Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'Ignite,' 'Sugar Skull!' and Northwest Senior Theatre

COURTESY PHOTO: SALIM SANCHEZ - The Vanport Mosaic and a team known as 'the project' (above) present 'Soul'd: the economics of our black body,' Nov. 14-24.STAGE

Siren Nation Festival

The all-women festival of art, music and comedy continues through Sunday, Nov. 17, at several venues. For details:


Conceived by Damaris Webb and involving African American performers and designers, the performance piece "Soul'd: the economics of our black body" investigates the narrative of the American economic dream for black Americans. It's presented with screenings of the short documentary "Root Shocked."

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 14-24, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., (check for tickets/info)


New Expressive Works presents three pieces by local contemporary choreographers Meshi Chavez ("Confetto"), Subashini Ganesan ("Listening to Silence") and Unit Souzou ("Empathy")

7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17, New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St.,, $20, $25 at door

'The Music Man'

Journey Theater presents Meredith Wilson's Tony Award-winning stage favorite at various times, Nov. 15-24 at Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave. Tickets are $15 and $12 (youth/senior). For

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

It's a regionwide collaboration between Portland Playhouse and some area middle and high schools, as students perform Shakespeare and also participate as audience members in the all-day event.

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $15, $40

'Sugar Skull!'

It's a Dia de Los Muertos musical adventure by Mexico Beyond Mariachi. The story: Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones, but a candy skeleton springs to life and she finds herself on a magical, musical journey to figure out the true meaning of it all.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $19.50-$39.50

Northwest Senior Theatre

The company will perform its Christmas shows at Alpenrose Dairy, despite the property's impending sale. The show "Christmas is Just Around the Corner" takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 20-23 at Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road. Tickets are $10.


Other events

• The Gem Faire Trade Show, one of the largest gem/jewelry/bead shows in the United States, returns to the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., noon-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Tickets: $7 weekend pass,

• Kumricon, a celebration of anime and Japanese popular culture, takes place at 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more:

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