Pacific University Lu’au, the return of ‘Hamilton,’ more: 10 things to do this week

Stage shows are in full spring swing with several dance and music events highlighted this week. We’ve also got some family-friendly events including a gem show, the return of the Pacific University Hawaiian lu’au, and an exhibit of artistic theater set design hosted by the Portland Chinatown Museum.

Although the state-wide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website venue information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Who can make a freestyle rap song out of an audience-suggested word, like … “suitcase”? Tony Award-winning producers Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Steingart and Jill Furman present the national tour of this nonstop blend of hip-hop, improvisational theater, music and comedy. The 90-minute show is created nightly based on audience suggestions. The cast builds on the original idea created in 2004, well before Miranda’s “In the Heights” and “Hamilton” took to stages. Portland audiences will see Andrew Bancroft, Jay C. Ellis, Kaila Mullady, Dizzy Senze and others.

Opens 7:30 pm Friday, April 8, continues various dates and times through May 1, US Bank Main Stage, The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave.; tickets $25-$92 with some pay-what-you-will performances;

The three-day Gem Faire will be held at the Westside Commons in Hillsboro. Oregonian file photo. LC- Kristyna Wentz-Graff


Explore fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals and fossils during this three-day show. Importers and wholesalers will offer a range of items including loose gems, bead strands, finished jewelry and accessories. Jewelry repair and ring sizing also available.

Noon-6 pm Friday, 10 am-6 pm Saturday, 10 am-5 pm Sunday, Westside Commons (formerly the Washington County Fairgrounds), 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro; $7 good for the entire weekend;

Oregon Ballet Theatre: “Dreamland”

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s physical exploration into REM territory begins with Toronto-based choreographer Matjash Mrozewski’s “The Lost Dance” evoking a David Lynchian world populated by seven lusty figures in an eerie ballroom. Trey McIntyre choreographs the otherworldly piece “In Dreams” to the haunting ballads of Roy Orbison. Last, Australian choreographer-ballet star Danielle Rowe presents “Dreamland,” inspired by a chilling nightmare we can all relate to.

7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, April 8-10, Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, tickets $29-$103,

-Libby Molyneaux | For The Oregonian/Oregon Live

A&E best bets

Performance artist Darius Wallace visits Portland as a guest of the Portland Chamber Orchestra.

“My Words Are My Sword”

Portland Chamber Orchestra hosts a world premiere by performance artist Darius Wallace as he offers story, monologue, poetry and song as it “addresses current issues with the buried history of Black bravery and excellence.” Wallace worked with Portland composer Jasnam Daya Singh to create this event that will feature jazz, hip-hop and traditional classical styles.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, St. Andrew Catholic Church, 806 NE Alberta St., and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6700 NE 29th Ave.; tickets $15-$40;

A Single Pink Cloud

Performance Works NorthWest presents a dance event inspired by surrealist painters, weaving movement, objects, words and songs into playful and sometimes unlikely pairings and combinations. The performance is part of an ongoing collaboration between Portland dancers and creators Linda Austin and Allie Hankins.

Opens 8 pm Friday, April 8 and continues Thursdays-Sundays through April 17, Performance Works NW, 4625 SE 67th Ave; sliding-scale admission $12-$25; Thursday performance will be livestreamed;

Hawaiian fire dancers perform

Pacific University’s Hawaii Club fire dance performance from 2015. Oregonian file photo. LC- The Oregonian

Pacific University Lu’au and Ho’ike

Pacific University in Forest Grove will once again offer its annual lu’au meal featuring roasted pig, chicken long rice, poi, haupia and coconut cake. The event also includes an evening of Polynesian dance, music and other entertainment. Limited tickets are available to the public. Proceeds benefit the Students of Hawai’i Club.

4:30-6 pm dinner, show only 6:30 pm Saturday, April 9, on campus, Stoller Center, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove; show-only tickets start at $30, dinner/show tickets $35-$41;

“Seven Last Words from the Cross”

Cantores in Ecclesia presents James MacMillan and One Equal Music in a concert of choral music reflecting on the dying statements of Christ as recorded in the gospels. The piece is played in seven movements, and draws on traditional sources including Scottish funeral laments, and the ceremonies of Holy Week. The Portland performance is the North American premiere of the work.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, St. Philip Neri Church, Southeast 16th Avenue at Division Street; tickets $20-$25; or 800-838-3006.


Sure, you’ve probably already streamed it on Disney+, but now you can see the award-winning musical live as Broadway Across America’s touring production returns to Portland. The musical retelling of major portions of America’s founding days has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. (The 2018 production won over even The Oregonian/OregonLive’s most skeptical critics.)

Various days and times Wednesday, April 13 – Sunday, May 1, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $59; Most shows have sold out. Check resellers for ticket options.

(How to watch “Hamilton” on Disney Plus: you can watch Hamilton, and more from the Disney library, on Disney+ for $8 a month. For more choices, you can also get a package that includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for $20 a month.)

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic

Clark County poet laureate Armin Tolentino, author of the 2019 collection “We Meant to Bring it Home Alive” and recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, is the special guest at this monthly open mic poetry event. Christopher Luna and Morgan Paige host. All ages welcome.

7 pm Thursday, April 14, Art at the Cave, 108 E. Evergreen Blvd; $5 suggested donation;

set design image featuring branches and trees surrounding a sleeping image in a bed

“Sleeping Beauty” set design by Carey Wong.Image courtesy of Portland Chinatown Museum

“The World Transformed”

The Portland Chinatown Museum hosts a new exhibition of original artwork by theatrical designer Carey Wong. The show features 16 scenic designs and set models spanning four decades of work in theater. Wong’s work has been seen in work he created for Portland Opera and Portland Center Stage. The exhibit includes text panels that explain each design and include research images and production photographs.

On view during museum hours Fridays-Sundays, through Sept. 10. Timed entry tickets are required in advance $8;

– If you have live or virtual events you’d like to see highlighted at or in the weekly printed A&E section of The Oregonian, please email submissions to [email protected] at least three weeks prior to the start of your event. Digital images or links to videos are helpful.

—Rosemarie Stein [email protected]

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