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February 26, 2009 10:00 ET

Box Office Tickets Welcomes Portland Area Theatre Alliance to PDX Cultural Calendar™; More Than 200 Organizations Participate in Portland's Go-To Calendar of Cultural Events

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - Box Office Tickets Inc. announces that Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) has joined Portland's only centralized calendar of cultural events. The PDX Cultural Calendar™ is a free service introduced late last year to make it easy for communities to create, maintain and share events online. PATA is the third organization to post its member organization's calendars.

"We created the calendar service to help people connect to the events and shows that interest them in their community," says George Domurot, President/CEO of Box Office Tickets Inc. "Everyone can participate in the postings -- from the reveler to an event or theater manager -- making PDX Cultural Calendar™ the 'go-to' place for everything happening in Portland." The addition of PATA as a contributing manager of the service makes PDX Cultural Calendar™ the most comprehensive listing of cultural events in Portland.

The calendar service connects people to events, both paid and free. Event and theater managers can post events and shows that are ticketed through® services -- or even ticketed through another service -- allowing for the consolidation of all calendar listings in one system. As of today, there are more than 200 participating organizations with more than 5,000 listings on the calendar.

"PATA is pleased to be joining the hundreds of organizations which are combining their efforts to create a centralized calendar for Portland's fine and performing arts," says Jen Raynak, PATA's President of the Board of Director. "This shared sense of community and participation will help our member organizations drive greater attendance at their events and will serve to highlight the wealth of theatrical offerings in our unique community."

Features of PDX Cultural Calendar™

PDX Cultural Calendar™ is a user-friendly online database of cultural events that allows everyone in the Portland Metro area to share their listings. Everyone benefits from one central calendar of events, with the latest and most accurate information.

For presenting arts organizations, the calendar service eliminates the tedious task of updating multiple systems. With PDX Cultural Calendar™, they simply enter content once and their posting is automatically shared with multiple listing services. In addition to posting, editing and sharing their event calendars with others on the system, they can use it to power their own website content, all for free.

For event goers, PDX Cultural Calendar™ is the most comprehensive calendar of cultural events in Portland. Events can be searched by date, genre, keyword and neighborhood making it intuitive and easy to use.

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About Portland Area Theater Alliance

Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) is a non-profit alliance of theatre companies, businesses, and individual theatre artists and is dedicated to promoting and supporting live theatre in Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas.

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