Since debuting in 1989, the Oregon Ballet Theatre has built its reputation on two seemingly opposed elements: strict balletic classicism and newly commissioned works. Now the theatre enters a new era under artistic director Kevin Irving, whose background spans both classical and contemporary performances. As a dancer, Irving appeared with scores of companies, including the Alvin Ailey Training Ensemble and Elisa Monte Dance Company. In 1994, he retired from the stage to take a position as ballet master and head of the artistic department with Nacho Duato?s Compa?ia Nacional de Danza in Spain. Irving looks to take the Oregon Ballet Theatre to new heights, riffing off rave reviews from the Oregonian's Bob Hicks, who wrote that the theatre's Swan Lake is ?a work of sumptuous geometric balances that echo the story's mirror-image theme.?
Ecopalooza unites fashion, wine, and jazz in a symphony of sun-fueled fundraising at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The entirely solar-powered festival begins with a stylish eco-fashion show showcasing sustainable dud designs. As local wineries and breweries pour samples of their artisanal tipples, a lineup of jazz virtuosos, including two-time Grammy winner Shannon Sanders with R & B saxophonists Patrick Lamb and Devin Phillips, will trounce across the stage in a whirlwind of syncopation. Prolific Motown drummer Mel Brown, whose beats have accompanied Diana Ross and The Temptations, will also tickle festival-goers’ gray matter as he rhythmically taps out Morse-code instructions for harnessing the sun’s rays to power eco-friendly dog sleds. Proceeds from the concert will join donations from concert sponsor Bonneville Environmental Foundation and their Solar 4R Schools program to install solar panels in a Portland high school.
When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
For 30 years, The Bite of Oregon has rolled out its tents, tables, and stages every summer for a multiday celebration of the state?s food, culture, and residents. Attendees raise their forks to the idea that ?Life Tastes Better Here,? a mantra the festival lives up to by offering a culinary bounty crafted by some of Oregon?s most talented chefs. From small plates to full meals, vendors distribute their creations and, in between bites, regional wines and craft beers splash both new and familiar flavors across palates. As visitors wine and dine, local and national bands provide the soundtrack from multiple stages.
Demonstrating its respect for the community, The Bite of Oregon strives to be a Zero Waste event, each year producing less waste by lining its grounds with recycling stations and hiring unemployed goats to eat everyone?s napkins.
The North Meets South Food & Drink Jubilee brings together local and national wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants for a weekend of delicious activities in an elegant atmosphere. Pepper your palate with complimentary samples of delicious edibles and intoxicating imbibements from national and international vendors— including Southern Oregon Brewing, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Enchanted Cupcakes, and Whole Foods Market—as well as talented regional chefs.
Portland musicians bask in peer recognition while fans savor celebrity appearances and thrilling performances at The Portland Music Awards, a red-carpet event championing the best of the Northwest music scene. Resembling the Grammy Awards without the pig Latin acceptance speeches, the PMAs grace the historic environs of the Crystal Ballroom to disperse 22 awards in categories honoring genres, clubs, radio stations, and record stores, and a lineup of musical acts and celebrity appearances peppers the evening with songs, jokes, and Portland pride. The show showcases an eclectic lineup of acts, from Kandles at Nine with Deen Castronovo from Journey, as well as founding Heart guitarist Roger Fisher and “867-5309/Jenny” instigators Tommy Tutone. Hot-shot celebrities, including Daniel Baldwin, comedian Dax Jordan, and Bethy Rossos also appear in the three-hour show, which is broadcast live on Freedom 970 AM and taped in HD for a later television broadcast. The PMAs are voted on by the public and by genre professionals, unlike the Grammys or VMAs, which just throw a bingo marker into a room of buttered weasels.