Family

20+ Ideas for Family Fun in Portland

We’ve got 10 gold-standard destinations and off-the-radar alternatives that will blow your little ones’ little minds.

4:34pm Edited by Fiona McCann By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Margaret Seiler

Festival

6 Shows to See at the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival

Need some help navigating the annual bonanza of new, locally produced performance? Here are three solid bets and three wild cards.

01/19/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Performance

Bri Pruett on Dating, Small-Batch Granola, and Why She's Leaving Portland

The longtime local comedian brings back her solo show, Stellar, before she abandons us for Los Angeles.

01/04/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Holiday Show

‘Tis the Season for a Stripper Opera

Last year's hit Viva's Holiday is back. Composer Christopher Corbell and his muse, Portland stripper and writer Viva Las Vegas, are pumped.

12/08/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Theater

Imago Theatre Unveils a Steampunk Fairy Tale Filled with Puppets

Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, La Belle was three years in the making. The result? Elaborate automata, shadow play, and trip-hop tunes.

12/05/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

Makin' Whoopee!: Sex-Positive Entertainment for Post-Election Portland

Crush Bar welcomes burlesque dancers, pornographic films, and performance art in a new variety show from storyteller and sex educator Amory Jane.

11/30/2016 By Ko Ricker

Politics

Portland Performers, Creators, and Arts Leaders Get Ready for a New "Inspiration": Donald Trump

Expect an era of “satire with teeth,” among other responses.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Arts News

Northeast Portland Has a Brand-New Theater Space

The Fremont Theater opened its doors in October and is already filling its calendar with kindie rock, storytelling shows, and radio dramas.

11/21/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Throwback Radio

Radio Days Return with Tesla City Stories

A night of audio entertainment puts a fresh twist on an old medium.

11/10/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Theater

Shaking the Tree’s Storytelling Magic

Artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe on displacement and dismemberment.

10/13/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Theater

How Do You Make Art from an Envelope of Suicides?

Writer Ben Moorad's new performance series explores life and death through the real-life suicides his grandfather studied.

10/11/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Light a Fire 2016: Inspiring Creativity

Artists Repertory Transforms Its Home into an Incubator for the Future of Local Theater

While still producing shows that give you “all the feels.”

10/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

Pocahontas to Cher, Anthony Hudson Goes Looking for Tiger Lily

Best known as drag clown Carla Rossi, the Portland performer digs into his experiences as a "faggy little half-white city Indian in a small town."

09/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

Little Shop of Horrors Is a Bloody Good Time

Doo-wop girls to man-eating plants, Portland Center Stage’s cult musical revival is totally killer.

09/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke

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

Classical Music

The Oregon Symphony Mashes Up Hungarian Opera and Chihuly's Glass Art

Bluebeard's Castle kicks off the new SoundSights series, which mixes classical music with work by Northwest visual artists.

09/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA 2016

Critical Mascara in Photos

Portland's drag extravaganza took it to the next level at the Time-Based Art Festival. We've got the pictures to prove it.

09/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Theater

A Portland Company Airs Ireland’s New Plays—and Dark Past

For years, Irish women toiled in church-run laundries. This October, Corrib Theatre puts the drama onstage.

09/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

What Can This Playwright’s Story Say about Guns in America?

In The Gun Show, Oregonian E. M. Lewis digs into five very personal—and political—tales.

09/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

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