Weekend To-Dos for March 16


Live Entertainment

Edgefield Live Music Series - McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. All shows are for ages 21 and older and are held in the Winery, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit mcmenamins.com/edgefield or call 503-669-8610.

Upcoming shows are listed below.

• Naomi Hooley and Rob Stroup, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.

• St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Thursday to Saturday, March 17-19. Edgefield will have live music in the Loading Dock, the Winery and the Little Red Shed, as well as strolling musicians throughout the property, during its three-day St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

• Billy D, 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Billy D is the Cascade Blues Association's 'Best New Act' winner this year.

• Skip vonKuske, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21. With experience in classical, jazz, flamenco, klezmer, pop, rock, and folk music of numerous cultures, cellist Skip vonKuske is separated from his classical music counterparts by his improvisational skills.

• The Sagebrush Sisters, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The Sagebrush Sisters will take you back to the Western plains and the Old South. Vocal duo Mary Rondthaler and Allison Handler are backed up by the sweet swingin' sound of Kevin Healy's fiddle.

• Hanz Araki, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. Irish flute player Hanz Araki is the quintessential world musician. The Japanese-Irish-American musician has performed around the world with Irish music groups such as the Juno Award-winning Paperboys and fiddle duo The Bridies.

'Character Studies' - 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., Portland; and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Mt. Hood Community College Theatre, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Huw Edwards, presents 'Character Studies.' Characters from literature and legends have been a potent source for musical inspiration. The orchestra will perform selections from Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, American composer Alan Hovhaness and 19-year-old composer Andrew Poole Todd. Pianist Ben Kim returns to Portland for his fourth appearance with the orchestra. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $10 for students (ages 12 and up) and $5 for children (under 12). Tickets are available by calling 503-234-4077, by visiting columbiasymphony.org or at the concert one hour starting before the performance.

Eastside Bluegrass Music Series - 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., musicians are invited to play in an acoustic jam session in the lobby. Afterward, audiences will hear three sets of music: two 50-minute sets and one 20-minute set. The show starts at 7 p.m. with Back Porch Revival, followed by a short duo set. After intermission, the Kate White Band will perform. The recommended donation is $10 per person (no charge for children). Refreshments will be available in the lobby. For more information, contact Mason Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

M and M Lounge Music - M and M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave. All shows are free for ages 21 and older unless noted. For more information, visit myspace.com/mandmlounge or call 503-665-2626.

• Spinella's Off the Wall, 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 16-17.

• Branded Brand, 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 18. Modern country.

• Sinner's Club, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Rock, blues and originals.

• Spinella's Off the Wall, 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24.

Park Place Coffee Live Music Series - 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave. Free and all ages are welcome. Visit parkplacecoffee.com or call 503-808-1244.

• Ben Cook and Wasted Potential, March 19. Experience the 'bliss' (pure bliss) as Ben and company perform their acoustic folk.

• 'Local Songwriters Night' featuring Dan Dover and Guests, March 26. A native of Oklahoma (and self-described philosopher, poet and songwriter), Dover has 'roamed 10,000 miles just looking for the tune' on his musical journey.

Riverview Restaurant - The Riverview Restaurant, 29311 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. The restaurant features live music from musicians who play a style of light jazz with subtle modern and classical influences. For more information, call 503-661-3663 or visit yoshidariverview.com. Closed on holidays.

• Craig Bidondo, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Tommy Rodriguez, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

• Tim Gilson and Craig Bidondo, 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Arts and Culture

Art Extravaganza - 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, Northwest Creations and Collectibles, Gresham Town Fair, 364 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Meet and mingle with the local artists whose work is on display in the Gallery Wall, a dedicated art section at Northwest Creations and Collectibles. Food and beverages will be available. Call 503-907-3009 for information.

Out and About

St. Patrick's Day Bash at 4th Street Brewing - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 4th Street Brewing Co., 77 N.E. Fourth St. 4th Street's St. Patrick's Day celebration will feature drink specials, music and the return of a real live green leprechaun, serving green Jell-O shots and green beer. The party gets going at 8 p.m., but come early for a traditional Irish dinner of Irish stew and corned beef and cabbage. Call 503-669-0569 or visit 4thstreetbrewing.com for information.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Edgefield - Thursday to Saturday, March 17-19, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. McMenamins Edgefield is hosting three days of festivities for St. Patrick's Day. It will have two golf tournaments, live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, McMenamins Irish Stout, leprechauns, annual limited-edition Devils Bit whiskey, food specials, an outdoor heated tent and much more. All ages are welcome except in the Winery, which is open to ages 21 and older. For more information, visit mcmenamins.com/edgefield or call 503-669-8610.

'Adventures with Purpose' Film Festival - 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, McMenamins Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Following the 'Adventure with Purpose' summit at Mt. Hood Community College, Edgefield will host this film festival. Cost for the festival is $10 with proceeds to benefit Team River Runner, a local organization providing health and healing through paddling sports for wounded veterans. Doors open at 5 p.m. and include mini-adventure videos followed by the 90-minute feature, 'Hood To Coast,' scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Visit mhcc.edu/AWP or call 503-491-7235 for information.

Friday Night Wine Tasting - 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Allegri Wine Shop and Art Gallery, 44 N. Main Ave. Tastings are $12 unless noted otherwise. Call 503-465-1841 for information.

• March: 18: Carabella Winery (Oregon) with Dan Stoppenhagen, national sales representative.

• March 25: Spanish wines with Margaux Waggermann from Lemma Wine Co., and Vanessa Holden from Missionary Chocolates.

Zimmerman Heritage Farm and Heslin House Museum - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Heslin House, 60 Main St., Fairview, and the Zimmerman Heritage Farm, 17111 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Explore two historic homes that are complete with furnishings, photos, exhibits and more. The Heslin House tour includes a visit to the historic Fairview City Jail and an exhibit of historic dolls from a recent donation. Admission is free to either museum, with a requested donation. For more information, visit frwhs.org or call 503-261-8078. Group tours can be arranged for either museum upon request.

'Soccer City USA: The Birth and Rise of the Portland Timbers' - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. The Oregon Encyclopedia gives a nod to Timbers fever in this OE History Night presentation. Michael Orr will take a look at the Timbers' first season in 1975, a season so successful that it landed the Timbers in the Soccer Bowl and earned Portland the nickname 'Soccer City USA.' Free and open to the public. Call 503-725-3990 or visit oregonencyclopedia.org for information.

Live Performances

'Twelfth Night' - 7 p.m. March 16-17, The Carver School, 16077 S.E. Highway 224, Damascus. The Black Swan Youth Theatre presents William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night.' It's the story of twins separated, mistaken identity, a girl posing as her brother, being in love, being silly, being self-righteous and of being very confused. It's a Shakespeare comedy everyone can enjoy and understand. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students. Reservations are recommended; call 503-558-0466 or visit blackswanyouththeatre.com for tickets and information.

'The Fourposter' - 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, Gresham Historical Society Museum, 401 N. Main Ave. The Sandy Actors Theatre offers a season of Readers Theater performances, in which the actors perform a play on stage with the scripts in hand, without costumes or props; the emphasis is on the words of the play. 'The Fourposter' by Jan de Hartog is a moving chronicle that follows a husband and wife from their wedding night in 1890 until they leave the house that has been their home 35 years later. They fret, quarrel, laugh, cry and love in the same room. Tickets are $8 per person and are available at the door. Visit sandyactorstheatre.org or call Tim Park at 503-869-6183 for information.