Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 22–25

With Miranda July's breakout novel, the doo-wop of La Luz, new plays from PCS and Shaking the Tree, and a star turn from Oregon Symphony concertmaster Sarah Kwak, we're fully booked! And you?

By Ramona DeNies January 21, 2015


Miranda July
Thursday, Powell's City of Books
The director of the Camera d’Or–winning indie film Me and You and Everyone We Know comes to Powell’s in support of The First Bad Man, her debut novel chock-full of quirky neuroses, sexual obsessions, and outrageous humor. In other words, everything you’d expect from the former Portlander. 


La Luz
Friday, Doug Fir Lounge
If reverb-drenched, doo-wop-indebted surf rock is the foundation for what makes this Seattle quartet stand out, then impeccable musicianship and melodies that dig into your head, supported by four gorgeous voices, are the structure. 

Spanish Brass
Friday, Winningstad Theatre
No, this isn’t some craft cocktail you haven’t heard of. It’s one of the world’s finest brass ensembles—one equally in command of the music from the Castillian homeland as they are American jazz, Brazilian bossa, and classical masterpieces—making a Portland debut. 


Russell Maliphant Company
Thursday–Saturday, Lincoln Performance Hall
One of the leading lights of contemporary British choreography brings his company to Portland for the first time with a new collection of duos and trios, appropriately titled Still Current.


OPENING Enter the Night
Saturday & Sunday, Shaking the Tree Studio
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble follows up its stupendous take on Chekhov’s Three Sisters with a 1993 work by the avant-garde playwright María Irene Fornés that weaves fantasy with reality, along with the shattering effect of AIDS, the loneliness of private rituals, and the many forms of communion. 

OPENING Threesome
Saturday & Sunday, Portland Center Stage
Some couples attempt to solve their problems with counseling, some try a vacation, some just ignore them. Then there are those who try a threesome, like the main characters in this world premiere from award-winning, Egyptian-born playwright Yussef El Guindi that was a selection at last year’s JAW playwrights festival.  


Third Angle: Blown Opportunity
Thursday & Friday, Zoomtopia Art and Dance Studios
Punny name aside, missing this performance of works for horn trio, including Brahms’s somber trio written to commemorate his mother’s passing and a new commissioned work from Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, would be the real loss.  

Oregon Symphony: Concertmaster Sarah Kwak
Saturday & Sunday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The symphony’s concertmaster takes a turn as a soloist, performing Mozart’s Symphony no. 35 and Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, among others.

Portland Piano International: Denis Kozhukhin
Sunday, Lincoln Performance Hall
This Russian prodigy made a name for himself at the Reina Sophia School of Music in Madrid before his first-place finish at the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Competition catapulted him into the international symphony circuit spotlight. He’ll perform works by Haydn and Prokofiev.


OPENING Reinventing Documentary: The Art of Allan Sekula
Thursday–Sunday, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College
Until his death in 2013, the documentary photographer Sekula spent his career focusing a critical lens on the globalized economy, particularly in relation to the sea. This retrospective exhibit includes Dear Bill Gates, an 1999 open letter to the software mogul and a series of photos taken as Sekula swam near Gates’s estate in Washington.   



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