Summer 2016 Gallery and Theater Events

Portland Center Stage Preview

Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503-445-3700,

When: Sept. 10, 2016–June 18, 2017

Although Portland Center Stage is on hiatus each summer, the Pearl’s acclaimed theater company has an exciting 2016–2017 lined up, starting with Little Shop of Horrors on the U.S. Bank Main Stage in early September. The roster of subsequent Main Stage shows includes The Oregon Trail, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Astoria (a world premiere stage adaptation by PCS’s very own director, Chris Coleman), Wild and Reckless: A New Musical Event from Blitzen Trapper, Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and Constellations.

The following plays are scheduled concurrently throughout the season in the more intimate Ellen Bye Studio: Hold These Truths, The Santaland Diaries, His Eye on the Sparrow, and Mary’s Wedding.

Gallery Shows & Openings


What: Dream a Little Dream With Me, by Alexandra Peterson

Where: J. Pepin Art Gallery, 9319 NW Ninth Ave, 503-274-9614,

When: June 1–July 2

Featuring surreal pieces using pen, ink, and charcoal, Alexandra Peterson creates whimsical and fantasy-like scenes. Her work incorporates bright colors reminiscent of hot summer days as well as themes of nature and daydreams, bringing viewers back to their childhood.


What: Identifying Capacity, by Chris Foster

Where: J. Pepin Art Gallery

When: August 2–27

Chris Foster’s use of vibrant and contrasting colors reflects the intensity of summer. This exhibit mimics the act of intently gazing into cloud formations through textured layering. With his earthy tones, he captures the essence of engaging with nature.


What: Red Bathing Suit Series, by Char Breshgold

Where: Annie Meyer Gallery, 120 NW Ninth Ave, Ste 102, 503-224-3150,

When: Aug. 3–6

Photographs took on a new meaning for Char Breshgold following her mother’s passing. Her August show is inspired by the imperfections and nostalgia that she has captured through old, printed-out photographs. This series gives life to a world full of family interactions caught in single snapshots in time.