As you continue to wait patiently for your vaccine, spice up your life with our picks for online events through March 31, from a Portland Center Stage production of Wine in the Wilderness to a Micro-Opera Festival, and from a reading with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to a surreal performance from Linda Austin Dance. Now is also a good time to catch up on this year's Oscar-nominated films you haven't seen yet.
MONDAY, MARCH 22
Connect in Place: What Does Democracy Require?
How can we move beyond vague calls for unity and toward a more concrete strategy for democracy in a post-pandemic US? Politics and religion professor David Gutterman will grapple with that question in this online event with Oregon Humanities.
Collide-O-Scope: Super Show!
After a monthlong hiatus, the cavalcade of curated video delights that is Collide-O-Scope will return with a digital show that press materials say will leave you "gobsmacked, giddy, and gasping from laughter."
TUESDAY, MARCH 23
Virtual Masterworks Series
The Portland Symphonic Choir will welcome Russian American conductor Elena Sharkova as part of their guest concert series.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Douglas Kearney
Poet and opera composer Douglas Kearney (look out for his upcoming Wave Books collection, Sho) will deliver this year's Bagley Wright Lecture on "the conflation of violence and entertainment" in American culture, from badman folklore to postcards of lynchings, through examples of poetry.
READINGS & TALKS
Powell's Books Presents Kale Williams in Conversation With Jon Mooallem
Melt into the real-life story of a polar bear abandoned by its mother at the Columbus Zoo and raised by humans, as told in Oregonian reporter Kale Williams's The Loneliest Polar Bear, which also pays significant attention to the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world. The author will sit down virtually with journalist Jon Mooallem for this Powell's event.
THURSDAY, MARCH 25
Joy Harjo: American Sunrise
With nine poetry collections, a memoir, and several plays and children's books under her belt (not to mention four albums—she's an accomplished saxophonist), US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will read some recently published poems featured in American Sunrise, as well as excerpts from her aforementioned 2012 memoir, Crazy Brave.
An Ansel Adams in Our Time Exhibition Primer
Drs. Rebecca Senf and Julia Dolan will pump you up for the upcoming Portland Art Museum exhibit Ansel Adams in Our Time, which highlights a retrospective of work by the influential landscape photographer.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26
PCSO Percussion and Friends Featuring Michael Charles Smith
Take in renditions of Mozart's haunting Lacrimosa and Edward Elgar's Nimrod from the Portland Columbia Symphony, along with a piece by PCSO's own Michael Charles Smith and Ney Rosauro's virtuosic Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Percussion.
THEATER & PERFORMANCE
Two Black men, Ishmael and Keith, relive their respective stories of childhood abuse in what press materials describe as a "multi-sensory, multimedia, post-traumatic story." Note that half of the performances in this run are reserved for Black and Brown audience members only, so be sure to purchase tickets accordingly if you're not a BIPOC viewer.
Wine in the Wilderness
In Alice Childress's 1969 play, a male painter struggles to complete a triptych depicting his vision of Black womanhood as riots fill the streets of Harlem. Hamilton Resident Director Tiffany Nichole Greene leads this Portland Center Stage production.
SUNDAY, MARCH 28
Tiger Queens: The Tiger King Musical
Remember TikTok's crowd-sourced, community-written musical adaptation of Pixar's Ratatouille at the start of the year? No? Well, it was a hit, and Netflix is producing a redux inspired by their insanely popular and chaotic original documentary series Tiger King on its first anniversary, which will also include appearances from a few Drag Race favorites (Kim Chi, Willam, and Heidi N Closet will take on the roles of Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic, and a tiger, respectively). Catch Tiger Queens on Netflix's TikTok account.
TUESDAY, MARCH 30
READINGS & TALKS
Brian David Johnson in Conversation With Cory Doctorow
Over the span of his quarter-century career, acclaimed "futurist" Brian David Johnson has put his decision-making skills to use helping governments, companies, and individuals plan ahead for the uncertain future. Join the professional prognosticator for an online presentation of his new self-help book, The Future You, with Powell's and Canadian British blogger Cory Doctorow.
Can you guess the genre of local author Emmeline Duncan's new novel, Fresh Brewed Murder? You're correct, it's a juicy whodunnit. The author will be joined by a trio of fellow mystery writers Ellie Alexander, Alicia Beckman, and Angela M. Sanders.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31
National Geographic Live—mysterious Seas
Marine biologists David Gruber and Diva Amon will introduce you to the creatures that live in the depths of the ocean in this National Geographic presentation.
READINGS & TALKS
Jonathan Meiburg in Conversation With Michael Azerrad
Almost 200 years after Charles Darwin recorded a passing interest in a species of mischievous birds called striated caracaras, Jonathan Meiburg decided to solve the mystery of their confinement to the remote islands of South America in his book A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey. Join him for a virtual talk with Powell's.
Goldmund Quartet: Europe’s Rising Stars
Chamber music globetrotters the Goldmund Quartet will grace the Chamber Music Northwest digital stage with revived works by Puccini, Strauss, and Schubert.
(Through March 27)
One Voice Project Micro-Opera Festival
Composer Lisa Neher and Librettist Kendra Leonard present this weeklong festival of five-minute world-premiere operas—perfect for those of us who love fine art but whose attention spans have been jettisoned by the digital age.
Protocol: Episode 1
Phil Johnson's "Afro-futurist sci-fi audio thriller" produced by Portland Center Stage takes place aboard the space cruiser Elegua IV, where the crew members are thrust into a situation that threatens their mission to preserve humanity.
(Through March 31)
THEATER & PERFORMANCE
Performance Works NW || Linda Austin Dance
Inspired by the work of surrealist artists Gertrude Abercrombie and Leonora Carrington and the "uncanny fictive spaces" in the writings of Jen George, Linda Austin and Allie Hankins's online movement performance promises "dance, song, shadows, onions, a hyena, and more."
Curious how ballet and performance play into social justice work? Tune in to two panel discussions with as-yet-unannounced locals on the Oregon Ballet Theatre's streaming platform.
(March 16 & 30)