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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'La Finta Giardiniera,' 'Matilda' and Mississippi State Fair

COURTESY: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - 'Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical' stages in Lake Oswego, July 12-Aug. 18.STAGE

CoHo Summerfest

This year's festival continues with "My Little China Girl," 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14, at CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St. Tickets: $25, www.cohoproductions.org. It's by Soomi Kim, who, growing up in the MTV era, had an adolescent desire to be the exotic Asian woman in David Bowie's "China Girl" video. The solo, multidisciplinary show delves into the 1980s and her Korean-American heritage.

'La Finta Giardiniera'

Portland Opera presents a new production of Mozart's heartbreaking and comedic work. In the 1775 opera, the heroine Violante goes into hiding as "the disguised gardener" at the mayor's country estate after escaping her abusive lover, Count Belfiore. As she chooses forgiveness, a cast of characters comes together in a tale about the complex nature of the human heart.

7:30 p.m. July 12, July 18, July 20, July 24 and July 27, 2 p.m. July 14, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portlandopera.org, starting at $35

'Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical'

Lakewood Theatre Company opens its 67th season with the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel, a show that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, various other times, July 12-Aug. 18, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $39, $37 seniors

NW Dance Project

The company puts on its 11th annual Pretty Creatives Choreographic Showing, featuring contest winners Kaloyan Boyadjiev and Joseph Hernandez, who have created works in 18 hours working with 30 professional dancers.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.nwdanceproject.org, $20, $25 at door

Ten Tiny Dances

The annual event in Beaverton features a wide vareity of dancers displaying their prowess on five stages, each 4-by-4-feet, placed near The Round, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way. Performances begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13. For more: www.BeavertonOregon.gov/TTD.

Portland Queer Comedy Festival

It's the third year of the festival, which takes place July 17-21 at the Funhouse Lounge (2432 S.E. 11th Ave.) and five other venues. For more: www.PortlandQueerComedyFestival.com.

MISC.

This and that

• Find treasures at America's Largest Antique & Collectible Show, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, July 12 (early buyers day, badge required), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive. Info: www.christinepalmer.net.

• The Big Float, in which people float on inner tubes on the Willamette River, includes a music barge (Blitzen Trapper, Redray Frazier), food carts and a beer garden, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. For more: www.thebigfloat.com.

Mississippi Street Fair

One of Portland's largest and most colorful neighborhood celebrations takes place 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, along North Mississippi Avenue between Fremont and Skidmore streets. The free event includes live music on five stages, a kids zone, arts area and local vendors. For more: www.mississippiave.com/streetfair.


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