PORTLAND SINGS! is a community sing-along where you can use your voice with confidence in a casual, group-singing opportunity. No auditions. This month it’s held Sunday, Nov. 15 from 3 – 5 pm at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Sing folk, pop, blues, country and soul. Admission is sliding scale $5 to $10. Download a free lyric book at PortlandSings.com. 503.236.6365.
OREGON LABOR COUNCIL, UNIONS AND FRIENDS OF LABOR present the Joe Hill Centennial Tribute featuring Anne Feeney, Citizens Band, General Strike and Mark Ross in a benefit for Sisters of the Road and KBOO FM. Hill was a Swedish immigrant, songwriter and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by a firing squad. His sentencing ignited an international campaign to save him, which included President Woodrow Wilson, AFL President Samuel Gompers, and U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Helen Keller. Hill died on Nov. 19, 1915 and before he died, declared: “Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize!” One hundred years later, on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., celebrate Hill’s life, spirit and inspirational music. Doors open 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:30 pm. $15. See albertarosetheatre.com for online tickets.
DARRELL GRANT, PORTLAND PIANIST & COMPOSER’S new recording, The Territory on PJCE Records features Grant alongside Grammy winners Brian Blade and Steve Wilson and Joe Locke. The celebration is November 14 at First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St. at 3:30 pm. Oregon Historical Society receives a donation from the concert and a percentage of CD sales. Tickets: $10, $8 students w/ ID. Under 12 free. See pjce.org for more.
EUROPEAN EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT – A Benefit For Marylhurst University Chamber Choir, is Thursday, November 5, at Hawthorn Commons, 17600 SW Pacific Highway (Hwy 43) fifteen minutes from Portland. The concert begins at 6 pm and music is by 3 Leg Torso with dinner and auction. Band members Courtney Von Drehle and Béla Balogh (and Balogh’s mother) are alums of Maryhurst. His father, Lajos Balogh, has been teaching and conducting the orchestra there since 1966. Tickets at marylhurst.edu/gala.
NOVEMBER READINGS AT MILEPOST 5 feature poet/participants in I See You, An Ekphrastic Corpse. Writers are A. Molotkov, Dena Rash Guzman, Ger Killeen, Patricia J. McLean Penelope Scambly Schott and Duane Poncy. Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm in the Art Haus Coffee in Milepost 5 850 NE 81st Ave. (enter on Oregon St.) artistsmilepost.net.
MUSIC MILLENNIUM RECORD STORE DAY features John Malkovich, Eric Alexandrakis and Sandro signing Like A Puppet Show, a vinyl-only release Friday November 27 at 2:30 pm. Malkovich recited Alexandrakis’ version of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave over original music, paired with photos taken by Sandro. You must purchase the album to meet the artists. They will be signing the new release ONLY. musicmillennium.com. 3158 E Burnside 503.231.8926.
12X16GALLERYTEN is a celebration of ten years of 12×16. The gallery, originally on SE Division St., has given so many artists their first show, mounted mid and late career retrospectives, posthumous exhibitions and guest-curated group shows. First Fridays are November 6 and December 4, from 6-9 pm. 8235 SE 13th Ave. No. 5. and is full of surprises. Closing reception is Sunday December 20, 1-5 pm. 503.432.3513/ 12x16gallery.com