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Best Performing Arts in Portland

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Formerly known as the Civic Auditorium, the Keller Auditorium is the place to enjoy first-class theater and music. It is a member of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Band lovers can listen to the smooth sounds of talented musicians like the Boston Brass; theater fans can enjoy timeless plays like Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies; and classical music lovers can listen to the talented Oregon Symphony perform masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and others.

Dating back to 1927, the "Schnitz," as referred to by the locals, is a Portland treasure. Part of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and home to the Oregon Symphony, it was overhauled in the 1980s and now provides a multitude of amenities. The concert hall seats 2,776 people with an upper and lower balcony for special views. Visit the concession stand for sandwiches, drinks and a selection of beer or wine. Located off the lobby is a gift shop offering a wide selection of Oregon Symphony merchandise that includes recordings.

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.

Previously known as the Geller Theater, Aladdin Theater was reborn as an exciting venue for a variety of top-name entertainers. Though most of the acts are musicians in pop, new country, ethnic, blues and folk music, you will also find the occasional comedy act. This fun and intimate venue rocks plenty, but it does not forget to offer roomy, theater-style seating. Order pizza when your hunger calls. It is perfect with the wine and microbrews served alongside the entertainment.

Built in 1911, formerly Lincoln High School, this 475 seat venue, is home to the Portland State University's music and theater departments and the Portland State Opera Theater. The venue is complete with an auditorium, a studio theater and a practice room. The architecture reflects the classical style with high regal columns and balconies. In 1975, the auditorium and stage were renovated and ever since it has become a central location for the university's performing arts. Piano recitals, opera and theater performances are regular events at this venue.

Theater Of The Clouds is set within the Moda Center. It features floor-to-ceiling curtains and an acoustic cloud. The spectacular cloud panels boost sound absorption, thereby reducing noise control problems. They can also be adjusted to create a custom-tailored acoustic environment for each individual performance. Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Chicago, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, The Cure, The Moody Blues and Tony Bennett have all taken a walk in the clouds!

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