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First Thursday in the Pearl Street Gallery

Arts + Events in the Pearl – Summer 2019

Arts + Events in the Pearl – Summer 2019

First Thursday Street Gallery Although Pearl First Thursdays date back to 1986, the especially festive and creative First Thursday Street Gallery—held April through October on 13th Avenue between Hoyt and Kearney—celebrates its 20th anniversary this summer. The Portland Urban Art Network ( hosts this free party that runs from 5 until 10 p.m. and features

Plane of Scattered Pasts at Upfor Gallery

Artists Heidi Schwegler and Quayola look to the past to reflect on contemporary experience and concerns. Wear and tear are visual cues of a thing’s history, its former life of use and purpose. Plane of Scattered Pasts, a new exhibition opening at Upfor Gallery (929 NW Flanders, 503-227-5111) on May 1st, offers ways of thinking

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

Arts & Events – Winter 2018

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & LITTLE BOXES Head to bustling Jamison Square Park for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov 24 (4:30–6 p.m.), to usher in the holiday season. Sing carols, enjoy cookies and beverages and watch the lighting of the 30-foot-tall Oregon Cascades fir tree. Share selfies on social media (#PearlPortland) and browse

Arts & Events – Fall 2018

PEARL DISTRICT BUSINESS AWARDS 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

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,

25 Reasons to Love Summer

Emerald parks, dapper dining, and shops bursting with warm-weather fashion and gear—our favorite ways to celebrate the season By Andrew Collins, Fernando Nocedal, and Ellee Thalheimer with illustrations by Angela Southern. Click here to see the full layout of this feature in our digital flipbook. 1. Salud! to Summer Ale – Local Brewery Summer Offerings

ArtReach Gallery Announces 2018 Exhibits

Located at the historic and strikingly Gothic-style First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, ArtReach Gallery (1137 SW Broadway, 503-228-7219) carries out an important creative mission at the church that dates to its earliest days. The current gallery—which recently added new lighting and an electric drop-down screen—opened in 2006 and features rotating two-month-long exhibits several times

Spring 2018 Arts & Events

Hippity Hop Bunny Hop in the Pearl The Easter Bunny will be spreading gladness and glee in Jamison Square Park the Saturday before Easter. Venture out with your friends and family—especially youngsters—for pictures, hugs, an egg hunt, music, art projects, a raffle, and sweet treats with this charming cotton-tailed friend to all. Mar 31, 10:30

Winter 2017 Arts & Events

upfor Gallery: Send nudes About its intriguing December show, Upfor writes: “Artists and internet provocateurs Tom Galle and Moises Sanabria (above) critically examine emerging technologies and internet culture with humor and self-awareness. Galle and Sanabria’s work encompasses meme-making, performance, photography, and multimedia presentations, with works that exist physically and also have an active life online.

Common Ground

A museum devoted to Jewish heritage in Oregon offers hope and understanding for us all. When a teacher notices a student drawing swastikas or a school finds racist graffiti on its grounds, one of the first calls is often to Portland’s Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (724 NW Davis St, 503-226-3600), whose

Fall 2017 Arts & Events

AUTUMN ARTS! The always exceptional Labor Day weekend showcase, Art in the Pearl, returns to the leafy North Park Blocks, between Davis and Flanders streets, this year. Enjoy live music and browse the photography, paintings, pottery, and other works by some 130 artists at this free, juried festival. Saturday, Sept 2–Monday, Sept 4, GALLERY

Back for a Second Round

The Second Annual Pints in the Pearl returns to Portland on Saturday, June 3rd The Pearl District Business Association has announced the second annual Pints in the Pearl, a one-day craft beer festival that showcases some of the best beers that Pearl District breweries have to offer, while also celebrating many of the neighborhood’s superb restaurants and distinctive businesses.

Summer 2017 Arts & Events

PINTS IN THE PEARL Anyone with a thirst for beer knows that the Pearl has amazing craft breweries. Produced by the Pearl District Business Association, the second annual Pints in the Pearl celebration will draw thousands of ale aficionados to Northwest 13th Avenue between Davis and Hoyt streets on the first Saturday in June. This