In a town that is mostly lacking in good dance clubs, Holocene stands out as a place that welcomes just about anyone who wants to shake a leg to good music. The vast space is divided in to rooms and sunken areas with most nights having a theme, so it's always good to check their calendar first. Bands tend to be eclectic or experimental, whereas DJs crank up dance beats most nights. Their bar is known for mixing cool cocktails, but being that the place is so popular, it's always best to order your second one while still working on the first. Holocene is overall a good place to see and be seen.
This theater is housed in a building that is the first in the region to be registered in the National Register of Historic Places. It has also attained the LEED Platinum status but has also been featured in Forbes Magazine's list of greenest buildings in United States. Currently it houses the Portland Center Stage theater company. Free tours of the theater are arranged on the first and third Saturdays of each month and it can also be rented out for events like social gathering or performances. Portland Center Stage at the Armory is the place to be for theater enthusiasts while in the city. The repertoire of the ensemble at this theater is fresh and entertaining giving something for the fans to look forward to.
Situated in the Goose Hollow locale of Portland, Providence Park is one of the city's premier sports arenas, seating an excess of 25,218 eager spectators. The home of the MLS soccer side Portland Timbers since 2011, the stadium was designated as a sports venue has been called numerous names in the past, with Jeld-Wen Field, PG&E Park, and Civic Stadium being a few of its most popular monikers. The arena was originally built in the year 1893 and has undergone a multitude of changes, with its current avatar sporting sloping seating blocks, slick pitches, and modern amenities. A true multipurpose facility, the stadium has hosted everything from outdoor concerts, music festivals and baseball games throughout its illustrious history.
Disjecta has transformed the defunct bowling alley at North Interstate Avenue into a fabulous center for contemporary performing and visual arts. The center encompasses artists' studios, exhibition space, an indoor performance venue, and outdoor space for performances and installation-based exhibitions. Through the support and organization of various programs that encourage collaboration between artists and interaction with audiences, the center has created a veritable haven for the contemporary arts in Portland. Disjecta features exhibitions and performances showcasing local and national artists, both established and newcomers.
The Wonder Ballroom is housed in a historic building that dates back to the year 1914, but restoration work has secured its popularity as an entertainment venue. Besides hosting a wide range of live musical and theatrical performances, it can also be rented for corporate gatherings and private occasions. Currently, it has the whopping capacity to hold 778 people. Besides the professional stage and technical set-up, it has a full bar and offers catering services.
Hawthorne Theatre is a fantastic concert venue, located in the city of Portland. The theater regularly features bands of various genres, including punk, metal, rock, reggae and country, who hit the stage and enthrall audiences. The ambiance at the Hawthorne is energetic and music lovers are sure to enjoy the sheer vivacity of it all. World famous bands such as Candlemass, God Forbid, Dark Tranquility, Soilent Green, Cryptopsy, Kataklysm have performed live here. Order for a light meal or drink, from the well-stocked bar in case you get hungry.
Up for a laugh? Check out one of the comedy experiences at The Siren Theater. Shows such as RIP City Comedy Night, D&D Sketch Comedy, That's What She Said: Spring Queening! and Lez Stand Up: Valentines Day is for Queers! play here. Owned by comedy troupe Bad Reputation Productions, it fulfills their need for an available space for comedy performances in Portland.
A theater that has been an inseparable part of the city since the early 1900s, the Star Theater has transformed through the ages, yet preserving its key essence of being a place that provides entertainment and culture to the city's residents. From opening as a silent movie house in 1911, to becoming a live burlesque theater in the 1940s, to transforming into an adult entertainment theater in the 1960s to 1970s, and briefly housing a few nightclubs in the decades that followed, the Star Theater has always been a place of entertainment. By 2011, the theater again had gone several modifications and changes to be opened as a live performance venue, thus continuing the theater's historic existence.
p:ear is the collaborative effort of Justin Oswald, Beth Burns, Joy Cartier and Pippa Arend. Founded in 2002, it stands for project: education, art, recreation. It is a kind of community center for the youth between the ages of 15 to 24, who are homeless or are in an unstable environment. This facility aims to foster a conclusive relationship with them through various educational and mentoring activities that are creative. The safe and positive setting of this center helps these kids to forge strong relationships and bring a stability in their lives. From training, clothing to physical welfare and education, their needs are met by this institution. They also offer arts, music, recreational and other programs where these individuals can hone their skills. p:ear’s also hosts art exhibitions and live performances regularly. It is available on rent as well for events.