B&B Presents Agatha Christie, cabaret-style

Farndale ladies return to B&B stage for a murder mystery comedy just in time for Halloween.


Following the success of Bag&Baggage’s production of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society’s Production of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol” five years ago, the professional resident theater company is bringing back the drag phenomenon for Hillsboro audiences in the form of a cabaret-style Agatha Christie play.

The hilariously awful troupe of terrible actors will return this Halloween for “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society’s Murder at Checkmate Manor.” The play follows four small town British community theatre actresses and one incompetent stage manager who are touring the United States with a production of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery. Written by Walter Zerling Jr. and David McGillvary, the production is being directed by B&B Founding Artistic Director Scott Palmer and assistant directed by Associate Artistic Director Cassie Greer.

COURTESY PHOTO: CASEY CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY - The ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild's Dramatic Society are back again for a wildly terrible take on an Agatha Christie tale.

COURTESY PHOTO: CASEY CAMPBELL PHOTOGRAPHY – The ladies of The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild’s Dramatic Society are back again for a wildly terrible take on an Agatha Christie tale.

“These shows are, in a word, hilarious,” said Palmer. “Essentially, they are a kind of Monty Python-style spoof of English community theaters. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It is one catastrophe after another, all while the ladies of Farndale desperately try to get the train back on the tracks.”

As the ladies — played by Patrick Spike, Jeremy Sloan, Norman Wilson and Tyler Buswell — attempt to stage “And Then There Were None,” a Christie classic, the set consistently falls apart, a dog is lost and the cast has to put on a fashion show in the middle of the play to raise money for their costume designer who recently sowed her fingers shut and became concussed.

“We’re not prepared, or smart, or talented,” said Wilson. “These ladies that we’re playing, they have to play all of these different roles, and things do not go smoothly.”

The Farndale shows were very popular throughout the 1970s — they’re ripe with farce, slapstick, wordplay, visual sight gags and just about anything else to get some laughter out of audiences. They eventually faded from the entertainment world as time went on due to organizations putting on the bad-theater concept on, well, badly. Since the shows come from Britain, Palmer and company worked to “American-ize” a lot of the jokes.

“There are very few roles that offer actors this kind of challenge,” said Spike. “To play terrible actors really well is very difficult, and to do so in six inch heels and a massive wig is even harder. In the end, the Farndale shows are just an enormous amount of fun for the actors and the audience.”

Sloan noted that finding voices and dialects for the characters has also been a challenge, as the crew are playing characters of different genders, who are in turn struggling to play different Christie characters.

The stage manager, Gordon, played by Arianne Jacques, is forced to step in for one of the ladies at the last minute, adding to the chaos already brewing onstage.

“He didn’t really know what he signed up for,” said Jacques. “He also has absolutely no idea how to work with these women — but he’s trying his best.”

Palmer and company wanted to wait until they had their own space to bring back the popular drag production, as The Vault gives the crew more leeway to tweak performances to play by B&B’s rules. The company also needed another smash hit for Halloween.

“It’s great because this is already a very funny group of people, so during rehearsals, they’re always doing things to make each other laugh, and constantly experimenting, and a lot of off-the-cuff moments happen that we decide to keep,” said Palmer. “The Farndale show we threw last time was a big success, and this one is also wild and hilarious.”

Performances will take place at B&B’s new permanent home, The Vault Theatre & Event Space, 350 E. Main St., from Oct. 12 to 31, with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. and all other performances at 7:30 p.m. The very first showing will be a Pay What You Will performance.

There is a content advisory warning for adult situations, language and themes, due to the play being a drag show farce about a murder mystery. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.bagnbaggage.org or call the box office at 503-345-9590.

A Look at the Upcoming Washington County Open Studios Tour

Wood art by Les Dougherty

‘Tis the season for Open Studios tours — the tradition of artists opening their doors to the public has long been a staple event to allow conversation and engagement with communities nationwide, and Washington County is no exception. This year, the annual Washington County Open Studios Tour takes place on October 21 and 22.

Running simultaneously as the Portland Open Studios Tour, the Washington County Art Alliance welcomes visual art enthusiasts far and wide to encourage creativity. From West Portland to Forest Grove, North Plains to Sherwood, there is a studio near you to stop by for a great story and shared enthusiasm about art making. Check out the interactive map they have this year!

Acrylic painting by Helvi Smith

The event has grown since 2010, when they started their inaugural tour weekend with 17 participating artists. Now in their 8th year, (aged eight like Ramona Quimby, as they quip), the Arts Alliance brings you over 40 participating artists and four galleries to choose from. Wonderfully, some artists can be found at the same location – such as husband/wife duos Tim & Joyce Gabriel and Chris & Merry Goldthorpe, as well as partners in art (but not crime) Susan Curington & Les Dougherty, Peg Falconer & Emma Weber, and Penny Forrest & Helvi Smith.

Wondering what kind of art, artist, or creative art making process is compelling enough to get you to drive out to Gaston, Tigard, or North Plains? Take your pick, virtually every kind of visual art is represented by the wonderful artists in a neighborhood near (or not so near) you:

 

Tim Gabriel, blacksmith, in his metal working studio
  • acrylic painting
  • book arts
  • calligraphy
  • ceramics
  • collage
  • encaustic
  • fiber art
  • glass art: kiln formed, sand-carved, fused
  • letterpress
  • mixed media
  • oil painting
  • pastels
  • pen and ink
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • silk painting
  • wood carving
  • there’s even art in botanical medium!

So don’t miss your shot to snag some one of a kind holiday gifts, learn about the process and production of working artists in the area, and spend your fall weekend touring the countryside to corners not often charted. The 8th annual Washington County Open Studios Tour runs Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 from 11 am – 5 pm both days. Pick up your free guide at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, businesses throughout Main Street, or at any of the participating locations.

Washington County Open Studios Tour
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22
11 am – 5 pm
Free
See more and plan your tour at washcoart.org.
**many locations are ADA accessible — noted on each artist description.

HART Theater Posits Prolific Play Writing with Page to Stage VI

Page to Stage VI

HART theater, founded in 1994 as Downtown Hillsboro’s Repertory Theater, has grown to produce 6 – 10 shows per season. Since 2012, one of those shows happens to be the fruition of the Page to Stage play write competition, annually showcased in the fall.

Artistic Director Paul Roder reflects on the first time a play writing event was proposed for the theater. “I first came to HART with the intention of bringing new works to life. It was a big goal for the theater to provide a place where amateur and experienced play writes can receive feedback on their piece.” he shares. “Literally, they are bringing their work from the page to the stage — these are completed plays not yet produced, as well as stand-alone scenes that can give the audience an idea of a play’s plot progression.”

The sixth annual Page to Stage event has now grown to receive over 40 submissions annually, where typically 50 community members attend an evening to hear actors perform the proposed finalist pieces. The idea is to bring the audience and actors a moderated discussion and feedback experience, where the engagement allows a community to be involved in growing a successful piece into a finished production. This year’s winner will see their play on stage in Summer, 2018.

“Last year, we had a very interesting winner, which I was really excited about,” Paul reflects. “It was titled ’36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations’. It basically won by popular vote. The plot addressed gender politics, modern dating trends, social media — it was very contemporary. The author wrote the play with an ensemble of six gender non-specific characters; their dialogues were all written without gender in mind at all. This allowed the production to change a little bit with each evening’s performance; the characters changed, therefore the relationships changed. It was so popular in concept, we offered a half price ticket to those who wanted to see it again and catch the variations in script.”

This year, HART presents the eight finalists for Page to Stage VI, which will commence their evening showcase on Saturday, October 28. Tickets to attend are $10, and can be purchased online at HART’s website.

Check out the titles for this year’s Page to Stage evening:

Shelf Life, by William Ferguson

Vanessa, by Sander Gusinow

Nona’s Christmas Rose, by Annemarie St. Michael

Babyland, by Rich Rubin

Unsafe at Home, by Nancy Moss

The Bubble Reputation, by Timothy Hill

Outlasting Life, by Jacqueline Armstrong

Out of the Blue, by Miriam Feder

Page to Stage VI
Hart Theater
185 SE Washington St, Hillsboro
Saturday, October 28
7:30 – 9:30 pm
$10 per person

Belles by STAGES: “Two acts and 45 phone calls”

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2010, offering a variety of theater classes to children in grades k-12. Their mission is to shape the lives of children and young adults through performing arts as an integral part of Hillsboro’s arts and culture community, and their classes focus on basic theater education and include some specialty classes such as musical theater. This weekend, they bring you “Belles”, a dramatic comedy presented as “two acts and 45 phone calls”.

Belles is a fundraiser for the “I’m a Star” program at STAGES, a theater arts program for individuals living with disabilities. The story visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history.

Playwright Mark Dunn is an award-winning novelist and author of over 35 full-length plays, five of which have been produced in acting edition for production all over the country. Dunn largely writes for the amateur stage, with Belles being tailored to teenagers and young adults. The Belles script, originally published in 1989 and revised in 1997, describes six Walker sisters all hailing from Memphis, but now they are scattered all over the country. Only Peggy still lives in Memphis, where she cares for Mama. When the play begins, Peggy is phoning her sisters with the latest about Mama… whether they want to hear it or not! Many theaters who produce Belles set it back in the day in which it was originally written – back before cell phones and texting and the virtually free long distance phone call became commonplace – a day in which a call to another city could be freighted with dramatic consequence and heartbreaking honesty.

Don’t miss this delightful dramatic comedy, with its throwback to the early 1990’s portrayed by some very talented, local young actors!

Belles by STAGES
Showing at HART Theater
185 SE Washington, Hillsboro
Run time 120 minutes with intermission

Tickets $13+
Friday & Saturday, Oct 13 and 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday Oct 15, 2 pm

Purchase tickets here.

Public Art Scavenger Hunt: How Many Have You Seen?

Quick: Name a public art piece from the City’s collection!

Well, there’s that cool walking woman downtown, the chairs at the park… oh! and that giant yellow one at the Hops stadium… there are a couple at the library, right?

Definitely! Test your knowledge, learn titles and artists of our fabulous public art collection with our Public Art Scavenger Hunt. Identify each piece, and visit 13 works around town — printed copies of the map can be found in this season’s issue of HillsboroARTS magazine.

Here’s what you’ll be looking for:

  • Barometer
  • Bird Child Travels Through History
  • The Burger Family
  • Dancing Chairs
  • Dynamic Orbits
  • Get Down With Da Dirt
  • Head Over Heels
  • Main Street Bridge Lighting
  • Reflected Past
  • Seeds of Orenco
  • Shute Seeds
  • Steward’s Gateway
  • Walking Warrior

Take the family out to go appreciate some art around Hillsboro — and good luck!

Step Back (or Forward) in Time – Time Travelers’ Ball


Step Back (or Forward) in Time

Time Travelers’ Ball celebrates History through costumes, dance
By Kathy Fuller

An article from the Fall 2017 Washington County Arts & Cultural Guide

There’s a place you can go once a year where Star Trek characters and Victorian ladies mingle — where the past and the future intersect.

Hillsboro Historical Society’s Time Travelers’ Ball — an official event of Hillsboro Arts Month — is the perfect place to elave the present-day behind for an evening and step in to a proverbial time machine.

The Time Travelers’ Ball is a different sort of arts and culture event, says Hillsboro Historical Society President Kay Demlow. It’s one where you’re a participant, not an audience member.

It’s simple: Show up in a costume from any era, (or even from the future). Or, don’t wear a costume at all It’s more about the social dancing and socializing, Demlow said.

It’s also a fun way to learn about fashion history. “You never know,” Demlow said. “People get very creative. There’s a community-building aspect. People talk to each other about their costumes and make connections.”

This year’s theme is “Dancing Through the Ages.” Demlow and crew hope to promote the event as family-friendly. Refreshments will be served and there will be no alcoholic beverages. “We’re encouraging families with kids to come. It’s educational as well as fun and festive,” Demlow added.

At the top of each hour during the evening, there will be a short dance lesson where ball-goers will — quite literally — dance through the ages.

Starting at 7 p.m., caller Kathryn Plett will be on hand to teach and call simple dances from the Middle Ages. At 8 p.m., dancers will travel to the late 18th century — think Jane Austen.

Dance Master Guy Holladay takes the reigns at 9 p.m., with tips and tricks of 19th century dance. And at 10 p.m., he’ll teach the basics of swing dance.

The best part: You don’t need to know how to dance at all. “Everyone is welcome. No one is judging you on how well you dance,” Demlow said.

The Time Travelers’ Ball started in 2009, the brainchild of Rikki Nyman who, along with Demlow, spent many hours trying to save the former J.B. Thomas Middle School (originally Hillsboro High School), on Hillsboro’s Northeast Lincoln Street, from demolition.

“When the school was demolished, we were in a funk,” Demlow said. So Nyman turned to creating a positive event to celebrate history, and the Time Travelers’ Ball was born.

The ball once again will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall in Hillsboro — itself a historic building with a “wonderful dance floor. It’s perfect,” Demlow said.

Rumor has it there will be celebrity visits by costumed actors during the evening. It’s also a chance for people from various historic interest groups to come together, Demlow said. It’s not often Civil War re-enactment enthusiasts meet up with Jane Austen Society folks.

But it’s fun when it happens. “Come with an open mind,” Demlow recommends. After all, history is more fun when you get to be a part of it.

Proceeds from the Ball will benefit the Hillsboro Historical Society.

 

Time Travelers Ball
Dancing Through the Ages
Saturday, October 14
7 – 11 pm
Odd Fellows Lodge
267 E Main Street, Hillsboro
Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Timetravelersball.com

Westside Quilters Guild: Hidden Gem in Washington County

Westside Quilters Guild: Hidden Gem in Washington County presents Their Fourth Quilt Show

The Westside Quilters Guild, a group celebrating their 10th year with over 200 members, is about far more than creativity through fiber arts. With a mission of education, charity, and community partnerships throughout Washington County, the organization will be exhibiting their fourth Biennial Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 at Tuality Health Education Center. The featured Hillsboro Arts Month event has grown to be widely popular — expecting over 400 attendees, providing door prizes, a raffle, gift baskets, and a boutique – all while benefiting the good work that the Guild does in the area.

So — why should you support the Guild and see this year’s quilt show?

For starters, the group has so many generous, highly skilled members that they had to be selective in which projects would be on display for the show. With 150 quilts on display, members can submit one personal and one guild-related quilt to show. There are also a select 40 projects on display from featured quilters. Rest assured: these projects aren’t just your grandmother’s log cabin, standard quilt layout. Though some quilts on display are more traditional, there are many that are studio quality, thread-painting art quilt masterpieces on display. In fact, the quilt featured for this year’s raffle is a beautiful collage of “All Things Oregon” highlighting a salmon, Haystack rock, roses, wine grapes, and a beautiful rendering of Multnomah Falls within a border of rich blue batik fabric.

Visit the Westside Quilters Guild booth at ArtFest on the Plaza – September 30 from 9 am – 1:30 pm to learn more about this invaluable group and their upcoming show.

Check out the great things that Westside Quilters Guild has accomplished in just ten years:

  • The organization is a public charity, a registered nonprofit organization, and part of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
  • The Quilt Barn Trail, one of their most popular community engagement efforts, now has over 40 painted panels, or quilt blocks, on buildings throughout the area. The Quilt Barn Trail serves to highlight agricultural and historical heritage, promote area tourism, create public art, and showcase the art of quilting. The trail is also uniquely online as an interactive map, with up-close photos and descriptions of each location.
  • Westside Quilters Guild selects three charities per year to support as part of their mission to be engaged in education and skill of fiber arts while supporting those in need throughout the community. Previous efforts that WCG has supported include Vernonia flood victims, Cares NW youth support, Kaiser Permanente Hospital Chaplaincy, Camp Erin (an organization for children who have lost a parent or sibling), and Quilts for Cops in Yamhill for first responders injured on the job.
  • As part of education outreach, the Guild has also partnered with Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Vernonia High School to teach a 6 – week maker lab as well as projects for students to learn about crafts around the world.

The Westside Quilters Guild 2017 Quilt Show
Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8
10 am to 4 pm both days
Tuality Health Education Center
334 SE 8th at Baseline, Hillsboro OR
$6 admission, $5 with coupon from WCG website

Monumental Moments: A Cemetery Tour Not to Miss

You’re familiar with some of the names around Hillsboro – you know of John Shute, namesake of Shute Park, former mayors Randolph Crandell, William D. Hare, and Thomas H. Tongue, and even remembered that the City of Hillsboro was named after David Hill.

But what else do you know about the area’s past? See history come alive at the Monumental Moments Cemetery Tour on Sunday, October 1 at historic Pioneer Cemetery.  Learn about the earliest Hillsboro settlers come to rest at the site and take yourself back to a simpler time. Actors in costume come together for this annual event to share stories, portraying a dynamic group of interesting residents whose stories are woven into the fabric of Hillsboro’s rich history.

Did you know?
A brief history of Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery is situated on what was previously part of the David Hill land claim that was recorded on July 4, 1847. Hill died in 1850, and in 1860 the Masonic Order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) established a cemetery on the current site. The cemetery contains some of the oldest graves in Hillsboro. Interestingly, however, the northeastern section of the cemetery was originally acquired by Washington County for use to inter much of the indigent population at the time and was known as the “poor farm.” Those graves remain unmarked. From 1952 to 1989 the Hillsboro Cemetery Endowment Association provided regular maintenance at the cemetery through fundraising efforts and sponsorships. In 1965, the Tongue family plot became part of the cemetery. The City took over the maintenance and records for the cemetery via the dedication of properties, accepted by City Council resolution, in 1973.

On May 24, 2012, the City of Hillsboro formally unveiled an entrance sign. Designed by local craftsman, Dan Leuthold of Daniel’s Iron Design, the wrought iron entry gate welcomes visitors and, at the same time, honors this historic place. In addition to the new entrance way, a kiosk was also installed to invite visitors to learn more through a display of maps and general information. The entrance sign and kiosk was funded in part by a $4,000 grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Additional costs have been covered in a shared effort by the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department and the City Manager’s Office.

On June 17, 2014, the City Council adopted the Pioneer Cemetery Master Plan, which outlines general history and future projects for the site, located at 1601 SW Baseline Street.

Monumental Moments: A tour of Pioneer Cemetery
Sunday, October 1
1 – 5 pm
Pioneer Cemetery
1601 SW Baseline

$8 registration
Register at RecXpress
Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ParksRec
Course #55019 – 55035
Or call 503-681-5397 to register.
Space is limited!

 

Walters Cultural Arts Center Concert Series: Get Your Tickets Now!

WALTERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 2017-2018 CONCERT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS FOLK, AMERICANA, CELTIC, OPERA, JAZZ, CLASSICAL, COUNTRY, SOUL, ROOTS, FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES + MORE!


From Chris Smither and Oregon Mandolin Orchestra to collaborations with PDX Jazz, Portland Opera,

Teatro Milagro and more – The City of Hillsboro’s premier performing arts venue – showcases

a new season of local, regional and national artists in performances for all ages

The Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Hillsboro announces the 2017-2018 Concert Series line-up with tickets on sale Friday, August 4 at 9 am.  The series opens with a return performance by Seattle’s beloved Naomi Wachira – named Best Folk Singer by Seattle Weekly on Friday September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The series will conclude with the infamous Acoustic Guitar Summit on Friday, May 18, 2018.  This multi-cultural line-up includes Nuevo Americana, Singers + Songwriters, Family Friendly Opera, Educational Jazz, Celtic, Fingerstyle Guitar, Roots, Gospel, Classical, Bi-Lingual Theatre, Country and Folk  – along with emerging and legendary performers.  General admission tickets range in price from $5 to $30.  Ticket purchases can be made via phone or in person at the Walters box office 503-615-3485 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.  Doors open one hour before show time and wine, beer, snacks and concessions are provided by Longbottom Coffee and Tea. The Walters concert series has evolved over the years and continues to enrich the community with world class talent and affordable, culturally significant performances.

The Walters is a ground-breaking home for creativity and culture providing expanded opportunities for the entire metro area community, including increased access to exceptional performing and fine arts experiences. Recently celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Walters is one of the area’s hidden gems in regional cultural entertainment. The Walters Concert Series highlights a diverse range of beloved artists in its 200 seat theatre recognized for its architectural beauty and excellent acoustics.

 Located in the heart of historic downtown Hillsboro, the Walters is part of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks and Recreation Department.  In addition to its concert series and gallery season, the Walters hosts a variety of cultural events as part of its Tuesday Happenings: First Tuesday gallery receptions, open-mic poetry nights, and a spoken word series.  The Walters also offers arts education opportunities for all ages in fine and performing arts, in its studios and classrooms. Year after year, the Walters is a vibrant testament to the positive and enriching role that the arts play in our communities, and is a thriving example of Hillsboro’s commitment to arts and culture.

Concerts featured for Fall 2017 include:

SEPTEMBER

Naomi Wachira

Friday, September 29 | 7:30 pm

$15 advance | $20 day of show

Indie Singer + Songwriter, AfroFolk

Beloved Northwest artist Naomi Wachira returns to the Walters with one-of-a-kind songwriting and storytelling that bridges continents and cultures with grace and positivity. Hailing from Kenya and Seattle, Wachira is an international artist of “formidable talent and heart” (NW Music Scene) on a mission to connect audiences through the power of music. “She lifts hearts…Her lyrics shine. Her message: adore life…” (DList Magazine, Seattle). Don’t miss this chance for an intimate performance with a celebrated folk musician at the height of her creative powers. naomiwachira.com

www.naomiwachira2017.brownpapertickets.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi4zhf-mbis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb3cpdWEvcg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJMBubNUr1s

 

OCTOBER

Portland Opera To Go

Mozart’s – The Magic Flute

Saturday, October 21 | 2 pm

$5 suggested donation

Recommended ages: 6 & up

Opera, Family-Friendly

Even if you have never been to an opera, prepare to be delighted and entertained by Portland Opera To Go’s short and sweet version of The Magic Flute. Mozart’s universally bewitching tale of love, adventure, and the conflict between good and evil is buoyed by comedy, a fairy-tale worthy production, and above all, glorious music. Designed for children and families (and young-at-heart adults), POGO’s opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of fans throughout the region. No advance sales for this event (walk-up only). 60 minute program. www.portlandopera.org

 

Chris Smither

Friday, October 27 | 7:30 pm

$22 advance/ $26 day of show

Singer + Songwriter, Blues

Prolific and internationally celebrated singer-songwriter Chris Smither returns to the Walters for a highly anticipated solo performance. Called “one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world” by the Associated Press, “Smither’s roots are as blue as they come” (Rolling Stone). Deeply admired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, his masterful singing and guitar playing have garnered him legions of loyal fans throughout the span of his 50+ year career. Get your tickets early for an unforgettable evening with this legendary musician. smither.com

www.chrissmither2017.brownpapertickets.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvUdvQ0PNr4

www.youtube.com/ChrisSmither

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. For further information, call 503-615-3485 or visit the website at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters. Many thanks go to Walters Concert series Sponsor, The Orenco Hotel and First Tuesday sponsor, Decadent Creations Bakery — whose generosity and support have made it possible to enhance the Arts Center’s offerings and services.

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility.  Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists.  The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.

 

Hillsboro Arts Month 2017 starts off right with ArtFest on the Plaza

ArtFest on the Plaza

Create. Participate. Celebrate.

Saturday, September 30
9 am – 1:30 pm
Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza

Join the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council for an Arts Month kick off event with popcorn, street magic, live performances, family activities, and demonstrations.
In collaboration with the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market.

See performances and demonstrations from:

– Westside Community & Youth Orchestra
– New Vision Dance
– Macalino Family of Authors
– Una Voz Mariachi
– NorthWest Conservatory of Dance
– Rudy Tinoco Magician
– Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a
– Bag&Baggage Productions
– Bollywood Movez
– Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra
– HART Theater
-Hillsboro Community and Youth Choir
– Influence Music Hall
– Westside Quilters Guild
– Washington County Arts Alliance
– Sequoia Gallery + Studios

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