MACBETH at Post5 Theatre opens February 15 presented Fri. to Sun. through March 17 at 7 pm at the Black-box Space, 850 NE Oregon St., 4 blocks south of the Red, Blue, and Green MAX Lines. Tickets are $10. Shakespeare’s dark tale of a ruthless man’s drive to be King under any circumstances is the theatre’s first production. This new take is abridged, intense, fast-paced and visceral. See postfivetheatre.org .

 

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS 2013 applications are open for this year’s October 12, 13 and 19, 20 tour. If your studio is in Portland, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Aloha, Lake Oswego, or West Linn, apply by March 8, 11 pm, and receive a discount on jury fees. Final deadline is March 15, 2013. Artists 20–30 years of age are encouraged to apply for the Kimberly Gales Scholarship. Recipient has fees waived and receive a $100. For information about guidelines, and a link to the application, see www.portlandopenstudios.com/application. 503.282.5388.

 

PDX VOX, the Community A cappella Program, begins its spring season the first week of February. It’s a singing program for people who love upbeat pop music and want to improve their singing in a friendly, supportive environment.There are no voice auditions, just a low-pressure, recreational program directed by Marie Schumacher with a  13-week season. Instructors work with groups on vocal blending, singing technique, music theory and performance tips. Held Friday mornings 10 – 11:30 am at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St.  For registration see pdxvox.com or call 503.238.5331.

 

PORTLAND STORYTELLERS GUILD’S LOVE AND TIME: Stories on the Journey – Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm. at Hipbone Studios, 1847 E. Burnside. Four storytellers muse about the circuitous route of the heart’s journeys. Tickets $10, members/students with ID, $8, children over 10, $5. 503. 652.6355. www.portlandstorytellers.org .

 

25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER from Triangle Productions and directed by Donald Horn. Judy Gold wondered what made her Jewish and when she wanted a baby, what made a Jewish mother different than others. Thursday-Saturdays, February 7-Feb 24 at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. Reservations required as seats are limited. 503.239.5919. www.tripro.org .

 

PORTLAND JAZZ FEST is Feb. 15 – 24 at venues throughout the city. The 10th anniversary fest include headliners Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison and George Colligan; The Jazz Message Celebrating Art Blakey; ACS featuring pianist Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding; Afro Cuban All-Stars and Alfredo Rodriguez; 83-year-old NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris; Steve Kuhn Trio featuring special guest Devin Phillips and lots lots more. Check www.pdxjazz.com for schedule and ticket info or call 503.228.5299.

 

PIANIST GREG LIEF performs two Beethoven sonatas and works by Chopin and Debussy at Classic Pianos Recital Hall, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. on Saturday, February 23, 7 pm. Proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Columbia River Gorge. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For info call 503.241.3762 .

 

JD DAWSON HOSTS BLUESGRASS SESSIONS Saturday March 2, April 18 and then every 3rd Saturday after at Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St. from 5 to 8 pm. Dawson pens unforgettable songs as well as his versions of old blues, country and bluegrass classics. Other musicians and singers sit in too. See www.jadeloungepdx.com. Dawson’s heartfelt homespun tales can be heard at www.reverbnation.com/jddawsonsolo .

 

THE RED DOOR PROJECT –This nonprofit organization presents August Wilson’s Century Cycle, ten plays representing the African American experience in the twentieth century. Guided by actor and director mentors, working with local teachers and community leaders, students perform monologues from Wilson’s plays at public Portland auditions. Top finalists compete in finals held in New York. The Project is establishing a network of educators and theatre artists to help find young people to participate. Find out more. Email info@reddoorproject.org or phone 971.506.4927.

 

THE 2013 PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL presented by Northwest Film Center this month hosts an array of film events all over Portland February 9 through 25. This year over three dozen films of every kind will be screened at Cinemagic, 2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd. See the website www.nwfilm.org for more about the where, when, what times and how much. It’s all in there somewhere or here: www.festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36 .

 

FOUR OREGON PEACE CHOIRS share songs of justice and joy in a free, family-friendly concert Sunday, February 17, 4 pm at Milwaukie Lutheran Church, 3810 SE Lake Rd. Milwaukie featuring Portland Peace Choir, In Accord, Rogue Valley Peace Choir and Eugene Peace Choir. For information, contact Portland Peace Choir Info and directions 503.482.9630. www.portlandpeacechoir.org .