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Saturday, December 16, 2017


Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika

10:00 AM $19.99 Portland Art Museum

The pioneers of stop-motion animation—responsible for Coraline, ParaNorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings—get a star turn in this major Portland Art Museum ex...

In the Beginning: Minor White’s Oregon Photographs

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

In 1938, the Works Progress Administration hired 30-year-old Minor White to photograph the architecture of downtown Portland. Some images—expect about 70 in ...

Kingdom Animalia

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

This exhibit of prints, drawings, and posters—from Dürer and Picasso to regional artists Beth Van Hoesen and Frank Boyden—spans 500 years, showing animals as...

Laura Berger

FREE Stephanie Chefas Projects

The Chicago-based artist's Here With You is an exploration of connectedness, with naked figures swirling in acrylic and gouache paintings.

Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938–1942

Editor’s Pick $5 Architectural Heritage Center

It was a plum gig for an upstart photographer: in 1938, a 30-year-old named Minor White was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration to document the...

The King's Mouth

11:00 AM FREE Pacific Northwest College of Art

If you’ve ever seen a Flaming Lips show—if you’ve experienced the confetti, disco balls, unicorns, and massive inflatable things—you’ve peeked into the madca...

The Wyeths: Three Generations

10:00 AM $19.99 Portland Art Museum

PAM displays more than 80 paintings and drawings from one of the most artistically prolific families in the United States. Born in 1882, N.C. Wyeth was one o...


Die Hard: The Parody Musical

$15-85 Funhouse Lounge

Sometimes Bruce Willis just hits you like a wall of inspiration and you turn to Kickstarter. Funhouse Lounge artistic director Andy Barrett raised more than ...

The Siren Theater’s Brand New Best Christmas Ever

8:00 PM $10–18 Siren Theater

Eight crack sketch artists—including Shelley McLendon, Erin Jean O'Regan, and Jed Arkley—vow to give "100 percent holiday cheer" in this variety show modeled...


Christmas at the Old Church

5:00 PM and 2:00 PM $22.50–49.50 The Old Church

Acclaimed pianist and composer Michael Allen Harrison has hosted a Christmas concert for more than 25 years, this season featuring such collaborators as voca...


Hotel Gone

7:30 PM $10–20 Imago Theatre

Jerry Mouawad's latest show is a mashup of dance and live music, featuring five characters leaping and spinning in a hotel lobby. Mouawad, one of the idiosyn...


$28–56 BodyVox Dance Center

Motion capture: not just for Gollum anymore. The ever-inventive BodyVox—the company previously incorporated lasers and green screens in its work—harnesses th...

The Nutcracker (2017)

7:30 PM, 2:00 PM, and 2:00 PM $23+ Keller Auditorium

It’s not December without the pirouetting sugarplum fairies and sword-wielding mice of Balanchine’s beloved ballet. If you don’t like your Tchaikovsky canned...

a world, a world

7:30 PM $10–25 Performance Works NorthWest

The culminating installment in iconoclastic Portland choreographer Linda Austin’s (Un)Made—a series exploring the limits of personhood—a world, a world is an...


A Christmas Carol (2017)

7:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 2:00 PM $34–59 Portland Opera Studio Theater @ the Hampton Opera Center

For the fifth year running, Portland Playhouse brings back its kicky, song-filled take on the Dickens classic.

A Christmas Memory/Winter Song

7:30 PM and 2:00 PM $25–60 Gerding Theater at the Armory - Main Stage

It’s fruitcake weather, so Truman Capote’s classic tale seems an apt addition to the holiday calendar. Portland Center Stage pairs it with a cycle of seasona...

Pericles Wet

2:00 PM $20–30 Artists Repertory Theatre

In this Portland Shakespeare Project world premiere, local playwright Ellen Margolis puts a modern spin on the Bard’s fable of secrecy, guilt, and incest.

The Humans

2:00 PM $25–50 Artists Repertory Theatre

The winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, Stephen Karam's The Humans takes place in a New York City apartment on Thanksgiving as family secrets are un...