The Short List
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
Mock's Crest Productions, supported by the University of Portland, stages the Gilbert and Sullivan classic operetta. It revolves around two recently married gondoliers in Venice, one of whom, it is discovered, is the King of Bartaria.
The shows are dedicated to the late Roger O. Doyle, who died in April from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ("Lou Gehrig's disease"). Doyle devoted 40 years to the university's performing and fine arts faculty, and brought comic opera to campus and the community for 20 years.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 1-24, Mago Hunt Center, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 503-943-7287, $30, $25 seniors
"The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy"
Pentacle Theatre of Salem is putting on the Allen Meyer/Michael Nowak play, the real-life story of 19th century baseball player William "Dummy" Hoy and his first year in professional baseball in Oshkosh, Wis., in 1886.
Perhaps the greatest deaf player of his time, he is widely credited with the invention of the hand signals that umpires use to this day.
The production is a partnership between Pentacle Theatre, Jerry Walker and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team.
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 1-23, Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave., Salem, 503-485-4300, $17-$18
Polaris returns to its Studio Theatre for the second annual X-Posed Concert, presenting original work by artistic director Robert Guitron, who will reveal the last two movements of his romantic epic "Dis-Cooperire." New works by guest choreographers Lauren Edison, Les Watanabe and Kemba Shannon also will be featured.
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, June 6-16, Polaris Studio Theatre, 1501 S.W. Taylor St., www.polarisdance.org, starting at $20
Northwest Dance Project is putting on its annual show, with four world premieres by NWDP artistic director Sarah Slipper, Portland dance fixture Tracey Durbin, New York choreographer Gregory Dolbashian and rising Seattle choreographer Kate Wallich. The NWDP's troupe will leave later in the summer for London and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad performances.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 7:30 p.m Thursday-Saturday, June 14-16, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, 833 N. Shaver St., www.nwdanceproject.org, $30 advance, $40 at door
Volunteers for ambassadors, street operations and beer garden are being sought for Last Thursday in the Alberta Arts District. For all information on Last Thursday, May 31 and beyond, go to www.lastthursdayonalberta.com
Rose City Rollers
It's the Season 7 Championships for the popular women's roller derby teams, with Guns N Rollers taking on Heartless Heathers for third place, and with the High Rollers battling the Break Neck Betties for the championship.
5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Memorial Coliseum, www.rosecityrollers.com, $14-$20
She's a Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter and star of Broadway's "Wicked" and the original stage production of "Rent." She'll tour North America, stopping in Portland, performing her new live show.
8 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., doubletee.com, $43-$106
The Alberta Rose Theatre recently installed a full-size, 19-foot movie screen and projection system, and it debuts with the old, 1929 Soviet silent film along with the Beth Custer Ensemble of San Francisco performing a soundtrack.
8 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $15, $18 at door
Baby Loves Disco
The big dance party hits Portland with two dances on the "We Are Family" tour. It features deejays spinning music, dancing and a variety of fun activities for kids.
5 p.m. Friday, June 8, Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., noon Saturday, June 9, Crystal Ballroom,1332 W. Burnside St., www.babylovesdisco.com, free at Clackamas, $15 Crystal