The Old Church
Come on in to The Historic Old Church! We are a public events and performance venue located in downtown Portland’s cultural West End district. This historic jewel is a remarkable community space, home to concerts, lectures, ceremonies and receptions. In fact, we host a free noon sack lunch recital every Wednesday! Read below for our latest updates, click on Calendar to check out what’s happening here, and sign up for our e-newsletter so you don’t miss our great events!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8-10:30pm
*"Slickly professional in every particular..."* **The LA Times** *"A palpable sense of infectious goofiness..."* **The LA Weekly** Our third year in Stumptown! Fake Radio proudly presents its first show of the 2019 season: our recreation of Lux Radio Theatre’s hit 1944 broadcast of "Casablanca"! Joining the cast is famed guest star Mindy Sterling, the acclaimed comic actor, and voice artist. Mindy is best known for her portrayal of "Frau Farbissina", Dr. Evil's wife, in all of the "Austin Powers" movies. **Times:** Doors at 7pm Curtain at 8pm **Tix:** $20 for general admission $25 for VIP seating in the first two rows **FB Event Page:** https://www.facebook.com/events/2799839100056615/ Featuring top talent from both Portland and Los Angeles, Fake Radio will re-enact this hit radio show the old-fashioned way: dressed in period clothing and standing with scripts in hand in front of old microphones. Sound and music effects will make you feel like you're watching a live radio recording from the 1940s. We'll even re-create the old commercials! Just be ready for the cast to occasionally go off-script! **"Casablanca"** Set over a backdrop of adventure and cunning double-crosses, this classic story begins with a charming and cool American expatriate named Rick. Rick owns a café and gaming parlor which lies at the heart of the French-controlled city of Casablanca. When a femme fatale enters his café, Rick is forced to confront his painful past. As the Nazis and the French police tighten their control over his city, Rick is forced to make a difficult decision. Will he choose to love one, special woman or help a leader of The Resistance to escape from Casablanca and continue his fight against the Nazis. The 1943 film was so popular, that it was adapted for the radio and broadcast in 1944 on CBS for the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Alan Ladd, Hedy Lamarr, and John Loder. For almost 20 years, "Fake Radio" has been delighting audiences and critics alike with their unique re-creations of classic radio shows from 1938 - 1958. Their shows transport audiences back in time to a live taping of an old-time-radio show. The troupe performs in the same fashion popularized during the Golden Age: cast members dress in period clothing, standing before old microphones, scripts in hand, re-creating classic stories while all of the sound effects are perfectly synchronized. The troupe's well-known hallmark is expertly blending the original broadcast scripts — including the absurd commercials! — with unexpected improvisation. Over time, the troupe has garnered the respect and participation of a host of well-known actors and comedians. Previous Fake Radio guest stars include: Emmy Award winners John Larroquette, Ray Romano & Marcia Wallace; Comedy legends Fred Willard, The Kids in the Hall, & Phil Proctor from The Firesign Theatre; noted alternative comedians Tom Kenny, Maria Bamford & Rick Overton; well-established TV actors such as Jeff Garlin, John Lynch, Debra Skelton & Dean Cain; and even one of the original cast members from Saturday Night Live: Larraine Newman.
Friday, June 8, 2018 from 8-10:30pm
On Friday, June 8th: Mamuse "Prayers for Freedom" Album Release at The Old Church 8pm-10:30pm $20 The Old Church- 1422 SW 11th Ave, PDX 97214 Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mamuse-prayers-for-freedom-cd-release-portland-or-tickets-45568372228?aff=eac2 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/170287156966639/ Doors open at 7pm MaMuse is more than excited to share our new album PRAYERS FOR FREEDOM with PORTLAND! "The Muse fell from the sky one night and landed in the spaces between our heart beats. She instantly took a liking to the rhythm in our chests, and her sweet melody joined the pulse. One of us picked up father bass, and thumped it’s belly in response. The other picked up father mandolin, and plucked its ribs. Mother guitar and sister flute could not resist being a part of such sweet merriment and soon joined in. So we opened our hearts and let sweet harmony roll off of our tongues. In unison our voices shot out into the deep of night and a star fell from the heavens; the magic spark! Mamuse is born" We are also doing back flips because we get to share this very special evening and this stage with one of our favorite people on planet Earth, Claudia Cuentas!! Claudia is a song catcher originally from Peru now gracing Portland with her brilliant spirit and powerful voice. Her songs are born from an ancient now, calling us both forward and backward in time until we find ourselves dancing happily in the present. She has been likened to Mercedez Sosa, for the deep resilient, uplifting, spirit she brings into her voice and the world. Be prepared to be moved!
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 7:30-10pm
Portland's 10th Annual Dia do Choro Concert Celebrating Brazilian Composers Choro music is roots jazz from Brazil, and considered Brazil's first "urban pop" music. In this unique show you will experience a wide range of pieces of Choro and other genres by many of Brazil's important 20th century composers, such as Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, and many more. 4 acts in one show! Come hear the intricate and sultry instrumental melodies of classic choro, the edgy syncopation of modern choro, emotive samba and bossa nova, and other genres. This is a rare opportunity to hear a wide range of composers, performed by four diverse acts: Solo Guitar, Mandolin/Guitar Duo, Piano/Guitar Duo, and Ensemble. Special guests include Alexandra Santos (Vocals) and Lisa Seifert (wind instruments). More about CHORO DA ALEGRIA Portlands ensemble dedicated to playing wonderful melodies of various Brazilian composers. Our group draws much inspiration from the genre Choro, which is vintage jazz from Brazil. Beyond the Choro genre the groups repertoire includes classic tunes of Bossa Nova and Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB). Choro da Alegria is a play on words: it can mean Cry of happiness or Choro music gives happiness. Tom Pinit - bandolim/Brazilian mandolin, vocals Pam Beaty - 7-string guitar, cavaquinho, vocals Esteban Diaz - percussion Peter Fung - cavaquinho, percussion More about DUO BECAR: Florence Deutsch started playing the piano at age 6 in her native Sibiu, Romania. She studied at the Scoala Generala de Arte (Classical Piano) and was among finalists in citywide, and regional piano competitions. Even as the Iron Curtain prevented many from traveling outside of Eastern Europe, her skills earned her travel to performances in Vienna and Linz, Austria. She later developed a passion for Brazilian music. Sergio Botelho was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and started playing the guitar at age 10, soon becoming fascinated by the sultry rhythms and lush harmonies in the music of his homeland. He later fell in love with classical guitar, and today can feel at home playing both popular and erudite music. More about Allen Mathews (solo guitar) Allen has been performing Brazilian music for over a decade, and is one of the original artists who helped form Portlands Dia do Choro. His solo guitar interpretations of Brazilian composers is not to be missed. More about Olivia and Rene (Mandolin/Guitar) Olivia Duffy and Rene Berblinger form a classic choro duo, and have been parts of the Portlands choro scene for several years. Olivia and Rene have been pleasing audiences with their exceptional musicianship and thoughtful arrangements of Choro music.
Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:30-10pm
The Offbeat Carnivale is a spectacular mashup of live music, acrobats, food, drink, games, prizes and surprises, an entertainment-focused silent auction ... and a BIG announcement (!) ... to help fund our GOLDEN JUBILEE PRESERVATION PROJECT to repair and care for our historic building, and to celebrate our 50 years as a nonprofit and unique cultural arts space in the heart of Portland. We are so excited! It'll be a great party, and YOU BEING THERE helps us enter the next 50 years going strong, and continue to offer free and low-cost cultural arts programming available to all ages! Live Performances include: Rock violinist Aaron Meyer Groovy Wallpaper (Skip Vonkuske and Don Herron of Portland Cello Project) Pre-show DJ Stanger Things Costumes inspired by fashions and whimsy during our buildings 135-year history are encouraged Carnival / Steampunk / Roaring 20s / Vintage Hollywood / Surprise us! Whatever strikes your fancy to cut loose and play! :::The Old Church Concert Hall::: 50 years in the heart of Portland Thanks to our Offbeat Carnivale gala sponsors: Artslandia Cider Riot Do503 KBOO Radio Mark Spencer Hotel Yelp Portland
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 7-9:30pm
Admission is free and all are welcome. Donations at the door will support future "We Can Listen" events. Seating is limited, reserve online: www.wclsuburbia.bpt.me Black Girl in Suburbia screening and discussion: Melissa Lowery directed this feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. Black Girl in Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity and perspective among all people. http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com/ Commitment to the community is a large part of the Old Church Concert Hall's mission. The We Can Listen series was launched in response to the changing political climate. We act as a supportive base by providing stage, format, and promotion for local organizations as they design their own program to specifically address their concerns and causes in a way that is meaningful for them. The intention and heart of the "We Can Listen" series is to give Portlanders young and old multiple opportunities to hear a variety of speakers share their perspectives on todays most important social justice topics in a moderator-led conversational setting. The goals are to build community, educate, and share the positive impact that truly listening to diverse voices can have on us all. The Old Church offers speakers and listeners a trusted, respectful and inspirational gathering space, which we believe will result in important civil discourse and self-directed, self-sufficient modes of action. The We Can Listen series will present speakers both well-regarded and new to public discourse on topics Portlanders have demonstrated are important to them: racism, the homelessness crisis, the environment and clean water, immigration and refugee issues, gender equality, disability and health care, hunger and food security, civic engagement strategies for adults and youth, and other compelling social justice issues. A cultural intersection of storytelling, documentary, music and personal expression where all voices have the right to be heard, We Can Listen is a free monthly series, and is open to all. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month March-June and Sept-November at The Old Church
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7pm through Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 10pm
7pm through Sunday, August 6 at 10pm
Melissa Bangs makes Portland her last weekend of performances in a nine-city West Coast Tour. She brings with her three performances of a hilarious & heart-wrenching nonfiction storytelling based on her own experience with postpartum psychosis. In September 2012, at 40 years old, Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Adelaide. One month later, profoundly sleep deprived, Bangs was admitted to the Providence Psychological Inpatient Unit. What came next was an extraordinary journey, one she has transformed into a non-fiction storytelling experience that is both wildly funny and terribly tragic. The most common bit of feedback she has heard was, “I was laughing or crying the entire time.” She has also heard, again and again, “You have to keep telling this story. You are saving lives.” And so she is. “If you are human, this story is for you.” -Melissa Bangs Website: http://www.playingmonopolywithgod.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelaBangs/ Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but there is a group discount if more than 10 tickets are purchased in one transaction for a savings of $3 per ticket.
Monday, May 9, 2016 from 7-10pm
Fashion hits the Green Carpet. Local Aveda Salons are hosting a Trashin Show, May 9 in Portland to benefit Columbia Riverkeeper. The fashions are styled from trash, and the creativity is amazing. Don’t miss out, join us for this fun event and support clean water. Tickets $30 in advance and $40 at the door. http://www.facebook.com/events/2017047701854135/
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Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 7-9pm
Son de Madera cultivates the music, singing, zapateado (percussive dance), and poetry of Southern Veracruz, Mexico as a living tradition that, without losing its essence, is in constant motion and transformation. Son de Madera has presented son jarocho at top venues and festivals around the world, and has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Los Angeles-based Grammy-winning band Quetzal. This is Son de Madera's first-ever performance in Oregon, and will be an evening of string-driven, improvisational, virtuosic Mexican regional music that you don't want to miss! Jaraneros - bring your instruments! Fandanguito to follow the show. https://www.facebook.com/events/241742069503810/
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Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 7-9:30pm
Portland's 8th Annual "Dia do Choro" - A celebration of Brazilian culture through music. Choro music is roots jazz from Brazil, and considered Brazil's first "urban pop" music. In this unique show you will experience a wide range of pieces by many of Brazil's important 20th century composers, such as Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, and many more. 3 acts in one show! Come hear the intricate and sultry instrumental melodies of classic choro, the edgy syncopation of modern choro, emotive samba and bossa nova, and other genres. This event is proudly held in honor of Pixinguinha's birthday (Brazil's godfather of choro), which is National Choro Day in Brazil - Dia Nacional do Choro! Performances by: Rio con Brio Choro da Alegria and direct from Brasilia, Brasil Ted Falcon and Eduardo Souza Discount tickets available at: http://choropdx2016.brownpapertickets.com/ Special: 2 Tickets for $30 (save $10 off the door price) $17 single online (save $3 off the door price) (Tix at the door day of show will be $20 each.) Doors at 6:30pm All Ages Show - Bar with Valid I.D.
Friday, July 17, 2015 from 7-9pm
Please join Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a rally in Portland for her re-election campaign! Mark your calendar now! https://www.facebook.com/events/1596082527348052/ Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Sawant has electrified the opposition to the corporate agenda in the Pacific Northwest. An unapologetic fighter for working people, she refuses all corporate donations and accepts only the average worker's wage. Her re-election will prove again that it is completely possible to elect candidates who reject corporate cash. Kshama Sawant has inspired movements across the country, including in Portland, such as the $15 Now movement, by delivering on her campaign promise to make Seattle the first major city to pass a $15/hour minimum wage less than six months after she took office. Now Kshama is tackling head-on the crisis of skyrocketing rents by fighting for rent control, for a Tenants’ Bill of Rights, and for the city to build thousands of high-quality apartments rented at below-market rates. She is working to fully fund a world-class public transit system, and to implement Municipal Broadband as an alternative to the Comcast and Centurylink monopolies. As a representative of working people, Kshama does not take a penny in corporate cash. While the rest of the City Council pays themselves $120,000/year, Councilmember Sawant takes only the average worker’s wage and donates the remainder to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements. As Kshama recently said on Democracy Now, "Polls show the vast majority of the U.S. is to the left of the political choices presented. It's our responsibility to fill the vacuum to the left of the Democratic Party by building a political alternative for working people." That is why corporations across the country are funding her opponents' campaigns. We in Portland absolutely need to support her historic re-election. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and join us at this rally and fundraiser! The Old Church is located at SW 11th and Clay in downtown Portland. ADA accessible. Gender-neutral restroom on site. This event is all-ages; beer and wine available with ID The Old Church is AIR CONDITIONED. Sponsored by VoteSawant and Socialist Alternative – Portland Branch Endorsed by 15NowPDX Paid for by Vote Sawant, PO Box 85862, Seattle, WA 98145. Kshama Sawant is the first socialist elected in Seattle in over a century. Follow Vote Sawant for updates on what we are up to and how to get involved. http://kshamasawant.org/
Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7:30-10pm
An evening of wonderful music performed by Portland area musicians. Proceeds will be donated to Mercy Corps relief efforts for Nepal Earthquake survivors. Performances by Kate Power & Steve Einhorn Jasnam Daya Singh (Weber Iago) Trashcan Joe Nuestro Canto