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November 25th, 2009 Kate Williams | Featured Stories
 

Don’t Be Home For Christmas

Cooped up with your entire family? Distract them with a plethora of holiday happenings.

     
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Illustrations by Hawk Krall

Performance

Nov. 20-Dec 20. Holidazed (Artists Repertory Theatre). Alder Stage, 1516 SW Alder St., 241-1278, artistsrep.org. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 pm and 7:30 pm Sundays. $20-$47.

Nov. 20-Dec. 20. Winter Wonderettes: The New ’60s Christmas Musical (Broadway Rose Theatre). New Stage Auditorium, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard. 620-5262, broadwayrose.com. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, 7:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 2. $20-$30.

Nov. 20-Dec. 13. The Lying Kind (Third Rail Rep). World Trade Center Theater, 121 SW Salmon St., thirdrailrep.org. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. $15-$29 (plus fees).

Nov. 27-28. La Boutique Fantasque (The Portland Ballet). Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 800-745-3000, theportlandballet.org. 2:30 and 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday. $10-$40.

Nov. 27-Dec. 27. A Christmas Carol(Portland Center Stage). Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700, pcs.org. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Fridays except Dec. 24, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays, noon Thursdays and 5 pm Thursday, Dec. 24. $15-$47.

Nov. 28. Puppetz vs. People (Tears of Joy Theatre/ComedySportz). Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, tojt.org. 8 pm Saturday. $14-$16.

Nov. 28-Jan. 3. Tiger Lilly and Sunny Lu: Cirque de Chat (Do Jump!). Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave., 231-1232, dojump.org. 7:30 pm Saturdays and Fridays beginning Dec. 4, except Dec. 25; 7:30 pm Mondays-Wednesdays beginning Dec. 21; 3 pm Sundays; noon Sunday, Nov. 29; 3 pm Saturdays beginning Dec. 19. $20-$32.

Dec. 3-27. The Santaland Diaries (Portland Center Stage). Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700, pcs.org. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 pm and 10 pm Thursdays. $15-$47.

Dec. 4-13. The Christmas Revels: An Irish Mummer’s Village Celebration (The Portland Revels). Scottish Rite Theater, 1512 SW Morrison St., 200-1603, portlandrevels.org. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Fridays; 1 pm and 7:30 pm Saturdays; 1 and 7 pm Sunday, Dec. 6; 1 and 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 13. $7-$36.

Dec. 4-19 Entirely Secular, Totally Non-Denominational, Completely All-Inclusive, Winter Holiday Celebration Comedy Sketch Show (Curious Comedy). 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 477-9477, curiouscomedy.com. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays. $10-$12.

Dec. 4-20. 1944 Christmas From Home (Tapestry Theatre). Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 245-6919, tapestrytheatre.org. 7:30 pm Fridays-Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays; 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 17; 2 pm Saturday, Dec. 19. $10-$25.

Dec. 9-22. A Christmas Carol (Bag & Baggage Productions). Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 693-3953, bagnbaggage.org. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Dec. 9; 7:30 pm Thursdays-Fridays; 2 and 7:30 pm Saturdays-Sundays; 7 pm Monday, Dec. 14; 7:30 pm Monday, Dec. 21, and Tuesday, Dec. 22. $12-$20.

Dec. 11-Jan. 3. Biglittlethings (Imago Theatre). Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave., 231-9581, imagotheatre.org. 7 pm Fridays, Dec. 11 and 18, and 2 pm Friday, Jan. 1; 2 and 7 pm Saturdays; 2 pm Sundays; 2 pm Dec. 22, 24, 28 and 29; 7 pm, Dec. 23 and 30. No show Dec. 25. $18-$31.

Dec. 11-20. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet (Tears of Joy Theatre). Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, tojt.org. 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 11; 11 am Saturdays; 2 and 4 pm Sundays. $14.50-$16.50.

Dec. 12-27. The Nutcracker (Oregon Ballet Theatre). Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 222-5538, obt.org. 7:30 pm Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7 pm Saturday, 1 and 5:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 12-20. 2 and 7:30 pm Monday-Wednesday, noon Thursday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday, Dec. 21-27. $14.50-$126.

Dec. 17-Jan. 3. A Tuna Christmas (Oregon Repertory Theatre). Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 800-745-3000, oregonrep.com. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. No shows Dec. 24-25. $25-$42.50.

Dec. 18-20. A Nutcracker Tea (Northwest Dance Theatre). Performing Arts Center at PCC Sylvania, 12000 SW 49th Ave., 925-3898. 7 pm Friday, 2 and 7 pm Saturday, 1 and 5 pm Sunday. $10-$26.

Dec. 22. A Christmas Carol (Wordplay Theatre Company). The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031, pdxchristmas.com. Noon Tuesday. $10-$22.

Music

Nov. 27. Storm’s Holiday Ordeal (Storm Large). Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694, aladdin-theater.com. 7:30 pm all ages, 10 pm 21+. $30. SOLD OUT.

Nov. 27- Dec. 5. Singing Christmas Tree. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St., 557-8733, singingchristmastree.org. 2:30 and 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 27; 2:30 and 7:30 pm Saturdays; 1:30 and 6:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 29; 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Dec. 3-4. $12-$75.

Nov. 29. The Dickens Carolers. Temple Baptist Church, 1319 NE 7th Ave., 4:30 pm Sunday. Free.

Nov. 29. Messiah Sing-Along (Portland Baroque Orchestra). First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., 222-6000, pbo.org. 7 pm Sunday. $10-$25.

Dec. 4. Linus, Lucy and the Duke: The Nutcracker Suite (Portland Jazz Orchestra). Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 997-2966, portlandjazzorchestra.org. 7:30 pm Friday. $15-$30.

Dec. 4-6. Bach’s Joyful Noise (Portland Baroque Orchestra). First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday. Reed College Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 3 pm Sunday. 222-6000, pbo.org. $18-$43.

Dec. 5-27. Music from Around the World (Play After Play). The Brooklyn Bay, 1825 SE Franklin St., 772-4005, playafterplay.com. 10 am Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays. $7.

Dec. 6. Yo Ho Holiday Concert (Captain Bogg & Salty). Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694, aladdin-theater.com. 1 pm Sunday. $10-$12.

Dec. 7. Tallis Scholars (Chamber Music Northwest). St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St., 294-6400, cmnw.org. 8 pm Monday. $15-$50.

Dec. 8. Sellwood Marimba Band. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. Noon Tuesday. Free.

Dec. 8-16. The HollyTones. Wilfs Restaurant & Bar, 800 NW 6th Ave., 223-0070. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Wednesdays. $15.

Dec. 9-12. Holiday Gala (Northwest Senior Theatre). Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 SW Shattuck Road, 251-4332. 2 pm Wednesday-Saturday. $5 donation.

Dec. 10. Whitford Middle School Band. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. Noon Thursday. Free.

Dec. 11. A Rose in Midwinter (In Mulieribus). St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., 267-3028, inmulieribus.org. 7:30 pm Friday. $12-$20.

Dec. 11-13. Gospel Christmas (Oregon Symphony). Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 228-1353, orsymphony.org. 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday. $20-$93.

Dec. 11-18. Chanukah Menorah Lighting (Chabad Lubavitch of Oregon). Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., chabadoregon.com. Festivities begin at 4:09 pm Friday. Free.

Dec. 12. Tuba Christmas. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., tubachristmas.com. 1:30 pm Saturday. Free.

Dec. 12. Celtic Yuletide Concert (Magical Strings). First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., 245-1477, magicalstrings.com. 7:30 pm Saturday. $12-$26.

Dec. 12-13. Christmas at the Cathedral (Trinity Choir and Cathedral Chamber Singers, with members of the Oregon Symphony). Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., 478-1230, trinity-episcopal.org. 5 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. $15-$45.

Dec. 12-13. Wintersong! (Portland Symphonic Choir). St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St., 223-1217, pschoir.org. 7:30 pm Saturday, 2:30 pm Sunday. $25-$35.

Dec. 14. The Journeys Christmas Concert (Bronn and Katherine Journey). The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031, oldchurch.org. 7:30 pm Monday. $18.

Dec. 14. Laurelhurst Elementary Chorus. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 715 SW Morrison St. Noon Monday. Free.

Dec. 17-24. Christmas at the Old Church (Michael Allen Harrison). The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave., 222-2031, oldchurch.org. 7:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Monday-Wednesday; 2, 5 and 8 pm Saturday; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm Sunday; 2, 5 and 8 pm Thursday, Dec. 24. $29.50.

Dec. 18. J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Bach Cantata Choir). Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, 1907 NE 45th Ave., 702-1973, bachcantatachoir.org. 7:30 pm Friday. $17-$22.

Dec. 18-20. Handel’s Messiah (Portland Baroque Orchestra). First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., 222-6000, pbo.org. 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 5 pm Sunday. $22-$52.

Dec. 18-20. Glory of Christmas (Oregon Repertory Singers). St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St. 8 pm Friday. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St. 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. 230-0652, orsingers.org. $10-$30.

Dec. 18-20. Celebrate the Season (Portland Gay Men’s Chorus). Reed College Kaul Auditorium, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., 226-2588, pdxgmc.org. 8 pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. $16-$28.

Dec. 19. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (Oregon Symphony). Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 228-1353, orsymphony.org. 4 and 8 pm Saturday. $25-$130.

Dec. 19-20. Celebrate Christmas! (Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland). First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., 488-3834, caeportland.com. 7:30 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. $5-$15.

Dec. 20. Calling on the Spirits (Aurora Chorus). St. Mary’s Academy, 1615 SW 5th Ave., 493-1128. 4 and 7 pm Sunday. $18-$22.

Dec. 20. Cascadia Yulegrass (Big Water). Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 725-3307, cascadiayulegrass.com. 7 pm Sunday. $10-$20.

Dec. 20. Holiday Concert: Candlelight Carol (Pacific Youth Choir). Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave., 780-1675, pacificyouthchoir.org. 2 and 5 pm Sunday. $10-$25.

Dec. 20. Kids Concert: The Spirit of the Season (Oregon Symphony). Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 228-1353, orsymphony.org. 2 pm Sunday. $12-$43.

Dec. 21. Comfort and Joy (Oregon Symphony). Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 228-1353, orsymphony.org. 7:30 pm Monday. $20-$93.

Dec. 21. Young People’s Concert (Portland Baroque Orchestra). First Baptist Church, 909 SW 11th Ave., 222-6000, pbo.org. 3 pm Monday. $5-$10.

Dec. 26. Concert-at-Christmas (Portland Youth Philharmonic). Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 223-5939, portlandyouthphil.org. 7:30 pm Saturday. $11-$37.

Dec. 26-27. Oregon Renaissance Band. Southeast Portland Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St., 823-3177, communitymusiccentery.org. 3 and 7 pm Saturday, 3 pm Sunday. Free.

Shopping

Nov. 29. Portland Arts Bazaar. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., portlandartsbazaar.com. 11 am-6 pm Sunday. Free.

Nov. 27-Dec. 6. America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar. Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Drive, expochristmasbazaar.com. 10 am-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm Sundays. $3-$6.50.

Nov. 29. Secret Society Sale. Secret Society Ballroom, 116 NE Russell St., secretsocietysale.com. 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Free.

Dec. 4-5. Holiday Bazaar. Leach Botanical Garden, 6704 SE 122nd Ave., 823-9503, leachgarden.org. 10 am-4 pm Friday-Saturday. Free.

Dec. 5. Milagros Holiday Bazaar to support Mercy Corps. Milagros, 5433 NE 30th Ave., 493-4141, milagrosboutique.com. 11 am-3 pm Saturday. Free.

Dec. 5. French American International School Holiday Market. French American International School, 8500 NW Johnson St., faispdx.org. 9 am-4 pm Saturday. Free.

Dec. 8-Dec. 11. Holiday Artisan Market. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., pioneercourthousesquare.org. 11 am-6 pm Tuesday-Friday. Free.

Dec. 9. Crave Holiday Shopping Party. Post 419 in the Bison Building, 419 NE 10th Ave., thecravecompany.com. 5-9 pm Wednesday. $8-$20.

Dec. 13. Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., craftywonderland.com. 11 am-7 pm Sunday. Free.

Dec. 19. SCRAP Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. 2915 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 294-0769, scrapaction.org. 11 am-5 pm Thursday. Free.

Lights

Nov. 26-Dec. 27. Winter Wonderland. Portland International Raceway, 1940 North Victory Blvd., 821-4353, portlandraceway.com. 5-9 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 5-11 pm Fridays-Saturdays. $16 per car. Cash only.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30. Christmas Festival of Lights. The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St., 261-2400, thegrotto.org. 5-9:30 pm nightly. $3-$7.50.

Nov. 27. Tree Lighting Ceremony. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., pioneercourthousesquare.org. 5:30 pm Friday. Free.

Nov. 26-Dec. 31. Holiday Lights. Shore Acres State Park, 89814 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, 541-756-5401. 4-10 pm nightly. $3 per car.

Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Zoolights. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road, 226-1561, oregonzoo.org. 5-8 pm Sundays-Thursdays, 5-8:30 pm Fridays-Saturdays. Closed Dec. 24-25. $7.50-$10.75.

Dec. 4-29. Christmas Fantasy Trail. Wenzel Farm, 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City, 631-2047, wenzelfarm.com. 6-9 pm nightly. Closed Dec. 24-25. $3.50-$4.

Dec. 4-13. Holiday Express Trains. Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, 224-8499. Trains 10 am-8 pm, except 1 and 5 pm Fridays-Sundays. $8-$14.

Dec. 5, 9-20. Christmas Ship Parade. Willamette River, christmasships.org. 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 5; 7 Wednesdays-Fridays, Monday-Tuesday; 5 pm Dec. 13, 19 and 20; 6 pm Dec. 12. Free.

Dec. 12. Christmas at Fort Vancouver. Visitor Center, 612 E Reserve St., Vancouver, 360-816-6230, nps.gov/fova. 10 am-3 pm Saturday. $3 individual, $5 family.

Dec. 15-31. Peacock Lane Light Show. Between SE Stark and Belmont streets, one block east of 39th Ave., peacocklane.net. 5-11 pm Dec. 15, 6-11 pm Dec. 16-30, 6 pm-midnight Dec. 24 and 31. Free.

Dec. 17-27. Miracle of a Million Lights. Queen Anne Victorian Mansion, 1441 N McClellan St., 283-3224, queenannevictorianmansion.com. 6-10 pm nightly. $3-$5.

Santa

Nov. 14-Dec. 24. Washington Square Mall. 9585 SW Washington Square Road, shopwashingtonsquare.com. 10 am-9 pm Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-7 pm Sundays, 8 am-5 pm Dec. 24. Photos $19.99-$34.99.

Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Macy’s. 621 SW 5th Ave., macyssantaland.com. 11 am-9 pm Nov. 27; 9 am-9 pm Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 14-17 and 20-23; 10 am-7 pm Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 6-10 and 13; 9 am-4 pm Dec. 24. Free.

Nov. 21-Dec. 24. Pioneer Place. 700 SW 5th Ave., pioneerplace.com. 10 am-1 pm, 2-5 pm and 6-8 pm Mondays-Saturdays; 11 am-2 pm and 3-6 pm Sundays. Photos $10.99-$39.99.

Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Eastport Plaza. 4000 SE 82nd Ave., easportplaza.com. 11 am-3 pm and 4-8 pm Mondays-Saturdays. Free.

Dec. 5-19. Santa Brunches at Salty’s. Salty’s on the Columbia, 3839 NE Marine Drive, 288-4444. 10 am-1 pm daily. Free with brunch.

Dec. 12. Ho Ho Ho Happy Landings Visit with Santa. Pearson Air Museum, 115 E 5th St., Vancouver, 360-694-7026. 10 am-2 pm Saturday. $3 individual, $5 family.

Other Events

Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Tinsel, Trees & Traditions: 150 Years of Christmas. Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Drive, 823-3623, pittockmansion.com. 11 am-4 pm daily, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. $5-$8.

Nov. 27. Macy’s Holiday Parade. Begins at Northwest Park Avenue and Davis Street. 8:45 am Friday. Free.

Dec. 2-6. Holiday Ale Festival. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., holidayale.com. 2-10 pm Wednesday, 11 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday. $20. 21+.

Dec. 4-5. Providence Festival of Trees. Oregon Convention Center, Hall A, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., providence.org/oregon. 10 am-9 pm Friday, 10 am-6 pm Saturday. $3-$5.

Dec. 5-6. ScanFair. Portland State University Smith Memorial Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway, scanheritage.org. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 11 am-4 pm Sunday. $5-$6.

Dec. 5-27. Cinnamon Bear Cruise Waterfront Park. 224-3900, cinnamonbearcruise.com. 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays, noon-2 pm Mondays-Fridays and Dec. 26-27, closed Christmas. $20-$28.

 
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