Portland events: Mask maven - 'Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord'
Some events should be on your radar:
• Moda Center hosts three big shows coming up.
Post Malone takes the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.
Superstar songstress Lizzo has two upcoming concerts, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 10.
And, Dave Matthews Band plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
For more: www.rosequarter.com.
• Lakewood Theatre Company begins some of the area's holiday shows with "Elf — The Musical," based on the Will Ferrell film favorite, Nov. 4-Dec. 18, at Lake Oswego's Lakewood Center for the Arts.
For more: www.lakewood-center.org.
• Phil Porter's "Blink," by Third Rail Repertory, stages at CoHo Theatre, Nov. 4-20. The show uses live video feed mixed with pre-recorded and sourced video to explore ways that connection and relationships are mediated by technology. It's written in the present tense and uses ambiguities of tone and story.
For more: www.thirdrailrep.org.
• The Portland Book Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and surrounding Southwest Park Blocks. Formerly Wordstock, it's free to attend.
For more: www.literary-arts.org.
• Live Wire Radio with Luke Burbank's Portland Book Festival show features Silvia Moreno-Garcia, George Saunders and Saeed Jones and musical guest Samantha Crain, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Alberta Rose Theatre.
For more: www.livewireradio.org.
• Oregon Symphony presents Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3, Eroica Symphony" and Gabriel Kahane and Lera Auerbach works, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Meanwhile, the symphony is launching its livestream concerts Nov. 7 with "Eroica." There'll be six livestream concerts this season.
For more: www.orsymphony.org.
• Kristina Wong, a 2022 Pulitzer Prize finalist, performs her award-winning solo show, "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord," in a co-production of Portland Center Stage and Boom Arts, with previews beginning Saturday, Nov. 5 and the regular run going Nov. 11-Dec. 18 at The Armory. It's a take on the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and recounts Wong's adventures in gathering more than 800 volunteers, known as "The Auntie Sewing Squad," to sew masks at a time when hate crimes against Asian-Americans increased.
For more: www.pcs.org.
• The Tribune runs a list of notable concerts each month on its website, www.pamplinmedia.com/portland-tribune-features. In November, it's titled "Live Music: Portland concerts November 2022." Please check it out — each and every month.
• Portland's Michael Allen Harrison, who puts on the Ten Grands and Christmas at The Old Church, has a new collaboration in the works.
He's teamed with Alan Berg to produce "It's a Wonderful Life Jr.," a spinoff of their holiday classic staged in 2013 by Stumptown Stages. It'll be staged this time at and by Eastside Theater Company, 3445 S.E. Hillyard Road, Gresham. There'll be eight shows, Nov. 4-13.
The holiday classic has been transformed for youth theater groups, and middle and high schools with an age range of actors of 6-18 years. Clarence the Angel is 10 years old and can be played by a boy or a girl.
For more: www.eastsidetheater.com.
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