Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including Multnomah County Fair, wine weekend and 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'

COURTESY: KATE SZROM - Deidrie Henry plays Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill,' which opens with previews at The Armory on Saturday, May 26.MISC.

Portland Art Museum

PAM, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., will celebrate Art Museum Day, Friday, May 25, with free admission. It's the ninth annual event, an initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors. The theme is "Hyperconnected Museums." There are some 240 art museums in the organization. For more:

Multnomah County Fair

The county fair season in the Portland metropolitan area begins with the 112th Multnomah County Fair. This year's theme is "Honoring Those Who Serve," highlighting the contributions of first responders, military and community volunteers. The 4-H youth development program also will be highlighted.

It's the only fair in Oregon that offers free admission and parking, and takes place at Oaks Park. There'll be thrill rides (including the new Adrenaline Peak roller coaster), Professor Bamboozle's magic show, camel rides, local musicians and dancers, arts and crafts, and the "Walk on the Wild Side" exotic rescue animal exhibition.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, May 28, Oaks Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way,,, free

'From Maxville to Vanport'

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble presents a concert with original songs and film shorts inspired by the stories of multicultural populations of Maxville and Vanport.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $35 preferred, $25 general admission, $20 senior/veteran.

It's part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival, which continues through Monday, May 28. For complete info on Vanport Mosaic Festival, see

Wine weekend

One of the more notable winery events is the Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country in the Willamette Valley, where more than 150 wineries show off their establishments and provide tastings, Saturday through Monday, May 26-28. For complete info:


'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'

Portland Center Stage puts on a revealing portrait of Billie Holiday's life as told through an imagined final performance in a small bar in South Philadelphia in 1959. The play was written by Lanie Robertson and stars Deidrie Henry, who most recently played Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at The Armory. She'll be joined onstage by Abdul Hamid Royal, who plays the role of Jimmy Powers, and local musicians Charles Neal and Andre St. James. Bill Fennelly directs. Previews begin May 26.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, other selected dates/times, May 26-July 1, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.,, starting at $25

— Jason Vondersmith

'Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear'

Actress Jane VanBoskirk performs a solo documentary play by Sharon Whitney, portraying the famed first lady. The performance explores Roosevelt's life — her thoughts, influence, personal challenges, and the public voice she found for addressing prejudice, oppression and poverty. VanBoskirk has portrayed more than 30 historical women in past shows.

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave.,, $25

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