After shuttling its popular (and free!) annual "OBT Exposed" summer performance series on the South Park Blocks, Oregon Ballet Theatre promised to come back with something different, but equally awesome: a new city-wide arts festival called "Fall.ART.Live," hosted at OBT's inner Southeast studios (and outside parking lots).
Well, OBT just announced their line-up for this Saturday's day-long fest and... uh... I dunno. It just seems kinda - meh.
See for yourself:
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
WHERE: Outdoors at the Oregon Ballet Theatre Studios, located at 818 SE Sixth Avenue — on the east end of the Morrison Bridge between SE Belmont and Morrison.
WHO: Performers include: Bouand Dance, Josie Moseley Dance, Linda Austin Dance, Metro Dancers, Northwest Professional Dance Project, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Oregon Ballet Theatre Apprentice Program, Polaris Dance, The Portland Ballet, The Portland Opera and Trueheart Productions. In addition, free classes will be offered by Do Jump!, Fuse Theatre Ensemble, Jaynathi Raman, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Actor's Conservatory.
Food will be available for purchase from Bunk Sandwiches, Koi Fusion PDX, New Leaf Salads and Voodoo Donuts. There will also be a beer garden adjacent to the performance stage serving craft brews from Bridgeport Brewery.
OBT also lists a phalanx of PDX arts groups who will be on hand to pimp their own wares (but aren't offering their own free performances), like the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Children's Theatre, Live Wire! Radio and Portland Center Stage.
You know what I'm most excited about in all of this? Food from Bunk Sandwiches, Koi Fusion and craft beers from Bridgeport! Hellz yes!!