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'A Year With Frog and Toad'

by: COURTESY OF OWEN CAREY - Its Josh Stenseth as Frog and James Sharinghousen as Toad on a year-long journey in the next Oregon Childrens Theatre production, May 11-June 2.Best friends Frog and Toad have delighted young readers for more than 25 years, and the Oregon Children's Theatre play follows their adventures through the seasons as the song-and-dance men star in their own vaudeville-style variety show.

2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 11-June 2, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-9571, $18-$30 adults, $15-$26 children

'Urban Tellers'

The Portland Story Theater event features storytelling from several residents, performing under a spotlight in front of strangers.

8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside, www.portlandstorytheater.com, $15-$20

Live Wire! Radio

Podcaster Luke Burbank plays host to the radio variety show, which will feature standup comedian Marc Maron, "Somewhere in Time" writer Ken Davenport and director Scott Schwartz (musical to be done by Portland Center Stage this year), writer Monica Drake, writer Annalee Newitz and musical group Genders.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show, $35 reserved

An Evening with Bill Cosby

The comedic great appears in Portland for two shows.

5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $53-$100


By Catherine Trieschmann, the CoHo Productions play captures the angst and delight of adolescence and a multi-dimensional mother-daughter relationship in a funny, heart-wrenching story. Fourteen-year-old Laney, besides dealing with teenage emotions, has a muscle disorder called dystonia that causes her posture to angle to one side She also dreams of becoming a writer and re-invents herself upon her move with her recently divorced mother, Elise, to Mississippi.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 15-June 8, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.cohoproductions.org, $5-$25


WhiskeyFest NorthWest

The first annual event features more than 60 distilleries and 100 whiskeys, with tasting booths, full bars, live music, a cigar lounge and restaurant delicacies near the Fremont Bridge in the Pearl District.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Pearl District Lot 15, Northwest 11th Avenue/Northrup Street, www.whiskeyfestnw.com, $25

East Portland Sunday Parkways

It's Mother's Day on May 12, and what better way to celebrate mom than to go on a seven-mile walk? Portland's Sunday Parkways gets people out on their feet and bikes, and the East Portland version on Sunday features live music at Lents Park and dance classes at Ed Benedict Park among many activities, which go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info: www.portlandoregon.gov.


Portland's Queer Documentary Film Festival, in its seventh year, opens with the larger-than-life portrait of drag superstar Divine in "I Am Divine" May 16, and includes many other documentaries that feature gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, transsexual and gender-questioning artists, lovers, activists and pioneers. Divine was characterized by People magazine as "The Drag Queen of the Century" and starred in John Waters' films "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "Female Trouble."

8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., $25 opening night, $10 for film; festival runs May 17-19 at Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., www.queerdocfest.org (check for complete lineup), $75 festival passes


Tiempo Libre

Heirs to the rich tradition in their native Cuba, the three-time Grammy-nominated timba group plays with the Oregon Symphony.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $26-$95

Northwest String Summit

Heads up: One of summer's premier roots music events will feature Greensky Bluegrass, David Grisman, The Shook Twins, Leftover Salmon and many others.

Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21, Horning's Hideout, North Plains, 503-664-4170/www.stringsummit.com

'American Idol Live!'

West Linn's Aubrey Cleland will join 10 other stars from the popular singing competition show, stopping in Portland as part of a 40-show tour. The other performers: Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, Curtis Finch Jr., Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley. Tickets are on sale. The "American Idol" finale will air May 16.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $33.50-$66

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