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by: ©2008 DAVID MOREHEAD, One of four acrobats in his troupe, Kazum’s Zach Diener (top) looks prepared to paint the hippodrome red. Kazum and many others – including jugglers, aerialists and illusionists – put on shows for all ages Saturday.



Crispin Glover

Like a second-generation Anthony Perkins, Crispin Hellion Glover has made his mark on the big screen portraying, uh, eccentric characters: the gangly goofball George McFly in 'Back to the Future,' Andy Warhol in 'The Doors,' the eerie Thin Man in 'Charlie's Angels' and the creepy, animated creature in last fall's 'Beowulf.'

Turns out, he wasn't acting!

Drawing from his own vivid psyche, the actor-writer-director has conjured up some wickedly weird films of his own.

This weekend Glover hosts showings of his first directorial effort, 2005's 'What Is It?' and his latest, 'It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!' at the Clinton Street Theater.

All shows start with a slide show and end with a chance to question the eccentric cinematic star for yourself.

- Lee Williams

'It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!' 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and Jan. 27; 'What Is It?' 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday, Jan. 26 and Jan. 28, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, $18


Carter-Messiaen Project

Chamber Music Northwest presents a three-concert minifestival that celebrates the work of avant-garde composers Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen.

The event marks the long-awaited reunion of the quartet Tashi, which will play together for the first time in 30 years, and a series of free lectures.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25,-27, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-294-6900,, $15-$43



Batty's Hippodrome Victorian Circus

The hippodrome, a unique Southeast Portland space devoted to old-time circus sensibilities, hosts a full roster of musicians, jugglers,

acrobats and magicians culled from Portland and around the world.

Close-up illusionist Reed McClintock fools the senses. Aerialist Kyoko Uchida, who dances through strands

of silk, takes a break from Newfoundland's Wonderbolt Circus for a landing in Portland.

Comedic juggler Dave Clay tosses pins and puns. And the four acrobats known as Kazum toss one another, and themselves, around the walls of the Hippodrome, just for laughs.

- LW

8 p.m. family show, 10:30 p.m. show for grown-ups, Saturday, Jan. 26, Hippodrome Circus Arts Center, 315 S.E. Third Ave., 503-729-1273,, $20, $15 advance, $5 kids


Rose City Rollers opener

Call 'em 'American Gladiators' on wheels. The tough and bruise-hungry women of the Rose City Rollers are hurling themselves into their third season. An interstate grudge match highlights Saturday night's bill as Portland's Heartless Heathers take on Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls.

- LW

6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200,, $16-$22 advance, $18-$26 day of show



Howard Jones

Howard Jones may have made his biggest impact in the '80s with synth-driven hits like 'Things Can Only Get Better' and 'What Is Love,' but he's never stopped touring, recording or releasing albums filled with his particular brand of positive pop: He released three albums last year.

Now he's back on the road for an acoustic tour that sees him returning to his roots as a classically trained pianist. While a lot of his peers would be hard-pressed to present their hits in that format, Jones always has emphasized songwriting as well as technology, which should make this show a revelation rather than a nostalgia trip.

- Barbara Mitchell

8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $28, all ages


'The Clean House'

Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer-nominated romantic comedy, which Variety called a 'mad and moving work,' comes to Artists Repertory Theatre.

Susan Coromel, Amaya Villazan, Marilyn Stacey, Shelly Lipkin and Linda Williams Janke star; Allen Nause directs.

- EB

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through March 2, Artists Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278,, $20-$47

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