Portland finishes April and kicks off May with some fun and unusual events, including the annual One Motorcycle Show hosted by a new venue this year. We’ve also got a selection of plays, a touring spooky podcast, and the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Although the statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website venue information for specific COVID safety requirements.
One Motorcycle Show
Motorcycle riders and enthusiasts gather again in Portland, this year at Zidell Yards, for the annual weekend full of immersive biker fun. The show appeals to everyone from garage tuners to racers to creative artists. The highlight of the show is the collection of more than 200 custom-built motorcycles that have been submitted and inspired by builders around the globe. Other attractions include an art show, vendor booths, welding demos, a stunt show and a car show. Timed-entry tickets are required in advance.
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 29-May 1, Zidell Yards, 3121 S. Moody Ave.; tickets start at $15; merctickets.com/events
Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and Crafty Wonderland is here to help. The spring show promises more than 200 makers selling handmade goods to appeal to just about any mom or anyone else who needs a pick-me-up. Stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts and store them away for the next big holiday. The show will have wider aisles and limited entry to help everyone feel more comfortable. Timed-entry tickets are required in advance. The pre-show ticketed event Friday offers a chance to browse items early.
5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29-30, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Friday admission $20, Saturday time-entry tickets $4 (includes fees); craftywonderland.com/pages/faq
“The Comedy of Errors”
Twilight Theatre hosts a performance of Canon Shakespeare Company’s rendition of the Bard’s absurd slapstick comedy. Follow the wacky adventures of two sets of (not-so-identical) twins who visit the same city on the same day and force everyone to try to figure out who is who.
Opens 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, and continues 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through May 8, Twilight Theatre, 7515 N. Brandon Ave.; tickets $12-$15; app.arts-people.com
“Camelot” — NOTE: A COVID-19 case in the cast has delayed the opening of this show until May 5. Contact the theater for ticket information/exchanges.
Lakewood Theatre takes on the epic love triangle in its musical form. Can you combine love, betrayal, holy quests, revenge and honor in one toe-tapping show? The Lerner and Loewe film version proved it was possible by winning three Oscars and three Golden Globes.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and continues various dates and times through June 12, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego; tickets $40-$42; www.lakewood-center.org or 503-635-3901.
Founders Day at Champoeg Park
Champoeg State Heritage Area will celebrate the 179th anniversary of the vote for the first provisional government west of the Mississippi River. The event, first held at Champoeg in 1901, honors the 52 men who voted to create a government. The commemoration includes a solemn ceremony, a color guard, guest speakers and a rifle salute.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the memorial pavilion on the park grounds, Champoeg Road, N.E. St. Paul; free, but parking is $5.
“Welcome to Night Vale”
Cecil Baldwin stars as a radio host delivering often bizarre and sometimes mundane community news to the fictional desert town of Night Vale. This genre-bending horror-comedy is a scripted podcast that reaches listeners around the world and is developing a devoted fan base. Baldwin will hit the road for the touring production of “The Haunting of Night Vale” that stops at Portland’s Revolution Hall. The show includes live music and theater performances that will not appear on the podcast. Even if you’ve never heard the show, it promises to be a fun, interactive and creepy, evening.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St.; tickets start at $30; etix.com/ticket/online
“Last Stop on Market Street”
Oregon Children’s Theatre presents a musical story about a boy who takes a bus ride through his neighborhood accompanied by his grandmother. Based on the best-selling book by Matt de la Peña, the story tells of intergenerational relationships, the heart of what really makes a city, and how important it is to be grateful for, and find beauty in, the little things. Recommended for all ages.
Opens 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 and continues 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 29, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway; tickets $15-$34; www.octc.org or 503-228-9571.
The Jerusalem Quartet
The Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the Israeli string quartet, three-time winner of BBC Music Magazine’s award for chamber music, in a program of Mendelssohn, Webern, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Beethoven. The programs will differ for both evening performances. See website for details.
7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3, Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU campus, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.; tickets $32-$57; focm.org.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
White Bird had to cancel the performance of this award-winning dance group that was to close the 2019-20 season due to COVID restrictions. But the New York City-based professional ballet company will make the trip west to perform this spring at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The program features an opening piece, “Higher Ground” by Robert Garland, set to the music of Stevie Wonder. The company will also perform “Passage” by award-winning choreographer Claudia Schreier.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway; tickets start at $30; whitebird.org or 503-245-1600, ext. 201.
Profile Theatre presents the Obie Award-winning play written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The estranged members of the Lafayette clan throw their family baggage on the front lawn for everyone to see in this dramatic comedy about the settlement of their problematic late father’s estate. Three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk as they clash over their antagonistic family history.
Preview shows 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 5-6; continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through May 22. Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave.; tickets $45; profiletheatre.org
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