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Downtown Portland News – Fall 2011
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Join us for the 20th Annual Komen Portland Race for the Cure, September 18th, 2011, at Tom McCall Waterfront
Park in Downtown Portland.
FALL TRUNK SHOWS
Mercantile Portland (729 SW Alder St.), a local fashion destination for three decades, is hosting two don’t-miss fall trunk shows: Lida Baday, a Mercantile exclusive, September 28th to September 30th, and the Theory, showing from September 30th to October 2nd. Lida Baday’s unwavering vision that blends a clean modern sensibility with classic beauty and precision tailoring, lies at the core of her long-standing success. Theory starts with a perfect fitting pant! Their luxurious and technological fabrics paired with detailed tailoring create a fit that’s comfortable and feminine. 503-223-6649 or www.mercantileportland.com
HAS ANYONE SEEN MARY?
Welcome back Hamburger Mary’s (19 NW 5th Avenue)! Watch their website, www.hamburgermarys.com/pdx, and Facebook for celebratory events all month including Dance Party Nights, and Drinking with the Divas. Hamburger Mary’s is an “open-minded open-air bar and grill.” Their saucy wait staff, house-made food and playful décor all send the same message: everyone is welcome! Mary’s is queer-friendly and family-oriented (minors are welcome until 9:30 pm).
A new group of stores has opened next door to the Crystal Ballroom in the Blackbox building (1300 West Burnside): Isaac Hers, SoleStruck, Tanner Goods, Blackbird, and Dunderdon. Original women’s clothing designer Isaac Hers has moved from N. Mississippi. There is a full line of leather products by Tanner Goods at their first retail location. For a great place for a guy to get a pair of pants—Blackbird—their second Portland location. Swedish-made men’s and women’s clothes are available at Dunderdon—their first Portland retail location. In October, SoleStruck will move their store from the Pearl.
This summer, New Avenues for Youth (NAFY) opened their second Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop® on the campus of Portland State University (PSU). Established in 1997, NAFY is a nonprofit organization committed to helping at-risk and homeless teens. The shop provides young people with real-world work experience and an opportunity to build invaluable life skills. www.newavenues.org Photo: Megan Holmes.
PLAY BY LOCAL WRITER
Catherine Garvin, writer and actress turned Portland playwright, will present her second play, Emma Lily, through Portland Center for the Performing Arts (1111 SW Broadway St) in October with support from the Regional Arts Culture Council, New York Foundation of the Arts, and other sponsors. www.pcpa.com
NW FILM TURNS 40
Come celebrate the lights, camera, and action of cinema in Portland! The Northwest Film Center (1219 SW Park Ave.) kicks off its 40th anniversary at the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (November 11th through the 19th). Bridgetown has a swiftly growing film community, and The Northwest Film Center is a key part of that community. www.nwfilm.org
Stay a night at the newest downtown hotel, McMenamins The Crystal Hotel (303 SW 12th Ave.). Each room features an artistic rendition of lyrics from a song performed by a past Crystal Ballroom performer. The wedge-shaped building boasts a fascinating 100-year history, mobsters, madams and Japanese internment camp survivors. The hotel features: Zeus Cafe, Al’s Den, and a luxurious soaking pool.
This fall, the Oregon History Museum presents Treasures of the Vault (October 13th, 2011-February 12th, 2012). The collection of mysterious treasures includes over 85,000 artifacts, 25,000 maps, 30,000 books, 8.5 million feet of film and videotape, 16,000 rolls of microfilm, and 2.5 million photographic images.
Also don’t miss, The Red Shield in the Rose City: 125 Years of The Salvation Army in Portland, September 15th-December 31st, 2011. www.ohs.org
TEA & CHRYSANTHEMUMS
Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 NW Everett St.) will honor traditional tea ceremonies through the month of October. Events include tea talks and demonstrations, a teapot exhibit, a traditional wedding tea ceremony, and more, in partnership with The Tao of Tea. In November is the Chrysanthemum Festival, featuring prize-winning blooms from the Portland Chrysanthemum Society. www.lansugarden.org
“WHAT ARE YOU?”
On exhibit at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Ave.) through 2011, “kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa” is a nationally touring show exploring heritage and identity. Many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry have embraced the term “Hapa” originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half as an expression of pride. www.oregonnikkei.org
NW Documentary (115 SW Ash Street, Suite 620) Take DIY Documentary Bundle and learn to make a documentary in 10 weeks, and then premiere it at Mission Theater! Work on a music video in Discover the DSLR and Live Audio for the Music Video. Classes run September through December.
BLUE MAN GROUP
October 18-23, 2011 at the Keller Auditorium. Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music, and technology, to produce a totally unique form of entertainment with no spoken language. www.blueman.com
God of Carnage - by Yasmina Reza
Sept 6-Oct 9 | This 2009 Tony winner for Best Play, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident in what they hoped would be a “civilized manner.”
No Man’s Land - by Harold Pinter
Oct 4-Nov 6 | In this enigmatic tumble through time, two men circle each other in the limbo of logic, recovering memory and reconciliation as their lives hurtle toward their end.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol - by John Longenbaugh
Nov 15-Dec 24 | Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran playwright John Longenbaugh.
Artist Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison St.) www.artistsrep.org or 503.241.1278
September 24, 2011. Portland Opera’s 47th Season starts on a spectacular, star-studded note! Soprano Maria Kanyova and tenor Richard Crawley headline a special evening of opera hits—your favorite opera arias and duets from the world’s most popular operas. Local stars of Portland Opera, the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus, will be on stage together for the very first time!
SHREK THE MUSICAL
September 13-18, 2011 at the Keller Auditorium. Presented by Portland Opera/Fred Meyer Broadway Across America Portland. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life on stage. www.shrekthemusical.com
November 4, 6, 10, 12, 2011. The infamous barber of Seville has finally found himself a bride! Sung in Italian and Latin with projected English translations. www.portlandopera.org Photo: ©David Bachman.
BEAUTY OF THE ILLIAD
Thursday, Oct. 20th, 7:30pm / Powell’s City of Books
With Stephen Mitchell’s new translation of The Iliad (Free Press), it’s as if the lifeblood of its heroes, Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam, flow in every word. The Iliad’s ancient story bursts vividly into new life.