Nights Watching ‘Cabaret’, ‘Dragons Love Tacos’, and Lan Su Lantern: 11 Activities You Can Do This Week

The winter recreation season is in full force and indoor activities dominate the bucket list this week. Several open plays including “Cabaret” and “Snapshots”, a scrapbook of popular musicals. It’s also the season for Lunar New Year celebrations with more to come as we head into February.

Although the indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has been lifted statewide, some venues or artists still have restrictions. Check location websites for information on specific COVID safety requirements.

Stumptown Stages “Cabaret”

Life is a cabaret, an old friend, and Stumptown Stages is bringing it to the Winningstad stage this winter. The award-winning, long-running Broadway musical set in 1930s Berlin during the twilight of the Jazz Age features songs including “Wilkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” and the title number . “nightclub”.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 20 and runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through February 12, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $27.25-$52.25;

Jenny Conley

December’s Jenny Conley Drizzos is one of the featured performers at the Darkside Gala this weekend. Oregonian file photo. LC- Oregonian

2023 Chinese New Year celebration

The Portland Chinese Times welcomes the golden bunny and the promise of the new year. The annual fair showcases both traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities including lion dance, folk dances, instrumental music, calligraphy performances, martial arts performances, and children’s games.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 21, Oregon Convention Center, 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Street; $8

“The Americans”

The theater company PETE presents a co-production with Historic Alberta home where PETE meets an American theme in the forms of movement, stand-up, and jazz. Troops will combine high-contrast photography, audio, and video to explore American reality. Take a look at the Silent Generation and the counterculture of 1959 to better understand the country’s current moment.

Opens at 7:30 PM on Saturday, January 21, and continues at 7:30 PM Wednesday through Sunday through February 4, Alberta House, 5131 NE 23rd Ave.; tickets $5 to $50;

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Art Battle comes to Portland to participate in a live art making competition. Image courtesy of Art Battle

Art battle

Portland’s first technical fight The event will feature 12 artists in a live creative art competition – think “Master Chef” but with paint. Artists compete in 20-minute rounds surrounded by an audience while a DJ keeps the energy flowing. Watch blank canvases transform into masterpieces before your eyes. The champion of this round goes to the regional finals and then potentially advances to the national finals. Come cheer on your favorite artist and mingle with other creative minds in the community.

6 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, JaJaPDX, 819 SE Taylor St. ; admission $15 – $20;

Concert for the winners of the National Young Artists Competition 2022

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomes the public to its annual concert featuring the gold medal winners of the National Young Artists Competition. The program will feature New Jersey violinist Laurentia Wu performing bassoonist Preston Atkins of Iowa’s Jean Sibelius performing Kar Maria von Weber’s “Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra” by Carr Maria von Weber, and pianist Unwin Deng of Penn State’s “Concerto in Minor for Two Pianos” and Orchestra” by Robert Schumann. The second half of the program will feature Salvador Broughton conducting the VSO in a performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

7 PM on Saturday, January 21, 3 PM on Sunday, January 22, Sky View Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th Street, Vancouver; $53 tickets;

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Oregon Children’s Theater presents “Dragons Love Tacos” in January and February 2023.Owen Curry

Dragons love tacos.

Oregon Children’s Theater lights up the stage with the theatrical version of the New York Times bestselling children’s book by Adam Rubin. Be prepared to laugh out loud and dance in your seat during this hour-long ode to hungry dragons.

Opens 2-5pm Sunday, January 22, and continues at 2-5pm Saturday, 11am-2pm Sunday-February 19, Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $22-$45;

Oregon Sinfonietta Concert

Donald Appert conducts the symphony, which has nearly 70 members for its Winter Concert. The program includes works by Meyer, Schumann, and Hamill and features soloist Jeffrey Snyder.

3 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 SE Market St. Free, but donations are encouraged;

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Chamber music friends welcome Danish String Quartet.Image courtesy of FOCM

Danish String Quartet

Friends of Chamber Music presents the Danish group in a program that includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Britten, Mozart, and folk songs. Each performance features a different programme. See the website for details.

7:30 p.m., Monday through Tuesday, January 23-24, Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave.; tickets $32-$57;

“Shots” – Broadway Rose Theater Company

Something is not – “Wicked” (but from the same composer) comes to Tigard. Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the music and lyrics for “Godspell” and “Pippin’,” and contributed songs to the Disney films “Pocahontas” and “Enchanted,” created this intimate portrait of a couple reminiscing about their marriage. A “musical scrapbook”, which is “part theatrical and part musical book”, is what Schwartz describes as “snapshots”. To go along with the new story, Schwartz reworked the lyrics to “Popular” (“Wicked”), “No Time At All” (“Pippin'”) and other memorable numbers from his show treasury.

Previews 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26th. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 27 and runs at various dates and times through February 19. New Broadway Rose Theatre, 12850 SW Grant Ave., Tigard; tickets $20 to $50;

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Yeer of a tiger in the Chinese Lan Su Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden presents lantern display events from January to February 2023. File photo of The Oregonian. Mark Graves/The Oregonian

Lan Su Chinese Garden Lantern Show

One of the most popular Lunar New Year events in Portland returns to Lan Su Gardens. The nightly celebration includes after-watches, cultural performances, live performances, and family activities. Tickets for entry are on time and must be reserved in advance. Many nights sell out.

Opens at 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, January 26, and runs in the evening Thursday through Sunday through February 5, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St.; admission $15 – $45;

Red, yellow and blue tapestry artwork

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art hosts a show of work by both local and international artists, Weaving Data. This work was written by Ahmad Faiq Gautama.

texture data

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art kicks off 2023 with an exhibition featuring works by national and international artists Faig Ahmed, April Pei, Jovencio de La Paz, Ahri Lee, Kayla Mathis, Shelly Sokolowski, Joanne Trakenbrod, Fu Fu, and Sarah Wurtsberger. Weaving Data explores the intersection of fabric, technology, gender, race, and class norms.

The show starts on Tuesday, January 24th. Artist Reception is 5-9 p.m. Thursday, January 26, and remains on view during museum hours through April 29 at JSMA on PSU’s campus, 1855 SW Broadway; Free admission;

– If you have live or virtual events, you may want to feature them in or in the weekly printed A&E section of The Oregonian Please email applications to At least three weeks before the start of your event. Digital photos or links to videos are helpful.

– Rosemary Stein

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