by: COURTESY OF SESAME STREET LIVE - The friends from Sesame Street Live perform at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, May 16 to 18, in Make A New Friend.

‘Make A New Friend

The all-new “Sesame Street Live” tour stops in Portland, with old and new friends — Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Chamki, Grover’s friend from India — exploring the universal fun of friendship and celebrating cultural similarities through singing, dancing and sharing cookies.

6:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $15, $20

Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival

The sixth annual event serves as an opportunity for disabled artists and performers to show off their work. It willl include music, dance, poetry and spoken word performances. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, internationally renowned disabled artist, will be in attendance. The festival will include events at various locations May 16 to 24, including performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, at Zoomtopia Studio 2, 810 S.E. Belmont Ave. For info:

Pug Crawl

The 14th annual Oregon Humane Society event has the theme “Pug City Comic Con — Episode 14” and will feature about 100 costumed pugs walking the runway.

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Portland Brewing Co., 2730 N.W. 31st Ave.,, $10 donation

Sustainable Preparedness Expo

The expo educates people on what to do in case of emergencies, as far as securing water, food and heat, as well as health care and communications, with various training sessions throughout the day.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, $12

Kenton Street Fair

The Kenton Business District puts on the fair, with more than 90 vendors, live music, boxing, a coaster car race, bike swap meet, and kids’ entertainment on the schedule.

10 a.m.-6 p.m Sunday, May 18, North Denver Avenue/North Willis and North Watts streets,

‘The Playboy of the Western World’

The final show of Artists Repertory Theatre’s season riotously and raucously examines whether the “playboy” is truth, fiction or just wishful thinking through J.M. Synge’s story. Christie is on the run and reinventing himself. He arrives in an Irish village with a secret to be told, and gossip stirs up passion and leads to romance and celebrity. The 1907 premiere of the production spurred riots in the streets outside Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in response to the then-sensitive subject mater and comic rip on the Irish peasant class.

Damaso Rodriguez directs.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 20-June 22, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St.,, $25-$55


Streetcar Mobile Musicfest

The unique event returns to the rails, a showcase of live music aboard the Portland Streetcar. Eight acts are set to perform on North/South Line streetcars between Portland State University and Northwest 23rd Avenue. They are: Dennis Elmer, Battle Hymns & Gardens, Portland Opera, Max Ribner and Friends, Blake Lyman, Mbrascatu, A People’s Choir and Boy and Bean. It’s being held in conjunction with the Women’s Transportation Seminar International conference. This is the first spring event; the fall event has been held for several years.

6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 16, PSU/Northwest 23rd Avenue,, free with streetcar fare

Oregon Symphony: Bell

by: COURTESY OF OREGON SYMPHONY - Violinist Joshua Bell returns to play with the Oregon Symphony, March 17 to 19 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.Crowd-pleasing violinist Joshua Bell joins the symphony, which plays David Dzubay’s “Snake Alley,” Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D minor” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” led by conductor Carlos Kalmar, with Bell starring. Sibelius’ work is the most popular, most recorded violin concerto composed after 1900. The symphony commissioned Portland composer Dzubay’s first symphony and first performed “Snake Alley” in 1991. Dzubay teaches at Indiana University and will attend the performances.

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $45

Oregon Symphony: Laurie

Hugh Laurie, the English actor who starred in “House,” sold out the Schnitz two years ago and will likely do it again as a pianist and singer. He followed up his CD “Let Them Talk” with the bluesy “Didn’t It Rain.” He’ll perform with his band, Copper Bottom Band.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $25

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