Nelson Mandela exhibition at OMSI, Portland Open Studios, Goose Hollow Days, ‘Bojangles of Harlem’: 9 things to do this week
Of course, there are already plenty of Halloween-themed events happening in the first full week of October, but check out this list of miscellaneous offerings that have nothing to do with ghosts or elves, including new plays, an exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela, and an evening of tropical dance with a Brazilian theme.
Stumptown Stages returns with live theater with the true story of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a pioneer of tap dance and civil rights. The score mixes new songs with classic standards such as “Stormy Weather”. Jarran Muse plays the role of Bojangles and has participated in the Broadway productions of “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” and “Motown the Musical”. The play is directed by Christopher George Patterson and features 10 singers / tap dancers.
Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday-October 30, Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway ; tickets from $ 25 to $ 50; stumptownstages.org
Goose Hollow Days
Southwest Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood has a street festival with live music, raffles, kids’ activities, and food and drink to buy. Over 50 vendors are scheduled to show their wares. Historical tours are offered Friday through Sunday (see website for details), including a walk to a heritage tree, a historical slideshow, and a walking tour of the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 9 on 19th Avenue Southwest and Main Street: free; goosehollow.org/about/goosehollowdays
Portland Open Studios
Portland’s oldest and largest art studio tour is back for an in-person event. Art lovers can visit nearly 90 artists in their studios, purchase artwork, and witness the creation of artwork in the Artists’ Space. This is the 23rd year of the tour. All artists and participants will have to hide inside and maintain a social distance.
Tour hours 10 am to 5 pm Saturday through Sunday, October 9-10, and again October 16-17, at various locations around Portland; free; map and details; portlandopenstudios.com
“Mandela: the official exhibition “
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, in partnership with the Royal House of Mandela, will host a new global exhibit that examines the legacy of the world-renowned freedom fighter. The exhibit shows some of Nelson Mandela’s personal belongings and shines a light on the perspectives of family, friends and others who knew the man called the ‘Father of South Africa’. The story of Mandela’s heroic struggle, forgiveness and compassion is explored from his rural birth until his death in 2013. This is the first of the traveling exhibit on the West Coast.
Opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9 and continues during museum opening hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (and Mondays that fall during school holidays), until February 13, 2022 , at the OMSI, 1945 SE Avenue de l’Eau; $ 10.50 to $ 15; omsi.edu
Descend to the South Waterfront for a South American circus party with live Peruvian and Brazilian music, aerial performances, jugglers and waders, and Brazilian food. Families welcome. Note: this event is weather dependent and will be canceled if it rains; tickets will be refunded.
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 9, Circus Project Domes, 3201 S. Moody Ave; tickets $ 25 to $ 25, 12 and under free; eventbrite.com/e/circo-tropical
Céline Song’s “Family”
The Shaking the Tree theater company presents Celine Song’s dark comedy about step-siblings revisiting a difficult past after their father’s funeral. Samantha Van Der Merwe directs.
Open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9. Continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Sunday through November 6, Shaking the Tree Theater, 823 SE Grant St .; tickets from $ 11 to $ 33; shake-the-tree.com
Release of the film “Who We Carry”, dance party
The Cascade Festival of African Films and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art are presenting a screening of the new dance film by Rejoice! Diaspora dance theater, and a dance party hosted by DJ Floyd Vader. The film will also be released virtually and can be viewed online. Go to the website for more details.
Dance party at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 in northeast Portland (venue location was communicated to ticket holders prior to the event), free; rejoicepremiere.eventive.org/welcome
Story time for adults
After 20 months of hiatus, “Story Time for Grownups” is back with a program of humorous readings by Mark Twain, Woody Allen, Robert Fulghum, Dorothy Parker, Ian Frazier and David Niven read by David Loftus.
7:30 p.m. Monday October 11 Pink city pub, 1329 NE Fremont St .; free.
CoHo Theater presents a new play by Don Wilson Glenn that examines the relationship between Martha Washington, the original First Lady, and her dower slave Oney Marie Judge during an imaginary slave revolt in Mount Vernon. This fully staged world premiere was commissioned by The Vanport mosaic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment. The play is directed by Damaris Webb and stars Victoria Alvarez Chacon and Melanie Moseley.
Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 15-17, CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh St .; sliding scale entrance tickets at eventbrite; eventbrite.com/e/martha-bakes
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– Rosemarie Stein, [email protected]