Shortlist: Things you gotta see
9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, Viscount Ballroom
Musicians from such diverse bands as Pink Martini, Wee Sing, Obo Addy, the Trail Band and Terry Robb get together to play the jazz and swing music of the late, great 20th century. It's a cross-genre experience meant to be heard, not necessarily seen, so don't miss it just 'cause you can't quite picture it.
722 E. Burnside St., 503-233-7855, $10
Various times Friday, Jan. 4, through Thursday, Jan. 10, Cinema 21
Compared to 'Last Tango in Paris,' Patrice Chereau's film about the world of a woman torn between a needy lover and her anguished, insecure husband earned star Kerry Fox the Best Actress Award at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.
616 N.W. 21st Ave., 503-223-4515, $3-$6
'Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin'
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, and Thursday, Jan. 10, Whitsell Auditorium
American author Ambrose Bierce said that 'war is God's way of teaching Americans geography,' and the Northwest Film Center does its educational part by offering this documentary on Afghanistan, shot under the Taliban's regime in 1999-2000. The New York Daily News called watching the film 'an excruciating experience. But then, it would have to be. We're watching the distilled essence of war.'
1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156, $5.50-$6.50
'One and Only You'
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Jan. 12, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall
The White Bird/PSU Dance Series brings New York's Susan Marshall & Company to town for their first Portland performance and the West Coast premiere of their newest work. Inspired by film noir, the work caused an East Coast reviewer to say, 'If classical ballet tells a story, and modern dance celebrates movement for its own sake, 'One and Only You' does both.'
1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, $24 ($12 students and seniors)
8 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, through Jan. 12, Firehouse Theater
Tony St. Clair writes, directs and co-stars in what the Northwest Classical Theatre Company envisions as the first of a new series showcasing the work of local playwrights. The playwrights get actor feedback and full-scale productions (albeit ones that skimp on costume and set design), while the audience gets in on the cutting edge of local theater.
1436 S.W. Montgomery, 503-525-4186, $10
'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'
8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 19, World Trade Center Auditorium
Triangle Productions! revives the popular musical comedy about modern romance that won it five Drammy Awards this year, including one for Best Production.
121 S.W. Salmon St., 503-239-5919, $23-$25
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 31, Children's Museum 2nd Generation
It's the dog days of the holiday season, but diversions can keep you and the kids from barking at one another. The museum's Enchanted Kingdom's trip back to medieval times includes special events such as enchanted journeys starting from the museum's A-frame ship at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays and 'Once-upon-a-time' telling of tales that kids write themselves at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays.
4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-223-6500, $5 (free for kids under 1)
Kris Hargis and Victor Maldonado
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 2, Froelick Gallery
The Froelick Gallery presents exhibits by two emerging Portland artists: 'Blakely' is a collection of drawings and paintings by Kris Hargis, and 'Changing Stages' features paintings and prints by Victor Maldonado.
817 S.W. Second Ave., 503-222-1142, free