The Short List
The Brody Theater brings back its improvisational show, created by British improv guru and teacher Keith Johnstone and inspired by professional wrestling. It's an active, competitive event; two teams of performers create scenes and stories simultaneously from audience suggestions, and it's all scored by judges.
8 p.m. Fridays, 10 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 27, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $10, $7 students
Reel Music Festival
The Northwest Film Center puts on the 27th annual event, featuring vintage performance clips, documentaries, dramatic film, music videos and animation, with jazz, blues, rock, classical, opera and avant-garde music.
Starting 7 p.m. Jan. 8 (Neil Young Trunk Show), through Jan. 31, various locations, www.nwfilm.org (check Web site for times, locations and prices)
The public is invited to free preview screenings of documentaries from the OPB 'Independent Lens' series, starting with 'Young@ Heart,' Wednesday, Jan. 6. It's a collaboration with OPB and University of Oregon School of Journalism.
6 p.m. screenings Jan. 6, Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 5, May 19, George S. Turnbull Center, 70 N.W. Couch St., turnbull.uroregon.edu, free
Portland Boat Show
A heads-up: The 50th annual Portland Boat Show will be revamped and extended to five days. A massive 70-foot sailboat will be on display, as well as a giant houseboat. Oregon Fish and Wildlife, Travel Oregon, Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation are presenting a display called 'The Oregon Outdoor Experience.' It's the place to shop for a new boat.
10 a.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 13-17, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.OTshows.com, $10 general admission (12 and younger free), $7 parking
And Furthur more . . .
Another heads-up: Former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh bring their new band Furthur (which you patchouli-huffers know was also the name of Mr. Kesey's Kool-Aid-fueled bus) to Portland in March. The band includes John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra (yep, pays to have played in a tribute band, folks), Joe Russo of The Duo, as well as Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane of Weir's RatDog.
March 8, Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com, $49.50 advance, $55 day of show
The noted author, described by The New Yorker magazine as 'a fine, funny orator, with the mock-heroic manner of an English barrister sure of his ground' appears in Portland. He recently wrote 'God Is Not Great,' which was nominated for the National Book Award.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.ticketmaster.com, $30