Portland State of Mind
This Thursday kicks off the university’s annual 10-day celebration of all things Portland State, packed with over 50 campus events. There’s something for everyone, including concerts, lectures, workshops, art exhibits, political debates, tailgates, film screenings and parties. Check out page 4 of this issue for a write-up of the Vanguard‘s PSOM picks, or visit pdx.edu/portland-state-of-mind for the full calendar.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
The Soul of Black Art
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
John Goodwin has curated 100 years of art depicting the change of black culture in America. Featuring various black viewpoints capturing the culture of the times, this curated collection will be on display Oct. 12–15.
10th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition
Fee: Not announced at time of print
Fifty artists celebrate the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) from their own festive, joyful, wise and sorrowful perspective. This mixed-media event encourages each of the 50 artists to celebrate their inner soul and connection to their culture, ancestors, future and even themselves. Come and celebrate their distinct visions intertwining together now through Oct. 23.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Jazz trumpeting legend Wynton Marsalis is giving a one-night performance of jazz, though it’s unknown whether he’ll play his own worthy music or jazz standards you know and love. In either case, it’s sure to be a night not to miss.
Thursday, Oct. 13
This is Thriller
Academic and Student Recreation Center
In anticipation of the Vikings’ homecoming game on Oct. 15, there are several dates of practice for a “Thriller” flash mob that welcomes students, staff and the general public to join in the Viking celebration of athletic prowess with a touch of whimsy.
Performance Works Northwest
Be not afraid mere mortal, for the men performing talented feats of magical skill onstage are not fearsome wizards but rather gifted mortals well-versed in the arts of mental power, magic and storytelling. Not intended for audiences under 12.
Friday, Oct. 14
Expo Center, Hall A
Fee: $12 (at the door)
Take the Yellow Line out to the Expo Center and enjoy a two-day bacchanal featuring not only different types of local non-alcoholic fruit cider but also beer, wine, and great eats! Though alcohol will be present, this event is not explicitly stated to be 21 and over only. Saturday times are noon–8 p.m.
Chocolate Almond Fudge
Marketed as a healthier alternative to fun-sized Halloween treats, nutrition coach Hillary Bergh is offering a 1/2 pint jar alternative and recipe for a fudge that will satiate your sweet tooth all fall long and beyond.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical
You have the power to create the next Broadway hit musical. Master improvisers will ask you to help create songs and then you’ll watch the magic of your collective audience voting unfold. The results are often hilarious and definitely never boring. Improv musical comedy might just be the next big thing.
Choral Arts Ensemble Season Opener
St. Andrew Catholic Church
Fee: $5 students, $20 general at the door
The 48th season for Portland’s Choral Arts Ensemble begins with a requiem for America’s soldiers that aims to console and lift both the living and the dead. Paul Moravec’s compositions of wartime correspondence will be on vocal display. Performing all weekend long, season tickets are also available.
Sunday, Oct. 16
Presented by the NW Film Center, this classic black and white portrait of a world on the verge of war (sound familiar?) is manipulated by a “patriot” and a generally frightening cast of helpless politicians who watch the end of the Earth unfold from their bunker beneath the ground. This should not be missed and will hopefully not be an eerie portrait of things to come.
Restoring the Breath
Portland Art Museum
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Running through the end of February, this collection of the ancient Coast Salish art form known as weaving relies on items made by traditional techniques and showcases four of his accomplished students’ most compelling work. Brought to you by the Center for Contemporary Native Art.