Halloween is over and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching. Sometimes November can be a bit boring in the entertainment world, but a surge of interest in live events seems to be driving the performances and artistic offerings for much of the month. This week features several live dance performances, live theater and two major visual arts events, as well as live music in a variety of genres. Remember to check with sites or sponsors for COVID vaccine and testing requirements.
Contemporary dance festival
Portland’s Push / FOLD is bringing contemporary dance back to the stage for live performances at its third annual festival. The festival features five local and national artists in genres ranging from Afro-Cuban to hip-hop to street styles. All three public performances include post-show artist talks. The festival begins with a student improvisation show 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 to Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, November 5 to 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 lecture by Orchestra 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
The 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 with crippling headaches, and a young woman who quotes from Ecclesiastes come together under the roof of a remote farmhouse in a struggle to survive an overwhelming aerial apocalypse. Directed by Jerry Mouawad, the play stars Matt Farley.
Open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday through November 20, Imago Theater, 17 SE Eighth Ave .; tickets $ 20; imagoheatre.com/birds
NW dance project
Artistic Director Sarah Slipper presents new work inspired by the loss of connection and the thrill of returning to live performances. In addition, resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem offers a new creation that includes solo performances, duets and synchronized ensemble sections, all to the music of The Cranberries.
7:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday November 5 and 6, Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets start at $ 33; nwdanceproject.org/season-shows
Clark County Open Studios Tour
After a one-year hiatus, the popular self-guided tour of 50 artist studios returns the first weekend in November. 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 weekend from Washougal to Woodland can tour the studios at their own pace.
Visiting hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, November 6 and 7, map of open studios available on website; artstra.org/open-studios; free
Sitka Art Invitational Exhibition + Sale
Walk through over 350 nature-inspired works by 125 Northwest artists working in sculpture, ceramics, painting, photography, fiber art, drawings and more within the World Forestry Center. Artists are selected by an annual rotating panel of curators, artists, gallery directors and Sitka staff.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday to Sunday November 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 violinist-looper Joe Kye for a concert at the Newmark Theater. ADG7 features three powerful folk singers who perform music inspired by sacred and shamanic ritual music from Korea (gut) and traditional folk songs (minyo) from Hwanghae Province.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 7, Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets from $ 30 to $ 40; portland5.com/newmark-theatre
This new project dedicated to showcasing women’s voices and artistry takes the stage live this weekend with the debut of “She’s Speaking-LIVE”, a celebration of women in song and story. The lineup includes Edna Vazquez, Arietta Ward, Bre Gregg, Kristen Grainger, LaRhonda Steele, Beth Wood, Liz Chibucos and Naomi La Violette. All of them 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 Theater, 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 by Schubert, Hayden, Hob and Shostakovich. The two performance evenings have different programs. Go to the website for more details.
7:30 p.m. Monday to Tuesday, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave .; $ 32 to $ 57; focm.org.
Broadway in Portland is back with the first nationwide tour of the record-breaking musical based on the hit film. Tina Fey wrote the screenplay for the film and three-time Emmy diner Jeff Richmond wrote the songs.
Opens at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday November 10 and continues at various dates and times until Sunday November 14, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St .; tickets start at $ 30; portland5.evenue.net
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– Rosemarie Stein, [email protected]