Sunday, February 18, 2018

Inara George

Tobias the Owl

7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

$15 advance, $20 day of show

All ages welcome

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Inara George

Inara George

When Inara George was five years old, she attended the wake of her father, musician Lowell George, the beating heart of the band Little Feat. Strangely enough, it was also her birthday. Hazy memories include a mountain of presents that engulfed the family grand piano, a piñata filled with treasures but somehow, she got stuck with the yucky sesame candy, and most of all, a heavy sense of the day that couldn't yet be articulated by her child mind.

As anyone who has lost a parent or a close loved one knows, the grief and the gratitude for a life that touched yours spreads out for years. Creates rivers of emotions running through families that must be navigated, side-stepped, sometimes drained. On Dearest Everybody, her latest solo album since 2009's Accidental Experimental, Inara (The Bird and the Bee, and the Living Sisters) mines that initial loss and others that friends and family have suffered, to find the sorrow, and sometimes the joy blooming in the rockiest of places.

Sometimes the line between joy and sorrow is hard to parse, as she sings on the opening song, "Young Adult," a tender, uplifting homage to the messy thrill of growing up. In "Release Me," Inara sings from her mother's perspective regarding the loss of Lowell. A few of the songs, including "Tusker 4," "Slow Dance" and "Take Me to Paris" stem from Inara's annual tradition of writing a song for a dear friend's baby who was lost in childbirth. The sweetly playful "All for All" was written for her producer Mike Andrews who told her of a funny misunderstanding between him and his elderly father in his last few days.

About three years ago, Inara set out to record the album on her own - between raising her three children and various projects but eventually she reached out to Andrews, her collaborator on all her solo albums, including breakthrough All Rise from 2005. The two recorded whenever their schedules yielded, and occasionally called in friends to play.

The hallmarks that are present in Inara's other projects, The Bird and the Bee (her collaboration with Grammy winning producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin) and the Living Sisters (with singers Alex Lilly, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark), are present here: soaring melodies, airy vocals that swing high and low, exquisite touches of keys and strings that never overwhelm, but the finished result is fully Inara. Dearest Everybody is her story, in music and in life - of taking the losses that formed her and strengthened her, and shining them out to the rest of the world.



Tobias the Owl

Tobias the Owl

Tobias the Owl is a collaborative group of musicians based around the songwriting of Elijah Dhavvan. Frequent collaborators include Scott Seiver (Tenacious D, Aimee Mann, Flight of the Conchords), Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore, David Bazan), and Tim Van Buren (Mary Lambert).

"Every Eye is a Universe" was met with critical acclaim upon its release, with praise from bloggers and press, including Northwest Music Scene, Blurt Magazine, M-Pire Magazine, UK Songwriter Magazine, Jersey Beat, and many others.

The album was also featured in high-rotation airplay in Starbucks stores around the world, and the songs have been placed in television and film.

Songs written by Tobias the Owl have also been covered by artists like Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc), and John McAuley (Deer Tick).

And the album also had a groundswell of support at independent and college radio stations. It debuted at #16 on the college music charts and remained on the charts in the top 200 for 2 months. Radio stations like KAOS (Olympia) and WTJU (University of Virginia) included the album in their picks for top 10 album of the year. Northwest Music Scene also named the album one of the Top 10 of 2016 from the Pacific Northwest.

On social media, the album was played over 300,000 times within the first 6 months of release.




About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

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We’ve got a full bar, pizza, salad and concessions for you to enjoy.

Theater pricing and policies 
•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

Accommodations Closed Captioning 

Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

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We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

From a church to a theater-pub, the Mission's history ain't exactly saintly. Click here for more info!

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