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Friday, December 9, 2016


Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

From the iconic (think Campbell’s tomato soup can and neon-hued Marilyn Monroe) to more obscure early works, this wide-ranging showcase of about 250 images i...

Cauleen Smith

11:00 AM FREE Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

In this video installation, Asterisms, Smith unites seemingly discrepant objects from both her personal collection (including one rock that might be a meteor...

Contemporary Prints from Crow’s Shadow

11:00 AM FREE Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art & Craft

This wide-ranging showcase of 21 prints made on-site at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts—a nonprofit in Pendleton that works to provide opportunities for ...

Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop

FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

Countercultural expression doesn’t normally come out of the convent, but Kent was an unconventional nun, as evidenced in this career-spanning collection of s...

Hidden Assembly

10:00 AM FREE Newspace Center for Photography

Artists shine a light on the often invisible laborers who make the products we consume, from Mary Lum’s collection of the bottoms of brown paper bags bearing...

Jaik Faulk

12:00 PM FREE Nationale

A still life series that is equal parts jubilant and dismal, Louisiana painter Jaik Faulk's I feel alright with azaleas around is an ode to the dichotomy of ...

Jamila Clarke

1:00 PM FREE Wolf Gallery

Portlander Clarke says the fantasy-specked photos in her new exhibit, The Stories People Tell, "serve as visual interpretations of folktales."

Patricia Lay-Dorsey and Calvin Chen

Editor’s Pick 12:00 PM FREE Blue Sky Gallery

In Tea for Two, photographer Lay-Dorsey chronicles small moments at home with her husband—little glimpses into the shared life of an aging couple. Chen’s bla...

Photography and Contemporary Experience

10:00 AM FREE–$19.99 Portland Art Museum

From Penelope Umbrico’s iPhone-processed nature shots to Richard Mosse’s hot-pink-hued images of war, this show draws together a wide range of modern photogr...

Sean Healy

10:30 AM FREE Elizabeth Leach Gallery

In Gut, the multimedia artist—known for work created from chewing gum and cigarette butts—examines maleness and aging via materials that, in his words, “droo...

Books & Talks

Chloe Caldwell

7:30 PM FREE Powell's City of Books

Caldwell has proven herself an astute chronicler of the stumblings of young adulthood, and her new collection of personal essays, I’ll Tell You in Person, tr...


The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

6:00 PM FREE Pioneer Courthouse Square

The competitive open-air caroling extravaganza returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square for its third year in a row. Not satisfied just being an audience member?...


Arcane Collective

7:30 PM $25–$64 BodyVox Dance Center

In ebb, the international collective transforms scenes from the work of Samuel Beckett—full of stone sucking, chair dragging, chicken mimicking—into playfull...

In Good Company

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $34–$58 Lincoln Performance Hall

Dynamic Portland company Northwest Dance Project presents its annual holiday show, with all works choreographed by the dancers themselves. 


Japanese Currents

1:00 PM $8–$9 Whitsell Auditorium

The NW Film Center tosses the spotlight on Japan’s impressive cinematic landscape, with screenings of contemporary films from across genres.

Special Events

No Feminism, No Future: Celebrating 20 Years of Bitch Media

6:00 PM SOLD OUT Lagunitas Brewing

At their 20th anniversary event, Bitch Media pays tribute to the amazing illustrators, designers, and artists who have helped shape the hard-hitting, uncompr...


A Christmas Carol

2:00 PM and 7:00 PM $5–$35 Portland Playhouse

For the fourth year, Portland Playhouse gives the Dickens classic a song-filled kick. For full schedule, including holiday performances, visit portlandplayh...

A Civil War Christmas

7:30 PM $50 Artists Repertory Theatre

Populated by the Lincolns, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee, Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel’s song-studded, DC-set drama travels back to Christmas Eve, 1864....

A Tuna Christmas

7:30 PM $20–$40 Dolores Winningstad Theatre

Oregon Repertory Theatre invites its audiences to witness the trauma of the holiday season as experienced by the citizens of Tuna, Texas, where Patsy Cline r...

Adrienne Truscott

7:30 PM $12–$30 The Headwaters Theatre

Performing pantsless—and underpantsless—is a good way to get attention. But that only partly explains the power of Truscott’s Asking for It, a searing (and h...

Blood on the Cat’s Neck

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM $20 Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Thank the heavens for Liminal Performance Group. As other companies trot out tired Christmas material, this iconoclastic outfit spins Rainer Werner Fassbinde...

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

2:00 PM and 7:30 PM $25–$75 Gerding Theater at the Armory - Main Stage

Polymath performer and pianist Hershey Felder takes us on a nostalgic spin through the life of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin, with plenty of musical sto...

La Belle

Editor’s Pick 3:30 PM, 12:00 PM, and 7:00 PM $20–$43 Imago Theatre

Elaborate puppets, a large whirring ship, original music, extensive shadow play—little wonder this Imago Theatre show has been in the works since 2013. The w...


7:30 PM $27–$32 Venetian Theatre

Before Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan got mail, there was this 1936 Hungarian play by Miklós László about feuding perfumery employees who’ve fallen in love as anonym...

The Santaland Diaries 2016

7:30 PM and 2:00 PM $35–$55 Portland Center Stage

The perfect antidote to the stress of the holiday season, Darius Pierce returns to the Ellen Bye Studio as Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris’s oddball Christm...

Venus and Adonis

7:30 PM $5-$25 Shaking the Tree Studio

Top-notch performers Rebecca Ridenour and Matthew Kerrigan put a theatrical twist on Shakespeare's erotic poem about love goddess Venus and her obsession wit...