“If you doubt for a moment that you’re living in (or visiting, perhaps) a special little corner of the world, this ought to shake you out of those doldrums: Tonight the Portland branch of the School of Rock is benefiting one of Portland’s best nonprofits, PDX Pop Now!, by pairing the kids from the school with a host of amazing local rockers to cover the city’s best contemporary rock tunes. That’s right, these teenage kids are playing songs from bands like the Thermals, Menomena, Red Fang, Blitzen Trapper and Typhoon—alongside members of said bands. That’s called synergy, people, and it should prove as fun to watch as it is to be a part of.” –Casey Jarman,Willamette Week
Where: Crystal Ballroom,1332 W Burnside St.
When: 8 pm, Friday January 13 | $14 advance, $20
“Third Rail screens the latest show from London’s National Theatre: John Hodge’s new drama about an imagined meeting between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, starring Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale.” – Ben Waterhouse, WillametteWeek
Where: World Trade Center Theater,121 SW Salmon St.
When: 1 and 5 pm Sunday, Jan. 15; 2 and 7 pm Saturday, Jan. 21., Sunday January 15 | $20, $15 students.