Westside fans of the arts, we’ve got exciting news for you: The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton is officially open. The brand-new facility, which is called The Reser for short, is a multi-disciplinary venue for shows, performances and education. In addition to the 550-seat, state-of-the-art theater, the building also holds an art gallery, and rehearsal, workshop, meeting and event spaces. Additionally, the location in downtown Beaverton is just steps from the Beaverton Central MAX light rail station and adjacent to restaurants, shops, hotels and public parking. “We’re focused on presenting award-winning artists and attractions, and bringing the world to our stage. Here you’ll be able to stumble on to something culturally significant and suddenly you’re just blown away,” says Chris Ayzoukian, executive director of The Reser. “We’re committed to creating a place where everyone feels welcome and represented on and off stage.”
The Reser’s grand opening season does just that. Here are a few of the upcoming shows your whole family can enjoy. On April 1-3 White Bird dance company presents Versa-Syle Dance Company’s Origins, a show that celebrates hip hop dance from its roots in African and Latinx communities. Popping, locking, house and freestyle moves will be on display. On April 13, Broadway star and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga brings her extraordinary talents to The Reser’s stage. (And you may know the Filipina singer better as the voice of Disney princesses Mulan and Jasmine!) On May 7, the Portland Columbia Symphony will perform a 35-minute, sensory- and family-friendly concert with lower volumes and flexible seating options. (Fidgets and a quiet room will also be available.) The Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers and Sonia De Los Santos will perform a bilingual concert on June 4. The show will include both old and new songs that span the musical traditions of North America. And pro tip: Northwest Children’s Theater will be holding summer camp at The Reser!
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St., Beaverton.