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Get into the garden

As the city considers expanding its community garden program, Portland has the opportunity to delve deeper into urban permaculture ("permanent agriculture") — building ecological systems that model nature, with plants that work together with minimal mai
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012
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Steve Martin to give Portland the Bird

Things that are important to understand going into Steve Martin's bluegrass performance, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers, at Merrill Auditorium: 1) The music is dead serious. 2) So is the comedy.
Steep and deep
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2011
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Portland Ovations + Bates Dance Festival = Doug Varone choreography

In an unfavorable economic climate, what do choreographers need? They must have exceptional talent and skill, of course.
A new work
By JUNE VAIL  |  February 11, 2011

Balé Folclórico da Bahia at Merrill Auditorium


Brazil's only professional folk dance company, Balé Folclórico da Bahia, peforms an evening of movement tracing the enduring history of capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art...
By webteam  |  January 12, 2011

Bob Marley at Merrill Auditorium


Rounding out an impressive week of comedy options (people must really need to blow off some steam . . .) is Maine's top dog, Bob...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010

The Nutcracker at the Merrill Auditorium


If forced to choose between the myriad screenings of It's a Wonderful Life, productions of A Christmas Carol (just check those Theater listings), and Nutcracker...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010


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Exploring the range of the body's possibilities with STREB

Midway through last Wednesday night's performance of "Raw" by the dance company STREB, Cassandre Joseph stood frozen atop a metal scaffolding extending nearly the full height of the Merrill Auditorium stage.
Take flight
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 05, 2010
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Classic burlesque star swings into town

"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit
Octogenarian dedication
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

Indigo Girls at Merrill Auditorium


Legendary and anthemic folk doesn't come more powerful doses than the Indigo Girls, who return to Merrill Auditorium (20 Myrtle St.) for an 8 pm...
By webteam  |  October 27, 2010

Elizabeth Streb at Merrill Auditorium


"Extreme Action," Elizabeth Streb's catch-all term for her company's dance-based explorations, sounds like something kids would invent when their parents weren't home. In a way,...
By webteam  |  October 20, 2010

Bill Cosby at the Merrill Auditorium


Bill Cosby is a perfectly capable uber-celebrity replacement for Liza Minnelli (though both on stage at once would be a complete show-stopper). Tonight at the...
By webteam  |  October 13, 2010


Eileen Ivers at the Merrill Auditorium


Ex-Riverdancer Eileen Ivers has been called "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by none other than the New York Times, but that analogy can surely...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2010

Liza Minnelli at the Merrill Auditorium


Speaking of timeless heroines, the utterly indefatigable Liza Minnelli sings tonight at the Merrill Auditorium. If you can't wrangle a promo ticket through any of...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010
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Fall Music Preview: Stay positive

The face of the local nightlife landscape undergoes a major change in the form of a renewal this autumn, as the State Theatre’s exhaustively maligned absence ends on October 15, with 10 fall concerts on their docket already. But that’s not the only new v
The local concert calendar is filled to capacity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 17, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
Smartening up the seasonal transition
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 17, 2010

Stories from "The Deadliest Catch" at Merrill Auditorium


"There will be smokingOn stage during this event."Point: secondhand smoke. Stories from "The Deadliest Catch" | with Captain Sig + Hillstrand Brothers | 7 pm...
By webteam  |  September 08, 2010


Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium


Portland Symphony Orchestra wraps up a most excellent 85th anniversary season in exhilarating fashion, with two performances of the intermission-free, 90-minute Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")...
By webteam  |  April 28, 2010

NPR's From the Top at Merrill


From the Top, the NPR performance series featuring precocious young classical music prodigies, comes to Merrill Auditorium tonight, with host Christopher O'Riley and plenty of...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010

Brian Regan at the Merrill Auditorium


And aside from a good night of somewhat regular happenings (bingo at Geno's, Tina Smith's Rhythmic Cypher open night at Slainte), fairly ubiquitous comic Brian...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at the Merrill Auditorium


And the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, specializing in works by African-American choreographers, come to Merrill Auditorium (courtesy of Portland Ovations) at 8 pm, where they'll...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010

Teatro Lirico d'Europa perform Puccini


Portland Ovations gives local audiences a rare-enough chance to see a full-fledged opera at Merrill Auditorium, as the internationally touring Teatro Lirico d'Europa return to...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010


Soweto Gospel Choir at Merrill Auditorium and Bull Moose


The impressive and Grammy-winning South African, 52-member Soweto Gospel Choir have a Portland Ovations show at Merrill Auditorium at 7 pm, and before that they’ll...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010

WMPG's Fat Tuesday Celebration at USM'S Woodbury Campus and ScrapArtsMusic at Merrill Auditorium


Elsewhere, WMPG's annual Fat Tuesday Celebration serves up another Cajun cooking contest from noon-3 pm at USM's Woodbury Campus Center in Portland (there's a $3...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra

At January 24, Merrill Auditorium
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 29, 2010

"Kids, Kartoons & Kotzschmar"


Another chance to hear Portland's historic Kotzschmar Organ offers some cool fun for the whole family, as "Kids, Kartoons & Kotzschmar" features organist Rob Richards...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra's "Head and Heart" concert


"Head and Heart," the first 2010 concert from the Portland Symphony Orchestra, offers a program of emotional works by Ravel and Mozart, along with a...
By webteam  |  January 20, 2010


Cirque Dreams Illumination at Merrill Auditorium


Meanwhile, a Merrill Auditorium audience is primed to be wowed by the latest production from the American-based, European-style performance-art acrobats of Cirque Productions. Cirque Dreams...
By webteam  |  January 13, 2010

Portland Ovations presents Chris Botti at Merrill Auditorium


Jazz/pop trumpeter Chris Botti was named one of People’s 50 most beautiful people in 2004. What’s he been doing since? Oh, just winning Grammys and...
By webteam  |  January 06, 2010

Christmas Concerts


In holiday events, pianist Chris Humphrey leads a jazzy Christmas show at One Longfellow Square, while Merrill Auditorium's giant Kotzschmar organ gets some use at...
By webteam  |  December 17, 2009

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 “Magic of Christmas”


As always, tickets are moving quickly for the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Magic of Christmas” bonanza, which features audience sing-alongs, dancing Santas, puppets by Freeport’s...
By webteam  |  December 09, 2009