25 things to do around Portland this week: Festival of Trees, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, and Dandy Warhols

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Rosemarie Stein compiles best bets for family fun, festivals, comedy and more. Email submissions to events@oregonian.com at least three weeks prior to the event date.

Jamie Hale/Staff

Providence Festival of Trees

See decorated Christmas trees and colorful displays at the annual

at the Oregon Convention Center. Children’s arts and crafts areas and live music are featured. Proceeds from the event will go to Providence Children’s Health.

10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7; Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; $10,


Oregonian file photo

Mt. Angel Hazelnut Festival

This annual festival includes a Kristkindle Market with authentic German and regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature locally grown hazelnuts. The festival celebrates the more than 600 growers in the Willamette Valley who help make this area the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States. Children’s events and visits with Santa included.

4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8; Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway N.E., Mount Angel; free; hazelnutfest.org

The Miracle of a Million Lights

The Victorian Belle mansion in North Portland will deck its halls and gardens for the holidays, in a display known as The Miracle of a Million Lights. There will also be vendors selling gifts, food and drink.

6-10 nightly Dec. 6-28; Victorian Belle, 1441 N. McClellan St.; $4-$10; www.victorianbelle.com

Nathan Howard/Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium “Sea of Lights”

The annual Sea of Lights festival is the largest holiday light display on the central Oregon coast, according to the aquarium. Enjoy the aquarium after dark surrounded by the illuminated shapes of favorite sea creatures and thousands of colorful holiday lights. Santa will be there, granting holiday wishes and posing for photos with guests.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday,  Dec. 6-7.  Admission to the celebration is $2 plus two items of nonperishable food for people or pets to benefit the Food Share of Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

Sea of Lights continues 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Dec. 28, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport; $10 or free with same-day paid admission; aquarium.org or 541-867-3474.

Eat Oregon Now

Eat Oregon Now’s Holiday Marketplace showcases producers from across Oregon who source sustainable ingredients from the area’s rich agricultural bounty. Throughout the day, holiday-themed demos will offer entertaining and decorating ideas.

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, The Redd, 831 S.E. Salmon St.; free; eatoregonnow.org

Wassail Holiday Party

hosts its annual family-friendly event complete with live entertainment by the Portland Revels, dancing and pub songs. Check out the release of three winter and specialty ciders.

5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Clackamas Pub & Cidery, 8925 S.E. Jannsen Road; free; portlandcider.com

“Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp”

North Shore Productions will screen the documentary “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp” during a fundraiser in which money raised will go to help finish a longer film. The 30-minute screening tells the story of Japanese Americans, most of them U.S. citizens, who were forcibly removed from their Pacific Northwest homes during World War II. The screening is followed by a Q&A with camp survivors and filmmakers.

6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; $10 at door; minidoka.org


Rosemarie Stein compiles visual and performing arts listings. Email submissions to events@oregonian.com at least three weeks prior to the event date.

Courtesy of Nordia House

Rosa Teppo

Finnish pianist Ruusamari (Rosa) Teppo, the great-great granddaughter of composer Jean Sibelius, performs as part of the Finland Independence Day celebration at the Nordia House in Southwest Portland. The concert will include selections of piano pieces by Sibelius and Chopin.

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, suggested donation $20; nordicnorthwest.org

Photo by Kate Szrom

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”

Artistic Director Marissa Wolf makes her Portland Center Stage at The Armory directing debut with a Jane Austen-inspired comedy from playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. When the Bennet sisters gather at the home of Lizzy and Darcy for the holidays, an unexpected guest sparks bookish Mary’s hopes for independence, and an intellectual match. Will there be holiday romance?

Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Continues 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays-Sundays, and some matinees through Dec. 29,

Main Stage at

The Armory,

128 N.W. 11th Ave., tickets $25-$92;

(Pictured: Lauren Modica and Joshua Weinstein)

Photo by Nina Johnson

Dance Extravaganza

Lewis & Clark College’s dance program showcases students work featuring new ideas and bold movement. Performances include the work of eight choreographers: some students, some professionals (including BodyVox’s Jamey Hampton and hip-hop artist Mariecella Devine).

7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, Fir Acres Theatre, on campus; tickets $5-$15, 503-768-7495. 

Mannheim Steamroller

The band famous for its blend of classical, new age, and rock music brings its take on Christmas classics to Portland in a concert featuring “dazzling multimedia effects,” presented by the Oregon Symphony (the symphony does not perform).

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets start at $35,


or 503-228-1353.

Courtesy of Magenta Theater

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Magenta’s December show is a stage adaptation of the novel by Valentine Davies, that pays homage to the classic motion picture. Melissa Swenson plays Doris Walker, with Aviya Orr playing Susan (pictured).  David Roberts portrays Fred Gayley, with David Bower (pictured) playing Kris Kringle.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, and Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 11-12. Also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 18-20. Matinees 2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21, Magenta Theater, 1108 Main St., Vancouver; $20 advance;

or 360-635-4358

Photo by David Kinder

“Matilda the Musical”

Northwest Children’s Theater offers up the Tony Award-winning stage musical based on the book by Roald Dahl. Follow Matilda as she revels in the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. Cheer her on during matinee-timed performances, great for families.

Noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 7-Jan. 5 (noon-4:30 p.m. Dec. 26-30, noon only Jan 1, 2 and 5), Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 N.W. Everett St.; $15-$21; 503-222-2190 or nwcts.org

Oregon Repertory Singers

The Portland chorus’ “Glory of Christmas” concert includes the Portland premiere of Norwegian American composer Ola Gjeilo’s ethereal “Sunrise Mass,” which carries listeners from night into day. The concert also features holiday standards and Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds’ choral soundscape “Stars.”

4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 4 p.m. Dec. 15, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. $20-$40,

or 503-230-0652

–  Jamie Hale

Photo by Michael Slobodian

“Winter Wonders”

NW Dance Project puts a magical spin on its popular annual dancer-made holiday show. View contemporary dance pieces inspired by fairytales, fables and snowy scenes. Also, the Young Creatives student performing group will light up the stage. Guests are invited to an after-show meet-and-greet with the dancers complete with a glass of warm homemade wassail.

Opening 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. Continues 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., $29-$59;  nwdanceproject.org or 503-828-8285


Nathan Rizzo puts together seasonal, monthly and weekly concert guides. Email submissions at least 4 weeks ahead of the event to musicbestbets@oregonian.com.

Vampire Weekend

Acoustic or not, charging $65 for an hourlong set, in a market played twice in six months, has Vampire Weekend tiptoeing the edge of consumer demand. In August, however, tickets to see the New York quartet at McMenamins Edgefield sold out not long after going on sale. And “Father of the Bride,” their May release, debuted atop the Billboard 200.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Crystal Ballroom. All ages. Tickets: $65. crystalballroompdx.com

Marilyn Keller

A staple of Portland’s music landscape, vocalist Marilyn Keller can span the expanse of 20th century American music, from pop and R&B to musical theater. She is also a longtime associate of jazz pianist Darrell Grant, singing in the 2013 world premiere of his suite, “The Territory.”

7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6, Walters Cultural Art Center, Hillsboro. All ages. Tickets: $20. hillsboro-or.gov

“The Most Wonderful Season”

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus brings back their holiday program, with selections celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and the new year.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Newmark Theatre. All ages. Tickets: $18-$49.99, portland5.com

–Jamie Hale

Modest Mouse

While Modest Mouse has yet to follow up 2015’s “Strangers to Ourselves,” Isaac Brock’s collective reemerged this year, touring with the Black Keys and issuing a handful of singles.  Their latest, the oddly forlorn “Ice Cream Party,” was released in November.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St., Eugene;  All ages. Tickets: $49.50. mcdonaldtheatre.com

The Dandy Warhols

If “Dig!” was any indication, the Dandy Warhols shouldn’t have made it to 25. Likened to indie-rock’s “This is Spinal Tap,” the 2004 documentary portrayed a band whose disaffection and self-regard bordered on delusional. “We had to start over from a negative number,” singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor recalled recently. To the group’s credit, however, they did. On their 10th record, May’s “Why You So Crazy?” the Dandy Warhols openly wear their quirks and eclecticism, in effect brandishing their staying power. “It doesn’t feel like we’re rehashing anything or stagnating,” added guitarist Peter Holmström. “So why would we stop?”

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Crystal Ballroom. All ages. Tickets: $22.50. crystalballroompdx.com


Often grouped with doom-metal progenitors like Electric Wizard and Sleep, Eugene’s YOB perform woolen, lumbering compositions that can require 15 or 20 minutes to fully manifest. Yet, they unfold without unraveling. YOB’s 2014 epic, “Clearing the Path to Ascend,” made Rolling Stone’s list of that year’s 50 best albums. It also impressed Ben Ratliff, the totemic New York Times critic: “In the passages where a song’s energy and information really lives, when it all matters most,” he wrote in review,  “few bands deliver as completely.”

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Bossanova Ballroom. 21+. Tickets: $22.50-$27.50. bossanovaballroom.com

Trio Subtonic

Trio Subtonic infuses the organ trio configuration with strains of contemporary funk and indie-rock. Their Jack London Revue performance will feature the accompaniment of Portland guitar virtuoso Dan Balmer, who brings his experience touring with the format’s reigning monarchs, Joey DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Jack London Revue. 21+. Tickets: $12. jacklondonrevue.com

Lee Fields & The Expressions

After tasting success in the late 1970s, singer Lee Fields found himself on the slow arc of overlooked R&B talents like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. Jones formerly sang backup for Fields, whose stage presence and smoking vocal timbre once immediately evoked James Brown. At the time, it was to little end: Fields spent years in obscurity, at one point handling real estate. But 1999’s “Let’s Get a Groove On” turned things around.  “I had no idea it would take as long as it did, “ Fields said in April, “but I never lost hope.”

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Roseland Theater. 21+. Tickets: $20-$40. roselandpdx.com

Mary Chapin Carpenter

A simple truth arises from the decades spanning Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 2018 release and her debut in 1987: Great songs transcend time. Last year, Carpenter took a thoughtful approach to retrospect, rearranging and then recording a track from each of her 12 albums.  The result, “Sometimes the Sky,” models how poignancy and narrative precision can endure undulled in folk songcraft. “This shirt was the one I lent you,” Carpenter again sings. “And when you gave it back / There was a rip inside the sleeve / Where you rolled your cigarettes.” Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will open.

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Revolution Hall. 21+. Tickets: Sold out – try resellers. revolutionhall.com

The Head and the Heart

Rolling Stone didn’t quite warm to The Head and the Heart’s mainstream turn on May’s “Living Mirage,” giving two-and-a-half stars to the Seattle group’s fourth effort. Yet the review also seemed to offer encouragement, if a little backhandedly: “‘Living Mirage,'” the magazine wrote, “often sounds like the Eighties-loving big-tent record Marcus Mumford was too pretentious to make.”

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Crystal Ballroom. All ages. Tickets: $37.50. crystalballroompdx.com


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