Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'Waitress,' Renee Fleming and Polish Festival

COURTESY: PATRICK WEISHAMPEL/BLANKEYE.TV - Isaiah Tyrelle Boyd star as Harpo and Maiesha McQueen as Sofia in 'The Color Purple' at The Armory.


Reminder: The Broadway in Portland play tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 20-21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., (check for tickets)

'The Color Purple'

At Portland Center Stage, the story follows Celie and her relationship with God on a journey toward love and self-worth. It features a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. It's directed by Timothy Douglas and stars Felicia Boswell as Celie.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 28, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.,, starting at $25

'Ordinary Days'

A romance on the rocks, an artist's vision stalled, and a graduate thesis in peril lead four young New Yorkers through a series of intersecting vignettes in this captivating, completely sung musical by Broadway Rose. It includes 19 songs composed by Adam Gwon.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Saturdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 14, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard,, $30-$48

Lily Tomlin

The comedian and actress appears in Portland. She's as active as ever in TV, theater, motion pictures and animation.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $40

Oregon Symphony

The symphony, led by Carlos Kalmar, welcomes soprano Renee Fleming for a night of song and spellbinding artistry.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $65



Among the local celebrations, Oaks Park Amusement Park puts on German music, dancing, food and drinks, as well as crafts, kids activities and dachshund races, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23. For more:

Buddy Fest NW

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association celebrates the 20th annual event that aims to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down Syndrome. Tony Starlight returns as emcee and party band The Nu Wavers performs.

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Moda Center Commons,, $15, $10 ages 4-17

Polish Festival

The 25th annual event celebrates the food — pierogis, entrees, fruit-filled pastries, kielbasa sausages — and beverages, such as lagers and porters, as well as the culture of the eastern European country.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Polish Library/St. Stanislaus Church, 3900 N. Interstate Ave.,, free

Portland Sunday Parkways

The final event for skaters, walkers and bicyclists takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Northeast Portland. For more:

All Jane Comedy Festival

There'll be about 50 comedians taking part in the annual event, Sept. 26-30 at Curious Comedy, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more:

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