Spring seems to have taken its time to show itself, but that won’t stop us from observing Earth Day, attending a farm and agriculture festival, or celebrating a jazz icon with a night out. tribute to Alberta Rose. This week also includes a classical music event and a watercolor art exhibition that can be attended virtually.
Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.
PSU Steinway Piano Series continues its residency in the spring of 2022 with star pianist Benjamin Hochman. The artist has had an international performing career, performing as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles and Prague. Hochman is on the piano faculty at Bard College Conservatory of Music. The Portland concert will feature the world premiere of New York-based composer Tamar Muskal’s “In My Heart I Am.”
7 p.m. Friday, April 22, Lincoln Recital Hall, PSU Campus, 1620 SW Park Ave.; $25; pdx.edu/music-theatre/steinway-piano-series
Nez Percé Memorial Ceremony
Members of the Nez Perce tribe perform their traditional memorial ceremony honoring the history of the 1877 Nez Perce War, when the U.S. military attempted to remove the tribesmen from ancestral lands and 33 members of the chief’s band Redheart were captured and held prisoner at Fort Vancouver through the winter of 1877-78. Activities include songs, speeches, a drum circle, and recognition of all U.S. military veterans. The event is organized by the Nez Percé in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, The Historic Trust, the Community Military Appreciation Committee and the National Park Service.
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 E. Reserve St., Vancouver; free with requested donations; cityofvancouver.us/parksrecculture
Frogtown’s “Bedtime for the Tadpoles” Earth Day Event
Celebrate Earth Day with a book release event at the OMSI Science Store on Friday afternoon. The new audiobook is environmentally themed and celebrates the natural water cycle. The music included in the book features Portland musicians including Curtis Salgado, Andy Stokes, Patrick Lamb and Shannon Day. Frogtown is the brainchild of Emmy-winning writer and songwriter Philip Pelletier. The event includes an author signing, video screenings of live performance of the musical storybook, and coloring book activities. All members of the public will receive a free gift to celebrate Earth Day. Admission to OMSI is not required for this free event, but visiting the museum is another great way to celebrate the Earth.
1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave.; free, admission to the museum is not compulsory; frogtown-organisation.wikidot.com
Multnomah Village Earth Day Celebration
Multnomah Village welcomes everyone to an Earth Day celebration with a day of art, live music, shopping, food and community activities. Local galleries, including the Multnomah Arts Center, will display and sell the works of local artists; musicians, including Ellie Hartman and Andi Jose, will perform outdoor concerts, and kids can build their own birdhouse with help from the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers.
Events begin around 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23 throughout the village of Multnomah on the Southwest Capitol Highway; free; multnomahvillage.org/celebrate-earth-day
Oregon Agriculture Day
The Oregon Ag Fest returns to the Oregon State Fairgrounds for the 35th year, helping kids discover where food, fiber and flora come from and how the food that reaches their plates got there. Experience what life on the farm is like through hands-on, interactive exhibits. Meet farm animals and help plant today’s seedlings that will sprout into tomorrow’s food. There will also be live music, cooking demonstrations and other family entertainment.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 23-24, Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17 St. NE, Salem; $9 general admission, 12 and under are free; oragfest.com
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents an in-person and livestreamed concert featuring piano virtuoso Alexander Toradze. The program includes Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto for Winds and Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2. Born in Georgia, Toradze has lived in the United States since 1983. He performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester National de France and London Philharmonic. Tickets can be used for the in-person performance or to watch live online.
7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23-24, Skyview High School Auditorium, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver; $30; app.arts-people.com or 360-735-7278.
15th Annual Billie Holiday Tribute Night
Be there live as the ladies sing the blues. The annual Billie Holiday tribute concert features acclaimed singers LaRhonda Steele, Danielle M. Barker, Arietta Ward, Anandi and Emily Wilder. The concert is organized and hosted by Jazz Hero Award winner Marcia Hocker.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St.; $20; albertarosetheatre.com
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble
With over 20 years under their belt, the four-time Grammy-nominated Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico takes percussion-focused music to a new level. The group’s international concerts and original repertoire recordings blend the colors, voices and musical expressions of dozens of percussion instruments into melodic strains and rhythmic sounds. Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the band for a show at the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton.
3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, Reser Center, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets $32 to $57; thereser.org or 971-501-7722.
Irish immigrant Ronán Noone’s play tells the story, told in verse, of an immigrant who aspires to be a writer but struggles to earn a living and support his baby. The show addresses the journey that all immigrants face in pursuit of the American dream. The production is directed by Gemma Whelan, founding artistic director of the Corrib Theatre.
Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 and continues at 10 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through May 22, O’Leary’s Pub, 2926 NE Alberta St.; $30. All ages are admitted except the Thursday shows at 10 p.m.; corribtheatre.org
Northwest Watercolor Society Exhibition
The Northwest Watercolor Society’s annual member exhibit features 60 paintings from 34 states and eight countries. The exhibition features a variety of works in aquatic media, from landscapes to portraits to abstracts. The exhibition will be held virtually and will begin with an online reception where juror Mike Hernandez will present each piece and announce the winners.
Opening of the exhibition at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at nwws.org. Free but online registration required. The exhibit remains viewable via the website until June 30.
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