Arts and Events – Summer 2018

An ode to Billie Holiday

Through July 1, Portland Center Stage caps its 2017–2018 season with Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring the critically acclaimed Deidrie Henry. This knockout performance re-creates the final concert of Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, who performed at a rough-and-tumble South Philly bar in March 1959, months before her death—at age 44—from cirrhosis.

“God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit” are among the legendary songs performed by Henry during this poignant tour de force that shines a light on Holiday’s stormy life. Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503-445-3700,

Art Reach Gallery Installation

Lauren Carrera

WHERE: ArtReach Gallery, First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave, 503-228-7219,
WHEN: June–July

Classical painter Lauren Carrera’s The Revelation: Everything That Rises Must Converge reflects a lifelong love of learning, an abiding interest in world religions, the pursuit of and reverence for books and knowledge, concerns about the environment, and reflections on holy places and spaces.

Painting by Nicole Curcio

Nicole Curcio

WHERE: Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, 1321 NW Hoyt St, 503-420-8600,
WHEN: May–July (receptions on First Thursdays 5–8 p.m., with hors-d’oeuvres and Maryhill wines)

Portland artist Nicole Curcio has developed a following for boldly dynamic panoramas. “I continue to explore the colors and energy of city living,” she says. Curcio draws inspiration from her travels throughout Mexico and Central and South America.

Green Loop Sunday Parkways

July 22,

Check out the new Green Loop during Sunday Parkways, which also features the Portland Streetcar Mobile Music Fest (, with local musicians playing aboard A Loop streetcars from 1 to 4 p.m. The Green Loop festivities take place on the North Park Blocks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a trapeze, Zumba stage, a PNCA activity area, and all sorts of other family-friendly fun.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Aug 26,

This year’s 3-mile walk, which aims to raise more than $640,000 to help battle a disease that affects some 30 million people worldwide, kicks off at 11 a.m. at Rose Quarter Commons, just across the Willamette River from the Pearl District.