Sitka Art Invitational, ‘Bolero’ and Hocus Pocus on stage: 11 things to do this week

As we creep closer to Halloween, the entertainment options tend to lean toward the campy or spooky. But we’ve still got plenty of non-scary events to consider this week, including two large visual art shows, a few theater performances, and plenty of classical music. If you’re already full-steam-ahead doing your Halloween thing, check out our list of spooky haunts and performances at

Although the state-wide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate has lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website venue information for specific COVID safety requirements.

Beaverton Arts Center

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts hosts a fall concert performed by the Big Horn Brass. Oregonian file photo. Jamie Hale/The Oregonian

Big Horn Brass fall concert

Big Horn Brass, 16 members strong, comes to Beaverton to play a concert featuring Bernstein’s “West Side Story” as well as music about fall and some cinematic Halloween selections. The concert also offers music by Northwest arranger Dave Robertson. Andrew Harris directs.

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 S.W. Crescent St., Beaverton; tickets start at $10;

Multi-media art work depicting two birdlike sculptures

Hilary Pfeifer’s “We Are Family” is featured in this weekend’s Sitka Art Invitational.

Sitka Art Invitational Exhibit + Sale

The wave of fall art shows continues with this annual exhibit and sale featuring the work of more than 100 Northwest artists. View pieces in sculpture, ceramics, paintings, fiber art, photography, drawings and prints. Juried and a favorite of local art lovers across the Pacific Northwest, the show has moved from the World Forestry Center to the Oregon Center for Contemporary Art on north Interstate Avenue.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 13-16, Oregon Contemporary, 8371 N. Interstate Ave.; entry by donation, $7-$10 suggested;

“The Last White Man”

Hillsboro’s Bag&Baggage Productions presents Bill Cain’s play about three men attempting to take on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging roles – Hamlet. The three battle doubts, ghosts, critics and each other while trying to prove that each of theirs is the performance to remember. Scott Palmer directs.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and continues 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30, The Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro; tickets $20-$35; or 503-345-9590.

“Laughing Wild”

Christopher Durang’s dark comedy set in the 1980s offers different perspectives of two troubled people trying to live in the chaos of New York City. The play takes on themes of mental illness, loneliness and addiction. Brooke Totman, 21ten founder, plays “woman” and Portland actor Darius Pierce, plays “man.”

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 29, at 21ten Theater (formerly The Shoebox), 2110 S.E. 10th Ave.; tickets start at $25;

NW Dance Project “Bolero”

Since 2004, artistic director and choreographer Sarah Slipper has brought 300-plus imaginative contemporary dance performances to Portland with her NW Dance Project. Summer 2022 saw a trio of pieces that included a dance by Andrea Parson inspired by “Little Women,” a revival of Slipper’s debut and a world premiere from Japanese choreographer Yoshito Sakuraba. For fall, the company presents “Boléro+.” The program includes a world premiere from Slipper, choreographer Ihsan Rustem’s “Boléro” — called “bright and witty” by OregonArtsWatch — and acclaimed Italian choreographer Luca Leggett’s magical “Ensemble for Somnambulists.”

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway; $29-$68,

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Charissa Brock’s studio will be open during this weekend’s Washington County Open Studios tour.Image by Chris Goldthorpe

Washington County Open Studios

More than 50 Washington County-area artists will open their studios for a weekend of free events. The immersive and educational tour offers a look behind the scenes at the process of creating artwork in ceramics, paintings, encaustic work, watercolor and other media.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16, in various locations around Washington County. Check the website for a map of studios; free;

The Quebe Sisters

Expect well-honed triple fiddle tunes and three-part harmony when the Quebe Sister of Dallas, Texas, come to Portland to play a concert Sunday. The trio and their backing band offer a distinctive Americana blend of Western swing, jazz-influenced swing, country, Texas-style fiddling, and Western music.

8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.; tickets $25 advance, $30 at door;

Willamette Falls Symphony

The fall concert pays tribute to the music of the Ukraine. The symphony will perform works by Mykola Lysenko, Myroslav Skoryk and Reinhold Gliere, as well as the Ukrainian National anthem.

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, Oregon City United Methodist Church, 18955 South End Road, Oregon City, $10-$15;

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The Heath QuartetPhoto by Kaupo Kikkas

The Heath Quartet

Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the British chamber ensemble in a program of classical works including selections from Purcell’s “Fantasias” and Britten’s “Quartet No. 3,” as well as works by Schubert, Haydn and Ravel. Check the website for a specific list of pieces for each performance.

7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.; tickets $32-$57; or 503-224-9842.

Actors are shown on stage performing in a courtroom setting

Richard Thomas plays Atticus Finch and Yaegel T. Welch plays Tom Robinson in the touring production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”Photo by Julieta Cervantes

“To Kill a Mockingbird” – Broadway in Portland

A drama coming to the 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium is no minor matter. Non-musicals rarely tour nationally, and the Keller hasn’t hosted a drama since “War Horse” galloped through the venue for a six-show run almost 10 years ago.

“West Wing”-writer/creator Aaron Sorkin somehow found time between streaming projects (”The Trial of the Chicago 7″; “Being the Ricardos”) to tackle Harper Lee’s 1960 literary classic – and tangle with her prickly estate over ownership rights and script changes.

Those changes? Re-structuring the story around the trial; updating the tone; and digging deeper into what makes fearless litigator Atticus Finch tick.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 and continues various dates and times through Sunday, Oct. 23, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., tickets start at $34.75;

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Ginger Minj and crew come to Portland with the “Hocus Pocus” stage showPhoto by CeeJay Russell and Adam McCabe

“Hocus Pocus” Halloween Bash at the Aladdin Theatre

“Hocus Pocus” is back with sequel to the original movie on Disney Channel and on stages across the country. Ginger Minj and crew present an all-new singing and dance Halloween party and drag show. Costumes are encouraged and you could win some treats! This is your chance to get down with the Sanderson Sisters.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave; tickets $40;

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