Dancemaker Daniel Addy and other local choreographers place dancers in a 'suspended, aerial' environment for a meditation on isolation, interaction and the immensity of open sky.
Ñ Eric Bartels
Works by Sarah Slipper, Artistic Director Steve Gonzales and former Joffrey Ballet dancer Davis Robertson are interpreted by young artists from one of the finest high school performing-arts programs in the nation. The one over on Killingsworth.
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, May 12-13, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 503-248-4335, $8.50-$20; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges
The irreverent musical comedy, which earned creators Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman five Tony awards, asks you to tap your toes to the deranged antics of the various losers and fanatics who've gone gunning for American presidents.
That Artists Repertory Theatre and director Jon Kretzu pull it off is to the company's credit. The charismatic Wade McCollum provides glib narration before slipping into the role of Lee Harvey Oswald at the play's chilling climax, and Broadway veteran Kirk Mouser is terrific as John Wilkes Booth, who thought he'd saved his country by murdering Abraham Lincoln.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through June 4, Artists Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, www.artistsrep.org, $15-$45
Miracle Theatre Group unveils Edwin Sanchez's play about love, salvation and the church, set in the Bronx.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through June 3, Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253, $16-$20
'From a Dream to a Dream'
Hand2Mouth Theatre offers a glimpse of its work-in-progress collaboration with Polish artist and activist Luba Zarembinska.
8 p.m. SUNDAY, May 14, Goldsmith Building, 20 N.W. Fifth Ave., www.hand2 mouththeatre.org, $5 donation
'By the Bog of Cats'
Irish playwright Marina Carr retools the tale of Medea, the quintessential woman scorned, placing it in modern Ireland. The cast is a trove of local talent, including Gary Brickner-Schulz, Vana O'Brien and Chrisse Roccaro.
8 p.m. Thursday, FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, through June 10, CoHo Theater, 2247 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, $17-$22
Central Oregon resident Johnny Stallings presents his captivating one-man show. Sponsored by Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon.
7 p.m. SUNDAY, May 14, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-258-9313, $5
Fever Theater uses dance, light, sound and interactive video to examine the controversial life of Nazi documentarian Leni Riefenstahl.
A maker of nature films, Riefenstahl later lent her talents to the promotion of Hitler's regime, creating the propaganda masterpiece 'Triumph of the Will.'
'Going All the Way: A Very Special Night of Theatre'
Club Posse Productions makes its debut, delivering a comic homage to the message-driven variety of TV movie better known as the after-school special.
Here, teenage best friends make a pact to lose their virginity. 'It's a true throwback to the genre, which, to our minds, is inherently funny,' producer-director Tamara Carroll says.
11:30 p.m. FRIDAY, May 12, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-358-8646, $7
Scott Kelman and his Drunken Monkeys of Brooklyn Bay keep tinkering with this intriguing and delightful piece of performance art-theater, which now has enjoyed several incarnations since its debut a year and a half ago.
The last time it was seen in Portland, it had come back from Los Angeles with former Doors drummer John Densmore attached to it.
In his 1992 play, Lanford Wilson brings together two story lines: the fate of Northern California's majestic coniferous forests and a teenage piano prodigy who thinks her Vietnam-veteran father may be hiding in them.
Profile Theatre's production offers some solid stagecraft and a showstopping plot twist, but the twin narrative threads mostly feel like they're being talked Ñ rather than truly woven Ñ into place.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, May 12-14, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., $13-$28, www.profiletheatre.org, 503-242-0080
The Gods Are Definitely Crazy
Readers Theatre Repertory brings its season to a close with the Woody Allen satire 'God.' Directed by Bob Martin, the event is part of an interdisciplinary celebration of myth called MythFest.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, May 12-13, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, www.mythfest.org, $8
'Everybody's Got One'
Grown-up stories about moms, that is. Five members of Portland Story Theater share theirs.
7:30 FRIDAY and SATURDAY, May 12-13, Center Space, 420 S.E. Sixth Ave., www.portland story theater.com, $15
'The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden'
Curated by the Smithsonian Institution, this traveling exhibit hails the 43 chiefs and their families in a winning collection of ephemera, as thrilling in its own way as the crown jewels on display at the Tower of London.
Five audiovisual presentations are interspersed in the more than 350 artifacts. It's a potent display, from Nancy Reagan's infamous White House china to Amy Carter's dollhouse table with a blue Smurf seated, ready for tea.
Ñ Randall Barton
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayÐ Thursday, through Sept. 17, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., 503-306-5198, $5-$10
Art for Life
The big art auction that benefits Cascade AIDS Project takes the theme 'The Art of Color, the Color of Art' this year. There's a fancy dinner for high rollers with a live auction of elite art, and a lesser bash with a silent auction at which local caterers pull out all the stops with competing nibbles. The combined auctions showcase 300 contemporary artworks.
People you may have heard of include Storm Tharp, Louis Bunce, Polish glass artist Anna Skibska and Melinda Thorsnes. Steve Talbot is the auctioneer for the live auction, while the Portland Art Museum's Bruce Guenther acts as narrator.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. SATURDAY, May 13, Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-223-9255, www.cascadeaids.org, $100 grand event, $275 patron event
Great Painters in Brescia
Here's a pocket-size blockbuster to boost your culture quotient over the summer: 35 works from Brescia, Italy, the Lombardy region's second-largest city after Milan.
The time frame, 1535 to 1734, covers the golden age of art in the region. As with all these shows, you'll be surprised at how many paintings you recognize from books and posters. For many of these portraits, landscapes, altarpieces and frescoes, this is their only North American appearance.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and FRIDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, April 29-Sept. 17, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, www.portlandartmuseum.org, $10, $6 for children ages 5-18
The tiny Newspace Center for Photography shows the second selection of work this year by the Light Leak photography group, 12 Portlanders who meet once a month to critique one another's work.
The first show in this not-very-sexy, semi-industrial space (just across from Free Geek) was excellent, a reminder of what old-school photographers can do with light and chemicals.
This month includes the work of Lisa Gidley, who moved here from New York two years ago and now photographs Portland, and street photographer Blake Andrews.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to SUNDAY, through May 28, Newspapce Center for Photography, 1632 S.E. 10th Ave., 503-963-1935, www.newspacephoto.org, free
'Out the Window (LAX)' is a show of photos taken from hotel rooms near the Los Angeles International Airport. And you thought your life was boring.
Noon to 6 p.m. WednesdayÐ SATURDAY, through May 27, Small A Projects, 1430 S.E. Third Ave., 503-234-7993
The series with more local shorts than a Beaverton Hooters brings in experimental films by Portlanders Sarah Halpern, Gideon D. Klindt, David Abel, Karl Lind and Kurt Nishimura. Plus some New Yorkers. In a sandwich shop.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, May 13, Valentine's, 232 S.W. Ankeny St., 503-248-1600, www.stop-and-pause.blogspot.com, free
'Personal and Cultural Complexes'
Analyst Valerie Hone of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco talks about 'Personal and Cultural Complexes,' also known as 'splinter psyches.' It's complicated, but complexes are not neccessarily bad. And cultural complexes are visible when we look at groups or cultures as though they have a collective psyche.
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, May 12, First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., $10
Workshop: 9:30 am to 4 p.m. SATURDAY, May 13, First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, www.ofj.org., $85
The rare-books dealer has had a 30-year side career publishing fine-press editions of poets whose work he loves, including Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Charles Simic and Mark Strand.
This show is a window into the real literary underground. Don't miss it.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, through June 19, Central Library, Collins Gallery, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., third floor, 503-988-6287, free