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 non-profit theater was founded in 1982 and is run by local actors. You will find both premiere productions and well-known works by artists. Most of the works presented in this small theater focus on contemporary issues. A highlight of the Artists Repertory Theatre is the Spotlight Program, which is a collaboration with elementary schools. The actors script a two character play, which highlights the participating children's talents. The plays are put up on the main stage with original music, and is open to all at no charge.
Situated in the Goose Hollow locale of Portland, Providence Park is one of the city's premier sports arenas, seating an excess of 22,000 eager spectators. The home of the MLS soccer side Portland Timbers since 2011, the stadium was designated as a sports venue since 1926 and 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.
This theater is named in honor of the celebrated and renowned Bob and Diana Gerding, for their efforts and contribution for the community. It has managed to strike a fine balance between modern age technology and retaining the heritage value. Being the first to be registered in the National Register of Historic Places, it has not only 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.
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. Admission to the galleries and art exhibitions incurs no cost, however ticket purchase may be required for performances and special events.
If you are in the mood for seeing less traditional performances than the odes of Shakespeare or the musicals of Bernstein, enjoy an evening at the Imago Theater for some drama, acrobatics, mime, music and more. This Portland theater company always puts on a modern, open-to-interpretation show. The theater space, which adds an historical element to the modern pieces, is located in an area of the city that could be described as industrial.
Opened in 1890, the Paris Theater was initially a cinema, a music venue and now it has been converted into a nightclub with a live music venue. After undergoing renovations, this place was open to the people and has been designed quite stylishly with artistic decor and dim lights which add charm to the place. The club has a stage for live music performances and a huge bar which serves amazing cocktails and drinks. A place worth visiting to enjoy the live performance and have a good time with your friends.
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.