by: 2006 Annsliese Moyer, Waves and mayhem drive Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Moby Dick the Musical.”


'42nd Street'

Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre, which took home more hardware at the 2006 Drammy Awards than any other local theater company, winds down its production of the 1933 musical.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, closes July 16, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard, 503-620-5262, $19-$26


Ry Herman's world-premiere comedy involves a script reader whose life literally becomes a walking cliché. Michelle Seaton directs for Stark Raving Theatre.

- EB

8 p.m. Thursday-SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, through July 29, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-232-7072, $10-$20

'The Brain That Wouldn't Die'

Last weekend's opening suggested another monster hit for the brainiacs behind Last Rites Productions, which puts low-budget horror on stage for a second time.

- EB

8 p.m. Thursday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-547-4019,, $10-$12

'Moby Dick the Musical'

Students try to save their struggling school by mounting a musical version of Melville's churning sea saga.

Interim Artistic Director Sara Jane Hardy takes the helm of the Northwest Children's Theater production, recommended for kids 12 and up.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, through Aug. 6, Artists Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-222-4480, $16-$20

'The Tragedy of Macbeth'

It may not be Ashland, but free Shakespeare in the open air is always a bargain.

The players of the Portland Actors Ensemble gamely offer a treatment of the Bard tragedy, wherein a murderous office-seeker comes undone at his own foul deed.

The play takes place in sylvan Pettygrove Park, which makes for a great setting if the work isn't obscured by wind rushing through the treetops overhead, which happens occasionally. Enrich yourself while getting some fresh air - and at no cost.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, July 14-15, Pettygrove Park, one block east of Southwest Fourth Avenue, south of Market Street, 503-806-6077,, free


'Georgia O'Keeffe in the 1930s'

Art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp talks on Georgia O'Keeffe's struggle to balance her career with the demands of her husband, the photographer and art dealer Alfred Stieglitz.

- Joseph Gallivan

2 p.m. SUNDAY, July 16, Portland Art Museum, Fields Ballroom, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., members free, nonmembers $10, 503-226-0973


Chamber Music Northwest

The 36th annual summer festival opens its third weekend with a free, all-Mozart noon concert that features Daniel and Todd Phillips of the Orion Quartet and New York Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps.

Noon FRIDAY, July 14, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., 503-294-6400, free

The same lineup of musicians offers classical and romantic quintets by Mozart, Brahms and Mendelssohn later tonight.

8 p.m. Catlin Gabel School, Cabell Center Theater, 8825 S.W. Barnes Road, 503-503-294-6400, $21-$40

The weekend concludes with piano trios by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Celebrated pianist Andre-Michel Schub performs along with violinist Jennifer Frautschi - called 'marvelous' by the Chicago Tribune - and cellist Ronald Thomas.

8 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-294-6400, ticketsPortland Piano Festival International

The final week of the annual event brings more films, lectures, master classes and performances by Joanna MacGregor, Tomas Svoboda, Catherine Kautsky, Paul Roberts and David Cabassi.

- EB

World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1388, $24-$30

Classical Millennium

Italian pianist Davide Cabassi, in town to perform at the Portland International Piano Festival, offers an in-store performance and CD signing.

Cabassi was a finalist at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

- EB

1 p.m. SATURDAY, July 15, Music Millennium Northwest, 801 N.W. 23rd Ave., 503-248-0163, free


Master Alcvin Takegawa Ramos shares the meditative, Zen-inspired sounds of the shakuhachi, or bamboo flute.

- EB

7 p.m. FRIDAY, July 14, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 N.W. Second Ave., 503-224-1458, $10-$15


Peter Schütte

Dutch-born photographer Peter Schütte, who is based in Portland, shot the poet Robert Frost as one of his first assignments.

He worked alongside legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams, but his musical background also helps account for his place as official photographer of the Portland International Piano Festival, where his work is on display.

- EB

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 14-16, World Forestry Center, Cheatham Hall, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1388, free

Grace Weston

Weston builds small dioramas from toys and tiny scale props, playing dark and light feelings off each other with studio-quality art direction.

She photographs and prints them in lustrous color. Before you say it's all very David Lynch, isn't life?

- JG

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Pushdot Studio, 830 N.W. 14th Ave., 503-224-5925,

Michael T. Hensley

Hensley's murals are at the Virginia Woof doggy day care on West Burnside Street and Outside In. But his smaller, more personal works hold a wealth of detail.

He makes naive marks on washes of color, interspersed with letters, geometric shapes and found images on newsprint. He also incorporates printing techniques, drawing lines by carving away color like in a woodcut.

Hensley's a house painter by day, and the title of the show, 'Lead Free,' is about the desire to be free of the 'toxicity' of a day job and also free of toxic relationships.

- JG

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Mark Woolley Gallery in the Pearl, 120 N.W. Ninth Ave., Suite 210, 503-224-5475,, free

Robert Calvo

The former boat builder is back with a strong series of works.

He paints a wash of color over a layer of cut-up U.S. road maps, then adds ideograms reminiscent of alphabets or logos.

- JG

10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-224-0521,, free

Joe Macca

Joe Macca's latest works are severe in their simplicity, yet still playful.

He's been focusing on his breathing. The result? Tapewormy things on a monochrome background that mesmerize. Macca calls the style 'reductive' rather than minimal.

- JG

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 29, PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., 503-222-0063,, free