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Lady Sings The Blues: Musicians Pay Tribute to Legend Billie Holiday

Saturday, March 21, 2015

 

Billie Holiday Photo Credit: Library of Congress (image cropped)

Musicians pay tribute to legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday during the 9th annual Lady Sings the Blues tribute event on April 18th. 

Featured performers include Portland indie pop band The Cabin Project, pop musician Sara Jackson-Holman, and pianist Darka Dusty.  

Billie Holiday aka. “Lady Day,” as she was called by friends, was a crucial influence on jazz music as her robust vocal style paved a new way of shaping jazz and pop phrasing and tempo.  

"God Bless the Child,” written by Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939, continues to be a song that is honored and covered by Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, and Annie Lennox (to name a few).  

Proceeds from the tribute event will benefit the 2015 Siren Nation Music and Art Festival. The festival features original work by women working in music, film, performance and visual art. 

Lady Sings The Blues, The Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Saturday April 18th. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00 PM, $12 Advance,$15 at the Door. For more information click HERE

 

Related Slideshow: 20 Fun Things to Do in Portland This Spring

20 Fun Things to Do in Portland This Spring.

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Other Desert Cities

If you’re a theater lover, you may want to check out Portland Center Stage’s production of the family drama, “Other Desert Cities.” This is a Pulitzer nominated play that tells the story of Brooke Wyeth, a soon to be published author. But what happens when her family realizes that Brooke’s upcoming memoir tells the story of a family event the rest of the Wyeths would rather keep quiet? Find out this weekend.

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Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave., 503-445-3700. Feb. 21- March 22nd, 2:00 pm and 7:30pm. 

Photo Credit: Portland Center Stage (Image Cropped)

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Radical 80s Cruise

This Spring, the Portland Spirit brings back their beloved 80’s dance cruise. The dance cruise is a great way to celebrate a birthday or have a girls’ night out on the river. Get ready to dance every Saturday from 11pm – 1am. 

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The Portland Spirit, boards at Salmon Street Springs, (503) 224-3900. Saturdays from 11pm – 1am. 

Photo Credit: The Portland Spirit Website (Image Cropped)

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Pilot Season

A great way to have fun while also supporting your local writers and directors is to attend this year’s “Pilot Season”, sponsored by Action/Adventure Theatre.  This will be the second annual gathering of Portland’s up and coming writers, directors, and creators for episodic media. Four lucky artists will have their pilot scripts chosen and premiered over the course of four weekends this spring. After viewing the pilots, the audience will have the chance to vote for their favorite and help an aspiring storyteller take the next step toward living their dream.

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Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St., 503- 425- 9176. Saturdays and Sundays, March 12th- April 5th, 8pm. 

Photo Credit: AllEvents.inPortland's Website (Image Cropped)

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Amy Schumer

This march, the hilarious and bold, Amy Schumer, travels to Portland ready to make us laugh till we cry with a set from her acclaimed “Back Door Tour.” Schumer is an actress and comedian who has costarred in Comedy Central’s reality show, Reality Bites Back and now has her own sketch comedy show called Inside Amy Schumer. 

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, (503) 248- 4335. Friday, March 20th, 8pm.

​Photo Credit: Portland'5 Centers For the Arts (Image Cropped)

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Lebowski Bash

March 7th, Portland’s restaurant and bowling alley, Grand Central, hosts its 4th annual Lebowski Bash. Join other fans of the cult classic film, The Big Lebowski, and see live burlesque performances, and a screening of the film that starts at 9:30pm And don’t forget to bring that Viking helmet that you never thought you’d get to wear again.  

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Grand Central, 808 SE Morrison St, 503-236-2695. Saturday, March 7th, 9:00pm - 3:00 am. 

Photo Credit: Grand Central's Facebook (Image Cropped)

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Cyrano

Portland Center Stage offers up another theatrical treat with its production of "Cyrano", running April 4th-May 3rd. This beloved play is the timeless French tale of a man who had all of the pretty words sans the pretty face. Join Roxane in falling in love with the heart of Cyrano and learning that perhaps outward appearances are not all that there is. 

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Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave., 503-445-3700. April 4th-May 3rd. Tuesday- Sunday evenings at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

​Photo Credit: Portland Center Stage (Image Cropped).

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David Sedaris

Don’t miss David Sedaris, who returns to Portland on Saturday, May 2nd. Come listen to Sedaris as he makes audiences laugh once again through his biting social commentary and vulnerable personal essays. Sedaris is the bestselling author of Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and the recently published Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, (503) 248- 4335. Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00pm. 

​Photo Credit: Portland'5 Centers For the Arts (Image Cropped)

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Carson Ellis

On Saturday, come to Powell’s City Books for an afternoon with the prolific artist, Carson Ellis.  Carson’s work has been seen in publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker. She is also the “illustrator in residence” for the Decembrists, according to her website. Now, Carson shares more of her talent through her first solo picture book, Home. Home is a picture book depicting all the many places that can be called a home, whether that place is a house, a ship, or the shell of a snail.

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Powell’s City Books, 1005 W. Burnside St., 503-228-4651. March 7th, 2:00pm.

Photo Credit: Powell's City Books (Image Cropped)

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Ben Buswell

Get artsy with Marylhurst at its “I Do Not Belong in the Sky” exhibit featuring the artist, Ben Buswell. The exhibit features daring and abstract art and has received great reviews so far. “Buswell's work exists on the edge of dichotomies in several ways, between image and object, between language and experience, and between the physical and the spiritual,” said Blake Shell, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator.

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Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, 503-636-8141. Feb. 17th - March 27th, noon to 4:00pm. 

Photo Credit: Marylhurst Univeristy (Image Cropped)

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Vampire Ball

If you’re a creature of the night, then you’re probably excited to hear that the 13th annual Vampire Masquerade Ball will take place Saturday, March 28th. This will be a devilishly fun evening filled with waltzes, costumes, over 25 vendors, and special performances from Night Flight Aerial and This Twilight Orchestra.

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Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder St., [email protected]. Saturday, March 28th, 9pm – 2am.

Photo Credit: Vampire Ball PDX Website (Image Cropped)

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Tour of Homes

For those of us who are HGTV lovers, we may want to check out the 16th annual Tour of Remodeled Homes. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 14th-15th and will have location spots throughout the Portland metro. It’s a great way to look at new trends in home design and development and also get to know some of Portland’s local developers.

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Tour of Remodeled Homes, The Portland Metro Area, (503) 684-1880. March 14th-15th, Saturday and Sunday, 10am -5pm. 

Photo Credit: Tour of Remodeled Homes’ Press Release (Image Cropped).

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Lana Del Rey

On Friday, May 22nd, everyone’s favorite east coast baby, Lana Del Rey, performs at the Sleep Country Amphitheatre.  Courtney Love joins Del Rey on this much-anticipated music tour, and tickets are selling out quickly. So go ahead and put down those video games, throw on some blue jeans, and get ready to cheer for Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love.

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Sleep Country Amphitheatre, 17200 NE Delfel Rd, (360)-816-7000. Friday, May 22nd, 7:30pm. 

Photo Credit: Lana Del Rey's Homepage (Image Cropped)

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Labyrinth at OMSI

On Wednesday, March 11th, OMSI sponsors ‘Reel Science: Labyrinth.’ This will be an evening where film and science merge as Toby Froud, a sculptor, fabricator, performer, and puppeteer and Hair and Fur Fabricator at LAIKA, comes to OMSI to discuss the history of puppets in film. The event will start with a lecture at 6:30pm, followed by a screening of Labyrinth. After the film, attendees will enjoy a Q&A session. Don’t miss this educational and fun evening. 

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OMSI,1945 SE Water AVE, (800) 955-6674 . Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30-9:30 pm. 

Photo Credit: OMSI (Image Cropped)

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Verona Nights

If you want to support the art community but still keep your feet moving, then maybe you should check out the fundraising gala, Verona Nights.  Verona Nights is sponsored by the Portland Actors Conservatory and is a black tie fundraiser and silent auction. Guests may dress up and dance during the masquerade themed ball that’s inspired by the Conservatory’s recent production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The conservatory hopes to raise $100,000, so put on your best gown and masquerade mask and help support your local actors.

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The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway St., 503-274-1717. March 7th at 6:30pm.

Photo Credit: Portland Actors Conservatory's Facebook (Image Cropped)

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Understudy

With such a broad spectrum of popular comedians coming to Portland this Spring, let's not forget about our local comedians. On Thursday, March 26th, come to Kick Stand Comedy club for an unforgettable night of laughter with some of the best local comedians in Portland. Featured in the list of performers is my personal favorite, JoAnn Schinderle, who you may have seen open for Lena Dunham back in October. Don’t miss out on this chance to support your funny neighbors.

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Kickstand Comedy Space, 1969 NE 42nd, 503-922-2012.Thursday, March 26th, 7:30pm. 

Photo Credit: Kick Stand Comedy’s Facebook (Image Cropped)

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Shakey Graves

This May, Shakey Graves brings folk and soul to the Crystal Ballroom. Come enjoy a night of good beer and music as the increasingly popular band sets our hearts to beating and feet to movin’ with hits like “Dearly Departed” and “Pansy Waltz.”

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McMenanmins - Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 503-225-0047. Wednesday, May 27th, Doors open at 8:00 pm. 

Photo Credit: Shakey Graves' Website

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Nick and Meg

If you’re one of the thousands mourning the loss of Ron Swanson’s weekly witticisms, then you might be ready to stop crying and start laughing instead. This spring, get ready for a hilarious show with the real Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman, and Meg Mullally, who will be coming to Portland on April 30th. These brave comedians have no boundaries and will entertain the audience with songs, witty banter, and riotous anecdotes from their marriage.  

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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, (503) 248- 4335. Thursday, April 30th, 8:00pm. 

Photo Credit: Portland'5 Centers For the Arts (Image Cropped)

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Speakeasy Cruise

If you’re ready to slow it down with some sweet tunes, then get ready to step aboard the Portland Spirit for a Late Night Speakeasy. The Speakeasy cruise celebrates the work and life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe by having local Portland Jazz bands like Alder Street, Portland Rhythm Shakers, and Liz Vice scat and croon as we sail into the moonlight. 

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The Portland Spirit, boards at Salmon Street Springs, (503) 224-3900. Friday, March 20th, 10:30pm - 1am. 

Photo Credit: The Portland Spirit Website (Image Cropped)

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2015 Lego Convention

This March, everything is awesome during Portland’s 2015 Lego convention, hosted by Bricks Cascade. This is an event that will be enjoyed by all ages, Saturday and Sunday, March 14th-15th. Come to the Oregon Convention center to visit vendors, see amazing displays by talented builders, and share your love for creativity and building with others. 

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Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Saturday and Sunday, March 14th – 15th, 10:00am – 4:00pm. 

Photo Credit: Bricks Cascade (Image Cropped)

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Beer and Wine Fest

Would it really be a list of fun things in Portland if no beer were involved? Celebrate the community’s love of beer and wine at the 2015 Spring Beer and Wine Fest. Come to enjoy the vendors, the drinks, and the food Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th. 

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Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, 12pm - 10 pm. 

Photo Credit: Spring Beer and Wine Fest Homepage (Image Cropped)

 
 

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