Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Upcoming Events


R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE at Portland Center Stage. From now through December 7 catch this "one-man show that blends videos, lectures, poetry and a healthy dash of humanist humor." Based on the life of one of the greatest thinkers of our time (If you've ever read about him, you'll understand why so many folks say that he should have been from Portland). On Saturday, October 18 you (and a team of friends) can even take party in a "Bucky" themed photo scavenger hunt. Be among the first 20 to submit and you could win tickets to the show (for your whole team) and dinner in the pearl. The details are here.

The Receptionist at CoHo Productions. Opening this weekend (with 2-for-1 tickets), The Receptionist is the latest production from Adam Brock who brought us PCS's award-winning show Thugs (2007). The show is directed by Rose Riordan and features Sharonlee McLean, Laura Faye Smith, Chris Murray and Gary Norman in a "post 9/11 noir comedy with "equal moments of subdued terror."

Delirious -- An IFCC Homecoming. Join hosts Mayor-Elect Sam Adams, Comissioner Charles Jordan, Michelle Harper and Susan Fartheree-Goodson for Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's 25th Anniversary. There will be live music from Crazy 8's, Sneakin' Out, Melao De Cuba and dancers from Hurricane Tumbo. Also featured is a comedy performance by "Bruce" (a.k.a. Jennifer Lanier, a homecoming court, Back to the Future photo booth, and an 80s-themed costume contest. Food will be provided by DiPrima Dolci, E'Njoni, Huber's and Kinta. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Encores: The Best of Bodyvox
. The innovative dance company celebrates 10 years by bringing back some old favorites. Their performance (from October 22 to October 25 at PCPA) is a fan-fed playlist determined by online vote. Known for their "breathtakingly physical and highly original" work, Bodyvox is sure to put on a phenomenal show. Just check them out on YouTube if you don't believe me. Tickets are $12 to $46.

Pterodactyls at Theatre Vertigo. Vertigo kicks of its 11th season with Nicky Silver's dark, dark comedy about "hypochondria, denial, terminal illness and incest...just to name a few [elements]" Says The New York Post of the script, "There are times-not all that many, admittedly-when a critic wishes he had never used the word 'brilliant' before, so he could offer it fresh minded and glittering to something new." The show runs October 24 through November 22 and tickets can be purchased from


Haunters. Just in time for Halloween, on Friday, October 24 at 10pm, The Someday Lounge presents a free special screening of Haunters, a full-length documentary "about haunted attractions and the strange community that surrounds them. " According to, "Every October, numerous men and women called 'haunters' drop their normal lives to create sometimes elaborate, always entertaining haunted house events. For some, it starts when they are kids. Others do it for the money. But almost all "haunters" do it out of a passion for Halloween and the desire to make you scream."

Nosferatu at McMenamin's Mission Theater. At 8:30pm on Halloween night (Friday, October 31) Mission will present a screening of F.W. Murnau's horror classic, "Nosferatu" accompanied by a Piazolla -inspired neo-tango ensemble performing an original score. Also on the docket for the evening are two short films by Georges Melies, "Voyage to the Moon" and "The Golden Bug." Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at Mission Street, Crystal Ballroom and Ticketmaster outlets.

100 Feet at Bagdad Theater. On Thursday, October 30, McMenamin's Bagdad Theater presents a one-night-only screening of the ghost-horror flick starring Famke Janssen, Ed Westwick and 80s idol Michael Pare (of Eddie and the Cruisers fame). Pare and director Eric Reid will also attend the event. Tickets are $5 at the door.


Second Annual Artists Night Out at ART. On Monday, October 20, writers of all sorts will gather on Artists Repertory Theatre's Morrison Stage for their second annual spoken word extravaganza. Doors open at 6pm for sign-ups. The reading will start at 6:30pm. The event will be hosted by Tommy Gaffney, author of Three Beers from Oblivion and These Whiskey Days. Featured readers include local literary legend Elizabeth Archers, editor and photographer of the new book Blown Out, and Todd Van Voris, local actor, writer and member of Artists Rep's resident acting company. This event is free and there will be drinks and treats as well as a photography display by Paul Thacker and local books on sale.

David Sedaris at Arlene Schnitzer. On Halloween night, spend your time with acclaimed-author and satirist David Sedaris (who wrote the runaway hits Naked, Me Talk Pretty Someday, Holidays on Ice, and more). Tickets are $30 to $60 and can be purchased from the PCPA box office or Ticketmaster.

Sarah Vowell at Bagdad Theater. Powell's brings one of the smartest, snarkiest writers of our time to Portland to celebrate the release of her new book, The Wordy Shipmates. Vowell (best known her contributions NPR's This American Life and for her sassy historical read Assasination Vacation). Tickets are $25 and include a copy of Vowell's new book.

Madeline Albright at Bagdad Theater. In Albright's new book, Memo to the President Elect, she offers "a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as an adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions." Tickets are $15 (available from Powell's) and include a copy of the book.


sm{art} at Worksound Gallery. Anyone remember Judy Chicago's controversial and "convention-shattering" work "The Dinner Party" which featured an elegantly appointed table set with artist-themed plates in the shape of the female genitalia? Bitch Magazine remembers and they have asked her to be the honorary chair of their annual art auction and reception to benefit the non-profit publication/media organization. On hand for the night will be food from Montage, Rocket, Saint Cupcake and Sugar Beets; drinks from Porches, Lagunitas and New Deal Distillery; art from all walks (including some from Chicago herself), crafts, tarot readings and more. VIP tickets are $75 dollars (including a goodie bag and early bidding) other tickets are $15 for students and a sliding scale ($20 to $50) for all others.

"Dreams" at Launchpad Gallery. All month long, Launchpad "invites you to delve deep into the subconscious and the private worlds of sleep, hope and the darker corners of the mind" with their sixth open-call themed group show. With work from more than 100 artists, there's a lot to take in. According to gallery director Ben Pink, "The dream that we...have for this show is to encourage creativity, provoke thought and share great art with the world." Check it out before October 31 and find out what really happened to a "dream deferred."


Nicky's 8th Annual Wild About Game Festival
at The Resort at the Mountain. Got meat? Love good game? Check out the game festival at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon on Sunday, October 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event pairs some of the Pacific Northwest’s best game chefs with a variety of game birds and meats like Cervena Venison, Nicky Farms Rabbit, Muscovy Hen and MacFarlane Pheasant for a lively cooking competition and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $25 for the day and $40 including the evening feast.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner with Ivy Manning. Acclaimed food writer, Manning has just released her Farm to Table Cookbook, which is focused on the art of eating locally. On Saturday, October 18, she’ll be practicing that art when she jumps into the cork kitchen to prepare a meal from the book (which will be paired, of course, with Northwest wines). Reservations are required and seating is limited, so call now to reserve (281-2675). Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, wine and gratuity.


mb said...

I am all kinds of excited to see Bucky at PCS.

Holly Mac said...

It promises to be very interesting. Besides being a remarkable thinker, poet and engineer, Fuller's commitment to learning and discovery is inspiring. He accomplished a lot (but not at the expense of others).