This week’s lineup of entertainment is about as diverse as it gets. From queer documentaries to model trains and a range of classical music offerings, the events cover a wide range of diverse entertainment.
Although the statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted, some venues or performers still have restrictions in place. Check venue websites for information on specific COVID safety requirements.
QDoc Film Festival
After a hiatus of more than two years, the Hollywood Theater is once again hosting this festival celebrating queer documentaries. The weekend features 15 films, including two world premieres created by Portland filmmakers. Portland’s two films are “Never Look Away,” the story behind a huge downtown mural dedicated to the Queer community, directed by Devin Boss. Producers Cassandra Swan and Ruban Lawrence are due to attend the festival; and “Allison Wonder, Master of Dolls”, an exploration of a magical fairyland tucked away in a Beaverton apartment. The film is directed by Eric Slade.
Film of the opening night at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Films continue at various times Saturday through Sunday, November 12 and 13, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd; single film pass $10, festival pass $75; find a program and a list of films here qdocfilmfest.org/2022-line-up
Robert Kyr: “Night Watch”
Cappella Romana, in full choir formation, will sing Kyr’s world premiere work inspired by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s iconic “Vespers”. The piece offers Kyr’s signature soaring lines and rising harmonies, with counterpoint by the group’s virtuoso soloists. The concert will be played two nights in the Portland area and is also available to stream on demand, see website.
8 p.m. Saturday, November 12, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St; and 3 p.m. Sunday, November 13, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 650 A. Ave., Lake Oswego; tickets $33-$53; capellaromana.org/concert/kyrvigil22/
Vintage Sale & Nordic Treasures
Shopping for your Christmas gifts? The Vintage Nordic Market offers unique collectibles, clothing, tableware, glassware, linens, artwork and other treasures. The salon offers new and gently used items. Refreshments include beer and wine as well as a special flamboyant Nordic-inspired “Spanish coffee”.
4-8 p.m. Friday, November 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, November 12 (afternoon all items half price), Nordic Northwest, 8800 SW Oleson Road; Admission fee; nordicnorthwest.org
75th Anniversary Model Train Show
This winter open house hosted by the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club is a family vacation favorite and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Come and see full-scale miniature wagons in action. The club has more than 30 operators working at the same time. Special VIP tours are available that give fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the railways work. Learn more about how a large layout works while viewing these beautiful displays.
10am-5pm Sat-Sun, 12 Nov-Dec 4, at 2505 N. Vancouver Ave.; admission $5-$10; CGMRC.Com
Portland Coin Exhibit
Professional coin dealers from across the country converge on Portland for this show which features educational and competitive coin exhibits, dealers and traders, coin displays, tokens, paper money, numismatic books, activities for children, etc. Organized by the Willamette Coin Club.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12-13, Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas; admission $2; pdxcoinclub.org
Watch a cast of Portlanders share their teenage shame on stage. “Mortified” is cringe-worthy entertainment gleaned from old diaries, memorabilia, letters and other media with which the anxious and troubled have collected their thoughts. You weren’t the only one going through horrible times in your youth.
Shows 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St.; tickets start at $20; etix.com/ticket/e/1009594
Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
PYP’s season-opening concert ‘Autumn Variations’ will feature music from around the world ranging from classic standards to new compositions. David Hattner conducts. The program includes a world premiere of “Childhood Memories” by Farhad Poupel and music by Bruce Stark, Manuel Ponce and Dvořák. The concert will take place in person, but also offers a live streaming option.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; tickets start at $15; portlandyouthphil.org
The Portland Baroque Orchestra welcomes the violinist Nosky in a concert entitled “Bach: Family & Friends”. Nosky will lead the orchestra on a musical journey through the works of Bach family members and their friends, beginning with JS Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3”. The program also features the work of CPE Bach and his patron, Georg Philipp Telemann.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 12, First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 13, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.; tickets $35 to $66; PBO.org or 503-222-6000
Larks on tap
In the first tapping show since 2019, the Skylarks return to the stage with new works and old favorites set to music live on the Chapel Theater stage. Expect a variety of rhythmic tap dancing and show pieces accompanied by music ranging from jazz to Latin. The program includes choreography to works by Portland composers Gordon Lee and Phil Goldberg.
Shows 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12-13, Chapel Theater, 4107 SE Harrison St., Milwaukie; tickets $25-$35; skylarktappers.org
“Jagged Little Pill” – Broadway in Portland
“Jagged Little Pill” might remind us of the mess Broadway has too often made of Gen X musicals. For every “Green Day American Idiot,” there’s a “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the musical Tupac Shakur which ended after a month.
Now, with adaptations of “Almost Famous” and “Back to the Future” about to hit The Great White Way, there aren’t many more producers of pop cultural material than the producers of MTV/Latchkey Kids can. extract. For the stage version of Alanis Morissette’s monster 1995 alt-rock album, the singer-songwriter’s angst-fueled tracks are filtered through a present-day suburban family struggling with racism and drug addiction. .
The Broadway musical has won two Tony Awards. Additionally, the show, based on a Grammy Award-Winner for Album of the Year, also snagged the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Isn’t that ironic?
Opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 and continues at 7:30 p.m. November 16-18, 2-7:30 p.m. November 19, November 1 and 6:30 p.m. November 20, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St , portland.broadway.com
—Lee Williams, for The Oregonian/OregonLive
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