'Matilda the Musical'
Reminder: The Northwest Children's Theater & School presents the Tony Award-winning musical about the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and a girl who won't let being "little" stop her from putting an unjust world right.
Noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and other days, through Jan. 5, Northwest Children's Theater & School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $19-$21 adults, $15-$17 youth
Another reminder: Imago Theatre brings back its popular mask/costume show for the holidays, featuring bug-eyes, hippos with insomnia, arrogant anteaters, introverted frogs, paradoxical polar bears, acrobatic worms and more, through Jan. 5 at Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave. For more: www.imagotheatre.com.
'Batman Returns Returns'
It's a cult-rock musical from Austin, Texas, with satire and audience participation, starring Sweet Spirit's Sabrina Ellis as Batman and underground R&B musician Har Mar Superstar as The Penguin. Holland Andrews, who performed at the Time-Based Art Festival, plays Catwoman and Sallie Ford plays Max Shrek.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 19-20, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., www.revolutionhall.com, $25
The stage-radio variety show features investigative journalist Leah Sottile, philosopher Chioke I'Anson and musical group Joseph.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20
Tin Foil Hat Comedy Live
It's absurdist conspiracy-themed comedy featuring Joe Rogan podcast regulars Eddie Bravo and Sam Tripoli. UPDATE: It appears to be sold out.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., www.mississippistudios.com, $20, $24 day of show
Magicians and artists gather in Portland for the magic event and a two-day magic tournament at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Friday-Sunday, Dec. 20-22. For more: www.oregoncc.org.
'Sesame Street Live'
In the tour's "Make Your Magic" show, magician Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, and Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there's one problem: Elmo doesn't know how to perform magic, but he teams with Abby and Justin and perseveres. Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count and Gonger join them to discover magical moments in everyday life.
2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com, starting at $18, parking $13
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