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The Short List

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‘Hand Picked

Polaris Dance Theatre’s third annual “X-Posed” show of new works features members choosing their own work, and it wraps up this weekend. Joining Polaris choreographes are guest choreographers Caitlin Trainor of New York City, Jocelyn Edelstein of Portland’s Urban Body Project and Yulia Arakelyan of Portland’s Wobbly Dance.

7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15, Polaris Dance Center, 1501 S.W. Taylor St., www.polarisdance.org, $25, $20 students/seniors, $17.50 child

‘The Screwtape Letters’

The national tour, based on the novel by “The Chronicles of Narnia” author C.S. Lewis, returns to Portland, after appearing here in February 2011. Max McLean is artistic director, Brent Harris is the lead role in the wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view, with Satan counseled by Screwtape the psychiatrist.

8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.screwtapeonstage, $39-$59

by: COURTESY OF BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Members of Oregon Ballet Theatre perform Square Dance as part of their George Balanchine tribute, June 14-16 at Keller Auditorium.Celebrating Balanchine’

Fresh off naming Kevin Irving as new artistic director (see story, page 4), Oregon Ballet Theatre’s season wraps up with an evening dedicated to the 20th century master, George Balanchine, on the 30th anniversary of his death. There’ll be three different examples of his choreography: “Square Dance,” which layers complex geometries of traditional Western partner dancing with architectures of chamber music; “Prodigal Son,” a 1929 Balanchine/Georges Roualt/Sergei Prokofiev collaboration that pulled pathos and passion out of the Bible parable; “Stravinsy Violin Concerto,” his love letter to his mentor and creative partner.

7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.obt.org, starting at $23

‘Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom’

Third Rail Repertory’s Mentorship Company presents the story by Jennifer Haley, as parents who live in a suburban subdivision with identical houses find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game, the lines between virtual and reality blurring.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, June 15-23, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-715-1114, $15

‘USS Improvise

“The USS Improvise, The Next Generation: The Musical!” is the latest “Star Trek” parody venture by The Inscriptables.

8 p.m. Saturdays, June 15-July 27, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave., www.funhouselounge.com, “pay what you want.”

MUSIC

Beastie Boys tribute

The second annual event, “Sabotage,” honors the rebellious youth of the Beastie Boys, with several bands performing. All money raised will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Oregon.

9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., www.lls.org, $8

Son Volt

Heads up: The group, founded by y’all-ternative country king Jay Farrar, comes to town with Colonel Ford.

8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $25, $30 at door

MISC.

Portland Pride Festival

The two-day event at Waterfront Park has the theme “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.” The popular parade begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at West Burnside and Northwest Park Avenue and goes down Northwest Davis Street and Southwest Naito Parkway.

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 15-16, Waterfront Park, www.pridenw.org

‘The Audience

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly anticipated West End production, the Peter Morgan story which will be broadcast as part of “National Theatre Live,” including HD screenings by Third Rail Repertory.

2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, June 15, 22 and 29 and Sunday, June 30, World Trade Center Theater, 121 S.W. Salmon St., 503-235-1011, $20, $18 seniors (65-older), $15 students, $96 season

Tom McCall Film Festival

Greg Hamilton is curating the show and writer/historian Matt Love is giving context to each of the three movies with direct ties to the former governor and his policies: “Pollution in Paradise” (1962), “Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life” (2005) “ and “Politics of Sand” (2005).

6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Hollywood Theatre, www.hollywoodtheatre.org, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., $8