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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including Jefferson Dancers, 'Jesus Hopped the A Train,' Ten Grands and Earth Day

COURTESY: NW CHILDREN'S THEATER - Northwest Children's Theater & School presents 'Tenali — The Royal Trickster,' April 20-May 12.STAGE

Jefferson Dancers

The elite dance company puts on its popular spring concert, led by Steve Gonzales, artistic director.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 18-19, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $16-$20

'Live Wire With Luke Burbank'

The stage-radio variety show features Sen. Jeff Merkley, slam poet Anis Mojgani, comedian Joe Zimmerman, African American survivalist Afrovivalist, and musical guest Ron Artis II and The Truth.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20

'Urinetown, The Musical'

Stumptown Stages closes its season with the Tony Award-winning musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 18-May 19, Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.stumptownstages.org, $26-$45

'Jesus Hopped the A Train'

CoHo Productions and Beirut Wedding World Theatre Project present the Stephen Adly Guirgis play of stolen lives and distorted salvation. The story: Angel Cruz awaits the verdict of his murder trial and, in the company of sociopaths and powermongers, he keeps hold of his humanity, struggling to reconcile how brutal consequences could be born from pure intentions. Ethical lines are blurred when a disillusioned public defender becomes involved.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 19-May 11, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.cohoproductions.org, $25-$32

George Lopez

The standup comedian comes to Portland on his "The Wall World" tour. He recently completed "The Comedy Get Down" tour with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer.

8 p.m. Friday, April 19, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, starting at $45

'Tenali — The Royal Trickster'

The Northwest Children's Theater & School tells the story of a royal minister and irrepressible trickster. When the king's beloved peacock crown mysteriously disappears, it's up to Tenali to uncover the culprit and restore order to the kingdom while staying ahead of his enemies.

Noon and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, April 20-May 12, Northwest Children's Theater and School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $18-$22 adult, $14-$18 youth

'Jason and the Argonauts'

Oregon Children's Theatre collaborates with Visible Fictions of Scotland in the quirky and funny retelling of the Greek classic.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 20-May 19, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.octc.org, $20-$32 adults, $15-$28 children

Ten Grands

The annual event by Michael Allen Harrison and benefiting his Snowman Foundation features several top pianists playing grand pianos on stage, including Harrison, Tom Grant, Mac Potts, John Nilsen, Colleen Adent, Monica Ohuchi, Chapman Nyaho, Jim Quakenbush, Hailey Potts and Brendan Brewer, and there'll be singing from Molly Parker, Julianne Johnson and Haley Johnsen. Special guest is Jim Brickman.

2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, starting at $28

Philadanco

White Bird concludes its season with the Portland debut of Philadelphia's premiere dance company, founded and directed by Joan Myers Brown and dedicated to preserving African American dance tradition.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, starting at $30

MISC.

Portland Art Museum

The exhibit of Georges de La Tour's "The Magdalen With the Smoking Flame," circa 1635-37, a treasure of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be shown through Oct. 13 at the museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. La Tour was a French artist who specialized in nighttime scenes in which artificial light sources played an active role. And, Mary Magdalene, of course, was the leading woman among the followers of Jesus. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.

Earth Day

The official Earth Day is April 22, but there'll be events marking the day mostly taking place Saturday, April 20. Some of the happenings: Earth Day Walk on Mount Tabor, 10:30 a.m., Southeast 60th Avenue and Main Street; Solve It for Earth Day, participatory cleanup and planting, 9 a.m., www.solveoregon.org; and Earth Day Spring Festival, Learning Garden Labs PSU, 11 a.m., 6801 S.E. 60th Ave.

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