Movies for your ears
At 25, the Northwest Film Center's Reel Music Festival is just a tad younger than MTV. But unlike the splashy network, Portland's film festival has remained dedicated to presenting music through images.
The quality of programming shines especially bright for Reel Music's silver anniversary.
Selections for the next three weeks span the planet's soundscape, from the rhythmic collectives crafting traditional choro in Brazil, to the artists behind
Morocco's own brand of funk and soul. Mozart, the Who, Anita O'Day, Nina Simone, Tom Petty and 92-year-old guitar god Les Paul are profiled along the way.
Toward the end of Reel's run, film buffs will want to meet the talented Mr. Rabinowitz - Portland conductor Harry Rabinowitz, who has conducted orchestras for more than 50 movie soundtracks, including 'The Remains of the Day,' 'The English Patient' and 'Howards End,' and will present a collage of his work (2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Whitsell Auditorium).
The festival kicks off tonight with director D. A. Pennebaker's page-turning visual scrapbook '65 Revisited,' an unfiltered pastiche of outtakes, performance clips, interviews and live fan mail culled from Bob Dylan's 1965 U.K. concert tour (7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Whitsell Auditorium).
- Lee Williams
Friday, Jan. 11, through Feb. 3, most events at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156, $7 per film, www.nwfilm.org
Miracle Theatre co-founder Danél Malán unveils an original
biography of Mexican revolutionary Subcomandante Marcos, whose Zapatista Army of National Liberation rose to prominence in the early '90s by aligning itself with peasants in the impoverished Chiapas region of southern Mexico.
The bilingual production will be performed over two weeks before embarking on a yearlong national tour.
Charismatic local actor Gilberto Martin del Campo, who was raised in Mexico, plays the title role, supported by veteran Omar Vargas. Laurel Pilar Garcia directs.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 19, Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253, www.milagro.org, $15-$20
The Portland Boat Show
The largest boat and watercraft show west of the Mississippi River sets sail after this weekend.
Yachts, sailboats and powerboats will be on display, and kids can create their own miniature vessels at the Schooner Creek Boat Works table.
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11-13, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, www.expocenter.org, $8, age 12 and under free
The Head Cat
Lenny Kilmeister is a genuine, fire-breathing rock-and-roll legend - one whose enduring influence and relevance should be questioned on pain of death.
While Motörhead always will be his ultimate calling card, Kilmeister formed the Head Cat with the Stray Cats' Slim Jim Phantom, and it's a fine outfit in its own right, pairing Kilmeister's trademark growl with white-hot rockabilly to head-bangingly great effect.
If you need more of an explanation as to why you should fork over your hard-earned cash to see this show, you shouldn't call yourself a music fan.
- Barbara Mitchell
9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $25
Kakizome, the Japanese custom of writing calligraphic characters at the start of the new year, is one of the activities during the traditional O-Shogatsu celebration, which will be observed at the Portland Japanese Garden.
Tea and sweets will be served, too, all to mark what the Japanese and Chinese zodiac designates as the Year of the Rat.
Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., 503-223-1321, www.japanesegarden.com, $8, college students and seniors $6.25, ages 6 to 17 $5.25
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
Chopin's work in three movements, written when the composer was 20, is considered one of the most beautiful piano concertos ever created.
Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award in 2006, makes her Portland debut with this performance.
Also on the bill are Bartók, Debussy and Paul Dukas' 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' familiar from the Disney film 'Fantasia.'
Gregory Vajda conducts.
7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12-14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.orsymphony.org, $15-$93