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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Art

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...

Common Ground

10:00 AM $19.99 Portland Art Museum

For more than 25 years, Fazal Sheikh has photographed individuals made invisible by war, ethnic and religious strife, climate crises, and social banishment. ...

Crowns

Editor’s Pick 12:00 PM FREE Ori Gallery

New York–based Alisa Sikelianos-Carter explores black hair as armor, weaponry, and royal symbol, through collages of braids, dreads, and black textured hair:...

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 ...

J. Fredric May and Svetlana Bailey

12:00 PM FREE Blue Sky Gallery

J. Fredric May’s Apparitions: Postcards from Eye See You draws inspiration from the visual hallucinations the photographer and filmmaker experienced after hi...

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...

Portland Photo Month 2018

10:00 AM FREE (Disjecta auction $15) Disjecta

Local arts nonprofit Photolucida hosts Portland Photo Month, with photography events and exhibitions across the city throughout April, and a pop-up event and...

Robert Lyons

10:30 AM FREE Elizabeth Leach Gallery

In his latest series of photographs, critically acclaimed photographer Robert Lyons—best known for his work capturing the Egyptian landscape and the horrors ...

Smith Eliot

11:00 AM FREE Wolff Gallery

In Ghost Ships, the Portland mixed-media artist showcases her photo-collaged wooden boxes—small reflections on time, memory, and secrets—alongside newer imag...

The Academy of Saturn

12:00 PM FREE Cooley Art Gallery

Acclaimed British duo Jon Thomson and Allison Craighead use data as their palette—geolocated tweets form a wall of poetry, a slide show gets an eerie audio p...

The Feeling Good Handbook

11:00 AM FREE Upfor Gallery

Heidi Hahn and Shana Moulton are determined to prove that neither the most sophisticated 21st-century technology nor the “connections” made through social me...

Books & Talks

Madeleine Albright

7:30 PM SOLD OUT Revolution Hall

As the former American ambassador to the United Nations and the first female Secretary of State, much of Madeleine Albright’s diplomatic career was devoted t...

Verselandia 2018

7:00 PM $10–70 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Get your finger snaps ready: in this citywide slam, spoken-word poets from 13 local high schools perform original work in a bid for top lyrical laurels.

Concerts

Jorja Smith

8:00 PM $25–45 Wonder Ballroom

This British R&B singer-songwriter, just on the brink of turning 21, has already had her work featured on the Black Panther soundtrack, collaborated with...

Dance

Early

7:30 PM $20–25 A-Wol Dance Collective

In Portlander Samuel Hobbs’ minimalist world, only movement, light, and sound exist. Hobbes is the artistic director of contemporary dance troupe push/FOLD, ...

Jefferson Dancers

7:30 PM $16.50–26.50 Newmark Theatre

Portland's ridiculously talented company of high school-age dancers presents its annual concert, featuring works of many genres, ballet to tap to African.

Special Events

Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years

10:00 AM FREE–$11 Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Black Pioneers—a nonprofit dedicated to African American history—curate a new exhibit about the ’60s and ’70s in this state, from protest movement...

Theater

And So We Walked

7:30 PM $30–62 Portland Center Stage

For six weeks, actress DeLanna Studi and her father retraced the steps their Cherokee ancestors took on the Trail of Tears, hoping to better understand their...

Luna Gale

7:30 PM $25–32 CoHo Theatre

Sexual abuse, drug addiction, and a custody battle: the stakes are high in Rebecca Gilman’s 2014 play, a peek into the moral murkiness (and sheer exhaustion)...

Major Barbara

7:30 PM $25–72 Portland Center Stage

Chris Coleman, Portland Center Stage’s artistic director since 2000, has chosen a classic for his farewell production at the theater. (He's leaving to take a...

Quietly

7:30 PM $20–25 New Expressive Works

When two middle-aged men walk into a bar in Belfast, an emotional reunion occurs in the very same place that transformed their lives more than 30 years ago. ...

The Thanksgiving Play

7:30 PM $25–50 Artists Repertory Theatre

Here’s a Sisyphean project: a politically correct school pageant about both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. That’s the premise of Larissa Fa...