houston hits: 

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” 1,195 plays as of March (Voicebox’s 54th-most-sung song)

“I Will Always Love You” 694 plays

“The Greatest Love of All” 244 plays

“How Will I Know” 241 plays

“I Have Nothing” 168 plays


The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show | May 28 |  Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Heaven & Hell

This spring, the World Horror Convention and the Afterlife Awareness Conference take on the same issue—from very different angles. 


World Horror Convention
May 8–11 
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland 

Afterlife Awareness Conference 
June 5–8  
Red Lion Hotel on the River

WHAT Hundreds of writers, artists, and fans dedicated to the genre of all things monstrous, dead, and undead Scientists, psychic mediums, and individuals dealing with grief discuss dying, near-death experiences, and, of course, what happens after we die.
SAMPLE WORKSHOP “Vampires Through the Ages” “After-Death Communication Through Dreams”
GUEST OF HONOR Edward Gorey (technically speaking, the Ghost of Honor) Dr. Raymond Moody, the author of the best-selling Life After Life, in which he coined the term “near-death experience”
WHAT TO WEAR Magenta hair for women, goatees for men, heavy piercings, and black—lots of black Crystals, scarves, bright colors, and sensible shoes
LOCAL HOOK Portlanders Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s Witch Doctor: Mal Practice is nominated for the horror industry’s prestigious Bram Stoker Award for a graphic novel. Founded by Lake Oswego author and intuitive counselor Terri Daniel. “Whether you believe in mediumship or life after death,” she says, “it all comes back to losing your fear of death.”



Courtesy Christine Taylor/
Museum Of Contemporary Craft

Fashioning Cascadia

The Pacific Northwest has far more than just running shoes to offer the fashion worldWe have designers going their own way, winning Project Runway, and even redesigning a couple of stalwarts (hello, Pendleton). This exhibition stitches it all together.

 May 9–Oct 11  Museum of Contemporary Craft


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