Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 27-Mar 2
Portlandia premieres, Wynton Marsalis blows through town, and retrospectives kick off for both Studio Ghibli and Burt Lancaster. In other words, something for everyone.
Portland Jazz Festival
Thru Mar 2, various venues
Portland's annual celebration of all things jazz runs through the weekend, and tickets are still available to many performances. Check out our picks for the festival here, including some under-the-radar acts you might otherwise miss, and take a peek at the full schedule here.
Feb 28, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
This multiple-Grammy-winning trumpet player brings the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to town to play the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Ages and Ages
Mar 1, Mississippi Studios
The affable band returns with its sophomore effort, Divisionary, due out March 25, and celebrates the record's upcoming release with a show at Mississippi Studios. The album offers more of the group vocals, handclaps, and infectious grooves that made the debut so catchy, but something slightly darker lurks beneath. Read our preview of the show here.
Portlandia Season 4 Premiere
Feb 27, IFC
Portlandia is back for a fourth season with another stellar lineup of special guests, including actors Steve Buscemi and Kirsten Dunst, Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, sex columnist Dan Savage, now-Portland k.d. lang, and Silas Weir Mitchell of Grimm, Portland’s other television hit, among others. Because we're now starting to confuse real-life Portland with made-up Portlandia, we put together a pop quiz we're calling "Truth or Portlandia." For example, which is the real foodcart: We Be Weiners or Stu’s Stews? Think you can tell the difference?
The Motherf**ker with a Hat
Feb 26–Mar 30, Artists Rep
This cuss-word embracing play about a recovering junkie’s search for the owner of said mysterious headwear was nominated for six Tony Awards and is currently one of the top 10 most produced plays in the country (it would likely be even higher if the name made for easier marketing). Kevin Jones directs ART's production, starring Diana De La Cruz, John San Nicolas, Victor Mack, Val Landrum, Gilberto Martin del Campo.
The Light in the Piazza
Feb 26–Mar 30, Portland Playhouse
Centered on a wealthy Southern woman whose emotionally stunted daughter falls in love with a local during a summer in Italy, this contemporary musical showcases a heavily orchestrated neoromantic score in an intimate chamber music setting. The New York Times called the play “a blessing for those searching for signs of intelligent life in the American Musical.” Starring Portland musical theater favorite Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark, who played Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked.
Feb 27–Mar 23, Imago Theatre
Former Artists Repertory Theatre artistic director Allen Nause stars in Imago Theatre’s production of this Harold Pinter classic, a quasi-absurdist, vaguely menacing comedy about an entitled, shifty bum who is taken in by an oddly docile man. We’ve heard there might be clowns.
Feb 29–Mar 30, Whitsell Auditorium
Burt Lancaster cut his teeth in the circus and vaudeville but achieved fame in the motion pictures, starring in classic films like The Killers, Birdman Of Alcatraz, and Gunfight at the OK Corral. Lancaster acted with his signature charm and swagger starring alongside some of Hollywood’s most glamorous and respected stars over a five–decade career. This 12 film retrospective features some of Lancaster’s most esteemed roles on 35mm prints.
Classics from Studio Ghibli
Mar 1–29, Whitsell Auditorium
Founded in Tokyo in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the leadership of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been critically acclaimed for their originality, animation, and epic storytelling. The studio brings their cache of films back to the big screen with cult favorites like Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro along with the recent release of Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises on 35mm prints made especially for this studio retrospective.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Continuous Roll)
Mar 1, Disjecta
Created by Kathryn Andrews in celebration of the final day of Disjecta's 2013 Artist-in-Residence Season, this multidisciplinary work incorporates dance and projected video and invites audience participation.
Thru Mar 2, Newspace Center for Photography
It's the last weekend to catch photographer Kirk Crippens’s Portraitlandia, a portriat series of Portlanders both eccentric and not that ignited a buzz fire across the Internet, from Wired to the UK’s Daily Mail. (His photo of mail carrier Mary Kozlov has been hanging in an exhibition in London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery since November.) Read our story about Crippens and some of his portraits.
Portland Symphonic Choir
Mar 1–2, St. Mary's Cathedral
Tired of rain? Look to spring with the Portland Symphonic Choir's spring concert Light & Love, directed by Steven Zopfi and featuring works by Josef Rheinberger, Sir John Tavener, and Morten Lauridsen, the internationally acclaimed composer and Pacific Northwest native who was named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Founded in 1945, the Portland Symphonic Choir is Portland's oldest independent choral organization and the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony
Mar 2, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, MYS returns to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a program featuring Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and British composer John Rutter's Gloria.
Oregon Ballet Theatre: Reveal
Thru Mar 2, Keller Auditorium
Spanning from the sublime to the explosive, this program revisits three favorites from leading international choreographers—James Kudelka’s “Almost Mozart,” Christopher Wheeldon’s “Liturgy,” and Nicolo Fonte’s take on Ravel’s Bolero, for which former OBT dancer Artur Sultanov will return to join Alison Roper—as well as a world premiere from former artistic director Christopher Stowell.