Spring events are springing up like daffodils with indoor and outdoor activities this week. Several storytelling, dance and music performances are on the list this week, as are a Trillium Festival and a Living History Day in Agriculture. If the clock is ticking, the Ashland Film Festival is once again completely virtual this year and features 65 film choices.
Although the whole state the indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.
“I am my story”
Coinciding with the start of Genocide Awareness Month, “I Am My Story” comes to Portland for an event that highlights the travels of those who have been to the United States. A similar event took place in Beaverton in the fall of 2021. Survivors from Bosnia, Rwanda and Syria will share their struggles and triumphs in escaping genocide and war. Performances by singer and pianist Ghazal Ahmad Fanoos will open the event.
7 p.m. Friday, April 1, First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave.; free, but places are limited; theimmigrantstory.org/I-am-my-living-story-2/
Versa Style Dance Company
White Bird presents the Pacific Northwest debut of Versa-Style Dance Company of Los Angeles. Versa-Style was created to reflect the adaptability within street dance and to honor the roots and origins of hip-hop dance. The “Origins” program follows the evolution of hip-hop dance, from its roots in African and Latin communities to the present day. Styles include popping, locking, house, freestyle and others. Versa-Style Dance Company is led by co-founders and artistic directors Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets start at $19; whitebird.org
“The Name Begins With Me”
Boom Arts brings multidisciplinary and international performance to Portland. Filmico, a Peruvian performing arts company, tells the story of a documentary filmmaker who researches corruption in her country. The story is part documentary, part mystery and part political thriller and creates a chronicle of corruption and family secrets. The performance incorporates film and stills with sound design, narration and live performance. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles
Opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Continues at 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through April 10, Imago Theater, 17 SE Eighth Ave.; tickets $20 to $50; ci.ovationtix.com
Ashland Independent Film Festival
The 10-day program offers a larger selection of films than in previous years. The program includes 65 films by regional and international filmmakers. The event will be entirely virtual, including Q&A sessions and one-day screenings only. Local films include a short documentary about Puppeteers for Fears, an Ashland-based theater company specializing in original horror/sci-fi musical puppetry; “The Life and Art of Fly Fishing”, a film about a mother who shares her passion for fly fishing with her children; and “Rising,” a film that captures the resurgence of southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley after the 2020 Almeda wildfires.
The movies are available to stream, some one day only from April 1-10 on the website. Prices vary: ashlandfilm.org
Vintage Hitchcock: a live radio play
The Magenta Theater offers a staged radio play where Hitchcock’s signature suspense comes to life. The staged read takes scenes from some of the director’s early thrillers and blends them into vintage commercials reminiscent of 1940s radio shows. Daring train chase scenes, devious serial killers and explosive explosions are created through the magic of live sound effects and background music.
Begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 and runs multiple times Friday through Sunday through April 16, Magenta Theatre, 1108 Main St., Vancouver; tickets $20 in advance, $22 at the door; magentatheater.com/vintage-hitchcock-2022
Tryon Creek Trillium Festival
COVID-19 closures haven’t stopped the trillium from blooming in early spring, but the annual festival celebrating the native flower has taken a two-year hiatus. He returns this year with a celebration of spring in the forest south of Portland. Friends of Tryon Creek offers a native plant sale, talks by gardening experts, educational stations, hikes and more. Free drinks and snacks available. This family event is free.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S. Terwilliger Blvd.; tryonfriends.org/calendar
Spring Planting Living History Event
Learn about the early days of agriculture in the Willamette Valley at Champoeg State Heritage Area’s farm-focused interpretive event. Four teams of horses and mules will plow and disc a field. Wheat sown this spring will be part of the threshing event in September.
9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, Champoeg, 7679 Champoeg Road, St. Paul; admission is free, but a $5 parking pass is required; stateparks.oregon.gov
“Step by Step: The Ruby Bridges Sequel”
When Ruby Bridges was just 6 years old, she went to her first day of school and made history as the first black student in New Orleans in 1960 to attend a white school. The “Ruby Bridges Suite” celebrates its history. Pianist Darrell Grant’s cantata features multiple church choirs, a six-star jazz ensemble, and Portland singer and Oregon Hall of Fame inductee Marilyn Keller. The program also includes the reading of speeches by WEB Du Bois and the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., poems and other works that deal with issues of the civil rights era.
7:00 p.m. Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2-3, First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1211 SW Main St.; tickets $25; eventbrite.com
The Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the German vocal ensemble which mainly performs medieval and Renaissance music but which has also collaborated with contemporary composers. Portland’s performance includes Italian madrigals, German songs and folksongs from around the world.
3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave.; tickets $32 to $57; focm.org
“In the Joke”: Shawn Levy
Meet the real Marvelous Mrs. Maisels in Levy’s book about women who broke into comedy despite dismissive agents, audience rowdies and nasty critics. Levy’s book explores how trailblazing women from Moms Mabley to Phyllis Diller broke down walls so they could stand on stage and be hilarious. Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian and KGW-TV. His other books include ‘Rat Pack Confidential’, ‘Paul Newman: A Life’ and ‘King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis’.
In-Person Author Conference 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.; free; powells.com
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