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Oregon Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

Holiday festivities are in full swing but if that’s not your thing, we’ve got plenty of alternatives. Crank up PRP and browse this list for some ideas or leave us a comment of something that looks like fun to you.

Holiday Happenings

The Nutcraker

Oregon Ballet Theatre brings on the tradition of The Nutcracker beginning Saturday night and continuing through Christmas eve.

Handel’s Messiah

Portland Baroque Orchestra and vocal ensemble Cappella Romana offer their yearly performance of Handel’s. Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at at 7:30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Wintersong: Portland Symphonic Choir

This 135-member singing group, the official chorus of the Oregon Symphony, build up for its holiday concert, WinterSong!, and shares stage with a brass ensemble and Grant High’s Royal Blues choir to perform seasonal works from around the globe. St Mary’s Cathedral. Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Tuba Christmas

A whole lotta holiday honking will be going on at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Santa, holiday tunes and big shiny brass will be in abundance. Free.



Morning Ritual

This collaboration between piano player, organ player, and composer Ben Darwish and the Shook Twins hits Secret Society as part of Northwest mini-tour in support of their recently self-released debut album, The Clear Blue Pearl. Friday, Dec. 13 at Secret Society.

Morning Ritual

Morning Ritual

Howie Day

Howie Day takes the stage at the Alberta Rose Theater on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. With special guest Tyler Hilton & Anna Rose.

The Dandy Warhols

Sunday night Dec. 15 it’s the Dandy Warhols in the Crystal staking a claim inside the 100-day fest. This one’s a holiday show. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $20-22, all ages.


Sunday Freebie

Publication Fair

It’s the fifth annual Publication Fair, a co-production between Publication Studio and the Ace Hotel, featuring a lineup of local book-themed vendors. The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Sunday, Dec. 15 from noon-6 p.m. Free.


How to Cap Off the Weekend

Peter Buck DJ night at the Savoy

Thanks Scott Mcaughey, for alerting me to this. Scott writes:

Peter once again carts in a treasure trove of vinyl fun down to Savoy (2500 SE Clinton St.) this very Sunday night. The spinning is set to begin at 10 p.m. but you might want to get there early to stake out a spot and some fried chicken. Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m.

I’m pretty sure this won’t be a holiday-themed musical event, so no need for eggnog or loud sweaters, though of course, if that’s your thing, do it up! By all accounts it looks to be a festive night whether Bing Crosby shows up or not. More likely to have the Sonics drop in, I’d say.

Third Eye Blind

And if you want to stretch the weekend another day (and who doesn’t!) Third Eye Blind has a gig Monday, Dec. 16 at the Crystal Ballroom.


Inessa is PRP's Music Director and the driving force behind our local music initiative.You'll frequently find her surrounded by stacks of CDs in the studio or behind the mic, interviewing local artists. Listen to PRP

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