Carol Rossio Avec Tom Grant

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, Fez Ballroom

It's an international evening. Local chanteuse Carol Rossio sings jazz standards in French to benefit Mercy Corps' work in Afghanistan. The event also celebrates the release of her second CD, 'Nuit et Jour' ('Night and Day'). Tom Grant provides piano accompaniment.

316 S.W. 11th Ave., 503-224-8499, $15-$17.50

Tracie Morris

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, Hollywood Theatre

It isn't often that we have a National Haiku Slam Champion in town, let alone one who's also a hip-hop poet. PICA presents the award-winning word master Tracie Morris as she pits her prose against a live fusion of blues, jazz and hip-hop music.

4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-242-1419, $13-$16


'La CiŽnaga'

7 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Friday-Thursday, Jan. 11-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Clinton Street Theater

Named Best Debut Feature at last year's Berlin Film Festival, 'La CiŽnaga' is about the swamp of middle-class life in Argentina. In fact, its name means 'the swamp' in Spanish. Things have gone considerably downhill in Argentina since 'La CiŽnaga' was made in 2000; as Ann Landers would say, 'These people have high-class worries.'

2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, $4-$6


Ron Osborne

Various times, Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 15-20, Harvey's Comedy Club

Ron Osborne doesn't wear schleppy suit jackets with jeans and tell predictable jokes about in-laws. In fact, he was banned from Harvey's for more than a year as a result of what club owner Barry Kolin calls a 'misunderstanding,' which Kolin credits Tribune columnist Phil Stanford with resolving.

436 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-241-0338, $8-$10


Peter Schjeldahl on Clement Greenberg

2 p.m. Saturday, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

The late Clement Greenberg has been called the greatest art critic of the second half of the 20th century and has been so vilified that 'Clembashing' became an actual term of art. Peter Schjeldahl, current art critic for The New Yorker, discusses Greenberg in a lecture rescheduled from September. Seating is limited, and tickets are required.

1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, free with museum admission ($6-10)


'Stuart Little'

2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Keller Auditorium

E.B. White wrote Ñ and Oregon Children's Theatre has staged Ñ both 'Charlotte's Web' and 'Stuart Little,' but this time it's White's story of Stuart that will entertain the kids. The theater company's revival of its 1996, Drammy Award-winning production adds music and circus performances to the story of a little mouse being raised in a big Ñ and big-hearted Ñ human family.

222 S.W. Clay St., 503-228-9571, $13-$19 adults, $10-$15 children and seniors


Noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12-13, and Sunday, Jan. 20, through Jan. 27, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center

Say it isn't so Ñ the Disney version of Pinocchio isn't absolutely, 100 percent the way Carlo Collodi wrote the story in 1883. The Northwest Children's Theater's version, 'The Commedia Pinocchio,' strives to capture the spirit and story line of the original.

1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-222-4480, $6

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