BodyVox dance company begins its 20th anniversary season with a groundbreaking new production by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, as dance and technology join together in an exploration of space, sound, light and motion. It expands the idea of live performance as dancers interact with infrared sensors, live video graphic generation, motion capture, virtual reality and other technologies. BodyVox has teamed with composer Ludovico Einaud.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave., www.bodyvox.com, starting at $30
The Portland Shakespeare Project presents the world premiere by Portland playwright Ellen Margolis, commissioned by Portland Shakes. It's an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Pericles," and directed by MIchael Mendelson. The young prince, Pericles, vies for the hand of a neighboring princess and flees after recognizing her father's secret. She sees his departure as lost hope.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-17, Artists Repertory Theatre's Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $30, $20 students
'Die Hard: The Parody Musical'
Funhouse Lounge and Andy Barrett, the artistic director, have adapted the beloved Christmastime film "Die Hard" for the stage and, with the help of Portland musicians, created 15 original songs. Says the promotion: "All John McClane wants for Xmas is to patch things up with his wife. And stop a dozen terrorists. And sing and dance while doing it."
7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 1-30, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave., www.funhouselounge.com, $15, $20 at door
Northwest Children's Theater and School puts on its original tap extravaganza drawn from the classic play. Young Cinderella knows she's destined for the stage, but with jealous relatives standing between her and the spotlight, she will need courage, passion and a little magic.
Noon and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, assorted other days, Dec. 2-Jan. 1, Northwest Children's Theater & School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $18-$25 adults, $13-$20 youth
The former vice president stops in Portland on his "American Promise" tour, promoting his new memoir: "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose." Tickets appear to be still available.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $25-$325
Portland Podcast Festival
The first-ever event, founded by Greg Nibler, Sarah Dylan and Jason Lamb, features live performances from 13 of Portland's most popular podcasts on two stages, featuring topics such as pop culture, race, technology, sports and more.
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., www.pdxpodfestival.com, $14, $20 at door
The symphony, with guest conductor Leo Hussain, welcomes the great pianist Andre Watts for Edvard Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A Minor," among other pieces by Kokkonen, Sibelius and Nielsen.
7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Dec. 2-4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $24
At the 13th da Vinci Arts Fair, which supports art and arts education for da Vinci Arts Middle School, you can shop for unique, handcrafted art and boutique crafts by juried, local artists and student artists.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett St., www.facebook.com/davinciartsfair
'Welcome To Night Vale'
The popular fictional podcast hits the stage with the show "All Hail," featuring the character "The Glow Cloud."
8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $27.50, $32.50