PoMo Picks: October 2014

Kinky Boots, "solid light films," Diavolo's architectural dance company, and more of the month's best bets for things to see and do in Portland

September 26, 2014 Published in the October 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

To Infinity and Beyond 

The highly physical Los Angeles dance company Diavolo has a thing for large, elaborate sets. Working with architects and fabricators, the company has created a monstrous cube, a 2.5-ton aluminum wheel, a 17-foot-long rocking boat, and, in its newest work, an enormous perforated dome. Set to Philip Glass’s Symphony no. 3,Fluid Infinities concludes a trilogy of dances commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Los Angeles Timeslauded the series debut as “one of those rare events that defines the art of this city.”

Oct 9–11 | Newmark Theatre

These Boots Are Made for Dancing

Sure, the music might be by Cyndi Lauper. And yes, the show won six Tonys. But the real stars of the smash hit musical (and the standout in Portland’s Broadway season) Kinky Boots are the red, thigh-high, six-inch stilettos that arrive on a conveyor belt and depart in a finale that can only be called shoe porn. 

Oct 1–5 | Keller Auditorium

Happy 10th birthday, Doug Fir! We can hardly remember Portland music without you. We toast your monthlong 
celebration and raise a lager to your next 10 rings. 

Visual Art
Darkness and Light

British-American artist Anthony McCall creates “solid light films,” which feel like voids in which light forms the only surfaces. As a spectator/participant, your hands and body disrupt that light, reshaping the world around you. Portland’s oldest commercial building—built in 1857 by Absolom Hallock, two years before Oregon became a state—will serve as the perfect setting.

Oct 19–Dec 13 | Hallock & McMillan Building 

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