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by: Courtesy of Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, Zachary Koval and Christy Bigelow are Orestes and his sister Electra in the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon’s Euripides production.

Edited by Randall Barton.

THEATER

'Wicked'

This song-filled hit, a 'Wizard of Oz' prequel that focuses on the witches, still holds a powerful spell over audiences in New York and elsewhere.

This fine road show offers local musical theater fans an added bonus: Beaverton High grad Shoshana Bean, who starred in the Broadway production last year.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, Sept. 15-17, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-248-4335, 21 tickets will be sold by lottery before each performance

'Reefer Madness! The Musical'

When creators Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy launched the stage version of the stern 1936 propaganda film in Los Angeles, they planned for a two-week run. The production packed the house for a year and a half, later ran off-Broadway and became the basis for a feature film.

Stumptown Stages inhales deeply and breathes new life into the irreverent piece to launch its second season.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY, 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-381-8686, $22-$25

'Valparaiso'

The starting point for this challenging production is a misadventure involving an American businessman whose day trip to Valparaiso, Ind., ends up taking him to the Chilean seaport of the same name.

Don DeLillo, the author of more than a dozen novels and several plays, launches a withering examination of modern relationships, media and culture with sharp, provocative dialogue. Theatre Vertigo delivers the fast-paced production like a body blow, hard to take, but brutally effective.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and Thursday, through Sept. 23, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-306-0870, $15

'Orestes'

Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon presents its annual late-summer event. Euripides' story of murder and revenge in the wake of the Trojan War gets a run of 11 shows in the open air at Reed College before moving across town to the West End Theatre.

- EB

4 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, noon Thursday, also noon Sept. 22 and 27-29, through Oct. 1, Reed College, Cerf Amphitheatre, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-258-9313, $10-$20

'City of Gold'

The innovative Hand2Mouth Theatre finishes up its short run of a clever and edgy history lesson that won widespread critical acclaim last spring.

- EB

2 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, Sept 15-17, Goldsmith Performance Lab, 20 N.W. Fifth Ave., second floor, 503-235-5284, free with TBA pass or pay-what-you-can

'Murder at the Howard Johnson's'

The first word in this late-night comedy is murder. La Bodega Productions promises fast-paced laughs during this short run.

- EB

10:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Sept. 15-16, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-998-0034, $10

'Address Unknown'

Readers Theatre Repertory offers a staged reading of Frank Dunlop's recent adaptation of a 1938 novel about the rise of fascism by Portlander Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. With Tobias Andersen and Michael Mendelson. Directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis.

- Joseph Gallivan

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Sept. 15-16, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, www.readerstheatrerep.org, $8

DANCE (TBA Festival)

Bebe Miller Company

Combining dance, video and digital animation, 'Landing/Place' was spurred by the reflections of company founder Bebe Miller on her trip to Eritrea.

- JG

9 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Sept. 16-17, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-224-7422, $25

The Nature Theater of Oklahoma

'Poetics: A Ballet Brut' promises to strip theater down to its barest essentials and turn everyday gestures into 'a carnivalesque ballet of everyday life.'

It helps that founder Pavol Liska is Slovak-born, New York-based, and yet another fan of Richard Foreman, founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.

- JG

9 p.m. FRIDAY to SUNDAY, Sept. 15-17, Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-224-7422, $25

MUSIC

Oregon Symphony

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the orchestra for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto.

The classical program also include major works by Mussorgsky, including 'Night on Bald Mountain,' best known from the Disney movie 'Fantasia.'

- EB

7:30 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 8 p.m. MONDAY, Sept. 16-18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $23-$72

Global Voyages for Six, 2006

Flutist Tessa Brinkman and her innovative Ensemble East West are joined by respected composer and arranger Marjorie Rusche for the last of three concerts.

Rusche's original 'Arctic Voyager' for flute, string trio and koto headlines. Works by Astor Piazzolla and Native American jazzman Jim Pepper also are presented.

- EB

2 p.m. SUNDAY, Sept. 17, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., 503-232-1736, free

Kalakendra

The Society for the Performing Arts of India launches its 20th anniversary season with a concert featuring saxophonist Jesse Bannister, tabla player Subhen Chatterjee and Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty, a master of the sarod, a stringed instrument similar to a lute.

- EB

7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Sept. 16, Lewis and Clark College, Evans Auditorium, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, 503-222-1959, $15-$20; also available through TicketsWest (224-8499), subject to service charges

ART

Maryhill Double

Catch this oddity before it's dismantled: Disjecta has created Maryhill Double, a scaffolding-and-mesh installation on the Oregon side of the Columbia River that mirrors the Maryhill Museum in Washington.

Open noon to dusk Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, Disjecta provides bus tours departing at 1 p.m. from 1 S.E. Third Ave. (under the Burnside Bridge), returning at 8 p.m., bus ticket $10, add $5 for admission to the real Maryhill Museum

Portland Art Center

This instant institution continues to impress with the quality of the work it puts on and with its organization.

For the next three weeks the main gallery has 'The Inside Game,' a selection from the personal collections of Elizabeth Leach, Joel Leib, Rod Pulliam, Justin Oswald and Jeffrey Thomas. Each is or was a professional art dealer, so this is a great chance to see if taste and money are subject to the same natural laws.

In the Light and Sound Gallery, choreographer and dancer Linda Austin collaborates with composer Seth Nehil to create a video installation of Austin's dance 'Circus Me (A Round).'

The Open Space Gallery has a juried show of 32 encaustic artists from 127 national entries.

- JG

Noon to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY and Wednesday and Thursday, through Oct. 1, Portland Art Center, 32 N.W. Fifth Ave, 503-236-3322, free

Carolyn Cole

Cole has a new series of mixed-media abstract paintings, which she promises are about things, events and real life, rather than the materials the paintings are made from.

Also showing is recent sculpture by glass artist John DeWit, who can reference teapots and cacti in the same piece.

- JG

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through Sept. 30, Butters Gallery, 520 N.W. Davis St., second floor, 503-248-9378, free

Oregon Biennial

The Portland Art Museum gets groovy with a selection - by new curator Jennifer Gately - of works by 34 Oregon-based artists. It's a classic product of left-coast, right-brain culture, a fun mix of fanatical craftiness and slacker slop, confirming Portland as a place where artists are free to do what they want.

- JG

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. FRIDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 8, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, www.portlandartmuseum.org, $10