PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Installations and live performances fill out theaters, temporary galleries, and unexpected public spaces throughout Portland, activating the city with art and energy. From morning workshops to afternoon salons and talks, to evening shows and late-night happenings, TBA is an all-hours forum for new ideas and experiences.
The 2013 TBA Festival will be presented September 12th through 22nd, with visual art exhibits running through October. Download a PDF of this year’s TBA guidebook or view the full schedule by clicking the calendar link above. Read on for passes and ticketing details.
The TBA Central Box Office will be open located at PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave.
Box office hours:
August 20–September 6: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
September 10–22: Daily, 12–6pm
Take note: Day-of-show tickets are only available at each venue’s box office 60 minutes before showtime. All purchases are subject service charges.
EXPERIENCE TBA WITH A FESTIVAL PASS
TBA passes offer the freedom to enjoy everything that’s happening, while providing considerable savings off individual ticket prices. Advance pass purchase is recommended, as quantities are limited.
PATRON $500 ($250 tax-deductible)
Unlimited access to TBA, including one ticket each to Third Angle New Music Ensemble and Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale with the Oregon Symphony, and listing as a sponsor in our TBA:13 performance program.
IMMERSION $200 Members/ $250 General
Entry to all performances, exhibits, Institute programs, and THE WORKS. *Note: Does not include admission to Third Angle New Music Ensemble or Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale with the Oregon Symphony.
FLEX $120 Members/ $150 General
Choose up to six performances, plus full access to exhibits, Institute programs, and THE WORKS. *Note: Does not include admission to Third Angle New Music Ensemble or Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale with the Oregon Symphony.
WORKS $48 Members/ $60 General
Ten days of late-night shows at THE WORKS, plus a special bonus performance by Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace) on September 19. Discounts on individual performance tickets and PICA Merchandise.
Out of town visitors receive special discounts on TBA passes and tickets. Call 503.224.PICA for details.
BE OUR GUEST
Out-of-town TBA Festival attendees receive generous discounts on TBA Passes simply by showing out-of-state ID or an international passport. Contact the PICA Box Office at 503.224.PICA (7422) in August to reserve your pass.
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PORTLAND ART FOCUS
An association of academic and nonprofit museums and galleries in alliance with the Portland Art Dealers Association. Plan your Portland art tour at padaoregon.org.
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Why is there a service charge on individual tickets?
PICA’s nominal $1 per ticket fee helps us offset box office staffing and administrative fees so more of your ticket purchase can go towards supporting the TBA programming and artists. Please be aware when ordering online that there is a standard service charge of $1 plus 5%.
Can I share my Festival Pass?
Passes are non-transferable. Your name will be written on your pass and you will be required to show ID with your pass upon entering each venue.
What if I am late to the show?
As a general rule, there is no late seating. All shows will start promptly as listed. You must check in no later than 15 minutes before curtain to ensure seating, even if you have a pass or a pre-purchased individual ticket. At 15 minutes prior to curtain, any unclaimed seats reserved for pass holders will be opened up for individual ticket sales.
What if I forget my pass?
You will have to purchase a single ticket at the door.
What if I lose my pass?
Contact PICA immediately and we will assist you in re-issuing your pass.
How do I find each venue?
Please see each individual event listing for a link to Google Maps. A printable pdf of the TBA:11 Venue List and Map will also be made available for download.
Can I bring my family? What shows are appropriate for children?
PICA supports artists’ freedom of speech and audiences’ right to choose what to see and hear. Due to the nature of live performance, we cannot pre-screen all works for content. Young people are welcome at all shows that are not 21+ only, at their parents’ discretion. If you have specific concerns or questions, our box office staff can offer suggestions on shows.
Young Audiences = created for all ages. Come one come all.
All Ages = created for adult audiences. Young people welcome at parent’s discretion.
Mature Audiences = created for adult audiences. Contents may be challenging and/or inappropriate for some viewers.
21+ = Admission with valid 21+ ID only in accordance with OLCC regulations.
If I buy a ticket, does my kid get in for free?
Sure, if they can sit on your lap. Otherwise you will need to purchase an additional ticket. Additionally, while we welcome children and babies, please note that if there is any disturbance to the live performance, we may have to ask you to please wait in the lobby.
Is there a lost and found?
Lost and found items from all venues will be collected and brought to the TBA Central Box Office. Please call 503.224.PICA to inquire about your item.
Are venues accessible?
All venues are wheelchair-accessible. While Washington High School is up to ADA code, it is an old building with unusual architectural and seating arrangements. If you have special needs or accessibility concerns, please see our Front of House Manager at the venue. Please contact PICA in advance to arrange use of elevator/ramp at Conduit.