Music Millennium’s In-Store Series returns to 3158 E. Burnside St. this month featuring: Friday, March 11, 6 pm, Portland Punk Band Glacier Veins, in performance and signing their new album, Lunar Reflections • Friday, March 18, 6 pm, Siam Jem from Pomona with performance, signing their new album I Saw A Swan. • Saturday, March 12, 5 pm, Jerry A. Lang of Portland punk band Poison Idea, does an in-store book reading and signing for his new memoir, Black Heart Fades Blue, In 1980, Lang formed Poison Idea and the band performed over 30 years. The book is not an apology or a nostalgic catalog of events, but an exploration of an unconventional life. See MusicMillennium.com.
In Characters of Fire: Music’s Relevance is the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) Orchestra’s Spring concert held Sunday, March 6, 7:30 pm at the Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway. Under conductor Dr. Raúl Gómez-Rojas, the MYS students present the music of Black composer William Grant Still (the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra), contemporary American composer Andrea Reinkemeyer and student composer, Rohan Srinivasan. The program includes Symphony No. 1 in A flat Major, Afro-American Symphony, by Still; Smoulder, by Reinkemeyer; and Rhythms in Motion, by Srinivasan. Tickets: $11-$43 at PlayMYS.org, or 503.239.4566.
Portland’s Blue Cranes’ New Video for the song Tatehuari (from their new album Voices, spotlighted last month) is a collaboration between the band and singers Edna Vazquez and Luz Elena Mendoza. Now it is becoming a YouTube video hit, racking up over 314,000 views since its February 8 release. Join in the excitement and tune in to watch this powerful video of a breathtaking song. Vazquez said, “Tatehuari is about the regeneration of our soul and spirit after pain, through fire.” Watch the video at tinyurl.com/tatehuari.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show by Oregon Children’s Theatre continues Saturdays and Sundays through April 24 with shows at 11 am and 2 pm at Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway. Based on Eric Carle’s book, tickets are available online at OCTC.org.