The Short List
Lemmy tell ya
Heads up: On Motörhead's latest album 'The World is Yours,' there's a song in which leader Lemmy maintains rock 'n' roll is the true religion. It is because they are willing to release such a song sans irony in 2011 that Motörhead will always be cooler than you.
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-8499, $28.50
The Portland Opera's 'Fantasy or Reality?' season theme continues with one of Puccini's most popular and powerful operas, the pinnacle of his work. It's the American premiere of stage director Christopher Aiden's acclaimed production. It's about a beautiful but icy princess determined to revenge the brutality inflicted on a female ancestor, and it's dramatic power courses through the music, infusing the tale with thrilling melodies, bold orchestrations, evocative harmonies and emotional, crowd-pleasing choruses. It includes the international tenor anthem, 'Nessum dorma,' the signature of famed Luciano Pavarotti.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Feb. 10, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Feb. 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $20
The Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents the hit broadcast live from London's National Theatre. It's a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti - a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies.
2 p.m. Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, 2 p.m. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, World Trade Center Theater, 121 S.W. Salmon St., Bldg. 2, 503-235-1101, $20, $15 students
Oregon Children's Theatre
'Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly' takes a view of the world from a bug's perspective, adapted from the books by Doreen Cronin.
2 p.m. Jan. 23-Feb. 20 (also 5 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 5), Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., pcpa.com, $21.25-$29.50
Scottish Ale Fest
Nine regional craft breweries serve up Scottish and Scotch ales at the first annual event, which includes Scottish music by Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg's band, Stone Porridge, and a few bagpipers. For the newbies, Scottish and Scotch ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a carmelization of the wort, producing a color ranging from dark amber to dark copper, and a higher level of unfermentable sugars that creates a rich, mouth feel and malty flavors and aromas.
3-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 S.E. Belmont St., cascadebrewing.com, free admission
Professional Bull Riders
Tickets are on sale for the PBR event in February at the Rose Garden. The top 40 bull riders in the world compete in the Built Ford Tough Series, a lineup that includes Oregonians Ross Coleman (six-time PBR winner from Molalla) and Cody Campbell (Summerville)
8 p.m. Feb. 4-5, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $10-$100
His exhibit 'Photographs from Five Decades' opens at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. Moriyama's work includes many iconic images, his gaze finding fascination where others do not. His work is gritty and sensual. Moriyama was born in 1938 in Osaka, Japan, and he's widely recognized as one of Japan's most important and influential postwar photographers; his powerful, edgy black-and-white photography has been the subject of dozens of books.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20-Feb. 26 (opening reception 5-8 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 3), Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.hartmanfineart.net, free admission