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ON STAGE

'HAPPY DAYS'

7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, April 13, Back Door Theatre

The Haven Project presents the last multi-act play Samuel Beckett wrote before turning to minimalist one-acts. Gretchen Corbett plays an eternally optimistic middle-aged matron who finds each day a gift despite being buried in dirt. Tim True plays her husband, and Dennis Bigelow directs.

4321 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-872-9635, $15

MUSIC

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES

8 p.m. Friday, March 7, Nocturnal

Like a tempest in a coffeepot, Seattle quintet Pretty Girls Make Graves brews up a riotous concoction of hard-core beats with melodic undertones. The result is disarming, listenable music and a can't-take-your-eyes-off-them stage show. Andrea Zollo fronts the group, which features ex-Murder City Devils bassist Derek Fudesco. Cobra High and Hint Hint share the bill.

1800 E. Burnside St., 503-239-5900, $8; also available through Fastixx (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

FILM

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS PARTY

6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Laurelhurst Theater

With the overwrought Oscars looming, it's easy to be wary of awards shows. Who isn't still scarred by Halle Berry's tearful tornado of an acceptance speech? Try the Screen Actors Guild ceremony on for size. The Laurelhurst Theater and local SAG office host a big-screen viewing of the lower-key awards that are decided by actors voting on their fellow thespians. Door prizes and live jazz add to the festivities. The telecast of the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m.

2735 E. Burnside St., 503-279-9600, $5

'SCHMELVIS: SEARCHING FOR THE KING'S JEWISH ROOTS'

2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Hollywood Theatre

Armed with a 1998 Wall Street Journal article on Elvis Presley's Jewish heritage, producer Evan Beloff began a bizarre quest to get to the bottom of the story. His traveling mates included a chain-smoking rabbi and an Orthodox Elvis impersonator who set off for Graceland in their 'Winnebagel.' Thankfully, a camera crew caught all this madness on film to prove the old maxim, 'You can't make this stuff up.'

4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-245-6971, $10 suggested donation

LECTURE

'SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, 1944-1951, PHOTOGRAPHS BY HEINRICH HARRER'

7 p.m. Friday, March 7, Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association

New York photographer Leslie DiRusso was the driving force behind the 1991 exhibit of Heinrich Harrer's photographs that served as the inspiration for the film 'Seven Years in Tibet.' DiRusso will present a slide lecture of the images, some of which have never been published, and will discuss her own visits to Tibet.

6225 N.E. Stanton St., 503-222-7172, $10

FOR KIDS

'THE LOST ELEPHANT'

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The Oregon Symphony presents a 'Comedy Concert' for kids that asks the audience to play elephant detective. Comedian and mime Dan Kamin kicks off the action as a zookeeper who needs help finding an escaped pachyderm named Elmer. The orchestra does its part playing classical music by Handel, Stravinsky, Rossini and others to lure back the wayward beast.

1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $6-$30; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges