Portland-area cultural events
Artists Repertory Theatre may have its hands full with Noah Haidle's dark satire, the story of a young girl forced to live with a single mother and her dysfunctional relationships.
Director Jon Kretzu has the talents of Tim True, Laura Faye Smith and Michael Mendelson to work with, but critics have been less than kind to this piece in productions elsewhere.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through Nov. 19, Artists Repertory Theatre Second Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, www.artistsrep.org, $15-$40
'An American Daughter'
Profile Theatre begins its 10th season, in which it honors the late Wendy Wasserstein. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Wasserstein examined the place of women in the modern world with wit and humor in plays like 'The Sisters Rosensweig' and 'The Heidi Chronicles.' Both plays will be produced at Profile this season.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Nov. 12, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-242-0080, www.profiletheatre.org, $10-$28
CoHo Productions fires up its season with Portlander Dan Trujillo's world-premiere dark comedy about children, adults and a gun. Antonio Sonera directs.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Nov. 18, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, www.cohoproductions.org, $20-$23
'The Catacombs Project'
Sound, video and performance artists join local stage companies Hand2Mouth and Fever Theater in the creation of an interactive installation providing an original interpretation of Portland's history.
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. FRIDAY through SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 31, Portland Art Center, 32 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-235-5284, $10-$20
Reaters Theatre Repertory deemed Friday the 13th the ideal day to launch David Berkson's adaptation of Shakespeare's feverish tale of gore and guilt. A staged reading.
Euripides' story of murder and revenge in the wake of the Trojan War moves indoors after a run in the open air at Reed College.
Strong performances, innovative music and choreography by Sarah Dougher and Andrea Harmon, and Keith Scales' imaginative direction make for a compelling history lesson and solid entertainment.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 4 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 13-15, West End Theatre, 1220 S.W. Taylor St., 1-800-838-3006, $10-$20
In Harold Pinter's 1978 drama, the English playwright gives us Emma, who for years cheated on her husband, Donald, with his best friend, Jerry. He illustrates this via a chronology that presents the beginning, the height and the end of the affair in reverse.
Imago Artistic Director Jerry Mouawad loves that kind of stuff, and this production is knife-sharp. As director, Mouawad and his team give the actors stark, well-lit spaces to work in, and they do what is asked of them with both icy precision and élan.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 13-15, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$26
The new Third Eye Theatre goes straight to hell for its inaugural production, Sartre's claustrophobic character study of four damaged souls who take their outsize egos with them into the afterlife.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, through Oct. 22, Milk and Honey Community Studio, 2512 S.E. Gladstone St., #205, 503-970-8874, $15
The best thing about Mary Zimmerman's Tony-winning adaptation of Ovid's 2,000-year-old story cycle 'Metamorphoses' is not that she nudges the writer's work so cleverly into the modern age. It's that she makes plain the power of ancient tales.
Her modernizing touches inject just the right degree of levity into the airspace around Ovid's fables, letting them remind us that most of the guidance we'll ever need has been with us for the longest time. Final weekend.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 13-15, Artists Repertory Theatre main stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $20-$40
Technology rearranges the boundaries of modern dance, allowing collaborators Stephanie Beauchamp, Nancy Hughes and Portlander Katrina O'Brien to create this three-woman show without sharing a common physical space.
Violinist Jennifer Koh, who teamed with Music Director Carlos Kalmar in recording Brahms' Symphony No. 4 at Chicago's prestigious Grant Park Music Festival, comes to town to revisit the energetic concerto, which some regard as the composer's best.
The orchestra also will perform Janáek's The Cunning Little Vixen, an opera based on a Czech comic strip.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 8 p.m. Monday, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $20-$88
Portland Baroque Orchestra opens its season with three of the famous J.S. Bach works, pieces so technically demanding they are seldom performed live. Virtuoso soloists from across the country join a Portland contingent led by PBO Artistic Director Monica Huggett.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Oct. 13-14, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 1-800-494-8497, www.pbo.org, $22-$39
Portland Sacred Harp's 15th Annual Shapenote Singing Convention
Shouty, raucous hymn singing is hot right now, just as it was 200 years ago. See how it's done and give it a go - no experience necessary. Potluck at noon, but rest assured, there's nothing culty about it.
- Joseph Gallivan
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Oct. 14-15, Polish Library Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave., 503-504-0759, www.portlandsacredharp.org, free
Portland Symphonic Choir
The well-regarded Seattle Pro Musica joins its Portland counterpart, the oldest and largest in the Northwest, for a program of American favorites.
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 15, St. Mary's Cathedral, 1716 N.W. Davis St., 503-223-1217, www.pschoir.org, $15-$20
The Portland bus driver, whose early work as a Eugene-based troubadour is being rediscovered by 'freak folk' devotees, performs songs from a delightful new CD of music for kids of all ages.
4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-224-2634, free
'The Poetry Show'
The multitalented Johnny Stallings would like every last Portlander to read at least one poem a week. He plays host to an open recital, and themes change from week to week.
7 p.m. SUNDAY, through Nov. 26, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., 503-347-6869, $7
333 Studios Open House
This building is home to multiple artist studios, but the one you've heard of is Pink Martini's manager, John Brodie. This is the 10th year they're throwing open their doors to the public, who can meet the artists and view finished works in the studios and in the common areas. Bring your wallet.
Other residents include David Inkpen, Robin Hoffmeister, Stephen Hayes, Cecilia Hallinan and David Eckard.
This could be the last time, since they just lost their lease.
4 p.m. to 9 p.m., SATURDAY, noon to 4 p.m., SUNDAY, Oct. 14-15, 333 Studios, 333 N.E. Hancock St., 503-249-0808, free
Carl de Keyzer
These photos of the inside of Siberian prison camps by Belgian photographer Carl de Keyzer will make your teeth chatter. Carhartt won't cut it.
Noon to 5 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, Tuesday to Thursday, through Oct. 28, Blue Sky Gallery, 1231 N.W. Hoyt St., No. 101, 503-225-0210
A scoop: photos from the inside of the Black Panther movement taken by Eve Crane, the only Caucasian allowed into the black activists' inner circle. Whitey's on the moon, all right.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. FRIDAY, noon to 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, through Oct. 28, Rake Art Gallery, 325 N.W. Sixth Ave. 503-750-0754