Jazz, cool Beats and fresh flicks

Portland, Ore.

Feb. 17-26: Pianist McCoy Tyner and Latin jazz star Eddie Palmieri embark on a series of collaborations with Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton at the Portland Jazz Festival. Besides performances by Grammy- and Tony-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater and Susan Werner, there are more than 100 educational and free events, including book signings, jam sessions and a jazz story time for children and families. On Feb. 17-18, “Chasin’ the Trane -- Remembering John Coltrane” honors the jazz legend with discussions, a tribute performance and more.

Various locations. Featured performances $20-$45. (503) 228-5299,


Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Feb. 4-March 5: William S. Burroughs’ 92nd birthday will be commemorated at the Beat Hotel’s First InterZone Beat Festival with an exhibition of Harold Chapman’s photographs of Beat luminaries and performances by singer-songwriter Grant Hart, founder of 1980s post-punk favorite Husker Du. Hart will perform at the exhibition’s opening Feb. 4 and at the Burroughs birthday celebration the next day. Chapman’s photographs capture the core of the Beat Generation’s 1957-1963 residency at the original Beat Hotel in Paris, where Burroughs wrote most of “Naked Lunch” and where poet Allen Ginsberg registered to escape the controversy over “Howl.”

67840 Hacienda Ave. (760) 288-2280 or Open house Feb. 18. Daily guided tours by appointment only.


Sedona, Ariz.

Feb. 23-26: Arthur Allan Seidelman’s “The Sisters,” an adaptation of playwright Richard Alfieri’s update of Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters,” opens the 12th annual Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop. The film stars Maria Bello, Eric McCormack, Erika Christensen, Chris O’Donnell and Mary Stuart Masterson. Among its features, shorts and documentaries, the fest will host the world premieres of Dale Rosenbloom’s family film “Saving Shiloh” and Robert John Degus’ drama “9/Tenths.” Novelist James Redfield will discuss turning his book “The Celestine Prophecy” into a film and show a feature about how the film was made. Festival director Patrick Schweiss promises viewers a treat with Ali Selim’s dramatic love story “Sweet Land,” starring Ned Beatty and Alan Cumming, in which a German mail-order bride upsets the apple cart in Minnesota. The topic for the workshop is “Animation Evolution” and will feature animators from Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks, among others. Many cast members are expected to attend, but Schweiss says his festival focuses on its auteurs. “Our true celebrities for the weekend are the filmmakers.”


Rush tickets for films $10. General pass packages begin at $50 for nonmembers. Workshop $250 for nonmembers. (928) 282-1177 or

-- Blake Hennon