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Celebrate Valentine's Day locally

HART Theatre’s Batya Podos — who also happens to be a professional storyteller — will take audience members on a journey with her as she tells three of her favorite love stories.

As Podos prepped for the event, she decided to tell three kinds of stories — love at first sight, ill-fated love and loving someone who’s not suited for you — that have a common thread.

“It’s almost musical or like a concert,” Podos said. “The stories fit together so they lead easily from one to the next and all tie up at the end.”

Now HART board president, Podos got her start storytelling about three decades ago when she found herself the only member of her theater company who didn’t bail on a European tour.

Suddenly, she was a one-woman show. So Podos took the love of stories that ran deep within her since childhood and made a go at it. She’s stuck with it ever since.

The experience is different than going to see a play or movie, Podos says, because audience members are transported entirely through listening.

“It takes you back to when you were little and releases your inner child,” Podos said. “Listening to stories can change you and put you in touch with a part of yourself you haven’t visited in a while.”

The show will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro.

There will be snacks and drinks, as well as a silent auction. The silent auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to HART Theatre.

“The heart wants what it wants,” Podos said. “Love is a good thing.”

Other local Valentine’s Day entertainment options include the following:

Concert at Cornell

Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living in Hillsboro presents an afternoon concert Friday, Feb. 14, with featured guests Brooks & John.

Brooks Robertson and John Standefer, a dynamic guitar duo, will show off their unique finger-style technique.

The protégé of Buster B. Jones, Robertson wowed guitar fans even as a child after appearing on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and won first place in a talent competition.

Robertson received the Horizon Award for young up-and-coming guitarists by the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2012, and was recently voted Portland’s “Best Emerging Artist” by Deli magazine.

Winner of the 2002 National Fingerstyle Guitar Contest and open division winner of the 2004 International Home of the Legends Competition, Standefer is a veteran guitarist and a true master of fingerstyle.

The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Celebrate love with Bag&Baggage

Bag&Baggage Productions of Hillsboro will host two events for Valentine’s Day.

Join Bag&Baggage artistic director Scott Palmer and members of the resident acting company at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, for an intimate evening of wine, food and romantic performances.

The Wines of Love will feature wines chosen specifically for their romance and passion, paired with readings of William Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson and ee cummings.

Tickets are $18, and include one glass of wine and light appetizers.

The event is open to ages 21 and older, and will be at Renaissance Wines, 1320 N.E. Orenco Station Parkway in Hillsboro.

On Valentine’s Day Bag&Baggage is presenting “Cabaret Cupid,” an evening of song, dance, comedy and performances by some of the region’s most celebrated artists and performers.

The fun will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Venetian Theatre, 253 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

“This is a new venture for us,” said Scott Palmer, B&B’s artistic director. “We have reached out to some of our best friends and colleagues from across the region and the response has been overwhelming.”

Headliners for the show, which will be done in true cabaret style, include Portland’s musical theater phenomenon Susannah Mars, choreography by Christopher Stowell and Anne Mueller, music by The Skidmore Bluffs, and piano and comedy by David Saffert.

Other performers include Xuan Cheng and Brian Simcoe of Oregon Ballet Theatre; Carl Halvorson of Portland Opera; internationally acclaimed opera singer Pamela South; Brian Oberlin, artistic director of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra; Katarina Svetlova, former Oregon Ballet dancer and contemporary dance artist; Eowyn Emerald, producer of Pacific Dance Makers; Polaris Dance Theatre; Bergerette, a French-pop trio; Stephanie Leppert, Portland-area musical theatre performer; and Luke Armstrong, acoustic guitar and songwriter.

Tickets are $30 or $55 per couple and can be purchased online at bagnbaggage.org or by calling 503-345-9590.

Celebrate amore at the Walters Center

The Walters Cultural Arts Center will be hosting a romantic concert on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show, and are available at brownpapertickets.com or 503-615-3485. Beer, wine, pizza and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission.

Performers Beth Donnelly, soprano, and Douglas Feller, baritone, are a husband and wife duo known for delivering powerful and heartfelt renditions of classical romantic opera. Romance is a fully choreographed show featuring love songs and duets.

Continue the celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, with a lecture about artistic and creative partnerships at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Alex and A’misa Chiu are accomplished local artists, educators and self-publishers whose work focuses on community, partnership and creative freedom. They are devoted to making their community and home a haven for the arts, constant creative growth and freedom of expression.

They’ll discuss how they support one another within their unique creative practices and give simple tips for encouraging creative partnerships.

Bienestar: love and good causes

Join Bienestar and Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic for a Valentine’s Day dinner and movie fundraiser with food and a poignant tale of unrequited love.

On Friday, Feb. 14, guests are invited to enjoy delicious Mexican meal inspired by the film “Like Water for Chocolate” and prepared by Bienestar residents who have trained in Bienestar’s culinary skills course.

Tickets are $75 per person and include a four-course meal and champagne. Communal seating and tables for two will be available.

Reserve tickets at 503-693-2937, Ext. 106.

The night starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornelius Wellness Center, 1151 N. Adair St.

Dance the night away

There will be a Sweetheart’s dance at the Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 Hillcrest Ave. in North Plains, featuring D.T. and Country, a raffle and snacks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20 per couple.

More to do downtown

Primrose & Tumbleweeds, 248 E. Main St., is hosting a five course prix fixe menu complete with wine pairings and live music.

Reservations are required. $100 per couple. First seating at 5 p.m., last seating at 9 p.m. Visit primroseandtumbleweeds.com for reservations or call 503-703-8525.



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