friday 27 - sunday 29
Shen Yun 2015
Aside from an actual trip to China, the Shen Yun performance is the best way to experience the East in our Western backyard. Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance born from 5,000 years of tradition—in full color. Live orchestra and beautifully exquisite backdrops set the stage for one of the most authentic and spectacular performing groups committed to sharing ancient Chinese culture to the world, even when the official regime in China did not approve. Many of the performers practice Falun Dafa, a combination of Chinese traditions and meditation, which makes for a truly enlightened performance. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Keller Auditorium. $60 - $180.
saturday 28 - sunday 29
Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival
Party like it is the 13th century with gruits, the hops of yesteryear. For some, alcohol is the simple and standard can of beer or glass of wine, but others take fermented beverages to a whole new level. Well, it is actually an old level. Saison (a kind of spiced pale-ale) dates back to 19th century Belgium, while the unique drink made from the yeast brettanomyces (named for the Greek of "British fungus") was officially labeled in 1904. The Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival is committed to keeping the tradition of libation-crafting alive in a world watered down with Coors and Franzia. Sat., 11 am – 9 pm. Sun., 11 am – 7 pm. Saraveza Bottleshop. $25.
See the man behind the voice on the radio. Luke Burbank, current host of the podcast Too Beautiful to Live, also can be heard/seen on Portland's Live Wire, the radio show that strives to be a modern Prairie Home Companion through interviews, comedy and storytelling. He also fills in on NPR's quiz show Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me. Guests will include comedians Ian Karmel, Aparna Nancherla and Kevin Allison, singer-songwriter Joe Pug, and former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank. 7:30 pm. Revolution Hall. $20 - $35.
Steampunk Film Festival
The perfect event for that top hat/aviation goggle/metal girdle get-up you have been dying to wear. "Steampunk" used to be vague reference to archaic science fiction and later-day technology, but is now considered a lifestyle for some. From the six-minute French short 1900-2000 to the full-length feature, The Prestige, every film shown at the festival provides insight into this alternative world. Come see what all the fuss is about.. 2 – 10 pm. Bob White Theatre. $15.