October has turned out to be a heavy entertainment month with plenty of live theater and dance to go along with the many fall festivals and expos. If you can pull yourself away from the many Halloween-themed events offered, check out a big quilt show in Clark County, or stay home and stream dance films. Most of the in-person performances listed below require proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry. Check with performance companies for details.
Portland Black Music Expo
This multicultural festival reflects on the richness of Black culture in the region and includes headliners Mic Capes, Tahirah Memory and recent Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee LaRhonda Steele. The festival will feature live performances on site at Holocene and Polaris Hall as well as developmental workshops in the community as a mix of live and virtual events. The kickoff event is “Soul Clap” featuring Mic Capes, Majik 9, Wavy Josef and others at 8 p.m. Friday, Polaris Hall 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. Tickets $10.
Festival hours vary Friday-Sunday, Oct. 15-17. Check the website for schedules and tickets; portlandblackmusicexpo.com.
“Face to Face”
Oregon Ballet Theatre returns to the indoor stage with three ballets that bring nature to the dance floor. In Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes,” a cautious studio flirtation between two dancers transforms into passion. George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments” is loosely based on the ancient notion of the mix of four basic human personality types. The event closes with Jennifer Archibald’s “Sculpted Clouds,” an exploration of man’s relationship with nature.
Performances 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15-16, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St.; tickets $24-$105; obt.org/face-to-face or by phone 503-222-5538. No children 12 or younger admitted.
“Frida … A Self Portrait”
Live theater returns to The Armory when Portland Center Stage begins its 2021-2022 season with a solo show written and performed by Brazilian writer and performer Vanessa Severo, and directed by Joanie Schultz. “Frida … A Self Portrait” begins on the eve of the celebrated Mexican artist’s death. The intimate story plunges the audience into the nuanced world of Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15. Continues various times and dates through Nov. 7, U.S. Bank Main Stage, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.; tickets $25-$87; pcs.org/frida-a-self-portrait or 503-445-3700.
Portland Dance Film Fest
This year’s dance film festival will be a multi-day affair with both online and in person screenings. The festival offers 31 “picks” and five documentaries curated from nine countries. In “Uprooted,” filmmakers celebrate the history, lineage and future of jazz dance. The film takes on the topics of appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. Special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz.
Festival opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and continues various dates and times through Oct. 24, virtually and at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St.; $12 per night in advance, $15 at door; virtual offerings are $5-$30; Portlanddancefilmfest.com.
VSO Young Artist Competition Finals
Nine finalists for Washington State’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 27th Young Artist Concerto Competition perform live in Vancouver. The event will also be livestreamed on the VSO website. Listen to classical works performed by high school students from across the country.
1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver; free; vancouversymphony.org
In Mulieribus celebrates Pauline Garcia-Viardot, one of the most renowned musical figures of 19th century Europe. Garcia-Viardot was born in 1821 into one of Europe’s most illustrious singing families: Her father was Spanish tenor Manuel Garcia and her sister the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran. An accomplished pianist, Garcia-Viardot played duets with Chopin and counted other renown composers among her friends.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.; tickets $15-$30; im.ticketleap.com/viardot.
“The War of the Worlds”
Ah, Halloween time — when Re-Imagined Radio resurrects the most infamous radio drama of all time. Listen to the dramatized broadcast over the radio waves, as it was meant to be, and travel back in time to 1938 when the original airing, directed by and starring Orson Welles, scared the pants off anyone within listening distance. This updated version includes a new ensemble of voice actors, new sound effects and soundscapes and a reworked script.
1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, broadcast on Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM), Portland’s KXRY- Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM) and KUIK-AM (1360 AM). The episode will also archived at reimaginedradio.net; free.
The annual show centers on the theme of “Reflections” for 2021. View more than 300 quilts created by members of the guild and take in special exhibits, a vendor mall, a fashion show and other special events. Registration required for classes; quiltfestnw.org.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 22-23, Clark County Event Center, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield; admission $8, children 12 and younger free; $6 parking fee; Quiltfestnw.org
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