“Fixed, A Ten-Minute Play Festival,” hosted by Portland Actors Conservatory and presented by Well Arts, brings together community writers with experiences of illness and social stigma in 10-minute plays about what it means to be whole.

7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 3-11, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St.,, $8, $10 at door, $5 students/seniors

‘Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls’

A bunch of 20-somethings take a quirky journey in their quest for love and identity — strangers, friends, lovers and acquaintances traveling the globe from Alaska to Hawaii to New York City to Borneo. It’ll be Theatre Vertigo’s final show at Theater! Theatre!

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, various days through June 8, Theater! Theatre!, 3430 S.E. Belmont St.,, $15


Verdi’s opera closes out the Portland Opera’s “Larger than Life” season. Christopher Mattaliano directs. Falstaff famously declared “he who laughs, laughs last,” and Verdi’s sense of theater and Falstaff’s legendary lust for life guarantee an evening full of merriment.

7:30 p.m. May 10, 2 p.m. May 12, 7:30 p.m. May 16, 7:30 p.m. May 18, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave.,, starting at $25

Rock of Ages’

Tickets are on sale for the five-time Tony Award-nominated musical, coming to Portland in May and June by Broadway Across America, the story of a small-town girl meeting a big-city dreamer and falling in love amid the late-1980s L.A. rock scene.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, May 28-31, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $23.75

‘Michael Jackson HIStory Show’

The touring show starring Kenny Wizz comes to Portland on the U.S. leg of its world tour, as a live band, choreographed dancers, big screens and a light show re-create the excitement and wonderment of a Michael Jackson show.

8 p.m. Friday, June 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $45.50-$77.50


First Thursday

The crowds are getting bigger with the better weather for the monthly art gallery t our. For information on galleries participating Thursday, May 2, go to

Oregon Trail Rally

The annual motorsports event features top drivers in several classes of automobiles starting at Portland International Raceway (the first of four staging areas) and traversing areas south of the Columbia Gorge (Hood River, Dufur). Featuring 72 teams, the Oregon Trail Rally is known as one of the toughest tests for the rally teams because of the course’s trek through Northwest forestry lands. The three-day contest involves 17 timed, competitive special stages. A rally show starts things at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

6 p.m. Friday, May 3, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.,, $10

Walking tour

The Northwest Children’s Theater and School presents the second annual walking tour of historic homes, “The Renaissance of the Historic Alphabet District,” or, roughly, West Burnside to Northwest Lovejoy and 17th to 24th avenues. The area was platted by sea captain John Couch in 1865 and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. It includes the First Church of Christ, Scientist, aka the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center (starting point), 1819 N.W. Everett St.,, starting at $25

Cinco de Mayo

Parties abound on May 5. A good place to scour the various celebrations is online at

Jay and Silent Bob

The guys from the famed movie “Clerks” and spinoffs are back. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are hitting the road with their new animated film, “Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie,” dispensing wisdom in cartoon form and appearing for question-and-answer sessions, including at the Bagdad Theater.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.,, $35-$55

Milk Carton Kids

Oft compared to the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel, the Milk Carton Kids bring their contemporary folk music here, along with bluegrass-Americana openers the Barefoot Movement.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.,, $15

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