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The Short List

STAGE

'Postcard from Morocco'

Portland Opera concludes its season with a new production of Dominick Argento's opera — the ninth chamber opera to be held at Newmark Theatre. The opera has an Alfred Hitchcock-type of blend of wit and suspense, as travelers probe one anothers' identities and ambitions. Singers are accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra, "whose music ranges from Viennese operetta to a jaunty Wagner send-up to a gorgeosus lyricism to echoes of jazz and ragtime," says Christopher Mattaliano, Portland Opera executive director.

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-241-1802, starting at $25

10-Minute Play Festival

Local theater group Monkey With a Hat On puts on the ninth festival of 10 plays, each 10 minutes long, exploring different interpretations and plots about "time." The festival is held three times a year, each with a different theme. Monkey With a Hat On was created three years ago by Ollie Collins.

7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., www.monkeywithahaton.com (check for further info)

Jeff Dunham

The wacky comedian and his cast of characters come to Portland on his "Disorderly Conduct" tour.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, $49.50

MISC.

GameStorm

The 16th annual event returns to Vancouver, Wash., as one of the Northwest's largest conventions dedicated to gaming. It's sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc. The primary focus remains board and role-playing games, but also includes console gaming.

March 20-23, Vancouver Convention Center, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver, Wash., www.osfci.org or www.gamestorm.org (check for info)

Whale Watching Week

Spring and spring break have sprung, and the gray whales will be cruising north along the Oregon Coast during their annual migration. It's estimated that about 160 gray whales pass along the coast each day. Trained volunteers will be at 24 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites along the coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to provide visitor information. See whalespoken.org for more information. Oregon State Park rangers and volunteers will be at the Whale Watching Center in Depot Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport also provides info.

MUSIC

Cappella Romana

The vocal ensemble, combined with Portland Baroque Orchestra, presents "Venetian Baroque: Galuppi, Vivaldi, Borttniansky," the largest concert performed in conjunction with Portland Art Museum's "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music."

7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Kridel Ballroom/Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., www.cappellaromana.org, $30

Portland Gay Men's Chorus

by: COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - The Oregon Zoos summer concert series is starting to take shape. Tori Amos will appear July 18.The acclaimed singing group joins with the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in "Continental Divide," which will include recent works composed by the LGBT choral community. More than 200 singers will be involved and perform, among other things, "When I Knew" and "Since I Knew," a multimedia presentation of music and video sharing LGBT stories, and "Testimony" by Grammy winner/Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, Kaul Auditorium/Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.pdxgmc.org, $15-$45

 

Kings of Leon

Supporting their latest album, "Mechanical Bull," the modern rockers make a stop in our town.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, $59.50, $39.50, $29.50

Blues Festival

Heads up: The Inner City Blues Festival features such performers as Norman Sylvester, Janice Scroggins, Lloyd Jones, Jim Mesi and Reggie Houston. Proceeds benefit the coalition Health Care for All-Oregon.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St., www.tickettomato.com, $15, $20 at door

Tori Amos

Another heads up: Tickets are starting to go on sale for Oregon Zoo summer concerts, including for Tori Amos' July 18 appearance. The Zoo's concert series begins in June and runs through early September. The complete schedule will be announced in April. For Amos tickets and other information, go to www.zooconcerts.com.