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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'La Ruta,' Portland Taiko and SkiFever & Snowboard Show

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - 'Shakespeare in Love' at Lakewood Theatre Company, Nov.1-Dec. 8, features Kelsey Glasser and Murri Lazaroff-Babin.STAGE

J.B. Smoove

The man known as Leon from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comes to Portland on his "Lollygagging Comedy Tour." He has appeared in several movies and TV shows.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., www.revolutionhall.com, $35

'Shakespeare in Love'

Lakewood Theatre Company puts on the romantic comedy, adapted by Lee Hall from the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. It focuses on penniless young playwright Will Shakespeare, who is battling writer's block until he meets a young woman who becomes his inspiration.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, other times/days, Nov. 1-Dec. 8, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $34, $32 seniors

'La Ruta'

By Artists Repertory Theatre, it's an Isaac Gomez musical journey about the femicides in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico). It's directed by Damaso Rodriguez and will be held at the Hampton Opera Center. Previews start Nov. 2. The story: Yoli desperately tries to maintain the hope of seeing her abducted daughter again, while another mother, Marisela, meets bitter heartache. It's based on real-life testimonies.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Nov. 2-Dec. 1, Hampton Opera Center, 211 S.E. Caruthers St., artistsrep.org, $30-$60

Portland Taiko

The Japanese drum group celebrates its 25th anniversary with two shows.

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Broadway, www.portlandtaiko.org, $5-$22

'The Nightmare B4 Xmas'

The Saloon Ensemble brings a reimagining of the music and story to the stage, as a celebration of Day of the Dead with sing-alongs, a costume contest, a screaming contest and Danny Elfman live score.

3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $12-$30

'National Geographic Live'

The series focuses on Akashinga, Zimbabwe's first all-female ranger unit protecting Africa's wildlife from poachers, featuring conservationist Damien Mander and ranger Vimbai Kumire.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $32.25-$52.25

MISC.

Halloween reminders

Some of the attractions to visit Thursday, Oct. 31:

• Underhill Haunted House and Kids Monster Fest, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, www.underhillpdx.com, www.kidsmonsterfest.com

• Fear PDX, 12301 N.E. Glisan St., www.fearpdx.com

• Davis Graveyard, 8703 S.E. 43rd Ave. in Milwaukie, www.davisgraveyard.com

• Fear Asylum, Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge #142, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., www.fearasylumhauntedattraction.com

• Fearlandia Haunted House, 16255 S.W. Upper Boones Ferry Road in Tigard, www.fearlandia.com

• Clark County ScareGrounds, Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington, www.scaregroundspdx.com

• Milburn's Haunted Manor, 11503 Broadacres Road N.E. in Hubbard, www.milburnmanor.com.

Portland SkiFever & Snowboard Show

The event is considered a kickoff for the winter sports season.

1 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.portlandskifever.com, $14, $3 juniors (ages 6-12), $10 parking


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