Arts & Events – Fall 2018


The Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) has opened nominations for the fourth annual Pearl District Business Awards, which recognize individuals and businesses that are making a difference within Portland’s flourishing Pearl District. The nomination period ends on September 14. Visit for details.

This year’s award winners will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 7, at a brand-new venue this year, the elegant 5,000-square-foot Chown Annex event space at NW 16th Avenue and NW Everett Street. You can read more about Chown Annex, which welcomes events of up to 225 guests, here.


Where: Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, 503-445-3700,
When: The Color Purple, Sept 15–Oct 28; A Life, Sept 29–Nov 11; A Christmas Memory paired with Winter Song, Nov 24–Dec 30; The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, Nov 27–Dec 23

The 2018–2019 season opens with a joyfully poignant musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–awarded novel and the West Coast premiere of Adam Bock’s A Life. Later in the season, PCS’s much adored holiday-themed annual productions will put smiles on your faces.

Upfor Gallery Pearl Portland


Where: Upfor Gallery, 929 NW Flanders St, 503-227-5111,
When: Amy Stephens, Sept 5–Oct 27; Ralph Pugay, Nov 1–Dec 22

At this early-autumn show, Amy Stephens reclaims objects and imagery to create assemblages from materials suggestive of urban living and its architecture, including wood, metal, fabric, plexiglass, and fluorescent tape. Unframed photos or Polaroids figure in her carefully layered works (right), playing with ideas of exterior and interior.

Then beginning November 1, see the playful yet unsettling works (left) of Ralph Pugay, whose colorful, narrative paintings juxtapose cultural norms and ideas that collide unexpectedly. “A lot of them are of situations where there’s perversity or something catastrophic happening, but I see them as allegories for general questions about consciousness and life,” says Pugay.


First Thursdays in the Pearl Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1,
AIDS Walk Portland Sept 8,
FEAST Portland Sept 13–16,
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sept 16,
Pearl District Neighborhood Block Party Sept 21,
FashioNXT Oct 3–6,
5K Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct 14,
Holiday Tree Lighting Nov 24,