Portland events: Go see Union PDX Festival of Contemporary Dance?
Here are some events to consider attending in the next week:
• Reminder: Inspired by the Alanis Morissette 1995 hit album, the Broadway show "Jagged Little Pill" stages at Keller Auditorium, through Nov. 20. The album, depicting a young woman's angst about life issues and relationships, included "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet," "Hand in My Pocket" and "Ironic."
In the story about a perfectly imperfect American family, Heidi Blickenstaff will reprise her role from the Broadway production as Mary Jane Healy, joined by Lauren Chanel as Frankie Healy, Chris Hoch as Steve Healy and Dillon Klena as Nick Healy. The cast also includes Jade McLeod as Jo and Allison Sheppard as Bella.
For more: www.BroadwayInPortland.com.
• Timberline has opened some slopes, and Mt. Hood Meadows is shooting for opening Friday, Nov. 25.
Skiers and snowboarders can ramp up their excitement at the industry event Snowvana, all day Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20, at the Oregon Convention Center.
For more: www.snowvana.com.
• O'Loughlin Trade Shows puts on its Portland Holiday Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20, at the Expo Center.
For more: www.pdxholidaymarket.com.
• White Bird Uncaged welcomes Shay Kuebler's Vancouver, British Columbia-based Radical System Art, and the world premiere of "Momentum of Isolation," 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19, at PSU's Lincoln Performance Hall. Radical System Art fuses martial arts, urban street dance and contemporary movement.
The new work explores how our digital existence divides us and yet we find powerful ways to connect with one another. Kuebler began developing "Momentum of Isolation" in 2018 after learning that the UK had appointed a "Minister of Loneliness" to tackle the serious health effects of loneliness and isolation.
"Isolation is the greatest torture or pain that you can experience because it's not pain of the body or the mind; it's one of the spirit, it's one of the soul," said Kuebler, who plays the part of a man who works alone, speaking only occasionally to his single green plant and is surrounded by a chorus of performers as energetic as they are versatile.
For more: www.whitebird.org.
• Get your laugh on at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, when George Lopez takes the stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more: www.portland5.com.
• The push/FOLD dance company presents its fourth annual Union PDX Festival of Contemporary Dance at the Hampton Opera Center, Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20. It features performances and master classes in West African, Afro-Brazilian, Bharatanatyam and contemporary ballet and dance. Featured performers include Portland choreographers Samuel Hobbs and Sweta Ravisankar. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 4 p.m. Nov. 20.
For more: www.pushfold.org/unionpdx/festival-22.
• Andrea Parson, a star Portland dancer and Princess Grace Award winner, puts on "You Can't Be Serious," an evening of solo dance and storytelling that explores memories and scenes surrounding the loss of her sister. The From The Ground Up event stages at 7:30 p.m Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St.
For more: www.fromthegrounduppdx.net.
• Look for our Holiday Happenings listings in upcoming Life sections. The holiday shows are starting, including "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," an inventive reimagining of the beloved story, by Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Previews begin Saturday, Nov. 19, with the regular run Nov. 25-Dec. 24.
For more: www.pcs.org.
• Concertmaster Sarah Kwak performs Prokofiev's shimmering, dreamlike "Violin Concerto No. 1" as the Oregon Symphony, led by guest conductor Jun Markl, puts on "The Power of Memories" with pieces by Ravel, Dutilleux and more. Concert times are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more: www.orsymphony.org.
• Satirical humorist David Sedaris returns to Portland with his social critiques and more, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more: www.portland5.com.
• Bluesman Tommy Castro performs with his band The Painkillers in "A Bluesman Comes to Town," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Polaris Hall. He won three awards at the 43rd annual Blues Music Awards and is celebrating 30 years as a bandleader.
For more: www.polarishall.com.
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