It’s a jazzy weekend of sorts, with several live music shows to choose from, including the “bang for the buck” Clark College Jazz Festival to the innovative Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble’s winter concert. If jazz isn’t your thing, we’ve got more Lunar New Year celebrations and an interactive theater version of “Clue”.
Although the statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted, some venues or performers still have restrictions in place. Check venue websites for information on specific COVID safety requirements.
Clark College Jazz Festival
Clark College has hosted jazz ensembles at the middle and high school levels for nearly 60 years. These competitions feature three days of big band jazz performed by more than 60 top student music groups from across Washington and Oregon. Individual Outstanding Musician Awards will be presented at the conclusion of each division’s preliminary competitions. Final performances are held at 19.00 Friday and Saturday.
The performances begin around 8 on Thursday 26 January and continues well into the evening Friday-Saturday 27-28. January Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver; $5 per day admission, 12 and under free with paying adult; clark.edu/campus-life.
The TL collective
Founder and Artistic Director Micaela Taylor brings her passion for creating engaging and diverse work to Portland. The eight-member company will dance the world premiere of “BlueNav” as well as the seasoned piece “Drift” as guests in White Bird Dance. See performances called “unique in style, innovative, endlessly inventive and technically excellent” by the LA Dance Chronicle.
20.00 Thursday-Saturday 26-28 January, Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave.; tickets from $35, whitebird.org or 503-245-1600 local. 201.
BodyVox’s winter exhibition will feature all new works by seven choreographers, combining the company’s signature humor and athleticism. Co-artistic director Jamey Hampton says the production should be as sweet as the name suggests: “It’s an offering of individual delicacies that gives a platform to choreographers who don’t keep their own companies. The variety of artistic visions in this delicious amuse bouche will be sweet and tempting!”
19.30 Thursday-Saturday 26-28 January and the 3rd-4th February. One matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, BodyVox,, 1201 NW 17th Ave.; $25-$70; 503-229-0627, bodyvox.com.
— Grant Butler The Oregonian/Oregonlive.com
The comedian and actress visits Portland on a stop on her “Who Do I Think I Am?” trip. In addition to her stand-up routines, Johnson-Reyes has had many film and television credits, including work in films such as “Mom’s Night Out,” “Our Family Wedding” and on MadTV.
7 p.m. Friday, January 27, Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $45.75-$69.50; portland5.evenue.net.
“Clue: On Stage”
Did you know that the iconic board game “Clue” was first published in 1949? It has been a family night favorite for more than 70 years. The big screen version was also a cult classic, and the Experience Theater Project has taken the spirit of the 1984 film “Clue” starring Tim Curry and turned it into an interactive theater event. This murder-mystery comedy follows six guests to a mysterious dinner party, where they find themselves suspects when the host turns up dead. The show has multiple possible endings, and the audience never knows how it will all end on any given night.
Opens 19:30 Friday 27 January, continues at tickets start at $36; experiencetheatreproject.org.
Portland Fine Print Art Fair
The Portland Art Museum once again welcomes art lovers to the annual Fine Print Art Fair. This comprehensive event welcomes top pressure dealers from across North America and Europe. Shop prints from old masters to contemporary and emerging artists. Enjoy guided tours with Mary Weaver Chapin, the museum’s curator of prints and drawings, and with Helen Swift, Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Asian Art. Check the website for a schedule of guided tours.
The preview evening at 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 27 ($50 tickets required). Printing fair at 10.00-18.00 Saturday, at 11.00-17.00 Sunday 28.-29. January, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.; free access; portlandartmuseum.org/event.
Lunar New Year Dragon Dance, Parade and Celebration
The Portland Chinatown Museum is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a Dragon Dance Parade through downtown Portland. Lion Dancers kick off the annual event in front of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. Then a parade will wind its way through historic Chinatown. Start your year with a little good luck as volunteers hand out traditional red envelopes.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, January 28, beginning at Northwest Third Avenue and Davis Street in Old Town; available; portlandchinatownmuseum.org/events/.
Enjoy an evening of interactive, improvisational and collaborative music in styles from rock, to jazz, to funk and featuring a veritable who’s who of Portland musicians. Matt Butler conducts a line-up including Liz Chibucos (Far Out West), Farnell Newton, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), Chris Couch (World’s Finest), Aniana, Asher Fulero (Emancipator Ensemble), Brett McConnell (Threedom), Rudy Slizewski (Tapwater), Robin Jackson, David Hagen (Scott Pemberton’s O Theory) and others.
8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St.; tickets $20-$25; albertarosetheatre.com.
Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble’s Winter Concert “Alliance”
The five previous winners of the International Association for Women in Music’s (IAWM) annual prize for jazz composition come together to perform new pieces with the large jazz ensemble. The featured composers, all instrumentalists and bandleaders of their own ensembles, include Grammy nominee Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima, Berklee College of Music faculty member Sam Spear, four-time Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation scholarship winner Jhoely Garay, two-time Herb Alpert ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award winner Yu Nishiyama, and NYC-based Eliana Fishbeyn. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with three of the guest composers.
7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Lincoln Recital Hall, PSU 1620 SW Park Ave.; tickets $15-$28; pjce.org or at the door.
Ukraine Fundraiser at Lloyd Center
Ukrainian artists talk about “what it’s like to be an artist in a time of war,” and guests can take a guided virtual tour of Ukrainian cultural sites. Also see a one-act play and dance performances, poetry and cooking demonstrations.
1pm-7pm Saturday, January 28, Lloyd Center, 1405 Lloyd Center Blvd.; $12-$20; .eventbrite.com/e/ukrainian-cultural-festival-fundraiser-tickets-472368796787
PCSO Spectacular at the Reser
The Portland Columbia Symphony, celebrating its 40th anniversary all season, will offer a VIP fundraiser and public concert this weekend headlined by Alexander Markov, an award-winning virtuoso known for his interpretation of the left-hand pizzicato section of the 24th. Caprice. Jimmie Herrod will be the featured vocalist.
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Patricia Reser Center for the Performing Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets $19-$54; secure.thereser.org.
Portland Lesbian Choir: Breaking the Ice
The Portland Lesbian Choir offers a concert designed to give member singers the opportunity to share their talent and some of their favorite songs. Expect soloists and small group performances with themes of relationships, winter and uncomfortable situations.
4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, Alberta Abby, 126 NE Alberta St.; pay-what-you-want tickets $5-$100; albertaabbey.org/calendar.
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Kammermusikkens Venner welcomes the genre-crossing ensemble to a concert that defies categorization. The group offers dynamic live performances that blur the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world music and experimental music. The Beaverton performance “Can Dance” centers on the integration of cutting-edge music, innovative dance and film.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets $32-$57; focm.org or 503-224-9842.
You love Vital
Conservation photographer, filmmaker, writer and explorer, Vitale joins VOICES to talk about her work protecting and preserving habitats for people and wildlife. She has a long list of photography awards to her credit, including six awards from World Press Photo, the International Photographer of the Year award and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting. She has also been named magazine photographer of the year by the National Press Photographers Association. Vitale speaks as a guest in the VOICES lecture series.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St.; tickets start at $45; voicesinc.com.
“Me and Tammy”
Celebrating the renewed interest in the story of Tammy Wynette, Triangle Productions honors the first lady of country music with her own stage play. The plot follows a Wynette impersonator who is asked to perform on stage the night Wynette died. Can he make the show? He is heartbroken. The show hangs in the balance until Tammy’s ghost visits him and assures him that everything will be alright. The one-act musical has been in development for four years and sheds light on the life of one of country music’s great women, who died in 1998 at the age of 55.
Opens at 19.30 on Thursday 2 February and continues at 19.30 Thursdays-Saturdays up to and including 18 February with one matinee at 2 p.m. on February 12, Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd.; tickets $15-$35; trianglepro.org
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