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BEBOP MEETS BOSSA NOVA: Sounds of Brazil PDX  performs the Music of Durval Ferreira, Rio-born guitarist composer who wrote for, produced, and performed with Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Leny Andrade, and others in the jazz and bossa nova worlds. The group includes Gabriela Gimenes, flute; singer Alexandra Santos; Kerry Politzer, piano; Ben Graves, guitar; bassist Bernardo Gomez; Steven Schob, percussion, and guest Peter Fung on Brazilian cavaquinho. Saturday, May 4, at Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave. $15.

MONTAVILLA JAZZ FEST’S ANNUAL SEASON REVEAL is at Portland Garment Factory, 408 SE 79th Ave., Saturday, April 6 at 6 pm. See a sneak peak performance by the 2019 headliner. This is the 6th year of MJF. Tickets include wine and appetizers by Vino Veritas and beer by Montavilla Brew Works and Threshold Brewing.All proceeds support the year-round work of Montavilla Jazz Festival including jazz education programming in Montavilla Schools. Donate online at

TEARIN’ UP MY HEART: A BOY BAND NIGHT CARNIVAL is the Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven themed costume and cocktail party featuring DJs, dancing and music from Portland’s performers. This year’s evening of ballads and bad boys, is designed to lift spirits and glasses. From Menudo to the Osmonds, Boys II Men to the Jackson 5, you are invited to come in costume as a boy band member or a character from one of their songs. RSVP or advance ticket required at Tickets $18 GA, $10 members, $90 VIP packages for two. 21+ over only.

ZIMBABWEAN MARIMBA CONCERT – Put on your dancing shoes, bring your favorite dance partner and see five bands play the high-energy music of  Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Free and open to all ages, Saturday, April 6, noon-3:30 pm at Alongsiders Church, 2830 NE Flanders St. A raffle and silent auction benefit non-profits in Zimbabwe too.

NEW EXPRESSIVE WORKS Urban Choreographers’ Residency Program provides incubation time and performance opportunities for local artists. Founded by Subashini Ganesan, the six-month session provides four choreographers free rehearsal space and a stipend to create a new work and showcase. There’s a professionally facilitated forum for artists to share developing works and exchange feedback through their process. This residency program has served forty-six local choreographers and many collaborators. See Spring 2019 Residents are Sarah-Luella Baker, Kayla Banks, Emily Jones and Hannah Krafcik with  music by Mickey Sanchez, and LABOR by Bouton.

Short takes…arts news of note

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