Film fatale: Killer ladies
by: Courtesy of Northwest Film Center, Joan Crawford cuts a powerful figure as the title character in “Mildred Pierce” (right, with Gary Owen)The film is part of the Northwest Film Center’s monthlong noir fest.



Killer Ladies

Dangerous dames are the stars of a monthlong homage to film noir at the Northwest Film Center.

Ice queen Joan Crawford leads the pack in 'Mildred Pierce,' the film that jelled her reputation as a very scary lady in a very expensive fur coat. And a whole army of Sigmund Freuds wouldn't be able to liberate Laurence Harvey from mom Angela Lansbury in the Cold War thriller 'The Manchurian Candidate.'

Later in the month, look out for more femmes fatales, including Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Mary Astor.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

'Mildred Pierce,' 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 'The Manchurian Candidate,' 9:15 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6-7, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 N.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156,, $7 (double feature)


'Rhythms of Change'

Two uniquely different guest artists join Portland Taiko in a program that contemplates both ancient traditions and the adaptability of cultures.

Seattle's Byron Au Yong brings a highly visual theatricality, while Los Angeles-based Kristofer Bergstrom, who will collaborate with the local company in the fall, brings a more modern, technical sensibility to a solo work called 'Home.'

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6-7, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, $18.50-$21.50



Robyn Hitchcock

There's must-see TV, and there are must-see artists. Robyn Hitchcock definitely falls into the latter category, although you might have caught his appearance in the recent remake of 'The Manchurian Candidate.'

Hitchcock is a master of brilliantly accessible and strangely off-kilter compositions, and his between-song banter is as top-notch as his backing band, which includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as well as Ministry/R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin and Portland's own Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.).

If you've ever seen Hitchcock and company, you'll be at this show. If you haven't, you need to find out what you've been missing.

- Barbara Mitchell

9 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $18.50-$20


Portland Farmers Market

Lay winter to rest and celebrate spring's first yields at the Portland Farmers Market.

Bedding plants, hanging baskets, summer bulbs and plant starters, as well as wild fish, artisan cheeses and delicious baked goods will be available for purchase.

This weekend marks the start of its monthlong celebration of gardening - authors and experts will be on the main stage at 10 a.m. every Saturday in April for lessons on growing an exceptional garden of your own.

- Suzie Ridgway

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets, 503-241-0032,, free




The production that put Portland's Imago Theatre on the world map gives its hometown another look before going on indefinite hiatus.

While the dazzling, larger-than-life puppet show will continue to trot the globe, Imago co-founders Jerry Mouawad and Carol Triffle will devote time to other projects.

Catch this while you can. And take the kids.

- EB

7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, through April 29, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$27; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

'Rosalba y los Llaveros'

In the 1940s, a young woman from Mexico City visits family in Veracruz, where her attempts to edify her provincial cousins uncover intriguing family secrets. Emilio Carballido's play, considered Mexico's first modern comedy, is presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Under its Bellas Artes banner, Miracle Theatre has assembled the only Spanish-language acting ensemble in the Northwest, one that produced an underrated gem with last season's 'Ardiente Paciencia.' Daniel Jáquez directs.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through April 28, Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253,, $13-$18

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