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Summer 2016 Gallery and Theater Events

Summer 2016 Gallery and Theater Events

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

Summer 2016 Events and Happenings

Oregon Berry Festival It’s a comment made often by Portland newcomers and visitors upon first sampling local blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and other jewels of Oregon’s bounty of berry-growing farms and fields: “I didn’t know berries could taste so sweet!” Whether you’re a casual raspberry muncher or a marionberry aficionado, you’re sure to have a blast

Pints in the Pearl

Inaugural Pints in the Pearl, a celebration of craft breweries atrom Portland’s Pearl District is coming June 4th Portland has a new beer festival for the calendar. The Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) has announced the debut of Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that will showcase some of the best beers Pearl District breweries have to offer.

Bunny Hop Through the Pearl 2016

The weather was perfect for the annual Bunny Hop through the Pearl  held on March 26th. Over 500 children and parents enjoyed activities like face painting, bracelet making and hunting for eggs at the 35 participating businesses, collecting stamps at each stop along the way. Also hopping about the neighborhood was the Easter bunny who was

Spring 2016 Events and Happenings

FIRST THURSDAYS IN THE PEARL One of the liveliest, longest-running evening art strolls in Portland, this festive, arts-centric gathering spans the Pearl District, with more than 40 galleries, restaurants, bars, and other businesses hosting exhibit openings and other parties and receptions. Most events take place from 6 pm until 9 pm, with a number of

Winter Events and Happenings

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING This year’s much-anticipated Pearl District holiday season kicko takes place Saturday, Nov. 28, from 4:30 to 6 pm at Jamison Square Park. Join your friends for caroling and the illumination of the 30-foot-tall tree designed in the style of an Oregon Cascade ir and decked spectacularly with colorful lighting. Local businesses will

Portland Center Stage Winter Season

Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503.445.3700 // pcs.org When: Santaland Diaries, Dec. 2–27; Twist Your Dickens, Dec. 9–31; Great Expectations, Jan. 16–Feb. 14; Forever, Jan. 30–Mar. 20; Each and Everything, Feb. 6–March 27 “Irreverent and di erent” is how PCS artistic director Chris Coleman describes Twist Your Dickens, which returns

Pearl District Block Party

On September 11, the Pearl District Neighborhood Association welcomed residents, workers, and more than a few visitors for great food, live music and dancing, and craft beverages from Rogue Distillery and Public House during the 24th annual installment of this fête and fundraiser on NW 13th Avenue. pearldistrict.org Photos by Amy Ouellette  

Art in the Pearl

Art lovers and buyers talked with artists and explored a fantastic selection of paintings, photos, sculptures, and crafts during this Labor Day Weekend festival, September 5–7, on the North Park Blocks. Photos by Amy Ouellette, except last photo by ComeWeCreate  

Stage Right

The crown jewel of the Brewery Blocks celebrates its 10th season as home to Portland Center Stage. In 2004, the venerable Portland Center Stage (PCS) theater company— which formed in 1988 as an offshoot of Ashland’s prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival— launched a campaign to construct a state-of-the-art performance complex inside a compelling but challenging existing

Fall Events and Happenings

CREATIVE SPIRITS Ranked by Art Fair SourceBook among the nation’s top 10 arts and crafts festivals, the 19th annual Art In The Pearl (pictured above) takes place on the verdant North Park Blocks throughout Labor Day Weekend. Come browse the eye-catching artwork at this lively, lighthearted, and free festival featuring works by more than 100

Art on the Mind

Considering mental illness through the eyes of artists At first glance, J. Pepin Art Gallery (319 NW Ninth Ave, 503-274-9614, jpepinartgallery.com) looks like a fairly typical contemporary Pearl District art gallery, with its high ceilings, clean lines, and unobtrusive indirect lighting. The walls display vibrant acrylic and oil paintings as well as works in encaustic

Portland Center Stage Fall Season

On the U.S. Bank Mainstage, enjoy Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic Our Town. At the dawn of the 20th century, tiny Grover’s Corners in New Hampshire witnesses some of life’s most memorable moments, from first-time love to family secrets and small-town conflicts. Then Ain’t Misbehavin’ propels theatergoers into the Harlem Renaissance through sketches, dance, and jazz legend Fats Waller’s courageous, joyful music.

Summer Events and Happenings

LIFEWISE OREGON BERRY FESTIVAL Did you know Oregon leads the nation in the production of blackberries, boysenberries, and black raspberries (and ranks near the top in red raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries)? Come out and celebrate the state’s berry prowess on the Ecotrust grounds—festivities include a farm market, a “know your Oregon berries” booth, canning

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