Portland Story Theater
Hosted by Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard, the group's "Urban Tellers" show puts on a special edition, "Immigrants and Refugees," featuring real stories of people living in Portland from faraway lands — Palestine, Ecuador, Indonesia, Venezuela, Chile and Ghana.
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 2-3, Fremont Theater, 2393 N.E. Fremont St., www.pdxstorytheater.org, $15, $18 day of show
'Live Wire With Luke Burbank'
The stage/radio variety welcomes acclaimed author Cheryl Strayed ("Wild, "Tiny Beautiful Things," "Brave Enough" and now "Torch"), as well as bestselling author Baratunde Thurston ("How to Be Black").
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20, $25 day of show
Polaris Dance Theatre
Artistic Director Robert Guitron dissects the lyrical poetry of Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen in his newest original dance work, "Avalanche." Says Guitron: "In particular, these three musicians all served up very important conversations of diversity, racism, sexuality, gender identity and spirituality sometimes without the listener maybe even realizing it. They were ahead of their time. I was compelled to create movement around these concepts challenging our audiences to continue exploring these thoughts and how they pertain to themselves and the world we temporarily reside in."
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 2-3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 9-10, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 N.W. 18th Ave., www.polarisdance.org, $25, $20 children/seniors
Broadway in Portland
The season gets underway with "The Bodyguard," the story of a superstar singer and her bodyguard and how they fall in love. Deborah Cox, and Jasmin Richardson for some shows, plays Rachel Marron and Judson Mills plays her bodyguard Frank Farmer. It's based on the 1992 Oscar-nominated film (starring the late Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner) and adapted by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. It features such songs as "So Emotional," "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love," "Run to You," "I Have Nothing," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, "I Will Always Love You." It originally was staged at Londons' Adelphi Theater in 2012.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 7-10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.BroadwayInPortland.com (check for tickets)
Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show
The annual event is an unofficial kickoff of the winter sports season, and it includes ski reps and retailers with deals on gear, vacation and ski resorts, a ski swap area and more.
1 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.portlandskifever.com, $14, $3 juniors (ages 6-12), $18 two-day ticket, $8 parking