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In ‘Forever,’ Dael Orlandersmith seeks brutal truths through music: theater review

“Forever” tracks Dael Orlandersmith‘s long, stormy relationship with her alcoholic and abusive mother. Late 1960s and early ’70s progressive rock music pulls Orlandersmith through, inspiring her journey to become a playwright and performer. Here’s the upshot: “Forever” drags through The Doors, but it’s pure platinum after Patti Smith. Orlandersmith’s one-woman show marks her return to Portland after a lengthy absence. Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Chris Coleman, who directed the off-Broadway premier of Orlandersmith’s “The Gimmick,” brought that show here in 2001. Since then, Orlandersmith has written several more plays, including “Yellowman,” which was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
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Hillsboro announces 2016 Mayor’s Gift finalists

Since 2012 Mayor Jerry Willey and his team have selected a piece of original art to represent the City of Hillsboro. The painting will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection. Mayor Willey will present as official gifts when he travels to Japan and Germany, and the painting will be reproduced on notecards that many Hillsboro citizens will receive throughout the year. This year 12 finalists have been selected from over 60 submissions. Currently the finalists’ pieces are on display at the Civic Center Auditorium in downtown Hillsboro through March 16, 2016. Once the Mayor and his team have
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Bag and Baggage Productions hunts the Great White Whale

How does a theater company take a nearly 1,000-page novel about a monstrous white whale and a 19th century Nantucket whaling ship with a full complement of sailors and perform it live on stage? The first thing you do is get a mad genius like Orson Welles to do the adaptation. BagBaggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theater, is proud to present a history-making performance of Welles’ breathtaking 1950s theatrical experiment, Moby Dick, Rehearsed, at The Venetian Theatre from March 3 – 20, 2016. Moby Dick, Rehearsed has been called “an adventure in theatre going…there is literally nothing else anywhere like
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Mia Chung’s ‘You For Me For You’ explores love, sacrifice in North Korea: theater review

It is far too easy to assume in this age of social media, camera phones, the 24-hour news cycle, and Google Earth, that, at any given moment in time, we know exactly what is going on on the other side of the world. North Korea is, of course, the exception that puts such arrogance to the test. There, on the darkest spot on the globe, an entire people live shrouded in mystery, shut off from the rest of the planet by dire poverty and the cruel mechanizations of a totalitarian regime. Our understanding of life under Kim Jong Il and
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Tanya Barfield’s ‘The Call’ explores themes of friendship, adoption and looming Africa

When we want something so badly, when we hunger after it,  judgment can desert us in a hurry. In Profile Theatre’s first show of the season, “The Call,” a white couple yearning for a child decide to adopt a baby from Africa, but discover it is not an easy process. In fact, it becomes an emotional roller-coaster ride that leaves them reeling. Playwright Tanya Barfield, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and Portland native whose work will be featured this year at Profile, spreads before us sublime storytelling in this piece about decision-making when the truth is unclear. Annie and Peter (Amanda
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This Weekend, 2/5: Exhibition opening and lecture

Recent Museum News This Weekend, 2/5: Exhibition opening and lecture February 5, 2016 EARLY CLOSURE NOTICE: Friday 2/5 AND Friday 2/12 February 2, 2016 World’s Greatest Cat Painting Now on View January 14, 2016 Seeing Nature, a Resounding Success January 29, 2016 This Weekend, 1/29: Portland Fine Print Fair and Reel Music Festival January 29, 2016 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Film Collections About the Collections American Art Asian Art European Art Graphic Arts Modern and Contemporary Art Native American Art Northwest Art Photography Silver Search Online Collections Now on Display
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Beaverton Civic Theatre to present ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Beaverton Civic Theater will bring a dramatic version of the movie “The Philadelphia Story” to the stage starting 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Beaverton Civic Library Auditorium, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. In this Broadway hit, Tracy Lord (Erin Bickler) is the headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged Philadelphia Lords. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven (Nolan Morantte), she is engaged to a successful young snob. A society weekly sends a reporter and female photographer (Amanda Clark) to cover the wedding arrangements. Tracy finds herself growing interested in the reporter Mike Connor (Nate Walker), and following the pre-wedding bash, they take
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Mask and Mirror Community Theatre to present ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

Mask Mirror Community Theatre is diverging from its normal fare of light comedies and presenting a heart-warming drama about an elderly woman’s journey home: “The Trip to Bountiful.” The play opens Feb. 27 on their stage at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 10445 SW Canterbury Lane in Tigard, with shows Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, closing on March 20. Due to the homeless shelter hosted at Calvin Church there are no shows on Friday nights in winter. There will be a special Opening Night Gala included with your ticket on Saturday, Feb. 27, with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and
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Oregon Symphony goes bigger, bolder in 2016-17 season: First look

It’s a season like none other. Renee Fleming will stop by. Dale Chihuly glass will float above the stage. Some wild and crazy music will ring the rafters. Welcome to the Oregon Symphony‘s bigger, bolder 120th season, which begins in September. As current subscribers are learning this week, Carlos Kalmar, now in his 13th season as music director, has dialed up the adventure quotient, added concerts, ramped up the guest list and created a new multimedia series. “It is the most exciting season we have presented during my time,” Kalmar said on the phone from Madrid, where he had just
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