Acrobats, fiber weaving and painting exhibitions, piano concert and theatre: Arts Best Bets from September 2 to 8

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Welcome to Best Bets, a weekly column in which the Oregonian Arts Office separates the wheat from the chaff of upcoming theater, classical music and dance performances and visual arts events. Here are our picks for September 2-8.

George Winston, Aladdin Theater

The Grammy Award-winning pianist, known for solo albums such as “December,” takes a one-night stand in Portland. He will play his summer schedule, which includes favorites such as Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” tracks, as well as songs from his upcoming releases. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Recovery Network. 8 p.m. Saturday, September 3, Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. $25-$28, or 503-234-9694 ext 2.

“Restore Breath”, Portland Art Museum

Forty years of Coast Salish fiber weaving are at the heart of this exhibit at the Portland Art Museum‘s Center for Contemporary Native Art. The museum states, “This exhibition aims to restore the breath of an ancient art form and honors the sacred relationship between man and the natural world and between master and apprentice.” 10am-5pm Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Friday, Sept. 3-Feb. 26 Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. $20 adults, $17 students and seniors, free for 17 and under, or 503-226-2811.

Elizabeth Malaska, National

The Portland-based painter continues her dissertation on representations of the naked female body with “When We Dead Awaken II,” a sequel to her 2014 National show “in which figuration and motif collide,” wrote critic John Motley. . This time, Malaska combines different styles to emphasize the “predatory gaze”, as the gallery puts it. Opening reception, Sunday, September 4 at 3 p.m.; playing, 12-6 p.m. Wednesday-Monday through Oct. 10, National, 3360 SE Division St. Free, or 503-477-9786.

Shanghai Acrobats

Considered their country’s premier acrobatic troupe, Shanghai Acrobats from the People’s Republic of China are coming to town to show off their blend of athletics and drama. Their 2016 tour includes a new show, “Shanghai Nights”, in which a boy follows a fairytale phoenix on a fantastical journey. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; or 503-228-1353.

“Project Antigone”, profile theater

If you read Greek playwright Sophocles’ “Oedipus” trilogy at school, you’ll remember Antigone as the loyal and defiant sister who taunts her uncle the king to give her fallen soldier brother a proper burial. This act triggers a chain of tragic events that five contemporary playwrights have reimagined in five short plays, directed by Dawn Monique Williams for the Profile Theater Fall Festival. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Sept. 7-10, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Sept. 10-11, Alder Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St. $13.50-$36, or 503-242-0080.

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Julia P. Cluff