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After a storied career with Dance Theater of Harlem and Feld Ballet, Marcus McGregor returned to the stage after a 15-year hiatus to appear in "The History of Empires." Photo: Maria Baranova.

Dance Review: “The History of Empires”

An exhilarating, if unconventional, look at the rise and fall of empires – historical, contemporary, urban, political, and even our own personal domains – through dance theater.

DramaWatch: A new/old Ashland season

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s just-announced 2025 season sounds like old times, with contemporary twists. In Portland, Third Rail hangs out at the mall; “She Persists” a bit longer.

‘Cocktails with George and Martha’

Review: Philip Gefter’s book about Edward Albee’s culture-shattering play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” tells the tale of how its movie version rocked the cinematic world, too.

Artists' booths arranged under the massive Corinthian columns of the historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Photo: courtesy of the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Oregon craft artists on the national stage

Three Oregon artists were selected for the 2024 Annual Smithsonian Craft Show, the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of contemporary American craft.

Fingal's Cave

PuzzleWatch: Namely Known

From the “Moonlight Sonata” to the “Hebrides Overture,” test your knowledge of the most famous nicknames in classical music.

DramaWatch: Blonde on a Bum Trip

Fuse’s 14th OUTwright Theatre Festival opens with Mikki Gillette’s backstage comedy. Also: Boom Arts’ “History of Empires,” a spot of Sondheim, a waggish “Go, Dog. Go!”

Vanport Mosaic’s flood of events

The ninth annual festival remembers the flood that wiped out the city of Vanport on Memorial Day 1948 and carries the vanished city’s history and vital cultural significance into the present.

45th Parallel Universe: Lost in Deep Time

With great music and visuals and a fantastic performance, a warehouse concert creates an artistic evocation of vast geological disruptions and troubling environmental times.

Classical Up Close’s sonic smorgasbord

Greater Portland’s homegrown chamber music festival winds up its spring season with delightful samples of familiar and contemporary classical music in a variety of churches.

PSU doubles down on its performance hall bid

The university’s revised design proposal for a Keller Auditorium replacement offers two venues in one: a Keller-sized 3,000-seat hall and a versatile 1,200-seat companion space.

Elbow Room takes on the contemporary art scene

A pair of “sister shows” at Elbow Room and ILY2 showcase a talented group of artists and the ingenuity of the close-knit community of the Portland art scene. The artists all work out of Elbow Room’s SE Portland studio and gallery.

News & Notes: Warm Springs museum to reopen

The tribal museum, closed since December for upgrades, reopens May 14. Plus: Indigenous artists at High Desert Museum, “Matrilineal Memory” & Cherokee art in Portland.

DramaWatch: Arf! says Sandy

Joining the sassy orphan and her dancing billionaire on this week’s stages are a medieval “Everyman” update, several worthy mid-run shows, and a pair of catch-’em-quicks-before-they-close.

Art on the Road: Sculptures with stories

As a Vancouver show tells multiple tales, an inspiring exhibit at California’s Huntington Library concentrates on a single artist: the chronicler of Black life Sargent Claude Johnson.

birds perched on a fir branch

R. Bruce Horsfall’s feathers and fauna

The exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society features Horsfall’s meticulous illustrations of birds from the Pacific Coast. Horsfall was a member of the Oregon Audubon Society and inspired by the artistic endeavors of the organization’s namesake, John James Audubon.

Bobby Bermea: All along the ‘Borderline’

12-year-old actors Eli Ingraffea and Mila Kashiwabara talk about the joys and challenges of starring in Milagro’s new play about surviving along the Southwest border – complete with ghosts.

DramaWatch: It’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ time

A welcome Chekhov return. Also this week: Hand2Mouth’s devised “Memento Mori,” ghost stories in Milagro’s “Borderline,” Oregon crashes the Tony and Drama Desk Award parties.

VizArts Monthly: Eclipse and transitions

May ushers in a shift in seasons (hopefully!) and the opportunity to shift perspectives. Jason N. Le offers, for the last time, a selection of not-to-be-missed art occasions and events.

Dance Review: ‘Beautiful Everything’

BodyVox’s collaboration with Imani Winds is a whimsical and visual spectacle that delighted fans, but missed synergistic opportunities amid the fun.

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