Susannah gathers Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, founders of Portland Story Theater––the premier storytelling organization in the Pacific Northwest––with storyteller Warren McPherson to explore the art of storytelling and its role in community building. Check it out, and then catch McPherson's upcoming show at the Fertile Ground Festival! Catch _You Were Supposed To Be This Great Thing_, February 2, 2019, at The Old Church Concert Hall and visit pdxstorytheater.org for Portland Story Theater's current offerings.

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Today Susannah chats with the lovely Violeta Picayo who will be playing Margaret Dashwood in Portland Center Stage at The Armory's Sense and Sensibility. Of this production, NY Times' Ben Brantley said: "Pray do not be alarmed, gentle readers, but I am here to tell you that Jane Austen has been pumped full of helium." Take the ride at Portland Center Stage, previewing on January 12th.

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Hanging out with Dear Sugar! What a joy! Don't miss Tiny Beautiful Things at Portland Center Stage at The Armory, or this deep dive with beloved Portland author Cheryl Strayed.

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January 2, 2019

Fear No Music: Kenji Bunch

Happy New Year! Bring it in with the exciting work of Kenji Bunch, Artistic Director of FEAR NO MUSIC. He talks about the exciting work they are championing, supporting the work of local composers' talent and culture. Locally Sourced, a concert on January 21st at The Old Church, is an annual program celebrating music created right here in the Pacific Northwest by the composers living among us.

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The excitement about what's to come with our Oregon Symphony is palpable; music inspires and unites us. President and CEO of the Oregon Symphony, Scott Showalter shares what's new and thrilling with our own (FANFARE HERE) OREGON SYMPHONY!

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BodyVox shines in creating a unique brand of dance theater. Meet Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland Artistic Directors of Body Vox and don't miss The Cutting Room January 24th through February 2nd. A sophisticated and delightful film and movement mashup that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Dive into Portland history at The Pittock Mansion with Jennifer Gritt, who talks about all things Pittock; what a fascinating family. The mansion was built using local and regional materials, Pittocks ideas were state of the art. The mansion is open to visitors. Don't miss it!

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Oregon Symphony Associate Conductor Norman Huynh, talks about conducting, and life as a part of the Oregon Symphony, reminding us of a perfect holiday gift; tickets to our own Oregon Symphony! Coming up are the 20th Anniversary Gospel Christmas, Cirque de la Symphonie, and the wonderful Popcorn Series in which you can watch Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas as the symphony plays the score LIVE!

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The Oregon Repertory Singers, one of the most expert choirs in the world, sing because they love it. Artistic Director Ethan Sperry sets the bar high, and with their newest recording of the unparalleled Morten Lauridsen's compositions they reach it. In addition to a chat with Kimberly Skondin, the Artistic Director of ORS Youth Choir, and making music with young people. What a joy to talk about this glorious work!

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Heather Redfern is the Executive Director of The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) where she curates a program of over 20 different presentations each season.

For six years the Cultch has partnered with Theatre Replacement to present the East Van Panto. Every year it has become more and more popular, and it is now know as one of Vancouver's favourite holiday traditions.

EVENT:
East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
Nov 28 (with Nov 30th Opening)-Jan 6, 2019
York Theatre

About The Cultch:
Now in its 45th season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver's most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver. The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape. www.thcultch.com

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