Performing Arts

TBA

Our Top Picks for TBA 2019

Bossa Nova soundtracks, a pipe organist shredding, group screaming sessions, and a mother musical? That'd be TBA.

09/05/2019 By Kiva Hanson, Fiona McCann, and Conner Reed

Fall Arts 2019: Dance

Portland’s Body Home Fat Dance Blazes a Radical Path

The fast-rising company has all but abandoned the conventions of mainstream dance, with an in-progress work that explores fat bodies in motion.

08/27/2019 By Brendan Nagle

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: August 2019

Pickathon returns to Pendarvis Farm, Michelle Wolf plays Helium, Lost Lander drops a new album, and Lents hosts its fifth annual Chicken Beauty Contest.

07/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Music

Big Emotions Reign Supreme in PHAME’s World-Premiere Rock Opera

Written and performed entirely by adults with developmental disabilities, The Poet’s Shadow is a landmark production for the Portland nonprofit.

07/24/2019 By Conner Reed

Performance

Universo Marries Latin Pop with Sonny & Cher

Joaquin Lopez’s “electro-pop emotion concert” explores the little stuff—sex, love, queerness, and the phases of the moon.

07/10/2019 By Conner Reed

Theater

Other Inland Empires Surfs from SoCal to Slovakia

Julie Hammond’s play explores the link between the Jewish diaspora and beach culture.

06/26/2019 By Conner Reed

Dance

James Canfield Reimagines A Streetcar Named Desire for NW Dance Project

The Oregon Ballet Theatre founder's weird, wonderful quasi-adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic is part of NWDP's Summer Premieres.

06/11/2019 By Conner Reed

Jazz It Up

Meet MC Shoehorn, Portland's Tap-Dancing Saxophonist

"It's a hard act to sell on the phone," says Michael Conley of his unusual schtick.

05/22/2019 By Jackson Main

Dance

Don’t Listen to Dance Snobs—Tap Still Matters

The Portland Tap Dance Fest chugs into year 4, bringing improv battles, decades of history, and legendary tappers along with it.

04/23/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

A New Play Draws a Line Between Sacagawea and Standing Rock

Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Crossing Mnisose, in its world premiere at Portland Center Stage, aims to shatter stereotypes through storytelling.

04/17/2019 By Shayla Norris-York

Dance

April Is a Bonanza for Portland Dance Fans

From tap whiz Savion Glover to the strobe-light magic of Parsons Dance, White Bird closes its season with a bang. And that's not all that's set to hit local stages.

03/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Insider’s Guide 2019: Entertainment

These Are Portland’s Can’t-Miss Shows, According to Drag Clown Carla Rossi

Among them, educational drag nights and imaginary Game of Thrones episodes.

03/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Culture

At Portland’s Gender-Neutral Square Dance, You Won’t Hear “Ladies” and “Gents”

Portland’s do-si-do scene is punk as hell.

03/26/2019 By Sarah Mirk

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 7–10

Ali Wong hits the Keller, the Portland Film Festival kicks off, Laura Veirs plays Polaris Hall, and Bag & Baggage revamps The Winter's Tale.

03/06/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

Q & A

Fashion Legend Isaac Mizrahi Is Bringing His Traveling Cabaret Show to Portland

On the heels of a new memoir, the style icon and designer presents his show at Revolution Hall on March 20.

03/04/2019 By Eden Dawn

Wellness: Bust a Move

Cully's Nonprofit Workout Studio Puts Community First

(com)motion brings Portland together with dance parties, karate classes, and body-positive yoga.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

A New Portland Performance Transforms Trauma Into Art

Anya Pearson's Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a vivid choreopoem about rape, PTSD, and perseverance.

01/29/2019 By Fiona McCann

Theater

What Happens When You Put the Stories of Police Officers Onstage?

After tackling racial profiling and police violence, Portland's Red Door Project takes on a new challenge.

12/21/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Big Steps

A New Dance Studio Opens Its Doors in St. Johns

FLOOR Center for Dance launched in early November, with ambitious plans for newbies and professional movers alike.

11/29/2018 By Emma Luthy