Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including UFO Festival, Festival of Flowers, 'The Evolve Experience' and BodyVox

COURTESY: MATT MURPHY - 'School of Rock' stages at Keller Auditorium, May 21-26.MISC.

UFO Festival

It's a huge gathering of UFO enthusiasts Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, in McMinnville. There'll be a parade (2 p.m. Saturday), speakers, music and more, based at McMenamins Hotel Oregon. For more:

'Stars on Ice'

It wasn't too long ago — February 2018 — that some of them starred in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The "Stars on Ice" tour celebrates top American figure skaters from the past, present and future: Nathan Chen, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Ashley Wagner, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Moda Center,, starting at $25, $20 parking

Mt. Tabor Art Walk

The 14th annual event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, takes visitors to several artists' residences/studios. View map at

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways

It's the first event of the season, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, as walkers/runners, bicyclists and skaters explore Southeast Portland streets and Laurelhurst, Ivon, Colonel Summers and Sewallcrest parks. There'll be live music and more along the way. For more:

Festival of Flowers

The Rose Festival is coming up, and Pioneer Courthouse Square is getting folks prepared with the 20,000-strong display of roses showing May 22-June 4. There'll be live music at noon on some days, and a flower sale at the end. For more:


'Live Wire With Luke Burbank'

The stage-radio variety show welcomes comedian Michael Ian Black, Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, memoirist Melissa Febos and musical guest Dirty Revival.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $20


The dance company's Junior Artist Generator, its elite training program, will put on its spring performance with repertoire by Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, choreography by well-known Portland dancers and teachers, and direction by BodyVox's Heather Jackson.

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave.,, $25

COURTESY: GEVA THEATRE CENTER - Neighbors tussle in Portland Center Stage's 'Native Gardens.''Native Gardens'

Cultures and gardens clash in Karen Zacarias' hot-button comedy by Portland Center Stage. The story: When a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, a neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege, class and good taste. Well-intentioned neighbors quickly turn into feuding enemies. Previews begin May 18, with opening night May 24.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, some exclusions, May 18-June 16, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.,, $25-$87

'The Evolve Experience'

Following the success of New Black Fest's "Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments" and "Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue," the August Wilson Red Door Project is preparing to stage another topical set of monologues. "The Evolve Experience" is a compilation of some of the monologues to come out of the previous two shows; they are by Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Nsangou Njikam and Dennis Allen II from "Hands Up" and Shepsu Aakhu, J. Nicole Brooks, Bonnie Ratner, J. David Shanks and Andrea Stolowitz from "Cop Out."

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. May 23-24, 2 p.m. May 25, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., (check for tickets)

'School of Rock — The Musical'

It should be a rockin' good time as the Andrew Lloyd Webber smash Broadway hit comes to Portland. It's based on the 2003 film of the same name (starring Jack Black). It follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. But he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching the kids to rock, he falls for the school's headmistress, helping her find the wild child within.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, May 21-24, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., (check for tickets)

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