The best art for your buck in Portland, for the week of April 15th-21st 2019
THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH @ 7:30
Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
2257 NW Raleigh Street
Angel Cruz, a bike messenger on trial for murder, spends twenty-three hours a day in lockdown. A brutal prison guard and sociopathic serial killer serve as his only sources of human contact, while a nearly disillusioned public defender compromises her ethics to champion Angel’s cause. Angel grapples with right, wrong, and everything in between in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ frank and ferocious examination of the search for justice in an unjust society.
Why we're excited: This show is co-produced by Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project, a company powered by dynamic duo Jamie M. Rea and Bobby Bermea, who direct and star, respectively. If you don't yet know how exciting it is to see Rea's name in the credits of an upcoming show, you definitely shouldn't miss Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. Aaaaaaand if you are already familiar with her work, I'm guessing you already have your tickets and we will see you there! Add a solid gold cast of can't-lose actors and you've got an unmissable show. We can't wait!
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FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH @ 8PM
Sedan: Luxury. Sketch. Comedy.
2257 NW Raleigh Street
Sedan is the Portland, Oregon-based sketch comedy troupe made up of seasoned writers, actors and comedians that ignited in 2017 and that shows no sign of slowing down. You've seen them at The Siren Theater and at the Portland Mercury's Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy Show at Revolution Hall. Join us for their third original sketch comedy show that promises affordable luxury and a smooth sexy ride.
Shelley McLendon (The Aces, Owner of The Siren Theater)
Wm. Steven Humphrey (Editor of The Portland Mercury, Road House- The Play, The Lost Boys- Live)
Paul Glazier (Road House: The Play!, The Lost Boys- Live!)
Chad Parsons (Here's What I Want podcast, The Siren Theater's Best Christmas Ever)
Why we're excited: These guys are infamous for their legendary 80's film adaptations (ROADHOUSE!!), and the chemistry between the cast is *chef's kiss on fingertips* If you love lowbrow humor, pop culture, and laughing your face off, this is for you.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH @ 2PM
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
A 1922 family comedy starring Harold Lloyd. The film was highly influential, helping to pioneer feature-length comedies which combined gags with character development. This film was also an immensely popular, commercially successful film in its time.
Always the mama's boy, or in this case a grandma's boy, Sonny (Harold Lloyd) joins a posse after a tramp is accused of robbery and murder. He is unable to conquer his cowardice until Grandma tells him of his grandfather, also a coward, who overcame his fears with the help of a magic amulet. With new courage (and the charm), Sonny captures the fugitive and becomes the hero of the day.
Original score written and performed by Dean Lemire on the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ.
Why we're excited: Okay, okay, as a blog dedicated to going out and being art-heads, we talk a lot of smack about Netflix on Instagram, but we're not dead. We immediately binged the rest of Arrested Development season five when it hit, and HOO BOY could we use a palate cleanser. While we can't unsee those last few minutes, this feels like the exact perfect moment to revisit a simpler time--and the OG motherboys of the silent film era. ALSO check out the composer/organist and tell me you're not sold. We're so in! BONUS: The 2pm Saturday showing makes this the perfect post-brunch entertainment.