Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At first blush, Joy Cinema and Pub bears a striking resemblance to classic movie theaters with its intimate lobby, marquee surrounded by neon lights, and 1950s-style cartoon mural behind its concessions stand. However, this cinema differentiates itself from its forebears with a schedule of newly released Hollywood hits, generous pours of frothy microbrews, and occasional 3D features. Evening shows are "minor with parent" unless otherwise specified.
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra satiates culture-hungry eardrums with creative, conceptual concerts studded with guest string-stars from across the country. The British Influence adheres to its name, focusing on three non-British composers—Romantic-era maestro Felix Mendelssohn, German composer Max Bruch, and 20th-century Australian pianist Percy Grainger—that were inspired to orchestrate masterful works after brushes with the landscapes, traditions, or culture of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Accomplished violinist and Portland native JiYun Jeong joins the symphony once again, helping to weave a tapestry of royal reminiscence on Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G Minor.
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For more than 30 years, the dramatists at Portland Center Stage have regaled audiences with nonstop lineups of classic plays, acclaimed modern works, and specially commissioned pieces. Works to suit all tastes await year-round—anything from sci-fi think pieces to bombastic musical theater to football match re-enactments. Thanks to their comprehensive educational programs, Portlanders of all ages can get in on the action, lights, and maybe even the camera.
Brody Theater’s battle-tested improv artists throw themselves onstage and embrace unscripted chaos, creating hilarious shows for eager audiences. Friday's 8 p.m. slot is often occupied by "Micetro" or "Theatresports," both competitive improv-offs where observers offer suggestions to build the scenes from scratch. Sixteen improv gladiators stride in to "Micetro," which runs through March 25, but only one rises victorious after the audience votes their numbers down to a one-on-one joke duel. "Theatresports" splits performers into two teams who issue challenges to each other, using audience suggestions to out-funny their opponents. Unlike "Micetro," "Theatresports" is scored by Brody's judges, to whom the audience should direct boos and marriage proposals. Crowds can carbo-load their chuckle muscles with a selection of food and drinks, including wraps (starting at $6), beers (starting at $2.75), and wine (starting at $4).