The Latest in Portland Arts News—Anthony Bourdain is Portland-Bound!

Plus Cheryl Strayed, Arts Tax winners, Portland Center Stage, and Boom Arts

By Fiona McCann April 16, 2015

Anthony Bourdain

Bestselling author, TV gadabout, gastronomical tourist and serious foodie Anthony Bourdain is on his way back to Portland, with a Stumptown pitstop in July as part of his ‘Close to the Bone’ food-focused storytelling tour. Fans of this former-chef-turned-gastro-celebrity will be packing out the Schnitz for his July 28 appearance, which promises one of his famed “honest” monologues on food, street cuisine, and his globe-trotting, lip-smacking experiences, followed by an audience Q&A. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 17), among them a limited number of VIP tickets which include a post-show meet and greet reception.

 Just paid your Arts Tax? It might make you feel better to know where it’s going. The Regional Arts and Culture Council announced this week it awarded an additional $200,883 in Arts Tax proceeds to 11 Portland-based arts organizations, with young arts lovers the ones most likely to profit from the funds. Young Audiences of Oregon, an organization that offers educational arts programming for the state’s children, bagged $40,512 while Northwest Children’s theatre was awarded $39,192 . Other big winners include the Hollywood Theatre ($33,844), Northwest Dance Project ( $26,405), Portland Baroque Orchestra ($15,865) and dance organization BodyVox ($17,569).  See the full list of awardees here

Cheryl Strayed

Portland’s beloved memoirist Cheryl Strayed has been announced as the featured speaker at a PlayWrite benefit next month. Tickets are already on sale for the Newmark Theatre event, at which the author of Wild will be interviewed by PlayWrite founder Bruce Livingston, followed by an audience Q&A.

PlayWrite’s stated mission is to connect youth “at the edge” with writing coaches to create plays based on their experiences, which they later stage. Tickets for 'An Evening With Cheryl Strayed' can be purchased here.

 Portland Center Stage has been awarded a whopping $770,000 from the Wallace Foundation, one of 26 arts organizations from around the country to receive a grant. The money is part of the New York-based foundation’s Buliding Audiences for Sustainability initiative, aimed at expanding the audiences for the country’s artistic offerings. PCS will focus on deepening relationships with their existing fans, but also on attracting younger audiences—targeting the 25-40 age bracket— through commissioning new plays with a focus on Northwest history and culture.

Laryssa Husiak in She Is King

Boom Arts has become a tax-exempt nonprofit, the Portland-based theater company announced this week. The company, which is currently gearing up for its upcoming show She is King—based on the life of tennis legend Billie Jean King—aims to bring “thought-provoking global theatre to Portland.”

Says Boom Arts Curator and Producer Ruth Wikler-Luker: "Boom Arts may be a bit of a maverick in terms of our programming, but Portland has really embraced us as fulfilling an important and much-needed role in our community. Achieving this milestone means we're now officially a public charity-- serving the public, and deserving of its support!"

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