Oregon Ballet Theatre
A big part of Christopher Stowell's success at Oregon Ballet Theatre is based on his mastery as a programmer. The fourth-year artistic director has dazzled audiences with his ability to put a panorama of dance on stage: classic and contemporary, sober and playful, old and new.
OBT's winter program is about the new and reflects Stowell's unparalleled access to it. It opens with a world premiere, 'Through Eden's Gates,' by Kent Stowell, the founding artistic director of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet and Christopher's father.
Helgi Tomasson is the artistic director of the San Francisco
Ballet, where the younger Stowell spent his career as a dancer. She contributes a company premiere, 'Blue Rose.'
OBT takes on Peter Martins' arduous and delightful 'Ash,' which New York City Ballet premiered in 1991. Both of Stowell's parents danced with that company.
- Eric Bartels
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, and 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-222-5538, www.obt.org, $10-$72
An Evening to Remember Celilo Falls
Honor the 50th anniversary of the flooding of Celilo Falls - to create the dam at The Dalles - with a never-before-seen photo exhibit, a speaker, historic film footage and audiotape.
Columbia Riverkeeper sponsors the event, meant to bring attention both to the the ancient cultural and biological importance of the falls, and the current condition of the Columbia River.
Salmon snacks will be served.
- Audrey Van Buskirk
7 p.m. Friday, March 2, Ecotrust building, 721 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-387-3030, www.columbiariverkeeper.org, $20
FIRST Robotics Competition
Watch robots go head-to-head in the Pacific Northwest regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition this weekend.
Now in its fourth year in Oregon, the event features teams competing with robots completely designed, built, programmed and marketed by high school students and mentors, performing a variety of challenges between several matches.
The three top-scoring teams will go on to compete in the national championship in April at the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
- Suzie Ridgway
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2-3, Portland Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, 503-797-9619, www.pnwfirst.org, free
'The Spook Who Sat by the Door' (PG)
Can a movie be laugh-out-loud campy and politically galvanizing at the same time?
The 1973 film 'The Spook Who Sat by the Door' does its best, turning the blaxploitation genre on its ear by infusing it with a revolutionary call to arms.
When a black man is recruited by the CIA as a token minority, he uses his spy training to lead a gang of streetwise militants - with a soundtrack by Herbie Hancock.
The film screens as part of Clinton Street Theater's brilliant Friday night 'From the Vault' series.
Future offerings include George Romero's 'The Crazies' (March 9) and the nubile yet vengeful hillbillies of 'Dixie Dynamite' (March 16).
- Anne Marie DiStefano
9:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, www.clintonsttheater.com, $6
Le Vu Long/Together Higher
White Bird brings to town one of the top choreographers in Vietnam and a contemporary dance company composed primarily of artists who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The two performances also reflect a collaboration with Portland dancemaker Minh Tran.
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-245-1600, ext. 201, www.whitebird.org, $15
MarchFourth Marching Band
Few people do a better job at keeping Portland weird than John Averill and his football team of trumpeters, trombonists and tattooed dancing girls, who play a mad mix of New Orleans jazz funeral and interstellar jam band music.
They always celebrate their birthday in style, and here they play an all-ages matinee and an adult show.
- Joseph Gallivan
3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with Circus Contraption of Seattle, $8, $5 ages 5 to 11, free ages 4 and under; 8:30 p.m. with San Francisco's Aphrodesia and Wagon Crew, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $12-$14, 21 and over