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

A NEW SPIN

Portland Dance Companies Mix Things Up

From game-show formats to clueless choreographers, local dance companies are finding new paths to creativity—and new audiences in the process.

12/21/2015 By Heather Wisner

Dance

Portland’s White Bird Dance Is Hosting a Prestigious Showcase in NYC

Founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe break down why this is such a big deal.

12/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 17–20

Rumi's in the house, y'all! Whirling dervishes, an apocalyptic library, Typhoon turns 10, plus Fernando, Death Cab for Cutie, and one hell of a light show at Disjecta.

12/17/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 10–13

It's warm and dry inside, Portland—and we've got just the ticket! This weekend, it's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, the Mystery Box Show's sexy storytelling, ZooZoo, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and the English Beat.

12/10/2015 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER

Meet ZooZoo's Hilarious Cast of Animal Characters

Imago's beloved production ZooZoo is ending its successful run with a last Portland hurrah before setting off for a final tour. Here's our sneak peek at its awesome, anthropomorphic cast.

12/07/2015 By Fiona McCann With Images Courtesy Imago Theater

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 3–6

Viva's eye-popping opera (and more fine holiday shows), Modest Mouse and the Portland Cello Project, Live Wire with John Hodgman, and a comic book full of BEER! Our stocking—er, weekend—is officially stuffed.

12/03/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 19–22

SNL's Tim Meadows, Melissa Etheridge, AND the very jazzy Hugh Masakela! Plus, we go "wild" at an art auction, step up for Riverdance, and get handsy at a puppet slam.

11/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Brandon Staley

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 22–25

We are Cho (as in Margaret) looking forward to this weekend, you guys! Joan Armatrading, YACHT, Carrie the Musical, Lise de la Salle on Liszt, Eyebeam's future art at Upfor, and Northwest Dance Project's New Now Wow.

10/22/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Brandon Staley

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 15–18

Just mix and match these epic options! John Hodgman, Cameron Esposito, Kurt Vile, Con Bro Chill's "neon dance pop," OBT and White Bird, Remme's Run, and Sex with Strangers. (Yeah, you heard right!)

10/15/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Brandon Staley

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 10–13

XOXO, Portland! Also heating up the weekend: Brandi Carlile, Ursula Le Guin, Salman Rushdie, comics Russell Peters and Jessimae Pelsuo—and so much more (at) TBA!

09/10/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Megan Haverman

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 6–9

Wilco on the Edgefield lawn, Wicked at the Keller, dancing at Director Park, and everybody, avec bicyclette, soaring across the bridges of Portland.

08/06/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Brandon Staley

BALLET

OBT Ballet Dancers To Jeté to Denmark

Six lucky dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre are Copenhagen-bound for a week’s training at a prestigious European ballet school.

07/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

DANCE / THEATER

Everything You Need to Know About the Risk/Reward Festival

A chamber play, a “Butch Queen,” an attack on the self-help industry, and a line of naked butts? You may be wondering what in the world the Risk/Reward Festival is all about, so we've put together a quick primer for you.

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 25–28

Eddie Izzard. Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. The World Naked Bike Ride and Astor Piazzolla's fiery tango. Pretty much, this is the summer weekend to get loud (Quiet Music Festival excepted—shh!)

06/25/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 21–24

Grimm stars make their PDX stage debuts, Ai Weiwei opens at the Portland Art Museum, and Robert Plant hits Bend for his only Oregon summer show. We need clones, stat!

05/21/2015 By Ramona DeNies

REVIEW

The Circus Comes to Town—Again

Cirque du Soleil's Varekai is strong on spectacle and weak on story. But oh, what a show!

05/07/2015 By Larisa Owechko

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 30–May 3

Ciao, Italian Style—but hello, David Sedaris, Downton Abbey, Alex Ross, American Night, plus three more new shows. Prego, Portland!

04/30/2015 By Ramona DeNies