Events in May 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
7:30 pm – Portland Youth Rock Orchestra
Portland Youth Rock Orchestra
Join us for Portland Youth Rock Orchestra’s Spring Concert featuring performances of original arrangements by Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who and The Doors.
Free of charge. Suggested Donation $10 to $15 at the Door.
For more information: portlandyouthrock.com.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
3:00 pm – The Liederkreis Choir Spring Concert
The Liederkreis Choir Spring Concert
The Liederkreis Choir will perform traditional songs from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in their original language. Tickets $10 at the door. Children 12 and under and Oregon Trail or SNAP card holders are free of charge.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:00 pm – World Affairs Council presents The New Arab Wars: Anarchy & Uprising in the Middle East with speaker Marc Lynch
World Affairs Council presents The New Arab Wars: Anarchy & Uprising in the Middle East with speaker Marc Lynch
Marc Lynch (author, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University) delves into recent events in the Middle East and explores how the hope of the Arab Spring devolved into a dystopia of resurgent dictators, failed states, military crackdown and proxy wars as part of a radical regional restructuring.
How are transnational flows of money, information, people, and guns and richer nations like Saudi Arabia and Qatar polarizing conflicts in the region?
What role has U.S. restraint in the region played not sending military assistance to the Syrian rebels, as well as in the recent nuclear deal with Iran—in transforming alliances? Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq—what went wrong and what should we expect going forward?
Could it be that the region’s upheavals have only just begun—and that any retreat to old habits of authoritarian stability are doomed to fail? With keen political insight, on-the-ground reporting, and drawing from Arabic social media, Lynch is an exceptional guide to the deeper drivers of change across the Middle East.
Copresented with the Middle East Studies Center, Portland State University
$10 General; $5 WAC members; Free for PSU students
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
12:00 pm – Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Barbara Choltco, soprano with Signe Lusk, pianist
Sack Lunch FREE Concert – Barbara Choltco, soprano with Signe Lusk, pianist
Barbara Choltco, soprano with Signe Lusk, pianist perform an afternoon of song cycles by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Our gift to the community for over 48 years! The Old Church presents free Sack Lunch Concerts every Wednesday at noon. Come, relax and enjoy an hour of fine music performed by local artists.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
9:00 am – Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
7:00 pm – Friend of Mystery Welcomes J. David Osborne
Yoga at The Old Church with Veranda
Vinyasa with Veranda – All Levels Yoga Class. Veranda Haddon, a certified teacher since 2004, leads this one-hour class with emphasis on breath & body movement. Classes $10 / $5 for seniors and The Old Church members. First Class is $5. More info: verandahaddon.com/yoga
Friend of Mystery Welcomes J. David Osborne
On May 26, 2016, Friends of Mystery welcomes J. David Osborne to close out the 2015-2016 Bloody Thursday season.
J. David Osborne is the publisher-in-chief of Broken River Books, an indie crime fiction press dedicated to bringing you weird, transgressive pulp novels the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else. He’s also the author of the Wonderland-Award-winning novel By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends, the surreal noir Low Down Death Right Easy, and Black Gum. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their dog.
Bloody Thursday starts at 7:00pm with a reception and our annual book sale, followed by David’s presentation at 7:30pm. The reception includes a cash wine bar.
Friday, May 27, 2016
7:30 pm – 45th Parallel presents The Florestan Trio and Friends
45th Parallel presents The Florestan Trio and Friends
Show 8pm – 7:30pm Door
All Ages Show – Bar with I.D.
Tickets $25 General – $20 Seniors – $10 Students at BrownPaperTicket.com
The venerable Florestan Trio performs one of its signature pieces, the beloved D minor Trio by Felix Mendelssohn. Then 45th Parallel Artistic Director Gregory Ewer and Composer-in-Residence Kenji Bunch will join them for Brahms’s towering Piano Quintet in F minor.
For more info 45thParallelpdx.org.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 pm – The Old Church Concert Hall presents MBRASCATU with LUZ ELENA MENDOZA
The Old Church Concert Hall presents MBRASCATU with LUZ ELENA MENDOZA
Celebrate the release of Mbrascatu’s new album, ELEMENTI.
7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show – $10 Adv / $12 DOS
Advanced Tickets Available at BrownPaperTickets.com
All Ages / Bar with ID
A musical product of the creative melting pot of Portland, Mbrascatu is an indie rock band that draws from diverse European and American roots to create a unique signature sound.
Blending together dynamics ranging from delicate to explosive; expressive Italian lyrics; hook-laden melodies; inventive arrangements; and energetic rhythms to dance to; the band has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest, delighting audiences at the hottest music venues, outdoor festivals, bars, clubs and local radio stations. More info at mbrascatu.com.
“In a market flooded with distortion pedals and vocal effects, there’s something refreshing about hearing folk music with Italian lyrics int the typical Portland haunts. Mbrascatu reminds us that ‘local’ can mean more than a small circle drawn around the metro area.” – Willamette Week
Luz Elena Mendoza
Luzelena Mendoza’s songs draw from her strict Catholic upbringing as an only daughter of a Mexican immigrant and the vocal harmonies of the Latin music she grew up around. After becoming extremely sick upon returning from a spiritual quest in India, she took in a white, six-toed cat to keep her company as she fought to regain her physical, emotional and spiritual health. She christened her new feline companion “Bamba,” a name that she incorporated into the moniker she used for a batch of lo-fi home recordings and performances at open mic nights.
“This former lead singer for Y La Bamba has been compared to Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald. She’s been the face of Travel Portland and has made Best Bands of Portland lists with two different groups – Y La Bamba and now, Tiburones.” – OPB Music
Sunday, May 29, 2016
8:00 pm – Portland Tap Dance Festival Showcase
Portland Tap Dance Festival Showcase
Portland Tap Dance Association concludes their festival at The Old Church Concert Hall with a Sunday evening student and faculty showcase.
Tickets $23 only if purchased by May 1, 2016. After that date, the tickets will be $30. To purchase tickets email@example.com.
To learn more about the Festival go to Portland Tap Dance Alliance.