The Oregon Potters Association's Ceramic Showcase, featuring 150 Oregon and Washington artists, and Gathering of the Guilds, which includes metal, wood, glass, bead and fibers artists and more, fills the Oregon Convention Center this weekend.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28; Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.gatheringoftheguilds.com, www.oregonpotters.org/Ceramic-Showcase, free
The latest intellectual gathering takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Tickets start at $85. For more: www.portland5.com. The series' ninth year focuses on civic responsibility, communities and citizens.
The 12th annual parade takes place 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, starting at Eastport Plaza, 4000 S.E. 82nd Ave. Friesian horses join the parade. The Beat Goes On Marching Band, Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers and Royal Rosarians are crowd favorites, and "AM Northwest" host Helen Raptis serves as grand marshal. For more, see the event's Facebook page.
The seventh annual Portland Dutch Society event features Dutch and Indonesian food, Dutch music, old-fashioned kids games, and music by The Whiskey Darlings.
4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, www.portlanddutch.com, $5, free for children 15 and under
Polaris Dance Theatre presents its ninth annual show, featuring Polaris performers and the ELa FaLa Collective. Robert Guiton, Polaris artistic director, has new work that allows young voices to speak truths to the world as they explore racism, gun control and climate change, executing full body athleticism "with the type of movement that would course through one's soul, conscious and subconscious beings." The ELa FaLa Collective, directed by Brazilian dancer and choreographer Barbara Lima, has new work for her five female dancers, taking a gestural and visceral approach to cultural differences and experiments with the athleticism of style.
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 25-26; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27; Polaris Dance Theatre, 1826 N.W. 18th Ave., www.polarisdance.org, $25, $20 children/seniors
'Singin' in the Rain'
Lakewood Theatre Company concludes its season with the adapted stage production of one of Hollywood's great musicals. The story: Don Lockwood, a 1920s star, struggles to adapt to the brave new world presented by talkies, all while wooing a talented would-be actress who dubs the voice of his leading lady.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, some 2 p.m. Sunday matinees and other dates/times, April 26-June 9, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $39, $37 seniors
Kickstand Comedy is taking over the space once occupied by the Brody Theater at 16 N.W. Broadway. The improvised crime story is being held at the venue during its soft opening. Profits from performances are donated to a crime assistance charity, SARC Oregon.
7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, May 1-2, Kickstand Comedy, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.Facebook.com/PDXImprovSquad, $11-$16
The comedian, who currently has Netflix specials and a role in "Instant Family," does his standup routine in Portland.
7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, May 1-2, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, starting at $29