Portland holidays: Peacock Lane opens, 'Elf in Concert' stages
With Peacock Lane opening and other events and attractions, it's another great week to celebrate the holidays. Here are some happenings:
• Celtic Yuletide returns to Portland for "Magical Strings," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. The Boulding family and special guests weave their magic with lively and soulful music, storytelling and stellar Irish step-dancing.
• It's a big week — Peacock Lane opens! The famed walking/driving tour of decorated and lighted Southeast Portland homes, located off Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard between Stark and Belmont streets, takes place 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night Dec. 15-31. Car-free nights are Dec. 15-17.
• The "Christmas with C.S. Lewis" play explores the famed author's transition from atheism to Christianity and his affinity for Christmas, as he entertains visitors at his Oxford home and shares yuletide recollections — they all share curiosity, laughter, gladness and tears. It stages at Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 15-16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
• If you're up for a road trip, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes will reportedly return from sitting out some concerts over a vocal cord issue, and put on two concerts on her "Joy: The Holiday Tour" at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. They are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17. There'll be festive songs mixed with some of Rimes' greatest hits and new releases off her recent album "god's work."
• NW Dance Project puts on its in-studio holiday benefit show, "In Good Company — Starry Night," 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, at its Creative Center, 211 N.E. 10th Ave. It's a dancer-made show, and "Starry Night" features dance creations by Ingrid Ferdinand, Anthony Milian and Santiago Villareal, and the company revives "Christmas CanCan" by Ihsan Rustem, resident choreographer.
• Rock violinist Aaron Meyer has long put on a Christmas concert, and this year it'll be at Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 S.W. Crescent St., Beaverton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.
"Rock the Holidays!" features Meyer performing familiar holiday songs, as well as classical pieces that range from Vivaldi and Mozart, to classic rock pieces ranging from Aerosmith to The Who. He'll be joined by the Brown Sisters, Metropolitan Youth Symphony and his student band.
• 3 Leg Torso presents "The Elves of Frostland — The Next Generation," a musical event about "elves" stuck in a cabin being visited by music colleagues, 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18 at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Special guests are Pepe Raphael, Jet Black Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, Varelse, Chervona and more.
• Oregon Symphony presents "Elf in Concert," playing the John Debney score — with Debney conducting — to the popular Will Ferrell holiday movie while the movie plays on the big screen above. There are three shows at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
• You can really go old-timey with ReImagined Radio's two holiday shows — "A Radio Christmas Sampler, Vol. II," which premieres at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 on radio stations, as well as "A Radio Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington.
The "Christmas Sampler" show will be on KXRW 99.9 FM Vancouver and KXRY 91.1/107.1 FM Portland, and subsequent broadcasts and streams will be provided by broadcast partners. The episode samples three Christmas radio programs, featuring the voices of original actors: "Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Kid," from the "Jean Shepherd Show"; "Back for Christmas," starring Peter Lorre; "Britt Ponset's Christmas Story," starring Jimmy Stewart.
• Sweden's "Queen of Swing," Gunhild Carling, brings her family band to Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., for a special holiday show, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.
• Presented by Oregon Symphony, Jose Hernandez leads Mariachi Sol de Mexico in a musical tribute to Mexico's Christmas traditions, "A Very Merry Mariachi Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway.
• Famed singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor perform holiday favorites at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., in "Home For The Holidays," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Songs include classics from Bonoff's "Silent Night" album.
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