Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including Oregon Children's Theatre, Boom Arts and Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

COURTESY PHOTO - Boom Arts welcomes Touretteshero to Echo Theater.STAGE

'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey'

Triangle Productions puts on James Lecesne's play about a missing 14-year-old boy and an investigator's quest to find him. It stars Todd Van Voris.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 3-26, The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd.,, $15-$35

'John Hughes High: The 1980s Teen Musical"

Presented by Staged!, it's a look at what happens when gender-bending casting subverts 1980s teen cliches of adolescent ennui and outsider status, while channeling Cyndi Lauper style.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 3-20, Artists Repertory Theatre Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St.,, $18-$25

Rob Lowe

The actor is touring again with his one-man show, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," and talking about Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage and culture.

8 p.m. Friday, May 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $25-$55

The Portland Ballet

The company presents "Current/Classic," a mixed repertoire of contemporary and classical pieces.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.,, starting at $5

Oregon Children's Theatre

• The OCT Young Professionals presents the Impulse Improvisational Comedy Troupe, 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 4-20, at YP Studio Theater, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Tickets: $10, $12 at door,

• The company presents the award-winning musical, "A Year With Frog and Toad," directed by Dani Baldwin and starring Charles Grant as Frog and James Sharinghousen as Toad. Details: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 5-27, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $18-$32, $14-$28 children.

'To Fly Again'

Imago Theatre puts on a world premiere — the first of two this year — about a zany group of clown musicians and a clan of clay-tossed dancers roaming a barren land.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 4-12, Imago Theatre 17 S.E. Eighth Ave.,, $10-$20

'Let Alone'

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest presents a world premiere dance at a historic warehouse, focusing on the need to be alone, the desire to be an individual, interdependence and the transient nature of existence.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, former Pioneer Oil Building, 2636 N.E. Sandy Blvd.,, $25, $15 students/seniors


Boom Arts welcomes the U.K. arts and disability justice collective for a series of events, including "Stand Up, Sit Down, Roll Over," four nights of irreverent standup comedy.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, May 11-12, Echo Theater, 1515 S.E. 37th Ave.,, $20, $12 students

'Lost in Perceptions'

The Allegro Dance Company presents its second full-length production, an experimental fusion show that uses theatrical style, diverse movement and artistic vocabulary while looking at the culture of our subconscious.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $15-$40

'Much Ado About Nothing'

Portland Shakespeare Project presents a staged reading by Michael Mendelson, artistic director, a fresh take on Shakespeare's comedy as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival's three-year "Play On!" project that translates plays into modern English. It's translated by Ranjit Bolt.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, Artists Repertory Theatre Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St.,, free


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association puts on the 34th annual event, which includes entertainment, crafts, kids activities, a carnival and, of course, food and beverages.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, Waterfront Park,, $10, $7 kids (ages 6-12) and seniors (62-over)

— Jason Vondersmith

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