ON STAGE / 'Two Sisters and a Piano'

7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through April 27, Artists Repertory Theatre

Escape from the raw, wet cold of a Portland spring and into the sultry heat of summer in Havana. Set in 1991, 'Two Sisters and a Piano' is the story of two women living under house arrest amid the political chaos of Cuba.

1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $15-$30

MUSIC / 'Songs of Hope and Resistance'

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, Reed Student Union, Reed College

If watching incoherent rock stars bash war on MTV just isn't doing it for you, go back to college for old-school musical resistance. Reed College's Student Peace Action Network hosts folk-punk-funk duo Ethan Miller and Kate Boverman, who croon original songs of hope, resistance and liberation.

3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-777-7755, free

ART / 'Faces'

Through Friday, March 28, Littman Gallery, Portland State University

The paintings in Portland artist Gary Mac Smith's latest exhibit have an otherworldly quality to them. The eyes stare out with a jarring intensity from slightly blurred faces that seem to float underwater. Smith achieves the effect by using acrylic on watercolor paper that is immersed in water before the paint is applied.

1825 S.W. Broadway, 503-725-5656, free

MUSIC / Women of the World: Voices

8 p.m. Friday, March 28, Portland Art Museum

Mah Damba of Mali, Yungchen Lhamo of Tibet and Susan McKeown of Ireland have received international acclaim for singing in styles specific to their countries of origin. The three artists unite for an a cappella performance that highlights and melds their distinctive voices.

1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-0973, $20-$25

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