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Friday, February 24, 2017


Arvie Smith

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM $19.99 Portland Art Museum

With lush colors, swirling lines, and potent references—the Ku Klux Klan to Aunt Jemima to the police shooting of Michael Brown—the Portlander’s huge canvase...

Constructing Identity

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

A new exhibit draws together contemporary work by African American artists—from the masterful silhouettes of Kara Walker to the lush paintings of Portlander ...

Francesca Capone

12:00 PM FREE Nationale

In Text Means Tissue, the interdisciplinary artist explores femininity and language via her own handwoven pieces, furniture made with a New York artist, and ...

Leslie Dorcus

1:00 PM FREE Wolf Gallery

In Ensnared//Embraced, the Portland printmaker showcases expressive, intimate works about the emotional aftermath of an abusive relationship.

Magda Biernat and Katrina Kepule

12:00 PM FREE Blue Sky Gallery

Biernat’s photo series, Adrift, takes us to hunting cabins and icebergs in the Arctic, a region that leaves little question about the alarming effects of cli...

Rodin: The Human Experience

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

This traveling exhibit gathers some of Auguste Rodin’s most astonishing brass sculptures, including his portraits of Gustav Mahler, Victor Hugo, Balzac, and ...

Saimaiyu Akesuk

10:30 AM FREE Froelick Gallery

Birds, bears, and bugs: simplicity and whimsy meet in the drawings of Saimaiyu Akesuk, an Inuit artist from Nunavut.

Todd Norsten

11:00 AM FREE Adams & Ollman

With just a few words or a simple phrase tossed onto the canvas, Norsten’s paintings are minimal, cheeky, and even lyrical.

Torrent Tea

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM FREE Newspace Center for Photography

From a small perch in inner Southeast, Newspace takes on big issues: the industrial-prison complex, democracy, nuclear materials. Now comes Torrent Tea, a gr...

Books & Talks

Colum McCann

7:30 PM $32 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Dublin-born writer, National Book Award winner, and practitioner of “radical empathy” most recently published Thirteen Ways of Looking, a fiction collect...


John Scofield

7:45 PM $29–59 Revolution Hall

Scofield has played with a who's who of jazz history, and on 2016 album Country for Old Men, he digs deep into bluegrass and country to reveal some of jazz’s...

PDX Jazz Festival

3:00 PM $20–75 Dolores Winningstad Theatre

The year 1917 was an auspicious one for jazz, with the births of the holy musical trinity of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Buddy Rich. This month’s P...


Swan Lake

7:30 PM $29–146 Keller Auditorium

Oregon Ballet Theatre Artistic director Kevin Irving unveils his new adaptation of the most classic of ballets, promising to go beyond the princess-turned-sw...


Cascade Festival of African Films

12:00 PM FREE Portland Community College: Cascade Campus

Back in 1991, this fest launched as a humble four-film affair. This year, it’s up to 17 feature-length films (plus six shorts) from across the continent, inc...

Portland International Film Festival 2017

12:00 PM $12 general admission; $350 festival pass Whitsell Auditorium

Every February, big screens across the city get splashed with standout cinema from around the globe. It’s the biggest, baddest, and most ambitious film festi...


His Eye Is on the Sparrow

2:00 PM and 7:30 PM $25–60 Gerding Theater at The Armory - Ellyn Bye Studio

Larry Parr’s “musical biography” charts the turbulent life of Ethel Waters, who defied the challenges of Jim Crow in her journey from the black vaudeville ci...

Marjorie Prime

7:30 PM $25–50 Artists Repertory Theatre

Before Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins make it into a movie, catch the stage version of Jordan Harrison’s sci-fi-tinged play about aging, memory, and ...


7:30 PM $25–34 Portland Playhouse

It’s 1896, and a group of African Americans are on a ship bound for Liberia. Hostilities mount and family secrets trickle out in Christina Anderson’s maritim...

Pep Talk

7:30 PM $20–30 CoHo Theatre

Ready to get off the bench? Part theater, part rally, Hand2Mouth's show finds a quartet of performers playing enthusiastic coaches who really! believe! in! you!

Testament of Mary

7:30 PM $25 New Expressive Works / Studio 2

Corrib, Portland’s resident Irish theater company, puts on a monologue by Colm Tóibín—the author of Brooklyn—imagining the mother of Jesus grappling in angui...

Trifles and Dutchman

7:30 PM $15–25 Back Door Theater

Defunkt presents an evening of challenging one-acts: Amiri Baraka's Dutchman and Susan Glaspell's Trifles, two plays that dig deep into America's complicated...

We’re All Mad Here

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $10–25 Shaking the Tree - Warehouse

Samantha Van Der Merwe’s theater company, Shaking the Tree, had planned to produce Macbeth this winter. Then Trump won the presidential election—and they dec...