WORLD OF IDEAS: MODERN WORKS FOR SOLO PIANO – a studio series by Third Angle ensemble member Susan DeWitt Smith who performs new piano music by David Lang, Timo Andres, and Portland’s Michael Johanson, Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4 at Studio 2 @ N.E.W., 810 SE Belmont St. at 7:30 pm. Dr. Smith, a Portland native, soloist and chamber musician, has appeared with Oregon Symphony, Portland Columbia Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
WORDSTOCK – Portland’s annual book festival is November 5,held at Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. with 100+ authors in all genres for all ages, and a series of writing workshops for adults and free workshops for youth. Tickets are on sale now $15 ($18 day of event).The bookfest is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of roles before and during the festival. See literary-arts.org or call 503.227.2583.
ANTHONY B & THE BORN FIRE BAND and Speaker Minds with world class MC Mic Crenshaw and DJ King Toby share a high energy night of music sponsored by KBOO Community Radio, Friday November 4 at the Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th. Show starts at 9 pm for ages 21+. Adv Tickets: $22 (day of show, $26). Anthony B adopted Rastafarian beliefs as a teenager and is a member of the Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafarian movement. anthonybmusic.net. hawthornetheatre.com.
STIRRING EMBERS: WORKBOOK FOR A LIFE OF MAKING is the story of artist and teacher Ray Grimm who built the ceramic program at Portland State University. The new book is part of an upcoming exhibition, Stirring Embers at Ash Street Project, 524 SE Ash St., November 1-23. Grimm taught students to see the roots, branches, and webs which connect makers and thinkers to any object. The exhibit is a collection of objects, images, drawings, and sketches produced by Grimm as well as those who he influenced. First Friday reception is November 4, 5 to 8 pm. Roundtable Conversation with artists and educators Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm. raygrimmlegacy.org.
BUS 75: HIDDEN PORTLAND is a weekly photo/story blog exploring the city via the #75 TriMet bus created by photographer Geoffrey Hiller and writer Tom Vandel. See oddball specialty stores, old-school barbershops, family-owned sausage parlors and more online at bus75.org. The photographer and writer share the stage and tell stories about the bus November 7, at 7 pm in the Student Activities Center at Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman St. (Hagen Campus Center/2nd floor). The event is free and open to the public and the exhibit runs through December 18.