August Wilson’s ‘Gem of the Ocean’, McMinnville Wine + Food Classic, St. Patrick’s Day Festival: 11 things to do this week


Spring is in the air, as is a bouquet of arts and family events. This week’s offerings include multiple plays, a rock and rock show, and the live-stage version of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” a spinoff of the beloved PBS show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.”

Although the statewide interior COVID-19 mask mandates are lifted this week, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

The “Antigone on the Frontier” cast includes (left to right) Tara Velarde (Antigone), Mary Reagan (Mona) and Enrique Andrade (Creon).Photo by Liana Rose

“Antigone at the border”

Marc David Pinate wrote a piece based on interviews with those affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and with current Latinx Border Patrol agents. The work hopes to shed light on the emotional toll and mental health toll suffered by those impacted by US immigration policy at the Mexican border. Pinate brings Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone” into the modern era to tell the story of immigration and the impact it has on families. Directed by Reina Solunaya.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through March 26, Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St.; tickets $20 to $27; or 503-236-7253.

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Nariko Ott, winner of Portland’s Funniest Person 2016 award, will perform at the Funhouse Lounge this weekend.

“Leave your worries at the door”

Do you think you have problems? Bring them to the Funhouse Lounge and Portland’s finest comedians and newcomers will take your bags on stage and out of your hands, literally. Members of the public are invited to write down reproaches, family or other problems and place them in a box. Who knows what will end up on stage? And you might feel better about life once the show is over. This week’s lineup of comics includes Portland’s 2016 Funniest Person winner Nariko Ott, along with Julia Corral, Cameron Peloso and host Chris Hudson.

10 p.m. Friday, March 11, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave; $5 at the door; 21 and over only;

Rock and Gem Show

The Tualatin Valley Gem Club is once again hosting their annual show at the Forest Grove National Guard Armory. Exhibits include unusual rock specimens, lapidary arts, fossils, gems and minerals from around the world. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations. The show also includes vendors, door prizes, a silent auction and activities for children.

10am-5pm Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, at The Armory, 2950 Taylor Way, Forest Grove; $1 adults, children 12 and under free with paying adult;

Portland Metro RV Dealer Show

The pandemic has shone a light on the simple pleasure of self-driving travel. Skip the airport and get into an RV or trailer and head somewhere quiet to see the sights or have some outdoor fun. More than 400 recreational vehicles will be on display at this annual show, which took a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Travel through everything from massive RVs to tent trailers. Dealerships can answer your questions or help you obtain financing. Exchanges are welcome.

Show times 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive; admission $15, 16 and under free with paying adult;

A man reaches towards a dark sky with stars

Henry Noble stars as Citizen Barlow in August Wilson’s ‘Gem of the Ocean’ at the Portland Center Stage.Photo by Alec Lugo

“Jewel of the Ocean”

Portland Center Stage presents the first installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s decade-by-decade 10-piece chronicle, The Pittsburgh Cycle. Set in 1904, this play tells the story of the first generation of black Americans emerging from the Civil War after the abolition of slavery. Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and became a scout for the Union Army, travels from Alabama to Philadelphia in search of new life and redemption.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 and continues at various times and dates through April 3, US Bank Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave; tickets $25 to $87; or 503-445-3700.

McMinnville Wine + Food Classic

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum celebrates Oregon food and wine at this annual fundraising event. Sample wines from over 70 wineries and vineyards and pair them with dishes from area chefs and bakers. Enjoy live music throughout the event. Proceeds go to St. James Catholic School in McMinnville.

4-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 11-13, Evergreen Aviation, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville; tickets start at $20 and include 2 tasting tokens; 21 and over only;

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra returns to indoor performances with a concert featuring Brahms’ Second Symphony. The program also includes works by JS Bach, Claude Debussy and George Bizet. Oboe soloist Ann van Bever will be featured in Reynaldo Hahn’s “À Chloris”.

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Gresham High School Auditorium, 1200 N. Main Ave, Gresham; tickets start at $35;

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live

The world could use a little more “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” these days, and while the beloved public television personality is no longer with us, an animated spin-off series has filled the void starring Daniel Tiger. , sporting Mr. Rogers’ trademark red sweater and many of the same imagery and themes from the original show. A live stage version of the Emmy-winning television series features live music and stories.

2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $20;

Beaverton Arts Center

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts is preparing to open to the public, providing space for the performing and visual arts in downtown Beaverton.Jamie Hale / The Oregonian

The Reser Presents: “Shine the Light – A Community Celebration”

The new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, which includes a 550-seat theatre, art gallery, rehearsal and meeting spaces and an outdoor plaza, has been open since March 1, but the official open day of the community takes place on Sunday with a free family day with tours, arts and entertainment throughout the day. See works from the Beaverton Civic Theatre, Oregon Rhythmic Gymnastics and Dance, and an evening performance by the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra. All events are free.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton;

“Consider This” with David F. Walker and Douglas Wolk

Oregon Humanities presents an onstage conversation with award-winning journalist, comic book writer, and filmmaker David F. Walker, co-creator of “Naomi” for the DC Comics and “Bitter Root,” a story set during the Renaissance of Harlem about a family of monster hunters. He’s joined by pop culture critic Douglas Wolk in a discussion of how comic books, especially superhero comics, can embody the hopes and dreams of Americans and create a national mythology. Courtenay Hameister, editor of “Live Wire”, hosts the show.

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N. Alberta St.; $15;

Portland’s Paddy’s Bar and Grill will serve another round of Guinness to St. Patrick’s Day revelers this week. File photo.

Paddy’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Yes, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day already! Portland’s oldest Irish pub, Paddy’s Bar & Grill, reopens just in time for favorite Irish holidays. Celebrate Irish culture with a tent street festival featuring four live bands, pipers, Irish dancers, corned beef and cabbage, all washed down with Guinness beers. Part of the profits are donated to the Children’s Cancer association.

The festival kicks off at noon on Thursday, March 17, next to the Southwest Yamhill Street and First Avenue pub; free from noon to 2 p.m., $25 cover charge after 2 p.m.;

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—Rosemarie Stein [email protected]


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