‘One Man Star Wars’

The trilogy rolls out with a one-man parody starring actor-writer Charlie Ross, from Canada and “a professional geek.” He’s also put on “One Man Lord of the Rings” and has toured the world for the past 11 years. Both productions are endorsed by George Lucas and Saul Zaentz, respectively, carrying official banners of the movies.

7 and 10 p.m. Friday, April 26, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.,, $20, $25


The timeless tale, inspired by the Broadway of Porter and Gershwin, hits the stage in the Northwest Children’s Theater and School production.

Noon, 4 p.m., 7 p.m. various days, April 27-May 26, Northwest Children’s Theater and School, 1819 N.W. Everett St.,, $18-$22 adults, $13-$18 youth

‘Gathering Blue

The Oregon Children’s Theatre, collaborating with First Stage Children’s Theater of Milwaukee, Wis., puts on the world premiere based on the book from “The Giver” series by Lois Lowry. There’ll be a special free event at noon April 28 with Lowry at Winningstad Theatre. For info:

2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 27-May 19, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $18-$28 adults, $15-$24 children


The dance group concludes its 15th season with an 11-performance run of “Fifteen,” which will alternate an “A” and “B” program featuring 20 original dances drawn from the company’s prolific creative history. Co-artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland have created a new dance, “Cafe Blanco.”

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 2-18 (2 p.m. Saturdays, May 11, 18), BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave.,, starting at $36


Ceramics Showcase

It’s the largest clay show and sale in the country, the 31st annual, and it’s featuring a food theme this year, with local chefs including Caprial and John Pence of The Kitchen, Shannon Konz (pastries) and mixologist Daniel Strong of Yakuza; a special installation will be a farm table, “A Moveable Feast,” a lobby display will be “Art for the Table.” Nearly 200 potters from Oregon and Southwest Washington will be on hand.

Starts 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, free

The Stumptown Comics Fest

The 10th annual gathering of aficionados of comic books/graphic novels features hundreds of exhibitors as well as panel discussions and workshops. It kicks off with a free party, 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Things From Another World, 2916 N.E. Broadway.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $10 daily or $15 weekend pass ($7/$12 students)

by: COURTESY OF VEE CORPORATION/BRUCE SILCOX - Live performance audience interaction is part of Sesame Street Live's 'Can't Stop Singing,' May 3-5 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Sesame Street Live

It’s “Can’t Stop Singing” as the children’s characters stop in Portland, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and Sesame Street friends. There’s also a razzle-dazzle interactive live performance, including up-close and personal interactions on the audience floor.

7 p.m. Friday, May 3, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $12-$62


Bill Postles

Portland sound engineer Bill Postles is battling his second bout of lung cancer and needs help paying medical expenses. Postles is well known in these parts for working with Curtis Salgado, Paul DeLay, the Crazy 8s, Patrick Lamb and many, many others. So if you dig good sound from a cancer-free techie, you can lend Bill a hand by attending the “Blues for Bill” benefit, which features Soul Vaccination, The Knuckleheads (featuring Satellite Malone), The Linda Hornbuckle Band with guest vocalists Andy Stokes and LaRhonda Steele, and the Ty Curtis Band.

5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Peter’s Room at the Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 971-230-0033, $20 (21 and older)

May Day

The May Day Music Fest will feature such acts as Red Fang, Black Prairie, Y La Bamba and Sage


May 1-5, Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.,, $15, $20 day of show, $50 fest pass

Cash’d Out

The preeminent nationally touring tribute band to the late Johnny Cash stops in Portland. It’s endorsed by Johnny Cash’s website and has played to more than 1.2 millions fans since forming in 2005.

8 p.m. Friday, May 3, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.,, $15 (21 and older)

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