BENEFIT PIANO CONCERT – Pianist Greg Lief performs Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy and ragtime compositions by Scott Joplin, Saturday, February 7 at 7 pm in the Classic Pianos Recital Hall, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds go to Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the Columbia River Gorge. www.gorgefriends.org for more info. Reservations at 503.241.3762.
PORTLAND JAZZ FEST and Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble present The Sound of Our City, Thursday February 26 at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. at 7 pm. Guest is John Gross and features new pieces by James Miley, Jessika Smith and John Nastos. $15 and $5 for students. Other PDXJazzfest highlights this year are Ron Carter, Freda Payne, Bebel Gilberto, “Sweet Papa Lou” Donaldson, the Lee Konitz Quartet, Christian McBride, and Portland’s own rising hometown saxophonist, Hailey Niswanger. The whole schedule (and don’t wait to get tickets) is at www.pdxjazz.com.
A POET’S RHYTHM, Claudia F. Savage’s 8-week beginning poetry class is designed to help new poets generate and edit their work. Participants work through collaboration and the use of prompts to discover methods for helping poems reach their potential through editing, form, and sharing writing experiences. The Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Sundays, February 8 – March 29, 10 am-12 pm, $325 early registration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE 1ST ANNUAL SCREENING OF GROUNDHOG DAY at Clinton Street Theater is Monday, February 2 at 7 pm and admission is free. The comedy stars Bill Murray and Andie Mc Dowell and is a circuitous and surreal tale of personal redemption. CST plans to repeat the movie for next year’s Groundhog Day… and the next year… and the next year… and every year after that. Comedian Alex Falcone hosts the evening offering bits of wisdom, movie trivia and gift certificates from local businesses.Online at cstpdx.com.
PRECIOUS LITTLE, a play by Madeleine George, directed by JoAnn Johnson premieres February 13-March 21. Presented by Defunkt at Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (enter through Common Grounds coffeeshop), George describes her play as “the limits but also the luxuries of language, about what we cherish about our uniquely human capacity for language as well as what it costs us to communicate in this way.” Brodie, a Doctor of Linguistics in her mid 40s, decides to have a baby on her own. She learns the child she carries may have genetic problems, and wonders whether she can accept and love a child that may never be able to speak to her. A post show Talk Back with Planned Parenthood’s Jimmy Radosta and Brenna Monahan is Saturday, February 21. Reservations encouraged as space is limited. 503.481.2960 or visit defunktheatre.com.
LENTS GROWN – STORY YARD Photo exhibit in the Answer Center of the PCC Student Commons and open to the public. Images of local business owners and farmers market vendors taken by photographer Dawn DeAno. Opening reception is Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 to 8 pm. Enter the building from SE 82nd Ave. or from the campus quad side.
THE MOUSAI REMIX STRING QUARTET ensemble presents Bartók: Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17/Sz 67 and Beethoven: Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 in concert Sunday February 22 at Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery, 815 SE Oak St. beginning at 7 pm. The concert is free and open to the public and is a fundraiser for Portland Summer Ensembles, a weeklong chamber music camp for kids. See mousairemix.com for more.