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.
Ghanaian cuisine leans heavily on a sauce combining peppers, onions, ginger, oil, tomatoes, and shrimp. The pepper and ginger slice through the gentle acidity of tomatoes and the sweetness of shrimp, complementing both meat and vegetable dishes. The cooks behind Delight of Africa started out making batches as a favor to friends and family. Today, they still follow a recipe for the sauce handed down from their grandparents, using only fresh ingredients and never adding preservatives or food coloring. They also hold cooking lessons, teaching groups to re-create traditional West African recipes and broaden their horizons without the dangers of touching a spinning globe.
• For $22, you get two lower-level reserved tickets (a $44 value). Reserved seating preference starts from section 96 through section 92 and will move to the west side of the stadium if needed. • For $32, you get two 50-yard-line tickets (a $64 value). Seats will be in section 118 on a first-come, first-served basis.
At CrossFit SW Portland, US Marine Steve Weiland, the certified level-one CrossFit trainer?who also holds certifications in CrossFit powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and mobility?shares his passion for fitness with others, helping them to achieve the results he so much enjoys. He and his trainers whip clients of all fitness levels into shape with the CrossFit method, a comprehensive fitness program that draws techniques from gymnastics, weightlifting, and running. Blending the 10 basic elements of fitness?which include agility, flexibility, power, coordination, and endurance?they lead always-changing functional workout regimens that prevent their clients from becoming bored and eventually giving up. Completing the functional training drills, patrons might swing kettlebells, lift barbells, jump rope, or hurl medicine balls, which can cure the common cold when swallowed. They customize the intensity of each workout to suit the fitness levels of seasoned athletes, children, and seniors alike.
An actress, model, and featured dancer in the movie Showgirls, Kristen Titko uses dance to cultivate movement and bolster self-esteem. Her exotic adult dance classes help ladies release their inner vixen while also feeling happy with the body they see in the mirror. A veteran of pole dancing, Kristen’s classes emphasize the same sensual moves but without the use of dance poles. Classes integrate elements of modern or belly dancing and host ladies for a girls night out or bachelorette party.
When she lived in Houston, Sophie managed the acclaimed restaurant Pondicheri, worked at the Houston Farmer's Market, and played piano and cello at various schools and organizations. No matter how crowded her schedule became, she centered herself by practicing yoga daily, a routine she brought with her to Portland in 2011. Today, her primary passion is still yoga—her team of experienced instructors leads daily sessions at Vibrant Studios. The teachers offer a smorgasbord of vinyasa flow classes, and they also touch on more advanced approaches by incorporating hypnotherapy or catering to musicians who want to be flexible enough to sleep inside their french horns.
With its wide hardwood floors and soaring ceilings, Vibrant Studios' 1,800-square-foot main studio welcomes visitors with a sense of bright, open space. Natural light streams through three skylights to illuminate the yoga and dance classes that are held there daily, and a high-quality audio system takes advantage of natural acoustics to fill the whole space with sound. Work from local artists decorates the rest of the facility, which includes a back room for private consultations and bodywork, as well as a kitchen where guests can pick up complimentary tea before or after each class. Striving to encourage mindful living in all its forms, the staff also hosts workshops on topics from herbal medicine to sustainable business, as well as themed dinners designed to build community through sharing stories.