Dance

In Tahni Holt’s New Work, Dancers of Many Ages Collide

The highly conceptual Portland choreographer unveils a new, intimate piece for six women.

12/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Artsy

6 Places in Portland to Embrace Your Inner Artist

Darkroom photography to improv comedy, here are the city’s best spots to get artsy.

11/14/2016 By Ko Ricker

Dance

Dancers Turn Their Backs in PDX Contemporary Ballet's New Show

Portland's newest dance company launches its first season with Incipio, a show in the round.

10/26/2016 By Jason Buehrer

TBA 2016

Juggling, YouTube Videos, Whispering Children: Notes from TBA 2016

From a spread-eagle performer in a Barbie mask to a newly birthed musical supergroup, here are our highlights from Portland’s high-concept, high-density arts festival.

09/21/2016 By Eden Dawn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

ON THE CATWALK

Sequins, Drama, Gold Nipples, and Gravity-Defying Hair: Welcome to Critical Mascara

At Time-Based Art’s annual competitive drag spectacle, the stakes (and surrealism) run high. Plus: a dive into the fashion behind Portland’s vogue balls.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

Fall Arts 2016

Five Can’t-Miss TBA Shows

From meditative juggling to masked avant-porn, here’s what to see at the annual extravaganza.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Fall Arts 2016

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Finally Has a Home of Its Own

The city’s premier avant-garde arts organization prepares for the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival—and a new era in a new space.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

DANCE

Portland Vogue Dancers Show You How to Buy Groceries

These stars of Portland’s vogue battle scene are fast going viral with their video of shopping at QFC.

06/09/2016 By Fiona McCann

PERFORMANCE

The Surprising Gender Bending of Drag Queen Cherdonna Shinatra

Seattle's Jody Kuehner is a female-bodied, female-identified dance artist. But when she performs as high-camp clown Cherdonna, people sometimes get confused.

04/27/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

DANCE

Cirque Alfonse Comes to Portland

A troupe of Quebecois acrobats reminds us that for a timber town, we could be a bit more strapping.

04/14/2016 By Ramona DeNies

DANCE

Dance, Glitter, and Drag: Unleash Your Inner D.I.V.A.

Pepper Pepper's new show, D.I.V.A. Practice, is both a glitter-filled drag show and part of a research project, from a Portlander with an advanced degree in "fabulousness."

04/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

BALLET

A Spellbinding Short Film Reveals the Magic Behind Every Oregon Ballet Theatre Performance

It takes a lot of pliés, push-ups, primping, and pulleys to make it all happen.

04/05/2016 By Fiona McCann

Dance

Twenty-Somethings and Sexagenarians Dance Together at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Beautiful Decay is a balletic meditation on the passage of time.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

DANCE

Portland Dance Is Back on Its Feet, Says NW Dance Project's Sarah Slipper

NW Dance Project is having a major moment—in the US and beyond. As their biggest show of the season opens, artistic director Sarah Slipper talks about tough times for Portland dance, and why there’s so much hope for its future.

03/17/2016 By Fiona McCann

FIT CITY

A New Life for Conduit Dance

Displaced from downtown, a local nonprofit embraces its new home in the Ford Building.

03/09/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

DANCE

Five Reasons Why You Need to See Abraham.In.Motion

Choreographer Kyle Abraham is coming to Portland—and it’s kind of a big deal.

03/08/2016 By Jack Rushall

DANCE

How Do You Make Performance Art Less Stuffy? With Step Aerobics

Portland’s Physical Education hosts readings, curates shows, and offers free dance classes. And now they’re throwing a dance party to help fund it all.

02/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 4–7

David Cross and Karen Russell, Sabertooth Microfest and awesome openings at PAM and Portland Playhouse. Plus! Check out those nighttime winter lights overhead at OMSI.

02/04/2016 By Ramona DeNies, Jack Rushall, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

THEATER FESTIVAL

Five Picks for the Fertile Ground Festival

Dozens of new, homegrown works of theater and performance will hit stages over the next 11 days. Here are the five shows we’re most looking forward to.

01/20/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

DANCE

What Does It Take to Dance The Nutcracker? This Oregon Writer Can Tell You

Author Lauren Kessler reflects on a year of the ballet in her latest book about dance, dreams, and sheer determination. She tells Portland Monthly what it's like to have your childhood dream come true (after 40 years).

12/22/2015 By Emma Mannheimer