Here are our picks for Portland-area arts events for Oct. 18-25.
Mochitsuki: Portland rings in lunar new year with Japanese trad
Taiko drums range from those small enough to be hand-held to larger drums like this one. (Stephanie Yao Long/2014)
You’ll definitely feel the beat at this percussion ensemble’s fall concert, “Sticks and Strings,” featuring its repertoire for taiko drums, flute and violin. The program includes guest appearances by Fear No Music musicians, the youth taiko group en Taiko, and a new piece by Portland composer Kenji Bunch, “Dango Jiru.” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. $18-$23, eventbrite.com or 503-288-2456.
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Choreographer Lucy Guerin's "Split" comes to Portland Oct. 18-20. (Courtesy of White Bird)
This is the second year in a row that Portland dance presenter White Bird has included a piece by Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin in its season. “Split” is a duet between two women, one clothed and one not, who initially move in synchronicity but begin to pull apart as they continue, dividing space and time along with their personalities. “It’s just a fascinating work – it’s so simple but incredible,” says White Bird co-founder Paul King. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. $25-$34, whitebird.org or 503-245-1600.
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Teatr-Pralnia (Zhenya Lulko)
Teatr-Pralnia (Laundry Theatre)
This Ukrainian troupe is touring the U.S. for the first time and will stop in Portland to launch presenter Boom Arts’ “Festival Revolutions” season with its show “TseSho?/What’s That?” Boom Arts’ Ruth Wikler describes Pralnia as “an amazing group of 10 Ukrainians who are coming to sing songs, manipulate puppets, and tell us what life is like in Ukraine these days.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 (Saturday shows are ages 21 and older), The Paris Theatre, 6 S.W. Third Ave. $15-$39, boomarts.org or 866-811-4111.
The Portland painter’s current exhibit, “Up, Down, Across and Around” draws inspiration from Oregon’s multitude of landscapes, from the coast to the Cascade Range to the southeastern high desert. The most compelling of the works invite us in, with a path or a trail – or a line of footprints – extending from the viewer’s perspective into the scene. If only. Artist talk, 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21; on view, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 28, Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave. Free, waterstonegallery.com or 503-226-6196.
East Portland Arts and Literary Festival & IntersectFest 2018
The second annual East Portland Arts and Literary Festival will celebrate artists of color in Portland with live dance, music and spoken word performances, workshops, a visual art exhibit, a book and craft fair, family activities and more. The fourth annual IntersectFest also toasts artists of color, with poetry readings, dance and spoken word performances and live music. East Portland Arts and Literary Festival: 6 -10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Portland Community College Southeast Campus, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave. $5 suggested donation. IntersectFest: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St. Free, donations welcome.
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Legendary Broadway lyricist Alan Jay Lerner was the star power behind this 1965 Tony-nominated musical about a woman who, under hypnosis by a psychiatrist, talks about a previous life in England. The psychiatrist becomes convinced that she really was reincarnated and begins falling for her – or is he falling for the woman she was in her past life? 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Side Door Stage, 368 S. State St. $20, lakewood-center.org or 503-635-3901.
Gerrit Rietveld, a Dutch architect and designer, was among the key players in the early 20th-century Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl (The Style), known for abstraction and minimalism (think Piet Mondrian). The Portland Utrecht Network, which supports the sister city relationship between Portland and Utrecht, Netherlands, is celebrating 100 years of De Stijl with a production of Dutch actress Audrey Bolder’s biographical play “Rietveld’s Daughter” and the unveiling of a mural in Northeast Portland. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Lincoln Hall, Studio Theater, 1620 S.W. Park Ave. $20, eventbrite.com. Mural unveiling: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Popina Swimwear, 2030 N.E. 42nd Ave. Free.
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