Heads up: Eric Clapton was always too much of an English gentleman to take the title of 'God' - bestowed upon him by zealous guitar-heads-turned-graffiti artists in the mid-1960s - seriously. Nearly 50 years after hitting his first licks with the Yardbirds, Clapton retains that unforced urbanity that, while keeping him far from the cutting edge, allows him to celebrate his blues-R and B-folk-pop amalgam with aplomb on his latest album, 'Clapton,' released last fall.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, Rose Quarter, 1-877-789-7673, $45-$125
Community Music Center
The Family Friday Concert Series, which offers free concerts, continues with the Oregon Renaissance Band, an ensemble of 10 to 14 musicians who play on faithful reproductions of historical instruments, many of them built by the performers. Instruments include violins, cittern, bandora, krummhorns, racketts, sackbutts, and schreierpreiffen.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St., communitymusiccenter.org, $5 suggested donation.
Fran Kaufman photos
The New York jazz photographer has a rare gift for capturing the intimacy and deeply human qualities of the music and its makers. The exhibit, 'Bridges and Boundaries,' opens 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3, and it is held in conjunction with the Portland Jazz Festival, Feb. 18 to 27.
Opening 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, exhibition Feb. 18-27, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 N.W. Kearney St., pdxjazz.com, $6, $4 students and seniors (62 and older)
Dill Pickle Club
The first 'Perfect Pickle' fundraiser combines food, music and entertainment to raise support for the organization's urban education initiatives. The night's main focus is the 'Pickle Challenge,' in which participating chefs were given the same base ingredients to create 12 jars of pickles to sell for the benefit of the club.
7-11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, Cleaners/Ace Hotel, 1022 S.W. Stark St., dillpickleclub.com, $5 general
The 100th Monkey Studio will play host to an art opening, with artists asked to explore the many themes of partnership - with Valentine's Day being on the horizon. The night's events include an open mic session, with participants encouraged to bring in old love letters, poetry, examples of embarrassing moments and songs.
6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 100th Monkey Studio, 110 S.E. 16th Ave., the100thmonkeystudio.com, free
'The Lieutenant of Inishmore'
It's Martin McDonagh's shockingly funny, riotously bloody, Irish farce of how the love of a cat led to murder and mayhem, performed by Artists Repertory Theatre, directed by Jon Kretzu.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Sundays (11 a.m. March 2), Feb. 8-March 13, Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-241-1278, $20-$42
A cast of angst-ridden cupids are ready to share their shame on stage in the latest of the lively on-stage shows.
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 10-11, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., getmortified.com, $12