Nobody throws a party like us LGTBQ folks! Were it not for countless gays working tirelessly behind the scenes, the Christmas festivities would be far less sparkly and half the fun.
Any self-respecting Elf will tell you that the secret to a harmonious holiday is pre-planning. With that in mind, here’s our guide to celebrating the Yuletide with a twist!
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Oregon Ballet Theatre
December 8th – 23rd
What could be more romantic than that gently-shaken-snow-globe of a ballet known as The Nutcracker? It is composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday gift to the world. The first act features a party bursting with holiday good cheer, adorable yet deadly mice and gorgeous synchronized snowflakes.
All of that is a set up for the second act in the Land of Sweets. Tchaikovsky provides a travelogue of music and dance with influences from Russia, China and Spain. Lovely, yes, but the sustained “ahhh” of audience enchantment comes with the appearance of Mother Ginger, a giantess with huge hoop skirts filled with adorable young dancers. This year’s Ma Ginger will be cast from the gorgeous Drag Queens of our fair city… Q Center will help in the casting process. Join in the fun at Q Center (4115 N Mississippi) November 11 at 6 pm
The Most Wonderful Season
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
December 14th, 15th and 16th
The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus has been adding their own festive touch to every season since their inception in 1980. Their holiday concerts have become a favorite way to ring in the holidays for many.
This season Artistic Director Bob Mensel will be adding some favorites such as Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ s “Wassail” and Eric Whitacre’s exquisite “Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold).”
A Very Joan Crawford Christmas
November 29th – December 23rd
The mind reels! What can it mean? A tree bedecked with wire hangers and ornaments fashioned from Pepsi bottles? Will Joan be her usual warm and whimsical self? There’s only one way to find out.
The SantaLand Diaries
Portland Center Stage
November 27th – December 30th
It wouldn’t be Christmas at PCS without Crumpet, the disaffected elf, recounting his follies in SantaLand. The story is derived from humorist David Sedaris’s time as an elf in Macy’s flagship store. There will be a new Crumpet this year. Local favorite Darius Pierce will be donning the tunic and tights.
Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Christmas Carol
Artists Repertory Theatre
November 27th – December 23rd
This show charmed audiences when it premiered last year. The story is a mashup that re-imagines The Christmas Carol with an ill-tempered Sherlock in the Scrooge role. Portland favorite Michael Mendelson returns in the title role. “Sherlock,” says Mendelson, “doesn’t get the transformation that Scrooge experiences. After his night of dreams he understands what his purpose is … and how the love that comes back to you is [the product of] how you treat others. It makes me emotional just to talk about it.”