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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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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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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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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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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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Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft will close

Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft, one of the nation’s oldest institutions dedicated to craft, is being shut down. The Pacific Northwest College of Art, which took over the museum in 2009, announced Wednesday that it was forming a Center for Contemporary Art Culture. The craft museum’s permanent collection, which holds about 1,200 items, and its programming will be merged into the center, according to a press release. The museum store will close. The college’s press release said the 2009 “vision of transforming the museum into a dynamic, student-centric educational resource was not fully realized. In the meantime, the financial cost to
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Thoughts on Museum of Contemporary Craft dissolution

MoCC Exhibition view: Laurie Herrick Weaving, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2011) Photo Jeff Jahn Yesterday PNCA announced that it will sell the property which currently house the Museum of Contemporary Craft and transfer the collection to its new headquarters building at 511 NW Broadway just down the street creating a new Center for Contemporary Art and Culture. It has provoked strong responses ranging from anguish to relief and PNCA’s leadership is getting a lot of blowback (some fair, some is simply hurt finger pointing). We could use some deeper and more nuanced thinking regarding this sad news as PNCA’s hand
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Winter Light Festival and Chinese New Year: 5 things to do in Portland this weekend

We’re well into winter as this weekend approaches, but the gray skies are set to clear up just in time for most people’s days off. Fittingly, the weekend in Portland brings a host of bright and colorful festivities to match the sparkling sun and fill your Friday-Sunday with at least a dab of fun. There’ll be lights along the river, with free boat cruises to go with them. And with the Chinese New Year and Mardis Gras coming up early next week, parades and celebrations abound around town.  And if all that celebrating works up your appetite, festivals for seafood
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First Thursday Picks February 2016

February has always been a good month for art exhibitions in the Portland art scene and everyone seems ready to get out and meet each other once again. Here are my picks: The Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors, Wangechi Mutu (2005) Internationally famous artist Wangechi Mutu creates chimerical anthropomorphichuman constructions exploring gender, identity and wry positioning within society… including immigrants. Her exhibition at the 511 gallery titled The Hybrid Human are a in that great tradition of the anthropological grotesque, like international Frankensteins for our time. This is the first in The Jordan D. Schnitzer Exhibition and
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City of Beaverton now offering two arts grants programs

The city of Beaverton is now accepting applications for two arts grant programs. Community Grant Program Now in its fourth year, this program is funded by the city and the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation. Grants provide financial support for nonprofit visual, written, individual artists, and performing arts organizations who serve the Beaverton community. Who: Individual artists, arts and cultural groups, and Beaverton schools. Social service agencies, religious organizations, and private businesses are also eligible if they pair with a nonprofit arts or diverse cultural organization for a joint project. What: Applications to this grant program should address one or
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