Short List: Make plans for Wizard World Portland, Jan 24-26 at Oregon Convention Center
Wizard World Portland
Fans of comics, movies, TV, gaming, sci-fi, toys, collectibles and cosplay unite for the annual event, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Kato Kaelin ("Big Brother," O.J. Simpson case) serves as entertainment host.
Among the celebrities attending: Cary Elwes (from "Princess Bride") and Dylan McDermott ("The Practice"), five actors from "Smallville" and others from "X-Men: The Animated Series." Show hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more: www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/portland.
Chinese New Year
• Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W Everett St., puts on a big celebration for the Year of the Rat, with lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, dances and demonstrations, Jan. 25-Feb. 9. For complete info: www.lansugarden.org.
• The Chinese New Year Cultural Fair 2020 takes place from 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more: www.portlandchinesetimes.com.
• The Oregon 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Tickets: $20-$50, www.portland5.com.
• The Portland Remodeling Show, which attracts home improvement types, is noon-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Memorial Coliseum. For more: >www.rosequarter.com.
• The International Cat Show takes place Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 25-26, at the Holiday Inn Portland-Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd. For more: www.internationalcatshowportland.com.
• The Great Train Show, for toy train enthusiasts, takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 25-26, at the Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive. Tickets: $10, $10 parking, www.expocenter.org.
• "National Geographic Live" at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, presents wildlife photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild, who lives in Africa and photographs animals there, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. Tickets: $32.25-$52.25, www.portland5.com
'Up and Away'
Kicking off its 2020 season, Broadway Rose is the second theater to produce the superhero musical parody show (after Pittsburgh CLO). The story: Not much happens in Farmtown, USA, home of brothers Joe and Jerry Jessup, but when Joe realizes he has superpowers he goes to the "Big City" to seek fame and fortune.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Saturdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 23, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard, www.broadwayrose.org, $20-$50
'Dear Evan Hansen'
A winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, the Broadway in Portland show is proving popular, and there'll be a lottery for tickets, but some tickets remain for later shows. See www.BroadwayInPortland.com for details. It's about a teenager with social anxiety who writes letters to himself, and creates an important role for himself. There are 15 shows scheduled, from Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave.
• On her "8 O'Clock Happy Hour Tour," Kathleen Madigan does two shows at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Tickets: $19.75-$35, www.portland5.com.
• There'll be a special staging at Portland Playhouse, 602 N. Prescott St., of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" by Peter Goodchild, Jan. 24-Feb. 2. Tickets: $12-$16, www.boxofficetickets.com.
• The CoHo Clown CoHort puts on "Beethoven & Chopin Meet the Bride of Frankenstein," Jan. 25-Feb. 2 at CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St. For more: www.cohoproductions.org.
• FLIP Fabrique and its circus multidisciplinary performers put on "Blizzard," 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. For more: www.portland5.com.
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