Events for the week of Nov. 23–27


The Portland Ballet
Lincoln Hall Theater (LH175)
Fee: $5–35

The Portland Ballet has teamed up with the Portland State Orchestra to present The Enchanted Toyshop over Thanksgiving weekend.

The award-winning PSU Orchestra will accompany dancers from the Portland Ballet Youth Company. The performance features original works by choreographers like Portland Ballet’s Co-Artistic Director Anne Mueller and Artistic Advisor John Clifford. Bring the family and enjoy a PSU holiday performance featuring live music, original sets and great costumes.

The Enchanted Toyshop plays over three days: Nov. 25, 26 and 27. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s performances begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Mary Chestnut: A Civil War Diary
Wednesday, Nov. 23
The Old Church
Fee: Free
The Old Church offers free concerts every Wednesday at noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Eklund as she portrays Mary Chestnut grappling with the difficulties of the Civil War.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Genesis Community Fellowship
6–7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Genesis Community Fellowship is hosting its 10th annual Thanksgiving feast, offering turkey and sides to all who could use a warm meal during the holiday season.

Salt & Straw Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 24
Salt & Straw
11 a.m.–11 p.m.
For ice cream aficionados, Salt & Straw presents a five-course ice cream meal with flavors reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinner, including ice cream mashed potatoes, turkey and cranberry stuffing.

Leaving Troy
Thursday, Nov. 24
Blackfish Gallery
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fee: Free
Former Portland tenants Barbara Black and Angela Passalacqua reflect on their displacement from Troy Laundry in this social art exhibit. The images represent the all-too-common story of developers raising rents and pushing out artists.

Macy’s Holiday Parade
Friday, Nov. 25
Starts at NW 9th Ave. and W. Burnside
9–10 a.m.
The 2016 Macy’s Holiday Parade features 25 floats, middle and high school marching bands, and over 600 costumed characters. The event is free and great for families.

Friday Flat Fix Clinic
Friday, Nov. 25
PSU Bike Hub
Noon–12:30 p.m.
Fee: Free for members
In this rainy weather, bicycle safety is paramount. Attend the Friday clinic to learn how to change your flat tires and stay in good biking shape over the holidays.

A Luthier’s Legacy
Saturday, Nov. 26
Lincoln Hall 1st floor
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fee: Free
The College of the Arts presents an exhibit on stringed instruments donated to Portland State by Kathy Hagler. The 35 instruments include ukuleles, guitars, dulcimers and a banjo, mandolin and Chinese Pipa.

The Wonder of Christmas
Saturday, Nov. 26
Newmark Theatre
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Fee: $15–20
The Portland Choir and Orchestra performs this annual Christmas concert featuring traditional and secular music performed by a 150-member choir and orchestra. Dancers from the Fired Up Dance Academy add grace and energy to the performance as well.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
Sunday, Nov. 27
Alder Stage
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Fee: $25 (student)
Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies following a contentious presidential election, Vogel’s sweeping music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River.

Christmas Bazaar
Sunday, Nov. 27
Portland Expo
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Still looking for that perfect gift? America’s largest Christmas bazaar features over 900 booths with local gift opportunities across all price ranges.