Fall 2016 Arts and Events


Aiming to showcase environmentally friendly products and creations, the Portland Urban Air Market (featured above) takes place the last Sunday afternoon of August at NW 13th and Hoyt. Check out some wonderfully original and functional green products from Nature’s Kindle home accessories, Spacycloud apparel, Anther housewares, and Humbleseed jewelry. Sunday, Aug. 28. urbanairmarket.com

Vote for your favorite Pearl Businesses


Help give props to outstanding local community leaders and neighborhood business owners by voting in the second annual Pearl District Business Awards. There are 16 categories related to everything from best family-owned business to emerging retailer to women in business champion of the year. Winners will be honored at a luncheon at the Benson Hotel. Download a nomination packet, reserve attendance, and view a list of last year’s winners at explorethepearl.com/awards; nominations due by Sept. 16. Interested in sponsoring the event or one of the awards? Contact PDBA executive director Carolyn “CC” Ciolkosz at carolyn@explorethepearl.com. Monday, Nov. 14,  11:30–1:30.

Walking for a Cause


After a fantastic inaugural event last year, the American Cancer Society for Portland’s 5k Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk returns to Fields Park. Participants help raise funds for cutting-edge medical research, meaningful educational initiatives, and improved patient services. Create a team of friends and family to walk in honor of survivors, remember loved ones lost, and make strides against the disease. See map on page 40 for the walk route. Sunday, Oct. 16. makingstrideswalk.org/portlandor

Portland Center Stage Fall Season


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

When: Little Shop of Horrors, Sept. 10–Oct. 16; Hold These Truths, Oct. 1–Nov. 13; The Oregon Trail, Oct. 29–Nov. 20.

“What is it you want? What is it you need?” Seymour Krelborn asks his plant. On the US Bank Main Stage, Little Shop of Horrors follows this unlikely duo on their way to unexpected fame. Since 1986, the rock’n’roll musical based on Roger Corman’s film has been delighting fans of both camp and dark comedy. Part of this year’s Northwest Stories series, The Oregon Trail offers a novel take on the state’s history. The play chronicles the fates of two Janes as they traverse the eponymous trail, with “Then Jane” traveling by covered wagon in 1848, and “Now Jane” playing the Oregon Trail computer game in 1997.

Also, in the Ellen Bye Studio Theater, Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths is another Northwest Stories piece that contends with another challenging time in our history. Based on a true story, this eloquent work focuses on protagonist Gordon Hirabayashi, as he struggles to understand his own country’s betrayal during the infamous internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry. — Eduardo Ortiz

Gallery Shows & Openings


What: Jack Featherly’s Fourth Studio Exhibition

Where: Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St, 503-227-5111, upforgallery.com

When: Oct. 19–Nov. 26

The contemporary works of esteemed Upfor talent Jack Featherly are on display this fall. Upfor sizes up Featherly’s distinct, abstract approach: “His imagery begins in traditions of gestural abstraction, product packaging, TV graphics and ukiyo-e, but end somewhere completely new. His meticulous craft and lack of obvious conceptual basis make for magnetic works.”


What: Turning Point, by various artists

Where: J. Pepin Art Gallery, 319 NW 9th Ave, 503-274-9614, jpepinartgallery.com

When: Aug. 30–Oct. 1

This group show featuring pieces by Jennifer Pepin, Chris Foster, Meghan Caughey, Cher Odum, and Alexandra Petersen highlights the gallery’s mission to demonstrate the creative triumphs of artists living with mental illness. A notable example of what you’ll see: Like Breath Like Dreams, a gouache on paper by Cher Odum, conveys the existential weight but also serenity of motherhood.

Foodies Unite

Feast Portland (Sept. 15–18) continues to evolve into one of North America’s foremost food fests. Come hungry, check out all the cool events and parties, and indulge in a tantalizing menu of delicious events, including one of its marquee gatherings—Smoked!—in the Pearl’s Fields Park. Saturday, Sept. 17. feastportland.com

More Fall Events

First Thursdays in the Pearl, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3. explorethepearl.com

Art in the Pearl (see our story here) Sept. 3–5, artinthepearl.com

Pearl Block Party Friday, Sept. 9, pearldistrict.org

AIDS Walk Portland Saturday, Sept. 10, aidswalkportland.org

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sunday, Sept. 11, act.alz.org

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday, Sept. 18, komenoregon.org

FashioNXT Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 5–8, fashionxt.net

Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 26, explorethepearl.com