Event Calendar

Things to Do in Portland This Week

Looking for something to do in Portland, Oregon? Here's a list of upcoming Portland-area events, activities, exhibits, shows, and more.

12/01/2022 By Conner Reed, Matthew Trueherz, and Margaret Seiler

Theater

A New Play at Portland Center Stage Examines the Link Between Segregation and Swimming

PCS and ART are tackling the second-ever production of Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson’s ‘The Ripple, the Wave that Carried Me Home.’

10/14/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Theater

Northwest Children’s Theater Finds a New Home in Downtown Portland

For nearly three decades, NWCT has operated in a former Christian Science church in Nob Hill. In January, it’s moving to Broadway.

09/21/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

Artists Repertory Theatre Announces New Artistic Director

Jeanette Harrison will just be the third person in the company’s 41-year history to hold the role.

09/20/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

tick, tick ... BOOM! at Portland Center Stage Plays Plenty of Grace Notes

At its best, this production of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical convinces us there really is no day but today.

09/02/2022 By Conner Reed

fall arts

Get Ready for Portland’s First Full-Blown Theatrical Season since 2019

Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile, Lakewood, and other companies have big plans for local stages.

09/02/2022 By Conner Reed

Events

20 Totally FREE Things to Do in Portland This Summer

Music, movies, plays, and more: you can catch ’em all for an unbeatable price at these in-city events.

07/12/2022 By Matthew Trueherz, Michelle Harris, and Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

Mid-Year Pop Culture Report

From Big Thief to Marcel the Shell to a kinetic new take on Chekhov, these are the pop culture nuggets that have spoken to us most directly.

07/08/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble Is Transporting Chekhov to the Arctic

This ‘Cherry Orchard’ shifts the Russian playwright's setting to the Arctic.

06/16/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

How Portland Center Stage Is Refreshing Rent

The iconic rock musical is stubbornly of its time. In a new production, Portland's largest theater company hopes to locate its contemporary resonances.

05/27/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater

A New Musical Brings a Lost History to the Portland Stage

Vanport the Musical opens at Northwest Children’s Theater, sharing the lost history workers' city in World War II later was destroyed by a 1948 flood.

05/20/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Theater Review

Profile Theatre's Appropriate Sees the Forest, the Trees, and a Whole Lot More

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' sharp, lacerating family drama shines in this Portland production.

05/11/2022 By Conner Reed

Theater Review

History Has Its Eyes on Hamilton (and It Isn't Looking Great)

In 2022, Lin-Manuel Miranda's seven-year-old smash-hit already feels creaky.

04/15/2022 By Conner Reed

Events

What to Do in Oregon in April

Festivals this month celebrate Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon cheese in Central Point, tulips in Woodburn, crab at the coast, and more!

04/01/2022 By Dalila Brent, Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Arts News

Portland’s Arts Scene Is Undergoing a Massive Changing of the Guard

The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and other local arts organizations have recently shuffled leadership at the highest levels.

03/17/2022 By Conner Reed Illustrations by Álvaro Bernis

Theater Review

Shaking the Tree’s Chick Fight Is a Thrilling Live Wire

The Southeast Portland company returns with a devised play that's funny, fierce, and alive.

03/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Events

10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Portland

Film festivals, art shows, a Black Panthers retrospective, and more fill the Rose City's calendar this year. Here's what we have our eyes on.

02/08/2022 By Karly Quadros, Conner Reed, and Shannon Daehnke

Performance

Heart of Stone Mines Uyghur History for Universal Truths

The in-progress movement piece takes inspiration from director/choreographer Alisher Khasanov's childhood in Kazakhstan.

02/07/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Festivals

5 Things to Check Out at the 2022 Fertile Ground Festival

This year’s virtual performance fest will bring 38 new works to our screens. From dance films to audio dramas - here’s what we’re looking forward to.

01/27/2022 By Conner Reed

Arts News

Will Omicron Set Portland’s Arts Venues Back to Spring 2020?

Canceled performances, postponed productions, ever-evolving protocols: how live events are weathering the latest COVID surge.

01/12/2022 By Conner Reed