Black Music Expo, ‘Frida’ and ‘Face to Face’ from OBT: 8 things to do this week



October has proven to be a month of intense entertainment with many theater and dance performances to accompany the many fall festivals and exhibitions. If you can get away from the many Halloween-themed events on offer, catch a big quilting show in Clark County or stay home and watch dance movies. Most of the in-person performances listed below require proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry. Check with performance companies for details.

LaRhonda Steele sings with Lloyd Jones Struggle at the 2014 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. Steele will be one of the headliners at the Portland Black Music Expo. Oregon file photo. LC- Oregonian

Portland Black Music Show

This multicultural festival reflects the richness of black culture in the region and includes headliners Mic Capes, Tahirah Memory and LaRhonda Steele, recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. The festival will feature live on-site performances at Holocene and Polaris Hall as well as community development workshops in the form of a mix of live and virtual events. The launch event is “Soul Clap” with Mic Capes, Majik 9, Wavy Josef and others at 8 PM Friday, Polaris Hall 635 N. Killingsworth Ct. Tickets $ 10.

Festival hours vary from Friday to Sunday, October 15-17. Check the website for times and tickets;

Two ballet dancers wearing face masks practice in a studio

Dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theater rehearse for “Three Preludes”. Photo by Blaine Truitt CovertBlaine Truitt Covert

“Face to face”

The Oregon Ballet Theater returns to the indoor stage with three ballets that bring nature to the dance floor. In Ben Stevenson’s “Three Preludes”, a careful studio flirtation between two dancers turns into passion. George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments” is loosely based on the ancient notion of mixing four basic human personality types. The event ends with “Sculpted Clouds” by Jennifer Archibald, an exploration of man’s relationship with nature.

Performances 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15 and 16, Auditorium Keller, 222 SW Clay St .; tickets from $ 24 to $ 105;à-face or by phone at 503-222-5538. No child aged 12 or younger is allowed.

A woman leans against a dark pillar

Vanessa Severo stars as Frida Kahlo in KCRep’s 2019 production of “Frida … A Self Portrait”. Photo by Corey Weaver / Courtesy of KCRep.

“Frida … A self-portrait”

Live theater returns to The Armory when Portland Center Stage kicks off its 2021-2022 season with a solo show written and performed by Brazilian writer and performer Vanessa Severo, and directed by Joanie Schultz. “Frida… A Self Portrait” begins on the eve of the death of the famous Mexican artist. The intimate story immerses the viewer in the nuanced universe of the extraordinary life of Frida Kahlo.

Open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15. Continues at various times and dates through November 7, US Bank Main Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave .; tickets from $ 25 to $ 87; or 503-445-3700.

Shadows of the dancers are seen from above on a checkered background

“Memories of the Future” is one of the films screened as part of the Portland Dance Film Fest.

Portland Dance Film Festival

This year’s Dance Film Festival will be multi-day with online and in-person screenings. The festival features 31 “peaks” and five documentaries from nine countries. In “Déracinés”, the filmmakers celebrate the history, lineage and future of jazz dance. The film addresses the themes of appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. Special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz.

The festival opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday October 15 and continues on various dates and times through October 24, virtually and at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St .; $ 12 per night in advance, $ 15 at the door; virtual offers are $ 5 to $ 30;

VSO Young Artists Competition Finals

Nine finalists of the 27th Washington State Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competition perform live in Vancouver. The event will also be webcast live on the VSO website. Listen to classic works performed by high school students from across the country.

1 p.m. Sunday, October 17, First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St., Vancouver; free;

Pauline Garcia Viardot

A Mulieribus celebrates Pauline Garcia-Viardot, one of the most renowned musical figures of 19th century Europe. Garcia-Viardot was born in 1821 into one of the most illustrious singing families in Europe: her father was the Spanish tenor Manuel Garcia and her sister the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran. An accomplished pianist, Garcia-Viardot plays a duet with Chopin and counts other renowned composers among his friends.

2:30 p.m. Sunday October 17, The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave .; tickets from $ 15 to $ 30;

Top 5 A&E

“War of the Worlds” will air on regional radio stations on Monday, October 18, 2021. File photo. The Huntsville Times / Robin ConnHVT

“War of the Worlds”

Ah, Halloween time – when Re-Imagined Radio resurrects the most infamous radio drama of all time. Listen to the dramatized broadcast on the radio waves, as it was meant to be, and travel back in time to 1938 when the original broadcast, produced by and starring Orson Welles, spooked anyone within a distance of listen. This updated version includes a new set of voice actors, new sound effects and soundscapes, and a reworked script.

1 p.m. Monday, October 18, broadcast on Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM), Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM) and KUIK-AM (1360 AM). The episode will also be archived on; free.

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This quilt will be raffled to benefit Bridge The Gap, a Clark County nonprofit that serves the needs of foster and adopted children.Clark County Quilters

Quiltfest Northwest

The annual show centers around the theme of ‘Reflections’ for 2021. See more than 300 quilts created by guild members and attend special exhibitions, a mall, fashion show and other events specials. Registration required for courses;

10 am-5pm Thursday October 21, 10 am-4pm Friday-Saturday October 22-23, Clark County Event Center, 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield; admission $ 8, free for children 12 and under; $ 6 parking fee;

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