Halloween is over, Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching. November can be a bit boring in the entertainment world at times, but the renewed interest in live events seems to be boosting performance and artistic offerings for much of the month. This week features several live dance performances, stage theater and two major visual arts events, as well as live music in a variety of genres. Remember to check with venues or sponsors for vaccine and COVID testing requirements.
Contemporary Dance Festival
Portland’s Push/FOLD brings contemporary dance to the stage for live performances in its third annual festival. The festival features five local and national artists in genres ranging from Afro-Cuban to hip-hop to street styles. The three public performances include post-show artist talks. The festival begins with a student improvisation performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Hampton Opera Center. Public performances will include performances by Rebecca Margolick, Evelyn Tejeda, Tom Tsai and Portland’s Rejoice! Diaspora dance theater.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5-7, Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers St.; tickets $35 general admission. Live streaming available (check website); unionpdx.org/festival-21
Beaverton Symphony Orchestra
The Beaverton Orchestra offers an hour of live music preceded by a talk by the orchestra’s music director Travis Hatton. The program includes a piece by Seattle-based composer Bruce Stark and “Songs of a Wayfarer” by Gustav Mahler.
7 p.m. Friday, November 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Village Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton; tickets $10; beavertonsymphony.org
Imago Theater presents a stage version of Daphne Du Maurier’s original short story published in 1952. This version is more tense and less horrifying than the classic Hitchcock film. A former novelist, a man suffering from crippling headaches and a young woman who quotes Ecclesiastes are united under the roof of a remote farmhouse in a struggle to survive an encroaching aerial apocalypse. Directed by Jerry Mouawad, the play stars Matt Farley.
Opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, through Nov. 20, Imago Theater, 17 SE Eighth Ave.; tickets $20; imagotheatre.com/birds
Northwest Dance Project
Artistic Director Sarah Slipper presents new work inspired by the loss of connection and the thrill of returning to live performance. Additionally, resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem offers a new creation that includes solo performances, duets, and synchronized ensemble sections, all set to music by The Cranberries.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 5-6, Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets start at $33; nwdanceproject.org/season-shows
Clark County Open Studios Tour
After a year-long hiatus, the popular self-guided tour of 50 artists’ studios returns the first weekend in November. Now in its eighth year, Clark County Open Studios Tour celebrates the creativity of local artists and artisans as they open their doors for the weekend. Art lovers, buyers, and those just looking for something to do this Washougal weekend in Woodland can tour the studios at their own pace.
Visiting hours 10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday Nov 6-7, map of open studios available on the website; artstra.org/open-studios; free
Sitka Art Invitational Exhibit + Sale
Walk through more than 350 nature-inspired works by 125 Northwestern artists working in sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, fiber art, drawings and more within World Forestry Center. Artists are selected by an annually rotating panel of curators, artists, gallery directors and Sitka staff.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Nov. 6-7, Miller Hall, Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, across from the Oregon Zoo; admission by donation $7-$10; sitkacenter.org
Ak Dan Gwang Chil
Portland’5 features award-winning Korean folk-pop group Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) with Portland-based fiddle-looper Joe Kye for a concert at the Newmark Theatre. ADG7 features three powerful female folk singers who perform music inspired by sacred ritual shamanic music (gut) and traditional folk songs (minyo) from Hwanghae Province.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $30 to $40; portland5.com/newmark-theater
This new project dedicated to showcasing women’s voices and art takes the stage live this weekend with the launch of “She’s Speaking-LIVE”, a celebration of women in song and storytelling. The lineup includes Edna Vazquez, Arietta Ward, Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger, LaRhonda Steele, Beth Wood, Liz Chibucos and Naomi La Violette. All will perform their original songs about the women who inspired them as well as songs by female artists they admire.
7 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N. Alberta St; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; albertarosetheatre.com
Friends of Chamber Music continues its season with the internationally award-winning American trio in a program of Schubert, Hayden, Hob and Shostakovich. The two performance evenings have different programs. Go to the website for more details.
7:30 p.m. Monday through Tuesday, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave.; $32 to $57; focm.org.
Broadway in Portland is back with the first national tour of the record-breaking musical based on the hit film. Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the film, and three-time Emmy-dinner Jeff Richmond wrote the songs.
Opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 10 and continues various dates and times through Sunday, November 14, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $30; portland5.evenue.net
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—Rosemarie Stein [email protected]