JD DAWSON HOSTS BLUESGRASS SESSIONS from 5 to 8 pm, Saturday January 12 at Jade Lounge, 2342 SE Ankeny St. featuring Dawson’s newest unforgettable songs as well as old blues, country and bluegrass classics. Other musicians and singers will be sitting in too in this “local Prairie Home Companion kind of night”. See the music calendar at www.jadeloungepdx.com and hear a variety of JD Dawson’s heartfelt road tales at www.reverbnation.com/jddawsonsolo .
THE GREAT CRITIQUE
STARFISH STUDIOS MUSIC SCHOOL has moved to 2238 SE Hawthorne Blvd. right next to Grand Central Bakery.The new school features more lesson rooms with natural light, 6 dedicated off-street parking spaces, and a large group classroom. They have set up a GoFundMe site for anyone willing and able to donate to the cause. Contact Yascha Noonberg at www.starfishstudios.com or 503.847.9605.
ACTION/ADVENTURE THEATRE presents their weekly Late Night Action with Alex Falcone, an original live talk show with a new theme each week and new guests, comics and musicians from the area. The show runs each Friday and Saturday from Jan. 18-Feb 9 at Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton. Curtain is at 9 pm, tickets are $12. For reservations, www.actionadventure.org!
PADAM PADAM RETURNS TO TABORSPACE at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 pm. A versatile band of musical chameleons, the band melds strange wonderful European cabaret-Latin-Klezmer-Tin Pan Alley-Tango beat with points between. At this concert, the band will premiere several new pieces with classics from Edith Piaf, Brecht and Weill, Tom Waits and an eclectic array of originals.Admission $9 – 12 sliding scale available at the door. All ages welcome too. See www.padampadam.com for videos and musical delights.
PROJECT VIEWFINDER, is a mentorship program sponsored by Northwest Film Center, helping twelve young adults transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency learn media production techniques and to tell their stories via the film medium. From January through April 2013, participants benefit from the School of Film’s filmmaking education and community outreach partaking in hands-on learning with faculty artists and filmmakers. Find out how to help at www.nwfilm.org/youngfilmmakers/projectviewfinder .
ARTIST ANGIE KEEFER is featured at Yale Union, 800 SE 10th Ave. Opening January 18. the exhibition is a series of five performances Friday evenings through March with multi-media lectures, audio recordings, film, and digital projections. Her interest is in how we acquire language, and how groups of people collectively construct meaning. This is her first solo show and it will be accompanied by musician Curtis Roads January 19, and a series of Douglas Sirk films in partnership with the Northwest Film Center on January 20 at the Northwest Film Center. Contact YU for more www.yucontemporary.org . 503.236.7996
ARTICHOKE MUSIC’S WINTER TERM begins January 7 with classes in kids and adult guitar, ukelele, songs of England, Ireland and Scotland, banjo, chord theory, Irish sessions, old time string band, voice and singing for the vocally challenged, dulcimer, harmonica, mandolin and songwriting. Registration is now and classes fill fast. See class descriptions and register online at artichokemusic.org .