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Portland Center for the Performing Arts – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR

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1-(503)-248-4335

Website:
www.portland5.com/

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David Sedaris

Solo Performance,Signing/Readings,Comedy

Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. David Sedaris' wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs. One of six children in a second-generation Greek family, he grew up in Raleigh, NC. In 1977, he dropped out of Kent State University to hitchhike around the country. Aside from working as an elf, Sedaris has worked a number of charmingly quirky jobs such as a house painter, an apple picker, an aide in a mental hospital, a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an apartment cleaner. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy's elf, reading his "Santaland Diaries" on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators. In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The author of "Barrel Fever" and "Holiday on Ice," as well as bestselling memoirs "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" and most recently, "Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls," his next book, "Theft by Finding," due out in the summer of 2017, will be a collection of his diaries.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at - 7:30 PM

Black Violin

Blues,Classical,Jazz,R&B/Soul,Rap/Hip Hop,Family/Child

Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil Baptiste (viola) are Black Violin, two classically trained musicians who, along with their DJ TK, have created the ultimate synergy between classical and hip-hop music and with it an incredible opportunity to reach children. Kev Marcus and Wil b, both graduates of Dillard Performing Arts High School, used their musical talents to earn full scholarships to college. Now Black Violin wants to make sure that young people get the same exposure to the arts and opportunity that they did. Performing and touring with P. Diddy, Kanye West, Fifty Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, the Eagles and more, Black Violin has committed themselves for the next few years to give back and teach children that classical music is cool.

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• Fri 11/16/18 at - 8:00 PM

Disney in Concert with Oregon Symphony

Classical,Multimedia

The magic of Disney comes to life in this multimedia showpiece featuring music from the scores of Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more.

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• Sat 11/24/18 at - 7:30 PM
• Sun 11/25/18 at - 2:00 PM

Joe Bonamassa

Blues,Rock

A guitar virtuoso, a singer and a songwriter, Joe Bonamassa is a former lead guitarist for Bloodline. B.B. King discovered him and had him play onstage with him at the tender age of 12. He has a following among both rock and blues fans.

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• Tue 11/27/18 at - 8:00 PM

Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Art Talk,History/Science,Talks/Lectures

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, has become the popular face of modern astrophysics and has had a large hand in reviving the popularity of science in America. He is a frequent guest on the nighttime talk shows. Tyson earned his B.A. in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson’s professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson has written, and continues to write, for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural Historymagazine under the title “Universe.” And among his 10 books are his memoir, "The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist"; and "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution," co-written with Donald Goldsmith. "Origins" is the companion book to the 2004 PBS-NOVA mini-series "Origins," in which Tyson served as on-camera host.

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• Wed 11/28/18 at - 7:30 PM
• Thu 11/29/18 at - 7:30 PM

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Jazz,Pop,Swing,Live Music in Bar/Club

Scott Bradlee is a composer, arranger and American pianist who got his start in jazz before turning to pop music. His Postmodern Jukebox project began on YouTube in 2011 infuses notable popular songs with jazz, swing and ragtime elements, or, as a Boston Globe writer put it "takes the pop hits of the text-and-Snapchat age and recasts them as meticulously arranged period pieces, from ragtime to doo-wop."

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• Fri 11/30/18 at - 8:00 PM

Oregon Symphony

Classical

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• Fri 12/7/18 at - 7:30 PM
• Sat 12/8/18 at - 7:30 PM
• Sun 12/9/18 at - 4:00 PM

John Legend

R&B/Soul,Rap/Hip Hop

Singer-songwriter John Legend is a Grammy-winning artist who began his career assisting other chart-topping performers (Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and more) but now is known for his own hit singles, including "All of Me" and "Ordinary People."

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• Wed 12/19/18 at - 8:00 PM

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Pop,Broadway,Jazz

Leslie Odom Jr. won the 2016 Tony Award for Leading Actor in a Musical for his star-making turn in the smash hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," for which he also received the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal soloist on the original cast recording. His self-titled debut jazz album, Leslie Odom Jr., was released in June 2016.

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• Sun 1/20/19 at - 7:30 PM