Arts Hound

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, he probably did not foresee it being told via acrobats, stilt dancers and jugglers. But that’s exactly what Portland’s Wanderlust Circus is doing, accompanied by bohemian chamber orchestra 3 Leg Torso, with “A Circus Carol” 8 pm Friday, Dec. 13, at McDonald Theatre. In what other context are you going to see Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (as well as Hanukkah Past) doing aerial stunts? Humbug? More like hum diddly!

If you didn’t get your fill of the viz arts last week because of Eugene’s transformation into a snow globe, this week you’ll have your choice of three art walks. The Downtown First Friday ArtWalk is rescheduled for Dec. 13 with most of the same tour stops (see ArtsHound 12/7 and check for updates). On the same evening, Springfield hosts its own downtown art crawl starting at 5:30 pm at the City Hall Gallery (225 5th St.) with live music, holiday festivities and refreshments — holiday costumes encouraged! On Saturday, Dec. 14, South Willamette gets in on the game with its 2nd Saturday Art Walk, featuring the photos of Peter Gabor at O’Brien Photo Imaging Gallery (2833 Willamette) and more. For more info, visit

For more local arts, head to the Whit for 2nd and Blair Artists Studio Sale 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, Dec. 14. See more than eight artists in their natural habitat, the studio, packed full with prints, fine jewelry, stained glass, ceramics, photography and the lovely and familiar fantastical paintings of Shanna Trumbly.

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