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by: COURTESY OF LOIS GREENFIELD, Oregon Ballet Theatre presents "Dance United," a season finale celebration of dancers from around the world, June 9 at Keller Auditorium.

ART

(Note: For First Thursday openings information and gallery listings, click here.)

Block, Deiss

Gay Block's "About Love" and Dorothee Deiss' "As If Nothing Happened" photo projects are featured.

6 p.m. First Thursday, June 7, through July 1, Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.blueskygallery.org

Kosuge, Fawkes

Portland sculptor Michihiro Kosuge's work reflects an interest between man and nature with organic and geometric forms of polished and natural stone, and Judith Poxson Fawkes weaves tapestries of rich color and compelling design to give a sense of depth and volume in two-dimensional space.

5 p.m. First Thursday, June 7, through June 30, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., www.laurarusso.org

PSU architects

The Department of Architecture at Portland State will showcase its students' 2011-12 work with "Precipitations," which includes models, drawings, presentations and other material.

5:30 p.m. First Thursday, June 7, through June 30, AIA Portland Center for Architecture, 403 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pdx.edu/architecture

Kavan, Shepard, Barasch

Talisman Gallery presents: Ciby Kavan's "Indra's Net," a Hindu/Buddhist based conceptual framework for the interconnectedness of life; Robert Shepard's abstract art paintings, which relate harmony and tension; Philip Barasch's panels from graphic novel "Hand Hewn."

Through June 24, Talisman Gallery, 1476 N.E. Alberta St., www.talismangallery.com

STAGE

Funniest Person Contest

Helium Comedy Club plays host to the preliminaries, semifinals and finals, with 140 contestants gunning for the $1,000 grand prize. Contestants are from Portland or surrounding area and get up to six minutes for their original material.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.heliumcomedyclub.com/portland, $10

"Dance United"

Oregon Ballet Theatre's season finale gives Oregon the opportunity to welcome international ballet legend Wendy Whelan, New York City Ballet principal dancer, while saying goodbye to hometown legend Artur Sultanov, who will give one final performance. Whelan is often called the "quintessential Balanchine ballerina who has never worked with him." It'll be her first appearance in Portland. The elegant, 6-4 Russian Sultanov has been with OBT and Artistic Director Christopher Stowell since 2003.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., www.obt.org, starting at $49

"Hamlet"

Portland Actors Ensemble is putting on the Shakespeare classic "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" in an unusual venue: a cemetery. The show runs mostly at the Lone Fir Cemetery, near Southeast 26th Avenue and Washington Street. It will also take place at Marylhurst University June 22 and Meinig Memorial Park in Sandy July 8, as well as at Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival at Post5 Theatre July 21.

7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, June 14-July 14, various locations, www.portlandactors.org, free

Portland Festival Ballet

The students present "Hansel and Gretel" and excerpts from "Don Quixote," with new choreography by Artistic Director John Magnus.

7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.ticketmaster.com, $20.50-$42.50

"Summer of Love"

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus pays tribute to The Beatles with their Pride concert. The 130-voice chorus will transport the audience back to the summer of 1967, with all its psychedelic imagery, performing songs from the hit album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-226-2588, $16-$42

MISC.

Pedalpalooza

The three-week extravaganza includes 265 different events, most organized by bicyclists, and nearly all of them have free admission. A kickoff ride and party get things going on Thursday, June 7. For complete information, including details of all events, go to shift2bikes.org.

Portland Beer Week

The second annual event celebrates the beer culture, by promoting Portland brewers, breweries, vendors and styles and educating the masses. It includes the Rye Beer Fest (June 8) and Olympics-style Brewer Summer Games (June 16).

June 7-17, for complete info go to www.pdxbeerweek.com

Festival of Flowers

The popular, 28th annual display and sale at Pioneer Courthouse Square continues through June 12. For more information, go to www.thesquarepdx.org. The design "Container of Essence" was created by local artist and sculptor Dana Lynn Louis, who was inspired by the Navajo Indians and Tibetan monks.

"Dolly Parton Hoot Night"

The seventh annual Siren Nation event features several Portland musicians paying tribute to the classic country singer and iconic songwriter. The emcee is Miz Kitty. It's a benefit for the Siren Nation Women's Music and Arts Festival.

9 p.m. Friday, June 15, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.sirennation.com, $10, $12 at door

PAMTAS

The fifth annual Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards will feature 17 award presentations as well as surprise musical guests. It's hosted by Darius Pierce and produced by Corey Brunish.

7 p.m. Monday, June 18, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pamtawards.com, free