by: COURTESY OF NW FILM CENTER, The Portland International Film Festival is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and feature films to local audiences each February.


Big festival

The Northwest Film Center plays host to the 33rd Portland International Film Festival, with 117 compelling new films from more than 30 countries scheduled. It begins with 'I Am Love' Feb. 11, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton. Highly anticipated films include Cannes Jury Prize winner 'Fish Tank' (Great Britain), international crime thriller 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (Sweden), another Cannes Jury Prize winner 'Police, Adjective' (Romania), a Communist musical 'Hipsters' (Russia), Peter Greenaway's 'Rembrandt J'Accuse' (Netherlands) and the newest film from French New Wave director Alain Resnais, 'Wild Grass' (France).

Feb. 11-28, Regal Broadway Metroplex (1000 S.W. Broadway Ave.), Newmark Theatre (1111 S.W. Broadway Ave.), Cinema 21 (616 N.W. 21st Ave.), Whitsell Auditorium (1219 S.W. Park Ave.), tickets available at Portland Art Museum (1119 S.W. Park Ave.), schedule at, $10 general, $9 Portland Art Museum members, $7 Silver Screen Friends, various festival passes available

'Water First'

A fairly significant documentary will be shown at the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College on Saturday, Feb. 6. It's called 'Water First: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals,' directed by Amy Hart, and it'll be part of the 20th Annual Cascade African Film Festival. Hart will be in attendance.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (room 104), 705 N. Killingsworth St.,, free


Anton Kuerti

The pianist extraordinaire, Austrian born and living in Canada, will be playing some of Beethoven's finest in this Portland recital presented by Portland Piano International. He has toured 31 countries and played with most major North American orchestras and conductors.

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1388, $28-$54, $75-$90 for three recitals

Cheech and Chong

The comedic duo's emphasis on tour can't be any more clear - 'Get It Legal' its 17-city tour is called. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin would like to see marijuana legalized - a news flash, right?

8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave.,, $46.25 and $56.75

'Crazy Love'

Storm Large makes her debut with the Oregon Symphony after last year's stage hit, 'Crazy Enough,' which played to packed houses for five months. She'll be joined by the Oregon Symphony and resident conductor Gregory Vajda for one night only, performing Valentine's Day love songs, rock 'n' roll … and who knows what else?

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $25-$130


Whatta Guy!

He was Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitar player, and jammed with Stevie Ray Vaughan the night he died. He's Buddy Guy, the bluesman's bluesman who's built bridges to rock and soul as well, and you'd be foolish to miss him when he comes to town.

April 23, Roseland Theater, or, 503-224-8499

Elton John, Billy Joel

The pop icons are scheduled to play Portland together in the 'Face 2 Face' tour, after their previous engagement was postponed. They'll collaborate on some duets, and then perform separately with their bands.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, Rose Garden,, $51.50-$117

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