The Latest in Portland Arts News—Westward Ho With Margaret Cho!

Plus NBA's Jason Collins, White Bird's season preview, and Ramona Quimby.

By Fiona McCann May 14, 2015

Comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, author and all-round hilarious person Margaret Cho is en route to Portland. Famous for straight talking about subjects including addiction, bisexuality, and American Asian stereotypes, she's also appeared in Sex And the City and played Kim Jong Il in an episode of 30 Rock.

As part of her “There’s no I in team, but there’s a Cho in psycho” tour—as if that doesn't say all you need to know about it—Cho rocks up at Revolution Hall in October with tickets on sale tomorrow, Friday 15.

For a taster of what's in store, see her impression of her own mother talking about homosexuality below:

NBA's Jason Collins at QDoc

The first openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins, makes a special appearance today, Thursday, at the opening night of QDoc, Portland's Queer Documentary Film Festival. Collins made headlines two years ago when he came out in an article he wrote for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first man still active in a major American sport to do so. He’s in town for the screening of Game Face, a documentary about LGBT athletes, with the film’s subjects, Mixed Martial Arts competitor Fallon Fox and basketball player Terence Clemens, also in attendance. Check out our other picks from the three-day festival.

White Bird Gets Lined Up for Fall

MOMIX. Photo by Max Pucciariello

Local dance darlings White Bird have announced their 2015/16 season line-up, promising an international program of choreographed pageantry, including the return of the legendary dancer and prolific choreographer Twyle Tharp on her 50th anniversary tour, Canadian Crystal Pite, Israeli Sharon Eyal’s new company L-E-V and Soledad Barrio from Spain who brings back the sizzling Noche Flamenca. Throw in some dancer illusionists (MOMIX) and a few dancing lumberjacks—in Cirque Alfonse’s Timber!—and there’s plenty to please enthusiasts.

Rethinking Public Space

Artist and landscape designer Michael Singer comes to Portland Art Museum next week, courtesy of the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center, to train his aesthetic-meets-ecological eye on Stumptown. In “Reimagining Beauty: Creating Living Public Space”, Singer whose work has recently focused on transforming architecture, landscape and planning projects into models for urban and ecological renewal, will bring his decades of design expertise to Portland audiences. Catch him at PAM's Marion Miller Gallery on Monday, May 18 at 6.30 pm. Admission free.

Ramona Quimby on her Portland Porch

Meanwhile, as Oregon Children’s Theatre continues its run of Ramona Quimby at the Newmark, a YouTube video of Portland's famous kid's book character's antics with OCT has been doing the rounds ...

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