Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'A Dark Sky Full of Stars,' 'How to Keep an Alien' and 'Crossing Mninose'

COURTESY: KATE SZROM/PCS AT ARMORY - 'Crossing Mninose' at The Armory, April 13-May 5, stars (from left) Chris Murray, Nick Ferruci, Nathalie Standingcloud and Robert Mesa.STAGE

'Director's Choice'

Artistic Director Kevin Irving has curated some of Oregon Ballet Theatre's beloved contemporary works for an intimate program: "BringingOutsideIn" by Gioconda Barbuto, "Presto" by resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte, "Jardi Tancat" by Nacho Duato and "Giants Before Us" by Fonte (featuring pianist Hunter Noack).

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 11-12; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14; Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $29

'A Dark Sky Full of Stars'

Theatre Vertigo presents the Don Zolidis play about a young man, Brandon, who is always in and out of trouble — until he is shot in the back by a member of his community, after which we learn through family, friends and a girlfriend the circumstances of his life.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, April 11-May 12; Shoebox Theatre, 2110 S.E. 10th Ave.,, $20

'Little Grow Shop of Horrors'

The parody is set in modern day Portland, amid a collapsing cannabis industry, soaring rent and social unrest. As publicity says, it "has a go" at the poisonous patriarchy, gender norms, modern politics, conspiracy theorists, polyamory, microbrews, psychedelics, aphrodisiacs and homegrown horticulture and it's complete with "Trimmer Divas, Freeloaders, Shamans, DJs, YouTubers, PodCasters, Puppeteers, Hipsters, Heretics and Citizens like you." It's produced by Emily and Christian Parkinson and directed by Noah Veil, with art and visuals by the Pander brothers.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $25, $30 at door

'How to Keep an Alien'

Corrib Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Sonya Kelly's humor-filled global odyssey about two women falling in love and battling the international red tape that keeps them apart, directed by Gemma Whelan. It debuted in Dublin, Ireland, in 2013.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, April 12-May 5; New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St.,, $25

'Good Kids'

Oregon Children's Theatre's Young Professionals Company puts on the Naomi Iizuka play about a Midwestern high school in a world of Facebook, Twitter, smartphones and YouTub. It explores culpability, accountability and ass