'Tales of Ordinary Madness'
CoHo Productions offers the American premiere of this quirky comedy-drama, the first stage play written by acclaimed Czech filmmaker Petr Zelenka and inspired by a Charles Bukowski novel.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 23, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, www.cohoproductions.org, $20-$23 (advance tickets are two-for-one this weekend)
'Where's My Money?'
Theatre Vertigo does ample justice to John Patrick Shanley's acidly funny comedy about the way past relationships can haunt us. It's a dark cautionary tale about loving the wrong people and wronging the people you love, so don't expect characters you can root for.
Do expect fine performances from a talented cast, most notably Mario Calcagno as a husband whose garden variety cynicism makes him look like Pollyanna next to his black-hearted boss, played convincingly by Gary Norman.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and Thursday, through Feb. 9, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-306-0870, www.theatrevertigo.org, $15
In Third Rail Repertory's drama, John (Bruce Burkhartsmeier) has seen the ghost of his wife, who has died tragically, and seeks help from Ian (Michael O'Connell), a cleric turned counselor.
Yet in time it becomes evident that John is doing most of the haunting. His carefully told stories of his own selfishness and cruelty prompt Ian to re-evaluate his own life.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 2, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-235-1101, www.thirdrailrep.org, $16-$25
Miracle Theatre's original drama sheds some light on Mexican revolutionary Subcomandante Marcos, the mysterious figure who aided impoverished peasants in Chiapas in the early '90s. But a Google search will accomplish that.
Artless exposition, undercooked character dynamics, and a clunky acting turn by playwright Dañel Malán, whose halting Spanish is the hardest thing to comprehend in this bilingual production, undermine the effort.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 18-19, Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253, www.milagro.org, $15-$20
'Curate Shakespeare As You Like It'
Keith Scales, Christy Bigelow and Jonah Weston star in Don Nigro's comedy about a traveling Shakespeare troupe forced to perform the Bard's 33-character play with a handful of actors. Rebecca J. Becker directs at Lakewood Theatre.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 17 (also 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 10 and 17), Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, www.lakewood-center.org, $23-$25
'Savage in Limbo'
The theater program at Portland State University tackles an early work by Bronx-born playwright John Patrick Shanley.
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Jan. 18-19, Lincoln Hall, Studio Theater, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, www.pdx.edu/theater, $3-$5
'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Carlos Kalmar leads the Oregon Symphony through contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan's fiery 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie,' a requiem for a woman wrongly executed as a witch.
On a lighter note, the orchestra offers Mendelssohn's incidental music for the Shakespeare classic.
Women of the Portland Symphonic Choir join the orchestra on the latter.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19-21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.orsymphony.org, $28-$93
'The Voice of Flamenco'
New Mexico's Vicente Griego, one of the top Cante vocalists in North America, will be accompanied by guitarists Ricardo Diaz and Mark Ferguson and joined by special guests in a demonstration of the distinctive flamenco singing style.
If you don't get it listening to Griego's well-deep soulfulness, you never will.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, www.flamencodance.com, $15-$19
Miz Kitty's Parlour
Honestly, where else could you go to see jazz, rope tricks, old-timey sounds on homemade instruments, belly dancing, ukulele music and stilt-walking in one place? The Miz's first event of the new year; food and drink available.
7 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 19, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., 503-223-4527, www.mizkittysparlour.com, $12, age 21 and over
Touching Warms the Art
The notice 'Touching harms the art' is all over the place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, although few patrons have the courage to test that.
In this juried exhibition that, according to the museum, 'democratizes the experience of art jewelry,' a pun is used to explore ideas about jewelry: namely, that we understand it differently once we become the wearer.
For once you get to touch the stuff in the museum - but be warned that the objcts are not made from precious materials.
Another new show is Framing the Art of Jewelry (Jan. 19-May 11) which looks at how jewelry is presented in ways that don't relate to the body, such as in print.
- Joseph Gallivan
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SATURDAY, SUNDAY, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19-March 23, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., 503-223-2654, www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org, free
A NW Thang
This group show inaugurates the new home of Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building, another piece of flak from the IED that was Disjecta.
A NW Thang features artists from Portland and Seattle including Marc Dombrosky, Saya Moriyasu, Patrick Rock, Paige Saez, Cynthia Star and Jason Wood.
Noon to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-Monday, through Jan. 27, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., 503-819-9656, www .galleryhomeland.org, free
The senior Dutchman is back with a fine new wave of dramatic landscapes, still lifes and psychological tableaux - all in watercolor. There's always the thrill of seeing what he'll pick as his subject matter, whether it be Oregon or Oregonians.
Also showing is 'Burned and Bloom,' the ceramic sculptures of J.D. Perkin. He's influenced by yoga and meditation poses, and now he's into self-immolating Buddhist monks.
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through Feb. 2, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., 503-226-2754, free
Psychoanalyst Pittman McGehee, an ordained Episcopal priest, will look at the three words the Greeks used for the love spectrum - eros, philia, and agape - and in a lecture titled 'The Incalculable Paradoxes of Love.'
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Jan. 18, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., $12, free for members of Oregon Friends of C.G. Jung