'BOOK OF DAYS'
7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Sunday, March 9; also 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Firehouse Theatre
Don Alder directs a show about life in a modern-day small town by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson. Students of the Portland Actors Conservatory professional training program fill out the cast, joined by guest artists Danny Bruno, Sean Riley and James Loy.
1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-274-1717, $11-$20
30 DAYS NOTICE PERFORMANCE SERIES
8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, Pythian Building
Perhaps to prove that time is truly of the essence Ñ especially in limited quantities Ñ Conduit invites several local artists and performers to put together work with just 30 days' advance notice. Participants in the latest round include performers Emily Stone and Ian Greenfield, musician Stephen Cohen, video artists Karl Lind and Corbin Supak and installation artist Melody Owen.
918 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 401, 503-221-5857, $8-$10
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Tears of Joy Theatre wraps up its latest puppetry and mask performance aimed at audiences age 3 and over. 'Coyote Tales' includes a parable of how the coyote got his name and a traditional Chinook tale about the coyote and a cedar tree. The Saturday performance includes hands-on activities before and after the show.
1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-0557, $10-$14
HOTTER THAN HELL
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Dante's
There's no higher validation for a tribute band than having the object of its imitation give them the stamp of approval. This is just what happened when Kiss selected Hotter Than Hell to double for them in the film 'Detroit Rock City.' Hotter Than Hell takes it all the way with fire breathing, dripping blood effects, smoking guitars and, of course, full Kabuki makeup. Live Wire opens.
1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $12; also available through Fastixx (503-224-8499), subject to service charges
CRYSTAL BALLROOM MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Crystal Ballroom
Fat Tuesday gets phat at the Crystal with music acts on three stages. The ballroom itself gets refashioned as Bourbon Street with a 'Ladies Only' mezzanine, Latin funk by Rubberneck, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the McMenamins Marching Band. Bands also take the stage in Lola's Room and at Ringlers. Pepe Raphael hosts.
1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $10-$20; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly through Thursday, March 6; also 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, Cinema 21
Aleksandr Sokurov's film captures the eerie and romantic essence of the Hermitage Museum with a single 90-minute tracking shot, the longest continuous take in motion picture history. The film centers on 19th-century French aristocrat Marquis de Custine, known for his scathing memoirs of life in Russia, as he visits the Hermitage and encounters historical figures from the last 200 years.
616 N.W. 21st Ave., 503-223-4515, $4-$7