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by: ©2007 JOANNA PRIESTLEY, Joanna Priestley’s “Streetcar Named Perspire” takes the viewer on a roller-coaster ride of menopause experiences.

FILM

Attack of the Wise Women: New Films, New Theater, Old Ladies!

The newest work by Portland filmmaker Joanna Priestley will get its world premiere at an event celebrating the creativity of older women.

The film, 'Streetcar Named Perspire,' created using Flash animation, addresses the trials of menopause and includes contributions from former Nu Shooz frontman John Smith and local theater director Victoria Parker Pohl, among others.

Other films, including Oscar winner 'Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase,' also will be screened.

- Eric Bartels

7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Living Room Theaters, 341 S.W. 10th Ave., 971-222-2010, $7-$8

BOOKS

Elizabeth Crook

'The Night Journal,' recently released in paperback, follows four generations of strong-willed women whose struggles with balancing respect for the past with their own independence will resonate with any reader who has a family history to grapple with.

The action of the complicated yet briskly paced novel takes place mostly in small-town New Mexico, which, like the characters, evolves over time. Texas author Crook has clearly done her historical research, but she never allows the details to overwhelm the drama.

- Audrey Van Buskirk

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway, 503-246-0053, free

THEATER

'Billum Bay'

Fever Theater launches a monthlong run of a dark fairy tale that is part ghost story, part puppet show and features a live soundtrack by experimental electro/acoustic group Iretsu.

- EB

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through March 31, Goldsmith Performance Laboratory, 20 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-715-2656, www.fevertheater.com, $10-$15