- Randall Barton
- Portland Tribune - Features
'The Tragedy of Macbeth'
It may not be Ashland, but free Shakespeare in the open air is always a bargain. The players of the Portland Actors Ensemble gamely offer a treatment of the Bard tragedy, wherein a murderous office-seeker comes undone at his own foul deed.
The play takes place in sylvan Pettygrove Park, which makes for a great setting if the work isn't obscured by wind rushing through the treetops overhead, which happens occasionally. Enrich yourself while getting some fresh air - and at no cost.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, through July 15, Pettygrove Park, one block east of Southwest Fourth Avenue, south of Market Street, 503-806-6077, www.portlandactors.com, free
'Menopause the Musical'
This is one of those musicals that fits comic lyrics to pop songs you love: for example, 'I heard it through the grapevine, you'll no longer see 39.'
Four female stereotypes - ex-hippie, aging soap star, power woman and Iowa housewife - meet at a Bloomingdale's sale and bond in this coming-of-middle-age comedy that gets the audience on its feet and, often, on stage.
- Joseph Gallivan
8 p.m. Tuesday-FRIDAY, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, open run, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, $44.50, available through Ticketmaster, 503-224-4400, subject to service charges
Portland International Piano Festival
Joyce Yang was 19 and the youngest entrant on hand when she won the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Competition last year. A South Korea native, she debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 13. She will play a program that includes Brahms' Variations of a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35.
4 p.m. SUNDAY, July 9, World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1388, $24-$30
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
Curated by the Smithsonian Institution, this traveling exhibit hails the 43 chiefs and their families in a winning collection of ephemera, as thrilling in its own way as the crown jewels on display at the Tower of London.
Five audiovisual presentations are interspersed among the more than 350 artifacts. It's a potent display, from Nancy Reagan's infamous White House china to Amy Carter's dollhouse table with a blue Smurf seated, ready for tea.
- Randall Barton
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, through Sept. 17, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., 503-306-5198, $5-$10
Dutch-born photographer Peter Schütte, who is based in Portland, shot the poet Robert Frost as one of his first assignments. He worked alongside legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams, but his musical background also helps account for his place as official photographer of the Portland Piano International. His work will be on display at the Portland International Piano Festival.
10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily, SUNDAY, July 9, through July 16, World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1388, free
Weston builds small dioramas from toys and tiny scale props, playing dark and light feelings off each other with studio-quality art direction. She photographs and prints them in lustrous color. Before you say it's all very David Lynch, isn't life?
- Joseph Gallivan
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-SATURDAY, through July 29. Pushdot Studio, 830 N.W. 14th Ave., 503-224-5925, www.pushdotstudio.com
Michael T. Hensley
Hensley's murals are visible at the Virginia Woof doggy day care on West Burnside Street and at Outside/In. But his smaller, more personal works hold a wealth of detail.
He makes naive marks on washes of color, interspersed with letters, geometric shapes and found images on newsprint. He also incorporates printing techniques, drawing lines by carving away color like in a woodcut.
Hensley's a house painter by day, and the title of the show, 'Lead Free,' is about the desire to be free of the 'toxicity' of a day job and also free of toxic relationships.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Mark Woolley Gallery in the Pearl, 120 N.W. Ninth Ave., Suite 210, 503-224-5475, www.markwoolley.com, free
This former boat builder is back with a strong series of works. He paints a wash of color over a layer of cut-up U.S. road maps, then adds ideograms reminiscent of alphabets or logos.
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-224-0521, www.elizabethleach.com, free
Joe Macca's latest works are severe in their simplicity, yet still playful. He's been focusing on his breathing. The result? Tapewormy things on a monochrome background that mesmerize. Macca calls his style 'reductive' rather than Minimal.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., 503-222-0063, www.pdxcontemporaryart.com, free
Does the summer break leave you missing your local orchestra? Carlos Kalmar and company return on the seventh of nine broadcasts on Oregon Public Radio. Solo cello and solo viola represent the lead characters in Strauss' 'Don Quixote,' a retelling of the classic tale by Cervantes.
Also featured are Britten's 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell' and Henri Dutilleux's 'Métaboles.'
9 p.m. FRIDAY, July 7, KOPB (FM 91.5)