Weekend To-Dos


Live Entertainment

Music Mondays - Noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays until Aug. 29 (except July 4), and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, July 11-Aug. 29, Center for the Arts Plaza, Northeast Third Avenue between Hood and Kelly streets. Music Mondays, a free summer concert series, returned for its second season June 6. This year, the series will include both afternoon and evening concerts. The scheduled performers represent a wide variety of genres, ranging from rock, country and folk to African and Hawaiian music. Visit gcfta.org or call 503-665-7800 for information.

• Greg Parke, July 11 (afternoon). Greg, with his rich captivating voice, might be tugging at your heartstrings with a soulful ballad one minute, and before you know it, you will be wondering where the rest of the band came from as your feet are heading for the dance floor. Greg uses custom built acoustic and electric MIDI guitars, sound modules and loopers, which create an amazingly full sound all done in real time with no pre-recorded backing tracks.

• Berthaline and the Love Brigade, July 11 (evening). Berthaline-style music is a warm stew of peace, love and crawfish. Berthaline was the hearty southern grandmother of keyboardist Steve Kerin who, in her 97 years of life, lived in joy and simplicity. You will hear the rattling rub board being played, which is the very one Berthaline used for the decades to get the laundry washed.

Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn - McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Edgefield hosts live music on the lawn throughout the summer, truly a not-to-be-missed series. All tickets are available through EdgefieldConcerts.com, in person at the Crystal Ballroom box office, Bagdad Theater and Edgefield gift shop or by phone at 1-800-514-3849. For more information and a complete schedule, visit mcmenamins.com/edgefield or call 503-669-8610. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the shows begin at 6:30 p.m.

• Alison Krauss and Union Station, Wednesday, June 29. Part of Alison Krauss' incontestable talent is how effortlessly she bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought-after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including Robert Plant, James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo Yo Ma and Bonnie Raitt.

• Modest Mouse, Saturday, July 2. Northwest indie stars Modest Mouse, on their first Portland show in nearly three years.

• Neko Case, Friday, July 8. Case's last album, 'Fox Confessor Brings the Flood,' brought her to that nexus where critical acclaim meets commercial success. But Case's impact can't be measured merely in chart placements or press plaudits. It's her ability to connect - on an uncommonly deep and meaningful level - with her audience.

• TV on the Radio, Friday, July 22. The Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio mix post-punk, electronic and other atmospheric elements in such a creative way that it only makes sense that their core duo, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek, are both visual artists as well as musicians.

Edgefield Live Music Series - McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. All shows are for ages 21 and older and are held in the Winery, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit mcmenamins.com/edgefield or call 503-669-8610.

Upcoming shows are listed below.

• Tyler Stenson, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Born in Lander, Wyo., and raised in Oregon, Tyler Stenson is a bold songwriter who draws profound influence from his roots in the humble West. His rich lyrics grip the wheel, white-knuckled and swollen with natural imagery and stark confessions.

• Pilar French, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in the Little Red Shed. An eclectic songwriter and performer who can be bluesy and funky one moment, intimate and ethereal the next. She has performed with a variety of Portland acts and leads her own adventurous rock band.

• Sonny Hess, 7 p.m. Friday, July 1. Northwest blues legend renowned for her guitar playing and revered for her unflagging support of other artists in the local rhythm and blues community.

• Lynn Conover, 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Seasoned veterans of the Portland folk circuit performs a mixture of country, folk and blues.

• My Three Travellers with special guests, 7 p.m. Monday, July 4. Pared down song-cycles about the stages of grief and beyond, inspired by the works of Pink Floyd, Spiritualized and the Beatles, among others.

• Irish Tuesdays: Colleen Raney, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Colleen Raney has been singing Irish music for more than 20 years, performing with storied groups before striking out on her own with a stunning voice and captivating traditional and original music.

• Mike Midlo, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Mike Midlo plays American music: country stomps, barrelhouse blues, folk ballads and old school rockers.

M and M Lounge Music - M and M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave. All shows are free for ages 21 and older unless noted. For more information, visit facebook.com/mmlounge.gresham or myspace.com/mandmlounge or call 503-665-2626.

• Spinella's Off the Wall, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

• Bad Motor Scooter, 9 p.m. Friday, July 1.

• Kerry Dean Stickler, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

Park Place Coffee Live Music Series - 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave. Free and all ages are welcome. Visit parkplacecoffee.com or call 503-808-1244.

• Open Jam, July 2. Bring your instrument (or sing) and join in the fun.

• Carl Solomon and Friends, July 9. Original acoustic folk.

Riverview Restaurant - The Riverview Restaurant, 29311 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. The restaurant features live music from musicians who play a style of light jazz with subtle modern and classical influences. For more information, call 503-661-3663 or visit yoshidariverview.com. Closed on holidays.

• Craig Bidondo, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

• Tommy Rodriguez, Thursdays through Saturdays.

• Tim Gilson and Craig Bidondo, Sundays.

Arts and Culture

2011 Juried Show Art Exhibit - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Thursday, July 21, Gresham City Hall, Visual Arts Gallery, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. The Gresham Art Committee highlights the best work of local and regional artists in its annual juried show, with awards going to the top-ranked work. Rip Caswell of Rip Caswell Bronze Sculptures in Troutdale will serve as juror. Featured artists include Chelsie Brady, Wayne Chin, Lee Dayfield, Matthew Houck, Brian Kroll, Jim Kunz, Beth Norwood, Annette Riplinger, Brandy M. Watson and Tim Zielke. Free and open to the public. Visit greshamartcommittee.org.

'Memories' - Fridays through Sundays until July 2, Sandy Actors Theatre, 17433 Meinig Ave., Sandy. In conjunction with the Sandy Actors Theatre's latest production, 'Assisted Living,' the Wy'east Artisans Guild is displaying its new exhibit 'Memories' in the lobby. The art is meant to evoke memories of the past through a mix of media and styles. For more information, call Becky Hawley at 503-668-5590 or the theater at 503-668-6834.

Out and About

New Beginnings' Fourth Annual Car Show - 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, New Beginnings Church, 3300 N.E. 172nd Place. The car classes are pre-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980 and newer, stock truck, custom truck and motorcycle. Each class will have a car winner and the winner presented a trophy. Registration is $15 per car with two people, which covers lunch and a frame with a color picture of participants and their car. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Resource Center. Visit nbcclive.com/carshow or call 503-256-6050 to register and for more information.

Animated: A Film Festival - Friday to Sunday, July 8-10, McMenamins Edgefield, Power Station Theater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. McMenamins' first company-wide animated film festival encompasses traditional cell animation titles, computer-generation imagery to stop-motion animation, both short and long versions and more. Titles shown at various venues will include the original classic 'The Hobbit' (1977), selections from the Wallace and Gromit series, 'Pink Floyd The Wall' (1982) and many, many others. Tickets are $3 per film, $1 for kids; purchase an event pass for $10 and you can bring in kids - as many as you'd like - for free.

Fairview Open-Air Market - 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays until to the end of September, Northeast Market and Village streets, Fairview. Fairview's farmers' market returns this year at a new location. Shop for homegrown goods, jewelry, artwork, crafts, organic treats and other eclectic selections. Stop by to hear live music, get dinner and do some shopping. Visit windancefarmsandart.com/Fairview.php.

Gresham Farmers' Market - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 29, Northwest Miller Avenue and Third Street, downtown Gresham. The Gresham Farmers' Market in historic downtown Gresham provides a wide range of farm-produced food as well as flowers, crafts, gifts, live entertainment and other offerings from an assortment of local and regional vendors. Visit greshamfarmersmarket.com.

Midweek Farmers' Market - 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through the end of August, Gresham Station Shopping Center, Northwest Division Street and Norman Avenue. Pick up some fresh flowers, veggies, homemade treats and crafts and enjoy an evening out of the house. Visit greshamfarmersmarket.com.

Troutdale Open-Air Market - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 29, Depot Park Rail Museum parking lot, 473 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale. Opening the first Saturday in April, the Troutdale farmers market returns for another season. Check out local merchants, live entertainment, locally grown foods and produce, gourmet cooking and arts and crafts. The farmers market continues each week through the last Saturday in October. Visit windancefarmsandart.com or call 503-766-2993.

Friday Night Wine Tasting - 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Allegri Wine Shop and Art Gallery, 44 N. Main Ave. Tastings are $12 unless noted otherwise. Call 503-465-1841 for information.

• July 8: Roads less traveled in California.

• July 15: Wines of New Zealand.

• July 16: Big House Wines with Candice Cress. Complimentary.

• July 22: Wines of southern Italy, and Missionary Chocolates with Vanessa Holden.

• July 29: Wines of Bordeaux.

Sandy Plaza Market - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on first Saturdays until Oct. 1, Centennial Plaza, Pioneer Boulevard and Hoffman Avenue, Sandy. The market will feature a variety of craft and food booths including kids' activities with a bouncy castle and face painting. For more information, contact Tracy Brown at 503-668-4886.

Live Performances

'Assisted Living' - 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays until July 2, Sandy Actors Theatre, 17433 Meinig Ave., Sandy. The winner of the Sandy Actors Theatre playwriting contest, Portlander Rich Rubin has created a lovely touching drama/comedy about the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. Rose is a robust, active woman who resists any help to deal with her continued loss of memory. The conflicts with her family are at times hilarious and at other times sad and tender. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children under age 12. Call 503-668-6834 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org for information.

'For Better' - Thursdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m. evenings and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, July 7-24, Clackamas Community College, Osterman Theatre, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Gresham resident and actor Tobias Andersen stars in Clackamas Repertory Theatre's production of 'For Better,' a romantic comedy. In this plugged-in world of email, text messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married, at least if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. But between them and wedded bliss are a blizzard of intercepted emails, suggestive text messages, online bridal gown shopping and lost cell signals. Can love conquer all? Can you hear me now? Tickets are $12 to $22. Visit clackamasrep.org or call 503-594-6047.