T-minus 68 days to TBA:15 | Any Portlanders who survive summer heat will be rewarded with annual performance highlight

Right now, all you can think about is the heat.

It’s summer in Portland. The off season. And man is it hot. The Dock is filled to capacity. Citizens are lying on blankets strewn across desiccated fields of dirt at the Blues Festival. Which I don’t think actually helps fight the heat a whole lot. And anyone with sense has fled for the coast or hills or northern Canada.

But some day soon (in theory), the heat will come off. The people will come back to town. And the performing arts scene will fire back up.

And you know what that means: the #PICAvan will be coming out of storage.

One of the highlights of any TBA is studying the movements of the #PICAvan.
One of the highlights of any TBA is studying the movements of the #PICAvan.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is only 68 days until this year’s incarnation of TBA kicks off at PICA. Last year was off the charts. So you know this year will be even better. There are a million ways to participate. You can volunteer, you can see one show or all shows. You can join in #CriticalMascara. You can stay up all night at after hours dance parties.

Whatever you do, be there. Because it is far and away the best live performance moment of the entire year in Portland. And it’s coming at you for 10 days starting September 10.

So get the glitter and glam ready. Because you’ll need it.

Here's looking at you, gorgeous.  #CriticalMascara returns to #tba in 2015.
Here’s looking at you, gorgeous. #CriticalMascara returns to #tba in 2015.

T-minus 24 hours to party of the year | PICA’s TADADA! Benefit Gala and After-Party is HAPPENING | #picavan

You’ve got about 24 hours to glue the heels back on your Ace Freeley platforms and panic buy glitter dust.

Because tomorrow at 5:30 PM, PICA’s TADADA! kicks off.

The PICA volunteer army (ably assisted by the world famous PICA van) is already swarming over The Redd on SE Salmon Street, transforming it from giant empty warehouse into dream factory. Check back later today for some photos of the chaos and splendor taking shape.

Also – help celebrate the wild and wacky PICA van by posting photos of it tagged with #picavan.

Tick tock – time is running out.

If you catch a glimpse of this guy, tag your photos with #picavan.
If you catch a glimpse of this guy, tag your photos with #picavan.

Weekend watch: Mr. Burns is back in town, TADADA!, Three Days of Grimm

The weekend is coming. And with it, your roster of entertainment possibilities. Which are legion.

Just about the most exciting thing on the spring calendar is finally here: Portland Playhouse takes on Anne Washburn’s MR. BURNS. You’ll travel indoors and out to three different sets for this epic. Opening night is Saturday.

Mr. Burns is back in town. And he's taken up at Portland Playhouse.
Mr. Burns is back in town. And he’s taken up at Portland Playhouse.

Also jockeying for position on Saturday night is PICA’s 20th anniversary gala: TADADA!. Come for the dinner if you’re feeling flush. But whatever you do, don’t miss the after-party helmed by Pepper Pepper. It’s all happening at The Redd, Ecotrust’s new event space on SE Salmon Street.

The Redd.  One of the biggest parties of the year is going to be right here in two days.
The Redd. One of the biggest parties of the year is going to be right here in two days.

And still ANOTHER Saturday night gem is a remount of David Saffert’s Liberace pageant at Curious Comedy.

Mr. Fabulous is back.  One night only at Curious Comedy.
Mr. Fabulous is back. One night only at Curious Comedy.

And for your Sunday night, perhaps you’ve heard of a certain play by Richard Greenberg coming to town? No, you probably haven’t heard of it that way. But you probably have heard that two TV stars from Grimm are in a show at Portland Center Stage. Ah yes. That one. Sunday night is the first preview.

And if you’re the pro active, plan ahead type – next Monday at PCS the Improv All Stars are back.

Your options

Thru 5.16 Post5 Theatre – TWELFTH NIGHT by Bill Shakestein
Thru 5.23 CoHo Productions – GROUNDED by George Brant
Thru 5.24 Third Rail Rep – STATIC by Dan Rebellato
Thru 6.14 Portland Center Stage – THE LION by Benjamin Scheuer
Thru 5.31 Triangle Productions – STOREFRONT REVUE: THE BABES ARE BACK
Thru 5.30 Action/Adventure Theatre – HOW TO STOP DYING by Noah Dunham
Thru 5.31 Bag & Baggage – OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Thru 6.20 defunkt theatre – THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by DC Copeland
5.13 – 6.7 Portland Playhouse – MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn
5.16 PICA – TADADA! Gala Benefit and After-Party
5.16 Curious Comedy – David Saffert’s LIBERACE: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
5.17 – 6.21 Portland Center Stage – THREE DAYS OF RAIN by Richard Greenberg
5.18.2015 Portland Center Stage – IMPROV ALL STARS

Photos | PICA founder Kristy Edmunds at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Not many people have done more to put Portland on the contemporary art map than Kristy Edmunds.

PICA. Ever heard of it?

Perhaps you’re familiar with a little impromptu annual shindig known as TBA?

Yeah – that old thing.

Edmunds founded the darn org and festival and was in the PDX house today to help celebrate a certain somebody’s 20th birthday.

PICA, the one and only, is 20. And still going strong.

To celebrate our faire city’s outrageous good fortune, TADADA! is May 16 at The Redd.

So costume up. And saddle up.

Photos from today’s event.

One tough customer watching me.
One tough customer watching me.

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Packed at Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
Packed at Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
Just how big of an impact did she have? If it were not for Kristy Edmunds, we would not have PICA. And if we didn’t have PICA, we would not have the world famous PICA van. Capiche?
Just how big of an impact did she have? If it were not for Kristy Edmunds, we would not have PICA. And if we didn’t have PICA, we would not have the world famous PICA van. Capiche?

TADA! | Announcing – TADADA! | PICA celebrates 20th anniversary with intergalactic benefit gala and after-party at The Redd

From the fun folks at PICA, who not only bring Portland the single best live performance festival of the year but also carry on with all sorts of interesting stuff all the live long day every day – it’s time for a party.

On May 16, Ecotrust’s newly acquired event space in SE (“The Redd” – on Salmon Street – get it?) will be the scene for an epic PICA style blowout benefit. Pepper Pepper is holding court at the after-party. Any questions?

If you recall the days of The Dada Ball – you can see where this is heading.

If you’re the boss, you need the info

Presiding over the pepper-verse at last year's Critical Mascara: Pepper Pepper.
Presiding over the pepper-verse at last year’s Critical Mascara: Pepper Pepper.
BEFORE. The Redd on Salmon Street gets ready to  transform into gala benefit mode.
BEFORE. The Redd on Salmon Street gets ready to transform into gala benefit mode.

Party Alert | Precipice Fund Awards Announcement and PICA Winter Fete is Thursday, Dec 11

12.12.2014 Photos from the evening here.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that PICA knows how to party.

For starters, there’s that little annual tradition some call TBA that happens every September. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

And at other select moments during the year, the same crew organizes a party or event to churn things up.

This is one of those moments.

Tomorrow night, turn out to hear who won an award from the Precipice Fund. And stick around for the end of year winter fete.

Downtown. At PICA.

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Party downtown with PICA.
Party downtown with PICA.