Arts + Events in the Pearl – Spring 2019

Mary Jo Mann & Heather McGeachy – Gallery 114

Where: Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan St, 503-243-3356,

When: May 2–31. Reception May 2 (6–9 p.m.), artist talk May 4 (2 p.m.), poetry reading May 19 (4 p.m.).

Mary Jo Mann and Heather McGeachy spent October in Southwest France at an artist residency program. While there, Mann had the luxury of time to walk and observe the natural landscape and contemplate the human connection with nature and the importance of being stewards of the earth. Her show raises awareness about the critical role the natural environment plays in our lives. McGeachy’s time in France was filled with a rush of productivity. Her show, “shapeshifters,” reflects an exploration of the moments we strive to be of the natural order and less segregated from our environments and our animal brethren.


The Easter Bunny will be out spreading gladness and glee in Jamison Square Park on the Saturday before Easter. Venture out with your friends and family members—especially youngsters—for pictures, hugs, an egg hunt, music, a raffle, and sweet treats with this charming cotton-tailed friend to all. Apr 20, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Portland Center Stage

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

When: Tiny Beautiful Things, Feb 23–Mar 31; Until the Flood, Mar 16–Apr 21; Crossing Mnisose, Apr 13–May 5; The Breath of Life, May 4–June 16; and Native Gardens, May 18–June 16

Highlights: Until the Flood explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown, and Crossing Mnisose is a world premiere that tells the story of one of America’s first feminists, Sacajawea.

More Portland Spring events

POWFest: Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (Feb 28–Mar 3, View cutting-edge movies by more than 50 female directors at this four-day celebration that includes workshops and moderated panels. Past notables who have attended include Kathryn Bigelow, Ondi Timoner, Amy Heckerling, and Barbara Kopple. Screenings take place at the historic Hollywood Theatre.

Portland Dining Month ( Throughout March, you can enjoy three-course meals for just $33 at more than 120 of the city’s buzziest restaurants, including Andina, Bluehour, Irving Street Kitchen, Tanner Creek Tavern, Piazza Italia, and other local favorites. Visit the website for a full list of eateries taking part in 2019.

Soul’d Out Music Festival (Apr 16–21, Prince, Mos Def, and Diana Krall are among the eclectic, talented musicians who have performed during this soul-inflected spring music fest held at several venues, most of them downtown, including Schnitzer Concert Hall and Wonder Ballroom.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta (May 3–5, Head to downtown’s Waterfront Park for music, carnival rides, an artisan village, and great food during this three-day party, now in its 35th year, presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association. There’s usually some Cinco-related celebrating in the Pearl, too—check for the latest events.

Portland Rose Festival (May 24–June 9, It’s not truly spring until the advent of the city’s most beloved celebration since 1911. Must-go events include the opening fireworks, the spring rose show at Lloyd Center, Fleet Week, the Grand Floral Walk and Float Showcase, and—of course—the Rose Festival CityFair.