NOVEMBER 2012

Upcoming Events
The Discobolus, Roman, 2nd century AD, marble, © The Trustees of The British Museum 2012. All rights reserved.

The Discobolus, Roman, 2nd century AD, marble, © The Trustees of The British Museum 2012. All rights reserved.

This month, The Body Beautiful exhibit at the Portland Art Museum continues (through Jan. 6), and Japanese food and drink star at the Izakaya festival (Nov. 16). The holiday spirit takes hold with the Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 23) and Holiday Ale Festival (Nov. 28- Dec. 2) in downtown, plus the annual Zoo Lights display (Nov. 23-Dec. 31).

December brings more holiday offerings, including Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker (Dec. 8-23), Handel's Messiah (Dec. 14-17) performed by the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Christmas Ship Parade (Dec. 7-21) and the lights of Peacock Lane (Dec. 15-31).

Find more in our Events Calendar »

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Nov. 9-18
Reel Versus Reality
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
 
The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Nov. 9-18) has used discerning taste to project greatness over the last 38 years.

And while popular culture has changed over the last four decades, the festival’s selected movies from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington have consistently pushed the boundaries of the form. Read more »

— John Patrick Pullen

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Nov. 8-Dec. 31
Holiday Pop-Up Shops Return to Downtown
A design from the Emit pop-up shop.
A design from the Emit pop-up shop.
For the fourth holiday season in a row, Downtown Portland is home to a select handful of pop-up shops. The boutiques all debut today (Nov. 8) and will remain open for your gift-giving needs through Dec. 31.

This year, Emit blends performance fabrics and modern silhouettes; Wolf’s Apothecary features locally made health and beauty products; The Enchanted Alpaca offers comfortable, elegant clothing (Plus live alpacas at the store every weekend!); and Boys’ Fort showcases custom-built furniture and men’s accessories. Read more »

— Karen Martwick

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Nov. 30-Dec. 24
Ho, Ho, Ho, Hood River
Hood River Holidays
 
Sure, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but there’s no place quite like Hood River, either. This pretty little burg is an hour’s drive over(-looking) the Columbia River and through the Mt. Hood National Forest woods from Portland — and still holds dear to holiday traditions of years gone by.

Hood River Holidays (Nov. 30 – Dec. 24) gives visitors plenty of reasons to stop, stroll and shop the city’s quaint stores and boutiques, as well as kick back within its
restaurants and pubs for a bit of holiday revelry. Read more »

— John Patrick Pullen

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Nov. 13-Dec. 24
Holiday Spirit Takes Over Portland Stages
Gospel Christmas
“Gospel Christmas”
How will you celebrate this season? Our guides from Oregon Arts Watch offer a quick rundown of Portland’s most festive offerings.

Musical highlights include “Gospel Christmas” (pictured); several performances of Bach, Handel and Britten; and New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini. Read more >>

On stage, holiday theater and dance offerings include classics new (“Santaland Diaries”) and old (“The Nutcracker”), as well as a few surprises. Read more >>

— Oregon Arts Watch

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Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Deck the Beer Hall with Hops and Holly
Photo by Dan Leithauser, via Flickr
Photo by Dan Leithauser, via Flickr
It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!
It’s the hop-happiest season of all!
There’s a buzz in the air of Pioneer Courthouse Square
when mugs flow with ales…

That’s enough of that, but prepare to uncork a beer-inspired carol of your own during downtown Portland’s 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival (Nov. 28 – Dec. 2). Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Tea: Portland’s Other Hot Brewing Scene
Tasting at Steven Smith Teamaker

Tasting at Steven Smith Teamaker

While Portland is renowned for pioneering craft brews, it should also be known for hoisting mugs of another sort.

The local tea revolution reaches back to 1972 , when Stash Tea Company steeped its first bag at its headquarters in an old Portland Victorian home. The company has since moved to suburban Tigard, but will be opening a shop on N. Mississippi Avenue this month. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Starting Nov. 23
Get in on the Traditions
Photo by Liv Niland, via Flickr

Photo by Liv Niland, via Flickr

Just like an Advent calendar loaded with treats, the days leading up to Christmas in Portland hold an abundance of sweet memories — starting with the downtown tree-lighting ceremony (Friday, Nov. 23) in Pioneer Courthouse Square and stretching into the new year with tea at the Heathman, holiday décor at Pittock Mansion and more. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Nov. 24
Disney Magic Comes to Life
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
 
Music, more than any other art form, has the power to move us. It can make you march to the beat, or get up and dance.

And this Thanksgiving weekend, it will make hearts flutter and lips smile, as the Oregon Symphony performs a variety of songs with Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies (Saturday, Nov. 24). Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Nov. 28 - Dec. 23
Just Like Mommy Dearest Used to Make
A Very Joan Crawford Christmas
A Very Joan Crawford Christmas
Ever feel like the holidays are a drag? Well, you'll be in good company at A Very Joan Crawford Christmas (Nov. 28 – Dec. 23) from Triangle Productions.

The madcap mommy's ramblings about everything from Pepsi and Vodka to Mamacita, her housekeeper, make for a new, alternative Christmas tradition. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen