High school lowdown
by: JIM CLARK, Former sweethearts Peter and Kari — played by Michael O’Connell (left) and Valerie Stevens — have the benefit of a narrator (Damon Kupper, center)) at their high school reunion in “The Pavilion.”



'The Pavilion'

Third Rail Repertory Theatre has been looking to stage another Craig Wright play since ushering itself into existence with the Minnesota playwright's 'Recent Tragic Events' two seasons ago.

That production served notice that Third Rail would be a force to be reckoned with, garnering Drammy Awards for best production, best director (Slayden Scott), best actor (Michael O'Connell) and best supporting actress (Valerie Stevens).

The company pushed the bar even higher last spring, taking home another award for best production for Martin McDonough's 'The Lonesome West,' which may have been the best play seen in Portland all season.

O'Connell, Stevens and Scott team up again in Wright's 'The Pavilion.'

The setting is a high school reunion, but the examination of history, memory and fateful choices soars far beyond the disco ball and streamers.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Nov. 18, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-235-1101,, $15-$24



Short Short Film Fest

Those of you with short attention spans will be happy to hear that the PISS Fest! (aka the Portland International Short Short Film Festival) is back at the Hollywood Theatre.

Running time is the only criterion for festival films, which cannot exceed 10 minutes.

Subject matter, style and format run the gamut. Which explains why Saturday's 9 p.m. film program is subtitled 'Please don't bring the kids shorts.' You get the picture.

In addition to short shorts showing at the Hollywood, there's a party Friday night and a symposium for aspiring filmmakers Saturday called 'How to Support Your Short Film Habit by Getting Paying Gigs on Richer People's Projects' - both at the Jupiter Hotel.

Seating at all events is limited, so get there early. Besides, even if you're only 10 minutes late, you could miss two or three movies.

Visit for information.

- Liz Colie Gadberry

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, Hollywood Theatre,

4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-281-4215, $6 per event or $20 festival pass

Kickoff party: 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 20, Jupiter Hotel courtyard, 800 E. Burnside St., 503-230-9200

Filmmakers' panel: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, dreamBOX at the Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., 503-230-9200



Polaris Dance Theatre goes down to the crossroads of blues music and modern dance with this original production.

Dancemakers Mary Oslund and Gregg Bielemeier joined Polaris Artistic Director Robert Guitron in creating six new works; blues greats like John Lee Hooker and Koko Taylor provide the soundtrack.

- EB

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, $20-$24



Hood River Valley Harvest Fest

The orchards of the Hood River Valley produce roughly half of the nation's winter pears.

Sample the juicy fruit, as well as a cornucopia of the rest of the season's offerings, at the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest about an hour east of Portland.

Ripe produce for tasting also includes cranberries, apples, artichokes, chestnuts, hazelnuts and pumpkins, with live music and more than 100 local artists selling items ranging from photographs to quilts.

- Suzie Ridgway

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20-22, Hood River Expo Center, 405 Portway Ave., Hood River, 800-366-3530,, $3, free for kids 12 and under, weekend passes for $5 with free parking


'Cabaret Soirée'

Portland Gay Men's Chorus revives the Gilbert and Sullivan short opera 'Trial by Jury.' With social commentary that remains relevant today, the work is thought to be among the pair's best efforts.

- EB

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-226-2588,, $25-$30



Brooks and Dunn

Grab your 10-gallon hat and prepare to do some 'Boot-Scootin' Boogie.' Country superstars Brooks and Dunn are back and ready to deliver some honky-tonkin' 'Hillbilly Deluxe.' The duo (who as signing twosomes go, have been outsold only by Simon and Garfunkel) have tapped into a market hungry for rowdy, authentically beer-soaked tunes by a couple of guys who have done ample time in Southern juke joints.

- Barbara Mitchell

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, Rose Garden Arena, 1 Center Court, 503-235-8771, $39.50-$50, all ages

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