It’s February and that means there is going to be a lot of pressure on you to buy gifts and plan the perfect night out for your beloved. If you are not currently attached, this month will bring an onslaught of E-mails from various matchmaking websites trying to convince you that your mate is out there and can be located for a price. No matter what your situation, you need to watch something that will comfort you, make you laugh, make you cry and keep you out of trouble in this season of love.
You could always order a pizza and rent Noting Hill or schlep your significant other out for a candlelight dinner where you will be crammed in between two other couples who are also trying to have a romantic night out, or you could do something different and see a live show. This month brings several live shows having to do with love to Portland including a bitter recounting of dates gone wrong, a tale of lifelong love between pen pals and a concert from a silky voice legend.
It’s Not Me, It’s You: Stories from the dark side of dating:
Local comedians, writers and filmmakers will come together to tell their sadly funny stories of dates gone wrong at the Alberta Rose Theater on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. February 3, 2015.
Storytellers will include Amy Miller, who was voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian in 2013 by the Willamette Week, David Walker who is a local filmmaker and the author of Becoming Black and Reba Sparrow, who is one of the producers of The Mystery Box Show which features true stories of people’s sexual experiences.
According to the theater’s website, “After hearing these personal stories, you’ll leave either feeling grateful for your current relationship or with the realization that being single isn’t so bad after all.”
Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Proceeds from the show will go to benefit Planned Parenthood.
If you and your mate are a little star struck you may want to check out Love Letters at the Brunish Theatre which runs from February 12 to February 14, 2015. The play features seventies TV stars Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon as two childhood sweethearts who sit side by side reading letters they have written to one another thought their lives.
The play was written by A.R. Gurney and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The letters detail the characters’ lives from the time they were grade school classmates, to their college years to their dysfunctional marriages and their eventual affair. Although the story begins with cute communications from two children discussing birthday parties and camp, it has a surprisingly dark ending. The play has been performed by several famous actors including Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy.
Ellen Travolta is the sister of John and played Louisa Arcola on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi. Jack Bannon is best known for his role as Art Donovan on the Mary Tyler Moore Show spin off Lou Grant.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and ticket prices range from $56.00 to $81.00.
Valentine’s Day with Smokey Robinson:
On February 14, 2015 the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall presents the Motown superstar singing all of his classic hits including The Tracks of My Tears and Being with You,” He will be accompanied by The Oregon Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Robinson is the former lead singer of The Miracles who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In addition to singing Mr. Robinson penned many hit singles for other artist including My Girl and Get Ready for The Temptations.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.