Before it mutated into a weaponized haze of reality shows, MTV aired a novelty known as the music video. These bite-sized works of art, which married pop songs to striking imagery, revolutionized the entertainment industry and ushered in an era of music known as “new wave.” For the task of curating and introducing these fresh sounds and flamboyant sights to audiences, MTV even created its own version of the disc jockey—the VJ.
Though MTV has sent its stable of video jockeys out to pasture, VJ Kittyrox carries the pastel, shoulder-padded torch of Adam Curry and Nina Blackwood as she masterminds the 80s Video Dance Attack. For the last eleven years, this popular shindig has united generations of Portlandians with its five-hour feast of '80s-centric sensation. Across 10-foot screens, VJ Kittyrox projects classic videos from artists such as Duran Duran and Michael Jackson as audiences of Breakfast Clubbers and Pretty in Pinkers perfect their cabbage patch, running man, and Pat Benatar shimmies. A bombastic, thumping sound system and a dazzling light show accentuate the time warp as audiences deck themselves in '80s garb and shake away memories of unsolved rubik’s cubes.
Portland Opera has always set its collective eyes on the horizon. Since filling the gaps left by touring troupes and sporadically performing local companies in 1964, it has endeavored to expand the art form on the stage and beyond. Twenty years after its inception, it became just the second company in the US to project English translations of foreign lyrics above the stage, enabling audiences to leave their Italian dictionaries at home. The company also pushes the boundaries of the shows themselves, staging world premiers of classic stories such as Wuthering Heights, commissioning the work Lucy's Lapses, and producing the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Orphée. Not to be contained within one performance space, it also established Portland Opera To Go, a touring division that performs works such as Cinderella and La Bohème at schools and community centers.
Although Portland Chamber Orchestra's founding conductor Boris Sirpo may have had rather traditional tastes, much has changed since those nascent 1947 days. Under the baton of Yaacov Bergman, the ensemble's modern incarnation emphasizes a more experimental approach, spicing up programs of Beethoven and Brahms classics by pairing them with more multimedia arts or replacing the violins with air horns. So a concert of Haydn and Mozart might be spiked with a world premiere from Jan Jirasek, and a Halloween-themed performance of Liszt classics might find new life by joining a retelling of Frankenstein from the monster's perspective.
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Whether you're ultra feminine or super casual, this store offers women everything they want when it comes to their closets.
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Ample parking is available in the area.
Whether you love thrillers or romantic comedies, Wunderland in Gresham has a movie in theaters for you to enjoy.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this theater, it's no different.
Bring the whole clan to this theater — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Drive ins aren't just for fast food restaurants! Make a visit to the drive-in theater and watch a movie conveniently from your car.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.