The Short List
They Might Be Giants
For the past 30 years the group has created some of the warmest, most intelligent pop music ever, including 'Boss of Me,' the theme of 'Malcolm in the Middle.'
9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, 503-225-0047, $20 advance, $23 day of show
Heads up: One of alternative rock's most influential acts, it will perform its classic 1988 album 'Bug' in its entirety. The show also features a Scratch Acid reunion, Pierced Arrows and a Henry Rollins interview.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $25, $30 day of show
Tears of Joy celebrates its 40th anniversary season, even with the untimely passing of founder Janet Bradley, who chose the upcoming season, including 'Baba Yaga' and 'Ride the Red Mare.' Paul Jacobs is the new managing director, and Tears of Joy presents 'Pinocchio,' written by Jon Ludwig and with music composed by Vagabond Opera's Eric Stern.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Nov. 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 13, 11 a.m. Nov. 19, 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 20, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-0557, $20 adult, $17 youth
Diane Avio-Augee and p:ear's youth artists are featured, presented by the Trim/Vojdani Gallery at p:ear.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays through Dec. 25, p:ear, 338 N.W. Sixth Ave., www.pearmentor.org
Hardy and Geoffrey Pagen will have their works on display in November, and Hardy will give an artists talk at 11 a.m. Nov. 12.
5 p.m. First Thursday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., www.laurarusso.com
'The 45th Parallel'
Photographer Bobby Abrahamson and author Lisa Wells have teamed to document struggling small towns in rural Oregon. The show profiles three endangered towns, focusing on economic depression and rising energy deficits that render rural life increasingly more difficult to sustain. Portland musician Nick Jaina performs during the opening reception.
Through Nov. 27, Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 S.E. 10th Ave., www.newspacephoto.org
Guest curator Jeff Jahn's show avoids traditional landscape art by exploring geology's existential, intellectual and spatial impact. Featured works by Zachary Davis, Arcy Douglass, Jacqueline Ehlis, Jim Neidhardt, Matthew Picton and Ben Young.
Through Nov. 23, Littman Gallery, 1825 S.W. Broadway, No. 250, www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite
The 38th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival is coming. Opening night will celebrate the Northwest Film Center's 40th birthday (7 p.m. Nov. 11, Portland Art Museum's Fields Ballroom, 1119 S.W. Park Ave., $15), with Dirty Mittens and Brainstorm playing and featuring the 'Spirit Up 2011: Two Channel Video Installation' by Chris Lael Larson.
Various times, Nov. 11-20, check www.nwfilm.org for complete information