Short takes…arts news of note Sept 13

JD’S BLUES/GRASS SESSIONS are the third Saturday of each month at Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St., 5:30 to 10 pm. A family-friendly event hosted by guitarist/songwriter Jeff Dawson, with original tunes and a song jam session for folks to sit in on too. Other music at Jade includes Barlow Pass, Fri, September 13,at 6 pm and Jaime Leopold’s “Salon De Musique” Mon, September 23, at 7 pm. 503.236.4998 .


PORTLAND SINGS! COMMUNITY SINGALONG – Sunday Sept. 22, Mark Bosnian leads participants in songs from Motown, pop, rock, folk, soul, to blues, country, Broadway, jazz, etc. For a digital lyric book, email: . Admission sliding scale $5-$10. 3 – 5 pm at TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont St. 503.238.3904.


KNOCK, KNOCK! IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOR –– An evening of heartfelt, honest, true, bizarre and quirky stories of neighborly interactions told by members of the community, Tuesday, September 17 at Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. at 7 pm. It’s an imaginative project from the fine folks at SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. Proceeds benefit a partnering of neighborhoods with artists to create new ways of engaging communities. Tickets at for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Hosted by Courtenay Hameister of Live Wire! Radio, The Jackalope Saints will shake up the place after the storytelling portion of the program, celebrating their new disc, Illuminations of the Mystery Tradition. ( For more, see .


THE JOY NOW ARTS PROJECT is a music, dance and performance program for youth aged 5-18 taught by members of the MarchFourth Marching Band. Be a part of an experience of a lifetime and perform in places you’ve only dreamed of. Registration is open for this after school program with a performance program for teens, a Kids Circus for youth and lots more. See for info.


FATHER/SON ORGAN DUO – Jonas and Chris Nordwall will raise the roof of Tabor Heights United Methodist Church, 6161 SE Stark St., Sunday, September 15, 4 pm. Admission is free and the music will go from Renaissance to Ragtime. A free-will offering for the musicians will be collected. Info at 503.232.8500. .


POP ART PINUP is a photography studio inspired by past famous pinup images. First Friday, September 6, the public is invited to visit the studio from 6 to 9 pm, view new photographs and illustrations by guest artist Seamus Patrick Burke, who offers sketch portrait sessions during the event. Cupcakes provided by Hungry Heart Cupcakes. The studio is at 211 SE Madison. See .


STAND UP OR SHUT UP,  a weekly showcase featuring local funny people, as well as hilarious comedian vagrants from out of town is at Milepost 5. The evening is hosted by comedian Matt Styner every Thursday night, 8:30 pm at Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave. (on the corner of NE 82nd and Oregon St.). Admission is pay what you can.


DO JUMP PHYSICAL THEATRE fall term begins September 9 at The Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th Ave., offering classes in Baby Circus, Into the Air, Adult Trapeze & Acro, Parent/Child Circus Boot Camp, Tissu, and more. Sign up at or call 503.231.1232.


PDX VOX A CAPPELLA meets Sept 16. It’s a singing program for folks who love pop music and want to improve their singing. There are no auditions and the program runs for 13 weeks. Instructors present tips on vocal blending, singing technique and music theory, Friday from 10 am – noon at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St. Evening groups are offered too. See or contact Marie at 503.238.5331.


KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Manuel Puig premieres September 5 in its musical form from Triangle Productions at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. Margie Boulé stars as the Spider Woman, with Bobby Ryan, Matthew Storm, Ron Harman and others. Thursdays-Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, tickets available online at NOTE: This show contains strong language, situations and nudity.


Short takes…arts news of note Sept 13

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